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NHPC bets big on hydro power projects in Arunachal Pradesh

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: NHPC Limited is betting big on Arunachal Pradesh which is estimated to have hydro-power potential of more than 50,000 MW.

SK Garg CMD of NHPC Limited said "Arunachal Pradesh has huge hydro potential. The state is estimated to have potential of 50,000 MW of which some 400 MW has been tapped. We will focus on Arunachal this year and are working on 6 projects, one of which is under construction. It has identified 6 projects with a capacity of 10,000 MW, of which one 2000 MW plant is under construction."

The other projects in Arunachal Pradesh are Diwang with a capacity of 3,000 MW which is under construction, Tawang I and Tawang II with a capacity of 1,500 MW, Subansiri Middle with 1,600 MW capacity and Subansiri Upper with 2,000 MW capacity. It has capacity addition plans for the XI and XII plans with a CAPEX of INR 21,600 crore for the XI plan and INR 30,000 crore for the XII plan. It has firmed up investments of INR 70,000 crore till 2020 to scale up its capacity to 20,000 MW.

During the current plan, it wants to invest INR 21,000 crore in 11 projects with a capacity of 4,622 MW. He said "Beyond XI Plan, we are in the process of executing 16 projects with a capacity of 14,000 MW. These will come up between 2012-20. By 2020, we hope to cross 10,000 MW and beyond 2020, we hope to cross 20,000 MW."

Garg said "It plans to open eight to nine power stations by the end of 2012. It has identified 16 projects with installed capacity of 14,000 MW in Arunachal, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim and Manipur. It is also looking at Bhutan and Myanmar. We have been asked to prepare Detailed Project Reports for three projects in Bhutan with a capacity of 3,000 MW. One has been submitted and two will be submitted by 2010-11."


Demands for new district gains momentum

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: Past and present Panchayat leaders and representatives of organizations of Nari-Koyu and Likabali assembly constituencies have called on the Chief Minister for creation of Lower Siang district inclusive of Nari Koyu constituency with Nari or Likabali as its temporary headquarters.

The demand is necessitated because of multi pronged problems being faced by the people of area as it continues to be at the middle of border dispute with Assam and lack of socio economic development in the area, the leaders said.

The leaders further added that permanent headquarter of the proposed district should be created at an accessible central area near to Assam-Arunachal boundary.

It further said that Feasibility report submitted by present DC West Siang be withdrawn and earlier recommendations sent by administrators of East and West Siang be taken in into considerations without further reference.

The DC has said that Basar is a feasible area as a district HQ for the proposed new district.

At least four Villages falling under Nari-Koyu administrative centre has made known its desire that it be excluded from the proposed new district.

Leaders have been demanding creation of Lower Siang district bifurcating East and West Siang. Catering to demands of the people, the government had asked for feasibility reports from the respective Deputy Commissioners.


BJP gears up for Poll as BJPMM targets Itanagar

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: With elections barely few months away, BJP is leaving no stone unturned to make its presence felt all across the state. It has constituted election committee to gear up its activities.

Bharatiya Janata Party state election management committee (SEMC) has been constituted with Dr. Tangor Tapak as its Chairman with Kiren Rijiju, Tapir Gao, Tamiyo Taga, Wangman Lowangcha, Padmeswari Jamoh, B.R. Wage, Tai Tagak, Dominic Tadar, Komjum Riba, Tayek Goi, Doni Nich, Kabak Yabii, Jotin Yangfo, Yaying Lombi, Yaying Bengia, Ruhi Tagung, Tar Serbi, Tadar Akap, Dr. Biman Natung, Kenjum Pangkam, Kago Tadi and Pritam Taffo as Members.

District Elections In-Charges of Bharatiya Janata Party has been constituted. Wangman Lowangcha will look after Tirap, B R Wage East Kameng & West Kameng, Tamiyo Taga gets the charge of West Siang while Dominic Tadar will look after Papum Pare and U/Subansiri.

Tai Tagak will be in charge of Kurung Kumey and Lower Subansiri while Tayek Goi gets East Siang, Sotai Kri gets Anjaw, Dibang Valley, Lohit, Lower  Dibang valley Districts.

Niri Chongrowju and Prem Thilley will look after Tawang while Doni Nich is in charge of Upper Siang and Kangir Jamoh gets Changlang.

On the other hand, members of Itanagar capital district Mahila Morcha has called for nomination of a woman as its candidate from Itanagar constituency for the coming legislative assembly election.

This call was made at a meeting of the District Mahila (Itanagar capital district) Cadres Meeting which was held today under the chair of its president Tame Yam Natung. Women empowerment, 33% seat reservation for woman in parliament and state assemblies were other issues discussed in the meeting.

The cadres recalled that the Bharatiya Janata Party has always been standing for the cause of women empowerment in the country and that it is the only political party to give 33% reservation for women in the party organization, in parliament and state assemblies.

The district mahila party cadres present in the meeting expressed “their long cherished dream to have a sensible, qualified, experienced and vocal woman representative from prestigious constituency of the state capital”.


Children to go hiking under the initiative of  Muskan

ITANAGAR, August 1: Muskan Society is organizing a Hiking expedition in collaboration with Raj Bhavan and department of Tourism in Banderdewa area on Aug 2.

The State First Lady Anupama Singh, who is the President of Muskan is initiating the expedition in an effort to inculcate spirit of adventure and to develop close association with nature in the young minds. In addition to it, the endeavour by the Muskan and Tourism department will go a long way in promoting adventure tourism in the State, which has huge potential for it.

Thirty students from Vivekananda Kendriya Vidhyalaya, Banderdewa along with senior officers of State government and Police and members of the Muskan Society will be taking part in it.  The participants will be going on a track, through hillock, dense forest and enjoy paranoiac view of the plains of Assam.

The expedition will be flagged off by the First Lady. It will start from Firing Range of PTC, Banderdewa, going towards West and turn to South, then will culminate at the Range site again, covering a distance of more then five kilometer.

It may be mentioned here that on initiation of the Raj Bhavan, the Tourism department in collaboration with department of Sports and Youth Affairs and logistic support from 4 Corps of Army organized a river rafting programme recently. (PRO to Governor)


NSS fresher orientation held at NERIST

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: The National Social Service Scheme (NSS) Cell of NERIST organized the Fresher’s Orientation Program at the NERIST Auditorium this morning.

The function was attended by Program Officers, Student Group Leaders, student volunteers and about 150 newly enrolled NSS volunteers.

The NSS Cell NERIST has a total strength of about 750 volunteers.

To mark the day, volunteers of the NSS planted trees inside NERIST campus.  The NSS Cell also adopted a model play ground inside the campus which will be maintained by them.

Earlier State Liaison officer, Dr. V.N. Sharma and the Co-ordinator of NSS Cell NERIST, Prof. Binay Singh addressed the Orientation Programme.

Speaking on the occasion the chief guest Dr. V.N. Sharma stressed on the role of the youth in the development of the society. He said that if every youth of the country spare few hours for the service to the nation, the country will be a very different place to live in. Youth just need proper direction and they can change the direction of wind, he added.

The coordinator while welcoming all the new volunteers highlighted the objectives, principles and motto of NSS. He presented a proposal of the various programs, which includes tree plantation, blood donation, and special off campus camp that are to be carried out during July-December 2009. He thanked department of Social Forestry, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh for providing saplings for free of cost for the tree plantation camp.


Citizens renovate link road

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: People of Nyokum Lapang today renovated an entire stretch of Colony Ring Road.

In the day long voluntary social service, the 220 meters colony ring road, which was open in 1994 by the Nyokum Lapang Welfare Committee has been renovated for the benefits of the people at the cost of Rs.3, 35,000 out of which the public contributed a sum of Rs. 1, 25, 000 while Public Leader Techi Kasso contributed Cement, sand, vehicle and physical support.

The road left unused for more than a decade because of its bad condition.

Around 200 people of the colony took part in the day long programme while pitched in too.

A release by the committee said that it had approached the PWD for renovation which the department did. But the condition even after repair was so bad that it remained unused. The matter was brought to the notice of the representative of the area for renovation which bore no fruit. The Committee then approached Kasso who came forward with support, the release added.


Brahma Kumaris’ meditation retreat for Chhatisgarh  Govt

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: A 3-day Rajyoga Meditation Retreat on “Self Sovereignty through Spiritual Wisdom” is being organized at Brahma Kumaris, World Headquarters, Mount Abu from August 1 to 4 exclusively for the Chhatisgarh Government.

Dr. Raman Singhji, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and his ministerial colleagues, Dharamlal Kaushik, Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Ravindra Choubey, Leader of Opposition Party and over 25 MLAs with their families are participating in this Retreat.

This unique programme is organized & hosted by Brahma Kumaris at their Academy ‘For A Better World’, Gyan Sarover, Mount Abu.

During the retreat, politicians will be enlightened on the topics: “Spiritual Wisdom for Better Governance” and “Inspirational Leadership”.

They will be exposed to realize the deep experience of “Peace of Mind” in the spiritual ambience of this institution. Chief Minister & all the Council of Ministers will join for plantation ceremony under the project “Green the Earth & Clean the Mind “ - a global initiative of Brahma Kumaris.

The family members of these VIPs will get an opportunity to explore and experience of a “Stress-free Living”.

Many prominent personalities of the  Brahma Kumaris including Rajyogi B.K. Mruthyunjaya, Executive Secretary, Brahma Kumaris, Mt. Abu;  would deliver lectures

The local RajYoga Center of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (PBKIVV), Itanagar  invites the  Arunachal Govt and others to follow the foot-prints of Chhatisgarh Govt. to establish a value based better society of culture of peace.



REDP training

ITANAGAR: N N Charitable Society (NNCS) will conduct a REDP training programme at Cane and Bamboo Manufacturing Centre Langper village, Sagalee from August 7 to 26 next.

The training progra-mme is being organized under the sponsorship of NABARD, regional office Itanagar for the development of artistic skills of local artisans of the area.

NABARD Regional Manager will inaugurate the programme as chief guest.


One house gutted down

PASIGHAT: At least one OBT house was completely gutted down in a fire accident at Yagrung village, East Siang District this morning. However, no causality was reported and police team is investigating the matter to ascertain the cause of accident.

Meanwhile, MLA Bosiram Siram immediately rushed to the spot and donated an amount of Rs 10,000 to the victim Tapak Tatan and appealed the local administration to immediately compensate the victim.

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