2011

October -  29

News Highlights

Stop threats, allow media to function

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The media houses in Arunachal Pradesh – both print and electronic – have been covering all issues relating to the ongoing political tussle in an unbiased manner to the best of their capacities.

As the tussle - an infighting of the ruling Congress party - is getting intensified, groups owing allegiance to either pro or against political groups have started creating problems by approaching the media houses with threats to publish or not to publish one news item or the other.

Regrettably, a few youths barged into the offices of the local dailies Thursday evening and issued threats of dire consequences if a particular piece of news was published.

The media by not covering any news for whatsoever reason would send a wrong message to the society. Such threats are unwarranted and the press cannot be cowed down by them.  

Taking strong exception to the Thursday threats, the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) and the Arunachal Press Club (APC) have unanimously called upon the civil society to not only condemn it but take conscientious steps to prevent such activities in future if they want the media to function in the state.

On the other hand, a few youth groups because of infighting are also pressurizing and threatening the media to recognize either of them and to derecognize the other. How can the media be the judge?

The media persons who have tolerated enough are fed up with such unbearable mental stress. If this continues, we apprehend that the media persons may not have the mental strength to work, which without any malice may cause dysfunction of the media houses.

It is regrettable that every now and then we are forced to make an appeal to the civil society to come to the rescue of the press. Are not we part of the society? We do not want the police protection but the people’s protection. But the state of affairs has been reflecting a very poor picture of the Arunachalee society and many a time such issues are reflected through the national media. Whether that will go down well with the people of the state is a matter they have to decide now in the greater interest of the state.

 

MLA calls for peace, seeks judicial inquiry

Tamer Yorpen suicide case

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Expressing serious concern over prevailing volatile situation at Aalo, district HQ of West Siang, after the suicide of late Tamer Yorpen, a class XII standard student of govt higher secondary school, Aalo on October 24 night, Mechukha MLA and Chairman APA & MB Pasang Dorjee Sona today called upon each and everyone to maintain peace and not to take law in their hands.

Late Tamer had reportedly committed suicide on Oct 24 at Upper Colony, Aalo in his room. He was reportedly under stress before he took the extreme step after few of his friends were expelled from the school by the authority who had come to his defense after an altercation with a junior student on Sept 12.

Sona fervently appealed to people to maintain peace and refrain from giving the issue as political color and let the authority concerned do its duty without any intervention.

MLA also strongly urged the authority concerned for setting up of independent judicial inquiry committee to unearth the whole truth behind the death of student and award exemplary punishment to the persons found to be guilty as per law of the land. MLA termed the death of late Tamar as great loss not only to his family but also to the entire Mechukha Sub-Division.

Meanwhile, the Adi Baane Kebang (ABK), Adi Baane Kebang Youth Wing (ABKYW), Adi Baane Kebang Women Wing (ABKWW) & Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) while condoling the sudden demise of late Tamer Yorpen on Oct 25 at Along appealed to all students’ organization, community based union, NGOs to remain calm.

The ABK, ABKYW, ABKWW and AdiSU further strongly appealed to the District Administration to take immediate action to book the culprit as per law and also to provide adequate compensation to the bereaved family members. The Home minister was also requested to set up an Independent enquiry committee to bring out the actual cause of the death and the service of the involved officer may be terminated as per CSS rule/ RTE Act.

The organizations appealed Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) to refrain from indulging in the situation.

 All Libo Ramo Bokar Welfare Society (ALRBWS), Itanagar has strongly condemned the Vice-Principal of govt higher secondary school, Aalo Jomdo Lona for his alleged immature and inhuman act which allegedly  led to unnatural death of late Tamer Yorpen.

Society, in a release also strongly demanded the authority concerned to constitute a judicial inquiry committee to unearth the whole truth behind the death of student and also appealed to all the public leaders, bureaucrats, technocrats and other influential people of district not to interfere in the investigating process of the case.

While alleging that Vice-Principal Jomdo Lona had allegedly used lots of derogatory words against a particular community in front of hundreds of students, Society strongly condemned the officer for his alleged remarks.

Adi Students’ Union Itanagar (AdiSUI) has demanded arrest of all the teachers responsible for unnatural death of  Tamer Yorpen, a student of Govt Hr secondary School, Aalo, who reportedly committed suicide on Oct 24 night.

Condemning the act of vice principal of the school,  the AdiSUI said gross injustice was done to late Yorpen and other students. It demanded immediate withdrawal of rustication order of the students and termination of accused teachers from their services. It further requested the organizations including ATA not to interfere in the matter for fair justice.

 

ATA demands action

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The West Siang district unit of Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) has demanded the authorities concerned to investigate the manhandling of the vice principal of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Aalo allegedly by some executive members of the students’ union after the unnatural death of a student of the school.

ATA said that instead of arresting the culprits involved in the manhandling, the police has booked the vice principal under section 306 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) which is very regrettable.

It also demanded investigation into the burning of the vice principal’s car under police custody and compensation to damaged car owner.

The student, who reportedly committed suicide, was a regular student and he was neither expelled nor beaten up mercilessly as per record and knowledge of the school authority, ATA said in a release.

The meeting which was attended by more than 60 members of ATA has decided to hold a joint meeting with the students’ union for normalization of the present situation.

The ATA members observed one minute silence to pray almighty for granting peace of the departed soul.

 

Social board finance committee meet

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board convened its 16th Finance Committee meeting yesterday wherein RBE for 2011-12 and BE for 2013 were proposed.

The meeting was attended by representatives from Finance, Planning and Social Welfare Women and Child Development Department along with chairperson and secretary of APSSWB.

The Standing Committee meeting of APSSWB was also held on the same day for recommendation of proposals received from various voluntary organizations from different parts of the state under various schemes of the Board. In all 28 proposals under different schemes, namely awareness general programme, condensed course of education, family counselling centre and innovative schemes were recommended to CSWB for sanction.

APSSWB chairperson Marina Nido and DDSE, Papum Pare Tagu Tana Tara, who were also present in the meeting, discussed on implementation of condensed course of education scheme in the state. They also interacted with the representatives of voluntary organizations.

 

Don’t interfere in INC matters: Dabii

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The Government spokesperson Tako Dabi has said that self-styled unqualified leaders should not interfere in the internal matters of INC Party and against its elected legislative members.

42 INC Members will solve any differences if at all exist under the umbrella of the High Command.  Interference from unqualified quarters, particularly of any associations, unions /and committees is not acceptable one, he said

The Government vehemently condemned the demand for resignation of Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin, or Home Minister Takar Marde, MLAs of any camp of the Indian National Congress Party.

The spokesperson further said that State Govt. took rigorous steps to resolve the issue being raised by Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU).  

On Pradip Thakur issue, he said that reports after reports of Committees and High Power Committees had been placed time and again before the public while informing that on 19 September, a Committee was formed and headed by S.B.K. Singh, IGP and Anil Shukla DIGP, A.P. to trace out the Calling Detailed Report (CDR) from 30 April 2011 to 04 May 2011 and that they submitted on Sept 28.

 He further said that as per the latest committee report, there was no available call record between 30 April 2011 to 04 May 2011 with any of the Editors, Correspondents of Times of India, Deccan Chronicle, Indo Asian News Service(IANS) and Asian Age by Jarpum Gamlin, CEO of the Sentinel Arunachal. Kiren Rijiju, Former MP and   Principal Advisor to the then CM, Late Dorjee Khandu, was contacted and enquired by the Committee too.

He had admitted contacting many journalists of different print and electronic medias including Pradeep Thakur of TOI between April 30-May 4 after the chopper carrying the Chief Minister went missing.   The discussions were in the form of replies to the Correspondents of different medias regarding the missing of chopper, search operations etc and nowhere Rijiju mentioned anything as it was published by  TOI on May , he said.  “The Govt. do summarize that absence of Jarpum Gamlin’s mobile / phone numbers in the CDR as per the latest report, resulted in NES and ANSU not accepting the meeting called by the state Govt. Rather they called Mega Nyishi Dignity Rally on 07 October.  The Govt. term it as politically motivated Rally and also blaming the Chief Minister in particular and demanding his resignation as ridiculous”, the spokesperson said.     

Ad-nau-seam tactics are being applied by NES and other local organizations under the banner of different unions, associations and committees on non-existent or unfounded issue, the spokesperson added.

 

Monitoring committee meet at Anini

Anini, Oct 28: The VIth Meeting of District Level Monitoring Committee was held at Anini on Oct 21 to review the progress of the works implemented under ACA, SPA, NEC, NLCPR, RIDF, PM's Package etc.

Abu Tayeng, DC cum Chairman DLMC while going through the reports of various executing agencies suggested for speedier implementation of all incomplete projects under various schemes.

 Emphasizing on time bound completion of projects DC also instructed all the executive agencies to forward a copy furnishing every relevant details of each projects to concerned Circle Officers  for ensuring proper monitoring at circle level.  Further, DC insisted in timely   submission of   Progress Report.

Also all Circle officers were also instructed to carry out regular monitoring of all centrally sponsored schemes at circle level and monitoring report be submitted/endorsed to DPO timely. (DIPRO)

 

ALSU calls for action

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has urged capital administration to take steps for preventing unauthorized sale of liquors in restaurants and hotels without possessing bar license.

In a release the union said that illegal sale of liquors besides posing threat to revenue generation of legal bar license holders might also aggravate law and order problems in the twin capital. ALSU also called for minimizing the allocation of wine shop trading license in twin capital complex.

Meanwhile ALSU sought intervention of home minister to ban use of dark tinted glass in vehicles and also check rampant misuse of red-light fitted VVIPs vehicle.  Union stated that unauthorized persons including party workers, family members and relatives of ministers, MLAs and senior government officials use government vehicles for personal use. Further they feared that criminals including underground elements may take undue advantage of present situation to commit crime and create law and order problem in capital complex.

 

14-member media team to visit Mizoram

Naharlagan, Oct 28: A 14 member media team from Arunachal Pradesh is visiting Mizoram from October 29 to November 3 on media exchange programme. The programme sponsored by the state Information Department aims at interacting with local media fraternity of Mizoram and Minister of Information and Public Relations and officials of the Department to exchange ideas and information about media activities of both the state.

The team members are scheduled to visit a few development project sites around Aizawl to see progress made in the field of cottage industries and Anthuriam plantation schemes in the state.

So far media teams from Mizoram have visited Arunachal Pradesh on two occasions to study different development projects in various locations of the state.

DIPR Leki Phuntso advised the members to carry the positive messages from Arunachal Pradesh to the people of Mizoram and learn good ideas from them. (DIPR)

 

UNO demands arrest of Rijiju

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: United Nyishi Organization (UNO) has demanded the state government to arrest former Member of Parliament Kiren Rijiju after his name was surfaced in news channels based on the two-member inquiry committee report on Pradeep Thakur issue.

“Since the said inquiry report is on public domain now everything is clear that who is involved in defaming the entire Nyishi Tribe,” UNO said in a release.

“If  Rijiju wants to prove his innocence then he should perform a local ordeal called “Sudu Inam” in public at Indira Gandhi Park after invocation of deities by local persist. Mere giving clarification through press release will not solve anything on this issue,” it said. It also questioned the clarifications issued by Rijiju and Nyishi Elite Society president Bengia Tolum in local dailies on the entire Pradeep Thakur issue.

It also asked Tolum to clarify for declaring fellow Nyishi as “anti-Nyishi” questioning that under what provision of law he can declare any Nyishi who are not supporting his ‘illogical’ movements with ‘ulterior motive’ as “anti Nyishi.”

 

National Agricultural Innovation Project

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The on field demonstration in the farmer’s field at Lida village under the project entitled “National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP)” was conducted by A. Kirankumar Singh, SMS (Agronomy), KVK West Siang, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, A.P. Centre, Basar in collaboration with the KVK Upper Subansiri represented by Dr. W. Purnima Devi, SMS (Agronomy) and Dr. Bina Saikia, SMS (Animal Science) on 27th Oct.

Singh was associated with two Research Associates, Bharat Singh and Gyati Riku under the project. The team demonstrated about sowing of Toria maintaining the spacing properly for successful production and importance of line sowing for the crop to the farmers namely Saruk Lida, Yagom Lida and Yalom Lida of Lida village. Further, the team also suggested for diversified farming in which the different crops be grown in the field for getting higher production and income from different crops. The farmers were also advised to take care of the crop from time to time in order to protect from insect pests and diseases and management of nutrient and water properly as and when required. Later, in the evening Singh monitored the progress of the other project works carried out in Digbak village.

 

Forum demand enquiry

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The Arunachal Pradesh Citizen Justice Forum (APCJF) demanded enquiry into  extensive damages caused to BB Plaza and Teli Plaza here on Oct 11.

The state government must inquire into the matter thoroughly by a commission of inquiry and fix responsibility on the perpetrators and punish them as per law, the Forum said while adding that adequate compensation must be recovered from the perpetrators for the owners and shopkeepers who suffered huge losses.

Raising question on the nature of bandh call given by Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes Union on Oct 11, the Forum further said the office bearers of the APITU must be taken into task for extensive damages of the public and private properties during a bandh call.

APCJF also blamed the Nyishi Elite Society for many untold sufferings caused and inflicted upon the innocent people during the 11th October bandh saying that the bandh call was sponsored by the NES. The Forum opined that AAPSU being the premier student organization of the state should work for the well being of the student community of the state instead of involving too much political activities and APCJF also requested Nyishi Elite Society to refrain from making frequent political statement in different rallys and press statement.

The Arunachal Pradesh Citizen Justice Forum (APCJF) also opposed the demand of APITU & ANYA led by Bamang Taji for resignation of the CM on deteriorating law and order in the state. There is no such law and order problem in the state, the Forum said adding that  all the bandh calls, dharna, rally are carried out with political motive to destabilize the present government and thus deliberately creating law and order problem.  APCJF vehemently condemn all those organizations who demands the resignation of the CM and termed the allegations as baseless, fabricated and politically motivated.

 

IPS students adopt ‘Art of Living’

ROING, Oct 28: The Art of Living, Art Excel and Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES) were organized for the children of the Intaya Public School. The IPS is the first school in the district to go for breathing technique which will empower the children to face the challenges in life with confidence and equipoise.

The course also is designed to equip the children with ability to handle their emotions well.

44 children took up the Art excel, while 81 children participated in YES and 7 people participated in the Part I course. ‘We are no more under the strong grip of anger and lethargy’, declared the young IPS children speaking on the benefits of the Sudarshan Kriya. YES participants revealed  that they got more clarity of mind.

The Anugrah team lauded Jyoti Lingi, Member of the IPS management and Principal M N Chaturvedi for addressing the urgent need of the children and wished that other school managements will also take up these courses for children.

At times when modern education is burdening the young learners with pressure of competition, the IPS management has taken the right step of imparting yoga training to the students, it opined. It is the most precious Diwali gift from the educators for the children, the team added.

AoL full time travel teacher Rama Maa informed that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has redesigned the Art excel and YES courses to suit the children in better way.

Lomi Lingi who presented a video show on AoL activities to the children shared her experiences saying “I don’t get irritated and angry easily now.” I can feel the peace in my mind and I am in control.” Sunita who is happy to get the course assured that she will take up the responsibility to ensure regular practice of the Art Excel participants.

 

Socio-Economic and caste census

Changlang, Oct 28: Block Level training on Socio-Economic and caste census 2011 for C D Block,  Khimyang was held here at Changlang DIET Auditorium Hall on Oct 25 last.

The training was attended by 16 enumerators and 4 supervisors including PRI members.

Project Director –cum-District SECC, Officer dwelt at length on the importance of Socio-Economic and Caste census 2011. He urged the enumerators and Supervisors to be cordial while collecting the information from the respondents and emphasized on door-to-door survey following the guidelines strictly.

Kretkam Tikhak, EAC-cum-Charge Officer, Khimyong Sub-Division informed  Socio-Economic and Caste census programme as time bound and appealed for sincere, dedication and total coverage of the households.

Earlier, T Techai, BDO-cum-Block SECC Officer, Khimyong  C D Block  in his address highlighted that Socio-Economic and Caste census is a national programme  and termed it as a serious job. He urged the participants to have patience and to be attentive during the course of training programme. He further urged them follow each and every topic and clarify their doubts, if any, to avoid the complicacies during field task

The day long training was imparted by Dr. D Techai, VO and H Tungkhang, HDO, Changlang which was followed by interactions amongst the participants where doubts were cleared. (DIPRO)

 

Training on Intensive Malaria Control Programme begins

Daporijo, Oct 28: A 2 Days Workshop on District Level Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) on Intensive Malaria Control Programme under IMCP-II began today at the Conference Hall of the District Hospital, Daporijo. The workshop is being conducted by Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI), Daporijo, Upper Subansiri in collaboration with the District Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (RNTCP) Daporijo, Upper Subansiri.

The DMO Dr. D. Bagra inaugurating the workshop said that although the world is developing in leaps and bounds, our people still tightly hold on to their old beliefs and ways of life. Case in point being the belief that eating bamboo shoot or drinking cold water causes Malaria. He said that this belief is widespread across all communities and tribes of the state, from the illiterate to the educated. Our people believe in it and this causes negligence and deaths in Malaria cases. So he enjoined all to do away with this kind of thinking and instead take necessary precaution like preventing water from stagnating in and around homes, use of mosquito nets and keeping the surroundings clean to stop the rapid spread of Malaria.

District RNTCP Officer Tayeng speaking on the occasion said that although the government is doing a lot for the people to create awareness on Malaria and to control it, positive results will only be seen if there is a greater participation by the public of the area. He added that participation of Panchayat members in creating awareness on malaria will go a long way in helping to prevent Malaria in the area.

Dr. Mara, Medical Superintendent, District Hospital, Daporijo addressing the gathering informed that diseases like malaria can be controlled at three levels- the central government level, the state government/ departmental level and on the personal level. The first level does the research, planning and resource mobilization, the second level implements the programmes and the personal level, which is the most important, assimilates the knowledge gained and takes necessary precaution to stop the disease. Negligence by people despite having knowledge of the simple necessary steps to be taken, like having a clean environment, prevention of water from stagnating near homes, use of mosquito nets and spraying of DDT in homes, leads to death.

Dr. B. Natung District Project Officer (VHAI) Upper Subansiri speaking on the occasion said that we ourselves are creating our own and the society’s problems through our behavior and it is our own responsibility to identify the problems and find the solutions and make a change through change in our behaviour. He added that there was a need for dissemination of information and urged one and all not to confine the knowledge but to spread it and practice it in daily life. DIPRO

 

Global Gandhi Family in NE

Guwahati, Oct  28: The Global Gandhi Family (GGF) for promoting truth, non-violence, understanding co-operation and strengthening of people to people contact for making non-violent society is now organizing Parikrama around North East for peace, harmony, national Integration and for creating awareness against the social evils prevailing in the society.

The Parikrama team led by eminent Gandhian S.P Varma National Vice President, Gandhi Global Family and S. Rajendra Bedi, President GGF Andhra Pradesh unit reached Guwahati on  17th Oct on the birth anniversary day of founder of Gandhi Global Family Nirmala Deshpande.

Addressing the Global Gandhi Family members at Guwahati on 26th October Gandhian S.P Verma said that every citizen of this country should follow the ideology and philosophy of Gandhi. Today, the world in marred by increasing violence. Now is the time to spread Gandhi’s doctrine of non-violence.

He said that e the young generation of this region should come forward to spread non-violence so that there is peace in this region.

Nima Sange, Arunachal Pradesh State Coordinator, Global Gandhi Family who is also one member of the Phase II GandhiansParikarma requested the team to visit the state within the Month of November to complete the Parikarma.

 

Organisation rubbishes demand as politically motivated

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: While denouncing the demand for resignation of CM by Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes Union (APITU) and All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) led by Bamang Taji, Arunachal Pradesh Intellectual Youth Federation (APIYF) said the CM stands of interest of  the tribes and people of the state and he should be allowed to run the Govt. “Such demand of the politically motivated group is not at all in the interest of the people of Arunachal Pradesh,” the Federation said while adding that the people of Arunachal Pradesh want development and  have faith on state Govt led by Jarbom Gamlin.

The Federation further said frequent change of CLP leader in the state would affect the stability of Congress party and hamper targeted development. It termed the resignation demand unfounded and baseless.

 

Climate change in N.E. - Worry for Agril. Management

Rima Taipodia

Climate Change and Northeast India

The NE region of India is expected to be highly prone to the consequences to climate change because of its geo-ecological fragility, strategic location vis-a-vis the eastern Himalayan landscape and international borders, its trans-boundary river basins and its inherent socio-economic instabilities. Environmental security and sustainability of the region are and will be greatly challenged by these impacts. The impacts of climate change on regions like northeast India are less explored and less known till now making the future scenarios more uncertain for vulnerability assessment and risk management. However, certain indicators point to impacts being already visible in the region. Studies on rainfall and the temperature regimes of northeast India indicate that there is no significant trend in rainfall for the region as a whole. However, for a part of the region that the meteorologists of the country officially refer to as the ‘South Assam Meteorological Subdivision’, a significant change in seasonal rainfall has been observed. The summer monsoon rainfall is found to be decreasing over this region significantly during the last century at an approximate rate of 11 mm per decade.

In the NE region, climate models predict 2.0 -3.50 C increase in temperature and 250-500 mm increase in precipitation. Increase in rainfall may not have significant impact on the forest areas of North East which are already experiencing high rainfall but change in temperature regime may cause severe impact and significant changes. Analysis of long-term temperature data for the region points to a distinctly rising trend in surface air temperatures. The annual mean maximum temperatures in the region are rising at the rate of +0.11°C per decade. The annual mean temperatures are also increasing at a rate of 0.04°C per decade in the region. This may well be a manifestation of the regional impact of global warming/ climate change. However, more rigorous study needs to be done at regional scale before anything can be said conclusively.

For years, several districts of Assam were badly affected due to drought like situations consecutively which had a signature of climate change on them. In the intense drought-like conditions that prevailed in as many as 15 districts of Assam during the summer monsoon months owing mainly to below normal (nearly 40%) rainfall in the region, more than 75% of the 26 million people associated with livelihoods related to agriculture in these districts were affected and the state suffered a loss of more than 100 crores due to crop failure and other peripheral affects. Other states of the region also received rainfall 30 - 40 % below their normal rainfall except Mizoram. Normally such fluctuations are considered as results of inter-annual variability of the monsoons, but then climate change impacts are supposed to affect the southwest monsoon also by increasing the normal mode of its variability.

Moreover, there are reports that natural wetlands are shrinking in many parts of the region. Some ecologists have informed about appearance of more number of invasive species and changes in their distribution pattern in the region. Some have reported more number of diseases and pests in citrus species. One significant impact which many plant scientists agree to is the change taking place in the phenological phases in plants.

In the Himalayas, glacial retreat may lead to serious alterations in the hydrological regime of the Brahmaputra river system as the mainstream of the Brahmaputra and some of its tributaries like the Subansiri and the Jia-Bharali are partly fed by snow-melt run­off. Projected increase in rainfall and accelerated summer flows may give rise to more intense flooding and flood hazards, but consequent retreat of glaciers may reduce flows in the long run.

Extreme precipitation events may have their own impacts on the fragile geomorphology of the Himalayan part of the Brahmaputra basin causing more widespread landslides and soil erosion. The response of hydrologic systems, erosion processes, and sedimentation in the Himalayan river basins could alter significantly due to climate change.

For the people living in rainshadow zone, water scarcities are a potential constraint and absence of effective irrigation systems or water harvesting practices adds to the vulnerability of the people. As a result water crisis might aggravate in this region in the coming years.

In the region, floods have caused mayhem especially in Assam, every year causing tremendous loss to crops, infrastructure, economy, livelihoods and lives of the people. The seven states of the region suffered together flood damage to crops, houses and public utility while million hectares of land were affected due to floods. Floods inundate at least 2,000 villages every year in addition to destroying other infrastructure. The problem is further exacerbated by riverbank erosion, which destroys about 8,000 hectares of riparian land along the Brahmaputra annually.

Mitigating climate change

In the wake of such a shift in climate in the region, there is an urgent need for reassessment of the agricultural practices. The foremost important thing i.e., afforestation programme should be taken up by the community, Institutes, NGOs, schools and Governments. The agricultural practices that conserves natural resources and has the advantage to delay effect of stress should be given importance and necessary policy or subsidy may be encouraged. Some of the resources conserving technology suitable for the region are­

A) Minimum tillage or zero tillage with residue cover in surface for improving soil quality and conserving soil moisture.

B) Cover cropping, in-situ residue management and restoration of degraded lands for soil moisture conservation and improved C-sequestration.

C) Agroforestry with multipurpose trees, crops and animal components for improving hydrology.

D) Integrated farming systems and watershed development with animal, fishery and hedge row cropping for soil and moisture conservation and nutrient recycling.

E) Screening short duration varieties for their drought resistance.

F) Popularization of technologies like system of rice cultivation (SRI) and aerobic rice cultivation for water saving and mitigation of green house gas (GHG) emission.

G) Rain water harvesting: in-situ (land configuration, mulching etc.) and ex-situ (Ponds, micro water harvesting structure -jalkund etc).

H) In-situ biomass management in shifting cultivation (cover about 1.6 million hectare in NER) instead of biomass burning to reduce CO2 emission and improve hydrology.

I) Promotion of technologies that enhance biological N- fixation and improve nutrient and water use efficiency to reduce N2O emission and dependence on non-renewable energy.

J) Change in planting dates and crop varieties are another adaptive measure to reduce impacts of climate change to some extent. For example, the Indian Agricultural Research Institute study indicates that losses in wheat production in future can be reduced from 4 - 5 million tons to 1 - 2 million tons if a large percentage of farmers could change to timely planting and changed to better adapted varieties.

K) In North East India with the shift in rainfall pattern and rise in temperature it is important to relook at the present date of sowing and varieties. An example of this is that at mid-altitude of Meghalaya (950 m ASL), where it was not possible to grow a second crop of rice after kharif (rainy season) rice due to early onset of winter, presently double cropping is possible at least at the experimental field with the adjustment of sowing dates and varieties.

Many of the strategy/conservation agriculture practices mentioned here are proven and well tested for enhancing productivity and resource efficiency but could also be mitigation and adaptive strategies to combat climate change. What is needed is the more data generation through intensive research and their adoption at farm level with proper extension and support policies. The writer is a STO, scholar(Botany), specialized in Tea Husbandry and technology sponsored by TEA BOARD OF INDIA and former tea consultant to the state planning department  govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.

 

NSCN-IM cadre nabbed

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: 19 Assam Rifles in a joint operation with CRPF and Arunachal Pradesh Police apprehended a hardcore NSCN (IM) cadre from Nehru Stadium, Khonsa. Based on received information from own sources regarding extortion being carried out by NSCN (IM) cadres in Nehru Stadium, Khonsa, a search operation was launched by 19 Assam Rifles alongwith CRPF and Arunachal Pradesh Police. Immediately a cordon was established around Nehru Stadium and search was commenced. During search, a suspicious looking person tried to run away but was apprehended after a short chase by the column. The person was later identified as         Self Styled Pvt Sanjay Socia s/o Late Shanti Singh, aged 21 yrs resident of vill Khela, Khonsa, alongwith Rs 20100/- as extortion money and 3 extortion slips of Rs 5000/- each. Self Styled Pvt Sanjay Socia confessed his involvement in extortion and issuing threat to locals. The apprehended cadre alongwith recoveries were handed over to Khonsa Police Station on Oct 28.

 

2 injured in Tawang

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Two people are reported to be injured after Tawang witnessed heavy rain, thunder and Lightning last night at Gyangkhar/Khartooth in Tawang. The wounded person were admitted  to hospital nearby. At around 2.30 AM, the lightning had struck one huge tree breaking it into hundreds of pieces which went flying at nearby areas. DIPRO

 

New SP assumes charge

PASIGHAT, Oct 28: Pushpendra Kumar (IPS) has assumed office as the new Superintendent of Police for East Siang district here on Friday. He replaced Alok Kumar (IPS), who has been shifted to the state capital.

Masters in History from Delhi University, the 2006 batch IPS Officer Pushpendra Kumar had worked as ACP and Addl. DCP under Delhi Police for 3 years and prior to joining here Kumar was holding the post of SP Lower Subansiri.

Kumar while seeking cooperation from the society stated that he would leave no stone unturned to ensure protection to the lives and property of citizens besides making East Siang Police a disciplined and efficient force. (DIPRO)

 

Orientation programe

ITANAGAR, Oct 28:  NN Charitable Society (NNCS) conducted Orientation Training Programme for various farmers club members and progressive farmers at Toru and Sagalee on October 24 and 25 respectively.

The training at Toru circle, which was held at Kheel IB, was held on pineapple cultivation and marketing and the programme at Sagalee was organized on Banana and sugarcane and common activities/project.

Attending the training programme at Kheel as chief guest, Kheel ASM Taba Mam urged NNCS to provide better and proper facilities to each and every farmer club through NABARD and KVK and also provide other necessary training like juice making etc. in a small way in the beginning. She requested the banks and other financing institutions not to grant cash amount to the farmers club and SHGs. Rather they should provide help in the form of seeds, seedlings, manure and other- related items so that the beneficiaries can not misuse them, she opined.

Sagalee ADC Chukhu Tallar, who attended the programme at Sagalee as chief guest, advised the farmers to grow and vegetable item like ginger, cabbage, chilly in large scale and start selling them instead of purchasing the same items from Harmati. He also advised farmers to approach various financial institutions for grant of loan and other facilities for taking up vegetable and other crop cultivation in large scale. He advised the farmers to utilize the loan granted to them judiciously and repay it on time.

He appreciated the activities of the NNCS for the development of BPL family and asked the farmers to avail the services being rendered by the NGO.

N.B. Konwar, Branch Manager, APRB Sagalee speaking on the occasion as guest of honour, requested the KCC loan beneficiaries to use their KCC loan properly so that they can repay the same to the financing institutions on time. He informed that only 85% KCC loan beneficiary are regular in repayment of loan who are also taking up various activities in large scale. He appealed rest 15% defaulters to return their loan amount.

The programmes were conducted to provide technical knowledge to various farmers club members and other progressive farmers of both the circles.

The training programme was sponsored by NABARD Regional Office Itanagar (AP). Various line departments' officers and bankers attended the programme as resource persons.

 

Officer’s death condoled

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The Tagin Welfare Society (TWS), Itanagar has condoled the death of late Tatuk Dulom, son of Late Doye Dulom, who passed away at Apollo Hospital, Chennai after prolonged illness on Oct 19. He left behind two wives and three daughters. Born on Dec 7, 1960 at Dulom village, Daporijo, Late Dulom joined the department of statistic, GoAP in 1980 as sub-inspector and was holding the charge of district statistic officer, Daporijo.

Death of Late Tatuk Dulom is a great loss for the society as a whole and the family members in particular. Late Dulom immensely contributed to Tagin community in the field of literacy and was a good orator and kind-hearted man. The Society conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Meanwhile, the Society expressed its sincere gratitude to CM Jarbom Gamlin and Home Minister Takar Marde for their generous help in bringing back the body of late Dulom at his native place for last rites. (The name of the deceased Tatuk Dulom was wrongly mentioned as Late Doye Dulom in a news item published in our yesterday’s issue. The inadvertent error is deeply regretted)

 

Measles catch up

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The two days training of the ASHAS, anganwadi workers, Vaccinators, teachers as nodal persons on measles catch up programme was started on Oct 27 at Raga. The training was imparted by Dr. K Basar DRCHO and Dr. Toyum Doke Lendo medical officer raga as resource persons. Both the doctors dealt in length about the measles, causes, treatments prevention and complications.

The programme will start on 8th of November. The stress was given on mobilisation of parents, participation of ASHAS ,AWW, teachers, PRI leaders for making the programme successful so that  all the children from age group 9 months to 9 years 11 months are given measles vaccines.

 

Power sub station complete

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The newly constructed 11 KV and LT line i/c 63 KVA sub-station of Jully-II village, backside of Raj Bhawan here has been completed in all respect and ready for charging at any time on any day after November 1.

While informing this, the department of power, capital electrical division, has cautioned everyone not to make any attempt to climb the electric poles or touch the overhead conductors or the electrical equipments directly or indirectly to avoid any fatal accidents.

 

VOA

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Ramjo Pordung, a businessman and Takar Goi chairman, All Arunachal Pradesh public transport federation have consented as chief guest and guest of honour respectively at second public campaign round  top-12 singers of VOA-2 programe to be held on Oct 29.

 

Kali puja

ITANAGAR, Oct 28:  Van Vihar Youth Welfare Association (VVWA) celebrated Deepawali festival and Kali Puja at Shiv Shakti temple with pomp and gaiety on October 26 and 27 last.

A mass prayer meet was organized for peace, prosperity and harmony among people of Capital Complex where people from all sections of the society irrespective of caste creed and religion took part. Various cultural programmes and painting competitions were also organized on the occasion.

 

Federation demands

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: United Nyishi Youth Federation (UNYF) alleged that NES president Bengia Tollum is misleading the Nyishi community by politicizing the Pradeep Thakur issue. The CEO of Sentinel Arunachal Jarpum Gamlin is not involved in famous ToI issue as per electronic media report, the federation claimed. However, his name has been dragged into the said issue unnecessary to gain cheap political mileage, it said adding truth always  triumph.

The UNYF demanded public apology by NES president for allegedly misleading Nyishi community and  also apology to Jarpum and Gamlin’s family as a whole. It further said that continuation of NES president would endanger the Nyishi community and demanded his resignation.

 

Measles catch-up campaign

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The 11th day of measles catch-up campaign was organised in Duidungkhar circle, one of the remotest administrative circle of Tawang in which all the administrative officers of Lumla including Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen, DRCHO Dr Wangdi Lama, MO Dr Tempa and other medical staffs of Tawang district took part .

Dr.Tana Takum, SMO (Senior Medical Officer) NPSP-(WHO) had Specially came for this measles catch-up campaign and had camped for ten days.

Almost 70 percent of children from 9months to 10years have been given the benefit of the Measls catch -up campaign. The campaign will continue till 4th of November 2011 .DIPRO

 

Tirap Scouts and Guides take part in regional level Jamborette

ITANAGAR: A seven-member team of Scouts and Guides of Tirap district headed by Nanok Lamaty, Scout Master of Govt Secondary School, Thinsa participated in regional level patrol  leaders Jamborette held at state training centre, Chamtapathar, Assam recently. Scouts and Guides of other North East states also participated in it.

Patrol system, flag procedure, march past, colour party, patrol hike, mapping, estimation, pioneering besides the role and duties of patrol leaders in patrol system are some of the activities organised during the event .  

 

AITF appeals

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF) has appealed to the people of the state to refrain from being the link in Cyber Crime in Arunachal Pradesh

In a statement, Forum said that it is painful to note that MMS of pornographic pictures, real or doctored, are still in wide circulations in the state, particularly the capital complex.

AITF urged the people of Arunachal Pradesh to refrain from becoming the links of such cyber crimes in the state.

Only victims know what it feel like to be harassed, tortured, exploited and defamed through this medium of information technology which is rampantly abused by unscrupulous people, it said.

AITF had held a public rally in April this year for public awareness and also appealed to Governor Gen(retd) JJ Singh, seeking his intervention in effecting the application of Cyber Laws in the state and also ensure the Rule of Law in Arunachal Pradesh.

News Impact

Readers Forum

 

Some measure for fair play

Dear Editor,

APPSC the most prestigious examination in the State has often made headlines because of its controversial means of conducting examination (viva) so here are some suggestions to the authorities concerned to conduct it fairly free from controversies.

1. Induction of CCTV inside the interview room

2. Granting of roll numbers to the interviewees just before the commencement of the interview.

3. Questions through the medium of computer wherein numerous questions will be set for the APPSC aspirants

Hence, I would like to urge the authorities to maintain the points in mind so that the prestigious examination maintains its prestige, conducted justly, bias free and select the most deserving candidates for the various government posts and for the good governance of the State.

Yours,

Lenzing Pertin   

Convenor, Education cell

Bharatya Janata Party

 

 

Let the language prosper

Dear Editor,

United Social Responsive Movements (USRMs) congratulates the AAK (Adi Agom Kebang) Literature department of Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) who is going to conduct a general conference at Yingkiong on 17th-18th January, in which the Adi script shall be finalized for implementing in school education as third language in the near future. A society by virtue cannot be counted developed only in terms of economy but by literature. It shall be a great achievement for the Adi in particular and Arunachal in general. The language is the field of its preservation of many valuable socio-cultural elements and script boost the preservation. The Greek, the Latin and the Chinese are the most civilized because of their literature. English is the global language for its literature and it is well furnished. The British regime didn’t rule the entire World but the English language had conquered the World. On our part that horizon is not our dream but to improve our literature should be our prospect and someday may be a blessing to others too. Our effort shall never be go in vain. We also appeal the Adi community to have a conventional stance for the greater interest. Come forth let’s give all efforts for the growth of Adi Literature.

Yours,

John Apum,

President, USRMs, Karunath Pazing

Secy General, USRMs

 

 

You decide what’s happening

Dear Editor,

I'd like to share some very confusing and surprising fact about our state RTI world.

If an officer denies information under RTI Act because he has done something wrong and wants to hide something it is understandable. However, a large number of officers are rejecting information, not because they have something to hide but because they are culturally oriented to say “No”. They are simply not used to being questioned by the public. The RTI Awards were therefore instituted in the year 2009 by Public Cause research Foundation (PCRF) – a public trust started by some RTI activists – to encourage officers to think and act positively while dealing with RTI requests. Likewise, RTI Awards seeks to comparatively assess the performance of all information commissioners so that best practices could be highlighted.

The award has been instituted in three categories – Information Commissioner (to felicitate an information commissioner who has enabled access to correct and complete information to maximum appellants and strictly enforced the RTI Act); Public Information Officer (to felicitate information officers who have provided complete and correct information in maximum number of RTI applications within the prescribed time limit); and Citizens (to felicitate those citizens who created maximum public impact by using RTI Act).

The jury met on November 27, 2009 to decide the final winners of the RTI Awards.

The jury unanimously decided that Mr. Akhil Gogoi of Assam should be the winner and the other 18 finalists should be treated as runners up in Citizens category.

The jury decided to give first prize to Dr Lalit Narayan Mishra PIO category.

The jury unanimously decided to give the award to Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission jointly in information commissioner category. In 93% cases, they directed complete disclosure of information. Out of these pro-disclosure cases, more than 90% got implemented. They imposed penalties on 18% cases during 2008 and on 25 officers in 45 cases in the previous year. Their overall satisfaction was more than 80%. Almost all the appellants in Arunachal Pradesh from whom feedbacks were received were in praise of their commission. The only point against them was that five commissioners together passed just 43 orders in the entire year. Their pendency at the beginning and the end of the year was NIL. Therefore, it was not that the commissioners were not working. It was just that they were receiving fewer appeals, which could not be held against them. As far as the number of commissioners was concerned, it is right that the commission does not need so many commissioners. However, the commission does not have any role in it. The state government appoints information commissioners.

So, this is the story of our state's fight against corruption. But what I'm surprised is that. Till date only very few accused in the infamous PDS scandal has been booked and sentenced. And I think none of the alleged 2000 illegal appointments cases accused have been prosecuted till now. Moreover the cost of documents furnished to RTI appellants are more than the other states. So you decide what's happening.

Thanking you.

Yours,

N L Richo

NIT Patna, (on email)

 

 

Create harmony of biodiversity

Dear Editor,

I would like to comment few lines on “Fishes from Namdapha Park on sale” dated Oct 23. I appreciate your news report on this issue from an extreme corner part of the state. Illegal fishing and other activities in the National park area have to be taken appropriate actions so that same thing will not repeat in future. It is our duty to preserve every living being; since we ourselves are living beings and have no desire to be killed by someone to their own profits. I think the same feeling must be there in the hearts of other creatures also except they can’t express in words that can be understood by us.

Moreover, the preservation of biodiversity is mandatory for every sensible human being since we live an inevitable interdependent life with rest of the creatures. I appreciate people who have raised their concern for this issue such as “The Singpho Development Society, Federation of Singpho Youths and Miao Mothers Association”. It seems the negligence of the park authorities is creating such vulnerable harms in the park. I, as a citizen and native of Miao Township, would like to appeal too to the respective authorities to take appropriate steps to stop this kind of illegal practices and create harmony of biodiversity.

Yours,

Ati B. Yobin

Hosur, TN

 

 

Progress, without any exception requires some sacrifice

Dear Editor,

It was sad to read the long and arduous letter (Lower Siang and livelihoods) by Tatin Tatak yesterday. The sarcasm in the aforementioned letter towards 'unemployed' graduates was hard to miss.

According to him any graduate who is unemployed is apparently of deficient intellect and thus does not deserve to ever succeed in life. Well, Tatak if you come out of the small shell you live in you will find that it is a highly competitive world today. These are the times of economic recession, jobs are extremely hard to come by and even when they do, the competition is "kill or be killed". A small example would be the recently held APPSC examinations, around 300 graduates were selected out of approximately 10,000 graduates in the prelims only. Surely, calling the rest of the graduates intellectually deficient and hopeless would be a little unfair. Don't you think so?

Before you dismiss this as the frustrated drivel of an unemployed individual, i would like to inform you that I am an engineering graduate who recently got employed and it sure as hell was not easy. Also I can personally assure you that many graduates who still remain unemployed are very good students and sooner or later they will succeed. Therefore, it would be prudent on your part not to belittle the morale and hardwork of struggling people, graduate or not.

As far as the Hydro Electrical Projects are concerned, there are pros and cons associated with HEPs in any part of the world. It is true that some lands will be submerged or affected but instead of blindly going for a complete ban on the HEPs, it would be a better use of time and energy to ensure that first, the people whose lands are being affected are offered proper remuneration and only then go forth with the projects.

Sooner or later, we have to come to terms with the fact that our state has huge hydropower potential and that we are neither agriculturally very successful nor highly gifted with resources like coal or petroleum. Instead of being shortsighted or too emotional, we should look at the long term gains of harnessing our water resources. If handled properly, these HEPs will take our economically weak and centre-dependant state to one of the most developed and self-sufficient states in the country.

Progress, without any exception requires some sacrifice. We, as a people will have to realize that if we want Arunachal Pradesh to be a truly developed and respected state.

Yours,

Kaya (on email)

 

 

The new Arunachal

Dear Editor,

Arunachal Pradesh, the land of rising sun that I have always been proud of. But I guess now things are turning out to be totally different. When I look around, almighty money is the only object of worship.

As we all know that Arunachal has been already affirmed as the second most corrupted state of India, it’s undoubtedly a reprehensible thing .and though this being a grim condition yet amusingly it has always been taken very flippantly. Many people did try their best to raise voices against this issue but who has the time to bother about something which won’t bestow you a single penny. Every deed is counted, everyone’s dream is followed by bribes and all mouths are stuffed with gold.

Is this how we are going to continue all our lives? Were we born to follow the rules so evil? Many unanswered questions still linger in my mind. I have no idea whether my little voice will be heard, my words echoed or may be  suppressed .these were my sentiments I just hope that it might uncoil in the hearts of everyone.

Yours,

Nanu Landi,

(on email)

 

 

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EDITORIAL

 

Elimination of leaded petrol brings results

 

Ridding the world of leaded petrol, with the United Nations leading the effort in developing countries, has resulted in $2.4 trillion in annual benefits, 1.2 million fewer premature deaths, higher overall intelligence and 58 million fewer crimes, according to a new study.

The phase-out of leaded petrol began in developed countries such as the United States in the 1980s, but in developing nations the additive, one of the world’s most serious pollutants blamed for increased blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, delayed mental and physical development, reduced attention span and increased criminality, was still being used until recently.

Some 58 million crimes have been averted and IQs (intelligence quotient) have risen, with research indicating that children with lots of lead in their blood are much more likely to be aggressive, violent and delinquent. It is estimated that $2.4 trillion in costs have been saved each year, equivalent to 4 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP).

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as an outcome of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, was entrusted with leading the final elimination of leaded petrol through a public-private partnership that helped most developing and transitional countries go unleaded.

The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV), involving 120 civil society organizations, Governments and major oil and vehicles companies, has supported over 80 States to phase-out lead in transport fuel.

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