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Manipur innovators make a mark in Delhi

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, March 16 � Manipur products have become crowd pullers in the ongoing National Innovation Foundation�s Grassroots Innovation Exhibition at Mughal Gardens in the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

The exhibition will conclude tomorrow, Manipur Information Centre, Delhi sources said.

President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil inaugurated the exhibition on March 14. The exhibition features 45 stalls showcasing 32 innovations by rural persons. This year�s focus is the North East, with Manipur having six stalls. Special focus of the exhibition was handloom and handicraft machineries from Manipur. Five innovators from Manipur are participating in the exhibition.

A physically challenged innovator, Y Mangi Singh from Kakching, who had developed a �Kouna mat-making machine�, was the special attraction in the exhibition. The President spent some time watching the innovator weave the Kouna mat.

Ng Nabakumar Singh of Leingang in Bishnupur district, who had invented the �Double shuttle loom� was also a crowd puller. The device was getting rave reviews from experts and visitors.

The �Improved mechanised loom� of Salam Rajesh Singh which made bandages also received special attention in the exhibition. The innovator received many enquiries from prospective entrepreneurs from other States to purchase his machine.

The visitors were dazzled by the �Electric shock-free converter� of Ksh Nicholson Singh, of Imphal, which converts all live electric current into �shock free� current.

Kh Jina�s herbal soap was a big hit. It was a rare achievement that the only woman innovator who participated in the exhibition happened to be from Manipur.

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