2011

March  - 09

News Highlights

People of Arunachal will decide who shall run the government: AAPSU

“State government’s silence worrying”

ITANAGAR Mar 8: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has expressed deep concern over threat issued by NSCN (K) against ministers and MLAs belonging to Tirap and Changlang district to withdraw support to Dorjee Khandu led government. In a press statement AAPSU President Takam Tatung has termed this act as a slap on the face of people of Arunachal Pradesh.

“We respect the sentiment of Naga people and their long fight for dignity. But interfering in the affairs of other state is something we do not expect from underground group like NSCN (K). We have elected government and it is up to people of Arunachal to decide who shall run the government,” said AAPSU President Takam Tatung. Further he added, “MLAs and ministers of Tirap and Changlang are Arunachalee citizens and they are voted to power by Arunachalee citizens of two districts. It’s unfair on the part of UG group from outside state to dictate the political affairs of Arunachal.”

AAPSU has further questioned silence of state government in this whole matter. “It’s amazing how state government is keeping silence over whole issue. Where has home minister of state gone hiding? Is not it his duty to respond when integrity of state is at stake at this hour. Deafening silence of home department will demoralize the morale of ordinary citizen of state,” said AAPSU President.

Tatung also took exception to recent demand for Patkai autonomous council by some human right group of Tirap. “Department of Tirap and Changlang (DoTC) has been created for speedy development of these two districts. Every year funds are specially directed to these two districts, whereas some other districts of state do not get enough funds. But nothing has improved at ground. It is hard to understand why they are demanding Patkai autonomous council after all this?” questioned Takam Tatung. AAPSU president also urged for proper monitoring on how fund under DoTC are being used at ground level.

AAPSU President has also urged leaders of Tirap and Changlang to come clean of this whole issue. “For sake of Tirap and Changlang, citizens of other districts have to face so many troubles. Also major chunk of developmental fund goes to these districts. Rest of Arunachalee wants leader of these two districts to come forward and explain their stand of this whole threat issue,” stated Takam Tatung.

Further Tatung appealed to both faction of NSCN and army to respect dignity of ordinary citizen of Tirap and Changlang. “Arunachalee citizens has nothing against NSCN groups and their fight for Naga cause. But we appeal them not to harm interest of poor citizens of Tirap and Changlang in their factional fights. Human right violation should not be done by the UG group and army. Enough blood-shed has taken place and its time they go for intellectual fight,” said Takam Tatung.   

In a statement, students from Tirap and Changlang appealed to the politicians of Arunachal Pradesh not take undue advantage of prevailing situation in the district for personal gain of power and position.

 

Civil society alarmed at Tirap situation

NSCN (K) letter “inappropriate and malicious”

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Arunachal Citizens Rights, Nefa Indigenous Human Rights Organisation, Human Rights Law Network, Women Power Connect, Arunachal chapter, Global Human Right Organisation and Arunachal Indigenous Peoples’ Union in a joint statement has expressed serious concern at the deteriorating law and order situation in Tirap district, and failure of the governments to provide security to the life and property of the common masses there.

“A letter written purportedly by the President of GPRN/NSCN, S.S. Khaplang, directing the Ministers and MLAs of Tirap and Changlang districts to withdraw support to Dorjee Khandu government, seems inappropriate and malicious. In a democratic set-up, no non-state actor should have the privilege to dictate the elected representatives” the statement read.

It further expressed concern at the silence of the government on the matter which is threatening the security of state and its people. People of  Arunachal Pradesh would be interested to know the real facts, it said.  The organizations further urged upon various political groups and state agencies to find an amicable solution to any problem, which they might be having, through peaceful means and democratic spirit without disturbing the ‘sleep and works’ of the people of Tirap and Changlang districts.

 

Tawang celebrates Lossar

Tawang, Mar 8: Lossar is being celebrated in Tawang district.

At Lumla, Parliamentary Secretary  Forest and Environment Govt Kumar Waii inaugurated the Lossar festival.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, Parliamentary Secretary Nabum Rebia and  MLA Jambey Tashi, DC Gamli Padu  attended the day long function.

Greeting the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion of Lossar festival, chief minister said that the Lossar festival should not be confined within Monpa Community.

He emphasized on celebrating Lossar festival in a broader way by involving all tribes of Arunachal.

He appealed the educated youth to join hands in the developmental process and not to create obstacle. He added that the state is marching ahead in every aspect of development like rest of the country.  Kumar Waii, in his address told the importance and  benefits of festivals in tribal community. It is an occasion of reunion of families and relatives and also to show one’s hidden talent, he added.

Rebia, in his address appreciated the pace of development in the state under the leadership of Khandu.

He emphasized on taping the natural resources particularly the Hydro power resources available in the state.

Local MLA Jambey Tashi while welcoming the guest  gave brief narration on Lossar festival and its importance to the society. He also appreciated CM for bringing the state in the path of development with the rest of the country.

Earlier, Nabum Rebia, laid the foundation of the new PWD Division at Lumla and Chief Minister inaugurated the Sports Complex at Lumla.

A Monpa film, ‘Phamak Layo’ was also released on the occasion. (DIPRO)

 

Arunachal celebrate International Women’s Day

APSCW calls for gender budgeting in all depts

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Along with the rest of the world, the International Women’s Day was celebrated across Arunachal Pradesh by various women organizations, political parties and other civil societies today.

The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Advisory Board (APSSWAB) and APWWS   and with support from the National Commission for Women has celebrated the International Women’s Day in a grand manner at the Oju Welfare Association office premises.

Addressing a mammoth gathering of women on the occasion, the APSCW Chairperson Komoli Mossang hoped that women would be able to look forward to an era of peace, progress and prosperity. Mossang also called on the Government to initiate the gender budgeting in every department for concerns and needs of the women.  Earleir,  the APSCW chairperson paid  her homage to pioneering women leaders of Arunachal Pradesh Late Padmashree Omem Moyang Deori and Late Nyari Welly.

The Chairperson of APSSWAB Marina Nido speaking as the guest of honor called upon the society to fight against social evils like alcoholism. Women should learn to overcome their own weakness in order to work for   wellbeing of the family and society as a whole, she said.

 Binny Yanga, the recipient of the Durga Bai Deshmukh Award for her contribution towards uplift of the society, called upon the Government to ensure strict enforcement of anti tobacco regulation including ban on chewing tobacco products. Binny Yanga through a memorandum called upon the authorities of education and health departments to ensure that the infrastructure made available by the Government is not only well maintained but fully equipped too.

Gumri Ringu, President APWWS and former Chairperson APSSWAB and former member APSCW, also organizer of the event, called upon the women of Arunachal Pradesh to stand up for their rights. At the same time she urged the women not to misuse the sanctions of the law.

The celebration brought under its banner women from all walks of life. The technical session on Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006 was presented by Mepung Tadar, Vice Chairperson, APSCW and protection of Domestic Violence Act 2005 was presented by Mamta Riba, Member Secretary APSCW. Tadar Yadir Member APSCW, Yater Nasi Member APSCW, Lomte Riba, Former Member APSCW, Tokmem Pertin, Joint Director, SW&WCD Deptt.,  Nyapi Ringu, Deputy Director SW & WCD, Breeze Doye, Dy. Director RD, Samnem Lego, under secretary Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. O Ering, Gynecologist. Dr. T. Kampu, Senior Medical Officer were among the prominent ladies who graced the function.

Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee headed by its President, Yari Dulom and the rank and file has observed the International Women Day at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar today.

Addressing the gathering, APMCC President Yari Dulom, highlighted the aims and objects of the Day and recalled the sacrifices made by Clara Zetkins, Rosa Luxembarg, Alexandra Kollontai in founding the International Women's Day for upliftment of the women community of the world in the year 1910.

APMCC Executive member Ayam Modi, APMCC Vice- President Niani Natung, APMCC General Secretary,Yame Tok, DMCC Papumpare District President Techi Dumsap, CMCC President Mai Modi, RGPRS, Itanagar Secretary Papu Hakom also spoke on the occasion and placed their views regarding the achievements made by the women of the present day India and hoped that the women of Arunachal Pradesh will also not lag behind in pursuing their goals.

All Arunachal Widows Association member Yajor Techi Lowang highlighted the grievances of the widows, sons and daughters of Police personnel's, who died while in service. She submitted a memorandum to APMCC President to look into their grievance like compassionate appointment.

During the day long celebration, the Mahilas unanimously placed their demands to the concerned authority for establishment of separate Women's College of all discipline including Technical Education in the State, separate Women's IRBN in the State and also resolved to strengthen the motto of Sonia Gandhi for 33% Women's' Reservation Bill in parliament.

The BJP State Mahila Morcha also celebrated the centenary celebration of International Women’s Day at its state headquarters Conference Hall under the theme - shashakt mahila samaroh.

The state General Secretary, Dominic Tadar advised Mahila Morcha to reach out to the various women groups in the rural areas and strengthen the party organization and Women Self-Help Groups reaching beyond the party affiliations to bring awareness and sensitize women folk on various development programmes and policies.

General Secretary and Party Spokesman Tai Tagak, in his address said that the society needs to give and create good and safe environment for active participation of the women and at the same time same spirit has to come from women themselves. Padmeswari Jamoh and Kabak Yabii called upon women to come forward to work for their betterment and collective team efforts even in the political platforms.

The President, State BJP Mahila Morcha Kenjum Pakkam has called upon the women to come forward to party’s Leadership Training camps and strengthen women’s Organizations at all levels.

The state Mahila Morcha is soon conducting a women leadership trainings Camps throughout the state.

The Mahila Morcha State President also called upon all to actively cooperate in the establishment of Nari Shakti Kendras (NSK) in all districts and work for the social welfare and empowerment of women.

During the day the State BJP Mahila Morcha also honoured women social workers at the grass root.

Daporijo: The women of Daporijo came together today in full force, in show of strength to celebrate the 100 years of International Women’s Day by taking out a procession around the town which culminated in a dance and song competition organized by IDEA, Daporijo Unit and District ICDS Cell, Daporijo at the Sacred Heart School, Daporijo.

The celebration was graced by MLA Tapen Siga as Chief Guest and Yakap Lote ZPM as guest of honour.

This is the day when women should take a pause to realize their strength and the immense potential that they have to do anything if they put their heart and soul to it, stated Tapen Siga while addressing the women present on the occasion of International Women’s Day. He encouraged all to change their preconceived mindset about women, starting with themselves, so that women would come forward and in turn the society would progress and prosper.

Yakap Lote enjoined all women to be strong and take proper care of themselves and their families. Citing her own example, she said that her generation of women were given into child marriage and did not get a chance to gain proper education. This should not deter any woman and education should be encouraged and practices like child marriage should be done away with, she added.

SP A. Bitin, DD (ICDS) Dani Yami, Fr. Tomy CMF principal Sacred Heart School and Sr. Rosemary IDEA coordinator also spoke on the occasion creating awareness on the importance of the day. The colourful dance and song competition amongst the SHGs in the Daporijo town was termed a success.

Ziro: The International women’s Day was Celebrated at Salaya village, under Ziro Circle of Lower Subansiri district by District Integrated Child development Scheme (ICDS) Cell in a befitting manner in collaboration with Home Society.

Deputy Director, ICDS, Ziro  Jaya Jawal Singh, accompanied by CDPOs of Ziro-I,Yachuli, Raga ICDS projects Hage Indira, Tasso Asha , Kina Taka and other field functionaries and over 30 NGO members attended the function.

Awareness on domestic violence, child marriage, health and hygiene of adolescence girls , exploitation of women, drug abuse and their  legal and social remedies and  various welfare programmes and schemes launched by the government were discussed at length.

Tezu:  International Women’s Day was celebrated in Tezu with a procession from Jubilee Ground, Tezu to the Conference Hall of the District Medical Officer, Tezu.

The Deputy Director, ICDS Geyum Amo along with her CDPOs conducted the peaceful procession.

Women from all walks of life participated sportingly. Simultaneous to the procession an informal interactive session regarding women issues in Tezu in particular was organized in the Conference Hall of the DMO.

Dr. P. K. Saikia, Superintendent District Medical congratulating all the women on the day called for girl education and equal pay for both men and women.

DMO N Ninu on her speech emphasized on women health. She said that woman should be really careful of thier health and remain updated on diseases like the STDs, breast cancer etc. She announced that within a short span of time, she will conduct a health awareness camp on breast cancer.

DD, ICDS highlighted about the Domestic Violence Act, 2005.

At Yingkiong, Upper Siang Women Welfare Society (USWWS) took out a  procession in  the township to mark the International Women’s Day. Later a grand public meeting was organized  at the Multipurpose Community hall, Yingkiong.

Addressing the gathering as the  chief guest, Amang Libang, wife of MLA Alo Libang, appreciated the initiatives taken by the Society for creating awareness and educating the ignorant women regarding the importance of the day. She hoped that the day will go a long way in educating and empowering the women for a better society.

USWWS secretary Oma Pertin stressed on the importance of women and child education. She also elaborated the various aspect of life where women play a pivotal role and appealed all to take good care of mother and child health and discourage polygamy, alcoholism etc.

Dr. Miti Jopir, through power point presentation elaborated on the domestic violence-its causes and preventions. She said, abuses against women should be discouraged and appealed all to take help of the  designated officers, NGOs and media against violence. She put emphasis on awareness on rights and duties of women and called upon the women folk to go for marriage registration. Interaction session and cultural programme  were also held on the occasion.

The 36th Battalion, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the Tirap district celebrated International Women’s day in a befitting manner.

Speaking on the occasion Sanant Kamal, Commandant 36 BN, CRPF exhorted the women to come forward and work for weaker sections. Stressing the need of dissemination of awareness on various issues like education and job oriented schemes, Kamal hailed the wives of force members for leading a seamless affair in their home when men are supposed to be deployed mostly in the terrain areas like Arunachal Pradesh. He also gave away prizes to the participants in various cultural activities.

Apart from the lady wives of officers and jawans, the women folks of nearby locality have also enthusiastically took part in  various programme including musical competition, art works and making of fake ornament using pop corn on the occasion.

Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) organised several women empowerment programmes, rallies, street plays, cultural shows and competitions to mark the centenary year of International Women’s Day on March 8 in collaboration with District ICDS Cell Daporijo, Sacred Heart School Daporijo, Catholic Church Siyum and St. Claret Mission Boasimla; and supported by KFB Austria. Thousands of people from rural villages partook in the rallies and awareness programmes.

The massive women empowerment rally at Boasimla was inaugurated by the Chief guest Kabak Papi, ASM Chair person, Gangte. Guchi Yak, ASM Ga and Puri Napar, GPM Boa Basti were also present on the occasion.

Kabak Papi, thanked IDEA for the development and social transformation that has taken place in the rural villages of Lower Subansiri District. He spotlighted the impact visibility areas such as increase in adult literacy, savings, family unity, etc. He further said that children are regular to the school, people are united and often take up voluntary social work and reach out to one another in need. IDEA street theatre team presented very thought provoking street plays, dances and awareness songs.

The Women’s Day program at Siyum was inaugurated by a peace rally followed by cultural programmes and competitions. Fr. Anto SAC motivated the women to bring to light their hidden qualities and inborn talents. He said that they are the back bone of the society.  Dr. Sr. Susmitha spoke on women’s health and child care. Sr. Francia teamed up hundreds of IDEA SHG women and organised the competitions. SHG members put up colourful dances and cultural items and at the end prizes were distributed. Shri Sanjit, IDEA Project Coordinator enabled women’s active participation.

 

Efforts to streamline PDS in West Kameng

BOMDILA, Mar 8: West Kameng now seems to be treading on the just and humane path with certain initiatives from the Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi to lessen the woes of the consumers of PDS items who return empty handed even after braving the climatic odds the whole day. The frustrations of the general consumers at times take an ugly turn resulting in serious law and order problem.

With a total of 3349 card holders and a population of around 8500 in the district headquarter, it virtually is a Herculean task to manage such an ocean of people and issue rice and other PDS items from the lone headquarter Co-operative counter from the allotment made which is short of what actually is required.

In order to manage from the limited quota allotted and to do away the inconvenience of the general consumers and to facilitate drawl of ration as per the Ration card quota, DC Tashi has ordered for clustered colony-wise issue of PDS items from the Co-operative counter in a phased manner to be effective and operational from 18th to 22nd of every month.

As the saying goes, it’s never too late, the zonal-wise distribution of the PDS items in the district  HQ would, hopefully, bring succor and respite to the common man. DIPRO

 

Jan-Suvidha centre launched in Dibang Valley

ANINI, Mar 8: In an effort to provide faster public delivery service the Jan-Suvidha Centre was officially launched in Dibang Valley district on February 22.  Since then the centre is providing mass needed service to the general public.  Today people need not wait for week to get official work done, it hardly takes an hour or two with launching of the Centre.

Jan-Suvidha  centre deals with the ST certificates, Inner Line Permit, Permanent Residential Certificate(PRC), TRC, Identity Card etc.

DC Abu Tayeng, who took the  initiative for  opening of the Jan-Suvidha  Centre  lauded Anini DIO Rajendra Prasad, DIA Tezu and all the NIC and CIC staff  who worked hard for  timely completion of the Jan Suvidha project.

Meanwhile, a two-day software training programme on pay roll for the  officials of the account department  was conducted on March 3 and 4 last. The Software will reduce the paper work and also fasten the work of the account department.  DIPRO

 

A small village celebrates IWD in style

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: International Women’s Day has been celebrated in a unique way in a little known small village Changlopotum by inviting illiterate  poor women,  who have the spirit to  fight against poverty, unemployment, injustice and exploitations as resources persons.

Action Aid Society Arunachal president S Teetu Yoka, while briefing the significance of the day (IWD), described the act of bravery and the pivotal role played by Indian women in development of the society. She spoke about various laws relating to women’s rights.

The womenfolk, while sharing their personal experiences, said that most of our tribal women are victimized in every walk of life as forced marriage, child marriage and polygamy are still popular in tribal society. Parents have the  final say in their marriages. We are exchanged like commodities to up keep their family relationship. Now, time has come to stop this evil practices and this should not be happened in our children’s case, Lingdum Yage, one of group leaders, has said.

“We are victims because we dont know whom do we file a complaint. We dont have an appropriate forum to redress our grievances.”

“I am illiterate and poor; but I dont think that illiteracy could be a bane to earn livelihood unless we are dumb, special invitee Dayum Yarang said.

The group honoured Yarang for her courage and determination, who has been running a vendor in daily market with the support of AASA's Livelihood Programme to feed  her five children and sick husband.

Earlier, hoisting the ceremonial flag, Yirkum Dene SHG shouted slogans like, “free us from bondage of indiscrimination, inequality and injustice in the presence of the village people.

 

Pasighat Forestry College celebrates 10th Foundation Day

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat, celebrated its 10th Foundation Day on March 7. The celebration began with the hoisting of college flag by Prof. V  K Mishra, Dean of the college   in the morning.

On the occasion, the Home Minister Tako Dabi along with some dignitaries visited the college, enlightened himself about various activities and expressed his satisfaction over the different programmes being carried out in the college.

Participating in the foundation day celebration at the college auditorium in the evening as chief guest, Education Minister Bosiram Siram highlighted various developmental works being undertaken in Pasighat and also expressed his satisfaction over the different activities of the college, particularly the trainings being imparted to extension officers of the line departments and farmers. He advised the students to equip themselves with latest knowledge and skills to bring rapid socio-economic improvement in the north east region. He lauded the performance of the students in Junior Research Fellowship examination by securing 5th position at national level.

 The guest of honour, Dr. Kabang  Lego, Joint Director, Health Services, Pasighat, advised the students to acquire good habits and take care of health. Prof.  V. K. Mishra narrated about the educational, research and extension activities of the college.

Among others, the faculty members, students and invitees participated in the celebration which ended with presentation of cultural programmes by the students.

 

Dabi inaugurates school and bridges

PASIGHAT, Mar 8: Home Minister Tako Dabi accompanied by the national Chairperson of All India Rajiv Gandhi Vichar Manch (AIRGVM) and its executives supervised the execution of various developmental schemes in Nari-Koyu area.

Today at Nari, Lompo Prymary School was upgraded to Middle standard and formally inaugurated by Dabi, who is currently on a whirlwind tour to his constituency.

Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest Dabi said developments starts at the village level. He called upon the villagers to be sincere, knowledgeable and act like a responsible citizens and establish a good relationship with local leaders and officers in their respective areas.  He said they should conduct various awareness campaigns and hold free discussions time to time  on educational developments, cleanliness  and sanitation drives, hygiene and plantation for a clean and green Arunachal.

While stressing on educational developments, the minister advised the students to be disciplined and sincere in studies to make them knowledgeable. Only educated youths could easily choose and run their livelihood at own choice, Dabi stated.

The Guest of Honour B.S Kumari in her speech said the main objective of the interactive session was to take stock of various government developmental projects/schemes being implemented in the district for the larger interest of the people. Taking privilege, Kumari explained the mission and motives of AIRGVM and expressed her happiness over the developments of Nari-Koyu constituency. She assured to extend her cooperation and wholehearted supports to make Arunachal Pradesh a self-reliant state in the country.

Among others, the state president A.T. Kulo, Secretary H. Bam, ZP Chairperson Y. Dabi,  ZPM  K Dabi also spoke.

Earlier on March 6 last, Dabi accompanied by Kumari and her executives supervised the execution of Inter-State road from Laimekuri, Nari, Telam Rema camp (under NEC) and inaugurated Kora Bridge and offered Ms B.S. Kumari to inaugurate Piche Bridge, visited Mane to have a glimpse of various welfare projects being implemented.

On March 7, duo inspected the construction work of PMSY Road from Namey to Depi, Pam and Potte village being executed by the RWD  department,  Nari Sub-Division. DIPRO

 

Forum questions political dictation

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Ex AAPSU Forum today joined various political parties in the state in condemning the political dictation issued to Ministers and MLAs of Tirap and Changlang by NSCN (K) to withdraw support from Dorjee Khandu Government.

“We the people of Arunachal Pradesh will not tolerate such kind of dictate as we have nothing to do with Naga socio-political demand or conflict with Government of India”, the Forum said in a release. We will not allow any outside elements to interfere into the internal governance and administrative affairs of a democratically elected Government by any divisive forces, it said adding that the age old Naga political problem is mainly with Government of India and solution also lies in between Government of India and Naga people. Hence, the peace loving people and state of Arunachal should not be dragged unnecessarily into such complex issues, the Forum said, and cautioned the Naga outfit to refrain from making such provocative political dictation. It also demanded un-conditional public apology and withdrawal of the dictation by SS Khaplang before March 10.

Meanwhile, the Forum suggested the Arunachal Pradesh chief minister to relieve off the port-folios being held by the MLAs Tirap and Changlang as their patriotic integrity is under big question mark due to their alleged nexus with NSCN (IM) and Khaplang until they prove themselves and come clear.

It cautioned MLAs of both the districts in particular and people in general not to encourage such un-wanted elements to grow their evil roots inside the soil of Arunachal Pradesh.

Meanwhile, the Forum demanded the Khandu Government to recommend for CBI probe into the allegation made by NSCN(K) that Khandu Government had a nexus with NSCN(IM).

 

RGVM — a platform to fulfill Rajiv Gandhi’s dream  and vision

PASIGHAT, Mar 8: All India Rajiv Gandhi Vichar Manch (AIRGVM) yesterday conducted a public meeting at Tukka Dabi Hall, Namey under Nari Sub-Division in presence of state Home Minister Tako Dabi and national chairperson of the Manch, B S Kumari, grand-daughter of former Prime Minister late P.V. Narashima Rao.

Addressing the gathering, Dabi said fulfillment of basic needs and civic amenities like road connectivity, water supply, electricity, health care, educational institution in rural areas are the real developments of Arunachal Pradesh.

Paying homage to the former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi, the minister said Rajiv Gandhi was the founder of modern India who had a vision and dreams to uplift the entire nation towards a better future with rural infrastructural developments.

“I incessantly inspired the youth to actively participate in the state building with the best possible educational facilities, by the means of which they can develop our state as a beautiful, powerful, determined, and bountiful & technically advanced state in the nation”, said the Home Minister on the occasion.

Dabi highly appreciated the efforts of Kumari and stated that the ‘Manch’ is a unique platform to meet, think and act intellectually and working for establishment of effective and transparent governments in the country. Intellectuals should join with common mission of restructuring our public administrative system, he appealed.

In her speech, the Guest of Honour Kumari informed that the RGVM was formed to keep forward the mumble thoughts and revolutionary thinking of our great inspiring leader and former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna – late Rajiv Gandhi, who wanted to make India as super power on the world map. The RGVM trains citizens and help to utilize RTI etc and in fighting every individuals problem sincerely in the society.

She urged all to come forward and contribute towards the prosperity of our motherland and help significantly in fulfilling incomplete dreams of Rajiv Gandhi. Kumari also inspected various schemes and projects of Nari-Koyu constituency during her tour. DIPRO

 

NES mourns Takar’s death

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) expresses its deepest sorrow and heartfelt condolence over the demise of Yowa Takar, one of the prominent figures in Nyishi Community.

Yowa who served the State in various capacities passed away at his Model village, Naharlagun residence on Sunday afternoon following a prolonged illness.

“His demise is not only an irreparable loss to his family or Nyishi community alone but the vacuum created with his departure will be felt by the State. The departed soul would always be remembered for his simplicity, honesty and dedication towards his works”, it said.

The NES pray to the almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul and to bestow enough strength to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss.

Late Takar was born on 1st March 1946 and was among the first officers in the Nyishi community. Takar is survived by his two wives, three sons and four daughters.  

All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) expressed deep shock at the untimely demise of former Kurung Kumey deputy commissioner Yowa Takar.

Recalling the contributions of Takar, the union said, late Takar was an efficient administrator who dedicated his whole life for the cause of the state, particularly the Papum Pare district.

The members conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for  eternal peace of the departed soul.

 

Mega eye camp inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Local MLA Alo Libang has inaugurated a four-day mega eye camp at District Hospital, Yingkiong today in presence of huge gathering including Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner Pawan Kr Sain, all heads of departments. The mega eye camp is being organized by the Upper Siang District Blindness Control Society in collaboration with Society for Health, Education and Rural Upliftment (SHERU).

Dr. K. Darang, Sr Eye Specialist with his team of staffs from State Hospital, Naharlagun and CHC Boleng is attending the eye Camp.

In his inaugural address, the local MLA praised Pawan Kr Sain for his initiatives in improvement of health sector and also lauded the activities of Upper Siang District Blindness Control Society and Society for Health, Education and Rural Upliftment (SHERU). He announced Rs 1 lakh from his MLALAD for the proposed ‘Special De-worming Programme for Children” in Upper Siang.

Dr Kaling Dai, DMO advised the public to avail the services of the specialist doctors and announced to launch a “Special De-worming Programme for Children” in Upper Siang, according to an official release.

 

SDP on Cane and Bamboo furniture and handicraft

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: NABARD regional office, Itanagar sponsored 42 days Skill Development Programme (SDP) on Cane and Bamboo in four locations under Mengio Circle at Kamrung, Arung, Paga and Sakiang concluded successfully on March' 5 last.

While speaking at the valedictory function as Chief Guest ASM Chairperson Tarh Yaki Gollo, appreciated the services provided by NN Charitable Society (NNCS) and NABARD.

She assured to provide 30 numbers of CGI sheet for construction of shed.

ASM Sakiang Panchayat Chukhu Nikia urged the NNCS to provide proper marketing facility so that the local artisans could get their remuneration and added that the SDP training programme has increased the innovative skills of the local artisans.

APRB Yazali Branch, Branch Manager Anup Paul highlighted about various grants available with the banks for interested artisans and suggested the trainees to establish their own unit after availing the training programme.

The official further said that interested artisans who could set up their own unit will be provided Artisan Credit Loan (ACC) and urged the beneficiary to return the borrowed amount timely so that the banks may be able to grant further loans to other needy artisans.

The valedictory function was attended by officials from NABARD Regional Office Itanagar, GBs, PRI leaders, youths, intellectuals, officers and officials from line departments and general public of the area.

Beside this, NN Charitable Society has also conducted another 30 days SDP programme on Broom making and its plantation at Pistana. On the valedictory function on March 6, Circle Officer Pistana circle appreciated the NNCS for providing such innovative training to the local artisans of the area. The Circle Officer expressed hope that training programme would improve the quality brooms cultivation in the area.

 

GBPIHED bags SCHOLL  Research Awards

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: The GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, North East Unit, Itanagar had bagged two “SCHOLL Research Challenge 2010 Awards”. The awards were given to two case studies/projects of the Institute for high caliber action research in development and governance that have potential for demonstrated impact on policy or society at large. The case studies are:  “Biodiversity conservation through community based natural resource management in Arunachal Pradesh” in the category ‘Sustainable Development and Preservation of the Ecosystem’ and “Technology backstopping: a key to agricultural and entrepreneurship development in North East-East India” in the category ‘Technology for Development’.

Dr Prasanna K. Samal, Scientist incharge of the Institute and also Principal Investigator of both the projects/case studies informed that out of the six categories – (1) Good Governance, (2) Sustainable Development and Preserving Ecosystem, (3) Livelihood and Enterprise Promotion,  (4) Macro and Micro Economic Growth and Management, (5) Education and Human Resource Development and  (6) Technology Development and Innovative Solutions), the Institute has bagged two awards for two of its nominations mentioned above. The SCHOLL Research Challenge Awards are given by National Foundation for India and North East Development Foundation being sponsored by IDRC, Canada.

News Impact

Propsal for school for special children

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society (AAPHWS) has proposed to open a school for mentally retarded and physically handicapped children at the allotted plot of land at Papunallah, Naharlagun.

The society which met  today to review the functioning of AAPHWS, decided to evict all encroachers from the allotted plot with the help of district administration to start construction of the school building. The meeting further decided to take up all pending issues with government such as job reservation, pensions for the disabled, free education for children of disable, construction of a colony for the handicapped at Karasinga etc.

Membership drive to register all disabled and  underprivileged people in the state would also be carried out and identity cards would be provided to the members to avail the benefits provided by the Government and the society itself.

 

Union demands arrest

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: The students of RGU belonging to Tirap and Changlang have called for early arrest of those involved in the murder of Chukam Khimahun, BA Final Year student of DNGC, Itanagar.

“We are concerned and dismayed to know that the culprits have not been arrested so far”, the Union said and called that the culprit be arrested immediately without any further delay.  

 

Army repatriates youth to Pak troops in Poonch

Jammu, Mar 8:  The Army troops today repatriated youth to Pakistani Army, who inadvertently crossed over to this side of the border from a forward outpost along Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

‘’A youth identified as Neera Ali, who was arrested few days ago by the Army in Dheri area of Mendhar tehsil was repatriated to the Pakistan at a flag meeting at Tatapaani,’’ official sources here said.

They said the senior officers of both India and Pakistan side were present at the meet. ‘’The Army also presented some gifts and eatables while he was repatriated to Pakistani troops,’’ they added.

 

Appointment

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Techi Kumar has been appointed as Vice President (Hq) of All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labour Union.

 

AR provides solar lamps

ITANAGAR, Mar 8:  A total of 20 solar light units have been installed in four villages of Tirap district by 19 Assam Rifles recently.

Five solar lights in each villages viz. Noglo, Wakka, Hunkan and Kheti have been provided by  Assam Rifles under its Military Civic Action Programme.  

The solar lights were installed after the villagers requested Colonel Naveen, Vir Chakra Commandant, 19 Assam Rifles for providing assistance since the area was badly affected by erratic power supply.

Meanwhile, the villagers expressed their gratitude to the unit for responding promptly to their request to provide the lights.

 

‘Allegations baseless and misleading’

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: United Leil Tara Youth Foundation (ULTYF) said that it has conducted an enquiry into the allegations leveled against Er T K Tara by Chandranagar Welfare Committee president and Bem Welfare Society.  After thorough enquiry, the foundation claimed, it has found that allegations and accusation were totally false, baseless, misleading and in order to defame the hard earned reputation of the engineer.

While condemning the  Bem Welfare Society for allegedly ‘indulging and misusing their Society’s banner’, the Foundation said that it would not tolerate any attempt  to tarnish the image of  any one of their member without valid reason.

 

Naga reconciliation process a stalemate: Forum

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Forum for Naga Reconciliation, in a statement has said that “It is prudent on the part of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation to honestly inform the Naga public that the Naga reconciliation process has slowed down and a stalemate has been reached.

It called upon all Nagas wherever they are to openly come out and express their demand for the Highest level Reconciliation meeting of the top leaders and implored the signatories of the COR to respect past agreements to resolve all outstanding issues and differences through non-violence, respect and love; and encourages the Highest level Reconciliation meeting to convene without delay so that the reconciliation process can advance towards it rational end.

 

Corrections

1. In our yesterday issue, the name of Tok Buttum, General Secretary, Bazaar Welfare Committee, Naharlagun was wrongly published as Tok ‘Buttung’. The error is regretted.

2. The second phase of pen and tool down strike by APSSACEA, which began on March 8, will continue till March 12, but not for two days (i.e. March 8 to 9) as wrongly mentioned in our yesterday’s issue.

Improve connectivity

Dear Editor,

The people of Upper Subansiri district are facing lot of obstacles because of poor  mobile communication. This is due to weak performance of the BSNL Authorities, as they are not paying proper attention to the problems.

Puchi-geko and Dumporijo areas are facing lot of harassment due to non-functioning of the BSNL towers. But areas like Sippi and Lida are facilitated with sufficient network.

People purchase mobile phones which has ended up as toys for kids.

Fire and Medical emergency and other official works are affected because of bad connectivity.

I appeal to the BSNL to take a serious and swift action to redress the problem.

Yours,

Tabin Soki

DNGC (on email)

 

 

Morning tea and Traffic woes

Dear Editor,

Each and every sip of morning tea reminds citizens, especially the students and the service holders about the prevailing traffic situation and the woes that they would face while on their way to work and institutions.

The ongoing work on the NH 52 of capital complex road has disrupted and caused massive inconvenience to the people of capital complex especially at peak hour when Board examination for secondary and higher secondary is on. This rush hour causes delay and could even cause road accidents if proper steps are not taken. Perhaps the construction work could be continued during night hours when the traffic is thin and even at day during government holidays.

Moreover, the road construction work carried out could be declared temporary.  It is obvious that during summer when rain falls, the rain water will be accumulated on the road. The drains on both side of the roads will be jam packed, blocked and in dilapidated state as it is always, resulting in road cracks and potholes, unless the concerned department concentrate on drain maintenance.

Therefore, it is my earnest appeal to the concerned departments of Traffic as well as the construction department to take serious measures about the prevailing condition for the convenience and betterment of the public.

Yours,

Concerned citizen,

(on email)

 

 

We need restoration of our rights

Dear Editor,

I refer to your news "Ering visits Vijoynagar, assures to take up Yobin ST issue" on 6 March.

First of all I am very glad that MP of our constituency made effort to visit us. Along with that he has announced development programs as well.

But what frustrates me is his response that he'll take the matter to the Parliament. This kind of promise is nothing new to us. Instead he should have done something prior to his visit.

We are not seeking for PRC. We need restoration of our right ST status.

Yours,

Liahey Ngwazah

Bangalore

 

 

Not at the cost of mithuns

Dear Editor,

“We need to save and preserve mithuns”. One can hear these words from almost every Arunachalee, but it is easier said than done.

In a single year, we can see hundreds of mithuns being sacrificed for family rituals, marriages and festivals in Arunachal Pradesh.

Now one may say that,"it is our culture and tradition to do so. "well, I do agree that it is our culture and tradition which we have inherited from our forefathers to sacrifice mithuns in rituals, marriages and festivals from time immemorial. We must preserve our culture and tradition , but not at the cost of extinction of mithuns.

Its time for us to cooperate with each other towards preservation of mithuns. Else, a day may come when our great grand children will find mithuns only in books and documentaries just like we do of dinosaurs today, if proper initiatives are not taken to save and preserve mithuns with time remaining.

Yours,

Kemko Longchot

Sivaksi

 

 

Doomed state

Dear Editor,

It was always an open secret that individual MLA/MP were using the services of insurgent groups from time to time. The day is not long when the whole Arunachal will come under their total control. With Centre and State turning a blind eye to the crisis, Arunachal is doomed.

Yours,

L.Ete,  Aalo

(on email)

 

 

Who will listen to us?

Dear Editor,

It is shocking to see the directive letters written by NSCN K published in your esteemed daily. It is more interesting to see the reactions of Political parties in the state. I would like to inform the CM and other political parties that such warning letters are common phenomenon in this two district.

It is commonly given to the officers and official working in the Tirap & Changlang District. Such letters are not new for us. For them, it may be very important because it is address to the CM, there is a question of life and security of the  legislator and more importantly the power. But for us who cares because our life is not important for the politicians. There is no need to create hue and cry for one letter. Here we are not only getting such letters frequently, we have been asked to provide food and shelter in our already congested government quarter. Our salary is being deducted for them which have resulted in insufficiency to feed our family. We don’t have extra money like DOTC to give some share to them. For them, personal security will protect but for us, we are only in mercy of god.  But life is still going on although it has become hell.

Instead of being worried about our legislators do something to bring permanent solution for officers and officials working in these district and for lasting peace in the region for general public.

Yours,

An officer,

(on email)

 

 

Every cloud has silver lining’

Dear Editor,

I would like to add few lines about the views of Zilpha Modi and Koj Jamu expressed in Readers Forum on February 22.

Both the writers have highlighted the plights of unemployed youths and prevailing corruptions in various departments in a very easy-to-understand manner. Like every sane citizen, they are also worried about the practices of the corrupt politicians and officials who are doubling the size of  their bank balance everyday through illegal means.

You would not find morality, honesty in them. Their first and foremost aim is to accumulate properties by any means. They are the real enemy of the state.

However, “every cloud has a silver lining.”

The crack down initiated by police against illegal appointments deserves appreciations from all quarters. The firm step taken by various student organizations, including AAPSU, ALSU, AdiSU, GSU against corruptions by our so called leaders have brought hopes to the hapless one.  It would be great to see if all such organizations work from same platform in united manner to fight against such illegal appointments and corruptions. If succeed, it would be matter of great relief to all those who have been running from pillar to post to land a job.

Yours,

Tanom Jerang

JN College, Pasighat

 

 

 

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