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2011

November -  13

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Fire at Logum-Jini and Pasighat

Itanagar, Nov 12: Tragedy struck Logum-Jini Village of Nyiko Region when 5 residential houses were gutted down by a massive fire that broke out at around 1.30 pm yesterday.

Seven granaries were also gobbled up by the fire. The fire started from a house engulfed entire neighborhood within no time. Nothing could be salvaged from the devastating fire. Except an old man who could hardly stand on his own, all the residents were away in their agriculture fields when the incident occurred.

The old man, Bahor Ingo, 75, who was fortunately seen and evacuated to the nearby community house by a passerby, is still chanting his prayer of thanksgiving for that god sent rescuer.

The villagers, with their locally available materials and know how, could hardly extinguish the wildly behaved fire.

The area does not have fire tenders. The fire mellowed itself down before the feeble fire tending attempts of the villagers, and because of change in wind direction.

The villagers, in unison, confirmed that the fire was supposedly caused by electric short circuit. The reason must be because of under-capacity and unmaintained transformer that has been lying installed in the village for years by now.

An eye witness said “nothing is left to be seen, but only ashes, ambers and smokes. It’s a heart wrenching scenario”.

Logum-Jini, which is located at 11 kilometers away from Aalo in West Siang towards Pasighat-Yingkiong, is considered to be the first model village in the district.

The victims are being provided temporary relief by the villagers in community houses of the village.

“Since all their food, cloths and shelters have been reduced to dusts, the victims are, now, left with nothing, but at the mercy of good samaritans and well wishers from around who has come forward to help the villagers”, ‘Said Advocate Kento Jini, Chairman-in-Chief, NBF. The Nyiko Bachao Forum (NBF) strongly urged the district administration to take up the incident urgently with the State Government for extending immediate and life restoring relief measures.

The forum, also, fervently appealed to all concerned and well wishers to extend their merciful hands to the victims in any form.

The forum  hoped that Galo Welfare Society (GWS) would take up an urgent life sustaining initiative on top priority after coming to know about the carnage in one of the precious Galo villages.

In another incident at Pasighat, two Kaccha houses were burnt down this morning at Solung ground. Eleven families were residing in the houses.

One fire tender was pressed into service which took few hours to douse the blaze.

All the belongings of eleven families have been completely destroyed, said a report.

The DC (Incharge) SC Debnath, Nilima Kumar (SDO), S Jamoh (EAC) and G Tsomu (DRRO) visited the spot immediately.

Debnath sanctioned some amount as relief grant and directed the concerned officers to disburse immediately to the victims and also arrange to accommodate the victims temporarily at the Town-Club, Pasighat.

Meanwhile, local MLA Bosiram Siram in a message expressed shock over the incident and informed that concerned departments have been directed to extend all possible helps to the victims.

He has urged the police authority to keep the service vehicles fully equipped with spares and refills to meet with any eventualities.

The PHENIX Properties Ltd (NGO) Pasighat branch handed over some amount to the administration as relief measures.

Tamat Gamoh distributed blankets and mosquito-nets to the victims and USPA urged to provide adequate compensations, sources added.

On the other hand, two rooms of a bachelor barrack of Sangram PWD division were  gutted in a fire accidents affecting four families, said Nyain Sangram Phassang Students’ Union. It appealed to the state government to provide immediate relief to the victims and release fund for reconstruction of the barrack.

 

Rijiju clarifies his stand on Pradip Thakur issue, suggests CBI inquiry

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Former MP Kiren Rijiju has strongly quashed the news report of linking him to Pradeep Thakur fiasco. In a crowded press conference held today at Arunachal Press Club building, Kiren while taking strong exception to such malicious news report, urged people not to politicize the sensitive issue.

Giving detailed information along with full proof documents, Kiren said, “I was deeply pained and surprised to see a statement in one of electronic (TV) channels wherein my name was unnecessarily and unreasonably dragged into the Times of India-Pradeep Thakur issue.

Recalling the entire episode of late CM Dorjee Khandu’s missing chopper incident and days after it, Kiren stated that he was so lost in search operation that he had no time to get involved in politics happening in Itanagar at that time.

 “On 30th April 2011, around 11.45 AM, came information that Late CM Dorjee Khandu's helicopter is missing. The journalists of Delhi rushed to Arunachal Bhavan Delhi. As an Adviser to Late CM, I sent mass SMS at 1:54pm to all the Journalists whoever gave me their number at Bhavan that Chopper is missing and that there is no confirmation of its whereabouts.

I received lots of calls and one from Pradeep Thakur also came at 7:53:50 pm for 47 seconds only and that's the only one call I received from him,” informed Kiren. Further he added, “On 4th May from ITBP Centre Dirang, I sent the ground operation information by SMS which is updated in Times of India real-time updates and later in their website. On the same day around 10.30am information of the Chopper and body being found came. I sent en-block SMS to all journalists at 10:40am. Then whole afternoon I was at Se-la Pass trying to support the rescue team. I couldn't go to crash site due to heavy snowfall. Just below Se-la when the BSNL network was available I finally sent SMS to all at 7:22:31 pm stating about ground situation.”

In this entire duration, the former MP said that he had spoken to Pradeep Thakur only once and sent three smses that too in group to all journalists. Three smses were sent to him and it was all related to the late CM’s news, he said.

He said even in wildest dream he can never think of uttering such derogatory sentence about Nyishi tribe.

“My relation with Nyishi Community can't be questioned by anybody. My family and my Community has deepest relation with Nyishi’s from ancient time and continues to be which can be testified by all the elders of the society”.

“In fact I would urge state government to give justice to Nyishi community and I will do whatever in my capacity to help them in this regard. He called for investigation by sitting high court judge or by CBI to investigate this case,” the former MP said. Further Kiren added, “People should not damage someone’s hard earned reputation with such cheap act. In my 25 years of politics I had never used dirty means to gain publicity and in future also I will not do. H appealed everyone not to further drag his name in this issue.

 

Tuki calls on Chaturvedi

NEW DELHI, Nov 12: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today called on Planning Commission of India (PCI) Member B K Chaturvedi here at Yojna Bhavan despite the weekend holidays. He discussed various aspects of developmental issues and ways the Planning Commission can intervene and contribute in making Arunachal Pradesh a prosperous state, especially through Special Plan Assistance (SPA).

The new Chief Minister sought cooperation in the form of generous financial support from the Commission to complete undergoing projects and initiate new ones. He stressed that Arunachal Pradesh, being geographically a very large state but with lesser population and difficult terrains, needs to be dealt in a special way.

Tuki pointed out that the state is comprised of hundreds of tribes and communities, who have their own distinct issues that have to be considered specifically. Dividing the state into three zones – areas along the international borders, the hilly and middle zone and the scattered plains in the foothills, he said a pragmatic approach has to be initiated in planning and implementing all welfare and developmental projects. He also viewed that considering the distinct and strategic status of the state and its people, population as the basis of implementing developmental projects has to be revised as a special case for Arunachal Pradesh.  “Keeping a minimum requirement of population as a prerequisite for implementation of central government projects and schemes has denied a full scale upsurge of developmental activities in rural areas of the state. It would be our earnest request to the Planning Commission to consider Arunachal as a special case and make considerations,” Tuki appealed.

He asserted that the state government will focus on development in a planned manner, especially in the sectors of road infrastructure, housing, drainage and electricity in all administrative circles on need basis.

In return of the Government of India’s generosity towards the state, the Chief Minister assured judicious and transparent utilization of all funds provided. He pointed the third party monitoring system in place to oversee utilization of government funds has ensured fair, transparent and judicious implementation of all projects and schemes in the state.  

Giving a patient hearing, Planning Commission Member Chaturvedi assured Tuki that the Government of India will give all cooperation to see Arunachal emerge as a model state in the country.

“I am sure, with the enthusiasm of the state government and cooperation of the central government, Arunachal will become a model state in years to come. Other states of the country will then look up to it and imbibe its policies and initiatives,” Chaturvedi added.

 

ATA put forward its demand

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) conducted its general body meeting at Naharlagun recently.

During the meeting, various developmental and welfare measures were discussed and unanimously adopted nine points resolutions to be taken up by Central Executive Committee, ATA with the competent authorities.

The house resolved to urge the state government for creation of separate Directorate for Adult Education in the state, immediate and timely release of fund to various schools under RTE to meet up the stationery requirements, creation of more post of Block Education Officer for smooth functioning of the education, especially in remote areas of the state, creation of posts of headmasters in middle schools under Elementary Education, implementation of random transfer and posting of teachers as per the Arunachal Pradesh Education Act-2010.

The house also felt necessity of technical committee to look after the recruitment rules and correction of pay anomalies.

It also authorized the CEC, ATA to pursue the competent state and CBSE authorities for establishment of CBSE Sub Centre at Itanagar.

The members further strongly objected the mass routine engagement of teachers in national programme like Census and Election duty. However, the members viewed that in case of unavoidable circumstances only one teacher from each school may be engaged in such duty.

 

Dr Hazarika’s ashes to arrive in Itanagar on Nov 14

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is expected to arrive here on November 14 carrying the urn containing the ashes of music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika, whose mortal remains were consigned to flames inside the Gauhati University campus at Jalukbari Wednesday.

The Assam government had consented to hand over the ashes following the request of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) that the cultural icon’s ashes be immersed in the major rivers of Arunachal Pradesh.

According to information, Tuki after his arrival at Guwahati would visit Bhupenda’s Nizarapar residence to meet his family members including son Tez Hazarika to convey condolences on behalf of the people of his state.

Besides a four-member team of APLS, a large number of people from Arunachal Pradesh had gone to Guwahati to pay their last respects to the great humanist at Judges’ Field.

The members of APLS led by its president YD Thongchi and the Assamese community would be welcoming the CM at the Naharlagun helipad, before the urn is kept at the JN State Museum campus for the people to pay their last respects. The ashes would be sent to different places and immersed in important rivers, namely Siang, Subansiri, Kameng, Lohit, Dibang and Tirap with full honours as per the tentative programme.

 

NERIST students protest AFSPA

Save Sharmila campaign

Nirjuli, Nov 12: The NERIST Manipur Students’ Union organized a signature campaign to save Irom Sharmila. There was also sit in protest against the Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958. More than 700 people from various sections of life, backgrounds and states took part in the campaign and the sit in protest.

Student unions of other states, namely, NERIST Tripura Students’ Association (NTSA), Sikkim Students Association of NERIST (SSAN), NERIST MizoZirlai Pawl (NMZP), NERIST All- India Student Association (NAISA), the NERIST Arunachal Pradesh Students Association (NAPSA) and The Students Union of NERIST(SUN),  have publicly supported the campaign. Faculty members and staffs from different parts of the country showed their solidarity to the cause of the Iron Lady. Many faculty members, students and other individuals from outside the campus also came in support of Irom Sharmila and took part in the sit in protest besides giving voluntary speeches. Many highlighted the unfortunate incident of Thangjam Manorama and how the AFSPA was used to protect the guilty army personnel. Some elaborated on the indifference of the government to the suffering of the people.

The gathering strongly condemned the indifference of the Central Government regarding the repealing or redrafting the AFSPA despite the recommendations made by Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee. The committee was set up to advice the Government on the Act but the Government fails to accept its recommendations.  

In addition to the Jeevan Reddy Committee, the Second Administrative Reforms Commission in its 5th Report of 2007 has also recommended the repeal of the AFSP Act.

The gathering also strongly condemned the unequal treatment of the Central Government towards the North Eastern States, Manipur in particular.

 

Artisan from Hote

Tamchi Niania

Tamchi Posi, son of late Tamchi Tama belongs to a poor family of Hote village under Sangram circle of Kurung Kumey district.

He became a member of Tungpe Farmers Club of Upper Hote in the year 2010 and went on to become one of the most active members of the Club.

After joining the club he got a change to attend 42 days training programme on skill development on cane and bamboo handicrafts from July 2010. The programme was organized by Rural Development and Heritage Society (RDHA) under the sponsorship of NABARD, regional office Itanagar.

After the training, he started making ‘Murah’ by collecting cane and bamboo from his relatives.

 He sold two Murahs at a price of Rs 300 each   to his friend from Sangram. Unexpectedly, his friend ordered one TV stand and encouraged him to take up the work sincerely.

“I started making TV and cloth stand, ‘murah’, flowers vases and at my own house whenever I got time. People from Sangram town and villagers were very much impressed with my work and they encouraged me to make different items.

I sold items worth Rs 6500 at the beginning with through which I managed to pay my children’s school fees and other household needs,” Posi said.  “We also participated in one-day exhibitions cum sale of handicraft item at Koloriang Independence Day last year. The whole items were sold out within three hours. We got Rs 8000 each excluding the vehicle fare,” he said.

Thereafter, I started making mirror, tea tray and traditional glasses and baskets and started selling those items at Itanagar, Naharlagun and Doimukh.

He suggested the farmers of the state to take up handicraft by making good use of raw materials available within their door-step as source of earning instead of going for Jhum cultivation.

If sincerely and seriously taken up, a good artisan can earn more than Rs 20,000 a month.

He mentioned that financial constraint was one of the main problems for every artisan.

“Due to poor financial background we can’t procure the required raw materials like cane and bamboo.

However, the Rural Development and Heritage Society Sangram has solved the problem by providing canes to the artisans at a minimal cost and on credit.

At present he is seeking for loan. However no bank has shown any willingness to grant loan to him.

RDHS urged the General Manager and Manager of NABARD, regional office Arunachal Pradesh, a pioneer institution in promoting rural industry, to help him by granting bank loan through RDHS.

 

Skill dev. training on tailoring, weaving begins

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: The 42 days skill development training on tailoring and weaving conducted by Manghi Welfare Society, Sangram began on November 7.

The main objective of the programme is to hunt skilled trainees to promote self employment at rural areas in collaboration with NABARD.

Attending the inaugural programme, Nyapin ADC Rubu Tabio stressed on discovering self employment opportunities and formation of self help group at village level.

Kipa Taro, BDO, Nyapin in his speech opined that NGOs are another wings of government, which implement Government programmes and policies in places where no Govt. machinery is available. He also spoke about role of NGOs in recommending self help groups for availing  govt sponsored schemes like SGSY.

Tadar Lakik, Anchal Chairperson Nyapin in his speech, assured to provide the required materials to those successful trainees for establishing  self employment venture and in availing other benefits.

Ngurang Tado, President of Manghi Welfare Society thanked the resource persons and trainees for attending the training programme in spite of their busy schedule.

 

Tawang Public School wins quiz competition

Consumer awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: The two days Exhibition – cum - Consumer awareness campaign organised at Tawang by the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs concluded on Nov10 last with a quiz competition held among various schools of Tawang township.

The competition was held under the supervision of Gombu Tsering, EAC, Tawang wherein four teams comprising two students each from various schools took part. Tawang Public School, Lamberdung represented by Sonam Tsering and Rinchin Tsering stood first in the competition to receive cash prize of Rs. 2000 while Tawang Govt Hr. Sec. School team represented by Sonam Koncho and Tashi Tsetan bagged the  second prize of Rs. 1500. Kendra Vidyalaya, Tawang (Girls Team) represented by Anita Sharma and Konak Rani won the third to receive Rs. 1000 and Kendra Vidyalaya (Boys Team) represented by Sherjin Raju and Sanjeet Kumar were awarded consolation prize of Rs. 500.

Public of Tawang township including students and Govt. servants visited the campaign on second day. The campaign was closed at 3.30 pm with introduction of a quiz competition by Gombu Tsering, EAC, Tawang as part of the campaign.

As the exhibition was first of its kind in the district, most of the visitors appreciated the organizing team and appealed to conduct similar campaign at the hearth of township in an open ground.

Responding to people’s demand, Taw Tassar, Inspector Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs, Tawang said that he will try to conduct similar awareness campaign at various places in near future. However, he encouraged people to fight against unfair trade practices and file complaint in case of any grievances as consumer.

 

Legal literacy camp for the GBs, PRIs

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Human Rights First a, Tawang based non-governmental organization organized a legal literacy camp for the GBs, PRI leaders and students of Tawang District.

Tawang DDSE  Rinchin Phuntsok spoke on the right of children to free and compulsory education Act 2009.

The President of Human Rights First Pema Tsowang  and Gen. Secretary Jambey Tsering, who are also  advocate, spoke on powers and functions  of the GB’s under Assam Frontier Regulation Act 1945.

Project director DRDA Karma Leki demonstrated a power point presentation on Right to Information Act 2005.

Tawang SP SN Mosobi attended the programme as chief guest along with the Tawang Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen.

The Tawang DC in his speech appreciated the NGO for organizing the legal literacy camp and said that the GB’s must get well acquainted with the powers and functions given under the Assam Frontier Regulation Act 1945 so as to deliver justice in the most fair and transparent manner.

Mosobi urged the students’ community to avail the rights guaranteed under the Right To Education Act 2009 and to study well to serve the society as a better human being.

 Tawang CDPO Dondup Pema spoke on Domestic Violence Act 2005, Jambey Tsering

ZPM Mukto block appreciated the initiative taken by Human Rights First in organizing a legal literacy camp which is the first of its kind in Tawang district and urged the public leaders to take the benefit of such camp.

He also urged the NGO to conduct similar camps in block and village levels in order to make the Panchayat leaders aware of their rights and responsibilities.

 

Subroto Cup

Arunachal ground Lakshyadeep 7-0

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Govt Hr. Sec. School, Ziro  grounded Lakshyadeep 7-0 in their second league match of the 52nd edition of Subroto Cup Football in New Delhi today.

The Arunachal school team will take on Delhi in a do or die match tomorrow. A win against Delhi will propel them into the quarterfinals.

Arunachal lost 1-2 to Nagaland in their opening match yesterday.

 

Kirjum Taso passes away

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Kirjum Taso, a young documentary film maker   and entrepreneur died yesterday after a brief illness. Hailing from Torajan village, Kangku circle, Taso left behind his wife and three young children.

The District Demand Joint Action Committee (DDJAC), 28 Likabali and 36 Nari Koyu have mourned the demise of Taso. He was a founding member of DDJAC. The news of  his sudden and untimely demise has sent a shock wave among the people of Likabali-Gensi and Nari-Koyu area,  the Committee  said  in a condolence message. Taso would be remembered forever by his fans, music lovers and the members of DDJAC,  it said.

NESO Secretary General Gumjum Haider also mourned the death of Taso. In  a message, he said that with the death of Taso the state has lost a promising filmmaker.

He was also an executive member of Arunachal  Pradesh Films and Televisions Producers and Director’s Association, Haider said, and prayed for his eternal peace.

The Nyiko Bachao Forum also deeply mourned the untimely demise of Taso.

Taso was an active social worker and a budding documentary and short film maker, it said, and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

 

Society urges

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Cultural Development Society (ECDS) has called on the government to expedite the construction of greenfield airport in Karsingsa, four lane roads from Hollongi to Banderdewa and Tran’s highway to connect 16 districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Society also urged the government to start municipality in urban areas of all district headquarters of the state. Due to non-implementation of municipality in the state, town planning has been at its worst, it said.

The society also urged the Chief Minister for creation of corpus funds in every district sharing boundary areas with neighboring state. It said due to encroachment and evictions carried out illegally, citizens are suffering. To mitigate these sufferings and for early rehabilitations, corpus fund should be created, it said.  

 

Cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: All Tali Area Students’ Union in a meeting has decided to conduct cleanliness drive within Tali Township on November 18 and 19.

Meanwhile, the members observed two minute silence and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul of late Tatung Chadap,  who died at Mumbai recently and late Dayum Tapong, class X student of Elite Education School Hapoli, who died on November 10 at Hapoli.

 

NBCC women conference

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki would attend as chief guest of the closing ceremony of the 18th Nyishi Baptist Church Council Women Conference at Laptap Baptist Church, Sagalee on November 20.

The three days programme would be attended by Rev Tar Choya and Jumshi Tana as speakers.

 

Development meeting

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Seema Panchayat Youth Welfare Association (SPYWA), Sagalee, in a meeting yesterday discussed various developmental issues and role of youths in this front. The executive members of the association have decided to coordinate closely with panchayat leaders for all round development of their panchayat.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Gora Takio and Gora Makik have been selected as president and general secretary of Abu Tamer Welfare Society.

Gida Hinter, Laley Kino and Dayum Tate have been appointed as president, vice president and general secretary of All Capital Complex Auto rickshaw Welfare Association in a meeting held yesterday.

 

RGU Youth Festival

ITANAGAR: The IX Inter-College Youth Festival will be held at Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) campus from Nov 16-19.  

All the 18 affiliated colleges of the University and the host team are expected to participate in various Sports and Games, Literary and Cultural Events.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki would inaugurate the festival as the Chief Guest while MP Takam Sanjoy would be the Guest of Honour.

 

ALSU calls for completion of Law College

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) has appealed to the chief minister to give priority to on-going project of Law College at Jote and complete it immediately in the larger interest of law students of the state.

Despite submission of numerous memoranda and ultimatum for immediate construction of the college, no tangible step has come out of it yet, ALSU said. It also urged the Government to compensate the land donor/owner of the project.

Meanwhile, ALSU welcomed the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s initiative and call for establishment of Law College in Capital Complex soon.

 

DNG College week celebration

ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) President Takam Tatung and Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) president Tadar Tarish have consented to attend the “Fashion Show Night” of the ongoing DNGC Week celebration as chief guest and guest of honour on November 13.

The valedictory function of the college week would be attended by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong and MLA Techi Kaso as chief guest, guest of honour and special guest respectively on November 14.

 

Affected families demands adequate compensation

ITANAGAR: Four lane highway land affected committee PHQ- KV-II in a meeting yesterday, demanded the government to provide adequate compensation against their land and property and allocate a suitable area for rehabilitation and resettlement of affected families of the proposed four lane highway from PHQ- KV II, Itanagar.

The meeting unanimously decided to oppose the construction of four lane highway from PHQ to KV-II until and unless the government fulfills their demands.

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