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Seminar on North East in Tripura University


Agartala, January 24, 2019: “India is not a political nation but a cultural nation. And that’s why despite several attacks by the outsiders she could not be ‘conquered’ in true sense”, said Governor of Tripura and Chief Rector of Tripura University Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki.

While delivering his inaugural speech at the three-day seminar Cultural Studies in North East, Prospects and Challenges, organized by the Tripura University’s History Department the Governor said, “notwithstanding such a huge diversity, and contradictions there is an inherent unity in the country. And the reason behind this unbreakable unity is the ‘culture’ that binds the entire nation in one thread”.

“That’s why we need to recognize and understand this unity. And only when we shall be able to recognize it –the eternal flow of the culture- we shall be able to bring back the past glory of the country and guide the world again”, Prof Solanki said. He expressed hope that the seminar will play a great role in finding the prospects and solutions to the challenges that beset the North East.

In his speech Vice Chancellor Prof V L Dharurkar said, soon a department of archeology and ancient Indian culture will be set up.  He said that a proposal had also been sent to the Union Government for development of tourism.

“The most important challenge that I find here is to connect the North East India with the rest of the country. It is challenge to revamp the history, to recast the history and to rewrite the history in Indian dimension”, said the Vice Chancellor while addressing the gathering at the seminar Cultural Studies in North East, Prospects and Challenges.

“Higher Education solution to development snags”


Agartala, January 24, 2019: “ Indian education is based on original genius ideas, and we have to develop our own perspective and approach to look at Indian education. Higher education is key solution to all problems of development”, said Nikhil Nivaskar, Tripura’s senior social worker in Tripura University recently. He was addressing the gathering of Tripura University teachers. The program was organized by Tripura University unit of ABRSM, i.e. Akhil Bharatiya Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh. The program was presided over by the Vice-Chancellor of Tripura University, Professor V.L. Dharurkar.

In the beginning, Dr. Somdev Banik, Secretary of the organization, explained the significance of the program, and he also thoroughly discussed Kartavya Bodh Day. Prof. V.L. Dharurkar, in his welcome speech noted that thoughts of Swami Vivekananda and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose were based on cultural nationalism. Education is a process of man-making, he added.

Mr. Nivaskar in his exhaustive speech quoted Dharampal’s book titled, ‘The Beautiful Tree’. He opined that we should develop indigenous educational thoughts. He further narrated different theories of education and rejected the Western, American and Marxian theories. He pointed that our parents as well as NGOs should be well aware about their roles and responsibilities in educational fields.

He noted that creative ideas leading to research must be focused properly. He narrated various experiences from the life of A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and he told that a good teacher can arouse curiosity in young minds. Kalam studied in a small school in Rameswaram, but contributed a great deal in nation building by promoting the ideas instilled in him by his teachers. He also described the challenges before the teaching community to bring changes in public life.

He said that salary is not important to a teacher but duty is more significant. According to his opinion, fulfilling duties is more important than getting salaries. He called on the teaching community to join the mission of nation building.

Prof. Sukanta Banik, President of ABRSM, Tripura University Unit, finally summarized the various ideas and Dr. Arobindo Mahato proposed vote of thanks. After Vande Mataram, the program was concluded.  

ONGC donates Rs. 25 Cr to Tripura for ODF


Agartala, January 23, 2019: As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) ONGC ,  has given a financial support of Rupees 25crore  (Rupees Twenty Five crore) for reconstruction of dysfunctional toiles for declaring Tripura state open defecation free( ODF)  to Jibandhara State  Water and Sanitation Mission. 

ED- Asset Manager of ONGC Tripura Asset G. K. Singha Roy and ED- Chief CSR SSC Parthiban handed over a cheque of Rupees Twenty Crore on behalf of ONGC Trust Foundation to Chief Minister Biplab  Kr. Deb at his residence at Agartala – as the first instalment of the project . The rest five Crore would be given in due course.

ONGC Trust Foundation- a registered trust of ONGC   has provided the financial support for the project, which has to be completed within a period of 12 months. The aid is going to Jibandhara State Water and Sanitation Mission, a registered trust located at office of Chief Engineer, PWD and Chief Secretary of Tripura being the ex-officio Chairman of the body.

The   Project would be jointly monitored by representative of ONGC Tripura Asset , Project Manager of ONGC foundation and authorised representative  of Government of Tripura Principal Secretary, PWD , Government of Tripura  will be responsible for overall implementation of Monitoring of the Project .

ED-Asset Manager G.K. Singha Roy, in his brief address said that as a part of Swachha Bharat Mission envisioned by Prime Minister, ONGC Tripura Asset and other work centres have taken up several projects. He thanked Tripura Govt. under Chief Minister Biplab Deb for giving scope to ONGC to serve the state.

He informed that several other projects like providing Water ATMs for safe drinking Water to four hospitals have been taken up by ONGC Tripura and in future, it would take other development projects too. He further added that, ONGC Tripura Asset has earmarked Rs. 7 Crore for CSR activities. However, money is no constraint for new beneficial project-proposals. 

TTAADC to be territorial council


Agartala, January 23, 2019: In a landmark resolution the union government has decided to amend Article 280 of the Constitution to provide more autonomy to tribal autonomous councils in northeast India created under sixth schedule of the constitution. Under this effect the tribal areas autonomous district council (TTAADC) will be named as Tripura Territorial Council.

The meeting of council of ministers in New Delhi on Wednesday approved the move.

Some tribal parties in Tripura and ruling BJP which has made assembly poll pledge to augment status of TTAADC welcomed the decision.  

TU celebrates Netaji birthday


Agartala, January 23, 2019: “Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was the most powerful champion of freedom movement as well as a highly disciplined and spiritually awakened personality. Netaji had a clear vision of modern and well developed India”, said experts in the Tripura University in special lecture a programme organized by the Central Library of the varsity on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Netaji. A book exhibition was also organized on the occasion.

Mukul Kanitkar, organizing secretary, Bharatiya Shikhshan Mandal and Secretary of Vivekananda International Foundation who was chief guest for this programme, presented multidimensional aspects about Netaji Subhash.

He said, it is high time to explore further on the mysteries associated with the life of Netaji, his democratic thoughts and his association with the great leaders of that period. He has mentioned that 21 years of Netaji’s life was turbulent. Netaji sought help from Germany under the leadership of Hitler and also from Japan to liberate India. His Ajad Hind Army (INA) had entered India through Burma to Imphal of North East Border to fight against British Government. Kanitkar has mentioned about the historical meeting between Netaji and Savarkar that took place in Ratnagiri.

“British Government understood that it would be difficult for them to continue to rule India further under such critical revolt initiated by Indian Army under the influence of Veer Savarkar and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose”, he said.

Kanitar mentioned that Celebration of Great leader’s birth Anniversary should not be confined to rituals rather their thoughts and values should be followed in life.

Vice Chancellor Prof. V.L. Dharurkar mentioned that Netaji was flaming son of revolution, unfortunately modern India had not understood the visionary side of Netaji. To conduct a detail study and research on his vision and contribution Prof. Dharurkar was planning to establish a Chair for Netaji Research Centre in Tripura University and also proposed to set up a Centre in Vishnunagar, Imphal from where INA entered India.

Prof. Satyadeo Poddar, Director, CDC, Tripura University pointed in his lecture on Leadership lessons to youth from the life of Netaji and the contribution of Netaji in the freedom struggle of India. He gave a comparative analysis of Netaji and Mahatma Gandhiji’s different approaches to free India from British rule. 

Rubber planting subsidy


Agartala, January 23, 2019: The last date for submitting applications by rubber growers for financial assistance for replanting and new planting under the Rubber Plantation Development Scheme is January 31 2019. Applications are invited for plantings done in 2017.

Applications in the prescribed form in duplicate along with necessary documents of the area should reach the respective regional offices/ development offices of the Board on or before January 31 2019.  The application forms can be downloaded from the Rubber Board’s website  

In the traditional rubber growing area of Kerala & Tamil Nadu, growers whose total area under rubber does not exceed 2 hectares including new planting/replanting during the current year, are eligible for planting grant for an area up to one hectare.  The assistance is Rs.25,000 per hectare for replanting and new planting including Rs.5,000 towards cost of planting materials. In the case of SC growers, rate of financial assistance is Rs.40,000 per hectare  for replanting and new planting including Rs.5,000 towards cost of planting materials.

In Non-traditional and North Eastern areas, growers whose total area under rubber does not exceed 5 hectares including new planting / replanting during the current year, are eligible for planting grant for an area up to 2 hectares. The assistance is Rs.40,000 per hectare for replanting and new planting including Rs.5,000/- towards cost of planting materials. 

For further details, growers may contact the nearest Rubber Board regional offices, development offices or field offices. Information is also available over phone from Rubber Board Call Centres {Ph.0481 – 2576622 (Kottayam, Kerala), 9435196358 (Guwahati, Assam).

Entries invited for Itanagar International Film Festival


Itanagar, January 22, 2019: Government of Arunachal Pradesh is organising "Itanagar International Film Festival" at Itanagar w.e.f. from February 22 to 24 2019. The event is being managed by Entertainment Society of Goa, which is a government organisation regularly that conducts International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Goa every year. There will be a competition among the feature film produced by the film makers in the North East India with cash awards.

1.                                      This particular section is open only to filmmakers from the North eastern Indian states [namely Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland and Tripura]

2.                                      The director and/or the producer is required to be a citizen of India and hailing from one of the north eastern states

3.                                      Only cinematographic works (Feature Films Only) of over 71 minutes Duration made after 1st Jan. 2017 are eligible for consideration for the section. Any films made prior to the said dates are to be deemed ineligible by the Festival and it's governing/ managing bodies.

4.                                      Only forms that have been duly completed and the requisite materials shared before the submission deadline will be considered complete. Any failure to do so shall deem the entry not eligible.

5.                                      The Deadline date for the section shall be 31st January 2019.

6.                                      Films that have been submitted in earlier editions of the festival in any form, whether accepted, withdrawn or rejected are not eligible for reapplication to the festival.

7.                                     A film once submitted may not be reconsidered by the Festival, even when withdrawn due to unforeseen circumstances.

All entry forms and duly filled application forms along with the necessary documents should be uploaded online on The competition section shall carry an award with a cash Prize, certificate and trophy and shall be deliberated by a set of 3 jury members appointed by the Festival director in following categories Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor Female, Best Actor Male and Special Jury Award. Any decision taken by the Jury with respect to the presentation of the awards shall be deemed final and shall remain confidential during and post the festival. Cash Prize Amounts:

1. Best Film                       : Rs. 4,00,000

2. Best Director                 : Rs. 2,00,000

3. Best Actor Male            : Rs. 1,50,000

4. Best Actor Female        : Rs. 1,50,000

5. Special Jury Award       : Rs. 1,00,000

Following officials can be contacted for any queries.

1.      Obang Tayeng, Director, IPR, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Naharlagun.  Contact No: +919436896196.

2.      K.K.Chakraborty, Photographic Officer, IPR, Arunachal Pradesh, Naharlagun. Contact No: +91 9436068608.

Nagaland bans illegal mining


Kohima, January 22, 2019: In pursuance of the Cabinet decision e during the Cabinet meeting held on January 7 2019, the Government has banned illegal coal mining across the State of Nagaland and also imposed a provisional mining ban on all Firms/Companies which have been issued with mining licenses.

This shall come into force with immediate effect and until further orders.

All women RPF squad launched


Maligaon, January 22, 2019: On January 19 RPF (Railway Protection Force) of Lumding Division has taken a significant step towards enhancing the security of women in the NE region. A dedicated RPF Women Squad named as ‘JOYMATI BAHINI’, comprising women sub-inspector and constables of  the Railway Protection Force (RPF) was officially launched by BB Mishra, Inspector General cum Principal Chief Security Commissioner of NF Railway at Kamkhaya Railway Station. It was named after the courageous princess, Joymati to have a constant motivating factor to be courageous, dedicated and perseverant at all times in the service to society.

The main aim of the JOYMATI BAHINI is to strengthen women security around Guwahati region within railway premises and trains. The members of the ‘JOYMATI BAHINI’ started their duty by interacting with women passengers at the Guwahati & Kamkhya Railway station to provide and ensure foolproof security arrangements for women & children. Passengers are also being told to dial 182 immediately in case of any emergency on running trains or platforms. Their main focus area is to enhance women security by ensuring sanctity of reserved compartments, women compartments.

During the launching of JOYMATI BAHINI by Inspector General/NFR, Sr. Divisional Security Commissioner of RPF Raghuveer Chooka also briefed everyone about the performance of RPF during the year 2018 in which  at least 301 distressed women & child were provided assistance by the RPF team over the Lumding division. A large number of women rail commuters, who had gone astray, were reunited with their families and hundreds of minor children rescued from different stations.

In addition 124 male persons were prosecuted against entering into the train coaches or other place reserved for females.   From crime prospective this year in Lumding division, detection percentage has been increased from 46% to 75 % as compared to last year 2017. The all Women RPF Squad would definitely enhance the perception of women security and would also be more approachable by women in need in railway premises.

40,000 Tribal Artisans Benefited


Agartala, January 22, 2019: Aadi Mahotsav is an effort to scale up the livelihood and income generating opportunity for tribals by giving them the opportunity to interact and sell their goods directly to the customers. Ministry of Tribal affairs and TRIFED through Aadi Mahotsav’s provides them market access across the country.

With the above objective 5 Aadi Mahotsav's in INDORE-AHMEDABAD-HYDERABAD-DELHI-BHOPAL were held in the second quarter of 2018, with another 12 scheduled (as shown in the map below) for the first quarter of 2019.

Aadi Mahotsav's this year have provided livelihoods and additional income to around 14,000 Tribal families and around 40,000 Tribal Artisans. Transactions of more than Rs.18 crores have been registered during the Mahotsavs this year. During the month of the December, 2018, 2 Aadi Mahotsav were organized at Bhopal and Ranthambore wherein a sale of 69.07 Lakhs was generated.

Besides, TRIFED organised/participated in 28 numbers of exhibitions at New Delhi, Raipur, Guwahati, Jaipur, Udaipur, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Ranchi, Lucknow, Mussoorie, Dehradun, Varanasi, Bhopal, Bangalore, Kanyakumari, Coimbatore, Bhilai, Kohima, Kaziranga, Kota, Rourkela, Ranthambore, Pune, Prayagraj, Pondicherry, Kolkata, Chennai and Chandigarh generating a sale of Rs. 110.58 Lakhs.