Aug 04


CM-led team conducts aerial survey in disaster-hit districts

ITANAGAR, Aug 03: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with a high level state disaster management team conducted extensive aerial survey today to assess the quantum of damages in the eastern part of the state caused by heavy downpour triggered flash floods in the current monsoon.

While road communication has been totally disrupted in districts like Dibang Valley and Anjaw, the flood-affected low land areas (foothills) are yet to be brought to normalcy.  There have been reports pouring in about huge loss of agricultural, horticultural fields besides losses of livestock and properties worth crores.

During his recent visit to New Delhi, Tuki had appealed the  Union Ministry of Home Affairs to send a high-level central team to assess the damages caused by the natural catastrophe. Tuki particularly highlighted the damages caused to road infrastructure snapping connectivity to various townships and villages in districts including the state capital Itanagar.  He also informed of disruption of power and water supplies and inundation of vast lands of agriculture and horticulture causing huge losses to farmers. Ongoing projects, like hydro-power and the Trans Arunachal Highway, have also been adversely affected by the abrupt monsoon rains and cloud bursts, Tuki said.

The team comprising of  CM, MP Ninong Ering, Parliamentary Secretary Karikho Kri, Chief Secretary, Yeshi Tsering, Disaster Management Director Y W Ringu and Chief Engineer WRD L Angu left at eight in the morning from Naharlagun helipad, surveyed flood affected areas of Dollungmukh, Likabali, Nari-Koyu before landing at Pasighat for refueling.

During a brief interaction at Pasighat, East Siang deputy commissioner informed the visiting team about the quantum of damages caused by the torrential rain. He reported of road snapping which has been partially restored, electricity and drinking water supply problems in the district headquarters and the adjoining areas.

While discussing over the SRK Construction Pvt Ltd issue, the DC informed that the culprit involved in the attack of its employee has been arrested. The Chief Minister called for stringent action against persons disturbing the process of development.

After taking off from Pasighat, the team surveyed Mebo, Dambuk, Manabhum and Roing where the nature’s fury could be visible. The river had changed its course in several areas engulfing forests, paddy fields, horticultural gardens, houses and livestock. The team had a brief halt at Roing where they interacted with the heads of the department of Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley. Some BRO officers also attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister disclosed the gathering about his meeting with the central leaders and their assurance to send a high level team to assess the damages. He further assured to provide funds for restoring the water supply in Roing township at the earliest. Tuki requested the BRO officers to expedite restoration of Roing Anini road at the earliest.  Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Roing gave a brief report on the flood damage in the district and its adjoining areas. She requested the state government to pump in funds to restore basic requirement like drinking water, Electricity and road communication.

The team left for further survey of the worst flood hit foothill areas like, Bordumsa, Diyun, Chowkham, Namsai, Miao including Deban and Namdapha before landing at Tezu. The Tezu Nallah had been posing serious threat to the Tezu town in every monsoon and Sukha Nalah near Tezu Airport is a continuous threat to the Airport which is under construction. The chief minister viewed that proper planning is required to mitigate this continuous threat. He opted for building concrete retaining walls along the river ridge so that the flood does not affect the township area. The engineers informed the CM that the spate of the recent flood affected Sunpura-Tezu road also which has been severely affected creating problems for the commuters.

The CM also met delegates from Anjaw district and assured to address their genuine issues like urgent restoration of surface communication, ration sorties, adequate medicines etc.



Polygamy is the root cause of domestic violence  

Nari Mukti Manch demands special law against polygamy

Tame Yam Natung

Itanagar, Aug 03: Every advanced civilization has its own beginning where social systems like sati pratha, child marriage, forced marriage, infant female child killing, polygamy, dowry, polyandry etc were in existence. But with the passage of the time such systems either disappeared naturally or eradicated by social movements, for example- Sati pratha (system) was uprooted from the Indian society by the great social reformers like Raja Ram Mohan Roy.

It is understood that the many of the social evils have been drastically reduced or completely eradicated but the polygamy in some tribes of Arunachal Pradesh and a dowry  system mostly in central India are still being in practice which is a matter of serious concern for every Indian.

In the beginning, a man used to marry more than one wife at a time which added status in the society. But in context of modern society having more than one wife or polygamy has no social relevancy at all and economically too it is not viable.

The majority of the women think that the root cause of domestic violence and the various form of atrocities on women in the state is polygamy. It disturbs the peaceful co-existence within the members of the family and their whole relatives also. The worst affecteds are their school going children.

When a married man falls in love with some one other than his wife, he started physically, mentally and emotionally torturing her first wife till she finally surrenders and says yes to him for second marriage. Such atrocity on women is a preplanned tactic adopted by a married man to marry second wife.

So polygamy is a social crime. An educated man here does not feel guilty in marrying a second wife. Just to save his face, he says, “It’s a system being practiced by our fore fathers” which is a sheer lame excuse.

Over the years, more educated married men and some people of high strata are practicing polygamy. The magnitudes of atrocities on women are in alarming situation in Arunachal Pradesh, specially among some tribes. But, our male counterparts can not only be blamed for this. Our young unmarried females are also to be equally blamed. In some cases,  unmarried women knowingly get married with a man who has a wife and children. So they should be brought to book and the exemplary punishment should be given to them first.

As a preventive measure, the Nari Mukti Manch has decided to organize camps for students, youths, working women and school dropouts to help them inculcating the moral values of life at regular intervals in all districts of the state.

The Nari Mukti Manch, Arunachal Pradesh urged upon both the state and central Governments to enact and introduce a special law for Arunachal Pradesh that will put an immediate stop and prevent the practice of polygamy in the state. The Manch has decided to stage sit-in dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi very soon.



Temporary relaxation to land allotment procedures

ITANAGAR, Aug 03: Much to the respite of various organizations and individuals who are opposing the certain land allotment rules, a high-level meeting of the state Govt today resolved that land management secretary would take up proposal to the Government regarding amendment in the Rules No. 124, 125 & 127 of AP (Land Records & Settlements) Rule 2002 wherein it is mentioned that the land shall be allotted only to those applicants having no land/residential house in whole of Arunachal Pradesh.

The high-level meeting convened under the chairmanship of Padi Richo, Parliamentary Secretary, Land Management and attended by the land management Secretary, Capital Complex DC,  land management Director, Deputy Directors, Town Planner, LRSO, Capital Complex, ADC Capital Complex and Political Secretary to Chief Minister today decided that the prevailing practice for new land allotment cases would continue and there is no need to ask for "No Land Holding Certificate" from the applicants for the time being as the amendment in the land amendment rules are under consideration. While appreciating efforts of the Capital DC for better future planning of the town, the meeting  further resolved that “For those cases where the Govt. approval has already been accorded for land allotment, the same shall be regularized by the  Capital DC in a time bound manner. The cases of land allotment already approved involving encroachment of Govt. quarters and where the distances between the quarters is less than 4 Mtrs, the cases will be re-examined by the Capital DC  after field verification and the same would be re-submitted to the Govt. for re-consideration and necessary decision.”

“For all new cases of land allotment, it would be mandatory to have joint inspection by the land department staff of DC office and the Town Planning department to ensure that the new land allotment cases are recommended in conformity with the proposed Interim Development Plan (IDP) and to ensure that the buildings already constructed upon the encroached land (now proposed for land allotment) are not falling under the Right of Way notified for the adjoining roads and are not obstructing the natural flow of water,’  it was decided in the meeting.

It was also decided that the department would amend its letter issued vide letter No.LM-102/2010 dated 24/5/2012 regarding regularization of land occupied by the private Individuals etc.



Road blockade in Anjaw starts to take its toll

By Raju Mimi

HAWAI, Aug 03: Two moths of continued disruption of surface communication in Anjaw district triggered by heavy downpour of rainfall have now started to take its toll.

Reportedly, two people died in last one month due to want of immediate medical attention. Kandolu Pul, 45, from Mankhung of Hawai circle in Anjaw district died in Tezu on July 15. She was brought to Tezu on foot by her relatives from her village in Anjaw. Because of the continued road blockade, her body had to be cremated in Tezu, as the body could not be brought back to her village in Anjaw.

Another deceased, Bagumso Pul, 25 of Changung, Hawai circle died in Dibrugarh hospital. He reportedly died of Malaria and Typhoid. In his case too, he was brought to Dibrugarh hospital in critical condition, after days of foot march from his village in Anjaw. More than 20,000 people in Anjaw district continue to be severely affected after the region was cut off by landslides on June 20 last. All other communication services like mobile and telephone also continue to remain affected.  

The surface communication in Anjaw district was disrupted after massive landslide blocked the road in Mompani, 85 km from Tezu.

As Chief Minister Nabam Tuki tours the flood affected region in Eastern Arunachal today, the question of negligence has started to arise.

Peoples Forum for Project Affected Families (PFPAF), a people’s movement against large hydropower projects in Anjaw district has alleged negligence on the part of the state government on the depreciating situation in Anjaw.

Talking over phone from Tezu, PFPAF chairperson Behenso Pul said, “Despite two months of road blockade and shortages of essential items, the state government hasn’t till date committed for a single ration sortie for the district of Anjaw.”

The Forum members met chief minister in Tezu today and raised serious concern on the casual approach of state government towards people of Anjaw.

“Anjaw district has been ravaged by flood for many days, and we hope that state government will visit the affected regions in the hills and not only in the foot hills and plains,” said Pul.

The chief minister reportedly visited Roing, Tezu and other flood affected plains of Lohit district during his aerial survey of the affected region today.

“Due to continued blockade, prices of essential items in Anjaw district are rising steeply. Rice is sold at Rs 50 per kg and petrol at Rs 200 per litre. Medical facilities are also deteriorating day by day,” said Pul.

The Forum during the meeting with chief minister also appealed for providing immediate medical services for the people of Anjaw.



Body of missing APP personnel recovered


RUKSIN, Aug 03: The body of one Samuel Koyu (39) of Detak village under Ruksin police station, who was serving as head constable (Telecom) at Sille Police Out Post was recovered from near Debing village today.

The deceased went missing on July 30 last while he was reportedly on his way from Sille to his native village in the evening on that day. Later, his body was recovered in the jungle near Debing village by the locals. The Ruksin police sent the body to Ruksin CHC for post-mortem. The police have registered a case (Case No- 12/2012, U/S- 302 of IPC) and started investigation to trace out the clues behind the incident.

Samuel left behind two wives and three children.

 Meanwhile, Ramle Banggo Welfare Society has condemned the alleged killing of Samual Koyu by unknown miscreants.

 Society has appealed to East Siang district administrator to register case and nab the culprit involved in heinous crime.



Society cries for electricity, seeks early restoration of hydel project

ITANAGAR, Aug 03: The Kebang Village Welfare Society (KVWS) has urged the power department to restore power supply in Kebang circle of East Siang district by repairing/restoring the Yembung Hydel project which was damaged by heavy down pour on June 24 last..

KVWS, in a release, said that the area was reeling under darkness for the last one month due to absence of electricity which has brought the day-to-day life of the people to a standstill.

The villagers of Kebang along with the government officials and SRK Construction Private Limited organized a mass social service on July 8 and restored the Pangin-Pasighat Road and Yembung Hydel Road to transport transformer. But both civil and mechanical wings of Hydropower Department failed to address the grievances of the people despite their assurance to the villagers, the release lamented.

The society in a meeting on July 29 had decided to conduct a mass social service in the project site and demanded the power department to renovate the damaged water channel and install 100 KV transformers immediately.

The water channel portion of the hydel project along with four staff quarters were damaged by heavy downpour on June 24 last.



Hornbill nest adoption prog completes one year

ITANAGAR, Aug 03: Ghora Aabhe Society (GAS), Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore and Divisional Forests office, Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary (Tiger Reserve), Seijosa jointly signed a tripartite MoU last year to protect the Hornbill species under its Hornbill nest adoption programme. Under this programme, local unemployed youths are provided employment as protectors of Hornbills.  According to the  Society, there are mainly four species of Hornbills in Seijosa. They are Great Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Oriental pied Hornbill and Rufous-necked Hornbill.

The Society,  Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore and Divisional Forests office, Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary (Tiger Reserve), Seijosa and department and environment and forest jointly celebrated one year completion of Hornbills Nest Adoption Programme at Pakke Jungle Camp  (Eco- camp), New Mabusa-l, Seijosa recently. Among others, Hornbills Nest Protectors, PRI members, members of village Forests Development Council of Seijosa and general people participated in the celebration programme.

Highlighting the importance of the programme, coordinator Amruta Rane in her report said  that  29 hornbill nest were located during last one year. Out of 29 nests, 16 Nests were  detected in  fringe area of Pakke Wildlife  Sanctuary.  Forest fire had devoured four number of hornbill nest in Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary fringe area, Rane informed. She also lauded the  nest protectors for performing their duty sincerely.

Sanctuary Range Forest Officer also spoke on the occasion and said that such programme will inspire other local community to protect the forests and wildlife.

Representative of Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore handed over a cheque  of Rs. 25,000  to  the Society as a welfare fund as per the MoU for successful implementation of the  programme.

GAS chairman Takum Nabum  also spoke on the occasion.



DA to conduct social service every month at Ziro

ZIRO, Aug 03: In its continued efforts to make Ziro township clean and hygienic, the Lower Subansiri district administration organized a massive cleanliness drive in Ziro township today.

Actively participating in the programme, Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Taru Talo announced that the district administration would organize such cleanliness drive at Ziro-Hapoli in every month.

The cleanliness drive covered all office complexes, market areas, sectors, colonies, circuit house and SSB gate area.

“ Ziro being a prime tourist destination needs to be clean and hygienic,“ said the Deputy Commissioner. He also exhorted the public to inculcate good civic sense as the District Administration, which is already functioning with limited manpower alone cannot keep the town clean.

Also in his attempt to reduce crime, he promised to make all the high mast street lamps in the town functional soon. He also instructed the liquor shops not to sell liquor to minors.

The Social service also saw the All Lower Subansiri Student Union (ALSSU) President Tado Raja and his team turn up in support of the drive.

Earlier, ALSSU had called a bandh on July 18 in protest against the District Administration’s alleged failure in maintaining sanitation and cleanliness in the township. The efforts put in by the District Administration under the guidance of the DC has been so far appreciated by all sections of the society.

It is worth mentioning here that, not a single shop in the township is found using polythene carry bags during a inspection by the Cleanliness Task Force Committee headed by a Circle Officer.

So, shoppers carry your own bags next time when you go out for shopping in Ziro!!  DIPRO



Field Day cum Demonstration programme on Farm Mechanizations organized

ITANAGAR, Aug 03: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Papum Pare in collaboration with Department of Agricultural Engineering, NERIST organized a Field day cum demonstration programme with the concept of “seeing is believing” and “learning by doing” at KVK Farm Karsingsa yesterday.

Dr.Nabam Gama, Farm Manager KVK Papum Pare highlighted the objectives of the programme and stated that the programme will benefit the farmers to grasp the scientific way of cultivation and put into practice into their field for improving their existing farming practices.

Vivekananda Safi, SMS Fishery, KVK Papum Pare made the farmers aware about mandate, function and activities of KVK under ICAR in the district.

At least 30 farmers including, Panchayat leaders, Head Haon Buras from the Karsingsa, Nirjuli, Laptap, Sagalee and Emchi, Doimukh attended the programme.

Dr. P.K. Pranav, Assistant Professor, NERIST impressed upon the farmer regarding role of farm tools in increasing the working efficiency of human being and safety in farm operation. He taught the farmers about the manually operated rice transplanter which are economical, efficient and consume less time.

The various farm tools like modified sickle, cono weeder, orange and apple fruit harvesters,safety gadgets (guard), Maize sheller, dibbler, drum seeder, rice transplanter etc were showcased and demonstrated to the inquisitive farmers during the programme under the supervision of R. Phukan and other staffs of  AICRP on ESA NERIST centre, Nirjuli.

The farmers were made acquainted with the improved tools and implements (rice transplanter and drum seeder) by letting them carrying out the operation by themselves.

The entire programme was executed by Tadang Meena, Subject Matter Specialist (Agronomy) of KVK Papum-Pare. She also imparted knowledge to farmers on methods of mat type of rice nursery raising to the farmers. She gave emphasis on application of biofertilizers for soil health and farm machineries for higher production of rice.



DC inaugurates NABARD District Development office at Ziro

ITANAGAR, Aug 03: The first district development office of NABARD in Arunachal Pradesh was inaugurated by Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Taru Talo at Ziro yesterday.

The district office will be an extended arm of NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office, Itanagar and Upper Subansiri and Kurung Kumey districts have been tagged with the DDM district.

Welcoming the initiative, the Deputy Commissioner expressed gratitude to NABARD for selecting the district for opening the first DDM office in the state of Arunachal Pradesh and expressed the hope that with the opening of the district office, the people of the district will be benefitted to a great extent as NABARD is the apex bank for promotion of sustainable and equitable agriculture development and prosperity of the people in the rural areas.

He also expressed the willingness of the district administration to extend all possible help and support to budding entrepreneurs and farmers of the district.

Dr.P.Radhakrishnan, General Manager, NABARD, Itanagar in his keynote address explained the policies and programmes of NABARD and opined that with the opening of the new office, NABARD will be able to give pointed focus to the three districts. The main function of the district office is to prepare credit plan and monitor the flow of ground level credit in the district and also to coordinate with the various line departments of State  Govt., bankers and other developmental agencies.

He also distributed Kisan Credit Cards (KCCs) sanctioned by Arunachal Pradesh State Coop. Apex Bank, Old Ziro branch on the occasion.

The meeting was also addressed by Bullo Tama, District Horticulture Officer, T.Mize, District Tourism Officer, N.K.Purkayastha, Fisheries Officer and Mudo Tatung, Manager, Apex Bank, Old Ziro Branch and was attended by representatives from other Govt. departments and farmers’ club members.

The Chairperson, Farmers Club narrated her experience in availing bank loan and repayment of loan by its members. She requested the District Administration, NABARD and bankers to extend their support for establishment of piggery and fishery units.

OP.Mounglang, District Development Manager, will be in charge of the office.



DC calls for well-equipped disaster management plan

Yupia, Aug 03: A meeting to discuss various topics about planning and preparation for disasters and emergencies was conducted at DRDA conference hall here today under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu.

In his brief address, the Deputy Commissioner while citing the importance of disaster preparedness, called for preparing a well equipped and well coordinated Disaster Management plan for the Papum Pare district to cope up with any disaster problems in the district. He also mentioned that earthquake jolts are frequently felt in the district which is alarming and said a training programme on earthquake preparedness must be conducted to sensitize the people.

Disaster Management Department, Itanagar Project Officer Nawang Phuntso provide informations about how to update and upgrade disaster management Plan of the district through a power point presentation.

Earlier, Field Officer, Relief and Rehalitation Department, Yupia Dawa explained about the objective of the meeting. All Head of Department attended the meeting. DIPRO



Welly lays foundation stone for ADC office

ITANAGAR, Aug 03: Health, Family Welfare and WRD Minister Atum Welly laid the foundation stone for construction of Additional Deputy commissioner office near A-2 village at Seijosa in East Kameng district on 27th July last.  Later the minister addressed a public cum administrative meeting. Among others,   prominent leaders, GBs and ADC Seijosa spoke on the occasion.

Later, the the minister visited PWD colony, general ground and the helipad ground and inspected the  the Pakke river erosion-affected sites.

He further appraised the district administration to use state disaster response fund /national disaster response  funds for the diversion of Pakke River course to protect general ground, PWD/Forest colony and Darlong from further damage by flood. He also directed the Water Resource Department Seijosa sub-division to prepare a report and submit it to ADC at earliest. Welly also urged the administration to provide relief assistance to actual flood victims.

Meanwhile ADC Seijosa Tayek Pado informed the minister that only three numbers of Type-I government quarters have been damaged partially by Pakke river erosion.

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Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Aug03: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele. numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.


Hearing of Simang HE Project held

PASIGHAT, Aug 03: The mandatory hearing of claims and objection of landowners in connection with acquisition of land for Simang Hydro Electric Project was held at Boleng yesterday.

Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra informed that proper hearing will be given to the claims and objection and all the discussion of the government would be based on the outcome of the hearing. The grievances of the people will never be overlooked and their interest will be the priority. He assured  to address the grievances and forward the findings to the government. DIPRO


Proposals for tourism  development

YINGKIONG, Aug 03: The Upper Siang District Tourism Development Committee (DTDC) has proposed the State Government for establishment of various tourism related infrastructure in various locations in the district having tourism potential.  The DTDC, in a meeting  yesterday under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner recommended for staging huts, tourist lodges, wayside amenities and mule tracks etc. at Pongging, Katan, Porey Yorbe, Kiki Dite, Mariyang, Lakru, Migging, Panggo and appealed to the government to approve the proposal during the current financial year for the tourism development of the district in particular and the state of Arunachal Pradesh in general.

The committee also suggested the Govt. to continue to encourage and support rafting activities in Siang river every year.  DIPRO


Rain creates havoc in Aalo

Aalo,  Aug 03:  Midnight heavy down pour led to massive damage of roads, channels at various locations in Aalo township and water logging at New Market near Aalo Landing Gound.

The Tribal Food Court and other stores at New Market were flooded and properties worth lakhs of rupees damaged.. The cause of water logging is due to unplanned construction of building and absence of drainage system. The boundary wall which protected the New Market area from entering water  is either dismantled or damaged by some people which led to water logging in the area.

The West Siang Deputy Commissioner has directed the DDMO and Standing Board Members to assess the loss and damage caused to the people immediately. DIPRO.


Bird-watching workshop at Ziro

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 03: A team of nature enthusiasts under the banner of Arunachal Pradesh Birding Club is collecting the details on birds available in Tale Wildlife Sanctuary (TWS), Ziro valley. The club, which started its first exploration on bird life of the sanctuary and Ziro valley in the year 2009, has come up with list of birds found in and around the sanctuary along with photographic evidence.

So far they have listed 294 bird species available in Tale Wildlife Sanctuary and Ziro valley in different time and season of the year. They have found resident, migratory and transit birds. Out of which many of them are rare, endangered and some of them are only found in the state of Arunachal Pradesh only. A detail reports have been submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri and Divisional Forest Officer Ziro. The same report has also been submitted to the Secretary and Director, Department of Tourism Government of Arunachal Pradesh. On the basis of the report submitted to the government for kind perusal of the then Deputy Commissioner and District Tourism Officer, a birding/ bird watching workshop  was organized first the first time in state at Ziro recently. Currently the club members are working on birds of East Kameng District. and they have found 209 species of birds so far.


Gyan FC beat ESS FC 2-0

ITANAGAR, Aug 03: Gyan FC beat ESS FC 2-0 in the 8th Independence Running Football Tournament played at KV No Playground here today.

Taba Tadar and Tania Taba scored a goal each in 15th and 58 minutes respectively for the winning team.

Lokam Brothers FC was given walk over after the opponent team Sekey Colony failed to turn up for the match.

BN FC would play against All Chimpu FC at 2. 20 pm tomorrow while AFC would meet Gohpur Youth Club at  3.30 pm.


Science Seminar held

ITANAGAR, Aug 03: A district level science seminar was organized by  the Papum Pare district deputy director of school education at government higher secondary school Naharlagun today.

Speaking on the event, B.P Singh, principal, state council of research and training (SCERT) Chimpu called upon the students to be sincere and utmost dedicative in learning mathematics.  Stressing on the importance of mathematics in day-to-day life, Singh added teaching fraternity should try to produce great mathematicians like Arya Bhatta and Ramanujam.

Deputy Director of school education T T Tara said students should have to be encouraged to participate in seminars so that scientific temperament could be created among them.

Kanyir Bam of VKV Itanagar won the 1st prize  in  the  science  seminar, while  Tana Pritty of VKV Balijan and Tai Gungtey of VKV Sher  bagged the second and third prize respectively.


Upper Subansiri NSUI demands night bus service

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: National Students Union of India, Upper Subansiri district has written to station superintendent, state transport services, Daporijo for extension of night super bus service from Daporijo to Itanagar via Naharlagun.

The members meet station superintendent, Daporijo recently and requested him to look into the matter which was accepted by the station superintendent.


Agri scientists inspect affected rice field in Dumporijo

ITANAGAR, Aug 03: A team of scientists and subject matter specialists from ICAR Basar inspected the rice field affected by insect pest and diseases in Dumporijo circle of Upper Subansiri district yesterday.

The team visited rice field of 13 farmers of Digbak village and evaluated the different symptoms witnessed in the field like insect pests infestation, as well as infection by diseases and other nutrient deficiency symptoms.

Recommendations were made for corrective measures but the team said that major damage was already made. The team also interacted with the farmers and suggested them follow the to do the needful as suggested at the earliest. The team further suggested them to use only the certified seeds of the improved varieties/high yielding varieties from authorized agencies.


PPUEA places grievances

ITANAGAR, Aug 03: The Papum Pare Unemployed Engineers’ Association (PPUEA), in a release, said that the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has assured to solve the various problems placed by the association before him besides assuring to convey the demands to various private companies like SRK, SUSHEE, NEEPCO, NHPC etc. to make recruitment policy for unemployed engineers.



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

Renovate the capital roads

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authorities towards the dilapidated condition of the Capital Complex roads. The roads are narrow and full of potholes. During the peak-hours roads become so congested due to traffic movement that even a pedestrian finds it difficult to cross the road and the students  are the worst sufferers as they can not reach school on time due to traffic jam.

Dilapidated condition of the roads also causes various pollution and traffic related problems.  During rainy season, the water-filled potholes pose great threat to traffic movement and sometimes  it becomes  major cause of frequent road accident.

Therefore, Capital roads need to be repaired immediately for the convenience of general public. I hope the concerned authorities will pay  attention to the difficulties faced by all due to  existing condition of road.


Tojum Rigia




Uncalled-for project

Dear Editor,

This is apropos the letter “Road to No Man’s Land” (July 30) written by one Karunath Pazing. While appreciating the letter I would also like to add few more lines that Govt of Arunachal is becoming nonsensical. When Rs 218.05 crore deficit budget for the financial year 2012-13 was presented in last budget session of the Assembly, then, where did the money come from to spend recklessly for road construction in a ‘No Man’s Land.’

It is not late yet to stop such an oversight. The officers, who have prepared the DPR, are highly requested to clarify some of the scopes given in the DPR. One wonders, how come the learned and experienced officers passed and justified such a beguiling project. The Government is also requested to take necessary step in this regard to check corruption.

Yembung-Yemsing road to Tarak village is absolutely an unnecessary project.


Khabang Tapok

ASM Yemsing


Women farmers neglected

Although women play a significant role in global farming sector, they are deprived of the benefit they deserve. Women produce nearly 80 per cent of sub-Saharan Africa’s agricultural output and they form around 43 per cent of the global farming work-force. Yet, when it comes to extension or research services, they are generally left out, according to a report. Studies in South Asia and throughout the Middle East show that women are paid less and are more likely to be employed part time, regardless of their education and experiences.

Women produce 60-80 percent of the food in developing countries but own less than 2 percent of the land. They typically farm non-commercial, staple crops, such as rice, wheat, and maize, which account for 90 per cent of the food consumed by the rural poor.

The authors of the report point to research proving that countries with more gender-sensitive business environments have more abundant, nutritious, and affordable food. The studies show that when they have equal opportunities women are actually more productive. Yet, because their labour and products are perceived to be of lower value, few research or extension services are directed at them. Only 15 percent of extension officers around the world are women.

 For effectiveness, community-level efforts to improve the status of women farmers need the support of national initiatives like policies for protecting the diverse needs and interests of women.