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Nagaland MLAs win hearts with a song seeking to heal world ‘sailing in stormy weather’

Snippets from the vibrant Northeast that capture politics, culture, society and more in the eight states.

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New Delhi: A video featuring four Nagaland legislators singing a Gospel song is winning hearts on the internet.

Strumming guitars were Dr Nicky Kire, Adviser, Department of Urban Development and Municipal Affairs; Neiba Kronu, Minister for Planning and Coordination; and Tovihoto Ayemi, Adviser, Department of Power. MLA Toyang Chang played the drums.

Sharing the clip on Twitter, Deputy Chief Minister Y. Patton posted: “We are sailing in stormy weather, but this song lifts our spirits, reminds us that it isn’t forever, and gives us the inspiration to fight on and know that the Almighty is with us.”

Many others also shared the clip on social media platforms.

This, however, isn’t the first time that legislators from the Northeast took to music to inspire. In 2017, former Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma sang the classic Beatles song, ‘All my loving’, with opposition leaders of the state, and the video had gone viral.

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Mizo boxer Nutlai Lalbiakkima to fight for IBA 2021 title, first Indian in the circuit

New Delhi: Nutlai Lalbiakkima, a 24-year-old boxer from Mizoram, has become the first Indian to fight for the International Boxing Association (IBA) Intercontinental title. The 2021 edition of the tournament is scheduled to take place in August.

The IBA title is for professional and semi-professional boxers across the globe.

“My game-plan is to achieve the IBA World Title by 2022 and then fight for WBO, IBF and WBC titles later,” Lalbiakkima told InsideNE.

Lalbiakkima, also known as NT Biakkima, made history in 2018 when he defeated Rio Olympics champion Hasanboy Dusmatov to reach the 49kg semifinals of the President’s Cup tournament in Kazakhstan.

The 5’1″ pugilist from Mizoram’s Siaha district is reported to have trained using heavy stones in the absence of dumbbells, during the initial days of his career.

Lalbiakkima, who idolises Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, also said he has made up his mind “to become India’s first world champion” in his weight division.


2 Assam villages light 4,444 lamps in memory of Covid victims

A total of 774 families from two villages in Assam recently came together to light 4,444 earthen lamps in memory of people who have lost their lives to Covid-19.

The ceremony was organised by the Sonowal Kachari community in Naharkatia area, and the residents of Na-Khotiya Sonowal and Mathawoni lit the lamps on both sides of the road passing through the two villages.

The villagers, while maintaining Covid-19 protocols, also offered prayers to the local deity, Khring-Khring Baitho — believed to represent the five elements of fire, earth, water, air and space.

“There are many in this world who have become orphans at a tender age. We have ourselves encountered many such cases and just imagine how big the numbers can be in the entire world…This is our attempt to pray for the peace of the departed and strength for the living,” Gakul Bora, a resident, has been quoted as saying.

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