ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Even as the hilltops around the state capital crackled deafeningly
under fire, authorities today had a brainstorming session to find ways to control
the ragging fire and prevent it from further spreading.
The hills around Itanagar, the only source of potable water to the entire capital
region, continued to be burned for the second day, sending alarms across the think-tanks
of the state government agencies.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who left for Canada this morning, called up authorities
late last night from New Delhi expressing serious concerns over the unstoppable fire
and demanding immediate steps to prevent similar outbreaks in the future.
In a hurriedly called meeting at the CM’s conference hall here this afternoon on
advice of the Chief Minister, his Political Secretary Bamang Tago earnestly appealed
to all concerned departments to join hands to fight this man-made menace.
Tago asserted that ongoing burning of forests has raised serious concern as this
is not only a threat to life and property of the people but also a serious threat
to water supply sources to the twin cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun and adjoining
The meeting was attended by Additional PCCF Dr Rabindra Kumar, DIG (West) Robin Hibu,
Deputy Conservator of Forests Dusu Shra, Disaster Management Director Y W Ringu,
DC Capital Onit Panyang, DC Papum Pare Pige Ligu, Deputy Chief Wildlife Warden Joram
Dopum, SP Capital Hibu Tamang, Disaster Management Deputy Director Christine Wanglat.
After serious discussions, the officials agreed on the fact that forest fire, mostly
triggered by human, is a serious threat that needs to be tackled collectively. It
evolved that almost all the forests and hills around the state capital are parts
of a wildlife sanctuary making these as Protected Areas (PA). However, due to lack
of awareness and other circumstances like population growth, migration and extension
of the state capital, settlements have been coming up within these protected areas.
With human settlements, activities of jhum cultivation have been growing fast resulting
in setting up of fire to clear jungles.
Addl. PCCF Rabindra Kumar admitted the responsibility of the Forest Department to
control such man-made fire. He, however, stressed that creating awareness amongst
the masses on the ill-effects of jhumming and forest fire lies on all concerned citizens
as well as government departments. Suggesting a two-pronged strategy – long term
and short term - to tackle the menace, he emphasized on extensive use of mass-media
for publicity and creation of awareness.
DIG (West) Robin Hibu focused on immediate measures to control forest fires. He was
of the opinion that a Task Force may be constituted urgently, which would patrol
all the vulnerable areas and coordinate with the district administration, police
including fire service, forest department and the department of disaster management.
He suggested setting up of a control room that would facilitate immediate dissemination
of information and coordination in case of any outbreak of fire. The Task Force,
he said, will be specifically active during the dry season when fire outbreaks are
common. Deputy Commissioners Onit Panyang and Pige Ligu advocated roping in of panchayat
and grassroots level leaders in creating awareness. They resolved to hold a joint
meeting of all panchayat leaders immediately to discuss on the issue.
Subsequently, a Steering Committee at the state level and one Task Force for the
state capital region were constituted to prevent forest fire. The Steering Committee
would be headed by PCCF as Chairman and Director, Disaster Management as Member Secretary
with DIG (Ops) and Secretary, GA as members while the Task Force would be headed
by Capital Deputy Commissioner as Chairperson, Deputy Chief Wildlife Warden as Member
Secretary and DC Yupia, DFO Social Forestry, DFO Banderdewa and both the SPs of Papum
Pare and Capital as Members.
The members also resolved to meet again on March 19 to review the actions taken and
the progress made.
Staff Reporter adds: The city police arrested two persons from Raj Niwas areas for
setting fire on forest. They will be produced before the court of ADM tomorrow.
Expressing concern over the wanton destruction of jungles in and around Capital
for jhum cultivation, that too under Itanagar Wildlife sanctuary and Durpang Reserve
Forest area, the capital district magistrate issued an order prohibiting felling
of trees, burning of hilltops for jhum cultivation and in new settlement area in
entire capital complex including Durpang Reserve Forest and Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Another forest fire broke out at Chandannagar near Police headquarter around 6 pm
today. However, the fire was doused with help of fire service personnel.
Additional District Magistrate, Capital Complex, Talo Potom said that stern action
would be taken against those found violating the prohibitory order.
Let us resolve to save forest for future generation: Governor
Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) JJ Singh is pained to see the pristine
green asset has been destroyed by fire.
The Governor said that it is an ecological disaster, which will have significant
and unacceptable impact for years to come. It is high time, the denizens shoulder
responsibility and fight against this menace of forest fire, Singh said. He feels,
if people don't do it now, it will never get done.
The Governor added that it is appalling that the Dariya Hills, which is one of the
few sources of water, is engulfed by fire for last few days. The huge ash clouds
may pose serious problems to the denizens as well as prized flora and fauna. It is
an environmental catastrophe.
While appealing to every citizen and organization, including government departments,
non-governmental organizations, Doordarshan, All India Radio, media persons to lend
a helping hand in order to stop and prevent forest fires in the state, the Governor
urged all to resolve to save forest for future generations.
He has appreciated the leading local newspapers for highlighting and focusing on
these issues of paramount importance. PRO to Raj Bhawan.
Tragedy spawns enterprise in Seppa
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: In a classic instance of human nature overcoming adversities and
creating opportunities, the tragic bridge collapse over the Kameng River in Seppa
has turned out to be a champion of determination. Where once the bridge used to connect
the two banks of the town- today one can see many boats plying across as few enterprising
young people have filled in the void in communication by making available country
boats as an alternate mode of communication.
They have discovered a new way of earning through boating as means of transportation
with zero investment, except laboring with an oar.
There are at least seven country boats which are regularly at the service for people
who want to cross the river by avoiding the long walk to cross the river from the
only suspension bridge which connects poultry farm of lower New-Seppa to Police Colony
The youths charge Rs 20 for each passenger at a time to cross the river and earn
an average amount of rupees two thousand a day.
As expected, their earning doubles during the peak hours of office, market and school
times. For people living in upper New-Seppa, the twenty rupees boat fare is well
worth not having to walk down to poultry farm and take a U- shaped to reach the market,
offices and schools.
True to their spirit of enterprise, the youth also hired 20 life saving jackets from
Uttrakhand as a safety measure for passengers and to avoid any untoward incidents
while crossing the river. However, much to their exasperation, they complain that
hardly any passenger wears the safety jacket saying it looks weird. “People refuse
to put life safety jacket on them, because they said it looks strange on them” said
Desam Kocho, one of the “river entrepreneurs”.
Call it a periodic earning or short lived economy but it is booming in a way and
brings at least a reason to smile for the youth after the horrifying experience.
The youth of Rang village under whose jurisdiction the area falls and who control
this periodical economy are very ecstatic despite knowing that it is primarily a
short lived one because once the rainy season begins, boating will not be possible
on the Kameng River. “I am happy at least I earn a little livelihood without much
investment,” said an elated Chala Yangda.
Ete emphasizes on creation of security force for deployment in boundary area
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Parliamentary Secretary for home affairs, geology and mining Gadam
Ete said that creation of a security force, especially for maintaining peace and
security along the inter-state boundary area is vital. He said this while addressing
the 15th general conference cum election of All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU)
at Seijosa today.
Expressing concerned over the uneasy atmosphere reportedly created by some ultras
of neighbouring state, Ete urged the Govt to identify the elements who are serving
extortion notice and threatening the local people and take appropriate action against
them as per law.
Responding to a four-point memorandum submitted by AEKSU president SD Londa, Parliamentary
Secretary assured to take steps for upgradation of Seijosa police outpost to tackle
law and order situation.
Speaking on the occasion, All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) president Sikka Gapak
demanded for deployment of adequate security forces in sensitive areas like Seijosa.
Coming down heavily on the government for its alleged failure to instill sense of
security in the mind of people living along the border areas particularly Seijosa,
Gapak said that people are living with constant fear due to rampant extortions and
life threatening calls from some ultras. If crores of amounts are poured in for
protection of wildlife in sanctuary why the government is reluctant to spend money
for manning boundary for peace and security, he questioned. “If human life is saved,
then only animal live can be saved properly” he added. AEKSU president in his representation
to Parliamentary Secretary urged government to chalk out plan to thwart extortion
threat. He also appealed for the deployment of sufficient forest guards at Seijosa
and Dissang Passo to protect natural resources from being taken away by outsiders.
AEKSU president also demanded for creation of the police outposts at Pakke-Kessang
and Dissang Passo.
Later Parliamentary Secretary along with ANSU president and members of AEKSU inspected
the 3rd IRBn HQs, Seijosa. It was the first visit of any high level Govt representative
since its establishment.
While informing about the present condition of Hq, Commandant Tojo Karga informed
that infrastructure development of the Hq will also facilitate establishment of
an alternative police Training centre (PTC), which would not only enhance the security
scenario but also help the administration in maintain law and order .
Regional Awareness Workshop on Community Radio
‘Community Radio to suit the needs of Arunachal’
Naharlagun, Mar. 12: A three-day regional awareness workshop on Community Radio
(CR) organized by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in collaboration
with Commonwealth Education Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) , New Delhi and Department
of Art and Culture, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh began at State Banquet hall here today.
The workshop is an effort to promote the Community Radio movement in North Eastern
states and encourage participation of NGOs and educational institutions by broadcasting
programmes on social, developmental and cultural and educational needs of community
and facilitate setting up of Community Radio Stations by providing the technology
know-how, content creation and other procedural guidance and licensing process.
Various NGOs from the State and Assam and Manipur are participating in the workshop
from March 12 to 14 next.
Addressing the inaugural session, Commissioner Education, Gonesh Koyu hoped that
the workshop will benefit the participants in understanding the various aspects and
role of Community Radio. He also stressed on proper packaging to attract the target
community listeners. Underlining CR role in community empowerment and mobilization,
he cited the example of how CR stations in coastal areas of India are helpful to
the community in providing various local informations during emergency. Secretary,
Information, Public Relations and Art & Culture, Indira Mallo Jain speaking on the
feasibility and sustainability of CR in the state said that “CR suits our scattered
population in a large geographical area,” adding that CR is a sustainable business
model. It would also help create employment opportunities, besides showcasing local
Director, CEMCA, Dr. R. Sreedher dwelling on the objective of CR said that it is
by the community and of the community. He said that the CR Policy announced in 2002
has now widened its ambit to bring NGOs since 2006 for greater participation of the
people. He informed that as of now there are 130 CR stations in the country with
NE region having only two CR Stations based in Assam. Exuding optimism on the growth
of CR in the state, he hoped that Arunachal Pradesh will achieve the target of 30
CR Stations by 2013 as CR is a very relevant media tool for community empowerment
in a state like Arunachal with its linguistic diversity and scattered population.
Media expert, Dr. Amit Chakraborty, one of the resource persons, asserted that “Community
Radio is the future of India” and Community Radio is set for good future in Arunachal
given the diversity in dialects.
Kandarpa Das, who runs a CR Radio Luit in Guwahati University said that as NE region
share common cultural issues, the Community Radio Stations in NE can cooperate in
content sharing for its programmes.
Earlier, Amarendra Rao, CRS Cell, MIB, and Deputy Wireless Advisor, WPC and Mahesh
Kashyap, representative from Ministry of Defense also spoke.
Director, Art and Culture, Mamta Riba hoped the three-day programme would bring
Members from NGOs like FGA (Future Generations Arunachal), Essomi Foundation Trust,
Lower Dibang Valley, Lohit Youth Library Movement, Learning & Doing Culture Centre,
Palin, Mangdir Hindir Welfare Society, Ringtey Denney Society, Palin, Nino Welfare
Society, Pasighat were among the many participants attending the workshop. NGOs from
Assam and Manipur also joined the workshop.
The CR Stations operating in the state of Assam are Radio Luit (90.8 FM), Guwahati
University and Jnan Taranga (90.4 FM), YKKSM, Guwahati. PRO
Pasighat calls for justice
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The Bogong Banggo Kebang has reacted strongly to the defiling the
statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Dying Ering and few other statues at IGGJ Higher Secondary,
Pasighat on the intervening night of March 10-11.
During an emergency meeting of the Banggo, a resolution was passed demanding immediate
arrest of the culprit(s). While holding the administration and police responsible
for the defiling of the statues and growing law and order problem in a town which
has only recently celebrated its centenary, the Kebang gave one week’s time to trace
out the miscreants, more so because the sites of the incidents are located in the
heart of the town.
The resolution further said that in an event of failure by the administration and
police to arrest those responsible, DC and SP East Siang and Officer in charge, Pasighat
Police Station must be put under suspension.
The meeting which was chaired by the Bogong Banggo Kebang president Oyem Dai and
attended by the PR leaders and Bogong Students Union further threatened to call indefinite
bandh in Pasighat area demanding the suspension of the three officers.
It further said that due to the failure of the administration, the town is witnessing
deterioration in law and order problems.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J.J. Singh has expressed shock and deeply
hurt to learn about the desecration of the statues of Father of the Nation Mahatma
Gandhi and Dr. Dying Ering, whom he calls as one of the proud sons of Arunachal Pradesh.
Condemning the incident, the Governor said that the act committed by some antisocial
elements of the society is an insult to the spirit of every Arunachalee. It should
be vehemently condemned by one and all.
The person or persons, who committed this shameful crime, need to be brought to book
and given exemplary punishment.
While appealing to all to keep vigil, the Governor expressed his desire that the
State Government investigate the matter on priority.
Our correspondent adds from Pasighat: The elite section and the local residents of
Pasighat, while condemning the act, blamed the local administration for the unfortunate
incident. They say, the anti-social elements are taking full advantage of administrative
loophole and poor police surveillance to carry out their anti-social activities.
“Police have not yet picked any person in this connection despite the administration’s
strict order to nab the culprits behind the incident. Police inaction against the
unruly movement during night hours has indirectly encouraging the anti-social elements
in and around the township,” they say.
“The police didn’t cordoned off the area although they were aware of the gravity
of the situation,” said a dignified government official in a condition of anonymity.
On the other hand, the police and the investigating magistrate suspect involvement
of drugs addicted local youths behind the incident. “Some local youths might have
committed the crime under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” the investigating team
It is worth mentioning here that Pasighat has been reeling under darkness since many
But, the some refused to consume the assumption. They feel, it was a pre-planned
act by some hard-core criminals and therefore, the authority should strictly deal
with this case.
Former Anchal Chairperson of Bogong Anchal Block Kaling Moyong condemning the act
appealed to the district authority and police to nab the culprits and adopt all means
to prevent recurrence of such incident in near future.
The law and order problems have been deteriorating in the district since last many
years. The people of Pasighat must wake up and aware of the situation and cooperate
with the district administration in containing law and order problem and restore
peaceful environment for the betterment of the society and historic Pasighat town,
All East Siang District Students’ Union also condemned the vandalizing of the statues
of Gandhiji and Dr. Ering by miscreants.
While expressing surprise over the incident, which took place just few meters away
from police beat post, AESDSU gave the District Administration 15 days time to arrest
the culprit (s) and re-erect the statues failing which it threatened to launch democratic
movement against the authority.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has also condemned the act of damaging the statues
of Gandhi and Dr Ering by miscreants. While expressing shock over the incident, APCC
demanded the authority to arrest the culprit (s) within a week and give exemplary
All India Rajeev Gandhi Vichar Manch International (AIRGVMI) national president (youth
wing) Mongol Yomso vehemently condemned the act of vandalism and termed it as cowardley
and anti-social act. Yomso also emphasized on the need to set up police check post
at Paklam Amarpar road and strengthen the Pasighat-Oyan (Oiramphat), Sile, Ruksin
and Ranaghat check posts.
The Manch further stressed on regular night patrolling in the town area and formation
of welfare committee to cooperate with the district administration to check anti-social
activities. It has also decided to submit a memorandum to chief minister and district
authorities after visiting the spot.
Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organisation also condemned destruction of
statues of Gandhi and Dr. Ering. APATCYO urged the state Govt to book the culprits
within 15 days or face democratic movement. No any Indian will tolerate such shameful
act, the organization said.
PCCF oversees camera trapping exercise of tigers
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: J L Singh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) (Wildlife
& Bio-Diversity), Arunachal Pradesh is undertaking extensive tour inside the Namdapha
Tiger Reserve to oversee the camera trapping exercise of tiger and to study encroachment
of the park by the Lisus.
Camera Trapping of Tiger in Namdapha Tiger Reserve is being carried out in collaboration
with the Guwahati based NGO Aaranyak which is experienced in such camera trapping
exercise and their expertise is utilized for Tiger Census with the logistic support
of Namdapha Park Administration.
Singh has already visited Happy Valley, Haldibari, Hornbill, Bulbulia, Ranijheel
and Farmbase where camera trapping exercises are in progress.
He expressed his satisfaction on the performance of field staff and NGO’s working
in the Park. This is for the first time that such an extensive tour of Core area
in Tiger Reserve is being undertaken by a senior officer of State Government in the
history of Namdapha National Park.
Halting inside the forest and traversing in difficult terrain on foot for days together
is indeed encouragement to the field staff of Namdapha Tiger Reserve who have been
working days and nights for protection of Tiger and its prey animals in the Protected
Area, said a release by S.J.Jongsam, CF & Field Director (PT) Namdapha National Park.
BJP takes up students’ attack issue with party high command
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Expressing its concern over growing incidents of attack on Arunachalee
students pursuing higher studies in the southern states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu
and Maharashtra, the Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken
up the matter with the party high command as well as state party units of those states.
The party also took up the matter with the BJP Government in Karnataka and the state
BJP leadership to look into the matter for the safety and security of Arunachalee
The North East India Sampark Cell, BJP--– an initiative of the BJP to strengthen
the emotional integration of other parts of the country and the North East India
at the ground level having networks throughout the country, would now look into the
matter. State BJP general secretary-in-charge, organization, Tai Tagak is coordinating
with the party high command and the respective state BJP leaders of those states
on the matter.
YMAC conducts training on candle, chalk making
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Young Mission Adventure Club (YMAC) conducted vocational training
on candle and chalk making for unemployed youths at Aalo and Yomcha in West Siang
More than 350 youths, mostly school dropout, unemployed youths, women group from
10 different places participated in the training organized at Aalo and Yomcha in
West Siang district.
Apart from the trainees, banks officials from Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative
Apex Bank Ltd, Aalo and other commercial banks and other Govt. officials from the
district also attended the training programme to boost morale of the trainees.
Bank officials, while appreciating YMAC for the training, assured the trainees to
grant loans from their banks to start small scale industry in candle and chalk making
in the district. Other officers also assured them to help in selling the finished
The main objective of the training programme was to help the unemployed youths to
engage them in income generating activities by setting up small scale industries
in their own.
The programme was sponsored by NABARD, regional office, Itanagar.
Army distributes sports items to schools
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The 19 Assam Rifles based in Tirap distributed sports items like
volleyball, football, badminton and cricket accessories to Govt Hr. Sec. School,
Khonsa and Primary School, Lothang.
The sports items were handed over to the vice principal of the Govt. Hr. Sec. School
and Headmaster of the Primary School by the Commandant of 19 Assam Rifles in a function
organized at Battalion Headquarter 19 Assam Rifles.
While interacting with the school authorities the Commandant advised them to motivate
the school students to take active participation in sports activities as games and
sports keep one physically and mentally fit and also help in building character.
The 18 Assam Rifles under its Civic Action Programme also distributed sports items
and other educational assets to the VKV School, Jairampur today.
Colonel Rakesh Singh Chauhan, Commandant 18 Assam Rifles, while handing over the
sports items to the School, advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the assets.
DNGC NSS cell conducts special camp
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The NSS cell of Dera Natung Govt College organized a special camp
at Kamyir village under Poma Panchayat on March 10.
The volunteers constructed a new village approach road, house drains and planted
50 saplings of Bokul, Jamun, Nahar and Amla in the Govt. Primary school campus. A
blood grouping camp was also conducted by the Red Ribbon Club (RRC) of NSS units.
Arunachal Pradesh State Aids Control Society supplied the saplings.
More than 60 NSS volunteers participated in the programme along with the students,
teachers and public of Kamyir village.
The programme was supervised by NSS Programme Officers Joram Muthu and Dr. (Mrs)
The Directorate of Higher & Tech. Education and Principal of DNGC extended all help
and cooperation for the camp.
Daporijo Celebrates International Women’s Day
Daporijo, Mar 12: The womenfolk of Daporijo gathered in large number to celebrate
the International Women’s Day with the motto ‘Save The Girl Child’ at the Rijo Ground,
Speaking on the occasion, Apur Bitin, Superintendent of Police, said that although
there are many programmes and policies for the protection of women, nothing will
change if we are ignorant about them. He called upon everyone to eradicate the prevailing
evil practices such as child marriage and forced marriage.
Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress President Yari Dulom encouraged the womenfolk present
on the occasion saying that a lot could be done if there is true determination. She
cited the example of Anshu Jamsenpa, mother of two child, who climbed the Mount Everest
twice in a span of 10 days. Dulom also exhorted the women to come forward and fight
against female foeticide, child marriage, forced marriage etc.
Sigin ZPM Duma Yekar spoke against the practice of polygamy and called for protection
of the girl child.
Advocate Kolin Lusi Sorum enlighted the gathering on the Domestic Violence Protection
CO Jumyir Ronya and D Yekar also spoke on the occasion.
The programme was organized by Duma Yekar on behalf of the District Mahila Congress
Committee, Upper Subansiri. DIPRO
AAPPTF organizes traffic awareness camp at Tezu
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Tezu Bazaar Committee and All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport
Federation (AAPPTF) jointly conducted traffic awareness programme at Tezu recently.
Addressing the function, Parliamentary Secretary, Public Health and Engineering Karikho
Kri called upon the drivers/vehicle owners to obey traffic rules and maintain proper
documents of vehicles.
Responding to a memorandum, Kri assured to look into the demand for setting up of
district AAPPTF unit office at Tezu.
He further lauded the Govt and Apex bank manager Tsering Thongdok for providing financial
help to unemployed youth associated with the Federation.
AAPPTF General Secretary Dobing Sonam highlighting the government order said that
hiring of private vehices without valid plying permits by the NGOs, semi-Govt and
central government establishments resulted in huge loss of revenue to state exchequer.
He, however, informed that with active initiation by AAPPTF, the government has reduced
the road tax from 15 years to 10 years.
He further suggested that tourist should hire vehicles from AAPPTF members only.
Tezu Market Committee Chairman Pritam Tayang and Secretary Konteso Kri highlighted
the grievances being faced by commercial vehicle owners and drivers. They also advised
the vehicle owners keep their vehicle documents upto date and particularly advised
the drivers to follow the traffic rules.
They assured to extend all possible help to AAPPTF and added that TMC and AAPPTF
Lohit unit will earmark a suitable parking place for commercial vehicle at Tezu.
AAPPTF Chairman Takar Goi emphasized the need for uniform guidelines for plying permit
to the commercial vehicles. Both Goi and Sonam expressed displeasure on the insufficient
officials in transport department and stressed on the need to create sufficient posts
of District Transport Officer, Motor Vehicle Inspector and non-technical staff
in the transport department for effective enforcement of Motor vehicle Act and rules.
District Transport Officer Heling Wangham, EAC P Choudhury, AAPPTF Assistant General
Secretary Abraham Londa also spoke on the occasion. Later, the state AAPPTF team
constituted its Lohit district unit.
34th monthly sitting of APLS held
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The 34th monthly literary sitting of Arunachal Pradesh Literary
Society (APLS) was held at the conference hall of JN State Museum here yesterday.
The session, chaired by APLS general secretary Tokong Pertin, witnessed several litterateurs
sharing views on their literary pursuits and reading out their pieces of writing.
It started with the recitation of an English poem ‘Ray of Hope’ by Pil Topu, the
story writer of popular Nyishi telefilm ‘Oyaa’ (meaning, the hidden cry), which would
be screened in next month’s APLS sitting. ‘Oyaa’ had bagged four national awards
on 4th March 2009 in the categories – the best telefilm, the best cinematography,
the best sound and the best editing nomination.
Then, Inumoni Das Borah read out her self-composed Assamese poem ‘Mrityu’. A number
of short stories were also read out on the occasion. They included ‘Apatya’ in Assamese
by Mukul Pathak, ‘Denmohar’ (Assamese) by Ajanta, ‘Little Angelina’s Guest’ by Tumbom
Riba Jomoh, who also shared a research article on the use of Hindi in Arunachal Pradesh.
R N Koley, who was praised by literary luminaries for representing the State’s Department
of Research in the recently held 36th Kolkata International Book Fair to illuminate
Arunachal Pradesh to the wider mass, presented a research article titled ‘Inspiratory
to Student Mass’, which was published in a souvenir ‘Aung’ from Pasighat.
In the meantime, the APLS mourned the demise of Assam’s legendary litterateur Basanta
Das, who breathed his last at Diphu on March 7 after prolonged illness. The APLS
members observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul. Late
Das was the recipient of Assam Sahitya Sabha-instituted Lummer Dai Memorial Award,
Yesterday’s session was attended among others by Dr Pekba Ringu, Dr S K Ghosh, Jamuna
Binny, assistant professor of RGU. The APLS holds the literary session on every 2nd
Sunday of month to encourage the college and university students to the literary
Carry forward the ideals and the standard set by our forefathers: Siram
PASIGHAT, Mar 12: Carry forward the ideals and the standard set by our forefathers,
said Education Minister Bosiram Siram while attending the concluding function of
Aran festival at Balek village today.
He urged the young generation to take responsibilities of maintaining peace, harmony
and high standard of morality. “You should be well prepared for the competitive world”,
he said and appealed for united efforts to bring developments in the area.
He informed that construction of school building, security fencing, teachers’ quarter
etc for Balek Secondary School are going on and Rs 50 lakh has been sanctioned
for construction of an auditorium.
Mebo ADC Oti Dai appealed to the locals to take up the responsibilities for proper
development of Pasighat. They should help the administration in maintaining peace
and tranquility in the township so that it remains a hub for education and culture.
BCC president Tobuk Dai appealed to the minister to revive the abandoned Rasam village
road and construct CC steps within the Balek village. He also sought cooperation
from the GBs to curb drug abuse by the young generation.
ASM Osong Taknyo also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
Training on court procedure
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: A week-long state level training on “court procedure” for Sheristedar
and dealing assistance of judicial branches of district magistrate and session of
the state began at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun today. As many
as 22 officials are participating in the training programme which is being sponsored
by the department of personnel and training, Govt of India under its plan assistance.
Addressing the inaugural function, Capital deputy commissioner Onit Panyang said
that efficient functioning of the judicial branches /session courts in Arunachal
Pradesh, where judiciary and executive move together, entirely depends on the caliber
and capability of the clerical staff. He advocated for regular orientation training
for Sheristedar and other officials.
Earlier, Training director Pema Tshetan highlighted the aims and objectives of
Three resource persons from North Lakhimpur district session court, namely, Faizuddin
Ahmed, Sheristedar, Chandra K Nath, branch assistant (Munsif No 1) and Umesh Deori,
Nazir of Chief judicial magistrate are imparting the training.
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The Silver Jubilee of Catholic Church, Itanagar will be celebrated
with three days programme from March 16 at Nyokum Lapang ground. Traditional cultural
show, inauguration of Bishop’s house, Holy mass, quiz competition on Bible, singing
choir, felicitation of pioneering missionaries will be the major attraction of the
A host of dignitaries including Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, MP Takam Sanjay, local
MLA Techi Kaso, Archbishops and bishops from North East will attend the occasion,
according to celebration committee release.
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Trained Nurses’ Association of India (TNAI), Arunachal Pradesh
state branch decided to launch its first phase of eight days agitation from March
14 in protest against the Govt’s alleged failure to fulfill its demand for release
of allowance as per the 6th CPC. During the agitation period the nurses will wear
black badge to register their grievances.
The TNAI state branch in a release today said that the nurses are compelled to launch
democratic movement as the Govt failed to fulfill its demand which was submitted
through a memorandum to the Govt on February 22.
APRS demands action
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Expressing concern over the forest fire in the adjoining areas
of Capital Complex, including Dariya Hills, Arunachal Paryavaran Rakshak Sangathan
(APRS) today said that people are responsible for burning green forest in Dariya
Hills and other forest areas in and around Capital.
The people are felling trees and set those on fire to clear the hilly areas for jhoom
cultivation, it said. The Sangathan further said irresponsible act of burning green
forest results in climate change, global warming and ecological imbalance. It demanded
the authority to book the persons responsible for setting the forest on fire.
AAPANWA demands enquiry, compensation
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Nibu (Priest) Welfare
Association (AAPANWA) visited the Nirjuli fire accident site recently and contributed
some amount for relief and rehabilitation to the house owner and priest Yokar Yoka.
In the tragic fire accident which broke out at Nirjuli on March 3, Yoka lost his
wife and two minor sons.
Meanwhile, AAPANWA appealed to the state Govt to enquire the tragic incident for
justice to the victims’ family and also demanded immediate compensation to the house
AASSATA unit mourns teacher’s death
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The West Kameng unit of AASSATA condoled the untimely demise of
Yansibu Moriju in a bike accident yesterday. He was presently serving as Assistant
Teacher at Govt. Middle School, Ditchik under Nafra circle of West Kameng.
He is survived by his wife and a daughter.
He was a dedicated and a sincere teacher who always believed in quality education,
AASSATA said in a release and prayed to almighty to bestow enough courage and strength
to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.
Workshop on bird watching
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The first ever workshop on Bird Watching was organized at Hapoli,
Lower Subansiri District on March 9.
The workshop chaired by Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Nila Mohanan was attended
by Lakhimpur deputy commissioner Dr. Anwaruddin Chowdhury, stakeholders of tourism
of the state, NGOs among others.
The workshop was a part of Tourism Department’s effort to create an avenue for the
prosper of tourism sector, informed Tater Mize, District Tourism Officer, Lower Subansiri.
The day-long workshop included PowerPoint slides on birds, their species and habitat.
The PowerPoint presentations by Arunachal Pradesh Birding Club, Ngunu Ziro and Biodiversity
Management Committee, Hong village on flora and fauna at Pange and Talle Valley Wildlife
Sanctuary of Lower Subansiri drew attention of all present on the occasion.
Some of the resource persons along with the trainees were taken for a field visit
to Pange Valley as a part of the workshop.
Verify land allotment to all non-APSTs
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Taking their crusade against land allotment to non-APST in capital
complex, All Nyishi Youth Council (ANYC) has written to Commissioner Land Management,
who is also chairman of the committee constituted to examine land allotment to non-APST,
to bring more such land allotment cases of non-APST like Deoris and Mishings (Miris)
and Adiwasis under the ambit of the committee for proper verification.
Claiming that the “Deoris are non-APST as per the Constitution Scheduled Tribes Orders,
1950, 1951 and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Orders (Amendment) Act,
2002, the ANYC said proper verification of all the important relevant records and
documents from other non-APST like Deoris, Mishings (Miris) and some Adiwasis, who
are residing in different places of the state, will greatly help in understanding
the circumstances under which land at various locations were allotted to them. This
will also help the Committee in submission of detailed report with appropriate recommendations
to the State Government on alleged illegal land possession and allotment to the non-APST,
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Papum Pare District Water Sanitation Committee (DWSC) under PHED
Department in collaboration with N.N. Charitable Society (NNCS) Langper, Sagalee
conducted village level Awareness Programme on Information Education Communication
(IEC) on Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) under Mengio Circle recently.
NN Charitable Society, chairman Nangbia Amar Dui highlighted aims and objectives
of the awareness camp. He suggested the Panchayat leaders to keep their village
neat and clean by setting up of individual house hold latrine (IHHL) BPL and community
Parang Valley Farmers Club President Nabam Kapa also advised the villagers to adopt
hygienic life and avoid open defecation.
The programme was attended by PRI leaders and public.
Training on organic farming
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: A three days training programme on Organic Farming and Vermi Compost
for Farmer Club Members began at Multi Disciplinary Training Centre (MDTC) Midpu
at Doimukh today. Altogether 45 members from various farmers clubs of Sagalee,
Toru, Mengio, Pistana, Parang, Leporiang, Ziro circles are attending the NABARD sponsored
Addressing the inaugural function, VIIth Sagalee ZPM A K Techi requested the financial
institutions to grant loan to only those deserving farmers. He also lauded the role
of NN Charitable Society for upliftment of weaker section of the society. He also
called upon the people not to adopt short cut way to become richer in a short period.
People must develop skill in their respective field to enhance their financial status.
NABAR manager OP Munglang highlighted the role of NABARD in providing financial help
to conduct such programme.
APRB-RSETI Director P B Chetry highlighted various schemes available for farmers.
He also informed that Rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI) also provides
training to various agri-horticulture farmers and allied sectors like Animal Husbandry
and Veterinary. Chetry further stressed on repayment of bank loans on time. MDTC
Principal Vishal Nath Rai informed about the facilities available in the Centre.
In his key note address, NNCS chairman Nangbia Amar Dui highlighted the aim and
objectives of the Society.
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Barta Camp-Magney-Dogha-Rangha-Homi Village Development Committee
has withdrawn its 15 days ultimatum following assurance of local MLA Markio Tado
to fulfill its demand for release of pending bills of the local contractors of Yangte-Tali
road. The committee said the MLA gave this assurance when the committee members
called on him and Magney-Dogha Panchayat ASM regarding its demand on March 11.
Training on mushroom cultivation, pickle preparation
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Training on mushroom cultivation, preparation of pickle, vermicompost
and candle making under Micro Entrepreneurship Development Programme (MEDP) organized
by Rural Development and Heritage Society, Sangram began at Sangram and Nyapin yesterday.
At Nyapin, Anchal Chairperson Tadar Talik and Nyapin Bazar Welfare Committee (BWC)
chairman Paney Kaha inaugurated the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Talik encouraged the participants from various Self Help
Group (SHG) to be self- reliant by engaging themselves in income generating activities.
He hoped that the training would be very helpful to them in setting up their own
industry and assured them to extend his all possible help in future.
Tamchi Anu and Kipa Yape were the resource persons of the training. More than 40
SHGs members are attending the training.
At Sangram, Hote village Gram Panchayat Member Tamchi Kokum inaugurated the programme
and suggested the trainees to attend the programme sincerely for their own benefit.
NABARD regional office Itanagar is the sponsor of both the programmes.
Dist level PDS vigilance committee meeting held
BOMDILA, Mar 12: West Kameng Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi, who also is the
chairman of the District Level PDS Vigilance Committee felt it imperative to revamp
the implementation of the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the district. He was
addressing the meeting of District Level PDS Vigilance Committee here today.
Satisfied with the gradual changes and improvement in the Bomdila LAMPS in its distribution
system; the credit for which undoubtedly goes to the present DF&CSO, Tashi felt
the need to bring in the same effectiveness in all other FPS, SKO, POL and LPG outlets
of the district.
The meeting assumed significance as this meeting was held after a long period of
Expressing his displeasure over few reported cases of siphoning off and black marketing
of PDS items by some unscrupulous people, the DC impressed on the need to do away
with such shameful acts.
“We need to discourage such acts and deal it with strictly as people would be the
ultimate sufferers,” he said.
The Power Point presentation on PDS by DF&CSO T Gamlin encompassed almost all the
issues which need to be addressed. DIPRO
Farmers take part in rubber plantation training prog
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The members of Dissing Passo Farmer Club, East Kameng district
attended seven days Rubber plantation training programme at Rubber Research and Training
Centre, Guwahati recently.
During the training rubber nursery preparation, grafting and rubber cultivation procedure
were imparted to trainees.
Effective prevention of natural disasters is often possible and cost-effective,
says a World Bank report dealing with the economics of effective prevention.
Large natural disasters leave heavy economic footprints but ffective prevention and
preparedness will reduce the disaster risk and take the burden off.
The report predicts rising exposure to storms and earthquakes in the coming years
making Asia and Pacific regions most vulnerable to natural disasters. Going by the
report’s estimates, India will experience thrice the number of earthquakes by 2050.
This puts disaster management in the spotlight of future policy framework.
Disasters come with heavy economic loss, accompanied by even heavier burden of relief
and reconstruction. They have dealt a serious blow to many economies by widening
Traditionally, government spending on prevention is lower than relief spending. The
report underlines that creating institutions for disaster risk mitigation and preparedness
which employ early warning systems, effective information dissemination, incentives
to promote individual disaster prevention and smart infrastructures can significantly
decrease the costs in dealing with natural disasters.
The first policy implication is to make information available on hazards public and
accessible. Another aspect important for India is infrastructure.
National Disaster Management Authoity initial focus has shifted from the three Rs
-Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction – to - prevention, preparedness and mitigation.
Cost-effective measures of disaster management can be seamlessly merged with the
existing development policies.
Racism and hypocrisy
This is in response to Pakli Lombi's letter "Who are we?" ( 5 March).
Racism and hypocrisy are part and parcel of Indian way of life. On the one hand we
will cry foul when an Indian student gets physically attacked in Australia, but on
the other prefer to look the other way if any of our sisters from North-East get
abused in New Delhi! If the British Jade Goody jokingly refers to an Indian star
as 'Poppadom', it is indeed outright "racism"; but crude taunts and abuses directed
towards a Manipuri, Bengali or Tamil (that too by invoking the physical features
or ethnic characteristics of the concerned community) are nothing but "leg-pulling",
India is such a "liberal" country that it does not tolerate the presence or human
rights of "outsiders", though the said "aliens" are full-fledged citizens of the
country! Thus a Mizo girl gets physically assaulted in North India, an Arunachalee
student gets beaten up in South India, a Bengali gets thrown out from his entitled
reserved berth when the train passes through the "heartland" of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Instead of zealously chanting the mantra of "We are all Indians" and parroting the
slogan of "Unity in Diversity", the Indians should learn to practically implement
these traits in everyday life.
The end of a career of brightest star
Dravid is one of the brightest stars in the firmament of Indian cricket. The 16 years
of his outstanding career ended with a sign of interrogation mark! A player with
an incomparable repute of hitting 36 centuries, who also scored more than 13000 runs
in Tests and more than 10000 runs in ODI's, Dravid is only next to Tendulkar to
do so. He is aptly regarded as the ‘WALL' of Indian cricket. He also achieved a
unique record of holding the highest catch in Test cricket as a fielder.
His epic knocks against the Aussies had mesmerized the cricket lovers and which
would be remembered by us for ever. Aussies were in the driving seats and almost
sure to win those Tests, in spite of that the Wall had proved the Cricketing World
that cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties.
The only regret is under what circumstances he had announced his retirement? Who
is actually responsible for his sudden unexpected retirement? The media, BCCI or
In this juncture everybody should think twice under what phase Indian cricket is
proceeding, having lost 2 consecutive Tests Series which further compelled Dravid
to announced his retirement, but a million dollar question is who will replace Dravid?
This question would be long unanswerable.
Nevertheless lets hope and pray before the 'Supreme Power' to enable him to lead
a better future.
Tutul Goswami, Ziro.
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