ITANAGAR, June 23: Drinking water supply at Naharlagun and Nirjuli has been disrupted
after the main water supply pipeline was badly damaged by landslide triggered by
torrential rain near Youth Hostel road last night.
Further, the Headwork at Nirjuli, Kancha nallah source and GI pipeline were also
washed away by flash flood.
Repairing work of the damaged pipelines is going on. It will take atleast 3-4 days
to restore water supply, according to a departmental release.
861 solar powered street lights in remote villages of Arunachal
ROING, June 22: Altogether 861 Solar Street Lights have been provided by Delhi based
Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (RECL) in remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh
under a consultancy service of Energy Efficiency Service Limited (EESL) and with
support from Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency. It was a part of the nation-wide
programme of the power enhancer RECL under it Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Solar powered street lighting are environment friendly, requires lesser maintenance
and meet the need of locals in remote areas which face problems of frequent power
cuts and where there is no powers.
Amping Megu, Project Officer, APEDA Roing informed that 466 sets have been provided
to the Lower Dibang Valley District and the installation is in progress.
Delighted with the solar powered street lighting system and appreciating the initiative
of the RECL, Joseph Pertin, ASM Parbuk-Bolik said that it has improved the village
environment during night hours and added quality to the life in villages. DIPRO
Adamant AAPSU to go ahead with bandh call
ITANAGAR, June 23: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) will go ahead with
its proposed 12-hr capital complex bandh call on June 25 from 5 am.
There will be no compromise on the issues raised by the union as issues are in the
interest of students in particular and the people of Arunachal in general. AAPSU
will go to any extent to get its demands fulfilled and appealed to the civil societies
and public to cooperate with it, said AAPSU President Kamta Lapung said in a release.
Essential services like ambulance, milk van, media, fire brigade, pharmacy have been
exempted from the purview of the bandh call.
Meanwhile, AAPSU stated that no any plea for donation should be entertained in the
name of the union for the bandh call without prior consultation of the president,
general secretary and finance secretary of the union.
Landslide disrupt power supply in East and West Kameng
ITANAGAR, June 23: The Executive Engineer (E), Bomdila Electrical Division has
informed that power supply to East and West Kameng has been disrupted due to heavy
landslide. A tower of 132kV Khuppi Feeder has been damaged near Ziro Point recently
leading to total darkness in the two districts.
The power restoration work could take up to ten days depending on the weather condition,
informed a departmental release. The linemen and staff of NEEPCO are working on war
footing to restore power supply and the Executive Engineer (E), Bomdila Electrical
Division, has assured to provide all possible help to NEEPCO Ltd for early restoration
of power supply.
ITANAGAR, June 23: The Nabam Welfare Society (NWS) in its 5th Annual Felicitation
Function held at Siddhartha Hall here on June 21 felicitated the achievers of Nabam
Participating in the Programme, former chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service
Commission (APPSC), Nabam Atum while congratulating the toppers said that there are
bigger responsibilities and challenges ahead for them as the expectations are high.
Bado Nabam was felicitated for securing 10.00 CGPA in Class X while Nabam Meti and
Nabam Tapi were felicitated for their performance in Class XII. Other achievers who
were felicitated were Nabam Saha, for qualifying in APJEE-2014, Nabam Nasap for getting
National Gold Medal in Karate, Nabam Tabang for qualifying as Assistant Professor
in Geography, Er. Nabam Teyi for getting a Gold Medal in M.Tech, NERIST and getting
appointed as Asstt Professor in the same institution and Dr. Nabam Peter, MMST, for
being the First State Health Research Scientist.
Coordination meeting held
ITANAGAR, June 23: A coordination meeting was convened under the chairmanship of
School Management and Development Committee (SMDC), Govt Secondary School, RGU Campus,
Rono Hills, Doimukh on Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman SMDC, Nangram Tuglik called upon the teaching
staff to be sincere in performing their duties and to be role model for their students.
Secretary SMDC, Taniyang Ningee while expressing happiness about the sincerity of
the teaching staffs asked them to maintain the same zeal in their work.
Blood donation camp
ITANAGAR, June 23: A total of nine units of bloods were collected in blood donation
camp organized at General Hospital Pasighat on the eve of World Blood Donation Day
on June 14 last.
Dr. N Ninu, DDHS, T&R and Dr. K Jarang, Pathologist, General Hospital, Pasighat explained
in details about the importance of voluntary blood donation and exhorted everyone
to come forward and donate blood and help save lives. Certificate of appreciation
were given to the donors.
State BJP pays tributes to Shyama Prashad
ITANAGAR, June 23: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh observed the 61st
death anniversary of Shyama Prashad Mookerjee, the versatile party ideologue and
founder of Bharatiya Jan Sangh, at party headquarters here today.
Party president Tai Tagak led the party leaders and workers in offering floral tributes
to the decorated portrait of Mookerjee.
Tagak highlighted the life history of Mookerjee, the Hindatva icon, who devoted his
life towards strengthening national integration.
Teachers raise issues
ITANAGAR, June 23: Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers’ Association (APCTA) while
participating at the National Executive Meeting of All India Federation of University
and College Teachers’ Organization (AIFUCTO) on June 22 at Faridabad in Haryana raised
series of problems faced by college teachers of the state. They raised the issues
of non-grant of Child Care Leave to female faculty members, non payment of children’s
educational allowances, conveyances allowance, enhancement of superannuation period
for college teachers from 60 – 65 years, delay in reimbursement by University Grant
Commission (UGC) to State Government and present position of Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha
Abhiyan (RUSA) of Arunachal Pradesh.
Apart from their academic and teachers’ problems, they have also raised the issue
of racial discrimination of Arunachal students in other parts of India.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Jommi Loyi, President of the College Teachers Association
and its General Secretary Dr. Bijay Raji.
IMWA urges AAPSU to withdraw bandh call
ITANAGAR, June 23: Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) has appealed to All
Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (APPSU) to call off its proposed 12 hours Capital
Complex bandh on June 25 in the greater interest of the general public of the state
and people of capital complex in particular.
We appreciate the demands of APPSU. But, bandh can not provide solution to any problem.
Hence, we appeal to AAPSU leadership to go for alternative means of protest other
than bandh to pressurize the government to meet the demands, IMWA said in a release.
IMWA also appealed to the state government to invite AAPSU and sort out differences
through discussion and negotiation.
AEKSU extends support to AAPSU
ITANAGAR, June 23: The All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) has extended support
to AAPSU which is calling bandh on June 25 next against fulfillment of its seven-point
charter of demand including non appointments of Chairman, vice chairman and OSD.
It called the demands valid and genuine saying it covers the issues related to the
people of the state.
AASSATA seeks appointment of new ATs and JTs
ITANAGAR, June 23: The All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association
(AASSATA) has sought immediate creation of 1500 AT and 1000 JT posts.
In its memorandum submitted to the parliamentary secretary education, it said, since
the present system of regularization by resultant vacancy from the Director of School
Education/Elementary Education would not be possible to regularize the SSA teacher
of even 2003 batch, for instance regularization starts from 21st September 2010 covering
5th DPC till 3rd March 2014, regularized 282 AT and 155 JT only. Most of us are now
almost more than 45 plus of age and complete regularization of 8000 teachers; it
will take 60-70 years for complete regularization if the present way is maintained.
Therefore ‘we request you to create special package of 1500 AT and 1000 JT posts
as special gift for SSA teachers,’ it said.
AACS writes to the Governor
ITANAGAR, June 23: The Arunachal Anti-Corruption Sena (AACS) has demanded immediate
inviting NIT against RE maintenance and repairing of various roads under Bameng,
Chayang Tajo and Pipu PWD Division to the tune of Rs 900 lakhs.
In its memorandum submitted to the Governor, it also demanded set up of SIT for enquiry
of Rs 24.5 crore MIS scheme on RD department during the year 2011-12, reduction of
RTI fees from Rs 10 to Rs 2 and set up of Arunachal Staff Selection Committee (ASSC)
for the post of C & D group.
Development of under-developed area Khimun’s top priority agenda
CHANGLANG, June 23: Changlang (South) MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Phosum Khimun
said that development of rural and under-development areas of his constituency will
be his top priority agenda.
Interacting with all Heads of Departments (HODs), Panchayat and public leaders of
the district at circuit house here after being elected as MLA, Khimhun sought co-operation
from all in implementing various developmental projects and schemes successfully
and in letter and spirit.
Changlang Deputy Commissioner (in-charge) N Wangjen and SDO (Hq) assured the MLA
of every possible co-operation from the District Administration in development front
and hoped the constituency in particular and district as a whole will witness a visible
development in all front under Khimhun’s leadership.
Khimyang CO Bamin Tarang was also present in the meeting. DIPRO
Union urges BRTF to act
ITANAGAR, June 23: Galo Students Union (GSU) has requested the district administration
to direct the BRTF authorities to do land-filling at a designated location and also
regulate their working hours in a day to minimize the inconvenience faced by the
This call came after a three-member team of the union comprising of General Secretary
Binya Ronya, spokesperson Marli Kamki and social service secretary Jumrik Bagra
visited the site of Aalo-Tato double lane highway project being executed by BRTF
of the of the.
The team said that the BRTF authorities have resorted to land-filling and dumping
of excavated materials all along the right side of the road.
Further, the GSU appealed to the transport department to immediately provide ex-gratia
to family members of Late Karmi Bogo who lost his life on June 12th in an accident
involving the APST bus in Assam. Since, the deceased lost his life due to the negligence
of the driver of the bus, the dept. should take full responsibility of the incident,
the union said.
The GSU further urged the state govt. to immediately consider the demands raised
Cancer awareness prog
ITANAGAR, June 23: An awareness programme on cancerous diseases and their treatment
and preventive methods was conducted in VKV, Itanagar on June 23.
Piyush Gupta, Principal Executive Officer and Neha Tripathi, Director of Cancer Aid
Society took the classes on cancer and its preventive methods and treatment. Ninety
selected students from secondary and higher secondary sessions attended the class.
A few students spoke of their certain bad habits and took an oath in the occasion
to discontinue those habits.
ITANAGAR, June 23: The first ‘INSPIRE’ internship camp, sponsored by Department
of Science & Technology, Government of India, was organized by Arunachal University
of Studies at its campus at Namsai.
Inaugurating the camp Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry etc.
Chowna Mein emphasized on the need of education in eastern Arunachal and requested
Vice Chancellor Prof. G N Pandey to start vocational educational programmes and agriculture
awareness camp in Arunachal Pradesh.
Dr. Ashwani Lochan informed that the University already has adopted National Education
Qualification Framework and has tied up with NIESBUD and IIE, Govt. of India.
The University has already organized two agriculture camps and computer training
course, he informed.
MLA Chow Zingnu Namchoom said such programmes encourage students to opt for Science.
VC Prof. Pandey, Namsai ADC Dr. Ashwani Lochan also gave valuable suggestions.
A total of 226 participants attended the camp.
ITANAGAR, June 23: Bapu Welfare Society with help of PHED repaired the Khoraliang
to Tafrogam VKV road by patching path holes with cement.
The road was in deplorable condition due to lack maintenance leading to many fatal
The villagers of Khoraliang and Tafrogam appreciated the noble work of the society.
14th FC team arrives in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, June 23: A 13-member team of the 14th Finance Commission headed by its
chairman Dr Y V Reddy arrived at Itanagar today on its maiden three-day visit to
The Commission will attend an official meeting with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and
high level team of state officials headed by Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi. The Commission
is also likely to meet civil society representatives.
Earlier, on its arrival, the team was accorded a warm traditional reception at Raj
Bhawan here. Senior Government officials were present on the occasion.
Move to appoint nodal officer for Greenfield Airport project strongly opposed by
ITANAGAR, June 23: Even before the work started, the proposed Greenfield Airport
at Hollongi is facing the first major hurdle. The Greenfield Airport Land Affected
Peoples Forum of Hollongi in a representation to Chief Minister have strongly opposed
the move of government to appoint a circle officer as nodal officer-cum-executive
magistrate of the airport project.
“Such appointment of officer above the department of Civil Aviation, Land Management
and District Administration will un-necessarily create misunderstanding among the
stakeholder/department of the state who are looking after the much awaited Greenfield
Airport Project of Hollongi. Also it is well known that Department of Civil Aviation
is handling the entire correspondence between Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airport
Authority of India (AAI) and Papum Pare District Administration and Land Management
Department are looking after the land acquisition process on the ground smoothly.
We the affected land owners are cooperating with the government and district administration
since beginning for immediate setting up of this dream project,” the memorandum said.
Further they added, “So, at this juncture when everything is going smoothly, appointment
of any officer as nodal officer on this project will undermine the working competence
of other officers of the Land Management Department, District Administration and
Civil Aviation Department who had been discharging their duty efficiently from day
one.” They have threatened of non-cooperation incase their demand is not met. “The
entire project affected land owners are against appointment of any nodal officer
wherein the District Administration and Civil Aviation Department are looking after
the project. Such appointment may cause delay in execution of the project,” Forum
DA urged to intervene on Gandhi Bridge completion
YINGKIONG, June 23: During a meeting of PRI members, HGBs, GBs and general public
on 8 June last under the chairmanship of its Zilla Parishad Member, Nobeng Burang
urged immediate intervention of the district administration for early completion
of the Gandhi Bridge which is the life-line of Yingkiong and Tuting sub-division.
The members also stated that the boundary of Mouling National Park' should be clearly
demarcated after conducting spot verification.
The existing boundary line has been drawn through the satellite mapping which has
a huge difference from the actual ground reality, the members observed and expressed.
They further decided that the Anchal Samity Assets/ Infrastructure created at Yingkiong
would continue to exist as common assets of Jengging Anchal Block (Rotgong Banggo)
and Yingkiong Anchal Block (Mori Banggo) as per decision taken in joint Anchal Samity
meeting held last year.
People caught selling lottery illegally in Itanagar
ITANAGAR, June 23: A case of illegal lottery selling today came to light when few
people from neighbouring state of Assam were caught in Itanagar. According to the
sources around 11.30 am four people, namely, Sheikul lslam (28), Ayaur Rehman (27),
Abdul Awal(25) and Idzad Ali(32) all hailing from Lakhimpur, were allegedly selling
lottery tickets illegally in the name and banner of Nabajyoti Club and Library, Fatehpur
Bihpuria Lakhimpur, Assam, without prior intimation to the authority and without
The members of Capital Youth Organizations (CYO), who caught hold of ticket sellers
from Akashdeep market, informed ADM Talo Potom about it. ADM made spot visit and
lauded CYO members for the initiative. Later CYO lodged an FIR at Itanagar police
station in this regard.
“The four-people were carrying huge number of lottery booklet with its price value
of Rs 90,000 to 1 lakh approx. It is known to all that, the selling of lottery is
banned all over India with direction of Supreme Court. So, it is normally not good
for the society, such people coming from neighboring Assam, they try to befool the
innocent people in the name of donation and lottery. They collect huge amount of
money by duping and vanished into thin air. The increasing tread of such fraudsters
in the capital complex is a great concern to the people of the Arunachal Pradesh.
Urgent action is required,” the FIR read.
Meanwhile, CYO has appealed to the district administration and police in particularly
to take strong action against such persons. “It is worth mentioning that, above arrested
persons were also having no valid inner line permit. Such people are very suspicious
and they may create any untoward incident to the society,” they added.
Rhododendron - A climate indicator
plant in Arunachal
Forest of Arunachal Pradesh is blessed with fascinating genus of plant - the Rhododendron
(from the family Ericaceae.) The name Rhododendron comes from the Greek words “rodon”
which means “rose” and “dendron” which means “tree”, hence it is “Rose tree.”
Rhododendron, a large genus with over 1000 species of trees, herbs, shrubs and even
epiphytes, is found in the North Temperate Zone and the Alpine zone with largest
concentration of diversity in the Sino Himalayan region.
In India more than 125 species of Rhododendrons are recorded, of which 61 species,
17 subspecies and 12 varieties are reported from the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
The state harbours about 84.7% of the country’s total Rhododendron species, of these
32 species and 5 subspecies have been reported from Western Arunachal Landscape (WAL).
The Rhododendron rich forests of the region are in danger due to massive destruction
of the habitat due to pressure of development. Some of the species of Rhododendron
found in Arunachal Pradesh are Rhododendron antho-pogon, R. dalhousiae var.rhobdotum,
R. barbatum, R. Bhutanese, R. cinna-barium, R. hookeri, R. arboretum etc.
Rhododendron is an evergreen shrub that grows 3 to 5 feet in height. It has ovate
leaves which alternate on the stem. The genus Rhododendron blooms with spectacular
large bell-shaped flower in white, purple, deep rose, red, pink, yellow and orange.
The plant is either known to most of people for its beautiful flowers or for their
uses as wood and for incense making. But very few know about the wonderful property
of the plant as biological indicators of climate change. Rhododendrons are thermotropic,
meaning that they are sensitive to temperature changes and responds with leaf movement.
The thermotropic leaf movement of Rhododendron is unusual because these movements
are in response to cold temperature rather than hot and dry environment as in most
of the cases. When the air temperature drops below 350Fahrenheit, the leaves will
curl and droop. The leaf curls up into tight form than their fully-flashed spring
and summer forms at cold temperature. The colder the temperature, the tighter is
the curl. This process is called thermotropism. The leaves curl up into tight, skinny
cigarette shapes when temperature is below freezing. It is bit fatter than skinny
when the temperature is warmer than the freezing. The leaves are more expanded than
their relative higher up which are much exposed to the colder air than those emanating
from the ground. The leaves in full sun will be fully open and the Rhododendron will
be bursting in bloom. The snow covered leaves shows less curl than the bare leaves.
It is believed that this process gives a plant a certain survival advantages under
harsh conditions. Rhododendrons drop their leaves as a way of reducing the amount
of leaf exposed to sunlight. Too much direct sunlight during a prolonged cold spell
can cause photosynthetic damage to leaves.
Curling is thought to serve a completely different function. Apparently, it is better
for a leaf to freeze and then thaw slowly rather than freeze and thaw rapidly. By
curling leaves, the plant ensures that each leaf gets more time to thaw and recover
from the cold without being damaged than if each leaf were held out flat as normal.
The thermotropic leave curling may serve to protect and prevent the cellular membranes
from damage during the process of daily rethawimg that often occurs during early
morning. When leaves do incur damage, it is generally when the plant is not in a
dormant state. Freeze burn, for instance can cause a greyish appearance to burned
areas of the leaf. The overall health of the plant, however, is not affected.
When leaves warm up too quickly after a spell of subzero temperature there is a risk
that cell membranes within the leaves can be damaged by ice crystals.
Some facts on Rhododendron: Rhododendrons are referred to as “the king of shrubs”
since they are regarded by many as the best flowering evergreen plants of the temperate
landscape. Rhododendron was discovered by the 16th century Flemish botanist, Charles
I’ Ecluse. Rhododendron is also the national flower of Nepal and the state flower
A new Rhododendron species i.e. “Rhododendron mechukae” is reported from the Mechuka
valley in Arunachal Pradesh at an altitude of above 2400mtrs. It’s pink flower blooms
in early February.
Many species of Rhododendron are used for various purposes’ by the tribes of Arunachal
The dried leaves of Rhododendron anthopogon are crushed and mixed with ghee for making
incense that are used in the Buddhist Monasteries in Tawang and West Kameng districts.
The leaves of Rhododendron hodgsonii, R. Kesangiae, R. Falconeri ssp. eximium etc
is used for packing ghee, churpi, butter and various agricultural products including
fruits like apple for transportation.
Fresh leaves of Rhododendron arboretum spp. arboretum, R. Cinnamomeum, etc in combination
with juniper/ thuja/ pine leaves are burnt for making smoke that is believed to be
scared and also that it helps in purifying the surrounding air.
Rhododendron barbatum, R. campylocarpum, R. keysii, R. flinckii, R. niveum, R. Hookeri,
R.griffithianum etc. are used as fuel.
Wood of Rhododendron barbatum is used for making kurki handles, boxes, spoons etc.
Some species of Rhododendrons are poisonous to grazing animals because of a toxin
called grayanotoxin. Leaves of Rhododendrons are considered dangerous as they show
symptoms of stomach irritation, abdominal pain, abnormal heart rate and convulsion,
coma and death.
However, in 1831, the medical efficiency of Rhododendron was established in homeopathy.
The freshly obtained leaves of Rhododendron chrysanthemum forms the source for a
homeopathic mother tincture that cures a number of medical conditions including rheumatism,
arthritis, gout and it is also effective in healing conditions like splitting pain
in the ligaments, fever, headaches, hallucination, neuralgic eye pain as well as
inflammation of testicles.
It has been established that individuals who need the homeopathic remedy of rhododendrons
are basically nervous by nature and are seriously distressed or afraid by an approaching
The magnificent flowers of Rhododendrons have a huge potential to make the state
a tourist hub. But extensive deforestation, unsustainable extraction for firewood
and incense making by local people without any conservation strategy and the pressure
of development are posing serious threat to their existence and survival. These magical
plants need to be conserved and explored sustainably.
The rich Rhododendron Forest offers an enormous platform for researchers to scientifically
explore the still unexplored Rhododendron world of the state as it holds a vast promise
for discovering more new species of Rhododendron in the days to come. Since the phenological
responses provide one of the best biological indicators of climate change, Rhododendrons,
with its availability in the temperate to alpine forests along the altitudinal gradient
would be an ideal species to explore. The traditional knowledge and information that
rests with the Monpa and Sherdukpen community, the major tribal groups inhabiting
the region, will be of extreme value and will serve as an important climate witness.
(The writer is a Scientific Officer (Sc-B), A.P State Council for Science & Technology,
Farmers' exposure visit conducted at ICAR Basar
ITANAGAR, June 23: Altogether 17 farmers participated in a farmers’ exposure visit
at ICAR, Basar organized by ATMA Papum Pare from June 17 to 19 last.
The farmers were escorted by ADO Yupia, Kekjar Ronya. The exposure visit was aimed
at making the farmers equipped with the awareness in modern generations in modern
technologies adopted in Agriculture and allied sectors.
Speaking on the occasion, Joint Director, ICAR Basar, Dr R Bhagawati advised the
farmers to acquaint themselves with new farming practices, varieties of field crops
and modern technologies of Agriculture and allied sectors adopted by ICAR and adopt
these practices in their own area.
Scientists and technicians of ICAR were the resource persons and mediators during
Scientist (Entomology) Dr Anup Chandra explained the scientific ways of beekeeping,
method of preparation of vemicompost and insect-pests management in nurseries and
standing crops. Scientist (plant pathology) Dr Raguveer Singh dwelt at length the
diseases of crops.
STA (Horticulture), Takar Ronya, described in details the construction of poly houses
for raising seedlings of different crops and showed demonstrations on citrus budding
and grafting methods.
TA (Vety Science), Dr Bali Yomgam talked about piggery, poultry and dairy farming
and schedules for feedings and vaccinations of birds and animals for healthy growth.
TA (Agronomy), Bhoben Pait briefed about the agro-climatic zones of the state, soil
and temperature status and crops suitably grown in each zone.
He showed model of integrated farming systems and other informative datas and tools
available at Agriculture Technology Information Centre (ATIC). He also explained
packages and practices of different tuber crops and its economics importance.
Research Associate (Fishery), Prasanta Mahanta described construction of fish pond
and composite fish culture and feedings etc..
Toppers & achievers from Idu Mishmi community felicitated
ROING, June 23: School toppers and achievers in the academic field from the Idu Mishmi
community were honoured with a felicitation programme organized by the community's
apex body Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) here on Sunday.
It was a proud moment for the Twenty two students who had scored highest mark in
their CBSE Class X and XII examinations this year from their respective schools.
They were felicitated with a cash prize and certificate of appreciation. The scorers
were categorized as school toppers and toppers among Idu Mishmi students.
The school toppers received their awards from the Chief Guest Mutchu Mithi, Parliamentary
Secretary, Horticulture. The highest scorer among Idu Mishmi students were awarded
by the Guest of Honour Vijay Swami, Executive Director, RIWATCH.
Amili Linggi from Intaya Public School (IPS) scored the highest mark in Class X with
CGPA 10. In Class XII Commerce, Science and Humanities stream, Liya Umpe from Govt
Higher Secondary School Roing, Ashili Linggi from Bhavans Gandhi Vidyasharam, Kodaikanal
and Niba Tacho from JNV Roing scored the highest mark respectively.
Besides the Class X and XII toppers, NERIST Entrance topper Lakhi Mena and Arunachal
Pradesh Joint Entrance Exam topper Aja Mega were also felicitated.
For the first time, first PhD holder from the Idu Mishmi community, Dr Rajiv Miso
was given recognition formally. Along with him, the only other two other PhD holders
from the community - Dr Tarun Mene and Dr Arun Mili were also felicitated.
As encouragement to teachers, four Assistant Professors - Abba Pulu, Athuko Tayu,
Riko Mihu and Vicky Pulu who were appointed last year were felicitated. Appreciations
were also awarded to qualifiers of NET/SLET examinations and Masters of Laws graduates.
The achievers in the academic field were awarded with Mishmi Jacket and certificate
Encouraging the community to give focus on education, Mutchu said the Idu Mishmi
community have political stalwarts like Mukut Mithi and Laeta Umbrey, but it is still
far behind in education. He said it is only through education that community can
surge ahead. He promised to extend all help to IMCLS in working for uplifting of
education in the community. The chief guest congratulated all the achievers and encouraged
the community to produce more numbers of achievers in the education field.
Though the occasion was for the achievers, words of encouragement for those who could
not make it were also conveyed. "It is not mere certificates, ranks and degrees that
will account for your success.
What matters in the end is how human you are," said Swami. The guest of honour said
the world does not only belong to achievers, but has enough space for people who
want to excel in their own way.
Dr Miso, also the guest speaker for the occasion spoke on ways people want to live
their lives. He urged the students to make a balance between hard work and recreation.
Opening the discussion at the outset, Razzeko Dele, Assistant Professor, IGG College
urged the community to conduct itself for larger gain rather than individual profit.
Earlier outlining the objective of felicitation programme, Enju Linggi, President,
IMCLS said that such function is organized not only to felicitate the toppers but
to have a relook at ourselves as community. It is a rare opportunity when intellectuals
from the community meet and discuss on vital issues, the President said.
The felicitation function was hosted by Dr Rasto Mena, Literary Secretary, IMCLS
and Sumila Linggi, Vice President, IMCLS. The programme was attended by former IMCLS
President Jatan Pulu and Kelo Pulu, Zilla Chairperson Sipi Elapra, former Zilla Chairperson
Chiliko Meto, Dr SJ Mitapo, DTO, Dr Ista Pulu, SMO and various other guests.
Farmers demand renovation of defunct ‘Cold Storage’ at Niglok
RUKSIN, June 23: Due to lack of storage facilities, the commercial vegetable growers
of East Siang district have been facing huge loss in marketing their produces.
Talking to this correspondent, the farmers of Jampani area along Assam-Arunachal
boundary said that a large quantity of rabi and kharif vegetables had to be thrown
out due to lack of marketing as well as cold storage facilities resulting in huge
financial loss to the farmers. It is said that large quantity of the crops has been
left in the filed without harvesting.
Some of the farmers, who have taken bank loan and invested in the farming activities,
rued that despite normal production, they could not recover the invested amount for
want of marketing and cold storage facilities.
The leafy and fruit vegetables are grown in large scale in the foothills of Ruksin
area and plain reverine land of Jampani area, which are regularly supplied to different
parts of West Siang, Upper Siang and Dibang Valley districts besides Dhemaji and
Lakhimpur areas of Assam.
The 1000 MT capacity ‘cold storage’ which started functioning in September, 2010
at Niglok Industrial Centre near Ruksin has been lying defunct for the years and
it is no longer in use.
The farmers lamented that none of the elected leaders pay any heed to their grievances,
which is causing a great deal of irritation among them. They alleged that despite
repeated appeals made by them, the agriculture department is not taking up the issue
with competent authority.
“We have been demanding the authority to revive the cold storage at Niglok, but the
authority has not yet done anything on pretext of power supply shortage. Besides
fulfilling vegetable in the local vegetable markets, our surplus produces are imported
to other distant places. But, we are compelled to sell the seasonal vegetables in
very low prices as there is no cold storage or other storing facilities”, rued Basansing
Pao, a progressive farmer of Lower Jampani.
The dejected farmers of the district have also threatened the state government of
mass stir if their raising demands are unheard for longer.
Roing-Shantipur city bus service introduced
ROING, June 23: Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services (STS) has started a 28-seater
city bus service between Shantipur and Roing in Lower Dibang Valley much to the delight
of people of the area.
Flagging off the bus service at Shantipur check gate today morning in presence of
Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Shiv Kumar and APST general manager Abu Tayeng,
Parliamentary Secretary (Water Resource) Gum Tayeng hoped introduction of the bus
service will help check fares of private-run Sumo services besides easing communication
problems of the people of the area who frequently visit the district headquarters
on various purposes. She appealed to all to cooperate with the department to ensure
regular operation of the bus service.
The service will mostly benefit the office goers and students as the bus will leave
for Roing from Shantipur at 8-30 am back to Shantipur at 5 pm. The fare is fixed
at Rs.30, informed Tayeng.
The people from Kangkong, Katan, Parbuk, Mobang, Bolik, Bolung, Ithili, Idili, Jia,
10KM, Meka and many more villages situated along the Roing-Shantipur NH-37 road would
be benefitted from the bus service.
It is pertaining to mention here that APSTS has already introduced daily Tata Sumo
Services from Roing to Anini and Dambuk to Pasighat.
Panchayat and public leaders were present during the flagging off ceremony. DIPRO
Panchayat leaders called on Education minister
ITANAGAR, June 23: A delegation of Panchayat leaders of 60th Pongchau-Wakka Constituency
led by Matpho Kolong, ZPM of Wakka Block along with MLA Honchun Ngandam called on
Education Minister Tapang Taloh recently to brief him about the education scenario
in the area.
They informed the minister that though the Govt. Sec. schools of Pongchau and Wakka
along with Govt. Middle School, Nginu were upgraded to Higher Secondary and secondary
school respectively in 2009, however the schools have not been functioning due to
lack of subject teachers and basic infrastructure. They further said that after the
up-gradation of the schools, students of the area are not getting admissions in Govt.
Higher Secondary Schools, Longding and Khonsa, which has better facilities.
The delegation appealed for immediate posting of subject teachers to the schools
in the coming session. They also called for posting of full-fledged Principals, Vice
Principals and Headmasters to the schools.
The Education Minister is reported to have given assurance to the team on posting
of five subject teachers (JTs) in each school as well as posting of Principals
The illegal earth cutting activities in and around Capital Complex has become major
source of concern for the citizens. Most of the roads including national highway,
sector and arterial are getting damaged due to the earth cutting activities carried
out nearby the road. Despite tall claims made in media, the capital administration
has totally failed to take action against those persons.
The citizens of capital have no fear for law and therefore carries out rampant earth
cutting activities regularly. Their act also shows that they have no love for the
mother land. They are very much aware that due to their activities roads are getting
damaged thereby giving tough time to the citizens. Portion of NH-52 A at Naharlagun
has been badly damaged due to construction activity near the road. Similarly Itanagar-Jote
stretch of road is also deteriorating due to the haphazard earth cutting. Capital
and Papum Pare district administrations together should take strong action against
such persons who cause damage to the public property. Action should be real and not
in paper only.
----Readers Forum ----
Hindi is being promoted by throttling the indigenous languages
This is in response to the news report titled "Promoting Hindi doesn't discourage
regional languages: Rijiju"(June 20) .
It is absolutely irrelevant whether the NDA Government has adopted a "new" policy
to propagate the use of Hindi nationally or merely implementing an "old" circular
put out first by the earlier UPA dispensation. The fact remains that the Union Government,
led by parties of whatever political affiliation, has all along been barbarically
imposing Hindi --- the language of few North Indian states --- upon this multi-lingual
democratic nation; thereby treating non-Hindi speaking people as secondary citizens
as rightly said by that man of utmost self-respect --- M.Karunanidhi.
Hindi is another language of the multi-lingual democratic nation named India; the
latter's right over the country is neither superior nor inferior to the former group
of languages. This is the very reason why the Constitution has not declared Hindi
as the "national language" and the division bench of Gujarat High Court comprising
of Chief Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya and Justice AS Dave has categorically stated that
there is no national language in India.
Hindi is also barbarically termed as "Rajbhasa"! This directly implies that either
Hindi is the language of the "Rajas" or it is the "Raja" of the languages! By which
democratic, moral or Constitutional authority do the Hindi-imperialists dare to insult
the non-Hindi speakers(who form more than 60 percent of the Indian population) and
their respective mother tongues by relegating them as nothing but "subjects" or "prajas"?
The junior Home minister Kiren Rijiju has commented that by promoting Hindi, the
authorities are not discouraging regional languages! But the hard reality remains
that Hindi is being promoted by throttling the indigenous languages of the concerned
In the Computerised daily tickets issued from Railway stations of West Bengal as
well as in the tickets for Reservation in long distance trains, the names of the
starting and destination stations are printed only in English and Hindi! By which
moral, democratic or Constitutional authority can the Railway Department eradicate
Bengali right in its own backyard and rob the Bengali passengers of their linguistic
Instead of popularising Hindi in order to "unify" the country, Hindi should actually
be banished from non-Hindi speaking regions and all-India scenario to prevent the
country from disintegration. Making Hindi the dominant language has resulted in a
particular linguistic group getting an upper hand in all sectors and given its speakers
an added advantage in the limited job market, the resultant inequality flouting all
norms of democracy. Thanks to the use of Hindi in Railway Recruitment Board Examinations,
the candidates from North India were bagging the lion's share of the jobs.
And no condemnation is enough for the junior Home minister Kiren Rijiju for trying
to "merely implementing" an "old" circular of the previous regime at the Centre!
Have all internal problems got solved as soon as the NDA Government took over the
reins of the nation and "good times" have at last emerged in the Indian horizon?
Instead of solving the burning issues like Maoist insurgency, infiltration across
the borders, terrorism or the deluge of rapes and atrocities against the women folk
across the country; he is lavishly wasting time by meeting Central Hindi committee
or constituting "urban official language operational committees"! As a representative
of a non-Hindi speaking state, when the need of the hour was to see that all languages
of India are placed on an equal pedestal; Rijiju is hell-bent on killing the colourful
mosaic named India and reducing it to a mere extension of cow belt so as to exemplify
his "nationalism" or "integration" of North-East in the "mainstream"! Why don't Rijiju
concentrate on the task which has been entrusted upon him by drawing inspiration
from Karunanidhi's advise that the NDA should focus on delivering the economic and
social promises instead of trying to "promote" Hindi?
And let the "nationalists" remain aware of the fact that as far as English is concerned;
not only is it the language of higher education or the window to reach out to the
world; it is also the only language which can link and bind all regions of India.
English should be awarded the numero uno status as it is absolutely neutral whereby
people of no particular state will be privileged, the way speakers of Hindi now are.
If a certain high profile leader religiously uses Hindi while addressing this multi-lingual
country or while representing this heterogenous nation abroad, it is his personal
matter; though it directly assaults the sentiments of the non-Hindi speaking population.
Still the matter can be excused as an individual's "freedom of speech" and also because
of the fact that the said speech would not affect their lives directly in an adverse
manner! But by drawing strength from of a leader's blind admiration of Hindi, his
"comrades" hold absolutely no right to impose Hindi upon the non-Hindi speaking electorate;
else it would be rendered as an unpardonable act.
Postpone bandh calls
I would like to request AAPSU fraternity to postpone the proposed bandh call on 25th
June as most of the students who are pursuing their study in IGNOU and in Distance
Education have their examinations on the same day.
I believe and hope that AAPSU being an esteemed student union body will consider
our request and postpone the bandh call.
I also request the AAPSU team to inquire about the events related to students or
exam schedules of that particular date before calling Bandhs.
AAPSU is for student’s welfare therefore please redress our request and postpone
bandh call to some other day.
Cladestine activities of somegovernment employees
Through your esteemed daily I would like to bring to the notice of the State Govt,
the unemployed citizens of the State and the employees of the Planning department
about the clandestine activities of some deputed District Planning Officers/Deputy
Directors of Planning.
That vide orders No. PD(EM)-142007, dated 31/07/2011, eight numbers of DPOs/DDPs
were appointed on deputation basis from the Education department who were serving
as Assistant Professors of economics or commerce subjects in different colleges of
As the eight DPOs were deputed purely on temporary basis for three years term, the
Department vide order No.vide Order No. PD (EM) -14/2007,dated 8/01/2013 served a
released order to all deputed DPOS to vacate on the expiry of three years term by
31/07/2014, probably due mainly following call back letters from the Directorate
of Higher Education vide Order No. ED/HE-501/2011, dated 03/10/2013 and vide ED/HE-501/2011,dated
But shockingly notwithstanding the call back orders of the Higher Education Department
these crafty DPOs are said to have been clandestinely trying for their regularisation
in the planning department. In this connection the following points are worth pondering
There are two entry grades to enter into the Planning Department at Group “A” and
Non Gazetted Group “B” namely, Research Officer (RO) and Research Assistant (RA)
respectively which is entered through the Examination conducted by the State’s Apex
recruitment board, the APPSCE.
The fact that the Education department in the entire State is running short of teachers
especially after so much upgradation of schools and creation of new colleges, this
news is sure to make everyone uneasy and hard to digest, particularly if they come
from Economics/commerce background.
As per the RR the vacant DPO/DDP posts are supposed to be filled from the Senior
ROs by promotion. And the resultant vacancy in the lower grades are to be filled
through direct recruitment to facilitate the unemployed youth to get job.
Hence, it is fervently felt that such activities of a few people, seeking regularisation
in other department to desert their own department must be opposed tooth and nail
lest this should leave a bad precedence and encourage illegalities in other departments
Our state has been in bad light for such kind of illegalities in the past and has
withnessed legal battles for a quite good many times for correcting the wrong done
once for all.
It seems ROs, SRAs and RAs are still in deep slumbers, unaware of the clandestine
activities of the temporary DPOs/DDP. I feel today’s revelation is enough to wake
them up. May be they are relaxed and taking for granted that since the department
of planning is at present attached to the Chief Minister nothing wrong can happen.
It is true seeing the impeccable record and promises he made to the people of the
State to provide us corruption free administration. But how long? How long chief
minister will hold the department with him?
My earnest request is also to all the welfare organisations, AAPSU and unemployed
organisations, to use their cudgel against such attempts.