February  17

Roots of ‘Kalpavriksh’ reach Arunachal

M Doley

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: With anti-dam protestors in Assam continuing its blockade against transportation of construction materials to the 2000 MW Subansiri Lower Project site at Gerukamukh forcing the power developer to stop the construction work since December 16, 2011, the country’s largest dam builder NHPC has claimed that a Pune-based NGO is actively involved in anti-mega dam activities in the region.

“Kalpavriksh” -- a Pune-based NGO has been working against mega dams in Arunachal Pradesh,”  NHPC Subansiri Lower Project general manager Om Prakash told this reporter in an interview, without giving any details.

The NHPC has been incurring loss of Rs. six crore/day due to stoppage in construction work since December 16, he said while informing that the estimated cost of the project has almost doubled in the last five years from initial Rs.6285.33 crore in 2002 to Rs. 10799.65 crore in 2010 (revised). The project which was scheduled to be completed in 2012 would take another year or two, Prakash said, adding that NHPC has so far spent Rs. Rs 5383.24 crore in completing 55 per cent of the project works.

While reiterating the safety of the 116 mt high dam, he said the project was started only after getting clearance from statutory bodies, namely Geological Survey of India, Central Water Commission, Central Electricity Authority, Central Soil and Materials Research Station, National Committee on Seismic Design Parameters, Central Mining Research Institute, Central Water and Power Research Station, Department of Earthquake Engineering, Roorkee, Indian Meteorological Department, IIT Guwahati, Water and Power Consultancy Services, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Botanical Survey of India, Zoological Survey of India and State Forest Research Institute, Itanagar.

When asked whether NHPC thinks the Expert Group report on downstream impact by IIT Guwahati along with Guwahati and Dibrugarh Universities a rubbish, which advises against mega dams in a tectonically unstable region, Prakash said though such reports are not generally entertained after getting all clearance from the statutory bodies, the Technical Expert Committee constituted by the Planning Commission is examining it thoroughly. He also informed that a team of experts is also visiting various places, including Majuli, the biggest river island, to assess the downstream impact of the dam.

Prakash said that NHPC got clearance from the Assam Government for construction of the Subansiri Lower Project in 2002 but it has not yet signed any MOU/MOA with Assam Government.

“Government of Assam has no objection to the construction of Subansiri Lower Project with the condition that a percentage of free power should be given to Assam which can be worked out through mutual discussion,” the paper provided by NHPC read.

“We do not start construction of any dam without getting the necessary clearance from the highest authority concerned. It is now the responsibility of the Assam as well as Central Government to negotiate with the anti-dam protestors. We have nothing to do with them,” he added.

Meanwhile, the NHPC officer told that the anti-dam protestors have not yet placed their grievances/ demand formally with the NHPC authority.

“We have not yet received any demand in written form from the anti-dam protestors in Assam. We have come to know their demands only through media,” he said.

“We are trying our level best and regularly discussing with the leaders of KMSS and various other Assam-based organizations to end the blockade. But to no avail. So, we left the matter to the Government to resolve,” he said.

On being asked what if blockade continues for long-time and there is no immediate solution to the problem, he said “Let Govt decide it. We can not resume our work with the help of law enforcing authority and without support of public.”


Centre assures to release SSA fund soon

NEW DELHI, Feb 16: Much to the relief of the education department of  Arunachal Pradesh, the Centre has assured to release its share of fund under SSA programme in the state at the earliest. The assurance came when the Education Minister Bosiram Siram called on the secretary of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) Anshu Vias  and impressed upon her to consider early release of fund under Capital and General heads of Central share under SSA programme at the earliest so that the ongoing programme can be implemented smoothly in Arunachal.  Vias further informed that once the Finance Department clears the necessary  formalities, which is now under active consideration, the central matching share of SSA programmes would be released at the earliest.

The secretary further assured her full support from the Centre to implement the central flagship programme successfully so that a new era of development begins in the state through education. During interaction with Vias, the Education Minister informed that most of the schools are located in the far flung area of the state where there is no road connectivity and other means of basic infrastructures.  Siram said, timely disbursement of monthly salary with enhanced pay is the only way to keep the morale of the teachers high to compensate the several oddities. He further informed that the central flagship programmes are being implemented as per guidelines of the  Govt of India.

Anshu Vias appreciated the steps taken by the state Education department and she also regretted for delay in release of matching share. Vias also accepted invitation of Siram to visit Arunachal Pradesh from March 8.


CM calls for promotion of cultural tourism in state

NAMSAI, Feb 16: ‘Reaching the un-reached’ has evidently caught up with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who incidentally is only into his fourth month in office. Medo and Namgo, two remote villages in Lohit district inhabited by Mishmis and Singphos respectively, for the first time in history had the Chief Minister in their midst, that too joining the festivities of Tamladu and Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi on Tuesday.

Attending the 42nd Tamladu festival at Medo in Wakro circle the Chief Minister said festivals should be a medium to spread the message of peace and tranquility. He stressed that local people should encourage and contribute in promoting tourism in the area through such indigenous festivals. He, however, asserted that peace is must to attract tourists to the region and therefore appealed all to maintain peace and harmony.

To a memorandum submitted by the local people of the area, Tuki assured to establish a police outpost at Wakro soon.

Later, the Chief Minister attended another major festival - Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi – of the Singphos at Namgo model village. Swinging to the beats of the traditional drum with hundreds of villagers and locals, he observed that the distinct culture of the Singpho community ought to be preserved and protected for posterity.

Visibly taken aback by the rich culture and hospitality of the Singphos and their effort in organizing the festival in one of the remotest villages of the district, Tuki assured to endorse the demand for making it a tourism festival. He said that the festival had all the potentials to emerge as a major tourist attraction and announced Rs 3 crore for creation of basic infrastructure required to organize the festival every year to lure visitors and tourists from far and wide.

Further, the Chief Minister urged the villagers to concentrate on horticulture, agriculture and other commercially viable forms of cultivation. He, however, was particular in dissuading opium cultivation, which is in practice in the district since long, thus inflicting the society with addiction.

Tuki promised to encourage, help and assist those willing to give up opium cultivation and take to other areas like tea and rubber plantations. On a serious note, he also appealed those misguided youths, who have taken up arms against the system, to join the mainstream and be partners in development.

“For the sake of humanity, please don’t harass and hurt innocent people. If there is any grievance we are open to talks to resolve all matters,” he said to a heavy round of applause.

To a demand for creation of a new district comprising of areas presently under Namsai sub-division, Tuki informed that several similar demands were emanating from various corners of the state. He said that it was not up to him to decide on it and assured that the issue would be placed before the state Cabinet in its next sitting for discussion.

“We will go by the Cabinet decision, which I assure you, will be in interest of all,” he said.

Later on Wednesday morning, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Tai Khamti-Singpho Museum-cum-Research Center at Pali Vidyapeeth in Chowkham. He also inaugurated a newly constructed RCC Bridge over River Berrang on Chowkham-Tezu road and the water treatment plant at Namsai. Enroute to Namsai from Chowkham, the CM visited the Theravada Monastery at Tengapani and paid his respects to Lord Buddha and monks of the monastery.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by MP Takam Sanjoy, PWD, Finance & Planning Minister Chowna Mein, UD, Town Planning & Fisheries Minister Rajesh Tacho, Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena, Parliamentary Secretaries – Nido Pavitra, Karikho Kri, Kamlung Mosang, C T Mein and C C Singpho.


Oriah festival celebrated

Preserve age-old tradition for posterity: Ghatowar

KHONSA, Feb 16: The Union Minister for development of Northeast Region, Paban Singh Ghatowar while greeting the people during celebrations of Oriah at Kanubari on Feb 16 appreciated the various ethnic tribes of Arunachal Pradesh for keeping their cultural heritage alive adding that the Wanchos were proud inheritors of rich and varied traditional culture and passionately appealed to them to spare no effort in preserving their age-old traditions for the posterity.

He told the huge festival revelers that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi were genuinely concerned for the people of the entire Northeast and that many ambitious projects have been sanctioned for Arunachal in particular and the Northeast in general. The Minister said that plans are afoot for creation of border roads in order to improve connectivity in border areas.

While replying to the public memorandum, Ghatowar assured to address the grievances mentioned in the memorandum on priority. He asked the misguided youth who had chosen the path of violence to return to the mainstream adding that violence only brings untold miseries and that only peace can bring all round development.

The Minister earlier on the day inaugurated a steel truss girder bridge over Radang River on the Kanubari-Hasse-Russa road.

Speaking as guest of honour WRD CE, Er Kanwaljeet Singh while appreciating the colourful folkdances, said that festivals fostered love, peace and a sense of oneness among all ethnic entities of the country and urged upon the tradition-loving Wanchos to zealousy guard and preserve their rich culture. WRD Minister and main host of the Oriah celebrations, N. Tingkhatra thanked the Union minister for gracing the festival and requested him to consider the grievances of the people favourably.

While throwing light on the significance of Oriah, Tingkhatra said that the Wanchos were deeply rooted to their age-old traditions in spite of the tremendous onslaught of modernity. He further told the Union Minister that many schemes on road connectivity and creation of infrastructure could not be implemented in many parts of Kanubari area for want of funds as Arunachal was a resource-crunched state.

Earlier, Tirap ZPC Chairperson Rongnai Maham submitted a public memorandum to the Minister. Display of stalls, traditional cuisines, folkdances and community feast marked the day-long celebrations. Jhumur dancers from Rajapukhuri and Bihu dancers from Sape Khati in Assam added colour and variety to the programme. ADC, Kanubari, senior officers from WRD, RWD, PWD, Defence officers, HoDs and public enthusiastically participated in the celebrations. The Oriah was also celebrated at Longding, Pongchau and Wakka with various programmes. Lok Sabha MP Ninnong Ering, RWD Minister Pema Khandu and Transport Minister Jarkar Gamlin in their addresses at Longding, Pongchau and Wakka respectively, exhorted the Wanchos to preserve their rich culture and urged upon them to strengthen the hands of the state government for all round prosperity.  DIPRO


Know Your Legendary Artistes

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The two singers who won hearts of many Arunachalees with their mesmerizing voice are Bengia Hemanto and Takio Soki. Both the veteran singers have sung numerous hit numbers which won appreciation from every nook and corner of the state.

Bengia Hemanta is a council member of Sangit Natak Akademy and also executive member of APLS. Born on 7th December 1952 at Chulyu village under Yazali circle of Lower Subansiri district, Hemanta is an artist with All India Radion since 1969.  

He recorded Arunachal Anthem `Hamara Arunachal' along with Late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika in the year 1972. He was associated with late Dr Hazarika in making of first feature film Meera Dharam Meri Maa and sang a Nyishi duet song `Pada Ngunyige' with him. He first recorded song in Doordarshan on 17th July 1996.

The Central Nyokum Committee awarded him for his ‘Outstanding Contribution of Nyishi Art and Culture’ in the year 1997.

He received Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh Gold Medal award in the year 2009 in recognition of his contribution in the field of literature, art and culture. Hayang Memorial Agro, Industrial and Education Trust awarded him HA MA R E AWARD in the year 2011-12 in recognition of his contribution towards promotion of tribal culture.

Takio Soki, born on 1st March 1970 is one of most prominent singers of Tagin community. His most popular work includes “Aaru ghe kiimchi ayi diyi ghe Huka korge Ngunu ghe Arunachal which he sung along with artistes like Morto, Bengia Tab, Taba Yall Nabam and Pebi Ado. The album ‘The Land of Rising Sun’ released in 1996 was quite a big hit. He has sung more than 50 songs in Tagin, Nyishi and Assamese. In the year 1987 in tender age of 17 he recorded song with AIR Dibrugarh.

He was declared best Singer of Upper Subansiri district in the year 1982 and 2008. He also won Red Ribbon contest in the year 2010 along with Karam Dugi and Porba Dulom. Soki was awarded best Artist, AIR, Dibrugarh in 1996. He represented Arunachal Pradesh at 9th Parvasi Bhartiya Divas programme held at New Delhi on 8th January 2011.



Nestled in nature’s grandeur, Raj Bhavan is the most sought after place for the visitors

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Its spring season and flowers are in full bloom. The Raj Bhavan is adorned in its majestic beauty with rows and rows of blooming flowers on flowerbed in different colours and varieties. The carpet changes colour every passing day. Add to this the changing hues of the sky, it being spring season, and you have a magical place in the mystical land of Arunachal Pradesh. Apart from the flowers, keep an eye on the greenery of mini golf course and chirping of birds.

Adding a Jewel to the grandeur is the recently introduced Lilium, a variety of lilies, said Taruni Burma, Raj Bhavan head gardener pointing at the blooming lilies. It is the due to dedicated effort of our First Lady Anupama Singh madam that we could introduce this variety of flower. I hope it will attract more people interested in flowers to Raj Bhavan, Burman added.

Forest Range Officer Taba Teni informed that today, 73 varieties of flowers, with additions of new varieties every coming year. It is our endeavour to present new flowers to the people, like double cutting dahlias etc. Varieties of roses and blooming colourful petals of antirrhinum, dianthus, marigold inca, French marigold, poppy, pansy, petunia, phlox, salvia, gerbera, nasturtium, zinnia and dahlia along with gladiolus, the Raj Bhavan is at its season’s best.

Unlike other Raj Bhavans, Raj Bhavan, Itanagar is open to public every Sunday. Conceived by Governor General Singh, the people, especially school children have the opportunity to tour the compound. The tour, which started on the festive occasion of the 23rd Statehood Day in 2009 is organized in the line of Mughal Garden of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi. It is open to public every Sunday from 3 to 5 pm.

In addition to the greenery of the compound and flowers, it has orchid center, Hornbill cottage, the fish pond, Bee keeping, the country chicken farm, dairy farm, the organic vegetable farm, medicinal plant house and a terrace garden. The old concrete roof has been transformed into a green lawn, which serves as a sit out with pleasant view overlooking the Raj Bhavan golf course and the Capital city.

Nestled in nature’s grandeur, Raj Bhavan is the most sought after place for the visitors. According to Raj Bhavan officials, more than thousand visitors have visited the compound. Along with school students of the capital city, people from Doimukh, Pasighat, Daporijo and Aalo, Basar, Ziro, Nirjuli, Mariyang, and even from neigbouring State of Assam have visited the official residence of the Governor. At times, more than hundreds turns up at the Helipad Gate, from where the visitors are ushered in.



APSCW attends regional workshop on women friendly laws

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Gumri Ringu, Chairperson, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) and Yapi Kulo, Member, APSCW, attended the North Eastern Region workshop on “Strategizing Advocacy for Effective Implementation of Women Friendly Laws” organized by Women Power Connection (WPC) in collaboration with National Commission for Women (NCW) and Impulse Network at NEDFi Convention Centre, Guwahati recently.

The main objective of the workshop was to create conducive environment for ensuing effective implementation of women friendly laws through advocacy and civil society participation. The workshop was attended by Dr. Ranjana, President, WPC, Hasina Kharbhih, Impulse Network, Dr. Libetomb Devi, Chairperson, Manipur State Commission for Women, Dr. Tapaty Chakraborty, Chairperson, Tripura State Commission for Women, Mira Baruah, Chairperson, Assam State Commission for Women, Dr. Damo Bhutia, Advocate, Sikkim High Court,  H. Khalsi, Advocate, Domestic Violence Information Cell, Assam and various members of Women Commissions and NGOs.


Security arrangement in place for smooth celebration of Statehood Day

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Elaborate security arrangements have been made for smooth celebration of the Statehood Day and Festival of Arunachal Pradesh at IG Park, Itanagar from February 20 to 24.

Police Control Room has been established with WT arrangements and dedicated telephone installed at the Police Control Room which will function round the clock at Indira Gandhi Park. Fire tender, traffic crane for lifting illegally parked vehicles, striking riot police team, PCR vehicle and bomb disposal team will be placed round the clock in the control room.

Parking for VIP card holder, officers, general public and heavy vehicle have been earmarked separately. It will be only one way vehicle entry from VIP gate/ Kingcup School and would exit only through gate adjacent to D’ sector/ lawn tennis court.

The pedestrians will come through Forest Gate leading to petrol pump, C’ Sector. Door frame metal detectors have been installed at the four places. Sniffer dogs have been put into service to detect any explosives.

Police observatory towers have been erected at the Control Room and at the main exhibition centre. Platoon level dedicated mobile patrol will be moving at the main exhibition stalls and owners have been directed to install small fire extinguisher, water at their respective stalls.

No weapons, daos, knife etc would be allowed inside the IG Park. Stringent action will be taken against those who indulge in eve teasing, drunken brawl and creating disturbances during the festival.

Magistrates have also been deployed 24x7 for the IG Park along with police who would be present at the police control room.

Visitors to IG Park are asked to park their vehicles at the allotted parking lots and inform to the police at Police control room no. 03602006313 for any suspicious objects, miscreants creating ruckus inside the park. Emergency Control Numbers are -- OC PS (Itanagar) 9436068179, SDPO (Itanagar) 9436208679,SP (Itanagar)- 9436040006,  Control Room IG Park Itanagar- 0360-2006313, according to a release issued by PHQ Itanagar.


Dams not harmful, to boost state coffer: APCC

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has strongly reacted to the demand placed by Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) for white paper on Hydro power of the state.

The fear of the PPA that the mega dams will be harmful for the state is unfounded as today all technical parameters regarding dam construction are taken care of  with the sophisticated technology, the party said.

Hydro power is the only sector from where the state like Arunachal Pradesh can generate revenue for self sustenance and become a developed state in real sense, APCC said in a release. The party requested the only regional political party of the state to think for the welfare of the state.

The state Government has followed the established norms and policies of the central government in allotting power projects to various companies by either MoU or MoA route, it said.

The APCC also feels that when already there is a border peace committee in every border village with members from both Assam and Arunachal there is no need for a student wing for the border area. The students should be best at their studies.

Many of the office bearers in the so called border students union are not students, the APCC said and added that  the Congress Government in the state is very much aware and abreast with the situation in the border villages and the Government is in constant touch with the Assam counterpart.  The APCC requested the apex students body AAPSU to dissolve and counter the formation of ‘useless’ students union in the state. Some important things like border issue should be left for the senior members of the society and the Government to tackle with cool and broad mind for a lasting solution, the party said.

Reacting to a recent statement of BJP, the Party said  the allegation of the BJP that the Congress Government is misusing the public exchequer is totally baseless and unfounded as the state machinery and the financial health of the Government is very healthy and lot of development activity are taking place.


Rubber cultivation training at Ngorlung

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Feb 16: Arunachal Pradesh would be the top rubber producing state in entire North-eastern region by 2025, asserted K G Mohanan, Additional Rubber Production Commissioner of Guwahati Zone while speaking in a training programme on rubber plantation which conducted at Ngorlung village in East Siang district today.

The day-long “Awareness cum Training on Rubber Cultivation” organized jointly by the state’s Trade and Commerce department and Guwahati Zonal office of RBI at Ngorlung village near here was attended by about 500 farmers from different parts of the district.

“In the entire NE region including Arunachal Pradesh rubber plantation has been taken up in 4.50 lakh hectares land, he said adding that NE contributes 5 percent of the India’s total rubber production which is expected to rise up to 50 percent in the coming years. Cost of planting materials and other production activities are being reimbursed to the growers and financial assistant has been given in the form of subsidy”, said Mohanan.

Stating that cultivation of rubber plant is the easiest with less expense in maintenance, the commissioner suggested the state government for funding in plantation activities and infrastructure development of the ‘Rubber Producer Societies’ under the state government’s schemes. He encouraged the farmers to undergo massive rubber plantation to uplift their economic condition.

Earlier the field officer of Ruksin Rubber Field station Bhaskar Ghose, in his address revealed that overcoming all bottleneck, the rubber growing tract in the easternmost state will cross 100 hectare mark during 2011-12 registering a growth of almost 90 percent. He said the percentage share of Arunachal in area coverage was negligible during 1990-91 but 2009-10 it increased up to 0.17 pc (12000 Hect) and production share has also been gone up to 0.02 percent this year.

Official records reveal that India’s present per capita rubber consumption has increased from 0.55 kg in 1999 to 1.5 kg in 2009. But this growth is very poor in comparison to China where the per capita consumption has rose from 0.83 kg in 1999 to 5.80 kg in 2009.

Speaking in the occasion, the Parliamentary Secretary for Trade & Commerce, Phosum Khimhun assured the people to discuss about rubber cultivation issue with the state’s finance and planning department.

A memorandum to the parliamentary secretary was submitted by the ‘Ruksin Area Rubber Grower’s Society’ demanding to establish a “Regional Office” of RBI at Ruksin.

Geku-Mariyang MLA J.K Panggeng, and local MLA Dr Tangor Tapak spoke in favour of rubber plantation.


Yalom Lida bags best farmer award

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Yalom Lida of New Lida village, Liku Rijo, Upper Subansiri was awarded with best farmer award for doing wonderful job in Integrated Farming System (IFS) thereby setting up an example among farmers’ community to improve their livelihood with the adoption of scientific technology.

Yalom Lida wife of Tajum Lida received the award from Dr. S V Ngachan, Director ICAR for NEH Region in the Vth Consortia Advisory Committee Meeting cum Annual Review workshop of National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) held last month at ICAR for NEH Region Barapani, Meghalaya. The award ceremony was attended by CAC member Darlin Syiem, RC, North East Network, Meghalaya, Dr. A.C. Bhagawati, Ex VC, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh, K N Hazarika, CAC member and Dr. G.C. Munda, Co-PI, NAIP and Dr. R. Bhagawati, Jt. Director ICAR RC for NEH Region AP Centre, Basar.

The representatives, who came from the states likes Sikkim, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh presented their progress and achievements under NAIP projects in their respective states.

Dr. Manish Kanwat, NAIP In-Charge Arunachal Pradesh had presented the progress and achievements of project activities of their centre along with Gyati Riku and Bharat Singh, Research Associate, NAIP, Dumporijo.


APATCYO demands medical & engineering colleges

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) has demanded the state Govt for establishment of engineering and medical colleges in Arunachal Pradesh.

While adopting five point resolutions in its meeting held here recently, the  organization said, the poor but brilliant students of the state are facing difficulties in pursuing their career in medical and engineering field due to lack of engineering and medical colleges in the state.

Other points of the resolution included immediate creation of Arunachal regiment, creation of one more MP seat in state. It further said that English should be the medium of instruction in every institution.

Meanwhile, APATCYO, East Kemeng unit had demanded immediate action against the miscreants involved in burning down of the APSTS buses on February 4 in the state Capital and also demanded compensation to the two injured victims. Other demands include shifting of the petrol depot from the Itanagar APST bus station, construction of protection wall in APST station complex and establishment of police beat office in every APSTS station in state.


Food Safety Cell urges milk consumers to buy from registered milkmen

ITANAGAR,Feb.16: The Food Safety Cell under the Department of Health & Family Welfare has appealed to all milk consumers of the state to buy milk from only those milkmen who are registered and licensed in the office of the Food Safety officers, designated officers under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

As most of the milk vendors sell their produce house to house, the consumers are urged to ask their milkmen to get registered, as registration / licensing of all Food Business operators is mandatory under the Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006, stated a press note issued from the Food Safety Cell.

Further, the consumers are advised to insist on seeing the registration certificate/license of milk vendor and inform the designated Officer/ Food Safety Officer about such registered milkman.

The standard for Cow Milk is laid down under the Food Safety & Standards (food Products Standards & Food Additives) Regulation 2011. For the State of Arunachal Pradesh, the minimum milk fat should not be less than 3% and minimum percent milk solids not fat should 9%.

Consumers may contact the Food Safety Officer for Capital district of Papumpare at 9436222985(M) & the Designated Officer at (Ph) 2247340, 9436222903(M). Likewise for all the remaining districts, the District Medical Officer cum Designated Officer may be contacted on food safety matters. Queries & Feedback may be posted to E-Mail: arunachalfoodsafety@ yahoo.co.in, the press note added. DIPR


Student brings laurels to Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Christina Lego of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Dambuk, Lower Dibang Valley District won the Best Exhibit award at Eastern India Science Fair (EISF)-2012.

She was adjudged the best among 600 participants from the Eastern India States, namely, Assam, Arunachal  Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim,West Bengal,Bihar and Odisha.

She was honored with the prestigious-“Acharya J.C Bose Challenge Trophy” with National Council Museum Scholarship of Rs.500 per month for 2 years along with citation.

Christina will represent the Eastern India in the Inter-Regional Science Fair-2012/the National Level Science Exhibition-2012.

The Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Dambuk and Christian’s teacher cum guide R.N Mehto, Senior Teacher, Chemistry were also awarded cash award of Rs.5000 and Rs.2000 respectively along with citations.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education, particularly the Directorate of Secondary Education congratulated Christina, her parents, Principal, Teacher-guider and entire members of Govt. Hr.Sec. School, Dambuk for bringing laurel to the state and the department.  DIPR

Kaso inaugurates Nyokum Yullo volleyball competition

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Local MLA Techi Kaso inaugurated the volleyball competitions for both men and women organized as part of the Nyokum Yullo Celebration 2012 at Nyokum Lapang here today.

The opening match was played between PTC Banderdewa and 138 Bn CRPF Senki Park, Itanagar in which the former defeated the latter.

In the second match, Takam Tatung Sports Club defeated All Nyishi Youth Council.

In women volleyball, Khyoda Dungne and Punglu Women Team defeated their respective opponents Parte Dane and Demin Derin teams.

The Inaugural function was also attended by Commandant and Assistant Commandment of 138 Bn CRPF based at Senki Park here, according to an organizing committee release.


AAPANWA demands action against encroachers

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Nibu (Priest) Welfare Association (AAPANWA) has lodged complaint with Capital Complex deputy commissioner against few individuals and their party for allegedly encroaching Govt. land at Nibu Nijik village and Jami Jate, Itanagar. AAPANWA further alleged that those individuals and their party have destroyed the forest by putting fire on it and through jhum cultivation. It demanded the authority to take necessary action immediately against those individuals/party.


Org. cries foul

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Two ineligible candidates were allegedly allowed to appear in the recently held examination conducted by Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) for the post of Agriculture Development Officer (ADO), claimed Arunachal Agriculture Students’ Welfare Association (AASWA).

Two candidates with Horticulture graduation were allegedly allowed to sit in the examination for recruitment to the post of ADO by APPSC whereas the requisite qualification for the said post is BSc (Agriculture), AASWA said in a release and sought apology from the Commission for the blunder.


Tamal-du festival celebrated

TEZU, Feb 16: Tamla-du, the main festival of Mishmi community began yesterday at Lohit district with traditional fervor and gaiety and celebration will be continued till February 17.

Attending festival, UD, Housing, Town planning and Fisheries Minister Rajesh Tacho called upon the people to fight against the menace of drug and opium addiction and sought cooperation from Govt officials, unions, NGOs and public in general for all round development of the society.

Parliamentary Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Nido Pavitra and Deputy Speaker Jumde Kena, in their speeches, urged the community to preserve its unique and rich cultural heritage.

Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary, PHE & WS Karikho Kri highlighted the significance of the festival and urged for support from the community to preserve and develop the age-old traditions and culture.

Earlier H. Kri, chairman of celebration committee cum circle officer narrated the mythology of Tamladu festival. Attraction of the celebration was the cultural events presented by all age groups.

During the Tamladu festival, the Mishmis offer prayers to the God of Water and God of Earth to save the village from natural calamities. They also worship their almighty Lord Jebmalu during Tamladu festival to pray for the welfare of the domestic animals, human beings and the newly planted crops.


Villagers cautioned

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The wiring and construction of the 11 kv low tension overhead lines and the distribution sub-stations at Gangni, Malo, Chabang, Sango, Leya, Muzariang, Sangte and Lungsa villages under Phassang administrative circle under RGGVY have been completed and the distribution systems would be charged anytime w.e.f. February 23, according to a departmental release.

It cautioned the public of the mentioned villages and others not to touch/climb the electric line/poles and temper the distribution system from February 23 which may cause fatal for them. Further, the department would not be responsible for any untoward incident that may arise out of violating the prohibitory order, the release added.


Seppa traders to chalk out strategy

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Bazaar Welfare Committee, Seppa and East Kameng Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EKCCI) in a joint meeting held at Seppa yesterday expressed resentment over the failure of the administration to take action against the miscreants who had damaged EKCCI office recently. The member present decided to chalk out its future course of action in its meeting to be held on February 18.


Villagers pleads for bridge construction

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Yupia Youth Welfare Association along with youths, PRI leaders, Gaon Burahs and all citizens of 16th Tigdo Yupia village on 13th of this month submitted a memorandum to the railway authorities with two points demand. The association has demanded construction of bridge on link road to connect Yupia with Nirjuli and construction of drainage system at Yupia and Tigdo village to protect cultivation field.

 If authorities fail to respond to their demands, association has decided to call strike on 22nd February from Tigdo to Yupia in railway construction site.


Longte Tapu Middle school celebrates annual day

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The government residential middle school, Longte Tapu, under Leporiang administration circle celebrated its annual day cum academic excellence awards programme yesterday.

Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) President N R Tam and Anchal Samity member of Lengding Panchayat Nabam Kalu Hina graced the occasion. The programme was also attended by members of All Papum Pare District Students Union and All Sagalee Students Union.

Headmaster of school Techi Eka while welcoming the dignitaries highlighted the problems faced by teachers and students of the school. ATA president NR Tam addressing the gathering stresses the need for sincerity and dedication on the part of teachers. He also urged guardians, VEC and Panchayat leaders to give special attention towards education sector to nurture the future citizens.  R N Kina, ADEO Sagalee and ASM Nabam Kalu also spoke on the occasion.


Proposed ‘Chakka Bandh’ deferred


RUKSIN, Feb 16: The 24 hour ‘Chakka Bandh’ in Likabali and Nari-Koyu areas on February 17 that proposed by the organizations has been deferred, but the ongoing agitation will continue until the state government pays heed to its demand for deletion of the terms of reference of government’s notification regarding creation of Lower Siang district.

Talking to this correspondent, the secretary of Ramle Banggo Welfare Society Kayi Dabi informed that due to the ongoing Meme conference at Likabali, the agitating organizations has temporarily deferred the bandh call.

It is worth mentioning that the District Demand Joint Action Committee (DDJAC), Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) and Ramle Banggo Students’ Union (RBSU) had made boycott of hearing on Lower Siang district creation, which were proposed  to conduct at Nari and Likabali on February 16 and 17 respectively.


Oldest person of Taro Taku clan dies

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Taro Tailang of Hija village, the oldest person of Taro-Taku clan in Lower Subansiri died after brief illness at Ziro on February 15. He was 86 and survived by three sons, three daughters and many grand children. Late Tailing was a simple and honest person and father of senior journalist Taro Chatung.

Late Tailang was a source of inspiration behind formation of the Taro Opey Foundation in memory of his wife Late Taro Opey, who passed away many years back. The Foundation is voluntarily creating awareness on importance of mountaineering among the young generation of the state and it was associated with the  success story of Everester Tapi Mra.

Eminent Educationist Award for Teli --- photo 3

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Former minister and chairman of North East Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital,  T C Teli has been awarded with ‘Eminent Educationist Award’ by the National & International Compendium, New Delhi in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of education. The award along with a certificate of excellence was presented to him in a function held at New Delhi recently.


Preserve I G Park: ALSU

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Arunachal Law Students Union has expressed serious concern over construction of convention hall inside the IG Park.

Claiming that convention hall will eat up large area of park, ALSU questioned how forest and environment department gave NOC for construction.

Instead of preserving and developing the lone park of the capital, the state government is setting a wrong trend by constructing convention hall inside IG Park, union  said. Further they have called on state government to either shift the hall to some other location or set up another park within capital for recreational purpose.

ALSU has also expressed displeasure over non-response of state government towards its memorandum submitted to them regarding illegal encroachment within capital complex.  


Ali-Aye Ligang

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Mishing Communities residing at Naharlagun celebrated Ali- Aye Ligang at Barapani, Naharlagun yesterday with great enthusiasm.

On the occasion, local MLA Techi Kaso and G. Ete, elder brother of Gedam Ete, Parliamentary Secretary Home attended the celebration.


Festival of Arunachal to witness Mega fashion show

ITANAGAR, Feb. 16: To commemorate the Statehood Day celebration, a 5 days festival titled ‘Festival of Arunachal’ is being organized from February 20 at Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar. A host of VVIPs, dignitaries, media, tourists, artistes, sportspersons, Army, Air Force and other organizations are taking part in the celebrations.

To add more colour to the “Festival of Arunachal”, a mega International Fashion Show will be presented by the North East Institute of Fashion Technology (NEIFT) in the evening of February 21.

The Fashion Show is being organized by the Department of Textiles & Handicraft, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and sponsored by the Office of Development Commissioner-Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles.

Fashion choreographer and CEO-NEIFT Vikram Rai Medhi informed that the show will feature five sequences depicting North, South, East, West and the exotic North east of the country.

He also told that the line up of sixteen super models will include Four Models from Europe who are currently taking part in the Wills India fashion Week being held at New Delhi.


News Impact


Unsustainable land-use causes concern

According to UNEP's Year Book 2012, 24% of the global land area has already suffered declines in health and productivity over the past quarter century as a result of unsustainable land-use. The book also presents the most important events and developments from the year and gives a picture of the status of key environmental indicators.

It highlights assessments indicating that some kinds of conventional and intensive agriculture are triggering soil erosion rates some 100 times greater than the rates at which nature can form soil in the first place.

By 2030, without changes in the way land is managed, over 20% of terrestrial habitats such as forests, peatlands and grasslands in developing countries alone could be converted to cropland, aggravating losses of vital ecosystem services and biodiversity.

There could also be profound implications for climate change. Soils contain huge quantities of carbon in the form of organic matter that in turn binds the nutrients needed for plant growth and allows rainfall to penetrate into underground aquifers.

Since the 19th century, an estimated 60% of the carbon stored in soils and vegetation has been lost as a result of land use changes, such as, clearing land for agriculture and cities.

The Year Book encourages the development of universally agreed and reproducible field and laboratory methods for measuring, reporting and verifying changes of soil carbon over time.


School that lost its glory

Dear Editor,

Once, the Govt. Higher Secondary School, Daporijo was regarded as one of the best institutions in the state. Now-a-days the academic scenario of the school is at its worst situation due to overcrowded student in classes, shortage of subject teachers in higher classes, lack of infrastructure besides juvenile delinquency.

Altogether 580 students are attending classes in a single small dirty room where myth and reality of teaching-learning process continues. It is against the teacher-student ratio prescribed by the state Govt. Perhaps, it is the only school in the modern world, wherein 580 students are learning together in a section. One can check the attendance register of the school to verify the fact.

According to the Govt guidelines and rules, the teacher-student ratio of a school should be confined to 1:45.

We can not undermine the value of education as the future of a nation depends on  the education that students receive from the temple of learning.

It is indeed right time for politicians, bureaucrats, education department, students and teacher to find out the ways and means  for improved infrastructure and quality education in the schools.


P Kargam (Nallo)





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