The recent report of assault on media should be condemned by all sections of the
society. We dont know what exact circumstances led to assault on media. In any way
nobody should assault anybody on duty in any situations. However punishing the whole
population due to act of some few habitual offenders is not justified at all. Media
personnel are working in many difficult situations where persons sometimes get emotional
or react improperly. The same as doctors who deal with people when persons are very
sick or dead. We always expect and anticipate some short of reactions from near and
dear ones in hospitals.
Many a time doctors have been beaten up for no fault of theirs but it doesn’t mean
that the whole hospital should be closed and let public die. There are many cases
of media being misbehaved with or threatened, even kidnapped in many parts of the
world and unfortunately some personnel have lost their life in such process. As such
the nature of work is challenging and needs more sensitivity and professionalism
to handle the situations where human dignity, loss of property and life etc are being
covered or interviewed.
Hope next time, media will resort to alternative way to protest in future. And also
justice be done to them.
(on email), RIMS, Imphal
There is no truth in allegation
This is regarding allegation of leakages of question papers in the recently concluded
Recruitment Exam for SSA Teachers in Lower Dibang Valley District.
Paper leakage as alleged is totally baseless and unfounded which was aimed to tarnish
my image and to distract the attention of vandalizing my official residence by some
miscreants on the night of 13th Dec.
If anybody or organization have any suspicion or a proof of paper leakage, why any
complain was not lodged either with the Deputy Commissioner or Deputy Director of
School Education Lower Dibang Valley District Roing till date.
I therefore, appeal to the concerned authority to order judicial enquiry to unearth
the truth leveled against me and the department as a whole.
Lower Siang will have its bearing
That a new dist viz. Lower Siang is to be carved out from existing West Siang has
come as a great relief to its citizens except for the ongoing crisis wherein Likabali
has shown more interest in the status of the HQ rather than the dist itself.
In comparison to Basar area, Likabali and the adjoining foothill areas enjoy more
accessibility because of their vicinity to Assam. Big towns like Silapathar is just
5 kms away from Likabali where every necessity of a human is available at reasonable
prices. In case of medical emergencies, cheap labours etc they have more easy access.
All these areas in the foothill lie almost in a straight line with numerous towns
of Assam running parallel, and with Itanagar also being relatively nearer.
Basar on the other hand has only its dubious position as an ADC HQ with nothing in
reality. It is akin to making fun on the people of Basar, Tirbin and Dari circles
by very often referring to them as being in a better position than their counterpart
in the foothills. Life is hundreds of time tougher in the hills. We dont have any
other alternative other than feeding ourselves through agriculture that too in the
rough hilly terrains. Talking about more number of well to do people in Basar area,
can you assure us that they are going to feed our stomach?
The creation of Lower Siang will have its bearing on entire West Siang and Arunachal
Pradesh. Please dont make it look as if it is an issue where only Likabali and Nari-Koyu
Citizen (on email)
Police, VIP and us
The public already had assumption from the mysterious silence of Police that the
person who physically assaulted the two journalists on December 12 would be someone
close to VIP. And lo! it is none other than the PSO of our honorable MP. That too
an IRBn personnel. This is nothing a surprise. In fact no sane person could have
acted without political instruction in this case .So the helpless Investigating Officer
cannot be made scapegoat. But what intrigue us is the way he was granted anticipatory
bail by district and Session Court Judge Yupia. The Judge even did not think it necessary
either to call the Investigating Officer or case diary and granted bail solely on
personal request of the culprit. He should have atleast followed the legal formalities
for sake of formality.
Common man (on email)
Help us reach home
I would like to request Directorate of Higher and Technical Education, Govt. of Arunachal
Pradesh to release the stipend of students immediately as soon as possible.
The delay in stipend has created a lot of problems to the students as many hopes
and aspirations are associated with the same. Most of the students of this institution
belongs to poor family backgrounds, further the student from the far flung areas
depends on stipend to reach back their respective hometowns to be with their families.
All these hopes would go in vain unless the stipend is released in due time.
As such, I request the competent authority to release the stipend without further
delay in this session.
(on email), RGU
Today I don't intend to write for any cause or attention. This letter is simply to
express my profound gratitude to the press fraternity for their endurance, dedication
and service. As one more hectic year is all set to pass by and leave us with anticipation
for a better year ahead, I marvel and stand at awe at the untiring efforts media
has put up. We complain of 6 working days a week at stretch, and here I see a bunch
of underpaid people toiling hard 24/7 just so that others may get their share of
news on their breakfast table, the next morning. They deserve to be respected for
what they are doing. The least we can do for them is not to ill treat them.
At this era of biased authorities and money seduced governance I have this instinct
that media could be a harbinger of revolutionary change in this crippled state. Today,
I see few young and eager minds shouldering the responsibility of media houses. And
I think they are doing fairly good. And as I finish this letter and try to think
of an appropriately exclusive word to thank them, I can think of none. Hence, simply
put "Thank You".
Hage Mala, (on email),
Attack is violation
The attack on Baptist Church at Tawang is unfortunate, condemnable and orthodox act.
Attacking a Church or any other religious place is total violation and murder of
secularism. It is clearly stated in the Part-III of Indian Constitution under Freedom
of Religion that every citizen of India has a right to practice and promote their
Instead of attacking, everybody should regard and respect other's religion.
Koj Kapa, (on email)
Legalized and law-empowered militants
In reference to the report published in your daily titled "MP Takam Sanjoy’s PSO
surrenders & granted bail in the journalists assault case" and a briefing of IRBn's
acts titled "History sheet of men in uniform" the concept of Peace and Secure land
of rising sun is changed.
The outsiders who visited Arunachal and stayed here for a reasonable period said
that Arunachal is the land where women can walk at midnight without fear and every
one can roam freely as there is no fear of militants or other underground organizations.
The acts which made AAPSU, press, and other well established associations and unions
to agitate so democratically in recent days by the men in uniforms are worse than
the so called terrorists and other militants. They always attack the government through
innocent people for a cause whether valid or invalid, but these men in uniforms harass
the people in the name of government itself which is worse than anything. They are
the legalized and law-empowered militants who are filling the gap for the same as
we don't have any underground organisation.
IRBn jawans and all the Police Personnel having the same mentality should be sent
to the borders and other such tensed areas.
Strong action should be taken against those caught in the offenses of assaults on
the media persons.
Devoid of factual information
It is a fact that Govt. of India sanctioned "Improvement & extension of dosing-Pareng-Sine-Yibuk
Ligging Road" under NLCPR schemes for an estimated cost of Rs. 1826.08 Lakhs. The
allegations made by one Tajing Taki, ASM, Komsing is devoid of the factual information
and the materials facts.
It is to clarify that the department took up the construction of the project departmentally
using available machineries and Tools & Plants besides hiring heavy T & Ps like bulldozers,
excavators etc. from private individuals as the departmental T & Ps were not enough
for timely execution of the project as per time schedule in the sanctioned estimate.
Formation Cutting of 1.50 Kms and widening of 9.00 Kms have been completed upto March'2010.
The department hired bulldozers and excavators from
M/S Donyi-Polo Enterprises, M/S Gagam Enterprises and M/S Mibang Service Station
for Formation Cutting & Widening. Payments made to the firms are mostly the hire
charges of T&Ps. The reasons for pointing out the name of Sanju Taloh only amongst
all other firms Taki, ASM is best known to him only. Further, Taloh is not a foreigner
but an indigenous tribal contractor hailing from 35-Boleng-Pangin constituency. It
is not an act of crime by the department to hire purchase T&P from any agencies for
the interest of the work. The hire purchase is made on approved rate, terms & conditions
of the department. As official record reveals that two firms named M/S Donyi-Polo
Enterprises were operative, the huge amount of Rs. 48.05 Lakhs as alleged to have
been paid to Sanju Taloh by Tajing Taki is incorrect. .
There are still quite a number of Work charged (W/C) and Casual Labours in the Division
besides daily waged labours on Muster Roll. Their pay & wages are charges against
on-going projects as there was no AOP during 2009-10 where salaries & wages could
be charged. The department cannot be inhuman to the daily waged labourers who are
also human having family members. They cannot be thrown out easily on the pretext
of fund crisis against ongoing schemes on humanitarian ground. That is why their
salaries, wages etc. were paid from available fund of aforesaid project.
Boleng Division, PWD
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ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The Balapu Roman Catholic Church celebrated its 4th Shelter Festival
on December 20 at Balapu Catholic Church.
Speakers on the occasion advised the villagers to follow the path of truth and faith
and maintain unity and peace in the society.
Water quality testing training
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Rural Development Society (RDS) Upper Subansiri District conducted
three days water quality testing training programme from December 17 at government
secondary school Nacho.
CSU against encroachment
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The Capital Students Union (CSU) has cautioned public of capital
complex not to encroach Govt school land.
CSU said that some people with vested interests are trying to occupy land of Govt
Middle schools,Papu village, Naharlagun and Sinki Park. It sought cooperation from
common public to protect school land from the land grabbers.
Si Donyi committee organize Sports competitions
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Si-Donyi Festival Celebration Committee-2011 Capital Complex organised
various sports competition at Romeo Bn. ground, Chimpu from December 11 to 18 last.
The final of the cricket match was played between Hills River vs Sippy Valley in
which the former defeated the latter by five wickets. Vicky Rai of HIlls Rider was
declared man of the match for his unbeaten innings of 63 runs from 48 ball.
In badminton singles, Mode Nyilling was announced winner after his rival Nyali Rigia
failed to turn up for the final match. In doubles, Michu Kare and Mode Nyilling beat
the pair of Dama Dubi and Mepong Soki 18-21, 21-13, 21-19.
The final of the volleyball tournament would be played between 1st AAP Bn aaand Sippy
Valley on January four next at Si-Donyi ground, Naharlagun.
12th Gori Open Tournament
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: D.K Sports Club beat Karko Ao Team in the final match of 12th Gori
Open Tournament (GOT) 2010. While, Bagra United Team defeat Pushi Lendo Team in Volleyball
final match played at Basar today.
The tournament was organized by Gori Youth Association in collaboration with People
of Gori village.
In the closing ceremony Anchal Chairperson, 11th Basar Anchal Samity Jonya Basar
and ASM, Nyigam Village Toi Basar attended as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour and
gave away the championship trophy along with cash award to the winners both the events.
Earlier, the tournament was kicked in December 16 last and altogether 33 football
teams and 12 Volley Ball teams took part in the tournament.
Committee cries foul
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Chandra Nagar Welfare Committee defending its president Bem Maching
regarding complaints lodged against him by a Junior Engineer Electrical and consequent
arrest of Maching on December 20, appealed the concerned authority to take necessary
steps to settle the grievances.
The committee clarified that the allegation leveled against Maching in connection
with dismantling of departmentally constructed wall, adjacent to power house fencing
Chandranagar is false as the wall was damaged by the staff of the department itself.
It further claimed that the site in which the wall is constructed belongs to public
of Chandranagar and the approach road was also verified by Extra Assistant Commissioner
in July 2007 last.
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Panchayat leaders of Nyapin-Phassang community development block
of Kurung Kumey district recently went on an exposure tour to Assam and Meghalaya.
Team was lead by Zilla Parishad Member Tadar Ado and Anchal Chairperson Tadar Lalik
and was joined by 19th Anchal Samity members.
During the tour Panchayat leaders had interaction with their counterparts and visited
various historical places and also learnt about agricultural practices of the area.
Indigenous Faith Day
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The Indigenous Faith and cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh
(IFCSAP) would celebrate Indigenous Faith Day on 31st December throughout the state
with traditional cultural competitions, cultural processions, traditional games and
sports besides literary events in all the prayer centres of the state.
The main function will be organised at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun from 10 am
Eminent writer and Sahitya Academy award winner and President , Arunachal Pradesh
Literary Society(APLS) Y.D. Thongchi and Bengia Tolum, President of Nyishi Elite
Society(NES) would take part at the celebration as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Kage Mara has been appointed as Upper Subansiri District, All Arunachal
Pradesh Abotani Nyibu Welfare Association Youth Wing.
Gyamar Amit and Lindum Tatang have been selected as president and general secretary
of Donyi Colony Welfare Committee Ganga, Itanagar.
The Jairampur (Changlang) unit of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) has
re-appointed Tonlong Wangpan as general secretary, Nemthai Mungray and Rumto Mossang
as its Women Wing president and general secretary for five years.
Nyokum Yullo at Toru
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The people of Kheel under Toru circle of Papum Pare district in
a meeting held on December 20 last has decided to celebrate the Nyokum Yullo 2010
Tana Nido, Toru ASM has been selected as President, celebration committee for the
successful conduction of the festival, said a release.
Arunachal to host NE games
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh will host the North East Games in 2011 from April 10
The disciplines to be included in the Games are Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing,
Karate, Taekwondo, Football, Weightlifting, Judo, Wrestling and Table Tennis.
ITANAGAR: The Rajiv Gandhi Students' Union has demanded early release of stipends
of the university students. The Union informed that University examinations would
be over by Dec 24 and stipends should be released before that.
Tadak Gab elected VP of CISTA
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers’ Association President Tadak Gab has
been elected as vice president of confederation of India Small Tea Association (CISTA)
in its election cum 3rd Tea Day celebration held at Tamil Nadu recently.
Meanwhile, the APSTGA appealed for taking up necessary step for promotion of tea
cultivation in the state and make Arunachal a tea tourism state.
ALSU threaten yet another bandh
ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Law students Union (ALSU) threatened to call 24 hr Capital
bandh on January 4-5 if the Government fails to fulfill its 3-point demands.
Meanwhile the union condemned the assault on media persons and demanded for exemplary
punishment to the culprit.
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: All Arunachal Registered Contractors Association (ARCA) in a release
said that first priority should be given to its member while awarding contract works
and APPWD manual be implemented properly.
While lamenting that no Arunachalee contractor has been yet issued Class I Grade
A certificate since the state achieved statehood, ARCA demanded that Class I registered
contractors should be allowed to take part in joint venture system of global bid.
It also demanded compulsory packing system of project/scheme and upgradation of contractors
of lower grade so that every contractor gets works.
Villagers say no to Indian Army move
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The Indian Army move to have an artillery firing range at Dollungmukh
is facing stiff opposition from the people of the area.
A public hearing was conducted on Dec 20 at Kolaptukar in which the members present
from the villages said no to the move by the Indian Army to conduct artillery firing.
The Indian Air force has a base at the area which is considered an important firing
range in the northeast.
The meeting further demanded that IAF base be shifted out from Dollungmukh once and
for all and urged the authorities concerned to end activities by the Forces at the
Meanwhile in a letter to the Indian Army, the PR leaders and Subansiri Lower Power
Project Implementation Committee (SULPIC) said that people of the area had no proper
knowledge about leasing out 4150 acres of land to Indian Army while adding that those
signatories were not authorized by the representatives of the areas.
Lumsi, Paro, Tanya, Bomte, Kherbari, Midpu, Rajali, Rigyu, Kolaptukar and Sipu are
located in the vicinity of the firing range. It said there are numerous state and
central government establishments and the area is no way a no man’s land.
It further said that one person was killed in 1992 during routine bombing operation
of the Indian Air force. Despite several appeals to the Indian Air Force authority
by the relative of the deceased and state government, no compensation has been paid
till date, it informed.
The representatives further said that several cases of health hazards including loss
of hearing, eye sight and birth defects and spread of epidemic have occurred in the
area aftermath of live bombings.
Environmental pollution and ecological imbalance has been created in the area making
the lives of common people and wild life miserable and barren, it added.
In 2005, the IAF had moved for eviction of a school and a hostel. The IAF maintains
that firing range has been heavily encroached upon. The local on the other hands
says that the villages have been in existence even before 1945.
AG office forced to close down
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The Itanagar office of the Auditor General has been forced to close
down for a third consecutive day after it shot letters of termination to at least
22 indigenous Arunachalee employees.
The terminated employees continued its strike forcing the office to shut its work.
The terminated employees have decided to seal the office from Thursday and said
that it will not allow the AG and DAGs to enter the office premises.
Till a solution is arrived including reinstatement of tribal employees, office will
remain closed, the sources informed.
The agitating employees have sought cooperation of NGOs and human right groups in
their fight against the “deliberate injustice”.
Recently AAPSU, the apex student body of state has warned AG office to immediately
revoke dismissal order failing which the student body had threatened severe consequences.
A health camp for elephants
DIYUN, Dec 22: A health examination camp for captive elephants was organized at Diyun
and Piyong on Dec 15-16 by Wild Life Trust of India (WTI). It was the first ever
exposure of the animals to veterinarians.
Of the nine captive elephants screened for endoparasite, seven elephants were positive.
The team found that all the adult elephants had abscess due to occupational hazard
and is the major problem noticed. One adult female elephant had two chronic bursitis
on the left hind legs. All the adult elephants examined were infested with filarial
On the first day of the camp, the team met elephant owners from Piyong, Diyun, Namsai
and nearbly local areas. Examination for general health of captive elephants was
carried out the next day. The elephant owners were distributed with deworming drugs,
mineral supplements and dressing materials for wounds of the animal.
Besides the health awareness, the camp also was organized to collect some baseline
data of captive elephant population in these remote areas by building confidence
with the elephant owners and mahouts belonging to Khamti and Singpho tribes. The
team from WTI comprised of Dr Bhaskar Choudhury, Dr Abhijit Bhawal and Dilip Deori
undertook these two days of awareness camp with support from local people of Diyun
The objective of the health camp was to impart education on common diseases prevalent
among this animal in this remote northeastern part of the country where there is
no access to veterinarians.
Having achieved the building of confidence with the owners and mahouts of Piyong
and Diyun areas in this two days camp, the team received appreciation and request
for a “larger” health camp initiative was also made by the locals. Captive elephant
management practices are age old in North Eastern region of India. The traditional
elephant keeping tribes like Khamtis, Singphos, Tangsas and Moran have passed their
rich traditional knowledge of elephant management through generations orally.
TTA announces team for Sr. national champs
By Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Arunachal Pradesh will participate in the 72nd Senior National
and Inter-state Table Tennis championship to be held in Kolkata, West Bengal from
January 17 to 23, 2011.
Table Tennis Arunachal (TTA) has selected a 7-member squad for the event, which includes
four men and three women players. The selection trial was held today.
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Voluntary Arunachal Senaa (VAS), in a letter to Chairperson, United
Progressive Alliance (UPA) cum president, Indian National Congress (INC), has demanded
removal of Dorjee Khandu from the post of chief minister for his alleged role in
misappropriation of public money.
The Supreme Court has admitted Special Leave Petition (SLP) regarding misappropriation
of fund under SGRY amounting to Rs.68 crore.
While appreciating the UPA Chairperson for axing Union Minister Sashi Tharor, Maharashtra
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Commonwealth Games organizing secretary Suresh Kalmadi
for their alleged involvement in IPL controversy, Adarsh housing scam and misappropriation
of Games fund, VAS said that Khandu should step down from chief minister ship owning
moral responsibility for his alleged involvement in the scam.
ANSU rush to rescue Takam Sanjoy
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has come to the rescue of MP Takam
Sanjoy whose personnel security officer assaulted two journalists on Dec 12.
The assaulter Constable Hina Tada of 2nd IRBn was on the run till his dramatic surrender
in Dec 20 after being granted an anticipatory bail by the Districts and Session court
Union said that dailies of state should not have blamed MP Takam Sanjoy without any
proper proof for wrong doing of his PSO.
The way things are going, it seems this whole issue of attack on journalists have
been politicized by few media owners for their personal benefit. This is absolutely
wrong. The institution of media should not indulge in such character assassination
of a member of parliament, it said.
Such kind of attack on MP smacks of political vendetta and we will not tolerate such
move against a popular leader like Takam Sanjoy”, the Union added.
It went on to term the media report as very provocative.
While expressing solidarity with media persons over “reported attack” on two journalists,
it said that all assault cases of journalists should be tried.
3 hardcore NDFB militants arrested
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Three hardcore NDFB militants, believed to be involved in Doimara
firing incident in which seven Arunachal Pradesh government employees were killed
have been arrested.
The rebels were arrested from different parts of East Kameng district bordering Assam.
One AK 56 rifle, 33 rounds of live ammunition and two modified air pistols with three
numbers of point 22 bullets were recovered from them, police sources said.
On November 9, a group of NDFB militants waylaid a private bus traveling from Tezpur
to Seijosa in which seven Arunachal Pradesh government employees were separated from
others passengers and shot at point blank.
Earlier, two NDFB cadres in the Gamon India engineer kidnapping case, were arrested.
Tado bats for Yukar and Tagru
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Tali MLA Markio Tado urged the authorities concerned to provide
all necessary facilities to lifters Yukar Sibi and Soram Hitlar Tagru.
Sibi had won two gold medals while Tagru a bronze in the just concluded Youth and
Junior Weightlifting Championship in Penang, Malaysia. Describing them as role models
for the young generations, the MLA said that the duo despite being from a very isolated
part of the state deserves hearty congratulations for their perseverance and hard
work. Their achievement will inspire many more youths of the state, he added.
Both Sibi and Tagru hail from remote Tali area of Kurung Kumey district.
1st State Level Martyrs Cup cum Inter Tribe Youth Festival all set to start
ABC “Ride for One Arunachal”
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The first State Level Martyrs Cup cum Inter Tribes Youth Festival
organized by All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) will get underway at Rajiv
Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun, tomorrow.
The main motto of the event is to foster communal harmony, unity and brotherhood
among various tribes in the state as well as NE region.
Various games and sports, literary and cultural competitions and food festival will
be organized during the 5-day programme. The main attractions will be the Miss AAPSU
contest and stage show by Indian Idol Sourabhee Debbarma on December 25 and screening
of first Hindi film of the state Meri Maa Meri Dharam on the concluding day.
The winner of the Miss AAPSU contest will be awarded a Chevrolet Spark car.
While Games and Sports activities will be held at RG Stadium, Naharlagun the food
festival, cultural and literary items would be organized at Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar.
The programme will be attended by students leaders from various NE states, including
AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharjee, who will be the special guest.
Over 680 delegates from all the 16 districts are participating in the programme.
AAPSU and NESO leaders led by AAPSU president Takam Tatung and NESO general secretary
Gumjum Haider briefed on the 1st State Level Martyrs Cup cum Inter Tribe Youth Festival
at a joint press conference. Appealing to all including the former AAPSU leaders
to come out and attend the festival enthusiastically, Tatung said, ‘it is high time
that we come out for communal harmony in the state and particularly the youth’. He
also called upon the state government for treating Indian Idol 4 winner Sourabhee
Debbarma as a state guest and providing proper security when she performs on Dec
North East Students Organisation general secretary Gumjum Haider thanking all for
supporting Sourabhee Debbarma during the Indian Idol contest informed that, we had
promised a show of her in Itanagar and now she will be performing as a Christmas
gift from us. He also informed that student leaders from all the student organizations
of the North Eastern states will be guests.
AAPSU vice president Nabam Tamar informed that the whole spirit of the celebration
is for promoting communal harmony among the various tribes of the state and remembering
and honouring the AAPSU martyrs who laid down their life for the organisation. A
festival like this would be a platform for interaction among the youths of various
tribes from all over the state, added Tamar. Meanwhile, the capital region once again
reverberated with the thunders of the Arunachal Bullet Club for the cause ‘Ride for
One Arunachalism’ today from Gohpur Tinali Itanagar to Rajiv Gandhi University Rono
Hills. The ride was a roaring prelude to 1st State Level Martyrs Cup cum Inter Tribe
Earlier, AAPSU president Takam Tatung, former MLA Kipa Babu and North East Students
Organisation general secretary Gumjum Haider flagged off the rally at Gohpur Tinali.
The ABC bikers adorned with all their biking regalia numbering around 37 in all were
also joined in by 6 bikers from the Assam Rhino Club.
The rally passing and halting at various points at Itanagar, Naharlagun, NERIST,
Doimukh and RGU spread along the message of one Aurnachal.
Allegation against hydel project
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Alleging very low quality work, Koloriang Native People Society,
has demanded the authorities concerned to ensure proper construction of the hydel
project at Yapha, Koloriang.
While describing the low quality work, the society in a release said that various
RCC slab culverts executed by the contractors were cracked and no tests has been
conducted by the concern site engineer in-charge. The execution of soiling and others
of WBM-I, WBM-II and WBM-II were carried out without specification, it said adding
that the thickness of WBM-I, II, II were also not as per specification. But, surprisingly
payment were released without conducting the test check, it said.
It also alleged procurement of materials without inviting any tender and irregularities
in construction of approach road to forebay tank.
It demanded that open tender which is mandatory should be invited for proper implementation
of the hydel project and for judicious utilization of the fund.
Training and health camp
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The Voluntary Health Association of Arunachal Pradesh has conducted
DAI’s Training and Health camps on Reproductive and Child Health at Khupi, Kimi of
West Kameng District on Dec 11-13.
Niglar Sawa Samity, the Field NGO, collaborated with VHAAP and Donyi Polo Youth Federation
organissed another prog from Dec 14-16 at Nomora and Baliso area of East Kameng District.
In the training, ASHA’s, the pregnant women, Community stake holders and panchayat
leaders participated. The training advocated on how to conduct safe delivery, Ante
Natal, Post Natal care and Family planning.
In addition, the required health care materials with delivery kits were distributed
to Dai’s and Health workers.
AUSP mourns the death young engineer
NAHARLAGUN, Dec 22: The members of Arunachal-Utkala Sanskrutika Parishad (AUSP) have
deeply mourned the untimely demise of Chiranjibi Tripathy, son of Prof RB Tripathy,
following a motorcycle accident in Mumbai on December 12.
A brilliant student throughout, Chiranjibi after passing out from government HS school,
Pasighat, had completed his BE (electrical) from Burla Engineering College, Orissa
and joined Tata Consultancy Services as an engineer in 2007.
But as ill luck would have it, he met with an accident sustaining brain hemorrhage
and was rushed to multi-specialty Fortis Hospital in Mumbai, where he succumbed to
his injuries after fighting for life for 48 hours on December 14.
The members closely associated with him recalled him as a soft spoken, hard working
and intelligent young man with a very high IQ which stood him in good stead all through.
They observed two minutes silence to pray for the eternal peace of the departed soul
and conveyed their deepest sense of condolence to the bereaved family.
Prof Tripathy is the political science HoD at DNGC, Itanagar, and vice president
of the AUSP.
Dr. Doni Jini
Rabbit is the only food-producing animal, which could thrive entirely on greens,
forages and by-products. They can convert forage into meat more efficiently than
ruminant animals.It is one of the micro-livestock that can be reared in the backyard
to meet the increasing demand of meat in the region were majority of population are
The existence of rabbit with human being remained from the time immemorial. Romans
were the first to domesticate wild rabbits. There were different views concerning
the domestication of rabbits. Some say rabbits were domesticated by 1st century B.C.
but others say that the first experiment in domestication of rabbits took place in
monasteries of France between 6th and 10th century A.D. During Second World War rabbit’s
meat was denoted as ‘Underground Mutton’ and served as a source of food for rural
families. At present China is the largest producer of rabbit meat, constituting approximately
40% of global production followed by the European countries .In India rabbit farming
gained importance during early sixties in places like Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and
Kashmir through introduction of German angora breed. In 1977 the government of India
took much interest in rabbit raising in states and established a Central Research
Station to encourage rabbit farming and to envisage research program to mitigate
the problems in rabbit farming .Tamil Nadu is the premier state in rabbit farming
The breeds mainly reared in India are crosses of New Zealand White, Soviet chinchilla
and Dutch crosses. There is a very good potential for rabbit production. Rabbits
have small body size leading to efficient space utilization. They can easily thrive
on the various greens grasses and vegetable left over. Attains early sexual maturity
5 months in Does (Adult female) and 7-9months in Bucks (Adult male).With a gestation
period of 1 month producing 30 to 50 young ones in a year. Within 3 months a baby
rabbit (kid) gain market weight of 2 kgs to 2.5 kgs. With a dressing percentage of
60-65%. The meat is almost cholesterol free compared to most other meat and therefore
good for heart patient’s .It is high in protein and low in fat, cholesterol and sodium.
The meat is white, fine-grained, delicately flavoured, nutritious and appetizing
.Rabbits produce dung, which makes good fertilizer. Rabbit skin and fur have many
Healthy and productive rabbits need clean, dry homes. This depends on the location
of rabbitry, local climate and size of the enterprise.They are kept in cages, hutch
or colony type. One rabbit is kept in a single cage and the cages can be made up
of welded wire mesh .Another method of rearing rabbit is in hutches were more than
one rabbit are kept according to age group, floor should be made of concrete. The
walls of colony houses system can be made of pucca to half the height and rest half
with wire net. The floor should be concrete. Roof can be made using corrugated or
bamboo.The bottom of the cage should be a metre or a metre and a half above the ground--a
convenient height. There should be provision for waterer and feeder.
They can be fed with concentrate feed pellets of 4-6 mm diameter and 10-15 mm length
along with greens. Concentrate feed has to be given in two divided doses and should
precede greens as per different age groups. Rabbits generally eat more during night
in summer. With the onset of winter the requirement increases and the feeding shifts
to day to time. Adequate fibre in the ration is a must to prevent enteric diseases
and fur chewing. Clean potable water must be provided throughout the day. Broiler
type rabbits can be raised on sole feeding of mixed greens and vegetable wastes and
the final bodyweight of 2.0 kg and 2.5 kg can be attained at 12 weeks and 16 weeks
Rabbits can be bred any time of the year. They are polyoestrous, Male rabbit (Buck)
and female rabbit (Doe) can be used for breeding after 4-5months and 7 months onwards.
The doe is taken to the buck cage and never vice versa. If ready for breeding doe
will allow the buck to nuzzle and mount, and will facilitate mating by lifting her
rump/back. After successful mating the male usually produces a typical sound and
falls down to one side .Gestation/Pregnancy period is around 29-31days.Fur plucking
phenomenon can be observed on last two days of pregnancy. Newborn rabbits eyes are
closed and they don’t have hair on their body. Hairs start to develop from 4th day
onwards and open their eyes from 12-13th day. Regularly replace the bedding material
and provide warmth through lighting. After 21 days of birth rabbit can be fed green
grasses. 42 days onwards weaning/separation of young ones from mother should be done.
Female can be again being mated after 42 -43 days. So, in a year 5-6 times mating
and average of 25-40 young ones can be obtained from a single doe.
Cleanliness, ventilation and close observation of rabbits are important. Pregnant
and old females should not be purchased. A quarantine period of 2 weeks is required
for rabbits purchased from different sources. Beginners should start with 2 males
and 10 female rabbits only. Rabbits are susceptible to heat stress; they don’t have
sweat glands, avoid sudden acute exposure to high temperature than to chronic exposure
to high temperatures. They should be examined closely every day for signs of disease,
especially signs of nasal discharge or diarrhoea. A sick rabbit does not eat and
drink, lethargic, has a dull appearance in its eye, has rough hair coat and is generally
unthrifty. Consult a registered veterinary practioner.
Rabbit meat is a wholesome, tasty product. Hence, backyard rabbit rearing is a potential
means of improving the nutritional status of people. More attention is required to
be made to popularize and commercialize the meat of it. (The writer is a Scientist,
Vety.Extension Education, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Arunachal Pradesh
Centre, Basar,West Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh.)