ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today launched a new English daily –
The Arunachal Pioneer – which would be published from Itanagar. With the launch,
the strength of newspapers published from the state capital has gone up to seven.
Terming the event as another milestone reached in the field of journalism and mass
media in the state, Tuki reiterated the commitment of his government to cater to
the security of working journalists and progress of media houses. He informed that
in view of constant threat to media houses in the state capital the Government has
decided to provide security personnel during office hours to all media establishments
and also install CCTVs in their premises. He also made a fervent appeal to all private,
semi-government and government institutions like offices, hospitals, hotels, market
complexes, schools, etc to install CCTVs as soon as possible so that in case of any
crime committed the footages from the CCTVs would ease the cumbersome process of
Referring to the vandalism incident at ‘The Arunachal Times’ office and the recent
attack on a senior lady journalist of the same daily, he reiterated that violence
in any form will not be tolerated by his government.
“For the umpteenth time I personally condemn the incidents in harshest terms. These
are acts of cowardice and against all humanly possible ethics and imagination,” Tuki
He informed that those involved in the vandalism act have been arrested and assured
that the person or persons responsible for the attack on the lady journalist will
never go scot-free. “In my recent review of the case, the police have assured me
that the accused will be arrested soon. As police is in the advanced stage of investigation,
it would not be appropriate on my part to divulge much detail in public. Be assured
that the culprit will be exposed and arrested,” he added and appealed all to bear
with the government and hold their patience a little bit longer.
Speaking about the role of media, the Chief Minister pointed out that with the change
of times the role of media has also changed manifold.
“The reach of media and the affect it can have on general public has always been
recognized and never been challenged. I hope the media of our state would live up
to the expectations of sound logic and public welfare,” he observed.
Tuki also drew attention towards how powerful the mass media are. He said by their
very nature media and the media people are quite powerful but added that for the
media this power comes with tremendous responsibility.
Dissuading misuse of the ‘media power’ he suggested that like in any other profession,
like law or medicine, the media also needs to have a code of ethics or guidelines
on what is right or wrong.
He cited the instance of lawyers and doctors, who have clear codes of ethics, and
anyone who violates the code can be punished, or removed from the profession. But
in the case of the mass media there are only a few guidelines and no strict code
of conduct. To keep the fair name of the profession, he advised the media practitioners
to follow certain ethical codes like Accuracy, Right to privacy, No incitement to
violence, No vulgarity or obscenity and No Communal writing.
Recounting the history of mass media in the state, Tuki reminisced the days when
mass media hadn’t made any inroads into this land-locked state.
“Those were the days of the spoken word. We only depended on each other, gossips
around the fire-place and the radio for news and information. The times have changed.
Today we have seven newspapers publishing from Itanagar: Echo of Arunachal, The Arunachal
Times, Arunachal Front, Dawnlit Post, Eastern Sentinel, the Independent Review and
now the Arunachal Pioneer. Besides there are also several small newspapers publishing
from various district headquarters and electronic media houses, which are doing commendable
jobs,” he observed.
Expressing satisfaction at the growth rate of mass media in the state, Tuki expressed
that considered the fourth pillar of democracy, it is of utmost importance that this
pillar is strong and vibrant for democracy to thrive and prosper.
“Therefore, I believe with the addition of another member today, the fourth pillar
of democracy in our state has grown stronger,” he added.
The launching ceremony was also attended by Parliamentary Secretary for RWD, Supply
& Transport Kumar Waii, Tourism Director A K Singh and IPR Director Leki Phuntso,
invitees and media persons.
On the occasion, the newly launched daily also felicitated senior media persons Pradeep
Kumar of Arunachal Front, V Ravindran of Dawnlit Post, Tongam Rina, President of
the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists, Taba Ajum, President of the Arunachal
Press Club and Taro Chatung, the pioneer of electronic media of the state.
Arunachal records sharp increase in crime against women
APSCW demands recruitment of more female police
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission For Women (APSCW) has demanded
the state government to recruit more female police personnel in the police department
and open separate women cell in every police station to handle cases relating to
women and children.
Expressing serious concern over sharp increase in rape and cases of crimes committed
against women in the state, APSWC in a memorandum to the Chief Minister demanded
that authority should not grant bail in heinous crimes like rape and murder.
“The latest crime statistics of the state shows an alarming increases in rape and
various cases of crimes committed against women with rape cases alone accounting
for more than 60. There are 160 odd cases of crimes committed against women within
a span of a year and the numbers keep increasing,” the memorandum claimed.
“The attack of journalist, media house, especially on the Associate Editor of a local
daily, has deeply shocked and saddened every citizen of the state” the memorandum
said while urging the law enforcing authority to bring the culprits to book immediately
and award exemplary punishment as per the law.
APSWC appreciated the state government for extending all possible medical help to
the grievously injured lady journalist and her family.
APSCW further demanded appointment of Child Marriage Prevention Officer under the
Child Marriage Prohibition Act 2006, in order to implement the Act in letter and
spirit and also check Child Marriages.
Other demands included independent functioning of Judiciary and Police security for
victim and families.
The APSCW since its inception in 2005 has been striving for bringing justice to the
issues that affects the women and children within the state.
Meanwhile, the Women’s Commission re-iterated the Govt. to take note of its concerns
recommended in its Annual Report 2010 -11, which was placed before the State Legislature
during Budget session, March 2012.
AAPPTF delegation meets CM, demandsloan subsidy, review of corridor agreement
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: A delegation of All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation
(AAPPTF) led by its President Takar Goi and Secretary General Dobing Sonam met Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki at his office this evening.
Both Sonam and Goi while briefing about various grievances of the AAPPTF, appealed
to the Chief Minister to materialize the long-pending demands of the Federation for
25% subsidy scheme on commercial vehicles loan for those unemployed youths who had
procured loan through the memorandum of understanding signed between Arunachal Pradesh
State Cooperative Apex Bank and the AAPPTF.
Sonam informed that above 54 individuals from different districts of the state have
already procured commercial loan from APSC Apex Bank through MoU and they are now
re-paying the loan installment in time. He further said that as per the MoU, the
Federation has taken the primary responsibility of recovering the loan amount from
the defaulters, if any. He further said if the bank authority reduce the interest
rate, it would be more helpful to unemployed youths who had already procured loan
from the bank.
Further briefing about the government notification No. LAW/LEGN-14/2007 regarding
stamp act Sonam appealed to the chief minister to immediately review the notification
and exempt vehicle from the purview of such notification.
Both the president and SG of the Federation further highlighting the grievances of
tour and transport operators of the state appealed the Chief Minister to review the
corridor agreement (reciprocal transport agreement-1999) between the government of
Arunachal Pradesh and Assam and also demanded reduction of double taxation i.e. 12.5%
VAT on purchase of vehicle in other state.
They also appealed the chief minister to look into the slow progress of road construction
work from Bhalukpong to Tawang and to take up the matter with competent authority
for its early execution and completion.
Responding to their memorandum, Tuki assured that 25% loan subsidy would be taken
up with concerned department for early implementation of the subsidy scheme.
He also assured that issues as such 12% VAT, corridor agreement and stamp act would
also be taken up for discussion with the concerned authority.
Regarding Balipara to Tawang road being executed by the Border Roads Organization
(BRO), Tuki informed that his government has already held discussion with concerned
authority in recent past for its timely execution and completion.
Workshop on ‘Lab to land initiative’
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The district level workshop on Ministry of Rural Development, Government
of India sponsored ‘Lab to Land Initiative’ for Heads of Department, Zilla Parishad
Members and Block Development Officers was conducted at SIRD conference hall here
Inaugurating the programme, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu Deputy mentioned
that the ‘Lab to Land initiative’ is an innovative strategy to derive the expected
outcomes of a variety of flagship programmes through a host of IEC activities most
of which could not be achieved for want of adequate participation from the community.
The initiative aims at developing a cadre of Bharat Nirman Volunteers, who would
be working selflessly for creating mass awareness and disseminating information on
all development initiatives being implemented in the district.
He expressed the happiness that Papum Pare has been chosen as the pilot district
for the initiative. He called upon all the delegates to identify such individuals
who would volunteer to work for their respective area.
He also mentioned that attendance in such workshops and training programmes provided
an opportunity for the delegates to update their knowledge for better implementation
of development programmes. He also mentioned about the success of the programme in
other parts of the country, while recalling his experience of the national workshop
held at Sikkim during the previous year.
Dr. Kirto Loyi, Dy. Director SIRD addressing the participants in the inauguration
of the workshop emphasized on the need for increased participation of all stakeholders
in training programmes. He mentioned that SIRD was providing only training based
support under Lab to Land initiative and there was a need for greater ownership of
the programme from concerned official functionaries and elected PR leaders.
The workshop was coordinated by Rakesh Srivastava and Sinku Wada Bagang, Assistant
Directors at SIRD.
The workshop discussed the background of Lab to Land Initiative, role of Bharat Nirman
Volunteers and the role of all line departments of Papum Pare district in a thread
Rakesh Srivastava, who has been coordinating this programme since its inception in
Arunachal Pradesh along with Sinku Wada Bagang addressed the queries and concerns
of the delegates.
The programme was attended by BDOs, representatives of various line departments and
Zilla Parishad Member.
Spread disaster management awareness in schools: DC
PASIGHAT, Aug 22: East Siang Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra along with officers of
Disaster Management Department visited various schools within Pasighat township,
including Naomi English Residential School, Gandhi School, Town Middle School and
IGJ Hr. Sec School, to ascertain the preparedness of the students at the time of
occurrence of earthquake.
While interacting with the students, the DC said that the effects can be mitigated
by a great margin if we are well prepared for disasters as compared to others with
no proper preparedness. All have to well aware of the precautionary measures to be
taken during disaster as we are in a high seismic zone, the DC said.
He also advised the students to be disciplined and follow the rules. They should
concentrate in their studies and become worthy citizens of the country. They should
be obedient to their teachers and parents and do no wrong. He wanted the students
to be self confident and develop reading habit which will help in building their
future. The DC asked the minor students to avoid driving, and those who have valid
driving license should not drive recklessly. They should follow the traffic rules
and use protective equipments like helmet, leg-guard, Shari-guard etc while driving.
While interacting with the teachers, the DC urged them to have more close relation
with the students.
The DC assured more such visits in other schools so that all are prepared for any
kind of eventuality.
The teacher in-charge of all the schools have been imparted training on disaster
management in order to successfully implement the disaster management action plan
at schools. DIPRO
World breast Feeding week celebrated
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The ‘World Breast Feeding Week was celebrated by Nirjuli-Banderdewa
Urban ICDS Project at Banderdewa by organizing various programmes.
Attending a programme at Community Hall, Banderdewa as resource person, Dr. Tarh
Mungni, medical officer of Jote Health Sub-Centre informed the nursing mothers and
pregnant women present on the occasion the importance of Colostrums, mother’s first
milk, and important food as well. Recipe competition among Anganwadi Workers and
Helpers and a ‘Baby Show’ competition were also organized during the celebration.
Kago Dith, Anganwadi worker, Dree Colony, Banderdewa won the first prize for Recipe
competition and Tadar Shivaji won the first prize for “Baby Show” competition.
Dr. Mungni gave away the prizes to the winners.
Programmes were also organized at Nirjuli.
Meanwhile, the CDPO of Nirjuli-Banderdewa Urban ICDS project K K Borgohain informed
that Tadar Yacha, wife of Tadar Tayum of Banderdewa, a senior most Anganwadi Worker
under Nirjuli-Banderdewa ICDS Project was awarded “Best Anganwadi Worker’ in the
state by Department of Women and Child Development, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. The
Award was given away by Circle Officer, Banderdewa during Independence Day celebration.
Yacha was appointed as Anganwadi Worker of Banderdewa in the year 1992.
Assam-Arunachal village level meet to protect D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary
PASIGHAT, Aug 22: A joint meeting of Arunachal-Assam fringe villages was held at
Anchalghat Range, a bordering Range of D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary yesterday regarding
illegal cattle rearing and grazing inside the Sanctuary premises along the boundary
of both the neighbours.
Gaon Buras of Kemi village under Jonai circle of Dhemaji district of Assam while
participating in the meeting agreed to help the Sanctuary authority in driving out
the illegal cattle rearers in their side whose cattle are let loose to graze in the
Illegal cattle grazing inside the Sanctuary premises along Assam boundary, which
often leads to wildlife-cattle conflict, has been cause of concern for the Sanctuary
authority for long.
Speaking on the occasion, Oyan Village Gaon Buri also emphasized in protecting the
sanctuary from Kemi side of Assam who was earlier little apprehensive about the previous
sanctuary authority. Left bank PRI leaders of fringe villages like Borguli and Sigar
also spoke on the occasion and sought the co-operation from all fringe villages of
the Sanctuary including Assam side of Kemi village.
Oyan Circle Officer Aying Perme, who participated in the meeting, appealed the fringe
villages of the sanctuary including Assam to upkeep the sanctity of this natural
habitat of wildlife and highlighted the various prospect of earnings if it is properly
developed as a tourist hub.
DFO Wildlife, Tashi Mize who was awarded Gold Medal this Independence Day for his
yeoman services to revive the lost glory of the sanctuary said to all attending persons
giving special emphasis to Assam that, ‘this Sanctuary is not only a property of
Arunachal Pradesh. It’s a national property and we need to jointly work toward protecting
this sanctuary. Benefits, if there, like alternative sustenance schemes will also
be provided to Assam side if they strongly participate in protecting the Sanctuary’.
He further added, ‘Oiramghat is a major entry and exit point of tourist visiting
the Sanctuary and people residing this areas like Kemi village will also get benefit
out of the tourist flow if is converted into a favourable tourist destination which
he is targeting to achieve in days to come’.
With the participation from Assam bordering Arunachal, anticipations are there that
the Sanctuary would be free from illegal grazing activities soon as some Cattle shed
(Buffalos and Cows) have already been shifted.
According to Sanctuary officials, talk is also on to negotiate the counterpart of
Dibru-Soikoa Wildlife Sanctuary of Assam this winter which is close to D Ering Wildlife
Sanctuary to jointly work in protecting the Sanctuaries as same wild animals like
Elephants moves around the two Sanctuaries.
(Story contributed by Maksam Tayeng.)
DK Memorial State Open Badminton C’ship
Pill Reniya wins U-13 Girls Singles title
Talar, Takum, Akshay and Jokom Ribya advance
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Pill Reniya defeated Michi Yassa in straight sets (21-18, 21-12,
21-19) to win the U-13 Girls Singles title in the first Dorjee Khandu Memorial
State Open Badminton Championship at Raj Bhawan Badminton Court here today.
In other matches, Akshay Raito and Laa Tukum won their respective semifinal match
against Lunku Sih and Kalung Taki to enter final of U-15 Boys Singles event.
While Akshay beat Lunku Sih 21-5, 21-9 Tukum defeated Kalung Taki 21-6, 21-4.
Pinki Karki and Laa Yajum also entered final of Girls U-15 Singles event defeating
Kalung Mamu and Taring Yania in the semifinals today. Pinki defeated Mamu 21-6,
21-3 while Yajum came back from one set down to beat Yania 18-21, 21-14, 21-15.
State’s promising shuttlers, Laa Talar, Laa Takum, Akshay Raito and Jokom Ribya have
also advanced to semifinals.
Meanwhile, the organizing committee has informed that all the remaining matches of
U-13 to U-19, both Boys and Girls, Women’s Open Singles and Doubles, Women 30+, both
Singles and Doubles have been shifted from Raj Bhawan Badminton Court to Officers
Club Badminton Court inside Circuit House near Donyi Polo Ashok Hotel here. The matches
will start at 7 am.
Karmo Riram beat Gem Dopum (21/10, 21/13), Moniya Riba beat Karme Riram (21/10, 21/5),
Mudo Ado beat Eringso Ramat (21/9, 21/4), Bamang Tago beat Ha Tashi (21/3, 21/10),
Laa Ribe beat Toli Tacha (21/9, 21/11), Saji Baby beat Michi Takam (21/16,16/21,
21/15), Robinsen Gogoi beat Dari Sangno (21/13, 21/6), Tai Mama beat Misso Lailang
(21/14, 21/6). All the winners in this category have qualified for quarterfinals.
Solung Football Trophy begins
PASIGHAT, Aug 22: Riding Rokom Tasung’s hattrick, IGJ Hr. Sec. School thrashed Balek
Secondary School 6-0 in the opening match of the Solung Football Trophy-2012 at General
Ground here today.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Central Solung Festival Celebration Committee-2012
general secretary Obijon Rukbo advised all the participating team players to maintain
discipline and sportsman spirit during the tournament. He hoped that this tournament
would provide an opportunity to the budding footballers of Pasighat to show their
hidden talents. Encouragement and basic faculties are the need of the hour for them
and such tournaments play a crucial role in producing good footballers besides developing
personality, added Rukbo. He appreciated Oshong Domin, Chairman, Sports & Games Committee
for organizing the tournament in a big way.
Local Government officers and officials, senior citizens and leaders were present
and witnessed the opening match.
The final match will be played on August 31 and the winner and runners up would be
given cash awards.
Fourteen teams are participating in the tournament, which is considered as one of
the biggest events of Solung festival celebration. DIPRO
Cash reward stands
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh
Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam
Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s
will be kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele.
numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.
YINGKIONG, Aug 22: The preliminary test for recruitment against 52 posts of Constables
in IRBN/APBn was conducted at Yingkiong on August on 17-18.
Out of the total 657 candidates appeared in the test, 438 have qualified for physical
test fixed on August 26 and 28, DIPRO reported quoting police official sources from
SP Office, Yingkiong.
MLA inspects the projects
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Palin MLA Takam Pario along with the members of development monitoring
committee of construction of Phaa Steel Bridge and Dha to Gangte Road has visited
the ongoing construction of Phaa Steel Motorable Bridge over Kumey River and Dha
to Gangte road maintenance work in Gangte circle of Kurung Kumey district on Monday.
During his visit Pario assured the public to complete the said project within the
time frame, said a release. However, MLA sought full cooperation from the public
to the executing agency for smooth completion of the project.
Meanwhile, development monitoring committee has expressed its displeasure over the
slow progress of work and urged the executing agency to complete it within stipulated
GeoEnpro to sponsor local tribal meritorious student for Engg course
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The management of GeoEnpro Petroleum Limited Kharsang has decided
to sponsor local tribal meritorious student for engineering courses.
“All tuition cost of one poor local tribal meritorious student, who gets admission
in petroleum and other engineering courses in a reputed institute, would be borne
by the management of GeoEnpro Petroleum Limited Kharsang as part of Corporate Social
Responsibility”. This was announced by the Management of GeoEnpro during Independence
Day celebration to nurture and support talent among local meritorious students, who
are interested in pursuing further studies but are unable to do so due to financial
constraints, according to a release.
Sensitization Training Programme on good governance
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: A three-day sensitization training programme on good governance
began at administrative training institute, Naharlagun today. Altogether 22 officials
including lower and upper division clerks, assistants of civil secretariat and heads
of department were attending the programme being conducted under sponsorship of the
department of personnel and training government of India.
Inaugurating the training programme Commissioner Education Gonesh Koyu stated that
bureaucracy is the lifeline and pillar of effective governance. Koyu also added that
efficient and effective delivery of public service can only be achieved only through
competent, honest and efficient work force of the govt.
Director Training Pema Tshetan in his address pointed out that good governance is
an accepted goal of today’s administration.
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: 186 Bn CRPF celebrated Sadbhavana Diwas at Tezu, the district headquarters
of Lohit on the occasion of birth anniversary of late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi
on August 20.
Besides tree plantation programme a friendly volleyball match was organized between
186 Bn CRPF and Arunachal Pradesh Police. All the officers and personnel attended
the function. Prizes to participating players of both the teams were distributed
by the Commandant, 186 Bn CRPF.
‘Arrest the culprit’
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Ziro-II Anti Corruption Youth Forum in a letter to Deputy Commissioner,
Lower Subansiri District demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the
murder of a student Rallo Rene within 15 days and strict checking of inner line permit
The forum threatens to launch phase wise Ziro-II bandh call if their demand is not
fulfilled within the stipulated time.
Society mourns demise of its member
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The Gyadom Cheda Welfare Society of East Kameng has deeply mourned
the demise of its society member Gyadom Cheda who died on Tuesday at Guwahati GNRC
hospital after prolonged disease. The death of Gyadom is an irreparable loss to
the society and its clan.
Society demands exemplary punishment
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: All Dodo Welfare Society in a letter addressed to the Lower Subansiri
deputy commissioner has demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in murder
of a student of government higher secondary school Yazali on August 12 last.
The Society further said the culprits should be awarded exemplary punishment as per
the established law.
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee expressed deep sense of grief
over the death of passengers in a tragic road accident near Bhalukpong on August
19. The accident occurred when a Tata Sumo on its way to Tezpur from Tawang plunged
into Kameng River near Upper Bhalukpong in West Kameng district.
Folk Art Day celebrated in memory of Rajiv Gandhi
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Arunachal Pradesh Folk Art Association has celebrated the Folk
Art Day in memory of the former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi here on Aug 20.
Rajiv Gandhi was instrumental in promotion of folk art throughout the world under
the banner ‘Apna Utsav’.
“Folk arts are the living testimony of our origins and therefore, the contribution
of folk art in evolution of society can not be ignored,” said Indian Folk Art Federation
Vice President Tana Taram Tara while addressing the gathering on the occasion. Emphasizing
the need of encouraging the youngster to learn folk art, Tara further advocated
for pension schemes for legendary folk artists. Folk artists of almost all the states
of the country will launch a signature campaign requesting the Prime Minister and
other union ministry concerned to declare this day as National Folk Art Day, he informed.
While presiding over the celebration programme, state Folk Art Association chairman
Bengia Tabb exhorted all the members, especially the young generation to work with
sincerity and dedication to promote and preserve folk art to save own identity.
Among others, Association’s vice chairman Biki Para Tok, legendary singer and member
of Sangeet Natak Academy Bengia Hemanta also spoke on the occasion.
Folk artists from various districts of the state participated in the programme. They
unanimously felt the urgent need of promoting and preserving folk art. It was decided
that representatives from among the folk artists will meet the Chief Minister and
heads of department concerned to request them for formulation of appropriate policy
for revival of folk art in the state.
38 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
I would like to draw the attention of both the state and central Govts’ authorities
towards the problem being faced by the hundreds of personnel who had completed the
socio-economic and caste census (SECC) as enumerators and supervisors a year ago.
The enumerators and supervisors did their job with utmost dedication, but till today
no one is paid honorarium and travelling allowances. The authorities allured us of
Rs.3000 for per census block with travelling allowance of Rs 150/- per day for
10 days. Also in the training programme, the authorities announced to pay the incentives
to enumerators and supervisors just after the completion of the SECC under national
Now my question is why the authorities are taking so much time to clear our honorariums
and allowance ? Is it the last census ? We are bound to follow the orders of superior
officers but it does not mean that our hard-earned money as honorarium be deceived.
Buddha Vihar Road, Margherita (Assam)
This is in response to the news item published in this leading Daily on August 22
regarding a destitute woman.
The APSCW would like to clarify here that it had made all efforts to trace out
the relatives of this destitute woman, namely, Lokam Yanang. In this regard, the
APSCW wrote a letter to the concerned Deputy Commissioner requesting for tracing
out the relatives of Lokam Yanang. The elder citizens of the area from where she
hails were also informed and requested to take good care of her. However, till this
date no relatives came forward to take her, despite several correspondences made
by the APSCW.
With rapid and random urbanization, the numbers of destitute women are growing more
and more but shelter home remains scarce. In view of this, the APSCW had made recommendation
to the Govt. for opening up of more shelter home to accommodate destitute women for
On its part, on receipt of verbal information, the Commission plunged into action
and sent Lokam Yanang to Sisters Charity and Oju Welfare Association, Naharlagun,
for temporary shelter, however, she fled from there also. On receipt of such information
from the news report, the Chairperson, Gumri Ringu had personally contacted the
Chairperson of Mother’s home to provide shelter to Lokam Yanang.
Once again, the Commission urges the Civil Society and NGOs to impress upon the Govt.
for creation of shelter home for women especially for mentally challenged women,
for, without it, the Commission’s hands are tied.
A.P State Commission
Strengthen security measures
I would like to draw the attention of authorities towards the security scenario of
East Siang district. Conceivably, the authority concerned has taken some steps to
check the growing anti-social activities but it could not yield visible results.
Despite of having security measures, some incidents happen everyday.
I really feel it like a prank, when I see the security measures at Police Check
Post at Ruksin, a sensitive area bordering Assam. Many vehicles enter without going
through proper formalities, sometimes, the Check post remains empty, gate remains
opened. It will be better if we realize it that the formalities are maintained for
the safety and security of us, not for them who are taking advantage of security
Therefore, I request the authorities to strengthen security measures at police check
posts at Ruksin and Ranaghat and establish additional check post at Paglam area
which is bordering Tinsuka district of Assam.
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Fish production & environment
Total global fish production, including both wild capture fish and aquaculture, reached
an all-time high of 154 million tons in 2011, and aquaculture is set to top 60 percent
of production by 2020, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute
for its Vital Signs Online service. Wild capture was 90.4 million tons in 2011, up
2 percent from 2010. Aquaculture, in contrast, has been expanding steadily for the
last 25 years and saw a rise of 6.2 percent in 2011.
Humans ate 130.8 million tons of fish in 2011. The remaining 23.2 million tons of
fish went to non-food uses such as fishmeal, fish oil, culture, bait, and pharmaceuticals.
The human consumption figure has increased 14.4 percent over the last five years.
And consumption of farmed fish has risen tenfold since 1970, at an annual average
of 6.6 percent per year. Asia consumes two thirds of the fish caught or grown for
The fish sector is a source of income and sustenance for millions of people worldwide.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, for every one job in the fish
sector, three to four additional jobs are produced in secondary activities, such
as fish processing, marketing, maintenance of fishing equipment, and other related
industries. And on average each person working in the fish sector is financially
responsible for three dependents. In combination, then, jobs in the primary and secondary
fish sectors support the livelihoods of 660 million to 820 million people -10 to
12 percent of global population.
To maintain the current level of fish consumption in the world, aquaculture will
need to provide an additional 23 million tons of farmed fish by 2020. To produce
this additional amount, fish farming will also have to provide the necessary feed
to grow the omnivorous and carnivorous fish that people want. Aquaculture is being
pressured to provide both food and feed because of the oceans' overexploited fisheries.
Continually increasing fish production, from both aquaculture and fisheries, raises
many environmental concerns. If aquaculture continues to grow without constraints,
it could lead to degradation of land and marine habitats, chemical pollution from
fertilizers and antibiotics, the negative impacts of invasive species, and a lessened
fish resistance to disease due to close proximity and intensive farming practices.
To prevent these problems, policymakers, fishers, and consumers need to find alternative
sources for fish feed, combat illegal fishing, encourage more-sustainable practices
in aquaculture, acknowledge the potential effects of climate change on the oceans,
and think critically about what and how much fish to consume.