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Fresh ethnic tension in Assam, thousands homeless


Guwahati, August 13, 2014: Thousands of people have taken shelter in makeshift camps after ethnic tension broke out at a disputed boundary between Assam and Nagaland. Assam’s Golaghat district officials said the evacuees were housed in six camps.

A large contingent of paramilitary troops deployed in the restive area where no fresh incidents reported on Wednesday. Tension started after an armed group from Nagaland resorted to indiscriminate fire from automatic weapons and went on burning houses.

One person was killed and three injured in the incident while 45 houses were burnt. Around 5,000 people fled homes to escape further attacks, officials added. 

JFA urges people to defy militants strike call on I-Day


Guwahati, August 12, 2014: Journalists Forum Assam (JFA) on Tuesday urged the people of northeast region to defy the call of militants prohibiting people from celebrating the forthcoming Independence Day on August 15.

Every patriotic Indian should observe both Independence Day and Republic Day to pay their tributes to the martyrs of India’s freedom movement for their supreme sacrifices, JFA President Rupam Baruah and General Secretary Nava Thakuria said in a statement issued here.

The JFA also appealed to all journalists bodies of the region, including the local press clubs, to come forward to pay their homage to all martyrs of the freedom struggle and hoist the National flag in their offices, colonies and localities on Independence Day.

Five militant outfits of North East, including the ULFA (Independent), have urged the people not to participate in the Independence Day functions as a mark of protest against the government.

They also gave a call for a general strike starting from the midnight of August 14 till the evening of August 15 and urged people to boycott the celebrations.

Many martyrs of Assam including Kanaklata Barua, Mukunda Kakoti, Kushal Konwar, Tilak Deka, Bhogeswari Phukanani, Nidhanu Rajbangshi, Kamala Miri, Lerela Boro, Madan-Rauta, Hemoram Patar, Gunabhi Bordoloi and others had laid down their lives for the honour of the Tricolour, the release added. 

I-Day preparations in northeast India


Agartala, August 12, 2014: The preparation for Independence Day 2014 celebrations on 15 August
in northeastern states are in full swing. Departments of concerned state governments are making necessary preparations for demonstration and campaigning of their achievements to the public.

Security has been tightened in the region as extremist groups have given a call to boycott the day. This time six extremist groups have issued a joint statement that urged people to stay away from government programmes and organise protests. 

Manipur Governor takes additional charge of Mizoram


Aizawl, August 9, 2014: Manipur Governor Vinod Kumar Duggal, has taken additional charge of Mizoram following his swearing in Aizawl.

Justice LS Jamir, judge of the Aizawl Permanent Bench of the Gauhati High Court, administered the oath of office to Duggal. Acting chief minister R Lalzirliana, ministers and dignitaries were present at the function held at Raj Bhavan.

Duggal replaced Dr Kamla Beniwal who was sacked on Wednesday by an order of President Pranab Mukherjee. She was in office at Aizawl for less than a month.

Vinod Kumar Duggal, a retired IAS officer, had also served in Mizoram in his career as a bureaucrat. He was India’s Home Secretary before retiring from service and was appointed as the Manipur governor in December last year. 

Bicycle race to mark ONGC Day


Agartala, August 8, 2014: Like every year, ONGC Tripura Asset is organising a State-Level bicycle race Championship on the occasion of ONGC Day on August 14 for boys and girls. The race will be flagged off by ONGC Asset Manager VP Mahawar from ONGC complex in the morning.

The race will begin from ONGC KV grounds. The race has been divided into two categories, 30 km for the boys and 15 km for the girls. Prize money of Rs. 10, 000 has been kept for the winner while the 1st runners-up and 2nd runners-up will get Rs. 5, 000 and Rs. 3, 000 respectively.

Last date of entry for the event is August 12. Arrangement for food and lodging of outstation participants has been made.

ONGC Group of Companies, as a committed corporate entity regularly promotes culture for Sports and Health care within and outside the organization for development of Human Capital. It also strives to bring about excellence by tapping latent talent and promoting games in which the country has potential for success and competitive advantage.

SBI imposes check on personal loan


Kohima, August 4, 2014: State Bank of India (SBI) branches in Nagaland have imposed restriction on sanction and disburse of personal loan to serving employee due to high level of Non-performing assets on account of ‘non-payment (NPA) of due installment’ by many employees on availing
loan from SBI.

SBI sources informed that in Mokokchung, the cut of level fixed internally by the bank expected very marginal NPA or zero NPA in personal loan segment as per all India statistics because of regular
salary credit to specified savings Bank A/C. SBI official attributed non-payment of installment above the cut of level fixed by the bank to ‘Drawing and Disbursing Officers not properly recording the details of loan and allowing to pay salary in other savings Bank A/C or in cash’.

“Thus, some employees are given scope to discontinue the payment of instalment or the bank unable to recover dues”. The SBI official however said restriction imposes on sanction and disburses of loan to employees is not only happening in Nagaland state but it does in other states due to same reason.

However the official said the SBI has come out with a unique scheme for amicable settlement of old NPA A/C through one time settlement on case to case basis by ‘waiver of part interest.

Ban on coal mining in Meghalaya to continue


Shillong, August 3, 2014: The National Green Tribunal has upheld its ban on coal mining in Meghalaya. It cited Article 21 of the Constitution of India which guarantees right to life to reject other issues including economic interests of the state or the individuals.  

Justice Swatanter Kumar who presided over the bench of the tribunal recently in New Delhi said a state cannot be permitted to take shelter of the economic limitations where it comes to protection of life and liberty of the citizens of the country. 

The bench had in its original order prohibited mining in Meghalaya but allowed transportation of extracted coal kept in the open with due "checks and balances". It declared that the interim prohibitory order to ban on unscientific, unregulated and illegal mining except seeking clearance from appropriate authorities in Meghalaya. 

Golden Jubilee celebration of NAP Battalion


Kohima, August 1, 2014: The present Naga society is in trouble because people are selfish and
cannot sacrifice to come out of their comfort zones to serve the people and society. This was said by DGP, Nagaland, Besesayo Kezo speaking as the chief guest during the Golden Jubilee celebration of
2nd NAP Battalion, Alichen Mokokchung on Friday.

The 2nd NAP Battalion which was formed on August 1 1964 have richly contributed towards the welfare of the people of the state and the country as a whole by keeping their motto “Security, Service and Sacrifice” said the Chief Guest. Kezo maintained that many officers served at Alichen 2nd NAP Battalion have reached the Rank of DGP in the state during the last 50 years.

He further urged the officers and the personnel of 2nd NAP Battalion to give their best, keeping their motto by giving Security, Service and Sacrificing for the people and the society so as to live up to the dreams of the pioneers.

IGP (NAP) Nagaland, Toshitsungba Aier, who was the Guest of Honour in his speech, also said that 2nd NAP Battalion deserve to be honoured for all the exemplary services rendered to the people during the 50 years after its formation. 

Mongchon laid to rest


Kohima, July 30, 2014: Last rites of Late Naik Mongchon P of 3 Naga  who lost his life on 22 July  in trans Line of Control firing in Jammu & Kashmir were performed on 26 July with complete Military  Honours at this native village Anyakshu, Noklak, Sub Division in presence of troops and officers of Assam Rifles and his relatives. People of Noklak, Sub Division turned up in large numbers for a last glimpse of their National hero during the last rites ceremony at Anyakshu Village.

Earlier at noon mortal remains of the martyr reached Dimapur Airport by Air India flight AI 705. A special Army convoy brought mortal remains to his native village Anyakshu where moist eyes awaited their brave hero. Full Military Honour was provided to the soldier by guard from 23 Assam Rifles. Wreaths on behalf of General Officer Commanding 3 Corps, Director General Assam Rifles, Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) and Commander 7 Sector Assam Rifles were laid in honour of the martyr.








AAMEF hails PM’s view on scribes in his foreign trips

Guwahati, July 27, 2014: All Assam Media Employees’ Federation (AAMEF) has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s views on avoiding a huge group of journalists while on foreign trips arguing that it serves little purposes. Rather, the umbrella body of different journalist units in Assam demands, Modi should take personal interest to provide due benefits to millions of working journalists and media employees of the country.

“We come to know that Prime Minister Modi has recently disclosed about his decision to avoid a bigger group of journalists to accompany him in the foreign trips. He categorically stated that in a new age journalism today, it hardly matters where the media persons are located in respect of getting update information and not necessarily it is important for them to travel with the PM for doing that,” said Hiten Mahnata, president of AAMEF.

The second reason, the hardliner Prime Minister reportedly mentioned that ‘it was a flawed policy in any case as same journalists from the same big organizations were repeated over and over again. As for small newspapers, it was the proprietors who availed of such junkets. Modi also argued that while taking 30 selected journalists for the foreign trip, the rest is always being deprived and displeased. Moreover, if there was a major policy announcement, he would address a press conference inside the country after his return, the Prime Minister asserted.

Mentionable is that in his first two foreign trips (to Bhutan and Brazil) as the Prime Minister, Modi was accompanied by five journalists only. He avoided a huge group of media persons with him intentionally. It is understood that Modi would follow the same principle while he is visiting the United States of America in September 2014.

“The views of Modi are being reflected in Assam and northeast India time and again, where the accompanying journalists (with the President or PM) to foreign countries hardly did their jobs. Most of them hired the scripts of the news agencies to fulfil their commitments,” added Mahanta.