2011

April  -  27

News Highlights

NE Games: Arunachal win 15

medals on opening day

M. Doley

DIRANG/Rupa, Apr 26: Arunachal Pradesh opened its North East Games campaign on mixed note with Judokas, wushu players, shuttlers, notching up as many as 15 medals including 4 Golds on the first day of the Games here today.

Arunachalee judokas won 3 gold and as many silvers and bronze while wushu players bagged 1 gold and 2 silver. The Arunachal team added another bronze medal in shotput.

Earlier on the day, Arunachal won two bronze medals in Men’s and Women’s Badminton team event. Both the Men’s and Women teams beat their opponents from Tripura in the quarterfinals and lost their semifinals match against Assam and Mizoram respectively. The gold medal in both men’s and women’s team event went to Assam.

In Men’s open singles, State top shuttler Laa Talar lost to Anshuman Borah of Assam in quarterfinal while Dilip Gurung lost to his opponent from Mizoram in first round.

In Women’s singles, Laa Yajum lost to Pradana of Nagaland in quarterfinal while Pinki Karki lost to her opponent from Manipur in first round.

In Men’s Doubles, the pair of Dilip Gurung and Akshaya Rai of Arunachal lost to their opponent from Manipur in quarterfinal. The pair of Laa Yajum and Tania Yasup lost to their opponent from Manipur in quarterfinals.

In football, Arunachal went down fighting 0-3 to formidable Manipur in their opening league match. Manipur was leading 1-0 in the first half. They added another two goals in the second half through Th. Santhosh in 46 and 57 minutes respectively to seal the fate of the match in their favour.

In another match of the day played between Nagaland and Meghalaya, the latter defeated the former by 2-1 goals.  In boxing, all the four Arunachalee pugilists- Tinglam Nokbua (49 kg), Dari Laknia (56 kg) and Tarak Lucky (60 kg) lost their respective bouts against their opponents from Mizoram, Sikkim and Meghalaya at Bomdila.

In women category, N Chanu (48 kg) lost her fight against her opponent from Manipur. Meanwhile, a 10- member team from Army Sports Institute Pune led by captain Rao has arrived at Dirang on talent hunt.

 

When even pain fails to move us

Tongam Rina

Apart from near misses mid air, India’s aviation history is filled with stories of tragedies that could have been avoided.

With liberalisation of economy, the aviation Industry in India took a major leap. Every year more than forty million Indians take the air route, aided by the low costs private airlines which accounts for 60 percent of total travelers. While the private airlines is going from strength to strength despite many hiccups including questionable recruitments, the government run Air India refuses to learn. The only thing that Air India has to its credit today is connecting smaller towns in its worn out planes. India has had major airline disasters and most of it involves Air India. The former subsidiary of Air India, Indian Airlines and Alliance Air, Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd. (PHHL) accounts for worst airline mishaps. More than thousand people have lost their lives involving Air India. This excludes the crashes like AI flight between Montreal-London-Delhi caused by terrorists which left more than 300 dead.

With such track records, there is bound to be questions at the safety measures. Why the national carrier has almost become a on air coffin?

Yet again, there was another tragedy involving the national helicopter company of India. This time it was at home.

The recent chopper crash in Tawang not only devastated the family members of those who died in the tragic mishap, it has made us question whether air travel is a safe bet in Arunachal. While we mourn the dead, the crash has raised numerous questions. We don’t have answers today but somewhere we have to figure out to ensure that such tragedy never happens again.

Today, air travel in many states in the North east is synonymous with Pawan Hans.

Jointly operated by the Government of India and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Pawan Hans mainly operates in Northeast regions and ONGC project areas.

Two crashes in Arunachal and one in Shillong involving Pawan Hans comes to mind. Accidents, they say are accidents but then some accidents can be avoided or impact minimized.

The impact of tragedy in Tawang, if one believes the eye witnesses could have been lesser if we had the right fire fighting equipments in place. It’s too painful a topic to even write about, but could the government make effort to ensure that safety measures are implemented.

Could we ground the planes that need to be grounded on time, take a relook at safety measures?  

Instead of writing letters about safety, could we ensure that we don’t put lives of air travelers at risk. After every accident, a probe is set up. If we go by the record, these probes are usually reactive, never preempted or proactive. That’s also the time when blame game plays out like musical chairs.

Somewhere responsibilities need to be fixed. It is about time.

 

Handique reviews DoNER

projects in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Minister of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Bijoy Krishna Handique today reviewed the schemes under NLCPR /NEC Funds for Arunachal Pradesh at a high level meeting held at Itanagar.

The discussions in the meeting veered on the specifics of the execution of schemes under the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) Fund administered by the Ministry of DoNER and also the Schemes under the North Eastern Council.

During the last financial year (2010-11), an unprecedented number of 29 projects worth Rs.325.24 crore were sanctioned to Arunachal Pradesh from NLCPR while NEC has released 70.07 Crores during the current year itself.

Handique said that “I have come to understand the constraints faced in the execution of the NLCPR / NEC Schemes. Our intention is to work as partners with the Arunachal Government and I am hopeful that there will be a renewed focus on the NLCPR / NEC Projects”.

He further informed that his ministry has  declared an incentive package for the states with better project completion rates.

“Sikkim was the winner last year and I am optimistic that Arunachal will bag the Incentive for this Financial Year” he said.

Meanwhile, taking a serious note on the earthquake sensitivity issue, Handique stressed on conducting seminars on earthquake engineering in Arunachal Pradesh.

The meeting was attended by Arunachal Ministers, Tako Dabi (Home) and Nabam Tuki (PWD & Urban Development), Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh,  Tabom Bam, Private Secretary to Minister of DoNER, Dr. Ravi Kota and other senior officials from Ministry of DoNER and North Eastern Council (NEC).

Speaking on the occasion Finance Minister, Setong Sena called upon the state officials to complete the ongoing projects and help Arunachal Pradesh to keep in pace with other mainland states. “Priority of Schemes should be selected on need base,  and a good communication network is the most important need”, said Nabam Tuki.

M.S Sodhi, Advisor, Transport and Communication, NEC, advised all the scheme implementing departments to submit utilization certificates for early release of funds.

Earlier in the day, Handique visited the Civil Secretariat Complex worksite for which Ministry of DoNER had sanctioned an amount of Rs.89 Crores. He also visited Naharlagan to inspect the Water Supply Scheme also funded by Ministry of DoNER to the tune of Rs.12 Crores. He also visited the R.K Mission Hospital for which the Ministry had contributed towards the corpus fund and various works in addition to an amount of Rs.10 Crores for development of Physical Infrastructure and Modern Equipment.

Handique is on a three day visit to Arunachal Pradesh.

 

Anshu and Tine at camp III

Team Arunachal on Mount Everest mission

Itanagar, Apr 26: Pushing on to higher camps, the Arunachalee mountaineers duo Anshu Jamsenpa and Tine Mena has moved on to Camp III (23700 ft) today in their Mount Everest mission. Enroute they crossed the treacherous Khumbu Ice Fall and Lhotse Face which has claimed many a lives of top mountaineers while negotiating it.

As per latest report from the Base Camp, Team Arunachal is fit and strong as of now. Their height gain exercises at Kalapathar and Camp 1 at the initial stage has helped them in getting proper acclimatization.

This year weather has been quite unusual and weather forecasting difficult and unpredictable.

The expedition leader Anshu Jamsenpa has requested the Nepal Liaison Officer stationed at Base Camp for accurate weather updates on daily basis so that higher camps can be established early and final summit can be attempted safely.

Two Indian climbing members Amit Kumar (Haryana) and Ganesh Ch Jena (Orissa) returned to Base Camp to recover and recuperate from acute altitude mountain sickness. They will resume their expedition and join the other members at higher camps once they are declared fit by the expedition doctor attending on them.

 Dr R Meetei, an official from the State Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs had earlier accompanied them on height gain acclimatization trips while at the Base Camp.

 

Submit report on Tawang

crash soon: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) said that the Committee set up to unearth the Tawang Chopper crash which claimed 17 lives should submits its report early. It said that report should be placed immediately so that cause of the crash is unearthed and made public soon. It further said that report should not be an eye wash.  

The Union has further called upon state government to review the MOU signed with Pawan Hans Helicopter Service to provide service in the state.

Citing recent Tawang accident, in a release AAPSU President Takam Tatung asked state government to call in for global tender to select best company to operate in the state.

As per our information state government had written to CMD Pawan Hans Helicoper twice for proper maintenance and inspection of MI-172 helicopter last year. Despite PHHL did not seem to have taken up proper safety measure leading to death of 17 valuable lives at Tawang, he said while putting the blame squarely on PHHL for the accident. The Union said that department of civil aviation in Arunachal is running without trained personnel. It further alleged that many were illegally appointed by the state government which has compounded the problems of the department.

AAPSU also took dig at Hare Krishna Paliwal, Principal Secretary, Power and Coordination, New Delhi for misguiding state government on Pawan Hans issue. It alleged that Paliwal advises state government on various issues and it is he who advised state government to sign MOU with PHHL. State government should stop taking advice from such an officer.

AAPSU further expressed concern at the delay in construction of Green Field airport at Karsinsga. It called on the Govt and Airport Authority of India to hurry up the project.

 

 

Three arrested for forgery

BANDERDEWA, Apr 26: A joint police team of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh led by PS Banderdewa SI Krishnendu Dev and North Lakhimpur PS OC D Roy arrested Md. Jakir Hussain (23), Md. Moharuddin (37) and Md. Motibur Rahman (38) near Ganesh Mandir in Assam on Monday for forgery.

Following filing of an FIR by an Arunachalee woman that she was deceived by Hussain to the tune of 5 lakh paid in phases since 2010 for a business deal, a case was registered at Banderdewa police station (No 12/2011 u/s 420/34 IPC) and investigation launched. Later during interrogation, they admitted to have cheated lakhs of rupees from many people including the woman from capital complex.

The accused were produced in the CJM court, Naharlagun today and given for 14 days’ police remand.

Reportedly Rahman used to collect telephone numbers of rich Arunachalees and they used to lure them into their scam.

 

DoNER minister meets governor

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Visiting Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region Bijoy Krishna Handique met the Governor Gen JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan here in the evening today.

During the 30 minute long meeting, they discussed on development projects in Arunachal Pradesh. Performances of State in various sectors were highlighted.

Requesting for more allocation for the State, Gen Singh urged upon the Union Minister Handique to look after the needs of the state.

 

EDP on food processing begins

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: A week-long Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) on food processing begun at Geku in Upper Siang district today.  The programme being organized by Upper Siang District Industries Centre (DIC)  was inaugurated by Parliamentary secretary, Fisheries, Law and Justice, J K Panggeng.

Panggeng in his inaugural address said, the state Govt has given more priority on formation of self help groups for creation of self-employment venture in the state. It is not possible for all unemployed youths to get Govt job due to tough competition, Panggeng added. He further said the training programme being conducted at Geku will benefit large number of unemployed youths and called upon the participants to take maximum benefit from the programme.

ADI Kago Bath explained the main purpose of the EDP. He said the department put importance on exploiting the locally available fruits and vegetables. The value added finished fruit products can help the youth to earn more, he hoped.

Resource persons from Food and Nutrition Board, Govt of India, Itanagar are also invited to impart training. Geku EAC A Pertin and Tasso Tabin, SMS of KVK Geku also spoke on the occasion.

 

Ave Maria Motors conducts

free servicing camp

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Hundreds of car users were benefitted from the  three days free servicing camp organized by Ave Maria Motors, Nirjuli at its workshop  from April 21 to 23.

The camp was assisted by engineers and experts from Tata Motors, Lucas and Mico (Bosch), Amaron and Exide, IFTEX, Castrol Company and all models of car and Sumo, Safari and Grande of Tata Motors were taken care during the   servicing camp.

Taniang Kipa of Ave Maria Motors explained the motto of the pragamme, while General Manager of Dipu Ave Maria Motors N. Chakravarty suggested the customers to always use Tata Products’ genuine spare parts and take proper servicing in time for longevity of the cars.

Manoj Sharma (Spare Parts executive) demonstrated and explained about the genuineness of the Tata Motors product. Arup Sarmah (CSM Tata Motors) Guwahati was one of resource persons in the camp.

 

People oppose  school land encroachment

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: The people of Doni-Dokum Colony have opposed the alleged encroachment of Govt primary School land, Doni-Dokum, Itanagar by  individuals.

The members of both the colonies, school management committee in a meeting held  with VEC chairman Lindum Taying on the chair  today discussed threadbare on the illegal encroachment in school campus.

The house said that the decision taken on school boundary in a joint meeting held on Feb 6, 2006 should be accepted.  General public of Richi village and members of colony committees had  finalized the school boundary in  the said meeting, the members present in the today’s meeting said.

The house appealed the authorities to check encroachment in school land and evict the encroachers at the earliest.

 

Revamp veterinary institutions”

Tezu, Apr 26: MP Ninnong Ering, Minister PHE & Vety Chowna Mein, and local MLA Karikho Kri visited Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department, Tezu, yesterday evening.

Kri coordinating the visit requested the MP and the Minister to facilitate the process of revamping of the Veterinary institutions located in Tezu.

Emphasizing on the need for development of a strong team work for making Veterinary institutional more people friendly as well as benefit oriented the Ering and Mein called for operationalisation LIFCO, uninterrupted power and water supply to the Dispensary, District Poultry Farm, District Hatchery Unit and Regional Exotic Pig Breeding Farm.

Considering the profile and performance of the institutions, they suggested the Veterinary Officers to prepare a viable and noble scheme to progressively utilize the infrastructure of Bullock Rearing Centre and come up with an instrumental development Poultry/Goatary Farming. This development could generate revenue and also fulfill the local demand of meat, one of the dignitaries added.

Both the MP and the Minister agreed to take initiative for renovation of the existing building along with security-fencing. (DIPRO)

 

IDEA World Malaria Day at Daporijo

Daporijo, Apr 26: The Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) wing of Daporijo and Siyum celebrated World Malaria Day with a strong determination to raise awareness about malaria and its prevention.

As a primary precaution against the spread of malaria and other mosquito related deceases the IDEA wing of Daporijo and Siyum had conducted free medicated mosquito net distribution and Malaria awareness programs.  Today another chapter was opened in the fight against malaria, with the celebration of the World Malaria Day.

District Commissioner, Ameya Abhyankar inaugurated the day by lighting of the lamp. Speaking on the occasion, he said that getting rid of breeding grounds for mosquitoes and protecting oneself against mosquito bites through physical as well as chemical means are the most important steps towards achieving this end. Today, let us all join hands and pledge to eradicate this disease from the surface of this earth, so that we can pass on a malaria-free planet to our future generations, he said.

The Parish Youth then performed a street play, illustrating about the need to seek proper medical help in case of malaria infection. An hour-long malaria awareness lecture with the PowerPoint presentation was conducted by the District Medical Officer, Dr. Dubom Bagra. Various cultural programmes added flavour to the programme.

Readers Forum

Towards better education of girls

Dear Editor,

One of the important matters in our State is Literacy and unfortunately we are far behind in comparison to other states of India. Almost all of the districts of Arunachal Pradesh have female literacy rate below 50%. Hence, the government schemes related to girls’ education should be implemented to its best possible. To attain the objective, the sanctioning authorities must scrutinize the capacity and credentials of the Implementing Agencies. It is a matter of great concern if the Implementing Agencies are not efficient and experienced in the field of education as it may not only hamper the quality of education of the children but also the competence and ability of the students.

Hence, the allocation of educational schemes, especially for girls like the KGBV (Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya), should be allocated based on the potential of the Implementing Agencies (NGOs) and should not be political or under any pressure. Further, advertisements inviting applications should be placed so that well established NGOs could be shortlisted for implementing the scheme.

It is my humble request that the education system should be strict in implementation so that the building of the future generation is firm and our State would produce the best of the best students.

Yours,

Binny Yanga

Chairperson

Oju Welfare Association

Naharlagun, A.P.

 

 

Fiefdom is what we believe in

Dear Editor,

Micah's "A bad experience" published in the Readers' Forum was indeed a horrific tale. It is good that such an unfortunate experience is shared. Anybody can think of the sense of helplessness and agony involve in such an ugly moment. But when we ponder over the situation in our own place the money involved in the transaction seems to be just a change of the going rate of atrocious fine prevalent here. But I am in no way trying to exonerate the perpetrators.

Even if we construct adequate road networks inside our state to avoid crossing other state for mobility within the state, we can't avoid interacting with people from neighboring state. There is no way one can avoid such a tragedy if the other party doesn't believe in rule of law.  We are a nation not known for our civility and regard for fellow human being. Fiefdom is what we believe in; either collectively or as an individual. It pinches only when we are in the wrong side of the bargain. Hope people from our neighboring state learn to see reason; at least towards the innocent public who has pass to pass through it under compulsion.

Yours

John, (on email)

 

 

Give chance to all

Dear Editor,

I want to share my view regarding APPSC AE examination. All the admit card has already been dispatchat but 40% of aspiring candidates are students of different university and colleges of our country and most of the student have examination in the month of June so they would be unable to face the examination which is to be held in the month of June.

So I request the APPSC to take a decision so that all candidates are given a fair chance.

Yours

Karge Basar

Itanagar

 

 

The festival and Upper Subansiri

Dear Editor,

The decision taken by the All Upper Subansiri District Student Union (AUSDSU) to reconsider the proposal to boycott the organization of Youth festival at Daporijo is a welcome step taken by the student community of the District. The Panchayat members of Dumporijo constituency in particular and District in general appreciate the positive gesture of the student community.

It is a fact that the people of the District were against the heinous crime committed by Boham Bo and his team in the MMS Case. The public and civil society of the state has also registered their protest against the authority for not arresting those accused involved in the MMS scandal. In the Upper Subansiri district the  AUSDSU had led the issue to register their protest alleging inaction of the authority and the people of the District also extended their cooperation during the bandh call at Daporijo.

The authority is doing all out effort to nab the main accused in the scandal. The student community as well as public should cooperate with the authority in arresting the main accused and other involved in the case. We should not squarely blame the authority alone as it is also the moral obligation of every one of us to help the authority wherever possible in nabbing the accused.

Now it is a high time to cooperate with the organizing committee and District administration for the successful organization of the Youth festival. It is a great privilege and a rare occasion for the people of the District to witness such mega event and live performance of the renowned singer like Kailash Kher.

Such mega event is possible only because of Deputy Commissioner Upper Subansiri we should be grateful to the Deputy Commissioner Abhiyankar for his commitment and dedication to make the programme a success.

We fully believe that out of such events Upper Subansiri and people of the Dist will be benefited in tourism and other sectors. It will give scope to local people to engage themselves in business during the festival period. Therefore, it is a moral obligation of each and every individual, Panchayat member and other organization to cooperate with the organizing committee and District administration for successful conduct of the mega programme.

Yours,

Mago Bage

Zilla Parishad Member

 Dumporijo Anchal Block

 

 

Keep your promise

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention that once in genuine in atmosphere the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission had given assurance that commission will conduct the civil service exam every year but it’s going to be couple of years and no sign of notification about the examination.

Being an esteemed department of our state, kindly keep the word given by you.

Yours,

Coj Langya,

(on email)

 

 

 

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News Impact

KKSU two point memo to CM

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU) submitted a two-point memorandum to the Chief Minister, demanding establishment of the Sub-Treasury Office at ADC Head Quarter, Yomcha and construction of an auditorium at Govt. Donyi Polo College, Kamki. These two developments are the urgently required for the proper administration and the proper functioning of the college it said.

 It further asked the Education Minister and the Director School Education, to immediately post required number of Senior Teachers at the newly upgraded Higher Secondary schools at Yomcha and Liromoba respectively and Govt. Hr. Sec. School Tirbin. Both the higher secondary, upgraded in the last academic session but still there are no single senior teachers posted.

It further called for posting of medical officer at CHC Yomcha and opening of nationalized banks.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Honi Tazing has been appointed as Papum Pare District   APCC Ex-servicemen cell president for effective functioning of the party organization.

Nabam Tagi has been selected as president of All Leporiang Youth Welfare Association (ALYWA).

During a meeting held it was decided that ALYWA will conduct rural games and sports, traditional cultural activities, social service, awareness campaign on education and health care in the area.

 

Engineers suspended

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Junior Engineers Rike Iken Jumi and Atteng Teng (civil) of Ziro Civil Division, DHPD, Ziro have been placed under suspension in connection with the case registered for their alleged involvement in criminal offence.

Equipped with the copies of suspension orders,  the Hiya Youth Trust lauded the hydro power development department for prompt action and also demanded immediate suspension of  AE (Civil) Ziro sub-division in connection with the Banderdewa PS case No 02/2011 u/s 407/409/34 IPC.

 

Society appeals for fire station

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Upper Subansiri District Unit of Galo Welfare Society (GWS) appealed to the public leaders and public to pressurize the government for immediate establishment of fire service station at Dumporijo to prevent accident in the area.

It said this while contributing an amount of Rs. 30,000 to the fire victims of Daporijo after six houses along with properties were gutted down in a fire mishap recently.

The Society also appealed to the NGOs, societies and individuals to cooperate with the district administration and organizing committee for successful celebration of the ensuing Youth Festival at Daporijo.

Further, the society strongly lamenting over the slow process of investigation to nab Daporijo MMS scandal prime accused Boham Bo and others said that the authority should put all efforts to nab the accused.

 

Labour Day

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Pradesh Branch Arunachal Pradesh has decided to celebrate the Day at Mopin Solung ground, Itanagar.

Member CWC and in-charge Arunachal Pradesh Dr (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil has consented to attend the programme as chief guest.

He will be accompanied by Secretary AICC in-charge Arunachal Pradesh Sanjay Bapna, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and MP Takam Sanjay as guest of honours.

All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labours Union will celebrate international Labour Day on 1st May at its head office located at IG Park, Itanagar.

Parliamentary secretaries Lokam Tassar and Gadam Ete will be chief guest and guest of honour respectively during the day.

 

Jugli conferred PRIs award

Itanagar: Changlang Zilla Parishad Chairperson Junpo Jugli was  conferred the Outstanding Women Panchayat leader award at the 18th Women Political Empowerment Day celebrations in New Delhi yesterday for her outstanding work in development at the grass root level.

She is one of the two recipients of the prestigious award.

Jugli is one of the founding members of the Federation of Elected Women Representative of Arunachal Pradesh.

 

World Veterinary Day

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Veterinary Association (APVA) in collaboration with the department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary is going to celebrate World Veterinary Day with two days free vaccination cum treatment of livestock and poultry against various emerging diseases followed by awareness campaign at Jote-Poma area of the Papum-Pare from April 29.

An interaction programme with the farmers will be  conducted on the second day.   

 

Doctor at Men Tsee Khang

ITANAGAR: Dr Ngawang Khentse, one of the senior most doctors from Dharamshala will visit Men Tsee Khang, a Tibetan herbal clinic at the Itanagar Monastery.  

He will be at hospital from 3rd to 5th May and interested patient can consult him.

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