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New Mizoram Governor assumes office

A Correspondent Aizawl, September 3, 2011: Vakkom B Purushothaman was sworn in as the 11th Governor of Mizoram today. He was administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy by the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court Justice M B Lokur, at a short and solemn function held at the Raj Bhawan Friday. .  

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Wansua: Keeping the tradition alive

Abudl Gani With the grip of modernization being so strong on the humans and with that the these days emotions are being expressed through various mechanized like facebook, twitter etc just to name a few, people seemed to have forgotten the ways how youths and others used to propose love to their beloved. But here, at Morten, a sleepy village in Karbi Anglong in Assam, in the midst of ranges of green hills, the people belonging to the community have especial way to express their love and this traditional way has been continuous for ages.

They call it 'Wansua'. The festival in which invited folk artists from the nearby villages gather at the host village and perform the love songs to create an environment of love among the youths.

“The folk artists are invited from nearby villages and they are taken care by a selected family of the host village. They collect the names of the young girls of the village on the first day of the three day festival. Then they start singing love songs thereafter,” said Maheswar Patar, head master of Amri High School.

“This is one of the most popular festivals among the Tiwa people. This is a wonderful opportunity where youths propose their love to the girls and boys of their choice. The youths in groups try to woo boys of their choice during the festival,” he further said.

The boys in colourful outfit with various items like pumpkin, pineapple etc propose their love interests. These items work as a symbolic gift that if the girl accepts his proposal she would be awarded with that.

But the other important angle of the festival is that the villagers of the area pay tribute to their cultural gurus by devoting the rice power prepared during the day hour. “The Wansua festival is also of paying tribute to the cultural gurus of the communities and the various sub communities of Tiwas. The rice power prepared together in a place singing hymns by the artists in full traditional attire before in the evening these are send to the households to make steam cakes,” he said.

But the ancient festival seems to be in danger of being extinct. “It may be extinct if necessary actions are not taken now. We are doing our best to keep this tradition alive but the government also should try to protest such colourful festivals,” said Lal Singh Madar, the president of Tiwa Sahitya Sabha.

Similarly the Tiwa people observe many festivals like Barat, Sarga Miswa, Jon-Beel Mela and so on in the different weathers of the year which are connected with the different deities of their own. Songs and dances also follow the festivals.      August 2011

Naga idol to rechristen

A Correspondent, Kohima, August 29, 2011: Naga Idol, the most popular show in Nagaland State, which has been running with tremendous success for five seasons, will be given a new name to make it a distinct Naga identity to the show.

Acording to Mokokchung District Art & Culture Council (MDACC) the Naga Idol show is a borrowed concept from American Idol. But MDACC no longer feel comfortable with the term Idol for the show as they are not a franchisee of American Idol (and its owner). Therefore, the MD ACC has decided to rechristen the Naga idol show as the Naga Orpheus Hunt. It said, the new name was coined after the legendary musician and poet Orpheus from Greek Mythology.


“We have not felt comfortable about using the term Idol for our show as we are not a franchisee to American Idol (and its owner). Hence we have decided to rechristen the Naga Idol as the Naga Orpheus Hunt.” the MDACC said adding the advantage of the new brand name is that Orpheus is not a copyrighted brand name and it is as easy to pronounce as Idol. It also gave a distinct Naga identity to the show.


Meanwhile, rechristening of the Naga Idol and launching of the show held at Cosmos Hall, Mokokchung on August 26 where Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio will be the Chief guest.

Sharmila extends solidarity to Anna

A Correspondent, Imphal, August 29, 2011: The Just Peace Foundation (JPF) has announced that following an invitation from Team Anna to join the anti-corruption campaign in New Delhi Sharmila has written to Anna Hazare inviting him to visit Manipur which is arguably the world's most corruption affected state.


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Women trafficking threat to nation

PIB, New Delhi, August 29, 2011: A total of 3991, 3029 and 2848 cases were reported in the country in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively, under various crime heads relating to human trafficking such as Procuration of Minor Girls (Sec 366-A Indian Penal Code (IPC)), Importation of Girls (Sec 366-B IPC), Selling of Girls for Prostitution (Sec 373 IPC) and

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Tripura boy fights Internet porn

Agartala, August 28, 2011: Inspired by Facebook's (FB) potential to bring revolution in Egypt and Gulf nations in recent months, one boy Shib SenChaudhury from Tripura has initiated an event on FB to curb down Internet porn.


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Border haat, history created

By Vishma Thapa
West Garo Hills (Meghalaya), July 24, 2011: History was created in the sleepy hamlet of Kalaichar in West Garo Hills, with the inauguration of the first border-trading haat along the Indo-Bangladesh border to facilitate trading of essential commodities between villagers on both sides. The inauguration of the haat, which has been welcomed by people on both sides of the border, is seen as a major boost to bilateral relationships between India and Bangaldesh post 1971 by strengthening the traditional form of trade between both countries.

The haat was inaugurated by Indian Minister for Commerce and Industries Anand Sharma, Bangladesh Minister for Industries and Commerce Mohammad Farooq Khan in the presence of Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and Bangladesh MP Md Zafar Ali.

Accompanied by dignitaries, guests and media persons, Bangladesh Bangladesh Minister for Industries and Commerce Mohammad Farooq Khan Crossed the Jijirum river along the no-man's land area where the haat has been constructed to a rousing welcome by the Indian side today morning.

Set up on no man's land between both countries, the four-bigha haat area occupies 75-metre stretch from the zero point towards both the countries. It is situated near Kalaichar area under Mahendraganj Police Station of Tura west garo hill district in Meghalaya province of India and Baliamari village of the Upazila in Bangladesh. Villagers from both sides of the border set up their make-shift stalls comprising local vegetables and other essential commodities.

Inaugurating the haat, Bangladesh Minister for Industries and Commerce Mohammad Farooq Khan said that the inauguration of the border haat was symbolic of the feeling of brotherhood between both countries and was also indicative of increasing trade between the neighbours in the days to come. Beginning his speech with a salute to all those Indian soldiers, he said that the reopening of the traditional form of trade will open new pathways of cooperation between both countries.

The haat will sit on Wednesdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm and people living within 5-kilometre radius of the haat area will be allowed to trade here on special identity cards, an Indian custom official said. The currencies of both countries will be accepted in the haat, he informed.

Indian Minister for Commerce and Industries Anand Sharma said the decision to open the border haat was taken during Bangaldesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India. “We are going to open more haats along the Indo-Bangladesh border very soon. We will use the experience we gather from this first haat in operating the other haats in the future.”

ONGC CMD visits Tripura to boost operations

Agartala, July 23 2011: A K Hazarika, Chairman & Managing Director, ONGC, and Chairman, ONGC Group of Companies, accompanied by D K Sarraf, Director (Finance), K S Jamestin, Director (Human Resources) reached Agartala on July 22 as part of their scheduled visit for attending OTPC Annual General meeting and major fillip to ONGC operations in the State.

Right on their arrival, the team led by A K Hazarika, proceeded to OTPC Plant site at Palatana, about 65km from the ONGC Base Complex, to review the on-going construction activities at the site. A high level meeting /presentation was made by BHEL & PGCL where CMD BHEL, PGCL were also present. It may be mentioned that ONGC, in order to monetize the idle gas reserves in Tripura, conceptualized setting up Natural Gas based 726.6 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Thermal Mega Power Project at Palatana.

The Power Plant comprises of 2 blocks, each with a Gross Rating of 363.3MW and the Plant is expected to be operational by March 2012. After the presentations and discussions about the pros and cons of the present scenario and due to on the set of the monsoon, the house came to the conclusion that there would be about two months delay in commissioning of the 1st phase of the project, but efforts will be made to complete the project as early as possible.

Keeping in view the gas demand by existing and new consumers in the state, ONGC Board has given the mandate to Produce and Supply 6.0 MMSCMD Gas by 2012, which the Asset envisages as “Mission 6 Million.”

Source: Corporate Communication, ONGC

NFNE supports Assembly of Journalists

A Correspondent
Guwahati, July 21, 2011: The National Federation of Newspaper Employees (NFNE) has extended its moral support to the Assembly of Journalists, a forum of editors, journalists, press photographers associated with newspaper, news agency and electronic media of Tripura for its ongoing agitation against the authority.

The media fraternity of Tripura has taken agitation path against the attacks on the journalists covering events of political programmes on July 10 and 11 last by the security personnel in its capital city Agartala.  According to local media eleven journalists were injured in the assaults of Tripura State Rifles jowans even after the journalists showed their Photo Identity Cards.

The Assembly of Journalists had organised a silent procession in the State capital city and also submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Tripura on July 19 last. The memorandum argues that 'the journalists are occasionally subject to threat and intimidation and harassment by criminals, vested quarters, police and political activists in a bid to debar them from discharging professional obligation or force them take diktat and indulge in unfairness'.

“That the unprovoked assaults on the journalists covering events of political party in areas under East Agartala Police Station by the paramilitary Tripura State Rifles jawans, led by some police officers, was unprecedented and it was a direct infringement of 'Freedom of

Expression' and violated guarantees on rights of freedom of press and speech assured in the Constitution of India as well as in international charters,” the memorandum added.

The NFNE, is a statement issued by its Eastern Zonal Secretary Nava Thakuria, urges the State government led by senior Left politician Manik Sarkar to take appropriate action against the guilty security personnel and also extends satisfactory compensation & supports to the wounded media persons for their appropriate treatment.

Centre's NSCN narrows down differences

New Delhi, July 19, 2011: Negotiating teams of the Government of India (GoI) and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) met at New Delhi Monday.

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