Assam and Arunachal ministers meet to defuse
tension, AAPSU calls for solution to border issue
Guwahati, Aug 19: Assam and Arunachal Pradesh today decided to take immediate steps
to resolve tension prevailing along the border of the two states in Tirap.
Assam Law Minister Pranab Gogoi and Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tako Dabi met
at Bimalapur along the border to resolve the tension after Assam police barracks
were destroyed within Arunachal border by citizens. Assam maintains it was the handiwork
of NSCN(IM) militants while the citizens of Arunachal blame that Assam authorities
has encroached on the area that led to demolition of Police barracks.
Despite claims and counter claims, it was decided that security forces of both the
states would jointly patrol the border and the roads would be kept open for the public.
Peace committees would be set up by both states which would meet every month, the
Meanwhile, All Aruna-chal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has expressed serious concern
over growing tension along Assam-Arunachal boundary. With boundary skirmish reported
from Kimin, Russa and Holongi area, AAPSU has urged both Assam and Arunachal state
government to take immediate measures to ease the tension. AAPSU President Takam
Tatung sympathizing with Arunachalee residents at Russa, Kimin and Holongi has taken
a dig at Arunachal government for failing to safeguard interest of Arunachalee citizens.
“After repeated pressure from AAPSU, government of Arunachal created department of
boundary affair. But since then this department is dormant and we have not heard
them carrying out any activities. Government needs to explain public about reason
behind non-functioning of this department,” Tatung said. Supreme Court of India had
specifically ordered Assam-Arunachal to main status-quo and not carry out eviction
activities along boundary till it is resolved by boundary commission. However, it
is been noticed that Assam carries out eviction in land under control of Arunachal
government thereby completely dis-regarding Supreme Court order.
AAPSU President has urged Assam government to respect Supreme Court order. “Just
because we respect Supreme Court order and don’t stray into Assam territory, our
neighbour should not take us for granted. We expect Assam to respect court order
and if they don’t, our government should knock door of Supreme Court again,” Tatung
said. He further wondered how there is no understanding between Congress governments
of Assam, Arunachal and Union of India. “As Congress is in power at centre, Assam
and Arunachal this matter can be solved amicably with coordination among three governments.
We urge all three governments to come together and solve this issue. AAPSU does not
anyone to suffer because of boundary issue,” Tatung added. Tatung went on to add
that AAPSU will continue to fight against illegal action of Assam near boundary areas.
“AAPSU stands with those Arunachalee who are fighting to safeguard their land and
we will extend any help to them. We won’t let even an inch of our land taken away
Late Kadu laid to rest
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: The former MLA Late Talo Kadu was laid to rest today at Pasighat.
He had passed away yesterday.
Born on August 1, 1940 at Kadu village in East Siang district, Late Kadu matriculated
from Gauhati University in 1963 and completed his graduation from JN College Pasighat
He was elected as member of the legislative assembly in 1980 on a People’s Party
of Arunachal (PPA) ticket. People’s Party of Arunachal mourned the death of Late
leader. He was the very active political and social leader of the State during its
formative stage, the party said while adding that PPA and Arunachal Pradesh have
lost one of its veterans.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has also mourned the death of Late Kadu and
termed it great loss for the state. The Party said that he worked dedicated for the
all round development of the citizens.
In a message, the Education Minister Bosiram Siram said Lt. Kadu would be remembered
for ever for his dedicated services to the community and humanity. The minister prayed
for his eternal peace in heavenly abode.
Meanwhile, The Deputy Commissioner East Siang Onit Panyang has also expressed his
deep shock at the demise of the leader.
Mourning his untimely demise, President East Siang unit GWS Takir Kakki said that
Late Kadu’s contributions in the construction of Ledum to Tene Koyu road during his
stint as people’s representative will always be remembered. Late Kadu was devoted
to the cause of the poor and downtrodden and worked for the welfare of people as
a social worker, he said.
He is survived by two daughters and a son.
Ramle Banggo Welfare Society has also mourned the death of the Late leader. Terming
him a social reformer and educationist, the Society has said that with Late Kadu’s
death a vacuum has been created.
Sammonay Gut Cooperative Society Ltd. deeply mourned the demise of former MLA from
Pasighat. The Chairperson Minoti Riba, remembering the contributions of Kadu, stated
that, he shall remain in the minds of the people of the state. She said that he would
be remembered not only as a forefront leader of the Peoples Party of Arunachal but
also as a person who contributed to bring the cooperative movement in the state.
APCC welcomes committee on refugees
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has welcomed the committee
constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Aug 10 to examine various issues relating
to resettlement of Chakmas and Hajongs refugees in Arunachal Pradesh and explore
possibility of grant of Indian Citizenship to the eligible refugees residing in the
state. The Committee has been formed with representatives from Home Minister, state
government of Arunachal, Committee for Citizenship Rights of the Chakmas and Hajongs
of Arunachal Pradesh and All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union. Deputy Commissioner
of Lohit and Changlang of are special members of the Committee.
APCC hoped that with the constitution of the Committee, the vexed refugee issue would
be solved. Meanwhile the APCC thanked the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for his initiatives
on the refugee issue.
Union decries govt decision on head load system
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: All Kurung Kumey District Students Union (AKKDSU) has reiterated
its demand for PDS air sorties in remote and inaccessible areas of Kurung Kumey district.
Despite its voice against the head local carriage system and representation to the
Govt for introduction of air sorties, the Govt took a decision (Vide letter No.SF
&CE-5/2008 Dated 9th August) for reintroduction of head load system, the union resented.
In an ultimatum addressed to Chief Minister the union urged the Govt to cancel the
order within five days and reintroduce air sorties.
It claimed that head load carriage system in inaccessible areas of Kurung Kumey
has already been proved to be a failure and many administration centres and institutions
remained functionless due to non-availability of essential ration items.
ANSU calls for finalization NIT permanent site
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) in a memorandum to chief minister
has called for finalization of permanent site for NIT-Arunachal. The Institute which
was inaugurated yesterday by the Governor at Yupia temporary site has been bone of
contention between people of Dadzeling (Bhalukpong) and Kampo (Jote). As the tug
of war between Bhalukpong and Jote continued, a Committee for Site Selection was
constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
The Union informed that the Ministry of HRD accepted, in principle, the Kampo Village-Jote,
Papumpare district and had written a letter to the Commissioner of Education, Govt.
of Arunachal Pradesh for a formal approval and endorsement of the state Govt.
The Union said that a decision on the permanent site in the next Cabinet Meeting
on the basis of the Site Selection Committee Report be taken.
The Union further called for declaration of Kara-Dadi in East Kameng as National
Park. The Union said that area is known for its unique natural and scenic beauty
and is replete with all kinds’ rare flora and fauna.
Students construct hostel
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Large number of students and panchayat leaders of Leporiang Anchal
Samity under the banner of All Sagalee Students Union (ASSU) constructed a MIBT 10-bed
girls’ hostel of the Govt Middle School, Longte-Tapu recently.
Meanwhile, ASSU lauded the ANSU president Niglar Veo and Panchyat leaders including
ZPM Tana Tagum Tara for their wholehearted support in making the social service a
Orientation prog on KSY and IEC
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Child Development Project Officer, under ICDS Project Chambang
had conducted a two-day Kishori Shakti Yojna (KSY) and IEC orientation training programme
at Chambang, Kurung Kumey District on August 13 and 14 last.
Altogether, 128 people were benefitted from the training programme.
Inaugurating the programme as Chief Guest ZPM Gora Tugung appealed the adolescent
girl, Anganwadi Workers, Helpers and others to avail the benefit offered in the training
and serve the needy people of the area.
While assuring all possible help for conducting such event in near future Tugung
appealed the state government to grant more fund towards the project for adolescent
girls and also appealed the concerned department to conduct more such events in near
Guest of Honour Miching Hania also urged the participants to avail the benefit and
exhibit their talent.
CDPO Marken Basar and Organizing Secretary Tudu Pachi appreciated the state government;
Social Welfare and Child Development Department for funding the event and also thanked
DC Kurung Kumey District Bidol Tayeng, DMO Dr. Higio Tama, CO Chambang and Panchayat
leaders for their cooperation, guidance and support.
Medical Officer, Koloriang Dr. Khoda Dui, supervisors and Tudu Pachi were the resource
ACA releases cricketing calender
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Arunachal Cricket Association (ACA) has decided organize a series
of cricket tournaments from the month of October, 2010 to April 2011.
According to a cricketing calender released by ACA today, the under 16 inter-club
ranking tournament would be organized during October, Women cricket league for the
same age group in November and the Under 16 inter-district one day tournament during
the month of January 2011. Under 19 limited over (one day) tournament and Under 19
inter district (one day) Twenty20 league would be conducted in December 2010 and
March 2011 respectively and under 14 inter club limited overs (one day) league tournament
and inter school T20 knock-out tournament for the same age group would be held during
February 2011 and April 2011 respectively, the release said.
The farmer who dared to dream
Likha Kamin, a nimble boy born to a humble farmer family of Likha Tasser, on 2nd
June 1970, in remote Yoglu village of Pistana circle, under Lower Subansiri, (now
settled in Yachuli) never dreamt of ever being honored by government for his work
for self sustenance, when he started his career as an agriculture farmer in late
eighties after leaving school at class-IX. But the lady fortune was waiting for
him when he shifted to pisci-culture farming in 2003.
Initially, it was on trial basis he converted few terraces of his wet rice cultivation
(WRC) field 2 Kms west of Yachuli town into a fish pond as on those days pisci-culture
was not known at Yachuli area though it had made an extensive progress in the nearby
Ziro plateau by the Apatanis. Practicing pisci-culture at yachuli is all the more
strenuous, for it is a water draught hilly area with few small patches of low land
very little perennial water sources.
Overcoming the impediments is success, so is the case of Likh Kamin, his determination,
hard work and dedication to his chosen field guided him to overcome the obstacles
of water scarcity and flat land which are the pre-requisites for constructing a
fish ponds. Within a year, his efforts began to bear fruit and encouraged him to
expand his number of ponds one after another and converted his entire WRC field into
fish ponds. In the meantime Fisheries department which was also in search of such
progressive farmer in the area made no mistake to chip in with necessary financial
assistance to expand his business further and turned him into a successful entrepreneur.
It finally honored him on 64th Independence Day Celebration at Ziro, with a memento
and cash award of Rs.10,000.00 in recognition of his dedication and hard work in
the field of Pisci-culture and declared him as the best progressive Pisci-culture
farmer in the district.
The farm, spread over three hectares is surrounded with fitting locales of pristine
green pine forest, has been appreciated by all who ever had a chance to visit it.
The Indian Council of Agriculture Research(ICAR), through the Directorate of Cold
Water Fisheries(DCWR) Bhimtal, also felicitated him with a memento and Certificate
on 3rd October 2009, in recognition of his dedication to development of fisheries
sector in high altitude.
His success in the field can be gauged from the fact that he has a water area of
over two hectares under fish farming spread over total area of three hectares.
His innovative and entrepreneurship idea can be seen from his style of cultivation
where different livestock are integrated with Pisci-culture as fish –cum- piggery,
Fish-cum-duck, fish-cum-goat cultivation. The embankments and periphery of the
ponds have been converted to a horticulture gardens of banana, lemon, Oranges and
For last two years, he has also started fish seed rearing from where marginal fish
farmers of the area gets the required fished seed without incurring much expenditure.
His annual income from this integrated farming is calculated at over Rs.three lacs.
Once seen as unwise effort from a crazy youth by the locals now has become a source
of inspirations with many opting for pisci-culture in the area.
It needs little hard work and determination in the initial stage and the rest is
a perennial source of income, said confident Kamin and appealed the youths to opt
Lower Subansiri DFDO, Pani Taram, congratulating Kamin his achievement, said this
is just the beginning of exploring the high potentials of pisci-culture in the area,
much more is expected in the years to come . The department of fisheries is always
ready to help such enterprising and progressive farmers in the form financial assistance
and technical guidance. (The contributor is DIPRO, Lower Subansiri)
First ever art exhibition of local artist begins today
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: The stage is set for the first ever art exhibition of local artists,
which will be unveiled tomorrow. The exhibition will be a dawn to dusk affair over
the next four days at Arun Subansiri Hotel. For want of proper art exhibition gallery,
organizers are making best use of space made available. The venue is abuzz with excitement
as the artists are busy setting up their arts in position for the D-Day.
“It is a dream come true and a moment of pride to exhibit the works in our own state,”
said Punyo Chobin, pursuing PG course in painting from Vishwabharti University Shanti
Niketan West Bengal. Chobin would be displaying eight of his paintings. When quizzed
about his initiation into painting, he shared that he was taught by Dhrubo Bhattacharjee,
an artist with the IPR Department. “Dhrubo was very kind and taught me painting without
charging me ’, he said. Another trained artist, Taya Viveik was also mentored by
Amidst the men, there is budding young female artist, Yogai Bagyang, again an alumnus
of the same university as Chobin and Taya Viveik. She did her masters in Ceramics
which would be displayed along with her pair of paintings. Sharing the ups and downs
of craftsmanship involved in using ceramics, she said, “it is a costly affair working
with ceramics therefore, I do paintings too.” She adds that painting has been her
passion since childhood.
The brain behind the exhibition is none other than Yumlam Tana- a self taught artist,
currently serving as the District Adult Education Officer, Kurung Kumey and who is
also the President of Arunachal Akademi of Fine Arts (AAFA). Sharing his thought
process behind holding the exhibition, he says, “Seeing so many art exhibitions outside
the state I always thought of organizing one for the state’s indigenous artists.
Art awareness and conducting workshop for the aspiring artists are the two objective
of the exhibition.” Terming it as the small steps towards bigger things to come in
near future, he informed that the association is very soon planning to dive into
the mainstream by organizing an Exhibition at Delhi by January or February next year.
‘The programme wouldn’t really reflect our ability as many of our fine artworks have
been left behind due to the transportation problem’, Yumlam informs.
First lady of the state, Anupama Singh will grace the occasion as chief guest, who
herself is a trained artist from Academie Julian in Paris and has done several exhibitions
since 1971 including at renowned galleries like Triveni Kala Sangam, Lalit Kala Acadey
at New Delhi as well as at National Museum of Beaux Arts, Algiers.
On the occasion, AAFA will be felicitating first trained professional artist from
the state, Takar Riba- the man who created Pehelwan at Pehelwan mod on Itanagar-Naharlagun
road. AAFA also informed that renowned football player and first Arunachalee to
represent India in any sporting event, Indrajjit Namchoom will also be felicitated
on the occasion.
APB&OCWWB distributes free exercise book to students
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare
Board (APB&OCWWB) as part of the welfare measures of the Board distributed exercise
books to the school going children of the workers at All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’
Union office (AAPWU), Itanagar today.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest Parliamentary Secretary for Labour Employment
and Land Management, Padi Richo appreciated the activities taken up by the Board
for the welfare of the children of workers.
He further highlighting the various opportunities offered by the board, encouraged
everyone to come forward and avail the opportunity.
AAPWU President cum APB&OCWWB Chairman Jalley Sonam appreciating Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu for his support and cooperation said that for the first time in the state
and in the entire north east states such welfare measure was taken up by the board.
He appealed all the workers to get themselves registered and added that workers who
are registered under APB&OCWWB will avail the free books and assured to distribute
five exercise books to each child from next year.
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: The District & Sessions Court, West Sessions Division at Yupia
will be formally inaugurated by Justice K Musahary, Judge Gauhati High Court on August
23 at 9 am.
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Adi Students Union Itanagar Unit extended support to 24 hours Siang
bandh proposed by its parents body against dam starting from Aug 26.
Mega dam may bring in development for few people but it is not the way of development
for everyone, particularly the poor villagers of Siang belt whose ancestral land
will be snatched away in the name of development, AdiSU unit said.
The union also criticized the MP Takam Sanjoy for his reported statement against
protestors of mega dams.
Solung Drawing competition
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Itanagar Solung Festival Celebration Committee, 2010 would conduct
a drawing competition for Class I-V and Class VI-XII students at Solung Ground, Itanagar
on August 29.
The competition is being jointly sponsored by Megu Welfare Society and Nehru Yuva
Kendra, Itanagar in honour of freedom fighter Late Lutnyung Megu, who sacrificed
his life fighting against British Sepoys in 1894 at Delang Yapgo, Siluk.
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Tirbin Area Students Union has decided to call 12-hour Tirbin circle
bandh in protest against the failure of BSNL authority to provide mobile service
in the area on Aug 23.
Justifying its bandh call, the union said despite several reminders and representations
to the BSNL authorities, the mobile network in Tirbin area remains out of order for
the last two months.
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Pushi Bango Welfare Society has supported the demand of Pushi Bango
Students Union who have declared a bandh on Sept demanding posting of adequate numbers
of teachers. The Society has called on the govt to frame strict transfer /posting
norms so that the poor students of rural areas may not be deprived of education.
It further called on the Ministers and MLAs not to interfere in the transfer and
posting of teachers.
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Sagalee Branch of Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society organized
a charity show on Aug 14. PWD and UD Minister Nabum Tuki was the chief guest while
Sagalee ZPM Abraham Techi Kaya was the guest of honour.
ITANAGAR: The Election Commission of India has derecognized Arunachal Congress as
state party in Arunachal Pradesh on its failure to fulfill the conditions at the
subsequent elections. The Party had not put up with any candidates during the last
Teachers abstain from teaching
ITANAGAR: Rajiv Gandhi University Teachers Association today abstain from taking
classes in response to call given by Federation of Central Universities Teachers
Association. The teachers are protesting against the failure of the University Grants
Commission for not amending the service conditions of the University and College
Teachers as demanded.