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NE states signs MoU with HRD ministry for improving technical education

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
All the eight North Eastern states were among the 18 states and a Union Territory for improving the overall standard and quality of technical institutes. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry on February 2, 2017 signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the third phase of Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP-III), to be implemented as a ‘central scheme’ from April 2017 with assistance from the World Bank, the project has an outlay of Rs 2,660 crore. It will be co-terminous with the 14th Finance Commission (2019-20).
According to the HRD Ministry, an estimated 200 government and government-aided engineering institutes and Affiliating Technical Universities (ATUs), including Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), will benefit from the project. Autonomous institutes will be entitled to funds of up to Rs 15 crore, non-autonomous institutes up to Rs 10 crore, ATUs up to Rs 20 crore and mentor institutions up to Rs 7 crore.

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Union Budget does not reflect PM’s assurance of inclusive growth for NE

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The third Union Budget presented by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley did not announce any new initiative for the North-East Region (NER), although the budgetary allocation for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DONER) saw a hike of about Rs 158 crore. The government’s budget also suggests an increase of nearly 35 per cent in allocation for the north-eastern region across all ministries, but there is a total absence of any new proposal particularly for Meghalaya.
According to allocations for important ministries, Rs 2,682 has been allocated for 2017-18 for the DoNER Ministry against Rs 2,524 for 2016-17. Allocation for the NER across all ministries in the Union Budget 2017-18 was Rs 43,250 against Rs 32,180 for 2016-17, reads the budget copy.

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Press Council for the freedom of media and honest journalism

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Thomas Lim
Press Council of India (PCI) Chairman Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad reminded the Press fraternity that People’s trust in the media is vital. If that is lost, creditability of journalists will diminish he said while speaking at the seminar on “paid news” organized jointly by the PCI and Tripura unit of Indian Journalists Union on January 31, 2017 at Agartala. Also, while alluding to a meeting he had with some newspaper owners who told him how their business was losing out for lack of funds; Prasad said that in newspapers there must be an independent editor. Failure of editorship will harm the reputation of the media.

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Credential of Security Guard once again in question after Pune techie murder

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Thomas Lim
The breakthrough on the sensational murder of a young Infosys software engineer K. Rasila Raju (25) who paid with her life for objecting to a Security Guard, 26 -year old Bhaben Saikia staring at her in the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, Hinjewadi, Pune has once again raised the question if the Private Security Guards are qualified to either safeguard the lives or the buildings they are posted in for duty.
In this particular case, the victim, K. Rasila Raju, was a software engineer from Kerala and had been working with Infosys since 2015. According to Police sources, though it was her weekly off, she had come to office to complete a project and had been engaged in online communication with her colleagues at the company’s Bengaluru office, she had objected to Saikia staring at her when she came out of her office and threatened to complain to his bosses.

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Stakeholders in textiles should acknowledge weakness more than showing superficial interest

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Thomas Lim
As an attempt to attract investments in the north east region, particularly in the textiles and allied sectors, a two-day North East Investors’ Summit was inaugurated by Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani in Shillong on January 29, 2017, the theme being: Exploring Opportunities in North East Region, aims to showcase the North Eastern Region (NER) as a global destination for investment, and to explore the possibility of bringing in convergence of efforts of various central ministries and North Eastern states to attract investment.
This Summit is a welcome move brought about by the joint efforts by the Ministry of Textiles and the Ministry Of Development Of North Eastern Region (DoNER) in collaboration with industry associations Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

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