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- At least 13,000 people have been affected in Assam
- Rescue operation titled “Megh Rahat” underway
- Landslides in the hilly Dima Hasao district snapped rail link to Barak Valley
Assam, June 04, 2017: At least 13,000 people in Assam have been affected by flood, officials said on Sunday. Also, landslides triggered by incessant rain disrupted rail connectivity to the state’s Barak Valley region.
Assam State Disaster Management Authority officials said at least 13,000 people have been affected due to the year’s first wave of floods in 28 villages in Lakhimpur, Jorhat and Biswanath districts, in the past 24 hours.
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Besides, landslides in the hilly Dima Hasao district snapped rail link to Barak Valley. The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) had to cancel a passenger train to Silchar from Lumding on Saturday after landslides affected the hill section.
The water level in Brahmaputra river has indicated an increasing trend and is flowing above the danger level in Nimatighat, prompting the officials to suspend ferry services to the island district of Majuli from Jorhat.
The Assam government has already instructed the officials in flood-prone districts to arrange relief and rescue materials in case of emergency situations.
The army, along with the civil administration, also carried out a joint exercise on flood rescue titled “Megh Rahat” in Dharamtul area in Morigaon district.
The exercise aimed to ensure collective mutual benefit of all participants, who ranged from the army and State Disaster Rescue Force (SDRF) personnel to local population including school children. (IANS)
Assam, Jan 28, 2017: Assam is the new member of the cities organising literary jamborees group. Assam’s BLF ie. Brahmaputra Literary Festival is the new attraction in the already mesmerising North-east. BLF will last for three days wherein it will witness the participation of approximately 150 authors from India and abroad.
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BLF is a well-planned event organised by the National Book Trust and the Assam government. It will host 60-panel discussions, book releases, readings and culture events including screenings of films based on books, musical and dance performances.
NBT Director and a Sahitya Akademi winning Assamese author Dr Rita Choudhury gave a statement saying, “We have aimed to make the festival a landmark event of the country’s literary calendar which will not only expose people to interact with famed litterateurs but also take literature of the northeast to the rest of the country and the world.”
“There are many popular literary festivals in the country but the northeast with such a rich literary tradition, both past and contemporary, is yet to have one and the BLF wants to change that,” Choudhury said.
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“We hope that the festival will become an annual feature of the country’s literary calendar and not only encourage new ideas and their dissemination but also offer a platform for intellectual exchanges,” she said.
Carlo Pizzati from Italy, Clara Penalvar from Spain, Randy Teguchi from Japan, Linda Christanty from Indonesia, Dhunpal Raj Heeraman and Ramdeo Dhorundhur from Mauritius, Rajivawizesinha from Sri Lanka and Selina Hossain and Shaheen Akhtar from Bangladesh are few of the many contemporary authors that are expected to participate in the festival. The festival will be inaugurated by Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar.
– prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter: @shambhavispeaks
Manipuri Woman makes Naga Food a Rage in Belgium: Lulu’s Tribal Kitchen leaves people hungry for more!
Indian food has been a great hit among foreigners since a long time. Whether Indians set up food joints in other countries or foreigners visiting India, in both cases Indian cuisine is drool worthy to them. But it must be noted that most of the food across the borders is North Indian food- butter chickens and dal makhani and chicken tikkas. It is surprising to see how Lulu Pheiga, a woman from the Rongmei Naga tribe of Manipur, has made Naga food a ‘rage’ in Genk, Belgium.
Her food truck named Lulu’s Tribal Kitchen serves simple North East Indian food, using authentic spices and condiments she imports from Imphal, Manipur.
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Lulu says to theindiandiaspora.com, “It was only when I went to Delhi to work that I started trying out recipes and started looking out for the right ingredients. I would wait to go home to get the right stuff, or would wait for friends to bring along. Now that I am here, it’s the same story again! So I want to start import of local northeastern herbs which would benefit people who want to explore the cuisine as well as help the local farmers there.”
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Food from north-eastern parts of India is also famous all over the nation, especially in North India due to its simplicity and exotic flavours. With the trend of food adaptation and modification or improvisation, authentic Naga food is a unique style of cuisine. Some of them are:
Here is a list of mouth-watering food items that you will find hard to resist!
– Smoked Pork: Meat or pork is hung above a Naga kitchen’s fire for several days until it is crispy on the outside and juicy inside. The food item is usually preferred with rice but you can try it with slices of bread as well.
– Bamboo Steamed Fish: Bamboo is one of the most famous ingredients of Naga food. In Bamboo Steamed Fish, fish is stuffed inside bamboo sticks’ tubes and flavored with light spices and it is cooked in steam. It is then emptied from the bamboo shoot can be eaten with a variety of sauce.
– Eromba: This healthy dish emerges from Manipur. Vegetables are boiled and mixed with smoked or roasted fish, and the fiery flavor of the world’s hottest chilli Raja Mirchi is added. Eromba is to be eaten with rice or Manipur’s millet bread.
The Indian Diaspora Website mentions, Lulu’s primary support is her husband, and the two wish to come up with a restaurant in northeast India that serves Belgium specialty dishes, which sounds like culture exchange at its best! This year in 2016, the couple are planning to visit Nagaland during the infamous Hornbill Festival along with some of their Belgian tourists, in an attempt to show the incredible north-east India is.
– prepared by Chetna Karnani of NewsGram. Twitter: @karnani_chetna
Itanagar: Recently-ended tenure of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki lead to the official describing the Kalikho Pul-led government as “highly illegal” and “unconstitutional” on Sunday. He further blamed the Modi-led government for destabilizing his democratically elected government.
“They (central government) pulled down my government and proclaimed President’s Rule citing the breakdown of law and order. They will try to destabilize governments in non-BJP-ruled states by imposing Article 356 and then installing an ‘unconstitutional’ government like they did in Arunachal,” said Tuki.
“Why don’t they impose President’s Rule in BJP-ruled states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra where the governments have failed to tackle suicide of farmers, job scam and other issues?” the veteran Congress leader quipped.
Criticizing Governor J P Rajkhowa for administering Kalikho Pul’s oath as chief minister, Tuki said: “As per parliamentary convention, the governor should invite the single majority party to form the government.
“But in this case, the governor administered the oath of office and secrecy to Pul who is not even the leader of the Congress Legislature Party besides knowing that the matter is pending in the court. Isn’t the governor misusing his office? This does not augur well in our parliamentary democracy.”
The former chief minister also demanded the removal of Rajkhowa as the governor.
“Instead of safeguarding the constitution, he murdered democracy and the constitution for his own political interests, knowing the simplicity of the indigenous people in Arunachal.”
Pul, leading the pack of 19 rebel Congress camp, was sworn in as the eighth chief minister on Friday night.
The BJP, which has 11 members in the 60-member Arunachal assembly, has extended outside support to Pul. Two independent legislators are also supporting the 19 rebel Congress legislators.
But sources close to the rebel Congress camp claimed that nine Tuki loyalists are set to shift their allegiance to Pul.
Claiming that he still enjoys majority in the house, Tuki, the first Christian to be the Arunachal chief minister, said: “With the disqualification of 16 legislators, the effective strength of the house is only 44. Of these, 26 MLAs are with me and my government and, therefore, I still enjoy the majority.”
He also described the formation of the new government as “highly illegal” and “unconstitutional” since Pul had not been elected leader of the Congress Legislature Party.
“The Congress cannot take the support of the BJP in forming a government. The Congress does not subscribe to the BJP ideology. Therefore, the new government cannot be a Congress government.
“We will not allow this unholy alliance to continue. We will continue to fight for justice in the court of law.”
Meanwhile, Pasang Dorjee Sona, one of the 19 rebel Congress legislators, held Congress leader V Narayanasamy responsible for the political mess in the state.
“It was Narayanasamy, in-charge of party affairs in the state, who is responsible for the mess in the state. He never allowed us to meet and share our grievances with Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) and vice-president (Rahul Gandhi),” Pasang told reporters.
“We have to work with the BJP in the interest of the people of the state. Governance has nothing to do with political ideology. Good governance and development of the state come first,” Pasang said. (IANS)