ITANAGAR, Dec 4: At least three houses were gutted in a fire mishap at RWD colony,
Doimukh at around 12.30 pm on Dec 1. This was informed by the Bazaar Welfare Committee,
Doimukh. Though there is no report of any casualty, the fire devoured all the household
properties. However, the local people led by Anchal chairperson Nabum Vijay, BWC
president Tana Agul Tara doused the fire before arrival of the fire brigade.
Meanwhile, BWC has appealed the administration to provide immediate financial relief
to the fire victims for their rehabilitation. The committee also demanded a fire
station at Doimukh to prevent fire incident in future.
ATA exhorts teaching community to discharge duty
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA), while expressing its gratitude
to the state government for enhancing salaries of SSA teachers and initiating regularization
process of the teachers appointed under SSA, appealed to the teaching community to
discharge their duty with utmost sincerity and dedication in the greater interest
of the student community as well as the state.
Nyokum Yullo at Parang
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: The Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee Parang was constituted with
Nabam Taja and Ngurang Takap as president and general secretary respectively. Nyokum
Yullo would be celebrated for the first time in the newly created Parang circle next
Niya village lift Phassang Tafar volleyball trophy
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Niya Village lifted the 3rd Phassang Tafar Memorial volleyball trophy
defeating Rikam Nabam in the final today. In cultural competition, Aniya Mingsnam
group of Banderdewa and Tani Women SHG got the first and second prizes respectively.
The closing ceremony was attended by State NCP president and former MLA Ngurang Pinch
and Assistant Engineer RWD, Karsingsa division Rido Alo as chief guest and guest
of honour respectively.
World AIDS Day observed
NAMSAI, Dec 4: Students, teachers and youths with placards, slogans and banners
took out a rally on AIDS awareness at Namsai town to mark the World AIDS day on
Dec 1. Later the day was observed with various activities at GHSS Namsai.
Speaking on the occasion as resource persons Dr. S.Taipodia, teachers J.Romn,
Sasikuttan Nair highlighted all aspects related to HIV/AIDS. They also briefed on
Presiding over the programme school principal Ch. T. Moungkang asked the students
to be more cautious and advised them to take the message to the poor and illiterate
villagers for awareness.
The principal also distributed prizes to the winners of essay, drawing and slogan
competitions organised on the occasion.
Ambedkar death anniversary
ITANAGAR: The legal cell of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee is going to observe
the 54th death anniversary of Dr B R Amdedkar as part of the year-long celebration
of the 125 years of INC at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here on Dec 6.
All the ministers, parliamentary secretaries, party MLAs, senior Congress leaders,
Congress workers are expected to participate in the programme.
Chess C’ship begins
ITANAGAR: The 2nd State Level Chess Championship began at Youth Hostel Naharlagun
today. Over 192 players from all over the state are participating in the championship.
Local MLA Techi Kaso inaugurated the programme as chief guest while Sports and Youth
Affairs Director DK Dinglow was the guest of honour of the inaugural function. The
championship will conclude on December 10, according to All Arunachal Pradesh Chess
Khandu reiterates tough stand against Wildlife Act violators
Special Tiger Protection Force in the pipeline
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today reiterated
tough stand towards wild life Act violators. He indicated stringent steps for those
found engaged in hunting irrespective of their post and position. He said this while
presiding over the 2nd meeting of the 20th State Board for Wildlife for Arunachal
Pradesh in his office conference room today.
Khandu requested the PCCF to conduct periodical spot inspection so as to ensure that
the field officers discharge their duties sincerely.
Viewing seriously over the degrading wildlife in the state and no comprehensive plans
being chalked out to check that, Khandu asked the senior forest officers to plan
and suggest the government with practical schemes so that the wild life could be
protected from extinction. He suggested for implementation of the wildlife protection
laws in a holistic manner.
While pitching for a missionary zeal for creating awareness through banners, hoardings
and programmes on wild life and forest preservation, Khandu suggested for involving
Panchayat leaders, local villagers, student association and others for the success
of the mission.
While congratulating Tana Tapi, DFO Pakke Wild Life Sanctuary for being awarded with
the prestigious Carl Ziess Award of honour for Tiger Conservation 2009-10, the chief
minister urged other forest officers to follow his steps.
“The Supreme Court Ban on timber operation in the state in year 1996 should be taken
as a challenge and viewed as an opportunity to develop our vast non timber forest
resources like Bamboo, Cane, medicinal plants etc.” Khandu emphatically said. He
called upon the senior forest officers to go to the field, interact with the people
and chalk out some viable plans and strategies to improve the economy and livelihood
of the people.
“Although the department had increased the amount of ex-gratia payment for human
death and injury by wild animals and also against agricultural crop, dwelling house
damage, there should be strict mechanism to attain the genuine claims and reject
the false claims”, Khandu assertively said.
Khandu while disclosing about Government of India approving for raising of one company
of Special Tiger Protection Force to be deployed in Pakke Tiger Reserve, he directed
the department to expedite the process.
He further dwelt upon encouraging research works and promoting high potential eco-tourism
sector to benefit the local communities and enrich state coffer.
Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Forest Kumar Waii stressed for teamwork
to accelerate the forest development works. He placed certain grievances of the department
to the chief minister and urged him to address the same. MLA Laeta Umbrey suggested
conservation measures incorporating tradition, culture and local sentiments. In his
address PCCF briefly deliberated on the basic motive behind the conference. Member
Secretary and Chief Wild Life Warden J L Singh also participated in the conference.
The second meeting of the board took up various new proposals including creation
of conservation areas, appointment of honorary warden one in each district and constitution
of a committee of the board for giving clearance to various projects. PRO to CM
Governor calls on youths to join Army, Govt assures employment opportunities and
State Level Ex-Servicemen Rally
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Addressing the first State Level Ex-Servicemen Rally’ held at Indira
Gandhi Park here today, Governor General (Retd) J J Singh said the state now has
more than four hundred veteran Army personnel and urged the young generation of the
state to come forward and join the Indian Army and feel proud by serving the nation.
He said that the armed forces have successfully achieved all their objectives through
three pillars of Soldiering which are secularism, an apolitical outlook and professionalism.
The retired Army general said ''Ex-Servicemen are very committed, trustworthy, capable
and valuable national resources, owing to their early retirement which is done to
keep the profile of the fighting Army young; hence they have a full second career
ahead of them.''
The Governor said the ex-servicemen can play a vital role in motivating the indigenous
youth to join in this mission of protecting our motherland
On the raising of Ist Battalion of Aruanchal Scouts recently, Gen Singh said, ''A
new chapter has been added which will go a long way in instilling pride in the youth,
in harnessing their energy and capability for protecting their motherland.''
The Governor assured the Ex-servicemen that in coming one or two years, a remarkable
change will be seen in respect of development and welfare of various parts of the
The Governor also presented an LCD TV to the state ex-servicemen association on the
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu assured the veteran personnel for appointing a director
within March next for setting up the proposed Rajya Sainik Board office here for
the benefit of the ex-servicemen.
Responding to the four-point memorandum submitted by the Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association,
regarding re-employment of the veteran Army personnel, he said the state government
already directed the private and PSU firms, who were commissioning 57,000 MW capacity
of hydro-power projects in various parts of the state, to absorb ex-servicemen from
the state in the security related posts.
For construction of Sainik School in the state, he said the state government was
seriously looking after it for construction of school in the already existing land
at Tanga Valley in West Kameng district in the state.
The government will pursue the matter with the North Eastern Council (NEC) for fund
allocation of the proposed school, he informed.
Assuring for construction of a guest house as demanded by the association for the
benefit of its people, he said that the state government will sympathetically look
after on this genuine demand for the welfare of the ex-servicemen, who comes from
all over the state here, for different works.
He congratulated the ex-servicemen for holding this type of Rally first time in the
state. “We all are always proud of you. With valour and dedication, you have done
your in-uniform duty in all frontiers but now you have important role to play in
the society for security and welfare of every individual,” Khandu said. He called
upon the ex-servicemen to be role model and a good example for others. Earlier, in
his welcome address, Chief Secretary Tabom Bam expressed his hope that Ex Servicemen
rally will be annual feature in the coming years. He urged the former personnel to
remain active and take constructive role in community development. Director Relief,
Rehabilitation & Disaster Management TT Gamdik said as icon of patriotism, ex-servicemen
are the role model.
Representing Kendriya Sainik Board, Col Govind Singh, Director, Self Employment
highlighted on the programmes and schemes for the Ex Servicemen. Col Singh gave comprehensive
details on welfare and rehabilitation programme, while throwing lights on monetary
grants, disabled, daughter marriage, higher professional scholars and care for widows,
ex-servicemen children and also of themselves.
Governor and the Chief Secretary presented mementoes and gifts to all the Ex-servicemen
and war widows on the occasion. President of the Ex-Servicemen of Arunachal Pradesh
Subdar Major Lobsang Monpa presented a memento to the Governor on behalf of his associates.
Earlier, president and vice-president of the Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association have
highlighted the difficulties faced by the association for smooth functioning of its
work and submitted a memorandum to the chief minister. UNI/Source
IDEA hands out 3000 mosquito nets
Daporijo, Nov 4: The Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) has conducted
several health awareness programs and distributed 3000 long-lasting insecticide-treated
mosquito nets (LLINs) for free at Tajgi, Pamluk, Yachtap, Repari, Kumporijo, Raga,
Boasimla, Daporijo, Taliha, Siyum of Lower and Upper Subansiri districts from 24
November to December 4th.
Dr. Dagom Bagra DMO Upper Subansiri District and Kipa Raja, BDO of Taliha were the
chief guest respectively. The 20 trained village health workers of IDEA together
with the IDEA team carried out a massive malaria eradication awareness campaign in
the remote villages.
Dr Bagra applauded the noble efforts of IDEA to reach out to the poor people in the
remote villages to provide health care. He also illustrated on the malaria eradication
and control measures.
Kipa Raja thanked IDEA for carrying out a well planned community based rural health
care program by conducting several medical camps, training village health workers
and organising health awareness and free distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated
mosquito nets. While thanking MANOS UNIDAS for their valuable support to all the
programmes, Fr. Ivan Vas SVD Director IDEA said that engaging local communities can
make a significant difference in protecting those most at risk, such as children
and pregnant women. Therefore IDEA has trained village health workers (VHWs) in the
remote villages to provide knowledge, prevention and treatment options.
VHWs who live in the same community and speak the same local language are the most
effective means to inform, engage and empower communities to comprehensively respond
to the various diseases and increase net usage. They will carry out house-hold visits
and undertake a number of key activities to promote a better understanding of the
risks of malaria, providing information on how to effectively prevent the disease
he further said.
Fr. Tomy Edasseriparampil CMF, the Principal of Sacred Heart School mobilized and
coordinated the program in the Upper Subansiri District. He expressed that IDEA malaria
programmes also contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals,
especially reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria
and other diseases.
Sr. Francia SD enlightened the people to shun away from unhealthy practices in order
to control the malaria vector.
The VHWs educated the village communities on their attitude of dumping of refuse,
rearing their herds in the same living rooms and open-drainages around them. They
also demonstrated the usage of LLINs.
Governor & CM greet people on Podi Barbi
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen J J Singh and Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu have extended warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Arunachal Pradesh
on the occasion of Podi Barbi.
The Governor expressed his hope that the festivity will ushers peace, communal harmony
and contentment in the society.
In his festival message, Governor said, I, along with all the residents of Arunachal
Pradesh, join our Ramo, Bokar and Pailibo brethren in welcoming the harvesting season
and also in offering our gratitude and prayers to the Mother Nature for Her blessings.
May the coming year bring prosperity and a bumper harvest, Gen Singh wished.
While praying for bumper harvest, peace and prosperity for the people,the chief
minister in his festival message said such festivals give opportunity to showcase
our rich cultural heritage.
Uff Gandhis, Ohh Vihars and Nagars
Few days ago an old college friend from Bangalore (Bengaluru) called me up after
a long gap. Unfortunately that time I was hurriedly running out of home for some
work and I told him, “Listen, am going to Vivek Vihar area for some work and will
call you back later.” He retorted, “What, are you in Delhi?” I said no and then asked
what made him to assume that am in Delhi. He told, “Actually, place Vivek Vihar sounds
like one of the colonies of Delhi.” Hearing this, I burst into laughter.
State of Arunachal, her government and her citizens seem to be heavily influenced
by mainland Indians. The names of colonies and sectors of twin capital town of Itanagar
and Naharlagun sound so much like that of any of the mainland Indian town or cities.
For example in Itanagar and Naharlagun, we have places like-Niti Vihar, Ganga Market,
Ganga Lake, Gandhi Market, Prem Nagar and many more which resonance like colonies
of an metropolitan cities. I don’t understand why we are naming streets and colonies
with vihars, nagars and so on. This draws our attention towards Arunachalee netajis
fascination with word “Gandhi.”
Last year when prince (or PM in waiting) Rahul Gandhi visited Itanagar, newspapers
of state were flashed with news that, “Rahul Gandhi landed at Raj Bhawan helipad.
Addressed a rally at Indira Gandhi Park and later meet students at Rajiv Gandhi University.”
Reading these news clips, one feels like Rahul Gandhi is visiting his home constituency
Amethi, not the tribal state of Arunachal.
Every Arunachalee is proud of their Indian identity and there is no need to put extra
effort to prove our patriotism. Just naming colleges, bridges and other govt. establishment
with Gandhi’s, Nehru’s do not show our patriotic fervor. It looks like appeasement
policy towards Delhi rulers. To retain our tribal identity it’s important that we
rename the places with its original tribal names.
This write up also reminds me of one funny incident during the time I was working
with The Hindu English daily at New Delhi. When I had joined there like any other
new office, they asked me to open new bank account to draw salary. I had produced
my driving license as identity proof for new account. After one week someone from
account section told me that my form has been rejected on the ground that names differ
in my driving license and in that of form for new account. I was wondering how could
that happen and went bank to cross check. “In driving license my name was written
as Shri Taba Ajum, whereas I usually write my name as Taba Ajum” and this ‘Shri’
word lead to rejection of my form. Words like ‘Shri’, ‘Srimati’ and ‘Kumar’ are also
gift of mainland Indians to us.
With large number of hydropower projects being taken up in various parts of state,
in years to come, tribal identity will get diluted. One should not be surprised if
names like Taba Ajum become Ajum Gandhi or Ajum Kumar. May be, then ‘vihars’ and
‘nagars’ and ‘Gandhi markets’ will make its presence even in remotest villages of
Arunachal. Along with our politicians, even the ordinary citizens of Arunachal also
seem to be happy with this appeasement policy towards Delhi rulers.
(The writer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wildlife Board takes up new proposals for relief assistance
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: The new proposals for payment of ex-gratia relief for crop/dwelling
house and livestock damaged by wild animals have been placed in the 2nd meeting of
the 20th state Board of Wildlife today.
It was informed in the board meeting that a total of 960 applications for ex-gratia
relief have been received by the board. An amount of ` 83.10 lacs is required as
per approved rate for ex-gratia relief for crop/building damage by wild animals/elephants
up to August 2010, while central fund available for relief assistance is only `
30 lacs. Similarly, an amount of ` 17.125 lacs is required for relief assistance
for loss of livestock including Mithuns against the available central fund of ` 2.50
The Board proposed to make financial relief in the line with Assam Govt (with modification
if required) to discourage false claim of loss of livestock or crop damage.
While reviewing the action taken report on the proposals of the previous Board meeting,
the Board also submitted other important proposals for administrative approval which
include wildlife clearance for the widening of national highway from Pinjoli Nallah
to 88 km falling under Sessa /eagle nest wildlife sanctuaries, appointment of honorary
wildlife wardens, incentives to the staff posted in protected areas, entry fees in
wildlife sanctuary and national parks, forest rest houses and security deposits from
researchers, creation of Tale Wildlife Sanctuary Division, creation of independent
office of director biological park and DFO, Itanagar WLS.
Ex-servicemen association demands independent office for Zilla Sainik Board
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association, in a memorandum, has demanded
the Governor to use his good office for construction of independent Zilla Sainik
Boards in districts for proper implementation of various welfare activities meant
for the ex-servicemen.
It said that the zilla sainik board established at Khonsa was not an independent
one and is attached to other department for which works related to ex-servicemen
are always delayed or queued for long time.
In regards to construction of sainik rest houses, the memorandum said that although
three rest houses were approved for construction at Itanagar, Tawang and Khonsa during
10th SMS meeting but same is not yet constructed. Seat reservation in various schools
for the children of ex-servicemen was another long-pending demand of the association.
The memorandum urged the Governor to keep atleast 10 to 15 per cent seat reserved
for children of ex-service for better education in RKM Boys school at Khonsa, RKSM
Girls School at Deomali, JNV Tissa and VKV Niusa Longding.
The association, in it memorandum also urged the Governor for opening a new Sainik
school in Arunachal Pradesh, implementation of re-employment procedure and making
dry ration available for ex-servicemen at Khonsa and Longding.
BJYM organise Save Arunachal rally at Daporijo
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: The Upper Subansiri district Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in collaboration
with the state BJYM has organised the Save Arunachal Rally at Daporijo on Dec
Addressing the rally, state BJYM president Doni Nich criticised the foreign tour
of the ministers and MLAs saying that such tour is not appreciable considering
the state’s poor financial condition. The State Govt is busy in implementation of
mega dam projects in the state only and not interested in other developments, said
West Kameng District BJP president Sumbu Sionju.
Highlighting some local issues, Upper Subansiri BJP president Lompak Paksok appealed
the public to elect good leader for good governance.
State BJYM vice president Tomi Haider highlighting the poor border infrastructure,
appealed both state and Central Govts to give priority on road infrastructure along
the Indo-China border. The Upper Subansiri district is still lagging far behind in
sectors like education, communication and medical, he said and called upon the youths
to take interest in development activities. The BJYM general secretary Ram Tajo and
state BJYM unit secretary Toko Rajesh highlighted the PDS scam. They called for CBI
enquiry into the scam for fair investigation.
Many other issues including Chinese claim over Arunachal, Assam-Arunachal boundary
problems, role of BSNL in telecommunication were raised in the rally by the speakers.