April  04

Efforts on to promote tea marketing in Siang belt

Tea Master training on quality tea production held


RUKSIN, April 03: With a view to increase tea plantation and promote the tea marketing in Siang belt of Arunachal bordering Assam, the Siang Tea industries (P) Ltd is continuing its efforts to enhance the small tea growers with periodic training in this field.

As part of their regular training programme on tea cultivation and management, the company today conducted a day-long ‘Tea Master Workshop’ at Oyan. As many as 40 tea planters from Sille, Ruksin, Bilat and Jonai circle participated in the training.

The maser trainers during the technical session imparted training on development of tea garden and its management in terms of water and pest managements.

The manager of Donyi Polo Tea Estate Manuj Kumar, in his presentation delivered on “drought management in tea cultivation”. He said that deficit rainfall for the last few years badly affected tea leave production in the region.

Another manager of the tea state Tai Pajing discussed on the challenges of tea cultivation and management of tea garden in hilly areas of Arunachal. Sharing his experience on production of Green Tea and Orthodox Tea, he suggested the tea growers to produce quality tea to compete the present tea market. A Japanese successful tea planter, Niroku Muramatsu, who is on a trail of visit tea gardens in Assam and Arunachal also participated in the workshop. He shared his field experience in quality Green Tea production. Niroku has grown tea plants in a 10 hectare area in Shizuoka in Japan and having production of 1.5 tonne per annum. His Green tea is being sold at Rs 24,000 per kg. Japanese tea planter Niroku Muramatsu is accompanied by two lady NGO activists - Hiromi Niimi of "Cheri Blossom Foundation" and Ai Okajima from "Sakura Kishan(NGO)".

It is worth mentioning here that  the Japanese government wishing to create export of red tea, which seemed to have a huge global demand, sent Motokichi Tada, father of black tea cultivation in Japan, to China and India (Darjeeling and Assam) on an official mission from 1875 to 1877. Motokichi Tada in turn traveled the precarious paths in to the remote parts of Asia to learn the technology to produce red tea for the first time in 1881 and started to propagate it throughout Japan.

After liberalization of import of red tea into Japan in 1971, production of red tea has decreased considerably.

However, concerned about the decay in the red tea industry, Niroku Muramatsu from Mariko created a cross between “Benifuki” from “Benihomare” and Chinese-type “Darjeeling” in 1953-1955 to activate the industry of Yoshinobu Tokugawa’s legacy in Mariko, Shizuoka Prefecure.

Attending the workshop, former Arunachal Chief Minister Gegong Apang made holistic approach to the farmers/trainees for development of agriculture and tea plantation activities in the belt for uliftment of their household economy.

The entire programme was facilitated by leading tea promoter and former union minister Omak Apang.



AAPSU promotes peace & harmony

ITANAGAR, April 03: Promoting peace and communal harmony across the state, a team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) led by its vice president Happy Toko went on to preach peace and communal harmony  among the communities in Lower Subansiri district recently. During its peace and harmony campaign, the apex student felt that mistrust among the tribes in the Arunachal Pradesh is widening the communal line.

Speaking on the occasion Happy said that individual and community must rise above hatred and jealousy, so that communal discord disappeared. AAPSU also felt that to achieve peace and communal harmony in the society,  the concerted efforts and support from every community is needed.



Tearful adieu to Sr. mediaperson

ITANAGAR, April 03: State’s former and senior mediaperson Gopal Ghosh, who had breathed his last at CMC, Vellore in Tamil Nadu Tuesday morning following a brief illness, was given a tearful adieu here today.

Heartrending cries of the family members including septuagenarian father Sunil Ghosh, mother Kabita Ghosh, 55, young wife Sujata, two minor daughters rented the air while host of well wishers bade tearful adieu as his mortal remains were taken to Laluk burial ground from Sammanoy Gut Cooperative Society chairperson Minoti Riba’s E-sector residence here Wednesday evening. Tourism Parliamentary Secretary P D Sona along with his wife, host of media persons led by Arunachal Press Club advisors Taro Chatung and Pradeep Kumar, a number of his well wishers paid last respect to the mortal remains after it arrived E-sector, Gopal’s second home for the last two decades.

An experienced cameraman and sound recordist, Ghosh had worked in more than 20 documentaries and films. Associated with the Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation since its inception in 1998 as a programme assistant, he was widely known among the film and media fraternity of the state. Between God and Me, When the Mist is Lifted, And Silently the Drums Wait and Ane Ge Nyode are some of the notable films among many in which Ghosh worked as assistant cameraman and sound recordist.

CCRD executive director Moji Riba along with Minoti Riba and other family members were inconsolable as Gopal was an indivisible member of the family as well as CCRD. Moji accompanied the family members to Laluk for the last rites.



Minister inaugurates Mangnang primary school


RUKSIN, April 3: The state’s Education Minister Bosiram Siram today inaugurated upgraded Primary School at Mangnang village in presence of West-Pasighat BJP MLA Tangor Tapak and a host of government officials and public leaders.

Established in 1967, the only educational institution in the old village was upgraded to Upper Primary school last year. The education department accorded sanction for extension of three classrooms and other structures, which was completed recently.

Addressing a public meeting at newly opened Mangnang Village Community Hall, minister Siram urged the local people to protect the school building and other properties as their own. Stating that a qualified person brings pride to entire society, he urged the teachers to be dedicated in imparting quality education to the budding students. He laid stress on development of a well defined “Teaching –Learning” process in the institution to create human resources from the rural area.

Responding a memorandum submitted by the School Management Committee, the minister assured to grant necessary fund for construction of boundary wall around the school premise and construction of teacher’s hostel inside it. He suggested the student to take science and technical education to ensure their employment avenues in the future.

Speaking the occasion, BJP MLA Tangor Tapak urged the people to work in united for their overall development. He suggested the villagers to move the government for having various development schemes in their village.

Earlier, the newly constructed Mangnang Community Hall was also opened by Head Gao Burah Tapor Takoh in presence of the local leaders, PRI members and Gaon Burahs from nearby villages. The hall was constructed under MP’s local Area Development fund.

The leading villagers in the meeting placed a lot of grievances and problems such as lack of road communication, education and drinking water problems and lack of flood protection measures in the paddy fields etc and pursued the minister and the local MLA to solve their problem.

The Mangnang village falls under Sille-Oyan circle in East Siang district is settled in reserve forest area. About 80 families living in the village are still passing middle-age lifestyle. The local MLA (BJP) is allegedly neglecting the infrastructure development of the village as the village has Congress stronghold.



Work hard for the cause of society’

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, April 03: Commissioner Tax and Excise Tape Bagra urged the Arunachal Pradesh Welfare Society (APWS) to make the better to best and set an example of good work in the state. He said this while inaugurating the society office in a small but glittering function here today. Chief Engineer PWD Central Zone Kuru Sera and host of dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Bagra lauded the executive members for such noble initiative and called upon them to dedicatedly work for the betterment of society. “The aims and objectives laid down in the Society bye-law is very meaningful and achievable” he said while exhorting the team APWS to work hard for good cause. However, he urged them to prioritize their works according to need of the hour.  

Stressing on a peaceful atmosphere for all round development, Chief Engineer Kuru Sera, stated that people of every community and tribe should live peacefully together for betterment. While exuding hope that the newly formed Society would bring lots of positive changes in the state, he further called upon the people specially youths of state to extend full cooperation to the Society so that it achieves its goal.

Special invitee and Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) President Kangir Jamoh said that need of the hour in the state is a common platform for all tribes and communities. He hoped that newly formed APWS would serve as common platform for every community and tribe to work for betterment of state. Welcoming the formation of Society, ABK president assured to extend cooperation from Adi community to the APWS for good cause. “Young people can change the phase of history”, he said while calling upon them to learn positive lessons from their seniors.  

Lauding the formation of Society, senior political leader Kameng Ringu said the new organization with objective to bring changes in the society should not be backed by any political party or leader.

“Confrontation is always bad and it should be avoided at any cost” he said while suggesting the members to work on to bring every Arunachalee together in a single family. He also called for eradication of corruption from the state citing corruption divides the people.

While giving detailed overview on newly formed Society, its chairman Jalley Sonam said that APWS is a common platform of every community and tribe to fight against various social taboos and illegal practice like forceful snatching of land, fine system etc prevailing in the society.

He also informed that APWS will also work for betterment of unemployed youths of the society besides other welfare activities.

Consultant of Society Nani Kojin also spoke on the occasion and shared his experience about social works. He urged the youths to strive hard to make the state a better place for living. “We should try to give something to the society instead of always expecting from it” he said and stressed on eradication of fine system.

Earlier, Society general secretary Tadar Kayu in his welcome address highlighted on the basic aims and objectives of Society and called for support.

Meanwhile, as token of encouragement chief guest, guest of honour and special invitees got their names registered for permanent membership in the society on the occasion. The day-long programme was marked by various pleasant songs presented by volunteers.



DEO reviews law  and order for smooth panchayat polls

PASIGHAT, April 03: The DC-cum-DEO (PR & Municipal) RK Mishra held a consultative meeting with the SP and administrative officers in his conference hall to discuss forthcoming elections process and to ensure conduct free and fair poll, after announcement of the Panchayat and Municipal elections and also the imposition of the Model Code of Conduct in the district. Mishra appealed for strict adherence to model code of conduct and asked full cooperation from the govt. officers in this regards.

The DEO praised the common citizens, admin officers and security personnel for their coordinated efforts in controlling law & order situation in the township. He stated that the district was successful in dealing with law and order tactfully and effectively and cooperating with total dedication of all and had been effective in prevention of crime.

Taking privilege, Mishra claimed that during the last six months local administration and police could seize huge drugs, illegal and offensive items/materials from anti-social elements and finally suitable action has been taken against them.

Reportedly during the last financial year (April 2012 to March 2013) 48 FIRs were lodged and 60% have been worked out. He further informed that police patrolling in market places has been intensified to ensure good public dealings and business activities. Introducing Mobile Patrolling in the township crime rates has remarkably decreased and people feeling better and safe these days. Mobile Patrolling Police personnel doing nice job and they will be awarded with cash and certificates, stated the DC.

Mishra also informed that there will be unannounced magisterial visits in security camps/work places and stringent action will be taken if any one commits crime. Protective measures of land encroachments, installation of CCTVs in all venerable places including govt. establishments, ILP checking, implementation of strict traffic rules, eventuality and disaster managements etc were other parts of the discussion.

The DEO while stressing on conducive atmosphere for election activities, urged the attended officers to extend their help and cooperation with same tempo to conduct the forthcoming elections peacefully and fairly. Another consultative meeting would be held with the representatives of all political parties and administrative and security officers soon in the district, he apprised.

The SP Pushpendra Kumar said that he has already given special instructions to the security forces soon after receiving the announcement of the PR & Municipal elections. He suggested to set up a special police check-gate in 2Mile area to make Pasighat a better place for the Pasighatians in days to come. CCTV installations will be completed within April, he further added.   DIPRO



Development of sustainable livelihood options blending traditional sources

ITANAGAR, April 03: Inspire Network for Environment (INE), a Delhi based NGO, along with Yuva Arunachal an NGO based at Tawang have joined their hands with Indian Army for developing a replicable sustainable livelihood model in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The model uses both traditional and modern livelihood sources for income generation of the local communities. The out of the box and innovative program has been appreciated by NABARD and they have extended the initial financial support for the same.

A medicinal plant garden which will cultivate more than 16 species of high altitude medicinal plants and a traditional healing center which will serve also as a Buddhist medicine training center for the youth in this area will be established in the first phase with support from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Indian Army has already constructed the building which will serve as the traditional medicine training cum treatment center in the village Gomkhang 14 kms away from Tawang.

On the occasion of the inauguration of the program and the training center yesterday, Station Commander of Tawang Garrison, Brigadier J. S. Rajpurohit told that the program is another incarnation of the commitment of Indian Army to its committed efforts to improve the livelihood and standard of living of the local communities in the state. He also mentioned that majority of the people of Tawang are still depending upon the traditional system of medicine and Indian army is really grateful to be the backbone of the program supporting the propagation of Buddhist system of Medicine.

The initiative has been highly appreciated by Abhishek Dev, Deputy Commissioner, Tawang as well, who emphasized that such moves are the need of the hour. In his speech during the inaugural function at Gomkhang, President of Yuva Arunachal, Chombey Kee mentioned about the contemporary urgency of such initiatives is not only to flag the significance of Buddhist medicinal plant tradition but also to attract young professionals to this profession to maintain this as a significant practice among the Indian systems of Medicine.  

The Buddhist ethnic groups of western Arunachal Pradesh have a long standing practice of Tibetan Medicine on behalf of its lineage with Tibet which is now part of China. INE has been put in touch with Topgay, a traditional healer living in the village of Gomkhang by Indian Army. The systematic way of functioning of Topgay, not only in his medical practice but also in the maintenance of nursery of high altitude medicinal plants caught the attention of INE officials during the very first visit. According to Dr. Monalisa Sen, Program Officer of INE Topgay was identified as a true conservation leader rather than a Tibetan medical practitioner. She also added that the systematic maintenance of records and medicinal plant plantation by him was decided to be taken ahead as a replicable local model even at the national level considering this as a classic case study. NABARD which is already a channel partner with INE in many developmental initiatives in Arunachal Pradesh, extended their hand to support the initiatives of Topgay and to upscale the same. Very soon plantations of more than 18 high altitude medicinal plants would be raised in the village of Gomkhang with the financial support from NABARD, which would also document the traditional cultivation practices and cost benefits of these medicinal plant species. General Manager of NABARD, Itanagar – Dr. P. Radhakrishnan, expressed his gratitude at being part of such grassroot level initiative in Arunachal Pradesh. Dr. Jayahari KM, Program Officer, INE commented that this is an effort to develop a sustainable livelihood model in the state which depends solely on local resources with a strong element of reliability in terms of concept.

The program also envisages to set up a traditional and modern handmade paper making unit in the village of Gomkhang. Tawang is already a plastic banned area which uses solely paper bags in all kinds of shops by order from Deputy Commissioner Tawang. At present the paper bags are reaching at Tawang from the plains which makes them more cost intensive. INE along with Yuva and Indian Army is planning to establish a paper making unit in Village Gomkhang which will produce hand- made paper from an array of waste materials of Tawang and supply paper bags back to the town. The unit will also produce traditional hand- made paper from plant, Daphnae papyracea which has high export value.

These small initiatives will go a long way in making the state obtain sustainable development. (Contributed by Nima Kherab)



Reservation of seats for Panchayat polls

SEPPA, April 03: Deputy Commissioner cum DEO Tope Bam under provision of Section 5, 8 and 12 of Panchayati Raj (Delimitation of constituencies and reservation of seats for women) Rules, 2012, has determined the 33% reserved seats for women from GP, AS and ZP in East Kameng district by drawing lottery at Kameng Hall here yesterday.

The 33% reserved seats for women were determined out of 456 GPM seats, 139 AS and 14 ZPM seats.  Administrative officers, HODs, PR members, representative of political parties and public of East Kameng were present on the occasion.

The total numbers of voters as of now are 45,953 under 142 polling stations in East Kameng.

Meanwhile DC held a preliminary meeting with administrative officers and police in his office chamber today in order to share experiences and views to go ahead for successful conduct of the forthcoming PR elections. He urged the administrative officers to ensure that the forthcoming election is held tactfully maintaining complete teamwork among ROs and AROs. He also directed them to ensure that Govt. officers and staffs stay at the station and not to recommend grant of leave other than exceptional unavoidable circumstances. Further they were advised to conduct peace awareness campaigns among the masses within their jurisdictions with help of PRI members and GBs of the respective village.

The main points of discussion were sensitive and hyper sensitive places, requirement of vehicles and police personnel, movement plans etc. Presiding officer’s handbook and PR manuals were distributed.

Draw of Lottery for reservation of seats for woman in the ensuing Panchayat Elections in Lower Dibang Valley district was also conducted at Anchal Samity Hall, Roing today in presence of huge gathering of PRI members and Public.

Two ZPM seats, namely Meka and Iduli out of 6 went to woman reservation while Hunli and Meka came under women reservation out of 6 Anchal chairperson seats. 21 out of 60 ASMs and Gram Chairpersons seats went to women and 86 out of 254 GPM seats went to women reservation.

W Tikhak, ADC cum District Panchayat Development Officer presided over the programme as chairman.

Chiliko Meto, Zilla Chairperson, ZPMs, A Pertin, SDO, Sangeeta Yirang, EAC (Panchayat), Anchal Chairpersons and other PRI members and public witness the proceedings. DIPRO



EE clarified

ITANAGAR, April 3: PWD Tali division Executive Engineer Nich Tadar, camp office at Ziro clarified that the culprit and his accomplices have made an attempt on his life without any valid reasons on March 30. Demanding capital punishment to the accused, Tadar requested to all the Engineering fraternity to condemn such inhuman crimes.

Narrating the whole incident, Tadar said that the BADP scheme for construction of road from Chetam to Pip-Sorang, taking Chetam village as take off point has been sanctioned in  two phases which has already been implemented as phase-I (0.00 Km to 25 Km) and phase-II (25 Km to 40 Km) and these phases of schemes were  already closed/exhausted with huge amount of liabilities amounting more than crores. Tadar further informed that after his joining, a fact finding committee and finally department/technical committee with 2 AE's and 4 JE’s were constituted during the month of October’2012 for spot verification of the bills pending in the division office. “After detailed/ thorough scrutinizing with relevant available documents and spot verifications, the committee submitted the final report during the 2nd week of March 2013. Further even after 2 phases of sanction/implementations, the road could not be made motorable. Therefore, a scheme proposal was made under BADP during the last financial year to make the road “through” and sanctions of Rs 2.00 Crores against above proposal and scopes had been received and implemented for the full scope of works.

As per final report submitted by the fact finding committee, 25% of pending amounts of phase-I & II was uniformly paid to all contractors,  the EE  said.

EE Tadar went on to add “Now one Kogam Bagang, previously known to be resident of Pip-Sorang circle Kurung Kumev district happened to meet me in the morning of 29th March’13 while I was about to board in my official vehicle. He started arguing with me with all nonsense languages at which I told him to meet me in the office on the next day i.e Saturday, to talk with the documents, as 29th March' 13 was an official holiday. That, the next day, Kogam Bagang came to office chamber along with 4 other persons at which I told the other four persons to come afterwards as I was to clarify Kogam Bagang, about my stand. The four other persons told me that they have come as the witness of Kogam Bagang. I took out my official documents i.e. verification report of the committee and I tried to persuade Kogam Bagang that his claim is not genuine as his name doesn’t appear in the list of committee reports which was even verified by his four other accomplices. I suggested him to meet the committee members, why he has been left out if he had really done the works of Chetam to Pipsorang road. In a moment, he started scolding, shouting at me with nonsense words, saying that why the verifying committees were formed and he was not going to meet the committee members. Meanwhile hot arguments started between me and Kogam Bagang at which official staffs also rushed into my office chamber. Once he stood up to punch me which was interrupted by the official staffs whereas his accomplice were just sitting and watching. After this, Kogam Bagang suddenly took out a bottle of petrol from his bag and sprayed/poured on me to immolate which was interrupted by my sub-ordinate staffs and dragged him out from my office chamber. Meanwhile I rushed to the police station for lodging FIR to P S Ziro, meanwhile Kogam Bagang along with four others fled away from Ziro.”



Stress Management Programme for policemen


ROING, April 03: Policing is a dangerous profession. The danger lurks not only on the streets, but from the nature of a policemen’s duty. They have frequent encounters with violence, recklessness and all the ills of society.

Such exposure causes distress and can have negative effects on a policemen’s psyche. It takes heavy toll on the psychological health of a policeman.

Therefore, to ensure better policing by helping policemen to cope with the rigors of their duty, a special Stress Management Programme for policemen was held here today at VKV auditorium hall. The 3-day course is designed by Art of Living, Wakro and co-organized by Anu Siksha Seva Trust (ASSET).

Several studies have shown that stress on policemen causes bouts of anger, depression, or disillusion. These psychological indispositions then may lead to strained relationships, loss of family bonds and drug addiction.

Policemen in Roing are no exception to such stress disorder. They are exposed to all sorts of illicit habits making them vulnerable.

Reports here say that several unlawful gangs that have sprung up in the town, composed of young boys are from police family background. Also during several drug raids on local houses selling opium/brown sugar, several customers were found to be policemen.

Aware of such inefficiencies, the Roing Police Department enrolled 30 policemen for SMP training. The training was inaugurated by CK Mein, IPS, Superintendent of Police, Roing.

Dr Rama Tewari, Art of Living taught surya namaskar and several breathing exercises like Pranayama – Art of Yoga breathing to the policemen.

During the 3-day training, the participants are debarred from taking addictive substances. The purpose of which, according to Dr Rama is being true to oneself. “If one cannot be good to self, what good can he be to others?”

The participants are also advised not to consume alcohol and non-vegetarian diet during the training. In this whole Yoga exercises, the purpose is to cleanse oneself of all inner dirt and draw energy for the living body. Consumption of unregulated diet is said to drain energy from the body, depriving full benefit of the stress management exercises.



AITS conducts outreach programme

ITANAGAR, April 03: The Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies of Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills organized a one day outreach programme at Pachin village, Papum Pare district recently.

Explaining the idea behind organizing the outreach programme by AITS, Programme Co-coordinator Dr. Jumyir Basar said that “it was an attempt to reach out to the rural people and bridge the ever growing gap between the University community and the rural public”. She emphasized that the overall development process of growth in terms of educational values, healthcare facilities and empowerment of women to be ensured at all levels of the society, especially beginning from the village level.

Dr. Akin Tana Tara, MO, Community Health Centre, RGU, Doimukh delivered an effective talk on health and hygiene. He dwelt upon the benefits of maintaining personal hygiene, immunization from dreaded diseases, child and mother healthcare, taking preventive measures to avoid reaching the curative stage of the diseases and significance of completing medicinal dosage by patients.

Dr. Kesang Degi, Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Education,  RGU spoke on  the role of parents in the education of their children with particular focus on the family environment of Tribal Society of capital complex and the psychological need of the children. She called for a joint effort on part of both the parents and teachers in imparting right education to the children.

Devi Baruah, Department of Commerce, RGU interacted with the self-help group formed by the women of Pachin village and suggested how to invest their money for developmental activities and income generation activities.

During the outreach programme, an essay writing competition and poster drawing competition for the students of the Abotani Vidya Niketan was also conducted by the M. Phil scholars of AITS. Attractive prizes and certificates were given away to the winners of the competitions.

Villagers of Pachin, guardians, students, teaching staff of Abotani Vidya Niketan attended the programme.



DC calls for timely completion of projects

ANINI, April 03: Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Tamune Miso has expressed his strong reservation over slow progress of some schemes and instructed executing departments to put extra effort to expedite the work and complete every project on time.

Presiding over the 10th District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) meeting in his office chamber today, the DC emphasized on conduction of regular site inspections/visits by DLMC every month. Deciding to conduct DLMC meeting on first Friday of every month, the DC directed all present to ensure their attendance in the meeting without fail.

Initiating the routine review process of schemes, DC read out the adverse observations/remarks given by the Third Party Monitoring Team and sought clarification from the executing agencies in the regard. He also constituted a sub-committee to enquire into the matter. The committee will submit its verification report, basing upon which the DLMC will decide action if required to be initiated against the executing department found to be defaulter.

Speaking in the meeting, CW Chautang, DPO urged all heads of the works department to submit a hard and soft copy along with the photograph of the every ongoing and completed scheme which would enable the department to reflect true developmental picture of the district and also help District Planning Unit (DPU) to keep proper documentary evidence/ records in respect of every scheme.

All heads of the working department and their representative presented physical and financial achievements of the various ongoing and completed works/schemes under SPA/PMs Package/BADP/ACA/RIDF/NLCPR etc. executed by the respective departments.

As per latest Govt. directives, all the departments are to invariably submit report of developmental schemes carried out under AOP (Annual Operating Plan) of respective department which would be monitored by DLMC.

The meeting was attended by all the DLMC members, HODs and Administrative Officers. DIPRO

Cash reward stands


The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006





Mechukha tension diffused, MLA calls for peace

ITANAGAR, April 03: The tense situation in Mechukha, headquarters of Mechukha Sub-Division for the last couple of days has been reportedly defused. Mechukha was in news recently following the March 28 incident wherein a senior citizen of that area was physically assaulted allegedly by a group of people including the Circle Head Gaon Bura in the office premise of Additional Deputy Commissioner.

When contacted, ADC, Mechukha G Poyom informed that though the situation was tense but it was normalized this evening after his personal intervention and arresting of all the culprits. He also informed that in order to tackle any kind of untoward situation, additional police reinforcement was also called from district headquarters.  

While expressing serious concern over prevailing situation at Mechukha, after the March 28 incident, local MLA P D Sona today called upon all the people of his constituency to maintain peace and suggested to solve the matter amicably. Informing that he was in constant touch with the administration on the matter, Sona stated that incident should not be given communal colour and let the law take its own course of action.  

Meanwhile, All Mechukha Sub-Division Adi (BRB) Welfare Society today demanded immediate termination of HGB from the post for leading such unlawful act that also in the govt office premise.

All Libo Bokar Ramo Students’ Union (ALBRSU) and  Boh Ao Welfare Society of Tato under Mechukha subdivision  demanded  punishment to the  persons involved in the  incident.



Medicine for livestock sought

ITANAGAR, April 03: The Assembly Youth Congress of Palin Constituency today sought medicine for cattle saying that the cattle of villages like Rakso, Radang, Solo, Lumba, Tassar, Dui and Bangte under Palin circle are suffering from foot and mouth diseases. It further appealed for a team of veterinary doctor and staff to check and control the spread of F&MD in the villages.



Recruitment rally

ITANAGAR, April 03: Airmen Selection Centre, Guwahati is conducting a Recruitment Rally on May 3 and 5 at ‘Indira Gandhi Stadium, Mereima, Kohima, Nagaland exclusively for eligible male candidates of Nagaland, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to join as airmen in Indian Air Force in Non-Technical and Technical trades respectively.

The required educational qualification for non–technical trades should be an Intermediate / 10+2 or two years vocational course pass conducted by CBSE and Intermediate / 10+2 or three years diploma course from a Govt. recognized Polytechnic Institute for technical trades with minimum 50% marks in aggregate and English subject.  The candidates should be born between May 1, 1993 and November 30, 1996 (both days inclusive).

Interested candidates may contact on Telephone No. : 0361-2843385 / 0361- 2840051 or log on to www.indianairforce.nic.in or visit No 11 Airmen Selection Centre, Borjhar, Guwahati for detailed information.



‘Improve BSNL service’

CHANGLANG, April 03: Claiming that the BSNL mobile phone tower erected at Longkey village in Khimiyang Circle has been lying defunct since its installation in 2011 causing great problem to the govt staff, defense personnel and common public, Khimiyang Zonal Youth Social Welfare Committee on behalf of the people of Khimiyang Circle, located near Indo-Myanmar border, appealed to the BSNL authority to make the BSNL Tower functional immediately failing which the Committee threatened to resort to protest. DIPRO



House gutted

ITANAGAR, April 03: A dwelling house was gutted in a fire at Bameng Medical Colony, East Kameng district at around 7.30 pm on March 28 last. The house owner Awa Dodum lost  house-hold properties including local ornament in the firs mishap. This was informed by All Bameng Khenewa and Lada  Students Union (ABKLSU)



ANSU reviews its constitution

ITANAGAR, April 03: The extended executive body meeting of All Nyishi Students’ Union concluded at Nikum Niya Hall Nirjuly today.

The main objective of meeting was to review the Union constitution. The implementation of various constitutional amendments shall be effected from the next ANSU general conference–cum-Election.

Students from Rajiv Gandhi University, various colleges, DSUs and BSUs participated in the debate on various amendments of the ANSU constitution.



Laudable step

ITANAGAR, April 03: Creation of Bath – Ganga Anchal Block bifurcating I Borum Anchal Block has been welcomed by the panchayat, public leaders, senior citizens and gaon burahs of the area.

A general body meeting was held in the residence of Borum ZPM Taro Modi on April 2 presided over by Mallo Tata, Public leader and attended by all the 3 ASMs, namely Taba Niglo of Jollang, Techi Tama of Ganga and Bengia Yamang of Bath-Chimpu and several other prominent personalities of the area including HGBs, GBs and senior citizens to discuss regarding the creation of Anchal Block. They hoped that creation of the new Anchal Block will speed up development process, according to a release by Borum ZPM Modi.



Namsai APST exceeds  revenue target

ITANAGAR, April 03:  Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service, Namsai as succeeded in achieving the revenue target fixed by the Government for the 4th consecutive year. The Namsai APST station was fixed a revenue target of Rs. 1,47,19,041  for year 2012-13, against which it earned Rs 1,52,48,564.

The earning would have been more by another Rs 16,00,000 had the hiring bills of buses requisitioned for movement of Police personnel during the law and order problems and other parties who had hired APSTS buses of Namsai were paid by the concerned authority.  The revenue target was achieved despite frequent bandh calls during 2012-13 in Tinsukia district through which all buses of APSTS Namsai operate.  The credit for  achievement which goes to the mechanics, drivers and conductors, according to an official release.



AAPBSU reiterates its demands

ITANAGAR, April 03: Expressing resentment over the alleged failure of the state Govt to fulfill its eight-point charter of demands which was submitted to the Govt during January  2012,  the All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students Union (AAPBSU) today made a fresh appeal to the  state Govt to fulfill its demands within 15 days.

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister, the Union said that it would launch state-wide bandh  call in a phase manner if its demands are not met  within given period  of time.  The Union demanded issue of land possession certificate free of cost to local settlers along border area. It also demanded for establishment of 4th IRBn training center cum headquarter at Radhaso under Taraso circle of Papum Pare district. The creation of well organized border affairs department and establishment of permanent police check post at various needful places. It also demanded for relocation of Likabali inner line check gate and implementation of home guard training to the local youths of border areas.






262 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

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WB calls for a world free of poverty

Calling for ambitious new goals to help the most vulnerable, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has outlined a bold agenda for the global community toward ending extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity to boost the incomes of the poorest 40 per cent of the population in each country.

"We are at an auspicious moment in history when the successes of past decades and an increasingly favorable economic outlook combine to give developing countries a chance - for the first time ever - to end extreme poverty within a generation," Kim said in a speech at Georgetown University. "Our duty now must be to ensure that these favorable circumstances are matched with deliberate decisions to realize this historic opportunity."

Speaking in advance of the upcoming World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, Kim observed that developing economies rebounded quickly from the crisis and are now in a fundamentally sound position, thanks to greater macroeconomic stability, a stronger rule of law, and increased investments in human capital and infrastructure. Productivity growth in the private sector, the source of 90 per cent of all jobs, is high.

Kim noted that the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG), to halve extreme poverty, was achieved in 2010, five years ahead of time, after developing countries spent years investing in social safety nets and working hard to build the fiscal space and create the macroeconomic buffers to respond effectively if a crisis hit.

To achieve the more difficult goal of virtually eliminating extreme poverty, Kim described three factors necessary: First, to reach the goal by 2030 will require an acceleration of the growth rate observed over the past 15 years, and in particular sustained high growth in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Second, it will require efforts to enhance inclusiveness and curb inequality, and ensure that growth translates into poverty reduction, most importantly through job creation. And third, it will require that potential shocks - such as new food, fuel, or financial crises and climatic disasters - be averted or mitigated.