When I was young I used to gaze at my reflection on the looking mirror to find out whether I looked good or not. During those times the looking mirror was my best friend. I used to watch my image in the morning as soon as I climbed down from bed, after taking a shower, before going to school or college or whenever I was about to go outside be it an appointment with somebody or any other private work, after returning home and even before going to bed. Sitting in front of a looking mirror, preferably a wide and lengthy one was an inseparable constituent of my very existence during those yonder years.

When the Boston Bombing incident took place in 2014, users of Reddit (a social media platform) took it upon themselves to find the perpetrators. A suspect was singled out and a massive head-hunt was launched to harass this person and his family. The users congratulated each other, but it was soon realized that the suspect was just an innocent guy who had committed suicide. Damage control was initiated but when the fog settled, it was too late to undo the harassment caused to the deceased and his family .

A vast green moor at the foothill of Kounu Chingsang topping a blanket of fluffy cottony summer clouds at Maning Sabal Lampak of Khukhrul Makha Leikai in Sekmai was where the stage of ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone?’ stood. Such a tranquil open air venue full of green virgin grass, chosen for the two days of annual music festival, organised collaboratively by the non-profit group Folksy Triumph, Khukhrul Welfare Organisation, Apunba Khukhrul Nupi Chaokhat Lup with folk-rock band Imphal Talkies N The Howlers, hosting a handful of truly avant-garde musicians from Manipur and outside, truly fascinated everyone seeing the event live at the venue or online. All it took was a load of music and fun on the lap of nature, and braving some rain, too. And it was all worth it.

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The imprisonment did not cow-down, instead he gained more mileage in his freedom movement. He ordered to procure more fire arms from the plains of Cachar. He engaged some blacksmiths to manufacture traditional fire arms and weapons. All the freedom movements and activities were kept a strict secret. Jinlakpou informed about the movement of Jadonang to his Kuki friend, Lhoupa, who was also a Government employee as Mauzadar in Naga Hills. Lhoupa informed about the political movement of Jadonang to Mr J.P. Mill, D.C. of Naga Hills on 5th January 1931. He took the opportunity to take revenge for the Kuki Rebellion of 1917 -1919 against the Zeliangrong people.

Some of the historians, writers have emphasised incomplete name of Jadonang. It is a misnomer. Jadonang was born in Marangmei clan of Kabui (Rongmei).It is more appropriate to mention surname. It is a Kabui (Rongmei) customary to provide surname after his or her name whatsoever personality he or she possesses. To cite some great personalities with their surname are John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru,Subhas Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore, Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Ratan Naval Tata, Angami Zapu Phizo, Jananeta Hijam Irabot etc. It is traditionally customary to name a person with surname among the Kabui (Rongmei) Community. Full name of Jadonang Marangmei will provide more understanding to the present and future generations to which family’s Clan of Kabui (Rongmei) he belongs to.

A great American sociologist, Robert K. Merton, once examined and analyzed twentieth century American society. He found out that the means to achieve the ‘American Dream’ – good paying job, nice house, lovely kids, new cars, etc. – did not conform to socially accepted institutionalized means. His social strain theory explains the discrepancies between culturally accepted goals and

Of the most ambitious and controversial mega projects in Manipur, the 105 MW Loktak Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project (Loktak Project) hit news headlines in early August 2017, again for wrong reasons. Several media establishments published the non-existence of memorandum of understanding or agreement (MoU) on Loktak Project between the Government of Manipur and the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), as confirmed by the NHPC on 9 May 2017 in response to an RTI filed by Mr. Joy Haobijam of Thanga, Manipur. The arsoning of floating huts in Loktak Wetlands and the merciless brutality unleashed by the Loktak Development Authority (LDA) and the Manipur Police in November 2011 and the scandalous corruption in the cleaning of ‘Phumdi’, floating biomass in Loktak Wetlands involving the K-Pro company, also hits news headlines in recent years.

This is great news for all of us to know the fact that the National Sports University Bill has been introduced in Parliament on 10th August 2017; though inadvertently it was reported that the Bill was introduced during Zero Hour in Lok Sabha. Please remember that government Bills cannot be introduced in Zero Hour which is not bound by any Rule; transaction of formal Government business is done either before or after Zero Hour. Anyway it seems that the BJP government is going by the promises it made during the Election hustings. Blockade lifted within days of assuming power though the Frankenstein (Districts) is still haunting. The martyrs of Lamka had been put to rest though the MOU is yet to be fully fulfilled. The primary focus of this National Sports University will be on developing and promoting sports science, sports technology, sports management, high performance training etc. It is also for creation of a high standard infrastructure for the development of sports and training of athletes, apart from providing Bachelors Degree, Master’s Degrees and Research and Training in various areas related to sports. It will also adopt the best international practices followed by the best sports universities in the world.

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Quality sleep helps revitalize body , mind and improves our mood .Sleep is key to feeling and looking youthful. Sleep does wonders to feel refreshed, protecting health, immune system to look gorgeous and rejuvenated .The wrinkles, dull complexion and fine lines on skin are formed due to innumerable array of things like harsh ultraviolet (UV) sunrays, dust ,air pollution and harsh chemicals which comes in contact with skin during day time .But Sleep is the most powerful rejuvenating treatment and you can reverse this by taking care of skin by good night’s sleep . Sleep keeps young , slim and sexy by strengthening mental and physical health of an adult . Beauty sleep is not just a myth but helps to stay young by lowering stress level ,preventing weight gain and strengthening immune system .

For those who can’t live without music, those with music in their blood, those who eat, sleep and drink music, those who draw inspiration from music and more particularly those metal heads who like all kinds of rock genre, this piece of writing may come as an embracing one. Those who loathe music have the liberty to skip reading this piece from the very end of this very sentence.