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National conference of police chiefs from Saturday


Guwahati, November 29, 2014: The Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Sing to inaugurate the Director Generals of Police National Conference on Saturdayat the Administrative Staff College, Guwahati.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the first train from Mendipathar to Guwahati by remote at Maligaon Railway Stadium, Guwahati on Saturday at 4.50 P.M. He will also unveil the plaque for new rail line from Bhairabi to Salrang in Mizoram.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest to inaugurate the celebration of completion of 75 years of the English Newspaper ‘The Assam Tribune’ at ITA Auditorium, Machkhowa, Guwahati at 6 P.M.

The Prime Minister will address the conference of Director Generals of Police on Sunday at the Administrative Staff College. 

PM to visit Manipur on Nov 30


Imphal, November 27, 2014: The state of Manipur is excited on the eve of arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time after becoming PM. Modi would be in Manipur on November 30 to attend the closing ceremony of the ongoing ‘Sangai Manipur Tourism Festival.

According to reports the Prime Minister will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony, the biggest tourism festival named after ‘Sangai’, the rare brow-antlered deer, available only in Keibul Lamjao national park in state's Bishenpur district.

It is also expected that the PM would be laying the foundation stone for a sports university in the state before he makes his way to inaugurate Hornbill Festival in Nagaland. 

Mizoram third highest in literacy rate


Aizawl, November 27, 2014: In a positive development, Mizoram has been declared as the third highest state of the country as far as literacy rate is concern. At present Mizoram records 91.33% literacy rate to be in the third position after Kerala and Lakshadweep.

The highest literacy rate was achieved by the central Mizoram's Serchhip district at 97.91 per cent followed by Aizawl district at 97.89 per cent, state School Education Minister H Rohluna told the state Assembly here.

The lowest literacy rate was at southernmost Lawngtlai district at 65.88 per cent followed by Mamit district on the Mizoram-Bangladesh-Tripura border and south Mizoram's Lunglei district at 84.93 per cent and 88.86 per cent respectively, he said.

A state minister said that concerted efforts were made to increase the literacy rate of the state, especially in the districts of Lawngtlai, Mamit and Lunglei districts by appointing animators and coordinating with NGOs and evangelist teachers working under different churches in the remote areas. 

Aaranyak & ICIMOD wins UN global award


Guwahati, November 25, 2014: Aaranyak in partnership with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has won the ‘2014 Lighthouse Activity Award’ announced on Tuesday by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Bonn, Germany for its successful implementation of the Community Based Flood Early Warning System (CBFEWS) in the Lakhimpur and Dhemaji Districts of Assam.

“The 'Lighthouse Activities' selected by the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat under its ‘Momentum for Change’ Initiative from all over the world are inspiring and transformational mitigation and adaptation activities. Meanwhile, in September 2013, the communities in Dihiri saved properties worth almost USD 3000 due to prior flood information received from CB-FEWS.” said Partha J Das, Programme Head of Water, Climate and Hazard (WATCH) Programme, Aaranyak.

‘Momentum for Change’ is an initiative spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on the enormous groundswell of activities underway across the globe which helps the world drive towards a highly resilient, low-carbon future. It recognizes innovative and transformative solutions that address both climate change and wider economic, social and environmental challenges. In addition, it provides a public platform to highlight broad-ranging climate change actions that are already achieving real results on the ground. .

Dr. David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, attributed the project’s success to the support received at the local level. “We greatly appreciate the support of the concerned District Disaster Management Authorities in Assam, Aaranyak, SEE and the local communities in piloting CB-FEWS project in India,” he said. He expressed hope that the service would be expanded to other Hindu Kush Himalayan countries to disseminate flood information to the most vulnerable communities.

The CBFEWS Project from Assam, India has been chosen under the focus area of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) solutions. It is notable that the CBFEWS makes innovative use of ICT by deploying simple electronic sensors to produce flood warning signal, wireless technology for transmitting signals and mobile phones for disseminating flood warning messages to and through a wide network of communities and Government agencies.

North East NextGen Cities Conclave Held


Guwahati, November 22, 2014: Under the aegis of the Ministry of Urban Development MoUD), Government of India in collaboration with the Government of Assam, Governance Now organized the ‘North East NextGen Cities Conclave’ at NEDFi Convention Centre at Dispur.

The NextGen Cities Conclave is a part of the series of capacity-building conference of smart cities that Governance Now is organizing across India. The Conclave aimed to explore all technology-enabled next-generation cities that can empower people in government, businesses and the community to create a sustainable urban infrastructure across economic, environmental and social spheres.  

Capt. Robin Bordoloi, Chairman of Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) attended the event as Chief Guest. In his speech, the Chairman said that in the context of 100 Smart Cities planned by the government, GMDA has a lot of responsibilities vis-à-vis other cities of the country. All the citizens of the city must inculcate the habits of duty, devotion and discipline in order to develop the concept of Smart City.

Former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, Dr Sudhir Krishna laid down the roadmap to develop smart cities. In a power point presentation, he identified the objectives of efficiency, transparency, sustainability and inclusiveness to build smart cities.

Additional Chief Secretary, Power Department, V.B. Pyarelal gave the opening remarks of the day-long conference. He said that the concept of smart cities is developing an integrated approach by including solid waste management, transportation, water supply and safety systems along with Public Private Partnership.  

Dr U.N. Bora, Secretary, Urban Development Department, said that the State Government is planning to convert Guwahati, Jorhat, Golaghat, Silchar, Tezpur and Tinsukia into Smart Cities of the state.

Ex-extremists get amnesty in Meghalaya


Shillong, November 21, 2014: Extremists of a splinter group of the Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) would get amnesty owing to a tripartite peace agreement. Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma however said the pardon is limited to those committed non-heinous crimes and not applicable to all offenses committed by them.

Some 300 former extremists of the group identified as ANVC-B are to return to mainstream for the peace pact signed by it, centre and state governments on September 24 last year. “Withdrawal of cases would depend on nature of crime, only non-heinous cases would be quashed”, Sangma asserted.

The peace accord with the Garo tribe extremists promises expansion of member strength in Garo Hills Autonomous District Council from 30 to 40. Besides, more administrative powers would be attached to the council.

ANVC-B would lay down arms and disband the organisation by December 24. The principle group of ANVC had shunned violence after signing peace deal in 2004. 

Naga Orpheus finalists rock


Kohima, November 18, 2014: Naga Orpheus 8 (Eight) Finalists who were in Mokokchung on their
promotional tour entertained the people of Mokokchung town at Town Hall where hundreds of music lovers were held spell bound in the evening by enchanting voices of the eight aspirants of
the Naga Orpheus 2014.

The promotional tour was hosted by Khar Students Union, Mokokchung town under the aegis of Mokokchung District Art and Culture Council. DC Mokokchung Sushil Kumar Patel graced the event as the chief guest.

In his speech Sushil Kumar said Naga Orpheus Hunt is a unique platform to promote music as a profession and help youth to shine not only in the state but beyond. He said this is a platform to encourage ‘our youth’ to make contribution to the society and help them to make music as career. DC also appreciated the MDACC and the Khar Students, Union Mokokchung town for taking all efforts to make the event a grand success.

Save Hornbill bird


Kohima, November 16, 2014: The wreathed Hornbill bird numbering six has been sighted at the Zoological Park in Dimapur, on November 15.

The Director of the Zoological Park has attributed the arrival of the Hornbill birds to the wildlife protection efforts and consciousness of the people of Nagaland.

He appeals to the people to preserve the rare birds of beauty and save them from extinction. 

Guwahati’s first metered ‘Radio Cab’ service launched


November 13, 2014; Guwahati: Metered Radio Cabs, printed receipt of the fare, hassle free quality ride with a well trained chauffeur; Pristine Cabs left no stone unturned while launching itself as perhaps the first and the only agency offering 360 degree transportation solutions. With a high-end GPS enabled tracking system, a smoother online booking experience and a faster response system, Pristine Cabs is expected to completely transform Guwahati’s personal transportation industry into an organized business.

Renowned Assamese actressNishita Goswami officially flagged off the service of Pristine Cabs- the most technologically advanced cab service of Guwahati, at a city hotel.

Speaking on the launch of the service, Rajnigandha Saikia, Founder of Pristine Cabs said, “All these facilities will be available at a nominal fare of just Rs. 160 for the first 8 kilometers, and Rs 17/- km after that. But customers can rest assured that there will be no compromise in the quality and the luxury quotient in our services. Customers can also avail our online booking facility through our website”, adds Rajnigandha.

“I congratulate Rajnigandha and Rakesh for bringing up such a wonderful personal transport experience in the city. I am sure that with its benchmark quality and services, Pristine Cabs will soon grow into becoming one of the biggest industry players of the north-eastern region”, said Nishita Goswami during the launch. 

Yangertoshi in global Rock Star finals

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Kohima, November 12, 2014: Very good news for the people of Nagaland. Yangertoshi from the state has won the National Preliminary and will now be representing India in the finals of the world’s largest online music contest- “The Global Rockstar.” Yangertoshi who hails from Dimapur and presently serving as Assistant Commandant ITBP at Dibrugarh will now compete against all the other
National winners from around the world.

In the National Preliminary there were more than 100 artists from India and Yangertoshi has made India and Nagaland proud by reaching the Global Rockstar finals. That was a huge step closer to the grand prize of 25000 US Dollars.

Now all the 140 artists will be competing in the next level wherein only 64 will qualify basing on votes. People of Nagaland can definitely make Yangertoshi the ultimate Global Rockstar by voting for him and extending their prayer support.

One can vote for Yanger by visiting the site. Voting has already started since 6th November and will go on till 20th December 2014.