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ARUNACHAL PRADESH: State’s Aka (Hrusso) community observes its 48 Nyethrii Dow festival

The Aka (Hrusso) community of West Kameng district on Friday celebrated its 48th Nyethrii Dow celebration with great enthusiasm. 

MLA Goruk Pordung observed at the four-day event’s opening ceremony that preservation of customs and culture is one’s prime obligation. 

The MLA promised to elevate the Thrizino PHC to a CHC as soon as possible in response to a memorandum presented by Nyethrii Dow chairperson Tsering Richisow. 

MLA Gokar Basar, who was also present at the event, spoke about the importance of festivals and exhorted the tribe to keep their own culture and identity rather than adopting western culture. 

Kumsi Sidisow, a local MLA, Bana ZPM Miza Degio, KVIC member Rajo Gyadi, and Aka Shotko Kunu president Sang Dorjee Sidisow were among the delegates of the programme.

ASSAM: CM Himanta Biswa Sarma’s interview about issues in the North-East, at the Times Now Summit 2021

Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Chief Minister of Assam, spoke on the first day of the Times Now Summit 2021 about the initiatives that must be taken to address issues in the North-East. 

When asked about the region’s Padma Shri awardees, the CM noted that the North-East has also represented India in the Olympics, and he is pleased of all the winners. 

When asked about the peace-related disputes in Assam and the surrounding districts, CM Sarma stated that the issue was first with staying in India. People in India did not want to stay since they were treated as outsiders.

He said, “Today, the conflict is mostly among ourselves, but people have respect for India.” 

The CM further said, “Immigrants have put Assam’s culture and identity under jeopardy. Immigrant Muslims have attempted to affirm their identity, but indigenous Muslims, Hindus, and Christians have also asserted their right to oppose communal politics.” 

He also stated, “In Assam, some people want to establish madrassas in order to create mullahs. Instead, I want to start a medical school and train others to become doctors. My ambition as a father is for my children to become doctors. They should be thrilled if I go to a Muslim neighbourhood and tell them that I want to make their children doctors. It’s part of my right to free speech to say that I want them to be doctors, not mullahs. Obviously, they have an option.” 

“I’m afraid I’ll lose support from Hindus on the far right. I’m afraid I’m going to lose Hindu support. If I went to a Muslim-dominated area and demanded that madrassas be closed, I would be making the more difficult choice”, he continued. 

“Even if it causes fault lines, politicians should have the courage to say it. Government madrassas are no longer receiving cash from me. We need fresh leaders who can go to Muslim neighbourhoods and say, ‘How can you limit your girls when a Hindu girl can become a PhD scholar or doctor?’, he states. CM Sarma additionally adds, “If you ask the youngsters what they want to be when they grow up, they will tell you that they want to be physicians or engineers. We must be local, even if it means losing votes”. 

MANIPUR: PLAM and MNPF claims responsibility for ambushing Assam Rifles Unit: Reports 

On Saturday, the People’s Liberation Army Manipur and the Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) claimed responsibility for the ambush that killed seven people including the Commanding Officer of an Assam Rifles unit on Saturday (November 13).  

According to latest report by zeenews, the Commanding Officer (CO) of 46 Assam Rifles Colonel Viplav Tripathy, his wife and 8-year-old son and four soldiers were killed in an attack by militants near the India-Myanmar border in Manipur.  

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Meanwhile while condemning the attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the sacrifices of the soldiers and their families will never be forgotten. “I pay homage to those soldiers and family members who have been martyred today. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of sadness,” he tweeted.  

President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, “The attack on the Assam Rifles convoy that led to martyrdom of our soldiers and family members in Manipur deserves unreserved condemnation. This cowardly act reaffirms our resolve to root out terror in all its forms and manifestations. We stand united with the bereaved families.” 

MEGHALAYA: CM Conrad K Sangma celebrated Wangala with Family

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma took to his official Instagram handle to share warm pictures of him celebrating Wangala festival with his family and friends. 

He wrote under, “Wangala festival Garo hills with family and friends”. 

The first image is a selfie with the Chief Minister’s wife and it shows the chief minister with his wife. They have both donned traditional outfits and are seen posing in front of a haystack. 

One of the pictures also shows a dance performance, possibly the Wangala Dance. 

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All of the images the CM has shared portray people dressed in their traditional Garo attire. 

The Wangala Festival is a post-harvest festival celebrated by the Garo tribe. It is celebrated to extend gratitude to Misi Saljong the Sun God, for blessing the people with a rich harvest. 

MIZORAM: Firecrackers, sky lanterns, and other pyrotechnic materials banned

During the festival season, Mizoram has outlawed firecrackers, sky lanterns, and other pyrotechnic materials, according to an official. 

During Christmas and New Year, the state government also prohibited the sale and possession of toy guns with bullets, he claimed. 

He said that the state government, in collaboration with civil society organisations and local and village governments, would work aggressively to enforce the ban. 

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A special squad formed by the state police has been conducting frequent checks on stores and godowns in the district, according to Aizawl Superintendent of Police C Lalruaia. 

To enjoy a pollution-free festive season in Mizoram, he asked people to desist from bursting, selling, and buying firecrackers, sky lanterns, and other pyrotechnic items. 

NAGALAND: “UDA is solely responsible for delay of solution of Naga Issue”: Congress 

On Saturday, the Nagaland Congress President K. They blamed the current government under United Democratic Alliance (UDA) for delaying a proper solution to the decade-old Naga issue. 

According to a report by NENOW, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) comprises the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), BJP and Naga People’s Front (NPF). 

Additionally, K. Therie said, “The UDA is solely responsible for the delay.” 

The report added, explaining how and why the solution has been delayed, Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) chief Therie said all the 60 MLAs of the Nagaland Assembly have given a blank cheque to the Government of India even after the latter had declared that the talks with the negotiating parties had concluded. 

SIKKIM: Girish and the Chronicles (GATC) ready to rock Switzerland* 

On November 13, Sikkim’s biggest rock export, Girish And The Chronicles (GATC), will perform at the ‘UR Rock Music Festival’ in Sarnen, Switzerland. 

From November 11 to 14, the UR Rock Music Festival will showcase some of the biggest names in rock music, including the renowned ‘Nazareth.’ 

On November 13, GATC arrived in Zurich. On Saturday, the band will perform for the first time. According to a press release, the Sikkim band will perform alongside ‘Nazareth’ on November 14. 

The GATC members stated that they will put up a spectacular show while also promoting India and Sikkim to the audience. Girish Pradhan (vocals), Yogesh Pradhan (bass), Suraj Karki (lead guitars), and Nagen Mongrati make up the band (drums). 

GATC is the first and only Indian band to be invited to the ‘UR Rock Music Festival.’

TRIPURA: PM Modi to disburse funding worth Rs 709 crores to PMAY recipients

For the first time in Tripura’s history, the prime minister will directly distribute Rs 709 crores to 1.47 lakh selected recipients of the federal housing scheme Prime Minister Awas Yojana, Tripura (PMAY). 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will just push a computer button to initiate an online payment of Rs 48 thousand to each of the scheme’s beneficiaries as a first installment. 

According to official sources, 1.80 lakh participants were initially selected for the PMAY plan based on the 2011 national socio-economic survey, but irregularities in applications, including contradicting data, resulted in the number being reduced to 1.47 lakhs. 

The government of India will transfer a total of Rs 1.30 lakh each to the selected beneficiary families under this scheme, with Rs 48 thousand being the first instalment; in addition, the beneficiary families will receive bank loans of Rs 70 thousand each, official sources state. 

Sources also state that the remaining 33 thousand recipients will receive PMAY benefits after their papers are corrected and updated. 

According to sources in the Rural Development (RD) department, which has been working very hard under the leadership of secretary T.K.Debnath to make the prime minister’s fund disbursement a success, the Indira Awas Yojana, a previous housing project for poor people initiated during the previous central UPA regime, has been implemented in Tripura since 2008. 

The former Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) scheme in the state benefited 1.80 lakh people over ten years, and it was repackaged by the existing NDA administration in the Centre in 2014.

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