How a solution for her daughter’s old shoes launched Manipur winner Padma Shri’s entrepreneurial journey – ThePrint
New Delhi: Moirangthem Muktamani Devi’s journey as a distinguished shoemaker began nearly 30 years ago when she decided to mend her daughter’s worn-out school shoes using wool yarn.
Muktamani’s shoes are now in demand not only outside his state but also in countries such as Australia, UK, Japan, USA and South Korea. This year, she was also awarded the Padma Shri for her contributions in the field of commerce and industry.
“It was 1991, I didn’t have a penny to fix my daughter’s school shoes. As a result, I took the outer sole of her old shoes and knitted the upper part of the shoes with a wool yarn. It was my first invention,” Muktamani told the Imphal Free Press.
These handmade, vegan shoes quickly caught the attention of teachers at her daughter’s school, who then asked Muktamani to make similar pairs for their children.
Since then, there has been no turning back for her. A resident of Kakching district in Manipur, Muktamani went on to exhibit her products at state and national fairs. She also started training individuals and became the owner of Mukta Shoes in 1994.
Arunachal district helps underprivileged children to ‘play the sport of their choice’
In the Miao sub-division of Arunachal Pradesh, children can now borrow sports equipment of their choice from the district administration. The idea is to give disadvantaged children the “right to practice the sports of their choice”.
This is part of an initiative launched by the administration called “Free Sports Equipment Bank”. This sports bank is located in the former library premises in the office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC).
Miao ADC Sunny K. Singh, who initiated this project, said IsMojo“We observed that children in Miao, who mainly come from lower economic strata, found it difficult to pursue and play their chosen sports despite the urge and urge to play the same.”
“One of the reasons, among many others, which prevented these children from playing sports, was the cost of equipment. This forced these talents to watch games from the other side of the fence rather than play them themselves.
The sports bank currently has equipment for cricket, football, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, skating, chess and carrom.
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Assam Forestry Division conducts state’s first leopard census
To resolve the human-leopard conflict in Assam’s urban settlements, a state forestry division launched the first-of-its-kind census to map the big cat’s habitat and routes.
The objective of this six-month-old exercise is to “set the standards” for infrastructure development. It is organized by the North Kamrup Forestry Division which covers urban, rural and semi-urban areas on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River.
“Leopards prefer outlying areas of jungles and often attack human settlements for food. The objective of this exercise was to map their population, habitat and movement routes for better planning of human settlements,” he said. Divisional Forestry Officer Sunnydeo Choudhary.
“We should be able to tell the government how to plan infrastructure projects once we have a fair idea of the status of the leopard,” he added.
Arunachal para-athlete to represent India in Spain, awaits sponsor
Biri Takar, a 21-year-old para-commuter from Arunachal Pradesh, is the first para-athlete from his state to represent India at an international event.
He is one of 42 players who will take part in the Spanish Para Badminton International-II which will begin on February 27 in Zabalgana, Spain.
But Takar has not yet found a sponsor to help him make this trip.
“We have been asked to bear our own expenses for the competition which is quite high (around Rs 4 lakh). I have run the same for all national events so far, thanks to my family, my supporters and the Paralympic Association of Arunachal (PAA), but this time it is different,” Takar said. . IsMojo.
“It’s an international event held in a European country. I don’t know if I will be able to participate unless I get support from the government.
His father is a Group D Technician with Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services.
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