Naga News


DIPR, Kohima

Thursday, 14th February 2019




            One day media workshop ‘VARTALAP’ a flagship programme of the Central Government was held at East Gate Hotel, Kohima on 14th February, 2019. The workshop was organised by Government of India, Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.

            Advisor of Information and Public Relations, SCERT, VG, Government of Nagaland,  Toshi Wungtung,  in his speech said, ‘VARTALAP’ is a focus on media to mediate about network and networking which has to be conclusive and result oriented. Advisor also said that the hallmark and role of the media should be both observant and participant. Responsible journalism should be to tell the difference between what the truth is and what is fake.

            He expressed that there is also a need to create awareness to the general population and here media acts as the vehicle of deliverance to the people. If there is an absence to communication between the government and the target groups, he said that there will be devastation and this is where journalists come in.

            Journalism should have a holistic approach and not be half baked. The Advisor asserted that the knowledge and attitude is vital to create complete awareness which will ultimately lead to the practice of this awareness. He also added that freedom of speech should not be corrupted and there should be a balanced view based on facts to achieve a balanced society.

            Deputy Commissioner Wokha, Dr. Manazir Jeelani, Samoon, IAS, speaking at the workshop, said that India though being the biggest democracy of the country the participation of people is not there and added that if there is no participation there will be loopholes and country will not be a vibrant democracy and, hence, media plays a very important role in ensuring that the participation comes directly as well as indirectly.

            He stated that India is in an era where not only news but fact news is important in presenting the true story by going to the field and getting  the first hand story, because media is like a mirror that shapes and narrates the society and help in the progress of the society. He added that free and fair media is an essential tool for a vibrant democracy and being the Fourth Pillar of democracy it has to be strong, independent and vibrant so that the vision of democracy can go on continuously without creating havoc.

            He further pointed out that knowing all the government schemes and its implementation is a basic thing that the media people should know and whether the output of the schemes are making a difference to the grassroot level. He encouraged the journalists to go to the field to get the firsthand experience and also to get the facts right so that the credibility of the news will increase and people will get to know the real issues.

            Secretary KPC, Alice Yhoshu said that though there are many centrally sponsored schemes being implemented in Nagaland often, only the implementing departments are aware of the details. She added that in some instances even the state’s administrators do not have any knowledge about a particular scheme, leaving aside the media fraternity and the public.

            She said that media has very little exposure to most of the centrally sponsored schemes as there is very little or no interaction at all between the implementing departments and the journalists.

            She further pointed out that when there is no transparency and the Press is kept in the dark, there is more scope for corruption. She also emphasised on training for journalists to understand the schemes, so that they can interpret them to the people.

            The programme was chaired by R.J. Tiamongla. Welcome address was delivered by Deputy Director, PIB, Abdul Hamid, IIS. While Vote of thanks was delivered by News Editor AIR, Kohima, Asonuo, IIS. Song & Drama Division presented a special song, Ministry of I&B, GoI. In the Technical session topics on ‘Smart City’ was presented by Administrator, KMC, Kovi Meyase, ‘Poshan Abhiyaan’ was presented by Additional Director, Tulula Pongen, ‘Ayushman Bharat’ was presented by Deputy Director, H&FM, Kikameren Longkumer. Topic on ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ was presented by SDO, Water & Sanitation Support Organisation, PHED, Er.Wonjanbeni Odyuo and ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana & Farmers Welfare related Schemes’ was presented by Representative from Directorate of Agriculture.

                                                                                    (Esuihangle, Tovikali & Takumpula)



            An awareness program on sustainable forest management was organized by Kohima Forest Division in collaboration with the local functionaries of 8 (eight) villages under Nagaland Forest Management Project (NFMP), JICA at Tuophema on 13th February 2019.

            During the program DFO Kohima, Rongsenlemla Imchen, IFS highlighted on the importance of the role of local communities on the successful implementation of NFMP project. She said that a landscape approach to the project is important for the sustainability of various components and also for the benefit of the community with regard to livelihood security. Discussions were held on household survey, Focus group discussion, Microplan, JFMC formation and accounting procedure. Village councils of Tuophema and Zhadima spoke on behalf of the local functionaries and assured full cooperation to the department.

            Ranger Chiephobozou, Sanchu spoke on the issues relating to microplan preparation and household survey, Saratho Katiry EAC Botsa, also spoke about the relationship between conservation and livelihood and exhort the gathering to cooperate with the department. The program was attended by Village councils, JFMCs, Youth group, Women Society, SHGs and church workers of all the 8 (eight) villages under NFMP project of Chiephobozou Range.


            (Akamla IA Kohima)




            The Business Advisory Committee held a meeting on 12th February, 2019 at 01:00 P.M. in the Assembly Committee Room under the Chairmanship of Speaker in-charge, Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Zhaleo Rio and finalised the Provisional Programme for the ensuing Third Session of the 13th Assembly. The Committee decided to hold the session on 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 25th and 26th February, 2019. During the session, the following Business will be taken up:

  1. Governor’s Address
  2. Obituary references
  3. Moving of Motion of Thanks to the Governor’s Address
  4. Questions
  5. Laying of Annual Administrative Reports
  6. Introduction of Government Bills
  7. Presentation of Supplementary Demand for Grants for the year 2018-2019
  8. Debate on the Motion of Thanks to the Governor’s Address and adoption.
  9. Consideration and Passing of Government Bills
  10. Discussion and Voting on the Supplementary Demand for Grants for the year 2018-2019.
  11. Introduction, Consideration and Passing of the Nagaland Appropriation (No.l) Bill, 2019.
  12. Introduction of Government Resolution/ Motion, if any
  13. Laying of Reports/ Rules, if any
  14. Laying of Finance Accounts and Appropriation Accounts
  15. Presentation of Assembly Committee Reports, if any
  16. Discussion on Government Resolution/ Motion and adoption
  17. Presentation of Budget
  18. General discussion and Voting on Demand for Grants for the year 2019- 2020
  19. Introduction, Consideration and Passing of the Nagaland Appropriation (No.2) Bill, 2019.
  20. Announcement of the Constitution of various Financial and Non- Financial Committees and Panel of Chairman by the Speaker.
  21. Unfinished Business, if any
  22. Adjournment of the Session sine-die.





            The monthly meeting of District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) which was scheduled to be held on 8th February 2019 has been postponed/deferred to 18th February 2019 at 11.00 AM at the DC’s conference hall, Zunheboto.

            DPRO Zunheboto in a press release has informed all the board members to take note of the change of date and attend the meeting positively.

                                                                                                (DPRO, IA Zunheboto)




            As part of the Shehri Samridhi Utsav under the theme “Eat Safe, Eat Healthy and Eat Fortified,” the Street Food Festival was held at Clock Tower area in Tuensang Town on 14th February 2019 which was organised by the District Urban Development Agency (DUDA), Tuensang and Tuensang Town Council (TTC).

            Inaugurating the Street Food Festival, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Tuensang, L. Jamithung Lotha said the scheme is for income generation and upliftment of Self Help Groups (SHG). Emphasising on the local products, he urged the people of the area to buy local made instead of buying company products. He also shares the ideas on how to sustain the SHG and how they will make it bigger. He assured this food festival to grow big in Tuensang district. The Food Festival was presented by different SHGs from nearby villages, 3rd NAP Camp Tuensang and Tuensang Town.

            Earlier, the introductory speech was said by SDO (Civil) Tuensang, Pakon Phom while the welcome address was delivered by Secretary DUDA Tuensang, Wachusie Katiry.


             (DPRO Tuensang)