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Sharing knowledge key to action on ground


Guwahati, 27 February 2014: Sharing knowledge on climate change-related policy, research, and practice within and beyond the research and development community is of utmost importance.

This was the central theme of the two-day 'HICAP Conference on Climate Change Adaptation: Priorities for Research, Policy, and Practices in Northeast India' organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in partnership with Aaranyak, Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and the National Institute of Administrative Research (NIAR) at the NEDFi Centre in Dispur, Assam, India.

The event served to explore the institutionalization of a formal platform for sharing of knowledge on climate-related policy, research, and practice in Northeast India, and identify gaps and priorities for action at local, national, and regional levels.

More than 80 experts, researchers, policymakers, journalists, and practitioners dealing with climate change policies and livelihoods in the Northeast region attended the Conference. Sessions focused on research related to climate change, alternative livelihood options, disaster resilience, migration, and gender.

Panels discussed gaps and priorities for action on key issues like Water Demand, Disaster Risks and Vulnerabilities, Community-based and Ecosystem-based Adaptation, and Gender issues. Effective and timely flow of information and knowledge was highlighted as a critical challenge for policymakers in ensuring informed decision making.

Presentations were made on collaborative work carried out in the region by ICIMOD, Aaranyak, GRID-Arendal, and CICERO under HICAP, supported by the government of Norway and the Swedish International Development Agency, and GIZ's Climate Change Adaptation in the North Eastern Region of India (CCA-NER) Program.

The presentations highlighted the importance of strategic partnership-based activities, anchored through the prioritized strategies outlined in the State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC), especially in climate change and water availability, disaster resilience, migration and remittance, gender integration, ecosystem-based adaptation, and knowledge sharing.

The Conference was preceded by a week-long training workshop for journalists in Tinsukia district, Assam, to improve creative thinking and effective communication on adaptation to climate change in a local context.

Thailand princess arrives in Nagaland


Kohima, February 25, 2014: Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand arrive Kohima, Nagaland state capital on Tuesday. She was received at the helipad by the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Minister for Home, Kaito Aye.

Chief Secretary Nagaland, Banuo Z. Jamir; Home Commissioner, Temjen Toy; other bureaucrats and Advisor, Media and Communication to Cm, Abu Metha were also present to greet her. 

National urban health mission in Nagland


Kohima, February 24, 2014: The National Urban Health Mission (NUHM), Nagaland was launched by the chief guest, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland, Imkong L.Imchen at the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Kohima. Imkong began his speech with an acknowledgement of the excellent performance of the department of Health and Family Welfare in health care delivery system among the Small States category in India as reported in India Today and also in bringing down the Infant mortality rate in the state to 18 from 27 in 2009.

He announced the plan of the government of India to upgrade the district hospital,
Kohima to a medical College under the 12th plan with a special unit of tertiary care for cancer in the pipeline and exhorted the department to work harder towards making such initiatives a reality.

On the National Urban Health Mission, Imkong introduced it as Government of India's policy commitment to ensure 'Health for all', one of the sub-missions along with National Rural health Mission under National health mission to achieve 'Equitable, Affordable and Quality healthcare' in the country.

International Diplomats Golf Meet 2014 begins


Guwahati, February 23, 2014: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi kicked off the Assam International Diplomats Invitation Golf Meet 2014 at Kaziranga Golf Resort near Jorhat town on Saturday.

Terming the golf meet as a good beginning, Chief Minister Gogoi said the event has not only brought golf tourism to the fore but also showcased Assam’s rich cultural heritage, tea and wildlife splendours before the visiting dignitaries.

Gogoi said the government has given added thrust on the development of golf tourism, wildlife, tea, adventure, rural and cultural tourism. “We have been giving importance to tourism as it can help in solving our unemployment problem,” he said, adding that the many golf courses would be utilised to attract more tourists to the state.

The Chief Minister said the event would foster camaraderie and bonhomie among the participants and thus help in promoting peace and harmony by resolving conflicts. “I hope the distinguished dignitaries from different countries will become the ambassadors of Assam.  And I extend an open invitation to everyone to come to Assam once more,” he said.

Fondly recalling the contribution of tea planter late Hemendra Prasad Barooah, Gogoi said, “It was Barooah who met me and told me about his plan of converting some parts of the tea garden into a golf course. I agreed to his plan and how it came about.”

Gogoi thanked Managing Director, The Sunday Guardian, MJ Akbar for giving birth to the idea of holding a diplomatic golf meet in Assam as well as the officials of Assam Tourism and Assam Golf Association for the success of the event.

Speaking on behalf of all the visiting dignitaries, Ambassador of Zimbabwe in India, Jonathan Wutawunashe said it has been a wonderful experience for everyone to come to this beautiful place and to enjoy the pleasant weather under a clear blue sky amidst the tea gardens. “I simply love the place…the serenity of Kaziranga, the place where we spotted the rhinos, the food…everything and wish to stay here for long,” he said . 

No newspaper in Assam for six days


Guwahati, February, 21, 2014: The people of Assam are deprived of getting news of state and rest of country as they are not receiving newspapers for last six days due to newspaper hawkers' strike in the state.   Journalist Forum of Assam (JFA) has urged the Press Council of India for immediate intervention to normalise situation.

In a statement, JFA President Rupam Barua and General Secretary Nava Thakuria said that people of the state are deprived of their right due to the hawkers' strike.  So PCI should intervene in the matter, they viewed.  

Thailand Princess to visit Nagaland


Kohima, February 20, 2014: Preparations are underway to greet Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand who is arriving in Nagaland on a private visit.

Her main programme is arranged at Nagaland University on February 26.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor Nagaland University, Kohima, Professor A Lanunungsang has Her Royal Highness will interact with students and faculties of the university.

New Medical Colleges in the NE States


New Delhi, February 18, 2014:  Central Government has approved a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for upgradation of existing district medical hospitals with a bed strength of 200 or more in underserved areas of the country with a Central Outlay of Rs.8457.4 crore out of total cost of Rs.10971.1 crore with a fund sharing ration between the Central Government and State Government to the tune of 90:10 for Northeastern states.  

As per the available information, Medical Council of India (MCI) has received application for increase of MBBS seats from 100 to 150 at Tripura Medical College & Dr. B.R.A.M. Teaching Hospital, Agartala, but later on the applicant institute has withdrawn their application in December 2013.

The Ministry has also received proposal from North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong, an autonomous body under this Ministry, for starting of Post Graduate and Super specialty courses in some disciplines. However the proposal, when examined with reference to Medical Council of India’s norms, has been found to be inadequate.

CM to tee off first Diplomats Golf Meet


Guwahati, February 17, 2014: The first Assam International Diplomats Invitation Golf Meet, 2014 will be held at Kaziranga Golf Resort in Jorhat from February 20 to 23. The meet is being organised by Assam Tourism Development Corporation Limited (ATDCL) in association with The Sunday Guardian and Assam Golf Association.

A high level meeting was convened by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at his official residence on February 13 wherein the detail itinerary for the golf meet was finalised. The Chief Minister was apprised about the travel, accommodation and other arrangements for the visiting diplomats.

MD, ATDCL, Anurag Singh and CEO, The Sunday Guardian, Kamal Shah made power point presentations to the Chief Minister. Gogoi asked the officials including the members of the committee constituted for the purpose to leave no stone unturned to make the event, the first of its kind in the region, a grand success.

Gogoi pointed out that the diplomats from several countries would get an opportunity to experience the splendour of wildlife, tea and rich cultural heritage of Assam during their stay. 

JFA’s anxiety over journo-authority conflict in Arunachal


Guwahati, February 16: Journalists' Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed serious concern at the ceasing of publications of newspapers in Arunachal Pradesh since Sunday due to the ongoing conflict between the media persons and the authority in Itanagar.

News agency reports from Itanagar say that Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) have decided to go for an indefinite shut down of all Itanagar-based media houses fearing law and order problem arising out of the proposed dharna by Students' Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) in front of The Arunachal Times office.

In a joint representation to Arunachal Pradesh chief minister's office, both the journalist bodies have already sought an immediate suspension of Mige Kamki, the Capital Complex district magistrate for issuing permission to SUMA for the demonstration  in front of the pioneer English daily of the bordering State.

"The irrational and foolish demand of SUMA had been permitted by DM Mige Kamki and it gives out the message that the state government is a party to curtailing the Freedom of Press and media in the state," said the joint letter of APC and APUWJ.

JFA, in a statement issued by its president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria, has urged the Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki to intervene on the matter and resolve the issue amicably such that the people should not get deprived from having their morning newspapers because of the conflict.

Sharmila says not to AAP politics


Imphal, February15, 2014: Irom Sharmila Chanu, the 'Iron Lady of Manipur’, said no to a proposal of Aam Aadmi pary (AAP) to contest the Lok Sabha election as it party nominee. While coming out after a regular appearance in a court at Imphal on Friday, Sharmila said that AAP leader Prashant Bhushan has called her to make the request. 

But she has refused his proposal by saying that she is not interested to join active politics. When Bhushan has asked her to think about his proposal twice she told him that she is a common citizen of the country and holding a non-violence fight against a monster law of the country.

Sharmila opined the politics in India has turned into a business and she is not willing to be a part of it.

Earlier also had turned down Anna Hazare and team Kejriwal's proposal to join their fast on Lokpal Bill.

It may be mentioned here that Irom Sharmila Chanu is observing fast since 2000 to press demand for withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Manipur.