ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Arunachalee pugilist Tonibala Chanu entered the women boxing finals
by defeating Krishna Thapa of Uttarakhand by 10 points today at the TSGA indoor stadium,
Thripaya, Thrisur Kerala.
In the intensely fought Bout no. 44, after the fourth round Tonibala scored 24 points
while her rival Thapa scored 14 points. With this win, Chanu has ensured at least
a Silver Medal. She will play the final match tomorrow against Sonia of Haryana who
defeated Alphonsa of Kerala. The final bout will be telecast live from TSGA Indoor
Stadium, Thripaya, Thrisur District of Kerala on DD NATIONAL/SPORTS.
Meanwhile, in another bout in the Under 68-75 Kg weight, pugilist Ibomcha Devi representing
Arunachal Pradesh lost to E.Memthoi Devi of Manipur by 3 points. The Manipuri Boxer
scored 30 points while Ibomcha scored 27 points to bag the Bronze medal.
With this, the total number of medals tally of Arunachal Pradesh is 4.
New APSCW body formed
NAHARLAGUN, Feb 12: The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has constituted the fourth
body of the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) with Mitali Tingkhatra
as its Chairperson. Other members of the newly constituted commission include Nabam
Yabang as Vice Chairperson and Duma Yekar, Hage Yasung and Oter Ering Tayeng as members
with Yame Higio, APCS as Member Secretary. DIPR
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: All India Radio, Itanagar will broadcast a live phone-in-programme
entitled "Hello Doctor" on its Arun FM (103.1 MHZ) channel on February 14. Senior
Eye Surgeon from Ramakrishna Mission Hospital Dr. Lobsang Tsetim will reply to the
listeners' queries on the topic General Eye Care disease. Listeners may call between
8 to 8.30 PM on phone number 0360-2292239.
Arrangements complete for Liromoba bypoll
Itanagar, Feb 12: An estimated 11,640 voters, including 6020 women, will decide the
fate of five candidates for the by-election to Liromoba Assembly constituency which
is going to polls on Friday, the 13.
All arrangements have been completed in 54 polling booths in the constituency for
holding a free and fair election, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer D J Bhattacharjee
The district administration has made elaborate security arrangements to conduct smooth
Polling officials along with EVMs and other election materials have already reached
their respective polling stations, Bhattacharjee said.
Counting of votes would be held on February 16 next.
The by-election was necessitated following the death of former Chief Minister Jarbom
Gamlin on November 30 last year.
Bai Gadi from BJP, Nyamar Karbak from Congress, while Lijum Ronya, Raksap Yomcha
and Jhony Tali are contesting in the election as independent candidates. PTI
J N College NSS unit conducts annual special camping prog
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The NSS unit of J N College, Pasighat successfully conducted its
annual special camping programme 2014-15 with the motto "Not Me, but You" at Debing
village under Ruksin circle, East Siang district on February 10 and 11.
Altogether 165 volunteers participated in the programme which was guided by Programme
Officers, W G Gyana and T Payum.
During the camp, 100 metres traditional flood control dam in the right bank of Debing
river was constructed by using rocks, bamboos and cane. The dam would protect the
village from the fury of the river. It is said that the river water damages the houses,
village school and the paddy fields during the monsoon season.
The NSS volunteers and faculty members visited Debing Middle School and interacted
with the students and the teaching staffs. The team discussed on motivational topics
in class with the students. They also held an interaction session with the villagers
in which education, poverty, health and hygiene, entrepreneurship, economy of the
village and state were discussed.
Earlier, the Programme Officers briefed the volunteers and the villagers about the
aims and objectives, functions and relevance of National Service Scheme (NSS).
The faculty members, namely, assistant professors T Mibang, Dr R Dupak, M Gao and
Lab Asstt. A Pertin and Village Secretary, Anchal Samity Members, Gaon Bhuras and
other village representatives took part in the programme.
A friendly volleyball match was also played between village youths and volunteers.
Principal JNC, T Talom encouraged the voluntary service rendered by the unit.
ASSU makes various demands
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: In a memo to the ADC Sagalee on Feb 5, All Sagalee Students Union
has requested to take action for early execution of the Hoj to Langdang stretch of
Tran-Arunachal Highway, establishment of fire station at Sagalee and making functional
the BSNL tower of Meb. The ASSU stated of resorting to bandh calls if the issues
were not addressed within 15 days front the submission of the memorandum.
Further stating that the Sushee Infra Ltd is illegally dumping and quarrying on the
rivers of Sagalee area and making the water source dirty and unhygienic, the ASSU
has called for taking action on it.
Vocational training prog for adolescent girls
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Around 32 adolescent girls participated in the "Vocational training'
programme under Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (SABLA) held
in remote Sangdupota circle yesterday.
Earlier, the Child Development Project Officer Nelo Umbrey declared the 'Vocational
training' of adolescent girls under Balijan ICDS Project open in presence of Nabam
Tayo, Ex-GPM and trainer Tao Yaja.
Making of different types rope, handbags, floormats etc were taught to adolescent
trainees. All staffs of Balijan ICDS project attended the function. Similar training
programme for adolescent girls will be taken up in other Anganwadi Centres of the
Balijan ICDS Project with the help of trainers.
Tadin Yemsing road connectivity can be a great lifeline:Taloh
AALO, Feb 12: The Tadin-Yemsing road connectivity can usher in a great lifeline for
the people of Tadin, Kombo, Yemsing, Kebang to harness the natural potentials of
the area and emerge as the shortest route to Assam, said Education Minister Tapang
Taloh while attending the joint meeting of the villages at Aalo yesterday.
The Minister disclosed that many important meetings were conducted earlier also but
no tangible solution could come up till date and matter need to be taken up jointly
with a commitment now. The people on two sides should sign joint agreement on free
access to road without claiming any compensation in the name of development as development
only dawns in conducive atmosphere. He also assured to tie up with the Chief Minister
to earmark fund to take up the survey works and place their demand at appropriate
level through him.
Participating in the discussion, Aalo East MLA Jarkar Gamlin said that a comprehensive
DPR based on proper survey and investigation is essential to press the govt. to start
the road work. He assured to work hand in hand with the minister to materialize the
pending issue and sought the cooperation of people on both sides of the districts.
Former Minister Doi Ado said that Tadin-Yemsing road had been an important trade
route right from the British days and bounties of forest and natural products remain
untapped in the area and vast unused land of Kombo Tadin will definitely benefited
by this proposed road. The ZPM Aalo East Upper, Kirbom Ngomdir, AE PWD Er. Dugjum
Lona, ASMs, HGBs representing Kombo-Tadin and Yemsing Kebang also stressed on area
based needs of the people of two districts as land values of the vast stretches of
land will come only after road connectivity.
A Joint Action Committee constituting members from Kombo-Tadin and Yemsing Kebang
has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Doi Ado to mobilize the people to
start the preliminary works. DIPRO
Intensive Training Programme
ITANAGAR, Feb 11: The Intensive Training Programme (ITP) for capacity building of
frontline Govt. functionaries including PRI members, NGOs, SHGs, village elders and
Youth was held yesterday at Community Hall, Kangku.
Nie Ngomle, Zilla Parishad Member, Kangku circle inaugurated the cluster basis ITP
which was basically aimed at poverty reduction exercises. The training was sponsored
by Department of Personal and Training, Govt. of India, New-Delhi in collaboration
with Administrative Training Institute, (ATI) Naharlagun.
Speaking on the occasion the ZPM called upon the participants to take full advantage
of the training programme by highlighting the various schemes and project of the
Tanga Buchi, Anchal Samiti Chairperson, Kangku Block and T.Lodo Dy. Director (RTD.)
cum SNO (ITP), ATI, Naharlagun highlighted the course content. They dwelt on length
about sanitation and water supply in rural areas, development of rural education,
rural health, rural livelihood and rural development. Tamar Baki, Master Trainer
(MT) cum Dist. Training Coordinator, ITP, project gave a briefing about the major
objective of the programme.
Army recruitment rally begins at Khonsa
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The Army recruitment rally for whole of the Northeast began at
Khonsa today which is being attended by thousands of youth from across the region.
The Army Recruitment Office, Jorhat and Brigadier IM Lamba, DDG, Recruiting, Shillong
in collaboration with the 22 Punjab Army Unit based at Khonsa are conducting the
army recruitment rally from February 12 to 22 at Khonsa.
Meanwhile, the district administration has made elaborate security arrangements to
thwart any untoward incident during the recruitment rally. Tirap Deputy Commissioner
Kamlesh Kumar Joshi has directed his officers to ensure that the recruitment rally
was absolutely peaceful and asked them to extend their fullest cooperation to the
All the senior Army Officers from ARO, Jorhat, Shillong and Khonsa are overseeing
the recruitment rally.
The public and the civil society have appreciated the ARO, Jorhat, DDG, Recruiting,
Shillong, 22 Punjab Army Unit, Khonsa and Tirap district administration for holding
the rally at Khonsa, a remote and backward place of the Northeast. DIPRO
Students for early completion of Dibang bridge
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU) has written to Deputy Commissioner,
Lower Dibang Valley drawing attention towards delay in completion of bridge over
Dibang River. Union claimed that Dibang Bridge Project is a long felt dream of Dambuk
people and since the start of the project, general public of Lower Dibang Valley
has extended cooperation to this project which is supposed to be completed in the
year 2015. However, the construction agency has delayed the project without any reason,
the union alleged, while appealing the DC to pass necessary direction to the executing
agency to complete project on time.
DASU also called for proper implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility by
the construction agency. They claim that the company never provided assistance in
education and health sector thereby violating CSR.
PRIs need to be empowered: Union Minister
YUPIA, Feb 12: Union Minister of State Panchayati Raj, Nihal Chand in his brief address
to the panchayat members at Poma said that Panchayat is the grass root democratic
institution and it needs to be empowered through effective devolution of power and
functions He was on a visit to the Bamboo Processing Unit at Poma today.
Saying that the Gram Panchayat is the most important part of the Panchayati Raj System,
the minister added that it will only progress if the grassroot level Gram Panchayats
are strengthened and empowered. The Minister announced to provide Rs.15 Lakhs for
construction of GPC building at Poma and computers sets to all Gram Panchayats through
e-PRI project of the Government.
Meanwhile, Zilla Parishad Member, Gollo Takam apprised the minister about the problems
and grievances faced by the Panchayat members and expressed hope that the visit would
bring good results for the panchayats of Poma and Arunachal as a whole.
He was accompanied by Punji Mara, Parliamentary Secretary, RD, Jt, Secy, Panchayati
Raj, Secretary RD, DC Papum Pare, Director Panchayat, Members of Panchayat Coordination
Committee etc. DIPRO
Govt. planning special policy to boost hydel generation: Goyal
Work on 2,000 MW Subansiri project to be revived
Mumbai, Feb 12: To boost hydel power generation and resume those small projects in
the sector which have been delayed due to various reasons, the Union Power ministry
is planning to design a special policy, which will also ensure that a new project
is announced only after getting necessary approvals are in place.
"There are a number of small hydel projects which have been stuck due to various
reasons, including regulatory approvals. Our intent is to get them started soon.
"Therefore, we are planning to formulate a special small hydel power policy to remove
the hurdles in implementing such projects," Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal told
a gathering at the Progressive Maharashtra Summit organised by industry body FICCI
Calling for a radical change in the way large infra projects are announced, Goyal
said it should be ensured that no projects are announced without the necessary approvals
and land clearances, and the right of way are in place.
"We have to take a conscious decision before starting new projects. Announcements
should be made only after the necessary approvals are in place," he said.
The Modi government has set an ambitious target for renewable energy over the next
five years at 3,000 billion units from the present 53 billion. The overall target
is to double generation to 2 trillion units.
The government is also working towards reviving large hydro projects including the
1,200-mw Teesta-III project in Sikkim, which is behind schedule by over two years,
the 2,000-mw Subansiri project in Arunachal Pradesh, which when completed will be
the largest hydel plant in the country, and the 400-mw Maheshwar being put up by
S Kumar's group in MP.
"Huge investments have gone into these projects which have now been delayed due to
regulatory approvals. The Teesta project is of national importance and we have to
support it as much as possible. Investments made by investors, contractors and promoters
are stuck. We are sure we will be able to come to a conclusion soon.
"Besides, we are also in talks with the MP and Andhra governments for the revival
of the stuck hydel projects in their states," he said. .
Reiterating the government's commitment on increasing energy capacity and become
a power surplus state in the next five years, Goyal said, "we are looking at nearly
USD 250 billion investments into the sector in the next few years." He said there
is also a need to rework on the tax regime and regulatory framework to ensure investments
come into the country.
"There is no dearth of money (with international firms) but we don't have the capacity
to absorb them. They are waiting to come to us. We expect nearly USD 250 billion
investments in all forms of power generation as well as coal," he said.
To reduce cost of power generation, he said his ministry is in talks with other departments
to explore whether plants could be set up at the pit-head where the coal blocks are
No separate toilets for girls in Arunachal
Assam, Meghalaya worst pupil-teacher ration
Shillong, Feb 12: According to an education report for the North East released by
an NGO today, over 50 per cent schools in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya
does not have a separate toilet for girls and does not have facilities for drinking
water. Even when the provisions were available and unlocked but most of these are
not usable, it said.
Assam and Meghalaya have the worst pupil-teacher-ratio among the eight north eastern
states with Manipur, Nagaland and Sikkim topping the chart, the Annual Report of
Education Report (Rural 2014) for North East India, done by PRATHAM.
Only about 34 per cent schools in Assam met the RTE criteria of having one teacher
for 30 students while about 60 per cent schools in Meghalaya do so, the Annual Report
of Education Report (Rural 2014) for North East India, done by PRATHAM, non-profit
organisations in each of the states said.
ASER is the largest annual household survey of children in rural India that focuses
on the status of schooling and basic learning.
Among the top performers are Manipur, Nagaland and Sikkim each state having over
90 per cent of their schools complying with the RTE norms, it said.
While over 80 per cent schools in Tripura fulfilled the guidelines, nearly70 per
cent of schools in Arunachal Pradesh met the prescribed RTE pupil-teacher ratio.
8 persons die in road accident
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Eight persons died and three others were injured when the car they
were travelling in fell into a deep gorge near Halaipani Bridge under Manchal circle
in Anjaw District on February 10 last.
According to information received from Additional Deputy Commissioner, Hayuliang,
the accident occurred when a Xylo car bearing registration No. AS01 AK 0014 was coming
from Assam carrying labourers for the construction of ALG, Walong and fell into 100
metres deep gorge near Halaipani bridge at around 3.30 pm.
However, the driver miraculously escaped with minor injuries. The driver was allegedly
under influence of alcohol which seemed to be the cause of accident.
The deceased were identified as Atul Das,(43), Bipat Bhowmik (28), Shivsharan Das(54),
Ranjit Das (40), Nagen Kheruvar (45), Karthik Das (30), Pankhaj Das (33) and Jangahadur
Das (49). All the 11 labourers including injured were from Goalpara district and
the driver was from Dibrugarh district, Assam.
A team of Govt officers led by ADC Hage Ruja along with Police and medical team rushed
to the accident site soon after the receipt of information. Though the rescue operation
was carried out with the help of Army personnel throughout the night, the bodies
could be traced out next day. The personnel from RCC GREF based at Hayuliang also
reached the spot and extended help.
After the inquest and post-mortem, the bodies were handed over to Deepak Das, Supervisor,
Labour Management, NCC Ltd. Walong ALG, Anjaw district and the injured were referred
to Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh for further treatment.
CM cautions against new structures for highway compensation claim
DAPORIJO, Feb 12: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today called upon the people to allow
the ambitious Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) construction to carry on smoothly and
cautioned not to put up new structures in the hope of claiming compensation from
the authorities. He disclosed that satellite maps of the original/ old plan would
be used to identify such mal-practices.
Chief Minister, who was on a whirlwind tour of Upper Subansiri district from Wednesday,
was addressing a mammoth gathering at Gepen today after the inauguration of the
newly created Gepen circle and laying of foundation stone for infrastructural development
of the administrative center.
"Trans Arunachal Highway will not only benefit the people by connectivity, but will
bring about substantial economic activities in the area" CM emphatically said and
enthused hope that the people would be partners to development. He assured to provide
2 Crores from SPA in next financial year for the office building and other required
infrastructure for the circle.
Tuki also informed about the Chief Minister's Universal Health Insurance Scheme and
explained about its advantages while advising all to register and reap its benefits.
Tuki further advised the locals to shift focus from traditional practice of shifting/
Jhum cultivation which has been a major concern for forest lost to agriculture and
allied activities. He also encouraged alternate methods of livelihood and informed
that the authorities were in the process of working out viable livelihood activities
for the economic prosperity of the local people.
Meanwhile, CM Tuki also inaugurated the Siyum Steel Bridge under Siyum Circle and
Keojaring steel bridge built by PWD earlier on Wednesday. While responding to a public
memorandum submitted by the people of Nacho Sub-division at Byaching which included
demand for a new district by the name Sinik comprising of Taksing, Lemiking, Nacho
and Kodokha areas and establishment of a hospital in line of AIIMS besides a college
or technical institute, Chief Minister assured to upgrade the existing infrastructure
and services of the health centers in the area besides rationalizing and decentralizing
posting of teachers and doctors for every school and health center.
He was accompanied by Home Minister Tanga Byaling, MLA Dumporijo Paknga Bage, MLA
Daporijo Dikto Yekar, MLA Raga Tamar Murtem, ZPC Sushil Nalo, Marina Nido, Chairman
APSWB, DC K. Dulom, SP Taru Gusar, Heads of Offices and public of the area during
the tour. (PRO)
Experts calls for Indo-Bhutanese collaboration for Black-necked Crane Conservation
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Experts have called for collaboration between India and Bhutan
for Black-necked Crane Conservation.
In order to discuss the current status and conservation measures related to the species,
a two-day Indo-Bhutan workshop on Black-necked Crane was organized at Dirang in Arunachal
Pradesh, jointly organized by WWF-India in collaboration with the Forest Department
of Arunachal Pradesh. The workshop was attended by the Black-necked Crane experts
from India and Bhutan and community conservationists from Zemithang and Sangti valleys
of Arunachal Pradesh. During the workshop, the experts deliberated on a range of
issues including current status of the species at all the key crane habitats in India
The Black-necked Crane breeds in the high altitude wetlands of the Tibetan Plateau
(China) Eastern Ladakh in J&K and Gurudongmar Lake in Sikkim (India). The species
winters in lower altitudes in Tibetan Plateau, Yunan and Guizhou (China), Phobjika
and Bumdeling (Bhutan) and Sangti, Zimithang valleys in Arunachal Pradesh (India).
The species has strong cultural, spiritual and religious links to the local people
in the region. The total global population of the species is estimated to be about
11,000 individuals and it is listed as a globally 'Vulnerable' species by IUCN.
The wetland habitats used by the Black-necked Crane are ecologically unique and extremely
fragile, the conservation of which is essential, as these wetlands are also hydrologically
very important. The close cultural and spiritual link of the local Buddhist communities
with this crane species along its distribution range also lends this landscape a
sacred fervour. A small proportion of the critically important sites have been designated
under the Ramsar List of Internationally Important wetlands and East Asian - Australasian
Flyway Site Network.
The workshop delegates also visited the Sangti Valley, a key habitat of Black-necked
Crane in Arunachal Pradesh and interacted with the local community and school students.
The workshop concluded with a range of recommendation and called for immediate conservation
actions to protect the wintering habitat of Black-necked Crane in Sangti and Zemithang
valleys of Arunachal Pradesh.
During the workshop, presentations were made by the experts on the current status
and conservation issues related to Black-necked Crane in Jammu & Kashmir, Arunachal
Pradesh and Sikkim. The experts from Bhutan deliberated on a range of issues related
to the conservation of the species in Bhutan.
Prof. S. A. Hussain, senior scientist from the Wildlife Institute of India made a
presentation on the migration studies on this species in India. Dr. Sherub from the
Forest Department of Government of Bhutan made a presentation on the migration studies
on Black-necked Crane in Bhutan.
Kamal Medhi, Coordinator of the Western Arunachal Landscape made a presentation on
the current status of Black-necked Crane in Arunachal Pradesh and informed the experts
about WWF conservation actions on the species in Arunachal Pradesh.
Tshering Phuntsho from the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN) in Bhutan
stressed on the need to enhance the understanding on the impacts of anthropogenic
pressures and climate change on Black-necked Crane habitats and populations in the
Divisional Forest Officers from Shergaon and Bomdila forest division, local administration
of West Kameng district also participated throughout the workshop.
The workshop was coordinated by Pankaj Chandan head of the Western Himalayan Landscape
of WWF-India. He informed that this initiative is to protect and to promote the Black-necked
Crane as a symbol of cultural identity of Himalayan mountain ecosystems. In the concluding
session of the workshop delegates from Bhutan and India jointly agreed that the country
specific conservation initiatives should be synergised so as to conserve black-necked
crane habitat as a trans-boundary conservation initiative.
Forest dept conducts inquiry into elephant hunting cases
PASIGHAT, Feb 12: The Forest department of Pasighat is conducting a thorough inquiry
into the reported wildlife hunting cases in East Siang district and it has managed
to nab eight persons involved in wildlife crime so far.
The unabated hunting of wild elephant in the jungles of Mebo area, which has come
as a shock to many is reported to be the reason behind the order of the inquiry.
Unidentified poachers killed a couple of wild elephant near Siluk village under Mebo
sub-division besides capturing an elephant calf, which they took away to Dambuk side
in Lower Dibang Valley.
The forest officials subsequently picked up four persons from Siluk (East Siang)
and Dambuk (Lower Dibang Valley) villages and booked them under Wildlife Protection
(WLP) Acts. Later, they were handed over to police for further action. The accused,
however, managed to get bail from judicial custody.
Later, the joint team of forest and police nabbed four others including two elephant
trainers from Kerem area of Namsai district early this month. The investigating team
also recovered two elephant calves from their possession. According to report, the
four accused (arrested under WLP Act) have admitted their offence before the investigation
From night watchman to a successful filmmaker
Itanagar, Feb 12: Bored with his job as a night watchman, Tage Richo turned to filmmaking.
The 42-year-old Arunachalee has directed five feature films to this day in his Apatani
dialect and played roles in several local Hindi feature films, including Taro Chatung's
'Frontier Students' in 1993.
Richo was bored with his job of a night chowkidar at the state civil secretariat
and desperately wanted to break free. So after three years of service he one day
resigned to pursue his dream.
"In 1993, I came to know that an audition for an Apatani audio album was being held
at Itanagar. So, I came from Ziro to try my luck. I learnt that Taro Chatung was
looking for an artist for his upcoming film 'Frontier student'," he said.
"Instead of attending the audition, I met Chatung. Just after a brief interaction,
he agreed to offer me a role in his film. It was the beginning."
Thereafter, he acted in many short films for Doordrashan Itanagar and also worked
as cameraman for the then popular news show 'News & Views' under Taro Chatung for
more than three years.
In 2003, he directed a comedy film 'Dolyang Lampii' in Apatani, and in 2005, he directed
'Vishwasgath' a local Hindi feature film. In 2006, he again directed Dolyang Lampii-II.
He also produced two feature films in Apatani 'O Tanjo Nyima' and 'Onya' in 2011
and 2013 where he played lead roles.
Richo is planning to produce films in his dialect so that the rich cultural heritage
of the Apatani community could be exposed to the outside world.
"Finance is one of the major hindrances in Arunachal Pradesh as most of the financers
never want to invest in such ventures out of fear of losing money, considering the
small profile of the movie-going public in the state," he said.
At best, he points out, they want to produce only small-budget films where scope
of creative manoeuvrability is pretty small. PTI
Army recruitment at Khonsa: An effort to wean away youth from going astray
Going by the tremendous enthusiasm and overwhelming response shown by the youth of
the much-maligned Northeast, it is evident that they are no longer interested to
do away their time by indulging in violence and unlawful activities. All the roads
in the Northeast are literally leading to the sleepy Khonsa township, the headquarters
of insurgency-hit Tirap district where the Army Recruitment Office, Jorhat and Brigadier
IM Lamba, DDG, Recruiting, Shillong are holding an army recruitment rally from 12th
February to 22th February in collaboration with the 22 Punjab Army Unit based at
Khonsa. This is for the first time that the 22 Punjab Army Unit is involved in such
a massive army recruitment process in a small place like Khonsa which is devoid of
the required infrastructure like food, lodging, water supply, better road connectivity
and so on and so forth.
The recruitment is being conducted for the whole of the Northeast and as expected
thousands of youth from across the region are making a beeline at the recruiting
centre. Hundreds of able-bodied youth speaking strange dialects are thronging Khonsa
Township with dreams in their eyes to join the Indian Army. The aspirants appear
to be determined to join the Army given the hardwork they are putting in. The 22
Punjab Army Unit is proving all the logistics support like lodging, food etc and
is helping the district administration in conducting the recruitment rally successfully.
The Unit had organized pre-recruitment training to the aspirants to enable them face
the rigours of the recruitment processes confidently and efficiently. The 22 Punjab
Army Unit had also displayed posters, banners at vantage positions and arranged advertisements
well in advance including issuing leaflets to facilitate the aspiring candidates.
The Unit also prepared the ground at Nehru Stadium to conduct the physical tests
without a hitch whatsoever. The district administration has made elaborate security
arrangements to thwart any untoward incident during the recruitment rally. Tirap
Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Kumar Joshi has directed his officers to ensure that
the recruitment rally was absolutely peaceful and asked them to extend their fullest
cooperation to the recruitment authorities to make the massive exercise a huge success.
All the senior Army Officers from ARO, Jorhat, Shillong and Khonsa are overseeing
the recruitment rally.
Needless to say that with jobs in civil departments hard to come by the youths of
the Northeast are hoping against hopes to join in the Indian Army. They are physically
strong and fit and are naturally conditioned to face the hardships in the Indian
Army. They only need opportunity to serve in the Indian Army and contribute towards
defending the country and at the same time earn their livelihood. Today, the Army
job has become quite attractive with good pay structure and other facilities galore.
So, the youth are obviously attracted and are willing to join the Army. Such a recruitment
rally will also help to wean away the disgruntled and misguided youth from going
astray. As a matter of fact, the youth are vulnerable and can be misguided easily
by forces inimical to the society and the country. So, the recruitment rally by the
Army has come as a boon for the youth of the region. The public and the civil society
have profusely thanked the ARO, Jorhat, DDG, Recruiting, Shillong, 22 Punjab Army
Unit, Khonsa and Tirap district administration for holding the rally at Khonsa, a
remote and backward place of the Northeast.
Taloh visits remote Komsing
PANGIN, Feb 12: Education Minister Tapang Taloh accompanied by Siang DC Dr. N. Lego,
SP Doge Jini and head of departments visited remote Komsing village yesterday.
While addressing a public meeting in the village, the Minister said with active support
of the state government, all round development is becoming visible on ground in the
newly created district. Taloh appealed the people to cooperate with the administration
and the government in all fronts which would usher in a new era of progress.
Sharing his views on Siang District headquarter issue, he said that the selection
of Pangin as temporary headquarter and Nyobo (Perang-Lampang) as permanent headquarter
was an unanimous decision of the people based on feasibility in all fronts. He urged
the people not to give heed to those vested interest groups which are detrimental
for the development of the areas.
Taloh assured that road connectivity to the villages would be his top agenda. He
also informed that an amount of Rs 10 Crore would be granted by the government for
completion of Komsing Bridge that would help in formation cutting to carryout road
constructions in coming days. He said that Babuk and Jorsing village would be developed
as model villages and Riga would be upgraded to ADC headquarter soon.
While ensuring prompt actions on the grievances of villagers, Taloh urged them to
pay attention on education of their children and to preserve the local culture and
tradition, which is threatened by advent of modernity. For accelerating the socio-economic
development of the historic village, mini-hydel, anti erosion scheme to protect Ribung
River, constructions of teachers' quarters, and Rest House etc would be taken up.
The minister also urged the villagers to take full benefits of the Chief Minister's
Universal Health Insurance scheme and instructed the DC to ensure every household
of the district to cover under APCMUHIS. He also called upon the youth to derive
maximum benefit from employment schemes and to inculcate spirit of entrepreneurship
and instead of looking for job in government sector, adding that the government has
launched various schemes enable youths to start new ventures.
Further, the Education Minister exhorted the teaching community to join hands for
improving the dismal education scenario of the state. Government will not succumb
to any pressure from any group of agitators but would stick to give equal justice
to all the children in the state and would not allow anyone to discriminate them
from getting the Right to Education. "The education department is revamping the state's
ailing education system and the teaching community should join hands in fulfilling
the duties entrusted to them," he added.
Earlier, the DC Dr. N Lego in his brief speech said that in spite of a small work
force, the district administration is functioning normally. He said that nine administrative
circles under the district would henceforth function independently under the district
administration. He appealed to the people to cooperate with District Administration
for speedy development of the district headquarters. DIPRO
Awareness on conservation of bio-diversity & indigenous ornamental fishes
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: An awareness camp on conservation of fish bio-diversity and indigenous
ornamental fishes was organized by the department of Fisheries at Nyorch Village
by the side of the Nyorch stream where villagers from Nyorch, GB'S, FRO, students,
resource person from RGU Doimukh beside officers from the department participated.
The programme started with release of fish seed in three pre identified spots of
the stream by J. Taba, Director of Fisheries, Techi Tolu ZPM, 1-Borum, GB and few
of the students.
Director of Fisheries in his speech highlighted the concept behind organizing such
awareness camp and pointed out that this is a small endeavor from the department
of Fisheries and the villagers must carry it forward so that it becomes a revolution.
He further stated that fishes in our natural open waters are fast dwindling due to
rampant illegal fishing and other anthropogenic activities. He exhorted upon the
PRI leaders to wake up and make all out effort before our natural open water resources
are devoid of the fishes. He assured all possible support for development of sustainable
fishery in these resources.
In his address, the ZPM dwelt in length the effect of illegal fishing and importance
of conservation in today's context of not only the aquatic resources but of forest
resources too since both are interdependent. He further suggested to devise some
regulatory mechanism at local level or to make certain rules and regulation which
will dither the people from indulging in such practices. He also made it clear that
though there are laws and acts, but it is the people who should come out and lend
their support for this noble endeavour. He also requested the department to hold
such camps frequently so that the right message goes out and the people become aware
and conscious about the need for conservation. Other highlights included lectures
on indigenous ornamental fishes, Riverine Fishery and fish Bio-diversity, effects
of illegal fishing on natural fish stock and advantage of responsible fishing by
the resource persons from the RGU Doimukh and the officers of the department of Fisheries.
Participation of students and their keen interest made the session interactive and
4th Day of 2nd Edition CM’s Trophy-2015
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: In the fourth day of the 2nd Chief Minister's Trophy 2015, Kurung
Kumey, Longding and Lower Subansiri registered wins in their respective Men's football
matches against Lohit, Changlang and Lower Dibang Valley at Sangey Lhaden Sports
Academy here today.
In the Women's football, East Kameng, Namsai and West Siang beat Changlang, Lower
Dibang Valley and East Siang respectively, while Lohit and Tirap match ended in a
In the first match played in the morning, Kurung Kumey won by 9-2 goals against Lohit.
Tarh Rajkumar of Kurung Kumey scored 5 goals, while Gichik Taming, Yukar Takar, Byabang
Doley, Gyamar Apa netted a single goal each. Rocky Yun and Ehauso Manigu delivered
the two goals for Lohit.
In the next match, Longding beat Changlang by 5-3 goals. Janpoi Poiham and Pankai
Wangsu scored 2 and 3 goals each respectively for Longding. While Vanshap scored
2 goals, Amos netted a single goal for Changlang.
Tao Takar scored a single goal and Tame Gungte scored 2 goals for Lower Subansiri
District beating Lower Dibang Valley District by 3-0.
In the Women's Football, East Kameng District beat Changlang District by 5-0 goals.
Melling Sangy, Mari Khora, Manju Taku, Devi Singhi and Devi Dada scored a goal each
for East Kameng.
Priyanka Gogoi and Marian Khoria scored a goal each for Namsai defeating Lower Dibang
Valley by 2-1 goals. Ajiya Umbrey scored the lone goal for LDV.
Riyo Pujen scored the lone goal for West Siang defeating East Siang by 1-0 goal.
In the final match played between Lohit and Tirap, Ngilyang Yaming and Hamnya Tekwa
scored the lone goals for their teams with the match ending in a draw.
Political turmoil in Bihar took a major twist today when newly elected Janata Dal
(United) leader Nitish Kumar alleged that his party MLAs are being lured with ministerial
positions and one crore rupees by opposition BJP. Kumar also blamed the leadership
of the Bharatiya Janta Party for orchestrating the political turmoil in Bihar. Chief
Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is running a minority government ever since JD (U) expelled
him from party and elected Nitish Kumar as new leader.
Media report stated that Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has given CM Manjhi February
20, deadline to prove his majority. JD (U) and other opposition parties are alleging
that Governor is encouraging horse trading by giving ample time to Manjhi to prove
his majority. They are demanding an early assembly session. It is quite tough to
say whether the allegation leveled by JD (U) is true. However such kind of allegation
against BJP and office of Governor does not augur well. Horse trading is against
the spirit of democracy and should be discouraged at any cost. Also the Governor
should maintain neutrality and stop taking side. All the political parties be it
JD (U) or BJP should remember that Bihar is socially and economically very sensitive
state. Any wrong step can have catastrophic effect on rest of the country.
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Delhi Election Results Shows Robustness of Our Democracy
After about a year-long President’s Rule, Delhi went to poll on 7th. of this month
and Aam Admi Party (AAP) emerged splendidly victorious. Out of 70 assembly seats,
AAP won 67 seats representing nearly 96 per cent of the total seats in the state
assembly. The opposition is reduced to a miniscule minority with Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) securing 3 seats and Congress decimated.
The only comparison in recent times to this landslide victory of AAP could be found
in Sikkim when in 2004 Sikkim Democratic Front won 31 out of 32 assembly seats and
in 2009 it won all 32 seats. AAP’s victory has far surpassed predictions of all exit
polls, which indicated win of AAP but not to the extent that the actual results have
come to be.
Following the stupendous victory of a 27-month old party and drumming defeat of 2
national parties that are larger in size and longer in existence, post-poll analysis
has begun. The political parties, especially those who have been in the Delhi election
fray and the political pundits are busy analyzing how could the David beat the Goliaths?
Analysts are examining what went wrong with BJP when Prime Minister Narendra Modi
himself took a leading role in the Delhi poll campaign and majority of his cabinet
ministers were tasked with poll canvassing responsibility and overseeing various
constituencies. The Congress Party which has gone into extinction in the forthcoming
Delhi legislative assembly has led analysts to probe into the capacity and effectiveness
of the party’s leadership. In the excitement and process of this post-poll analysis
what is getting overlooked is the robustness of our democracy.
India is a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic Republic. And, Republic underlines
that every citizen is expected to play an active role in governing the state. Breaking
all previous records, about 70 per cent of the electorates have cast their votes
this time to exercise their political right. Especially, participation of young voters
and the marginalized and the underprivileged shows promising sign of a true Republic.
In this large number of voter turnout, one can find the rationale of the theory propounded
by the ancient Roman philosopher Cicero. He professed that all people are equal,
not necessarily in wealth or learning, but in their possession of reason and their
basic perception of good. People of Delhi recognized the error of fractured verdict
given by them in 2013 assembly election, the hasty exit of AAP after 49 days in power
for which the party has admitted its mistake and sought forgiveness with promise
to correct its approach. This time voters have provided the means for rectification
by giving AAP absolute majority, albeit full total assembly seats, to govern and
rule. This indeed demonstrates matured democratic process that the people of Delhi
Also, the citizens of Delhi have complied with a fundamental tenet of democracy by
remembering the past, understanding the present and looking into the future. The
past has been smeared by corruptive practices, tall promises but poor action. The
current need is for arresting these vicious traits and building inclusiveness. The
voters have looked into the future for a political culture of transparent, corruption-free,
participatory governance and pro-people development. This has placed onerous responsibility
on AAP to fulfill its promise of good governance, inclusive growth, thrift in spending
public money, and safety of people. Simultaneously, it has given space to national
and other political parties to introspect and change their approach to build up refined
and clean political system and culture.
It is said that democratic collective wisdom better recognizes the signs of the times.
54 per cent vote share and 96 per cent assembly seats that have gone to AAP indicate
people of Delhi have shunned arrogance of power, rejected practice of making promises
with no tangible action by the leaders, and political hypocrisy. The verdict of the
Delhi assembly election has re-written the “Magna Carta” telling the hitherto formidable
political parties to accept their limitation of authority and establishing political
power is not above the common people.
2015 Delhi assembly election results have proved how entrenched and deep-rooted are
the principles and values of democracy in the people of this country. It has been
an eye-opener to the elite political class and the world. It now needs to be watched
how AAP works to respect the verdict it obtained from the people. Also, it is to
be observed whether and how the national and other political parties sterilize and
clean the infected political system and culture that have engulfed the polity of
this nation. Let’s pray after winter had come, spring should not be far behind.
Amitava Basu, Delhi
The woes of commuters
A news caption appeared in your esteemed daily (11th Feb, 2015) on the poor quality
of road constructed on Hill Top Colony Road as raised by the Dokum Colony Welfare
Committee. All voices should be with the initiative of the Committee as it is utterly
irresponsible on the part of the contractor to show negligence. Moreover, one fails
to understand how the concerned engineers are allowing such things to happen. Just
to share with public that it is the road leading to the rows of bungalows of ministers
and parliamentary secretaries. In such a situation, public will be confused whether
it is the audacity of the contractor or the inefficiency of the engineering department
or the apathy of the district administration and the urban bodies or the lack of
steam of the ever-proactive magistrates or the insensitivity of all commuters.
The poor quality of the road is there as the exhibits to be seen and felt.
This few weeks old repaired road may not sustain till March even before bills are
paid if not cleared already but it is rest assured that commuters woes would be
soon back with the very first shower of Spring, if not now itself!
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