2011

September -  03

News Highlights

 

Know your blood group’ campaign

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: All India Rajev Gandhi Vichar Manch International, Youth Wing Arunachal Pradesh would conduct ‘know your blood group’ campaign for students and youth in every district head quarter from this week.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: Kento Jini and Reken Ingo have been selected as Chairman and Secretary General of newly formed Nyiko Bachao Forum, West Siang District in a meeting held yesterday.

 

Govt lauded

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: Guwahati Arunachal Students’ Association (GASA) lauded the state Govt, particularly Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin and Finance Minister Kalikho Pul for their announcement for construction of much needed guest house at Guwahati,  the gate way of North East states.

Pleading the Govt for early construction of the multipurpose guest house, the GASA in a release today said that   the union with the cooperation of the DRC, Guwahati has demarcated the boundary of the proposed plot of land  for construction of guest house at Rupnagar, Guwhati.

 

Volleyball competition

ITANAGAR, Sept : Parang Panchayat Youth Welfare Society (PPYWS) has decided to organize a volleyball competition for both boys and girls on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti at Parang General ground on Oct 2. Other attraction of the programme will be tug of war competition. All the panchayat leaders, business community and gaon burahs, youths and general public are expected to take part in the programme.

 

EADYM lauds Govt

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: Eastern Arunachal Democratic Youth Movement (EADYM) has  lauded  the state Govt including Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin and Finance Minister Kalikho Pul for taking decision to construct state guest houses at Dibrugarh, Guwahati  in Assam and Vellore in Tamil Nadu to provide succor to the needy section of the society.

Dibrugarh,  being the centre for medical treatment for people of eight districts of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh, the construction of guest house there will cater to the need of Arunachalees, the EADYM said.

EADYM also appreciated Power Minister (Electrical) Setong Sena   for his announcement during Solung festival at Boleng to sanction Rs 2 crore  for Boum Kakir Mission School and Rs 25 lakh for Solung Community hall, Boleng. However, the Movement lamented over the date of the membership drive meeting of IYC  on Sept 2 during the celebration of Solung festival.

 

Govt. lambasted on Thakur issue

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: Accusing the Jarbom Gamlin led Govt   of sluggishness over the solution to Pradeep Thakur issue, Arunachal Youth Volunteer Front (AYVF) today urged chief minister to  fulfill the demand of the All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU)  within a fortnight or resign on moral ground.

Demanding disclosure of report of the enquiry committee constituted for investigating the Pradeep Thakur issue, the Forum said that Govt is indirectly harassing the general people by not responding to the demand of the ANSU. Referring to the bandh call proposed by ANSU, the Front said the Govt is indirectly encouraging the pressure group to organise frequent bandh call in the state by not responding to the demand.

Meanwhile, All Nyishi Youth Organisation (ANYO) in a letter addressed to AICC president Sonia Gandhi demanded immediate dropping of Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin accusing him and his family members having “malafied intention to divide Arunachal society …..  for their vested interests”.

 

Archery competition

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: 10 days residential archery training camp organised by Arunachal Vikas Parishad has been inaugurated with 15 participants from different parts of Arunachal Pradesh.  The Coaching will be held at Sangay Lhaden sports Academy at Chimpu.

The camp was inaugurated by Taba Hare President, Nyishi Indigenous Faith & cultural Society (NIFCS). He encouraged the participants to work hard in order to achieve success.

Other dignitaries present on the function were Pratik Potom, Techi Gubin, Tam Takia, Mido Lollen, President, Vice President, General Secretary, of AVP state unit & Vice President Papumpare District respectively.

In his Presidential Speech, P.Potom appealed the participants to glorify the name of Arunachal Pradesh at National level through sports & games.

 

Doctors’ team urged to visit Pipsorang

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: Kurung Kumey district medical officer Higio Tama has directed a team of medical staff headed by Dr Maru Taro, Medical officer, Tali to visit Pipsorang area alongwith life saving medicines in order to contain the reported outbreak of measles epidemic  there. The team also asked to submit report of the action taken.

 

ANSU gets support

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: All Palin, Chambang, Yangte and Tarak-Langdi Students’ Union, All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union and all Yachuli Students’ Union extended supports to 48 hours capital bandh called by All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU).

 Meanwhile, All East Kameng Students Union   has supported the 48hrs - bandh call given by All Nyishi Students Union demanding immediate arrest of  Time of India (TOI)    reporter Pradeep Thakur for  derogatory remarks against Nyishi community.  AEKSU felt that such serious issue is still pending due to weakness  of state govt.

The  union further blamed the state government for slow development in East kameng district in various aspect due to political differences. It also appealed to concern department for immediate clearance of Seppa to Sagalee road.

 

Sports meet on Teachers Day

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA), Upper Subansiri District unit is going to organise a general interaction cum sports meet among the teachers of  the district on Sept 4 and 5 on the occasion of Teachers Day.

Altogether 14 volleyball teams from different blocks will participate in the Late Bijay Bulo Memorial teachers day Men’s Volleyball tournament, while 10 women teachers teams will participate in the Late Yapi Hakom Memorial teachers day tug of war women’s   tournament. Duma Yekar, ZPM Sigin-I and O Panor DDSE Daporijo will attend the  occasion as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.

 

Govt lauded

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) has appreciated the state Govt  headed by  Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin for enhancing the SSA teachers salaries with effect from April 1.  While lauding the bold initiative of education minister for all round development of the education sector, the Association also appealed the SSA teachers to rededicate and perform their duty with sincerity for improved education scenario of the state.

 

HLAPWC chairman, secretary resign

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: Nabam Tado and Nabam Rebia, Chairman and Secretary of HLAPWC have resigned from their respective posts.

 

Training prog postponed

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: Training of Trainers (ToT) for capacity building of PRIs and its functionaries at SIRD, Itanagar which was scheduled to conduct from September 5 has been postponed to September 12 to 16 due to capital bandh call on September 5 & 6. The ToT is for Member Secretaries, BDOs, NGOs and selected ASMs.

 

SBI donation

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: Sanjib Ghosh Biswas, BM, SBI, Changlang donated two pairs of  Desk-Bench, a set of Water Purifier and two sets of ceiling fans to Kengkhu  Govt. Middle School. The Branch Manager explained the cause of Social Banking Day and Community Service Banking in his speech.

N. Yirang  DDSE Changlang delivered a speech and thanked SBI Changlang Branch for such a noble cause. The Gaon Burah of Kengkhu village also thanked SBI Changlang Branch. (DIPRO)

 

Demands action against absentee teacher

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: All Palin, Chambang, Yangte and Tarak-Langdi Students’ Union appealed to the Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE) and Deputy Commissioner Kurung Kumey District to take immediate action against the absentee teachers of the district.

 

UPSC  to conduct exam on IES

Naharlagun, Sep 2: The Union Public Service Commission will hold the Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service Examination, 2011 from October 3, 2011 for recruitment to Grade IV of the Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service. The examination will be held at various centres across the country.

For details regarding eligibility conditions, syllabus and scheme of the examination, centres of examination, guidelines for filling up application form etc. aspirants may see the detailed notice of the examination published in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar on July 30,2011 or visit the UPSC website www.upsc.gov.in. DIPR

 

IGNOU convocation

ITANAGAR: Indira Gandhi National Open University is conducting its 24th convocation at New Delhi on September 5 and in all regional centres throughout the country through Tele conferencing mode. The function at regional centre, Itanagar will be held at Naharlagun and attended by Vice Chancellor, RGU Prof. Tamo Mibang as chief guest on Sept 5.

 

RGU results

RONO HILLS: The Revaluation/Rechecking Result of B.A./B.Com/B.Sc Ist, IInd and IIIrd Year (Honours & Pass) of all affiliated Colleges of RGU has been declared.

The result can be seen in the University website: www.rgu.ac.in.

 

Power failure

ITANAGAR: The Upper Subansiri district has been facing power failure due to fault in the 132/33 KV switch yard system, informed Daporijo Elect. Divison in a release today.

Though power department has already taken all necessary step to engage expert for restoration of  power supply,  the restoration work will take some more days, the  release informed and regretted the inconvenience caused to the general public due to power failure.

News Impact

Govt makes its stand clear on ToI issue

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: Clarifying the state governments’ position on the vexed Pradeep Thakur issue, Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin  today stated that in spite the matter being sub-judice, the government has consistently been taking measures to find an acceptable solution on the issue.

In this regard the written and an audio-visual apology by Pradeep Thakur were also shown.

‘It is indeed a sad moment for my government, particularly for me, that the Nyishi Elite Society and All Nyishi Students Union who were spearheading the movement are  not present here at this crucial time’, said  Gamlin during a press conference held today. Their presence would have indeed been of great significance, he added.

 Home Minister Takar Marde, former home minister Neelam Taram, PPA president Kamen Ringu and former minister Talo Mugli were also present in the press conference.

Gamlin said that the decision of the All Nyishi Students Union to call a 48-hr Capital bandh on the alleged non-closure of the Times of India - Pradeep Thakur issue and the Nyishi Elite Society's decision not to attend the meeting convened today at 3 pm in the Chief Minister's office between the NES, ANSU and the high level team headed by Home Minister Takar Marde on the issue, necessitates the Government to place the facts of the matter before the public. He said, while the ANSU has called for the bandh on their perceived in-action by the Government on the issue, a letter received from the NES today morning cites the reasons for the body not attending the meeting convened by the Chief Minister.  The letter stated that the state government did not facilitate a meeting between Pradeep Thakur, ToI and the combined NES-ANSU team at Guwahati latest by 23 August as agreed upon in the meeting of 18 August at the Chief Minister's Conference Hall. It further stated that since the discussion was not aired on television channels or in the print media nor was there any report on the Home Minister's tour to New Delhi, the NES decided not to attend today's meeting, added Gamlin. Further, Gamlin said that the fact of the matter is that the high level team led by Home Minister Takar Marde comprising of Principal Advisor to Chief Minister Kiren Rijuju as well as senior community leaders Neelam Taram, Talo Mugli and Kamen Ringu did indeed go to Delhi with the single purpose of meeting with the Times of India representatives and Pradeep Thakur to facilitate a meeting at Guwahati for obtaining an apology. However, due to the national urgency created by the issue of the Lok Pal Bill and Anna Hazare's fast unto death, the team was not able to meet with the representatives of the Times of India until  25th  August, as all media houses were completely over-burdened by the historic turn of events. On Aug 25, the Home Minister met with the team from Times of India, including Pradeep Thakur, and conveyed the decision of the August 18 Itanagar meeting for tendering of apology by Pradeep Thakur at a discussion in Guwahati between the Tol, NES and ANSU that the state government would facilitate.

In the meeting a decision was taken that he would indeed tender an unconditional apology by videoconference and in writing. However, as the matter was sub-judice, the team from the publication sought 2 days to discuss the matter with their Chief Executive, management and the legal cell.

Subsequently, on August 27  the Home Minister and the High Level Team again met with the Times of India representatives where a audio-visual and a written apology was handed over to them with a request that once this is accepted, the meeting in Guwahati can be decided upon mutually.

Consequently, the team returned to the state capital, and in view of the crucial SPB meeting and series of festivals and holidays, a meeting was convened on September 2 in order that the High level Team could present it's report and the apology obtained from Pradeep Thakur to the Nyishi Community under the aegis of the NES-ANSU and also to decide on concrete follow-up action. However, it must be seen as a complete act of betrayal that while the ANSU called a third phase of their bandh, the NES declined completely to attend the meeting, Gamlin maintained.

It is pertinent to mention here that deeply disturbed by the news item which had appeared in the 4th May edition of the Times of India, the Chief Minister had held a meeting on 16 May with the editorial representative of the national daily at New Delhi which resulted in an unconditional apology tendered in the 18 May national and regional editions of the daily,

However, following the community's rejection of this apology, various parleys were held and in a crucial meeting on 17 July at the Banquet Hall attended by senior leaders and representatives from the community, a Committee was formed with a view to find a solution to the issue. While the NES did not attend the meeting at all and conveyed their rejection of the Committee through a letter, the ANSU did attend but had summarily rejected the Committee.

 

NES letter to CM

Meanwhile, the  Nyishi Elite Society( NES) in its letter to Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin informed him  about the  decision taken in NES executive meeting held at Nyikum Nyia Hall, Nyirubjolly on Sept 1 not to  participate in the meeting called by CM on Sept 2.

The meeting further decided that the State Govt. should facilitate  discussion with Pradeep Thakur  and ToI team with NES, ANSU and Nyishi based social organizations within  7 days beginning from Sept 2, failure of  which the Nyishi Community shall recourse to its own course of action.

Giving details of its decision not to attend today’s meeting, the NES said “As you are aware of the fact that in the discussion held with you on 18.08.2011 on the ToI issue, the following decisions were taken: The State Govt. was to facilitate discussion with Pradeep Thakur and ToI team with the NES and ANSU at Guwahati. The discussion was to be recorded and live telecasted on NETV & NEWSLIVE at the expenses of the State Govt. and carried in all National/Regional and State Dailies/Periodicals. Takar Marde, Home Minister, Arunachal Pradesh was to rush to New Delhi on 20.08.2011 to discuss with Pradeep Thakur and ToI team to finalize the date and time. The State Govt. was supposed to convey the date, venue and time to the Nyishi Elite Society and ANSU on 23.08.2011.

With a good gesture to your initiative and with the hope that you would honor the decision taken in the aforesaid meeting; NES was eagerly waiting to hear from you patiently, but, even after expiry of a week, there was no correspondence from you. Your letter has come as a surprise as there was no decision to hold further discussion on ToI issue with the State Govt. The NES expect that any meeting after the 18th August decision should only be with Pradeep Thakur and ToI team which your letter under reference is silent about the decided programme.”

 

DoNER Ministry urged to help promote handloom and handicrafts in Arunachal

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ITANAGAR, Sep 2: Director of Industries Makbul Pertin urged the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) to help promote Handloom and Handicrafts industry in Arunachal Pradesh.

Although the people of Arunachal had nature gifted talent in handloom and handicrafts their skills have not been exploited to their fullest potential yet, Pertin said while inaugurating a workshop on advocacy and knowledge sharing of Artisans, Weavers and other associated persons and agencies here today.

He urged various agencies and banks to help those  Artisans and Weavers by granting loans under various schemes.

He, however, maintained that expenditure does not mean achievement. He advised the participants to show and make physical achievements in their chosen field through hardwork.

“What we could not think of 10 years ago, now it has come into reality,” Pertin said while referring to the exposition of Arunachalee handloom and handicraft items in abroad, including New York and South Africa.

He advised the participants to attend the workshop very sincerely and get their all doubts cleared through interaction with the resource persons.

Director of Textile and Handicrafts Khoda Ruja stressed on maintaining high quality standard of such products and choose the right items.

Traditional knowledge on handicrafts and handloom is an added advantage for Arunachalee people. However, it needs to be improved scientifically to compete in the market, he said. If pursued seriously, this industry can be a good source of earning for the unemployed youths, Khoda said. He exhorted the unemployed youths of the state to venture into this sector instead of running after white collar job. He also informed about few schemes of the directorate, including health insurance of Rs.1.50 lakh for the Weavers and asked them to avail it by maintaining the simplest formality. NABARD, Itanagar general manager P. Padmanabhan explained about Skill, Finance and Marketing--the three vital points to be considered before venturing into any business. He specially gave emphasis on proper marketing of the finished product without which their business is sure to fail.

Tapan Kumar Sarma, Marketing Manager, North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation Limited (NEHHDC Ltd ), Guwahati informed that the basic objectives of the Corporation are promotion and development of Handicrafts and Handlooms of the North Eastern Region by providing marketing platform to the Artisans and Weavers of the NER by providing them with built up stalls in exhibitions, craft fairs, NE Trade Expos and other national and international events. It sources and procures handicrafts and handlooms goods from the Artisans and Weavers directly and markets them, he informed.

It also undertakes design and technical development projects and workshops in various crafts/weavers clusters in the NER for training, design improvement and capacity building of the Artisans and Weavers in the region, he added.

The workshop was held on various topics such as “importance of advocacy and knowledge sharing of Artisans, Weavers and other associated bodies for development of Handloom and Handicraft sectors, Department of Industry’s mandate for promoting entrepreneurship in Handicrafts and Handloom sectors of Arunachal Pradesh, Support of SBI to Artisans, Weavers and entrepreneurs etc. engaged in Handicraft and Handloom sectors in NER, Success story of Oju Welfare Society and its contribution towards the development of Handicrafts and Handlooms in Arunachal Pradesh, Schemes and of Projects of NABARD for development of Handicrafts and Handloom in NER in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular, Initiatives taken by the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh for development of Textiles and Handicrafts sectors, Role of KVIC in rural industrialization with special reference to the Handicrafts and Handloom of NER, Programme of MSME for the benefit of Handicraft and Handloom sector in NER and Scheme and projects of the office of the Development Commission (Handicrafts), Govt of India.

Over 83 participants from various SHGs, NGOs and societies etc. took part in the say-long workshop organized by NEHHDC Ltd and sponsored by DoNER Ministry.

 

BRTF urged to expedite road widening work

TAWANG, Sep 2: The first ever district level review meeting initiated by Jambey Tashi, MLA cum chairman Arunachal Pradesh Medicinal Plant Board held today at Lumla discussed various issues ranging from pathetic road condition to poor BSNL service and shortage of school teachers in interior places.

Addressing the meeting the MLA urged the BRTF authority to expedite the road widening work by carrying it out in phase manner with proper side drainage system. He urged the BSNL authority to improve the ever deteriorating telecommunication system of the district and various private agencies to provide mobile ambulance for Lumla and Zemithang circle.

The MLA also requested the Tawang deputy commissioner to issue a fresh order banning gambling in the district. Stressing on the need for improving Education system, the MLA urged the teachers to be sincere and discharge their duties properly to improve the literacy rate. He advised the people to avail the benefit of various schemes under horticulture and agriculture. He urged the PRI members to encourage the villagers to undertake plantation. He further emphasized on quality and timely completion of schemes/project and proper co-ordination and co-operation between the Govt. officers and public leaders for speedy development..

Tawang deputy commissioner Kemo Lollen advised the officers to be punctual and dedicated in their duties. He advised the BRTF officers to improve the road condition so that it would not create another problem like shortage of essential commodities due to bad road communication. The meeting was also attended by PR leaders, Superintendent of Police, other administrative officers from district Hq, public leaders, Commander 763 BRTF, officer in command 117 RCC , General Manager Bilwara Energy Ltd. and representatives of semi govt. organization.

 

ANSU exempts school bus

ATA appeals ANSU to postpone bandh

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) has appealed to the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) to postpone the proposed 48  hours Capital bandh starting from  Sept 5 in order to facilitate the celebration of Teachers Day.

5th September is the birth anniversary of Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan which is celebrated all over the country by students and teacher community as Teachers Day. The school students in Arunachal have already chalked out plan for its grand celebration, ATA said and appealed ANSU to reconsider its decision.

Meanwhile, responding to the appeal of the CEC, ATA, All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has said that it has exempted the school bus from the purview of the bandh on the occasion of Teachers Day.

 

Governor appeals youths to work for development of state

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen J. J. Singh today appealed to the youth of the State to devote themselves to the development of the state and use their energy, enthusiasm and entrepreneurship skills to promote peace and progress. He said this during interaction with a delegation of AAPSU (All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union) which called on him at Raj Bhawan today.

The Governor, while appreciating the several meaningful contributions made by the students in general and AAPSU in particular for taking up issues which affect the State as a whole, such as stapled visa and other matters, exhorted all the AAPSU members to channelize their energies on activities which can be trend-setters for other Arunachalis to follow.

Dwelling on the abundant natural resources of the State, he indicated that if they are used fruitfully, the State can reap rich dividends and reach the development levels of Western developed countries. He indicated that students should take up and promote projects in the field of handicrafts, tourism, horticulture, honey-production, packaged drinking water and floriculture etc. The Governor also mentioned the progress being made on various fronts such as Arunachal Scouts, upgradation of Advanced Landing Grounds to Subsidiary Airports, opening of more tourist circuits, development of Ganga Lake and Poma Bamboo Processing Center and Raj Bhawan’s contributions towards these initiatives.

While appreciating the Governor for his untiring efforts for the development of the State, AAPSU president Takam Tatung highlighted the lack of connectivity and poor educational scenario in certain parts of the State and requested the Governor’s intervention in the same.

Later, a memorandum was also submitted by the AAPSU delegation highlighting the need for increasing the number of Assembly seats, creation of a new Lok Sabha seat and implementation of 6th Schedule in the State. He requested the Governor to continue to advise and guide the people of the State and the student community in particular.

The Governor assured the delegation of looking into the issues raised by them positively. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)

Meanwhile, AAPSU today  informed that during one hour interaction with Governor Gen JJ Singh, both side exchanged ideas and views regarding the current developmental status of state. During the interaction Governor informed about various steps taken by him during his tenure in the state.  Specially talking about his recent deliberation with official of Indian Air Force, Gen Singh informed that by the year 2014 six advance landing ground (ALG) will be ready for the use. When these ALG becomes operationalize, in each of them around 16 civilian will recruited thereby providing job opportunities for the local Arunachalee citizens. He also informed that in Arunachal Scout battalion, 95% of manpower will be from local Arunachalee only.

During the discussion, AAPSU President Takam Tatung urged him to visit Tali assembly constituency in Kurung Kumey district which till today does not have road connection. AAPSU President invited Gen Singh to celebrate next year Nyokum festival at Tali which he accepted happily.

 

Mobile technology to operate water pump

ROING, Sep 2: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Roing in collaboration with WRD Drilling department has introduced a mobile based remote control device that will enable the farmers to use their mobile phones to remotely monitor and switch on water pumps used for irrigation.

“Power supply in Roing is erratic and if farmers have to walk a long distance to where irrigation pump is located, it will be a wastage of time and energy,” KVK Programme Coordinator Dr TJ Ramesha said.

“The mobile controlled device will help farmers to remotely monitor the power supply, and also switch the pump on and off by just sending SMS from his mobile phone to a wireless device called SMS starter attached to the pump,” he said.

The technology is said to be introduced in the state for the first time and has been installed on an irrigation water pump in an agricultural field in Arungo village, 15 km far from Roing.

"This will be helpful indeed. Imagine being alerted over mobile phone about power availability, ability to control the pump from any distance without having to visit the pump site - we will save a lot of time and we can operate the device from the comfort of our homes," said Ramesha.

The mobile controlled device, available at a nominal cost, can be operated by connecting an existing starter. A farmer has to send a message through his mobile phone to the SIM card inserted in the SMS starter set. Sending the message ‘1’ will ‘switch on’ the pump and ‘2’ will ‘switch off’.

 

AR concerned at forged voter ID cards and driving license

NSCN cadre arrested

KHONSA, Sep 2: The Assam Rifles has expressed great concern at large number of forged voter ID cards and driving licenses used by the cadres issued from the Government Office. This came after 19 Assam Rifles apprehended one NSCN cadre on Aug 31 from Deomali Town. Based on a tip off regarding presence of armed cadre in  Deomali, a cordon & search operation was jointly launched by Assam Rifles and Arunachal Police in Deomali and apprehended Self Styled Lieutenant/ Collector Teliam Panka, son of Jango Panka, a resident of village Kaimai. Thorough search of the cadre led to the recovery of one .22 mm country made Pistol, four live rounds of .22 mm and a forged driving license.

The apprehended cadre revealed that he was recruited by SS Col (then Maj) Absolon Thangkul in 2000. He was trained at GHQ, Dimapur with effect from Nov 2005 to Jan 2006. Since the termination of training, he had been operating in Tirap District. He told that he had been managing and coordinating activities of NSCN (IM) and was involved in providing logistic support, mobilizing groups of armed NSCN (IM) cadres and arranging all administrative requirements of the NSCN (IM) cadres in Tirap District. He also disclosed the name of active sympathizers of NSCN (IM) in Tirap District.The apprehended cadre along with the recoveries was handed over to Deomali Police Station.

 

Pema takes stock of on-going projects in LDV

ROING, Sep 2: Pema Khandu, Minister of WRD and Tourism made site visits of various works carried out under WRD and Tourism department in the district in order to take first hand information of the all on-going projects. During his visits, he emphasized on proper monitoring of work for ensuring qualitative implementation of the project and said that this year would be a year of monitoring for the departments.

The young and energetic minister inspected the Micro Irrigation Project (MIP) at Kengkut, 18 km from Roing near Bolung village in order to know the various problems faced by the farmers in the project.

Er B Pandey, EE WRD Roing informed that the silt excluder tank and canal from Ch 0.00 mtr to 80.00 mtr which was constructed on right bank of Kengkut River during 2005 – 06 has become habitation for heavy population of crabs in and around the structures. These crabs have made holes surrounding the structures and removed the soils. Initially crakes were developed in channel bed which further aggravated and damaged the structures resulting in collapse of 25.00 mtr main canal during 2010-2011 and heavy damages to the rest of canal and desiltation tank.  Due to non availability of maintenance fund to the Department the damages occurred in past were not repaired after 2005 – 06, he informed. Accordingly, a proposal of Rs 50 lakhs for carrying out rectification work were submitted to the minister which Khandu promptly assured to look into the matter and provide necessary fund during the current financial year. This project irrigates around 240 hectares of agricultural fields and benefits reaches to 120 farmers are under the project.

The minister also visited on going project Anti-Erosion Work executed by WRD at Sukha-Nallah, 8 km from Roing to know the progress of work.

Er Pandey informed that the Sukha Nallah after diversion from Deopani river, due to its erratic and turbulent nature, the flood waters have damaged agricultural land of Malik, Jia and Idili village on both banks to a stretch of about 15 Km in length.

Khandu also visited recently completed MIP at Khinjili village, 15 km from Roing near Iduli. It was informed by EE that due to incessant rainfalls during June and July 2004 in the upper catchment of stream have caused heavy flood damaging the Head work and Earthen Channel of Khinjili MIP. After constant persuasion from beneficiaries, the proposal for renovation and extension for Khinjili MIP was approved in AOP during 2007-2008 and project was physically completed in March’2011. Now the project has been handed over to the beneficiaries for its further utility, he said.

Khandu also visited Sally Lake and Hot Spring at Jia to take first hand information on tourism potential. He assured to take up the proposal made by the public for maintenance of the tourist lodge at Sally Lake and Hot Spring site at Jia on priority basis after discussion with the top officials of the department in state capital. He also visited under construction Gompha at 8 km from Roing.

 Khandu also inaugurated newly constructed hi-tech office of Executive Engineering, WRD (Drilling) Division at Roing yesterday. The new office is fully equipped with latest technology wi-fi network and CCTV camera with 24x7 office telecast service (wrddrilling.dyndns.org), informed Er Hage Mobing, EE, WRD (Drilling).

The minister was accompanied by his team of officials, Er Likar Angu, CE(C Works) WRD, Er Kanwarjit Singh, CE(S&I) WRD, Er Getom Borang, SE(Hq) WRD, Er K S Saini, SE(Namsai Circle), WRD and others during his visit. DIPRO

 

National Seminar on Renewable Energy Technology

Naharlagun, Sep 2: The two days national seminar on Renewable Energy Technology: Issues and Prospects-2011, began at North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli organized by Mechanical Engineering Department of the institute.

Inaugurating the seminar as chief guest, NERIST Director, Prof. P.K. Das, said that we cannot think of life without energy. But the energy available with us today is very limited. He said that researchers and scientists must put in more effort in finding out a reliable technology for renewal of the limited energy resources.

The limitations of energy resources have terrified the government’s world over and are anxious to find out a solution. There certainly are ways but a very difficult one, he said adding that researchers have a great role to play in finding out ways in this direction.

Prof. DC. Boruah of Tezpur University, who attended the seminar as guest of honour, highlighted the issues and problems being faced by the humankind due to ever depleting energy resources and suggested various ways and means for renewal of energy resource.

Head of Department, Mechanical Engineering and chairman of the Seminar Dr. Asis Giri said that development of a country heavily depends on energy and the present energy comes from fossil fuels which is very limited. This seminar is being organized to find a replacement of the fossil fuel, he informed.

Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the seminar Biplob Das highlighted the objective of the seminar which aims to disseminate the knowledge of the recent development in renewable energy technology and provide a platform for researchers, faculties, people from industries and government organizations, NGOs, entrepreneurs etc and also to identify future directions for research and development activities in the renewable energy sector of India with special emphasis on North Eastern Region.

The two day seminar will witness presentation of 32 papers and eight invited speeches by researchers and faculties from various universities of the country.

The programme is sponsored by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi. DIPRO

 

RGU to get facelift with new students’ union taking charge

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: The handling and taking over cum interaction programme of the new executives of the Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union (RGUSU) was held here at the RGU auditorium this evening amidst a huge gathering.

Speaking exclusively to the student of Mass Communication, the newly selected  RGUSU president Tao Abo has assured for proper coordination among the administration and teaching staff of the RGU.

Regarding the RGU bus transportation, Abo said he will try to improve it and will approach the state government to provide more transportation facilities for the RGU students, as they finds difficult to reach university from Itanagar and Banderdewa and other far flung areas.

He asserted that the Mass Communication Department, which is running in the RGU extension centre at Naharlagun will be shifted in the RGU campus soon.

Citing that the infrastructure of the RGU campus is not enough to fulfil the requirement of the students, the President has assured to improve its infrastructure status of the campus.

Prioritizing for the improvement of faculties position in different departments, he said he will take initiative for strengthening the faculties’ position in  various department.

Newly nominated RGUSU general secretary Yarme Singhi has sought cooperation from the administrative staff of the university so that they can work in tandem for the welfare of the university.

RGU Student union will take up the basic issues of the student community instead of participating in political game, he said.

Being the University named after the former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi, the union has decided to build a statue of late Prime Minister in honour of the great leader.

Besides creating awareness programme for cleanliness in the campus, the union will also organize a series of developmental programmes for the welfare of the RGU students.

Students and faculties of different departments in large numbers of the university participated in the interactive session on the occasion.

(With inputs from students’ of Department of Mass Communication, RGU)

 

MLA asks students to be torch-bearers

KHONSA, Sep 2: While addressing the students and teachers of Government H.S.School, Khonsa at the Freshers’ meet today, local MLA, Kamthok Lowang asked the students to act as torch-bearers of the society adding that they were the future of Tirap which is going through a difficult phase now. Describing the present world as fiercely competitive, the MLA said that the other districts have forged ahead through hardwork and exhorted the students to be disciplined, sincere and hardworking if they were to survive in this cut-throat environment. He further said that if the students of other districts can shine in different fields, Tirap Students too can, by putting in extra efforts. Lowang assured to address the problems of infrastructure faced by the school adding that he had already sanctioned Rs. 1 crore from his share of SPA for construction of a boys’ hostel and another scheme for construction of a girls’ hostel worth Rs. 1 crore was under process.

Earlier, the MLA presented gifts to teachers and students and also donated a PA set to the school.

Participating in the programme. DIPRO and columnist, Denhang Bosai said that the future of Tirap would be safe only if the students were disciplined and well-equipped to face the harsh realities and many challenges of life for which they have to study with a sense of purpose and unfailing dedication. He asked the senior students to treat the freshers with love and care and make them feel at home in the school adding that they were also freshers one day.

 

Dabi visits Ranganadi  project reservoir

YAZALI,  Sep 2:  Fisheries and  Industries Minister Tako Dabi along with his departmental officers visited the Ranganadi Hydro Electrical project reservoir to explore the possibilities of stocking of  river dolphin in the reservoir.

After interacting with the local leaders and NEEPCO officers, Dabi  asked the  project authorities at RHEP project IB to  chalk out  mechanism to retain the stock of fish in the reservoir whenever excess water is released. The Scientists shall study  all aspects of the reservoir for possible stocking river dolphin, he added.

The Minister suggested the department of fisheries and NEPCO Project officials to put joint efforts in developing the fisheries in reservoir and beautify the project so as to attract the tourist from the country & aboard.

Emphasizing the importance of tourism, the Minister suggested the local Panchayat leaders  and people to put maximum efforts in developing horticulture on highly enterprising method and food processing plant  to create headway in flow of tourists and  enhance local economy. The minister also stressed on maintenance of health and hygiene and sanitation  which will help increase the flow of tourists.

Earlier the Minister visited the cold storage plant inclusive of steaming and smoking klin burka model of fish drying system. The Minister also suggested  for proper use of infrastructure. The local people submitted two point memorandum  which included leasing of reservoir fish to local people and establishment of Fishery Development Office near cold storage site within the RHEP area.

The Director Fisheries Dr. P Nath, Joint Secretary Industries Subu Tabin, Dy. Director IPR D. Tashi and senior journalist Pradip Kumar accompanied the minister on the day long tour program.  The Fishery Development Officer Lower Subansiri Pani Mangpha   explained in detail on  physical and financial progress report of Ranganadi Reservoir Project with impressive statistical data of fish production from the reservoir. DIPR

 

Public Bus Welfare Association convention held

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: All Arunachal Public Bus Welfare Association (AAPBWA) State level convention was held at Naharlagun yesterday which was attended by entire executive members of the State and all the Districts Public Bus Welfare Associations including the Night Super Bus owners and Counter owner.

During the convention various problems faced  and its welfare measures were discussed.

The chief guest of the occasion, Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex Bokar Basar advised the gathering to work for the greater interest of the association and the public.

He further taking serious note over the traffic problems of the state capital suggested that the traffic problems including parking problems of Capital Complex could be solved by organizing a meeting with the executive bodies of the All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF).

Meanwhile, responding to a memorandum submitted by the association, the chief guest assured to look into the grievances of the association and also assured to discuss with the Chief Engineer Urban Development regarding the construction of Inter State Bus Terminal.

Guest of Honor, All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation Chairman Takar Goi, highlighting the grievance of the association said that commercial vehicles of Arunachal Pradesh are being harassed in Assam.

He strongly appealed to the State government  to review the Corridor Agreement between Assam and Arunachal immediately to avert such harassment in Assam.

He further appealed for reviewing of double payment of the VAT while purchasing vehicle from other state, creation of new posts of DTO, MVI and Enforcement Officer in the state. He claimed that there are only nine DTO and two MVI for entire Arunachal Pradesh and added that in some areas EAC and CO are empowered to look after the post of DTO as a result people are getting difficulties in the vehicle related activities, he added.

Special Guest, AAPPTF, Secretary General Dobing Sonam appealed to the Tour operators and Tourism Department to hire Tourist vehicle from AAPPTF within Arunachal Pradesh. He also said that the vehicles hired by the Central and State Govt. Semi-Govt. NGO's, and Private Companies should have valid plying and road permit and also should be the member of AAPPTF.

Earlier, the AAPBWA submitted a memorandum to chief guest and demanded immediate acceleration in the construction of the Inter State Bus Terminal at Lekhi Village, Clear demarcation and notification of Itanagar Public Bus Stand, immediate intervention in to the forceful parking of JNNURM City Buses at Public Bus Stand Banderdewa and to stop frequent attack and robbery on the inter-state Night Super Buses operating from Arunachal Pradesh.

 

AKKDYO demands cancellation of land allotment order

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: All Kurung Kumey District Youth Organization (AKKDYO) has demanded  the state Chief Secretary to  take action against officials  involved in misusing their official power in reallotting plots of land  to individuals which were cancelled earlier by the  Commissioner land management and  also demanded immediate cancellation of ‘illegal reallotment of land to the individuals’.

In a representation to Chief Secretary, AKKDYO president Pani Tapo informed that the District Administration had allotted eleven plots in posh locations to a single family in Koloriang  during 2007  notwithstanding  the fact that the district headquarters was facing acute shortage of plots to establish government offices. The allotment was not made as per the recommendations of DLAB  and the important government establishments like BDO office and CDPO offices area were also allotted without proper verification, Tapo informed.

Consequently, the people expressed annoyed at the illegal allotment of land lodged numerous complaints to the Commissioner Land Management who duly cancelled all the allotments in July 2009. However, the Directorate Land Management superseding the order of the Commissioner issued two orders on August 4, 2010 and September 28,  2010, for reallotment of the plots to individuals. Following the order from the Directorate, the DLAB again allotted eight prime plots to a single family.

Criticizing the  department,  Tapo maintained that  the entire action initiated by the department is contrary to law and against the guidelines of land allotment which clearly said that  no land allotment should be done without the consent and knowledge of DLAB.  Tapo further said that the instructions for land allotment were given from the office of Directorate of Land Management which is illegal and violation of standing order.

Questioning the Directorate for superseding the order of the Commissioner, AKKDYO has demanded the immediate cancellation of the order within a month.

 

Boleng celebrates Solung in style

Accept changes but keep cultural identity intact :  Setong Sena

Arif Siddiqui

Boleng, Sep 2: “Though we don’t have any written script about our conventions and principles but our ancestors made such technically and scientifically robust rules and guidelines which are being transferred to us through generations” said Power and Environment Minister Setong Sena who was attending the Solung festival as Chief Guest here yesterday.

Surrounded by the beautiful landscape Boleng crammed with people wearing “Dudep”, “Sondrong” and “Tampilang” from many villages on the occasion.

“Adis are the most methodical and innovative community of the state and Solung could be the best festival to attract tourists as is it celebrated all over the state”, expressed the Minister. “But need of the hour to maintain and preserve our old customs and traditions which are definitely best in the world”, he added. He appreciated organizing committee for honoring the talented students , young farmers and many people from different walk life for their selfless service to the society.  

He announced Rs. 2.00 crores for Boumkakir Mission School where Rs.50 Lacs as grant in aid and Rs. 150 lacs for creation of corps fund. Apart from this he also assured for Rs. 25 lacs for construction of Solung Community Hall at Boleng.

Boleng a small hamlet in lap of lush green sloppy mountains is an EAC headquarter connected with land communication from Pasighat and Aalo towns. It has a population of around 5 thousands, a branch of SBI without ATM facility and BSNL mobile connectivity. It has a PWD inspection bungalow where visitors can stay.   

Arunachal Pradesh provides a wide-ranging gamut of interests. Sociologists will see new socio-cultural patterns of the tribal people; historians, anthropologists and archaeologists will discover new amphitheater for their exploration; naturalists will come across new genres and species while holiday-makers and sportsmen can lodge themselves captivating landscapes and in adventurous sports. Arunachal Pradesh now the tourists’ Hot Spot is endowed generously with natural beauty. Elevated ragged mountain ridges, glassy rustic valleys, gushing water streams and a rich variety of flora and fauna comprise its unique features, blended with many colorful festivals and Solung is one of them.

   

  Solung Celebrations at Daporijo, Bomdila, Changlang

Daporijo: The Adis residing and posted at Daporijo, Upper Subansiri celebrated Solung yesterday.  Attending the Solung Festival 2011 celebration as Chief Guest Obuk Panor, DDSE, appreciated all the Adis residing at Daporijo for organizing such grand Solung Festival celebration. He appealed to all to preserve the age old heritage, tradition and culture. He said that loss of our own culture is loss of identity and that each one of us must identify the word ‘Culture’, understand it and preserve it as God gave mankind his right to preserve his identity.

The Solung Celebration Committee President Apur Bitin, SP Daporijo and Er. Binam Messar, AE, PWD, Taliha(General Secretary) expressed their gratitude to the Chief Guest for donating a Mithun and to all the gathering for active participation and cooperation.  Besides Ponung, varieties of Cultural items were presented by Solung Ane Group, Dune Group and School Children. The prizes were distributed to the winners by the Chief Guest.

At Bomdila, Khiren Rijiju,Ex-MP and Principal Advisor to HCM graced the occasion as Chief Guest. He said that employees working in different district has bridged the gap of distance by celebrating the festival in every corner of Arunachal Pradesh as well as in India. He further said the theme and aims and objective of all festivals are same though nature of celebration is different. Ex-Minister Japu Deru also attended the celebration as a special guest. He also addressed the gathering and said festivals gives an opportunity to the people to gather together and share happiness.

Solung was celebrated at Changlang as well.

Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Junpo Taikam Jugli, Chairperson, Zilla Parishad Changlang, stressed on preservation of the age old tradition and cultural heritage of the community. She appreciated the Adi officers and officials for guarding their culture and tradition and actively organizing Solung festival celebration despite various constraints. The Guest of Honour, John Jugli, ZPM Changlang South appealed not to mix religion with culture; instead all should join whole heartedly on such joyous occasion. He specifically advised the younger generation to carry forward their rich culture and tradition.

Opak Gao, Deputy Commissioner, and Chief Patron of Solung Festival Celebration, Changlang, said the ideology and belief behind every celebration are same. Festival brings people nearer to each other and sow the seeds of unity and universal brotherhood amongst all sections of the society, he said.

 

   Marde calls for evolving a common language   

Aalo: Our Culture has traversed a long way to give us a distinct identity and festival always manifests our faith, belief and tribal ways of life, said Shri Takar Marde, Minister Home and Rural Development while gracing Solung Gidi Celebration at Aalo on 1st September last.

We, as an Arunachalee dont have a common language and script, my dialect is alien to my own people and it shames me to give Solung greetings in English, rued Marde while urging intellectual, researchers and scholars to evolve a common language for the state. Our culture is deep rooted and elders should take along younger generation to delve into our history and literature to explore rich folklores and take pride in it. The lackadaisical attitude among our younger ones to speak in our own dialect is a major cause of concern for us. The celebration this year is special in the sense that it coincides with centenary year of Freedom Movement against the British by the Adis at kekar Monying and an occasion to remember and pay tributes to 24 Young freedom fighters who laid down their lives to fight against the British.

Urging the govt officers to discharge their services to the people, the Minister said that our services are meant for people whom we serve and govt polices & programme and fruits of development should be taken in the nook and corner of the state. We have been depending on outsiders for a long period of time to tape these resources and this dependence syndrome will simply keep us in the backseat and backwardness unless force within is galvanized to take self strides in the of a making of a bright Arunachal shedding all differences as conducive atmosphere and free mind hasten enthusiasm and zeal and to take up such ventures.

The President SGCC, Kanki Darang, ADC appealed Minister to follow up with govt on sanctioning of inter connecting roads within the Donyi-Polo Dere Complex and community hall as it is a centre of festivals and festivities for all communities residing at Aalo township.

The cultural extravaganza which was participatory in nature gave deep insight into our tribal music, dance and folklores as Adi, Tagin and Galo troupes turned up to spell bind different genre of audiences.

 

Consumer Awareness Campaign

ITANAGAR, Sep 2: A team of Officers from the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs today organized a Consumer Awareness Campaign in Kendriya Vidyalaya at Naharlagun.

The team was led by Hoktum Ori and assisted by K.P.Tago, ACLM, Supriyo Chakraborty, TALM, Taba Tabin, ILM, Debia Tana, ILM dealt in length on the various salient features of Legal Metrology & Consumer Protection Laws with special elaboration on Consumers’ Rights and responsibilities.

Demonstration on proper use of weighing instruments in commercial transactions, besides various aspects of fraudulent practices normally adopted by scrupulous traders in weighment and measurement, were made by the Officers during the campaign.

The Department also organized a Quiz Competition on the activities of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs wherein token prize money was distributed amongst the students.

While welcoming the Officers, the Principal of the School, Shri K. K. Pandey appreciated the efforts of the Department and appealed the students to participate actively and to derive maximum benefits from the interaction during the campaign.

 

The missing link

 

According to the National Human Rights Commission, over 44,000 children go missing every year while the National Centre for Missing Children says there are 10 lakh runaways in India every year. The alarming number is further aggravated by the fact that the country has no central data on the number of children missing, or what has happened to them. Consequently, it is not known whether children are being picked up for criminal activities by organised gangs, sold into prostitution or labour, or have run away for a specific purpose.

If a response to an RTI application is any indicator, Delhi is one the most unsafe place for children. Police has revealed that almost 8 children go missing in the city every day. Most of the children reported missing belong to migrant families. 2,161 children had been registered as missing in New Delhi, in a span of 270 days, in 2010. The Delhi police said most missing children belonged to migrant families.

The RTI revelation is shocking and no lessons have been learnt from the gruesome Nithari killings, where 19 children were found to have been murdered. Directions from the courts have had little impact. In September 2010, the Delhi High Court directed the city police to find out whether organised gangs were behind cases of children going missing.

Even with such alarming numbers, lack of action on the part of the police has been a longstanding complaint. With such an attitude, it is unlikely that the statistics will ever come down. It is time the Centre wakes up to the fact and come up with a concrete legislation so that young ones are not left on their own. Safety of children should be at the fore for any nation to develop in true sense.

EDITORIAL Readers Forum

 

Clarification

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news item, titled, No rice stock at Ziro FCI depot”, published in your esteemed daily on Sept 2.

The FCI is rendering yeoman service for delivery of food grains and levy sugar to the people of Arunachal Pradesh through the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh under the TPDS and other welfare schemes  of the Government of India. The FCI regional office, Itanagar is positioning adequate food stocks at the various FCI depots located in several districts of the  state.

This time there is temporary shortage of food grains at FSD Ziro because of following reasons which are beyond the control of FCI.

1. The North Lakhimpur to Ziro route was cut off due to flash flood, because of which stock  moment from FSD North Lakhimpur to Ziro could not be moved. Further, the adequate food grains were also not available  at FSD North Lakhimpur.

2. As an alternate arrangement for moving the stock to FSD Ziro, transport contractor was position long back for moving stocks from FSD Banderdewa as stop gap arrangement. Against this there is stay order debarring the movement of stock from FSD Banderdewa to FSD Ziro by the honourable court of Guwahati high court, Itanagar permanent bench.

However, this office is expediting all possibilities to move and position sufficient stock of FSD Ziro by duly informing the  High Court to meet the TPDS requirement of the state Govt.

Yours’

G Karthikeyan

DGM, FCI,

RO, Itanagar

 

 

Clarification

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the letter “Give equal chance to all” written by one Neelam Laxman in your esteemed daily on Sept 1 issue.

In this regard, the Department of UD & Housing would like to clarify to all concern that the 3 per cent reservations for physically handicapped persons and 5 per cent reservations for meritorious sports persons in Group `C' & `D' posts is as per Govt. norms. These reservations are provided in the recruitment rules notified by the Govt. as per the provisions made in service rules. In fact, these rules are framed by the Govt. in order to provide level playing field to physically handicapped people and meritorious Sport persons who bring laurels to state and the country. The Department of UD & Housing is therefore discharging its duty as per Govt. rules.

Yours’

J Basar

Deputy Director (Estt)

For CE cum Director

Dept of UD and

Housing, Itanagar

 

 

 

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