News Post - Live, Latest and Breaking news from Assam & India. The new Assamese News Portal on Politics, Business, International news, Bollywood and much more http://www.newslivetv.com/ Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:02:52 +0530 News Post en-gb 5,000 MT rice for Tripura arrives at Bangla port http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/5-000-mt-rice-for-tripura-arrives-at-bangla-port.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/5-000-mt-rice-for-tripura-arrives-at-bangla-port.html Landlocked and remote Tripura is set to receive its first consignment of 5,000 MT of rice dispatched by the Food Corporation of India via a fresh lifeline through Bangladesh bypassing the traditional national rail and road routes....
AGARTALA: Landlocked and remote Tripura is set to receive its first consignment of 5,000 MT of rice dispatched by the Food Corporation of India via a fresh lifeline through Bangladesh bypassing the traditional national rail and road routes.

Bangladesh, besides opening up its ports to transport goods to neighbouring Tripura, has also decided not to levy any tax on the food grains for Tripura. The Sheikh Hasina government in Bangladesh has also upgraded and renovated 58 km of roads from the port to Akhaura at it's own cost as goodwill gesture towards Tripura, so that loaded trucks can move safely and speedily.

FCI officials said that this first consignment of rice through Bangladesh has arrived at Ashuganj port on Sunday morning. The ship arrived from Visakhapatnam via Diamond Harbour in West Bengal after travelling about 20 days.

The consignment will remain at the port till Id-ul-Fitr, scheduled on Tuesday, before the consignment is offloaded. "The rice is expected to start moving for Akhaura integrated check post (ICP), Agartala, by road in Bangladeshi trucks from Ashuganj port in next week," an FCI official said.

FCI took to this new route earlier this month following persuasion from the Tripura government to explore an alternative sustainable route for transshipment of goods.

The state government faced a challenge when Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) announced it would suspend all train services between Lumding and Agartala from October 1 for conversion of metre gauge to broad gauge at least for six months.

"Tripura is connected by NH 44 with the rest of the country but due to poor maintenance of highways, it becomes risky travelling for loaded trucks and buses. With the inception of train service up to Agartala, all good movements were shifted to the railway. But since the railway service is going to be suspended for gauge conversion, FCI has opted for the alternative route via Bangladesh," said an official of the state food and civil supplies department.

Once the entire 5,000 MT of the first batch of rice is successfully transported to Tripura from Ashuganj port, FCI will move for delivery of subsequent consignments for Tripura via this sea route. "Tripura's monthly requirement of rice stands at 30,000 to 35,000 MT every month and in six months it would be around 2 lakh MT and the sea route would be the only viable option," the official added.

"The entire movement is likely to take 15 days including loading and discharge, as some extra days are required for necessary permission. But subsequent journeys along this route will take shorter time and be much cheaper than rail or road movement," said food and civil service minister of Tripura Bhanu Lal Saha. He said the entire movement, including loading, unloading and carrying, will be carried out by Bangladeshi labourers and 700 truckers.

"We have been informed that the Bangladesh government will not charge anything for transshipment and transportation of rice through its port and roads for Tripura. On the contrary, it insisted on long-term business relationship with Indian states," said a top official of the state administration.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/5000-MT-rice-for-Tripura-arrives-at-Bangla-port/articleshow/39152431.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:14:00 +0530
'Need to create awareness about Hepatitis B and C' http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/need-to-create-awareness-about-hepatitis-b-and-c.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/need-to-create-awareness-about-hepatitis-b-and-c.html Although a lot of awareness has been created on HIV and cancer in the northeast, there is hardly any awareness about the highly infectious Hepatitis B and C diseases, in spite of the presence of a large number of intravenous drug users (IDU) and people with high-risk behaviour here....
GUWAHATI: Although a lot of awareness has been created on HIV and cancer in the northeast, there is hardly any awareness about the highly infectious Hepatitis B and C diseases, in spite of the presence of a large number of intravenous drug users (IDU) and people with high-risk behaviour here.

The gastroenterology department at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day on Monday launched a week-long awareness programme aiming for wide awareness about the diseases. Around 1.8 per cent of the population in the northeast is afflicted with the Hepatitis-C virus and 2 per cent with Hepatitis-B. IDUs, people with multiple sexual partners, healthcare professions and haemophiliacs are in the high risk category.

Medical experts say a registry is required, as in the case of cancer, to record the number of deaths due to Hepatitis-C is required for proper data accumulation. Activists and medical practitioners warn that unless effective programmes are implemented, there could be a further escalation in the number of cases of people afflicted by these dreaded viruses as most of the infected people do not know they are carrying it.

A viral time bomb, Hepatitis-C is widely prevalent amongst intravenous drug users. The districts of Surachanpur and Bishnupur in Manipur have the highest number of people carrying the Hepatitis-C virus (HCV) with the prevalence rate close to 90 per cent amongst the IDUs there.

"The government as well as other organizations should take urgent steps to sensitize people about the diseases. It requires political will and force to push the agenda. People are not that fully aware about the diseases. Hepatitis C is a silent killer," said B D Goswami, head of the department of gastroenterology, GMCH.

"Hepatitis-C is more infectious than HIV but people do not fear it as much as HIV. Chronic hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. We need to strengthen prevention, increase Hepatitis-B vaccine coverage. Mindsets need to be changed," said N N Barman, former principal GMCH.

People with HCV (Hepatitis-C Virus) are more prone to develop chronicity that can lead to liver damage, close to 75 to 85 per cent, as compared to Hepatitis-B Virus infection (HBV). Also contributing to HCV infection is indirect sharing. About 50 to 70 per cent of IDUs reported sharing of injecting accessories like common container for drug preparation, filter cotton, rinse water and others that contributes to transmission of HCV rather than HIV.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Need-to-create-awareness-about-Hepatitis-B-and-C/articleshow/39152459.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:15:00 +0530
YMA to conduct headcount of Chakmas http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/yma-to-conduct-headcount-of-chakmas.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/yma-to-conduct-headcount-of-chakmas.html Young Mizo Association (YMA) will soon conduct a census of the Chakma community living in Mizoram....
AIZAWL: Young Mizo Association (YMA) will soon conduct a census of the Chakma community living in Mizoram.

Vanlalruata, general secretary of the central committee of the YMA, said the census would be conducted in the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) areas and also in other parts of the state.

He said efforts would be made to ensure that Mizos were able to own land inside the CADC. "It is extremely unfair that the sons of the soil are barred from owning land in CADC," the YMA leader said.

Earlier a study on the Chakmas was conducted to find out about the growth of the Chakma population in the state.

Their rise in population in Mizoram has been attributed to the displacement of a large number of people from the community after construction of the Kaptai Dam in Chittagong Hill Tracts in the erstwhile East Pakistan between 1957 and 1962. A large number of Chakma refugees were also sent to Arunachal Pradesh. More Chakmas came to the state after the Centre created the CADC in 1972 without consulting the people or leaders of Mizoram.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/YMA-to-conduct-headcount-of-Chakmas/articleshow/39152462.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:15:00 +0530
Mancachar residents seek Gogoi's help over kidnapping, extortion http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/mancachar-residents-seek-gogois-help-over-kidnapping-extortion.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/mancachar-residents-seek-gogois-help-over-kidnapping-extortion.html Concerned over the frequent cases of kidnapping and extortions by militant organizations in Meghalaya, the residents of the Mancachar area in Assam's Dhubri district has sought chief minister Tarun Gogoi's intervention in stepping up security for people working in the neighbouring state....
GUWAHATI: Concerned over the frequent cases of kidnapping and extortions by militant organizations in Meghalaya, the residents of the Mancachar area in Assam's Dhubri district has sought chief minister Tarun Gogoi's intervention in stepping up security for people working in the neighbouring state.

Dhubri borders Meghalaya and a large number of people from the district are engaged in different sorts of work in the neighbouring state. Dhubri's Mancachar provides a large pool of labour force in Meghalaya's Garo Hills districts. But the people from Dhurbi often complain that they are frequently harassed by militant groups. In the recent times many of the labourers from the Mancachar area were killed by insurgents in Garo Hills districts.

The Hatsingimari Mankachar Nagarik Suraksha Samity (HMNSS), a citizens' body from Mancachar area, recently met Gogoi to discuss the rising cases of kidnapping and extortions by militants in Meghalaya. HMNSS representatives said as Dhubri borders Meghalaya's Garo Hills district, people from Assam prefer to work in the neighbouring state for their livelihoods. The manpower crunch in the labour sectors is fulfilled by people from Dhubri district.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Mancachar-residents-seek-Gogois-help-over-kidnapping-extortion/articleshow/39152471.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:16:00 +0530