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2010

August  - 07

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Centre admits Chakma encroachment, advises state Govt to maintain peace

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Arunachal Pradesh Govt has been advised to take steps to ensure that the incident of clash between Chakma refugees and Singphos does not adversely affect the relation between the two and peace and tranquility is maintained in the area.  This was informed by the Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran in Lok Sabha on August 3 last.

Replying  to a question by MP Takam Sanjoy,  the minister further revealed that as per information made available by the state  Govt, few cases of encroachment of reserve forest and land owned by public in Changlang district has been reported.  The process of identification of encroachment of Reserve forest land in 2005 had led to attack on some forest officials causing injuries to them. A case in this regard war registered and six Chakmas were arrested,  Ramachandran further informed.   Sanjoy asked the minister whether there are reports that the Chakma refugees are creating law and order problems including attacks on the local people  in Arunachal Pradesh.

Chakma refugees encroached land of one person from Singpho community in Miao sub-division of Changlang district in 2008 and again in 2010. Though this encroachment had been removed by district administration, Chakmas had reconstructed some huts on  the land,  and efforts to remove encroachments on this land led to clash between Chakmas and Singphos in April  last which resulted in injuries to some persons, the minister further informed the Lok Sabha.

Cottage industries:  Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Dinsha Patel informed that the importance of cottage industries  in income and employment generation is well recognized.    There is a huge potential for cottage industries in state like Arunachal Pradesh, the minister said.

 

State’s tourism gets major boost

Madhurjya Doley

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Local people’s hospitality towards visiting tourists could go a long way in promoting tourism sector in the state, said Arunachal Pradesh Governor JJ Singh today.

Laying the foundation stone of adventure tourism camp near Jote-Poma river today, Singh appealed to the people of the state to show respect to the visiting tourists and treat them like God with love and affection to send a good impression about the state and its people to the outside world as first impression always counts. He said that the project sanctioned by Union Ministry of Tourism is the second largest tourism related project in the state with Tawang being the first.

The Tourist Resort, first of its kind in the state is being undertaken by the engineering wing of the state tourism department with a sanctioned amount of Rs 387.05 lakh. The project, designed with a cafeteria, picnic huts, eco-tourism cottages, children parks, besides parking place for vehicles is a step for promoting adventure tourism in the state.

Describing Arunachal Pradesh an unexplored gold mine and the project a fixed deposit of 100 years for its people, the governor advised the local people to involve in tourism related activities like construction of resort houses, paying guest etc. for their economic benefit. The project, if completed, would provide job opportunity to many local people, he said, adding that many unemployed youth can also be engaged themselves in tourism related activities like guide, tour operators etc.

Reassuring the people of the state about his bid to make Arunachal Pradesh one of the best tourist destinations in the world , the governor informed that Indian Navy is taking up hydrographic survey of the lake for earmarking the unsafe portions of the lake by installing buoys. He further asked the Tourism department to make the project a showcase for the entire state by using eco friendly materials in local designs and at par with international standard. He, however, reiterated people’s cooperation in this endeavour. Meanwhile, the Governor discouraged jhumming among local people and encouraged cultivation of medicinal plants, fruits, bee keeping, vegetables and, if possible, tea. He informed that a kg of organic tea fetches Rs.80,000 in England. He assured that vegetable seeds will be provided to the farmers free of costs.

Tourism Minister Jarbom Gamlin heaped praise on the Governor for showing his keen interest in promoting tourism related activities in the state. The Minister hoped that the adventure tourism camp would be able to woo tourists, especially from abroad. He called upon the local people to develop tourist friendly attitude towards visiting tourists. He also advised local panchayat bodies to charge nominal fee for the picnic spots and use it in disposing off waste items.

Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Industries Nabam Rebia informed in details about the significance of the project and the initiative being taken by the Governor for development of tourism activities in the state.

Tourism Secretary Bandana Deori informed that the adventure tourism camping destination site at Jote is the first major project in the Papum Pare district. She attributed the successful launch of the project to the Governor.

Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, Parliamentary Secretary Tourism Gojen Gadi, senior government officers, tour operators, panchayat leaders and villagers from Jote, Poma and nearby villages attended the programme.

 

CM’s date with citizens

ITANAGAR, Aug 6:  Over 300 citizens thronged the chief minister’s official bungalow this morning for the weekly public darshan today.

Public darshan is a regular practice of CM’s grievance cell to facilitate the citznes to have an audience with the Chief Minister with their grievances, which are addressed on the spot by the CM with specific instructions to the officers or departments concerned.  

Most of the grievances were related to financial assistance for treatment while the younger generation sought help for jobs. Even some students in group had some grievances relating to education sector.

Those who missed the chance today were asked to take a chance next Friday.

 

APCC for drastic action against wrong doers

ITANANGAR, Aug 6: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has urged the state Govt to take drastic action against those personnel involved in the inhumane act which resulted in the death of two persons in the state recently.

Relief is not only the solution, the APCC said and added that law should be allowed to take its own course of action for rewarding  exemplary punishment to unlawful personnel.

Describing both the  incidents unfortunate, the Committee said the  law enforcing personnel whose duty is to safeguard the life and properties of the common people are taking law into their own hands, which is really  highly condemnable. APCC however, lauded the personal initiative of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for providing relief to the bereaved families of both Miti Mepo and Jumchu Nguso who succumbed to their injuries ‘due to physical assault and high-handedness by the IRBn and Police personnel’. The committee also extended its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved families of both Late Mepo and Late Nguso.

The Committee meanwhile appealed the people of Lower  Dibang Valley and Dibang Valley districts to maintain peace and tranquility. It said agitation which disrupts the day-to-day activities leading to the destruction of properties,   is not the solution to the problem. The APCC also appealed the district administrations of both the districts to ensure peace.

 

AAPSU express solidarity with ICLS & AIMSU even as Roing remains tense

ROING, Aug 6: AAPSU today expressed its solidarity to Idu Mishmi community saying it endorses the demand of Idu Culture and Literary Society (ICLS) and All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) made to Director General of Police K Deol on her visit to Roing, over killing of late Miti Mepo by the three IRBn personnel.

AAPSU spokesperson Tobom Dai who was on a visit to Roing said this in a meeting today held between the Lower Dibang Valley District administration and the union.

 The organizations had demanded for permanent withdrawal of IRBn post from Dibang districts and termination of three IRBn policemen accused from their service.

He appealed the administration to initiate and complete magisterial enquiry at the earliest. AIMSU Secretary Rajiv Mihu appreciating AAPSU’s solidarity said, “We feel the need for the issue of IRBn killing to be taken up at state level, since the govt needs to bring police reforms to avoid such further killing.”

Deputy Commissioner YW Ringu informed the student delegate that magisterial enquiry has already been initiated with appointment of two magistrates Rakesh Tacho and A Pertin.

 She said, “We hope to instill confidence in people towards their faith on the govt.”

Meanwhile, situation in Roing town continues to remain tense, as most of the shops remained closed for fourth day despite assurance for security from administration. However by evening, most of the shops opened under strict security cover. AIMSU in its appeal to citizen have requested not to make atmosphere in Roing tense and to cooperate with administration for peace and security.

 “Spontaneous reaction to killing is understandable, but prolonging the tension will only add as cruel joke.”

The union further said it will initiate action if govt fails to meet the demands.

 

DTO breakthrough

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Two cases of Paragonimiasis have been detected at District Tuberculosis Centre Laboratory today. This disease occurs mostly among those who eat raw or improperly cooked crabs and crayfish. Once the disease is confirmed making the treatment easy.

The symptoms and sign mimic Pulmonary Tuberculosis with fever, chest pain, coughing of blood and it do not respond to anti-TB medicines.

The team included DTO Dr. P.D. Thongchi, Medical Superintendent Dr. D. Raina, (MD Microbiology) Dr. Mope Riba and officials M. Gayen, Abdul Jalil Ahmed and Uttam Maity of General Hospital Naharlagun. A study is also being carried out in the DTC, Naharlagun since 2007 in collaboration with Dr.T. Shanti Kumar Singh, Professor and HOD of Microbiology Department, Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Sikkim. Facility for the detection of this disease is now available in the Department of Microbiology, General Hospital Naharlagun, said a release from DTC today.

 

Pawan Hans crew member dead after falling from helicopter

ITANAGAR, Aug 6:  In a freak accident, a crewmember of a Pawan Hans helicopter Dhananjoy Roy fell to his death while he was trying to negotiate the door which allegedly was not properly latched as the helicopter was flying above Lathao area of Lohit district today.

Roy, fell to his death from the 24-seater MI-17 belonging to the Pawan Hans Helicopter Limited.

Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma when contacted informed that at around 11 AM the helicopter took off from Namsai for Tezu on a routine flight with five passengers. Five minutes on air the incident happened.  

The Pilot HPS Natt and Co Pilot Navley turned back the flight to Namsai where they offloaded the passengers and went back to place of occurrence, accompanied by a passenger who offered to help them.

The team located the badly injured body in Lathao, 15 KM from Namsai. They brought back the body to Namsai where a postmortem was carried out and a case registered.

After the formalities, the body was brought back to Itanagar. Techi Tab, an employee of the Civil Aviation department when contacted informed that body has been flown to Guwahati this evening.

He further informed that the helicopter was travelling on the Naharlagun-Mohanbari-Namsai-Tezu-Hayuliang route and had taken off at 9.45 AM from Naharlagun.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered an inquiry into the accident, an official spokesperson said in New Delhi. Pawan Hans services are likely to be affected.

Meanwhile, the Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen J. J Singh has expressed deep shock and grief over the death of cabin crew member of Pawan Hans helicopter.

The Governor has directed that all those found guilty of negligence of duty should be given exemplary punishment.

 

Civic sense, the need of the hour

Daporijo, Aug 6: Sanitation, open toilets and open drainage system, dismal road conditions, lack of street lighting, encroachment of government land, poor garbage disposal system etc are the key problems of the Daporijo Township that came up for a meeting held in the office chamber of the Deputy Commissioner, Upper Subansiri H. K. Shalla, in the presence of ADC, heads of departments and bazaar presidents and secretaries.

Sanitation, a major cause for concern at Daporijo, was discussed with the emphasis being on the practice of constructing open toilets which led to unsanitary and unhealthy living conditions. It was unanimously decided that such practice should be discouraged and so a month’s time would be given to the owners of such structures to construct a proper toilet and then orders would be issued to dismantle the open toilets.

The rampant problem of garbage disposal in the township too was remarked upon and discussed. The UPO, DUDA clarified that although efforts were made for timely disposal of garbage, they were helpless due to paucity of funds, lack of manpower and lack of garbage disposal vehicles. It was decided that bazar and colony presidents and secretaries would be made responsible for the disposal of waste and cleanliness in their areas and non compliers could be fined by them. Regarding open drainage and storm drainage system, it was informed that proposals had been sent to the government but were yet to be sanctioned. There is an urgent need to educate the masses on civic sense, informed H. K. Shalla while concluding the meeting. He expressed that problems that arose should be solved amicably and following the correct procedure as against resorting to mob scenes and violence. He mentioned that each and every one had to make an effort to maintain and beautify the township at their own level as it belonged to all.

A consensus was reached that a large number of problems could be solved if an awareness of civic sense and responsibilities was created amongst the public. It was also brought to fore that orders and notices issued by the DA for the maintenance and beautification of the Township would be more effective if follow up action was taken and monitored to check that orders and notices were implemented. (DIPRO)

 

15 traders booked in Changlang

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: A team of officers from Department’s Headquarter office, Naharlagun, in collaboration with field enforcement officers of Changlang and Miao Inspectorates, while conducting surprise inspection of trading units on Aug 4-5  detected a number of irregularities from Miao, Karsang, Nampong and Jairampur  area of Changlang District for violation of provisions of weights & measures law.

15 traders were booked for violation of weights & measures law by the inspection team and registered cases against them.

In some of the cases, the traders were detected for keeping packaged commodities for sale without having mandatory declarations such as, date of manufacture, maximum retail price (inclusive of all taxes) etc.  which is a breach of the Packaged Commodities Rules, 1977, while in other cases the maximum retail price (MRP) declared on the packages were smudged with intention to manipulate the prices. In yet another case, a trader was found using unverified weights & measures in commercial transaction which is also a violation of the provisions of Weights & Measures Acts & Rules.

 

Insurgency-hit Tirap roads in shambles

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: A meeting was held at Khonsa yesterday under the chairmanship of Nocte Chief’s Council Secretary K.Lowang to discuss regarding the deplorable condition of roads in Tirap district, especially Khonsa-Bogapani-Joypur (KBJ) road. In his address, Lowang said that development of any place is gauged by state of road connectivity and appealed to the public leaders to pursue vigourously with the state and central government to pull in sufficient resources to repair and maintain the oldest KBJ road in the district. Earlier, the convener of the meeting, Lankham Wangsu asked the leaders to sink their petty political differences and affiliations and work unitedly to put across the problem to the government for sanction of funds to repair the most important KBJ road.

The all important meeting was attended by the Panchayat leaders and public leaders of all constituencies. The meeting resolved to submit memorandum to the Governor, Home Minister, PWD minister and all Tirap MLAs shortly.

It may be added here that KBJ road connecting headquarter Khonsa and all sub-divisions and circle headquarters with Assam is the life-line of the district. The road was constructed by the people on self-help-basis in 1956-58 under the leadership of chief of Borduria. The road is in shambles now and not fit for traffic movement. As a matter of fact, the entire Tirap district is under Armed Forces Special Power Act due to prevailing insurgency problem and the security forces deployed in the district have to use the same road. (DIPRO)

 

DC for proper monitoring of NRHM

BOMDILA, Aug 6: Addressing a meeting of the Doctors on National Rural Health Mission (NRHM ) yesterday, the chairman cum Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi felt that unlike previous years, the district plan of the NRHM should be prepared and formulated in the district under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner which in the long run would facilitate for proper monitoring and implementation. Assuring full co-operation from the administration and the administrative officers of the outposts & the PRIs for attaining the objectives of the NRHM, DC Tashi urged the Doctors to maintain a humane approach while dealing with the patients.

Referring to the letter of the Secretary Health & Family Welfare, DC Tashi reiterated that the RKS fund should be used judiciously and within the allotted time frame. Concerned over the complaints of the public regarding non-availability of ambulance service in the district hospital, the DC directed the DMO to make the ambulance road worthy and also to activate the mobile units.

Giving a patient hearing to the power point presentation on the various subjects under NRHM and to the queries and justifications, DC Rinchin Tashi suggested for improvisations and follow-up actions while underscoring the importance of a concerted effort in improving the facts and figures as the next meeting on NRHM is scheduled at Itanagar in coming October.

Besides the DMO, the DRCHO, Medical Superintendent and Senior Medical Officers, the Medical Officers of the various Primary and Community Health Centres of the district attended the meeting.

 

Financial inclusion and promotional scheme

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: NABARD, Itanagar organized a one day workshop on “Financial inclusion and promotional scheme” in Kurung Kumey District at Koloriang yesterday with the aim to secure greater financial inclusion among the weaker section, low income group and prepare a road map for achieving 100% financial inclusion, capacity building of farmers, entrepreneurs, formation of SHGs and farmers’ club.

In his key note address, Bidol Tayeng, Deputy Commissioner Koloriang said, it is a mile stone for the people of Kurung Kumey District, having such an opportunity to avail the workshop organized by NBARD at Koloriang, the most interior place, as this region is backward in all aspect.

He appealed to the NGOs, SHGs and PR members to make best use of the financial and other benefits extended by NABRAD. The people should not forget the objectives of the loan and make best use for sustainable socio-economic development.

AK Pasrija, Deputy General Manager of NBRAD, Itanagar said, the workshop organized with an intention to create awareness among the people and in order to bring a new wave of development in this region. He informed that that prog is to reach people out to the people with special emphasis on woman empowerment, health, sanitation and education also to create employment avenues for dropout youths.

NABARD regional office, Itanagar Deputy General Manager AK Pasrija and Assistant General Manager visited Mangni Welfare Society; head Office Sangram to inspect the ongoing skill development programme on Tailoring training.

Later, he also visited Pinku Pinnya SHG, Sangram and Dene Sangcha SHG at Leel.

The DGM appreciated the society and assured to intimate Bankers to sponsor those who started Handloom units in collaboration with the society in the district.

Meanwhile, the trainees appealed to the DGM to initiate steps for procurement of machineries, so that; they could start their activities after completion of such training.

 

After all, we are not a matrilineal society

Dear Editor,

I found the appeal of the Doimukh Students Union for preventing the mis-use of APST status by the husbands of APST wives, through the purchasing of land very genuine. This is a very real problem which has started spreading its roots in the state and serious efforts and rules need to be made. We have to get one fact very clear, "our land means our survival". In addition to the purchasing of land in the name of their wives, the children of  non-APST fathers often claim ST status on behalf of their mother's side. And in most of the cases, they are also granted by the administration without full verification. On what basis are they granted this APST status, ours is not a matrilineal society, where children  become a part of the mother's family. The wife has to take the surname of the husband. If the children who possess such ST status want to retain their APST status, they should also ask their fathers' to change their surname to their mothers' instead. The problem is not only with the ST status, but with the added burden that they impose, they increase competition for the very few seats reserved for ST's. Moreover, even if they go through the APST quota for higher studies, they will hardly have any plans of serving the state as they already are settled outside the state. My point here is not that it is bad for an APST woman to marry a non-APST man but that, once they do so they should know that they have no longer the right to claim APST status, less so for their children. They have no right to burden the rest of the backward and deprived sections of the state and they should also be aware of the mentality and the motives of non-APST's. It is a very grave problem which the government, the various communities and the authorities should give a very serious thought.

Yours,

A  concerned citizen

 

 

In good faith

Dear Editor,

This is regarding the new items published in your daily on July 30th  under the heading "Inquiry demanded on arrest of Myanmarese national" in which my husband Otu Gao, SI, APP has been unnecessary dragged into the controversy.

In this connection, I am to clarify that, in fact my rent house was rented out to Tong Tanga of Hansan Village of Chamtai District Mizoram, an Indian National and a Christian Missionary Social Worker on the recommendation of one bonafide local Talom Mize, teacher in good faith. It was not to my knowledge till I read the news if any unauthorized persons/ foreigners were staying in the house. There is appropriate authority to take care of foreigners in Govt. level as well as in the District. Hence, it is reiterated that my husband Gao is in no way connected with the affairs of renting out my house.

Yours,

Anita Gao

Pasighat

 

 

While the world takes a step ahead, we take a step back

Dear Editor,

The recent murder by the IRBN personnel is not a surprise to anybody anymore. The IRBN has always been notorious for their "dadagiri". Further the benign act of the govt. towards the killer cops in the Late Nguso's case has been a morale booster for the already inflated egos of the police personnel. There have been many a case where the IRBN has been accused of being abusive of their responsibility, but it all goes unreported, because there has been no death till now. The merciless beating and killing of innocent people shows that the police and the IRBN are dangerously addicted to this act of inhumanity.

Last year also there was widespread eruption of protest in Daporijo after the IRBN resorted to illogical and abusive beating of every public within their reach. The so-called and purported law enforcers are reeling under a heady cocktail of power and ego, and it is this heavy dose of power and ego that results in a round the clock hangover which in turn leads to such abuse of power and duty.

At a stage when the world there has been a surge of development in every field, our state is moving backwards to the prehistoric era with lawlessness prevailing everywhere. Just by the virtue of being born a ST or living in a tribal state like ours, does it mean that we should apply the law of the jungle, where the mighty is always right? There has always been volumes of words for the 100% reservation of locals in the Arunachal Scouts that is being recruited for currently, but one needs to introspect that whether we are eligible enough to fulfill our responsibilities? It is the local boys that are the majority in the IRBN, and they are the most abusive of all, so doesn't it imply that a battalion full of local boys would do more harm than good, just the way the IRBN is functioning. This principle applies everywhere, right from the other govt. jobs to private jobs to tenants. At least the non- tribals don't fight us back in markets, offices or at homes.

The IRBN and the APP, who are so powerful at other districts don't seem to have any teeth in front of the extremists. especially in the districts of Tirap and Changlang, without any prejudice to hurt the sentiments of the people of these districts. I have never read any news about any APP or IRBN capturing any of the extremists in Tirap and Changlang, rather it is always the Assam Rifles. Does it mean that the APP and IRBN dont function there as well as they do in the rest of the districts. All the mighty warriors of the APP and the IRBN should be transferred to Tirap and Changlang to deal with the extremists there, who are shameless enough to use force on people of 55 years of age. Is this what they learn during their training?

So, shouldn’t the govt. come out and provide some exemplary punishment so as to bring some level of discipline among the force and justice to the aggrieved. The leniency on part of the govt. is in fact encouraging the forces to come out and do whatever they like. So at this crossroads, the need of the hour is that let the killers of Nguso and Miti Mepo brought to the books and punished so that the war for might and right between the police and the public doesn’t take a violent turn.

Yours,

Duge Soki (on email)

 

 

An open letter to CM

Dear Editor,

I would like to submit my request to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh especially to the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.

It is been noticed that some of the sports persons, who even did not qualify in the state and regional level competitions are lobbying their National Federation/ Association for inclusion of their name’s for international competitions. After their names are included in the list, they approach their MLA/ ministers for financial help. Now the MLA and Ministers are bound to approach  Chief Minister for placement/ allocation of fund from the planning department and thus fund comes to them through the nodal department i.e. department of sports  & youth affairs.

Sports are not easy as somebody think it so. If one has to achieve to that level he/ she must undergo rigorous training for many years. Today any sports persons whoever achieve medals in regional, national and international level competitions are the result of his/ her hard works, dedication  of years.

Therefore, I would like to request Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh not to entertain such request from any quarters. All such proposal must come through proper channel, such as the Secretary of the respective Association, Arunachal Olympic Association and the Department of sports and youth affairs, government of Arunachal Pradesh. I also appeal those MLAs and Ministers not to entertain any more, if such proposal/ request comes from any sportsperson who are taking undue advantages of the power and functions of the dignitaries.

The government must allocate adequate funds to the department for regular sports activities of the associations and for meeting of cash incentives for meritorious sports persons, financial assistance for those sports persons who represent the country in International competitions and other requirements in sports.

Yours

Likha Tara

President

Arunachal Karate-Do Association

 

 

Improve postal services

Dear Editor,

I am a regular reader of your newspaper and I like Reader’s Forum the most. Reading about the boy getting deprived from appearing in the viva test of NTSE at Shillong due to late receipt of the calling letter was heart breaking. I know the importance of that scholarship because I m also a recipient of that but only for name because apart from the certificate I never receive any scholarship. All thanks to the Postal system. Each time I sent my claiming bill I got a letter from NCERT saying "Send your claim bill as soon as possible". This went on for almost two years and lastly I received a letter saying that I will have to send my bill before 31st march 2010 otherwise my scholarship will be cancelled and again I got that letter on May 16 this year. This year also I was deprived of sitting in the IIT entrance exam and AIEEE because of late receipt of the admit cards. Sometimes I wonder 'does the postal system have some kind of enmity with me or other citizens are also face the same problem.

However let bygones be bygones. But I want the authorities to take the necessary steps to end the problem of such postal delays so that no other people will be denied of any chances in their life. With a hope that postal system would improve their services.

Yours,

Ringu Basar, (on email)

 

 

Accommodate the wait  listed candidates too

(1)

Dear Editor,

We would like to highlight the problem of teacher shortage which is an emerging problem of not only students but society as a whole. With retirement of teachers and up-gradation of schools, many schools are running without sufficient number of teachers.

Therefore, we the wait-listed candidates of J/T (S/St. & Hindi) & A/T would like to request the Education Department under the leadership of Education Minister Bosiram Siram to give us a chance to render our service towards society, state and country.

Yours,

Ratan, R. Tamut, Dorjee Wangjom, Kabak Tagi

Itanagar

 

 

(2)

Dear Editor,

We would like to appeal to the Department of School Education for immediate appointment of all the wait-listed candidates of JT (S/St. & Hindi) & A/T, the result of which was declared on April 2010. All the wait-listed candidates are eager to know the causes of delay in appointment. Whenever we had gone to the Department for inquiry, each time the department deny us by saying that there is no vacancy available. We are surprised that when there is no vacancy, then why they have put large no. of candidate in waiting list. Many public and student leaders demand for posting of teachers in school of their respective area then why the department is so reluctant to appoint the wait-listed candidate.

We appeal the concern authority to look in to the matter. We would be very grateful if the Education Minister also intervenes into the matter for sake of all the wait-listed candidates.

Yours,

T. Darang, A. Ngupok, Minjum Bagra,

Mebi Sora

 

 

 

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Restore road link, demands BJP unit

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Bharatiya Jananta Party Anjaw district unit has sought intervention of the PWD Chief Engineer (EZ) for early restoration of road link from Hayuliang to Goiliang circle.

The BJP district unit president in a representation to the CE claimed that health centre in the circle remains as ‘decorative peace’ without lifesaving drugs, many schools have been closed down and Govt officials are staying outside the circle due to shortage of essential items owing to the disruption in road link.

The road is blocked by mud and boulders at three different places and may not require major repairing works, the BJP unit claimed and urged the CE to issue directives to its authorities concerned for taking up repairing works immediately.

 

Union felicitates achievers

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: All Sagalee Students Union (ASSU) conducted a felicitation programme for meritorious students of class VIII-XII Sagalee area recently. Starting from class VIII to XII students were felicitated. Nabama Ania (class XII), Tam Abo (class X) and Tana Talam Tara were among those felicitated.

The programme was attended by T.T Tara, Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE), Papum Pare and Obang Dai additional deputy commissioner.

In his address DDSE Tara appreciated ASSU for felicitating meritorious students and hoped such move will encourage young students to study harder. ADC Dai urged both SSA and regular teachers to work sincerely towards imparting quality education to the young children. During the day ASSU presented two point memorandum to the DDSE including early posting of hindi and history teachers along with renovation of teachers barrack at government higher secondary school, Sagalee.

 

Seva Dal discuss party agenda

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: More than 100 Congress Seva Dal cadres including district chief organizers, Mahila organizers and Pradesh Seva Dal office bearers discussed the plan and policy to streamline party activities across the state today.

In a state level executive meeting organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal at Naharlagun, the Seva Dal cadres also opined on the agenda prepared as per directives of the  INC Seva Dal. The district chief organizers/chairmen, mahila organizers have submitted their reports of activities during the meeting.

After threadbare discussion, the meeting decided to organize state level training camp at Pasighat in East Siang district in Nov. A day-long district level convention will also be organized at Anjaw district during October, according to a Pradesh Seva Dal release.

 

Meeting held to resolve crisis

ITANAGAR, Aug 6:  The executive members of all district units of ANYA organized a meeting to solve the misunderstanding created among the members of ANYA and to maintain cordial relations among the central executive members.  The meeting held here yesterday was presided over by East Kameng unit President of the association.

 

Insurance for weavers

Yachang Tacho

ZIRO, Aug 6: Speaking at the training course on  ‘Weaving skill up-gradation training’ under Integrated Handloom Development Scheme (IHDS), Joint Director, Textile & Handicraft department, Lower Subansiri district Hage Tado, informed about insurance policies for the weavers.

He said, that a weaver is entitled medical expenses upto Rs. 15000/- for his/her or family members, while in life insurance, a nominee can avail Rs. 60000 on natural death of a weaver and Rs. 150000 on unnatural death. In the event of partial disability and total disability a policy holder can avail Rs. 75000/- and Rs. 150000/- respectively.

The two months training is being organized by Aya Welfare Society (AWS), Ziro and sponsored by Development Commissioner (Handloom), Ministry of Textile, Govt. of India.

While attending inaugural function as the chief guest Khoda Ruja, Director Textile & Handicraft, advised trainees to go along the trends and prevailing fashion so that their products could be marketed  while adding that indigenous people will also buy without hesitation provided modification are made in accordance with the taste of the time.

He emphasized on use of pure cotton and silk which is eco-friendly.

 

Where the birds no more sing

Denhang Bosai

     “The world we all share is given to us is trust. Every choice we make regarding the earth, air and water around us should be made with the objective of preserving for all generations to come.” – August A.Bush II

Ours is a strange land with strange practices. Here, every body seems to be a deadly marksman. In case a person is not a sharpshooter, he is adept at laying snares. Nobody here seems to value the precious lives in the wild. Little wonder then, all the magnificent and exotic wild animals and birds that once roamed freely in our nearby jungles, have become things of the past. Many of them have vanished for ever. Though the scenario in other districts of Arunachal Pradesh is no different, I shall make an attempt here to make a sad commentary on Tirap and Changlang districts vis-à-vis wanton destruction of wild life and its habitats. Like in other parts of any tribal state of the Northeast, hunting is a mad passion among the local people and the children grow up listening to heroic tales of hunters during hunting expeditions. They tend to follow the footsteps of their elders and try to master all the intricacies and tricks to kill any wild animal they encounter. I can today recall with a tinge of sadness and remorse that as a child I grew up amidst opulent nature.  Soothing cries of wild animals and birds were parts of my childhood.  I am profusely grateful to my elders who had the wisdom to spare the beautiful animals for us to see. But now, as I grow old and unwillingly crawl towards the wrong side of 50, my mind is filled with the feeling of unpardonable guilt as I have failed to contribute my mite towards protection of these wonderful creatures. I shudder to think that my children and their children will not be able to see many of those magnificent wild animals because of our greed and follies. Our forefathers practiced hunting because they were ignorant about wildlife conservation. Now, we must undo the wrongs done by them by shunning hunting and by involving ourselves in conservation. Some say hunting is a sport. But they must realize that it is a cruel and destructive sport and should give up.

Anyone who visits a Nocte, Wancho or Tangsa village, will meet many villagers who would proudly claim that they had killed hundreds of animals and birds. He will also find hundreds of lifeless heads, horns, legs and feathers of wild animals and birds kept as trophies in the chief’s house or in the morong (dormitory).  If you are a nature lover or animal right activist, it is highly advisable not to visit such a place because it has the potential to spin your head in disgust and disbelief.

Countless wild animals have been killed in the past and the abominable process of killing continues unabated. The few which are left in the wild are also vigorously pursued and systematically annihilated, leaving nothing for the posterity. We cannot blame the villagers alone for this sad state of affairs. Let us understand that these villagers grew up with the mindset that all wild animals are born to be killed. They think it’s their birthright to kill any animal they spot. These villagers have absolutely no awareness on preservation of wildlife. However, what is most appalling is the fact that most of the highly educated public leaders, bureaucrats, technocrats and hold your breath, even the foresters and forest guards are good hunters and they are breaking all the rules if any with impunity. These educated hunters are very well aware of the need for wildlife conservation but their inherent urge and temptation drive them into the jungles to shoot down the few animals and birds that are left in the wild. But these great hunters must realize that we have not created the wild creatures and so we have no right to destroy them. If they are so keen to savour meat, let them take pork, chicken, beef and mutton that are so readily available in the market. They must spare the beautiful wild creatures for the posterity. The world without them will not be worth-living. Let us remember that all animals do no harm to us. In fact, they are useful to us in many ways. They help in maintaining a balance in the natural world.

Apart from indiscriminate hunting, another major reason for disappearance of wildlife is the wanton destruction of its habitats. Every year the jungles are being usurped for human settlement due to which the wild animals vanish as they have no homes to live and no food to eat.  The tribals must make an effort to do away with the unproductive and destructive practice of shifting cultivation and look for other more sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives. The slash and burn method is doing irreparable damage to the environment. It is worth mentioning here that in Tirap and Changlang districts early 70s to late 90s was the most destructive period. It was during this period when timber industries flourished. Not only were the invaluable hollong, hollock, makai and other timber species mercilessly felled, but also the major and permanent habitats of the wild animals destroyed completely. The contractors not only indulged in destruction of the lush green rainforest but also introduced the new and destructive form of hunting on elephant back. I had met many such hunters who told me that they had killed 6-7 animals in a single night. Needless to add that they may have injured many others. Like in other districts, in Tirap also people use traps to catch wild animals. Also, dozens of elephants are electrocuted in the jungles thanks to faulty laying of electrical lines. It is indeed a crime to hide our crimes against the wild creatures that are precious creation of God to make this world a better place to live in. It is high time we realized the magnitude of our misdeeds and made a serious and effective campaign against hunting. If we preserve the wild animals, our children can see them in the jungles and not only in TV channels.

Against the backdrop of the grim scenario, it is heartening to see that some communities in our state are making an honest effort to save our state bird Hornbill and other endangered animals and birds. Some communities have also successfully banned hunting. The other tribes should emulate their example and make similar efforts. Arunachal Pradesh has great potential to attract many foreign and domestic tourists and wildlife scientists as evidently wildlife tourism is flourishing in many parts of the world. The singular and innovative effort of Deputy Warden, Wildlife, C. Loma in introducing artificial hornbill beak to replicate the original one used in Nyishi headgear (Byopa), is indeed praise-worthy. It has helped in saving the highly endangered state bird in no small measure.

Many years ago I read in a magazine in which a man from the Northeast confessed that his tribe eats anything that moves. He may have been indeed candid in admitting that. Today, in many places of the Northeast, Mother Nature is as good as dead. If one happens to travel through the Dimapur – Kohima road he will not hear a single cry of birds or insects, leave alone seeing them. So also, the jungles between Khonsa and Joypur in Assam were full of wild animals in the not too distant past. If any body travelled through that road in the past, he would surely encounter all kinds of beautiful wild animals, making his journey exciting and memorable. In sharp contrast, today, one would find hardly any animal. If I narrate some of my experiences in the past, today’s children will find them like a fiction or exaggerated story. My close and unforgettable encounters with the lovely wild creatures are deeply engrained in my mind and they are a constant source of inspiration for me. My journey from my village to my jhumland along with my mother used to be full of wonderful experiences during which all kinds of wild animals and lovely birds would be spotted in the jungles and bushes by the roadside. During the day in the jhumland, the family of magnificent Hullock Gibbon (khangkhei in Nocte) and other groups of monkeys would appear from the nearby jungles and demonstrate all kinds of pranks and playful antics and when they had enough, they would quietly retire to the jungles from where they had appeared. Also, the wild fowls (wahaan) would roam around freely in the jhum field which used to be a real feast for the eyes. Indeed, we were close to Nature in the past and because of this proximity with Nature, the Noctes narrate their intimate relations with the wild animals in their folksongs. They adore them and sing in their glory. Sadly, the same singers who sing in praise of the animals and nature around them are good hunters too. I vividly remember that when I was a small boy hundreds of birds of all shapes and sizes used to fly pass my village, making a huge noise in unison. Some migratory birds while flying over my village would take rest on a huge tree on the outskirt of my sleepy village. I can also recall the roar of tigers at night. Barking of deer used to be heard everywhere. Today, we have not only destroyed the animals and birds in the wild but also not spared the rivers and streams which were teeming with fish. The major rivers in Tirap like Chatjo, Tallik, Tallat, Tissing, Tissa etc. were full of fish once upon a time. But due to unscientific and overfishing, fish population in these rivers is diminishing by the day. I remember about 30 years ago my friends and I would go to the Chatjo River, sit in a vantage point and watch the fishes play. I also remember that about three decades ago, 40-50 Goruamas called Ngah mih in Nocte dialect were caught during community fishing from Chatjo River between Kaimai village and Washathong. Today this fish is truly extinct. Here, I would add that traditional method of fishing is the best as it is sustainable and eco-friendly. There are many traditional methods of fishing among all the tribes which should be encouraged. Fishing by blasting, electrocution, poisoning must stop forthwith or else, in a few years the water bodies would flow barren, bereft of any fish.

All the ethnic communities of Arunachal Pradesh commonly believe that excessive killing of animals is a sin. But this belief fails to deter the people from hunting and killing more than what they need. Interestingly, some communities revere and treat deer as their mama or maternal uncle while some observe strict taboos before going for a hunt and after a successful hunt. But they still indulge in hunting. Here, the tribals of Arunachal Pradesh (Buddhists excluded) must admit that they lack a strong tenet or binding force in their traditional system to guide them through the treacherous path of life in totality. In fact, the very foundation of their system is weak. It is a bitter truth. This is exactly why most of the ethnic tribals of the state have been systematically overwhelmed and swamped by stronger and more dominant alien cultures. Because of this visible lack of a binding force we find ourselves in an unfathomable pit of self-destruction. We have failed to protect our identity. Since most of the tribals have professed Christianity as their religion, the Church can play a pivotal role in creating awareness on the urgent need to safeguard the wild treasures. It is rather sad that there is no clear cut policy of the State Government to save the environment and Nature. The unscrupulous hunters and poachers are having a cruel success every time in destroying the wildlife. Absolutely nothing is being done to protect our animals and our environment. I have seen dozens of full grown pythons being butchered in my village in the past. In Deomali area in Tirap, hundreds of green parrots are caught and sold every year. For the tribals, snakes are to be killed and must be killed. This is because of sheer lack of awareness. Our State Government needs to take a leaf out of the book of the Dhubri-based NGO Nature’s Beckon which is making a pioneering effort in saving the rainforest and wildlife in the Dihing basin and its fringe tribal settlement areas. The intelligentsia, academicians, students, NGOs and youth should extend their fullest co-operation to Nature’s Beckon in their respective areas. Thanks to the tireless effort of the NGO, some highly endangered animals are safe in the wild, at least for now.

Having said that, not all is lost. We live in hopes and must continue to do so. The onerous onus of saving the wildlife, so graciously bestowed on us by the Creator, is not on a few individuals and government departments but on all of us. A collective effort is the need of the hour. It should not be ‘I save, you kill.’ On the occasion of 64th Independence Day of India, let us take a solemn pledge to protect our environment and our most treasured wildlife.  But before we even think of saving our wildlife, we must first learn to love Nature. We will be able to save the animals if we love them. We must conquer our greed and shun the destructive practice of hunting. We must take a vow to leave behind the beautiful wild animals for the coming generations. They too have the right to enjoy the presence of wild animals in our jungles. Let us remember that a thousand mile’s journey begins with a single step. Let us together take the first step towards protecting and preserving our wild treasures. We all must act now before it’s too late. (The contributor is DIPRO, Tirap. He can be reached at denhangbosai@yahoo.co.in)

 

Promotion of handloom & handicrafts

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: The AMYAA, an NGO is setting up Training cum Production Centre in Handloom and Handicrafts  at Namphai-I of Miao Circle, Changlang District. Besides other areas of interventions which the organization is undertaking, promotion of Handloom and Handicrafts is one of the top priority of the organization.

The organization aims at promoting local culture and tradition through the training and production of cultural costumes and traditional products made of locally available resources.  

 

 

 

 

Govt invites doctors for talks

ITANAGAR: Parliamentary Secretary, Health Nido Pavitra has invited the Arunachal Pradesh Doctor’s Association for talks. The invite comes as doctors threatened to go on strike on Aug 9  in protest against assault of one of their colleagues by the Arunachal Pradesh Police.

 

Advisor to CM

ITANAGAR: The governor of Arunachal Pradesh has appointed senior party leader Tasso Grayu as Advisor to Chief Minister.

 

Scouts and Guides training

ITANAGAR: The district level Tritya Sopan Testing Camp for Scouts and Guides would be held at Kendriya Vidyalaya No-2, Itanagar from August 10-12.

Altogether, 21 KV’s under Guwahati region will take part in the camp.

 

Students to sit on dharna

ITANAGAR: Students Union of Dera Natung Govt College has decided to stage a dharna on 9th August in the premises of director of higher and technical education for non fulfilment of demands submitted by union way back in the month of June. The main demand of union included furnishing and opening of 1st year boys hostel, construction of boundary wall around college campus, maintenance and face lifting of college building.

In a press release union said, it was sad that despite being the premier educational centre of capital, DNGC still lacks basic facilities and college is in dire need of upgradation.

 

menchukha.com

ITANAGAR: www.menchukha.com , a website to connect Menchukha, West Siang one of the most beautiful places in Arunachal with the rest of the world would be launched on Aug 7. The Tourism Minister Jarbom Gamlin would formally launch the website. The website has been designed by SamagraMedia with support from MLA Pasang Dorjee Sona, who is also a keen photographer.

 

Boy rescued

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Kameng Youth Association in a release today claim that they had rescued one 10 year old boy Tek Bahadur from Tawang. The boy reportedly had gone missing on 30th June from Bomdila town. Presently boy is being look after by KYA and has been admitted to govt middle school, Yewang under Dirang circle.

 

Tagore’s death anniversary

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: The media deptt. of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee will observe 69th death anniversary of Rabindra Nath Tagore at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar on August 7.

 

Social Service

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) in collaboration with Department of Urban Development is organizing a social service at Nirjuly Market on August 7.

 

Quit India

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: District Congress Committee, Lower Subansiri District is celebrating Quit India Movement and the centenary year of Indian National Congress at DCC Office Hapoli on August 14.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Nabam Tage, Taba Vijay and Nabam Tadung have been selected as President, General Secretary and Vice President of All Pupu Panchayat Youth Welfare Association recently.

Meanwhile, the Association with the assistance of ASM Nabam Yakik has conducted social service at medical sub-centre, Pilla and constructed a dispensary room at the centre.

Joram Adap has been appointed as Women Wing General Secretary of North East Development Welfare Society, Arunachal Pradesh Unit.

 

Condolence

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Leporiang Panchayat Youth Welfare Society condole the demise of Chera Logu, GB of Langruk village under Leporiang circle who died on July 31 last after prolonged illness.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

 

Bamboo collection banned

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Chimpu Urban Area Welfare Committee in a meeting has prohibited collections of bamboo under its jurisdiction from August to November 2010.

It appealed to the people to abide by the decision of the welfare committee.

Meanwhile, the committee has also decided to conduct mass social service at Chimpu Bazar Line, Sariok Colony, RWD Colony, CWC Complex, VKV Complex, WRD and Gazetteer complex, Chimpu on August 14.

 

Union cries foul

ITANAGAR, Aug 6: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) Kurung Kumey district unit has alleged that some junior persons have been appointed in Sangram power division without conducting DPC. Such appointment deprived the senior most workers from their scope of promotion or regularization; the union said and appealed the authorities to conduct DPC for experienced and senior workers.

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