January 31


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


Army organizes free vety aid camp

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: A free veterinary aid camp was conducted by the Army at Nangtaw Kamti of Lohit yesterday where the 11 Mob FD Veterinary Hospital of Dao division of the Army with the assistance of 12 Assam Regiment treated all type of animals like elephant, cattle, goat, poultry, duck, pigs etc belonging to villagers.

A team of doctors from Army and Civil Vets and 10 dressers from 11 Mob FD Veterinary Hospital examined and treated the animals. Villages like Nangtaw Khamti, Balupatthar, Nangtaw Shyam, Doompatthar, Jasnapur have benefitted from camp.

Free check up, medicines, deworming and vaccines were provided to the livestock to prevent diseases.

The camp was conducted by Lt Col A Halder, OC 11 Mob FD Vet Hospital and Capt Nikhil Arora, Veterinary officer of the same unit with assistance of staff of state vet service.


Aalo youth festival gets underway

Aalo, Jan  30: The Aalo Youth Festival organized by All Aalo Youth

Welfare Association got off to a flying start with 15 km 'Run- Aalo- Run' open Marathon Race from Aalo General Ground.

The Secretary DSA, Kenjum Riba flagged off the event in presence of 150 youth participants  from all over the district today.

Momin Noshi, Daka Ete, Rimmo Lollen, Minjom Ete and Pagnya Ete made it to the list of five successful prize winners besides three participating girls Rima Mandal, Yombi Jini and Jumpi Padu who completed the race along with the boys were awarded consolation prizes.

Geli Ete, President, Marto Lollen, Vice President and Duli Lomi Gen. Secy. disclosed that the second day of the festival will begin (tomorrow) with  Inter School Literary competition at Govt. Higher Secondary School Aalo. DIPRO


Mla tours his constituency

KHONSA, Jan 30: The MLA of 55-Khonsa East Kamthok Lowang accompanied by CO, Lazu N L Naam and departmental officers visited New Kothung, Old Kothung and Tutnyu villages in Lazu circle from 28th to 30th January.

While addressing a series of public meetings, the MLA highlighted various development steps initiated by him for the whole constituency and sought their unflinching co-operation and support to make the government schemes successful.

Stressing importance on education, the MLA passionately appealed to the parents to take proper care of their children’s education adding that nothing could be achieved in the absence of proper education.

The MLA asked the villagers to shun opium as it can ruin the society. He told them that the district administration was taking the matter seriously adding that those who indulged in opium cultivation would be penalized as per law. He also told them that the district administration had initiated a number of schemes as alternative to opium cultivation and asked the villagers to contact the concerned departments and take maximum benefit.

The villagers lauded the effort of their MLA, especially for improving the road connectivity in the whole constituency. They reposed their faith in his leadership. DIPRO


Capital DC visits Gyan Mission Orphan School

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Capital Complex Deputy Commissinor Sanjay Goel visited the Gyan Mission Orphan School, Chimpu on the auspicious occasion of Republic Day and distributed food items to the children.

Meanwhile, school management committee advisor, Jalley Sonam, on behalf of the school family, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the DC for visiting the school and encouraging the orphan children.


KPF supports DAPF’s demand

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The 21-Koloriang People Forum (KPF) extended its support to the demand of the Damin Area People Forum (DAPF) for immediate action against Damin Block Development Officer (BDO) for his alleged involvement in fund embezzlement.

KPF in a release today claimed that it had submitted memorandums to the authorities several times to look into the issue  but yielded no results. “This time around we the Central Executive Members of KPF have decided to support the movement of DAPF”, the KPF said.


Society appeals for development fund

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Giya-ku Welfare Society (GWS) president Giya Yarda Sagma attended the   general  meeting held under the chairmanship of Yarda Taram, chairman of Yarda Development Committee  at Yarda village on January 23 last. Sagma along with local residents also demarcated the   land for primary health centre and Govt middle school, Yarda.

While appreciating the developmental works being carried out at Tali, the GWS president appealed the state Govt to release sufficient fund for successful completation of road and other development projects.


ANYA pleads for healthy work culture

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The All Nyishi Youth Association has written to chief minister complaining against lackadaisical attitude of government employees. ANYA stated that despite enjoying all the perks given by government many government officials come late in the office and leave early for the home without taking care of official works.

“These self-centric officials are becoming obstacle in the development of state. Many of them get free fuel, vehicles and accommodation from government. Some of the officers are having more than 2 govt vehicles and often it is noticed that govt vehicles are used for personal work which is against the norm,” the representation of ANYA read. They also questioned why govt officials are not maintaining ethics of service?

ANYA appealed CM to issue specified direction and take steps to ensure that healthy work culture is maintained and also ensure that officials maintain code of conduct.


Two houses gutted

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Two houses were gutted down in a fire accident on 25th of this month at Boasimla village under Lower Subansiri district. Informing this in a release Lower Subansiri District Nyishi Students Union (LSDNSU) claimed that properties which include local ornaments were destroyed and a  baby was injured in  the fire mishap.

The member of LSDNSU visited the fire victim and appealed concerned authority to compensate the victims.


Selection trial

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The selection trial for induction in Sports Authority of India, SAG centre, Naharlagun in the discipline of boxing (boys & girls) and karate (boys) will be held on 20th February.  The age limit is from 12 to 14 years for both boys and girls. The interested candidates have to report on 20th February at RG Stadium, Naharlagun at 8.30 am in the morning with original birth certificate.


Field demonstration on livestock and poultry health care

YINGKIONG, Jan 30: A Kishan Gosthi and Field Demonstration on livestock and poultry health care were organized by the Agriculture, Veterinary  and Animal Husbandry and Fisheries departments under the banner of ATMA at Pugging village today. A large number of villagers and Panchayat members   took part in it.

O. Tamuk, DAO, Dr. Talo Taggu, DVO and K. Chisi, DFDO along with other officials   attended the programme and explained about the plans, program and different activities of the respective departments.

Dr. K. Padu and Dr. Teru Borang, VOs and their field staffs conducted field demonstration on lives stock and poultry health care and imparted training on how to take care of  livestock, particularly during the  outbreak of FMD of the Mithuns.

O. Pertin, DIPRO distributed radios to the Panchayat representatives and the Gaon Buras of Pugging village for dissemination and hearing of information regularly on various developmental issues of the govt. and news on rural and aggro based development program. DIPRO





199 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

AGIS represents Arunachal in Indian Geospatial Forum 2013

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Arunachal GIS Info Solutions (AGIS), an ISRO & Department of Space recognized firm based in Itanagar, participated in the international conference with theme “Towards Geo Enabled Economy” organized by Indian Geo-Spatial Forum at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) at Hi-tech city, Hyderabad from January 22 to 24.

The AGIS technical team tabled two papers in the conference titled “AHP based landslide hazard assessment in a mountainous urban area of Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India, using Remote Sensing Technology” and “ Dynamics of urban sprawl, changing direction, and mapping: A case study of Pink City Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.”

Many eminent remote sensing and GIS based national and international companies like Intergraph (India), MRF & INTERMAP(Canada), DAT EM (USA) have expressed their interests for future business collaborations with AGIS Info Solutions related to projects in the field of remote sensing, GIS and IT in Arunachal Pradesh.

AGIS technical team also had creative meetings with Dr. Bhoop Singh, Adviser, DST, GoI and other national and international delegates like Hannu Korpela, TerraSolid, Finland, KR Kumar, Geo Eye, Pallav Mathur, Trimble; India region, Tomislav Milinusic, PANVION, Canada, who have assured to extend their all possible technical expertise as well as encouraged to conceive some significant projects in which they are willing to partner with.

AGIS was represented in the conference by its Chief Technical Officer Ansuman Chakraborty and Assistant Technical Officer Ganesh Borpatra Gohain.

Being attended by over 2000 delegates from across the globe, this conference tabled more than 25 papers and discussed pros and cons of Geo-Spatial technology.

The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Swarna Subba Rao, Surveyor General, Survey of India. The keynote address was given by Dorine Burmanje, Chairman and Managing Director, Cadastre, Land Registry & Mapping Agency, The Netherlands.

It is worth mentioning that Arunachal GIS Info Solutions is the first ever participant from entire North East in this exalted convention.

Set up in 2012, AGIS is an ISRO & Department of Space recognized firm based in Itanagar. It provides consultancy services in the field of remote sensing, GIS, surveying and information technology.

With its registered office at “0” Point, Itanagar, currently the firm in collaboration with many national and international companies is successfully handling up projects in the field of Remote Sensing & GIS in Arunachal Pradesh and is a leading provider of innovative Geo-Spatial Solutions for many vertical segments, including federal and State Government in the field of Agriculture and Forestry, Disaster management, natural resource Management, Soil Cover Inventory, Utilities & Manufacturing, Healthcare, Business management, Human Rights & Conflict management, etc. on cost effective, highly quality controlled and professional manner with state of art infrastructure.



Army medical camp benefits over 700

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Over 700 civilians have benefited from the free medical camp organized by 12 Assam Regiment and 402 Field Hospital under the aegis of Headquarter 2 Mountain Division at Nangtaw Khamti village of Lohit district yesterday.

The patients were treated for various diseases, particularly diarrhea, respiratory problems, fungal infections, malaria, viral fever, anemia and skin infections. Various rapid laboratory tests as well ECG were conducted and children administered vaccination during the day-long camp.

The patients were provided medicines for all kind of ailments.  

Five doctors and medical staff from Army under Commanding Officer 402 Field Hospital of Headquarter 2 Mountain Division and civil doctors and staff of CHC Piyong, Namsai and Tezu conducted the camp. People from the village took full advantage of the free medical camp.  

The District Medical Officer and Gaon Bura Nangtaw Khamti village on behalf of the villagers and civil administration lauded the noble gesture of the ‘Army’ and expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the medical camp at their doorstep.

The medical camp was organized under Army’s ‘Operation Good Samaritan.’



Experts suggest proper ways to save medicinal plants in state

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plant Board Member Secretary T Gapak emphasized on the need of proper management and conservation of medicinal plants for the benefit of the communities and the state government by exploring and documenting the high value and traditionally useful species.

Attending the two days consultative meeting on training needs assessment and capacities of the agencies concerned in respect of threat assessment and CAMP (Conservation Assessment and Management Plan) exercise as part of GOI UNDP programme at NERIST on January 28, Gapak urged all the scientists to work jointly and make collaborative effort to save the rich diversity of medicinal plants, particularly the rare and endangered species like Coptis, Taxus, Rubia, Paris etc.

Dr. K Haridasan, the joint Director of Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), Bangalore, gave details about the diversified forests and its important floristic elements, particularly emphasising the medicinal plants.  He also focused the issues and constraints related to conservation which need to be worked out by the experts of the region.

Prof ML Khan, Department of Forestry also shared his views.  

Earlier, Dr. PR Gajurel, Coordinator of the programme briefed the objectives of the meeting. Later, he gave an overview of present status of medicinal plants and threw light on the threats and challenges for medicinal plant conservation in the state during the consultative session.

Dr. BS Somashekhar, resource person from FRLHT provided all the technical details elaborating the process for formulation of long term strategy of conservation introducing the IUCN categories and Conservation Assessment and Management Plan (CAMP) exercise as a precursor to the capacity building.

Prof AK Das senior expert from RGU, who chaired the technical session, shared his long experience with the participants and provided some valuable inputs for assessment of threats of medicinal plants.

Prof. PRethy, Dr. LR Bhuyan, Dr. Hui Tag, Dr. SS Singh, Dr. LB Singha and other experts and participants from NERIST, RGU, ARRI, NEIST, TERI have provided their expert comments and thrown light on the capacities to work and join the programme for threat assessment in long term basis.

Dr. D Saha, FRLHT elaborated the details of the activity undertaken in the process of development of road map in the threat assessment involving the local experts of the state.

An extensive field tour was undertaken in the second day at VVK, Chessa and its adjacent forest for the demonstration of the assessment of population and collection of other important field information linked with the conservation of species.

Dr. Ravi Kumar from FRLHT, one of the leading taxonomists and field botanists of the country explained the process of data collection to the participants.

The presence of the renowned field taxonomist like Dr. K Haridasan, who worked for more then 20 year in the flora of the state along with Prof P Rethy,  Dr. LR Bhuyan, Dr. PR Gajurel and others has made the field work very informative and successful.

The programme was organised by Dept of Forestry, NERIST in collaboration with Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (IAIM), Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), Bangalore.

About 40 participants comprising experts from NERIST, RGU, NEIST, RAAI, SFRI, APSMPB, TERI, DFOs from Forest Department and experts from FRLHT attended the meeting.



Arunachal to strengthen tax administration under NeGP

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Department of Tax & Excise organized an interactive dealer awareness program at Naharlagun today wherein dealers from Naharlagun, Nirjuli, Doimukh and Banderdewa and office bearers of Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and Bazaar Welfare Committees participated. Addressing the participants, Joint Commissioner, Tax & Excise T Jongkey informed that Government of India under Nation e-Governance Plan (NeGP) has started complete automation of the Commercial Tax Administration of all the states and UTs of India and Department of Tax and Excise, Arunachal Pradesh is also going to implement the same under Mission Mode Project for Computerization of Commercial Tax (MMPCT).  He sought cooperation from the office bearers of ACCI as well as Bazaar Committees of capital complex in disseminating more information about this initiative to all the fellow dealers.  

Assistant Commissioner, Tax & Excise Tapas Dutta showed the benefits of the e-services through PowerPoint presentation and informed that the department is starting e-services for VAT & CST registration, filing of sales/purchase invoices, filing of returns and obtaining of statutory forms through online mode. The dealers would be able to use the services through the website of the department (www.aruntax.nic.in). He also said that department of Tax & Excise is moving for complete computerization (automation) of tax administration in Arunachal Pradesh and other services like e-payment, e-check post, e-refund, e-assessment etc. would be launched very soon. It was also informed that a similar program would be held at Itanagar and hands-on training on e-services would be conducted from February 5 to 8 at NERIST, Nirjuli

ACCI Secretary General Tarh Nachung also spoke on the occasion and lauded the initiatives of the department. He urged the dealers to attend the hands-on training on February 5 at NERIST.

Interactive question-answer session was also held and the dealers present participated with enthusiasm. The queries of the dealers were replied by Dutta and K Komut, Superintendent, Tax & Excise and State Project Co-ordinator of MMPCT.

Senior officers and officials of the Tax department were also present, according to a departmental release.



Special publicity campaign on H&FW in Lohit concludes

TEZU, Jan 30: Special Publicity Campaign on “Health & Family Welfare” by Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), Tezu Unit concluded in Lohit district yesterday with a mega rally cum awareness programme at Hatiduba village.

Over 300 women, anganwari workers, ASHAs, youths and villagers as well as Panchayat members joined the the rally cum awareness programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. W Anand Singh, Senior Medical Officer, PHC, Sunpura explained the gathering about Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK) earlier known as Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) and advised them to get the benefit of the scheme. He also suggested the pregnant women for institutional delivery under the care of ASHA for safe delivery.

The resource person of the programme said that immunization of every child is very much essential and all parents should take care about immunization of their child.

Dr. Singh also highlighted on diseases like dengue, malaria, kala azar, cancer, HIV/AIDS etc. and various preventive measures for those diseases.

Mihir Kr Jha, in-charge DFP, Tezu unit expressed gratitude to the health department of Lohit district, doctors, panchayat leaders, anganwari workers, ASHAs and others in making the campaign a grand success. Jha also urged the participants to make best use of the knowledge they have gained from the campaign.

The Special Publicity Campaign was launched by the Directorate of Field Publicity, Tezu Unit in Lohit district on January 5 and organized 12 such rally cum awareness programmes in different rural villages covering 20 villages.

Group discussions, quiz competitions, photo exhibitions, film shows, free medical check-up etc. were also organized during the month-long campaign. T-shirts and some bags were distributed to the participants under the guidelines of Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.



Pema tours interior villages near Indo-Bhutan border

Tawang, Jan 30: RWD and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu is on a week-long tour in interior villages of his constituency along Indo-Bhutan border. The young Minister along with public leaders and heads of the Department reached Bongleng – the last village on Indo Bhutan border on 28th Jan. The entourage then proceeded to Kharung village on Jan 29 and thereafter visited Khet, Gyamdong, Gongkhar, Mukto.  The tour will  come to an end on February 4 at Jang.

During his tour, the minister had close interaction with the people at Bongleng and Kharung.  He also visited the school, Anganwadi centre and other community buildings in the village.

Addressing the villagers, Pema urged the them for according top priority to education of children. He also spoke on health and hygiene to be maintained by villagers.

 While thanking the villagers for electing him uncontested, he appealed them to exercise their voting right carefully and not be lured by money.  Pema also narrated the schemes and projects being implemented in the village by the Govt under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and those in the pipeline for development of the village.

The tradition of annual door to door tour in all the villages of the constituency along with all the departmental officers was started by former CM late Dorjee Khandu. Following the footsteps of his late father, Pema completed the tour to interior villages on Indo-China border in Lhou and Thingbu circle in November last year.  The tour of Mukto & Bongkhar circle on Indo-Bhutan border has been planned now keeping in view the agricultural lean season. The entourage was on the way to Khet village while filing this report.



Forum opposes inclusion of Adi villages in Lower Siang


RUKSIN, Jan 30: The Ramle Banggo Adi Peoples’ Forum (RBAPF) has reiterated its opposition to inclusion of five Adi villages under Nari-Koyu constituency in the proposed Lower Siang district.

 President of RBAPF Tamat Gamoh in a statement said that Adi people of Nari Koyu are unwilling to go to the new district as they are availing smooth services and facilities from East Siang district administration in all fronts. The villages are Depi, Depi-Moli, Detak, Sido and Korang.

 Stating that the traditional boundary for the Adis is extended upto Simen korong in East Siang district, Gamoh advocated that fragmentation of Adi villages would hamper the age-old unity and integrity among the Adi community. Gamoh said “We are not opposing creation of Lower Siang district, but we are opposing inclusion of Adi villages of Nari-Koyu constituency, particularly the Nari and Koyu circles in the new district”.

 The RBAPF earlier submitted representation to the Chief Minister and ‘High Power Committee’ demanding exclusion of Adi villages of Nari-Koyu assembly constituency from the proposed Lower Siang district.

But, the Nari-Koyu MLA Tako Dabii flatly refused to accept the demand made by the RBAPF. He said the government designs boundary of any new district on assembly constituency based, not based on the caste and creed.



HC directive for fresh notice to APIC

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Jan 30: The Itanagar permanent bench of Gauhati High Court, amidst hearing of the writ petition (C) No-238 (AP) of 2012 Lenzing Pertin-Vs- state of Arunachal Pradesh has directed for fresh notice to its two respondents- Chief Information Commissioner and Deputy Registrar of Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC).

 The case, in fact was against violation of Right to Information Act, 2005 by a PIO of state Public Works Department and non-compliance of APIC for disposal of an appeal case. The petitioner in the writ petition filed in HC stated that the APIC dismissed the case on merit without giving him a chance to attend the hearing, which he termed violation of fundamental right enshrined by the Constitution of India. Stating that the impugned dismissal as arbitrary and bias, he prayed the court to set aside and quash it.

The case against the functionaries of APIC (Respondents-1 and 2) along with two engineers of state Public Works Department (Respondents-3 and 4) was taken up in the court on June 25, 2012. The learned standing counsel for APIC, Nikita Danggen entered her appearance in the court and accepted court notice for the respondents (Respondents- 1 and 2) on the same day, while another learned government advocate also accepted notices on behalf of the couple of PWD engineers (Respondents- 3 and 4).

 Initially, the High Court (HC) did not feel the necessity of serving formal notice to the individual respondents as their learned counsel accepted it on behalf of them and accordingly issued notice of motion by calling upon all four respondents to show cause as to why a rule should not be issued as prayed for and passed an order to make it returnable within three weeks.

 The HC bench on the next hearing on August 22, 2012 allowed APIC respondents a period of two weeks for filing counter affidavit regarding the case. The court, following prayer made by the learned counsel on September 19, 2012 again allowed for two weeks as the counsel for APIC could not file affidavit-in-opposition on behalf of the respondent during the period. As such, the period for filing counter affidavit was extended for two times but the counsel for respondents for APIC didn’t appear in the court on December 13, 2012.

 The case was taken forward to its seventh hearing on December 20, 2012, where the court was informed that there was no more standing counsel for respondent 1 and 2 (APIC). In view of this fact, the court directed the counsel for petitioner to take fresh steps for service of notice on APIC respondents by registered post with AD cards and listed the matter on January 16, 2013.

 The petitioner dismayed over the delay in justice. Feeling that “Justice delayed means justice denied”, the petitioner exclaimed that he had not seen any sign of development of the case even after it was propounded for its ninth hearing in the HC. He feels that RTI act is a medium to unearth corruption and the mode of transparency. So the state government should implement the Supreme Court judgment on legal background in the appointment of information commissioners.

It is worth mentioning that APIC, in pretext of the Supreme Court’s order in Write Petition (C) No.210 of 2012 Namit Sharma Vs- Union of India, was keeping a lot of APIC cases in abeyance and reportedly waiting for confirmation from state’s Law department. The commission on September 27, 2012 issued notice to the concerned appellants that the cases fixed for hearing was kept in abeyance due to the court’s order.



KGBV celebrates parents day

KHONSA, Jan 30: The Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Brap about 30 km from Khonsa celebrated its annual function –cum- parents’ day on January 30 with various programmes.  

Speaking on the occasion K. Namet, ASM  said that the KGBV had been established at Barap to spread quality education among the girls of Tirap and Longding  adding that all should work unitedly for the speedy growth of the girls’ school. He asked the parents to extend their fullest co-operation to the school management  in whatever ways they could. The ASM further  said that the girl education leaves a lot to be desired, especially in the Ollo-inhabited areas and added that the girls should be educated to enable them work hand in hand with the boys.

In his address, Lazu CO  N L Naam congratulated the prize winners and told the losers not to be disheartened but work harder next time. He conveyed the best wishes to the students and the teachers sent by Tirap DC who could not be present due to pre-occupation. Naam appreciated the cultural programmes presented by the students and lauded the teachers for their self-less services.

Denhang Bosai who also spoke on the occasion asked the students to be ever receptive  adding that the learned teachers were ever ready to give what they knew but the students should also be equally keen to take. He further asked them to follow the ideals of patriot saint Swami Vivekananda.

Earlier, the Principal of the school in his welcome address highlighted the importance of the day and threw light on activities of the school. He also highlighted the pressing problems of the school and urged the parents and public leaders to co-operate with the school administration. The students presented attractive cultural programmes and enthralled the participants.

It is worth-mentioning here that the KGBV was established in 2006 which is upto class VIII. At present the  total strength of students is 102 and the school is run by Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti, Khonsa. HoDs, public and parents attended the function.  DIPRO



Nyedar Namlo Foundation Day celebrated at Pachin

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Pachin Colony Donyi Polo Nyedar Namlo unit celebrated the 13th Nyedar Namlo foundation Day in a grand manner at the Nyedar Namlo premises on January 27.

The programme started with the hoisting of Donyi- Polo flag by Er. Tage Taki, vice president of the  IFCSAP.  This was followed by a mass prayer for world peace which was led by renowned Priest Hiba Tagpo.

In his speech Taki  while explaining the formation of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP), emphasized on the importance of preservation of indigenous culture and tradition for the generation to come. He also  exhorted the young generation to preserve the age-old  and rich cultural tradition of our state.

Er. Tadar Mangku informed the gathering that before the advent of any other religion, Donyi- Polo faith have been there in the countries like America, Africa, China, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka and in the north and southern part of India. While highlighting the importance of Donyi-Poloism he said nothing can be existed on the earth without Sun and moon.

Power Minister Tanga Byaling also spoke on the occasion. Every religion has its own importance and hence all of us should respect each  others’ religion, he said. He further said every religion teach us to serve the human being and called upon the gathering to serve the needy people. Donyi- Polo will remain ever as long as the universe exists, he said.

Earlier the programme started with welcome address by Tadar Kama, Chairman, Nyedar Namlo Branch, Pachin.  Colourful cultural programmes were also organized which added flavor to the  celebration. Around 500 believers of Pachin Colony took part in the day long celebration.



China to construct three more dams on Brahmaputra river

BEIJING, Jan 30: China has approved construction of three more dams on Brahmaputra river in Tibet in addition to the one being built, and much to the disquiet of India, it has not been informed about the plans so far.

A document approved by the Chinese cabinet recently mentioned three dams to be built at Dagu, Jiacha and Jiexu on Brahmaputra, Indian officials here said.

The document listing projects to be completed in China's 12th five year plan made a passing reference to the three dams without any details, they said.

India has not been informed about the move so far, officials said.

Asked about the plans to build the dams, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a media briefing here that "China has always taken a responsible attitude towards the development of cross border rivers".

"Any new project has to go through scientific planning and study with consideration of the interests of lower and upper stream countries", he said.

Brahmaputra river is known as as Yarlung Zangbo in China. Asked whether plans to build the dams have been approved and whether India and Bangladesh, which were lower riparian countries of the river, have been informed, Hong said he needs to get specific information.

Beijing's decision comes at a time when India-China relations have improved considerably in all areas of cooperation and the two countries held lengthy round of the bilateral exchanges during national security advisor Shivshankar Menon's visit here with his Chinese counterpart Dai Bingguo.

Sharing of cross border river waters has figured in the discussions but apparently China has not informed India of its plans to build the dams.

In his interactions with media after the talks, Menon has spoken about the two sides discussing water flows and China assurance that nothing what it is doing will affect the flows.

The two again met on the sidelines of BRICS security officials meet this month in New Delhi.

The new projects were reportedly approved by China at the State Council or Cabinet meeting on January 23.

China has already been building a 510 MW dam at Zangmu and one of the three dams were reportedly bigger than this.

China has been arguing that its dams are run of the river designs, therefore would not be affecting the flows of the water.

India has been expressing its concerns on this issue during the bilateral meetings.

It figured during the external affairs minister S M Krishna's visit in last March.

About India's concerns about Zangmu dam, Hong said at that time that the dam was not big enough to affect much of the flow to the lower riparian regions and China has not developed new hydro projects on the river. PTI


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Plight of senior citizens

A new research throws light on the plight of senior citizens of India. Though changing economic and social trends, give many interesting changes in the problems senior citizens of the country face.

A research firm recently conducted a survey of 1900 senior citizens from 12 cities in India to understand the sentiment of the senior citizens in the country. With nearly 7.5 per cent of India’s population comprising of the elderly, the study aims at showing a need for senior care communities where the lifestyles, socio-economic, healthcare requirements of the seniors are well taken care of.

The findings of the research give a grim picture, showing a state where many of the elderly in India living unsatisfied lives full of insecurity and loneliness. Seventy per cent of seniors want to move out of town into a home of their own and 42 per cent seniors rank security among the top 3 requirements from a living space. While more than 80 per cent of senior people seek to sustain lifestyle or improve it as they do not wish to “retire” and more than 75 per cent expressed the want to be more active by wanting to socialise, club, party, exercise, play sports and shop luxury goods.

India had 98 million elderly citizens, and this is expected to grow to 118 million senior citizens by 2016 as average life expectancy will cross 70 years by then.

Such research should be consulted for policy changes where the elderly are concerned. With such a large population of the senior persons, India needs to step up to take more care of its senior citizens.


Approval of MV road appreciable

Dear Editor,

Through column of your esteemed daily we on behalf of people of Vijaynagar in general and Settlers in particular, would like to thank Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Nabum Tuki along with Minister, Geology & Mining, Arts & Culture and Food & Civil Supplies, Kamlung Mossang for getting Miao-Vijaynagar Road (MV Road) approved under PMGSY. The MV Road is a long cherished dream of people of remote Vijaynagar Circle located in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh. Because of no road connectivity, the people of Vijaynagar have been deprived from all basic necessities of life and also didn’t have the chance to bear the fruits of modern development. The opening of MV Road would certainly streamline much needed developmental activities in this remote area which is very close to Indo-Myanmar Border.


J.S. Rawat, Gyan Singh Gahire, Bhumi Upadhya, Bikram Newar & San Pun,


District Changlang (AP)



Daporijo Fire Service needs urgent revamp

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to focus some points regarding the Fire Service at Daporijo town. Daporijo is popularly known as the fire town because it witnesses fire incidents quite frequently. A month does not pass when Daporijo town does not witness fire accident. In this month of January numerous cases of fire has been recorded at Daporijo town.

Most interesting is that, there is only one fire service vehicle and often it fails to face the worst situation. Whenever any fire accident occurs, there arrives only one fire service vehicle. Many a times the vehicle goes back in the midst of fire surprising many people present. When I enquired about it, one person said “GARI KA TANKY ME PANI KHATAM HO GAYA, AUR PANI BARNE GAYA”. Then the fire service vehicle goes for filling the tank. To fill the tank it takes at least 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, you know better what happens; the entire house or colony gets burnt up. So only to douse the ashes and burnt up materials, the fire service vehicle comes back.  “Woh! What a marvelous work render by the fire service department.”

Despite repeated occurrence of fire accident, there is only one Fire Service Vehicle. “Why the other vehicle is not repaired? Whether it is not reparable? Are fire service department waiting for major fire accident and loses of life to take place? Are they waiting for public to reiterate and revolt? Are District Administration ready to take full responsibility of the accident, damage and breakdown of law and order problem? And lastly are our respected five elected five representatives of the district aware of the situation. All these questions are being murmured by the common people during the time of fire accident.

No one including District Administration and Political leaders is taking the matter seriously. If they are really concerned for the people why the fire service vehicle is not repaired or new one is provided still now. At the same time the common people should also extend their co-operation and help. It is usually seen that whenever any fire accidents occurs there is fight among people to snatch water pipe to douse their own house. So, the problem would be solved if more fire vehicle is provided. Therefore, let’s arise awake and fight for the common cause of the society. Lastly, I urged the District Administration to hold awareness camp for prevention of fire accident and its safety. As it is said “Prevention is better than cure” or “spark neglected burns the house”.


Jitu Mara (Juju)

Airport Colony,