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April  -  17


Team Arunachal’s Anshu and

Tine reaches Base camp

International Everest Expedition

Itanagar, Apr 16: Team Arunachal consisting of mountaineers Anshu Jamsenpa and Tine Mina has reached Everest Base Camp today safe and sound after 9 days hard trekking from the last remote village Lukla, Nepal.

Everest Base Camp is located at 17500 ft where climbers begin their actual expedition.

From base camp, climbers typically train and acclimate, permitting the body to adjust to the decreased oxygen in the air by trekking and bringing supplies back and forth through the treacherous Khumbu Icefall.  The training and recuperation continues throughout the climb at Camp 1 (19470 ft), Camp 11 (21450 ft), Camp 111 (23760 ft) and the final summit push from  Camp 1V (26400 ft) is expected sometime between May 15 to May 22 depending on weather condition.

Meanwhile, for the first time in the history of Indian mountaineering, Anshu Jamsenpa from Arunachal Pradesh has been selected as expedition leader of an International Everest Expedition.

The team consists of nine members from five countries including four Indians, two Italians, one Canadian, Iranian and a Swede.

All the team members are doing well except for J J Khajuria of Rajasthan who had to be airlifted and evacuated by charter helicopter to Kathmandu hospital yesterday. He suffered severe high altitude sickness when the expedition team was at 18500 ft for height gain.

Speaking from Everest Base Camp Anshu said that it is a big responsibility and a challenge to be a leader of an international expedition. She further added that she would do her best to lead all the team members to the summit though she would not like to compromise on any safety measures.

Govt of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation, Nepal Mountaineering Association and Indian Embassy Kathmandu are keeping a tab on the day to day progress of the International Everest Expedition.

Dr. K R Meetie, Arunachal State Sports official who trekked upto Base Camp to boost up the moral of Team Arunachal will trek back to Lukla village after resting for a couple of days.

Team Arunachal was flagged off by Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Gen J J Singh  on 1st April from Itanagar.


Mantra for development is peace and security: Governor

VIF’s national seminar

ITANAGAR, Apr 16: Rapid development will happen only where there is peace and security said Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh, while inaugurating a two-day national seminar on development and security organized by Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), New Delhi in collaboration with Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, Arunachal Pradesh here today. In his inaugural address, Gen Singh dwelt in length on development activities in the State. He pictured the State during its inception when there were two schools and few kilometers of road to coming up of four lane road, airports and railway tracks.

But, he cautioned, as Governor of the State, I have to ensure that development is not forced on the people and they become mute spectators. It should in a pace, which they can absorb.  I want to see that Arunachalees are the biggest beneficiaries of the development process, he added.

We have come a long way and today stand at par with many developed States of our country. In fact, for 2009-10 the growth rate of the State was more than 22% which was the highest for any State of the country. I see a bright future for Arunachal Pradesh as security has been well address by the nation, he said.

Gen Singh, while acknowledging the immense contributions of the Vivekananda Kendras in the State recalled his close association with organization and VKV Tafragaon in early seventies, when he was a battalion commander in Lohit area.

In his keynote address, Chairman of Vivekananda International Foundation, Admiral KK Nayyar, former Vice Chief of Naval Staff said “development is due to effort of human being and we have to develop our human resources. Development should be inclusive and there should be no place for corruption”.

Stating that increase in life expectancy as indicator of development, he said it is the summarization of development process.

Sharing his ideas on security, former Vice Chief of Naval Staff said, problem of security is more from internal than external. With better education and better information, we can erase internal problems and communal tension and secure our way of life and our culture. Referring stapled visa, claims on Arunachal Pradesh by China, Admiral Nayyar said, we should take note of it, but should not fear.

On the huge hydropower potential of Arunachal Pradesh, Chairman of Vivekananda International Foundation said, size of rehabilitation is not big and therefore central government should facilitate in the speedy implementation.

Former Vice Chief of Naval Staff concluded his speech by stating, ‘For many years people of Arunachal Pradesh have lived up to the our expectation and now it is the time rest of the country rise to the expectation of these people.’

Vice President of all India Vivekananda Kendras A Balakrishnan said, national security is the responsibility of every citizen and not just armed forces or the police. But it will be taken care if we have right kind of education, he said while informing that Vivekananda Kendras are doing its best in its humble ways to provide right type of education.

Dwelling on background of Vivekananda Kendras in Arunachal Pradesh, Vice President of all India Vivekananda Kendras informed that organization which set its foot in the State in 1974 started providing formal education to children in 1977 with start of seven residential schools in five districts. Today, it has expanded to thirty-three schools spread all over the State from Tirap to Tawang.

In his welcome address, Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, Arunachal Pradesh Chapter State Coordinator, Dr. Tejum Padu gave an overview of the seminar. Pointing at the recent controversies like stapled visa, claims on Arunachal Pradesh by China and inserting of Arunachal Pradesh in Google maps of China, Dr. Padu said that such seminars was necessary in Arunachal Pradesh.

Earlier Governor released Golden Vine of R Hynniewtrep, the Khasi Heritage by Suman Sing Sawian and Heritage of Kamakhya on the Nilachala Hill, both published by Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)


YMAC conducts bird watching training

ITANAGAR, Apr 16: Young Mission Adventure Club (YMAC), a capital based NGO, conducted bird watching training at Ziro on April 10.  The training programme was organized as a part of third phase of eco-friendly rural tourism (home stay) project which began from April 3 last.

More than 30 different birds were identified in the Ziro valley  and their scientific names, habitats, sounds, reproductive system were studied during the  training programme under the guidance of experts like Shivaji Chaudhury of G P Pant Institute, Itanagar.

Training on tourist guide, formation of community based Tourism Organization (CBO), angling, foods and beverage were also conducted apart from bird watching.

It may be mentioned here that  the capacity building training for service providers  under rural tourism project was sponsored by NABARD, regional office, Itanagar in Ziro valley for  SHG, unemployed youths to help them carry out self-employed venture.


Committee demands revaluation

of power project land

ITANAGAR, Apr 16:  Talong-Londa Hydro Electric Project Affected People’s Committee (TLHEPAP)  has demanded for revaluation of the land acquired for the Hydel Project by M/s GMR Private Ltd.

Expressing its strong resentment over the apathy shown by the authorities concerned to re-fix the land value despite of repeated pleas, the committee, in its letter to East Kameng Deputy Commissioner, said that the affected people would not spare an inch of land, if their demand is not met.

It further demanded for setting up the permanent colony of the hydel project within the vicinity of the project affected area instead of Mebua village, which is far away from the project site, rectification of the preliminary and land acquisition survey report by adding the names of land owners, whose names have been found missing in the list along with proper land measurement, before finalizing it.


Cyclonic wind wrecks Tawang

TAWANG, Apr 16: Tawang District was jolted by high intensity cyclone accompanied by heavy rainfall and thunderstorm that left behind a trail of destruction in the entire district.  However, no human casualty has been reported so far.  

The cyclone lashed the entire district at around 5.30 pm Thursday for more than one hour uprooting trees, blowing away roofs of dwelling houses.  

Several residential and non-residential including commercial and the government offices have been badly affected.  Reports are pouring in from outpost Administrative circles that the dwelling houses of local people have been damaged at various villages. (DIPRO)


AAYA reiterates demand,

APCC condemns bandh

ITANAGAR, Apr 16: After 12-hour capital bandh call yesterday, All Arunachal Youth Association (AAYA)  reiterating its allegations that the Home Minister has completely failed to control law and order situation in Tirap and Changlang districts, give justice to the widow of policemen, arrest the main accused in MMS scandal. AAYA appealed the chief minister and AICC to drop HM in greater interest of people of Arunachal.  

It further said it will compel to call state-wide bandh as its second phase of agitation in case of failure of the state Govt to pay heed to its demand.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee condemned the 12-hour Capital bandh called by AAYA demanding resignation of state Home Minister  on April 15.

Resignation demand against straightforward person like Tako Dabi is totally baseless, concocted and politically motivated just to malign his clean image, APCC said in a release today.  Since his assumption of charges, the HM  has been working hard in controlling law and order problem in the state, APCC said and added  the people of the state are enjoying peace due to  activeness of the Dabi.  APCC urged such NGOs and un-organized groups refrain from “un-democratic means and irresponsible act” and involved themselves in welfare activities as per  guidelines of the NGOs.


Yachuli gets APEDA divisional headquarters

Ziro, Apr 16: Yachuli MLA and Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) Chairperson, Likha Saaya, announcing the establishment of APEDA divisional Headquarters of Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey and Papum Pare, at Yachuli, with Bengia Ajam as its first Deputy Director, assured  not to let down the hopes and expectations of the people of the constituency and sought the constant support and cooperation of the general public and government officers in delivering goods to the people of his constituency.       

Meanwhile, speaking yesterday at a development meeting after the inaugural function, Saaya  while announcing Rs. 30 Lakhs for construction of  the much needed  drainage system of Chulyu village advised the villagers to maintain neat and clean in the village and to dismantle the fencings around the houses to give it a traditional village look and to have closer  and family attachment among the villagers.

Lauding the handwork and sincerity of the villagers of Chulyu, Saaya said the village has become a model village as well as  model panchayat segment by dint of the hard work and sincerity of the villagers and appealed  the people of Yachuli Assembly segment to have a lesson from them to make the entire assembly constituency as model assembly constituency for others. In order to speed up the developmental activities of the village and adjoining area, Saaya also assured to  prioritize the construction of link road from Chulyu to Kebi  besides assuring to take the RCC works of an MI channel.

He formally inaugurated the newly upgraded Government Middle School Chulyu, at Chulyu village under Yazali Circle of Lower Subansiri and  a football ground  amid huge gathering of Government officers including Lower Subansiri DC Nila Mohanan, APEDA Director Marki Loya, Panchayat leaders and villagers.

Lower Subansiri DC Nila Mohanan,  who attended the meeting as Guest of honour, terming the day as convergence of all developments lauded the initiative of the MLA, the villagers and PR leaders in organizing such function where development of every type is taken up at one go. Such initiatives should also be made in other villages of the district as well, so that PR leaders can share and get  their grievances addressed, she added. Justifying education as root of all development she felt the need of adequate encouragement  and proper guidance to the young children of the schools of the villages. Underlining the importance of  school infrastructure for a quality education, the DC assured to construct a five unit Bachelor dormitory for teachers of the school.  

Besides announcing to distribute the Red Coats of the Gaon Burahs, she assured to convey to the state government on their demand for enhancing the Honorarium of  GBs.

Marki Loya,Director, APEDA, said that conventional energy will  exhaust one day, he encouraged the people to tape and use the renewable Energy  besides highlighting the activities of APEDA in the state.    

The Day was also marked by distribution of  solar lanterns to all the religious institutions and WLL and Prepaid BSNL telephone connections to the Gram Panchayat Members and GBs  of Yachuli Assembly constituency. (DIPRO)


SDP on computer basic, weaving concludes

ITANAGAR, Apr 16: The Rural Development and Heritage Society (RDHS) Sangram has successfully organized a 42 days Skill Development Programme (SDP) on computer basic at Palin and Koloriang recently. It also simultaneously conducted SDP on weaving at Koloriang.  The programmes sponsored by NABARD regional office, Itanagar were particularly meant for the unemployed youths, farmers clubs, SHGs for employment generation.

Addressing the valedictory function of the SDP at Koloriang on April 14 last, Kurung Kumey DC Rajeev Takuk  lauded the role of NGOs. He asked the students  to gather basic knowledge of computer  to keep themselves up-to-date in the world of information technology. The DC also spoke on weaving, particularly on promotion of traditional dress with improved design.

 The guest of honour Nangram Pinkap, CO cum BDO and chairman of the Society Tamchi Niania also spoke on the occasion.

Both chief guest and guest of honour distributed certificates to the trainees.


KKWS executive meet decries MMS case

ITANAGAR, Apr 16: In an Executive Body Meeting of Kargu Kardi Welfare Society (KKWS) held under the chairmanship of its President, Dr. Rejum Ronya recently has taken strong exception of Police excesses in the wake of the infamous Daporijo MMS incident.

The Society members termed the incident as insult to humanity and murder of “Humanism” in Arunachal Pradesh by the Uniform man.

The members appealed for exemplary and time bound punishment to all the accused of the incident. It ridiculed the Government and its agencies for inaction towards the trouble-mongers which has led to repeated incidents of Police excesses.

Urging all its youth to be meritorious, sincere and hardworking towards any job or discipline they took up; the members appealed its younger members to live upto the expectations of their elders and always try to set an example of zenith.

Meanwhile, the members belatedly condoled the deaths of Lt. Kajum Yomcha Boje, wife of Koyi Boje and Lt. Luksa Yomgam Potom, wife of Lt. Karpek Potom, HGB of Degi Potom. In their deeply expressed Condolence Message to the bereaved families, the members termed the sad demise as irreparable loss to the family as well as the Society.


News Impact

End encroachment: Union

ITANAGAR, Apr 16: Claiming that the public properties adjacent to Yachuli ADC office and the general football ground, Pistana have been encroached by individuals,  All Yachuli Students Union (AYSU) has urged the Yachuli ADC to  bring an end  to encroachment within a week.

The general ground is a public property and only place for extracurricular activities of the students of the Govt middle School and general public of  Pistana area, the Union said. No individual should be allowed to encroach upon the ground, it added.

The union further said the people of Pistana circle are facing many administrative hurdle due to absence of CO since his joining  to the circle two years back. It  urged the ADC take action against  the officer for dereliction of the duty for long time.


Committee appeals for relief

ITANAGAR, Apr 16: Prem Nagar Colony Welfare Committee, Naharlagun appealed to the Relief and Rehabilitation Minister to grant aid and release relief to the families who lost their dwelling houses and properties in a  fire mishaps on April 13.

Meanwhile, the committee appreciated local MLA Techi Kaso for distributing immediate relief to the fire victim.


Office inauguration

ITANAGAR, Apr 16: Nino Welfare Society Headquarter office was inaugurated at Pasighat by Er. Tatung Jamoh Nino yesterday in presence of senior and executive members of the society.


Regional workshop on EDUSAT Network

ITANAGAR: Vigyan Prasar EDUSAT, network, department of science and technology, Government of India in association with Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre, Department of IT and S&T, Itanagar is organizing a regional workshop on EDUSAT Network on April 18 and 19 next.

On the occasion, Scientist ‘E’ Principal Scientific Officer, Vigyan Prasar, DST New Delhi Dr. TV Venkatsawaran will give lecture on Origin of Astronomy in India.

Higher and Technical  Education Director Joram Begi has consented to attend the workshop as Chief Guest on April 18. Scientists from Delhi, Orissa, West Bengal and all Northeastern States are likely to participate in the programme.


Contributions for ACH

ITANAGAR: Recognizing the yeoman services of Arunachal Charity Home, Mahadevpur EAC Mito Dirchi contributed an amount of Rs 20,000 to Arunachal Charity Home, Dibrugarh recently.

The fund was donated to charity home for better service and other infrastructure development for the greater interest of the Arunachal people.

Meanwhile, members of Charity home appreciated Dirchi for his contribution toward the welfare of the society.



ITANAGAR, Apr 16: Dindo Arun and Charu Bath have been appointed as President and General Secretary of All Chambang Area Youth Forum.

Tali Area Sports Club Welfare Association has been constituted with Marbam Taro, Dayum Tayang and Pomcho Tapok as its President, Vice President and General Secretary respectively.

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