ITANAGAR, Dec 22: In its representation to the state Chief Minister today, All
Arunachal Border Students Union appealed to the state government to issue land possession
certificates to people settling along interstate boundary for free of cost.
The association further demanded the government to erect police check-posts at Taraso
and Kakoi circles of Papum Pare and Pumao circle in Longding district to check the
rising law and order problems. It further sought deployment of security force at
Wakka and Pongchau of Longding district and Laju in Tirap.
UAEA to stage peaceful dharna
ITANAGAR, Dec22: In view of the authority’s failure to respond to the demands of
the Association, including re-conduction of the Assistant Engineer (civil) examination,
the Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association (UAEA) has decided to stage a peaceful
dharna at Raj Bhawan road on 27 December next.
The union on December 16 last submitted a memorandum to Arunachal Pradesh Public
Service Commission and gave the Commission 5 days to respond to its various demands.
Org threatens to intensify agitation
ITANAGAR, Dec22: Reiterating its demands on Pradeep Thakur and ToI issue, Nyishi
Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) today threatened to intensify its agitation in seeking
a logical solution to the vexed issue, if the present government fails to find a
In a release, the association informed that NYWA is ready to go ahead with series
of Capital bandh, if its demands are not met.
Govt staff resents nonpayment
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (APWU) alleged that the PHE
department is not releasing salaries of its workers since the last couple of months.
It claimed workers are burdened with debts as they are unable to pay house rent,
school fees of children. Claiming that the workers are living without a penny ahead
of the Christmas and New Year, the union appealed to the department to release salary
as soon as possible.
Meanwhile contingency staff of Namdapha Tiger Reserve in Miao Sub Division of Changlang
district demanded release of its wages at the earliest. It claimed that workers
have been without salary, arrear and bonus since last October.
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Arunachal Adventure Sports and Tourism Club would organize a one-day
career counseling cum guidance programme for the students of Nyishi community of
Class X and Class XII at Nikum Nyia Hall, Nirjuli on December 27.
Initiate step to stop eviction drive
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Arunachal Pradesh criticized
the state government for showing negligence to resolve the Arunachal-Assam boundary
“For the last many years Assam forest department has been carrying out eviction drive
in various boundary areas and had damaged residence and other properties of Arunachal
citizens. But, the state government did not take any initiative to solve the boundary
dispute, the Morcha alleged.
The non-responsive attitude of the state government towards the recent eviction drive
carried out in Taraso area by Assam forest officials clearly showed its lack of
interest in solving the issue, the Morcha said and urged the state government to
take the matter seriously and initiate immediate step to stop further harassment
of Arunachal citizens by Assam Forest Department in the name of eviction drive in
any parts of Assam-Arunachal boundary in near future.
AIMC Convention on Tribal Women
ITANAGAR: A team of Arunachal Mahila Congress Committee led by its president Yari
Dolum attended the national convention on tribal women at New Delhi which was organized
by All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) on December 16 last.
In a release, it disclosed that AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi has accepted
the invitation to come to Arunachal Pradesh on International Women Day.
Fire claims one
ITANAGAR: Fire incident at upper Damsite area of Naharlagun last night claimed the
life of one person namely Nabam Sara. The fire broke out around 8.30 pm.
The officials of Naharlagun police station while talking to this daily confirmed
Meanwhile,Upper Damsite (West) Welfare Committee, in a release, urged the district
administration to provide necessary compensation to family of late Nabam Sara.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters and as many sons and an ageing mother.
The committee has appealed to the general public to come forward and support the
family in rebuilding their house.
They also informed that local MLA Techi Kaso today visited the incident site and
assured all help to the victims. He also provided essentials items to the victims
from his side.
State level sports meet under PYKKA
ITANAGAR: The state level rural sports meet under Panchayat Krida aur Khel Abhiyan
(PYKKA) would be organized from January 10 to 14, 2012.
Over 1500 athletes from 16 districts would compete in athletics, archery, badminton,
football, kabaddi, kho kho, table tennis and handball during the 5-day event aims
at exposing the rural sports talents, according to a release issued by the director
of sports and youth affairs.
Contractors against sale of raw cane
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: All Arunachal Pradesh Cane Contractor Association, in a letter
to Parliamentary Secretary for Forest and Environment complained against sale of
raw cane outside Arunachal Pradesh.
The letter said that the transit pass (TP) challan issued for cane is valid within
the state of Arunachal Pradesh only. But it has been found that many trucks loaded
with canes extracted from East, West and Upper Siang districts of Arunachal Pradesh
are being off-loaded near the Military Engineering Service camp, Dhemaji for further
transportation to Kolkota.
The association alleged that raw canes are being exported to other state despite
cabinet decision in 2005 and Forest Department order of 2007 banning sale of cane
outside the state.
The Kolkota based contractors engage sub-contractor from Likabali and Silapathar
to manage the raw cane from Arunachal Pradesh. This unhealthy practice has directly
affected the local entrepreneurs as well as cane industries of the state, it said.
The association appealed to the parliamentary secretary to put a blanket ban on illegal
transportation of raw cane to outside the state without valid permit and to instruct
proper direction to the subordinate officers of forest and environment regarding
KV Tezu celebrates annual day
TEZU, Dec 22: Kendriya Vidyalaya Tezu celebrated its annual school day on December
20 last in befitting manner.
Attending the celebration, Lohit deputy commissioner R.K. Sharma explained the need
of cumulated efforts of the teaching faculty, school administration and parents in
grooming up the children and the youths who are the future of the society. The DC
assured the institution of all possible help and aid to the school.
Distributing prizes to the winners of the various competitions held prior to the
annual day celebration, Sharma advised all, specially those who could not win, not
to lose heart as winning and losing are part and parcel of human life. “Rather, you
should prepare yourself to face the challenges ahead in life,” he said.
The school principal while highlighting the present status and achievements of the
school and its students informed that in spite of all odds the organization is striving
hard to achieve the best.
Skill development prog, organized
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: A 42 days skill development training programme on tailoring and
handloom weaving was organized by Manghi Welfare Society at Nyapin in Kurung Kumey
district recently. Attending the programme N Anbalagan said that the skills gained
in the training would make the trainees self-reliant.
AAPSU meet CM
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Members of AAPSU today met Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and drew
his attention towards various memorandums submitted by AAPSU.
While reminding the new CM of all the past demands, AAPSU urged him to concentrate
specially on education, health, border issue, Chakma-Hajong issue etc.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram, who was also present in the meeting told AAPSU
team that department has released first phase of stipend for students while responding
to 20 days AAPSU ultimatum. And process is going on to streamline the stipend soon.
Abducted man rescued by Army, APP
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Army and Police (APP) rescued a persons from kidnappers in Wakro,
Khoye Ngadong of Tilangkyong village of Wakro circle under Namsai Sub-Division, who
was reportedly abducted by a group of miscreants from his home on December 20 was
rescued by a joint operation team comprising troops from 26 Maratha Light Infantry
and APP from Lakatyat Hka Nala in Manabhum Reserve Forest yesterday.
Meanwhile, local Chow Tewa Mein, Lohit deputy commissioner and superintendent of
police visited the incident site after the person was rescued. They appreciated
the efforts of the joint team of Army and Arunachal Pradesh Police in rescuing the
victim from the kidnappers.
Deadline set for regularization
ITANAGAR, Dec22: Demanding regularization of contractual employees working in ongoing
Kameng Hydro Electricity Project (KaHEP) and Pare Hydro Electricity Project (PaHEP)
being executed by NEEPCO, Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Job Contract Employee Union (APTJCEU)
NEEPCO Ltd today set December 31 as a deadline to fulfill its by the authority.
The Union stated that if the company fails to fulfill its demands, the company would
face agitation from its employees.
It claimed that despite repeated written and verbal assurance from power developer
to regularize the contractual jobs, authorities failed to act on it.
Union further said that more than 90 people have been working in the company since
last six years on a salary of Rs 4400 per month.
Community training held
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: SSA District Mission, Kurung Kumey District organized a three
days community training cum workshop on school management committee and head teachers
of the various schools of Palin and Chambang blocks recently at Palin.
Addressing the participants, DPO, SSA Biri Tach highlighted the importance of SMC
and involvement of local authority in school management. He advised the SSA teachers
to put their best efforts to provide better education to the students of the area.
SSA coordinators Rigio Tapi, Toku Tachung and Langbia Rima attended the programme
as resource persons.
Among others ADEO Khyoda Tangum, BRCC Palin Tassar Bapu also spoke on the occasion.
The second phase of the programme will be organized at other blocks in January next.
Altogether, 150 Chairpersons, member secretary and representatives of each SMC attended
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association central executive
body in its meeting with DC Capital Complex, SP Papum Pare and OCs of Banderdewa,
Naharlagun and Capital complex discussed various issues relating to law and order
situation within capital complex.
Tang memorial football postponed
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The 10th Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament scheduled from
January 9, 2012 has been postponed to January 22 in view of the State level Sports
Meet under PYKKA from January 10, 2012, informed Arunachal Pradesh Football Association
general secretary G Doke.
Federal units appeals
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The federal units of All Papum Pare District Students’ Union namely
All Mengio Students’ Union, All Kimin Students’ Union, All Papum Poma Students’ Unions,
Capital Students’ Union and Doimukh Students’ Union conducted a joint meeting at
Naharlagun on December 17.
During the meeting, the students unions appealed to the All Papum Pare District Students
Union to conduct a general meeting regarding the ongoing internal differences within
the Central Executive Members of the Union.
Magistrate prohibits hunting
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The Yangte circle administration, through an executive order, has
prohibited hunting and fishing within the Yangte circle to protect flora and fauna
and violators will be punished under Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
Citizens on roads demanding peace and security in Changlang
NAMPONG, Dec 22: In protest against the fractional fight between the NSCN (K) and
NSCN (IM), villagers, youths and students of Nampong, Jairampur and Rima-Putok circles
took out a peace rally here, today demanding the leadership of both the fractions
of NSCN to stop exchanging fires at public places.
On December 13, an extensive cross-firing between the traditional rivals at Tengpum
village some 40 Km away from Nampong, has left the livestock, granary and the house
of Tanglu Mossang completely destroyed. Last year in a likewise incident at Putok
village, a woman died and several others were seriously injured by stray bullets.
Speaking on the sideline of the peace rally, Nampong ZPM Khingra Nong Tikhak said
that “the locals are the ultimate victims of such unfortunate incidents and it is
our silence that has encouraged the continuation of such precarious incidents”.
“We can't live in fear. Such incident has to end”, he added.
This peace rally is the reflection of our suffering and pains. It is to say that
we need peace and development, not bullet and oppressions. He also lamented about
the security lapses in the region and requested the administration to initiate steps
to secure the villages and restore the confidence of the public.
We have been hurt by the reckless attitude of our state government and both the faction
of NSCN, lamented former ZPM Izmir Tikhak. Extortion and the rivalry of both the
faction has restrained the dawning of developments and the security lapses have prolonged
the suffering of the region.
We are protesting so that no people are killed and properties are destroyed by the
stray bullets. We want extortion and violence to be replaced by peace, progress and
security, he added.
The motive behind the collective protest is to avoid further collateral damages,
informed one of prominent public leaders Aboo Kimsing. Such incident shouldn’t transpire
in the future because ultimately the villagers are the victim, he added.
Public leader Tosam mossang, GB Longka and GB Tengpum Warainong Mossang also spoke
on the occasion pleading both the security forces and the NSCN to spare the villages
of physical and mental trauma.
They said that villagers are innocent most of the time as it’s the fear of the gun
that coerces them to do as they are told. They highlighted that the peace rally wasn’t
against anyone but just to register protest regarding the deprivation of peace and
security in the region.
A Two Point Memorandum supplicating compensation for the affected family and securing
the affected habitation was submitted to the SDO Nampong.
Rs 14,310 was donated to Tanglu Mossang as an act of support and solidarity by the
people who attended the rally.
Tuki asks Indian Army to expand its horizons and reach rural Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today urged the Indian Army to expand
its horizons and reach to the rural people, particularly those in border areas, through
its social welfare activities in line with the Army’s in-practice Operation Sadbhavana.
“Along with its plans to expand army bases and manpower in Arunachal Pradesh, the
Army should also expand its people friendly activities and earn respect and confidence
of the people. This will also ease the burden on the Government,” Tuki said when
Lt Gen Shakti Gurung, GOC, 4 Corp from Tezpur, called on him at his office here this
The interaction was also joined by Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, Home Commissioner T
Taloh, IGP (Law & Order) T Lama and DIGP (Hq) D C Srivastav. Tuki also emphasized
on the Army’s role to offer training courses to unemployed youths to facilitate gainful
employment besides making them fit to successfully get recruited in Army as and when
any recruitment is conducted.
Lt Gen Gurung assured the Chief Minister that the 4 Corp under him, which covers
Kameng Sector in the state, is keen to lend its helping hands to the people in far-flung
areas. He said Operation Sadbhavana, specifically meant for civilian welfare activities,
is already in-practice in Assam. The same would be extended to Arunachal Pradesh,
probably under a different nomenclature that would equip and facilitate the Army
to extensively undertake activities for welfare of the people, the Lt Gen informed.
Tuki also expressed concerns over the poor maintenance and slow progress of roads
by the BRO and urged the GOC to impress upon the Organization to expedite the progress
from the Army side. He went on to suggest that if the BRO is finding it difficult
to continue the work, the same can be handed over to reputed Public Sector Undertakings.
The GOC admitted the slow progress of work and assured that Army is in constant touch
with the BRO through proper channels to insist speedy and quality progress of all
the strategic roads. He, however, said that due to delay in environment and wildlife
clearances several road projects are delayed. In response, the Chief Minister assured
clearance from respective ministries but said that works should not be stalled only
for the want of these.
The Chief Minister also requested for early raising of the 2nd battalion of Arunachal
Scouts, which the GOC said is under process.
He also informed that while the 1st Arunachal Scouts is under 3 Corps of the Army,
the 2nd battalion will be under the 4 Corp. He urged the state government to allot
a suitable land, if possible in Tawang area, for raising the battalion.
To the request for establishment of a Sainik School in the state, the GOC said the
Army would be more than pleased to do so, provided the state government can successfully
impress upon the Centre for it and complete the required formalities. To another
request for establishment of a Military Hospital-cum-Medical College in vicinity
of the state capital, the Army top brass assured to take up the proposal with concerned
Pointing out the increasing NDFB activities, particularly in Doimara and Seijosa
area of Kameng region, due to withdrawal of an Army base at Kamengbari, the GOC said
that it was a temporary step and the Army would reopen its base there.
Tribal MPs, minister demand reservation in Delhi Government jobs
New Delhi, Dec 22: Cutting across party lines tribal Members of Parliament joined
hands to demand reservation for their community in Delhi Government jobs, and urged
the Union Government to undertake a speedy redressal of their problems.
The MPs and tribal officers from across India had gathered under the banner of the
All India Forum of Tribal MPs (AIFSTMP) and the Forum of Tribal Officers (FOTO).
“Tribes live in far flung inaccessible areas of the country in harmony with nature,
but in deprivation and poverty. We tribals face certain problem in Delhi and elsewhere,”
said Takam Sanjoy, Member of Parliament and Convenor of AIFSTMP.
“The tribal community has a very prominent role in the making of this country, but
still we remain isolated, less developed and have suffered economically, socially
and politically,” he added. The Delhi Government has denied reservation to Scheduled
Tribes in government departments or civic bodies citing a court order that says that
tribes need to be notified in the state by the President for their members to be
Sanjoy urged Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo to
look into the matter so that tribals coming to Delhi from different parts of the
country don’t have to suffer such discrimination.
Taking the demand of reservation a step further, Union Minister of State for Finance
Namo Narain Meena said: “ Delhi belongs to all. Going as per the wishes of Jawaharlal
Nehru and Indiraji, reservation should be given to tribals in Delhi Government jobs.”
He also assured that along with all tribal ministers in the Union Cabinet he would
meet the Prime Minister and convince him to bring changes in the Delhi Government’s
Kishore Chandra Deo, who was felicitated for taking over as Tribal Affairs and Panchayati
Raj Minister late on Tuesday evening, assured that he would do his best to resolve
pending tribal community problems.
He said that the two major problems faced by tribals in terms of rehabilitation were
that of land mining and minerals, and assured that after the implementation of the
Forest Act, the situation of community will improve and their interests would be
More than 25 tribal MPs and ministers from the community gathered to felicitate Deo
and to press for their rightful place in the national capital.
Volunteers from 25 villages repair road
KHARSANG, Dec 22: The 14 Km stretch of the Miao - Jagun (Assam) highway, starting
from Namchick to Namphai in Kharsang circle that was in the worst physical shape
got a major facelift through the three day long social service conducted by Tangsa
Youth Association (TYA).
In all, 25 villages of Miao Sub Division came together under the banner of TYA, and
repaired the entire 14 Km stretch.
Due to non maintenance of the road by the department concerned, huge pits came up
over the years that were inflicting great difficulties and danger for the transiting
TYA led by its president Chimjong Haidley filled all the risky ditches with boulders,
sandsingles and earth as well as leveled the uneven portions.
The social service made the highway less risky and much comfortable for the commuters.
Education department need a New Year resolution
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Students are often considered to be the future citizen of country.
In order to give proper facilities to the students in recent year, central government
introduced RTE Act while Arunachal government introduced its own education bill.
Despite so much of hype around these bills, nothing seems to be improving at ground
While education minister often talks so much about education bill but he seems to
have no time to visit government schools to get firsthand experience. Most of the
officers from education department including commissioner, secretary, director of
elementary education, director of secondary education are mostly stationed in capital
Itanagar and hardly visit interior areas to inspect the condition of schools.
Just 20 kilometres away from capital complex, a government middle school at Bassarnallah
is lying in dilapidated condition. The school is one of the victims of lackadaisical
attitude of education department officials. Though it was established in the year
1970, the infrastructure development has not taken place.
While talking to this reporter one student of school told, “The condition of school
is very bad. The hostels and classrooms look more like cow-shed. There is no proper
teacher quarters too. Sometimes we feel like our school is worse than even that of
Further he added, “We don’t have single junior teacher in our school. The school
is being run by 5 assistant teachers. The government is playing with future of hundreds
It is shocking to see such poor condition of government middle school which is hardly
few km away from capital. Again and again, the citizens of this state are being forced
to wonder what will be the condition of schools in interior Arunachal if schools
around capital complex are in such condition. The education department should adopt
a New Year resolution to visit all government funded schools in the year 2012 to
get real picture.
Army downplays intrusion ‘rumour’
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: GOC, 4 Corp Lt Gen Shakti Gurung has said that everything is normal
along the borders. He said this during a meeting with the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
who expressed concern over the report of Chinese troops damaging a ‘wall’ constructed
by the Indian Army in Tawang area.
Gurung said that it was not a major issue as the area is disputed with regard to
Chinese claims over it. Besides, he informed, the wall was a temporary structure
of loosely placed stones stacked by the Indian Army to protect themselves from harsh
winds during patrolling and to prevent cattle from wandering into Chinese territory.
“The same has been re-erected and is an old issue now. This occurred in July last,”
Lt Gen Gurung said.
DIPRO adds from Tawang: Indian Army has downplayed the rumour about Chinese troops’
intrusion in Tawang.
Reacting to some media reports alleging Chinese troop intrusion in Tawang sector,
Brigadier 190 Mountain Brigade Sudhakarjee said that there has been no such incident
reported so far in the international border at Tawang district.
Tawang deputy commissioner Kemo Lollen said that the footage being shown in some
TV Channels of North East are baseless and do not conform to fact.
“This kind of unfounded news item may create panic and apprehension among people;
he said and asked media not to flash such news item without proper verification”.
Protestors to allow transport of essential items
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The sponsors of the on-going indefinite economic blockade in Lakhimpur
against NHPC dam at Gerukamukh, have reportedly assured the students delegation of
the three districts from Siang valley to exempt the trucks carrying essential commodities
and fuel meant for the districts from purview of the blockade.
“The trucks carrying essential items and fuel tankers meant for East Siang, West
Siang and Upper Siang districts would be allowed to move from December 23,” said
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi.
Gogoi gave this assurance to the students delegation while responding to the request
made by the latter for lifting the blockade at Lakhimpur this evening, said All Arunachal
Pradesh Students’ Union spokesperson Tobom Dai, who led the students delegation to
meet the leaders of the sponsors of the blockade.
However, the indefinite blockade against NHPC’s Subansiri Lower Hydel Project would
be continued, they said.
Dai, accompanied by office bearers of the district students unions of East, West
and Upper Siang also met Takam Mishing Porin Kebang general secretary Indra Sungkurang,
Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad Lakhimpur unit president and AASU district
unit leaders at Nowboicha, Lakhimpur and urged them to lift the blockade considering
the hardship faced by the people of the three districts of Arunachal Pradesh due
to the blockade.
The team also met Lakhimpur deputy commissioner and apprised him of the problems
faced by the people of the three districts, Dai said.
He also informed that the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) central executive body
has been invited to Lakhimpur to discuss all the burning issues with Assam.
Meanwhile, Dai flayed the State Government for being silent on the serious issue.
“The blockade will enter its 8th day tomorrow. But the state government did not take
any initiative to resolve the crisis with its Assam counterpart,” he said and demanded
for resolving all pending issues with Assam immediately, including the present crisis.
DIPRO adds from Aalo: Concerned over shortage of essential commodities in West Siang
due to indefinite economic blockade launched by some organizations in Lakhimpur district,
Assam, the Bazar secretaries of Aalo and Basar township in an emergency meeting today
appealed to the Kishan Mukti Sangram Samiti and All Assam Students’ Union to allow
the trucks and fuel tankers meant for the district for supply of essential commodities
at the earliest.
Taking serious note of the situation, West Siang deputy commissioner Amjad Tak appealed
to the people of the district to maintain calm. He assured that the district administration
would do all the needful for normalizing the situation.
Scarcity of fuel and other essential commodities hit the people of West Siang hard
for the last couple of days due to the economic blockade.
Governor discusses aviation scenario with Centre
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J J Singh met the Union
Minister for Civil Aviation Ajit Singh at New Delhi today and discussed the overall
aviation scenario in the Frontier State and aviation related projects coming up in
different parts of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Governor informed the Union Minister that improving air connectivity in the State
is one of the prime issues that the State Government has been taking up with Government
of India time and again.
This is an important component of the Prime Minister’s package and the people of
the State are eagerly looking forward to their first flight and first airport. However,
there has been a considerable delay in the sanctioning of the ‘Greenfield Airport
for Itanagar’ by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Providing the details on the progress of Greenfield Airport, the Governor requested
him to take steps for early sanctioning of the project as it is a prestigious project
of PM package.
The Governor also requested the Civil Aviation minister for necessary clearance for
Short Take Off and Landing Aircrafts in the State Capital till the airport comes
up. He suggested that the Naharlagun helipad can be extended for the purpose.
Concerned about Air passengers, the Governor stressed on regular flight to Lilabari
with favorable timing so that the passengers from Arunachal Pradesh can have direct
connecting flights from National Capital.
It may be mentioned here that with the active persuasion of the State Government
and Raj Bhavan, the Airports Authority of India has prepared the DPR for the Greenfield
Airport at Itanagar. The Airports Authority of India has started developmental activities
for Tezu airport and the entire land has already been handed over to them. Action
is being taken by Airports Authority of India for operationalization of existing
non-operational airstrips at Daporijo and a few other locations. Advanced Landing
Grounds at Mechuka, Tuting and Walong have already been handed over to Ministry of
Defence for upgradation. On 18th November the subsidiary airport in Vijayanagar was
made operationalised. Setting up of an Aviation Fuel Station at Tawang helipad is
under process. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)
DC inspects rehabilitation & resettlement villages
BOMDILA, Dec 22: The long standing demand for rehabilitation & resettlement by the
project affected people of Bichum and Yayang seems to be bearing fruit and seeing
the light of the day. The 600 MW NEEPCO project at Bichum in the district has, after
years taken up the rehabilitation and resettlement of the said two villages in all
In order to personally have a look at the resettlement schemes and the other measures
being taken up, the deputy commissioner Rinchin Tashi visited the resettlement sites
located at a distance of 85 kms from the district headquarters Bomdila. Making a
thorough inspection of the resettlement and rehabilitation of Bichum village, he
expressed his satisfaction over the progress of the work. But at Yayang, he asked
the HOP NEEPCO to expedite the rehabilitation and resettlement works as it was way
behind the schedule. Interacting with the locals of Yayang village, DC Tashi impressed
upon them the benefits of hydro projects and urged not to hamper the progress of
the work, which is so vital for the development of the district and the state. With
the coming of the projects, a lot has changed and the developments are there to see
including employment for local youths, he said.
Advising the locals to reap the benefits from the power projects but within and under
the legal framework, the DC opined that the two rehabilitation and resettlement projects
being taken up by NEEPCO would be the best in the whole of the North East.
Later, the DC accompanied by the HOP NEEPCO, ADC Singchung, district officers, Executive
Engineers of HPD and representatives of other engineering wings visited the 2.5
kms long tunnel of the project. DIPRO
Eco-tourism generates income & promotes conservation in Apatani Plateau
ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The beautiful landscape of Apatani Plateau is one of the most ideal
sites for eco-tourism in Arunachal Pradesh. The fine cool climate, well conserved
community forests, cluster of old villages, rich social and cultural heritage of
the Apatani community and proximity to Talle Valley Wildlife Sanctuary provide the
right ingredients for community based eco-tourism and conservation.
To tap the eco-tourism potential of beautiful Apatani plateau, Future Generations
Arunachal (FGA) started community based eco-tourism with the support of Ashoka Trust
for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) in 2010.
The aim of the project is to promote responsible tourism so that it contributes to
the preservation of tribal culture and conservation of the valuable pristine environment.
One of the main components of the project was to diversify livelihood options by
promoting home-stay in the Apatani villages. The idea was to bring the benefit of
tourism directly to the community level and to give the tourists a unique experience
of the Apatani eco- cultural landscape and true flavor of the way of life of the
FGA began the project by imparting various trainings on eco-tourism and benefits
of home-stay facility. The training curriculum ranged from nature guide, trek development,
packaging of local cuisine to marketing and networking with different stakeholders.
Later, six members were taken for an exposure tour to Sikkim to see the practices
and mechanism of home-stay there. Soon after, two home-stay units were started in
Siro village by Hibu Tatu and Punyo Chada. Now more home-stay units have been started
in Tajang, Hija and Hong villages also. Home-stay units are now receiving tourist
and hosted many guests from overseas also.
Further, to oversee the whole initiative of eco-tourism, FGA supported in formation
of an apex community based institution called Ngunu Ziro. Now, the home-stay and
allied activities are overseen and coordinated by Ngunu Ziro. It networks with tour
operators, government agencies, expert organizations et al for promotion of the home-stay
To maintain equity in the flow of benefits of the home-stay initiative, Ngunu Ziro
maintains a roster for allocation of visitors to the home-stay units. This ensures
that there is cooperation rather than competition among the home-stay units.
The multiplier effect of the home-stay initiative also flows to the other community
members. The local women of the villages have been organized into Self Help Groups
(SHGs). These groups are encouraged and supported to take up various activities like
weaving, fish farming and kitchen garden.
Food items such as vegetable, rice, fruit, meat, fish handicrafts are provided by
the SHGs to the home-stay units. Not only that, cultural programme such as folk dance
and songs are presented by the local artists and village women. The local youth are
employed as nature guide or tour guide for trekking and sightseeing thereby providing
meaningful employment to them.
The eco-tourism project of FGA has remarkably increased the sense of ownership of
the local community members in protecting and conserving pristine local environment
of the Apatani Plateau. They are increasingly realizing that development and conservation
is not mutually exclusive.
Nalong Mize, Executive Director, FGA, feels that this model of home-stay initiative
can be replicated even in other parts of Arunachal Pradesh with the support and partnership
of Central and State Government.
This will not only bring the benefits of tourism directly to the community level
but will also lead to a more sustainable economic development for Arunachal Pradesh.
CE inspects Parsi Parlo road
KOLORIANG, Dec 22: PWD chief engineer (CZ) Er. Kuru Sera visited Parsi-Parlo to take
firsthand knowledge of the ongoing road construction from Kurung bridge point to
Damin via Parsi-Parlo.
The CE accompanied by host of departmental engineers and officers, panchayat leaders,
GBs traveled the entire stretch of the road upto Parsi river.
Expressing satisfaction over the construction of the road, the CE said that the bailey
bridge being constructed over the river would be completed soon. He urged the contractors
to liaise with the departmental engineers to maintain quality in soling, metalling,
and carpeting the road.
Replying to a memorandum submitted by ASM chairperson for early release of payment
for soiling work, the Chief Engineer informed that payment would be released immediately
after getting the central govt clearance.
Regarding demand for bridge over Parlo river, inspection bungalow (IB) and need for
township road, he apprised that time for preparing AOP has already been lapsed. He
however, assured that he will try to incorporate the demands on priority basis during
next financial year.
Meanwhile, the CE directed the concern site engineers to again undertake survey work
regarding feasibility of proposed approach road to township which is passing through
the middle of Govt. Secondary School. He advocated for broadening of the already
congested road of the township area and requested all concerned to carry out the
work in greater public interest. DIPRO
No time to experiment
This is in response to Syed Ali Mujtaba's article "India grapples with slut walk"
published on December 21 edition.
Dacoity do indeed takes place even if the doors are properly locked, but chances
of burglary increases infinite times if the doors are kept ajar at night. Similarly
women do get molested or raped even if fully clothed, but display of skin make the
women much more vulnerable as it attract the attention of brutes to a significant
Though it is highly unfortunate that "enlightened" women are increasingly thinking
that shedding of clothes is the gateway to "modernity" and are getting "inspired"
by that philistine Bollywood and fashion magazines; still it is their own democratic
choice. Only women will determine what they should wear, no one else. But the fairer
sex should keep it in mind that we live in a country where not rule of law, but "might
is right" is the order of the day. Scores and scores of innocent women are yet to
get justice despite molested or raped, leading them to the path of depression or
So, what is the need of inviting danger by sporting "bold" attire? When rule of law
gets firmly established in the Indian soil forcing the lumpens to think twice before
misbehaving with women, can the fairer sex try to experiment with their clothes.
Recognise the soldiers of our society
This is regarding the news item “Brave youth miss chance due to administrative goof
up’ published in your esteemed daily and follow up writings by many people.
Here I would like to thank Amar Sangno for his moral support to the brave youths
because I am one of such victims of bureaucracy and irresponsible attitude.
During 1998-99 a truck bearing registration No. ARU-455 met with an accident and
fell down 300 below the road near swollen river Ranga (Panyor) 9 KM (India Gate)
from Kimin towards Ziro. I happened to be passing by while on way to Itanagar and
saw a truck turned upside down and one person waving for help. Unfortunately, the
area was not accessible. The situation was really horrible and I volunteered to go
down using a rope. By then all govt. officials and police from Kimin reached the
spot but none wanted to risk their lives to help those people trapped.
With the help of some ropes from GREF and under the supervision of the EAC, Kimin
I descended from the nearest point which was still not less than 100 mtrs and saved
two lives with serious injuries and recovered three dead bodies. That was around
9 am. I tried my best to keep them alive by giving them water dug out from beneath
the sand as river was swollen and muddy. And few good Samaritans threw bread and
jute sacks to protect us from sun and to lift the dead.
An hour later another person joined me in lifting the dead and injured.
At around 1 pm, Assam Rifles came with trained mountaineering personnel and with
all equipments that helped us in the rescue operation. By the time we finished the
operation, it was 4 pm. I sustained bruises all over my body and my clothes were
soaked in blood of the dead and injured.
The matter did not finish here. What I want to share is that I almost forgot the
incident as it was humanitarian service. But after a year I read in the Arunachal
Times that the Assam Rifles Personnel received Prime Minister’s Gold medal at Chennai
for their effort in rescue operation. After I read the news I approached the EAC
as I was the one who had started the rescue effort. The answer was that, Assam Rifles
are army personnel with their own system and source. But I asked him whether an untrained
or tribal boy is not eligible to get Prime Minister gold medal?
Then after a year or two, to save their face they recommended my name and I was awarded
Silver Medal for meritorious service on 26th January 2001 by the than Governor of
Arunachal Arvind Dave.
The concern authority irresponsibly tackles emergency situation but then little deeds
are highly exaggerated so that medals and recognition come their way.
I strongly request authority to recognize the brave act and do the necessary action
to encourage the youths to be the soldier of our society and protector of human beings.
The brave act of Ashok Rang, Bharat Rang, Lohit Sangno and Takhyang Blange is really
praise worthy. Life saver is always greater than anything else. Only searching for
the dead bodies after incident and claiming it to be greatest deeds is not a very
great effort worthy of recognition.
What happened to the posts?
What happened to SSA advertisement which was published one year ago in your daily
on 9th December 2010 for the post of Resource Persons, MIS Coordinator, Data entry
operator, Accountant, Art, Physical and Health education and others?
In this regard I want to know why the concern authorities are taking so long to conduct
I request Education Minister Bosiram Siram to kindly look into this matter for the
sake of unemployed candidates.
It was very disappointing and irritating to see the mix up where you have written
West Kameng instead of West Siang in the news item "Tuki showers with development"
in your edition of 21st December.
Though it was a simple error but the fact that people working as journalists in Arunachal
Pradesh do not know the names of districts is really irritating. Hope you take care
A reader, (on email)
The enemy of people
Apart from fear of cross border and militant attack, earthquakes, there is rising
fear in the minds of people about fire as it is becoming most dangerous enemy for
us. Instances of fire accidents have become a daily routine.
On the other hand, we get to read many awareness campaigns in the state organized
on various issues but we never get to read news about awareness campaign to prevent
fire accidents in the state.
I appeal the Govt, NGO, Students’ Organization and others to conduct awareness campaign
on prevention of fire accidents in the different corners of the state.
Lastly, I appeal the government to set up fire stations in every town of the state
with requisite number of fire tenders. Also proper evaluation should be done before
paying relief funds as some not so genuine cases are also seen.
Naharlagun, (on email)
Follow the rules
I am one of the aspiring candidates for in-service medical post graduation exams
of the government of Arunachal.
Through your paper, I would like to request the concerned authority and selection
committee/board of in-service medical PG exam to maintain seniority as well as selection
guidelines. Aspiring candidate must be in regular service, he/she must have completed
five years of regular service, contractual period should not be counted, minimum
three years of rural service and two years of urban service is mandatory.
While selecting, the criteria should be strictly followed, so that unnecessary legal
problems is not invited as happened in the past.
Dr T Linke,
Hike petrol prices
What do you see in the main capital road during evenings? Heavy traffic jams.
So I request the state government to increase the petrol price as it may serve as
a motivation for common people to walk. Not that I find it hard to drive in heavy
traffic. It is just that it wastes a hell lot of time. Or else widening the roads
is not a bad idea.
Itanagar, (on email)
Do as per tradition of the owners
It is a very pleasant news that the Lok Sabha has passed the bill for rectification
of spelling to Galo which was an outstanding demand of the Galo tribe. The state
government, GWS and the Centre deserve appreciation for this landmark amendment of
the Indian Constitution.
This event once again emphasises the need for exercising utmost care in spelling
of communities or persons. The names of places, persons or relevant matters should
always be written as per wishes and tradition of the owners.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
Nutrition and mortality
Policy brief Zero child hunger: breaking the cycle of malnutrition have showed that
increased household income and better diets improve children’s nutritional status.
The evidence shows that nutrition-focused agricultural interventions are short term
and cannot address the root causes of malnutrition like chronic poverty and maternal
health. While such interventions may increase income from one source, they can also
result in reduced income from other sources which may mean no change in overall buying
Agricultural interventions to tackle malnutrition are not reaching the poorest and
those most at risk to chronic hunger such as orphans and other vulnerable children.
Many development agencies believe that fortifying foods with vitamins and minerals
is a cost- and time-effective way to tackle malnutrition, but more studies showing
positive impact are needed for justifying further investment in such programmes.
Six million children die of hunger every year. Over 40% of children under five in
countries such as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nepal and Niger are stunted. Children
that do survive are more likely to have heart disease, diabetes and renal damage.