April 08


News Impact


Major cleanliness drive conducted in Naharlagun

ITANAGAR, Apr 7: A major cleanliness drive was conducted today in the Naharlagun area by a group of young people  in collaboration with Urban Development Department, Naharlagun Bazaar Welfare Committee and Environmental Protection Society (EPS), Tawang. A large number of ordinary citizens including students from various schools of capital complex, NERIST and RGU took part in the drive.

This noble idea of  cleanliness drive was conceived by two young ladies, namely Ruma Nguri, who is currently working as junior engineer with Power Grid at Shillong and Kobyum Zirdo, who is working as media consultant at Bangalore. The duo got in touch with other like-minded people of capital through social networking site Facebook and carried out this cleanliness drive.

“I have been living in Shillong for the last 3 years. I noticed that the people there have managed to keep their city quite neat and clean. This has inspired me to go for cleanliness programme in our capital complex,” said Ruma.

The cleanliness drive started at 7 am in the morning at Takar Complex area of Naharlagun. Despite incessant rain, the participants cleaned the garbage wearing musk and hand gloves. Vehicles of Urban Development department were used to carry garbage to the dumping ground. The team also distributed 72 tin dustbins which were made by the participants themselves. Urban Development Department contributed 29 plastic dustbins for various sectors of Naharlagun. The other participants included Galo Welfare Society President Jarjum Ete, Assistant Urban Programme Officers (UD) Kipa Ama and Yumlam Aam, Naharlagun Bazaar Welfare Committee Chairman Shillong Tajo.


After rubber, farmers eye tea

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Apr 7: Tea which is widely considered a ‘money spinner’ has found its mooring in the hilly terrains and foothills of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam.

The land locked State, bereft of any small scale industry, have now set its eyes on rubber and tea based industry. Next to rubber plantation, tea plantation in hilly terrains and foothills of East Siang and West Siang has taken off signaling economic boon among the farmers.

The farmers, observing the existing feasibility of tea plantation, have set sights on small tea gardens and growth of tea based industry in East Siang district as the “Vinayak Tea Company Ltd, a Kolkata based tea company has come forward to promote tea plantation activities.

The tea company based on an agreement with the state’s Industry department, acquisitioned a plot of land inside Industrial Growth Centre at Niglok for setting up ‘Tea Processing Industry’. The company aims to facilitate the local small tea growers by supplying tea plant in subsidised rate. It has already developed two Tea Nurseries’- one near Niglok IGC and the other at Oyan. Both the nurseries have about 16 lakh tea plants. Vinayak which supply tea plant at a subsidised rate of Rs. 2 per plant has so far helped more than 300 farmers of the area, who have started small tea garden. It is mandatory for the allied tea planters that they supply tea leaves to the company for at least 15 years.

It may be recalled that the Rubber Board India (RBI) has achieved its first milestone in the area by developing more than five hundred hectares of rubber plantations. The intention of the RBI is vouched by the fact that its top ranking officials have visited the plantation sites of East Siang and other sites during the last three years. An average 40 tons of rubber latex worth Rs 1.20 crore is being produced from the region every year.

Commercial horticulturists of Siang Valley are now cherishing another hope of economic gain through tea cultivation. They farmers have demanded early start of proposed tea industry at Niglok IGC in order to facilitate the local small tea growers for commercialization of their tea products.



Youth can bring change in the state: Beda

Staff Reporter

Seppa, Apr 7:  The youth can bring change in state without depending solely on the government in bringing sustainable socio-economic development, said IAS officer Dr. Joram Beda on Thursday. Dr Joram who cleared the IAS exams in his first attempt is currently posted in Punjab.

He was addressing a youth interaction programme initiated by Sango Lamte Foundation Chairman Payi Gyadi in collaboration with All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU)   at Nyokum  Lapang Seppa to inspire the students and youths to do well in their chosen field.  

Stressing on role of youths in building the state and guiding its developmental activities Beda said that there was a need for a revolution on work culture and determination among the youth. He further suggested AEKSU to steer the students to right direction. Highlighting various educational related issues, Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE) Kata Rangmo sought support from the union in streamlining education effectively in the district.  

East Kameng Social and Cultural Welfare Organization Chairman Dr. Kaya Lapung also stressed on the role of students in bringing change in society.



Likabali fends for itself

Tongam Rina

ITANAGAR, Apr 7: After the destruction of structures including recently erected pandal for Malini Mela celebrations and a store room at Likabali by a team of  Assam govt officers led by Additional Deputy Commissioner Dhemaji along with an estimated 300 Police personnel, the West Siang district administration has written to the Dhemaji district administration regarding maintenance of status quo at Malinithan Mela Ground.

“Nobody will be allowed to construct any kind of construction in that particular area (Malinithan Mela ground) from Arunachal side. Further I would like to seek your cooperation so that peaceful coexistence from both sides can be ensured” read the letter which was sent on April 6.

However, the letter is unlikely to get any support from the people of the area as they are already angry at the halfhearted response of Arunachal government after repeated encroachment by Assam.

According to the locals, the Malinithan Mela ground is within the Arunachal territory and since late 60’s, the mela has been celebrated every year at the same location. According to official documents, the area was declared as protected area vide notice RES (H) 124/75 dated 12th October, 1981 by govt of Arunachal.

On March 24, Assam officials had raised objection to the construction of pandal at Malini Mela area by the people of Likabali leading to exchange of series of letters between the West Siang deputy commissioner and his Dhemaji counterpart. However, the annual celebration went off peaceful.

On the other hand, the Deputy Commissioner of Dhemaji, when contacted by this daily said that site of the pandal is within the territory of Assam and Mela committee from Arunachal should have taken the permission before the construction started.

When questioned about the timing chosen by the Assam team to destroy the structures, the angry officer retorted that it was the prerogative of his administration to decide when to carry out any activity within the “territory” of Assam. He further said that demolition was carried out at 4 AM and not 2.30 AM as reported by this daily.

Even after such daring attack by Assam govt officials, not a single officer or politician from Itanagar has visited Likabali so far. Allegedly even the local MLA is yet to visit Likabali, instead choosing to celebrate Mopin at a nearby town.

Parliamentary Secretary Home Gadam Ete, when questioned why there have been no visit so far to the affected area, instead responded that state govt will give a representation to the Assam government on the issue soon.

He claims that situation has been normalized because of initiation by his department.

However, this claim of Ete has been disputed by the local people. Just a handful of police have been posted at the site of destruction, says a govt officer while informing that even after three days, additional forces are yet to reach Likabali township.   

There has been no statement of assurance from the Chief Minister’s office on the whole issue either even though he is the Minister in charge of Home Affairs.

Locals claim that due to the insincerity and lackadaisical attitude of the respective state governments, Assam has made massive inroad in Likabali and nearby areas.

“Whatever claims they make, the fact remains that all plain land in Likabali have been encroached by Assam and people of the area are forced to pay land tax to Assam govt. If it was not for the local people, by now the entire township would have been captured by Assam, said a citizen while sharing that govt of Arunachal has been just a mute spectator even though half of the town has been annexed by Assam.

Ironically, SDO Likabali till recently was not empowered to give Land Possession Certificates rendering the people powerless to deal with access by their neighbours.

Meanwhile the DC, West Siang has reacted strongly to the reports in some sections of the media in Assam that he tendered an apology to Assam “for constructing a building on Assamese territory”.

DC Amzad Tak who visited Likabali after the destruction termed the news report ‘misleading’.



ABK, GWS team visit Likabali, orgs seek govt intervention

ITANAGAR, Apr 7: A team comprising of member from Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) and Galo Welfare Society (GWS) has visited Malini Mela ground, Likabali which was ransacked and structures demolished by the Assam Police led ADC Dhemaji.

The visiting team led by president of Adi Baane Kebang Kangir Jamoh vehemently condemned the vandalism by the neighbouring state and assured to raise the issue at government level.

When the entire Galo community and the state is observing the Mopin Festival, vandalism by the neighboring state on the eve of the festival is unfortunate, said a report of the visiting delegation.

Meanwhile, the people of Likabali are  still in grief and shock and awaiting the visit of State Govt. representatives to take stock of situation and verification of the damaged site wherein one Multipurpose pandal, one Storage building was totally demolished and more than 1500 CGI sheet, about 50 plastic chairs, GI Pipes and other materials of the Mela committee were looted by the Dhemaji administration, the report further said.

The people of Likabali also informed Jamoh that it has always been the boundary and ill-treat of the neighboring state which prompted the people of the foothill area to demand for Lower Siang district.  

The people of Likabali also condemned the Deputy Commissioner, Dhemaji as they stated that without his permission the illegal act could not have been carried out.

The Dini Welfare Society has urged the government of Arunachal Pradesh to take up the matter with Assam counterpart and the Central government before “general public takes its own course of action”.

As far as the history is concerned the land of Galo community before India’s Independence was extended to present Akajan in Assam, it said while stating that repeated provocation to the peace-loving people will invite dangerous situation in the days. It further said that government of Arunachal should not give employment opportunity to the Assamese people in the state, if such trends continues.

The Society further urged the state and central government to open border trade with China, Myanmar and Bhutan and speed up the Trans-Arunachal Highway to stop dependence on Assam as the neighbouring state takes undue advantage of it.

Further, the society urged the government to deploy more police force at Likabali and creation of APP Bn headquarters at Malini Mela Celebration Ground.

The Society demanded that the Assam officials involved in the demolition of structure of Malini Temple be booked and arrested immediately under National Security Act for creating communal tension among the people of both sides of the states while demanding the return of the property “looted” by Assam officials without any condition.

All West Siang Border Student Union has also strongly condemned the destruction. Terming it a complete violation of the Supreme Courts standing order for maintenance of status quo along the boundary, the Union requested the Govt. of Assam to immediately renovate the destroyed properties as it threatened to stop the devotees coming from Assam to visit Malinithan. It further urged the people of Assam to stop road blocked against the Arunachal vehicles at Dhemaji Town.



ICCR cultural prog to promote folk dances

ITANAGAR, Apr 7: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in collaboration with state Director Art and Culture and Nrityangana Dance & Music Academy, Itanagar organized a cultural evening to promote both folk and classical dances at Vivekananda Hall here today.

Folk dance performed by the artistes from Art & Culture department, Oju Welfare Mission and Ganga village and classical dance presented by children of Nrityangana  enthralled the audience during the cultural evening.

Addressing the inaugural session, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women chairperson Gumri Ringu said efforts of the ICCR in fostering and  strengthening cultural relations would go a long way in promoting better understanding, world peace and unity.

ICCR regional director Radharaman Chatterjee from Guwahati, said that the Council would be organizing ‘Horizon’ series in Arunachal Pradesh once in three months. He informed that the ICCR empaneled arts performing individuals artists / group in all categories of art forms to showcase the best performing arts and visuals arts.

Chatterjee hoped that the ICCR would be platform to promote indigenous folk arts found in all North-eastern states of the country.

DDK Director L. Mani Babu Singh, Art & Culture Director M. Riba, deputy director Jomnya Siram, Principal of the Nrityangan Dance and Music Academy Amit Kr. Mukherjee were also present on the occasion.



JJ Singh conferred D.Litt

ITANAGAR, Apr 7: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J.J. Singh was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor in Literature (D.Litt) by Shri Jagdishprasad Jhabarmal Tibrewala University (JJT), Jhunjhunu in a special convocation of the University at Mumbai yesterday. JJT University,  an autonomous University established under the Act of Government of Rajasthan, is managed by NGO, Shri Rajasthani Seva Sangh.  

The special convocation of JJT University also coincided with the Golden Jubilee celebration of Shri Rajasthani Seva Sangh and Silver Jubilee celebration of Parmeshwari Devi Durga Dutt Tibrewala College.

Seven other eminent personalities from various fields -- spiritual, social, educational to literary etc.--  were also conferred the Degree of D.Litt.

In his acceptance speech, the Governor said that conferment of the degree is an acknowledgment to the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

Dwelling in length about the State’s potentials in hydropower, tourism and other sectors and also informing that Arunachal Pradesh has adopted the state Public Private Partnership policy, paving the way for private investment in various sectors of the state, the Governor invited the corporate leaders and NGOs to Arunachal Pradesh and support the socio-economic efforts of the State Government for the cause of Arunachalees.

Stating that Arunachal Pradesh is a very young state, which has just completed 25 years of statehood, he said the education sector in the state is yet to fully develop.  The Governor said that today, Arunachal has only one University and two technical institutes including one National Institute of Technology, nine government colleges and eight colleges run by non-governmental organization. Inviting the NGOs like Shri Rajasthani Seva Sangh to join hands in spreading the light of education, the Governor informed that Arunachal Govt is going to set up institutions of higher and technical education under the PPP mode.

The Governor went on to suggest for inter university activities, like exchange programmes. He said that the initiative will definitely help the students in learning about their peers in other Universities and vice versa. While looking forward for cooperation, he also suggested for exchange programme for the teaching faculty, which he feels will ingrain better teaching methods.

The Governor requested NGOs with educational goals to be partners in development of education in Arunachal Pradesh.

It is another feather to his cap for General Singh who was awarded the Capital Foundation Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to security and devel opment by Capital Foundation, New Delhi recently. Former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presented the award to the Governor in the Capital Foundation Annual Lecture at India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi on December 5 last. (PRO to Governor)



CRPF, ITBP observe World Health Day

ITANAGAR, Apr 7: Fifteen Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel donated blood voluntarily in a blood donation camp organized by 138 Battalion of CRPF based at Sinkiview off  Itanagar in collaboration with Ramakrishna Mission Hospital today.

The programme, which is a regular exercise of the paramilitary force, was organized to mark the World Health Day today and as part of the CRPF’s Valour Day celebration on April 9.

Ramukut Kerketta, 2nd-in-command of the battalion, CMO and senior officers of the unit supervised the camp.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) based at Khating Hill here also observed the World Health Day by organizing health awareness camp.

The health officers of the para military force Dr. MI Rehman and Dr. Zabeeulla spoke on general health habits, dental care and heart diseases and various preventive and precautionary measures to avoid some common diseases.

ITBP DIG, Itanagar RK Sah and his team of officers also shared few words and experiences for living a healthy and tension free life.

A teaching programme on various yoga posture was also held in the morning conducted by Art of Living.



Mopin celebrated with traditional fervor

ITANAGAR, Apr 7: Mopin, the major agricultural festival of the Galo community was celebrated with traditional fervour at Kaying in West Siang district on April 5.

Addressing the gathering, BJP National Council member, Bai Gadi called upon the people to  preserve and protect the rich cultural heritage and identity of various tribes of the state. Every member of the tribe should be proud of our own identity and culture, he said and also appealed one and all to respect the cultural sentiments of all communities for peaceful co-existence.

SEPPA: The Mopin was also celebrated at Seppa by the Galo and Adi Communities with pomp and gaiety.

Addressing the revellers, the special guest on the occasion, Dr Joram Beda, an IAS officer, called upon all the tribes of the state to participate in such festival to promote brotherhood and harmony.

The patron of the festival, Kego Jelin said festivals not only foster brotherhood and harmony, it helps the community to preserve its culture and identity as well.

Besides the Galos and the Adis, large number of people from Nyishi community participated in the celebration.

DAMBUK: Mopin, was celebrated at Dambuk under Lower Dibang Valley district for the first time on April 5 with rest of the state. The Govt employees posted at Dambuk, comprising of various tribes celebrated  the festival together.

The celebration was initiated by Eving Yirang CO cum BDO Dambuk, who was also Pinggi-Neri of the festival. Pingi Neri said that the attempt was to bring all the communities under one umbrella.

RUKSIN: Mopin was celebrated at Ruksin town in East Siang district by the Galos and Adis under the aegis of Ruksin Staff Mopin-Solung organizing committee today with pomp and gaiety. The day-long programme started with hoisting of Mopin flag, which was followed by traditional dance and deliberation on the significance of Mopin festival.

Ruksin MLA Tangor Tapak urged the people of the area for a cordial relations with one another.  Yingkiong ADC Rajesh Panyang stressed on preservation of traditional culture to preserve their unique identity while addressing the people.

Jonai (Assam) SDO Arpan Kr Saikia urged the leaders of the communities to demonstrate the rich cultural heritage of Arunachal tribes before the rest of the world. He urged the local MLA to raise the issue before the Arunachal State Government.

Training on Agri and allied sector

ITANAGAR, Apr 7: A day-long demonstration cum awareness programme on Agriculture and allied sector for farmers and panchayat leaders was conducted by Block Technology Team (BTT) Convenor, Sagalee under the sponsorship of Agriculture Technology Management Agency, Papum Pare at Lower Ghai, under Sagalee sub-division on April five.

Sub-divisional agriculture officer cum BTT convenor B Nakam explained the importance of taking up agriculture  activities for self sufficiency and sustainable development. He suggested the trainees to go for vegetable cultivation in addition to cereal and pulses for better income generation.

BTT members explained about horticultural crop production and plant protection practices of citrus plants.

BTM (Agriculture Technology Management Agency) Dr. M Mallo spoke about farming activities like poultry, piggery, goatery etc. and disease control measures of domestic animals.

A demo on bamboo craft making was presented by an expert from Tripura.

The programme was chaired by Sagalee ZPM Abraham K Techi.


Auto Agency-AdiSU tussle ends

YINGKIONG, April 7: The two months long tussle between owner of M/s Libang Auto Agency, Yingkiong Petrol pump and Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) executive body has been resolved in a Kebang held at Yingkiong recently.

Along with Adi Baane Kebang representatives,  HGBs of Simong, Gette, Gossang and Pugging villages, and representatives of AdiSU participated in the discussion and unanimously abided by the Kebang decision.

In the Kebang, AdiSU President and Secretary Sokun Sibo and Obuk Gao, admitted and accepted moral responsibility of damaging the M/s Libang Auto Agency Petrol pump, Yingkiong on February 21 and both tendered public apology to the owner Alo Libang and the public of Upper Siang district.

Meanwhile, Libang accepted the apology tendered by Sibo and Gao and further did not seek compensation against the damages incurred amounting to Rs. 5 lakhs approximately as per IOC verification.

Amongst other, EAC Talo Jerang, Bani Danggen, Chief Adviser of ABK, Gemin Jiji, President, ABK, Upper Siang unit, Takkin Tekseng, Adviser AAK and all senior citizens, and other ABK executive members attended the Kebang. DIPRO


New circle Hq sought

ITANAGAR, Apr 7: The Steering Committee for creation of New Circle Headquarter at Tasulangcho (Hiba), Kurung Kumey has appealed to the Chief Minister for creation of Pach-Pai circle with its headquarters at Tasulangcho.

The proposed circle of the Committee comprises of 18 villages and five Anchal segments with total population of 8,800 in Upper Sangram belt.

In a memorandum submitted to the CM, the Committee said that creation of a separate circle headquarters will bring a ray of hope for the people of Upper Sangram belt and accelerate development activities.

Meanwhile, the Committee claimed that the Chief Minister assured to consider the demand for a new circle as early as possible.


AMYAA promotes sustainable income generation

ITANAGAR, Apr 7: Ambeya Yaku Awrue of Mayu – I and Miya Jambo of Mayu II of Roing, through Fish and Pork Pickle Making have managed to make a quite a profit. These SHGs are formed and promoted by Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA) NGO of Miao. The SHGs sell their locally made pickles through door to door marketing. By and large the pickle products have attracted good number of customers.

The AMYAA would further train the SHGs in improving the quality of the pickle products and package it well for good marketing returns.


Way of the cross

ITANAGAR, Apr 7: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Nyokum Lapang Itanagar, commemorated the death and crucifixion of Jesus Christ by reenacting the Way of the Cross across the streets of Itanagar town yesterday. Around 200 believers, including women and children, took out a procession starting at “0” point to Bank Tinali and back along with Jesus Christ, who carried the Cross from Church at Nyokum Lapang, singing hymns and reciting the prayers that Jesus taught.

The elders of the church took main roles in re-enacting the Way of the Cross.

Earlier, in the day, the believers gathered in the Church for distribution of the holy communion. In the liturgy of the Words, the entire Gospel on the passion of Jesus Christ was read out.

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