2011

April  -  24

News Highlights

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SES foundation day

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: Sajolang (Miji) Elite Society (SES)  has decided to celebrate its 5th foundation day in a grand manner at its headquarter Nafra on May 25. The SES will felicitate the CBSE topper of Class X and XII Sce and Arts of Sajolang boys and girls during the foundation day celebration.

 Meanwhile the SES in collaboration with R K Mission Hospital, Itanagar is organizing two-day free mega health camp at Nafra  on April 23 and 24 on the eve of its 5th foundation day celebration.  Doctors from R. K. Mission, including eye Specialist, ENT, Gynecologist, Pediatrics, Orthopedics and Medicine specialists are conducting the health camp.

Meanwhile, the Society visited Nafra public health centre, where only one homeopathic doctor and one pharmacist are running the hospital and has drawn the attention of District Medical Officer Bomdila towards the shortage of doctors in the CHC. The SES also appealed to the state Govt. to  post adequate doctors to the CHC Nafra which is the only hospital to look into the health problems of large number of villagers in the area.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: Tania Bayor, Takio Jarring and Tade Maying have been selected as President, Vice President and General Secretary of Unemployed Youth Forum Upper Subansiri district in its conference held recently.

 

Siram to be chief guest in NE games

ITANAGAR: Union Sport Minister Ajay Maken would not be available to inaugurate the 25th NE Games due to unavailibility of Chopper service.

While informing this, the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs said that Education Minister Bosiram Siram would inaugurate the Games instead of the Union Minister at Dirang on April 25 as chief guest.

Tenzing Norbu Thongdok, Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board will attend the function as guest of honour while RT Khunjuju, Parliamentary Secretary and Kumsi Sidisow, MLA would be the special guests.

 

Union withdraws boycott

ITANAGAR: All Upper Subansiri District Students’ Union has withdrawn its decision to boycott the Subansiri Youth Festival following the discussion held with elite societies and District Administration at Daporijo today.

It further assured to actively participate in the ensuing youth festival from April 26.

 

SLF chairman writes to DGP

ITANAGAR: Sango Lamte Foundation chairman Payi Gyadi has said that he has been receiving life threat from some quarters for raising illegal appointment issue.

In a letter addressed to state’s Director General of Police, Gyadi apprised him of number of threatening calls he had received for bringing out corruption and illegal appointments in Govt agencies. He appealed to DGP to look into the matter for safety and security of his life and properties.

Cyclone wreaks havoc in

Ruksin sub-division

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: Cyclone wreaked havoc in Ruksin sub-division in East Siang  district causing severe damages to rubber plantation and many private and Govt buildings on April 22 evening.  Thousands of rubber trees were uprooted in Ngorlung, Ruksin  and Rayang area.   The cyclone blown away the roof top of many buildings in Industrial growth Centre, Ngorlung-Niglok and uprooted many fruits bearing trees, bamboo groves, electric and telephone poles in many places. However no casualty is reported so far.

The local MLA Dr T Tapak along with Y Tayeng, SDO Ruksin immediately rushed to the spot and visited  the affected areas. The total damages and lost of properties are yet to be ascertained.

'Rubber' is a household name in those villages. The time for tapping of the rubber begins from early May.

 According to Ghosh, Field Officer, Rubber Board of India stationed at Ruksin, the damage caused by the cyclone shall have adverse effect in the production of the rubber.  A total of 35,0000 kg of raw rubber was produced last year from 400 hectares of rubber plantation in the area. He also said that these villages will soon become one of the highest rubber growing area in the next 2-3 years.

 

Yagya at Ugyen Tsagnpo helipad

TAWANG, Apr 23:  In order to purify the environment, general well being and for eternal peace of departed soul of the victims of  recent tragic helicopter crash at Tawang, a week-long  yagya is being organized at Ugyen Tsagnpo helipad, Tawang from April 21 under the patronage of Chief Minister Dorjee Kandu.

The Yagya is being performed by 50 monks headed by Guru Tulka Rinpoche Abbot of Tawang Monastery with participation of general people of Tawang.

Four types of puja, namely, Sheva Jensey for peace, Wang Jansey for enlightenment, Geva Jensey for longevity and sound health and Dakpo to avert evil spirit from destruction would be performed during  the seven days yagya.

The first day started with performing of Tenthin Puja to purify the environment. During the rituals the departed souls will be shown right path for rebirth and all the evil spirit shall be called upon to a statue made of wheat flour with various colours which will eventually be thrown away in the river. This will ensure the general well being of the environment as a whole. DIPRO

 

Expert panel on biodiversity

arriving Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: An expert team of National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai on Biodiversity Management Committee is visiting Arunachal Pradesh from April 25 to 28. The team headed by Dr. Gayathri Ramachandran, comprises of four senior IFS officers and a Scientist. The team will hold meeting with the Chief Secretary of the state cum Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Biodiversity Board on 25th April and also with PCCF, Department of Environment and Forests.

During its  three days tour, the team will visit Ziro to access the Biodiversity Conservation activities undertaken by the Biodiversity activists and NGO’s of Apatani Valley. An interactive meeting of the visiting team with the Biodiversity activists of Apatani Valley, District Administration and Forests officials of Lower Subansiri district has been arranged by Arunachal Pradesh Biodiversity Board at Ziro.

 

Moyong demands establishment of

district court at Pasighat

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: Former Bogong Anchal chairperson Kaling Moyong in a letter to Parliamentary Secretary Law appealed for immediate establishment of District court at Pasighat to mitigate the difficulties faced by the people.

While highlighting the grievances of the people of East Siang District, Moyong said that people of the district and its neighboring districts are facing many problems in judicial matters as they had to go to Basar or Namsai or Tezu district court for trial or hearing of their cases. Even for any petty matters they had to go to the above mentioned courts which are unaffordable for most of people.

He further said “particularly in the monsoon season, it is more difficult for the people of East Siang district to attend the above mentioned courts as the road communication during the monsoon period becomes totally worst as Basar and Namsai areas becomes totally inaccessible resulting in non- attendance in the court at the stipulated time. Sometimes, even the summons or necessary documents do not reach in time due to the bad road conditions”, he added. Further, the practicing advocates of the district also finds it difficult to attend the court of law in time at Basar,Tezu or Namsai where the old and pending cases of  the  district are being tried, he said. Hence, the inability of their attendance in the court is hampering their reputation and they are unable to show their proficiency in their choicest field, Moyong added.

 

Former Army Generals visit Capital

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: Former Indian Army Chief Gen Shankar Roychowdhury and former Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen Vijay Oberoi along with their better halves, visited Gekar Sinyi, popularly known as Ganga Lake, Bamboo Processing Centre, Poma and toured around the Poma Jote tourist sites on April 22.

They were on personal visits to Arunachal Pradesh. Captivated by the scenic beauty of area, they relished the pristine green environment.

Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh, who have been advocating for harnessing the tourism potential of the state, on his part has been inviting people to come to Arunachal Pradesh as tourists so as to promote Arunachal tourism. It is felt that visits of important personalities will have positive impact on the sector.

Before leaving for their respective destinations today former Generals planted saplings of Ixora, a tropical ever green flowering plant at Raj Bhawan compound. Also commonly known as West Indian Jasmine, Ixora flowers are familiarly used in Hindu worship as well as in Indian folk medicine. PRO to Raj Bhawan

 

Sad but true

Tom Simai

The Central leadership’s soft stance on the issue of ‘Greater Nagalim’, the state government’s preferred silence on Naga People’s Front (NPF) political expansion and the muteness of Changlang and Tirap’s (C&T) MLA’s on being conferred the ‘Naga’ tag seems to have a common base – the Serial No. 10 of Schedule Tribe Notification (Constitution) 1950 Part XVII Arunachal Pradesh.

Considering the statement of Serial No. 10, the demand of ‘Greater Nagalim’, NPF’s political expansion and the ‘Naga’ tag for the natives of C&T sounds authentic. Because of the shocking verity that the major tribes – Tangsa, Nocte and Wancho’s of C&T are still officially known as ‘Naga Tribe’.

According to the scheduled tribe notification (Constitution) 1950 of Part XVII Arunachal Pradesh these major tribes of C&T are not included in the scheduled tribes list.  However, these tribes are being issued scheduled tribe certificates as Naga Tribe by the respective Deputy Commissioners as per the provision given in Schedule Tribe Notification (Constitution) 1950 Part XVII Arunachal Pradesh of Serial  No. 10 that categorized us as ‘Any Naga tribes’.

It is mandatory to use the word ‘Naga’ as suffix or under the bracket along with the name of our preferred tribe in the ST certificates. And due to non-inclusion, on many occasions ST certificate of these mentioned tribes appearing in Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination was rejected by the UPSC Board.

After this starling fact, the stands of our government on ‘Greater Nagalim’ sound so frivolous and unrealistic. Inclusively, we’re yelling that we’re not Naga but official status says we still are. So with given the facts, how justifiable are our heartfelt protest? Where do we go from here? In such embarrassing circumstance, how do we counter these claims?

Incredibly, the length and breadth of the state has been audacious enough to condemn and criticize the claims of Greater Nagalim, NPF expansion and Naga tag but none endeavored to analyze the reason of their claims upon C&T and its natives. As always, we’ve been placing our reservation with no historical evidences or genuine back up. In fact we’ve never tried to evaluate or comprehend Serial No 10, which seems to be the root cause of all these impudence and controversies?

Doesn’t this single point justify that our politicians are mere bunch of buffoons? These buffoons should be taken to task for not identifying and revising such significant constitutional error that has not only risked our territorial integrity but also jeopardized our independent ST status.

At this point of time, I’m wondering, why the MLA’s of C&T prefer to remain lull on every major social issue. They were mute when the Chakma-Hajong Refugees issue was at its peak, they were quiet when C&T was tagged as most corrupted districts, they were dumb when allegation were hurled for misappropriation of DoTC funds, they were silent when PRC controversy instigated riots. And now they’re averting to address this grim issue. Is their silence on the controversy a sign of ignorance or an act of cowardice? God only knows.

As a matter of fact, it’ll be a feeble fight against the claims. As Centre’s decision will be based on historical or constitutional evidences, it seems certain that someday NPF will soon realize their political ambitions within these precincts and the major tribes of C&T will always be categorized as ‘Any Naga Tribes’. And like always we’ll concentrate only on shouts and slogans without comprehending and mending the root cause – the Serial No 10. Sad but true. (The writer can be reached at simaitom@gmail.com)