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Nagaland CM wins confidence of Assembly


Kohima, February 5, 2015: Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang has defeated rebellion within ruling Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF) and won trust of vote on floor of state assembly on Thursday. Significantly opposition MLAs also voted in his favour in specially convened session.

The session of 60 member Assembly was called by Governor P B Acharya in order to settle the internal squabbling within the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) as 22 from its 38 members openly rebelled against Zeliang's leadership last month. 

MLAs who supported Zeliang include 37 of NPF, 8 of Congress, 4 BJP, 1 each of NCP and JD(U) and 8 Independents. 

Sukanya Samriddhi accounts introduced in Nagaland


Kohima, February 3, 2015: Along with the rest of the country Post Offices in Nagaland have also
introduced the new special scheme by the name of Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSA) for the benefit and welfare of girl child. SSA scheme was launched by the Prime Minister of India on January 22 for the benefit of the girl child.

Superintendent of Post offices Kohima, K.I Singh while speaking to DIPR informed that the scheme is mainly for the girl child upto the age of 10 years and can be opened through post office saving banks.
The SSA can be opened by any of the local guardians who will be called as the depositor and the girl child will be the account holder.

For initial operation of the scheme, one year grace has been given and therefore, girl child born on or after 2-12-2003 can open the account, he further informed.

The minimum amount for opening of account will be Rs 1000/- and subsequent deposit should be in multiple of Rs 100/- mode of deposit can be cash/cheque/draft and in case of cheque/draft/date, the date of credit of cheque/draft amount into government account will be the date of credit.     

Stating that the scheme offers maximum benefit to the girl child offering 9.1% interest per annum, Singh encouraged individuals and guardians to start opening SSA account and to avail the benefits.

ONGC ready to supply gas to NEEPCO’sMonarchak


Agartala, February 2, 2015: ONGC charges gas into 10” x 10.7 km pipeline from Khedabari - Sonamura GCS, to its Gas Metering Terminal at NEEPCO - Monarchak on February 1, 2015. Deepak Bakshi, ED- Chief Onshore Engineering Services, ONGC from New Delhi and V P Mahawar, ED – Asset Manager, Tripura Asset opened the valves for charging gas into pipeline.

ONGC has carried out extensive pigging and thorough cleaning operations to ensure that clean gas without impurities or any foreign particles is supplied to NEEPCO, Monarchak. The pipeline was hydro-tested for confirming integrity and nitrogen was purged successively as part of standard operational and safety procedure.

Further the pipeline was charged with gas up to Monarchak terminal. This pipeline section includes 600 m pipeline laid below Gomati River using the technology of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD).

VP Mahawar and Deepak Bakshi camped at Monarchak along with the team till 2.30 am and ensured that the gas reached Monarchak terminal. Earlier, in the 1st phase, 16” x 21 km pipeline from Gas Metering Station - Palatana to Khedabari - Sonamura GCS was charged on 14th January, 2015.

 While speaking on this occasion Asset Manager, V P Mahawar said that ONGC is completely ready to supply gas to NEEPCO Monarchak as per its requirements for commissioning the unit.  He also further informed that Sonamura GCS is designed to the capacity of 0.8 MMSCMD, whereas the NEEPCO’s requirement is 0.5 MMSCMD only.

Keeping in view the future developments and requirements of gas customers, ONGC has laid 10” pipeline up to Monarchak, having designed capacity to supply gas up to 1.5 MMSCMD.Mr. Mahawar further told that the local contractors deserve all appreciations for their spirited day in/day out efforts and professional zeal, which resulted in the successful completion of the pipe line works required for supply gas to NEEPCO. 

BSNL’s "Choose Your Mobile Number" Scheme


Shillong, February 2, 2015: A BSNL mobile subscriber  can choose a mobile number of his or her choice directly through BSNL website or through SMS now under the scheme named, 'Choose Your Mobile Number (CYMN)', which was launched in the year 2011 by the public sector telecom company, BSNL. 

BSNL happened to be the first telecom service provider to launch such a scheme.  The scheme received overwhelming response from public at large as the service is without any extra charges. BSNL regularly adds good number of mobile numbers in the list to choose from.

 Hence the prospective customer has wide range to choose a mobile number of his or her likings.

The scheme is open and one can choose a mobile number of his or her liking from the available numbers without any extra charges by just visiting website or SMS 53734 (from BSNL number) or 9400012345 (from other provider). This was stated in a press note issued by the PSU today. 

‘Faina Beihpui Hnatlang' to clean Mizoram


Aizawl, January 31, 2015: 'Faina Beihpui Hnatlang’ - an ambitious movement aimed at making Mizoram cleanest state in India. Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla launched the campaign at state capital Aizawl.

The programme was organised by the Young Mizo Association (YMA), but local volunteers, students and teachers have become part of it. They are cleaning the streets, public places and sewerages while people also cleaned their own compounds.

Government employees also swept their respective office premises and the streets. Officials said the campaign continue specially in schools and colleges. 

Peace talks and development must go side by side


Kohima, January 27, 2015: Governor of Nagaland P.B Acharya observed that peace talks and development could move forward concurrently and appeal to all to come together to bring a situation for successful dialogue so that Nagaland moves forward.      

He recently made  Inaugurating a one day seminar on ‘Nagaland: A way forward’, at Kenguruse Hall, Kohima the Governor of Nagaland said that everyone yearns and desire for a peaceful solution, and asked the people to spell out distinctively what is that ‘honourable solution’.   

Touching on the education front, the Governor regretted on the lack of value added education and urged upon all the people to seriously ponder on the need to bring about quality education citing that case of 68% proxy teachers, he lauded and appreciated the media for highlighting the various loop-holes in the education front with a brave heart.

The seminar held in three (3) sessions encompassed prominent expert speakers including Bano Haralu, KN Chishi, Law Secretary Government of Nagaland, Ex. Chief Secretary Nagaland, Alemtemshi Jamir, Chairman Ceasefire Monitoring Cell Lt. Gen. N.K Singh, Vice Chancellor Nagaland University and others. Some of the topics discussed in the seminar included Conflict Management- a precursor to peace and stability, Prevailing environmental and societal perspective. 

Artistes from across the country get together


Guwahati, January 25, 2015: Artistes from the across the country have performed during the ‘Maati Ke Rang’ festival organized by North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) of union ministry of culture in Dimapur of Nagaland. This is the first time the biggest national event of the zonal cultural centres of the ministry is being organized in the northeast.

The organizer has expressed satisfaction that this festival will go a long way in bridging the gap with the rest of the country besides opening up new avenues with the South Asian neighbouring countries.

Union home minister for state Kiren Rijiju who was present during the multi-cultural event said that the government has rightly decided to conduct the festival in Dimapur. The previous editions were hosted in Panchkula, Haryana in 2012, and in Nagpur, Maharashtra in 2013.

Major highlights included a mini marathon run for a ‘clean and healthy India’ besides the thematic pavilions that showcased the various regions through their arts and crafts, dance and music. There were also programmes for children as well cultural nights involving renowned 

Nagaland for own medical entrance


Kohima, January 20, 015: The Department of Higher & Technical Education, Nagaland has notified
that the State will conduct its own State Entrance Examination for selection of students for Medical and allied degree courses for 2015-16 against all State Quota.

The examination shall be called as, “Nagaland State Entrance Examination” (NSEE). This is in accordance with the decision taken by the Common Selection Board during its meeting held on July 17 2014. 

USAID, Gates Foundation partner with India government


New Delhi, January 13, 2015: The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the Swachh Bharat Clean India Mission, launched by the Government of India on October 2, 2014.

The MoUD has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with USAID and a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These agreements formalize a shared commitment to providing sustainable sanitation solutions in urban areas, eliminating open defecation, and safely containing, treating, and disposing of human waste. 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide technical and management support for successful implementation of the urban sanitation program, including the set-up of a national Program Management Unit (PMU) within the MoUD.

USAID will establish a knowledge partnership with the MoUD to identify and scale best practices, build technical capacity, and advance public-private partnership focused on sanitation. USAID will also link to the Government of India’s “Smart Cities” initiative, promoting water and sanitation as an essential element of sustainable and inclusive urban development.

Appeal to stop illegal animal fights in Assam


Guwahati, January 10, 2015: In a letter addressed to Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, Humane Society International/India urged the government of Assam to bring a stop to the illegal practices of buffalo fighting and bulbul fighting. Such events scheduled to take place during Magh Bihu betweenJanuary 14 and 16in various districts of the state, mainly Sivasagar, Nagaon, Morigaon and Kamrup.

Hundreds of buffaloes are forced to participate in fights for a reward of Rs 10,000 or more. Ahatguri, a village in the Morigaon district of Assam, is known to be a popular place where buffalo fights have reportedly been taking place in large tournaments since 1972 as means of entertainment where the buffaloes bleed profusely and are severely injured.

Bulbuls or ‘songbirds’ as they are known, protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, are reportedly captured from the wild by villagers who then train them by intoxicating their food with marijuana and starve the bird a night before the fight.

NG Jayasimha, managing director of HSI/India and member of the Animal Welfare Board of India said, “The illegal practice of animal fighting, be it with buffaloes or bulbuls, involves immense cruelty that ultimately results in distress, injury and painful death of most of these animals. It is a blatant violation of Section 11(1) (m) (ii) and (n) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. These are nothing but gambling events at the expense of the lives of these animals and we urge the State Government to take an urgent action to prevent and punish the organizers to set an example for any such future events”.

The Supreme Court had already passed an order prohibiting all animal races and fights, thereby directing the Animal Welfare Board of India and the government to prevent infliction of unnecessary pain and suffering to animals. The order also ensures that animal caretakers shall not incite any animal to fight against a human being or another animal.