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Red ribbon train at Dimapur

Correspondent. Dimapur, August 21, 2012: "The Red Ribbon Train phase III" the special exhibition train which comprises of seven coaches has recently marked a two day halt at Dimapur Railway Station. Governor of Nagaland, Nikhil Kumar who was the chief guest for the inaugural programme said the Red Ribbon Express is a commendable initiative as it has proved to be very popular and drawn good response from the public.

“It is a determined efforts because India was fairly high in infection, the last ten years the AIDS prevalence rate decline in India is 50% and is globally appreciated to the Government of India and the people involves, to all  the Non Governmental organization's (NGO's) and the stakeholders for the concern”, he said. Governor told as through their concern efforts general public were benefited. Governor also said the concern efforts have also specially focused to those living in a below poverty line.

Nagaland Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Kuzholuzo Nienu, in his key note address said, the Red Ribbon Express Train is the world largest multimedia, multi- sectoral mass mobilization campaign to main stream the issue of HIV/AIDS through the train. The campaign has completed its two phase successfully and has embark on another journey.

The third phase of the Red Ribbon Express was launched with the objective to disseminate information regarding primary prevention of HIV services, develop and understanding about the infection to reduce stigma & discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS, strengthen people's knowledge about the measures to be taken to prevent HIV/AIDS and adopting preventive health habits and lifestyle.

The third phase of RRE launched at Delhi on the January 12 last will traverse through 162 halt point in 25 states.

Historic troupe in I Day

Correspondent Kohima, August 16, 2012: Eleven members of the historic 1961 cultural troupe attended the Independence Day celebrations at the State level function held at the Secretariat Plaza in Kohima. 34 members of the Dzulhami village dance troupe has participated at the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi in 1961 representing the Naga Hills and Tuensang Areas that later came to be called as Nagaland.

Thirteen members are still alive and eleven of them attended the programme, namely, Zuneyi Shijo, Muleyi Shijo, Mucheyi Nyekha, Vetsulhu Shijo, Poprunu Shijo, Veduyi Ringa, Sokhruyi Ringa, Chekhwutso Naroh, Vechoyi Naroh, Rudyi Vasa and I Mulhapru Ringa. The occasion in 1961 was graced by Queen of England, Elizabeth II as chief guest.

During the cultural display from different states, apparently the Queen was impressed by the folk/cultural dance performed by the Dzulha Cultural Troupe that she was said to have requested them to perform again. The troupe reportedly secured second position for their performances.

The Dzulha Cultural Troupe had the rare honour of attending a dinner party hosted by then Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru where Veduyi Ringa presented a headgear to the Prime Minister. They also had the opportunity to have a photo session with President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

700 million substitute power units

Correspondent. Agartala, August 6, 2012: 45 remote villages and 797 remote habitats in Tripura have been chosen for supply of electricity by solar power system. State's science and technology minister Joygobinda Debroy has informed that state government has supplied more than 32 thousand solar lights in the selected localities.

The state government has achieved massive success in promoting alternative source of energy in the state during last few years he added.

The minister informed that Tripura is currently producing over 700 million units of power from solar and other alternative source like bio-gas.

Triprua government has taken an ambitious plan to make Agartala a solar city. All the street lights of city road will be converted into solar light.

Solar power plant will be built in hundred schools of the state to maintain the need of power of those schools. The minister also added that the state government is planning for initializing 100KW solar power plants in different areas of the state in current financial year.

Few such power harvesting units are already functional at Dhalai, North Tripura district and Neermahal in Sepahijala districts.

V P Mahawar is ONGC’s new Asset Manager

Agartala, August 02, 2012: V.P. Mahawar has taken over as new Asset Manager of Tripura Asset of ONGC. Mahawar, a Bachelor of Engineering (MECH) from Ravishanker University, Raipur (Chhattisgarh) joined ONGC in April 1982 as Assistant Executive Engineer (Drilling) at Mumbai.

He rose to the position of Group General Manager (GGM) after serving in various capacities at different Regions/ Work-Centers of ONGC viz. Mumbai Offshore, Chennai offshore, Institute of Drilling Technology, Assam, Ahmedabad and has vast experience in Drilling, Project Management, Engineering, Crisis Management activities
of ONGC.

V.P. Mahawar has more than 30 years of oil field experience in various capacities. He is the first sub sea engineer of ONGC and won CMD’s Young Executive of the year award in the year 1987. He established the well control school at IDT, Dehradun and brought a sea change among the drilling fraternity in understanding the well control techniques & equipment while working as In-charge well control school. He is recipient of CMD’s Manager of theyear award in the year 1998.

Earlier accompanied by the outgoing Asset Manager, Mr. K Satyanarayana, Mr. Mahawar called on the Chief Minister of Tripura, Mr. Manik Sarkar, to apprise him about ONGC’s ambitious plans contributing towards future growth of the state. Seeking all round co-operation, he reiterated that the Asset is fully committed to its Mission of achieving 6 MMSCMD gas supply for the upcoming Power Plants and in realizing Tripura’s dream of growth and development.

Mr. Mahawar also called on S K Panda, Chief Secretary and Sanjay Sinha, Director General of Police, Tripura.
Source: Corporate Communications, ONGC

Salute to Kargil hero

Correspondent, Kohima, July 26, 2012: 11 Assam Rifles of HQ 5 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (North) celebrated ‘Vijay DiwasDay’ by paying tribute to Capt (Late) NeikezhakuoKenguruse, MVC and all the brave martyrs of our countryat his memorial located at Pheza village.

Wreath were laid byMaj Gen B S Das, SM, IGAR (North) and Brig R Ravi Commander 5 Sect Assam Riflesto pay homage to the brave soldieron behalf of allofficers and men of Assam Rifles, Ngseue Kenguruse, family, friends, relatives chairman & GB’s of Nerhema and neighbouring villages, school children of Nerhema Middle School, Chiephobozou.

Capt (Late)NeikezhakuoKenguruse, MVC, son of Ngseue Kenguruse of Nerhema village was born on July 15, 1974. He did his schooling at St Xavier School, Jaluike and graduated from Kohima Science College.

He served as a teacher at the Government High School, Kohima from 1994 to 1997. He was later commissioned into the Indian Army on December 12, 1998. On June 28, 1999, during Kargil War, he attained martyrdom while destroying enemy bunker and killing four enemy soldier. He was awarded Mahavir Chakra for his gallant act.

5 Sector Assam Rifles instituted a ‘Bravery Award’ to be presented every year to local villager for showing exceptional courage and presence of mind in the face of danger, thereby saving precious lives. This year the Bravery Award was presented to K HolhipeMekroisuh of Chizami village for showing outstanding presence of mind and bravery disregard to his safety, wherein he tried to save the lives of three children from fire at Chizami village on 17 July 2012.

DoNER Minister addresses at TISS, Guwahati

PIB, New Delhi, July 23, 2012: The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Paban Singh Ghatowar has said that Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is a renowned institute in the inter-disciplinary areas of Social Sciences in the country. The Minister said this during the inaugural function of the Teaching Programmes in TISS Campus in Guwahati recently.

He said that vital contribution of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in creating human resources for building just and peaceful societies across the North-Eastern States. The Minister informed that TISS Governing Board has agreed to a Government of India s' proposal to reserve 66% of the seats for students from the North Eastern States.

These 66% seats have been evenly distributed among the eight States with a minimum of eight seats per every 100 seats to a State with smallest population. Moreover, being part of a centrally funded university, TISS Guwahati campus will follow all Government of India norms. Moreover, all students from Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Castes get free education (tuition, hostel and dining charges paid by the institute) and all OBC (non-creamy layer) students also get tuition fee waiver, the Minister added.

Media orientation at Guwahati

Correspondent, Guwahati, July 22, 2012: A daylong media orientation program with an aim for encouraging and developing ethical journalism has been organized on July 26 at Guwahati Press Club. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, an independent journalist and  educator spanning 35 years of experiences in print, radio, television and documentary film-making, will attend the program as the resource person.

The technical session will start at 10 am, which will be open for the journalist-members of Guwahati Press Club. The interested journalists should submit their names to the office of the press club by Tuesday evening.

It will be followed by the Guest of the Month program at 3 pm in the same venue, where Guha Thakurta will interact with the media persons on various media related issues. It may be mentioned Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is an independent journalist and an educator with work experience of 35 years.

Journalist attackers at large

Correspondent, Itanagar, July 20, 2012: Police are still clueless on the identity of gunman who shot Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of Arunachal Times and President of the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists on July 15. Meanwhile Shillong based Impulse NGO Network has called upon people to stand together and support Tongam in her critical times.

A senior police officer said at Itanagar on Friday that they are trying to nab the culprit responsible for the attack on journalist. Numerous media organisations, rights groups, women activists and NGOs across India condemned the cowardly and brutal attack on Tongam Rina.

In a public statement influential Impulse NGO Networks expressed serious concern about her wellbeing “whom we all have known and loved for her courage and passion in bringing out truth to the public through her journalism”.

“We would request all our media partners to stand together and ask for proper government investigation as soon as possible and bring justice to her”, the statement added. It felt need to push for the issue of media personnel's security.

It demanded Arunachal Pradesh government should ensure the safety of the media personnel who takes up so much risk and courage to bring information and truth to the public. It says all need to protest and ensure that the government takes stern action and takes positive step to ensure safety of journalists.

Presidential poll, 100% in Nagaland

Correspondent, Kohima, July 19, 2012: The 14th indirect Presidential election, in order to elect the 13th President of India, was conducted all over India on July 19 2012 where Nagaland had a cent percent of votes casted with all members of Nagaland Legislative Assembly casting their votes. The polling for the election started at 10 am in the morning, with MLA I. Imkong being the first to cast the vote and was completed by 11:30 am with Chief Minister Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio casting the last vote.

The Chief Minister said that his party NPF is not against any political party, however keeping in mind what is best for the people and Nation as a whole they have decided to vote for a suited candidate. It can be stated that UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee and PA Sangma, sponsored by some opposition parties are the two candidates in race for the highest Office in the country.

The counting of votes will take place on Sunday from 11:00 am onwards.

Bihu dance in London Olympic

Agencies Guwahati, July 16, 2012: London Olympic 2012 is a month long celebration of dance taking place in July. It co-insides with 'Big Dance' which is a huge national festival of dance - part of the overall Cultural Olympiad and Olympic festivities.
As Britain premier sporting venue Wembley stadium, along with five other venues will be hosting London Olympic 2012. The Olympic torch will reach Wembley from Greece on July 25, 2012 on its way to Stratford.
As Rini Kakati is an active member of South Asia Advocate Group, a part of LOCOG 2012 (London Olympic Committee of Games), she took the initiative on behalf of the committee to invite the well-known choreographer Ranjit Gogoi's Bihu dance troupe to perform at this prestigious event. The 16 member professional Bihu dance group from Assam with traditional instruments (with Buffalo horn pipe, dhol, pepa, gagana, taal, khol, japi and sarai) will arrive London on July 23, 2012.

Ranjit Gogoi's Bihu team from Assam is selected to perform on that day at Wembley as part of the cultural event.  The Bihu dance troupe has already been recognised in London as a popular folk dance after their performance at Nehru Centre, House of Lords last year in June 2011.

Ranjit Gogoi will perform at various places in United Kingdom including Southbank Centre.

Ranjit Gogoi can be termed as the cultural ambassador, Assamese Bihu which he has been performing with great aplomb. For him it has become a mission to promote and popularise Asomiya culture, dance, music, songs in western shores.