Heavy rain throws Lohit out of gear, Noa Dihing on spate
TEZU, Apr 21: The intermittent heavy rains for the last few days have caused damages
all over Lohit.
At Namsai subdivision, the Noa Dihing River is in spate causing heavy erosions in
several places in Mahadevpur circle.
About 30 marooned people from Dharampur area have been evacuated and kept in a relief
camp at Namsai. It is also reported that the due to increased water level the back
water has entered Jengthu River converting the entire Dharampur area into a river
The water level is reported to be on an increasing trend. Yesterday, the Medical
sub centre at Dharampur has been washed away.
As per report received the water level was just 20 cm below the danger level at Noa
- Dehing Bridge point and at Dharampur it is 20 cm below the top level of earthen
embankment. Around 70 families have so far been directly affected in the village
and about 100 meters dyke constructed by W.R.Deptt has been washed away.
Water level in Jengthu, Kamlang and Berreng rivers is also on rise whereas at Wingko,
the water has overflowed tea garden area. Reports have been received that Piyong
Khamti, Piyong Singpho, Wagun-II, Wagun-III and Wagun-IV, Wingseng Nongtaw villages
under Piyong Circle and Deobeel, Vijoypur and Kaba village pather area have also
been submerged in the Namsai Circle. Detail reports as submergence and losses are
awaited. Namsai ADC R K Sharma along with Lekang EAC, officers of Water Resource,
Power and other Departments visited Dharampur area and supervised the Relief and
The head quarters Tezu is cut off due to landslide and road damages in between Parsuramkund
and Wakro. During the last 24 hours, Tezu recorded 49.00mm of rainfall. Township
is facing severe shortage of drinking water.
According to an official report, District Administration and District Disaster Management
Committee Lohit is keeping a close eye on flood situation and all administrative
outposts have been alerted.
DC has directed all the outposts to submit daily reports to the District Disaster
Water scarcity likely to end by 2011
High level team inspect water supply for Itanagar Township (Ph-II) site
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The perennial water scarcity in the Capital Region is likely to
end by 2011, provided the fund flow, as the JNNURM’s augmentation of water supply
for Itanagar township (PH-II) being implemented under PM’s package near completion.
The progress of work has taken a back seat due to non-release of Additional Central
Assistance (ACA) under JNNURM requiring major policy decision and implementation
of mandatory Sector Reforms as per guidelines.
However, citizens and the department could hope for some positive changes as a high
level team of the state assured full support of the state government for timely release
of funds including the gap funding due to cost escalation and negotiations with the
The team consisting of Development Commissioner V.K. Dev, Special Secretary Finance
Amit Singla and Secretary Planning Ankur Garg inspected the ongoing project today
braving inclement weather condition.
The officers further stressed on timely completion of the project within March’2011.
The team inspected various zonal reservoirs within Itanagar Township including the
main reservoir of 20 lakhs liters capacity at Mowb-II and 3 lakhs liters capacity
overhead tank near R.K. Mission Hospital. The team also inspected the ongoing Water
Treatment Plant (WTP) at Gekar Putung 15 Km away from the township and the under
construction 80 meter span bailey bridge over Poma river, near Poma village which
is being launched shortly.
The team monitored the various aspects of physical progress made according to schedule
as per Critical Path Method (CPM) adopted for the project. While interacting with
the departmental officers, the high level team discussed on various alternative /
parallel system to ease the water crisis in the capital township.
The high level team was accompanied by host of departmental officers including the
Chief Engineer, PHE & WS Department, Er. Tagong Ketan.
Superintending Engineer, PHE & WS Circle, Naharlagun Toko Jyoti when questioned on
perennial water crisis in the Capital Region said that there is likely respite only
after completion of the project. According to PHE department, there are around one
lac fifty thousand consumers in the Capital Region whereas the estimated population
by 2011 was 53000!
That’s the not the end of the story. The nearby water source has dried up and the
department is being forced to tap water from a tributary of Poma River, more than
30 KM away from Itanagar.
ZDC demands action against unauthorized construction
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: While expressing serious concern over ‘unauthorized’ construction
of private buildings in public places, Ziro Development Council (ZDC) demanded Lower
Subansiri administration to carry out eviction drive in the entire township to free
govt land from encroachers.
ZDC, in a letter to Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner, claimed that a rat-race
among govt. employees and some individuals is on in Ziro area to grab govt land.
If such trend continues for some times, there will be hardly sufficient land left
for future development of the township, the letter said. The letter also alleged
mushrooming of buildings constructed in public premises in total violation of the
district administration’s executive order in 2007 and demanded demolition of all
such structures erected in Govt. land.
Chinese Pangolin wanders into NERIST
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: A Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) was rescued on April 16th
at 12:30 AM from nearby New Degree Technology Block, North Eastern Regional Institute
of Science & Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli, Arunachal Pradesh by Rai Taning, a security
guard of NERIST, while doing night duty. One of his neighbours Bijit Basumatre,
Lab Assistant, informed Dr. Awadhesh Kumar, Assistant Professor in Wildlife conservation,
Department of Forestry, NERIST at morning. Dr. Kumar visited Rai Taning’s residence
and identified the species as Chinese Pangolin (sub-adult male), one of the endangered
small burrowing mammal species. Animal weighted 1.80 kg and measured 2 feet in length.
This species is locally known as Sachik (Nyishi). Dr. Kumar stated that Chinese pangolin
is marked by large, hardened, plate-like scales. The scales are soft on newborn pangolins
but get harden as the animal matures. These scales are made of keratin, the same
material of which human fingernails and tetrapod claws are made of. The pangolin
is often compared to a walking pine or globe artichoke. It can curl up into a ball
when threatened, with its overlapping scales acting as armour and its face tucked
under its tail. The scales are razor-sharp, providing extra defence. The front claws
are so long that they are unsuitable for walking, and so the animal walks with its
fore paws curled over to protect them. Pangolin can also emit a noxious smelling
acid from glands near the anus, similar to the spray of a skunk. It has short legs,
with sharp claws which they use for burrowing into termite and ant mounds, as well
as climbing. Chinese pangolins are solitary and nocturnal. They climb trees and swim
well. The species is globally distributed in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, northeast India),
Lao PDR, northern Myanmar, Nepal, Taiwan, northern Thailand, and northern Vietnam.
They found in a range of different habitats, including primary and secondary forests,
bamboo forests, grasslands and agricultural fields.
Dr. Kumar took the species from Rai Taning and handed it over to the Authority of
Itanagar Biological Park (Itanagar Zoo) on same day for soft release in Biological
Park for its conservation.
Dr. Kumar stated that pangolins are hunted in many parts of Asia including Arunachal
Pradesh and are one of the most important bushmeat. They are also in great demand
in China and Arunachal Pradesh because their meat is considered a delicacy and local
people believe pangolin scales reduce swelling, fever, allergic problem, promote
blood circulation and help breast-feeding women produce milk. Pangolin’s scales are
also used for decorating the coat of armor. The population of this species is reduced
drastically due to loss of its natural habitat and excessive hunting for the above
purposes. So, the conservation of such a magnificent mammal is the need of the hour,
Chinese pangolin is listed under endangered category of IUCN, schedule-i of wildlife
(protection) act, 1972 and appendix-II of cites.
Stress on continuous flow of orders: Governor
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: For sustainable economic endeavour, you have to stress on less
profit but continuous flow of orders, said Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Gen JJ Singh
advising the villagers of Poma who called on him at Raj Bhavan today. Exhorting the
villagers, who are stakeholders of the Poma Bamboo Processing Center, Gen Singh asked
them work hard and to maintain highest level in quality. Congratulated them for the
successful effort, Governor urged upon them to be good example for other rural population
of the State. There will be no need for people running towards urban areas.
Governor also called upon the villagers to carry forward the message of value-adding
efforts to other villagers. Please involve the neigbouring villagers in bringing
the change and also promote organic farming amongst them.
Giving a patient hearing to the problems of the villagers, Gen Singh suggested for
planting of good species trees, medicinal plants and organic teas in vacant areas
resulted by Jhuming. He also impressed upon them to protect the environment for the
protection of Mithuns, while expressing his reservations on mindless slaughtering
of mithun other then rituals.
Pointing that Poma now is attracting lots of visitors, Governor said, we must welcome
a guest and send back a friend. He added, it is already there in out tribal society,
where appreciation, security and hospitality are taken with pride. Why our younger
generations forget this proud accent, he repent.
Showing some displays of accommodations in Kaziranga, Governor said, these are made
of locally available materials, which cost less and environment friendly and we should
flow the style instead blocks of concretes. We much promote our indigenous food and
culture, he added.
Taking part in the discussion, State First Lady Anupama Singh, who is the Consultant
of Common Wealth Games, suggested some items, which will be required in the accommodation
during the game.
Secretary to Governor cum Planning Secretary Ankur Garg informed that effort is made
to include the Poma Project in the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation
list, which will help in getting advisers and financial supplement from the international
body. He added, project is approved for converting it to model village project.
Poma ASM Techi Anna and Poma Gaon Bura, Tayum Sinkam apprised the Governor on the
progress of the project. Forest Divisional Officer, APFCL, Chimpu Rime assured all
out helps to the project on the occasion. PRO, Raj Bhawan.
20 APP personnel trained in computer
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: A team of 20 Police Personnel of Arunachal Police, sponsored by
the State Police Department received their course completion certificate in Computer
Literacy Programme (CLP) today at a function organized at IGNOU Regional Centre,
Naharlagun. Speaking on the occasion Tashi Lama, IPS, Dy. Inspector General of Police
(Crime) expressed the need to train the police personnel in modern technology & Cyber
Law enabling effective control & prevention of crime.
Dr. S.J. Neethirajan, Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre, Itanagar stated that
the training programme shall go a long way in enhancing the competency of Police
Personnel in their field. He highlighted the various aspects of the training facilities
extended by IGNOU for effective development of human resource & their utilization
in output enhancing.
Transport Federations demand
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The alleged money collection from commercial vehicles by police
at some entry points to various districts has drawn ire of Arunachal Public Motor
Transport Federation (APMTF).
While claiming that such illegal money collection is reportedly rampant at Likabali,
Yazali and Holongi gates, the Federation demanded the authority to stop such practices
Meanwhile, the Motor Transport Federation, in its 9-point memorandum submitted to
Parliamentary Secretary, Transport demanded, among others, reduction in road tax
and plying permit of commercial vehicles upto 60 per cent, reduction of sales tax
of fuels and other essential materials, issue of vehicle permit for entire district
instead of issuing it only for local areas, prohibition of requisition of commercial
vehicles by both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments, minimization of license
fee upto 50 per cent to open booking counter and one time road tax fee from 15 years
to 10 years, construction of permanent waiting shed, stand and parking lots for the
Meanwhile All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) today asked
the state transport department to implement the cabinet decision to reduce the 15
years period of one-time registration of vehicle to 10 years only.
The Federation claimed that state Cabinet had taken decision to amend the Arunachal
Motors Vehicle Taxation (APMVT) Act 1984 on August 7, 2009 for one time registration
of vehicles for 10 years instead of 15 years. It thanked parliamentary secretary
transport Karikho Kri and the Govt for its initiative for reduction period of taxation
for vehicle registration.
Strategic plan to increase the agricultural production in Arunachal Pradesh
Choudhary VK , Suresh Kumar P, Bhagawati R and Kanwat M
ICAR RC NEH Region, AP Centre, Basar
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Arunachal Pradesh is blessed with rich forest cover, animal resources
and wild life besides vast potentiality of agriculture production. The diverse agroclimatic
condition offers immense scope for cultivation of a wide variety of crops viz. field
crops, fruits, vegetables, spices, medicinal and aromatic plants, flowers etc. Important
crops grown here are rice, maize, millets, green gram, black gram, mustard, groundnut,
sesame, ginger, chilli, vegetables like beans, cucurbits, leafy vegetables, cole
crops, brinjal, tomato, orange, pineapple, banana, pear, papaya etc. Potato, sweet
potato, colocasia and tapioca are important tuber crops grown by the farmers. Agricultural
practices followed here are broadly of two types (i) Jhuming in hill slopes and (ii)
Settled cultivation. Area under settled cultivation is very limited throughout the
state. However, shifting cultivation is considered as a major source of rural economy.
But, due to time factor and the systems responsiveness to changing requirements of
high population pressure, jhum cultivation has caused drastic decline in crop yield,
loss of forest wealth, soil fertility, biodiversity and environmental degradation.
Although agriculture is the main stay of rural economy, but it is technologically
far behind than other parts of the country. Some of the important strategic points
to improve the agricultural and horticultural productivity are as follows;
1. Strengthening of seed production units: To ensure the supply of required quantity
of farm inputs enough number of input agencies need to be established. So that it
can produce/ supply the required quantity of seeds/planting materials.
2. Encourage the farmers to use external farm inputs: Fertilizer use in the state
is meager 2.5 kg/ha. The farmers are very reluctant to use the external inputs which
lead to deterioration of soil health. Therefore encourage the farmers to use fertilizer,
pesticides, feeds and exotic varieties of seeds to increase the yield. Production
oriented incentives may be given in place of input subsidies.
3. Strengthening the delivery system of inputs: This is very much required in this
region, because there are scanty of retailers or agricultural shop on the state.
Always farmers are depends on Assam to get planting materials/seeds/fertilizers/pesticides/animal
breeds/Fingerlings etc. but due to land slide, bandh or other constraints it is very
difficult to get agricultural inputs on time. Therefore this is required to open
shops at least on block level or big villages. So that farmers can get rid off these
problems. Use of locals or progressive farmers on this will increase the penetration
and dissemination of technologies.
4. Integrated farming system: Use the different agricultural components namely agriculture,
horticulture, forestry, animal husbandry, fisheries in the unit land area which besides
increasing the farm output helps to improve the soil health and environment.
5. Boro rice: There is greater potential to explore the boro in the land where water
is available in the lean period. This can be achieved by manipulating/altering the
sowing/ transplanting time and using short duration, photo and thermo insensitive
6. Bringing to permanent cultivation: Arunachal Pradesh has the jhum land of 1.10
lakh hectares, shorter cycling period reduce the crop yields. Therefore, improved
model (three tier: Forestry, horticulture and agriculture) developed by ICAR could
be implemented by demonstrating the advantages of such model in farmer field. Other
than increasing the income it reduces labour problem, climatic hazards and prevent
7. Water harvesting structures: In an average Arunachal Pradesh receives 2500 mm
annual rainfall and no rain water harvesting structures were made to store the water
for better utilization in the summer months.
8. Watershed approaches: This region is blessed with great slope, forest, terrain,
plateau and flat land which are required fit on watershed models. Site/location specific
treatments are required to enhance the productivity of land (by conserving soil,
water and biodiversity). Micro and macro catchments are required to harvest water
and conserve soil and water.
9. Construction of rural agro-processing units: There is huge loss of agricultural
produce due to its shorter shelf life especially the horticultural crops like khasi
mandarin, pineapple, banana and assorted vegetables. Marketed surplus can be used
for processing and there by increasing the farm income of rural farmers.
10. Exploration for textile industries: There are great potential of cultivation
of banana and pineapple on this region, their fiber can be used for textile industries
for further use. At the same time other fiber crops also can be grown to fulfill
the requirements of textile industries.
11. Exploration of rural knowledge centre: Education or information centers present
in rural area are to be used to disseminate the developed agricultural technologies.
12. Exploration of rural godowns: Traditional storage structures on rural area are
to be used and finance assistance may be given to develop such structures to store
the farm produces like paddy, maize etc. for longer time. Government should take
initiatives to construct modern storage structures on community basis.
13. Exploration of rural growth centre: The rural growth centers can bring in to
the main stream by strengthening them and giving training or knowledge about various
aspects of agriculture.
14. Referral farmer scheme: This is the scheme where farmers of rural areas are selected
where penetration of technologies are very meager. The technologies which are suitable
for the area could be introduced to progressive farmers. Once the technology is validated
and standardized there after extension of technology is required. In future these
farmers would be stakeholders to disseminate the technology to others.
15. Agricultural news: Season based agro met news need to be broadcasted at least
once in week. This gives the information about the agricultural practices are to
be done and all the weather forecast. Farmers- scientist interaction is also required,
to expose the farmers about the new technologies.
16. Free sampling and front line demonstration (FLD’s): Quality seeds/planting materials
may be distributed to the farmers. Continuous visit to FLD plots are required to
explain the advantages of adopting new varieties/ technologies.
17. Pre season campaign: This is very much required as the farmers have sufficient
time to collect the planting material during pre sowing and the information on availability
of the seeds may be campaigned. Distribution of leaf let or pamplets helps the farmers
to use the resource in judicious manner. Location specific crop calendar for the
whole year is also to be published and distributed to farmers.
18. Exposure visit: Farmers fare, exhibition, and field visits should be conducted
so that farmers will enrich their knowledge.
19. Benefit sharing: Government should come out with the policy by which the farmers
will get license of seeds/ fertilizers/pesticides separately. This will increase
the competitive advantage to the farmers on the market.
20. Penetration of technologies: Government, supplier and retailers all should take
the responsibilities to advocate the use of external inputs/ technologies. This will
bring the confidence not only to the farmers but also to the retailers and suppliers.
21. Training and method demonstrations: Human resource development centre is very
much required to give the training on various aspects of agriculture, horticulture,
post harvest handling and processing, forestry, animal husbandry, fisheries, sericulture,
apiculture, vermicomposting, stitching, weaving etc. Therefore, it is required to
open training centers in different parts of the states to facilitate them.
22. Formation of Self help group’s (SHG’s): Groups should be formed with the like
minded people 10-12 person, so that group can get the agricultural loans to setup
small scale entrepreneurship models.
23. Setting up agricultural universities. To develop the human resource and developing
location specific technologies agricultural university need to be developed to reach
four percentage agricultural growths in the state.
College student dead
ITANAGAR: A BA first year student of Dera Natung Govt College Dohu Raju was allegedly
murdered on the night of April 19 at his Papu Nalah house. Naharlagun Police have
arrested one person and are investigating the case. Initially three people were arrested
on suspicion but Police let two of them off after questioning.
Dohu Yana, the teenaged sister of the deceased was also brutally attacked. She has
been shifted to Gauhati for further treatments.
The father has called for arrest and exemplary punishment of all involved.
All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Kurung Kumey district unit also demanded arrest
of culprit immediately.
Bridge collapses, 6 injured
ITANAGAR: The bridge over Patuk river under Parsi Parlo circle in Kurung Kumey district
has collapsed under the impact of flood water of river Patuk at 7 am on Apr 20. This
was informed by the Sangha Welfare Society (SWS) in a release.
Six persons including four female who were crossing the bridge during the incident
received severe injuries, the Society said and urged the authorities to provide immediate
financial assistance to the injured.
The society also requested the local MLA to take step for construction of the temporary
bridge over Patuk rive till restoration of the original bridge.
ANYA proposes bandh
ITANAGAR: All Nyishi Youth Association has proposed a 12 hrs Capital Region bandh
call on April 27 in protest against the failure by state government to issue a white
paper on non preparation of AOP for the state. The Association has demanded that
a white paper be issued within April 21. It further dismissed the government spokesperson’s
clarification on to AOP as short of reality.
Students demand arrest
ITANAGAR: Apatani Students’ Union in a letter to Superintendent of Police, Lower
Subansiri District appealed for immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the
murder of Habung Chuniya of Ziro who was allegedly murdered on April 5 last. While
terming it a cowardice act, it demanded arrest and exemplary punishment.
ITANAGAR: SAPE, a leading educational fair organizer in South East Asia, in support
with Deptt. of Higher Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh will organize the first
ever "Career Fair 10" here on May 30 and 31 next. The two-day program will provide
aspirants a single gateway to entire gamut of academic and professional courses available
in India in various conventional and non conventional streams.
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Toko Raja, Khoda Tokum and Nich Taje have been selected as president,
vice-president and general secretary of Loko-Lumri boundary committee.
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: All Arunachal Pradesh Worker’s Union will celebrate May Day on
May 1 at Mopin Solung ground, Itanagar. Capital complex MLA Techi Kaso has consented
to grace the occasion as chief guest whereas Jalley Sonam, chairman Arunachal Pradesh
Building and Other Construction Worker’s Welfare Board will be guest of honor.