CM celebrates advance Christmas with orphan children
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has celebrated the advance Christmas
with the children of Gyan Mission Orphanage at Chimpu on December 15 last. He was
accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary for Land Management and Urban Development
Padi Richo, Parliamentary Secretary for Science and Technology Purpha Tsering, APBOCWWB
Chairman Jalley Sonam and Capital Complex DC Sanjay Goel.
Speaking on the occasion, Tuki stressed on health and hygiene of the children besides
their safety. He urged the DC Capital to provide ration card for rice and other essential
commodities to the orphan kids.
Further, he also assured to provide stipend for every orphan student besides releasing
of 10 lakhs annually for their welfare. Chairperson and chief adviser of Gyan Mission
also spoke on the occasion.
The hour-long programme marked with various cultural presentations by the children.
Jan Suvidha’ centre inaugurated
CHANGLANG, Dec 18: The Additional Deputy Commissioner Changlang, MC Roy formally
inaugurated the electronic delivery system for all public services ‘Jan Suvidha’
at DC’s Office Complex today. The Computerized facilitation is being launched to
meet objective like speed, efficiency and reliability also to substantially improve
the citizen interface.
In his inaugural speech, informed that, the “Jan- Suvidha” is to serve the purpose
of the common people by giving services such as permanent resident certificate (PRC),
Schedule Tribe certificate (STC), Temporary Residence Certificate (TRC), Inner Line
Pass, Identity Card and many other within one or two days, where all certificate
are computerized and issued through a single window, with a minimum fee for all the
The Inaugural function was attended by GC Deori SDO (HQ), H Basar PD (DRDA), S S
Choudhury EAC, Michi Kani DIPRO, Radhe Hinda DIO (NIC) Binti Mibang CO and Office
DIO, Changlang informed that Jan-Suvidha project could not be implemented earlier
due to non availability of location. But this time, this could be launched successfully
under the initiative of new Deputy Commissioner, Chanchal Yadav. DIPRO
Taloh exhorts NE youth to follow the ideals of Dr Bhupen Hazarika
GUWAHATI, Dec 18: The prestigious ‘Sangeetsurya Dr Bhupen Hazarika Lokasilpi Sanman
‘ was presented to noted Dhol player Tulsi Neog Oja at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre,
Guwahati on Saturday night. The award instituted by North East Trade Promotion and
Development Council (NETPDC) carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a citation.
Attending the function, Arunachal Pradesh Industry and Textile Minister Tapang Taloh
said that Dr Hazarika was instrumental in bringing all the tribes of the region under
one umbrella. “We should keep alive his legacy in the days to come,” he said.
Bhupen Da was a symbol of unity, he ( Bhupen Da) had united the people of the North-east
through his melodious songs, Taloh said adding “Arunachal was very close to his
heart due to which Bhupen Da had composed several immortal songs on Arunachal.”
He appealed to youth of the North-east to follow his ideals.
Samar Hazarika, younger brother of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, retd officials of Assam Government
Paramesh Dutta and Dhirendra Nath Saikia were also present in the function.
NEPTDC has instituted the annual award in memory of Dr Hazarika for his untiring
contribution in spreading of famous North-east folk culture at the international
ACS to hold protest rally
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has decided to organize its 2nd
phase of protest rally against deteriorating law and order scenario of state from
Akashdeep complex to Raj Bhawan on December 20. The ACS will also submit a memorandum
to the Governor regarding law and order situation.
AASSATA suspends pen down strike
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: All Arunachal SSA Teachers Association (AASSATA) has decided to
temporarily suspend its on-going indefinite pen down agitation. The decision was
taken by ATA in its federal body meeting held at Naharlagun on December 17 following
the resolutions adopted by Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA).
The AASSATA CEC, however, said that the teaching community will resume the state
wide indefinite pen down strike from January 8 in case the state Govt fails to address
the AASSATA/ATA grievances within given period of three week times.
ATA serves ultimatum
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) has urged the state Govt to
rectify the pay anomalies of assistant teachers and other categories of teachers
In an ultimatum submitted to the Chief Minister, ATA said that employees are being
deprived of basic pay structure in the present drawal after implementation of 6th
Pay Commission recommendation.
Further ATA also demanded for the immediate regularization of remaining SSA teachers
of 2003 batch. AASSATA’s state-wide pen down strike has hampered the academic atmosphere,
ATA said adding the genuine demand of the AASSATA needs to be fulfilled at the earliest.
The ATA further said that it would resume its state-wide indefinite pen down strike
from January 8, 2013 in case the state Govt fails to fulfill its demand on or before
DNGCSU appeals for peaceful election
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Students’ Union of Dera Natung Govt College, Itanagar has called
for smooth conduct of 24th AAPSU general conference cum election at DNGC. “We want
a peaceful and harmonious Arunachal and for that we need united AAPSU,” said DNGCSU
in a release today.
Pointing out the election notifications issued recently, the DNGCSU also called
for ‘decisive solution’ regarding election of the AAPSU immediately. The union
threatened to oppose the conduct of election in case the parties fail to find out
a solution within Dec 20, in order to preserve the sanctity of premier college of
State farmers take part in NE Organic Festival
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Two farmer groups - Kamyir Farmer Club of Action Aid Society Arunachal
(AASA) and Lo-Li Nursery of Lekhi village took part in the four days North East
Organic Festivals held at Pitam Pura and Dilli haat from December 15. The objective
of the festival was to provide the organic farmers of the region a platform to learn
about recent development in organic farming and to interact with each others and
discuss the issues and challenges. Other objectives of the festival was to exhibit
the agricultural, horticultural products & medicinal plant produced originally in
the eight north east states of the country.
Mide Riba, Programme Coordinator of AASA, who led the team at Delhi while briefing
the agricultural produces in the state stressed on needs of proper marketing policy.
S.Teetu Yoka, President of AASA appealed state government to look for innovative
idea for ensue food security.
New Church inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: A new United Pentecostal Church (North-East India-Itanagar) was
inaugurated by Rev. V.L Dika Sailo, Director, General mission department of North
East at A- Sector Raj Bhawan road in a small but glittering function held on 16th
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Banderdewa Tarajuli Development Association and Forest Right
Committee (BTDAFRC) has conducted a social service by cleaning roadside drainage
and bushes at Tarajuli village on 17 Dec last. During the social service many potholes
were filed up and minor damaged roads were restored, said a release.
Chemistry teacher sought
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The students welfare committee of government higher secondary school
Itanagar today sought for the posting of chemistry teacher in the school, saying
that the school has been running without chemistry subject teacher since last four
months. In its letter to director of secondary school education the committee said
syllabus of chemistry subject remains incomplete due to lack of teacher.
156 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Governor, CM calls for effective enforcement of rule of law
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J.J. Singh and Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki addressed the Conference of Heads of Department (HoDs), Deputy
Commissioners (DCs) and Superintendents of Police (SPs) at Banquet Hall here today.
State Finance, Planning and PWD Minister Chowna Mein, Education Minister Bosiram
Siram, Transport and Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin, Chief Secretary Tabom Bam,
Principal Secretary (Coordination) Dr. H.K. Paliwal, Parliamentary Secretaries, commissioners,
secretaries and senior officers of Police Department also attended inaugural function
of the two-day conference along with Heads of Department, Deputy Commissioners and
Superintendent of Police.
In his address, the Governor called upon the senior bureaucrats to provide an environment
of good governance with transparency, effective enforcement of the rule of law and
sound financial system to the people. He exhorted them to play their role in developing
the infrastructure needed in both rural and urban areas to support broad and inclusive
Addressing them as people responsible for growth, progress, development and prosperity
of the State, the Governor asked the officials to formulate special programmes for
livelihood support for the poor and vulnerable, aimed at directly increasing their
income earning capabilities and involve them in the overall growth process. Ensure
that every citizen have access to essential public services of acceptable quality
in health, education, provision of safe drinking water and sanitation. Development
of a State largely depends on the commitment of the people who are in the top administrative
echelons of the State, he stressed.
Calling the Deputy Commissioners as ‘Agent of Change’, who can ensure economic and
financial empowerment of the people, the Governor advised them to be pro-active,
innovative and results oriented in their approach.
Underscoring the vital role of the Superintendents of Police in maintaining of law
and order, the Governor pointed that Law and order is a pre-condition of sustained
development. Where there is peace, development processes will be so much smoother,
so much quicker. He asked the Police officers to instill sense of security amongst
Emphasize on the importance of work culture, the Governor stated that work culture
plays an important role in extracting the best out of employees. A healthy work culture
leads to satisfied employees and an increased productivity. Most vital change that
is required is a change of mind set, he stressed.
The Governor, who has been closely monitoring the development projects in the State,
especially those under Prime Minister’s special economic package to Arunachal Pradesh
said that in the past four year 10 months, he has seen tremendous changes for the
good although there are some areas, where it needs improvement. He pointed that the
period since the year 2008 will be known as ‘Historical Development Era.’ He appealed
to all to move ahead and reach the goal of one of the best managed and administrated
State with the per capita income amongst the highest in the country.
The Governor called upon the officials to maintain the ‘Team Arunachal’ spirit, which
he felt has positive impact in the people of the State.
The Governor also complimented the Political leaders for maintaining political stability
in the State.
In his address, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki urged upon the officers to perform their
duties with utmost sincerity, honesty and confidence. He asked them to take care
of the people, especially rural populace. Tuki said that HoDs, DCs and SPs should
shoulder full responsibility of the welfare and progress of the people.
Citing achievement in policy decision of the State Government, the Chief Minister
said that his government has taken major policy decisions on administrative reforms,
sports policy, Public Private Partnership Policy, Agriculture, Horticulture, tourism,
education, health and hydropower.
The Chief Minister who extensively tour the State in the passed one year said that
the faith of the people on administration and governance slowly going down. There
is lack of leadership, communication gap and Aam aadmi is not getting the service
they expect, want and desire. The attention has been diverted from the main goal
of providing pro-people governance, he cautioned.
Reposing faith in the professionalism of the officials, the Chief Minister said that
they have the onus of re-strengthening the administration and bring back the glory
of governance that used to be during the NEFA days.
While calling for active participation of the officials, the Chief Minister expressed
his hope that the two-day conference will strengthen administration for over-all
welfare of the people and for inclusive growth and good governance.
Addressing the conference, State Finance and Planning Minister Chowna Mein highlighted
on the importance of the meeting. He said that the conference is being conducted
in the transiting period from eleventh to twelve five year plan. The recommendations
of the meeting will be of immense importance for planning and execution of policies
The State Finance and Planning Minister dwelled in length on the financial constrains
of the State. Advising the officials on preparation of schemes, Mein said that scheme
should be based on requirement and not on availability of fund. He emphasized on
need for architectural design change in infrastructure and strict monitoring on every
Comparing overall growth of the State against the National Growth rate, State Finance
and Planning Minister said that Arunachal Pradesh is doing better and he appealed
to the people to maintain the spirit.
Home and Finance Commissioner Ramesh Negi also addressed the conference in the inaugural
Earlier in his welcome address, Chief Secretary Tabom Bam called for proper maintenance
of law and order in the State. Stating that State has to run on strong financial
condition, he commended the districts of West Kameng and Tawang for maximum contribution
towards State revenue. The Chief Secretary also stressed on prompt action by the
A power-point presentation was presented on the occasion by State Planning Secretary
cum Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg.
The two-day conference includes ten-point agenda. Discussion on measures to maximize
the revenue generation from natural resources, tax and excise, power, water supply,
land and plugging of leakage, construction of mini secretariat and CC roads in all
the District headquarters. Implementation of various self-employment, skill development
and employment generation programmes, Chief Minister Agriculture Mechanization Programme
and Chief Minister Health Insurance Scheme to cover BPL population and allotment
of land for State and Central Government establishment also will be taken on the
Measures to inculcate work-culture amongst employees of the State Government, review
of Law and Order scenarios across the State, strengthening of various police check
gates to stop illegal immigrants and review the progress of various developmental
activities being implemented under PM package and other central flagship programmes
will be taken up on the second day.
Two kidnapped businessmen rescued
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Two businessmen, who were kidnapped from Lekang village in Namsai
sub-division of Lohit were rescued in a joint search operation by Army and Police
in Namsai sub-division yesterday.
The two businessmen namely, Pradip Mohr (46), a resident of Duliajan Assam and Chandrapal
Sharma (50) of Bordumsha, Arunachal Pradesh were kidnapped on December 2 from Lekang
village by some unidentified militants.
The search teams were launched from Army camps at Namsai, Innau and Mahadevpur along
with Namsai police on December 3. The teams carried out continuous search for more
than 15 days in the suspected areas and forest. The search led to the apprehension
of a linkman. During interrogation, the linkman revealed the presence of hostages
at a specific place in Manabam Reserve forest. On December 16, a rescue team was
launched inside the Manabam Reserve Forest. The hostages were safely rescued at 1945
Hrs on December 17 by the rescue team. The two kidnappers fled inside dense area
of forest in cover of darkness and poor visibility. The fleeing militants were identified
as Lambu Chakma and Pokhanto Khem @ Bhim. The militant belongs to an outfit named
as UPDF. The hostages were later handed over to Namsai Police station. The search
operation for apprehension of the militants is still in progress.
Medal winning Judokas felicitated
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Arunachal Judo Association along with Department of Sports
and Youth Affairs and Sports Authority of Arunachal felicitated the medal winning
Judo players of Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy with ‘khada’ and flower bouquets in
a simple but impressive function at Academy’s Multi-purpose indoor hall, Chimpu near
The Judokas of SLSA won as many as 21 medals, including 3 gold, 5 silver and 13 bronze,
in the North East Judo Championship which was held in Aizawl, Mizoram from January
11 to 14 last. Mizoram became champion while Arunachal secured the runners up spot
in the championship. Besides host Mizoram, over 100 athletes from four NE states,
including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura participated in the championship.
Attending the function, Sports Authority of Arunachal Vice Chairman Likha Tara advised
the athletes to maintain the same spirit and performance at senior level too through
hard practice. He said that performance of the players till the junior level is satisfactory.
But, it is observed that the same athletes can not maintain the performance at senior
level due to various reasons, he said. Tara, who always advocates for maintaining
strict discipline, advised the players to respect their coaches’ and listen to them
for better performance and success in life.
Sports and Youth Affairs Director DK Dinglow, who always prefer brief speech in such
occasions, announced to improve the diets of students of SLSA since balanced diet
is very important for sportspersons.
Arunachal Judo Association Vice President L Marik, in speech, stressed on regular
participation of players in various tournaments to improve performance. He hoped
that the Judokas of the state would bring more laurels to the state in future under
the guidance of Coach Yum Pangkhu.
Earlier, Team Manager Puspo Kanth Sharma gave a brief report on the overall performance
of the state team in the championship.
S&YA Assistant Director cum Judo Association President Ramesh Lingi oversaw the function
along with Joint Director Tadar Apa and SLSA principal P Lombi.
The function was also attended by AKA coach/technical director Deben Sharma, Shito
Ryu Karate Do Association General Secretary Charu Tatung, Adventure Cell in-charge
(Deptt of S&YA) Dr. K Romeo Meetei,Judo Association vice president Mr Karbak, coaches,
teachers and students of SLSA.
Sambo adjudged best lifter
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Sambo Lapung was adjudged the best lifter of the 8th Youth National
Weightlifting Championship by Indian Weightlifting Federation for his record-breaking
performance, according to Arunachal Weightlifting Association.
Lapung broke the national record of snatch (117kg), Clean and Jerk 146 kg total 258
kg set by K. Lalhanba of Manipur in Youth National Weightlifting Championship in
Manipur in 2007 by lifting a record total of 265 kg (Snatch 118 kg + Clean & Jerk
147 kg) in the on-going championship.
Participating at 49th Men Junior Weightlifting Championship, Sambo won another Gold
medal in junior section of the championship yesterday. He lifted a total of 260 kg
(snatch -115 kg, Clean & Jerk-145 kg)
The 49th Men & 25th Women Junior National Weightlifting Championship was started
on December 16 at Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.
Nobin to participate in Intl Karate C'ship
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: National Shoto-kan Karate Champion P Nobin Jomoh is leaving here
tomorrow for New Delhi to participate in the 3rd International Karate Championship
to be held at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi on December 21 and 22.
He is the lone karate player from the state to be selected for the event. He was
selected on the basis of his performance in the recently held 7th NSKF National Karate
Championship at Naharlagun where be became champion.
Talking to this reporter, Nobin credited his performance to karate chiefs of the
state, especially Sensei Deben Sharma and AKA President Sensei Likha Tara.
His trip to Delhi is sponsored by Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Limited Vice
Chairman Jabring Venia.
Besides the host country, the best karate players from South Africa, Israel, Bangladesh,
Nepal, Sweden and Sri Lanka would participate in the championship.
Nobin along with 5 other players from Arunachal Pradesh will also participate in
the All India Karate Championship 2012 organized by Shito Ryu Keiko Kai at Sports
Complex, Jaipur, Rajasthan on December 24 & 25.
4th Nysihi Idol contest 3 more eliminated
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Three more contestants, namely Bamang Tadang, Tad Yapu and Gichik
Thomas, were eliminated on the second round of the 4th Nyishi Idol contest being
conducted at Siddhartha hall here.
The third elimination round held today was attended by former Nyishi Elite Society
Secretary Techi Nyokum as chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, he urged youths of the society to work hard with sincerity
and dedication to become successful in life. He urged them to refrain from such activities
which may bring bad name to the society.
Remembering pioneers of Nyishi community, including Late Tadar Tang, Late Tao Gumchi,
Late Techi Mecha, the chief guest said that this event has provided an opportunity
to recall the contributions of those legendary persons. He advised the contestants,
who were eliminated from the contest, not to be disheartened as winning and losing
are part and parcel of any competition.
MLA and Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Limited (APFCL) chairman Tani Loffa,
NES finance secretary cum SE coordinator and training Katung Wage, Senior Artist
Bengia Tabb, APCC secretary Tana Jiri and Secretary NES, East Kameng unit Chagam
Dolo also attended the programme to encourage the upcoming singers.
Now, Korean Super Bikes at your door step!
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The BSP Korean Super Biking—the authorised booking counter of North
East Super Biking—was inaugurated by Sports Authority of Arunachal Vice Chairman
Likha Tara at College Road, Vivek Vihar here today.
The booking counter will offer advance booking services of all the models of Hyosung
Superbikes, including ST7 (700cc), GT650N (650cc), GT650R (650cc) and GT250R (250cc).
Priced at Rs 2.75 lakh, India’s wildest bike GT250R has a 17-litre fuel tank and
twin disc brakes. Powered by a V twin-cylinder, oil-cooled four-stroke engine, GT250R
produces 28.00 bhp of maximum power at 10,000 rpm.
The bike runs on petrol with fuel consumption of 24-25kmp/litre. The bikes comes
with Flaming Snow, Red Raven and Silver Fox colours.
The Hyosung GT 650R comes with a 647cc, 4-stroke, DOHC, 8 valve, 90-degree V-twin
engine that is liquid cooled and delivers a maximum power of 72.68bhp at 9000rpm.
The bike runs on petrol with fuel consumption of 17-18kmp/litre with top speed of
The new Hyosung ST7 is equipped with 678.2 cc. The engine type is 4 strokes, liquid
cooled, 90 V Twin. The Hyosung ST7 is packed with array of advanced features. The
bold and dynamic body graphics of the bike is very impressive.
The Bikes comes in three colours Scarlet Red, Ebony Black and Classic White.
Interested may visit the booking counter cum showroom to see, inspect and know details
of the superbikes.
Parashuramkund can become spiritual tourism hotspot: PD Sona
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: After attending the Poi Pi Mau festival at Namsai, Parliamentary
Secretary (Tourism) Pasang Dorjee Sona took time to inspect the tourism assets in
Parashuramkund in Lohit district in the wake of the Parasuramkund Mela which starts
from mid January.
Sona was accompanied by the EAC Wakro Riba, Asst. Engineer (RWD) Otem Apum, Assistant
Engineer (PHE) PD Chukla and the others.
Sona inspected the CC steps till the kund where the pilgrims take the holy dip which
was washed away during the flood last monsoon.
Sona said," the restoration work of the CC steps are in full swing and will be completed
much before the Mela begins to ease problems of the pilgrims especially the older
While interacting with the Lohit Deputy Commissioner and other local authority, he
was informed that during the Mela more than hundred thousands pilgrims throng Parashuramkund
and the basic sanitation facilities and accommodation is a big problem. He had requested
the PHED to provide water supply at this site during the Mela and create public toilets
and other basic facilities for the visitors during these period.
Later, he visited the tourism complex at Parashuramkund which is nearing completion.
This complex is being created to provide accommodation to the pilgrims and other
visitors especially during the mela.
Sona said ," I am quite happy that the complex is coming up well and will be of great
help to all the pilgrims who come here to seek salvation. "
"Spiritual tourism can really be a revenue spinner if proper plan is worked out in
this area. Parashumkund has all the potential to become a spiritual tourism hotspot.
Pilgrims has already started pouring in despite the fact that the main event is still
a month away." Sona said. While inspecting the project the executing agency informed
that the basic facilities like external water supply and electricity has not been
included in the scope of project. Sona felt that the water supply and electricity
should be integral part of the project and hopes that some solution will be worked
Sona was happy that Minister Finance, Planning and PWD Chowna Mein and Parliamentary
Secretary (Forest and Environment) CT Mein is taking keen interest in the development
of the tourism project in this area.
"It is quite commendable to see that Chowna Mein and CT Mein have been very supportive
in the promotion of tourism in this area. They personally monitor the project to
make sure that quality is not compromised," Sona said with a happy face. He further
added," with positive involvement of the elected represented like them we see no
reason why Arunachal will not become the most favored tourism destination."
Mibang takes charge as RGU VC
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Prof. Tamo Mibang has taken over the charge of the Vice-Chancellor
of Rajiv Gandhi University today for a period of five years from Prof. K.C. Kapoor,
Prof. Mibang joined as Reader in the Department of History, then Arunachal University
in 1988 and became Professor in 1995.
Prof. Mibang has unique experience and exposure of working with the University system
as he was assigned to perform the duties of the highest positions of the University
on several occasions. He served as Acting Vice-Chancellor from 5th December, 1998
to 10th January, 1999.
He was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor from September 23, 2002 to April 9, 2008. He was Acting
Vice-Chancellor from November 16, 2002 to August 19, 2003, Vice-Chancellor (i/c)
from May 5, 2010 to December 30, 2010 and Acting Vice-Chancellor from January 1,
2011 to October 4, 2011. He has also vast experience in the field of education as
teacher, researcher, academic administrator, Director at various levels of the University
since his joining.
Prof. Mibang is also known for his humane approach and team leadership.
Prior to his new assignment, Prof. Mibang was the Director, Arunachal Institute of
Tribal Studies (AITS), Rajiv Gandhi University.
He is the first Arunachalee to be appointed to the post of the Vice-Chancellor by
the President of India in his capacity as the Visitor of Rajiv Gandhi University.
The University fraternity hopes that Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Tamo Mibang, who with
his administrative and innovative strategies will help this University for accomplishing
several milestones in the field to disseminate and advance knowledge, to take appropriate
measures for promoting innovations in teaching-learning process, to educate and train
manpower for the development of the State of Arunachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, Rajiv Gandhi University staff welcomed Prof. Mibang to the office of the
Vice-Chancellor and expressed their happiness and thanked MHRD, New Delhi and President
of India for appointing him as the new and regular Vice Chancellor for the period
of five years.
The staff also thanked Prof. K.C. Kapoor, outgoing Acting Vice-Chancellor for taking
over the responsibility of Vice-Chancellor’s office for the period of six months.
“It is a historic day for the University and state of Arunachal Pradesh that the
university had its first Vice-Chancellor from the local”, a university release said.
New VC calls on Governor
New Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Professor Tamo Mibang called
on Governor General (Retd) J.J. Singh at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar today.
The Governor congratulated Prof. Mibang on being appointed as the Vice Chancellor
of the University (RGU). Terming the appointment as a matter of great pride for every
Arunachalee, he said that the appointment is recognition to Prof. Mibang’s capability,
experience, scholastic achievements and dedicated service towards higher education
in the State.
Reposing his faith in the new VC, the Governor expressed his confidence that the
university will touch new heights of excellence under the stewardship of Prof. Mibang.
PRO to Raj Bhavan
Orientation training prog on IWMP projects
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) Arunachal Pradesh
started the series of Orientation Training Programme on IWMP for Project Implementing
Agencies (PIAs) and WDT Members with the first programme in this series commencing
from December 18 at SIRD Conference Hall here today. The programme will conclude
on December 20.
The programme is being attended by representatives from WCDC as the PIA, PIAs from
respective blocks and WDT members corresponding to Tawang, West Kameng, East Kameng,
and Papum Pare districts.
Inaugurating the programme, Nyabin Ete, Director SIRD informed that Arunachal Pradesh
has a high allocation of IWMP projects amongst NE States due to which there was a
need for self realisation amongst PIAs regarding the importance of training.
He also called for ensuring visible outcomes from the implementation of development
programmes, for which all efforts should be taken for building the capacities of
all concerned functionaries and elected representatives alike.
He also called upon the participants to acquaint themselves with all provisions pertaining
to MIS, including timely uploading of all information in the MIS. He cautioned that
information in the MIS under IWMP and MG-NREGA need to tally with physical and financial
progress records being maintained at respective levels. Uploading of information
will greatly facilitate smooth flow of funds and enable the authorities concerned
to serve the poor people in rural areas of the State. He also informed that State
Government is sincerely taking all steps to support the DRDAs and the Blocks for
successful implementation of programmes. He highlighted the pivotal role of SIRD
in building capacities and providing all manner of trouble shooting of problems related
to implementation of rural development programmes.
Speaking on the occasion, Joint Director Rural Engineering, M. Ronya called upon
all the PIAs and representatives of WCDCs to disseminate all information regarding
IWMP to all concerned at the grassroots level in their respective districts. He highlighted
the importance of MIS and said that all concern districts need to ensure timely and
proper updation of information in the MIS for maintaining smooth flow of funds.
Dr. Kirto Loyi, Dy. Director SIRD called upon the PIAs to ensure integration of approaches
for implementation of IWMP and highlighted the need for convergence.
The programme is being coordinated by SW Bagang and Rakesh Srivastava, Assistant
Directors at SIRD.
The three day programme would cover issues pertaining to planning and management
of IWMP, understanding of important IWMP concepts, roles and responsibilities of
various institutions under IWMP, and activities under IWMP. It will also deal on
livelihoods and production system and micro enterprises component under IWMP.
Earlier Rakesh Srivastava welcomed the delegates and Bagang highlighted the background
of the programme and informed about the programme contents.
Eminent resource persons from Department of Science and Technology, GB Pant Institute
of Himalayan Environment and Development, National Informatics Centre Itanagar are
also scheduled to address the delegates in this training programme.
A field visit to MDTC Midpu is also scheduled in the programme.
NHPC donates ambulance for Arzoo people
ANINI, Dec 18: In a bid to provide emergency medical services and transportation
for person in sickness and distress, National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC)
Ltd donated a brand new ambulance for the people of Arzoo circle in Dibang Valley
The donation of the ambulance, which was executed under the local area development
plan of the company, was handed over to Anini Deputy Commissioner Tamune Miso in
a simple function attended by local people and government officials.
In a statement by UC Sharma, Chief (Geo), Dibang Multipurpose Project (DMP) made
on behalf of the company during the function, stated that NHPC is determined to serve
the society by not only building the hydropower projects but also by sharing the
“Offering a helping hand towards achieving the commitment of NHPC’s social responsibilities,
the company strives for making a progressive socio-economic development of the local
society,” he added.
Receiving the keys of the new ambulance, Miso appreciated the NHPC for taking up
the noble initiatives and urged the company to take up similar activities in near
future for the benefit of people of twin districts of Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang
Arunachal saw natural calamities, scams, attacks on media
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Natural calamities, breakdown in law and order, bandh calls, coal
scam and attacks on journalists and media houses marked the year 2012 in Arunachal
The Himalayan state was struck by flood and landslides which claimed at least 35
lives. The law-and-order situation deteriorated with a large number of cases of abduction,
murder and dacoity reported. At least 140 cases of atrocities against women were
reported during the year.
Security forces arrested 33 cadres of various rebel groups including ULFA, NSCN and
Naga National Council besides six Naxals.
Insurgency-hit Tirap and Changlang districts witnessed a series of clashes between
both the factions of the NSCN during the year. The Centre sanctioned an amount of
130 crore as a special package for modernisation of police forces in Tirap, Changlang
and Longding districts.
The state suffered a total loss of 828 hours due to bandhs called by various organizations
during the year.
It was a year of trial and turbulence for the state media as it faced repeated attacks
from miscreants. Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of English daily The Arunachal Times
was shot at by unidentified assailants in July when she was entering her office.
The state media fraternity launched a series of agitation demanding arrest of the
culprits and handing over the case to CBI, which the state government complied with.
However, the investigating agency later declined to accept the case.
The newspaper office was also vandalised by unknown persons in April while two of
its staff were attacked in September. The office of Echo of Arunachal, the oldest
newspaper from the state, was vandalised and its associate editor Tapan Kumar Das
assaulted by some persons in November.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who also holds the Home portfolio, ordered round-the-clock
police security in all media establishments besides installation of high resolution
The oft repeated claim of China over Arunachal Pradesh's territory re-surfaced during
the year with Google Earth displaying the entire stretch of the state in its map
as territory of China which evoked strong reaction among various organisations of
The BJP organised a ‘Shahid Sardhanjali Yatra’ on October 18 from Guwahati which
culminated at Lumla, bordering China to mark 50 years of the Sino-Indo war of 1962
and to pay homage to the 3770 martyrs.
A multi-crore coal scam surfaced in the state during the year with Opposition BJP
accusing the government of violating norms in extracting coal from the Namchik-Namphuk
coal block in Changlang district.
On the political front, four Trinamool Congress and five NCP legislators joined the
ruling Congress swelling its strength to 55 in the house of 60.
In another development, the Gauhati High Court set aside the election of Congress
MLA Gadam Ete in the 2009 assembly election and declared his nearest rival Dutter
Padu of TC elected. However, Ete later challenged the verdict in the Supreme Court
which put a stay on the order.
In a similar judgement, the High Court also cancelled the election of Congress MLA
Markio Tado from Tali constituency and declared elected former MLA Takam Sorang.
This case too was in the apex court after Tado challenged the verdict.
The Centre granted an amount of Rs 40 crore for the state to boost agriculture production,
while the annual plan size was pegged at Rs 3,535 crore, a 20 per cent hike.
The state recorded a rise in tourist flow in the year. The Centre also approved Agriculture
College for Arunachal to be set up at East Siang district, while Indira Gandhi Technical
and Medical Sciences University, a new private varsity, started functioning at Ziro
in Lower Subansiri district.
The state government also formulated the draft master plan for new airport, while
the second battalion of Arunachal Scouts got financial approval from the Centre.
The state government also gave nod for upgrading of five advance landing grounds
in the state during the year.
The longest bridge over Pare River in Papum Pare district was inaugurated along with
the Digaru Bridge linking Lohit and Anjaw districts during April.
The state government constituted the Special Tiger Protection Force after a Royal
Bengal tigress was killed and hacked into pieces in her enclosure by poachers at
Itanagar zoo in September.
On the sports front, the state made remarkable achievements by formulating a sports
policy with various sops for budding talents. It also inked a MoU with Reading Football
Club of England to groom footballers from the state. PTI
TCS resolves to work for the society
DAPORIJO, Dec 18: After a long debate and discussion, three days conference of Tagin
Culture Society (TCS) concluded at Rijo conference hall, Daporijo today.
The newly nominated executive members of TCS committed to perform their best for
the upliftment of the society.
“We are lacking unity, we need to unite ourselves for the welfare of the society
and promote social harmony in every corner of the society “said Tabu Paktung, newly
selected president of the TCS.
Lardik Kare, newly selected general secretary of the TCS appealed every intellectual
to preserve their own dialect and language and said that he will put emphasis on
preservation of own dialect.
Various issues regarding the socio-cultural, political and economic development of
the society were discussed during the conference. Apart from this, many other issues
including child marriage were also discussed.
Intellectual section also extended their full support for uplift the society.
However, many students from the community have expressed their willingness to serve
the society under the banner of TCS.
A report by World Health Organisation says, India will see a decrease of 50-75 per
cent in malaria cases by 2015. The WHO's World Malaria Report 2012 said, a concerted
effort by endemic countries, donors and global malaria partners during the past decade
has led to strengthened malaria control around the world.
The report has, however, warned that a significant slowdown in global funding of
anti-malaria campaigns threatens to roll back the gains made against the preventable
mosquito-borne disease over the last 10 years. In the south-east Asia Region, Bhutan,
Korea, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand have registered decreases of 75 per cent or
more in the malaria incidence rates between 2000 and 2011.
The report said, India, Nepal and Thailand could also potentially move from the control
to the pre-elimination phase by continuing their progress.
The report also indicated that international funding for malaria appears to have
reached a plateau well below the level required to reach the health- related Millennium
Development Goals and other internationally-agreed global malaria targets.
According to the report, 50 countries around the world are on track to reduce their
malaria case incidence rates by 75% by 2015 – in line with World Health Assembly
and Roll Back Malaria targets. However, these 50 countries only represent 3%, or
7 million, of the malaria cases that were estimated to have occurred in 2000, the
benchmark against which progress is measured.