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Meghalaya to get an International Centre for Arts and Culture

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government is planning to set up an International Centre for Arts and Culture in Meghalaya.

“An International Centre for Performing Arts and Culture will be set up at Mawkasiang, about 11 km from Shillong,” a news report said.

The central government would provide the aid for the development of the centre which will have infrastructure of the international standards to host events of performing arts, cultural fiestas and musical fests.

The project  has been sanctioned by Development of North-Eastern Region ministry and is being implemented by the department of arts and culture of the state.

It would have state of the art facilities such as auditoriums, performing arenas/opera houses, exhibit areas, convention facilities, administrative block, food court, international guest house and related support facilities and other features deemed suitable for such a centre, the report said.

The  foundation stone of the arts centre will be laid by Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on April 23

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According to the report, reasons for the household air pollution are mainly residential burning of solid fuels for cooking and to some extent heating

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The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that aims to provide every household Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) replacing wood or coal fuel, has been found useful in tackling household air pollution, a new report said.

The study, “The India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative”, released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and The Lancet, stated that in 2017 in India 12.4 lakh deaths were caused due to air pollution, of which 4.8 lakh were due to household air pollution.

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“There is increasing political momentum in India to address air pollution. Household air pollution is reducing in India faciliated by the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. The findings systematically document the variations among states, which would serve as a useful guide for making further progress in reducing the adverse impact of air pollution in the country,” Proffesor Balram Bhargava, Secretary, Health Research, Ministry of Health, and Director General, ICMR, said.

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According to the report, reasons for the household air pollution are mainly residential burning of solid fuels for cooking and to some extent heating. The major types of such fuel are wood, dung, agricultural residues, coal and charcoal.

The study found that states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Meghalaya, who stood low in Semi Demographic Index (SDI – a composite measure based on per capita income, average educational attainment and fertility rate), were using more solid fuels. (IANS)