ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Arunachal Pradesh created history by recording their best ever performance in National Games with 11 medals, including a silver with pugilists providing icing on the cake by winning three bronze medals today.
Although the boxer trio of Prakash Dorjee, Tilak Budhathoki and Monita Devi could not make it to the finals they were awarded medals as there is no bronze medal play off in boxing. Both the semifinal losers are awarded a bronze.
Monita lost to Vanlal Duati of Tripura 1-
Archery team drew a blank both in Indian and Recurve rounds and returned empty handed.
With addition of three more medals, Arunachal’s medal tally climbed to 11, one silver and 10 bronze, the best ever haul in National Games so far.
Arunachal won two bronze medals in last edition of the National Games held in Guwahati in 2007.
Meanwhile, a controversy involving boxer Budhathoki dampened the celebration at Arunachal camp.
According to information received here, Budhathoki did not take part in the semifinal against Rakesh Kalasakar of sscb ‘intentionally’ without any valid reason. The matter has been informed to Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA), Chef de Mission of Arunachal contingent L Sokun Singh said. Disciplinary action would be initiated against him, if found guilty, he added.
Singh further informed that he along with four other members of the Arunachal contingent will call on former President APJ Abdul Kalam in a function being hosted by Jharkhand CM Arjun Munda in Ranchi tomorrow.
Arunachal have now completed their engagements in the Games and the team will be returning from Jharkhand on February 27.
Event G Sil Br Total
Lawn Bowl 0 1 2 3
Karate 0 0 4 4
Boxing 0 0 3 3
Weightlifting 0 0 1 1
Archery 0 0 0 0
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Union Ministry of Rural Development has cleared the proposals
of NE states under Bharat Nirman and PMGSY (Stage-
Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma is happy to inform that
her ministry cleared the proposals (stage –II) of North-
Formation cutting for construction of roads under Bharat Nirman in some of the
North Eastern states have been completed under stage-
According to the release, an amount of Rs.800.62 crores will be required for clearance
of pending proposals from 7 hilly states under Bharat Nirman. Also, an amount of
Rs.1192.14 crores (approximately) will be required for clearance of proposals under
Today, Tirap is synonymous with guns and killings thanks to the presence of two warring insurgency groups which are after each other’s blood. Entire district including the district headquarters Khonsa has become hot bed of insurgency wherein sporadic sounds of gun fire reverberate through the hills and valleys, thereby breaking the silence of the hitherto most peaceful place.
Had the authorities acted in the beginning, when insurgents in small groups had infiltrated
the border villages of Lazu, Wakka, Pongchou and Pumao, the situation would not have
been what it is today. As of now, two factions are well-
But strangely, this burning insurgency problem seems to be untouchable and nobody wants to talk about it. It seems everyone is thinking that it is Tirap’s problem alone and must be solved by the people. In the not too distant past when Tirap paid the highest revenue in the form of forest royalty people used to sing a sweet and different tune and every Govt employee wanted to be posted there. However, today when it is in trouble there is no body to shed even a tear leave alone extending a helping hand. What a shame when we neglect Tirap we are neglecting Arunachal. Tirap’s problem is Arunachal’s problem. Urgent effort must be made by govt to address the problem in right earnest.
There is total mistrust among all sections of people vis-
The poor Govt. employees working in the district have no one to lean upon as they are also a confused lot in present ambience. They have no security whatsoever. In the past many officers had been picked up by ultras and beaten up and humiliated. These poor victims apparently don’t confide their agonies to anyone for they know no punitive action would be forthcoming from any quarters. This is a bitter truth.
The stoic silence of leaders of all hues on this issue is also not helping in anyway either. In the process it is the innocent villagers who suffer the most in silence. For everyone’s good the state govt needs to clarify its stand loud and clear on this vexed issue for the benefit of the common people who are in a morass of confusion. The state govt can start dialogue process with both groups in consultation with the centre to hammer out mutually acceptable solution in the interest of Tirap which has suffered enough.
However, some positive and encouragement developments are also taking place thanks
to the contributions of some of the dedicated and selfless officers against all odds.
Against the backdrop of the often turbulent law and order scenario in the district,
this year former DC Ankur Garg, former SP Madhav Tiwari, Executive Engineer Walat
Handique, former OC, Thomas Pertin got gold medals from the state Govt. while Amit
Bengia , DF&CSO got silver which is first medal of the entire Food & civil supplies
department since its inception. All these medals were given for their stupendous
performances in their respective fields under trying and often dangerous conditions.
People of Tirap salute them for bringing laurels for themselves and the disturbed
Tirap district which has otherwise nothing to write home about. -
D. Bosai (The writer is DIPRO, Khonsa)
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped (NIHM), Secunderabad, under the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, in collaboration with Donyi Polo Mission Rehabilitation Centre, Chimpu, Itanagar is organizing an awareness programme on disability rehabilitation from February 28 to March 3.
During the five-
The parents and guidance may contact principal, DPMSFHI, Chimpu at 9436416702 for registration and detail information.
BASAR, Feb. 23: A 7-
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. P. Suresh Kumar, Joint Director in-
The course coordinator Dr. V.K. Choudhary, Scientist, Agronomy delivered introductory lectures on “soil and water conservation measures for different topography”. He has also stressed the importance of soil and water for various agricultural practices and how better we can manage the water in the region for long term use and sustainable growth of the region. He also addressed the issues of climate change in the region and its impact on our society and how best we can cope up with.
Resource persons were called to deliver presentation and to expose the farmers to the nuances of advanced farming methods. Dr. Doni Jini, Scientist, Veterinary Extension has briefed about scientific pig and poultry farming. A. Kiran Kumar Singh, SMS, Agronomy gave brief description on the types of soil and water conservation measures (various measures) to increase the farm productivity. Dr. P. Sarma, SMS, Horticulture, delivered presentation on “Nursery management techniques for solanaceous crops”. Dr. S.P. Singh, SMS, plant protection besides delivering lecture on mushroom production, detailed the farmers about disease management measures for agricultural and horticultural crops Technical officer G. Bhagawati, Technical officer, Meteorology, explained the honey bee rearing and Integrated Pest Management measures for controlling devastating pests of agri and horticultural crops. N. Taye, Technical of KVK farm Bame explained about the various on going activity. Exposure visits were also arranged to the research farm Gori and KVK instructional farm to witness the new technologies on their own. Hands on practical were also conducted to get expertise on the technologies taught.
Participants were very much satisfied and appreciated the ICAR-
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Anjaw district unit launched 48 hours hunger strike in front of the addl. deputy Commissioners office at Hayuliang as its second phase of democratic movement against alleged rampant irregularities and corruption in the district on Feb 22 morning, informed BJP state unit in a release.
The party further informed that in its second phase of strike, the party is demanding resignation of local MLA. Alleging black marketing of PDS items, especially rice and atta, the party said that the MLA was responsible for creating scarcity of PDS commodities and thereby forcing the people of the district to face starvation since 2006 to till date.
The BJP sought the personal intervention of the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu to do justice to the people and also demanded necessary investigations into the alleged corruption and irregularities.
Earlier on Feb 11, the Anjaw district BJP had staged mass anti-
Aalo, Feb 23: A five-
Inaugurating the mega eye camp, Jarsa Gamlin, Chairperson, West Siang Zilla Parishad insisted on creating awareness on different ailments. He expressed his gratitude to participating doctors, ophthalmologist and paramedical staffs for rendering medical services.
Dr. Yater Darang, Eye Specialist from Pasighat is the lone doctor to carry forward the five days medical programme. A doctor known for her professional ethics, zeal, simplicity and patient friendly nature, she is determined to take up the medical task ahead, unmindful of physical and mental fatigue that may take toll on a lady. As a senior doctor she has been a regular member of many a medical camps in various parts of the state whenever her service was required.
The Aalo DMO, Dr. Bomjum Kamki, DFWO Moli Riba, Dr. Jopir and Dr. Linya Bagra, Medical Superintendent also highlighted the aims and objectives behind organizing the eye camp and extended their thanks to everyone for starting a successful Mega Eye Camp at Aalo. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The Self Employment Programme Society (SEPS), a Dibang Valley based NGO has organised an awareness campaign on "Total Sanitation Campaign" at Anini today.
Abu Tayeng, DC cum Chairman, Disrict Water Sanitation Committee (DWSC) speaking on the occasion said, " contaminated water is the root cause of many common and fatal diseases. He requested the department concerned to ensure proper treatment of drinking water and its interrupted supply to the people.
The DC also appealed the Panchayat members to work with dedication for proper implementation of the sanitation schemes. He advised the NGO to conduct such awareness campaign on sanitation in far flung villages and in schools as well.
Earlier resourse person Dr. M. Mihu, briefed the gathering about the importance of the sanitation programme. In short interactive session, he responded on few health related queries.
The awareness campaign was attended by officers, Panchayat representatives and
the villagers of the area. The campaign programme was co-
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The UGC-
Chief Guest Prof. A. N. Rai Vice-
While speaking on the occasion as Chairperson Prof. B. Myrboh informed that year 2011 is being celebrated as International Year of Chemistry with the Theme: “Chemistry–OUR LIFE, OUR FUTURE”. This is to celebrate the achievement of chemistry and its contribution to the well being of human kind and to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Madame Marie Curie getting Noble Prize and the foundation of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).
The other who spoke on the occasion includes Dr. H. Askari-
Itanagar, Feb 23: The performance of different farmers regarding the Frontline Demonstrations (FLDs) on Pulses and Oilseeds and Potato under the KVK West Siang have been strictly monitored and evaluated by A. Kirankumar Singh, SMS (Agronomy) and Dr. S. P. Singh, SMS (Plant Protection) under the guidance of the Joint Director.
As a part of it, the team visited the New Bam Village on Feb 21 and 22 and Gori-
English language teaching (ELT) in Arunachal can be said to have its start in 1970-
English as the medium of instruction in all schools right from class I. Before that
itself, the opening of the RK Mission school at Along (Aalo) had set the scene for
accepting English as the medium to put school education in the state on a strong
footing. This received a further boost by late 70’s with the arrival of the RK Sarada
Mission followed by the Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas on the educational front, providing
a secure and supportive residential learning environment to their students, almost
all of them first-
The 80’s also brought us a short spell of active and close association with two premier
educational agencies, CIEFL and NCERT in giving a major thrust in training our teachers,
especially in English Language teaching (ELT). For this far-
Fortunately, the emergence of communicative approach all over the world in the teaching
of English as a second language, and the CBSE’s tie-
The emergence of Sarva Shikhsa Abhiyan led ELT in the state to an almost a crisis!
The rapid spread of primary and middle schools even to the remotest corner of the
state under SSA, over the last one decade called forth a massive effort to strengthen
the English language levels at the primary school level. But this is yet to be a
reality. There emerged a large cadre of newly appointed teachers, with hardly adequate
proficiency in English. But the inputs they receive in ELT in their month-
From the NE states, Assam and Mizoram alone were present, but the former made up with an impressive team, mostly from the state Govt’s English Language Teaching Institute, Guwahati, led by its spirited Director Dr. Partha Sarathi Misra. Sadly one eagerly looked, in vain, for an Arunachali student among the EFLU volunteers, who were active all through the conference. It was therefore a consolation and joy to see several delegates responding very positively to the power point presentation on the Lohit Youth Library Movement and the benefits accrued by its Reading campaign, esp., the improvement in language learning skills in the young reader activists of the Bamboosa Library Tezu and APNE Library, Wakro. The British Council officials also expressed their warm appreciation of the Lohit Youth library activities and have assured us of its assistance, to take up the challenges of promoting better reading habits in the rural areas.
In the field of language training activities, it was Sri Lanka which stole the show, with delightful presentations by their delegates. The Nepal team too was worth watching, as they shared much of the problems faced by Arunachal. It would be very useful in the long run if Arunachal can have some tie up with our neighbouring country and the Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association, (NELTA), to impart practical skills of teaching English at primary levels. It was clear both Sri Lanka and Nepal have benefited immensely from the support and interventions by the British Council over the last 2 decades.
It is worth mentioning here an exciting Innovation introduced by Sri Lanka in the
field of primary school teaching: under the ‘Activity Based Oral English (ABOE)’
programme, only spoken Language skills are taught in class I & II, with no text-
Here is a model worth serious consideration by Arunachal Govt, considering that the
teaching of primary level English in rural areas in our state is almost wholly left
to untrained teachers, many of them not competent in English language. This 3-
Looking back, the objectives our participation in the Conference were greatly fulfilled:
Firstly, the Lohit Youth Library Movement received a good projection on a national
platform and it could seek support -
Secondly we could re-
a) taking up model study programmes on areas like Minimum Levels of Learning (MLL) achievements by Arunachali students; and deputing EFLU students to take up Arunachal as a field for their research studies;
b) production of supplementary reading materials based on Arunachal’s cultural and
c) studies on utilizing bilingual and multilingual heritage of the state to strengthen ELT. This was a point stressed by Prof R.K. Agnihotri, Dept of Linguistics, Delhi University and Prof Geetha Durairajan, EFLU.
It was also interesting to learn that the British Council is actively supporting the SSA programmes in 7 Indian states, including Tamil Nadu and Andhra, and was keen to extend it to other states.
There is the pressing need of a professional body in the state, like the ELTI, Assam or the Regional Institute of English, Bangalore, to take up serious studies on language learning aspects typical to Arunachal Pradesh. The state Govt. and the Rajiv Gandhi University could explore in what way the British Council’s support can be used in these areas, to give a badly needed boost to ELT in Arunachal.
Arunachal is celebrating its 25th birthday. 40 years back we had given to our people
an assurance of giving their children a strong foundation in Education using English
language. It is the right occasion to redeem this pledge. The challenges of living
in 21st century demand this. (S. Mundayoor is an educational activist with
3 decades of close interactions with Arunachali youth and schools. He is a trustee
of Vivekananda Trust, (HQ: Mysore, Karnataka) and the Coordinator, VT-
Expedition to Uyu Lingne
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The All Cherom Chera Welfare Society recently organised an expedition to the mythical rock Uyu Lingne near Payeng in Upper Subansiri district to trace the migration of the Cherom and Chera clans. The rock is significant evidence and symbol of two brothers which further led to separate ways to Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri districts, claimed a release.
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Arunachal Bullet Club is organizing royal rides for mega Nyokum celebration being organized at Yazali. Royal Enfield riders from across the country are reaching Itanagar to participate in this good will rally. More than 100 bikers will take out rally on 25th starting from Itanagar culminating at Yazali town. Informing about this ABC President Nabam Jose said, “The bike ride is being organized for MLA Likha Saaya who is doing great service to Nyishi society by celebrating Nyokum in such a grand manner. We also want to impart the message of promoting our culture and identity through this rally.”
ITANGAR, Feb 23: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam today clarified that the district administration had deployed sufficient police force at the venue of ANSU conference cum election and within the Seppa township.
Reacting to the statement of AAPSU president Takam Tatung regarding the incident of stone pelting on the day of counting on Feb, 20, the DC said all these incidents happened as soon as darkness approached. However, the security personnel resorted to lathi charge and dispersed the miscreants. The situation was totally brought under control on arrival of DC and SP at the spot, he further said.
When district administration has utilized its full resources and tackled the situation, it is not wise on the part of anybody to fix responsibility on the District Administration for such sudden unfortunate incident. There would have been no such sudden incident had the students leadership/contesting candidates controlled their colleagues and supporters in a more matured way before and during the election and counting of votes, he added.
Agatha to visit Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Preparations are afoot to receive Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma who is scheduled to visit Arunachal Pradesh on February 25. Sangma would meet with the heads of the state’s departments of Public Health Engineering, Rural Development and Rural Works besides others and also take stock of the development situation including implementation of Rural Development Schemes, according to NCP state unit. Apart from her official programme, Sangma would attend the Nyokum Festival at Niyapin as the chief guest on February 26. She would be accompanied by the NCP Arunachal State president Ngurang Pinch and James Sangma, Megalaya MLA as the Guest of Honour and Special Guest on the occasion. Sangma would be the first ever Central Minister to stay overnight in a rural place of Arunachal Pradesh. The minister would leave Arunachal for New Delhi on 27th February. Pinch has asked the party activists of the state to gear up for according her a warm welcome.
Pinch further said that on her arrival, Sangma would announce the pending amount of of Rs. 247.97 Crore under Baharat Nirman and Rs. 692.04 Crore under PMGSY Stage – II in a meeting at Banquet Hall, Itangar on Feb 25 evening. Pinch also appreciated the role of MLA Nyapin for inviting her as chief guest of the Nyokum festival at Nyapin.
As a NCP leader, Agatha would also hold meeting with state NCP party leaders to discuss various party related and other matters, the release added.
NEZCC director arriving today
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Director of North East Zone Cultural Centre, (NEZCC) Som Kamei is arriving Itanagar tomorrow to attend Nyokum festival at Parang which is being sponsored by NEZCC under Remote Area Festival scheme.
Meanwhile, Department of culture, member of NEZCC and Arunachal Artist Forum is organizing a felicitation program to Kamei at Hotel Tosum, Naharlagun on February 24.
Sheetal is state AITC chief
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) has appointed Toko Sheetal as the president of Arunachal Pradesh AITC unit. The AITC also appointed Dature Miuli as vice president and Domin Loya as general secretary, (organization) and Techi Necha as general secretary administration of the party.
‘Restore power supply’
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The people of Palin area have been reeling under darkness for the last one month due to damage in power transformer, said Palin Area Youth Welfare Association in a release today.
The Association in a letter to chief secretary appealed him to take step for restoration
of power supply in Palin area. Besides the general public, the students are also
facing difficulties in their study due to non-
Statehood Day Celebration
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: ADC Headquarter Seijosa celebrated the Arunachal Pradesh statehood day in a befitting manner on February 20 last.
On the occasion, ADC T Pado and DFO Tana Tapi highlighted the significance of the day and appealed one and all to preserve and safeguard the dignity and integrity of the state.
He further advised the people of the area to work sincerely and selflessly for area development.
March past, band display and cultural, games and sports events were also conducted on the occasion.
Earlier in the morning a mass procession was also organized by students, officers, government staff and public.
SDP on wood carving
ITANGAR, Feb 23: The AMYAA (NGO), Namphai-
The handicraft in wood carving has not yet become a popular trade in the state, whereas
sate like Nagaland has become famous for producing number of trained and experienced
Craft Masters in wood carving. The Arunachal Pradesh does have immense potentiality
to train local artisans in this trade. The AMYAA aims at promoting the trade by
imparting specialized training to the local people to help them become expert local
artisans. This can open up opportunities for self-
ITANAGAR, Feb 23:Tagru Gyadi, Class VI student of ‘D’ Sector Middle School, Itanagar, has won first prize in Painting competition organized on the occasion of Silver Jubilee celebration of Statehood of Arunachal Pradesh. Likha Sumpa, Class VII, another student of the school, also won third prize in Arunachalee song competition in senior group.
Plea for proper implementation of CAMPA fund
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: All Arunachal Pradesh Forest Workers’ Union has called for proper utilization of fund under CAMPA scheme.
In a memorandum to the Chief Minister, the Union appealed him to ensure the proper implementation of CAMPA scheme for maintenance of road and buildings under forest department and proper utilization of fund sanctioned by the state Govt for this purpose.
AIPU demand fresh interview
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Alleging irregularities in recruitment of 200 head constable
by Home Department recently, the Arunachal Indigenous People’s Union (AIPU) has
urged both the Governor and the Chief Minister to direct the department concerned
While citing example of irregularities, AIPU in a release alleged that many candidates who did not attend the interview were also recruited. It appealed for selecting genuine and deserving candidates only for the posts with a balance ratio of quota of posts for each and every district.
Meanwhile, AIPU informed that it has decided to launch state wide campaign against changing of indigenous names in the state.
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The teaching staff and students of Govt Middle School, ‘D’ sector, Itanagar mourned the sudden death of Tumpi Taba, Cl. VI, who breathed her last on February 20 last at her native village Evarest, West Siang.
Tumpi, 13, was the best volleyball player of the school. The students and teaching community in a condolence meeting yesterday observed two minutes silence and prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul. They also conveyed deep sense of condolence to her bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Yaja Dui and Yalik Nguri have been appointed as new president and general secretary of All Upper Subansiri District Widows Welfare Society (AUSDWWS)
Bengia Tanang, Nguri Taso and Tamchi Taniang have been selected as president, vice president and general secretary of All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association Kurung Kumey Unit in a meeting held at Sangram recently.
Kirdo Eta, Nyajum Lollen, Tajen Tapen and Lige Loyi have been selected as Chairman,
president, vice president and general secretary respectively of All West Siang District
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Diso-
He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
The members of the club observed two minute silence at its office, Daporijo and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
They are eager to serve the society
Through your esteemed daily I would like to express my experience in recent ANSU election held at Seppa East Kameng District.
I saw many school students including collegians and intellectuals participating in the ANSU election with lots of hope and enthusiasm that their chosen candidates will win and will be the future leaders. I was very happy to see my own young people engaging in making our new leaders and at the same time, am surprised by knowing that more than crores of money has flown like dust just to gain the mandate. But I hope and believe that the newly elected leaders are very much eager to serve the Nyishi society, particularly for the upliftment of Nyishi students and I urge my intellectual friends to grow up and do the right thing. What we are doing is nothing but following the path shown by our elders which is not for the common good.
I hope in next time the scenario will be different.
Lastly, the only thing that is worthy of my appreciation is the one who is responsible for the developmental work at Seppa. It is really good and town planning for Seppa is better than Itanagar. It is also a very beautiful place and the people are really very hospitable and well mannered. I can boldly say that Seppa in true sense is becoming a town. And the people are praiseworthy.
Redress the problems of students
It is for sure that the Library acts as the epicenter of knowledge and information for the students in particular. It also acts as a catalyst for the academic excellence of the students to harness and shape their future career. But it’s quiet regrettable that the library of the lone central University of the State, Rajiv Gandhi University has been unsatisfactorily functioning and failed to provide the students with up to date information due to malfunctioning of the “Database Server” of the Library since three months back. Due to this many of new books that is received by the University to serve the purpose of the students has also failed to be incorporated. Till date no any agreeable actions seems to be initiated by the concern authority to redress this problem of the students the act of which is beyond anticipation from a central University like RGU which should be an exemplary institution for other academic institution of the state. After all when the university academic session is operating on semester basis, it’s incalculably essential to keep the library properly functioning. In this regard we the research scholars of the university which encounters maximum of the tribulations request the concern authority to immediately look into the matter for the interest of the students and to deal promptly with such issues.
Rijum Riba, RGU
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