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India drops mentioning ‘Rohingya’ in relief assistance

Correspondent

Agartala, September 18, 2017: India has launched ‘Operation Insaaniyat’ with humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh burdened with lakhs of Rohingya Muslim and Hindu refugees from strife torn Myanmar. Itall began when an Indian Air Force C-17 Globemaster strategic heavy lift cargo aircraft was sent with 55 Tons of relief material to Chittagong in southeast Bangladesh. 

The union government which not yet come out with open condemnation of state sponsored military oppression on Rohingyas, committing genocide, burning down village after village, raping women of all age and driving them out of the country.

Even in official note and releases concerning relief assistance there has been no mention of Rohingya, but ‘refugees from Myanmar'. BJP led NDA government at the centre are even trying to ‘push back’ few thousand Rohingya refugees amid volatile situation in Myanmar. 

NF Railway incurs huge loss in recent floods

PR

Agartala / Maligaon, September 16, 2017: NF Railway has incurred substantial losses due to damage to railway track and assets in one hand, and suspension of traffic on the other, during the unprecedented flood in Bihar and West Bengal last month with Katihar Division bearing majority of the brunt. Approximately Rs. 45 crore has been spent on repairing track and bridges in Katihar division alone, while the total cost of repairing has roughly been estimated at Rs. 63 crore.

The civil engineering department had to use about 40,000 cu.m of boulders worth about Rs. 8 crore for repair of bridges and tracks.  In Alipurduar Division, a bridge is being rebuilt between Fakiragram – Dhubri section at a cost of about Rs. 8.7 crore.

On the commercial front the loss (estimated till 11-09-2017) is more than Rs. 209 crore with refund to passengers for cancelled train accounting for about Rs. 44 crore. A total of 1576 trips of mail /express trains and 1004 trips of passenger trains have been cancelled since first week of August 2017. Loss due to damage to other assets Signal & Telecommunication equipments etc are still being worked out.

Table below shows the loss accruing to different heads:

Heads

Total

(A)Revenue loss due to train cancellation

Reserved segment=Rs. 78.76 crs

Non-Reserved segment=Rs. 16.12 crs

Rs. 94.88 crs

(B )Loss in ticket checking

Rs. 3.88 crs

(C)Loss in Parcel segment

Rs. 16.44 crs

(D)Loss in Freight segment

Rs. 50.13 crs.

Total Loss (A+B+C+D)

Rs. 165.33 crs

(E)Reduction in number of passengers

PRS = 10,89,533, Non PRS = 30,50,278

41,39,811

(F)Refund on cancellation of trains (across counter)

Rs. 43.90 crs

Various sections of N. F. Railway where flood had caused damages and their restoration dates are given below:

 

SN

Section

Restored on

1.

Up line over Bridge No. 133 between Malda Town – New Jalpaiguri

29-08-2017

2.

Up line over Bridge No. 133 between Malda Town – New Jalpaiguri

08-09-2017

3.

Katihar – Kumedpur section

18-08-2017

4.

Bathnaha-Jogbani section

08-09-2017

5.

Eklakhi-Balurghat: (Buniadpur-Gangarampur)

24-08-2017

6.

Barsoi-Radhikapur section

18-08-2017

7.

Fakiragram-Dhubri section

17-08-2017

8.

Alipurduar-Bamanhat section

14-08-2017

9.

Senchoa-Silghat section

16-08-2017

10.

Barsoi-Kumedpur section (Up Line)

25-09-17(expected)

IPR Ministers calls journalists to respect media principles

DIPR

Imphal, September 16, 2017: Information and Public Relation Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh said journalism is a responsible profession as a journalist serves as a mediator between the public and the government.

The minister was speaking at the 43rd Foundation Day of the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union at the Manipur Press Club.

Addressing a hall filled with media persons from different media houses and veteran media persons, the Minister said a media person should always abide by the journalistic principle and to maintain accuracy while filing any report. He explained maintaining accuracy in their reports will only increase the credibility of the media persons.

He further urged the gathering media persons to take an active role in spreading awareness of the various government schemes including the Pradhan Mantri Awaj Yojana, Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs (UJALA), Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), so that the public may take benefits from the welfare schemes.

Rohingya issue, high level meeting at Aizawl

PIB

Aizawl, September 15, 2017: Major General Upendra Dwivedi, Inspector General Assam Rifles (East), has staged forward to Mizoram to review the security situation in the state in the wake of recent Rohingya Influx in India and ongoing clashes between Rohingya insurgents groups and Myanmar Army in North Rakhine State of Myanmar. 

He carried out review of the security situation along Indo-Myanmar border with special reference to threat from Rohingya insurgent groups and illegal migrants to people living in border areas. On Thursday the General officer presided over a High Level Security Committee (HLSC) Meeting with representatives of BSF, CRPF, State Police and other intelligence agencies at HQ 23 Sector Assam Rifles located at Khatla, Aizawl.

During the meeting, he informed that the additional eight Assam Rifles companies are being relocated to further strengthen the security of Indo-Myanmar border. The General officer urged all intelligence agencies, State Police & CAPFs to keep a strict vigilance in border areas especially in far-flung and isolated areas along Mizoram border to thwart any infiltration attempt by Rohingya insurgent groups and illegal migrants.

Brigadier MS Mokha, DIG 23 Sector Assam Rifles briefed the General officer on the present security situation in Mizoram and highlighted the current and emerging security concerns due to Rohingya Influx in Country as whole. He also informed that quad copters and unmanned aerial vehicles are being employed as part of surveillance matrix.

All the participants confirmed that at present there is no presence of Rohingyas in Mizoram.

Zeliang moots for Naga heritage Museum at Delhi

Correspondent

Kohima, September 15, 2017: During the visit of Union Minister of State for Cultural Affairs (IC) and MoS for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma to Dimapur Nagaland, the Chief Minister of Nagaland, T.R. Zeliang proposed for having a Naga Heritage Museum at Delhi besides other issues.

Zeliang put forward the suggestions to the Union Minister in his private residence at Dimapur, Friday morning on Friday, where he hosted breakfast for the visiting officials from Delhi. Governor of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, P. B.Acharya and the first lady Kavita Acharya later joined the Union Minister and his lady wife for the breakfast hosted by the Chief Minister of Nagaland and his lady wife.

Speaking to DPRO Dimapur, Zeliang informed that he has apprised the Union Minister for the need of having a Naga Heritage Museum at Delhi for showcasing the history, collection of books and the artefacts of different tribes of Nagaland. "Presently we have one Emporium in Delhi but that is very small and not properly placed," he observed.

Further, Zeliang said that he has also highlighted on the importance of having a World War Museum at Delhi along with the Naga Heritage Museum. Mentioning about the ongoing construction of Academy Hall at Kohima, the chief minister disclosed that about 70 percent of the work has been completed under SPA.

While regretting on the absence of proper Academy Hall in the state, Zeliang informed that he has requested for funds under Art & Culture for completing the unfinished construction towards which the Union Minister advised for submission of proposal for the same. Observing the museum of Kohima to be in poor state, Zeliang also said that he has mentioned for the need of improvement of Kohima Museum to the Union Minister.

Agartala witnesses biggest protest on Rohingya crisis

Correspondent

Agartala, September 14, 2017: Agartala witnessed biggest protest in northeast India against spate of atrocities and persecution of Rohingyas in Myanmar. 

Thousands of Muslim men joined the protest rally that took to city streets on Thursday.

The protestors shouted ‘Hang Aung San Suu Kyi’ for her collaboration with enraged army and Buddhist extremists to commit genocide and forceful eviction of Rohingyas who now sheltered in Cox Bazar district of Bangladesh.

They also appealed Government of India to play a bigger role to stop ‘genocide’ in Rakhine province of Myanmar, home to ethnic Rohingyas who count 4 percent in neighbouring country. 

NDFB observes Martyrs Day

Correspondent

Guwahati, September 14, 2017: National Democratic Front of Bodoland or NDFB(P) which is currently in a ceasefire agreement with the central government observed 29th Martyrs Day at various designated camps in Kokrajhar, Baksa and Udalguri districts. 

The day commemorated death anniversary of Self styled Commander B Bangburgwra, who was shot dead 29 years ago.

Leaders of the group demanded implementation of Bodoland accord. 

Ram Madhav says days of CPI(M) government are counted

Correspondent

Agartala, September 13, 2017: BJP’s National General Secretary Ram Madhav has warned CPI(M) of ‘counter action’ for its ‘misdeeds’ after February 2018 Tripura assembly elections which he is confident of winning. “Days of CPI(M) government are counted…only some months left”, he said here on Wednesday.

Ram Madhav issued veil warning to the ruling party after visiting injured ABVP activists at GBP Hospital here. Several students and some policemen were injured in fresh violence in campuses of MBB College and BBM College late Tuesday night after results of college student council elections were declared.

He deplored ‘anarchy’ and ‘goodaism’ unleashed in colleges by CPI(M) cadres to back SFI to manipulate and influence election. Ram Madhav assured that the BJP government in Tripura would ensure free democratic and peaceful environment in college campuses with zero interference of political parties.

SFI and its partner Tribal Students Union won student councils in all 22 colleges. ABVP performed well in some colleges in north Tripura specially Kanchanpur college where it secured 11 seats of total 24 in the council.  

Manipur CM checks schemes and projects

Correspondent

Imphal, September 13, 2017: Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday in a meeting reviewed development schemes and projects which have a deadline to complete in current fiscal. Chief Minister critically assessed the programmes being executed by various departments at different places in Manipur.

Singh directed all the Administrative Secretaries and Head of Departments to ensure timely completion of developmental projects or schemes taken up by their respective departments for completion in 2017 – 18 financial year.

He instructed the Administrative Secretaries and head of different departments to work sincerely and should co-ordinate among them to deliver good governance in the State. He further directed them to work seriously and conduct field visits so that the poorest of the poor could be benefited from various developmental schemes.

The meeting held at Secretariat was attended by Ministers, Chief Secretary, DGP, Administrative Secretaries, Commissioners and Directors of various departments.

Breaking: India to grant citizenship to Chakma Hajong refugees

Courtesy: The Hindu

New Delhi, September 13, 2017:The Union Home Ministry on Wednesday cleared the citizenship for over one lakh Chakma-Hajongs, Buddhists, and Hindus, who fled to India in the 1960s to escape religious persecution in Chittagong Hill area of Bangladesh (the then undivided Pakistan). 

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu were also present in the meeting.

Emerging from the meeting, Rijiju said, "Supreme Court order has to be honoured. Chakmas are settled in Arunachal Pradesh since 1964. But Scheduled Tribe status and indigenous people's right won't be diluted."

In 2015, the top court had asked the Centre to grant citizenship to Chakma-Hajongs. Arunachal Pradesh government had earlier opposed the move and had said it would change the demography of the State.

A senior Home Ministry official said they would be granted citizenship but will not have any land ownership rights in Arunachal Pradesh, a predominantly tribal State.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/home-ministry-clears-granting-citizenship-to-chakma-hajong-refugees/article19675921.ece?homepage=true

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