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NEC to fund project management agencies


Shillong, May 22, 2014: North Eastern Council has agreed to fund the State Level Project Management Agencies for planning and development of the tourism in all North Eastern States. The decision was taken in a meeting relating to promotion of tourism in North Eastern States held at NEC Secretariat on Thursday under the chairmanship of M.P. Bazbaruah, Member of North Eastern Council. Ameising Luikham, Secretary, NEC was also present in the meeting.

J. Lhungdim, Planning Adviser NEC, G.K. Chin, Financial Adviser NEC, W. Synrem, Economic Adviser NEC, Gautam Chintey, Adviser Tourism NEC, D. Khound, Director Planning NEC, R.Y. Suchiong, Principal Secretary Tourism, Government of Meghalaya, Devender Singh, Economic Adviser, Ministry of Tourism, M.R. Synrem, Secretary Tourism, Government of Meghalaya. Dhruba Hazarika, Secretary Tourism, Government of Assam, representatives from Tourism Departments of North Eastern States, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Tata Consultancy Services and NIC participated in the meeting.  

Addressing the participants M. P. Bezbaruah, Member of North Eastern Council urged the need for prioritization of schemes pertaining to the tourism development and related activities according to the Tourism Master Plan. The tourism Master Plan for the North Eastern Region which is considered as the Regional Plan has been prepared by the TCS with the financial support from North Eastern Council.

While discussing the NEC’s agenda for the regional planning and development, Ameising Luikham, Secretary, NEC said that to promote tourism, the NE States are required to prioritize the tourism related schemes/projects in accordance with the Tourism Master Plan. The Tourism Master Plan consists of 33 Tourism Circuits in the North Eastern States of which 9 circuits have been prioritized for implementation.

Neiphiu Rio to find place in NDA ministry


Kohima, May 22, 2014: Ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) leader and Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, is all set to become a minister in Narendra Modi’s government which will assume office on May 26. He will hold either tribal welfare portfolio or the department of northeastern region (DoNER), highly placed sources said.

They said Rio has been ‘communicated by key BJP leaders’ over his new responsibility at the centre. He is expected to resign from chief ministership in a day or two.

Neiphiu Rio made his début in parliament after wining state’s lone Lok Sabha constituency. He defeated K.V. Pusha of Congress, but NPF’s vote share declined in this election if compared to its victory margins in past elections.

The NPF has announced that senior leader and minister T.R. Zeliang will replace Rio. Zeliang said he is ready to take responsibility of the Chief Minister. 

GOC-IN-C Eastern Command visits Nagaland


Kohima, May 21, 2014: Lt Gen MMS Rai, AVSM, VSM, GOC-in-C Eastern Command visited Kohima on May 20 and 21. During the course of his visit, the GOC-in-C reviewed the security situation in Nagaland.

The General Officer called on Dr Ashwani Kumar, Hon’ble Governor of Nagaland wherein he discussed the steps being taken to further consolidate the security situation in Nagaland. He had wide ranging discussions with the Governor to include the development projects being undertaken by the Security Forces in the State.

The Hon’ble Governor conveyed his appreciation to the GOC-in-C and GOC 3 Corps for the outstanding performance and contribution of the Assam Rifles towards maintaining peace and tranquillity in Nagaland. The Army Commander complimented all Ranks of HQ IGAR(N) for their dedication and devotion to duty.

 He also conveyed his appreciation and gratitude to the populace, civil administration, NGOs, Church and media for their continued cooperation with the Security Forces in the State.

Computerised booking of railway retiring rooms


Guwahati, May 21, 2014, PIB Press Release: Indian Railways provides lodging facility through retiring rooms to its passengers at stations spread across the country. The Retiring Room Application has been developed to computerize the booking of retiring rooms at the railway stations.

At present, booking of retiring rooms has been computerized at 67 stations. The Rooms can be booked on computer terminals placed at these stations as well as on internet through the website Currently, booking / cancellation, up-gradation and extension are available in the retiring room application.

Some of the basic features of retiring room application are given below:-

•         The Rooms can be booked in advance (up to 60 days) through internet as well as on terminals at stations,

•         Based on the booked PRS ticket PNR No. at the Source and Destination stations.

•         The facility of booking of retiring room is available only on Confirmed and RAC tickets.

•         The Rooms can be booked  2 days in advance based on UTS tickets, Railway Passes and other travel authorities only on terminals at stations.

Congress sweeps assembly elections in Arunachal


Itanagar, May 19, 2014: Not everything went wrong for Congress this election season. The party swept Assembly election which was held simultaneously with Lok Sabha poll giving a very small space for the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh. 

Like Orissa, there was no anti incumbency wave in politically and strategically sensitive state – largest in size in northeast India. On ground there was no such contest by any political party with Congress that bagged eleven seats unchallenged.

Thus 49 seats of 60 member assembly went to poll and Congress ended winning 40. The party which saw a rout nationally to the BJP won more three fourth seats.

The winning number includes two women from among total seven who had contested this time.  They are Karya Bagang (Chayangtajo) and Gum Tayeng (Dambuk) – both made it second time from the ruling Congress. 

Arunachal has 3,77,272 female voters against 3,75,898 males, with women outnumbering men in several assembly constituencies. 

Raising Day of AR in Nagaland


Kohima, May 17, 2014: Headquarter of Inspector General of the Assam Rifles (Nagaland) observed its 29th Raising Day on May 15 and 16. Speaking on the auspicious occasion Maj Gen MM Naravane complimented officers and personnel of the force for their untiring efforts and dedication to duty.

He exhorted All Ranks to strive for excellence in the service of the Nation.

Another highlight of the celebrations was the inauguration of the recently completed new HQ building. The new building had been sanctioned in 2012 and the HQ has shifted into the new building christened “Sentinel Headquarters” on May 16.

The new building is a marvel of construction that incorporates the best of several styles of architecture. The interiors have been done up with exquisite taste and showcase Naga art and culture.

CPI(M) PB member says Congress responsible for own defeat


Agartala, May 17, 2014: Tripura Chief Minister and CPI(M) politburo member Manik Sarkar claimed that anti people policies of the UPA government made it face a massive defeat in Lok Sabha elections.

He said the BJP became natural beneficiary of strong anti-incumbency against the Congress across the country.

Sarkar expressed his view while talking to newsmen at his office following the rout of Congress led UPA at the centre and CPI(M) in West Bengal where the was the star campaigner in support of left aspirants.

He said large scale rigging and violence perpetrated by the Trinamool Congress was mainly responsible for the defeat of left candidates in West Bengal and victory of Trinamool candidates.

Chief Minister of the last left bastion in India lauded people of Tripura for paving huge win of CPI(M) candidates in both the constituencies.

Meanwhile Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma also held anti–incumbency responsible for the defeat of UPA to the BJP led NDA.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Dismal show of Congress in northeast India


Guwahati, May 16: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has offered to resign after Congress faced worst ever defeat ending years of political monopoly in the state. BJP which was not a party to reckon with in northeast’s most populated state, stunned everyone by winning seven of 14 seats.

Congress won three and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), a party of minorities, won three seats each. Independent is leading in strife torn Kokrajhar.

BJP has won or leading in nine while Congress in seven of 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in eight Northeastern states. In Assam, BJP was set for an impressive show as it was leading in seven seats out of 14 in the state.

In bordering Arunachal Pradesh, BJP and Congress was ahead in one constituency each. Congress won lone seat in Mizoram. 

In Nagaland, the NPF and in Meghalaya, NPP of former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma won and the other won by Congress. 

Congress and NPF were leading in one seat each in militancy-affected Manipur. CPI(M) managed to bag two seats in Tripura by a huge margin.

In Sikkim, SDF managed to win the lone seat. This is only state where Congress does not have an organisation to take on SDF. 

Train services on halt in Arunachal Pradesh


Itanagar, May 15, 2014: Security concern forced the Northeastern Frontier Railway (NFR) to suspend train service between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The stoppage had taken place on May 9 and is indefinite, said NFR officials.

They stated security alerts over possible subversive activities have promoted the decision. Earlier sources cited natural calamity as the reason behind suspension of train service between Dekargaon in Assam and Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh.  

The state police department and civil administration sent confidential notes to the NFR headquartered in Guwahati requesting for a pause in the train service in view of agitation by some Arunachal groups. All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) and All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) demanded suspension of train service for what they called flow of illegal migrants into the state.

Student organisations like ANSU, APPDSU, SUMA (Students Union Movement of Arunachal) and civil forums have been have been alleging that the train connectivity has brought in thousands of outsiders in the state and created a serious threat to native population. 

Two more women post offices opened in northeast


Shillong, May 14, 2014:  Nagaland has become fourth state in northeast India to have all women post offices. Two post offices operated and managed by women were opened in the state over past two days.

Chief Postmaster General NE Circle, Shillong, P K Swain inaugurated one at Belho complex while state’s Chief Secretary Banuo Z Jamir opened the other sub-post office at the civil secretariat in Kohima.

All women post offices are already functional at Agartala in Tripura, Aizawl in Mizoram and Shillong in Meghalaya. The postal NE Circle envisaged more women run post offices in the region.

Officials from department of post said the initiative is part of central government’s policy to empower women in all sphere of governance.  Besides, the department has entrusted serious responsibilities on women officers and staffs.