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Digital Doppler radar installed

A Correspondent  Agartala, October 18, 2011: India Metrological Department has commissioned highly mechanized Doppler Weather Radar in Agartala for appropriate and continuous monitoring of weather conditions in Tripura and other northeastern states. The installation of the digital weather radar in vicinity of Agartala airport Tuesday has been first in the northeastern region.  

Dr Ajit Tyagi, Director General of Metrology in the India Metrological Department, and Tripura Science and Environment Minister Joy Gobinda Debroy were present in inauguration programme of the facility. Dr Tyagi, who served in the metrological wing of the Indian Air Force, dedicated the radar to the nation.

Officials said the digital Doppler has the capacity to monitor weather even beyond Bangladesh, up to Orissa and has the ability to provide constant report on actual basis. They added that the machine would be more useful for smooth operation of the flights in the region.  

Dr Ajit Tyagi earlier said perfect weather forecast is very important for growth of agriculture. He citied example of China where advanced radar is installed in every county of the country for sake of benefit of the farmers.

Kids voice contest ends

A Correspondent, Kohima, October 17, 2011: Kids Voice final competition 2011 was held on October 16 at Changtongya town B Church, which was organised by Christian Education department Changtongya Town Baptist Church Arogo.  

The programme was chaired by Akumlila Jamir CE Director CTBA with T. Aliba Imchen Associate Pastor CTBA as the resource person. Speaking on the occasion, he said that God has given every one with different talent and singing is also one of them. He further encouraged all the participants to seek God's blessing while utilising their talent adding that God bless those who obeys and listen to His word and also to trust Him with faith in life.

J. Toshimenla Longkumer, 10 year old daughter of Imkongsanen Longkumer of Changtongya Yenisen village residing at Medical ward Changtongya town was declared the winners of Kids Voice 2011 competition.

The judges were Narola Imchen Matsüng Longkumer and Wati Longkumer. Vote of thanks was delivered by Akumlila during which she thanked the judges and all the participants and their parents for their support and also thanked the Church for giving such kind of platform to the kids to explore their talent.

Huge infrastructure plan for NE India

A Correspondent
Agartala, October 17, 2011: With bilateral trade and transshipment arrangements with Bangladesh are in place the union government has now sanctioned a plan to broaden highways in the landlocked region. Sources in Tripura government said the union surface transport ministry is working on an ambitious project to restore, widen and building 1,500km of highways in the region.  

“This is a huge project and its implementation envisaged to cost Rs.7,500 crore. The project is aimed to boost economy of the region including Tripura”, an official said. He said the plan would benefit expansion of Assam - Agartala national highway, which is known as lifeline of the state that shares boundary with Bangladesh on its three sides.  

It has been learnt that bilateral trade and transshipment agreements with Bangladesh and possibility of better trade arrangements with Southeast Asian countries through Myanmar made the union ministry think on creating road infrastructure. This has been first occasion that the union government initiated a gigantic infrastructure work in northeast India.  

The area despite inadequate infrastructure, geographical irritants and security situation has gradually made progress in trade with countries bordering. In 2010 - 11 fiscal year, the trade between India and countries (including Bangladesh) through northeastern region was a all time record, officials said.

Three killed in building in Gangtok

By Vishma Thapa, Gangtok, September 24, 2011: Three people have been killed and some injured after some multi-storey buildings collapsed in Gangtok on Friday night after heavy rains lashed the city. The Sikkim Police and Army personnel started the rescue work after the buildings collapsed in Balwakhani near Vajra Cinema Hall area.  

A number of residents are feared to have been trapped under the debris. Three bodies pulled out by rescuers from buildings and several injured were admitted in Sir Thutob Namgayal Memorial Hospital Gangtol.

A senior state government official said, “We are informed by the Army personnel that several people are trapped under the debris. Army people are trying to rescue them. The area has been cordoned off and we have sent ambulances and government relief to the spot to accelerate the rescue and relief process.  

”One of the collapsed building, which reportedly belonged to a former minister of Sikkim, had several flats and a cinema hall while another building belonged to Karma Bhutia, Sports Secretary of Sikkim  government and uncle of eminent footballer Bhaichung Bhutia, which housed an office of Sikkim United football team.

a large number of local residents rushed to the area early Saturday morning. Soldiers busy shifting people to safer palaces.

Post office takes visa services

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Railway minister visits Nagaland

A Correspondent, Kohima, September 13, 2011: Union Railway Minister, Dinesh Trivedi arrived Dimapur has paid maiden visit to Nagaland as a union minister. Addressing to the media at Police conference hall in Dimapur he expressed happiness and thanked the people of the state for the warm welcome accorded to him and delegation of senior railway officials.  

He said, he being the first union railway minister to visit Nagaland which is a great state with hospitable people, reflects the country of India. Trivedi said although being railway minister has enormous responsibility; it also has great challenges and opportunity to serve the nation.  

Stating that India is a huge country and the demand of railway utility depend on efficient management the minister said that  as a railway minister  he wants to do justice to the system, and felt the need to change something. With this vision, he decided to reach out to the people and choose north eastern state to embark his journey to reach out and know their needs instead of MPs and Chief ministers coming to him and sharing their requirements as aspiration and rights of the people is pressing hard to bridge the gap of development with other states of the country.  

He said the need of the north east people has been neglected due to least number of MPs representing the region. While stating on infrastructure development scenario of Nagaland state,  he opined that due to historical reasons, enough development has  not been done for which he has chosen Nagaland as a first step to reach out to the people and start a process of dialogue.

Dinesh Trivedi said it becomes difficult to announce plans at the budget session in the parliament without knowing the ground reality, adding that the whole idea of his visit here along with a full team of high level railway board members and NFR officials is to find out what is required on the ground.

Extreme adventure rickshaw run in India

A Correspondent Shillong, September 10, 2011: 74 teams from more than 20 countries will be driving tiny three-wheeled auto-rickshaws roughly 3500 kilometres from Shillong, Meghalaya to Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, the teams start on the 11th September and finish on the 24th September. The adventure will raise over £100,000 for the official charities in India.

On Sunday 11th September, amateur adventurists from around the world will start a downhill adventure from Shillong, Meghalaya to the desert oasis of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. 74 brave teams will launch from Shillong at Midday with no set route, no professional drivers, no back up or support of any kind and will face some of the toughest driving conditions in the world.

Easy journeys are boring journeys, so they are driving three-wheeled auto-rickshaws designed for short urban hops, therefore guaranteeing adventure in spades when they hit the road.

Organised by UK based outfit The Adventurists, the Rickshaw Run is an extreme fortnight of mud, sweat, mountains, jungles, deserts and possibly the worst roads in the world. It is a simple, intentionally ridiculous and hugely popular adventure designed to raise money for charities in India and guarantee the very tallest of tales to bore your grandchildren with.

Matthew Dickens, 32, the event manager, from Bristol, England had this to say:

“This Rickshaw Run is possibly the most exciting one yet. Our teams have a veritable behemoth of an adventure before them. We're hoping that all our teams manage to cope with all India has to throw at them and they have a fantastic experience, they certainly deserve it after raising so much money for the Indian charities”

“This event is all about confirming good relations between our teams and members of the local community. With this in mind, we would be extremely pleased to see the people of Shillong make a presence at both the football match on Saturday 10th, and again to witness the flag off on Sun 11th. The football match is a light-hearted friendly against the local police S.W.A.T team, which will kick-off on the Madan Student, KJP Ground, Jaiaw at 1pm. The launch itself will be happening the following day from the Shillong Club at 11am, “ he added.

New Mizoram Governor assumes office

A Correspondent Aizawl, September 3, 2011: Vakkom B Purushothaman was sworn in as the 11th Governor of Mizoram today. He was administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy by the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court Justice M B Lokur, at a short and solemn function held at the Raj Bhawan Friday. .  

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Wansua: Keeping the tradition alive

Abudl Gani With the grip of modernization being so strong on the humans and with that the these days emotions are being expressed through various mechanized like facebook, twitter etc just to name a few, people seemed to have forgotten the ways how youths and others used to propose love to their beloved. But here, at Morten, a sleepy village in Karbi Anglong in Assam, in the midst of ranges of green hills, the people belonging to the community have especial way to express their love and this traditional way has been continuous for ages.

They call it 'Wansua'. The festival in which invited folk artists from the nearby villages gather at the host village and perform the love songs to create an environment of love among the youths.

“The folk artists are invited from nearby villages and they are taken care by a selected family of the host village. They collect the names of the young girls of the village on the first day of the three day festival. Then they start singing love songs thereafter,” said Maheswar Patar, head master of Amri High School.

“This is one of the most popular festivals among the Tiwa people. This is a wonderful opportunity where youths propose their love to the girls and boys of their choice. The youths in groups try to woo boys of their choice during the festival,” he further said.

The boys in colourful outfit with various items like pumpkin, pineapple etc propose their love interests. These items work as a symbolic gift that if the girl accepts his proposal she would be awarded with that.

But the other important angle of the festival is that the villagers of the area pay tribute to their cultural gurus by devoting the rice power prepared during the day hour. “The Wansua festival is also of paying tribute to the cultural gurus of the communities and the various sub communities of Tiwas. The rice power prepared together in a place singing hymns by the artists in full traditional attire before in the evening these are send to the households to make steam cakes,” he said.

But the ancient festival seems to be in danger of being extinct. “It may be extinct if necessary actions are not taken now. We are doing our best to keep this tradition alive but the government also should try to protest such colourful festivals,” said Lal Singh Madar, the president of Tiwa Sahitya Sabha.

Similarly the Tiwa people observe many festivals like Barat, Sarga Miswa, Jon-Beel Mela and so on in the different weathers of the year which are connected with the different deities of their own. Songs and dances also follow the festivals.      August 2011

Naga idol to rechristen

A Correspondent, Kohima, August 29, 2011: Naga Idol, the most popular show in Nagaland State, which has been running with tremendous success for five seasons, will be given a new name to make it a distinct Naga identity to the show.

Acording to Mokokchung District Art & Culture Council (MDACC) the Naga Idol show is a borrowed concept from American Idol. But MDACC no longer feel comfortable with the term Idol for the show as they are not a franchisee of American Idol (and its owner). Therefore, the MD ACC has decided to rechristen the Naga idol show as the Naga Orpheus Hunt. It said, the new name was coined after the legendary musician and poet Orpheus from Greek Mythology.


“We have not felt comfortable about using the term Idol for our show as we are not a franchisee to American Idol (and its owner). Hence we have decided to rechristen the Naga Idol as the Naga Orpheus Hunt.” the MDACC said adding the advantage of the new brand name is that Orpheus is not a copyrighted brand name and it is as easy to pronounce as Idol. It also gave a distinct Naga identity to the show.


Meanwhile, rechristening of the Naga Idol and launching of the show held at Cosmos Hall, Mokokchung on August 26 where Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio will be the Chief guest.