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SIKKIM: Local entrepreneurs should not be discouraged, says CM P. S. Golay

The first rural entrepreneurs meet in Sikkim, the ‘Udyami Vikas Sammelan,’ was conducted on September 27 at St. Xavier’s School in Pakyong.

The event was hosted by the Sikkim Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Society (SEEDS) in collaboration with the Pakyong-based NGO Sikkim Education Society (SES). Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang was the chief guest at the ceremony.

‘Take a risk in your life. If you win, you can lead. But if you lose, you can guide.’ said the Chief Minister, beginning his speech with a Swami Vivekananda proverb. According to him, the day is significant because it promotes rural entrepreneurship.

He expressed his gratitude and congratulations to the SEED Society and the Sikkim Education Society for their excellent efforts. He promised the state government’s full cooperation in carrying out this mission.

ARUNACHAL PRADESH: State covid positivity rate dips to 0.27 percent

Having reported only 3 cases, Arunachal’s positivity rate dropped to 0.27 %. Single-day recoveries exceeded by 38 cases. The total tally of covid cases is 54,352.
A total of 53,755 people have recovered from the disease so far in the state, the official said.

ASSAM: Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal elected in Rajya Sabha

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Former Chief Minister of Assam and current union minister Sarbananda Sonowal was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha. Assam has 7 seats in Rajya Sabha out of them 2 are held by the congress and 1 by an independent MP. Mr Sonowal, of BJP, was recently in Guwahati along with Chief Minister Sarma to collect the election certificate from the returning officer.

MANIPUR: Machengluang Village Authority joins the voice of protest to strongly condemn the brutal killing of Athuan Abonmai

To condemn the brutal killing of Athuan Abonmai, the Machengluang Village Authority (MVA) has also joined the voice of protest. The late Athuan Abonmai’s native village is Machengluang. The village authority mentioned that Athuan was a tall and visionary leader from the village who contributed immensely for the Zeliangrong community living across the States of North East India and towards the Naga cause in many ways.

MEGHALAYA: Bangladeshi minor handed over to Border Guard Bangladesh on humanitarian grounds


A women smuggler Begum (35 yrs) R/o Bangladeshi village Shantinagar, and a 13-year-old boy Tangir (13 yrs) R/o of BD village Naljuri were caught up in a cross-border arrest by the Border Security Force (BSF) at Nongkhen in Meghalaya in an attempt to get pass an unfenced area along Indo-Bangladesh border.

It was later disclosed by the woman that the minor was made to tag along as an accomplice to swiftly dispatch smuggling items to India. In a flag meeting on Saturday, where police representatives were also present the minor was handed over to the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on humanitarian grounds. The woman on the other hand was officially handed over to Baghmara Police Station to undergo necessary legal proceedings.

Inderjit Singh Rana, Inspector General, BSF, Meghalaya Frontier affirmed, “in cases as sensitive where minors are involved, BSF looks into it that best humanitarian approaches be adopted. He further remarked that both guarding forces over the years have grown to develop mutual understanding over such matters and that as a result has helped strengthen the bond shared between neighbouring countries.

MIZORAM: Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) Village Council Association threatens protest over non-disbursal of grant-in-aid (GIA) Fund under MFC

Despite the fact that all of the works proposed under the scheme have been completed, the Village Council Association (VCA), a conglomerate of 88 Village Councils in Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) in Mizoram, has threatened to stage a protest over the non-disbursal of the third quarter of their grant-in-aid (GIA) (Non-Salary) sanctioned under Mizoram Finance Commission for the financial year 2021–22, has threatened.

According to a press release published by the organisation, the Government of Mizoram, District Council and Minority Affairs, released INR 17.54 lakhs to Village Councils under the Chakma Autonomous District Council for the third quarter of the GIA (Non-Salary) on November 20, 2020. Despite receiving the funds from the State Government, the Council has yet to distribute them.

NAGALAND: Nagaland ranks 21 among 28 states in the country in the latest Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index

Nagaland ranks 21 among 28 states in the country in the latest Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index and Dashboards reports, informs the joint secretary, Union Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) ministry, Anuradha Sharma. Sharma questions why the projects from the northeast are not getting approved, and why the ministries are not able to spend the 10% GBS. She spoke at a review meeting of scheme-implementing departments under the DoNER ministry in Kohima.

TRIPURA: Bookselling industries oppose government’s policy of book distribution to students

All Tripura booksellers and publishers’ Association (ATBSPA) over a week ago appealed to the state government to cease sale of standard IX to XII books to students which allegedly had come to undermine the business of book selling industries. The Association however expressed ‘no objection’ against, on the condition that policy is implemented free of cost.

It was further also brought to attention that NCERT rules prohibit direct sale of books to students. As the appeal stands unmonitored, around 20 bookshops in Bishalgarh subdivision alone were shut down totaling up to 100 book shops across the state.

In the recent 5th bi-annual conference of the association, members expressed grievances concerning the huge downfall, bookselling businesses in the state have had to withstand since 2019. Towards the end of the meeting, the central committee of the association thereby proposed the Chief Minister’s immediate involvement in the matter.


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