New Cycle Club of the state to encourage cycling in Manipur

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By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 23: Padmashree RK Jhalajit, renowned historian and scholar 
was honored as Icon of "Man with a Cycle" in Manipur today in the Cycle 
club launch function organized by cycle enthusiasts at the Maharaja 
Budhachandra College, Konung lampak, Imphal. Receiving the honor, RK 
Jhalajit encouraged all to adopt cycle for health, environment and 
family saving and lamented on finding no space for cycle in the present 
Imphal city development works. R.K Ranjan, former Registrar MU, U 
Nobokishore, NGO worker, Yambem Laba, former Member State Human Rights 
Commission, Babloo Loitongbam, human rights activist and Irengbam Arun, 
Editor Ereibak also shared concerns over the deteriorating environment 
and economic situation in the state and how developed and developing 
countries abroad have, by policy, adopted cycle for attending office and 
marketing. 

The function attended by about 50 concerned citizens including women 
belonging to different works of life unanimously formed The Manipur 
Cycle Club with an objective of reviving and popularizing cycle in 
Imphal city and towns in the state as the only means to address larger 
issues of health, economy, development and environment affecting all 
sections of society, locally and globally. Altogether, 50 members 
registered as the founding members of the Club to work together for 
changing negative mindsets of and lack of space for cycle in public 
space. Members included environmentalist, journalists, film makers, 
academicians, human rights activists, intellectuals and scholars. 

Among many decisions arrived after minute discussions the Club will 
campaign for creating cycle lane and parking space in Imphal city. An 
Ad-hoc committee, headed by Yambem Laba, former Member, State Human 
Rights Commission as the Convener and Deben Sharma, Peace worker as the 
Co-convener was formed to take follow up actions of organizing the Club 
and campaign activities. Membership to the Club is open to all 
interested individuals and like minded organizations. Interested persons 
may kindly access Cycle Club Manipur at Facebook and may also contact 
Jupiter Yambem Center, Paona International Market

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