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Monday , December 17 , 2012
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Mass Bible reading route to record book

Churachandpur, Dec. 16: The Gangte community in Manipur today made an attempt to enter the Limca Book of Records by mass reading of the Bible.

Altogether 7,047 people took part in the event organised at Chiengkawnpang ground in Churachandpur district as a part of Gangte Christian Gospel Centenary celebration.

The four-day event concluded today.

Men, women, children and members of the community from all walks of life either stood or sat throughout the reading of the whole 16 chapters of the Book of Romans of the Bible, which took 1 hour 27 minutes.

Assistant deputy commissioner of Churachandpur district Mani Ram Sharma and superintendent of police L.M. Haokip witnessed the Bible-reading session. They read the Bible in Gangte language.

K. Mawia, secretary of the celebration committee, and three other members of the committee led the reading session.

It began at 1.26pm and concluded at 2.53pm without a break. The organisers will send the recordings of the event to the Limca Book with a request for inclusion of the mass Bible reading session in the record book.

Sharma lauded the effort and hoped that the attempt would not go in vain. Gangte is one of the clans of Mizo tribe and has a population of 20,000 in 54 villages in Manipur, mostly concentrated in Churachandpur district, neighbouring Myanmar.

Gin Gangte, a community leader, said the organisers wanted to involve as many people as they could in the celebrations and set a record at the same time. “There is no world record of mass Bible reading,” he added.

A large number of people from other communities as well gathered at the reading session venue to witness the event long before the session began, though they did not take part in it.