2011

January - 29

News Highlights

An opportunity missed

Dear Editor,

The VIIIth Galo Baanv Kvba which was held recently at Dumporijo, Upper  Subansiri was a historic event. The invitation of representations from  other Tribes like Nyishi, Adi, Tagin, Idu Mishmi, and Khamti –Singpho etc was a unique and this has shown the leadership maturity of  Executive Members of GWS lead by Jarjum Gamlin Ete. By inviting heads  of other organizations, Ete, the president of GWS and her team sent a  clear message to Arunachalees that the Galos of the state stand for  progress, prosperity and peace of 26 major tribes in the state. I congratulate the Ex. members of GWS for successful organization of the VIIIth GBK.

The protest made by DDAC Basar, during GBK was unfortunate. If the DDAC Basar, does not accept the Vth and VIIth GBK resolutions, the best platform was during the VIIIth GBK at Dumporijo giving justifications in midst of hundreds of Galos presents. Many do not know the ground reality and in fact, the matter would have been in public among the Galos if the DDAC Basar placed it in the house during VIIIth GBK.

With dialogue, certainly there would be mutual understanding and some amicable solution would have come out.

I am afraid; issue of Dist. HQ may lead to disintegration of section of Galo in particular area but certainly should not be in the birth place of Late Tomo Riba, Ex-CM and Late Todak Basar, Ex-Mininster.

Yours

Dr.Nyage Geyi,

former President  &

Secy.General

Karko Ao Welfare

Association.

Daporijo, (on email)

 

 

Do yourself first before teaching others

Dear Editor,

It is my earnest appeal to the citizens residing in the Capital Complex keep your city clean and hygienic.

Since Itanagar is the Capital of the state, it boasts of numerous infrastructure and facilities like big shops and head offices of the all Govt departments, but it lacks of proper garbage dumping system. Garbage is everywhere in market area or near the beautiful hotels in the city.

We are taught that cleanliness is next to godliness, but in practice, we see lot of difference. It is only said, not done.

Therefore, I appeal to the people residing in the Capital Complex please do it yourselves first, then teach it to your children.

Yours’

J Hania

Govt Hr Secondary School, Itanagar

 

 

Rasputin of Arunachal

Dear Editor,

The PM of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina goes so far as to describe Bangladesh as a “natural country of transit” and “all connectivity by water, rail and road”, subject only to our sharing with them a reasonable prices of the 42,000 MW of power that has already been contracted for by the Arunachal government, which needs Bangladesh territory to transport the vast quantities of heavy equipment that would have to be carried to the foothills of Arunachal to realize the plan of hundreds of dams in the frontier state. Guess who has given this recipe for disaster? It is none other than Kiren Rijiju, former BJP MP and now, the principal advisor to the Congress CM of Arunachal who has invited such disaster to Arunachal Pradesh and the mother state Assam.

Kiren Rijiju is the present ‘Rasputin’of Arunachal, the evil priest of Russia who gave all kinds of anti-people ideas to the Russian Tsar as a result of which the Russian Revolution broke out. He is an enemy for the peoples of Arunachal and Assam.

Yours,

Vox Populi, (on email)

 

 

A pleasure

Dear Editor,

It is an immense pleasure to know from your esteemed daily that Dr. Nani Tanyo, SMO: Basar CHC, has been awarded gold medal in the occasion of republic by the govt of AP.

In fact it should have come much earlier, as he has done lot of good changes for the Basar CHC in the last many years.

He is indeed a very sincere officer who has lot of innovative ideas with full of energy. Every one of us should learned from him and manage our respective PHC, CHC etc the same way he is managing the Basar CHC.

Yours,

Ori J,

DH, Aalo (on email)

 

 

We are saddened

Dear Editor,

This refers to the news article 'GBK reiterates stand on Lower Siang amidst boycott' published in your daily on Jan 24. Going by the news report it was unfortunate that GBK, that claims to be the highest decision making body of the Galo's had only Lower Siang to discuss in all their conference running for three whole days.

That the GBK (Galo Bane Keba) was not interested in any other issues that concern students like us has immensely saddened and compelled us to lose trust in their leadership. Cultural upliftment of the community, felicitation and scholarship for meritorious students and ways and means for helping the downtrodden in the community and the state did not figure in their conference. Moreover the disunity among the Galo's were also brought out in the open by the very institution that claims to represent the whole community.

An institution that is parochial, indifferent towards the basic interests of the community and run by a minority with some self styled leaders can’t claim to represent the Galo's.

Yours,

Duge Ete

Bogdo, Aalo,

(on email)

 

 

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VKV, Jairampur rocked by allegation of child abuse

Tom Simai

JAIRAMPUR, Jan 28: The most reputed higher secondary school of Changlang district, the Vivekananda Kedra Vidyalaya, Jairampur has been rocked by the accusations of child abuse that surfaced here this morning.

In a startling revelation, the senior students of the school accused the washer man cum Warden Brijlal Baithak of physically abusing the young hostellers ranging from class III-V.

Speaking to this scribe, the senior students revealed that it was at 3.30 pm on 27 Jan when the sub-junior hostellers complained about the washer man forcefully trying to sexually abuse them. The seniors have been agitating demanding action from the authorities since then.

The washer man in inebriated condition beat the young kids regularly and also sexually abused them since last two years, informed the senior student who preferred to remain anonymous.

The young kids scared of being beaten up preferred silence but somehow one of the victims took the courage to inform his elder brother about the heinous crime, he added.

We informed the school management as soon as the kids confided to us the same evening but the management instead of taking action or handing over the culprit to the police, reprimanded us, he added.

It was after the management didn’t heed to our request, we destroyed some of the school properties to mark our protest for neglecting the safety of the students, he informed.

The parents were informed about the prevailing situation and they took away their wards.

Local public leader Aboo Kimsing was instrumental in pacifying the situation before it deteriorated.

He also requested the school management to refrain from expelling the students and suggested them to view the allegations put forth by the students very seriously. Expelling the students will only make the matter worse, he added.

When inquired about the ongoing agitation, the principal informed that the washer man was absconding from the school premise.

The Principal said that the hostel will remain closed till the repairing works are accomplished.

The school will function regularly from Monday but the hostellers will be allowed after the meeting to be held on Febuary 03 with parents.

The culprit, besides working as washer man was also looking after the kids as warden, the Principal said.

The Principal further informed that an FIR has been lodged against the culprit.  But when inquired, the OC Jairampur KM Das said that no any such complaint from the school management has been received.

He said that he has received an FIR by the students.

It is a grim allegation and we are taking it very seriously, informed Das.

A case no 5/11 379/352/377/506 has been registered and investigation launched.

 

State Action Plan on Climate Change

CM calls for incentives for communities preserving forest

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Addressing the inaugural function of Inception Workshop on Preparation of State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) here at State Banquet hall today, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu while categorically apprised all who would be preparing the state action plan to carve out means to provide incentives to the state and the communities preserving the forest and greenery.

The day long workshop was organized by the state Environment and Social Forestry Department.

The arrival of various developmental projects has undoubtedly put pressure on the forest but the forest department has to ensure that the harmful effects of developmental projects are mitigated by adopting appropriate forestry interventions, Khandu emphatically said.

He said that the local communities in the state have maintained pristine forest of the state since time immemorial, but the need of development in form of infrastructure, roads, electricity and basic human amenities have shielded their interest in maintaining the forest.

Khandu called upon all the departments to extend all possible assistance to the department and the resource persons for effective preparation of the state action plan on Climate Change.  

While lauding the Prime Minister for his revolutionary vision in initiating the National Action Plan on Climate Change, Khandu urged the delegates present to take up the alarming issue with a missionary zeal. He expected that the learned scientists and the officers through their scientific approach would definitely come out with means to contain the emerging threat.

MLA P D Sona called for bottom up approach to ensure participation of stakeholders at every level.

He said that involvement of citizens was a necessary tool to counter the growing problem of climate change.

The MLA further termed the Climate change a nuclear bomb in making which will have global consequences.  Speaking on the occasion Parliamentary Secretary Kumar Waii emphasized the need to plant more and more trees. “Forest Conservation is directly related to climate change, and the increasing pollution through carbon generated from various industries, motors need to be contained through viable plan such as afforestation programmes” he advocated.

He requested the NGOs, village communities, media and the civil societies to come forward in spreading the message of preservation of forest and wildlife and apprise the people on Global Warming. PCCF B S Sajwan gave a brief on the state action plan and the role to be played by various institutions while framing the plan.

Special Resource person, Dr A K Gosain, Professor IIT, Delhi, spoke on Climate Change and its relevance to Arunachal Pradesh.

Among others Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, Principal Secretary Yeshi Tsering, Commissioners, Secretaries, Directors, Chief Engineers, NGOs, representatives of Civil Societies were present on the day.(PRO to  CM)

 

SLBC discusses State Focus paper

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The State Focus Paper prepared by NABARD for 2011-12 and State Credit Plan for Arunachal Pradesh were discussed on January 24 at State level Bankers Committee Meeting  held at Itanagar.

The senior officers from banks, state Government and Reserve Bank participated in the meeting. The State Credit Plan has been pegged at Rs.181.63 crore for 2011-12 which is 47% higher than the plan of 2010-11.  

Some of the issues highlighted were; lack of well defined property rights for the farmers, restrictions by the Ministry of Environment & Forestry for tea cultivation in Arunachal Pradesh which is an impediment of a livelihood option by the indigenous tea planters, lack of Farm insurance for the farmers in Arunachal and inadequate coverage of Kisan credit cards. The Special Secretary, Finance, Government of Arunachal Pradesh Swati Sharma, asked the bankers to take up the financial inclusion programme on a larger scale to bring the financially excluded people in Arunachal and ensured full support of the government

The RBI Regional Director, Surekha Marandi, asked the private sector banks to seek the guidance from NABARD to increase the credit flow in the State.

GM, NABARD, asked the bankers to firm up their Business models for Arunachal.

 

RTI catches up with APIDCoL, directed to furnish info

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC) yesterday directed the APIDCoL to furnish the information sought within 15 days. The information sought by the complainant is about the financial and administrative aspects of the public private partnership project.

Hearing on the complaint against APIDCoL PIO for alleged rejection and return of the application citing that it did not come under the purview of RTI Act on January 21, the Commission pronounced that the involvement of state Govt and APIDFC in the joint venture project of APIDCoL is deemed to come under the purview of laws of the land and Constitution of India for which the citizen has every right to gain access to the information about the project undertaken for the larger public interest.

The commission in its judgment came to the conclusion that APIDCoL is deemed to be a public authority as defined under Section 2 (h)(d) of the RTI Act, 2005.

Earlier, appearing before the Commission on behalf of the APIDCoL, its director Pallani Appan submitted that APIDCoL being private company, the state Govt had no direct funding. Therefore, he was of the impression that his office does not come under the purview of RTI. The Commission, however, in its judgment said that Appan could not provide a proper justification, rather, he agreed in principle that the activities undertaken by APIDCoL is in public interest being controlled by the state Govt. An RTI application was rejected by PIO of the said company on the ground that APIDCoL is not a public authority since government has no direct funding in the said corporation. But the complainant went to the SIC stating that the corporation came into existence vide a GoAP’s gazette notification (No IND/APIDFC/JVC/39/2008, dated 07/08/2008 and No IND/APIDFC/JVC/68/2008, dated31/10/2010) and also the state government has a significant stake of 20 percent in the corporation. Further, two of APIDFCL’s subsidiary units (PCL, Tezu and AHPIL,Nigmoi) with public properties as company’s assets have been vested with APIDCoL.

 

Committee pleads for moderate approach

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Following the AAPSU’s ultimatum served to the RHEP to fulfill all their promises made to the project affected people within one month, the  REHP Land Donor Committee, New Pitapool has appealed the apex student body not to  take any drastic step which may deter the functioning of the  RHEP.

While appealing the RHEP to approach the higher authorities for solution to the legitimate demands of the AAPSU, the committee further said that the union should also take up the matter with NEEPCO CMD and state Govt.  The committee claimed that RHEP management has been taking up the people’s problem with the NEEPCO for consideration and also implementing various welfare schemes under Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.  But the need of the hours is to enhance the welfare schemes, the committee said.

 

College students appeals

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:  Students Union of Wangcha Rajkumar Government College, Deomali, has drawn concern authorities’ attention towards never ending problems plaguing this lone college of Tirap district. Though college has entered its tenth year of academic session, still it does not have its own campus and is functioning from its temporary site.

Union said that students are facing utmost trouble because of such uncertainty situation.

Students union also fervently appealed for introduction of English honours subject in the college.  Union claim that since last two years, they have been demanding introduction of English honour’s subject but authorities never responded to their plea.  Student body have appealed to the elected representatives of Tirap, NGOs, academicians and education department to come together to find a permanent site for establishment of Wangcha Rajkumar Govt College.

 

Taki joins BJP

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Former NCP state unit general secretary (election) Tabin Taki has formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Jan 26.  

BJP state president Dr Tangor Tapak, MLA, accepted his joining in a simple function at party headquarters. Among others, former MP and BJP National General Secretary Tapir Gao and state secretaries Tai Tagak and Dominic Tadar were present on the occasion.

Taki, who is also former AAPSU president, expressed his full faith in the ideology of the BJP and its national leadership, according to a BJP release. Taki had resigned from the NCP on health ground recently.

Meanwhile, NCP state unit vice president Tad Tana in a release informed that  resignation of its general secretary (election) Tabin Taki will make no any differences in the party. He called upon the party workers and leaders not to be discouraged by such development.

 

Lyricist passes away

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The Popi Sarmin Society, Itanagar deeply mourns the sudden demise of Dogin Tare at Itanagar on Jan 27.

He was serving with APST and had joined the department as bus conductor on 1st July, 1981. He is survived by his wife, four sons and one daughter.

The PSS describes him as one of the founder members of the PSS as well as one of the most prolific lyricists of Apatani. His demise has created a huge vacuum in Apatani Society; it’s a loss of a good human being and resource person in term of Art & Culture. To his credit he penned the lyrics of all time hit songs like Ahin Piimi Riiter, Mun Chimbyang, Nii Myodi Yu boha Danii, Ngunu Ka Hari, etc.

The officers and staff of General Manager, State Transport Services condoled the untimely demise of Dogin Tare who died on January 27.

In a condolence meeting, they expressed their deepest sense of sorrow and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul. They also conveyed their heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family to bear the loss.

 

Juvenile justice Meet

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:  The Meeta Meet-2011  for Juvenile Justice of the Apna Vidya Bhavan was organized under the aegis of the ASSET, Wakro today.

Meeta Meet is being held every year on Jan 28 to discuss and settle for better ways to ensure proper upbringing of the children.

Addressing the parents and well wishers on the occasion, the Chairman ASSET called upon one and all that as guided by Brig. Vikal Sahni, Cdr 82 Mtn Bde the educational institutions need to give focus on cultivating desired work culture while training up the young minds so that they grow up with human values which contribute in making and maintaining a good society.

It is worth mentioning here that Brig Sahni  in his meeting with Chairman ASSET in the Headquarters of the 82 Mountain Brigade said - “We must strive to ensure that the Young Arunachalees fully understand the urgent need to build and maintain a very healthy work culture and ethics. Let our youngsters not ruin their lives in lavish living and we must take adequate care to ensure that income from timber and orange harvest is put to judicious use and investment so that it contributes to prosperity in real sense. Education must also be directed towards building a healthy work culture and ethics,” he opined.

The Government has constituted Juvenile Justice Boards (JJB) in  the state's eight districts of Lohit, East Kameng, Kurung Kumey, Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley, Anjaw, Tirap and Changlang vide GO No.  SWCD-23/08(Pt-I) 9289 dated the 24nd November 2010.

The ASSET also complimented the first Principal Magistrate of  Lohit district JJB G K Paul Choudhury, APCS for his sincere concern and pioneering initiatives of making the JJB functional and ensuring that the board proceedings are conducted in proper atmosphere where the Juvenile in conflict with law is heard and decisions are promptly taken in accordance with prevalent Laws.

The three member JJB of Lohit with  Chairman ASSET as a member and  Hawelu Kri as a lady representative has already heard three cases brought to the notice of the board and passed necessary orders.

The Lohit JJB has so far heard Tezu PS Case No.42/2010  U/S 376 IPC of State Vrs Dhananjay Mishra on the 24th November 2010, M/pur PS case No.16/2010 U/S 363/302/201 IPC of State Vrs Bipin Majhi, Bipen Urang and Sanjay Urang on the 5th January 2011 and M/pur PS Case No.14/2010 U/S 436 IPC of State Vrs Sanjit Mura on the 5th January 2011. The Board also passed necessary orders in all the three cases heard so far as per provisions of the Juvenile Justice ( care and Protection of  Children) Act'2000. More needs to be done on this front with other districts following suit to recommend for constitution of JJBs and the state may also consider for setting up of functional Juvenile Homes in atleast nine districts to cater to the urgent need considering the vast  area of this himalayan state which is widespread. As per notification the Juvenile Justice Board shall consist of a first class Judicial Magistrate and two social workers of whom one shall be a woman forming a bench. Every such bench shall have powers conferred by the Code of Criminal Procedures, 1973 (2 of 1974). Due to lack of infrastructures and resources innumerable Juveniles in conflict with law have to languish in Judicial Custody all over the state.

ASSET feels that all the JJBs must  put in efforts so that justice is not delayed and the immense possibilities in the tender and young minds to be back as a normal useful citizen shunning the path of crime as they grow up is not denied.

It was a thrilling moment when teacher Anura Thamoung read out the message received from the Arunachal Pradesh Police Headquarters. DIGP Robin Hibu in a written communication on the Meeta Meet conveyed Salutation of Arunachal Pradesh to Sri sri Swami Anubhavananda for blessing the ASSET to initiate the path breaking endeavor in the service of  the country and mankind. He further lauded the sacrifices and services of Satyanarayanan Mundayoor. Appreciating the exceptional service by the silent worker the  DIGP expressed  his hope that the candle lit by him will be kept aflame by many others. Parents Sonja Rangmang and Bakheo Halai, ASM also spoke on the occasion and lauded the Apna Vidya Bhavan and KGBV Wakro for the excellent service rendered by the teachers and staffs.

The children presented thrilling skits, melodious rhymes, songs, dances and drama on the life of Lord Gautam Buddha on the occasion.

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Awareness camp on PMEGP

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Arunachal Pradesh Khadi and Village Industries Board, (APKVIB) in collaboration with the Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic Institute has organized an awareness camp on Prime Minister’s Employment General Programme (PMEGP) at institute premises today. The programme was sponsored by KVIC.

In his address, KVIB chief executive officer Sukamal Deb stressed the need  to promote entrepreneurship in the state.  He also highlighted details on the benefits under the PMEGP, a flagship programme of the Central Govt.

Polytechnic Institute Principal A K Tripathy observed that knowledge gathered in the institute can be  transformed into wisdom by the students of this institute by taking up entrepreneurship as career in future.

State KVIC director incharge P K Behara, chief coordinator of the entrepreneurship development cell, of the Polytechnic,  Anil Choudhury and National Youth Project president H P Biswas  also spoke on the occasion.  

 

Farmer meet

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:  Arunachal Pradesh Rural & Urban Development Society organized organized one day farmers meet on 23rd of this month at Lorio Riang, under Lower Nyapin in Kurung Kumey district.

During the day 5 number of farmers club namely Langth-Loth, Yuba, Guffa Dolo, Lower Nyapin-I and Lower Nyapin II was formed.

MLA Bamang Felix formally inaugurated the farmers club.

Also present on the occasion was additional deputy commissioner of Nyapin. Programme was also attended by representatives from NABARD and other line departments of Kurung Kumey district. Anchal chairperson, Nyapin, ASM Dologangni segment and GBs of 5 villages and all member of farmers club was present during the day.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:All Liyak Youth Welfare Association (ALYWA) has appointed Koro Liyak as president, Mai Liyak as vice president and Atum Liyak as general secretary for unity and integrity of the Liyak society.

 

Annual Sports Day

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Kendriya Vidyalaya No.2 will celebrate its Annual Sports Day in the school premises tomorrow. Dr. KC Sen, DIG (Med), ITBP would attend the function as chief guest.

 

Boori Boot Yullo

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Jirth Murtem and Pania Hanker have been selected a chairman and general secretary of Boori Boot Yullo celebration committee, Daporijo.

 

Union visit

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Kargu Kardi Students’ Union visited government higher secondary school, Tirbin recently.

During their visit, the members advised the students not to use mobile phone inside class room.  They also strongly advised the students not to consume alcohol, tiranga and other Tobacco products besides smoking.

 

PR leaders mourn ASM’s death

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Panchayat leaders of Raga deeply mourned the premature demise of Kicho-Kemliko ASM Maga Tair, who breathed his last at Kemliko village on January 23 last after a prolonged illness.

He left behind his old mother, two minor children and wife.

"Maga was a dedicated and sincere PR leader, who always worked for upholding Panchayat Raj system in Raga area."

The PR leaders of the area led by ZPM Dinesh Maga in a condolence meeting prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed their deep sense of condolence to the bereft family members to bear the irreparable loss.

 

Committee formed

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:  An interim committee of Upper Yachuli Intellectual Forum has been constituted with Tania Taning as chairman and Tania Boga as secretary.

 

Forum demands

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:  All Arunachal Pradesh Education Discipline Forum in a meeting held today decided to place three point memorandum to state government for consideration.

The first demand of Forum is inclusion of education subject as an optional paper in the APPSC preliminary examination.

Forum also sought introduction of education subject in 10+2 school level. Beside this, Forum has called for education subject be introduced in all the government colleges of Arunachal Pradesh.

 

Population Census

ITANAGAR: Population Census 2011 will be conducted in Capital Complex region from February 9 to 28 next.

Inaugurating a 2 days training programme based on census atVivekananda Hall of RK Mission yesterday, Capital Complex deputy commissioner Dr. SB Deepak Kumar appealed to the citizens of Capital region to extend full cooperation to the supervisors, enumerators and census officers during the census period to ensure cent percent coverage.

 

Maintain work culture:CoSAAP

ITANAGAR: Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) celebrated its 9th foundation in a small but impressive manner here yesterday.

On the occasion, CEC, CoSAAP appealed to all Govt employees to maintain work culture and strive for all-round development of the state. It also highlighted the achievements made so far and various grievances placed before the State Government for redressal.

 

Pinch to meet Pawar

ITANAGAR:  NCP Arunachal Pradesh president Ngurang Pinch is in New Delhi to meet party national president Sharad Pawar for fixation of date for his visit to Arunachal Pradesh.

The NCP state president is also meeting NCP leader and Union minister of state for RD, Agatha Sangma to invite her to participate in the Nyishi Nyokum Yullo at Nyapin as chief guest.

Earlier, Pinch called on the national secretary and incharge of North East region Jimmy George  in Kerala on January 25.

 

KNYA demands electrification of villages

ITANAGAR: Kurung Nyobia Youth Association (KNYA) has demanded the authorities concerned to illuminate all the 26 villages of Kurung Nangbia area under Sangram circle through Rajiv Gandhi Gramya Vityutikaran Yojna (RGGVY).

Excepting those 26 villages of Kurung Nyogbia area most of the villages of Kurung Kumey district are already provided electricity through RGGVY, said the Association in a release. KNYA urged the EE Power, Sangram Division to visit the area and provide electricity in those areas immediately.

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