Deployment of more forces along the border to check insurgents: Governor Singh
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The Eight Session of the Fifth Legislative Assembly begun on Thursday
with the customary address of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Gen (Retd) J J Singh.
The governor in his address to the house informed that additional deployment of border
guarding forces along the International Border to check cross-border movement of
insurgents is likely. The Governor further said that the Army has plans for considerable
added deployment in the State, and setting up of headquarters of new formations and
units has already been initiated at several locations.
The State Cabinet has recently approved setting up of the Forest Protection Force
which will mainly be deployed along the Assam border and will help strengthen and
guard the sensitive border.
In his 40 minutes speech, the Governor said that while the physical infrastructure
development projects in the state are more or less on track, there is a significant
gap in the possible and present levels of socio-economic infrastructure. To address
this gap, Govt. would lay focused attention on capacity building and employment generation
amongst youth, the Governor said. He further informed that high priority would be
given to Sports, Tourism, Rural Development and Education and Health sectors by the
He further expressed resentment at the slow progress of works in the Dibang Multi-purpose
project and the Itanagar Greenfield airport and the delay in forest clearance of
several flagship projects. He said the state Government will address these issues
The governor took note of the increase in the number of bandh calls given by various
organizations in the Capital Complex region. While condemning the bandhs in the strongest
of terms, he said that such activities shall be dealt with an iron hand.
The discussion on the Governor’s speech is likely to be taken up by the assembly
PRIVATE MEMBER’S RESOLUTION: The state Assembly witnessed a very rare heated discussion
today after BJP MLA Tamiyo Taga moved a private members resolution seeking Govt action
to take steps to adopt modality to provide contract works upto Rs 90 Lacs to local
people of the concerned areas by observing all codal formalities, as directed by
the Planning Commission. Cutting across party lines, most MLAs were in support of
the resolution which forced the state govt to set up a House Committee who would
submit the recommendations in a month’s time.
The resentment of the members were that few selected contractors were all lapping
up projects in the state depriving the majority youths because of tendering process
in most schemes as directed by the Planning Commission of India.
The Chief Minister Nabam Tuki assured to take up the matter with the centre. He further
said that the government would initiate process to register various levels of contractors
to ensure mass participation in execution of developmental works.
Tamiyo Taga termed the Planning commission directives as interference in the affairs
of the state government and encouraging only a handful of contractors based in Itanagar
and Delhi to become millionaires.
Takar Marde while supporting the resolution said that opportunity was provided to
few contractors. He further recounted an incident where the Chief Engineer of the
Hydro power department and his wife was allegedly assaulted and their house ransacked
recently because of a tender process. He sought the intervention of Chief Minister
in the matter.
Tapen Siga while questioning the quality of work executed by the contractors called
on the government to categorise the contractors so that all are given equal opportunity.
Kalikho Pul while taking part in the deliberations called for a sensitive approach
by the Centre towards the state. He said that Centre needs to realise the peculiar
needs of the state.
Thangham Wangham while supporting the tendering process however said that some portions
of the works should be kept with the department. He suggested the formation of a
house committee to study the case.
Nabam Rebia said that Planning Commission should accord special category state to
Arunachal Pradesh and suggested that state government write to Centre for relaxation
in tendering process.
Honchun Ngandam took exception to the lack of quality in work executed under the
Prime Minister’s Grameen Sadak Yojna.
Responding to the members, Minister Planning and Finance Chowna Mein said that govt
will issue a directive to ensure participation of local people in the developmental
schemes. He further assured the members that the govt will take up the matter with
the Planning Commission of India.
BILLS: On the first day of the five day budget session, seven bills were introduced.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki introduced the Arunachal Pradesh Fire Service Force (Amendment)
Bill 2012 and the Arunachal Pradesh Gambling (Prohibition) Bill 2012 while the Finance
Minister Chowna Mein laid the Arunachal Pradesh Fiscal Responsibility and Budget
Management (Amendment) Bill 2012 in the floor of the house.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram introduced the Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical
Sciences University Bill 2012, Arunachal Pradesh University Bill, 2012, the Venkateshwara
Open University Bill, 2012 and the Arunachal University of Studies Bill, 2012.
Heard in the Assembly
* Kaam kitna sahi ho raha hain, Bhagwan Jaane: Tapen Siga on works undertaken by
contractors in the state
* Mera jagah mein abhi bhi Chinese main likha hain pathar aur pedh main. Arunachal
Pradesh is integral part of India sirf bolne se nahi hoga: Kalikho Pul demanding
more central attention.
* Political freedom is meaningless unless there is economic freedom: Thangwang Wangham
* Delhi mein jo khata hain, hum log kahan khata hain: Honchun Ngandam drawing a comparison
between Arunachal and Delhi
* Centre paisa dete rahiye, lekin rule hum log banane se thik hain: Ngandam
* I never said this government is producing terrorist: Tamiyo Taga while retorting
to Minister Mein who suggested that word terrorist be expunged.
* I don’t understand why it’s a prestige issue: Taga after he was asked to withdraw
the private member resolution.
* Some people in the state do not even have money to buy slippers: J K Panggeng
* The behaviour of our youths are horrible. Our officers can’t sit in their offices
because of undue pressure given by the youths. If the present trend continues, Arunachal
is doomed: Tako Dabii.
Rich tribute to Kabang Borang, Govt declares state mourning
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The mortal remains of the Late Kabang Borang, who died yesterday
afternoon after a prolonged illness was brought to Naharlagun heliport this morning
from Chennai to enable people to pay their last homage.
Among hundreds of mourners, the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, his council of ministers,
Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong received the body at the heliport
and paid floral tributes.
The Chief Minister comforted grieving Mamang Borang, the wife of Late Borang and
other family members who accompanied the body. Later, the body was taken to Pasighat
in an ambulance where he would be laid to rest.
Earlier, Speaker Lowangdong led the Members of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly
in paying homage to Kabang Borang.
Speaker Lowangdong recalled Borang’s contributions and termed his death as an irreparable
loss to the state while adding that his contribution in socio-economic development
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki termed Borang’s death as a personal loss. He was an exceptional
human being, a seasoned politician and a great statesman and he will be always missed
Education Minister Bosiram Siram termed the late leader as one of the tallest figures
in the state politics. Payi Kabang was a very polite, popular and hardworking politician
and he respected the values and importance of democracy, Siram said. J K Panggeng,
who was a political opponent, recalled the services of Late Borang. He said that
late leader was a large hearted person who was never vindictive.
As a mark of respect, the House observed two minutes silence.
The state govt has announced state mourning on Friday as a mark of respect to the
All offices, educational institutions and undertakings will remain closed and the
national flag will be flown half-mast throughout the state and there will be no official
Condolences messages continue to pour mourning the death of Borang. The Arunachal
Pradesh Congress Committee, state Bharatiya Janata Party, People's Party of Arunachal,
state unit of Nationalist Congress Party, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union,
the Lower Dibang Valley ABK, Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation, Sammanoy
Gut Cooperative Society Ltd., Govt officers and officials of Pasighat, Lok Sabha
for Eastern Parliament, the Geru Hills Welfare Society and Yao Clan, All East Siang
District Students’ Union, Adi Students’ Union Itanagar also mourned the demise of
Meanwhile, the business community under the banner of Naharlagun Bazaar Welfare Committee
downed their shutter for two hours today as a mark of respect to former minister
Late Kabang Borang. All India Rajeev Gandhi Vichar Manch International Arunachal
Pradesh also condoled the death of Kabang Borang.
AAPSU demands for resolution on NPF
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) called upon elected
representatives of the state to make their stand clear on the launching of Naga Peoples
Front (NPF) - a Nagaland based party in the state which has clearly spelt out their
main agenda for Greater Nagalim in their party constitution.
“The elected representative of the state brushing aside petty differences, should
show courage and give a befitting reply to the nefarious design of the NPF by passing
a resolution in the on-going Assembly session,” AAPSU said in a press release.
The union, in the meantime, welcomed the state cabinet decision for enhancing the
student stipend and other major decision, more particularly in the education sector
like establishment of Arunachal University at Pasighat, which has been some of the
long pending demands of the apex students’ body of the state.
The union, however, called upon the state government to be sincere in their approach
in implementing their decision rather than just passing it for the sake of doing
It is unfortunate to remind that during the time of Late Dorjee Khandu and present
Education Minister Bosiram Siram the same matters of student stipend, infrastructure
development in the education sector etc were brought up in the public domain by passing
the historic “Education Bill”. But it almost fizzled out before achieving much in
many front, AAPSU said.
AAPSU cautioned that repetition in approach on the same subject by the state government
will not be tolerated. The union will be compelled to take to the street which it
has suspended after having a sitting with the Bosiram Siram and Political secretary
to Bamang Tago last month, the release added.
Arunachal among Nirmal Gram Puraskar award winners
New Delhi, Mar 22: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil felicitated 2800 Nirmal Gram
Puraskar (NGP) awardees from different states in recognition of having attained the
status of being free from open defecation at a function in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi
today. A host of dignitaries, awardees and invitees attended the award ceremony organized
by Department of Water Supply and Sanitation under the ministry of Rural Development,
Govt. of India.
The state of Arunachal Pradesh for the first time has won 14 of Nirmal Gram Puraskar
award for the year 2011 which is a record breaking achievement for the state. New
Nirmal Gram Puraskar accounts have been opened with 2 from Upper Subansiri, namely,
Topo Hechi-III and Lable-IV and 1 from Lower Dibang Valley district, namely, Bango.
Lohit district has bagged the maximum award of 11 this year, namely, Chongkham-II,
Kathalguri, Deobeel-I, Deobeel-II, Solungtoo, Nampong, Nongtaw-Shyam, New Danglat,
Khowji, Manpailiang and Mawai. The overall tally so far has been 31 in which Lohit
alone has bagged 18.
It is worth mentioning here that one Tire Tulang from New Danglat, Nang Urmila Mancheykhun
from Deobeel-II and Rajen Tungkhang from Namgtaw Shyam all Lohit district, Tapak
Dagm from Lable-IV Upper Subansiri, M. Riba from Lower Dibang Valley represented
the state in the National Award function in New Delhi.
New Danglat is the first Mishimi Gram Panchayat to receive the award, Lable-IV among
the first Tagin Gram Panchayat and Bango among the first Gram Panchayat of Lower
Dibang to receive the award on attainment of full sanitation coverage in Household,
School and Anganwadi for outstanding contribution in promotion of Rural sanitation
under Total Sanitation Campaign being implemented in Arunachal Pradesh.
In the National Award function, eight member team was led by Er. Tayum Tok as State
coordinator and Er. Subat Pertin, Lower Dibang Valley District, Er. Nypong Konia,
Upper Subansiri District respectively as District coordinators. The state level Nirmal
Gram Puraskar function will also be held very soon in the State capital in which
all Nirmal Gram Panchayats will be conferred with Nirmal Gram Puraskar alongwith
citation and cash award.
National symposium on fish helminthes
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: A two days national symposium on Fish Parasites (NSFP) covering
subject the area ‘Fish Helminthes: From Biodiversity to Biotechnology’ was organized
by the Department of Zoology, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Rono hills.
Altogether 65 scientists and research scholars from different parts of the country
participated in the programme and exchanged their ideas, achievements.
They also highlighted the future research strategies on major themes under the subject
area. The Symposium was sponsored by the Department Fisheries, Govt of Arunachal
Pradesh and Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India.
Earlier, the inaugural function on March 19 was chaired by Prof. T. Mibang, Vice
Chancellor in-charge, RGU.
Earlier, Dr. Amit Tripathi, Zoology Assistant Professor and the convener of the symposium
briefed the objectives.
Prof. KC Pandey, former President of Indian Science Congress, Prof. Nirupama Agarwal,
President of Helminthological Society of India, Prof. Veena Tandon, Parasitologists,
Department of Zoology, NEHU and J.Taba, Director of Fisheries, Govt of Arunachal
Pradesh attended the symposium.
Agrawal presented the society’s four annual awards to the outstanding Helminthologists
of the country, including Dr.Amit Tripathi of RGU for their achievements. Prof V.Tandon,
in her key note address, narrated the presence of diversified parasitic helminthes
in various groups of fishes and highlighted their diversity and distribution, extents
of research achievements in fields till date.
The chairman in his address, acknowledged deep gratitude to the scientific gathering
for taking fish disease as priority like other animal diseases and wished a great
success for symposium.
The technical sessions yesterday comprised of oral presentation and poster presentation.
Cash awards and citations were also presented for oral & presentation to the young
Interactions were held on various dimensions of fish health, diversity of fish helminthes,
pathogenicity, management of health and diseases etc.
Reputed Zoologists like Prof. R.N.Chatterjee, University of Calcutta, Dr.K.Ghosh,
University of Burdwan, Prof.R.Madhbi ,Andhra University, were the distinguished speaker
in the NSFP.
HC orders for scientific verification of records
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The Gauhati High Court, Itanagar permanent bench has delivered
a judgment on March 19 for scientific examination of Form 17 (A) (register of voters)
against 8 polling stations under Tali Assembly constituency in Kurung Kumey district.
While disposing of the Miscellaneous Case (EP) 06 (AP) 2010 in election petition
No 01 (AP) 2009, filed by appellant Takam Sorang against respondent Markio Tado,
the HC in its judgment considered it expedient to send the register of voters’ (Form
17A) to the Director of Regional Science Laboratory, Police Training Centre, Banderdewa
to conduct scientific examination and verification of signature/finger prints appearing
in Form 17A and to ascertain whether the thumb impressions and signatures were put
single-handedly and fraudulently by few persons. The HC also ordered for submission
of the verification report within May 3. In another judgment the HC fixed April 18
to 21 as the dates of examination of witnesses of Markio Tado.
It may mentioned here that Sorang had filed an election petition in 2009 against
Tado alleging booth capturing at eight polling stations under Taliha assembly.
APPDSU takes up school land encroachment issue with admin
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) urged the Papum
Pare deputy commissioner and deputy director of school education to pay attention
towards the innumerable cases of illegal encroachment of school land teachers quarters
and their occupation in the Papum Pare district.
“The schools lands are gradually reducing from its original sizes and teacher’s quarter
are becoming invisible in the district,” APPDSU said in a release and demanded the
education department and local administration to initiate immediate drastic steps
against the encroachers.
In many cases the school authority and School Management Committees (SMC) become
helpless due to lack of cooperation from the district administration and higher authority
concerned besides pressures from various ‘external forces’, it said.
“Students are being deprived from various central govt sponsored welfare schemes
and aids meant for them through various forms of corruption tactics,” the district
students union alleged. It claimed that 90% of the school infrastructures in the
district are in deplorable condition.
APPDSU also stressed on the need to make people aware of the importance of protecting
the school land for the future infrastructural development as well as healthy growth
of the education sector in the district and state as a whole.
The students union urged the district administration and DDSE to act before the union
takes its own course of action in coming days. It also appealed to those people who
have illegally encroached school land and teachers quarter to surrender before the
AMSU demands action against Chakma ‘extortionists’
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The members of All Mishmi Students Union (AMSU) yesterday met Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki at his office and apprised him about various problems affecting
the Mishmi inhabited areas.
AMSU submitted three-point memorandum to chief minister and sought his attention
in this regard.
The memorandum demanded immediate arrest of Chakma refugee, who recently carried
out extortion activities at Kathan village under Wakro circle of Lohit district.
“Chakma refugee has encroached the land of Mishmi across Kathan area. The crime graph
continued to be in upwards trend in the last 10 years in the area due to criminal
activities by Chakma refugee, the memorandum said. Further, the population of Kathan
village is hardly 80 to 100, whereas the population of neighbouring Chakma refugees
are more than 20,000 as a result of which the Mishmis are easily dominated by them,
it said and appealed to the CM to arrange mechanism to prevent such extortion and
anti-social activities in the area.
The union also demanded establishment of IRBN headquarters at Kathan village under
Wakro Circle of Lohit district instead of Haju and issuance of arm licence to local
villagers of Kathan, Tumba, Tillai and Manthi villages under Wakro circle of Lohit
district under special case.
Meanwhile, Tuki assured to look into issues raised by the union, AMSU informed.
26th NE Games
Arunachal bag 14 medals on day 3
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: Boxer and Teakwondo players added three more gold to take Arunachal’s
total medal tally to 44 --7 gold, 8 Silver and 29 Bronze on day three of the NE Games
at Aizawl. Mizoram today.
While boxer Lakiya Soibam won gold in 60 kg girls category M Kalyani Devi and Tarak
Lucky had to content with the silver.
However, the Taekwondo players did not disappoint as six medals, including two gold,
two silver and as many bronze medals came from the event.
Wrestlers and Judokas bagged 9 medals, including 2 Silver and 7 Bronze. While Wrestler
Kh. Santosh Kumar and Kh. Thongamuba won a silver medal apiece in 77 and 94 kg weight
category respectively T Bela Devi bagged a Bronze in 63 kg girls category. Madin
Hina and Anjali Sagro won a Bronze medal each.
In Judo, Rahul Mipi (55 kg), Ha Rupa (57 kg), Yari Maying (U-57 kg) won a Bronze
medal each. Taking part in Judo, Anjali Sagro, who is basically a wrestler, won a
Bronze in 48 kg Girls category.
The pair of Dilip Gurung and Akshay Aito had to content with Bronze medal in Men’s
Open Doubles Badminton event.
ATM at Bordumsa
BORDUMSA Mar 22: Automated Teller Machine, popularly known as ATM service owned by
SBI Bordumsa was made active here today. It was formally dedicated to the people
of Bordumsa Sub-Division under Changlang district by ADC, Kento Riba in presence
of SBI Branch Manager, AC Deori, and EAC Hengo Basar besides host of officials and
officers and its valued customers.
Speaking on the occasion, Riba disclosed that a long felt demand of the local people
has been fulfilled with the operationlization of SBI ATM services in the area, which
would be catering the needs of people and adjoining villages of Assam.
“It will not only reduce the time and cost of undertaking journey to Tinsukia, Dibrugarh
and other parts of Assam for availing the services,” he opined while adding that
it has brought great relief to the people of this remote rural areas for making their
daily money transaction more easier and convenient.
Established in 1990, Bordumsa SBI Branch was functioning without its own ATM services
which caused great inconveniences to its customer during peak hours of transaction.
While informing this, ADC appreciated the efforts put in by Aboni Saharia, Assistant
General Manager, Regional Business office based at Dibrugarh, (Assam) for his untiring
efforts and persuasion made for materializing the installation of ATM service in
this pocket of the tribal state. ADC, Kento Riba has made first official transaction
on ATM after having being dedicated its services to the people.
Mopin sports competitions begin
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The games and sports competition organized as part of Mopin celebration
here from April 5 began at Mopin Solung ground here today, according to a Mopin Festival
Celebration Committee, Itanagar.
The opening match of the volleyball competition was played between Agam Neli Popir
Party and Donyi Sago Popir Party in which the latter defeated the former. In the
second match Liji Lipin Popir Party defeated Neli Nengo Popir party.
Besides, games & sports competition, cultural programme, popir competition, Gomke
Agom competition are being organized.
ROING, Mar 22: A day-long Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDP) on Micro,
Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) was organized by the District Industrial Centre,
Roing at its Conference Hall yesterday.
Attending the programme, SDO W Tikhak encouraged the participants for attending such
beneficial programmes for improvement their entrepreneurship skill.
P Arangham, DDI Roing systematically explained the state industrial policy and central
industrial policy for promotion of MSME units in the North Eastern States and remedial
measures to strengthened the weak SSI units.
A. Pertin, ADTH Roing and P Das, Deputy Manager (Industry) HDFC Bank also spoke on
Prospective local entrepreneurs mostly from registered Small Scale Industrial (SSI)
Units attended the programme. DIPRO
Business register and local bodies account training
SEPPA, Mar 22: The district level meeting cum training workshop under TFC grant
on creation of Business cum Local Bodies Account was conducted at DC’s office here
A.K. Bezbaruah, consultant North Eastern Development & Finance Cooperation Ltd. (NEDFi)
through Power Point Presentation explained about the concept of Business Register
and Local Bodies Accounts. He informed that the Central Govt. has earmarked fund
for the purpose for which subsequent installments will be released on achievement
of the milestones for the said activities and proper expenditure of the received
D.R. Wange, DSO (Stat.) informed that the state government has decided to prepare
and maintain Business Register in each district for which he appealed all the head
of departments to co-operate with the nodal deptt. It will help the planners, scholars
and researchers, tourists etc to get ready-made informations at a time from the statistical
department, he added.
Tage Tado, ADC, highlighted the importance of the Business Register appealed the
trainers to learn thoroughly the guidelines for practical applications. DIPRO
SBI branch signs MoU with SFF
AALO, Mar 22: The State Bank of India, Aalo branch has agreed to grant Rs 75 lakh
for selected group of progressive farmers for cultivation of Ginger, Turmeric, Large
Cardamom and Broom etc for the year 2012-13.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was inked in this regard between SBI Aalo branch
and Siang Farmer Federation in presence of West Siang deputy commissioner at his
conference hall yesterday. Chief Branch Manager of State Bank of India, Aalo and
Doi Ado, Chairman Siang Farmer Federation (SFF) and Tareng Taga, Secretary on behalf
of Farmers of West Siang District signed the memorandum.
Initially the bank will grant Rs 50,000 each to 150 families.
While appreciating the gesture of State Bank of India and Siang Farmer Federation
A.Tak, appealed to all the participating farmers to utilize the loan amount judiciously
and assured to find out a suitable area for marketing of this product in near future.
Doi Ado also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
Institute of Hotel Management
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: Construction work for the State Institute of Hotel Management,
Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition is going-on in full swing at Banderdewa.
Meanwhile, mentor of the institute Ranjit Chaudhary during his three days visit to
Itanagar from March 19 to 21 held a meeting with Sonam Chombay, Secretary Tourism
and AK Singh, Director, Tourism to discuss about management of the institute. Tourism
department assured all possible help for timely and smooth commissioning of the institute.
Chaudhary also inspected the construction of building for the institute recently.
Workshop on soft skills
TEZU, Ma 22: A one day workshop for 75 students on ‘Soft Skills’ was organized
by the Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) at Indira Gandhi Government College
On the occassion College Principal Dr B K. Nath and resource persons gave lectures
on the concept of Soft Skills and stressed upon its importance.
The resource persons dwelt at length on time management and how to face interview
and develop writing skill and live a stress-free life. Maintaining a balance between
spiritualism and materialism was the only way to enjoy stress-free life, they opined.
Subject teachers sought
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The management core committee (MCC) of the Muri-Mugli Govt Higher
Secondary school has appealed the state Govt to post a principal and senior teachers
before the beginning of new academic session.
Though the school was upgraded to higher secondary level in 2010, higher classes
are yet to start due non-availability of senior teachers, the MCC said in a release.
However, the MCC decided to start admission for XI and XII standard from this academic
session and appealed the authorities for posting of senior teachers including a
principal at the earliest.
AEKSU’s memo to DC
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) has demanded night police
patrolling in the Seppa township to check and prevent unlawful activities.
In a memorandum to the East Kameng deputy commissioner the union further demanded
proper parking place for commercial vehicles at Seppa town.
Citing the pathetic condition of the district hospital, it further urged the district
administration for immediate posting of child specialist and gynecologist to the
hospital. Other demands of the union included, allotment of suitable place for meat
and vegetable vendors and renovation of BSNL tower installed at new DC bungalow.
Relief to fire victims
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: Nature Care and Disaster Management Society (NCADMS) of Ziro provided
basic relief materials such as bucket, mug, etc. to 10 households of Hija village,
whose houses were either gutted down or destroyed in a devastating accident on March
The relief materials were handed over to the victims by Nima Drema, District Relief
and Rehabilitation Officer, Lower Subansiri district in presence of Nada Dumi, ZPM,
Hija village, Taru Tallo, Secretary, Village Disaster Management Committee, Hija
and also by the officers and general public of Hija village.
LRP baton reaches Koloriang
Koloriang, Mar 22: The Relay Long Range Patrol (LRP) baton of ITBP reached Koloriang
from Ziro today.
As part of its golden jubilee celebration, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
is conducting a Relay Long Range Patrol (LRP) across the nation.
On the occasion, the ITBP Band enthralled the public with their melodious tune.
Kurung Kumey deputy commissioner Rajeev Takuk appreciated the hard work of the jawans
of ITBP in safeguarding the border and for their yeoman service to the nation.
The 33rd Bn of ITBP held free medical camp and also distributed free medicine, solar
lantern and DTH to the families below poverty line.
The Second-in-command of 33rd Bn ITBP thanked the District Administration for their
help and also the people of Koloriang for their help in making the event a success.
AMBASU backs USGSU’s demand
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: While supporting the demand of the Upper Subansiri Galo Students
Union, All Maro Baririjo Area Students Union (AMBASU) today urged the authorities
for the strict implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana at various
places under Maro and Baririjo circle as per the guidelines.
I extend my heartfelt thanks to Arunachal Times, Dohu Tale family, Arunachal Registered
Pharmacists Association president Tao Vijay and general secretary Minyo Blange, the
believers of Town Baptist Church and well-wishers for their genuine help in finding
out a class VI student Abeni Mozhuie, who went missing while returning back from
school on March 16. Even we had to file a missing report at police station and take
the help of a local daily. Lastly, the members of kind-hearted family traced her
out and handed her to Itanagar police on March 21. Thanks all again.
Kopo Sono (Beyong)
Pay our salary and arrear
We would like to draw the attention of the Education Minister, who assured a joint
delegation of ATA and AASSATA on January 30 for early release of four months’ salaries
along with six months’ arrear for the SSA teachers, towards the grievances of the
Appreciating the assurance of the minister, we waited for release of our dues for
many days with patience but the assurance has not been converted into action till
date. As a result the teachers are facing numerous problems despite performing their
duty with sincerity and devotion. When the assurance remains to be fulfilled and
grievances are unheard, it extremely demoralizes the teachers.We came to know that
the secretary and additional secretary (education) of the Union human resource development
ministry assured to release central matching share of SSA fund during their recent
visit to the state. Would the minister like to inform us whether the fund has been
released or not. If it is released why we are deprived of our dues ?
Quality education and proper education policy are always the subjects of discussion
in public forum and Govt agencies, but such policies and plan can be materialized
successfully only with encouragement to the teachers by recognizing their contribution
and hard works.
Therefore, I, on behalf of the AASSATA, appeal to the Education Minister to take
necessary steps for early release of four months salaries along with six months arrear
within this month so that the teachers are not compelled to go ahead with agitation
in favour of their legitimate demands.
Techi Pahi Tara
Pls change the interview dates
The dates and month fixed for the interview for clerical jobs in education department,
West Siang coincides with annual examination of secondary sachool students. Most
of the students who are the candidates for the said post will unable to appear in
the interview if the department concerned can not change the interview schedule.
Therefore, I request the higher authority to look into the matter seriously so that
all aspiring candidates take the chance and face the interview.
Riyom Giboh and Annu Rakshap, Itanagar
I am very much pleased with the recent cabinet decision, particularly in education
sector. Time and again Arunachal students who are pursuing high and technical education
outside the state are being harassed as if they are receiving education free of cost.
Education, received by Arunachalee students in other states is actually being purchased
by the sweat and blood of their parents and relatives. This is because of lack of
higher and technical educational institutions in our state.
Lakhs of rupees being spent by the Arunachalee students outside the state could have
been saved and utilized for welfare of the state, if such important decision was
taken much earlier by the state cabinet. Our children could have been trained within
the state with 50 less amount they are paying in other states.
Wealthy and wise people of the state must take part in this project of the state
Govt. Instead of let their money be invested in other states of the country, they
can circulate their money within the state for development purpose, particularly
in higher education sector.
All the people of the state, particularly youth should appreciate the better decision
of the state Govt and join the plan and let it done successfully.
It’s really laudable
The recent cabinet decision for upgradation of some administrative blocks in Arunachal
Pradesh is truly praiseworthy. I’m happy to know that it was decided to upgrade Dumporijo
EAC to ADC headquarters. The credit goes to Takar Marde who made great efforts to
fulfill long-pending demand of the local people. Such decision will not only benefit
the people of the that area but also the state as a whole. This has really brought
a smile on every face of the people.
B. Nirin, Itanagar
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Toxins in food chain
The river Yamuna, the lifeline of Delhi, is gradually dying. Rampant industrial pollution
and untreated sewage is choking the river. Despite government norms, the sewage treatment
plants continue to be under utilized. The city generates 650 million gallons of sewage
per day against an installed capacity of 512 million gallons. But only 350 million
gallons of sewage reaches the treatment plants. A deadline of 2012 has been set to
ensure no untreated sewage goes into the river. Efforts are also on to check the
pollution levels from the neighbouring state of Haryana.
The seriousness of the contamination was highlighted in a study undertaken by The
Energy Resource Institute. It showed how despite government efforts industrial effluents
and untreated sewage continue to choke the river. In fact, the toxins have polluted
the ground water and soil. It has entered our food chain through the vegetables grown
on the banks and continues to affect the people living on the banks.
Moderate levels of toxic metals (nickel, lead, manganese, chromium, mercury, zinc)
were evident in the water at several locations. At one particular location, lead
levels were found to be 10 times more than elsewhere in the river.
The study recommended regular bio-monitoring of different environmental compartments
and of the population living in areas threatened by contaminants. The pollutants
must be treated at various sources -- both industrial and domestic waste water. Safer
technologies are needed to reduce release of heavy metals in air and waste water.
Pollution control and waste management agencies need to adopt a strong role in controlling