April 13


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Demand for director creates furor in NERIST

Staff Reporter

NIRJULI, Apr 12: Irked by the attitude of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the students'community of the North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli, under the banner of the Students Union of NERIST (SUN) staged a protest rally inside the campus, demanding immediate posting of a regular institute Director.

Hundreds of students voiced their protest on Tuesday inside the campus holding placards and banners and shouting slogan against the MHRD for their lackadaisical attitude towards the premier technical institute of the region.  

"Whenever we bring up issues related to the institute with the Director In-charge, they discard it as frivolous, and give the excuse that he is not the regular Director", said Takam Natung GS, SUN, before going on to add that "There are many issues pending due to absence of a regular Director, like fund stagnation for university festival, pending scholarships for Phd scholars, etc."

On Wednesday, the student's community intensified their agitation by locking the main gate and obstructing the movement of faculty members inside the campus, which forced Vice Chancellor RGU Professor Tamo Mibang, who also holds the charge of Director to rush to NERIST to speak to the agitating students.

It is said that Professor Mibang clarified that he has no interest in holding the charge of Director, but stated that he had to comply with the directives of the MHRD, which put him in charge of the institution.  Earlier, then Director In-charge H S Yadav reportedly assigned Professor  Binay Singh of the Department of Forestry as in-charge, but it was overruled by the MHRD and the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), directing Professor Mibang to take charge.

The students' community informed that they have been demanding for a regular and permanent Director since 2014 but the MHRD has been unable to meet the demand.

It was also reported that the Board of Members (BoM) which oversees the appointment of Director in NERIST has had no Chairman since 12th December, 2016.  

When contacted by this daily, Registrar NERIST informed that after P K Barbora's tenure as Chairman of BoM was over in December 2016, the file for new appointment of a BoM Chairman is awaiting for approval in the MHRD.

It is also reported that NERIST is flooded with guest lecturers and has a shortage of permanent teaching staff.




12 UTPs escape Chongkham Outpost, 4 recaptured

Staff Reporter

CHONGKHAM, Apr 12: Twelve Under Trial Prisoners (UTP) escaped from the Chongkham Police Outpost in Namsai district on Tuesday evening at around 7:30pm.

OC Thomas Pertin informed that the 12 UTPs had asked one of the guards to repair a fan inside the lock up. When the guard entered the lock up, the prisoners allegedly pushed him aside and managed to escape.

Out of the 12 UTPs, four have been recaptured, which include Sikhari Chakma, Shigonsizi Chakma, Nakaba Chakma and Rajiv Neog.

The other escapees have been identified as Tajum Tayeng, Chitiso Chakma, Boxsu Chakma, Choto Chakma, Raju Mohan Chakma, Bikram Handique, Chikho Chakma and Kutum Mangpang.

This is the third time that UTPs have escaped from the Chongkham Police Outpost.

There have been repeated instances of UTPs making a jailbreak over the past several years. While some had been arrested for petty theft and other offences, some escapee prisoners were under trial for kidnapping, murder and other notorious crimes.

 In August 2012, three UTPs had escaped from the district jail in Assam's Lakhimpur. Two of the escapees, Mazibur Rahman and Budh Ram Nayak were facing trial for the rape and murder of two  girls at Ganga Market during 2008 in Itanagar.During that time, only one accused, Farook Islam, involved in cases of several thefts, was apprehended and the search for the other two was on.

Similarly, in November 2015, four UTPs lodged in the district jail at Jully basti made a jailbreak, which was noticed when the sentry was taking a headcount. Three of the escapees, namely Dora Sanjoy, Monoj Phukan and Raju Pegu were under trial for their involvement in the infamous kidnapping and murder of a Kerala-based businessman K P Chako. However, the fourth escapee, Shiva Tajuk was a habitual bank robber who was involved in various bank robbery cases. Before the escape, Tajuk was arrested by the police with huge arms and ammunition while he was allegedly planning to commit a bank dacoity in the Capital Complex that same year.

Following the jailbreak of the four UTPs, 10 jail wardens, including a chief warden in the rank of ASI and one head warden were suspended on charges of dereliction of duty.

More recently in November 2016, seven UTPs escaped the Daporijo Police Station early morning after breaking the main entry door. However, all escapees were arrested within 48 hours from different locations of Upper Subansiri district. Following the incident, five police, including one guard commander were suspended.





Bridge over Pachin River to be a reality soon

NAHARLAGUN, Apr 12: The much awaited bridge over river Pachin near the Naharlagun Helipad, which would connect Naharlagun with Borum village, is soon expected to become a reality.

Though the scheme was approved for Bailey bridge, a strong and permanent steel bridge is required and the authority has initiated for it already. Necessary approval and sanction was accorded by the present government with an estimated cost of Rs 5.49 crore.

When contacted, Naharlagun PWD Division Executive Engineer Techi Nabo informed that tender process for construction of 90 mtrs steel bridge over river Pachin is almost completed and work awarding process is being initiated shortly. The bridge would be of 4.5 mtrs breadth, which will accommodate two vehicles at one go. The work is expected to begin by end of this month, Nabo added.

Meanwhile, Chief Engineer, PWD, (WZ) Katung Wahge said that the bailey bridge which was earlier proposed was not in the position to bear the load of heavy vehicles and in order to accommodate all types of vehicle, new alterations have been made. "We understand the traffic problems affecting citizens of the Capital Complex. Therefore, in the greater interest of the public we are going ahead with a proper steel bridge and hopefully it will ease traffic congestion in Naharlagun," said Wahge.

The proposed site for construction of bridge over river Pachin has been inspected by several ministers in the last few years, including Chief Ministers, Deputy Chief Minister, Parliamentary Secretary (PWD) Parliamentary Secretary UD cum Local MLA, officers and engineers of the PWD. Proposals were prepared and sent to the government on many occasions but were never passed.

However, this year, the authorities, led by Deputy Chief Minister cum PWD Minister Chowna Mein and local MLA Techi Kaso took the decision to go ahead with the project in order to minimise traffic congestion on NH 415 at Naharlagun.





Centre to revive border trade with Myanmar

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Indian Ambassador to Myanmar Vikram Misri informed that the Government of India is going to re-activate the Border Haat to boost the border trade and cultural exchange programme between the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. Accordingly, the visa issue to the people of Myanmar has already been taken up with the Government of India, Misri informed Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein.

Misri stated that due to difficult terrains in the border of Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar, proper linkages could not be established between the two countries. He suggested the state government to invite the chief ministers of the bordering states of Myanmar on winter festivals like Pangsau Pass to invigorate bilateral relations and cultural exchange programmes. He further assured to take up other issues discussed in the meeting with the governments of India and Myanmar.

Earlier, Mein requested Misri to initiate measures to restore the Pangsau Pass and Still Well Road to revive the border trade between Myanmar and Arunachal Pradesh. The Deputy CM also asked him to take up steps to upgrade the Currency Exchange Office and Trade Center at border point to facilitate the movement of people and border trade with the Government of India.

The Land Custom Station at Nampong that was built by the Government of India and Trade & Commerce Department, GoAP, is lying defunct due to less trade activities from the Burmese side, Mein said and asked the visiting dignitary to take up the matter with both governments of India and Myanmar to give a lift to border trade for economic benefit of North East people and Myanmar.

He also requested Misri to facilitate issue of Visa to the people of Myanmar at Integrated Check Post at Moreh in Manipur and in other border points as many Buddhist pilgrims from Myanmar are willing to come to India. Re-opening of Pangsau Pass and Still Well road would also boost the development of tourism industry of the state, Mein added.

The Deputy CM further emphasized on strengthening trade and cultural exchange between the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. For this, he suggested selection of Sister Town -one each in Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar as centres for cultural exchange.

Chief Secretary, Shakuntala D Gamlin, Principal Secretary(Home), Satya Gopal and Additional Secretary (Finance),  Y W Ringu were also present  during the meeting.

Meanwhile, the Governor P B Acharya said that Myanmar can be a purposeful and natural friend of India and the ties between the two countries can be made stronger with a clear vision.

"India and Myanmar can be purposeful and natural friends as they share common traditions and religious practices. With a clear vision, we can have stronger relationship," the Governor said during a meeting with Indian Ambassador to Myanmar Vikram Misri at Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday.

India and Myanmar signed a Treaty of Friendship in 1951. The visit of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 laid the foundation for a stronger relationship between the two countries.

They discussed on strengthening stronger relationship between India and Myanmar through North East India.

The Governor, while reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for the development of North East Region through 'Act East Policy', emphasised that people of the region must come above their personal agenda and strengthen social empowerment. Road communication and more people to people interaction must be established.

It is pertinent to mention that large population of Indian origins live in Myanmar.

Sharing his experiences in the region since 1968, the Governor said that people from the region must present the ground realities of NE in Delhi. (PRO to Raj Bhawan/ source)




Tezu airport is almost ready

TEZU, Apr 12: Tezu Airport, the only civilian airport in the entire state is going to be a reality soon as most of the pending codal formalities have been completed - including the clearance of approach and transfer funnel.

Now, only a few necessities, like pruning of trees in the vicinity and other unauthorized activities to facilitate smooth landing of flights remain to be seen.  

Lohit DC Danish Ashraf directed the representatives of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to submit detailed observations of what remains to be done for early operation of the airport by the district administration.  He said this during a meeting to ensure completion of the airport at the earliest possible.

Ashraf informed that a calibration flight testing was already completed earlier. "This is near about to the airport being already functional, but we want to leave no stone unturned before opening the airport for public use", he shared.

The construction of Tezu Airport, which was lying more or less defunct, got a head start after active persuasion by the district administration. "This will put Tezu and Lohit district as a whole in the Air Traffic Map. Further, it will improve air connectivity for neighbouring districts like Lower Dibang Valley, Anjaw, Namsai and Dibang Valley", he said.

Earlier, an executive order was issued to nearby dwellers to desist from unauthorized planting of bamboos and tress. To ensure this, gaon burahs were directed to make people aware about security requirements for the airport. The Police Department has also been directed to provide round the clock security and fire services. The meeting was attended by Joint GM (Civil) AAI, SP, SDO (S), DFO, DLRSO and DPO Tezu. (DIPRO)




Mumbai NGO to sign MoU with six govt schools in state

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: The Indian Fellowship Centre, an NGO from Mumbai has agreed to have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as 'Fellowship Link School' with six schools from the state.

Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, P B Acharya, who is the President of Upanagar Shiksha Vidhyalaya, Mumbai (Sabarban Education Society) has taken the initiative to strengthen emotional and national integration as well as academic education. Accordingly, the MoU for exchange of students and teachers for short duration and cultural exchange will also be worked out.

The Deputy Commissioners of Tawang and West Kameng districts will identify two schools from Tawang district and four schools from Dirang, Bomdila and Bhalukpong administrative circles from West Kameng district, which will be connected with Mumbai's educational societies.

The Governor expressed hope that such initiative will bring the youths from the strategic border area states like Arunachal Pradesh to the people of metropolitan cities and rest of the country. It will facilitate better understanding of traditions, customs and practices and also help in cultural exchanges, he said.

Dr Hanmantharao Palep and Pooja Kamath, the office bearers of Indian National Fellowship Centre, Mumbai, who visited and participated in the 31st Statehood Day celebration at Itanagar as state guests, will be coordinating the initiative. (PRO to Governor)




Mein convenes meeting on four lane highway

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein convened an urgent meeting to discuss the issues pertaining to execution of Four Lane Highway-415 from Chandranagar to Itanagar in his office chamber this evening.

The Deputy CM said that the approval for the four lane highway from Itanagar to Bandardewa has been obtained after a long persuasion and effort by the state government and he strongly felt that this four lane highway should be constructed at any cost.

He called upon the people of the twin capital city and all the stakeholders to cooperate with the district administration and the execution agency for smooth construction of the road as it would ease the traffic congestion in the Capital Complex after completion. He further said that the road would benefit each and every individual of the state and appealed to the people to keep the state's interest above individual interest.

Bamang Felix, Minister of PHE & WS and IPR & P, Techi Kaso, Parliamentary Secretary for UD&H, Town Planning DC (Capital), Prince Dhawan, Chief Engineer (Highway), T Basar and EE (Highway), Nani Tath were present in the meeting. (PRO to DCM)

The Deputy Chief Minister will also convene another meeting of the Councillors of Itanagar Municipal Corporation tomorrow on matters related to the Four Lane Highway from Chandranagar to Banderdewa.




Mein suggests NABARD to upscale its support to agri sector

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: A delegation of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), led by its new General Manager Dr Gyanendra Mani called on Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein on Wednesday and appraised him about NABARD's priorities for the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

During the meeting, Deputy CM Mein asserted that NABARD should upscale its support to the agriculture sector in the state, especially for strengthening the agri marketing system to ensure remunerative prices for various crops grown by the farmers in the state. He requested NABARD to make available its functional and operational expertise to state departments as and when required or sought for. He also highlighted that suitable budgetary allocation has been made in this year's budget for creation of scientific storage,

drying yards, auction centers and other required infrastructure for the benefit of farmers of the state.

Dr Mani suggested that keeping in view the present state of agriculture sector in Arunachal Pradesh, income from farming alone cannot ensure sustainable livelihood to the farmers and it needs to be supplemented by the sources other than crop husbandry. Possibilities of promoting livestock farming, non-farm activities, etc. can be explored, he suggested.

Dr Mani recently took over the charge of NABARD's Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office, Itanagar, on April 10 last, and was accompanied by DGM, Binod Kumar and AGM, K Jagadeesh for the meeting.





Governor calls for early constitution of Puroik Welfare Board

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Governor P B Acharya called for expediting the constitution of the Autonomous Puroik Welfare Board as per the two Government Committee reports.

Expressing his concern for the Puroik community, the Governor hoped that the State Cabinet and the concerned officers would go through the details of the High Powered Committee reports regarding the Puroik Community.

"As the Gauhati High Court has already made specific ruling on the issue, the recommendations of the two High Power Committee reports have to be implemented as early as possible," the Governor said.

He suggested for constitution of a seven-member board, which will comprise of three elders of the community from the place of origin, two persons from the younger generation and two women members. He pressed for the two women members to be included in the board.

Referring to his address in the eleventh session of the Sixth Legislative Assembly on March 6,2017, the Governor said that he has also written to the Chief Minister for the seven-member Autonomous Puroik Welfare Board.

"We have to provide opportunities to the Puroik Community to enable them to come up at par with other communities. It is high time that we come out of our earlier suppressive and superiority mindset," the Governor opined.

As a welfare initiative from his side, the Governor has initiated 'Home Stay' for 20 Puroik youth to Mumbai and free accommodation and tuition, and three years nursing course for four Puroik students in the Alva's Education Foundation,

Moodubidire, Karnataka through India National Fellowship Centre, Mumbai.

The state government will be the facilitator and bear the annual to and fro journeys and part of food charges. (PRO to Raj Bhawan)





MLA calls for timely execution of Hawai-Manchal roads and bridges

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: 45-Hayuliang Assembly MLA, DasangluPul has pulled up the executing agency of the ongoing Hawai-Manchal roads and bridges project over the tardy pace of work and directed the work executing agency to ensure timely completion of the project without compromising on the quality.

The MLA said this after inspecting the sites of various ongoing projects at Hawai headquarters on Tuesday last. She was accompanied by Anjaw ZPC, H Tawsik, ASMC, C Khamblai, AE-PWD, L Kare, AE-Electrical, Tasso Tatung and PRI members.

She also urged the locals to cooperate with the department and the contractors for timely execution of the projects which is slated to be one of the largest projects in Anjaw district with the potential to connect many of the unconnected villages at the left bank of the river Lohit.

The MLA expressed displeasure over the negligence of the contractor responsible for executing bridges under Hawai-Manchal road project because of which the entire project got delayed and called for strict maintenance of quality work.

She also inspected the ongoing construction of Higher Secondary School at Hawai being funded under NLCPR, which has also been proposed as the model school for entire Anjaw district. She also inspected the construction site of JNV under DUDA and TFC works under PWD.

Earlier on Tuesday, a meeting was conducted under the chairmanship of EAC, B Tawsik and the MLA and attended by ZPC, H Tawsik, HoDs of various departments, ZPMs, ASMs and PRI members at the DC's conference hall, Hawai to discuss the critical gap areas to be funded under BADP.

Presentations of proposals on infrastructure and educational developments were proposed by various departments, to which subsequent discussions were conducted so as to streamline the priority areas for effective implementation of schemes to be awarded under BADP. (DIPRO)




New base camps for Mt Kangto discovered

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Two new base camps for climbing the Mount Kangto peak in East Kameng district were discovered by a team of mountaineers led by Everester Tapi Mra recently.

The identification of the base camps at 12,500 ft from sea level- one in the eastern side and another in the western side of the mountain-will facilitate the mountaineers to climb the yet to be explored Kangto peak, said team leader Mra.

The team reached the base and glacier areas of the mountain after nine days of trekking via Lada circle of East Kameng district on April 4 last.

According to Mra, the landscape of Kangto glacier and its base areas were quite similar to that of Mt Everest.

He also said that the team had come across stones that have markings of the ITBP at 9920 feet, declaring it as base camp of Kangto.

"However, the ITBP base camp is located beyond a day's trekking from the newly discovered base camps," Mra added.

The 14-member expedition team, which returned safely to Lada on April 10, included deputy leader and Everester Tame Bagang, mountaineers Tagik Sorang, Taru Hai and ten supporting staff.

The expedition was flagged off by Sports and Youth Affairs Secretary Dani Salu from Itanagar on March 23 last.




Motorcycle rally to spread message of environmental protection

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: The volunteers of Arunachal Natural Endowment Charitable Trust (ANECT) organized a motorcycle rally from Chandranagar to Middle School Yadang under Sangdupota circle, covering a distance of 50 Kilometers via Poma and Jote Panchayats to spread the message to the general public of the need to protect the environment.

The rally was flagged off by Marvin Karlo, teacher of Government Middle School, C-Sector from Chandranagar bridge point, Itanagar.

Hailing the effort, Karlo said the youth can play a greater role in spreading the message of environmental protection by creating awareness on the importance of protection and preservation of forests and greeneries. ANECT President Techi Kene also addressed the rally.

The volunteers from Poma and Jote also joined the rally and participated in the tree plantation programme at Yadang.





Rijiju to inaugurate 3 bridges in West Kameng

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju is expected to inaugurate three bridges on OKRST Road at Balemu Bridge Site, West Kameng on April 14.

Prior to the bridge inauguration programme, he will attend the celebration of 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar at Itanagar. (PIB)



Chakma students seek ex-gratia

DIYUN, Apr 12: The Arunachal Pradesh Chakma Students' Union (APCSU) has appealed to the state government for ex-gratia relief to the next of kin of late Jyoti Bikash Chakma who was reportedly killed in a cyclonic wind on April 9 at Diyun in Changlang.

The students appealed to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh P B Acharya and Chief Minister Pema Khandu for the ex gratia.

The students informed that the deceased from Jyotipur was on the way to Tinsukia, Assam along with his wife and three others when a tree fell on the running vehicle they were travelling in due to cyclonic wind. The deceased died on the spot while his wife, identified as Mayur Paki Chakma was seriously injured.




Speaker inaugurates series of development projects

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Speaker of Arunachal Legislative Assembly T N Thongdok on Thursday inaugurated series of developmental projects like Co-operative Shopping Complex, a unit of Rupa Lamps, Steel Foot Bridge over Dinik River and Community Congregation Hall at Rupa.

Thongdok appreciated the people of Rupa circle for supporting him in all the developmental activities. He also directed the government departments not to compromise with the quality of work and not to delay any of the projects.




Indian Army installs solar street lights at Mechuka town

MECHUKA, Apr 12: In a bid to provide respite to the public from erratic power supply and reduce petty crimes, the 13th Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army on Wednesday installed solar street lights at various important locations of Mechuka town.

Speaking on the installation programme, Colonel Kamal Mishra, CO, 13th Kumaon Regiment highlighted the importance and safety of using solar street lights. He requested the denizens, especially youths to keep the town clean and green.

Circle Officer and in-charge ADC Mechuka R K Sona, Flight Lieutenant Sukriti, OC, Mechuka ALG, GB president Kesang Goiba and PRI leaders attended the programme and lauded the13 Kumoan Regiment for always supporting the public of Mechuka.




Awareness camp on POCSO Act conducted

TEZU, Apr 12: An awareness camp and training programme on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 was held at BRC Hall under the aegis of the Department of ICDS.

The programme started with a session on juvenile related cases, wherein resource person and advocate Sasamlu Minin explained in detail about various procedures for appeal and disposal of juvenile related cases. Resource persons from the Police Department also elaborated on filing of complaints under relevant sections of IPC.   

It is pertinent to mention here that nine cases have been registered under the POCSO Act in the district since 2013 to 2017, out of which, seven were registered in Tezu circle and two in Sunpura circle.

The district legal services authority explained on the rights of victims to avail free legal services under this Act, which was followed by a presentation from the medical team on various facilities and aid to minor victims.  The programme ended with a group discussion on the POCSO Act.





East Siang ZPM team reaches Changlang district


PASIGHAT, Apr 12: The team of ZPMs from East Siang, who is on a month-long inter-district exposure tour to realize developmental status of the other districts, reached Changlang district this evening, according to a report.

Before leaving Namsai district on Wednesday, the ZPM's team discussed issues related to Panchayat development with Namsai Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma and Panchayat leaders. The team suggested the Panchayat leaders to develop community graveyard in every village, protect the natural resources and wildlife.

Stressing on hydropower development, ZPC Kaling Dai said that it would boost the economic condition of the state apart from solving unemployment problems to a large extent.

Earlier, on Sunday, the team reached Hayuliang and Kibito of remote Anjaw district and witnessed developmental activities taken by the government there.




Medical camp organized

KHONSA, Apr 12: A free medical camp was organized for the villagers of Konnu village under Longding district along the Indo-Myanmar border by the Khonsa Battalion of Assam Rifles,under the aegis of Dao Division in a joint effort with District Administration, Longding and Circle Officer, Pongchau.

The programme was conducted under the supervision of the Medical Officer, along with para-medical staff of Khonsa Battalion of the Assam Rifles. A total of 376 patients, including men, women and children, were treated and provided free medicines. The villagers of Konnu were also educated about HIV/ AIDS, hepatitis, malaria, water borne diseases, hygiene and sanitation.

The villagers, led by its Chief, gaon burahs, church leaders, youth leaders and women groups expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Assam Rifles for extending the humanitarian act. (DIPRO)





DC holds District Consultative Committee meeting with bank officials  

PANGIN, Apr 12: Siang Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Singh directed the bank officials to target optimum financial inclusion under PMSBY, PMJJBY, APY, PMMY, Digital India etc and conduct Financial Literacy Campaigns with special focus on the importance of digital transactions, opening and linking of accounts with Aadhar throughout the district so that customers are well informed about various banking schemes and services and can reap its benefits.

He said this while addressing a District Level Consultative Committee meeting of all the representatives of the banks in the district and the Chief Manager, Lead Bank Office, Pasighat, at the DC's conference hall on Wednesday. The DC also directed the bank managers not to deny opening of zero balance accounts to the customers.

He also sought update on the implementation of various government schemes like PMEGP, SJGSY, WCC etc and the status of performance of the banks in the district under the New Annual Credit Plan 2016-17. He took stock of the availability of ATMs, POS, CSP, Treasury and Currency Chest in the district and directed the bank representatives to make the same available at the earliest. (DIPRO)




Demonstration on poultry-cum-fish farming at Namsai

NAMSAI, Apr 12:  A two-day demonstration programme on poultry-cum-fish farming, conducted by KVK Lohit under ICAR-RC for NEH Region, AP centre, Basar began at Chongkham, Naputia, Momong, Sengsup, Namsai villages in Namsai district on Wednesday.

As part of the programme conducted under the guidance of Programme Coordinator in-charge, Dr Debasis Sasmal, poultry-cum-fish farming units at five villages will be maintained mainly by the women SHG farmers. Under the programme, they were initially provided Vanaraja chicks, feed and medicine. The main objective is to popularize the integrated farming system with low cost technology.




APCC appoints 40 office bearers

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Takam Sanjoy has appointed 40 new office bearers in the first phase for the posts of Vice Presidents (8), General Secretaries (9), Spokespersons (3), Secretaries (16), Vigilance Cell Chairman (1) and Vice Chairman (1), Child and Women Welfare Cell Chairperson (1) and Ex-Servicemen Cell Chairman (1).

Former Minister Bosiram Siram, Thinghaap Taiju, R T Khunjuju, Takar Marde, Techi Tagi Tara, Tadar Yedir, Minkir Lollen and Padi Hinda were appointed as vice presidents.

Hinda Camdir Tok, Gadam Ete and Khandu Thungon have been made Spokespersons.

The General Secretaries were B C Tok, ByabangNukh, Tanyong Tatak, Rajen Nani, Charu Tuglo,Tachu Hina, Hayeng Mangfi, Tana Jeri and Anok Wangsa.




Directorate of horticulture staffs no more

ITANAGAR, Apr 12:  Tayo Murtem, Superintendent and Raju Niji, watchman, working at the Directorate of Horticulture, Chimpu passed away recently.

The staff and officers of the Directorate of Horticulture, Chimpu have also deeply mourned the demise of both Tayo and Raju and prayed to the Almighty to bestow enough strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss. Further, in a condolence meeting, the staff and officers observed two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls.  




Nyigam Kargu Gamgi Inaugurated

BASAR, Apr 12: It was a red letter day for the people of Nyigam, the largest village of Basar subdivision of West Siang district, as the much awaited Nyigam Kargu Gamgi (Prayer Hall) was inaugurated by Chief Engineer (PHED) Tomo Basar on Wednesday.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Basar urged the villagers to maintain indigenous faith, culture and traditional practices. He also highlighted the nature's role in climate change leading to global warming.

Upper Siang district, Project Director Hengo Basar advised the upcoming generation to devote their time and energy to studies to successfully compete in today's highly competitive world.

Assistant Conservator of Forest Jairampur, Doge Basar spoke in detail about the importance of preservation of flora and fauna and traditional culture.

Former MLA Jobom Basar, all HoDs of Basar and public leaders attended the programme.




ASBA mourns death of BAI president

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: The badminton family of Arunachal Pradesh expressed shock and grief over the sudden and untimely demise of Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta, President of the Badminton Association of India (BAI).

"Das Gupta was a role model and a pioneer in developing badminton across the country. His sudden demise has created a void in the growth of badminton in the country, which will be difficult to fill", said Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) Secretary Bamang Tago.

"His sincerity, dedication and commitment for promotion of badminton would always be remembered in the years to come," he said.  

The members of ASBA in a condolence meeting here observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to late Das Gupta.

The ASBA has also announced to keep off the game on April 13 throughout the state by all affiliated badminton associations/clubs in respect to the departed sports administrator.

While conveying deep condolences to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss, the ASBA prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

---- Editorial ----



Good move

The decision of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs to list 11 Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) on stock exchanges is a very good move. The listing of CPSEs will be done through public offer of shares upto 25 per cent of Government shareholding, which may include offer of fresh shares for raising of resources from market. Major CPSEs which will be listed include Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, Indian Railway Finance Corporation Limited, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Limited, Bharat Dynamics Limited and IRCON International Limited.

The listing is expected to encourage public participation in Central Public Sector Enterprises and also make them more accountable. Many CPSEs and Public Sector Undertakings have been performing badly and are becoming burden on government exchequer. It is time government identify such sick entities and explores various possibilities in this regard.  Unfortunately most of CPSE and PSU just do not seem to be working with motive to make profit. They always depend on government for funding to run day to day business. Year on year, losses are increased rather than profits or market share. PSUs expect government to fund them to continue running the organization. Government collects taxes from people to utilize it for welfare of the common men. However, large portion of the tax money is being spent on PSUs debts. Hopefully in coming year government will work out solution to revive ailing CPSEs and PSUs for the greater interest of the nation.








---- Readers Forum ----




Liquor and livelihood

Dear Editor,

A recent study says that women suffer from depression as a result of alcoholism of their husbands. Dancing to the tune of alcohol, these husbands neglect their families, squander their money and became violent towards their wives. So, it is a crying need to curb drinking for the sake of women and children of our country. Government needs to rehabilitate liquor vendors in a sober business but in no way livelihoods of a few people can become a bigger issue.


Sujit De, Kolkata




Half hearted assurance

Dear Editor,

It's very sad to know that our seven MLAs which includes one minister, one deputy speaker and many parliamentary secretaries are ineffective and our present government led by Chief Minister Pema Kandhu is also giving half-hearted assurance every time without any practical result.

I would not even spare our three MPs which include one Union Minister, specially Union Minister Kiren Rijiju to whom this concern areas have given maximum votes in previous Lok Sabha election.

They should never underestimate public. Hopefully, soon they all should realize the need of fully functional administration with its own DC and SP at Likabali for Lower Siang District. Patience of public is crossing its limit.


A Youth




Recruit more engineers

Dear Editor,

With great pain, I am writing this on behalf of all frustrated and unemployed youths in the state.

Its very disdaining to learn that the rate of recruitment in the Dept of Power is very slow as compared to other depts. The dept has not created even a single vacancy for Junior Engineers (JE) in last three years. On the other hand, civil concerned departments have created and recruited around 150 JE posts in last two years.

It feels the recruitment process in power dept has stagnated causing huge surge in unemployment level among graduated youths.

Department of Power is one of the major departments of the state and has its offices in almost every blocks of the state. In spite of that, the recruitment is too low in the department due to various hidden unexplained reasons.

Dept not being able to publish even a single JE post in last three years speaks a lot about irregularities and lack of importance given to new posts and talents.

There are around 300 students graduating every year in the said dept. The state govt and the concerned dept have huge responsibility ensuring their career within the state.  Most of the youths pursue the course with dreams of serving the state. But meager jobs washes their dreams away.

Therefore, the state govt and concerned dept needs to take rapid action and ensure proper and continuous recruitment process in days to come.


Biku Jaipu, Itanagar







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