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NF Railway towards 100% electrification


Maligaon, March 21, 2018: In order to fulfil the ambitious project “Mission Electrification” of Indian Railways successful,   N F Railway has been in full swing to electrify all its routes. Earlier in 3rd November 2016 Indian Railways had launched Mission Electrification of 24,400 route kilometre (rkm) of BG network in next five years. This is also a part of India’s goal of cutting carbon emission by 33-35% by 2030, “Mission Electrification- an initiative to reduce dependence on diesel by electrifying nearly 100% of railway tracks in the next 5years.

In N F Railway during 2018-19 a massive Railway electrification works has already been sanctioned to electrify all its routes. Electric operation has been inaugurated on N F Railway’s line from Katihar to other parts of the country since 10.04.2017 while Katihar-Kumedpur-Old Maldah – Singhabad section has also been commissioned on 08.01.2018 to run the trains over that section. The works for  the section Kumedpur - Barsoi – Kishanganj -New Jalapaiguri - Raninagar(Jalpaiguri) is also in advance stage and due to be completed within March-2019.

Most importantly targeted time to run electric service train upto Guwahati has been fixed within 2020.In this connection the railway electrification works from Raninagar (Jalpaiguri) - New Bongaigaon - Guwahati section has also been sanctioned and after finalisation of tenders now works has been  going on expediously. Within this the work is divided into two packages, ie package-1covering from Raninagar(Jalpaiguri)-New Bongaigaon(excl) of 221 RKM(Route Kilo metre)/412 TKM(Track Kilo metre) while package-2 from New Bongaigaon-Guwahati vis Rangia of 161 RKM / 275 TKM.

The required electricity will be drawn at 7 Traction sub-stations viz; New Mainaguri, Pundibari, Gosaigaon Hat, New Bongaigaon, Sarbhog, Nalbari and Kamakhya. Already work of drawing transmission lines to these sub stations have also been awarded for New Mainaguri, Pundibari, Gosaigaon Hat, Nalbari and work in progress.

Assam: NRC to contain genuine names


New Delhi, March 21, 2018:  A  part Draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), Assam covering 1.90 crore persons out of 3.29 crore applicants has been  published on December 31 last  including names of those applicants in respect of whom the entire process of verification has been completed. 

The remaining applicants are under various stages of scrutiny and after their verification is completed, another draft NRC will be published.  The NRC, Assam is being updated as per the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003. 

This work is being carried out in a fair and objective manner. The final NRC will contain the names of all genuine Indian Citizens in the State of Assam.  The updation of NRC is being monitored by the Supreme Court.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir informed this in response to questions in the Lok Sabha.

Ex Tripura minister dies at 65


Agartala, March 20, 2018: Ratan Ghosh who at a very early age became minister during Congress TUJS regime in Tripura passed away on Tuesday. He was 65.

An ardent Congressman Ghosh joined Trinamool Congress after his party suffered a setback in 2008 assembly elections. He remained in the party despite BJP’s massive surge and triumph in 2018 elections.

Ratan Ghosh survived by his wife and dentist daughter. Top political leaders expressed grief over his demise.

Pre planting operations in rubber


Agartala, March 19, 2018: Rubber growers can contact Rubber Board Call Centre to know about the pre planting operations in rubber. Ms. Phebe Joseph, Scientist, Rubber Research Institute of India will answer the questions on the subject on March 21 2018 from 10 am to 1 pm. The Call Centre number is 0481 - 2576622.

Pre planting operations in rubber are very much important and should be planned with a long term vision. It is not possible to correct the shortfalls in planting in a perennial crop like rubber which has a life span of 25-30 years. Rubber Research Institute of India has developed suitable agronomic practices for rubber through years of research.

These research findings should be utilized right from the preparation of land. Cost of cultivation could be reduced substantially by adopting new agricultural practices. 

Information about the services of the Board and also technical advice regarding cultivation, production, processing, etc. of rubber can be regularly sought from the Call Centre functioning at its Head Office. The service is available from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm on all working days.

Left govt shoulders 11 thousand crore burned on new govt


Agartala, March 18, 2018: Newly installed BJP-IPFT coalition government has inherited a huge financial burden from erstwhile CPI(M) led left front government forcing it to rush for help from central government. Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarman who is holding finance portfolio informed that state is facing a deficit of more than Rs11 thousand 500 crores.

The new government is under obligation to comply with its election pledges mainly implementation of recommendations of 7th pay commission for its employees and staffs. Debbarman informed that Chief Minister has left for Delhi on Sunday to try to manage fund from the central government on an urgent basis.

He said they will be requiring additional Rs 1500 crore fund for hike of salary and benefits in compliance with 7th pay commission. He assured of implementation of all assurances made in election pledges.

Jishnu Debbarman said they have adopted three point formulas to cope with financial crisis. He described the formula as seeking central government help, procuring more revenue from state resources and proper management of financial matters.

Tripura CM to try for fund in Delhi


Agartala, March 17, 2018: Biplab Deb, Chief Minister of newly elected BJP–IPFT coalition government in Tripura is rushing to New Delhi to try to garner fund from the central government. He is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top leaders in his maiden visit to national capital after assuming office of Chief Minister.

Decision on his visit to Delhi to try to gain more fund was taken at weekly meeting of council of ministers here on Thursday. The meeting reviewed and found dismal fund situation in last month of current fiscal.

Being C category state, the central government supports 90percent of state’s budgetary allocation. Present state government needs additional fund to implemented lucrative pledge BJP made in assembly election campaign.  

Phensedyl and Ganja recovered


Agartala, March 16, 2018: SDPO Sonamura and staff accompanied by Addl. SP (Sipahijala) conducted raid at Rangamatia, Bordwal area under Sonamura police station at about 2345 hrs on Thursday.

During search Police recovered and seized 800 bottles Phensedyl cough Syrup and 50 Kgs Dry Ganja from the house of one Farid Maishan of Rangamatia, Bordwal,

A case has been registered in this registered in Sonamura police station.

Guv Acharya launches ‘My Northeast App’


Kohima, March 16, 2018: Governor, P. B. Acharya launched ‘My Northeast App’ Friday at St. Joseph College in Jakhama. My Northeast App is a network of services up-to-date with all the latest news on jobs, education and infotainment.

Acharya launching the app stated that empowerment by education is a necessity for the development of a country. Many young people with conventional degrees are not employable now, he stated quoting the Prime Minister’s statement. Exhorting the students to go for expertise in knowledge, he expressed hope that the app will help them in providing necessary information in acquiring skills required for their future.

Director, Higher Education, Kuholi Chishi during the launching of the app encouraged the students to make the best use of the app and upgrade and update one with the facilities provided by the app. She expressed optimism that the entire students’ community will benefit from the app.

CEO, My Northeast App, Prakash explaining the application said that many northeast students are deprived of opportunities due to lack of information. The app will provide information on international/ national entrance exams and scholarships, local, corporate and government job details. The app also has a call centre for providing information and any queries of the students, he informed.

NEUWJ‘s first convention on 25th


Guwahati, March 15, 2018: The first convention of North East Union of Working Journalists (NEUWJ) will be organized on March 25 2018 at Guwahati Press Club.  Eminent journalist and editor of ‘Prantik’ Pradip Barua will inaugurate the convention where editor of ‘Bismoi’ Shashi Phukan will release the souvenir  and senior journalist Samudra Gupta Kashyap will be present as a special guest.

The open session will be presided over by NEUWJ president Joykanta Sarma, which will be graced by a number of acclaimed northeastern journalists including  David Laitphlang  (Meghalaya), Bijoy Gurung (Sikkim), Sobhapati Samom (Manipur), Pirrip Sumi  (Nagaland), Kenter Joya Riba (Arunachal Pradesh), Syed Sajjad Ali (Tripura) and Malsawmpuia Ralte (Mizoram).  

Manoj Agasti, general secretary of NEUWJ, which is registered under the trade union act, extends invitations to all journalists and media organizations of the region to make the convention s success.

Controversy on CS Welfare Fund rests


Kohima, March 14, 2018: Nagaland Home Commissioner Abhisek Singh in a statement information rumours were floated on Social Media with regard to a Circular issued by Office of Commissioner, calling for voluntary contributions to Chief Secretary Welfare Fund, it is felt necessary to issue this Press Release with regard to the operation of Chief Secretary Welfare Fund.

He informed to all that the Chief Secretary’s Special Welfare Fund (CSSWF) has been created in pursuance of the decision taken during the AHODs/HODs meeting on February 19 2016. An Office Memorandum in this regard was also issued in August 2016. 

According to his statement Chief Secretary’s Special Welfare Fund (CSSWF) is overseen and administered by an Executive Committee consisting of the following:

Chief Secretary –Chairman

Development Commissioner - Member

Finance Commissioner – Member

Home Commissioner – Member Secretary

The Chief Secretary’s Special Welfare Fund (CSSWF) is utilized for extending Relief and for providing assistance to individuals and organizations/bodies within and outside the State for such causes as deemed fit by the Executive Committee.

The day to day functioning and operation of the Chief Secretary’s Special Welfare Fund (CSSWF) is monitored by a Steering Committee consisting of the following members: 

        a.    Home Commissioner - Chairman

        b.    Secretary NSDMA &RR- Member Secretary

        c.    Addl. Secretary SAB (Home)- Member

        d.    Joint Secretary Finance- Member

        e.    OSD-NSDMA (Home)- Member

The Welfare Fund was set up through Voluntary contributions by requesting all Gazetted Officers in the State Government to contribute one day’s salary every year to the Fund starting from the 1st April 2017. The contribution is purely on voluntary basis. Any Officer who is not willing to make a contribution can write to Home Commissioner through AHoD without giving any reason.

The Chief Secretary’s Special Welfare Fund (CSSWF) is audited at the end of every financial year by an internal audit committee which is set up by the Executive Committee.

An annual report on the operation of the Chief Secretary’s Special Welfare Fund (CSSWF) is presented during the AHoDs & HoDs meetings for ratification as well as decision taken by Executive Committee from time to time.

The Chief Secretary Special Welfare Fund has been set up by Government Officers through a resolution and contributions to the same are voluntary. One of the purposes for which the Welfare Fund has been utilised is for procurement of CD4 machines for AIDS Care. This clarification is being issued in view of carious comments on Social Media on the matter.