AITF advocates for independent fact finding committee, lasting solution to internal
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Arunachal Indigenous Tribes’ Forum (AITF) urged the State Chief
Minister to constitute an independent ‘Fact Finding Committee’ to study the ground
realities of the internal conflicts that has been erupting from time to time, including
the recent one, between two tribes of Lower Dibang Valley district.
“Basing upon the report of the ‘fact finding committee,’ the Government should initiate
immediate necessary step to restore peace and communal harmony in the area,” AITF
chairman Bengia Tolum said while briefing media persons about their first hand experience
gained during the recent good will mission to Roing.
“The peace process has already begun with the signing of ‘Joint Roing Declaration,’
he said, and thanked all to facilitating the peace initiative by AITF.
He further informed that a 7-point memorandum, informing about AITF findings during
its goodwill mission to Roing and suggestions to be taken up by the Government for
a lasting peace along with the copy of the “Joint Roing Declaration” was submitted
to the Chief Minister.
The memorandum, among others, insisted on deployment of adequate security forces
in order to maintain law and order situation in the areas and bring back people’s
confidence, continuation of peace process and conflict resolution, promotion of inter-tribes
matrimonial relations, the need for imparting training to youths, students leaders
on conflict management, personality development, leadership quality, introduction
of peace education in school syllabus etc.
It also appealed to the CM to extend necessary assistance to the affected families,
particularly the familiy of the person, who sustained grievous injuries.
Two CRPF personnel unleash terror
MIAO Apr 18: Two CRPF personnel belonging to the F COY 186 BN unleashed terror in
the premises of the Innao Khampti Buddhist temple on April 15 last.
A case has been registered in Diyun Police Station under case no 9/11 U/S 452/323/295(A)/296/34
The police arrested both the accused constables Mrijen Kolita and Dilip Kakoti of
F Company 186 BN this morning and are in 7 days police remand.
The two CRPF constables in inebriated condition entered the Bhuddhist temple at about
5.30 pm and severely assaulted Bhikku Agasarah, his assistants (chowsang) Dhama Shiha
Wanitah, Pingya Jotah and Chow Chali Longchat with their service belts. The jawans
not only assaulted the men in holy robes but also used abusive language.
To add to their disgusting behavior the jawans further disgraced the sacred place
by urinating inside the temple premises.
The Innao Khampti village chief C K Namchoom was also assaulted by the two personnel.
On hearing the scream of the Bhikku and his followers Namchoom hurried to the temple
to help. When he tried to pacify the drunk jawans, they in turned assaulted him severely.
A public meeting was held yesterday at the Innao Khampti temple ground where in a
resolution they condemned the assaults on the religious monks and its village chief.
It demanded that the personnel be immediately handed over by the CRPF to the Arunachal
Pradesh state police and punished as per law.
It further demanded that the platoon commander stationed at Innao-Khampti be also
charged for covering up for the erring personnel.
It also demanded that no security personnel be stationed near or around the temple
premises while demanding immediate shifting of the CRPF camp from the Shapawang Yawang
Manau Poi ground at Innao to some other appropriate location.
A complaint was lodged against the two for disruption of religious harmony and assault
on the pious monks on April 15 with the Extra Assistant Commissioner.
The complaint further stated that the incident took place during the celebration
of water festival “Sangken”.
This festival is very pious as clean water is sprinkled on the idols of Buddha and
over all the holy objects, including the Boddhi tree, the Sailiks (ropes of the holy
book), Chausangphau-upuk and the Sammukathing.
TBS condemns assault
Meanwhile, the members of Theravada Buddhist Society (TBS), Capital Complex strongly
condemned the incident of assault on Monks of Innao Khampti Buddha Vihara and others
those present during Sangken festival on 15th April by two CRPF personnel. The
duo didn’t even spare the village head from man-handling while returning to their
camp which is located in nearby areas, the TBS said.
The TBS members resolve to support the demands of the public of Innao-Khampti Village
and entire Buddhist communities and Arunachal Pradesh Bhikkhu Sangha to apprehend
the culprits within three days and awarding exemplary punishment including dismissal
from their services failing which a series of democratic movement will be taken up
to safeguard the religious sentiments of the entire Buddhist communities residing
in the state.
AAPSU digs out facts on Tirap & Changlang
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has pounced upon a
letter written by former Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru which justifies
the claim that people of Tirap and Changlang are indigenous tribal of Arunachal and
not Naga as claimed by underground groups of Nagaland. In recent days Naga People’s
Front (NPF), the largest political party of Nagaland has controversially decided
to start its Arunachal unit claiming that people of Tirap and Changlang are being
discriminated by government of Arunachal Pradesh.
AAPSU managed to dig out a letter written by Nehru dated 18th November 1958 in which
first prime minister of India had clearly addressed the tribal’s of these two districts
as Nocte, Tangsa, Wancho and Singpho. There is no reference of word Naga in the letter,
which shows that government of India had recognized tribal’s of Tirap and Changalng
as Nocte, Tangsa, Wancho and Singpho from the time of Nehru. AAPSU President Takam
Tatung in a release today said this letter should end the debate about identity of
people of Tirap and Changlang.
“History tells that people of these two districts are indigenous tribal of Arunachal
like any other tribes. Even first prime minister of India Nehru had acknowledged
it,” said AAPSU president Takam Tatung. He further added, “People of Tirap and Changlang
were caught in-between Naga and Arunachalee identity for long. They got humiliated
in their own home. Documents like this could have gone long way in helping them preserve
their Arunachalee identity. It’s shocking why our state government hid this letter
Further Tatung questioned whether government of Arunachal is hell bent on selling
Tirap and Chanlang to Naga insurgent group. “Arunachal government never used old
documents like this letter to counter the claim of Nagaland based UG group’s nefarious
design to break our state. It seems they are willing to part away with these two
districts. But AAPSU will not let even inch of Arunachalee land being given to any
outsider,” said Takam Tatung.
AAPSU President also urged Nagaland based underground and political groups to stop
claiming people of Tirap and Changalng as theirs. “If Nehru had recognized people
of these two districts as Arunachalee tribal, who they are to claim them as theirs?
Being tribal we share some similarities with all indigenous tribes of NE region.
But that should not make people to claim other’s area as theirs,” stated Takam Tatung.
Begi calls for popularization of science at grassroot level
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Arunachal Pradesh Higher and Technical Education Director Dr Joram
Begi has called for popularization of science at grass root level in the state.
He was addressing the inaugural session of the two days regional workshop on EDUSAT
Network being organized by the Vigyan Prasar, a National Institute for Science and
Technology Communication, New Delhi in association with Arunachal Pradesh Science
Centre here today.
Emphasizing on the need of health education in the state, Begi said that the EDUSAT
programme is a boon for the people of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly for the people
of remote areas. Lamenting over the dwindling number of science students, the director
of higher education further said the basic foundation of science education should
begin from elementary level in order to make the children more interested in science
While lauding the role of Vigyan Prasar for promoting and propagating scientific
and rational outlook in the society through EDUSET network programme, Begi also appealed
them to organize awareness programme on science in schools and colleges. Begi, who
was instrumental in commissioning of EDUSAT project in the state, while pointing
out the teething problems of the project, called upon the Scientists of Vigyan
Prasar to impart training on operation and maintenance of SITs.
It is worth mentioning here that Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh had inaugurated
the EDUSAT network at Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills, on Sept 5, 2009. With
one Hub cum satellite studio at RGU, 50 Satellite Interactive Terminals (SITs) at
various educational institutions of the states were installed. Hub Centre at RGU
has capacity for 500 SITs. Principal Scientific officer from Vigyan Prasar, Dr T
V Venkateswaran highlighted the activities of Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous organization
under the department of science and technology. He said, the organization is working
towards popularization of science among the masses through its innovative ideas
So far 50 satellite terminals are linked to Vigyan Prasar’s EDUSAT studio.
Venkateswaran further said that step should be taken to generate more interest among
the students about the need of scientific knowledge. Pointing out the present mark-oriented
examination system, he said apart from encouraging students to obtain maximum marks
in examination, strategy should be mooted to generate more interest in science
among the students.
Scientist Irfana Begum of Vigyan Prasar also spoke on the occasion. She said the
Vigyan Prasar has been regularly conducting workshop on EDUSAT network to make
the masses aware of the need of scientific knowledge in their day to day life.
Apart from scientists from Arunachal, other North East states and New Delhi, large
number of students from NERIST under the guidance of Arnab Bandyopadhyay, assistant
professor, department of Agricultural Engineering, NERIST took part in the workshop.
Summer camp on self-defence
Crime against women/girls cases registered during 2006- 2010 in Arunachal Pradesh
N.B: 1. Highest cases registered in Papum Pare district.
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Arunachal Pradesh Police is organizing a summer camp self defence
training for girls between the ages 7-16 at Officers Club Hall, Itanagar from April
19 said a release issued by Deputy Director of Police (Security) Robin Hibu.
During the training, basic exercise, punch, kick, blocking, locking, throwing, self
defence, Kata and Bunkai etc will be imparted to the trainees.
Taloh inaugurates health
sub-centre at Dosing
PASIGHAT, Apr 18: A new medical Sub-Centre was formally inaugurated by the Deputy
Speaker Tapang Taloh at Dosing, 10 KM away from Boleng on April 13 on the occasion
A long pending demand of the villagers to get immediate medical treatment, especially
for pregnant women and child cares has been fulfilled with the establishment of the
sub-centre, Taloh said in his inaugural address. He informed that a nurse has already
been posted and one health assistant is being posted soon to give better services
to the needy people of the area. He also appealed the villagers to cooperate the
health personnel on duty. Among others, Dr. T Taloh DMO, Omey Apang CO, Govt. officers,
public leaders, PRI members, GBs and general people were present on the occasion.
Ministers Vilas Rao Deshmukh
and Agatha arrive
Review meeting on rural development schemes in North East
TAWANG, Apr 18: Union Rural Development Minister Vilas Rao Deshmukh along with Union
Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma landed here today to attend
the Review meeting of North Eastern States which is scheduled tomorrow here at the
Kalawangpo Convention hall. The review meeting is organized by the Union Ministry
of Rural Development in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh and is aimed towards
reviewing all ongoing Rural Development Schemes implemented in North eastern States
and its progress till this date. Arunachal Pradesh is hoisting such conference of
the RD Ministry for the first time. The meeting is also expected to come up with
some genuine problems faced by the executing agencies while implementing the rural
development programmes in North east.
Besides four ministers from Tripura, Manipur, Sikkim and Mizoram, as many as 150
delegates from various parts of the north eastern states have already reached Tawang.
All necessary arrangements have been put in place to ensure that the programme goes
on smoothly and becomes a successful one. Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu is closely
monitoring the entire arrangement process.
Various high ranking dignitaries from government of India including Secretaries,
Additional Secretaries, Joint Secretaries and senior officers also arrived today
to attend the review meeting. On the arrival of the Union Minister and MOS, Khandu
flanked by his cabinet colleagues, Chowna Mein, Kalikho Pul and Takar Marde and host
of senior state officers gave a traditional reception at Changprong helipad.
The visiting guests are expected to visit Tawang Monastery besides attending a Party
Meeting with PRI member and Party leaders here this afternoon. PRO to CM
Farmers educated on modern technology
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: The All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Ergonomics
and Safety in Agriculture (ESA) of NERIST, Nirjuli in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan
Kendra (KVK), Dirang, West Kameng district organized a 3 days training programme
on mechanized farming of hill agriculture in the Khasso village of Dirang district
from 15th to 17th of this month. Inaugurating the training programme, Dr. D.B. Singh,
deputy director, Horticulture, Dirang, stressed the role of improved hand tools and
implements for the cultivation of horticultural crops in the hills. He suggested
the farmers to take the benefit of their interaction with scientists of KVK and NERIST
to find solution to their problems in cultivation of various crops in hills.
Dr. N.D. Singh, Coordinator of the KVK welcomed the participants and said that Dirang
is blessed with the climate that allows the farmers to cultivate more than one crop
in terraces and valleys. He opined that the large scale quality production necessitates
timely farm operations which can be done efficiently and effectively using suitable
Prasanna Kumar G.V., Principal Investigator of AICRP on ESA, NERIST informed the
participants that NERIST has joined hands with KVK, Dirang to disseminate the appropriate
technologies related to the mechanization of rice cultivation in terraces and valleys
and horticultural crops in hills. He said, use of improved hand tools and implements
like harvesters for orange and apple, and sickle for harvesting rice crop developed
by NERIST will not only increase the quality of work but also reduce the human effort
During the 3 days programme use and operation of drum seeder, 2-row manual rice transplanter,
cono-weeder and improved sickle for rice cultivation in terraces and valleys and,
harvesters for apple and orange were demonstrated. Various techniques of training,
pruning and plant propagation using improved horticultural tools were demonstrated.
Films on women friendly equipments, safety and accident prevention during farming,
vermi-composting technique and organic farming were screened.
Arvind Pratap (KVK), Mudang Taker (WRD) and Tadol Saring (NERIST) also interacted
with farmers to create awareness about technical assistance from KVK, State Government
and ICAR for increasing the crop production and quality of produce. The programme
was facilitated by the NABARD, Itanagar.
Youths conduct awareness programme
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: A group of educated youth from Mirba, Mukto, Gonkhar, Gyamdong,
Khet, Bomja, Bongleng and Kharung village under Tawang district organized a one-day
awareness programme with a motto “let’s be educated’ on preservation of environment
and importance of education at Mukto village on April 17.
The group including Chorten Norbu, N. Lanka, Karma Tsitim, Lobsang Wangmu, Pem Tsering,
R N Thutan, Rinchin Sangey and Ngawang Tender interacted with the students and people
on health, environment and education. Group member Norbu appealed to the parents
to send their children to school regularly and also asked them maintain health and
hygiene. It was heartening to see how the people of Mukto are preparing for their
future by giving priority to bamboo preservation. The group further decided that
Bongleng village would be their next destination. This time it will be a bigger programme
with the involvement of maximum educated people from “Rhep Chok region” of Tawang
including doctors and other successful people.
The group had earlier conducted a similar event at Khet middle school and had received
quite an encouraging response from the area.
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: The 20 days induction training for the newly recruited SSA teachers
of Papum Pare begins today in the DIET office, Naharlagun. Altogether 56 new teachers
are taking part in the training.
In his inaugural address G Leiji, the DIET principal urged young teachers to become
role model for students while teaching. He further advocated teachers to be devoted
to their profession. Dr A K Mishra, coordinator, pedagogy, SSA district mission Yupia
also spoke on the occasion.
Medical camp for children with special needs
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Block Resource Centre Palin-Yangte Block conducted medical assessment
camp for Children with Special Needs (CWSN) at BRC hall Palin on April 16 last.
Altogether, 63 differently abled children attended the camp.
On the occasion, school uniforms and CWSN identity card were issued to all the participants.
A medical team headed by Medical Officer, CHC, Palin Dr. Tai Machung conducted
SHG Bank linkage programme
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: A general meeting cum Bank Linkage programme for Self Help Group
(SHG) was organized by Seva Kendra, Miao at Songking Govt. Primary School today.
Altogether 65 representatives from 30 Self Help Groups participated in the programme
organized with the financial support of NABARD, Regional Office, Itanagar.
Bennysonnl the project officer in his addressed highlighted about micro finance
in NGOs. He encourages the SHGs to receive subsidy under SGSY Schemes.
Gogoi, Bank Manager, Apex Branch, Miao spoke on the topic of Micro- Finance and
Bank Linkage, its concept and Bank Linkage. He also explained on Deposit Linkage,
Credit Linkage, Debit, Credit, Accounting Process, Quantum of Loan (size), and percentage.
The SHGs stressed on training on Food Processing and mushrooming in order to start
Income Generating Activities.
Awareness prog on fire safety
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Bunny’s Fantasy World, a playschool for children conducted mock
fire drill and fire safety today for children and parents. The students, parents
and staffs were briefed about various ways of fire safety and disaster management
and how to react in such situation. S C Mazumdar, the office-in-charge of Itanagar
Fire Service station and fireman Narendra Singh conducted the fire safety programme.
AEWS chalks out plans
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Aalo Elite Welfare Society conducted its half yearly get together
at Aalo recently.
The members resolved to organize counseling or health camp and other society works
annually. It further resolved to organize its raising day at Kombo Pomte on November
JAJD’s equity share scheme
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Jiyo Aur Jine Do -- a micro financing empowerment project, Itanagar
has delivered seventh free car under its equity scheme in form of value of Rs. 2,25,000
to Peyi Nicyor of Tango village, Gensi circle, West Siang District.
The cheque was handed over by JAJD Patron Byabang Yaji in a simple ceremony held
Gram Sabhas demands its share of fund
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: All Upper Subansiri District Gram Sabha Co-ordination Committee
has urged for proper sharing of fund as per guidelines of Panchayati Raj Act. Committee
urged authority to take immediate steps for appropriate sharing of fund, so that
poor people of Upper Subansiri district are benefited. Further they warned that they
will be compelled to launch first phase of agitation in district if authority do
not heed to their appeal.
DASU for polytechnic college at Dambuk
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: The Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU) has appealed to the state
Govt. for setting up of Polytechnic college in Dambuk.
The Govt had already approved one polytechnic college and Govt degree college in
Lower Dibang valley, the Union said and requested the local MLAs, District Administration
and state Govt. to work coherently for establishing polytechnic college in Dambuk.
Stating that Dambuk, one of the historical and oldest towns of the state remains
underdeveloped due to negligence of state Govt, the Union further informed that the
people of Dambuk are ready to donate land for said college.
Handique arriving Arunachal on three-day tour
ITANAGAR: Minister of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Bijoy Krishna Handique
will arrive Arunachal Pradesh on a three-day tour from April 24.
Handique will tour Zero, Tezu and Itanagar and also visit the worksites of the
ongoing schemes under the DoNER ministry and North Eastern Council (NEC) during
his visit. The DoNER minister will attend a Review Meeting of the NEC/NLCPR schemes
of Arunachal Pradesh with the state Government officials at Itanagar on April 26.
Ministry of DoNER has released Rs 305.06 crore during the last two years to the state
Government for various developmental activities while NEC has released Rs 70.07crores
during the current year itself, according to an official release.
ITANAGAR: NABARD Regional Office, Itanagar General Managar Dr. BG Mukhopadhya would
attend as chief guest in the foundation stone laying ceremony of Rural Haat at Nirjuli
village-I on April 20.
The Haat is sanctioned by NABARD Regional office and the construction work will be
carried out by NN Charitable society.
The Cabinet meeting held on Jan 23, 1993 had passed a rule that there should be blanket
ban on extension of services beyond the age of superannuation irrespective of technical/non-technical
officials and general employees. Today we see that the Govt does not think about
the law of the land. I also condemn reappointment of CEO ARRDA on contract basis
after his retirement from the same post on March 31, 2011 after attainment of superannuation
age. His appointment is against the rule passed by the cabinet on Jan 23, 1993 and
the appointment is also made before his retirement without issuing any advertisement.
After retirement he does not deserve this post again.
We appreciate stand taken by the unions including ANSU and APPDSU that there should
not be extension or appointment on contract basis after superannuation.
The unions are going on right direction. I also request them to raise voice against
corruption. ANSU do not sleep, always wake up to win the heart of people.
Gyamar Tapu, Naharlagun.
Entire society cannot suffer for the fault of few
It is a matter of great relief that peace and brotherhood has been restored at Roing
after initiatives of the learned members of all concerned parties. Fortunately, the
root cause of tension has been identified. Every society has some black sheep and
just because of them the entire society cannot suffer. The Arunachal Indigenous Tribes
Forum( AITF) has set an exemplary leadership and wisdom by mediating successfully
in the dispute. The historic Agreement is worth emulation by all communities of this
heterogeneous state for social harmony and peaceful settlement of disputes.
Kirtu, (on email)
Please follow the UGC norms
I would like to request the state Director of Higher and Technical Education as well
as APPSC to clarify the minimum eligibility criterion required for appointment to
the posts of assistant professor in Govt Colleges of Arunachal Pradesh on the basis
of UGC’s latest regulations and guidelines.
Here I would like to highlight some of the latest regulations that were formulated
by UGC about minimum qualification required for Assistant Professor in universities
and institutions affiliated to it. The UGC in its regulations made through amendment
earlier said that those who possessed a Ph. D degree (up to April 2002) would be
eligible for the post of assistant professor, even without NET qualification. Again
in June 14, 2006, it came up with another amendment which said that the NET qualification
would be compulsory requirement, but for those who have PG degree only. Candidates
with Ph. D degree were exempted from the NET requirement for teaching at both UG
and PG levels, whereas the M.Phil degree holders were only eligible to take UG classes.
Further UGC’s regulations amended for the third time in 2009 said the NET/SLET shall
remain the minimum condition required for the appointment to the post of assistant
professor. In its regulation UGC exempted those candidates who obtained M Phil degree
and who registered themselves for Ph.D degree on or before July 10,2009. But the
UGC’s regulations of 2009 drew flak and regulations were challenged in court. Madras
High court in its verdict on Dec 7, 2010 re-affirmed that NET/SLET will continue
to be mandatory requirement for the post of assistant professor in colleges. Union
HRD ministry had also termed the UGC’s decision unacceptable and inappropriate. Later
in August 2010, the UGC appointed an Anomaly committee to look into the educational
eligibility as well as measures to maintain standard of higher education, but the
committee is yet to submit its report. Under this circumstances, the APPSC and
Directorate of Higher and Technical Education should follow the minimum qualification
required for appointments to the posts of assistant professor in colleges under
Don Bosco College,
The APPSCE commission should have into consideration the interest of the final year
civil engineering candidates before setting the date for written examination for
AE (civil) , though it claims to allow these candidates to appear for the exam. The
date fixed is June 2nd and 3rd.
Almost 99% of the final year candidates hoping to try in this examination would be
exempted from appearing if the commission goes ahead with the declared dates, I being
one of them.
None of the engineering universities in the country finishes their session before
the dates of written exam and even if any does, there would not be any time to prepare
for the exam. The commission should have given a thought in this regard .
So it is our sincere request to the commission to kindly adjust the date so that
the final year candidates can also be accommodated within the time frame.
Koj Yirang, Pune
A festival for youth
The proposed Sub-ansiri Youth Festival to be held at Daporijo from April 26 to 29
will help the Upper Subansiri District to showcase the vast tourism potentials and
it will become a major attraction of tourists. Kudos to Ameya Abhyankar, a young
and dynamic DC of Upper Subansiri district for having realized the vast potentials
of the still unexplored land with rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna.
Performance by pop singer Kailash Kher, rock show, film festival, career counseling,
and interaction with achievers, cultural nite, photo exhibition and food festival
will be major attraction of the festival.
I request the all the youths of the Subansiri to whole-heartedly participate in the
festival and make the festival an annual feature to explore the tourism potential
of the district. The show will provide a platform to display our latent talents.
Topo Mattu Digbak
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