IT start up in Guwahati generates jobs for unemployed in north east

Guwahati,May 19: With the launch of its flagship initiative ‘Startup India’, the central government is trying to create an atmosphere for encouraging entrepreneurship among the youth.

‘Tech Variable’, a start-up launched by a group of young and efficient youth in Guwahati, and is bringing young engineers from across the northeast under one roof to brainstorm on technologies and innovative ideas.

The start-up ecosystem has taken the country by storm and the north east region also does not lag behind.

“I am an NIIT graduate and my co founders are from TCS Mumbai, Delhi respectively. So, four of us actually got together and thought about starting a service-based company in the Northeast because we found there is a niche market for it,” said Tech Variable’s Chief Operating Officer Ratnadeep Bhattacharjee to ANI.

There was a batch of 30-35 students, who had done training and internship from our company so few of them got recruited and few them are still going for research based work.

“My journey in TCS was quite overwhelming; I had a very good learning experience and I learnt a lot about corporate culture but life in a start up is completely hectic you have to work a lot and constantly brainstorm about products and services,” said Tech Variable CEO Nilutpal Boruah.

‘Tech Variable’ is providing various courses, including core java for beginners, advanced java, cloud computing to name a few.

It acts as a platform for the engineering students of various reputed colleges of the region to pursue their internship and get trained under the noble guidance of the seniors. Recruitment process is also held for the job seekers.

This would in turn enhance their creativity and help build up their career in the field of technology.

“Whatever we learn in engineering it is not that easy to get a job but again in Tech Variable it is totally different, here I got to know the industry trends. So it helped me a lot,” said a trainee.

It is noteworthy that a team named Techno Forensic, comprising of few trainees of Techno Variable from NIITS, Mirza in Guwahati under the leadership of Utpal Sarmah made the entire region as well as the nation proud by winning the ‘Smart India Hackathon’ contest held recently in New Delhi.

A 36-hour non-stop digital product development competition, Smart India Hackathon, was an initiative of the Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Team Techno Forensic was able to design and develop solution against the problem statement given by the department of chemicals and petrochemicals within 36 hours.

Such a step by the young entrepreneurs will boost up the efficiency of the upcoming techno freaks and promote effective resource mobilization of capital in the region as well as the nation as whole. (ANI)

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Remarkable improvement in North East’s security situation: Rajnath

Guwahati,May 17 : Committed to unleash the true potential of the North East, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said there has been significant improvement in the security situation of North East over the past years.

Addressing a meeting, Singh said there is a remarkable improvement in the security situation of the North East, adding that most of the areas in the North East are now free from militancy.

He also said that the Centre has taken several initiatives to expedite the peace and development process in the North Eastern region.

Singh said North East India is quite rich in terms of human and natural resources and to properly exploit this potential of this, it is necessary to create a safe and peaceful environment in this area.

“There has been significant improvement in the security situation of North East over the past years. Much of this area has been exempted from militancy and in some of the remaining pockets, militancy is losing its support rapidly. Effective counter insurgency, responsive development and better relations with the neighbouring countries have improved significantly in the situation. However, in some areas the Armed Gangs under the guise of militancy engages in activities like extortion, kidnapping and abduction,” Singh said.

He said initiatives by the government are taken for the development for fast-track development of road, rail, air, power and digital infrastructure and the promotion of local human resources is expected to provide better results in other areas along with better security conditions.

“From our Act East Policy, the doors of this region will open for South-East Asian markets,” he added.

Advising the Director General of Polices (DGP) of all the states that the traders and their holders of illegal arms run against organized campaign, Singh said the long-standing militancy in this area vitiate the security eco-system.

“With the improvement in the safety scenario, the police should approach their normal police function, such as prevention and detection of crimes, which has been suffering much from the last decade. Unfortunately, in certain states of North-East, criminal prosecution of criminal cases and conviction ratio is quite poor. In one state, the ratio of prosecution is only five percent compared to all India average 86 percent,” he added.

The Union Home Minister said although a large area of northeast has been liberated from militancy, the number of crimes due to the presence of illegal arms in such a large amount is also high.

“North East region is located along the international border, except for the Siliguri corridor located in West. These borders are smuggling through illegal weapons, drugs, narcotics, and fake Indian currency. Our border areas are practically un-policed. With priority in policing in these border areas, we need to set up adequate police stations. This will reduce cross border crimes and also create a sense of security in the minds of people living in far-flung areas,” he added.

He said radicalisation is a trans-national phenomenon.
“If it is not stopped it can be converted into terrorism, adding that there is a need to closely monitor their activities and take pre-emptive action wherever necessary,” he added.

“If one talks about future security threats then the problem of radicalisation has emerged as a major challenge. Radicalisation is a trans-national phenomenon. If it is not stopped it can be converted into terrorism. The sensitivity of North East and its adjoining areas makes this area more vulnerable to such cases. Therefore it is necessary to identify agents of radicalisation. Some of their agents are operating under the guise of religion. While some people are operating on the basis of NGOs and individual, socio cultural and educational development, hence it is also necessary that the flow and utilization of their foreign funds will be closely monitored,” he added.

He further noted that another emerging security threat is cyber crime.

“The events of cyber crime are increasing in the world. Cyber space, along with financial crimes, is being used to create unrest and instability. As we all know, how our enemies misused Cyber Space in 2012 to create instability after some ethnic clashes in Assam. Therefore, we need to make substantial improvements in the ability to investigate and prevent the abuse of digital media by cyber crime. In North East we need to establish well-equipped cyber forensic laboratories, as well as the sizeable pool of IT trained police officers,” he said.

Singh said that the people in the North East region, especially the youth, are quite aspiring and it is the government’s responsibility to make a better environment for them.

“They are looking at their better and prosperous future and want to move step by step with the progress of other parts of the country. It is our responsibility to make a better environment for them. Let us all work for a better, beautiful and prosperous future for our North East,” he added. (ANI)

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Automobile Society to give skill development push to auto sector

New Delhi, May 13: The Automobile Society (India) is planning to establish more student chapters and regional offices all over India to promote skill development programmes in the field of automobile and related sectors.

In 2014, the Society established a state private technical university in Arunachal Pradesh, namely North East Frontier Technical University.

According to a statement, the Society also completed training for at least 5000 students under National Skill Development Council (NSDC) star programme.

Society is the permanent member of Engineering Council of India and member of various Indian institutions and is a training partner for automobile skill sector with Council, NSDC and Government of India.

The Automobile Society (India), which is a professional body to promote various activities in the field of automobile industry, has expanded its new office to Gurugram, Haryana.

It provides different memberships such as Honorary Fellow, Fellow Member, Associate and Organisational Membership and Student Membership.

The Automobile Society also conducts Technician Membership examination and senior technician membership examination for their student members through Institution of Automobile Engineers India.

As per the direction of MHRD, Automobile Society India also submitted the file to the Statutory Council that is AICTE on April 24, 2017 regarding its technician membership and associate membership programmes for the purpose of government employment. (ANI)

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Manipuri icon Laishram Singh honoured with Padma Shri

Manipur,May 12: Age is not a hindrance for 97 year-old Laishram Birendrakumar Singh, who was conferred the Padma Shri Award, 2017, the country’s fourth highest prestigious civilian award for his contribution in music.

Singh has played a pivotal role in building, promoting music and preserving the indigenous Meitei tradition and identity.

Singh started at the very young age and dedicated himself to a lifelong study of a scientific approach to Manipuri folk music.
Through his research in folk music, he aimed to promote communal harmony in the state of Manipur, bridging the gap between different communities and enhancing emotional bonding amongst them. (ANI)

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Skill India trains, places first batch of candidates from Bru Tribes in Tripura

New Delhi,May 11: National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) organized a placement ceremony on Thursday to handover the offer letters to the skilled candidates from Bru Tribes trained under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).

The event was graced by M Nagaraju (IAS, Principal Secretary, Government of Tripura, Industries and Commerce Department (Skill Development) distributed offer letters to the first batch of 60 trainees of Bru Tribes at a placement ceremony in Tripura.

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has recently conducted a short term training for Bru Tribes, Tripura, a special component under PMKVY (2016-2020) of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India. The project aims to train a total of 300 candidates of which 120 are currently being trained, whereas 60 candidates have already completed their training. Companies like Triumph International (India) Pvt. Ltd., Quantum, a unit of KPR Mills Pvt. Ltd. (A Bombay Stock Exchange Listed Company) and Aathava India Pvt. Ltd came from Tamil Nadu for the distribution of offer letters to the students. They also had a brief discussion with the students to familiarize them with the career opportunities and work culture in their respective organizations.

“We made a great effort towards ensuring 100 percent captive placement to the first batch of 60 candidates in order to make our pilot project on skill development of Bru Tribe a success,” said MD and CEO at NSDC, Manish Kumar.

“Each and every student trained in the pilot phase will work as an ambassador for us, who will motivate more students to take up skill training under Skill India Mission and move out of relief camps. In this endeavor, we want to formalize this event which will help mobilize Bru Tribe people from Tripura to other parts of country and help them earn a better livelihood,” added Kumar.

About National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC): The National Skill Development Corporation, (NSDC) is a one of its kind, Public Private Partnership in India, under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

It aims to promote skill development by catalyzing creation of large, quality, for-profit vocational institutions. Till date NSDC has trained more than 11 million people through a network of 320 training providers and 40 Sector Skill Councils, operating 5000 training centers in 600+ districts across the country. (ANI)

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Assam: SSB sub-inspector killed in operation against NDFB(S)

Guwahati [Assam], May 10: One sub-inspector of 15 Battalion Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) was on Tuesday killed in an operation against the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) (S) insurgent group in the Manas Reserve Forest in Assam’s Chirang district.

It was a joint operation of the SSB, local police and the Indian Army.

One INSAS rifle was recovered from the place of action.

Further details are awaited. (source)

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Aizawl FC beat Churchill Bros to advance to semis of Federation Cup

Cuttack (Odisha), May 10: I-league champions Aizawl FC registered a 2-1 win over Churchill Brothers in the ongoing 38th edition of the Federation Cup in Cuttack, Odisha on Tuesday.

With this win, Aizawl FC become the first team to secure the semi-final spot from Group A.

Chullova’s 21st-minute penalty strike for the recently crowned Hero I-League Champions was cancelled out by Ghanefo Kromah’s 84th-minute penalty strike as well. But Laldanmawia Ralte’s 89th-minute header settled the tie in Aizawl FC’s favour.

A slow start to the game where both teams played with caution and the only real action in the first fifteen minutes was a Kamo shot in the 6th minute, was brought to life in the 21st minute when Aizawl FC were awarded a penalty. Lalruatthra bombarded into the Churchill Brother’s penalty box and was brought down by Adil Khan, prompting the referee to point to the spot.

Lalram Chullova stepped up and slotted the ball into the right corner to hand Aizawl FC the lead. Albino Gomes on the opposite end kept out Brandon Fernandes’s shot a minute later as the Goan outfit searched for the equaliser.

Syrian import Mahmoud Al-Amna was given permission to join the duo of Jayesh Rane and Bayi Kamo upfront and his presence and ability to take the ball into the final third, gave Churchill’s defence a tough time.

Al-Amna, in the 39th minute, linked up play with Kamo. But the Ivorian shot wayward of goal after seeing two defenders off. The half-time scoreline read 1-0.

It was not long for Churchill Brothers to test Aizawl FC’s defence, but the latter’s centre-back pairing held up to the task. Churchill Brothers enjoyed healthy spells of possession in the final third in the second half but could not make anything out of it.

With Aizawl FC playing cautiously in an attempt to seal off any chance for their opponents at goal, their midfield dropped back to make up numbers. That proved difficult for Churchill Brothers to handle and despite dominating possession, the Goan outfit were held at bay.

Both Teams missed the necessary edge upfront, but in the 72nd minute Kromah latched onto a long ball and almost released his shot but was shrugged off by the Aizawl FC defence line. Churchill Brothers were awarded a penalty in the 84th minute and Kromah stepped up to score with confidence and level proceedings as the scoreline read 1-1.

But Ralte spoiled Churchill Brother’s party as his header in the 89th minute found the back of the net to give Aizawl the advantage.The full-time scoreline read 2-1 as Aizawl FC registered their second win of the tournament to qualify for the semi-finals. (ANI)

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First north east woman to represent India at Misses World 2017, USA

Jorhat, (Assam),May 09: In the recently held South Asia 2017 beauty pageant, an event organized under Misses India TM, Mrs Reshita Baruah from Jorhat represented Assam and brought laurels by winning the coveted title of “Ms India World 2017” held in Gurgaon, from 22nd-25th April.

Baruha will now become the first lady from the north east to represent India in international beauty pageant, “Mrs World, 2017” in Seattle, USA to be held from May 26th to 29th 2017.

Baruha told ANI, “I always wanted to do something different and be a part of the glitterati fashion world, but then, I prioritized and preferred education to modeling.”

Reshita has acquired a masters degree from Bangalore University and has also been awarded a fellowship for her Ph.D research. She desires to actively participate in social causes, creating awareness among people regarding the importance of girl child education and sustainable development.

Four contestants were selected in regular category to represent India at different international platforms.
Besides Reshita, Suhasini Sudan Maheswari will represent India in Mrs South East Asia Universe, Amisha Chaudhary in Mrs India United Nations and Shalu Punetha in Mrs Asia United Nations.

Misses India TM is the only company in India which is associated with Mrs. Universe, Mrs. Earth, Misses United Nations and Mrs. Universal.

Mrs South Asia 2017 is one of the most highly regarded beauty pageants in India for married women. It is not just a beauty pageant, but a vision and a dream which celebrates the essence of being a woman.

Mrs South Asia and Mrs India Home Makers are two platforms that have garnered love and respect from all over. They are getting recognized by many international platforms as well. (ANI)

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Japan shows keen interest to develop Higher Education and Research in North East

Imphal [Manipur], May 09: North East India has a lot of cultural similarities with Japan. Further, North East India has a rich tradition of traditional knowledge whose potential has not been fully realized. In order to transform NE India and building a new India, education and scientific pursuits are very important. In order to realize this, IBSD took the initiative to explore the possibilities of a tie up with Japan in the field of higher education and research , said Prof Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), a National Institute of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India. He also said , no country has developed without application of Science and Technology , and Japan is the best example.

Mr Hiroshi Yoshino, Director, University of Tokyo India Office, delivered a lecture here today in the IBSD main campus, on “Strengthening India-Japan Collaboration – An opportunity for Higher Education and Research in Japan”. He showcased the various academic and research prorgrams in Japan and appreciated the lead taken by IBSD in promoting the Cherry Blossom Festival in India and proposed a Japanese education fair in the the North East this November , when the Cherry Blossoms will be in full bloom.

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Special session of Tripura assemble to Pass GST Bill

Agartala, May 09: A special session of the Tripura Assembly would begin from May 23 to pass the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, state Finance and Information Minister said here on Tuesday. Bhanulal Saha said that passing of the State GST Bill in the state assemblies was mandatory for the rollout of the new indirect tax regime in the country. “The Business Advisory Committee would decide the number of days and other business of the upcoming session,” Saha told IANS. On April 6, the Parliament had passed four legislations thereby paving the way for the roll out of the GST from July. (source)


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Manipur: Four security personnel injured in suspected IED blast

Tengnoupal (Manipur), May 8: At least four security personnel were injured on Monday morning in a suspected IED blast, in Lokchao area of Tengnoupal district here.

Meanwhile, the area has been cordoned off as security sweeps are being conducted to ascertain no untoward elements still persist in the location.

Last month, a low intensity IED blast was also reported at a place near the temporary ROP post of CI post Lamlai in Imphal east district.

No casualty was reported in the blast, which the police suspect was triggered using a remote-controlled device. (ANI)

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