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Thai Ambassador visits Nagaland

Dzuvinuo & Akummeren in Kohima

Krit Kraichitte, Royal Thai Ambassador to India arrived here at Nagaland state capital Kohima Friday

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Bangladesh industries minister in Tripura

A Correspondent
Agartala, February 9, 2010: Bangladesh industries minister Dilip Barua has arrived here Tuesday to attend closing ceremony of the trade fair, but his visit assumed more significance in view of his

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TOURISM: THE FUTURE FOR NAGALAND

Tourism is one field, which is one of the most upcoming, and sought after attraction in today’s world which not only offers respite and pleasure to the visitors but enhances the economy of the state as well. Nagaland has been promoting and developing tourism to keep pace with the rest of the world but it still has a long way to go, though in recent years many tourists from different countries are seen in our state capital and other parts of Nagaland more often than before.

The measures taken by the state government in promoting and propagating tourism is very laudable. As tourism in the state has been privatized, the government depends much on travel agencies and tour operators to monitor the travels and also cater to the needs of tourists. In our state the Nagaland Tourism Association is the only nodal organization, which monitors the travel programme of tourists. They are networking with the All India Travels Association. In this regard, the NTA has been striving to promote tourism as well as encourage the youths to come forward and avail the job opportunities that tourism offers. Any interested person can become a member of the association with a membership fee of Rupees five hundred only and may contact their office at the NST complex, Kohima.

Nagaland has the potential to promote tourism provided that we take into account what it takes to be a tourist friendly country. We need to preserve our culture, heritage and tradition, which connect us to the past glorious days of our forefathers. We can salvage our repute of honesty, integrity and hospitality if we sincerely apply these principles in our lives.

Preservation of nature and its resources is another aspect, which needs to be taken seriously for promoting tourism and sustenance. Khonoma is one such good example where one can find nature and its environment untainted, chaste and pollution free. Many research scholars prefer to do their research work here in the Tragopan Sanctuary, as it is the most ideal place.

Nagaland is one such place, which offers a variety of options for sightseeing but still needs to be exposed. Each place has a story to tell each tribe with their own district culture, steeped with legends and folklores making it quite fascinating and unique on its own. Efforts should be contributed jointly to promote these places as this will not only be a tourist attraction but also help in generating income and create employment avenues.

Some essential ‘must dos’ for enhancement of tourism, which needs to be worked upon.

1. Guesthouses, restaurants, hotels etc should be clean and hygienic.

2. Regarding transportation, vehicles should be pre-checked and be in running order. In case of breakdowns, alternative measures should be arranged before hand. Clean and comfortable car is a must, as most travelers prefer to ride in them.

3. Respect and courtesy should be practiced from the taxi driver to the people in general for whatever we do or say will reflect on our image as ‘Naga’ which invariably will prove to be either a boon or a bane to us.

4. Most preferably, Naga indigenous cuisines should be served besides continental or whatever the requirement of the customers.

5. Networking system of all counterpart agencies should be very systematic and efficient.

6. Tourist resorts and tourist villages should be always prepared to do anything, associated with tourism at a moment’s notice. Khonoma and Tuophema villages are two good examples of this.

7. The government and other agencies should provide proper information regarding R.A.P./ I.L.P for procurement by the intending tourists.

8. All details regarding contact numbers, rate charges should be available in pamphlets and websites on the Internet for the intending tourists.

Preservation of nature and its resources, cultural heritage, practice of courtesy and civility, clean and hygienic environment and proper infrastructure will create the right ambience that will be an added advantage.

Taking all these into consideration, the prospect of tourism in Nagaland looks bright and with concerted efforts of the government, private agencies, co-operation of the general public, media and advertisements, we can make our state one of the most interesting and attractive tourist destination.

Courtesy: DIPR, Nagaland                     August 2007

Lok Sabha speaker to inaugurate conference

A Correspondent, Kohima
The 12th Annual Conference of the North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association will be

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PLA Militants sent to Manipur

A Correspondent, Agartala
The four Manipuri militants who were caught in Agartala city have been taken to Manipur by a regular passenger flight Saturday. A special team of Manipur police comprising four sub inspectors and two commandos escorted them during their journey to face legal proceedings in home state.
“Manipur police have taken them to Imphal by a flight”, police officer Harimohan Das said.

Goutam Kyekpam, Vikram Mangang, Debang Singh and Ibumchu Singh were caught near West Agartala police station on January 14. They had arrived in the city after illegally entering from Bangladesh through Sonamura border in West Tripura district, police earlier claimed.

Manipur police later confirmed that the detainees are members of outlawed Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) which is an underground organisation with most of cadres from Manipuri Meitei community. The response came after state’s director general of police Pranay Sahay communicated his counterpart in Imphal.
The PLA has camps in Chotodhamai and Bhanugachi areas of Sylhet district in northeast Bangladesh, sources said.

They however denied that they are militants and constantly claimed they are members of a musical orchestra when questioned during their custody with state police. However Manipur police have specific information and records to identify them as cadres of the PLA.

A six member team of Manipur police arrived here with production warrant issued by a court at Imphal and got transit remand from a court in Agartala clearing their return to the home state. The team escorted the militants to Imphal in a passenger flight.

In July last seven cadres of Manipur based the Peoples’ United Liberation Front (PULF) were arrested and a team of commands of Manipur police escorted their journey by road. However Manipur police this time decided to take flight considering security risks in their transportation.

Night curfew imposed

A Correspondent, Kohima
The authorities have imposed Night Curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the areas of Assam side bordering Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh and thereby prohibiting movement of any person or group as well as

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NE India International Meet at Guwahati

Guwahati
The two-day North East India International Meet (NEIIM-2010) will bring together young professionals of the State who have excelled in their respective careers and presently settled across the globe to share their experience and knowledge with the youth of the region.

The event slated on January 11 from 10.50 am is expected to be a platform for the young men and women of the region to get their queries regarding job opportunities, conventional as well as trail-blazing, answered by the professionals. Assam state Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will inaugurate the meet.

“In today's cut throat competition, most of the students and youths have found themselves at the crossroads at various stages of their lives when they have had to step up and decide which path to take,” said Bidyananda Barkakoty, general secretary of the organising committee of the meet.

Barkakoty added that the special programme for the youth during the meet will be a window to the world of different job opportunities that is still unknown to a large section of young people here.

“The non-residents having roots in Assam and North East can help and guide the students and youths in various ways,” said These people come from diverse backgrounds - engineering and science, design, astrophysics, economics, anthropology, public policy, medical and multidisciplinary streams. There are also individuals who have contributed in unique ways; espousing the cause of disadvantaged people and creating meaningful impact on the community at large.

The speakers who have confirmed their participation are Ankur Bora who is currently working at Microsoft, Dallas, Texas, USA. Bora is the vice president of Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters, USA Chapter and general secretary of Assam Foundation of North America, Bikram M Baruah who is currently working as a consulting reservoir engineer based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. His main research is in the area of integrated reservoir modeling with specialty in integrating dynamic data into static model and initialisation of dynamic model.

He is the founder of XOBDO (www.xobdo.org). Baruah will give a presentation on “Job Opportunities in the Arabian Gulf”. 

Courtesy: The Assam Tribune

Global Positioning Systems in NE

PIB, New Delhi
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) will be installed to track the movement of Mail Motor vehicles in the

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Mizoram Chief Minister Skips

A Correspondent, Jampui Hills (Tripura)

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla currently on a visit in Mizo infested Jampui Hills in Kanchanpur of North Tripura district skipped camps where thousands of Reang or Brus are stranded for over a

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Rally for Peace

A Correspondent, Agartala

Peace rally are nothing new in Northeast, but in an unique for citizen of Agartala and Assam Rifles got together to run for bidding adieu the year going by and to usher in peace.
Brushing aside the winter chill and thick fog cover, school and college students, youths across Agartala today joined the officers and jawans of 21 sector Assam Rifles or a unique peace run to usher in peace in the region for the New Year and also commemorating the 175th anniversary of Assam Rifles.
The Agriculture Minister of Tripura Aghore Debbarma flagged off the peace run

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