Northeast Briefcase

Nagaland Guv gets additional charge of Manipur
New Delhi: Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Balkrishna Acharya was on Tuesday given additional charge as Manipur Governor in absence of Najma Heptulla. ‘‘The President of India is pleased to appoint Shri Padmanabha Balkrishna Acharya, Governor of Nagaland to discharge the functions of the Governor of Manipur, in addition to his own duties, during the absence, on leave, of Dr Najma A. Heptulla, Governor of Manipur,’’a Rashtrapati Bhawan communique said. (UNI)

22 villages in Mizoram yet to be electrified: Minister
Aizawl: There are 22 villages in Mizoram which are yet to be electrified, Power and Electricity minister R Lalzirliana told the state Assembly on Tuesday. The minister said these 22 villages would be electrified within next six months. In a written reply to a question by the lone BJP member BD Chakma, the minister said that the government proposed to electrify all the villages in the state by this year. He said that 26,502 households including BPL and non-BPL households were given electricity connections under Saubhagya Yojana in the state. The electricity connection provided under Saubhagya Yojana was free of cost, he said, adding, however, that monthly electricity consumption bill would be borne by the beneficiary. (PTI) 

Mizoram Assembly pays rich tributes to former ministers
Aizawl: Mizoram Assembly on Tuesday paid rich tributes to former ministers Lalrinchhana and PB Rosanga who died during the course of the current session. Chief Minister Zoramthanga made obituary references to the departed leaders. Both Lalrinchhana and Rosanga were leaders in the erstwhile underground movement who became ministers after coming overground. Lalrinchhana, 83, who died due to cancer on June 18, came overground along with other cadres of the Mizo National Front (MNF) following the signing of the historic peace accord on June 30, 1986 in Delhi between MNF, Centre and Mizoram government. He was elected to the state legislature for five times and was minister for three times. Rosanga, 86, who died due to cancer on June 19 was arrested for being an underground leader and was the first to be convicted among the MNF leaders. He was elected to the state legislature three times and was minister for two times. The Assembly observed one-minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed leaders. (PTI)

Agartala Smart City project to be completed by 2020: Official
Agartala: The Agartala Smart City Project would be completed by December 2020, a top official of the state Urban Development department said on Tuesday. Urban Development department secretary Kiran Dinkarrao Gitte said 40 projects are currently under execution in the Agartala municipal area with financial involvement of Rs 357 crore. Five other projects with a cumulative fund involvement of Rs 207 crore are now under tender process. He said, of the Rs 2,000 crore fund sanctioned for Agartala Smart City project, the state and central governments would bear Rs 500 crore each. The rest would be sourced from private sector including soft loans from Asia Development Bank (ADB). Agartala, the capital of Tripura has a population of 5.25 lakh people and was selected in the list of 100 smart cities of the country in 2015. Agartala Smart City Mission, which was sanctioned in 2015, saw actual implementation only in 2018, he said. Smart City Mission Director Milind Ramteke said urban development initiatives of the city would be extended to other urban areas of the state in a phased manner. (PTI)

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