ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today called for an effective traffic
regulation to check the unabated road accidents in state capital. He was addressing
the gathering on traffic and road safety awareness campaign cum training programme
for drivers organized by the traffic unit of Arunachal Pradesh Police here this afternoon.
The chief minister directed the district administration and traffic police to intensify
the checking against reckless and drunken driving to ensure safety of every citizen,
particularly in capital complex and state as a whole. Suggesting the authority to
introduce new traffic management policy to minimize road accidents, he said, “We
must stop increasing number of accidents by creating traffic awareness among the
Expressing concern over the high mortality rate of youths due to road mishaps at
capital, the CM called upon youths to follow the traffic rules and regulations for
their safety and avoid accident. “Arunachal Pradesh is the only state on the earth,
where bikers do not wear helmet,” he lamented.
Impressed by the power-point representation made by Deputy Inspector General of Police
(Traffic) Robin Hibu, the CM assured to provide sufficient manpower for traffic
management. He said that his government is planning to instal CCTV cameras in crime
vernarable areas of the state Capital. Tuki further informed that his Government
is also planning to construct fly-over in capital under SPA fund to reduce traffic
Later, the Chief Minister gave away commendation certificates and trophies of life
saver to 13 civilians, 9 police personnel and two media persons in recognition of
their contribution towards traffic regulation and life saving during accidents.
On being asked about misuse of vehicles with red-beacon by kith and kins of VIPs
and VVIPs, Parliamentary Secretary for Home, Geology and Mining Gadam Ete said that
proper guidelines for using vehicles with red-beacon would be formulated soon.
Hibu through power point presentation informed that Itanagar and West Kameng are
the most accident prone areas as per survey report. He further revealed that 18-35
years age group was the most vulnerable age group. He appealed to the Chief Minister
for introducing traffic rules and regulations in school syllabus.
All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) president Takam Tatung opined that
law and order problem may arise after introduction of lifting illegally parked vehicles
by traffic police in capital since there has been no adequate parking places. Later,
Arunachal Public Motor Transport Federation submitted a 10 points memorandum to the
Chief Minister in which the federation demanded for checking bandh culture in capital.
It also urged the chief minister to ban the requisition of state’s commercial vehicles
in Assam by initiating the matter with its Assam counterpart. Further, the federation
appealed for creation of separate traffic department.
Earlier, Tuki flagged off six traffic cranes from RK Mission Vivekananda Hall in
presence of Parliamentary Secretaries Gadam Ete and Lokam Tassar and local MLA Techi
Kaso and DIGP (Traffic) Robin Hibu and AAPSU president Takam Tatung. The cranes would
be used for lifting illegally parked vehicles.
Neychi-Dow at Bomdila
Bomdila, Jan 13: Neychi-Dow Festival of Aka community of West Kameng District was
celebrated at Bomdila amidst great fanfare.
Parliamentary Secretary DHPD R T Khunjuju addressing the gathering called for preservations
of one’s own culture for identity.
He said: “There are many unwanted elements with criminal intention threatening the
very peace of two districts, Tawang and West Kameng which should be checked by the
people of the district”. He said that apart from administration and the police,
citizens too should take the responsibility of peace and development of the society.
ZPM Nafra, Leki Dongru said that every community should preserve one’s own culture
as loss of culture is loss of identity.
MLA Kumsi Sidisow while addressing the gathering said Neychi-Dow festival could be
celebrated at Bomdila for the first time with warm cooperation of the people of Bomdila.
He further said that he is determined to work for all-round development of his constituency
as well as whole West Kameng.
Put the NGOs on track: Welly
MEBUA, Jan 13: Health and Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly has called upon the
NGOs to utilize the power and function of the organizations in proper direction
for benefit of whole society.
He was addressing the gathering at the 3rd general conference of All Singhi Welfare
Association (ASWA) at Mebua, East Kameng district today. Discouraging bandh culture
by various organizations, particularly in Nyishi community, the minister said “Association
or Union is a platform to encourage the society.”
He also appreciated ASWA for their dedicated service towards socio-economic, educational
and political development in community and society as a whole. Putting stress on
maintenance of own culture and tradition which is an important ingredient of the
tribal society, Welly further urged community people to adopt agriculture/horticulture
for socio-economic development.
Seppa East MLA Tapuk Taku, sought cooperation from the people for speedy development
of his constituency. While responding to ASWA memorandum, he assured to look into
the points like land demarcation between Singhi community and Seppa town. DCC president
Lelung Lingfa advised the people to work hard.
The games and sports competitions including Late Sishu Singhi Football trophy and
Late Modi Singhi Volleyball trophy were organized on the occasion. Both Welly and
Taku gave away the trophy to the winners of various games and sports competition
including dance and cultural activities.
Govt officers, public leaders, Gaon Burahs and panchayat leaders were also present
on the occasion.
Two decades later and lakhs spent, Niglok IGC remains a distant dream
RUKSIN, Jan 13: Ministers, MLAs and government officials had offered ritualistic
promises for early development of the Industrial Growth Centre (IGC) at Niglok, 7
Km from Ruksin HQ, but the centre is yet to see any development. Inaugurated in 1988,
the centre is a prime example of waste of money and lack of vision.
Presently, most of the buildings constructed inside the industrial complex are lying
abandoned in dilapidated condition for the last several years.
Moreover, two third of land allotted to the Industrial centre is lying unused and
covered by weeds.
It is worth mentioning that industry department had submitted an estimate of Rs 20
cr to the Government of India (GOI) in December 1988. Accordingly, the GOI had approved
an estimated amount of Rs. 1.5 cr with which the department acquired land measuring
582.15 acres. The contractor concerned, M/s- Tama Fabrication Works (Naharlagun)
started building construction work with a promise to complete it by 2006. But it
miserably failed to complete the work even after extension of scheduled time for
several times. Many minister and department top officials had visited the IGC and
asked the contractors for early completion of works. But all these efforts did not
yield any results. Most of the buildings constructed inside the office complex are
lying abandoned for the last several years and have become dilapidated.
Recently, in December last year, the state’s present Industry Minister Tapang Taloh
had visited the IGC and assured initiative for strategic development of the industry
centre. But it remains to be seen how he is going to contribute for the development
of the IGC.
The Assistant Director of Industry cum Project Manager of the industrial centre Jumbom
Riba informed that a small scale Bamboo chips factory has recently been installed
a the IGC, which is being run by a local Woman Self Help Group.
The project manager also informed that Vinayak Tea Company has come forward to set
up a tea factory in Niglok IGC. The Kolkata based company has made agreement with
a section of local small tea growers for supplying tea plant in subsidised rate.
The company has also agreed with the state government and acquired 1 hectare land
inside the industrial complex. Only time will tell how fruitful these ventures will
be, if at all it takes off.
Rural Mart inaugurated at Kharsang Bazaar
KHARSANG Jan 13: The much awaited rural mart/ market outlet of 12-member Nuhang Self
Help Group of New Yanman Village was inaugurated at Kharsang Bazaar on January 10
by Kharsang Circle Officer Apollo James Lungphi in the presence of Miao BDO TBapu
and SHG members. The outlet is the outcome of AMYAA’s proposal with NABARD regional
office, Itanagar in February, 2011 which was sanctioned in December. The motto behind
establishing the market outlet for the SHG was specifically to encourage the group
for production and sale of their local made produces like handloom, handicrafts,
pickles, mushroom etc. The outlet will provide SHG members the needed platform to
merchandise their produces and is expected to empower them for exposure through participation
in various exhibitions; expo and trade fares from time to time.
CO Apollo J Lungphi congratulated the members of the SHG for getting the rural mart
and called upon them to take their local produces commercially. He was of the view
that other SHGs would follow their footsteps and contribute in sustainable economy
of the area. He assured cooperation pertaining to SHG promotion in Kharsang administrative
Special campaign on small savings
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The National Savings Institution (NSI) of Guwahati Regional Centre
in collaboration with the Directorate of Small Savings, Arunachal Pradesh launched
special campaign on small savings on January 9.
In this connection, state level co-ordination committee meeting to redress public
complaints and grievances was held under the chairmanship of Regional Director P.
B. Sen at Naharlagun. In the meeting number of issues relating to smooth functioning
for the promotion of Small Savings Schemes were discussed and necessary suggestions
were put forwarded by the Director of Small Savings Md. A. Basit and the agents’
representatives. The chairman of the committee took note of their suggestions and
assured the members of the committee that necessary steps will be taken to redress
the problems faced by the agents in their agency business.
Representatives from department of Post and State Bank of India also took part in
A training camp was also conducted for SAS and Mahila Pradhan Kshetriya Bachat Yojana
(MPKBY) agents to brush up their knowledge about marketing and salesmanship to popularize
the small savings products in the changed economic scenario and they have been informed
about the latest changes made in the various small savings products by the Ministry
of Finance, Govt. of India.
The training was conducted by PB Sen, Regional Director, N K Bhattacharjya, Asstt.
Director and P K Saikia, Field Publicity Officer of the Directorate of Small Savings
of Arunachal Pradesh.
On January 11, a Financial Literacy Programme was organized by the Directorate of
Small Savings, Arunachal Pradesh at Kimin, Papum Pare .
Speaking on the occasion, NSI Regional Director Sen said that the objective of this
programme was to directly educate poor villagers on various financial products of
NSI and to develop their skills and confidence as investors so that they may be able
to make informed choice to improve their financial position.
Asst. Director, NSI, NK Bhattacharjee explained about various small savings schemes
of the Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India. Field publicity officer of the directorate
PK Saikia also addressed the gathering.
Girl missing from Arunachal rescued from Ludhiana
Itanagar, Jan 13: A minor girl kidnapped from the state capital in mid-December has
been rescued from Ludhiana in Punjab and the kidnapper arrested.
Investigating officer sub-inspector Ngilyang Lali told PTI from Ludhinana over telephone
that the 16-year-old Nepali girl from Mimi village in Chowkham area of Lohit district,
working as a maid servant in the house of a local doctor here for the last six years,
disappeared all of a sudden on December 19 last.
Though a man, working with a nearby drug distributor was suspected but their whereabouts
The man from Datkala village of Sonitpur district of Assam and father of two kids
was identified as Karan Bahadur Pradhan, 29, but he was known here and at his native
place as Deepak Kumar, Lali said.
It was almost a three-hour search in the office computer to locate his inner line
permit in the name of Karan that matched with Deepak's photograph.
With four of his mobile numbers found switched off, the police were left with the
only option of detecting the duo’s movement and location through technical surveillance,
Ludhinana police helped in rescuing the girl from a rented house in industrial Makar
Colony of Giaspura of Ludhiana on Wednesday. PTI
New Era School imparting quality education
NAMPHAI, Jan 13: The 18 Assam Rifles provided hostel compound fencing wall to New
Era Mission School situated in Namphainong village under Miao circle. The school
established in 1998 presently has classes up to VII standard with 10 highly qualified
teachers under the head mistresship of Kehtoholi. Presently, the school has 96 hostelers
totaling the strength of the students to 145. Hewa Baptist Churches Association which
has 17 churches under its jurisdiction runs New Era Mission School. The teacher’s
fluency in English speaks volumes about the quality education they are imparting.
The boundary fencing wall was provided by 18 AR under its military civic action program
that was inaugurated in a simple ceremony on January 10 by Commanding Officer Col
R.S Chauhan. The school community accorded him warm reception and honored him with
a Naga Dao and Spear as a sign of respect. Major DW Singh of Miao was also honored
with a Dao.
Speaking before the school family Col. Chauhan assured of every possible to take
the school to greater heights. Fencing wall is just the beginning, Assam Rifles will
always stand by you, he said while calling upon the students to be fit physically
and mentally to emerge as worthy citizens. AR has been undertaking various welfare
schemes throughout Tirap and Changlang districts under its civic action programmes.
The positive gestures shown by AR till date have largely been appreciated by people
of the strife torn twin district. In the form of welfare works we will continue to
develop confidence building measures, Col Chauhan said.
Manthai, Executive Secretary of HBCA presented the invocation address while Atoshe,
the development in-charge welcomed the invitees. The beautiful teachers presented
a melodious Sema song on love and war. A dance and song presented by kids was highly
appreciated and reciprocated. Roni on behalf of the school thanked AR for extending
the needed support of extending the school's infrastructure. Boholi prayed for all
with her benediction.
Orgs question media house for accepting Jaypee sponsorship
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The Indian Express newspaper which had run a series of news items
supporting the cause of Jaypee Group in Arunachal has gone a step ahead. This time
it ran an advertisement announcing the IE Excellence in Journalism awards. And yes
the main sponsors of the awards include Jaypee group making it very obvious the connections!
In October 2010, the newspaper had helped the Jaypee groups’ interests by running
a series of news items and editorial.
Such a move by Indian Express have not gone well with many organizations and individuals
questioning that whether a media house should accept such sponsorship from a group
that has directly benefited from the campaign that was run by the media house.
Calling it intellectual dishonesty, they stated “Should not the lobbyist media groups
like Indian Express keep away from getting sponsorships from the organisations that
their lobbying helps? This is particularly true if media group wants to retain any
credibility to the effect that it is still speaking in public interest, which we
assume they should be.
Indian Express has been on a campaign mode advocating big dams in general. It has
been specifically campaigning against the movements like the Narmada Bachao Andolan.
In March April 2006 the paper specifically ran a campaign against NBA and also against
the then Union Minister Prof Saifuddin Soz. In Oct 2010 the paper ran a campaign
for large hydro projects in the North East India when the then Environment Minister
Jairam Ramesh held an open public hearing on these projects in Guwahati.
The group is planning to develop the 2700 MW Lower Siang and 500 MW Hirong Hydropower
projects in Arunachal Pradesh.
Jaypee group has pathetic records in terms of social, environmental and human rights
issues in the projects it is involved in. More recently, in January 2012, India’s
market regulator Sebi fined Jaypee Group Rs 6 million for illegal practice of insider
trading. All these facts are very much relevant for any business group to sponsor
awards for excellence in journalism, particularly when the awards are also for “ethics
in reporting”, stated a press release issued by those opposing the move of the newspaper.
Lower Subansiri take on West Kameng in football final
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Lower Subansiri will take on West Kameng in Boys football final
while Papum Pare would lock horn with Lower Dibang Valley in the final of Girls football
in the on going rural sports competition under PYKKA at SLSA playground, Chimpu here
In women’s volleyball, Papum Pare defeated East Kameng to win gold while the third
place went to Lower Subansiri. Papum Pare also won the Boys volleyball title defeating
Lower Subansiri. The bronze medal went to Lower Dibang Valley.
In women’s Kho Kho, Upper Siang defeated East Kameng in the final while West Siang
finished third. In men’s Kho Kho, East Kameng defeated Papum Pare. The bronze medal
was won by Upper Siang.
In men’s badminton, Sonam of Papum Pare beat compatriot Tao Raju to win the singles
title while Bolam Wangpam of Tirap won the bronze.
In women’s badminton, Nabam Yapu of Papum Pare won the singles title defeating Nabam
Tasu of Lower Subansiri. The third place went to Manali Mihu of Dibang Valley.
The pair of Chemnai Wangnow and Bolam Wangpan of Tirap defeated Zinu Milu and Handi
Molo of Dibang Valley to win the doubles title. Third place was won by Doka Jomoh
and Binod Pao of East Kameng.
Dani Yakang pairing with Kago Yassa of Lower Subansiri beat the duo of Salumai Pul
and Angaishi Pul of Anjaw to win the gold. Manali Mihu and Dumpu Mega won the bronze
in this category.
Arunachal Weightlifting Association general secretary Daniel Teli and Arunachal Karate-Do
Association president Likha Tara distributed medals to the players.
Poor performance by Arunachal sub-jr badminton team
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The Arunachal sub-junior badminton team returned empty handed from
the All India Sub-Junior Major Ranking Badminton Tournament, 2012 held at Vijaywada,
Andhra Pradesh from January two to seven last.
While Laa Yajum lost 15-21 16-21 to first rank Sikha Gautam in girls single U-15
year category in second round Laa Tukum was defeated 18-21 17-21 by his opponent
from Chattishgarh in second round in boys singles under 15 years category. Yajum
and her partner could not qualify for main draw in U-15 girls doubles.
Tukum pairing with Sayam Bothra made first round exit in U-15 boys double category.
They lost 21-19 20-22 19-21 to their opponents from Karnataka.
Lanka Sih also made early exit in Boys single U-13 years category.
Pinky Karki (u-15) and Sonam Tamang (u-13) could not qualify for the main draw.
APLS team for Sahitya Sabha
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: About 20 writers, singers and artists representing Arunachal Pradesh
Literary Society (APLS) will be participating in the five-day 7th Sahitya Sabha session
at Ledo in Assam beginning February 1. A goodwill delegation from Asom Sahitya Sabha
(ASS) led by its secretary general Dr. Parmananda Rajvanshi accompanied by two of
its office bearers Jadov Sharma and Khogen Gogoi in a meeting today extended the
invitation to APCS and literary lovers of the state for the annual event, APLS general
secretary Tokong Pertin informed in a release.
Writers from all over India, Nepal and China will be participating in the event,
Ledo is a small but famous town in Tinsukia district bordering Changlang district
of Arunachal. The historic Stillwell or Ledo road was built during the Second World
War and the Ledo airfield there was used by the USA Air Force in India during the
Burma campaign in 1944-45 but abandoned on being destroyed by an earthquake in August
1950. The airfield was located at the railhead for the Ledo road was also used as
one of the main supply points for “the Hump” transport route to Allied forces in
Highway project affected people demand compensation
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The people affected by highway widening work from Khupa to Hawai
under project Trans-Arunachal Highway in Anjaw district have demanded adequate compensation
against their land and properties. In a joint press statement, the panchayat leaders
and gaon burahs of Supliang and Hayuliang have refuted the reported resolution in
gram sabha meeting allegedly convened by Hayuliang EAC that villagers have agreed
to donate their land free of cost for the project. In fact, no such Gram Sabha meeting
of Hayuliang and Supliang was held, they said.
Factional fights leave one injured, ACF appeals for calm
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: All Tirap District Students’ Union (ATDSU) appealed to the state
government to compensate the victims of the recent turf war between the two factions
ATDSU in a release, claimed that a person namely Chakhaw Wangsu was injured in factional
fight between NSCN-K and NSCN-IM which took place at Chasa village of Tirap, just
25 km from district Hq. Khonsa recently. Many livestock were killed and houses damaged
in the firing inciednt. According to the union, a granary, a residence, church and
the newly constructed girls hostel, school building were damaged in the gun fighting.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) has expressed shock over damages caused
to a Church at Chasa village because of the exchange of fire between the two rival
The incident occurred on January 8 at around 4 am, ACF said. It urged both rival
groups to maintain calm and solve their differences amicably. It further appealed
not to put public life in danger because of their infighting.
DASU unhappy at soaring prices
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU) has expressed displeasure over
soaring prices of vegetable items in Roing market.
In a letter written to deputy commissioner of Lower Dibang Valley, DASU stated that
prices of items like Potato and Onion are much higher in Roing market as compared
to other markets. They urged the DC to take steps to control prices of vegetables.
SDP on tailoring
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: A 42 days skill development programme (SDP) on tailoring began
at Bameng, East Kameng district yesterday. The programme conducted by Manghi Welfare
Society Sangram in collaboration with NABARD aims at promoting self employment at
Tapik Kaki, CO cum BDO Bameng speaking on the occasion emphasized on formation of
self help groups at village level to generate self employment opportunities.
While lauding the Society, he said that NGO’s could play a vital role in implementation
of various programmes and policies and reach out to all the unreached areas.
Dr. Subhas Debnath MO in-charge, and Ngurang Tado, president of Manghi Welfare Society,
Sangram also spoke on the occasion.
Field day on mustard
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Momong Lohit conducted a ‘Field Day on Mustard’
on January 6 at village Juna-I of Lathao circle. A total of 38 mustard growing farmers
and farm women of self help group (SHG) attended the programme.
Debasish Borah, Subject Matter Specialist (Agronomy), KVK discussed in details about
the apiculture practices in mustard field, post harvest management and oil extract
procedure of mustard.
In the interaction session, the scientists replied the quarries of the farmers about
different crops and animal husbandry.
Org demands resignation
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Anti Corruption Organization (AAPACO) urged
Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission Chairman Dr. Ligu Tacho and others involved
in AE recruitment process to step down from their respective posts on moral ground.
It alleged that the pick and chose process in the said examination could jeopardize
the development of the state. The organization further said that recent burning
of APPSC office was the outcome of the weakness of the Chairman.
Call for solution to APPSC/ UAEA stand off
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Coming down heavily on the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
(APPSC) for present messy situation over the recruitment in AE (civil) post, the
All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) headed by Yumlam Achung sought Chief Minister’s
intervention for amicable solution to UAEA/APPSC stand off. It further demanded constitution
of high power enquiry committee headed by a retired HC judge to unearth the truth
behind the whole episode.
While demanding cancellation of interview and re-conduct of the same, ANYA said,
recent bandh call observed in Capital was outburst of grievances of Unemployed Arunachalee
Engineers Association (UAEA) against the Commission for its misdeeds. Talented and
deserving candidates were deprived and selection was done on pick and chose basis,
Capacity building for poverty reduction
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: DRDA Papum Pare District in collaboration with Administrative Training
Centre, Naharlagun conducted a two days training cum workshop on capacity building
for persons involved in poverty reduction at Balijan on January 11 and 12.
Altogether, 40 participants attended the programme.
Attending the programme, EAC T Taggu and course coordinator Tapa Mosu Apo highlighted
the objective of the training programme and emphasized on active participation of
PRI leaders in eliminating poverty in their respective areas.
Farm school on oyster mushroom
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: A Farm School on oyster mushroom cultivation technology has been
started at Deomali by KVK, Tirap recently under ATMA, Tirap sponsored programmes.
Mushroom cultivation is a non land based agri. allied activity to generate additional
farm income. Moreover, the climatic condition is highly suitable for oyster mushroom
cultivation. So, the Farm School has been organized to transfer scientific technology
in respect of oyster mushroom cultivation and to popularize among the farmers, said
a release from KVK. Raja Sawin, a local young farmer has been selected as the demonstrator
farmer of the ‘Farm School’.
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Manasa Sen, a retired IAS officer died in Kolkata yesterday. Sen,
77, was suffering from lung cancer.
Sen worked as Joint Secretary to Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh during the time
of Chief Ministership of Gegong Apang. He left behind his four children.
Makar sankranti and magh bihu
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) J.J. Singh and Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki have extended warm greetings to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh
on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti and Magh Bihu.
The Governor also wished people of Assam on the auspicious occasion and hoped that
the festivity will promote love and harmony amongst the people of the two states.
While welcoming devotees and pilgrims to Parasuram Kund in Lohit district on the
auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti, the Governor offered prayer for safe and
secure holy dip at the Kund.
In a separate message, the Chief Minister said that the joyous occasion of Makar
Sankranti and Magh Bihu would strengthen the unity and brotherhood amongst the communities
in the State.
Fire claims one
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: A 13-year-old girl died in a tragic fire accident at Poosa village,
The incident occurred at around 12.30- 1 am when fire engulfed the house in which
the victim Boni Yania along with her elder sister was sleeping. However, her elder
sister has managed to escape from the fire.
Boni was a class VII student of VKV, Yazali. The house was reduced to ashes within
a few minutes.
Police registered a case of UD 0/12/ US 174 CrPC and launched investigation.
Local administration has announced ex gratia relief for the victims while local MLA
Likha Saaya contributed Rs 20,000 along with materials for rehabilitation of the
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: A devastating fire devoured a dwelling house at Nyorch villager,
Naharlagun in the morning hours of January 13.
House-hold properties worth lakhs of rupees including traditional beads, valuable
documents and study materials were destroyed before the ITPB personnel, fire fighters
and local public doused the fire, informed Borum Panchayat Youth Welfare Association
(BPYWA) in a release today.
The Association urged the concerned authority, including MLA Techi Kaso to provide
immediate relief to the house owner Gyamer Aga, head gaon burah of the village and
other fire victims.
Farmers’ awareness prog
TEZU, Jan. 13: A farmers’ awareness programme on seed treatment through E.M. (Effective
– Micro-organisms) Technology was organized by District Agriculture Officer, Lohit
on Januay 12 at BRC Hall, Tezu.
H. Kri, Circle Officer, Tezu who presided over the meeting appealed to all the participants
to take full advantage of the training programme.
The DAO and Agronomist Tezu briefly explained various aspects of EM Technology. Resource
person from Maple Orgtech India Ltd. Kolkata imparted training to the farmers.
Inputs like Maple E.M. -1 Seed Treat and composter were also distributed to all participants.
120 farmers and ZPM, Tafragam/ Anchal Chairperson and other PR members attended the
Bravery is not killing five bad men with a dao
I’m writing to myself through you, because sometimes it is easier to put thoughts
down on paper than think about them randomly. I stood among the crowd, tried washing
the picture away; but it lay etched in my mind. It is as if all the bad things happen
to someone else. Everyone has their own little agenda. But what about them, the victims
of injustice? They did not do anything wrong, yet they’ll suffer the most. Their
only fault is that their answer papers were not checked properly/they rented a shop
at B.B Plaza and cannot raise their voice against the Elite organizations and not
so Elite ones. They are humble, meek and polite, they are too scared to protest,
and so scared that nobody really cares. Being ‘humble’ is not a crime. We think we
have not done anything wrong? We vandalized APPSC office, looted B.B Plaza! We might
not have actually done the act, but we might as well have. As one of our witty writer
mentioned when the Elite do it, it’s for a cause but when others do it, its hooliganism/
For all our intellectuality, richness, affluence, modernity and our latest fashion,
our mind is still in the 18th century. As torch bearer of the society, the learned,
the powerful should come all out and try to correct the wrong prevailing in the society
or else our children are going to put the same shoes someday and see white as black.
If I am not mistaken we are witnessing it already. We are known for bravery but bravery
does not mean taking a dao and killing five bad men. Our attempts to overcome this
imperfection – have failed to gain us acceptance in the ‘other’ crowd.
What is our entity, our identity, our being; is all shaped by choices we make. It
is mind blowing to think that our lives, our entire future of who and what we are,
are simply a matter of choice. Shaping our choices, are our experiences; the choice
to believe in one or other, choosing to hope or despair, love or hate, correct or
wrong ,believe or doubt, trust or betray.
So many outcomes, just as many choices. And so it all comes down to this, what does
one choose to believe in ? Lets prove that we are not superficial civil or superficial
civility. Talk really is cheap, so let’s walk our talk.
Blinded with greed
“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread”, this was rightly quoted for the kind
of people who suddenly appear from nowhere and poke their noses in other people’s
affair for the reasons best known to them.
I was left fuming with rage after I read the pro-dam letter sent by some nobody who
was least concerned with the affairs of our state. Just a day before, our brother
Philo Aako had taken so much pain to write a lengthy letter on why we should not
be approving mega dams which obviously required a lot of homework.
That pro-dam letter to the editor was a travesty of our brothers’ hard work and a
misdemeanor to all of us Arunachalees.
Here, we have a raging battle with greedy corporate entities, who have enticed a
handful of our people so blinded with greed that they are hankering over the blood
money offered by those corporate entities by trampling over their conscience.
The last thing we were waiting to happen was to see a bunch of comedians drop by
from middle of nowhere and meddle in our personal affair where our survival is at
I would like to remind those comedians a couple of things some mega-dams have done
to mankind just to see if their conscience has any lease of life left.
Early 1970, a major earthquake in Maharashtra was triggered by the Koyna dam located
on the Sahyadri Hills; reason - dam induced seismicity (Dr. Sankrityayan).
19th Sept’ 2011, the major earthquake rocked Sikkim which caused a crack in the Teesta
Hydroelectric Dam project dam by NHPC in north Sikkim . The gushing water started
inundating low lying areas forcing hundreds of families to flee for life soon after
the tremors. 6 deaths reported and 80% of houses in Gangtok developed cracks.
1975, the world’s worst dam disaster occurred in China when Banqiao dam and smaller
upstream Shimantan dam succumbed to a cyclone. Its collapse resulted in a total of
60 other downstream dams breaking resulting in deaths of some 2,45,000 people. The
disaster was kept secret by the Chinese government for more than 20 years.
The list goes on, needless to mention the tragedy of our own Siang river flood due
to problems with dams on the Chinese territory a couple of years back; and the vexed
Chakma issue which we are still grappling to overcome, which also was partially an
outcome of people displaced due to construction of Kaptai dam in the Chittagong hill
tract in Bangladesh.
In this age of information it does not take much to close down to conclusion, what
mega dams can do to fragile ecology and demography of our state.
I vehemently request all my educated fellow Arunachalees to seriously do some home
works on subjects like “Environmental Impact Assessment, Dam induced Seismicity,
Watershed management, Plate tectonics, Seismicity and fault lines” by visiting libraries
and accessing the plentiful online resources of scholarly works done by leading environmentalists
before even thinking about approving mega dams.
You will surely wake up to a realization of spine chilling nightmare come true.
Syndulum Ngadong, Tezu
We are with you
A month ago an anti-tobacco organization protested against the use of tobacco in
the state, especially in capital complex by putting banner, poster in public area
and burning all the tobacco items and also banned tobacco items in market.
But it seems the organisation has disappeared. Now a day’s tobacco products are available
and there are advertisements of tobacco items as well. Why is the organisation silent?
Does it think that if tobacco products are completely banned than the organizations
will have less power?
Let us stop use of tobacco. We are with you.
Where are we headed?
"UAEA denies setting fire to APPSC building". Is it true or are they faking it?
Is NES really fighting against corrupt system or are they just showing off?
There are so many issues to be solved! As an engineering student, I should, most
probably, support UAEA. But I won't!
As I belong to Nyishi tribe; I should give a thought to NES. But I won't! Why should
I waste my time, my life, fighting and grumbling about each other and about the system?
I have been reading in Papers how SSA teachers plead for their salary! I feel pity
Month will pass, year will go by, but our corrupted system will never change. Keep
fighting, Keep Striking!!
Please ask yourself, “where are we heading"?
If there is enough proof against APPSC, why are the authorities taking time to punish
If the whole State knows about SSA and their grief, why are authorities not paying
I wonder why.
Plan keeping in view the requirement of this generation
This is with reference to the burning of APPSC Office building Itanagar, the highest
body of the state for recruitment of top officers and officials. It has been observed,
that, in our state, a new trend of burning the public properties has been started,
which is totally detrimental for our future. In this regard, I felt that instead
of looking for punishing the culprit; let us find out the root cause of such situation.
Why the younger generation is so frustrated and always doubts the system. Where the
fault lies? Let us introspect and find out the solution for a conducive atmosphere
in the state.
It is reported that around 2000 plus local engineers are unemployed in our state
and every year the number is increasing. The source of employment for them in the
state is only the engineering departments of the government. Though many private
mega companies have come up in the state, it is not known, whom they are giving employment
opportunities. As per social responsibilities of the business, it is one of the responsibilities
of these private mega companies to give employment opportunities to the local people.
In this regard, it may be mentioned here that, a department called Arunachal Trans
Highways have been created for taking up the project of highways in the state. Subsequently,
a good number of private construction mega companies have been invited and are carrying
out the projects. But, it has been observed that, in terms of employment generation,
a very few Arunachalee are seen working in these companies. Hence, let these private
companies be advised to absorb some number of unemployed local engineers.
Same is the case in other sectors also. Even in School education department, many
trained teacher students are reported unemployed though many candidates who have
passed their class X-XII examinations somehow from open schools have been appointed
as teachers. The causes of all these wrong practices may be due to the faulty system,
wrong planning and lack of foresightedness of our leaders. As education is the pillar
of the society, the educator must be a properly trained and well equipped person
with vast knowledge and wisdom.
Hence it is my earnest request to the authorities to prepare a well planned design
to give peace, prosperity and conducive atmosphere to the people and the state. Let
us make Arunachal, a beautiful state by giving a proper plan and shape, keeping
in view the need and requirement of our coming generation.
Thank God, that those so called educated engineers weren't selected in their exams.
By looking at the mess that they created in 12 hours bandh, one wonders what greater
mess would they have done to the State, had they been selected and worked in their
capacities for 40 years.
The BSNL network
It is unfortunate that the phone network provided by the BSNL at Tawang is in the
worse condition. For making a call we have to call more than a hundred times, even
then it’s not reachable. We have complaint many times to the authority but all they
do is give fake promises. We bought phones so that we can contact near and dear ones
but due to worse network we remain cut off from the rest of the world.
We want to appeal to the authority staying in Itanagar to look into the matter seriously
and provide better network to the people of Tawang district.
One tower has been erected at Jang but it’s defunct from the time it is been erected.
We think it’s due to corruption. Now we don’t have any option other than using RTI
and PIL against such officers. We anticipate that BSNL authority will open their
eyes and will not play with the sentiments of the common mass.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
Fighting disability stigma
According to World Health Organization and the World Bank report around 20 per cent
of the world's poorest people have disabilities and nearly 80 per cent of people
with a disability live in low-income countries. However, their needs have been largely
ignored by development planners. The report warned that the millennium development
goals (MDGs) would not be met unless the needs of disabled people were fully addressed.
An estimated 10 per cent of Bangladesh's population has a disability. People with
disability in Bangladesh still fight discrimination at home, society and workplace
with little support from the government.
Back home, in India too, the people with disabilities are subject to deprivation
in many dimensions of their lives. India has one of the more progressive disability
policy frameworks in the developing world. However, there remain huge challenges
in operationalizing the policy framework, experts feel.
Social attitudes and stigma play an important role in limiting the opportunities
of disabled people for full participation in social and economic life, often even
within their own families.
Increasing the status and social and economic participation of people with disabilities
would have positive effects on everyone, not just disabled people.
While there is a long way to go, focusing on getting the basics right on disability
policy would allow for significant progress in the foreseeable future.