April 27

VKAJI’s Prashikshan Shivir ends

ITANAGAR, April 26: Altogether 27 Karyakartas including 11 females took part in the five days Sanksar Varga Prashikshan Shivir organized by the Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti, Itanagar (VKAJI) specially for the Capital Complex Karyakartas at Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya here from April 21to 25.

The Shivir which was inaugurated by Taba Tatup, Prant Karyalaya Pramukh A.P included the activities like Yoga, lessons from Gita for daily life, creativity session, games, workshop, Sanskar Varga and  ‘Prerna se Punurutthan.’

Besides Taba Tatup, Kalyan Dutta (Maha Nagar Pramukh, Itanagar), Tara Dajam (Nagar Pramukh, Itanagar), Ashok Atale (Nagar Sanghatak, Itanagar) were the resource persons of the programme.


Investigating agency urged to expedite inquiry into poll official death case

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: East Siang district unit of Adi Baane Kebang urged the district administration, magisterial inquiry team and police to expedite the investigation into the mysterious death of Mathew Dabi to establish the truth behind his death.

“No stone must be left unturned to unearth the truth behind the mysterious death of Dabi. If anyone is found involved in his death stringent action must be initiated against the culprit as per law,” ABK district unit general secretary Tajing Taki said in a release.

While assuring ABK’s all support and cooperation to the district administration, magisterial inquiry team and the police in their investigation process, he appealed to all sections of the society to cooperate with the district administration for speedy progress of the enquiry.

Mathew Dabi, Junior Teacher died while performing polling duty near Siine village under Boleng administrative circle of East Siang district. His body was recovered from a gorge by police on April 17 after he had gone missing on April nine, the day of polling.


Environment & forest dept holds meeting with the Poma villagers

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Department of environment and forest represented by ACF Mobile Squad Banderdewa, Range Forest Officer Poma wildlife range and other officials conducted a meeting with Gaon Burah and villagers of Poma village today.

In the meeting, villagers were urged to join hand in hand with the department to manage the menace of forest fire in and around the village area and to help apprehend the perpetrators responsible for it.

The Gaon Burahs, on behalf of villagers, assured full cooperation to the department in controlling the forest fire within their jurisdiction.

The officials further appealed all the villagers to keep in touch with their department to curb such incidents of forest fire in future.


KV-2 celebrates annual day with enthusiasm

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: The annual day of Kendriya Vidyalaya No.2 Itanagar was celebrated today with zeal and enthusiasm.

Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Higher and Technical Education joint director Dr. Tejum Padu advocated the concept of education as a holistic approach. He said it is the duty of every stakeholder to safeguard the young and ignited minds for strong Nation. Padu also laid emphasis on the relentless efforts to be put by the teachers as well as the students as nation builders.

The chief guest appreciated the cultural programmes presented by the budding talents particularly the Raslila – a Kathak recital performed by Arunika Koley and Tanvi Sarkar (which was choreographed by Amit Kumar Mukherjee, principal, Nrityangan Dance & Music Academy, Itanagar) and the splendid solo dance by Bakut Jomyang.

Earlier school principal Dr. B Saha  in his concise and comprehensive report, highlighted the achievement of the  Vidyalaya. He informed about the success of students of this school in the various fields. 5 students of the session 2013-14 got selected in NIT, Arunachal Pradesh and 3 students were selected for SGFI, he disclosed.  The major attraction of the celebration was presentation of cultural items of various communities by the Vidyalaya children which left the  audience spellbound.  

The cultural programmes also included presentation of tribal dance, and dances of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and  Kerala etc.  Prizes were also distributed on the occasion. The programme was anchored by Shruti and Mitali of Class XII.


News Impact

Expedite construction works of Assembly & civil secretariat buildings: Governor

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma visited the under-construction State Legislative Assembly and Civil Secretariat buildings here today.

Accompanied by Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, Commissioner (PWD) Belatee Pertin, Secretary Planning Sonam Chombay and senior officials of Public Works Department visited various locations of both sites.

Interacting with the officials, the Governor emphasized on expediting the construction works. He suggested on rain water harvesting and use of solar light for road and boundary wall in both the complex. Governor advised the officials to start the landscaping in the coming monsoon so that as soon as the construction works are completed the offices are occupied and works start immediately.

The Governor advised the officials to ensure provisions for physically challenged persons and proper public utilities for visitors and general public. He enquired about power and water supply provisions.   

Public Works Department (Western Zone) Chief Engineer Er. K Waghe briefed the Governor of the construction progress of the buildings. He informed that both the buildings are targeted to be completed by March 2015. Chief Engineer also apprised the Governor of the main design features of buildings and other amenities in it.  General Administration Department has already occupied the Block A of the Civil Secretariat complex. PRO to Governor



Bhaiji calls for urgent steps to end discrimination against NE people

From a Correspondent

MUNSHIPARA, Apr 26: Dr S N Subba Rao, director of National Youth Project and associated with numerous central government bodies, today called for urgent steps to end discrimination against the people of North East India, particularly in Delhi.

While addressing 237 NYP members from 24 states at the valedictory function of the week-long National Integration Youth Leadership camp here, octogenarian Gandhian Dr Rao, lovingly called Bhaiji, expressed deep concern, particularly at the proposal to set up separate hostel for NE students in Bangalore. They are already victims of isolation syndrome, should that feeling be deepened further by such hostels, he wondered.

“Delhi belongs to each Indian, not to Delhites alone. Such discrimination is emboldening divisive forces inimical to India’s unity and integrity. Therefore, special events are essential for NE region to integrate the nation, particularly the isolated border areas to end the feeling of isolation, ensure equal respect to all as proud Indians,” Bhaiji emphatically said.  

Arunachal NYP president H P Biswas, the man behind the event, said the next camp would be organised in area bordering China in Arunachal Pradesh where at least 200 members from all over India would be invited.

Citing the NYP example of two farmers clubs formed by opium addicts in Anjaw district with the help of NABARD which cultivated large size cardamom and sold for Rs 1.76 crore in 2012, Arunachal NYP vice president Pradeep Kumar said this could serve as a model as substitute for opium cultivators while conserving the nature.

NYP trustees Dr R C Gupta and Karayal Sukumaran, NYP dance director Narendra Wadgaokar, senior member Suresh Rathi enlisted NHYP activities that have been channelizing youth power towards nation building, while campers Chandan Kumar (Andhra Pradesh), Bharati Dole (Assam), Vikash Singh (Delhi), Saddit Hassan (J&K) and Karunakaran (Tamil Nadu) gave account of their learning experience of, what they described, highly educative camp.      

By noon came the emotional moment when the campers most of them with tears rolling down their cheeks bade goodbye from each other.



Passengers without ILP sent back from Naharlagun Rly station

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Over 1000 non-Arunachalee people, who were trying to enter the state without Inner Line Permit (ILP), were sent back from Naharlagun Railway Station by Papum Pare district and Capital Complex units of Students Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh yesterday.

Out of the more than 3000 passengers, who were trying to enter the state without ILP, only 50 possessed valid documents (ILPs), informed SUMA in a release.

The checking was carried out jointly by the SUMA units along with Railway Police.

Eight persons, who tried to escape the station through the check gate, were handed over to police.

“Everyday, more than 2000 outsiders enter into the territory of Arunachal Pradesh by taking advantage of the railway connection. If not checked, it will not only have a serious impact on the demographic status of the state but also create law and order problem,” SUMA said.

While expressing concern over this serious matter, the students union said will continue the checking drive until the new government is formed and a mechanism is worked out to check entry of the outsiders without ILP.

“If necessary, we will also carry out checking drive in every colony, sector even in market places against persons staying here without valid ILP,” the release added.



Cleanliness, sense of discipline attract many in Bhutan

From a Correspondent

PHUENTSOLING (Bhutan), Apr 26: Cleanliness, disciplined traffic, imposing buildings with the hallmark of Bhutanese tradition was the first impression on Phuentsoling, the town located along the Indian border covered by dense forest and inhabited by hospitable people.

Bhutan is pole apart in all respects as was visible on the ground. Jaigaon, the busy Indian border town under Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, was dirty, clumsy with horrific traffic and people with ‘do as you like’ attitude.

“But anyone creating even minor law and order problem is imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 forthwith or put behind the bars for 10 days without bail. Smoking in the public invites Rs 5,000 fine in Bhutan” the Himalayan Kingdom, which measures its people’s richness by National Gross Happiness Index.

The team went to Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang monastery in Bhutan below which Jaigaon town, the second most busy trading centre of North Bengal after Silligui that caters to all essential needs of Bhutan, was clearly visible, prominently its  with haphazard growth and Tursa, an Himalayan river flowing through Bhutan, was clearly visible.

Though a 250-strong member team of National Youth Project (NYP) led by its director Dr S N Subba Rao, few senior members, Arunachal NYP president H P Biswas and vice president Pradeep Kumar was allowed entry on Friday without any passport or tourist permit because of very good relation with India, but the cops at the entry gate allowed vehicles only those carrying passengers limited to its sitting capacity.

The team on an excursion reached  Phuentsoling after driving along the 80-km route passing through Jaldapara National Park where surprisingly wild deer and a herd peacock were seen along the NH while Sukhoi MKI fighter aircrafts were on routine flying over the forest from nearby Hasimara air force station. The 80-km road, partly state route and partly NH 31, was not well maintained despite being a defence road.

Back home late evening, the campers swung into their evening routine with Dr Rao, lovingly called Bhaiji, energising them with his educative but emotive address and melodious patriotic songs on the global importance of India and roles of Indians, particularly the youth.

Come evening, the villagers in massive number have been making a beeline to the venue, Ratan Biswas Memorial School to listen to Bhaiji and enjoy the cultural programme by teams of 24 states.

The cultural diversity of India was evident with the campers presenting cultural potpourri, a mixture of classical, folk and modern dances and songs from all regions of the nation. Arunachalee girls besides their traditional dance presenting Nepali dance, a Manipuri boy presenting a classical Bharat Natyam was unique, which Bhaiji said had cemented the Indians in one thread and made India the most unique nation in the world.

“Meeting people from so many states and have experience of so many cultures and languages is well neigh impossible but in such camps”, many campers admitted and said: “We received the practical of our theory ‘unity in diversity’ in true sense”.



Prolonged dry spell hits horticulture production in Siang valley

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Apr 26: A drought-like situation is looming large over Siang valley due to paucity of rainfall this summer.

Scanty rainfall and a prediction of below-average monsoon rainfall this year by Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) are worrying the farming community of Siang belt.

The natural irrigation channels connected to paddy fields have dried up due to long dry spell. It has also severely affected rubber and tea cultivation in entire Siang belt, particularly in Pasighat-West area.

Scanty rainfall or no rain has also produced poor grasslands due to which the farmers are facing hardship in rearing their cattle.

Drought-like situation in 2009 had affected more than 11,000 hectares of cultivated land in Siang districts.

The IMD records over the past years clearly show that rainfall deficiency is alarming in North East, including Arunachal Pradesh. A good rainfall was expected in the last part of this month. Met reports have anticipated that Arunachal Pradesh and other NE states are likely to witness below-average monsoon rainfall this year.



Water crisis in capital

AACWA urges PHED to make alternative arrangement to supply water

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Expressing concern over the hardship faced by the capital dwellers due to acute shoratge of drinking water, the All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA) has urged PHED to make alternative arrangement to mitigate the water crisis in twin capital city of Itanagar and Naharlagun.

The people of the capital complex, including government staff are facing extreme hardship due to non-availability of potable water, AACWA general secretary Nabam Akin Hina said in a release, and questioned the PHED for this artificial water crisis.

He accused the departrtment concerned for failing to supply sufficient water despite crores of rupees are being spent every year on water supply.

Meanwhile, the Association urged the urban development and district administration to check free movement of domestic animals at town areas and also to lift the dumped garbage from road side dustbin timely. He suggested the UD department to create awareness among the business community and city dwellers to keep their surrounding clean and throw garabage in dustbin only.



Arunachal Sr football team to leave for Assam on April 28

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Arunachal Pradesh senior football team will be leaving here for Golaghat, Assam on April 28 to participate in the 20th National Senior Women’s Football Championship beginning tomorrow.

Arunachal will play their first match against host Assam on April 30.

The team is currently undergoing coaching/training at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun under NIS trained coach Kipa Bharat.

Meanwhile, the team today played a friendly match against a veteran team led by MP Takam Sanjoy which ended in a 1-1 draw.

To encurage the team, Arunachal Pradesh Football Association Assistant general secretary Kipa Ajay, Arunachal Pradesh football Players Association president Kipa Takum, Women Football Committee chairman Takam Tallum Dado and some senior football players will also go to Golaghat and witness the first match.



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