‘NE needs talents like Mary Kom, Bhupen to dispel ignorance’
NEW DELHI, Nov 08: The Northeast needs to produce more talents like champion boxer
Mary Kom, late musician Bhupen Hazarika and ace footballer Baichung Bhutia to dispel
the ignorance of people about the region and command respect, Union Minister of State
for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju yesterday said.
Addressing the inaugural function of the North East Festival here, the Minister of
State for Home Rijiju said ignorance about Northeast is often encountered by many
people from the region and so everyone must try to ensure that their work speaks
"The fact is India is a highly-populated country and not a highly-literate country.
It is something very normal that 70 per cent of the people do not know where the
Northeast is. They will know slowly if we produce more Mary Koms, Bhupen Hazarikas
or Baichung Bhutias," he said.
"You have to get respect out of your work, your performance, your quality like sports
icon Mary Kom who has won honour for the country and in the process got recognition
for the region. If today I need to tell people where I come from, it is better that
my work speaks," he said. In the wake of alleged racial attacks on the people from
Northeast, Rijiju said the need of the hour for the region is to sort out its own
"If we tell that Northeastern people are being discriminated outside the region,
we have the right to protest. But at the same time we have a bounded obligation.
Is it not a fact that in Northeast people are also killing each other?
"Is there no inter-community conflict in Northeast? There are so many bandhs, strikes.
So, there is no point telling that the bad image of the Northeast is being displayed.
There is definitely something going on in the region but at the same time we have
a huge potential but it means nothing unless we showcase it," he said.
Talking about the natural resources and cultural diversity of the region, the Minister
highlighted the need to shun the self-deception that the Northeastern portray about
the regional unity in the Capital.
"We in Delhi talk about unity of Northeastern region, we must send a message back
home. We must be disciplined and promote unity of the Northeast. It is time to be
bold and not just portray good things and pretend that nothing bad exists," he added.
The festival themed 'Insurgence to Resurgence' aims to attract investment and tourism
promotion in the region. PTI
Our Correspondent adds: The 2nd edition of the North East Festival being organized
from Nov 7 to 10 at IGNCA, Janpath, New Delhi is a sincere attempt to showcase and
create awareness about India’s North East and to promote investment and tourism.
It is being organized by the socio-cultural trust Trend MMS in association with North
East Community of Delhi, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, Ministry of DoNER,
Govt. of India and IGNCA.
Speaking at the inauguration function, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for
Development of North Eastern Region General (Retired) V.K. Singh said the Northeast
is the most beautiful place in the country and its future depended on how people
from the region choose to tackle their problems and resolve it in Delhi.
Earlier, dignitaries including Ministers Dr. V K Singh, Rijiju along with MC Mary
Kom, Brand Ambassador of the North East Festival, inaugurated the four-day extravaganza.
In the inaugural session, medal winning athletes from the North East who brought
glory for the country in the recent CWG and Asian Games, including Mary Kom, Sarita
Devi, L. Devendro Singh, Dipa Karmakar were felicitated under NEC Chairman’s Sports
Awards for Excellence in International & National Sports meets.
Adding colour to the proceedings, artistes from various states of North East India
along with Sangeet Natak Akademi presented a range of ethnic dances from the region.
During the morning session, a discussion was held on ‘Alienation feeling in the North
East & Implementation of Bezbaruah Committee Recommendation’ with the help of North
East Community of Delhi.
Around 30 bands will perform during the four days of the festival.
Arunachal a repository of rare medicinal plants: Pul
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh with over 80 per cent
forest cover of its total 83,743 sq km is a repository of more than 500 identified
rare and endangered medicinal plants, said, Health & Family Welfare Minister Kalikho
Addressing the participants of 6th World Ayurveda Congress at New Delhi today, Pul
said that state’s vast natural resources which could benefit the entire humanity
could not be tapped because of allocation on national cost norms and guidelines in
place of need-based.
Pul blamed the central policy while lauding its initiative for prioritizing centuries
old system of Ayurveda and expansion by setting up of colleges and hospitals. When
2 billion people globally including 37.02 percent of 120 crore Indians live below
the poverty line and cannot afford health care while thousands die daily, WHO data
paints a dismal scenario that 65 percent don’t have access to health care and 23
percent have no money that has resulted in high morbidity and mortality in India,
When India boasts of best pharmaceutical industries including 74 plants having USFDA
approval, second to the USA, and boasts of producing 20 percent of total world drugs
to export drugs worth Rs. 45,000 to 50,000 crore annually, there was no reason why
Indians should die for inability to pay for medicines, Pul wondered.
Pul highlighted the newspersons on the astronomical rise in cost of health care service,
particularly the cost of one strip of branded medicines, like Voberan Novartis Rs
31.73 against low cost generic medicine like Diclofenac sodium tablet Rs 1.24 and
Plavis (Sonafi) Rs 1615.68 against low cost of Clopidogrel tab Rs 8.54. This has
been enriching the doctors-traders-manufacturers conglomeration at the cost of poor
men, he reasoned.
His proposal to the central government to provide fund for a through survey, setting
up of testing laboratory, manufacturing units and conduct research in the state to
make use of the medicinal herb resources as well as invitation to the NRI manufacturers
and researchers evoked a flood of offers and queries later.
It is high time to realize the gospel truth and popularize Ayurveda system along
with propagation of Vipasasan centre for Pranayam and yoga for freeing the entire
human system from stress and other chronicle ailments like blood pressure and heart
problems. The doctors belonging to a noble profession have to rise above commercialism
to serve the humanity, he added.
Rijiju declares ‘Yigi-Koum’ as Aadhaar village
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has declared “Yigi-Koum”
as “Aadhaar village under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), informed Galo Peoples’
Federation (GPF). While expressing gratitude to Rijiju for adopting Yigi-Koum as
Aadhaar village, GPF advised the villagers to take full advantage of the sponsorship
in the form of ‘smart schools’, Aadhaar card, Universal access to basic health facilities,
Pucca houses for the homeless, Universal PDS for eligible families, e-governance
GPF also informed that the people of Yigi-Koum were all praise forthe initiatives
for the prosperity of Ubu Banggo under West Siang District.
2nd day of Adventure @ Mechukha festival:Cultural extravaganza draws huge crowd
MECHUKHA, Nov 08: Various cultural programmes showcasing the culture and tradition
of communities like Memba, Adi (Pai-Libo, Ramo, Bokar) and Tagin were the centre
of attraction on the second day of the second edition of Adventure @ Mechukha festival.
Though there was poor number of participant in the scheduled adventure events of
the festival, the cultural extravaganza and film screening drew huge crowds particularly
the visitors from outside on the second day. Local artists performing both folk and
contemporary songs and dances drew in a larger crowd turning the evening into a colourful
However, partakers from both native and outside adventure seekers did not turn up
to the expectation on the second day of the mega event.
Categorically, the numbers of entries on various events all throughout the day were
power propelled gliders - 2, para gliding-5, air rifle-15, trap shooting-19 and archery-10.
Trap shooting and archery drew considerable entries, while many abstained from power
propelled gliders due to height phobia although they had earlier enrolled for the
Gadi exhorts engineers to ensure implementation of projects on time
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: PWD Minister Gojen Gadi today exhorted engineers to become foot
soldiers of the department to ensure implementation of projects on time with quality.
Gadi, accompanied with a team of engineers including CE (Highway) Hage Apa and SE
T Kamchi inspected the ongoing road construction from Papu Tinali to Yupia, NIT,
Kola camp, Doimukh, Gumto, Nirjuli poultry farm colony, helipad road, D sector &
Engineering colony in Naharlagun, TT Marg, narrow path of ESS colony, SP office Colony
till Circuit House in Itanagar. Respective AEs of the areas apprised the minister
of the progress.
M/s T K Engineering Construction Ltd representative assured that the road upto Yupia
would be ready within 10 days. NIT director Prof C T Bhunia informed about the preparations
for the visit of President of India Pranab Mukharjee scheduled on Nov 23 next to
address the convocation of first batch of NIT students.
Local MLA Techi Kaso who also present assured all possible help for smooth execution
of work, while Speaker Nabam Rebia rang up Gadi and requested to expedite Gumto road
when the inspection was on there.
While inspecting the ongoing concrete cement road at Engineering Colony in D-sector,
Gadi asked the contractor to follow the specific guidelines without compromising
with the quality.
Naharlagun PWD EE, Taniya Soki explained that this is the first designed concrete
road (DCR) in the Capital Complex. The execution is completely mechanised and the
same pattern would be followed everywhere, he added.
Gadi directed proper construction of drainage system along the road network for longevity
besides widening of road at few places including in colony roads.
Pointing out that the engineers have been directed to work during night to achieve
the target, Gadi appealed to the councilors to extend cooperation in their respective
area for the work taken on war footing to continue unhindered.
The Minister also inspected the site, materials and equipment of M/s Geopong Enterprise,
a local firm.
On completion of the works, the face of Capital Complex would change, SE Kamchi said,
adding the department has been encouraging local contractors to get technically updated
and become competitive for taking up works in different parts of the state.
The GoAP has directed the department to upgrade the Capital Complex roads including
in the colonies including 23.29 km of DCRs and 16.29 km of bituminous paved roads.
This would provide a good riding surface for the convenience of the capital dwellers,
the SE added.
Ascending a summit at Mechukha
Adventure @ Mechukha
[ Amar Sangno ]
Rib-splitting coldness of Mechukha valley forced us (media team) to get up from our
respective tents on the second day of the second edition of Adventure @ Mechukha
at an odd early hour today. The tents were provided by Arunachal Adventure Association
at Yornyi village, one kilometer off the festival ground. We grabbed our cameras,
few water bottles and set out for trekking to the hills of Mechukha.
We were dropped half-way by our bus at banks of Yargep-chu River just few meters
away from the festival ground around 6.30 am, when the milky fog was still clinging
on the exotic valley making everything out of sight. The 13-member media team including
driver Deepak Sahoo was led by team leader Sanjay Mosing, Sub-Editor Echo of Arunachal,
who is a local from here.
Even before setting out for the thrilling expedition, crossing the poorly maintained
suspension bridge over Yargep-chu River which connects Mechukha town to Menchukha
village was a litmus test for Yuvraj Mehta of NE TV Focus as his heart almost wrung
out. The dilapidated suspension bridge compounded by rusty rope wire and weak wooden
plates was swinging violently during the crossing. Many managed to cross but Yuvraj
and his cameraman were stuck in the middle, at least for ten minutes.
We started trekking from Menchukha village around 7am. The town is named after the
Menchukha is comprised of three separate words, ‘Men’ meaning medicine, ‘Chu’-Water
and ‘Kha’- Snow in Memba dialect. It is believed that the village is located in the
medicinal snow water, where sick people can be treated.
The odd thing about us was that we were untrained and poorly equipped, except for
few bottles of drinking water and some Khabje (locally made namkeen).
Singing and shouting in order to draw more strength and enthusiasm, we climbed up
with noses on our knees and tongues out. We managed to reach at our first stop point
which is around 1000 feets above sea level after a half hour climb, many were already
out of their breath.
The moment we reached our second stop point, around 1500 feet above sea level at
around 8:00 am (probably a take-off point for Para-Gliding enthusiasts), some of
the team members stopped looking at their baggage. They could no longer push on their
bodies. For some members, it was the final summit, but we still had thousands of
foots to climb. At every hundred meter, we took frequent breaks in order to regain
our strength and at the same time every small summit was marked by wild jubilation,
whistling and cheering.
The stop point at 2000 ft was deceptive enough to create illusions among the members.
Every member who managed to crawl up to the deceptive summit, cried out in jubilation
as if no man had ever gone farther than him. Subsequently it killed our spirit, the
moment we realised it was a ‘false summit’ and that we have to climb another 600
ft to reach Mechukha’s top summit.
We pushed beyond to the limits, part of us were screaming to give it up while part
of us were firm and urged us never to drop from the fight. The eldest member Mukul
Pathak of DY365 was out of the fight, he tossed his bags to this writer in the middle
of the climb.
Why we called it a “deceptive stoppage’ because from there we could see smoke billowing
from the festival ground’s kitchen, by that time the organizer would have been probably
serving us our breakfast. It made us hungrier. Ah..! We missed our breakfast. The
vast enchanting Mechukha valley was apparently beckoning our exhausted team and its
meandering Yargep-Chu River was seemingly seducing us.
After the false summit, many collapsed due to exhaustion. Our legs and bodies were
no longer supporting us.
For Anu Songtheng of All India Radio Itanagar, the only lady in the trekking team,
the trekking itself was daunting, as she envied Tine Mena, the first lady Everester
of Arunachal. Debananda S Medak of The Arunachal Pioneer was our Tenzing Norgay.
He reached the final summit around 8:31 am, and the team leader Sanjay Mosing failed
short to become Edmund Hillary as he was able to reach the top around 8:43 am only, while
Tage Tajum of ATV finished third.
To make the memory alive, we had a photo-shoot on the top of ridge. Every member
shared the joy and success.
We trekked down the 1.2 kms mountain ridge where the words ‘MENCHUKHA” has been inscribed
with bold fonts on the mountain, waving wildly and acknowledging our triumphant trek
towards unreciprocated Mechukha town. We reached the Bailey bridge, which connects
Mechukha town to Dorjeeling village, where the bus was waiting for us. As we boarded
the bus, I looked back again to the vast mountain ridge, a thought passed through
my mind, “no matter how tough your destination is, just take one step ahead, destination
will be yours!”
Fighter flying, experiences beyond normal life
Flights of fantasy
[ Mohonto Panging ]
Have you experienced Time Contraction, Time Expansion and your life span flashing
in split seconds in your eyes…? Have you always seen good dreams…? Do you know that
dreams last for three seconds only? Being fully conscious and with your eyes wide
open, have you experienced complete Black Out ? Have you travelled faster than your
own voice? Fighter Pilots experience all these and much more!!!
The weights of all bodies are due to earth’s gravity and these conditions are termed
as 1 ‘g’ condition. Due to the high manoeuvrability of fighter aircraft, pilots and
the aircraft are routinely subjected to higher ‘g’ forces due to centripetal-centrifugal
forces. To take an example, if one’s normal weight is 60 kg, at 2 ‘g’ the weight
is doubled to 120 kg. Similarly at 3 ‘g’ the weight is tripled to 180 kg. Present
day fighter aircraft routinely manoeuvre at 5 to 6 ‘g’ and frequently touches 8 to
9 ‘g’. Taking the same example, at 9 ‘g’ the weight would be 540 kg! At 9 ‘g’ even
the 10 kg arm would be 90 kg and you would require extra powerful arms to lift your
own arm! With the aircraft manoeuvring at higher ‘g’ forces, blood starts travelling
downwards towards the lower parts of the body. If 5 to 6 ‘g’ is sustained for prolonged
periods, due to lack of blood in the eyes, the peripheral vision starts reducing
and the pilot starts seeing everything in a greyish shade. This is termed as Grey
Out. If the high ‘g’ is sustained beyond this limit for prolonged periods, due to
lack of blood in the eyes, with eyes fully open and being fully conscious, the pilot
sees only black. This is termed as Black Out.
Beyond Black Out, if the high ‘g’ is sustained for prolonged periods, due to lack
of blood in the brain, the pilot becomes unconscious. The scientific term for this
is G-induced Loss of Consciousness or G-LOC. It is under conditions of G-LOC that
pilots see their best dreams. Unlike dreams seen while sleeping, the dreams seen
during G-LOC are always good dreams...nightmares or bad dreams are never seen. Fighter
pilots are trained in high speed centrifuges to practice Anti-‘g’ Manoeuvres and
avoid getting into G-LOC. These training sessions are video graphed and retained.
During these training sessions many pilots experience Grey Out, Black Out and G-LOC.
The videos of pilots experiencing G-LOC at centrifuges and subsequent debriefs have
revealed that these dreams lasted for three seconds only! This also implies that
most dreams experienced by us while sleeping that appear to be many minutes or hours
long are just three seconds long! Are these not instances of Time Expansion?
The experiences explained above are under positive ‘g’ conditions when the weight
increases. The opposite occurs under negative ‘g’ conditions. When a pilot experiences
negative ‘g’, blood starts flowing upwards towards the head. When a pilot experiences
prolonged minus 2 to minus 3 ‘g’, blood is flooded into the eyes and the pilot starts
seeing Red. This is termed as Red Out. Human beings tolerance to negative ‘g’ is
much less as compared to positive ‘g’ tolerance.
Fighter flying is dangerous by design and attitude...it involves multiple risks associated
with high manoeuvrability at extremely high speeds. People consider formula one dangerous.
The average speeds of Formula One cars is about 300 km/h. Fighter aircraft take off
at this speed! Fighter aircraft routinely fly at triple that speed at 900 km/h and
regularly fly at two times the speed of sound at about 2300-2400 km/h! Under such
high speed situations pilots occasionally face sudden emergency situations. Loss
of an engine in the air, collision with birds in the air, occurrence of fire on parts
of the aircraft, sudden loss of controllability of the aircraft, ejection from an
aircraft etc may comprise of sudden emergency situations. Many pilots experience
shock at the moment of occurrence of such sudden life threatening emergency situations,
especially in the initial stages of flying career. It is under these sudden life
threatening emergency situations that pilots experience numbness with shock, Time
Expansion and Time Contraction. Time passes very slowly. Five minutes is experienced
as half an hour. Ten minutes is experienced as one hour. On the contrary, in Time
Contraction, the pilot remains in shock as the clock ticks by.
When faced with some sudden life threatening emergency situations wherein death stares
at your face, some pilots have experienced their whole life flashing in a split second
in front of their eyes. It is like seeing your own life’s major events and major
people known to you in cinematic screening mode flashing in front of your eyes in
There are many other extraordinary phenomena experienced during fighter flying. Once
you get airborne and the wheels are retracted, one is overwhelmed with the feeling
of raw power and seamless freedom (...there are no roads in the air!). The feeling
of raw power with total control of a 40 ton muscular beast with 25 tons of engine
power and tremendous firepower on your finger tips... what could be more filled with
testosterone? It’s difficult to beat the sheer thrill of high speed flying with the
earth’s surface zipping past you when flying very close to the surface of the earth.
The unique feeling of loneliness and aloofness experienced when flying in a single
cockpit fighter aircraft during moonless nights over the desolate desert. Spectacular
views of Halo and Corona around the Sun and Moon during unique cloudy days and nights
can be witnessed during flying.
When flying at the end of the troposphere at about 17-18 km height, the earth starts
appearing round and the sky colour starts turning blackish. At this height, the high
speeds are not appreciated as the earth moves past slowly and stronger sun rays hit
you due to the rarified atmosphere. With most weather phenomena restricted to the
lower troposphere, most fighter pilots are able to penetrate and fly above weather.
Once above the weather, beautiful blue skies may be seen, totally removed from the
earth covered under a blanket of clouds.
On today’s highly manoeuvrable fighter aircraft one could carry out manoeuvres previously
considered impossible. Various aerobatic manoeuvres like Looping manoeuvres, rolling
manoeuvres, flying inverted (...you hang on the straps), vertical climbs and dives
are routinely practiced. Today advanced manoeuvres like Tail Slides (moving backwards),
Yaw Turns (Turning on own axes like a helicopter), Somersault etc are also regularly
practiced. Have you seen birds executing these manoeuvres?
Like any other profession, fighter flying has its own advantages and disadvantages.
It is not easy to become a good fighter pilot, but it is not too difficult also.
Only birds were designed to fly. Human beings are not birds. But today human beings
are beating birds at their own game! As explained earlier, there are many ‘out of
normal life’ phenomena that can be experienced during fighter flying only. It may
not be wrong to summarise and say that ‘Fighter Flying is Different’! Do any of you
still want to fly fighter aircraft....?
(Group Captain Mohonto Panging is a retired Fighter Pilot and has flown over 3300
Hours on various fighter aircraft like Sukhoi-30MKI, Jaguar, Hunter, Mig-29, Sea
Harrier etc. He has the distinction of being the only person from North East India
to Command a Sukhoi-30 Squadron. He has also been decorated with the Presidential
Award - Vayu Sena Medal. )
Core group for Tibetan cause calls on Pema Khandu
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The core group for Tibetan Cause led by its National Convener Dr.
N.K. Trikha, called on UD, Tourism, Art & Culture Etc Minister Pema Khandu, Minister
at Circuit house Tawang today.
Dr. Trikha informed Pema that the Group for Tibetan Cause is a worldwide group having
its base in 39 countries across the globe. The team of nine members of the group
from India hailing from different parts of the country including the Secretary for
International Relation of Central Tibetan Administration, Sonam Norbu Dagpo and convener
of the North East States RK Khrimey are in Tawang for generating awareness among
the local populace of the State about the international issue of Tibet.
The group, in its discussion with the Minister, expressed its vehement opposition
to the Chinese occupation of Tibet and the subsequent threat it has posed to the
country, particularly with repeated claim of Arunachal Pradesh as part of its territory
by the Chinese. The group further articulated that through mass awareness, a strong
opinion needs to be generated among the people on the status of Tibet and the Tibetan
Pema, while welcoming the group to Tawang, applauded the group not only for the Tibetan
cause but also for the security of the country.
“We in Arunachal Pradesh had traditional trade relations with Tibetans and not with
Chinese. We never had any border with China but only with Tibet. We consider the
humiliation of 1962 as something that can’t be repeated in this age” said the Pema
condemning the repeated Chinese claims of Arunachal Pradesh. Expressing solidarity
and support to the members of the Core group the Minister termed the cause of the
group a righteous one in greater interest of secured and peaceful future of the people
of Arunachal Pradesh and wished the group success in its endeavour.
Hooligans made to restore vandalized asset
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: Vandalism of public property is cause of concern for the law enforcing
agencies of state. Some uncivilized people willfully damage or deface the public
properties, some which are of high public utility. One such incident was reported
from Yanman village under Khimyang circle of Changlang district, where six villagers
ransacked the Anganwadi center of the village. Nevertheless, the persons were arrested
on the basis of complaint lodged by PRI members of the village and a case was registered
under section 447/427/506 IPC under Khimyang Police station.
On receipt of bail petition, the accused were granted bail on the condition that
they will reconstruct the damaged Anganwadi center with equal size and equivalent
materials within twenty days from the date of bail, along with other conditions relevant
under various sections of law.
The villagers from Yanman, yesterday, informed that the Anganwadi OB Type has been
finally reconstructed at the same location and in similar size. The villager suggested
that concerned department should lock the building whenever it is not in use. They
submitted photographs of the restored Anganwadi center centre to the district administration
in support of their completion letter.
This is a kind of lesson for all the vandals prevailing in different sections of
the society and a way has been shown by the Changlang District Administration, to
solve the problems of vandalism without extra investment. (DIPRO)
Ruksin people cry for basic amenities
RUKSIN, Nov 8: So many elections have gone and leaderships changed, but the perennial
problems of Ruksin area under Pasighat-West constituency remained unsolved. The area
located at vulnerable inter-state border with Assam is still lagging far behind in
terms of development, which is causing a great deal of dissatisfaction amongst the
Basic amenities, including rural road connectivity, water supply, improved technologies
in agriculture and allied sectors are still eluding the rural areas, while the educated
unemployed are crying for income generation avenues.
Renovation of Mirem-Mikong-Jonai (MMJ)) road, development of Industrial Growth Centre
at Niglok, construction of drains in Ruksin township, functioning of Gram Panchayat
offices, improvement of health care service in Ruksin CHC are some major problems,
which the elected leaders have miserably failed to deal with during the last two
Establishment of a full pledged BDO office besides sub-divisional agriculture and
horticulture offices, sub-treasury office, fire brigade and many other government
offices at Ruksin HQ are long-pending public demand, which have fallen on deaf ears
of the authority.
The senior citizens of the area have exclaimed that the successive state governments,
despite repeated appeals, have not posted a full-fledged BDO in Ruksin, the most
important sub-division in order to monitor the rural development. It is alleged that
the local PRI leaders are not taking up the problems with the government and thereby
showing an utter irresponsible role. Locals said that most elected PRI members are
ignorant about their power and functions and showing an utter irresponsibility towards
the burning problems.
Due to lack of a BDO, the rural development activities of the block have been looked
after by either the Circle Officer or EAC posted in Ruksin. The district Rural Development
department constructed RCC building meant for BDO’s office near Ruksin sub-divisional
library two years back, but the building is yet to open. The Extension officer (Rural
Engineer) along with four staffs including the field assistants is conducting their
official works in the SDO’s office. At present, two families of junior staffs of
the department are using the building as their residential quarters.
Officials said that no rural development work was conducted in the block for the
last several months as the government has not granted fund against the proposed schemes.
Mention may be made here that the state government had a proposal to create 48 posts
of BDOs in the state and set up equal number of BDO offices in different districts.
School playground developed on self-help basis
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Fed up with non-responsive attitude of the authorities concerned,
the Chimpu Panchayat in collaboration with TK Engg. Consortium Pvt. Ltd. and youths
of Chimpu have taken up a herculean task of developing the playground of Chimpu Secondary
School on self-help basis.
Six tippers and five earth cutting and moving machineries like JCB/Bulldozer/Forkland
have been pressed into service for leveling and filling of the playground since Thursday.
It will take another two to three days to complete the work, said Chimpu ASM Bamang
“We have decided to develop the playground on self-help basis after the authority
failed to respond despite our repeated pleas,” said Amand.
If the task was not taken up on self-help basis, it would have cost the authority
at least Rs. 30 to 40 lakhs, he claimed.
He also expressed concern over erosion threat to the school land by Chimpu River
and informed about shortage of benches and desks, lack of proper toilet facilities
and need for renovation of the old school building.
He urged the higher authorities of Education Department to look into the problems
of the school, particularly the erosion threat and shortage of desks and benches.
ATA interactive programme held
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) in an interactive programme
at Polo Colony, Naharlagun, today discussed various issues related to welfare of
the teachers, field functionaries of SSA/RTE, adult education such as BEO, BRCC,
CRCC, APOs etc.
ATA president Tarh Yaku highlighted the various issues and problems confronting the
teaching community and schools.
She emphasized on conduct teachers training program, timely supply of TLM, CCE materials,
addressing infrastructural problems of various schools, problems in implementation
of RTE and quality in civil works and supplies.
Her deliberation of on the release of pending arrears of ATs and other categories,
streamlining of promotional avenues for all categories of teachers and construction
of Shikshak Bhawan drew the attention of all present in the programme. She also highlighted
the problems of SSA and RMSA teachers and suggested to increase the salary of RMSA
teachers and include their salary for vacation period (2 months).
In addition, she appealed for concrete mechanism for regularization of SSA teachers
and timely release of their salary. She also suggested enhancing the cash amount
of state awardee teachers upto Rs. 50,000. She firmly called upon to discourage the
activities of self proclaimed associations within the teaching community.
Under Secretary, Education Likha Teji, Joint Director SCERT Gania Leij, DDSEs of
Yupia and Capital Complex, Tana Tagu Tara and Mallo Yam Gollo, SPO, Rajya Mission
(SSA) G. Karga, Takar Ragi, Suptt. Estt. attended the programme.
All the officers spoke of supporting the ATA’s views and assured to extend their
supports in their activities.
Further, they condemned and disapproved the self proclaimed associations within the
Coordinator of all categories of ATA, President and Gen Secy of AASSATA and ARMSATA
participated in the programme.
ATSU condemns the recent mass transfer of teachers
DAPORIJO, Nov 08: In a press release, All Tagin Students Union (ATSU) has condemned
the recent mass transfer of teachers in the state in which transfer and postings
were made mostly within the district.
ATSU claimed that 259 teachers out of the total 567 have been transferred and posted
within East Siang district. Likewise, posting and transfer of 22 teachers have been
made within Papum Pare district. In contrast, only 25 teachers were posted in Upper
Subansiri from other district whereas the requirement of teachers in the district
is not less than 200.
Opposing the transfer of three teachers from Upper Subansiri district to other districts,
ATSU appealed to the authority concerned to reconsider the transfer order. It further
demanded for posting of sufficient teachers in the Upper Subansiri.
AAPGDLU seeks stoppage of eviction drive at labour barrack
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labours’ Union
(AAPGDLU) has sought stoppage of eviction drive that is being carried out at the
Labour barrack near IG Park here.
In its letter written to the Chief Minister, it claimed that the barrack houses 11
families of labourers who have been serving in the state forest department for the
past 20 to 25 years.
Eviction drive for construction of approach road from IG Park to E-sector power house
was stopped in 2011 after a memorandum was submitted to the CM, it said.
APCSD condemns merger rumor
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) vehemently condemned
the apprehension of few BJP leaders after a reported rumor that the ruling Congress
Government in the state might merge with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that appeared
in some sections of local dailies.
Reacting to the news item APCSD Chief Organizer Kipa Kaha decried the rumor and said
that it was a political propaganda of the power hungry saffron party to create confusion
and misunderstanding among the people of the state.
He said that INC is the oldest political party in the country and the party is still
enjoying the support of the people which is evident from the recent Kanubari Bye-election,
Free Health Camp
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Altogether 150 patients have benefited from “Free Health Checkup”
camp organized by Bharat Sevashram Sangha (BSS) at P-sector, Kali Mandir today.
People from all walks of life, including children, women were treated for different
ailments. Medicines were also distributed to the patients free of cost.
The health camp was conducted by SMO Dr. J Tayeng, MOs Dr. J Mahato, Dr. Maga Rija
and Dr. Dojum Boje with help of other health staffs.
Khonsa West MLA visits landslide prone zone
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: MLA Tirong Aboh visited landslide prone zone near BRTF headquarter,
Tirath Hydel area on 7th November. Amidst a huge gathering, he expressed concern
over the landslide in the particular area and urged BRTF (BRO) Commandant I/C. Salil
Sajal to monitor the area from time to time.
He also suggested the chiefs, PRIs leaders, ESDA (Elite Society of Dadam Area) to
stop boulder collection from the stream or Tirath River as a part of preservation
and protection of nature and also to avoid further landslide. It is needless to mention
here that the road from Tirath hydel - Laho village is the life line of the entire
Dadam area. The MLA further assured all possible help and support from his side to
make this important link road an all weather road. He was accompanied by the Chiefs,
PRIs leaders, BRTF personnel and members from elite society of Dadam area.
Swachch Bharat Abhiyan
ITANAGAR, Oct 08: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a ‘Swachh Bharat’ is gaining
momentum in the state with each passing day.
The Christian Revival Church, Naharlagun organized a mass Social Service in the premises
of the Church at “F” & “G” Sector Naharlagun under “Swach Bharat Abhiyan” to promote
cleanliness and safe environment at the locality.
The members of CRC Naharlagun actively took part in the social service and repaired
road, drainage system and disposed the debris of the sectors.
The residents of ward no 22, D sector Naharlagun also organized a mass social service
under the initiative of the ward part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The residents
cleaned sector surroundings and choked drains.
Tirap district police conducted a social service involving all of its units and 1st
IRBn personnel at District Hospital, Khonsa to mark the Arunachal Pradesh Police
Raising Day today.
The hospital surroundings were cleaned, garbage disposed, choked drains cleared during
the social service.
All the police officers and personnel and hospital staff took part in the social
BJP state unit chief urges party leaders to reach out to people
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yesterday launched Special
Membership Drive in the state by State president Tai Tagak and Leader of Opposition
Tamiyo Taga by dialing the toll free number 1800 266 2020 at party head office here.
The drive will continue until March 31 next year.
Addressing the party leaders and workers on the occasion, Tagak called upon them
to carry out the membership drive on a mission mode for enrollment of members across
the State. The President called upon the party cadres to reach out to the people
at grassroots level. He exhorted the party leaders and cadres to maintain party tradition
and ideology and said that there is no place for indiscipline in the party.
Tamiyo Taga urged the leaders and workers of the party to work sincerely and with
dedication to further strengthen the party organization in the state, stating that
it can be made possible through membership drive across the State.
State and district party office bearers, party MLAs and leaders and workers attended
SDHO office inaugurated
MECHUKHA, Nov 8: After remaining non-functional for eight years, the Mechukha Sub
Divisional Horticulture Office (SDHO) was today inaugurated by Parliamentary Secretary
for Horticulture Mutchu Mithi in presence of local MLA Passang D Sona.
The office building of SDHO, which was constructed in the year 2006, will now be
functioning as an independent DDO. With independent status being accorded to the
SDHO office monitoring of horticultural activities in the sub- division is expected
to be more efficient.
The soil of Mechukha, Monigong and Pidi circles is fertile for horticultural activities
like production of kiwi, apple, walnut etc.
Among others, local MLA Pasang D Sona, Secretary Horticulture Sudhir Kumar, Parliamentary
Secretary Phosum Khimhun, Geology and Mining, Dikto Yekar, Chairman APEDA and Chairman
Bamboo Mission, Chow Z Namchoom and SDHO Mechukha Henrik Basar were present on the
Arunachal stall at NE festival
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: The Arunachal Pradesh stall at North East Festival Delhi was inaugurated
by Adi Baane Kebang Youth Wing, General Secretary Toi Modi at IGNCA New Delhi yesterday.
On the occasion, Modi and ABKYW President Aling Pinggam said that this kind of programme
will boost tourism sector in North Eastern region. The initiative taken up by the
organizers is a great endeavour; such programme would bring the feelings of brotherhood
and oneness among the people of the country, they added.
BJP alleges misuse of central fund in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: BJP today alleged misuse of Rs 3,500 crore central fund by the Congress
government in Arunachal Pradesh in the last fiscal and said the state government
should take corrective measures against corruption.
BJP state chief Tai Tagak in a statement here alleged misuse of central fund to the
tune of Rs 3,500 crore in the last fiscal and said a huge chunk of the fund was siphoned
off without producing any utilisation certificates.
"The dictatorial attitude of the chief minister should be changed. We need transparent
and accountable governance," Tagak said.
The central government would never deny funds for developmental activities but the
state government is required to take corrective measures against corruption, he said.
VKV Ziro organizes Vigyan Mela
From a Correspondent
ZIRO, Nov 8: “Without happiness, life is meaningless. So, to enjoy life one should
try to create pleasant atmosphere wherever he or she may be”, said Lower Subansiri
Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE) Yumlam Tana in his address at the inaugural
function of Vigyan Mela organized by the Science Club of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya
(VKV) Ziro today here at its school premises.
While lauding the presentations of the students, DDSE said that people of Arunachal
will no longer lag behind other states in future in the fields of scientific research
and suggested the participating students to be more practical in gathering new knowledge.
Emphasizing on co-curriculum activities, Tana committed to provide footballs and
a coach if necessary to augment sports activities in the school.
Talking about Universalisation of Elementary Education (UEE) and Alternative & Innovative
Education (AIE), he informed that enrolment of out-of-the school children has already
started in the district.
Principal of the school Anand Mohan Mishra, highlighting the aim and objectives of
Vigyan Mela said that the Mela is being organized to generate interest on science
and broaden knowledge on its day to day use among the students.
Among others Arun Murtem BEO, Gomniya Tatu, headmaster, Govt. Secondary School, Hari
and teaching staff of the school were also present.
Karate players bring laurels to Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The karate players of Wado-Kai style under Arunachal Wado-Kai Karate-Do
Association have brought laurels to the state by their outstanding performance in
the 12th International Karate Championship- 2014 which was held at Baroda, Gujarat
on November 1 and 2.
The team won 23 medals-16 Golds, 4 Silvers and 3 Bronzes.
Eight medal winners have qualified for Wado Karate Do Cup to be held in Japan next
year (2015), informed chief instructor Sensei Yarda Niki.
While expressing his immense pleasure at the outstanding performance of the state
team in the championship, Niki informed that two senior players, namely Nanu Sangha
and Dari Lokam have been selected to participate in the Wado Karate Do Cup, to be
held in Japan next year (2015).
Nanu is presently serving as Inspector at Tax and Excise department.
Niki also informed that eight players have also been selected provisionally for the
2nd Gora Tamer Memorial Football Tournament begins today
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The 2nd Gora Tamer Memorial Football Tournament will begin at Rajiv
Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun, tomorrow, according to Arunachal Pradesh Football Association
The opening match of the biennial tournament will be played between Subansiri United
FC and Football Club Doimukh at 1.30 pm.
Eleven teams are participating in the memorial tournament and they are divided into
four groups with winner and runners up of each group qualifying for the quarterfinals.
East Kameng FC, Papu United, Emchi Gumto FC are clubbed together in Group “A” while
Gora Makik SC, Young Brother FC and Nirjuli United FC are in Group “B”. Group “C”
comprises Subansiri United FC, Tagung Neri FC and FC Doimukh. There are only two
teams in Group “D” and they are Todo United FC and Senki Soccer FC.
Semifinals will be played on November 18 and 19 and final on November 21, informed
Arunachal bags medals at AIFS meet
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The 21st All India Forest Sports Meet (AIFSM) 2014 was held at
Panaji, Goa from 4th to 8th November. The Arunachal Pradesh team also participated
in the meet with 27 contingents.
The medal winners from the state in the championship included Dobin Doke, ACF, Gold
medal in Chess (Rapid), D. Doke and Techi Khilli, Silver (Badminton Men Veteran)
and Dilip Gurung, Bronze in badminton (Men). Arunachal Pradesh bagged 20th position
among 35 participating states and institutes of the country. Dr. Yogesh, PCCF (Wildlife
& Biodiversity) was the Chief de Mission and Joram Dopum, Dy. Chief Wildlife Warden,
Naharlagun, the team manager.
BCK to hold its maiden championship
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Badminton Club Kimin (BCK) is going to organize its maiden ‘Under
15 and Open Category Circle Level Badminton Championship at Kimin from November 21
to 23 next.
The open category will be held for men’s single, women’s single, men’s and women’s
APP team to participate in All India Football Championship
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: An 11 member Arunachal Pradesh Police Football team has left for
Kolkata to participate in the 63rd BN Mullick Memorial All India Police Football
Championship to be held at Barrackpore, West Bengal from November 10 to 21 next.
The team is being lead by Inspector Yumyom Gamlin as manager, Tasuk Ramching as its
coach and Rubu Nabing as the captain.
Kabu Sports Club enters final
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: In the second semi-final match of the 2nd Rebi Ado Memortial Football
Tournament, Kabu Sports Club beat Bene Sports Club by 2-1 goals. With this win, KSC
has set stage for the title clash with SFS College. Both the teams were goalless
till the first half of the match but Bene Sports Club took lead by in the middle
of the second half after a penalty was awarded to them.
However, Kabu Sports club equalized in the last minutes of the match through a penalty
awarded to them in the normal time of play. In the extra time, Kabu Sports Club displayed
great football skills to pump in another goal to seal the fate of Bene Sports Club.