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Nagaland CM visits Myanmar

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Kohima, February 3, 2014: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has begun an official visit in Myanmar on Monday.  He has been invited to visit Myanmar by the Naga Members of Parliament in Myanmar and the visit has been cleared and approved by the Government of India.

The Chief Minister and his delegation will visit the capital of Myanmar, Nay Pyi Taw and other places including the cities of Mandalay, Rangoon and Monya. He will meet the Prime Minister of Myanmar, the Union Border Affairs Minister, the Speaker of Parliament, the Chief Minister of Mandalay Region, and the Chief Minister of Sagaing Region amongst other dignitaries and officials.

The Chief Minister will be accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary Yitachu; Parliamentary Secretary C.L. John; L. Kire, Commissioner & Secretary to Chief Minister; Neibalie Rio, PRO to Chief Minister and Abu Metha, Advisor to Chief Minister

FA, APC appeal for media restrain

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Guwahati, January 31, 2014: Journalists' Forum Assam (JFA) and Arunachal Press Club (APC) have appealed to the media to exercise restrain while covering the border conflicts between the two neighbouring States in northeast India.

The appeal was issued jointly today after the incident of firing by armed miscreants at Bihali reserve forest in Assam's Sonitpur district yesterday killing ten people and injuring eight others which has received wider media coverage in most of the regional media outlets including the Guwahati based satellite news channels.

The tension have also mounted along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border areas after the incident of firing yesterday that forced the some organizations of the district to block all the Itanagar bound vehicles on National Highway 52 today to demonstrate their anger.

The incident took place in Bihali reserve forest where suspected miscreants fired upon the settlers. The victims reportedly belonged to a local vigilant committee, set up by Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) that continued raising voices against the encroachment of Assam land by some Arunachali people. Most of the victims were Nepali-speaking residents of Assam.

Fish production is expected to grow in Assam

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Guwahati, January 30, 2014: More fish production is expected with the launching of ‘National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal disease’ in the state. Scientists and administrations also stressed on the need to help the farmers with technical assistance to enhance production. The fishery minister Basanta Das, however, rued at the lack of communication between the farmers and technical experts. 

The ‘National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases’ was ceremonially launched today by Minister for Fisheries, etc., Basanta Das at the Conference Hall of the College of Veterinary Sciences, Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Khanapara.

The launching workshop was jointly organised by the College of Fisheries, AAU, Raha and the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR), Barrackpore.

The National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (ICAR), Lucknow is the Nodal Institute for the surveillance programme and it has been sponsored by National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad.

Assam is one of the 14 states of the country selected for surveillance. A total of eight districts viz. Kamrup, Barpeta and Cachar (under CIFRI), Nagaon, Morigaon, Sonitpur, Lakhimpur and Golaghat (under College of Fisheries) have been selected for this surveillance. The disease screening will be undertaken by selecting a minimum of 10 farms in these districts.

Addressing the workshop, Minister Basanta Das said, “The National Surveillance Programme will surely go a long way in improving fish production in the state. But our real effort should be to create awareness at the grassroots level and ensure that the fish farmers and beneficiaries learn about the various new technologies and their benefits.”

Nagaland 1st to bring HDR

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Kohima, January 27, 2014: Nagaland Chief Secretary, Alemtemshi Jamir IAS disclosed that Nagaland will be the first State in the country to bring out the Human Development Report (HRD) of all the districts, with the completion of the remaining HDRs for Zunheboto and Peren districts within a month’s time.

Briefing media persons Alemtemshi also revealed that the 2nd State Human Development Report would be embarked upon very soon. Jamir also informed that first release of DHRDs covering Kohima, Mon and Phek districts were released in the year 2010, which was received with positive response by both Planning Commission and UNDP. 

Inspired by the response the department of Planning and Coordination, brought out the DHRDs for six districts (Kiphire, Mokokchung, Dimapur, Tuensang, Wokha and Longleng) which were released by the Governor of Nagaland, Dr. Ashwani Kumar and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on the occasion of the 65th Republic Day celebration at Secretariat Plaza Kohima, he added.

Informing that Millennium Development goals adopted by the United Nations was to bring out the HDR of all the countries, Jamir proclaimed that Nagaland was the first State to bring out a book, the sub national level HDR.

Dr. Manoj Pant, a Professor from JNU, Delhi, who was the main guiding force and architect of the Reports observed that an important innovative feature of Nagaland HDR was the addition of a section – “Voices of the People”, where all the writers of the Reports were sent to all the districts to interact with the stakeholders. He also said that the 1st Report was written with consultants from Delhi and other parts of the country, but the current DHDRs were written basing on data through survey and information provided by the departments. This was to strengthen the data base and statistical strength of the department, he maintained.

JK Tyre Arunachal motorsports festival

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 Itanagar, January 26, 2014: JK Tyre, the pioneers of motorsport in the country in their effort to promote motorsport in North-East, along with Motorsports Club of Arunachal is organizing the JK Tyre Arunachal Festival of Speed. The event is scheduled on February 1-2, 2014 at Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh. 

Top 50 rally drivers of the country will head to the valley of Dirang to compete in this extreme event. The State is not new to this form of extreme sport and the sound of rally cars roaring around in this part of the State is not so uncommon.

The two-day event will kick off on the 1st of Feb at 5 pm with cultural show and rock concert to mark the inauguration. The festival will witness 3 forms of motor sport namely Autocross, Rally Sprint & Rally Hill Climb.

The Autocross will be held at night under floodlights at Dirang stadium which is one of its first in the country. Two cars will dual together to set fastest timings. It is a highly technical format as the drivers have to maintain speed as well negotiate twisty lanes marked by buntings and tyres. Touching any of these invokes penalty.

Ultimately, the driver with the fastest timing and least penalty wins the round. Rally Sprint is a high-speed format where a single rally stage of dirt is set up for the drivers to complete in the fastest time. It will be run in Sangti valley and the cars are expected to touch speeds upto 160kms beyond human imagination in the mountains.

Rally Hill climb as the name suggest is the most dangerous form of driving with drivers having to negotiate sheer climbs and where there are climbs in the mountains there are sure to be certain drops, which could be fatal. Similarly, the one setting the fastest timing would win. At the end of the event, the competitor with the fastest timing wins the title. 

NERPF representatives meet President

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Guwahati, January 23, 2014: The problems of the Northeast region was discussed with President Pranab Mukherjee and union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde by a team of delegation lead by Nagaland chief minister and chief convener North East Regional Political Front (NERPF) on Tuesday. 

The nine member delegate representing the regional parties of the region comprises AGP president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and AGP working President Atul Bora raised the issues concerned with the public of the region.

Repealing the Armed Force Special Power Act from the northeast was one of the top agenda of the forum. “The current law and order scenario of Assam is going to be worst with civilian having no safety and security inside the state. We have also raised the issue of sealing the international border with Bangladesh which has became a threat to the region.

Besides, there are plenty of projects which are taking plenty of time in completing in Assam and in the region as whole. We have requested the President and the home minister to stress on these issues,” Mahanta told reporters at New Delhi. Mahanta also slammed Assam CM Tarun Gogoi for the present deterioration of law and order situation.

The front includes all major regional parties — AGP, Nagaland People’s Front (NPF), Mizo National Front (MNF), Sikkim Democratic Front, Manipur State Congress Party (MSCP) and several other parties from Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura. 

21st Foundation Day of Gurukul School

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Guwahati, January 23, 2014: “Education has to mould the minds and lives of a student. The aim of our education system must be to help our students discover their talents, realise their potential, and develop a passion for learning that lasts through life,” said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at the 21st Foundation Day of Gurukul Grammar Senior Secondary School situated at Mother Teresa Road in the city on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Gogoi said that education should not be mere ‘bookish’ but help to shape the mental as well as physical well-being of a student enabling him or her to face the trials and tribulations of life boldly. “Besides education, extra-curricular activities be it physical training, art and culture, games and sports must also be given equal importance. We must make education interesting to students through activities and games.

They must be designed in such a way that students will be interested in learning. Towards this end, I must appreciate Gurukul Grammar School for attaching importance to extra-curricular activities, thus bringing out the latent talents of the students to the fore,” said Gogoi.

The Chief Minister opined that the students must be given the freedom to choose their own avocations. “Peer pressure must not be exerted upon the students and they should be given the freedom to embark upon their chosen avocations in which they can excel. Students must be given freedom to learn at their own paces,” he added.

Gogoi sang paeans on the contribution of the teaching fraternity and labelled them as ‘builders of the nation’. The Chief Minister also opined that more than anything else ‘it is the quality and ability of the teacher that matters’.  

New rail track offing in northeast India

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Shillong, January 20, 2014: India's north-eastern states Arunachal and Meghalya are all set to be included in the country's railway map by April this year.  According to railway sources, work for rail tracks almost completed between Assam's Dudhanoi to Resubelpara and Mendipathar of North Garu Hill district.  

Member of Planning Commission BK Chaturvedi, Principle Secretary General PW Ingti and officials of North-east frontier railway have recently inspected the newly constructed railway.

A three bogie train conducted trial run on the track up to Mendipathar. On the other hand, preparation is also been taken to extend the railway up to Barnihat of Re-Vay district of Meghalaya. Arunachal is also going to include in the railway map soon as officials inspected the proposed railway from Assam's Harmooti to Arunachal's Naharlagun.

The officials have expected that the work for this will complete by end of March.

NE CMs to meet PM to review infra projects

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Agartala, January 20, 2014: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will stress upon the completion in finishing all the projects in the northeastern states as he meets all the CMs to review infrastructure on Monday in New Delhi.

Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Sikkim take part in the meet. They are expected to raise the problems faced at different levels at their respective states in completing the projects, according to sources.

The projects will be mainly those related to road, railway, telecommunication and hydroelectricity. A number of projects in the northeast are facing environmental hurdles while progresses of some are slow due to insurgency problems.

Kidnapping of top officials of different projects appeared to be a common problem for everybody in the region. The meeting is also likely to pave way for early completion of the major projects which are delayed by many years due to financial constrains. 

Junbeel Mela might be a UNESCO Heritage Festival

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Guwahati, January 19, 2014: UNESCO might give the historic ‘Junbeel’ festival of Morigaon district of Assam as heritage status as Assam Government has approached the United Nation’s body for the same. 

Morigaon District Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Kumar said that Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla has written to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to accord special status to the Mela as a Heritage Festival and a Heritage Site.

The traditional barter system of exchanging agricultural products by both the hill and plains tribal people of Assam and Meghalaya still continues today in the Mela.

Kumar said the government had sought the special status as Junbeel Mela was ‘the rarest of the rarest festivals’ where both tribal and non-tribal of Assam and Meghalaya practice a barter system for exchanging agricultural produces in a festive manner at the end of Assamese Magh Bihu period.

The genealogy of the Mela can be traced back to the 15th century on the banks of the Moon-shaped (Jun) 'beel' (water body) with a three-day programme under the auspices of the then Gorbar kingdom with the participation of the Jaintia king of neighbouring Meghalaya.

At the concluding function of the Mela today the Gorbha king collected the token royal taxes from 14 of the then kingdoms of Assam in Morigaon, Nagaon and Karbi Anglong districts and parts of Meghalaya

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