407-km Potin to Pangin road widening agreement reached
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The Concession Agreement was signed in the Ministry of Road Transport
and Highways today in New Delhi for ''Widening and upgradation of existing road to
2-Lane National Highway standard from Potin to Pangin (407 Km) on hybrid BoT (Annuity)
model under the Arunachal Pradesh package of Roads and Highways. The 407 km Potin-Pangin
section of NH-229 is a part of Trans-Arunachal (TAH). The construction of 2-lane
TAH from Tawang in Arunachal to approaches to Bogibeel Bridge in Assam was announced
by the Prime Minister on January 31, 2008 during his maiden visit to capital Itanagar.
The TAH is a very important NH which runs across the land-locked border state. The
Potin-Pangin section of Highway will greatly improve the internal connectivity of
Districts like Papumpare, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, West Siang and East Siang
and foster socio-economic development. Apart from this, the Highway will help construction
of Hydropower projects and facilitate the movement of Defence forces.
The project has been awarded to M/s ECI-SREI (JV) on BoT (Annuity) model and would
be completed at an estimated cost of Civil construction Rs. 1,712.50 crore in 4½
years. The tendering were annulled twice owing to high annuity quotes in the earlier
This is a hybrid model under which 80% of the estimated construction cost will be
disbursed to the concessionaire during construction phase and remaining construction
cost and maintenance cost etc. will be defrayed through annuity payments. The Concessionaire
will maintain the road for 12½ years after the construction period of 4½ years and
Ministry will pay 25 semi annuity to concessionaire during maintenance period of
12½ years. It may be recalled that similar MoU was signed by concern Ministry on
Dec 19, 2011 with M/s Sushee-IVRCL for implementation of 2-Lane Highway from Nechipu
to Hoj (311 Km). Substantial pre-construction activities has been completed by now
to start the construction work in coming working season.
A tale of an old woman in realm of idleness
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Idleness and drowsily words alienate to 80 years old Pomdrang
Bellai, a widow of Mekailing village under Tezu circle of Lohit district. Her determination
and passion for work keeps her alive and kicking despite at decaying age. Bellai
believes, work is not only worship but zeal to live in one’s life.
Old Bellai, a regular local vegetable seller in Sunday market under Tezu bazaar welfare
committee used to bring vegetables and other edible items from her village 2 kilometers
off weekly market. Now she comes with her white Pony (horse) which she bought a year
ago to transport the vegetable since she is no longer able to carry a load. Sometimes
old widow collected herbs from the nearby jungle and sell them in the market. She
could earn Rs 1500 to 2000 in a week; thus helps her son to run the family.
Paradoxically it is said that local women and farmers of Mishmi community in Tezu
are usually shying away to engage themselves in growing vegetables in their own farms.
Most of community women are reluctant to sell vegetables and whatever products of
their farms in market like old lady does.
Earlier, the community based organizations of the particular community in the district
launched a campaign to encourage locals in practicing extensive cultivation of vegetable
farms to sustain their income and livelihood. However with the times passes, the
zeal for cultivation and practicing commercial farm had died a natural death.
Old widow is now an inspiring figure for entire Mishmi society particularly for house
wives and young village women who hesitate to do business for their sustainable livelihood.
She wishes to work till her last breath, thus she is still going strong. (As told
by Ruzing Bellai of Amik Matai Society in Tezu).
Union Minister Deshmukh passes away
Chennai/ ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Union Minister for Science and Technology and former Maharashtra
Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh died at a Chennai hospital today after plans for
a liver transplant came unstuck following the demise of the donor. 67-year-old Deshmukh
passed away at 1340 hours at the Global Hospital, a week after he was flown here
from Mumbai in an air ambulance in a critical condition.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed shock and grief on the demise of Deshmukh.
Hailing late Deshmukh as a true Congressman, who raised from the grassroots to become
the Chief Minister of one of the largest states in India and then move on to hold
various portfolios in the Union Cabinet, Tuki said his demise would create a void
in the party and the political arena of the country.
Conveying deep condolences, Tuki in a message to the aggrieved family members, prayed
to Almighty to give them enough strength to bear the irreparable loss.
“Words of consolation cannot undo the tragedy but we have to take strength from the
fact that late Deshmukhjee has left behind a legacy of contributions in the development
of Maharashtra, particularly his home constituency of Latur, and will live forever
in the hearts and minds of his people, whom he led from the front,” Tuki said.
Rajya Sabha member and APCC president Mukut Mithi, who had close association with
Desmukh as Arunachal Pradesh CM during 1999-03, in his message, described him as
a committed leader.
The nation has lost a great son and his absence will always be felt, Mithi said while
conveying his condolences to the bereaved family and praying for the eternal peace
of the departed soul.
Late Deshmukh, 67, was admitted in a Chennai hospital on Tuesday as he was suffering
from livery and kidney failure. He was brought to Chennai from Mumbai on Monday in
a special flight and immediately admitted to the ICU on life-support.
Besides Science & Technology, late Deshmukh was also holding the portfolio of Union
Ministry of Earth Sciences. He previously held the position of Chief Minister of
Maharashtra for 2 times, from 1999 to 2003 and from 2004 to 2008. Deshmukh was also
the Minister of Rural Development, Minister of Panchayati Raj, Minister of Heavy
Industries and Public Enterprises.
A member of the Indian National Congress, Late Deshmukh was member of Rajya Sabha.
He is known for his administrative astuteness. He hailed from Latur district of Marathwada
Martyr Patey Tasuk awarded Bar to Sena medal
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) JJ Singh and Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki have hailed the conferment of Bar to Sena Medal to Martyr Lance Naik Patey
Martyr Tasuk of 17th Guard Regiment, 21 Rashtriya Riffles of the Indian Army made
the supreme sacrifice fighting militants at Kupuwara in Baramulla district of Jammu
and Kashmir on August 25 last year. The conferment of Bar to Sena Medal on him posthumously
was announced on the eve of the 66th Independence Day.
The Governor in a letter to Martyr Lance Naik Tasuk’s wife Patey Ari, said the award
is a testimony of the valour of Patey Tasuk and recognition of the supreme sacrifice
made by him.
Former Chief of Indian Army, General Singh further added that late Tasuk was a brave
soldier and a true son of Arunachal Pradesh. Tasuk has set a great example of patriotism
and selfless devotion to duty. He has made every Arunachalee proud, Singh added.
“This is true recognition of a true patriot who laid down his life in the line of
duties for the cause of our motherland,” Tuki said.
“Arunachal Pradesh is indeed proud to bear a worthy son like Martyr Tasuk, who died
fighting valiantly for the nation,” the Chief Minister added.
Tawang district level land review meeting
Pema suggests strict action against Govt land encroachers
TAWANG, Aug 14: RWD and Tourism Minister, Pema Khandu expressed his concern over
the frequent encroachment of government land in the district by private individuals.
While addressing the district level land review meeting held at Tawang today, he
directed the district administration to undertake a complete survey so as to analyze
the illegal occupation and construction in the government land.
While briefing about the various Government norms regarding land allotment, Pema
advocated for imposition of heavy penalties on those individuals who had made unauthorized
occupation in the govt land.
Further, he stressed for cancellation of any fresh land allotment in the district.
The DC Tawang, Kemo Lollen, explained the government norms/rules for private individuals
on the basis of commercial as well as residential allotment. He also briefed about
the government norms which were implemented by the govt of Arunachal Pradesh. Regarding
penalties to be imposed, he invited the members present in the meeting for suggestions
and their views on methods to tackle the illegal encroachment/occupations.
Parliamentary Secretary Arts & Culture Tsewang Dondup and Parliamentary Secretary
Civil Aviation Jambey Tashi also spoke on the occasion. Both the Parliamentary Secretaries
suggested to expedite the complete survey process of illegal land encroachment in
the district. They also advocated for imposing heavy penalties on the encroachers
so as to discourage other offenders.
Later, the team also held a progress review meeting with the power developers NHPC
and Bhilwara Energy Ltd. Pema. They briefed about the grievances being faced by the
local people. DIPRO
CS-Press fraternity meet held
NAHARLAGUN, Aug 14: On being told that the local Press Fraternity is not boycotting
the Independence Day but showing their symbolic protest, the In-charge Chief Secretary
(CS) and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Yeshi Tsering who invited the local
media persons to a discussion at Banquet hall here today expressed his happiness
that the local Press is not boycotting the Independence Day Celebration and invited
them to maintain the dignity of the Day by joining the celebrations in full.
The meeting was called for clarifications on the reported decision of Arunachal Pradesh
Union of Working Journalist (APUWJ) and Arunachal Press Club (APC) to abstain from
reporting the Independence Day celebration as a mark of Protest against the State
Government’s inaction in apprehending the attacker(s) of a lady journalist of The
Arunachal Times, on July 15 last. He informed the media persons that the State Government
is well aware of the concerns of the Media persons and taken serious note of July
15 incident and adopted various steps in apprehending the culprit. As security measures
for the journalists, CCTVs are being installed at the Media Houses and prime locations
besides processing for issue Armed Licenses to media persons despite the existence
of ban order on issue of Arms licenses. He however refused to give status report
on the progress of the case stating that it might hamper the investigation process.
Assuring to put in more efforts in the investigation process, he sought cooperation
of all in sharing any information related to the case and any other case directly
to him and the Director General of Police.
Accompanied by other members of local Press Fraternity, APC President Taba Ajum,
clarified that the reported decision of APUWJ and APC to abstain from reporting
the independence Day celebration is not a boycott but showing of symbolic protest
on state Government’s inaction to the incident. The reports filed by PROs and DIPROs
will certainly be entertained he added.
Explaining the reasons for taking the extreme step he said, “We have been waiting
patiently for last one month but no breakthrough has been done so far despite the
best assurances given by the state Government. We are civilized people and our
protest is very systematic and democratic but today we are left with no option but
to abstain from reporting the Independence Day Celebrations to show our protests”.
Director IPR, Lekhi Phuntso and Dy.Director, IPR, Obang Tayeng were also present
in the meeting. DIPR
Meet on road safety measures
PASIGHAT, Aug 14: A meeting under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner RK
Mishra regarding violation of traffic rules, road safety, excise Act etc was held
today in the DC’s conference hall. PRI leaders, NGOs, senior citizens, public leaders,
representative of various women organization, officers and staffs etc attended the
The DC informed that the number of accidents, death tolls and drug menace is increasing
day by day. Minors’ reckless driving putting their and lives of general public at
risk. The drug menace is gripping the youths and spoiling their health and lives.
The DC sought all to cooperate and put in concerted efforts to improve the situation
and make the area a better place to live.
Various members shared their suggestions and strategies for a better society. They
strongly appealed to the district administration to prohibit selling of liquor to
the minors and to check the selling of liquors by the unauthorized shops in the town.
They also suggested police to be more active and apprehend the drug traffickers to
check the drug menace.
Student organizations along with the other members of the house wanted that there
should be strict checking to prohibit minor students to bring bikes and mobiles in
the schools. They said that the parents are equally to be blamed. They should take
the responsibility imbibing good moral character and guide their children not to
go astray. Ill effects of opium and alcohol consumption, rash driving etc were discussed
in details and all appealed everyone to actively involve in eradicating these evils.
Traffic rules, necessary required documents of vehicle, fitness of vehicle, safety
equipments and rules of driving license etc were briefed and highlighted by the traffic
in-charge by the transport authority.
The ADC SC Debnath cautioned the use of gelatin and detonators as they are life threatening.
Using explosives without valid reason is a punishable offence.
Pushpendra Kumar SP assured that all efforts will be put to redress the grievances
and complaints of the public. He also sought cooperation from the general public
for better policing. He said that ignorance of law is not an excuse. He assured that
traffic awareness will be intensified especially in schools.
RK Mishra urged all to cooperate the District Administration in the democratic setup.
He said that fear of law should be instilled in the mind of the people. Rule of law
should prevail in the society. He informed that regular raid in shops to check illegal
selling of wines will be carried out. Instructions to headmasters and principals
will be issued to prohibit bringing of bikes and mobiles in schools by minor students.
The bank of the Siang River will be beautified and security will be beefed up so
that families can use it as amusement park. He also assured to check the stray animals
in the town.
The DC appealed all to maintain peace and tranquility since peace and harmony are
prerequisites for development. DIPRO
STS bus service between Yomcha and Aalo re-introduced
Aalo, Aug 14: Arunachal Pradesh State Transport bus services from Yomcha to Aalo
has been re-introduced today after a gap of two years.
Flagging off the bus service, Emar Ete, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Yomcha appealed
all the public and Student Community to cooperate with the department for safety
and uninterrupted bus service. He suggested all not to carry excessive load in the
bus and behave with staff and public.
The Public, Govt. Official and Student of the Higher Secondary School, Yomcha were
gathered on the Flagg off ceremony.
Kargu Kardi Student Union (KKSU) president also spoke and appealed to the student
community to follow the instruction of the department during journey in the bus.
Tuter Nima, Station Superintendent, State Transport Services, West Siang District,
Aalo appeal the Public and Student Community to cooperate with department as the
re-introduced bus is an old and repaired one. He further appealed to the public
to journey with proper ticket and asked the student to avoid roof riding which is
very much risky in hilly road.
Station Superintendent also conducted awareness campaign on safety bus journey for
students and public at Govt. Middle School Taba Sora and Govt. Secondary School Nikte.
The Yomcha to Aalo services cover the entire Yomcha headquarter, Taba Sora, Nikte,
Igo kato, etc. DIPRO.
ANSU condemns murder of student, demands arrest of culprits
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has strongly condemned the
brutal murder of Rallo Rene, a class XI student of Government Higher Secondary School
Yazali on August 12.
The incident took place while she was returning from her home to school after spending
time with parent on account of holiday Sunday around at 4 pm to 5 pm. One accused
is already arrested by Yazali police whereas other are at large, ANSU informed in
An ANSU team comprising its vice president Tagru Tame, convener Lishi That, Secretary
(info & Pub) Bengia Tada and Asst. games and sport secy Nagram Pentum visited and
conducted a series of meeting with ADC Yachuli, officer-in-charge of Yazali police
station and public and deceased family.
Tame appealed to the general public, deceased family, women group and specially
youth of Yachuli not to take law in their hand out of emotion and sentiment. Let
the law enforcing authority to take its course of action, he appealed.
ANSU demanded the law enforcing authority of Lower Subansiri district to immediately
arrest all the culprits involved in murder of Rallo Rene.
ANSU deeply mourned the tragic and untimely death of Rene and termed her death as
a great loss for the entire society.
A team of executive members of All Lower Subansiri Students’ Union (ALLSU) also visited
the parents of Rine today and consoled the bereaved family..
While condemning the barbaric act, they demanded the authority concerned to arrest
the culprits, who had committed the heinous crime, within 15 days and give exemplary
punishment. ALSSU threatened to launch democratic movement if the culprits are not
arrested within the given time.
The ALSSU members prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Students distribute fruits
KHONSA, Aug 14: As a part of the Independence Day celebration, the Nocte Students’
Union (NSU) distributed fruits, snacks and other eatables to the patients of District
Hospital, Khonsa and inmates of UTP cell and Khonsa Sub-Jail as a goodwill gesture.
The executive members of NSU led by its president and general secretary also enquired
about the health of the patients and assured to help them in whatever small ways
When asked about the programme, the NSU leaders said that the patients admitted in
the Hospital need love and care apart from the medicines.
Talking about the union’s gesture to the jail inmates, they said that the inmates
in the jail were mostly misguided youths who due to some reasons landed themselves
in custody adding that they need a healing touch and that presenting some gifts to
them on pre-Independence Day would definitely have some effects on them.
Dr. Matey, MO, Matron, Denhang Bosai and others were present during the programme.
The public, medical staff and jail management have appreciated the students for the
novel gesture. DIPRO
Disaster awareness rally at Changlang
CHANGLANG, Aug 14: A rally by students to create awareness on Disaster Management
was organized by Department of Disaster Management today that covered the entire
Pamphlets on safety tips on fire accident, earthquake, landslide and flood were distributed
amongst the participants along with sticking of posters on safety tips on Natural
The rally flagged off by Changlang deputy commissioner culminated at DIET auditorium
which started from near SBI, Changlang.
Video film on Earthquake and its preventive measures were also screened.
The Department had also organized sensitization and disaster awareness programme
amongst NCC cadres and Scouts and Guide of the schools in the district headquarter
in July 2012. Another programme on ‘concept, approach of Disaster Management and
Plan formulation and District Disaster Management plan’ was organized amongst the
staff of online department on 30 July.
The department had also organized sensitization programme in remote Manmao circle
on August 8 where students of Govt Secondary school Manmao, Gao Burahs, Panchayat
Leaders, teachers and officers and staff of the online department were present.
Dr. P Tangha, Mo, Mammao CHC, H C Borauh, AC, Research Department and DDMO Changlang
were the resource persons of the programme. DIPRO
AASU demands relief to Mirmir fire victims
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The All Adi Students' Union (AASU) has urged the East Siang district
authority as well as state government to provide immediate relief to all the fire
victims of Mirmir, Pasighat for their quick rehabilitation.
A team AASU today visited the fire devastated sites at Mirmir and conducted a social
service at the spot.
Fifteen houses were burnt to ashes near All India Radio Station at 12.30 am yesterday.
According to eye witnesses, all household items including other properties were completely
destroyed in the devastating fire, AASU informed
AASU also urged all the people of Pasighat to support the victims in the worse situation
for their immediate rehabilitation.
Etalin gets Primary health centre
ANINI, Aug 14: The Primary Health Centre ( PHC) , Etalin was officially inaugurated
by Deputy Commissioner Abu Tayeng yesterday in presence a large gatherings of villagers,
public leaders, GBs, Panchayat members, doctors and staff.
The PHC building project funded under BADP 2011-12 was executed by the DRDA, Anini.
Speaking on the inauguration, DC Abu Tayeng urged all to preserve and protect the
property of the Govt. as it is an asset which has been created for the benefit of
the common people of the area. Also, DC appealed the Medical Officers and Staff to
discharge their duties with utmost dedication and care as the service they render
concerns the lives of an individual. The DC exuded hope that the PHC will go long
way in reducing the infrastructural deficit of the health deptt. in the circle and
will prove to be beneficial project for every residents.
Later in the day, the DC also inspected few power projects being implemented by APEDA
under PM package. He suggested few corrective measures in the implementation of the
projects. He was accompanied by the Project Officer, APEDA during the inspection.
The inauguration programme was also attended by DPO Willia Chautang, Project Director
Hage Lailang, CO M.N.Tamo, DIPRO R.T.Khom, APO ( RE), PO ( APEDA). DIPRO
Painting competition on energy conservation
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Like the previous year, the Union Ministry of Power has launched
the national campaign -2012 in order to promote awareness on energy conservation
in the country. Under the campaign painting competition for students at the School,
State and at National level are being conducted to make aware the children about
the need of conserving energy. The children studying in the class IV, V and VI standards
are eligible to participate in the painting competition.
Meanwhile, the NHPC (National Hydro-electric Power Corporation) regional office,
Itanagar, which has been nominated as nodal agency to organize/coordinate for smooth
conduction of the painting competition at various level has appealed the principals/headmasters
of the schools (both Govt and private) of Arunachal Pradesh to conduct the competition
by September 28 and send the report by Oct 4.
The themes for school level painting competition is “Bijli Bachao Unnati Laao”, “Do
the Nation a favour, be an energy saver” and “Wind, water, Sun: Energy for the long
The competition is being held in three stages, namely, School, State and National
Level. Arunachal state level competition will be held on November 9, NHPC sources
8th Independence Running Football
Lokam Brothers FC beat ACYA
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Lokam Brothers FC beat All Chimpu Youth Association 4-2 in the
second semifinal to set up final clash with Middle Chimpu FC in the 8th Independence
Running Football Tournament tomorrow.
Dare Kiran scored two goals for Lokam Brothers in 45th and 56th minutes while Gora
Antony and Dari Takar scored a goal each in 35th and 80th minute respectively.
Tana Agung and Lee Ete scored a goal each for All Chimpu Youth Association in 28th
and 70th minute.
The final match will start KV No 2 playground would at 3 pm.
Table tennis tournament 2012
Jairampur, Aug 14: The first ever Table Tennis Tournament 2012 organized by Assembly
Youth Congress Jairampur concluded here on Sunday last with Sunny Nocte (senior)
and Ralte (junior) clinching the title quite convincingly.
Earlier, Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Setong Sena, who has been instrumental
in encouraging sports throughout the region, stressed on channalizing youth energy
through proper guidance as youths are the back bone to the nation, who can change
the future of the society.
Sena also informed about the pilot project starting in Nampong that will basically
train the school drop outs in various trade enabling them to earn their own livelihood
Elaborating further he said the school drop outs from the age group 18 to 25 will
be the primary target of the Chief Minister Livelihood School as 60% of the unemployed
youths belong to this category.
The school will train and engage them to earn their own livelihood and will partially
erase the problems endured by the youths, Sena said.
Sena also lauded the efforts of the Youth Congress in organizing sports meets and
touring interior regions to interact and comprehend the grassroot problems.
Meanwhile, Indian Youth Congress General Secretary (in-charge Arunachal Pradesh)
Indira Sharma, and Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress President Tadar Niglar who handed
over the trophy and cash award to the winners appreciated the involvement of the
Youth Congress in organizing sports tournaments to gather the youths under the same
They also requested the youths to keep participating in sports and shun away from
APYC General Secretary Pinna Muklom, Eastern Parliamentary Youth Congress President
James Jugli, ADC M Roy, DFO J Hippo and various other head of departments enjoyed
the final of the table tennis tournament 2012.
Statue of Guru Padma Sambhava consecrated
BOMDILA, Aug 14: The efforts put in by the local legislator RT Khunjuju bore fruit
the day before as the consecration of the statue of Guru Padma Sambhava; considered
to be the savior of all beings, took place at New Bomdila Helipad amidst great fanfare
Guru Padma Sambhava was an Indian wizard guru. He was a great and accomplished scholar
of Nalanda University with super natural powers.
According to the Mahayana Buddhist Lunar calendar, on the 10th day of the sixth month,
he appeared miraculously in the blossom of a Lotus in the Lake of Dhanakhosa in the
frontiers of present Afghanistan and Pakistan known as Udiyana.
He is believed to be the savior of all beings. On account of it, his images are constructed
everywhere and his portraits are displayed in all the prominent places.
Believing in the good things that could happen to the people of the area, R T Khunjuju,
the MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary for HPD initiated the noble step and on completion,
the day before was chosen for the consecration.
Among others, DC, SP, HoDs, Public & Panchayat leaders and the villagers of Pedung
(New Bomdila) attended the religious rites performed by the Abbot and monks of Gaden-Rabgyeling
Monastery, Bomdila. DIPRO
Cash reward stands
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: 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.
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Polo Colony Youth Welfare Association with supports of well-wishers
and general public conducted a three days social service near steel bridge polo colony,
Naharlagun from August 12 to 14 last.
During the three days social service, volunteers repaired the damaged road portion
which was remained in dilapidated condition for the last five years.
Meanwhile, Banderdewa Tarajuli Development Association and Forest Right Committee
along with Panchayat members and villagers of Tarajuli area also conducted social
service at Tarajuli link road and repaired the road temporarily yesterday.
‘Intensify police patrolling’
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Doimukh Students’ Union in a letter to Extra Assistant Commissioner,
Doimukh urged him to intensify police patrolling at Dikrong river bank within Doimukh
area to check and restrict antisocial activities.
Quiz competition on energy technology
TEZU, Aug 14: The preliminary round of State Level Quiz Competition in respect of
Lohit district on “New and Renewable Energy and Technology”, sponsored by the Union
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy was conducted at BRC Training Building Tezu
on August 10.
Written test as per the guidelines was conducted by K Rina, DDSE, Lohit.
Total seven schools participated in the Preliminary Round and students of VKV, Sunpura
stood first in the written test. The winners will participate in the semi-final and
final round competition which will held in Itanagar. DIPRO
District Level Science Seminar
Aalo, Aug 14: Misinam Darang of RK Mission School stood first in the district level
Science Seminar on the topic Mathematics in India- its past, present and future which
was conducted at Govt. Hr. Secondary School yesterday. She would represent West Siang
in the State level Science Seminar.
Kiyum Padu of VKV Jirdin and Usha Gupta secured the positions of first and second
runners up respectively.
Presiding over the function, Tomi Doke Lendo advised the students to inculcate scientific
temperament to become good technocrats/bureaucrats in future. He reiterated that
90% of students in school pay much importance on cultural/recreational activities
and literary activities which promote art of speaking and mental development takes
The Swamiji, Maharaji of RKM, Principal of VKV Jirdin, teaching staff headed by
principal and vice principal and students of Govt. Hr. Secondary school Aalo were
present on the occasion.
Legal awareness workshop
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Doimukh Nyem Welfare Society in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh
State Commission for Women is going to organize a “Legal Awareness Workshop on Crime
against Women” at Auditorium Hall, Rono ground, Doimukh on August 18, according
to a Society release. The workshop is being sponsored by National Commission for
Women, New Delhi, the release added.
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The ninth session of the Fifth Legislative Assembly of Arunachal
Pradesh will commence on September 27. Three days session will come to an end on
September 29, according to an official release.
Power disruption in AIR
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Frequent disruption in power supply badly affected the broadcasting
of news and various other programmes of All India Radio (AIR), Itanagar for the last
many days, according to sources.
Important Government wing like AIR centre is facing hardship due to power crisis,
particularly during evening hours, sources said and requested the department concerned
to ensure uninterrupted power supply.
Body of 45-yr old man found, identified as Jumkar Basar
ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The body of a 45-year-old person identified as Jumkar Basar has
been found at Gumto, Doimukh circle, today morning, Doimukh police said.
An FIR has been lodged at Doimukh PS. A case (No 29/2012) has been registered and
investigation launched, in charge officer of the incident informed. It is suspected
to be a case of murder, police said.
The Galo Students Union (GSU) has strongly urged the state government to immediately
arrest of the culprits.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society deeply mourned the sudden and sad
demise of its eminent member Jumkar Basar, who was popularly known as Annu Basar.
The Society will ever cherish his memories for his remarkable literary creation and
his effervescent spirit. He wrote a book titled ‘Sukun-i-Dil, a collection of Urdu
Shayari. His last presentation of Urdu Shayari at recently held Assam Sahitya Sabha
at Ledo was widely applauded by all.
30 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Ecotourism - an alternate resource utilization system in Arunachal
Nyalleescopy By Nyali Ete
Arunachal Pradesh is basically a mountainous state with undulating landscape, heavily
dense forests, rugged-rocky and inhospitable terrain. Even in the case of human populations,
it exhibits an array of cultures & traditions and multiplicity of customs & rituals,
including faith & belief system. Arunachalee society has been, by and large, a close
knit, inter-woven set of communities, gregariously scattered, yet characteristically
similar, only minutely different from each other and distinctly different from others.
Arunachalee society, evidently, depicts an exquisite mosaic of heritage sculptured
and decorated by the precious beads of quest, endeavour, and achievement of indigenous
communities of Arunachal. In fact, for this reason, Arunachal is recognized as one
of the hotspots of bio-diversity in the world.
As such, it offers an endless variation of scenic beauty, and makes it ideal for
development of tourism, especially adventure, cultural and eco-tourism. It’s, however,
unfortunate that despite such enormous potential, lack of infrastructure facilities
such as, transport, communication, accommodation and other tourism supported facilities,
renders the most part of it out-of-bound to the tourist. It’s no wonder that Arunachal
Pradesh is known as ‘Unexplored Paradise’, ‘Hidden land’, and so on.
The need of the hour is to create, generate, evolve, and develop awareness, interest,
entrepreneurial skill, technical know-how, infrastructure, etc., i.e. Government-sponsored,
people-based and community-oriented steps should be initiated in order to involve
people in this sector. The prominent NGOs, community organizations, registered societies,
and so on must be engaged in evolving an atmosphere of confidence, zest and zeal
for effectively propagating the information, intent, resolve, policies and programs
of the govt. The focus must be on persuading, educating, as well as disseminating
the intricacies of the eco-tourism and its potential benefits, besides, importance
in the over-all development of the state, not excluding its potential threats as
well right through the profile of the Arunachalee society. Identification of major
tourist spots, potential tourist sites and other lesser-known but important places
which promise eco-tourism should be done on priority basis followed by building
infrastructure facilities and wooing investors, but of course keeping in view the
essence and spirit of eco-tourism concept. Already, places like Tawang, Namdhapa
National Park, Malinithan temple, etc. draw lot of people, though much below their
actual capacity. But for poor infrastructure facilities, they are second to none;they
can make places like Mussorie, Corbett National Park, etc. really run for every penny.
Certainly, Tourism and Environment & Forest departments of Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh
must take the lead, so that other line departments work symbiotically and in total
harmony towards developing Arunachal as one of the world class or premier tourist
The govt. of Arunachal Pradesh can avail the expertise, guidance, assistance and
experience of giants in tourism industry viz. Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, etc.
and replicate some of them in the state as well, along with the unique characteristics
of Arunachal to offer equally excellent experience of hospitality, beauty, diversity,
and wilderness to tourists. States of J&K, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, other north-eastern
states, more or less, depend on tourism sector. Therefore, they have a well-laid
networks, well-defined tourist circuits and world-class infrastructure. However,
they too are suffering from unavoidable problem of degradation and degeneration of
various places due to over-influx of visitors beyond the carrying capacity of the
place. These places are losing their earlier charm, and no longer attractive. In
this front, the entire Arunachal Pradesh is relatively unexploited and untouched.
This is Arunachal’s advantage. Taking advantage of the changing scenario, Arunachal
can, surely, be leader in the field of adventure and eco-tourism. All it needs is
a bit of govt.’s resolve& investment, interest & investment by individuals, co-operation
& commitment of the people, and the rest will take care of itself.
Accessibility to Arunachal is rendered difficult by the topography and difficult
terrain. In addition, the existing infrastructure facilities are insufficient both
in terms of quantity and quality. The road and other communication utilities are
also inadequate, and they all contribute to under-utilization of the potentials or
resources for the development of tourism in the state. Therefore, the state administration
should focus on creating and developing world-class infrastructure facilities. More
tourist lodges, inspection bungalows, circuit houses, hotels should be developed
through-out the state. Roads, transit camps, communications, counseling camps, publicity
centers, a good network of protected areas and well-defined tourist circuits with
registered tour operators are the requisite ingredients to prepare Arunachal as the
The local communities when actively participate in the development of eco-tourism
could consequently lead to the betterment of their lives. There are many ways in
which the local people could be involved in ecotourism. Other than sight-seeing and
adventure sports, major tourist attractions are the local customs and traditions.
People visit new places to even experience cultures unknown to them. It would be
a beautiful experience for the tourists to be involved in community works, if the
tourists may so desire to avail. In fact, we should design such tourism models which
would make tourists voluntarily involve in community works/chores like sowing and
reaping of crops, which are very interesting parts of village life. Being out of
the way of urban life-style, visitors are more likely to enjoy experiencing such
things. In addition, community fishing sprees, mock-hunting safari may also be thought
of; such innovations would add to the adventure. These are, of course, in addition
to the already existing adventure sports like river-rafting, trekking, mountaineering,
Festivals and events that showcase the local rituals are important part of the development
of eco-tourism. Such traditional events should be encouraged to be held; such events
not only contribute towards more income for the locals, but also in spreading the
cause of preservation of indigenous culture and traditions.
Development & Economic Betterment
Eco-tourism is a relatively new idea which envisages ‘tourism at the door-step of
nature and cultural heritage without hampering the fragile and delicate ecological
balance of a site or place, yet ensure socio-economic and cultural growth and development
of the locality.’In the present world, when the emphasis and efforts are being laid
and placed on sustainable resource utilization and also optimum well-being of the
people, the concept of Eco-tourism is increasingly gaining popularity and in the
context of Arunachal Pradesh, it’s most suitable. The eco-tourism, truly, can play
a pivotal role not only in providing employment opportunity and economic well-being
of the people, but also ensuring the sustainability of the resource for the posterity.
It’s high time to harness the potential of the area to the fullest advantage of the
people and also ensure the sustainability of the natural resources. Obviously, this
beautiful state of Arunachal Pradesh has tremendous potential in tourism sector,
as described above, particularly, eco-tourism and adventure tourism and the govt.
must, therefore, capitalize on its vast natural resources for socio-economic well-being
and uplift of the society.
But all too often, tourism revenue leaks away from the local economy and local communities
end up seeing little benefit. This must be avoided. There are other issues that
must be attended to for the proper running of the enterprise as a whole, e.g. it
must be run with the involvement and consent of local communities.
Eco-tourism can be one effective alternative livelihood activity to the people. This
would address and answer the needs and requirements of daily life and also provide
them some earning; this would motivate people to take upon themselves the responsibilities
of caring, managing and utilizing the natural resources more judiciously and in a
sustainable way, for it is relatively convenient and beneficial than that of shifting
cultivation and other traditional livelihood activities, which are, more often than
not, cumbersome, tedious and exhaustive. Essentially, it leads to reduction in reckless
and unmindful exploitation of natural resources, particularly forest of the state.
As a consequence, concept of ‘conservation’ could be relatively easily disseminated
among the general public. Hence, eco-tourism itself is a conservation-oriented activity,
and thus, should be encouraged vigorously, of course with due regards to its ill-consequences.
In nutshell, success of eco-tourism in our
State lies in proper management and judicious utilization of our biological wealth
with the essence of conservation.
Generally, eco-tourism activity is more frequently concentrated in and on the periphery
of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. It is considered primarily a subsidiary
and secondary activity to assist and ensure proper, convenient and judicious management
of the protected areas, in addition to generation of additional revenue from visitors
and tourists to these areas. This has created an impression on general public and
even among some bureaucracy that eco-tourism has an individual existence and is exclusively
a concern of Environment & Forest department and Wildlife authorities. This is but
a misconception which, in turn, can prove an impediment in policy-decision and implementation
of programs. Hence, holistic and pragmatic approach is essentially needed to avoid
unnecessary tug-of-war among various govt. departments.
Nevertheless, it’s not to be taken for granted that all is well with eco-tourism.
No, eco-tourism is professional in nature, and thus essentially demands the spirit
of entrepreneurship and attitude & aptitude of business. Scientific temperament blended
with sociological approach is a necessary ingredient for the success of this form
of livelihood. In other words, eco-tourism is a sophisticated system of resource
utilization or management with a broad outline of sustainable development and conservation
of natural and cultural heritage as well. Any wrong policy-decision or casual approach
in implementation and execution of programs or measures has great implications on
the socio-economic and political life of the state. Evidently, it requires a multi-disciplinary
approach right from planning stage to implementation of policies and programs.
Undemocratic & Anti-Indian
Ban on Myrdal Visit
By Syed Ali Mujtaba
The alleged ban by the Union Government on world-renowned Swedish writer Jan Myrdal
to visit India is shocking. The official version is that Myrdal is a Maoist supporter
and he had indulged in anti-State activity and that is the reason a ban on his future
visit is being contemplated.
The 85-year-old writer denied this allegation saying he is not so stupid, and has
called the move against him as anti-Indian. The extreme Left see this as India’s
attempt to toe the US line that has imposed a stringent regulations on Myrdal to
Jan Myrdal is the son of Nobel Laureates Gunnar Myrdal of ‘Asian Drama’ fame. Recall
that Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi very often used to quote the books of Gunnar
Myrdal, specially his famous observations on corruption in India. Jan’s mother Alva
Myrdal was Sweden’s Ambassador to India from 1955 to 1961. Importantly, New Delhi
had felicitated the couple with the Jawaharlal Nehru International Understanding
Jan Myrdal has authored several books that include Report from a Chinese Village,
China: The Revolution Continued, Confessions of a Disloyal European and India Waits.
The last one is based on his tour of Andhra Pradesh in the early 1980s, where he
mentions that a Marxian-inspired peoples’ movement, emanating from rural India, parallel
to the Chinese Communist revolution is awaiting in India.
In fact, his book Red Star Over India has been widely received in India. This book
has now reached its second English language edition and is being published in Bengali,
Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. In Europe it has been translated to German, Italian,
Norwegian and Swedish. It is available as an e-book and is on the net.
The Sweden-based author was in India in January-February, 2012 for the promotion
of this book and had visited Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ludhiana and Delhi and shared his
views with writers, democrats, students and journalists. The Home Ministry, however,
has found that Myrdal had attended pro-Naxal conventions and allegedly expressed
support to the CPI (Maoist) ideology of armed struggle against the State, a charge
vehemently denied by the author.
Myrdal has reportedly rebutted the allegation saying he was on a one-month conference
visa to re-launch his book Red Star Over India - Impressions, Reflections and Discussions
when the Wretched of the Earth are Rising.” The Government was well informed about
his movements and his speeches are in public domain either printed or are available
on the net.
He further said he did not do anything stupid like giving political “advice” to the
Indian friends and the decision to ban him from entering in the country was an anti-Indian
act. He requested the official to withdraw the decision if it’s already been taken.
It is well-known that Jan Myrdal is a follower of MoaSaTung’s ideology. In India
the CPI (Maoist) are inspired by his writings. He has visited India several times
and has extensively toured the country. He knows the Indian reality at the grassroots.
But, then that’s it, there are so many foreign intellectual, too may have similar
understanding. What does it really mean?
There are certain questions that seek answers? Will the ban on Myrdal solve the Maoist
problem in India? Will his visit intensify the Maoist struggle in the country? Can’t
his visit be converted as an exercise in exchange of ideas and the Government has
benefit from his advice? In fact after India Waits, Indira Gandhi has asked him to
come and discuss the issue of left rebellion with her but the ‘mother India’ met
an untimely death. Now the ‘Sons of India’ who are killing its own people, under
operation ‘Green Hunt’ think they can solve the problem by doing so and anyone who
opposes such brutal designs has to be kept off.
It is in this connection that a person of the stature of Jan Myrdal is being banned
from visiting the country. This is a clear indication how much India has changed
in its character and ideology over a period of time. Sadly, the Union Government
is giving a red carpet welcome to MNCs and the big bourgeoisie to indiscriminately
loot the most valuable riches of the country and is being intolerant towards those
who are opposing them with genuine democratic and progressive views.
New Delhi is inviting international big corporate such as Enron, Dow Chemicals, POSCO,
Monsanto, Vedanta and Areva and many others. And it is hugely supporting Jindal,
Mittal, Esssar, Tata and Ambani that are colluding with these MNCs and serving them.
On the other hand the Adivasis who are fighting a life and death struggle to preserve
the most valuable lands, forests, hills, waters, minerals and all kinds of other
natural resources in the vast areas of the country from their exploitation are being
hunted down under Operation Green Hunt. It unfortunately shows how far the Indian
State that rests on the word ‘socialism’ enshrined in our Constitution is moving
away from its own code of commandments.
It is not new for the ruling classes of this country to deal with artistes, writers,
journalists, film producers and directors in such a manner. There are several writers
and democrats who have been implicated in countless conspiracy cases in our country.
On July 1, 2010 a Delhi-based journalist Hem Chandra Pandey was shot dead in a fake
encounter by the Andhra Pradesh police. Artiste Jeeten Marandi was sentenced to death
by a court of law but later the judgment was withdrawn due to popular pressure. Well-known
writer Arundhati Roy was sentenced to jail for supporting the cause of the Kashmiri
Recently West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee got Professor Abhishek Mahapatra
arrested with the ire that he drew a cartoon on her. The Jadavpur University students,
who questioned this, were harassed in the name of being Maoists.
The stand taken by the Centre to stop Jan Myrdal from coming to our country is shameful
indeed. All democrats, writers, artistes, students, journalists and people from all
walks of life should condemn such tyrannical decision. The need is to build a broad
and strong solidarity movement that would make the Government revoke its proposal
to ban Jan Myrdal from visiting to India. Let us not waste any more time.— INFA
A new solution for the Ganges
On its journey south and east from the Western Himalayas, through the Gangetic Plain
of North India and on to the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges flows for over 2,500 kilometers
(1,553 miles). More than 400 million people dwell in its basin and depend on its
life source. It's one of the world's 20 largest rivers - and also one of the most
polluted on the planet.
In places, the once sacred, life-giving Ganges has become a cesspool, polluted with
fecal waste, semi-cremated bodies, and water-borne disease. In its $3 billion (2.4
billion euros) quest to restore the Ganges to health, the Indian government is turning
to Israel - a tiny, arid Middle East country that is producing world-leading water
Israel NewTech, an initiative led by the Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade and
Labour, is matching Israeli clean-tech companies with Indian partners to tender solutions
for the Ganges.
The Indian government aims to have no untreated municipal sewage or industrial runoff
enter the Ganges by 2020, but according to Oded Distel, head of Israel NewTech, cleaning
the Ganges is more like a 20-year mission.
"It's a huge project. It combines technological aspects and elements from waste water
treatment and water management up to irrigation," he said. During dry season, "it
becomes more a kind of canal for waste water rather than a real living river."
The World Bank is investing $1 billion (812 million euros) in loans and credits to
India, to help with the first step in the Ganges River clean-up. The first goal is
to reduce pollution in a sustainable way.
26 years since India embarked on a lofty plan to restore the heavily polluted Ganges
river, there still are many setbacks. However, there is a ray of hope that with the
help from the World Bank and Israeli Government, the river might make a recovery.