Thursday, September 30, 2010

Indian journalists ‘to closely monitor pro-democracy movement

Indian government should ‘grant the benefits of democracy, humanity and prosperity to the peoples of India's origin and take a critical stance on the fairness and inclusiveness of the upcoming elections in Burma and their results.This call was made by the more than 20 journalists and civil society activists who participated in a media workshop on the November 7 Burma election as well as the situation of Burmese refugees living in India, held at the Press Club of India.

India allows refugees to stay in the country as they await UNHCR refugee status, it could do much more in providing security to this vulnerable group. The participants reminded the government that the influx of refugees in India is the result of bad governance in Burma.“India would benefit from a democratic Burma with respect to its economic and security interests in that country, while supporting the current regime simply plays into the hands of China,” said Nava Thakuria, senior journalist from Assam.

The day-long event, organized by Burma Center Prague and Burma Centre Delhi, was inaugurated by His Excellency Miloslav Stasek, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Republic of India.“The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports the transition to democracy in Burma through projects such as the Indian Base for the Transformation of Burma, being carried out by Burma Center Prague with the help of Burma Centre Delhi,” he explained.

As part of this project, three Czech journalists came to New Delhi to share their experience in covering elections and at the same time learn more about the work of Burmese independent media and see first-hand the situation of Burmese refugees living in the city.The workshop featured several experts on the Burmese issue including Dr. Tint Swe, Member of Parliament of the Burmese government in exile, Soe Myint, Editor-in-Chief of Mizzima News, Nava Thakuria, journalist from Assam, K. Yhome, Observer Research Foundation, Ro Mawi, Chin Refugee Committee, and Sangte, Editor of Khonumthung News.

The workshop was followed by a press conference with prominent Indian panelists including Vijay Jolly, joint convener, All India BJP Overseas Cell, Sumit Chakravarty, Editor of Mainstream and Jyoti Malhotra, senior journalist based in New Delhi.The media workshop also made an appeal to the mainstream Indian media that it should objectively report about the situation in Burma on the basis of all available sources while critically reviewing information provided by the Burmese military junta and its civilian successors and proxies.

It was also urged the Indian journalists ‘to closely consult with Burmese independent media and the Burmese pro-democracy movement in order to obtain a complete picture of the situation inside Burma and if possible provide training to them’.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

'Magnificent Mary'Five times World Champ back home

'Magnificent Mary'Five times World Champ back home
22.09.2010 07:01:18 Nksagar-Sagar Media -
22 Sept,2010 New Delhi:
Herbalife,IBF,IOS Felicitate Five times World Boxing Champion MC Marykom on 21 Sept 2010 at Hotel Park New Delh. Media and MP from Manipur and sports authorities were present to congratulate the boxing champion for fifth time. On Answering questions on her motherhood and being Five-times world boxing champion MC Mary Kom said her strong will and determination helped her to stay in the sport even after attaining motherhood.

( - Manipur government has announced a cash prize of 10 lakh rupees for star women boxer M C Mary Kom, who achieved a rare feat of five consecutive world titles in Bridgetown last week.The 27year old, mother of two clinched the fifth gold medal at the World Championships on Saturday by thrashing old foe Steluta Duta of Romania 16-6 in the light flyweight 48kg finals.An official release said that Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh announced purse in recognition of her historic achievement.

She began boxing in 2000 and was a quick learner who preferred to be put through the same paces as the boys around her. She initially tried to keep her interest from her father, M. Tonpu Kom, and mother Saneikham Kom, but winning a 2000 state championship got her photograph in the newspaper.After winning her first title and Best Boxer at the First State Level Invitation women's boxing championship in Manipur in 2000, Merykom went on to win the gold in the Seventh East India Women’s Boxing Championship held in West Bengal and five subsequent Indian National Championships from 2000 to 2005.

Mary Kom, a mother of two, came back from a two-year sabbatical to clinch her fourth successive World Amateur boxing gold in 2008, a feat that prompted the AIBA to describe her as 'Magnificent Mary.

Herbalife, Indian Boxing Federation, Olympic gold quest, Infinity Optimal Solutions felicitated Mary Kom in her honour for her achievements at Hotel Park in New Delhi after her return from concluded Women's World Boxing Championship in Bridgetown.In her addressing to the media, Mary Kom thanked the Media along with IBF, IOS, Herbalife and Manipur Government.

Marykom said "My aim in the near future is to win the 2012, London Olympic" .Globally named " Magnificent Mary" addressed Col PKM Raja, Secretary General of the Indian Boxing Federation, he is confident Mary will win the 2012 Olympic gold.

Little shy to speak about her achievements Mary looked confident said I am very happy and thanking Herbalife second my boxing federation and others.She was ongraultaed by M Manipur and Union Sports Minister MS Gill. In Facilitation function she was awarded Rs 1 lakh and 2 lakhs by the Boxing Federation and Herbalife respectively.

To a question of the non-inclusion of women boxing championship in the Common Wealth Games 2010, Marykom,world champion said, "It hurts me a lot, we are trying to ensure its inclusion and would have been very good to have the women boxing championship in the CWG – Delhi".Intervening at this IBF secretary, Col PKM Raja said "it is unfortunate, but the women boxing championship will be included only in the next CWG".

Mary praised her husband for her achievement for his enouragement to remain in the profession and told the media its difficult journey especially after she became a mother with family members,her well wishers teling her to give up boxing."It was due to the encouragement from my husband that I could return to the ring in a positive frame of mind," said the diminutive boxer.

Media asking her message to the global plus Indian youth and the women of Manipur and the country at large,she said, "I am an example of "nothing is impossible"further said that seeing her, many of her seniors had returned to sports after marriage. She said "people learn from me".Her pivotal role now to win London Olympic gold in women boxing for the nation and therafter her future after 2012 she plans to retire and would be a coach.

Her achievements are difficult to tread for another boxer in decades to come, IBF secretary Col Raja said " to find a successor will take a long time".

Mary will be undergoing trial selection tomorrow in the capital for the upcoming Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, China in November.She is also working toward weight increase from 48 kg in the world Championship for the coming Asian games that requires 51 kg. She noted "Women and Boxing is very admirable".In the morning the Kom received warm welcome as students in Delhi received Mary Kom at the airport on her arrival to congratulate and welcome her.
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