Out of the 620 Km roads entrusted to state PWD, DPR for 245 Km has been submitted.
The concerned ministry has sanctioned 4 packages namely, Papu - Yupia, Yupia - Hoj,
Hoj-Potin and Shantipur-Meka aggregating to 73 Km amounting to Rs. 312 crores for
which the tenders have been invited, The DPR for the balance length of 375 km are
in advance stage, he informed.
Since up-gradation of existing roads of NH¬229 and NH-52 B and 4-Laning of NH-52A
will require some times, the critical section of these roads need to be provided
with optimum maintenance funds for keeping the roads traffic worthy. The condition
of NH-52 A which is the life line of State Capital is in bad shape due to damages
during monsoon and non-availability of funds for carrying our repair works. There
are pressing demand from defence authorities, specially in the eastern sector covering
Changlang-Khonsa-Longding-Kanubari under NH-52B, for proper maintenance of roads
to contain insurgency operations, Tuki said.
The minister further said that till March 2009, 49 numbers of schemes under Central
Road Funds (Normal), amounting to Rs. 176.50 crores had been sanctioned. Against
this, 24 number of schemes have been completed. There are 25 number of balance schemes,
sanctioned for Rs.113.77 crores against which the expenditure upto March 2009 was
Rs. 40.14 crores, leaving the balance sanction of Rs. 73.73 crores. The allocation
during 2009-10 is Rs. 24.43 cores, leading to a shortfall of Rs. 53.30 cores.
Tuki appealed for immediate release of additional amount of Rs 30 crore to reduce
the gap and for early completion of the many incomplete schemes.
During 2009-10, the state Govt had submitted new proposals for 16 number important
projects for an approximate cost of Rs 86.68 crore under CRF (normal) and 7 schemes
under ISC schemes for Rs 260.97 crores and formal approval of the projects is still
awaited, Tuki said adding priority of Inter-state connecting roads to accelerate
the economic activities in the state.
NSCN (IM) Town Commander apprehended, utilisation of Tirap MLA LAD funds in question
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: In a major breakthrough, 19 Assam Rifles apprehended Self Styled
town commander of Khonsa, Captain Angam Wangsa of NSCN (IM), yesterday from Khonsa
The commando platoon of 19 Assam Rifles along with Tirap District Police after a
joint operation nabbed Wangsa.
While the operation was in progress, six rounds were fired by other NSCN (IM) cadres
around 300 meters away from the place of operation.
Undeterred, however, the Security forces conducted the operation clinically with
no loss to any life or property.
One M-20 Automatic Pistol, eight rounds and 300 grams of Opium, 30 capsules of Proxyvon
(banned drug), extortion money amounting to Rupees 8,915/-, extortion letters and
other incriminating documents were recovered from Capt Angam.
Documents recovered reveal startling information regarding siphoning off of crores
of rupees from MLA LADS (2009-10) fund to the underground groups, according to sources.
Documents have allegedly laid bare the unholy nexus of undergrounds with a host of
leaders, government servants and a number of businesspersons from Khonsa.
The details in the document prove that the nexus is deep rooted which warrants immediate
remedial action by the people responsible, the source added.
The list of telephone numbers, which include senior government officers and leaders
and the call details, underline this nexus. During the Joint Interrogation, Capt
Angam was made to speak to many government servants that revealed their comfort levels
with each other. The interrogation highlighted the nefarious activities of the same
people who are supposed to be serving the Government of India.
Incriminating documents recovered from the apprehended cadre also contained information
about their strength and weapons.
The information regarding the organization/command structure of NSCN (IM) in Tirap
included existence of Upper Wanchoo Command lead by SS Capt Pangtai, Lower Wanchoo
Command lead by SS Capt Pangami and Laju Command lead by SS Capt James.
The strength of cadres is approximately forty and weapons include three M-22, four
M-21, three M-16, four AK-56, two AK-47, six SLR, five MK-III, two MK-IV, one LMG,
one Longsa and one Sniper.
Captain Angam was involved in extortion, issuing of threats, smuggling of weapons
and drug peddling in Khonsa.
In the week that went by, he audaciously threatened the Security forces and District
Police with dire consequences.
Reportedly, he roamed about with weapons threatening the civil population and extorting
money at will.
With the kind of strength of cadres and weapons in Tirap district, the UG group was
planning to take over this area methodically using coercion and force, as revealed
by the cadre during interrogation.
Post operation many civilians were questioned about the activities of the apprehended
cadre. Initially people were hesitant but on assurance of secrecy, they came out
with startling revelations about how Capt Angam the Khonsa town commander had become
Repeatedly, the state and central government have stated its commitment to find a
solution to the insurgency problem in Tirap district. It remains to be seen what
steps the government takes to strengthen the forces in the district and instil confidence
among the citizens.
‘Urgent steps needed to conserve wildlife & environment’
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: There is an urgent need to conserve environment, natural resources
and wildlife, said state Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong while addressing a
symposium on ‘Urgency in Addressing the Needs of Environment and Conservation of
Wildlife’ in Bhopal today.
Due to encroachment on the natural habitats of wildlife by humans, either for sustenance
or for commercial purpose animal-human conflict has risen which has led to the killing
of much important wildlife, he said adding animal flesh, bones, skin etc are used
for merchandise purpose as these are the most profitable business in the international
market and is the second largest profitable business after narcotics. The tiger population
of the country which was 3642 in 2001-02 drastically reduced by more than half to
1411 according to Tiger Census report released by National Tiger Conservation Authority
in February 2008, he pointed out.
However, Lowangdong said, the conservation of wildlife and their habitat in Arunachal
Pradesh is implemented through a wildlife division and a territorial division. Moreover,
the tribal people live in close harmony with nature and practices wildlife conservation.
To protect environment and wildlife approximately 12% of the total forest areas have
been constituted in Protected Areas Network and as many as 13 wildlife sanctuaries
and national parks including Biosphere reserves have been constituted in the state.
To further protect the environment and wildlife, the wildlife wings of the Forest
and Environment Department have taken up various activities with assistance from
the Government of India, he said. However, the organizational supports like manpower
and capacity building should further be strengthened, besides, raising of forest
protection force so as to implement wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, he said.
Arunachal Pradesh with 82% forest cover of its total area of 83,743 sq. km has a
greater role to play on conservation on wildlife and protection of environment, he
said while mentioning the symbiotic relationships with nature and the vibrant tribes
of Arunachal Pradesh for whom the forests and wildlife has been an indivisible part
of life since time immemorial. However, with increasing population, development activities
and unsustainable land use practices like shifting cultivation, the pressure on forest
resource is consistently increasing leading to their degradation, affecting environment
and wildlife of the State, the Speaker added.
Pointing our the global warming , Lowangdong said “Our forest cover is shrinking
at an alarming rate as almost 1000 hectares of forest cover is destroyed everyday,
causing unnatural climatic changes coupled with severe uncontrolled emission of Green
House Gasses in the atmosphere which has been attributed to the effects on global
The growth of population and development in education, healthcare, transportation
and other livelihood options have resulted in people migrating to the plains of the
foothills for settlement and cultivation thus bringing into confrontation with the
wildlife especially elephants. Although eco-development work are carried out in the
elephant zone along with mitigation measures like erection of electric barrier fencing
etc. however due to very large extent of the elephant zone in Arunachal Pradesh,
the funds provided under Project Elephant (CSS) and Integrated Development of Wildlife
Habitat (CSS) are not sufficient, needing it to be enhanced so as to reduce “Human-Elephants/Animal
To maintain a healthy environment in Arunachal Pradesh, the Centre should provide
financial and technical assistance to state to mitigate man-animal conflict and
to take up other measures for protection of wildlife.
Pointing out that as most of the development projects in Arunachal Pradesh are affected
because of being under Reserve Forests and Lowangdong while advocating a golden mean
between conservation and development suggested that the much needed development should
not be hampered in the under developed state on the pretext of being in Reserve Forest
In the same time, the needs to preserve and protect our fragile eco-system with all
its flora and fauna should also be given the urgency it requires involving all sections
of civil society. The state legislators and parliamentarians also need to focus greater
attention on taking appropriate measures to save the environment and wildlife thereby
enriching our eco-system, he said.
PMEGP can decrease the unemployment problems
ROING, Feb 5: The Prime Minister’s Employment Generation programme (PMEGP) is a boon,
especially for those unemployed and budding entrepreneurs to become self-employed
and live a respectable and dignified life. Keeping in view the benefit of the PMEGP
and to guide the budding entrepreneurs the District Industries Centre (DIC), Roing
conducted a day-long awareness camp recently. The programme was sponsored by Khadi
& Village Industries Commission (KVIC). Altogether twenty unemployed youths took
advantage of the programme and participate in it.
Briefing in detail about the viable projects and other basic procedures and formalities
for getting financial assistance under the programme, Mobia Pugang DDI Lower Dibang
Valley said that the central government under the PMEGP has envisaged lots of benefit
to those unemployed to earn a living by adopting project feasible according to the
raw materials and market available at their door step. He advised the unemployed
youths to conceive a vision & plan of their interest and then lay out in paper to
get financial assistance.
“The real meaning of entrepreneur is to get maximum benefit with meagre investment
by having strong foundation and continuation with extensive marketing strategies.
The commitment and interest must be develop to carry forward your business at the
peak so to make yourself self reliant for the progress of the district and the state”,
exhorted the DDI further. A Pertin ADT&H, who was also resource person mentioned
the workable projects under the Agro-based industry, Forest based Industry, Handmade
Paper/fibre, Rural Engineering, Bio-Technology and Service Industry including Textiles
which are highly in demand even at the semi- urban and rural sector. “For becoming
a successful entrepreneur your determination and hard work together with you interest
of project mattered must” he suggested.
Explaining about the financial assistance, Hemanta Chaudhery Field Officer SBI said
that the bank finances those plans which are viable and also depend upon the individual
competency and their interest.
Pointing out the bank defaulters who still failed to return the load taken to buy
Auto rickshaw and set up shops under the Prime Minister Rojgar Yojana (PMRY), he
said “This sorts of practices is discouraging and unable other to get the benefit
of the loan”. The benefits made available by the government have to avail in right
perspective for the development, he further suggested.
The first beneficiaries of PMEGP, Jibi Pulu, a budding entrepreneur shared his know-how
in getting the loan and the project taken. He told that individual interest and vision
are the prime quality instrumental in reaching the dream true. He advised them to
be serious and make every project successful for being a successful entrepreneur.
However, the DDI and ADT&H have opened their door for the interested candidates about
the procedures and technical know-how to get optimum advantage of the PMEGP in order
to make a better living out of it.
5th Namdapha Eco-cultural Festival inaugurated
Ngandam appeals people to preserve cultural heritage & natural resources
MIAO, Feb 05: The festival of culture and rich bio-diversity ‘5th Namdapha Eco-cultural
Festival’ got underway today at Miao, Changlang District.
Minister of Horticulture Honchun Ngandam heralded the unfolding of the 3-day extravaganza
as Chief Guest by beating the traditional gong amidst the presence of various dignitaries
and thousands of people at the much-embellished festival venue.
Appreciating the endeavour of the people for initiating the festival, Ngandam gave
a clarion call to the people of the region to preserve the rich bio-diversity, particularly
found in Namdapha National Park, which is a prominent theme of the event.
Lamenting the traditional practice of hunting and fishing and degradation of forest
resources, he called upon the people to introspect and change their outlook. “Killing
of animals was considered to be a manly quality earlier, but we have to rethink over
this”, he said and urged all sections of people, particularly the leaders to desist
from such practices.
The Horticulture Minister also came heavily on “the prevailing negative attitude
of the people” of Tirap and Changlang districts and rampant opium addiction. He termed
the habit as a major obstacle to the way of development and asked the people to march
shoulder to shoulder with other developed societies of the state.
Finance and IPR and Printing Minister Setong Sena, lauded the organizers for offering
a common platform for all communities to interact, exchange ideas and to forge communal
harmony and unity. He also appreciated their initiative for integrating the theme
of preservation of environment in the celebration of the festival. Terming the practice
of rampant destruction of environment in the name of development as a negative trend,
the Finance Minister appealed the people of the region to help preserve both the
rich bio-diversity of Namdapha National Park.
Sena also stressed on maintaining peace for overall development of people urged the
people of Tirap, Changlang and Lohit in particular to develop a new and positive
attitude so that they can go hand in hand with other advanced communities.
He also announced that with the clearance given by Forest Department for construction
of Miao-Vijaynagar road which passes through the Namdapha National Park, preparation
of DPR and other survey works are on.
Earlier, Sethai Sena, organizing president of the festival, highlighting the aims
and objectives of the festival, informed that this celebration primarily aims at
promoting the rich cultural heritage of the people besides highlighting unparalleled
natural and wildlife resources of the area. He expressed hoped that with the initiative,
the people would be able to highlight the issue and attract both domestic and foreign
Local MLA Kamlung Mossang said Nature has been kind to the people by bestowing immense
resources. According to him, a visit to Namdapha National Park is lifetime luck and
informed that major objective of the festival is to transform Namdapha as the number
one tourism destination.
He expressed hope that the occasion would help promote the rich cultural and environmental
resources of the entire state to the outside world.
Youth Affairs and Sports Parliamentary Secretary Wangki Lowang, while participating
in the festival, said that the Namdapha National Park has brought laurels to the
people. He urged the people to help preserve its rich bio-diversity.
On the occasion a souvenir of the festival and a book on Namdapha National Park were
also released by Setong Sena and Wangki Lowang respectively.
Around five thousand public of adjoining villages and neighbouring Assam thronged
the venue this morning to enjoy the beautiful landscape and cultural extravaganza.
Participated by several NGOs, private agencies including OIL India, the site is packed
with over 162 stalls, and cultural troupes of all communities of the state besides
mainstream India thus converting the event into a melting pot of culture.
Many dignitaries including Phosum Khimum, Parliamentary Secretary Geology and Mining,
Thinghaap Taiju, Parliamentary Secretary IPR and Printing, Thangwang Wangham, Parliamentary
Secretary Trade and Commerce and several senior government officers and dignitaries
also participated on the occasion.
Apart from traditional food exhibition, exhibition by all government departments
and private agencies, conducted tours to various locations, traditional games and
sports, fashion shows, folk songs and dances are being conducted in the three-day
‘Indiscriminate killings of animal continues’
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: People For Animals(PFA), State Unit Itanagar after a yearlong survey
has concluded that practice of hunting of wild lives is more prevalent in East Siang
, East Kameng, West Siang, Upper Siang, Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri compared to
other parts of the state.
The victims include rare species like the great Indian Hornbill, Clouded Leopard,
Hillock Gibbon, ,Barking Dee and others.
PFA stated that the indiscriminate issue of gun licences have further aggravated
the killings of wild life.
It called on the government to steps up efforts to save wild lives from further exploitation.
The organisation further requested the state govt. to immediately control issue of
gun licenses and further take strong measures against violators of animal protection
Workshop on food processing sector
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the National Institute
of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) is jointly organizing
a two-day seminar cum Workshop on ‘Opportunities in Food Processing Sector’ at Nikum
Niya Hall, Nirjuly on Feb 11-12, according to an ACCI release.
The two-day summit will provide a platform for an interaction amongst the major players
and stakeholders involved in food processing, food technology, quality, standards
and senior and operational management of companies.
Prof Amitabh Mitra, Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University, will deliver special
address while, joint secretary, ministry of food processing industries Ajit Kumar
will deliver keynote address on inaugural day of the two-day programme.
ATMA governing body meeting held
ROING, Feb 5: The 5th Governing Board (GB) meeting of Agriculture Technology Management
Agency (ATMA), Roing was held in the Office Chamber of Deputy Commissioner, Lower
Dibang Valley District, Roing recently.
T. Ete, Agriculture Development Officer cum Coordinator, ATMA has highlighted the
detail activities and achievements of ATMA in different fields like district level
farm training, field demonstration, information dissemination and field farm school
taken up during the period from 2007-08 and 2008-09.
T Tatak, PD DRDA suggested that SHG members taking up different activities should
be actively involved in execution of activities under ATMA. Nasia Mena, ADO cum BTT
Convenor ATMA briefed the importance of Farm School in imparting modern farming techniques
to the farmers. Jatan Pulu, Tokmin Perme and Israel Megu, GB Members actively participating
in the meeting has sought the cooperation from all the members for effective and
proper implementation of various schemes under ATMA in the district.
M Pertin, EAC presiding over the meeting as chairman has expressed his happiness
on the role played by the ATMA in disseminating information and imparting modern
agriculture techniques to the farmers of the district and urged the implementing
department to maintain the same spirit in future too. Altogether 14 GB members attended
the meeting. DIPRO
Road safety awareness campaign
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: PHQ, road safety cell, Itanagar conducted traffic safety awareness
campaign at government middle school, police colony Chandranagar today.
On the occasion, besides lectures on road safety, hand signal demonstration and pamphlets
and other awareness items were distributed to the gathering.
Altogether, 350 students and 37 teachers attended the programme and the headmaster
of the school appreciated the team for organizing the awareness campaign in the school.
ITBP cycling expedition flagged in at Itanagar
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The eight days ITBP cycling expedition which was flagged off from
Aalo, West Siang district on January 26 last was flagged in at ITBP Sector Headquarter
here by ITBP DIG Itanagar on February two last.
The DIG, while flagging in the expedition complimented its members for their feat
and hoped that the goodwill and awareness generated during the expedition would go
a long way in sensitizing the people of the need to conserve environment for greener
The expedition mainly aimed at promoting the spirit of adventure sport among ITBP
personnel and local people, sensitizing and spreading the knowledge about the need
of environmental conservation, HIV/AIDS and benefits of Yoga.
The expedition team covered a total distance of 465 km in eight days. The team halted
at Regidoke near Tirbin, Daporijo, Godak, Tamin, Ziro, Posa, Mani and organized health
and awareness camps, friendly football and volleyball matches and, screened documentary
film on ITBP.
The team members also interacted with the Gaon Burahs and local public to know their
problems. It was also an attempt of the ITBP to identify the areas to be undertaken
under their Civic Action Programme, if required.
Anil Kumar Chouhan, Asst. Commandant, who led the Eight-member expedition, later
presented the tasks performed during the expedition, according to an ITBP release.
Safety tips imparted on disaster management
YUPIA, Feb 5: The District level on Disaster Management was organized by the Relief,
rehabilitation & Disaster management, Yupia in collaboration with Directorate of
Relief, Rehabilitation & Disaster Management, ATI, Naharlagun, PWD E/Z and Health
dept. for Masons, Engineers, medical staffs, Police personnel, NCC, Scouts & Guides
and others recently.
Speaking on the occasion, Christine Wanglet, Deputy Director, RR&DM informed the
engineers from various depts about implementation of Disaster management programme
and its future aspects in Arunachal Pradesh. She also discussed the inappropriate
techniques in buildings, different types of structures which the state has faced
in recent flood damaged.
Er. A. Lego, SE, PWD E/Z Basar on behalf of Hazard Safety Cell, urged all the masons
and others attending the program to practice the correct methods of construction
techniques so that in case of any eventualities the effects should be at minimum
Citing the Bhuj, Kashmir, and recent Haiti earthquakes he said that there were
errors in building methods resulting in severe damaged to life and properties. He
urged all the engineers from various depts to adopt the safe methods while constructing
any structures. Practically he demonstrated the preparation of column and lintels
etc and explained in details about their significance in overcoming the disaster
Dr. L. Jampa, SSO, Health dept, imparted basic techniques of First-Aid. He demonstrated
the appropriate techniques and procedures to be rendered during any kind of disaster.
S.C. Majumdar, Station Officer, Fire Service, Itanagar while imparting training on
search & rescue methods urged to be practical and act fast during any kind of disaster.
He along with Dr. Nawang conducted a Mock Drill at ATI campus where all the participants
took active part.
Ms Wanglet also briefed the on going DRM and DRR programmes. She informed the future
aspects where all the communities has to be involved in mitigating the process of
DM. ADC, Tai Kaye, Yupia attended the programme as Chief Guest.
State BJP to protest against price rise
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh has decided to join
the nationwide protest against price rise in Arunachal Pradesh through democratic
Meanwhile, the national president, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and National
Prabhari for BJP’s Nationwide Protests Abhiyan over the price rise in the country
on foods and essential items for Northeastern states, Amit Thakkar and P. Chandrasekhar
Rao, in charge BJP - Northeastern States is arriving Itanagar on February 06 for
a day long visit to Arunachal Pradesh.
They would attend extended state BJP Office bearers meeting attended by senior leaders
and elected Representatives besides review the Organizational matters.
Annual day celebration postponed
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Royal International School’s staff and students conveyed their condolence
to the demise of Yasi Siram and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Meanwhile, the 10th annual day celebration cum smart class inauguration of the school
which was scheduled to be held on February 6 has been postponed.
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: WRD and Civil Aviation Minister Atum Welly has been appointed as
Chief Patron of Nyishi Elite Society (NES) along with state information commission
member Nabam Nipo as Chairman of the 9th general conference cum 3rd Nyishi day celebration
committee at Seijosa which will held on April 18 to 21.
School annual day celebration
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Kendriya Vidyalaya-2 is celebrating its annual sports day in Vidyalaya
premises on February 6.
DIG, ITBP Sector head quarter, Itanagar Kripa Ram has consented to attend the function
as chief guest.
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Yomdo Tadu and Tatung Tamo have been appointed as president and
secretary general of All Lower Subansiri and Kurung Kumey Truck Federation.
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: MSME, Itanagar in collaboration with Manipal Institute of Computer
Education is conducting training programme on computer software, DTP, beauty parlour
at Aalo, Naharlagun, Barapani, Itanagar and Pasighat from February 8-22.
SDP on soft computing concludes
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Around 60 faculty members from different AICTE recognized Institutions
all over the country have benefited from AICTE sponsored two weeks long ‘Staff Development
Programme on Soft Computing in Engineering Application’ which concluded at NERIST
today. The interaction between the experts and the participants reflect that the
programme is very useful to them for their academic purpose.
The chief guest of the valedictory function was Prof. P. K. Das, Dean (Academic);
Guest of Honour was Prof. M. Muralidhar, HoC (CATRD). Besides, Chairman of the Staff
Development Programme Prof. Sunirmal Ray, HoD (Mechanical Engineering Department);
experts of the SDP; faculty members, Staffs of NERIST took part in it.
The Staff Development Programme on ‘Soft Computing in Engineering Applications’ was
inaugurated by Director, NERIST on 25th January. For this SDP 15 experts from different
reputed Institutions of the country delivered lectures. During this programme, various
Soft computing techniques such as FLC, ANN, GA, etc and their applications in all
engineering and science were discussed elaborately.
Resource persons including Hyderabad based DRDO Scientist Dr. D. Sethy, S. K. Parida
of IIT Kharagpur, Prof. S. B. Nair of IIT Guwahati, Prof. R. G. Narayanan of IIT
Guwahati, Prof. U. S. Dixit of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Prof. B.
B. Bhattacharjee of Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata, Dr. Probir Saha of Bengal
Engineering and Science University, Dr. S. K. Pradhan of CET Bhubaneswar, Prof. M.
Muralidhar of NERIST, Dr. M. P. Thadeus of NERIST, Prof. P. K. Das of NERIST, A.
K. Patra from NERIST delivered lecturers on important subjects during the programme,
according to a Dr. S. K. Panigrahi, Programme Coordinator NERIST.
35 days SDP on Handloom begins at Chongkham
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: National Youth Project of Arunachal Pradesh launched 35 days Skill
Development Programme at Wakro under Lohit District. Altogether 25 selected beneficiaries
are taking part in the programme sponsored by NABARD and formally inaugurated today
by the CO, Chongkham Circle.
Chief Guest motivate trainees to come forward for their development, while Anil Burman
of NYP highlighted details about the SDP and its future aspects in terms of self
employment. After completion the trainees will ink up with the banks for financial
assistance. Also NYP will engage trainees in the various exhibitions, fairs and festival
for the marketing of their product, according to a NYP release.