North East Briefcase

1st Naga Kheti Mela 2013 to be held

Kohima: The first of such kind of initiative taken up in the state, Nagaland University Research Centre and the Nagaland Government would be coming together to create an effective way of technology transfer to the farming community by organizing the first ‘Naga Kheti Mela 2013’ from October 17 to 19 at SASRD, Medziphema campus under Dimapur district, on the theme ‘Towards Sustainable Agriculture’. According to a release issued by the Organizing Secretary, Naga Kheti Mela 2013 professor Akali Sema it is envisioned that through such interactions and linkages among the concerned stakeholders, the farmers would be benefited and the overall agriculture scenario in the state would be enhanced. Naga Kheti Mela 2013 is jointly organized by the School of Agricultural Sciences and Rural Development, (SASRD) Nagaland University, Medziphema campus in collaboration with department of agriculture, government of Nagaland and ICAR, research complex for NEH Region, Nagaland centre. Farmers of the state have been invited to visit the mela from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday wfrom October 17-19. The programme for the Naga Kheti Mela 2013 will start on October 17, 8 a.m. with farmers’ registration, the release

Municipal body asks citizens to beautify Kohima

Kohima: The Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) has directed the business community, shop keepers, institutions and building owners within Kohima municipal jurisdiction to re-paint and whitewash their shops and buildings in view of the oncoming 50 years of statehood celebration. The Chief Executive Officer, Kohima Municipal Council, Elizabeth Ngully in a release directed all shops and institutions to put up proper sign boards in front of their shops was mandatory, and to re-vamp for shops that already having signboards the need to beautify and to keep the capital city clean. Further CEO has directed all shops to put up CFL bulb in front of their shops to illuminate the area at night; all traders/business to paint the shutters and entry doors in Venetian grey (5711) Dulux paint so as to maintain uniformity; all shops to maintain proper dustbins green in colour and covered with disposable plastic bags for easy and safe disposal. The business community has also been directed to comply with these directions on or before October 31, she said. (UNI)

COTPA to be strictly enforced in Dimapur

Kohima: The Control of Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003, would be strictly enforced in Dimapur district. A release issued by National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) district’s Nodal Officer Dr C Tetseo said the public and shopkeepers should be aware of COTPA sections 4,5,6 and 7.

He said the COTPA section 4 dealt with ban on smoking in public places like offices (public & private), malls, hotels, hospitals, banquet halls, discotheques, auditoriums, libraries, airport, railway and bus stations. while section 5 dealt with ban on advertisement of tobacco products.

Section 6 had two parts – part (a) banned the sale of tobacco products to any people below the age of 18 years and part (b) banned the sale of tobacco products within 100 yards of educational institutions.

Section 7 also banned the sale of tobacco products without pictorial warning, Dr Tetseo said, adding that the offence for the above mentioned sections was punishable under the provision of the Act. (UNI)

Two rhino poachers nabbed

Morigaon: Two poachers, who killed an adult rhino at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam, have been arrested.

The two poachers who were part of an interstate gang and had killed the rhino on Tuesday were arrested from Khuranibori village in an operation by the Forest Protection Force last night, police sources said.

One of them was identified as Mubarak Ali. The rhino was shot dead near the Tamuliduba camp in the sanctuary, but the poachers could not take away its horn. Three other rhinos were killed earlier this year.

The 38.8 sq km sanctuary is located about 30 km east of Guwahati. It has the densest population of the Great Indian One-horn Rhinoceros in a 16 sq km habitat. (PTI)

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