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Shillong film festival concludes

Abdul Gani
Guwahati, December 6, 2010: The three day Festival of Regional Films: India 2010 with the theme 'The Natives of A Nation' organized by the North East Film and TV Producers' Directors' Association (NEFTPDA) and with Riti Academy of Visual Arts came to an end on December 4, 2010.  

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Central agency gets custody of rebel chief

Mithu Choudhury
Guwahati, December 4, 2010: Arrested chairman of Manipur-based extremist group United National Liberation Front (UNLF), RK Meghen, was on Friday produced in a special court in Assam state capital Guwahati, which remanded him in custody of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

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Groups protest sexual assault on women from NE

A Correspondent
Guwahati, December 3, 2010: Social and rights groups raise their strong voice against repeated incidents of sexual assault on women from the North East in New Delhi in recent months. The incident of rape of a 30-year-old woman in Dhaula Kuan on November 23 has again pointed to the failure of the Delhi government to ensure safety of women and especially of women from the region. 

This incident reminds all of another young woman from the North East in 2005 who was also picked up from Dhaula Kuan and gang raped. In fact, in the past six months itself numerous other incidents of sexual assault on women from North East have taken place. On May 26 a 20-year-old woman from Manipur was beaten severely by a man in Munirka after she resisted attempted sexual assault by him. On August 29 a Manipuri woman was molested by the manager of a rest bar in L-Block, Connaught Place. 

On October 22 a 21-year-old Jamia Millia Islamia student from Arunachal Pradesh was molested by group of school students inside their south Delhi school. On October 25 a 19-yr-old Naga woman was murdered by an IIT PhD scholar in Munirka.

Women from the North East face regular harassment and assault. The groups strongly protest the sinister arguments that they 'asked for it' because of the way the girls look and dress. 

The groups have demanded the following actions to be taken by the Delhi government:

1. The rapists involved in the crime that took place on November 23 must immediately be arrested.

2. The security measures in and around Delhi and particularly in areas that are more unsafe for women are enhanced.

3. More effective mechanisms must be instituted to ensure the safety of women in Delhi, especially women from the North East.

4. The Delhi government must issue guidelines to BPOs and other employers in order that they increase security measures when women staff members are dropped to their residence.

5. Immediately provide better street lights and police patrols in all areas, and bus stops.

Groups protest sexual assault on women from NE

A Correspondent

Guwahati, December 3, 2010: Social and rights groups raise their strong voice against repeated incidents of sexual assault on women from the North East in New Delhi in recent months. The incident of rape of a 30-year-old woman in Dhaula Kuan on November 23 has again pointed to the failure of the Delhi government to ensure safety of women and especially of women from the region.

This incident reminds all of another young woman from the North East in 2005 who was also picked up from Dhaula Kuan and gang raped. In fact, in the past six months itself numerous other incidents of sexual assault on women from North East have taken place. On May 26 a 20-year-old woman from Manipur was beaten severely by a man in Munirka after she resisted attempted sexual assault by him. On August 29 a Manipuri woman was molested by the manager of a rest bar in L-Block, Connaught Place.

On October 22 a 21-year-old Jamia Millia Islamia student from Arunachal Pradesh was molested by group of school students inside their south Delhi school. On October 25 a 19-yr-old Naga woman was murdered by an IIT PhD scholar in Munirka.

Women from the North East face regular harassment and assault. The groups strongly protest the sinister arguments that they 'asked for it' because of the way the girls look and dress.

The groups have demanded the following actions to be taken by the Delhi government:

1. The rapists involved in the crime that took place on November 23 must immediately be arrested.

2. The security measures in and around Delhi and particularly in areas that are more unsafe for women are enhanced.

3. More effective mechanisms must be instituted to ensure the safety of women in Delhi, especially women from the North East.

4. The Delhi government must issue guidelines to BPOs and other employers in order that they increase security measures when women staff members are dropped to their residence.

5. Immediately provide better street lights and police patrols in all areas, and bus stops.
Groups protest sexual assault on women from NE 

A Correspondent 

Guwahati, December 3, 2010: Social and rights groups raise their strong voice against repeated incidents of sexual assault on women from the North East in New Delhi in recent months. The incident of rape of a 30-year-old woman in Dhaula Kuan on November 23 has again pointed to the failure of the Delhi government to ensure safety of women and especially of women from the region. 

This incident reminds all of another young woman from the North East in 2005 who was also picked up from Dhaula Kuan and gang raped. In fact, in the past six months itself numerous other incidents of sexual assault on women from North East have taken place. On May 26 a 20-year-old woman from Manipur was beaten severely by a man in Munirka after she resisted attempted sexual assault by him. On August 29 a Manipuri woman was molested by the manager of a rest bar in L-Block, Connaught Place. 

On October 22 a 21-year-old Jamia Millia Islamia student from Arunachal Pradesh was molested by group of school students inside their south Delhi school. On October 25 a 19-yr-old Naga woman was murdered by an IIT PhD scholar in Munirka.

Women from the North East face regular harassment and assault. The groups strongly protest the sinister arguments that they 'asked for it' because of the way the girls look and dress. 

The groups have demanded the following actions to be taken by the Delhi government:

1. The rapists involved in the crime that took place on November 23 must immediately be arrested.

2. The security measures in and around Delhi and particularly in areas that are more unsafe for women are enhanced.

3. More effective mechanisms must be instituted to ensure the safety of women in Delhi, especially women from the North East.

4. The Delhi government must issue guidelines to BPOs and other employers in order that they increase security measures when women staff members are dropped to their residence.

5. Immediately provide better street lights and police patrols in all areas, and bus stops.

Northeast expo in December

A Correspondent
Kohima, November 26, 2010: The 2nd North East Agri Expo 2010, 'Prosperity through Agriculture' which is being hosted by the Government of Nagaland in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) and with sponsorship from Ministry of DONER/NEC and Ministry of Agriculture will commence from December 15 to 19 at North East Regional Agri Expo Complex, 4th mile, Dimapur.  

The North East Agri Expo 2010 will have exhibition stalls, where the exhibition as a whole, will consist of various pavilions such as Thematic Pavilions, State Pavilions, International Pavilions, Livestock Pavilions and Farm & Food Processing Technologies and Machinery & Services Pavilions. Each Thematic Pavilion will showcase products from different states, research results, agriculture clinics and technologies and management processes.  

The North East Agri Expo 2010 will also conduct various conferences and meets such as Investors Meet, Indian Agricultural Technologies, Horticultural Sector of North-East region, Financial Schemes for Agriculture & Agri Business, Technology demonstrations, Educational Awareness programmes and New Approach for Farmers, Agri Clinics, One-to-One buyer-seller/producer-consumer meet, Market Summit and Field Visits.  

Other highlights of the NE Agri Expo 2010 include cultural programmes, colours of North East, food courts, arts & crafts of North Eastern states and a food festival- Cuisines of North East. The NE Agri Expo 2010 will provide space and facilities for exhibition stalls, conference and seminars, business meets and IT & communication.  
All eight North Eastern states will be participating along with other key national and international participants including various Ministries and Departments from the Government of India, Agricultural Universities, private organisations and neighboring Asian countries.  

CHAKA: Mascot for the expo  
'Chaka' the Mithun will be the official mascot at the North East Agri Expo 2010. Chaka is the image of the North East collective, representing the free spirit of the people and symbolizing strength and perseverance.

US Consul General to attend hornbill festival

A Correspondent
Kohima, November 24, 2010: The Consul General at the US Consulate General Kolkata, Beth A. Payne will be attending the inaugural of the Hornbill Festival as the State Guest on December 1 at Kisama village in Nagaland. She will have a brief press interaction with the journalists at end of main function. 

Beth A. Payne assumed her duties as the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General Kolkata on August 1, 2008.  She is a career Foreign Service Officer who joined the U.S. State Department in 1993.  Her previous assignments include postings at the U.S. Embassies in Senegal, Rwanda, Israel and Kuwait.  In 2003, she opened the Office of the U.S. Consul in Baghdad, Iraq.  She also served in the Office of Children's Issues in the State Department in Washington DC.   

Ms. Payne is a native of Pennsylvania and enjoys photography, kayaking, hiking, cooking and traveling.  She is fluent in French.

Tripura's Somdev wins Gold at Asiad

November 23, 2010: Fourth seed Somdev Debbarman from Tripura state in India's northeast scripted history, when he became the first Indian to win gold at the Asian Games, beating top seed Denis Istomin 6-1, 6-2 to clinch the gold medal in Guangzhou Tuesday.

This takes India's gold haul to seven. Somdev had also bagged the doubles gold with Sanam Singh yesterday.  

This is Somdev's second gold medal in the Asian Games. Devvarman had also won Gold Medal at the recent Commonwealth Games held in Delhi.

Many many congratulations to Somdev Devvarman

Courtesy: samaw.com

Shillong Autumn Festival ends

A Correspondent
Shillong, November 23, 2010: The Shillong Autumn festival came to an end after a stupendous celebration over two days in which the colour of northeast was in full display. There were several surprises too for the visitors, including the magnificent fire display by artistes from UK and Russia and the majestic canvas painting by eminent and fine artists from all over the North Eastern States.  

The community Art Workshop was conducted by Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum (MTDF) member and artist, Raphael Warjri, Rembrandt I Kharnaior, Benedict Skhemlang Hynniewta and Thomas Mylliemumlong of Meghalaya, Panger Onen and Lima Aonok of Nagaland, Henba Temsuba and Imobi Sharma of Manipur, Noni Borpujari, Kishore Kumar Das and Shyamalee Chaliha of Assam, Muran Mog and Devdas Debbarma of Tripura and Ms C Laltanpui and Sapkaikailiana of Mizoram. The artists painted together in a huge canvas which was later auctioned at Rs two lakh.  

The local boat racing and archery competition too enhanced the atmosphere. The harmony of folk songs and contemporary music, the rhythm of folk and modern dances with the fashion display of ethnic costumes in up to date trend fascinated every visitor.  

Although there is a blend of local and overseas performances; the first day displayed more on the local ambience and the second day it showcased the diverse cultures of the North Eastern Region of India. The music bands comprise of Alive from Sikkim and the local bands Afflatus, Street Stories and Somersault from Shillong enthralled the audience.  

The fashion show was choreographed and presented by Daniel Syiem, a local fashion designer who also made a mark at Bangkok fashion hub.

Mediators to solve Assam – Nagaland boundary dispute

A Correspondent
Kohima, November 19, 2010: Mediators for Assam–Nagaland boundary disputes appointed by Supreme Court of India Sriram Panchu and Niranjan Bhatt both senior advocate had a brief meeting with the District Administrators of Assam and Nagaland, other officials and NGOs’ at ADC Niuland Conference Hall on 17 November.

Upon their arrival after visiting A, B, C sectors of Dhansiri sub-division of Golaghat district (Assam) andMerapani / Maratchu, Old Ralan, Rengmapani and other Areas of Wokha district (Nagaland) for spot assessment.

While interacting with the Officials of both the States and NGOs, Senior Advocate Sriram Panchu said that ‘It is once in a lifetime opportunity to do something fruitful for the people of two neighbouring states and their responsibility is to bring out an agreement out of cohesive approach through meditation’.

Senior Advocate Niranjan Bhatt in his short speech said that the aspiration of the Supreme Court of India is for amicable solution through negotiation and dialogue between the two neighbouring states. Whereby, he appealed for cooperation from both the states and to forget the past but to look forward for the future generations, as the two neighbouring states desire to live in harmony only through negotiation and dialogue will bring solution to the problem.

Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, Maongwati Aier while welcoming the mediators and his counterpart and other officials from both the states, said that both the states has a high expectation and this visit will bring solution for peaceful co-existence. DC also said that to tackle law and order situation and for information sharing between Assam and Nagaland the administration conducts coordination meeting quarterly.

The two Supreme Court senior advocates were accompanied by assistant mediators Aparana Vasu and Priyadarshini Vakil.

They were also accompanied by District Administrators of Golaghat (Assam), Dimapur and Wokha
(Nagaland) and various officials of the states and Officials from Central Neutral force.

Shillong Autumn Festival from Nov 20

A Correspondent
Guwahati, November 15, 2010: Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum (MTDF) is all set to
organize the Shillong Autumn Festival with the theme 'Tourism naturally' on November 20 and 21, 2010 at the Orchid Lake, Umiam in Shillong.

The president of MTDF, Larsing M Sawian, said, “This edition of Autumn Festival will try to create environmental awareness among the people and also to provide a platform to expose and buy natural, ethnic products of the northeastern states. Cuisine, fruits along with
traditional music and culture will be on display during the two day fest.”

“Besides, the rock bands and renowned musicians of the region will also perform. We have arranged some traditional sports competitions like archery among the youths,” he said.

The organizers have also arranged for a mega canvas for the painters to create their subjects on the theme 'tourism naturally'. Along with the above events, several other events are also on the
programme for children.

“We hope that due to the geographical location of Shillong, the festival will attract visitors and moreover they will get an opportunity to have the glimpse the rich culture of the entire region in a single platform,” said one of the officials of MTDF.

First Regional Short Film Festival

Abdul Gani
Guwahati, November 12, 2010: The maiden edition of the Regional Short Film Festival of India, with the theme 'The Natives of A Nation', will be organized by the Meghalaya chapter of North East Film and Television Producers' Directors' Association (NEFTPDA) from December 2 to 4, 2010, at Meghalaya state capital Shillong.

Short films and documentaries from all over the country will be screened during the festival which includes several IDPA award winning films. Green Oscar winning 'The Wild Meat Trail' of Rita Banerji and Shilpi Sharma which also won Best Environment Film in IDPA awards recently will one of the major attractions of the festival.  The film portrays community and individual hunting practices in different parts of North-East India, tracking the complex transition of these utility
and ritual-based hunting traditions into an increasingly commercial activity geared to generate cash.

NEFTPDA president Jahnu Barua said, “It's a noble venture initiated by the Meghalaya chapter of NEFTPDA that would help to showcase the regional films from different parts of the country at the film festival.”

He further said, “The films of northeast and perhaps the regional films of the other regions in the country are facing enormous constraints and are yet to achieve the desired impetus due to lack of
promotion and the invasion of popular culture and glamour in the entertainment industry. The festival will be helpful in this regard.”

The festival comprises of a total of fifteen hours duration of selected films from the North Eastern Region and about ten hours total duration of selected regional films from the rest of India. In the competition section for North East films there will be four categories of awards- the Best Film Award, the second Best Film Award, the Best Director Award and the Jury award for the Best Film.

Films from North East India

Assam: Turgot: Bhupendra Kaman; Haren's Butt: Pankaj Kalita;
Ajan Faquir Saheb: Asif Iqbal Hussain

Mizoram: Malsawmi & Pawl Kut: by Napoleon Thanga

Nagaland: Walk with me: producer, director, research & script:  Kivini Shohe

More: Melting Paradise, Sound from the Soul, Ek Ropa Dhan, Aarohan: A New Beginning, The Wild Meat Trail, A Small Thing Can Change the World.

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