Tawang gears up for Queens Baton Relay
TAWANG, June 2: The Queens Baton Relay will arrive in Tawang on July 22. The 16 member
Queens Baton Relay team will be land at Changprong Helipad at 8.30 AM on July 22.
From there, the Torch will reach Urgelling Gonpa, the birth Place of 6th Dalai Lama,
War Memorial and Nehru Gonpa accompanied by Convoy. The actual relay will start from
Nehru Gonpa to Tawang Monastery through Old Market. After brief program at Tawang
monastery the relay will go to Shyo middle school, new market and Govt Higher Secondary
school and finally to Changprong Helipad.
The Queen's Baton Relay, similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, is a relay around the
world held prior to the beginning of the Commonwealth games and carries a message
from the Head of the Commonwealth Queen Elizabeth II. The Relay traditionally begins
at Buckingham Palace in London as a part of the city's Commonwealth Day festivities.
The baton will be flown to Tawang on July 22 from Shillong in an army helicopter.
A two-hour relay will be held on the same day before the baton is flown to Naharlagun.
The baton will be kept at Raj Bhavan for a night before being flown to its next stop
at Dimapur in Nagaland. It will travel to all 70 countries of the Commonwealth before
arriving in India on June 25 at the Wagah border from Pakistan. The baton will then
travel to all the state capitals and Union Territories for 100 days before arriving
at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for the opening ceremony of the Games in New Delhi on
October 3. At the Opening Ceremony of the Games, which is scheduled to be held in
Delhi from Oct 3-14, the final relay runner hands the baton back to the Queen or
her representative, who reads the message to officially open the Games. However this
year, the queen has declined to attend the games in Delhi because of her prior engagement.
The next on line to the British throne Prince Charles will attend the event.
In a meeting held in connection with the Relay, Tawang Deputy Commissioner Gamli
Padu called a meeting of District Head of Department, Public leaders and monks of
Tawang monastery to review the arrangements.
He also said that for the past few months, exercises have been conducted for smooth
conduct of the event. Two dry runs have already been completed so far, he added.
Further, he emphasized on participation of NCC, Scouts and Guides, school children
and monks of Tawang monastery and villagers. He also said that wide publicity should
be done through local media so that the public and villagers could be informed about
Besides other arrangements, the names of torch bearer were also decided in the meeting.
Bandh cripples Capital Region
Itanagar, Jun 2: Normal life was affected following a 24-hour bandh call starting
from 5 AM on June 2 given by All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) in protest against
non-fulfillment of its demands by the state government including non formulation
of AOP for last year.
So successful was the bandh that apart from magistrate and police vehicle, the roads
were deserted. Youngsters were seen playing football and cricket on the roads!
Surprisingly, despite massive security arrangement by the City Police most of the
government offices witnessed almost nil attendances.
When contacted, the City SP Hibu Tamang informed one person arrested for violation
of prohibitory order. A case has been registered.
He further said that around 200 passengers who were stranded at Banderdewa this morning,
were ferried to their respective destinations by police. Students of Rajiv Gandhi
University were also escorted by the Police to the campus.
Malaria Endemic L/Dibang Valley makes effort to control spread of disease
ROING, June 2: As Lower Dibang Valley District comes under Malaria Endemic Region,
the month of June is observed as anti-malaria month along with rest of the country
every year in order to control and create awareness about the killer disease.
The campaign started with a mass social service which was organized by the District
Hospital with the help of district administration in the Roing township in which
all the departments and bazaar committee actively participated by cleaning their
respective office/institution and bazaar areas.
During the campaign, mass blood slide collection and spot treatment of malaria will
be carried out throughout the district, informed Dr M C Gogoi, District Surveillance
Dr A. Yirang, District Medical Officer added that DDT spray will be sprayed in malaria
endemic villages in order to arrest the growth of anopheles mosquito, vector responsible
for the spread of the disease besides insecticide impregnation of community owned
bed net during the campaign.
As per the data recorded in the district hospital, there was decreasing cases of
malaria in the last five year period from the year 2005 – 09. The year 2006 recorded
highest number of malaria positive cases with 4967 followed by 4776 malaria positive
cases in the subsequent year which was reduced to 2749 and 3143 positive cases in
the year 2008 and 2009 respectively. In the year 2005, 9 persons died out of this
disease which reduced in the subsequent years with 8 persons in 2006, 7 persons in
2007 and 3 persons in the last year 2009. Mercifully there is no causality this year
Students write to governor for intervention to stop illegal extraction of mineral
ITANAGAR, June 2: All Mishmi Students Union Lohit has called on the government to
impose strict ban on illegal extraction of Boulders, Sand & Sand-Gravels along with
other minerals from Lohit District and urged the state government to take necessary
action within fifteen days.
The Union further alleging the involvement of MLA Chongkham constituency Chow Tewa
Mein, ZPM Wakro Patam Rangmang and ASM Chairperson Balizan Krisikro in extraction
of minerals, in a representation to the government said that extraction of minerals
especially from Kanjang - Nallah, Gundri¬Nallah, Chireng-Nallah, Kamblang-river,
Khamphai-river and Lohit River and Lai should be halted with immediate effect considering
its eminent environmental effects. The students said that entire nallah & rivers
comes under Kamblang & Khamphai Forest reserve area and Extraction of minerals is
violation of existing rules under Forest (Conservation Act,1980) and Arunachal Pradesh
minor minerals conservation rule, 2002.
The Union further said that if extraction of mining is allowed, the already flood
prone areas of Pukhuri Mawai, Medo, Marwa, Kamblang, Chongkham, Alubak Guna-nagar,
Dabrumliang would be further aggravated. The Union informed that Pukhuri youth Club
Wakro had filled complaint petition before the Deputy Commissioner, Lohit District
Tezu on March 22 but no action was not taken.
The day I had to take security cover in my own state
ITANAGAR, Jun 2: The 23rd of May is the day when suddenly I felt like an alien in
my own state. On that day I along with some media friends and AAPSU team went to
visit M-pen village located near Miao town in Changlang district. Beforehand I knew
that law and order situation was not conducive after clashes had broke out between
local Singpho tribe and Chakma refugees over land encroachment by latter.
The night before visit, administration advised us to take police security and we
obliged them. On 23rd May when our entourage was readying itself to visit M-pen,
security personnel comprising state police and CRPF arrived at Miao circuit house
along with circle officer. I was shocked to see so many security officials and almost
got nervous. I think even our state chief minister does not need so much of police
force for his own security.
We started our journey to M-pen village which is around 5 kilometer from Miao town
seven in the morning. As were approaching M-pen, there was dead silence all over
and an air of hostility welcomed us. Most of the Chakma residents living there were
very hostile towards visitors. When we tried to start conversation, they ran away
and some whom we spoke were very rude. We wanted to talk to them and know why they
were hostile towards us. But Chakmas were in no mood to talk.
At places like M-Pen and Diyun presence of police made us feel protected, just opposite
in Ponnging police were hell bent on teaching a lesson to the protesters.
There was palpable tension all over and I felt that could be the reason why Chakmas
were not willing to talk to media people. Also I drew conclusion that administration
provided heavy security to visiting AAPSU and media team for fear of law and order
breakdown. Later continuing our tour to areas inhabited by Chakma refugees we visited
places like Kathan and Diyun. Here also we were provided heavy security by administration
and that completely baffled me.
M-Pen had law and order problem, so it was quite obvious that we needed police escort.
But Kathan and Diyun had no such issue, then why did we need police escort to visit
these two places? As we were concluding our visit to Diyun, I was very angry and
sad with these new developments. I have been told that in the past numerous cases
of Chakmas attacking police and government officials have been reported, so administration
did not wanted to take chance. If ordinary citizen need foolproof security to visit
places within own state, nothing can be worse than that. Our state government needs
to address this issue on urgent basis or else places like Diyun, Kathan and M-Pen
will become un-governable in coming days.
Chakmas were welcomed by people of this state with open arm when they first arrived
in 1964. I was wondering why they have become so hostile towards locals over the
year. At Kathan I got little hint for my question, when finally some elder Chakma
resident spoke to us. “This hostility between local and us is happening because of
few people. Some new Chakma arriving from outside are creating this trouble. They
also doesn’t listen to us and in fact threaten with dire consequences if we interfere
in their activities,” told the elderly Chakma man.
By the time our entourage reach Itanagar town after 7 days grueling tour of Chakma
habituated area of Lohit and Changlang district, news of police firing on anti-dam
protesters at Ponnging village welcomed us. At places like M-Pen and Diyun presence
of police made us feel protected, just opposite in Ponnging police were hell bent
on teaching a lesson to the protesters. Within striking distance of each, two different
faces of security personnel were unmasked!
RKM doctors get back to work, security enhanced
ITANAGAR, June 2: The RK Mission doctors got back to work this morning after they
shut the OPD, Emergency, OT/pay clinic for 24 hours in protests against assault on
one of the doctors. The doctor was assaulted by one Bake Tayu while he was attending
to patients at emergency ward on May 31 evening. The assaulter, who incidentally
had just walked out on bail from custody on murder charges, was immediately arrested
by the Police.
The RKM Hospital has threatened to shut the hospital if the regular assaults and
abuse on doctors and staff are not stopped. On an average, 600-700 patients visit
the OPD section of the Hospital every day.
Meanwhile, the Home Ministry has assured to provide police protection to the hospital.
Two constables were deployed yesterday and more are expected to join.
Doctors of General Hospital, Naharlagun have condemned the attack on the doctor
of RKM as well as health care personnel across the state. The doctors have called
on the concerned authority to take action against the culprits. In solidarity, they
have decided to wear black badges.
DC bats for fish farming to improve economic status
Five day Fish Farmers Training and Demonstration Prog
Yingkiong, June 2: A five day Fish Farmers Training and Demonstration Programme on
Intensive Aquaculture in Ponds and Tanks was inaugurated by Pawan Kr. Sain, DC, Upper
Siang at Yingkiong on June 1.
The training sponsored by National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad and is
being organized by the department of Fisheries, Upper Siang and attended by progressive
farmers from various parts of the district.
Addressing the trainees, Sain exhorted the trainees to utilize the training to attain
knowledge and implement the knowledge to raise their socio economic status. Other
people should be made aware that it can be made an alternative source of income,
he said while assuring that all possible help will be rendered for the development
fishery in the district. They should be able fulfill the vision the Govt. and the
department and make it a source of food, income, sports and hobby, he added.
Earlier, DFDO K. Chisi informed that the training is to create awareness about the
importance of fish farming and help the farmers to become successful.
The training will highlight the farming process from the beginning to the marketing.
Funding process of the NFDB will also be highlighted. He hoped that training will
benefit the trainees and they will make use of the knowledge to bring change in their
ITANAGAR, June 2: Former Chief Minister Gegong Apang and ZPM Tonggeng Panyang are
expected to attend the Xth Annual conference of All Ruksin Students and Youth Union
on June 3 at Ruksin as chief guest and guest of honour.
The valedictory function would be attended by AAPSU General Secretary Tojum Poyom
and Spokesperson Tobom Dai on June 6.
ITANAGAR, June 2: All Pipu Gyawe Purang Youth Welfare Association, East Siang has
called for release of pending bills against culvert works being carried out at Papu
road. It said the contractors and workers are facing problems because of non release
ALSSU demands adequate security personnel
Itanagar, June 2: All Lower Subansiri Students’ Union (ALSSU) has appealed to the
state government to tighten security arrangements in Lower Subansiri district following
arrest of a dreaded NDFB militant from Ziro recently.
Claiming presence of insufficient police personnel in all the police stations in
Lower Subansiri district, ALSSU demanded the state govt. to post sufficient personnel
to those police stations. It also urged the district administration to take all necessary
steps to make the district crime free.
ALSSU lauded district police for arresting NDFB militant Khargeswar Basumatary recently
and also appreciated the role being played by AAPSU for early solution of vexed Chakma