BOMDILA/DIRANG/RUPA, Apr 27: Arunachal bagged a record 50 medals, including 16 gold,
17 silver and 17 Bronze, on the second day of the 25th North East Games today.
As expected, karate players bagged highest number of medals (8 gold, 2 silver), while
Wushu players won 5 gold and Judokas won 3 Gold.
Karatekas Rei Yadi (50 kg), Nabum Nasap (30 kg), Oyi Libang (35 kg), Taat Menia (40
kg),Yomken Noshi (70 kg) won gold in girls category while Neta Menjo (40 kg), Vinod
Degio (40 kg) and PC Dingla (45 kg) won gold medals in men’s category. Bulang David
and Juna Dada won a silver medal each in Men’s and Women’s category.
In wushu, Reshma Devi, Anjoy Basumotary, Yaiphabi Chanu, Kishan Chetia and the duo
of Jema Brama and Padmini (Dual event) won a gold medal each in their respective
Three medals-- two silvers and a bronze-- came from 100m race (women), triple jump
(men) and long jump (women) respectively. The men and women doubles team won a bronze
medal each in badminton.
Meanwhile, three Arunachalee female pugilists -- H Tonibala Chanu, Y Jibanilata
Devi, Lakeeya Soibam entered final and assured themselves of at least a silver medal
In Table Tennis, Oinam Gouridar beat Devraj Dhar of Meghalaya to enter the pre-quarterfinal
of Men’s individual event.
Speaker Meira Kumar arrives,
calls on Governor
NERCPA annual conference begins
with executive meet
NAHARLAGUN, Apr 27: The 13th annual executive committee meeting of North East region
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (NERCPA) began at Nokmey Namati Hall, Arunachal
Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Naharlagun today.
The secretary, NERCPA, G P Das presented the annual report, including fund position
of the organization. The annual contribution of one lakh rupees from each member
state amounted to Rs. 89, 26,222.29 as of today.
In the open discussion session, the house opined that some amount of the money should
now be used for developmental purposes or for charity. They also suggested that money
could be invested so as to have the highest returns.
Earlier, Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong welcomed the house
and thanked all the delegates from other North Eastern states who were present in
spite of all the inconveniences to discuss various problems affecting these states.
Earlier, the chairman, Charles Pyngrope also thanked all the speakers and deputy
speakers of various participatory states for attending the meet.
The three-day long conference would be attended by speakers, deputy speakers and
secretaries’ of legislative assembly of the North East.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar accompanied by Lok Sabha Secretary General
T K Vishwanathan and 5 others arrived here today on a four days maiden trip to Arunachal
Miera is here to attend the 13th conference of North East Region Common Wealth Parliamentary
Association as chief guest on Thursday.
The topic for the conference is ‘Financial Autonomy of Legislative Assembly Secretariat
adhering to the provision of the Constitution of India.’ The members will also discuss
on holding of a regional seminar on ‘Legislature-Audit Interface.’
On their arrival, the Speaker and her entourage were received by Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu and his Cabinet Colleagues along with State Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin
Lowangdong and Deputy Speaker T Taloh at Raj Bhawan Helipad this afternoon. Besides
MP Ninong Ering, senior officers from the state government including senior police
officers were seen receiving the Speaker.
The Lok Sabha Speaker was given guard of honour by the state police on her arrival
followed by Ponung parties’ escorting her to the protocol vehicle.
According to the official programme, the Speaker along with her entourage is expected
to visit Tawang on 29th of April.
Lok Sabha Speaker called on the Governor Gen JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan in the evening.
While discussing on the strong democratic norms, she said, India is always looked
up as a good example of Parliamentary democracy. She shared her views on the strength
of democratic institutions. Further, during the meeting, important development projects,
especially those related to infrastructure were discussed.
Governor highlighted on eco and cultural tourisms and dwelled on how it will help
the local economy and improve the quality of life of the people.
On the indigenous people, Governor said Arunachalees are very simple, patriotic and
Lok Sabha Speaker was accompanied by Lok Sabha Secretary General T K Vishwanathan
in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Governor Gen JJ Singh will be addressing the closing function of the two-day
conference of North East Region Common Wealth Parliamentary Association on 29th April
This is the second conference of North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
in the State Capital. Earlier conference was held on 22nd May 2002.
NERCPA was constituted with the aims and objectives to promote the parliamentary
democracy, to provide knowledge of constitutional, legislative, socio economic and
culture amongst the legislators in particular and the people in general. Since its
inception in 1996, this organisation of the region is trying its best to fulfill
its aims and objectives as well as to evaluate its utilities and impact.
Arunachal inalienable part of
ZIRO, Apr 27: Union Minister for Development of North Eartern Region (DoNER) B K
Handique, reiterated the government of India’s stand that Arunachal Pradesh is inalienable
part of India. There is no power on earth that can separate Arunachal from India.
He said this while praising the sense of patriotism of the people of the state and
their love for the fellow countrymen at a public meeting at Ziro, today after laying
the foundation stone of Bio-technology research training and Development Centre.
Arunachal has been the sentinel of the nation in the north east and will continue
to be so in future, he added.
Wishing Bihu greeting to the people of the state, Handique said love and kindness
also help build a strong and developed nation. “Our people respect each others’ religion,
festivals and custom. We enjoy in others’ happiness and shares their grief. This
is what India has since time immemorial,” he said. The central Government particularly
the DoNER Ministry has a very soft corner for the state and taking every care to
bring the state at par with other states. The DoNER has increased its allocation
to 35 percent which is highest among all the NE states and the same highest allocation
is also given from the North Eastern Council, he added.
Terming the construction of Interstate road from Ziro to Driga near Lilabari (Assam),
western ring road from Pine Grove to Kardo, link road from Neelam to Pistana, the
minister assured to take up these projects on priority. The fund for Construction
of a Mini secretariat at Ziro to house the office of Deputy commissioner and allied
departments will be approved from the North Eastern Council (NEC), he further announced.
Appreciating the Paddy-cum-pisci-culture of Apatani plateau he opined that there
is need to make it more sustainable and economically viable. For sanctioning fund
to improve it and provide fund for Integrated aquaculture development projects for
Yachuli and Dollungmukh, he instructed NEC officials and the concerned state Department
to prepare detail Project report(DPR) and activity map.
Arunachal West MP Takam Sanjoy, who accompanied the Union Minister while informing
the people that he has been working tirelessly to minimize the gap between Arunachal
Pradesh and the Centre assured to do more in the future. He however said his efforts
and the Centre’s gesture should positively responded by implementing the projects
with utmost care and sincerity. He advised the people of the district to have sense
of fellow feeling and brotherly relations with each other.
State PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki, highlighting the status of projects taken
up under DoNER and NEC in the state, informed the Union minister, that the state
being a very young and resource crunch state, it has to depend heavily on the NEC
and DoNER and requested him to give more attention to Arunachal Pradesh.
The state in the last five years has made tremendous progress in developmental sectors
in comparison to developments in last over 20 years for which the state leadership
and the people in the helm at the Centre should appreciated by the people.
The DoNER minister also visited DoNER project and schemes of Ziro, Yachuli and Yazali
circles by road.
The Programes at Kardo, Ziro (Hija), Yachuli, and Yazali was also attended among
others by Raga MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Cooperation, Ziro MLA
and Parliamentary Secretary for Labour and Land Management Padi Richo, Yachuli MLA
and Chairman APEDA Likha Saaya, DoNER Director, K Gyote, Chief Adviser, NEC, MS Sodhi,
Dy. Financial Adviser, NEC, Dani Sulu,Lower Subansiri DC, Nila Mohanan and District
ANSU opposes appointment of ARRDA CEO
ITANAGAR, Apr 27: All Nyishi Students’ Union has demanded immediate revocation of
appointment of K C Dhimole as chief executive officer of ARRDA.
The union in a memorandum to Chief Secretary said that despite repeated protests
lodged by All Nyishi Students' Union in particular and other organizations in general
against the extension of government employees’ retirement age, Dhimole, who was supposed
to retire on March 31 last, has been reappointed as chief executive officer of ARRDA
for one year on contract basis on April 1 last. Reappointment of Dhimole is a violation
of then government notification (order No. PERS (C) 2/93 dated 11 Feb 1993 which
decided to impose blanket ban on extension of services of Govt employees, the Union
said while adding that such appointments cease the opportunity of the unemployed
youths. It further said that the government is not serious about the growing unemployment
problems in the state and promotional avenue of in-service Govt employees.
ANSU appealed to the chief secretary to intervene in the issue and threatens to launch
democratic movement if their demand is not fulfilled.
Subansiri Youth Festival starts
Keep pace with changing situation: Sanjoy
DAPORIJO, Apr 27: The three-day Subansiri Youth Festival started at the beautiful
and small river Island in Kumporijo (Daporijo), Upper Subansiri yesterday. The Festival
is an initiative of District Administration headed by Deputy Commissioner, Upper
Subansiri District with a theme “Youth for Social Change and Development”.
Cultural extravaganza, fashion show, games and sports activities representing various
tribes like Tagin, Nyishi, Galo etc of Upper Subansiri are a major attraction.
Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy who inaugurated the festival said that the festival
concept itself seems to provide the younger generation on whom the future lies, a
credible opportunity in showcasing the rich cultural diversities and stamina and
potentials in people of Arunachal Pradesh. Sanjoy appealed the younger generations
to keep pace with the changing time and situations without compromising on the tradition
and culture. He opined that elected people are not only the leaders but everyone
is a leader in one or the other way and therefore each and every generation must
work to build the state and the Nation.
Sanjoy in strong words condemned the Daporijo MMS scandal involving some police personnel
and urged every one not to give shelter to those who are involved in the inhuman
and barbaric act.
Earlier in his welcome address the Deputy Commissioner of Upper Subansiri District
A. Abhayankar has opined that such concept and occasion is needed in Arunachal Pradesh
for providing credible opportunity to the younger generation on whom the social change
and development mainly depend on.
Parliamentary Secretary Tourism Gojen Gadi also spoke on the occasion as a guest
Minister of Health Tanga Byaling, MLAs Punji Mara, Tapen Siga, and Panchayat leaders
among others were present.
RBPF and ABK approves Semen River as permanent district boundary
ITANAGAR, Apr 27: Ramle Banggo Peoples’ Forum (RBPF) conducted a peoples’ referendum
meeting at Depi village, East Siang District today.
The meeting was chaired by Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) President Kangir Jamoh and attended
by all central executive body of ABK, all district units ABK, ABK Youth Wing, ABK
Women wing including GBs, Panchayat leaders of Adi dominated areas and other publics.
During the meeting, the house unanimously approved Semen River as permanent boundary
of East Siang and West Siang district.
It was also resolved that members from ABK and Ramle Banggo Peoples’ Forum be included
in the boundary commission if such commission/committee is initiated by the State
The meeting also resolved that the public will not go against the creation of Lower
Siang District if the proposed new district is created without disturbing the present
natural boundary i.e., Simen river. However, ABK and RBPF would go for democratic
movement against the transfer and shifting of areas which presently fall under East
Siang district, it added.
Moh-Mol celebrated with traditional fervor
CHANGLANG, Apr 27: Moh-Mol, an agro based festival for bumper harvest, peace and
prosperity was celebrated at Changlang district HQ on April 25 and 26 with traditional
fervour and enthusiasm.
Attending the festival as chief guest, Honchun Ngandam, Minister for Horticulture
extending his greeting to the people of Tangsa community said Tirap and Changlang
district are facing multifarious and social menace like opium and alcoholic addiction
and low literacy which need to be taken care of. He advised people not to depend
much on government jobs or contractual works as it has very limited scope.
The people should take advantage of nature’s gift, the fertile land and congenial
agro climatic conditions of this region for self sustainable economy, he said and
also emphasized on dignity of labour and work culture to cope of with the changing
world in all respect.
The guest of honour, Leki Phuntso, Director IPR, said the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh
celebrate festivals that are connected with the agriculture.
The ideology and belief behind every celebration are same therefore all community
must put united efforts to achieve the goal through their hard works and endeavour.
While expressing concern over declining of flora and fauna, he appealed not to kill
the animals and birds. He dissuaded people from practicing shifting (jhum) cultivation.
Kamthok Lowang, MLA Khonsa (East) speaking as special guest, advised the local people
to preserve and learn their mother tongue. The teacher teaches English and Hindi
in schools but the young generations are forgetting their own mother tongue he said
while calling on parents to play a vital role.
He further said that people of Changlang and Tirap are far behind in all aspects
compared to the other tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.
T Taiju, MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary IPR, informed that, there are thirty six
sub-tribes in Tangsa community. But Moh-Mol is the common festival for all, which
keeps all Tangsas united, he said.
P Khimhun, MLA parliamentary Secretary Geology and Mining, said the traditional dresses
are a source to identify a person while advising people to preserve the traditional
dresses. He advised people to participate whole heartedly during celebration of festivals
to foster unity, love and prosperity among all sections of people.
Among others, L Tikhak, President Moh-Mol, Festival celebrations committee, Warina
Kenglang ZPM, North and John Jugli ZPM, South all spoke on the occasion.
On April 26, the second day of festival celebration, Deputy Commissioner Opak Gao,
and SP T Amo graced as chief Guest and Guest of Honour.(DIPR)
Home stay operators conduct
exposure trip to Sikkim
ITANAGAR, Apr 27: A team of home stay operators from Ziro who went to Sikkim for
a two-week exposure trip returned today after a rich learning experience. The trip
was sponsored by Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE), Darjeeling
under a community-based ecotourism project being implemented by Future Generations
The team of six families who have started home stay programme in different villages
of Ziro area, led by Dr. Tage Kanno, Executive Director, FGA visited some of the
villages best known for their success in ecotourism, including Yuksam (West District),
Kewzing (South District) and Pastanga (East District). Apart from gaining firs hand
experience about the nuances of home stay operation, the team had interaction sessions
with the managing committees in the villages – Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee
(KCC) in Yuksam, Kewzing Tourism Development Committee (KTDC) in Kewzing and Khera
Ecotourism and Eco-development Promotion (KEEP) organization in Pastanga. The team
was accompanied by Akai Mao of ATREE, Darjeeling.
Some of the highlights of the trip included the visit to the Zero-Waste Management
project in Yuksam and the study of preserving Bhutia and Rai traditional houses in
On their way back, the team also visited the ATREE office in Darjeeling and had a
wrap-up session with Suman Rai, Regional Director who encouraged the team to keep
carrying out some activities, however small they may be. Such small activities, he
said, will bring big changes in the long run.
It may be mentioned that the community-based ecotourism project had been started
in February 2010 at Ziro. Under the project, various places of interest and trekking
routes have been identified and research is being carried out on the background
of these places for documentation. Road maps of all the villages in addition to that
of Hapoli and Old Ziro township have been prepared using Global Positioning System
The project aims to promote responsible tourism so that it contributes to preservation
of the tribal culture and their pristine environment. It will also encourage rural
people to start livelihood activities like homestays, handloom and handicraft productions
with a view to ensure that benefits of tourism percolate to them.
MDMI lauds ‘Micro finance bank’
ITANAGAR, Apr 27: The NEFA Thrift and Credit Co-operative Society Ltd, Nirjuli,
a micro finance bank, has received appreciation from the Manpower Development and
Management Institute (MDMI) for Cooperative Banks in the North East. Basically, micro
bank extends financial supports (loans) to its nominal members who run various kinds
of business like vegetable, grocery shops in and around Nirjuli market on a certain
The Director, MDMI, Dr Jimut Bahan Dutt who paid an informal visit to the newly established
micro bank at Nirjuli today appreciated the performance of micro bank after its establishment
in January last this year. Dr Dutt suggested the board members to expand its wing
so as to reap more benefits. However, he cautioned them to take precaution while
dealing with their clients and on various legal aspects related to banking. He also
expressed his desire to make NEFA Thrift & Credit Co-operative Society Ltd to an
urban bank in near future.
Arunachal Pradesh State Co-operative Bank Ltd Managing Director, Tsering Thongdok,
who accompanied Dr Dutt, also suggested the members on various aspects related to
financial banking and its methodology.
Earlier, the Chairperson of NEFA Thrift & Credit Co-operative Society Ltd, Nabam
Amzi appraised the visiting guests in detailed about the functioning of micro baking
and urged them to extend supports.
IGNOU going strong on skill development and vocational education
ITANAGAR, Apr 27: “The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), in addition
to providing higher education at the Graduate, Post-Graduate and Doctoral levels,
has a strong presence in the skill development and vocational education sectors across
the country. This is reflected in the number of Diplomas and Certificates awarded
by the University during the last five Convocations. Out of the seven lakh qualifications
awarded by the University in the last five years, 2.5 lakh (35 percent) were graduates
and above, and 4.5 lakh (65 percent) were Certificates and Diplomas,” said Prof.
V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, VC, IGNOU.
This emphasis on skill development is well in line with the objectives of the University
delineated in the IGNOU Act, 1985: “To strengthen and diversify the Degree, Certificate
and Diploma courses related to the needs of employment and necessary for building
the economy of the country on the basis of its natural and human resources; provide
education and training in the various arts, crafts and skills of the country, raising
their quality and improving their availability to the people”.
A seamless transition from the Certificate/Diploma to higher-level university degrees
is also intended through such activities. The course-credit pattern and the modularity
of the various courses, which constitute several programmes leading to a qualification,
were in vogue in IGNOU from its very inception. In this connection, it is very important
that the University system should promote the Diploma to Degree transition for aspiring
Diploma holders. In the technical education system, there are avenues in specific
universities for Diploma holders to join at the second or third year of the Engineering
Degree Programme. A similar pattern is necessary for the conventional universities
and the Open University System as well.
The fact that a vast majority of these Diploma holders are working people from industry
or working in grassroots-level organisations lends further credibility to this proposal.
Making Diploma or Advanced Diploma holders eligible for admission to a University
Degree has been an established practice in higher education systems all over the
world. In the US University system, 46 percent of the admissions to University Degree
programmes are through the Associate Degree (Credit equivalence to the Advanced Diploma)
programme of the vast and robust network of Community Colleges over there. This will
be a major step towards linking the skill development sector and vocational education
with higher education, that is the major forte of the University System.
In the proposed National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF) of the Ministry
of Human Resource Development, this transfer from the vocational sector to the higher
education sector is being facilitated. Certificate (16 credits), Diploma (32 credits),
Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree (64 credits) — which is a terminal qualification
— are the qualifications prevalent in the skill development and vocational education
sectors. The difference between the Advanced Diploma and Associate Degree specifications
are that the Associate Degree provides additional content, which will make the candidates
well-prepared for University education in the concerned discipline.
A look at the Statistical Bulletin on the 2010 status of the Open University System
of China indicates that the Associate Degree, which is in between the Certificate
and Bachelor’s Degree, is the largest qualification base over there. In 2010, 4,12,400
students graduated with an Associate Degree, 6,914 received a Bachelor’s Degree and
38,000 received Certificates from the China Open University System.
“Similar possibilities of acquiring two-year Associate Degree/Advanced Diploma qualifications
and making students employable in the work-sector and at the same time giving them
opportunity to acquire a higher qualification from a University, as and when they
want, are in existence in all developed and fastly-developing countries. IGNOU has
initiated the two-year Associate Degree Programme through the Community Colleges
in line with the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission and the Planning
Commission, Government of India. After a two-year-long academic deliberation involving
expertise from all over the country, we formally launched the programme in 2008.
The first Associate Degrees was awarded in the 22nd Convocation of the University,”
Such efforts in skill development that provide multiple horizontal and vertical pathways
for mobility are very necessary for making people employable and enhancing the Gross
Enrollment Ratio (GER). The Governments of Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, Indian Army,
Indian Navy, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Jindal Education Initiative, Ministry
of Textiles, Government of India, Apparel Promotion and Exports Council (APEC) of
India and about 300 Civil Society Organisations in the public and private sector
are the partners.
AISU and AIPU demand action
ITANAGAR, Apr 27: Arunachal Indigenous Students' Union (AISU) and Arunachal Indigenous
People's Union (AIPU) have appealed to the Bar Council of India to constitute a disciplinary
committee against advocate general Nilay Dutta for his alleged ‘professional misconduct’
and giving improper advice to state Govt.
In a letter to the Bar Council of India Chairman Gopal Subramaniam, both the unions
alleged his involvement in nepotism and red-tapism by giving improper advice to the
state on the court judgment.
Gauhati High Court had directed to Union of India (UOI) and Food Corporation of
India (FCI) to release the undisputed amount of Rs. 62.03 crores to the state govt.
in February last year. Though the FCI / UOI filed SLP in the Supreme Court to set
aside the aforesaid order, the SC finally upheld the High Court order. But the AG
did not inform and explain the court order involving Rs 62.03 crore, before the state
Cabinet meeting held on April 10 last, the unions claimed.
They alleged that he used to hide the fact of the court orders and give wrong direction
to the state govt. As a result, the state Govt. did not bother to look seriously
into the series of Court orders.
Today the state government is in embarrassing situation of attachment of state properties,
contempt proceedings by the court and a huge interest to be paid to decree holders
to a tune of Rs. 100 crores. Due to non-release of pending HTS bills, the carriage
contractors and their families has become bankrupt and hope and aspiration of their
families shattered, they claimed.
Both AISU and AIPU appealed to the Bar Council of India Chairman to take action against
Advocate General as per the Advocate Act 1961.
Solar lanterns distributed
NAMPONG, Apr 27: The 18 Assam Rifles under its Military Civic Action Programme distributed
50 solar lanterns to the villages that are facing constant power failures here on
18 AR officiating commandant Major KJ Saju along with Major Vaibhav Singh, Nampong
BDO W Tangjang, public leaders Aboo Kimsing and Seno Sena distributed 50 solar lanterns
to villagers from Wintong, Old Longchong, New Longchong and Motongsa.
The constant power failure and lack of power in some villages has made the students
difficult to study that’s why we opted to distribute solar lamps so that these students
can study properly, informed Saju.
On several accounts, the 18 AR has come forward to contribute for welfare of the
regions and we will always be indebted for their constant support in all round developmental
activities, said Kimsing.
AAPUTTA submits 6-point memorandum
ITANAGAR, Apr 27: All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Trained Teachers Association (AAPUTTA)
has demanded for early recruitment in Senior Teachers posts. The Association said
that 100 posts of ST were approved by the state cabinet last year.
In a six-point memorandum submitted to state Education Minister the Association further
demanded cancellation of appointment of assistants, juniors and seniors teachers,
who had been appointed on officiating basis in various Govt. Schools of the state
and re-appointment to the same posts through proper recruitment.
It further demanded immediate cancellation and termination of all waiting list candidates
of Assistant and Junior (both Hindi and Humanities) teachers of the recently concluded
interview, conducted by the Department of School Education.
It said appointment of waiting list candidates after the expiry of six months from
the date of declaration of the interview result is complete violation of recruitment
rules of the education department. Such appointments after the expiry date completely
ceased the path for creating job vacancies and completely deprived the unemployed
youth to participate in open competitive interview in days to come, it added.
It also demanded early fixation of exact waiting list duration and proper implementation
of both promotional rules and recruitment rules.
The memorandum further added that, preferences should be given to the DIET, B.Ed
and M.Ed certificate holders in teacher's interview in near future and in SSA also,
regularization are to be made to those Assistant and Junior Teachers who have possessed
DIET, B.Ed and other equivalent certificates.
AAPUTTA appealed the minister to look into the matter before May 15.
Workshop of UNESCO and MacArthur Foundation Project in NERIST
ITANAGAR, Apr 27: The final workshop of UNESCO and Mac Arthur foundation funded project
“Cultural landscape: The basis for linking biodiversity conservation with sustainable
development in Arunachal Pradesh” was organized by Department of Forestry, NERIST
in collaboration with all partner institutes yesterday.
Prof. P.K. Das, Director, NERIST who inaugurated the workshop as the chief guest
emphasized on the significance of cultural landscape project and its scope in understanding
the culture dynamics of the state. He stressed that culture of the indigenous communities
and their traditional knowledge system need to be preserved for the future generation.
Prof. P S Ramakrishnan, JNU said that the project is part of a long-term research
initiative on biodiversity management linked with sustainable livelihood/development
of traditional societies living in the north-eastern hill region including Arunachal
Aspects of study emphasized on the urgent need not only to conserve and sustainably
manage biodiversity, but also to take urgent initiatives to get some of the unique
eco-cultural sites (cultural landscapes) recognized as’ global heritage sites’. Apart
from UNESCO which has long been involved in such a global effort, in more recent
times FAO has also stepped into the global arena to have ‘Globally Important Agricultural
Heritage Systems (GIAHS) recognized as world heritage sites. Both these two opportunistic
pathways should be explored to have as many world heritage sites as possible from
FAO has already expressed its interest to have the Aptani Ziro valley centred landscape
complex along with some of the surrounding hill regions too put on the world map
through their GIAHS initiative.
Some of these considerations have been the basis for the long-term research initiatives
taken by Professor Ramakrishnan along with a large team of scientists from the region
Dr. Ram Boojh, UNESCO emphasis on the significance of cultural landscape in the sustainable
development of the region.
During the workshops various presentations were made by the partner institutions
on their respective study sites of the cultural landscape. Prof. K S Rao, Delhi University;
Dr. P K Samal, Scientist incharge of GBPIHED and G Pangging, Asstt. Professor, Department
of Forestry, NERIST made presentations.
The Swiss Honeymoon
It is like “Who dunnit” atmosphere after Julian Assange declared to make names of
Indians with Swiss bank account public. It is really pathetic to know that Indians
has the highest number of Swiss bank deposits when the countries’ economic condition
is not improving. Day by day, months by months poor is becoming poorer and rich are
A businessman Hasan Ali has an account of 8 billion dollars of black money in Swiss
bank accounts. This might be only one case. There must be million owners of Black
Money who are becoming richer and richer. The Supreme Court is very correct to rebuke
government by saying "You say different agencies are looking into the issue. Till
now what these agencies were doing? Are they sleeping?
Here we can also take the example of Farmers suicide in India at the time which can
also be due to immense poverty. At least 17,368 Indian farmers killed themselves
in 2009, the worst figure for farmer suicides in six years, according to data of
the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
This is entire negligence of the government who was giving the poor more reasons
to be poor and the corrupt rich the perfect Swiss honeymoon, married to corruption!
The website and their diseases
I'm very sorry to say that most of the websites of our state look very primitive
and weak. Anyone can hack into those websites. Even their presentation is not satisfactory.
I've been visiting the sites like http://apdhte.nic.in/dhe.htm, www.arunachalpradesh.nic.in
and other websites of various institutions, and every time I get disappointed.
Take the recently launched www.nesports.in. Even the introduction written on the
home page has many grammatical mistakes. For example "The Games will see human skill
and above all of courage and uphold the spirit the northeast game and seeds of equality
and friendship. This is an occasion to essential spirit of Northeast Game. May this
spread peace equality among all people and May this participation will spread friendship....."
and "following athletic events held at Rupa this morning and their results as follows.
Can they please correct such mistakes? I don't know where they learn such English
from? Even their presentation is too simple and the contents are not satisfactory.
I hoped that I could view some action Highlight videos on the HIGHLIGHTS content,
but was too embarrassed to see only few lines on introduction about the game. I was
very excited to show this site to my friends, but I can't, because I don't want to
ruin my state's status.
And about the State Govt. site and the APDHTE site, I am seeing the same page and
contents what I saw last year, with only few new contents. I don't know whether it
is updated or not. APDHTE site looks all messed up. There is no proper categories
and contents too are on very small fonts. I've to search through the whole site line
by line to look for what I want. Please mend it as soon as possible. There are many
aspiring and capable IT engineers walking on streets.
So, I'd like to suggest the Authorities to advertise before developing any site,
so that every IT engineers could get a chance to place their foot on IT- sector in
our state. And launch site only after proper comparison and selection.
Also, I'd like to ask the APDHTE, whether we're going to get NEC scholarship or not?
I request them to publish proper notice about the status of the scholarship. And
I request student bodies like AAPSU to take up the issue, because just like me, there
are many students who have applied for the NEC scholarship, because it pays more
than AP Govt. stipend. But this year I don't feel they are willing to grant us the
N L Richo,
NIT Patna, (on email)
The funny language and its funnier usage
It is ridiculous if one go through the application forms of various government offices
of Arunachal Pradesh wherein numbers of silly mistakes are being committed by certain
clerks, which looks odd.
Application forms for issue of new/ renew/duplicate ration cards in the office of
the District Food & Civil Supplies, East Siang reads as
Declaration by applicant:- “ I solemy desire that the above information furnished
by are correct and donot possed and ration card of family members mentioned if any
mistake detected in due course of any Ration card liable to be cancelled.
Recommendation: - The applicant is an residing / employees of village/ Deptt. of
the details of family with the applicant has been from service book/household survey.
Who are the people responsible for these silly mistakes?
Are the educated and obedient typists taking their profession casually or is the
concerned officers who deliberately make faulty draft?
As we all know that English is a funny language, we should at least keep in mind
the proper usage of word, sentence, punctuation so that the message is conveyed corectly.
Misuse or ‘improper use of punctuation may totally change the meaning of the whole
In the recent Class-VIII home exam which concluded on 18th, a sub-question read,
“Why does Maya thinks Mr. Nath is a cook? Why does she say the Sunday visitor is?”
This very question would have confused the tender mind of the learner if necessary
correction was not made before it was distributed amongst 68. The typist typed ‘cook’
Secondly, it is awful and very funny to look at the entries of ugly writing in the
original documents like Death/Birth certificates, PRC, STC, Income and other certificates
issued by concerned offices which are to be retained and preserved as one’s dossier.
I request the concerned authority to at least check the content once again for a
error free printing of the relevant forms. I also request the issuing authority to
assign a good calligrapher for writing necessary entries/text in the important documents
or such documents should be computer generated.
Pasighat, (on email)
When we ran before we learnt to walk
Arunachal is a society undergoing a drastic transformation; we have jumped from nowhere
age to computer age. People have not got the enough opportunity to assimilate the
true values of changing life. Opportunity has been wide open to any one to do anything
in any field- in good or bad sense. But the trend of society has been nothing but
easy going and easy money. So called intellectuals have done nothing to qualify themselves
as true intellectuals,the so called leaders are only there to occupy the post of
elected Representatives giving nothing to society in true sense of leaders. Be it
bureaucrats, technocrats or so called leaders of the society- all have been busy
and using their posts and positions to amass ill gotten wealth. The so called watchdog
of the society- student unions are nothing more than playing fields to learn when
to bark and whom to bark- pawns in the hands of politicians and so called rich people.
And merit has no place in the society as of today.But how long a society like ours
can go on like this. Time has come to think where we are going and what we will be
in next few decades. But does it really matters to any one of us. What ever it may
be we all need to think and ponder and ask ourselves what I should be doing. If you
can do anything good at least you can refrain from doing something bad to society
or some one living near you. God save us!!!
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
Awareness campaign on RTI
PASIGHAT, Apr 27: Aane Siang RTI Activist Forum (ASRTIAF ) has decided to launch
awareness campaign at various places of Siang belt to bring more awareness on Right
To Information(RTI) for a transparent and healthy society.
SIC’s interim order
ITANAGAR, Apr 27: While hearing a complaint lodged by East Kameng District Bharatiya
Janata Party Yuva Morcha president Loku Sono on delay in furnishing information relating
to expenditure involved in construction of storm water drainage system and infrastructure
development of Seppa township, Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission in an interim
order asked the PIO of urban development department, Seppa to furnish the information
sought within one month.
SIC in its recent judgment further said that all the documents should be furnished
free of cost which is applicable u/s 7 (6) of the RTI Act 2005.
ITANAGAR, Apr 27: The proposed tree plantation drive cum awareness campaign of All
Papum Pare Youth Association (APPYA) at Doimukh has been deferred to April 29. Earlier
it was proposed to be held on April 25.
Parliamentary Secretary, Industries Nabam Rebia and DFO Tasso Sera would attend the
function as chief guest and guest of honour.
ITANAGAR, Apr 27: Gohu Kri has been appointed as Chairman of Lohit District Public
Grievances Cell APCC.