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Traditional gates opened in Nagaland

Kohima, February 21, 2012: The magnificent and imposing traditional Northern and Southern two gates of Khuochiezie (local ground) Kohima, was formally inaugurated Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Nagaland Legislative Assembly Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie as the chief guest and guest of honour.           

Inaugurating the traditional gates, Neiphiu Rio said that this is a blessing the Nagas has received from God. He said that coming through these gates Naga people will united work together more closely as symbolised by the stone pillars standing together. He also said that these gates are not only entrance to the ground but they stand for as the Nagas working unitedly for the welfare of the society. They also stand for prosperity and the protection of Naga people.           

Both the Chief Minister and the Speaker encouraged the Kohima citizens the need to take necessary steps in maintaining and keeping the traditional gates in good shape.           

Executive Director Angami Baptist Church Council, Rev. Keviyiekielie Linyü and Senior Pastor Baptist Mission Church Rev. Kiezotuo Zhale invoked God's blessing in the traditional gates inauguration.           

Deputy Commissioner Kohima Beiu Angami and Kovi Meyase chaired the traditional gates inauguration programme. Reang tribe refugee children carry posters raising demands at Naisignpara in Kanchanpur, some 135km north of Agartala. Some thirty thousand Reang refugees are languishing in makeshift camps in the area since they fled Mizoram state to escape ethnic riots in 1997. India’s Home Minister P Chidambaram visited the camps in a bid to pursue them return home. Photo:

P Chidambaram appeals Reang refugees return home

Naisignpara (North Tripura), February 18, 2012: India's Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday advised thousands of Reang refugees sheltered in makeshift camps in Tripura to return home to achieve a permanent solution to their problem. He also announced that the central government has sanctioned Rs. 33 crore for development of Reang infested villages in Mizoram.

“Return to your state (Mizoram) to get a permanent solution to your problem. Nothing will give you if you continue to remain in camps”, Chidambaram who made brief visit the Naisignpara camp in Kanchanpur, some 135km from Agartala, capital of Tripura. The Home Minister arrived at Agartala airport in the noon and immediately flew to the camp by a helicopter.  

The minister addressed a gather of refugee leaders and ordinary refuges at a school premises at Naisignpara, the biggest of six makeshift camps that housed Reang or Bru refugees since they fled Mizoram to escape ethnic riots in 1997. Chidambaram was accompanied by senior government officials of union home ministry, Tripura and Mizoram.  

He assured the refugees he will made trips to the camps in Tripura and their villages in Mizoram in next two months. He tried to pursue the refugees to begin repatriation to home stalled after they insisted demands like security on return, extensive rehabilitation package and a regional council for tribe people in minority in Mizoram.






Urgent need for political reforms

Nava Thakuria
Guwahati, February 16, 2012: There is an urgent need of electoral and political reforms in India as a partial colonial model of constitution was adopted after India's independence. Excessive political power in New Delhi has created tremendous problems in governance, thus said Dr Subhash C. Kashyap, a constitutional expert while addressing a gathering at Calcutta High Court auditorium recently.  

Making his points in a seminar cum workshop on 'Urgency of Reform in the Indian Political System: Revisiting the Constitution' at Kolkata, Dr Kashyap argued that if the sovereignty belongs to the people, they should be allowed to be governed by themselves (without unnecessary interference from the Union government in New Delhi), because the political power must return to the people.  

Organized by the Calcutta High Court Bar Association in association with Divya Jeevan Foundation, the seminar cum workshop was attended by hundreds of illustrious personalities from different sections of the society.

The day-long seminar was also addressed by Justice Kalyan J. Sengupta, Justice JS Verma, Himangshu Dey, Dr Devi Pal, Prof AK Mukhopadhyay, Pritish Nag, Rangan Dutta, Major General (retired) Vinod Saigal, journalist turned politician Manas Choudhury, media baron BK Nath with some northeast India based journalists.

Addressing the gathering, SC Jamir, former Goa Governor and former Nagaland chief minister, highlighted that there is nothing wrong in the Indian Constitution or Parliament. He insisted that keeping the spirit of the constitution alive many problems can be addressed even today.

“New Delhi is still very far from northeast India and we the people of the region are guardians for the whole nation. India has a potential competitor (also threat) in China and we have to face the challenge. In that sense also, the northeastern people must not be ignored,”Jamir asserted.

NERAMAC endeavours NE Connect programmes

A Correspondent
Guwahati, February 14 2012: In order to boost the potential of north east in the sectors related to agriculture, horticulture, food processing, tourism qnd handicraft, NERAMAC, a Govt of India Enterprise under the Ministry of DoNER & National Skill Foundation of India is organising a series of North East Connect programs at different Metros in the Country with the support of North Eastern Council, Shillong.

These initiatives are being made to bring investment on the related potential of the region and to embark upon agro-horticulture value addition and processing. While two such programs have just been concluded at New Delhi & Mumbai, the subsequent destinations are at Bangaluru and Kolkata on February 24 and 25 and again on March 2 and 3 this year.

These programs are organised such that Exhibitions show casing the potential of NER are held for two days while a conference is held on the first day to have an impact on the potential investors on the subject.

Both the programs are in Pride Hotel, Richmond Road, Bangaluru & New Town, Kolkata. Interested professionals & business groups are welcome. No registration fee is charged for the event.

PCI demands prompt payment

A Correspondent
Imphal, February 7, 2012: In a letter addressed to Chief Secretaries of all State Governments and Union Territories Justice Markandey Katiju, Chairman of the Press Council of India, directed the Government departments in the Central and State Governments, Union Territories as well as statutory authorities to make prompt payments for the government advertisement and notices issued to various newspapers and news magazines.

The letter said that the Government and statutory authorities must behave as role model for the citizens and must make prompt payments for goods and services they receive.

Further the letter has directed them to make the payments within one month of the publication of the government advertisement and notice, to the management of the newspaper and the journal, failing which they will have to pay the same with interest thereon @12% per annum, from the date of payment.

The letter also cautioned that non-compliance of the directive would be taken very seriously.

Science exhibition attracts crowds

A Correspondent
Kottyam January 29, 2012: The Science and Technology Exhibition arranged at Mammen Mappillai Hall, Kottayam, in connection with the 24th Kerala Science Congress has got underway.  Prof. C.G Ramachandran Nair (Chairman, 24th Kerala Science Congress Committee) distributed prizes to the winners of the Science Quiz conducted for students in connection with the Expo.

Bhavans News Print Vidyalaya, Velloor and St. Peters H.S.S Kurumpanadom bagged first prizes in the High School and Higher Secondary sections respectively.  Santa Maria Public School, Kooroppada and Chavara C.M.I Public School, Pala won second and third positions in the High School section and S.F.S Public School, Ettumanoor and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kottayam won second and third positions in the Higher Secondary section.

Dr. Ajith Prabhu (Convenor, Science Expo) gave a brief explanation of the Expo.  Dr. K.K Ramachandran (Member Secretary, Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment - K.S.C.S.T.E) and Dr. C. Anilkumar (Member Convenor, 24th Science Congress Committee) participated.

The exhibition will continue till January 31.

Culling begins to contain bird flu disease

A Correspondent
Agartala, January 28, 2012: Culling has begun at the Indian Council of Agricultural
Research (ICAR) complex and adjoining areas in West Tripura to contain bird flu. The ambitious poultry industry in Tripura has been seriously hit with fresh outbreak of bird flu at the ICAR farm in Lambucherra near Agartala.

Tripura has on past three occasions witnessed the epidemic and each time the culling occurred in an expanded area beyond the place of eruption. The killing of chicks to contain the disease also known as avian influenza takes place as per set guidelines of the animal husbandry department of union agriculture ministry. 

Officials of state's animal resource development department said that they received confirmation of the disease from the central government laboratory at Bhopal. Blood samples of some dead chicks were sent to the laboratory for confirmation. 

They said culling is undergoing at ICAR complex and adjoining 10 kilometer radius area. Meanwhile state government is coordinating with the union agriculture ministry to facilitate culling operation. 

Reports of eruption of bird flu have already affected the poultry business. Market price of poultry items have gone down

Tripura government earlier banned import of poultry items from Bangladesh, Assam and North Bengal in view of eruption of avian influenza.

Centre for North Eastern Culture at CCRT Inaugurated

New Delhi, January 26, 2012: The Minister of Culture & Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Kumari Selja; and the Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North East Region & Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs, Paban Singh Ghatowar, has jointly inaugurated the Centre for North Eastern Culture, at Centre for Cultural Resources & Training (CCRT) at Dwarka in New Delhi.  

The setting up of Centre for North Eastern Culture is in line with the direction given by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh after interacting with a group of Youth from the North Eastern Region in December 2009, to promote dissemination of the rich and diverse cultural heritage and tradition as well as modern expression of creativity of the North Eastern States.  

This Centre is as a result of collaborative efforts of CCRT, an autonomous body under Ministry of Culture & North Eastern Council, the Regional Planning body of the North Eastern Region. NEC and CCRT entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in December 2011 for the operation of the Centre for North East Culture. The Centre will work under the overall of management and control of the Director General, CCRT.  

Ministry of DoNER also released the Human Development Report of North East States prepared by it during the inaugural show. The Report is an attempt to evaluate performance of North Eastern States in recent times on sectors having direct impact on human development such as health, education and basic amenities like drinking water & sanitation. This will help in better targeting of schemes and projects in the NE States.

Source: PIB

Fresh bird flu epidemic in northeast India

A Correspondent
Agartala, January 25, 2012: The ambitious poultry industry in Tripura state has been seriously hit with fresh outbreak of bird flu at an Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) farm in Lambucherra near Agartala. Officials said preparations are underway to begin the culling at the firm Thursday.

Tripura has on past three occasions witnessed the epidemic and each time the culling occurred in an expanded area beyond the place of eruption. The killing of chicks to contain the disease also known as avian influenza takes place as per set guidelines of the animal husbandry department of union agriculture ministry.

Officials of the ICAR said Wednesday that they received confirmation of the disease from the central government laboratory at Bhopal. Blood samples of some dead chicks were sent to the laboratory for confirmation.

They said culling would begin in the ICAR farm and adjoining places Thursday. Meanwhile the animal resource department of the state government is coordinating with the ICAR to engage volunteers in the culling operation.

Reports of eruption of bird flu have already affected the poultry business Wednesday. Market price of poultry items have started going downwards.