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Arunachal Pradesh: Vice President of India to address State Assembly on October 9th; Read to know updates of other NE states

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Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu will address the State legislature on the 9th of October. As a matter of procedure, Governor BD Mishra has summoned the members of Arunachal’s 7th Assembly to attend their special eight session . The Vice President shall start his address at 11:15 am on the said day.

ASSAM : State Government allows re-opening of educational institutions for physical classes from October 1st

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Assam government has allowed re-opening of physical classes of all degree and postgraduate courses in colleges, counting specialized institutions and colleges and class IX from October 1, and from lesson I to VIII and lesson XI in a reviewed way from October 19, in both government and private sectors.

Online mode of instruction will proceed for students who prefer to opt for online classes instead of physically attending school. Physical participation in schools is discretionary and not compulsory

MANIPUR: Atal Tinkering Labs installed in more than 60 school campuses in Manipur

The Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) installed across the schools in India under NITI Aayog’s initiative. The Progressive English School, Lamding, Thoubal, celebrated their installation. Manipur alone has installed ATLs in over 60 school campuses.

The event was attended by Surjakumar Okram, MLA Khangabok AC; Dr Moirangthem Nara Singh, Nahakpam Babulin, Thokchom Sanju Singh, Ahongsangbam Bishorjit, Chongtham Sanjoy and Narengbam Livingstone.

MEGHALAYA: Meghalaya to renew coal mining activities despite environmental concerns

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In April 2014 the National Green Tribunal had imposed a ban on rat-hole coal mining adjudged ‘dangerous’ for both humans and the environment. It may be recalled that persistent illegal minings in remote areas over the preceding years have led to multiple deaths-15 coal miners in 2018 were killed when water flooded the coal tunnels and with the advent of 2021 to have already witnessed 6 such deaths; prospects of more mining-related deaths stand highly probable.

According to the assertion made by Meghalaya Officials, the NGT ban had been lifted as per a sanction issued by the Supreme Court in the year 2019. The apex court confirmed in its order that the locals of Meghalaya possess ownership rights over their lands with full access to the minerals beneath. The Supreme court had said, the NGT ban stands irrelevant on the pretext that coal mining be operational under Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act and Mineral Concession Rules 1960.

Indicating possibilities of renewal, miners Nehlang Lyngdoh and Dapmain Shylla, forwarded thanks to PM Modi and CM Conrad K. Sangma for restoring hopes across Meghalaya’s coal belt, which they said have been the earning source for thousands of families. It was further mentioned that the Union Coal Ministry had granted leases for three coal blocks. As per reports, a mining plan is being currently devised and is expected to operate from the dawn of 2022 from Jaintia Hills in three blocks.

W.R. Kharlukhi, State’s Rajya Sabha member and National People’s Party leader expressed great contentment and said, “We are happy that we have kept our election promise to restart coal mining.” Following the grants, anti-mining activists, Angela Rangad and Agnes Kharshiing have to their discontentment raised several socio-political concerns.

Agnes implied, renewal of coal-mining activities to mainly be for political gains and given there is no proper blueprint for coal-mining in Meghalaya, the project undoubtedly will resort to illegal rat-hole mining giving rise to human trafficking and other illegal means.

Shillong based-activist Angela, further added that the process as to how coal blocks have been leased, remains unclear since they fall short on any access to the documents. “The profit-driven government, seem to be dashing for early extracts since November to April have been the peak time for coal mining” she said

MIZORAM: Consumer affairs minister of Mizoram tests positive for COVID-19

On September 27, Mizoram’s Minister of Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs, K. Lalrinliana (61) tested positive for COVID-19, according to an official. According to him, he is the state’s sixth legislator to contract the virus. He claimed Lalrinliana, who is also in charge of local administration and fisheries, had mild symptoms.

According to the official, he would be sent to Zoram Medical College (ZMC), the state’s only dedicated COVID-19 facility, which is located near Aizawl. Dr Vanlaltanpuia and F. Lalnunmawia, two ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) legislators, and lone BJP MLA Dr BD Chakma have previously tested positive for COVID-19. They’ve all recovered from the infections.

NAGALAND: Rising People’s Party appeals to the Naga entrepreneurial community to take over derelict shopping complex

On 27th September, the Rising People’s Party (RPP) raised concern over a shopping complex and parking plaza at the Forest Colony in Dimapur, which ‘has grown derelict’.

RPP appeals to the Naga entrepreneurial community to take ownership of the issue by saying “Having declared the meaningless ‘Year of Farmers’ and ‘Year of Entrepreneurs’ in the past, the government can now actually empower a generation of young entrepreneurs with its concrete action.”

SIKKIM: Sikkim Police apprehends two from Rajasthan in connection to Cyber Crime

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Two people from Rajasthan have been arrested by the CID Sikkim Police in connection with a 2020 cybercrime case involving an online gift card scam. The vice chancellor of Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) filed the complaint in October last year. It was reported that he sent a mass email to SMU employees about Amazon gift cards using his personal email account.

A Sikkim Police CID squad led by investigation officer PI Abhishek Dahal tracked out the alleged Rajasthan fraudsters Subham Punya and Preshit Agarwal after thorough investigations.

TRIPURA: Bishalgarh-road-rage: One dead, one injured

More accidents occur as the Bishalgarh-Bisraganj road stays unmonitored with poor traffic lighting and management. One such tragedy in the latest took away the life of young Bishal Debnath (34) who with his friend Pranab Saha (30) on a scooty ride crashed into a Bolero approaching from the opposite direction.

It was recorded that the accident happened somewhere around the Jangalia area under Bishalgarh subdivision last night around 10:00 pm. Sources state the two to have been working mechanics set on their daily commute back home to Bisramganj.

Both being badly injured were immediately taken to the nearest hospital at Bishalgarh where Debnath was pronounced ‘brought dead’ by the doctors. Pranab Saha, severely injured, received necessary treatments and is currently battling for life. Later, on availing the services of fire brigade vans, the scooty was shifted while the Bolero had to handed over for police proceedings.

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