Aware, Awake & Arise: Issues that concern the region

Sunday, August 29, 2010

SPICMACAY Concert at Sikkim University

Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt: recital in progress

SPICMACAY Concert at Sikkim University by Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Mohan Veena)

Vice Chancellor of Sikkim University welcoming Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Pt. Ramkumar Mishra

Northeast asks centre to reduce gas prices

The northeastern states have urged the central government to reduce the prices of natural gas being used in various thermal power projects of the region, a Tripura minister said here Sunday.
The power ministers of the seven northeastern states met union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora in New Delhi last week and told them that unless the government reduces the gas price, the people of the northeast would be burdened with heavy electricity tariff.“Over 48 percent of the total electricity is generated from the gas-based thermal power projects in the northeastern region,” Tripura Power and Transport Minister Manik Dey told reporters.

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Mizoram ready to take back Bru refugees

The Mizoram government was ready to take back Bru refugees from the six relief camps in North Tripura district before October this year as desired by Union home minister P Chidambaram. "The ball is in the court of the refugees," chief secretary Van Hela Pachuau told PTI here today. "The state government is ready and it is now the refugees who should be ready for the repatriation process," he said, adding that it was always the refugees who made excuses when the state government had prepared schedules for their repatriation earlier.

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Fears of 'demographic inundation' behind Bhutan's refugee crisis

From their isolated perch in the heights of the Himalayas, the leaders of Bhutan looked upon their borderlands in the 1980s and saw a problem.

Their authority and traditional way of life, preserved by centuries of reclusion from a changing world, were threatened, they felt, by people they had allowed to migrate into the Buddhist kingdom for more than a century.

These newer people were a minority but could soon become the majority. So the monarchy sent a message and promised to enforce it: Fit in or get lost.

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