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Nagaland crisis, Governor directs Dr Shurhozelie to take vote of confidence

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Kohima, July 11, 2017: Amidst serious political crisis in Nagaland Governor P.B Acharya directed the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu to obtain Vote of Confidence on the floor of the assembly any day by July 15. 

This directive came following the claim submitted by former Chief Minister T.R Zeliang to form the new Government stating that he enjoys support of 34 MLAs and seven Independent MLAs. 

Meanwhile incumbent Chief Minister Dr Shurhozuelie Lieziesu filed his nomination on Tuesday for the 10 Northern Angami 1 Assembly by-election scheduled to be held on July 29.

After filing his nomination papers at Deputy Commissioner’s Office Dr Shurhozelie highlighted that at present the political crisis is a family issue and they will try to solve the problem with mutual understanding among themselves.

Chief Minister also said that, it is too early to give any assurance whether he will contest the 2018 election. He said that the MLAs who are camping right now at kaziranga in Assam will come back soon and join into his fold again.

Dr Shurhozielie Liezietsu stated that his son Khriehu Liezietsu is the standby to his candidature.

Defense equipments display for students

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Agartala, July 11, 2017: 4 Assam Rifles under the aegis of Headquarters 21 Sector Assam Rifles organised a weapon and equipment display for the school students in Agartala. A total of 1065 students and 53 teaching staff witnessed the Weapon and Equipment display which is a part of series of motivational and educative measures launched by 4 Assam Rifles.

The Officers of 4 Assam Rifles also had an interaction with the students and the students were made aware of the career potentials in the Armed forces. They were motivated to join NCC, told the merits of earning a 'C' Certificate and also the various schemes for selection.

The Display was warmly welcomed by the teaching staff and students of ARPS Agartala. Pamphlets giving information about various entries to Armed Forces were also distributed to the students and teachers. At the end 4 Assam Rifles was highly appreciated for guiding the youth of Agartala.

Separate state demand, IPFT launches road blockade stir

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Agartala, July 10, 2017: Demanding separate state (Twipra land) Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) have started agitation in the north eastern state Tripura from this morning. Despite heavy raining, a large number of IPFT leaders and supporters have thronged to blockade the national highway (NH 8) and railway at Khamthingbari, 45 kilometers from the Agartala. The supporters of IPFT also raised slogan in support of Gorkhaland. In view of the situation, road traffic has been diverted through Agartala-Khowai-Teliamura. The NFR has suspended service of some trains passing through Jirania-Barmura area in West district to avoid any untoward incidents.  

NPA reacts to doubtful media persons’ activities

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Kohima, July 8, 2017: The Nagaland Press Association (NPA) expressed worries over the formation of a State chapter of Newspapers Association of India (NAI) and submission of a memorandum to the State Governor PB Acharya recently at Raj Bhawan without engaging the local journalists of Nagaland based newspapers.

“The memorandum to Governor Acharya was forwarded by one Monojit Singha, introduced as the convener of NAI’s northeast zonal committee. He was accompanied by Thungchamo Humtsoe claiming to be the Nagaland State coordinator of the NAI,” said a statement issued by the NPA. It may be noted that the memorandum was personally received by Governor Acharya on April 18 2017.

Moreover, the Nagaland chief secretary has directed the concerned department to look into the matter and take necessary actions.

“We are shocked that the so called NAI has formed its Nagaland chapter and met the head of State without even bothering to inform and coordinate with the existing newspapers published from Nagaland. None of the functional newspapers in the State are aware of this initiative. Moreover, it is verified that the office bearers of the forum are not affiliated to any local newspaper,” added the statement.

The NPA asserted that no matter the concern or good intention it may have, it cannot  accept the manner in which the NAI has taken such a step to connect with the Nagaland government through the backdoor and more disturbingly engaging with local youths, who have no credibility or authority to represent the existing newspapers.

Entries invited for national bravery awards for children

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Agartala, July 7, 2017: Applications are invited for National Awards to Children for bravery Applications are invited for National Awards to Children for bravery, the main objective of which is to give due recognition to the children who perform acts of bravery with a view to inspire other children to follow their example. The deed should be "an act of spontaneous selfless service in the face of risk to life or threat of physical injury and or an act of courage and daring against a social evil crime".

According a central government announcement nominations have been invited through State / U.T. Councils of ICCW, various departments of the State Government including Director Generals and Commissioners of Police of all States and Union Territories.

The child should not be below 6 years and above 18 years of age on the date of the incident.

The application must be recommended by any two of the following:

1.      Principal/Headmaster of school in which the applicant is studying or Head of Panchayat / Zila Parishad

2.      General Secretary or President of the State Council for Child Welfare.

3.      Collector/DM/Govt. Official of equivalent rank

4.      Superintendent of Police of the area or Police Official of higher rank.

Incidents which have occurred between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 will be considered for the 2017 awards. The Selection Committee, may at its discretion, relax the date by a maximum period of three months prior to July 1, 2016 if it so deems fit.

Last date of submission of application is September 30, 2017.

ONGC to meet stakeholders to discuss CNG crisis in Tripura

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Agartala, July 7, 2017: ONGC has called a meeting with the GAIL and Tripura Natural Gas Company Limited (TNGCL) to discuss prevailing CNG fuel crisis in the state. Insufficient distribution of CNG from supply stations even raged auto rickshaw owners and drivers to block a busy street in Agartala recently. 

Spokesperson of Tripura Asset of ONGC said they are holding the meeting with the GAIL and the TNGCL to discuss technical issues and take necessary measures. ONGC is supplying gas to the TNGCL at the rate of 80,000 to 90,000 standard cubic meter everyday which is used for domestic, industrial and CNG purposes.

Transmission of gas to TNGCL is carried out by the GAIL which receives gas from the ONGC pipeline. The spokesperson denied that supply pressures and bad condition of pipeline are affecting the supply to CNG stations.

Three CNG stations – two in the city and one in outskirts – meet demand of the CNG operated vehicles and auto rickshaws. “We would like to state that uneven and sudden withdrawals by Piped Natural Gas consumers and CNG stations results in fall of supply pressures at farthest points”, she said.

She added ONGC regularly monitors condition of its supply pipelines and takes necessary pressure testing of the pipeline only to ensure safe operation. It takes essential measures for replacement in line with standard operating procedure and set safety guidelines.

Meanwhile TNGCL which is a subsidiary of Tripura government is mulling to open four new CNG fuel stations in view of rising demand. Existing stations are burdened with huge daily queues of vehicles and auto rickshaws causing difficulties for the commuters.

Saima Hossain is WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Autism

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New Delhi, 6 July 2017 – Ms Saima Wazed Hossain, a globally renowned champion for the cause of autism spectrum disorder, has been appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Autism in South-East Asia Region.
 
“Ms Hossain’s passionate and persistent efforts for addressing autism are commendable. She has been making significant contributions towards creating awareness and generating action to address and elevate sufferings of people affected by autism,” Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia, said, announcing extension of Ms Hossain’s association with WHO, now as a Goodwill Ambassador for a two-year period.
 
In the last one year, championing for the cause of autism for WHO, Ms Hossain facilitated the ‘Thimphu Declaration’ on autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders at an international conference in Bhutan in April 2017.  The declaration calls for a whole-of–society and whole-of-government approach, with a focus on strengthening national capacities in health, education and social care sectors to provide effective services and support to people with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
 
As WHO Goodwill Ambassador, Ms Hossain will be promoting the Thimphu declaration which also emphasizes on integrating the needs of autism affected people, into national health and socioeconomic development plans, Dr Khetrapal Singh said.
 
Besides Thimphu declaration, as a WHO champion for autism in the Region, Ms Hossain made other important contributions, such as development of a collaborative framework for implementation of WHO Regional Strategy on autism spectrum disorder; and national action plans for post disaster mental health and psycho-social support,  the Regional Director said.

Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders are life-long disabilities that affect brain functioning, and when left without proper support can cause significant impairment in exercising of an individual’s human rights and fundamental freedoms.
 
Globally, autism prevalence rates are estimated to be 160 cases in a population of 10 000. In low-and middle-income countries, children with autism do not get the medical attention and care they need. Their life is a struggle, marred by stigma and discrimination.
 
“With Ms Hossain’s efforts and support, WHO aims to put autism high on the health agenda of countries in the Region, to address this public health challenge,” Dr Khetrapal Singh said.
 
Earlier, in recognition of Ms Hossain’s work for advancing autism in her home country Bangladesh, WHO South-East Asia Regional Office had honoured her with the Excellence in Public Health Award in September 2014.

ONGC is supplying gas at committed pressures to TNGC

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Agartala, July 6, 2017: ONGC is supplying gas at the rate of 80,000 – 90,000 Standard Cubic Metre per day to TNGC Ltd., which is in turn supplied the gas to domestic, industrial consumers & CNG vehicles through TNGC’s PNG network & CNG stations respectively. Gas is supplied to TNGC through GAIL at Dukli from ONGC’s pipe line.

Highlighting the prevailing CNG crisis in & around Agartala, it has been reported in the various news articles that the supply pressures and condition of the pipe line are affecting the supply to CNG stations. In this regard ONGC would like to state that Uneven and sudden withdrawals by PNG consumers & CNG stations results in fall of supply pressures at farthest points.

As per gas supply agreement (GSA) between GAIL & ONGC, required supply pressure at Dukli is 6 Kg/Cm2, whereas ONGC regularly maintains supply pressure at around 8 to 8.5 Kg/Cm2.  ONGC regularly monitors condition of its supply pipelines & undertakes necessary pressure testing of the lines, to ensure that these are safe for operation.

ONGC takes necessary action for replacement, in line with standard operating procedure (SOP) and safety guidelines. ONGC – Tripura asset is conducting a meeting with GAIL & TNGC Ltd. to discuss the technical issues and take suitable measures.

US Consulate Kolkata to hire staff

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Agartala, July 4, 2017: The U.S. Consulate General Kolkata which is looking after consular affairs in Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Sikkim and northeastern states seeks an Audio Visual Production Assistant in the Public Affairs section.

The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in Film and Video production/ Broadcasting or Multi-Media/ Mass Communication/ Audio-visual Media, with a minimum of 2 years of progressive work experience in a professional video production or multi-media environment. Fluency in English, Bengali and Hindi is required.

The incumbent must have full knowledge of digital and video outreach as a business marketing and audience engaging tool.

For further details and application process visit our website at https://in.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/jobs/kolkata/

Tripura Trinamool revolts against Mamata

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Agartala, July 3, 2017: Trinamool Congress in Tripura has virtually revolted against party supremo Mamata Banerjee on issue of supporting CPI(M) backed presidential candidate Meira Kumar. Despite warning top leader of party in the state Sudip Roy Barman refused to budge and made a counter appeal to party MPs and MLAs in West Bengal to use their consciousness while voting for president.

Party high command Partha Chatterjee on Monday announced decision in Kolkata to snap tie with the MLAs as they broke party line. He however did not said what will be done with party unit in Tripura.

Sudip Barman announced that they have convened a meeting of all state and district office bearers here on Wednesday to discuss next course of action. He said they are till undecided on supporting Ram Nath Kovind, NDA picked candidate for president despite appeal from BJP’s central leaders.

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