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18th meeting SLSC with banks in Nagaland

Correspondent / PR

Kohima, November 15, 2017: 18th meeting of State Level Security Committee (SLSC) for Nagaland was held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Abhishek Singh, IAS, Home Commissioner, Nagaland. The participants in the meeting included K P Raghuvanshi, IPS (Retd), Security Advisor, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai, B K Mishra, Regional Director for North-Eastern States, RBI Guwahati, police officers, representatives of CRPF, BSNL and representatives of all Banks in Nagaland.

The meeting reviewed the security and guarding arrangements for all Bank branches, currency chests and security arrangements during movement of Treasure.

Home Commissioner Abhishek Singh observed that the guarding arrangements of currency chest branches was done by CRPFs and Nagaland Police as per the requirement of RBI.  He also stated that there are sufficient security arrangements done during the movements of treasure. 

Singh expressed satisfaction that there have been no reports of any crimes at any of the bank branches nor there has been incidents of pilferage or stealing of currency notes from ATM machines. There has been no instance of seizure of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) also. The meeting also reviewed the monestisation of Bank branches in the State of Nagaland post demonestisation.

It was observed that post demonetisation almost Rs 3044 Crores of Specified Bank Notes was deposited in the currency chests of Nagaland. Against this RBI has sent new currency notes of various denominations amounting to almost Rs 4483 crores in the currency chests of the State. Thus there is no shortage of currency notes in the State.

RBI informed that Final Approval for opening of Currency Chest at Longleng has been accorded to SBI and SBI was asked to take necessary steps to operationalise the same.

Home Commissioner asked Banks to ensure operationalisation of temporary ATMs at Kisama for Hornbill Festival. Further Banks were requested to ensure sufficient liquidity in the ATMs and Bank Branches in view of the enhanced needs of Tourists during Hornbill Festival. Banks should also install additional PoS machines and encourage Digital Payments during the Hornbill Festival.

Abhisek Singh directed all the banks to submit the details of pending security bills of all branches not covered under Special destination scheme.  All banks are directed to submit these details on or before 14.12.2017.  Further a committee was constituted under Special Secretary (Home) to review the security requirements of the 177 Bank branches in the State and to determine which branches would need security fee waiver.

Normally branches in commercial locations are expected to meet the security costs themselves. Home Commissioner also directed BSNL to see the functionality of hotline communications in 4 (four) chest banks immediately.

BJP MLAs ‘independent’ in assembly!

Correspondent

Agartala, November 14, 2017: Entity of six MLAs who earlier joined BJP from Trinamool Congress hangs in balance with refusal of Speaker of Tripura assembly to recognize them as of saffron party. The MLAs led by Sudip Roy Barman last year deserted from Congress to join TMC and again defected for BJP on August 9 last were demanding fresh recognition.

But Speaker rejected the plea of the legislators who were supposed to mark first presence of BJP in state assembly.  However the matter created huge confusion whether the six deserters whom state’s Health Minister Badal Choudhury mocked as ‘Aya Ram Gaya Ram’ anymore enjoys party status or they would be taken as independents.

Roy Barman himself turned the question to Speaker during a heated exchange with Badal Choudhury on second day of last session of assembly on Tuesday. Speaker confirmed of receiving representation from them, but announced his inability to recognize them as forming a separate BJP block as matter requires response from Trinamool Congress and opinion of legal experts.

Agitated MLAs then rushed to the well of the houses and staged protests in front of Speaker. They even blamed him of working at behest of ruling CPI(M). 

NFR records rise in traffic

PR

Maligaon, November 13, 2017: Northeast Frontier Railway has been able to allot greater time for renewal of assets due to systematic planning in train operations. Timely maintenance of assets like tracks, points and crossings, minor bridges, girders, over bridges and more are vital for safety of passenger and operation of train services. 

Due to increase in numbers of trains over the years, availability of time period for renewal as well as repair of assets continued to decrease over the time. But of late, by some precise planning have resorted to planned cancellations of trains on lean demand days like Sundays which has led to a big increase in the allotment of traffic block.

During September, 2016 only 53% of the time was sanctioned for undertaking renewal as well as repair of assets. But, during September, 2017 it could be increased to 93.73%. Similarly, in-comparison to 48.48% available maintenance time during October 2016 the situation improved upto 81.11% during October, 2017 due to meticulous planning of train operations.

It is to be mentioned that granting of traffic block has had no adverse affect on the punctuality of trains in NF Railway. 

ATTF chief Ranjit detained

Correspondent

Agartala, November 12, 2017: In an unanticipated development Tripura police arrested chief of disbanded militant group All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) Ranjit Debbarma on charges of fuelling ethnic tension and spreading disharmony. His detention came a week after he declared formation a new political party Tripura United People’s Council that mainly accommodated mainly former militants.

Debbarma was held by police in Khowai and a court sent him to judicial custody when produced.

In 2014 Tripura government has slapped charges on All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) chief Ranjit Debbarma under the National Security Act (NSA). Prior to that Bangladesh security forces captured him and handed him over to Indian authorities. 

Prabhat Dairy flourishes in NE

Correspondent / PR

Guwahati, November 08, 2017: Prabhat Dairy Limited, (BSE Code: 53935 & NSE Code: PRABHAT), India’s one of the fastest growing integrated milk and dairy products company catering to retail and institutional customers, is now firming up its presence in North East markets by launching its Ultra-High Processed (UHT) milk. This move comes after the company unveiled its new identity and Vision 2020 last month, where the management had announced an ambitious pan-India expansion plan. 

A top B2B player, Prabhat Dairy is now on its way to become the fastest growing company in B2C category in the North East markets, where the management is determined to capture 10% market share by FY 2019 and firm up the scale in institutional business. The Company which manufactures fresh, dry, frozen, cultured and fermented dairy products, including pasteurized milk, flavoured milk, sweetened condensed milk, ultra-heat treatment (UHT) milk, yoghurt, dairy whitener, clarified butter (ghee), ice-cream, milk powder, ingredients for baby foods, lassi and chaas is targeting to achieve 7lakh litres of milk sale per month from North East states.

The market for UHT milk is growing exponentially with a CAGR of 32% and the company aims to be a major contributor to the industry. To achieve the growth targets, the Company has planned to leverage its existing presence in the region by expanding its product portfolio.

On the occasion, explaining the rationale of entering the North East markets, the Chief Marketing Officer and Business Head, Prabhat Dairy Limited, Nidhi Nirmal said, “North East India is one of our primary target markets for our national expansion as it is one of the fastest growing in India, especially in Tetra Pak segment. We have strategized our products in line with the local demand as understand the requirements of the region since we already have presence here for a while.

The market for UHT is growing fast and so is the demand for Tetra Paks is emerging as a preferred option of milk consumption in the North Eastern states. Our core focus would be to build Strong Consumer Connect as we are looking to launch more products in the region soon.”

The Company launched three variants of UHT milk namely Toned, Double-Toned and Skimmed versions which would be available in 1 litre tetra Paks.

Key Highlights of Prabhat Dairy’s Growth Roadmap of ‘Vision 2020’: Prabhat Dairy, through its strong forward and backward integration, has targeted to become a leadership brand of India by expanding its product portfolio, national footprint and higher sales realisations. While expanding the retail products portfolio, the Company is set to leverage the brand Prabhat with further innovation. It will focus more on increasing the share of value added products like Cheese, Paneer, Shrikhand, Curd, Ice-cream, Flavoured & UHT Milk.

New product launches planned in next six months to boost the sales: New ‘Milk’ variants to stir the market

Under the new logo, Prabhat is set to launch variants of Tetra Pak Milk. With sound R&D, a new range of pure milk will soon hit in major markets. Further, in Tetra Pak Milk variants, 1 litre and 200 ml. SKU, Tetra PakCream - 1 Ltr and 200 Ml SKU, Tetra Pak Lassi - 200 ML and Milk Shake - 200 ML will be launched soon. The Company is expecting to achieve incremental revenue of more than Rs. 100 crore only from all - Tetra Pak.

U.S. team to search for WW II dead

Agencies

Agartala / Kolkata, November 9, 2017: Investigators from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) returned to India this week to continue the search for remains of U.S. personnel missing since World War II.  Last year, DPAA deployed a team to northeast India for 30 days in search of remains for unaccounted-for U.S. airmen, and this is their fifth mission to India since 2013. 

There are approximately 400 U.S. airmen missing in India, most of whose remains are believed to be located in the Himalayan Mountains in northeast India.  During World War II, the United States provided supplies to the Chinese Army by flying over the Himalayas, a route known as “The Hump.” 

Many of these aircraft went missing and were never found in the mountainous terrain.

During DPAA’s missions in 2015 and 2016, remains were recovered and are in the process of being identified through DNA testing.  One set of remains from the 2015 recovery mission was positively identified as U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Robert E. Oxford.  In 2016, a local villager turned over additional remains thought to be associated with another U.S. crash site.

This year, the team will conduct a similar mission in northeast India, surveying several different sites from those visited during the 2016 investigation effort.

MaryKay Carlson, the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi said, “The United States works with governments around the world to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation. This is the fifth DPAA mission to India since 2013, demonstrating successful cooperation between the governments of India and the United States.  This positive relationship underscores the dedication each nation brings to this humanitarian mission.”

DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for U.S. missing personnel to their families and the nation. 

Ban on Amur Falcon hunting

Correspondent

Agartala, November 8, 2017: Deputy Commissioner of Phek district Kovi Meyase in an order on informed of the illegality and prohibition of the hunting, killing or possessing Amur Falcon. The order further informed all concern to shun from hunting or killing the migratory birds during their sojourn along the Tizu River. 

Any person found killing/hunting or in possession of these birds will be liable for strict action as lay down by law, stated the order.

Hunting or killing of the aforementioned birds is a contravention to Schedule-IV of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, added the order.

The DC in the order also apprised that India, as a signatory to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), is duty bound to prevent this massacre, provide safe passage, as well as draw up appropriate action plans for the long term conservation of this bird.

Senior Tripura bureaucrat dies

Correspondent

Agartala, November 7, 2017: A senior civil service official, Bimal Reang, passed away after a brief illness. He was last posted as Additional District Magistrate of north Tripura district with headquarters at Dharmanagar. 

The nominated IAS official went to Bangalore for treatment for his lung infection where he breathed last. He was 55.

Before begging his career in Tripura Civil Service (TCS) Reang was involved in community welfare activities. He led Bru Youth Association which was raised to voice concern for over 40000 Bru or Reang refugees took refuge in Tripura from strife torn districts of Mizoram in 1997. 

NFR gets new Sr Deputy General Manager

PR

Maligaon, November 6, 2017: Raj Kumar Mangla a Mechanical Engineer from Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineer, 1984 batch has joined as the new Sr. Deputy General Manager of NF Railway. Prior to his elevation he was working as the Divisional Railway Manager of Kharagpur Division under South Eastern Railway.

 

He has wide experience of working in various capacities in Central Railway, Southern Railway, North Central Railway, Central Organisation For Modernisation of Workshop (COFMOW), Indian Railway Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE). He also worked as Group General Manager in RITES and as Chief Workshop Manager, Kharagpur Workshop. 

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Maligaon, November 6, 2017: Raj Kumar Mangla a Mechanical Engineer from Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineer, 1984 batch has joined as the new Sr. Deputy General Manager of NF Railway. Prior to his elevation he was working as the Divisional Railway Manager of Kharagpur Division under South Eastern Railway.

He has wide experience of working in various capacities in Central Railway, Southern Railway, North Central Railway, Central Organisation For Modernisation of Workshop (COFMOW), Indian Railway Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE). He also worked as Group General Manager in RITES and as Chief Workshop Manager, Kharagpur Workshop. 

Ishu enters Kolkata IFF

Correspondent

Guwahati, November 6, 2017: Good news for Assamese cinema, “Ishu”, the feature film debut of critic-turned filmmaker Utpal Borpujari produced by Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI), has been selected for the Indian Languages Competition at the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival, one of India’s most prominent international film festivals. 

The film, which marks the screen debut of Kapil Garo from Sonapur Barosojiya village on the outskirts of Guwahati in the title role, will compete with nine other Indian films in variious langauges for the top honours at the festival. In the continuing strong relation between Assamese cinema and literature, Ishu is a big screen adaptation of Manikuntala Bhattacharjya’s children’s novel of the same name.

The film also stars two-time National Award (Special Jury Mention)-winning actor Bishnu Kharghoria and National Award-winning Manipuri actress Tonthoingambi Leishangthem Devi, along with veterans like Chetana Das and Pratibha Choudhury and talented younger actors like Monuj Borkotoky, Dipika Deka and Nibedita Bharali. Others in the cast include Mahendra Das, Rajesh Bhuyan, Naba Kumar Baruah, Monuj Gogoi, etc. Other child actors in the film include Mahendra Rabha, Srabanta Rabha and Uday Rabha.

The film uses sand animation by the talented Diganta Madhab Goswami to depict two folk tales that are told to the protagonist by his aunt and grandmother.

The film’s dialogue, with emphasis on how the Rabha people living near Goalpara area speak Assamese with a particular accent, has been written by Borpujari in collaboration with award-winning theatre director Sukracharjya Rabha of the famed Badungduppa Kala Kendra of Rampur, Agia.

Several actors from the Badungduppa group, including Dhananjay Rabha and Basanta Rabha, have acted in pivotal roles in the film, which has been shot in pristine locations of several Rabha tribal vilages near Agia in Goalpara, located on the south bank of the mighty Brahmaputra.

It may be mentioned that NSD graduate and actress Pranami Bora conducted an 8-day workshop for the actors of the film at Badungduppa Kala Kendra premises, and Madan Rabha and Basanta Rabha were in charge of imparting accent training for the actors so that all of them could deliver their dialogues in the local accent.

The film reflects the rural ambience of western Assam in its truest sense, and it will instantly take the viewer to a world of a kid whose innocent and happy-go-lucky world turns topsy turvy thanks to the superstitious society of adults around him.

Set in a remote tribal Rabha village in Lower Assam area bordering Meghalaya’s Garo Hills, this Assamese feature film marks the feature film debut of National Award-winning film critic and documentary director Utpal Borpujari, whose documentaries “Mayong: Myth/Reality”, “Songs of the Blue Hills” and “Memories of a Forgotten War” have earned wide acclaim across the world.

The film takes a look at the inhuman practice of ‘witch hunting’ that is prevalent in parts of Assam as well as some other parts of India, through they eyes of an innocent child whose favourite aunt is branded as a ‘witch’ by the evil village “Bej” (quack) who conspires with another aunt to do so.

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