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International Children’s Film Festival in Nagaland


Kohima, July 26, 2017: The Children's Film Society of India (CFSI), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting with the support of Nagaland Board of School Education, Nagaland will be organising for the first time International Children's Film Festival, 2017 in Nagaland from July 27 to 29 at Regional Centre of Excellence for Music & Performing Arts (RCEMPA), Jotsoma.

Being the first edition to be arriving at Nagaland, the festival comes with the hope of bringing a range of nationally and internationally acclaimed children's movies.

"Nagaland is an interesting choice and we are hoping to bring an unforgettable experience to the children through this festival. I personally believe there is much to learn for the world from the rich cultures and heritage of the North East as there is a need to introduce the children from these parts to international cinema." - Dr. Shravan Kumar, CEO, CFSI.

The festival will be inaugurated by Dr. Shravan Kumar, CEO, CFSI and Mrs. Asano Sekhose, Chairman NBSE. The inaugural ceremony will be followed by cultural performance, a Zeliang Folk Dance by Benreu Students Union, Kohima and an enchanting soloist Neingusalie Yano, Music Topper, HSLC Examination 2017 and with "This is for the first time we are organizing International festival for our children, we are very excited to bring the world of art through films amongst our youth and hope that through this festival, the children get not only rich experiences but also gain insights to understand the world around them." - Mrs. Asano Sekhose, Chairman, NBSE.

The film festival will begin with the inaugural film will be screened -Kauwboy directed by Boudewijn Koole. This Dutch film tells a story about a difficult life of a 10 year old in his family. Every day films from different countries such as Russia, Germany, Netherlands and India will be screened for children to experience different culture through the world of movies.

Throughout the festival movies from across genres and languages will exclusively be screened for the school students of Nagaland, the inaugural movie to Apart from screening movies from regional and international directors, the festival will also serve as a platform to showcase the movies made by children from countries like Taiwan, UAE, and Belgium amongst others. The film screenings will be followed by quiz where prizes will be distributed to children for correct answers.

SSA teachers in Tripura to observe indefinite hunger strike


Agartala, July 25, 2017: Demanding official notifiction regarding regulalarisation of their services, six thousand contract teachers in Tripura under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) have decided to observe indefinite hunger strike from August 1, 2017. According to the agitating teachers, services of SSA teachers in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur already have regularized. They said even the Centre is ready to give funds for regularisation of the SSA teachers.

It may be noted that large number of SSA teachers held a protest march towards the office of the Directorate of Scholl Education and staged agitation in front of the office on Monday. Later on, the SSA teachers met the Director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Kuntal Das and submitted a memorendum.
On receiving the memorendum, Das said that the issue of regularisation of their services would have to be taken at the highest level of government. Hearing this, the SSA teachers have decided to observe indefinite hunger strike.

10 ministers inducted in Nagaland cabinet


Agartala, July 23, 2017: Governor of Nagaland PB Acharya administered the oath of Office and Secrecy to 10 Cabinet Ministers at a function held at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Kohima.

The Ministers inducted are G Kaito Aye, Imkong L Imchen, Tokheho Yepthomi, Y Patton, Kipili Sangtam, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, Imtilemba Sangtem, Kejong Chang, Neiba Kronu and Mmhonlumo Kikon.

Earlier TR Zeliang took oath as the Chief Minister of Nagaland on July 19 and won vote of confidence in specially convened assembly session on July 21. 

The Motion of Confidence was passed with 47 members voting in favor and 11 otherwise against. 

TR Zeliang wins trust motion


Kohima, July 21, 2017: The Eighteenth (Emergent) Session of the 12th Nagaland Legislative Assembly was held on Friday.

The Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya had earlier, after administering the oath of office to the Chief Minister, TR Zeliang had asked him to prove his majority in the house by July 22. The Eighteenth (Emergent) Session summoned for the same witnessed the Motion of Confidence moved by the Chief Minister, TR Zeliang.

The Motion of Confidence was passed by a total of 47 votes to 11, with 47 members voting in favor and 11 against.

Earlier on the issue of the two counter whips issued by the two sides, Chotisuh Sazo, Yitachu, Vikheho Swu, P. Longon, Thongwang Konyak, R.Tohanba, C.L John and Kuzholuzo Nienu participated in the debate. Later the Chief Minister, TR Zeliang gave a reply to the points made during the debate.

After the vote on the Motion of Confidence, the Speaker Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Dr. Imtiwapang Aier adjourned the house sine-die.

IPFT lifts highway blockade agitation on 11th day


Agartala, July 20, 2017: Ending 11-day long agitation, Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) that is demanding a separate state for Tripura's 33 percent tribal population lifted the highway and railway blockade. Party President NC Debbarma and senior leaders of the party ultimately convinced hundreds of party workers to end their agitation at Khanpingbari, 40km north of Agartala.

Riding on high emotion Debbarma announced that the Union Government is contemplating ‘Twipraland’ issue on the basis of a letter by the Governor Tathagata Roy.

On the other hand, West Tripura district magistrate imposed section 144 in the area and the officials also announced in the area with loudspeakers urging the protesters to disperse in the morning. Large number of security personnel was deployed for a possible forced eviction. 

However, IPFT called off the blockade before security intervention. All political parties and social forums hailed withdrawal of blockade agitation that created havoc for people of the state for past 11 days. 

NERAMAC helps farmers to linkup with market


New Delhi, July 19, 2017:  North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC), inter alia, facilitates processing of horticulture produce; assists processing units to market their products; and helps in developing linkages of farmers with the market. 

The data related to total number of farmers being provided support by the said corporation is not centrally maintained. NERAMAC in pursuance of the objectives mentioned above, has provided support to large number of farmers, particularly those growing pineapple, ginger and large cardamom. 

NERAMAC has engaged with some Self-Help Groups and farmers groups to serve as an aggregator and provide marketing support to them. It has also undertaken marketing of processed items sourced from local entrepreneurs. 

This was stated by the Minister of State Dr. Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question by Janak Ram and Vishnu Dayal Ram in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. 

Congress strike total in Tripura


Agartala, July 19, 2017: Though Congress in Tripura has been crippled owing to spate of exodus of rank and fine in recent months, party’s 12 hour general strike on Wednesday evoked complete response in the state. 

The opposition party called the strike to protest indefinite highway and rail blockade agitation of the IPFT which is demanding a separate state for indigenous people who constitute 33 percent of total population in Tripura.

Congress alleged that the blockade stir launched on July 10 was conspired by the tribal party in connivance with BJP and the ruling CPI(M).

Business establishments and education institutions remain closed while vehicular movement was not visible.  Several picketers were arrested.

No untoward incident was reported from anywhere.

Nagaland political crisis, Guv directs for CM’s floor test Wednesday


Kohima, July 18, 2017: Governor of Nagaland PB Acharya directed Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly to summon an emergent Special Session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly on July 19 2017 at 09:30 A.M. to test the majority support of the present cabinet led by Chief Minister Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu. 

This directive comes following the dismissal of the writ petition filed by Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu on July 14 2017 at Kohima Bench Guwahati High Court vide Judgment and Order dated July 18 as well as vacation of the earlier interim order passed by the same Court on  July 14.

Kohima Bench of the Guwahati High Court observed that the Governor had taken the right decision to ask the Chief Minister to have a Vote of Confidence on the floor of the House to see which out of the two contesting claimants of Chief Minister had a majority in the House.

The Court further stated that there was no merit in the writ petition filed by Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu and the same was accordingly dismissed.    

 Earlier the Governor had requested the Chief Minister to prove his majority support on the floor of the Assembly on or before July 15.

BJP calls off gherao of Tripura CM, Ministers' residence


Agartala, July 18, 2017: City dwellers in Agartala city received a sigh of relief after BJP called off gherao stir of residence of Chief Minister and other ministers.

Party supporters launched squatting stir outside ministers’ residences since 5AM to protest state government’s reluctance to end ongoing national highway and railway blockade agitation of the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) began on July 10.

IPT is demanding Tipraland or a state of tribal that constitutes 33 percent from 4million population in Tripura.

BJP announced decision at 7.40PM after a meeting of senior leaders following a request from Governor Tathagata Roy. 

IPFT's highway blockade impact, BJP supporters gherao CM’s residence


Special Correspondent

Agartala, July 18, 2017: Hundreds of BJP supporters are staging squatting stir at different directions around official residences of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and other ministers in Agartala on Tuesday to protest their alleged apathy to end ongoing national highway and railway blockade agitation of the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT). State BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb and central observer (Pravari) Sunil Deodhar are leading the protests since 5AM.

The main opposition party in Tripura earlier set 48 hours deadline to clear the blockades of IPFT, else it warned to disrupt movement of Chief Minister without specifying time and place. After expiry of deadline BJP announced it will start agitation against Manik Sarkar from Tuesday.

It complained the ruling CPI(M) and Chief Minister have clandestine nexus with the IPFT leadership to linger the blockade to press demand for ‘Tripraland’ or a separate state for 33 percent indigenous population of the state. CPI(M) countered with a reverse allegation against BJP and even went to extent to blame the PMO for instigating unrest in state ahead of assembly elections in February 2018.

Paramilitary troops have been deployed in strength at scenes of stirs and other areas in city. Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and some of his cabinet colleagues could not move out of their respective residences since morning due to gherao.

Some government offices and a few schools could not function due to protests while vehicular traffic was disrupted. Top leaders of BJP are leading their supporters to continue Gherao till a specific announcement is made on clearing blockade agitation of IPFT which is demanding ‘Tipraland’.

The highway blockade agitation has entered 9th day on Tuesday. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju would hold talks with IPFT representatives in the afternoon.

Chief Minister Sarkar earlier requested Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene as IPFT leaders insisted on talks with the MHA. They rejected requests of state government to call off blockade agitation launched since July 10.