CM assures support, proposes film development corporation
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: “We are late but not very late,” said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
inaugurating the first ever three-day Arunachal Film Festival here this evening at
The maiden film festival of the state is being organized by the Department of Information
& Public Relation (IPR) with the support of the State Government. It is a novel initiative
of the government to give a morale boost to the film fraternity, which despite being
more than two decades old, has remained in the state of infancy due to lack of patronage
both from the government as well as corporate sides.
Tuki, who has been pursuing with the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
to support the state government with resources for patronizing the film sector, assured
that the maiden venture of ‘Arunachal Festival’ would be a regular annual event.
“Not only this will be a regular annual event but I assure that next year onwards
cash awards would be instituted for film personalities of eminence to be selected
through a process,” he announced to a big round of applause.
He said the conceptualization of a film festival has been long overdue. However,
he said a beginning has been made and the Government will offer all out cooperation
to the film fraternity in organizing the festival every year in a grand manner.
Encouraging all engaged in filmmaking, the Chief Minister urged them to look upon
the government as their ‘guardian’.
“In order to promote filmmaking in the state, I suggest that a film development society
or a corporation may be formed with a grant of sufficient corpus fund. This will
encourage development of filmmaking and inspire talented indigenous artistes, directors
and producers,” he said,
He directed the IPR department to chalk out modalities in this regard for a final
decision by the Government.
Tuki also observed filmmaking as one of the best medium to promote tourism in the
“Filmmaking if seriously promoted will bear multiple benefits for us. Besides promoting
tourism, it will be also a source of employment generation for our youths,” he pointed.
State Legislative Assembly Speaker Wangling Lowangdong, guest of honour on the occasion,
termed films as mirror of the society that becomes catalysts of change.
Admitting the hard times faced by the film fraternity in absence of patronage and
facilities, he requested the Chief Minister to consider their plight with sympathy.
An important suggestion that the Speaker made was that the department of Tourism
may promote and highlight in its campaigns places and spots ideal and feasible for
outdoor shooting of films. He felt if the Tourism department highlighted such places,
filmmakers from outside would venture into the state and subsequently generate revenue
for the government as well as provide employment to the locals. The suggestion was
fully endorsed by the Chief Minister.
Earlier, veteran filmmaker Taro Chatung, in his inimitable style, narrated the brief
history of film production in the state and lamented the lack of patronage and facility
in his career of 27 years in the field. He, however, expressed gratitude to the government
for the maiden initiative, which he felt, would inspire and encourage filmmakers
of the state who are struggling to find a foothold.
On the occasion several film personalities were felicitated for their achievements
and contributions to film development in the state. In the producer category, Late
‘Rani’ Thansen Wangchadong and Late Kapney Wangsu were felicitated for sponsoring
the film ‘Rashmi Rekha’, an Assamese film in 1974-75. Lowangdong, who happens to
be the son of Late ‘Rani’ Thansen Wangchadong received the felicitation on behalf
of his late mother. Ashok Kumar Jhuria was also felicitated for producing the film
In the category of actors those felicitated were Nabam Tata, Dr Mrs Bengia Mala,
T H Tayung, Late Leegang Tachang, Hage D Apa, Tai Tugung, Tashi Lhamu Bapu and Namge
Tsering while Taro Chatung, Dorjee Khandu Thungon, Moji Riba and Ahsan Muzid were
felicitated in the category of directors.
A documentary film on Late Leegang Tachang and the first film of the state ‘Mera
Dharam, Meri Maa’ were screened during the occasion.
Meanwhile, Secretary IPR Indira Malo informed that the festival, initially a three-day
event, would now continue for another two days, during which several documentaries
and feature films produced, directed or acted by local artistes would be screened.
CBI arrests BRTF commander with cash
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: CBI ACB Guwahati Branch arrested Ram Milan, SE (Civil) FS, Commander
763, BRTF, Tawang in connection with CBI ACB Guwahati Br. Case No. RC.4 (A)/2013-GWH
for possession of unaccounted cash of Rs.15 Lakhs and assets beyond known sources
of income, according to PIB release from Guwahati.
Ram Milan, Commander BRTF, was detained from Guwahati Railway Station on Wednesday
while he was travelling to New Delhi with cash of Rs. 15,03,000 for which he could
not give any reasonable explanation, the release said. The Suspect officer is being
forwarded to the Court of Spl. Judge, CBI, Guwahati after due formalities, the release
Brigadier Rohit Kapoor, Chief Engineer, Project Vartak based at Tezpur which is constructing
Balipara to Tawang section of road when contacted by this daily informed that they
are yet to get actual report from higher authorities and it is only through media
that they are getting first hand information. He refused to dwell more on the issue.
APSCW constitutes fact-finding committee
AAPSU, ANSU demand arrest of rapist
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW), All Arunachal
Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU), All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) have condemned the
heinous act of rape of a minor school girl at Bomi English School, Joram village
and also demanded arrest of the persons involved in it.
Taking suo moto cognizance of the case U/S 16 (b) of the APSCW Act 2002, the APSCW
has sought status report from the O.C and S.P concerned.
The Commission said that a two-member fact finding committee along with APWWS branch
Yachuli has been constituted to enquire into the matter to unearth the truth. On
the basis of the report of the fact finding committee, the Commission shall recommend
to the Govt to initiate necessary action against the accused. It is unconceivable
that a school which is considered as the temple of learning has been in the news
for reason other than the academic. The perpetrator of this barbaric act be booked
under appropriate law at the earliest, the commission said.
While condemning the rape incident AAPSU demanded arrest of the persons involved
within 24 hours under non-bailable section of the law and give exemplary punishment.
Describing the incident unfortunate, AAPSU said that it would never tolerate such
uncivilized and barbaric act. “It is an act beyond imagination and everybody should
condemn such act to make our land a crime free and administration should deal with
the criminals with iron hand,” said Kamta Lapung, President, AAPSU.
Demanding details inquiry into the incident, AAPSU informed that the SP Ziro has
assured them to book the culprits within short time and investigation is launched.
As per police sources the rape victim is 10 years old only.
The All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has also vehemently condemned alleged rape
incident of Bomi English School, Joram Village. ANSU termed the alleged rape of a
minor girl as unfortunate and shameful one. ANSU demanded the Lower Subansiri administration
to immediately arrest the person involved in the incident and also demand for cancellation
of the school license.
Further union appealed to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to conduct an investigation
in all the private educational institution to find out such illegal activities.
Forester Jamoh becomes highest rubber planters
RUKSIN, Mar 22: At a time when rapid extension of rubber plantation in foothills
of East Siang district attracts commercial horticulturists of the country and abroad,
one Opang Jamoh, a forester of Ngorlung village under Ruksin circle is showing an
example by achieving highest rubber plantation on Lekong hill site.
Jamoh started rubber cultivation at Lekong hill, at Ngorlung village outskirt two
years back and now placed on top of the rubber planter list under Ruksin Rubber Station.
He is growing improved variety rubber plant in 30 hectares (approx- 230 bighas) area
on Lekong hill and bags the honour of “best rubber planter” under the field office.
Forester Jamoh also brought accolades with highest production of vegetables and
spices in Ruksin area. In spite of his busy office-bound duty, Jamoh finds out enough
time to do various horticultural and showing instance of right use of time and labour.
Verities of vegetables, spices and fruits produced in Jamoh’s garden are being supplied
to Ruksin and Jonai (Assam) markets here. Jamoh, through his plantation/cultivation
activities on Lekong hill is enriching green cover of on Lekong hill. The region
with moderate climate and fertile soil supports luxuriant growth of improved variety
rubber plants besides production of various leafy and fruit-vegetables, citrus fruits
and rare medicinal herbs.
Officials of Rubber field office here said that forester Jamoh is the fist farmer
in the area, who is cultivating RRIM-600 rubber stamp (improved variety) in large
scale. He reportedly received inspiration from Ojing Aze, the first rubber planter
of the belt. The estimated income of per hectare rubber garden at its yielding stage
is amounted to Rs 4.00 lakh per annum.
It may recalled that the Rubber Board India (RBI), considering the rich potentiality
of rubber cultivation in Sinag belt and its consequent economic prospect, is planning
to establish a regional office in the area.
APBRDA urges Centre for higher allocation of fund
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: Union Minister of State for Agriculture Charan Das Mahant has assured
Yora Tagung, Vice Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resource and Development Agency
(APBRDA) to increase the allocation of National Bamboo Mission funds for Arunachal
Pradesh from the next financial year. At a meeting with a delegation of officials
led by Tagung at New Delhi today, the Union Minister was apprised about the lower
allocation presently given to Arunachal in comparison to other states like Mizoram
Tagung mentioned that in spite of having the highest bamboo varieties in India which
is spread over a vast geography; the NBM funds are inadequate to develop the sector.
The issue of gregarious bamboo flowering which has affected the agrarian economy
in the non forest areas especially in 9 districts of the state was also discussed.
Tagung explained in detail the after effects of gregarious flowering on human livelihoods
as well as on livestock.
The Arunachal Bamboo Resources Development Agency has recently sought the assistance
of central government to tackle bamboo flowering, famine combat scheme and regeneration-restocking
by devising a long term action plan for the same. The Union Minister assured the
full co-operation of his Ministry in this regard.
Tagung was accompanied by Dr. Ganguva Murtem, Sr. Scientist and Nodal Officer, APBRDA
Training cum demonstration on usage of sustainable fishing technology
ROING, Mar 22: A three-day sponsored training cum demonstration programme from Central
Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Vizhag, Andra Pradesh on value added products
and usage of sustainable fishing gear technologies was organized March 17-19 at Iduli
and Jia Villages. The training was held in progressive fish farmers’ farms of Raju
Linggi and Tongmen Perme.
The programme commenced with the welcome speech by D Dabi, Distrct Fisheries Development
Officer (DFDO), Roing.
Dr Raghu Prakash, Senior Scientist, CIFT and resource person briefed participants
about mandated activities of the CIFT as well as demonstrated different types of
fishing nets and traps that was developed exclusively for local fish farmers /fisher
Dr LN Murthy, Senior Scientist, CIFT displayed equipments, posters and value added
products developed by their esteemed organization before the farming community.
In his speech he spoke on the aspects in the recent emerging advances in development
of value added products , usage of insulated bags (CIFT Bags) for transportation
of fresh fish in remote areas, modern trends in packaging technology to pack value
added products such as fish cutlets, fish pickle, fish wafers etc.
Dr TJ Ramesha, Programme Coordinator, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lower Dibang Valley
District briefed participants on mandated activities of the Farm science centre as
well as present status and future prospectus for value addition in fish. He opined
that taking up of value addition in fishery activity would become sustainable income
generation source for SHGs as at present majority of them are not self sustainable.
Also as part of the programme technical folders entitled 'Anga Achaar (Fish Pickle)'
developed in Mishmi language and ‘Engo (Fish) Cutlets’ in Adi languages were released
on the occasion for the benefit of farming community.
The participants comprised of farmers, NGO representative, SHGs, Commodity Interest
Groups and Fisheries Department Extension Personnel. A total of 50 farmers from different
villages of the district actively participated in the skill based/practical oriented
Training for women groups held
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The Department of Tourism conducted a Training Programme for Women
Groups of all section namely SHG’s, PRI’s and unemployed women. Participants were
invited from different places where the Tourist faces accommodation shortages so
as to encourage opening up of more homes stays to cater to the growing demand of
The women were briefed about growing inflow of tourists and its importance, opening
of Home stay, Eco Tourism and methods to make it more sustainable, Development micro
Finance, Importance of Internet, travel formalities and legal formalities Gender
Issues, Introduction to legislation to protect and safeguard women, Role of and involvement
of community in Promoting Tourism etc. The participants actively took part in the
group discussion and imbibe.
The main objective of the training programme was to promote Home stay, rural tourism
and Eco-Tourism with the participation of local community by using the local resources
available in the area. Various resource persons from RGGP, NERIST and SRLM had imparted
the training. Sanjiv Tirkey from SRLM was the lead resource person. There were altogether
37 participants from Pasighat, Boleng, Yazali, Yupia, Sagalee, Poma, Daporijo and
While giving away the certificates in the Valedictory programme Sonam Chombay,
Secretary Tourism called upon the participants coming from various districts to come
forward and sought their active participation in taking tourism to a greater height.
He emphasized that without the local supports, the department alone cannot promote
Assistant director Bengia Manna Sonam exhorted the participant to train their neighbours
and expand the Home stay avenues in their own community as well and encourage the
local masses to try to have a better understanding about hospitality. She urged
them to take back the knowledge they achieved to their respective home district and
requested the participants to act as a messenger to generate awareness about tourism
in the Society as women are the torchbearer in a Society. Amongst the trainees
20 participants have been selected for onward training on Home stay, Eco tourism
and Rural Tourism to Sikkim (Namchi) who will tomorrow.
Workshop on Arunachal Pradesh Ecotourism Policy’
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, North
East Unit and Department t of Tourism, jointly organized a consultative workshop
on “Arunachal Pradesh Ecotourism Policy” here on March 21. The goal of the workshop
was to hold consultative discussion on the draft Arunachal Pradesh Ecotourism Policy
developed under GOI/UNDP project entitled “Biodiversity conservation through community
based natural resource management in Arunachal Pradesh” of the GB Pant Institute,
implemented partnering with WWF-India, NERIST, SFRI and NCADMS.
Inaugurating the workshop Parliamentary secretary, tourism, P D Sona viewed the
ecotourism policy to be a tool for sustainable development of the state simultaneously
conserving the extremely rich and unique biological and cultural wealth of the State,
where new floral and faunal species to science are being discovered and reported
Presiding over the inaugural session of the workshop Dr. N.N. Zhasa, PCCF (WL&BD),
Government of Arunachal Pradesh remarked that the policy in place would systematize
conservation and livelihood promotion of the local communities. He enlightened the
participants on the seven cardinal principles of Ecotourism - (1) Involves travel
to natural destinations, (2) minimizes impact, (3) builds environmental awareness,
(4) provides direct financial benefits for conservation (5) provides financial benefits
and empowerment for local people (6) respects local culture and (7) supports human
rights and democratic movements.
Sonam Chomaby, Secretary, Department of Tourism, stated that a well developed Arunachal
Pradesh Ecotourism Policy is very much required as it would ensure conservation
of biodiversity, economically benefit the local communities and strengthen collaboration
and cooperation between local communities, tour operators, government departments
and other key players in the development and promotion of sustainable ecotourism
in the state.
Dr. Prasanna K. Samal, Scientist Incharge of GB Pant Institute welcomed the participants
to the workshop and appraised them on the efforts and achievements of the GOI/UNDP
During technical sessions of the workshop, presentations were made by experts on
status and trends of ecotourism across the country and in the state of Arunachal
Pradesh. Seema Bhatt, New Delhi shared her experiences of ecotourism models in practice
in some other states while Raj Basu from Help Tourism shared his experiences of
Namdapha National Park, Lohit valley, Dibang Valley and Pakke Tiger Reserves. Dr.
Pijush K. Dutta, Sr. Coordinator, WWF-India gave a detailed presentation on various
aspects of the draft Arunachal Pradesh Ecotourism Policy, i.e., its goal, objective,
guiding principles, implementation strategy and intuitional mechanism, etc.
The draft was discussed threadbare by representatives from line departments like
Environment & Forests, Tourism, Agriculture, Research and academic institutes like
GBPIHED, NERIST, Rajiv Gandhi University, Sate Institute of Rural Development, and
NGOs like NCADMS, and ecotourism experts like Seema Bhatt and Raj Basu. Dr. RS Jayachandran
and P Naveen Kumar from Dept. of Environment & Forests, P Game from Directorate of
Agriculture, Buda and Gedo Eshi from Tourism, Dr. Jumyir Basar from AITS, S W Bagang
from SIRD, Dr. G Pangging, Dr. P Gajural and P. Shiva from NERIST, M S Lodhi and
Dr. SC Arya from GBPIHED, MIhin Dollo from NERCOMP, Shillong, T. Obin from NCADMS
were other discussants. The recommendations emerged are being incorporated in the
draft policy and a finalized ‘Arunachal Pradesh Ecotourism Policy’ will be submitted
to the Department of Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh soon for further necessary
Free coaching classes for students of Tirap begins
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The Tirap District Career Counseling Cell(TDCC) in association
with Jnana Prabodhini, Pune is conducting a 15-day free coaching classes for Engineering
and JEE main examinations which was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Dr Sachin
Shinde at Khonsa higher secondary school auditorium yester day amidst large gathering.
Speaking on the occasion, Shinde told the aspiring science students that the coming
14 days will be very important for them because the expert faculties from Pune will
teach them the intricacies of facing entrance examinations and urged them to take
the crash coaching classes seriously. He said that Tirap students will have to work
doubly hard as they are going to compete against those students of the country who
are in advantageous position and asked the students to take maximum benefit out of
the free coaching classes. It is worth-mentioning that TDCCC has been one of the
pet subjects for the DC ever since his joining in the district and he is leaving
no stone unturned to see that it is result-oriented. He is taking a keen interest
in the functioning of the TDCCC and guiding the members using all his experiences
and resources available.
Resource person Uday Limaye in his introductory speech said that while teaching the
students they would learn more about the district. He said that breaking the fear
of facing entrance examination was of paramount importance and said that he and his
team would try to motivate and guide the aspiring students. DIO Ajay Singh who is
one of the active members of the TDCCC in his speech said that the TDCCC has two
wings, one is Engineering and Medical and the other is government jobs preparation
cell. While thanking the Deputy Commissioner for his initiative, Singh said that
so far with the help of the 117 Infantry Brigade, 26 Madras Regiment and 14 Rajput
Rifles conducted pre-recruitment trainings, resulting in qualification of 57 youths
for facing Indian Army interview. He further said that the TDCCC in co-ordination
with CO, 36 CRPF conducted pre-recruitment rally in which 40 boys and girls of the
district had cleared physical examination test in central armed forces.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Vice Principal of government higher secondary
school, Khonsa appreciated the Deputy Commissioner for his innovative initiative
which would go a long way in shaping the career of the students. It may be mentioned
here that the TDCCC is being run under Capacity Building Scheme of Border Area Development
Programme. The other three resource persons are Sugat Dabholkar, Shreejeet Kunjir
and Divyangana Kakade.
NHPC Subansiri Lower Project conducts workshop on CSR
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: Subansari Lower Project of NHPC Limited organized a one-day Workshop
on “CSR in PSU’s: Caring the Expectation of the Stakeholders” at Guwahati yesterday.
Officials from different projects of North East region, Siliguri region and Loktak
Power Station participated in the workshop.
Director-development from “Smile Foundation, New Delhi, a Non-Profit Organization
deliberated on the issue at length. Dr. Bhupen Sharmah of OKD Institute of Social
Change & Development, Guwahati also spoke on the problems of North East Region. Purnima
from another Guwahati based NGO “Aaranyak” also gave presentation on the occasion.
The programme was focused on empowerment of people and creating employability through
Among others Rakesh, Executive Director, Subansiri Lower Project and D. S. Chauhan,
General Manager (HR) along with other senior officials of the project. D. S. Chauhan
focused on the provisions of new CSR guidelines and procedures for implement. Rakesh,
ED, SLP emphasized on sustainable development and creating employability to bring
about positive change in the quality of lives of the local people through Corporate
Govt decision for Lower Siang district creation hailed
RUKSIN, Mar 22: The common people of Nari-Koyu constituency have expressed their
joy over state government decision for creation of Lower Siang district, which was
their long-pending demand.
The state government, during its recent assembly session has passed the district
re-organization bill and finalized creation of Lower Siang district.
The public leaders of Nari-Koyu, in a press communiqué said that creation of the
new district will be convenience for the common people and it would accelerate the
socio-economic development of the area besides creating employment avenues. The leaders
hail the Chief Minister and other local MLAs for their bold initiative of creation
of the new district to fulfill their long-felt needs.
Nari-Seren Anchal ZPM Kenyom Dabii observes that creation of the new district will
not only bring administrative facilities but it will strengthen cordial relationship
of the people with Assam counterpart.
Recalling the sense of unity and brotherhood cherished by the Adis and Galos during
creation of 36th Nari-Koyu constituency, ZPM Dabii appealed the people to continue
their age-old unity and brotherhood for the shake of all round development in Lower
The people of Nari-Koyu are standing on their demand to set up headquarter of the
new district at Likabali and later to shift it to Siki Rima between Nari-Koyu and
Light that goes off after mere gust of wind
Once my foreign friend said, “Your town is small but amazing..! I really want to
spend months here but power supply is so pathetic, even gadgets cannot work properly”.
True to his remark, our capital city power supply is truly pathetic; as over the
last couple of days, the entire capital complex has been witnessing frequent power
failure which forces the town dwellers to reeling under darkness. Left with no choice,
the murmuring citizens are running for candles and in fact candles are being bought
like hot cake in the market.
It is reported that poorly managed power areas in Itanagar are - Chimpu and Gohpur
and some parts of Ganga Market area, where people almost left their hopes to see
the improvement of power supply. And at Naharlagun, Industry Gate and Damsite areas
are reportedly worst one in compare to other parts of the city.
In fact the power supply at Itanagar often goes off after mere ‘gust of wind’ and
slight ‘gurgle of clouds’ in the sky and comes back after hours, sometime after days.
And the most peculiar nature of power supply is it’s unpredictable in nature, as
it can goes off, while doctors operating the patient in Operation Theater, house
wives are serving dinner on dining table and students solving the mathematics & physics
equations, party goers on the dance floor and petrol pump attendants refilling the
fuel. It is so unpredictable it often makes noisy DJ pub funny in the middle of the
The erratic power supply also hit hard the denizens particularly students and competitive
examination aspirants who are preparing die hard for the upcoming examination. Needless
to say how the business community is going through the agony whose business is solely
depends on power. Like cold drinks and beverage bottle are lying hot in refrigerators’
shelves attracts no buyers at all. “I did not sell cold drinks for the last three
days, as there is no power supply” said a shopkeeper at Chandranagar (Itanagar).
Not only the common citizens are suffering, the government departments are also suffering
from the poorly managed power, the works in offices are standstill particularly during
the peak hour of financial year ending.
However, another peculiar thing of the power (electrical) department is that they
do not compromise in door to door service or home delivery of their electricity bill.
No matter, how much power the consumers receive, but the outstanding bill will remain
the same. It makes people wonder whether meter reader ever reads the meter box.
Our state capital which supposed to get 24x7 uninterrupted power supply in every
household especially after numerous power developers came with big projects in the
state whose intake capacity is to supply power to entire South Asian region. It makes
people wonder what would be the situation in Itanagar, if it hit by Hurricane Katrina
Cash reward stands
The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving
information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate
Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be
kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
GWS welcomes creation of new Siang districts
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The Galo Welfare Society (GWS) has welcomed the decision of the
State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for creation of
the Lower Siang and Siang Districts from the erstwhile undivided Siang.
However, the GWS has expressed concern about the traditional boundaries which might
be affected while curving out the Siang District from the West Siang District along
the eastern banks of Yomgo River.
The creation of new Siang District must take care of the existing boundaries being
owned by the people since generations beyond the eastern boundaries along the river
Yomgo, prior to issue of the notification of the Siang District and others, the GWS
opined. Further they added the "Adi Rike" (Jhumland) and Community Forests owned
by the Galo community should be settled cohesively while the district boundary of
villages and areas are being notified.
‘Complete the renovation’
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The All Lower Subansiri Youth Association strongly demanded the
hydro power development department to complete the renovation and repairing of incomplete
Mai Power House Phase-I&II which association claimed that work had been undertaken
on agreement between hydro power department and a Kolkata based company. In a release
association said that local people are facing problem due to incompletion of the
Tezu DTO collects over Rs 1 cr revenue
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: In a major boost to the state exchequer, Lohit district transport
office, Tezu, has collected a whopping amount of Rs 1, 11,51, 631only from motor
vehicle tax fees before the end of financial year. This is the highest revenue collected
from the motor vehicle sector of Lohit district, DTO said in a release.
Awareness on maternal health
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: An Awareness campaign on Maternal Health was conducted at Kakoi
by the District Health Society Yupia on 21st march. Large numbers of public including
GB, Panchayat leaders and students participate during a day long programme.
In his keynote address Dr. Kipa Tuglik DRCHO Yupia explained the aims and objective
of the programme. He also create awareness about the child’s immunization , VHSC,
Health and Hygiene ARSH, Malaria and HIV/AIDS to the public and open quiz competition
also conducted and winners are awarded with cash prize. DRCHO also highlighted the
school health programme.
Kenny Doji (DEE) made the participants aware about the benefits of JSY and Janani
Shishu Suraksha karyakaran for pregnant women. Gyamar Sikap, ASM, Kakoi also spoke
on the occasion and demanded posting of one ANM to Kakoi sub-¬centre.
Teachers’ training prog
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The in-service teachers training for untrained regular teachers
of Science, Mathes and Language has been successfully conducted by DIET, Yachuli
Lower Subansiri district with effect from 9th March to 17th March at DIET Yachuli.
The said training programme was inaugurated by Tarh Tuglo, DDSE-cum-ex office principal
DLRC meeting held
YINGKIONG, Mar 22: District Consultative Committee/District Level Review Committee
(DLRC) meeting of the banking institutions comprising SBI, APSCAB, APRB of Yingkiong,
Tuting, Jengging, Mariyang and Geku of Upper Siang District and relevant departments/offices-
DRDA, Industry, Horticulture, ICDS, Agriculture etc. was held in the conference hall
of the office of the deputy commissioner under the chairmanship of L. Borang, DC,
Upper Siang today. The meeting was organized by Chief Manager LB (Lead Bank) the
convenor of the DLRC. The members discussed, reviewed the main points were - financial
inclusion, opening of bank accounts, performance under annual credit plan- 2012-13,
performance of Govt. sponsored schemes such as PMEGP, SGSY, WCC etc. matters related
to RBI, CD ration of the district and its improvements. Having learnt the fact about
the CD ratio of the banks in Upper Siang District and the achievement under the Annual
credit plan for 2012-13 the Deputy Commissioner Borang expressed dissatisfaction
over the poor performance to bank authorities and requested for wider awareness campaign
to the public of the rural areas. The meeting was attended by PD, DHO, DAO, BDOs,
DD (ICDS), BMs of the respective banks. DIPRO
RBWSY members renovate Gandhi hanging bridge
YINGKIONG, Mar 22: Seeing the worn out condition of Gandhi Hanging Bridge over the
mighty Siang river which connects the villages located on the right bank of river
under Jengging, Migging and Tuting circles of Upper Siang District, the Rotgo Banggo
Welfare Society, Yingkiong under the guidance of its president Anom Apang conducted
social service at the Gandhi Bridge point and repaired and restored it to good condition
The society contributed voluntary services for the greater interest of the public
of the Upper Siang as the said bridge would continue to be used till the completion
of the on-going steel suspension bridge at the same point.
The Deputy Commissioner L. Borang lauded the commendable work done by the RBWSY and
encouraged and appealed all such voluntary organizations, NGOs to contribute such
valuable service to the public as a whole. DIPRO
DPE/DEE workshop for teachers held
AALO, March 22: More than 70 teachers from different schools of West Siang district
attended six days workshop training of Diploma in Primary/Elementary Education at
Roman Hall Govt. Hr. Secondary School, here in a befitting manner on March 21.
T N Prasad, lecturer DRC Kamki, the Programme Co-ordinator of IGNOU highlighted various
courses/training undertaken by IGNOU while Gemar Karga, District Pedagogy Co-ordinator
SSA, West Siang district, SRP Yadev, N. Pandey and Shambhu Singh, lecturer DRC Kamki
were speakers on the occasion as resource persons.
Tome Doke Lendo, DDSE Aalo advised the trainees to utilize their knowledge and wisdom
gained from training for class room teaching to get good result. He also informed
them that every categories of teacher must be trained within 2015 without which their
pay increments and jobs will be at stake in future. The B Ed/Diploma in Elementary
Education is important for their professional career. Teachers should abstain themselves
from alcoholism and other vices to preserve the age-old sanctity of Guru in their
behavioral approach. DIPRO
Daporijo celebrates cultural week to promote harmony and peace
DAPORIJO, Mar 22: Representatives from the three major tribes residing in the Upper
Subansiri district came together at the Singik Hall, Daporijo to celebrate the Cultural
Week from March 22 to 23. The celebration, a government initiative under the Department
of Art and Culture, was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Gejum Ete, DACO
T. Dupit and Govt officers and officials.
Such celebrations are necessary as it paves a way for the preservation of our culture,
stated Gejum Ete while addressing the gathering. He added that with changes going
on all around us, changes in our traditional dresses, dances and songs too were taking
place but cautioned that such changes should not make it unrecognizable.
DACO Dupit also spoke on the occasion informing all present on the aims and objectives
of the celebration. He said that it was a means to bring all communities together
and create peace and harmony amongst all.
The celebration was marked by singing of traditional songs and dancing to traditional
Upper Siang ZP donates computers to schools
YINGKIONG, Mar 22: The Upper Siang Zilla Parishad donated 10 units of computer sets
to various schools in the district recently. Out of the ten, six number of computer
set donated to VKV school, Yingkiong, 2 unit each to JNV and Kendriya Vidhalaya school
of Geku and Tuting respectively. In a simple but very impressive function the Deputy
Commissioner L. Borang opened the newly installed computer six units at VKV school,
Yingkiong on Friday last in presence of D. Libang, ZPC, teachers, parents and school
In his speech the Zilla Parishad Chairperson D. Libang said it was first of its kind
in Arunachal Pradesh and hoped that knowledge of computer and technology is basic
to students and therefore, he asked the teacher and students to utilize its services.
The Deputy Commissioner L. Borang lauded the teaching learning activities of the
VKV organization as a voluntary and govt. aided educational institutions in the country.
Now a days computer application is felt very much necessary in all aspects of life
and today's education should be computer knowledge-based education and education
in any form without computer knowledge and application is found to be handicapped,
Among others M. Lonchung, ZPM, Tuting-Migging and T. Pertin, SDO, DPO, public leader
Bading Teng, Tasik Pangkam and others attended the function. DIPRO
Keep ordinary citizen out of clashes: NSU
ITANAGAR, Mar 22: The Nocte Students’ Union has condemned the recent assault on health
officials of Soha PHC run by Karuna Trust and subsequent exchanges of fire between
the security personnel and the NSCN (IM) cadres at the heart of the village. While
expressing its solidarity towards the general public of Soha village and officials
affected, union appealed to both the factions of NSCN and also to the security personnel
to avoid such clash in and around public dwellings as it is a known fact that such
incidents affects the general public more than anyone else. They get sandwiched between
their helplessness and impending consequences of the fight for no fault of theirs.
The union further appealed to the various factions of NSCN to avoid assaulting of
govt. employees whose valuable services is extremely necessary for the upliftment
and development of the society especially in the rural areas. The recent assault
on health officials of Soha PHC has brought back the apprehension of the PHC going
non-functional again like in 90’s due to similar assault on health and other officials,
the NSU stated. The security personnel also need to restrain themselves from blaming
the poor and already insecure villagers for not informing the presence of the outfits,
the reason well understood by everyone including them, the union added.
Holy Rosary Church inaugurated at Changlang
CHANGLANG, Mar 22: The newly constructed ‘Holy Rosary Church’ at Laktong Changlang
was inaugurated and blessed by Rev. P.K. George, Bishop of Miao Diocese on 21st March
last in presence of large number of gathering. To mark the auspicious occasion a
holy Mass was also held.
Speaking on the occasion, Bishop said despite the number of Church, Temple, Mosque
and other religious institutes are growing day by day, the people’s feeling of human
quality and spirituality is not growing, rather drifting away. He asked the people
to think deeply for better existence of humanity, peace, progress and to lead a clean
spiritual life. Further he said, Longding, Tirap, Changlang and Lohit districts are
facing widespread drug abuse, which resulting in physical, social and moral degradation
of the general population and poor socio-economic condition of the people.
“The youths are the driving force of social change through”, the Bishop said and
appealed one and all to extend cooperation to the district administration and church
for peace, progress and development.
Father, Shoby Simon, the parish priest of Changlang, expressed his happiness and
thanks to all the fathers, sisters, brothers who came from various places to show
their solidarity towards church and for peace, prosperity development in general.
Other highlights of the event were mass social service, cultural show in the evening
where R. P. Singh, Superintendent of Police Changlang, lighted the lamp in presence
of the Bishop and hosts of dignitaries and public. DIPRO
The Toll Free Telephone number published in a front page news item of this daily
on March 22 regarding implementation of Mid-Day meal scheme should have been read
as 1800-345-3604 instead of 1880-345-3604 which is a typical error.
250 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Through the columns of your esteemed news paper, I wish to highlight the problem
of Lobi and Subansiri colony of Itanagar. This year govt of Arunachal Pradesh took
so many steps to develop road condition in our state capital by providing two lane
road systems and approach road to every sector and colony but as per my view Lobi
people have been deprived of such development. Still the road condition of Lobi is
in poor condition. The lone approach road which connects Lobi people to the NH 52
which is through via state museum is in bad condition. Due to non maintenance, the
said road is only for name sake. Because of soil erosion, major part of road has
been washed away. As per interaction with the Lobi development committee we have
come to know that they are still waiting for mercy from state govt and they are protecting
the said road from some vested person who is trying to occupy the road for construction
of house. It is happening because state govt never look back after constructing the
said stretch of road 20 years ago. If govt and department did not take step immediately
it may be too late may and said road will disappear from its path as the population
increases day by day and people want to grab land to sustain in these capital. Through
this letter we are trying to let concern authority hear our voice. So before it too
late we urge planning department to immediately place scheme for renovation of road
with drainage system for the above mention road for the welfare of the people.
Capital Youth Organization
Amicable solution needed in regards to Lower Siang district
The creation of four districts in Arunachal Pradesh under the leadership of Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki is laudable. The Adi Students Union (AdiSU) believes that the
creation of district shall envisage rapid growth of infrastructure and human resource
development in the particular areas and state as whole.
The Arunachal Pradesh District Re-organisation Bill 2013 fulfilled aspiration of
people in first place who sought for the same since last many years. AdiSU also appeal
the government to look out for amicable solution to resolve the Lower Siang issue
with immediate effect so that no one is deprive of this developmental package. Referring
to the press statement given by Ramle Banggo Welfare Society, AdiSU opines that anger
and emotion should be kept aside when you go for welfare of mankind as a whole. The
press statement given by RBWS was provocative in communal base line having communal
overtone words and sentences. AdiSU appeal the said organisation to refrain from
immature words and activities for the sake of maintaining communal harmony. Since
from the beginning, in all official letters and press statement AdiSU and ABK had
clarified that the organisations duo don’t object to the formation of Lower Siang
district, but there are people who want to stick in present East Siang, and the land
whose owners do not want their land to be spared. On behalf Adi people, AdiSU extent
thankfulness to all the legislators for creation of Siang District, especially to
MLA Tamiyo Taga and Minister Tapang Taloh for their untiring efforts and CM Nabam
Tuki for fulfilling his commitment within one year. It is the precious gift of CM
to the Siang Dwellers.
General Secretary AdiSU
We deserve chance
Through your esteemed daily I would like to highlight the grievances of Mathematics
and Geography students of Govt. colleges of Arunachal Pradesh. Our college examinations
are going to be held in the month of April, 2013 and it will stretch up to 16th May,
2013, the last paper being that of Mathematics and Geography. According to the Arunachal
Pradesh Public Service Commission, the APPSCCE, Prelims 2013 will be tentatively
held in the month of April-May. Our concern is that if the commission conducts the
said examination during our college examination, a large number of students would
be unable to appear in APPSCCE Prelims, 2013 because the candidates are required
to appear in the said exam in their respective districts (Centre) according to the
commission. Since there are many students who are studying outside their respective
districts, it is my earnest request to the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
to conduct the APPSCCE Prelims, 2013, keeping in mind the aforesaid problem of large
number of students of Govt. colleges of the state. Since it is a State Civil Service
exam, we do hope that the students studying in the govt, colleges of the state deserve
a chance to appear in the said exam.
Be aware of fraud calls
In today's world, it is not surprising to know how some people would go to any length
to extract money from others. There are many instances that we come across every
day. I would like to share with you all one such instance, of which I almost became
a victim myself.
Many of you may have received phone calls (or may be not) or SMS's from various anonymous
numbers. They call on the pretext of being a customer care executive of such and
such service providers. They would inform you of having won a lucky lottery and the
prize money which would vary from a Bike to an LCD or Fridge etc. They would ask
for your personal details like location and address and at the same time provide
you with a bank account number where you would be asked to deposit a certain amount,
upon which the prize would be delivered at your doorstep. Citizens, please beware
of such fraudulent calls. They are nothing but a very well organised group of frauds,
who dupes innocent people of their hard earned money.
As mentioned, I almost got duped myself, that is, until I called the customer care
of the service provider, of which the caller claimed to have been a representative
of. That is when I found out the call was routed from Bihar/Jharkand, contrary to
the info given to me who said they were calling from Itanagar/guwahati head office.
Siang district-A new dawn of hope for people of Siang
Through your esteemed daily I on behalf of the Siang District Reorganization Intellectual
Forum (SDRIF) would like to extend our profound pleasure to Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki for his extraordinary solidarity with the people of Siang since his induction
as the Chief Minister. He has further demonstrated his generosity to the people by
bringing Siang District Reorganization Bill and getting it passed in the state legislative
assembly. This historic event has won the heart of all the people of the Siang belt.
The aspiration for separate district by the people of Siang belt which comprises
of 9 circles of East and West Siang District viz Pangin, Boleng, Riga Rebo-Perging,
Kebang, Rumgong, Jomlo-Mobuk, Kaying and Payum is a three decade old issue. Nabam
Tuki led government has finally understood the genuineness of the issue and fulfilled
the long cherished dream of the people of Siang belt. Therefore, on this momentous
occasion, on behalf of the people of the newly created Siang District, the SDRIF
expresses deep gratitude to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his Cabinet colleagues
and all members of the Legislative Assembly. People of Siang belt shall eternally
remember Nabam Tuki and Tapang Taloh Minister Industry, Handloom& Handicraft for
their epoch making contribution by gifting a new Siang district to the people of
Siang belt. The people of Siang belt are extremely proud of them and gratefully acknowledge
their fervour and zeal in making the long cherish aspiration of the people come true.
In the same vein, the SDRIF highly appreciate the persistent and indefatigable efforts
of the MLA Tamiyo Taga, in making the dream of the people Siang belt come true. All
these leaders shall be eternally remembered as the heroes of the Siang district.
Mob cannot decide who is guilt
Through your esteemed daily I would like to highlight some facts regarding the Longding
Rape Incident as reported in your newspaper. I would like to state that my son is
suffering from acute kidney failure because of the assault by the mob. If indeed
my son had raped the girl why didn't they allowed my son to have medical test inspite
of his repeated request. About allegation of him mixing her drinks with intoxicants,
why didn’t' the authorities send her urine and blood samples to Dibrugarh to be tested
for any intoxicant substance. If they had sent it we could have got clear picture
by now. Weeks have passed but assaulters have not been arrested. This clearly sends
a signal to the whole of Arunachal Pradesh that the rules framed by the mob are greater
than the laws of the land. In a democratic set up, laws are a set of rules to be
interpreted by the courts. No individual organisation or mob is above the law. Who
gave them the authority to take the law into their own hands?
I hope the administration arrests the assaulters of my son and if my son is guilty
of rape then he may be punished as per the laws of the land but if my son is not
guilty then the assaulters would have to give my son their kidneys. I also appeal
to all woman organisations to kindly separate the facts from fiction while issuing
Sane Megu, Roing
(Mother of Alleged Accused)
Urgent action needed for people
On the World Tuberculosis Day, which is observed globally on 24th of March, Médecins
Sans Frontières calls for urgent action to ensure tuberculosis ends as a disease.
If measures to tackle multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) are not significantly
stepped up, including addressing barriers that prevent both research into better
drug combinations and treatment scale up, MDR-TB rates will continue to increase
worldwide and a historic opportunity to improve abysmal cure rates will have been
squandered, medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/ Doctors
Without Borders warned.
Two new drugs effective against MDR-TB should be used to make treatment much shorter,
more effective and less toxic. This demand is among others made by people living
with the disease and MSF medical staff from around the world in a public manifesto
launched this week.
MSF projects in India are seeing increasing numbers of people with MDR-TB, with drug
resistance found not only among patients who have previously failed TB treatment
but also in patients newly diagnosed with TB – a clear sign that MDR-TB is being
transmitted in its own right.
Left untreated, the infectious disease is lethal. Even with appropriate diagnosis
treatment today puts people through two years of excruciating side effects, including
psychosis, deafness, numbness and constant nausea, with painful daily injections
for up to eight months. Barely half of people get cured.
India does not yet have enough prequalified laboratories to conduct the drug-sensitivity
testing needed to scale up diagnosis of MDR-TB. Diagnosis in the private and public
sector is often incomplete, leading to inappropriate treatment and spreading resistance.
India, Russia and China account for nearly 60 per cent of the global MDR-TB case
burden. Yet in 2011, less than one in five of an estimated 630,000 people with MDR-TB
had been able to get the treatment they needed. With two new drugs available, high
burden countries like India must scale up efforts to diagnose and treat MDR-TB now,
so that robust programmes are in place once the new drugs are introduced.