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Rain creates havoc in Kimin, 2 dead

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: A mother and her two months old baby were killed in a devastating landslide at Hawa Camp at Kimin in Papum Pare as the entire area is in ruins because of incessant rain since Aug 12. The body of the 21 year old mother who has been identified as Tame Yassing has been recovered while the authority is searching for the body of the baby.

Kimin has been battling massive flood fury since last year and this year too it has created another round of havoc.

Following massive rain, the entire town has been devastated. Power and water supply and road lay snapped. Kimin, Kud Rivers are in high spate while the Kimin-Ziro road is snapped.

The Administration has sounded a high alert and asked people to move to safer places as many of the houses are located near the river. The Private residence of local MLA is also under threat.

The township water supply system built at an amount of Rs 4.50 Cr which was to be inaugurated by the Chief Minister on Aug 21 lay in ruins.  The Forest gate located near Kimin police station has been washed away.

ITBP has also sounded a high alert to deal with any situation.

Local MLA Ngurang Pinch and DC Papum Pare Bidol Tayeng are assessing the situation while the chief minister is due to survey the area tomorrow.

MLA has called on the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu to provide manpower and financial support to the effected people immediately.

MLA informed that due to incessant rain since August 12, large scale damage to public and private properties including houses, granaries, roads, culverts, agriculture, horticulture, fish pond, domestic animals have been reported from Kimin, Kakoi and Gumto circles. At Kimin, Little Conner hotel belonging of Taba Yabi, PMGSY road passing through government higher secondary school, Kimin have been washed away and there is a threat of major land slide on the way to government higher secondary school, which would pose threat to the entire township of Kimin from Kud River.

At Kakoi, four houses have been washed away and at Gumpto, Birup River is causing extensive damages and threat to the local population, the MLA added.

In the state capital region also, rain is being watched with alert as the area is prone to landslides.

Meanwhile the EAC Mika Nyori has directed the villagers to stay away from the River. The local panchayat and Gaon Burhas have been instructed to form voluntary groups to keep a watch on the flow of the river at nights.  

The Police and Civil administration are keeping a constant vigil to deal.


Governor gets support from Ministry of tourism

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Convinced by the presentation of the Governor Arunachal Pradesh Gen JJ Singh on its viability of the tremendous tourism potential of the State, the Union Minister assured an amount of Rs 5 crore to set up one such heliport destination, as a pilot project.

Championing the cause of developing the state, he called on the Union Minister for Tourism Kumari Selja at New Delhi today.

The Governor also highlighted that in collaboration with Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre Guwahati, a workshop on Modern Bamboo Structures and Housing to encourage contemporary tourism complexes with low construction cost and time will be conducted at Itanagar from August 23 to 26 next.

In order to bring Arunachal in the mainstream of national and international tourism map, the Governor expressed a de novo concept of camping sites and adventure, which could be a major attraction for nature and adventure lovers.   

He highlighted the fact that Tourism sector holds the highest promise for generating large employment and income-augmentation opportunities spreading and reaching down to all segments of society.

During the course of the discussions, Gen Singh brought out the need to develop Heliport tourist destinations along with a mini convention centre, as a concept of soulful-eco tourism.  

The new destination which will shortly be decided will be developed keeping in mind the diverse and rich flora and fauna as also by using the local material and habitat conditions.  

The selected destination will have wooden hut lodging for 16-20 tourists, who can be transported by a helicopter. The Governor further stressed that tourism is the way for viable revenue generation for the state and the local people who will greatly benefited.

The camping sites will be built on the traditional cane, bamboo and thatch concept having lodging for single or twin occupants supported by adequate infrastructure and facilities required by tourists. These sites can be scaled to accommodate more people during events by pitching tents.  

A rafting base camp will be developed, which will become a hub for training to give an opportunity for amateur and professional rafters to enjoy the sport.

The Minister agreed to support this initiative and also the proposal to hold an International Rafting Championship at a suitable time between November to February.  

A food festival of Arunachal Pradesh along with its cultural heritage will also be held at Dilli Haat duly supported by the Ministry. This will also give an opportunity for local artisans to showcase their products at Dilli Haat.

With personal interest of the Governor, the sector will definitely get huge impetus. (PRO to Governor)


Public hearing reaches doorstep of affected people

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: In its Endeavour to ensure mass participation in the Public Hearing on Environment Clearance of 1750 MW Lower Demwe project, the Second phase of hearing was conducted at Paya Machima community Hall under the Chairmanship of Anjaw Deputy Commissioner  C.S. Jeinow on August 12 last.

Presiding over the function, the DC expressed his satisfaction that 95% of the people welcomed the project to see light of development in this backward district.

Urging the company to look into many of the grievances, the DC said that comprehensive contingency plans and packages should be worked out for affected people. The Member Secretary APSPCB R K Deori spelt out the aims and objectives of environment clearance before execution of big dams.

Tezu EAC T. Jerang who is coordinating the hearing process on behalf of District Administration, elaborated the survey and investigation by taking all affected villages in his fingertips on the left and right bank of the Lohit river. The seventeen speakers comprising all categories of people welcomed the construction of dam but insisted on working out attractive packages upfront barring few like former minister K Krong who opposed tooth and nail on construction of 10 dams within a radius of 86 km at Lohit River.

It may be recalled that proposed Lower Demwe project which is about one km upstream of Brahmakund will be executed by M/S Athena Power Pvt. Ltd. The 1750 MW dam will require 1589.97 ha. out of which 1131 ha. land would be under submergence.

Based on the scientific analysis of database generated, positive and negative impacts have been predicted.  To minimize the adverse impact, elaborate Environmental Management plans with budgetary provision and general benefit were highlighted by Gagan Aggarwal and D. Prasad in detail through power point presentations. (DIPRO)


Apex bank to implement one time settlement scheme

ITANAGAR Aug 13: With a view to speedup recovery of bad loans of the bank, the Management of the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd. has issued orders for implementation of "one time settlement scheme 2009" to all the branches with instructions to receive applications from the defaulting borrowers for settlement of their loan accounts under the OTS scheme, 2009.

The scheme is targeted at recovery of all doubtful and chronic NPA accounts of the bank for compromise settlement. The main feature of OST scheme is that the NPA accounts of all sectors irrespective of nature, activity or purpose which have become sub-standard, doubtful or loss category NPA accounts as on March 31, 2006.

The scheme will cover both institutional and individual defaulters. The minimum amount to be recovered is 100% of the outstanding balance in the account inclusive of interest as on the date on which the account was categorized as doubtful NPA.

For PACS and LAMPS, minimum amount to be recovered is 100°-0 of the balance outstanding inclusive of interest when the account becomes overdue for 3 (three) years.

Penal interest, legal charges and other charges may be waived. The scheme will be non discretionary and non discriminatory. The last date of receipt of application is 31.10.2009.


Arunachal Consumer court’s landmark judgment

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: For normal citizens in the state which is hardly bother to fight back, the judgment given by the Arunachal Pradesh Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission should serve as an example.

In a landmark judgment, Arunachal Pradesh Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has awarded Rs 4, 60,000 to complainant Pasang Dorjee Sona who took the Pawan Hans Helicopter service, Department of Civil Aviation Arunachal Pradesh to task for its irresponsive act.

The complainant is to be paid the amount within a period of two months from now failing which amount will carry interest @ 9% from the date of the order.

The complaint was filed by Sona after the Pawan Hans chopper took off for Gauhati from Naharlagun good half an hour before its schedule leaving him depriving of a connecting flight to Delhi and his joining as a legal advisor to Delhi based company in 2001.

The department in its defense said that due to technical problem it had to leave earlier then its scheduled time.  But it did take off despite technical problem!


DDJAC welcomes HPC

ITANAGAR, Aug 13 (DPNN) The District Demand Joint Action Committee (DDJAC), Likabali and Nari-Koyu assembly constituencies, has while welcoming the cabinet decision to constitute a high powered committee (HPC) for selection of the headquarters for the newly created Lower Siang district, urged the government for inclusion of executive members from the Galo Welfare Society (GWS) besides the executive members of DDJAC so that the choice of the district headquarter would meet the genuine aspirations of the people. The chairman, DDJAC, Sengo Taipodia, told media persons here today, that the 7th Galo Bane Keba had passed a resolution on January 11, 2008, for creation of the Lower Siang district including Likabali and Nari Koyu constituencies besides creation of the district headquarters in the foothill areas at a centrally located place, in order to remove the hardship facing the people in the disputed boundary areas.

Taipodia further appealed to the GWS to take appropriate action against the state chief secretary Tabom Bam for reportedly misleading the government on the feasibility report submitted to the government by the DC, Aalo.

DDJAC requested the chief secretary to use his good office for acting in the interest of the genuine needs of the people and as decided by the Galo Bane Keba.

Citing the immense problems faced by the people living in the foothill areas due to the ongoing boundary dispute between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, the DDJAC felt that the government should pay due attention to the long felt demands of the people without any further delay.

“We have no objection to the inclusion of Basar in the new district but the selection of the district headquarters should be at a centrally located place to facilitate immediate intervention by the administration for meting justice to the Arunachalee people in the event of any boundary tension besides enabling the people to avoid long distance travel for carrying out their official works.

The DDJAC alleged that the DC, Aalo, had submitted a feasibility report on the basis of a D.O letter from the chief secretary overriding the sentiments of the people.

It also questioned the contradictory statements given by the government in the media leading to the confusion among the people who have been fighting for a separate district since long.

DDJAC had earlier called a bandh in protest against the feasibility report submitted by the DC, Aalo.

The GWS spokesman Domin Loya termed it unfortunate that the government was playing with the sentiments of the people by creating controversy on the matter. He appealed to the political leaders not to use the opportunity for gaining political mileage and warned the government against playing ‘divide and rule’ policy at the cost of peace and unity among the Galos.

Meanwhile, the GWS president Huzar Lollen has appealed to all Galo members to maintain utmost restraint and refrain from indulging in mudslinging, hurling of unparliamentary words against each other and calling of bandhs but stand united at this hour.

Recalling that the cabinet has approved in principle creation of Lower Siang district and directed for constitution of a high powered committee to study the ground realities in regard to the district headquarters and extent of boundary besides the government has clarified that Nari-Koyu is also included in the proposed district, the GWS president said that grievances, if any, may be placed before the high powered committee.


AMMS completes 9-year of service

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The Abralow Memorial Multipurpose Society (AMMS) completed nine years of its service helping the people of rural areas at Roing under Lower Dibang Valley District by empowering them to become self-dependent.

AMMS is also providing assistance to the poor girl child and needy children from interior pockets of the rural area in their education.

The Society continues its engagement of providing innovative and quality education in one of the remotest corner of the state.

AMMS is also supporting other organizations working with poor children. The society appeals to all concerned for support towards this endeavour.


One day training of CEO and FDA

ITANAGAR, Aug 13:  One day training programme of Chief Executive Officers (CEO) and Chairpersons of Forest Development Agencies (FDA), on Policies, Guidelines, Circulars, Orders, and Priorities of NAEB has been successfully conducted by State Forest Research Institute on August 12 at SFRI Conference Hall, Itanagar.

The training workshop was sponsored by National Afforestation & Eco-development Board, Regional Centre (NAEB), Shillong. The training was attended Divisional Forest Officers (DFOs) and Conservator of forests (C. Fs.). Resource persons were from State Forest Research Institute, Regional Research Institute, (Ayurveda)- Itanagar, NERIST, NAEB-Shillong, and Botanical Survey of India-Itanagar.

On the occasion, Assistant Director (RRI) Dr.Rama Shankar, Joint Director (BSI) Dr.R.C. Srivastava, Associate Professor (Forestry Department) (NERIST) Dr. A Arunachalum and Dr. Panna Deb, NAEB, gave elaborative & impressive Power Point presentation on role of medicinal plant, Forest Conservation Priorities, species which should be conserved and harvest on priority basis, Micro planning for Successful Implementation of FDAs, New Guidelines on Policies, Circulars, Orders, and Priorities of National Afforestation & Eco-development Board, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

It also organized an educative discussion among the field officers regarding the execution of FDA projects by the Forest Divisions in collaboration of respective Village Forest Management Agencies(VFMC) and practical problems faced in the field was also discussed in detail.

Meanwhile, the entire field problem’s feedback was recorded for making the recommendation to the Govt. of India.

 L. K. Pait, CCF, (RE, P&D), Chief Guest of the inaugural session, chaired the training workshop as well. G.N.Roy, C.F. Central Arunachal Circle – Pasighat, Dr. K. Kire, C.F. Western Arunachal Circle- Banderdewa, Dr.A.N.Rao, Orchidologist, Dr.G.Murtem, Scientist., Dr.S.P. Singh, Ecologist, SFRI, Dr.L.R.Bhuyan, Scientist- SFRI, R.K.Taj, Scientist, J.Dopum,SFRI, and participants from different FDAs D.Gogoi, DFO- Tawang, T. Pertin, DFO-Namsai, A. Paron, DFO- Bomdila, P. Uya-  representative of DFO, Anini, Dr. Surabhi Rai DFO-Deomali, J. Basar, DFO-Likhabali, T.T.Toppu, DFO-Sagalee, T.Bui, DFO-Daporijo, R. Ori, DFO-Aalo, R. Riba, DFO Nampong, U.Kumar, DFO- Longding,  T Mali, representative of DFO- Changlang, H Nyorak, DFO-Kurung kumey, B.Darrang, DFO-Pasighat,  Doi Tarak, JRF, Roshmi Koyu, JRF attended the training workshop.


District takes steps against Swine flu

BOMDILA Aug 13: As an act of Pandemic preparedness, the Chairman District Disease Surveillance Society cum the Deputy Commissioner Swati Sharma called an emergent meeting here today of all the Head of Departments of the district to take stock of the various aspects of the Swine flu, the pandemic preparedness and response.

Expressing her happiness over the nil report of Swine flu in the state and the district in particular; she however, impressed upon the HoDs, Principals and Headmasters of the various schools to ensure adherence by the government officials and students of the Dos and Donts issued.

The District Tourism Officer and the Protocol Officer has an important role to play in keeping track of all the incoming tourists and report to the District surveillance team accordingly, she said.

The tour operators, taxi operators and the hoteliers are to actively assist the district administration in this case, she added. As the inter-state movement of the Army and the BRO are frequent, they should keep a tab on their personnels, observed the Deputy Commissioner.

Earlier, the chairman of the Rapid Response team, Dr. L N Singh dealt at length on the various aspects of the dreaded H1N1 virus & the pandemic preparedness by the state and district machinery with the power point presentation. Interacting and answering to the queries, DMO Dr. D Duri and Med. Supdt Dr. G. Lamu sought the active co-operation of all the officers, particularly that of the Police, Tourism, Relief, IPR, Educational heads and the Animal Husbandary and Veterinary in the act of preparedness but without creating any undue panic.

Voicing his concern over the slow follow-up actions with regard to the first meeting on H1N1 in July last, ADC R Tashi expressed the need for imparting awareness in the various administrative outposts and rural areas by involving the concerned administrative officers, medical staff, Goanburahs, PRI members, Teachers etc on a large scale.

As of now, the district is well equipped for any eventuality, informed the DMO. (DIPRO)


Darko sports club Nyapin enter final

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Darko sports club Nyapin enters final beating Rising Sports Club, Itanagar 3-1 in the Abotani Cup today.

Hage Kago scored two goals in 2 and 26 minutes and Bamin Tatung added one goal in 75 minutes for DSCN while Koj Takam scores one goal for RSC, Itanagar in 73 minutes.

In the second semifinal match Model village Football Club will take on Bamang Taji Football Club tomorrow.

ANSU General Secretary Likha Nilly Tabo attended the first semifinal as Chief Guest and contributed an amount of Rs.15,000 to organizing committee.

Meanwhile, MP Takam Sanjoy and Chairman, Naharlagun Market Welfare Committee Techi Kaso have consented to attend the final match as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour of 3rd Abo Tani Cup’09 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun on August 15.


One day workshop on enacted Acts of the state government

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The Directorate of Town Planning, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar is organizing one day workshop on Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Act, 2007 (Act No. 4 of 2008), Arunachal Pradesh Urban & Country Planning Act, 2007 (Act No, 3 of 2008), Arunachal Pradesh Building Bye-laws, 2009: ( Draft approved ), Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Elections Act, 2009 (Act No. 4 of 2009) and Arunachal Pradesh Municipality Disclosure Act, 2009 (Act No. 5 of 2009).

The objective of the workshop would be to familiarize the participants with provisions of Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Act, 2007, Arunachal Pradesh Urban & Country Planning Act, 2007, Arunachal Pradesh Building Bye-Laws 2009, Arunachal Pradesh Municipality Disclosure Act, 2009, Master Plan, Itanagar and rules & regulations being framed by the Directorate of Town Planning, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.

Due to some unavoidable circumstances the one day workshop has been rescheduled at Banquet Hall, Itanagar on August 22.

The Chief Minister and Minister Urban Development & PWD will attend the inaugural session as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour.

All Commissioners, Secretaries, of state, all Head of the Departments, all Deputy Commissioner, all Additional Deputy Commissioner and Chief Planner, Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India, TCPO, are requested to participate in the one day workshop at Itanagar.


ITBP conducts blood donation camp

ITANAGAR Aug 13: 10 ITBP organized a voluntary Blood Donation Camp at its unit HQ Kimin on August 13 with assistance of Blood Bank Civil Hospital North Lakhimpur on the occasion.

Manoj Kumar Singh, Commandant 10 Bn ITB Police inaugurated the blood donation camp.

On this occasion voluntary blood donators of 40 Bn ITBP also donated blood. Total of 48 units of blood was donated by 5 Officers, 3 Subordinate Officer and 40 other ranks of both units.

Commandant Manoj Kumar Singh in his inaugural speech said that ITBP is always keen to help and extend its best possible assistance to healthy human lives and civic action programmes for the society.

He urged the jawans to come forward and to be volunteers for such humane donation. He further expressed that 10 1TBP besides guarding of borders is also devoted to its duties towards  countrymen and this blood donation camp is a shining example.

Brojen Hazarika, ICTC HIV Counsellor, Civil Hospital blood bank- NLP, in his speech on the occasion said that every section of the society were all praise to civic action posture of 10th ITBP. He further congratulated the unit personnel for this initiative.


Governor and chief minister greet

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh has extended festival greetings to the all Arunachalees in general and to the Hindu brethren in particular on the festive occasion of Janmastami.

He reiterated hope that the vibrant and joyous festival will strengthen the communal harmony and oneness in the society.

Gen Singh, in his message said that the main significance of Janmashtami is to encourage goodwill and to discourage bad will. It is also celebration of togetherness as the sacred occasion brings people together. As such, it is a festival whose values are shared by all faith traditions and communities.

May the spirit of this unique special occasion further strengthen the fraternal feelings in our society and remind us of the importance of unity as we strive collectively for the well-being of our people, he added.

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami extended greetings to all Arunachalees in general and to the Hindu Community in particular.

Janmashtami is a festival that signifies the values of the family and the importance of justice. Lord Krishna preached the message of universal love among mankind and emphasized on right ways in attainment of ones goal, Khandu said in his message.

I believe, the occasion will spread the message of love, peace and communal harmony, the chief minister said.

On this pious occasion, I pray Lord Krishna to bless each one of us with his choicest blessings, Khandu further said.


Zubeen cancels a performance in USA to travel to Longding

KHONSA, Aug 13: A few years ago a young man from Assam with a guitar in his hands and a dream in his eyes set out beyond the shores of the mighty Brahmaputra and reached Mumbai in search of greener pastures and better opportunities.

Today, that young man who is known to the world as Zubeen Garg, is a shining star in the musical firmament of not only India but abroad as well. The singing sensation from the Northeast where guns and roses exist side by side has created a niche for himself in tinsel town Mumbai.

Thousands of youth from the turbulent but musically rich Northeast had been inspired by the sweet success of Zubeen and they are following his foot steps. Thanks to the way shown by him, today singers from the region emerge winners or perform creditably well in the national level singing competitions. He is the true musical Ambassador of the Northeast to world outside. He is the pride of the Northeast.  For the people of Tirap in general and of Khonsa in particular, August 12 was a historic and memorable day.

Zubeen Garg, the singer and the performer landed up at Khonsa in a rainy morning with dark clouds hovering over the township sky and the incessant rain refusing to budge. The weather pattern throughout the day remained the same, rain and more rain.

But as the evening came and as soon as the musical beats began to emanate from the huge stage at the Nehru Stadium, even the rain Gods relented and the weather mercifully improved, thereby allowing the thousands of music lovers relish the moment of their lives.

When the arrival of the star singer Zubeen was announced, the stadium raptured with cries of Zubeen, Zubeen. We cannot blame the entertainment-starved people of Tirap for their rapturous and tumultuous cries, after all, it was for the very first time that they saw the singer in flesh and blood.

Earlier, they had only seen him in magazines or TV. Zubeen did not disappoint his fans. He lived up to the expectation of the eager crowd. In fact, he gave his best that night.

He rendered some of his old hits, often jumping, dancing and clapping, in his inimitable style, compelling the huge audiences, especially the young to sway, dance and sing with him. It was an appreciative crowd which was receptive and having great sense of music. The huge crowd that gathered on that day at the Nehru stadium was unprecedented. All the roads in Khonsa virtually led to the stadium.

The singing sensation Zubin Garg who performed on the occasion of 1st Tirap Half Marathon- Run For Peace organized by Tirap District Administration at Khonsa not only enthralled audience with his mesmerizing voice but also won everyone’s hearts in this remote town with his humility and warm nature and ability to connect with the audience.

He repeatedly professed his love for Arunachal Pradesh on the stage by mentioning that Arunachal and Switzerland are the two most beautiful places on earth. He then surprised everyone by naming almost all major tribes of Arunachal Pradesh and how he would like to bring out an album of Nocte and Wancho songs.

Zubeen sang and danced right up to midnight and the crowd did not move from their seats and left only when the star had retired to his green room.

Zubin later expressed his wish for becoming an ambassador for tree plantation in the area and had discussions with the District Administration on how they could evolve a strategy for planting at least fifty thousand trees in one year to check the harmful effects of phenomenon of Global Warming.

He even offered his services to perform free of cost with this entire troupe on such occasions to motivate people towards this noble cause.

However what surprised everyone and made a place for him in every heart of Tirap was his sudden decision to stay back in the District for an additional day as he was impressed by the flaura of the District and wanted to carry some rare fern species saplings back home to Guwahati and Bombay for planting in his personal garden.

This was in spite of the fact that he was scheduled to travel to Trinidad and Tobago (through New York) for a performance on the 15th of August.

Instead, canceling the program in USA, he decided to drive down to Longding Sub-division of Tirap anonymously to experience the natural beauty of the area. The residents of Tirap have something to cheer about after a long long time indeed!

Though the twin event was an overwhelming success, Zubeen, the performer is in every one’s lips. Truly, he came, saw and conquered.


17th state level taekwon-do championship held

TEZU, Aug 13: The 17th State level Taekwon-Do Championship organized by Lohit Taekwon-do Association was held at Tezu in Lohit District under the supervision of Sports Department from August 10 to 12 last.

B Kri wife of local MLA inaugurated the function. She encouraged the participants to take the sports in its true sprit.

Participants from Tirap, Changlang, West Siang, East Siang, Papumpare, SAI, Doumuk Taekwon-do Academy and Lohit District participated in the three days long competition. (DIPRO)


SVMC bans hunting, plastic bags

ITANAGAR Aug 13: The 6th annual general body meeting cum conference of Siiro Village Managing Committee (SVMC) Siiro, Ziro, Lower Subansiri district was convened at Govt. ME School, Siiro on August 8 last.

Gaon Buras, Panchayat members, student body and general publics of Siiro village took part in the meeting and unanimously decided to ban hunting of wild animals and fishing using chemicals, explosives and electric shocks in waterbed around of adjoining Siiro village.

It warned that if any one is found offending the decision a stern action under the wild life act would be taken.  

They also banned the use of plastic bags and polythene products by picnickers and hikers who visit the area. The non-degradable plastic, polythene bags and empty bottles left on the spot results in death of many livestock.

The meet also passed a resolution for free education for the students of Govt ME School Siiro who secures highest mark in their annual examination in their respective classes. They have further decided to take care of the admission fees from 2009-2010 onwards for meritorious students.

The house decided to go for new membership drive for the session 2009-2010.


APPDSU lauds Govt. decision

ITANAGAR Aug 13: All Papum Pare District Students' Union (APPDSU) appreciate the state government for revoking their decision on the declaration of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teacher recruitment results.

APPDSU urge the competent authority to induct the recruited teachers before the "code of conduct" is in place.

The union also demand District Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) cum- Deputy Com¬missioner Papum Pare and Deputy Director School Education (DDSE) Papum Pare, Yupia to declare the written test result as well as viva voice as soon as possible and appoint the teachers before the inception of ensuing academic session of school for the greater convenience of stu¬dent community of district and state as a whole.



State level workshop on teaching of mathematics held

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Don Bosco Youth Centre, Itanagar, conducted a two-day State-level workshop on teaching of Mathematics in its premises in Itanagar in collaboration with the Association of Private Schools of Arunachal Pradesh on August 12 and 13.

Dr. Basil Koikara, the Registrar of Don Bosco University Assam was the resource person. Dr. Basil is a rank-holder in NEHU from Pre-University (Class XII) to M. Phil. He has won gold-medals for his performance in B.Sc. and M. Sc.

He has a life time of experience in teaching Mathematics at all levels – from Lower Primary to research level. He was a lecturer of Mathematics in St. Anthony’s College, Shillong and a Reader in Mathematics in NEHU, Shillong before he joined as Registrar in Don Bosco University, Assam.

Mathematics is a subject that is essential for any branch of study, be it science, commerce or even humanities. It is keeping this importance of Mathematics in mind, and the poor situation of teaching of Mathematics in the state that Don Bosco Youth Centre took up the task of organising this workshop.

Thirty Mathematics teachers from over fifteen private schools from all over the state of Arunachal Pradesh took part in the workshop. They deliberated on why students of Arunachal Pradesh find Mathematics difficult and suggested ways and means to overcome the difficulties the students face.

Among the many difficulties students face in the learning of Mathematics, one that came to the fore was the pre-conceived notion that Mathematics is difficult to understand. This closes the minds of students against Mathematics. To overcome this problem, it is important that teachers teach conscientiously and use special methods to make Mathematics interesting and fun.

Another problem that came to the fore was the difficulty of finding good teachers to teach mathematics. This is the result of a vicious circle – students do not take up the study of Mathematics because they find Mathematics difficult, and so there are no teachers to teach Mathematics. It is necessary to break out of this vicious circle.

The participants suggested that Rajiv Gandhi University – the University of Arunachal Pradesh, has a very pivotal role to play to bring the state out of this situation. It is essential that it conducts awareness programmes and encourage students to take up the study of Mathematics.

It also should initiate a Master’s degree programme in Mathematics, so that Arunachal can have more teachers in Mathematics and hopefully, students from Arunachal Pradesh may take up research in Mathematics.

The resource person, Dr. Basil Koikara, who has conducted several such seminars all over the North East, suggested ways and means to teach Mathematics well, and make Mathematics interesting. He mesmerised the participants with little mathematical tricks, historical snippets and interesting mathematical objects.

He suggested that teachers should in turn present these to students and make them interested in the study of Mathematics. As an outcome of the workshop, it is ardently hoped that teachers will be able to make their teaching of Mathematics much more interesting and encourage students to find the hidden beauty of Mathematics.




Former CM’s grandson passes away

ITANAGAR: Donli Rba, the grandson of former Chief Minister Late Tomo Riba and Minoti Riba passed away at a Vellore hospital, Tamil Nadu following a brief illness this morning. A student of Bachelor of Business Management, 21 years old Donli was shifted to Vellore earlier this year.

His body is being brought back from Vellore tomorrow and will be laid to rest on Aug 15 at the family’s Naharlagun residence.

Donli is Maddon Riba and Gebom Kena’s son.


ATSU reiterate its demand for dropping of ministers

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Tribal Students’ Union in a letter to governor, Arunachal Pradesh reiterating its earlier demand for dropping of Forest and Environment Minister Newlai Tingkhatra and Health, Family Welfare and Civil Supplies Minister CC Singhpo from the council of Minister for giving an undertaking to work in the interest of Nagas, said that the concerned authority and the state government is not taking any meaningful action on the matter, such inaction on the part of ruling Congress party will definitely set a bad precedent for the state and the nation as a whole.

ATSU appealed the governor to take up necessary step on the issue and stick on its demand for dropping of ministers followed by CBI inquiry in order to unearth the truth behind the undertaking note.


RGU Results

ITANAGAR: The University has notified the PG Result 2009 for M.A. Education (II & IV) Semester, M.A. History (Re-examination-Paper 401(Old course) and UG Result 2009 for B.A. II Year of Institute of Distance Education.


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