2011

June -  14

News Highlights

 

Associations formed

ITANAGAR, June 13: East Kameng District Karadadi Belt Welfare Society was formed recently with Dambing Lamnio, Sulong Miji and Dongro Tawe as chairman, vice chairman and general secretary respectively.

Meanwhile, the contractual staff serving at various PHCs and CHCs under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) have formed a union, namely the Contractual Staff (NRHM) Union of Deed-Neelam, Deomali, Nacho, Gensi and Thrizino and appointed Dr. Dammy Gamlin as president and TN Camdir as general secretary.

 

Association formed

ITANAGAR, June 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Social Youth Progressive Union (AAPSYPU) has been formed in a meeting held here recently.

The house selected Lelong Tara and Bimon Sonam as its chairman and president with Raju Singhi and Milli Jaju as its vice president (protocol and administration) and Logum Tagia as general secretary respectively.

 

Ex-servicemen appeal

ITANAGAR, June 13: Joint Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association Cell, Arunachal Pradesh has appealed to the Rural Development Department to  review and rectify the  IAY permanent wait list in the districts which is prepared on the basis of 2002 BPL census.

In a letter to joint director, RD, the Association said that the year 1978 should be considered as base year while preparing the IAY wait list for the benefit of entire ex-servicemen, retired members of para military forces and their families in all the districts.  

 

Don Bosco relic concludes Mizoram tour

Aizawl, June 13: The two-day tour of sacred relic of St John Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco, founder of Salesian Society, ended here on Sunday night.

The saint's relic arrived Mizoram on Saturday as part of the five-continent pilgrimage. As the specially-designed casket, containing the relic of Don Bosco entered the gateway of Mizoram at Vairengte Saturday, the Catholics and people from other faiths vied with one another to have a little time alone with Don Bosco.

 

Aaz Ki Awaaz re-opened

ITANAGAR, June 13: The office of Aaz Ki Awaaz has been re-opened today by its chairman Hiba Kaha at Hopin Namlo DDK Road, Itanagar.

Besides English and Hindi news, the channel will broadcast news in Nyishi, Apatani, Galo, Adi, Monpa and Nocte languages from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm in cable network in Itanagar.

 

ACR condemns scribe killing

ITANAGAR, June 13: Arunachal Citizens’ Rights (ACR) has expressed shock and dismay over the killing of veteran reporter Jyoty Dey in Mumbai on Saturday afternoon by unidentified gunmen.

ACR appealed all the right minded citizens of India to condemn the killing and  urged the Govt. of Maharastra to deliver swift and decisive justice to the reporter’s family by apprehending the culprits at the earliest. “The whole society is stunned and benumbed by the killing of such a senior and down to earth member of the fourth estate. If such incidents continue unabated and unchecked, then one of the four pillars of the democratic social set-up would surely be weakened and there is fear of it crumbling down, it said.

 

New DC takes charge

ROING, June 13: Garima Gupta has taken charge as the Deputy Commissioner of Lower Dibang Valley District.  Addressing the officials today, she sought the cooperation from all sections of the society for good administration in the district.

Meanwhile, the outgoing Deputy Commissioner, Y W Ringu was given a warm farewell today. In her farewell speech, Ringu exhorted the officers & officials to be always dutiful, sincere and punctual and also deliver best to the people. She will be joining as Director, Relief & Rehabilitation in the state capital after leaving the district. (DIPRO)

 

ADASU organized cricket and volleyball tournament

ITANAGAR, June 13: All Dolungmukh Area Students’ Union (ADASU) organized Cricket and Volley Ball tournament at Bomte, Dollungmukh from May 30 to June 12.

Kolaptukar Cricket Club lifted the cricket trophy while Paro Volley Ball Club won the volley ball tournament.

NHPC Subansiri Basin Project, Executive Director AK Chhabra and NHPC Ltd General Manager, Omprakash attended the programme as chief guest and guest of honour.

 

Seminar on Tani Lipi

ITANAGAR, June 13: North East Development Society, which is working for the promotion of Tani Lipi (script) as well as preservation of tribal languages, has decided to organize a two days state level seminar in Itanagar during September, 2011 to discuss about the significance of Tani Lipi (script) as common script as well as development of common language of Arunachal Pradesh.

 

AVF appointment

ITANAGAR, June 13: Arunachal Vigilance Forum (AVF) president has appointed Lobsang Tsering and Tage Zongluju as president and general secretary of AVF’s West Kameng unit.

 

School results

ITANAGAR, June 13: The Govt Secondary School of Rajiv Gandhi University campus this year recorded cent percent result in CBSE class X examination with one students securing 100% marks in all subjects.

Meanwhile, the school management committee credited this outstanding result to the dedicated teaching staff of the school, including the headmaster.

JNV Pasighat has also done well with all students passing the exams.

 

ABKYF for improved elementary education

ITANAGAR, June 13: Adi Baane Kebang Youth Front has hoped that with appointment of Bodong Yirang as Director of Elementary Education, inadequacy in elementary system of the state would be sorted out and that he would bring sea changes in the elementary education system.

 

APSTS connect Bomdila with Capital

BOMDILA, June 13: A communiqué from the Senior Station Superintendent Bomdila T.Gongo confirmed the introduction of two new 35-seater Semi-Deluxe Night super buses of Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service to ply between Bomdila and Itanagar via Naharlagun & vice-versa every day of the week with advance booking facility at Bomdila, Naharlagun and Itanagar. With this, the shortage of buses and other means of transportation faced by the commuters of the district and Tawang, especially this being the admission time of the various academic institutions, would be addressed to a great extent. The fare would be rupees 280/- for Naharlagun and rupees 290/- for Itanagar from Bomdila. (DIPRO)

News Impact

All are equally guilty

Dear Editor,

It is disheartening to hear that infamous Daporijo mms scandal has rocked not only Daporijo but whole north east. The ghastly act of Daporijo police has raised the question of security of women and child like metropolitan areas where women and child never dare to walk at the night. Till now Arunachal Pradesh was known as the land of paradise in the country but the bizarre incident has brought an infamy.

The entire people involved in the MMS are equally responsible for the act and they should be equally punished. No one should be spared so that in future no one will dare to commit or instigate such criminal offence.

Yours,

Karda Natam

New Delhi, (on email)

 

 

Civil Society and Parliament

Dear Editor,

No doubt, Civil Society’s fights on certain causes are appreciable. But the way they are resorting to fast, boycott and being too rigid and adamant are not good tactics.

After all whether they like it or not, it is Parliament which is supreme in Parliamentary form of  Democracy like ours.

Yours,

T.Ronya

Itanagar,  (on email)

 

 

Some grievances of district student union

Dear Editor,

I, on behalf of the All Upper Subansiri District Students Union (AUSDSU) would like to draw the attention of the district administration towards the grievances of the general public of the district.

First of all I request the administration to prevent drug abuse among the youth in the district. There should be proper land allotment process and appropriate measures in place to check encroachment of Govt land.

I also request the district administration to fix the price of essential commodities for consumers and also fix the business hours. Sometimes, late hours’  business transaction at night leads to unwanted activities.

Moreover, administration should also ensure proper maintenance of pipe line for potable water  supply and  prevent roaming of domestic animals in the Daporijo township.

Last but  not the least, the authorities  must ensure that  Right To Education be implemented properly in the district.

The district students union had submitted a memorandum to the Upper Subansiri additional deputy commissioner on June 6  in this regard as the DC was not in station at that time.  Hope administration will pay heed to our grievances.

Yours,

Tapak  Piya

Asstt Gen Secretary

AUSDSU

 

 

Violation of status quo is not desirable

Dear Editor,

The recent meeting between Lakhimpur district administration, Assam and Papum Pare and Capital administrations, Arunachal on inter-state border issues is a significant move towards maintenance of peace and tranquility in the disputed border areas like Jumi-Kakoi, Bogoli-Denka and Tarasso area in Papum Pare district. The resolutions adopted in the meeting will pave the way for bringing development in these areas which was hitherto overlooked due to boundary problem. Moreover, it would also calm down the phobia of deliberate and repeated atrocities being meted out to the people of these areas by Assam officials.

While welcoming the move of both district administrations of Assam and Arunachal, I, however, express suspicion about the agreement on upholding the status quo by the Assam authorities. We have witnessed many such meetings for last 3-4 decades and also witnessed violation of status quo by the Assam administration. They often deliberately defy such status quo by engaging their officials in eviction drives causing chaos and crisis in the boundary area.  Such kind of inhuman and premeditated approach adopted by few Assam officials may spoil the age-old relations and bond of brotherhood between the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Therefore, in order to maintain peace, tranquility and uphold amity among the people of two neighbouring states, firm adherence of the status quo is mandatory on the part of Assam. The Arunachal Govt, particularly Papum Pare district administration should seek clear cut assurance from Assam counterpart for ensuring non- infringement of status quo and continuation of the same in near future till the verdict of boundary commission arrives.

Yours’

Kara Gambo

NCP  President,

Papum Pare District Unit

 

 

You may be risking your life

Dear Editor,

If one wants get the best view of our capital, I suggest two locations; chief minister bungalow and water storage tank in Mowb 2.

But when you opt for second location, you may be risking your life because there are two uncovered main holes.

I would like to bring to the notice of the concerned authorities either to restrict the entry of people or cover the main holes with covering slabs.

Yours,

Gyuth,

Itanagar, (on email)

 

 

The piggy nuisance

Dear Editor,

Pigs are the most common creature in our state. But as far as Daporijo is concerned, the pigs are even more independent. They are found roaming in front of the general public. They are known for spreading disease, make unwanted holes, and severely damage the kitchen gardens. But this time they have crossed the limit. One of my favorite pet dog was severely injured by a pig while he was just preventing the particular pig from entering the house. His legs were almost churned. However somehow he managed to survive. This make me feel that if a pig can be so dangerous to a dog, how dangerous it can be for human beings, especially for a child?

Therefore I would like to request the concerned authority to take some effective actions before any shocking incident takes place. This is really a very serious matter to be looked into though it is generally ignored.

Yours,

Jim Kamlo,

VKV Kuporijo,

(one email)

 

 

 

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Planning Commission approves Rs 3,200 crores annual plan for Arunachal

Itanagar, June 13: The Planning Commission today approved the Rs 3,200 crores Annual Plan outlay for  Arunachal Pradesh for the financial year 2011-12.  This year plan size is increased by 28 per cent over last year’s allocation of Rs 2,500 crores. This is also the highest increase in size for any of the northeastern states for the current financial year. The allocation was finalized at the meeting held between Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia and the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Jarbom Gamlin  at New Delhi.

Dr. Ahluwalia and all members of the Planning Commission unanimously appreciated the performance of the State in all sectors during the last year. In particular, they commended the state on posting the highest growth rate in the country at 22.4%. The strengthening and taking follow-up action on 3rd Party Monitoring reports and the use of science and technology applications like remote sensing and the development of a Project Monitoring and Implementation Software Module came in for high praise. The creation of the employees’ database and consequential elimination of duplicate employee entries also was well appreciated by the Commission. Dr. Ahluwalia expressed his approval of how, in spite of very adverse terrain and difficult working conditions, the state is yet doing well in development parameters.

In his address, Gamlin thanked the Planning Commission and the Govt. of India for the unstinted support that had been extended to the State government. Outlining the development agenda of his Govt, the Chief Minister said that infrastructure creation, education, health, power, tourism, border areas development, agriculture, horticulture and water resource development were the thrust areas that the Govt has identified. Commenting on the SPA as the primary planning tool of the government, he said that it has become a very critical resource multiplier and the projects that have been highlighted to be taken up under this - like the construction of 2-lane RCC cement roads in all district towns,  the up-gradation and modernization of district hospitals, the completion and modernization of hydel projects, the construction of offices and residential buildings for DCs and other district administration officials and the state matching share against Centrally Sponsored Schemes will have a great and meaningful impact on the lives of our people. “It is only when funds translate into better lives and livelihoods for the people that true progress can be measured. And this year’s allocation is a firm assertion of the government’s will to carry forward the new dimension that has come into the development process in our State.”

Planning Minister Kalikho Pul in his comments urged the Commission for a re-think on the guidelines for Centrally Sponsored Schemes and said that considering the difficulty of the terrain and the harsh conditions under which officials have to function, there is a need to make the guidelines more practical to realities in the State and for allowing some component of flexibility at the level of the State.

A PowerPoint presentation on socio-economic indicators and plan performance of the state was also made by Planning Secretary Ankur Garg on behalf of the delegation.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Setong Sena, Minister (Power) and Kalikho Pul, Minister (Finance). A high-level team of officials comprising Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, Principal Secretary to CM Yeshi Tsering, Principal Secretary (Coordination) H Paliwal, Development Commissioner V K Dev and Secretary Planning Ankur Garg also formed part of the delegation.

 

ABC pays homage to Late Khandu

Nima Khenrab

Tawang, June 13: The members of Arunachal Bullet Club (ABC) paid homage to former chief minister late Dorjee Khandu by lighting lamp and praying for his rebirth at his memorial site here today.

“Though Khandu is no more with us his absence would not be felt for he has conquered the hearts of common people of the state. We should work together to fulfill his mission and vision,” ABC president Nabam Jose said, while offering tribute to the late chief minister in presences of Khandu’s family members, HoDs and public leaders.  He also proposed to observe June 13 as a day to remember Late Khandu.

The ABC riders concluded their ride for the day at the cremation site of Late Khandu and by hoisting Buddhist prayer flags.

Tsering Tashi, the second son of Khandu while expressing gratitude to the ABC team for paying tribute to his late father, said that we wouldn’t have got the strength to bear such a great loss without the support from the people of Arunachal and the world over.

Earlier in the day, the riders started their journey from Tourist lodge to Tawang Monastery to offer prayers. Thereafter, they proceeded to Tawang War Memorial built in memory of 2,420 brave martyrs of 1962 Sino – Indian war.

The riders are scheduled to visit the Indo-China border at Bumla, the Jhongatser lake, popularly known as Madhuri lake tomorrow.

The 20-member riders team which was flagged off at IG park by Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya on June 11 reached Tawang the night of  June 12. The team is being accompanied by four riders from Tawang.

 

Byaling accords priority on regular vaccination of domestic animals

ITANAGAR, June 13: The new Minister incharge of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Tanga Byaling reviewed various issues in improving the health condition of domestic animal and also discussed measures to be taken in streamlining the functioning of the department in a meeting held with animal husbandry and veterinary Commissioner, Director and departmental officers in his office chamber.

The meeting also discussed the requirement of fund and the problems being faced by the department in implementation of schemes.

After discussion threadbare, the house decided to monitor closely the health condition of the domestic animal and emphasized on regular vaccination and health check up of animal by field officers and staff posted at various areas.

Accordingly, the department is now contemplating to issue necessary directives to all District Veterinary Officers to ensure regular vaccination of all the domestic animals within their jurisdiction and visit every village regularly to avoid any occurrence of epidemic/diseases.

Meanwhile, Byaling appealed to all villagers to cooperate with the field officers and staff. He said, the villagers should furnish details information of their animal health without hesitation as and when asked for by the the DVO or his subordinate officers/staff during their visit to the villages. He further asked the villagers approach the veterinary doctors immediately in case of any  outbreak of animal disease for treatment.

 

Pentecost Day celebrated at

Harahappa-Hoj

ITANAGAR, June 13: The Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council (APCRCC) unit of Area-I Sub-Council has joined the rest of the world in celebrating the Pentecost Day at Christian Prayer Centre Harahappa-Hoj from 10th to 12th June. The Pentecost is an important day observed by the Christians across the globe commemorating the visitation of God the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem some two thousand years back. Biblical discourses, Prayers and fasting, praise and worship, healing and deliverance services, baptismal programme and a community feast marked the three-day long celebration which was witnessed by about four thousand believers where Bible scholars Rev. Dr. Nyakdo Tasar and Evan. Dr. Joram Dol ministered the people as main speakers while the services were chaired by Pastor Tomar Ete and Pastor Tami Tachang.

Former Minister Kahfa Bengia, Joint Secy. Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) Norbu Sonam, APCRCC vice-president Dr. David Pertin, APCRCC adviser Taba  Tabang and APCRC women wing President Assu Taba attended the programme as special guests. APCRCC Area-I Sub-council chairman Er. Nabam Sutum, Secy. Evan. Khyoda Tamo, Asst. Secy. Yangbiu Pale and Pastor Tai Tatup also spoke on the occasion. Songs and dances presented by Area-I youth department and delegates from various churches of host area, Bihar and Bhutan were some of the attractions of the programme.

 

APCC slams BJP and RSS, endorses decision of AICC

ITANAGAR, June 13: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee today resolved to support the unanimous decision of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) on the issue of corruption and also extended its solidarity with the drafting committee of Lok Pak bill, constituted by Congress led UPA-II Govt.

Taking strong exception to the attempt made by some sections, particularly by BJP and RSS to ‘disgrace the time tested democracy and Parliament’ in the wake of corruption issues raised by yoga guru Baba Ramdev and social activist Anna Hazare and others, the APCC  in its meeting  held here today condemned both BJP and RSS for ‘using popularity and wealth of Ramdev for their political benefit while hoodwinking  the people of the country.’ The Congress party condemns any attempt to discredit and subvert the democratic process in the country, the APCC added.

The APCC further decided to launch mass awareness programme on achievements and agenda of Congress-led UPA-I and UPA-II at grass root level.

The meeting presided over by APCC president Nabam Tuki was attended by senior leaders, ministers, MLAs, party office bearers and leaders of all frontal wings of the party and party workers from across the state.  

 

44th Dree Football Tourney

LBSC, Zamra reach QFs

ZIRO, Jun 13: Laji Bogia Sports Club (LBSC) and Zamra Club (ZC) earned wins with identical margin of 3-0 against Puchi Putii Club (PPC) and Kings-XI (K-XI) to reach quarterfinals of the 44th Dree Football Tournament at Subansiri Stadium, Hapoli today.

In first match of the day, Laji Bogia Sports Club defeated Puchi Putii Club 3-0 with a goals each from Kalung Tani, Padi Jhony and Habung Sira in 5th, 11th and 69th minutes respectively.

Habung Taker was declared ‘man of the match’.

In the second match, Bullo Lailyang scored 2 goals while Punyo Laji scored one to help Zamra Club knock Kings XI out of the tournament.

Bullo Lailyang of ZC was declared ‘man of match’.

Zeal Football Club (ZFC) will meet Youngest Club Hari (YCH) in tomorrow’s first match while the second match will be held between Hari Sports Club (HSC) and Dolo Mando Football Club (DMFC) at Subansiri Stadium Hapoli.

 

EPS carries out cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Jun 13: Environment Protection Society (EPS) carried out a  cleanliness drive in the pilgrim places and the tourists’ spots about 15-20 kms away from the main Tawang township area today.

The spots were covered with wastes and scraps which looked very untidy and posed a direct threat to the environment. The society members collected all the wastes materials and disposed off at the dumping zone of the district.

The spots included the P.T.S.O  lake and several other  lakes which is one of the major spots of tourist attraction  in Tawang. The pilgrim spot included the “Ningmey phu” and the auspicious lake of the deity Palden Lhamo which is believed to be the  protector of the Tawang monastery.

The Society members called on the citizens to be bit more responsible and start throwing  plastics and other waste materials  in the dustbin rather than throwing it all over carelessly since these materials are biologically non degradable which can pollute the environment.

 

 

The Development Dilemma

Raju Mimi

HK Paliwal, Principal Secretary (Power & Coordination), Govt of Arunachal Pradesh on his recent visit to Dibang Valley reignited the debate on large dams. Like every central envoy who comes to Arunachal on development mission, he said the usual: “I love Arunachal, and want it to be the most prosperous state in India.”

This is the dream that the centre wants to sell us and is packaged through several development projects proposed across the state. But more than the excitement, it met with skepticism.

Take the case of proposed bridge over river Brahmaputra along NH 37 national highway that connects Roing and Tinsukia. It was a dream that came true. The bridge is vital to people of Dibang districts and would reduce the excruciating six hours journey to half. But when on May 2010, the cabinet committee on infrastructure (CCI) cleared the proposal for the bridge, it incurred a cost. The bridge came as part of the proposed 3000 MW Dibang Multipurpose Project. .

“It amazes us that not even the threat of Chinese hostility prompted the govt of India to build bridge at Sadiya, but the prospect of dams did,” echoes the voice here.

In 2008, Prime Minister of India announced massive development of road connectivity across the state and the officials in Planning Commission came up with the 1656 km Trans-Arunachal highway. It was originally intended to help in speeding up the construction of hydro-projects. But to the people of Arunachal, it was presented as ‘inter-district highway’.

“We are dead beat about all those soaring speeches on development,” says Dr Mite Linggi, former Secretary of Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS). “The whole development mission is a business venture and it must be presented to the people as it had meant for.”

Lately, the state government also started to make sincere effort calling for people’s participation. Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin in a recent speech said, “We cannot go ahead without people’s cooperation.”

The government’s changed approach is explained in many hydro-projects caught in the deadlock. It is neither able to carry the burden of imposing hundred dams on people nor able to convince the masses of the prosperity forthcoming.

Jibi Pulu, a local activist in Roing asks: “Can government sincerely commit that the development is for people and not for exploiting natural resources?”

“Even if we may agree on the benefits, the social and environmental destruction that will follow with the construction of dams will be irreparable.”

Several questions were raised during the four hour discussion with Paliwal. Can government assure the people of no demographic imbalance or lose of political voice? Is government ready to take responsibility for any misfortune arising out of hydro adventurism? Are they ready to accept local population as partner to revenue or royalty sharing? Can prosperity and development be achieved in absence of effective governance?

It may be easy to brush off these concerns as mere apprehensions, but these questions were never answered. What people are asking here is benefit not in terms of digits or currencies but in policy formulation.