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August 03, 2015

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DA evicts illegal structures

ITANAGAR, Aug 2:  In a major eviction drive of obstructive parking and illegal structures, the Capital district administration today removed more than fifty structures.  The eviction team was led by Chief Estate Officer cum Additional District Magistrate Talo Potom.

The team also removed garbage dumped at roadside along NH52A pressing five numbers of tipper and a JCB during the eviction drive. The eviction drive was carried out in order to make vehicle movement easier.

 

Senior AIR officer assaulted

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Senior Program Head, AIR, Itanagar C C Manlong was physically assaulted in early hours of 2nd August 2015 by three unknown miscreants.

The three men forcefully entered his official residence at AIR colony, Itanagar and committed the heinous crime. Manlong is the Head Priest of Theravada Buddhist Temple, Vivek Vihar, Itanagar.

The Theravada Buddhist Society (TBS) Itanagar has condemned the physical attack causing greivous injury to its senior member.

Such barbaric attack on the priest is highly condemnable, it said while adding that Manlong is a very pious man who always wishes good for mankind.

The TBS has requested District Administration and Capital police to book the culprits and deliver early justice.

 

Workshop for VKV teachers organized

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas Arunachal Pradesh Trust (VKVAPT) organized a one-day workshop for its teachers, who teach students of class IX and X at VKV Roing

The teachers were given training on CCE, maintenance of records, target fixing, and how can it be achieved.

The resource persons were PM Unni Krishnan, EO and Anand Dutta, member of VKVAPT, Dibrugarh.

Unni Krishnan urged the participants to be missionary and not mercenary. He also compared the class X results of various VKVs, like Amliang, Tafragom, Sunpura, Roing, Kharsang and Jairampur.

Altogether 16 teachers from 7 VKVs participated in the programme.

The programme was attended by PK Pandey, Cluster incharge of the aforesaid VKVs.

 

Court directs OC to register case

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Seppa following a complaint received from one Ravi Gurung of Type III Colony, Seppa, has directed the OC of Seppa Police Station to register a case against a Sub Inspector and others under section 323/341/342/352/34 IPC, who allegedly beat up the complainant.

In his complaint letter to the CJM, the victim alleged that he was beaten black and blue at Police station by the SI and others after unlawfully confining him at the police station.

The police officer reportedly got furious after Gurung, who was driving a truck, took time to give way for her vehicle near the gate of General Ground Seppa on July 10.  Gurung took time as the vehicle (truck) was big and difficult to maneuver. The victim was reportedly going to drop one of his friends.

The victim has approached the CJM after Seppa Police’s alleged negligence to the register the case even after lodging of FIR.

Meanwhile, International Human Rights Association in a representation has appealed to the East Kameng Deputy Commissioner to direct the Superintendent of Police to immediately register the case against the SI failing which the NGO will be left with no other options but to launch democratic protest.

 

Guru Purnima celebrated

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Vivekananda Kendra Aryunjoyti celebrated Guru Purnima in various prayer centres throughout the state, including six prayer centres in capital complex and conveyed the message of Guru-Shishya Parampara.

At Central Nyder Namlo, Doimukh. Papum Pare DDSE TT Tara highlighted the importance of celebrating Guru Purnima and its significance.

On the occasion, several priests, including Techi Rintu of Rono village Nyeder Namlo and Tana That of Kheel Nyeder Namlo, Tadar  Sonu and Taba Tatup, activist were felicitated for their remarkable contribution for the welfare of people in Arunachal Pradesh. The Guru Purnima is celebrated on the eve of birthday of Maharishi Ved Vyas.

 

Association seeks regular ILP checks

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Balijan Circle Youth Association (BCYA) has appealed to the District Administration of Papum Pare to initiate routine and regular inner line permit checking at all the strategic points of Hollongi, Balijan, Banderdewa and Gumto to effectively contain and minimise the lapses while maintaining law and order in the district.

It further called for putting a stop on rampant selling of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) without authorisation in areas like Hollongi, Kokila, Chessa, Sonajuli, Tengabari and Balijan.

“Illegal trafficking and selling of IMFL is rapidly spoiling the very essence of social fabric and the future of the youths of the areas concern” it said.

BCYA further decried the recent rape cases in the state and asked for exemplary punishment which will act as a deterrent to the potential perpetrators of rapes and other heinous crimes.

 

Student leader dies

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Maiya Riba, an energetic youth of Upper Subansiri district, who was presently serving as vice president (pro) of Upper Subansiri Galo Students Union has died yesterday following a brief illness, informed Galo Students Union (GSU).

He was son of Talom Riba.

While expressing grief and sorrow over sudden demise of Maiya, GSU conveyed condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

 

Society mourns death of retired worker

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Taning Haging of Payeng village under Payeng circle of Upper Subansiri district, who served as village level worker under the Department of Agriculture from 1981 to 2008, died aged 65 years yesterday.

He left behind his wife, two sons and two daughters, informed Cherom Welfare Society.

The society conveyed it’s condolence to the bereaved family and prayed to almighty to rest his departed soul in peace.

 

Correction

In a report published today under the heading, “Parents holds PTC authority responsible for death of IRBN jawan” there has been a factual mistake as the body of Late Nabam Regang was never brought to PTC medical sub-center as reported. The inadvertent error is regretted.

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Arunachal Govt does a flip-flop on land bill issue

NEW DELHI, Aug 2: In a flip-flop, Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday said it opposes the contentious land bill of BJP-led central government and backs the UPA law, barely a month after it had in a letter to rural development ministry found fault with the 2013 Act and suggested that it be "revisited".

"The view of the Arunachal Pradesh government stands clear on the contentious land law being pursued by the BJP-led central government in Parliament by bringing changes to the 2013 law passed by the UPA, which is that of 'opposition'.

"In fact, the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh himself had written a letter to the Prime Minister on July 13 clarifying the stand of the state government on the land law as pushed by the present government at the Centre," the media cell of the chief minister's office said on Sunday.

Referring to a letter written by Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki on July 13 this year, it said in a statement that Tuki had then clearly written, "We believe that the amendments go against the interest of farmers and livelihood losers and take away the rights of tribal communities and Gram Sabhas".

Further, the chief minister had endorsed the 2013 Act of the UPA saying "it was passed unanimously by Parliament in September 2013 after over two years of nation-wide consultations and debate".

It also added that the chief minister requested the Prime Minister to reconsider the whole issue and resolve the avoidable controversy.

Today's statement came as it came to light that in a communique to additional secretary K P Krishnan of Department of Land Resources in rural development ministry on June 22 this year, the commissioner and secretary of Arunachal Pradesh government B Pertin had said that the 2013 land Act is "too lengthy and time taking process and complicated one".

The letter has been circulated to members of the Joint Committee of Parliament on land headed by BJP MP SS Ahluwalia, which is looking into the vexed issue.

It was in response to a communique dated June 1 by the rural development ministry regarding information on land acquisition in Arunachal Pradesh under the The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabiltation and Resettlement Act of 2013. The state government had said in the letter that the 2013 Act required to be "revisited and reviewed to obviate, minimize and to reduce complications like involvement of external expert group for social impact assessment" and that there is "difficulty in acquiring land under the 2013 land Act".

Noting that no land was acquired under the 2013 Act so far, the state government had said in the reply, "The government of Arunachal Pradesh is taking necessary steps for proper implementation of the Act as required under the relevant provision of the Act."

The letter was in contrast to the official stand taken by Congress which has opposed any changes in the 2013 Act. PTI

 

 

Governor suggests committee for road design and quality

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ITANAGAR,Aug 2: Arunachal Pradesh governor suggested that to improve upon road conditions,  Central Road Research Institute, Delhi, IIT Guwahati and NERIST, Itanagar  be involved by constituting a committee   to look into the issues of design and quality and also to consult Ministry of Highways.

Governor J.P. Rajkhowa said this while on a visit to the sinking zone at Karsingsa today where he took stock of the progress of  the culvert  being constructed at the middle part of the sinking portion of the road.

He suggested the officials should themselves make an independent assessment of the exact affected area and not to rely entirely on the Google maps.

Commuters and vehicles movement are now being made through a diversion till the completion of the culvert.

Chief Engineer Highways (Western Zone)  PWD Er. Hage  Apa and EE(PWD) Er. Khoda Gyati  briefed  that the under construction 70 tonne culvert will be completed by end of September 2015.

The Governor was also briefed on the proposed Viaduct (Bridge) at Karsingsa spanning 1.3 Kms which will be a permanent solution to the recurring problem causing untold misery to the general public and transportation of goods and services. Earlier, the MoRTH team had also inspected to see the feasibility of the project. The sinking zone stretches around 3.5 Kms and this time 100 mtrs portion of the zone had collapsed. Governor also asked to look into options of exploring the feasibility of constructing Sky Bridges/Cable Bridge/Suspension bridge. He emphasised that international standard has to be maintained in terms of quality, design, and time and also the lifespan of the proposed Viaduct Bridge taking into account the soil type and topography. Timely completion of such vital project is very important, he reiterated.

He also enquired about the steps action taken to improve Doimukh-Gumto Road and directed to take up proper repair of the road. He stressed on the need for proper & timely maintenance and repair of roads of the state for the comfort of the public adding that good roads will boost economy of the state.

Later, the Governor also visited the check gate at Banderdewa and expressed his ideas for issuance of ILP on arrival at the check gate itself to improve tourism.

The Governor also expressed concern at the rampant hill cutting, which causes soil erosion and landslides.

Itanagar Capital Complex DC Mige Kamki was also present on the occasion.  (PRO to Governor)

 

 

Hazards of mushrooming fake educational institutions

[ Taba Ajum ]

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: As the new academic session readies to start, the Arunachalee students are scrambling to get admission in various colleges across the country. Lack of availability of the quality higher educational institutes, especially, in technical education field forces thousands of students every year to go out of state to pursue their dream. North-east region in general and Arunachal in particular is considered to be lucrative area for the educational institutes to do business.

Representatives of various educational institutes’ starts camping in Arunachal moment the results of CBSE exams are out.  Unfortunately many students get trapped by unrecognized institutes which greatly harm their academic life. In recent year many such incidents of Arunachalee students getting cheated by fake institutes and colleges have been reported. “We got admission in a private college to pursue B.Sc agriculture in the year 2013. The college representative told us during initial interaction in Itanagar that college is properly affiliated to a reputed university. In 2014 when we reached 2nd year we got to know that our college got affiliated only that year. Practically we lost one year and lost money too. Students as well as parents should double check before seeking admission in private colleges,” shared a student.

The department of higher and technical education is aware of this problem. “We are very much attentive about the problem. Therefore to help student as well as parents we have list of empanelled colleges with us. These colleges were empanelled after our officials made campus visit and thoroughly checked the credentials. Also unlike other private institutes they charge normal fees,” said Dr Tejum Padu, director higher and technical education department.

Recently UGC has also issued list of 21 fake universities operating in the state. The names of fake universities are Maithili University, Darbhanga (Bihar), Varanseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya(University), Commercial University Ltd, United Nations University, Delhi Vocational University,  ADR- Central Juridical University, Delhi Indian Institution of Science and Engineering(All Delhi based), Badagnavi Sarkar World Open Educational Society, Belgaum (Karnataka) St. John's University, Kishanattam (Kerala) Kesarwani Vidyapith, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)  Raja Arabic University, Nagpur (Maharashtra) D D B Sanskrit University, Putur, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, Indian institute of Alternative Medicine, Kolkata, West Bengal, Mahila Gram Vidyapith, Allahabad, Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith, Allahabad, National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy, Kanpur, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya, Maharana Pratap Shiksha Niketan Vidyalaya, Pratapgarh, Indraprastha Shiksha Parishad, Noida-Phase II and Gurukul Vishwavidyalaya, Mathura(All based in Uttar Pradesh). The students as well as guardians need to remain alert while seeking admission in private institutions.

 

 

Rubber plantation catching farmers’ fancy

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Days are not far away when rubber would replace the traditional jhum practices of the tribal communities in this Himalayan state as the state government has accorded top priority to the sector for the past several years with separate budgetary allocation.

Rubber plantation has of late become the centre of attraction for farmers in the state with the government laying emphasis on the crop over the past few years.

For the current financial year, the state government has allocated an amount of Rs 15 crore for the rubber sector.

During 2012-13, under the chief minister's Mission Mode Programme (MMP) an amount of Rs 2 crore was allocated for rubber cultivation under TFC grant covering 237 beneficiaries.

The highest allocation of Rs 10 crore was given to the sector during 2013-14 covering 950 beneficiaries while during 2014-15, an amount of Rs 3 crore was allocated covering 270 beneficiaries, Trade and Commerce Director Tokong Pertin said.

He added that assistance in the form of planting materials (720 rubber poly bags and 6 rolls of barbed wire) per beneficiary were provided to a total of 237 units including 26 each in East Siang, West Siang, Lohit, Tirap, Longding and East Kameng and 27 units each in Papum Pare, Lower Dibang Valley and Changlang districts.

"The state government will closely work with the Rubber Board of India for technology guidance and transfer besides extending marketing facilities," Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said, adding special emphasis would be given on this sector to provide economic benefit to the rural people and employment to the youths.

"Rubber cultivation will meet 25 per cent of the state government's five-year job generation target of one lakh," Tuki added.

Rubber Board's Eastern Zonal Additional Production Commissioner Anil Kumar said that the board was committed to taking steps to boost rubber cultivation in the state. "The opening of Rubber Board's regional office here and posting of development officer besides a field officer at Namsai office reflected the Board's commitment to help grow rubber production in the state," Kumar said, adding posting of field officers to potential rubber growing areas of the state was in the offing.

State Trade and Commerce Director Tokong Pertin said that if the state would not provide quality and assured planting materials to farmers by involving the Rubber Board of India, there is every possibility of unscrupulous traders duping farmers.

"As a rubber sapling is planted, its life span is calculated up to 40-50 years, and in the process, the duped farmers will incur heavy losses both economically and in terms of fertility of their soil," Pertin added.

The Rubber Board has already identified nine districts in Arunachal Pradesh for rubber cultivation including East and West Siang, Papum Pare, East Kameng, Lohit, Lower Dibang Valley, Changlang, Tirap and Longding having potential for cultivation of rubber in 25,000 hectare as per initial survey.

Manong Ratan, a progressive rubber planter from Kiyit under Mebo sub-division who availed the benefits of chief minister's MMP scheme is a happy man today.

"I am delighted that the state government has ensured to look after the welfare of the small and marginal farmers and it is a big help that the government has assisted us with the requisite rubber sapling and fencing materials.

"Since we are small farmers, we will need maintenance cost at least up to the fifth year," he said.

While suggesting the state government to provide maintenance cost to marginal rubber planters, Taba Tagam from Balijan said that with the state's help, farmers like him have established rubber plantations paving way for self sustainability. PTI

 

 

Youth recognized as partners in development

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[ Gyati Kacho ]

NEW DELHI, Aug 2: The Asia Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meet (AsR-CYMM) has recognized the important contribution of youth as partners in regional and national development particularly on decent employment, entrepreneurship and skills development, professionalizing youth work, peace building, strengthening national participation structures, developing and implementing National Youth Policies.

Held at New Delhi from July 27 to 30, the 4-day meet was opened by Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in presence of eight Commonwealth Asia region countries India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Maldives and Brunei. Popular youth icon and leader from Ziro Nani Opo was invited to represent Arunachal Pradesh. Opo had also recently attended the Inter-Governmental Youth Exchange Programme at Seoul, South Korea from June 3 to 12 as an invitee from Northeast India.

Advocating more integration of young people in national and global development agendas, AsR-CYMM agreed upon strategic key actions to ensure youth empowerment and development priorities to be included in national and regional development frameworks especially in light of the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2015-2030 which would be finalized by world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in October next.

Agreeing to champion youth focus in their respective countries, member countries also agreed for a youth-focused monitoring mechanism for SDG while also adequately financing youth development activities at sub-national, national and regional levels.

On youth employment, skill development and entrepreneurship, it was decided to facilitate easier access to technology by financing entrepreneurial ventures and skill development programme by young people. It was also agreed to strengthen skills training education and celebrate World Youth Skills Day annually.

Underscoring participation of youth in decision-making, design, implementation and monitoring of Govt. programmes, National Youth Councils (NYC) would be soon set up with adequate financial assistance and other measures in the lines of Common Wealth Youth Forum (CWYF) and youth leaders of these councils would be encouraged and sponsored to attend CWYF and other youth conventions and meets across the globe.

Emphasizing implementation of national youth policies catering to young people’s needs and capabilities, AsR-CYMM advocated for adequate resourcing and prioritization for youth development across all relevant ministries and urged the need of having competent young people working  in various ministries to provide youth perspective on policies and programmes, design and contribute in its overall implementation.

On professionalizing youth work, importance of education and training of youth workers, celebrations of Commonwealth Youth Work Week and institution of Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards were agreed upon.

On youth and peaceful societies, it was committed to take a collective regional approach to peace building and rope in young people’s participation in peace building, harmony, and social cohesion and as a force for social and economic development.

On his experiences from both the youth meets at Korea and New Delhi, Nani Opo said that 21st century of today is very dynamic with lots of social and technological changes taking place and time has now come for the youth to shoulder equal responsibility by actively taking part in all the happenings around them including Govt. programmes and policies.

“Youth are the architects of our tomorrow so let us all contribute positively today for our better tomorrow”, he said.

 

 

MLA meet citizens and Engineers to discuss power problem

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PASIGHAT, Aug 2: Pasighat East MLA, Kaling Moyong today convened a meeting with the local residents of Pasighat Township and the engineers of power department to discuss the present power scenario.

Addressing the meeting, MLA Moyong strictly directed the engineers of the power department to chalk-out a comprehensive mechanism to meet up with the power crisis in the township. He also instructed the power department officials for installation of new transformers at vulnerable locations to meet the growing power demand.

MLA Moyong said that he was  able to convince the government to grant additional fund of Rs 10 Crore to complete the 132 KV Tower line from Aalo to Pasighat. He is optimistic that tower line would be an effective solution to end the power crisis in Pasighat and adjoining areas.

Several consumers in the meeting expressed grievances about erratic power supply with low voltage in the township. They have demanded the power department officials for immediate replacement of the defunct transformer at High region, which is out of order for the last five months.

Resenting over the frequent power cut and low voltage current, the consumers sharply criticized power department officials for not paying any heed to consumers’ grievances, but sincerely sending the monthly electric bills. Various government offices, market establishments, financial banks are badly hit by irregular power supply. Erratic power supply is compelling them to make alternative arrangement incurring extra expenditure.

Executive Engineers of Pasighat electrical division has assured the people to improve power supply scenario in the township within this month. He informed that procurement of transformer has been ordered and existing power problem would be solved after installation of the new transformer.

 

 

Fraudster using forged signature to collect fuels

ITANAGAR, Aug 2:  Some fraudsters have been collecting fuels from various petrol depots within capital complex forging signature of the president of All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) and using fake letterheads.

All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) in a release informed that persons in vehicles with registration numbers AR01H-0131 and AR01E-2516 have been collecting fuels from various petrol depots in capital complex forging the signature of the president of the union and using fake letter pads. As per the information collected from various petrol depots, the above mentioned vehicles have been using fake ANSU letter pads and forging the signature of the president and other executive members of the association to collect fuels. It has been reported by the petrol depots that several hundred litres of petrol and diesel have been collected so far from various petrol depots in capital complex fraudulently, ANSU said in a release.

Taking serious note of the case ANSU appealed to the city police to nab the owners of the vehicles involved in the case and register forgery case against them.

The ANSU president appealed to the business community, particularly petrol depots, to inform whenever people approach them to collect petrol by taking his name to verify the actual facts.

 

 

A page from an old diary

[ Dedo Ete ]

The deeper the hamlet as one enter, the purer the heart and mind, more the hospitality and more feeling of patriotism one will find in the rural folks.  They are ignorant yet hospitable, they look rough and rusty but soft in heart, they are gullible people but unsuspicious of outsiders who visit their village. Whenever they see anyone visiting their village they greet them with folded hand and say ‘Jai Hind’ and take few steps forward, throw their both arm to shake hands. They never suspect any one who visits their village knowingly or unknowingly. Because of their naivety they never look at visitors with suspicious eyes. Even, if, unknown visitors visit their village they show no belligerence.

Before India recovered from the trauma of 1962 when the Red Dragon (China) invaded India on NEFA front out of the blue, India was dragged into another war with Pakistan in 1965. Although, Pakistan was in the extreme west of India and Arunachal, (the then NEFA) in the extreme east, the war created tremendous panic in the minds of civilians of Aalo (the then Along) and every now and then civilians were asked to dig bunker nearby home and hide inside the bunker and switch off lights supplied from diesel generator of power house when sound of plane was heard. At Along town, fire fighting exercises were organized for civilians and first aid trainings were given.

Fatigued with war, government decided to introduce home guard training in the villages of border area. May be, government wanted the villagers of border area to share some responsibilities of protecting the country through ‘gorilla war’ in the front line in case China invade again or maybe there was no such idea at all.

Twenty days home guard training programme was launched in Tabasora village for the first time in district albeit it did not fall exactly in border area. The village was about 25 km from Along. Men, women, boys and girls from Tabasora and nearby villages willingly got themselves enrolled for the training. Initial enrolment was more than 50 but as the training proceeded number reduced. After completion of the training at Tabasora, trainers were supposed to move to Dasi village (pronounced as Daasw) for next training and from Dasi village to another village and so on.

Twenty days basic training commenced with basic march past and physical exercises for physical fitness. It was followed by ‘Kasam khana’ (swearing). Trainees swore in Hindi “Hum desh ka raksa karneka kasam khaate hain” (We swear we will defend our country) and “ Hum desh ka akhandata banaye rakhneka kasam khate hai’ ( we swear to maintain the unity and integrity of our country).

Swearing was followed by Jai Hind and Bharat mataki jai. Trainees (men and women) whose  ages ranged  from as young as 15 years to as old as 50 years were yelling, face reddened with emotions, some holding and waving  Indian flag hand made from paper, painted with color pencil. Other trainees followed in chorus. Swearing were honestly serious and with honest patriotic fervor. Instinct patriotism, love for the country, desire to serve and sacrifice for the motherland were clearly visible on their naïve face.

The next step of training was dismantling of 303 (three knot three) rifle parts, cleaning and oiling of parts and assembling of all parts after cleaning,  demonstration how to load cartridge into the magazine while pushing down ‘w’ spring of the magazine, how to fit the bayonet and so on.  The rifle was commonly called ‘three knot three rifle’. Training ground was surrounded by houses and granaries. Everyday training proceeded amid frequent interruption of grunting of pigs, chirping of birds, lowing of cattle, bleating of goats.

In the next step of training, trainees were taken to nearby jungle full of shrubs and bushes but devoid of big trees. In the bushy jungle, troop movements and different types of battle field formations, like arrow head formation, diamond head formations, camouflaging, charging on enemies with ear bursting high decibel yells were taught.

As per experienced battlefield combat experts, oral message sent through mouth to mouth of soldiers always ended with distorted message which jeopardized the battle field combat plan. Misinterpreted message lead to miscalculation and suicidal plan which let the frontline soldiers ultimately fall in the hands of enemy.

So, in battlefield how oral message can be sent through mouth to mouth of soldiers (without using wireless or where wireless was not available in battlefield) efficiently without distortion or misinterpretation was a very important aspect. To demonstrate how oral message was sent in the battle field, fifteen trainees were made to stand along the road side at distance of about 30 metres from each other. The first man in the line was instructed to convey a message orally to the next man standing next in line and second man to the third and so on until the message reached the last man. Message in Hindi was: ‘Dushman20, 400 metre duuri mei’ (Enemy twenty men, four hundred metres away). After message had reached the last man, all the men were asked to gather near the last man to share what message was conveyed to him.  When asked, the last man said that the message he got was: “Dushman 400, 20 metre duuri mei” (Enemy 400, 20 metres away). Every one began to laugh. After having passed through 20 or 30 men and covered a distance of about one kilometer the message got distorted and the message received by the last man carried a reverse meaning. Lesson was that verbal message always get distorted or misinterpreted (albeit unintentionally) at the end. In this case, ‘20 enemies’ became ‘20 metres away’ and ‘distance 400 metres’ became ‘400 enemies’.

Conclusion was that in the battlefield message must be written in a piece of paper and read out. After message has been read out to next man, paper should be destroyed so that written message may not fall in the hands of enemy.

The last one week was devoted to shooting (firing) with ‘three knot three rifle’ on a fixed target. Four standard target boards having four circular bands were fixed upright on a ground. The distance between the target board and firing positions was 200 metres. The target board had four circular band, alternate circular bands were painted black. The inner most circle  was called the ‘Bull’, the next outer band was designated as ‘inner’, the next and third outer band was called ‘Outer’ and the last and outermost circular band was called the ‘Magfy’. The innermost circle (bull) carried 10 points, ‘inner’ carried 8 points, the third circular band called ‘outer’ carried 7 points, and the last band called ‘magfy’ carried 6 points. Shots outside the ‘magfy’ carried no points. Target shooting were of two types- ‘point system’ and other one was called ‘grouping’. In the ‘grouping’, shots can be anywhere even beyond the ‘magfy’ (outer most band) but shots should be clustered very close to each other. Smaller the area of cluster the more the points and wider the area of the cluster lesser the points. Trainees were made to lie down on abdomen spreading the two legs wide apart to take position for firing. Shooters were asked to close the left eye. For stability while aiming the rifle on the target- breathing was stopped for a moment till trigger was pulled.

Women and young girls were as smart as men. There were more than 40 trainees, including women and young girls.

In the evening of last day of the training, the trainer,  trainees, some ‘gaon buras’, aged men and women gathered in a small field situated in the middle of the village. The size of the field was slightly bigger than a volleyball field. They sat around the burning fire. Some young boys and girls danced around the fire, some were busy in chatting. The home guard trainers were mostly Nepalese. They were free, frank, cordial, well behaved and cool. Before departing for the night’s sleep, one of the training instructors of the home guard stood up and said: “Bhaiyoon aur behenoo (brothers and sisters), listen for a moment please. You have learned to use ‘three knot three rifle’, you have learned to dismantle, clean the parts and then assemble, you have learned to load the cartridge in the magazine and shoot. You have been taught all these for self-defense and also to defend our mother land from enemy.  If we do not defend our mother land enemy will take our land, enemy will make us their slave. So, once again let us swear. ‘aap taiyaar hai ?’(Are you ready ?). One of the trainee youth stood up and stepped out from the crowd, raised his fisted hand high above his head and shouted “Hum apne watan ko raksa karne ka kasam khate hai” (we swear to protect our mother land), and “Hum apne deshka akhandata banaye rakhne ka kasam khatehai” (We swear to maintain  the unity and integrity of our nation)–the same swearing which they swore in the beginning and lastly said “Jai Hind, Jai Hind, Jai Hind” and rest of the crowd followed in chorus. The air was filled with reverberation of echo of chorus. It could be heard from as far as the last house of the village. The home guard training imbued the village youths with discipline, tremendous zeal and fervor for defense services. For many trainees, the training was a rare chance and also a memorable moment of life.

Despite home guard training and access to outdated ‘three knot three’ rifle, no youths ever tried to take wrong path.  Poverty did exist but circumstances were not as bad as to compel them to drift from main stream and morality. Youth were not as gullible as to be easily misguided. Words like robbery, burgling, underground element, murder were anathema to them.

There is not a single village which did not contribute energetic youth to the defense services like Assam Rifles, Gurkha Regiment, Border Security Force (BSF), Indo Tibet Border Police (ITBP). Every village has four or five retired defense service men, some from Assam Rifles, Gurkha Regiment, some of ITBP, BSF, drawing pension from the government. Some of them were re-employed as security guard in private bank, some in public bank.

During 50s, in the villages, families having more than one energetic male members had to send one of them to defense services. To some extent it was mandatory in those days. There were no qualms from the families because they knew it was service to one’s mother land. The youths were known for the diligence. Moreover, they had fervor for the defense services. Patriotism has been there in their blood from the birth.

 

 

Eagle Trophy: BTFC, FC Doimukh win

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ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Bamang Taji Football Club (BTFC) came from one goal behind to beat Tarh Ku Sports Club (TKSC) 4-1 in the third group level match of the state level 6th Eagle Trophy at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Tai Kaya put TKSC ahead by scoring in 30 minutes through penalty kick which was equalized by BTFC in 33 minutes through a penalty kick taken by Taba Isac.

Isac again scored in 63 minutes through another penalty kick before completing his hat-trick by scoring in 73 minutes. The fourth and last goal was scored by Dari Lugu in 79 minutes, according to organizing committee..

In another match of the day, Doimukh Football Club beat Gangte Togung SC 3-1.

Gangte Togung SC took an early lead in eight minutes through goal from Damin Taru.

Doimukh Football Club neutralized the score in 40th minute through a goal from Nabam Guna. He added another goal in 51 minutes before Nguri Alin made it 3-1 in 54 minutes.

Arunachal Pradesh Police will meet 19th Nyapin FC at 1:30 pm in tomorrow’s first match and the second match will be played between Todo United FC and Gora Makik SC at 3:20 pm.

 

 

Siang United beat Banggo United in Solung football

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Siang United FC defeated Banggo United FC in today’s first match of the Solung festival football tournament 2015 at DNG College playground here.

Siang United FC scored one goal each in both half through Opang Lonchung and Miloko Nobeng while the only goal for Banggo United was scored by Kaling Tatin in 7. 58 minutes.

The second match of the day was played between Donyi-Polo Ganging  FC  and Pameng Patang FC in which the former defeated the latter 3-0. Tom Lego, Batong Perme and Kajin Ratan were the scorers.

The third and final last match of the day was held between Ngargo Yameng FC and Sisang Yameng FC and the match was won by Sisang Yameng FC 3-0.

Nongkim Siang Pertin, Olom Darin and Nung Ering scored one goal each.

The consolation goal for Ngargo Yameng FC was scored by Tony Ering.

Miloko Nobeng of Siang United FC was declared “Player of the day”.

 

Today’s Matches:

 

1. Nulu Nubu FC Vs  Prez XI FC : 7 a.m

2. Giidi lepang FC Vs  Giidi Yameng FC, 2 p.m

3. Abotani FC Vs Donggin Yameng FC, 4 p.m

 

 

Govt says oppn obstructionist

New Delhi, Aug 2: Setting the tone for tomorrow's all-party meet, government and Congress were today engaged in a verbal clash, with the ruling side alleging "obstructionism" on part of the opposition which in turn blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "arrogance" for the Parliament logjam.  With half of the Monsoon session virtually washed out, the government asked Congress to introspect and said it can have "honourable exit" by having a debate on the row surrounding External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Lalit Modi.

The government has convened an all-party meeting tomorrow to discuss ways to end the stalemate in Parliament.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Congress may be upset with the government for "political reasons" but it must "accept and seriously introspect" that "negativism" and its "obstructionist tendencies" would hurt the country and the economy.

His attack in a facebook post came in the context of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill which is among the reform measures stuck as Parliament is unable to function because of relentless opposition demand for resignation of Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in Lalit Modi row and ouster of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over Vyapam scam.

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who addressed a press conference at BJP headquarters, termed Congress as "confused" and claimed that it has put itself in an "untenable position" and "pushed itself against the wall" by demanding resignations of Swaraj, Raje and Chauhan.

Reacting sharply, Congress leader Anand Sharma said, "The blame of Parliament's not functioning lies squarely with the Prime Minister for his arrogance and obduracy."

Referring to Jaitley's comments, he said, "the unwarranted, uncharitable and provocative statement by the Finance Minister and BJP, accussing Congress of disruption makes it abundantly clear that the government is neither serious nor sincere in breaking the deadlock in Parliament."

He asked Jaitley and BJP "not to give patronizing sermons to the Congress but to collectively reflect and apologise for their own conduct while in opposition." PTI