ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Governor Lt Gen (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki wished people of Arunachal Pradesh in general and the Singpho brethren in particular
on the auspicious occasion of Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi Festival.
In his festival message, the Governor said that the Poi Festival is rich in cultural
expression and offers a window to ancient Singpho folk culture. The rituals during
the celebration have always helped in building warm social relations and communication,
which leads to harmony and oneness amongst the people.
The Governor hoped the ethno-cultural festival will continue to facilitate in carrying
forward the treasured age-old cultural heritage of the community.
He expressed the hope that the folk dance festival will promote socio-cultural growth
of the every community of the State and help in the preservation of their rich traditions.
May this festival of rituals and dances further strengthen the bond of relationship
in the society, Governor wished.
In his message, Tuki said "Festivals indeed strengthen the emotional integration
and foster the feelings of brotherhood and mutual understanding amongst our citizens"
Tuki said while wishing the festival a grand success.
Meeting on land encroachment adopts resolution
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: In pursuance of Govt notification No LR-101/87(Vol-II)/1342, Dt.
February six, the first meeting of the Govt constituted Committee was held under
the chairmanship of MLA cum Parliamentary secretary, LM Padi Richo today. After threadbare
discussion on the matter related to land encroachment in Capital Complex, the Committee
unanimously adopted a resolution stating that all the on-going un-authorized construction
and eviction process of private building (residential/commercial) including earth
cutting etc in Capital Complex area to be stopped immediately till the committee
submit its final report to the Govt, according to an official release.
'Implement Food security scheme'
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: A group of councillors headed by Gora Lotak as its chairman has
demanded implementation of the National Food Security scheme in the state within
In a memorandum addressed to the Food and Civil Supply Minister it said that the
state Govt had decided to launch the scheme officially on August 20, 2013 and subsequently
declared the time schedule for implementation of it. But till date, no such time
schedules have been followed and the said scheme has been implemented in the state,
the memorandum said and threatened to launch democratic movement if the authorities
fail to pay heed to the demand.
2nd phase workshop on TFC grant held
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: The two days second phase training/ workshop on TFC Grant in the
department of Eco and Statistics was held February 11 and 12 in the Directorate Office.
Inaugurating the training programme, Sonam Chombay, Secretary Eco & Statistics, Planning
urged the dept. officers to leave no stone unturned to achieve the milestones like
Development of Business Register, Preparation of Local Body Account and survey on
10 Major crops in the state within targeted period of March, 2015. He also emphasised
on the importance and role of statistics in the entire planning process for all departments.
B Megu Dy. Director said, 'the right statistics is the pillar of right Planning'
and 'right planning is the pillar of right development'.
Block level training on WIFS held at Mariyang
YINGKIONG, Feb 13: One day Weekly Iron Folic Supplementation (WIFS) training for
Nodal Teacher, AWW worker, AWW supervisor, BEO, ANM, HA was held at CHC Mariyang
on February 12 last
On the occasion, Dr. Appir Apang DRCHO through power point presentation highlighted
on WIFS programme. She urged participants to take full cooperation on WIFS and also
appealed them to work hard for the benefit of the society.
Altogether, 60 participant attended the programme.
In an another programme, 6th and 7th refresher ASHA Modular Training was also conducted
at CHC Mariyang from February 9-13 last.
The ASHAs from Mariyang circle and Jeying attended the training programme. The training
imparted by District ASHA Trainer Nami Pango, Ome Nobeng and DCM Gebi Mitkong.
On the concluding day DRCHO Dr. Appir Apang also attended the program-me. DIPRO
Drive against tobacco products
DAPORIJO, Feb 13: All Tagin Students Union (ATSU) has seized huge quantities of hazardous
tobacco products such as gutkha, pan masala etc from various shops in Daporijo and
The ATSU team raided at least 36 shops and seized huge quantities of gutka, pan masala
and other tobacco products which they selling openly disobeying the prohibition order
issued by the district administration from time to time.
Meanwhile, the ATSU team met the Deputy Commissioner and demanded to take necessary
action against those shopkeepers under appropriate section of the law.
ATSU has decided to continue the drive to make the towns free from such hazardous
ABKLSU distributes relief to fire victims
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: All Bameng. Khenewa & Lada Students Union (ABKLSU) has distributed
relief materials to the fire victims of Londa village under Bameng circle of East
Kameng today. Two houses were gutted in a devastating fire at Londa village on January
27, the union informed. The HGB, GBs and well-wishers of Londa village were present
during the relief distribution.
Meanwhile, the ABKLSU strongly appealed to the concern district and state authorities
to provide relief fund and rehabilitation package to the fire victims at the earliest.
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Itanagar Municipal Council Empowered Standing Committee in its
extra-ordinary meeting held recently has unanimously resolved to impose complete
ban on forceful sale of calendars, housie tickets, donation by various organizations,
self-help groups, individuals within Capital Complex.
The resolution was adopted after complaints of such forced selling and collection
were received from business communities, public leaders and officers and officials
of the Capital Complex dwellers, the Committee informed in its intimation letter
to the Capital Complex deputy commissioner.
'Provide relief to fire victims'
ITANGAR, Feb 13: All East Kameng Students' Union has appealed to the district administration
to provide immediate relief to the fire victims at Lower Dikalmukh village under
Dissing Passo circle of East Kameng district. A house of one Putup Nabam was reportedly
gutted down to ashes in a devastating fire at the said village on February 11. While
visiting the fire accident site and interrogating with the victims, the Union further
appealed to likeminded organizations to extend possible help to fire victims.
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: A two-member delegation including Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative
Union (APSCU) vice president Ribi Rime and Mobi Nyorak, BOD, Kago Hill Multipurpose
Cooperative Society Ltd, Aalo, West Bengal district under the sponsorship of APSCU
will attend the "women conference on women empowerment through cooperatives" to
be held at NCUI, New Delhi on February 14.
DDSE Khonsa conducts emergency co-ordination meeting with BEOs
KHONSA, Feb 13: An emergency co-ordination meeting of BEOs of Tirap - Longding blocks
was held at DDSE's office, khonsa under the chairmanship of DDSE Pubi Lombi.
During the meeting, BEOs from different blocks highlighted various difficulties being
faced in their respective block.
While speaking on the occasion Lombi expressed his gratitude to all the presents
BEOs of Tirap - Longding districts for attending the emergency co-ordination meeting.
He also urged all the BEOs to be pro-active while discharging their duties in their
respective blocks. He further request and appeal to all the elected representatives
of Tirap - Longding districts to co-operate with the education department for posting
of sufficient teachers where excessive shortage of teachers has been learnt. He also
assured to initiate the shortage of teachers and school furniture etc to the government
on top priority.
Massive awareness campaign on fire accident starts at West Siang
AALO, Feb 13: The Department of Disaster Management is organizing series of awareness
campaigns on fire accident in west Siang district in collaboration with Aalo Fire
The programme starts today at Gumin Nagar Market and Pakam-1 Area. Initially the
programme will cover all markets, Sectors, Colonies and villages of Aalo East and
The West Siang DDMO Dorjee Nima has appealed all Panchayat leaders of Aalo East and
West Constituencies, market and sector secretaries, GBs and Youths to mobilize people
at their respective places and take part in the awareness campaign.
Awareness rally on health and sanitation organized
YACHULI, Feb 13: An Awareness Rally on health and sanitation under Nirmal Bharat
Abhiyan was organized at general ground here today by the District Water & Sanitation
Mission Ziro-II CD Block.
Highlighting the aim and objectives of the rally, Bharat Sonam, AE PHED Ziro has
identified role of students in the movement for maintaining hygiene and sanitation
of the locality with special reference to health.
Joram Elyu, ACP Yachuli and Principal, St. John Bosco School Yachuli also spoke at
Earlier, the rally was flagged off by Neelam Teji, CO cum BDO Yachuli. More than
200 students from Don Bosco School, Yachuli carrying placards participated in the
rally which was taken out through Yachuli bazar line and culminated in the general
'Arrest the culprits'
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) in a
memorandum has strongly urged the West Kameng Deputy Commissioner to nab the culprits
involved in the killing of a truck driver near Bomdila on February 11 at around 7.30
The driver of truck was shot dead by unknown person at 7 km away from Bomdila to
Tawang road, while the handyman was seriously injured and is undergoing treatment
at Tezpur Hospital, the AAPPTF said in a release.
The All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Workers Union (AAPMTWU) in a memorandum
submitted to the chief secretary has urged for immediate arrest of the culprit involved
in the killing of a truck driver near Bomdila on February 11 evening. The union also
sought ex-gratia for the family of the deceased truck driver.
Election related meeting held at Aalo
AALO, Feb 13: As a part of advance preparedness for the coming Parliamentary Election,
a meeting with Nodal officers of the district was held under the chairmanship of
West Siang District Election Officer M.K. Sahoo at Conference hall here yesterday.
Briefing the officers, Sahoo said that Parliamentary Election is always a massive
exercise as the district covers 33 Assembly constituencies and Nodal Officers have
been appointed to shoulder bulk of the responsibilities. Advance preparation in a
coordinated manner is always essential to discharge the duties in an effective manner
and all Nodal Officers should take note of all circulars and notices served by the
Election Commission from time to time and up date themselves, he said.
All Nodal Officers also gave their fruitful suggestions. DIPRO
Competition results on road safety week declared
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: The police department had conducted essay/drawing and painting
competition at Vivekananda Central School, Vivek Vihar, Itanagar on the occasion
of the road safety week 2014 recently.
Amrin Rasul Khan (Class IX) of King Cup School won the 1st prize in essay writing
competition, while Varsha Tamang (Class X) of Gyan Ganga Vidya Peeth and Yowa Begi
(Class XI) of Govt Hr Secondary School, Itanagar secured the second and 3rd position
respectively. Similarly six students from various schools of Capital became winners
of drawing and painting competitions.
Modi Tea Stall installed at Diomukh
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Papum Pare district unit organized
Modi's 'Chai Pe Charcha' by installing Modi Tea Stall at Diomukh administrative centre
as part of nationwide campaign on good governance.
Modi Tea Stall was visited by people from all sections of the society especially
the womenfolk and enjoyed the taste of tea.
The program was attended by party's state general secretary Dominic Tadar, former
MLA Nrurang Pinchi and hosts of the party cadres and workers of the district.
While addressing the program Dominic and Pinchi called upon the party workers and
conscious public to choose and elect only right and deserving candidates in the ensuing
Results of day 5 of CM's Trophy tournament
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Lower Subansiri and Kurung Kumey won their respective match in
Men's volleyball in the first state level Chief Minister's Trophy on Football and
Volleyball (Men and Women), 2013-14 at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy Complex, Chimpu
near here today.
Lower Subansiri defeated Upper Subansiri 25-11, 25-14 and Kurung Kumey beat West
Siang 25-15, 21-25, 25-18.
Both the winning teams entered into the quarterfinal along with East Kameng and Capital
In women's volleyball, Lower Subansiri beat East Kameng 25-14, 25-12, Kurung Kumey
beat Papum Pare 25-19, 25-23, West Siang beat East Siang 25-14, 25-12 and Capital
Complex beat Upper Subansiri 25-6, 25-11.
After today's matches, Lower Subansiri, East Kameng, Kurung Kumey and Papum Pare
districts entered in the quarterfinals in women's volleyball.
Media houses shut down indefinitely
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: The Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working
Journalists (APUWJ) have decided to go for an indefinite shut down of all Itanagar-based
media houses fearing law and order problem arising out of the proposed dharna by
Students' Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) to be staged outside The Arunachal Times
office on February 14 next.
In a joint representation to the chief minister's office, it sought immediate suspension
of DC Capital Complex Mige Kamki for issuing permission to SUMA to hold the rally
against The Arunachal Times without verifying facts with the office or Arunachal
Press Club (APC) or Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ).
The Capital Complex DC's mindless action of granting permission to Students Union
Movement of Arunachal to hold dharna against The Arunachal Times could undoubtedly
result in confrontation between media persons and SUMA members, which has been coercing
and threatening media persons to tow their line. This is unbecoming of an administrator
for which we demand him to be suspended immediately and transferred out with immediate
effect in public interest. The irrational and foolish demand of SUMA had been permitted
by DC Mige Kamki and it gives out the message that the state government is a party
to curtailing the freedom of press and media in the state, the letter read.
It also sought refraining of SUMA president Biri Tabing and SUMA members from intimidating
media houses and press persons in future and banning entry of any person into press
houses and outlawing any person who enters press and media houses after 5 pm.
"SUMA is known throughout the state because of the wide publication given by the
state media. Regrettably, of late this organization has started dictating terms amounting
to muzzling the freedom of press and media", the letter further read.
The duo organisations also opined that if any untoward incidents occur wherein media
houses and/or media persons are put to danger, the blame would be placed squarely
on the shoulders the administration including the capital DC, SP and the state government.
Along with the representation submitted to the chief minister, the CCTV footage showing
the intimidation by SUMA members on February 6 evening at The Arunachal Times office,
the show-cause notice served to SUMA on February 7 regarding their boisterous behaviour
on various occasions amounting to curtailing of freedom of press including the incident
on February 6 last and the letter submitted to DC Capital Complex proposing dharna
outside the AT office on February 14 next was also attached.
While it has always been our sincere effort to work for the greater interest of the
people of the state to disseminate information, such impeding conditions make working
extremely difficult. We issue our sincere apologies to readers and supporters for
the inconvenience that this decision is bound to cause and at the same time hope
to continue receiving your support during these testing times for the sake of freedom
Channelize youth power, says Wanglin Lowangdong
ZIRO, Feb 13: "Youth is today's power. All that needs is to channelize this power"
said Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong while inaugurating
the first ever Inter Tribe Youth Festival 2014 organized by the All Lower Subansiri
Students Union at Subansiri Stadium Hapoli today.
Stand up, be bold, be strong and shoulder your responsibilities and know that you
are the creator of your own destiny, he encouraged the various delegates and participants.
"Your will, your way, your honest intentions, your courage, and your creativity will
definitely bring fruitful results, he said while congratulating the Union team for
this noble idea of inter tribe youth festival. He expressed hope that such initiatives
will help revive the feeling of oneness amongst us and help unify Arunachal. He also
envisioned participations from all the 22 districts in times to come. He advised
the students to keep away from drugs and alcohol. Voicing against the prevailing
bandh culture in the state he advocated the students to exercise utmost restrain
and use democratic tools to redress their grievances.
On the occasion he felicitated the UPSC qualifiers from the district. Lauding the
enormous talents in the district he advised the youths to consider and count them
as their iconic heroes and inspirations. There's no holiday from learning, hard work
is the only key to success. Never blame luck for your failures, he added. Seeking
the occasion to pay homage to Lt. Nido Taniya, he reiterated the one nation theory
and emphasized on pursuing it further. He also informed the delegates about the Youth
Parliament that's organized by the Arunachal state assembly to facilitate exchange
of expressions amongst youths, lawyers and educationists. He invited student's leaders
to take part in such discussions as they are the architect of good governance. He
later inaugurated the food stall.
On the occasion Dani Sulu, Dr. Joram Beda, Robin Hibu, Dr Radhe Tallo, Likha Teji,
Tadu Mamu, Bullo Mamung, Padi Tatung, Nyilang Tam, Koj Rinya, Bamin Tari and John
Mai were felicitated. Legendary figures hailing from the three assembly constituencies
of Lower Subansiri district who have made voluminous and substantial contribution
in varying fields with the myth of their versatile genius Lt. Kuru Hassang, Lt. Tanya
Sala and Lt. Ratan Tama were also felicitated posthumously. All the literary events
of the festival will be named after the first pilot of the State Lt. Kuru Hassang,
Football Tournament will be named after Lt. Tanya Sala and the Volleyball Tournament
will be named after Lt. Ratan Tama.
The three day long festival will see delegates from colleges across Lower Subansiri
District competition in various literary, cultural and sports events.
The inaugural function was also attended Marnya Ete, Deputy Commissioner, P.N Khirmey,
SP and HoDs of the district. DIPRO
Regional training on 71st round National Sample Survey
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: The three days Regional Training on 71st Round National Sample
Survey was organized in the directorate conference Hall of Eco & Statistics here.
In his address Koj Tajang Director Eco & Statistics requested all the district officers
and participants to take full advantage of the training programme.
Attending the programme as Central Observer D. Chokroborty Dy. Director General NE,
Zone stressed on timely completion of the survey works by June, 2014 on sub round
wise basis. The subject coverage of this year survey includes Social Consumption
on Education and Health sectors beside consumption expenditure, Trading & Services
etc. The subject of each year survey is selected and revised every ten years. The
social consumption on education like student staying alone in hostel shall be treated
in the parent's household. In health sector child births shall be collected on the
basis of mother's household who bear the expenditure of the child birth. And any
expenditure on child birth outside the household shall be treated as expenditure
of the spending household. Besides that traditional treatment system like AYUSH shall
be collected in this survey.
In education sector IT literacy shall be collected like who can operate computer
and who can serve internet/e-mail shall be treated IT literate.
K. Mamai Dy. Director the training coordinator also urged the District officers to
be serious in collecting accurate data to get actual status of social development
in the state.
GSU condemns unauthorized visit of Assam officials
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: A team of Galo Students' Union (GSU) visited Durpai village located
on Arunachal-Assam boundary to take stock of prevailing 'crisis-like' situation after
the visit of high-ranking officials of Assam comprising SP, ACF, DFO, Ranger of Dhemaji
district along with large number of police force to the village on February 9.
The team reportedly directed the villagers not to cultivate their jhumlands(Adi Rike)
which they have been doing for ages. The union strongly condemned the unauthorized
visit by the Assam officials and media persons, especially those from News Live
and 'Pratidin' with the sole intention of disputing and laying claim on Arunachalee
land and creating fear psychosis in the minds of innocent villagers.
The GSU strongly appealed to the state Government to take strict actions against
those persons who are entering Arunachal Pradesh without valid ILP and immediately
establish a police battalion along the foothills area of West Siang for which the
villagers are ready to donate land free of cost.
CCLAPF meets to chalk out future strategy
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: A combined review meeting of the central executive committee and
the sector sub-committees of the Capital Complex Land Affected Peoples' Forum (CCLAPF)
was held yesterday to chalk out its future course of actions.
Addressing the meeting, the CCLAPF chairman Takam Dari Sojik informed that, consequent
upon the promotion of Ramesh Negi from the post of Development Commissioner (Finance)
to the post of Chief Secretary, he has been relieved from his assignment as the Chairman
of the Govt. constituted high level committee to look into the vexed land occupation
and allotment imbroglio of the Capital Complex. In his place, Padi Richo, Parliamentary
Secretary (UD, Town Planning & Land Management) has been appointed as the new Chairman
of the above mentioned committee, he informed.
Sojik further informed that a delegation of CCLAPF under his leadership had also
called on the new Deputy Commissioner of the Capital Complex Mige Kamki recently
to apprise him about this burning issue.
After a threadbare discussion, the meeting expressed its hope that both the above
incumbents being the indigenous citizens of the state, they would be alive to the
genuine expectations and aspirations of thousands of the indigenous aggrieved families.
The new Chairman of the Govt. constituted committee Richo himself being the Parliamentary
Secretary of the concern departments would do justice to his post and evolve some
wise solution to this contentious issue.
The meeting further resolved to continue its movement for justice with renewed vigour.
'Chetam health centre lying defunct'
DAPORIJO, Feb 13: The health centre at Chetam circle is lying in defunct state due
to non-availability of doctor, medicines and other medical staff.
Officially there are 11 staff in the health centre, including doctors, pharmacist,
peon, mali, RFW, MPW and laboratory technicians. But none of them are currently staying
in their place of posting. Several memorandum/representations were submitted to the
higher authority on many occasions highlighting their problem but to no avail.
Public claim most of the staff of the health centre have been drawing salary from
Daporijo without performing their duty since many years. They also claim that many
of them have not yet seen the village where they have been posted.
The health centre was functioning smoothly from 1982 till 1984. The staff, including
doctors used to come to the health centre regularly by marching 23 km on foot. But
today, they reluctant to stay in the village although road communication has improved
significantly, one of the villagers said.
"We never get medical facility or doctor for consultation during the time of emergency.
Our last option has been the local pooja," another villager said. "Many patients
die on way for treatment. The pregnant women have been the worse sufferers," he added.
Similar problem is prevailing in many health centres of other circles of Upper Subansiri
district. The Government should look into the matter seriously and take necessary
action to solve the problem immediately for the welfare of the villagers.
Fire devours house of Everester Tine Mena
ROING, Feb 13: In an unfortunate incident, fire broke out today at the residence
of Tine Mena, North East India's first woman Everester, in the Intaya settlement
area of the town.
Sources said the fire started at 9.30 am and razed the house to ashes within minutes.
Although no loss of life is reported in the incident, property worth lakhs of rupees
were destroyed in the fire.
The fire reportedly consumed Tine's passport, cameras, laptops, all her summit certificates,
including the one she had earned for summiting Mt Everest. Her mountaineering equipment
worth lakhs of rupees were also reduced to ashes, the source revealed.
Tine was away shooting for a documentary film in Nizamghat near Dibang river when
the incident took place.
Speaking on the incident, Tine's cousin, Lokha Elapra, also the President of All
Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) informed that fire broke out when Tine's father
was about to leave for work.
"While he was leaving, he saw smoke billowing from roof," said Elapra.
"He rushed back to the house but by then fire had engulfed the whole house." Tine's
father suffered serious burn injury in his hands, after he attempted to force entry
inside the house to save precious belongings.
The Everester had just last month conducted an adventure camp for girls imparting
self-defense training course. All the materials procured for the camp - 100 sleeping
bags and 13 tents too were destroyed in the fire incident.
As the news of the incident started to spread, call for help and support to the family
were being passed on. Enju Linggi, President, Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society
(IMCLS) expressed shock and called on the community people for support to the family.
Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar, IAS also assured to extend all possible help through
The Everester and her family is reportedly to be in deep shock over the incident.
As the local tribal custom goes, in and out movement for 5-day is strictly prohibited
in the vicinity of the fire accident site.
Construction of Rural Link road top priority: Welly
Seppa, Feb 13: The Health and Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly visited Pakro, Pijerang,
Veo, Nangyo and Gumtung under 12th Pakke-Kessang Assembly Constituency of East Kameng
district and attended a series of public meeting in those villages from February
9 to 11 last.
Addressing a Public meeting at Veo and Gumtung, Atum Welly said that village connectivity
roads were on top priority under his constituency. While expressing displeasure over
the absence of few officers/HoDs during his visit to those villages, he asked the
HODs to visit the areas particularly in remotest areas of the district and take note
of the problems at the ground level. He gave a clarion call to RTI seekers to use
it for the right cause and unearthed the real corruption rather than tools for blackmailing
and disturbances that deterred the smooth flow of development.
He added that 12th Pakke-Kessang Assembly Constituency is the epicenter of RTI seekers
which is not only a deterrent to the process of development but also demoralize the
Talking about Trans- Arunachal Highway, he said that it was meant for overall development
of the area for which compensation and local issues should be resolved and let the
road be taken up in time in lieu of filling unnecessary court cases.
While reaching Gumtung through the new road just after inauguration of PMGSY 9Km
road, he congratulated the villagers for having the new road and informed that Pucca
road is already under consideration and stage II shall be taken up in time. He also
assured to take up PMGSY road from Gumtung to Dave Gallo via Hote which took 2 hours
foot march and will extended up to Tengri.
While replying to a memorandum submitted by public regarding like community Hall,
Electricity and water supply, Teachers Quarters and Hostels including Gumtung to
Dave Gallo via Hote road, Veo to Pappu road & suspension Bridge at Chede over Pappu
river, Welly assured to take up the matter in phase wise manner. During his visit
he inaugurated approach road from Pakro village to Primary School and Health sub-centre,
new Primary School building at Dowla, PHC building at Veo, KGBV School building at
Nangyo and Health Sub-Centre building at Gumtung.
Welly also interacted with the teachers and students at KGVB, Nangyo runned by Si-Donyi
charitable Society and advised the students to be equally good in sports. He appreciated
the discipline shown by the KGBV students and urged them to maintain their spirits.
REILA: annual event of the RGGP underway
"Combination of talent and sincerity is the only way to success"
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Recreation, Entertainment, Information and Literary Activities
(REILA) 2014, an annual cultural and sports event of the Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic
College was inaugurated by J K Panggeng Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Law
and Judiciary at College Campus yesterday.
In his inaugural address, J K Panggeng advised the student community not to be attracted
towards all that glitters around which may harm their own health and career in their
life. Sharing his sadness over the recent loss of young life in Delhi in racial attack,
he asked all the student to believe in peaceful co-existence among all human beings.
"Be the human at heart and soul and not to involve in activities that may hamper
or hinder the social fabrics of the society."
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Director Higher and Technical Education
(DHTE) Dr. Joram Begi informed that as many as 15 polytechnic colleges are coming
up in the entire state. Further, he reminded the student community of RGGP not to
indulge in hard students' union activities which may hamper the academic atmosphere
of the college and asked faculties, staffs and students to give their best effort
to make their college more better for the interest of state.
Dr. Tejum Padu, Joint Director, Higher and Technical Education (DHTE) informed about
the genesis of RGGP which was started during 2001 under the World Bank and was taken
over by Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in 2007. He exhorted the student not to end their
studies only with the diploma certificates and go for further higher studies as
there are lot of avenues for employment for them.
Er. L. Kri Chief Engineer (PHE), eastern zone, advised the student community of RGGP
to be sincere in their approach and be technically sound what ever they do in their
life. Further, he said that combination of talent and sincerity is the only way to
success of life.
Earlier, College Principal Er. A K Tripathi on his opening address urged upon the
student community to be committed in their studies along with other co-curricular
activities. He also asked faculties and staffs of the of RGGP to do their duties
sincerely and appreciated them for their time support for the greater interest of
the RGGP. RGGP is the only institute that is ISO 9001:2008 certified in the entire
North East India and is a pride moment for the RGGP in particular and state as whole,
he said. Further, he also informed that RGGP is one amongst the 100 pilot community
polytechnic colleges that was started last year by the Central Government and counted
under top 7th mentor polytechnic within the country which is a pride moment for our
state Arunachal Pradesh.
The annual event that started on February 9 will be closed on February 14.
3 Days Disaster Sensitization Programme for PRI members, GBs and Village Chiefs concludes
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Under the aegis of Deputy Commissioner Tirap, three days Disaster
Sensitization programme for the PRI members, GBs and Village Chiefs of Khonsa and
Dadam Circle, Lazu Circle and Deomali and Soha circle was organized at Khonsa, Lazu
and Deomali respectively by the Disaster Management Cell Tirap.
Large numbers of members turned up in the said programme. The organizer DDMO Khonsa
told the participants that they are among the respected and responsible persons of
the village so they have the bigger role and responsibility to safeguard the village
from any mishap and also to educate the villagers about community based disaster
management. DDMO also presented a power point presentation on Dos and Don'ts and
preparedness and mitigation measures for landslide and fire accident.
DF&CSO M Miri, one of the resources person explained the basics of dos and don'ts
on earthquake and she advised the trainees to discuss the disaster preparedness tips
in their day to day life with family, friends and other member of the community for
a disaster resilient society.
The role and responsibilities of PRI members, GBs and village Chiefs was thoroughly
explained by Dr. AK Mishra, Associate Professor of WRG Collage Deomali.
Leaflets of Dos and Don'ts on different disasters were also distributed to the participants
on the occasion. DIPRO
Erratic power supply hits Ruksin
RUKSIN, Feb 13: Erratic power supply has brought day-to-day life of Ruksin and its
adjoining rural areas to a complete standstill.
There has been no respite from unscheduled power causing great dissatisfaction among
the local consumers. The consumers blame the department's indifferent attitude for
the present power crisis.
Irregular power supply in the area is compelling the consumers make alternative arrangement
at extra cost. Frequent power cut has not only affected the general public, businessmen
and students but also normal functioning of the government offices at Ruksin sub-divisional
"'The power department of the district does not try to understand the plight of common
people. The authority assured us of regular power supply after connection of an Assam-based
line, but the department's effort has miserably failed to fulfill our power need
as power supply through this route is very irregular", the sufferers rued.
The Ruksin and Nari area in East Siang district bordering to Assam has been energized
by a Jonai (Assam) based 33 KV power line since October, 2012. The Assam Power Distribution
Company Ltd (APDCL), North Lakhimpur circle has released Arunachal's share- 3 MW
power from central sector through Hatigarh 132 KV Sub-station at Dhemaji (Assam).
As such, the APDCL through its Jonai 33 KV Sub-station is wheeling about 3 MW power
allocated against Arunachal to mitigate the power shortage in East Siang district.
There are four 11 KV (output) feathers connected with Ruksin power station, which
cover villages under Ruksin and Nari circles. The power officials at Ruksin reportedly
have no option when there in no power supply on the Assam based-line.
It may be recalled that the greater Ruksin area including the township and the villages
under Bilat circle had undisrupted power supply through a direct line connected to
Rina Hydel Project. But, the electric energy generated from the hydel project was
drawn to Pasighat in the pretext of growing power demand at district headquarter.
The people made a strong protest against the power department's decision for alternative
power supply arrangement, but their movement yielded no fruit.
Training cum workshop on pay fixation
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: A three days training-cum workshop on "Pay Fixation" commenced
in Administrative Training Institute (ATI) from yesterday which is being conducted
under the 100 per cent course fee sponsorship of the Department of Personnel & Training,
Govt of India under its Plan Training Assistance 2013-14.
As many as 37 officials in rank of LDCs/UDCs/ Assistants/ Accountants etc. from A
P Civil Secretariat Administrations and HoDs are attending the training programme.
The director (Training) Pema Tshetan in his inaugural address emphasized the importance
of the training programme for both the participants and the department as a whole
as "errorless fixation of pay scale at time of every pay revision/ pay enhancement/
up-gradation of pay scale/ adoption of time bound pay scale or implementation of
ACP/MACP schemes including accurate maintenance of Service Book & IPS records are
need of hour". The Director pointed out that, over the period from 5th Central Pay
revision to recent 6th pay revision, many changes have taken place in the pay structure
of Govt employees in all departments under the Govt of AP including invoking of RP
rules in 1997, enhancement/up-gradation of pay scale, adoption of time bound pay
scale as well as implementation of ACP/ MACP schemes. However, the Directorate of
Audit & Pension have come across number of cases of wrong fixation of pay in many
departments/ District Officers resulting continuous over drawal of pay and allowances
for several years and the late detection of such errors in pay fixation at the time
of retirement or after retirement of Govt servant leads to the later stage a huge
financial loss to the Govt as the Govt. (concern Deptt.) is unable to recover the
overdrawal amount due to court's intervention and at the same time causes undue delay
in finalization of pension benefits to the retired Govt. employees.
Therefore, as a preventive measure of such desire situation and inconvenience to
retiring/retired Govt. employees, the Govt. have made mandatory to all heads of departments/
heads of offices to get the Service Book of every retiring Govt employees updated
with necessary entries of pay fixation and service verification done and submit the
same to the directorate of pension for pre-checking preferably 6 (six) months prior
to the date of retirements of the incumbent concerned.
The Director thereof urged all the participants to take full advantage of this training-cum-workshop
on Pay Fixation & equip themselves with the latest rules, procedures and methods
of application of Pay Fixation Rules & guidelines.
Earlier, the Course Coordinator and Dy. Director (Trg) Pate Marik submitted a brief
highlight of the Course content and informed the participants about the panel of
guest resource persons invited to impart the Training- cum-Workshop consisting of
Shri Taniyang Tatung (FAO) Audit & Pension, Shri Somnath Hore (Overseer) Directorate
of Printing & Shri Ratan Ghush (Asstt. Audit Officer) Audit & Pension. Smti Priscilla
Tayeng, Asstt. Director (Trg) gave the welcome address & appraised the logistic arrangements
made for the successful conduct of the Training Programme.
Tamla-Du: The Festival of Tawran and Kaman Mishmis of Arunachal Pradesh
The Mishmis’ have been aborigine in a high mountainous and foothill areas of Undivided
Lohit Division East While in the NEFA time to venture a long reminiscence and a land
of cascading waterfalls with full of serenity and enchanting natural flora and fauna
chirping sweaty winds, offers amazing vistas of lustrous greenery amidst majestic
Mishmi hills, woody forests, the Dong first sun rise in the country and a beautiful
panoramic view in the eastern most part of Himalayan states’ of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Tamla-Du is the socio-religious festival of the Kaman (Miju) and Tawran (Digaru)
Mishmi celebrated in the month of February during the spring season in a common platform
for promoting and encouraging among the Mishmis’ to bring unity and gaiety, preserving
their age old culture and traditions and to disseminate the message of cultural dignity,
and social harmony as among the mishmi brethrens.
The rituals like Namsiang and Tamla-Taka or Tamla-Du is a form of natural deities
and chanting practice by Mishmis immemorial time. In the mean time the origin of
“Ziim” and “Chaney”, the first human being on the earth as per the myths of the Mishmis.
In the mythology tells us that a long ago the planet earth was submerged under the
mighty ocean except the mountain peak “Zai” was remain above the sea water and rest
of the earth surface including high peak mountains and plateaus was also inundated
in the sea.
Its Meaning and Spiritual Aspects
The form of Tamla-Taka (Tamla-Du) varies in many ways, subject to the rites performed
for particular activities. The purpose of the Tamla-Du festival is to invoke and
propitiate the Matai-Jabmalo (the supreme god) and other deities like Shutoh-Deynyah
(God of the mountain) Buru-Buruyah (goddess of water and rain) Kangam-Kabruyah (goddess
of soil) and Shamar (god of wealth and rich crops) to bestow their blessings upon
all people irrespective of all religious community for peace and prosperity. The
main objective of the festival is to pray collectively to the almighty god and goddess
and spiritual aspects inhabited in the environment and their eco-system within a
certain peripheries of spiritual existence.
The nomenclature or word Tamla-Du does not exist in Mishmi socio-religious practices
in the past. This is the outcome of an elderly Mishmis to give a religious festival
in modern and unified platform initiated by Mishmi brethrens after 1970s onward and
the first brain child was given by K.A.A Raja, former Lt. Governor and first Chief
Commissioner of Arunachal Pradesh. The original Tamla-Taka or Namsiang rituals were
performed by Mishmis time to time without any specific date and calendar and observed
by their respective villages and houses.
In fact, Tamla-Taka is performed in the newly constructed house to warm up and protect
from any evil spirits, epidemic and other dreaded diseases upon human being and domestic
livestock’s. The Tamla-Taka is also performed at the beginning of the main rituals
like Tallo Changrang or Tanno and Apponk; the three chanting involves lots of rites
and rituals which meant for goodness as well as people who survives and death.
The other side “Namsiang”, is a prototype of Tamla-Taka, the integrated form of Tamla-Taka
is also performed in the boundary of the villages, sometimes at the nearby villages
jointly maintained the Namsiang rituals in order to protect and safeguard their respective
villages from the evil spirits, epidemic, and unforeseen diseases and accidents etc;
and for the well being of the entire village and community. The actual form of Tamla-Du
is an integrated way of Tamla-Taka and Namsiang is an ultra modern religious festivals
celebrated in a common area involving spiritual chanting of hymns, entertainment,
merry making, traditional games and sports along with developed way of public feast
and huge social gathering and get together, and imbibes cultural fascinating and
Beginning of Tamla-Du
The first step to be contact for the priest (Kahtuwat) for Tamla-Du, followed by
a collection of special wood is called “Asih-Sang” (a kind of tree that sparks when
it in burn) is used. There is a tale behind this tree that the Mishmi while performing
their ritual had tested many species of trees but none of them found effective on
spiritually. At last they tested “Asi-Sang” in rites and rituals and the priest found
that this special kind of tree was quite an effective and as such challenged the
evil spirits, so it was approved by the priest. Since then the tree had been widely
used in conducting or observing in Tamla-Taka and Namsiang rituals as well as in
Moreover, this special kind of tree, the wild banana leaves are also used without
unturned and not tempered by any insects, Dha-eing (ginger) Tahmah Khut-Kahngai and
seeds of various crops etc; are collected and used. After having collected all this
materials, the preparation for construction of structure is called Taka-Jheng (the
main alter) is started at the spot by the local elders and experts. In this process
tri-cornered “Asih Sang” wood with oval shape structure in form of alter is made.
The oval shape structure is filled with soil and artistically decorated and painted
materials are placed where at least 3 to 4 big hen cocks are hung at the sides along
with decorated sample of swords fish, daos, bow and arrows, round rope and trumpet
etc; are hung which are also made out of “Asih-Sang”( the special tree). Besides
the animal of deer sculpture is also made out of Asoih Sang and tightened at the
nearby fence structure at the bottom for Wahtong.
The main spiritual materials required are Asih-Kamai-12 numbers, Sinfur-2 to 3 art
and paint by turmeric. The spiritual chanting materials required for Tamla-Du are
about 21 items in different forms and methods. After completion of the formal arrangement,
the Kahtuwat (priest) is invited to occupy the chanting seat (Karai). Before the
priest starts his chanting and hymns, an experience elder briefed and conveys the
details of rituals ceremony and urges the priest to convey the same message to the
almighty god through the means of spiritual chanting of all round well being of the
entire area and community. The chanting of hymns continues for five to eight hours
to please the main deities associated with the nature in the human existence.
As per the old tradition and culture of Mishmis only they maintain fowls were sacrificed
during the Tamla-Du. However, present day it is observed by a huge social gathering
and needs of more sacrifices are being done like pigs, mithuns and buffalos in such
festival. After completion of the rites, rituals and chanting of the hymns by priest
in the evening the host and elder members gathered around the priest and enquired
about the good message received from the god and goddesses. The priest conveys the
spiritual message which he sensed during the course of chanting and their hymns.
At last, the host or the organizer started their gifts to the priest and some amount
and thereafter, the ritual comes to an end and it becomes taboo starts.
Next day the taboo is strictly observed to please the god and goddesses and to invoke
the peace and prosperity, during the taboo day and no fire is burnt in the nearby
area and neither the stranger is allowed to visit or enter in the village boundary
nor any villagers is allowed to go in the outside village.
In the tribal societies’ the festivals are the heart and souls of everyone’s culture.
In the Mishmi society also like the Miju and Diagru social life, the main objective
of festival is to stand, revive, reforms and to preserve their age old traditional
cultural heritage and to showcase the rich cultural fabric of the Mishmis.
In the socio-cultural and religious aspects of the tribe’s, the festival is an embodiment
and it come as a source of relief, to cast off the hangovers of daily labor and anxieties
of their life. It also creates the positive thinking in the minds of the common people
and trust in the existence of god and goddesses and deities in the abode of human
life. (The writer is Cultural Research Officer, Tezu.)
Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to express extreme disappointment
against Lower Dibang valley administration for not publishing the recruitment date
of computer-cum-account assistant in the local dailies. I want to ask district administration,
whether there are no internet facilities available in your office or what? If yes
then why don't you inform us about date of interview? Are the fees for publishing
advertisement too much? If other district administrations can publish it in the local
dailies then why can't our district administration do the same?
At last, being an unemployed youth of LDV, I want to tell district administration
that you had disappointed us.
Let's stop acting like wild animals
It is heartening to know that entire country is expressing their solidarity over
the brutal killing of our beloved brother late Nido Tania. The episode was given
a national character by news channels like Times Now, Headlines today and various
other channels. Being alarmed by such brutality, whole day I kept browsing news channel
to catch up every details of what would be next. But, alas! Every time I switched
on my TV, it would show me some unending debate of politicians and time consuming
advertisements. Few years ago, in South Delhi while entire Arunachal students were
expressing solidarity with press fraternity by organizing protest against the brutal
attack on young lady journalist Tongam Rina of Arunachal Times I was amazed to find
most of the country's leading news channels like Zee news, Times Now and others present
except my favourite Aaj Tak channel. I was thinking what is wrong with this news
channel? Is there any reason for not covering us? Yes, there may be one solid reason.
"Few years ago some guys in Itanagar broke vehicle of Aaj Tak and even attacked its
staff, which forced them to flee from the state," told me a fellow Arunachalee. Dear
people of Arunachal, let's stop acting like wild animals. Today we claim that we
are in modern age but sadly many are seen acting like they are still in Tarzan era.
This generation is perishing anyhow but let's save our future generation. Lastly
today we can be proud of having successfully united every Indians in protest against
various injustices........be it Tongam Rina's case, Tarrasso incident or late Nido
Tania's case. It is only because of the incredible role played by our media and press
fraternity that our minds are truly awakened.
Mowb Colony 2,
KGBV teachers being ignored by state government
Through your esteemed daily, I on behalf of East Kameng Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya
Teachers Association (EKKGBVTA) would like to draw kind attention of Government of
Arunachal Pradesh towards hardship faced by the teachers working under the ambitious
programme of Government of Arunachal Pradesh that is Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya
The GoAP are interested to promote girls education in Arunachal Pradesh but they
are totally ignoring the welfare of staffs working under KGBVs of Arunachal Pradesh.
The salaries of staffs are very meager as compared to duties that we perform. The
prices of essential commodities are getting hiked day by day but our salary remains
stagnate since it was implemented from 2005-06 in Arunachal Pradesh. The GoAP has
enhanced the salary of each and every department; right from the regular, casual
and contractual workers as per the Sixth pay commission but they did not enhance
the salary of KGBV staffs at that time.
From that very moment the KGBV staffs started to submit memorandum after memorandum
to GoAP but still our genuine demands are not fulfilled till date and GoAP is remaining
silent towards our demands.
At present also indefinite pen down strike was declared by AAPKGBVTA from 27th January
2014 but still GoAP is not in mood to solve our problems. GoAP is totally responsible
for the present pen down strike because they failed to meet our genuine demands.
Hope, our grievances will be looked into by the authorities in the right earnest
and needful action be taken at the earliest possible.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
---- Editorial ----
Impact of climate change
Millions in South Asia face a grim future marked by disastrous weather events, hunger
In a just released report, the World Bank has observed that the wages of climate
change are already being paid by people around the world, hitting its poorest the
hardest. The report notes that "South Asian countries and its poorest people are
at the highest level of risk.
As evidenced by the recent Uttarakhand deluge, the combined effect of rising temperatures,
extreme weather events and increasing sea levels is taking a serious toll on the
beleaguered economy of South Asia. "The lives and livelihood of millions of people
in the region is at stake," the report warns. "The bad news is that such impacts
will continue to intensify".
Threats to populations across the region will arise not only from a gradual change
in temperatures and sea level but also from increased climatic volatility, including
fiercer floods, droughts and storms. The fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change says that, "Climate change caused by rapid urbanization,
industrialization, and economic development will compound the pressures on natural
resources and the environment."
Glaciers in the Himalayas could melt at even faster rates triggering monster storms
and driving up mortality from diarrhea, which is associated with floods and droughts.
The report predicts that water resources within the next two to three decades are
likely to decrease by as much as 30% in South Asia by mid-21st century even as rising
sea levels lead to inundation, storm surges, erosion and other coastal hazards..