ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The business delegations from Arunachal Pradesh led by Setong Sena,
Minister for Agriculture attended the 2nd Indo-Myanmar Business conclave aimed at
opening up border trade with that country.
The business conclave organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Kolkata
and Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry (UMFCCI) gave
more stress on expanding border trade and investment opportunities by Indian businessman
The team held series of meetings with as many as six Union Ministers of Myanmar holding
important portfolios during the visit and discussed with them the prospects and opportunities
for bilateral trade and investment. They also met and interacted with various Chamber
of Commerce of Myanmar including head office bearers of UMFCCI and Businessman of
Earlier, on August 27 they called on Chief Minister of Mandalay Region and attended
a seminar on Bilateral Trade and Investment. The next day, the team called on the
Chief Minister of Sagaing Region at Monywa and attended Business Meet with the Monywa
Chamber of Commerce and prospective Investors and Business Delegates. The Indian
delegation gave a courtesy call on various Union Ministers of Republic of the Union
of Myanmar on reaching the capital city, Nay Pyi Taw on August 29 where they focused
on bilateral, regional, and international issues of mutual cooperation and interest,
especially re-opening of Pangsau Pass Border Trade Point and upgradation and maintenance
of Moreh-Tamu road. The team called on Dr. V.S. Seshadri, the Ambassador of India
to Myanmar and Dr. Madan Mohan Sethi, Consulate General of the Republic of India,
Mandalay and briefed them on the entire trip before they returned to India.
Meanwhile, Sena complemented MK Saharia, Chairman, ICC (North East), Kolkata and
Dr Rajeev Singh, Director General, ICC, Kolkata for organizing the programme successfully.
Sena also expressed his gratitude to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for approving this
trip, which would help expand bilateral trade between the two friendly countries.
Sena was accompanied by Phosum Khimhun, Parliamentary Secretary, Trade & Commerce,
Tokong Pertin, Director, Trade & Commerce and Techi Lala, President, Arunachal Chamber
of Commerce & Industries during the visit.
New Delhi, Aug 31: Delay in implementing 16 hydro power projects by four state-run
generators, including NHPC and SJVN, resulted in cost overruns of more than Rs 14,700
crore, CAG said today.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said geological surprises as well as many
other "controllable factors" led to the delay in implementation of 16 projects by
NHPC, SJVN, THDC and NEEPCO.
"Delay in execution of 16 projects by four Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)
resulted in revision of their initial approved cost of Rs 30,005 crore to Rs 44,712
crore. In seven completed/ongoing projects, the cost overrun was in the range of
53 to 148 per cent," CAG said.
CAG made these observations in report titled 'Capacity Expansion in Hydro Power Sector
by CPSEs for the year ended March 2012', that was tabled in the Parliament.
Out of the 16 projects, as many as 11 are being implemented by NHPC, while the company
is a joint venture partner with Madhya Pradesh government in another project.
There are two plants of NEEPCO and one each of THDC and SJVN.
All these 16 hydro plants together have a generation capacity of 6,794 MW. Out of
them, THDC' 400 MW Koteshwar plant, NHPC's 120 MW Sewa-II and 510 Teesta V are already
running. The 520 MW Omkareshwar plant -- jointly owned by NHPC and Madhya Pradesh
government -- too has started generation.
CAG said that NHPC's 2,000 MW Subansri Lower, 800 MW Parbati-II and NEEPCO's 600
MW Kameng, among others, are ongoing projects.
Even though, geological surprises were one of the major reasons for the delays, CAG
said there were other factors.
"Other controllable factors like delay in handing over of access roads to the contractors,
wrong assessment of land requirements, delay in issuance of construction drawings,
increase in scope of work due to incorrect assessment of bill of quantities etc.
also contributed to delay in execution of the projects," the auditor said.
According to CAG, thorough survey and investigation, as envisaged in the Hydro Power
Development policy would have minimised geological surprises.
"Other factors like delay in handing over of access roads, delay in issuance of construction
drawings, etc, could have been controlled by propoer coordination and monitoring
by the CPSEs," the report said.
All the 16 projects that were to be completed by the four state-run entities by March
2012 have been covered in this performance audit report.
CAG said delays in commissioning of projects led to the state-run entities losing
the opportunity of generating 26,282.97 million units of electricity annually.
"Further, additional return on equity to the tune of Rs 1,474.57 crore permissible
under CERC Regulations, 2009 has also been foregone by the CPSEs," the report stated.
Pulling up NHPC, SJVN, THDC and NEEPCO, the top auditor said plans for 11,813 MW
capacity addition -- during 11th Plan period from April, 2007 to March, 2012 -- were
prepared without "due diligence". The target was later scaled down to 6,794 MW. Even
though the revised target was 42 per cent less than envisaged earlier, CAG noted
the four companies could achieve only 1,550 MW generation capacity addition.
"Besides, these CPSEs are likely to add only 3,774 MW capacity in 12 projects in
12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) as against 14,535 MW in 33 projects envisaged in the
Hydro Power Policy 2008," the report said.
Meanwhile, the top auditor has suggested the idea of having a high level panel --
chaired by Power Secretary -- with members from other nodal ministries and state
governments as a single window mechanism to monitor as well as expedite necessary
clearances for hydro projects.
Power Ministry should coordinate with concerned state government and other authorities
like CEA (Central Electricity Authority), MoEF (Ministry of Environment and Forests),
MoWR (Ministry of Water Resources) to ensure timely completion of projects. PTI
Govt hands over journo shooting case to CBI
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Arunachal Pradesh Government has decided to hand over the journalist
shoot out case to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the premier investigation
agency of the country.
The decision to hand over the case to the premier investigation agency of the country
was taken by the State Cabinet in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki here this afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet approved change of nomenclature of the Department of Tirap
and Changlang (DoTC) to include the newly created Longding district in it. Henceforth,
it will be renamed as Department of Tirap, Changlang & Longding (DoTCL).
Further, the Cabinet also approved up-gradation of the Extra Assistant Commissioner
(EAC) headquarters at Bameng in East Kameng district to that of ADC Independent-charge.
Media Cell, CM
The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina was critically injured when unknown
miscreant/s shot at her from point blank range on July 15 when she was entering her
The state media fraternity under the aegis of Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal
Pradesh Union of Working Journalist (APUWJ) have launched a series of agitations
demanding immediate arrest of the culprit/s involved.
Officials urged to strictly monitor PDS
BORDUMSA, Aug 31: The Sub-divisional level PDS vigilance cum monitoring meeting of
Bordumsa Sub-Division was held at Bordumsa today under the chairmanship of ADC Kento
The meeting was attended by Sub-Divisional level Vigilance cum Monitoring members
and all the FPS dealers and SKO whole seller and retailers.
While chairing the meeting Riba said the entire responsibility for effective implementation
of PDS has been entrusted to the district administration and all the administrative
officers in various outposts are part and parcel of the district administration and
they will play a key role for its successful implementation. He further said utmost
care has to be taken to ensure the delivery and distribution of PDS items to the
He further requested the Sub-Divisional level Vigilance cum Monitoring members to
closely and personally monitor the system so that every grain of PDS/Rice should
reach to the targeted group of beneficiaries. He sought cooperation from all members
for effective implementation of PDS in Sub-Division.
Meanwhile, the meeting resolved that the whole sale nominee cum carriage constructors
should deliver the PDS items to the FPS outlets and should not ask the FPS dealers
to transport the PDS items themselves, no additional transportation charge should
be charged from the FPS Dealers. The PDS items should be sold as per Government
approved rates, copies of the monthly Sub-allocation of PDS items shall be made available
to all the members of the Sub-Divisional level PDS Vigilance cum Monitoring committee
concerned PRI members and Head GBs and GBs and the PDS Vigilance cum Monitoring
Committee, Sub-Divisional Level and Circle level meet should be held monthly and
necessary follow up action should be taken up, the meeting further resolved.
H. Basar, EAC Bordumsa, Dakto Riba EAC Diyun, S N Singpho, ZPM, Inam Gam Singpho,
Tujha Singpho, SI F&CS Bordumsa and Rai SKO Dealer also spoke in the meeting, according
to an official release.
Efforts on for clean and green Ziro Valley
ZIRO, Aug 31: The Ziro valley of late has been witnessing a series of cleanliness
drive and social services conducted by the District Administration and likeminded
Today while walking through Ziro-Hapoli township one can witness the green, red
and yellow buckets in front of all shops and Govt. office premises with the caption
- “Use me.” This was an innovative idea for segregating biodegradable and non-biodegradable
waste for further waste management initiated by Department of Urban Development under
the guidance of the Deputy commissioner Taru Talo and the Deputy Director DUDA P.K
Thungon. Green buckets are for biodegradable (vegetable and kitchen waste etc),
red for plastics and yellow for electronic wastes.
The Urban Development Trucks assigned for waste collection are also compartmentalized
for different types of waste. Every alternate day the department vehicle collects
the household wastes from all the sectors.
The Ziro waste management plant, a scheme under SJSRY will then recycle the waste.
The land acquisition for which is under process.
“First we need to accustom the people to the idea of waste segregation, and then
the true idea of the waste management plant will be achieved” said Thungon.
Earlier in July, a task force was constituted comprising of a circle officer as the
chairman, UPO/AUPO/SI, DUDA , Inspector/ Sub Inspector(T&E), OC P S Ziro or his representative
not bellow the rank of SI as members to monitor and carry out regular inspections
in and around the township to implement complete ban on selling of plastic carry
bags and carry out the segregation of wastes. Today no shop in Ziro - Hapoli Township
uses plastic carry bags. It was a Hercules task convincing the shopkeepers to procure
the designated colored buckets.
The DC Taru Talo has committed to conduct social service every month in the twin
city of Hapoli and Ziro. Slowly but for sure the picturesque Ziro valley will soon
be as clean as any other foreign tourist location. Very optimistic in his approach
Talo is committed to ensure a clean and green Ziro Valley. DIPRO
‘Tapung Yingkong’-- an anthology of Adi songs
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: “Tapung Yingkong”, an anthology of 82 Adi songs published in English
is the culmination of enduring passion of Adi lyricist and singer Guni Pertin for
song and music.
The songs in the book reflect Pertin’s rendezvous with life as a young student from
Bolung village to the present day. Some of the songs, like ‘Kangken Angonge, Ditag
Ditagem’ are socially thought evoking, which were written during the 1970s when the
writer was in school, while some on preserving culture and traditions relating to
Solung and others writer’s observations and tryst with life. The inspiration taken
from nature underlines of most of the songs of Pertin.
The book will be released on the occasion of Solung celebrations at Itanagar tomorrow.
The songs have been dedicated by the writer to his parents and the artists, who have
departed before exposing their latent quality in the field of arts and culture.
Guni Pertin, a DSP in the state police is posted at Tezu and has a long association
with music and songs. He started singing in the year 1963-64 with the cultural team
from Assam under music maestro Late Dr Bhupen Hazarika, who had camped at Bolung
for two years. In 1970, Pertin auditioned for AIR Dibrugarh station and started his
singing career in the same year in Adi programmes. ‘Donyie sadak angong’ was his
first recorded song at AIR Dibrugarh. He has so far written around hundred songs
and composed many of them. Till date he has recorded 40 songs in various AIR stations
from 1970 to 2005. In 2006 he was honoured by the North East Zonal Cultural Centre,
Dimapur and in February this year he was felicitated by the Arunachal Guild for Cultural
UCF Keak celebrates Silver Jubilee
AALO, Aug 31: The United Christian Forum of Yaki Tato village celebrated its Silver
Jubilee year at Keak yesterday.
Addressing a huge gathering, Public leader Bai Gadi said that the religion has been
the guiding force to believers for long 25 years and urged the Christian community
to cooperate with other believers to maintain oneness and unity among the villagers.
He laid stress on maintaining age-old tribal culture, ‘especially our unique way
of counting the genealogy’. He further emphasized on script on such lines by the
intellectual and assurance his sponsorship.
He gave away Rs.1, 75,000 to Organizing Committee, Ponung and dance party.
EAC Penga Tato appealed the villagers to promote all good values that can raise the
standard of living among the villagers and urged the young generation to concentrate
more on academic than present day amusements.
Lt. Colonel B B Pandey of Bihar Regiment, Kaying Unit said that Indian Army is always
willing to come up for any civilian cause. He also gave prizes to selected villager
and handed over a cheque of Rs.10000 to the Headmaster of the school for school development.
Gijum Tali ASM Senkup Tato, UCF Chairman, Yipum Tato also spoke on the significance
of the day. DIPRO
District Food Security Mission Executive Committee meeting held
ZIRO, Aug 31: The first meeting of District Food Security Mission Executive Committee
(DFSMEC) was held yesterday at the Chamber of the Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri
On the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Taru Talo emphasized on achievement of the target
set by the government under the ‘National Food Security Mission-Rice (NFSM-Rice)’
for the year. He highlighted the importance of CSS program and advised the Executing
Agency to involve all stakeholders in implementing the process for the success of
the programme. He added that Agriculture department and the KVK should be proactive
in incorporating improved packages and new technology for the farmers to enhance
farm level production.
DAO cum member secretary Dani Yubbe informed about the physical and financial target
and fund allocation for the year 2012-2013. He also informed the house that NFSM-RICE
is being implemented for the first time in Lower Subansiri District.
The meeting was also attended by Yowa Nunu, SMS, Agronomy, KVK, Bipul Kakati, Programme
Cordinator, KVK, Er. Chaman Singh, ASW, WRD, Duyu Tadu i/c PD ATMA and Tasso Butung,
Cash reward stands
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh
Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam
Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s
will be kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele.
numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.
T20 Teachers’ Premier League begins
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The opening ceremony of 2nd edition of T20, (Teachers’ Premier
League) Cricket tournament began yesterday at New Palin.
Altogether, eight teams under Palin-Yangte block are participating in the tournament.
In the opening match Rakso Eagles defeated defending champion Royal Amji team by
The 2nd edition is being sponsored by Tanikoo Welfare Society, Palin along with ‘Jiyo
Aur Jine Do, Ane Riniu Multipurpose Co-op Society, Kadadad Lodge, Tarh Welfare Society,
Paney Hemi Public School, Palin, Aku Ajik Lab Clinic, Abang Achi Society, Palin
and Public leader Toku Paying.
ADC Chukhu Takar, DPC, SSA Biri Tach also attended the opening ceremony.
Earlier, Palin MLA Takam Pario declared the tournament open.
Governor, CM greet people on Solung
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) JJ Singh and Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Solung, the
most popular agricultural festival of the Adis.
In his festival message, the Governor said that Solung festival is rich in cultural
impressions and offers glimpses of Adi folk culture. Singh hoped that the festival
will continue to facilitate in showcasing the cultural mosaic of the State.
Expressing his contentment in noting that the elders of the community have preserved
the rich Adi culture and traditional values, the Governor expressed confidence on
the youth of the community that they will carry forward their treasured age-old cultural
In a message on the eve of the festival, Tuki expressed confidence that celebration
of the festival will give further fillip to peace, brotherhood and unity of all tribes
of the state.
“While I wish my Adi brethren of a happy and joyous celebration, I appeal all members
of other communities to join the festival and make it symbolic of our cultural integrity,”
Teachers urged to join duty
ITANAGAR, Aug 31: All Maro, Baririjo Area Student’s Union (AMBASU) appealed to those
teachers, who have been recently posted at Govt. Secondary, School Baririjo to join
duty immediately and start teaching.
The AMBASU lauded the Education Minister and Local MLA for posting the four Junior
Teachers at the school.
IGJHSS lift Solung Football Trophy
PASIGHAT, Aug 31: IGJ Hr. Sec. School (IGJHSS) lifted the Solung Football Trophy
defeating DEM Hr. Sec. School 2-0 in final at General Ground here today.
Rokom Tasung scored both the goals in the second half.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram and Boggong ZPM Okom Yosung enjoyed the final match
along with local officers, leaders, students and general public.
Speaking on the occasion Yosung said that the youths have great potentiality in the
field of sports and more emphasis should be given on sports infrastructure to groom
and expose the hidden talents.
He congratulated the Chairman and Secretary of Sports & Games committee, CSFCC’12
for successful conduct of the tourney.
Yosong handed over the Solung Trophy to the wining team along with cash prize and
47 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
I would like to draw the attention of authorities towards the problem being faced
by the thousands of people due to inadequate supply of LPG cylinders at Dumporijo
Township and its adjoining villages. It has been observed that since the opening
of LPG branch office at Dumporijo the supply system has been fluctuating more and
It is observed that within 3 to 4 months only one LPG loaded truck with carrying
capacity of only 305 LPG cylinders was engaged against more than six thousands consumers.
As a result aggrieved customers expressed their resentment and the LPG cylinders
were distributed from EAC office Dumporijo Headquarter rather than the old branch
office. After the new initiatives, the problem, however, remained the same. Lastly,
it has been transferred to main branch office Daporijo again.
Now, the situation of customers becomes more deplorable as there is no any other
LPG branch office in the vicinity of Dumporijo. Whereas, in Daporijo also, which
is 13 km away from Dumporijo, more than 12,000 LPG customers have been suffering
because of inadequate supply of cylinders.
Moreover, irregular supply of LPG and lack of transportation facilities to carry
LPG cylinders from Daporijo added woes to the Dumporijo people.
Therefore, I request the authorities to open another new LPG branch office or to
re-start old LPG cylinder supply branch office at Dumporijo and strengthen it to
make regular and adequate supply of cylinder for all the LPG customers.
Tater Dugi Tamin
Rumour on police recruitment
We, on behalf of the poor and needy people of Upper Subansiri district, would like
to draw the attention of the SP, Upper Subansiri district towards the remour of unfair
attempt by the candidates of different background in regards to the ongoing recruitment
process for the posts of constable in APP/IRBn. The rumour of unfair attempt has
been spreading like wild-life in Upper Subansiri district.
Immediately after the advertisement for the recruitment in APP/IRBn constable posts,
the confrontation and conflicts have become order of the day in the families of the
candidates. Some candidates are creating pressure on their parents to sell out their
immovable properties like land and building, while some others asking their parents
to take loan from near and dear ones for the sole purpose of purchasing constable
post. Interestingly, some of the parents of the candidates, who do not have land
for sale and unable to taking loan, are approaching the political leaders for a favour
for their sons/brothers in recruitment process.
In view of the above mentioned fact, we fervently appeal to the authorities concerned
to conduct the recruitment in free and fair manner without any interference and to
take action against those who are trying to purchase the sanctity and integrity
of the police department.
T G Baki
General secretary, (RTI activist Forum)
Chairman, Orphan Trust Society
Upper Subansiri district
Solid wastes and environmental concerns
With industrialization of most countries in the world, increasing global population
and rising demands for food and other essentials, waste products are being released
into our ecosystems leading to an increase in pollution levels. This disturbs the
lives of plants, animals and humans. According to the United Nations, in the 1992
Earth Summit, around 60 per cent of countries worldwide expressed their concern about
disposing solid wastes along with other environmental concerns. The problem of global
warming is a major threat to our planet and gets intensified due to waste disposal
which is a primary reason for greenhouse gases.
Recently, a French green documentary highlights the prime issues pertaining to waste
throughout the world. The documentary film showcases the urgency to reduce the amount
and harmfulness of waste and also focuses on finding alternate ways for disposal
of waste, which has doubled over the years. It shows the dangers of incinerators
which were once considered the best solution for waste treatment, but causes cancer
and other detrimental effects in people living nearby.
Since waste disposal issues are not pertinent to just one country, all the nations
should come out together with effective policies to address the environment related