Arunachal Pradesh Current Affairs - 2019

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Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram celebrate Statehood Day

The North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram celebrate Statehood Day celebrated statehood day on February 20. Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh celebrated the 32nd and 47th Statehood Day respectively.

Brief History

Mizoram

The Statehood to Mizoram was the culmination of the struggle led by Mizo National Front (MNF), a political organisation born in 1961. MNF took to armed insurrection and raised uprising against the Government, attacking the government installations at Aizawl, Lunglei, Chawngte, Chhimluang and other places demanding sovereign independence of Greater Mizoram.

In 1967 MNF was banned by the government of India and this further fuelled the armed agitation led by the MNF. Mizoram was declared Union Territory in 1972. But it did not satisfy the protestors demanding separate statehood.

The Memorandum of Settlement was signed between the Mizo National Front and the Indian Government on June 30, 1986, where the Mizo National Front surrendered arms and immediate arrangements were made to solidify Mizoram as a full-fledged state in India. Consequently, the Indian Constitution was amended through the Mizoram State Act, 1986 and the Mizoram state came into existence.

Arunachal Pradesh

Initially, Arunachal Pradesh was directly under the Governor of the provincial government of Assam. After the constitution came into being the Government of Assam was relieved of its responsibilities of the North East Frontier Agency and the powers were vested in the Governor of Assam, a constitutional post and an agent of the President of India.

NEFA was re-named as Arunachal Pradesh and subsequently, in 1972 Arunachal Pradesh became the Union Territory of the Republic of India.

In the year 1975 Arunachal Pradesh Council was converted into a Provisional Legislative Assembly and a council of ministers was appointed for Arunachal Pradesh.

Arunachal Pradesh attained full statehood on 20 February 1987 after the passing of the Constitution 55th Amendment Act.

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PM Launches Development Works in Arunachal Pradesh

PM Narendra Modi launched various developmental works in the state of Arunachal Pradesh which includes:

  • DD Arunprabha – a dedicated 24×7 Satellite channel for Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Sela Tunnel Project.
  • Film and Television Institute in Jote.

DD Arunprabha

DD Arunprabha is the 24th satellite channel operated by Doordarshan. It will showcase the rich tradition and diversity of local culture. Together with aiding in integrating North-East with the rest of the country, the channel will bring alive the magnificence of North-East by airing content sensitive to the needs and aspirations of local population including news, travelogues, mythological shows, documentaries, magazines, telefilms, reality shows, daily shows etc.

DD Arunprabha is equipped with state of the art facilities, including a Digital Satellite News Gathering unit to provide live coverage from remote locations, for the 24×7 telecast. The seamless transmission of DD Arunprabha will be ensured by playout facility and the earth stations established at DDK Itanagar.

Film and Television Institute in Jote

The permanent campus of Film and Television Institute would be established at Jollang-Rakap (Jote), Papum Pare, Arunachal Pradesh. It would be the third Film and Television Institute of Ministry of I&B (the other two are:  FTII Pune and SRFTI Kolkata) and first in the North-East. The institute will provide a boost to the talented youngsters of the North-East in the film and television sector.

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