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2009

Craft centre inaugurated

YINGKIONG Aug 29: Upper Siang DC, Pawan Kumar Sain inaugurated a Craft Centre (Weaving) at Geku today. Speaking on the occasion, Sain hoped that this centre will help the people to be self-reliant and self-employed.

He appealed the people to take advantage of such ventures to raise their economic status. The local products should be encouraged and developed so that a market can be created, he said and further appealed all to co-operate.

He assured to create such centres in each administrative circle. He urged the GBs to abstain from politics and impart justice with impartiality.

He called upon the people of the area to live in peace and harmony so that development works can be taken up. Sain also called for maintenance of law and order.

Health and education sector should be given priority, he said and said that the doors are always open for redressal of grievances.

He also appealed to the officers to be sincere and impart their duties with dedication and quality should not be compromised.

He informed that an amount of Rs. 5(Five) Lakhs for Community Hall at Geku (Kumku) and Rs. 6 (Six) Lakhs for Community Hall at Sibum have been approved.

Later, he visited the JNV Geku and interacted with students and teachers. He instructed the students to be more disciplined and to study hard. He urged the teaching community to be sincere and dedicated.

Earlier, Gindu Tayeng, ADTH, while welcoming all informed that the centre has been established here as it is centrally located. He assured that other facilities and improvements will be made. Other trades like tailoring, knitting, carpentry, etc will also be introduced in due course of time.

 

Programmes postponed

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Gaon Ki Aur Challo scheduled to be organized under Mengio circle by the block Youth Congress 15-Sagalee Assembly constituency has been postponed.

However, the programme for other circles of Toru, Leporiang and Sagalee will be conducted as per the scheduled fixed.

 

Raid condemned

ITANAGAR Aug 29: Karko Ao Welfare Association (KAWA) and All Capital Complex Basar Valley Youth Association (ACCBVYA)  condemned the surprise raid carried out in the house of Dr. Tajum Basar, Ex-President, KAWA by the SIC on August 27 last.

The associations alleged that the untoward events were initiated by vested interested persons to malign and tarnish the image of Dr. Tajum Basar, DHS.

Dr Basar has rendered selfless and highly commendable services to the people of Arunachal Pradesh for more than three decades, the associations added.

KAWA further requested the authority concerned not to succumb to the pressure exerted by any person who is not concerned with the proceedings.

 

MLA visited water treatment project

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Local MLA Omak Apang along with 60 Block Congress Seva Dal volunteers visited water treatment project at Ledum.

The team appreciated the PHE Department, EE Er. Tamuly Takoh, JE Er Moyong and local contractor for maintaining quality of work and their effort for early completion of the work.

Later, the team also attended a meeting where Apang appealed all Seva Dal cadres to work for the betterment of INC in district, state and national level.

Meanwhile, Block Congress Seva Dal, organizing Secretary thanked Apang for his effort to streamline various technological infrastructures in the area.

 

2 days NERIST book exhibition

NIRJULI Aug 29: A two days book exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. Joram Begi, Director NERIST today in the NERIST Academic block.

Number of leading publishers from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati representing Oxford, Pearson Education, PHI, Allied besides others are participating in this book exhibition. This exhibition will remain open till August 30.

Dr. Begi browsed through books very keenly and appreciated the collection that various publishing houses have brought. He lauded the efforts of NERIST Library committee in organizing this Book Exhibition and urged the committee to conduct such exhibitions for longer duration so that other institutions of the capital complex can also benefit from this venture.

This book exhibition is a regular annual feature at NERIST since 1990, informed the Chief Librarian of the NERIST Central Library,  Asim Gupta.

NERIST library has more than seventy thousand books and subscribes to several national and international journals, which is quite impressive considering the location remoteness of this institute.

Dr. Joram Begi has been emphasizing on the need to instill reading culture among the students and developing NERIST library as one of the model libraries in the region.

 

Financial Inclusion Seminar at Tirap

ITANAGAR Aug 29: NABARD in collaboration with District Administration Tirap will hold the first District Level Monitoring Committee Meeting (DLMC) for translating the Micro-Finance Vision of Arunachal Pradesh government on August 31 next.

The Financial Inclusion Seminar for the District has been scheduled on September 1. All the relevant departments of the government and Bankers will participate in the seminar.

The seminar will focus on the strategies to be adopted for bringing the financially excluded people in the Banking fold. Dr. Rangarajan Committee on Financial Inclusion has identified Tirap District as one of the five financially excluded districts in Arunachal.

 

Solung literary competitions

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Naharlagun Solung Festival Committee conducted Essay, Drawing and painting competition to befit the Solung celebration recently.

In the open category essay competition Bapir Megu, Jeremiah Modi, Mitin Tayeng won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd  prize while  in the junior essay competition Lujing Pertin, Mitinam Lego and Aini Paron was adjudged as 1st, 2nd and 3rd .

Mitinam Lego, Namum Perme and Lujing Pertin were adjudged as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winner of the painting competition respectively. The prizes will be distributed to the winners at Naharlagun, Solung festival ground on September 1 next.

The committee thanked Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, PHE Minister Lombo Tayeng, The Arunachal Times, Editor Dr. Audrey Apang and Echo of Arunachal, Editor Nani Dai and others for their support and encouragement.

 

Tezu will get 3G phone soon, says GM BSNL

TEZU Aug 29: BSNL Tezu hold an open house session with its esteemed customer under the Chairmanship of GM BSNL U.L Rao, ITS at Tezu Telephone Exchange today.

Rao disclosed that Tezu will soon be under the network of 3G connectivity. He further disclosed that Lohitpur BSNL Mobile tower is ready and will start within 10-15 days.

While responding to customers the GM assured that he will personally supervise about billing and schemes related grievances of customers.  

Rao, while talking on Broad Band connectivity speed said good conductors will be provided to those lines having broad band connection and all effort for online billing, bill payment, call details besides others will be functional by March 2010. BSNL will extend all service to its valued customers, he added. DIPRO

 

Human trafficking a serious organized crime in India

GR Biswakarma

“Slaves lose everything in their chains, even the desire of escaping from them.”- Jean Jacques Rousseau, Swiss philosopher.

"North east girls are famous for mongoloid face, when they are dressed up they are produced as Japanese girls or from Hongkong, Thailand and that is the reason why they are preferred. It depends on the age and looks. If the girl is more beautiful then she is sold for 1 to 2 lakhs and if she is below 18 years her price is very high." – said Vice President, Global Organization for Life Development, Guwahati, Kaberi Sharma

How does one equate a girl lured away from a village to a brothel in metro cities with the one pushed into beedi-binding by her own parents just so there is enough money to feed all the mouths in the family? Or a boy thrown into the laps of pedophiliac foreign tourists in Goa with one who runs away from starvation and poverty at home, to be picked up and employed by a brick-kiln owner who gives him a miserable daily wage and lunch? In Haryana, young women are trafficked from Bengal and the Northeast and forced into marriage to keep the family line going.

While no comprehensive study of forced and bonded labor has been completed, NGOs estimate this problem affects 20 to 65 million Indians. About 44,000 children go missing in India annually and only 22% of them are traced, most of them victims of human trafficking.

As per the women and child development estimates, 3 million women in India fall prey to trafficking annually in the country and 40% of these are minors. According to a study conducted by Shakti Vahini in 2006, “Trafficking in India”, 378 of the 593 districts in India are affected by human trafficking. 10% of human trafficking in India is international, while almost 90% is interstate.   

Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu are the states from where the maximum numbers of people are trafficked to other states. Intra state/inter district trafficking is high in the states of Rajasthan, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

States like Delhi and Goa are receiver states. Trafficking of women and children from the North-Eastern states of India and the bordering countries in the north-east is a serious issue but has so far not drawn public attention.

Men, women, and children are fall prey of human trafficking. Women and girls are trafficked within the country for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced marriage. Children are subjected to forced labor as factory workers, domestic servants, beggars, and agriculture workers, and have been used as armed combatants by some terrorist and insurgent groups.

Slavery takes away the most basic of human rights. The master of a slave is allowed to beat him, to kill him, and demoralize him. Most people believe that slavery is an ugly spot in history, no longer prevalent in modern culture. Those people are in dire need of awareness. Slavery is as dangerous and heinous today as it has ever been. It appears in almost every culture, in the form of human trafficking.  Human trafficking is the politically correct term for modern slavery. Human trafficking is the commerce and trade in the movement or migration of people, legal and illegal, including both legitimate labor activities as well as forced labor, where human beings are exploited by treating them like commodities for profit.

India is one country with a high instance of human trafficking in the world. The Government of India does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. India is placed on Tier 2 Watch List (second worst category) for a fifth consecutive year for its failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat trafficking in persons over the last year. (US report on global human trafficking.) The report that was released by the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed its unhappiness over the failure of Indian authorities to curb human smuggling.-ANI

Human trafficking evolved from slavery. Slavery in India has been prevalent since the time of the Islamic conquerers. India is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation. Those from India’s most disadvantaged social economic strata are particularly vulnerable to forced or bonded labor and sex trafficking.

Women and girls are trafficked within the country for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced marriage. Children are also subjected to forced labor as factory workers, domestic servants, beggars, and agricultural workers.  The report further says that India is also a destination for women and girls from Nepal and Bangladesh trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation.

Every year 5000-7000 Nepales girls are trafficked into India with the result that there are more than 250,000 Napalese girls and women in Indian brothels.  Even in India itself, women and girls are trafficked within the country for commercial exloitation and forced marriage. (U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2009)

North East situation goes unnoticed :

Rescued from a brothel in Pune a week back, Kasturi said, "Almost all the girls are from northeast from Assam, Jagiroad, Nagaland are all from here, they are also in same condition but what they can do if they say anything they are beaten up . They do not let them come out. They are not allowed to see the sun." (News X- Wed-Jun 17, 2009 & Tue-Aug 25, 2009)

Images of guns, drugs and rebels have long defined India's troubled northeast. Now, a study across eight states in this resource-rich, infrastructure-poor, conflict-scarred region seeks to highlight a new unseen worry: the rising tide of human trafficking - mostly women and girls.  Over the years the number of trafficking cases in the NE region has almost doubled. Statistics reveal that in 2008, 529 girls were trafficked from Assam alone. Only 48 of them could eventually be rescued.

India's North East especially Meghalaya as a State has become a supply zone for trafficking in the flesh trade. There are a number of reasons for this. One is the international boundary the region shares. Conflict situations result in major displacement. This adds to the already prevalent phenomena of economic impoverishment and forces people to migrate. It also increases the vulnerability of women and children. A number of highways turn into a dubious network for trafficking. Thus, by viewing North Eastern India from this perspective, one can presume that young girls of this region are vulnerable to this problem, as the region has been for quite a while now witnessing ethnic and armed conflict which is known to result in major displacement of the people. (Ms Hasina Kharbih, Team Leader of Impulse NGO Network, Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and Control Arms Foundation of India).

A study conducted by a Guwahati-based NGO along with the police has revealed that a shocking 20 percent involved in prostitution in the region are aged between 11 and 17 years. In addition, the report also states that most of the children are victims of acute physical torture. "They are initially raped and flogged almost to death to take up the profession," the report said.  Almost half of the child prostitutes were from Assam, followed by Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. Some of the victims were also sold to brothels in Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad.  (howrah.org)

The result of a survey done by an NGO reveals that around 10,000 people, mostly children, are trafficked into the North-East with a good number smuggled from Bangladesh, Nepal and other South-East Asian countries. India has been identified as a source, transit and destination point in the international circuit. Most of the trafficked are engaged as cheap labour in coal mines of Meghalaya, tea gardens in Assam and in prostitution.

Causes for trafficking:

Inarguably, poverty is a crucial contributing factor for the rise in human trafficking in India. At the heart of the problem also lies underdevelopment and unemployment. It needs no reiteration that a vast majority of trafficked women are from poor, landless families.

This motivates them to sell their children for paltry sums without even caring for their security. There is also a strong connection between the problem of trafficking and the girl child who faces the higher risk of being sold at birth, living as we are in a gender-biased society.

Poverty, often cited as a major reason responsible for trafficking in children, is not the only cause. Loss of traditional sources of livelihood, growing unemployment, forced migration, the commodification of children and growing consumerism resulting from globalisation have all contributed to trafficking.

India shares a porous border with over seven countries all of which is not fenced. With the connivance of border police on either side, it is not difficult to enter India. Political instability and economic compulsions are reasons for young girls from Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and even as far Uzbekistan, to be sold to traffickers. Trafficking from these countries is a one way route, into India.  Many educated males still chose to go into fields involving organized crime, simply because it is lucrative.

Some causes and facilitators of trafficking includes- Lack of employment opportunities, Organized crime, Regional imbalances, Economic disparities, Social discrimination , Corruption in government, Political instability, Armed conflict, Mass resettlement for large projects without proper Resettlement and Rehabilitation packages, Profitability, Insufficient penalties against traffickers, Minimal law enforcement on global sex tourism industry, Legal processes that prosecute victims for prosecution instead of the traffickers, Poor international border defence.

Conclusion:

Despite the magnitude of the problem of human trafficking, India has failed to show evidence of increasing efforts to tackle the menace. Though the government boasts of working for the uplift of underprivileged people, it has not strucked at the root cause of trafficking as the much touted development schemes are not reaching the poor and backward classes.

Even as India faces the prospect of being moved to tier III blacklist next year, most states in the country are still not combating the crime as a priority. Though the government feels that efforts are being made to check human trafficking, many problems like lack of punishment of traffickers and low conviction rates seriously impede India's ability to effectively combat this problem. Notwithstanding the fact that Indian constitution prohibits human trafficking and successive governments have formulated enough laws to check the problem, we lack the will to enforce them.

Consequently, these laws have failed to act as a deterrent for those involved in trafficking. They know that even if they are caught in the dragnet, they can escape easily as prosecution will take years. Besides, efforts to protect the victims of trafficking are inadequate and there is no agenda for their rehabilitation. The law cannot address all of these. The society also cannot remain callously indifferent to a problem that should worry us all.

It also needs to contribute its mite to ensure that such activities do not blossom and the trafficking crisis is averted. The country needs to face its moment of truth. Slavery is just as prevalent today as it was hundreds of years ago. It is not an archaic institution, but a modern day tragedy. It has led to the spread of disease and death, the destruction of dignity and innocence. Modern society has allowed this slavery to continue, although many are fully aware of the toll it is taking on the human race. Human trafficking is a horror that must be stopped.

 

Budh passes away

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Tana Budh of Ramghat village, Papum Pare District died at RKM Hospital, Itanagar after prolong illness on August 27 last.

He is survived by five wives and 67 children and grand children. His last rites were performed at Ramghat on August 28. MLA Ngurang Pinch and people from all walks of life attended the funeral.

Late Budh was born in 1925 at Lapia, East Kameng District. He served as Political Interpreter in 1967-68, vice president, NEFA Counsel in 1968-73, Zilla Parishad Member of Subansiri District for two consecutive terms from 1973, served as ASM later and also works for establishing state capital at Itanagar. Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) also condoled the demise of prominent social worker Late Tana Budh.

APCC in its condolence message described him as a good orator and humorous person who dedicated his entire life to the service of the people.

His demise is an irreparable loss and has caused a vacuum in the Nyishi community in particular and the state as a whole.

 

More joins INC

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Nareng Ering of 37 West Pasighat along with supporters resigned from active membership of BJP and joined Indian National Congress under the leadership of MLA Omak Apang.

 

Mass social service conducted

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: All Kimin Students’ Union (AKSU) organized mass social service at flood affected areas at Kimin recently.

The social service was also attended by senior citizens, collegians, school students, ANSU and APPDSU members, 10ITBP Kimin, GREEF Kimin, Administrative staff, PWD Department Doimukh division and Water Resource Department, Puma Division.

 

 

DDSE appealed

ITANAGAR: Koloriang, Damin, Parsi-Parlo and Sarli Students’ Union appealed the regular and SSA teachers of 21 Kolorinag Constituency to stay at their respective posting place and maintain their duty for the benefit of the students.

It also appealed the DDSE Kurung Kumey District to look in to the school problems of 21-Koloriang Constituency.

 

Rijiju expelled from BJP

ITANAGAR: Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh in a meeting held on August 27 expelled former MP Kiren Rijiju from primary membership of the party.

 

Pre-Solung arrangement

PASIGHAT: The Union Minister of state (WRD), Vincent Pala and the present Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering have consented to attend the Central Solung Festival 2009 at Pasighat as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.

The CSFC also invited the Ponung Party from Geku, Upper Siang district informed the Chairman (Ponung Committee) Dr. Emo Lego. This year the final match of ‘Solung Festival Football Trophy’ would be played on August 31, which will witness by the VIPs amidst the local gathering.

The winner and runners up will be awarded with cash prize of Rs. 30,000/- (thirty thousand) and 20,000/- (twenty thousand) respectively.

There will also be individual awards in different discipline informed the Chairman (Sports) G. Karbak and further said that 16 teams are participating in the tournament to grab the trophy. DIPRO

 

Khandu thanked

ITANAGAR: Parliamentary Secretary for IPR and Printing and 33-Mechika Assembly Constituency MLA Tadik Chije thanked chief minister Dorjee Khandu and Minister in-charge Civil Aviation for materializing the flight connectivity to Mechuka and up-gradation of Circle Office at Tato and Monigaon to EAC headquarter.

MLA Tadik Chije appealed the concerned authority to provide basic amenities, Police out post, medicals and educational infrastructure with adequate administrative staff to augment the up-gradation.

He further thanked elected leaders, administrative officers of Circle, Sub-Circle and District levels for their active support and effort in materializing the development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Children are growing up into thinking young men

Madam,

Kiren Rijiju expressed his obligation to share the agony of thousands of people across Arunachal Pradesh and the unprecedented enormous political palpitation caused due to his resignation from BJP.

  Kiren Rijiju is entirely misplaced in his idea of obligation towards the people of Arunachal Pradesh and in tendering his apology after what he has done.    First of all, he was supported by people of Arunachal Pradesh from every section cutting across party lines not because he belonged to any particular political party and neither the deep agony caused is because of his joining any particular political party.

   It seemed he stood for all those words uttered by himself but alas! those words were just words. People saw in him the beginning of positive change in electoral politics in Arunachal Pradesh. The people looked upto him to lead the way towards a better Arunachal, away from the present scheme of things of which people are so tired of. People want change desperately in the system which is so deep rotten that they blindly trusted Rijiju and were cheated! That hurt! and it hurts! And all those words of obligation and apology sound so shallow that without it would have done better.

 Rijiju has to bear this albatross around his neck beyond his life.

 One thing for Dorjee Khandu and the other political leaders to note is that the change has started. It may not be too apparent in the forthcoming elections but it won't be the same after five years. Therefore, be the right person, choose the right person. Children are growing up into thinking young men.

Yours,

Nani Tade

Itanagar.

On e-mail

 

 

 

 

Post subject teachers

Madam,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw the attention of authorities concerned towards the shortage of teachers that has been facing the Govt Higher Secondary School, Rumgong for long time. The submission of representations by various groups and individuals of the area has gone unheard.

Despite Rumgong  HS school being the one of the oldest schools not only in West Siang but also in entire Siang belt,   qualified and selected teachers posted under DDSE West Siang are placed at certain  picked and choosed schools only.  Such  policy of teacher posting has gradually been touching the sentiments of general public of Rumgong area.

I therefore, request the authorities to ensure immediate posting of two teachers – S/T Hindi and J/T English  at the school without  routing through DDSE Aalo.

Yours,

Tamok Komut

Paglek, East Siang.

 

 

 

Appreciation

Madam,

We, on behalf of the Panggi Intelectual Forum (PIF), do unanimously appreciate the various development activities taken up by the  MLA  J K Panggeng.

Panggeng is a visionary and dynamic leader, under whose guidance all major development works have been done under Mariyang-Geku constituency.

Yours,

Ezekiel Tayang, president

Adum Taku, convenor

Toto Panyang, GS

Panggi Intellectual Forum

 

 

Laudable achivements

Madam,

Through this daily, I on behalf of the panchayat leaders, GB’s, HGB’s,  and general public of Tarak Lengdi circle would like to express sincere thanks to  Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu  and his  cabinet ministers for creating the Tarak Lengdi Administrative circle with the hard dedication of 18-Palin (ST) Assembly Constituency MLA  Balo Raja.  Raja had inaugurated the administrative circle headquarter Tarak Lengdi on Aug 22 last in presence of Govt officers, panchayat leaders  and general public. It was a historic occasion for the people of Tarak Lengdi as their long-felt dream has been fulfilled under the dynamic leadership of Balo Raja.

The administrative circle HQ Tarak Lengdi was supposed to be created before assembly election-2004. But it could not see the light of the day till December 2008.

It was with the initiative of  Balo Raja the HQ was notified by the state Govt. on 2nd February, 2009 and  within one and half months the people got the Circle headquarter.

In the inauguration programme, GB’s & HGB’s & general public expressed their satisfaction  over the development activities of Balo Raja under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister.

Yours,

Taring Bath, ZPM

3-Gangate Tarak-Lengdi

Anchal Samity

August - 30

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