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Rain guarding in rubber - contact call centre

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Agartala, April 16, 2018: Rubber growers can contact Rubber Board Call Centre to know about rain-guarding in rubber and the precautions to be taken in the harvesting of rubber during rainy season. R. Sathees Chandran, Dy. Rubber Production Commissioner, Rubber Board will answer the questions on the subject on Wednesday 18 April 2018 from 10 am to 1 pm.

The Call Centre number is 0481-2576622.

Rubber trees need to be tapped without interruption during rainy season   to get a sustained income.  To serve the purpose, rubber trees should be rain-guarded before the onset of rainy season. If rainguarding is not done in holdings where low frequency tapping is practiced, yield loss will be high. Precautions are also to be taken while tapping trees during rainy season.

Information about the services of the Board and also technical advice regarding cultivation, production, processing, etc. of rubber can be regularly sought from the Call Centre functioning at its Head Office. The service is available from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm on all working days.

CM unveils life size statue of Ambedkar

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Agartala, April 16, 2018: Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb unveiled the Life-size Bronze statue of Bharat Ratna Babsaheb Ambedkar on his 127th Birth Anniversary in the ONGC Base Complex, Agartala. He was accompanied by MLA Ramapada Jamatia, DilipSarkar, ED-Asset Manager ONGC Tripura Asset G.K. Singha Roy, President (CWC) AISCSTEWA, ONGC P.R. Milli, Representatives of AISCSTEWA, ONGC Tripura and other dignitaries. 

CM in his brief, deeply emotional speech said, “Babsaheb Ambedkar is not the leader of any particular community, but he is the leader of all Indians. He actually showed the way of inclusive growth. ‘Sabke Saath Sabke Vikas’ idea of Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi is inspired from his ideas.”

He further said, since long the Maharatnacompany ONGC is working in Tripura. PM Narendra Mod has given Asta (eight) Laxmi title to the eight NE states. Those states will develop in near future and shine like Ratna(gemstones). “It is my dream, “ he added, “ to change Tripura within three years. The state has so much potential, so many natural resources. I  will see to it that the potential can be fully utilized.” He said that the region has Chabimura like places which can give the similar experience of breath taking experience of cruise through famous Amazon river.

In his welcome address ED-Asset Manager ONGC Tripura Asset G.K. Singha Roy said, “The towering 7 ft. statue, will be the first of its kind in Tripura State, will be a mark of respect to this great ideologist and will serve as a reminder to each one of us to remain true to the saying of Dr.Ambedkar that, Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.”

Talking about different facets of one of the greatest personalities of India, ED-Asset Manager said, “The bronze statue was crafted at Ram Sutar Art Creations, Noida, the same company that designed the Statue of Unity – the 527 ft. statue of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel at Gujarat.”

Ultra marathoner Samir reaches Tripura

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Agartala, April 14, 2018: Ultra Marathoner Samir Singh along with and others reached BSF headquarter at Panisagar on 130th day of run. The Marathon is sponsored under the aegis of programme BHARAT KE VEER.

The run was earlier flagged off by Director General BSF K K Shaarma from Wagha Border on December 1 2017. Samir Singh started his run from Attari – Wagha bordr and during Marathon, covered states like Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odessa, West Bengal and Assam in 134 days.

On an average the marathoners cover a distance of 100 Kms per day. Till date the Marathon has covered approx.13,400Kms.

It will further move on to Mizoram followed by Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and other states.

India Rubber Meet 2018 in August

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Agartala, April 12, 2018: The Rubber Board and the stakeholder associations in rubber and related sectors are jointly organizing India Rubber Meet 2018 (IRM 2018), the fourth edition in the series in Kochi on 30 and 31 August 2018. The Meet will have representation of stakeholder associations from all segments of the rubber industry, the media and the Rubber Board.IRM is a regular forum for interaction, networking and exchange of information.

The theme of IRM 2018 is ‘Towards a sustainable rubber value chain’. The discussions in IRM 2018 will focus on topics related to the rubber scenario, present trends, challenges and strategic planning for sustainability and advancement. There will be invited talks by internationally renowned speakers on related topics. There will also be panel discussions involving experts and key stakeholders from different segments of the rubber industry. 

A national level organising committee under the chairmanship of Dr. M.K. Shanmuga Sundaram IAS, Chairman and Executive Director, Rubber Board, with representation of all segments of rubber industry, is constituted to formulate and organise the event.  The committee includes representatives of small and large rubber growers, rubber processors and traders, tyre and non-tyre sectors, auto component manufacturers, rubber product exporters, synthetic rubber and reclaimed rubber manufacturers, rubber research and skill development institutions, media dealing with rubber etc.

IRM 2018 is targeted to attract around 700 delegates from India and abroad.

Jishnu tells teachers to impart ‘values’ among students

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Agartala, April 11, 2018:  Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Deb Verma today called upon the teachers community to inculcate among the students importance of ‘values’.

He was delivering a lecture in the Tripura University on the occasion of Valedictory function of the one month long teachers’ training programme conducted by the Faculty Development Centre under Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission for Teachers Training project launched by the Government of India.

“Teachers’ role is not supposed to be limited to disseminating information to the students alone. They have to impart knowledge.  And there is a difference between information and knowledge. Information can be gleaned from various sources –right from google, wikipedia to various other sources. But it is only the Teacher who can impart knowledge and through him the students develop values that would guide him or her in future life”, said the Deputy Chief Minister who was the Chief Guest of the programme.

“Information may change in all time to come but values will remain the same”, he said adding that teachers should have the role of “transformer – a friend, philosopher and guide”.

Prof Anajan Kumar Ghosh, Honb’le Vice Chancellor of the Tripura in his speech opined that the educational system, specially the method of imparting knowledge in the country needed to be changed to keep a pace with the upcoming generation’s attitude, aspirations and potential.

“Our educational system has become obsolete. It was 200 years old system and now the shortcomings are showing. This is an age of internet, social media etc. Students are now well versed with the new inventions. Quite naturally it is time that knowledge imparting methods are given a relook and adequately reviewed”, said Prof Ghosh.

Prof B C Tripathi, Coordinator of the FDC gave the vote of thanks.

The programme was attended by Tripura University faculty, students, officers, non-teaching staff.

Panda quits, finally

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Agartala, April 11, 2018: S.K. Panda, who was awarded position of Executive Chairman in Tripura’s Skill Development Mission even after his retirement as Chief Secretary, resigned and decided to leave the state. Known as ‘yes man’ of erstwhile political bosses, he skillfully managed everything for him and coterie, but demolished the skill development mission for which he used to draw monthly remuneration of over a lakh rupees.

Sources said the controversial ex bureaucrat did nothing to discharge his assigned tasks except favouring his coterie to drain government exchequer.  They said state’s Vigilance Department is investigating entire gamut of malpractices occurred under his nose.

It was learnt that Panda gave in paper as he was told the new BJP-IPFT coalition government will shortly sack him. The government is in search of an eligible and honest candidate to appoint as new Executive Chairman for Skill Development Mission.

H&FW Minister meets Kiren Rijiju

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Kohima, April 11, 2018: Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister S. Pangnyu Phom on Tuesday called on the Union Minster of State Kiren Rijiju at his residence New Delhi. Pangnyu Phom congratulated the Union Home Minister in-charge of Nagaland State Election for winning the General Election and forming the PDA government in the state of Nagaland. 

During their discussion the Health Minister deliberated on the election motto of PDA “Election for Solution,” he urged upon the Union Home Minister Government of India for an early settlement of the Naga Political Issue. The Union Minister had said that discussion is on the fast track to bring an early solution to the on-going peace talk.

First Meeting of ‘NITI Forum for North East’ held

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Agartala, April 10, 2018:   The first meeting of the newly constituted ‘NITI Forum for North East’ was held in Agartala, Tripura today. The meeting, organized by the NITI Aayog, Ministry of DoNER and the North Eastern Council (NEC), was chaired by the Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog, Rajeev Kumar and the Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh. Chief Minister of Tripura, Biplab Kumar Deb, Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio and the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma, besides Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Chowna Mein also participated in the day-long deliberations. Senior Ministers, Chief Secretaries and senior officers of the Central Ministries and State Governments were also present.

In his inaugural address Rajiv Kumar said the focus of development projects in the NER will be based on the concept of “HIRA” (Highways, Inland Waterways, Railways and Airways) as spelled out by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said emphasis will also be made on Education, Health and Skill Development in the region. He further said that Horticulture, Tourism, Food Processing, use of Bamboo and Made in North-East will be developed through five Mission Mode projects in a time-bound manner.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jitendra Singh said the Government has focused on development in a region which more or less remained out of the mainstream for the last seven decades since Independence. He said there has been a significant 21% rise in fund utilization in the North-East during the last three years. Dr. Jitendra Singh said the Central Government has now committed full 100% funding for development projects in the NER, as against 90-10 ratio earlier with the State Governments funding 10% of the total cost.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio pointed out that Kohima is the only state capital in the North-East which does not have an airport. He said the State Government has acquired land for this purpose and at least one small airstrip at Kohima should be constructed for providing air connectivity to Nagaland under the UDAN scheme.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that development is the solution for all socio-economic problems in the region and through Infrastructure and Connectivity development many problems can be solved. He said that the National Games-2022 will be held in Meghalaya, which will coincide with the 75th Anniversary of Indian Independence. He further said that economic challenges of the NER can be met by removing the physical and economic barriers.

Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb thanked the Prime Minister for giving Tripura an opportunity to host this prestigious event. He said that the State bordering with Bangladesh from three sides imports more than Rs.300 crores annually from Bangladesh but exports a meager Rs.4.6 crores. He said certain provisions prohibit export of rubber from Tripura, but the same is routed through West Bengal. Deb said Tripura has immense potential in fisheries as the state has the world’s best climate suitable for aquaculture but this has not been exploited.

Representatives of all eight member States of the NER gave their valuable suggestions on Moving towards a prosperous North East Region, the theme for today’s meeting. Secretary, DoNER Naveen Verma and Secretary, NEC Ram Muivah explained the status of different development projects in the region.

4th regional workshop on technical education for NE states

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Kohima, April 10, 2018: The 4th Regional Workshop on Technical Education for North Eastern States culminated on Monday after beginning on Saturday. 

‘Ministers of Higher and Technical Education of various States and faculty students should be invited for workshop in future’ said State Minister for Higher &Technical Education Temjen Imna Along while delivering his valedictory address. Adding on he stated that the respective State Ministers and students should understand the effort of the faculty, directors and principals or else success will be slow.

Reminding that the Department was a nation building department, Imna Along also advised on identifying and exploring the potentialities of the region where polytechnics are to be established. He also said that the department should ensure that the programmes and courses should be applicable to the region so that the outcome will be a blessing for the State and also for the whole country.

Director NITTTR Kolkata Prof. Phalguni Gupta gave the following recommendation during the valedictory program : Preparation for Accreditation by NBA,Feasibility Study for Establishment of New Polytechnics and for Introducing New Programme in Existing Polytechnics, Provision for Skill based Short Term Training for Faculty members and Technical Staffs of Polytechnic Institutes, The Role of AICTE in Enhancing Polytechnic Education System in North Eastern States, Internship of Polytechnic Students in NITs, Long term Contractual Faculty Recruitment through MHRD for North Eastern States, Course file Development for Diploma Programme , Internet Connectivity through Satellite Communication for North Eastern States and Industry Exposure to pass out Polytechnic Students through BOPT/BOAT.

Boost to Development Projects in NE

First Meeting of the NITI Forum for North East in Agartala on April 10

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New Delhi / Agartala, April 9, 2018: The first meeting of Newly constituted NITI Forum for North East will be held in Agartala on 10 April 2018. 

The meeting will be chaired by the Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog, Rajeev Kumar and the co-Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh, Chief Ministers of NE States and leading lights from the region will attend the deliberations.

Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog and Jitendra Singh, MoS (IC), Ministry of DoNER addressed a press conference at NITI Aayog ahead of departure to Agartala. 

Emphasizing on the need to identify constraints, streamline resources and add renewed focus on the NER, the Vice-Chairman and the Minister spoke about Moving towards a prosperous North East Region, the theme for the first meeting.  

The broad agendas for the First Meeting include among others,

• Strategies for improving Road, Rail and Air Connectivity in the North East Region

• Realizing the Hydel Dream – Way Forward for utilizing existing potential for hydro-power in the NER

• Agriculture and allied sectors

     − NE States to encourage Organic Farming

     − Cultivation of Vegetables, fruits, Spices, medicinal plants

     − Soil Health Card for farmers  

     − Minimizing post-harvest losses

     − Increased coverage under Crop Insurance

     − Milk production to be boosted

• Water Management 

     − Early completion of on-going irrigation projects

• Promotion of Tourism

     − Promotion of Eco-Tourism, Rural Tourism and Adventure Tourism

     − Strengthening of North East Tourism Development Council (NETDC)

     − Organically-themed Home-Stay Tourism (as in Sikkim) may be encouraged in other NE States 

     − The NETDC to work closely with NE States for tourism promotion

• Identifying and targeting early bird projects in areas of connectivity, agricultural productivity and industrial development to give fillip to growth in the NER.

Background

The ‘NITI Forum for North East’ was constituted in February 2018 with an aim to ensure sustainable economic growth of the North Eastern Region (NER) of the country and periodically review the development status in NER. 

The secretariat for the Forum has been established in the DoNER Ministry. The Forum includes representation from all NE States, their Chief Secretaries and Secretaries of relevant Central Ministries/Departments, Directors of reputed institutions (IIT, IIM etc), experts and journalists have been included as members.

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