Tournament with a difference - a video-gaming experience
Bomnak Gapak wins 3rd Donli Riba Gaming Quest
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The inclination for video games among the youths in the state seems
to be growing bigger every day, if the presence of as many as 64 game aficionados
at the third edition of Donli Riba Gaming Quest 2012 is any indication.
The tournament is played in memory of Donli Riba a gifted musician and the grandson
of former Chief Minister late Tomo Riba who died prematurely on this day of August
2009. The tournament is organized and managed by family and friends of the young
musician, who himself was a keen video game player, here at Centre for Cultural Research
and Documentation (CCRD), Naharlagun today.
60 matches were played in fixtures spread over a day-long Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
(PES12) schedule, on six PlayStation 2 consoles. The prime objective of tournament
is to give opportunity to young people to excel in their skills and remove the negative
perception of gaming. “Besides giving chance to young people to showcase their flair
in gaming, the tournament tries to promote positive thinking in youth, and carry
forward Donli’s dream of creating a vibrant space for youth", informed tournament
organisers. Bomnak Gapak of Vivekananda Central School Itanagar emerged as the winner
and bagged the trophy with cash prize of Rs 11000, while Rajesh Garam of Garden
View School was adjudged runner up, taking home the cash prize of Rs 6000. Both the
winner and runner up are students of class eight. The trophy and cash prizes were
given away by lead vocalist of the rock band Alien Gods Olik Boko, himself a leading
“I never thought video games can be a tournament, but finally I won the tournament!
said an elated Bomnak Gapak. As part of the event, musical tributes were paid to
late Donli by popular young musicians Mingu Bage and Orin Lego.
If one is to assess the response from both players and their guardians who thronged
the venue since the morning hours, it becomes clear that the holding of an off-beat
tournament on gaming skills has achieved two main ends. Firstly, it has created a
space for video gaming as an alternate space for creativity and skills. More importantly,
it has also contributed to changing the image of young adults from being seen as
problem makers. The spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie seen at the event is
a clear indication that given a chance, the youth in the state can excel. Video gaming
has given them a window to emerge as individuals, to be recognized for their talent.
In the parting words of Alien Gods' Olik - game on.
15 houses gutted in Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Aug 13: At least 15 houses were burnt to ashes near All India Radio Station,
Pasighat known as Mirmir Charali at 12.30 am today. All household items including
other properties were completely destroyed in the devastating fire. According to
eye witnesses, an empty Fire tender reached the spot without water and failed to
control the devastating fire.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the police.
Meanwhile, ADC SC Debnath, DRRO G Tsomu along with CO A Koyu rushed to the spot,
met the victims and assessed the losses. Immediate relief was granted by the District
Administration and Rs 3000 each was given to affected families. DIPRO
Lowangdong stresses on team effort for Tirap development
KHONSA, Aug 13: Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong asked HoDs
of Tirap to work as ‘team Tirap’ under the able leadership of Tirap Deputy commissioner
“Nothing could be achieved without team effort,” said Lowangdong while interacting
with the HoDs at Circuit House today. He told them to work harder with visionary
zeal to catch up with the other more developed districts and leave a mark in the
district in their respective fields. The Speaker said that he was fully alive to
the problems of the HoDs adding that the elected leaders were working extra time
to find out solutions to mitigate their problems.
Lowangdong appreciated the various developmental activities initiated by the Deputy
Commissioner in the district and urged all HoDs to extend their whole-hearted support
and co-operation to him. He expressed his deep concern over the chronic water scarcity
problem faced by the residents of Khonsa township, especially in winter and enquired
from the AE, PHED about the status of the water supply project for Khonsa. DIPRO
APDA to register protest against assault on doctors
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The Central Executive body of Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association
(APDA), in an emergency meeting has decided to wear black badges on August 21 throughout
the state as a mark of protest against repeated assault on doctors and medical personnel.
The recent reported assault of a doctor (EMO) at Seppa District Hospital, East Kameng
District and Anini, Dibang Valley District and molestation of a Nurse at Nacho CHC,
Upper Subansiri District within the span of just 15 days is very distressing, said
APDA in a release and condemned such act of violence in its strongest terms. “IPCs
and Cr PCs have failed to act as a deterrent and to protect staff from those people,
who take law in their own hands,” APDA lamented. It appealed to the Health Minister
and Parliamentary Secretary (Health) to take up the issues with the Chief Minister
to enact Security Act against assault on Doctors as done in other States so that
culprits can be dealt more effectively.
It is also a matter of sadness that Doctors are repeatedly assaulted while on duty.
The attitude of the people towards the ‘healers’ need to change to see change in
our ‘Health Care Delivery System’ in the state, the release said.
“How will any Doctor or Nurse or other Para-medical Staff be willing to serve in
remote PHCs and Sub-Centres if this continues,”? APDA questioned
“APDA will be forced to take more drastic democratic form of protest in future if
such assault on Doctors on Duty continues”, the release said.
AAU to impart technical knowledge to state’s farmers
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Considering the vast scope of bamboo cultivation and agriculture
development in Arunachal Pradesh, the Scientists of Assam Agriculture University
(AAU), who attended a day-long programme on Bamboo Cultivation at Roing yesterday,
have assured all sort of scientific and technical help from the University for all
round development of the agriculture sector in the state in future.
Though Arunachal Pradesh has a vast scope for bamboo cultivation and huge agricultural
potential, its potential could not be fully exploited due to lack of technical expertise,
said Dr. TJ Ramesha of Roing KVK. He urged the team of scientista from AAU to come
forward and encourage the farmers of the state by providing technical know-how.
Dr. R Das, Associate Professor, AAU, Jorhat explained the importance of bamboo in
maintaining the balance of the ecosystem in the light of climate change while Assistant
Prof. H. Choudhury elaborated the improved management practises of bamboo.
Dr. K. Pathak, Senior scientist, AAU narrated the scope of bamboo and other annual
crops for bringing large unutilised land of the state for efficient resource management.
The participating farmers interacted with scientist and enquired about the pros and
cons of bamboo cultivation in Arunachal Pradesh. Tokmen Perme, a progressive farmer
raised some pertinent issues regarding the present status of bamboo cultivation and
A field visit to Iduli, Rukmo and Jia, where new plantation started under the NICRA-CRIDA
sponsored project crop on adaptation strategies and carbon sequestration through
bamboo plantation in unutilised soil of North East Region of India, was also organised
as part of the programme.
Scientists Dr. Tulika and Helena demonstrated the practical way of planting bamboo
during the field visit..
Popo Linggi, a senior citizen thanked the scientist from AAU and Dr. Ramesha for
organizing the most important programme which benefit the bamboo growers a lot.
Altogether, 60 farmers including Farm women, rural educated youth, progressive farmer
from Rukmo, Iduli and Jia areas participated in the programme.
IFCSAP calls for religious harmony
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP)
president Y.D. Thongchi appealed all the religious communities to maintain religious
harmony and tolerance and preserve age-old tradition irrespective of their religious
beliefs. He was speaking on the occasion of unfurling a Donyi-Polo flag on a pillar
constructed by the Christian Community to mark the end of conflict between two religious
groups at Sippi village of Upper Subansiri district yesterday.
He further said that in a secular country like ours, every individual has the right
to embrace any religion of his choice, and no individual has any right to interfere
in other community’s religious activities. He praised people of Sippi village belonging
to both religious groups for amicable settlement of a conflict that arose after burning
of a Donyi-Polo flag by some miscreant on July on 6. Speaking on the occasion, Gichik
Taaza, General Secretary, IFCSAP, explained the aims and objectives of IFCSAP, which
is engaged in protection and promotion of different indigenous faiths and religious
believes to attain same supreme power which we know as God or Lord, Iswar, Allah
or Donyi-Polo in different language.
Puluk Lida and Dikchu Raji, President and General Secretary of the Upper Subansiri
district unit of IFCSAP also spoke on the occasion.
Livelihood school in Nampong on the cards
NAMPONG, Aug 13: Agriculture, Horticulture, Diary Development and Animal Husbandry
Development Minister Setong Sena Sunday announced that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
has approved in principle the proposal to set up the first livelihood school in Nampong
assembly constituency in Changlang district as part of his announcement to create
one lakh employment during the next five years.
Sena told a public meeting here that he had officially visited Sikkim, leading a
10-member delegation, to inspect and see the success of such schools in hilly Sikkim
which has many similarities with Arunachal Pradesh.
“Livelihood means to earn your bread and butter,” Sena said, adding that despite
various development initiatives of the leaders, the problems of the society have
been increasing. Why our children are suffering despite being very talented is a
matter for all of us to ponder, he reasoned.
Terming unemployment as a burning global problem, he announced that the setting up
of the school project is a fulfillment of the promise he had made during the 2009
election campaign. “Seeing is believing,” he said, referring to his Sikkim experience.
The livelihood school will be outsourced to NYP, a reputed global voluntary organization
headed by Gandhian Dr SN Subba Rao.
“This is the beginning and many more projects including agriculture and veterinary
colleges are in the offing for the state,” the minister said, referring to his discussion
with Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and senior officers of the ministry
ADC M Roy, who had also visited Sikkim, gave an outline of the school and explained
the benefits it would accrue to the society looking for opportunities to earn and
end the growing unemployment problem.
He gave a number of suggestions, including engaging technical officers of various
departments and involving the local administration with administrative control to
tide over any immediate problem, but advocated making the project function as an
autonomous body without any interference.
“Ideas rule the world,” said ZPM KN Tikhak, adding that the concept is timely and
Pointing out that the unemployed youths were victims of numerous avoidable problems
created by lack of opportunities, ZPM Joyo Longri welcomed the concept as a path-breaking
Dissecting the socio-economic problems and the ground realities confronting the people
of the area, former chairperson of Changlang zilla parishad, Izmir Tikhak, described
the project as the ‘need of the hour’ that would serve as a silver lining in the
dark cloud. He assured that the civil society would support in making the project
a grand success.
Concerned at rise in the high-school dropout rate, particularly before Class XII,
that has become the greatest liability for the society, public leader Abboo Kimsang
cited the example of tea cultivation which has contained the unemployment problem
to some extent. He expressed hope that Sena’s initiative would become a reality soon.
National Youth Project (NYP) president Hari Pado Biswas and vice president Pradeep
Kumar described in detail the concept of livelihood schools, besides the activities
of the NYP, which during the last three years has provided skill development training
to over 25,000 people through its 47 functional centres in the state.
No government can provide 100% employment to its people, they said, adding, however,
that with huge fertile land resource and active working manpower available in the
state there was no reason why the people could not be self-employed if they decided
to do so. With Stillwell road likely to soon link India - via Changlang-Pangsau Pass
in Myanmar - with South East Asia where 50% of world’s rich live, there would be
huge opportunities and markets that would boost the local economy here. It is time
to wake up and get equipped with the required skills and knowledge to grab the opportunities,
Besides the NYP team including Lamai Tingwa and Sangita Thapa, who arrived here at
the invitation of the minister, officers including SDO Gautam Hazarika attended the
The minister’s entourage later inspected the location where the school will be set
HP Biswas, President, National Youth Project, Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.
One nabbed, pistol recovered
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Banderdewa Police and CRPF personnel apprehended a person, namely,
Dana Tanang for illegally carrying arms and ammunition at Banderdewa check gate today.
A US made automatic pistol alongwith 3 live ammunition were recovered from his possession
by police, capital SP Hibu Tamang said in a release. A suo-motto case vide Banderdewa
PS C/No. 30/12 U/S 25 1(A) 1 (B) of Arms Act has been registered and investigation
IDEA’s training programme for the SHG leaders about Bank Linkage & Record Maintenance
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association conducted for a
one day awareness programme for the SHG Leaders on Bank Linkage and Record maintenance
at Sacred Heart School Daporijo recently in collaboration with Rural Bank Daporijo
supported by KFB Austria.
Sr. Rose Mary SABS, the IDEA co-ordinator Daporijo took class on Record maintenance
for the SHG Leaders of Daporijo, Taliha and Siyum. She introduced the SHG leaders
the importance of keeping the records. One of the main failures we see in the SHGs
is the lack of proper accounts management and keeping of financial records. To run
a business or set up the group smoothly they need how to maintain records systematically,
During the session she taught them to maintain proper records of all the happenings.
Through different methodology of the training she taught how to write the Minute
Book, Attendance Register, Cash Book, Ledger and Individual Pass Books.
For the second session Sr. Rose Mary SABS welcomed Shri.Tamok Gammeng, the Branch
Manager of A.P. Rural Bank Daporijo, Shri. Mejjo ETE, the Asst. Branch Manager, A.P.
Rural Bank, Daporijo, Rev. Fr. Anto Thomas Principal of Sacred Heart School Daporijo,
Mr. Tabu Duchok IDEA Animator Taliha, and all the SHG Leaders.
Speaking on the occasion Tamok Gammeng the Branch Manager A.P. Rural Bank Daporijo
highlighted the importance of having Bank Linkage. He mentioned the different categorizes
of loans that we can receive through bank. He also emphasized on the importance of
Repayments of Loans.
.Mejjo ETE, the Asst. Branch Manager of A.P. Rural Bank Daporijo also spoke on the
occasion and clarified the doubts of the participants. He encouraged the SHG leaders
to build up good relationship with the Bank. He also mentioned about the usefulness
of money keeping in the bank and how it is channelized to different levels of people.
Fr. Anto Thomas the Principal of Sacred Heart School Daporijo also spoke to the SHG
leaders to be united and work hard for the growth of the group.
The participants were very keen in clarifying the doubts about the Bank Linkage and
Tabu Duchok, the IDEA animator of Taliha expressed his gratitude to KFB Austria,
the Director of IDEA, Resource persons and every who participated the programme.
Induction training prog for BRC functionaries
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The first phase of an induction training programme for the functionaries
of Block Resource Centre (BRC) from Arunachal Pradesh was organized at the National
Institute of Rural Development, North Eastern Regional Centre, Guwahati from August
6 to 11.
Altogether 36 Block Coordinators from districts, namely Lohit, Upper Siang, Tirap,
Longding, East Siang, Lower Subansiri, East Kameng, Papum Pare and the capital Itanagar
attended the raining programme.
The training programme covered wide ranging topics on Water quality and water testing,
involvement of community in development, sanitation and water related diseases, principles
of community health- issues and concepts, Panchayat Raj institutes’ role and responsibilities,
MIS, basic computer skill, behaviour change communication, water conservation and
rain water harvesting, development of water scarcity plan involving community, social
audit, Nirmal Gram Puraskar etc through audio visual aids which were much more relevant
and appropriate for all the north eastern states. Apart from the theoretical classes,
for wider exposure, the trainees were taken to Sanitation Park and Laboratory, WSSO,
Betkuchi, Guwahati for one day field visit to make the programme more effective.
Attending the valedictory session on August 11 T.Ete, Secretary, PHED highlighted
the importance of water conservation and rain water harvesting and the quality and
testing of drinking water which are much more relevant and appropriate for north
east and more specially for the state of Arunachal Pradesh. He urged all the block
coordinators to be sensitive and help building a clean and healthy society through
community involvement without whose participation nothing can be achieved. He later
distributed the certificates to the candidates and highly appreciated the programme.
The programme was conducted as per the directives from the Ministry of Rural Development,
the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Govt. of India,
LWS felicitates topper students
No substitute for hard work: Begi
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The Likha Welfare Society (LWS), Itanagar has felicitated its meritorious
students who excelled in CBSE Class X and Class-XII examination 2012 in a glittering
function held at Naharlagun on August 11. Among the meritorious students who were
felicitated were, Likha Yameen Class-XII (Commerce .88%), Likha Nana, Class-XII(Huminity.77%),
Likha Jelly, Class-XII(Science.68%), Likha Jernia Class-X 8.8 CGPA and Likha Nima,
Class X 8.8 CGPA.
Director of Higher & Technical Education Dr.Joram Begi gave away the mementoes and
cash prizes to the toppers. While congratulating the toppers and proud parents, Begi
urged the parents to guide their children in right direction as the real education
starts from the family itself. He said “if you (parents) are guiding your children
in right direction it means you are investing in your children’s future as well as
your future in right way.” “Sometimes giving copiously money to the children leads
to obstruction of their academic career,” he added.
He further exhorted the students to work hard. “Nothing can be achieved easily without
hard working in this competitive age. There can be no substitute for the hardwork
in life,” he added.
Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya as a senior member of the Society and proud parents
of Likha Yameen, urged other parents to give priority to their children’s education.
While congratulating the topper students, he advised them to keep it up. “This
success should be considered as beginning. If you are laborious many more successes
will touch your feet,” he said. He also appealed to the LWS to set good example for
Chairmen of the Society Likha Tejji also congratulated the toppers and parents and
called upon the students to work hard to excel in their respective field of activities.
Among others Likha Epo, Dy Secretary, (Estt), Er. Likha Tekhi, Executive Engineer,PHE,
Dr.Likha Aruna,Tana Medical Officer, PHC, Kimin, N.L Togu, President CoSAAP, Likha
Bidha, District coordinator, RMSA also spoke on the occasion. Many dignitaries
including seniors member of Likha Welfare Society, Er.Likha Kamin, Executive Engineer
RWD, Yapu Remo Likha, Assistant professor, Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar, Likha
Tabo, Advocate, all the parents of toppers were present on the occasion, according
to a Society release.
Training on capacity building for PRIs
PASIGHAT, Aug 13: A three-day training program on capacity building for elected representatives
and functionaries of the Panchayati Raj Institute (PRI) under RGSY was formally inaugurated
by the Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra at the Town Club here today.
Speaking on the occasion, the DC said the mammoth exercise was aimed at instilling
a sense of self-belief and empowerment among the elected representatives so that
they could effectively prioritize and decide autonomously on various issues of rural
developments. According to him it was a special campaign of the state government
which is being conducted by the State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) for better
implementation of the govt. schemes and projects like Decentralized Planning, Rural
Development, good governance, basic computer awareness, stress management, MGNREGA,
PMGSY, Saksharta Mission, etc. Apart from this, the focus would be on toning up the
mannerisms, attitude, motivational levels and self-esteem of the elected representatives
so as to upgrade their public dealing skills, added Mishra.
SC Debnath ADC cum DPDO stressed on modernization of the system with the help of
modern tools of science and technology. He urged all to attend the training with
full dedication and sincerity. The members of Gram-Sabha should clear their doubts
to build a strong society, advised Debnath.
Dr. Kirto Loyi, Dy. Director SIRD cum Course Director imparted the training on its
first day as resource person. He informed that resource-persons of PHED, DMO, RWD
and Social Welfare would impart training during last days.
The EAC cum Member Secretary (Anchal Samiti) Starlie Jamoh, CO cum Member Secretary
(Gram Panchayat) Natek Nonang, DMO Dr. M Perme, DDSE Tani Talom, Bogong ZPM Okom
Yosung, Bosing ZPM Namuk Taloh, Anchal Chairpersons, PRI members and GBs were present
in the training program. DIPRO
Orientation prog on disaster management
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The Department of Disaster Management, Seijosa branch organized
an orientation programme on Disaster Management for Disaster Management Committee
members and stakeholders on August 9 and 10.
The programme aimed at imparting knowledge, develop skill and reorient committee
members to discharge their assigned duties in an efficient manner while they are
deployed for Disaster Management. Most importantly, this has been organized to underscore
the importance of having a disaster management plan and standard operation procedures
to manage any crisis effectively.
Attending the programme, Seijosa ADC, Tayek Pado said that Seijosa being a flood
prone are needs a comprehensive Disaster Management Plan to deal with any kind of
situation. Expressing his gratitude to officer in charge for organizing such informative
workshops highlighted the need of preparedness and mass awareness among the rural
masses through which the loss of lives can be minimized.
The Field Officer (DM), Seijosa emphasized on a comprehensive insurance policy for
the people of the disaster prone areas and creating mass awareness on dos and don’ts
during pre, during and post disasters period.
Principal, GHSS, Seijosa, Lijum Ete andTage Nabum, Junior Teacher also attended the
The workshop was attended by around 215 participants from all line departments, police
personnel, scouts and Guides, PRI members, GBs, teachers and students.
AMYAA NGO promotes income generation activities for SHGs
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The Roing based NGO Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA) NGO
imparted meat pickle making training to Gamro SHG members of Midland village, Roing
of Lower Dibang Valley district. Practical session on how to make quality meat and
fish pickles were given to 10 active women by resource person R. K. Paul Chawang,
It is worth mentioning here that Gamro SHG has taken up pickle making as one of its
income generation activities.
Rural women in the district are gradually becoming more and more conscious of the
importance of SHG for their empowerment through socio-economic development.
Under the guidance of AMYAA, various existing SHGs are being trained to take up one
or more income generating activities of their interest since there is high demand
for locally made items like pickles, mushroom, dry flowers, detergent powder, candle
AMYAA urged the concern authorities of the District to acknowledge and encourage
the efforts of the SHGs by providing space and opportunities for sale cum exhibition
of the products on official events such as Republic Day, Independence Day and Statehood
Day celebrated both at local and national levels.
West Siang celebrates National Librarians’ Day
Aalo, Aug 13: The National Librarians’ Day was observed at District Library Hall
in a befitting manner yesterday..
Attending the programme, Gijum Tali, DIPRO urged the Library department to make the
first ever meet of its kind as an annual event in the district as Library is a place
where children get easy access to choice of books. In this globalized world quest
for learning would be a never ending process and young minds should be diverted towards
treasure troves of beautiful stories, anecdotes, literature and science to create
feeling of love and humanity to become good citizen, he said.
Jumbom Ete, DRO Aalo stressed on Library Movement to inculcate reading habits among
the young generation.
Earlier, DLIO Y. Kena outlined the brief history of Library Movement in India and
paid floral tribute to Father of Library science S.K. Ranganathanji on his birth
Duda Sora, President ATA West Siang district unit, teachers and Library Assistants
from Aalo and Kaying spoke in details on value of library and its readership.
Extempore speech and essay writing competitions were conducted among the students
to mark the occasion. Prizes to the winners were distributed by Tali.
The Librarian's Day in Lohit district was celebrated at District Library, Tezu on
Sunday last in a small but befitting manner.
Essay writting competitions were organized among senior and junior student on the
topics 'Importance of Library' and 'Joy of Reading'.
The students of IGG College, Govt HS school, Tezu participated in the competition.
The District Research Officer, Dr. T.K.Shrutikar gave away prizes to the winners
of essay competition. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: 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.
Journalist attack case
Another protest on I-Day
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: With one month on since ‘The Arunachal Times’ Associate Editor
Tongam Rina was shot at and police is yet to make any breakthrough in the case, the
members of Arunachal Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists,
in a meeting here on Monday decided to abstain from reporting the Independence Day
celebrations as a mark of protest against the State govt’s inaction. However, it
was decided that official reports from Govt agencies on I-Day celebrations will be
Governor’s XI to lock horns with CM’s XI
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: A friendly football match between Governor’s XI and Chief Minister’s
XI is being organised by Department of Sports and Youth Affairs at Sangey Lhaden
Sports Academy playground on August 15 at 2.30 as part of the Independence Day celebration.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki himself would lead his team as captain while the Governor’s
XI would be led by Health and Family Welfare Commissioner Tape Bagra. MP Takam Sanjoy
and Capital Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goel are the vice captains of CM’s XI and
Governor’s XI respectively.
Panchayat Ghar opens
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Parliamentary Secretary CC Singpho inaugurated the newly constructed
Panchayat Ghar at Kherem Mura village today amidst the gatherings of Govt. officers,
PRI members and general public.
The Project Implementing Agency BDO Bordumsa briefed about the project which was
funded under TFC 2011-12 from Panchayat Directorate.
‘Allegations false and fabricated’
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Reacting to a news item under the heading “Complaint lodged” published
in this daily on August 12 issue, Tai Tassung and Bangram Bagang clarified that they
were unanimously selected as chairman and general secretary of the Banderdewa Area
Development Core Committee (BADCC) in a meeting on August 1.
Describing the allegations levelled against them as false, fabricated and baseless,
both Tai Tassung and Bangram Bagang in their separate statements said that they were
never involved in such illegal activity as published.
Claiming himself innocent, Tassung, who also is vice president of Banderdewa Bazar
Welfare Committee, threatened legal action against those involved in defaming his
name without any valid reason.
Bagang in his statement said that the committee was reconstituted unanimously in
view of the resignation of the sitting chairman of the committee (BADCC) Kipa Hipik.
Training prog on capacity building
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: A one day training programme to build capacity of farm women was
organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lower Dibang Valley at Agam Gite village
Theoretical classes on selection of raw materials, processing and preservation of
vegetables and fruits were conducted by subject matter specialist as resource person.
Apart from this, demonstrations on preparation of pickle from locally available resources
like tender and fermented bamboo shoots, ginger and Assam lemon were organized. A
film show on active involvement of farm women in preparation of value added products
from Garlic and Mango was also held.
The farm women were also briefed about mandated activities of KVK and encouraged
them to avail technical facilities to increase their farm production.
A total of 28 farm women participated in the programme.
AAPTWA pleads for ST certificate to Deori tribe
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) in a
memorandum to the Chief Minister appealed him to take necessary steps for issuance
of Schedule Tribe (ST) certificate to Deori tribe residing in Arunachal Pradesh
since time immemorial.
Referring to Govt notifications including the Constitution (Schedule Tribe) order,
1950, report of the administration of NE India 1921-22, and ST certificates issued
to Deoris prior to 1990, the Association said that Deori tribe of Arunachal Pradesh
has been considered as tribal of Arunachal. Even in the population census right
from 1961, Deori people were recorded as tribal of Arunachal Pradesh, the Association
said adding that they have been participating in panchayat elections and many of
them elected in Panchayat bodies.
Disruption in power supply
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The electrical consumers of Itanagar, Naharlagun and adjoining
areas would witness electricity problems due to low transformation capacity of Balipara
Grid sub-station power transformer on account of Railway Gauge conversion from August
17 to 24 from 8hrs-16hrs on daily basis.
The EE, State Load Dispatch Center Division, Department of Power regretted the inconvenience
caused to the consumers.
U-17 & U-10 categories included in DK Memorial State Open Badminton C’ship
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Two more categories have been included in the 1st Dorjee Khandu
Memorial State Open Badminton Championship” -2012 starting August 20 next.
The organising committee has included the U-10 and U-17 categories, both for girls
and boys, in the state level tournament.
This exercise has been done as per mandatory guidelines issued by the Badminton Association
of India for conducting any state level tournament.
8th Independence Running Football Tournament
Middle Chimpu FC enter final
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Middle Chimpu FC beat Police Colony FC by solitary goal and entered
into the final of the 8th Independence Running Football Tournament today.
The all important goal was scored by Toko Tapa in 30th minutes.
The winner of the 2nd semi-final match to be played between Lokam Brothers FC and
All Chimpu Association tomorrow at 3 pm will meet Middle Chimpu FC in the final.
Ruksin gears up for I-Day
RUKSIN, Aug 13: Preparations are afoot to hold the Independence Day (I-day) at Ruksin
sub-divisional headquarter in East Siang district on August 15 next. “Community feast”
with traditional food among the participants would be a special attraction of this
year’s I- day celebration here, which is contributed by the officials, public leaders
and Gaonburahs of Ruksin circle.
The Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) of Ruksin T Jonnom, who is taking over the
SDO charge in the sub division, informed that a coordination meeting was held recently
and chalked out the programmes for celebrating the Independence Day. As such, charter
of duties and responsibilities have been assigned to all officials, PR members and
The national tricolour will be hoisted by the local MLA Tangor Tapak.
Massive Cleanliness Drive
Aalo, Aug 13: A massive Social Service was organized by Urban Development and Housing
Department at Paktu Bango Market area on August 11 as part of Independence Day celebration.
The district administration, 19 Grenadiers of Army, Market Committees and Police
personnel actively participated in the social service. The Army Provided all essential
equipments for the social service and fire tenders were pressed into service for
clearing the drainages.
West Siang Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete, Brigadier Raj Pal Punia, Col. G.S. Chundawat,
Marconi Potom Dy. Director UD and Secretaries of Market Committees were present on
the occasion. DIPRO
APWWS Dumporijo unit extends support to NMM
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society Dumporijo unit has
strongly supported the demand made by the Nari Mukti Manch to introduce a Special
law against Polygamy in the state.
Sex adultery or polygamy is a disease like cancer which is incurable but slowly and
innerly damage the strong peaceful foundation of the ‘family kingdom’, the Dumporijo
unit of APWWS said and thanked the NMM for highlighting the facts.
Post Medical Officer
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: All Libo Bokar Ramo Students’ Union in a representation to Director,
Health and Family Welfare highlighted the public grievances due to non posting of
The union said that PHCs in Mechukha subdivision are running without medical officer
for the last many decades particularly in Monigong and Tato PHCs.
It appealed to the Director to post Medical Officer at Mechukha Subdivision immediately.
Regularize SSA non-teaching staff
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Contractual Employees Association
in a letter to Education Minister said, the non teaching staff under SSA establishment
in the state are performing their respective duties with dedication and serving the
state without any service security in their present post.
So in order to boost up up the moral of the magisterial staff of SSA establishment,
the association appealed to the minister to redressed the grievances and initiate
regularization process of non teaching staff serving under SSA on base wise and seniority
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Bazar Welfare Committee, Banderdewa, government staff and general
public of Banderdewa organized cleanliness drive at Banderdewa today.
Meanwhile, Bazar Welfare Committee Banderdewa President Kipa Loram said Banderdewa
being the entry point of state capital; emphasis should be given by the departments
of the state to keep the town neat and clean. He further said that each department
should have at least yearly facelift scheme/project at Banderdewa to beautify the
entry point of the state capital.
APCC revokes expulsion
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee, President Mukut Mithi has
revoked the expulsion of many ZPMs, Anchal Chairpersons, ASMs, Gram Chairpersons,
GPMs and Workers of 4-Dirang and 6-Thrizino Buragaon Assembly Constituencies, West
Earlier, they were expelled by APCC in the year 2009.
Arrest the culprit
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Bogum Ao Foundation in a letter to Parliamentary Secretary (Home)
appealed for immediate arrest of culprit involved in the alleged murder of late Samuel
Koyu, Head constable (T) APP at Jone Korong area recently.
It urged the parliamentary secretary to interfere in the case and issue a stern order
to accelerate the investigation and nab the culprit.
It further appealed to the state government to pay compensation and offer a government
service to his widow on compassionate ground.
5th Youth Foundation Day of CRC Doimukh observed
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The Youth fellowship of Christian Revival Church (CRC) Doimukh
has observed its 5th Foundation day in a befitting manner at CRC Doimukh.
The APCRCC vice-president Dr. David Pertin exhorted the gathering to be cautious
about the evil elements and to lead a prayerful life.
ACRYA president Evan. Dr. Joram Dol attending as the foundation day Speaker dwelt
in length on the theme verse from the Bible I Peter 5: 8, focussed on being firm
in one’s spiritual foundation in Christ and urged the youths to shoulder responsibilities
in bringing good changes in the society. He appealed the youths to redeem the time
and not waste the opportunities in life for the good cause.
Among others Youth Pastor Tazap Wage, Youth Secretary Tayer Sikio and church Pastor
Teli Galo also spoke. The day-long event marked Water baptism, Lord’s Supper, Praise
and worship, biblical discourses, prayers, songs and dances, cake-cutting and a community
feast. The event was attended by Govt. officers, public leaders, youth leaders and
CCPF demands revocation of Govt order
ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Capital Complex Peoples’ Forum in a letter to Chief Minister appealed
that government order DC/LRB-0492/2005 dated 20th June 2005 be immediately withdrawn
and cancelled without any condition, all the land allotment process should be given
free hand to the department of land management, government of Arunachal Pradesh and
land allotment already under process should be immediately allotted to every individual.
It further appealed for immediate creation of Municipal Corporation in capital complex
and cancellation of shifting of green Airfield from Karsingsa to Hollongi. It said
that Hollongi is not conducive for Airport as the area falls under interstate boundary.
29 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Celebrating India of devils & fixers
65 ‘Independent’ Years
By Poonam I Kaushish
“Agar mehnat karoge, jee lagaoge, agar inhe meetha paani de doge, to thodi bahut
chori kar sakte ho, dakait nahi daloge (If you work hard and able to provide drinking
water, you can steal a little, but you must not behave like dacoits). Undeniably,
these ‘pearls of wisdom’ by UP’s PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav underscore the tragic
testimony of 65 years of Independent India where corruption is the religion. Whereby,
public funds translate in to apna money, money!
Questionably, as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh unfurls the tiranga at Delhi’s Red
Fort tomorrow, the aam aadmi is wondering: What are our leaders celebrating? That
in their ‘collective wisdom’ all have desecrated, vandalized Mera Bharat Mahan? And
reduced people’s aspirations to perspiration and one-upmanship? Turning the voice
of the masses into an invoice for themselves — money, power and kursi?
Shockingly, instead of atoning for their sins of omission and commission, our rulers
brazenly and blatantly continue to plunder and how! Sans any remorse, their in-your-face
dacoity is backed by an unmatched and unashamed arrogance of catch-me-if-you-can.
The latest example being Haryana’s former Home Minister Gopal Kanda who rose from
being a small-time street vendor of rubber slippers in Sirsa district to owning an
airline and real estate multi-millionaire in a span of 10 short years. Thanks to
his ‘closeness’ to politicians.
Why single him out? Remember Suraj Mandal, who blew the whistle in the JMM case in
1996. Asserted he: “Paisa boriyon main ata hai, gathriyon main nahin.” Alas, as the
2 G scandal, Coalgate, mining scam et al show over 90 per cent of our polity is
tarred by the same brush, be it at the Centre or States. A cursory glance of their
wealth disclosures to the Election Commission every election underscore the brutal
None work in any 9-5 job, do office work; private business yet amasses huge wealth.
All ‘earned’ by seva of the garib janata. Read bribes for everything — from getting
a ration card to income-tax, SC certificates et al. Thus legalizing corruption and
putting their seal of approval on the culture of plunder. Clearly, when gold speaks,
all tongues are silent!
Worse, with Gandhian Anna Hazare disbanding his Team and the Government studiously
ignoring Baba Ramdev’s demands on black money and Lokpal bill at Delhi’s Ramlila
Maidan one can kiss goodbye to our polity’s pious protestations on having a Lokpal.
Confessed a senior MP, “Sab mangtai hai ek sashakt Bill but chup-chap kahte hain
bhai galle main phansi kyoin daal rahe ho. Pass maat karna hum sab ka bhalaa hoga.”
Unmistakably, something fundamental is wrong which makes the Government incapable
of dealing with simple matters and complex issues. The Prime Minister lacks authority,
has no control over his Ministers who do as they please. Nor does he enjoy his Party’s
confidence, Congress President Sonia who has no views on anything and heir apparent
Rahul Gandhi is “work in progress”.
Thereby, underscoring the inherent weakness of the personal arrangement between Singh
as Government head and Sonia as Party Chief with the Party refusing to heed him.
As a result, the Administration lacks a clear leadership structure, and functions
as a confused babble of vested interests, egos and animosities. Alas, neither Sonia
nor Manmohan Singh seems willing or capable of stemming the rot.
Things have come to such a sorry pass that credit rating firm Moody has not only
downgraded growth rate to 5.5% but squarely blamed “a weak Central Government that
has badly lost its way…creating instability. Divided leadership at the Centre may
be the biggest hurdle… Paramount political power rests with Sonia Gandhi… while the
Government is led by an unelected Prime Minister, who lacks a political base of his
own.” Plainly, for all practical purposes, Sonia-Manmohan Singh seem to have lost
Socially too, things are depressing. Six decades after Independence, after spending
trillions on education, health and food over 700 millions live below the poverty
line and continue to be hungry, illiterate, unskilled and bereft of basic medical
care. Borne out by rising farmers’ suicides, despite doles by the Prime Minister.
More shocking, the Planning Commission which grandiosely announced Rs 32 per day
was enough to keep body and soul together for a family of five, has spent over Rs
38 lakhs to renovate four toilets for 60-odd VIP’s in Yojna Bhawan! No matter, millions
use fields for their daily chores.
The other ‘flush’ idea, is to give mobiles to 6 million BPL families costing Rs 7000
crores. Exposing the dichotomy between Power India and Asli Bharat. Arguably, how
will “Har Haath Mein Phone” eradicate the daily aggravation of being bin bijli aur
paani, sky rocketing prices, unemployment, increasing poverty and the ever-demanding
On the obverse, look how hundreds of crores of the tax payers hard-earned money is
spent by our netagan on protecting themselves. Example: Over Rs 250 crores is spent
only on protecting 400 plus VIPs annually. It matters little whether these worthies
face no risk or at best little risk yet they refuse to budge without the elaborate
In Delhi alone, over 14,200 policemen are deployed on round-the-clock VIP security
duty —— Special Protection Group for the top of the ladder, followed by Z-plus provided
by NSG “black cats” consisting of six personal security officers, two head constables,
12 constables, in a cavalcade of AK47 toting ‘black cats’ in a convoy of cars including
one pilot vehicle with ‘lal batti.’ Then come the minions with Z (68 VIPs), Y (243)
and X (81) categories. Salaam Independent India’s new Maharajas!
The most striking aspect of their feudal mentality is that our netagan have collectively
subordinated national interest to personal egos and aggrandisement. Thus, undermining
further the people’s eroding faith in democracy as a desirable system. Even as all
the Parties blame each other for the present state of affairs.
What next? Events have their own momentum. Arguably, one can say this is what democracy
is all about. However, few remember that democracy is not an end in itself but only
a means for the peoples’ well-being through an honest and stable Government run by
dedicated leaders committed to the country. Not ram-shackled coalitions of fair-weather
partners in corruption and crime.
The writing is on the wall. Our polity needs to recognize that they must deserve
before they can desire, else become increasingly irrelevant. The people want change.
He is not willing to stand as a mute spectator while the country gets vandalized
by our jan sevaks and their goondas.
As a Chinese saying goes in every crises lies an opportunity. As we celebrate 65
years of Independence our leaders need to realize, when politics degrades itself
to political adventurism, India would be on the calamitous road to inevitable disaster
and ruination. Let us not risk it. It is time to introspect….so that India can grow
as a mature, healthy, vibrant democratic nation. What gives? —— INFA
Be it at the grass-root level in schools, semi-professional coaching academies or
elite clubs for the top level, efforts are being made to promote sports. In fact,
sports personalities, coaching centres and leading companies are making their own
contributions to the field of sports.
In a latest development, Tata Consultancy Services and HDFC have collaborated to
invest in a sports education start-up. More than a decade ago, both the organizations
had developed a joint venture called Intelenet for business process outsourcing.
In promoting sports education in schools, the Kids Out Of Home prog is expected to
equip schools with a blend of structured curriculum, technology and infrastructure
to motivate kids to come out and play.
It is believed that India has no dearth of sportsperson. But to train the sportspersons,
India needs more and more trained coaches to give athletes tips and shortcuts to
attain maximum performance with less amount of work. The key here is for Indian
sportspersons to train harder, faster and more importantly, smarter! This is only
possible when trainers who have formal education and training in sports education
take the responsibility with determined mind to produce excellent sportspersons.