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Meghalaya missing in the rail connectivity list, Arunachal the biggest gainer

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government is making all efforts to fulfill its election manifesto - inclusive growth of North Eastern region, particularly the connectivity of the region, both to the rest of the states in particular and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in general. Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain on February 4, 2017 announced that Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) is going to undertake three surveys for laying railway tracks connecting Bhalukpong to Tawang, Silapathar-North Lakhimpur-Bamey and between Murkongselek-Rupai-Pasighat. 

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Rijiju stresses on mental fitness of Disaster Management personnel

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Thomas Lim
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on February 3, 2017 called upon the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel to focus not only on physical but also on mental fitness, since India is a country which is prone to disasters, both natural as well as man-made. He was speaking at the inaugural programme - Inner Strength and Disaster Resilience being organised by the NDRF in Delhi where he said the NDRF has become one of the most dedicated forces in the country which is being appreciated in India as well as abroad within a short span of time.
He further pointed out that the security forces always try to focus on the physical fitness and forget about their mental fitness, and there are certain situations, where along with physical strength, spiritual and mental strength is also needed.

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NE states signs MoU with HRD ministry for improving technical education

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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

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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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