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Energizing Northeast Conference

The Indian Chambers of commerce (ICC) organised a conference on “energizing North East” in Shillong to share an ideas of producing its own energy. The conference which was held at the State Convention Centre, Shillong was attended by both Minister of Power from Meghalaya and Nagaland Mr. Comingone Ymbon and Mr. Kipili Sanngtam in the presence of Mr.Pankaj Kumar the Secretary Bureau of Energy Efficiency of the Government of India.

With the theme ‘Power for all’: Availability, Accesssibility and Affordability in the NE Region, the conference was graced by other eminent person from the energy department like Mr.Sougata Sen GM ONGC Tripura Asset, Mr. D. S. Yadav Executive Director, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., Mr. W. Synrem Economic Advisor, NEC and many other more.

Speaking at the conference Mr.Pankaj Kumar said that “there is sufficient of energy in our country produced by all sources but the main problem is providing the energy to each and every home.” The reason is because there is weak mechanism in transporting the energy. While many of the delegates mat not agree with him as one unanimous clearly said that “I think the central government have a fix policy by giving northeast step-motherly treatment”, perhaps they want us to only buy energy from them.

The second half session begin with a theme “Renewable Energy; Hydro power Energy Efficiency and Associated Infrastructure in which experts from various Energy department shared out their ideas on sustaining the above theme. Those resource people were Mr. Yeptho DGM, Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd, Dr. Atanu Banerjee Assistant professor NIIT, Meghalaya, Mr Tapan Mishra VP Suzlon Energy Ltd. Mr. Dilip Sarma Sr. Consultant NETC and Ms. Arneet Kaur Originator, Statkraft Market Private Ltd.

There is a massive thrust to expedite projects in the North East to overcome power shortages and increase prosperity. Investment of £980 million has been earmarked for upgrading power systems in the North Eastern States. The panellist during the conference has urged both Government of India and NEC to provide more funds to Northeast region in order to make more micro power project in the region. Tripura and Sikkim are the only states that are self sufficient and are capable in energizing them self while the rest need to buy energy from outside northeast.

 

The difficulties on land acquisition and skill man power were the main topic discussed during the Question and answers session. The panellist also urged the government officials to encourage both the public and government to implement solar energy in their rooftop as to be self sufficient. Meanwhile around 1700 plus 150 youth will be trained by the energy department. The conference also emphasizes on using renewable resources for clean and sustainable environment such as solar, wind and hydro power. Northeast states being blessed with abundant and tropical environment are capable of producing their own energy sources.

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Transfer of Villages

The Commissioner  and Secretary of the Government of Meghalaya, Community & Rural Development has issued a notification regarding the transfer  of 3 villages of Selsella C&RD Block to Demdema C&RD Block and 10 Villages under Demdema Block to Selsella C&RD Block respectively. 

The transferred villages of Selsella C&RD Block to Demdema C&RD Block are Nolbari, Old Bhaitbari and Khowajori (Gajbari). The transferred villages under Demdema Block to Selsella C&RD Block are Batabari, Chirakowa, Koikuri, Tarapara, Goalgaon, Boldamgre, Jotchugre, Peradanga, Nekikona and Morasuti. 

 

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Awareness programme on RTI

With the objective to empower the citizens and promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government, The Awareness workshop on Right to Information was held at DRDA Conference Hall, West Garo Hills today in the presence of P B O Warjri, and Chief Information Commissioner of Meghalaya.

 

In his power point presentation Mr. Warjri highlighted the importance of Right to Information and its functions and implementation in the State of Meghalaya. He stated that the basic objective of the Right to Information is and make our democracy work for the people in real sense. He further informed that a citizen has the right to seek information from public authority and obtain information in any form. He also talk about the exemptions and disclosure under Section 8 and 9 and Schedule II of RTI Act which enumerates the categories of information exempted from disclosure and the names of the Intelligence and Security which are exempted from the purview of the Act. Other speaker on ‘awareness on RTI’ were Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills, Pravin Bakshi, Mr. Habul Das, Department of Mathematics, Don Bosco College, Tura and Mr. Confirm Challam, Student of Tura Polytechnic, Additional Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills, A V D Shira, Tura Municipal Board, D N Sangma, Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Raksamgre Civil Sub-Division, L Ch Marak, Extra Assistant Commissioners, Shelley Ch Momin, Rezia Ch Sangma and Heads of all departments of the district, Principals, teachers and students. Song and dances were also presented during the function by students of different schools of the town.

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BSNL Prepaid Offer

In a series of offering customer friendly schemes for the benefit of customers The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will offer its costumer a new Voice and Data Centric Plan of Rs. 429 for unlimited voice and 1 GB data per day for 90 days under prepaid mobile services. This plan will gives Free voice (Local/STD) on any network and 90 GB data @ 1 GB per day for 90 days. 

According to Shri K.K. Saxena, CGM BSNL is committed to provide affordable and efficient services to all segments of BSNL loyal mobile customers. He also added that BSNL offer the best prices to the customers considering the present trend of Indian telecom industry and this newly launch initiative is the most competitive plan in present market scenario.

 

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DALAI: THE CARDAMOM VALLEY OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Indrajit Tingwa

Anjaw, one of the Eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh is divided into three valleys with Dalai Valley being one of them. Dav and Lohit are the two other valleys. Dalai Valley is famous for the production of large cardamom. One of the remotest and closest administrative circle headquarter in the valley, Chaglagam reflects the turn around it has given to the economy of the Mishmis, the tribe inhabiting the valley in recent years. Chaglagam is close to the Indo-China border and is about 60 km distance from Hayuliang.

The valley is refreshingly serene with panaromic view of the hills that dot the landscape. It is a part of the young Himalayas. Now and then on the way, one can find waterfalls and streams cascading the hillsides adding to the wellendowed natural canvas of the valley.

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