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March  27, 2015

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Missing students’ recovery exposes security lapses in train services

Amar Sangno

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Ever since the introduction of Naharlagun-Delhi and Naharlagun-Guwahati  train services, the possible security lapses have become a major concern for both the citizens as well as the law enforcing agencies. It is  feared that with the introduction of train services, the influx graph would shoot up manifold and crime rates including human trafficking would double in coming days if not taken care of.

With the recovery of three minor students namely Kipa Para, Nabam Rikam and John Sonam of J.E.S. School Lekhi (who went missing from the school on March 12 last), from Guwahati on Tuesday, the security lapses of Inter-City Express (Train)  has been exposed. The missing minor students reportedly boarded the Inter-City Express (Train) from Harmuti unnoticed by the Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE).

According to Investigating Officer of the case, SI Balkar Singh who rescued the minor students from hotels at Jorabat and Six mile  near Guwahati with the help of Deputy Resident Commissioner Guwahati, the boys boarded the Inter-City Express train from Harmuti  on  March 12 night.  Surprisingly, they managed to reach Guwahati without any checking by the TTE.  Whereas it is the responsibility of  the TTE to verify the tickets of all the passengers in the coach.

Earlier various organizations opposed the introduction of railway in Itanagar, demanding for strict mechanism to check ILP defaulters saying it would encourage influx of illegal immigrants as well as crimes related to women and children.

However, with the flagging off the AC Express Train between Naharlagun and New Delhi and the Intercity Express between Naharlagun and Guwahati by Prime Minister Narendra Modi the trains are now running continuously with Inner Line Permit(ILP)  being streamlined  and easily accessible on arrival.

 

 

Bandh cripples normal life, passes off peacefully

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: The dawn to dusk Capital complex bandh given by All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) passed off peacefully here this evening without any untoward incident. According to police sources, no untoward incident had been reported from anywhere during the 12 hours bandh period. However, the normal life was crippled in Capital complex as shops and markets remained closed and all kinds of vehicles were off the roads except for a few police vehicles moving around. The education institutions, private establishments and financial institutions also remained closed. Despite warning from the state government that employees found absent in the office during bandh hours will be taken serious action, many of the government employees preferred to stay back at home seemingly to avoid any untoward incident as well as to enjoy the World Cup Cricket match between India and Australia. Similarly, the business community of both Itanagar and Naharlagun downed their shutters. The Union had given the 12 hours bandh reacting to the state governments' alleged failure to fulfill its demand which include immediate scrapping of the Pre-paid Energy Metering System in the Capital complex.

 

 

Governor calls for strengthening cooperation between China & India

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma has emphasised that the future of India and China should be defined by cooperation and not by confrontation adding that the benefits of cooperation far outweigh any presumed gains from containment. "India and China's dreams of being strong developed and prosperous nations are interconnected and mutually compatible," he added.

The Governor was delivering the closing address of the two-day seminar 'Voices from Arunachal:  India-China Border Problems and related Arunachal Folklore' at Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills today. He commended the collaborative initiative to understand the local perspective at the grassroots of the border state by documenting the folklores and oral history adding that "We must listen to the issues that matter to the people of the State and appreciate their take on them."

"The opinions, outlook, experiences, historical perspectives and social memory of Arunachalees are valuable in knowing their vision for the development of the State and lending a perspective to solving the boundary dispute."

Underlining the relevance of recording cultural aspects and folklore, the Governor said that along with recorded history, local folklores of the various ethnic groups of the state help shed light on the past, providing a credible geo-political identity of the tribal communities of the frontier State.

On the occasion, he also pointed out the economic and vital strategic significance of Arunachal Pradesh and the NE region and the potentials of the NE region in terms of its proximity to eight Asian countries as doorway to the South East and East Asia.

Highlighting on demographic connectivity, he said that Arunachal Pradesh has ancient linkages with places like Tibet and Myanmar  through human migration over the ages. Buddhism spread from India to different cultures, particularly to Asian countries. However, he opined that such factors cannot be the basis of a Nation-State as he observed religious and cultural affinity is beyond borders.

Stressing on pursuing security and development, the Governor said that we must work towards matching infrastructural capacities.

He said that the Union government is working on strengthening bi-lateral relations on the basis of Prime Minister's vision as "Inch Towards Miles".

The seminar was organised by Research Centre for Eastern and North Eastern Regional Studies, Kolkata and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Intitute for Asian Studies, Kolkata in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills.

 

 

Opposition to TAH for favouring the rich

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Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Mar 26: Residents of Sigin Colony Daporijjo were on the road to stop the further mapping of proposed Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH), while claiming that authorities have diverted from the proposed road affecting poor people while leaving the property of rich untouched.

They have appealed to the authority to re-align the existing PWD road from the proposed alignment.

Land Affected Peoples Forum of Sigin Valley Part-I & Part-IV while expressing their deep resentment over the ongoing road measurement has appealed the concerned authority to immediately reconsider the alignment of the Trans Arunachal Highway.

One of the dwellers said, "As per the previously proposed alignment, most of the RCC building were to be affected but now with the new alignment only Kutcha houses in the colony are going to be badly affected. It seems that there is involvement and influence of rich people."  In a representation to Deputy Commissioner against the Proposed Road Alignment of Trans Arunachal Highway, affected people have said that further work will create hue and cry.

They informed that proposed alignment is in the middle of the human settlement area at Sigin valley part-I & Part-IV leading to destruction of permanent resource of many families.

"I have inherited this plot of land from my forefather, so I am deeply attached to it.  And I feed   my family members, running a small scale business in this plot of land. The coming generation can continue living and doing business but demolishing my land will destroy the income of my family and future generation" another resident added.

The protestors further alleged that authority concerned has never informed the affected people or organized public hearing on proposed TAH.

While warning of democratic movement for the cause, the affected people said that they are not against TAH in the area.

 

 

Misappropriation of students’ stipend  in JN College alleged

Correspondent

PASIGHAT, Mar 26: The Students Union of Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat has alleged massive misappropriation of government fund meant for students’ stipend and other academic activities.

The union in a statement said that huge amount of money released under 'stipend scheme' has been misappropriated by the college authority. Raising questions over transparency and accountability in financial dealing, the union said the office bearers are quite reluctant to disclose any financial information viz. sanctioning amount meant for stipend, actual number of students and disbursed amount with the existing balance.

The union has reported many discrepancies in the allotment of stipend such as unequal allotment of amount, missing of names from the allotment list and delay in payment, while many eligible applicants are not given stipend even after furnishing required documents. Thus, more than 1800 students of this college are still debarred from getting stipend, which is causing concern among the student union members.

The Students' Union is all set to stage dharna before the academic office on March 28, to register their protest against the alleged financial irregularities.  The union members further alleged that numerous problems are plaguing the premier educational institution due to weak management of the college authority. It also urged the department of Higher & Technical Education for equal allotment of students' stipend and strict monitoring of the payout procedures in the government colleges.

When contacted principal of JN College clarified that allotment of stipend against the eligible students was made by the directorate. "The college authority has been assigned to disburse the amount as per the allotment list into their bank accounts through the district treasury. Allotment of stipend against particular student is made on the basis of percentage of marks secured in the previous examination with the percentage of attendance in class," he informed.

According to the information through order no. ED/HE/STD/77/ 11-12/PT-1/ 2779-784 dated 2nd January, 2015 an amount of Rs 1,25,43,970  was sanctioned meant for stipend (first phase) against JN College Pasighat, out of which an amount of Rs 1,23,68,920 has been disbursed so far. As such, a total of 5176 stipend forms for the year 2014-15 were received by JN college office, which were forwarded to director office in Itanagar with due verification and approval.

 

 

 

Beautiful Lower Dibang Valley dirtied by poor garbage management

(The sight is a déjà vu of the 'welcome dump' near the welcome gate of the town)

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Karyir Riba

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Lower Dibang Valley district is one of the most beautiful and peaceful districts of the state. Its picturesque sceneries with rivers, mountains, greenery, have always attracted tourists, especially from the neighbouring Assam. It is also home to Mayudia, that becomes a busy tourist spot during winters when it is covered in beautiful glistening snow. The local traditional attire of the Idu-Mishmis also boasts to be one of the most beautiful and intricate amongst other traditional attires of the state.

Overtly rich in culture and tradition, the district is also home to a number of talents who have contributed to the pride of, both our state as well as the nation. However, when a person enters the heart of the district, its impression on the person doesn't stand tall. The appearance of a town speaks volumes about its character and history, however, Roing, the headquarters of Lower Dibang Valley district doesn't seem to do so in a positive manner. The reason being, heaps and heaps of unattended garbage lying proudly to meet the eyes of its visitors, sending an utterly wrong message about the place.

For those who haven't visited the town yet, it starts with the market area which covers a decently large portion of the town. Just a few meters away from the 'Welcome to Roing' gate, lies unmanned garbage of every types of waste materials one can think of. Adding to the beauty is the presence of stray pigs, cows and dogs feasting on this waste! One can only imagine what a sight it must be, but here it is a common view.

A few more meters ahead is the vegetable market where fresh locally grown vegetables and other food items are sold every day along with other non-local items. It is a pride to witness local women entrepreneurs working so hard to provide fresh products in reasonable prices. With prices of vegetables touching sky heights in some parts of the state, visitors find it a delight to purchase vegetables from the Roing market on their way back home. However, to keep up with the poverb "nothing is perfect", the dump right in front of this rich vegetable market ruins its very essence. The sight is a déjà vu of the 'welcome dump' near the welcome gate of the town.

In all its fairness, the DUDA has a dustbin constructed in the vegetable market for disposal of the wastes. What cannot be understood is the idea behind the design of this dustbin. It lies at a height of about four feet atop a platform that has a narrow staircase, and its size doesn't seem to be enough to accommodate a day's waste of the market. Due to this design almost 80% of the garbage lies not 'in' the dustbin but all around it. When asked, a source from DUDA said that this design was chosen to protect the garbage from the infestation of stray animals. Ironic as it is, every species of stray animals can be found merrily feasting on the garbage lying strewn all around these dustbins. But yes! The lucky garbage that manage to be thrown into the dustbin, sit safe and sound from these stray animals! The concern department's mission seems to be successfully accomplished based on this fact.

These are only two of the official garbage disposals, but these dustbins have been built in many parts of the town, and the scenario explained above is a common sight around town. The most disturbing part is that these dustbins do not get cleared regularly. A DUDA source says that this is due to lack of manpower in the department.

Time and again, various NGO's, student unions and associations, have tried to clean the town by organising cleanliness drives and social service. They always plead the shopkeepers to maintain cleanliness around the market area, but to no avail. Totally blaming the DUDA will not be fair because they receive no cooperation from the shopkeepers in maintaining the garbage disposal. The garbage that is strewn in the market area doesn't come from people's households from other parts of the town, but from the shops and the households of the shopkeepers living in the market area. They should have a sense of responsibility towards maintaining cleanliness in their area and understand that it is the first place visitors witness at their entrance into town. The Market Committee should also take note of this situation and take necessary measures to maintain cleanliness.

Another concerning aspect of this whole process is that the disposal of the garbage that is collected by the DUDA garbage truck is questionable. The dumping ground of the town is built on the outskirts of the town, near the bypass road. However, as dramatic as it may sound, anybody who for some reason or the other wants to visit the dumping ground, can find their way to it by following the garbage that somehow manages to 'jump' out of the truck onto the road. What seems fishy is that these garbage choose to jump out only after the truck is out of the main township area. Sometimes a batch of the garbage does not even reach the dumping ground. It is simply dumped on the roadside of the bypass. Many picnic goers have witnessed heaps of garbage been dumped on the bank of Eze river too.

The dumping ground which was reportedly a project of over two crores, is simply a barren land with an RCC wall built around it to mark it, holding a single plant to process bio-degradable waste into usable manure. However, due to lack of manpower (as told by the DUDA source), the plant is not functional, and the garbage is very conveniently burnt instead of being treated. Ironically, the district administration seems to give a blind eye to these problems.

Why is the department that is responsible for keeping the town clean falling back on its duties? With so much unemployment reeling in the district, is DUDA really falling short on manpower? Does not the state Government provide the DUDA Roing with enough fund to employ manpower for keeping the town clean? When releasing any scheme, why does the Government fail to look through the efficient implementation of the scheme? Will this beautiful town ever be clean or not, is a matter of wait and watch!

 

 

One-day workshop on Soft Skills

Hard skills alone not sufficient to grab job opportunity’

TEZU, Mar 26: A one-day workshop on Soft Skills was organized for 59 students in the Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu under the patronage of college Principal Dr. Tasi Taloh today.

Addressing the inaugural session of the workshop as the chairperson, Dr. Tasi Taloh advised the students to put the soft skills to practice to tone up their personality as these skills are found to be vital. He exhorted the participants to take full advantage of the workshop in order to be very successful not only in their employment but also in their day-to-day life.

Co-chairing the session Vice-Principal S. C. Pradhan said that soft skills are complementary to hard skills. Quoting the statistics of International Labour Organization, he gave a detailed description on how India would be becoming a country with huge population of youngsters by 2020 and unless acquainted with soft skills it would be difficult to accommodate them into job market because hard skills alone are not sufficient to grab a job opportunity.

Addressing the workshop as chief guest, Bimalendu Dhar, Chief Manager of State Bank of India, Tezu Branch shared some of his experiences in using soft skills while dealing with the customers in his bank. He also provided some vital tips on soft skills which would enhance the competencies of the students who would ultimately to be in the job market. He dwelt at length on some soft skills which would improve the personality traits on one all irrespective of his vocation.

The programme was conducted by the Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) of the College, Dr. K. Rajendra Babu, HoD Commerce as the Programme Coordinator. Describing the programme as one of the motivational, capacity building and personality development exercises for the students, he differentiated the soft skills with those of the hard skills and  emphasized the need  for  soft skills in the changing milieu   of growing   job opportunities  owing to the concerted  developmental efforts of the governments in the context of liberalization, privatization and globalization. Due to enhanced complexities in work places like increased emphasis on team work, the soft skills have become absolutely essential for the success of the organizations as well as individuals.

Using the ICT (Information Communication Technology) extensively, the resource persons delivered their lectures through power point presentations, video and audio clippings.

Razzeko Delley, Assistant Professor in English imparted on Communication Skills, while Time Management Skills, Team Management Skills and Stress Management Skills were deliberated upon by Dr. K. Rajendra Babu.

The students were also awarded with certificates of participation. They expressed the opinion that such programmes be conducted every year in order to make the students competitive in the job market.

Arunachalee lifters to represent India

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: 2015 Youth and Junior National Weightlifting Champions, Jimjang Deru (56 Kg) and Lalu Taku (62 Kg) of Arunachal Pradesh who are currently at coaching camp in NIS Patiala, Punjab, will represent India at the Youth World Weightlifting Championship to be held in Lima, capital of Peru from April 6 to 13 next.  Both the weightlifters have qualified in the trials conducted for this World event by the Indian Weightlifting Federation at NIS, Patialla recently. They will leave for Lima from New Delhi on April 5.   

Meanwhile, Arunachal Weightlifting Association general secretary Daniel Teli congratulated Jimjang and Lalu for being selected and wished them a grand success in Lima World Championship.

 

Body recovered

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: After 16 days of the tragic road accident at Munna camp on March 9 last, a decomposed body of the missing person was recovered from around 760 meters away from the accident site, Dirang CHC SMO incharge, Dr. S.K. Singh who conducted the post mortem of the deceased informed. ADC D. Riba and Dirang OC also visited the spot, he said.

It is worth mentioning here that at least four persons were feared killed while four others critically injured in a tragic road accident near Munna Camp, Dirang in West Kameng at around 11 PM on March 9. The victims are reported to be from Tezpur and were on their way to Munna Camp to meet their relatives.

 

Orientation Training cum Mid-Term Counseling for VLCC trainees

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NOIDA, Mar 26: A total of 213 trainees of VLCC Noida from Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland undergoing Govt-sponsored skill training in Beauty Culture and Hair Care were provided Orientation Training cum Mid-Term Counseling Course on Tuesday last.

The Refresher Counselling Programme, an initiative of Don Bosco Youth Centre, Itanagar, aimed at enabling the candidates to re-focus themselves provided a platform for the trainees to recapitulate lessons from the residential training programme they had learnt back home at DBYC Itanagar; though for the trainees from Nagaland the programme was new in all aspects.

The sessions dealt with topics such as re-evaluating personal goals, value-based living, work ethics and being a North Easterner outside North East and appropriate use of time.  

The batch is to complete training by September end and will be placed into organized sector companies like Lakme, Revlon, Kaya Skin Clinic, Naturals, Trica, VLCC etc. The opulent and spacious training centre and eco-friendly and safe hostels provided by VLCC has made the lives of the young trainees safe and comfortable at Noida.

 

Awareness prog on consumer rights

Karda Natam

Daporijo, Mar 26: An awareness campaign on consumer rights and responsibilities was organized by Department of Legal Metrology and consumer affairs at Dumporijo ground here today.

While attending the programme Otem Jamoh, ADC Dumporijo stressed on the need for the regular conduct of consumer awareness programme in the town. He also appealed the participants to understand their responsibilities and duties on consumer affairs.

M.Siga, Assistant Controller, LM & CA, explained about the rights and responsibilities of the consumers.

During the programme various consumer items, weigh and other measurement items were demonstrated by Bengia Dongo. He also spoke on various rights of the consumers and penalty imposed for the defaulters who cheat the consumers.

 

Industrial Management Training

DAPORIJO, Mar 26: The Industry centre, Daporijo Upper Subansiri conducted a one week Industrial Management Training (IMT) cum Buyers & Sellers meet programme from March 21.

More than 42 trainees from various circles of Upper Subansiri District participated in the programme.

Assistant Manager APRB M. Ete, programme co-ordinaror (KVK) Dr D. Deori, (SMS) KVK D.J. Bora, CS (DDTH) T. Nima, DDI T. Basar and EI John Rai were the guest faculty.

Deni Maling, Chairman, APIDFC advised the participants to go through the government guidelines while opening their units/shops. DIPRO

 

House burnt

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ITANAGAR, Mar 26: An MIBT building and an OBT granary have been reduced to ashes at Rachi village under Sagalee circle on 24th March.

The building housed the families of Mallo Nyakam, Mallo Tado and Mallo Anna.

ADC Sagalee, Jalash Pertin along with Anchal Samiti Member and few youths of Sagalee visited Racahi village today to assess the fire accident. The ADC informed that no properties could be saved and that the cause of the fire is not known. The ADC paid immediate relief to all the victims and have urged the government for immediate relief to the victims.

 

T T Govt College celebrates annual college day

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: The Tadar Taniang Government College, Nyapin celebrated its Annual College Day 2015 on March 17 and 18. The two-day programme included sports, literary and other talents based competitive events and AIDS awareness programme.

Attending the valedictory function, Nyapin ADC Tatdo Borang visualized the positive impacts of an established college in the remotest part of the state. He appealed the local people to cooperate with the college fraternity in the formative stage of the college.

Principal of the college, Dr Gindu Borang, reiterated the urgent need of a permanent site for the college. Tadar Tacha, General Secretary of the students' union highlighted the problems facing the college such as electrification of the classroom, construction of office toilet, posting of Assistant Professors and other basic infrastructural requirements of the college. The function was attended by Government officials, local public.

 

Schools benefit under CSR

ROING, Mar 26: NHPC Dibang Multipurpose Project donated 25 pairs of desk and benches to Govt. Primary School Midland, and 30 beds to the boy's hostel of GHSS Roing, under their CSR & SD scheme, on Wednesday last. These items were handed over to the Principals / Head Masters of the concerned schools at their respective schools.

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