North East News Digest

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Do you remember the name of the girl/boy from North-East who studied with you in college? It was chinky, right? How convenient, isn’t it? Can you tell me the reason for this antagonism towards the people from North East? Is it because you are cut-off from their lives and don’t know what’s going on there or is it just plain arrogance because you don’t have their facial features? If you have an answer to this question then do spare a thought on Shradha Chettri’s simple question, ” If our Momos are acceptable, why not us? ”  Meanwhile here is I See India’s regular feature about the news and events from the region. And yes, the next time you engage in such name calling for your friends or strangers from the Seven Sisters, think again.

Tripura’s bamboo tiles head for foreign shores

bamboo tilesTripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar recently inaugurated the Rs.25 crore bamboo tiles factory, which employs  German, Taiwanese and Chinese technologies, at a Bamboo Park at Bodhjungnagar.  The Tripura government, five years ago, began developing the Bamboo Park at a cost of Rs.30 crore on 100 acres of land to help expand bamboo-based industries. There is a huge market for bamboo tiles in the US, Japan and Australia and in Europe. the annual market potential for value added bamboo products in India is Rs.4,463 crore Read more here.

Arunachal gets first state disaster management unit

Arunachal Pradesh moved a step closer to forming a self-sustaining disaster response mechanism with the first company of the  State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) being finalized. The function of SDRF would be to minimize casualties in during mishaps. The need for an SDRF was felt for a long time as the state, which falls in seismic zone-5, is vulnerable to various natural calamities like flash floods, cloud bursts, landslides and earthquakes. The trainees were explained concepts like medical first response, collapsed structure search and rescue, fire fighting, flood and water rescue, psycho-social care of disaster victims and carcass management. Read More here.

Meghalaya awarded best performing Gram Panchayat

A remote village employment council (VEC) in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district has been awarded the ‘Best performing’ Gram Panchayat in the country in implementing the MGNREGA for 2012-13. The East Garo Hills District provided employment to 52,166 households with an average of 96.29 man-days per household, which ranked it as one of the best performing districts in the country in implementation of MGNREGA. Read More here.

You might also like to read – Sikkim: Welcome to India’s ‘hidden paradise’ . This is an account of Harriet O’Brien’s interaction with Tenzing Lepcha, environmental activist and local hero, as published in The Independent. It is amazing how people from across the world take such a keen interest in our local heroes and  take out the time to appreciate the beauty of India.

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