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New offensive against electronic communications

New Delhi, February 24, 2012: Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the latest demands being made by India's security agencies with the aim of reinforcing surveillance of Internet use. E-mail service providers such as Yahoo! and Gmail are now being instructed to route all e-mails accessed in India through servers based there to facilitate monitoring.  

The Indian media report that, during a meeting in the office of the home secretary (interior minister), the department of information technology was told to notify all e-mail service providers of the new directive.  

According to a 22 February 2012 article in "The Times of India", the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has also told department of telecommunications to ask mobile phone companies to set up mechanisms for monitoring Internet usage on mobile phones.  

"These are the latest of many abusive demands that the Indian authorities have made on Internet companies and service providers," Reporters Without Borders said. "The government's desire to step up surveillance of telecommunications has become obsessive since the 2008 Mumbai bombings. It should not forget the fundamental right to confidentiality and privacy. These plans must be dropped and the harassment of Internet companies must stop."

CPI(M) youth front in membership fiasco

Agartala, February 24, 2012: The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the youth front of CPI(M), is in trouble to maintain its membership position in current enrollment drive in Tripura state, the last red bastion in India. The front has launched statewide programme to enroll members that attains importance in view of state's assembly elections early next year.

Reports said the CPI(M) cadres engaged in door to door exercise are not getting hitherto response from the youths and contrary facing volley of questions ranging from governance to pace of unemployment problem. The current enrollment was launched on February 19 and to end on February 26.

Sources said the ruling party is visibly worried over the lack of enthusiasm amongst the youths and the tactic of luring them with government jobs if they join the left fold is also not working. The CPI(M) or its youth front never faced such a situation and are exploring idea to enlist people in general without mentioning their age in the prescribed form.

A large number of youths are visibly unconfident over results in assembly elections and not interested to side with the CPI(M) fearing a change in the government would jeopardise their career. In Tripura employment and welfare schemes are highly politicized, and ruling party has the tendency to manipulate them to strengthened party organisation.

Even CPI(M) top leaders and Chief Minister Mnaik Sarkar have been addressing party rallies that the upcoming assembly elections in Tripura are tough and party needs to mobilise organisation and give much effort to defeat opposition. Congress and its tribal alliance partner Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) are claiming that the CPI(M) led left front would see a rout in Tripura taking cue of West Bengal.

In recently concluded state conference of CPI(M) party secretary Bijan Dhar informed that the DYFI has 5,20,651 members in state and nearly half of them are card holders of the party. Opposition Congress alleged ruling party presented fictitious number.

Arunachal Pradesh

Partners in Progress

Celebrating completion of 25 years of statehood

State Government under the visionary leadership of the Honorable Chief Minister Sri Nabam Tuki is committed to redefine development through people’s participation as partners in a collective and transparent manner.

Priority sector

Connectivity, Health, Education, Tourism, Sports, Sustainable exploitation of natural resources, Employment generation for youths

  • Arunachal Pradesh is declared as the 4th Best Tourist Destinations in the world for 2012 by the largest International travel book and website ‘Lonely Planet’ published by the BBC Worldwide.
  • Arunachal conferred the ‘Best performing state’ award in small states category by the India Today Group and IBN-7 Diamond Award for path-breaking initiatives such as the third party monitoring systems for judicious fund utilization.
  • Rs 2.00 Lac at District level and Rs 50,000/- in every circle headquarter allocated for holding sports competitions to tap the sports potential in rural areas. Govt formulating a comprehensive State Sports Policy to nurture sporting talents in the State for participation at National and International level.
  • Projects under PM’s special economic package are going on in full swing and are under various stages of implementation.
  • Chief Minister Talent Award scheme: - The toppers (both Boys and Girls) in class X & XII Board Examination of all the schools (Private and Govt) will be provided a free Laptop & Rs 10,000/- as scholarship.
  • Chief Minister Disability pension Scheme: - 269 beneficiaries will be granted pension of Rs 6,000 per annum under this scheme in the current F.Y. Every year the pension will be disbursed to the beneficiaries by the local administration on the Statehood Day.
  • Chief Minister Border Areas Housing Scheme: - To provide 1000 houses in the first installment@ Rs 1.00 Lac per house to the rural people in the border areas.
  • Government adopts AP Public Private Partnership (PPP) Policy 2011 to pave way for massive private investment in various viable sectors with the aim to provide quality service to all its citizens.
  • Rs 25.00 crores provided for implementing Right to Education (RTE) Act and another Rs 25.00 crores for setting up of additional infrastructures under RTE Act.
  • Establishment of 4 new Model Degree Colleges and 7 new Polytechnics in offing. A new law college at Jote has already been notified.
  • Rs. 6 Crores allocated to the Deputy Commissioners to procure district specific medicines in consultation with the PRI members and Health department for free distribution to all needy patients.

Issued by Directorate of Information & Public Relations, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh,

Traditional gates opened in Nagaland

Kohima, February 21, 2012: The magnificent and imposing traditional Northern and Southern two gates of Khuochiezie (local ground) Kohima, was formally inaugurated Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Nagaland Legislative Assembly Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie as the chief guest and guest of honour.           

Inaugurating the traditional gates, Neiphiu Rio said that this is a blessing the Nagas has received from God. He said that coming through these gates Naga people will united work together more closely as symbolised by the stone pillars standing together. He also said that these gates are not only entrance to the ground but they stand for as the Nagas working unitedly for the welfare of the society. They also stand for prosperity and the protection of Naga people.           

Both the Chief Minister and the Speaker encouraged the Kohima citizens the need to take necessary steps in maintaining and keeping the traditional gates in good shape.           

Executive Director Angami Baptist Church Council, Rev. Keviyiekielie Linyü and Senior Pastor Baptist Mission Church Rev. Kiezotuo Zhale invoked God's blessing in the traditional gates inauguration.           

Deputy Commissioner Kohima Beiu Angami and Kovi Meyase chaired the traditional gates inauguration programme. Reang tribe refugee children carry posters raising demands at Naisignpara in Kanchanpur, some 135km north of Agartala. Some thirty thousand Reang refugees are languishing in makeshift camps in the area since they fled Mizoram state to escape ethnic riots in 1997. India’s Home Minister P Chidambaram visited the camps in a bid to pursue them return home. Photo:

P Chidambaram appeals Reang refugees return home

Naisignpara (North Tripura), February 18, 2012: India's Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday advised thousands of Reang refugees sheltered in makeshift camps in Tripura to return home to achieve a permanent solution to their problem. He also announced that the central government has sanctioned Rs. 33 crore for development of Reang infested villages in Mizoram.

“Return to your state (Mizoram) to get a permanent solution to your problem. Nothing will give you if you continue to remain in camps”, Chidambaram who made brief visit the Naisignpara camp in Kanchanpur, some 135km from Agartala, capital of Tripura. The Home Minister arrived at Agartala airport in the noon and immediately flew to the camp by a helicopter.  

The minister addressed a gather of refugee leaders and ordinary refuges at a school premises at Naisignpara, the biggest of six makeshift camps that housed Reang or Bru refugees since they fled Mizoram to escape ethnic riots in 1997. Chidambaram was accompanied by senior government officials of union home ministry, Tripura and Mizoram.  

He assured the refugees he will made trips to the camps in Tripura and their villages in Mizoram in next two months. He tried to pursue the refugees to begin repatriation to home stalled after they insisted demands like security on return, extensive rehabilitation package and a regional council for tribe people in minority in Mizoram.






Urgent need for political reforms

Nava Thakuria
Guwahati, February 16, 2012: There is an urgent need of electoral and political reforms in India as a partial colonial model of constitution was adopted after India's independence. Excessive political power in New Delhi has created tremendous problems in governance, thus said Dr Subhash C. Kashyap, a constitutional expert while addressing a gathering at Calcutta High Court auditorium recently.  

Making his points in a seminar cum workshop on 'Urgency of Reform in the Indian Political System: Revisiting the Constitution' at Kolkata, Dr Kashyap argued that if the sovereignty belongs to the people, they should be allowed to be governed by themselves (without unnecessary interference from the Union government in New Delhi), because the political power must return to the people.  

Organized by the Calcutta High Court Bar Association in association with Divya Jeevan Foundation, the seminar cum workshop was attended by hundreds of illustrious personalities from different sections of the society.

The day-long seminar was also addressed by Justice Kalyan J. Sengupta, Justice JS Verma, Himangshu Dey, Dr Devi Pal, Prof AK Mukhopadhyay, Pritish Nag, Rangan Dutta, Major General (retired) Vinod Saigal, journalist turned politician Manas Choudhury, media baron BK Nath with some northeast India based journalists.

Addressing the gathering, SC Jamir, former Goa Governor and former Nagaland chief minister, highlighted that there is nothing wrong in the Indian Constitution or Parliament. He insisted that keeping the spirit of the constitution alive many problems can be addressed even today.

“New Delhi is still very far from northeast India and we the people of the region are guardians for the whole nation. India has a potential competitor (also threat) in China and we have to face the challenge. In that sense also, the northeastern people must not be ignored,”Jamir asserted.

NERAMAC endeavours NE Connect programmes

A Correspondent
Guwahati, February 14 2012: In order to boost the potential of north east in the sectors related to agriculture, horticulture, food processing, tourism qnd handicraft, NERAMAC, a Govt of India Enterprise under the Ministry of DoNER & National Skill Foundation of India is organising a series of North East Connect programs at different Metros in the Country with the support of North Eastern Council, Shillong.

These initiatives are being made to bring investment on the related potential of the region and to embark upon agro-horticulture value addition and processing. While two such programs have just been concluded at New Delhi & Mumbai, the subsequent destinations are at Bangaluru and Kolkata on February 24 and 25 and again on March 2 and 3 this year.

These programs are organised such that Exhibitions show casing the potential of NER are held for two days while a conference is held on the first day to have an impact on the potential investors on the subject.

Both the programs are in Pride Hotel, Richmond Road, Bangaluru & New Town, Kolkata. Interested professionals & business groups are welcome. No registration fee is charged for the event.

PCI demands prompt payment

A Correspondent
Imphal, February 7, 2012: In a letter addressed to Chief Secretaries of all State Governments and Union Territories Justice Markandey Katiju, Chairman of the Press Council of India, directed the Government departments in the Central and State Governments, Union Territories as well as statutory authorities to make prompt payments for the government advertisement and notices issued to various newspapers and news magazines.

The letter said that the Government and statutory authorities must behave as role model for the citizens and must make prompt payments for goods and services they receive.

Further the letter has directed them to make the payments within one month of the publication of the government advertisement and notice, to the management of the newspaper and the journal, failing which they will have to pay the same with interest thereon @12% per annum, from the date of payment.

The letter also cautioned that non-compliance of the directive would be taken very seriously.

Science exhibition attracts crowds

A Correspondent
Kottyam January 29, 2012: The Science and Technology Exhibition arranged at Mammen Mappillai Hall, Kottayam, in connection with the 24th Kerala Science Congress has got underway.  Prof. C.G Ramachandran Nair (Chairman, 24th Kerala Science Congress Committee) distributed prizes to the winners of the Science Quiz conducted for students in connection with the Expo.

Bhavans News Print Vidyalaya, Velloor and St. Peters H.S.S Kurumpanadom bagged first prizes in the High School and Higher Secondary sections respectively.  Santa Maria Public School, Kooroppada and Chavara C.M.I Public School, Pala won second and third positions in the High School section and S.F.S Public School, Ettumanoor and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kottayam won second and third positions in the Higher Secondary section.

Dr. Ajith Prabhu (Convenor, Science Expo) gave a brief explanation of the Expo.  Dr. K.K Ramachandran (Member Secretary, Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment - K.S.C.S.T.E) and Dr. C. Anilkumar (Member Convenor, 24th Science Congress Committee) participated.

The exhibition will continue till January 31.