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Nagaland CM on Naga political issue

By Lolano. P. Khuvung
Kohima, March 31, 2010: Delivering concluding remarks after two days of debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor's address delivered on 23rd March 2010, the Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio also the Leader of the House said that the Indian constitution gives us protection under Article 371 (A), which shows that the Naga uniqueness is recognized. “Together we have to protect our identity, tradition and culture”, he maintained and expressed gratitude to the opposition for their concern to pursue the cause of the Nagas.

The state government's role as a facilitator in the ongoing Naga peace process, Rio assured that the government is clear in its vision and approach and said that all sections of the people would be involved. Towards this end, he said that a Political Affairs Committee was set up where the committee members met the leaders of various groups, civil societies, NGOs, political parties and public leaders and convened the first ever Naga Consultative Meet, attended by overseas Nagas too, to have a common Naga platform.

All the members should come together leaving aside failures and look forward to working together and move to various sections including Government of India, to get the desired settlement, Rio opined. “It is crucial to make the right decision in order to bring an honourable solution to the vexed Naga problem”, he further added. Reiterating the DAN's Slogan- Peace for Development and Development for Peace, he said that the Government would continue to vigorously, pursue, for the welfare of the people, politically, socially and economically.

Northeast India Film Released

By C. M. Paul, SAR NEWS

Shillong (Meghalaya), April 15, 2010: India's high-profile Minister of State for External Affairs, Shashi Tharoor, released a musical expose of Northeast India, produced by Don Bosco Institute of Management, Guwahati, at an international seminar in Shillong. The eight- minute film entitled Mist & Magic is a video presentation of the hidden beauty and charm that is Northeast India.

"Come and see this land, and feel its emotions..." serves as the chorus that captures both the heart and mind of the listener/viewer.

The theme music was composed by well-known Assamese Tarali Sharma and the lyrics are from the Psalms -- "Northeast India, Bless the Lord!" by Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil sdb of Guwahati.

Salesian Father Joseph Pulinthanath, an international and national award-winning director from the region, directed the film along with a professional cameraman. While location shooting was done in the seven States of Northeast India, the editing was done at Thiruvananthapuram and the colour synchronisation at Hyderabad.

Among those present at the release were Governor of Meghalaya Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary, Vice-Chancellor NEHU Prof. Pramod Tandon, and Director of Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati, Father V.M. Thomas.

While stressing that the Salesian society will continue to serve the region, Father Thomas also said he saw great significance and relevance at Mist & Magic, being released at a Northeast-centered International seminar.

Tharoor released the song and handed a DVD of the same to the Governor of Meghalaya.

Journalists to get operational subsidy

By Dzüvinuo Theünuo
Kohima, March 24, 2010 All accredited Journalists of the State Government, who are not employed in Government or public sector media organization, shall receive monthly operational subsidy with effect

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Slum dwellers get home

A Correspondent
Agartala, March 11, 2010: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar inaugurated the first ever housing

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Rare fossils on display

A Correspondent
Kohimna, March 7, 2010: With a vision to promote science education and scientific mind set, the Kohima Science College, Jotsoma, representing the Department of Higher Education is participating in the exhibitions at the Sekrenyi-cum-Road Show at Kohima. The College is being represented by the Departments of Anthropology,

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More attacks on Indigenous people in Bangladesh hills

New Delhi, February 24, 2010: The Asian Centre for Human Rights has claimed that more villages of indigenous Jumma peoples have been burnt on Tuesday under Khagrachari district of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs), Bangladesh. Dozens of houses were set on fire at Mahajanpara and Milanpur villages at Khagrachari by the illegal plain settlers with the backing of the Bangladesh Army personnel at the time of issuing this press release.

The illegal plain settlers took advantage of a strike called by the United Peoples Democratic Front, a political party of the indigenous Jumma peoples, protesting against the killings of indigenous Jumma people at Sajek Union under Rangamati district on 19-20 February 2010.

The ACHR has also released the report, “Bangladesh: IPs Massacred for Land Grab”. The report is available at

In its report, the ACHR demanded that the government of Bangladesh provides immediate and unrestricted access to massacre sites. The government of Bangladesh has so far denied access to the sites where scores of indigenous Chakmas in 14 villages under Sajek Union were massacred on 19-20 February 2010.

The ACHR stated that at least six Chakmas were shot dead by the Bangladesh army personnel while dozens were injured on 19-20 February 2010. The injured ones who went to government hospital for treatment of bullet injuries sustained in the firing by the Bangladesh army personnel were shown arrested in connection with the attacks on indigenous Jumma peoples since 19 February 2010.

In order to prevent the truth from coming out, the Bangladesh army personnel have prevented any independent observer including journalists and human rights activists from visiting the affected areas to hide the truth. On 20 February 2010, two journalists from the Bengal dailies - “Samakal” and “Prothom Alo” - who tried to visit the affected areas were attacked. The motorbike of “Samakal” correspondent was burnt down by the illegal plain settlers.

ACHR questioned the silence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who has recently been awarded Indira Gandhi Peace Award by the government of India, among others, for promoting “peace by resolving a long standing insurgency (problem) in Bangladesh by concluding the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord”.

ACHR has urged the Prime Minister to order a judicial inquiry into the killings of indigenous peoples at Sajek to be completed in ninety days, prosecute the culprits, provide proper resettlement and rehabilitation to the victims; terminate the military operation “Uttaran” in the CHTs, withdraw all the military forces to the cantonments and fully implement the CHTs Accord of 1997.

Mizoram to ‘bamboo dance’ into Guinness record

Noel Manuel
Aizawl, February 21, 2010: India’s North East state, Mizoram will be attempting to set a new Guinness

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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 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