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2010

August  - 21

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Court dismisses Ete’s counter petition while

directs EC to respond Pakke Kessang representation

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The High Court has come up with rather interesting verdict on 30-Aalo West Assembly Constituency which was won by Congress’s Gadam Ete under questionable circumstance with margin of only 31 votes in 2009   state elections. Duter Padu, who contested against Ete had knocked the door of the court seeking justice as she believed that election results were not fair as the postal ballots, which was alleged to have been tempered with assured victory to Ete.

However, instead of filing reply of the election petition, Ete filed an objection petition.

Yesterday, the High Court dismissed the counter Election petition filed by Ete for the second time as the Court stated that there was no substance in the application.

The Court ruled that the margin of victory was only 31 votes and therefore improper reception of the postal ballots could be examined to ascertain whether it materially affected the result of the election of 30- Aalo West Assembly Constituency.

The Court has directed Ete to file written statement in the election case within a period of 20 days from the date of the order.   

On the other hand, on Aug 13, the Gauhati High Court on a verdict pertaining to WP( C No. 382(AP)/2009 in respect of  Tana Naya versus - State of A.P. & Ors related to 12-Pakke –Kessang constituency directed the Chief Electoral Officer, Arunachal Pradesh to dispose of the representation within 30 days.  Tana had petitioned against non consideration and non initiation of legal action on the basis of Petitioner and others' complaint against false declaration for inclusion of names in electoral roll.

The petitioner states that 136 people whose names were registered in other constituencies and 144 voters who were not residents of constituency were enrolled in the electoral roll. The WRD Minister Atum Welly eventually won by 67 votes again Techi Hemu.

The Counsel for the respondents stated that the authorities never received the representation in question!

 

PDS contractors not to lift PDS food

Students demands early payments to contractors

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Protesting against non-release of long-pending Hill Transport Subsidy (HTS) payment to local transporters by Union Ministry of Food and Public Distribution/Food Corporation of India despite repeated pleas, the Arunachal Pradesh PDS Carriage Contractor Welfare Association (APPDS CCWA), in a meeting, unanimously decided not to lift any kind of food grains from the FCI depots from September, 2010 till the release of all the pending HTS payments.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) and All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) called for early payments of pending bills to the Public Distribution System (PDS) contractors.

In a joint press statement today, the Unions took strong exception over the inordinate delay of payment to the PDS contractors of the state

It threatened to resort to series of democratic movements if their demands are not met at the earliest possible time.  

AAPSU president Takam Tatung and ANSU president Niglar Veo said that though the state govt had announced to streamline the PDS system including payments of pending bills to the contractors; this commitment of the govt would be a day dream, if the contractors are not paid their payments in time.

Both the leaders argued that most of the PDS contractors are the defaulters of the State Apex Cooperative Bank and the revival of the sick bank, in truest sense, can be possible with the recovery of money from these defaulters whose capital are stagnated following the scandal.

“Clearance of due payments to PDS contractors, which constitutes the highest chunk among the apex bank defaulters, 99.9% to be precise, will definitely pave way for the Bank to repay the loan taken from the state Govt.

They further said that the state Government had taken upfront money to the tune of rupees 225 crore from NHPC and was given to the Apex Bank on loan for its revival but only 180 crore made it to the Bank.  Both the Unions enquired about the status of rest of the amounts.

The state Govt says that it cannot pay the contractors if the Food Corporation of India (FCI) does not allocate funds. However, the case is that the work was awarded by the state Govt. to the contractors and it is the onus on the state Govt. for making the payment of the bills and any other encumbrances to the contractors.

The High Court, Gauhati, has also already passed an order in favour of the aggrieved contractors and directed the state Govt. to make the payment. Some of the contractors have been awarded with the decree, yet the state Govt. has failed to comply with order of the Court which is, actually, tantamount to its contempt.  

It is alleged that the state Govt. has played favouritism to some contractors while some have been made bereft of their due payments for the same works.   

Moreover, on the basis of Court order, the State govt is liable to pay 6% interest annually on the payment dues and there is legal provision that the PDS contractors can “attach” the govt properties which will be unprecedented and shameful event as happened in Tamil Nadu.

The Unions also pointed fingers at FCI authorities and accused them of being part of the entire crisis while also holding them responsible for “famine like situation” in nook and corner of the State.  

“The FCI authorities turned blind eyes to the mess and shaped the present condition. They could have thwarted the rot but failed to do so.”

“The people of the state are still not aware of the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is handling the case, reports despite investigating it for almost 8 years”, they said while demanding the reports to be made public.  

“The Union will not support those erring contractors who are found responsible for the PDS crisis in the SIT reports but genuine contractors should not be made to suffer”.

 

Following economic blockade, PDS items rushed to Russa villages

KHONSA, Aug 20: In the aftermath of the border skrimishes in Kamku- Russa, Hasse-Russa and Ranglua villages bordering Sivasagar district in Assam, people in the whole Kanubari circle are facing acute shortage of essential commodities due to economic blockade imposed by Assam. Situation is reported to be still tense with both sides not ready to budge.

In the meantime, a team of Food & Civil Supplies officials headed by Amit Bengia, DF&CSO rushed to affected area with trucks of food grains for distribution to the affected villagers. Last year also similar problems erupted, the PDS items were rushed to the affected people from Khonsa.

It may be added here that a series of meetings had been held at disputed site attended by Home Minister, Horticulture Minister, MLAs, Home Commissioner, DIG East of Arunachal Pradesh with the Law Minister, District administration of Sivasagar district and Public leaders of Assam but no amicable solution has been reached as yet. This is not the first time that such an incident has taken place in Kanubari circle. Last year also a similar situation was witnessed and leaders from both side had to intervene.  However, this time the incident has taken an ugly turn in which a man from Arunachal side was seriously injured in firing. (DIPRO)

 

Four-day Art exhibition begins at Itanagar

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The four-day Art Exhibition organized by Arunachal Akademi (academy) of Fine Arts in collaboration with Sokjar & Gamde Gamlin Foundation and Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society, Naharlagun begins at Hotel Arun Subansiri today.

Number of paintings and sculptures by local artists Yumlam Tana (Painting), Yogai Banyang (Ceramics), Roto Tadi (Painting) Punyo Chobin, Master of Fine Arts (Painting), Kala Bhavan, Vishwa Bharati University, Shantiniketan and Taya Viveik, Master of Fine Arts (Sculpture), S.N. School of Fine Arts and Communication, Hyderabad (Central University) are displayed in the gallery.

Inaugurating the exhibition stall, First lady of the state Anupama Singh lauded and appreciated the people of the state for their keen interest in arts, weaving, wood carving, Cane and Bamboo related designing activities.

While briefing the importance and needs of arts, she encouraged the young artist to exhibits their creative projects and also urged the Arunachal Akademi of Fine Arts to provide more such platform to the young artist and the youths of the state.  Guest of Honour, Taro Opey Foundation Chairman Taro Chatung appreciating the organizer donated a developed website to Arunachal Akademi of Fine Arts, Itanagar.

Sentinel Arunachal, Chief Editor Jarpum Gamlin called for a dedicated art gallery in the State, where works of indigenous artists can be displayed.

On the occasion, the First Lady felicitated renowned sportsman of the State Indrajit Namchoom and Artist Takar Riba for their contribution in their respective fields and launched the website.

Amongst other, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, Vice Chairperson Mepung Tadar Bage, and former School Education Director Namchoom attended the inaugural function.

Meanwhile, Spot portrait painting competition in memory of former minister Tadar Taniang will also be conducted by the organizer.

 

Sadbhavana Diwas observed

Scholarship for district toppers

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: For the first time in the state,  National Students’ Union of India, Arunachal Pradesh unit has conferred Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Meritorious Scholarship Award to the class XII (Sc/Hum) toppers of every district during the Sadbhavana Diwas organized at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today.  NSUI organized the Diwas to commemorate the 66th Birth anniversary of Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.   The Scholarship consists of a merit certificate and cash amount.

The chief guest of the function and PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki  in his address recalled the contribution of former Prime Minister  Rajiv Gandhi towards building a strong and prosperous  Nation.

In his impressive address to the NSUI workers, Tuki said Rajiv Gandhi is more than a name for new generation. It was Rajiv Gandhi who introduced new innovative policies for uplift of young generation, women empowerment.  Rajiv helped the youths to dream, showed them the horizon and gave them wings, the minister added.  

State NSUI president Kafa Bagang also gave a brief history of former Prime Minister. Both Tuki and Bagang congratulated the awardees and wish them bright future.

A host of dignitaries including Home Minister Tako Dabi, PHED Minister Chowna Mein, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs and frontal wing members of APCC, senior Congress leaders and students took part in the function.

The function began with the Sadbhavana pledge administered to NSUI workers, and Congress leaders. This was followed by patriotic and cultural items presented by Nrityangan Dance and Music Academy.

Students, faculty members of the Government College, Yachuli under the aegis of College NSS unit organized social service to mark the birth anniversary of Rajiva Gandhi.  The members cleared the vast tract of land within college campus for tree plantation and  construct a footpath linking main road to academic building.  The day was also celebrated as Sadbhavana Diwas.

At Palin,  CO  Pisa Tarak administered the Sadbhavana pledge  to the  huge gathering of students and public on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary.  Tarak in his address called upon the students and general public to maintain communal harmony and promote human values.

 

Harmuty to Itanagar Railway Line Land Acquisition process completed

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The district administration, Papum Pare District, Yupia has completed the 12 Km long land acquisition process for the proposed Harmuty-Itanagar, Broad Gauge Railway Line with the handing over of remaining stretch of 1.549Km BG Railway Line from Amba-II to Hutto village today.

With the handing over of the remaining land district administration has finally completed the land acquisition process, which is now terminating at Tarajuli/Borum where the Railway station is coming up.

 

Ete for participation of women under TSC

SEPPA, Aug 20: PHE & WS Secretary Er. Tomi Ete sought the participation of more women in next total sanitation campaign (TSC).

Attending a one-day Information, Education & Communication programme on TSC at Kameng Hall here today organized by the Deptt. of PHE & WS, Seppa, Er. Ete highlighted the various plans and programmes being taken up by his department in order to improve the standard of water supply system in entire state. He disclosed that the TSC which was proposed to be taken up by the PRI could not be possible due to lack of functionary in the Panchayat. He opined that proper practice of health & sanitation not only benefit an individual or the society but also attracts tourist thereby boosting the tourism sector. He appealed to the PR members to judiciously utilize the 3rd & 4th installment of TSC which is purely meant for Water & Sanitation purpose and requested the Departmental officials, PR members and the district administration to put collective efforts and maintain transparency while implementing such schemes.

Deputy commissioner Tope Bam opined that for successful implementation of TSC at grassroots level, the concerned department should form a district level water & sanitation committee involving PR members and conduct meetings whenever fund for such purposes is received from the Govt. The DC advised PHED and PR members to involve school going children in TSCs. The DC called upon the EE (PHED), Seppa to initiate a proposal for low cost toilet for Seppa township too. He discouraged people of open toilet system, dumping of garbage in the river and other unhygienic means which can pollute the river.

Earlier, Er. Tafang Bagang, AE explained in details the hygienic ways and means, do’s and don’ts under the water & sanitation programme through a power-point presentation. DIPRO

 

Byaling takes up the cause of dams vis-a-vis people

Daporijo, Aug 20: We are ready to accept the prospect of coming up of dams if it is beneficial for the people and brings development to the area, is the sentiment people expressed to Minister Health & Family Welfare, Food & Civil Supply Tanga Byaling, during his 4 days tour from Aug16  to Siyum, Nacho, Limeking area, in public meetings held at Limeking, Naba and Ayangmori to discuss and gauge the views and opinions of the public regarding the setting up of hydro power projects in the Subansiri river flowing through the areas.

Byaling reassured the people that they will not be forced to give up their lands and their willingness was imperative in setting up of any projects in the areas. He explained that the concerns of the people are incorporated in MOUs according to the demands.

Requesting the people not to cause any hindrance when experts came to survey the area and hydro power Development Company and its employees came here, he advised the public to constitute committees to address needs and demands of all, so that it could be looked into and incorporated in any future agreement signed.

Concerns of the people in the health sector was also addressed by him with declaration of setting up of Health Sub Centers and staff accommodation quarters at Naba and Orak , maintenance of existing Sub Centers and posting of health care workers to all the sub centers. He also declared various developmental schemes for the area like construction of suspension bridges and porter tracks and inspected the 200 KV mini hydel power plant under construction at Ayangmori.

Highlighting the importance of police-public relationship to the people, SP Upper Subansiri Apur Bitin informed that Gaon Buras were the recognized village level law enforcers and so advised them to deal with village level law and orders problems. The DMO J. M. Boje made the people aware about the advent of different diseases as the by product of development and cautioned the people to be careful and practice a clean and hygienic lifestyle.

Despite rains and road block, Byaling also managed to visit the under construction BRO road linking Limeking to Taksing and take stock of the progress made.(DIPRO)

Meanwhile a District Coordination Meeting was held at the Rijo Conference Hall here today with Tanga Byaling Minister Health & Family Welfare, MLA Punji Mara, MLA Tapen Siga, N. Nalo Zilla Parishad Chairperson, DC A. Abhayankar, SP A. Bitin, Heads of Departments and PRI members in attendance. Law and order, schemes being implemented in the district by the various departments and their status, cleanliness of the township etc were some of the issues discussed.

Arunachal Pradesh is not a young state anymore and it is high time we develop even the interior areas, stated Byaling while addressing the govt. officers present in the meeting. We need to develop good concepts, improve our work culture, maintain quality control and provide proper guidance to the masses with the aim to develop the district, he added.

Saying that the public of the district was only aware about schemes in the works departments, he advised the Agriculture, Horticulture and Fisheries departments to create awareness about schemes in their departments. He also directed the DA and HODs to see that officers posted in the circles stayed in their posting places so that people were not inconvenienced.

MLAs Punji Mara and Tapen Siga expressed their appreciation and said that such coordination meeting should be conducted regularly and even in sub division and circle levels. It was through discussions and combined efforts of all that good ideas emerged, added Mara. A request was made by all the leaders to the DA to look into the matter of rampant land encroachment and allotment in the township.

Our combined efforts will bring better and successful results, the DC conveyed to all and added that all matters discussed would be looked into immediately. Abhayankar also put up the idea of Mobile Offices to do rounds in the circle headquarters to facilitate the issue of certificate and provide health check ups to the masses, which in turn will lead to the creation of a better relationship between the administration and the public.

 

APYC to launch anti-drug campaign

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: A state wide anti-drug campaign would be launched in phase manner by Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC). It was decided in a meeting of the youth wing of the Congress party at a meeting here yesterday. The meeting also decided to launch state wide campaign on safe driving and clean and green environment. All the three programmes would be launched in phase manner within a week, APYC said in a release.

APYC also organized a peaceful mass rally today in the main thoroughfare of the Naharlagun township highlighting the various achievements of the state government to mark the 66th birth anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) today celebrated ‘Sadbhavana Diwas’ to commemorate the 67th birthday of former minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Attending function, APCSD chief organizer Taki Taba gave a brief life history of the former leader, who is also known as architect of modern India.

All the Pradesh office bearers, district chief organizer and chairman and Seva Dal volunteers were present on the occasion.

 

Dirang CHC to get a new facelift

Correspondent

DIRANG, Aug 20: The Dirang Community Health Centre is all set to get a new facelift with foundation laying ceremony of a new building by local MLA Phurpa Tsering here recently.

The existing infrastructures  would be dismantled in a phased manner and new and better infrastructures come up in its place. Speaking on the occasion, the MLA informed that an amount of Rs 3 crore from his SPA and MLALAD funds and Rs 25 lakhs from MP Takam Sanjoy was being earmarked for the renovation work that would be carried out by departmental authority. Also, an additional Rs 5 lakhs had been sanctioned by the district administration for procurement of essential medicines. ‘I am committed to bring real development to my constituency. Health, education and streamlining of PDS delivery system would be my thrust areas for the purpose’, he said, while adding that he was grateful to the state chief minister Dorjee Khandu for facilitating the pace of development in the area.

The MLA also donated an Ambulance (Chevrolet Tavera) to the CHC to be used by needy patients.

Senior SMO and medical in-charge Dr. S.K Singh said that the occasion was ‘historic’ for people of Dirang circle as the existing hospital had completed 48 years of service and in need of dire repairs.

ADC Dirang, ZPM’s of Dirang and Thembang blocks, senior public leaders, HoD’s from West Kameng district also attended and spoke on the occasion.

 

An emerging success story in Lohit district

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: In the backdrop of Emerging Success Stories of Total Sanitation Campaign in Lohit District - the giving away of Cash Award of Nirmal Gram Puruskar of Rs.50,000/-to Eraloni Panchayat at Mahadevpur by Minister PHE&WS Chow Na Mein was an eye opener for the other Panchayats in the District.

To mark the occasion MLA, Namsai Nang Sati Mein opened the exhibition stall of Total Sanitation Campaign at Namsai and screening of Water & Sanitation Awareness documentary CD  Safai Mein Bhalai at Namsai  General Ground on Independence Day on  Aug 15.

To strengthen the Total Sanitation Campaign in the Lohit District, the Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman, DWSC R K Sharma has initiated both short term and long term strategy to make Lohit a model TSC District in Arunachal Pradesh which includes formation of inter departmental convergence committee on all campaigning linked departments, rolling out of Intensive Advocacy Campaign for Safe Use of Water and sustainable Environment Sanitation schedule with affect from Aug 25 in all villages of Tezu Sadar.

Meanwhile ADC Namsai MC Roy has also chalked out dates for Composite campaigning of TSC/ NRHM /ICDS /RD/SSA in Namsai sadar too around the same time.

A Central Nirmal Gram Puruskar verification team headed by Dr. Pradosh Sharma, Director, Centre for Logical Research and Development Studies, New Delhi arrived on Aug19  in Lohit District to verify the 19 nominated Nirmal Gram Puruskar (NGP) Panchayats for finalizing the list of most Sanitized and Open Defection Free(ODF) Gram Panchayats.

The Executive Engineer cum Member Secretary, DWSC, Er. Tayum Tok and departmental staff of PHE&WS NAMSAI are putting up all efforts to showcase the district as the model TSC District.

 

There can be no progress and prosperity without sacrifice

Dear Editor,

I’m sure everyone is aware of the massive Hydropower developments in Arunachal Pradesh. Some are for it and some against. For many the question is: Is it a boon or a curse? I’m sure that I would receive ideas reflecting both sides of a coin, but that’s a matter of debate. Personally for me it’s both a boon and a curse. There is not a doubt that it would disturb the ecological balance, where our State already falls under ‘seismic zone five’ category. Having said this, it’s also obvious that there will be tremendous economic growth and employment; however would that be for the few chosen ones or what will be the profile of jobs offered to the locals (as per the current scenario it’s all low profile)? Would that economic development be restricted only to those politicians?

In 2008, the state government of Arunachal Pradesh signed deals with various Indian companies planning some 40 plus hydroelectric schemes that will produce electricity in excess of 27,000MW. On a large scale there are mainly two types of Hydropower plants: Impoundment or dam reservoir and Diversion - also largely referred as ‘Run-of-the-River’.

The most common type of hydroelectric power plant is an impoundment. An impoundment type, typically a large hydropower system, uses a dam to store river water in a reservoir. Water released from the reservoir flows through a turbine, spinning it, which in turn activates a generator to produce electricity. The water may be released either to meet changing electricity needs or to maintain a constant reservoir level. This type of plant has severe and numerous environmental impacts, to name a few: disrupts the surrounding areas and the aquatic ecosystems, requires large area so large scale human displacement, very high capital cost which is infact not our bit of problem and as everyone are obvious its effect on environment. Impoundment facilities are usually constructed in Plains.

Unlike impoundment, diversion type may not require the use of a dam therefore such plants causes’ minimal environmental impact on its surroundings; I would in fact say no impact considering the benefits of it. Due to the advantageous topography of certain areas like Arunachal Pradesh, the flow rate and elevation drops of the water are consistent enough that hydroelectric plants can be built directly in the river with the absence of a dam. Which means it utilizes the kinetic and potential energy of the elevated river flowing in the high land and converts it into electricity. Additionally, there is no alteration of downstream flows, since all diverted water is returned to the stream below the powerhouse. As far as I’m personally aware most of the Hydropower plants built in our State are of ‘Run-of-the-River’. Exceptions are the like ones that are constructed across river Siang, the ‘Upper Siang Hydroelectric Project’. Upon completion, the dam reservoir will hold 10 billion cubic meters of water, which means the Siang project alone will generate between 10,000 to 12,000MW, making it the largest hydroelectric dam in South Asia. Juxtapose of the disadvantages of impoundment facility, the diversion type has one or no disadvantages.

We as human have this tendency of noticing only the negative and often complaint than appreciate. As a reminder I would also like to focus on the advantages of hydropower as well: no fuel is required as it uses renewal energy of water, cost of electricity is constant as it doesn’t use any fuel to generate power, relating to the two above advantages it has no air pollution nor water pollution, the plants will provide revenue to the state in millions of rupees in a day, the dams also help prevent floods in the areas adjoining the large rivers and finally, in vicinity of the dams the water from reservoir can be utilized to develop public recreational facilities like water parks for water sports and gardens which is a blessing for tourism. Having mentioned the benefits of hydroelectric power plants, I can also imagine that it’s harmful to somebody somewhere. End of the day you are the best judge, we as laypeople should not be deluded by selfish, personal motives of few so called leaders. In life I have noticed that nothing is achieved without compromise; guess because everything in this universe is interdependent.

If we genuinely want to preserve the environment there are numerous other small ways too – devote our time in planting trees, energy in taking a walk where a vehicles is not required and, ideas in using biodegradable product and to ban the use of non-biodegradable materials like plastics; keeping our surroundings clean. How many of us who are so concerned about the environment effect of hydropower projects have planted a single tree till date?  I’m not here to justify what is wrong or right. I’m here to appeal to the general public to open your eyes and proceed with what you think is right rather than being string-puppets.

Media mostly focus on the lone dimensional environmental cones of hydropower ignoring other ground realities. Apart from ecological imbalance there is the risk of ‘Population dilution’ which actually is a great threat to our existence in our own land. Our State is the most scarcely populated region in the country - the population of Arunachal Pradesh stands at a little over 1 million which implies the population density of the State is only 13 persons per Sq. Km. Due to the diversity (in tribes, culture, lifestyle, religion and language) in the State, it still makes easier to dilute; to lose our culture and eventually identity. The Government should frame stringy policies and regulations to regulate population dilution. Secondly, the State should study thoroughly the ‘Rehabilitation and Resettlement Plans’ provided by the companies, keeping aside one’s own short term Bri(be)nefits. We should also dedicate our time and energy constructively in demanding bigger Shares from the respective companies, as the current Shares provided locally is peanuts.

 Pragmatically, to rehydrate the hydropower projects is both a benefit and a curse. Its how every individual perceives it, depending on an individual’s mental disposition he or she is not wrong nor can be said its right.

If we want eat the egg we will have to crack it first. We can’t have development, progress and prosperity without sacrifice.

Yours,

Nima Khenrab

Tawang, (On email)

 

 

Look at  alternative energy?

Dear Editor,

In his letter 'The Dams', Vikari Sonowal has written that no development can take place without harnessing the hydro power of our state. Again, no scientific analysis can compensate the emotions of those who don’t want the dam. In that case, why doesn't the government harness solar and wind energy which will lead to development in eco-friendly way? No one is against wind and solar energy. But very little money will be involved in the construction process.

The actual issue involved is corruption and greed for money by ministers, power companies, contractors, engineers and all who benefit in construction process.

Yours,

P. Konwar Guwahati,

(On email)

 

 

The road where an MIG-21 was supposed to land

Dear Editor,

“By 2005, someone will land here a MIG-21” read a BRO RCC board erected near NEC farm, at about 1 Km from Tawang Town in 2002 as they took up the Tezpur to Tawang road.  

By 2005, the road remained the same. But the writing on the RCC board had changed. Now it read   “By 2010, someone will land here a MIG-21”.

 2010 is here but not even half of the road is complete.  

In fact, the condition of road from Tawang to Tezpur, these days, is so bad that it is difficult for LMVs to ply. The worst affected being the road between Padma to Bhalukpong and Senge to Dirang.  

Environment protection society of Arunachal Pradesh and the people are not at all happy with the road which was to double up as landing ground of MIG-21.

The road is not only the lifeline of people of Tawang but West and East Kameng too. For the last 8 years, BRO has been busy constructing highway of just about 365 Km and still the work is half done.

Time has come for the organization to change their nomenclature from Border Road Organisation to Bekaar Road Organization.

 If this is the Landing Ground of MIG 21 that BRO want to introduce then it’s our appeal to the BRO authority that we don’t want this landing ground.  We miss the single lane road of 2002 and kindly give us back that road!

Yours,

Jambey Dondu (On email)

President

Environment Protection Society, Tawang

 

 

Un-walk-able roads needs more attention than the dumb animals

Dear Editor,

I would like to narrate the strange events that occur periodically in my hometown.

On the Aug 18, the sleepy town of Seppa woke up to the sounds of vehicles of the magistrates, police personnel and occasional gunfire. Live bullets were fired and except for the police nobody was armed.

The results; 7 dead (1 swine and 6 harmless goats), one of them mine. I would like to present possible motives and public reaction to such an unwarranted act.

First, of late the administration has been getting a lot of brickbats for the poor law and order situation in the district. Now, to show the Seppaites that they are in control of the town and to divert attention from their abject failings, they threw the weight of the entire law machinery at the hapless animals with vengeance. Such swiftness of act was sorely missing in solving the Seppa Apex Bank broad daylight robbery case!

The guns and batons of police personnel of Seppa have been getting rusty and gathering moses for some time not because of want of issues but because of the will to tackle them. Now our valiant law keepers felt that if they could not get rid of the two –legged anti-social elements of Seppa they better slay all the four legged ones. Thus they needed no prodding from the administration to jump to the act to test their forgotten shooting skills.

Regarding public, it’s another day and the cattle are not mine!

Now should we abandon rearing livestock for our subsistence at the whim of the administration or should we migrate back to our villages with our livestock. It is high time that the administration wake up to the fact that the big pot-holed, un-walk able roads of Seppa needs more attention than the dumb animals, which walks on it, us included!

Yours,

Dilip Jomoh

Seppa (On email)

 

 

Dams and job opportunities

Dear Editor,

Siang valley produce maximum number of graduates, post graduates, technocrats and other resource persons in various disciplines every year.  Obviously unemployment problem is kicking our head and stomach every year; thousands of unemployed youths including doctors and engineers, graduates in various disciplines are still wandering in state capital in search of job.  I pray and hope that  with the implementation of  power projects in Siang belt,  the unemployment problems of  the state, especially East Siang be solved along with development of infrastructure.

But the main question is that will the power developers NHPC or Jaypee assure us that no dam will burst in near future.  Can we give hundred per cent assurance to downstream villages like Berung, Sika Tode, Sika Bamin, Jampani, Oyan, Rani, Sille, Ruksin, and Mangnang that they will not be affected by Lower Siang project and hundred per cent safety measures will be maintained?

Educated youths may get job in hydro projects, but what will be fate of hundreds of poor farmers who depend on only ancestral agricultural land for livelihood. Therefore, think twice for poor native villagers who even will not be considered fit to work as skilled labourers in dam project.

Yours,

Tanung Nokar

Sika Tode

East Siang

 

 

 

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RKM organise free med camp

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: On Independence Day Ramakrishna Mission, Narottam Nagar organized a Free Medical Camp at Deomali, Tirap, Arunachal with twelve specialist Doctors.  Child specialist, Eye, Dental surgeon, Gynaecology, Medicine Specialist & General Physician treated more that 460 people and distributed free medicines.

Camp was organized by Ramakrishna Mission School, Narottam Nagar with co-operation from Rotary Club, Tinsukia, Assam and the members of Ramakrishna Seva Samity, Deomali.

 

School inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Govt Middle School, Rinchiporiang under Parsi Parlo circle of Kurung Kumey district was inaugurated by Sangha Tagik, ZPM and Ha Takia, Anchal Chairperson, Parsi Parlo Anchal Samiti block on August 14 last as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.

Speaking on the occasion, the ZPM announced Rs. Six lakh for construction of school building under BADP fund. Stressing on quality education, both the ZPM and the anchal chairperson asked the students to maintain discipline and cooperate with the teachers.

The inaugural function was attended by all the ASMs, BRC, CRC, GBs, teaching staff and students.

 

TOT of SHGs for mainstreaming of HIV / AIDS for Lohit

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: SIRD Arunachal Pradesh commenced the District Level Training of Trainers of SHGs for Mainstreaming of HIV / AIDS for Lohit District at BRC Training Hall at Tezu here. The training programme is being attended by attended by CDPO, ICDS Supervisors, senior functionaries from the blocks, senior functionaries from Department of Agriculture and ATMA. The programme is sponsored by Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society and being supported by District AIDS Prevention Control Committee on behalf of the District Administration.

EAC HN Dubey while inaugurating the training programme thanked SIRD and DAPCU for taking the initiative for organising the training programme. He said that awareness and sensitisation on health and economic issues was the need of the hour as these issues are largely interrelated in our state. In this context the role of capacity building of SHGs assumes lot of significance since involvement of SHGs shall ensure a far greater and more sustainable outreach. Citing that the participants of the programme would be future trainers he called upon them to be motivated from within to be able to motivate and build the capacities of SHG members. He also cited the benefit of targeting SHG members as training of women/girls leads to expansion of capabilities. He said that he was sad that Lohit District was falling under Category ‘A’ being the lone district under the category. He called upon convergence of efforts from all concerned to ensure that the district moves to Category ‘B’ and there is widespread prevention of the disease. He thanked SIRD Faculty Rakesh Srivastava and said that these mainstreaming interventions combined with efforts of DAPCU, will provide more dynamism to the efforts of District Administration in combating HIV/AIDS.

Speaking on the occasion as Guest of Honour, District Medical Officer, Lohit Dr N. Ninu, wholeheartedly appreciated the efforts of SIRD in ensuring the training of SHG members on HIV/AIDS. She said that there was a need for greater awareness and sensitisation to be impregnated in the minds of all the trainers of SHGs. Citing that the participants of the programme were the most important component of the training programme, she said greater efforts are needed on part of line departments and agencies like ATMA, DRDA to come forward for mainstreaming their activities with HIV/AIDS. She said that there has been 33 reported cases including one death from HIV in the district, however this may be the tip of iceberg as the disease may be more prevalent particularly in High Risk Groups.

Earlier Dr Ado, coordinator of DAPCU informed that 158 cases of HIV have been detected in the state and more than 2000 people are estimated to be infected. Highlighting greater need for awareness he said that more than 90% of the disease may be hidden and may be multiplying without detection. He gave an overview of the role of DAPCU. He also highlighted the need for developing a positive people network. He informed that DAPCU / APSACS was working with Arunachal Pali Vidyapeeth in this regards. He also informed that one more ICTC centre is expected to be open shortly in Lohit District.

Rakesh Srivastava, Assistant Director cum Course Director gave a brief on the background on collaboration with NACO and later with APSACS. He informed that SIRD would be concentrating on developing the capacities of the SHG members in management of SHGs with emphasis on record keeping and building a network of the SHGs in Lohit District. He also wished that the large number of functional SHGs in the district will enable not only widespread outreach but also build a model of enabling SHGs to achieve greater heights that other districts / SHGs can follow in course of time.

The participants are expected to develop a block specific Action Plan for training of 980 SHG members in the district in this training. SIRD shall be conducting the block level training interventions in consultation with District Administration shortly.

 

Borguli PHC gets 12 more beds and labour room  

PASIGHAT, Aug 20: A 12 bedded indoor and one Labour room at Primary Health Center Borguli, Mebo was inaugurated by MLA Ralom Borang last week which was funded and constructed from his MLALAD fund.

Speaking on the occasion, Borang said it would fulfil the long felt health care needs of the people of the area. Now onwards, local people need not to go to Mebo or Pasighat for delivery and emergency medical cases and hoped that maternity and infant mortality rate would be reduced.

The DMO Dr. T. Taloh who took over the keys of the rooms, extended his thanks to the MLA and welcomed the infrastructural development.

Among others, Tokram Yirang ZPM Mebo Monggu Banggo and GBs  also spoke on the occasion. Other highlights of the day long program were cultural show presented by the students of Borguli Primary School, Arsang SHG and Ponung performed by Ngopok and Kiyit parties.

 

Tuki condoles death of first Sagalee ZPM

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki has condoled the death of  Head Gaon Burah Late Techi Totu,  who died at his native village Ngudang under Sagalee  yesterday.  

Born in 1915, Late Totu was the ASM in 1967 and  first elected ZPM of Sagalee in 1970-71.

Tuki in his message said, with the death of  Late Totu, the people of the state, particularly people of Sagalee area have lost a great  and committed leader  who rendered selfless service for over all development of the people.

 The minister conveyed deep sense of condolence to bereaved family and prayed for heavenly abode of the departed soul.

 

APPSU’s appeal to teaching fraternity

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: All Papum Poma Students’ Union (APPMA) appealed to the teachers of Papum Pare district in particular to join their respective posting places and render their invaluable services for the sake of the students.

It said that presence of insufficient teaching staff in various schools in Papum Pare district, particularly Papum Poma area has adversely affected the quality of education. The students union further claimed that some schools in interior areas are yet to start their current academic session which speaks volume about present education scenario of the state.

 

Flood-ravaged Taraso appeals for relief

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The inspection committee headed by Taraso CO K Ningo has visited the flood-ravaged Taraso circle on Aug 17, informed  ZPM Nabam Eka, who is also a member of the committee in a release today.  The committee expressed concern over the huge damaged caused particularly in Aniya Hapa, Upper Tarasso, Jullang Tarasso and requested the  authorities to provide relief to the victims.

Flash flood triggered by torrential rain damaged around 1000 hector of paddy field, washed away private and Govt properties besides domestic animals, said Eka.  He appealed the concerned department to take stock of the situation and take up flood control measures for safety of  Govt properties in near future.

 

Govt. College Seppa inaugurated

SEPPA, Aug 20: The people of East Kameng District have a reason to rejoice as local MLA Tapuk Taku inaugurated the Government College at the district headquarter of East Kameng here today.

Inaugurating the college, Taku assured all possible help from his side in materializing things pertaining to college issues, such as early completion of insfrastructure at permanent college site at Wessang. He advised the students to work hard and bring name and fame to college right from this academic session onwards. He further, requested the student community to abstain themselves from doing unlawful activities.

Deputy commissioner Tope Bam, on behalf of the district administration and people of East Kameng, extended his heartfelt thanks to the state govt., the Deptt. of Higher and Technical Education and all the five elected representatives of the district, who played crucial roles in establishing the college. The collective and constant efforts made by them finally paid off and made the Govt. college functional fulfilling the long felt demand of the people, the DC said.

The college was supposed to start from 2009 but some technical reasons delayed start of the college. The temporary college complex was the boys hostel of Govt. Hr. Sec, School, Seppa which was in a dilapidated condition. In order to start the college as per the Govt. directives, the said complex was earmarked and accordingly renovation and maintenance of the hostel buildings were done.

The college with registration of 169 students, Robin Hissang as Principal i/c, four lecturers and few staffs will run temporarily from here till construction of permanent infrastructure at Wessang. PWD, Seppa Division will execute the constructions works as soon as the acquisition of land with certain terms and conditions with the land owners is completed. DIPRO

 

DDK threatens to stop prog after assault on staff

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Doordarshan Kendra, Itanagar has decided to stop programme recordings, including news coverage till any permanent solution is arrived regarding security of staffs working in DDK, Itanagar.

This decision came after an employee of Doordarshan Kendra, Itanagar, Bhimlal Sharma was allegedly beaten up today by one Neelam Tatar, an employee of general administration department, govt of Arunachal Pradesh. Tatar wanted to know about this year’s tender papers related to transport hiring. Not satisfied with explanation of Bhimlal Sharma, he allegedly attacked him without any provocation.  Later he went on to threaten the head of office and deputy director of ‘same consequences’ if they delay tender finalizations.

After the incident, Bhimlal Sharma fearing further action took leave and did not even file a police case.

 

Concern at absenteeism

ITANAGAR, Aug 20:  Expressing concern over the absenteeism by the Govt officials under Pakke-Kessang circle,  the heads of the department, Govt staff and Panchayat leaders in a coordination meeting held at Circle headquarter on Aug 16 last unanimously resolved that Govt officials posted in the circle must arrive and stay regularly at HQ  Pakke-Kessang  by Sept 30.

The meeting presided over by  CO Pandav Perme further urged the BDO to make the defunct CIC functional within 30 days and also called for   progress report of the educational institutions  within Sept 15.

While adopting resolutions on several other important issues, the meeting banned extraction and commercialization of forest resources like bamboo, cane and timber (except with permission from local authorities) and poaching, fishing and sale of wild animal’s meat.

 

APEDA observes Renewable Energy Day

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The Birthday of Late Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India was celebrated by APEDA as the Renewable Energy Day today.

The main function was organized in Banquet Hall, Itanagar. The Chief Guest of the function Er. T. Norbu, Chairman, State Pollution Control Board his speech advocated to conserve energy and to make maximum use of renewable energy devices. He also said that though Mega Hydel Projects are coming up in Arunachal, electrification of the remote villages where it is not feasible to take the grid supply, the renewable energy is the best option to provide the basic lighting facilities to the villagers.

Competitions in Drawing, Quiz and Essay writing was organized earlier to mark the Akshay Urja Diwas’2010. The Prizes to the winners were distributed by the Chief Guest in the function.

Students from Green Mount School & Gaurdian Angel School, Itanagar participated in Drawing, Quiz and Essay writing Competitions in good numbers along with their parents and teachers.  

 

Independence Day celebration

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Government Middle School Neomi, Kurung Kumey District celebrated Independence Day.

One the occasion, chief guest ASM Takap Tagru briefed about the importance of education and socio-economic development of the area and advised the villagers to maintain health and sanitation.

He further advised the teachers, students and public to maintain cordial relation and contributed an amount of Rs. 50000 for construction of OBT Type building for girl’s hostel.

Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Tali run by Abutalang Memorial Society, Kurung Kumey District had also celebrated the 64th Independence Day at KGBV Tali.

KGBV, Tali Chairman hoisted the national flag on the occasion and advised the students to become a good citizen.

The people of newly created Tarak-Lendi criccle  has celebrated the Independence Day in a befitting manner.

Gangte-Tarak Lendi ZPM Taring Bath hoisted the national tri-colour as chief guest on the auspicious occasion. Addressing the gathering Bath called upon the people of the circle to work united for all round development of the newly created circle.

CO incharge Taring Loching and Head Gaon Burahs, Gaon Burahs and general public participated in the programme.  Games and sports  competitions were also organised to mark the occastion and winners  were awarded prizes by ZPM.

Along with the rest of India, students of Ramakrishna Mission, Narottam Nagar hoisted National Flag and offered salute while passing the Flag Post smartly parading. The special attraction was a Tabolo of “remembering jallianwalah bagh” by the students of Middle Hostel. Hundreds of spectators at Deomali Parade Ground cheered and clapped to acknowledge the act of patriotism.

 

DC’s directives to teachers & officers

SEPPA, Aug 20: East Kameng deputy commissioner Tope Bam has directed all the teachers posted in various schools in the district, including those of SSA, to ensure punctuality, dedication and sincerity towards their duties. He also directed all the administrative officers to strictly monitor the functioning of the schools within their jurisdiction and submit the monthly attendance report of teachers.

In case of any laxity detected on perusal of reports submitted, the responsibility will be fixed on the concerned administrative officer and will be viewed seriously. The decision was taken by the DC to ensure quality education and prevent the non performing teachers from getting their monthly salaries complying with the "No work no pay" policy of the government.

 

APCU to celebrate Mother Teresa’s birth centenary

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Union (APCU) will celebrate birth centenary of Mother Teresa along with rest of the world on August 26.

On the occasion, the government of India will release a five rupee coin engraved with the image of Mather Teresa to commemorate its proud daughter, APCU informed.

 

Solung at Shillong and Guwahati

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Adi Students of Shillong celebrated Solung festival at Shillong today in a befitting manner.

Former All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union President Kamta Lapung and AAPSU Chief Editor Karik Osik attended the programme as chief guest and guest of honour, Assistant Resident Commissioner, Shillong Kemo Lollen and Colonel Assam Rifle Hemonto Pangging attended the function as special guests.

Guwahati Adi Students also celebrated the pre-Solung festival at Guwahati recently.

 

Union lauds govt

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) while appreciating state government, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Commissioner Education Hage Khoda, Director Higher and Technical Education Dr. Joram Begi for temporary setting up of NIT at Yupia appealed for establishment of NIT permanent site at Jote.

It further said that the selection committee has also recommended Jote as the suitable site and expressed the hope that the cabinet may also declare Jote as permanent site for NIT.

 

 

RGU results

ITANAGAR, Aug 20:  The end semester examination results of LLB (II and IV)has been declared. The results can be seen in the RGU website: www.rgu.ac.in  

 

Raksha Bandhan

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The local RajYoga center of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (PBKIVV) will celebrate "RAKSHA BANDHAN with a 5 days programme starting from Aug 21 in and around the capital complex at Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli, Banderdewa with a message to promote universal brotherhood for establishing communal and religious harmony & Social Cohesion.

 

Science Seminar

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Pelesi Tayeng of VKV Tafrogam won the first position at the  District Level Science Seminar while Jimsilu Chiba of VKV Sunpura and Punit Tiwari GHSS, Tezu came in second and third place respectively. The topic was ‘India and world Science’.   

 

Summer Cup football

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The 2nd Papum Pare Summer Cup Invitational Football Championship 2010 will be held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun from September five to 14 next.

 

Youth festival

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: In order to provide a platform to the youths of  Papum Pare district to promote and protect the indigenous identity and  bring awareness among the youths towards their duty as responsible citizens, a four-day youth festival will be organized at Lower Balijan circle headquarter  from Oct 28.  Meanwhile, Papum Pare District Youth Festival organizing committee was formed for smooth organization of the festival.

 

JAC formed

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Joint Action Committee (JAC) Subansiri Upper Hydro electric Project (2000 MW), to redress the grievances and demands of the Project Affected People have been formed with Dr Tara Nayam as Chairman and Tapa Dagiam as General Secretary and MLA Punji Mara as Chief Advisor. The meeting was attended by Panchayat leaders and other members of the society.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Arunachal Youth Organisation (AYO) has appointed Kurung Dolo, Hamu Tagu as vice president and general secretary of the organisation on Aug 17.

Dotto Yame and Rigi Degio have been elected as president and general secretary of the All Aka Students Union in three days conference cum election held at Govt Sec School Bana from Aug 16.  Monika Sopung and Aroti Chijang have been elected women wing president and general secretary of the union.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Atu Pordung has been appointed women wing president of All Capital Complex Contract Workers Union (ACCCWU) following resignation of the present incumbent.

Meanwhile, Tana Saha and Taba Joha were selected as president and general secretary respectively of Nyorch Village Welfare Committee for the year 2010-2013.

All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society chairman has appointed Tali Patum, Tajar Uli and Taring Rago as its Upper Subansiri district unit president, vice president and general secretary respectively besides 10 others.

All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) has appointed Tabe Marde, Tatak Dabu and Taje Digbak as its Upper Subansiri unit president, vice president and general secretary respectively, besides 10 others.

 

Condolence

Itanagar, Aug 20: Former Higher Education Director P.Potom has expressed shock and grief on the sad demise of Talo Kadu. Stating Late Kadu as man of principle, Potom said, it was because of endearing and empathetic behavior, he was loved and respected by all communities. He was one of the torchbearers who worked for peace and tranquility among the different communities. Late Kadu, who was elected as PPA MLA from Pasighat took immense interest in the celebration of Mopin and Solung festivals. It is a great loss to me and the people of Siang, said Potom.

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