2011

April  -  01

News Highlights

India's sex ratio is at its worst since independence

Census 2011

NEW DELHI, Mar 31: India's population has grown by 181 million people over the past decade to 1.21bn, according to the 2011 census.

The census also reveals a continuing preference for boys - India's sex ratio is at its worst since independence. The population of India now comprises 623.7 million males and 586.5 million females.

Statistics for the past 10 years show fewer girls than boys are being born or surviving.

They show 914 girls were born for every 1,000 boys under the age of six, compared with 927 for every 1,000 boys in 2001 census.

Indians now make up 17% of the world's population.

The statistics show India's massive population growing at a significant rate - 181 million is roughly equivalent to the entire population of Brazil.

India is now home to a whopping 17.5 per cent population - compared to China which hosts 19.4 per cent.

India now has as many people as  these countries put together: of the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Japan.

But the rate of that growth is slower than at any time since independence in 1947. The 2011 census charts a population increase of 17.6%, compared with one of 21.5% over the previous decade.

In the field of education there was good news, with the census showing the literacy rate going up to 74% from about 65% in the last count.

India launched the 2011 census last year. The exercise costs in the region of Rs 22 billion.

Some 2.7 million officials visited households in about 7,000 towns and 600,000 villages, classifying the population according to gender, religion, education and occupation.

The period covered by this census -2001 to 2011 - is the first decade, with exception of 1911-1921, where the growth rate has declined, said Registrar General of India and Census Commissioner of India C Chandramauli.

Among the states and Union territories, Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state with 199 million people and Lakshadweep the least populated at 64,429.

The combined population of UP and Maharashtra is bigger than that of the US.

The highest population density is in Delhi's north-east district while the lowest is in Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh with just one per sq km.

 

How clean are the deals?

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Mar 31:  The youths of Arunachal have been battling hard for employment opportunities in the absence of any major industries in state. Majority of educated Arunachalees pin hopes on government job for better life.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu often tries to sell his hydro dream to people of Arunachal claiming it will generate employment opportunities for local Arunachalees.

However not many Arunachalees knows that beside hydropower projects, Arunachal Pradesh government has opened up state to mining barons from all over country. As per the information gathered through RTI, state government has granted prospecting mining license to various groups to start mining operation in different locations. Some of the major industrial group which have been awarded mining license include M/S Trident Mineral Resources Pvt. Ltd of Bangalore, M/s Satyam  & Minerals Ltd, M/s US Roofs Ltd, M/s US Mines and Minerals Ltd, M/s Nagur Minerals Pvt. Ltd and M/s Dronagiri Minerals Pvt. Ltd. These groups will extract minerals like limestone, dolomite, marble, graphite, lead, zinc, copper and gold from Arunachal. The districts which it  will cover include West Kameng, Anjaw, West Siang and Lohit. Majority of these projects were granted license in the year 2010 by state government.

While industrial development is always welcome but one wonders how feasible these projects will be in an ecological fragile state like Arunachal. Extraction of minerals from hills can cause heavy damage to the surrounding environment.

Environmental experts fear that reckless extraction of minerals will spoil flora and fauna. “No doubt government and companies will claim that they have got required clearance from the environment ministry. But we all know that ministry is part of system. Mining activities have almost destroyed virgin forest in Chattisgarh and Jharkhand. I can see similar situation repeating in Arunachal,” said a Delhi based environmental activist.

Also if these projects are really under the operation, is not it the duty of state government to give employment opportunities to Arunachalee youths in the projects? Besides, state government has never come out in open forum to inform people of Arunachal about these mining projects. What is the nature of MOU/MOA and how do people of Arunachal stand to gain from these projects in the long run?

 

AUSDSU calls 24-hr bandh against

MMS scandal

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: The All Upper Subansiri District Students’ Union (AUSDSU) has decided to call 24-hour bandh at Daporijo on April 2 in protest against the way the bail was granted by the City Judicial Magistrate, Naharlagun in connection with the Daporijo PS MMS case.

Blaming the ‘weak’ administration of Upper Subansiri district which leads to present situation, the union  said that it has lost faith on the police department and the district administration.

Meanwhile, All Taliha Paying Area Collegian Forum (ATPACF) has extended its support to the  24 hrs bandh call given by AUSDSU.

The Forum demanded immediate arrest of the accused persons in MMS scandal and termination from their service.

It also appealed the civil society to join the proposed rally in protest against MMS scandal   at Itanagar on April 9 next.

All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU) demanded the Upper Subansiri district administration to initiate action against all the MMS scandal accused within 12 days failing which the union will launch agitations.

Expressing its strong reservation over grant of bail to main accused ASI Boham Bo, ATSU in its letter to Upper Subansiri deputy commissioner demanded immediate re-arrest of the ASI along with head constable Duyu Tatu.

Trial of the accused should not be held other than Daporijo court; ATSU said and demanded to award them punishment as per law.

Meanwhile, ATSU appealed to Tirap, Changlang and Lower Subansiri police and various students unions of those districts, including All Tirap Students Union, All Apatani Students Union, All Tangsa Students Union and All Changlang Students’ Union to help trace the whereabouts of the absconding ASI.  Upper Subansiri Graduates and Post Graduate Unemployed Association also expressed strong reservation on grant of bail to the main accused and demanded to apprehend both B.Bo and Duyu Tatu within 48 hours.

Vehemently condemning the Daporijo MMS scandal, All University Tagin Students Joint Action Committee has demanded early arrest of the main culprit ASI Bo, who has been absconding since he got interim bail from Capital Magistrate.

While expressing surprise over the failure of the Hawk eye state machinery to nab the culprit, the committee threatened to stage dharna before capital magistrate’s office if the culprit is not apprehended immediately.

 

NSUI appeals for proper drainage

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), Papum Pare District Unit appealed to the Principal Chief Conservation of Forest (PCCF) to construct proper drainage system within  National Highway 52 within Itanagar.

It said that due to damage of the drainage system in last two years monsoon, many roads have been damaged within the Itanagar and it lead to traffic problems during rainy season, particularly the PCCF office road Tinali and VIP road.

The union urged the authority to use the CAMPA scheme in proper way for the welfare of the people of the state.

 

Saaya campaigns for party

candidates in Assam

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: MLA Likha Saaya  and his team has been campaigning in favour of INC candidate Pijush Hazarika from Doha constituency in Nowgaon.

Addressing a huge gathering at Doha yesterday, Saaya highlighted various achievement of the UPA Govt at Centre and Assam Govt headed by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. He called upon the voters to support Congress party candidate to fulfill of dream of common people.  

Saaya and his team left for Dibrugarh to participate in electioneering in support of party candidates there.

 

Tawang march for Japan

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: All Tawang District Students Union (ATDSU) with  the support of Environment Protection Society (EPS)  organized a  peace Candle march from the  Bazaar Gompa to Nehru Gompa to share the grief of the ones who had lost their lives at Japan following natural calamity.

The march was lead by   SSB, Commandant Tsering Dorji.  

people turned up in the march and chanted prayers for the well being of humanity and also for the ones who lost their lives in the disaster.  

The EPS President Jambey Dondu while appreciating the ATDSU for organizing such event said “that such march would never have to be organized in the future again”.

 

State AITC poll campaign in

Assam continues

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: The team of the state AITC unit led by its president Toko Sheetal continued its poll campaign in support of party candidates in Assam Assembly election.

The AITC team including state party general secretary Domin Loya and other heavyweights of the party addressed an election rally at Tyagkhetra in North Lakhimpur District, Assam today.

The AITC  headed by Mamata Banerjee,  the  Union Railway Minister is only the political party which  is  continuously  fighting  for the cause of the down-trodden people and to root out the corruption  for good governance with transparency and accountability, said Sheetal while addressing the gathering. The AITC state unit team also addressed a series of street corner meeting at Dongibil, 12-Miles and Harmoti Tea Garden in their second leg of campaign at Nowboicha Assembly Constituency of North Lakhimpur district of Assam.

Meanwhile, state AITC unit general secretary (admn) informed that Rajya Sabha MP Kanwar Deep Singh, who is the observer cum Incharge NE states AITC, Isreal Nanda Chairman, Campaign Committee of Assam AITC, Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen will address the election rally at Dhemaji Open Stadium and  participate in road show on  April 1 in support of  party candidate Khadgaraj Pegu. The AITC team of Arunachal Pradesh including office bearers and MLAs will also join the election rally at Dhemaji.

 

Cricket World Cup  final in big screen

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: As Cricket World Cup fever gripped whole of Arunachal Pradesh, the apex students’ body of the state All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has decided to provide an opportunity to the students of college and school to witness Cricket World Cup final match to be played at Mumbai in wide screen.

AAPSU booked the Naharlagun cinema hall in advance to view the final match in big screen andwill throw open the gate for students on April 2.

AAPSU vice president (pro) Nabam Tamar felt that this will be a relaxing moment for all the cricket lovers, especially those students who are busy writing their examinations.

When the Prime Ministers of two neighbouring and rival countries can bury their all differences over cricket, there is nothing wrong to indulge in little bit of merry making and spreading a bit of camaraderieism , Tamar quipped.

 

Itanagar hosts Art exhibition

-cum-painting workshop

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: Itanagar is hosting the art exhibition cum painting workshop being organized by Lalit Kala Academy in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Tourism and Cultural Affairs department. The event got under way on March 29 at Hotel Arunachal Subansiri will continue upto April 2 next.

Artist from various parts of Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Assam, Delhi and Arunachal Pradesh are participating in the exhibition cum workshop.

Many art lovers thronged the workshop since its inaugural day and appreciate the initiatives taken by the organizing committee for showcasing the event in the state capital, which otherwise do not have such events for art lovers.

Earlier, the exhibition cum workshop was inaugurated by Tourism Secretary Bandana Deori.

She distributed booklets to participating artists and encouraged them to excel in their profession.

 

ESDP on carpet weaving begins

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: A two-month long Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programme (ESDP) on Carpet Weaving was inaugurated by Arun Bhattacharjee, Deputy Director, Industries, Arunachal Govt at Tawang on March 29.

Altogether, 30 selected trainees from nearby villages of Tawang district headquarter are undergoing the training programme being organized by Oju Welfare Association (OWA), Naharlagun with support of Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Guwahati.

Bhattacharjee in his inaugural address motivated the trainees on entrepreneurship development and cluster formation of carpet weavers.  

M.K. Deb, Assistant Director, Textile & Handicrafts, Tawang and Nilav J. Gohain, Project Officer, OWA Naharlagun also spoke on the occasion and called upon the trainees to engage themselves in income generation activities through production of carpets.

Among others Naz Pertin, Assistant Director and Dorjee Pema, Marketing Inspector, Textile & Handicrafts, Tawang were also present in the inaugural function.

The ESDP on carpet weaving will be followed by a design development training programme.

Meanwhile, R.C. Deka, Principal, ITI, Dirang inaugurated an ESDP on Food Preservation and Processing at the ITI premises today. 30 trainees are taking part in the training programme. Deka encouraged the trainees to derive maximum benefit from the training programme.

 

Exhibition on Khadi products at Namsai

ITANAGAR, Mar 31:  Additional Deputy Commissioner incharge  S. Sengupta  has inaugurated a 10 days long state level Khadi exhibition on marketing at Namsai  yesterday. The exhibition is being organized by Khadi and Village Industries Commission in association with the National Youth Project.  Entrepreneurs from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Delhi, West Bengal and hosts of local PMEGP/REGP units of Lohit and adjoining districts of Arunachal Pradesh are participating in the exhibition.  

The exhibition and sale on khandi products will enable the participants to interact with each others   to broaden their knowledge of marketing.   Awareness programmes, workshops, symposium, EDP training programmes and seminar on various topics related with Khadi and Market will also organized at the sidelines of the exhibition.

 

ESDPs  on various trades begin

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: Three Entrepreneurship and Skill Development programmes on Motor and Transformer repairing, Household Wiring and Bakery, confectionary and milk by-products  began  simultaneously at various places of Itanagar today.  The programmes are being organized by National Youth Project (NYP) in collaboration with Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE).  Each training proramme will have two months’ duration and altogether 90 trainees (30 each) are undergoing training.

While inaugurating the ESDP on Motor and Transformer repairing, A.P. Chobin, Assistant Director Khadi  and Village Industries Commission Itanagar  assured all possible help to the artisans  under PMEGP schemes. H.P. Biswas, NYP president also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the programmes and policies of the NYP and IIE   to reduce the unemployment problems in the state. The second programme on Household Wiring was inaugurated by A.K. Tripathi, Principal, Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic in presence of H.P. Biswas.

The third programme on Bakery, Confectionary and milk byproducts was inaugurated by KVIC Itanagar director P K Behera at NYP office  here.

Time for promotion of sporting culture

Dear Editor,

I extend my heartiest congratulations to Yukar Sibi for setting a new national record in the 62 kg category, in the 63rd National Men’s Senior Weightlifting Championship, Bangaluru and securing the Bronze medal. I also extent my congratulations to Miss. Ranjana Devi for securing the Bronze medal in the 63 kg category, in the 26th National Women’s Senior Weightlifting Championship, Bangaluru. Both of you have made the state very proud and also we the people should be grateful that these feats have put the state into the sporting arena of the country. It has also given to the country and to the state in particular, the prospects of development and promotion of sports in the state. Hope the Govt. take a deep look into this prospect and promote and encourage a serious and devoted sporting culture in the state, like the state of Manipur has been doing at her best.

The people of Arunachal are blessed and bestowed with great sporting and physical qualities which need to be nurtured by providing platforms, resources and unending support from the state. This will surely make Arunachal as one of the largest ‘sport factories’ of the country.

Yours,

Dusu Kaling,

New Delhi (on email)

 

 

Where darkness rules

Dear Editor,

There is no electricity supply in Moba Doke, Ragi Doke, Dedu Doke, Yapak Doke & Sodo Doke villages under Tirbin circle in West Siang till date even though the central’s policy for 100% illumination to all the rural villages have been initiated 10 years before. People in these area are living without electricity since 1948 ‘the independence of our country’.

Tirbin is just 3km away and Basar merely 30 km away which are enjoying 24 hours light facilities and the administration and the bureaucrats concerned  has failed to supply light to all these concerned villages.

People living in this village have to live using lamp and solar light. As such people residing in these areas are living a hard life and so there is no question of development.

I would like to ask the authority concerned why people under these villages are left behind and why few of these villages are isolated.

Yours,

N.D.Lendo,

(on email)

 

 

Facilities for us

Dear Editor,

Denka and Bogoli located along Assam boundary are among oldest villages under Doimukh circle.

But, these twin villages were deprived of facilities like electricity, proper drinking water facilities and roads communication until Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Nabam Rebia took up the issue of development in true spirit.

Many political leaders have come and gone just by making promises which they never fulfilled.

But under the initiative of Rebia, the villages had been provided various facilities like electricity, hygienic drinking water which the villagers have never dreamed of.

Electricity to twin villages and water supply to Bogoli are the notable facilities provided under the initiative of Rebia since his election which shows the spirit of a true leadership.

I also appreciate the village panchayat leaders, youths, public and all departmental staff for their hardwork and cooperation without whom it would not have been possible for Rebia alone to materialize the things.

Yours

Gollo Dani,

(on email)

 

 

Ads that pop up everywhere

Dear Editor,

It is obvious that this whole world is being dominated by advertisements. Turn on your TVs, tune to a radio station, go any anywhere you will be welcomed by advertisements.

It has become a part of our life and has influenced our lifestyles too.

But I am dumbfounded at the way Pasighat town is dominated by hoardings.

One can see the signboard of Pasighat police station being garlanded by Aircel ads on it. It seems more like an Aircel office than a police station. The newly constructed gate of General Hospital Pasighat is also being decorated with ads.

Frankly, I really don’t know whether there is any rules and regulations on putting up of advertisements in Govt. offices or establishments.

But the way ads have been put in Govt Hospital and Police station is something not good to look at.

I think Pasighat has many available places where ads can be put up in a decent way.

Yours,

Tayam Gao, (on email)

 

 

Evolve a common Arunachalee language

Dear Editor,

We would like to appeal to the State Government, bureaucrats, various NGOs, public and community leaders and students organizations to evolve a common language for Arunachal Pradesh.

Although our state achieved the status of full-fledged state in ’87 we still do not have a common language for which we have been facing lots problem within and outside the state.

This problems of communication gap due to differences in language among various tribes could well be felt, especially during trips to outside the state.

I faced lots of problem during my first educational tour to various destinations outside the state as we did not understand each other’s languages. This problem is also being faced by students studying out side the state.

I think Arunachal Pradesh is the only state in the country where there is no common language.

If evolved, the common language would not only bridge the communication gaps between various tribes but also foster unity, integrity among them and enable to know each other’s culture and tradition well.

Lastly, we urge upon all tribes to contribute towards evolving a common language that is understood by all.

Yours,

Takheng Lamni

Tashi Phuntsok,

(on email)

 

 

Suo moto and illegal appointments

Dear Editor,

It would be in the interest of the state if the Itanagar permanent bench of Guwahati high court take suo moto cognizance to the news article "Around 2000 illegal appointments unearthed".

It does not augur well for the judiciary to ignore a crime of such magnitude. Why is it silent till now? The concerned departments should cancel all the illegal appointments with immediate effect.

Yours

Kabit Mize

Arunachal Legal Forum, Delhi,  (on email)

 

 

People and justice

Dear Editor,

I really don’t understand what is going on in our state. Our state is burning with MMS scandal. And our Home Minister left for Assam for election campaign. I think he is giving more importance to other state’s election campaign than our state’s burning problem.

I just hope that we the people of Arunachal will bring the change and we will get justice. So keep on fighting for our right.

Yours,

Kago Laliyang

Naharlagun,

(on email)

 

 

 

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News Impact

PPADC reacts

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: The Parsi Parlo Area Development Committee (PPADC) has reacted  to  the statement of the Parsi Parlo Panchayat leaders who refuted the allegations against MLA and parliamentary secretary, food and civil supply as baseless and politically motivated.

While nullifying the statement of PR leaders,  PPADC chairman and secretary in  a joint press release said that not a single kg of PDS rice is reaching the Parsi-Parlo area since re-introduction of head load carriage system. It further questioned why the people of the area are facing starvation and lots of problems if the  PDS has been streamlined since 2007 and monitored at grass root level after the re-introduction of head load carriage system.

The PPADC further said that the people of the area are migrating to the state Capital due to the lack of development. The committee said that it has been working for the people of  the area  and  trying to focus on corruption and misuse of various Govt sponsored schemes.

 

Mopin festival

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: Local MLA Techi Kaso and Retired director of health services Dr Golek Yomcha would attend the Mopin celebration as chief guest and guest of honour respectively at Naharlagun Mopin ground  near Art and Culture office on April 5. Cultural competition will begin from April 1 to 3. The Mopin celebration will end with Riga on April 7.

 

Team Arunachal for Everest

Itanagar, Mar 31: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Gen J J Singh will flag off the Mt. Everest Expedition 2011 from Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on April 1.

The ‘Team Arunachal’ consists of Anshu Jamsenpa from Bomdila and Tine Mena from Roing who will try to summit the world’s highest peak Mount Everest from the South Col side.

They will carry with them the flags of India, Arunachal Pradesh and Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association (AMASA) which they will unfurl on the top of the world if their summit is successful.

The ceremonial flag off progamme of this historic mountaineering venture will be attended by Tapi Mra, the first Arunachalee Everester and coordinated by D K Dinglow Director of Sports & Youth Affairs and Tsering Wange President of Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association (AMASA).

 

Five cracks NDA exams

ITANAGAR, Mar 31:  In news which will bring cheers to many Arunachalees, five students of Arunachal have cracked the NDA examination for the 126th batch conducted by the UPSC.  

The written examination was held in August 2010 and the SSB interview was held in February 2011 in various locations of the country.  Out of them, four have qualified for Army and one for the Air Force.  All of them are students of Sainik School, Imphal and have appeared for class XII.

 Four who have qualified for army are Hage Kapa, Yumlam Josh, Yumlam Pulu and Tage Dususow. Shimon Doke has qualified for air force. The most heartening aspect is that Yumla Josh and Yumlum Pulu belongs to Kurung Kumey district, the most backward district of Arunachal Pradesh. Their achievement can be source of inspirations for student belonging to Kurung Kumey.

 

Kalyan at DDK

ITANAGAR: Weekly programme “Kalyan” a health programme will be telecast from April 4 at DDK, Itanagar.

The viewers of the state can dial at 0560-2212889 and toll free number 18003453603 and find a solution of related issues from the experts directly from Doordarshan studio.

 

22nd IGNOU convocation

ITANAGAR: 22nd convocation of Indhira Gandhi National Open University will be held on April 2 at IGNOU, Headquarter New Delhi and all the regional centres throughout the country through Tele Conferencing mode.

Meanwhile, Registrar in-charge, RGU A Mitra would attend as Chief Guest during the day at IGNOU regional Centre, Naharlagun.

 

Appeal for disbursementof SSA salary

ITANAGAR: III-Mariyang Mopom Anchal Samity, Chairperson A Moyong in a letter to Upper Siang District Project Officer SSA regarding delay and irregular SSA teacher’s salary in the district strongly appealed to the DPO to initiate proper steps for timely payment of SSA teacher salary.

He further said “even the fixed salary are not being paid at a go which has further deteriorated the economic condition of the teachers”.

 

Longte festival

ITANAGAR: Longte festival celebration branch committee Parsi Parlo circle has decided to celebrate the festival at its circle headquarter from April 10-15.

During the five daylong celebration fashion show, folk and modern dance competition, traditional games and sports events, literary completion, football and volley ball completion for men and women will be conducted. The celebration committee will be headed by Abha Kamdek and Sangha Takam as Chairman and Secretary respectively.

 

APCSOA mourns Sonya’s death

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers’ Association (APCSOA) has expressed deep shock at the premature death of  Sonya Bam.

Bam, the daughter of Chief secretary of the state  breathed her last due to ailment at Guwahati on March 28.

Members of the Association conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of departed soul.

 

Union oppose enhancement of service period

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: Arunachal Indigenous Peoples’ Union strongly urged the state government not to enhance the retirement age limit of any government employees in various departments and added that instead of enhancement the government should reduce the service period.

It further demanding the government to strict the period of transfer and posting notification of the government said that many government employees are working at same posting place for more than three years. The sitting of officer in same posting place for more than notified three years period would lead to misuse of public fund and official position by the officer, release added.

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