@ Additional 2% surcharge for the super rich with income of over Rs. 1 crore.
@ Rate of corporate tax to be reduced to 25% over next four years.
@ No change in tax slabs.
@ Total exemption of up to Rs. 4,44,200 can be achieved.
@ 100% exemption for contribution to Swachch Bharat, apart from CSR.
@ Service tax increased to14 per cent.
@ Rs. 25,000 crore for Rural Infrastructure Development Bank.
@ Rs. 5,300 crore to support Micro Irrigation Programme.
@ Farmers credit - target of 8.5 lakh crore.
@ Rs. 70,000 crores to Infrastructure sector.
@ Tax-free bonds for projects in rail road and irrigation
@ PPP model for infrastructure development to be revitalised and govt. to bear majority
of the risk.
@ Atal Innovation Mission to be established to draw on expertise of entrepreneurs,
and researchers to foster scientific innovations; allocation of Rs. 150 crore.
@ Govt. proposes to set up 5 ultra mega power projects, each of 4000MW.
@ AIIMS in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and Assam.
@ IIT in Karnataka; Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad to be upgraded to IIT.
@ PG institute of Horticulture in Amritsar.
@ Kerala to have University of Disability Studies
@ Centre of film production, animation and gaming to come up in Arunachal Pradesh.
@ IIM for Jammu and Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh.
@ Allocation of Rs. 2,46,726 crore; an increase of 9.87 per cent over last year.
@ Focus on Make in India for quick manufacturing of Defence equipment.
@ 50,000 toilets under Swachh Bharath Abhiyan.
@ Two other programmes to be introduced- GST & JAM Trinity. GST will be implemented
by April 2016.
@ MUDRA bank will refinance micro finance orgs. to encourage first generation SC/ST
@ Housing for all by 2020.
@ Upgradation of 80,000 secondary schools.
@ DBT will be further be expanded from 1 crore to 10.3 crore.
@ For the Atal Pension Yojna, govt. will contribute 50% of the premium limited to
Rs. 1000 a year.
@ New scheme for physical aids and assisted living devices for people aged over 80
@ Govt to use Rs. 9000 crore unclaimed funds in PPF/EPF for Senior Citizens Fund.
@ Rs. 5,000 crore additional allocation for MGNREGA.
@ Govt. to create universal social security system for all Indians.
@ Rs. 75 crore for electric cars production.
@ Renewable energy target for 2022: 100K MW in solar; 60K MW in wind; 10K MW in biomass
and 5K MW in small hydro
@ Develpoment schemes for churches and convents in old Goa; Hampi, Elephanta caves,
Forests of Rajasthan, Leh palace, Varanasi , Jallianwala Bagh, Qutb Shahi tombs at
Hyderabad to be under the new toursim scheme.
@ Visa on Arrival for 150 countries.
@ Forward Markets Commission to be merged with the Securities and Exchange Board
@ NBFCs registered with the RBI and having asset size of Rs 500 crore and above to
be considered as ‘financial institution’ under Sarfaesi Act, 2002, enabling them
to fund SME and mid-corporate businesses
@ Permanent Establishment norms to be modified to that mere presence of offshore
fund managers in the country does not lead to “adverse tax consequences.”
Nyokum celebrated with enthusiasm
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The Nyokum, the annual agriculture based festival of Nyishis was
celebrated with much enthusiasm and traditional gaiety at Parang circle on February
Addressing the festive revelers, Civil Aviation, Science and Technology Minister
Thangwang Wangham called upon them to promote and preserve the rich culture and
“The land of Parang is God gifted, he said while exhorting the people to protect
the forest resources. He stressed on taking up horticulture in the region and gave
emphasis on less jhum cultivation to save the greenery of forest.
Among others, Techi Tagi Tara, treasurer, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee,
Er. Techi Ramda, E.E PWD, Division, Sagalee attended the festival.
The Nyokum Yullo was celebrated with traditional farvour at Kheel general ground
from February 23 to 26 last. A host of dignitaries including Lham Tashi, OSD to Chief
Minister, Nabam Aka, Chairperson Zilla Parishad, Papum Pare district, HoDs, Panchayat
leaders and public of Toru circle attended the festival.
The main attraction of the festival was games and sports and cultural competitions,
besides the exhibition stall on local cuisine.
Attending the Nyokum Yullo celebration at Pachin, Naharlagun on February 26, secretary,
tourism and DoTCL, Joram Beda exhorted the gathering to maintain and promote the
age-old traditional system. He further advised the parents to speak in and promote
own dialect/language which will help preserve the tradition and culture.
Superintending Engineer Er Taba Teni, PHE and WS, Itanagar circle (W/Z), Naharlagun
also stressed on the need of pressing rich culture of the Nyishi community.
Chief patron of the festival Kipa Babu, Deputy Chief Municipal Councillor, Itanagar
dwelt at length on the origin of Langte-Lote Nyokum Yullo. Among others, chief advisor
of the celebration committee Er Tadar Mangku also spoke on the occasion.
Parents Day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The Model English School celebrated its annual Parents Day here
at its school premises on February 28.
Speaking on the occasion, Regional Director, IGNOU- Dr Joshep Kuba urged upon the
outgoing students to maintain discipline to achieve their goals in life. He also
appealed the students to refrain from any kind of anti-social activities that could
hamper their future.
While claiming Parents as the first teachers of any students he appealed them to
maintain a frankly relations with their wards for positive growth. ‘One wrong beat
can spoil the whole music, as the same one wrong direction can spoil the whole carrier
of a students’ added Dr Kuba. Briefing on the newly launched IGNOU-Academy of Music,
he also urged the students to take advantage of the courses while assuring to extend
his possible support.
Speaking on the occasion school Principal Zaseyi Veswii also extended best wishes
to the outgoing students and advised them to follow right track for successful
future. Beside regular programme, cultural programme like action songs by students
of Kindergarten, Dance performance by the students of junior classes and songs from
Girls band were the show stoppers of the daylong ‘Parents Day cum Farewell programme.
Among others Managing Director of School Martha Ronya, Chairman-School Management
Committee, MES B Ronya and Secretary, SMC, Model English School, K Membom were present
on the occasion.
Panchayat Bye-Poll at Ruksin
RUKSIN, Feb 28: Preparation to hold Panchayat bye-poll four Gram Panchayat seats
in Ruksin sub-division is almost complete.
Bye-election will be held for Rayang- I (Ruksin), Oyan (Sille-Oyan), Mirem IV and
Ledum-I gram segments under Pasighat-West constituency on March 2.
Preparation for Myoko festival in full swing
ZIRO, Feb 28: People of Hiichi villages i.e. Bamin-Michi, Mudang-Tage, Dutta and
Hija who reside outside Ziro have started arriving from various corner of the state
and also from other states to participate the ensuing Myoko festival celebration
2015 which will commence from March 20 next.
Rejuvenation of religious taboos such as Lapang, erection of babo etc is going on
to welcome the deities on time.
Meanwhile, Diibo Welfare Committee (DWC) in its meeting held here today unanimously
adopted various resolutions including banning on use of Indian Made Foreign Liquor
for maintaining peace during festival. For smooth flow of traffic in village, it
was also directed for removable of firewood, construction materials such as sand,
stone etc from piling in roadside which are to be completed on or before March 15
next else DWC will seized the materials.
Burglars nabbed, stolen goods recovered
DAPORIJO, Feb 28: A team of Daporijo police has nabbed two burglars in the wee hours
today while they were running away with the stolen goods from shops in Daporijo.
The team lead by Sub-Inspector W. Kamhua also recovered many stolen electronics
items including mobile accessories.
Sources said that two burglars broke into the electronic shops at Gandhi Market and
New Market around 1.30 am today, the police caught them while they were on the run
with stolen materials.
The Daporijo police is on high alert after receiving serious complaints regarding
burglary in the town for last two months.
According to S I W. Kamhua most of the burglar and other criminal offences are committed
by juvenile in the township. Two other suspects are also being interrogated as they
were found in the same time in the area.
A case has been registered under section 457/380/34 IPC. The accused were detained
in police custody and interrogation is going on.
Talar’s dream run halted by Korean
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Jun Su Lee of Korea today ended the dream run of Laa Talar of Arunachal
Pradesh with a 21-19, 13-21, 21-15 victory in the fourth round in the Yonex Dutch
Junior International Badminton Tournaments 2015 being held in the Netherlands.
Talar, who had a bye in first round, defeated his rivals Christopher Klauer of Germany
21-8, 21-7 in second round and Jung Soo Byun of Korea 19-21, 21-15,21-16 in the third
round, informed Arunachal State Badminton Association.
Dwelling house gutted at Jote
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: A dwelling house of one Teli Takang was reportedly burnt down on
25th February last Jote village under Sangdupota circle of Papum Pare district. The
fire accident is believed to have occurred due to short circuit. The belongings of
the house were completely reduced to ashes, a release stated. Meanwhile, All Papum
Poma Students Union appealed to the authority to provide immediate relief to the
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The Nehru Yuva Kendra, Pasighat organised a seven days Siang Trail
Trekking under National Programme for Youth Adolescent Development which started
from Feb 21. The week-long trekking was flagged off from Siang Bridge Pasighat by
District Youth Coordinator. Altogether 15 volunteers from Papum Pare, Upper and West
Siang participated at the trekking. The team led by K Taye, trekked from Pasighat
in East Siang to Mechukha in West Siang via Mariyang in Upper Siang district. The
objective of the trekking was to explore the trek route and survey the feasibility
of adventure sports.
Three more PET and PST Centres in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The Central Govt has decided to open three more PET and PST centres
in Arunachal Pradesh in addition to existing Centres at Itanagar and Tezu. This was
made possible due to relentless efforts of Union Minister of State for Home Kiren
Rijiju, according to an official release.
Now for Arunachal Pradesh the PET and PST for recruitment to the posts of Constable/GD
for Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Central
Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashatra Seema
Bal (SSB) and Assam Rifles (AR), which has been advertised on January 24, 2015 will
be held in 138 Bn. Itanagar, ITBP, Lohitpur, Tezu, Bomdila (West Kameng), Aalo (West
Siang), and Khonsa ( Tirap district) for male and female candidates.
It is worth mentioning here that a total of 62,390 vacancies are to be filled through
constable/GD Exam -2015, out of which 6583 vacancies are earmarked to be filled by
the youth of NE States (including Sikkim) only in their respective categories.
Rijiju appealed to all the youths of Arunachal Pradesh to apply for these posts to
serve in the CAPFs and to ensure full representation of people of Arunachal Pradesh,
the release said.
Officials to visit Sainik School site at Niglok
PASIGHAT, Feb 28: Officials of Sainik School Society (SSS) under Union Ministry of
Defence will be arriving at Ruksin on March three along with state government representatives
to conduct land survey of the proposed site for setting up Sainik School at Niglok
IGC in East Siang district, district administration sources said.
It may be recalled that a joint survey team constituted by Arunachal Pradesh government
during May last year visited Industrial Growth Centre (IGC) at Niglok under Ruksin
circle and conducted primary survey for setting up a Sainik School there.
The six-member team submitted report on availability of land for the school, hostel,
dispensary and playground besides water and electricity supply.
As per the report, the IGC Niglok has sufficient land measuring about 583 acres and
the requirement of the school is just 40 acres with strength of 300 Students and
50 acres for 600 students.
Union Budget focuses on border road networks with China, Pak
NEW DELHI, Feb 28: NDA government has in its infrastructure development initiatives
focused on connecting with all weather roads along borders with nearly 100 per cent
increase in allocation for construction of roads along Sino-India and Indo-Pak boundaries.
Keeping in mind the facilitation of troops along the 4,056-km Sino-India border stretching
from 'Karakoram point' of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir to 'Fish Tail' in Arunachal
Pradesh, the Government has earmarked Rs 300 crore in 2015-16 budget, a figure which
is almost double of allocation during the last fiscal when it stood at Rs 156.47
The infrastructure facilities along this border were needed as Indian troops - the
Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the Army - have been facing severe restrictions in
their movement whereas Chinese People's Liberation Army could reach the last post
easily because of good metallic roads.
Similarly, the Government has increased the budgetary provision of construction of
roads along the 1,751-km border from Rs 50 lakh in the revised budget of the last
fiscal to Rs 300 crore in 2015-16.
The government had made a Rs 500-crore proposal in the last budget but ended up utilising
only Rs 50 lakh.
A near 100 per cent increase has also been earmarked for construction of roads along
the 3,323 Km Indo-Pak border which stretches from Jammu and Kashmir to Gujarat.
Roads along the Indo-Bhutan's 699 Kms will also be getting attention in this year's
budget with Government earmarking Rs 50 crore for it. In the last fiscal, the Government
had spent a mere Rs 1 lakh on the roads along this border.
Rs 20 crore have been earmarked for construction of roads and other infrastructure
along the 1,643 Kms long Indo-Myanmar border. In the last fiscal Rs 11.12 crore were
spent on this. PTI
Govt proposes film production & gaming centre in Arunachal
Union Budget 2015-16
KOLKATA, Feb 28: For the North Eastern states, a centre for film production, animation
and gaming will be set up in Arunachal Pradesh, said Indian Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley, while presenting the Union Budget 2015 in Lok Sabha on Saturday.
The proposal by the Minister has been given a thumbs up by the industry players as
they feel that Arunachal Pradesh should get promoted. “It is an encouraging step,
no doubt about it,” said a media executive.
The blueprint might state in details all plans of the government for the film production,
animation and gaming centre.
The government is also likely to launch a National Skills Mission through the Skill
Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry. Jaitley said that the Mission will consolidate
skill initiatives spread across several ministries. It will allow the government
to standardize procedures and outcomes across 31 Sector Skill Councils, he added.
“India is one of the youngest nations in the world with more than 54 per cent of
the total population below 25 years of age. Yet today less than five per cent of
our potential workforce gets formal skill training to be employable and stay employable,”
An Apprenticeship Training Institute for Women will be set in Haryana and Uttarakhand
during the year 2015-16.
To enable all poor and middle class students to pursue higher education of their
choice without any constraints of funds, a fully IT based Student Financial Aid Authority
is proposed to be set up during the year 2015-16.
It will administer and monitor scholarships as well as Educational Loan Schemes,
through the Pradhan Mantri Vidya Lakshmi Karyakaram to ensure that no student misses
out on higher education for lack of funds. Jaitley announced that the government
will launch all India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab,
Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Assam in the fiscal year 2015-16.
Similarly, to augment Medical Sciences in Bihar, another “AIIMS like” institute is
proposed to be set in the state.
In his Budget Speech, the Finance Minister also proposed to set up an IIT in Karnataka
and upgrade Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad into a full-fledged IIT.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development
of Northeastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions,
Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has thanked the Union Finance Minister
Shri Arun Jaitley for having sanctioned an All IndiaInstitute of Medical Sciences
(AIIMS) in Assam, Indian Institute of Science and Education Research in Nagaland,
Centre for Film Production, Animation and Gaming inArunachal Pradesh and Indian Institute
of Management (IIM) for Jammu & Kashmir in the budget presented today.
Small tea growers flay CM’s subsidy scheme
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Expressing their strong discontent with the way the Chief Minister’s
Plantation Crop Mission’ scheme is being implemented, the tea farmers of East Siang
district, including the members of Small Tea Growers’ Association of Siang basin,
alleged that the scheme has totally failed to fulfil the needs and aspiration of
They alleged that the scheme is benefitting some unscrupulous businessmen/contract
The small tea growers of the district are unhappy to know that many actual and needy
farmers have been deprived from the benefit of the scheme. They allege that the district
level selection committee does not select the beneficiaries on need base, verifying
the plantation activities and availability of land thereby discouraging the progressive
Sources informed that the State Directorate of Trade & Commerce, the nodal department
during November last year had supplied tea saplings for 22 tea farmers in East Siang
district; but the saplings (of 3-4-month old) were found immature whilst most of
these saplings were damaged during transportation.
Moreover, the supplied saplings were handed over to the District Agriculture department
for storage in its office premise where there were no any facilities to keep the
young tea plants.
It further alleged that the District Agriculture department is not monitoring the
tea plantation activities for which the new planters are facing problems in plantation
and gardening processes.
The tea farmers of the district have demanded the authority to include cash component
in the scheme to enable them to purchase quality tea sapling from the nurseries recommended
by Tea Research Association (TRA). The tea growers association also demanded the
nodal department to take scheme for establishment of commercial tea nursery in the
district for the farmers’ convenience. The 'Chief Minister Plantation Crop Mission'
scheme was launched in the state in order to give financial assistance to the horticulturists,
who are involved in rubber and tea plantation activity. The scheme is initially covering
six Upper-Arunachal districts, including East Siang, Lohit, Lower Dibang Valley,
Tirap, Changlang and Longding besides West Siang, East Kameng and Papum Pare. Selection
of beneficiary in this scheme is done by a Selection Committee headed by concerned
Deputy Commissioner as Chairman, District Agriculture Officer and District Horticulture
Officer as Members.
An amount of Rs 2 crore was earmarked by the state government for financial year
2013-14. As per provision in the scheme, there is financial assistance of Rs 1lakh
for ‘Tea cultivation’ per family for 1 hectare, while the amount is only Rs 80,000
per hectare for Rubber planters. Target allotted in the district for the last year
was 27 units for Rubber and 21 units for tea.
Trial run on Balipara-Bhalukpong Railway track in April
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: After making the Itanagar Railway line functional by operating
two trains - flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 29th Statehood Day
- Indian Railways is all set with a road map to connect all important locations in
“While Balipara-Bhalukpong Railway track is complete awaiting trial run in the month
of April next, proposal for connecting Parshuram Kund and Pasighat through Tezu is
in the pipeline,” revealed Indian Railways General Manager R K Singh, who along with
a team of railway officers, called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki here this evening.
Singh also mentioned about Along-Silapathar-North Lakhimpur rail line besides informing
the CM that the much delayed Bogeebeel project above the mighty Brahmaputra would
be completed by December 2016. He sought help from the state government on issues
relating to land acquisition near the Naharlagun Railway Station to build a bridge
over River Pachin to facilitate passengers. The visiting General Manager also asked
the state government to help them in identifying a suitable land for construction
of railway guest house and office. He further requested to facilitate periodical
coordination meeting between the Railway and the state government agencies in order
to clear pending issues.
Tuki assured all possible assistance and said that any kind of development is always
welcome in Arunachal Pradesh. He appreciated the railway ministry for paying special
attention to this landlocked state and hoped that soon all the district headquarters
would be connected by rail links.
He gave a positive nod for identifying land sought for guest house and rail office
at Itanagar apart from assuring to clear the land issues hampering construction of
bridge over Pachin River near Naharlagun railway station.
CM agreed to conduct periodical coordination meeting with the railways and state
government agencies and directed Secretary Planning to do the needful.
Among others, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi and Secretary Planning Sonam Chombay were
present in the meeting.
Students saddened by non-responsive attitude of tourism department
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Arunachal Students Union of Mumbai (ASUM) has expressed its strong
feelings of sadness and disappointment over the non-responsive attitude of the state
tourism department and the way the websites of the department are being managed.
“When contacted, there was no response from the department concerned nor did the
telephone numbers given in the three official websites of the department work, alleged
ASUM in a release.
The students union in a release informed that the vice principal of Wilson College
had requested it to set up a stall of Arunachal Pradesh during an event of the college
themed, “Ek Rang-Bridging Cultures". The Union responding to his request decided
to contact Arunachal tourism department to set up the stall. But to our utter surprise,
we didn't get any response from the department despite repeated attempts, rued ASUM.
We, however, decided to do it on our own without any support from our government,
It further informed that exhibition stalls along with food stall of 14 different
states were set up by the students of respective states with the help of their respective
state government and tourism department.
The sad part is every other state had full support from their state government even
if they had no or very little opportunity for tourism in their state, and on the
other hand our state has ample opportunity for tourism and it was a very good platform
to promote our rich cultural diversity and tourism attractions in the economy capital
“How will our state benefit from the tourism industry if the department concerned
is so negligent and carefree,” wondered ASUM.
ANSU, NES demand exemplary punishment for rapists
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: While expressing deep shock over the recent kidnap and rape of
two school going minors in Seppa in East Kameng district, the All Nyishi Students’
Union (ANSU) has urged the state government, especially the home department, to act
tough and prompt against the accused persons and give them exemplary punishment so
that other are forewarned.
While condemning the heinous crime in its strongest term, ANSU urged the administration
not to grant bail to the arrested person. It also demanded to apprehend the absconding
accused at the earliest and book him under appropriate sections of the law.
“Rapist has no place in this civilized society of today’s world,” the Union said.
It appealed to all sections of the society to come forward and extend their fullest
cooperation to the administration in apprehending the culprits in order to curb the
menace of such evil acts in near future. While condemning the inhumane and dastardly
act of rape of two minors at Seppa in its strongest term, Nyishi Elite Society (NES)
urged the district administration and police to arrest the remaining culprit, who
is on the run, immediately and book them under appropriate sections of the law.
NES demanded that the alleged accused should be tried in a fast tract court to ensure
their early punishment.
The National Students Union of India (NSUI), Arunachal Pradesh Unit also strongly
condemned the Seppa rape case and demanded the authority to give exemplary punishment
to both the rapists. It also requested the public to cooperate with the police in
nabbing the absconding accused at the earliest.
7th Foundation Day of Gaon Bura
Do not communalise personal issues: Lower Subansiri GB says
Ziro, Feb 28: The 7th foundation day of All Lower Subansiri district Gaon Bura Welfare
Association Ziro was celebrated in at Abotani Hall, Hapoli today. Unanimously, a
resolution was adopted that no individual conflict or fight between an Apatani and
a Nyishi shall be made into communal issue. If any person found making their individual
cases a communal issue, appropriate action shall be taken against such person by
Speaking on the occasion, Tage Taki MLA, 17 Ziro Hapoli said that the age-old institution
of Goan Buras functional even before independence is the law makers and caretakers
at the grass root level. It has a big responsibility in building communal harmony;
he added and exhorted them to safeguard the dignity of the red coat.
“The institution is like a sleeping giant who needs to arise, awake, educate and
enlighten themselves with the powers conferred to them by the Assam Frontier Regulation
Act, 1945 to be the true caretakers of the society “he also added.
To encourage the GBs to perform well, he announced a reward of Rs. 10,000 to the
best performing GB, one from each Nyishi and Apatani belt. He promised a financial
assistance of one lakh from his salary for the Foundation Day celebration throughout
his tenure as the MLA.
While responding to the memorandum submitted by the association regarding the 2 point
free electricity for the GBs as assured by CM Nabum Tuki in 2013, Taki informed that
their representation has already been endorsed to the CM.
Speaking on the occasion ZPC, Hage Kobin called for a united effort from all the
GBs to restore the glory of the GB institution. He donated his one year’s honorarium
to the GBs of Hari village. Deputy Commissioner Kanki Darang while speaking on the
occasion advised the GBs to avoid groupism and refrain from political influences
which could influence their decision making.
SP Tumme Amo educated the GBs about the Assam Frontier Regulation Act, 1945. He also
suggested that Performa’s of the GBs be maintained to encourage them to perform better.
They should be keen to take up cases and prompt and uniform in their decisions for
people from all the sections of the society, he added.
Bath Khilli , President All Lower Subansiri district Gaon Bura Welfare Association
and GBs from all the blocks also spoke on the occasion.
Beside GBs EAC Mokar Riba, DSO Nani Sambyo, VP Tanii Supun Dukun Er Lyagi Miri,
ZPMs and ACPs also participated in the program.
Remove the lacuna in Statehood Act : PPA
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA) said that the present sorry
status of the state could be linked with the defective Statehood Act of 1987 which
has ‘wrongfully’ placed Arunachal under Article 371- H instead of granting the state
Article 371-A status which Constitutionally could give ownership rights to the people
of the state over its natural resources- land, water and forest.
This lacuna in the Statehood Act 1987 has made the state virtually dependent on Center,
said PPA in its memorandum to Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.
“The decades old dependency syndrome of the state on central grants coupled with
unchecked misappropriation of funds by the ruling political elites, have shaken the
confidence and good will of the public over the misgovernance of the present government.
The state is in a state of fiscal mess and many of the central sponsored schemes
like PMG5Y has been hampered for non-payment of contractors for over 7 to 8 months
leading to lawlessness in the state in the form of series of bank robberies, the
The party said that controversial issues like Airport at Hollongi, and Chakma issues
need to be discussed and debated involving all political parties, students' organization,
intellectual bodies and other civil societies, whereas the people at large are wondering
what the stand of the government on these issues are.
There are more burning issues like the immediate threat to the demographic composition
of the indigenous tribal people because of the reckless signing of MoA's/ MoU's on
hydro power projects in the state, said that party.
“To talk of resettling 145 Chakma families from Hollongi to a nearby area against
the Hollongi Airport project will be a Himalayan blunder. The plan to resettle the
Chakma families will amount to recognizing them as bonafied native citizen of the
state. This step can bring doom to the social fabric of the state in future,” it
The party urged the Governor to intervene and initiate appropriate steps considering
the extremely poor financial status of the state to contain the situation from deteriorating
Grow high altitude medicinal plants to earn more
Dr Ashwini Kumar Tiwari1, Dr Anjana Nand Tripathi2 & Dr Indu3
Medicinal plants are important for human life, most of the medicinal plants found
are wild in nature. These medicinal plants are source of Indian health care system
known as Ayurveda. Beside it, these medicinal plants also have important place in
Chinese and Tibetan system of health care.
Growth of medicinal plant is affected by different factors like physiographic factor,
climatic and soil agents of a particular region. Unscientific exploitation of the
medicinal plant has pushed some species to extinct and some others are at an endangered
Taking into account the medicinal importance of these medicinal plants and the lack
of knowledge on adequate cultivation practice, this article has been written to acquaint
the farmer of Arunachal Pradesh to the cultivation practices of some medicinal plants
which can be grown successfully and have the potential to change the economic status
of farmers. The state has huge scope in cultivation of medicinal plants, particularly,
High Altitude Medicinal plants such as Aconitum heterophyllum, Nardostychus jatamansi,
Piccrorhiza kurroa, Swertia chirata and Area suitable for cultivation of these high
altitude medicinal plants are Tawang, West Kameng, Upper reaches of West Siang, Upper
Subansiri and Anjaw district.
1. Scientific Name: Aconitum heterophyllum Wall.
Vernacular Name: Atis, Aconite
English Name: Indian Atis
The economic part of this plant is root. The active compound of commercial importance
found in this plant are Heterophylline, Heterophyllidine, Atisine and Atidine. It
has wide range of medicinal properties, its root are bitter in taste , it is used
as antidote for snake bite, hypotensive and its anti stress properties on nervous
system makes it very important plant from medicinal point of view.
This plant is cultivated at an altitude of 3000-4000(m) above sea level. The normal
sowing time of this plant is April-May. This plant is propagated by seed, however
rhizome may also be used for propagation. 5-7 kg seed is sufficient to plant these
plants in 1 hectare area. The seed should be sown at a spacing of 60cmX30cm. The
plants become ready for harvesting after 3 years in the month of September- October.
Yield: A well managed crop of Atis, will yield 3-4q of dried roots of commercial
importance from 1 hectare area. Although this plant is difficult to propagate, comes
under endangered species but by little care it can be grown successfully in higher
elevation of Arunachal Pradesh.
2. Scientific name: Nardostachys jatamansi D.C.
Vernacular name : Jatamansi
English name : Indian spikenard
The economic part of this plant is root. The active compound of commercial importance
found in this plant are Jatamansone, Jatamanshine and Nardostachone. It has wide
range of medicinal properties. Its root is used as tonic, act as stimulant, antihysteric,
in heart diseases and dysentery.
The plant is cultivated at an altitude of 2500-4000 (m) above sea level. The normal
sowing time of this plant is April-May. This plant can be propagated by seed or rhizome.
If seed is used as means of propagation, then 1 kg seed is sufficient for planting
1 hectare area and if rhizome is used for propagation, then 100 kg seed is required
for planting 1 hectare area. The normal spacing for sowing of this crop is 60 cm
x 30 cm. The plants become ready for harvesting in the month of October – November,
after two years.
Yield: A well managed crop of Jatamansi will yield 10 q dried roots, this plant also
comes under endangered species.
3. Scientific name: Picrorrhiza kurrooa Royale ex Benth
Vernacular name: Kutki, karru
English name: Helle bore, Kutki
The economic part of this plant is root and rhizomes. The active compound from this
plant are Kutkin, Kutkoside and Picroside I and II, which are used as Tonic, improves
apetite, act as purgative and used in curing jaundice and in influenza.
This plant is cultivated from 2500 – 4000 (m) above sea level. The normal sowing
time of this crop is April – May, it is sown by seed or stolen segments. If it is
sown by seed, then 1 kg seed is sufficient for sowing 1 hectare area, if sown by
stolen segments, then quantity required for sowing 1 hectare area is 80 – 100 kg.
The seed or stolen segments should be sown at an spacing of 60cm x 30cm. The plants
become ready for harvesting after 3 years in October and November.
Yield: A well managed crop will yield 5 – 6 q dried roots, stolen and 5 kg seed from
1 hectare area.
4. Scientific Name: Swertia chirata Buch.
Vernacular name: Chirayta
English name: Chiretta
The whole plant of this medicinal plant is important, but from commercial point of
view its root are very valuable. The compound found in this plant which have medicinal
importance are Gentianine, Swerchirin and gentiopicroside. In medicine it is used
as anti inflammatory drug, beside it, also used in cure of piles, ulcers, skin diseases,
stomachic and as a antihelminthic.
This plant is cultivated at an altitude of 2000 – 3200 (m) above sea level. The normal
sowing time of this plant is April – May. The plant is propagated by seed. 2 – 3
kg seed is sufficient for planting 1 hectare area. The seed should be sown at a
spacing of 30cm x 30cm. The plants become ready for harvesting in the month of September
– October after eight months.
Yield: A well managed crop of chirayata, will yield 6 – 8q dried plants from 1 hectare
area. This plant is also difficult to propagate and comes under threatened species.
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The First lady of the State Jyotsna Sharma attended the ‘Sneh Milan’
an inter-faith gathering of various religious organisations of Arunachal Pradesh
at The Art of Living campus, Jollang village here today.
The day-long ‘Sneh Milan’, organised by the Art of Living, Arunachal Pradesh in its
campus aimed to strengthen the religious harmony and co-existence by rekindling the
idea of Vasundhara Kutumbakam, i.e, seeing the whole world as one family.
Speaking on the occasion, the First Lady of the State said that every religion is
practised in Arunachal Pradesh with time-honoured fervour and passion. She advised
for respecting the marvellous values of every religion for good of the society.
Sharing the view of Raj Bhawan towards communal harmony, the First Lady pointed that
tribal consciousness is very high amongst the various tribes of the State. She urged
upon the people celebrate the diversity and strives toward peaceful co-existence
The leaders of various religious organisations present expressed gratitude to the
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh for initiating steps towards religious amity in the
State. ‘Sneh Milan’ is the follow up of the ‘All Faith Meeting’ conducted by Raj
Earlier, in an audiovisual message Sri Shri Ravi Shankar expressed hope that such
meetings will be held regularly and bring people of all faiths together. He advised
all the participants to be connected to love and God.
Large numbers of people representing various faith groups attended the function.
Schoolchildren from Sri Sri Ravi Sankar Vidhya Mandir, Itanagar presented a dance
depicting communal harmony. Chanting of prayers and sharing of views were part of
Byaling denounces the culture of easy money making
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: A social interaction cum felicitation programme exclusively for
the Topo clan of Tagin society was organised by Tagin Welfare Society (TWS) at Banquet
Hall here yesterday.
Attending the programme as a senior member of the Tagin society, Home Minister Tanga
Byaling said that the “Culture of free and easy money making adopted by the youth
in present days is a major concern for the state government. It is crippling like
communicable disease across the state which should be controlled by each and every
responsible society of the state.” He added that there are several government schemes
like Chief Minister Universal Health insurance scheme, Chief Minister Pariyatan Vikas
Yojna, Chief Minister Skill Development Programme, Chief Minister Agri- Mechanism
Programme and other development programmes which should be properly utilized by the
society to fight against the problem cropped out due to tendency of easy money making.
He called upon the youths of the state to take up self-employment ventures as there
are no sufficient Govt jobs to accommodate maximum number of unemployed youths.
Byaling also appealed the TWS in particular that evil practise of the society should
be shorted out by them for smooth development in the state.
Regarding the education system in Upper Subansiri district, he said equal distribution
of teachers particularly in rural area should be made for quality education in the
He further appealed Tagin Cultural Society (TCS) and TWS to shoulder responsibility
for smooth functioning of administration and improved law and order system in Upper
The programme is exclusively dedicated to Topo clan, said TWS chairman Rudham Sindhu.
He said the society organised such programme to strength the brotherhood and to facilitate
the youth of the society who achieved remarkable places in the fields of education,
sports, culture and traditions etc.
Senior member and Executive Engineer, PWD Naharlagun, Taniya Soki said “there are
several positive and negative layers in every society and one should not feel disgrace
to introduce themselves with their own identity in the society.”
Informing that transportation and poor connectivity is a cause of concern for the
Upper Subansiri district, Soki said the problem should be shorted out at the earliest
by opening a short route with Assam for faster development of the district.
Talking against the bandh culture, he called upon the youths of the district to extend
cooperation in construction of ongoing Arunachal Trans High Way project in the district.
“Local or commercial business cannot be sustained until we don’t find better market
to distribute our commodities,” he further said.
Secretary General TWS, Advocate Tambo Loriak, MLA, Daporijo Dikto Yekar and other
senior member also spoke on the occasion.
Later, the youth icons of the society were felicitated. The awardees for games and
sports include Nishu Koni, who earlier in 2014 won Mr. Arunachal Pradesh and Mr.
North Eastern Zonal Body Building Championship held in Imphal, Manipur while Tachung
Dupit and Kakio Siga were felicitated for winning the Grand Master, State Chess
Championship on 2014 and to achieve Kumite, Judge C category under Karate Association
of India respectively.
In education sector, Oyi Nasi, Kajen Lusi Debom and Taro Jeram were facilitied for
achieving Assistance Engineer post in APPSC examination while Dekio Gumja, Niajar
Gussar and Tabom Soki were felicitated for topping the post of CDPO and ACF in APPSC
examination during the session of 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Kokia Rigia, Yaro Nayam and Duma Dujom Loriak were felicitated for their hard labour
in delivering best cultural dress and music composition respectively while Diyum
Bui Memorial Public School, Dumporijo was felicitated for outstanding contribution
in education sector.
Include “Kí:líng-lí:dung’ in tourist curcuit: DC
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The Kí:líng-lí:dung, a historical important place should be turned
into a tourist spot and included in the tourist circuit map of the state said Upper
Siang District, Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki after visiting “Kí:líng-Lí:dung' the
memorial stone or monument at Kakro village recently.
After visiting the historical natural stone monument, Kamki suggests the people living
nearby the location particularly the Adis to protect the historical place, beautify
and preserved the area for greater interest of the people.
The Deputy Commissioner also appealed the Karko Village Welfare Society, PRI members,
local administrative officer to take initiative for beautification, protection and
preservation of the stone and its location to make it a tourist destination.
It is worth mentioned that Kí:líng-Lí:dung a natural memorial stone, a historical
monument is located above the top hill of Karko village, in the right bank of the
mighty Siang river.
The oral historians of the Adis have given the nomenclature 'Kí:líng-lí:dung' a big
stone where all Adis once migrated and settled here.
On every occasion of conference, convention, public gathering etc. the kébang orator
use, 'Kí:líng-Lí:dung' in their deliberations in rhapsodic and poetical verse recalling
and expressing that all Adis once settled here and later departed from this place
and started migrating towards different locations and directions.
In other words, it is said in Adi language- 'Kí:líng-lí:dung mé tudung géyela kanggey
lí:ta mé tuge géyela' dongkung sibyongém byoto', meaning after throwing 'Kí:líng-Lí:dung'
upwards and kicking 'Kangge lí:ta' the smaller stone downwards, the Adis had migrated
towards the plains and shifted to respective different locations- i.e. present settlements.
Kamki also disclosed that as per the oral history, Kamki clan of present Galo community
has also once settled in Kí:ling Lí:dung along with 'Saroh' and 'Saring' and later
on the three clans departed from this historic place.
In Galos it is said “Ki:lí Lídu ém hobo lídubé tupu nendakku, Roi lí:tak ém yekpo
lítak bé tuyak nendakku”. The forefather of Kamki moved from this historic place
and settled at Kamki-Kamba area after crossing Loyor-Dité and Siyom (Yomgo) river.
The Deputy Commissioner was accompanied by Circle Officer Nikita Panggam, officers,
Local PRI leaders. DIPRO
T20 cricket match organized to create awareness against drugs abuse
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: District Bar Association/JMFC Civil Judge-XI beat Menle Botom Tourist
Lodge- XI by 38 runs in the T20 Cricket match held at Rijo Ground, Daporijo today.
The tournament with theme “Say No to drugs, No to crime, and No to kill wildlife”
was coined by Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom, Civil Judge- JMFC
of Upper Subansiri Domo Padu and Managing Director of Menle Botom Tourist Lodge Dosh
District Bar Association/JMFC Civil Judge-XI, who won the toss and decided to bat
first, set Menle Botom Tourist Lodge-XI a target of 169 run to win.
While chasing the target, Menle Botom Tourist Lodge-XI could manage to score 130
run only in their allotted 20 over.
Kombin Hacheng of District Bar Association/JMFC Civil Judge-XI was declared ‘Man
of the Match’ for outstanding 50 runs and 2 wicket haul.