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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. 

JFA condemns the killing of Andhra journalist


Guwahati, December 3, 2014: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has condemned the brutal killing of MVN Shankar, a senior journalist working with Andhra Prabha newspaper, by the miscreants and demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits. 

Shankar (around 53 years old) was attacked by the unknown assailants with iron rods on the night of November 25 in front of his residence at Chilakaluripeta in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. He was shifted to Guntur hospital with severe head injuries where the Telugu journalist succumbed to the injuries next day.

A brave journalist and media activist arguing for due benefits to fellow media persons, Shankar prepared a number of news-stories relating to the kerosene mafia, which used to sell the domestic fuel, supplied through the public distribution system, in the black market. 

The local journalist bodies have already demonstrated their angers against the murder of Shankar, who left behind his wife Vijayalakshmi with other relatives, friends and well-wishers. Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and Andhra Pradesh Newspaper Employees Federation had organized protest rallies asking to nab the perpetrators at the earliest.

Altaf Mazid selected Jury for Bengaluru Film Festival


Guwahati, December 3, 2014: The 7th edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFES), December 4-11, has invited film critic-cum-filmmaker Altaf Mazid of Assam to occupy a chair of jury in their Kannada film section. This time the festival has selected 10 Kannada films for this section that carries a modest cash prize. 

Bitopan Borbora was the other film critic from Assam who was invited by the festival as jury in their 2012 edition. Another aspect of this year’s festival is inclusion of the Assamese film ‘Adomya’ directed by Bobby Sarma Baruah in the Indian Cinema competition section of the festival.

The state of Karnataka produces around 150 films a year. Film directors from the industry like Girish Kasaravalli and M.S.Sathyu have garnered international recognition. Other noted directors include Puttanna Kanagal, G. V. Iyer, T. S. Nagabharana, P. Sheshadri, Girish Karnad, Yogaraj Bhat, Soori, Guruprasad and Upendra who has earned 14th place in world popular director’s list. Some influential Kannada films include Samskara (1970) (based on a novel by U. R. Ananthamurthy), Vamshavruksha (1971), Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu (1974), Chomana Dudi (1975), Hamsageethe (1975), Ghatashraddha (1977), Kaadu Kudure (1979), Bara (1979), Maanasa Sarovara (1982), Accident (1985), Tabarana Kathe (1987), Kraurya (1996), Thaayi Saheba (1997), Mane (2000) and Dweepa (2002). 

Finale of World War II car peace rally

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Kohima, December 2, 2014: The World War 11 Car peace Rally which was flagged off from the Dimapur at 8.00 AM by the Nagaland Adventure and Motor sports Association (NAMSA) at the Bamboo Mission Dimapur was culminated at the World War 11 Museum ground, Naga Heritage Complex Kisama at 12.00 noon on December 2.

The culmination programme was graced by U.S Consul General, Kolkata, Helen Lafave. Speaking at the function, she congratulated the organizing committee for creating such a memorable event to promote peace and harmony for the people of the State and to all the entire world.

Commissioner & Secretary, Tourism and Art & Culture, Himato Zhimomi said that the significance of the World War II is to commemorate the Kohima war and he urged all the participants to create and promote peace among the people stating that participating in this event would bring message of peace.

The result are as follows - the winner of the Hornbill 2014 car rally was clinched by car no 1 who also won the best Original car walked away with cash prize and a trophy. The second most Original car design in the rally, best Weapon team (car no 4) and best Uniform team (car no 5) were also given trophies along with cash. The Brave team goes to car no 9, best Tourist team car no 8, best Discipline team in war car no 3, the best foreign participating team was won by Knok  team.

The Chief guest handed over the prizes to all the winners, The participants were also awarded with certificate.

PM dedicates power plant to nation


Agartala, December 1, 2014: The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today said the Centre desired to move forward on energy generation using natural gas, to power the economy of India. He said youth of the north-east could gain employment from projects related to such plants. He was speaking at the dedication to the nation of Unit-II of ONGC Tripura Company Ltd Power Plant, at Palatana.

He said this was perhaps the first time that a Prime Minister had the good fortune to spend three days among the people of the North-East. He said he is thankful to the people of all four states of the North-East which he visited, for the love and affection they had showered on him. He said his first function in the north-east was connected to "gati" - speed or connectivity, and the last one here at Palatana was dedicated to "urja" - energy. 

He said for a nation to develop, it needed both gati and urja and also disha - direction. Therefore, the Prime Minister said the Government was converting the Look East policy to Act East policy. He said the Government had signed an agreement with Japan, to open an economic corridor with Myanmar, which would boost employment in the region. He said the North-East would not remain backward now. As the gateway to Asia, it had the potential to move forward in this century, which was being called the century of Asia. He said towards this end, the Government was keen on building modern infrastructure in the north-east, to unlock its potential. 

The Prime Minister referred to the four colours of the Indian flag, and four revolutions which he looked forward to: the second green revolution for agriculture, which should include a push for organic farming in the north-east; white revolution, for milk and animal husbandry; saffron revolution, for energy development including renewable energy development; and blue revolution, for fisheries and marine development. 


NDA to go ahead with land swap deal, says PM


Guwahati, November 30, 2014: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the NDA government will go ahead with the controversial land swap deal with Bangladesh in Guwahati during this whirlwind three day northeast tour.

“I know Assam's problems. I assure you all that there will be no compromise on Assam's security. Land swapping will be done for a permanent solution. I know the sentiment of Assamese people regarding land swapping deal. I assure you, we will move ahead considering the country’s and Assam's welfare. Assam will gain in long term even if it looks like losing in short term," Modi said addressing a programme.

Referring to the ambitious Jan Dhan Yojna, the prime minister said, "BJP is working to bring the poor to the mainstream. The poor had never entered the banks (before). We have opened bank doors for them. The PSU banks are working very hard now. Every week, one crore bank accounts are being opened. Earlier, one crore accounts were opened not even in one month, but in one year," he said.

Modi also said of solving the problem of illegal citizens of the state. Modi, however, stayed away from making any specific statement on developmental issue for the region. This is Narendra Modi’s first visit to the northeast after becoming Prime Minister.