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VP to attend two convocations in NE


Agartala, May 22, 2018: Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu will attend two convocation ceremonies in northeast India on Wednesday. He will first attend 2nd Convocation of National Institute of Technology Nagaland as the chief guest 10 am. 

Governor of Nagaland, P.B. Acharya will grace the occasion as the guest of honour.

Thereafter he would fly to Agartala to attend 11th convocation of Tripura University (Central) at 4 pm. Governor Tathagata Roy and Chief Minister Biplab Deb would also participate. 

ONGC team summits Mt Kanchenjunga


New Delhi, May 22, 2018: A team of ONGC has successfully summited the third highest and most challenging peak, Mt Kanchenjunga. The first group comprising five ONGC employees completed the mission on 20th May, while the second group of four ONGC employees and one Indian Mountaineering Foundation member summited the peak today. With this, ONGC, whose team also scaled the Everest last year, becomes the first Corporate in the world to accomplish this difficult and unique feat. 

The team attempted the summit in 2 groups, with the first group, comprising of Expedition leader Nirmal Kumar, Pankaj Joshi, Monti Rajkhowa, Palkesh G Kalma and Gaurav Kadian scaling the peak at around 8:15 am Nepal Time on 20th May, 2018 and the second group comprising of Yogender Garbiyal, Rahul Jarngal, Akash Bavariya, Surendra Prasad Jakhmola and Indian Mountaineering Foundation’s Sheetal scaling the peak today at around 3:40 am Nepal Time.

The Kanchenjunga expedition team had three women members, out of which ONGCian Monti Rajkhowa and IMF’s Sheetal successfully summited the peak while Shipra Batra, another ONGCian accompanied the team as support staff. Monti Rajkhowa was also part of the Everest expedition last year, scaling up to camp 4 at an altitude of 8000 m. Summiteers Nirmal Kumar, Rahul Jarngal and Yogender Garbiyal were also part of the team that scaled the Everest last year, a unique accomplishment.

ONGC, as part of its unique HR initiative, encourages mountaineering among its employees, as it is one of the greatest team building activities. The country’s largest oil and gas explorer also inculcates the spirit of adventure among its workforce on an ongoing basis.

India skills competition 2018 concludes


Kohima, May 21, 2018: Showcasing the skills in cooking and patisserie/confectionary by the immensely talented students the four day ‘India skills competition Nagaland 2018’ concluded with a grand finale held at Mhachaki Kohima.

The four day India skill competitions was organised by Directorate of Employment, Skill development and Entrepreneurship Nagaland in collaboration with event partner Synergy groups enterprise. India Skills Competition, Nagaland 2018, was funded by National Skill Development Corporation, a public& private partnership company with the mandate of catalysing the skill landscape in India.

Commissioner & Secretary, L&E, SD&E, Anenla T .Ao in her short speech thanked the organiser for taking the initiative in organising such event and making it a successful one. She pointed out that due to lack of proper infrastructure Nagaland is struggling and unable to succeed like other states.

She lamented that Nagaland government should organise more events and give training to people specially to younger generation. She further encouraged the participants to grab the opportunity and even take it up as their profession. She urged the younger generation to spread their wings and venture on the things that interest them and make Nagaland Proud by their success stories.

The participants showcase their skills competition in cooking& Patisserie/Confectionery- in Cooking skill winner was Sentienla Kichu, 1st Runner up & 2nd Runner up won by Begum Apchana& Mengukhrielie. In Patisserie /Confectionery skill the winner was Vikhonuo Hibo, 1st Runner up &2nd Runner up won by Renphamo Ezung & Keneiseinuo Kere .

The winners walked away with a certificate & a cash prize of Rs 25000,Rs 15000,Rs 10000 each and two days training at Exotic School of Cooking, all the participants was also given a cash of Rs 2000 each.

2 more die in mudslide, toll now 6


Agartala, May 20, 2018: Two more people including a young girl killed in mudslides in Tripura. Deaths in incessant rain triggered landslips have risen to 6 in past three days.

With heavy pre monsoon rains continuing unabated, 550 more families were marooned since last night. They have been given shelter in temporary relief camps opened by the district administrations.

On Friday four people including three of a family died in landslides in Mohanpur area, north of Agartala. Latest casualties were reported from Gomati and Khowai districts.  

Huge attendance in 3rd NEDA Conclave


Guwahati, May 20, 2018: 3rd conclave of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), which is a regional offshoot of the BJP, turned out to be a successful event with huge attendance of leaders and key office bearers of BJP and regional parties from the region. BJP national President Amit Shah gave key note address at the programme at Guwahati in which he urged upon regional leaders to work towards creating a unified opinion against menace of extremism and separatism. 

NEDA has 14 constituents from all eight northeastern states including Sikkim. Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling however skipped the meeting without citing any reason.

BJP led NEDA has been in power in six northeastern states barring Mizoram and Sikkim. In some states BJP has absolute majority and in rest are junior partners of regional parties.

Chief Ministers of six of the eight northeastern states where BJP is ruling on its own or in coalition are attending the conclave. They are Assam’s Sarbananda Sonowal, Arunachal Pradesh’s Pema Khandu, Manipur’s Nongthombam Biren Singh, Meghalaya’s Conrad Sangma, Nagaland’s Neiphiu Rio and Tripura’s Biplab Kumar Deb.

BIS organises national conference on LVDC power distribution


Shillong, May 19, 2018: Bureau of Indian Standards, BIS, organized a National Conference on the theme "Low Voltage Direct Current (LVDC) Power Distribution Systems at North Eastern Council Auditorium, Shillong on Friday, 18th May, 2018. The Conference was attended by large number of delegates from government departments, state utilities, premier educational institutions entrepreneurs and academicians. Inaugurating the conference, Surina Rajan, Director General, BIS emphasized that India is one of the largest economies and has one of the highest growth rate amongst all major countries of the world. In order to sustain the growth rate of the Indian economy, electricity generation both from conventional and non-conventional sources alongwith transmission and distribution has to grow at a brisk pace. 

However, owing to the vast geographical spread, there are many remote and far flung areas in the country especially in the North East where grid connectivity is either not feasible or it is not cost effective. Since electricity access has the potential to improve livelihoods and raise the standard of living, there is an urgent need to provide electricity access in such areas.

Convergence of communication and energy, IoT, smart grid and other new emerging technologies will have profound impact on the way the energy sector would grow in the future. Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is driving the work relating to formulation of Indian Standards on Low Voltage Direct Current (LVDC) Power Distribution Systems and its promotion. BIS is also in the process of formulating National Standards in the field of grid integration of renewable energy.

Constable murdered in PS


Agartala, May 19, 2018: In a sensational incident a constable was found murdered in premises of a police station in west Tripura. Deceased identified as Rabindra Debbarma was deployed in Sidhai police station.

The body had multiple injury marks. Police officers are investigating the incident.

Ex- Servicemen to hold rally at Dhalai


Agartala, May 18, 2017: A rally for Ex-Servicemen will be conducted at Dhalai District Polytechnic College, Ambassa from 8 AM to 4 PM on coming Sunday (May 20 May).

During the rally, issues pertaining to welfare of Ex-Servicemen will be addressed in presence of officials from Army, Rajya Sainik Board/ Zila Sainik Board and Civil Administration.

 An update from Military establishment received on Thursday.

 Ex-Servicemen and Veer Naris from Lonthorai, Gandachera, Ambassa and Kamalpur Sub- Divisions and wishing for Ex- Servicemen from other parts of the state are requested to attend the rally.

This year, apart from Regular Counters/ Cells of CSD, ECHS, CIMS, Digital Life Certificate, Dental & Medical Cell, Pension & Grievances Cell, additional Counters/ Cells of PM Employment Generation Programme, National Skill Development Corporation, PM Vikas Yojana, United Rural Self-employment Training Institute, Tripura Rural Livelihood Mission, Border Area Development Programme will also be established for the welfare of the Ex- Servicemen.

With the Army commemorating the year 2018 as ‘Year of Disabled Soldier,’ the special focus will be on sensitising disabled soldiers from these areas about their entitlements and benefits besides addressing their grievances, the military establishment stated.

All Ex-Servicemen are requested to come with copy of PPO, bank passbook and other essential documents required for addressing their grievances. 

5 minor boys rescued from rail station


Guwahati, May 16, 2017: Railway Protection Force (RPF) rescued five minor boys and detained two traffickers from Rangiya station in Assam.

Ashok Das, Inspector RPF, Rangiya, informed that after receiving intelligence inputs about the movement of traffickers with minors, constables were deployed in plain clothes as decoys that approached the suspects, conversed with them. When it was found that the minors could not reply satisfactorily to their questions, the forces swung into action and arrested the traffickers.

Later the traffickers along with the rescued minors were handed over to GRP (Government Railway Police) for further action.

The northeast is a popular hunt for traffickers from where vulnerable minors are taken to places like Nepal and other parts of India for use as child labours. RPF of N.F. Railway has been instrumental in rescuing minors from the hand of traffickers. During the year 2017 RPF rescued 515 minor children and arrested 11 traffickers.

This year RPF so far rescued about 170 children from railway premises across northeast India.

Vice President to attend TU Convocation


Agartala, May 15, 2018: Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu would grace 11th Convocation of the Tripura University slated for May 23. He would participate in the programme as Chief Guest.

132 PhD recipients would be conferred recognition certificate in the Convocation. Besides, 383 students would be awarded medals in the ceremony, a statement issued by the university said.