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Three-day World Zomi Convention concludes

Correspondent
Churachandpur, Oct 27

The 3-day-long 3rd World Zomi Convention 2013, held under the theme ‘Issue, challenges, and opportunity of the Zomi’, concluded at YPA Head Quarters hall at Churachandpur town, 65 km south of Imphal, Sunday evening.
In the valedictory function, Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, Health Minister Phunzathang Tonsing, who is the local MLA, were the chief guest and functional president.Various traditional and colourful dances from different communities besides presentation by many choir groups were main highlights of the valedictory function. Later in the evening, people attended a mass prayer session at selected churches of the hill town.
Leaders of important civil society organizations, including All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation and others, also spoke on the occasion.
To create awareness and to make their stand more united in the face of the challenges generated by the technological advancement, the first World Zomi Convention was held at Champhai in Mizoram in May 1988 while the second convention was held in Aizawl, the Mizoram capital, in June 1991.
Zomi is not a tribe but a collection of people (Zo+Mi means Zo+People). Zo people which have around 45 clans and many sub-tribes are said to be known as Kuki tribe in Indian context while Chin in Myanmar, according to Zomi leaders. They have moved out to pursue education, employment, business etc and scattered across 35 countries of the globe and their population is estimated to be about 6 million.

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