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Sami Direct recognizes Nagaland Pageant Winners


Bangalore, November 10, 2014: Sami Direct, India’s fastest growing Direct Selling Companies, yesterday recognized annual Miss Nagaland Beauty Pageant Winner 2014 organized by Beauty and Aesthetics Society of Nagaland (BASN). The celebrations were held at the Regional Academy of Performing Arts and Music, Jotsoma, Kohima, where BASN marked its 25th anniversary by honoring former beauty queens of Nagaland. ‘Queen of Hearts’ co-sponsored by Sami Direct was won by B. Sangki Konyak.

BASN functions with a model of “beauty with a purpose” and the various humanitarian objectives, and with this mission, the foundation has over the years worked and contributed towards orphanage and handicapped institutions of Nagaland, leprosy, TB and AIDS patients etc.

Sami Direct desires to grow into other markets where the company can add and build value through new and innovative products. The Company has recently forayed into range of beauty products under the brand name ‘Johara’ a premium beauty brand that will be launched simultaneously in India, Malaysia and the Middle East; followed by Indonesia.

Talking about this association, Dr. Muhammed Majeed, Founder, Sami Direct said, “Women will always be the power of our society. It is through these platforms; they can identify their beauty and inner strength and become inspirations of the world.

Demand for INA memorial conservation in Myanmar


Guwahati, November 9, 2014: Journalists' Forum Assam (JFA) has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is visiting Burma (Myanmar) next week, to pursue with their government for preserving all memorials relating to India's freedom movement in that country. Mr Modi is travelling to Myanmar, Fiji and Australia from November 11 to participate in various summits and bilateral meetings.

The JFA, a northeast India-based journalists' organization, expressed concern that as Myanmar is currently attracting heavy investments from various western agencies in real-estate sectors, it might pave way for destruction of many historical sites, including the heritage buildings related to the freedom struggle, which are already in shambles.

'We have all apprehensions that the rampant development activities in various parts of Burma, more precisely in Rangoon, may help the builders to grab the land belonging to many historical buildings
including the headquarters of Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army),' said a JFA statement, issued by its president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.

The INA, led by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, fought against the British imperialist forces with its 40,000 valiant soldiers. The patriotic band marched towards Indian territories from the Burmese soil and courageously fought many battles in the hills and valleys of Manipur, Nagaland with some parts of greater Assam.

The INA soldiers comprising courageous youths from Meitei, Naga, Mizo, Kuki, Khasi, Assamese etc communities even liberated Moirang of Manipur on April 14, 1944, and hoisted Indian Tri-colour there replacing the Union Jack.

PM to attend Hornbill Festival


Imphal, November 8, 2014: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation to attend annual Hornbill Festival 2014. He would also grace main programme to commemorate the statehood day of Nagaland slated for December 1.

Kisama village has been the venue for the Hornbill Festival, biggest socio-cultural carnival of Nagaland. This would be maiden visit of Narendra Modi to northeast India after he assumed office of Prime Minister.

Official sources said preparations are in a full swing to welcome the Prime Minister. Security arrangements are planned in compliance with set guidelines.  

Police chargesheet Meghalaya minister


Shillong, November 4, 2014: Meghalaya Social Welfare Minister Deborah C Marak has landed in big trouble might spoil her political career. Police have chargesheeted the minister for allegedly taking support of the Garo extremists to get though assembly election last year.

The move preceded investigation into complaints lodged by an independent candidate Jonathan N Sangma who charged Deborah of taking support of Garo National Liberation Army to defeat him. Minister has vehemently denied the charge.

The charge sheet claimed a deal was struck with GNLA to intimidate voters in lieu of Marak's promised support to the cause of the outfit for a separate state. Jonathon alleged that Marak had extensively used GNLA militants to intimidate voters to that they refrain from casting vote for him. 

India set to export power to Bangladesh


Agartala, November 3, 2014: India and Bangladesh progressed in sorting out technical modalities to supply 100mw power to Bangladesh from a power project in Tripura. Officials and experts of power institutions of both countries finalised check list for power transmission from 726mw gas based power project of ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTOC) at Palatana.

The meeting was slated to comply with India’s commitment to export 100mw electricity to Bangladesh which gained ground during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Agartala in January 2012. Bangladesh sought the favour for facilitating transportation of turbines and heavy machineries to Palatana through its soil.

Power Grid Corporation of India would lay 51km transmission line to connect grids in Tripura and Commilla of Bangladesh. The work is expected to commence next year. 

World class documentaries in Kohima festival


Kohima, November 1, 2014: The 1st Kohima Documentary Film Festival, organised by the Guwahati-based Film & Cultural Society of North East in association with Indian Documentary Producers' Association, and supported by Government of Nagaland, Polish Institute and Japan Foundation, shall be held at the State Academy Hall from November 3 to 5.

The event, first of its kind in the state, shall see the screening of nearly 20-odd award winning national and international documentaries from all over the world. Filmmakers and resources persons shall also participate in the three day event in person and on Skype from countries like USA, UK, The Netherland, Sri Lanka, and India among others. Besides, creations of documentary film makers from Nagaland shall also be screened during the three day festival

An important part of the festival is a basic camera workshop by national award winning filmmaker Gautam Bora on November 5 at Hotel Japfu. The event is open to 60 participants on a first-come-first serve basis while entry to the film screening is free of cost. Jahnu Barua, winner of 12 national awards and scores of international awards for his creations, shall be present on the last day of the festival to interact with students, young film-makers and documentary enthusiasts.

Among those who shall be interacting with the viewers are Academy award nominee Robert Bilheimer, president of Commonwealth Journalist Association and former BBC Asia Editor Rita Payne, Dutch filmmaker and journalist Bregtje Van Dar Haak; UK-based filmmaker Stephan Hilpert, New York-based filmmaker Sherief Elkatsha and Polish filmmaker Malgorzata Skiba, besides top names from the Indian documentary fraternity.

Discover North East reaches out to rural areas


Guwahati, October 30: It was a wonderful morning for many in Jagiroad as cultural troupes from different parts of the Northeast performed their beautiful dances on Thursday. It was a part of fanning programme of the ongoing programme Discover North East – Assam, organized by North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), under the Union Ministry of Culture.

“It was one of our prime agenda to reach to the rural areas as much as we can. We need to connect to the people of the region more to better our understanding,” said NEZCC director Lipokmar Tzudir at the venue at Nakhula Girls High School in Jagiroad.

Artistes from Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram performed their tradition dances in front of the locals of Jagiroad. The programme started at 10 am and continued till 1 pm. The local artistes too took part enthusiastically in the event.

The local Tiwa community youths performed five varieties of dance during the event. They performed Godal Poria, Barat, Tokhrapala, Wangsuwa and Lalung Lalaipang dances.

“It was a great atmosphere for all of us. This is for the first time that our local people are experience this kind of event in our locality. It was really great to witness the various beautiful dances from different parts of the region,” said Nadiram Deuri, an exponent of Tiwa Folk dance who was present during the occasion.

Besides this colourful event, the evening witnessed a fantastic display of fusion music by popular singer Zubeen Garg. The food stalls with tradition food items have also been able to draw the crowds. On Friday, there will be Theatre Dance Drama performance by Darpan Dance Akademi. 

U.S. Consul General ends Tripura visit


Agartala, October 29, 2014: U.S. Consul General Helen LaFave visited Tripura for the first time October 27 – 29, for familiarization with the state’s socio-economic scenario and to highlight several key elements of the U.S. – India strategic relationship.  

Consul General LaFave met with a wide range of Tripura society including business leaders, civil society representatives and students.  She first met with a group of local businessmen, organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), to learn about Tripura’s economy and explore commercial opportunities. 

As part of her commercial outreach, Consul General LaFave visited the ONGC Tripura Power Company’s gas fired power plant in Palatana and met with key company personnel. Commenting on her visit LaFave later remarked, “Energy is one of the key pillars of the Strategic Dialogue between India and the United States, and we encourage U.S. participation in such projects that provide affordable, clean and climate friendly energy.” 

Expressing her appreciation regarding U.S. collaboration with Tripura, she said, “U.S. power equipment companies like General Electric (GE) have supplied gas turbines and related equipment to the Palatana plant.”

The Consul General visited the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at the Agartala-Akhaura border and attended the Beating Retreat ceremony.  As part of her cultural outreach she also visited the impressive Tripura State Museum, Ujjayanta Palace, in Agartala.

Demonstrating the United States government’s support for universal education, Consul General LaFave visited Anurupa Academy, run by Tripura Adibasi Mahila Samity (TAMS) and interacted with the female students there.    

During her visit to the state, Consul General Helen LaFave also hosted some alumni of various U.S. State Department funded exchange programs who briefed her on the rich traditions of Tripura and their future plans.

NEZCC organizes Discover Northeast


Guwahati, October 29, 2014: The North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Ministry of Culture, Government of India is organizing Shilp Mela coinciding with Discover North East - a festival of the North East at Shilpgram, Panjabari, Guwahati starting from October 29 to November 2, 2014.

One of the highlights being the national crafts & cuisine Mela will be launched on the 29th morning while the evening show will feature the renowned mime artiste Moinul Haque and Jadu Samrat Vikram Talukdar respectively.

On the 30th, our very own Zubeen Garg is all geared up to light up the festival with his ever intriguing showmanship.

Darpan Dance Akademi will be presenting an eye catching Theatre Dance Drama on October 31.

The main attraction of the festival will be the choreographed Folk Dance & Music on Nov 1 & 2, featuring more than 130 performing artists in the same stage from the entire North East Region who will be joined by artistes from other parts of the country, tactfully choreographed by noted artiste Dr Prashanna Gogoi.

Discover North East has been conceptualized keeping in view the enchanting and colourful culture of the North East Region that deserves higher appreciation and respect. NEZCC is of the opinion that the atrocities faced by North East communities in other parts of the country is primarily out of ignorance about the region; and therefore a concerted effort is deemed appropriate and need of the hour to showcase the best of the North East way of life, which needs to be realized first within the region, and the same needs to be taken forward to the rest of the country to garner respect and appreciation.

EC announces Media Awards


Kohima, October 27, 2014: The Election Department of Nagaland invites self nomination from the Print Media and Electronic Media in Nagaland for National Media Awards 2014, latest by 28th October 2014.

The nominations shall be forwarded to the Election Commission of India vide its letter No. 491/Media Award/2014, dated October 9 2014.

The National Award is for “Outstanding Campaign for Voters Awareness to improve Participation in the general election to the Lok Sabha 2014”.