A mockery of traffic guidelines
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: In the last few days’ regular accidents across the capital complex
area had shocked public and city administration alike. After lot of hue and cry raised
by media and citizens of capital, on Tuesday city administration imposed certain
traffic regulations which were published in local dailies.
Of all, two of the important regulations include compulsory wearing of helmet by
two wheeler drivers, restriction of the entry of heavy vehicles within capital complex
road during morning office hour and evening rush time. A day after issuing of this
notice, this reporter visited road across the capital complex during morning office
hour and witnessed most of the traffic rules being violated. Innumerable numbers
of bikers were seen riding without wearing helmets in Naharlagun. Making mockery
of the traffic guidelines issued by city administration, overloaded trucks were seen
plying around 10 am on the road of Naharlagun. To make matter worse no one from
administration or police department were seen on the road to check traffic violation.
Private vehicles could be seen parked in dangerous way at various markets and bazaars
of Itanagar and Naharlagun area.
It is to be noted that traffic guidelines issued by the capital complex administration
does not include danger paused by using of mobile phone while driving. In most cities
across the world talking on mobile while driving is considered to be serious traffic
offence, which our administrations seem to have missed out. Some of the recent traffic
drives carried out by authority concentrated mostly on two wheelers but our capital
complex administration need to know that traffic violators comprise of vehicles from
every segments which include private and public vehicles.
While number of vehicles has zoomed past in the road of Itanagar and Naharlagun in
recent year, the condition of road has remained same. Roads of capital are no longer
able to accommodate the ever increasing number of vehicles leading to many unfortunate
accidents and loss of valuable lives.
Preservation & showcasing of culture need of hour: Khandu
BOMDILA Nov 25: Preservation and showcasing of our rich culture and tradition to
the outer world is the need of the hour. This will not only help us protect our age-old
customs from extinction but substantially supplement in passing it to the younger
generation stated Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu while addressing a mammoth gathering
here at Bomdila this morning.
He was here to attend the inaugural function of the 4 days long Dukchu Chenpo festival
also locally known as Torgya at Gaden Ragyalling Monastery.
He further advocated for continuity of the monastic dance festival in the form of
Torgya every year for spreading the message of universal peace. Khandu appreciating
the noble initiatives taken up by Rev. T G Rinpoche in establishing the majestic
Gaden Rabgyalling Monastery on the hill top of Bomdila town which is a perfect tourist
destination said the monastery which also facilitates school for young monks and
orphans is definite to attract more tourist from abroad and the country.
While calling to beautify the Bomdila town by keeping it clean and hygienic, the
chief minister was very particular on streamlining the hotel and taxi rates. He directed
the district administration to fix a uniform rate for the taxis so that the tourists
coming from outside are not deceived. He also appealed the hoteliers to keep their
rooms neat and clean so that they provide a healthy and comfortable stay to their
Taking his mission ahead to preserve environment and wildlife, Khandu urged each
and every individual of the state to take the onus of planting trees. He categorically
urged upon the people to preserve and protect wildlife. Giving specific call to Bomdila
and Tawang, the chief minister said, the people here need to initiate a holistic
approach to regenerate the lost forest.
He also spoke on education and health. Meanwhile the festival witnessed many foreign
tourists and guests from Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Khurseong in West Bengal who were
overwhelmed by the performance by the masked dancers.
Other dignitaries included, Chairman Karmik and Adyatmik Rev T G Rinpoche, former
minister Thupten Tempa Bomdila MLA R T Khunjuju, veteran public leaders and Government
officials. (PRO TO CM)
DNGC’s ‘unnatural punishment’
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The Students’ Union of the Dera Natung Govt College has strongly
urged the director of the higher and technical education that all the students of
the college who attain minimum of 25 per cent classes should be declared eligible
for the government stipend.
When the college classrooms accommodate maximum of 1000 students, the authorities
give admission to more than 3000 students. Under this circumstances, how can all
students attend classes throughout the year. How can authority deny stipend to the
students on the ground of less attendance when there is no proper sitting arrangement
for students to attend the classes regularly, the students’ union questioned the
concerned director in the memorandum.
Describing the deprivation of stipend on the ground of less attendance as ‘unnatural
punishment,’ the students’ union demanded a serious review of the correlation between
class attendance and stipend in greater interest of the students. The despair, agony
and mental torture would take the shape of bigger agitation if the students do not
get justice, the union added.
Festivals are our identity: Ngandam
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Chalo Loku, a socio-religious and New Year festival of Nocte community
of Aruanchal Pradesh was celebrated with pomp and gaiety at Tirap Changlang Festival
ground, Senki Park, Itanagar today.
This festival is celebrated to seek blessings from Rang god for socio-economic and
Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Horticulture Minister Hongchun Ngandam said
the Chalo Loku festival is celebrated by our people since time immemorial, it is
the identity of our tribes and we should preserve it as per ritual and tradition.
He further conveying his festival greetings to the people said ‘festival plays a
multiple role in promoting old age culture and bring harmony and unity among the
Guest of Honour, MLA Yumsen Matey appreciating the festival organizing committee
also appealed the people to preserve tradition and culture.Earlier, Capital Complex
Chalo Loku Committee, Itanagar President briefed about the mythology and importance
of the festival.
Besides, offering and community feast, traditional and modern dances were also performed
on the occasion.
The lively colourful dances with the beating of Tham and the rituals exhibited the
tribe's vibrant and rich customs and traditions. Offering prayers to almighty Rang
for socio-cultural and economic well being of the people, besides community feast
were some of the highlights of the day.
The Chalo-Loku by far the most important and colourful Festival of Noctes of Tirap
District was celebrated at Deomali about 45 KM from Khonsa with various programme.
Speaking as Chief Guest on the festive occasion, MLA Khamtok Lowang while greeting
the people amidst huge gathering of festival revellers appealed to the Noctes to
zealously preserve and promote their culture for the posterity.
He said that the rich folklore, traditional costumes and tribal dialect must be
preserved. Earlier the Chief Guest visited the makeshift Chaam at the Rangsom Hum
and unfurled the Chalo-Loku Flag.
The Secretary of the Festival Committee Matpua Wangsu threw light on the significance
Folk dancers from Wasathong village dressed in colourful attires enthralled the huge
gathering. A modern dance competition was also held on the occasion. Traditional
dance participated by all the invitees was one of the highlights of the occasion
and the programme was followed by a community feast.
Dept should work as a task force: Mein
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The first joint review meeting of Eastern & Western Zones of PHED
was held today.
PHED Minister Chowna Mein desired that the department should work as a task force
as PHED is dealing a very important subject. He further informed that to speed up
the momentum gained in the performance in the Total Sanitation Campaign sector, henceforth
those field officers in the rank of AE’s and JE’s shall be recommended with state
awards etc on the basis of their performances in sanitizing rural habitations to
quality for NGP awards.
The Minister also highlighted the importance of planning wing in any department
and advised the officers to move forward as a team and on his part he assured to
leave no stone unturned to try and contribute towards achieving the goals of the
department and meet up the challenges in terms of financial and establishment constraints
faced by the department.
He expressed that the Review meeting was very educative and satisfying in terms of
the quality of the works undertaken by the department.
The Secretary (PHE&WS) who presided over the meeting also expressed satisfaction
on the quality of works accomplished by the field officers and while participating
in the reviewing of individual Divisions, he impressed upon the field officers the
importance of proper survey and use of updated SOR to prepare project reports and
shared his technical inputs on various aspects of Water Supply Projects. He further
advised the field officers to avoid appointments of WC’s and Casuals in view of already
excessive liability of wages component in the department.
Geyum Padu, Chief Engineer, PHE&WS Deptt. (WZ) briefly highlighted the position of
Tomo Basar, SSW, PHED through a PowerPoint Presentation gave the overview of the
programme, project and issues and challenges of the Department.
Toko Jyoti, SE PHEC, Naharlagun, L. Kri, SE PHEC, Miao and S. Yomcha, SE PHEC, Bene
highlighted various works undertaken in their respective Circles through power point
presentation with photographic documentation of Urban & Rural Water Supply Projects
as well as TSC.
Taking part in the discussion Er. T. Ketan, Chief Engineer, PHED (EZ) called upon
the field officers to motivate itself for better works ahead.
The exhaustive review meeting which went on the entire day ended with summing up
by the Secretary on the proceeding and flagging of issues for further persuasion
by the different levels of PHED organization.
Siram in Karnataka & TN to get first hand experience
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Education Bosiram Siram is on official tour to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka
to study the educational policies of two educationally advanced states so as to replicate
the success stories in Arunachal Pradesh.
He is accompanied by the Commissioner Education, Hage Khoda, Director of School Education
Tapang Taloh and A K Sharma.
The team interacted with Tamil Nadu Minister for school Education Thangam Thenna
Rasu and senior education officers who appraised them the state educational scenario.
They assured support and co-operation in revamping the educational system in Arunachal
The team was taken to Govt Aided Primary School Rani Maimi in Chennai to have a practical
observation on the Activities Based Learning adopted while teaching learning method
in the primary classes under the innovative term silent Revolution.
In Karnataka, they met senior officers of Education department where educational
polices and system including various flagship programme followed in the state was
highlighted. During the course of the interaction with the senior officers along
with power point presentation of the educational programme and policies of the host
state, Siram praised and appreciated the transfer, posting, recruitment policies
adopted by the state govt which may be applicable with suitable modification in our
Sena assures up gradation of IPR department
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Minister Finance and IPR & Printing Setong Sena gave a positive
note to the problems faced by the department of Information & Public Relations including
construction of new office building Soochna Bhawan and assured to look for the up
gradation of the department to make it the true mouth piece of the government. Interacting
with the officers of the department in his office chamber after assuming the portfolio
of IPR & printing here today, Sena spoke on the significance of the department and
called upon the officers to maintain the spirit the department delivering its services
through dissemination of information on the policies and programme of the government
for the welfare of the people and state at large.
Parliamentary Secretary IPR & Printing, Thinghap Taiju, who was also present at the
meeting also assured to work for the betterment of the department.
He expressed optimism that the problems the office is facing today would be addressed
in the days to come.
Earlier, Director Leki Phuntso gave a brief on the activities and functioning of
the department. He also put forth some of the problems of the department including
poor condition of the office building and fund constraint and requested the minister
for early construction of Soochna Bhawan.
Both Sena and Taiju are visiting the IPR office tomorrow.
Non-existence of Road inflicts Miseries: a Story of Vijaynagar, Changlang District
Dr. J.S. Rawat,
Vijaynagar is a remote circle in Changlang District, Arunachal Pradesh. It is a narrow
stripped mountain valley; surrounded on three sides (Northeast, South and West) by
Mayanmar while from Northwestern side, enclave by stretches of Namdapha National
Park. There is no surface road connection to the area and is totally cut-off from
rest of the world. The nearest settlement in the Indian side is Miao, at the distance
of 157km. Where as, Putao (Fort Hertz), a town of North Mayanmar, lies within the
radius of 40 km from the Vijaynagar. As per the census 2001, there are 13 villages
in the circle with a total population of 3988. This excludes the newly established
villages like Preetnagar and Daodi and also those villages inside the Namdapha National
Park (Ngwazakha, Nisadhi, Niboti and Hisichu). The 19 villages are inhabited by two
communities - Lisus (Yobins) and Ex-Assam Rifles with a population of about 6000.
In the beginning of 1970s this remote circle was connected by motorable road to
Miao. PWD started building the road in 1972, and it was formally inaugurated in 1974.
However, the road was abandoned within a short time as PWD could not maintain it.
Now, it is buried under dense forest with thick undergrowths and washed away by
landslides at several points. Thus, the area is still 157 km away from the road
which, by and large, inhibits basic services to life. The non-existence of road is
a curse for the miserable condition of life and impoverishment in the area. The Indian
Air Force (IAF) operated AN-32, known as IAF’s workhorse, is the only mode of transportation
for about 6000 population of Vijaynagar. People look to the sky, not for rain, but
for the fair weather, which facilitates the get in of the sortie (AN-32) from behind
the snow-clad mountain. Generally, there are two passenger sorties and a ration sortie
in a month from Dibrugarh (Mohanbari) to Vijaynagar. However, air service is very
uncertain constrained by many factors like weather condition, wills of IAF and officials
of the Deputy Director of Supply and Transport (DDST), Mohanbari, Government of Arunachal
Pradesh. To add to this, the weather at Vijaynagar is also so unpredictable that
thick rain clouds suddenly engulf the valley. For months together the passenger remains
stranded at both ends (Mohanbari and Vijaynagar).
The uncertain nature of air service has compelled people to rely on six days on foot
journey to Miao for the essentials. Foot marching for six days through thick forest,
steep accidental slopes and across the gushing waters really puts the life into stake.
In many places the foot-track passes through precipitous slopes. In between 27
to 31 miles from Miao, it negotiates steep cliff overlooking the river below. People
crawl along the slope climbing up and down and holding rocks, twigs, plants and roots.
Fortunately, the local MLA, since Shri Kamlung Mossang came into power in 2004, has
been provisioning rest camps, bridges and occasional clearing along the foot-track
out of the MLALAD fund.
Earlier the two co-operative societies at Vijaynagar catered most of the requirements
of the people. They are now lying completely defunct since the Government of Arunachal
Pradesh scrapped air lifting of departmental and commercial goods. The transportation
of the goods on head-load for six days increases the price more than double in the
local shops. The porters charge Rs.70 for every kg. Thus, a bag of cement costs more
than Rs.3,000, salt Rs.80 to Rs.100 a kg and mustard oil costs Rs.150 a litre. Many
often, the inhabitants endure with an acute shortage of salt and other essential
commodities like rice, oil, kerosene, sugar, pulses, etc. The proscription on departmental
and commercial loads has its worst effect on the supply of PDS goods, CPO items,
life saving drugs, school books, mid-day-meals, etc. The story does not end here.
Tragically, in January 2009 the Advanced Landing Ground at Vijaynagar has been declared
out of condition by IAF for landing AN-32. Since then, not a single AN-32 landed
at Vijaynagar. Very recently, the Government of Arunachal Pradesh started weekly
Pawanhans (MI-172) service to Vijaynagar w.e.f. 1st September 2009. This service,
if ensured regularly, could provide much needed solace to the people from ghastly
and hideous foot marching for six days. However, the MI-172 service too is not living
up to the expectations. Since from 1st September 2009, only two MI-172(s) have been
conceded to Vijaynagar.
There are seven primary schools, one middle school and one secondary school in the
area. Almost all the primary schools are run by single teacher, although there is
no dearth of qualified locals. Of course, few of them are engaged in teaching by
MLA at the rate of Rs. 2000 per month. The daily routines of most of the single
teachered schools include attendance, one or two periods of classes, games and sports,
etc. Most of the teachers are appointed under Sarba Siksa Abhiyan (SSA), and apparently
display lack of interest. Due to the communication bottleneck the teachers cannot
join on time after the vacation. Consequently, the schools remains closed during
such period of time. The teachers are also very often assigned with official duties
such as election duty, revision of electoral rolls, census operation, economic survey,
etc which further deteriorates the school activities. The non-availability of books,
blackboards, chalk, toilet, dirking water, inadequate or dilapidated conditions of
school buildings and teacher quarter also calls mention. Consequently, the performance
of Secondary School in the CBSE examination since its up-gradation in 1994 is zero
percent every year. Similar is the story of the service into the area. Most the time
the lone Health Unit at Vijaynagar runs without Doctor or trained staffs and it is
looked after by untrained subordinate staffs. The patients are straight way referred
to the Assam Medical College (AMC), Dibrugarh.
There is no supply of electricity in this remote border area. Power Department of
the State government has an installed generator set which is lying unused in the
want of diesel. Department of Hydro Power has taken up construction of a micro-hydel
power plant with a generation capacity of 100 kilowatt at Gaherigaon, with two turbines
of 50 kilowatt each. The construction of canal started in the year 2003 but the mini-hydal
is still half way through. Although, Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency
(APEDA) has been distributing Solar Home Light System, but the number of beneficiaries
are very few. Recently, drinking water facilities have been provisioned in almost
all the villages by the Department of Public Health and Engineering (PHED). The water
is piped directly from the river or springs without any siltation and treatment tanks.
Since the area has no banks, the Post Office provides the service of savings apart
from the routine postal deliveries. More so, there is no landline or mobile facilities
available in the area. The Circle Office had one INMARSAT satellite phone which charge
Rs.50 plus for a “hello” and Rs.5 per minute. Therefore, it was popularly know as
“Hello 50”. Now, with the installation of Digital Satellite Phone Terminals (DSPT)
system in the month of July 2003, people are no longer required to pay the extra
Rs.50. However, the call charge in DSPT is still Rs. 6 per minute.
Certainly, the reopening of the Miao-Vijaynagar road, therefore, can go a long way
to emancipate the people of Vijaynagar from rigorous condition of life, unpredictable
and irregular sorties and hardships of six days foot marching. The revival of this
road would not only bring these remote people into the national mainstream but also
streamline developmental activities in the area. Given the proper road and other
facilities, the nearby Chaukan pass would serve as yet another important gateway
for India’s looking to the east. It is this Chauken route served as shortest route
to India through Port Hertz for the rescue operation during Worl War II. Through
better road connectivity would thus bring Port Hertz, (an important town in North
Myanmar) as well as other South East Asian countries within shortest range from the
Indian soil. Better road and communication would also help improving the affectivity
of surveillance and patrolling by forest guards and armed forces in the Namdapha
National Park as well as in the border areas. Last but not the least, the road would
also facilitates tourists, nature lovers, adventurers, researchers and environmental
activists to reach fascinating destinations inside the Namdapha and into the picturesque
valley of Vijaynagar surrounded by majestic mountains. ( The contributor is with
Department of Geography, Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills, E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org)
Let the people ask themselves
Col (Retd)Rimmo Karbak
Media hype on IndoChina border issue continues unabated. Epicenter of this ongoing
tremor is Arunachal Pradesh. Among many reasons that are being claimed, unsettled
border between the two Asian giants is,” Reason No. 1”. Enough noise has been generated
at many quarters. But it is about time the people of Arunachal Pradesh must ask themselves
what they can do for their nation.
Developments such as roads, railways, airfields irrigation canals etc are key to
all round progress.
World over such developments close to International borders are generally integrated
with defence needs particularly if neighboring country is an adversary. This is to
enhance defensive potentials in addition to serving the primary objective of the
people and the state. In western sector a, series of canals built by both Pakistan
and India also serve as major infantry and tank obstacles. Such integration is absolutely
vital for defence of the nation. In the key border state of Arunachal Pradesh due
to difficult terrain configurations roads are along the river valleys running North
to South. Many bridges and culverts on these roads could prove major bottle necks
for sustained military traffic during war as they fall short of military classifications
to take certain military hardware loads. Also at many places part of the roads have
been turned into habitation clustered with houses. They could hinder military movement
at crucial time. At present, movement from East to West or vise versa is via plains
of Assam. This could prove a major hindrance when need for Inter valley switching
of forces arises at crucial stage of a battle. China on the other hand is believed
to have built East West high way around Arunachal Pradesh. On this count it is advantage
China as on date till our proposed East West highway is operational. However our
Advance Landing Grounds (ALGs) in each valley can over come this short coming to
a very large extent. These ALGs can also prove vital for the administration during
natural calamities for large scale relief operations. Here in lies the paramount
importance of ALGs.
But what is the state of these ALGs in Arunachal today? Are they operational? If
not, within what time frame can they be made operational and at what and whose cost?
Is there any litigation involved in any of the ALGs? Well! The sorry state of these
ALGs needs no overemphasis. The fact of the matter is that some of these vital ALGs
have been rendered useless by land mafias. Exercising so called their democratic
rights, land mafias appeared to have had a field day possibly not without the right
nod from the right quarters at right time! Right? According to media report ALGs
are being handed over to MoD. Does MoD have the magic wand to wish away these well
entrenched mafias? Let us hope so !!
Second most important issue is development of areas close to borders. Rightly,
the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh has established many administrative headquarters in
close proximity of our border with China. Takshing,Sarli, Huri, Limiking, Monigao,Tuting,
Mipi, Chaglagam, Kibitu etc to name a few. Most of these administrative circles probably
have not seen the day light of an administrative officer for better part of a year
or years. How will development ever reach them? Our leaders rightly plead for adequate
fund for mending three International borders and do manage substantial budget allocation
for the state from the national exchequer only to be consumed by never ending pot
holes of Itanagar. To my mind connotation of border state means whole of state and
not confined to Itanagar or the foot hills. Are not real border areas part of the
border state ? Who will raise a voice for these poor border areas? Defence preparedness
can only keep pace with development. In martial state of Punjab civilians are there
hand in hand with armed forces during war as amply proved in last three wars with
Pakistan. They help in moving forward vital military replenishments, guard vulnerable
areas and points such as bridges/culverts, ammunition dumps, water points etc besides
serving food to soldiers at transit points. It is because border areas in Punjab
are developed and entails high stakes. During peace time border management is done
by coordinated frequent patrolling and gathering tactical intelligence at local level.
Support of the administration in providing porters, guides, construction of porter
tracks et all are necessary for timely and successful conduct of these patrols. Collecting
intelligence and keeping surveillance on cross border operatives are other prime
peace time functions of administration in border areas. It is naïve to believe that
these functions can be executed through remote control!! There are some very vital
administrative circles in border areas which must be manned at all times. During
war administration should help the army in organizing orderly evacuation of civilians
from battle zone and support own forces in fatigue related works such as construction
of roads, tracks, movement of defence stores etc in areas safe from enemy fire.
In the event these areas fall into enemy hands, administration in conjunction with
military planners should have plan in hand to organize covert resistance group behind
enemy lines to cause disruption and delay enemy’s progress of operation and to pass
on information to own troops about enemy’s movement. Can we ever emulate French Legion
of Second World War fame? All these are possible only if the administration is there
on the ground to gain confidence and organize the local people in these border areas.
But are they there? Has anyone from administration ever travelled from Tame Chung
Chu to Bidak (very close to Longju of 1959 fame now firmly under Chinese occupation
about 14 kms inside Indian territory) in Tsari Chu valley or from Takshing to Ashapila
(a platoon post held by Assam Riffles and abandoned in the wake of first ever visit
to Beijing by an Indian Prime Minister post 1962) and beyond to the border in Subansiri
valley or from Sarli to the border or from Chaglagam to the border to name a few?
How will people of these remote border areas be integrated to rest of the country
if they are alienated due to lack of elementary development? A food for thought!!
The people of Arunachal Pradesh are understandably in a state of perpetual anxiety
and they are constantly shouting to be heard by the rest of the county men and women.
Events of 1962 are now history. Then North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) and its people
were alien to rest of the country. 1962 Chinese aggression was largely perceived
by the people of Arunachal Pradesh as a blessing in disguise because development,
in particular surface communication took a quantum jump in the aftermath of treacherous
Chinese attack. Today, 46 years down the line people of Arunachal Pradesh are fully
integrated with the country and are as responsible and proud citizens as any other
Indian. Great transformation has taken place in the field of human resource and other
developments. So has life style. In fact life style of many Arunachalis is object
of great admiration by fellow citizens from other parts of the country who contribute
towards national exchequer via various forms of taxes. But should the border areas
await a second blessing in disguise- a revisit by Chinese ? Let the nation decide.
Let us remind our selves of what legendary former US president late John F. Kennedy
said. Quote, “Ask not what America can do for you. Ask what you can do for America.”
Unquote. Let the people of Arunachal Pradesh ask themselves what they can do for
their country? If we are not contributing to the nation substantially, let us not
destroy such national or state assets as ALGs or roads either. Also just as we plead
with centre for border state development let us spare a thought for development of
real border areas within the border state called Arunachal Pradesh. Time to learn
from Chinese: make less hollow noises and quietly act more.
SLSA students shine in NE Adventure & Youth Fest
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The students of Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) have once again
brought laurels to the state, not in games and adventure sports this time, but in
the field of cultural activities.
Five students of the academy, including three girls and two boys, who participated
in the recently concluded North East Adventure & Youth Festival at Imphal stole the
limelight with their enthralling cultural performance and won two prizes.
Renima Mehto and Pingeli Elapra won first prize in traditional dance competition
and Master Gangte Epo won first prize in traditional solo song. Renima and Pingeli
presented Idu Mishmi traditional dance while Master Epo presented traditional Nyishi
solo song. Huge crowds were overwhelmed by their spectacular performance, especially
Epo’s traditional Nyishi song wearing traditional Nyishi head-gear along with a long
During the festival, the participants enjoyed adventure sports and took part in eco
tourism related programmes and activities like para sailing, trekking, sport climbing,
water sports, sight seeing, art and cultural presentation from different states,
folk dance and music, lecture on deferent topics by different speakers on different
topics such as personality development, youth policy, environment education, adventure
and eco tourism, problems of HIV & AIDS. etc.
The festival offered a good platform to the participants know each other’s culture
and traditions, foster unity and brotherhood among the youths of Northeast.
The festival, organized by Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association in collaboration
with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan under Military Civic Action programme of DIG, CRPF
Imphal range Manipur from November seven to 15, aimed at bringing social and cultural
integration among the youths of North East, according to a release issued by team
manager Dr. K.R. Meetei.
East Kameng reviews MG-NREGS Implementation
Seppa, Nov 25: The implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment
Guarantee scheme (MG-NREGS), in East Kameng was reviewed today.
All the matters related to the implementation of MG-NREGS were discussed at length
in the meeting which was chaired by
East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu.
Officers of the DRDA including Project Director Habung Gambo took part in the meeting.
Ligu directed the DIO to install the MIS software to maintain transparency in the
implementation of the scheme. While under scoring the importance of the scheme especially
in the rural areas, he directed the PD and the BDOs to work efficiently for the successful
implementation of scheme and for its up gradation to mitigate burden of unemployment.
For this, the PD and the BDOs may appoint the Nodal officer at DRDA level to have
a close vigil on its progress, he added.
The DC further asked the PD to take up the durable and the viable scheme under the
MG-NREGS to cater to the needs of the people and also to depute the DRDA officers
to monitor the already implemented scheme.
While pointing out the durability of the schemes, he caution the BDOs that they should
leave the scheme like porter track which is not at all durable and reliable this
days. he further directed them to monitor the scheme as far as possible and to
take the photograph of the scheme implemented under the MG-NREG which they should
bring in the next review meeting. They were also directed to issue job card to the
job seekers. All the programme officers were also asked to submit the social audit
report to DRDA for further submission to the higher authorities.
DC also asked PD, DRDA to release the funds from 6 percent administrative expense
under MG-NREGS to the Programme officers for engagement of Gram Rozgar Sahayaks in
their respective blocks. He also said that available staff in the DRDA and blocks
could also be used in the MG-NREGS Scheme.
He opined that the review meeting should be conducted once in a month or two to interact
and share each other experience regarding the implementation of the scheme. (DIPRO)
Joint medical camp in West Kameng under Japan-Arunachal collaboration
BOMDILA, Nov 25: A joint medical research programme on a Human Life, Aging, Disease
and Death in High Altitude Environments: Physical, Medical, Ecological and Cultural
Adaptation in Highland Civilization is going on in West Kameng District of Arunachal
This is a Japanese Government funded research project with Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) between Research Institute for Humanity & Nature (RIHN) Kyoto , Japan and Rajiv
Gandhi University (RGU) Doimukh , India to promote academic exchange and to project
As a part of the project, series of medical health checkup camps were organized from
1st to 18th Nov in Namshu, Dirang, Melakmu and Chander village in West Kameng Distict.
The Camp was organised by Himalayan Holidays, Bomdila under the aegis of Dungkharpa
Welfare Society, Dirang.
Tsering Wange, Co-ordinator of the medical camp stated that out of 241 patients who
benefited from these medical health checkup camps, 86 were diagnosed with High Blood
Pressure, 10 were Diabetics and 73 were suffering from Dyslipidenia. All diagnostic
investigations and medicines were provided free of cost to the patients.
The medical team from Japan consisted of Dr. Okumiya Kiyohito, Dr R Sakamoto. The
West Kameng medical team deputed by DMO Dr. Dani Duri consisted of Dr. L N Singh,
ANM Leki, GNM Geeta Devi and others. The joint medical teams were assisted by 12
students from Govt Degree College Bomdila under the leadership of Lecturer Leiki
Norbu. Dr. Tomo Riba, Reader of RGU along with the Japanese team had earlier made
the reccee of the Monpa villages for organizing the joint medical camp.
On successful completion of the 18 days medical health checkup camp, Dr. Dani Duri
DMO Bomdila and Rinchin Tsering, Chairman of Dungkharpa Welfare Society left for
Japan as special invitees to attend the International Conference being conducted
by Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto . They will return back to India
on 10 Dec 2009.
Tapak assures to take up people’s grievances
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: State BJP President and former Minister and MLA Dr Tangor Tapak
has been in a thanks giving and development assessment tour in his constituency since
Nov 21 last.
The first phase of the thanks giving tour which started from Rayang village would
come to an end on Nov 30.
Addressing the various meetings being organized by the people, Tapak extended his
deep sense of gratitude and thanked the people of his constituency for re-electing
him for 2nd time from the constituency. He assured to take up rigorously the grievances
of the people with the government and appealed one and all to come forward to make
the dream of development a reality.
People should not sit back and criticize, Tapak said and stressed on transforming
the opportunities into inclusive and productive growth.
The district BJP functionaries headed by its president Tamat Gamoh and senior leaders
present also extended their gratitude and thanks to the people for electing Tapak
as their leader, according to a BJP release.
Cooperative Week celebrated at Aalo
AALO, Nov 25: The West Siang District Cooperative Union (WSDCU) in collaboration
with Along LAMP and AP State Coop Apex Bank, Aalo branch had celebrated the 56th
All India Cooperative Week in a befitting manner from Nov 14 to 20.
During the celebration, a Women Self Help Group (SHG), namely Hibe Mahila Self Help
Group (SHG) was formed at Doji Jelly village on Nov 15 last. The group was inducted
as member of Along LAMP, and group members were imparted knowledge of SHG activities.
Another cooperative awareness programme was held at Basar (Gori village) to befit
the occasion and members were briefed about the importance of cooperative movement
in West Siang district.
While encouraging the members of the Bango LAMP, Basar, a resoltution was adopted
to revive the society in a meeting at Gori village on Nov 18.
Aalo Cooperative General Stores offered special discount on consumer durable items
during the week-long celebration.
Cancer Awareness Campaign reaches Pasighat
H. K. Roy
PASIGHAT Nov 25: The Muskan Society, headed by the First Lady, Anupama Singh has
been organizing awareness campaigns to make Arunachal a Cancer free state. As a part
a joint initiative by Muskan, Highways Infinite and state health and Family welfare
department organized a Cancer Awareness Campaign at Pasighat today in the Town-Club
amidst huge gathering.
Chief Guest Onit Panyang DC said that early detection is vital to avoid fatal prognoses.
We must educate our people about it and encourage them to perform regular screening,
The resource person Dr. (Capt) Ritu Biyani Joseph, Director Highways Infinite and
recipient of Mathan Award South Asia 2008 described the causes, preventions and treatments
of cancer through power point presentations.
Dr. Biyani said, cancer is a silent killer and knows
no boundary. We need to change our attitude towards the disease and talk openly,
the resource person advised.
Dr. Adisi Kri (Radiation Oncologist), General Hospital Pasighat while conducting
a technical session on the day, appraised the infrastructural development and medical
treatment facilities available in general hospital, Naharlagun.
Among others, Dr. B.C. Sarma DDHS, A. Taloh President (WWS, East Siang Unit), Nanom
Jamoh, Advisor to CM and Kenrik Moyong Anchal Chairperson (Bogong) were present on
Pamphlets with tips on prevention and cure of breast cancer were distributed to the
NYP’s eco-water literacy campaign in three districts ends
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: National Youth Project of Arunachal Pradesh has completed its
Eco-Water Literacy Campaign in Lower Subansiri, Upper Suabansiri and Kurung districts
on Nov 25 last. The NYP has been organizing the campaign covering the 16 districts
of the state.
In all the three places at Ziro, Daporijo and Koloriang, the programmes included
lectures, audio-visual display on low cost sanitation models, exhibition and film
shows on water conservation, water recharge, water purification and treatment besides
debate competition by the students on importance of water conservation, water harvesting,
safe drinking water, causes and prevention of water borne disease.
There were also drawing and quiz competitions on water conservation where in altogether
216 students in three districts took part.
Large number of resource persons including R Narayanan Kutty, Hage Nanya, Hage Onyia,
NYP president Hari Biswas, Ziro VKV principal Uthaman spoke on the occasion at Ziro.
Advocacy training prog
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The CBSE and the department of the School Education is organizing
a training programme on Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation(CCE) at Bharat Scout
and Guide, Polo Colony, Naharlagun on Dec 1 and 2.
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The Nyishi students pursuing higher education in Shillong had constituted
a pre-Nyokum-Yullo celebration committee-2010 with Tado Raja as chairman, Joram Nana,
vice chairiman and Jagu Gyadi, over all incharge for the celebration of Pre-Nyokum
Festival at Arunachal Bhawan, Shillong on February 4 next.
Pre-Si-Donyi festival celebrated
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The Tagin community students at Shillong have celebrated the 2nd
pre-Si-Donyi Festival at Arunachal Bhawan, there on Nov 21 last.
All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) Speaker Chera Tamak attended the
festival on behalf of its president as chief guest. Tamak advised the students’
community to work hard to excel and bring name and fame to the society, while the
guest of honour and Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) general secretary Hamlet Dohling
stressed on better coordination among the students of the North East.
Medical camps at Tawang
Tawang, Nov 25: The third Medical Camp under Mobile Medical Unit was organized at
Gespu village under Lumla Sub-division of the Tawang District. 323 cases attended
the health camp. People from nearby villages also attended the camp, informed the
DMO, Dr. T. C. Khrimey.
“The ASMs, Gaon Burahs, and Head Master of the Gyspu Middle School extended their
help and cooperation to the MMU team. They were instrumental in bringing the patients
to the camp site”, said the DMO.
Parallel to this a Medical camp was organized at Lumla division of the Tawang by
4th MAHAR (BORDERS) in collaboration with YUVA.
Brig. C.P. Mohanty, VSM, and Chairperson ZP Tsering Lhamu attend the Camp as the
Chief Guest and Guest of Honor respectively.
Approximately 5000 inhabitants gained from this initiation by the Army. The District
Medical Officer also rendered his assistance and guidance. (DIPRO)
GHSSs Bilat, Ziro wins
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Riding on Tomi Panggeng’s four goals, GHSS, Bilat humiliated GHSS,
Khonsa 6-0 in a lopsided match of the Subroto Mukherjee Cup Football Tournament being
played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.
Panggeng scored in 21st, 31st, 55th and 57th minutes while Dilip Ering and Tadang
Mize scored a goal apiece in 17th and 70th minutes to complete the drubbing.
In another match of the day, GHSS, Ziro beat GHSS, Changlang 3-0. Gyati Takang and
Kime Tajang were the scorers for the winning team.
GHSS Aalo will meet GHSS, Itanagar tomorrow at 12.30 pm.
Daporijo gets ATM
DAPORIJO, Nov 25: The Deputy Commissioner H K Shalla inaugurated the State Bank of
India ATM here today amidst great excitement and expectations of the people present.
After the first use of the ATM by the DC, people thronged the place to finally get
a chance to use their ATM cards.
The Branch Manager Shri J Singh expressed hope that people would avail the facilities
provided and said that with the opening of the ATM, the rush during the beginning
of each month would be lessened. This would lead to better provision of over the
People expressed their happiness and relief and stated that they had been holding
on to their cards for months and were happy that they would not have to wait in line
for hours to draw cash anymore. More that 2000 ATM cards have been issued to the
customers. The ATM will remain open from 07.00 a.m. to 08.00 p.m. in the evening.
SINALITA formed to celebrate Si-Donyii festival
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: For the first time in the history of Nacho assembly constituency,
the people of Siyum ADC, Nacho, Limeking and Taksing circles are going to celebrate
the Si-Donyii Festival unitedly at Page Nalo under newly created Siyum ADC from
January 3 to 6.
Meanwhile, the people of the circles including panchayat leaders, Govt officers and
students constituted a forum, called, SINALITA (Siyum,Nacho, Limeking and Taksing)
with Tajin Dui, chairman, Taru Dui, ASM, general secretary, and minister Tanga Bayling
as chief patron to make the celebration a mega-event and historic. Various sub-committees
were also formed under joint secretaries for smooth celebration of the festival.
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: A program on promotion of SHGs for field workers under micro finance
vision 2011 was conducted on 23rd and 24th of this month at community hall Kimin
by ICSD. During the training, 38 Angandwadi workers from the ICDS project Kimin was
imparted training programme.
Library for competitive exams
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Galo Welfare Society has arranged collection of books which may
be purposeful for entrance/recruitment examination from Group D to UPSC/APCS. Those
Galo students preparing for such examinations including the upcoming preliminary
examination of APCS may avail the facility of the collection of books on every Saturday
and Sunday at GWS Office located at C Sector near Punjabi Dhaba from 10 a.m. to 4
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The youths of Leel Village under Sangram circle in Kurung Kumey
district in a recently held meeting unanimously formed an association, titled,
All Leel Youths Association (ALYA) with Yangbiu Takak as president and Yorum Tabey,
Guidelines for picnickers
ITANAGAR: The Jote Panchayat Youth Welfare Association (JPYWA) has appealed the picnic
parties not to pollute the Jote panchayat area by throwing plastic bottles, water
paper and polythene while organizing picnics. It also cautioned them not to use bleaching
powders in Poma river in order to protect the flora and fauna and over all environment.
Student manhandles teacher
ITANAGAR: Immediate action on the part of executive members of Arunachal Pradesh
Teacher’s Association and deputy director of school education, lead to the arrest
of culprit involve in recent attack of M. Nyori, Head Master, Darak Seconday School,
West Siang. The attacker who is student of said school has been sent to 14 days remand.
Car with fake number
ITANAGAR: Gohpur Police today arrested one Dhondhu Thungon and his associate with
a stolen car registered with a fake no AR-0C-7124. The original car registration
number is AR 0C-03586.
The team comprising ASI Balkar Singh, head constable BC Hazarika and constable N
Epo got hold of the duo when they were driving into Hollonggi. Thungon is suspected
to be member of car gang.
The police team recovered a fake registration card.