RUKSIN, Apr 24: Abotani Gomlab Ope (AGO) is taking steps to launch a multilingual
quarterly news magazine covering the traditional cultures and mythological stories
of Tani group of Arunchal and Assam.
The magazine with name “Abotani” is the maiden effort of AGO, which would reflect
various ethnic, socio-cultural lives and indigenous faith of the Abotani group including
Adis, Galos, Nyishis, Apatanis and Misings living in Arunachal and its neighbouring
Assam. The magazine, is scheduled to he launched on June 1 this year.
The head office of the publication has been set up at Jonai in Assam.
CM assures security to media houses
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: Members of Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union
of Working Journalists (APUWJ) met the Chief Minister this evening in the wake of
attack on The Arunachal Times and also apprised him of various problems confronting
the media fraternity.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that firm action will be initiated by his government
against all those who indulge in anti social activities.
Responding to the demands of provision of security to all media houses, he assured
that adequate security will be provided to media houses. He also spoke to the DGP
regarding the security issues of media houses.
The Chief Minister further said sorry for his recent comments which had dismayed
the media fraternity.
In view of Chief Minister’s assurance of action, the Press Club and the Union has
withdrawn their decision to ban all government and NGO news.
TEZU, Apr 24: Heavy storm accompanied by hailstorm ravaged Lohit district yesterday
As per preliminary reports dwelling houses, school building, BRC building of Mekaliang
and many villages of Namsai, Lekang, Lathao, Sunpura and Tezu circles were badly
damaged and standing crops destroyed.
About 100 trees were uprooted causing disruption in road communication including
National Highway and electric supply. Many electric poles were bent and conductors
snatched causing total disruption in power supply.
The entire district is reeling under darkness even as the power department is working
round the clock to restore power supply. There is total blackout in Tezu, Namsai,
Roing, Diyun and Anjaw due to the massive damages.
As per initial reports about 15 km of 33 KV line,10 km of 11KV line and 35 km of
LT line along with four 25 KVA, two 63 KVA and two 100 KVA Transformers have been
damaged causing a loss of Rs 4.70 crores (approx).
Lohit Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma quoting department officers said that it will
take some days to restore power connectivity.
Water supply has also been hampered due to disruption in power supply.
The DC has directed all concern administrative officers to assess the damage and
losses and submit reports immediately.
The district administration is monitoring the restoration works.
Wrong policies basis for economic problems: Gadkari
Arunachal media tour Nagpur
ITANAGAR, Apr 24: India is a rich nation but due to wrong economic policies, we are
facing economic problems in the country, said BJP President Nitin Gadkari at his
home located at Vidarbha, Nagpur while interacting with the media team from Arunachal
Pradesh and Manipur recently.
While briefing his view on politics and taking serious note on the country’s economic
problems, he said that the politics should be an instrument for socio economic reform.
The power politics should be change to socio economic and development politics and
the mission of politics should be eradication of poverty by increasing per capita
income, gross domestic product and agricultural progress etc.
Referring to north east region, he said that the region requires capable and dedicated
leaders who can share the woes of poor rural citizens and work for progress and development
of the people and the region. He said that Congress party has started propaganda
against BJP that it is against minority.
Rubbishing such propaganda, he said that BJP is a national party where every individual
from different religion, caste and creed works united.
He further said, if BJP comes to power in Centre, special attention will be given
to North Eastern States. Acknowledging the tourism potentials Gadkari suggested that
besides education, tourism sector should be taken up in priority basis in NE states.
He assured to offer solar energy devices free of cost to people of Arunachal Pradesh
particularly in rural areas where there is no electricity.
The three days media exposure trip was led by former MP Tapir Gao.
During the three days stay at Nagpur, the team visited rural areas and industrial
projects being carried out by Purti group which includes Purti Power & Sugar Ltd
in Bela District, Wainganga sugar and power ltd, Veer Savarkar Nagar, a workers colony,
Yash Agro Energy ltd at Kolari, Chandrapur district, Purti Super Bazar, Mahatma Sugar
& Power Ltd in Jamni District, Cotton Firms; Bio-fuel factories; Mahatma Sugar Factory
and the Watershed Management Project at Tamaswada.
Roing battle water and power crisis
ROING, Apr 24: Come monsoon, and its the same story again. Roing, the district headquarters
of Lower Dibang Valley is hit with serious water and power crisis which has generated
a public dismay within the past few days.
The town is reeling under acute water shortage over the last three days, after the
2.9 km long power channel that draws water from Eze River was damaged.
Considered the ‘life line’, the channel wall near the intake site broke on Sunday
after it got hit by a huge boulder caused due to heavy rainfall. The breakage led
to diversion of water flow downwards the hill slope drying up the sedimentation tank,
the main water storage source for the town.
Ever since the crisis, it is a common sight on the streets of Roing - people with
empty cans and buckets to fetch water. People complain that their daily work is being
affected as during morning hours they have to spend hours looking for water.
Officials of Public Health Engineering (PHE) department, however, are guarded about
the present situation. “Many water sources are still working, and the crisis hasn’t
worsened to the point that services of tankers are needed for distribution of water.”
To make the point, the department source informed that the town has another 5-4 water
sources which is still working and only the major water source from Eze river is
“Because of multiple water sources, entire town is not affected. If one house isn’t
getting the water, the next house may be getting. So people can somehow manage to
fetch water from nearby sources,” one department official puts it that way.
A visit by this correspondent to the site of damaged channel found that around 40
labourers from various departments including NHPC Ltd were engaged to restore the
water supply line. Nine GI pipes of 4 inch & 100mm diameter were laid on the damaged
site to reconnect the water supply line.
The department officials made assurance of completing the work by the night fall
and to resume the water supply to the town by next day.
As per department sources, the Eze Power channel supplies drinking water to estimated
40,000 people of the Roing town that includes the floating population also. On average,
the channel supplies around 3 Mega Litre per Day.
Main places in the town to be affected from water shortages are parts of New Colony,
market area, parts of Cheta and Yibuk.
While hopes are high that water supply will be restored soon, the power crisis may
continue for another month. The power channel that draws water from Eze river is
also the source for Eze Micro Hydel Project (3X250KW) that supplies electricity to
major parts of town.
Going by the extensive damage to channel wall, one official estimates that it will
take a month for repair.
Uncertainty looms large over Lower Siang project
PASIGHAT, Apr 24: After the postponement of three public hearings this month for
2700 MW Lower Siang HEP, there is an air of uncertainty over the future of the controversial
According to sources, the employees of JAPL have started shifting from their camp
to other areas as they have decided to leave the LSHP area within the next month.
The JAPL camp was torched on the day of the public hearing.
On the other hand, the district administrations of three Siang district have reportedly
been directed by the government for resumption of process to conduct public hearing
at any cost.
Following minor scuffle between some anti and pro dam activists and torching of the
camp, there are reports that the police have registered criminal cases. However,
neither the SP nor other police officials were available for comment.
“The administration has not received any message from the state government urging
action against the accused anti-dam activists. The police are investigating the case
and outcome is still awaited”, said the DC Upper Siang.
Sources informed that case has been registered in Yingkiong police stations against
35 persons. Two such cases were reportedly referred to Yingkiong Police Station by
Pasighat police, which is accusing as many as 17 persons of violence.
Panchagavya can replace chemical fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture
Dr. Pijush Kanti Biswas and Minonti Pait
India is a treasure house of unique rituals and tra-ditional knowledge. These play
an important role in every aspects of Indian life including agriculture. This traditional
practices are followed by farmers in the field from the time immemorial. It describes
several growth stimulants for improving the quantity and quality of plant life.
Panchagavya claims an important role among these. This miraculous combination of
five ‘gavya’ (five products obtained from cow) tremendously enhance the biological
efficiency and quality of various species of crop plants.
Panchagavya contains five products from cow viz., milk, curd, ghee, dung and urine.
Descriptions of this holy combination could be traced out in Vedas, the divine scripts
of Indian wisdom. Milk contains some valuable micronutrients, carotenoids, flavones,
phenolic compounds, steroids, vitamins and several compounds. Each of these five
gavya is believed to possess medicinal qualities.
Panchagavya is considered to be a highly effective liquid organic manure. It has
multiple functions and can effectively replace chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Panchagavya can be prepared as follows: In a wide mouthed mud vessel, put five
litres of cowdung slurry, three litres of cow urine, two litres of cow milk, two
litres of curd prepared from cow milk and one litre of cow’s ghee. Mix these ingredients
thoroughly and the mouth of the vessel must be covered with a clean cloth for ensuring
aeration for the fermenting unit. The vessel with contents must be placed in a shady
place. The ingredients must be mixed thoroughly with hand every day in the morning
and evening for 10 – 15 days. It can be stored and used for the next 30 days. Before
spraying on plants, three litres of panchagavya may be mixed with 100 litres of water.
Since ghee does not dissolve easily, power sprayer is the best option for spraying.
Many farmers from their experience revealed the growth promoting effect of panchagavya,
especially in the cultivation of rice, mango etc. Moreover, it helps to preserve
the quality of crops, soil and environment. It contains several micro and macro
nutrients, beneficial microorganisms like bacteria and fungi which promote plant
Panchagavya also acts as an effective pest repellant. Spraying panchagavya is highly
effective in controlling the fruit fly menace in mango trees. Moreover, panchagavya
along with vermicompost has been observed to enhance the quantity and quality of
fruits in mango. Vermicompost @10 kg and one litre panchagavya diluted in 30 litres
of water must be sprayed over the crown (foliage ) and at the base of trees of bearing
age. Panchagavya alone may be sprayed at the crown and base before the flowering
for enhancing the blooming process. The spraying must be repeated at 15-20 days
interval till the flowers turn into small fruits. Then the spraying must be repeated
at monthly interval. This treatment is highly effective for improving the size,
number and color of fruits. Moreover, this organic treatment of vermi compost and
panchagavya help the trees to be large leaves forming a profuse canopy and dense
rooting system. The taste and shelf life also could be improved by this practice.
Panchagavya enhances growth and induces quick flowering, besides imparting resistance
to pests and diseases. It also helps to advance this maturity of crops. In commercial
flowers crops like jasmine, it ensures continuous flowering. Spraying two rounds
of panchagavya one before the flower initiation and another during pod / fruit setting
phase is providing quick flowering and thereby increases the productivity. In jasmine
it ensures continuous flowering. In moringa with synchronized flowering and doubled
the yield of Moringa pods. It can be used for groundnut, turmeric and many other
crops. Seed materials also can be treated by soaking tem in panchagavya for about
2 hours. Seedlings can be dipped in this for few minutes to wet their root zone
The uniqueness of panchagavya is that it provides growth promoting hormones and immunity
boosters for plants. This can be used for seed/sapling treatments and also to control
the spread of seed borne diseases. Panchagavya may be applied for any crop and the
application period is very important and hence it must be carefully planned. Adding
panchagavya during the composting process helps to improve the quality of compost.
Using panchagavya also helps to increase the yield and quality of the products.
Compared to chemical fertilisers, this is less expensive and more ecofriendly with
no side effects.
Listen to the citizens, not hydro power proponents
Arunachal Pradesh is not under British rule. In fact, it is under India, a largest
democratic country in the world, But sometimes it confuses us where exactly Arunachal
Pradesh is in terms of development and people’s expectation.
When people of Roing and Siang don’t want hydropower projects, it means they don’t
want it. For them hydropower project has no value than their land handed over by
Under such circumstances, it is surprising why government of Arunachal Pradesh is
forcefully pressing for construction of power project.
Several times they have stopped public hearings and showed displeasure at attempts
to construct power projects but still government is being adamant. Why? In a democratic
country, government cannot dictate the people.
I personally suggest government of Arunachal Pradesh to withdraw MoU signed between
power developers and GoAP for the greater interest of the local people. Government
of Arunachal Pradesh must listen to the people since people’s cooperation is indispensable.
Power developers are not going to help the state for good governance, rather they
are creating gap between people and government.
We have already experienced two power projects undertaken by NEEPCO Ltd i.e. RHEP
and PHEP and I am an affected youth of both the projects.
We have many experiences to share. During public hearing power developer will promise
many things like 100% jobs reservation, 100% contract and supply work, free electrificity
supply. But after formalities are over, their real game of cheating starts.
One of the cheating game goes like this; when affected youth apply for job, they
will ask for technical qualifications and very interestingly when technical qualified
youth apply for the post then cleverly they will suggest them to register with Employment
Exchange. After registration, they suddenly don’t have vacancy!
Power developers like NEEPCO Ltd, NHPC Ltd, Jindal never want to appoint candidates
of Arunachal Pradesh for A, B and C categories of jobs. There is just some space
for group D job seekers. What is this?
If you don’t believe me, then visit all power developers’ office of the Arunachal
Pradesh. You will never find our indigenous people in any good position except for
countable few. Almost all jobs are taken up by outsiders. You will only find indigenous
people in D category job in the office of various power developers.
Such huge numbers of hydropower projects are not required. 50 to 60 will serve the
purpose of the state.
Encroachment and a logical conclusion
The people of the state deserve a good and beautiful capital, free from fear, tension,
doubt, arson and lawlessness. Every Arunachalee dreams to see modern and developed
Itanagar where peace and tranquility will be the order of the day.
Following the recent notice issued from the office of the Chief Estate Officer, Naharlagun,
regarding the encroachment of the roads and Govt quarters including unauthorised
constructions by individuals and legal occupants of the Govt. quarters it was seen
that some youths with Commando dress were not only preventing construction but
also taking away spades, shovels, ropes and other construction materials by force
from many places. In fact no competent authority empower them to carry such unwanted
The action taken by some youths has created a fear psychosis among the ordinary citizens
and it might lead to serious law and order problem in the state capital as more than
three thousand persons were served the show cause notice for alleged illegal construction.
I would like to impress upon the Govt. and the concerned authority to look into the
matter and adopt an holistic modus operandi to deal with the problems of encroachment
and unauthorised construction.
I am not justifying the so called authorised construction and encroachment, but
it is a fact that the existing Govt. quarters in the various sectors of Naharlagun
and Itanagar were constructed way back in 1970s. Almost, all Govt quarters are in
dilapidated condition and not fit for human settlement now. Under the circumstances,
all the legal occupants of the quarters have renovated/ repaired the quarters with
their hard-earned money. Even after renovation the existing quarters remain in bad
shape. Therefore, finding no alternative; most of the legal occupants of the quarters
have started construction or already constructed permanent structure for residential
as well as commercial purpose nearby Govt. quarters. The Govt did not carry out
renovation/repairing works since last two decades or so. Considering the present
dipaditated condition of Govt quarters, we can not expect that state Govt will carry
out renovation works in near future.
Moreover, it is also seen that many of the land occupants near Govt. quarters have
already obtained land allotment certificates.
Since all laws are framed by Govt. for the welfare of its people, the Govt. needs
to take lenient view before uprooting the structure built by individuals incurring
huge financial losses. Govt might evolve consensus opinion on this major issue while
keeping in mind the plight of its people and the developmental needs.
Growing need for freedom
Till recently, Arunachal was known as the only state in the country where love, brotherhood
and harmony prevailed. People used to praise our state and we too felt proud being
dwellers of such a state. But in recent years we have witnessed the pain and agony
of our state. Growing unemployment, corruption including illegal appointments, death
threat to social activists, involvement of politicians in PDS scam, and recent vandalism
of media house are some of the examples which depict the helpless nature of the
Govt and its actual position.
In every corner of the state, people are deprived of their basic rights, be it education,
employment, health and judiciary system.
Once I also thought our politicians are for us, they are concern about the causes
of poor and common people but alas, reality was different. There is a constant struggle
for the power between our politicians and during such power struggle they forget
everything for which they have been elected.
There was a time when leaders were for the people, fought for the common causes.
Many unwelcome and unacceptable laws and customs were abolished as a result of their
best attempt to bring equality among the neglected classes of the society. Their
efforts were for the uplift of society as a whole. Great leaders have died but their
legacy of great deeds and commitment lives on, thus making them immortal.
It is worthwhile to mention here that we celebrated our 64th years of Independence
with joy and enthusiasm, but if one gaze into the present scenario of our society
there is a growing demand for freedom in every aspects of the social life. We need
freedom of speech & expression, freedom from corruption, freedom from bondage of
fear, freedom from deprivation above all freedom from such leaders and politicians
for who our Constitution is nothing more than mere words written in a plain paper.
Is our government really concerned about the constitution and fundamental rights
of its people? Why the grievances of common people are increasing?
Why the voices are rising more rapidly against govt? Why there is hue and cry for
justice, equality and transparency? Why people are losing their hope in govt? Why
I am compel to express my deep feeling over media?
Give us stipend
I.G.G. College, Tezu has nearly two thousand students. Most of them are financially
weak and haling from very poor financial background.
Now, the Academic session 2011-12 is going to be closed soon and students are dreaming
of stipends. Till date, stipend of B.A 1st year of Tezu College have not been released.
Therefore, I would like to request the concern authority for the early release of
pending stipend for the session 2011-12.
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This year, the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet highlights 15 agricultural
innovations that are already working on the ground to address some of the problems.
These innovations aim at guaranteeing the right to food, harnessing the nutritional
and economic potential of vegetables, reducing food waste, feeding cities, getting
more crop per drop, using farmers' knowledge in research and development, improving
soil fertility, safeguarding local food biodiversity, coping with climate change
and building resilience, harnessing the knowledge and skills of women farmers, charting
a new path to eliminating hunger, improving food production from livestock, and
moving eco-agriculture into the mainstream, among others.
It is believed that some 1 billion people worldwide experience chronic hunger, and
98 percent of these people live in developing countries. Guaranteeing the right to
food and to combat hunger in rural or remote communities, the Brazilian government
now operates the Food Acquisition Program, which funds local organizations, including
community kitchens, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and schools, to buy and distribute
fruits, vegetables, and animal products from smallholder farmers in their region.
Moreover, in an attempt to harnessing the nutritional and economic potential of vegetables
‘Slow Food International’ works to broaden diets, and preserve biodiversity, by helping
farmers grow local and indigenous varieties of fruits and vegetables. On the other
hand in order to reduce food waste, in New York City, City Harvest collects nearly
28 million pounds of excess food each year from restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias,
manufacturers, and farms and delivers it to some 600 local food programs.
In order to harness the knowledge and skills of women farmers, ‘The Self Employed
Women's Association (SEWA), a female trade union in India that began in 1992, helps
poor, self-employed women achieve full employment and self-reliance by linking them
to markets, banks, co-operatives, and self-help groups.
Hopes, these efforts to make agriculture a healthy and stable source of income and
nourishment will continue to be scaled up in the coming years and be passed on to
the next generation to ensure that the march toward sustainability continues.