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Sharmila extends solidarity to Anna

A Correspondent, Imphal, August 29, 2011: The Just Peace Foundation (JPF) has announced that following an invitation from Team Anna to join the anti-corruption campaign in New Delhi Sharmila has written to Anna Hazare inviting him to visit Manipur which is arguably the world's most corruption affected state.


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Women trafficking threat to nation

PIB, New Delhi, August 29, 2011: A total of 3991, 3029 and 2848 cases were reported in the country in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively, under various crime heads relating to human trafficking such as Procuration of Minor Girls (Sec 366-A Indian Penal Code (IPC)), Importation of Girls (Sec 366-B IPC), Selling of Girls for Prostitution (Sec 373 IPC) and

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Tripura boy fights Internet porn

Agartala, August 28, 2011: Inspired by Facebook's (FB) potential to bring revolution in Egypt and Gulf nations in recent months, one boy Shib SenChaudhury from Tripura has initiated an event on FB to curb down Internet porn.


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Border haat, history created

By Vishma Thapa
West Garo Hills (Meghalaya), July 24, 2011: History was created in the sleepy hamlet of Kalaichar in West Garo Hills, with the inauguration of the first border-trading haat along the Indo-Bangladesh border to facilitate trading of essential commodities between villagers on both sides. The inauguration of the haat, which has been welcomed by people on both sides of the border, is seen as a major boost to bilateral relationships between India and Bangaldesh post 1971 by strengthening the traditional form of trade between both countries.

The haat was inaugurated by Indian Minister for Commerce and Industries Anand Sharma, Bangladesh Minister for Industries and Commerce Mohammad Farooq Khan in the presence of Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and Bangladesh MP Md Zafar Ali.

Accompanied by dignitaries, guests and media persons, Bangladesh Bangladesh Minister for Industries and Commerce Mohammad Farooq Khan Crossed the Jijirum river along the no-man's land area where the haat has been constructed to a rousing welcome by the Indian side today morning.

Set up on no man's land between both countries, the four-bigha haat area occupies 75-metre stretch from the zero point towards both the countries. It is situated near Kalaichar area under Mahendraganj Police Station of Tura west garo hill district in Meghalaya province of India and Baliamari village of the Upazila in Bangladesh. Villagers from both sides of the border set up their make-shift stalls comprising local vegetables and other essential commodities.

Inaugurating the haat, Bangladesh Minister for Industries and Commerce Mohammad Farooq Khan said that the inauguration of the border haat was symbolic of the feeling of brotherhood between both countries and was also indicative of increasing trade between the neighbours in the days to come. Beginning his speech with a salute to all those Indian soldiers, he said that the reopening of the traditional form of trade will open new pathways of cooperation between both countries.

The haat will sit on Wednesdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm and people living within 5-kilometre radius of the haat area will be allowed to trade here on special identity cards, an Indian custom official said. The currencies of both countries will be accepted in the haat, he informed.

Indian Minister for Commerce and Industries Anand Sharma said the decision to open the border haat was taken during Bangaldesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India. “We are going to open more haats along the Indo-Bangladesh border very soon. We will use the experience we gather from this first haat in operating the other haats in the future.”

ONGC CMD visits Tripura to boost operations

Agartala, July 23 2011: A K Hazarika, Chairman & Managing Director, ONGC, and Chairman, ONGC Group of Companies, accompanied by D K Sarraf, Director (Finance), K S Jamestin, Director (Human Resources) reached Agartala on July 22 as part of their scheduled visit for attending OTPC Annual General meeting and major fillip to ONGC operations in the State.

Right on their arrival, the team led by A K Hazarika, proceeded to OTPC Plant site at Palatana, about 65km from the ONGC Base Complex, to review the on-going construction activities at the site. A high level meeting /presentation was made by BHEL & PGCL where CMD BHEL, PGCL were also present. It may be mentioned that ONGC, in order to monetize the idle gas reserves in Tripura, conceptualized setting up Natural Gas based 726.6 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Thermal Mega Power Project at Palatana.

The Power Plant comprises of 2 blocks, each with a Gross Rating of 363.3MW and the Plant is expected to be operational by March 2012. After the presentations and discussions about the pros and cons of the present scenario and due to on the set of the monsoon, the house came to the conclusion that there would be about two months delay in commissioning of the 1st phase of the project, but efforts will be made to complete the project as early as possible.

Keeping in view the gas demand by existing and new consumers in the state, ONGC Board has given the mandate to Produce and Supply 6.0 MMSCMD Gas by 2012, which the Asset envisages as “Mission 6 Million.”

Source: Corporate Communication, ONGC

NFNE supports Assembly of Journalists

A Correspondent
Guwahati, July 21, 2011: The National Federation of Newspaper Employees (NFNE) has extended its moral support to the Assembly of Journalists, a forum of editors, journalists, press photographers associated with newspaper, news agency and electronic media of Tripura for its ongoing agitation against the authority.

The media fraternity of Tripura has taken agitation path against the attacks on the journalists covering events of political programmes on July 10 and 11 last by the security personnel in its capital city Agartala.  According to local media eleven journalists were injured in the assaults of Tripura State Rifles jowans even after the journalists showed their Photo Identity Cards.

The Assembly of Journalists had organised a silent procession in the State capital city and also submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Tripura on July 19 last. The memorandum argues that 'the journalists are occasionally subject to threat and intimidation and harassment by criminals, vested quarters, police and political activists in a bid to debar them from discharging professional obligation or force them take diktat and indulge in unfairness'.

“That the unprovoked assaults on the journalists covering events of political party in areas under East Agartala Police Station by the paramilitary Tripura State Rifles jawans, led by some police officers, was unprecedented and it was a direct infringement of 'Freedom of

Expression' and violated guarantees on rights of freedom of press and speech assured in the Constitution of India as well as in international charters,” the memorandum added.

The NFNE, is a statement issued by its Eastern Zonal Secretary Nava Thakuria, urges the State government led by senior Left politician Manik Sarkar to take appropriate action against the guilty security personnel and also extends satisfactory compensation & supports to the wounded media persons for their appropriate treatment.

Centre's NSCN narrows down differences

New Delhi, July 19, 2011: Negotiating teams of the Government of India (GoI) and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) met at New Delhi Monday.

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Journalists protest over assaults

A Correspondent
Agartala, July 14, 2011: The journalists and sympathizers wearing black badges held a silent rally in northeastern Agartala city to condemn assaults on them by

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Neepco wants Tipaimukh back.

A Correspondent
Agartala, July 7, 2011: Northeastern Electricity Power Corporation Limited (Neepco) would urge the central government to handover controversial Tipaimukh hydro electricity project in Manipur for its speedy installation. “We have capacity and ability to complete the project in four years”, Neepco CMD Prem Chand Pankaj told newsmen in Agartala adding that multi corner protects against ambitious 1500MW plant are somehow irrelevant as mere 74 families would be displaced from the site.

Pankaj said the project which ran into rough weather due to remonstrations from the local residents, NGOs and more from Bangladesh is actually beneficial in many terms and to diminish power scarcity in northeastern region. Neepco had made all ground and infrastructure for the project, but was later given away to a joint venture comprising two other companies and the Manipur government.  

The CMD was visiting the state mainly to oversee progress of work of a 100MW gas based power project at Monarchak, near Agartala. The second plant of the Neepco after 84MW Agartala Gas Turbine Plant which is operation and marked for expansion would be commissioned in January 2013.  

When asked whether Neepco with plans to double production of units in Tripura willing to do a 'power business' with Bangladesh he said no such proposal is on the card and this require agreements between the two countries. “Moreover Bangladesh frequency of electricity and the Higher Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) is different from ours. So in case of transmission to Bangladesh conversion of electricity mode would be required”,     
CMD informed.  

Meanwhile the ONGC has agreed to supply point five million cubic meter gas to the Monarchak project. Neepco officials are to approach the ONGC authority for allocating more gas to develop exiting power plants.  

The Neepco has now daily production capacity of 1130MW from three hydro and two thermal projects which is about 49percent of total capacity in northeast.

Handique opens NE Craft Museum

Agartala, July 4, 2011: The Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region, B.K. Handique inaugurated the North East Craft Museum at Guwahati. On the occasion, he said that while preserving traditional motifs on handicrafts, we should modernise the designs to appeal to the urban consumers across the country by proper finishing and branding.  

He emphasised to involve National Institute of Design on a more long term and sustainable basis for increasing the income of artisan.

This is the only Handicrafts Museum in the North East which has artifacts from all the North Eastern States including Sikkim. Under the initiative of North East Handloom & Handicrafts Development Corporation (NEHHDC), the Museum has been financed by the Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) and set up in a 10000 Sq ft shed.  

Work on the Museum started in 2009 with the disposal of the old and heavy machinery and major repair works took up almost the entire year. Thereafter the works on the interiors were taken up and it took final shape in 2011. The Museum has a unique collection of basketries some of which are decades old.