Centre wants CPSU to set up Siang Upper HEP
Itanagar, July 23: It seems that the centre is anxious about ensuring that that the
country retains rights over the waters of the Brahmaputra, which is in grave danger
of being diverted by China, to India's detriment. To this end, it has asked the government
of Arunachal Pradesh, which is keen to allot the Siang Upper project, in the state,
to a private player, to reconsider its stance. The union government feels that massive
amounts of investment, which only it is capable of deploying unilaterally would be
required, to fast track the project, which also contains a significant irrigation
component. The Ministry of Power feels that in this background, the obviously longer
time that would be required for any other developer to tie up needed funds would
hurt India's chances of establishing first rights on the river. While the central
government would be able to fund the irrigation component of the project, implying
rapid financial closure, if the Siang Upper is implemented by a PSU, this would not
be possible in case a private player is roped in. The power ministry's disposition
lends support to NTPC's quest to be alloted both the stages of the Siang Upper hydroelectric
Pertinently, in February 2009, the GoAP had roped in NTPC to only prepare the preliminary
feasibility report (PFR) for the Upper Siang project. Accordingly, NTPC prepared
the PFR, which called for the cascade development of the project in two stages, the
6,000 MW Stage-I and 3,750 MW Stage-II, in an integrated manner, by developing and
utilizing common infrastructure.
Gauging the tremendous importance of effective and expeditious exploitation of the
hydropower potential of the Subansiri river, in Arunachal Pradesh, the Ministry of
Power (MoP) has called on the state government to without delay award the six remaining
hydroelectric projects (HEP) proposed in the basin. While the preliminary feasibility
reports (PFR) for all these projects have already been prepared, the government is
still to take a call on the allotment of these ventures. These yet-to-be-awarded
projects are the 700 MW Oju-I, 1,000 MW Oju-II, 800 MW Niare, 1,000 MW Naba, 552
MW Dengser and the 360 MW Nalo HEPs.
The GoAP has, so far, awarded only three HEPs, worth a capacity of 5,600 MW, on
this river. Of these, the 2,000 MW Subansiri Lower HEP is being constructed by the
hydropower major, NHPC, with likely commissioning between 2012-14, while the 1,600
MW Subansiri Middle HEP has been awarded to a joint venture of Hydro Power Development
Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh Limited and Jindal Power Limited. Similarly, the
state government has allotted the 2,000 MW Subansiri Upper HEP to Hyderabad-based
KSK Energy Ventures in March 2010.Courtesy: www.energylineindia.com
Haider vies for HI general secretary
ITANAGAR, July 23: Embarking a new challenge, former AAPSU general secretary and
present NESO general secretary Gumjum Haider has filed nomination for the post of
general secretary and treasure of Hockey India. The election for various posts of
Hockey India will be held on 28th of this month at New Delhi.
While talking to this reporter, Gumjum said, “Am quite confident about securing victory.
I hope all my fellow north-east friends will support me in my endeavour.” He said
just like way people of north-east region came together in the past to support singer
like Debojit Saha in a reality show, similar wave of support may ensure his victory.
He is fighting for the post of secretary general against Narendra Batra, who is representing
Jammu and Kashmir hockey association.
While expressing confidence about his victory, he further said “ It does not matter
whether I win or not. Am trying to forge united North-East and fight this election.
I want to convey a message that an Arunachalee and even to that extent a north-eastern
can also aspire to occupy various important national level post. Also people have
to remember that our region has given some of the best hockey players to national
team in both men and women section.”
Yazali film now at CCRD's Saturday Cinemaghar
Itanagar, July 23: After a successful and well attended premier at the Rajiv Gandhi
University, Yazali; Ballad Of Existence, a film that seeks to reflect Yazali as a
window to the mind and heart of the Nyishi community finds its way to another sought
after destination for film and idea lovers- the Saturday Cinemaghar curated by the
Centre for Cultural Research & Documentation (CCRD) at the E&K's Cafe in Naharlagun.
Conceptualised by Souparna Lahiri and directed by Tapos Mazumdar and Indrajit, the
26 minute documentary centres around a small town Yazali in Lower Subansiri District
primarily inhabited by the Nyishi community. Referred to as the gateway of world
to the Nyishis, the film depicts today’s Yazali and reflects the opinion and voices
of the people in the aftermath of the Ranganadi HEP. The film also tries to bring
in diverse facets of the concept of development. The film is an attempt to reflect
Yazali and its contributions to the Nyishi community through extensive interaction
with the people of Yazali, depicting their daily lives and linkages that the valley
forges with their culture, social organization, economy and livelihood. The film
also reflects thinking and opinion of the people of Yazali of what lies ahead in
their future. It may be mentioned that the Saturday Cinema-ghar, into its 3rd year,
stands as a fine example of Corporate Social Responsibility where the management
of the cafe supports the event, fulfilling its promise made at the Cafestival film
festival held here 2 years back.
Todays’s event will see the attendance of regulars, activists and people who are
following the entire culture-development debate. The filmmakers will also be present
to introduce the film and take questions post-screening.
Appeal to call off bandh
ITANAGAR, July 23: Former MLA Nani Rebia has appealed the 32 KM NLCPR Contractor
Association, Ziro to call off their proposed 12-hr Ziro-Hapoli bandh on July 27.
Describing the demand of the contractors for release of pending bills as genuine
and justified, Ribia said that the matter has been brought to the notice of the PWD
Minister. He further said, the minister after patient hearing has issued necessary
directive to chief engineer, PWD (C/Z) for appropriate action as per actual works
done and fund provision.
BIM ends with ‘breakfast with butterflies’
MIAO, July 23: The Butterfly India Meet, Namdapha 2010 ended with a Conservation
program named, “Breakfast with Butterflies” here at Miao yesterday. The five-day
assembly of Natures mates finally comes to an end with around 183 findings of flying
beauties and innumerous Moths apart from the sightings of some glittering beetles
like Golden Tortoise Beetle.
Twenty numbers of selected school children from five schools around the Miao attended
the program --“Breakfast with Butterflies,” a unique program on awareness with the
theme ‘Lets Create a Flutter’. Experts took the children to nearby fields as rain
God restricted the movement to distant areas, to give them some basic information
about the beautiful creatures living around us. Some senior photographers provided
opportunity to school children to try their tiny hands on their long zooms and describe
the shooting techniques. Children had never imagined believing their luck when they
got the chance to actually shooting with cameras which they were only watching in
TV Channels. “This was an encouraging indicator for existence of many other species
of the butterflies in the core area and beyond that when type of forests and profile
of hill changes, if count touches a figure of 183 in the buffer area” explained Dr.
Alfred, Former Director, Zoological Survey of India. J. M. Garg who is an Indian
icon in Wikipedia for his submission of more than 8000 pictures of different Nature
categories was amazed to see the diversity of Arunachal Pradesh. “For sure I am taking
another trip to this wonderland soon where ecology appears still intact while people
from other part of the country struggling to breathe in fresh air in polluted environment”
While speaking on the occasion of ‘Lets Create a Flutter’ Mrs. J. Jugli, Chairperson,
Changlang Zila Parishad expressed the need of carrying the conservation awareness
to deep inside the villages with help of Anchal members. “More programs like this
should be organized in future on regular intervals to educate the ignorant masses”
she added. Lauding the spirit of participants and initiations of organizers of the
meet, Mrs. Jugli said, ‘We were not aware of our rich biodiversity which have been
“The event was held for the thirteenth time at the various locations of India and
this is the second time we have got the opportunity to explore Arunachal Pradesh
in North East” explained Butterfly India Group Moderator Vijay Barve in his introductory
speech. He thanked Arif Siddiqui, program coordinator whose butterflies’ pictures
draw the attention of Nature Enthusiast towards the Arunachal Pradesh worldwide.
“Still people are desperate to come to Arunachal Pradesh for its wonderful wildlife
but we could not entertain many due to limitations in accommodation” he added.
Colonel Sandeep Chaudhury of 18 Assam Rifles, Jairampur speaking to the gathering
urged for controlling hunting of animals and birds in the area. “Poachers should
be suing for the killing animals in the similar manner as the murderer are treated
in civil societies” he added. S.J. Jongsam Namdapha national park filed director,
cherished the efforts of participants and regret for the bad weather since last three
month which restricted the movement of visiting experts to the inner areas of Park.
He also assured to provide all support and help to any research scholars and teams
coming for studies in the park in future also.
“Despite belonging to a completely different profession, Col Choudhury has shown
his appreciation for nature and affection for the people of this area,” said Nimbong
Sena. Assam Rifle was one of the main supporters in organizing the Butterfly India
Meet. All the participants were extremely happy and expressed their gratitude to
the peoples of Arunachal Pradesh for the hospitality they received here. “This will
be an inerasable moment of our life and we are much thankful to organizing NGO NSEWC
and SEACOW” said Siddarth Edake of Madhya Pradesh.
The event was witnessed by officials of various departments including department
of Forest and Environment, GeoEnpro, Assam Rifles, local administration and local
AdiSU condemn ‘assault’
ITANAGAR, July 23: Few days after the Late Tachi Nguso’s incident, this time Adi
Students Union alleged misconduct of Police officer of Pasighat Police station.
The AdiSU said that on July 18 last near Latbong hall Pasighat, the vehicle of the
union’s Vice President Tanong Tamuk, who is also spearheading the Quit Siang Movement
met with a mechanical problem, meanwhile a passerby (a policeman) passed an ironic
comments on the situation which later arose into a misunderstanding and confrontation
between the two. However, with the intervention of investigating Officer ASI MI Ansari,
who arrested and brought Tamuk to Police station, Pasighat insisted both the policeman
and Tamuk to solve the case on mutual understanding, the Union said.
But at that movement, the Union claimed, SI PK Chatterjee of Police station Pasighat
in civil dress entered into the police control room and started beating Tamuk without
any valid reason in front of IO and others. As a result Tamuk got severe injury on
left ear drum, the union added.
AdiSu condemned the physical assault on its vice president and decided to launch
strike, if the district administration fails to book SI PK Chatterjee immediately.
It also termed the assault as an inducement from the higher authority to suppress
the union’s Quit Siang Dam movement.
RRS to fight against crime & corruption: Mugli
ITANAGAR, July 23: Starting a new chapter in his decade old political career, former
minister Talo Mugli has taken up the post of vice-president of All India Rashtriya
Rajiv Sena(RRS). Disclosing this in a press meet today, Mugli informed that he has
been given additional charge of North-East region too.
Further Mugli informed that the basic objectives, envisaged under the RRS organization
was to fight against crime, casteism and corruption in the country, which was also
the dream of former Prime Minister of India, late Rajiv Gandhi to make the country
free of such evils. Besides that the endeavor would be the upliftment of poor and
downtrodden section of society in various parts of our state and the promotion of
other curricular activities such as sports, culture and arts to bind the society,
added Mugli. Further he added all India level RRS meet would be held in the month
of August and after that new office bearer will be selected. The appointment would
be both district and state level.
Prospect of medicinal plant cultivation in Arunachal Pradesh
We know that various kind of diseases are being treated and cured by allopathic,
Ayurvedic and Homeopathic medicines. We laymen hardly bother to know how medicines
are being prepared and raw materials meant for Ayurvedic and Homeopathic drug are
cultivated. I am also one of the laymen.
Though I am not a doctor or an expert in medicinal line I would like to send a message
to the interested farmers through this small article regarding the prospect of medicinal
plant cultivation and production of raw materials in Arunachal Pradesh for Ayurvedic
and Homeopathic medicines.
I had an opportunity to attend a workshop on " Production and Marketing and Management
of Medicinal Plants in North Eastern India" jointly organized by National Institute
of Agriculture Marketing, Joipur, State Medicinal Board, Govt. of Assam, Guwahati
in collaboration with National Institute of Rural Development, North Eastern Region,
Guwahati and Patkai Herbs & Species Pvt. Ltd., Guwahati from May 17 to 21, 2004.
37 numbers of participants from all over North Eastern States attended the workshop.
I got wonderful inspiration from speeches of resource persons of Guwahati University,
Assam Agriculture University, Jorhat, Govt. Vetenary College, Guwahati, Govt. Ayurvadic
College, Guwahati, Member Secretary, Assam State Medicinal Plant Board, Director
of National Institute of Agriculture Marketing, Joipur, Director of Rural Development,
NE Region, Guwahati, Senior Scientist of North East Region Development Finance Corporation
Ltd. (NEDFi), Guwahati, Chairman of Kangla Agro Farmeing, Imphal and many other NGOs
and private farmers who spoke on cultivation and marketing of medicinal plants and
herbs in North Eastern states.
Visits of Govt. Ayurvedic College campus, Guwahati NEDFI’s RD centre at Khetri,
Nowgaon and Boishistha a NGO ashram where medicinal plants are being cultivated and
manufactured enhances our knowledge. Medicinal plants & herbs which are planted in
these places are available in all parts of Arunachal Pradesh. But due to lack of
knowledge in identification and medicinal values these plants and herbs are systematically
being destroyed in the field. We were told that 15,000 species of medicinal plants
are available in India out of which more than 3,200 medicinal plants are identified.
Presently, 500 species are used for manufacturing of medicines. In Arunachal Pradesh
500 species of medicinal plants and herbs has been identified by State Forest Research
Institute (SFRI), Itanagar. Unfortunately, commercial cultivation is done only on
32 Species which has been recognized by National Medicinal Plant Board, Govt. of
India. New Delhi.
From the ancient days people knew the importance of medicinal plants. Even today
in our tribal region like Arunachal Pradesh some herbs and medicinal plants are used
as first aid treatment in emergency cases. But we nev never bother how to develop
and cultivate these herbs in large scale for our daily use.
Horticulture products which includes fruits and vegetables, root & tuber crops,
mushroom, honey, floriculture medicines -- all these have their own medicinal properties
and some of these plants are also used in allopathic medicines. In the eye of Ayurvedic
doctor all the plants and herbs can be term as medicinal plants. Ayurvedic and Homeopathic
medicines are nothing but a mixture of many parts of medicinal plants and herbals.
These medicines have no side effects and as a result these medicines have gaining
popularity all over the world. Due to increase cost of treatment, medicines and
hazardous side effects of allopathic medicine, the importance of Ayurvedic and Homoepathic
treatment are increasing day by day
Medicinal plants cultivation is an agro-based highly profitable industry. Medicinal
Plants are cultivated according to their suitable climatic conditions. Medicinal
Plants cultivation project comes under horticulture. Therefore, educated unemployed
youths both boys and girls can avail financial assistance under centrally sponsored
schemes and from National Medicinal Plants Board, Govt. of India, New Delhi for medicinal
plant cultivation and marketing. There are hundreds and thousands of dealers and
manufacturers of medicinal plant all over India.
While selecting the cultivation of medicinal plants and herbal crops most commercially
viable species should be selected and cultivated. List of such plants are available
at the office of the State Medicinal Plant Board, Itanagar. As per duration, commercial
cultivation of medicinal plants from sowing to harvesting it can be classified into
three categories i.e. as short, within 3-8 months, second within 8-20 months and
third categories which last 20-40 months.
Expert says that North Eastern State is treasure house of medicinal plants and herbals
crops. In Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura medicinal and aromatic plants are
cultivated in large scale. In Arunachal Pradesh, some NGOs have started cultivation
of medicinal plants at Changlang, Jairampur, Roing, Itanagar, Ziro, Dirang and Tawang.
From the above mentioned discussion it has been seen that the Ayurvadic and Homeopathic
doctors used to cure various diseases by using the parts of different herbal and
medicinal plants. When we suffer from dysentery, we take guava leave, we also take
leaves of manimuni and bhedailata leaves for digestive system and liver function.
Mehandi leaves are used for colouring of hairs. If these plants are cultivated in
large scale one can earn huge amount of money regularly from buyers and manufacturers
of medicinal plants and herbs since these plants are perennial by nature of mother
I would like to advise the interested farmers and educated unemployed youths of Arunachal
Pradesh to take up medicinal plant cultivation as one of their professions which
is an everlasting business. They are also advised to contact Medicinal Plant Board,
Itanagar for detail information. Presently writer of this article is cultivating
medicinal and aromatic plants in small scale at Oyan village, East Siang District
of Arunachal Pradesh.
VIPs and their kins
ITANAGAR, July 23: Death of late Jumchi Nguso on 15th July has finally exposed ugly
side of our police force and Arunachal’s VIPs. It’s a tragedy that it needed the
death of a loving father of four children to open the eyes of sleeping citizen of
this state. Often in the past state police forces especially IRBn jawans has been
seen committing human right violation blatantly without being reprimanded. Time and
again in capital complex and various district headquarters, we see VIP vehicles zooming
past us with siren making noises like Vuvuzelas.
Poor citizen in bikes, cycles and those walking on the road has to bear brunt of
such VIP vehicle moment. Drivers and escort police officers reserve choices of abusive
words for those who disturb their way. It’s tough to understand what makes them so
angry and abusive. Is it pressure of duty or they have fight with their wives before
leaving for work in the morning? Also it is tough to understand why our VIPs need
police escort as long as tail of lord Hanuman for their security. This development
of new VIP culture in the state is unprecedented and very dangerous too. Arunachal
is one of the most peaceful states, where threat to the life of ministers and MLAs
are minimum. There is no logic in having such long queue of escort team. In fact
our dear VIPs are wasting public money for their security and also mis-using police
force. If they really care for ordinary citizen, they should reduce wasteful spending
on their personal security and invest that money for the welfare of poor citizens.
Another aspect which often goes unnoticed is mis-use of VIP vehicles by their relatives
and kins. Many times we gave way for VIP vehicle thinking they are on for some important
meetings. But usually it is their relatives who are seen moving in these vehicles
with headlights on and siren blowing. Their wives or families going for shopping
and in some case there has been report of VIPs kids zooming past in their parents
official car along with their girl friends and boy friends respectively while getting
cozy in the back seats. These spoilt brats who can’t achieve something of their own
in life without their parents blessing, has no shame in using official vehicles for
their illicit act and thereby endangering the life of ordinary citizens.
Our state government which claim itself to be ‘people’s first government’, need to
demonstrate their real intent now. Leaders should show us a way by dumping their
VIP attitudes and live like ordinary citizen of this underdeveloped state. After
all every VIP has to remember that sooner or later they also will have to live the
life of ordinary citizens like rest of us. In the meanwhile citizen of this state
who has even little sense of responsibilities has to make sure that sacrifice of
late Jumchi Nguso does not go waste. We can pay tribute to him by making sure that
no more citizen meet end like him because of the negligence of our dear VIPs. Time
for some real action!
ITANAGAR, July 23: In order to look into complaint regarding non-allotment of BPL
and AAY ration items at Tali, Pipsoram, Sarli, Damin, Parsi Parlo and Chambang areas,
a 11-member committee headed by Parliamentary secretary, FCS Lokam Tassar and Commissioner
FCS Y D Thongchi as member secretary was formed. The committee will discuss and resolve
problem once for all and expected to submit its report on or before August 2, before
finalizing the allotment of August.
Independence Day Cup Football Tournament kicks off at Nampong
NAMPONG, Jul, 23: Independence Day Football Cup Tournament initiated by Still Well
Club Nampong began at General Ground here yesterday with colorful note.
Attending the inaugural function as chief guest, Additional Deputy Commissioner Jairampur
M. Roy stressed on the need of such tournament to promote games and sports among
the youths. He appreciated the Still Well Club for initiating such activities thereby
keeping the youths active and encouraged the committee members to take up more such
activities in coming days.
While assuring full cooperation from the administration in creating a secure, peaceful
and conducive environment for all round development of the area, the ADC exhorted
all the youths to help in this endeavour. He hoped that the tournament will definitely
help in motivating the youths in particular and all the people of the district in
general towards constructive activities.
The committee members expressed their satisfaction over the response of the participating
teams and assured all the sports lovers of more such activities in days to come.
The committee further urged the participating teams to play with true sportsman spirit
as a mark of honor to the great souls who sacrificed their lives for our motherland.
The committee expressed gratitude to Siang Engineering and Construction Pvt. Ltd
for sponsoring the tournament and encouraging the youths of the area in the field
The inaugural match was held between Khamkhai Village and Ko-Han-Tai in which the
former defeated the latter.
Eighteen teams from different comers of the district are participating in the tournament.
The final will be played on August 15 next, according to organizing committee.
Itanagar, July 23: Bomchak Riba has been qualified for the Ph. D Degree in the
topic, “Relevance of Indigenous Knowledge System of the Galo of Arunachal Pradesh
in Sustainable Development of Forest Resources” under the supervision of Dr. Tomo
Riba, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Department of Geography, Rajiv Gandhi University.
He is son of Nyabom Riba and Late Retu Riba of Dari village, West Siang District
and is the first Galo to be obtained Ph. D Degree in Indigenous Knowledge System
(IKS). His degree will be conferred at the next Convocation of University.
ITANAGAR, July 23: N N Charitable Society, Langper, (Sagalee) will organize an awareness
camp on formation of farmers Club at Saking under Mengio circle on July 30. Panchayat
leaders, head gaon buras, goan burahs and general public of Mengio circle and Govt
and NABARD officials are expected to attend the programme sponsored by NABARD, Itangar.
ITANAGAR, July 23: While supporting the teachers’ drive being carried out by All
Papum Pare District Students Union, All Sagalee Students Union (ASSU) has appealed
the school authorities to cooperate with APPDSU and also appealed the teachers joint
their posting places.
ITANAGAR, July 23: State BJP Mahila Morcha vice president Kenjum Pangkam has been
promoted to the post of president, according to a party release.
ITANAGAR, Jul 23: All Sagalee Students’ Union (ASSU) will conduct a social service
cum educational awareness campaign highlighting the values of education in modern
society at Govt Middle School Balapu on July 31. The president and executive members
of All Papum Pare District Students’ Union, Panchayat leaders, head gaon burha, gaon
burha, students and general public of the area are expected to participate both the
ITANAGAR, July 23: Duyu Hinda, Toko Tapa and Millo Kobin have been appointed as president,
vice president and general secretary of All Lower Subansiri Youth Organization.
Appeal to Capital admn.
ITANAGAR, July 23: Despite confirmation from the capital administration, one Nabam
Tate, selected by Hero Honda for participation in Queen’s Baton relay was denied
participation in the relay last hour without any reason, the proprietor of Brother’s
Enterprise, an authorized dealer of Hero Honda, Naharlagun in a letter to Capital
DC said. The letter also appealed the Capital DC to clarify the matter.
Arunachal’s Santosh trophy campaign virtually over
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh’s Santosh Trophy campaign at Kolkata virtually over with
the team losing their second group level match to Madhya Pradesh by 1-3 goals at
Howrah stadium today.
The consolation goal for Arunachal Pradesh was scored by Rallo Raj Kumar. Arunachal
Pradesh will complete their group assignment with a match against Uttar Pradesh on
SAI selection trial
ITANAGAR: A selection trial to induct students at Sports Authority of India, Special
Area Game Centre Naharalgun will be held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun on July
19 and 20 next. The selection trial will be held for both Boys and Girls of age between
12-14 years in Boxing Taekwondo, Karate and Weightlifting, according to an official
Tuki chief guest
ITANAGAR: PWD Minister Nabam Tuki will attend the inaugural function of the Mid-term
council meeting of Indian Engineer’s Federation, North East region at Banquet Hall
here tomorrow as chief guest. Delegates from all the seven Northeastern states including
Sikkim and Bihar are expected to participate. Engineering fraternities from various
works departments of the state Govt are also attend the meet.
138 BN CRPF Raising day
ITANAGAR, July 23: 138Bn CRPF is organizing a welfare Mela at its Sinkiview camp
on July 24 on the occasion of the 10th Raising day celebration of the battalion.