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BREAKING: Tripura minister injured in road mishap


Agartala, February 6, 2019: Mebar Kumar Jamatia, sustained injuries when a motorbike hit the vehicle he was travelling in Agartala on Wednesday. The  biker who is yet to be identified left critically wounded in the incident occurred at entrance point of state secretariat. 

Police said the official vehicle of the minister and the two wheeler were badly damaged due to impact of clash. The minister has been admitted in a private hospital while the biker rushed to G.B. Hospital. 

Condition of the minister reportedly stable while the injured youth remains critical. 

Street Food Festival in Kohima


Kohima, February 5, 2019: The two week long Shehri Samridhi Utsav 2019 a street food festival began with the theme Eat Safe, Eat Healthy and Eat Fortified at high school junction Kohima on 4th February 2019.

The event is organised by SUDA in collaboration with Food Safety, Nagaland under Health and Family Welfare, Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) and National Livelihood Mission. Similar mela will be organised at main town MLA junction and BOC in the coming weeks.

All together fifteen SHG (Self Help Group) are participating in the street food festival; displaying and selling varieties of local products like fruits, vegetables, flowers  and handicrafts.

Myanmar delegation visits Rubber Board


Agartala, February 5, 2019: A delegation from  the Department of Agriculture in Government of  Myanmar visited the Rubber Board and held discussions with the  D. Anandan, Chairman and Executive Director  of the Board. Visiting members also interacted with senior officials of the Board. 

The team was headed by U Tun Tun Htwe, Director, Department of Agriculture his country. The travel of the team was facilitated by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Myanmar. Representatives from WWF also accompanied the team.  They also visited Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) and Rubber Training Institute (RTI).

The purpose of the visit was to have a framework on the formation of Myanmar Rubber Board, Myanmar Rubber Research Institute, establishing a Rubber Central Market and discussion regarding legislation on rubber in Myanmar.

The officials from the Rubber Board who participated in the discussions include Dr. James Jacob (Director, RRII), P. Sudha (Secretary in charge) Sri. Toms Joseph (Joint Director, Economic Research), Ramesh B. Nair (Joint Director, Statistics and Planning) K.C. Surendran  (Director Finance in charge), M.G. Sathees Chandran Nair (Dy. Director, Publicity & Public Relations) and Sri. P. Arumugam (Joint Director, Engineering & Processing Division).                  

Modi digitally inaugurates Buildings


Kohima, February 4, 2019: Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi inaugurated the new administrative and academic blocks of Wakching New Model College, Mon via remote digitally from Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre, Srinagar on 3rd February 2019.

The digital launching programme was held at Deputy Commissioner’s Conference Hall, Mon in the presence of Minister Higher Education & Technical Education, Temjen Imna Along and MLA, Y.M. Yollow Konyak. 

Speaking at the program, Imna Along thanked the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India for launching the new Model College at Wakching under Mon District. He also stated that Rastriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) is the best development team. 

'Today at this digital launching programme, our PM spoke all over the country and traveled digitally to 70 model colleges. We witnessed a visionary leader speaking, that is New India', Imna Along added. 

With this New India, "the new Nagas should be recognised by hard work, sincerity, global attitude with traditional values”

Y.M. Yollow who also spoke, encouraged the educated Konyak youths to work for the upliftment of the community rather than striving for power.

Coaching classes in TU


Agartala, January 4, 2019: “Preparing SC/ST students for competitive examinations is challenging task and TU can accept this challenge on the basis of full cooperation with the students. Excellent preparation can lead to social change.” said Prof. V.L. Dharurkar, Vice Chancellor, Tripura University while inaugurating the coaching classes (the UGC scheme of ‘Entry into Service’) by the Equal Opportunity Cell on February 2, 2019 in the Lecture-hall, Department of Hindi.

The coaching classes were organized for the students, who are aspiring for TPSC, TET and other examinations.

Prof. Dharurkar, in his speech extensively said, ‘excellence is the greatest responsibility in higher education and ‘Accuracy’, ‘Briefness’ and ‘Correctness’ are the ABCs of competitive exams.’ He gave some tips to the students, appearing the upcoming competitive examinations.

Dr. Jai Kaushal, Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Cell, gave the introductory speech.

Dr. Milan Rani Jamatia, Head I/C, Dept. of Hindi, TU gave vote of thanks and after National Anthem the programme was completed. 

Business as usual will fail us on cancer control, SDGs

Bobby Ramakant  

193 governments including those of India, committed to reducing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancers by 25% by 2025 and one-third by 2030 (UN Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs), but many cancer rates are rising, not declining, especially in several high burden countries.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally (cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the top killers). Estimated 9.6 million people died due to cancer in 2018. Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer deaths. 

Two most common cancers according to the World Health Organization (WHO) are lung cancer (2.09 million cases and 1.76 million deaths in 2018) and breast cancer (2.09 million cases and 627,000 deaths in 2018), said Professor (Dr) Surya Kant, Head of Respiratory Medicine Department of King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in the World Cancer Day 2019 Webinar.

Prof Surya Kant reiterated that according to the WHO, at least one third of common cancers are preventable through tobacco and alcohol control, healthy diet, maintaining healthy weight and being physically active.

Dr Pooja Ramakant, noted breast cancer expert and Associate Professor, Endocrine Surgery Department, KGMU said in World Cancer Day Webinar that early detection, screening and diagnosis saves more lives, improves quality of life and reduce cost and complexity of treatment of breast cancer.

Thuy Khuc-Bilon of Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), official convener of World Cancer Day global campaign, said in World Cancer Day Webinar that there is a compelling financial argument for committing resources to cancer control. Financial investment can be cost-effective and can potentially save the global economy billions of dollars in cancer treatment costs and offer positive gains in increased survival, productivity and improved quality of life. The total annual economic cost of cancer is estimated at US$1.16 trillion.

2019 World Cancer Day Webinar was dedicated to celebrate the memory and legacy of late Dr Veena Sharma, who did research on some aspects of Leishmaniasis (Kala Azar) in India's prestigious Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), and was a noted educationist having served as Principal, Vice Principal and teacher at several schools, colleges and degree college. Her daughter Dr Vismay Sharma (dental surgeon and public health expert) paid the tribute.


Dr Nguyen Viet Nhung, Director of National Lung Hospital, Vietnam; head of national tuberculosis programme of Vietnam and honorary faculty at University of Sydney, Australia said that lung cancer is not only the most common cancer but also the deadliest of all cancers worldwide. In Vietnam it is estimated that lung cancer cases will reach 34,500 by 2020 (22,900 in males and 11,600 in females). Five-year survival is as low as 20% in many low- and middle-income countries but if we detect early such as in developed nations, then five-years survival could be much higher too, said Dr Nhung.

“Tobacco smoking causes over 71% of lung cancer. If we are to reduce lung cancer disease burden and avert untimely deaths, we have to ensure tobacco use ends. Early detection of lung cancer can improve treatment outcomes and 5-year survival too. But major challenge is to ensure that essential health services are available for all people in needs at all levels. Patients need to access modern techniques for comprehensive care and treatment of lung cancer at reasonable costs without overloading central healthcare system” said Dr Nhung. Dr Nhung said that tobacco control is working in Vietnam and as a result smoking rates have dropped in males and females both during 2010-2015. Ending tobacco use is a public health imperative, said Dr Nhung.


"Breast cancer (along with lung cancer) incidence is highest among cancers globally, but in this case, winner is a loser. Breast cancer is also the most common cancers in India among women, and deadliest cancer among women” said Dr Pooja Ramakant, breast cancer surgeon at KGMU and Associate Editor of Indian Journal of Surgery.

“Breast cancer incidence is occurring more in younger women in India. Breast cancer is very aggressive in biology when it happens in younger women. Women present late to us unfortunately as 50-70% of patients who present to us are already in advanced stage or metastatic when they are first diagnosed. Late diagnosis of breast cancer is directly proportional to survival rates” said Dr Pooja Ramakant, who is former member of Editorial Board of Indian Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES).

Lack of breast cancer awareness and screening programmes, and other modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors are responsible for the public health challenge breast cancer is posing said Dr Pooja Ramakant. “There are factors that are modifiable, such as, obesity, unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyles. Tobacco and alcohol in any amount (no safe level) is also responsible for carcinogenic mutations. Exposure to certain environmental compounds also increase breast cancer risk, such as, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). Alarmingly India is among the top countries emitting PAH, but this could be modifiable if we protect environment. Non-modifiable risk factors are like genetic (5-10%) and early menarche and late menopause but majority of 90% risk factors for breast cancer are modifiable. This World Cancer Day we all must act upon reducing cancer risks and addressing the risk factors that are modifiable, appealed Dr Pooja Ramakant.

In India, breast cancer incidence peaks around 30s-40s-50s age groups, but in the developed countries it peaks around 50s-60s age groups. In USA for instance, the five year survival for breast cancer is around 90% but in India it is 66.1%, mostly because of late stage of diseases when women present. In other developing nations such as South Africa it is as low as 40.1%, informed Dr Pooja Ramakant.

Educating women, men and transgender people (small part of breast cancer incidence also happens in men and transgender people) about healthy lifestyles to reduce cancer risk is important. We have to raise awareness about breast self-examination, and if any change or inconsistency is found then people should check with the doctor, said Dr Pooja Ramakant.



Patient support groups play a key role in helping complement healthcare as well as give moral boost for patient and families too. Quality cancer care includes dignity, respect, support and love and considers not just the physical impact of cancer but respects the emotional, and social wellbeing of each individual and their carer, emphasized Dr Pooja Ramakant.


“Smoking is linked to 71% of lung cancer deaths, and accounts for at least 22% of all cancer deaths” said Prof Surya Kant who heads the Tobacco Cessation Clinic of KGMU and was elected as National President of Indian College of Asthma, Allergy and Applied Immunology (ICAAAI). “Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of cancer and stopping smoking and tobacco use in any other form, is one of the best things we can do to reduce our risk of cancer. Use of tobacco has been found to cause around 15 different types of cancers including oral cancers, lung, liver, stomach, bowel and ovarian cancers, as well as some types of leukaemia (blood cancer). Quitting tobacco use at any age can make huge a difference, increasing your life expectancy and improving quality of life” added Prof Surya Kant.

Environment pollution, including indoor and outdoor air pollution is also linked to elevating cancer risk, said Prof Surya Kant.


"When one-third cancers are preventable as per WHO then we have no excuse but to prevent and reduce this avoidable disease burden, and avert untimely deaths, said Shobha Shukla, health activist with Asha Parivar and head of CNS. Not just cancers, but ending tobacco and alcohol, healthier diet, increasing physical activity, improving disease screening and early diagnosis, increasing access to health services for those marginalized, among other such measures will have a far reaching positive impact on overall health security, emphasized Shobha Shukla, who superannuated as senior faculty of Loreto Convent College.

Bobby Ramakant is a World Health Organization (WHO) Director General’s WNTD Awardee 2008 and is the Policy Director at CNS (Citizen News Service). Follow him on Twitter @bobbyramakant or be welcome to visit

45 rail stations now have free Wi-Fi Entertainment


Maligaon, February 2, 2019: 45 (Forty five) railway stations of NF Railway have been provided with free Wi-Fi services for passenger till now. These includes A1 category stations like  Guwahati, New Jalpaiguri; A category stations like Katihar, New Alipuduar, Siliguri, New Coochbehar, Lumding, Silchar, Kishanganj, Rangiya, etc; B category stations like Kokrajhar, Agartala, Mariani, New Tinsukia, Dibrugarh etc; apart from various other stations like Chaparmukh, Lanka, Falakata, Jirania, Darjeeling, Ghum, Udaipur and Naharlagun. 

Free Wi-Fi services in railway stations were planned with an aim to bring connectivity to millions of un-connected Indians. Indian Railway planned to provide free Wi-Fi services by using its optical fibre network spreading all over the country. In this connection Indian Railways had signed a MoU with Google in December, 2015 to launch the service, which offers thirty minutes of free internet access. 

After launching its first free Wi-Fi service at Mumbai Central station in January 2016, today 721 Railway stations of Indian Railway are having the free Wi-Fi service. Indian Railway subsidiary company RailTel is implementing the project in cooperation with Google throughout the country. RailTel also planned to introduce the free Wi-Fi service to 14 more stations like Hojai, New Bongaigaon, Diphu, Jalpaiguri, Samsi, Araria Court, Dhupguri etc within March this year. Remaining 351 stations of N.F. Railway will also to be provided in a planned way.

Seminar on Cyber Safety


Kohima, February 2, 2019: Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE), Kohima organized a one day seminar for the Heads of Institutions on Cyber Safety at Baptist High, Kohima. Rakshit Tandon, Cyber Security Expert Consultant - Internet and Mobile Association of India, apprised the educators on the need to teach youngsters, or give them rules on, responsible behavior when using digital technologies.

India's youth might be hailed as 'digital citizens' given their addiction to technology but ironically most of them are unaware of the existing cyber laws. He emphasized on the urgent need of the school and parents to teach and adopt steps to protect students from any foreseeable harm associated with the use of technology.

He also spoke on the need to limit youngster's recreational screen time for healthy lifestyle. Parental ignorance can be one of the biggest threats when children use the internet without supervision. It is important for parents to be aware of the dangers of cyber defamation, cyber bullying, data breach, social media scams, morphing of photographs by cyber criminals, hacking, cheating by impersonation and the negative psychological effects of violent games.

RPF seizes contraband & smuggled goods of 6 crores


Guwahati / Agartala, February 1, 2019: Stepping up its drive against smuggling of contraband items through Railways, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) of NF Railway has successfully detected 210 cases during the year 2018 along with recovery of various types of contraband goods.


Contraband materials recovered include s Ganja, Opium, Brown Sugar, Tablets/capsules, Phensidyle, Wine/Liquor, Foreign made Cigarette, Agarwood, Tobacco, Betel Nuts, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Cough Syrup, Foreign Cloths etc. These items were seized during checking at different stations and trains in NF Railway. The approximate value of seized contraband items is around Rs. 5, 82, 21,167. Besides, 43 persons were also arrested for their alleged involvement in shipping of contraband items during the year and handed over to GRP for further action as per law.

The recovered items include Foreign made Cigarette worth Rs. 3, 24, 75,562, Ganja worth Rs. 1, 26, 96,550, and Foreign Cloths worth Rs. 12, 00,000.

It may be mentioned here that during the month of January 2019 (upto 27.01.2019) RPF was able to recover contraband items worth Rs. 87, 90,314.

Walk in interview for a Research Fellow


Agartala, February 1, 2019: Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) proposes to engage ‘Research Fellow’   to work in a collaborative research project of RRII with a Tyre manufacturer on “Toxicity analysis of crumb rubber powder from end of –life-tyres” in its Technology Division in Kottayam on a consolidated remuneration, through a walk-in-interview.

Candidates must hold with 70% and above in M.Sc. Chemistry.  Age should not exceed 35 years as on 01 January 2019. 

Interested candidates may report before Director of Research, Rubber Research Institute of India, Rubber Board, Kottayam - 9 at 10 am on February 8 2019, along with CV and relevant certificates from matriculation to post graduate degree and experience, if any, in original.

For details one can visit or  phone at 0481 2353311.