Tangkhul magazine ‘Aja Kachang’ hits the stands

DIPR/NNN IMPHAL, 11th Oct: A monthly magazine in Tangkhul dialect titled ‘Aja Kachang’ was released in a function held at Nagaram community hall here on Wednesday.

Adding yet another feather in her cap by editing Aja Kachang, editor of Tangkhul bilingual newspaper Aja Daily, Valley Rose Hungyo holds the record of being the only lady editor of the state.

Parliamentary secretary (Planning and Transport) Khashim Vashum; Ukhrul MLA Alfred Kanngam Arthur, MBC pastor Reverend L Simon Raumei, Jesus Gospel Ministry director Ashang Kasar and IPR director Meghachandra Kongbam attended the function as presidium members.

Rev Simon opened the function with a prayer for maintaining peaceful co-existence and solidarity in the society.

Addressing the gathering, Khashim Vashum appreciated the role of the media and appealed to the Tangkhul community to improve their reading habits of newspapers. He lauded the efforts of Valley Rose and (late) her husband in keeping alive the Aja Daily to its present status from its initial days against all odds. He urged for focussing on more informative contents like appointment and interview notices in their daily and magazine.

“In these days of yellow journalism where the news content comprises only 10 per cent of truth and the remaining are merely superficial and little of well-researched news aimed with the sole objective to sell more papers, media based on the truth can touch our hearts and bridge the gap between valley and the hills,” said Alfred Kanngam Arthur while giving his viewpoint on the need to read the truth and maintain media ethics.

He also noted that in a volatile state like Manipur, the role of media is important in bringing unity and harmony.

Former additional director (IPR) NG Woleng, who was also present at the function, said that Tangkhuls should encourage literature and start reading Tangkhul dailies and magazines by increasing subscription instead of criticising articles written by others. Constructive suggestions will sow the seeds of development, he added.

Speaking to Newmai News Network, Valley Rose Hungyo, explained that the new magazine it is a non-profit venture. On reasons for launching the magazine, she opined that daily newspapers alone are incomplete in rendering service to the people.

She said that important articles or information published in the daily newspapers do not stay long as readers dump them for the next edition after 24 hours. At least readers will feel articles in the monthly magazine are "valid" for a month, she added.

Valley Rose Hungyo said that the first edition of Aja Kachang magazine is dedicated to her late husband Ngathingkhui Hungyo who passed away a couple of years ago.

It is worth noting here that Aja daily newspaper, the first ever Tangkhul daily in Manipur, will celebrate Silver Jubilee this year. Aja newspaper was launched on December 3, 1992.

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