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2010

February - 25

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States must share resources: Gen. Singh

National Level Workshop on Rattan (Cane) gets underway

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Governments will need to look at conserving and sharing resources with other nations, to create a fairer world and in smarter and more efficient way. This is the principle of sustainable development, meeting the needs of the present without jeopardizing the capacity for future generations to meet theirs. This was the observation of Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh, while delivering the inaugural address in the National Level Workshop on Rattan (Cane) here today.

Expressing his appreciation to North Eastern Council, Shillong, Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre, Guwahati and State Government for conducting the workshop at Itanagar, Governor expressed his hope that it will have far-reaching impact on the socio-economic development of the State, region and the country and all the more so in rural areas. He said, cane, like bamboo has been an integral part of the life of Arunachalees. The State has a vibrant tradition of using cane and bamboo products and each tribe here excels in craftsmanship. Cane is put to use not only for construction of dwellings, but also for furniture and other household items.

Describing supply of cane as raw materials to various other States as drainage of the precious resources, Gen Singh stressed on value addition for better economic development.

Governor went on to request Government of India and North Eastern Council for an institution or a polytechnic specializing on cane and bamboo product in the State to which NEC Secretary respond positively.

Later the Governor also inspected the exhibition stall on cane produce.

North Eastern Council Secretary U.K. Sangma in his address emphasized on optimum utilization of locally available natural resources. Disclosing effort of the NEC, Sangma said under North East Resource Management Project, where proper use of natural resources are promoted is being taken up in Changlang and Tirap districts. Highlighting on the importance of the workshop, NEC Secretary expressed his hope it will give impetus in economic development of the region and give opportunity to farmers and stakeholders.

Giving a PowerPoint presentation on India and Global scenario of Rattan Industry, Expert of Rattan, Ganesh Kothari informed that cane of Arunachal Pradesh is one of the best canes in the world, but we are yet to utilize even 1% of it. He added, we can generate large employment through its industries. Showing pictures of cane industries of Vietnam and Malaysia, Kothari said, it is the most saleable item today.  

Taking part in the inaugural function, United Nation’s Industrial Development Organization representative, Riccardo Mesiano called for more focus in developing capacity of the stakeholders. Throwing light on UNIDO project of the Rattan, Mesiano said, project is now on second phase and it is a flagship project. In the first phase, it was for establishing network and creation of awareness on Rattan. By supporting and developing capacity in the centres, we are building capacity of future trainers, he added.

Earlier in his welcome address, Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre, Guwahati, Director Kamesh Salam said that the workshop is being conducted in Itanagar because the State is the storehouse of cane in the country and we have strong support from the State Government.

He informed that recommendation of the workshop will go long way in exploiting the huge natural resource in perfect and scientific manner. It will also discuss on market tie ups, sharing of ideas with countries like Malaysia and Thailand on value addition on cane produce.

State Forest Research Institute Director GN Sinha, who also spoke on the occasion, said forestry sector development has been less than fair to many of the minor forest products including cane and bamboo.

Now the department endeavours to incorporate special treatment for these resources. Stating that investment in these areas has also become an imperative for mitigating climate change as precious forest would be protected, Sinha said, we can collaborate with South East Asian countries in this area which will be practical manifestation of the ‘Look East Policy’.

The three-day workshop includes three technical sessions, where the experts will share the papers on various subjects, interactions with artisan and stakeholders and visit to rattan related institutions. Representatives from Thailand and Malaysia along with participants from different parts of the country are taking part. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)

 

Body formed to mitigate suffering of Aurnachalee patients at Vellore

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Arunachal Pradesh Patients Welfare Committee, Vellore has been formed in view of the rising number of cases in the state of Arunachal Pradesh requiring advanced multi specialty treatment, majority cases of which are being referred to CMC Vellore.

The Committee will be headed by Dr.Moji Jini, Chief Medical Officer, GH, Naharlagun as Chief Patron with Lodam Dulom, as General Secretary and Dr.Meena Lombi, CMC Vellore as Secretary Coordination with nine others.

A releases stated that, around 50% of referral cases of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh have been undergoing treatment at Vellore. However, it is observed that no parallel infrastructure is available at Vellore to facilitate accommodation and other liaising necessities required by the patients and their escorts. This in turn, exposes the patients and their relatives to a lot of physical, financial and physiological upheavals which can be mitigated if there is a liaison office infrastructure in place to help the patients. Therefore, stakeholders and empathizers have come together to form a voluntary forum whose target is to work towards setting up of an adequate Medical Guest House at CMC Vellore at par with other north eastern states like Mizoram, Nagaland and also Sikkim .

The APPWCV will endeavor to pursue with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for setting up of a 50 Bedded Medical Guest House at Vellore with provisions for expansion.

The forum will collect statistics from CMC Vellore regarding the number of patients being treated at Vellore since 2000 and nature of their ailments, in order to formulate a reality based proposal on the actual kind of facilities required by the patients.

The forum would soon start a voluntary online coordination by inviting all the patients and the relatives to share their opinions and suggestions.

The name, registration number and nature of ailments of the patients undergoing treatment at CMC Vellore, can be conveyed either directly or through SMS to the General Secretary and Assistant General Secretary of APPWCV at following numbers 09402257709 and 09436044674.

 

AAPSU writes to govt

ITANAGARR, Feb 24: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union in a representation to the govt has called for increasing the upper age limit of candidates appearing for Sub Inspector. It said that 120 applicants were rejected because they could not meet the age criteria. The Union said that age limit should be 28 years as opposed to 25 years. It further said that by bringing down the age limit, many youths are being deprived of employment opportunities.

Further, AAPSU appealed the police and forest departments to reschedule the date of examinations for the recruitment of Sub inspector and forest guard to be held on March 7. The union said, the time schedule of both the said exams coincide on the same day depriving the many deserving candidates to compete in both examinations.

 

APPC demands action from Assam CM, students write to CS

Itanagar, Feb 24: In a letter to the Assam Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has asked for his personal intervention at the Dipa fiasco and initiate stern action against the culprits involved. On Feb 22, vehicles with Arunachal registration were kept waiting for more than 10 hours by some people of Assam allegedly retaliating a death of a youth from Assam in Arunachal. The Committee further said that travelers from Arunachal are unnecessarily harassed both by the police and citizens.

The Committee while calling for safe passage of travelers, said that such incidents will create tension between the two states and also disturb peaceful co existence.

Adi Students Union in a letter to the Chief Secretary, Govt of Assam has demanded immediate arrest of miscreants involved  in assault on Panggeng. It gave 15 days time to the Assam govt to take action failing which the Union threatened to initiate action.

Meanwhile, All Upper Siang District Student Union condemned the physical assault of Kangken Panggeng, son of Parliamentary Secretary, Law & Fishery. J. K. Panggeng.

The Union requested the concerned authority to immediately arrest the culprits involved in the incident at Dipa within 15 Days.

 

Khandu in Tawang

TAWANG, Feb 24: Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu who is on 3 days tour to Tawang from today, inspected the Deputy Commissioner’s office building here which is near completion. He lauded the executing agency for maintaining the quality of work and timeframe. The DC’s office would be formally handed over to the administration by March last, informed the executive engineer PWD Tawang.

Later the chief minister participated in a Radio Talk in All India Radio Station, Tawang and gave special message to the people on afforestations, promotion of tourism, health hygiene, education, ill effects of alcoholism.

Tawang MLA Tsewang Dhondup, DCCI president Lobsang Phunstok, and ZPM Dorjee Norbu also participated in the radio program. (PRO to CM)

 

Workshop on revamped SJSRY

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Expressing concern over proliferation of slums despite of healthy growth of economy in the last one decade, chief engineer cum director of urban development and housing T Tedir exhorted the departmental officials to give enough time and energy for implementing urban poverty alleviation programmes.

Inaugurating a two-day workshop on implementation of revamped SJSRY programme here on Monday last, Tedir said that present allocation of fund under SJSRY is too less to make a dent in the urban poverty alleviation scenario of the state. He hoped that the workshop organized by Regional Research Center of Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES) Lucknow will help the officers in successfully implementing the revamped SJSRY programme.

Dr. UB Singh, resource persons assured urban and housing department that RCUES will provide all kind of services in future.

The workshop was sponsored by Union Ministry of Urban Poverty Alleviation in collaboration with department of urban development and housing, Govt. of Ar. P.

 

Tawang take steps to enhance hospitality business

TAWANG, Feb 24: A meeting of the District Level Tourism Committee with the Hoteliers of Tawang District was held in the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner, which was chaired by G. Padu, D C, Tawang. The District Tourism Officer and the Deputy Director Industries attended the meeting.

Padu called on the hoteliers to strictly follow all the laid down rules which includes maintaining a proper statistical data of the tourists. He emphasized on maintaining record of their arrival, departure, confirming their Identity Card, Inner Line Permit incase of non APST tourists, and incase of foreign tourists verifying their Restricted Area Permit.

Padu also chalked out an idea of setting up of a Committee which would be endowed with a Pro Certificate to any hotel in terms of the services, ambiences, cleanliness etc provided to their clientele. This, he said will be given on the 26th January every year by the District Administration.

The President of the Hotel Association, Tawang District presented some grievances faced by the Hotels in the Town. He primarily asked the members to increase the strength of the Ration Card for the hoteliers and to look after the water, LPG problems.

The DTO and DDI emphasizing the importance of tourism to the hotel owners said that Tawang has now been declared as major tourist spot of the nation and Tawang ranks at 25.

Fixation of room tariffs as per facilities provided, maintenance of proper menu, were some points which were raised.  The DTO also suggested the members present to bring out their own private tourist brochure for the convenience of tourists. (DIPRO)

 

Stray dogs cause concern

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Capital Youth Organisation (CYO) has drawn the attention of authorities towards ever increasing straying of domestic animals into the roads of capital complex.

In a press release issued CYO noted that these stray animals has become major cause for the accidents especially during night hour. Further they also have appealed to residents of capital complex to take care of domestic animals and lend their helping hand for beautification capital.

 

Nyokum Yullo

NAHARLAGUN, Feb 24: Horticulture Minister Honchun Ngandam will be the chief guest of Nyokum Yullo celebration on February 26 next at Kimin in place of Rajya Sabha member OT Lepcha, while Naubaicha MLA SR Subba will be the guest of honour. RGU Vice Chancellor Prof KC Belliappa will be special guest of the celebration the same day at Doimukh, according Central Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee and MLA Nabam Rebia.

 

Meder Nello Foundation Day

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The 6th Meder Nello Foundation Day will be celebrated in a befitting manner at Dree Ground, Papu Nallah on Feb 28 next. Indigenous Faith and Culture Society of Arunachal Pradesh President Nabam Atum and APIDFC Managing Director Tony Koyu will attend the festival as chief guest and guest of honour respectively. A mass social service will be conducted at the celebration venue with participation of all Danyi-Piilo believers of Apatani community residing in the Capital Complex as a part of the celebration on Feb 27.

 

Sanitation walk organised for clean Arunachal

ZIRO, Feb 24: A sanitation walk with the theme, “Sanitation for all by 2012”, was organized by PHED, Ziro to mark the 24th Statehood Day celebration on February 20.

A large number of people including students, NGO representatives, Govt servants took out a procession in Hapoli market to bring awareness about the need of Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC).  Slogan on effective sanitation practices, distribution of placards and booklets were the main highlights of the  programme.

Later, Er. Liagi Miri, EE, PHED addressing the gathering at Subansiri Stadium Hapoli, highlighted the efforts made by the state government and  centre to make our nation open defecation free by the year 2012.

He urged the public to adopt hygienic way of life. The participants, especially the students, went back with the message that  at least  beginning should be made by the students and conscious citizens to make their location clean and hygienic, according to department source.

 

Awareness campaign on road safety

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: It its continued effort to educate the school children about the road safety under the initiative of DIG (traffic) Robin Hibu, a team of police comprising of Inspector K V G Pillai, lady ASI J Loya, Ct T Sorang and Lady Ct A Darang of PHQ, Road Safety cell today conducted a traffic awareness programme at Police Primary school, Naharlagun.

Altogether 350 students and 12 teachers were educated with safety tips on how to cross to, walk on the road, how to board and travel in vehicles, besides demonstration on hand signals and imparting knowledge on the importance of road signs.

Teacher in charge of the school Riba appreciating the team said that all schools should be covered under the programme.

 

Felicitations to Dr. B.C. Sarma

PASIGHAT, Feb 24: Education Minister Bosiram Siram handed over the certificate of appreciation to Dr. Bhupesh Chandra Sarma Additional Director Health Services, Pasighat at Pasighat on February 22 last for his outstanding services rendered to the society.

Dr. Sarma joined as a Surgical Specialist in Pasighat General Hospital in October 1981. He is the first specialist in State Health Cadre and conducted first Kidney surgery upon Bote Moyong in 1984. Later, he spent 11 years at Bomdila and again joined at Pasighat as DDHS (T&R) in the year 1999. He will retire on February 28 next. He also wrote many books, health tips and articles.

Speaker Wanglin Lowandong, Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh, IPR Minister Setong Sena, Honchun Ngandam (Horti), Parliamentary Secretary Phosum Khimun, Karikho Kri, Likha Saaya, Kamlung Mosang, MLA Kamthok Lowang, DC Pasighat Onit Panyang, local leaders, HODs and public attended the programme.

 

Three-day post harvest management workshop

H.K. Roy

PASIGHAT, Feb 24: Three day long workshop on production and post harvest management of pineapple, citrus and off-seasonal vegetable, crops was held at the GTC Pasighat on yesterday. The workshop is being organized by the department of Agriculture Pasighat and sponsored by the ministry of Agriculture (GOI) New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion as chief guest Education Minister Bosiram Siram emphasized on organic farming and post harvest management for good marketing and high yielding. he assured to extend possible help to the department and farmers and appealed them to adopt the modern methods and techniques of farming.

The Joint Director Purkayastha advised the farmers to grow more cash crops to generate more income.

Director (SAMETI) KD Darang, Joint Director (Agri) A.K. Purkayastha, Scientist Dr. L. Saikia from Jorhat, Dr. IS Singh (CoH) and other agriculture officers and farmers of the district also attended the inaugural day.

Later, the minister along with the Parliamentary secretary Nido Pavitra visited general hospital, Pasighat. Pavitra appreciated the concerned authorities and calls for immediate funding for renovation of the dilapidated residential buildings of the hospital.

 

Awareness workshops on commodity market

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: NABCONS, a wholly owned subsidiary of NABARD,  will conduct 2 district level workshops on commodities market at Namsai on 27 February 2010 and Ziro on 6 March 2010. The workshops are  being organized  on behalf of Forward Markets Commission, union ministry of consumer affairs, food and public Distribution. State Govt officials, progressive farmers, Farmers Clubs, banks and NGOs are expected to participate in the workshops.

The objective of the workshop is to create awareness among farmers for commodities market, commodity exchanges, regulatory issues, various derivative products, spot and forward market, hedging using commodity futures, price risk management and to ensure that benefits of commodity futures trading reaches farmers.  

 

Efforts on for clean and green Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh, flagged off a motorbike rally organized by Arunachal Bullet Club (ABC) at Raj Bhavan, early this morning in Itanagar.

The six-day Ride to create awareness on “Clean and Green Arunachal”. will touch Bhalukpong, Bana, Seppa, Bamin, Chayang Tajo, Papu, Passa, Pakke Valley, Sagalee, Nimte, Laptab and Kheel, in West Kameng district, East Kameng district and Papum Pare district.

Gen. Singh hoped that their endeavour will definitely inspire others towards better, cleaner and greener Arunachal.  

He further called on them to spread messages of preservation of environment, wildlife, indigenous cultural and traditions and tourism.

Riders from Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh are taking part at the rally while some from Manipur and Nagaland will join them at Bhalukpong.

Earlier, the Governor distributed ‘Team Arunachal’ T-shirts and badges to the participants.

Organizing committee chairman, Jose Nabam informed that ABC established in 2007, had carried out several expeditions in the past, which includes, Ride to Pangsau Pass, reinforcing the Look East Policy, campaign against Rhino poaching and displaying patriotism and sentiment of the Arunachalees.

Nabam said the present ‘Ride’ aims to carry forward messages for ‘Clean and Green Arunachal’, on protection and preservation of forest, wildlife and culture and on health awareness on AIDS. Along with it, the ride also aims to promote tourism in the State and educate denizens on hospitality towards tourists and other travelers, he added. (PRO to Governor)

 

Assembly session

ITANAGAR: Five-day session of the Third Session of the Fifth Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh shall commence from March 18, according to a communique from Legislative Assembly.

 

Greetings on Nyokum

TAWANG: State Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has extended warm greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh particular the Nyishi Community on the auspicious occasion of Nyokum Yullo festival.  In his message Khandu said that the “Nyokum” renders platform to showcase the mesmerizing culture, cuisines, ornaments, dresses, dances and folklores of the colourful Nyishi Tribe. While it symbolizes the dawning of a new era, Khandu hoped that the festival would bring with it happiness, bumper harvest, prosperity and mutual understandings between all sentient beings on the earth.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee in a  Nyokum message hoped that the festival would bring peace, tranquility and also spread the message of communal harmony and feeling of oneness amongst all.  

 

Appeal for reopening of school

ITANAGAR: All Kurung Kumey District Students Union has called on the state government and High Powered Committee for reopening of Don Bosco School Palin. The Union said that more than 500 students and teachers are at the receiving end because of the fire tragedy that left more than 12 students dead.

 

‘End timber transaction’

ITANAGAR: All Pakke Kesang Pijerang Dissing Passo Seijosa Student Union has called on the concerned authority to put an end to deforestation in the area. It said that timber is being unlawfully cut down and transported to  Assam on a regular basis under Khellong Forest Division. It further called on the natives of the area to cooperate with the law enforcing authorities to save forest resources.

Awaiting for state to become ‘land of employment’

 

Dear Editor,

I appreciate the assurance given by the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu to a delegation of Unemployed  Arunachalee Engineers Association (UAEA) for creation of posts  for Mechanical Engineers  in various departments.

Many of the youths of the state who have BE degree and  Diploma in Mechanical engineering are still  running from pillar to post for employment avenues while some of  them  have been forced by the situation to change their profession and work in other departments for livelihood.

Though we have efficient mechanical engineers, yet we did not utilize their talents.  Hope, Arunachal - the land of rising sun -will become the land of employment soon.

Yours,

G. Karbak

Namsai, Lohit district

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