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The 4th edition of Amur Falcon festival was held at Unity Stadium, C. Centre Tamenglong, under the theme ‘Honour the Treasured Wings’, organised by Rainforest Club Tamenglong under the aegis of Tamenglong Forest Division.
Local MLA Samuel Jendai attended the festival as chief guest, while PCCF (Wildlife), government of Manipur, D.J. N. Anand and PCCF, government of Manipur, K. Angami were the guest of honour and president respectively.
ADC members including Ramningle Pame, Charles Liangdiyang, G. Apoukhui and district level officers also attended the programme.
In his speech as chief guest, Samuel Jendai quoted one of John Keats’s most popular lines ‘A thing of beauty is joy forever’. He urged all to explore the beauty of Amur Falcon which has unique characteristics instead of killing.
According to him, the migratory bird Amur Falcon ‘Akhuaipuina’ has come all away from Siberia, South Africa and others and has only 6 years of life span.
He expressed his sincere thanks to the scientist of Wildlife Institute of India Dehradun, Dr. Suresh Kumar for his effort to tag satellite to the migratory bird. The names of ‘Tamenglong’ and ‘Manipur’ will be well-known to the global world through the migratory birds.
It is reported that Dr. Suresh had released two migratory birds, Amur Falcon (known as Akhuaipuina locally) one male and one female with tagging and named male bird as ‘Manipur’ and female bird as ‘Tamenglong’.
He fervently urged people of Tamenglong to preserve and give full protection to the Akhuaipui during their short period of stay.
Samuel Jendai gave out citation certificates to five villages including Chiuluan, Bamgaijang, Phalong (Bhalok) Ajuram and Sonpram village for their efforts to preserve and protect natural resource including Amur Falcon. He also introduced a team from Hungary who visited Tamenglong just to see the migratory bird.
In his guest of honour speech, D. J. N. Anand mentioned that migratory bird Amur Falcon ate up all the insects that were harmful for agriculture production. He said that India gave special status and gave importance to wildlife and forest.
Both the Central and state governments have implemented various schemes and projects to protect and preserve national resources but until and unless the local people come forward, the government alone cannot do anything, he added.
“If we do not preserve and protect national resources there would be imbalance in the ecosystem,” said Anand.
In his presidential address, K. Angami tendered his apology for delaying the programme. He said that forest and environment minister, Th. Shyamkumar was supposed to attend the programme as chief guest but could not come due to bad weather.
He mentioned that Phalong (Bhalok) village has been declared as Amur Falcon village and now Tamenglong district should be name as ‘Amur Falcon district’ as the migratory bird comes and rests in many villages of the district.
He urged the forest department to put necessary documents so that he can put forward to the higher authority for approval to name Tamenglong district as Amur Falcon district.
He also urged the people of Tamenglong to give support and protection to the national resources and also guide the forest department when the department wrongly implement any scheme and fund so that it is properly utilised.
An Auto Rickshaw rally was also held from Haipou Jadonang Park to the festival venue to create awareness on preservation and protection of Amur Falcon.
Various dance troupes performed dances during the programme which included ‘Akhuaipuina dance’ by Phalong (Bhalok) village, Zeme dance by students, and traditional howling welcome the chief guest and other dignitaries at the main gate.