ITANAGAR, June 2: North Eastern Council (NEC) would give top priority on the schemes
for System improvement (upgradation/improvement/construction) of power transmission
and distribution lines and sub-
This was disclosed by B.K. Handique, Union Minister of DoNER and Chairman, NEC at New Delhi today. He further added that NEC in its 58th meeting held on Feb 9 at Guwahati resolved that next to road connectivity, priority be accorded to harness the vast power potential of the region.
According to an official release of the DoNER, the NEC released Rs.71 crore for Power
sector in the North Eastern region during the year 2010-
ITANAGAR, June 2: A “new door” has been opened to the literary world with the inauguration of the Lummer Dai Regional Distance Education and Research Centre in Assam’s Bihpuria under Lakhimpur district last morning.
Established by the Asom Sahitya Sabha, the study and research centre was opened by the Sabha president Rongbong Terang at the Dharmeswar Kotoki Memorial building, Bihpuria which also houses the Sabha’s Bihpuria branch office.
In his inaugural speech, a visibly elated Terang, said, “A new door has been opened to the world of literature today with the launching of the research centre, named after late Lummer Dai, an eminent litterateur from Arunachal Pradesh.”
“The research centre would store the entire literary works of the two great personalities
– late Lummer Dai and late Dharmeswar Kotoki – for the scholars intending to do research
on their lives and creative literary works,” divulged the Sabha president. He further
said that a new chapter has been added to the hill-
“The main motive behind setting up of the study and research centre was to preserve and promote the ethnic languages of North East region and facilitate detailed studies on the regional languages, mainly Assamese and other ethnic languages of the region which are on the brink of being extinct,” said Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi, the general secretary of the Sabha.
He said the centre will offer all possible facilities for higher studies, including
PhDs, MPhil and post-
The study materials for the courses have already been finalized, said Dr Rajbongshi, adding that the centre’s doors are open to anybody living in the State, the country and even for those outside India who want to study and do research on the languages of Assam. He further said that the hard copies of the study material would be provided through post and the same would also be uploaded on the website for the researchers.
Dr Rajbongshi further informed that the work of the research centre would be extended to the states of Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Orissa, Nagaland and West Bengal as well.
“Along with Assamese, we will give due emphasis to other ethnic languages of the region like Bodo, Mishing, Deori, Karbi, Adi etc so as to make this centre a Vidyamandir in its real sense of the term,” he said.
Reminding the literary circle about the danger looming large on the regional languages including Assamese of being extinct, Rajbongshi said, “We will turn into museum within no time provided we don’t preserve our own languages He, however, said being the apex literary body of the State, the Sabha’s stride will continue for ever towards the preservation and promotion of the regional languages.
Acknowledging the “rare” honour being accorded to late Lummer Dai by the Asom Sahitya
Sabha and the people of Assam, the president of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society,
Y D Thongchi said, “I hope the thread of socio-
Meanwhile, in a significant development, Gulok Chandra Hazarika, a renowned social worker of Assam’s Bihpuria, announced to donate a plot of land, measuring 5 bighas for further expansion of infrastructure for the ‘Lummer Dai Regional Distance Education and Research Centre’ at Bihpuria.
The announcement from the ardent enthusiast of literature, Hazarika, 78, came at a time when the government of late Dai’s own State, Arunachal Pradesh was yet to take any initiative to recognize the literary luminary and his contributions to the literary field.
Expressing his profound sense of happiness on materializing of the Asom Sahitya Sabha’s Regional Distance Education and Research Centre at Bihpuria which was named after late Lummer Dai, Hazarika termed the day as ‘historic’.
He said the centre would serve as a bridge towards reinforcing the age-
sports sector: Par. Secy
ITANAGAR, June 2: Newly appointed Parliamentary Secretary (Sports and Youth Affairs)
RT Khunjuju emphasized the need of a proper Sports Policy in the state and assured
his all possible help in getting the long-
To streamline the sports sector in the state, a policy is a must and my first and foremost step in this direction would be getting the policy approved and passed, Khunjuju said while interacting with a team of Arunachal Olympic Association, which called on the former on his appointment as Parliamentary Secretary (Sports and Youth Affairs) at his official residence here today.
He sought constant support, cooperation and suggestions from AOA and various sports bodies in his endeavour to bring Arunachal at par with some other developed states in sport sector.
The AOA team led by Secretary General G Doke, held a wide ranging discussion on sports related issues with Khunjuju and informed him about various grievances and problems faced by the sports fraternity in the state. The AOA Secretary General was accompanied by office bearers of various sports bodies, including Arunachal Weightlifting Association president Techi Abraham, Arunachal Karate Association president Likha Tara, Vice president Tai Hipik, Arunachal Wushu Association president Toko Teki, Arunachal Teakwondo Association General Secretary Tara Tagin.
ITANAGAR, June 2: A two member team of experts from the North Eastern Regional Institute of Water and Land Management (NERIWALM), Tezpur an institute established under the aegis of North Eastern Council, has been deputed to conduct the studies for a survey regarding the salient aspects on the development of Kiwi and Paddy – cum – Pisciculture in Ziro.
This has come after the intervention of the Minister of DoNER Bijoy Krishna Handique who visited Ziro in April this year.
The survey would touch upon the Statistics and varieties of kiwi, paddy and fish, Scope for further production, processing facilities, role of the government and extension services, irrigation issues, watershed development issues and problems, among others.
Impressed by the enthusiasm and interest of the farmers of the area shown in cultivation
of Kiwi and Paddy-
ITANAGAR, June 2: The Arunachal Pradesh State unit of Association of Doordarshan Programme Production Personnel (ADPPP) has launched the second phase of the indefinite protest from yesterday as a part of the nationwide indefinite protest in all the DD Kendras of the country.
The demands of the ADPPP are promotion to all cadres of programme staff, implementation of ACP/MACP (Assured Career Progression/Modified Assured Career Progression) to left out cadre of programme staffs, equal pay scale for same cadre of Production Assistants and other staff of Doordarshan Programme Wing. The ADPPP also demands that the Director General of Doordarshan should be the sole cadre controlling authority of DD Programme Wing instead of Director General of All India Radio.
According to the ACP/MCP, promotion to all the cadres of programme staff is due after every 10 years which has been not followed. The personnel also demands parity in pay structure as dictated by Supreme Court.
claimed three lives
ITANAGAR, June 2: While expressing deep shock at the death of Hage Punya and Subu Konya in a capital road accident on May 30 last, Apatani Youth Association (AYA) today lambasted the state Govt for its alleged failure to release financial assistance to the victims of road accident.
Questioning the attitude of the Govt, the Association said the major road accident at Palwan mor, Itanagar which claimed three lives and left seven other injures failed to draw the attention of the Govt.
The Association asked the Govt why it has not announced adequate compensation and financial assistance to accident victims and is turning deaf ear to the wailing of aggrieved family members of the deceased.
The Association appealed to the Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin to release adequate assistance to the injured passengers and the aggrieved families who lost their relatives in the accident and also requested the MLA Padi Richo to sanction fund for victims and to approach the Govt for adequate financial assistance to the deceased family and the injured who are recuperating at Itanagar and Guwahati hospitals.
Meanwhile, the Association deeply mourned the death of Punya and Konya. It expressed their gratitude to both Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso and Padi Richo for extending immediate financial assistance to accident victims.
ITANAGAR, June 2: The 45-
Altogether, 140 girls aged between 7-
Speaking on the concluding day as chief guest, DIGP (Security) HGS Dhaliwal appreciated the instructors for imparting self defence technique to all the trainees within short period of time and advised the trainees to continue with lessons they learnt during the camp for their own benefits.
Superintendent of Police (Traffic) A Tamut highlighting the aims and objectives of
the training camp said “the confidence-
He also appreciated the APP, instructors and particularly the parents for sending their girl child for such special training.
Later, the DIGP handed over certificate of participation to all the participants and instructors.
All India Karate Federation national referee and judge L Marik (Black Belt, 5th Dan), Charu Tatung(Black Belt, 3rd Dan), Tagri Raju (Black Belt, 3rd Dan), Tadar Eba(Black Belt, 2nd Dan), Prakash Limbu (Black Belt, 1st Dan) along Sumpi Chege, Anu Komi and Rey Yasa attended the programme as instructors during the 45 days long training course.
ITANAGAR, June 2: The 2nd Lummer Dai Memorial Literary Award-
The award carrying a citation and a cash reward of Rs 25,000 was handed over to one of the close friends of ailing Das, who is undergoing treatment in a Mumbai hospital, by Asom Sahitya Sabha president Rongbong Terang, the recipient of prestigious Padmashree Award, in an impressive function held at the Bihpuria College auditorium last evening.
The literary award was instituted by the Sabha in 2009 in memory of ‘Paharar Shile
Shile’ famed writer and winner of Sabha-
Born in 1940 at Diphu in Karbi Anglong, the winner of 2nd Lummer Dai award, Basanta
Das is the adorer of Karbi culture and literature. A retired govt official, he is
Das, who is suffering from a critical illness and undergoing treatment in Mumbai, will be operated upon within a day or two, said Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi, general secretary of the Sabha during the function.
In his chairmanship address, Sabha president Terang said, “I am exceedingly happy today to see to it that lots of discussions held on literary and cultural legacy left behind by Arunachal’s proud son, Lummer Dai, who envisaged to Adi society to which belonged through his creative writings.”
“Had he (late Dai) not built the cultural link between Assam and Arunachal, there would not have been the grand reunion of the people from both States today,” he remarked.
Terang, who himself is a Karbi, drew resemblance and described as “silent preachers”
late Dai and Basanta Das, who despite being non-
The Sabha president, who earlier inaugurated the Lummer Dai Regional Distance Education
and Research Centre, exuded hope that the centre would help strengthen the Assam-
Dr Rajbongshi said that the Lummer Dai research centre would definitely bolster the cultural integration between the hills and the plains, adding that Sabha’s initiatives are on to make the research centre a ‘world class’ institution in days to come.
Offering his tributes to late Dai on his birthday, Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) president Y D Thongchi said, “Lummer Dai was the first tribal writer under whose endeavour the Assamese language got “a new direction”.
“This award (Lummer Dai Memorial Literary Award) should have been instituted either by Arunachal govt or APLS, but before we initiate, the Sabha took the pains to honour our State’s noted litterateur,” Thongchi, who himself got inspired by creative writings of his kokaideus (elder brothers) late Dai and Terang, and penned ‘Mouna Unth Mukhor Hriday’ and ‘Shaw Kota Manuh’, said in a lighter vein.
“There are lots of Botas (awards) in the literary field but winning the ‘Bota’ instituted
after the literary luminaries -
Sharing her feelings with the mammoth gathering of intelligentsia and aficionados
of literature, Nanni Dai, Editor of Echo of Arunachal, said, “Today, I am feeling
proud of being the better-
Delighted over the rare honours given to her husband by Assam’s apex literary body and its people, she said, “Assam (albeit affected by the scourge of insurgency) is really a heaven where love and affection prevails.”
Earlier, the award function started with the presentation of a documentary on the
life and literary works of late Dai which was produced by the Sabha in 2009 – the
year of institution of the literary award, presented to Swarna Bora, another well-
On the occasion, noted poet and journalist Mamang Dai, winner of this year’s Padmashree Award, and renowned singer Bengia Hemanta were given special felicitations by the Asom Sahitya Sabha.
Among others, Mamang and Binny Yanga (a well-
The APLS delegates present on the occasion included its general secretary Tokong Pertin, assistant general secretary Dr Pekba Ringu, convenor cum treasurer R N Koley and executives Batem Pertin, Nabojyoti Deori and Jamuna Bini, among others.
Later in the evening, a cultural programme was organized at the same venue as a mark of respect to late Dai. Noted singer Hemanta Bengia, Adi and Nyishi cultural troupes from Arunachal and local artistes performed at the function.
AALO, June 2: In an effort to involve large number of farmers in self-
Presiding over the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak called upon the Farmers Federation to strive hard to make best use of fertile land in the district by cultivating different crops for economical sustainability and self dependence. The line depts. like Agriculture, Horticulture and Fishery should impart new methods of cultivation to farmers, he said. He further called upon the banking institutions to extend proper guidance in granting loans to all progressive farmers of the district so that available benefits are used in the best possible way.
Participating in the discussion, Doi Ado, Ex-
Taking part in the discussion, the Branch Manager, SBI stated that the SBI, Aalo has to undergo a loss to the tune of Rs 4 crores in agriculture loan till last year. This has an adverse affect on allocation of Rs.1 crore budgets during the current financial year. He also empathetically stated that most of the KCC loanee had to repay the outstanding amount to the bank and lot of Bikijai cases are pending in the court.
During the discussion, all the officers of line departments of the district requested the farmers to make best use of the programme sponsored by Central/State govt. to make them more economically sustainable. DIPRO
KOLORIANG, June 2: The fourteenth Zilla Parishad meeting of Kurung Kumey district was held at Koloriang today under the chairmanship of Zilla chairperson Tisa Gungniya, ZPM Sarli.
All the head of the departments in Koloriang were present and individually presented
their department's schemes and programmes. While responding to the queries of the
ZPM, they mentioned their shortcoming and expressed concern particularly about the
Sanitation was also discussed as a major issue in the headquarter. New resolutions were passed.
A follow up inspection was to be done on the three hydroprojects being set up in
Nyapin. Koloriang and Chambang block are to be proposed for PYKKA 2011-
The Deputy Commissioner, Kurung Kumey, Rajeev Takuk, urged the DAO to bring in floriculture in the district.
The ZPMs were in view that the meetings should ideally be held in the month of April so as to coincide it with the proposals sent to the government.
Among others, the member secretary Hage Takka, ADC Koloriang and all the Zilla Parishad members attended the meeting. (DIPRO).
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Govt must prove itself
Day by day many bad & good developments takes place around the world and with the
controversies of Osama Bin Laden'S killing; some statement of our top Military brass
struck my mind. Many reactions were there with the killing of Bin Laden by US navy
seal commandos, where our country's Army General & other top rankings were asked
whether India is lacking in technologies or can India go ahead like US force in counter-
The answer was obviously "Yes". India has got latest technology in all aspects.
But, was it not a shame that the technologies like ISRO, Sukoi, IAF this or that failed to trace the missing/killer chopper of our late beloved CM Dorjee Khandu & others. How & why? Or what is the stand of GOI towards its state Arunachal & its people? Why the Govt. of India (GOI) did not use its latest technology in the hour of need.
What is the attitude of GOI towards the people of Arunachal Pradesh or is it true that Arunachal is kept only to safe guard its Indian territory from "China" or other International boundary. Is it not a step motherly treatment towards our state despite having fast class technologies? Govt. of India (GOI) must prove its stand/attitude towards Arunachal Pradesh at this hour of grief.
A village from the Dark Age
Siluk is one of most neglected village in Mebo area of East Siang distt. Pasighat has celebrated its 100 years in Feb 2011 but Siluk which is just 30 to 32 km from Pasighat and 14 km from Mebo village is still living in ‘Dark Age’.
I would like to highlight lots of grievances faced by my village fellows on behalf of them. First of all let me start with the basic necessity that is electricity and water supply. It’s been long years the villagers are waiting for ‘light’. There are other alternative departments like APEDA, but the problem is that the nearby villages which happen to have electricity have been distributed solar lamps too. There is a video house which is run by a mini generator and every evening the villagers go to the video house to recharge their mobile by giving Rs 10 to 15. And there are two water tanks in the village but some part of the village has to use the water from a river which is quite unhygienic for drinking. Every morning and evening they have to fight with the GREF labourers in collecting water.
And the second is that the said village is 14 km from Mebo town and the road condition
is very good but there are no proper bus services, earlier after the introduction
of JNRUM bus services by the state govt. they provided a service for a month or two
and then I don’t know who stole it away, one private bus was plying but it’s been
more than a month there is no bus services. It is very difficult to go to Mebo town
and Pasighat during an emergency. There is one medical sub-
I would like to request our local MLA Ralom Borang to provide those basic necessities to the poor of poorest village called Siluk. All I am asking is one regular transport service, electricity, and equal water supply to every part of the village and a doctor and a nurse who stay in the village not in Mebo or Pasighat.
Dear readers this village is not a simple village, she has provided lots of her sons to serve the people of Arunachal. Once it was known as the most officer producing village, the renowned writer late Lummer Dai whom every daily talks about, one of the most senior reputed advocate Muk Pertin, are just few of them.
J. Nung Yirang,
Siluk, (on email)
The saga of Longding -
The Longding -
The execution of work quality is very low that many walls/roads are broken/swept away along with roads already with big pot holes & some places are remaining as before.
NGO's and intellectual group must come up against it as NEC too had funded some crores along with NABARD. But to the innocent people’s ill luck nothing had actually taken place practically & yet the present renovation work is to be taken place as expected from concern executing department.
Wancho Community NGO's, student Unions and other intellectual group should inspect
the renovation work physically. I also request our representatives/legislator to
physically inspect it for greater cause of common masses and punish the concerned
people for cheating the people through development which has not taken place actually.
Along with RTI and Enquiry by some intellectual group, public must also co-
A concerned citizen
RGGVY works not satisfactory
The implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) scheme for electrification of Essi Lite village under Tirbin in West Siang district is not up to the satisfaction. There is every possibility of uprooting electric poles as their bases are not properly maintained. It seems that the standard specification which should be maintained for such construction has not been followed while erecting the posts.
Therefore, I request the Chief Engineer, Power (electrical) department to issue directives to concerned executive engineer of Aalo division to stop the work and send an expert team to investigate the matter.
Tirbin, West Siang
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APPDSU appeals for sincere efforts
ITANAGAR, Jun 2: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) has urged the legislators of Nyishi community, to whom the issue of derogatory remark against Nyishi Tribes by TOI reporter Pradip Thakur has been shouldered to take up, not to politicize the issue.
APPDSU hoped, no matter what political party they belong to, they will pursue the issue sincerely as a unit.
It however, expressed resentment over non-
Health cum Family Welfare Mela
ITANAGAR, Jun 2: The District Health Society has organized a two day Health cum Family
Welfare Mela at Chayang Tajo CHC on May 30-
800 patients got free treatment with free medicines and free lab tests.
200 patients were treated by eye specialist out of which 45 cases were prescribed spectacles and on the spot spectacles delivery were made by the Chaglang Spectecles which was a rare services for the people of the area.
5 eye patients were detected with cataract by the attending eye surgeon. 85 dental patients were treated by the attending Dental surgeon and 45 dental surgeries were done during the Mela.
The team of doctors included Dr Taba Kana from State Hospital Naharlagun, Dr. T. Tagya Dental surgeon from DH Seppa, Dr. Apa Rimo from Bana PHC, Dr.Nima Bodi of CHC C/Tajo besides DMO Dr. T Gongo and DRCHO Dr. K. Lapung.
The Mela was inaugurated by Chief Guest Ropo Yangfo, Chief Director of Black Bear Foundation Trust.
ITANAGAR, Jun 2: Capital Complex Karga Ao Welfare Association condoled the sudden demise of Tanyum Haji, who died on May 25 last at Apollo Hospital, New Delhi.
The sudden demise of Tanyum is a great loss to the society and the state as a whole, it said.
The members of the association prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and extended its condolence to the bereaved family members.
World no Tobacco day observed
ITANAGAR, Jun 2: Ziro Valley School observed world No Tobacco Day at its school premises today.
The resource persons of the day highlighted on effects of chewing Tobacco and smoking and strongly advised the students to avoid consuming Tobacco and it’s by products.
ITANAGAR, Jun 2: Itanagar Constituency Youth Association (ICYA) has appealed to the state Govt to modify the Govt quarter allotment policy in Capital Complex. The Association alleged that due to faulty quarter allotment policy, the relatives of govt official are occupying the quarters even after the transfer of the actual allotee to some other place.
Association also urged the authorities concerned for early renovation of some important
sector and colony roads in the Capital Complex including Donyi-
Stop illegal timber business
ITANAGAR, June 2: 12th Pakke-
It also appealed to the youths, GBs, PRIs and other government officers to look into the matter and take up necessary steps with the higher authority to prohibit illegal timber business and land grabbing in Papu, Passa and Pakke area.
It further, appealed to the contractors of pole erection and electrical wiring of
ITANAGAR: Patanjali Yog Samiti, Bharat Swabhiman Trust Arunachal Pradesh unit extending its support to Ramdev’s proposed indefinite fast unto death at Ramlila maidan, New Delhi has decided to stage nine hours peaceful hunger strike in front of Deputy Commissioner Office, Capital complex on June 04.
Check irregular allotment of PDS items
ITANAGAR: Mariyang Students’ Association, Upper Siang District in a letter to Director, Food and Civil Supplies, Naharlagun, appealed to the Director to initiates inquiry on allotment of PDS commodities including SK Oil and Levy Sugar in the area for the months from April 2010 to March 2011.
It also demanded for fixation of Wheat (BPL) at Rs. 9 per kilogram.
It further, extending supports to the demands for enquiry against the DF&CSO, Yingkiong regarding the irregular allotment of PDS items in Upper Siang District appealed the authority concerned to take necessary action in the matter as soon as possible.
Society demands early completion of bridge
ITANAGAR: Orphan Trust Society, Upper Subansiri District appealed to the authority concerned and the contractor to immediately complete the bridge over river Subansiri at Siyum, Zero Point.
It also appealed to the local MLA and the District Authority to look into the matter for early construction of the said bridge.