Substantial hike in room rents at Arunachal Bhavans and House
ITANAGAR, July 1: There has been substantial increase in the room tariffs of Arunachal
Bhavan and Arunachal House in Delhi and other government accommodations outside the
Government officers on duty, MLAs, Parliamentary Secretaries and Ministers will have
to dish out Rs 1500 which would be increased to Rs 2500 after ten days. All other
categories would have to fork out Rs 2500 per day and after 10 days; it would be
increased to Rs 3500.
Earlier the room rents were pegged at Rs 250 per room for those on govt duty and
Rs 700 for private individuals.
The room rent of 17 annexes in Arunachal Bhavan which accommodates substantial number
of patients, has been fixed at Rs 1000 per day which would be raised to Rs 1500 after
ten days. Bhavan has 11 other rooms which are marked as VIP rooms apart from CM
suite which occupies one complete floor.
Arunachal House has 36 rooms apart from Governor’s suite which occupies a floor.
The Home, PWD and Power Ministers have one room allocated with a room tariff of Rs
1500 per day in Arunachal House.
Pasighat gears up to mark 100th year
PASIGHAT, July 1: Located on the banks of serene Siang, Pasighat, the district headquarters
of East Siang district is gearing up celebrate its 100th year.
Established in 1911, the town, undoubtedly the hub of education in the state has
given the state some of its brightest citizens.
District administration is in planning stage to ensure a befitting celebration.
DC Onit Panyang, local MLA and Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Heads of Department,
retired officers, senior citizens, public leaders, representative of religious organizations
and NGOs and general public met yesterday at the legendary Independence Golden Jubilee
Higher Secondary School to chalk out the plans.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram while addressing the gathering said that Pasighat
said that town has set an example for the state as all communities have lived together
peacefully, contributing their share to bring in developments. He further informed
that all legislators of the district have already consented to cooperate and take
active responsibilities during the entire course of celebration. Siram proposed to
constitute a committee under the chairmanship of DC Pasighat and sub-committees at
Other points discussed on the day were, fund mobilization, establishment of centenary
pillar, uniform painting of all buildings, maintenance of roads, students’ participation.
AKA flays sports mentors in State
ITANAGAR, July 1: Arunachal Karate-Do-Association (AKA) urged State Government to
give games and sports as one of its top priority agendas with adequate fund facilities.
Describing the present sorry state-of-affairs of sports sector in the state, AKA
President Likha Tara flayed the mentors of games and sports, especially the officers
and officials adorning various posts in Sports Authority of Arunachal (SYA) and Sports
and Youth Affairs (SAA), for their lackadaisical attitude towards development of
Tara urged the State government to give due importance to Arunachal Olympic Association
(AOA), the premier sports body of the state, in policy making, fund allocation, team
preparation etc. and accord annual grant-in-aid of Rs. 15 to 20 lakh to the premier
sports body to meet up various expenditure.
While refusing to give much credit to SYA or SAA for any achievement by sportspersons
in the state, Tara claimed that funds meant for various sports associations provided
by Government are being siphoned off and financial assistance provided so far to
various associations by SAA has never crossed Rs. 13 lakh.
He urged the authorities concerned for proper utilization of central and NEC fund
meant for the sports sector. NEC and Centre have been pouring in fund in the tune
of crores of rupees for development of sports sector in Arunachal Pradesh. But we
have not been able to see a good football or indoor stadium till date, he rued.
Meanwhile Tara appealed to AOA to convene a special general body meeting to discuss
all such issues.
RTE boon for Arunachal: Siram
PASIGHAT, July 1: Right To Education (RTE) is a boon for Arunachal Pradesh and we
must implement the Act properly to reap its benefits, Education Minister Bosiram
Siram said during a interaction programme organized by ATA’s East Siang unit at Govt.
IGJ Hr. Secondary School auditorium, here today.
"The Act has the potential of turning Arunachal into a literate state and we have
to be very careful to see that it is implemented well," the minister said.
Siram informed that his department held rounds of meetings with colleague legislators,
MHRD and experts, resource persons on effective implementation of RTE. The minister
sought the complete information from the district authorities on the available infrastructure
of government schools so that the upgrade process could be initiated in a better
way. The minister also said that training for all teachers is a must to ensure quality
of education. East Siang DC Onit Panyang assured proper implementation of the Act
as per Govt. guidelines in the district. While reacting to the teachers’ strength,
he suggested the DDSE to create a Data-Base immediately mentioning the name, capacity,
educational qualification, transfer-posting records etc with time durations so that
distribution of teachers could be done fairly. Difficult working condition, remote
locations and geographical factors should always be kept in consideration, Panyang
assured. He also stressed on school land protection, Mid-Day meal, punctuality etc
and also said that school colander must be followed meticulously by the school authorities.
The DDSE T Talom commented that success of RTE also depends on sincerity and loyalty
ATA East Siang unit president Tabung Ering on behalf of the teaching community appealed
to the Minister to reconsider Non-teaching and medical allowances. The teachers who
were entrusted for other duties during vacation by the government may be compensated.
Anti malaria campaign ends
Of 3960 blood samples, 364 found Malaria positive
ROING, July 1: The month long Anti-Malaria Campaign conducted by the Medical Department
concluded yesterday with a health camp at Bolung village yesterday.
DMO Dr Atlok Yirang informed that in the month long programme, 28 health camps were
conducted in different parts of the district in which 3960 blood samples were tested
out of which 364 tested Malaria positive ( 330 pv and 34 pf +ve) and 2115 community
owned mosquito bed net were impregnated with insecticide. He further informed that
reports from remote places are yet to be received.
Attending the program, MLA Jomin Tayeng lauded the efforts taken by District Medical
Officer and his team for conducting the month long anti-malaria campaign throughout
the district. He further called upon the people to cooperate and support such programme
with active participation in fighting against killer disease.
The MLA further discouraged under age marriage that is prevalent among the young
generations while adding that it was a cause of many social problems besides health.
Zilla Parishad Member of Meka Anchal Block Mibom Pertin, termed malaria as the greatest
threat of the region saying that fifty per cent of the cause of deaths in the villages
is due to malaria.
He also said that malarial infection can be prevented by taking self precautionary
measure by doing voluntary services like self impregnation of mosquito net instead
of depending solely on medical department. He however appreciating the medical department
has requested them to conduct such awareness cum health camp time to time.
Extra Assistant Commissioner, Roing M Tato, chairing over the function have also
urged the people to come forward with full participation and lauded the medical department
in its endeavour to eradicate malaria from the region.
ASM Bolung Tem Pertin in a memorandum to the MLA urged him for an 8 bedded In-Patient
Ward, Ambulance and security fencing around Bolung PHC. Mother’s Association of Bolung
has also submitted a memorandum to the local MLA to provide fund for maintenance
of teacher’s quarters of Govt Hr. Sec School, Bolung. (DIPRO)
“Tales of my valley”
ITANAGAR, July 1: Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh today released a folk short story book
of Adis “Tales of my valley” written by Kaling Tamut. The book contains 20 short
stories of Adi belt of Aruanchal Pradesh in a lucid language and is particularly
composed for the children.
Tamut is a Chemistry Graduate and MA in Journalism and Mass Communication.
NCP to take up PDS in Arunachal with Pawar
ITANAGAR, July 1: Buoyed by an invitation from their party chief and Union Agriculture,
Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Minister Sharad Pawar, NCP legislators
of the state are fine tuning their list of priorities to be raised during the meeting.
In a faxed letter today to the state President Ngurang Pinch, Pawar extended invitation
to the MLAs for a meeting on July 8 next at Krishi Bhavan and discuss various developmental
works in the state.
The NCP MLAs and state party leaders might have met Pawar on party platforms several
times but this would probably be the first ever exclusive meeting with him on his
official capacity as a Minister holding an all-important portfolio in the Union Government.
The expectations of the meeting is also high on the context that NCP as an important
partner in the UPA government holds several important ministries like Civil Aviation
and Rural Development that have an important role to play in the over-all development
of Arunachal Pradesh.
“Top on the agenda for discussion would be the haunting PDS issue,” NCP MLA from
Nyapin Bamang Felix, who is the state unit Spokesperson of the party. He said that
due to several shortcomings in the government hierarchy the PDS is in a fix for which
the rural people are suffering. Pawar, who looks after the PDS, Felix said, would
be impressed by the NCP MLAs to release the pending HTS dues to the contractors besides
approving establishment of FPS depots in all the districts of the state.
Felix expressed optimism that with all the NCP MLAs endorsing the appeal, the Center
would be bound to meet the demand, which would streamline the PDS in the state.
The NCP Spokesperson also said that issues related to Civil Aviation and Rural Development
would be discussed with the Union Minister. Speedy construction of the green-field
airport at Karsingsa and smooth and regular sanctioning of projects like PMGSY would
be impressed upon by the MLAs, he said adding that the development of the state and
welfare of its people would the focus of all the discussion irrespective of party
“We may not be in the government (state) but our prime agenda as MLAs of NCP would
be to bring in developmental packages as much as possible for the state at least
from the Ministries held by senior party leaders. When it comes to development there
should not be any compromises on basis of party affiliations,” Felix added.
Ziro takes the lead in Biodiversity Conservation
ITANAGAR, July 1: GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, North
East Unit (GBPIHED-NE Unit), Itanagar, who is spearheading biodiversity conservation
in the State of Arunachal Pradesh has organized LPG kits Distribution Ceremony yesterday
at Abotani Community Hall, Ziro in collaboration with Nature Care and Disaster Management
Hundred sets of LPG kits were distributed among households from fifteen villages
of Ziro valley, mostly belonging from BPL group.
The programme was attended by more than 150 participants including Dy. Commissioner,
Lower Subansiri district, DFO, Hapoli, beneficiaries, other villagers, chairpersons,
secretaries and members of Biodiversity Management Committees constituted across
the Ziro valley by GBPIHED and NCADMS for biodiversity conservation under GOI-UNDP
CCF-Project-II “Biodiversity conservation through community based natural resource
management in Arunachal Pradesh”.
The project is being implemented by GBPIHED in Ziro Valley and Tawang-West Kameng
proposed biosphere reserve in collaboration with NCADMS, NERIST, SFRI and WWF-India
in an effort to promote participation of local communities in biodiversity conservation
measures and resource management and also promote alternative livelihood schemes
like ecotourism, agro forestry, medicinal and aromatic plants and micro enterprise
to provide incentives and reduce natural resource dependency. Dr. Prasanna K. Samal,
Scientist Incharge of the Institute appraised the participants about activities being
carried out in Ziro valley under the GOI-UNDP CCF-II Project in order to conserve
the rich and unique bio-resources of the valley. He informed the participants that
Arunachal Pradesh is India's biological frontier; arguably the biologically richest
region in the country. Recently designated as a globally important endemic bird area,
it is one among the 200 globally important eco-regions.
The state harbours more than 23.5% of flowering plants reported in Indian sub-continent,
which is about 5000 plant species that include 500 species of medicinal plants. However,
the rich bio-resources of the state, particularly its fauna is being seriously threatened
in the recent time under various forces.
He informed that the Institute , is implementing the project to conserve the rich
biodiversity of the state through community participation and adopting an integrated
approach embracing to the acknowledged fact that biodiversity conservation approaches
do not work in isolation of traditional communities inhabiting along the forest fringes.
He further added that LPG Kits are distributed in order to reduce dependency of the
villagers on the forest for fuel wood consumption and also to enhance the quality
of life of women.
Dy. Commissioner Sadhana Deori appreciating the efforts of the Institute and NCADMS
in biodiversity conservation of Ziro plateau urged the residents to actively get
involved in the process of conservation. She advocated for more such projects across
the state, as such research projects have enormous inbuilt characters to conserve
the bio-resources and invigorate economic development of people as well. She assured
her complete cooperation with the Institute in its efforts for conservation of biological
resources and development of the district so that it can be role model for other
DFO, Hapoli Forest Division, Hibu Tadii urged the people of Apatani community to
actively cooperate with the Institute in its efforts to spearhead biodiversity conservation,
for which Apatanis are famous for. The Community has many a culturally conserved
practices that has been well acknowledged nationally and internationally. He informed
the participants that the efforts of the Institute and NCADMS are quite appreciable
and he has been part of the project activities since its very beginning.
Chairman of NCADMS Rubu Buker addressing the participants outlined that his NGO has
been involved in bio-conservation of the valley since its inception supported the
GBPIHED. He argued that the fruitful cooperation between GBPIHED and NCADMS could
be success story for Government and NGOs working together in biodiversity conservation.
Protest against fuel price hike
State BJP to submit memo
ITANAGAR, July 1: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh has decided
to postpone the proposed nation-wide Bharat Bandh called on July 05 in the state
for some times in view of the prevailing local situation. The BJP had proposed
the bandh in protest against fuel price hike and demanding its roll back.
The party said, following the directive of the party high command, the state BJP
has taken the decision in a meeting here today not to observe Bharat Bandh in the
state in view of the Dree festival, school admission and considering the plight
of the patients and general people in the land locked state during this monsoon
season besides other numerous difficulties being faced by common man during such
bandh. However, the party decided to continue its protest in other democratic means
and take out a protest march to the Raj Bhawan and submit a memorandum to Governor
against fuel price hike on July 5. The district units of the party will also submit
memorandum to the President of India through the DCs of the respective district.
‘Centre responsible for price rise’
Meanwhile, Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi today held Congress-led UPA government
at the Centre responsible for price rise of petroleum products.
Addressing 'mahadharna' staged by the Jharkhand unit of BJP in front of the Raj Bhawan
at Ranchi, Joshi said that prices of edible items would also increase because of
the Centre's move of increasing the prices of petroleum products.
''The foodgrains and other daily items have already gone out of the reach of the
commonman and the recent move will make things dearer,'' Joshi said. UNI adds from
Queen’s Baton in State Capital
ITANAGAR, July 1: The Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in Tawang on July 22 from where
it will travel to State Capital the same day. Deputy Commissioner Capital City, Dr
Deepak Kumar has called a meeting on July 5 next to chalk out the plans to receive
The Queen's Baton Relay, similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, is a relay around the
world held prior to the beginning of the Commonwealth games; this time scheduled
from Oct 3 in Delhi and carries a message from the Head of the Commonwealth Queen
After having travelled 70 countries of the Commonwealth, the baton arrived in India
on June 25 at the Wagah border from Pakistan. The baton will be flown to Tawang on
July 22 from Shillong in an army helicopter. A two-hour relay will be held on the
same day before the baton is flown to Naharlagun. The baton will be kept at Raj Bhavan
for a night before being flown to its next stop at Dimapur in Nagaland.
In-service Training on Fish Farming at KVK, Deomali
ITANAGAR, July 1: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Tirap has organized a three day in-service
training programme on ‘Recent advances in Fish Farming’ for the officials of Fisheries
department of the district at KVK campus Deomali.
Ten fishery officers and demonstrators from the Fisheries department and various
blocks of Tirap district actively participated in the training programme.
During the inaugural session of the programme held on June 29, L. Lasa, District
Fisheries Development Officer, called on the officials of the district to make best
use of the training programme and learn about the recent advances in pisciculture
and utilize it.
Programme Coordinator, KVK, Tirap Dr. Narendra Kumar, also spoke on the occasion
and urge the officials to make Tirap district self sufficient in fish production
by promoting scientific fish culture systems.
SMS (Fisheries), KVK Tirap Rajdeep Dutta, imparted the trainings during the programme.
The three day programme included both theory and practical sessions on different
aspects of Composite fish culture, integrated fish farming systems, coldwater fisheries,
fish health management and catfish culture.
The theory sessions were held at KVK, Deomali campus where elaborate PowerPoint presentations
were made on each and every topic while the practical were held at Fisheries Demonstration
Unit of KVK, Tirap located at Govt. Fish Seed Farm, Deomali.
Special screening of documentaries on scientific fish farming was also arranged for
the trainees during the programme while an interactive session between the officials
and the resource persons was held during the concluding session of the programme.
Dree cultural competitions begin
ZIRO, July 1: Celebration of Dree festival, 2010 begun here with chief guest Dr.
Kime Horming inaugurating the cultural competition at Dree ground Old Ziro today.
In his speech, Dr. Horming appreciated children for taking part in the competition
which will help preserve our culture and traditions as well as expose it to outside
world. Such programmes also help maintain originality of our culture and traditions
as younger generation can learn from elderly participants in this direction, he observed.
"A society can never exist without culture, so it is very important to preserve it
for posterity,’ said CDFC secretary general Mudo Nikang in his welcome address. Giving
clarification on people’s misconception that ‘dance is main component of the culture,’
he suggested Apatanis to preserve their own culture through festivals like Dree.
As many as 36 teams are taking part in the competition in various competitions, like
traditional group dance, modern group dance etc in both senior and junior groups.
The result will be announced on day of Dree festival celebration.
Organizations take up Dr’s cause
ITANAGAR, July 1: All Papum Pare District Students Union while taking up the cause
of Dr Tana Talin Tara, Medical Officer of PHC Leporiang who was allegedly assaulted
while on duty by the City Police has demanded immediate termination of Officer In
Charge L R Rana and SDPO B S Mehra for their involvement and enquiry of involvement
of SP, City Police. The Union further called for arrest of Rajesh and Rakesh Pandey,
the proprietor of M/S Rakesh Enterprise for their involvement in the Police manhandling
of the doctor. The union demanded that trading license and arms license of the traders’
be canceled and seized.
Leporiang People Welfare Committee, Capital Complex, on the other hand while reacting
to the City Police clarification on the issue said that it was diluted, fabricated
and stage managed. It called for fair investigation into the issue. Capital Students
Union too voiced against the clarification given by the City Police and termed it
a wrong statement.
Yesterday, City Police denied that the officers of Naharlagun Police Station manhandled
Dr. Tara. Police said that the doctor along with Tana Hari Tara and Tana Batang not
only beat up Rajesh Pandey at Naharlagun market but molested the maid. It added that
the trio went to the shop of Rajesh Pandey at Naharlagun market and assaulted him
for not replacing a car damaged by a Tata Mobile owned by the Pandeys with a new
The Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association too had voiced against the police action.
West Kameng Karate Association formed
ITANAGAR, July 1: The West Kameng Karate Association was formed in a meeting held
under the chairmanship of Arunachal Karate Do Association president Likha Tara at
Bomdila on June 29 last with Sange Norbu as president and Tashi Wangchu Dirkhipa
as general secretary respectively.
AYO demands transfer of EE (RWD)
ITANAGAR, July 1: Arunachal Youth Organisation (AYO) appealed to the Minister RWD
and Chief Engineer RWD for immediate transfer of Executive Engineer Hibu Tama from
Koloriang division, Kurung Kumey District. It claimed that Hibu has completed his
three years tenure in the district.