New Delhi, December 30: The Central Government has approved a proposal for 10 new projects for providing comprehensive water supply to various areas of Chennai city. These projects were approved at the meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) of the Union Ministry of Urban Development in New Delhi recently. These projects include water supply scheme for Pallikarani, Chinnasekkadu, Puzhal, Surapattu, Puthagaram, Kathirvedu, Vadaperumabakkam, Theeyambakkam, Edayanchavadi, Sadayankuppam, Kadapakkam, Palavakkam, Mugalivakkam, Manali, Kotivakkam, and Perungudi. These projects have been sanctioned at an approved cost of Rs. 27114.11 lakhs. The Central Government will contribute 35% towards the total cost.
The highest amount of Rs. 6959.90 lakhs has been sanctioned to Puzhal, Surapattu, Puthagaram, and Kathirvedu.
Borewells is the primary source of water in many of these areas. At other places, majority of the existing distribution systems in these areas are very old and not sufficient to carry the required water to the population. Water connections are also not metered. Also, there is prevalence of high water loss in the distribution network. The projects aim to improve the quality and quantity of service, water metering, reduction in leakages and energy consumption and enhancement in customer satisfaction and revenues to water supply organizations.
The projects will also ensure that the distribution pipeline network reaches out to the maximum population. Also, since the population for these areas is increasing there is a demand for an increased supply of water, which is aimed to be provided through these new water supply projects sanctioned by the Ministry of Urban Development.
Imphal, December 29, 2013 : Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh today inspected the Marjing Pony Sanctuary site at Heingang, Imphal East. He was accompanied by Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Minister Govindas Konthoujam, MLA N. Biren Singh, renowned filmmaker Aribam Shyam Sharma, Ratan Thiyam Chairperson National school of Drama, Prof. Th. Tombi Singh, Commissioner Art & Culture R.K. Nimai Singh and other top officials of Vety & AH Dept etc.
Inspecting the site Shri Ibobi Singh said that the required land acquisition of the sanctuary will be done at first and then an eco-friendly fencing in the form of a ring-Bund will be constructed.
For this he also gave his advice and suggestion to Shri Govindas to prepare and submit the DPR for the project at the earliest to the Union Agriculture Ministry. He said that a race course and a training polo ground are also to be developed in the site. Later, when meeting with some land pattadars of the proposed site, CM assured that the government will give compensations accordingly and will not acquire their land by force. He appealed for cooperation from the public in this project to preserve and promote the endangered Manipuri Pony the population of which is less than 1000 at present.
IMPHAL, December 28: A three member official team sent by the Ministry of Home Affairs has arrived at the State on Friday to scrutinise the current impasse of the Indo-Myanmar border issue.
The team are officials sent by the Surveyor General of India and will meet the Chief Minister and other delegates of political parties of the State at the CM Secretariat at 1 pm today.
The meeting has been called by the CM to discuss the current imbroglio of border encroachment.
It may be mentioned that the international border at Moreh was sealed off on December 24, following a public rally when Myanmarese civil bodies, Tamu Youth Network and Chindwin Youth Network demonstrated the building of the integrated check post at Moreh.
The civil bodies had also mentioned that the construction work at border pillars number 77, 78 and 79 need to be halted and there are also another nine border pillars which are controversial.
From the Indian side, several visits have been conducted to inspect the border controversy and a visit on November 7 last had included members of the Surveyor General of India, BRO officials, Shambu Singh who is the joint secretary in charge of northeast.
Shambu had also stated that the Union government will invite authorities from Myanmar for a bilateral meeting by the end of the year or first week of next year.
The border issue is a confusion of border pillars or fencing dividing villages, Shambu had mentioned.
New Delhi, December 28: The Centre has sanctioned Rs 488.59 crores to Maharashtra for improving rural road network under the Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) –II. An Empowered Committee meeting held in New Delhi on Friday, approved Maharashtra’s proposal for building 829 kms length of rural roads during the year. Out of this, Solapur (126 kms), Pune (88 kms), Latur (71 kms) and Osmanabad (53.35 kms) are the largest beneficiary districts. In a letter written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Union Rural Development Minister Shri Jairam Ramesh has conveyed that Batch II of Maharashtra’s proposal under PMGSY II, for 227 roads having a road length of 1,550 kilometers will be taken up during the next Empowered Committee Meeting to be held on January 7, 2014.
Initially, Maharashtra received little Central assistance under the PMGSY as compared to other states, under the plea that state road connectivity was much satisfactory. However, Shri Chavan continued to pursue the need for central funding for rural roads with the Rural Development Minister. The Rural Development Ministry introduced PMGSY II to benefit states like Maharashtra to improve upon their already existing rural road connectivity and the State is expected to construct and upgrade a total 2600 kilometers of rural roads under this project.
While Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana is 100% centrally funded programme, PMGSY II is on cost sharing basis between the Centre and states at 75% : 25%. For special category states, the central funding is to the tune of 90%.
New Delhi, December 28: The construction work on the “Rashtriya Smriti” on the banks of River Yamuna is likely to be completed by October next year. The “Rashtriya Smriti” is to be the permanent place for holding last rites of departed national leaders like Presidents, Vice Presidents, Prime Ministers and such other leaders as approved by the Government. The Government further proposes to develop the locations where former Prime Minister, late Shri I. K. Gujral and former President, late R. Venkataraman were cremated as samadhis and integrate these with the “Rashtriya Smriti.”
The “Rashtriya Smriti” will be landscaped with bold and simple geometry of nine squares of monumental dimensions and it will have a central court surrounded by stepped green area to accommodate large public attendance. The plaques of departed leaders will be placed in their memory.
The Government had in August, 2000 decided not to build any more samadhis of departed national leaders. However, Government has since permitted cremation and construction of samadhis of some departed leaders. Consequently, in January this year, it was decided to construct the “Rashtriya Smriti” on the banks of River Yamuna. The construction is being carried out by the Central Public Works Department.
New Delhi, December 28: TEJAS attained another significant milestone on 27th Dec 2013, by flying the 500th sortie this year, the highest achieved in a calendar year thus far. The achievement is significant, given that the highest number of sorties attained earlier in a calendar year was less than 300 sorties This feat follows close on the heels of attaining IOC on 20 Dec 13. The pace of the programme continues with greater enthusiasm towards achieving newer milestones.
Congratulating the Tejas team Avinash Chander, SA to RM and Secretary Deptt of Defence R&D said, "the single most important factor behind the achievements is the synergy of teamed efforts of ADA, DRDO, CEMILAC, HAL and IAF."
Year 2013 has been exceptionally successful year for Tejas in achieving key milestones while participating in seven detachments all over country, an excellent achievement in itself. Noteworthy accomplishments are In-flight relight (shutting off and then reigniting the single engine), high energy brake testing, flight envelope expansion, R73E missile firing with radar guidance, Air to ground weapon tests, Emergency jettisoning of entire store, Aircraft in wake tests, Wet Runway trials, demonstration of Swing Role capability during exercise IRON FIST. All these led to a big leap towards achieving IOC 2.
Imphal, December 27: After 904 days in judicial custody, A. Naobi aka Naocha Sharma was on Friday sentence for a three years imprisonment for committing culpable homicide but not amounting to murder by the Court of the Sessions Judge Manipur East.
The convict A. Naobi was produce before the Court of A. Guneshwar Sharma, Sessions Judge, Manipur East where the court convicted A. Naobi for three years imprisonment with a fine of 10,000 rupees and in default of the payment of the fine the accused was ordered to undergo another three months imprisonment.
It can be noted here that the convict A. Naobi Sharma using a stone hit a person identified as A Sunil Meitei on June 15, 2011 at around 7.30 pm at Leirenpat near RMC Cinema Hall along the Kongba Yairipok road who succumbed to his injuries.
The court verdict stated that A. Naobi did not intentionally kill the deceased Sunil Meitei. The deceased Sunil hit the wife of the convict by his motor bike on that day on his way back home from work and as a result his sustained injuries on her body and on seeing blood coming out of her mouth the accused with a sudden provocation hit the deceased on his head by a stone available nearby him.
Imphal, December 27: The residents of Tuinuphai village condemn the unruly, peace-shattering and provocative activities of some men and women who forcibly entered Tuinuphai village on December 20, around 2pm under the guise of celebrating Christmas and to permanently settle down in the village said Letsei Vaiphei, the Chief of the village.
Addressing a press conference here at Manipur Press Club today afternoon, Letsei Vaiphei, alleged that around 31 men and women in collusion with Zou Defence Volunteers-ZDV (a SoO signatory) arrived in the village in a truck owned by one Kaizathang Tungdim of Zou Veng, Churachandpur, along one Tata Winger without the prior approval and permission of either the Village Authority or the local church which is the norm in a tribal village.
Those people who intruded in Tuinuphai village came on the behest of one Michael Zou, Home Secretary, ZDV who send a letter addressed to both Letsei Vaiphei, chief of Tuinuphai village, and Tongkhogin Tungdim, former chief of the village added the village chief.
The former chief Tongkhogin Lungdim and his eldest son Khamminthang Tungdim has issued No Objection Certificate on October 16, 2008 for transferring and recognition of chief ship in favour of Letsei Vaiphei added himself.
Even the Deputy Commissioner, Churachandpur, issued an order for recognition of Chiefship in favour of Letsei Vaiphei on May 23, 2009.
Letsei further alleged that camping at Zogal Hall as refugees is a ploy to hoodwink the public and the govt. the fact is that all of them have their own respective home in and around Churachandpur. A person who has never settled at Tuinuphai village has been paraded before the media as a refugee even from Haokip veng, Imphal.
Appealing to all the concerned to cease following the path of hatred and violence for sake of peace and harmony and further urge the concerned authority to take up necessary action according to the law of the land to avoid further problem said Letsei.
New Delhi, December 27: The Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP, Narendra Modi will be coming to Manipur on February 8 to kick off the 16 Lok Shaba election campaign for the North East region said a reliable source.
Narendra Modi will arrived Imphal in a charter plane around 8 am where he will took part in a public rally in Imphal and will kick off the Lok Shaba election campaign for the whole northeast region.
Modi will spend around three hours only and will headed for Guwahati where he will again join a public rally, source adds.
In the meantime SS Alluwalia, BJP National vice president and Tapir Gao, National general secretary will be arriving Imphal on December 29, 2013 to chalk out the strategy for the forthcoming Lok Shaba election campaign.
Hoshiapur, December 27: The UPA Government is fully committed to provide improved health facilities to the people at their doorstep and does not discriminate with any state in health matter says Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Smt. Santosh Chowdhary .
She was speaking at a health awarness camp held in Hoshiarpur of Punjab today. Mrs Santosh Chowdhary said that National Rural Health Mission has proved to be a boon in strengthening the health infrastructure in the country.
She said that the centre has provided an amount of Rs. 1.10 lakh crore to the states to improve the health infrastructure and facilities. She said that the centre has sanctioned Rs. 2200 crore in the last six-seven years to the state of Punjab. She added that Rs. 65 crore has been sanctioned for the Punjab under the National Free Medicine Programme for the current fiscal. She emphasis on to create awareness among the general public so that they can take full benefit of the health scheme. Expressing her satisfaction over the improved sex-ratio in Punjab, She said that the credit for this achievement goes to the ASHA and Anganwari workers.
On the occasion Smt. Santosh Chowdhary dedicated 9 Ambulance cum Mobile Medical Lab to the people which has been fabricated with financial support from Member Parliament Local Area Development Fund . She flagged off these ambulances for the nine-assembly segment of Hoshiarpur Parliamentary Constituency, which is being represented by Smt. Santosh Chowdhary. Hundreds of people throng to the Roshan Ground the venue of the health awareness camp to avail the health facilities of free test, free medicine and health check up . Senior Doctors from Hoshiarpur, Amritsar, Delhi and PGI Chandigarh participated in the camp.