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Tourism sector could generate job avenues: Khandu  

JANG,  Aug 28: Mystical Tawang which has already won the hearts of thousands of domestic as well as foreign tourists for its unique but mesmerizing scenic beauty and warm and hospitable people is now readying for new surprises to attract tourist.

Efforts are on to engrave portraits of Sangey Chomden (Lord Buddha), Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) and Chandeze (Tara Devi) from the steep rocky mountain of Sharo village in Tawang district under the initiatives of the Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu.

The portraits are expected to be completed by next two or three years as the work on it has been started. The site of portrait is easily visible to the commuters driving from Jang towards Tawang and after completion it would be one of the tourist hotspot of the district.

Khandu while personally inspecting the site directed the artist to ensure minute finishing of the sculpture. He viewed that since Tawang is already a hot tourist destination, avenues and new initiatives have to be taken up to attract more tourists in the near future. While giving light on the benefits of tourism, Khandu said promotion of tourism can generate job avenues for unemployed youths and enhance the economy of the region.

Earlier, on the day Khandu interacted with Anis (Buddhist nuns) of Singsur Ani Gompa at Lhou village and assured all possible assistance from his end.

During his visit he was accompanied by Tawang DCCI president Lobsang Phuntsok, Prominent public leader Leky Gombu, officers and panchayat leaders. (PRO to CM)


Nekam returns from China World C’ships

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Talum Moya Nekam who represented India at the 6th World Shito-Ryu karate Do Championship held at Beijing, China returned to the state capital yesterday. The world championship was held from August 21 to 23 last.

Nikam along with 18 other players represented the country but missed the opportunity to win any medal for the country.

His first fight was against a very strong opponent China’s Zhu Gangyong who won the Silver medal at the Championships.

Though, disappointed with his performance, Nikam promises to work harder and improve in his next event.


DC for PDS items reaching people

AALO, Aug 28: Strategic plan and possible steps to be taken so that PDS items reaches the genuine card holders was discussed in the  District Level Vigilance Committee meeting held in DC’s Conference Hall on August 27.

West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amjad Takm stressed on the need for proper checking at various level before disbursement to the FPS dealers.

He also directed the carriage contractors to submit the bills in time within 3 months. The FPS godown at Basar should be made functional at the earliest, he added.

Circle Officer cum I/C DFCSO Mokar Riba informed that the Buffer Stock for various circles have already been delivered to the respective destinations.

He also pointed out that card holders were not regular in drawing their quota during harvesting seasons. DIPRO


Awareness meeting on Swine Flu held

KHONSA, Aug 28: The rapid spread of Swine Flu on H1N1 all over India has created panic among the people. Tirap district is no exception. An alert has been sounded in the district with the news of Swine Flu cases being detected in Dibrugarh in Assam which is closed to the district and where people frequently visit for health check-up and marketing.

An awareness meeting on Swine Flu was held at Khonsa today which was attended by HoDs and health workers.

Tirap DC, Ankur Garg while appreciating the DMO and his staff for taking the initiative, urged the people to take personal care and not to panic.

He said that Doctors were aware of the situation and is competent to tackle any eventualities. The DC asked the HoDs to convey to their staff the basic knowledge on how to protect oneself from being infected by Swine Flu.

Dr. P. Rakshit, SMO and District Surveillance Officer in his power-point presentation on Swine Flu said that Swine Flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus. He said the main reason for panic among the people was because Swine Flu is very contagious and that medicines were not available in the market. He further cautioned the people from buying medicines from the market for common cold and cough as it may prove to be counter-productive.

Earlier, DMO Dr S Ronya threw light on the origin of Swine Flu and asked the people to be aware of ways and means to protect themselves.

He also urged the people not to panic as all required measures have been taken by his department to face the situation. SMO Dr H K Dutta also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


Govt revises weekly schedules of state helicopters

NAHARLAGUN, Aug. 28: Consequent upon increase of flying hour ceiling limit  of helicopters by Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, the state government has revised the existing weekly schedules of State helicopters (Pawan Hans) by connecting the new locations Paglam, Mechuka, Damin, Jairampur, Dirang, Bomdila, Miao, Vijaynagar, Singha and Hawai to be effective from September 1 next.

Flight service to the newly inducted locations will however be extended on receipt of confirmation from the respective Administrative Officers about readiness of helipads with safety and security arrangements besides detailment of officers & staff for ticketing/maintaining the service at those locations.

This was stated in a release by Director of Civil Aviation, T.T. Gamdik today.  DIPR


Misuse of political power alleged

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Galo Students' Union (GSU) and West Slang District Students' Union (WSDSU) vehemently condemned the alleged misuse of government machinery and political power by the so called law protectors.

The unions further alleged that Dr. T Basar DHS, the first Gynecologist of the state and also senior member of the Galo society has been targeted for petty political interest.

We are all law abiding citizens. We do criticize corruption in any form by any individual or organization, the unions said and added that there are certain norms that have to be followed for checking corruption or the highest degree of crime.

The unions further question the state government as to why 'so cause' notice was not served to Dr. Basar, if at all he is alleged to have indulged in wrong act? Why was he not given chance to explain himself?

The way political leaders in power misuse the Government Machineries is demoralizing and should be condemned by all concerned citizens, civil societies and other Students' Organizations. The unions also alleged that leaders for their political interest and to do away with their rivals have started new technique of malpractice to retain their political power in an inexcusable way.

It further said that since Dr. Basar has been proved to be clean, the unions appealed the party involved in the case to withdraw their baseless allegation.

GSU stands for Galo Society in particular and Arunachal as a whole but we condemn anyone trying to disrupt unity and peace of our society.


Tacho to attend Solung fest

ANINI, Aug 28: MLA Rajesh Tacho and Deputy Commissioner Tayor Jampen have consented to attend the Solung Festival as chief guest and guest of honour at Anini on September 1 next.

The Adi community serving in this remote border district of Dibang Valley will celebrate the festival informed Anini Solung Celebration Committee (ASCC) Chairman, Talom Dupak (EAC).

The major attraction of the celebration will be Ponung competition besides others. DIPRO


Sonam Lamoh wins the State level science seminar

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Students from across the state today participated in the State Level Science Seminar conducted by Directorate of School Education in collaboration with BITM, Kolkata at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Itanagar.

Most students that participated in the seminar belonged to VKV Schools of Oyan, Sonpura, Joirampur, Roing, Anjaw, Koloriang, Ziro, Kuporijo, Sejusa, one from Ramakrishna Mission, Khonsa, Kendra Vidhyalaya, West Tenga Valley and Govt. Higher Secondary School, Naharlagun.

Sonam Lamoh Monpa of Ramakrishna Mission School Khonsa was adjusted the first prize while Jirgam Kado of VKV, Ziro and Honya Doke of VKV, Kuporijo were placed in second and third respectively.

The topic of the seminar was ‘Chandrayaan- Promise and Concern’. Sonam Lamoh Monpa will represent Arunachal Pradesh in the National Level Science Seminar.

Prof Anwar Hussen, HoD Electronics NERIST attending the programme as chief guest appreciated the Education department for conducting the seminar which is not only important but also relevant in shaping the minds of the younger generations and budding scientist.Prof. Hussen, very pleased with the performance of all the participants said that it is only through science we could eradicate the superstition believes of human being. He also said that it is only through scientific education we can make earth beautiful.

DDSE M Rina encouraging the participants said that science and technology plays very important role in every aspect of today’s modern world.

Tapang Taloh, Chairman of the programme gave away the prizes to the winner of the seminar and the certificate of merit to the other participants.

He also appreciated the work of Education department for conducting the seminar and congratulated the winner and the participants.

The seminar was attended by all teachers, students, participants, Officers and staff of Education department besides media persons. DIPR


Farmers Club at Borum

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: In collaboration with NABARD, AASA inaugurated a Farmer Club at Borum village where the farmers of Sood, Borum-I, Borum-II, Tarajuli–I &-II, Tarajuli Forest Colony, Nyorche, Kemchi, Yirkum, and Nirjuli village –II actively participated.

NABARD, AGM Yadav, Naharlagun APRB Manager B Dutta, T Dutta Manager Central bank Naharlagun, T Matum of JJ NGO also attended the programme as resource persons.

With the support of NABARD, AASA organized these unorganized farmers in the form of Club and encourage each Farmer Club to open saving account in the bank.

While highlighting the programmes objective AASA president S Teetu Yoka said that rural development can only be possible when farmers are properly groomed and supported.

To groom the marginal farmers for socio economic development, Farmer Club has been formed and various income generation training programmes have been imparted, he informed.

NABARD AGM Yadav while briefing the roles of NABARD said that though NABARD is not directly involve in giving financial aid to farmers but it plays major role in capacity building of famers.

With an objective to bring socio-economic prosperity among the rural farmers NABARD imparts various agriculture related training programmes and technology without which farmers cannot achieve success, he said and urged them to grasp the opportunity that NABARD provides.

Nabpom Tago, farmers of Borum said the tough formalities of various banks discourages  farmers from availing small loans.

Manager Central Banks Naharlagun T Dasgupta informed that farmers must build good rapport with banks and must have good transaction record though small amount. Though our intention is to help farmers but we are bound to abide by basic fundamental guidelines and norms of banks, he added.

B.Dutta, Manager APRB Naharlagun requested farmers to open KCC A/C in banks which can be open with zero balance so that they can avail loan in future.

T Matum Chairman of JJ NGO Itanagar while assuring the financial support to potential famers said that farmer must develop saving and credit habits which will help them in availing loan from any financial institution.


Bring transparency in tourism deptt

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: The Mascot Network Society (MNS) in its executive body meeting has urged the Chief Minister who is also holding the portfolio of tourism ministry to bring in transparency in tourism department and take up major tourism development projects to amplify revenue earning.

Pointing out the alleged illegal appointment of the TIOs and DTOs, the society is of the opinion that tourism is an important department which needs special attention from the CM to bring transparency.

MNS general secretary  Nguri Rajiv in  the meeting observed that despite vast tourism potential  in the state and  flow of central fund, the tourism sector could not come up to the expectation.

MNS claimed that union tourism ministry has enhanced the fund allocation for the North East and with proper implementation of tourism schemes the state can earn huge revenue from tourism sector which could ultimately help realize the hope and aspirations that has been enshrined in NE Vision documents.


Farmers’ income enhancement programme

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: NABARD is collaborating with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Basar, West Siang District for increasing the income of the farmers through technology, credit and marketing interventions.

KVK, Basar has drawn up a detailed training –cum-exposure visit for the farmers in the region and it will commence from September 28. The Centre will conduct nine training programmes of 3-days duration each and it will cover 180 farmers.

The focal themes of the training are commercial honey production, post-harvest   management of fruits and vegetables, mushroom cultivation, vermi-compost production, dairy farming, poultry farming, piggery, off-season vegetables cultivation and commercial seed production of paddy, pulses and oilseeds.

KVK, Basar will track the farmers after appropriate time gap to find out the changes in income level of the farmers. The entire programme is being sponsored by NABARD.


Khonsa DRDA GBM stresses on success of NREGA

KHONSA, Aug 28: The 46th general body meeting of DRDA, Khonsa was held today wherein the draft annual action plan for 2009-10 on various schemes was finalized.

Addressing the meeting on the occasion, Tirap Deputy Commissioner-cum-CEO, Ankur Garg asked the Panchayat leaders to be actively involved in proper execution of the beneficial schemes adding that being closest to the villagers, they have a major role to play in making the schemes effective by closely monitoring the schemes and guiding the villagers properly.

He asked them to prepare result-oriented and profitable schemes in order to augment the economic income of the people.

Describing NREGA as mother of all schemes, the DC informed the participants that in many states NREGA has changed the face of many villages and further informed that many villagers who had earlier left their villages had returned because NREGA had generated employment in the villages.

He said that a number of useful and people-friendly schemes had been taken up in Tirap district which are prepared by the villagers themselves with no political interference. Garg said that Panchayat members in the district were fairly new and were in learning process and asked the ZPMs present in the mating to be sincere and work for the people in the rural areas.

The DC passionately appealed to the BDOs, HoDs and Panchayat members to motivate the villagers to adopt terrace cultivation by doing away with the destructive and unproductive shifting cultivation adding that more schemes on terrace cultivation must be included under NREGA as the topography and climate in the district were conducive.

He further said that jhum cultivation was not economically sustainable and was disastrous for environment.

Later, the BDOs apprised the members regarding progress of schemes under NREGA. The ZPMs and HoDs actively participated in the discussion and they all called for coordinated effort to make the schemes successful.

During the meeting APO (CR) P. Baham and APO In-charge (RE) A.K. Tiwari presented draft annual plan for 2009-10 on SGSY and Hariyali, IWMP respectively. The GBM was attended by PD, DRDA, BM, SBI, BDOs, HoDs and Panchayat leaders. DIPRO


One Day Seminar on Financial Inclusion held at Seppa

SEPPA, Aug 28: A one day district level seminar on the financial inclusion was organized by NABARD in collaboration with the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) at Project Director’s office Seppa today. The seminar was meant for the bankers, SHGs and NGOs.

Chief Manager, SBI local Head office Guwahati, M K Mishra highlighted the Biometric mode of transaction through a smart card technology, card reader mobile phone, SBI Tiny card which can be avail through proper channel from its nearest Bank.

He also elaborated on the concept of Business Correspondent (BC), Business Facilities (BF) besides other benefits and facilities in this mode of transaction.

DGM, NABARD, Itanagar, A K Pasrija spoke on the recommendation of committee on financial inclusion.

While advocating SHGs to apply for the Biometric mode of transaction, he said that SHGs in the villages can act as small bank. He also suggested for formation of farmers club to have more benefits. Pasrija further informed that there are atleast 40,000 SHGs in the country in which 4 crore household are included.

He said that NABARD is ready to bear all the expenses to train all SHGs and volunteers. Pasrija further informed about the strategy of the NABARD for Financial Inclusion Fund (FIF) and Financial Inclusion technology Fund (FIFT), Micro finance, Financial Inclusion and Fund transfer Technology Intervention, the concept of Farmers club and the SHGs action plan for the district.

The SHGs present in the seminar applaud the step taken by the NABARD, SBI Guwahati and SBI Sepppa branch.

The meeting was attended by DRDA Project Director, Raju Mandal, BM SBI Seppa, N Paul Chaudory, Nodal officer, Financial Inclusion NABARD, Itanagar, Dahey Sangno, CO cum BDO  Richikron ,various government officials and the SHGs.


Strengthen NCP: Necha

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arunachal Pradesh general secretary Techi Necha today urged the people, especially the people of the Itanagar assembly segment not to believe in rumour or allegations leveled against him that ‘he is mutually compromising with certain leader vying to become  ruling party nominee’.

Necha, who claims to be  one of the contenders for the NCP from Itanagar segment said that “party candidature completely lies with the Pradesh Election Committee which yet to complete the formalities.”

NCP does not recognize the back door entry of any one to be party nominee, he said and requested the individuals concern to sit together to maintain good track record for the candidature of the NCP nominee for Itanagar segment. He requested that illogical allegations against him should not be hurled, rather everyone should come out to strengthen the party.


NABARD sponsored programmeon Bamboo and Cane Craft

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: NABARD sponsored three weeks Rural Entrepreneurship Development Programme on “Bamboo and Cane Craft Activities through N N Charitable Society, Sagalee, Papumpare District.

26 participants from different villages participated in the programme. The participants exuded their confidence on Bamboo and Cane Craft and hoped to set up small unit of Bamboo & Cane.

NABARD Asst Manager H K Barua appreciated the participants for their active participation during the three week long programme. He indicated that the objective of REDP is self employment through setting up of units either individually or in group mode.

He further hoped that the present programme will not only generate income and employment but will help in conservation of traditional craft. As regards, marketing of products, NABARD will sponsor melas/exhibitions for exhibition and sale of products at block, district, state and national level on selective basis, he said.  

The BDO expressed his satisfaction on the enthusiasm shown by the participants on the Bamboo & Cane Craft.  He assured the participants to extend his cooperation.

B.Deori, Senior Manager, Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank suggested for setting up units with Bank credit. He advised N.N.Charitable Society to facilitate marketing of the products by sending the participants to various exhibitions.

Representatives from Panchayat & Rural Development, Gram Panchayat leaders, members of Farmers’ Clubs and Self Help Groups were present in the valediction function.


Teachers’ effectiveness training held

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Government Middle School, Papu Nallah, organized a one day motivational training for all the 30 teaching staff.  The programme which was an initiative taken by the Headmistress, K. C. Lowangcha aimed at making the teachers better motivated and committed to teaching.  

The resource person Father Cyriac, Director, Don Bosco Youth Centre, Itanagar dwelt at length on topics such as Class Room Management, Communication Skills and Challenges of Teaching Today.  

Driving home the main theme, as the name of the programme suggests “Teaching Job to Educating Mission”, the resource person skillfully created interest in the participants to change from an attitude of treating teaching as a job or a profession to an attitude of mission.  

While speaking at the valedictory function, K. C. Lowangcha thanked the DDSE, Papum Pare for the encouragement in organizing the programme.  

The participants further appreciated the resource person and the headmistress for making this innovative programme available to them.

The resource person further congratulated the Headmistress and the Staff for their keen interest and said that DBYC will always be ready to render any service that will help teachers in their endeavour to take up teaching with missionary zeal.


7th KKSU foundation day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: The Kargu Kardi Students’ Union celebrated its 7th foundation day at the Union’s headquarter, Yomcha on August 27.

The union flag was unfolded by its president Binya Ronya. In his speech Ronya lamented that the union has so far undergone many public and social grievances for the cause of social justice.

He said that after the general election, the union will initiate for the settlement of long pending DKLTY issue and immediate resumption of all the absentee staff/ officers of various government departments in the area.


DGP thanked

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) and Arunachal Karate-Do Association (AKA) thanked the Director General of Police, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh for advertising vacant post of Civil Police, AAPBn and IRBn under Arunachal Pradesh Police for APST meritorious sports persons.

AOA and AKA said that the filling up of 61 posts will go a long way in encouraging local sports persons. This would further encourage the youth of the state to undertake games and sports as profession, the organisations added.    

AOA further expressed hope that other departments would follow suit and implement the same reservation policy for the betterment of sports fraternity.  


APPSC clarifies

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission, Secretary, responding to Arunachal Tribal Students Union’s demand said that the same rate of last APPSCCE cannot be applied since cost of printing has augmented substantially and the new application form is in OMR printed at Delhi as per UPSC standard and format.

The screening of application form and rejection/ acceptance thereof will be done by computer. The revenue earned out of sale proceeds will be deposited in the government account.


Sanjoy thanks DoNER

ITANAGAR: Arunachal West MP Takam Sanjoy thanked the Union Minister for DoNER and the officers of the Ministry for giving special attention to the genuine demands of Arunachal Government.


Khandu thanked

ITANAGAR: Anchal Chairperson Mechuka-Tato Ley Drema Sharjo thanked Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu and Home minister Jarbom Gamlin for upgrading Tato and Monigong CO headquarters to EAC Headquarters.

The long felt demands of the public has been fulfilled, she said added that such steps will help in bringing the remote areas of the state to main stream of development.

She further thanked Pasang Dorjee Sona for his tremendous effort for materializing the EAC Headquarters.











(Readers’ Forum)






Children are growing up into thinking young men


Kiren Rijiju expressed his obligation to share the agony of thousands of people across Arunachal Pradesh and the unprecedented enormous political palpitation caused due to his resignation from BJP.

  Kiren Rijiju is entirely misplaced in his idea of obligation towards the people of Arunachal Pradesh and in tendering his apology after what he has done.    First of all, he was supported by people of Arunachal Pradesh from every section cutting across party lines not because he belonged to any particular political party and neither the deep agony caused is because of his joining any particular political party.

   It seemed he stood for all those words uttered by himself but alas! those words were just words. People saw in him the beginning of positive change in electoral politics in Arunachal Pradesh. The people looked upto him to lead the way towards a better Arunachal, away from the present scheme of things of which people are so tired of. People want change desperately in the system which is so deep rotten that they blindly trusted Rijiju and were cheated! That hurt! and it hurts! And all those words of obligation and apology sound so shallow that without it would have done better.

 Rijiju has to bear this albatross around his neck beyond his life.

 One thing for Dorjee Khandu and the other political leaders to note is that the change has started. It may not be too apparent in the forthcoming elections but it won't be the same after five years. Therefore, be the right person, choose the right person. Children are growing up into thinking young men.


Nani Tade


On e-mail





Post subject teachers


Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw the attention of authorities concerned towards the shortage of teachers that has been facing the Govt Higher Secondary School, Rumgong for long time. The submission of representations by various groups and individuals of the area has gone unheard.

Despite Rumgong  HS school being the one of the oldest schools not only in West Siang but also in entire Siang belt,   qualified and selected teachers posted under DDSE West Siang are placed at certain  picked and choosed schools only.  Such  policy of teacher posting has gradually been touching the sentiments of general public of Rumgong area.

I therefore, request the authorities to ensure immediate posting of two teachers – S/T Hindi and J/T English  at the school without  routing through DDSE Aalo.


Tamok Komut

Paglek, East Siang.







We, on behalf of the Panggi Intelectual Forum (PIF), do unanimously appreciate the various development activities taken up by the  MLA  J K Panggeng.

Panggeng is a visionary and dynamic leader, under whose guidance all major development works have been done under Mariyang-Geku constituency.


Ezekiel Tayang, president

Adum Taku, convenor

Toto Panyang, GS

Panggi Intellectual Forum



Laudable achivements


Through this daily, I on behalf of the panchayat leaders, GB’s, HGB’s,  and general public of Tarak Lengdi circle would like to express sincere thanks to  Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu  and his  cabinet ministers for creating the Tarak Lengdi Administrative circle with the hard dedication of 18-Palin (ST) Assembly Constituency MLA  Balo Raja.  Raja had inaugurated the administrative circle headquarter Tarak Lengdi on Aug 22 last in presence of Govt officers, panchayat leaders  and general public. It was a historic occasion for the people of Tarak Lengdi as their long-felt dream has been fulfilled under the dynamic leadership of Balo Raja.

The administrative circle HQ Tarak Lengdi was supposed to be created before assembly election-2004. But it could not see the light of the day till December 2008.

It was with the initiative of  Balo Raja the HQ was notified by the state Govt. on 2nd February, 2009 and  within one and half months the people got the Circle headquarter.

In the inauguration programme, GB’s & HGB’s & general public expressed their satisfaction  over the development activities of Balo Raja under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister.


Taring Bath, ZPM

3-Gangate Tarak-Lengdi

Anchal Samity

August - 29

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