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Arunachal MP pushes Centre over Chinese project on Brahmaputra
Itanagar: Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal Pradesh Ninong Ering on Thursday brought to the notice of the Centre the construction of hydro power project and three dams by China over Tsangpo River, which is known as Brahmaputra and Siang in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh respectively. Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, Ering, who represents Arunachal East constituency, said recently China has operationalised Zangbo hydro project at Gyaca besides constructing three more dams in Dagu, Jie Xu and Jia Chen over Tsangpo, an official release said. “We have no river water agreement with China. This will be very disastrous in the long run because there will be water scarcity not only in Arunachal Pradesh, but throughout the Northeast,” Ering pointed out. Stating that the Prime Minister and the Home Minister had some talks with their counterparts in China, the MP wondered whether the issue was seriously, the release added. (PTI)
Capacity building training on Lac production
Kohima: A capacity building and training programme for Self Help Groups (SHGs), farmers and community leaders on Lac (a scarlet resinous secretion of a number of species of Lac insects) culture and for other livelihood projects, was held here on Thursday. The resource persons were MPCS on LAC scheme, Toka, general manager NABARD Nagaland, Ashok Chakravarti, managing director & nodal officer NE Naga timber traders private limited and general manager NE Naga trader?s private limited. Speaking on the occasion, Toka briefed on the importance of LAC cultivation where he stated that one acre of land can fetch Rs 25 Lakhs and the demand at the national level is very high as it can be used for various purposes like Valspar, LAC artificial polish, medicine, cosmetic, necklaces and for printing of Indian currency. The crop can be harvested every six months and can be harvested in ber tree, peepal tree and other plants which is found abundantly all over the state. (UNI)
All Bodo Students’ Union call off Assam Bandh
Kokrajhar: ABSU has postponed the 12-hour Assam Bandh that was to be called for on December 5 on demand of Separate state of Bodoland. The new date will be declared soon. The Bandh call decision was finalized on Maha Dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on November 14 and 15. However, considering the dates for the Annual Examination of schools, colleges and universities in Assam, the decision will be reviewed and December 5 Assam Bandh call will remain suspended until the declaration of a new date.
Victims of botched eye surgery reoperated
Guwahati: Five people, who are facing the risk of losing eyesight following an alleged botched cataract surgery at a government hospital here, were once again operated at a private eye specialty clinic. Official sources said on Thursday that the five patients were operated again at the clinic in the city last night. They were discharged from the private clinic this morning and are being kept at Mohendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH) here, where the alleged botched surgeries were conducted.” we are yet to get report from the eye clinic on the surgeries and we have to wait till the next check up of the patients to know the real scenario,” the sources said.  The alleged botched surgery for cataract removal was performed on these five patients at MMCH on November 27 and the infection came to light on December one. The state government has suspended a doctor and a nurse in this connection and separate enquiries by the Health department and hospital authorities have been ordered into the incident. State Health Minister Nazrul Islam, who had met the patients yesterday, had said the affected patients will be provided specialised treatment at a private eye clinic in the city on government expenses.(UNI)
1 killed in bridge collapse in Mizoram
Aizawl:A person was killed after the bailey bridge over river Tlawng, linking Aizawl to the lone Lengpui airport, collapsed. A police officer said that 24-year-old Lalremsanga who was a helper of a heavy dumper truck which fell into the river after the incident on Wednesday, died on the spot while the driver identified as Lalrammawia aged 20 years was taken out with broken bones, but remained out of danger as per the report of sourcesThe bailey bridge over Tlawng had first collapsed on October 31 last year and again the second time on December 8 before the current mentioned incidentThe opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) on Thursday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who holds the public works portfolio, by owning moral responsibility.  The party also demanded a judicial inquiry into incidents of repeated collapse of several bridges in the state during the past two years. (PTI)

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