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Mizoram wins soccer tournament


Aizawl, 18 December, 2014: Mizoram prevailed over Meghalaya to win the North-East Zonal Finals of The Coca-Cola Cup (Under-15, 36th Sub Junior Football Tournament), in a riveting match held at Chhangphut Field, CDFA Stadium, Champhai, Mizoram. In the award ceremony, the winning team Mizoram was felicitated by Joseph lalhimpuia, Parliamentary Secretary, Government of Mizoram.

The tournament saw participation from seven states which included Manipur, Mizoram, Assam, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya to emerge as the champion from North-East Zone.

The Coca-Cola Cup serves as an important platform for young footballers, between 13-15 years of age group. These upcoming players are shortlisted by the AIFF (All India Football Federation) technical committee scouts and will be given opportunity to represent the National U-15 football squad. Additional this tournament will also play a pivotal role in building the National team to represent the country for the U-17 FIFA Football World Cup to be played in India.  

The tournament promotes football at the grassroots level providing an unmatched platform for aspiring footballers from across the country.  The players are provided state-of-the-art training and coached by some of the most respected names in the industry.

Dr. Jacob elected Chairman of IRRDB


December 15, 2014: Dr. James Jacob, Director, Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII), Rubber Board, has been elected as the Chairman of International Rubber Research and Development Board (IRRDB) for a two year period in the Annual meeting of IRRDB held at Manila. 

Dr. James Jacob has been Vice Chairman of IRRDB for the past five years. He had also served as the Liaison Officer of Physiology Specialist Group of IRRDB. He has been serving as the Director of RRII for the past eight years. A graduate in Agriculture, he has a PhD in Plant Physiology from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore and another PhD in Biochemistry from Imperial College, London. Before joining RRII, he had worked with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in the US. 

IRRDB is an international organisation of scientists working on all aspects of R&D of natural rubber and its products. Members of IRRDB are institutes or other agencies concerned with the R&D of rubber. This was formed in 1958 and it had its head quarters in UK which was shifted to Malaysia a decade back. It is for the first time that India is getting Chairmanship of IRRDB.

Research organisations working in all natural rubber growing countries in Asia (India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos) , Africa (Cot'e d'Ivore, Nigeria, Cameroon), South America (Guatemala, Brazil )are its members. CIRAD, the research agency in France which undertakes research on tropical crops species throughout the world is also a member of IRRDB. Association of growers and processors, plantation companies and nurseries are given associate membership.

Wedding assistance for orphan girls


Shillong, December 13, 2014: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma launched the Chief Minister's Wedding Assistance Scheme for orphan girls and another scheme for single mothers, disabled women and the infirm aimed at uplifting their social life.

The Wedding Assistance Scheme for poor orphan girls above 18 years was being implemented by the social welfare department and was available in district offices as well as Child Development Project offices in all blocks.

The Chief Minister also simultaneously inaugurated a Children's Home for girls located in Tetengkol and laid foundation stones for construction of a Tribal Girls' Hostel under Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, and a Hajong Boys' Hostel and Koch Boys' Hostel at Tura. 

Nabam Tuki meets petroleum minister


Itanagar, December 13, 2014: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki met Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan to discuss various issues including issue of royalty for the state.

Pradhan assured that the Government is committed for cooperative federal structure with priority for North-Eastern states and it will be ensured that Arunachal Pradesh gets its rightful dues.

Petroleum Minister also assured the Chief Minister of providing assistance for setting up a Nursing College in the state. Secy. (PNG), SS (PNG), CMD, OIL was also present in the meeting.

JFA lauds Nepal journalist murder conviction


Guwahati, December 10, 2014: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed its contentment that a Nepal court has convicted and sentenced five perpetrators involved in the killing of a Nepali journalist in Dailekh district of western Nepal.

In an unprecedented verdict on December 7 the Dailekh district court has sentenced the assailants for torturing Dekendra Raj Thapa, a radio reporter, who was later buried alive by the attackers.

The incident took place ten years back, when a group of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) activists targeted Thapa on his way to a village apparently for resolving some community issues there.

Thapa, also a human rights activist, was abducted by the armed Maoist cadres and killed him on August 11, 2004 after torturing for few days.

Nepal, the tiny Himalayan neighbour of India, witnessed the uprising of Maoist fighters between 1996 and 2006 spreading an undeclared civil war across the country that resulted in the killing of over 15,000 individuals and displacing nearly 1,50,000 people.

Though the court could convict Bir Bahadur, Lakshiram Gharti, Nirak Ghartimagar, Harilal Pun and Jaya Bahadur Shahi, four other accused former Maoists (namely Bam Bahadur Khadka alias Mukti, Bam Bahadur Khadka Arun, Keshav Khadka and Bhakti Ram Lamichhane) are still absconding.

Thapa’s widow Laxmi Shrestha, who filed a case against the local Maoist cadres last year, expressed happiness at the court verdict saying, “Justice has been done”.

Parwej Aktar wins photos fest contest


Kisama (Nagaland), December 8, 2014: The Hornbill International Photo Fest 2014 competition was held at Kisama under the theme, “Colours of Nagaland”.    

Parwej Aktar from Uttar Pradesh, Biju Borp, Ulubari Assam and G. Nagasrinivasu from Trivandrum, Kerela bagged the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position and will receive a cash prize award of Rs. 25000, 15,000,
10,000 respectively.  

Yilobemo Kikon from Dimapur and Mireuyi Herie from D.C court Dimapur also will be awarded consolation prizes of Rs. 2500 each.      

Organisers request the winners to claim their prizes money from the organizers at Kisama, for further necessary information one may contact 9436005669.

Consultation on missing children in Assam


Guwahati, December 8, 2014:  A state level consultation to prepare state plan of action on cases of missing children in Assam was held recently at Guwahati. The consultation was organized by state child protection society under the aegis of the department of social welfare in partnership with UNICEF, Assam.

The consultation was attended by more than 130 participants, comprising the stakeholders from various government machineries. Jitesh khosla, IAS, chief secretary, Assam, was the chief guest at the consultation.

In his inaugural speech he emphasized the importance of a child being with a family and the protective environment that the child receives and the possibilities of a child ending in situations prone to abuse and getting exposed to factors leading to criminalization, if the child is not within a family protective environment.

Tanisha datta, child protection specialist, UNICEF, India country office shared the importance of data-feeding into this online portal track by stakeholders to ensure that the missing children could be traced out.

Officials from department of home, social welfare, state child protection society, child welfare committees, NIPPCD-regional centre, state NIC, UNICEF Assam and UNICEF Delhi with various child care institutions from Assam attended  and adopted a consensus for adopting it for Assam and drawing a draft state plan of action on missing children.

Papon contributes Rs.17 lakh to CM Relief Fund


Guwahati, December 6, 2014: Popular singer Angaraag Mahanta (Papon) contributed Rs 17 lakh as donation to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the flood affected people of the state.

Handing over the cheque to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at his official residence, Mahanta said the fund for the flood affected people of the State has been raised through a musical concert held in New Delhi on October 19 last. 

The concert conceptualised by Vishal Dadlani and Angaraag Mahanta with support from popular artistes like Vishal & Shekhar, Arijit Singh, Harshdeep Kaur, Neeti Mohan and Shilpa Rao from the entertainment industry  to raise funds for the flood affected people of Assam evoked tremendous response from the audience. 

Chief Minister Gogoi appreciated the endeavour of Angaraag Mahanta and others towards the noble cause.

ONGC Tripura Asset bestowed with safety award


Agartala, December 5, 2014: ONGC Tripura Asset has been awarded the “BestOnshoreAsset” of India by Oil Industry Safety Directorate in the category of Oil&GasAsset (Onshore) for the year 2012-13 (1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013) for maintaining high standards of Oil Industry Safety. This is the maiden award in this category received by Tripura Asset.

The award presented by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Mr. DharmendraPradhan on December 3, 2014 was received by Ved Prakash Mahawar, ED-Asset Manager, Tripura Asset. A citation was also presented on the occasion by Secretary MoP&NG, Mr. Saurabh Chandra.

The award is the outcome of concerted efforts being made by Tripura Asset to sensitize and create awareness on best industrial safety practices in all operational mines. ONGC Tripura Asset Agartala has shown its commitment not only towards Safety but also in maintaining surrounding environment as well.

Speaking on the occasion Asset Manager said that the impetus of adhering to safety standards given by Tripura Asset has ensured increase in operational efficiency due to which Tripura Asset created history by producing gas @ 4.4041 MMSCMD on December 1, 2014 thereby becoming the highest gas producing Onshore Asset across ONGC. Asset Manager also emphasized that Asset Team should have safety in their DNA to set higher standards of safety culture and strive for greater success and become the active  partner in clean & green Tripura. 

Assam CM for total health care for BPL families


Guwahati, December 5, 2014: A total health care for the families belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) would be introduced in Assam soon. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi directed the Health & Family Welfare officials to formulate a comprehensive health care policy for providing total health care to the families living below the poverty line.

Free treatment and medicine will be provided to the BPL families. Free treatment of BPL families will also be made available in the private nursing homes and hospitals within the State.  Gogoi directed the senior health officials to ensure available of medicine in all Government hospitals and health centres.

The Chief Minister asked the department to formulate an action plan to fill up vacant posts in all the medical colleges and health establishments. Gogoi also asked the health officials to revive the MAMTA scheme. Under the scheme, babies born in Government hospitals are given powder, towel, mosquito net, blanket, oil cloth, etc as gifts.

The Chief Minister directed Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Sanjeev Kumar to institute an inquiry into the incident that took place at Jorhat Medical College where foetuses were found in a dustbin. Gogoi also asked the Principal Secretary to probe into another incident at Gauhati Medical College & Hospital where a pregnant woman gave birth to twins in a bathroom that eventually resulted in their deaths. Gogoi said that those found guilty would not be spared.