Tiger sighting at Namdapha amidst continuing threats to conservation
ITANAGAR, Apr 2: After years of speculation, finally there comes some good news from
the Namdapha Tiger Reserve. Along with 34 other animal species, a tiger has been
spotted during a massive Camera Trapping Exercise by a team engaged by the forest
authorities for a comprehensive report on the tiger and its prey base animals at
Namdapha, one of India’s major Biosphere Reserves and a National Park, came under
Project Tiger in 1983 and is spread over 1,985 sq. kms with a core area of 1,808
sq.kms. It is the only reserve in India that is home to four of the large cats.
The exercise was undertaken from Feb 12 to March 29 by Aaranyak, an NGO from Guwahati
with the logistical support of the management of Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Miao. Four
campsites at Happy Valley, Hornbill, Farmbasewith base camp at Deban were set-up
inside the Tiger Reserve for the purpose. 80 cameras were installed in multiple locations
identified to be potential tiger habitats covering almost 25% of the total geographical
area of the Tiger Reserve.
The consistent efforts of the team finally paid off when cameras sighted tiger pugmarks.
13 scat samples suspected to be of tiger origin have been sent for analysis to the
genetic laboratory of Aaranyak at Guwahati.
The exercise, made tremendously challenging and also somewhat expensive in view of
the vast and difficult topography and terrain of the Reserve, saw the coming together
of the hard work of a14-member team from Aaranyak and another 130 members that included
officers, frontline staff and protection squads of Namdapha Tiger Reserve- all working
in close coordination under the guidance of Dr. Firoz Ahmed, Conservation Biologist
& coordinator of this significant exercise. The entire observation drill cost around
Rs. 19 lakhs, which included procurement of stationeries, camp equipment, ration
and payment of wages to porters who were engaged for transportation of material to
the various base camps. While the sighting of the tiger bodes well for the ecosystem
of the Reserve, it does not take away the fact that during the Camera Trapping Exercise,
frontline staff and members of Aaranyak faced some extreme situations including firing
at them by miscreants at Bulbulia and Kodboi and destruction of base camps. In an
interview, one of the Aaranyak members recounted how the team had to face hurdles
from professional hunters within the park, and how on one occasion, he was assaulted
by a group of them. 20 cameras have also been stolen from various locations.
S J Jongsam, CF and Field Director of Namdapha Tiger Reserve said that in order to
tackle the activities of miscreants and poachers and to save the tiger population
and its prey base, a well-equipped and regular Tiger Protection Force is essential
in the Park.
It is worth mentioning here that the Reserve, having nearly 2000 sqkms of area, has
only about 60 employees to administer, monitor and protect it. Capacity building
and equipment up-gradation continue to remain key concerns of the Reserve management,
who are guardian also to many other animals declared as Schedule 1 species under
the Wildlife Protection Act.
While in nearby Assam, the Kaziranga National Park enjoys a World Heritage Site status
and all the support that comes from it, it is a wake up call for conservationists
and policy makers to design strategies and mobilize support to ensure that the tiger
sighting in Namdapha this spring does not become the last one.
The animals captured in camera during camera Trapping Exercise are as followed:-
2. Barking Deer
5. Gaur (Indian Bison)
6. Wild Boar
7. Hog Badger
9. Khaleej Pheasant
10. Marbled Cat
11. Himalayan Black Bear
12. Common Leopard
13. Large Indian Civet
14. Small Indian Civet
15. Common Palm Civet
16. Yellow Throated Marten
17. Crestless Porcupine
18. Crested Porcupine
19. Brush Tailed Porcupine
20. Spotted Linsang
21. Asiatic Wild dog
22. Clouded Leopard
23. Malayan Sun Bear
24. Red Goral
25. Crab eating Mongoose
26. Rat Bandicoot
27. Capped Langur
28. Stumped tail macaque
29. Assamese Macaque
31. Fish owl
32. Peacock Pheasant
33. Leopard Cat
34. Asiatic Golden cat
A sustaining spring
KHONSA, Apr 2: This is not an ordinary spring but a life-sustaining one.
Indeed God's ways are inscrutable. As the thirsty residents of parched Khonsa town
look up towards the heaven, praying for rain, the ever benevolent God has something
very special for them in store in the form of a perennial spring just 3 km away from
Khonsa on the Khonsa-Lazu road. The villagers of Kheti village call this life-giving
spring 'Hahaam Joan Jo.' It belongs to Kheti village.
Every year, during the peak dry season from February to early April, this little
spring comes to the rescue of the Khonsa residents. Hundreds of people can be seen
rushing to this spring to fetch water. Even the water tankers belonging to PHED,
Assam Rifles, CRPF, Fire Brigade get water from here.
I did highlight this story of the spring in Tirap Newsletter in the past, requesting
the authorities to construct a huge tank there to cater to the needs of the people
but my pleas and suggestions had fallen on deaf ears. If people who matter are indeed
serious, this little spring can be tapped properly.
The villagers of Kheti should be requested to maintain the much-needed greenery around
the spring by protecting the forests. Imagine, what would have happened to us had
this spring not been there for us. Let us protect the spring, a gift of God properly
and utilize its water judiciously. We must all be grateful to Kheti villagers for
successfully guarding and protecting this spring.
Training on sustainable livelihood approaches
Strengthen grassroots institutions: Matey
ITANAGAR, Apr 2: A group of 29 participants comprising village and panchayat leaders,
representatives from various community based organizations, development functionaries
and rural unemployed youths from Lazu circle of Tirap District attended a week-long
training on capacity building for development functionaries on sustainable livelihood
approaches under National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) at National Institute
of Rural Development, NERC, Guwahati from March 26. The training was sponsored by
NEC, Shillong. A wide range of topics like, livelihood issues and options, livestock
based livelihood opportunities, assessment of livelihood reality, prospects on horticulture
in NE, piggery farming and pork processing, food processing and rubber plantation
and plantation crop management were covered during the training with several audio
visual presentations made by best resource persons available in North East.
The trainees were taken to National Research Centre on Pig at Rani, a Private Strawberry
farm (Zoper exports ltd) in Meghalaya and Central Plantation Crop Research Institute
(ICAR) at Kahikuchi under the field visit programme. The field visit generated a
lot of interest amongst the participating trainees who are now keen to start their
own enterprises related to piggery, strawberry and other horticultural and plantation
crops including food processing.
DoTC Parliamentary Secretary Yumsem Matey accompanied by Lazu ZPM Azet Homtok attended
the valedictory function held on March 31 and distributed certificates to the participating
Speaking on the occasion, Matey stressed the need for strengthening the grassroots
institutions (SHG) and importance of such training for the panchyat leaders, community
based organizations, rural development functionaries and unemployed youths of all
other districts of Arunachal Pradesh so as to ignite their minds in generating employment
opportunities in diverse field of activities.
He lauded the efforts made by Director, NIRD Dr. Binay Singh and Dr. K.K.Bhattacharjee,
Course Director for arranging such a practical oriented tailor made training programme
for the benefit of rural entrepreneurs of Arunachal Pradesh which will go a long
way in making Arunachal Pradesh a leading state in North East in the field of Horticulture,
Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Floriculture.
Director NIRD also assured all assistance from NIRD for making Arunachal Pradesh
a prosperous state through diverse agricultural and allied activities with active
participation from the rural people of the state. Similar training was also organized
earlier for the people of Ambam village of Lower Subansiri district which has also
generated lot of interest amongst the farmers who are now involved in respective
field of their choice and are doing well.
L.Baite, Managing Director, NERCORMP, Shillong and Dr.S.Singh, Assistant Director,
National Horticulture Board also attended the function.
Forest Fire in Arunachal : Causes, effects and remedies
Boni Amin Laskar, Wangrao Taidong
Arunachal Pradesh, which forms part of Eastern Himalaya bio-diversity hotspot, is
characterised as having wide range of physio-climatic conditions varying from tropical
foothills in the south to alpine grasslands in the north stretching within narrow
width. The Eastern Himalaya is appraised being home for about 175 species of mammals
and over 500 species of birds (Chettri et al 2008).
The state, due to diverse geography and climate, is bestowed with rich floral diversity
with 5000 seed plants out of 15000 found in India, many flowering plants, about 550
exotic orchids, about 452 pteridophytes, 60 bryo-phytes, 80 lichens, more than 500
plants with medicinal properties, 35 varieties of bamboo, 20 species of canes, etc.
(SFRI 2002; HDR 2005).
Further, the state is known for its rich forest cover as nowhere in the nation. However,
in the recent, the loss in forest cover was registered as being highest among the
north-eastern states by 26 sqkm in the year between 2001 and 2003 (NEC 2006). One
of the factors behind such loss in forest cover could be the unprecedented forest
fires, which is very frequent in the state. Undoubtedly, the repeated annual forest
fires in the state may increase further depletion of forest, and thereby lose the
distinction as ‘lungs of the nation’. This study covers the causes and effects of
forest fires in the state, and finds out concluding comments as recommendations.
* Major findings in the study
* Causes of forest fire:
The forest fire in the state is purely anthropogenic in nature, yet it is little
understood whether knowingly or unknowingly. Almost all tribes living in the hilly
parts of the state practice traditional slash-and-burn method of agriculture along
the hill slopes, which is known as jhum cultivation. The new jhum plot is selected
and slashed generally in the months of December, January or February. The slashed
biomass is set ablaze as soon as it dries up adequately to turn into ash by the fire.
The neglected ember which escapes from the burning jhum readily transforms hectares
of rich forest cover into ash within no time. For days and nights fire continues
to burn in the surrounding hills and everybody remain silent spectators. During the
night it seems that group of people with fire on hands or rings of fire are moving
along the hill slope with bursting and cracking sounds of bamboo.
It is a tough job to contend or manage forest fire in the hilly terrains. Due to
gradient, the fire creep upslope readily; steeper the slope more aggressive is the
fire because of the easy reach of fuel to slither through. Moreover, the mountain
or valley breezes also act as catalyst for its rapid spread (Figures 2). The distant
and difficult terrains are not reached by the available fire brigades and other services.
As jhum cultivation is blamed for the cause of forest fires, in that context it is
very customary that the state machinery blames local communities and in return the
local communities slap various departments for their failure in evolving alternative
means of livelihood to jhum.
The forest fires in some pockets of Arunachal Pradesh are intentional to meet certain
specific requirement of the ethnic groups. Intended burning of the forest fulfills
the objectives of rejuvenating the forest cover by burning down the dried up leaves
and grasses during the lean season (Mid November to March) to allow regeneration
of tender vegetation which serves ‘fodder’ for the livestock. There are other communities
who collect green vegetables from the forest, have been practicing forest burning
to help grow the selective plants used as vegetables. The burning of forest also
regenerates thatch-grass used for roofing and other important activities. Such forest
burning is in practice in Ziro, Tawang, Bomdila, Anini and Hawai areas. Further,
the forest burning helps native hunters to allure browsing animals. Sometimes the
encroachers also set fire to forest in order to clear the land for agricultural purposes.
* Effect of forest fire in soil erosion and ecosystem
The jhum clearing and forest fires are immediately followed by the onset of the monsoon
rain. Unfortunately, high concentration of erosive energy of rainfall is found during
monsoon (June to September) followed by summer (March to May)
Thus, the rainfall is not only consistent during summer and monsoon but its energy
also is more concentrated. The high intensity storms during monsoon causes heavy
damage to soil mainly from the naked and unprotected earth surface because of the
jhuming activities, degraded forest due to fire and secondary forest areas (which
is the cumulative result of the jhumming and forest fire). The shortening of the
jhum cycle and increase in the number of jhuming families is also causing concern.
In 1974, around 81,000 families were jhum cultivators in Arunachal Pradesh; by 1984
their number had shot up to 107,000 and it was estimated to reach up to 1, 55,000
families by 2000 (Roychowdhury 1992). Further, according to a 1989 survey, the forest
area affected by shifting cultivation in Arunahal Pradesh has increased from 7.94
lakh ha in 1975 to 8.52 lakh ha in 1984, a 7.3% increase.
A State Forest Official argues that in the recent past, Arunachal Pradesh has been
suffering either from flash flood or drought. Why such drastic change in such lush
green state? Is it due to jhum cultivation or de-forestation in the name of feeding
the timber eating monsters? Removal of big trees mercilessly, due to illegal timber
operation during pre-ban period, has exposed the ground where ordinary grasses, shrubs,
ordinary bamboos are growing as secondary forest (of course contributing to global
greenery). They have very much low moisture retention capacity and get dried up during
winter to become easily susceptible for devastating wild fire. The forest firing
and deforestation is reciprocated by flash flood, heavy soil loss, massive landslides,
drought, drying up of springs, etc.
* Other losses due to forest fire
Not to mention the colossal losses to the diverse ecological resources, the forest
fire as its immediate effects, unleash some dire consequences to the communities
themselves. Reportedly, over 35 houses were completely burnt down while other thirty
odd houses were partially burnt at Polo Colony, Daporijo on March 14, 2009. Besides,
a child was admitted at Naharlagun General Hospital with 90% burnt injury after he
was engulfed in fire which was set in by his father to clear forest. Further, the
continuous loss of habitat of Mithun due to forest fire is a cause of great concern
as Mithun is traditionally valued animal which are semi-domestic and reared in wild
environment. Similarly, a forest fire in Sesawng village in Thingsulthliah block
of Aizawl district (Mizoram) killed a 45 year old woman and her 10-year old daughter
on March 2009 and in another incidence two youths were killed when trying to douse
fire in the reserve forest around Serkhan village of Tlangnuam block in Kolasib district
In the early morning of 14th June 2008, the capital complex as well as other many
area of Arunachal Pradesh witnessed floods of mud flow and landslides due to the
heavy rainfall. Roads were blocked, housed washed away due to mud flow and landslides
beside huge losses to life and property. The total rainfall of that particular incidence
is recorded to be 179.82 mm with an average of 3.18 cm which is highest per day rainfall
of the year. The peak intensity went above 9 cm per hour in between 3.20 to 3.30
am moreover the intensity remained above 4 cm for long period of the time. The gushing
runoff down the slope removed tons of the top soil along with bamboo grooves and
other earth materials. Cloudburst, mud-slide and landslide changed the face of the
state capital overnight. Devastation claimed 17 lives and scores of injuries. Road,
power, water and phone lines snapped and 250 houses have been washed away by the
unprecedented devastation. The National Highway 52A connecting Itanagar was also
disrupted due to mudslide and landslide in many places.
In West Kameng district 44 families were affected when mudslide lashed Rama camp,
near Dirang. In total 14 houses were washed away and seven houses partially damaged.
Doimukh-Sagalee road was totally snapped due to slides. In Kimin many houses were
washed away, telephone and mobile line remained cut off, electricity and water supply
lines disrupted. Similarly, flash flood submerged vast areas along the banks of Kameng
River in Seppa. The effected localities were Shantipur colony, New Seppa, Sangkam
Line, Abotani Colony and Kameng Tampa. Major devastation was reported from Shantipur
and New Seppa areas where dwell-ing houses along with belongings and livestock were
completely washed away by the floodwater. The government Fish Farm, Emchi, covering
an area of 3 hectors comprising 3 stocking ponds, 2 nurseries and 2 rearing ponds
have completely been damaged causing a loss of Rs. 57 lakhs. Many other fish farmers
have lost their fish ponds in Midpu, Emchi, Nirjuli, etc. Although, the unprecedented
heavy down pour was seemingly responsible for all those loses, while the forest degradation
in the nearby hills due to jhumming and related forest firing also preparedly contributed
for aggravating a disaster like situation all around.
* Forest fire in climate change
According to agricultural scientists, entire North-East region is facing a peculiar
weather phenomenon with prolonged dry spell. Anjan Sengupta, Agriculture Officer,
Tripura, points out on 12th February 2009, Shillong (one of the coolest place in
country) recorded the highest temperature 29.8 °C, a new in 40 years. As presented
in Table 2, between November 2008 and March 2009 Assam and Meghalaya received 83.9
mm rainfall, 49 per cent less than the normal, Arunachal Pradesh recorded 57% and
other North-Eastern States like Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura together recorded
61% deficit rainfall (Borah 2009). Such a trend of extreme drought and heavy rainfall
within a period of year is a clear indication of changing climate. The Eastern Himalayas
are further predicted to experience milder winters with increasing pre-cipitation
(Sharma et al 2009).
Since slash-and-burn is practiced in entire North East, this local change in climate
may be attributed to the mass destruction of forest (Figure 7). In the Eastern Himalayas
(Arunachal Pradesh) there is a definite warming trend at higher altitudes especially,
areas at altitudes above 4000 metres seem to have experienced the greatest warming
trend (Sharma et al 2009). This could further lead to a vicious circle of climate
change and forest destruction. The world’s 35 top forestry scientists authored ‘Adaptation
of Forests and People to Climate Change – A Global Assessment’ notes that the higher
temperature, along with the prolonged droughts, more intense pest invasions and other
environmental stresses that could accompany climate change, would lead to considerable
forest destruction and degradation. The damage to forest from climate change significantly
increases global carbon emissions, which then exacerbate the greenhouse effect. Scientists
have also identified forest burning as the major contributor to global warning which
has threatened the very existence of the planet and all its living inmates.
* Conclusion and recommendations
No doubt, jhum burning is considered responsible for sneaking fire into the nearby
forest, but at present there is no alternative to jhum in Arunachal Pradesh. The
practice of jhuming is deeply rooted into the culture, customs, festivals, myths,
folk-lores, and cultural tastes of the people (Rawat et al 2010). The jhum provides
varieties of food items (food and vegetables) preferred by the people throughout
the length of growing season. The traditional variety of crops grown in the jhum
can hardly sustain in other system. The products of the jhum are used for the preparation
of traditional items. Moreover, the difficult terrain, inadequate transportation
facilities and other circumstantial factors have made jhum farming convenient for
the Arunachali farmers. The main advantage for farmers is that it permits more than
one crop to be harvested from the same piece of land in one season, ensuring more
self-sufficiency in meeting the requirements of multiple products. Forest burning
for jhum is viewed as to increase soil fertility and destroy harmful weeds and pests.
It is perhaps because of all these reasons that official efforts during over 20 years
have failed to dissuade people from resorting to jhum. A seeming lack of coordination
among the various departments tackling the problem has been compounded by dearth
of accurate statistics on how far jhum cultivation has been contained and how much
forest land has been laid bare because of this method (Sahasrabuddhe 1992).
The initiative should be taken to improve jhum more on scientific basis instead of
alternative methods. People should be encouraged to adopt more environment-friendly
methods and techniques. The protective and conservative measures are also needed
in order to check the recurring forest fire. In some parts of the Arunachal Pradesh,
especially in the Galo and Adi and Tangsa belts people clean up the margins of jhum
before setting fire in order to check fire-spread. Strict vigilance is kept to check
the sneaking of ember into the forest. In case of the forest fire incidence the defaulter
is rewarded with appropriate punishment by the community institutions. Such practices
can be emulated all over. The stringent laws must have to press into action for the
effective result. The degraded forests should be restocked through social forestry
advocating Community Forest Area. The state Government must be equipped with ‘Farmer’s
friendly’ plan and programme. The government should also encourage through subsidies
or loan for a non-timber forest produce (NTFP) cultivation, livestock and poultry
farming, fisheries, sericulture and bee keeping etc. for the sustenance and economic
growth. Such farmer’s friendly policy will inculcate them towards attainment of self-sufficiency
thereby also better envi-ronment and ecosystem.
Govt hits back at BJP
“Do not play politics just for the sake of playing politics”
ITANAGAR, Apr 2: Ruling Congress Government in Arunachal Pradesh today hit back at
Opposition BJP, particularly former MP and the Party’s National Secretary Tapir Gao
terming his statement that ‘the state has reached a state of utter lawlessness’ as
baseless and unfounded.
Surprise has taken the shape of exasperation when it comes to unfounded and baseless
criticism against the ruling Congress State Government emanating from the house of
the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which, in fact, as a political entity
has lost its locus standi in Arunachal Pradesh. Since Nabam Tuki took over as Chief
Minister of the state five months ago, there have been no untoward breaking down
of law and order in the state. The stray incidents, as highlighted by BJP, have been
individually tackled and diffused, Govt spokesperson Nabam Rebia said.
Rebia claimed that the people across the state are happy with the current governance
as peace has prevailed far better than several other states, especially those ruled
by the BJP. The Government is committed to its assurance of a peaceful state and
accelerated development. Despite severe and several hurdles our police have successfully
dealt with every law and order situation in recent times may it be individual and
stray cases as pointed, he said and added Gao cannot give these stray individual
incidents the colour of complete law and order breakdown.
He said that comparing the situation in the state with that of Taliban is unwarranted
and unacceptable. The claim coming from Gao is unexpected and extremely condemnable,
Rebia said adding that Gao should understand that a peaceful state like Arunachal
Pradesh can never be compared with Taliban in his wildest dreams.
“By blaming the government and comparing the situation with that of Taliban, Gao
has made a mockery of himself. High sounding and hollow criticism without any concrete
evidence will not gain grounds for him or the BJP but expose his low confidence and
desperate attempt to remain in picture. If he is a real son of the soil, he must
withdraw his comment on ‘Talibanization’ in Arunachal Pradesh or else prove his claim,”
the govt spokesperson demanded.
Rebia said that the Home Department under Chief Minister Tuki and Parliamentary Secretary
for Home Gadam Ete has reviewed the situation umpteenth times. There have been clear-cut
instructions to the Police Department to deal every criminal and law-breaker with
iron hands. Regular closed-door meetings are being held to review the situation and
a system has been put in place for intelligence sharing among the security forces
as well as all district administrations. In addition, the State Government has already
written to the Central Government for deployment of additional para-military forces,
“In the last couple of months at least three bandh calls were given by various organizations
on varied issues. Due to foolproof security and intensive preventive measures two
bandhs were called off. In the one that was forcibly enforced, the Capital police
arrested 21 bandh perpetrators and foiled all attempts to dislodge normal functioning
of livelihood and loss of life and property. However, not to take the situation lightly,
the state police have deployed security forces for regular patrolling across the
state capital even during normal times. The allegation that no official is attending
office due to threats has taken the government by surprise. As per police records
no such threat perception has been reported nor any complaints lodged. Tapir Gao,
a National BJP Secretary, needs to be specific before throwing such wild allegations”.
Rebia informed that the dispute involving a Chief Engineer was an internal matter
of the department concerned. However, on receipt of information of the threat on
the CE, Capital Police swung into action and provided security to the officer. Only
when the ‘dispute’ was amicably resolved by the parties involved did our police leave
the scene. Gao’s contention on the reported ‘illegal confinement’ of an Executive
Engineer in Longding is based on misinformation. There has been no case of any ‘illegal
confinement’ of an EE at Longding. A similar case was reported from Deomali, not
Longding and when enquired by the State Government, the report appeared to be a false
alarm, the govt spokesperson claimed.
It is just shooting an arrow blindfolded when allegations are thrown that the state
police is doing nothing to tackle crimes. Our police is doing everything it can and
investigations are not supposed to be revealed, especially to our esteemed friends
of the Opposition. It is just to inform our detractors that the police have already
arrested one person in the recent arson case of burning down a state transport bus.
For the sake of clarification, BJP and Gao needs to understand that the State Government
is not and will not be a ‘mute spectator’ to the happenings around it. Gao and his
Party colleagues need to first concentrate on bringing order in the states ruled
by their party and stop mudslinging the Congress. Such acts to misguide and mislead
the people for cheap political mileage will only make them a laughing stock. Gao
should not play politics just for the sake of playing politics, Rebia added.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Congrress Committee (APCC) while reacting to Gao’s claims,
said that the State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Tuki is alive
to all problems of the state. Gao’s concerns over the law and order situation was
not creation of the present government but it is the ‘product of imported problems’
which need serious scrutiny, APCC said.
Reiterating that BJP in the state is a sinking party, APCC also expressed doubt over
Gao’s conception about the term Talibanization. His remark that ‘Arunachal Pradesh
is being Talibanised’ is not only unbecoming but also ridiculous; APCC said and advised
him to learn the meaning of “Talibanization”.
APCC always welcome constructive criticism. But such wild allegation against the
infant Tuki Government is uncalled for, the Party added.
Juvenile crimes and politics
Defiling of statues at Pasighat
Itanagar, Apr 2: It is said that youths are the backbone of a nation. But, proving
this wrong, some teenagers have brought national shame by defiling the statues of
Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and architect of modern Arunachal late Dr. Daying
Ering on March 10 in Pasighat .
They desecrated Gandhiji and Ering’s statues not because they are ardent fans of
Mao Tse-tung or People's Liberation Army (PLA). Rather they committed the crime
to make fun out of it which has inflicted huge embarrassment to the Nabam Tuki led
Congress Government. Even, Raj Kumar Irani, the director of the blockbuster ‘Lage
Raho Munna Bhai’ would feel pain if he hears the news of desecration of Mahatma’s
All condemned the act and demanded punishment to the culprits involved in it. But,
suddenly there was total silence on the issue. And according to govt officials, all
the accused are reported to be minors. Now the court has sent them to juvenile remand
As per information gathered by this daily, some of the delinquents are reportedly
students of class XII standard and relatives of local influential politicians. Due
to political pressure, some of the delinquents who appeared to be more than 18 years
are allegedly shown as juveniles to evade severe punishment.
According to information available to this daily, real culprits are still at large
and those teenagers in remand are innocent.
When contacted, SP Pasighat rubbished the claim by saying that all the youths, who
have been put under juvenile remand are found guilty by the court.
Whatever may be the truth behind the disgraceful incident, one thing can be easily
presumed that some of our teenagers are heading towards wrong path. This crop of
youngsters have not only blemished the entire state but also brought shame by reinventing
that Arunachal youths do not know how to pay respect to those who we owe much.
Forum suspends agitation after RHEP assures
ITANAGAR, Apr 2: RHEP Affected People’s Forum (RAPF) has decided to suspend its agitation
against NEEPCO authority and deferred it for four months. The Forum took this decision
after the successful negotiation on its demands held with district administration,
RHEP/NEEPCO authorities on March 29.
The Forum informed that while responding to the charter of demands, the Head of Project(HoP),
RHEP assured to take up Pitapool to Bilo village and Pitapool to Chod village roads
under Corporate Social Responsibility community development (CSR-CD) scheme in a
phase manner. However, the RHEP authority said that re-opening of 35 km Ziro-Kimin
road up to dam site is not feasible due to technical difficulties.
The HoP RHEP further assured that master plan including project estimate for construction
of market complex within the project area would be formulated in three months time.
It further assured to renovate 21 Chang ghar at Potin and decided to consider the
demand for construction of new Chang Ghars in phase manner, the Forum said.
Next phase of residential building construction works will be allotted to RHEP land
affected people through open tender, the Forum claimed.
On demand for free power supply to the project affected villages, HoP RHEP informed
that project authorities can not distribute electricity. It is only empowered
to develop infrastructure for electricity supply to the affected villages within
5 km radius. However, the HoP assured the Forum to move the state Govt on its demand
for free power supply.
According to the Forum, HOP further assured to take up the demand for more CSR schemes
in project affected area with higher authorities adding that the demand for regularization
of contract employees (89 days basis) is under active consideration of the NEEPCO.
PHEP has no objection if the public and administration are eager to establish a CO
office at Pitapool colony, the Forum added.
Vaccination against measles in East Kameng
Seppa, Apr 2 : Over 14000 children were vaccinated during the month-long measles
catch-up campaign in East Kameng district.
While informing this in the fifth and final meeting of measles catch-up campaign
held here on March 30, Dr.K.Lapung, DRCHO said that out of 15624 children under target
group, 14301 children got vaccinated with 92% achievement.
He was optimistic to see that the parents of the missed out children under the target
age group would enable their children to get routine vaccination available at District
The target of 15624 children was fixed not on head counting but it was calculated
taking 20% of the total population of the district, he informed.
ADC Tage Tado, who chaired the meeting, lauded the efforts of DRCHO and his teams
for the encouraging results and achievement. DIPRO
Golden jubilee celebration of ITBP
Seppa, Apr 2: The golden jubilee relay long range patrolling (LRP) baton of ITBP
reached Seppa on March 31.
The LRP baton was handed over to 4 Bn ITBP by 33Bn ITBP, Guwahati at General Ground
here which was attended by R.K.D.Singh, DIG, Tezpur sector, R.K.Shah, DIG Itanagar
sector and East Kameng deputy commissioner Tope Bam.
The other highlights of the day were cultural presentations and band display of North-East
Band platoon of ITBP. DIPRO
NSFCD constructs house for a poor
Changlang, Apr: 2: Naga Student Federation of Changlang District (NSFCD) during a
social service constructed a house for a poor and senior citizen of New Changlang
village on March 30. The Gaon Burah of the village, local residents, village elders
and district administration appreciated NSFCD for the noble gesture. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Apr 2: A huge amount of Central fund went missing in the tender notices
issued by the Dumporijo PWD Division for implementation of project -- “Upgradation
of road from Subansiri bridge point to Segi CO (HQ) measuring 18 km, on March 2,
according to Upper Subansiri District Intellectual Forum (USDIF).
The Central Govt had sanctioned Rs 1783.84 lacs under NLCPR for implementation of
the said road project. Accordingly the Dumporijo PWD division floated tender against
the project in two packages (0 to 8 km and 8 to 18 km). But the project cost of Rs
1783.84 lacs has been slashed down to 1569.57 lacs only while floating the tenders,
the Forum claimed.
Questioning about the missing amount, the Forum demanded proper clarification from
the EE, Dumporijo PWD division on the remaining amount and said that tender process
should be stopped till the matter is sorted out.
CIPL team meets BJP leaders
ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The 15-member team (post-trainees) from Chanakya Institute of Public
Leadership (CIPL), Mumbai, has called on the state BJP leaders Dr Tangor Tapak, (MLA),
B R Wage (VP) and Tai Tagak (GS) here today. The team is on a two days tour of
During one and half hours interaction, the BJP leaders enlightened the visiting
team on role of opposition in a democratic country besides the role of BJP in the
north-eastern part of India, prospects and problems of Arunachal Pradesh and state
government, merit and demerits of the Inner line Permits (ILP) system, Restricted
Area permit (RAP) for foreigners, factors responsible for growing terrorism networks
and failures of the government to reach out to its root causes and land holding systems,
While commending India's generally high level of commitment to human rights, a United
Nations expert urged the Indian Government to continue to fight impunity for extra-judicial
executions, and communal and traditional killings.
A United Nations Special Rapporteur on arbitrary executions said he recognized the
size, complexity, security concerns and diversity of India. However, he remains concerned
that the challenges with respect to the protection of the right to life in the country
are still considerable.
According to this expert, evidence gathered confirmed the use of so-called ‘fake
encounters’ in certain parts of the country. Where this happens, a scene of a shoot-out
is created, in which people who have been targeted are projected as the aggressors
who shot at the police and were then killed in self-defence. Moreover, in the north-eastern
states, and Jammu and Kashmir, the armed forces have wide powers to employ lethal
The expert called for the establishment of a commission of inquiry, consisting of
respected lawyers and other community leaders, to further investigate all aspects
of extrajudicial executions, as a first step to addressing concerns.
A welcome decision
The Tagin Students of Rajiv Gandhi University would like to sincerely extend gratitude
to the state government for passing the State University Bill. We profoundly welcome
and hail the decision of the state government to establish the State University at
Pasighat. We hope that the State University Bill passed in the recent Legislative
Assembly session would go a long way in improving the education scenario of Arunachal
Huge number of students witness the end of their academic career as they do not make
it to RGU, which is the only University in our state but recent news regarding the
establishment of University has brought hope for the students of our state for further
Jawaharlal Nehru College Pasighat, the oldest college in the state has been grooming
generations of luminaries for the state. Now we the Arunachalees can witness the
up-gradation of the first college to a state University.
We are thankful to the government for the efforts.
Rajiv Gandhi University
Solve the strange problem
Since last week the BSNL mobile users in the capital are experiencing a very serious
problem. The problem is that if we dial a BSNL number, then the call goes to a strange
number, means it goes to a wrong number.
In a day, on an average, I receive almost 10 to 20 such calls, where the caller has
been wrongly diverted to my number. It creates a lot of problems, misunderstandings,
and confusion among the users.
So, I request the BSNL authorities to look in to the matter seriously, and please
solve the problem at the earliest.
Forest fire and ration cards
One of the primary reasons for forest fire in Capital Complex is due to too much
of corruption. Many people who have come from villages and are settling down in the
vicinity of the Capital Complex are deprived of several basic facilities including
Living in hand to mouth condition and without ration card these people can’t go and
loot shops for daily survival and this is one of the reasons why there is burning
of certain area for rice cultivation; it is another thing that entire Capital hill
is burned or that may imply that too many people are victims of corruption. Unless
the crises are addressed with diligence and without affectation, such pollution will
happen time and again.
Being one of the preys of such exploits, I appeal to the authority to unreservedly
look into the possibility of issuing ration card to the needy.
Tagru Tani, Itanagar
Involve the people
It is rightly said, ‘Justice delayed is a justice denied'. The long- pending decision
on the permanent site for Wangcha Rajkumar Govt.College, Tirap concluded few months
ago after a rigorous spot assessment and support from the general public.
But the recent decision by the state cabinet approving Polytechnic College at Charju,
Khonsa is a shocking one.
The sudden change in decision of the cabinet without any specific reason has kept
the people of Tirap in more confusion than ever before.
Now the people of Tirap want to know the ground cause for which the decision has
been changed all of a sudden. If the Govt. has conceived a policy to replace the
College by a polytechnic at Charju then I think it is a new chapter.
So far as I know, no decision for the establishment of any educational institution
has ever been taken in Arunachal without consulting the local people, but this we
very often see in case of Tirap.
Thus, we dont want any cabinet decisions without consulting the people as it is against
the noble interest of the people of the district.
Therefore, in view of the above mystery, I appeal to the govt. to repeal the recent
All Tutsa Student's Union
Let the teachers do their duty
I would like to draw the attention of authority concerned towards the pathetic condition
of the Govt Hr. Secondary School, Muri-Mugli under Puchigeko circle in Upper Subansiri
district. The school is run without a Upper Division Clerk or Lower Division clerk
(LDC) since it’s up-gradation from secondary to higher secondary level despite having
provision for clerical staff in all Govt recognized secondary and higher schools.
As per official records, a UDC was posted vide order No ED-3/46/87 Dtd. 10/02/1988
to the Govt Hr Secondary school, Muri-Mugli, but there is no any UDC or LDC in the
school till date. May I ask the higher authority about the UDC who was supposed
to be posted in this school?
Everybody knows teachers are appointed to educate the students, not to perform clerical
duty. Non-availability of clerks hampers both the teaching staff and students as
Therefore, I request the authority concerned of education department, and particularly
the deputy commissioner of Upper Subansiri to post a UDC or LDC to the school before
the beginning of new academic session.
Change of Centre and money involved
I would like to draw the attention of education department which has taken more than
a year to dispatch us admit card of the forgotten but much awaited examination that
too by changing the Centre from DSE Itanagar to Aalo for the candidates of Lower
How does a poor unemployed candidate, like many of us afford to go to Aalo and stay
there for the examination, which would cost us thrice than the expenditure to be
incurred for Itanagar centre?
I would like to know from the authority concerned the reason for shifting the examination
centre. If different centres were made for convenience of the examination, why Ziro
was not chosen given the fact that Ziro had the centre for APCS examination for districts,
like Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kumey for many years?
I request the authority concerned to consider the grievances of the candidates of
L/Subansiri district and declare Ziro as an examination centre or provide TA/DA for
poor candidates, including the under signed.
D. Vijay, Ziro
I would like to appeal to the state Governor and state Govt to take step for early
establishment of a Sainik School in Arunachal Pradesh. There is an urgent need for
such school to hunt the talent of youth with good physique so that they can prepare
themselves well to serve the nation while performing their duty in armed forces in
future. Sainik School will lure more and more youth towards defense service and
help reduce the unemployment problem in our state.
Ex-Assam Rifles Personnel, Itanagar
I fully support Bini Tare’s comments about the selection procedure for jobs at RGU.
This is very sad and not a healthy sign for the University.
The most irritating point is one had to submit four copies of every certificate for
one post and after qualifying for the same, one had to wait for more than nine hours
for their turn in viva-voice. And it concluded with some silly questions and simple
excuses. Such a waste of money and time.
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