National convention of BJP education cells
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National convention for state BJP Education Cells was held recently at BJP National Headquarters, New Delhi. Besides the scholars in education sector, all the State’s Ministers for Education from BJP ruled states and state BJP conveners for Education Cell through out the country attended the convention.
On behalf of Arunachal Pradesh state BJP Lenzing Pertin, state BJP council member from Mebo, participated in the convention and presented overall education scenario in the state which drew appreciations for the members who expressed their desire to visit the state and interact with the concerned authorities.
Meanwhile, the State BJP Education Cell decided to convene National seminar in October, 2011 in the state where resource persons from centre would also participate. The party president also appointed Pertin as the state convenor of BJP education cell.
Flashflood lashes Yomcha
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The flash flood in Bome river which is meandering through the Yomcha town has caused several damages to the properties including agricultural field in Yomcha area, said All Yomgam Youth Association (AYYA), Yomcha in West Siang district.
The road communication between Yomcha to Akker Yomgam, Gangkak and Gamlin village also badly affected due to collapse of log bridges and culvert followed by the torrential rain, the Association said in a release. Apart from general public, the students are also facing lot of communication problems and are unable to attend classes in Govt Hr Secondary, Yomcha due to disruption in road communication, it added.
The Association appealed to the district administration and Panchayat leaders to take stock of damages and provide adequate relief to the victims.
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Krishi Vigyan Kendra Papum Pare (PIA) under the ongoing project “Conservation of Mithun and its Habitat through Community participation” organised a two days exposure visit cum training programme to National Research centre (NRC) Mithun, Jharnapani Nagaland recently.
A team of 10 Mithun farmers of Midpu, Mani and Chiputa villages of Papum Pare District led by participated in the programme.
The farmers were taken to the NRC Mithun Farm where they were trained on scientific rearing of Mithun and different strains of Mithun found in four states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur were exhibited to the participants. The farmers team also visited Pig Breeding farm, Poultry farm, Rabbit farm and various water harvesting structures of ICAR Complex, Nagaland.
Dr. C. Rajkhowa Director, NRC Mithun interacted with the participants followed by PowerPoint presentation by Dr. S. Mukherjee, Senior Scientist (Animal Genetics) and Dr. K.C Das Senior Scientist (Animal Nutrition) of NRC Mithun Nagaland.
The two days programme was undertaken with the initiatives from Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) Guwahati.
Festival of Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Arunachal Students’ Union Shillong has decided to celebrate “all
tribes festival of Arunachal Pradesh cum-
Besides the students and Arunachalee people residing in Shillong, many ministers, MLAs, student leaders and well wishers from Arunachal Pradesh are expected to take part in it.
Handover capital road to BRTF: Forum
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Arunachal Pradesh Colleges’ Forum (APCF) appealed to the state Govt
to hand over the NH52-
Expressing displeasure over the performance of PWD in road maintenance, the Forum alleged that the people of the Capital Complex have been facing great difficulties due to low quality of works being maintained by the department concerned. It appealed to the Govt to hand over the national highway to BRTF for quality works immediately. The forum threatened to agitate if its demand is not fulfilled.
Admission fees: Meanwhile, APCF expressed concern over the higher admission fees being charged by various private colleges from the poor students of the state. It decided to visit private colleges in this regard.
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The United Siang Progressive Alliance (USPA), which has been voicing against the eviction drive at Pasighat town, has vehemently opposed the August Nine bandh call by All Bogong Student Union.
Describing the proposed bandh call as illegal, illogical and an attempt to pressurize the authority to continue the eviction drive, USPA in a release demanded the district administration as well as police to impose strict law and take stern action against the bandh callers since the Supreme Court in a judgment has declared any kind of bandh call as illegal.
USPA in its meeting yesterday further resolved to take counter measures such as road and economic blockade if the proposed bandh call is not withdrawn.
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Olom Nopi and Dungge Apang have been appointed as the new president and general secretary of Upper Siang Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (AUSSSATA).
Joram Tayam and Khoda Gambo have been selected as president and general secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Government Colleges Miscellaneous Teachers Forum.
RinchinTashi Bachung and Kishor Mosbu have been selected as new president and general of All Bugun (Khowa) Students’ Union in its 3rd general conference cum election/selection held at Sinchung in West Kameng district recently.
NAHARLAGUN, Aug 7: Bemoaning the recent rain-
Despite the issuing of executing orders twice, banning such activities, people are resorting to such activities causing irreparable damages to various infrastructures, including roads and government buildings, and posing a threat to lives, Basar said in a statement.
Diversion of the stream between Model and Leki villages by contractor Techi Tama
for the construction of a private building led to complete erosion of the stretch
Those violating the ban order would face legal action too, he said, and urged the public to cooperate with the administration in the restoration work being undertaken by the public works department (PWD) on a war footing.
The July 19 order, to be effective till further order, had also directed people who are living without authorization in OBT/SPT/RCC houses constructed on river beds, streams and sides of hillocks without adequate protection to vacate the areas and shift to safer spots. The administration will not be responsible for loss of life and property in unauthorized settlements, it said.
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: A new study shows that limited access to healthcare is not just a problem for those living in remote areas of India. It is a threat to India’s endangered wildlife as well.
A team of wildlife scientists and doctors led by Nandini Velho, a doctoral student at James Cook University in Australia and research associate at National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, has been working in Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh. They recently found that management of the reserve was severely affected by the number of malaria cases among its staff.
“Prevention is indeed better than cure”, said Velho. “Not only is it cheaper and often easier to implement, it also means that fewer families will suffer from disease or death.”
Many of India's national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are in remote and rugged areas, where disease is a major problem for people. The National Rural Health Mission has been in place from 2005 and seeks to improve healthcare access and quality for people in rural areas. Yet rugged terrain, institutional apathy and corruption combine to limit access to decent medical attention.
“Malaria is a huge problem in northeast India, with more than five out of every thousand people infected annually,” said Dr. Umesh Srinivasan, a medical doctor and wildlife biologist from NCBS on the research team. “Contrast this with less than two per thousand in the rest of the country. Even worse, malaria in the northeast is resistant to most antimalarial drugs.”
The team, which also includes scientists from the Institute of Public Health in Bangalore,
found that over 70 per cent of the 144 forest staff of Pakke Tiger Reserve suffered
from malaria over a four-
“It’s a serious and deadly problem,” said William Laurance, a professor at James Cook University. “In a sense, malaria is not just sickening and killing people. It is killing wildlife as well—including endangered species such as the tiger.”
“A key concern is that there are hardly any government medical facilities in the
area,” said co-
“Many other Indian parks are imperilled by disease as well,” said Laurance. “Malaria is a serious problem in tiger reserves such as Namdapha and Dampa. It’s also prevalent in parts of eastern India, all along the foothills of the Himalayas, and in at least a dozen other tiger reserves across India.” These findings show that, although the mandates of the forest and health departments are different, running wildlife sanctuaries effectively will require both departments to integrate well.
During this study Velho, with the help of Kedar Bhide from Sumitomo Chemicals, a
Mumbai company, distributed insecticide-
“This is surely good news,” said Velho. “But for these gains to continue, the institutions responsible must step up and take responsibility. It doesn’t take much—just simple mosquito nets can make a huge difference.”
“Measures like this will ensure the forest watchers are safe and the wildlife they protect can sleep in peace,” said Velho.
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Punjab and Haryana high court acting chief justice Adarsh Kumar Goel has given his consent to the Supreme Court collegium for elevation to the post of chief justice of the Guahati high court. It is learnt that the Supreme Court collegium, consisting of five senior most judges headed by the chief justice of India, has already cleared justice Goel’s name for elevation as chief justice.
Being the senior most judge in the high court, justice Goel has been functioning as the acting chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court for sometime. According to the senior officials of the high court, elevation orders of justice Goel are expected very soon and in case before his departure chief justice Ranjan Gogoi doesn’t join back, justice MM Kumar is likely to officiate as acting chief justice being the next in the seniority list.
Presently, chief justice Madan Bhimarao Lokur is heading the Guahati high court which
has its jurisdiction over seven sister states of north-
As per information since chief justice Lokur is due to retire on December 31, 2015, justice Goel may be transferred to the Guahati high court as first puisne judge (associate judge) and after some time would take over as the chief justice. There is also speculation that chief justice Lokur may be transferred to some other high court or elevated to the Supreme Court.
Many high profile cases which is of interest for people Arunachal including the infamous PDS scandal is currently undergoing trial in Gauhati high court.
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Mass vaccination cum animal health camps were organized at Midpu, Mani and Chiputa villages under Doimukh circle with active community participation on August five last.
Around 70 animals, including Mithun and other livestock were vaccinated to prevent the outbreak of diseases such as FMD, HS & BQ which is prevalent in the area. The medicines were also distributed to the livestock owners of the village. The required vaccines and medicines were provided by the Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Nirjuli .
A team of veterinary expert led by Dr. Z. Lekhro from National Research Center on Mithun, Jharnapani, Nagaland also participated in the vaccination programme.
Further, the programme was assisted by Field Staff of District Veterinary Office, Yupia.
The Livestock owners of the area expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the organizer
of the camp and requested to conduct such programme in future. The programme was
organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Papum-
The overall programme was executed by Dr. Nabam Gama, Farm manager, KVK Papum Pare
& Dr. Atol Bengia, Supervisor, KVK-
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The newly formed Bokar Chetriya Vikash Parishad (BCVP) during its
first ever general meeting held at Aalo, West Siang district recently has decided
to submit a proposal to all the executing agencies of various projects such as hydro
power, mining etc being implemented soon in all Bokar dominated areas, extending
from Hiro to Tadadege, under Monigong circle of Mechukha Sub-
Stating that eventhough lots of progress were being made in other parts of the State in developmental front the Bokar area particularly from Hiro to Tadadege were in underdevelopment stage, BCVP chairman T Vijay Samyor felt that the area would be developed if the executing agencies of various organizations extend atleast 4 per cent developmental assistance to the people of the area.
While expressing grave concern over lack of developments in various fields such as
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The Pachin Welfare Committee organized a two days public social service and successfully restored road link in Pachin area this evening. Several sectors in the colony including Govt. Secondary School, Pachin and Abotani Vidya Niketan Secondary School remained cut off for last few days due to recent devastating rain which washed away the roads in many areas.
Besides the general public, students of Abotani Vidya Niketan along with its staffs
actively participated in the road restoration works. The Social Service also cleared
debris caused out of the landslides and soil erosions on the NH to Pachin road during
the recent rains. Meanwhile, the Committee in its public meeting has questioned
The much hyped M/s Subhash Drinking water project at Pachin river, particularly its
The Committee demanded the state Govt to depute special team to assess the calamity damages caused in the area and ensure special financial package for restoration works.
The Welfare Committee extended its deep sense of gratitude and thanks to Er. Tadar Mangku, EE, PHED, Tai Tagak, Chairman, Abotani Vidya Niketan School for their cooperation and voluntary support with man and materials.
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The Passa Valley Development and Welfare Society (PVDWS) today demanded
early restoration of road between Seppa to Pakke-
The Society further sought the intervention of the Chief Minister in this regard
and requested him for adequate allocation of fund to the newly created Highway department
which is now undertaking need based maintenance and repair of road damaged by heavy
spell of rain since July 18-
As school students we were taught “crab mentality” means an attitude of a person "if I can't have it, neither can you." Later I realised that “crab mentality” is actually a metaphor that refers to a pot of crabs in which one tries to escape over the side, but is relentlessly pulled down by the others in the pot. We face many such similar situations in our day today life.
The other day, when I was on my way to office from Itanagar to Naharlagun, I also
faced such situation. There were number of landslides in between Itanagar-
When the queue of vehicles became longer for the impatient (crab mentality) peoples
to wait, immediately some vehicles at the end of the queue start to jump the queue
and reached the block point which was followed by many more such impatient (crab
mentality) drivers creating one more new queue on both sides of the block point.
Result was there to see. No vehicle could move further resulting in a mammoth traffic
jam. Within a few minutes the scene appears as if all the vehicles in the Capital
Complex have gathered there for a kind of exhibition. Desperately caught in jam for
about two hours I shouted at one of the drivers who break the line, in Arunachali
hindi, “kyu line mei nahi ateh ho, line mai aoge to 10 -
In that two hours of ordeal another interesting thing I had noticed was, when sane people were folding the rear view mirror on the right side of the driver to adjust space in the traffic, there was one gentleman who left entire front right side door open creating more congestion in the already congested space. But no body dare to say anything. People prefer to stop their vehicle in the middle and wait rather than saying anything to the person who left his car door open. I was terribly upset and pondering why people behave like that. Having no appropriate answer finally I consoled myself reminding the words of my law professor who used to say jokingly, “if people don’t break the law, lawyers will be jobless”.
It’s a bitter truth that everyone of us has a little bit of “crab mentality” inside us. Some of us control it while many people give it a free hands thereby creating problem for self and others equally. Experience of traffic jam during landslides and road maintenance is very common for everyone of us in the capital complex. Every time we conveniently blame the government for the whole mess. We never realise that it’s largely because of our “crab mentality” that we are inviting more such troubles. It is high time to get ourselves out of such “crab mentality” and live in peace. (The writer is a Dy. Director (IEC), APSACS, Naharlagun.)
BOMDILA, Aug 7: The first ever Sports Meet sponsored under Panchayat Yuva Krida aur
Khel Abhiyaan (PYKKA) at Singchung Sub-
Inaugurating the sports meet, Superintending Engineer (RWD) Rupa Circle, Er. Hibu
Tama, underscoring the importance of Games & Sports, urged the players to excel in
their chosen field of activity. Besides 5 per cent reservation as sports quota, incentives
in the form of cash awards by the Central, State and North-
Earlier, Circle Officer Rajiv Chiduni urging the players to maintain the sportsmanship spirit said that the youths have been provided with the right platform to channelize their energy and spirit towards a positive growth with conduct of this tournament.
The Finals of the Volley Ball would be played on August 15 to commemorate the Independence Day celebration.
Among others, ADC S T Khampa, ex-
ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Arunachal Youth Federation (AYF) has appealed to the state Govt to take immediate steps for renovation of capital road and early completion of state Assembly and secretariat buildings.
The Federation further said the ministers and VIPs who are staying at Delhi instead of discharging their duties at the hours of need should resign on moral ground.
Denouncing the bandh culture, the Federation also requested the state Govt to act tough against bandh which adds injury to already suffering denizens of the capital complex.
Meanwhile, All Capital Complex Citizen Tribal Right Forum (ACCCTRF) has criticized the PWD and UD department including its minister for alleged failure to chalk out plan for maintenance of roads, highways in state capital in particular and the state as a whole. The roads in the capital complex are going from bad to worse and public are fed up with present condition of road, the Forum claimed and said that the concern minister should resign on moral ground.
The Forum also appealed to the Chief Minister to visit all the capital roads including sector roads and take stock of the damages caused by nature’s fury.
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Our side of the story
This is in reference to the press release carried in your esteemed daily on Aug 6
and issued by a fly by night organization call United Siang Progressive Alliance
(USPA) led by one Okom Tamuk pertaining to the Eviction drive carried out by district
administration in Pasighat. The content of the press communiqué as claimed by the
USPA in the concluding paragraph reads; “meanwhile, the Anti Eviction drives meeting
held yesterday at Pasighat ended with no resolution following disruption of the meeting
by some anti-
As the Bogong Banggo name has been dragged in the news paper by USPA. It’s pertinent on our part to tell our side of story. The statement given by Tamuk shows its total disregard for the traditional kebang system prevalent in our society. The news item is full of misleading information carried with deceit and utter lie. All the content is made out of his sheer imagination and cooked up by him to misguide the common public which he is quite adept at doing as observe on many a occasion. The fact is that the meeting organized by the people evicted from 1st phase drive at Pasighat, Solung ground, on 4th August 2011, under the chairmanship of Tapun Tarang with Advocate Vijay Taram and Aku Borang in the Drafting Panel ended in a positive note. The representative from all the Banggos of East Siang District participated in the deliberation and contrary to expectation of the meeting organizers endorsed for total eviction drive in the district head quarter irrespective of status, political affiliation. Every one agreed that the land donated by Bogong Banggo should be used for general development.
Tamuk needs to introspect before terming someone as an “Anti Social Element”. We
can understand his desperation and the latest Drama enacted by him is not void of
reasons. Being the highest land grabber of Pasighat, (he is illegally occupying the
whole agricultural demonstration field of GTC, Government land at high region area
near boys nursing hostel, vast area at Upper Banskota near Govt High Secondary school
Pasighat and near Govt. fishery pond). He has his vilified reason to do all these
We also on our part request the government to depute a high level committee to enquire into his land grabbing and other activities so that his real mask can be unearthed. Further given the opportunity Bogong Banggo will not shy away from participating in any deliberation or platform that is for the betterment of the society as a whole. Lastly we would like to request the media fraternity to properly scrutinize any media release lest it would make USPA like one man organization without any substance to be paper tigers that has the potential to create mistrust among the peace loving common masses.
Tagom Jamoh, President,
Oyin Moyong, GS,
Dejir Tamuk, President,
Rokom Jamoh, GS
Its up to forest department to maintain ecology
I humbly appreciate the endeavour shown by Dr. Boni Amin Laskar in highlighting the
ancient traditional practices of preserving the wild animals by Idu-
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Innovative tool to gauge energy consumption
Efforts to establish international standards for measuring energy use in buildings have received a boost, after the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) decided to consider an innovative tool developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to gauge energy consumption and CO2 emissions in homes and offices across the world.
The Common Carbon Metric (CCM) -
The Common Carbon Metric is intended to create a uniform system for defining the climate impact of buildings through a consistent protocol, which can, in turn, help develop international baselines for use by architects, designers and the construction industry.
Today, the building sector is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions
with about one third of global energy use taking place in offices and homes. Moreover,
First launched during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009, UNEP's Common Carbon Metric measures both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions equivalent in buildings per metre squared or per occupant over the course of one year.
After initial tests by the UNEP Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative in 2010, the Common Carbon Metric was further refined and a second phase of testing has started recently, with preliminary results to be presented in October.
Developing new standards for buildings can help governments plan more effectively towards achieving national targets on sustainability and reducing carbon emissions.