ITANAGAR, Dec 17: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh
Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam
Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s
will be kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
ITANAGAR, Dec 17: The Itanagar Permanent Bench of the Gauhati High Court will remain
closed from December 24 to 31 on account of winter vacation (Christmas holidays).
During the vacation, the office of the Court will function from Dec 26 to 28 and
remain closed on Dec 24, 25, 29 and Dec 31, according to an official release.
AAPUEA demands creation of more technical posts
ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Claiming that many technical posts are being occupied by non-technical
staff in many departments including education, forest, sports, tourism, Arunachal
Police Housing Corporation, the All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Engineers’ Association
(AAPUEA), in a memorandum to CM today said that such steps were blocking scope for
generation of employment. The Association said that more technical posts should
be created to accommodate unemployed engineers of the state.
Society seeks CM’s intervention
ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Totpu Panchayat Youth Welfare Society (TPYWS) has sought the intervention
of the Chief Minister for early solution to the problems of agitating SSA teachers.
In a letter addressed to the CM, the Society said the on-going agitation of SSA teachers
has badly affected the academic career of the students under Sagalee area. The students
are facing hardship without any fault on their part due to on-going pen down strike
of the SSA teachers, the Association said. It urged the Govt to consider the genuine
demand of the AASSATA in greater interest of the student community.
Meanwhile, Parang Panchayat Youth Welfare Society in a letter appealed to the Director
of School Education to intervene in the ongoing All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhyan
Teachers’ Association’s (AASSATA) pen down strike.
It said that the academic atmosphere of Parang has been hampered due the pen down
strike as most of the schools under Parang circle are run by SSA teachers.
The society urged the Director to initiate necessary steps to address the grievances
Training on FTK held
ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Public Health Engineering and Water Supply (PHE & WS) Division,
Seppa successfully conducted Training on handling of Field Test Kit (FTK) cum Awareness
Campaign under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) in four blocks, namely Seppa East, Seppa
West, Bameng East and Bameng West on December 15 and 16.
A large number of village water and sanitation committee (VWSC) members attended
the training cum awareness program.
The villagers were trained on the handling of Field Test Kit (FTK) for water quality
testing and each VWSC member was given FTK for their use.
Addressing the trainees, ZPM Boru Sangyu encouraged them to do training sincerely
for the betterment of every villager.
Tafang Bagang, AE, Khenewa, briefed the motto and importance of the training program
while Tung Sono, AE, Seppa, emphasized on the necessity of quality drinking water
and importance of sanitation in daily life.
The resource persons of the training program Jecob Ratan, JE, Taring Monpak, Raju
Bagang, Kevin Nabam, and Kojam Gyadi all JEs with the help of Pritam Waii and Ponam
Doka, Laboratory Assistants demonstrated the handling of Field Test Kit to the trainees.
Md. Saddruddin, JE spoke on NBA and elaborately discussed the significance of sanitation
and hygiene. He also briefed the villagers about various program undertaken by PHED
which include construction of low cost individual household latrine (IHHL).
Later, he demonstrated various galvanized iron (GI) fittings and tools required in
maintenance of water supply pipelines.
Org demands arrest of all accused in PDS scam
ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) has
urged the state Govt to book all the persons involved in multi-crore PDS scam in
Appreciating the NGO which had filed PIL in 2004 regarding PDS scam and subsequent
constitution of SIT to enquire into the scam, the organization also appealed other
organizations to raise voice against corruption in the state. It, however, lauded
the state Govt for bringing development in various sectors in the state.
B’desh Minister visits Arunachal pavilion in 11th IITF
ITANAGAR, Dec 17: The Department of Textiles and Handicraft along with Oju Welfare
Association and M/s Poma Bamboo Processing Center are participating in the 11th India
International Mega Trade Fair, which started in Kolkata on December 14.
Muhammad Quader, MP and Commerce Minister of Bangladesh, who inaugurated the Trade
Fair, visited Arunachal pavilion along with other dignitaries. The Trade Fair gives
an opportunity to showcase the unique products and highlights the best potential
for growth and development. The Fair has become a highly significant event not only
for direct trade and commerce but also exciting awareness about the rich investment
potentials of the state, according to a release by assistant director, department
of textiles and handicrafts.
West Bengal Commerce Minister Partha Chatterjee, Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner
Abida and Thailand Minister Commercial Counselor Tharado Thongruang attended the
Self-styled NSCN-IM brigadier nabbed
ITANAGAR, Dec 17: In a major breakthrough Tirap District Police have arrested self-styled
Brigadier Absalom Raman @ Absalom Tangkhul @ Rokwang of NSCN (IM).
Acting on a specific tip off the Arunachal Police team with the help of Assam Police
meticulously executed the carefully planned operation. The dreaded UG leader has
been active in Tirap and Changlang for over 10 years and is the man behind the ingress
and establishment of NSCN (IM) in a previously NSCN (K) dominated area. He was also
responsible for setting up of a camp deep in the jungles near Longbo village. The
camp was discovered and destroyed in a two days long operation on 17 and 18 December
2011. Coincidentally he got arrested exactly one year after the incident. This is
probably the biggest catch of a UG leader in Arunachal Pradesh.
Training programme on Data Management System
ITANAGAR, Dec 17: A week-long training programme on "Data Management System" for
Ministerial Staff of Arunachal Pradesh Secretariat and HoDs of Itanagar, Naharlagun,
Nirjuli commenced at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun today. Altogether
twenty seven officials of the level of LDCs, UDCs etc are attending the Programme.
In the inaugural function Pema Tshetan, Director (Training) said "in the present
context of administration and office management, proper knowledge of Computer Application
is a requisite parameter to become an efficient supporting staff".
He further said "acquiring of proper competence and skill of Computer Application
primarily depends on how much of personal interest you give in learning" and added
that "Data Base Management" is the backbone of managing office and every dealing
hand in offices should be well versed with this technological knowledge.
T. Lodo, Dy. Director and Course Coordinator highlighted the course content and appraised
about the practical hands-on session that have been arranged in the Computer Lab
Palvinder Singh, Director of A to Z Computer Education and two faculties of his institute
are attending the training as resource persons.
District level PdsVC meeting held
BOMDILA, Dec 17: The 3rd District Level PDS Vigilance Committee meeting for monitoring
of the drawal, lifting and delivery of PDS commodities in the district up to November
2012 was held on 14th last under the chairmanship of Additional Deputy Commissioner
KMD Rai here at Bomdila.
As E-PDS has been made mandatory by the government, salient features and reasons
for early implementation of the same was presented by the DF&CSO T Gamlin.
Sub-division and circle-wise review of the Vigilance committee meetings, drawal and
delivery reports of rice, wheat, atta, levy sugar, HTS bills – status and submission,
action taken report by the administrative officers and miscellaneous discussions
on land allotment, rent realization, godown and staff quarter construction, target
achievement of FPS, SKO, POL and LPG outlets etc consisted the agendas for discussion.
The ZPC along with other ZPMs, administrative officers of the outposts, representative
from the police, PDS nominees and SKO dealers and supply inspectors of the district
attended the meeting. DIPRO
155 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Kalaktang limping back to normalcy
KALAKTANG, Dec 17: After 10 days of Kalaktang inferno which gutted 22 shops on December
8 last, Kalaktang is gradually coming back to normalcy.
Though reconstruction of shops and complete rehabilitation of people affected by
the inferno will take some time, the most heartening aspect of the whole tragedy
is coming together of administration, local people of Kalaktang, army and BRO to
provide relief and give succor to the affected people.
“The fateful night has passed but has left incurable wounds in our minds which will
be very difficult to heal,” said Dorjee Tsewang, a victim. He thanked the local
MLA cum Principal Advisor to CM T N Thongdok for his prompt action in providing relief
and expressing solidarity to the victims.
It may be mentioned that Thongdok had provided Rs 5 lakh to the affected families
as relief besides pressing the Chief Minister for providing adequate relief. The
CM had subsequently announced Rs 1 lakh each as ex-gratia to the affected families.
Around 25 families displaced due to the inferno have been temporarily accommodated
in the Government’s inspection bungalow. The local administration, Army and local
people have been providing food and other logistic support to the families regularly.
Tsering Sonam, a local youth leader patched in with material like blanket and utensil
for the affected people.
The Tsopa, KEWA and Bazaar Union are still providing its services to the affected
people. There were so many unsung heroes like EAC Sang Khandu, who mobilized the
BRTF and personnel of 16 Jakli, SMO, CHC, Kalaktang Dr. R.N.Thongchi who provided
leadership and motivation to officials and public who braved the burning inferno
on the night of the accident which prevented further spread of fire.
Tripartite meet to resolve crisis at Tato HE Project
AALO, Dec 17: Under mounting pressure from land owners and project affected people
of Tato Circle, a tripartite meet involving disgruntled project affected people,
District administration and Reliance Company was held under the Chairmanship of West
Siang Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete at Conference Hall of DC’s office on December
Expressing their vociferous ire for delay in making the payment of compensation despite
cooperation of the people to make the Reliance Company as the frontrunner and take
it up to the payment stage, the project affected people wanted to know the intension
of the company about the project.
The land for the project has been acquisitioned 4 years back and kept unutilized
and cultivated after handing over to the company. The delay in payment of compensation
despite repeated assurances has inflicted untold miseries to the people and interest
of the company to take up the project was put under serious question. The land owners
disclosed that many problems have cropped up among the project affected people and
they all wanted written assurances from the company on payment of compensation.
Representing the company Naveen Alag, Senior Vice President THPPL said that interest
of the company to invest into the project has never died down and all essential clearances
have been completed with the cooperation of the people but only forest clearances
is lying as stumbling block to clear the payment and start the ground works. He
disclosed that govt. direction to work out cumulative study of all bio diversities
all along the river basin has been worked out and the proposal will soon get the
Govt. nod by coming March, he said. The Vice President also assured to give in writing
to Deputy Commissioner about the comprehensive action plan partly to accommodate
the immediate grievances of the project affected people within a week time. He also
assured to look into relief payment of 96 affected families at the rate of Rs. 5000
per month with retrospective effect.
Presiding over the meeting, West Siang Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete said that the
company should also give an impression that they are serious about the project as
district administration has to handle law and order problems that arise from time
to time. The LRSO Aalo Pumek Ronya also highlighted some technical difficulties of
Survey and Investigation for other investing Companies. DIPRO
ATA suspends stir temporarily
ITANAGAR, Dec 17: The federal bodies of Arunachal Teachers Association have unanimously
decided to temporarily suspend the pen down strike launched by AASSATA for three
weeks due to FA-3 (formative assessment) examination scheduled by CBSE in the secondary
schools. This decision was taken in a federal body meeting of district ATA units
with Central executive committee of ATA held at Naharlagun today, according to an
ATA in its release further informed that the federal bodies served an ultimatum to
the Govt to redress the grievances of AASSATA in regard to regularization of remaining
2003 batch SSA teachers within three weeks beginning from Dec 18.
The federal body of ATA further endorsed CEC, ATA to immediately discuss and address
the pay anomalies with government with the stipulated time of three weeks. The meeting
further resolved to resume the state wide indefinite pen and tool down strike from
January 8, 2013, in case the state Govt fails to address the grievances of AASSATA
and ATA’s demand for rectification of pay-anomalies AT’s and other categories of
“However, the AASSATA may continue its movement during the course of ATA’s three
weeks ultimatum. Further, members of ATA also resolved not to tolerate any action
against the agitating teachers,” said ATA release.
Education is not only learning from books: Sonam
ITANAGAR, Dec 17: The 40th school week celebration of Govt Higher Secondary School,
Doimukh has successfully concluded here last evening.
Attending the function, Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers
Welfare Board (APBOCWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam emphasized on the importance of education
in one’s life. He said, “Education is not only learning from books, memorizing some
facts, but also learning how to look, how to listen to what the books are saying,
whether they are saying something true or false. Infact the very essence of education
is the concentration of mind and not merely a collection of collation of facts”.
As Swami Vivekananda says, “Education is the manifestation of the perfection already
present in man” so education is something which is there within us it’s just how
much we strive for it and how much we desire to learn something new and to develop
ourselves, he asserted while advocating for quality education combined with the traditional
values and modern knowledge and information. Stressing on importance of cultural
& sports activities in student life, he urged the students to take active part in
such extra-curricular activities.
Informing that the present state govt under Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has given top
priority to education sector, he said various technical and non-technical educational
institutions are coming up in the state which will create ample opportunities to
the students in their chosen fields.
Meanwhile, while expressing grave concern over various evils like drug addiction,
alcoholism, HIV and criminal activities in the society, he called upon the students
and general people to come together and fight against such evils.
The programme concluded with distribution of the prizes to the winners of various
Anchal Chairperson Nabam Vijay also attended the valedictory function.
Tuki chosen for IAEWP lifetime achievement award
ITANAGAR, Dec 17: The toil and commitment to deliver in a short span of little over
one year has caught the attention of the world.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has achieved a milestone for the first time in the history
of Arunachal Pradesh. He has been selected by the International Association of Educators
for World Peace (IAEWP) for a Lifetime Achievement Award.
IAEWP, which is affiliated to United Nations – ECOSOC, DPI, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNCED,
has selected Tuki for the prestigious award on recommendations of its Search Committee.
The Lifetime Award will be conferred on him during a ceremony at India International
Center, New Delhi on December 30 next. Besides the individual award he would also
receive the Green State of the Year Award on behalf of the Government of Arunachal
Pradesh for maintaining greenery in the state.
The news has been well received by all and sundry and congratulations have started
to pour him. The Chief Minister has dedicated the award to the people, particularly
those in the interior and rural places.
Meanwhile, this afternoon Tuki along with Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Parliamentary
Secretary Padi Richo, MLAs Bamang Felix and Ralom Borang, UD Secretary Hage Khoda
Shalla, Capital DC, Political Secretary to CM Bamang Tago and Chief Engineer (WZ)
T Gongo visited the under-construction Civil Secretariat, Legislative Assembly Building
and the MLA Apartments. In the last one year he has visited to take stock of the
progress of construction of these important building several times. Interacting
with officials executing the projects, the Chief Minister expressed satisfaction
over the rate of progress. He, however, reiterated that no matter what the projects
should be completed as per schedule and without compromising with quality of works.
Meeting resolves to promote ‘home-stay’
BOMDILA, Dec 17: A meeting on promotion of Home-stay under the tourism sector in
the district was convened by the District Tourism Officer T Rigio under the chairmanship
of ADC KMD Rai here today morning. The guidelines and other modalities on Home- stay
in the state were thoroughly discussed upon. The DTO dealt at length on the role
of the district officials on operation of home-stays, checklist of facilities to
be adhered to and on the procedures for recommendation for approval for running of
The meeting which was attended by the Zilla Parishad Chairperson Logiang Rikhong,
ZPMS of Thrizino, Kalaktang and Singchung, Board members, tour operators and other
stake holders basically felt and echoed the need to promote home-stays in the district
to promote rural tourism in line with that of Sikkim and Ziro valley in Lower Subansiri
district of the state. Another consensus arrived upon was the need for exposure and
exposure trips for the people committed to venture into this field as Home-stays
in the district is almost nil. Further, the tourist arrival reports shows preference
of the tourists in staying at hotels lined across the main road, they observed.
‘There is a need to identify potential local tourist circuits within the district
and develop it in letter and spirit in order to promote Home-stays’ the house felt.
Elephants create terror on NH-52
RUKSIN, Dec 17: A herd of wild elephants on the National Highway-52 near Leku forest
beat office created terror among the cab drivers and passengers today evening. The
tuskers stayed on the highway for about an hour preventing movement of many vehicles.
Two tuskers tried to attack one stranded vehicle but the driver sensing the impending
danger drove his vehicle back to safety.
Later, the herd of elephants entered into the forest bringing an end to hour-long
More often than not the tuskers from Poba Reserve Forest at Ruksin create havoc by
damaging banana gardens, crop fields and dwelling houses.
According to forest officials, the main cause of the man-elephant conflict is rapid
deforestation and loss of elephant habitat.
The herd of elephant regularly roams the area as there was an elephant corridor at
Pobamukh in between Poba RF and Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary.
The NH-52, which is entering the state through Ruksin Check gate passes through Poba
Reserve Forest along Assam-Arunachal border. The Leku beat office is located at 4
km east of Ruksin town. The people demanded the forest department of both the states
to maintain regular patrolling to regulate the elephant movement in the reserve forest
Dere epitomizes symbol of unity and oneness: DC
AALO, Dec 17: The West Siang Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete inaugurated the Wak
Ragi Dere constructed under MPLAD fund on December 15.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the DC said that the Dere epitomizes the
symbol of unity and oneness as entire activities of the village take place in it
and it is important to keep intact its age old sanctity. Any tangible development
always depends on education and health of the society, he said and appealed to the
young generation to inculcate the spirit of competitiveness in them to lead the society.
Replying to the public memorandum submitted by Litem Ete, Village President, the
DC assured to look into the demand for appointment of another GB for the village
as per the norms laid down by the Govt. and look out ways and means to fulfill the
long felt need of the village to get the irrigation channel from the village to the
Modam Jini, SE Electrical Aalo Circle appealed to the intellectuals to play a constructive
role to take the society to the path of development and assured to take remedial
measures to electrical disruptions faced by the people owing to fault in different
ASM Chairperson Tumpe Ete also highlighted some social issues and problems and their
Kento Kamnyi and others also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
Consultative Committee and DLRC meeting of lead banks
ITANAGAR, Dec 17: District Consultative Committee and DLRC meeting of Lead Banks
of Lower Dibang Valley district for the quarter ending September, 2012 was held under
the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar in his office chamber recently.
The meeting reviewed action points taken in the last meeting held on August 28.
Abhijit K. Deb, Chief Manager (Lead Bank) and branch managers of different banks
informed about the present position regarding KCC loan, formation of Farmers Club,
opening of SHG A/C etc.
The Chief Manager (LB) informed that while the issue of KCC loan, formation of Farmer’s
Club and opening of SHG account in the district was not satisfactory the recovery
position of the district was also not up to the mark. He requested the Bank Branches
to seek help of Govt. functionaries in this regard and maintain close liaison with
the Govt. authorities for recovery of bank’s dues. He requested for preparation of
Department wise defaulters list and separate list for Bakijai cases.
He advised all the banks to form Farmers Club with the help of NABARD since the Farmers
Clubs are playing a fantastic role in banking activity. He also informed that the
AGL growth for the quarter ending September, 2012 is 13.80% against the state’s 22.13%
and National Norms of 18%.
Chief Manager informed that ACP has been declared and handed over to the respective
banks for necessary action during April/May 2012. He said that the performance of
the Annual Credit Plan (ACP) at the end of September 2012 was not up to the mark
except SBI. He informed that the RBI has viewed seriously regarding low C:D Ratio
of the district and advised to form a Sub-Committee with the approval of DCC to monitor
The Deputy Commissioner also told the Branch Managers to initiate efforts to form
more Farmers Club and SHGs in consultation with the BDOs. He asked the BDOs to sponsor
SHGs and told that all Banks should explore agriculture based viable schemes to finance.
Review of performance of banks under Annual Credit Plan 2012-13 and implementation
of various schemes, like PMEGP, SGSY, etc were also discussed.
Security Arrangements of the Banks were also reviewed and issues pertaining to District
Level Currency Management Committee were also discussed in the meeting.
Branch Managers, DSP, BDOs, DDI, ADTH, DHO, DAO besides others attended the meeting.
BBK convention concludes
ITANAGAR, Dec 17: The two-day convention of Bogum Boka Keba (BBK) concluded at Gumin
Kiin, Aalo yesterday.
A gathering of central executives and members of BBK, Pasighat, Gaon buras, Galo
elders, Galo Welfare Society members, various students unions and welfare associations
attended the convention.
The chief guest of the convention retired IAS officer Oshong Ering unveiled the “BBK
Pillar” followed by ritual for universal brotherhood and peace by Nyibu Geli Ete.
The BBK Convention started with inaugural speech by the President, Organising Committee,
Nyadar Loya, who briefed on the historical importance of the institution of BBK.
Domin Ete, Social Activist, anchored the whole agenda of the convention.
In his keynote address, Tanya Dabi, Secretary General, BBK, recalled the history
when the last Bogum Boka meeting was convened at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in 2000. He
went on to inform the gathering that the BBK office bearers have preserved the documents
of 22nd March 1949 wherein the stalwarts like Lt. Kutik Moyong, Lt. Okep Tayeng and
Lt. Tamik Dabi made a whirlwind tour to integrate the people of all Adi areas. Unity
of Adi has been always been emphasised by people of the earlier days, he said. Reiterating
that the institution of Bogum Bokang is a centripetal force to unite and strengthen
the Society, he stated that it originated only to regulate and monitor the society
existing since time immemorial. He welcomed each and every Banggo representatives
to come with proposal and regulations to be finalised for adoption in its General
Conference. Besides, he thanked the mobilizing group of Galo Peoples’ Federation
(GPF) in order to revive the Bogum Boka Institution and their efforts to conduct
the Aalo Convention 2012.
In his speech, Oshong Ering told that there existed no conception in dividing the
Adi Society and blamed the politics and selfish motive for the division. He also
defined “Adi” and later released a self authored book “Who are Adis?”
Taring Tabi, Chairman, Adi Tosina Ao Kebang, spoke at length of the BBK Institution
and the umbrella of “Adi”. Representatives of Loum Banggo, Lodu Banggo, Liromoba
Banggo, Taruk Banggo, Kamba Banggo and others also spoke on the occasion.
Dumo Lollen represented the Galo Welfare Society and emphasised that Adi Bane Kebang
(ABK) and GWS should take up the burden to make the BBK as the highest body of the
entire Adi people.
Raksap Yomcha dwelt at length on the 14th and 15th July 2012 BBK meeting at Itanagar
wherein the representatives of all Siang districts, Dumporijo constituency, Mechuka
sub-division and clan-based leaders of Galo attended the historic meeting. He emphasised
the “BBK” as the common platform of the Siang people and appealed to the people not
to undermine the age-old institution for selfish and political motives.
Appreciating the Organising Committee, he advised them to proceed with proper plan
to convene such historic event and try to revive at the Banggo levels.
Podumoni Govt Middle school celebrates golden jubilee
ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Government Middle School, Podumoni in Lekang circle of Lohit district
celebrated its Golden Jubilee yesterday.
Government Middle School, Podumoni was set up in 1954, as a community school and
was recognized as a government school in 1962.
Finance Minister Chowna Mein in his address recalled the rich history of the school
stating that the region was aware of the importance of education even 50 years back
when there was very little emphasis on primary education anywhere else in the country.
He stated that the hard work and dedication of the people who laid the foundation
of the school cannot be understated and they bequeathed a rich legacy of education
in the region. He also emphasized on the role of teachers, to prepare students for
facing a highly competitive world.
Mein felicitated old school teachers, village representatives, Gaon Buras (GBs),
who have played very important role in the progress of the region.
It is noteworthy that Podumoni GP was conferred Nirmal Gram Puruskar in 2011 which
is an important milestone in the history of the school.
The Finance Minister stressed on improving the infrastructure in the school and promised
for creation of additional classrooms, barracks, quarters for teachers and creation
of boundary walls for preventing encroachment.
While taking part in the celebration Nang Sati Mein stressed on girls education and
development of entrepreneurial skills for SHGs in the area.
Namsai ADC Kamlesh Joshi also spoke on the occasion, who advocated to pass on the
rich legacy of sacrifice and discipline to the young generations.
Lohit DCC president Chow Zingnu Namchoom, EEs of PHED and PWD T.Tok and T. Ratan
and a host of officers from the civil administration attended the celebration.
Govt ‘closely watching’ all activities of China: Antony
New Delhi, Dec 17: Government is “closely watching” all activities of China and necessary
measures have been initiated to protect the economic and security interests of the
country, Defence Minister A K Antony said today.
“Government is closely watching all activities of China and is fully seized of security
needs of the country.
Necessary measures have been initiated to ensure national security and economic interests
of the country,” Antony said in Lok Sabha in response to a query.
Responding to a query on China’s plan to establish an astronomical observatory in
Aksai Chin area with help of Japan and South Korea, he said, “the observatory is
apparently coming up at Shiquanhe which is located in the People’s Republic of China.”
In reply to a query on the US government’s request for missions in the Northeast
region to recover remains of US service personnel who died in World War-II, he said,
“So far, three missions have been conducted.
“All future missions are envisaged to be conducted after due consultation with relevant
agencies in central government and concerned state governments.”
To a query on removal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir,
Antony said, “no decision has been taken so far to withdraw it from any area of the
“The Group of Interlocutors in their report has suggested amendment of AFSPA as one
of the measures,” he said. PTI
At the height of the 2008 food price surge, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) set
up the International Food Policy Research Institute to study the staple food value
chains in Bangladesh, China and India and recommend measures that could make them
more responsive to rising food demand and supply constraints across the Asian region.
The study revealed that staple food value chains in Asia, generally perceived as
being primitive, protracted and fragmented, were in fact rapidly transforming, with
fewer intermediate actors, better integration and higher receptiveness to technological
The picture of a quiet revolution emerging from the study belies several of the Indian
government’s assumptions for letting FDI into the multi-brand retail space. The quiet
revolution in staple food value chains is now changing the face of Asia, the report
asserts based on a rigorous review of the structural transformation routes of food
chains and the catalytic roles available to governments, the private sector, civil
society, and international development institutions.
The study provides critical guideposts for assessing and addressing all segments
of the food chains that unnecessarily contribute to higher retail food prices. It
shows how staple food value chains can benefit inclusive economic growth (which FDI
may not promote).
This study shows that value chain transformation is important to farmers’ incomes,
rural employment, and access to and affordability of staples for urban consumers.
This is especially important, given that Asia’s urban areas are home to half of Asia’s
population and account for two-thirds to three-quarters of its food demand. Harnessing
the value chain transformation for food security should, therefore, be at the front
and center of the policy agenda for the 21st century.
AAPSU stands dissolved
Through your esteemed daily we would like to inform all concerns that the notification
issued by Takam Tatung on dated 17th December 2012 for the conduction of AAPSU election
from 21st to 25th December 2012 at Dera Natung Govt. College Itanagar in the local
dailies of the state was issued without the consent and knowledge of the other outgoing
Central Executive Members of AAPSU.
Further, we the outgoing Central Executive Members of AAPSU clarifies that with the
constitution of Interim Committee, DSUs on 24th November, 2012 at Hotel Arun Subansiri,
Itanagar the AAPSU stands dissolved permanently till the successful conduction of
fresh election by Interim Committee, DSUs. Moreover, Takam Tatung and other Central
Executive Members of AAPSU have no any authority to interfere/conduct the AAPSU election
in any form. The outgoing Central Executive Members of AAPSU have endorsed the Interim
Committee, DSUs headed by Tagru Tame as its Chairman to conduct the election as
per their resolution/decision/ adopted earlier.
Therefore no more press releases or any form of advertisement should be carried in
the local print & electronic media of the state on election matter of AAPSU which
carries the name & designation of any outgoing Central executive members of AAPSU
so as to avoid further confusion on the said election matter of AAPSU.
Few words regarding Yaja Waii memorial T20 cricket tournament
Through the columns of your esteemed daily I would like to draw the kind attention
of authority concerned regarding the 3rd Yaja Waii T20 cricket tournament which was
held recently at Seppa, East Kameng district.
First of all, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Parliamentary secretary,
RWD, Kumar Waii, who was chief patron of the tournament and the organizing committee
for conducting the tournament successfully. I would also like to congratulate the
winning team, namely, CCCC for its outstanding performance.
The tournament earned special respect and honor from each corner and also brought
name and fame for Seppa. Seppa is now becoming famous for good things. We prove that
we are friendly nature.
It is worth mentioning here that many players had been hired especially from Assam
to play the match may be under the guidelines of the tournament. But my point of
view is that they (Assam) have better sports infrastructure than Arunachal. Assam
players are also representing in the Ranji Trophy and other national level events.
In the sports arena, they are marching ahead.
The need of the hours is to encourage our Arunachal youths to take sports as a profession
and to represent Arunachal in domestic, National and International level events.
We should encourage them and provide good platform to enhance their hidden talent.
Further, we should not afraid of losing. Winning or losing is a part and parcel
of the game. We must accept this.
My apprehension is that if this trend of hiring players continues then our Arunachalee
players will not get opportunity to expose their hidden talent. Therefore, we should
introspect and take corrective measures in order to get exposed hidden talent of
Arunachalee youths in sports.
East Kameng district
Sagalee needs fire preventive measures
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of
the higher authorities towards the frequent fire accidents that have been taking
place in Sagalee town. The fire accidents, which occur repeatedly in Sagalee Town
under Papum Pare district, pose a serious threat to both Govt and private properties
and lives of the people of the township. The fire accidents occur many times within
town area due to lack of preventive measures.
Recently a fire mishap took place at the Don Bosco School, Sagalee. The kitchen room
of the hostel was completely gutted in a mid night fire. Fortunately, the fire did
not engulf the hostels. One wonders what would happen to the students if the fire
engulfed the school or hostels.
It is observed that the state Govt is not taking preventive measure to safe the township
and its people from frequent fire accident.
Therefore, I request the state Govt to take the matter seriously to prevent fire
accident before it creates huge destruction to our lives and properties in Sagalee
town. If it is not possible to provide fire brigade at this moment, the authorities
may take some other measures like availability of water tank to douse the fire in
case of fire accident.