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Parties retain power in NE states

Correspondent, Agartala, March 1, 2013: Electors in three northeastern states - Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya - have retained respective governments in results declared on Thursday. Victory of CPI(M) led left front in Tripura has been very significant as it earlier lost West Bengal and Kerala.

Congress faced rout in Tripura, the last red bastion in India, and Nagaland, but performed exceptional in Meghalaya. It fell short of two seats to form a government on its own strength.

All three states have 60 member assembly and they went to elections on February 14. The verdict gave a blow to former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Achik Sangma's party in Meghalaya.

While CPI(M) is set to form the fifth government in a row, Nagaland People's Front (NPF) of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio voted to power for third time. CPI(M) and NPF got two third majority in their states, but Congress has to garner support of two more legislators for simple majority to stake claim.

Election fever in northeast India

Correspondent Guwahati, February 22, 2013: Stage set for assembly elections in Meghalaya and Nagaland states tomorrow (Saturday). Assembly election earlier held in another northeastern state Tripura on February 14.

Triprua witnessed record participation of voters with 93 percent turnout - which is all time high in India. Women voters outshined men in the state where CPI(M) led left front is fighting to preserve the 'last communist post' in the country after facing rout in West Bengal and Kerala states.

345 candidates are in fray in Meghalaya while 188 candidates contesting in Nagaland. In Tripura 14 female candidates fought, but in Nagaland it is more frustrating as only 2 female candidates are in the electoral battle.

Meghalaya state is famous for participation of women in all spheres of life and thus picture is slightly better. 25 female candidates are trying luck in state.

All three states are to election 60 members in their respective assemblies. Tripura has had highest number of electors (23.55 lakh) among the states.

In Triprua election was by and large peaceful. Massive security measures have been taken for peaceful conduct of election in Meghalaya and Nagaland.

Counting of votes in three states would be taken up on February 28.

International Tourism Mart at Guwahati

PIB, New Delhi, January 11, 2013: The Union Ministry of Tourism will organise an International Tourism Mart at Guwahati from January 18 to 20 next. Announcing this Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi said that this will not only be the first ever International Tourism event to be organised in the north-eastern region, but also the first International Tourism Mart to focus on a specific region of India.

He said “It will bring together the tourism business fraternity and entrepreneurs from the eight north eastern States of India and West Bengal. The event has been planned and scheduled to facilitate interaction between buyers, sellers, media, Government agencies and others.

The Minister informed that about 100 delegates including tourism Ministers, Tourism Secretaries, Tour operators, Hoteliers and Media Representatives from Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Combodia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vietnam will be attending the mart.

The Minister said the three day event will include, presentations, cultural evenings and press meets with the media from India and overseas. Post-Mart familiarisation tours to the states in the region have been arranged by the State Governments for the overseas delegates, from the 21st to 28th January 2013 to create awareness about the rich and varied tourism products of the states of the north eastern region and give them first-hand knowledge and experience of the destination.

Chiranjeevi disclosed that celebrity artistes such as Lou Majaw from Meghalaya, Rubin from Manipur, Mami Varte from Mizoram and Debojit Saha, Dikshu, Priyanka Bharali, Manas Robin, Joy Chakravarty, Simanta Shekhor, Mousam Gogoi and Papori Sharma from Assam will perform at the Mart.

NFAI restores 9th Assamese film Runumi

Correspondent, Guwahati, January 8, 2013: As the country celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema, here's good news from Assam. The National Film Archives of India (NFAI) has digitally restored an Assamese film made in 1952, whose only print was missing for over 40 years till it was recovered in a village in Assam in March 2010.

The film, “Runumi”, written and directed by noted writer-Sattriya dance exponent, the late Suresh Chandra Goswami, has undergone digital audio and video restoration after a painstaking process of manual cleaning at the Restoration Laboratory.

NFAI, which spent around Rs 6.5 lakh in the restoration work, as also done the English subtitling of the film, and has sent a master DVD to Goswami's grandson, National Award-winning film critic Utpal Borpujari.

A small clip of the restored version of the film, which has the complete cast & crew credit list, can be seen on YouTube at this link:

The film, based on Goswami's highly-successful stage adaptation of Henrik Isben's play “The Warriors of Helgeland”, was the 9th film to be made in the Assamese language. Its songs, sung by Ivy Baruah, Sewali Sarma, Swarna Devi and Prafulla Baruah, were hugely popular in its time, and it had music by Darpa Sarma, the father of Jitu of the famed Jitu-Tapan duo, and cinematography by, among others, Nalin Duarah, who had made his debut with this film.

“It is definitely heartening that NFAI has been able to save about 85% of the print that was found lying inside a steel trunk for more than four decades in the extreme humid conditions of Assam. Coming as it does at a time when we are celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema, this story of restoration of the lost-and-found film should be an example of the urgent need for people having possession of old film prints and negatives to get them scientifically restored and archived before they are lost forever,” says Borpujari.

“I appeal to all those who have in their possession prints and negatives of old films to get them scientifically archived, be it at the NFAI, or in the case of Assam, at the State Film Archives,” he says.

Tribute to Braveheart

Shobha Shukla, As her violent demise stuns us into silence, and as we hang our head in shame, it also awakens our dead instincts into a quiet but determined uprising, demanding what should have been rightfully ours--a respectable place in society where the dignity of women is not violated day in and day out. We do not want lip sympathy from our impotent leaders, but concrete actions. What happened with the doughty woman (and continues to happen to scores of women every day in some part of the country or the other) must end once for all.

The death of Braveheart (or Nirbhaya or Damini or whatever we may call her indomitable spirit) has spurred us to demand justice for ourselves. Yes things cannot change overnight, but can we at least make a beginning? Just shedding crocodile tears and offering lip sympathy will not do. Can our leaders go beyond political rhetoric (which they are so fond of using) and do something concrete? Rather than talking in the air, our leaders should spell out their immediate and long term action plans to nip the rot that has set in--be it the police, the judiciary or the bureaucracy.

To start with, as a mark of respect for the departed soul, can all those elected members of central and state governments, against whom rape and/or criminal cases are pending, resign immediately on their own or be forced to do so by their bosses? This is one of the several immediate steps that would restore public confidence and pave the way for more reforms for good governance. Merely hanging or castrating the rapists is not going to solve the problem, but speedy and just disposing of all pending cases will.

It is time our dumb Prime Minister spells out clearly the steps his non performing government will take to make the law enforcers more accountable and ensure safety of women and all the common citizens. It is time the police is made to shed its dirty image of a predator than protector. Simply having good laws on paper that are more often than not circumvented is useless. Not only do we need more stringent laws to stop gender violence, but also more importantly, stricter implementation of them.

The flames from her pyre should not turn to ashes, but kept burning through the efforts of likeminded people, including a responsible media, till all women can hold their heads high in society and walk freely without fears of repression and violence--mental or physical. Citizen News Service - CNS and partners believe that starting from the administration and law enforcers down to the family level, all of us will have to work for an environment that does not support subjugation and humiliation of women in its various existing avatars--be it aborting the female foetus, or giving away the daughter in charity with dowry, or denying her property rights, or imposing different moralities on boys and girls. This would be the real condolence we can offer to the soul of the woman who has instilled the spark of life in us by being with us no more.

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EMFA condemns Imphal journalist killing

Correspondent,Guwahati, December 26: Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA) has condemned and condoled the killing of a Manipuri journalist in police firing yesterday and urged the State government to probe into the incident.

Thangjam Nanao Singh, 30, who used to work for Guwahati based Prime News channel from Imphal, received bullet injuries while covering a demonstration to arrest a militant leader who allegedly molested a local film star.

EMFA in a statement issued urged the Manipur government led by Ibobi Singh and also the management of the city based news channel to provide sufficient compensations to the family bereaved family specially his wife and two minor children.

All Jiribam Working Journalists' Union (AJWJU), Kangleipak Students' Association (KSA), NH-53 Kanglei Ching-Ta Leimalup (NHKAL) and many other forums have also come out strongly against killing of Dwijamani who tragically died in police firing while engaged in professional assignment.

Sikkim best small state

Correspondent, Gangtok, December 25, 2012: Picturesque Sikkim state has achieved diamond state award in small state category. Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumari gave away the award to Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at a ceremony in New Delhi.

Goa and Uttarakhand were adjudged second and third runners-up in the annual competition amongst small states iof the country. Sikkim was chosen as best state for its success and achievements in citizen security, environment, health and water and sanitation segments.

Chief Minister Chamling has assured his government would unleash more measures to sustain the progress being attained by the Himalayan state.

ASEAN - India car rally

Correspondent, Kohima, December 12, 2012: The ASEAN-INDIA Car Rally from Indonesia to India will be in Kohima on December 15. After arriving from Imphal, the rally will halt at Kohima on the day and proceed to Dimapur on the 16th December 2012 and move on to Guwahati for flag down.

Meanwhile Chief Secretary Nagaland Lalthara held a review meeting with the State Core Committee for the Rally on 11th December 2012 in his office chamber. The ASEAN INDIA Car Rally 2012 starting off from Kalay in Myanmar will enter India and pass through Manipur (Imphal) to arrive Kohima at 7 pm at Kohima Local Ground.

There will be 177 participants who will be received by the State Core Committee. From the entry point at Khuzama village onwards SDO (C) Jakhama shall be organising local villagers for receptions along the National Highway.

This Car Rally was announced earlier by the Prime Minister of India, in November 2011 at the 9th ASEAN-INDIA Summit at Bali, Indonesia. The Rally is to showcase ASEAN-INDIA connectivity by road, which is a potential for exploiting relations in all spheres and a message of solidarity, enterprise, creativity and a hallmark of India's relations with the ASEAN countries.

The Rally started from Yogjaharta, Indonesia on November 25 last. It will cover more than 8000 kms, passing through 10 ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Brunei and Philippines) and terminate in India at Guwahati on December 16.

The Rally vehicles comprising of 31 nos will be taken to Delhi for the formal ceremonial flag down, by the Prime Minister of India and ASEAN Leaders, on 20th December 2012, during the observation of 20 years of dialogue relations and 10 years of Summit-Level Partnership with ASEAN, Commemorative Summit being held at Delhi on December 20-21.

The Rally is organised by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in collaboration with Conference of Indian Industries (CII). As a prelude to the Rally, 8 Envoys/Ambassadors of the ASEAN countries, had visited Assam and Nagaland states. The Envoys/Ambassadors had a meeting with the Chief Ministers of Nagaland, at his residence in Dimapur.

Motor rally to mark World War II

Correspondent, Dimapur, December 4, 2012: The World War II motor rally has been flagged off from DDSC Stadium Dimapur in Nagaland. Altogether 12 vintage WW II Jeep mostly used by the Allied force during the war has proceeded to Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, near state capital Kohima.

The rally has been commanded by Minister of Planning & Co-ordination etc, T.R. Zeliang as the team leader. Advisor, Sericulture and Cooperation, Azheto Zhimomi while flagging off the rally thanked the State Government and the Department of Tourism for organizing the event.

He said that through this motor peace rally he hoped that peace will prevail in the land, so that the people will live in peace and develop more closeness and unity amongst the fellow friends to bring economy development and also promote in export sectors”. The event has been organized by Nagaland Adventure & Motor Association (NAMA).

Programmes for Northeastern States

PIB, New Delhi, November 30, 2012: The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Paban Singh Ghatowar has said that primary objective of development plans for North Eastern Region is faster, sustainable and more inclusive growth for balanced development of the region. Special requirements of the NER and need for significant higher levels of investment for achieving the objectives are well recognized. Accordingly, efforts are made to address the problems in infrastructure - physical and social, through funding from various central programmes.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha Ghatowar said, Central Government is also supplementing development efforts of States in North Eastern Region by providing Special Central Assistance (SCA) and Special Plan Assistance (SPA) through State plans. Setting up of North Eastern Council (NEC) under NEC Act, 1971, as regional planning body is another step for balanced development of the region. Earmarking of at least 10% of Plan Budget of Central Ministries as well as departments for NER and creation of Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) are outcomes of policy initiative for development of NER.

The Minister said, development efforts have resulted in substantial improvement in growth rate in northeastern states during 11th Five Year Plan.