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Naga couple set to trek to Everest Base Camp to raise funds for orphanage library

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New Delhi: Thejakielie Zuyie and Verakholu Veyie from Nagaland are planning a trek to the Base Camp of Mount Everest in Nepal next month to raise funds for an orphanage in the state. The couple has earlier scaled some of the highest mountains in Nagaland such as Saramati, Japfu and Pauna.

The husband and wife duo, who hail from state capital Kohima, call their adventures ‘OLA’ (Our Little Adventure).

“Since we have been doing a lot of adventures, we thought why not do it for a cause instead of just doing it for ourselves,” Zuyie told The Morung Express.

He went on to talk about setting up a library at an orphanage in Nagaland. “We felt that would be a good cause. We do not read much, but that would help the children in the home.”

Their 15-day-long expedition to the Everest Base Camp will start on 11 September.

The couple, who met at a bank, married in December last year.

Also read: This Manipur artist is building a ‘tattoo village’ to revive Nagaland’s dying art

New frog species gets named after Adi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh

A group of researchers from the Wildlife Institute of India and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science have discovered a new species of frog in Arunachal Pradesh and it has been named after the Adi tribe in the state.

Named Adi Cascade Frog or Amolops Adicola, the new species belongs to a group of cascade frogs that are found near small waterfalls or cascades in flowing hill streams.

“The new species was discovered while revisiting the century-old Adi expedition in the year 2018 and named after the land of Adi tribe in Arunachal Pradesh where this species dwells, particularly during the post-monsoon season,” Abhijit Das from Wildlife Institute of India, has been quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

The findings have been published in the Journal of Natural History.

Shillong hospital where ATM inventor was born finally gets a machine

Dr H. Gordon Roberts Hospital in Meghalaya recently got an ATM installed in its premises, 96 years after the inventor of the cash dispenser was born here.

John Adrian Shepherd-Barron, an Indian-born English man who invented the ATM, was born in 1925 in this hospital.

The hospital turns 100 next year and ATMs were first installed globally around 54 years ago.

“The teller machine was installed on 7 August after a petition was submitted to State Bank of India for setting up an ATM on the premises before the centennial celebrations of our facility next year,” the hospital’s Medical Superintendent Dr Roken Nongrum has been quoted as saying.

Nongrum also said that an ATM in the premises will help patients and staffers immensely.

Meghalaya hands over erstwhile royal estate to Manipur

The Meghalaya government has finally handed over the Manipur Rajbari, an erstwhile home of the Manipur royal family, to the Manipur government. The property has been handed over after several rounds of talks between successive governments of the two states.

Situated in Shillong, the heritage property is still inhabited by descendants of the erstwhile Manipur king. It will now be converted into a Manipur State Bhawan.

In a tweet last week, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said, “The historic Manipur Rajbari at Shillong belonged to the Maharaja of Manipur & it was here that Maharaja Bodhachandra stayed during the signing (of) the Manipur Merger Agreement to Dominion of India in Sept 1949. Sadly, the plot no longer belonged to the Royal family of Manipur.”

(Edited by Rachel John)

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