* Governor for community participation in tourism sector * Tuki reveals Govt plan
to preserve cultural heritage
TAWANG, Oct 26: To the chant of religious hymns, the first edition of Tawang Festival
began here today as Governor Gen (Rtd) J J Singh declared it open with a cheerful
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki applauding along with hundreds, including Tourism Minister
Pema Khandu, WRD Minister Newlai Tingkhatra, UD and Town Planning Minister Rajesh
Tacho and Parliamentary Secretaries T N Thongdok, P D Sona, Jambey Tashi, Tsewang
Dhondup, Phurpa Tsering and R T Khunjuju.
Congratulating the people of Tawang, the Governor wished that the five-day tourism
festival will take Tawang a notch higher in the tourism map of the world. He expressed
happiness that Tawang has become the face of Arunachal Pradesh in the last couple
of years and appreciated the natives for it.
“I am confident that this unique and impressive celebration will showcase the colourful
and diverse culture of Arunachal Pradesh in general and Tawang in particular and
provide a boost to our collective efforts towards promoting ‘Arunachal Tourism’,
the governor said.
“I always maintain that Arunachal Pradesh has the potential to be leader in tourism
sector in the country. It has immense potential for eco tourism, cultural tourism,
adventure tourism, religious tourism and rural tourism. The Governor also said that
he strongly advocated for exploiting the tourism potential of Arunachal Pradesh during
Governors’ Conference at New Delhi last year, which was very much acknowledged by
the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
“The day is not far, when we will have largest number of tourists, both domestic
and international coming to Arunachal Pradesh,” Singh claimed.
He advocated for involvement of community in all tourism initiatives. “Unless community
realizes and recognizes the benefits of tourism and becomes an active partner in
tourism promotion and development, the whole effort can be futile,” Singh said. PPP
is a must in all tourism projects and ‘Home Stay’ involving local people must be
promoted, he said.
“We can also improve our tourism sector by taking care of few important factors,
such as proper transport and accommodation facilities, clean and hygienic food and
restaurants, ATM kiosks, handicraft and local crafts sales facilities and basic hygienic
amenities at the halting points and en-route”.
The Governor was, however, skeptical about the condition of roads that lead to Tawang.
He urged the BRO authorities to take the matter seriously.
“I am aware of the fact that road communication means a lot when it comes to tourism
in Arunachal Pradesh. On my part, I have taken up with Defence Minister and also
with the Border Road Organization for early completion of this very important road
from Tezpur to Tawang. I also inspected construction of the road at Bhalukpong-Tippi
part and accordingly apprised the Union Government.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who is also the Chief Patron of the tourism festival,
in his address paid rich tributes to former Chief Minister, Late Dorjee Khandu. He
said because of Late Khandu’s personal intervention Tawang today was in the world
tourism map. Expressing his gratitude to the former CM, Tuki assured the people that
Late Khandu’s dream of a developed Arunachal will not be left aloof.
“My government will leave no stone unturned to fulfill the dreams of the great visionary,”
Highlighting several initiatives of the Government for welfare of the people, Tuki
informed that top priority is being given to promote, preserve and document the rich
cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh through a new scheme called “Living Heritage”
and encourage local artists, artisans and exponents of traditional art forms.
Tuki, who had in the morning visited the land-slide site of the Tawang Monastery,
said that the Government will do everything possible to save the age-old monastery,
which is the center of Buddhist teachings for the region.
“I have constituted a High Level Committee under Principal Secretary Yeshi Tsering
that will submit a technical report for consideration by the Government. We will
have to save the Monastery from the danger of landslides,” he said.
As pointed by the Governor, the Chief Minister also expressed concern over the condition
of roads. In fact, he had traveled by road from Dirang to Tawang yesterday to get
a first-hand experience of the problem that has angered not only the natives but
also the transporters.
Tuki said it was a genuine concern and assured the people that he will take up the
matter on an urgent note with the Border Road Organization (BRO). He has in fact
called a meeting here tomorrow of the authorities to discuss on it in presence of
The Chief Minister earlier in the day also visited the orphanage Manjushree Vidyapeeth
run by monks.
He assured to keep provisions for payment of stipends to the students of the Vidyapeeth
from the next financial year as availed by local students in government schools.
Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism P D Sona and Planning
Commission Member Saumitra Choudhury also spoke on the occasion.
Besides Planning Commission Advisor for North East Brahma Choudhury, several high
ranking government officials, officers of the Indian Army and Paramilitary Forces,
media-persons and village folk were present on the occasion.
The inaugural function was followed by a multi-ethnic cultural programme by troupes
from across the state as well as outside including a team from Bhutan.
Beneficiaries deprived of health care facilities : CAG
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its report for the
year 2010-11 has exposed the loss incurred by department of Health & Family Welfare
and Education department. The CAG stated that on the basis of a proposal submitted
by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Arunachal Pradesh,
the Government of India under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of
AYUSH, New Delhi had sanctioned Grants-in-Aid of Rs 95.00 lakh in January 2004 for
establishment of a Drug Testing Laboratory (Building – Rs 25 lakh, Equipment Rs 60
lakh and Engagement of Contractual Employees – Rs 10 lakh).
Another Rs 100 lakh was released in September 2004 for setting up an Ayurvedic Pharmacy
(Building - Rs 35 lakh and equipment Rs 65 lakh) at Naharlagun under Centrally Sponsored
Test check of the records of the Director of Health Services, Naharlagun done by
CAG in February 2011, revealed that the building for the Drug Testing laboratory
(DTL) was completed at a total cost of Rs 21.75 lakh in January 2006. Besides, equipment
and machinery worth Rs 53.47 lakh were procured in Mach 2007, gases and chemicals
worth Rs 2.18 lakh were also procured in March 2008 from an Itanagar-based local
firm to run the DTL.
Similarly, construction of the building of the Ayurvedic Pharmacy was completed in
January 2006, at a total cost of Rs 30.70 lakh. The Department also procured machinery
and equipment and other consumable items worth Rs 65 lakh from the same Itanagar-based
local firm in March 2008.
It was, however, noticed in audit that the machinery and equipment procured were
neither installed nor commissioned even after a lapse of over four years from the
date of purchase as both DTL and the Pharmacy was not made functional. Meanwhile
the warranty period of the equipment had expired. The possibility of deterioration
in the condition of the equipment and machinery due to prolonged storage, non-utilization
and varying weather condition cannot be ruled out, the CAG said. When the CAG authorities
pointed out the above facts, DTL incharge stated in February 2011 that the proposal
was mooted for engagement of required manpower to make the DTL and Pharmacy functional.
Further, the department in a reply in July 2011 stated that because of dismantling
of secretariat building for construction of new secretariat building, the State Government
had taken a policy decision to accommodate all the secretariat branches of line departments
and as a result the office of the Health Branch of Secretariat was accommodated in
DTL/Pharmacy Building, which delayed the process of making the Pharmacy functional.
It also added that the process is going on to engage required manpower to make the
Pharmacy and DTL functional.
The reply has to be viewed in light of the fact that the policy decision of the state
Government has denied the intended beneficiaries of health care facilities for which
grants-in-aid was provided by the government of India, the CAG concluded.
Loss of Rs. 12.55 lakh due to improper assessment of school books
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: As per the prevailing system, the Director of School Education
(DSE), Itanagar, centrally procures textbooks for both Primary and Higher Secondary
students of schools run by the State Government. The books are sent to the various
Deputy Directors of School Education (DDSEs) of the State through a carriage contractor
appointed by the DSE for onward free distribution to students from Class I to Class
VIII and to Arunachal Pradesh Schedule Tribes students of Classes IX to XII on payment
of 25 per cent of the value of the books. Non-tribal students have to pay the full
amount for the books.
Data information on number of students controlled during a particular year and opening
balance of books available were necessary inputs to assess the actual requirement
of textbooks required for distribution. Test check of the records done by CAG revealed
that the DDSEs distributed books to different schools under their jurisdiction on
adhoc basis without ascertaining the actual requirements. Thus, due to non- observance
of the norms compounded by the change in syllabus during 2009-10 which was not considered
while distributing the books and also procurement of textbooks from private publisher
instead from NCERT, resulted in accumulation of 36,293 books valued at Rs.12.76 lakh.
As these textbooks became obsolete, it was disposed off (2009-10) on weight basis
and Rs. 0.21 lakh was realized.
Thus, due to improper assessment of actual requirement of books by the DDSEs coupled
with the sudden change in syllabus lead to the loss of Rs. 12.55 lakh the CAG reported.
The matter was reported to the Government in June 2011 but no reply has been received
by CAG till November 2011.
Joint meeting on Chakma & Hajong held
Core panel for joint survey verification formed
NAHARLAGUN, Oct 26: The Second Joint High Power Committee Meeting constituted by
the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India under the chairmanship of Shambhu Singh,
Joint Secretary (NE-II), MHA on Chakma and Hajong Refugees of Arunachal Pradesh was
held at Banquet Hall, Itanagar today.
Representation on behalf of Committee for Citizenship Rights of Chakma & Hajong of
Arunachal Pradesh (CCRCHAP) was submitted by Santosh Kumar Chakma, General Secretary
(CCRCHAP), while representation on behalf of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union
(AAPSU) was highlighted by legal Advisor to AAPSU T.T. Tara.
It was decided that a Core Committee under Chairmanship of Secretary (Political),
Indra Mallo Jain with three members each from CCRCHAP and AAPSU to be constituted
for a joint survey verification of the Chakma and Hajong families settled in the
state between 1964-69 with the census report to be ready by 20 February and to be
submitted to MHA by 28 February 2013 next. The Chairman assured that necessary fund
required for the census exercise will be provided by the MHA, GoI.
Chairman Singh called for respecting the law of land adding that while we need to
respect human rights but on the other hand law should not be trampled at any cost.
He emphasized that jurisdiction of maintaining settlement within the allotted blocks
must be adhered to as law abiding people adding that CCRCHAP must play a vital role
on the issue.
He termed the meeting as part of the ongoing process to find and arrive at a consensus
adding that the opinions of all must be taken into account. Terming the District
Administration as a vital arm of the Govt, he stressed on informing the concerned
local administration like the DC, police and forest official during such exercise.
The Secretary (Political) Indra Mallo Jain while summing up the meeting informed
that exercise of joint survey verification process will begin with its first meeting
fixed on 3 November next, hoping that its objective of arriving to a logical conclusion
to the issue will be achieved. She further called upon CCRCHAP to prevail upon the
Chakmas brothers to retrace from their encroached land on reserved forests of Diyun
and Bordumsa and M-Pen for creating a positive atmosphere. While terming the deliberations
as providing useful insights into the issue from all perspectives, she said that
we all need to build up confidence in each other for the larger interest of all.
Other than members, Secretary Political, R. Riram OSD to CM, Takam Tatung, president
AAPSU, DC Changlang Chanchal Yadav, DC Lohit RK Sharma and DC Yupia, Pige Ligu, representatives
from Police and PCCF; amongst other participants who attended the meeting were Nabam
Tamar Vice-President AAPSU, Tujum Poyom, GS, AAPSU, TT Tara, Legal Advisor, Toni
Pertin Legal Advisor,Santosh Chakma, GS, CCRCHAP and Executive members AC Hajong,
PK Chakma, BK Chakma,Arindam Dewan. DIPR
Reminiscing those golden days
During 1970s, there were hardly any good English-medium schools in what was then
known not as Arunachal Pradesh, but the North East Frontier Agency (NEFA). So, many
students left home to pursue their studies in other states.
From Tirap district, eleven boys came to study in Hemalata Handiqui Memorial Institute
at Jorhat in the year 1970 and I was one of them. I belong to the chief family of
Borduria, which at that time took all important decisions in our village, including
where students should be sent to get education. Since the days of Ahom rule, an important
link existed between Borduria and the plains of Upper Assam. Borduria possessed several
salt wells and many parts of Assam and north Burma depended on our native village
for supply of this commodity.
Although our school was far away from home, I rarely felt homesick and
was happy in the company of friends. The journey seemed long then and took a day
of travelling either way. We used to take a five-hour bus ride from Khonsa, the main
town in Tirap, to Naharkatia in Assam. At Naharkatia, we changed transport and hopped
onto a train to Mariani. At Mariani, years after years, our school bus – a Bedford
we knew as ‘Big Bus’ -- would be waiting to receive us. The elder boys in our group
took care of us during the journey.
When I joined, the school did not have boarding facility. For a few months, we were
put up in a rented tea manager’s bungalow in Murmuria, near Jorhat. We were later
shifted to another bungalow in Baghdhora, which was named Tirap House Boys’ Hostel.
Our warden, the late Ms. Maya Baruah, was a strict disciplinarian but kind and caring.
Maya Miss often asked me to sing native Nocte songs and Hindi numbers whenever guests
or parents visited us. It was flattering to receive compliments after those performances!
We would wake up at five in the morning every day for physical training. Under an
open sky and surrounded by green foliage, we would exercise on the neat green lawns.
White cranes would sit lightly on the grass next to us as we did our Jumping Jacks
and sit-ups. It was a daily ritual. My first swimming lesson was at the pond behind
the hostel, where the boys plunged to cool off during the hot summer days. It was
probably the mid Seventies when we shifted to the new hostel inside the school campus.
About two years after we moved in, Mrs Anne Goldsmith became our warden. She taught
us the value of prayer, discipline and good manners. I became the prefect of the
hostel during her time.
Apart from minding the boys, my job was to fulfill their long list of requests and
convey their many pleas to the warden. I distinctly recall knocking on Mrs Goldsmith’s
door one afternoon to audaciously ask for permission to see a late-night show of
Romeo and Juliet. The movie was running at Eleye Cinema in Gar Ali. Madam was extremely
shocked to hear my request. Raising her eyebrows, she answered with a question: “What
am I hearing from you, Wangli ?”, and then went quiet.
The boys never forgave me. The present honorable Member of Parliament, B.K. Handique,
often visited us in the hostel. He was the guiding force of our school. I still remember
the evening when Handique came to our dormitory and taught us to knot the tie properly.
I really enjoyed my school days. It was the best period of my life.
As I write this piece, many memories float before my eyes: our dedicated and efficient
teachers, among them late Dennis Bangs, Dulal Baruah and late Muhi Deka; the friends
I’ve lost touch with over the years; and all the happy and anxious moments that made
up our lives. On the eve of HHMI’s Golden Jubilee, I wish the best for my alma mater.
(Lowangcha studied in HHMI for eight years between 1970 and 1978 and presently divided
his time between Khonsa and Jorhat. The article is written on the occasion of the
golden jubilee celebration of HHMI)
Tuki announces stipends for students of Manjushree Vidyapeeth
TAWANG, Oct 26: Broad smiles were written large over 205 odd students of Manjushree
Vidyapeeth when Chief Minister Nabam Tuki announced stipends for them from the next
academic session as in any other govt schools of the State.
Tuki who is on a two days visit to picturesque Tawang paid a short visit to the famed
Vidyapeeth which is housing 205 children-119 orphans, 60 destitute and 26 physical
disabled from various part of the state.
Announcing students’ stipend in Vidyapeeth’s small auditorium, that was greeted with
thunderous applause from students and teaching staffs, Tuki said that maintaining
total care of 205 students is not a child’s game and pledged his all out support
while pressing for supports from every quarter to such noble endeavour.
He asked Tourism Minister Pema Khandu and Parliamentary Secretary, Art and Culture,
Tsewang Dhondup - both from Tawang - to submit a proposal through Tawang DC for implementation
of the same at the earliest.
In another important announcement, he assured to extend scholarship to some more
students to study abroad after being informed that a student from the Vidyapith is
already studying at Cambridge with a scholarship from GoAP. He added that fund for
scholarship has been included in the state budget.
Responding to the plea of Padmashree Lama Thupten Phuntsok, Director, Manjushree
Vidyapeeth; Tuki assured sufficient fund to protect the infrastructure against landslide
which is endangering the Vidyapith.
Earlier, Tuki and his entourage consisting UD minister Rajesh Tacho, Pema, Dhondup,
Parliamentary Secretary PWD T N Thongdok, Parliamentary Secretary Phurpa Tsering,
Political Secretary to CM Bamang Tago, OSD to CM Dr Hatobin Mai visited the flood
zone which is on the verge of taking down the world famous Tawang Monastery.
Tuki while assuring Pema of early protection work for the Monastery informed that
a committee has been constituted with Principal Secretary Yeshi Tsering as chairman
to study and submit a report for early action.
The entourage also paid obeisance to the martyrs of 1962 war at the War Memorial
Listening patiently to the sordid details of the war from GoC 5th Mountain Division,
Major General Vinod K Pillai and 190 Mountain Brigade, Commander J S Purohit, Tuki
expressed his desire to visit the border areas in one of his visits.
People of Tippi unhappy over M S Chauhan case
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: A team of Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) headed by its chairman
Patey Tayum visited Tippi of West Kameng district on October 21 where IPS officer
Mayank Sheel Chauhan reported went missing mysteriously on October 16 last.
The team inspected the area where the incident had occurred and interacted with the
local people and learnt the reality behind the whole episode. The people of Tippi
during interaction with the ACS team showed anguish over the wrong information and
misinterpretation of Tippi. The place is an important tourist place and gateway for
three districts of the state, namely East Kameng, West Kameng and Tawang.
According to report, Chauhan got down from his car to join the ‘duo’ for lunch latter.
But in contrast ACS team found not even a single restaurant or roadside ‘dhabas’
in the entire area.
The people of Tippi and their concern is that, if there is a foul play in the case
then they could do it in either way but why to misinform and hurt the sentiment of
the local people and community as a whole. One of the local person said that ‘we
have begun to lost trust at the state government and it is defaming our native land’.
During the interaction session at Tippi, the ACS chairman Patey Tayum said that,
‘if the intellectual and responsible people of the state can tarnish the image of
a peaceful place like Tippi then what can we expect from the common people’.
The team members also expressed on the increasing crime cases in the state.
The ACS on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh demanded the State Government
and the respective Police Head Quarter (PHQs) for clarification on IPS officer M
S Chauhan’s case and his immediate arrest. Equal punishment should be given to the
trio. The ACS members said that if the state government is too weak to tackle the
issue, it should move the case further to the Ministry of Home affairs in the interest
of the people of Arunachal Pradesh.
ASSET reaches out to widows of North East
Kgbvs in Arunachal doing wonders: Mithi
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: Manoj Jalan and Vineeta Jalan formally announced the MASS (Maiyya
Shanta Scheme) of the Anu Shiksha Seva Trust, Wakro at Anugrah yesterday in the presence
of teacher Priti Ghosh, Brig (R) K S Rao and Col (R) P K Ghosh.
The scheme is dedicated to the service of the old and aged, especially widows in
need of assistance. Two widows were extended assistance and a home was built for
an aged person.
ASSET will further render assistance to a widow namely Doli Das, who lost her husband
Subadh Das a few days ago. Subadh Das was an affectionate friend of Arunachali people
in Assam and is survived by wife Doli, who herself is undergoing treatment for cancer
and three minor school going children. ASSET would render financial assistance till
the eldest son completes education or finds a job to support the family.
One more physically handicapped widow, who lost her husband a few weeks ago will
be provided assistance through the Maiyya Shanta Scheme.
Gajanan from Maharashtra conveyed the blessings of saintly mother Maiyya Shanta saying
ASSET is doing noble service by reaching out to the needy.
Mukut Mithi, MP, lauded the yeoman service rendered by the KGBVs in Arunachal Pradesh.
He spent time interacting with an ASSET delegate in Ezengo, Roing. The parliamentarian
who has a wide experience in public life lauded the KGBVs saying, “ I was very glad
to see the neat and tidy girls receiving good education in KGBV Chayang Tajo, when
I recently visited the area with the Chief Minister.
ASSET informed the MP that the KGBVs are a big hope for the entire state. Through
these institutions a big milestone will be achieved in promoting girls education
eventually leading to women's empowerment, ASSET said in a release. Anugrah team
was in Ezengo to extend the book gift “beautiful country- stories from another India”
to the MP.
A PowerPoint on KGBV, Wakro was also presented to Pomaya Mithi and Mukut Mithi who
appreciated the good job done.
Anugrah also informed Mithi about recent visit of Swami Anubhavananda to Wakro and
assistance provided by the saint for the Apnes.
Cash reward stands
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh
Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam
Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s
will be kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
Ziro businessman assault case solved, six accused arrested
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: In a major boost to contain criminal activities, Lower Subansiri
police has finally cracked Raju Chakraborti physical assault case by arresting six
persons allegedly involved in the case. Chakraborti was allegedly assaulted by miscreants
on Oct 11 at Gurudwara Line, Hapoli.
In a release SP Lower Subansiri P N Khirmey disclosed that two of the accused persons
identified as Lumi Apak and Haro Doni were arrested by the police on Oct 22 and
other four accused, namely, Nido Onga, Rottom Boot, Langku Taya and Nido Sikari
were arrested on Thursday.
Earlier a case (no. 84/12 under section 341/326/34 IPC) was registered at Ziro police
station on Oct 12 last. SP further revealed that acting on a tip off a police team
of Ziro PS led by SI Joram Tugu officer in-charge has arrested the accused.
There was constant pressure from civil society particularly business community for
immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the assault case.
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today
greeted the nation as well as the state on the auspicious occasion of Bakra-Id (Id-ul-Zuha).
In his message, the Governor wished that the festive occasion spread Prophet Ibrahim’s
messages of universal brotherhood to every corner of the world.
The Governor prayed that the celebration, which commemorates the spirit of sacrifice
and absolute faith in Almighty ushers-in peace and harmony in the society.
Tuki, in his message called upon the people to follow Prophet Ibrahim’s principle
of supreme sacrifice for the well-being of mankind. He urged the people to propagate
the message of peace and love as preached by the great Prophet.
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: While reacting to the clarification issued by the Executive Engineer,
Sagalee PWD Division on a CAG report, the All India Trinamool Congress Arunachal
Pradesh unit said that the EE is mocking at the constitutional authority of the
country. AITC unit said it is a desperate attempt to hide corrupt practices as drawing
and disbursing authority of the Division.
“The CAG report is at the people’s domain. What the Executive Engineer stated in
media is completely untrue and he is trying to divert the public attention over
his willful derailment of his duty,” AITC unit general secretary Techi Necha said
in a release.
Dist chess championship begins at Daporijo
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: The 2nd District Level Open Chess Championship of Upper Subansiri
District commenced at Daporijo on October 25.
Inaugurating the championship, Tagin Cultural Society Secretary General Tapa Dagium
lauded the Executive Members of Upper Subansiri District Chess Association for organising
the championship and advised the budding talents to exhibit their best performance
and take maximum benefit of such rare opportunity.
Taliha CO Kipa Raja appreciated the effort of the organisers and players for participating
in large numbers.
President of All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association N Konia, who also attended the
inaugural session highlighted the efforts undertaken by AAPCA for promoting chess
and scope of talented individuals in the field of 64 squares.
Altogether, 43 players of different age groups are participating in the three-day
event. The winners will be sponsored to participate in the State Level Chess Championship,
according to a release..
GPF draws Govt attention towards law and order
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: Drawing the government attention towards the law and order problem
at Capital Complex, Galo Peoples Federation (GPF) called on parliamentary secretary
Gadam Ete at his residence on Thursday. The members of GPF have expressed its concern
over the unsolved Tamar Yoka family and Haku Tatak attack cases. It also requested
the parliamentary secretary to expedite the investigation to give justice to the
victims. Federation also enquired about the exact position of Tongam Rina shooting
case, which was handed over the CBI. Meanwhile parliamentary secretary assured the
members to take up their grievances with the CM, the GPF said.
3rd Dera Natung Memorial Badminton Championship begins
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: The 3rd Dera Natung Memorial Badminton championship began today
in a grand manner. The event is being organized by the Students Union of the DNGC.
Inaugurating the championship North East Students Organization general secretary
Gumjum Haider urged the participants to maintain sportsmanship. Haider also emphasized
on the importance of extra-cocurricular activities in the college apart from academic
activity. Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) president Tadar Tarish also emphasized
on the importance of education.
DC inspects road, bridge repairing works
ROING, Oct 26: Newly appointed Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar,
today inspected the roads and bridges along the Roing-Hunli-Annini road which were
damaged during the recent floods.
DC informed that a temporary culvert has been constructed by the BRO at the Deopani
River and a diversion road at six kilo will be completed by Sunday to connect Roing-Hunli-Annini
B.Kishan, OC, 62 RCC along with the technical staff accompanied the DC during the
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: While hearing the writ petition (civil, No 389 (AP)/2012) today,
the Gauhati High Court has allowed the petitioners to take part in the state level
teacher eligibility test (APTET) 2012 to be held on 28.10.2012.
The counsel of the petitioners Kaling Panyang and others stated that the petitioners
had applied for appearing in APTET. However, without assigning any reason the authorities
had rejected their applications. Applicants are reported to be products of CMJ
university with BEd degree.
The court also issued notice returnable on Nov 30 saying “the matter will stay
transferred to Itanagar bench.”
GPF mourns members’ death
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: The Galo Peoples’ Federation (GPF) deeply mourned the sad demise
of Minyi Ronya and Mindo Padu and recalled the valuable contributions of the both
towards the society.
Ronya as “BO” (Priest’s Assistant) had served every Galo residents in the Capital
Complex in time of their suffering and illness. His death has created a void in our
tribal “Nyibu” practice, GPF said in a release and urged the Indigenous Faith & Cultural
Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) to extend helping hand to the bereaved family
of Lt. Ronya and give a befitting recognition to the “BO”.
The GPF members termed the untimely demise of Mindo Padu, a prominent Galo society
activist and former football player, a huge loss for the Galo society.
The executive members of the Forum, in a condolence meeting yesterday, prayed to
almighty Donyi-Polo to rest the departed souls in peace and bestow enough courage
and strength to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss. They also observed
two-minute silence as mark of respect to the departed souls.
103 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Centenary celebrations of Pasighat, Komsing and Kebang Poju Mimak makes East Siang
a centennial District and the region should have the best roads, other Govt. avenues,
self sufficient citizens, good educational institutions but fact is reverse. The
power status in Headquarter of the Centennial district is awesome, frequent band
calls hampers daily life and education. Diamond rated vegetables, ATM booth out
of service, increasing crime rate and other unlawful activities are there for public.
A fragmentary road to Damda from Boleng, from Yeksi to Damda, no K/oil supply in
Pangin Boleng, no APST from Pasighat to Boleng are all public concerned. Perhaps
there may not be a miserable public than that of Legong Banggo who enjoyed the road
from Mirem-Ruksin for a month which is lying in garbage now.
The ultimatum reverberated these three months anticipating a sufficient power supply
in Pasighat. The news item about the power restoration is an ephemeral as observed;
restored or re-restoration of the un-restored power status, someday rooster will
repeat as a maxim. The ultimatum was a pestle to deviate and control the obstreperous
bandh calling public. Students are worried about their studies and many shifted to
Itanagar (in the haven of bandh caller’s) for studies. Citizens were expecting improvement
but everything is static. Jene-tene Power restoration might compel Pasighatians to
countdown and compromise to Wax. GoAP declared a nine cylinder LPG facility annually
without notifications; the innocent public is waiting without getting its quota also.
It is good to increase the quantity for the greater interest of the people.
Will Govt. swerve the problem into an election manifesto, which is a manifesto of
every election of Pasighat? In Congress Sandesh mag. vol. 14 on 12, August 2004 page
12 PM announced the Rajiv Gandhi Electricity Scheme targeting to electrify whole
country. India under UPA passed through a decade of price hiking consecutively. This
is a government which raises prices and nurture problems, best examples the north
India power failure in mid July 2012 and Bodo vs Bangladeshi joust. The Congress
who claimed to give a Govt for aam admi has become the worst enemy of aam admi.
Minister (Education) on 1st October 2012 PPWC meeting and on Adi Agom Kebang website
launching program on 24th October clearly indicated the Lower Siang Hydro Project,
"we need a very big Asset to solve this crisis": If light is restored in Pasighat
why need a dam? Many countries in the world without dam also enjoy good electricity.
In comparison to Tawang district Along to Pasighat is much a hospitable terrain for
electrification but the unsuccessful story of 132 kv is ludicrous. Govt. could have
averted all these irregularities if Hydels weren’t taken for granted. It is a camouflaged
design to enthrall the people about the situation.
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of
the Tax and Excise department towards delay in declaration of written test examination
results for the post of constables. The examination was conducted on Sept 16 last
but the results have not been declared yet. The candidates qualified for the physical
test were very less in number than the candidates generally appear interview in
other departments. But surprisingly, it is taking long time in declaring results.
I, being one of the candidates, request the concern authorities to declare the result
as soon as possible to avoid any misunderstanding.
I appreciate the initiatives taken by the students and staff of government middle
school Millang for temporary clearance of the drainage system along Millang–Mariyang
road under the guidance of school headmaster Kargan Modi.
I hope the school authority will carry out more such social services in near future
in the area for the benefits of the public.
Infant mortality rate drops
As per the latest Sample Registration System bulletin, India’s Infant Mortality Rate
dropped further by 3 points from 50 to 47 infants deaths per 1000 live births during
2010. The IMR for rural areas dropped by 4 points from 55 to 51 infant deaths per
1000 live births while the Urban rate was found to stand at 31 from the previous
State of Goa recorded the lowest IMR of 10 infant deaths followed by Kerala with
13 infant deaths per 1000 live births (as against 12/1000 in January 2011 figures).
The Urban IMR in Kerala however reduced to 10 against 11 of previous figures.
Madhya Pradesh registered highest IMR of 62/1000 followed by UP and Odisha with 61/1000
IMR. States/UTs of Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Meghalaya were found
to have IMRs more than the national average of 47.
The Sample Registration System is a large-scale demographic survey for providing
reliable annual estimates of birth rate, death rate and other fertility & mortality
indicators at the national and sub-national levels. The field investigation include
continuous enumeration of births and deaths in selected sample units by resident
part time enumerators, generally anganwadi workers & teachers, and an independent
survey every six months by SRS supervisors.
At present, SRS is operational in 7597 sample units (4,433 rural and 3,164 urban)
spread across all States and Union territories and covers about 1.5 million households
and 7.27 million population.
Meeting on Collection of User’s Fee at Daporijo
DAPORIJO, Oct 26: Upper Subansiri District Administration and Urban Development Department
held a meeting on the issue of collection of User’s Fee for businesses within the
town at the Rijo Conference here today.
The Meeting was organised with regards to clearing the air on the issue of collection
of User’s Fee as objections had been aired against its collection by some sections
of the business community. Opinions were aired that the decision for charging User’s
Fee had been taken without the true consent of all the actual business owners and
on the amount fixed as fee. Resentment was also expressed on the fee being paid by
only the business community and not all urban dwellers.
Addressing the issues, the Deputy Commissioner stated that all actions taken by the
government were for the benefit of the people and that creating issues would only
hamper in the efforts to making the town a clean and beautiful place. He informed
that in view of the differing opinions on the collection of the user’s fee, the matter
would be re-examined by a committee and decisions would be made on their recommendations.
He added that opinions and views of all would be taken into consideration and any
decision taken should be implemented in the field.
On the matter of the fee being collected only from business owners, he said that
all government servants paid a fee as civic charges to the government and that the
user’s fee was for cleaning up the town. Exhorting the people to cultivate civic
sense and fulfill their civic duties, he said that all should work together towards
rectifying any mistakes made, recognising and rewarding good work and keeping the
area clean, green and hygienic.
DD H. Welly informed all on the details of the User fee collected and expenses incurred
from the amount. He informed that out of 536 shops in the town(in the records of
the department), only 316 were license holders and only 127 shopkeepers paid the
users fee till date at the rate of Rs 30 (small), Rs 50 (medium), and Rs 100 (large)
per shop per month.
The meeting was attended by SP S. C. Yadav, ADC G. Ete, HoDs, PRI members, representatives
of markets, colonies and business owners. DIPRO
BJP flays state Govt for its role in Shraddanjali Yatra
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh in its extended
State Office Bearers’ meeting at party headquarters here yesterday expressed gratitude
to the people of both Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, especially the local populations
of Kameng sector and Guwahati, Nagaon, Tezpur of Assam for extending whole hearted
support and voluntary cooperation to the Shaheed Shraddhanjali Yatra.
The yatra from Guwahati to Bumla to pay homage to martyrs of Indo-China war in 1962
was flagged off by party president Nitin Gadkari at Guwahati on October 18 last.
The party, however, criticized the ruling Congress Government in the state for playing
the rule of a mute spectator during the entire program, which the party termed very
unfortunate. The party, without elaborating, alleged that the state govt had adopted
various means to sabotage the yatra. However, it did not succeed, the party said
in a release.
It further informed that the Paresh Baruah-led faction of ULFA had warned the Yuva
Morcha of the BJP from protesting against China on the 50th anniversary of the Sino-Indian
War in October. The hardliner faction asked the BJP Yuva Morcha to keep itself away
from its planned protest at Tawang and also asked senior BJP leaders like Nitin Gadkari
and L K Advani not to take any step that could increase tension between Assam and
Meanwhile, BJP demanded a thorough inquiry into the MS Chauhan missing case by an
‘Independent Agency’, if not through SIT, under the direct supervision of Gauhati
High Court for fair and impartial investigations.
Takam Todo Football Club Championship begins
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: The first ever Takam Todo District Level Football Club Championship
-2012 began at Palin yesterday.
Inaugurating the tournament amid huge gathering of football enthusiasts, Kurung Kumey
ZPM Chairperson Tarh Talo said that the championship organized for the first time
in the district would provide a platform to the young football players of the district
to expose their talent. He donated Rs.1.15 lakh to the fund of organizing committee.
Attending the inaugural function, Kurung Kumey Olympic Association president Gora
Makik also encouraged the players. While donating few amounts to the organizing
committee, he assured to sponsor the first prize of the next year’s tournament.
Palin CO Rido Tarak, Principal of Palin Govt HS School Biri Son, ANSU Finance Secretary
Takam Tayam and Panchyat members attended the inaugural function, among others.
The opening match was played between Gora Makik FC and Tarh FC in which the former
defeated the latter by 2-0 goal. In another match of the day, Jiyo Aur Jine Do FC
beat Khyoda Talling F.C by 3-1.
Altogether 16 teams are participating in the tournament.
Butterflies are your rich heritage, conserve them: Expert
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: Butterflies are a rich part of your ecological heritage and the
Lohit valley has an abundant variety of them. Students can play a vital role in their
conservation by taking up the study of butterflies as a hobby, said Balakrishnan
Valappil, an engineer-turned ‘full-time friend of butterflies’, as he addressed a
packed audience of senior students and teachers at the Lathao Govt. Hr. Sec School
Well-known as the most prolific photographer of butterflies in India, and a member
of the Butterfly India Network, this civil engineer was on a 10 days-visit to Kamlang
Wildlife sanctuary on his way to attend a Butterfly Meet at Roing, (which was postponed
due to disruption in road-links to Roing).
Balakrishnan was addressing students and teachers at Wakro and Lathao, during a series
of interesting lec-dems jointly organized by the Lohit Youth Library Network, ASSET,
Wakro and the Khun-Ta-Nau welfare Society, Namsai.
Discussing elaborately on the salient features of the butterflies in India, he said
that this has been a field of studies almost wholly neglected in Independent India,
as no new species has been discovered by Indians after the British recorded nearly
1500 species of butterflies in India. Further Arunachal, a great home to butterflies
and other wild life, has about 700 odd species, though the occurrence of many of
them have not been studied in details.
“Watching butterflies is one of the easiest hobbies, as it does not need any special
equipment and thus can be taken up even by a student. You can make your own list
of butterflies found in your area”, he told the students. “And photograph them with
a little patience and interest.” “You could prepare little monographs of your work,
as a part of science assignments,” he suggested.
Balakrishnan presented the Library Network, copies of the book “Butterflies of Mumbai”
by well-known expert Nelson Rodrigues and a monograph “Butterflies of N. Kerala”,
for which he had provided enchanting photographs.
Answering questions, Balakrishnan pointed out that butterflies and moths could be
valuable indicators for excessive and needless use of pesticides in agriculture and
warned the youth to create awareness about eco-friendly bio-pesticides so that the
rich and unpolluted agric land of Arunachal could be saved. “If you are not alert
today, it would be too late tomorrow”, he cautioned them. “Through butterflies I
could have get a realization”, he went on, “that there are higher things in life
than merely earning money”.
Sapna Nath, Biology teacher, Govt. Sec School, Wakro and Timita Mungyak, Vice-Chairperson,
Khun-Ta-Nau welfare Society and patron, Lataho Youth Library also addressed the meetings
and thanked the speaker for his illuminating insights.
‘VKVs play vital role in nurturing talents in Arunachal’
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: Secretary, Information and Public Relation Indra Malla Jain said
that VKVs are playing a significant role in grooming the young generation towards
excellence in many fields.
Inaugurating the High Achievers Camp Prachodaya at VKV, Itanagar, Mallo, the first
women IAS officer from Arunachal said that the state has all the potential to become
She has narrated her amazing experiences as IAS Officer in Maharashtra and her visit
in USA and Singapore for the study of public administration.
She said that India has to get it right by working together. “Be mentally alert,
physically fit and morally high”, she advised the students.
She has also appreciated the VKV teachers for guiding the students in right direction
like a gardener look after a garden.
Su. B. Radha Devi, Joint Secretary of VKV AP Trust, Education Officer Unnikrishnan,
Principal of VKV Itanagar SC Dixit also addressed the gathering.
The three days residential camp ‘Prachodaya’ was specially designed for motivating
course for the students who passed VIII standards with 75% and above.
Chera Talo Memorial Volleyball Tournament
Parsi Parlo Sangcha Ajin and Kapa Ajin Team win men’s and women’s title
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Parsi Parlo Sangcha Ajin Team beat Kumey Belt Sports Club in the
final to win the Men’s title of the first Chera Talo Volleyball Tournament at Koloriang.
Kapa Ajin Team won the Women’s title defeating Mukam Welfare Society Team.
The winners of Men’s Volleyball were awarded cash prize of Rs 50,000 and the Runners
up team was given Rs. 30,000. The winning and runners up teams of women’s category
were given Rs.30,000 and Rs.15,000 respectively.
Rigia Peter of Parsi Parlo Sangcha Ajin team and Mukam Boni of Mukam Welfare Society
were adjudged as the best Men’s and Women’s players of the tournament respectively.
Tai Nekio, EE, PWD, Sangram Divn, Bengia Hasi, Ex ZPM, Koloriang and Chera Mekia,
wife of late Chera Talo attended the final day among others.
Earlier, Local MLA cum Parl Secy Lokam Tassar has assured to provide Rs 5 Lakh to
the fund of Chera Welfare Society, according to organizing committee.