Arunachal all set to host National Weightlifting C’ship
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Arunachal Pradesh is all set to host the 7th National Youth (Boys
& Girls), 48th Men and Women Junior National Weightlifting Championship at Nirjuli
near here from November 22 to 30 next.
Besides host Arunachal Pradesh over 500 athletes from eight teams from as many states
viz: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Manipur, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and
Kerala have already arrived in Itanagar to participate in the Championship. West
Bengal and another team from Andhra Pradesh were on the way and are expected to arrive
by mid-night today, according to Arunachal Weightlifting Association vice president
L Sokun Singh. “The teams are arriving in batch wise and over 1000 athletes, including
officials, are expected to reach here in different batches in the next two days to
take part in different categories of the event, Singh said.
Arunachal Pradesh is fielding a 15 strong team which includes Youth Commonwealth
Weightlifting Championship Silver medalists Takio Yana and Soram Hitler Tagru. However,
national champion Yukar Sibi is not taking part due to injury.
The Arunachal team members are (Youth Girls) Takio Yana, Yanu Kipa, H. Jinapani Devi,
Memphoi Angom and K H Rina Devi; (Youth Boys) Kipa Caku, Jimjang Dero, Lalu Taku,
Youmin Ruyi, Soram Hitler Tagru, Sambu Lapung, Kojum Taba; (Jr. Girls)--Menu Tajo;
(Jr. Boys)--Vivek Nabba, Shubham Verma. Soram Hitler Tagru and Sambu Lapung are also
participating in Jr Boys category.
The inaugural ceremony to be held at 4 pm tomorrow would be followed by cultural
programmes and fashion show. According to Indian Weightlifting Federation Joint Secretary
Abraham K Techi all preparations for the Championship is completed and the organizing
committee is fully prepared for the big event.
IWF Secretary General Sahadev Yadav has also expressed satisfaction over the arrangement.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) president Padi Richo today inspected
the venue along with Secretary General G. Doke and office bearers of various sports
bodies in the state.
While expressing his satisfaction over the initiative of Arunachal Weightlifting
Association (AWA), Richo said that this Championship would definitely be a morale
booster for sportspersons of the state. He urged the state government to take initiative
in organizing such events in future for development of the sport sector. While suggesting
the youths to take up sports seriously, Richo said, games and sports, if pursued
seriously, could earn livelihood as well as glory for them.
The AOA president informed that the much hyped Sports Policy of the state would be
submitted to the Government within two weeks for approval. The Review Committee headed
by Sports and Youth Affairs Director DK Dinglow was busy in giving a final shape
to it, he said.
Richo urged the State Government to absorb the outstanding sportspersons of the state
in Government jobs not below the rank of an officer. He also requested those Govt
departments, who have not yet implemented the 5 per cent reservation policy, to implement
it immediately. He also advocated for construction of atleast a stadium in every
district headquarters to groom latent sports talents.
Meanwhile, Richo urged the authority for proper use of fund under Panchayat Yuva
Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) and completion of the on-going sports competitions
under PYKKA within November so that selected sportspersons could participate in the
national level competitions scheduled to be held in December.
East Kameng battles soaring price rise
SEPPA, Nov 21: At a time when the price rise under the UPA regime is hitting the
headlines of national dailies, East Kameng district is not far behind when it comes
to soaring prices of essential commodities.
Seppa and other areas in the district are reportedly facing impact of soaring price
rise of fuel and essential commodities not because of centre’s decisions but due
to the prohibition on plying of heavy vehicles over Bana Bridge.
Source informed that prices of petrol, diesel and LPG cylinder are beyond the reach
of most people and the prices of essential commodities like rice, pulse and other
edible items have sky rocketed.
Source also informed that a litre of petrol is being sold at Rs 110/ in most Pan
Adding woes to market chaos, the only Petrol Pump of Seppa have been compelled to
shut down due to the prohibitory order given by district administration against heavy
vehicles including oil tankers from crossing the ailing Bana Bridge.
While confirming the price woes, East Kameng deputy commissioner Tope Bam informed
over the phone here this evening, that price rise is due to non plying of heavy vehicles
to the town as repairing of dilapidated Bana Bridge is on. He added that district
administration had issued a prohibitory notice against crossing of heavy vehicles,
after Border Road Organization requested the administration to deploy police at Bridge
to thwart heavy and loaded vehicles from crossing over the ailing Bridge as it believed
to be unsafe.
“I suggested BRO to create alternative route or diversion road over Bichum River
to avoid the ongoing gridlock, DC added.
Meanwhile Students’ Union of Government College Seppa has urged the district administration
to expedite the ongoing repairing work on bridges.
BJYM on border tour
DAPORIJO, Nov 21: The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha International Border Study Team
led by its President Doni Nich and General Secretary Taring Teri along with seven
members left for Nacho, Limeking and Taksing from Daporijo today.
The team was flagged off by local MLA Tapen Siga.
Briefing about the strategic importance of the area, he advised the team to carry
out the survey properly and accurately and find out the alleged Chinese encroachment
of Indian Territory.
He further advised the team to see whether the Border Area Development Fund and other
schemes are being properly utilized and implemented by the executing agencies. The
team is expected to reach the India and China border beyond Taksing after rigorous
foot march and expected to return to Daporijo on November 29 next.
Bailey bridge caves in at NH-52
RUKSIN, Nov 21: The Border Road Organization (BRO)’s claims of quality work took
a dive after a bailey bridge over Samarajan River in Dhemaji district of Assam of
NH-52 caved in this morning, carrying along with it a cement-laden truck and injuring
the handyman of the truck. The driver of the truck luckily escaped unhurt.
The truck was allegedly carrying load beyond permissible limit.
“The truck was carrying load of around 15 tonnes while the maximum permissible limit
over the bridge was only 9 tonnes,” said the Dhemaji district administration.
Due to caving of the Bailey bridge, road communication on the highway between Lakhimpur
and Dhemaji and the parts of Arunachal has been snapped since 8.00 am today and a
lot of vehicles are stranded at both sides of the highway. Though the BRO men are
at work but road communication is yet to be restored till filing of this report.
The highway is the vital lifeline for three Siang districts of Arunachal and fuel
and essential items are carried to the region trough this route.
Already, the disruption of surface communication on the highway due to breach at
the Gainadi portion near Silapathar is causing shortage of petroleum products and
other essential commodities in the region.
Department of Tirap & Changlang
It is said that in the early part of December 1996, when the Supreme Court of India
banned the lucrative timber trade, the opulent economy of Tirap & Changlang (T&C)
collapsed in a jiffy. The glitter of timber trade and the temptation of easy money
dazzled T&C from viewing beyond it. It was after the closure of timber industries
that T&C analyzed its primitiveness.
Realizing its deplorable existence, T&C coerced the government for development. And
precisely, seven years later in 2003, if I’m putting it right, the Department of
Tirap & Changlang (DoTC) Affairs was created under Special Area Program within the
purview of Special Plan Allocation to overcome the economic depression and development
backwardness caused by timber interdiction.
Annually, DoTC is provided Rs 2500 lakhs for implementation of schemes like tea cultivation
including other cash crops along with schemes/projects related to urgent humanitarian
need, control epidemic and outbreak in close co-ordination with department concerned.
Since that initiative for economic resurgence, almost seven years has traversed but
still it hasn’t been able to bridge the gap between prosperity and poverty. In terms
of success, the upshot of DoTC’s prime ‘economic reform schemes’ like ‘Tea & Jhatropa
Packages’ has scored below par. Apparently, low grade seedling, lack of technical
knowledge, inexperience implementing agencies and non-existence technical guidance
has led to the drastic failure of ‘tea packages’.
For instance, slipshod delivery destroyed 25% of the seedlings, inferior quality
restricted another 25% to grow, due to negligence at nascent stage 25% failed to
mature and the remaining 25% that survived facing all odds couldn't be enough for
commercial trading. Therefore, it was left to languish under the shade of creepers
and other weeds. Besides, the ‘economic reform package’ concentrated only on individuals
rather than Self Help Groups or village community. If it was allotted collectively
to SHGs or village community, the numbers of beneficiaries’ would have been colossal
with triumphant consequences, transforming both the landscape and regional economy.
The worst failure of all was the much hyped ‘Jhatropa Package’. Being an experimental
crop, it was an alien plant for the local farmers. And in absence of professional
guidance, the package not only failed drastically but also devastated the environment
causing mammoth loss to the region. Forest worth millions was depleted for the experimental
crop that had the potential to flourish upon wastelands.
Both the vastly publicized ‘economical reform packages’ has been drastic failure.
On the same line, the fate of other ‘not-so-known-projects’ can be anticipated. Anyways,
criticism apart, this year, in all for 16 projects Rs 2420 lakhs have been sanctioned
under DoTC. Tirap district leads the table with 10 projects worth Rs 1530 lakhs followed
by Changlang district with five projects worth Rs 800 lakhs. Below is the detailed
list of the entire project approved under DoTC for 2010-11.
In T&C, due to lack of ‘information and transparency’ the fates of myriad projects
are baffling and mysterious. And it’s for the first time that a candid endeavor to
‘inform’ the public about the ‘detail of DoTC projects’ has been pioneered. It’s
believed that such approach will assist the public to monitor the proper implementation
of projects and reduce the ascending corruption graph to tolerable level. Besides,
to some extent, it’ll also curb the continuation of trends like quality compromise,
commissioning delay, extortion excuses and sometime project disappearances.
Perhaps, this might be the beginning, the moment to commence our combined struggle
against the greatest and oldest foe of T&C - corruption. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DoNER team survey projects at Tawang
TAWANG, Nov 21: The Secretary DoNER is in Tawang to meet the officers of the State
Government to inspect various completed projects and hold discussion with officers
on the progress of the on-going projects and study new initiatives to be taken especially
in Road, Power and Drinking Water Supply.
Minister Pema Khandu is accompanying the Secretary Jayati Chandra along with Advisor
Planning Commission Bharmo Choudhery who reached Tawang last evening.
The team was received by Deputy Commissioner Tawang Kemo Lollen, PRI members, SP
Tawang and HODs of various department.
The Minister briefed the delegation regarding respective projects. Soon after her
arrival, Jayati Chandra accompanied by Khandu and Choudhery visited the Tawang Ropeway
and the historic Tawang Monastery and the district hospital.
She also visited the Tawang D.C. Office and expressed her satisfaction at the various
projects taken up in the district.
In an interaction with DC and district officers, the condition of Bhalukpong-Charduar-Tawang
road under BRO was discussed.
Chandra expressed dissatisfaction about the BRO Road connecting Tawang via Bhalipara
Considering the tourism prospect of the district, it was emphasized that it should
be looked into as an industry and a holistic approach should be taken for tourism
development in the district which will boost the local as well as state’s economy.
The secretary further stressed on utilizing the services of expert in preservation
of various monuments and artifact in the district.
On her way to Tawang she halted at Dirang, where she met the public and listened
to their grievance caused by the deteriorating road condition. She assured that she
will communicate the appalling matter with the highest authorities at the Center.
This morning she visited the cremation ground of the Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu
and paid her homage and spent some time with the family members of Late Khandu.
Aizawl, the hilly capital of Mizoram, is a somber, businesslike, and spotlessly clean
city that demonstrates the ingenuity and professionalism of Mizo people. To a maiden
visitor from a state that still practices natural hygienic custom and where trashes
litter roadsides and courtyards as boulders dot riverbanks , the spotlessness and
orderliness in Aizawl roads and shops was no less intimidating. This is what appeared
(almost unanimously) to a visiting media team from Arunachal Pradesh recently into
In our state the non-local citizens run shops, pull thelas, do the entire manual
labor (no disparaging sense here) while in Mizoram it is the Mizos who run shops,
ply taxis and trucks, and perform all sanitary services. Besides, the barbers, the
cobblers, the laborers, and even the goldsmiths are also locals, not to talk of people
running other services and administration.
The offices are clean, and are run professionally. There’s no blaring of horns in
busy roads, which we humiliatingly learned when two bikers ahead us glared at us
angrily as our driver blasted his horn attempting to overtake. Vehicles are not allowed
to take right turn except at designated points, and traffic police posted everywhere
monitors traffic, and guide the old and the physically challenged to cross roads
The Honourable chief minister Pu Lalthanhawla was warm and greeted the people of
Arunachal Pradesh. A knowledgeable person (fluent in English and high in intellect),
he outlined his vision for taking his state to a new height by creating infrastructure
and harnessing natural resources judiciously. He also spoke about ‘Look East Policy’
and emphasized its importance in transforming the overall economic scenario of the
One fourth in size to ours, Mizoram, unlike our state, has a compact and homogeneous
cultural entity priding itself on its language and identity. There are around thirty
newspapers published in Mizo though the English language papers are only three. They
have also novels and stories written in Mizo. Another feature that struck us was
that shops close as early as five o’clock in the evening, probably to enable people
to attend church services that are conducted regularly.
Thing of the past
We were thrilled to learn of our visit to Reik village, a two and half-hour drive
from Aizawl around picturesque surrounding. Placed on a small place on a knoll, Reik
boasted of a few modern houses, a church, and a beautiful tourist lodge. Baffled
at the setting, we asked a staff where the village was located. “The village is just
around the corner!”, he said. When he took us there we saw a replica of a village
perched gravely on an edge, silent and still. We saw household cane and bamboo articles,
ancient artifacts, and various tools kept inside the dummy houses that resembled
our own tradition. Put up to showcase Mizo heritage, the ‘village’ attempted to
tell the tale of Mizo tradition in the times of yore.
The message of Reik is a stark reminder to all those of whose old values and tradition
are being swept aside by forces of change everywhere. Reik raised a question: “Whether
our values and heritage would that is our personality would soon be displayed only
in model houses and museums?”
Wise head on young shoulder
It was a young, cheery, and inquisitive team surmounting the long and strenuous road
journey without a murmur of grumble right upto their return to Itanagar. Though
every tourist travels to find happiness only to get it back home, their enthusiasm
never flagged; they expressed eagerness for a similar tour in some other state next
year. One of the youngest members was Tagu Ninggi, a slim, ever smiling boy representing
Hindustan Samachar. He said he wants to make a permanent career in journalism (unlike
many youths). With a very sober and wise head on his thin and young shoulders, Tagu
taught me about operating mobile handset and installed two songs—one modern Nyishi
number and a Jagjit Singh number –in my mobile that assuaged the otherwise very tiring
and never ending road ride. Ever since we became friends despite differences in age,
and I would treasure the new-found friendship.
Someone said this to me: In Nagaland the first divisioners in schools (usually doctors
and engineers) are controlled by the second divisioners (civil service officers)
who in turn are controlled by the third divisioners (leaders and politicians). But
dropouts and those who fail join the underground and control all the three groups.
It is not known whether this is practiced in Mizoram but as far as other states in
NE is concerned, there’s a ring of truth in this and this is a common concern for
all of us.
Sport items for Jairampur players
JAIRAMPUR, Nov 21: In a small ceremony held at the general ground here, Jairampur
ADC M Roy handed over the sports equipments along with tracksuits, shoe and shocks
sponsored by District Youth Congress Former President James Jugli to the 20 youths
representing Jairampur Circle at the District Level Sports Meet 2011 to be held at
Miao from Nov 23 next.
Besides, sports item, Jugli is also responsible of funding the complete training
budget of team Jairampur. Its for the first time that such a huge delegation will
represent Jairampur circle in DLSM 2011.
Lauding the efforts of Jugli, Roy said such endeavor will definitely increase the
youths participation in sports that will inspire the shunning of erroneous path.
Both the ZPM Jojo Longri and ASM Khipngi Longri were also present in the occassion,
encouraging the youths.
Wining and failure is part of the game, what counts is your participation, said Jugli
encouraging the particiapant and commiting to support the players who will be selected
for State Level Sports Meet.
The member of team Jairampur consist from villages - Old Khamdu, New Khamdu, Chamro,
Longman, Kovin, Honkap, Taipong, Tengmo, Hetlong and Jairampur Town.
Kridashree GPM Jungkhim Hacheng will accompany team Jairampur to DLSM 2011 Miao.
Distribution of Ducklings for integration with fish
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Fish form an important food commodity in Lower Dibang Valley district.
As per the survey and interaction with fish farmers of the district it is observed
that fish production in the district is very poor due to higher cost of production
because of adoption of traditional method farming practices. Hence KVK planned
and introduced new breed of poultry ( Khaki Campbell) for the first time in the
district and popularize it on large scale to improve farm production and socio-economic
Dr.T.J.Ramesha, Programme Coordinator, distributed 50 improved breed of duclings(
Khaki Campbell procured from Duck brooding Farm, Tinsukia, Assam) today to progressive
farmers Raju Linggi, Iduli Village and Okili Linggi, Rukmo Village.
Dr.Robindro Pukhramba, SMS ( ah & Vety.) besides infusing the technical inputs to
the farmers emphasized the need to protect the young birds from approaching winter
chill by adopting low cost artificial brooding management practices in order to check
Jimmy Mize , SMS ( Fisheries) emphasized upon adoption of fish farming integration
with duck for effective utilization of resources to boost farm production
and economic returns.
Yumdam Yomgam (Programme Assistant ( Soil Science) provided information on methods
of soil and water collection for analysis to determine optimum conditions for
higher farm production I under integrated farming system.
Programme on agri & allied activities
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Awareness cum Interaction Programme on Agri and allied activities
was organized on Nov 19 at Kokila Village, Balijan by Holongi-Kokila Farmers Club
with official invitees from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Papum Pare and APRB, Itanagar.
Altogether about 40 farmers participated in the programme.
Tana Kahi, Chief Volunteer, Holongi-Kokila Farmers Club highlighted the various difficulties
in farm sector particularly in financial aspects and farm inputs such as seeds and
A. Dupak, Regional Manager, APRB, Itanagar and his officer A. Roy highlighted the
roles of Banks in promoting farm sector in rural areas. Bank Loan facilities were
also highlighted for various high value crops for building financial capacity in
Hemanta Ngangbam, Subject Matter Specialist (Hort.), KVK, Papum Pare, stressed upon
the scientific cultivation and management of high value vegetables crops, fruits
and plantation crops in the area on commercial scale to avail financial support from
the banking sectors and input support from Central sponsored Schemes.
Dr. Tiling Tayo, Subject Matter Specialist (A.H.), KVK, Papum Pare highlighted importance
of livestock rearing in rural economy. He also stressed upon utilization of crop
by-products as animal feed and inn turn animal waste as manure for improving soil
fertility and crop productivity.
Swachhata Utsav Football Tournament
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Simong ME School beat Parsing ME School 5-2 in an exciting final
to win the football tournament organized by PHE & WS Division Yingkiong as a part
of Swachhata Utsav, 2011. The tournament was organized among the students of class
VIII from the Middle Schools under Yingkiong block.
Omak Litin of Simong ME School was the highest scorer of the tournament while Oge
Lipir of Simong ME School was declared the best Goalkeeper.
Earlier declaring the tournament open, Er Kirba Sora, Executive Engineer, PHED Yingkiong
highlighted the aims and objective of the Utsav and stressed on abolition of age
old practice of traditional Pigsty being commonly used in rural Arunachal Pradesh.
He also requested the gathering to disseminate the message of personal and community
hygiene to the grassroots level in the district.
Demonstrations on Asian catfish
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Demonstrations have been done with Asian catfish (Clarias batrachus)
in the house of Chow sujanta Mansai, Village Kheram in cemented tank (25ft X 20 ft)
sponsored by ATMA, Lohit.
In cemented tank or water area of 0.1 ha with a depth of 50-75 cm is ideal for air-breathing
fish culture. As there is not much wastage of energy through respiration, good yield
could be expected. Like carp ponds, air breathing fish culture ponds need not to
be fertilized by chemical and organic fertilizers’. The ponds should be predator
free, pond bottom is to be raked for the liberation of unwanted gases, parasites
etc. The inner sides of pond dykes should be either firm with heavy log or wood,
or fenced with bamboo, cane or wire screens to a height of about 50 cm. This will
help in prevention through climbing and burrowing. Cage culture of air-breathing
fish may also be undertaken in running water systems.
The transportation of air-breathing fish is not at all a problem. It can be transported
in open watering carriers (transportation time less than six hours) with a small
amount of aquatic weeds.
For the monoculture of air-breathing fishes, a stocking density of 50,000/ ha with
an individual size of 10 cm may be maintained. Mixed culture with carp (only asian
catfish) can also be done with proper management and care. When the carp had grown
to a minimum of 300g each, so that the former may not prey on the latter, the catfish
can be released in the pond.
It needs an abundant food supply like tadpoles, trash fish, meat etc. for the growing
air-breathing fishes. In order to enhance the growth, supplementary feeds- trash
fish and house hold waste 1:1, rice bran, mustard oil cake and trash fish 2:1:1,
rice bran and poultry feed 3:1, biogas slurry and rice bran 1:2, may also be given
daily at the rate of 8-10 % of body weight.
Growth and Production:
The marketable size (400-500g) of asian catfish could be obtained in a period of
eight months. An average air-breathing fish yield of 1.5-2.5/t/yr/ha can normally
Summer season is ideal for harvesting air-breathing fish. The culture pond is drained
out and fish are harvested with help of hand nets or scoop nets. In cemented tank
it can be harvested at any time.
Nocte Chalo Loku celebrations with special reference to Borduria village
“The Langphuampo or Rangphuampo(Unique orchid that blossom during Chalo Loku) herald
the onset of the season and the Chalo is already in the air. The season has ripened
the sweetest of fruit (Chalo Loku). Come one ,come all!!! Let us the parrots and
the parakeets flock together to merry.” Quote the Lead singer.
The Nocte/Nokte/Nogte, a colourful major tribe of Arunachal Pradesh are well organized
society having distinct socio and cultural life. The Nocte means a village man or
villager or the resident of a village and is a generalized term. The Noctes are subdivided
into the following group due to affinity to the common interest, practices and geographically
settlement. They are Ollo Nocte, Jaro Nocte, Kotey Nocte, Hakhun Nocte, Khappa Nocte,
Hawa Nocte and Pho-Lamlak Nocte. Though they are distinctly separated in groups,
they have been culturing close social and cultural relation with each other and is
a cohesive force to reckon. Basically, they are peace loving, socially agricultural
but hardy tribe with codified, though not in written form, social system. These people
have festivals of different hues and is celebrated almost every month of the year.
Some of the festivals they celebrated are 1. Chalo Loku 2. Jatcha/Pitcha 3. Chhalivan
4. Kapkhut 5. Toram-chharam 6. Hamme Powi 7. Kakiak 8. Rongloh/Ronghuan 9. Champo-Powi
and 10. Wongjuang. Each festival has its own importance and is related with the
social life of the people. There are still some lesser festivals like Joruh and Jochen(Fishing
by nature) etc.
The Chalo Loku. The Chalo is one of the most important festivals for the Noctes.
It’s in this Loku, the decision is taken to start the new agricultural plot through
Wosok-Wasok( divination) by the Chief and his council members alongwith the senior
citizens. In fact, the new agricultural calendar of the Noctes begins from the Chalo
Loku. Hence, one may not be at wrong, if one say chalo is celebrated to bid farewell
to the outgoing year and to welcome the Nocte new year with more social bearings.
The preparation of Chalo loku begins with the Lamsaam, a community social services
for clearing of inter-village link roads that invariably passes by the Chaam/Taam,
which is ordained by the Raamwa(event announcer) under the direction of the Chief
and his Council members based on lunar calendar. It is so, because on the Loku Taamkatja/Chaamkatja,
the elite club of Noctes like Nokpaangmi(Village Youth Club) and Sumrong(Senior Clans’
club) go to that taam/chaam for performing rituals and social gathering at their
respective taam/chaam. However, the day to start the Chalo is almost fixed i.e on
the 5th, 7th, or 9th day of the season’s lunar calendar. It has normally not been
practiced to start the festival on even number of date. The people collect all their
resources for celebration of this festival in advance. They immediately start the
Khamhuan, Process of brewing of Local ale/drink, with the announcement of the Chalo
date by the Raamwa which is generally done in advance by around a fortnight. This
let the brew to ripe/mature in advance producing sufficient jumin for the ‘d’ day.
The festival is celebrated for three days duration with one extra reserve rest day
on the fourth day as Raangriamja. 1st day is Phaamlamja(day for collection of food
and drinks), 2nd day is Taamkatja/Chaamkatja(all the important social engagement
of the festival is done on this day), 3rd day is Thaanlaangja(the day the dance troupe/dancers
dance passed the whole length and breadth of the village)and the 4th day is Raangriamja(
day for re-storing the gears and costumes of the Chalo).
Phaamlamja: Slaughtering of animals and birds(Buffalos, pigs, chickens etc.) is done
on the first half on this day. However, these days, no ritual is performed while
slaughtering the birds and the animals as these are basically for consumption as
food during the festival. This process is done in a group basis which is normally
on clan affinity or on work group affinity. The meats are shared among the group
on need and afford base contribution for procuring the animal and take them home.
These group reassemble on the house where the animal was slaughtered with a bamboo
jug full of jumin for Ngamkhotu(Sharing of slaughtered animal’s head and some portion
of intestine). The Raangtam(propitiation of ancestors and Joban for good luck and
life of the group in the coming days of the year) is done on this occasion. They
eat and drink here and return to their home with their fair share in the evening.
The hectic process of real preparation for the loku begins in the evening. In the
evening, each household readies for festival’s engagement like Chinlit(Ginger wearing
rituals from maternal uncle-aunt house),Paangmiwang(Youth initiation to the Youth
Club) and Sumrongwang(Senior member initiation to the Senior members Club) and the
Taamthoankat(The bidding adieu to death members of these clubs). The loku costumes
preparation is also done in the evening.
Kuhnyongja/Taamkatja/Chaamkatja: The second day of the chalo is of utmost importance,
as it is on this day, that all the important Chalo engagement is feted by the Noctes.
The constant beating of log drum can be heard every now and then. It is also the
most hectic day of the Chalo Loku. For the youth, the day begins with the reception
of the valued guests/friends from the other villages. They go to the Panthong or
the village gate, which are generally at about a kilometer away from the village
with Khewwe-Sali(areca nut, beetle leaves, edible creepers etc), flowers, kham(Local
brew) and ngam(meat) to receive their dear ones and bring them home. Every individual
then visits their maternal uncle-aunt’s house to wear the ginger(chinlit) for the
year. Ginger for the Nocte is sacred and believed to contain the curative properties
for any illness with the blessings of the maternal uncles-aunts. For the grownups,
they go for raangtam at the houses where new club members of both the youth and the
senior members are being initiated to bless the individual. They also visit the houses,
whose loved ones, who were members of the clubs expired during the year that went
by and the last rites of bidding adieu is being performed at their respective taam/chaam.
In the mean time, Sum waksuat is done at the clan’s eldest home for chaam/taamkat.
It may be noted that, unregistered nokpaangmi members of each clan are assigned the
responsibility of guarding the village in absence of the senior members who left
for chaamkat. They functions as house-guards for the day and are therefore awarded
with clump of pork, specially a full thigh on that day. All these functions are
managed before the first half of the day, say by about 1100 a.m. Each family, who
are having a living member in the Nokpaangmi and Sumrong club deposits a bamboo tube
full each of Jumin and Khamtho in their respective paang for their taamkat/chaamkat).
The unfortunates, whose member died the year that went passed also contribute the
Jumin and the Khamtho for the last time in his behalf. The members of each club than
proceed for their respective taamkat/chaamkat and the most senior batch by age known
as Khamthohantey follow the club members for the taam/chaam later. In the taam/chaam,
the club members prepare the taam/chaam and the propitiation of the respective deity
is performed before the feast, which by and large are more like an annual picnic
of the club. In the meanwhile, the preparation for Janchhokhey(initiation of new
adolescence girl to the Janchhojuhum(Spinsters’ club) is done in full earnest for
the evening ritual. The parents of the girl informs the spinsters’ club senior-most
member of the clan, days in advance for initiation ceremony or the club may also
enquire from the probable eligible spinster girl for initiation. They begin by collection
of Kham and Jumin, local alcoholic drink from each of their houses for festival fiesta
at the Juhum(Spinsters’ club) and from the new club member’s house. On the other
hand, after finishing the ritual and feasting at the taam/chaam, the elite clubs
members begin their homeward sojourn doing chaang bouang and chaangsey(dance form
originated at Chaang village in Wancho area). The event of the return of the Nokpaangmi
from their taam/chaam is a much awaited event of the evening. They perform a vibrant
dance showcasing deliberately decorated costumes in full vitality of their youth
on which the future of the village reckon. They go to the Chief’s house straight
from the taam/chaam and disperse after performing the dance and rangtam. By then
it is almost evening, and every household become a place of hobnobbing and hectic
parleys doing final and finishing touch to the dance costumes for the dance of the
night which normally starts after the dinner. About that time, some active members
of each clan beat their respective log drum to herald the time for Clan wise evening
dance. The venue is fixed or decided by the clan’s humdong- phandang(clan’s elders)
from within themselves or on invitation by the members of the club. It may be noted
that, it is an unwritten general condition that, only male members of the clan participate
in the dance of the clan with the female members of the other clan with whom matrimonial
bonding can be had. Similarly, the female members of the clan go for dancing with
the other clan with whom they are suppose to have matrimonial connection. The dance
starts with the lead singers praises of the Joban(the Almighty) and the ancestors.
He then calls upon all the members who have been together last season and the new
ones who are joining in for the fiesta, addressing them as a flock of parrots and
parakeets. He announces the ripening of the chalo fruit to his flock. The dance
which starts immediately after dinner continues till the day break with intermittent
changes in dance forms creating variety and interest.
Thaanlangja: Thaanlangja happened to be the last day of the festivity. On this day,
the Chinlit ceremony (a ritual of wearing ginger from the maternal uncle/aunt’s house
for the first time in life) is feted with much fanfare in the first half of the
day. There may be a large numbers of chinlit group say even about 10-15 parties in
a year. The people who are invited for the function assemble in the house of the
boy or the girl whose chinlit ceremony is being feted and do the raangtam. They then
go to the boy/girl’s maternal uncle house led by daksen/dasen(a person who has unblemished
record socially and naturally) for the chinlit. The party, specially the niece and
nephews are received warmly with lots of praises by the maternal uncle-aunt and their
clan. The party is then fed the choicest of cuisines and the local brew by the maternal
uncle and his party. Then chinlit ceremony is performed in the inner portion of the
house. Lot of gifts in the form of womey, pasong, khet a khu etc. are then bestowed
to the chinlit boy(s)/girl(s) by the maternal uncle and send off. Diversion to somebody’s
house by anybody from the chinlit party before returning back to the party boy’s
house, letting somebody or any animals cross from within the line walk to and fro
the party boy’s house etc. is not allowed and is tabooed. After returning home, the
gifts brought in are counted and distributed among relatives (specially female members)
of the chinlit boy/girl. Each individual also visits their maternal uncle-aunt’s
house to wear the ginger(chinlit) for the year. Ginger for the Nocte is sacred and
believed to contain the curative properties for any illness with the blessings of
the maternal uncles-aunts. By around 1200hours, the thanlaang boang begins with beating
of log drum and nong. Every member of each clan assembles in their respective paang
for the dance and starts for all the houses(invitees) and the juhums of the village.
The crossing of the opposite dance troupes at the village lane is a feast for the
eyes. Display of every possible vibrancy is done to outshone the other clan. After
visiting every clan’s juhum and the village squares, the dance converge on the central
location to send off the Chalo loku.
(Ngasah Tangjang is DL&EO, Khonsa)
The langphuampo is in bloom,
The pregnant phatmu awaits its turn.
And Chalo is in the air.
Oh my good flock of parrots and parakeets!
Time for us to visit
The ripe fruit laden trees everywhere.
Come one! come all!
Let’s begin from where we left last season.
Oh, are we in strength as we were?
Has anyone broken one’s wings or flaps?
Let’s go and bring the Chalo for us to merry.
Oh beloved Chalo from beyond the horizon,
Blissfully in slumber in thy mum’s lap,
Tugging thy dad’s, arresting his freedom.
Oh Chalo of supreme potent!
We implore thee to be by us
This very moment to rejoice.
Oh folk, our Chalo has consented
To be our guest and benefactor.
Folk, He is on his way
By the plain in serpentine street.
He is by the great devides
At the foothills quenching his thirst
With our mineral rich sweet natural drink.
As he enter the dense, greenest of leaves
And tallest of trees accompanies
Crossed over the hills and dales
Valleys and vales
Entrepreneurship vis-a-vis Agriculture…
A key to a vibrant rural economy of Arunachal Pradesh
Every enterprise in the present day situation, whatsoever, its scientific & technological
backup and reasonability is in place, and even though, the peoples’ acceptability
and relevance is beyond any controversy, its triumph largely depends on the professional
touch of those who handle it. Traditional concept of planning, executing and marketing
of products single handedly or with minimum involvement of concerned skilled professionals
is quite obsolete in the present global system. Success of a venture depends on how
best it has been managed with utmost professional touch because it is the precise
and perfect professionalism that can rescue even a sinking ship from the disaster.
It is the entrepreneurial professionalism of the time that has made man from nomad
to livestock rearer, settled agriculturist, trader& processor, industrialist and
everything. Every activity of evolution progresses because of skill and managerial
efficiency of some or the other participant of the process.
Public sector initiative in development of Agriculture and tourism is already in
the process. Number of ambitious steps has been initiated by the state government
and the initiatives so far have been in public sector. Private investment in the
tourism development of the state has so far been in significant. However, this might
have been the situation because of some deficiencies or whatsoever on the part of
the stakeholders but this is not going to recur. Public sector alone cannot accomplish
such a colossal task. Private investors, having due regards to social benefit aspects
have a competitive mindset which compels them to develop their own human resource
that can compete with the highly skilled professionals in the fray.
Arunachal…. an emerging hub of
Human resource in Arunachal Pradesh, a state of little more than 1.3 million people
with nearly 94% rural population has the required potentiality but the most important
task ahead is to build their capacity and upgrade the skill to match with the requirement
of rapid changing scenario of Farm sector, hospitality and allied services with professional
and managerial efficiency. Entrepreneurship development programmes are regularly
conducted by different agencies in the states and inclusion of commercial farm management,
rural ethnicity management, tourism management as major topics in such training programmes
is likely to sensitize the entrepreneurs about the principles and practices of Hospitality
and tourism industry besides improved farm operations for economic upliftment of
the rural Arunachal. We have seen the growth of hospitality industry in the recent
past in aviation sector with the growth of open sky policy and there is no drought
of professionals in this sector. Likewise, it is now essential to create our own
skilled human resource bank locally to cater to the needs of the near future in the
Agriculture & allied sectors, tourism industry with special emphasis on Agro-eco-tourism
The state has no dearth of entrepreneurs, having the capability to be major stakeholder
in the emerging tourism hub of the sub-continent. Financial resource is not a constraint
because of the entrepreneur’s friendly policies of the state and union Government
and the financial institutions. Absorbing capacity for undertaking ambitious tourism
development venture is to be enhanced for the local entrepreneurs and this may be
possible if the projects are envisaged meticulously with paramount care on appropriateness
of the venture. Let the private sector entrepreneurs of the state start with some
initial tourism development endeavor which is likely to be an enticement for national
and overseas tourism developers to enter into joint venture business on tourism in
the state. We must appreciate that there are incalculable domestic and overseas investors
who are just waiting for the spark to jump into the arena of tourism developing investment
venture in Arunachal, the gateway to South-east Asia. Initial steps for capacity
building, skill enhancement to create professional business administrator and supporting
workforce in hospitality services is essential in Public-Private-Partnership mode.
It has to be the approach that entirety in growth of every economic activity may
be sustainable only when private sector is accorded due attention. Again, local populace
whose lifeline is going to be the centre of all activities has to be of primary considerations
to plan, choose and formulate any tourism related activity. Reward for maintaining
tourist friendly rural ambiance and being service providers to the tourists, the
local people/entrepreneurs shall derive major benefit of agro-eco tourism and a noticeable
rise in rural economy is thereby expected in the near future.
Capacity building of locally available workforce may be in terms of financial outsourcing
from the public/ private investors and knowledge & skill outsourcing from domestic
as well as overseas professionals of hospitality sector. In the North East India
Investment Summit held in Guwahati in January’2008, number of Non-resident north-east
Indians having expertise in every profession of present day global development aspect
expressed their sincere aspiration to share with their knowledge bank in unlocking
the opportunities for inclusive growth of the region. So, it is a matter of rejoice
that the knowledge support of the overseas Indian professionals of every trade can
be availed for which initial base is required and shall have to be initiated by the
public sector stakeholders.
Every farm operation in the state is supported by a blend of ITK and modern farming
system and this is the distinctive strength of Arunachal to be a forerunner in the
agro-eco tourism industry of North East India. Agro-eco tourism for a while may appear
as an conflicting proposition, so far as Arunachal Pradesh is concerned, but its
intrinsic opportunities & strength of maintaining clean and green environment, rural
ethnicity and above all, the traditional hospitality of the people are indicative
of the fact that it can shape itself into a most favored rural tourism focal point.
It is an honest realization that there is enormity of inherent wealth that can support
eco-pilgrimage-adventure-rural tourism in the state.
Entrepreneurship vis-a-vis Agriculture…
A key to a vibrant rural economy of Arunachal Pradesh
Stake holders’ Passion….. a vital need
Some issues requiring ardent attention of all stakeholders of Farm sector are …
HRD Institute : Up gradation of the existing HRD institutes in collaboration
with national and regional level organizations may be a beneficial step for skill
development in Farm sector.
Entrepreneurship development : The most important human activity is entrepreneurship.
An efficient entrepreneur is the kingpin of all growth and it is therefore essential
to imbibe perfect entrepreneurship skill in every stakeholder to ensure desired growth
of farm sector which shall encompass allied activities like agro-eco tourism also.
Agri-business management skill shall be an inbuilt component in the course curriculum
of HRD institute for junior level extension workers , farmers and PRIs.
O Self Help Groups (SHG) : Set up District level training centers for skill up
gradation of junior level Field extension workers, PRI members, SHGs and the farmers.
This can be created through the district level ATMAs. Promoting formation of self
help group (SHG) in the villages
to take up production & marketing of farm produce of the small and marginal
farmers is likely
to invigorate the farm activities.
O Cooperative Approach: Formation and operationalization of small farmers’ cooperatives,
Primary Agriculture Cooperative societies to take up activities like processing,
value addition and marketing is expected to help the small and marginal farmers in
a big way. Thrift & credit activities through cooperative institutions may be beneficial
for small and marginal farmers.
O Farm School : Farm school in the block and village as is being promoted under
Extension Reforms, shall have to be strengthened. Individual farmer achieving excellence
in farm activities is required to be accorded due recognition. Their experiences
may be utilized in skill up gradation and motivation of the farming community by
utilizing the services by designating them as Farm teacher/ Master Farmer/ Farm motivator
or any other glorified term. Their skill development through short term specialized
trainings in regional and national level HRD institutes is an approved activity under
O NGOs : In order to encourage private sector and non governmental organization
(NGO)’s involvement in extension services, an institutional mechanism may be necessary
to plan, regulate and monitor the activities. Involvement of NGOs and private sector
stakeholders in extension services shall be facilitated by the ATMAs in the districts.
O Commodity Interest Groups (CIG) : Commodity based farmers’ groups of common interest
are likely to take up and maintain crop production through IPM, INM, and effective
water management at micro level. Private sector Institutional set up like Mustard,
Vegetable, Ginger, Chilly, Potato growers’ society/ associations to take care of
commodity specific requirements for efficient management of entire process of tillage
to marketing and processing is expected to be rewarding venture.
O Revitalized APMC activities : Huge market demand for every agricultural produce
necessitates market arrival from the farms regularly. So, commodity interest groups
(CIG) can perform in an effective manner and therefore formation and operationalization
of commodity specific Growers’ group/Societies/associations in the private sector
may require active assistance and promotion by the ATMAs and APMCs in the major commercial
crop growing districts immediately and in all the district progressively with rise
in market demand driven production of commercial crops. ATMA is mandated to upgrade
skill & knowledge and sensitize the growers to evolve market demand lead production
programme and APMC is required to take care of the remunerative marketing of the
produce. So, the entire sequence of production plan to selling of produce in the
primary, secondary & terminal markets and even up to the consumer is an amalgam of
processes requiring precise management with high level of managerial efficiency.
It is, therefore an urgent need to refurbish the APMCs so as to enable the state’s
farm sector to reach a new height to match with the fast changing domestic and global
agro economic situation.
O Capacity building in Extension Management : To meet up the immediate skill requirement
for refurbishing the ATMAs and APMCs in the districts, capacity building initiatives
of the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India through Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural
Extension Management (PGDAEM) conducted by the National Institute of Agricultural
Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad in distant learning mode for the extension
officers is an excellent programme. SAMETI, Pasighat has been identified as the venue
for contact classes. Its financial requirement is met up from the css on Extension
Reforms. 30 extension officers of Agriculture & allied departments have been nominated
to undergo the diploma course and the session is likely to start from August’2008.
In near future,
more extension officers of the allied departments shall have to be deputed for
the programme. This programme is going to add efficiency of the extension workers’
O Agri-business Management : Post Graduate Diploma in Agri-business Management
(PGDABM) course is another useful programme of the MANAGE, Hyderabad for HRD support
to the functionaries involved in Agri-business management. Arunachal Pradesh, being
an emerging agri-business hub of Eastern India and South East Asia, deputing some
in-service qualified extension officers of Agriculture and allied departments for
acquiring the diploma in agri-business management is expected to upgrade the managerial
skill & efficiency of the officers who in turn may contribute in the entire farm
O Women involvement in farm sector : Women SHGs, community owned resource users
groups, common interest groups are expected to deliver efficient extension services.
Extension Reforms (ATMA) scheme has inbuilt component for such activities and ATMAs
and BTT shall have to play most proactive role in this endeavor.
O Women in value addition : Farm produces which can be easily added value in the
farm itself or in the villages with little skill can support SHG activities in a
big way. Women SHG members usually have their expertise supported by ITK to take
up value addition activities of locally grown food and commercial crops and little
fine tuning of their skill may surge out to be a boom in this venture. This feature
also calls for active support of the ATMAs & BTTs.
O Women in design improvement : Women groups are required to be promoted by the private
entrepreneurs for growth of demand driven design development of traditional apparels
& handicrafts requiring traditional skills. Unique ethnic design of the traditional
attires are in very high demand in the global market for its quality and this endeavor
can possibly be better addressed by the Women in group and cooperative approach.
Credit needs of handloom & handicrafts improvement may be addressed by the private
entrepreneurs with buyback assurance.
O Handloom & handicrafts : Local artisans possessing high degree of skill in the
state are, by and large, in the unorganized sector. Multinational Companies(MNC)
dealing with distinctive pieces of art are making roaring business in the international
markets out of the toil of the rural artisan where as the designer is unaware of
the economic return that should have been a part of his/her labor. An institutional
mechanism may be a bold step to bail out the highly skilled rural artisans from the
economic exploitation and support the economic prosperity of the state. Private corporate
& MNCs may be allowed to promote such ventures with emphasis on skill development,
raw materials availability and buyback agreement in the state within the scope of
laws. (Purkayastha is the Director (Agri-Marketing) cum CEO, Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture
Cooperative week ends
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: The 58th All India Cooperative Week celebrations which begin on
14th of this month ended yesterday. The valedictory function was held at the Conference
Hall, A.P. State Cooperative Union, Polo Colony, Naharlagun.
The chief guest of the day was S Padmabhanan, General Manager, NABARD. While speaking
on the occasion, citing some examples of Organisations of the cooperatively developed
states of India, he stated that in Arunachal Pradesh the Cooperative Organisations
have not been able to achieve its goal due to lack of proper road communication.
Therefore, he suggested the starting of cooperative movement of Arunachal Pradesh
from the grass root level.
Guest of honour, A.K. Purukastya, director, Agriculture Marketing, Govt. of Arunachal
Pradesh said that it is very necessary to give proper and right direction to achieve
the goal of sense of cooperation. He further urged Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative
Union to conduct cooperative programme in the rural far flung areas in a significant
manner so that the rural people can take active part and play significant role for
the success of cooperatives.
Resource Person Dr. B.D. Nayak, Associate Professor, from NERIST stressed on the
introspection of cooperative policy for inclusive sustainable development. He stated
that cooperative should work together to reduce certain operational costs and enhance
their net returns in one hand.
The other resource persons included Likha Kiran Kabak, assistant director, SIRD
and Tame Yam Natung an active co-operator and social activist. Goto Nyorak, Chief
Executive Officer, APSCU appraised about the weeklong celebration of the Cooperative
Week and extend his sincere thanks to all the guests, dignitaries, Co-operators,
Officers, Officials and Senior Citizen and associated SHG members in the Valedictory
Function for joining the programme. A.T. Kulo, Chairman, APSCU also address the gathering
on conclusion day.
Quami ekta week
CHANGLANG, Nov 21: 94th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister of India, Indira
Gandhi was observed here on Nov19 at DIET Auditorium as beginning of the week long
Quami ekta week celebration.
The Deputy Commissioner administered the pledge of national integration.
In his speech, Opak Gao, the Deputy Commissioner, Changlang, emphasized to inculcate
and maintain unity and integrity by involving children. Efforts should be to make
them understand the value of unity and integrity among cross section of the people.
He appealed all, to understand the meaning behind observation of the “National Integration
Week” and bring it into practical life to poster unity and integrity.
T.P. Sharma and P.K. Panda Senior teachers of Govt. H.S. School Changlang also spoke
about Indira Gandhi and her various policies for the uplift of the society.
NCC Day observed
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: National Cadet Corp (NCC) day was observed at Govt Hr. Sec. School,
The ill-effects of liquor consumption and drugs usage on human body was dwelt in
length on the occasion by school principal Tagin Tatan. He advised the students to
abstain from such bad habit of using alcohol and drugs to maintain good health.
The programme was organized by LD Singh, ANO.
New audio album
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: A modern Bugun (Khowa) audio album would be released during the
general conference of All Bugun Youth Association to be held at Singchung, West Kameng
district from November 28.
Princess of Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: All Taksing Tagru Welfare Society is organizing a beauty contest
named “Princess of Arunachal” at Siddhatha Hall, Itanagar on February 29, 2012. The
winners, first and second runners up and subtitles winners would be awarded handsome
prizes, according to organizing committee.
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: All India Quami Ekta Committee state unit president has appointed
Manga Rimo and Sonam Yangfo as state youth president and general secretary respectively.
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee-2012, Sangram branch was formed
in meeting on November 18 last with Bamang Taji, Langbia Sagnu and Natam Chanang
as chairman, vice chairman and general secretary respectively.
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) president has appointed
Kipa Tate and Bengia Take as vice president and general secretary respectively.
Tapor Riamuk and Bomter Haider have been appointed as president and general secretary
of All Upper Subansiri District Unit Anti- Corruption Forum for smooth functioning.
Road renovation demanded
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Chandranagar Welfare Committee has urged the department concerned
to renovate the NH-52A road of Chandranagar area from bridge point to power house
at the earliest saying that the road was in a pathetic condition.
Measles catch up prog at Tirap
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Measles catch up campaign was today launched in Tirap District
t. It was inaugurated by Wangliam Lowang Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman DTF Tirap
in presence of V.J.Singh SP Khonsa, Dr.T.Takum WHO consultant and other members of
District Task force Measles SIA at Don Bosco Youth Center Khonsa.
Dr.K.Perme DRCHO gave an overview of the Measles campaign while Father George, the
director of the center expressed his gratitude for selecting DBYC as the venue for
inaugural function of the campaign and his readiness to extend his service in future.
Dr S Ronya DMO also spoke on the occasion.
Women Annual Conference
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: The 18th NBCC Women Annual Conference was conducted successfully
at Laptap Baptist Church under Toru Pastoral Range, Sagalee from Nov18 -20. More
than three thousand women attended the conference.
Rev. Tar Choya, Translator Nyishi Old Testament, NBCC and Jumshi Tana former President
NBCC Women Department shared the words of God.
Bank with ATM facility demanded
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Describing the hardship faced by the people due to non availability
of banking facility, Hirik-Hiru Students Union (HHSU) Kamba today urged the authorities
concerned to set up new SBI branch office with ATM facility, improve the infrastructure
of Donyi-Polo Government College Kamki and to introduce DIET programe in Donyi-Polo
The students union also sought early solution of land encroachments problem of Govt.
Hr. Sec. School, Kamba.
APP raising day at Changlang
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: The 39th APP Raising Day was celebrated at Changlang on Nov 08.
During the celebration, District Police under the initiative of SP Changlang T. Amo,
organized games and sports for Police Personnel and essay competition for school
students on the topic “Drug Abuse in Changlang District” and “Role of Police Towards
Society” for junior and senior categories, respectively. The whole district police
including Civil Police, IRBN, WT, FS, SB were divided into eight teams.
Addressing the police personnel, the chief guest Opak Gao, DC Changlang appreciated
the role of police in maintaining law and order and peace in the district. He also
emphasised on the importance of maintaining good health. Earlier SP Amo briefed
on the history of APP rising day. The volley ball competition final was played between
PS Miao and PS Changlang in which Miao team emerged as the winner.
NRHM employee drowns
Seppa, Nov 21: Oyem Taloh, working under NRHM, Seppa drowned at Bichom River on Nov’12.
Every effort has been made but his body could not be traced.
Taloh’s family and his near and dear ones thanked the District Administration, Medical
deptts, Army, police and others for their support and co-operation during the week-long
search operations. (DIPRO)
DA inspect encroached areas
ITANAGAR: A district administration team led by Extra Assistant Commissioner Balijan
and Circle Officer Yupia of Papum Pare district carried out a spot verification of
the alleged land encroachments at disputed areas of Assam-Arunachal boundary from
Talumso up to Radaso village near Digalmukh under East Kameng district yesterday
and submitted report to Papum Pare deputy commissioner.
Taking note of the latest development in inter-state boundary, deputy commissioner
of Papumpare Pige Ligu along with other officers has decided to visit the areas
to take stock of the situation on Tuesday. The DC would also hold meeting with Assam
counterpart to resolve the issue.
Society dissatisfied over DoP’s press statement
ITANAGAR: Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) has taken strong exception to the press
statement given by EE, Naharlagun electrical division, Nirjuli regarding his department’s
stand on Nyajum Kakki’s death.
Expressing its displeasure and dissatisfaction over the press statement, RBWS questioned
whether there had been any signboard or notification to forewarn the enormous danger
of such unwarranted and no man’s land of the capital complex where one may be electrocuted.
“Instead of acknowledging their fault, the department has been trying to concoct
and digress the issue which may aggravate the problem,” it said.
The Society also criticized the State Government for showing a ‘lackadaisical’ attitude
towards the unfortunate accident.
Meanwhile, RBWS demanded the Government to provide job to one of the relatives of
Late Tato Dabi, who also succumbed to electrocution recently while on duty at Sido
village of East Siang district.
This is in response to the article “ATA rejects bad quality uniforms” published
in your daily.
I strongly support ATA for rejecting the poor quality uniforms being supplied to
the school children. There used to be tender calls for supplying uniforms for school
children. The local entrepreneurs and SSIs were given priority for selection for
supply of quality products thereby granting the entrepreneurs an opportunity to develop
their business or enterprise. It now seems that the authorities have compromised
with the quality standard and a competent supplier is not considered for the purpose.
Although there are a number of successful and struggling entrepreneurs in our State,
who could have supplied products of much better quality and standard.
I, on favor of the entrepreneurs of the State, especially the youths, appeal to the
Government to deal with the matter sternly and further consider competent youth entrepreneurs,
Cooperatives, SHGs or Enterprises of Arunachal Pradesh for such supplies and also
appeal to provide the remaining items to the school children as per the provisions
of the RTE Act.
Naharlagun, (on email)
Young people and their unbecoming habits
I am a occasional visitor of bars & restaurants of our capital city. Please do excuse
for this nasty habit and I swear I am old enough for that! What makes my heart pain
is that I always find at least a few groups of young girls and boys drinking beer
from mug, larger than their face. By their appearance, they come across as someone
too young even to be secondary students. Very next instant my doubt proved correct
by the books they are carrying, they have been returning from tuition class and casually
dropped by to have a sip of wine with friends puffing cigarettes, gossiping and inviting
other friends as well through cell phone.
They seems from decent families by their clothes, costly mobile phones and other
accessories, seems could have a promising career as well.
Parents and guardians please let’s be extra careful towards our kids. Let’s do something
about this. Those could be one of your kids and for that matter could be one of mine.
Itanagar (on email)
An open letter to His Excellency
Your Excellency, it was indeed heartening to see you Vijoynagar and reactivate the
It is good to hear you say that the people must not remain isolated in such an age.
Indeed we have been isolated for too long a time. Lt Governor A. A. Raja was the
only one who used the MV road in the middle ‘70s. After him no Governor or Chief
Minister or public of Vijoynagar used the road with wheelers!
We thank you for giving us a glimpse of the socio-economic wellbeing of the people.
At this point I also like to mention a few things about the Yobins of Vijoynagar.
We are sure that you took note when Alina Yobin shared a few things about us during
The Yobins have been the known aborigines of Dawodi or Vijoynagar. Dawodi have been
our home before the Govt of India ever set foot in the valley.
The Yobins have manually built the ALG of Vijoynagar under the leadership of Assam
Rifles, as you yourself have said.
Yobins were the only ones who were instrumental guides in the demarcation of Indo-Myanmar
border around Vijoynagar.
Even now, Yobins are the only ones who know where each border-stone lay!
But the sad truth is that the Yobins are denied Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe
status till date. And in spite of our tribe being listed in serial no. 107 during
1981 census in accordance with the Presidential Order 1956 Para 2 of part II of Schedule
The Yobins enjoyed facilities like any other Arunachal Tribes till 1979. But then
from 1980 onward, Yobins have been, without any official notification, denied ST
certificate,Permanent Residence Certificate, Right to Contest Assembly Election,
Right to jobs entitled to Arunachalee tribes.
As of now, Yobins have been marginalized in developmental, social, economic, educational
and political life.
Just to list a few of the discriminations that we the Yobins of Vijoynagar are facing:
You will not find one state-sponsored Yobin student.
You will not find one Yobin enjoying hostel facilities in Govt School or College
You will not find one Yobin Arunachal Police man or woman.
You will not find one Yobin doctor.
You won’t even find 20 Yobins in Arunachal Govt jobs.
Some Yobins have been successful in APCS exams, but had to back down for want of
an ST certificate! My own cousin did well in Indian Army recruitment. Yet he had
to come back for he did not have a paper- ST Certificate!
Yobins have been deprived for too many decades.
We would urge you to restore ST to the Yobins of Vijoynagar immediately.
What does India lose if Yobins of Vijoynagar are treated as a tribe of Arunachal
Pradesh! And not as Burmese or Chinese refugees!
We want to know how long, oh, how long must we wait till we are treated a bonafide
tribe of Arunachal Pradesh
Please correct this negligence immediately. This is our plea.
Miao, (on email)
Information not factual
The All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) is pleased to read the clarification
made by Techi Hitler LR & SO LR & SO Papum Pare on behalf of DC, Yupia on 21st Nov
as it served as a long waited reply to the explanations we had sought on 12 points.
The clarification, however was not satisfactory and the information furnished is
The HPC departmental standard rate copy were kept in secrecy from the very beginning
of the land Acquisition process adopted to acquire land for the Trans-Arunachal Highway
and district connectivity road project at Pappu-Yupia-Hoj-Potin (53km). The PWD (Highway)
office itself has rejected the Arunachal Highway Approved Rate Copy terming that
it is beyond the understanding of the engineering department and provided us the
original rate copy of HPC when inquired earlier.
Further, under which provision or govt. order DC Yupia is authorized to modify the
rates and items.
Further we thank for revealing to the general public that there is DPR rate of MoRTH.
Hence, the authority concern is itself confessing that they have implemented bogus
and un-authentic rates.
The statement on item wise valuation itself shows in ample that rate is being fixed
Khusi-Khusi by LR& SO and DC.
In the context of the rights of the LPC holders under DFR area we would like to know
why it is not mentioned in the LPC that govt. can cancell the LPC at any time without
serving any prior notice. Why at the time of getting compensation such illogical
declaration were made instead of informing them in advance what they are going to
lose in the future.
No doubt whether 4-lane or 2-lane, the funding, sanctioning and monitoring authority
is the MoRTH Delhi but it was the responsibility of the state govt. to provide information
to the MoRTH the variation of the market rate in the state. The blunder has been
done by the State Govt. and department concern in the very beginning and now expressing
their helpless to the affected land holders is indigestible.
Furthermore, if DC says that the compensation rates for same was directly sent to
MoRTH, Delhi for sanction, then what is the evidence that shows that the variation
in rate should not be made for NH-4 lane and Trans Highway.
Moreover, for information the 12 Km distance was initially mentioned by DC, Yupia
in his Prohibitory Order dated 06/07/2011. Thus, the question of factual knowledge
It is to inform the LR & SO, Yupia who is writing on behalf of DC, Yupia that he
being public servant has every obligation to respond to queries being raised by us.
Legal Advisor cum Spokesperson,
Bring it on par with UPSC
I would like to request the APPSC through your esteemed daily, as the commission
has really come on par with the UPSC in conducting exams, even beating it this time,
to change the syllabus of the optional according to UPSC pattern instead of the present
one, which includes many outdated and irrelevant concepts in almost all the subjects.
This will be of immense benefit, especially to those students, living in the state
itself for the UPSC exams as they will have an idea of the question pattern along
with the benefit of a same syllabus. A strategy followed by commissions of U.P, T.Nadu,
Gujarat which explains the success rate of candidates from these states. This will
save Arunachali students from reading almost different things for the two exams which
are fundamentally of the same type.
New Delhi, (on email)
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Education at secondary level
Globally, the number of children enrolled at the secondary level has tripled since
1970. Yet despite this progress, access remains limited in many countries, finds
out the Global education digest 2011 report published by UNESCO Institute of Statistics.
The 2011 Global Education Digest studies trends in secondary education, which is
the next great challenge for many countries those are approaching towards universal
Among 162 countries with recent data, girls and boys have equal chances of graduating
from primary school in 91 countries. While girls are less likely than boys to complete
primary education in 47 countries, boys are less likely to complete it than girls
in 24 countries.
Upper secondary education is not compulsory in most developing countries.
The number of secondary school teachers has risen by 50% since 1990, yet shortages
Total number of secondary teachers grew by 50%, from 20.3 million to 30.4million
between 1990 and 2009. During the same period, the number of primary teachers increased
by 27%, from 22.2 million to 28.3 million. Globally, there have been more teachers
working in secondary education than at the primary level since 2002.
More equitable access to secondary education is another important challenge. Between
1999 and 2009, the GER for girls increased from 69% to 79% in lower secondary and
from 43% to 55% in upper secondary education worldwide. However, the Arab States
and sub-Saharan Africa still faced serious gender disparities at the lower secondary
level, while disparities at the upper secondary level intensified in South and West
Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
While 95% of primary school graduates continue their education at the lower secondary
level in most countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and North America
and Western Europe, the transition rate from primary to secondary education remains
low in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
The gaps are too stark and it needs to be fixed. World communities should put extra
effort so that children get a chance to make a choice when it comes to education.