Arun Kumar | January 27, 2017 | Manipur
In this chirpy market, there is a woman busy weighing a kilo of fish in one corner, while at another, a woman is knitting and selling fresh woollen clothes. At another part of this famous bazaar, customers are hurriedly buying fresh fruits and vegetables from women clad in traditional bright-coloured clothing called phaneks and innaphis. The market, the Ima Keithel, is one tourist spot that you will find on almost every list of ‘Places to Visit’ in Manipur’s capital city Imphal.
Literally translating into ‘mother’s market’, this all-women market is one of a kind. It is a 500-year-old bazaar with multiple stalls run exclusively by women. The stalls sell things ranging from food items including spices and herbs to earthen pots, metal, stoneware, utensils, jewellery and bamboo. Stalls selling local cuisine are also abundant. These cheerful, friendly women, in between setting their stalls and tackling customers, also find time to discuss social and political issues of the state. All the women here are running their own businesses and not a single man is found selling anything here. Known to be a part of the Manipuri tradition, Ima Keithel is a sign of women’s equality and independence.
(The photo story appears in the January 16-31, 2017 issue)
On May 23 this year, the ministry of environment issued ‘Rules on prevention of cruelty to animals (regulation of livestock market)’ with the purported aim of regulating animal markets. When one reads the rules – notwithstanding the lame efforts from union ministers to issue clarificati
BEML, a mini ratna category-1 enterprise of the defence ministry, has set a target of using 100 percent renewable energy for its own consumption. In this connection, BEML’s 9 MW Windmill Park installed at Bagalkot District in Karnataka was recently
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a Maharatna enterprise, has recorded nearly 14 percent growth in its intellectual capital in 2016-17 fiscal. During the year, a record 508 patents and copyrights were filed by the company, translating into filing of nearly two patents/copyrights
National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has joined hands with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Odisha, to organise outreach programmes for industries and other stakeholders on GST implementation. Series of interactive programmes are being
Taking prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Housing for all by 2022’ forward, Employees` Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has amended the EPF Scheme, 1952 to provide assistance in acquiring affordable houses to the EPF members by allowing withdrawal from PF to
IndianOil is currently transporting bulk LPG from Mangalore to various LPG bottling plants in north Kerala through about 100 bullet trucks every day, which ply on narrow highways. A pipeline connecting the proposed LPG import terminal to Kochi Refineries Limited and the LPG bottling plants at Udayamperoo