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Khawalailung village: A Mizo "role model" of Peace and Development

By Nirendra Dev

Nirendra Narayan DevEditor's Note: Nirendra Narayan Dev (nirendev1 [at] gmail [dot] com), an acclaimed political journalist, is a special correspondent of The Statesman, New Delhi and author of the books Modi to Moditva, Ayodhya : Battle For Peace, The Talking Guns North East India and Godhra A Journey To Mayhem and more. Nirendra was born and brought up in India's northeast and his father served with paramilitary force Assam Rifles. His blog is at

We have previously had an opportunity of talking to the author and have posted the audio recording of the interview.

WBRi has the pleasure of publishing a series of short stories by Nirendra. Search with keywords "Nirendra Dev" to read his prior stories and articles on Washington Bangla Radio.

Location of Mizoram in India

Location of Mizoram in India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Delhi, Nov 30 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India): Good Samaritan initiatives from the governments especially in the context of North East India are often not publicized well in the national media. Generally, the debate ends up either about violence in the north east or about certain ‘Developmental and Peace’ initiatives undertaken by the government departments and official agencies from time to time. But many good things keep happening. Mizoram has left behind the troubled days of insurgency way back in 1986. Mizos are known for their hard working qualities and pragmatism in undertaking developmental works and education.

Asian Development Bank Loans $600 Mllion to Philippines to Support Public-Private Partnerships and Financial Reforms

North Luzon Expressway. The assistance will help attract more private investment in infrastructure.
North Luzon Expressway

Manila, Nov 26 (Washington Bangla Radio): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved loans totaling $600 million to support the Government of the Philippines’ efforts to tap more private participation for urgently needed infrastructure investment.

The first $300 million loan is earmarked to support expanded private participation in infrastructure investment through the promotion of public-private partnership (PPP) projects. The second loan, for the same amount, supports policy changes to deepen the nonbank financial sector to unlock more long-term private funding for infrastructure.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Party to contest all seats in Gujarat local body elections

Ramesh Raadariya, Jigarkumar Kothia,Ravindra Sondagar, Kalpeshbhai Parekh and party workers at press- conferance of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel party at Ahmedabad
Ramesh Raadariya, Jigarkumar Kothia,Ravindra Sondagar, Kalpeshbhai Parekh and party workers at press- conferance of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel party at Ahmedabad

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Party has announced that they will contest on all seats in Gujarat local body elections of Mahanagarpalika, Nagarpalika, Jilla Panchayat and Taluka Panchayat in November, 2015.

CM Harish Rawat Pleasantly Stumped By Uttarakhand Youth

Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat who is known for his all effervescent smile and never to be phased demeanor, even in the toughest of times, was today pleasantly and noticeably moved by the Youth of Uttarakhand who presented him with a caricature and an R K Laxman styled cartoon of himself.

R & D Centre of Insecticides (India) and OAT Agrio start operations

·         This facility has been set up by OAT & IIL India Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., a joint venture co. of IIL and Japanese company OAT Agrio Co Ltd

·         OAT & IIL India Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. aims to invent new agro chemical molecules for India and International requirements, beneficial for important crops like soybean, cotton, wheat & rice

·         Insecticides (India) announces to observe September 25  as Crop Care Day to dedicate this facility to the farmers

EVM - Electronic Voting Machine

Free and fair elections are central to the democratic ethos of any country. This includes fair, accurate, and transparent electoral process with outcomes that can be independently verified. Conventional voting accomplishes many of these goals. However, electoral malpractices like bogus voting and booth capturing pose a serious threat to spirit of electoral democracy. It has, thus, been the endeavour of the Election Commission of India to make reforms in the electoral process to ensure free and fair elections.

ADB Provides Additional $25 Million To Complete Melamchi Tunnel

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide an additional $25 million loan to the Government of Nepal to complete the Melamchi tunnel and help alleviate a severe water shortage in the Kathmandu Valley.

ADB President Opens Tacloban Office, Assures Typhoon Survivors of Support

Tacloban City, Philippines, February 12, 2014 (Washington Bangla Radio): – During a one-day visit to areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao expressed empathy and deep concern for survivors dealing with the super storm’s aftermath as he assessed potential sites for assistance and inaugurated ADB’s new office in Tacloban, Leyte.

APEDA: Helping Farmers to Look Outwards

Right from the moment when a produce is harvested from the farm to the time it takes to be on board for moving to its desired destination, the life of the agricultural produce gets battered at various stages. It is estimated that almost 30-40 per cent of the produce of fruits and vegetables is wasted due to lack of adequate infrastructure for post-harvest handling, transportation and storage.

Think Differently for Asia's Water, Food, and Energy Security - ADB President

It is critical that Asia’s precious but increasingly scarce water resources are managed in a coordinated way to ensure the region has not only sufficient water but also enough food and energy to meet its needs, Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao said today.

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