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First Assamese watershed management book published

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Guwahati, March 8: The first Assamese book on Watershed Management: strategy and planning entitled ‘Jalashedar Bebyasthapana: Kausal  aru Parikalpana’ published by SSEAEP, Nagaon (www.sseaep.org) with support from Watershed Cell and Data Center of IIWPM, Nagaon was released by Prof. Kanak Haloi of National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) – NER Center, on March 6, 2014,  in a workshop on  ‘Watershed Development Technical Committee’ held at office of the Soil Conservation, Nagaon division.

Releasing the book, Prof. Haloi appreciated the initiatives saying  there is no book as such in Assamese earlier which covers all the technical aspects with tool and techniques of situation review and planning. “It will help all the concerned people, particularly field level practitioners and common people too,” he said.

J. Malakar, DO, Soil Conservation, Nagaon Division said this book would help our field level workers, Watershed Committee and NGOs working in the area. He also said that such literature in Assamese would not only help the official concerned but also help in developing public understanding on the approaches of Watershed Management which is very much essential in the present context of Climate Change and Climate Change Adaptation.

Jayanta Kumar Sarma, Programme Coordinator of SSEAEP and author of the book said that it was a great challenge when his team started the work, because it had  to cover technical and scientific aspects along with social dimensions.

“Moreover, the book is targeted for the field workers, Watershed Committee and friends of NGO who are working in watershed area, so the language must be simple. Here mainly, aspects of Watershed Concept, its application, Watershed delineation, structural and non-structural conservation and protection approaches, use of Remote Sensing and GIS, methods of Participatory Rural Appraisal including Participatory GIS approaches are covered.

 It covers the dimensions of integrated approaches along with local example of traditional water related practices like ‘Longsor’ Karbi , Dong among the Bodo, Paddy cum Fish farming, Homestead agro-forestry etc.,” Mr Sarma said. 

Meeting of Committee on northeast concern

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Agartala, March 7, 2014: A Committee has been set up under the Chairmanship of M.P. Bezbaruah, IAS (Retd) to look into the various kinds of concerns of the persons hailing from the North Eastern States who are living in different parts of the country especially the Metropolitan areas and to suggest suitable remedial measures including legal remedies which could be taken by the Government.

Views and suggestions to the Committee may be submitted by email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and also send to S. Saha, Member Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Room No. 172-C, North Block, New Delhi-110 001, (fax) 011- 2309 3153.

The Committee will be holding its meeting between March 2014 to 14th March 2014 in Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi for interaction with general public and students / professionals and other various persons from the North Eastern States living in various parts of the country, NGOs, students organisations and other associations are invited at the interactive session of the committee to put forth their suggestions/views.

This was informed in a press release issued by Ministry of Affairs (North East Division, Government of India). 

EPIC for Assam voters first time

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Guwahati, March 06, 2014:  In ensuing 16th Lok Sabha election, voters in Assam will cast votes with Electors' Photo Identity Card (EPIC), first time in the state. 93% of the voters have already been provided EPIC as rest 7% will cast their votes by following previous manual like exhibiting any prescribed identity card, state’s chief electoral officer Vijayendra informed.

Including 4.5 lakh new voters, a total of 1,87,22,435 voters will cast their votes in the Lok Sabha poll in the state. The election will be held in three phases in the state on April 7, 12 and 24.

On 7 April, the first phase election will be held in upper Assam's five constituencies Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Koliabor, Sonitpur and Lakhimpur. In the second phase  (April 12) the election will be held in Karimganj and Silchar.   In Nagaon, Guwahati, Mangaldai, Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Dhubri in central and lower Assam election will be held on April 24 (last phase).

On the other, BJP and AGP are not happy with the schedule of the Lok Sabha polls in the state as it will be held during the state's biggest festival 'Rongali Bihu'. The parties blamed the state government for not impressing the Election Commission of India to fix the date for election in the state after Bihu.

Lok Sabha election schedule for North-east states

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Agartala, March,05, 2014: Chief election Commissioner, VS Sampath today has announced schedule of 16th Lok Sabha election, 2014. The election will be held in 9 phases in all over the country from April 7 and end on May 12. The result will be declared on May 16. 

In northeastern region the election will be held maximum in 3 phases in Assam on April 7, 12 and 24 for 14 seats.  For two seats in Tripura it will be held in two phases on April 7 and 12. 

On the other hand, vote for 2 seats in Manipur will be held on April 9 and 17.  In other states of the region the election will be held in single day.

According to the schedule of election commission vote for Lok Sabha election will be held on April 9 in Arunachal Pradesh (2 seats), Meghalaya (2 seats), Nagaland (1 seat) and Mizoram, (1 seat) and in Sikkim (1 seat) it will be held on April 12.

Students hold peace rally against bandh in Assam

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Guwahati, March 5, 2014: Even as the entire state is going through a severe crisis called bandh or strike on every single opportunity which have caused tremendous trouble to the common people in their day to day life, students took out a peace rally opposing the bandh culture at Haflong in Karbi Anglong district. 

The 100-hour Dima Hasao district bandh called by NC Hills Indigenous Students Forum (NCHISF), a students’ organisation from February 26, had affected normal life and fuelled price rise in the area.

The peace rally was taken out on the main street of Haflong town by the Government College Students Association and other students from various schools and colleges here.

After the procession, the students also submitted a memorandum to the Assam Governor J B Patnaik through the Deputy Commissioner of Dima Hasao stating that they condemned the recent bandh by the NCHISF.

The latest bandh by the NCHISF had caused many difficulties to the students appearing for the ongoing HSLC and HS examinations in the state. Besides, during the last six months or so the state has witnessed number of bandhs on various occasions.

Some of the major incidents for which various organizations have called bandhs are the separate state demands inside Assam and the Rajya Sabha elections among others.

The NCHISF and Indigenous Women Forum (IWF), Haflong have been raising the issue of bifurcation of Dima Hasao for long and have called bandhs in the district several times. 

SBI donates ambulance in Nagaland

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Kohima, March 5, 2014: Governor of Nagaland Dr. Ashwani Kumar formally handed over the keys and flagged off an Ambulance which was donated by the State Bank of India (SBI)  to the Chairman of the people in need foundation (PINF) at Chumukedima. Speaking on the occasion, the governor lauded the SBI Officials for the yeomen act of donating the ambulance as part of their corporate social responsibility stating that donation is an act of giving a gift or grand for charitable work. 

Citing an example of our state he said that in Nagaland the best buildings are churches which are constructed through free will donation by the people. The act of giving donation (DHAN) in Buddhism he said is even more spiritual where one gives unconditionally and receives unconditionally for a cause and both are blessed.

AGM, Binod Kumar Srivastava delivered a welcome address while Dy. General Manager, A.K.Choudhury gave a short address. Chairman, (PINF) Joe Ngamkhuchung delivered a short speech on the occasion while the vote of thanks was proposed by Chief Manager, David Kire.

NGO moves High Court over red beckon misuse

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Agartala, March 4, 2014: High Court of Tripura has issued notice to the state government on Tuesday over misuse of red beckon in cars by a section of public servants, poor public transport system and non-availability of dedicated, dependable and schedule bus service in Agartala Municipal Council area and overloading in auto-rickshaw and encroachment free footpaths along the street.

Hearing of public interest litigation (PIL) by the leading public advocacy and research group of the state ARPAN Society, the division bench comprises with Chief Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Subhashis Talapartra sought the reply of the state government before next of hearing on April 28.

The court asked to serve notice to Chief Secretary and eight other departmental heads of the government including Municipal Commissioner of Agartala and Member Secretary of Tripura State Pollution Control Board seeking replies on the 21 issues related to public interest.

The petitioner Society’s Counsel Arijit Bhowmik sought direction on the rampant use of red lights in the vehicles by the various Government Officials in Tripura even after the direction of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on 10th December, 2013 on special leave petition, which held that only holders of Constitutional post are entitled to use vehicles with red lights.

The Petitioners society also highlighted that the Traffic Officials in the name of controlling the traffic are rampantly misusing the provisions of Section 200 of the M V Act in as much as the traffic Officials are collecting “spot fines” by way of coercing and forcing the general public.

ARPAN Society also pointed out that in the State of Tripura there is no ‘public transport system’. The sufficient buses are not ply within the Municipal Area of the Agartala City. There are no designated Bus Stands and also there is no schedule time for the arrival of the Buses. It is highlighted that as many as 53 buses have been provided under the JNNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission).

This overloading of the vehicles are creating inconvenience and prone the vehicle to accidents and also leads to the outrage of modesty of the female passengers as due to inadequacy of sitting space the female passengers are compelled to sit besides the male passengers. In the Agartala City as there is no public transport system in the form of buses the female passengers are forced to travel in overloaded auto rickshaws leading to their inconveniency and safety.

Grants-in-Aid under a women scheme

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Guwahati, March 2, 2014:  “Welfare of women, children, physically or the mentally challenged and the aging have always been amongst the top priorities of our Government”, asserted Assam Minister for Social Welfare Akon Bora in a function held today for Grants-in-Aid distribution for infrastructure development as common facility support under “Mukhya Mantrir Mahila Samriddhi Achoni” at Assam State Social Welfare Board, Beltola, Guwahati.

In his address as the Chief Guest Minister Bora called upon the representatives of various Non Government Organizations, Self Help Groups present on the occasion to develop work culture and utmost dedication for bringing in a revolutionary change in society. He stated that Government aids alone will not suffice for attaining empowerment and economic independence, but general awareness, sheer perseverance and dedicated team work will bring in fruitful results in this respect.

Under the Mukhya Mantrir Mahila Samriddhi Achoni, Rs. 25,000 each was distributed among 202 SHGs of Kamrup (Metro), Kamrup, Nalbari and Goalpara Districts for infrastructural development of looms; Rs. 56 lakh was distributed amongst 12 NGOs working towards care and rehabilitation of the physically challenged; Rs. 1000 for heath care of 20 aging citizens above 70 years.  Moreover, under the “Na-Bowari” Scheme, Rs. 10,000 was distributed among 7 beneficiaries. 

New online news portal launched

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Kohima, March 1, 2014: The Speaker of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly Chotisuh Sazo
formally launched the online News Portal of ‘Eastern Platform News’ as the chief guest at a glittering ceremony in Kohima. Speaking at the function, the chief guest stressed on the importance
of internet and how it has impacted our lives. He gave a glimpse of the history of information sharing and as to how it had struggled in the early part of its formation.

Earlier, marathon runners, messenger pigeons town criers were used to disseminate information before telegraph cable and subsequently the newspapers came into existence, he said. In Nagaland, we heavily dependent on print and media for information but as of now many Nagas are already active on social media and blogging as such people who have a taste for fast and accurate news would be glued to the online editions, he added. Sazo also urged the media personnel to be unbiased and asked to ascertain facts and figures meticulously.

Chief Advisor to the editorial board, EPN, Oken Jeet Sandham also spoke on the occasion. Editor-in-Chief EPN, T. Methna Konyak delivered the welcome address. Zhokholü Nyekha chaired the programme while Pastor, Konyak Baptist Church Kohima, H. Moba Konyak invoked God’s blessing. Nongothung Ezung proposed vote of thanks.

Indira Shah becomes Judge of Gauhati High Court

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Guwahati, February 28: Dr. Indira Shah was sworn in as Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court in a simple ceremony on Friday. The oath was administered by Chief Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre at Court No. 1 of the Gauhati High Court.

Registrar General M.K. Bhattacharjee moderated the whole proceedings.

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