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MoD launches IPV Rani Gaidinliu
Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 9:
Published on 10 Nov. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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Zeliangrong community in Manipur Tuesday expressed their gratitude to the Union Ministry of Defense and others who took key initiative in launching IPV Rani Gaidinliu– Inshore Patrol Vessel on November 6. The vessel in the name of Rani Gaidinliu was launched last Saturday at Visakhapatam, Andhra Pradesh in honour and acknowledging the great contribution rendered by the freedom fighter for the cause of India’s Independence.
Freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu, a Zeliangrong woman was born in the year 1951 at Longkao village of Tamenglong district, Manipur and expired on 1993. During her lifetime she spent many years in jail for the cause of India’s Independence. Recently, mention may be made that Postal department had also launched a branch- post office at her native village in her honour.
The patrol vessel of 51.15 metre of length and 8.36 metre of breath (168x27 fts) was made by the Hindustan Shipyard Limited under the initiative of Ministry of Defense. Wife of chief commissioner customs & central excise launched the ship on Saturday.
In a joint statement by the Kabui Mother’s Association Manipur (KMAM), Zeliangrong Union (Assam, Manipur & Nagaland) and Zeliangrong Youth Front (Assam, Manipur & Nagaland) expressed gratitude to all authorities concerned in launching the vessel in honour of Rani Gaidinliu.
Meanwhile, the KMAM reminded that even in the past, a memoranda was submitted to Sonia Gandhi, chairperson National Advisory Council and UPA, governor of Manipur, and chief minister of Manipur to name and dedicate one of the three market sheds constructed at Khwairamband bazar, Imphal in the honour of Raini Gaidinliu as a mark of respect for her great contribution rendered to the country.
The statement said that the state government’s failure in naming one of the three markets at Khwairamband bazaar, was a glaring example clearly showing the inability to understand the important role of the freedom fighter. There would have been many places or things dedicated in her name if she had not belonged to Kabui (Zeliangrong) community, the statement said.
We hope that much more things would come up in future to show befitting honour to Rani Gaidinliu invaluable contribution for the cause of India’s Independence, it added.

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