2011

September -  27

News Highlights

 

Bandh supported

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: All Arunachal Youngster United Federation Kurung Kumey unit has supported the 12 hour Koloriang constituency bandh on 27th September issued by Koloriang Youth Association and Parsi Parlo Area Development Committee. The Federation urged state government to look into the ever increasing corruption happening in district headquarter. Further they called on elected members and officials of district administration of Kurung Kumey district to judiciously use central sponsored schemes like BADP, SPA, CRF, NEC, NLCPR, PMGSY, relief fund, etc.

 

Office inauguration

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: The office of All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) West Siang district unit will be inaugurated on September 28 at old market Aalo.

Takar Goi, chairman AAPPTF and Nyiken Lollen, ADC, Kamba will attend the inaugural function as chief guest and guest of honour respectively while Dobin Sonam, Secy. Gen., AAPPTF and DTO Aalo will be the special guest of the function.

All the commercial vehicles of West Siang district will stay off the road during the day, according to AAPPTF district unit release.

 

Condolence

ITANAGAR, Sept 26: Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha of Arunachal Pradesh has condoled the untimely demise of Hindu Dolo. He was the BJP Mandal President of 8th Bameng Constituency East Kameng District.

Dolo was an active member of the party and is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

 

Social service

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: North East Development Welfare Society State Unit, Itanagar conducted its first state unit’s executive Synchronization meet at Naharlagun recently.

During the meet they decided to conduct social service at General Hospital, Naharlagun on October 1. The society would also organize seminar on Tani Lipi in the district and state soon.

 

Killing condemned

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: The Kyun Moung Tai Society (KMTS) has strongly condemned the killing of  Chou Sunanda Manpoong, a local resident of New Mohong village of Lekang circle, by some miscreants on September 21 last.

The society while conveying its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, appealed to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to work out effective mechanism to prevent such crimes which is increasing day by day district.

 

ASUS election

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: Arunachal Students Union Shillong is going to organize election at Arunachal Bhawan Shillong from 7th to 8th October.

 

Capacity building programme

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: The 3 day’s capacity building training for district officers for operationalization of CSS on Agri-System-Network (Agrisnet) will be held in the conference hall of the directorate of agriculture from 27th to 29th of this month. The inaugural programme will be graced by agriculture minister, parliamentary secretary agriculture, chairman Arunachal Pradesh Agri Marketing Board and officials of agriculture department.

 The official website of department will be launched and Agrinest will also be inaugurated.

 

Volleyball competition

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: Tana Tagum, Zilla Parishad member of IXth Leporiang and Techi Kaha, ASM of Humd Panchayat will be chief guest and guest of honour respectively for the inaugural function of volleyball competition to be held on 2nd October by Parang Panchayat Youth Welfare Society.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: Oimang Modi and Ruth Pertin have been selected as President and General Secretary of newly formed Dibang Adi Women Association in a meeting held recently.

Tatung Taga and Tagru Tate have been selected as Chairman and vice chairman of newly formed Abu Taru Colony Welfare Committee, Ganga Itanagar.

 

Renew bus concession card

ITANAGAR, Sept 26: The vigilance wing of State Transport Services is carrying out rigorous checking of all the staff, officers, school APST Buses to detect card less passengers from September 25 as many government employees, contingency staff and students of college and schools are reportedly availing the services of government Buses without valid concessional card despite issuance of notice for timely renewal of their card.

 

JNCSU election result declared

PASIGHAT, Sep 26: After many hours of speculation, curiosity and excitement, the results of the JNCSU election were finally declared today evening. Zing Mahlon Darang was elected as General Secretary.

The counting process was completed inside the DCs conference hall amidst tight security provided by the district administration.

The observers Tagom Darang IAS (Rtd), Oshong Ering, IAS (Rtd) and prominent leader Nanom Jamoh supervised and monitored the entire process in presence of the JNC Principal  (i/c) SR Chowdhury and Returning Officer Dr. AC Jha. Altogether 44 faculties and 3 staffs of JNC also extended their services to ensure smooth conduct of the counting process. DIPRO

 

Checking against ILP,  trading license

PALIN, Sep 26: Considering the flourishing business of small shops in and around the town, local magistrates Abu Taba, C.O, ADC office, Pania and Rido Tarak, C.O Palin conducted a surprise checking of Inner Line Permit(ILP) and trading license at Palin. Around 30 persons were detained for failing to produce ILP. They were released after the completion of all formalities of the court.

Many shops in the town were also found to be running without proper licenses. They were directed to obtain trading license within one month, failing which their shops would be sealed. (DIPRO)

 

Former Director dies

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: Kargu Gamgi Naharlagun-Nirjuli management committee condoled the untimely demise of Dr Bero Ado, retired Director of animal husbandry and veterinary at Ramakrisna Mission Hospital today.

The members, in a condolence meeting today,  prayed to almighty Donyi Polo for the eternal peace of the departed soul an conveyed their heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family members.

 

Drawing competition

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: Old is Gold Friendship is organizing a free entry Drawing competition on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti at Government Higher Secondary School, Dumporijo.

The competition will comprise of three categories Senior, Junior and Sub-junior.

 

Dance India Dance audition

ITANAGAR: The preliminary audition for Dance India Dance 2011 session will be held on 6th October at Kalakshetra Academy, Itanagar. The selected candidates will be taken to Guwahati for the main round audition on 10th of October.

Informing this Kipa Ajay, one of the committee members of popular dance show Arunachal Boogie Woogie said, “We have many talented dancers in Arunachal who can compete with anyone. By organizing this audition, we want to encourage young talented dancers of state. There will be no entry free and everyone is welcome to take part in audience.” Further he informed that one Shatabdi Nath, who was top six performer of the last edition of Arunachal Boogie Woogie has got selected for scholarship from ministry of cultural affairs, government of India. He has got scholarship for kathak classical dance.

 

APSCW condemns rape & murder

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) has expressed shock over brutal  rape and murder of minor girl at Vijaynagar area. In a release while condemning such gruesome act, commission informed that they have written to SP Changlang and district administration officials to take stern action against accused and give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of such heinous crime.  

News Impact

Assembly paves way for creation of Longding

Govt aware of law and order problem: Gamlin

Fifth Legislative Assembly session

Naharlagun, Sep 26: The Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly today paved the way for creation of Longding district by passing the Arunachal Pradesh (Re-Organization of Districts) (amendment) Bill,2011.

The creation of new district of  Longding comprising administrative units of  Longding, Kanubari, Pongchao, Wakka, Pumao Lawnu  curbed out of  Tirap District was approved by the state cabinet on its meeting on 7th August 2009, followed by constitution of High power Committee to finalize the boundary and creation of the district, which  submitted its report with recommendations for creation of the district on August,11,2011. State cabinet again approved it for placing before the state Legislative Assembly on 15th September last.

Kanubari   MLA, Newlai Thinkatara, Longding-Pumao MLA, Thangwang Wangam, Namsang MLA, Wangki Lowang and Punchau-Wakka MLA and Horticulture Minister Honchun Ngandam while taking part in the discussion thanked  Late Dorjee Khandu for his initiation, the council of Ministers, Members of Legislative Assembly for their support in  the creation of the Longding District.

Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin, who is Minister  in-charge  of District Administration while moving the bill justified that the area lags far behind in a developmental aspects and appealed the members to support the bill. In the initial stage there would not be any financial involvement from the consolidated fund of the state, since the Administration will be manned with the existing infra-structure and manpower of the state government, he added.

Three other  important Bills including -the Arunachal Pradesh Public Records Bill, 2011, Arunachal Pradesh Nursing Council Bill,2011, the Arunachal Pradesh Fiscal responsibility and Budget Management (Amendment)Bill, 2011, were also passed with voice vote without much discussion.

Speaking in ‘ Calling attention notice,’  Namsai MLA, Nang Sati Mein, draw the attention of the state government on deteriorating law and order problem in the state. People are living in fear psychosis particularly in her constituency.  Making a mentions of the kidnapping  and murder of  Sunanda Manpoong, a contractor on 21st September at Lekang Circle, recent attack on the pride of the state Tapi Mra, gun shot at youths at Senki View, Itanagar,  kidnapping of a businessman from Namsai, Maoist activities, she said, these are just few of such incidents, and asked what the govt. doing to check the situation.

She further informed that last year after the PRC fiasco, one local boy of Old Mohong village was murdered and the culprits were arrested and they had even confessed to the crime and were jailed but after 3 months they were acquitted. “I do not cast any aspiration on judicial system but these kinds of things have to be stopped otherwise law and order will keep on deteriorating if no proper punishments are given” she said. She also expressed her displeasure at the delay in posting police personnel at New Mohong. The law and order situation has deteriorated in the area due to the negligent attitude of the govt, she said while adding that the people there are living in fear psychosis.

She further said that Maoists ingress is not only in Lohit District but in the entire Arunachal Pradesh. She said that some boys were apprehended by the police in Namsai in connection with Maoist activities and they are currently in Police custody.

Chief Minister, Jarbom Gamlin while responding to the Calling attention motion informed the House that the state government is fully aware of the law and order problem in the state. Steps are being taken to post adequate police personnel at Lekang, he further informed. On Maoist issue, the CM, stated one person has been arrested, who he said was an anti-Dam element and locals are not involved, he added. On Senki View incident, the CM said the matter is being investigated and hopeful of arresting the culprit in few days.  HYDRO PROJECTS: Joining a short duration discussion on HydroPower Projects in Arunchal Pradesh and its impact on Socio-Economic welfare of the state initiated by Mebo MLA Ralom Borang, the Chief Minister thanked him for his concerns on various issues in connection with starting of Hydro Power projects in the state. There are certain procedures, and technical bottlenecks like CEA clearance, forest and Environment clearance etc. which delays the starting and completion of projects in time.  Highlighting the benefits of the Project, the Chief Minister appealed the Members to convey to the people the benefits of the projects at their respective  area.

Borang expressed his regret over the preparation DPRs by the Engineers without visiting the project sites and without taking the local people into confidence. He also voiced his anger over delay in starting of projects despites signing of MOUs with state government. State Government should also study the local feasibilities like the social and economic impacts of huge influx of labour from other state for constructing the projects, before an MOU is signed, he added. (DIPR with input from ATNS)

 

Minister ‘kidnapped’: APCC alleges

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has alleged that one of the Congress sitting Minister was ‘kidnapped’ by a group of miscreants near CM official bungalow this evening at about 5.30 PM at gun point  in an unregistered Scorpio and was taken inside CM Bungalow where he was manhandled.

Terming the incident a  mockery of security system of the State and utter failure of the State leadership at the helm of affairs, it went on to add that last night one of the Congress legislator was forcefully carried away by some unidentified group from his official MLA Cottage for some political purpose.

When contacted, the Chief Minister’s office denied having any knowledge of such incidents either today or last evening.

“The Political processes within the Party should be treated as family matter and no one should use anti social elements for personal benefits. It is the tradition of the Congress Party that the leadership of State is sole prerogative of the High Command in due consultation with the Congress legislators”, it said.  

The Congress Party condemned such dastardly act and wants the Police and district administration to nab the culprits and take stringent action against them, it said while adding that incident have been conveyed to the AICC.

 

NH-52A bane for Arunachal

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Sep 26: National highway 52 in Dhemaji, along which surface communication gets disrupted every year during the monsoons, has become a bane for the people of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly the three Siang districts-- West Siang, East Siang and Upper Siang.

The region is still remaining cut off after the second wave of flood on Saturday breached two important portions of the National Highway -52, causing vital road links with Dhemaji and neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh again snapped.

Sources pointed out that though the Border Road Organization (BRO) has been entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the NH-52, the condition of the road, which is the lifeline of Dhemaji district and parts of Arunachal Pradesh, have not improved.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) entrusted with the reconstruction work has not been found active in restructuring the highway citing paucity of funds. Major portion of the highway in Dhemaji has not yet been repaired, which invited the ire of common people from both states to resort to vigorous agitation against the BRO authorities. The authority has repaired 66 km stretch from Silapathar to Ruksin gate besides a short portion of the NH near Gogamukh and Dhemaji town. The BRO is yet to repair major portions of the highway, out of the total 105 km stretch falls in Dhemaji district.

The worn out condition of the National Highway-52 (NH-52) in Assam which is the arterial road connecting the Siang belt of Arunachal Pradesh with the state capital Itanagar, is causing immense hardships for commuters. The monsoon compounds road ordeals as the narrow road with potholes submerged by rain water creates immense trouble in plying the APST passenger buses and goods carriers in carrying heavy materials. Besides, frequent bandh calls in Assam doubles the distress of the people of commuters especially from East-Arunachal.

The NH is a lifeline for the people of three Siang districts. Essential commodities and other trade materials to the places like Likabali, Aalo, Pasighat, Yingkiong, Mariyang and Roing of Dibang Valley are carried through this road.

Sources from Arunachal government said that the Members of Parliament from East Arunachal pursued for the speedy construction of NH 52, but the inordinate delays have been due to lethargic attitude of the elected representatives from Assam. Even allegations have been raised by the people of Dhemaji against their own representatives.

It is pertinent to recall that the vital highway link came up at the time of Chinese aggression in 1962, for transportation and mobilization of security forces into the border. Even after four decades, it has not been spruced up although it has strategic importance in terms of national security.

 

City police arrests two; Mra rejects allegations

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: Two persons, namely Biri James and Tadar Ane, were arrested by city police in connection with attack on Everester Tapi  Mra and his family by six miscreants in between Hollongi and Chimpu on September 22 last, informed Superintendent of Police (SP), Capital.

Meanwhile, Mra rejected all allegations leveled against him by Chimpu Village Youth Association (CVYA).  

Clarifying about the timing of the incident, Mra said that the incident took place at 5:30 pm. The press statement given by the CVYA regarding the timing of the incident, which they mentioned as 8.46 pm, is totally false and misleading, Mra said.

Further clarifying on the matter, Mra said that Itanagar Police arrived at PHQ, Chandranagar at around 6:30 PM and then he was taken to RK Mission Hospital at 8 pm which is evident from the Hospital patients’ registration book. Even he called up police through a mobile phone from the guard of PHQ, who was on duty. It is clear from the fact that the association is trying to mislead the people and divert their attention from the fact by giving false statement regarding the whole incident, he said. The women, Mra said, with whom he was travelling was his wife.

Prior to this, Mra said, he and his wife was severely beaten by the miscreants at dumping point, where he was first intercepted, and also inside the car when he was being taken to ATM booth. He received the injuries due to merciless beating by the miscreants but not because of scuffle, Mra added. Meanwhile, All Tagin Students’ Union has vehemently condemned the attack on Mra and demanded arrest of all other culprits involved in the incident.

This kind of incident deserves condemnation from all quarters, ATSU said and appealed to the people of the state, various organizations, associations and political parties to come out and raise voice against such heinous crime. Meanwhile, ATSU appealed to the Home Minister to provide full protection and security to Mra.

 

Felicitation galore for Everester Anshu

Itanagar, Sep 26: The prestigious “Adventurer of the Year” award was presented to Everester Anshu Jamsenpa by J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in a jam packed SKCC Srinagar recently. The award function was attended by J&K Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzen Jora, R H Khwaja Secretary Tourism Govt of India and over 400 adventure tourism delegates from India and abroad. It is for the first time that a North Easterner had won this highly coveted pan India adventure award.

The award function was followed by felicitation programme at Leh on September 17  organized by All Ladakh Tour Operators Association (ALTOA).

Speaking on the occasion Tsering Namgyal, president ALTOA, said that the achievement of Anshu Jamsenpa is worthy of a grand salute.

Arunachalee mountaineer while acknowledging, said that she is thankful to one and all for the love, appreciation and recognitions.  She especially thanked the J&K Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzen Jora who hosted the Ladakh tour.

In Delhi she was felicitated by Justice Anil Dave of Supreme Court. Dave, a strong proponent of adventure movement in Indian sub continent stated that he is extremely happy to meet Anshu who has made the whole of India proud. Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI) also organized a felicitation programme on September 18 which was attended by Council members from different States of India.

Dr Harish K Saxena National Chairman read out the congratulatory message on behalf of YHAI and bestowed her with Honorary Life Member of YHAI amidst huge applause.

On her way back to North East she was felicitated by Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) at Shillong on September 23 . B M Lanong Dy Chief Minister of Meghalaya spoke highly of Anshu and praised her diehard adventurous spirit. He said that she had carved a niche for herself in the field of mountaineering through her hard work, commitment and dedication.

Dean Thompson, Consul General of USA, who was also present during the felicitation, congratulated her and said that it’s an amazing feat for a mother of two to summit Mt Everest twice in 10 days.

 

Menwhopause to perform at Itanagar

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: Itanagar is all set to be enthralled by one of India’s most sought after band; Menwhopause on Oct 1 at Hotel Donyi-Polo Ashok. The concert at Itanagar is being managed by Phoenix Rising, an event management group.

Known as the first alternative rock group in India, the band, with Sarabjit Singh on vocals and harmonica, IP Singh, acoustic guitar and a variety of instruments, Anup Kutty on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals, Randeep Singh on bass, djembe, vocals with Frenchman Paul Schneiter on drums was literally forced by its bunch of dedicated supporters and believers to push the music they were producing in an abandoned warehouse out into the open. An EP titled The Story Begins was launched in 2003 under the band's own label "the middle earth company." The songs found international airplay, including BBC London, and climbed on to top 10 ranks on international mp3 sites.

Ever since, Menwho-pause has been slowly but steadily setting benchmarks in India's music scene most importantly as being one of the first bands to have stuck to playing only original music and concentrating on the art of song writing. Their vision to become a well known Indian band in the international rock music industry came to fruition with the international release of their debut concept album Home by the middle earth company in August 2006.

menwhopause’s first international live performance was at the world's biggest independent music festival, the prestigious South by Southwest [SXSW] in Austin, Texas, in March 2007 and officially sponsored by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Government of India.

They are also the first rock band from India that was found commercially viable by promoters in US and were invited for a month long extensive tour of Texas, along with other bands from Iran, Germany, Britain, Mexico, Scandinavia, etc. in early 2008.

The eminent jury of musicians and industry veterans at the Jack Daniels Poll 2008, declared menwhopause as ‘India’s top rock band’ and were presented an award in April 2008 followed by their performance at the Jack Daniel’s Legendary Mash festival in Nashville, Tennessee.

Having set a benchmark for the independent music scene in India after a nine-year long musical career spanning continents, menwhopause have now released their second concept album – easy - on EMI Music, Virgin Records India, 26th January 2011. The album is available across music stores in India as well as digital download services like Nokia – OVI & iTunes across the world in countries like UK, US, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain amongst others. Easy has been No.1 on music stores sales charts in Mumbai, Delhi- March 201. The band is currently working on the third album, Haze.

 

ATKSSU places charter of demands

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: Expressing serious concern over the growing criminal activities in and around Namsai sub-division, All Tai Khampti Singpho Students Union (ATKSSU) has  appealed the Home Minister Takar  Marde for immediate deployment of permanent police force and IRBn  personnel at New and old Mohong village police out posts in order  to improve law and order situation.

Pointing out the alleged brutal murder of Chow Sunanda Manpoong, son of Late Chow Enthena Manpoong of New Mohong village by unknown miscreants on Sept 21, the union in its four points charter of demands, urged the Home Minister to set up CRPF check point at Nao-Dehing bridge, immediate arrest of the culprits involved the murder case and adequate compensation to the  bereaved family of the deceased. The ATKSSU and DSU-Lohit had already submitted several memorandums to state Govt for immediate action against criminal activities like kidnapping and murder cases, but the Govt did nothing except assurance, they resented.

Blaming the Govt for its inactiveness, the union further said that public are living with constant fear following repeated murder cases under Namsai sub-division. Culprits who have been arrested for criminal activities were also granted bail which ultimately encourages such  criminal activities in society, the union said. It demanded the home minister to fulfill its charter of demands within 15 days in order to avoid any future democratic movement.

 

Federation demands effective enforcement of Motor vehicle Act and rules

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: The executive members of All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) conducted motor vehicle awareness camps cum district unit AAPPTF meeting at Pasighat, Aalo and Yingkiong from September 17 to 22 last.

The chairman of the federation Takar Goi, while addressing the gathering emphasized the need for uniform guidelines for issue of plying permit by the state government to the commercial vehicles. He said that the plying permit issued by state government should also be made valid in other state particularly in Assam as almost every district of Arunachal Pradesh is connected through Assam only.

Goi further expressed displeasure on the insufficient officials in Transport department to regulate the Motor Vehicle Rules in the state. He stressed on urgent need for the creation of Deputy Director, District Transport Officer and Motor Vehicle Inspector both technical and non technical posts in the Transport Department for effective enforcement of Motor vehicle Act and rules therein.

AAPPTF, General Secretary Dobing Sonam urged its entire district unit to remain united to strengthen the federal body and to redress any grievances unitedly.

He strongly assured the district members to pursue before the competent authority to engage local unemployed youth, who has taken vehicle through bank loan and strongly appeal to all head of department of the state to stop hiring vehicle for their concern department in the name of their families.

Dobing further urged the department of Tax and Excise to withdraw the extra VAT tax which they are charging against the vehicle purchased from outside the state.

AAPPTF, Working President Tadar Raja briefed about the charging of unequal amount of permit in various district of the state. He urged the director of transport to impose uniform road tax and plying permit while issuing the permit and also suggested the issuing authority of all the districts and capital complex to consult AAPPTF  while formulating the rate of permit in the state.

AAPPTF, Assistant General Secretary Tagung Phassang urged that concerned authority to extend present road tax and plying permit atleast for a period of one year from existing six months duration for the convenience of the transport department as well as for the owner of commercial vehicle.

 

Union conducts awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: Three teams of All Palin, Chambang, Yangte, Gangte and Tarak-Langdi Students Union (APCYGTSU) have organized an eight days awareness programme in various educational institutions in five circles under Palin constituency from Sept 17 last.

During its awareness campaign the students teams took stock of various problems that the educational institutions confronted with.  The union claimed that most of the schools are running without sufficient number of teachers, headmasters and school furniture in three circles. Only seven teachers including SSA are running  the  Govt Secondary school, Chambang, it further said.

At the end of the programme, the union conducted awareness programme on right to Education (RTE) at Govt Hr Secondary School, Palin, on Sept 24.

Addressing the gathering as special guest, All Nyishi Students Union President Sikka Gapak called upon the students community to concentrate in their study as first preference. He also lauded the Union for conducting such awareness programme. Palin circle officer, who was the resource person of the programme explained the importance of RTE.

The union further claimed that people of the three circles are deprived of AAY and BPL ration items for the last three years.  It appealed the higher authorities to take steps for solution to the problems being faced by the institutions and the people in general of the  five circles.

 

Miscreants damage school properties

Amar Sangno

SEPPA, Sep 26:  In a shocking incident, the teacher’s common room and a classroom of  Government Hr. Sec. School Seppa were badly damaged by miscreants on September 24 night. Altogether six chairs and five ceiling fans were reportedly taken away from the school by the miscreants.

Speaking to this correspondent over telephone, School Principal Hortum Loyi informed that the miscreants might have damaged the school on the night of September 24. However, the school authority came to know about the incident only on Sunday morning. He informed that the matter was reported to Police and district administration for further action.

“Breaking window panes and damaging walls are common phenomenon here,” Loyi rued. The principal revealed that more than ten such incidents had been witnessed by the school so far. Though complaints are always lodged with the authority, there had been no any breakthrough.

A case has been registered at Seppa police station under 457/380 IPC against the miscreants, investigating officer SI S Singh said and the case is under investigation.

 

APVKVPA demands additional grant of Rs 60 crore corpus fund

ITANAGAR, Sep 26:  Arunachal Pradesh Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya Parents Association (APVKVPA) has appealed to the state Education Minister Bosiram Siram to provide additional grant of Rs. 60 crore as corpus fund to VKV Trust  Arunachal Pradesh. The education minister should honour the demand made by MLA Karya Bagang in the floor of the Assembly for corpus fund for VKV school, the Association said in a release.

It is worth mentioning here that VKV is running 32 schools throughout the state. Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu had granted Rs 40 crore as one time assistance during 2008.

Informing that the VKV management has unexpectedly raised the boarding fees beyond affordable reach of the poor people since 2009 as per line of 6th CPC for payment of staff salary and allowance, the Association said that it has been relentlessly pursuing to the state Govt for additional grant of Rs 60 crore corpus fund to VKV Trust of Arunachal Pradesh in order to meet the enhanced school and boarding fees.  The Association also submitted memorandums to the state Govt on March 15 and 28, 2010 in this regard and the state Govt also assured to look into the demand during financial year 2010-2011, the release said.

Rs 40 crore granted as corpus fund for VKV is not sufficient and it is very less in comparison to corpus fund granted for other institutions, it said.

 

DTF meeting on Measles SIA held at Khonsa

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: A coordination meeting of District Task Force (DTF) for measles supplementary immunization activity (SIA) was organized at District Hospital Khonsa today.

Dr.S.Ronya, DMO Khonsa gave an exclusive deliberation on the importance of inter sectoral cooperation and requested all DTF and HoD’s of various departments present on the occasion to help health department in successful implementation of the National Immunization Day.

Dr.K.Perme DRCHO Khonsa explained the gathering the epidemiology of Measles, the strategy of measles vaccine delivery adopted globally and in India, the genesis of measles SIA and the role of different stakeholders.

S.K.Deori, ADC Khonsa representing as chairman of DTF Measles SIA stressed on proper documentation of the programme and urged the DMO to be very particular on the issue. He felt that since the target groups constitute 20 to 25% of the total population it was not only the duty of administrator but also every parent’s duty to ensure their child’s health.   

He urged all the HOD’s, particularly DDSE, DD SW&WCD and the PRI members to extend full cooperation.

O.Tayeng DPO, T. Pabin DDSE, Capt. (Dr) A. Deshwal of 752 BRTF  and Wanglo Gosak ZPM Khonsa block also spoke on the occasion and assured cooperation.

Unfortunately no representative from 19 AR attended which is a high risk area despite formal an informal request by DTF Member secretary.

 

Regional level disaster preparedness training course

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: A five days regional level disaster preparedness training course was organized at State Training Centre, Polo Colony, Naharlagun from Sept 20. Altogether 55 members from Assam, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh attended the training course which was held under the leadership of A B Chhetri, Asstt. director, Bharat Scouts and Guides, North East Region, Guwahati.

R R Dey, station officer, Naharlagun Fire station explained various causes of fire disasters and preparedness with theoretical and practical knowledge and skill. Field officer Jorgam Angu also highlighted the cause of disaster and disaster preparedness during earthquake.

Trainers from the Bharat Scouts and Guides, NE Region, Guwahati A B Chchetri and Ashim Buragohain imparted training on various topics including natural and manmade disaster and its impact on human life and properties, causes of earthquake and preparedness.

All the participants in the programme also observed one minute silent for the peace of the  departed souls in  recent devastating earthquake at Sikkim. They also donated cash to the CM’s Relief Fund for victims of Sikkim earthquake.   

 

Sibi, Hitlar & Yana selected for C’wealth Weightlifting C’ships

ITANAGAR, Sep 26: Yukar Sibi of Arunachal Pradesh is among 15-member strong Senior National team selected by Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships to be held in Cape Town, South Africa from October 10-15.

Soram Hitlar Tagru (69 kg)  and Takio Yana (58 kg) have also been picked by IWF for Youth Boys and Youth Girls championships respectively.

The Commonwealth Youth (Boys and Girls) and Junior (Men and Women) Championships will be held simultaneously at the same venue along with the senior competition.

India will field 14 lifters, including seven girls, in the youth event while 15, including seven women, will take part in the junior competition.

The Indian contingents are expected to leave for South Africa on October 7. (with inputs from UNI)

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Developments going on

Dear Editor,

This is apropos the letter titled “Fulfill all promise”, issued by Techi Solo, General secretary of Nationalist Youth Congress (NYC) on Sept 24.

The letter writer who belongs to Sagalee area perhaps has forgotten various development activities undertaken by various departments  at Sagalee under the leadership of  PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki.

Some of the development schemes are construction of 40 km Nirjuli to Toru road under NLCPR, 50 km Sagalee to Sakiang road under NLCPR, steel bridge under CRF over river Pare, Leporiang, steel bridge over Pare at Laptap and Pich village,  under construction steel bridge between Sagalee to Karoi village  and construction of various village link roads and  upgradation of various schools in Sagalee area. Besides these, there are so many projects being under taken by various departments like Agri, horticulture etc.

Therefore, we should see the development activities being carried out for the benefit of communities. Moreover, Block Congress Seva Dal, Sagalee would like to request the letter writer to think twice before writing such letter as INC and NCP is a ruling partner at the Centre. You are defaming your own government led by UPA.

Yours,

Nabam Palla

Organising secretary

Nabam Nania

Mahila organizing Secretary

Block Congress Seva Dal, Sagalee.

 

 

An incident which has shamed us

Dear Editor,

This is in connection with the looting incident of Everester Tapi Mra as published. Tapi Mra has made our state proud in field of mountaineering as he has conquered the great Mount Everest but what did he get out of all these act?  The looting incident has shamed us and I feel ashamed of those who did the act. They must be someone among us.  They have not only looted or assaulted him but they have looted the respect he won for our state, they have looted the pride of our state and they have looted themselves.

The people who looted him got away with just some money and mobile phone.  My friends there are many more ways to earn. These sorts of activities are not of civilized people. We all are brothers and when one brother is hurt, the other feel the pain and should feels the pain. Please stop such activities.

I also ask the home department to arrest the culprits and punish them as per law.  I also request the Government to arrange a job for Tapi Mra as a mark of respect to the Everester as he deserves this.

Yours,

Tashi Kamsar

Itanagar

 

 

Knock the right door instead of blasting words aimlessly

Dear Editor,

Please refer letters about Yobin’s( Lisu) on 23 September  of your Reader’s Forum.  I would like to say that rather than feeling sympathy on their proposed displacement woes, it has created an atmosphere of doubt and mistrust.

Liaphey Ngwazah, says the local community belonging to the Tangsa and Singpho tribe of Changlang district are against their unwilling rehabilitation to newer place. But the entire package of compensation in the form of new land, financial benefits, etc would be paid by the govt. The relocation or rehabilitation Policy of the dwellers inside any NP/ Wild Life Sanctuary in India is same. However, SJ Jongsam, IFS, Conservator of Forests cum Field Director, Namdapha Park, Miao is a Tangsa officer. So, it should not be presumed that Tangsa or Singpho community are anti- Yobin or Lisu. Jongsam is doing in the official capacity which should not be taken as community stand. In fact, Mr Liaphey himself agreed that they are cohabiting with the Tangsa and Singpho since 1960’s. The latter communities are residing here for many centuries who are as old as the Ahom of Assam.

Aphu A.Yobin, is proud of his people and land, which is a basic instinct of a good citizen. But he has tried to emphasis the surrounding forests overtly as well-conserved and healthy which is not agreeable. Scientifically, the predators, like the Tiger is the indicator of a balance and healthy forests. In entire Namdapha NP / WL Sanctuary( where Lisu people reside in core area), the population of tiger is declining as compared to the last 3-4 decades. When the flagship animal population are decreasing, the eventuated ecosystem of the NP is in obvious threat. The phenomenon of disappearing of the Tigers may be due to various reasons but for sure they avoid human proximity.

Elvin Yobin has written that the local people i.e Tangsa, Singpho could no more fight with the Chakma for 200 hectares of land and so surrendered for the Lisu to continue. Such provoking notes will not end the contentious issue. If they are so bold and brave then let them immediately go to that 200 hectares of land and settle down there. In other words, if Mr Yobin finds difficulty in migration then he should knock the right door instead of blasting words aimlessly.

Yours'

Chimoy Simai

Deomali,  (on email)

 

 

Lawlessness at Lohit

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of our State Government towards the present law and order situation in and around Lohit district. It has been seen from past couple of months that unknown miscreants are abducting or killing local people for ransom probably, the very recent being the Mohong Village incident. This clearly shows how the miscreants are mushrooming here, abducting or killing innocent people at will.

I would like to appeal our State Government to intervene and take concrete steps to create a healthy atmosphere for the local public. Otherwise, a day might come when we have to surrender  our  land. Sad but true.  

Yours,

Chow S (on email)

 

 

 

Conspiracy to exploit the vulnerable tribe

Dear Editor,

I wish to draw the attention of the people though your esteemed column concerning the value that the local government and its authority are weighing with animals.

Lisus people are being asked to leave their ancestral land for animals.

Till today Lisu people had been considered less important than animals for many times by the authorities. In fact, government itself encroached on the Lisu land (NIBODI) where Lisu lived since 1913 and the authority despotically burnt the houses of our ancestors rendering them homeless. Then government declared the invaded land as National Wild Life Sanctuary in 1983. That was the violent invasion  that the government was suggesting to its citizens but Lisu people remained silently. Today India became such a developed nation that marginalized groups like Lisu people are counted less than animals and their voice of pain is overpowered by the loud music of merrymaking and celebrations of the privileged upper class people . It was not an accident but well-planned conspiracy to exploit the vulnerable tribe (Lisu). The removal of the official documents from the government office regarding the enlistment of our APST status is clear indication of the pre-planned exploitation leveled to our community. Now the remnants of the victims are being commanded, “Leave your land for animals”. The so-called package of Rs 10 lakhs is nothing less than a bait to hook the uneducated people. We painfully cried for more than 30 years for the restoration of the very rights (APST) which was snatched from our hand. Even a dog is paid attention when he barks but the voice of bleeding hearts of this downtrodden people went in vain. what better status did we get than that of a dog? Moreover people went on blaming our people using inappropriate words like ‘migrated, encroached, entered so on. Literally, who encroaches- Lisu people who were mercilessly kicked out from their own land or those who invaded? And the words ‘entered, encroached, migrated’ are valid only if there is any border or margin existed already. We Lisu people are ages older than the Arunachal border linking with Burma (demarcated in 1961). Then where do these inappropriate words come from?

Stop killing Lisu people emotionally. As India has to remains India, so shall every Indian be considered as human being. And human beings have their rights ranging to ‘the liberty to feel secure from any kind of disturbances physically, mentally etc’. It is absolute unlawful for the people in authority to take the advantage of weak people in this way for it is government’s prime duty to protect and secure such vulnerable tribe. This is the promised right on account of which the nation builders sacrificed their blood. We expect no more maltreatment.

Yours,

Phususa Yobin,

New Delhi,  (on email)

 

 

Unpleasant and a shameful act

Dear Editor,

The recent attack on the Everester Tapi Mra and his wife at Holongi is an unpleasant and a shameful thing to hear. The unlawful and shameful act done by the miscreants to the pride of our state is totally a disturbing thing to hear. But the shocking element was that the, miscreants even had the guts to demand money at 'dao point' near the Police Head Quarter (PHQ).

Now with the rapid increase in crime in our State, the miscreants have the guts to even commit the brutality near the PHQ without any fear.

Here I ask the authorities 'where our safety is and where is the long hand of the law’?

Therefore, I appeal to the concern authorities to give an exemplary punishment to the miscreants so that the crimes can be minimized in a rapid manner and to the good of all. Yet, we have not lost faith in you.

Yours,

Dular Dujom

Don Bosco College,

(on email)

 

 

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Natural disasters and complex crises

 

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