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ICCW calls for bravery awards

Correspondent, Agartala, June 9, 2012: Indian council of Child Welfare (ICCW) has invited application for considering National awards for acts of bravery for children 2012.            

ICCW will receive the applications in the prescribed form which can be obtained from the ICCW Headquarters office. While submitting the application it has to be duly recommended by Principal/Headmaster of school in which the applicant is studying, General Secretary or President of the State council for child Welfare, Collector/DM or official of equivalent rank and Superintendent of Police of the area.

The application form is to be accompanied by a write up of about 250 words giving the details of the deed performed by the applicant.           

The applicant should not be less than 6 years of age and above 18 years. The date of incident where the applicant has shown exemplary acts of courage and bravery should be between July1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.The last date of submission of the application is September 30, 2012.           

A press release received from the ICCW said, the main objective of the scheme is to give due recognition to the children who perform acts of bravery with a view to inspire other children to follow their example. The deed should be an act of spontaneous selfless service in the face of risk to life or threat of physical injury  or an act of courage and daring against social evils/crime.

Bangladesh to allow India use port

Correspondent, Agartala, June 6, 2012: Bangladesh has agreed to allow India for fulltime use of Ashuganj port for transshipment of commodities. Officials said the facility would immensely benefit landlocked northeastern states to access to the port which just 20kms from Tripura state capita Agartala.

A government official who attended Indo - Bangla trade fair at Dhaka besides other ministers from other northeastern states said series of discussions were held Bangladesh leaders over issues concerning the region. “We were also told that Bangladesh is actively considering transit facility to India”, he said.

“Bangladesh has agreed in principle to allow India for fulltime use of Ashuganj port”, he added stating that both countries are also holding talks at appropriate level on use of Chittagong sea port. Bangladesh had earlier declared Ashuganj river port as 'port of call' to facilitate transportation of heavy machineries and turbines to gas based Palatana power project in South Tripura.

He further stated that a joint team of officials of both countries would arrive in Tripura on June 9 to inspect land custom stations (LCS). “The team would visit all LCS along the border with Bangladesh and oversee their infrastructure and facilities”, he stated.

Officials said the inspection is mainly aimed at finding whether the LCSs are in shape to take burden of immigration and export-import trade purposes.

Bomb shell now church bell

IA Phek, Kohima, May 31, 2012: Sohomi villagers found a huge bomb at the Tizu River in Nagaland during the late 1930's. It weights around 80 to 90 KGs and the height of the bomb shell is around 4ft. After defusing and emptying the bomb, the bomb shell was being used as a church bell for the past many decades. The villager erected a wooden post as its stand and uses a stone to ring the bell. It has been a source of attraction to people visiting the village. The villagers said that the bomb shell is being demanded from various quarters with a view to replace it with a new church bell. However the villagers refuse to part with it stating that the shell would be preserved at the village for posterity.

Red Cross initiates to help Indians in Bangla jails

Correspondent Agartala, May 22, 2012: Bangladesh Red Crescent Society has taken an initiative to send back Indian nationals from Tripura state already completed sentences in jails across the border. A Red Cross official said in Agartala that some 10 people from the state are languishing in Comilla district jail in southeast Bangladesh despite completion of their imprisonment tenure.

“They were mainly detained and tried for illegal trespass into that country”, a Red Cross official in Agartala said. Bangladesh Red Cross Society has passed onto its Indian counterpart at New Delhi about list of prison inmates from Tripura.

It has been learnt that those who completed terms could not return to their home due to absence of proper focus of their plight and diplomatic maneuvering between the two countires. Tripura state branch of Red Cross Society was instructed by the New Delhi office to get in touch with families of 10 people currently held in Comilla jail.

Families are residing scattered in different villages in West Tripura. The names given in the list are Nikunja Sarkar, Bhanu Sarkar, Mohammed Fazar Ali, Abdul Ali, Jaher Mia, Mani Hussain, Foyez Mia, Shipan Mia, Mohammad Sahajahan and Nazrul Islam.

Scores of people from Tripura are lodged in different jails in Bangladesh, most of them detained for illegal entry into the country. They are tried under the passport act and awarded simple sentences, but continue to suffer in jails due to lack of initiative to ensure their repatriation.

European ambassadors visit Nagaland

Correspondent Kohima, May 16, 2012: Ambassadors from the European nations during their three-day visit to Nagaland has visited the State Museum at Bayavu hill Kohima and World War II cemetery Kohima where the Japanese and British Indian forces fought from April 4 to June 10 1944.

The European Ambassadors paid a tribute visit at the actual battle site of Kohima War Cemetery where the names of British and Indian troops who died in the battle are engraved on stone and bronze plates. They also paid honour to the youngest soldier Gulam Mahammad age 16 of the 2nd Punjab Regiment No. 13231 Naik who died in the battle.                      

The visiting diplomats said that they are encouraged and overwhelmed at the warm hospitality and generosity extended by the host State. In the Kohima war cemetery, the diplomats commented that they honour the brave soldiers and celebrate their lives, and prayed that their soul rest in peace.

Special Fund for Tea Industry

New Delhi, May 8, 2012:  A Special Purpose Tea Fund (SPTF) was set up in January, 2007 under the aegis of the Tea Board with an estimated outlay of Rs.567.10 crores (capital infusion of Rs.91.00 crores in SPTF plus subsidy of Rs.476.10 crores) for extending financial assistance in the shape of loan and subsidy to the tea gardens for undertaking uprooting and replanting/replacement planting and rejuvenation of old and senile plantations.
The pattern of assistance under the scheme is to provide 50% of the unit cost as long term loan, 25% of the unit cost as subsidy and the remaining 25% as borrower's contribution. The scheme was to be implemented till the end of the 11th Plan, i.e., during the remaining period of 2006-07 and during the 11th Plan. The physical achievement under the scheme during the 11th Plan, viz., 2007-08 to 2011-12 was that an area of 25144.22 ha. and 6604.85 ha. was covered under re-plantation and rejuvenation respectively.
The Tea Board has not received any complaint over the quality of Indian Teas from any international organization.  
South Indian Tea plantations are faced with acute shortage of labour. To overcome this problem, almost all the tea gardens have resorted to mechanical plucking. Since fineness of hand plucking is difficult to be replicated in the case of harvesting machines, there is some dilution in the quality of made tea when compared to teas made out of hand plucking.

Several Research & Development initiatives have been made for improving the plucking efficiency of the machines. Towards this end, the Tea Board has extended financial support to the R&D Institutions for refinement of the mechanical plucking machines so that the quality is not compromised.  
source: PIB

Green rural roads can help Sikkim

Correspondent Gangtok, April 24, 2012: Sikkim’s Green Mission Programme started in 2006 has catapulted thestate as among the most clean and green in the country. This has been possible due to the variousinnovative environment-friendly initiatives taken by the Green Chief Minister Pawan Chamling. Alongwith the protection and conservation of its rich biodiversity, the adoption of green rural roads in the
state can play a vital role in the development of the state as well as help achieve its Green MissionProgramme, said experts at a media workshop on Tuesday.

“Sikkim under the leadership of the visionary leader Pawan Chamling has scaled amazing heights inintroducing environment-friendly programmes and it is time the state took progressive steps to ensuregreen rural roads which shall work as a model for the rest of the country,” said Dr Navneet Anand,convenor of Fijeeha (Forum for Indian Journalists on Energy, Environment, Education, Health & Agriculture) at a workshop on Need for Green Rural Roads in Sikkim on Tuesday at the Sikkim PressClub. The seminar was also presided by Dr P K Jain, Chief Scientist, Central Road Research Institute(CRRI), Rajeev Aggarwal, CEO, Bitchem and Deepak Dogra, VP, Bitchem.

Roads are integral to the growth of societies and it is imperative for North Eastern states to embrace the many new alternative and superior technologies of road construction including cold mix, public waste and jute. This would not only ensure enhanced rural connectivity – critical for growth – but also give a much-needed push to the Central Government funded scheme Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak
Yojana (PMGSY), which aims to provide connectivity to all unconnected habitations in the rural areas in a time bound manner.

Dr Jain of CRRI, the nodal body for roads research in India, said, “Today there are many new environment-friendly and sustainable technologies available for roads construction, which are specially suited to hilly, cold or rainy conditions like in North East and it is imperative we use these to enhance rural connectivity and prosperity by increasing the construction season.”

NBCC to celebrate platinum jubilee

Correspondent Kohima, April 19, 2012: The much awaited Platinum Jubilee celebration of the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), the apex body of the Baptist Churches in Nagaland, is commencing from the April 19 2012 at the NBCC Convention Centre, New Secretariat, Kohima. The newly constructed Convention Centre will be inaugurated by Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio.

The four day event, which is to continue till the April 22, will be commemorated under the theme "One New Humanity in Christ". Besides representatives from its 20 fully fledged Associations and 4 Associate members covering 1553 churches, the occasion is also set to host over 10,000 delegates from within and outside the State including various countries like the USA, Japan, Denmark, Korea, Thailand, Nepal and Myanmar.

The main speakers for the conference include Mrs. Anne Graham Lotz of AnGel Ministries, USA, Rev. Dr. Reid Trulson, Director of International Ministries, American Baptist Church, USA, Rev. Ben Chan of International Ministries, American Baptist Church, USA and Mr. Peter Charles Sulack. The 4 day mega celebrations of NBCC's journey of 75 years will be marked by music extravaganza by an 85 strong member Platinum Choir.

The highlights of the conference will also include the Band Festival, orchestra presentation by the Japanese delegates, cultural presentation by the Thai delegates, Rally for Women and Children, Artifacts and photo gallery, food stalls, Film Festival and exhibitions.The NBCC traces its history back to 1937 when few of the pioneer church leaders resolved to set up an advisory board for all the Baptist Churches in Nagaland.

The ministry of the NBCC has today expanded to a number of Departments focusing on specific areas such as the Women Department, Youth Department, Christian Education & Children Ministry, Communication/ Media, Education, Development, Missions, Peace Affairs, Intercessory Network, and other sponsored programs like the Oriental Theological Seminary and the Christian Higher Secondary School at Dimapur. The NBCC cordially invites everyone to come and be a part of this historic Celebration.

ONGCians pay respect to Babasaheb

Agartala, April 15, 2012: ONGCians led by GGM-Asset Manager, K Satyanarayana remembered Bharat Ratna Babasaheb Dr. B R Ambedkar on his 121st birth anniversary and recollected his contributions to the nation as a social reformer and a constitutional expert.

On this occasion large number of employees and their family members, gathered near the statue of the great leader, at the ONGC Office Complex, to pay their respect by paying floral tribute to the great leader.

Later a well attended function was organised by the All India SC/ST Employees Welfare Association, Agartala Unit at the Auditorium to mark the occasion. Shri K Satyanarayana, GGM-Asset Manager was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Prof. Nityananda Das, Associated Professor, Govt. College, Tripura was the Guest of Honour on the occasion. Prof. Nityananda Das praised the efforts of ONGC to celebrate
this important occasion at such grandeur. Prof. Das also appreciated ONGC for doing its best for the society.

On this occasion ONGC, Tripura Asset and the All India SC/ST Employees Welfare Association, ONGC Agartala Unit, under special scheme, donated a number of items to the poor & weaker section of the society. 376 set of Study materials were distributed amongst the students of various schools.

Other then these School furniture like Desk, Bench & Chairs were distributed to Palatana HS School, Palatana, Standard English School, R C Nagar, Arabinda Srima Ashram School, East Aralia, Agartala, Besides, six students, 03 in SC and 3 in St category were felicitated for their outstanding performance in 2011 10 std. Board examination @ Rs 5000/-, 4000/- & 3000/- respectively.

Source: Issued by Corporate Communications, ONGC Tripura Asset

Nature lover donates elephant tusk

Lolano P. Khuvung, Kohima, April 11, 2012: Nagaland Legislative Assembly Speaker, Kiyanilie Peseyie thanked and appreciated Thepfulhouvi Solo for gifting Nagaland Legislative Assembly with the glittering elephant tusk and said that it would stand as a testimony of his generosity. Describing the office chamber of the speaker as the most dignified place for discussing parliamentary and other vital important issues, Kiyanilie opined that it was the appropriate podium for placing the elephant tusk, further illuminating the prestige of Nagaland Legislative Assembly. He called upon the officers and staff of Nagaland Legislative Assembly to preserve and protect the rare and precious gift.

The Rtd. Principal Secretary an ardent lover of nature while sharing the discovery of the tusks said that during April 1976, he was pushing through the dense reeds in the jungles of Dzükou when in a deep ravine he found a big Elephant Skull. As elephant are tropical animals, which are normally not found in cold high mountain heights,

Solo was astonished to find an elephant skull in such alpine heights. "I thought it was elephant skull that rolled down from the steep mountain side; a little higher up were the tusks lying on crushed reeds on the steep mountain side" he narrated. Solo assumed that the elephant might have slipped while going along the sharp mountain ridge, rolled down the precipice and hurt itself unable to stand up again in the steep precipice and thus might have died. The story of Solo's find inspired the famous Indian Author Vikram Seth to write a book: "The Elephant and the Tragopan", which elucidates a wonderful conversation between a elephant and a tragopan on an impending Development Project, which was going to destroy their habitat forever.

Solo who is the first Naga to join the Indian Forest Service of 1968 batch, says with pride that he has walked from Mon to Tuensang alone the International Border for 5 days in 1969. In 1979, he drifted down the Doyang river in a Bamboo Bundle.           

The Retired Secretary realized that tusks are a gift of God specially given to Nagaland and decided to donate them to Nagaland Legislative Assembly in memory of God's wonderful gift of wilderness to Nagaland. Under the Wild Life Act it is mandatory for a permit, to keep an elephant tusk, and Solo handed over the permit to the Speaker Nagaland Legislative Assembly.