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Senior US diplomat to visit Tripura

A Correspondent
Agartala, October 22, 2011: Consul General of the United States in Kolkata Dean R Thompson will be visiting Tripura next week in connection with some engagements.  Thompson and his wife Jane will pay a visit at Rajghatpara village in morning of October 25 to interact with women Self-Help Group (SHG) established by a leading tribal NGO.  

The Consul General Thompson will also deliver remarks on “Indo-U.S. Relations” at the Tripura University, outskirt Agartala. This would follow an interaction with the university students.  

Consul General Dean Thompson assumed office in Kolkata on August 3 last.  He served most recently as Director of the Executive Secretariat Staff, which coordinates the development and implementation of Department policy on behalf of the Secretary of State.  

Prior to that assignment, Thompson was Deputy Director of the Operations Center, the State Department's 24-hour communications and crisis management center. The Operations Center monitors world events, prepares briefings for the Secretary and other Department principals, and facilitates communication between the Department and the rest of the world.

Huge arms recovered near Guwahati

A Correspondent Guwahati, October 20, 2011: In a major development Assam Police with CRPF seized huge amount of arms and ammunitions including some very sophisticated weapons from suspected NDFB cadres in Sonapur, some 40 kilometres from Guwahati Wednesday.  

One HK 33 (Heckler and Kotch) rifle made in Germany, Cz 75, Lugar Pistol and huge round bullets were detained from Khumtha Basumatary, Amar Wari and the driver Mangal Basumatary.  

The miscreants were nabbed on their way from Dimapur at Sonapur by a joint team by police and CRPF jointly.

NCPCR meeting on child trafficking

Ibanshandor Myrthong, Shillong, October 19, 2011: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights meeting held at PINEWOOD in Shillong on Tuesday.  The meeting was held in coordination with the Social Welfare Department of Meghalaya with the presence of various NGOs from the region.  

The NCPCR convened the meeting with regard to a complaint filed by Impulse NGO Network on the trafficking of Children on the coal mines in Jaintia Hills. Following up on a case where the Impulse NGO Network has filed, presenting with the statistics of how many children were working on the coal mines and that how there has been a delay on the part of the government to implement the Right to Education Act and Child Labour Policies.  

The Commission took cognisance in the matter the NGOs are working for the uplift of the children in the state and the country as a whole.

The Impulse NGO Network has filed a complaint regarding the misbehaviour of some unknown people in the Meghalaya Hindu Mission Orphanage, where the children are being beaten up and threaten to be chased out of the said orphanage. The commission will investigate the matter and had taken the statement of a boy who had been abused in the orphanage.

Dr. Yogesh Dube, member of the NCPCR present at the meeting thanked the NGO for their hard work and also invited them to work as an extended arm to help the commission.

Members of the Impulse NGO Network, Child Line collaborative organisation- Bosco Reach Out, Reach Ministry, CSWO, Legal Rights Forum, Lympung Ki Seng Kynthei were present in the meeting.

Digital Doppler radar installed

A Correspondent  Agartala, October 18, 2011: India Metrological Department has commissioned highly mechanized Doppler Weather Radar in Agartala for appropriate and continuous monitoring of weather conditions in Tripura and other northeastern states. The installation of the digital weather radar in vicinity of Agartala airport Tuesday has been first in the northeastern region.  

Dr Ajit Tyagi, Director General of Metrology in the India Metrological Department, and Tripura Science and Environment Minister Joy Gobinda Debroy were present in inauguration programme of the facility. Dr Tyagi, who served in the metrological wing of the Indian Air Force, dedicated the radar to the nation.

Officials said the digital Doppler has the capacity to monitor weather even beyond Bangladesh, up to Orissa and has the ability to provide constant report on actual basis. They added that the machine would be more useful for smooth operation of the flights in the region.  

Dr Ajit Tyagi earlier said perfect weather forecast is very important for growth of agriculture. He citied example of China where advanced radar is installed in every county of the country for sake of benefit of the farmers.

Kids voice contest ends

A Correspondent, Kohima, October 17, 2011: Kids Voice final competition 2011 was held on October 16 at Changtongya town B Church, which was organised by Christian Education department Changtongya Town Baptist Church Arogo.  

The programme was chaired by Akumlila Jamir CE Director CTBA with T. Aliba Imchen Associate Pastor CTBA as the resource person. Speaking on the occasion, he said that God has given every one with different talent and singing is also one of them. He further encouraged all the participants to seek God's blessing while utilising their talent adding that God bless those who obeys and listen to His word and also to trust Him with faith in life.

J. Toshimenla Longkumer, 10 year old daughter of Imkongsanen Longkumer of Changtongya Yenisen village residing at Medical ward Changtongya town was declared the winners of Kids Voice 2011 competition.

The judges were Narola Imchen Matsüng Longkumer and Wati Longkumer. Vote of thanks was delivered by Akumlila during which she thanked the judges and all the participants and their parents for their support and also thanked the Church for giving such kind of platform to the kids to explore their talent.

Huge infrastructure plan for NE India

A Correspondent
Agartala, October 17, 2011: With bilateral trade and transshipment arrangements with Bangladesh are in place the union government has now sanctioned a plan to broaden highways in the landlocked region. Sources in Tripura government said the union surface transport ministry is working on an ambitious project to restore, widen and building 1,500km of highways in the region.  

“This is a huge project and its implementation envisaged to cost Rs.7,500 crore. The project is aimed to boost economy of the region including Tripura”, an official said. He said the plan would benefit expansion of Assam - Agartala national highway, which is known as lifeline of the state that shares boundary with Bangladesh on its three sides.  

It has been learnt that bilateral trade and transshipment agreements with Bangladesh and possibility of better trade arrangements with Southeast Asian countries through Myanmar made the union ministry think on creating road infrastructure. This has been first occasion that the union government initiated a gigantic infrastructure work in northeast India.  

The area despite inadequate infrastructure, geographical irritants and security situation has gradually made progress in trade with countries bordering. In 2010 - 11 fiscal year, the trade between India and countries (including Bangladesh) through northeastern region was a all time record, officials said.

Three killed in building in Gangtok

By Vishma Thapa, Gangtok, September 24, 2011: Three people have been killed and some injured after some multi-storey buildings collapsed in Gangtok on Friday night after heavy rains lashed the city. The Sikkim Police and Army personnel started the rescue work after the buildings collapsed in Balwakhani near Vajra Cinema Hall area.  

A number of residents are feared to have been trapped under the debris. Three bodies pulled out by rescuers from buildings and several injured were admitted in Sir Thutob Namgayal Memorial Hospital Gangtol.

A senior state government official said, “We are informed by the Army personnel that several people are trapped under the debris. Army people are trying to rescue them. The area has been cordoned off and we have sent ambulances and government relief to the spot to accelerate the rescue and relief process.  

”One of the collapsed building, which reportedly belonged to a former minister of Sikkim, had several flats and a cinema hall while another building belonged to Karma Bhutia, Sports Secretary of Sikkim  government and uncle of eminent footballer Bhaichung Bhutia, which housed an office of Sikkim United football team.

a large number of local residents rushed to the area early Saturday morning. Soldiers busy shifting people to safer palaces.

Post office takes visa services

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Railway minister visits Nagaland

A Correspondent, Kohima, September 13, 2011: Union Railway Minister, Dinesh Trivedi arrived Dimapur has paid maiden visit to Nagaland as a union minister. Addressing to the media at Police conference hall in Dimapur he expressed happiness and thanked the people of the state for the warm welcome accorded to him and delegation of senior railway officials.  

He said, he being the first union railway minister to visit Nagaland which is a great state with hospitable people, reflects the country of India. Trivedi said although being railway minister has enormous responsibility; it also has great challenges and opportunity to serve the nation.  

Stating that India is a huge country and the demand of railway utility depend on efficient management the minister said that  as a railway minister  he wants to do justice to the system, and felt the need to change something. With this vision, he decided to reach out to the people and choose north eastern state to embark his journey to reach out and know their needs instead of MPs and Chief ministers coming to him and sharing their requirements as aspiration and rights of the people is pressing hard to bridge the gap of development with other states of the country.  

He said the need of the north east people has been neglected due to least number of MPs representing the region. While stating on infrastructure development scenario of Nagaland state,  he opined that due to historical reasons, enough development has  not been done for which he has chosen Nagaland as a first step to reach out to the people and start a process of dialogue.

Dinesh Trivedi said it becomes difficult to announce plans at the budget session in the parliament without knowing the ground reality, adding that the whole idea of his visit here along with a full team of high level railway board members and NFR officials is to find out what is required on the ground.

Extreme adventure rickshaw run in India

A Correspondent Shillong, September 10, 2011: 74 teams from more than 20 countries will be driving tiny three-wheeled auto-rickshaws roughly 3500 kilometres from Shillong, Meghalaya to Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, the teams start on the 11th September and finish on the 24th September. The adventure will raise over £100,000 for the official charities in India.

On Sunday 11th September, amateur adventurists from around the world will start a downhill adventure from Shillong, Meghalaya to the desert oasis of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. 74 brave teams will launch from Shillong at Midday with no set route, no professional drivers, no back up or support of any kind and will face some of the toughest driving conditions in the world.

Easy journeys are boring journeys, so they are driving three-wheeled auto-rickshaws designed for short urban hops, therefore guaranteeing adventure in spades when they hit the road.

Organised by UK based outfit The Adventurists, the Rickshaw Run is an extreme fortnight of mud, sweat, mountains, jungles, deserts and possibly the worst roads in the world. It is a simple, intentionally ridiculous and hugely popular adventure designed to raise money for charities in India and guarantee the very tallest of tales to bore your grandchildren with.

Matthew Dickens, 32, the event manager, from Bristol, England had this to say:

“This Rickshaw Run is possibly the most exciting one yet. Our teams have a veritable behemoth of an adventure before them. We're hoping that all our teams manage to cope with all India has to throw at them and they have a fantastic experience, they certainly deserve it after raising so much money for the Indian charities”

“This event is all about confirming good relations between our teams and members of the local community. With this in mind, we would be extremely pleased to see the people of Shillong make a presence at both the football match on Saturday 10th, and again to witness the flag off on Sun 11th. The football match is a light-hearted friendly against the local police S.W.A.T team, which will kick-off on the Madan Student, KJP Ground, Jaiaw at 1pm. The launch itself will be happening the following day from the Shillong Club at 11am, “ he added.