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India set to get Neutrino Observatory Project at a cost of Rs 1583.05 crore

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

India is set to get a Neutrino Observatory as government has approved the funds worth Rs 1583.05 crore, Dr Jitendra Singh said in a a reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

“The Government of India has approved the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) Project, to be located in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu and financial sanction has been issued on 06.01.2015,” Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh said.

The project at an estimated cost of Rs.1583.05 crore includes construction of an underground lab and associated surface facilities at Pottipuram in Bodi West hills of Theni District, in Tamil Nadu, construction of a 50 kilo ton magnetised iron calorimeter detector to study a fundamental particle called neutrino, and setting up Inter-Institutional Centre for High Energy Physics at Madurai.

“The environmental impact of the project has been taken into account before sanction of the project. Detailed studies on the environmental impact of the project were carried out by Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Environment & Forests, and geotechnical studies were carried out by the Geological Survey of India (GSI),” Singh said.

The Project is located in Tamilnadu and the application for environmental clearance was submitted to the Department of Environment & Forests, Government of Tamil- Nadu. The Government of Tamil Nadu recommended and forwarded the application to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India for concurrence, he added.

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Northeast is Fast Emerging as the new Start-up Destination, Says Minister Jitendra Singh

Due to improvement in connectivity and transport facility in the last two years, coupled with concentrated administrative focus, more and more youngsters are now heading towards the northeastern states to venture into entrepreneurship

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New Delhi, October 16, 2017 : Union Minister of State for Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh claimed that the area was fast emerging as the new start-up destination for youngsters from all over India, an official statement on Monday.

Due to improvement in connectivity and transport facility in the last two years, coupled with concentrated administrative focus, more and more youngsters are now heading towards the northeastern states to venture into entrepreneurship and take advantage of its unexplored potential, he said, according to a DoNER Ministry statement.

Citing an example, he said in certain areas of Northeast, including states like Arunachal Pradesh, “while almost 40 per cent of the fruit goes waste on account of lack of adequate storage and transport facilities, the same can be used to produce and manufacture fresh and pure fruit juice at a much more cost-effective price”.

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During an interaction with youngsters, Jitendra Singh also pointed out that many new airports coming up at Pakyong (Sikkim), Itanagar and Shillong, which along with a time-bound plan to lay broad-gauge rail track, would bring in further ease of doing business.

“Another sector of entrepreneurship which is fast emerging in Northeast is the medical and healthcare sector.

“For years, there has been a trend for patients to shift outside the region, mostly to Kolkata or Vellore, but the encouragement given to the private corporate sector has now resulted in the opening of new hospitals within the region itself and young entrepreneurs are taking the lead,” he said. (IANS)

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Invest in northeast: DoNER minister to women entrepreneurs

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Guwahati: DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday invited women entrepreneurs from across the country to invest in the northeast and take the lead in developing the region as an industrial hub.

The unique advantage of any women’s initiative was that it has a wider social and public impact and also because a woman holds stake for at least three generations — her parents and in-laws, her husband and brothers, and her children, the minister said while launching the “Swayam” initiative of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) women’s wing in Guwahati.

Jitendra Singh, who is also minister of state for PMO, personnel, public grievances, pensions, atomic energy and space, said the “Swayam” initiative has already been launched in Delhi and other places, resulting in successful engagement of women in big and small self-employed vocations.

The arrival of “Swayam” in Guwahati, he said, will open a new chapter in the growth of the northeast.

At the same time, it will also open new vistas of opportunity, not only for women but for the entire population of the eight northeastern states, he said.

“In the last few months, a number of new initiatives have been undertaken by the government of India to promote business, industry and consequential job avenues in the region,” he said.

Jitendra Singh spoke about the “Organic Farming Mission”, being pursued in collaboration with the union agriculture ministry, which will not only generate business but also reinforce the identity of the region through its original products.

Similarly, he said, expansion of healthcare entrepreneurship in the region is also being worked out in a big way through private-public participation.

He said that in the health sector, some leading women entrepreneurs have come forward to set up establishments in the northeast.

Jitendra Singh said that in the contemporary society, the time has come to seek not merely employment but long-term employability, and for this, the “Swayam” initiative holds the promise to go a long way.

“In addition, when we talk of ‘Act East’ policy to do business with the countries across the eastern borders, it is imperative to generate original growth products proximal to the eastern borders within northeast so that they get takers from across the borders,” he added.

(IANS)

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Manipur floods: Centre to sanction Rs 8.5 crore relief fund

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Union ministers Kiren Rijiju and Jitendra Singh on Wednesday conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit areas of Manipur where 20 people have died and several lakhs have been affected.

Rijiju, the minister of state for home affairs, said the central government will release an amount of Rs.8.5 crore for relief measures in the flood-hit areas.

“The situation is very serious. There has been extensive damage all over. The flood has affected about 60 percent of the population. I have seen with my own eyes thousands of damaged houses and public property,” Rijiju told IANS over phone.

During the aerial survey, the minister said he saw huge tracts of agricultural land, besides roads and bridges, in Thoubal and Chandel districts destroyed.

Jitendra Singh, the minister for the Development of North Eastern Region, appealed to the people to remain alert for outbreak of any disease.

Thousands of people in Thoubal and Chandel have been hit by the worst floods in the last 200 years.

(With inputs from IANS)