Tuesday, 12 June 2018

12th June 2018 | Daily current affairs for APSC



A delegation of Google India, led by Country Head, Public Policy, Chetan Krishnaswamy called on Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the latter’s office chamber today and discussed various issues for boosting the government’s efforts to realise the goal of Digital Assam.

The Google India team apprised the Chief Minister of several measures for enhancing use of digital medium in the operation of small businesses, skill development, promotion of cultural sites, supporting the eco-system and the ‘Internet Sarathi’ project successfully implemented in different parts of the country by the Internet giant. Sonowal informed the delegation that the government is laying special stress on connecting the rural masses through new technology and empowering their skills.  Keeping this in mind, provisions have been made in the Budget and a knowledge centre is proposed in each village of the State, Sonowal added.

Netherlands-based Ayursundra BV is planning investment to the tune of Rs 300 crore in Assam in the next three years through a chain of high-end healthcare and holistic-wellness infrastructure.

Scaling up its venture from one-stop diagnostic centres to super-specialty hospitals and cancer-care, the Dutch company plans to cater to the long-term healthcare needs of the region and neighbouring countries. Apart from the 272-bed super-specialty hospital at Garchuk on NH 37 here, we plan to set up a cancer hospital in Guwahati and a multi-specialty hospital in Jorhat. Land for both has been acquired. Further, nearly 30 diagnostic centres and units have been planned in different locations of Assam,” he said.

North Eastern Council has sanctioned construction of 615 km of roads across seven States in the North East under North East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS).

This was the first major project undertaken by NEC under the new scheme which covers 14 roads connecting the neighbouring States and would be taken up during 2017-18. The NERSDS was aimed at maintenance, construction and upgradation of roads which remained neglected because of being low in priority, according to NEC secretary Ram Muivah.

The 67 km long Mebo-Dholla road connecting Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, 51 km long Tening (Nagaland) and Lekie (Assam), upgradation of NH 202 and NH 150 and upgradation of NH 2 to Dikhu bridge via Longmisa in Nagaland, would be taken up under the scheme.

In Meghalaya, the NH 217 in Damra connecting NH 127 via Mendipathar has also been identified in the first list. The Kawnpui-Bairabi road in Mizoram, Belonia-Amlighat-Sabroom road in Tripura, upgradation of Longleng to Tuensang road and the RCC bridge over Dhansiri in Udalguri district have been taken up among others, an official notification said. The NHIDCL has been asked to prepare DPR and execute these projects this year, while the remaining eight projects, including the one in Sikkim would be taken up in the next fiscal.

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