Unemployed engineers oppose recruitment on deputation basis
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association strongly opposed the
decision of the government to recruit engineers on deputation basis in education
department including Assistant Engineer (civil) Junior Engineer (civil) Surveyor
(civil) and Draughtsman.
It alleged that the newly created engineering wing in the education department is
going to recruit on 100 % deputation basis without following the recruitment rules.
The association strongly demanded the concerned department to strictly follow the
It decided to conduct a peaceful Dharna on December 10 in front of Directorate
of Higher and Technical Education and Directorate of School Education, Itanagar to
protest the recruitment process.
By Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR Dec 4: The Saint Thomas Catholic Church of Nimte village under Sagalee circle
in Papumpare district celebrated the sheltering festival in a befitting manner here
today. The sheltering festival is popular festival before Christmas among Christian
believers across the world. Attending the function, Arunachal Bullet Club President
Nabam Jose called upon the villagers to adopt the principle of non -violence and
spread the message of communal harmony and peaceful co-existence among all religions.
He further advised the villagers to send their children to school so that people
of the village could contribute to the state and nation in development activities.
He added that people of the village should stand united in developmental activities.
Float open tender
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Gangte Circle Intellectual Forum and All Taning Talam Welfare Society
appealed to the concerned authority to float open tender for construction of motor-able
steel bridge over Kumey River between Dha Hill Top to Gangte Administrative Centre.
It said that the organisations will not tolerate award of work order to any individual
for construction of the bridge.
Meanwhile, the name of the Kumey River was wrongly mentioned as Kurung River in yesterday’s
edition of this daily under heading “float open tender”. The inadvertent error is
Forum serves ultimatum to government
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum yesterday served a seven days
ultimatum to state government on ToI and other issues.
The forum demanded the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to solve the ToI issue and produce
Pradeep Thakur in the state, immediate clearance of all the pending bills of every
department, police outpost at Kakoi, Taraso, fire station at Karsingsa and immediate
arrest of all the individuals involved in the state’s PDS scam.
The forum threatens to launch protest if the government fail to meet the demands.
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Indian Army team posted at Taksing organized a medical camp at Taksing
recently. Altogether, 113 patients were benefited from the camp.
On the occasion, the two army doctors highlighted about health care and advised the
villagers and students to maintain physical fitness.
School girl dies after hit by bus
By Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR: In an unfortunate incident, a 6 years old school girl died today after
a school bus reportedly hit her in Good Shepherd Residential School campus at Papu
Nallah in Naharlagun this morning.
A class II student, the schoolgirl succumbed to her injuries and died at around 10:55
am at a private hospital in Itanagar.
Confirming the incident Naharlagun police station informed this daily that incident
occurred around 6:45 am in the morning when bus bearing registration number AR01C-9872
of Good Shepherd Residential School was about to take the children to the church
The driver has been arrested and the bus seized. A case has been registered at Naharlagun
Police station U/S 279/338/304(a) IPC for further investigation, police sources informed.
ITANAGAR: The seventh session of the fifth legislative assembly of Arunachal Pradesh
will be held on December 8 to elect a Deputy Speaker which has fallen vacant following
the resignation of Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh.
Podi Barbi Festival
Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) J.J. Singh has conveyed festival
greetings to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh and to members of the agrarian community
on the auspicious occasion of Podi Barbi.
In his message, the Governor said that he join Ramo, Bokar and Palibo brethren in
welcoming the new agriculture season and pray for a bumper harvest.
The Governor wished that the festival heralding the harvesting season bring peace,
happiness and prosperity to the people.
Run to out AIDS
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Kra-Dadii Club, an NGO based in Seppa observed world AIDS day along
with the rest of the world. To mark the occasion a mega marathon race with theme
“Run to out AIDS” with participation of more than 400 people including students and
senior citizens was held.
Maring Tok and Menu Taku were the winners of men and women section respectively.
The marathon was flagged off by deputy commissioner Tope Bam. During the day, free
testing and counselling of AIDS/HIV and malaria was done.
More than 300 people got themselves tested for HIV.
Dr K Sopin who was resource person for the day spoke in length about HIV and ways
to prevent it from spreading. He stated that youth can play special role to prevent
spread of HIV/AIDS.
Arunachalees and their double standards
This is apropos the article 'Hindi is a binding force' by Pawan Rai. Firstly I would
like to congratulate Pawan for mustering such a courage to call spade a spade. It
is indeed true and preposterous that most of the Arunachalees treat the people from
the mainland India as outsiders or worse-refugees. It is a known fact in Arunachal
that they are the favourite punching bags in the state.
The fact of the matter is, had it not been for this mainland people Arunachal as
a state would have still lagged behind in every sphere. History is witness to it.
So many crores are pumped into the state in the form of central schemes but it ends
up in the pocket of these politicians and local officers who care a damn for these
mainland people. They are remembered only during the elections. Not only that, even
the police are biased in their dealing with these Indians and their grievances never
gets redressed. It is very ironic that these Arunachalees send their kids to the
best of colleges in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai but when it comes to deal with a
common mainland Indian back in Arunachal, they are not even treated with minimum
dignity. They are beaten and threatened at will at the slightest provocation. It
is also very ironic and smacks of double hypocrisy when much hue and cry is made
out when China claims Arunachal as its part. All Arunachal say in unison that 'We
are an integral part of India"! But they call these mainland Indians as refugees/outsiders!
How can you call them outsiders when you are calling yourself an Indian! They get
inspiration from Sachin Tendulkar, they dress up like Salman, they admire Katrina
but when it comes to deal with a common Indian they call them names. Is this justice?
Time has come to clean yourself up. Let this message go loud and clear. So called
Mainland Indians in Arunachal are fighting their own battle in a silent way. They
are living there bereft of even the basic human dignity. Its about time that they
should get better treatment. Even otherwise they have such limited opportunities
in Arunachal, let it be in getting job, be it in purchasing properties. Then why
are they being treated as a threat to the society and as a result treated badly?
Will somebody answer?
Language is for communication
Over a period of time, I have been observing Hindi crusaders in your Reader’s forum.
I appreciate Kajal Chatterjee and co for linguistic enlightenment drive through the
Reader’s Forum for such a prolonged period.
As a matter of fact, there is no need of such a long crusade through public forum
unless any harm is being done to any section of society by learning or speaking in
In fact knowledge of Hindi by Arunachalee has helped a lot.
Very purpose of language is for communication. Whether particular language is national,
official, state languages should come last in queue. If at all someone is opposing
Hindi or any Indian languages in India, they should first eradicate English from
country. If neither English nor Hindi be used, we should go back to hundreds or thousands
years back, invent, discover everything by ourselves and express or represent them
in our local language or dialects. Any written material in one language must not
be translated into another language. For instance, novel or poem written in Bengali
should never be translated into other language. Not even into Assamese or Oriya or
Nagamese. A person must not know more than one language except their mother tongue.
Two neighbors whose mother tongues are different must never communicate. Similarly,
two states or country whose languages are different must never engage in any form
of deal. If our intention is not this way and if we accept language as media for
communication among human being, opposing any language really makes no sense. Language
itself doesn’t matter much until two parties can comprehend. What is important is
what is being communicated. With these facts, using Hindi language doesn’t harm
anyone or region. Arunachal being a state with no language of itself, their denizens
have every right of choosing which language suits them best. Please note that the
writer’s intention is neither to promote, nor to denounce any regional language or
dialect. Preserving, promoting mother tongue is important but knowing or using any
language which enhances one’s value is not bad either.
Bridge over Siji River
I, on behalf of the people of Lika, Bali Nyilok and Nyigup (NBN) villages, appeal
to the local MLA Jomde Kena to do the needful for immediate construction of the bridge
over Siji river (Gai Nadi). The villagers of western bank of the river have been
facing communication problem with Likabali town due to delay in construction of the
sanctioned bridge reportedly due to some petty issues.
Besides creating communication problem to the villagers, the river has also claimed
many a lives while crossing it to reach Likabali.
I, therefore, sincerely appeal to our local MLA to look into the matter seriously
and take immediate step to construct the bridge for the welfare of people of your
Sports and lack of facilities
It is learnt from reliable sources that Central Government has been providing enough
fund for development of sports sector in Arunachal Pradesh. There is also separate
department for this sector to oversee the activities. But it seems the State Government
is not doing enough for development of this sector which is evident from lack of
basic sports infrastructure all over the state. And that is why we are still lagging
so far behind other states in sports. Some playgrounds like Rajiv Gandhi stadium
are getting ruined due to lack of maintenance. It has become a waste disposable spot
and grazing field for domestic animals.
Nobody will disagree with me that few sportspersons, who have achieved success in
national and international events by dint of hard work, are the true representatives
of the state. They deserve accolades from all for their triumphs thus bringing laurels
to the state in spite of lack of facility and proper support from the authority.
I, there, urge the sports mentors of the state to make efforts to bring Arunachal
Pradesh at par with other sporting states by properly and judiciously utilizing the
funds meant for development of sports sector.
Arunachal Law Academy
Height of Hindi fanatism
This refers to the atrocious letter by Pawan Rai in your newspaper on Dec 2. Rai
is one of the typical Hindi fanatics since he calls non-Hindi people lunatics. That
means people who protest Bihari dominance in India are mad and those who listen to
Bihari masters are sane. Shame on Pawan Rai and his tribe of thinkers!
The most developed nation like Japan, Korea, Germany, Russia, France and even our
immediate neighbor China to name a few don't give priority to English language because
these countries are formed on the basis of their mother-tongue. Unlike India, who
sends army to beat Kashmiris and Manipuris, these are of the same genetic and racial
stock who formed one country on the basis of one race and one language. If Srivastav,
Mukherjee and Das taught Mathematics to Pawan Rai, that is his problem. Before Srivastav
taught, the British gave the light of modern education to north-east. Indians called
north-east land of Kiratas, that is lowly demons. Outsiders are exploiting the natural
resources of north-east.
What does Pawan Rai want the states of Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur and Meghalaya to
do? I am sure that this Hindi fanatic wants north-east to bow and kneel before the
Hindi culture and lose their ethnic identity in the years to come. This will be solely
responsible because of affinity towards the Hindi culture.
If it was not for the British, high caste Hindi people like Pawan Rai would have
called us naked like he calls the people of Andaman and Nicobar islands. Shame on
his low thinking and feudal, bossy mentality. He symbolises what outsiders think
of north-east and their superiority complex over us.
It was not Hindi people who showed light of modern education and civilization to
north-east. Hindi masters may not like it and try to hide it, but it was the British
who changed the life-style and modernised the north-east. Later Hindi peoples took
over and started exploiting natural resources as in Jaintia hills and the markets
of north-east towns and cities. English is more helpful for north-east people to
check Hindi people invasion. This will never be agreed by people like Pawan Rai who
form majority in central govt offices which take decisions for Hindi supremacy at
the cost of native languages. People like Pawan Rai will never understand the sentiments
and emotions of those people whose language has been subjugated under Hindi in the
schools and offices in their own land.
If people like Pawan Rai came before Christian missionaries came, Khasi language
would have been wiped away. Thanks to the missionaries, our native language survived
Hindi onslaught in Khasi hills. We are thankful to English and would always vote
for English as our official language when dealing with outside world.
Arunachal Times should not have given a chance to call north-east naked. Is the editorial
board Hindi too? Or else, people like Pawan Rai would not have dared to call us
‘As dead as the dodo’
The letter by Pawan Rai published in 'Arunachal Times' on Dec 2 was in bad taste.
Being from the dominant Hindi community of India, Rai is unaware of the anxiety of
a minority community. Let me give him the example of a bird which is no more in this
world. It is extinct now-- the Dodo bird. 100 years back the dodo bird roamed around
Australia. Then came huge number of sailors and pirates who ate the dodo so much
that it became extinct. If too much of interference and contact with outsiders take
place, small native tribes disappear. With them disappear their language, culture
and heritage. Given our present education in Hindi schools, our languages will meet
the fate of the dodo, and will be called 'as dead as the dodo'.
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When they should be in school
The latest government report reveals that over five million children are economically
active in the Indian labour market.
Millions of children still labour today, in factories, farms, kilns, mines, homes
and waste dumps, deprived of education, play, rest, healthy growth and childhood.
The law in India treats much of child labour as legally permissible. For children
up to 14 years, only a small set of vocations designated ‘hazardous' are prohibited.
Only in 2006 was employing children as domestic help declared illegal, and just five
years earlier, rag-picking was prohibited among children. There are weak penalties
and few prosecutions, barely a few thousand in the whole country every year. There
is no prohibition of any kind of work for children who cross the age of 14 years.
Latest official estimates report around five million children economically active
in the labour market, which is 2% of the total child population of India in the age
group 5–14 years. Child rights activists, however, argue that the actual numbers
of child workers are much larger, because children not in school are hidden child
workers, rearing younger siblings, tending the home, or helping parents earn in the
fields, home-based work or vending. Their numbers are four times as many as enumerated
Legislation has been unsuccessful in stopping child labour, even in hazardous industries.
A third of all acknowledged child workers are found to be in hazardous occupations.
About 53% of the total number of children working in hazardous occupations is employed
in the pan, bidi, and cigarette industry, in construction, and as domestic help.
72% recorded child workers are in agriculture and constitute almost 9% of all agricultural
The official tolerance of child labour is grounded in the belief that child labour
is an inevitable product of poverty. This stand however needs to change. It is necessary
that instead of depending on govt to bring in changes, we make the first move ourselves
by not engaging children in any menial work. Accepting child labour as just another
inevitable problem is going to add to the problem.
New Delhi, Dec 4: During a meeting with the Arunachalee delegation led by the Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki, the Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee assured to consider
the projects proposed under alternative source as a special package to Arunachal
The team had impressed upon the union minister to consider the impending proposals
of infrastructure requirements of capital city Itanagar amounting to Rs 1213.53 crores
under Urban Sector and Integrated River and Flood Management of Arunachal Pradesh
for Rs 396 crores which were to be funded by ADB/World Bank but could not be taken
up by Government of India due to China’s strong objection.
The Chief Minister Nabam Tuki further expressed concern on low Credit Deposit ratio.
He informed the Union minister that some of the banks are not even lending to SHGs.
“This is evidenced by the large gap between the number of SHGs savings linked and
credit linked. The purveying of credit in Arunachal Pradesh has to be championed
by the Commercial Banks as they have around 70 branches compared to 23 branches of
APRB and 22 branches of APSCB. Even among the commercial banks, SBI with 46 branches
has to play main role. There is need for innovative models to deliver financial services.
Otherwise the green initiatives of the Government of India in moving towards Electronic
Benefit Transfer may not be realised fully in the state. The pattern of loan accounts
reveals that only 20% of the accounts pertain to agriculture. Around 67% of the accounts
related to personal loans. RBI may have to consider assigning higher weights for
loans given in NER while computing priority sector lending and assigning lower weights
to the loans issued in other parts of the country. This may provide some incentive
to banks to seriously look at lending in NER” Tuki apprised Mukherjee.
He in turn assured to take up the issue on positive note.
While the chief minister appealed Mukherjee for permission of Finance Ministry for
sanction of loan under RIDF etc. as a part of approved plan outlet for 2011-12, the
union minister ask the state government to submit the amended FRBM for active consideration.
Mukherjee also gave a positive gesture towards gap-funding for completion, strengthening
and commissioning of Hydel-stations under Hydro Power department.
The team included Finance, Planning and PWD Minister Chowna Mein, MPs Takam Sanjay
and Ninong Ering, Principal Advisor to CM and Parliamentary Secretary T N Thongdok,
Parliamentary Secretary Nabam Rebia, C C Singpho, Padi Richo, Chief Secretary Tabom
Bam and Principal Secretary to CM Yeshi Tsering. (PRO)
A saga of never ending wait
Minister assures to lift Niglok IGC to a new high
RUKSIN, Dec 4: Resentment of the people at the slow-pace of development work at the
Industrial Growth Centre (IGC) under the state Industry department at Niglok in East
Siang district, has literally reached its zenith.
The IGC, which had once brought new hope of industrialization among the people including
bamboo technology, information technology park, fruit processing, machinery weaving
units is yet to see any light of development as all forms of construction has been
stalled for the last two decades.
The state’s industry minister Tapang Taloh, accompanied by the West-Pasighat MLA
Dr Tangor Tapak, Director of Industry Rebo Renya, Handloom, Handicraft & Textile
Director Khoda Ruja and East Siang district administrative officials, visited the
IGC to take stock of the condition centre today.
The Minister while interacting with the industry officials, local PRI leaders and
Gaonburahs in the complex assured the people to bring the industrial centre to a
“I am sure that my entry to the industry department will bring a change and correct
the shortfalls and the centre will get its due importance”, he said.
He said that he will discuss the problems facing the IGC with the Chief Minister
for strategic steps for its early start.
Responding to a memoranda submitted to him regarding development of the industrial
centre, Taloh further said that all necessary efforts would be put in place. Addressing
the people, MLA Tangor Tapak stated that he had earlier moved the government for
protection measure from Sile river, which has been eroding land allotted to the IGC
and demanded sanction for construction of boundary wall around the complex.
Assistant Director of Industry (ADI) cum Project Manager of Niglok IGC Jumbom Riba,
who earlier addressed the meeting, informed the present status of the IGC in a form
of memorandum and requested the minister and officials concern for taking needful
He stressed on construction of a RCC boundary wall around the complex in order to
guard the properties.
It may be mentioned that the department of industry had submitted an estimate of
Rs 20 cr to the Government of India (GOI) in December 1988. Accordingly, the GOI
had approved an estimated amount of Rs. 1.5 cr with which the department acquired
land measuring 582.15 acres at Niglok under Ruksin circle.
The contractor entrusted for construction works, M/s- Tama Fabrication Works (Naharlagun)
had assured to complete the construction at the end of 2006, but it has miserably
failed to complete works even after extension of scheduled time on several occasions.
Presently, most of the building constructed inside the office complex are lying abandoned
for the last several years and is already in dilapidated condition.
DPYK Silver-Jubilee concludes
Spiritualism is the essence of our existence: Siram
PASIGHAT, Dec 4: Spiritualism is the essence of our existence, said the Education
Minister Bosiram Siram while attending the valedictory function of the four days
long celebration of Donyipolo Yelam Kebang at the Central Ganging ground on Saturday
A society cannot progress if it merely imitates the ancestors. DPYK is the brain
child of enlightened philosopher Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo who gave new mission and
visions to follow our distinct norms, values, virtues through spiritualism and salvation,
added Siram. The Aabangs are our Shastras and DPYK is working in right direction
with faith and devotions to preserve our tradition, culture and unity paving the
way to reform our great heritage, he said.
He also stated that the need of the hour is to empower youth with required skills
to lead a decent life full of faith, discipline, broadness and wisdom to discuss
what is best for the society.
The minister urged to introduce good books to students, spiritual activities and
to continue research in the field. He further called for judicious use of Rs two
crore granted by the Chief Minister in constructing a good cultural hall. (DIPRO)
Be ready to face any challenges: Governor
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J J Singh exhorted officers
and personnel of 9 Infantry Division of Indian Army to prepare hard and maintain
team spirit to face any challenge.
The Governor was addressing them on the occasion of Jessore Day celebration, which
commemorates the Army Division’s victory over the Jessore garrison, now in Bangladesh
in the Indo-Pak War of 1971.
Attending the celebration in Meerut Cantonment on 3rd December 2011, the Governor
advised the officers to always lead from front. Motivating the personnel of the
Division, which is christened as ‘Pine Division’ the Governor said that there is
no shortcut to success. He added that if you do not give up, God will be with you
and success will be yours.
General Singh, who commanded the Infantry Division in 1996-98 nostalgically recalling
his days with the Division, said that it was one of the most challenging phases of
his service life.
The Governor, who never misses an occasion to draw attention towards Arunachal Pradesh,
highlighted the unique features of the State, its flora and fauna and the people.
He called upon the officers and personnel to visit the State as tourist and experience
the hospitality of the tribal community.
Earlier in the function, the Governor released a coffee table book, ‘The Pine Warriors’
which gives details of the saga of valour of the Division from 1940 to 2011.
Lt General (Retd.) Mathew Thomas, who commanded the Division in
1976-78 and present General Officer in Command, Maj General SK Gadeock also spoke
on the occasion.
Lt. General (Retd.) I.J. Khanna, who commanded it in 1980-82 and many serving and
retired officers of the Division, attended the 40th commemoration celebration.
Before leaving for Delhi today, the Governor laid wreath at the Pine War Memorial
and visited the archive of the Division, which recalls the details of the wars the
Division fought since its inception. The Governor also visited the newly built ‘Jessore
The history of 1971 Indo-Pak war bears testimony to numerous fierce battles won with
great tenacity and unsurpassed heroism by war heroes of 9 Infantry Division, which
not only provided a decisive edge to the Indian Army in the 1971 campaign, but also
contributed phenomenally towards enhancement of national pride and honour.
The gallant and victorious troops of the Pine Division entered Jessore cantonment
(erstwhile East Pakistan) and unfurled the tricolor, which signaled the end of an
era of oppression and exploitation by the erstwhile Pakistani Military rulers in
East Pakistan. The Commanders of Pakistan's 107 Infantry brigade, Brig Hayat Khan
signed the 'Instrument of Surrender of Jessore' on the lawns of Khulna Rest House
before Maj Gen Dalbir Singh, the then GOC of the Pine Division. 81 Pakistani officers,
130 JCOs and more than 3476 men had surrendered along with large number of weapons
and ammunition. (PRO, Rajbhavan)
Thakur Anukul’s birth anniversary
ITANAGAR, Dec 04: The 124th birth anniversary of Thakur Anukul Chandra was celebrated
by the believers with religious fervour here today.
The celebration also marked the visit of Sri Sri Dada at Satsang Centre, Itanagar
The celebration began with Usha Kirtan at 4-30 followed by congregational prayer
at 9 am and procession by the believers singing religious songs and holding posters
with teachings of Anukul in the main thoroughfare of the township at 11 am.
The afternoon programmes included, “Anand Bazar” “Matri Sammelan” “Evening Prayer”
Hundreds of spirited believers, including from Bihpura, Assam attended the celebration.
6th round of VOA
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: The 6th round of the singing talent hunt, the Voice of Arunachal-2
was held at Naharlagun yesterday.
Six contestants have qualified for the next elimination round after the end of the
One contestant is eliminated in each round on the basis of public voting through
SMS. Gichik Taha was eliminated after the end of round six. The next elimination
round would be held on December 10.
Attending the programme, Panye Taram, DFDO highly praised the organizing committee
HAMARE (Hayang Memorial Agro Industrial and Education Trust) for giving a platform
to the young singers to expose their talent. Encouraging the contestants to preserve
their own culture through music, he appealed to the people of the state and the organizing
committee to select the best and deserving one. Ashok Sonam, MD also a prominent
singer, while highlighting the aims and objectives of the event, revealed that the
contest has encouraged so many young singers to learn their own mother tongue through
their local melodious songs.
Komsing Youth lift Gaalem Pajing Winter Cup Football
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Komsing Youth Star Club lifted the Gaalem Pajing Winter Cup Football
defeating Netaji Soccer Club Boleng 5-4 via penalty shootout at Boleng General Ground
on December One.
The match was taken to tie-breaker after both the teams were tied 2-2 in regulation
and extra time.
Tunong Pada of Rasing Team was adjudged as the “Player of the Tournament” while Nini
Gao Komsing was declared “Best Footballer.” Nutu Komut of Rumgong team and Ige Ngomdir
of Veteran Wolves team shared the highest scorer honour by scoring six goals each.
Doban Taki of Komsing team was chosen “Best Goalkeeper” and Nixon Tatin “Best Promising
Player of the Tournament”.
Best discipline team went to Rumgong team of West Siang.
After witnessing the final match, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Jarsa Gamlin and Toko
Darang, advised the youths to take up football and other co-curricular activities
along with their studies. Both of them appreciated the Boleng Sport Association and
Pajing Films Ltd. for conducting the tournament in a grand manner which gave the
local youths a chance to explore an exhibit their hidden talents.
Later, Gamlin contributed Rs. 50,000 to the organizing committee fund and also he
agreed to give Rs. 2 lakh for repairing and maintenance of Boleng Football ground.
In the cultural events, Tayek Tatik of Beging was selected as the best singer and
prizes for best dancer in groups were won by Mount Libar School Boleng, Paman English
School Boleng and Kids Corner School Boleng.
ITBP beat APP, Tripura in All India Police Football
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) central football team based
at Kimin under Papum Pare district beat Arunachal Pradesh Police 3-2 in their opening
match of the 60th BN Mullik Memorial All India Police Football Tournament at Dergaon,
Assam on November 23.
All the three goals were scored by Constable (general duty) Meash Ekka.
The ITBP team played out a 2-2 draw with Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in their
second group match on November 25.
In their third group match, ITBP team thrashed Tripura by 2-0 goals.
Meanwhile, 10th ITBP Commandant Rajesh Kumar Tomar expressed satisfaction over the
overall performance of the newly raised football team. The team has so far won four
tournaments this year.
Altogether, 35 teams from various police organizations all over India are participating
in the championship.
If you should have the good fortune to visit the venerable town of Bishwanath Ghat
on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, as I did recently, you would find things much
as they have been for generations: groves of bamboo, a neglected dak bungalow, a
Hindu temple, a row of shops along the quiet road and a few, now sad, colonial era
buildings. Which is quite surprising, since the village enjoys the serene safety
of a commanding bluff overlooking the river sands and offers a majestic view of the
valley. In the middle distance is the now docile winter river, and beyond, in the
haze, the trees of Kaziranga and a line of blue hills. In any other world, this stunningly
beautiful vantage point would have been swarmed by developers with an eye for prime
But some things have changed. Indeed, if you visit the river landing, the older villagers
will point out to you the sturdy old trees once used by the river steamers as landmarks,
and finally as places to tie up. Though few of the present generation know, even
in the early years after Independence, paddlewheel vessels regularly plied the Brahmaputra
bringing into the valley the manufactured goods from Bengal and taking back great
chests of tea, bundles of jute and bags of valley rice.
The steamers would round the bend below Bishwanath, the thrashing of the paddlewheels
becoming more distinct, and then, serving notice with the steam whistle, would edge
up to the landing as sailors and workers swarmed the gangways and raucous crows wheeled
overhead. For a few hours, there would be the thunder of oil drums being rolled on
and off the ship, while gangs of labourers chanted work songs in moving the freight.
And then, with furnaces stoked, the ships would drift gently into the current, the
paddlewheels thrash to life, and they would surge away bound for Jorhat, Dibrugarh
or Guwahati. In those days, before Rajdhani train service, ‘video’ busses, or jet
aircraft, the steamers would carry passengers to and fro from Kolkata. And they will
recount that at the prow of each steamer would often stand a sailor with a long bamboo
pole which had been measured and marked. As the ship would make its way, the sailor
would thrust the pole into the water ahead, seeking to take the measure of its depths
and singing out to the pilot the readings.
Especially at night during the treacherous rains, when the pilot could not be certain
where the channels and sandbars lay, safe passage of the steamer would often depend
upon the sailor at the prow. And passengers and crews of those vessels will tell
you, that there was no lullaby so powerful, so reassuring, as the cry of the boatman
marking out the depths when he would sing out in Bengali, “Baam mileh nah! Baam mileh
nah!” Such is the lore and soul of the river of which Bhupen Hazarika was once bard.
But the old trees at Bishwanath Ghat that bear the marks of the chains and hawsers
of the steamers that once called at the landing, may well point the way toward a
new future of river navigation. Indeed, might the river not once again become the
highway it once was, in the service of all who lived along its banks? And might it
not become inspiration for a new generation of poets and singers who will chant its
dramas, its beauty, its mystery and its power? (Jonathan Larson, is a native of Atlanta,
Georgia, USA and travel writer. He was in North East recently)
Disaster prone Lohit prepare itself
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: The Lohit District Disaster Management Authority met on Friday to
discuss damages in the last monsoon season and cases pertaining to granting of relief
assistance to the victims of fire and natural disaster.
DC R K Sharma who is also the chairman of the DDMA directed all the executing agencies
and Heads of department to submit a detailed flood damage report from 2003-2011 immediately
to the Disaster Management Cell Lohit as per the direction of the State Govt. During
the meeting, 45 house damage cases were verified and granted Ex-post facto approval
by the DLRC.
DLRC further advised the Relief Branch to procure life saving drugs, equipments for
flood monitoring and SAR operation during flood season.
In another meeting, the DC asked all the department and the offices of Lohit District
to prepare a practical and pro-active disaster Contingency plan and submit the same
to the DM Cell Lohit. Chairman applauded the Disaster Management branch of Lohit
for implementing various programmes and awareness campaigns under DRM programme.
Further he advised the DRRO to update DM Plans at all levels of the district annually
and make necessary changes and improvement and place the updated plan in the next
DDMA meeting for approval. The DDMA Lohit further approved and recommended erection
of disaster awareness hoardings in the important public places and institutions.
Further it was approved by DDMA Lohit for organising mock drills on fire and school
safety soon in the district.
Chairman also suggested for organising disaster management campaign at panchayat
and circle levels for which the DRRO Lohit was directed to complete the task in this
winter. A team of officers have been selected and appointed to assist and complete
this programme on time.
Tirap police organises free medical camp
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: A free medical camp was organised at Khonsa by the District Police.
Having been concerned about the extreme shortage of medical specialists at District
Hospital, Khonsa, which is supposed to be a First Referral Unit, SP Tirap, Vikramjit
Singh had been trying to organise a free medical camp especially for children and
His efforts bore fruit when Dr Anindita P Das, a Consultant Gynaecologist from Sai
Medical Centre, Duliajan agreed to extend help. The camp was organised at Mother
Teresa Home, a charitable institute run by Missionaries of Charity as an orphanage.
First of all the 25 orphans residing at the Home were examined and necessary medicines
were provided free of cost, after which the families from in and around Khonsa town
were attended to. In all, over 120 patients were examined and provided with free
medicines, even though some could not be attended to due to paucity of time.
Dr Anindita Das has promised to return in the near future.
SP Khonsa had also discussed the problem of shortage of specialists with the District
Medical Authorities who assured to extend all possible help in the future efforts
of the District Police to organise such camps especially with a maternal and child
health focus which according to him can be a great opportunity to reach out to the
people in need and to build a bond of confidence between the police and security
forces with the public at large.
Workers union gets office at Tezu
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Parliamentary secretary PHED & WS Karikho Kri inaugurated the office
building of all Arunachal Pradesh Worker’s Union, Lohit District Unit today amidst
huge gathering of workers from Tezu, Namsai, Mahadevpur, Ckowkham and Sunpura Blocks,
District head of department and PRI members.
Kri dwelt in length the policies and programmes of the govt initiated for the welfare
of the working community. He emphasized on unity, integrity among the workers and
their relations with the employers.
He also expressed his gratefulness to Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for constituting
the Arunachal Pradesh Building and others construction Works Welfare Board being
first of its kind in entire North-East.
He donated a sum of Rs. 20000.00 to the APPWU, Lohit unit for electrification of
Replying to a memorandum submitted by AAPWU, Lohit Unit, he assured to complete construction
of boundary wall and to donate a set of Computer to them.
G.K. Paulchoudhury, EAC (Jud) advised the worker to be united in all adversaries
and appealed them to cooperate with the government and abstain from consuming liquore,
drugs and warned of HIV / AIDS which deter their working abilities.
District Labour Officer Ozing Rukbo dwelt at length the provision of trade union
act, 1926 and the Arunachal Pradesh Trade Union Regulation 1982 under which a registered
trade union functions. He narrated the welfare provision for the workers incorporated
in various labour and Industrial laws and requested each and every one to register