December -  11


Two JNV students’ dead

ITANAGAR, Dec 10: In a shocking incident, two students of Jawahar Navodiya Vidyalay  Mahadevpur, Lohit have been found dead, three kilometers away from their school.

The bodies of the class X students, who had gone missing from Dec 6 were found near Nao-Dihing River yesterday by the Mahadevpur Police.

The Police source says that bodies have been handed over to the family members after the completion of legal formalities.

According to reports, the students had gone out of the hostel campus on Dec 6 which was a holiday. The authorities came to know about the missing students only after 8.30 PM as it took mandatory attendance call of the students.

The school had lodged a missing report with the Police early morning of the next day following which a search operation was launched.

The bodies were located by milkman of the area, who alerted the police yesterday. The sources say that one of the bodies was found in the bank of the river while the other one, in the water.

The boys have been identified as Pipali Choutang of Lathoa and Ajekso Manyu of Medo.

Police says that it is too early to comment regarding the case and investigation is on.


NES demands thorough probe

ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has demanded that the firing incident at IG Park, Itanagar on Oct 11 be thoroughly investigated and expedited and the person responsible for killing of late Heri Tai be booked as per the law.

NES informed that it had met the Chief Minister on December 6, who told the delegation that one-man inquiry committee which was constituted to investigate the incident had recommended the matter to be examined by a special investigation team (SIT) and it has been entrusted to the SIT accordingly.

The CM assured that the state govt. will take all necessary action to expedite the completion of the inquiry at the earliest possible time. If needed, the case will be handed over for investigation through a judicial committee to quicken the process, the Society informed.

The NES also demanded that if Judicial Inquiry is instituted then the whole gamut of the episode of the rally held on October  11 which led to the death of late Heri Tai  should also be thoroughly investigated.

NES and ANSU further reiterated their demand for immediate completion of the inquiry and subsequent arrest of the culprit so that natural justice is given to the victim’s family.


AEKSU asks govt to expedite work

ITANAGAR, Dec 10: All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU) appealed to the state government to expedite its work in building a new-bridge at Bana over Bichom River.

Highlighting the current situation because of exorbitant price rise at Seppa after district administration banned crossing of heavy vehicles over dilapidated Bana Bridge since last month, the union said that government should first create sub-way or diversion road so that heavy loaded vehicles could reach Seppa and alleviate the soaring price rise of essential commodities.  

Earlier, the union called on Commissioner PWD Hage Khoda and briefed him on the current crisis.


Defer bandh call, appeal APCTA, DNGC

Union demands action against bandh sponsors

ITANAGAR, Dec 10:  Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers’ Association (APCTA) appealed to the Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) to defer its proposed Capital bandh on December 12 in view of University and College examinations.

Describing the bandh at a crucial academic period as uncalled for, the APCTA urged NYWA leaders to think for the future of the youths and students of the state.

Dera Natung Government College Students Union has also appealed to Nyishi Youth Welfare Association to call off its 12 hours capital bandh on Monday next, saying that it would hamper ongoing house test of the college.

Meanwhile, irked with frequent bandh call in state capital over the past six months, Arunachal Below Poverty Peoples’ Union (ABPPU) today asked the state government to deal stringently with unrecognized organizations that resort to bandh call for fulfillment of theie vested interest, by deploying adequate paramilitary forces in and around the Capital Complex to instill sense of security among the people.

The union opined that if the current trend would not be rooted out it would hamper the development process of the state.


Apex Bank organizes prog on FLCC

ITANAGAR, Dec 10: A programme on Financial Literacy and Credit Counselling (FLCC) was organized by Apex Bank, Nirjuli yesterday.

The Bank’s Managing Director Tsering Thongdok highlighted the schemes and loans available in the bank for the public and rural development. He also assured the public to provide loans in the sectors of transportation, agriculture, veterinary through Kissan Credit Card, Self Help Group and NGO’s.

The programme chaired by Manager SC Kanpal was attended by general public, business community and Panchayat members of both Nirjuli and Lekhi villages.


ICDC launched

ITANAGAR, Dec 10:  Indian Council for Diabetic Care (ICDC)-- a nationwide door step rural diabetic prevention, control and management programme--was launched for the first time in the state capital today.

Attending the launching ceremony, Dr. R Doye, Eye Specialist, narrated the reality about diabetes and the present status of the disease in India. He made the participants aware of the fact that about 3000 million people of the world would be affected with diabetes by 2025 of which 40 million people would be Indians.  ICDC Regional Director for Arunachal Pradesh Nyamo Doye highlighted the aims and objective of the programme in prevention, control and management of diabetes. He called upon the representatives of various NGOs present on the occasion to get affiliated with ICDC so that it could work in close coordination with them for the welfare of people of the state.


Guv, CM laud Talar

ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Governor (Retd.) J J Singh applauded the achievements of Laa Talar, who won the Boys under 15 National Sub-Junior Badminton Title and Laa Yajum, who won the Bronze medal in girl’s under-13 in the championships at New Delhi.

While lauding shuttler Laa Talar for adding another feather to the cap of Arunachal Pradesh by winning the National Sub Junior Title, Tuki wished success for the ensuing International Badminton Series beginning December 12 next at Singapore.

“Arunachal Pradesh is capable of producing good sport persons and you along with many others have proved it and brought laurels to this Himalayan State in your respective field of sports”, Tuki said. Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) J.J. Singh has expressed happiness at the accomplishments of Laa Talar and Laa Yajum saying that the achievement of the young shuttlers will  inspire the sportspersons of the State to achieve the pinnacle of any sport at the national and international levels.

Singh also lauded Arunachal Badminton Association and State department of Sports and Youth Affairs for their contributions in the achievement of the Badminton players.


Matey inspects working women hostel

ITANAGAR, Dec 10: A joint inspection of the Working Women’s Hostel, Naharlagun was undertaken by Parliamentary Secretary for Social Welfare and WCD Yumsen Matey, AP State Social Welfare Board Chairperson Marina Nido along with Secretary, Social Welfare and Women and Child Development Hage Batt and other officers of Department of Social Welfare and WCD yesterday. After the inspection, the officers of Department of Social Welfare and Women and Child Development assured provision of common kitchen cum dining hall, proper drainage system etc for making the hostel suitable for accommodation.

The hostel would cater to the need of the women of lower income grade working in various state government departments of the capital region.


Org makes fresh demand

ITANAGAR, Dec 10: Reiterating its earlier demand, Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani-Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) today made fresh demand to Tuki led government to hand over NH52(A) road from Banderdewa to Hollongi to experienced working agencies like Border Road Task Force (BRTF) for proper  maintenance.

The Association claimed that citizens of the state are not satisfied with the state PWD’s execution of NH52 (A) of work.  

Earlier, APATCYO had submitted a representation to the state Governor demanding NH52A to hand over to BRTF.  


7 Hepatitis-B cases detected

ITANAGAR: Seven Hepatitis-B cases were detected out of 1200  screened during a free Hepatitis-B Education and Awareness campaign organized by the Oasis group, Guwahati at Government Higher Secondary School, Naharlagun yesterday. The tests were conducted among the students and staff of the school under the supervision of Niranjan Das.

Meanwhile, appreciating the NGO, the Principal of the institution appealed to the NGO to conduct such free health camp in other institutions of the state too.


News Impact

Fire guts 39 houses at Hapoli

CM expresses concern over frequent fire

ZIRO, Dec 10: In yet another fire accident, 39 houses were burnt to ashes at Paraline, Hapoli yesterday night. The fire occurred a day after a boy lost his life and 50 houses were burned down at Daporijo.

Two fire tenders were rushed to the spot immediately after the fire broke out at around 11 pm and it took almost one and half hour to douse the inferno.

The cause of the fire is still not known but investigation was on.

Ziro which witnesses fire accidents almost every year does not have enough fire fighting equipments. In all the cases, it’s been the citizens who have come to help themselves in absence of adequate fire tenders.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki expressed concern over frequent occurrence of fire accidents, especially in Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri districts.

The chief minister directed the district administrations of both the district to immediately take remedial as well as precautionary measures to avoid similar incidents in future. He also directed them to make spot visits to assess the quantum of damage and also to ensure whether there have been any unreported human casualties.

Tuki, who is currently in Kolkata attending a meeting convened by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee with all Chief Ministers and Finance Ministers of Eastern India states, feared that there is an increased chance of such mishaps during winter. He called for extra precautionary measures on part of the administration.

The chief minister also mourned the reported demise of a minor boy in the inferno at Daporijo and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased. He also sought detailed report regarding the causes and damages caused by both the mishaps in Daporijo and Ziro.

Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo, general administration and SP of the district today visited the spot and immediate relief materials were provided to the victims. Each victim was provided a blanket, Rs.2000 and 4 bundles of CGI sheet by Richo and Rs.2000 by Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner. Meanwhile, Apatani Youth Association (AYA) rued the insufficiency of fire tender at Lower Subansiri. “Ziro-Hapoli being a fire prone area need atleast five fire tenders of high capacity along with fire fighters,” AYA president told this daily over telephone.

Currently, there are only two fire tenders one each at Ziro and Hapoli, the AYA president informed.

The affected people are currently taking shelter at their relatives’ houses.

AYA appealed to various NGOs and people of the district to extend helping hands to the victims.


One dead, several injured in picnic accident

MIAO Dec 10: One student has died and several injured when a vehicle carrying them lost control resulting in a tragedy after a school picnic today.

A nine-year-old student of Class III identified as Amit Upadhyay, a resident of Vijaynagar, succumbed to injuries few minutes after reaching Miao Community Health Centre.

The students were from Government Primary School of Jorong under Kharsang Administrative Circle in Miao Sub-Division.

At least 11 other students, mostly girls, were injured, all between 7-14 years of age.  

Dr. S.Bhattacharjee informed that all the injured have been properly examined and all were out of danger. The needed medications were provided to the injured and they were later released after the arrival of their parents from Jorong, 25 kms from Miao.

According to reports reaching here, the incident occurred just 400 meters from the picnic spot, when the speeding jeep (No. AS 23 AC-455) carrying around 30 students lost control in the sandy road while trying to overtake a vehicle. The driver Manoj Das, who also sustained minor injuries, surrendered before Miao PS. According to police, the driver had consumed liquor during the picnic.

Singpho Development Society; Federation of Singpho Youths and Miao Mothers Association have urged the state government to provide the needed relief to the family of the deceased and those injured.

46 persons comprising students; teachers and parents had gone for the picnic at Miao Ferry Ghat, Noa-Dehing River and the accident occured when they were returning to their school.


Tuki stresses on micro-credit for farmers

Kolkata, Dec 10: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today urged the Union Finance Ministry to stress upon the banking institutions to initiate steps to expand and strengthen the SHG bank linked system in Arunachal Pradesh while underlining the importance of micro credit as more than 80% of farming communities are marginal farmers with little access to credit.

Speaking during the meeting convened by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for Chief Ministers of East Zone states here today, Tuki urged that SHGs engaged in the farming and non-farming micro level enterprises should be increased to reach 1 lakh by 2015 and 2 lakh by 2020. To achieve this target, he said credit needs to be provided on easy terms and conditions and low interest rates to the needy people. While informing that performance of PSBs in housing sector is Rs. 33.2 crore in 2009-10 and Rs. 53.8 crore which is about 62% growth over the previous year, Tuki, however, expressed concern over the position of Private Sector banks, which he said is dismal at only 6.67% growth.

Welcoming the Government of India’s Package for doubling the flow of  credit to agriculture and allied activities announced in June, 2004, the Chief Minister said in this regard the agriculture credit flow in Arunachal has improved from Rs. 2966 lakh in 2008-09 to 7541 lakh in 2010-11.  As per the Agricultural census 2001, there are 1,06,783 land holdings in the State. As against this, 16,146 Kisan Credit Cards (KCC) amounting to Rs. 36.04 crore have been sanctioned as on 30th June, 2011  by the various banks in the State. This accounts for 15.12% leaving a gap of 90,637 land holdings.

Tuki, meanwhile, appealed flexibility in banking norms for facilitating education loans to students of the state. He said every year many meritorious students from poor economic background are not able to pursue higher studies especially in technical fields due to lack of funds.

“Both PSBs and Private Sector Banks are not encouraging adequately the students in this regard due to procedural difficulties. I request you to kindly impress upon the bankers to be more flexible in extending loans under Education Loans Scheme,” he appealed while also calling for flexibility in extending loans to weaker sections and minority communities of the state.

Another concern Tuki highlighted was the state’s Credit-Deposit (CD) ratio, which has declined from 26.27% (March, 2007) to 22.08% in March, 2011, well below the all India CD ratio of 75.5%. He called for all out efforts by banks to improve the CD ratio by resorting to fresh lending in agriculture and other priority sectors. Citing negligible presence of industries in the state, he informed that under the New Industrial Policy provision has been made to provide concessions to attract entrepreneurs. In this regard, he said the State will require liberal funding including credit from financial institutions at a concessional rate of interest and for this, GOI may issue suitable guideline to the banks.

Tuki also welcomed the Business Correspondent and other models with appropriate technology backup to be implemented by banks. There are only 124 branches of different banks in urban and rural areas in the State with inadequate staff strength. There are 99 Blocks in Arunachal Pradesh.  RBI has identified 34 unbanked blocks in the State and of this, 10 unbanked blocks have been allocated to SBI and AP Rural Banks. Now, remaining 31 nos ( 24 unbanked blocks as per RBI + 7 additional blocks) of unbanked blocks which need to be covered in a phased manner. In pursuance of the decision taken in the SLBC meeting held on 29th June, 2011, the notification for opening the bank branches in another 6 unbanked blocks was issued by the State Govt. and communicated to RBI for calling bids. However, the proposed coverage by using the Business Correspondent and other models is yet to be decided in the case of Arunachal Pradesh.

As regards to the MGNREGA payments and State Govt subsidy through banking system, Tuki said in case of 32 Government schemes in operation being funded by Government of India and under which subsidies are to be given directly to the beneficiaries, the State Government is examining the matter for electronic benefit transfer to the beneficiaries’ bank account. However, as there are 31 unbanked blocks, poor telecommunication network and inadequate facilities of post offices, the State Government is facing problem to implement/operationalize the schemes by Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT).

To ease recovery of dues the Chief Minister suggested that while sanctioning the loan, the banker should make it very clear that the loans are required to be repaid in time and should not be confused with other subsidy schemes.

“So there is a need to have awareness amongst the borrowers through the officials by dissemination of information. The State Government is willing to extend support and help the banks in recovery drives,” he assured.

On the likelihood of power developers to approach banks for loans in implementing hydro projects in the state, Tuki said the government is processing all these projects in a single window clearance. However, the statutory clearances like forest clearance, environment clearances are being given by the Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt of India, where some delays do take place. The state government is pursuing with the Center from time to time to devise systems to give timely clearances, he added.

Delving upon a very distinct feature of loans, Tuki said the unique customary land tenure system in the North Eastern Hilly States requires special dispensation for land based collateral for extending credit by the banks to the people.

“I would, therefore, like to reiterate that collaterals should not be required for banks extending agricultural loans up to Rs. 50,000. Land Possession Certificate (LPC) may be taken by banks where available for establishing proof of right to cultivation of the land. Where LPC is not available, a letter of comfort or certificate from the group/local tribal bodies/farmers clubs/Village Development Board Statement (VDBS) regarding the borrower’s inalienable right to cultivate land may be taken.

“For loans above Rs. 50,000 and up to Rs. 5 lakh, where borrower has an established track record and projected cash flows are sufficient, banks should not insist on land collateral if there is an inalienable right on such land. For Agriculture loan above Rs.5 lakh, where land is not available as collateral, the banks, financial institutions should consider providing credit enhancement through partial risk sharing instruments or conditional guarantees. It is requested that the RBI and banking institutions issue suitable guidelines to the banks institutions considering the peculiar situation of NE States in this regard,” he suggested.

Tuki also pointed out that due to shortage of currency chests in the state, the government is not able to  make its sanctions Sub-Treasuries functional. The matter has been taken up with RBI to provide currency chests to the concerned bank branches of SBI. He further stressed the need to have a Foreign Currency Exchange Facility at-least at Itanagar which is the State Capital.

In order to cope up with the unemployment problem, Tuki said there is a need to set up training centre and job recruitment centre at Itanagar to give job opportunity to local youths.

“A special recruitment drive may be organized to fill up the group C and D posts reserved for ST candidates in the banking sectors. The State Government is willing to provide all support on the  above initiative,” he suggested.

The meeting was also attended by Chief Ministers of East Zone states, senior officials of Central and State Governments, Deputy Governor of RBI, Chairman of NABARD and CMDs of different banks.


EPS cleans RKMH surroundings

ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The Environmental Protection Society (EPS) of Arunachal Pradesh today organized a much needed cleanliness drive in the compound of RK Mission Hospital (RKMH).

A  JCB was pressed into service to clear the area. The entrance gate and nearby surroundings were also cleaned.

IGP SBK Singh, Susi Singh, visiting professor of Lanchaisare University UK and DIG Robin Hibu also visited the spot and appreciated the efforts of the EPS for carrying out such programmes for benefit of the society. The programme was also attended by Michiko Wakita, from Japan, who is also a member of  the advisory board  of EPS. Meanwhile, the EPS has thanked everyone for coming out to support them in their noble deeds.


AAPSU blames administrative failures in tackling fire accidents

ITANAGAR, Dec 10: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has sympathized with people of Ziro and Daporijo where fire incident  caused massive loss of properties and loss of one valuable life. In a release AAPSU expressed shock over administrative failure to tackle such fire incidents.

“Daporijo and Ziro are quite vulnerable to fire incidents during winter season. Local administration knows it very well but as report in both cases they seem unprepared for it,” stated AAPSU President Takam Tatung.

Further he added: “It is time government revamp the fire service department. There is urgent need to address issues like shortage of fire tender and manpower. We also appeal state government to identify places across the state which is vulnerable to fire incidents so that precautionary measures can be taken.”

AAPSU while condoling the death of one young boy in the Daporijo fire incident has urged government to provide proper compensation to fire victims of both Daporijo and Ziro. Meanwhile AAPSU has condoled the death of two class X students of Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya Mahadevpur, who were found dead yesterday under mysterious circumstance after they went missing recently. AAPSU has called for proper investigation into the case so that cause of death is ascertained as soon as possible.


Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus unit at RKMH opens

ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus units were inaugurated at the Ramakrishna Mission Hospital by Dr. K Nishing, Director of Health Services here today.

The unit set up in collaboration with funding from the ORBIS International is the first of its kind in Arunachal Pradesh and second in the North East.

In his speech, Dr. Nishing appreciated the contribution of the hospital in state’s health care sector, especially in the field of ophthalmology. He hoped the unit will take eye care a step forward. He looked forward to more such developments in the years to come.

Dr. Lobsang Tsetim briefed the role of Ramakrishna Mission Hospital in the eradication of blindness in the state.

Dr. R Doye, eye specialist lauded the efforts of the Hospital in the field of ophthalmology and assured full support to the hospital in the time of need.


Unsung heroes of Anglo-Adi wars commemorated

Prafulla Kaman

DENKI (KEBANG), Dec 10: The two-day centenary celebration of Poju Mimak-- the 4th and last Anglo-Abor War -- ended at Dengki of Kebang-Pogleg village, 75 km from Pasighat today.

The centenary celebration was organized under the aegis of Paator Gumin Heritage Preservation and Research Foundation providing a perfect platform to commemorate the unsung ‘Adi Heros’. The Adi people of Siang belt paid tribute to the unsung ‘Adi Heros’, who had sacrificed their lives in fighting against the Britishers in various Anglo- Adi Wars lasted from 1858 to 1911.

The Kebang village had spearheaded the resistance of Adis against British penetration into Adi land in the Siang Valley from year 1858 to 1911. The Anglo-Adi War was manifested into four wars namely, Bitbor Mimak (1858), Bongal Mimak (1859), Nijom Mimak (1894) and Poju Mimak(1911), during freedom struggle of India.

Kebang village came into existence in the middle of the 18th century and was established by Karging-Mennyang (Komsing-Riu). It was not chiefly responsible for Williamson’s murder, but its reputation for truculence and fighting power, appears to dominate the whole of the Minyong tribe. Now, the villagers of Kebang villages fragmented into three tiny parts namely- Kebang-Radha, Kebang –Sole, Kebang (Poglek).

The great Poju Mimak (war) between the Abor Expeditionary force led by British Major-General H. Bower and the gallant fighters of Adis led by Kebang village virtually came to an end with the burning down of Kebang village on December-9, 1911.

Dengki of Kebang (Poglek) village, located at 75 kilometer west of Pasighat is amid hilly terrain with lush green vegetation and orchards at right bank of mighty Siang river.  It was earlier at the confluence of Yembung and Siang Rivers, where the Britisher had established their permanent headquarters of the Abor Expeditionary Force on December-10, 1911, after burning down of Kebang village.

The last Anglo-Adi war took place after Noel Williamson and his soldiers were murdered at Komsing on March 31,1911 by the Adi warriors led by Matmur Jamoh.

Member of Parliament for East-Arunachal HPC Nining Ering attended the concluding programme today. He visited the some historical place across Siang river.

The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, who attended the inaugural day programme on December 9, visited Goying Liidung, a huge monolith stone at Radha, place where the first Anglo-Abor war took place in 1858. It is said that on 26th March 1858, the stone was fired at by British forces led by Captain Lowther thinking that Adi warriors of Kebang village were hiding behind the stone.


Namphai Circle Hq to see light of the day

MIAO, Dec 10: A high level meeting was convened at Miao Circuit House on December 8 to endorse and finalize the area for creation of Namphai circle Hq.

Miao sub-division has three administrative circles out of which Miao is the largest with 20, 064 plus population consisting 26 local villages; 14 Chakma blocks; 5 camps under Chophelling settlement; 1 Lama Village (Bhutia) at Deban.

The proposed Namphai circle Hq was supposed to consist of all villages under Namphai-I & II but public leaders of 12 villages under Namphai-II rejected the proposal for inclusion of their villages in the new setup and expressed their desire to continue under Miao circle. With their rejection to merge, Namphai circle will now consist of only 7 local villages namely Old Champoo; New Khimyung; Old Plone; Neirong; Neotan; New Plone and Namphainong and 5 blocks under Dharmapur.

The creation of the circle was one of the election manifestos of the Minister Geology and Mining Kamlung Mossang.

During the meeting, the local leaders expressed the hope that Mossang will accelerate the pace of creating the needed offices with adequate infrastructure so that Namphai can match the standard of other administrative centres.

The leaders who spoke during the meeting included ZPC Junpo Jugli, CO Kharsang Apollo Lungphi; DCC(I) President Sethai Sena; BCC(I) President Santum Ronrang; K.K Muklom; P.K Kimsing; Noklim Latem; Asamto Tikhak; Baimin Mungray; Womwoh Mungray; R.K Ronrang and Chelan Mossang.

The ASC Jawkhong Singpho is likely to meet the leaders of Namphai-I shortly to finalize donation of land for the cause.


Rural sports meet under PYKKA begins at Lohit

ITANAGAR, Dec 10: The three days district level rural sports competition under Panchyat Yuva Krida Khel Abhiyaan(PYKKA)  began at Tezu Jubilee Ground today.

Players from various parts of the district, including Tezu, Namsai, Lekang, Upper Lekang, Wakro, Chowkham, Sunpura and Ningroo are taking part in the competition.

N. Malo, member secretary, PYKKA, highlighted the Centre’s ambitious programme PYKKA which aims to expose the hidden  rural sports talents.

G.K Paul Chaudhury, EAC urged the participants to maintain discipline while taking part in the competition.

The inaugural function was attended by Lohit deputy commissioner R.K. Sharma, HoDs, Anchal Chairperson Lekang, Panchyat leaders and public leaders.

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