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Dr Jitendra Singh and Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurate the festival ‘Destination North-East-2016’



Dr Jitendra Singh and Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurate the festival ‘Destination North-East-2016’ 
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh and Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the festival ‘Destination North-East-2016’ here today. The festival is being organised by the Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) and Ministry of Culture. The festival will showcase the inherent economic, social and cultural strength of the North East Region (NER) at the national level. 


While inaugurating the festival, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the North-East will be developed into a key destination for young entrepreneurs and Startups. He also said that North East festivals will be organised in Mumbai and Bangalore in the coming months. He said that direct flight from Delhi to Dimapur is a major step in making North East more accessible. The rest of India needs to be connected with North East in a meaningful way, he added. He said that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is taking keen interest in the development of North East. He also emphasised upon the need to upgrade academic institutions in the North East to provide quality education and develop the human resource.

At the inaugural function, Shri Kiren Rijiju said that the Development has nothing to do with distance and location. The growth engine is built on the aspirations of people, not location.

The Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul Sangma said that despite the geographical constraints, there is a growth momentum taking shape in the North-East. There is a need to tap the unique and exclusive strengths of the North East, he added. He said that it is time to carry forward the momentum more aggressively. Emphasising on the role of Bamboo in the growth of the economy of the North East, he said that Bamboo, the wonder grass, can be a real game changer for the North East.

The Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Shri Vinod Zuthsi said that Government of India has been giving special focus on North East tourism promotion and facilitation. He said that the North East is an unexplored paradise within Incredible India.

Shri Naveen Verma, Secretary, Ministry of DoNER said that Destination North East is a collaborative platform made possible by cooperation of various Ministries and State Governments.

The inauguration is being followed by sessions on Initiatives taken for Development of North-Eastern Region, Holistic Development of Tourism in the North-East – Exploring the unexplored and Opportunities for IT and ITES in the NER tomorrow. On Day-2, panel discussions will be held on enhancing scope of livelihood in North-East, Micro Finance for inclusive growth, Startup opportunities and challenges in NER, Growing up value chain from Handloom to Fabrics to Garments, need-based Skill Development and entrepreneurship promotion in NER and positioning the North-East Handicraft in the domestic and international market as a premium brand.

Cultural events include North-East folk music and dance choreography, Bihu dance featuring the acclaimed Smt. Madhurima, folk medley choreographed by Guru Madhurima Choudhury, popular rock music of North-East – performance by the Reverse Tragedy Band, Folk fusion and crossover music and Fashion Show of NIFT. Competitions for school children will also be held such as Quiz, Dance (solo & group) and Singing (Hindustani, Indian Pop, Western Pop and Classical).

The three-day mega event will include theme specific Business Summit consisting of sectors like Tourism, Agriculture, Food Processing, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, IT, Handloom & Handicrafts, Livelihood, Micro-Finance and Start ups. Destination North East will enable various Central Ministries to showcase their initiatives in North East India. The event will also have cultural programmes to showcase the rich culture and folk dances of North East India. 
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Dr Jitendra Singh announces DM, MCh courses for Northeast medicos 
Beginning this academic year, DM and MCh super-specialization courses in Oncology (Cancer) will be introduced at the B. Barooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati. These courses will be conducted under the aegis of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, through Tata Memorial Cancer Centre, Mumbai which is a constituent institute of Homi Bhabha National Institute.

This was announced by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh while delivering the convocation address at the Graduation Ceremony at the Tata Memorial Cancer Centre in Mumbai today where 102 young medicos received DM, MCh and PhD degrees in Oncology and related specialities. Dr Jitendra Singh said he was proud to share the fact that the introduction of these courses in Guwahati is going to take place in quick succession to the inauguration of another institution under the aegis of Department of Atomic Energy, namely, the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) at Bhubaneswar by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi last week.

Referring to relatively higher prevalence of cancer in North-Eastern States compared to several other States of the country, Dr Jitendra Singh said this new initiative will provide specialized healthcare to the people of the region, who otherwise have to travel long distance for treatment.

Lauding the extraordinary service being offered to the nation by the Tata Memorial Cancer Centre, Dr Jitendra Singh complimented the Centre for having completed 75 years which incidentally coincides with the completion of 60 years of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) which is also located in Mumbai. He said this is a befitting tribute to both, - the founders of the Tata Institute as well as Late Dr Homi Bhabha who founded the BARC and today, the Department of Atomic Energy is also performing several academic and social responsibilities.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, the irony is that on the one hand nearly 2/3rd of cancer patients are detected in later stages, while on the other hand, 2/3rd of the cancers are curable, if detected in the early stage. This, he said, calls for extra focus on early detection and management for which the Department of Atomic Energy has also come forward to contribute its resources, he added.

Vice Chancellor of Homi Bhabha National Institute, Dr Ravi B. Grover, renowned Cardiac Surgeon Dr Valiathan and Director at the Tata Memorial Cancer Centre, Dr R.K. Sharma also spoke on the occasion. 
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Dr. Jitendra Singh to inaugurate Destination North East-2016 festival tomorrow 
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh will inaugurate the “Destination North East - 2016” festival here tomorrow. Organised by the Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) and Ministry of Culture, the festival will showcase the inherent economic, social and cultural strength of the North East Region (NER) at the national level. The three-day mega event will include theme specific Business Summit consisting of sectors like Tourism, Agriculture, Food Processing, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, IT, Handloom & Handicrafts, Livelihood, Micro-Finance and Start ups. Destination North East will enable various Central Ministries to showcase their initiatives in North East India. The event will also have cultural programmes to showcase the rich culture and folk dances of North East India.

After the inaugural session there will be sessions on Initiatives taken for Development of North-Eastern Region, Holistic Development of Tourism in the North-East – Exploring the unexplored and Opportunities for IT and ITES in the NER tomorrow. On Day-2, panel discussions will be held on enhancing scope of livelihood in North-East, Micro Finance for inclusive growth, Startup opportunities and challenges in NER, Growing up value chain from Handloom to Fabrics to Garments, need-based Skill Development and entrepreneurship promotion in NER and positioning the North-East Handicraft in the domestic and international market as a premium brand.

Cultural events include North-East folk music and dance choreography, Bihu dance featuring the acclaimed Smt. Madhurima, folk medley choreographed by Guru Madhurima Choudhury, popular rock music of North-East – performance by the Reverse Tragedy Band, Folk fusion and crossover music and Fashion Show of NIFT. Competitions for school children will also be held such as Quiz, Dance (solo & group) and Singing (Hindustani, Indian Pop, Western Pop and Classical).

Dr. Jitendra Singh has said that the Destination North East festival is being held to showcase the richness of North-East to the rest of India. The next venues for Destination North East will be Mumbai and Bengaluru, followed by other parts of the country. He said that each State of North-East India will be known by its distinct identity and for its uniqueness such as Mizoram as Bamboo State and Sikkim as Organic State.

DoNER, the only of its kind union Ministry that is region-specific, has taken several initiatives since the taking over by the current Government. The Ministry has different schemes for extending financial and other assistance to different states in the region. Some of the important schemes include Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR), North East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS), North East Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP), North East State Road Investment Project (NESRIP) and other initiatives taken by North Eastern Council. Major initiatives of the DoNER include expansion of rail, road, telecom and FM radio network and power generation capacity, new AIIMS to be set up in Assam, Film Institute in Arunachal Pradesh, Sports University in Manipur, making North East the Organic Capital of India, North East BPO scheme to create 5,000 seats for call centres and “Ishan Uday” and “Ishaan Vikas” schemes for students. 


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