These projects would require technically qualified manpower. We must ensure that
this stock of quality man-power is available from within the State rather than importing
it from places outside Arunachal Pradesh,” the Govrnor said. He called upon the
teachers to equip the students with such skills as are required for their gainful
Stressing on quality teachers, especially science and mathematics, Gen Singh said,
the government has now taken up a special project for construction of teachers’ quarters
for science and mathematics teachers posted in remote villages. “I am sure this would
encourage our teachers to go to interior areas and help cater to those sectors of
formal education system which have hitherto been neglected,” he added.
Emphasizing on training of the trainers, he said the Institutes of higher education
must seriously consider organizing regular in-service training and refresher courses
for the skill-upgradation and knowledge updation of our teachers.
He further informed that he has taken up with Wadia College, Pune for exchange programme
and requested education minister to take follow up action.
Stating that, an educational system isn’t really worth a great deal if it teaches
young people how to make a living without teaching them how to make a life, Governor
expressed his hope that the recommendations that will be firming up by the end of
the two-day will certainly provide useful guidelines to the policy makers in planning
better for the educational sector in the state.
Guest of Honour, State Education Minister Bosiram Siram in his address called for
improvement of the education in the state.
Stressing on the quality aspects of the public instruction, Education Minister urged
upon the educationists to be sincere and dedicated.
Speaking on the occasion Prof Mibang called for more contributions from the Higher
and Technical education. Linking activities of the youth with development in the
society, Prof. Mibang said, society want higher education to success in life.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Higher and Technical Joint Director cum Director
NERIST, Dr. Zoram Begi said, we are concerned about the quality of education in the
Citing problems of the department such as resource crunch, lack of infrastructure,
over crowding, lack of congenial academic activities and student union activities,
Dr. Begi called for consolidation and expansion of higher education.
Stating that skill manpower is the need of the hour, H&T Director highlighted on
provisions in eleventh Plan for new colleges and Polytechnics institutions. Dwelling
in length on dismay higher education scenario of the state, he expressed his hope
at the end of the two days; new road map for the higher and technical education in
the state will be structured. Higher and Technical Joint Director, Dr. Tejum Padu
also spoke on the occasion.
The inaugural function also saw the releases of books. The Governor released a book
titled, ‘Forest and CPR Management in eastern Himalayas, authored by Dr. A.I, Singh,
while Education minister released one authored by Associate Professor Dr. Iqbal titled,
‘Joseph Conrad-His Mind & work. Professor Tamo Mibang released a book titled, ‘Value
Added Tax in North East India,’ by RK Mandal and State chief secretary Tabom Bam
released the basic information booklet on Higher Education of the State. Dr. Zoram
Begi released the NSS newsletter.
A minute silence was observed as a mark of respected to the departed souls of senior
officials of the department and children of Palin. PRO to Governor.
Teachers & students honoured
The State Governor felicitated Dr. Balaram Chakravarty, former Principal, JN College,
Pasighat and P.Potom, former Director of Higher and Technical Education as the pioneers
of Higher Education in the state.
Making the occasion as affairs of excellence, the Governor conferred the Outstanding
College Teacher’s Award 2009 to Dr. R. Kamaraj, Associate Professor, JN College,
Pasighat and Dr. KC Mishra, Associate Professor, Government College, Bomdila on the
The toppers of the university final examinations were awarded with Governor’s Award,
which include a cash award of Rs. 10,000 given by the Raj Bhavan.
Ms Alka Rani Ojha of St. Claret College, Ziro received the award as topper of arts
stream from the Governor, while Bikash Srivastava of JN College, Pasighat received
for topping in Commerce stream. Miss Kamhun Aran of JN College, Pasighat received
the topper’s award for Science stream.
The Governor also presented the Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Technical Education
Gold medals to toppers of polytechnic examination. Suman Pao, Ms Rituparna Acharjee
and Lamgan Wangsu, all from Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic received the medals
for their respective streams.
State Education Minister Bosiram Siram presented NSS Awards for the year 2009. Don
Bosco College, Jully received the best NSS unit award, while Tashi Phuntso of Government
College, Bomdila received the Best Programme Officer Award. Miss Mudang Rimung of
Don Bosco College, Jully received the best volunteer award.
DDSEs directed to strictly
enforce guidelines in institutions
ITANAGAR, Feb 17: State Education Commissioner Hage Khoda has directed all deputy
directors of School Education (DDSEs) in the districts to strictly enforce the rules
and guidelines for regulating private and NGO managed schools established in the
In his inaugural address at the 2-day 8th All India School Education Survey orientation
training progoramme today, Khoda stressed that henceforth, all private schools and
Govt aided schools must have proper school infrastructure with adequate entrance
and exit door and emergency door in the hostels and class rooms and also proper windows,
ventilation provisions in order to avoid any untoward incidents in future.
He has cautioned all district officers to wake up and take precautionary measures
in all the district of the state and strictly enforce the rules and regulations notified
by the State Government from time to time for regulating private and NGO run schools
in the state.
Palin incident that killed 10 innocent children in the last week should be an eye
opener for all to take immediate safety and security measures, he said.
As the data based information of school system is very important in macro and micro
level planning and management the Commissioner has directed all district level officers
to take this training seriously and impart further training at the district and block
He has also emphasized that the correct base line information will provide effective
and scientific mechanism to assess all centrally sponsored schemes like Sarva Shiksha
Abhiyan and other impact assessment of centrally sponsored schemes of Mid Day Meal,
ICT, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan for universalisation of Secondary Education,
teachers' training programme and Saakshar Bharat Mission, a national flagship programme
for Adult Literacy programme for age group above 15 years.
The orientation training was sponsored by the NCERT and is being conducted by the
Regional Coordinator, NCERT North Eastern Region and other Resource Persons of NCERT.
Director of School Education, Sr officers of School Education Department and all
Deputy Directors of School Education of districts alongwith their statistical officials
participated in the function.
The similar orientation training will be conducted at district and block levels subsequently
to capture all information right from the grass root level.
The objective of the Survey is to develop data base to calculate and analyze a set
of educational indicators.
Ali-Aye-Ligang celebrated with
traditional fervour and gaiety
ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Ali Aye Ligang, the main festival of the Mishings, was celebrated
with traditional fervour and gaeity by the people of Mishing community residing in
Capital Complex here today.
Hoisting the festival flag, Deputy Inspector General of Police Nabin Payeng highlighted
the significance of the festival. He exhorted the community members to preserve their
rich culture and tradition for identity as "loss of culture is loss of identity".
Festival organizing general secretary Debajit Pegu while expressing resentment over
the poor presence of community members in the celebration, sought cooperation from
everyone for development of the festival ground near the state Zoo. He also informed
that the festival would be celebrated in a grand manner next year and sought everyone's
spontaneous participation and cooperation.
Later, the revellers including young boys and girls with traditional attires danced
to the tune of famous "Oi nitom" and drum beats (Dumdum-lupi). Apong and purang (bolied
rice cake) were served to the participants and guests invited on the occasion.
Ali- Aye-Ligang festival is celebrated on the first Wednesday of Fagun month (between
January and February) every year. The literal meaning of Ali- Aye-Ligang stands for
first sowing of roots and fruits in which ‘Ali’ stands for seeds, ‘Aye’ for Fruits
and ‘Ligang’ for sowing.
Our Roing correspondent adds: Ali-Aye-Ligang was also celebrated with pomp and show
It was a day of merrymaking and dances for the Mishing community working under various
government departments in the township.
Attending the festival as chief guest MLA Laeta Umbrey explained the importance of
celebrating festival and appealed to community members to come forward and showcase
their rich culture through festival.
Festival celebration committee member, S Sungkurang, narrated the significance of
Colourful cultural programmes were displayed by young girls, men and women in their
traditional attire which added more colour to the festivity.
Beside, T Karga SP, Dature Miuli former ZPM chairperson, Panchayat Members, officials
and people from other community participated in the celebration.
Report of Ali Aye Ligang celebration has also been received from Guwahati, Jorhat
It is time for media men to get its due share
ITANAGAR, Feb. 17: Media is regarded as the fourth pillar of democracy but unfortunately
in our state this fourth pillar has never been allowed to stand tall.
At a time when whole world is witnessing active media with launch of innumerable
news channels and newspapers, in our state media is fighting hard to create a niche
for itself. In various houses and streets of Arunachal, people often discuss about
non-functioning of media but does anyone really bother to know the reasons behind
In Arunachal, presence of electronic media is almost non-existent and most of the
print media are founded by people with their own vested interest. Lack of strong
policy on the part of newspaper organizations has contributed to media being dwarfed.
Moreover, it is not easy for the journalists to work independently as their effort
may at times clash with the interest of influential section of the society.
This has contributed to many promising and prominent journalists from Arunachal
leaving the media industry to venture into other fields as they could no longer
work under strain and those who continue to toil are battling an uphill task.
Also in our state people are yet to realize true role of media, which has created
a line between the media and people in coming closer.
“Being journalist in Arunachal is not an easy task. People here expect us to play
role of taskmaster whereas in true sense we are only simple watchdog of society,”
said one senior journalist who is working here for last 10 years. He further added,
“Not a single week goes off without us witnessing any intimidating act or getting
abuse in our office. It’s very easy for people to say media is not performing its
duty but we only know under which stressful atmosphere we have to work.”
Moreover, with paltry sum of salary and tense work environment, journalists often
struggle for inspirations to lift them from slumber.
“Like people of any other professions, we also strive for little bit of respect and
appreciation from general public. Despite many odds, Press fraternity has never given
up and has sincerely labored for highlighting real problems bothering our state,”
told a journalist with leading English daily of the state.
Another aspect which hurts media person is the non-cooperative attitude of government
agencies. “If ever we raise questions regarding the non-performance of any department
they bully us by threatening not to supply advertisement on which newspapers are
dependent for survival. Till the day newspapers of this state come out of their dependency
on government ads, their independency will always be tampered.”
Demanding due share in the society, one of the senior journalists lamented that no
any tangible initiative has been taken so far by any statutory body in the state
level to encourage selfless services rendered by the journalists against all odds.
There is an urgent need for developing better understanding between public and media
as down the line both are mutually dependent on each other. As state gears up to
celebrate statehood day it is time media is given its due in our society.
In the present day scenario media felt the need of close cooperation from general
people in carrying out their duty. People of this state have to come out and support
Presspersons in their effort by carrying forward the issues raised by media to logical
conclusion. Now ball is in the court of you Arunachalees!
Centre reiterates financial aid to state
ITANAGAR, Feb 17: AICC president Sonia Gandhi’s emissary V Narayanasamy, who led
a high level Congress team today, reiterated all possible financial assistance to
the state government at the Congress Legislators’ Party meeting here at Rajiv Gandhi
Narayanasamy, AICC general secretary and Union Minister of State for Parliamentary
Affairs, who arrived here along with AICC secretary Sanjay Bapna, while responding
to the plea of CLP leader Dorjee Khandu, assured to take up with the Planning Commission
for enhancing the state’s allocation to Rs 1,200 crore, early payment of Rs 300 crore
as one time grant for meeting the liability of 6th Pay Commission implementation
as promised by Sonia and Rs 300 crore as plan assistance to take up various developmental
While appreciating the state government for introducing the third party monitoring
and steps to tap the vast hydropower potentials, the union minister said the monitoring
would make the development visible while the hydro-revenue would remove the fiscal
deficiency of the state besides creating massive employment opportunities for the
locals, party sources informed.
Narayansamy congratulated the CLP leader and APCC team led by president Nabam Tuki
for the spectacular victory of the party in the last assembly and parliamentary elections.
He also applauded the developmental initiatives undertaken by Khandu led government
in the state on war footing.
Addressing the meeting earlier, he said when the Congress-led UPA government has
been extending all out supports to put Arunachal on a fast track of development,
the rank and file of the party should reciprocate by working unitedly to strengthen
the party, particularly the hands of Sonia and Khandu.
At Palin, the Congress team including Bapna, APCC president Nabam Tuki, MP Takam
Sanjoy, MLAs Takam Pario and Bamang Felix conveyed the deep sense of condolences
on behalf of AICC president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and assured
all possible assistance of the central and state government while meeting the parents
of the 10 students who perished in the February 10 fire incident.
The team visited the fire incident site, the Don Bosco School and interacted with
the bereaved parents at the IB.
Poi-Lu-Fra celebrated with religious fervour
Chow Bilaseng Namchoom
Itanagar, Feb 17: Festivals, throughout the world, have a very significant role to
play in our lives. They are the means by which we connect to our past culture and
pay respect to all those customs, practices and even people who have had an impact
on the way we lead our lives today.
Some festivals have their origin in famous legends while others have authentic incidents.
Also, these festivals are celebrations of life on the whole. Buddhist festivals are
no different. They aim to celebrate the important days in the life of Buddha and
introduce the newer generation to His teachings and philosophies. Like any other,
Buddhist Festivals are always a joyful occasion.
One such festival is Poi Lu Fra. Poi Lu Fra-a dedication ceremony of the Tai-Khampti
was celebrated for three sizzling days which commenced from 15 February in a befitting
manner at Theravada Buddhist Monastery premises.
Typically on this festival day, common people comes to the monastery and offers food
to the monks and take the Five Precepts and listens to a Dharma talk of the learned
Upasika Padi Kumuktara Namchoom and her family organized and dedicated the idols
of Lord Buddha and Holy Scriptures in the dedication ceremony at the Theravada Monastery
where monks and people from far and near participated in the ceremony. A procession
with dedicated idols of Lord Buddha and Holy Scriptures was carried out in and around
the Theravada Monastery along the Vivek Vihara Marg Itanagar.
Delivering his religious discourse on the occasion, Reverend Bhikhu Akkhayananda
of Tripura dwelt in length teachings of Buddhism.
He also called on the devotees to deal all other fellow human beings fairly and
objectively, while refraining from malice, aggression and harm. Tolerance is essential,
but it is not enough. We must go further, and make positive effort to learn more
about each other, and to discover what is best in each other’s beliefs and traditions
as the Buddhist religion is a human centered religion, he added.
Furthermore, he hoped that it will inspire each of us to think beyond our narrow,
short-term self-interest, and raise ourselves to a universal perspective from which
the welfare of the broader human community appears as important as our own well-being.
The other highlight of the threes days were offering of food to the monks, illumination
of lamps in and around the monastery premises in the evening, distribution of food
to the guests.
West Kameng takes precautionary
measures in schools
BOMDILA, Feb 17: The District Administration of West Kameng have directed all its
Administrative Officers for formation of a Committee consisting of one PRI member,
an engineer from PWD and Power to be headed by the concerned Circle Officer to take
stock of infrastructure and safety norms in schools.
The Committee is to submit the report accordingly besides the action taken report
like issue of notice where requirements are not met within first of March to the
The DDSE of the district has also been directed to submit a consolidated report within
the same time frame after obtaining reports from the concerned principal and Headmasters
regarding availability of proper infrastructure and safety measures in all the schools
and residential hostels of the district.
The Additional DC (hq) have been made the nodal officer.
The decision has been necessitated consequent upon the recent unfortunate fire accident
at Palin in Kurung Kumey district of the state where the hostel of a private school
was gutted down leading to the death of several innocent school children.
What remains to be seen is that, would the Education Department or the State government
bring in some legislation regarding the safety measures to be adopted in the schools
and residential hostels, or, if any such legislation exists, would it care or dare
to implement it so that the Palin episode does not reoccur? (DIPRO)
Changlang reviews the
progress of central schemes
CHANGLANG, Feb 17: The third review meeting of District Level Monitoring Committee,
Changlang on Central Sponsored Schemes was held here yesterday.
Various schemes under SPA, ACA, NEC, CRF, NLCPR, RIDF, PMGSY, PM’s Package, DoTC
and Normal plan Scheme of the departments were discussed at length.
Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman Dr S B Deepak Kumar, IAS while expressing his satisfaction
over the comprehensive reports presented by Executive Engineers of various works
departments urged them to complete the schemes within stipulated time.
He asked all the EEs and public leaders to closely monitor the schemes with constant
field visits to ensure quality work and timely completion of the schemes.
The meeting was attended by Chairperson, ZPM Junpu Jugli , ZPM, Changlang(S) Marina
Kenglang, ZPM, Changlang (N), John Jugli, ZPM Nampong Khingranong Tikhak, ADC, Jairampur
M Roy, ADC, Bordumsa S S Choudhary, EAC, Miao G Hazarika and other outpost Administrative
officers of Changlang district. (DIPRO)
UAEA to stage dharna on
Statehood Day celebration
ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Angry over state Govt’s step-motherly attitude towards unemployed
engineers of the state in redressing their various grievances, the Unemployed Arunachalee
Engineers’ Association (UAEA) has decided to stage peaceful dharna at Indira Gandhi
Park on Statehood Day celebration on February 20.
"We had no intention to gatecrash the statehood day celebration. The union is left
with no other option, but to resort to go for democratic means to protest against
govt’s wrong policies," said UAEA president Yumlam Aam.
UAEA had recently organized a peaceful rally in protest against illegal appointments,
intra-departmental deputation of engineers, nepotism and favouritism rampant in various
UAEA has been in agitating mode since it took up the issue due to the dilly-dallying
tactics adopted by the govt in redressing Union’s grieavances.
Meanwhile, UAEA has vehemently condemned the alleged assault on an Executive Engineer
(EE) at Roing the district headquarter of Lower Dibang Valley district recently.
"Such barbaric act deserves condemnation from all quarters", the union said and demanded
the Govt. to bring the culprit to book immediately.
New ambulances flagged off
for Bameng and Wakka PHC
ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Parliament Secretary Health, Nido Pavitra flagged off two new ambulances
for Primary Health Centre (PHC) Bameng, East Kameng and Wakka, Tirap Dist on Feb
17 at office premises of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Naharlagun.
Mission Director Talem Tapok briefed about the PPP program adopted by the state Govt.
with the NGOs and expressed his satisfaction over the performance of the NGOs in
the management of PHCs. Nodal Officer, NRHM Dr Padung also briefed about the current
health scenario of the state.
The Parliamentary secretary inspected the ambulances and satisfied about the facilities
and arrangements available.
Among others MLA Yajuli, Likha Saaya, Dr K. Nishing, Directorate of Health Services,
Dr H. Tam, Deputy Director, Dr Byabang Rana, Advisor to Karuna Trust and other officers
of Health Department were present on the occasion.
The main objective of procuring new ambulances is to provide better health care facilities
by providing 24 hours referral service to the patient of both the PHC areas.
Both the new ambulances were purchased by Karuna Trust under the Public Private Partnership
program (PPP) of NRHM. Karuna Trust has been managing nine Primary Health Centres
under Public Private Partnership Program of NRHM since January 2006 in the state.
Till the taking over of PHCs, the Trust has provided total nine ambulances to its
PHCs in the state.
Kri exhorts doctors for better
health delivery system
TEZU, Feb 17: Parliamentary Secretary Transport Karikho Kri while inaugurating the
two storied building for Obstetric & Gynaecology at District Hospital on 16th of
Feb last has called on the doctors to ensure better health care to the people.
“Our services are meant for the people and Doctors should be committed to quality
health delivery system so that people have faith in medical science rather than rolling
back to blind traditional faith and religious conversion”, he said.
A long drawn out effort have been made for the last six years to provide essential
amenities like Laparoscopic Camera, Fogging machine, Modern Microscope , Ophthalmologic
Wing , Blood Bank , Road connectivity, drainage system , boundary wall etc. to make
it one of the model hospitals of the state. The Doctors should make best use of the
facilities and cater quality services to the needy people adding that hospital ambulance
will soon be sought for 24x7 services in the district HQ and its adjoining areas.
The government officials are backbone for all developments and sense of responsibility
and work culture is need of the hour, he added.
Speaking on the occasion Lohit Deputy Commissioner Kaling Tayeng reiterated the need
of Child , Medicine Specialist and posting of more medical officer for emergency
duties . He also disclosed that all fund under the District Health Society are released
fully and asked the health authorities monitor fund utilisation by Village Health
& Sanitation Committee. Remarkable Developments have come up in the Hospital for
patients and doctors and urged the medical fraternity to bear with other necessities
and maintain the Zeal and sprite of serving.
Earlier , Dr N Ninu District Medical Officer Tezu highlighted the achievement and
problems of the Hospital. Tezu DRCHO Dr. N. Geiyi , gave an over view of NRHM activities
in the District and express his thanks to Mission Director State NRHM and Deputy
Director for extending help and support. (DIPRO)
Workshop on cane and bamboo handicrafts
ITANAGAR, Feb 17: A “Design and Technical Development Workshop” on Cane and Bamboo
handicrafts concluded on Feb 15 last.
It was sponsored by Development Commissioner, Handicrafts, union ministry of textiles.
Speaking at the valedictory function Dr. Monuj Baruah, MO PHC, appreciated the Kera
Dadig Welfare Society for engaging itself in the development, promotion and marketing
of Handicrafts or other developmental activities for upliftment of weaker section
of the society.
Er. Sobo Sitiang Eko, ASW, PWD, Sangram division suggested the trainees to continue
to produce finish products of cane and bamboo crafts for marketing which will help
in upliftment of economic condition of poor peoples. He also distributed certificate
to the 30 participants.
The participants were trained on 15 new decorative prototypes design purely based
on cane and bamboo crafts by Jagadish Sarmah, empanelled designer, D.C. (Handicrafts),
NER and Master Craftsman during the training.
Tourism awareness prog held, Solid Waste Disposal Scheme soon at Roing
ROING, Feb 17: A week long Tourism Awareness Programme organized by the department
of Tourism, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh at Roing concluded today with a social service
at Roing Bazaar area.
Participating in the cleanliness drive under the banner of Eco-Tourism, Laeta Umbrey,
local legislator has called upon each and every sections of the society to make Roing
township clean and tourist friendly. He lauded the initiative taken by the Tourism
Department and exhorted them to continue the same. He also informed that proposed
Solid Waste Disposal Scheme amounting to Rs 2.67 Crores for Roing Township under
District Urban Development Agency has been sanctioned by the Govt. and the scheme
will be implemented soon.
Earlier, in the inaugural function Lod Gambo, SDO (SADAR) presiding over the programme
has solicited the department for much needed programme as the district has vast tourism
potentials and can be a tourist hub in future if given the needed exposure and training
to the people.
T. Karga, Superintendent of Police participating in the programme has dealt at length
on the safety measures of tourist.
Jibi Pulu, a prominent tour operator of the district has emphasized on infrastructure
development to accommodate and attract tourist and sought for proper identification
of local guides and the role & responsibilities of local guides.
Apart from imparting training to PRIs, NGOs, SHGs, Govt. Officers, Tour Operators,
Hotelliers, Hotel Managers, Auto & Taxi Drivers in regards to handling of tourists,
communication skills, cleanliness, hygiene etc, Trekking to Ezengo Hills under Adventure
Tourism, Local Food Up gradation Programme and identification of Local Entertainment
Group were held.
Manna Bengia, District Tourism Officer (Hq), Itanagar, Tako Yadam, Tourism Information
Officer, Govt. of India and Chuku Mama, Lecturer from Polytechnic College, Itanagar
were the resource persons. (DIPRO)
Earthquake hits Arunachal
ITANAGAR: A low intensity earthquake hit Arunachal Pradesh early on Wednesday morning.
The office of the Meteorological Department said, "An earthquake of slight intensity
hit Arunachal Pradesh in the wee hours on Wednesday."
The tremor measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale occurred at 2:28 a.m. with its epicentre
at 27.8 degrees north Latitude and 92.8 degrees east Longitude, added the Meteorological
However, there are no reports of loss of life and property from anywhere in the state.
Sri Sri arriving today
ITANAGAR: Renowned spiritual and humanitarian leader and founder of the Art of Living
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is arriving in Itanagar on Thursday on a four-day
visit to Arunachal Pradesh.
Relief assistance approved
AALO: Altogether 2038 victims of crop damage, 35 fire victims and two more fire victims
on special case were considered and approved for relief assistance in the entire
West Siang district in a District Relief Committee Meeting held here on Feb16.
West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak, while initiating the meeting urged the
members for proper verification of the cases so that none of the actual victims were
left out. The basis of fixation of relief amounts to each victim was of break-up
range as per norms. All the cases were duly forwarded by the Circle Level Committee.
IMWA to work for crime free Itanagar
ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Bamang Taji and Biri Kame have been elected as president and general
secretary of the Itanagar Market Welfare Association in its general election held
on February 13 last.
Meanwhile, IMWA president Bamang Taji said the association will work closely with
the law enforcement authorities to make Itanagar crime free zone in order to create
people friendly market atmosphere.
It also cautioned against forcefull selling of calenders, harikmal expo, housie and
lottery tickets and collection of donations in the market area.
ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Expressing deep shock over the recent Palin fire incident, the
Palin Area Youth Welfare Association (PAYWA) condoled the death of children and
conveyed deep sense of condolences to the bereaved families and prayed to Almighty
for eternal peace of the departed souls.
NYP’s awareness camp
ITANAGAR, Feb 17: National Youth Project of Arunachal Pradesh would organize a one
day Awareness Camp on Rural Industry Service Centre (RISC) and Product Development,
Design Intervention and Packaging (PRODIP), a Khadi & Village Industries Commission
sponsored programme at Hotel Arun Subansiri on Feb 19.
Commissioner, Industry, Textile, Trade & Commerce M. Pertin and Director, Textile,
Handloom & Handicraft Khoda Ruja would attend the programe as Chief Guest and Guest
of Honour respectively.
Effots on check forest fire
ITANAGAR, Feb 17: In an effort to check forest fire, the Banderdewa Forest division
has intensified patrolling to check the outbreak of forest fire in and Itanagar.
During its patrolling on Feb 16, the Banderdewa DFO Tasso Sira and his team prevented
a forest fire at Banderdewa and save adjoining areas too.
The division also investigate into the fire and lodged an FIR in Banderdewa police
station for further investigation.
Technical sub-committees formed
ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The Projects’ Coordination Committee Meeting of VHAI-managed AYUSH
projects was held at Itanagar. The committee decided that all procedures of the clinical
trials need to be properly followed before initiating mini clinical trials in project
areas. Five technical sub-groups are formed, under the chairmanship of subject-matter-specialist,
to help strengthen both the projects.
Sagalee Nyokum celebrations
ITANAGAR, Feb 17: MLA T Norbu Thongdok would be the Chief Guest at the Sagalee Nyokum
Yullo Festival Celebration on Feb 26, according to a release by Sagalee Nyokum Yullo
President All Nyishsi Students Union would be the Chief Guest at the Miss Nyokum
contest and cultural show on Feb 25 while general Secy ANSU Nilly Likha Tabo would
be the Chief Guest at sports meet on Feb 20.
Kidzee Annual fest
ITANAGAR, Feb 17: KIDZEE-Kids Angel School of Niti VIhar, Itanagar celebrated its
2nd Annual Fest day at Siddhartha Vihar Community Hall. MLA Kumsi Sidisow who was
the Chief Guest complemented the children for their superb performances and said
that right school can make all the difference to shape the life of youngsters. He
gifted sweets to the children and donated some money with a promise to visit the
tiny tots in their school.
Tirap DC felicitated
KHONSA, Feb 17: The APCS officers of Tirap district felicitated W. Lowang on becoming
the Deputy Commissioner of Tirap.
At a simple on 11th February, 2010, the APCS officers expressed happiness over the
elevation of Lowang to the post of Deputy Commissioner who had served as Additional
Deputy Commissioner at Khonsa and Longding in spite of being placed at Administration
He is only second Deputy Commissioner from Tirap after P. Hosai who had a brief stint
as DC, Dibang Valley. Unassuming and man of few words, Lowang is known for his strict
adherence to rules.
The general public had also welcomed Lowang’s promotion to the post of DC and they
hope that he would bring about effective administration, especially law and order
in the backdrop of insurgency problem in the district. (DIPRO)
Historic Parasuram Kund under threat
Guwahati, Feb 17: Historic Parasuram Kund is under threat with a new massive dam
coming up in Arunachal Pradesh, sanction of which has been given by the Union Environment
Ministry last week.
After Bt Brinjal blaze, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has apparently
ignited a fire by granting environmental clearance to the 1759 MW Demwe Lower hydroelectric
project in Arunachal Pradesh.
Estimated to take five years to be constructed and cost over Rs 13,144 crore, this
project entailing a 163.12 metre-high dam was granted to Athena Demwe Private Limited.
The proposed site is perilously close to a famous sacred place Parasuram Kund, where
millions of Hindus gather every January for the Makar Sankranti bath. Local Mishmi
tribal people also revere the spot and organize two festivals there.
The clearance for the mega-dam on Lohit, one of three rivers which join to form the
Brahmaputra downstream, on February 12 came sans a downstream impact assessment sought
by the Assam Assembly in December last year.
It also followed a ''farcical public consultation and appraisal'' and a ''backdoor
NOC'' from the Parasuram Kund Improvement Society (PKIC).
The society controls the sacred place where sage Parasuram, Vishnu's sixth avatar,
is said to have dipped here.
''The site selected for this hydroelectric project is 800 metres upstream of Parasuram
Kund, while the powerhouse would be 600 metres closer. The NOC from the PKIC was
obtained, but without consent from its governing body,'' said former PKIC chairman
Khapriso Krong from Tezu, headquarters of Lohit district.
''The additional divisional commissioner of the area issued the NOC unilaterally,''
''Lohit has a uniform flow of 400 cumecs throughout the day during January and February.
But the post-project flow will fluctuate from a low of 34 cumecs for 18-19 hours
daily in January to a high of 1729 cumecs for 5-6 hours. This will drastically affect
the natural flow and the ecology of the area,'' said Pune-based anti-dam activist
The MoEF claimed to have addressed this issue through 'green conditions' for Demwe
''The project will release normal lean season flow for a period of seven days during
mela (Sankranti) period at Parsuram Kund in January as per the condition stipulated
by PKIC, the financial allocation for the protection of Parasuram Kund should be
enhanced from Rs two crore to about Rs ten crore for creating appropriate amenities,
infrastructure and safeguards as decided by PKIC,'' according to MoEF Additional
Director S Bhowmik's letter to Athena Managing Director K Seethayya.
The Assam Assembly had in December last year constituted a House Committee to study
the downstream impact of various dams including Demwe.
The Union Power Ministry was also intimated for scrutiny of various notifications,
leading to the setting up of hydropower projects.
''We will seek an explanation on how Demwe got environmental clearance without the
House Committee submitting its report,'' said a government spokesperson declining
to be quoted. UNI