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Search for WWII planes in Manipur

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Imphal, October 13, 2014: Researchers are trying to locate spots in Manipur’s Loktak lake where British and Japanese war planes sunk during World War II. They are working for ‘WW II Imphal Campaign Foundation’ in collaboration with ‘Burma Campaign Society’.

Two Japanese fighter jets were shot down and a British bomber aircraft crashed in the 286 sq km lake, largest in Asia. The incidents occurred during Japanese aggression on Manipur and Nagaland in final days of the war.

Some 55 researchers and volunteers are engaged in the search to trace the wreckages. GPS devices and sophisticated gadgets are being used. 

Governor’s wife adopts school

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Kohima, October 9, 2014: The wife of the Governor, Kavita Acharya recently made an introductory visit to Government Middle School, D’ Khel, Seikhazou. She has adopted the school as a guest teacher and will help out at the school.

Interacting with the teachers, Kavita Acharya encouraged them to work diligently and guide the students in the right way so as to help them become responsible citizens. She also asked the teachers and school management to approach her regarding any problems, if any, faced by

the school and said that she will do her best to help find a solution to the problems.  She later visited the classroom and distributed sweets to the students of the school.     

Kavita Acharya has completed her MA and had done her B. Ed and plans to take about two classes per week in the school. She has experience in teaching English, Hindi and Math subjects for students of 6 and 7 standards.  GMS D’ Khel was established in 1947 and has an enrolment of 315 students and 19 teaching staff. The wife of the Governor was accompanied by Joint Director School Education Ruovihulie Angami and Chairman VEC, GMS D’ Khel, Zaputuo Khezhie.

Governor appeals to protect Amur Falcons

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Kohima, October 8, 2014: Tripura and Nagaland Governor P.B. Achariya has made an public appeal to protect migratory bird Amur Falcon from indiscriminate killing. Here is the full text of the Governor’s appeal.

“In October, huge numbers of Amur falcons arrive in northeast Indian State of Nagaland from Siberia en route to their final destination — Somalia, Kenya and South Africa. These amazing raptors have one of the longest migration routes of all birds, doing up to 22,000 km in a year. The birds are unusual in that they migrate a large distance over the sea and also continue their journey at night.

I am sad and dismayed to learn the news of large scale massacre of these amazing raptors - Amur Falcons - on the banks of the Doyang reservoir in the past, during their passage through Nagaland for consumption and commercial sale. India, as a signatory to the Convention of Migratory Species (CMS), is duty bound to prevent this massacre but provide safe passage.

The people of Nagaland are very grateful to NGOs, Government Departments and Nagaland Wildlife & Biodiversity Conservation Trust (NWBCT) for their initiatives to protect these wonderful raptors during their short stay in Nagaland and to ensure safe passage. I sincerely appeal to the people of Nagaland, Village Councils, and various Departments to protect the amazing birds and ensure a safe passage to these amazing raptors through Nagaland. Let us be sincere in our efforts and actions to preserve the environment and nature's beauty.”

Orphaned children go to SOS Children’s Village

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Guwahati, October 4, 2014:  A new life waits for four children who lost their parents in the current deluge at Boko in Kamrup district. The four children namely Namita Kumari, Bhanita Kumari, Nayan Kumar and Rupam Kumar would be moved to SOS Children’s Village at Azara on the outskirts of Guwahati soon.

This was disclosed by Special Officer to Chief Minister, Rakhi Chakraborty who went to meet the four orphaned children at Boko at the directive of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Chakraborty took lot of pains convincing the villagers that the future of the children would be safe and secure if they are kept at SOS Children’s Village with the State Government pitching in its efforts by taking care of their education and other amenities.

The villagers thanked the Chief Minister for his humanitarian and goodwill gesture and assured that the orphaned children would be sent to the orphanage after the religious ritual of their dead kindred ones are over.

It may be mentioned that three children who became orphans during the ethnic clashes at Baksa this year was rehabilitated at SOS Children’s Village, Hojai. The Government is bearing all the expenses for their education and upbringing. And today they are leading a normal life with smiles writ large on their faces. 

APFEJ for early flood warning system

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Dhaka, October 3 2014: Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ) has emphasized on an advanced national and international early flood warning system to prevent the casualties and loss of properties to a great extent. The umbrella environment journalist forum urges the respective governments of Asia Pacific region to initiate for such scientific system and share with the neighbouring nations.

Mentioning about the recent floods in northeast India, the forum expresses concern that the natural calamity has snatched the lives of over 150 persons in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya. The last wave of flood just before the autumn festival, had affected millions of people in the region surrounded by Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet (China), Burma and Bangladesh.

The respective province government sources disclosed that thousands of villages were inundated in the last week of September damaging vast areas of croplands. Moreover, the flood and erosion rendered few lakhs of families homeless and many took shelter in the relief camps.

Assam remained the worst sufferer as the heavy rainfalls in Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya made the flood situation grave in the State. This year while Arunachal faced a severe flood in August losing 56 people to the disaster, Meghalaya witnessed unprecedented rainfall and flood in its Garo hills during the last week of September that killed 55 people and affected thousand villages.

On the other hand, Assam lost 67 persons this year due to the flood related calamities. Similarly 4446 villages of Assam were inundated directly affecting 42 lakh people and damaging 4 lakh hectare crop areas. Around 55,000 houses were also completed damaged and over 7 lakh people were rendered homeless because of flood furies in Assam during 2014.

“The incessant heavy rainfall in Meghalaya and Assam together left a trail of devastation in Garo hills and also huge areas of western Assam on the southern bank of Brahmaputra. Even most parts of Assam’s prime city Guwahati remained under water for many days adding endless woes to the citizens,” said Quamrul Chowdhury, chairman of APFEJ, headquartered in Dhaka.

Assam suffers huge losses in this year’s flood

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Guwahati, September 30, 2014: Assam has suffered huge losses in terms of lives, property, cropped land, dwelling units and infrastructure in three waves of flood this season. The last deluge wrecked havoc in Kamrup and Goalpara claiming several lives and leaving behind a trail of destruction.

The Revenue and Disaster Management Department has collated estimated reports from 23 flood-hit districts of the State viz., Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup (Metro), Kamrup, Karbi Anglong, Karimganj, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Tinsukia and Udalguri.

Altogether 67 persons lost their lives in this year’s flood.  42,03,609 populace of 4446 villages have been affected rendering tens of thousands of people homeless. Besides, 54,088 houses have been fully damaged while 82,095 houses partially damaged.

At least 800 relief camps have been set up housing 7,57,467 inmates. Altogether 3,72,178.40 hectare of cropped area has been affected and 10,91,493 livestock has been affected during the flood.

More than 884 roads, 86 RCC bridges, 113 SPT bridges and 125 culverts have been damaged. A number of breaches have taken places at Ranganadi, Morapagladia, Dohkonia, Brahmajan, Solengi, Chatran, Doulapathar, Nonoi, Brahmaputa, Jiadhal, Buridehing, Krishnai, Damas and Saralbangha embankments.

A final assessment of the damages caused by this year’s flood is being compiled by the concerned departments. 

GoM to study impact of floods in Assam

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Guwahati, September 29, 2014: A Group of Ministers (GoM) of Assam government will be constituted to study the causes of devastation wrecked by the current wave of floods in Kamrup and Goalpara districts and to suggest suitable and effective measures for mitigating the risk of flooding.

The announcement to this effect was made by chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday.

In a statement here, CM Gogoi said that the decision to constitute the GoM has been taken following his visit to flood-hit areas of Goalpara district on Sunday where the officials of the district administration in a meeting apprised him about the havoc wrecked by the current wave of floods resulting in loss of lives and property.

The GoM would make a thorough study of the flood situation in this particular belt after consultations with experts from disaster management, water resources, hydrology and other fields and submit its final report to the Chief Minister for necessary steps.

The GoM would also formulate suitable strategies to help put in place measures that will reduce medium and long-term disaster risk and a programme of emergency reconstruction to restore access to essential services in the short term, complemented by longer-term measures to improve flood modeling capabilities.

IMAGENATION for social change through music

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Shillong, September 26, 2014: IMAGENATION is all set to sway Shillong with yet another of its bold initiative - the Shillong Blues & Jazz Festival that will be held at U Soso Tham Auditorium on September 27. Supported by the Department of Arts and Culture, Government of Meghalaya, the Shillong Blues & Jazz Festival will bring 30 renowned musicians from across the country to sing about peace, hope and reconciliation, providing wholesome entertainment and bringing everyone together through music.

Other associates for the event are Asian Confluence, Hotel Polo Towers, NIIT, etc. The performance line-up for the Shillong Blues & Jazz Festival includes some of the most celebrated music bands in the Blues and Jazz scenario like Lou Majaw, 4th Element, Rudy Wallang Band featuring Andrea, Fringes, Arjun Sen, M Trio, Ronojit Chaliha, Adiel Massar, Plan B, Parvati La Cantante, etc.

Speaking to the media at the press club today, Ian Khongmen, Imagenation, said, “The Shillong Blues & Jazz Festival is just a drop in the ocean of music, but it brings together extraordinary musicians who are committed to and have made this art form a way of life. They come in all shades and colours, from the metros Delhi, Kolkata and mainland India to collaborate and run in the same groove with their brethren from the Northeast.”

“Blues & Jazz is but an evolution of the music culture. It is symbolic of our times and indeed breathes life into the music industry and still remains the foundation of a tradition that has evolved for many years”, he adds.

Campaign to protect Amur Falcons

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Kohima, September 25, 2014: In a campaign to Welcome, Protect and Provide a Safe Passage to the Amur Falcons in the State, the Forest Department of Nagaland has appealed the public, government officials, village councils, GBs, army and

paramilitary, NGOs, students and people from different sectors of the society to provide a safe passage to the migratory birds which are expected to arrive very soon during their migration from Mongolia, Siberia Northern China and Japan.

The Amur Falcons are expected to stay on till November 2014. The synergetic effort of the people of Nagaland protected and provided safe passage of the visiting Amur Falcons in 2013 in the State and has brought laurels, both nationally and internationally.

M/s Silver Back Films Ltd. U.K., an internationally reputed firm has sought permission from the Government of Nagaland through the Government of India for Filming on Amur Falcons and showing efforts of protection of the bird by the people of Nagaland to the world. The Chief Wildlife Warden of Nagaland, Satya Prakash Tripathi said that India is a signatory of International Convention on Conservation of Migratory Wildlife Species and therefore we are bound to protect
and provide safe passage to any migratory bird passing through Nagaland.

The Department also states that the Amur Falcon is protected under the Wild Life (Protection) Act. 1972 wherein the trapping, killing and selling of Amur Falcons is a criminal offence punishable with three years rigorous imprisonment or with  Rs. 25,000 fine or both under Section 51 of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. The Government of Nagaland has also decided to divert development funds of village for environment protection, in case of killing of the bird in their respective village.

Flood situation in NE grim, Meghalaya badly hit

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Shillong, September 24, 2014: Incessant rain driven floods and mudslides have created havoc in Assam and Meghalaya states in northeast India. 25 people have so far reported dead and several missing in Meghalaya in past five days while the toll in the region touched 40.

Five districts of Garo Hills region in Meghalaya have been severely hit. The District administrations with help of disaster management jawans are engaged in rescue relief operations.

Nearly 100 makeshift camps have been opened in Assam and Meghalaya. Border Security Force (BSF) is also providing assistance to the affected people in both the states. 

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