Scientists urged to take up technology oriented solutions to region-specific problems
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J J Singh inaugurated
the three-day North-Eastern Regional Science Congress at National Institute of Technology
(NIT), Yupia today.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that India has always been in the forefront
of scientific society. Innovation and original thinking has always been the strength
of India. Encouraging the young scientists to strive for origin and path breaking
ideas, the Governor said that they are pioneers who will determine the destiny of
the state and the North-East region.
The Governor appealed to the scientists to take up the challenges and find ways and
means to utilize the natural resources effectively and suggest technology oriented
solutions to region-specific problems, while stating that North-east region is known
for heavy rain and mighty rivers but also for floods and scarcity of water. Landslides
and flashfloods are frequent and cause huge loss of lives and properties.
The Governor suggested on the part of the Government, it needs to establish world
class infrastructure for research and development for gaining global leadership in
some select frontier areas of science. Linking contri-butions of scientific research
with the inclusive economic growth agenda is the need of the hour. In addition to
it, he emphasized on the need for creating a system which promotes and encourages
In his address, Dr. Gangan Pratap, Chairperson, Board of Governors, National Institute
of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh said that there is no future without science. It
is the science which will save the people from destruction, help in the progress
and help to clean the mess.
Chairperson, Board of Governors, National Institute of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh
urged upon the young scientists to hold up the scientific spirit of the country,
which is slowly diminishing. He added that it is duty of institutions like NIT to
help the country to climb up the ladder.
In her address, Dr. (Mrs.) Vijay Laxmi Saxena, General Secretary, (Scientific Activities),
Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata reminded the participants of the glorious
scientific past of India.
Dr. Manoj Kumar Chakrabarti, General Secretary (Membership Activities) Indian Science
Congress Association, Kolkata highlighted on the activities and achievements of Indian
Science Congress Association.
Earlier in his welcome address, Prof. Dr. C.T. Bhunia, Director, NIT, Arunachal Pradesh
spoke in length about the regional science congress. He informed that large numbers
of distinguished scientists and academicians are participating in the three-day event.
Dr. Pinaki Chakraborty, Conference Convenor, NIT Arunachal Pradesh also spoke on
the inaugural session.
An international journal on current science and technology and proceedings of science
congress was released on the occasion.
Later the Governor unveiled a plaque of newly installed laboratories and visited
the campus. (PRO to Governor)
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: After PMGSY fiasco, it seems the ambitious trans-Arunachal highway
project is going to face major hurdle in the days to come. The project which is being
implemented under PM package aims to connect all the major district headquarters
of state. The Pasighat to Pangin stretch of Trans-Arunachal highway being executed
by Hyderabad based SRK Company is facing lot of flak for the slow progress of work.
The people of Pangin lead by ZPM Taben Jamoh, Pangin Anchal Block claimed that SRK
has not carried out any work at the site and they are also withdrawing their machinery
from the area. The Panchayat leader further claimed that not even 10% of work has
been completed by the executing agency in the last 2 years and it is a serious breach
of the MoU.
“Since the beginning, public in large have been extending whole hearted support to
the company in wants of good road communications in the area. But the Department
of Highway and the SRK Co. Pvt Ltd are playing with the sentiment of public and keeping
the construction works in abeyance for no reason whatsoever. They should have speed
up the work in dry winter season but we did not witness any work in the said stretch
in the last few months,” stated ZPM in a release.
It is pertinent to mention that due to the irregular cutting of road and subsequent
abandonment of the work sites, numerous fatal accidents are taking place in the said
stretch of road, the release added. “In the recent past due to the negligence of
the SRK Company and the Department of Highways, a whole Tamut family from West Siang
district ran into the death trap of the unevenly engraved portion of road and three
of the family lost their life and rest members got grievous injuries who are still
admitted at hospital in fragile state. Unless the road is completed immediately,
such fatal accidents may again take place,” the Panchayat leader stated.
There are growing concerns over extremely slow pace of work in the Hoj-Potin section
of Trans-Arunachal highway too. Even though two years have passed off, the project
is not even 50% completed. According to the sources the executing agency SRK faced
serious local problem in both Hoj-Potin and Pasighat-Boleng section of stretches.
The SRK could not address the local problems which lead to the delay in project.
When contacted chief engineer highway Bora Ete informed over telephone that he will
look into the matter and find out the reason over why there is no work activity at
the site. “The SRK invested huge amount of money for buying equipment for the Trans-Arunachal
highway project. Despite their best effort the company could not survive in the hostile
atmosphere and therefore work has been sublet to TK Engineering. Ever since they
took over the company is doing quite well in four lanes Hollongi to Itanagar highway
project and we are hopeful that they will construct very good highway in the days
to come that include Pasighat-Boleng stretch. We need to have patient in this regard,”
said Bora Ete.
Quite often people blame government and executing agency for the wrong things attached
to the incomplete projects but citizen should also look into themselves and question
whether did they ever play spoilsport in the path of development.
Commonwealth Day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J J Singh graced the
Commonwealth Day celebration as chief guest at Nokmey Namati Hall, Arunachal Pradesh
Legislative Assembly, Naharlagun today.
Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong, Cabinet ministers, Deputy Speaker, Parliamentary Secretaries,
members of State Legislative Assembly, senior officers of the State Legislative Assembly
and the State Administration, resource persons, guests, invitees and students were
present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that the formal objectives of the Commonwealth
include promotion of democracy, good governance, and human rights. The Governor expressed
his hope that this will provide an opportunity to promote understanding on global
issues and international co-operation, and provide impetus to the work of the Common-wealth's
organizations, which aim to improve the lives of all its citizens.
Commending that a youth parliament was organized on the occasion, the Governor said
that the mock parliaments test the political acumen of the student’s ability to express
ideas and views coherently and forcefully and also learn the intricacies of debate
and dialogue. He added that the initiative will definitely facilitate in active future
participation of the youth in parliamentary democracy practices.
Sharing his view on redefining democracy, a seminar conducted on the occasion, the
Governor said that the evolution of a successful of democracy always needs rethinking
and reorientation keeping in view the changing dimensions of human society. He further
added that the Indian society is a dynamic and progressive society which has adopted
continuous structural adjustments in its social dynamics as per the demands of the
The Governor appealed to the elected members of the State Assembly to ensure that
there is a balanced growth and the best interests of the people of State are served.
He asked them to ensure that compassion is shown towards sections of society, including
economic empowerment of women. The Governor stressed that it is the responsibility
of each of the members to rise to the expectations of the people.
Speaking on the occasion, Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly
Wanglin Lowangdong said that the nature of commonwealth is not political, but it
is an inter-Governmental institutional structure initially for promoting democracy
and development amongst other specific goals like human rights, good governance,
and rule of law, individual liberties, free trade, egalitarianism, multilateralism,
and world peace.
Lowangdong informed that greatest achievement of the Commonwealth is the official
eradication of apartheid and the dismantlement of the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena also spoke on the occasion.
The Governor launched the redesigned Assembly website on the occasion. He also gave
away the participant certificates to the participants of the mock parliament.
A parliamentary seminar ‘Redefining Democracy Today’ conducted with Prof. Pura Tado
of Rajiv Gandhi University, Asst Prof. Agin Taboh of Dera Natung Government College,
Itanagar and Advocate Tajing Pangkeng taking part in it.
After the British Empire came to an end, eight states-Australia, Canada, India, New
Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the United Kingdom adopted the 1949
London Declaration. This established, that all members were free, independent, and
equal to one another, and that they recognized King George VI as the symbolic head
of their association, known as the Commonwealth of Nations. Several dozen countries
have joined since. Typically, joiners have a historical connection to Britain, but
in 1995, Mozambique, which was not a part of the British Empire, became a member.
Participation in the Commonwealth is completely voluntary - any nation could opt
out at any time. Members are supposed to commit themselves to the group's ideals,
but they don't have any contractual obligations as it is seen among the members of
the United Nations.
As a member of Commonwealth, India is also a member of Commonwealth Parliamentary
Association (CPA). CPA is an Association of Commonwealth Parliamentarians, who irrespective
of race, religion, or culture are united by community of interest and pursue the
adoption of positive ideals of parliamentary democracy.
The Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly passed a resolution on the floor of the
house on 25th September 1987 for becoming a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary
Association. Consequently, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly was admitted as
a member of the CPA in January 1988 and has been actively participating in Commonwealth
activities. It hosted the 13th annual conference of North East Regional Commonwealth
Parliamentary Association in 2011. (PRO to Governor)
New NESO team vows to continue the struggle
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The swearing in ceremony of newly elected central executive members
of northeast student’s organization (NESO) was held at Hotel Prag continental, Guwahati
on 8th of this month. The new chairman Samuel Jyerwa from Meghalaya and Secretary
General from Manipur along with all the executive members were sworn in.
From Arunachal Pradesh Tujum Poyom and Pritam Sonam were also swear in as Organizing
Secretary and Coordinator NESO respectively. The oath of administration was administered
by its outgoing Adviser Artex Shimrey from Nagaland. After completion of formalities
of swearing in ceremony, it was followed by central consultative meeting of NESO
with all of its constituents’ member organization from Northeast States. Biru Nasi
General Secretary AAPSU while taking part in the discussion highlighted the various
burning problems of the state like refugee issue, boundary problem, staple visa issue
and recent termination of three tribal additional Session Judge by Guwahati High
Court. During the consultative meeting, the house unanimously adopted a resolution
to continue its earlier 8 points charter of demands of NESO and also to continue
The NESO has declared sit in Peaceful Dharna at its respective Raj Bhawan of North
East States on 25th March. It will be followed by DELHI CHALLO Movement in the first
week of April to apprise the central government of various burning issues of region.
The important demand which is part of 8 point charter of demand of NESO are repeal
of imperative legislation, expedite the ongoing peace process with various rebel
group of region and early negotiated settlement, check the infiltration of illegal
migrants, special constitution status and separate time zone for north east region
along with employments policy for northeast region.
Trainers training prog
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: For effective and meaningful implementation of Chief Minister’s
Mission Mode Projects, particularly the projects related to rubber and tea cultivation,
the Department of trade and commerce has embarked upon preparation for systematic
implementation of the projects from the current financial year.
As a kick off for implementation of Mission Mode Project under Chief Minister’s Plantation
Crop during the current financial year-2012-13, a weeklong training programme for
“Trainers’ Training” on systematic scientific cultivation on rubber has been conducted
at Guwahati from March 4 -8.
The training was conducted by Rubber Board of India at the behest of the Department
of Trade and Commerce, Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh for successful implementation of
rubber schemes in the state and also to give further training to the prospective
rubbers growers in their respective districts.
A 20 member team of officers led by S. Modi, Deputy Director, Trade & Commerce with
Toko Togur, Asstt Director, Trade & Commerce and Tapik Bui, DAO, Papum Pare and another
17 Agriculture Development Officers from all the rubber scheme implementing 9 districts
-- East Kameng, Papum Pare, West Siang, East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley, Lohit, Changlang,
Tirap and Longding have attended the training successfully.
M.N. Gopinath, Addl. Rubber Production Commissioner, Sunny Varghese, Jt. Rubber Production
Commissioner, Dr. Dhurjati Chaudhury, Project Co-ordinator, P.C. Goswami, Dy Rubber
Production Commissioner, P.V. Claramma, Dy. Rubber Production Commissioner, Dr. G.C.
Mondal, Plant Pathologist, Dr. Mrinal Chaudhury, Scientist B, Dr. Gitali Das, Dy
Dir. P.K. Goswami, Manager, Manimalayar Rubber Ltd, Prasantha Barua, Asstt Development
Officer and Mridul Chaudhury, Field Officer were the Resource Persons during the
During the 5-day hectic training, the officers were given detail training on systematic
scientific cultivation of rubber like: Agro climatic requirement for rubber cultivation;
Methods of propagation, planting materials and character of different clones; Nursery
establishment, preparation of polybag plants, pre-planting operations and planting
techniques; Clearing, linings, pitting, refilling and planting; Upkeep of plants
in mature and immature stages; Soil & water conservation, weed management, cover
crop and intercrop; Fertilizer recommendations for rubber; Diseases and their management;
Pest & bee keeping; Tapping & its implements, marking, process of scientific tapping;
Collection of latex, processing into sheets, smoke house; Rubber Producers’ Societies,
Rubber Board’s initiatives for marketing of rubber, Board’s website and Rubber Board’s
schemes implemented in the North East.
During their field visit in Board’s rubber nursery at Boko in Kamrup district and
Darrangiri in Goalpara district, the officers were given practical demonstration
on rubber nursery, tapping and sheet processing. They have also interacted with various
small growers of that area. At Rubber Research Training Centre (RRTC), Hahara in
Kamrup district, the officers were given practical demonstration on pre-planting
operations, planting techniques and upkeep of plants.
Tokong Pertin, Director of Trade & Commerce, Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh further informed
that there are other programmes in the line designed by the Department for the progressive
tea and rubber farmers. A team of progressive rubber farmers from Arunachal Pradesh
are leaving for one week exposure trip to Kottayam on March 13 to gain first hand
information on rubber cultivation. Also, 20 members’ small and marginal tea farmers
will shortly proceed to Darjeeling and other organic tea growing areas of North Eastern
States to get first hand knowledge on organic tea farming and its process.
Team of progressive tea farmers are also expected to leave for undergoing one months’
training at world’s renowned Experimental Station at Tea Research Association, Tocklai,
Jorhat, Assam and another batch of officers drawn from the Department of Trade &
Commerce and the Agriculture Department shall be trained at TRA, Tocklai in the month
of April. With this systematic planning, it is hoped that tea and rubber farmers
of our State will get maximum benefit out of these programmes.
Proposed DMP public hearing makes no sense
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The members of Kera - an Initiative for Cultural and Ecological
Security (KICES) has written to chairman public hearing committee, Dibang multipurpose
project placing before them serious concerns regarding the EIA of the DMP (3000MW).
The Project Affected Persons (PAPs) have been restricted only to those people whose
land is being directly acquired due to various project components. What about the
PAPs whose rights over lands (including restricted-land use) will be affected due
to provisions such as Green Belt Development, Catchment Area Treatment (CAT) and
Compensatory affore-stration they questioned. Even if these lands are not being directly
acquired, people’s ability to use these lands freely is affected, they added. It
is important to note that in the case of the 2700 MW Siang Lower project the MoEF
had prescribed a Terms of Reference (ToR) for EIA which was as follows: “"Impacts
of Catchment Area Treatment (CAT) and Compensatory Afforestation (CA) on existing
resource use and rights of local communities, particularly in light of determination
of rights under the Scheduled Tribes and other forest dwellers (Recognition of Forest
Rights) Act, 2006."
However, this ToR has not been prescribed for the 3000 MW Dibang Multipurpose project,
KICES claimed. Further they added, “As the indigenous people of the Dibang Valley,
we are surprised that no cumulative impact assessment of the 17 large hydroelectric
projects and ancillary activities proposed in the Dibang valley has been asked for
by EAC/MoEF until now even though several projects in the Dibang Valley have been
considered for Scoping so far. River basin studies have been made mandatory for other
major river basins such as Lohit, Siang, Subansiri etc. in Arunachal Pradesh but
not for the Dibang river basin.”
It is surprising that the EAC/MoEF have ignored this issue, despite it being an important
part of the Form 1 appraised by the EAC/MoEF at the time of examining the project
at Scoping stage during which Terms of Reference (ToR) for EIA studies are granted.
Section 9.4 of the Form 1 of the EIA notification requires information related to
the following to be filled by the project proponent: "9.4 Have cumulative effects
due to proximity to other existing or planned projects with similar effects"
It is shocking that NHPC has filled the answer to this question as “No” when it submitted
Form 1. This clearly amounts to deliberate concealment of information as around
17 hydropower projects are planned in the Dibang river basin. Neither did the EAC/MoEF
verify the facts before prescribing ToR after supposed careful examination of the
application in Form 1, the KICES added. It is absolutely important that a comprehensive
cumulative impact assessment study is prescribed for the impacts of multiple hydropower
projects and their ancillary activities at the earliest.
DRDA employees call off stir
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The All India DRDA Staff Welfare Association, Arunachal Pradesh
unit, has decided to temporarily call off it’s on-going 5 days pen/tool down strike
after the Chief Minister office (CMO) has cleared “our file to place for the cabinet
However, the Association is determined to proceed for the democratic movement if
the state government fails to meet up its grievances.
Meanwhile, the Association directs the district units of the DRDA Association to
resume their normal duty from March 12 onward for the public interest till further
Earlier today, joining the state-wide five days mass pen/tool down strike declared
by state Unit of All India DRDA Staff Welfare Association, the DRDA staff of various
districts of the state today observed first phase of pen/tool down strike today in
favour of its four-point charter of demands.
The charter of demands of the association includes immediate absorption of DRDA employees
of Arunachal Pradesh into State Government, Create mechanism for regular salary for
DRDA employees of Arunachal Pradesh, enhancement of fund under DRDA Admin for compulsory
gap – management as per DRDA guidelines para-III( 3:3) and timely release of State
The DRDA employees of Tirap, Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Tawang, Changlang, Upper
Siang, West Kameng, East Kameng, Dibang Valley districts under the banner of All
Arunachal Pradesh DRDA Employees Welfare Association launched it five days pen down/tool
down strike in favour of its charter of demands.
Meanwhile, the DRDA staff of Lohit district have submitted a representation to Rural
Development secretary of the state through Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chief Executive
Officer, DRDA, Lohit District fulfil its four-point charter of demands. The DRDA
employees are facing acute financial hardship due to non-release of salaries on time
for last six months, the representation said. It regretted that despite repeated
direction from MoRD, Govt, of India, the state Govt fails to absorb the DRDA staff
in line department.
Discussion on the Union Budget - 2013-14 held at RGU
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Department of Economics, Rajiv Gandhi University had a one
day discussion on the Union Budget 2013-14 at Rajiv Gandhi University today. It was
attended by the Vice Chancellor of RGU Prof. Tamo Mibang, Deans, Heads, faculty members,
research scholars and students from various departments of the University.
The Head of the department of Economics Dr. Vandana Upadhyay welcomed the guests
and provided a brief outline of the budget and its importance to the different section
of people in the society.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof N C Roy highlighted the sources of revenue and heads
of expenditure and talked about the seriousness of the problem posed by the continuing
revenue deficit. A legal framework was erected through the enactment of fiscal responsibilities
and budget management in 2003, which required the Government of India to create a
fiscal condition enabling it to reduce the revenue deficit by 2009 to zero. But
the Government could not manage to achieve it.
Prof S. K. Nayak dealt in detail with the problems of deficit financing in a semi-open
economy of India. He described in a very vivid manner how the foreign direct investment
was coming to India to be used as the boost of the economy.
Dr. M. Lama discussed the different types of tax and how the taxes were insufficient
to meet the spending needs of the Government.
Lastly Prof Amitava Mitra summarized the whole discussion and highlighted the implication
of the budget for North East states. He talked about how North East Council is channelizing
the central funds to the different states in North eastern region.
The presentation led to lively discussion and participation of the students, research
scholars and faculty members from various departments of the University.
Strategy to generate employment target
TEZU, Mar 11: A meeting on employment generation following the Chief Minister’s ambitious
plan to provide one lakh employment opportunities to the unemployed youth of the
state during the 12th five year plan was held in the conference hall of D.C office,
Tezu today under the chairmanship of R.K Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Lohit.
The DC while explaining the purpose of the meeting informed that the Govt. of A.P
has constituted the Arunachal Pradesh Employment Generation Council under the chairmanship
of Chief secretary of Arunachal Pradesh to generate employment opportunities so as
to provide the proposed one lakh job including self employment in govt./PSU/Private
sectors during the said five year plan period. He also informed that the govt. has
assigned a target of 9000 employments to be generated and provided to the unemployed
youths of Lohit district during the entire plan period and 2250 for the next financial
The meeting was attended by all the HODs and administrative officers of Lohit district.
Most of the HODs participated and spoke on the occasion in respect of their respective
departments on employment generations scheme and opportunities including self employment
schemes. The meeting resolved that every departments should render a quarterly and
half yearly return on job vacancies including self employment to th D.C on or before
7th day of the following month for timely compilation and submission to chief secretary.
The D.C also directed the departments that are implementing central and state govt.
schemes on employment generation to submit with the schemes, proposal of estimated
minimum employment which would be generated if the schemes are implemented and after
implementation of the schemes, the actual numbers of employment generated should
be notified to him.
He also directed all HoDs to notify job vacancies to the employment exchange, Tezu
and even after conducting recruitment and appointment done, the notification is compulsory
which should be rendered by all. After hearing comments from various HODs, the DC
suggested that a database be created in every department by collecting informations
on unemployment from village authorities, youth leaders, institutions imparting training
programme on entrepreneurship and skill development activities to extract suitable
job seekers as per job requirements. He also suggested that institutions giving such
training programme should direct the trainees to get registered in employment exchange
so that govt. can assist them in identifying and providing job opportunities.
The ADC, Namsai, K.K Joshi, while participating on the discussion opined that Govt.’s
blanket ban on creation of jobs and appointment in govt. depts. in one hand shall
open a new vista if the ban is lifted as there shall be many job vacancies in future
due to retirement and death etc. The DC suggested the ADC Namsai to conduct a similar
meeting with all HODs, PSU and private sector employers of Namsai subdivision. He
also suggested the banking authorities to finance more and more individual schemes
besides govt. schemes which can generate employment opportunities for the unemployed.
Maria Public School shines in the Global Front
GUWAHATI, Mar 11: A delegation of Maria’s Public School, Guwahati including six students
and two teacher advisors participated in the Global Conference at UNIS-UN, New York
recently and returned on 18th March. An initiative, taken by Nellie Ahmed Tanweer,
the Managing Trustee, to send students to UNIS, UN so that they interact and become
global students. It has become an annual feature in the diary of the Marians since
its first team visited in the year 2007.
An endeavour close to the heart of Nellie Ahmed Tanweer, this year the six students
who had gone were Antareep Hazarika, Surya Prakash Medhi, Srijani Roy Chaudhury,
Phameinao Shaiza and Filzah Belal, and the teacher advisors are Arnavi Chakraborty
and Nandita Barua. The students had worked on a film entitled “Awakening” which was
screened ‘second’ at the conference. They had also written a poem entitled “The Change”,
which had also been selected on this global platform. Phameninao Shaiza had recited
the poem in front of the international delegates and participants at the United Nations
general assembly hall. The students had also prepared on a debate keeping “Youth
quake” in mind, as that is the theme for this year’s conference. They had won accolades
and honours at the conference, winning at the Poem and Short Film Competitions.
Not only students, Tanweer has never deterred from encouraging the faculty to excel.
This year Alpana K. Phukan is going to London to attend the Graduation Ceremony to
be held at the University London on May 16. She has received a diploma of Educational
Studies for a course in Action Research from the college of Teachers, Bedford, London,
and this was sponsored by the British Council as a reward for having received the
Global Teacher Accreditation from the Council in collaboration with the Cambridge
Abhishek Mehendi a Commerce teacher at the Maria’s Public School left for Central
Institute of Technology (CIT) Australia on 23rd of February to attend the Vocational
Training programme organized by the CBSE Board. The aim of this programme is to initiate
Skill Development in India.
With such outbound programmes Maria’s soar high with quality faculty and global students.
Cash reward stands
The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs 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
Capital plunges into darkness
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Except some vital installations in the Capital Complex including
hill top of CM’s bungalow, the rest of the Capital plunges into darkness for almost
8 hours following an hour of rain this evening.
The most affected beings are the students who are writing the CBSE examination. Though
the actual cause of power failure is yet to be ascertained, an observer said “it
is very unfortunate that we are still depending on the mercy of nature for electricity
and water supply when the developmental activities like railway line and other
major projects in the state Capital are nearing completion.”
However, the electricity was supplied after almost eight hours of darkness in the
161-member Arunachal team for NE Games
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Arunachal Pradesh has decided to send a strong contingent of 161
members including 17 officials to the XXVII North East Games-2013 to be held at Imphal,
Manipur from April 8 to11 next. The State players will compete in events like athletics,
boxing, judo, weightlifting, football, badminton, table tennis, wushu and taekwondo,
according to an official release.
The release, meanwhile, said that the coaching camp for players picked for the regional
sporting extravaganza has already started at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy complex,
Chimpu and SAI SAG Centre, Nahar-lagun.
In a separate release, the department of Sports & Youth Affairs said that a 20-member
football team including two officials from the State is leaving for Shillong on March
15 to participate in the ensuing Dr T Ao Memorial Football Tournament-2013 starting
on March 18.
All eight North States are participating in the tournament which will continue till
March 27. Arunachal will play its first game against host Meghalaya on March 18 followed
by Assam on March 20 and Nagaland on March 22.
BJP calls for Panchayat polls as scheduled
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh today advocated
for holding of Panchayati Raj election 2013 as per scheduled in the state in order
to strengthen the grass root level democracy.
In its extended executive body meeting held its party headquarter here, the BJP said
“the party sees no reason to postpone/defer the Panchayati Raj elections. Any steps
to postpone or defer Panchayat election in the pretext of poor fiscal situation will
have disastrous effects and leads to deprivation of people’s participation in the
decentralization of democracy which is not acceptable to the party, the BJP said.
The meeting presided over by BJP state president Tai Tagak also gave emphasis on
strengthening the party organization at grass root level in time bound manner and
reach out to the people at grass root level.
Army renovates Doji Suspension Bridge
AALO, Mar 11: A damaged 50 meters suspension bridge was repaired, renovated and
inaugurated amidst huge fanfare here by Brigadier Ajai Verma, Commander of Army Garrison,
Aalo and handed over to people of Doje.
The bridge was damaged last year due to incessant rains that had lashed the area
thereby breaking the communication link of the village with other areas.
On request of the villagers, the Army authorities undertook the renovation works.
All section of the people highly appreciated the dedicated service offered by the
Army Garrison during the time of needs. DIPRO
AMSU demands for indepdnent HM
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Arunachal Minority Students Union today asked the state government
to appoint home minister for tackling law and order problem in the state. In its
representation to the chief minister union also urged the government to remove unauthorized
use of red light flasher, saying that government had already specified the official
vehicles for using red light flasher in notification dated back 14th June 2004. Further
it also urged the government to carry out eviction drive on illegal government land
Federation submits memos to CS
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: In its representation to the chief secretary (CS) today Arunachal
Students Federation asked the authority to stop issuing wine shop license to people
so that crime in capital complex could be scaled down. It said due to heavy alcoholic
addiction crime in capital is high. Drawing authority attention towards inner line
permit (ILP), Federation requested authority to constitute procedure for ILP to
check illegal immigrants. It of opined that railway route state capital is great
threat to ILP, if authority failed to act timely. Further it also demanded for cancellation
of trading license issued to non-APST and give forest clearance for promotion of
industry and hydropower. It also demanded for reduction of RTI Xerox copy fee from
Rs 10 to 5 rupees.
‘Speed up drain construction works’
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The All Arunachal Pradesh Anti Corruption Activist Association
has called upon the concerned departments to intensify the road and drainage construction
works within the Capital Complex. Lamenting the slow pace of works of the roads and
drainage within the Itanagar Capital Complex, the AAPACAA stated that the works will
be hampered with the start of rains and will be washed away.
Resurvey of proposed road sought
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Alleging that proposed road for Yoglu in Lower Subansiri to Yapav
Geku (Kurung Kumey ) is going to be constructed from Yoglu to Pania out of some vested
interest, Ziro-II Anti Corruption Youth Forum(ZAYF) today demanded the authority
to resurvey the proposed road . In its letter addressed to the chief secretary Forum
said that money should be properly utilized for proposed road so that people in the
area could get benefits.
Make judicious use of water: PHED
PASIGHAT, Mar 11: Make judicious use of the available water and close water tap when
not in use, appealed the PHED, Pasighat. The PHED sources today admitted that due
to drying up of water sources, consumers at the tail end points of water pipe lines
are not getting water rightly in and around the Pasighat township.
The department claimed that they are trying their best to distribute water through
tankers (one departmental and another two from CHF and GREF) in the water scared
colonies to mitigate the needs of the consumers but it may insufficient for the densely
populated town like Pasighat. The release also said the PHED engineers are putting
best efforts to bring normalcy developing the present system and appealed all the
consumers to make judicious use of the available water and close water tap when not
The department in a release further added that drilling/boaring at Lower Banskota
area is already started. Estimate for Lift Water Supply System, planned for various
places have already been submitted to government for approval and sanction.
Regarding water supply to the township from a perennial source namely “Sirpo” is
under process as the Concept Paper and Detail Project Report (scheme) have also been
submitted to the competent authority for necessary approval and sanction, sources
UGC-sponsored coaching for civil service aspirants
PASIGHAT, Mar 11: The Coaching for Entry into Services Cell of JNC, Pasighat startet
its first round of UGC sponsored coaching for Provincial/Civil services for the year
2013 on March 10.
Speaking on the inaugural session, J N Colllege Principal T. Talom, motivated the
aspirants to give their best to achieve the coveted goal in their life. He also advised
them to get rid of short-cut method and encouraged them to have a comprehensive grip
over the subjects before they go to write it out in the examination. Dr T.Taloh,
the co-ordinator of the programme, speaking earlier, welcomed all the aspirants and
the resource persons and promised the students all kinds of academic supports attached
to this career. He sounded like a path-finder for all the aspirants seeking a positive
go into it.
Dr J R Padhi, the co-ordinator, UGC, JNC, while addressing the audience, emphasized
on the need of a penchant thirst on the part of the aspirants for success in this
cherished career. Nearly fifty students have got themselves registered for this round
of coaching that is expected to last for the next 20 days.
Tree plantation prog
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Environmental Protection Society (EPS) today organised the
first tree plantation programme for the year 2013. The Society members planted about
300 saplings of various varieties of pine and Fir trees within the Circuit house
campus at Tawang.
Inaugurating the programme Tawang deputy commissioner Abhishek Dev encouraged the
Society to carry more such plantation programme in the district and he also assured
all possible help from his side. Brigadier J S Raj Purohit, 190 Mtn Brigade Tawang
also expressed his happiness over the role of the Society and assured help of the
Army in future. Among others, SP SN Mosobi, ITBP DC Surendhar Singh, and Tawang
DFO participated in tree plantation programme. The programme was a grand success
and the EPS team vowed to carry out more of such plantation drives in the district.
Training and Exhibition stall on International Women Day
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The International Women Day was observed with a theme protection
of women from domestic violence and training programe cum exhibition stall on 7th
to 8th March at Koloriang in Kurung Kumey district being jointly organized by department
of Integrated Child Development Scheme and All Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society.
In his address, deputy commissioner of district Rajeev Takuk called upon the people
to shun violence against women and support them for their good cause. Various women
self help group in the district participated at the training programe. During the
training district horticulture officer H R Singh presented power point presentation
on kitchen gardening, ginger farming, banana, cardamom and orange. The bank linkage
part of self help group was also imparted by senior SBI accountant Remo Kamdak.
NCC ‘C’ certificate exam conductes at JNC
PASIGHAT, Mar 11: NCC "C" Certificate Exam was conducted successfully at J N College
Pasighat on Sunday last, informed Lieutenant (Dr) K.K.Mishra, ANO NCC SD Coy, J N
Dr. Mishra stated that NCC activities have been intensified at J N College and due
to which 21 SD and 9 SW cadets could appear in this examination. To maintain the
sanctity of the examination the DTE NCC NER Shillong has appointed Col M Rath, Group
Commander, Group HQ Tezpur to supervise the examination and practical of the said
Tayek Talom, the Principal of the College was also present during the examination.
At the end of examination, the Principal and other officials advised to students
to become the good citizen of the state as well as the nation and elaborated the
benefits of C Certificate for their better future prospects. DIPRO
AdiSU condemns assault on DSE
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: While condemning the attack on DSE Tapang Taloh, the Adi Students
Union (AdiSU) today appealed the state Govt to issue arms (gun) to all the government
officials including in capital dwellers in subsidy rate with immediate effect and
to declare 144 CrPC within the office premises during working hours in order to
ensure safety and security of Govt employees.
“State government has shown incompetent to protect the life and security of people
may it be media houses or government officials. Nothing landmark has been achieved
to tackle lawlessness in the state so far rather crime and atrocity is growing day
by day. 90 percent of threatening, physical assault, humiliation in the offices of
state capital goes unreported only because victims no more rely on law enforcing
authority,” the AdiSU said in a release.
“Attack on DSE Tapang Taloh is a slap on the faces of thousand students whom Taloh
taught and shown the light of life, and leveling allegation of bribery is serious
crime against all those bureaucrats who served the state delicately. AdiSU leadership
felt ashamed for those organisations whose leaders are indulging in such shameful
act.” AdiSU also appealed the AAPSU to come forward and take drastic action against
the members who malign the union’s image.
Senior citizen passes away
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: A prominent citizen of Papum Pare district, Taba Tayang, passed
away yesterday at GNRC Guwahati. Born on 10th December 1948 at Khunglo village under
Toru circle, he was an expert in customary law and also served as gaon burah. Despite
himself being a simple villager late Tayang gave best possible education to his children
and among eight of his sons, two of namely Er Taba Gagung and Advocate Taba Tagum
are doing very good in their respective professional life.
The funeral will be held on 13th of this month at his native village and large numbers
of people are expected to attend it. Meanwhile Tebw Lappa Welfare Society, the apex
body of Tebw brothers, which include Taba clan, has expressed deep sadness over death
of an elderly member from their community. Society termed his death as great loss
for the people of state and prayed for the peace of departed soul. Arunachal Intellectual
Youth Federation has deeply mourned at death of gaon burah Taba Tayang of Kunglo
village who died on Sunday at GNRC hospital Guwahati after sudden illness. He was
expert in customary law and is survived by eight sons and three daughters and a wife.
Every man is incomplete without woman: Sonam
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: “Every man is incomplete without woman, even our world is incomplete
without women” said Jalley Sonam Chairman Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction
Workers Welfare Board (APBOCWWB) while attending as chief guest on International
Women Day being organized by Tippi Women Welfare Society on Friday at Bhalukpong
in West Kameng.
Stressing on importance of the day he said, “It is the day which brings all women
around the world together, who often divided by boundaries, ethnic, language and
culture. Sonam encouraged women to take active participation in every field, while
citing the country women boxing sensation MC Mary Kom, late astronaut Kalpana Chalwa
and former president of India Pratibha Devi Singh Patel as an example of woman emancipation.
He further that increasing of women literacy rate is also good sign of development
in the world. He also added that in education field women are seemingly far better
than men as in every year, women topped in central board of secondary school examination.
239 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Fights between individual should not be given communal colour
This is in response to a letter that appeared in your esteemed newspaper in Reader’s
Forum column written by someone called Nomni Pertin, who according to acquaintances
a teacher is serving in a government school.
First, the tone of the letter coming from a teacher is surprising. A teacher is supposed
to spread bonhomie and imbibe in his/her students a sense of unity and brotherhood
amongst members of all communities. Instead Nomni Pertin’s letter smells of a deep
sense of hatred that is dormant and may not be visible in the outset. This is a very
dangerous sign, especially when harbored by people in the noble profession.
The assault on the School Education Director – a well respected first generation
teacher and bureaucrat – is condemnable. Every right thinking citizen, irrespective
of the community to which he or she belongs to, condemns it and is univocal in demanding
punishment to the culprits. We as sensible citizens must be keep in mind that neither
the victim nor the assaulters should be looked upon as members of any particular
community. A member of society has been wronged by few miscreants and therefore the
law should take action and justice delivered to the victim. Giving the incident a
communal colour and provoking the situation through hate speeches and letters in
Readers Forums must be avoided. This goes true for all those also who have surprisingly
come out in support of the ‘assaulters’. It’s crazy that in this world of civilization
an incident of criminal offence has become a major issue with open debates vigorously
being participated by members of two groups created out of nowhere! Equally laughable
is the warm-heartedness of the media to give the debate ample space in their cramped
pages! If wanted, the media could have nipped the issue in the bud by refusing space
for prolonged debate after flashing the news of a criminal offence committed and
the law coming into action. Sure there are many other important issues and topics
to discuss and debate on a public platform.
Several readers through their letters have also taken side to the notion that ‘others’
are not safe in Itanagar or that Itanagar is only for a particular community. My
earnest appeal is that if there is any such notion please keeps it to your individual
self. Don’t pollute the atmosphere by spreading such hate-mongering thoughts! Capital
belongs to all. Ask the majority of the ‘particular community’ you are talking about.
Unfortunately, it has become our habit of labeling the whole community for the mischief
done by a few members.
Mr Nomni Pertin’s letter also drags the CM into the blame game. This is unfortunate
and disgusting. The CM does not belong to a particular community. He is the CM for
each and every community of the state. This has been repeatedly asserted by the CM
himself and also reading news of his visits and announcements made in almost all
districts of the state, I don’t see any reason to call him a CM of this community
or that community. In this particular incident where does the CM comes in? Similarly,
there is no organization involved in the incident. The incident resulted from an
individual case of appointment under compassionate ground of one of the assaulters.
This is, as appears from the reports, is purely an individual case of the assaulters
who by default happens to be leaders of a particular organization. I hope members
of the said organization sees the light of my reasoning and not take the act of law
as an insult to their organization. If an offence has been made, no matter who the
defaulter is – a leader of an organization or the CM himself – let us allow the law
to take action without jumping to conclusions that are framed within cramped walls
of our narrow thinking and false self-pride.
While appealing the likes of Nomni Pertin to avoid display of provocative thoughts,
all right thinking citizens would also be happy if the media uses its sensibilities
in publishing matters that may jeopardize the peace of which we are so proud of.
Let us outgrow our narrow mindedness and make Arunachal a better place.
Litwang Lowang, Khonsa.
Yes Itanagar belongs to everyone
The communal touch given by one Nomni Pertin to unfortunate attack on DSE Tapang
Taloh is very bad and it sets a wrong trend. He is trying to say that DSE was attacked
because Itanagar belongs to a major tribe and that DSE is not from capital. Well,
I belong to Papum Pare district and therefore as per our tribal custom I should have
rights over every part of Itanagar as this land was once inhabited my people. When
capital came to Itanagar we had no idea what it is to be so-called land donor or
resident of capital. It is not our mistake that Government selected Itanagar as capital
site at the time when Arunachal became a state. Therefore his letter is very funny.
Itanagar belongs to every Arunachalee though it comes under Papum Pare, a predominant
About Chief Minister, yes he belongs to every Arunachalee. In fact he has visited
Siang belt to which Mr Pertin most probably belongs and other parts of state more
than his own Papum Pare district. There are many interior areas nearby Itanagar whom
he is yet to visit. He seems more concern about whole of state, which is sign of
a true leader. Attack on an elderly and fatherly figure like Tapang Taloh is strongly
condemned by everyone. I belong to Nyishi tribe but I don’t support all hooligans
and goons who create bad image of Nyishi in capital complex by indulging in criminal
acts. But we see such kind of goons in every part of state and world. For instance
in Pasighat in the last 6 month many murders have taken place including one that
of a young Apatani boy. There are bad and good people everywhere but if one only
concentrate on bad people, then this world will never move ahead. Mr Nomni Pertin
seems to be a school teacher and I expect him to teach humanity to the children.
We tribal are less in number and we need to support each other. As per as attackers
of Tapang Taloh is concern, I think they are shameless people. Instead of accepting
mistakes they are trying to bully the authority by organizing dharna and all. Stop
this drama and let law takes its own course of action. If you guys are so confident
about corruption in office of school education, then why don’t use RTI and knock
the court. One more things though am indigenous citizen of Papum Pare district, I
don’t have a single plot of land in capital whereas people from other parts of state
has huge palatial bungalows. If we were really so bad people, such things could have
never happened. I hope Mr Pertin have got some education about capital with my few
words. God bless Arunachal and its beautiful tribal people.
Igniting communal feeling is wrong
This is in response to the article published today in the reader’s forum column by
one Nomni Pertin of Govt. Secondary School Kongsa, and District Tirap. It is very-very
unfortunate for all us that Director School Education has been assaulted by two youths
in his office chamber on 8th March, 2013. We also feel that such barbaric act should
be not have happened but it is also unfortunate for all of us that whenever anything
happen on any person the so called unions, associations, and other well wishers used
to shoot blindly and start pouring condemnations without knowing the head and tail
of the cases. We must think twice before condemning/ speaking ill against any person.
So condemning on others without cross-examination holds not water.
Further I would like to tell the gentlemen that Itanagar is the capital of Arunachal
Pradesh and it is no man’s land and everyone has right to dwell and right to work
irrespective of caste, creed, sex and religious. CM is elected by the leaders of
the 60 MLAs and there is no question that CM is only ours. Meanwhile we do respect
and uphold the dignity and image of the people of the every tribe and we have been
living co-existence since time immemorial. Hence, there is no question that other
tribal officers and officials hail from other district.
Therefore, I would like to request gentleman not to ignite communal feelings which
hurts the sentiment of amalgam tribes of the state. At the same time if you have
any personal enmities with C M. you must meet him face to face. So dear gentleman
please remembers “A spark neglected burnt the house” Thereby, we must respect each
other and should not discriminate against other tribes without any valid reason.
If any outlaw activities take place then there is law enforcing authorities to book
Save Polo Park
Through the columns of your esteemed daily I would like to bring to the notice of
the concerned authorities to save Naharlagun –Polo Park from anti-social activities
and land encroachers and bring back its lost glory as it was in the past. As a concern
citizen I view that concerned authorities should develop Polo Park into a model park
and earn revenue from it, rather than showing lackadaisical attitude. I noticed that
there is no proper demarcated boundary wall which is the main reason that lures the
dwellers nearby to encroach. Over the years, this has grown into a broad-day light
safe haven for the stoner’s and the heart aching fact is that majority of them are
juvenile. The trend is likely to further deteriorate if stern actions are not taken
against those involved.
I am confident that concerned authorities will awake and arise against the grievances.
Do they sail above law?
As a citizen of India I strongly condemn the physical assault on Director of Secondary
Education, Tapang Taloh at his office. Whatever is the point of disagreement but
our law does not permit anyone the right to hit or slap a citizen. Apart from it,
the way wild allegations have been leveled against the victim to distort the truth
is really uncalled for. I am neither against any union body nor in favour of any
person but my question is if there was any fault on the part of victim then why they
have not opted to appeal the court or level a case against him? Do they sail above
law? And what is the meaning behind a peaceful Dharna demanding the release of the
culprit and the arrest of the person who was mercilessly beaten up in his own office?
Stringent punishment were awarded for the attack of a circle officer in Koloriang
but I think that was not enough, now it is the time to award a worse one.
Motibagh, New Delhi
Be cautious in publishing
This is in response to a letter written by one Mr. Nomni Pertin which was published
on Reader’s Forum of your esteemed today. It is very immature on his part to try
to communalize the DSE issue, and even more immature of Arunachal Times for entertaining
such a communally provocative letter. Such immature comments hurt sentiments of the
entire community. I won’t be asking for too much if I say they (Mr. Nomni Pertin
and Arunachal Times) owe an apology for hurting the sentiments of the entire Nishi
community. However, that’s not what I seek, I just want to request fellow Arunachalees
to not to disturb communal harmony due to certain incidents or politics. Hope Arunachal
Times will be more cautious next time before entertaining any such anti-communal
Women in politics
A list on the website of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPR) reveals that India lags
far behind many countries, including neighbours Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and
Pakistan, when it comes to women's participation in politics. India is placed 107th
among 139 countries ranked by the world body, slipping by two ranks in the space
of a year. India was placed at 105 last year.
With only 60 women in 545 seats in the Lok Sabha (Parliament’s Lower House), women
in the House account for 11 per cent while women in the Rajya Sabha (the Upper House)
account for 10.6 per cent of its members, says IPR data.
More importantly, the disappointing data from the IPU reveals the frustrating struggle
for reserving space in Parliament for women in the world’s largest democracy. Efforts
towards reserving 33 per cent of seats in the Lok Sabha, the Lower House in India’s
Parliament, have been stalled for want of “consensus” – a euphemism for lack of political
This sad picture of women's participation in politics in India has led women activists
to demand greater political representation and call for the passage of the proposed
law to reserve seats in Parliament for women. Still, the country has introduced quotas
on local bodies in villages–a move that will encourage more women to enter politics
at the village level.