Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mithi represents Congress in Mongolian People’s Party meet

MUKUT Mithi, a senior Congress leader from North-East India, has been on a visit to Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia to take part in the 90th anniversary meet of Mongolian People’s Party. Mithi is representing the Indian National Congress to take part at the event at Ulaanbaatar, situated in the valley of Tuul river and surrounded by mountains. Mithi would be visiting Mongolia between February 28 and March 2, 2011.
Mongolian People’s Party, earlier known as Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party, was founded in 1921 and remained in power in most of the last 90 years. Mongolia is a landlocked country in Central Asia and is bordered by Russia to the north and the People’s Republic of China to the south, east and west.
This is the second time in less than three months that Mithi, a former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister, was nominated by the Congress Party to represent it at key political event abroad. During the 6th General Assembly of International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) held in the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh on December 2-3, 2010, Mithi represented the Congress and spoke on the occasion.
Interestingly, a Chess tournament named after 90th anniversary of the Mongolian People’s Party took place in ministry of foreign affairs and trade, Mongolia on February 25-27, 2011.
(In picture: A Mongolian Buddhist monastery)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Arunachal Pradesh clocks 22.43% growth; turns fastest growing Indian state

BELIEVE it or not, Arunachal Pradesh is the fastest growing Indian state during the last financial year of 2009-10. The North-Eastern state of Arunchal Pradesh is growing twice as fast as India which is considered to be a high growth country around the world. In fact, Arunchal Pradesh clocked the highest economic growth rate in the country of 22.43 percent in 2009-10, followed by Mizoram and Goa, according to a government report.
It was a dramatic turnaround for the state as its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) rose only by 7.51 percent in 2008-09.
Minister of State for Planning Ashwani Kumar informed the Lok Sabha that Arunachal Pradesh is the fastest growing Indian state with 22.43 percent growth in 2009-10 while Mizoram and Goa registered GSDP growth of 13.95 percent and 13.03 percent respectively during the same fiscal. The growth of North-East states of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram is remarkable as GSDP growth performance of Rajasthan and Karnataka, for example, stood at 3.95 and 4.99 percent respectively.

Friday, February 18, 2011

DONER sanctions Rs 69.92 crore for roads in Arunachal Pradesh

THE Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, or DONER, has sanctioned funds worth Rs 69.92 crore for development of road network in Arunachal Pradesh. Also, the Centre has also given in-principle approval for sanction of Rs 48.5 crore to build additional road projects in the state. The Rs 69.92 crore fund has been sanctioned from the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) Fund for taking up development work in four districts of the state, a government release said. During this financial year alone, about 80% of NLCPR sanctions for Arunachal Pradesh has gone towards development of roads and bridges alone.
Significantly, Arunachal Pradesh leadership has always expressed concerns about non-connectivity to 22 strategically located administrative centers of the state. Also, in a reply to a question by former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Mukut Mithi, the minister of state for shipping, road transport and highways KH Muniyappa informed Parliament on December 12, 2008 about how 31 bridges on NH 52 were completed and five are at different stages of completion, and the work on remaining 11 bridges would depend on availability of funds and government’s approval for the same.
The Centre has now declared openly that improving road connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh has become a top priority. Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region BK Handique urged governments in all the eight states in the Northeast to fast-track sanctioned projects for the greater benefit of people.
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