China video on last year’s Galwan clashes turns this Manipuri Army captain into a hero

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An Indian Army officer from Manipur’s Senapati district has earned praises for his bravery during clashes with Chinese troops at the Galwan Valley in Ladakh last year.

Captain Soiba Maningba Rangnamei from the 16 Bihar Regiment came under the spotlight after China released a video last week of the border standoff that took place in June last year. The clip shows the captain pushing back a Chinese PLA soldier and walking unarmed to stop Chinese troops from transgressing.

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and Union minister Kiren Rijiju also took to Twitter recently to applaud his bravery.

Belonging to the Maram tribe of Manipur, the Army officer did his schooling from the Sainik School, Imphal and graduated from the National Defence Academy in Pune. He passed the Joint Training Academy and was commissioned on 9 June 2018 from the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun.

Black-necked crane visits Assam for the first time, gets a new name
A pair of black-necked cranes (Grus nigricollis) were recently sighted in Assam for the first time. The birds, which are native to Tibet, were spotted on the outskirts of the Panbari range of Manas National Park in the state.

“We are so excited. It’s a major development. The black-necked crane has never been sighted in Assam. We suspect it might have flown all the way from the Tibetan Plateau,” Nilutpal Mahanta, a researcher scholar at Gauhati University told The News Mill.

Tiken Ray, a member of the Wildlife Trust of India’s field team has alerted about the spotting of these birds on 17 February. The next day, a group of researchers visited the site and confirmed the pair to be black-necked cranes.

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