Is it only the duty of Govt to keep Capital clean and green ?
Braving incessant rain, volunteers come together for clean I G Park
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Group of young volunteers comprising more than 150 in numbers today
carried out clean drive in the Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar. Most of the volunteers
came together through social networking site and an event page “Grab A Shovel-Help
Clean Up IG Park” was created specially. Despite incessant rain large number of volunteers
turned up since early morning for the programme.
Meanwhile, organizers of the event informed that this clean drive campaign which
started in the month of April from Naharlagun town is basically being done to bring
awareness among citizen of capital regarding need to keep city clean. “An idea born
out of simple aspirations to see our State grow into something more meaningful is
slowly but surely taking shape with likeminded people coming together. Each of us,
hoping, that we can effect this change by reasoning with the communities around us,
to participate and encourage the idea of "Civic Sense" and following it in its truest
sense,” the organizers stated. They continued, “Looking around us and sadly seeing
the gradual deterioration, most of us are aghast at our attitude towards the pristine
environment and the way the systematic man made damages have resulted in the State
of Arunachal Pradesh and the Capital Complex becoming just a shadow of its former
self. If we don't stand up now, what will be left for the generations to come? If
we don't come together here, won't it be too late? The affinity for bio-diversity
and Nature should probably mean more to a Tribal than anyone else. Let's not forget
- "We don't truly appreciate, till all is lost".”
“An act of littering a piece of paper, spitting in the side walk or dumping our household
garbage in the streets is considered a normal routine and there is no hesitation
in continuing this on a daily basis. This brings us to the question, is the Government
alone responsible for the cleanliness of the Capital City or do we all, as conscious
citizens; contribute in making ours a cleaner city. We appeal to each individual
to quit littering our surroundings. We would also like to use this platform to request
the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and the concerned Department to provide dustbins
in all public places in the city. This would be a step in the right direction. It's
also been observed that some sectors have a makeshift dumping area and here too the
garbage is not cleaned on a daily basis.
It's needless to say that both the citizens of the Capital City and the concerned
Government Department need to work together as a cohesive unit,” they continued.
NE students hold parleys with Muslim leaders, police authority
Karnataka limping back to normalcy
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Situation is returning to normal in Karnataka with confidence building
measure being taken to instill a sense of confidence among citizens of North East
who have been fleeing from various cities of South India in fear of being attacked
in retaliation after recent violence in Kokrajhar district, Assam. Group of North
East students today held meeting with local Muslim leaders and police at Mysore and
Bangalore city in this regard.
An agency report from Bangalore also confirmed that with confidence-building measures
and scaled-up security in place, exodus of northeasterners from bangalore for their
home-states has stopped.
While talking to this daily, Toklen Dupak, an Arunachalee student currently studying
in Bangalore, informed that representatives of NE students along with various students
studying in Mysore city today had a meeting with local Muslim leaders and police
commissioner of Mysore city. “During the meeting Muslim leaders urged NE students
to feel safe. In fact, they offered to provide volunteers from Muslim community if
NE students want. Police commissioner also assured full safety and asked us not to
believe rumours,” informed Toklen Dupak. Muslim leaders invited all NE students to
join them in Eid celebration by offering to host dinner for the students.
Another student representative from Manipur Samson Khuveio informed that at Bangalore
too they had meeting with Muslim leaders and everyone assured them that the community
has nothing against NE people. Further, he expressed gratitude to government of Arunachal
for helping NE students during present crisis.
“North East students of Karnataka express sincere gratitude to Arunachal Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki and MP Takam Sanjoy for helping us a lot. They provided us fund to organize
meeting which helped to install confidence among NE people. Only Govt of Arunachal
Pradesh came out to help us and it is a shame that other state governments of the
region is not doing enough in this regard,” said Samson Khuveio.
Meanwhile, student representatives have appealed all the NE people to come back and
rejoin colleges and their offices in Karnataka.
Arunachal goodwill team meets Tamil Nadu CS, DGP
Chennai, Aug 20: An Arunachal Pradesh goodwill team led by Member of Parliament Takam
Sanjoy met Tamil Nadu’s Chief Secretary and Director General of Police on Monday
to check the exodus of people of the North East region following rumours of violence.
The exodus in the wake of rumours of retaliatory attacks on Northeasterners after
the Assam violence abated today in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
The goodwill team headed by Sanjoy had also visited Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
to coordinate with state governments in South India, and demanded security and protection
for northeast students studying in various cities in the region.
Sanjoy, who is also Convenor of All India Tribal MPs Forum, urged people of the North
East region to return to the southern states, as the situation there is “conducive”.
“State governments are very alert and effective. Those who have run away must come
back by August 25. The situation is absolutely conducive. Panic and rumours created
by the enemy should not be a weapon to damage our society and family. I appeal all
those who have gone to immediately return to the southern states,” he said.
New Delhi has asked Islamabad to crack down on elements based in that country for
using social media networking sites to whip up communal sentiments and create scare
among people of NE region living across India. Accusing Pakistan based outfits of
creating fissures within Indian society, Sanjoy said: “This is a fight against our
nation. Pakistan is trying to wage war against India and has already tried to divide
us on basis of religion, now they are trying to segregate on the basis of looks.
All of us are united; none can divide us because we are a strong nation.”
Sanjoy was here to meet representatives of the Tamil Nadu Government to convey the
concern of northeastern people. He also interacted with students from Arunachal Pradesh
and advised them to take precautionary measures.
Sanjoy is visiting South Indian sates as an emissary of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki, and is accompanied by Congress leader Likha Maj. From Tamil Nadu he is
expected to travel to Maharashtra to meet Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
Hibu meets NE students, reveals safety measures
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Joint Commissioner of Police, Delhi Robin Hibu yesterday personally
visited various colonies in Delhi where Northeastern students and employees are residing
in large number, especially Janakpuri, Satyaniketan, Munirka, Indravihar and Gandhi
Vihar and interacted with them.
Hibu assured safety and security of students and people of North East in Delhi and
informed them about various measures taken by Delhi police to tackle any eventuality
that may arise from the rumours. He gave advice and tips on coping with difficult
situations and asked them to pursue their studies sincerely.
Hibu was accompanied by representative of various Northeastern student organizations
in Delhi, namely Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi, Naga Students’ Union Delhi, All
Assamese Students’ Union Delhi, Tripura Students’ Forum Delhi and Delhi Mizoram Chakma
Students’ Union during the visit, according to Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi release.
C T Mein inaugurates Chongkham mini-stadium
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The much awaited Mini-Stadium at Chongkham was inaugurated by local
MLA Chow Tewa Mein yesterday amidst huge gatherings. The project was funded under
SPA and executed by the Block Development Officer, Namsai.
Dedicating the stadium to the people of Chongkham, especially youth on the opening
day of the function of 6th Champion Football Trophy, the MLA urged them for proper
use of the asset for development of games and sports. Practising sports not only
keep one physically fit but it can earn livelihood for them, if pursued seriously,
he said. He urged the people especially, the youth to desist from using drugs. Later,
he has handed over the keys of the Mini Stadium to Chow Silawa Mannow, the General
Secretary of Chongkham Youth Welfare Association with a direction to protect, preserve
and use of valuable assets properly.
The function was attended by K Nyodu, EAC, Chow C. I Mannou, a retired Principal
and hosts of officers, officials and public of Chongkham area.
DK memorial open badminton begins
Sena foresees bright future of sportspersons
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: A record 410 shuttlers of different age groups from various districts
of Arunachal Pradesh are vying with each other for top honors in the first Dorjee
Khandu Memorial Open Badminton Championship which began at Raj Bhawan Badminton Hall,
Attending the inaugural function this morning, Horti/Agri Minister Setong Sena exhorted
the participating players to make best use of the tournament to show their inherent
talents. There is no dearth of sports talents in our state. But our athletes can
not compete to their fullest potential due to lack of proper training, infrastructure
and exposure trips. He hoped this tournament would provide a good platform to the
young shuttlers to expose their hidden talents. Citing the example of Saina Nehwal,
who has won a Bronze medal with her scintillating performance in the just concluded
London Olympics, Sena asked the sports persons of the state to take inspiration from
the ace badminton player. He was optimistic in saying that sportspersons of Arunachal
Pradesh would be able to compete in bigger sporting events in different disciplines
within a couple of years.
While urging the participating players to maintain sportsman spirit, Sena said winning
and losing are part and parcel of the game. Hence the most important thing is not
to win but to take part, he added. “Further, winning a game or two makes no player/team
better than other”.
Sena recalled Kahndu’s great contribution towards development of games and sports
in the state and said that the visionary leaders was also a keen lover of sports,
who used to come to Raj Bhawan regularly to play badminton.
Earlier, Sena along with other dignitaries paid rich tribute to a decorated portrait
of Late Khandu.
Principal Adviser to Chief Minister T N Thongdok advised the participants foster
unity, brotherhood and the feelings of oneness through sports. He said that sports
keep one physically and mentally fit. One can earn livelihood as well as personal
glory from sports, if pursued seriously, he said. Thongdok advised the participating
players to play the sport with true sportsman spirit.
While appreciating ASBA and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu for conducting the tournament
in memory of Late Khandu, he hoped that state government would come forward to sponsor
the tournament in future for the betterment of sportspersons in the state.
Tournament Coordinator and Political Secretary to Chief Minister Bamang Tago delivered
the keynote address.
The inaugural function was attended by the Chief Secretary (I/c), Secretary Sports
and Youth Affairs, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs, Roing MLA among others.
The tournament is organized by Arunachal State Badminton Association and sponsored
by Tourism Minister Pema Khandu and his family.
Dabii calls for effective measures to tackle dengue
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Member of Legislative assembly Tako Dabii has expressed serious
concern over reported finding of 4 dengue cases and 40 scrub typhus cases in Pasighat
and its vicinity in East Siang district.
In a release Dabii said, “For the first time, in one of the towns in Arunachal Pradesh
and its vicinity, breakout of dengue disease has taken place and everybody knows
dengue is a life threatening. Matter should not be left only for haphazard treatment
to the sufferers but Govt. must have a clear cut direction and instruction should
be issued to the District Administration and Department of Health and Family Welfare,
Arunachal Pradesh to tackle the dangerous disease with utmost care.”
“I can assume that if such dengue disease breaks out at Pasighat then it is likely
to happen in Pangin-Boleng, Mebo, Nari-Koyu, Ruksin and Bilat areas too and if not
controlled it may spread to other parts of the State,” Dabii added. He went on to
add, “It may also be noted that before these diseases were detected, I had written
a note to the health and family welfare minister regarding suffering of people from
a peculiar type of fever/epidemic in large scale at Pasighat town and its vicinity
vide U.O. No.ACM/O1/O11 /68, Dated 31-07-2012 for deputing a team from ICMR, Lahoal
Dibrughar or a team from the State to study the epidemic.”
He urged Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to treat the matter seriously and call for cabinet
meeting to discuss the measures so that disease is controlled at the earliest.
Tuki calls for effective mechanism to tap renewable energy potential
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has asserted for chalking out mechanism
to tap the massive potential of renewable energy in the state. Tuki was addressing
a jam-packed Banquet Hall on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas, organized
by APEDA here today.
“Our hill locks, mountains and river banks have enormous potential for developing
wind energy which if rightly harnessed can generate good revenue,” he said while
identifying certain places like Pasighat, Sela Pass in Tawang, Hawa Camp near Kimin
as some potential areas where proposal for wind energy generation could be effectively
While recalling the contribution of former prime minister of India Late Rajiv Gandhi
on his birth anniversary, Tuki termed him as the pioneer of modern and technical
India. “He introduced computers and brought an Information Technology revolution
in India,” Tuki informed the gathering.
He further recalled Nehru Gandhian’s close relations with the state of Arunachal
Pradesh placing on record the sincere efforts made by Rajiv Gandhi for conferring
Arunachal Pradesh a full-fledged State on February 20 in 1987.
The Chief Minister appreciated APEDA for advocating the essence of the development
of new and renewable energy like solar, wind, bio-mass, hydro etc. for the future
energy security of the nation. He advised the agency to create more and more awareness
amongst the children in order to promote these sources of energy.
“The very purpose of the Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas is to create awareness amongst
the public especially through the children by involving millions of them because
they are the most effective media and they are going to be future leaders in different
fields. An aware child can create awareness in a household, an aware household can
aware a community and an aware community can aware a nation” Tuki emphatically said.
He congratulated the winners of various competitions organized by APEDA to mark the
“Let us pledge today to put our energy in developing and promoting renewable energy
in order to make our state and the country self reliant, self sufficient, strong
and prosperous in the days to come. I believe this will be a befitting tribute to
our great visionary leader Late Rajiv Gandhi” the chief minister assertively said.
Speaking on the occasion, Power (Electrical) and Rural development and Panchayati
Raj Minister Tanga Byaling underscored the need to promote renewable and hydro power
energy for economic development of the state and the nation. He disclosed that despite
the state having abundant natural resources, it has to procure power to the tune
of Rs 200 crore each year to meet up the state’s power supply demand.
“Arunachal Pradesh has the potential to generate huge energy in the form of hydro,
bio-mas, wind and solar, which can change the state’s scenario in the years to come,”
Byaling said while calling for concerted efforts to realize these prospects.
APEDA Chairman Kumsi Sidisow threw light on means to develop the renewable energy
and his commitment towards materializing development and promotion of these non-conventional
energy sources in the state. He assured to put his best foot forward to augment these
Among others, Director APEDA Er. M Loya also spoke on the occasion.
Colourful cultural programme, a film show on renewable energy, prize distribution
to the winners of various competitions were other highlights of the day.
Sadbhavna Diwas observed
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Along with the rest of the country, the Sadbhavna Diwas was observed
in Arunachal Pradesh to commemorate the 68th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister
of India Rajiv Gandhi.
At Rajiv Gandhi Congress Bhawan here, the Sadbhavna Divas started with floral tributes
paid to the portrait of Rajiv Gandhi by the Congress leaders and workers.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, APCC general Secretary T C Tok, APMCC President
Yari Dulom, All India Rajiv Gandhi Vichar Manch Inter-national, Arunachal Pradesh
Unit President A T Kullo appealed one and all to rededicate themselves and follow
the path shown by Rajiv Gandhi in nation building to fulfill his dream of modern
India. Rajiv Gandhi was a visionary leader of the country, who has always been remembered
as the architect of modern India, they said.
On the occasion, the party leaders and members took Sadbhavna day pledge.
Commemorating the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress
(APYC) organized a Sadbhavna Yatra (procession) from Rajbhavan Tinali and to Rajiv
Gandhi Bhavan here in order to promote communal harmony and peace in the state.
Large number of students including the students from Oju Mission School, Naharlagun
took part in it.
Later, addressing the gathering at Congress Bhawan, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress,
President Tadar Niglar appealed each and every one in the society to maintain communal
Referring to the recent communal tension in some parts of the country, he urged not
to believe in rumors. Niglar said that he had appealed the Youth Congress Presidents
of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to extend all kind of help
to the people including students of the North East state in time of needs.
AICU resolves to fight for oppressed
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: All Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Union (APCU) president Tok Buttum
and general secretary Taw Tebin represented Arunachal Pradesh in the 58th Annual
General Body meeting of All India Catholic Union (AICU) at Seva Kendra, Kolkata from
August 17 to 19.
More than 250 catholic leaders from all over India attended the meeting.
Rt. Rev. Thomas D’souza, Arch Bishop of Kolkota inaugurated the meeting in presence
of John Dayal, member of National Monitoring Committee for Minority Education, government
of India, who is also the former president of AICU as well as present Secretary General
of All India Christian Council and Maria Fernandes, vice Chairperson State Minority
Commission of West Bengal.
AICU resolved in the meeting to appeal to the Christian Educational Institutions
Authority to stop denying the Catholic Children in getting admissions into their
educational institutions on the ground that Christian children should be empowered
through education in order to give constructive and quality contributions towards
nation building and also faith formation.
The meeting also resolved to work for the upliftment of down trodden, Dalits, ST/SCS
and OBC and raise strong voices against any atrocities committed against these sections
of people and will continue to advocate for their rights.
Addressing the meeting, Buttum strongly raised the recent mass exudation of students
and working groups from North East from various Southern States and appealed all
the respective leaders of States to strongly pursue with their own Government to
look into the safety and security of these students.
AICU appealed to both national and state governments to immediately arrest the situation
and take action against those responsible for it.
Earlier, the meeting condoled the victims of Sikkim earthquakes and raised relief
Cash reward stands
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: 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.
Pre-Solung celebrated in Shillong
Shillong, Aug 20: Adi students studying in Meghalaya celebrated Pre-Solung festival
in the state capital here today with pomp and gaiety.
Various games and sports activities such as running race, football and volleyball
competitions, cultural activities such as traditional and modern dances were organized
as part of the celebration.
Attending the celebration, Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) president Sokun Siboh exhorted
the students to preserve their own culture and traditions for identity. The way of
observing Solung should be maintained by all for larger interest of unity and integrity
in the community, Sokun said. He also urged the students to study hard to achieve
success in life.
Tasor Pabin, a prominent student leader of the community, also spoke on the occasion.
The programme was conducted by Adi Students Union Shillong (AdiSU, Shillong). (Contributed
by Lota Singhi, Mass Com student, RGU)
Tagung seeks NEDFi’s help to promote handicrafts sector
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resource Development Authority Vice Chairman
Yora Tagung assured his cooperation to the artisans of North East for further growth
of handloom handicrafts sector.
There is rich tradition of indigenous handloom and handicrafts in the region where
bamboo is the major source of such products. Artisans can use bamboo for producing
different bamboo based items like incense stick, toothpick, artificial flower etc.,
Tagung said while inaugurating the 10th North East Handicrafts & Hand loom Fair at
NEDFi Haat, Guwahati today.
Assuring his fullest cooperation to the artisans for their future works, Tagung requested
the NEDFi to organize such fair in Itanagar also. He further requested NEDFi to provide
training on handloom and handicraft to the unemployed youth of Arunachal Prdesh.
Noted Assamese film director Munin Barua, AGM NEDFi and officials from various govt
departments of Assam were present in the inaugural ceremony.
Artisans groups from all the eight states of North East have put up about 32 exhibition
cum sale stalls. Bamboo and Water Hyacinth are the main attractions of the fair.
Student’s death mourned
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council (APCRCC),
its women and youth wings, Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Women Wing
(APCRCWW) and Arunachal Christian Revival Youth Association (ACRYA) and Christian
Revival Church Naharlagun have mourned the untimely demise of Taba Jabet (Abu), a
young and promising member, who breathed his last at Naharlagun on August 19. He
was battling cancer for the last three years.
Jabet was a student of Indra Academy, Naharlagun and was the son of Late Taba Tasang
and Taba Rija.
The APCRCC, APCRCWW and ACRYA office bearers, church members and relatives paid their
respectful adieu to the departed soul while attending the funeral service at Polo
Colony in Naharlagun on Sunday.
Governor expresses shock
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) JJ Singh has expressed
deep shock and grief over the tragic accident at Bhalukpong in West Kameng district
on 19th August that claimed an unspecified numbers of lives.
Expressing his condolences, the Governor joined all in praying for the eternal peace
of the departed souls.
The Governor has asked the district administration and appealed to all, especially
civil societies to render their support to find and recover the missing persons.
PRO to Rah Bhawan.
IT consultants appeal for salary
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: All Arunachal Pradesh IT Consultants Association has appealed to
the state government to release the salaries of employees working under Arunachal
Pradesh Manpower Project Consultancy, which is state govt undertaking. The 256 IT
consultants who are working as computer teachers have not received their salaries
since April last, the association claimed in a release.
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: A- Extension Sector Welfare Committee along with sector dwellers
conducted social service at its sector link road today. They temporarily repaired
damaged road and also cleared garbage through social service.
NEEPCO assures job quota, says PPUEA
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: CMD NEEPCO, Shillong has declared its examination centre for A
and B grade posts at Itanagar, claimed Papum Pare Unemployed Engineers’ Association
in a release today. The CMD also assured 100 per cent reservation of C and D
category jobs for land affected people, the Association further said.
Youth Cong workers urged to strengthen party
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Parliamentary Secretary Phurpa Tsering exhorted the Youth Congress
leaders to work with dedication to strengthen the party organization at grassroots
Attending a Assembly Youth Congress activity review meeting at Bomdila yesterday,
the Parliamentary Secretary said that role of youth is vital for strengthening party
organization at grassroots level and asked the Youth Congress workers to be more
sincere and dedicated toward Congress party.
The meeting was attended by D. L. Paichulpa, president, District Mohila Congress,
Shilley Sonam, General Secretary LYC Western Parliament I/c West Kameng District
and Tako, General Secretary LYC Western Parliament and all the executive members
of four Assembly Youth Congress Committee of West Kameng District.
A Booth level Youth Congress Committee meeting was also held at DUDA Tourist lodge,
Seppa on August 18 organized by Assembly Youth Congress, Seppa East.
Hake Tako, General Secretary LYC Western Parliament I/c East Kameng district said
that Booth level Youth Congress Committee is an important organ of Indian Youth Congress
(IYC) in strengthening party organization at grassroots level.
The meeting was attended by Shilley Sonam, office bearers (presidents) of all the
five Assembly Youth Congress of East Kameng District and booth level Congress Committees
under East Seppa Assembly Constituency.
MWS conducts social service
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Modi Welfare Society (MWS), Upper Siang unit conducted a day-long
social service by repairing the Yingkiong-Mariyang road which was badly damaged by
the recent flood in the district.
Besides soiling, dumping and filling of potholes, the team also cleared road side
weeds from Mariyang town to Lagru bridge point covering a distance of 10 kms.
Mariyang ZPM D Pertin, S Takyo AE PHED, S Pathak, JE PWD also participated in the
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Central Nyedar Namlo (CNN) and Nyedar Namlo Doimukh unit condoled
the death of Tana Yamin, W/o Late Tao Aren, village Chod, Under Yazali circle of
Lower Subansiri District.
Yamin, a senior member of the Namlo movement, breathed her last on August 18 after
a prolonged illness.
Her contribution towards society and state was remembered by the Namlo goers. “Yamin’s
death is an irreparable loss to the society and the vacuum created with her death
will be difficult to filled up,” Taba Takam, Secretary, Nyedar Namlo, Doimukh Unit
said in its condolence message.
They conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal
peace of the departed soul.
Bar association pleads for legal action
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Bar Association of East and Upper Siang districts has appealed
to the East Siang deputy commissioner to take legal action against a police constable
who had allegedly assaulted an advocate at Pasighat on August 18.
In its three-point resolutions adopted in a meeting held at Pasighat yesterday, the
Association further urged the district administration to arrest the assaulter immediately
and suspend him from his service for allegedly misusing his official power.
Informing that the house also discussed about the ‘ridiculous comment’ passed by
the SP over telephone in connection with the assault incident, the Association resolved
that disciplinary action should be taken against the SP and he should be transferred
within a month for his comment.
When contacted, police sources informed that FIR has been lodged in this regard and
investigation is going on.
Yoga Module for Teachers at Chongkham
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Vivekananda Kendra Arunachal Prant organized a two days workshop
called Samarth- a yoga module developed by Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari for the
teachers at Chaunanda Memorial School, Chongkham of Lohit district on August 18 and
Yogic micro-exercises, creative games and interactive sessions with power point presentation
were conducted the 2-day workshop.
The main thrust of the workshop was to bring about an attitudinal change which will
help them to render their services in a more productive and effective way in contributing
to the work of ‘man making and nation building’.
Forty-eight teachers from various private schools of Chongkham and Namsai participated
in this workshop which was conducted by a team of trained resource persons from Vivekananda
36 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
I would like to draw the attention of the higher authorities towards the problems
faced by the Adi students studying in Lohit district as they are deprived of school
It is worth mentioning here that the stipend of the students has been enhanced after
a revision (Ref: January 30th 2012, A Times). As per revision students from Class
I-V were entitled to get Rs 560 a month in place of Rs 360, Class VI to VIII students
will get Rs 575 in place of Rs 375 and class IX to XII students will receive Rs
600 in place of Rs 400. The Govt has also agreed to release the stipend on monthly
During my school days at Govt. Hr. Sec. School Namsai up to the year 2007, I did
never receive any school incentives nor any stipend being an APST Candidate. And
surprisingly still this is happening; the Adi students of Lohit district are strongly
exempted from awarding of school stipend. When enquired about this deprivation to
one of the principals, the principal clarified that he cannot do anything for this
… as it is being blocked by higher authority. And these is the reason we (Principals)
are not distributing stipend Form to them. And once the blockage is cleared we won’t
have any problem in awarding stipend.
Now my question is who is that higher authority and who is answerable for such impasse?
East Siang a round up
State’s centennial district East Siang has some ugly segments so culpable to divulge.
It has historical measures to hoard, but it’s enduring state of affairs has stories
to tell, new projects to embark on at the same time many unfinished task mocking
PP road, the single lifeline for three districts West Siang, Upper Siang and East
Siang, gives only bumpy ride. The developmental funds vanished into thin air, the
withheld Nugong bridge manifest a timorous public and some opponent leaders akin
to hibernating vipers. Many derelict schools conjecture dark future, some teachers
roaming free, many funds siphoned, infirm road from Nari to Koyu, flood torn Mebo
circle, the Ruksin Bilat area a backward region in spite of its hospitable geographical
feature. 2011 bottom-line eviction and bombarding as Siang Pokran test, the wacky
road project to no man’s land in Pangin neglecting people’s interest are perhaps
the most daunting episodes in its history.
The K/oil supply is a dark story which the authorities never initiate action upon
the dealing agency. The Pasighat cooperative lamp providing 20 kg rice out of 35
kgs leaving us wonder where they might be selling all the 15kgs. The price trudge
of vegetable and fruit is above BPL level, the persons who smashed the statues of
national leaders are roaming free. Pasighat law and order problem is worsening with
robbery, prostitution, some schools became wine bar, on 15 August shopkeepers were
robbed and assaulted. The police rather warned the victims “are we supposed to guard
you round the clock?” All are pathetic making Pasighat the Itanagar of East Arunachal.
It is an Andher nagri chopot raja.
Pangkang ballot box case disposed in closedoor without court proceedings, Assam encroached
near Nari town, Maoist presence in Mer Gadum, the centennial district truly needs
a CBI probe as many things are spineless and fund misappropriation is discernible
into lopsided assets. In East Siang every field needs awareness, many schools are
pathetic whereas Education Minister hails from this district who finally would end
up in obvious lip service ‘Kaye’(I’ll see). Every body is responsible in all these
disarray or all wouldn’t be deaf and seeing all are blind. Will the Government justify
with an apposite answer? It will be apt declaring East Siang the most corrupted district
of Arunachal. Once the torch-bearer turns in to the most backward, mundane, haunted
and bizarre county.
Development remains a distant dream
In this era of rapid development, Richu-Krong circle in East Kameng district is still
lagging far behind in almost all fields.
Though the people had welcomed the posting of a regular circle officer in 2011, after
the years of neglect, the circle headquarter is yet to see the infrastructure development
for better administration. The circle is yet to be properly connected by road. During
rainy season, the local people, particularly the emergency patients and their relatives
suffer most due to poor road connectivity. One wonders, what happened to the all
the previous schemes and fund sanctioned for road improvement ?
Similar questions may be asked in other development initiatives taken in the past
such as water supply, electricity supply, and sluggish implementation of housing
schemes without sanitary facilities, posting of medical personnel and educational
staff without solving the accommodation problem. Yet these are not mere complaints
but efforts to reach out the people’s representatives, department concerned and to
urge them introspect upon their roles in development for the people.
Dali Tagio, President
Richu-Krong Town Committee
NMM and Women’s Rights
Anything bad must end one day. As I have said already that polygamy is the root cause
of the domestic violence and atrocities on women in the state and it must be washed
off from the face of mother Arunachal.
As the wearer knows where shoe pinches, so the women who are the serious victims
of this crime only know how much they are suffering. A saying also goes when a woman
is educated the members of her whole family become educated. Actually, she is the
real head of the family in terms of management within the home in all respect. To
make a family happy, prosperous, healthy and peaceful a mother must be happy first.
When she suffers the development of a family and the education of the children suffer.
Today’s dissatisfied children will become the dissatisfied citizens of tomorrow and
what good we can expect from such dissatisfied and love deprived citizens in society.
So, I on behalf of the women of Arunachal Pradesh and on my own behalf earnestly
request every responsible citizen to refrain from indulging in polygamy and also
ask the young unmarried women to refrain from getting into relationship with married
man even if he approaches. Young female must think thousand times before agreeing
to become a second wife. We will take steps to identify those who are encouraging
polygamy and take legal steps if necessary.
As a preventive measure, we will conduct moral and legal counseling to females of
all age groups by inviting resource persons like lawyers, social activists and heads
of all departments and autonomous bodies to create awareness on legal aids and laws
available for protection of women from domestic violence and to give them rights
Tame Yam Natung
Nari Mukti Manch
Solar Sector and fund
The Government of India has been aggressively promoting solar power projects since
2010 as part the National Action Plan on Climate Change. The Jawaharlal Nehru National
Solar Mission (JNNSM) plans to install 22,000 MW of solar energy by 2022. Within
three years, 2009-12, India has gone from almost zero to close to 1,000 MW of solar
installations in the country.
Though the JNNSM mandates a domestic content requirement -- meaning all projects
must buy domestically manufactured solar equipment -- it does it only for the crystalline
PV technology and not for the thin-film PV technology.
According to researchers, taking advantage of this loophole, the US is using the
climate ‘fast start financing’ for ruining the Indian domestic solar photo-voltaic
(PV) manufacturing industry.
Currently, 80 per cent of the Indian manufacturing capacity is in a state of forced
closure and debt restructuring with no orders coming to them, while the US manufacturers
are getting orders from Indian solar power developers.
Observers say, fast start financing is a US $30 billion fund set up under the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The fund, adopted at the Copenhagen
climate meeting in 2009, is supposed to help developing countries deal with climate
change impacts and limit greenhouse gas emissions.
Now, it is believed that the US has been using this fund to promote its own solar
manufacturing, thereby benefiting themselves while knocking out the Indian manufacturing
competition that doesn't have the same government backing.