Children rafts at Poma River
ITANAGAR, July 29: School children had fun today as they went River rafting.
A Raj Bhavan initiative, the department of Tourism in collaboration with Youth and
Sports Affairs department and logistic support from the Army, a river rafting programme
for school children was conducted at Poma area, 35 km from Itanagar today. Thirty
students, including seven girls from Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy, Chimpu participated
in the event titled as ‘Sadbhawana Rafting Programme.’
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh, an ace adventurer himself, who enjoys outdoor
activities, took up the river rafting programme for school children with Army’s 3
Corps, stationed at Tezpur recently. Showing enthusiasm on the programme and it willingness
in providing help to the people of Arunachal Pradesh in any way possible on ‘Sadbhawana’,
the Army entrusted eight river rafting experts, led by Subedar P.K. Nair from 3 Engineer
regiment for the programme along with required equipments, such as raft, paddles
and lifejackets etc.
During the daylong event, the children and other participants were educated and trained
on the basics of river rafting by the rafting instructors. Going through the minute
details of it, Subedar Nair gave extensive lecture on lifejacket, paddle and on the
raft, the rubber boat. He also gave suggestions for emergency cases. Later, under
watchful eyes of Nair and other personnel, the children and other enthusiastic participants
received practical experience of rafting in the Poma River.
Closely coordinating the event with the concerned departments and institutions, Secretary
to Governor Amit Singla pointed, the effort of the Governor will definitely help
in inculcating spirit of adventure and competition amongst the younger generations.
Along with goodwill or Sadbhawna of the local populace for the Army, it will also
boost the adventure tourism in Arunachal Pradesh, especially the Poma area, which
has huge potential.
Tourism Director A.K. Singh, who was present during the programme along with his
Assistant Director Gedo Eshi at Poma, overseeing the activities interacted with the
children and impressed upon them on importance and links between adventure sports
and tourism. Insisting on good ethics and environmental concern by every individual
while in the nature, Singh emphasized on ensuring the activity area clean before
leaving the spot.
Meanwhile, extending gratefulness to the Governor, the army and tourism department,
on behalf of the participating students and the school, Principal of Sangay Lhaden
Sports Academy, Pubi Lombi pointed, this is the first time the children of the Academy
had adventure activity and he expressed hope for some more such initiatives from
Raj Bhavan in the future.
River rafting is now a primary activity in most parts of the world. Preferred by
individuals who want to have a wonderful break between hurried days and by groups
who want to have a fun and dynamic outdoor team activity, rafting, especially White
Water Rafting is continuously becoming popular these days. The thrill of having an
adrenaline-filled adventure easily motivates any adventurous soul to get an oar and
hop to the nearest inflatable Raft. Some people, on the other hand, do White Water
Rafting to experience a different kind of outdoor activity at least once in their
Some of the White Water Rafting benefits that the willing and the daring derive from
this extreme sport are Nature adventure, Great work out, challenges, stress reliever
and team work.
White Water Rafting is for people who love the great outdoors. Set against breathtaking
sceneries, this activity provides an exhilarating experience for those who want to
have a one-of-a-kind nature adventure. Rolling rapids, meandering rivers, and scenic
backdrops draw anyone even the most unwilling person to try Rafting. (PRO to CM)
Governor calls for tapping horticultural potential
ITANAGAR, July 29: We have huge potential in horticultural activities and we should
initiate steps to exploit it to the best , said Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ
Singh, while interacting with progressive farmers at Dirang, West Kameng district
today. Gen Singh, who is on a three-day maiden visit to the district, visited orchards
and horticultural farms in and around Dirang and sheep breeding farm at Sangti, 70
km Bomdila. Accompanied by First Lady Anupama Singh, the governor also visited National
Research Center on Yak, Dirang, Kiwi farm and apple orchards at Namtung and Jimthung
in Dirang circle.
Impressed by the hardworking people of the district, the Governor exhorted them to
use latest technologies and ideas to enhance their productivity. He gave away latest
horticultural kits to fifty progressive farmers on the occasion.
Giving emphasis on the cash crops, floriculture, orchid cultivation and bee keeping,
Gen Singh stressed on financial empowerment of the rural populace. He urged upon
the government officials, especially the heads of department to be proactive to ensure
financial empowerment of the people. He also advised them to motivate the indigenous
population towards entrepreneurships. Stating that agro-horti activities are going
to be the main pivot of State economy, he informed that State Government is giving
immense importance to it. Policies are framed to ensure that people benefit from
The Governor pointing at the huge potential for tourism of the region expressed that
it can bring enormous change in the rural economy. It has its vital importance as
this district provide the connectivity for the tourists to have the privilege to
tour the land of Lamas and the world renowned Tawang Monastery. To facilitate it,
he advised all to have a very welcoming attitude towards the tourists and guests.
Exhorting the people to demonstrate the highly admired tribal hospitality, he pointed
that it should be endeavour of all to ensure their comfortable stay on the lines
of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava.’ Once it gets flowing, with huge tourism potential, people
will prefer Arunachal instead of other places and all Arunachalees will prosper,
On his arrival to the district headquarter, Bomdila yesterday Gen Singh paid a visited
Bomdila Monastery and interacted with the monks.
AAPSU retorts to Gamlin’s clarifications
ITANAGAR, July 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union said that Home Minister Jarbom
Gamlin’s clarifications were an “attempt to absolve from constitutional and moral
The Union is in logger head with the state government as it wants ouster of the Home
minister from the Dorjee Khandu led cabinet. The union says the Home Minister did
not perform the duties expected.
The press release issued by the Home Minister, is nothing but the act of mortgaging
the constitutional responsibility to a family responsibility and desperate attempt
to dilute the issue including showing his complete arrogance.
AAPSU wishes to see as an active Home Minister not a mere paper tiger. Keeping the
high tradition of democratic institution and public office, Home Minister should
gracefully accept the entire lawlessness situation in the state and recurring boundary
issue, it said.
“The union is startled by way the Home Minister is completely unaware of the ground
reality of the long pending border tangle with Assam. The state government is yet
to submit before the Boundary commission and no documentary evidence is prepared
and hence, the responsibility is to be fixed on Home Minister” said it’s President
Takam Tatung in an email message.
He said that issues raised against the State Home Minister by the union is nothing
personal but against the person for his inability to discharge his constitutional
duty. The present demand for ouster of the home minister is on going demand of the
union, and the present tenure of the union is just carrying forward the action of
the previous tenure of the union.
The word “personal considerations” used by Home Minister against the President of
AAPSU is highly objectionable. AAPSU dares the home minister to substantiate his
allegation. AAPSU term this statement of Home Minister as showing his mere arrogance
and admittance of failure to perform his duty as home minister of the state, he added.
On repatriation of the officers of the education department, the union stated that
it is very clear that the “time frame given to Minister Education to act on the issue
is yet to end”.
The union extends its gratitude’s for acting on its demand by initiating the process
of repatriation of officers and teachers who are on deputation to various departments,
it added. On the law and order issue, the union stands firms on its demands without
any prejudice to any one. On Wangcha Raj Kumar, the union had simply said that CBI
investigation reports should be made public and the non state actor should be punished,
The wide spread response and support given by the people to the union’s bandh on
July 27 speaks volumes about the gravity of the one point issue raised by the union
for ouster of the Home Minister for failing to perform his constitutional duty, Takam
Team takes stock of Seppa College
ITANAGAR, July 29: A team from Department of Higher and Technical Education headed
by its Director Dr. Joram Begi visited Seppa to take stock of the progress for establishment
of Govt. College at Seppa.
The team along with DC Pige Ligu and members of EKSWCO visited Govt. HSS, Seppa on
July 27 to assess ongoing work progress for construction of boundary wall and renovation
of school building. Next day, to assess technical feasibility, the team visited
proposed permanent site for college located at Wessang.
After verification of the site, a meeting was held in DIET complex. Dr. Begi suggested
acquiring 30 acres of additional land since the already acquired land of 20 acres
is not sufficient for the purpose.
For this he requested the EKSWCO members to negotiate the neighbouring land owners
to donate land voluntarily so that the project can be started at the earliest. While
congratulating the people of East Kameng in general and the land donors in particular
Dr. Begi pointed out that 20% gross enrollment can sustain economic growth as far
as Gross enrolment ratio is concerned.
Mean while the DC Seppa highlighted the importance of education in the District.
He said that the district like East Kameng whose literacy rate is the lowest, should
emphasize in establishment of educational institutions. He viewed that education
is the only source for overall development in the district. EKSWCO members have viewed
that the visit of Dr. Begi and team will bring positive outcome not only for establishment
of the college but also for development of infrastructure in pre-pry to Higher Secondary
level, posting of teachers etc.
Dr.D.Piji, AGS, EKSWCO said that it would put all efforts to start the project at
the earliest. He also gave assurance that in due course of time they would negotiate
the land owners and communicate the same to District Administration and the Govt.
as early as possible. (DIPRO)
CM assures 20 months arrears
ITANAGAR July 29: The state chief minister Dorjee Khandu after discussion with the
Ad-hoc Working Committee of CoSAAP today has assured to release minimum of 20 months
arrear pay instead of 15 months as announced earlier and notification for the release
of 10 months arrear pay to be notified in the same order.
Khandu has also agreed to grant at least one allowance before the assembly elections
and revocation of transfer order of CoSAAP office functionaries.
He also agreed to implementation of part-B of CPC for certain categories of posts
and enhancement of superannuation age from 58 to 60 years.
The Ad-hoc Working Committee of CoSAAP had submitted a seven point’s memorandum to
the chief minister.
The other demands of CoSAAP included issue of election duty certificate and security
The pen/tools down strike scheduled on August 5 stands suspended said a release of
the Ad-hoc working committee of CoSAAP.
It however said that the second phase strike scheduled from August 12 to 14 and August
20 to 21 will be decided later depending on the Cabinet decision of August 7 next.
Selection of schemes should need based
AALO, July 28: West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak while presiding over the
district level screening committee meeting of Border Area Development Plan for financial
year 2009-10 here on Tuesday called for selection of schemes actually beneficial
to the people at the grass root.
He insisted on proper planning Tak discouraged petty schemes, which are not feasible
and deterrent to the monitoring process in ensuring quality.
He asked the executing agencies that the completed works taken up under BADP if not
handed over should be done at the earliest and furnish status and quality of the
work done. Further, he instructed the nodal department to obtain No Objection Certificate
from the departments to ease the screening process and avoid duplicities.
Responding to a memorandum of Payum Anchal Chairperson, the DC suggested Rumgong
ADC to ensure that Payum gets 50% of share as Kaying benefited under BADP because
MLA Tadik Chize observed that the prime target of BADP is to facilitate development
of people living within 25 kms from the border and to ease the movement of para-military
forces guarding the country. He stressed on the need to consider the schemes of porter
track and suspension bridges on priority.
Zilla Chairperson Jarsa Gamlin urged to compile and distribute the materials related
to BADP to all concerned so that every body is aware of the schemes implemented.
BADP would fill-up the left out but important works under AOP of the state govt,
The CD blocks of Mechukha – Tato, Monigong – Pidi and Kaying – Payum received Rs
1,48,52,632/- each under BADP with ITBP getting a share of 10% from each block.
Free eye camp draw hundreds
KHONSA, July 29: The free eye camp organized by Tirap District health department
successfully concluded on Tuesday.
Dr. K. Darang from Naharlagun and Dr. T. Kanna from Changlang both senior Eye Specialists
conducted the camp. Altogether 700 patients were screened for various eye ailments
of which 31 patients were operated for cataract and 15 patients underwent minor operation.
Free medicines were distributed to the patients.
Parliamentary Secretary, Thajam Aboh who attended the valedictory function as chief
guest in his speech appreciated the DMO and his team for the successful eye camp
and hoped that such camps would be conducted frequently to benefit the poor people
from interior places.
Earlier in the day, the local MLA, Kamthok Lowang visited the District Hospital and
distributed fruits to the patients who had undergone eye operation. He also lauded
the Health department for the initiative. Both the MLAs donated Rs. 20,000/- each
to the organizers in appreciation. Later, DMO, Dr. S. Ronya thanked the MLAs for
their encouragement and the HoDs for their support.
It may be mentioned here that the free eye camp held at Khonsa was inaugurated by
in charge DC, Habung Donyi on July 25.
The eye camp was a huge success in terms of reaching out to the poor patients who
cannot afford expensive treatment outside. The public have appreciated the Health
Department for the camp.
Common Accounting System
ITANAGAR, July 29: A two-day training, sponsored by NABARD Itanagar, was organized
at the Naharlagan at Cooperative Training Center from July 27 on ‘Common Accounting
The training was inaugurated by the Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS) in presence
of JRCS and the NABARD General Manager.
CAS has been made mandatory after the recommendations of the Vaidyanathan Committee,
which would be implemented after amendment of the Cooperative Societies Act by the
state govt. The System would bring uniformity in writing books of accounts maintained
by the LAMPS and also ensure consolidation of accounts to facilitate smooth flow
of information regarding their working.
39 representatives from various LAMPS took part in the training.
Training on “capacity building & skill development” against bird flu held
KHONSA, July 29: A daylong training programme for the Veterinary Officers, Privets,
RRT member of Tirap district on “capacity building and skill development against
Avian Influenza” was successfully organized at the DBYC auditorium hall, Khonsa recently
by the A.V & Veterinary department, Tirap. The training programme was inaugurated
by Habung Donyi, ADC Tirap and attended by HoDs.
Dr.D.Longri, DVO. Tirap, speaking on the occasion presented a detailed report on
the activities done by the A.V & Veterinary department in the district against the
control and containment of the highly pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 or Bird Flu
in the district. At the present scenario of Bird Flu threat in the country Dr.Longri,
emphasized the importance and need for further strengthening the alertness and preparedness
measures which includes sensitization of all the workforce of the Veterinary department,
particularly the Rapid Response Teams (RRTs), regular conduct of awareness campaign
programme on the disease, strict monitoring and surveillance of the H5N1 virus by
both clinical and sero-surveillance activity.
Dr.Longri had also spoken at length about the recent emergence of outbreak of the
disease called Influenza A (H1N1) commonly known as “Swine Flu” the world over. He
had tried to remove the widespread confusion among the general public as regards
to this disease which is called Swine Flu.
Resource person from Directorate (AHV) Nirjuli/Itanagar Dr.B.Biswakarma and Dr C.Gao
had elaborately conducted the technical session using Flow charts, LCD Projectors
etc. The trainees were sensitized about the Action Plan of the GOI regarding Pre-outbreak
preparedness like surveillance, sample collection etc, step to be taken in case of
suspicion of outbreak of HPAI, action plan in case of outbreak of HPAI is confirmed
and Biosecurity measure and advice to persons handling HPAI infected poultry.
ADC, Tirap Habung Donyi, while speaking on the occasion appreciated the effort of
the department in conducting such an important and essential training programme and
asked all concerned to remain co-ordinated and prepared to tackle any eventuality
that might arise out of Bird Flu or Swine Flu in the district. DFO, Khonsa V.K.Jawal
and DMO, Dr.S.Ronya also spoke on the occasion.
The training programme on “capacity building and skill development against Avian
Influenza” had successfully tried to put in place the strategy of the GII to contain
the disease at source i,e. at the level of animal itself. This is the principal way
to reduce opportunities for spread of the disease and for possible human infection.
Therefore, disease intelligence, active animal surveillance, strengthening of early
warning system in the per-outbreak stage and total culling in prescribed radius results
in rapid containment in the pre-break phase are critical aspects to reduce such opportunities
for spread of infection.
The training programme was attended by all the Veterinary Officers, Privates, RRT
members and Forest officials of the district. (DIPRO)
Union demands accountability
ITANAGAR, July 29: National Students’ Union of India, Arunachal Pradesh State Unit,
Vice President Kafa Bagang appealed the concerned department to ensure accountability
in the functioning of the office of the Assistant Engineer, Khenewa and Chayangtajo
Appealing the concerned authority to take necessary action, he said that Assistant
Engineer is not attending the office at Chayantajo for last three months and the
public are facing hardship due to his absence.
Education in Arunachal- A perspective
Every morning we wake up to news of which some are not really so new at all. One
such news is the appearance of appeals, complaints and even threats of launching
agitation by individuals and groups alike- all pertaining to the educational issues.
Some are worried by lack of infrastructures and others are appalled by the lack of
dedication on part of teachers. Worrying and expression of concern augurs well for
the society as whole and the students in particular. But while some are really concerned,
there are those who do not give a dime about what’s going on.
On part of those who care, it’s really saddening to know that our state comes last
among all the north eastern states with a meagre 54.74% literacy rate. So in spite
of the noble endeavours shouldered by our people in time we have not achieved enough
i.e we have not matched our potential.
It is time for introspection. Where have we gone wrong? Perhaps we all know the answer!
With various private institutions and mission schools springing up in past decade,
the tendency to neglect the village schools grew. The negligence did culminate into
the failure of village education. The urban governmental schools have managed to
An effort to understand the causes leads to the emergence of following facts. (The
observation is in reference to entire Arunachal Pradesh).
As leaders and influential people began to bypass village institutions, the infrastructural
assets collapsed. Contractors followed dubious process of execution of works as is
common today. The classroom buildings were built small and poor in quality. The furniture
supplied is either defective or stolen from other village institution which in turn
deprives other places. Cases of theft of furniture and fans have been found in urban
On the other hand, teachers refuse to serve in interior, rural pockets. People recall
the past when teachers dedicatedly used to live in villages and learn the local dialects
in order to be able to teach the village children. It leads us to wonder where have
all the dedication gone?
In this age when people enjoy all the comforts at their finger tips in urban areas,
why should be teachers be left behind? Perhaps that clears some doubts. With improper
execution of road works, transportation to villages becomes tough. It impinges the
other processes of development to roll out into the interior pocket. Which ultimately
leads to costlier goods and services in rural areas, medical facilities becomes hard
to avail, hitting the teachers at their belly.
A step towards the alleviation is for us is to show a little concern, care with a
bit of action, by being a little vigilant and being a little helpful will make a
big difference. The elevation of village institutions will revitalize the rural education
scenario and we as people need to play our part.
(Contributor is a Lecturer, Don Bosco College, Itanagar)
ITANAGAR: In question put forward by MP Takam Sanjoy, Information and Broadcasting
Minister Dr S Jagathrakshakan said that Prasar Bharati Itanagar will introduce the
regional news bulletins in Hindi and English in the state from August next.
Three escapes from Diyun Judicial Lock up
Changlang: Three accused escaped from Diyun Judicial custody in Changlang district
on July 27. Sengong @ Kumnentang Singpho was arrested under C/No.DYN/PS/01/09 U/S
392/120(B) IPC R/W SEC 25(1A)(1B)/27(2) of Arms Act, Indongduja Sinngpho C/No.DYN/PS-09
U/S 326/34 IPC and Sotabachi Chakma C/No.DYN/PS19/09 U/S 397 IPC escaped at the night,
Incharge Extra Assistant Commissioner, Diyun Dakto Riba was informed of the accident
by Officer in Charge, Police station Diyun.
The incident took place due to sheer negligence on the part of the police Department
as the lock-up cell of the three accused was found locked with handcuffs lock instead
of strong locks, informed Riba.
Police department has been directed by the local administration to take immediate
steps to nab the absconding culprits.
ITANAGAR: The Department of Mass Communication, Rajiv Gandhi University will conduct
its entrance test for Admission to Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication, session
09-10, on 1 Aug 10: 00 a.m. onwards at the Extension Centre, Naharlagun, Opposite