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Unique Workshop to boost NE artisans

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Guwahati, March 23, 2015: As a unique and pioneering initiative, the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) under the Union ministry OF culture is organizing a Production Mela for 113 rural artisans from across the region with an aim to foster the art of traditional weaving and craftsmanship, and expand their market.

On the sidelines, some of the best wood sculptors from the region are also creating masterpieces depicting the cultural heritage of the eight north eastern states. It has started from Saturday and will continue till March 31.

The production Mela aims to engage rural artisans directly to probable buyers and even suppliers with a hope that it will provide a much needed break for some of them.

The traditional art-forms which are practiced predominantly by the rural communities, have little or no access to commercial market, thus, leaving the very art that they practice at grave risk of losing its worth or even worse said Lipokmar Tzudir, Director NEZCC.

He also stated that 'The alarming scenario is that the rural artisans are now opting to hazardous and laborious professions to meet the economic challenges, thus resulting in neglect of family responsibilities, besides health.

The Government of India recognizes that the artisans would be provided opportunities to engage themselves in line of their expertise through various schemes; but the extent of streamlining these resources to the rural areas by the implementing agencies is highly questionable he also mentioned.

Tzudir also said that the NEZCC under the Union Ministry of Culture is more than willing to continue with this initiative in the region, but he also mentioned that it will require other Ministries such as Tribal Affairs, Handloom and Textiles and DoNER besides others, to take a proactive role towards financing such programmes.

Arunachal to get Rs 54 crore for various schemes

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Itanagar, March, 19, 2015: As part of Center’s top priority to the north eastern region of the country, Arunchal Pradesh is going to receive Rs 54.02 crore for implementation of various schemes in the state. In a crucial meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday the ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has assured the Arunachal Pradesh PWD Minister Gojen Gadi to release the said amount within this fiscal for various ongoing schemes of the Ministry in the state. The meeting was attended by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, DoNER Joint Secretary AM Singh and Director BN Prashad.


Being a very sensitive border state, Arunachal Pradesh will get special attention, the DoNER officials said in the meeting. Supporting state PWD minister on emphasizing the projects to launch in the state within this fiscal, Kiran Rijiju has pointed out that many habitations of the vast state were still not connected. The DoNER officials agreed to consider their proposals and also assured to consider sanction of project DPRs found in order as per guidelines laid down by the Ministry.
An official statement has said that the Arunachal government already submitted utilisation certificates and progress report besides releasing the state's share of fund against the schemes. 

80% fire brought under control at Dzukou

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Kohima, March 14, 2015: The fire in the dzukou valley which started last Wednesday is still spreading and the inferno is spreading towards Mt japfu and Mt Tempu ranges.

This morning at asound 6:30 am, 30 IRB personnel from 14 Bn, 20 army personnel from 164 Bn, Naga territorial army, Jakhama, 50 forest personnel from Dimapur and Kohima, 70 to 80 volunteers from Southern Angami villages, SAYO and SAPO members along with the district administration led by the DC Kohima Rovilatuo Mor and the Police left for Dzukou from Viswema to take stock of the situation.

The Indian Air Force RAF chopper with water carrier deployed by the Eastern Air Command dropped water to douse the fire today from morning till afternoon. Interacting with those present at the base camp the DC said that SAYO officials should take up the matter seriously and initiate preventive measures so that such fire incidents do not occur in future.

Minister for Forest, Envt & Ecology, Dr Nicky Kire also visited the base camp today at Viswema and interacted with the administration, forest, SAYO and SAPO officials. Refreshment and fooding are being managed by SAPO and SAYO at the base camp.

IJU condemns attacks on journalists in NE states

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Agartala, March 13, 2015: Indian Journalists Union (IJU) condemns the attack on Dhiman Bhowmik, correspondent of Ajker Fariad, a daily vernacular published from Agartala and Agartala based  TV news channel Khobor 365 in north of Agartala by cannabi pedlars on March 11, 2015. The drug mafia gheraoed Bhowmik's house locked all the doors from outside and set the house on fire by pouring petrol.

Bhowmik and family members somehow managed to come out of the burning house by breaking one of the windows.  Tripura journalist union condemned the attack on Diman bhowmik. Pranab Sarkar, General Secretary of Tripura Journalists Union, an affiliate of IJU visited the place of incidence and met Mr Bhowmik.

TJU met the local police and submitted a memorandum   demanding immediate action against the drug peddlers.

Dhiman was attacked by the drug mafia group because he has exposed the illegal cannabis business  that addicted the younger generation of the locality.  TJU General Secretary Sarkar talked to the Superintendent of Police West  Bijoy Nag and demanded arrest of  the culprits within 24 hrs.

Indian Journalists Union (IJU) has also expresses grave concern at the deliberate attack on seven media persons and cameramen of certain TV channels of the state at Kathiatoli, Nowgong in the morning of March 11, 2015.  IJU lauded the media persons' team for trying to expose the illegal activities of forest mafia in the area.

It is impossible for the forest mafia to illegally fell trees and operate stone queries without the cooperation and help of the local forest officials.

IJU demands the administration to nab the culprits and book them under law. IJU also demanded compensation to the media persons whose camera and other equipments were damaged by the attackers.

IJU asks the government to ensure safety and security of journalists of Assam and Tripura.

Aaranyak joined hands with USTM for research on Wildlife

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March 12, 2015: University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) the first State Private University on Science and Technology in the entire NER has signed an MoU with Aaranyak, a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation working on the conservation of biodiversity in North East India on March 12, 2015 at the conference hall of USTM. The MoU was signed by Dr. Bibhab Kr. Talukdar, CEO & Secretary General of Aaranyak on behalf of Aaranyak and  by Dr. P. G. Rao, honourable Vice Chancellor, USTM on behalf of USTM in the presence of Shri M. Hoque, honourable Chancellor, USTM and Chairman, ERDF and other high officials of both the organizations.

This joining of hands will provide all facilities to the scientific and technical staff, project assistants of Aaranyak to enroll for Ph.D programmes at USTM. Although Aaranyak has been carrying out lots of activities in the areas of conservation of wildlife & biodiversity, their research works were not properly streamlined. Now, USTM will provide them the right platform to carry out their research works in a more systematic manner.

On the other hand, Aaranyak shall also provide necessary facilities to a limited number of M.Sc. students of USTM for short duration summer or winter training courses. Interested Scientists from Aaranyak shall also be invited as guest lecturers to teach certain portions in the School of Biological Sciences of USTM.

Aaranyak and USTM will also encourage and provide facilities to the scientists and faculty members to explore and prepare joint research proposals on some thrust areas for funding by Govt. agencies. 

Pragjyoti International Dance Festival captivates Tezpur

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Guwahati, March 10, 2015: The 7th Pragjyoti International Dance Festival brought down the curtains with the second day of its performances at Tezpur’s Mahabhairav Mandir today, amidst roaring applauds of the audience, reverberating with music and mesmerizing dance forms.  Dancers from across India and abroad took the gathered audience to a whole new world of gusto and enthusiasm on the last two days of the festival within the premises of the enchanting heritage site Mahabhairav Mandir.

Showcasing a kaleidoscope of the world famous artists, PIDF left the spectators spellbound with the mesmerizing performances and created a harmonious milieu in the glorious Tezpur city on the concluding performance day of the 5-day classical dance extravaganza.

The vibrant festivity and biggest-ever classical dance extravaganza ‘Pragjyoti International Dance Festival’ organized by Kalpa, a Society for Promotion of Literature, Art, Culture and Social Harmony; is an initiative of using dance as a medium towards revisiting and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Assam and to exhibit the wide range of India’s classical dance forms together on one platform. The PIDF team will now travel back to Guwahati for a Lecture Demonstration and Interactive Session at IIT Guwahati tomorrow, which will bring down the curtains on the festivities.

The event is held in association with INTACH (India's National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage), Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and Assam Tourism. The programme is co-sponsored by India Tourism, LIC, State Bank of India and Oil India Limited. 

Amnesty condemns Nagaland lynching

Dimapur, March 8, 2015: Amnesty International, India has demanded that the mob responsible for lynching Syed Farid Khan in Dimapur on March 5, be brought to justice and described the entire incident as “ a serious lapse of the criminal justice system”.

Amnesty International, India, programmes director Shemeer Babu also demanded that the government of Nagaland must ensure that every person who was part of the mob be brought to justice as failure to do so would send a message that anyone can commit “outrageous abuses and attempt to justify them as an expression of public anger”.

While quoting media reports based on police statement that police did not use force on the crowd to avoid casualties and later opening fire that led to death of one person, AII also noted that three officials were suspended by the government.

In this regard, AII urged upon the state government to uphold the rule of law and to deal swiftly and effectively on violence against women but “not with barbarism by self-appointed vigilantes”. 

Credit: Nagaland Post News 

Nagaland government’s appeal to media

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Kohima, March 5, 2015: The Government of Nagaland have requested editors of all local papers and media-persons in the State to be sensitive to the possible repercussions to the acts of the mob at Dimapur today (Thursday) and to specially avoid inflammatory or provocative pictures of the ugly incident in their reports and publications.

Many ugly objectionable pictures are already on social media, but the traditional media which is available more widely has been requested to be more sensitive and apply self censorship as they see fit to help mitigate the possible ramifications.

The government made the appeal after a arrested rape accused was seized by an irate mob and lynched to death. 

Assam to have a law against witch-hunting: CM

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Guwahati, March 3, 2015: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi assured to enact a law to deal with witch-hunting and its manifestations. Talking to a seven member delegation of Coordination Committee against Superstitions at his official residence this evening, Gogoi assured that a law encompassing all provisions to tackle witch-craft in the state will be introduced in the present Assembly Session.

He further said, ‘Considering the practice of witch-hunting and its ill effects in the society a, comprehensive law to deal with this menace has become a paramount importance’. 

The Coordination Committee against Superstition that met the Chief Minister is an umbrella body of 12 different organisations and led by its convenor Dr. Natyaveer Das.

Community livelihood support in Arunachal Pradesh

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Itanagar, March 2, 2015: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Wildlife Trust of India facilitated 100 villagers of Dello with drinking water filters as a part of community livelihood support to boost their conservation efforts in the eastern horizon of Arunachal Pradesh.

The event was organised by IFAW-WTI with Arunachal Pradesh Forest department supported by the local GPM & ASM body in Dello.

It is to be mentioned here that Dello, is the area where “Amalo”, the eastern hoolock gibbons are suffering due to less canopy and habitat for the last few decades. IFAW-WTI, under Dibang Valley Conservation Project (DVCP) has been active for the gibbon conservation in Arunachal and successfully translocated 9 gibbon families of 26 individuals to a nearby safer habitat in Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary in the state.

The initiative of water filter distribution is a part of strengthening the NGO and local community relationship in the conservation activity fields under DVCP with Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department.

Ipra Mekola, member, State Wildlife advisory board said, “Through this support we want to involve more and more villagers to conservation action. It is not only the eastern hoolock gibbons but also the environment and ecosystem need attention at large for the conservation of the wildlife habitat of Arunachal Pradesh.”

The villagers of Dello were very happy at this support by IFAW-WTI through Dibang Valley Conservation Project (DVCP).

Shanti Mimi, GP Chairman , Delo expressed that if such community support will be continued for the wellbeing of the local villagers, the community will also reciprocate that with responsibility for conservation works in this part of Arunachal Pradesh.”

The water filter support in the fringe village of Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary that too in the foothills is a help for the villagers as there is scarcity of purified drinking water facility.   

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