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2010

April - 17

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Ace Indian Shooter can’t go to China because of Arunachal connection

Correspondent

ITANAGAR, Apr 16:  Refused a normal Visa by Chinese authorities because of his Arunachal connections, ace shooter and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Pemba Tamang (29) was not granted permission by Indian Customs officials to board a plane to China.

On Thursday night, Tamang was getting ready to board a plane along with other team members when he was stopped by Indian Customs authorities as his Chinese visa was stapled and not printed on his passport.

Speaking to this daily while on his way back to Army Marksmanship Unit, Mhou in Madhya Pradesh, Tamang said that chances of him making to China are slim as he has been called back to the Unit.

Further, it is unlikely that a fresh visa will be issued by the Chinese government as it is a valid visa according to them. The Chinese have followed this system with Indian citizens from Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

“Maybe because

I am a Nepalee”

It’s an irony that he can’t go to China because of his Arunachalee connections, but he is not a name known in his own adopted state.  Refused acknowledgement and help so far, he says, “maybe someday”.

Some officers and individuals have been encouraging, he says as he rattles of few names.

Born in a village near Rupa in West Kameng, Pemba ‘s talents were discovered by the Indian Army after he joined the First Gorkha Regiment way back in 1998 while he was still a teenager.

I did not know I had the talents till I started training with the Army.  I was surprised at my own talents, says the Army man.

Asked why he is not a well known name in the state despite being one of the best shooters in the country, Pemba says “maybe because I am a Nepalee”.

I feel bad that the state my great grandparents made their home refuse to acknowledge me and my achievements, says Pemba.

 His mother and other family members’ still live in the village.

Asked whether he had approached any organization or the state government for help, he confides that initial experience and the embarrassment that followed has made him reluctant to approach anyone in Arunachal.  

“Army provides for all the necessities but it would be so nice if the people and the government of Arunachal recognize my achievements” he says.

“My unit is currently posted in Jagiroad in Assam and it is so near home”, he adds.

Undeterred, Pemba says that he is looking forward to World Championship in Atlanta and Delhi Common wealth Games. Now I have to prepare for the August trials to take part in Commonwealth Games and the Asian games.  

The next Asian game is scheduled in Guangzhou, China from November 12 to November 27, 2010.

 

Is Arunachal a private enterprise, asks AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Apr 16: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has asked whether the State government has become a private enterprise after the government failed to bring out the annual operating plan (AOP.

Lambasting the state government for failing to come up with an AOP, Union termed the development “an unprecedented epoch in the history” of the state.

It urged the State government to bring a white paper at the earliest possible time for its failure to producing AOP.

"What has happened to the oft repeated slogan “People First government”, asked its president Takam Tatung while adding that these act of the state government shows the much hyped good governance in a poor light.

He also said that the basic concept of transparency has been pushed back and symptomatic degradation is being encouraged by the ruling class in the form of nepotism and favoritism to a select few.

The AAPSU president further stated that “it is also imperative on part of the government that the fruits of development percolate to all the stake holders rather than confining to few”. Every citizen must be given an opportunity, he said while adding that state government cannot run the state as per their ill conceived convenience.

 

AOA criticizes inept Sports & Youth Affairs Deptt

ITANAGAR, Apr 16: The Department of Sports and Youth Affairs has come under sharp criticism for not providing the necessary requirements of the sportspersons participating at the NE Games at Shillong, Meghalaya.

"If the players selected for participating in the ensuing NE Games and the associations conducting training camps for those players are to be believed, the basic requirements of the players like sports kits have not been provided yet. With barely three days left for opening of the Games, the sports department has not provided the most essential sports kits to the players," Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) quoted various sports organizations as claiming.

Further, the training camps are also understood to have been started in the last minute whereas players of other states are given one to two months training in such important events, AOA said.

The necessary fund for this programme is provided by the Sports Authority of India to Sports and Youth Affairs Department. And there is also fund provision in AOP. In spite of that, the department is not ready to provide fund to those sports associations being shouldered for conducting coaching camps. Now it has become a trend for the department to take team to the NE Games without giving emphasize on training. Whatever achievement is made so far is only due to tireless efforts and sacrifices made by those sports organizations," AOA claimed.

While demanding for enhancing incentives to the medal winners at par with players of other NE states, AOA rued that a meagre Rs. 5000 for gold, Rs. 3000 for silver and Rs 2000 for Bronze medals are being offered to the state’s sportspersons. AOA suggested for providing atleast Rs. 50,000 to a gold medal winner, Rs. 30,000 to a silver medal and Rs. 20,000 to a bronze medal winner at NE Games.

All requirements of the players must be supplied and proper training of 30-45 days duration conducted from now onwards before participating in any future Games, AOA suggested. Otherwise, all the existing sports bodies would not hesitate to boycott the meet and will not cooperate with the department in providing players and teams in any way, the AOA cautioned.

 

Flash Flood snaps several bridges at Chayang Tajo subdivision

SEPPA, Apr 16:  Due to flash flood on April 6, wire rope suspension bridges over Pare River under Chayang Tajo Sub-division have been reportedly washed away and thereby communication link between Sawa circle and rest of the world have been snapped.

As per reports received from SDO, C/Tajo, suspension bridges which were washed away in the flash flood are Kesse-Marriang, Jayang Bagang and Phassang, Yangfo point and Holin point in Sawa circle.

It is also reported that hundreds of hector of agriculture field in the Pare river valley have been damaged in the flood. The affected area is not accessible by road.

Therefore, the actual damages occurred due to flood is expected to be more than the report received so far.

However, there is no report of lost of lives.     

MLA 9-Chayang Tajo Karya Bagang has requested the district administration to take up the matter seriously with the concern authority of state govt. for an aerial survey to assess the damages caused by the flood along the Pare River valley.

Additional Deputy Commissioner, East Kameng District Mige Kamki, has directed SDO, C/Tajo to carry out spot verification and take temporary measures to extend possible help to the people affected by the flood and to furnish detail report. The executive Engineer, RWD has also been instructed to conduct spot verification of the roads and suspension bridges damaged in the flood and to take immediate steps to restore the communication link by erecting temporary suspension bridges at important points over Para River.

The District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer has also been directed to coordinate all with other departments to verify actual damages caused by the flood and to furnish report thereof.

Since the affected   area is accessible only by foot march, it would be necessary to carry out an Ariel survey along the Para River to assess the extent of damages immediately, an official report said. (DIPRO)

 

Air dropping would continue in Kurung Kumey: DC

Longte-Yullow at Koloriang

KOLORIANG,  Apr 16: Air dropping of food items would continue in the interior places of the Kurung Kumey district and the PDS will be rectified said newly posted Kurung Kumey District Deputy Commissioner Bidol Tayeng while addressing the people at the Longte-Yullow festival at Koloriang yesterday.

He further said that health care activities would be speeded up and function of schools will also be closely monitored along with the performance of the SSA teachers.

He appealed the PR members, supervisors and enumerators of the census operation to carry out their duties and responsibilities with utmost sincerity.

While, extending the Longte-Yullow festival greetings to the people, Tayeng highlighted the similarities of the Solung festival of Adi with the Longte Yullow festival.

The DC also shared his thirteen years of service experiences in the Nyishi belt and prayed for peace and prosperity of the People.

Guest of Honour PD T Nicyor emphasized on preservation and promotion of rich cultural heritage and appealed the entire community to actively involve and participate in the festival.

Amongst other, former Minister Kahfa Bengia, former ZPM Bengia Tado, Chera Taya Chelo Tatup also spoke on the occasion.

Cultural display, games and sports activities and community feast was the other highlights of the day. (DIPRO)

 

People have the right to know what the government is up to: Yonggam

Workshop on RTI Act held at Pasighat

PASIGHAT, Apr 16: Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Nyodek Yonggam said the people are the masters and they have a right to know how the government is serving its people and how their money was being spent.

He said this during a  day long ‘Workshop on Propagation of RTI Act’ held today at the Town Club, Pasighat.

Every citizen has freedom of speech and expression and one can seek information from any department of the central or state government, Panchayati-Raj institutions and any other organization or institution that is established, constituted, owned, controlled or substantially financed, directly or indirectly by the state or central government, he added.  

Any person seeking information should file an application in writing and if fails, the PIO should render all reasonable assistance to the person. If the PIO feels that the sought information does not pertain to his department, it should be forwarded/recommend to the related/relevant department or the appropriate authority, informing the applicant.

The DC Onit Panyang informed that at least one officer from every department has been designated as a Public Information Officer (PIO) and he/she accepts the request forms and provides information sought by the people. In case a PIO fails to receive an application without any reasonable cause or denies or knowingly gives incorrect, incomplete or misleading information, the applicant can file a direct complaint to the Central or the State Information Commission. He further stated that if PIO does not furnish information within the prescribed period or unreasonably troubles the applicant, then the applicant can also file a complaint against it.

The DC also commented that RTI it is not to punish the PIO/concerned officer but to help the common people. He admitted that the Act is new in the country and there may be little mistake or errors while implementing but the HODs / PIOs should maintain their records properly and keep all information ready to provide on demand while serving the state with sincerity and dedication. Many PRIs and public leaders participated and Dr. D. P. Panda and Dr. S.C. Nayak of JN College, Pasighat attended as resource persons, described the dos & don’ts through power point presentation during the technical sessions. (DIPRO)

 

Census-2010 gets underway in Changlang and Lower Subansiri

Changlang, Apr 16: The 1st phase of 2011Census started from the official residence of  Dr S B Deepak Kumar, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Changlang whose detail information were registered  by Tiwang Ronrang, District Statistical Officer, Changlang and other Census officials for House Listing, Housing Census and  National Population Register.

Dr Deepak appealed each and every one to participate in Census 2011 and urged the supervisors and enumerators to render utmost sincerity so that no eligible citizen is left out.

During this extensive data gathering, about 219  dedicated enumerators will go door to door to about 24,020 residential households in 336 villages of Changlang. Ziro: The much awaited Census enumeration works of Lower Subansiri district was started here on 15th April’09 with the enumeration of Ziro MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for Land Management and Labour and Employment Padi Richo and his family members at his Ziro residence.

The informal function was witnessed by   Addl. Deputy Commissioner-cum- District census Officer W.Thikak, District  Statistics Officer, Nani Sambyo  among others.

Meanwhile, the Circle level census training for designated enumerators and supervisors of Old Ziro, Ziro, Ziro town and Dollungmukh census circles was successfully conducted at Abotani hall here on 14 April last.

ADC-cum- District Census Officer, advised the trainees to be very careful and collect authentic data for an effective planning at the centre. He also asked the officials to ensure that there is no duplication and overlapping of data. Additional District Census officer , Nani Sambyo, also addressed the trainees.

The training on filling of forms and other related works for the first phase of Census 2011 was imparted by master trainers Rubu Buker, Umesh Mishra, and G.K. Singh. (DIPROs)

Disha, Khonsa conducts Training Programme for PRIs

KHONSA, Apr 16: A Training Programme for capacity building of PRIs of Tirap District on National Rural Drinking Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance was inaugurated by W. Lowang, Deputy Commissioner, Tirap District cum DWSC chairman on April 7, who was also the Chief Guest for the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion the chief guest highlighted on the importance of the training. He also said that due to the absence of big river or common drinking water source, the water quality monitoring and surveillance responsibilities had to be decentralized and so people from every Gram Panchayat was needed to be trained. He further added that along with water quality, water quantity also needs attention and told the trainees comprising of panchayat representatives to protect catchment area of water sources for which schemes could be prepared under NREGA.

Speaking on the occasion Assistant Engineer PHE Department, Khonsa Tage Nipa told the participants to get fully trained to handle the Field Test Kits since maximum numbers of diseases are water borne. He further said that his Department also could help prepare schemes for the protection of catchment areas in order to protect the sources of water.

Speaking on the occasion the Chairman of Disha, Er. Chaphung Wangsu told that his organization will be conducting this training for all Gram Panchayays of Tirap in their respective Anchal Block Head Quarters. He further added that the Panchayats should actively participate in the initiatives of this sort taken by any Government department or organization because no programme or Project will be successful without your participation. He said that water in the form of rain falls plenty in the monsoon months but what matter’s most is the harvesting of water and prevent run off. He said that like in other parts of India we also have a traditional water conservation practice though the method may be different. Our people though practiced Jhum cultivation the hill tops which are the Catchments area for our water sources/streams were protected from deforestation. But present onslaught of logging connected with commercialization has destroyed our catchment areas. He told the Panchayats to take resolve to protect and conserve the catchment areas as one of most important responsibility. The trainees included Teachers, ASHA, Anganwadi workers and other Panchayat representatives.

 

Locals encouraged to set up SSI units in Upper Subansiri

Daporijo, Apr 16: The District Industry Centre, Daporijo, Upper Subansiri district conducted a week long programme on Industry Management Training Cum Buyers and Sellers Meet from April 12 which concluded today. The programme was conducted to encourage local entrepreneurs to set up Small Scale Industries (SSI) and enterprises based on locally available raw materials and also promote investors through joint venture with outside investors.

A total of 34 trainees from NGOs and SHGs took part in the training programme.

Deputy Director of industries, Daporijo Tuli Basar enlightened the participants with complete information about incentives under NEIIPP-2007 and State Industry Policy-2008. He further put emphasis on the importance of handloom and handicrafts.

The resource persons of the programme, T. Mosu,  highlighted the duties and importance of buyers and sellers in detail.

J. Singh, Branch Manager, SBI, Daporijo explained to the trainees in detail the different types of accounts, maintenance of accounts and loan procedure. He also requested all to open accounts in the bank to practically learn about accounts and their maintenance.

D. Sailo gave detailed information to the participants about preparation of projects for units. (DIPRO)

 

Rastriya Sanman Award to Lombi

ITANAGAR, Apr 16: Council of Economic Growth and Research (CEGR) and National Education and Human Resource Development Organization (NEHRDO) awarded Rastriya Sanman Award to Tako Lombi for his outstanding contribution to the society held at Mumbai recently.

Lombi is presently serving as Branch Manager Arunachal Pradesh State Co-operative Apex Bank, Nahaharlagun.

Meanwhile, Kalom Ao Welfare Society congratulated Lombi on being awarded the Rastriya Sanman award and thanked CEGR and NEHRDO for recognizing the services of Lombi.

 

PR elections

ITANAGAR: State election commission has decided to conduct bye-election to all vacant seats of Gram Panchayat, Anchal Samitis and Zilla Parishads of Arunachal Pradesh on May 24.

In a press release issued commission informed that with announcement of poll date, model code of conduct will be enforced with immediate effect till election is over in the district where poll will be held.

 

Nyishi Day-2010

ITANAGAR: The inaugural function of the IXth general conference-cum-IIIrd Nyishi Day-2010 is slated on April 19 at Seijosa in East Kameng district, informed the Nyishi Elite Society in a release.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and chief secretary Tabom  Bam would grace the  occasion as chief guest and guest of honour respectively. Host of dignitaries from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are also attending the function.  

 

8 cases disposed off in Lok Adalat

YINGKIONG: 11 criminal cases were taken up of which 8 cases were disposed off and a sum of Rs 41,000 realized at Lok Adalat conducted today at Yingkiong under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner, In-charge R Panyang.

Panyang said that Lok Adalat is the cheapest court in the world and it is the appropriate platform to resolve any dispute amicably. He appealed the people to attend such proceeding to encourage settlement of cases in Lok Adalat.

 

Women’s soccer coaching camp

ITANAGAR: Women’s Football Association of Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Eastern Social Development Society is conducting a 11-day national level football coaching camp for women players at Wakro, Lohit district from May 10. Coaches from National Institute of Sports (NIS) will conduct the camp.

Once the forest, streams, birds, fish, snow and everything belonged to Lisus

 

Dear Editor,

I was aghast to see in the news papers terming the Lisus of Vijoynagar valley (locally known as Moloshidi valley) as encroachers into the Namdapha National Park. It is very unfortunate that Might is Right still is the blood and soul in Indian Democracy. Even our tribal friends seemed resigning to the fate of Might is Right ghost. How many of you are aware about the true historical facts about the Lisus of Vijoynagar valley in which the so called Namdapha National Park falls? If your knowledge was from 1970s onward only then you don’t have any right to jump to the conclusion without verifying the actual facts. Some people who knew about the true facts unfortunately chose to ignore the reality because they are slaves to Might is Right ghost.

Prior to 1961 the Lisus of Vijoynagar valley which was locally known as Moloshidi valley had a worry-free life. There was no any external threat or force to disturb the peace loving Lisus of Moloshidi valley. The forest, streams, rivers, animals, birds, fish, snow, the land and everything in the valley belonged to the Lisus. Then suddenly everything changed after 1961.

On 7th-May-1961 (Sunday), an Assam Rifles expedition team led by Major Sumer Singh entered the Moloshidi valley and reached the largest village in the valley, Shidi (now called Gandhigram). They were accorded warm reception by the villagers and further told by the villagers that they were the first ever to have visited in the Lisu land, Moloshidi valley. The Assam Rifles team assured the villagers that from now on this virgin land will be under India and the people will be protected from any enemy aggression. Ironically the truth was that, the innocent villagers did not realize then that the aggressor would be from within the country itself. On their journey back the Lisu villagers accompanied the Assam Rifles team and the villagers still remember now that the present Miao town and Kharsang town were still jungle at that time. Till then there was no International Boundary line in the Moloshidi valley. In 1972 only Demarcation of International Boundary with Burma was done and for which the guides were the local Lisus who had full knowledge about nook and corner of the valley as they had been living in the valley since time immemorial. During Demarcation, cement pillars were erected at strategic high rise locations guided by the local Lisus and in the process the Moloshidi valley fell in Indian side. Following that, instead of feeling safe the Lisus were threatened and robbed of their land, rights, existence and freedom. Maj. Gen. A.S Guraya was the Director-General of Assam Rifles under whose command Major Sumer Singh led the Moloshidi valley-finding expedition team. He had designed to settle a group of Assam Rifle personnel as settlers who were retiring at that time into the very land where the peace loving innocent Lisus had their houses and wet cultivable land. When the villagers refused to vacate their own land their cattle were shot. Frightened villagers were forced at gun point to vacate their own land to some outsiders and were bundled in one village only.

In addition to this barbaric action meted out to the local indigenous Lisus, the Government started initiating the establishment of Namdapha National Park in Moloshidi valley from 1972 onward without the knowledge of the local indigenous Lisus. At that time there was no educated people among the Lisus and the people were unaware of what was being planned by the imperialists in their offices. And when it was officially declared as National Park with Tiger project in 1983 extending the park boundary till near Shidi (Gandhigram village-83 miles from Miao), then only the local villagers became aware of the park boundary touching near their village. Earlier during 1970s there was one Lisu village, Nibodi in 52 miles from Miao which was completely destroyed by the police and forest guards forcing the innocent villagers to flee to Shidi (Gandhigram village). Unfortunately for the Lisus, since that time onward those outsiders who were visiting Moloshidi valley to fulfill their own interests happened to be animal and forest lovers only who had no any feeling, love and care for the suffering marginalized Lisu people of the valley. Their mind was preoccupied with the animals and forest only and had no human heart to see the plight of the backward downtrodden suffering people when they destroyed the houses of the local Lisus and forcefully captured the land where the innocent Lisus once had a peaceful life prior to 1961. They advertently refused to learn and know the true historical facts about the land and the indigenous people who inhabit the valley because for them only animals and forest matter. Ironically, these people had already destroyed all the forest in their own land and killed all the animals in their land and when everything was finished in their own land, they wanted to forcefully capture this virgin land occupied by a small and weak tribe and declare whatever design they had in their ambitious imperialistic mind forcing and reducing the local indigenous people into homeless in their own land. These aggressors  don’t mind whether the local indigenous people survive or extinct because for them when nothing was left in their own land, they needed oxygen which our forest supply, they needed to see animals and do research studies which our forest area provide them the needs. When they had finished everything in their own land due to their exploitive activities, they have invaded our forefathers’ land forcefully and dictated us not to do this and that. As if the land belonged to them now they are calling the local indigenous Lisus as encroachers. What a shame! They called themselves civilized and educated but no humanely heart. But alas! They are in authority and whether the local indigenous people were robbed of their land, rights and existence does not make any difference to them as Might is Right in this land and what a small and weak voiceless tribe can do to protect themselves. The truth is that the local Indigenous Lisu people have been preserving forest and animals till date for their future use and the result everyone can see that we still have a vast forest area and a number of animals in Moloshidi valley. Otherwise they could have finished everything even prior to 1961.

These days even some people are trying to propagate without any substance by saying that the Moloshidi valley in which Namdapha falls once belonged to them. What a rubbish and senseless claim again! Just because some historical monuments of Buddhism were found in the valley did not mean that the land once belonged to them. If claims like these carry any substance then the Moloshidi valley once upon a time could have belonged to the Chinese, or Japanese, or Burmese, or Thais, or Sri Lankans, or even Chakmas, simply because they also practice Buddhism. But everybody knows that claim like this does not carry any substance. Malinithan and Parsuram Kund which are famous for Hinduism do not necessarily mean that those places belong to the Hindus of the plain area now. Every tribe in Arunachal has their own area or land of their own, whether the area had been cultivated or just uncultivated virgin forest area. Regardless of its cultivation status the land just belongs to them because they have a deep relationship with the land, the forest, the animals and everything that are found in the land since time immemorial. Similarly, the Lisu people have a deep connection with their own land, Moloshidi valley. Their songs, stories, folklore tales, proverbial sayings etc. had derived and had connection with the mountains, rivers, caves, streams, forest, animals and valleys of the Moloshidi valley (Vijoynagar valley).   

No doubt, forest and animals should be preserved and parks should be created but not at the cost of human lives and forest rights of the local indigenous people. We should also learn how to care for human beings and respect their rights at least in their own land. Now, tell us who are the real encroachers into the Lisu land of Moloshidi valley? Will you still close your eyes and remain deaf because you are also a slave to Might is Right ghost?     

Yours,

Philip Ngwazah

Shillong

 

 

 

Power developers need security

 

Dear Editor,

I am happy to read the news about security to be provided to NHPC staff at Lower Subansiri Power Project. No one will believe how engineers and experts employed by contractors are discharging their duties, where they are vulnerable to regular threats not by militants or insurgents but by the residents of nearby localities. Under circumstances prevailing at the project site, no project can be completed within planned time schedule.

I am thankful to MP Takam Sanjoy who has shared this concern in a very pragmatic manner.

Contractors never hesitate to employ local people but how to put them on job and how to keep them in discipline is a matter of concern.

Yours,

Harpal Singh

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