2011

September -  07

News Highlights

 

District Level Farmers Training held

AALSO, Sep 6 : A district level training under ATMA was organized at DAO office here to impart knowledge on cultivation practices of citrus, management of poultry and piggery farming among the farmers.

Scientist from ICAR Research Centre, Basar Dr. Pranabjyoti Sarma (Horticulture), Dr. Kiran Kr. Singh (Agronomy) gave power point presentation on orange cultivation, pest and disease management of citrus crops and poultry and piggery farming. The research centre also distributed Hybrid Maize seeds to the interested farmers. Altogether 90 farmers from both Aalo East and Aalo West attended the said training. DIPRO

 

Committee to stage road blockade

ITANAGAR, Sep 6: The Lichi Cher Ranganadi Project Affected Area Management Committee (LCRPAAMC) had decided to go with its proposed 48-hour Kimin-Ziro road blockade on Sept 8. This  decision was taken unanimously in an emergency meeting held on Sept 6 following the failure of the NEEPCO and state Govt to respond to its 15 ultimatum  demanding release of 50 per cent original water of Ranganadi river water to downstream people. However, essential services like ambulance, electricity, fire brigade, milk van will be exempted from the purview of the proposed bandh/road blockade, the committee said. The committee further threatened that it will launch 72 hours bandh  call as next phase of agitation from Oct 25.

 

Assault on advocate condemned

ITANAGAR: The coordinators of Youth Network Movement Arunachal condemned the barbaric assault on Advocate Taba Tagum by miscreants on Sept 2.   Advocate Taba Tagum is   the only sole bread earner of his family.  The coordinators of Youth Network Movement demanded justice for the victim and exemplary punishment to people involved in the incident. It threatens to take its own course of action if justice is not met.

 

East Siang DC takes charge

PASIGHAT: New East Siang deputy commissioner (DC) Talem Tapok has taken over charge from outgoing DC Onit Panyang on Tuesday. Panyang has been transferred to Capital as Deputy Commissioner.

Meanwhile, the administrative officers, head of offices and other officers and staff of the district, in a function gave farewell to Panyang. DIPRO

 

Investors’ Meet

ITANAGAR: As a follow-up of the 6th North East Business Summit held at Mumbai in January 2011, the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in association with the Ministry of DoNER is organizing Investors’ Meet for Arunachal Pradesh at Banquet Hall, Itanagar on September 9 at 10 am.

Tako Dabi, Minister of Industries have consented to attend the meet and address the investors while M. Pertin, Commissioner of Industries will deliver the key note address. ICC in association with DoNER Ministry  has been organizing Investors’ Meetings in all 8 North Eastern states so that prospective investors can meet the concerned ministers & senior officials of the State Governments and discuss their proposed projects for smooth implementation on ground.

News Impact

Violence marks 48 hours ANSU bandh, seven arrested

ITANAGAR, Sep 6: The second day of 48 hours Capital bandh called by the All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) witnessed violent activities including stone pelting, road blockade, damage and burning of vehicles in various places of Capital complex today. Capital police has arrested seven persons in connection with the  damages of Govt properties including destruction of offices, the Capital DC informed

ANSU has given the bandh call in protest against the alleged failure of the Govt to deliver justice on reporter Pradeeep Thakur issue.

Normal life crippled for the second day today with the business establishments, financial institutions remaining closed and the vehicles, except vehicles on police duty, off the road.

Right from Nirjuli to Itanagar, the agitators resorted to road block in various points burning tyre and placing boulders on the road and also pelted-stone  on police vehicles. At around 1.30 pm, a group of agitators barged into office of the director of horticulture and damaged office building, furniture and also destroyed official files, informed Capital Complex DC Bokar Basar today.

The agitators also completely damaged one police vehicle and burnt down another in Gohpur tinali at around 4.30 pm. They also damaged three magistrate vehicles at the same area. Some police personnel also got injuries during skirmish. On the other hand, the agitators manhandled one magistrate   at Papu Nalah and pelted stone on her vehicle, the DC said. Another new vehicle of a magistrate has been fully damaged at C-sector, Naharlagun at around 5.30 pm yesterday, he added.

Meanwhile, the unidentified persons pelted stone on the vehicle of capital district magistrate at Papu Nallah while he was returning from Police headquarter at around 8.30 pm today.  They also obstructed the movement of vehicle by placing big boulders on the road. However, the security personnel  removed the boulders and made the road traffic thorough, the DC informed.

The State Government had declared the bandh call illegal and directed its employees to attend offices or face disciplinary action. The Capital District magistrate also declared 144 CrPC to thwart any untoward incidents.

Earlier, the students union gave two bandhs in support of its demands which included immediate arrest of the reporter, unconditional apology from him, revelation of the source of his derogatory remark and detailed call records of his two phone numbers.

 

7 Hepatitis B positive cases detected

ZIRO, Sep 6: The Neeti Society, Ziro in collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb India Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai organized a one day Free Hepatitis-B Screening Test Camp at Govt. M. E. School, Dutta on September 2 last.

More than 400 people mostly from Diibo belt attended the camp and got their blood tested out of which 7 positive cases have been detected.  

Bamin Siri, Diibo ZPM while attending the inaugural function as the chief guest appreciated the Neeti Society for communicating with one of the world’s most reputed Hepatitis-B medicine manufacturing company Bristol-Myers Squibb and convinced them for conducting free screen tests at this remote part of the country.

Stating that awareness level of the village people relating to their health is very less as compared to urban people, Siri asked organizing society to conduct similar camp in every interval at various localities of Ziro plateau so that needy village people get the benefit. He assured to extend his cooperation to Neeti Society in organizing similar programme in future.

He also appreciated expertise personnel of the Company who come over to this place covering all the way long from Mumbai and suggested students, teachers and public to get the benefit from the camp. Thereafter, he declared the camp opened.

Attending the Camp as the resource person, Dr. Joram Khopey (Pathologist) of district hospital Ziro in his short speech highlighted Hepatitis-B disease with special reference to its infection, prevention, test and the treatment. “In other word, Hepatitis-B disease is also known as silent killer which attack the liver. In early stage for a considerable period, no one knows he has the disease with him until symptoms appears or get a test”, he said adding that it is a dangerous disease which of course can be cured if detected in time. He suggested people for getting periodical tests.

Pranab Sharma, Company’s Disease and Medicine Advisor and specialized member of the team in the camp also spoke on the occasion.  At the concluding of campaign, Neeti Society’s chairman Yachang Tacho thanked Diibo panchayat for bearing the expenditure of the day long camp and the School authority of  Govt. ME School Dutta specially B Hazarika, i/c headmaster, Chiging Tama  AT, Narang Samo AT, Tage Rija AT and its staff Hage Kari for extending cooperation.

He also expressed his gratitude to Diibo ACP Koj Guro, ASM Koj Yadii, ASM Chiging Yama and well-wisher Koj Tamang  for their valued services at the camp and the Company’s team for rendering yeoman services in rural area and smooth conduct of the screening tests. He also thanked Subansiri Cable TV Network for covering the day long programme.

Giving a message through Subansiri Cable TV that similar camp is being organized very shortly at different localities within Ziro Plateau, Tacho appealed well-wishers and general public to extend their cooperation and support for smooth conduct of the screening test for the benefit of the people of the Valley.

The benefit given to the people through this Screening camp is that the company, Bristol-Myers Squibb India Pvt. Ltd will bear one third costs of the medicines in taking treatment after detecting positive in this camp.

 

Forum opposes  establishment of Power colony  at Mebua

ITANAGAR, Sep 6: Tallong-Londa Hydro-electric Downstream Immediate Affected Peoples’ Forum (TLHPDIAPF) opposed establishment of the proposed Staff Colony at Mebua which, according to the Forum, is far away from the actual  project site.

While urging the authority to review survey regarding the staff colony, TLHPDIAPF suggested for establishing the colony at a suitable place above of Mebua camp and below the dam site which is nearer to the project site.

“There are many places below the dam site where staff colony could be established for speedy construction of the project,” it said. TLHPDIAPF believes that any required infrastructure of the dam should be built within the immediate affected zone of the project for the benefit of the public of the particular area, it added. Worried by much political involvement in the project which could create misunderstanding among people and provoke of further laws and order problem within the areas, the Forum urged to avoid such political interference which could disturb smooth development of the project.

While expressing dissatisfaction over relief and rehabilitation plan of the company, it urged to power developer to review its RR plan.

It also appealed to the district administration to carry-out land acquisitions process in free and fair manner by maintaining transparency.

 

Skill development prog on nursery, livestock management

ITANAGAR, Sep 6: A five days Entrepreneurship Skill Development Training Programme covering Nursery Management to Livestock Management was successfully conducted from September 1 to 5 at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Basar.

T. Taniya Reb, Urban Programme Officer, UD & Housing, Basar Division explained about the SJSRY programme and also asked the participants to learn the approaches for nursery management and other activities for entrepreneurship development.

Cours coordinator Dr. Pranabjyoti Sarma, SMS, Horticulture, KVK, West Siang delivered a hand on training on “Fruits and vegetable nursery for self employment”.

While Dr. M.S. Baruah, SMS, Animal Science gave a presentation on “Scientific pig farming: why and how” Dr. Doni Jini, Scientist, Animal Science briefed about the commercial poultry farming. G. Bhagawati, Technical Officer (Agromet) told about the pest and disease management of nursery.

A.K.K. Singh, SMS, Agronomy highlighted the importance of rice nursery and its cultivation while Dr. V. K. Choudhary, Scientist, Agronomy explained in details about pest and disease management of rice.

Rita. N., SMS, Plant Breeding highlighted the seed production as an agri-business for the rural poor.

Dr. M. Kanwat, SMS, Agril. Extension encouraged the participants on entrepreneurship development among rural people.

The participants were given hand on training on preparation of pineapple jam by B. Saloi, Prog, Assistant, Home Science.

Altogether 15 participants registered in the training from different villages of West Siang district.

The training was sponsored by Urban Development & Housing, Basar Division under SJSRY Programme.

All the Scientists, SMSs, Technical Officer (Agromet), Programme Assistants of ICAR, A.P. Centre and officers from UD & Housing, Basar Division interacted with the participants during the interaction session.

Meanwhile, a team comprising A. Kirankumar Singh, SMS (Agronomy) and Rita Nongthombam, SMS (Plant Breeding) conducted a farmers’ field visit on September 4 last at New Bam under West Siang district. During the visit Singh demonstrated the use of Cono Weeder in rice crop under System of Rice Intensification (SRI) which is transplanted at 25 cm x 25 cm.

Rita also interacted about the different crops and collected some germplasms grown by the farmers in his field and suggested to preserve the important germplasms locally available with him.

The team further advised Dakkar Bam (farmer) to take up the composite fish farming in his pond lying vacant with the incorporation of the pig manure which is available in his piggery unit.

 

ABSU calls 36-hr Pasighat bandh

ITANAGAR, Sep 6: All Bogong Students’ Union (ABSU) has announced its 2nd phase of 36 hours Pasighat Bandh from September 8 morning (5 am) in the backdrop of state government’s failure to honor the demand of the union.

However, essential services like Ambulance, milk van, press, magistrate on duty and police personnel etc have been exempted from the purview of the bandh.

The union had suspended its 2nd phase of agitation earlier scheduled on August 16 and 17 after the intervention of Bosiram Siram, Education Minister and the local MLA.

“In a written communiqué addressed to the union president Tabit Gao, Siram on behalf of the State Government had made a commitment that the deputy commissioner will be retained. Subsequently, an interim directive from the Chief Secretary office keeping abeyance the earlier transfer order was received,” ABSU informed in a release.

“However contrary to the commitment, in a sudden development, Talem Tapok has taken charge of the East Siang deputy Commissioner today,” ABSU said

“Siram as per his written assurance should have done all the necessary formalities for the retention of the DC Panyang after the receipt of the interim order,” ABSU said.

“The union feels betrayed by the conduct of state government represented by Siram for his indifferent attitude towards the popular sentiment of common public. It also reflects the present state government mindset towards its people.

The ABSU is in agitating mode since last one month after the transfer of Deputy Commissioner Onit in the midst of eviction drive carried out in the district head quarter.

 

Rahul for democracy within party, says Rathor

Correspondent

MIAO Sep 6: Rahul Gandhi is trying to bring about democracy within the party itself because he understands the sentiments of the general masses said Pradesh Returning Officer (PRO) Deepak Rathor while attending a general meeting of the Changlang District Youth Congress which was organized at Jairampur yesterday.  

Indian Youth Congress (IYC) provides a platform for young and energetic youths to become leaders of tomorrow and one must avail the opportunity to be part of the party, he further informed the youths present.

Rathor who is also the PRO for Manipur, Mizoram and Meghalaya besides Arunachal Pradesh further said that any change in the history of the nation shows youths have played a vital role in bringing about positive change.

Changlang DCCI president Sethai Sena urged the youths present to join the Indian Youth Congress and work towards being a part of nation building process.

The youths must avail this chance and take membership under Youth Congress so that they can be a part of India’s largest and oldest political party he said.

Rahul Gandhi has initiated much of the positive policies and programme keeping in mind the welfare of youths, Sena said and further added that programmes meant for empowering youth has been given special significance and as part of that Rahul ji's vision. Indian Youth Congress had progressed very much under his leadership, he added.

Indian National Congress (INC) is the only party that can read the pulse of the North-East said Jairampur ZPM K N Tikhak while speaking in the occasion. Tikhak further urged the youths to join the Youth Congress and be a part of the largest democratic youth organisation in the world. Nampong, Jairampur, Manmau BCCI president Wilson Rongrang, Miao-Kharsang BCCI president Sentum Rongrang, Changlang North BCCI president Khomton Ngotan, Changlang District Youth Congress former president James Jugli and  former general secretary Chamun Latem besides youth of the area also attended the programme.

 

KVK-SHG interface meeting

ITANAGAR, Sep 6: An interface meeting between Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) and Self Help Group (SHGs) was organized by KVK, Upper Siang in its premises today.

Oyinti Megu, SMS (Horticulture) explained various agricultural technologies which can empower the SHGs and its members economically.

In the meeting, existing status, need and interest of each SHG were discussed.

While taking part in discussion, Tok Panyang, secretary, United Brothers SHG requested the KVK to bring scheme like SGSY and Moti Yao, secretary, Birme Dune SHG suggested for exposure visit to the other states.  The meeting after a threadbare discussion with SHGs, an activity chart was prepared with the line of KVK mandates to be followed in coming days.  

The Programme was attended by   President, Secretary and members of Seven Self Help Group(SHG) of Geku and its adjoining area under Geku Development Block, Upper Siang District.

The whole programme was coordinated by Indrajit Barman, SMS (Agril. Extn).

 

MSC wins Solung soccer tournament

PASIGHAT, Sep 6: The Mebo Soccer Club (MSC) won the Mebo Solung Soccer Tourney, 2011 beating Ngopok Football Association (NFA) by 7-0 goals at the Motum village.

Todol Pertin, Block President (NCP) witnessed the final match as chief guest and gave away the trophy and cash prizes to the winning and runners-up teams.

Minggong Ratan (Highest Scorer), Siyam Yirang (Best Goalkeeper) and Seram team (best disciplined) were also awarded on the occasion.

Earlier, in his address, the chief guest advised the players to maintain sportsman spirit and discipline. He also advised the youths to participate in sports activities to keep themselves physically fit and to show their hidden talents. He called for a drugs free society launching anti-drugs awareness campaigns while encouraging sports activities.

Guest of Honour G Karbak (DSO), special guest veteran footballer Tamat Gamoh and special invitee Lenjing Pertin also attended the final match and spoke on the occasion.

The football tournament was organized by All Mebo Students Union. DIPRO

 

 

Tea Tourism in N.E. – ‘Paradise Unexplored’ !

Rima Taipodia

A cup of tea is a mystery to resolve – generations across the world have used it as a health drink, the perfect accomplice to all discussions and an invitation to confide. Its origins can be traced back to China where this miracle drink was discovered some 5000 years back. The long journey from China to rest of the World added flavours, style, dimensions and history to this unique brew. Taking clue from one of the advertisements – Hold a cup of tea in your hand, move the cup gently, bring it closer to your nose, now close your eyes and inhale the fragrance, it will take you to the lush green tea gardens with their sunny slopes and misty valley – take your first sip, savour it after all a lot of effort goes into bringing it to your home.

TEA TOURISM-NORTHEAST

North East India also known as the Paradise unexplored brings to our minds the colorful yet tranquil images of majestic mountains, exotic flora and fauna, spectacular scenery and the lush tea gardens. This unmatched blend makes it the most beautiful Eco Tourism destination of South Asia. The emerging trend of Tea Tourism in the last decade in North East India is – India’s answer to the European Wine Tourism. Tea Tourism is gaining popularity as tourists, especially foreigners, are making their way to the tea estates, to savour an entirely different world. A world that ensures a rejuvenating experience away from the chaos, pollution and tensions of their otherwise fast paced lifestyle. It beckons the weary and tired tourists to its lap to relax and unwind in its magical land – a heaven for tourists, the North East India!

Two leaves enclosing a bud, hills covered with tea bushes, gurgling streams, clean air with its own fragrance, breathtaking landscapes, voices of cicadas and birds filling the air, the bewildering variety of wildlife with the backdrop of mist covered mountains. Welcome to the North East India. Tea Tourism is an experience to remember – lush green tea plantations, a tranquil ambience, dollops of old worldly luxury, glimpses of wild life , and a tint of magic that comes from the land of myths and mysteries. A Tea Tour is more than about “tea” it is a showcase to a lifestyle nestled deep into eastern Himalayas nurtured by Tsangpo – the great Brahmaputra.

Tea Tour would include nature walks around the tea garden, trekking, rafting or fishing in the hilly rivers, accommodation in the heritage bungalows  and one can also witness the tea tasting session, which can be a unique experience or just sit in the verandah of a bungalow, breathe the fresh air, watch the blue mountains with their sapphire peaks and enjoy the serenity with a cup of “tea”.

It also includes living in a tea estate. Ah! To live in a tea estate is indeed a world of its own. These centuries old Heritage tea bungalows, retain their ancient glory and portray tales of opulent lifestyle of the era gone by. The stately manors are miniature museums with beautiful gardens ornamented with exotic flowers, well chosen de art, antiques, high ceilings, sprawling balconies, chandeliers, fire places and glass windows that exude colonial charm , you can sit in the central courtyard sipping tea and enjoy the aristocratic life of a planter in days of a yore.  When you can take a walk through these gardens, the strong aromas will lead you to meet the Tea Garden Manager who will take you around and explain the complexities and mysteries of this lush green carpet. You may even visit the tea workers, learn the art of plucking leaves on your own. There is so much to see and enjoy in a tea tour. There is magic in the air which will stay with you long after you come back home.

Prominent tea tourism sites in India are Darjeeling in West Bengal, Munnar in Kerela, Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, Ooty in Tamil Nadu and the Eastern Sentinel – Assam. Besides generating income and using the erstwhile vacant bungalows, it also promotes the industry and helps the local people. A part of success of the tea tourism can be attributed to the warm hospitality, unique culture and lip smacking cuisine of the region.

To experience the serenity of North East India, The Other Home and Landmark Tours have designed a special itinerary. This wonderful Tea tour focuses on making your trip, an experience to relish and ensures that you get to a chance to reside in a completely natural environment .

The Aromatic Assam Tea Tour (5 Nights / 6 days): you can reach Guwahati (Gateway city to North East) by flight. From there, we go to Tezpur by road and stay overnight at The Wild Mahseer Lodge located on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River. Next day, from Tezpur we go to Jorhat (The heartland of tea), where your will stay at Burra Sahib’s Bungalow or the Thengal Manor. You get the chance to visit the famous Toklai Experimental Centre that conducts research on new varieties of tea and its therapeutic effects. From Jorhat, the next destination is Dibrugarh (One of the Tea Capital), where you will stay at the Mancotta Chang Bungalow at the Mancotta Tea Estate. Watch a traditional dance performance by the local tea tribes in the evening sipping the garden fresh tea. The package includes – Accommodation on twin sharing basis, Meals, transfers by Scorpio/Innova/Tata Winger or similar, accompanying English speaking escort and tea tours.

HISTORY

North east India and especially Darjeeling, Dooars and Assam are known for its Tea industries right from the times of the British. North east India is again known for the National park and sanctuaries. Sikkim, Kalimpong and Darjeeling is Known for Trekking and mountaineering. Darjeeling, Mirik, Kurseong, Kalimpong, Sikkim and Bhutan are tourist hotspots for tourist related to monastery, flora, fauna, trekking etc. Himalayan peaks are visible and trek able from this part of the universe. Flora and fauna of this region is unparallel and the area has an extreme diversified species of them. The unique experience of the wildlife sanctuaries, Sub - Himalayan treks, acres of tea plantations and your stay at the old colonial Raj era Bungalow will be the memories to cherish lifetime.

Before any vacation one wonders, where to go, how to reach, the food, indulgence, hospitality and all that. You must know to enjoy a pleasant and memorable tour and its only possible if you have some planned destinations and if you know exactly what is in store for you. With any part of the year India can offer a choice to shine of destinations and experiments to you.

Stay at luxurious tea bungalows, ensconced in the best of comforts, enjoy interacting with tea workers and try your hand at plucking tea leaves, visit tea factories - all as part of tea tourism in India. If you are lucky, you may even witness a herd of elephants strolling down the garden or even catch a glimpse of the leopard during your stay at any of these gardens

The gardens with their sunny slopes and the misty valley greet your stay. Take a refreshing morning walk, meandering along the Tea bushes; watch the tea pluckers in action. Visit the factory and watch the process of tea manufacture with a Tea tasting session can be arranged exclusively for you at the Tea Tasting Room and guaranteed that one will return home with heady memories of a nostalgic lifestyle and of Darjeeling Tea.

The hospitality is unobtrusive and there is home stay. Guaranteed Comfort, homely, calm and beautiful atmosphere away from home just right for unwinding. The wild life is equally unparalleled; it evokes an aesthetic ambience and a romantic feeling making one nostalgic. There’s magic in the bracing air, and it will stay long after you’ve come home. It is guaranteed that the stay would cast you a spell. Tea Tourism does not necessarily means tea, tea and tea. It’s only a part of the normal package. It is customized or tailor-made as per the requirement of individual or groups.

ACCOMODATION

There are various ecotourism packages like home stay, tea tourism, trekking, nature study etc. Few of the home stay sites are in operation for the last couple of years and the same is also applicable to Tea tourism. The future product will have significant community involvement with lots of people participating and earning a livelihood. Tea tourism is a trendsetter in generating funds and to utilize the unused bungalow’s and quarter in the garden. They are converted to resort’s catering to the needs of the tourist. Concept of tea tourism has been initiated by some Tea Estate like Makaibari, Glenburg, Ambootia and Phaskowa. They are into Tea Tourism. This has three main angle one is means to overcome the financial crunch faced by the industry for the last decade, secondly to generate employment and lastly to expose tourist to the greenery of the garden away from the concrete jungle and to accustom them to the tea industry especially to the plantation and the manufacturing process. Ecotourism means responsible travel to natural areas, which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people. Plantation buildings are often well-preserved relics of the colonial era. Sprawling wooden bungalows, large courtyards filled with colorful flowers, century-old trees and green lawns capture an old-world charm. Nestled deep in the verdant tea gardens, staff living quarters and bungalows are being turned into luxury apartments with modern amenities. Similar resorts are coming up in Assam, and in the eastern state of West Bengal, home to the famous Darjeeling tea gardens in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. The motto is growth for all. The objective is to promote the sustainability of tea tourism through improved social standards, fair trade practices and new market opportunities. The mission is to take utmost care to the interest of distinguished customers and conforming to good governance.

The range of travel and tourism issues covered is continually expanding to meet the emerging challenges of the global business environment. Along with this, the sites/destinations like Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Sikkim, Dooars Bhutan, Nepal etc, all this are extremely popular with tourists. This will come in the tea tourism package. The company is well placed to offer advice and assistance to anyone interested in venturing into tea tourism – one of the most successful and dynamic sectors of the economy.

In what is set to become a trend, tea companies are taking a re look at some of their idle properties, in order to make them income - generating ventures, while also promoting the cause of the industry and helping local people. The tea industry, which was trying to insulate itself from fluctuating fortunes by releasing alternative revenue streams and are mulling on unlocking their idle assets in the picturesque north-east to set up similar projects. A century old plantation, laid out with acres of rolling tea bushes that virtually appear like a lush green carpet one and half feet above the ground. The sunny slopes and the misty valley. A beautiful, heritage bungalow, with its well-furnished rooms, that has played host to generations of tea planters (Sahibs and Memsahib) since the days of the Raj. It will take you to back to the early nineties during the rules of East India Company. Stay here for a while and experience the luxury of being pampered. 

(The writer is a STO, scholar(Botany), specialized in Tea Husbandry and technology sponsored by TEA BOARD OF INDIA and former tea consultant to the state planning department  govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.)

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EDITORIAL Readers Forum

 

Make efforts to conserve electricity

Dear Editor,

It is a well-known fact that Arunachal is running with shortage of power from many years especially in the rural areas even though it claims itself to be the most largest hydro power harnessing state of India. Many hydel dams are yet to be built and implemented in various districts of Arunachal, but if the present trend continues, most rural areas will still be deprived of electricity.

A commonly seen trend in the various towns of the state is the illegal electrical connectivity from the overhead transmission lines without prior knowledge to the concerned authority. This misuse of electrical resource has to be checked at the earliest.

In this regard,we would like to mention some steps taken by the township of Lonavale, a hill station between Mumbai & Pune. Maharashtra is the first state in the country to roll out "Prepaid Electricity Meters" as a part of the efforts to check theft & wrongful diversion of power. This was launched by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited.

The prepaid meter system is just like the prepaid concept of mobile phones. Just like a mobile phone user buys talk time, potential consumers have to purchase units of electricity for their monthly usage. The consumers will be provided with a smart card which needs to be inserted in their meters. The meters can also be recharged online from the authority’s website.

Likewise, in Arunachal by adopting this system at least we can hope to conserve some units of electricity which can be distributed properly in the rural places.

Yours,

Lod Bhatt, Punyo Tatang

Itanagar (on email)

 

 

Contain the spread of disease

Dear Editor,

Hepatitis is spreading at Kamporijo circle, Dollungmukh circle. Recently two person have died while some patients are undergoing treatment.

Most of the patients are from interior villages and belongs to poor family who cannot afford to spend money for treatment.

I would like to request the Health Department, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to give serious effort to control this particular disease and help the common people.

Yours,

Guchi Tegi Tamen.

Kamporijo Circle,  (on  email)

 

 

Adopt means that does not affect the common masses

Dear Editor,

The woes of  the Bandh culture at the state Capital, Itanagar hits hardest the ordinary denizens, the hand to mouth small time fruit, vegetable, fish,the meat sellers, daily basis labourers and other workers who solely depend on the earning of the day for everyday livelihood. Every time the Bandhs are called  by the one organization or the other  on Issues which has nothing to do with the small people but they are bound to be the  worst victims of the Bandhs. But it is an excellent and all time great breaks for the haves group of the state who convert the Bandh opportunity into celebrations and enjoyments in their respective homes with laptops, computers, gambling, watching movies, drinking and all sorts but the poor man is all set to run to the market to make their first sell and eagerly waits for the last minute of the bandh to be over. Hundreds of vehicles carrying passengers of all categories of the poor and the middle class families coming from the districts for treatment and other official works are stranded at police check gates for days. The Bandhs are good means to focus the grievances of the caller but who risks about the sufferings of the people and for how long will it continue and who should be blamed for. The recent 48 hours ANSU Bandh is too long a period to carry yet the Issue seems absolutely genuine for the callers on one unknown Pradeep Thakur  who has enraged the sentiments of the biggest community by trying to Isolate them  with others in the state. People say that it is politically motivated yet others cry in the street with communal sentiments but have it really become Impossible for the Govt. of the day to figure out the Issue with the aggrieved group. How great is Pradeep Thakur to offend a community and to  throw the state Capital into great trouble every time and can he not be brought to book or can we not adopt some other formula to stop giving too much mileage to Mr. Nobody. I am always a diehard fan of the students movement in the state and had led AAPSU, ANSU, APPDSU etc. in the past and cannot afford to hear the complains, hue and cries against bandhs given by the students organizations. The responsible citizens of the state capital needs to move one step ahead  involving all organizations including students ,civil society, senior citizens and others to evolve a popular opinion to lessen the sufferings of the common man by impressing upon the organizations to adopt other democratic means to demonstrate their cause except Bandhs.     

Yours,

Dominic Tadar

Former  President AAPSU & social activist

Naharlagun (on email)

 

 

We treat all as equals

Dear Editor,

In response to the item published in your daily in Reader’s Forum under heading ‘Separate Rules’ dated 5th September by one S. Tangkhu, Changlang district regarding MV checking by district police. The special drive on motor vehicles checking was conducted by all the OC PS Changlang under my direction in all the township areas of Changlang district on 2nd September 2011 from 8AM to 12 PM to contain the accidental deaths/injuries caused due to rash and negligent driving without following the traffic rules and to create awareness on road safety amongst the public.

During checking  total 390 numbers of vehicles were checked thoroughly and scrupulously, 118 numbers of violators of MV Acts were detected and out of this, 18 numbers of violators have been challaned to court vide Non-FIR under various sections of MV Act 1989. And rest of MV act violators were imposed penalties amounting to total Rs 13,350/- only with proper receipts and same amount has been deposited into Government account.

It is to clarify that we don’t follow separate rules or follow separate standards for anyone. Among the violators, there was one IRBN constable who was also imposed a fine of rupees one hundred only vide Arunachal Pradesh Police Traffic Offence Receipt Book Counter Foil No. 10 of Sl. No. 289 dated 02/09/2011. During checking the public was shown due respect and with politeness but there was strict checking without sparing anybody including even own police personnel without any nepotism.

Yours,

Tumme Amo,       

Superintendent of Police

Changlang (on email)

 

 

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Family reunion prog in Sri Lanka

 

UNICEF Sri Lanka is expanding its work in the Northern Province to reunite children with their families displaced during the last phase of the civil war. The programme, run in co-operation with the government, began in late 2009 months after the end of the war.

Although progress has been slow, it has succeeded in reuniting a number of children with their families. Hundreds are still missing and many adults are also unaccounted for.

UNICEF's staff, trained in family tracing skills, have been working in two districts of northern Sri Lanka trying to locate missing children. In partnership with a local government tracing programme, they are now expanding their work to cover the whole of the northern province and part of the east, which was also in the war zone.

After the violence and chaos of the final two to three years of conflict, many adults and children remain unaccounted for. Some may not have survived but others have done, and this Family Tracing Unit is doing its best to find them. The unit has traced 45 missing children and reunited them with their families; another 57 cases are being verified.