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Protest over closure notice of Bengali daily


Guwahati, March 29, 2014: All Assam Media Employees Federation (AAMEF) has expressed serious concern at the sudden closure notice issued by the management of Sangbad Lahari, a Bengali daily published from Guwahati and Shillong to make over 50 direct and 100 indirect media employees jobless.

The notice from S. Choudhury, general manager of Shillong Times Pvt Ltd (Ref no ST/63/14, dated 26 March 2014), narrates that the management has decided to close down the publication of Sangbad Lahari wef 1st April 2014 due to reasons beyond its control. The management has however offered a month's salary to its employees as a token of support to them.

AAMEF appeals to the management of the daily to reconsider its decision to close down the publication by next few days. The federation also urged Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi and Meghalaya chief minister Dr Mukul Sangma to pursue with the management of the daily to continue its publication.

"A protest demonstration is organised in front of Guwahati Press Club on March 30 (Sunday) starting at 1 pm. We request the journalist and non-journalist media employees of the city to join the demonstration as a mark of solidarity to the affected newspaper workers," said Rupam Barua, president of JFA.

India to observe earth hour on March 29


Agartala, March 26, 2014: Earth Hour is a Global initiative of WWF and the largest environmental campaign in history, where citizens around the world shown their support for action on climate change by turning off non-essential lights for one hour. This year, Earth Hour will be observed on Saturday March 29 2014 from 8:30-9:30 pm where the northeastern states will also take part along with the rest of India.

The Secretary General & CEO, National Conservation Centre, New Delhi informed that the Earth Hour campaign, being held in India since 2009, has inspired individual, governments and corporation to move towards responsible consumption and conservation of energy thus received unprecedented support, demonstrated by participation in over 150 cities by several City Governments, the Armed Forces, Public and Private sector companies, celebrities and individuals. He also stated that iconic monuments such as the India Gate, Mysore Palace, Gateway of India and several others have switched off their lights in support.

He therefore called to support the Earth Hour, both for the hour and towards a sustained commitment to the environment by switching off non-essential lights in buildings and landmark structures in the state.

Protest against voting right to refugees


Aizawal, March 24, 2014: Several social organizations and student bodies of Mizoram have held a protest rally in the state capital on Monday against decision of the Election Commission to allow the Bru refugees lodged in six relief camps in the neighbouring Tripura to cast their votes through postal ballots. The vote for the only seat in Mizoram will be held on April 9.

The protesters burnt copies of Bru voters' lists in the stir outside state election department office at Aizawl.  They demanded that the Bru refugees who refused to come back in their state should be enrolled in Tripura electoral roll and not for Mizoram election.

Committee on trimming rhino horns


Guwahati, March 22, 2014: The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden, Assam has constituted a committee to ascertain the feasibility and the necessity for trimming of horns on translocated and stray rhinos in Assam.

The committee has invited the opinions of all citizens of Assam in writing on the pros and cons of trimming of horn as an experimental measure to help safe population growth of translocated rhinos in Assam and for rhinos that often stray out of the rhino-bearing areas (Kaziranga NP, Pobitora WLS, Manas NP, etc.).

Individuals or organizations can also inform why trimming of horn must be done or must not be done, giving proper justification. The written opinion along with full identity and contact details of the individual/ organization should reach the address given below on or before March 30 next and the subject line should be “Opinion on proposed trimming of rhino horns”.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Postal Address: O/O The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Assam, Forest Department, Basistha, Guwahati-2

Assam Rifles in civic action programme


Kohima, March 22, 2014: The Head Quarters 5 Sector of the Assam Rifles recently provided four Solar Street Lights with accessories to remote New Thewati Village in Nagaland. The village is an under developed village under Phek District located close to Myanmar Border.

The Chairman of New Thewati Village Council appreciated the initiative of Assam Rifles and expressed gratitude by calling Assam Rifles as a true friend. The force has been involved in various civic action programmes in different north eastern states to benefit especially underprivileged people.












Nagaland forest minister on devastations by elephants


Kohima, March 21, 2014: Nagaland Minister for Forest Y. Patton has informed that the officers and staffs of the concerned department inspect the spot for proper verification and pay compensation to the affected farmers facing devastations by the wild.

He also said that if the villagers could donate land the Government is ready to establish the
community conservation of wild life area in a district. He also said that during the last three years the Government have spent Rs. 1,39,350 which was paid to the victims.

Patton was replying to a question by the opposition bench in state assembly about the wild elephant damaging the crops and properties. 

EDC for Nagaland polling staffs


Kohima, March 17, 2014: The election commission of India has decided not to issue postal ballot for Nagaland government employees as the state comprises lone parliamentary constituency. It will issue election duty certificate (EDC) though postal ballot will be given to service voters.

State election department sources said all officers and police personnel on polling duty and election
related duty will be eligible for EDC. This includes drivers attached to officers on poll related duty, videographers etc.

Besides, drivers and helpers of requisitioned are also eligible. The election officers in the districts have been briefed and necessary instruction issued in this regard.

Brahmaputra Valley Short Film Contest in April


Guwahati, March 15, 2014: In an attempt to promote Assam as a cinematic destination, the second edition of the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival will be held at Guwahati in the festive month of April this year. Following the huge success of the inaugural edition last year, the festival will be launched on a much bigger scale in 2014.

As a part of the film festival, the Brahmaputra Valley Short Film Contest will also be organized to provide an opportunity to talented and aspiring directors from the Northeast to showcase their cinematic genius. Short film entries are sought from all across the Northeast and aim to recognize an experimental genre of filmmakers from the region as well as seek to serve as a bridge connecting the Northeast to the rest of India.

The contest is open to the residents of Northeast India or of Northeast origin residing anywhere in India. Path breaking short films/animation films/documentaries of 10 minute duration will be selected for the contest and screened during the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival on the 19th, 20th and 21st April.

The short films will be judged by internationally acclaimed filmmakers such as Anurag Kashyap, director of cult films such as Dev D and Gangs of Wassepur, along with Reema Kagti, director of Talaash, and award-winning regional film critic Utpal Borpujari.  The top three winners will be awarded with prize money worth over Rs 1 lakh apart from other perks.  

EC satisfied with poll preparation in Nagaland


Kohima, March 13, 2014: Deputy Election Commissioner, Sudhir Tripathi who is on a two day visit to Nagaland for reviewing the poll preparedness of the ensuing 16th Lok Sabha elections expressed satisfaction on the overall electoral arrangements in Nagaland.

Addressing a press conference at Kohima on Thursday, Sudhir informed about his meeting with the DGP, Chief Secretary and Home Commissioner Nagaland earlier in the day, relating to security arrangements, and also held video conferencing with the DCs and SPs of various districts, reviewing election preparations covering all aspects. The DEC also informed that during his meeting with various recognized political parties, they have shared apprehension relating to distribution of EPIC cards within the time frame.

Admitting that Nagaland also falls under most expenditure sensitive states, Sudhir said that flying squads, static surveillance and video surveillance teams have been set up to check money and muscle power. Lauding the role of media during the recently held election (2013) the DEC, said that the Election commission considers media as a very important alliance and further appealed the media to be the ears and eyes for ensuring voters participation and ethical voting.

Chief Electoral Officer Nagaland, Sentiyanger Imchen (IAS) who was also present, informed that total inclusion during the summary revision as on 1st Jan 2014 was 19,305 and out of this figure 7800 are
in the age group of 18 and 19 years.

He further said that a special camp was held on 9th March 2014, where 1894 applications were received. He said that to accept or not to accept the new additions would be screened and decided by the
respective District Election Office, Nagaland. Commissioner Nagaland, Temjen Toy was also present at the press briefing.

Mizoram initiative to take Bru refugees from Tripura


Aizawl, March 10, 2014:  About 35 thousand Mizoram Bru or Reang refugees sheltered in six refugee camps in Tripura will get back soon to their state as the state government has initiated to take them back before the Lok Sabha election. The government is waiting for the green signal from the Election Commission before unleashing measures.

Joint Secretary for Home of Mizoram, Lalbiakzama, has said that the government will seek clearance and permission to get back the Brus to their own land. He said that the state government wants all the Brus in Tripura to return to their own land before Lok Sabha polls slated in the state on April 9.

A district level core committee meeting headed by Mamit district Deputy Commissioner R S Lalzamliana held at Mamit in this regard.  Lalbiakzama said that 96 Bru families staying in three camps of Tripura have been verified.

Rest of the families will be soon identified from the other camps, he added. In the district level core committee meeting,  it has been decided that verification and identification of the Bru families should continue and the final report to be submitted to the committee by March 21.