CM appeals youths to come back to mainstream
MIAO, Feb 5: The 6th Namdapha Eco Cultural Festival kicked off on a colourful note
at Miao today. The three-
The Chief Minister inaugurated the event today. Addressing the massive gathering, he categorically exhorted the misled youths of the district to join the mainland by giving away social evils like drug addiction, anti social activities.
Khandu disclosed about the rehabilitation packages for such youths and appealed them to avail the benefit.
The Chief Minister while appealing the local legislators to ensure that all projects are implemented in letter and spirit so that the fruits of development reach the needy said that “development funds are pouring in but proper and judicious execution of works is the need of hour”.
He urged the people to make good use of the fertile land and assured all possible assistance from the government’s end.
Advocating for a hospitable approach to promote tourism, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today called upon the people to create a congenial atmosphere so that more and more tourist make Arunachal Pradesh their prime tourist destination.
“Apart from natural beauty, vibrant ethnic communities, rich bio-
Highlighting numerous achievements since he took over the rein in 2007, Khandu said though developments are visible but the state has miles to go with the Centre willing to extend all possible help. The roads, air connectivity and infrastructure would put the state on fast track of development; he said terming hydropower which alone had yielded a handsome amount for the state exchequer as the backbone of the state.
The task is Herculean and the willing support of all sections is essential to achieve the goal, Khandu added.
“Hard work and accountability is the only mantra to ensure all round development of the state” asserted Khandu while mentioning about the third party monitoring being introduced in the planning process for transparency and accountability.
RWD Minister Kalikho Pul mesmerized by the beauty of Miao said “you have beautiful people, enchanting landscape and ample scope for promoting tourism”. He lauded the festival committee for encouraging such festivals where the outsiders could know and enjoy being in Arunachal Pradesh.
Reiterating present Government’s developmental initiatives and refuting all kinds of illogical and unfounded rumours, Pul said that the state is marching towards the phase of watershed development. Massive infrastructural development is already underway and many more are at offing.
Earlier, in his welcome address Local MLA Kamlung Mossang highlighted the importance of the festival. He briefed about the programmes being carried out during the three days long festival wherein all walk of the people from Changlang district and also from nearby Assam joyously take part in the extravagant event.
A souvenir and a festival calendar release were other highlights of the day.
Finance Minister Setong Sena, Parliamentary Secretary Tsewang Dhondhup, Phosum Khimhun, Legislators, Kamthok Lowang, Yumsem Matey, Punji Mara, among others were present on the occasion. (PRO to CM)
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: A twenty-
The Committee consists of 20 MPs and 7 officials of Lok Sabha secretariat.
The committee members will hold meeting with chief secretary and other state level senior Govt officers at CS’s conference hall on Feb 7.
After the meeting, the members will meet the representatives of the SC/ST Employees Welfare Association of NEEPCO. This would be followed by discussion with NEEPCO management authority and representatives of SC/ST from the project affected area.
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The Reserve Bank India as Part of its Platinum Jubilee celebrations organized Financial Outreach Camps in various villages of the North Eastern State. Encourage by the response and the success of the Financial Outreach Camps, Reserve Bank of India has now launched the second phase of such camp in North East and is organizing a camp at Karsingsa village in Arunachal Pradesh on February 12.
Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India Syamala Gopinat would be the Chief Guest. The purpose of such camp is to bring awareness regarding banking facilities and make an attempt at making available such facilities to every adult citizen in the targeted areas and for bringing them under fold of mainstream Banking. To dissipate information on various facilities, schemes, stalls would be set up at the Camp by RBI, SBI, UCO Bank, APRCoop. Apex Bank, NEDFI, SIDBI, KVIC,NSIC, Agriculture/ Veterinary Department, State Forest Research Institute, Poma model Village etc.
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: An inception meeting for Review of Forest management policies of
Arunachal Pradesh to promote and support the conservation and sustainable use of
medicinal and aromatic under the GEF-
T. Gapak, Nodal Officer of the prog informed that meeting intend to review laws and policies which affect medicinal plant sector in Arunachal Pradesh.
“This sector is affected by forest laws, land laws and a host of guidelines and procedures followed by the department of Environment & Forests. The project is premised on the fact that medicinal plants sector in Arunachal Pradesh cannot be streamlined and organized until the laws and policies affecting the sector are reviewed for incorporating requisite changes,” stated Gapak. While chairing the meeting PCCF impressed upon the need for evolving a suitable legal mechanism for the sustainable use of medicinal plants of the state considering all aspects.
A detailed project profile on the GEF-
She elaborated the details of the project including physical and financial targets. She enumerated the Globally Significant Medicinal Plants (GSMP) in Arunachal Pradesh which is proposed to be protected by establishment of medicinal plant cultivation areas.
G. N. Sinha, APCCF (WP&C) gave detailed account of land laws, forest laws, biodiversity laws, forest policy and other statutory instruments which are impacting the medicinal and aromatic plants sector in Arunachal Pradesh.
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: A five-
During its tour to Japan, the Parliamentary team will visit Tokyo Stock Exchange,
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Disaster Prevention Centre, Minato Incineration Plant
and Japan Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and also call on Yukio Hatoyama, former PM, Parliamentary
The tour programme under the theme “Enhancing Indo-
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The Tirap Changlang Human-
Following the reported violation of Human Rights in Naga inhabited area of Arunachal Pradesh, the meeting attended by ASMs, ZPMs, public leaders from Tirap, Longding and Changlang unanimously decided to convene a general body meeting with participation of all elected members from the affected districts, elite members, student union leaders and Govt employees on Feb 28 at Itanagar.
The committee also resolved to launch its web-
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: With the objective to cultivate the spirit of oneness and to enhance the exposure of schedule tribes citizens, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs invited tribal guests to witnesses the Republic Day parade and celebration, 2011 at New Delhi. This year, apart from representatives of 22 states, two guests and liaison officer from Arunachal participated in the grand celebration at New Delhi.
Moji Bagra from West Siang and Sorsomi Degio from East Kameng along with escort and liaison officer Khoda Tapa, CDPO, ICDS Project, Seijosa, represented the state at the week long Republic Day Celebration at New Delhi.
During their stayed they met Pratibha Devi Patil, President of India, Md. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India and A.K. Anthony, Defence Minister and Chairman of Commission for Schedules Tribe of India Kantilal Bhuria.
They also attended Prime Minister’s NCC rally, where NCC cadets of Army, Navy and Airforce wings from India and abroad participated. They also attended the beating retreat and Raj Ghat Ceremony. Selected guests and liaison officer exchanged cultural richness of Arunachal with representatives of 22 other state of India and also discussed the problems and suitable solutions that could be taken to maintain the spirit of unity in diversity in the country.
The whole programme was organized by initiative from Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi and Social Welfare, Women & Child Development Department, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Arunachal Pradesh Biodiversity Board (APBB) started its series of Biodiversity Awareness programme in Capital’s schools from Feb 2.
The first programme was organised at VKV Itanagar attended by more than 100 school
children. The second programme was organised at Kendra Vidyalaya, Itanagar on Feb
4 participated by nearly 200 students. The awareness programmes are being conducted
to make the school children acquainted with the Biodiversity and bio-
In the programmes, Dr. Pradeep Chaudhry, Director SFRI cum Member Secretary, APBB, spoke on Intangible benefits of forests with special reference to urban forestry. His talk focused on the management of urban forestry in different cities of the world and its direct benefits in controlling air pollution and atmospheric temperature. Dr. A.N. Rao, Orchidologist, SFRI, spoke on the topic “Orchids: the forests jewels” unveiling the different types of orchids in Arunachal and its cultivation techniques.
C. Loma, DFO, Silviculture, delivered a talk on “A strategy to save Hornbill and the cultural identity of the Nyishi tribes of North East India”. His lecture focused on the techniques of artificial Hornbill beak preparation from fiber glass.
Dr. S.P. Singh, Ecologist, SFRI spoke on the topic “Conservation of Biodiversity in Arunachal Pradesh”. Dr. Kenjum Bagra, Research Officer, APBB presented the Biodiversity of Arunachal Pradesh eliciting the detail status of different floral and faunal species available in Arunachal Pradesh and its direct linkage with tribal culture.
Keeping in view the response of School authorities and the student, the Board decided to conduct more programmes in the coming days in different schools of the state.
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Renowned filmmaker and photo journalist of New Delhi Kunal Verma formally announced the Martial Arts training programme for the rural children of Wakro by the Arunachal Pradesh Police in an impressive function at Wakro yesterday.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Verma said, the Arunachal Pradesh Police headquarters is doing a great service by helping the children this way. He further said the training will benefit the children especially the girl child. It will not only boost the confidence level but will also surely develop the spirit of sportsmanship, discipline and camaraderie among the trainees, he added. He also lauded the prompt initiative of the IPS officer Robin Hibu and the effort of the Lohit SP Isaac Pertin in this regard.
Earlier spiritual master Sri Sri Kulavadhuta Satpurananda had expressed concern over child abuse and the growing crime rate against women. He opined that training the girls in Martial Arts will help them face adversities in life with courage and confidence.
Trainer Toli Tacha of the 2nd IRBn expressed willingness to go an extra mile in helping and training the children. The program will benefit girls of the KGBV, the Apnes and sports enthusiasts of wakro. SI G. Ronya and SI Sonar represented the PHQ of the APP and the district Police chief.
Children and people in Wakro were overwhelmed and delighted to interact with Kunal Verma.
It is worth mentioning here that the film and book on the 4th Conseil International du Sports Militaire (CISM) Military World Games 2007 were shot by Kunal. The CISM currently enjoys the membership of the Armed Forces of 127 member nations, of which 38 are European countries, 45 African, 26 Asian and countries from America. India joined the CISM in 1999. Apart from the histories of the three Services in India, Verma has also made films on the Indian Military Academy ( Making of a Warrior), the National Defence Academy ( The Standard Bearers) and the Kargil War. He is co author of the book Ocean to Sky: India from the Air and is currently working on books on the Himalayas and India's Northeastern region.
Wakro children were overwhelmed to hear filmmaker Krishna Kumar Candeth, former English Teacher of great repute with The Doon school say, “Its nice to see a school live, flower and flourish. This World is a small place but these bright children will make it BIG. Vineeta Jalan conveyed that the Surajmal Jalan Charity Trust, Jalannagar will sponsor the Gee Karate costumes for the Trainees.
ASSET strongly feels that the genuine friendship of a leader like Kunal Verma will immensely and certainly benefit Arunachal and the Northeast region. Principal Seema Arandhara of the AVB, Program Coordinator Sarita Theen, teachers and staffs with the ASSET and general public appreciated Verma for his work and interest in Northeastern region. KGBV girls performed Mishmi traditional Tangong and the Apnes made the day with songs, skits and drama.
For a united Arunachal but
The members of Tator Clan, who have been residing in Upper Subansiri District since time immemorial and had identified themselves as ‘Tagin’, a constitutionally recognized major Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.
But some confusion has arisen about our clan due to wrongful statement given by someone
during recently concluded Galo Baanv Kvba. The people of the Tator Clan whleo-
But during conclave it was really shocking and painful for us when it was informed that one ‘Tanio Nguki’ was allowed to address the gathering, wherein, he declared himself to be a ‘Galo’, without the knowledge, consent and opinion of the members of the entire clan.
As a matter of fact, any person bearing the ‘Nguki’ title is the natural member of
the Tator Clan, based on the genealogy count according to the practice prevailed
in the Tagin Tribe. Furthermore, when the entire Tator Clan identifies itself with
Tagin Tribe, how come a single person try to disturb our social fabric, by declaring
himself to be a ‘Galo’? Is there any hidden motive behind his statement? or is he
trying to express his frustration and anger, in case, any of our co-
Further, we are not against the ‘Galo’ community, but this matter is about the image of our clan and the disturbances that may be cropped up in the social fabric of our clan, due to the sentiments of a single person.
As a matter of fact, the members of the local organizing committee, whose wisdom and knowledge is beyond doubt, should have restrained Tanio Nguki from addressing the gathering, thereby explicitly symbolizing that they do really stand for peace, progress and ;prosperity.
So, to be precise, when it is clear that the entire Tator Clan comes under the Tagin Tribe, then there is no question beyond doubt, that the statement of a single person with malafied intention should not be accepted as true. In fact, his statement/pronouncement was baseless. Therefore, the entire Tator clan has decided that his statement should be taken back.
Further, I strongly feel that better sense should prevail and Galo community should not take our views to be targeted against them, as the Galo Community is bestowed with many intellectual people serving the State under various capacities. Our views need to be ventilated as because the statement of Tanio Nguki has really disturbed the sentiment of the entire Tator clan, therefore for the better existence of the clan we need to express our views in public.
Finally, we stand for a strong and united Arunachal and we hope that our views do not hurt any particular clan Tribe as this is not our intention.
Tator Ko Welfare Society.
An individual’s decision
I’m more or less convince with K Tapok’s letter in which he has rightly pointed out the tendency of fleeting loyalty of politicians, in fact it’s common. At least in our state. In such matters, any reasonable citizen especially those having the quality of being a perceptive political observer must be able to put up with. Most of us have the habit of being too much judgmental towards anybody that we personally don’t know but have heard about, I strongly believe such criteria don’t qualify us to point fingers on others, especially for the facts that are personal. When an individual is not pleased or call it not interested in a party to any further extent, or have no vital role to play, then it’s up to that individual to make a decision on or to accept a transition which should just be tacit.
With reference to my points, I just want to put a little emphasis that anonymous person in making a correct dissemination of his/her opinion has somewhere gone way beyond in pointing out faults. Such irresponsible and derogatory comment made against T Taki, who is one of the senior most leaders of Pangin Boleng constituency is not only fatuous but also carries no substantial meaning; thus, any misleading claims involving a public figure damaging his reputation could confirm libel.
In fact, I see it nothing more than squabbling. It would have been much better if he/she could have divulged information about ongoing projects that are not being implemented properly and all those public money that is being looted.
Itanagar, (on email).
The case of central funds and existing roads
From the order number DONER/NLP/112/2007 Dtd 11/01/2010, I had came to know that
Govt. of India had accorded administrative and financial approval of Central Financial
Assistance under Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) amounting to Rs.
769.05 lakhs for construction of Kimin-
PWD department is carrying out the work by doing minor renovation of already existing
road and finishing those portion left earlier. while after getting information that
payment has been made to contractors for Rs. 266.85 lakhs, I filed a RTI application
to implementing agency PWD Arunachal Pradesh for furnishing documents like copy of
NIT, copy of contractors' list, copy of NLCPR guidelines, copy of sanction letter
from the Govt. of India New Delhi, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region
and copy of LOC issued for the contractors payment. But concern authority did not
furnish me the NIT copy and contractors list. This shows that implementing agency
(PWD dept) has an intention to hijack such a centrally sponsored scheme and thereby
Moreover, now the point of question is that whether the sanctioning authority had allowed (permitted) the department to implement the scheme without following public tender notice (NIT). If so, the authority is requested to provide such a copy to me for my satisfaction, otherwise, I shall be compelled to appeal before the Court of Law for hijacking of the scheme and violating the norms prescribed by the sanctioning authority.
In case, if the issue is devoid of such order, the department may immediately be ordered to stop the work and call for NIT and till such procedure is followed, no sanction of the second 2°d instalment of fund be release further. In this regard I have written to DONER Secretary, New Delhi and lodged strong protest against such illegal act.
Yachuli Mandal, BJP.
Allegation without basis
The so called Chandranagar Welfare Committee with its self styled President, Bem
Maching and few others have been repeatedly taking to the local print medias with
malicious allegations against the Junior Engineer (E) of Chander Nagar Sub-
When the department did not react them, Maching filed an application seeking certain
information under RTI Act-
In the opinion of undersigned, as a PIO, some of the information sought fell under
the purview of Section 8 of the RTI Act-
There had been no such scheme sanctioned for Chander Nagar Sub-
“Renovation of Protection System of Chander Nagar 33/11 kV Sub-
All the local media, based in Itanagar, know well that during 2007, one of the 2x5
MVA, 33/11 kV Power Transformer went out of order, for which there had been acute
shortage of power supply nearly for a month or so. That said transformer had got
burnt due to problems in the protection system of the Sub-
Regarding the construction of walls, it is made explicitly clear that the much required
security fencing of the Sub-
Further, the stated wall is being taken up departmentally on the duly allotted plot
During that period, not a single public was residing nearby the Chander Nagar Sub-
Above facts clearly prove that the allegations of closing approach roads to Senki
Colony and Division-
Now, as detailed above, despite absence of any scheme and fund, in order to provided
safety and security includes beauty to the Sub-
If Mr. Bem Maching and his associates do not apologies in the media for damaging the individual dignity of undersigned and my Junior Engineer with such false allegation in the media at the eyes of all the general public, that too repeatedly, we will be compelled to file defamation suit in the appropriate court of law.
And, I once more request the media to double-
Executive Engineer (E),
Capital Electrical Division.
Why are we being ignored?
I would like to draw the attention of Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) towards the state of disappointment among the Health Assistants under the programme.
As per the revised scheme, salaries of NRHM staffs were enhanced and are being paid accordingly, excluding the Health Assistants. According to ROP salaries of H/A’s has been enhanced to Rs. 12,000 per month from Rs. 5,500 with arrears. But we are lost somewhere in the process. Like any other staffs, we also discharges our duties sincerely, no matter, which parts of state. But we are being ignored.
May we assume this inequality and injustice as a signal that, we are no more needed by the department?
Siyum (on email).
This is in reference to one Dr. Kapang Ering’s letter dated January 31.
It is unfortunate that the doctor despite his qualification is yet to broaden the horizon of his thinking in the line of social harmony and peaceful coexistence among Minyong & Galos. History tells that Minyongs and Galos are living together with love and peace since time immemorial in West and East Siang districts. If there are some differences it is only due to some handful of perverted and communal persons. The common people of both communities never had a different vision. Our forefather never told us that this is Galo and that is Minyong land. We the officers or groups of both the community are always together not only in Mopin, Solung but also go hand in hand at time of in need.
It is surprising that the medical officer instead of bridging the society together is trying to create the communal colour in the name of the new District.
In any way, it may be his personal opinion only, definitely not by Adis and Galos. Adis and Galo are matured enough to judge such malign intention of the writer and such write up should not find any place in your esteemed column.
Aalo (on email).
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ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Birth Centenary Year Celebration (2011-
Union oppose work
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: All Papum Poma Students Union has opposed the carrying out of formation
cutting work of first phase (Kampo-
Union called up on concerned authority to issue tender so that quality of work is not compromised.
ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The Inter-
ITANAGAR: All Tawang District Students’ Union is on its third education tour. The
ten days tour started from Feb 1. The Union has already covered seven schools of
The Union is undertaking the tour with an aim to make Tawang 100 percent literate district. The main emphasis is on importance of education and Bhoti language. The Union is distributing free uniforms, notebooks, pen & pencils, maps, globes, Chart papers and sports items to the needy schools.
ITANAGAR: Boori Boot Yullo is being celebrated on Feb 6.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh and Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu have extended festival greetings and best wishes to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion.
In their festival messages, Governor and the Chief Minister expressed the hope that the festival will further strengthen the spirit of unity and reinforce the splendid cultural fabric of the society.
Youths oppose Army plans
ITANAGAR: Youths of Mosi, Soki and Doni of Upper Subansiri district have opposed allocation of land to army under Mosi village at Chetam circle without prior information.
In a press release, the youths stated that farm land is being given to army without getting clearance from department of agriculture, horticulture and forest department. They have sought the intervention of the concerned authorities in this regard.
ITANAGAR: The Career Counseling Cell of Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar is going to conduct free coaching on optional subjects for APCS and UPSC civil service aspirants in the library of the DNG College from Feb 7.
Besides graduates in any discipline, final year students of BA/BSc and B Com are eligible to attend the coaching, informed course coordinator Dr M Q Khan.
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