North East News Digest

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Northeast_India_States_svgNorth East India is the eastern-most region of India comprising the contiguous Seven Sister States—Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura—and the Himalayan state of Sikkim. News from these states seldom hit the headlines and their under-representation in mainstream media doesn’t help us connect with them either. I See India  wants to improve our knowledge about the life of people in these eight states so that we get over our apathy towards them and develop a humane connection instead. Every week there will be a North East News Digest highlighting good news and cultural activities from these places.

Tripura ahead of Kerala with 94% literacy

Tripura has achieved the first position in literacy with 94.65 per cent, beating Kerala (93.91 percent). A government survey was conducted in 2012, which found that only 1,31,634 people of the State’s 37 lakh people were illiterate. The success story of Tripura can be attributed to the over 8,254 voluntary literacy workers (VLWs)who  worked with full dedication at 8,152 adult literacy centres to make the remaining 1,31,634 people unlettered people literate. Anganwadi workers under the Social Welfare Department have also assisted the VLWs in their endeavour.

‘North East Live’: First 24×7 satellite news channel launched in Arunachal Pradesh

The first 24×7 satellite news channel was launched in Arunachal Pradesh last week. ‘North East Live’ is a sister channel of Guwahati-based Pride East Entertainment Private Limited running three other channels.Chief Minister,Mr. Nabam Tuki, said during the launch that this is a giant leap forward for journalism and mass media in the land-locked state of Arunachal Pradesh  which boasts of just seven dailies being published from the capital and few other tabloids from other parts.

‘Tsokum’ festival celebrated in Nagaland

The Khiamniungan community celebrated their premier festival ‘Tsokum’ in Nagaland last week. Tsokum is a 8 day festival celebrated in the first week of October every year in Nagaland. This is the pre harvesting festival. People harvest their crops after thanking God for good crops during Tsokum Festival. The festival includes dancing, singing, cleaning, repair of the roads, and outdoor cooking and eating.

Tripura gets Fast Track Courts for Crime Against Women

Two fast track courts have been formed by the Tripura High Court for speedy disposal of cases related to crime against women. Presently there is only one women police station in Agartala and special women desks in all the 67 police stations in the state to cater to women’s issues.

7 year old girl with rare congenital disease gets generous donations for treatment

Last week NDTV reported the story of Ayesha Gope from Tripura, who is suffering from a rare congenital medical condition that causes her brain matter to puff out from the cavity of the skull.Local doctors had given up and her family cannot afford her treatment outside the city.Plenty of people have come forward to help her after seeing the news and contributions have crossed Rs. 14 lakh so far. The group handling Ayesha’s treatment says they now have sufficient money to get her treatment started. In case of a surplus, they plan to help other patients in the region who can’t afford their medical bills.

Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Sikkim a huge success

A recent survey has revealed that the hot cooked mid-day meals served to school children of Sikkim has had an affirmative effect not only on the retention of dropout rate, enhanced enrolment of children, particularly of girl child at the elementary level, but has also helped improve the health of students. The menu is liked by the children and is cooked in hygienic conditions. Also women from financially weak communities are employed as cooks and helpers, further easing the burden on families of backward communities.

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