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Weak bridge: Authority urged to repair

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Police Colony Women Welfare Association and Economics and Statiscal Colony Women Welfare Association, Itanagar drew the attention of the authorities concerned towards the poor condition of the foot bridge connecting the two colonies.

Both the associations claimed that the weak bridge was in need of urgent repair. They feared that the bridge might collapse anytime causing fatal accidents if not repaired immediately.


Kisan Mela concludes

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: The two days Fish Festival cum Kisan Mela organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Papum Pare concluded at Balijan today.

Altogether, 600 farmers from 240 Self Help Groups and Farmers’ Club of different circles of Papum Pare district took part in the Mela in which they exhibited and sold their agri-allied products by putting stalls. Various departments of Agri-allied sectors also displayed and demonstrated their technologies and services for the benefit of the participating farmers.

The bankers interacted with the farmers on various agri loan provision available with them. Knowledge sharing sessions between farmers were also organised beside painting competition on ‘Conservation of Natural Resources’ among students. Attending the concluding day function, Parliamentary Secretary of Planning Nabam Rebia appreciated the KVK, for the initiative which brought the all the departments and the farmers of the district to a single platform enabling them to share knowledge. He advocated for organizing such programme in the state capital during harvesting season every year.

Awards were also given to the best farmers in different agri-allied sectors and the best painter of the painting competition.

Papum Pare deputy commissioner Pige Ligu also present on the occasion.

Dr. Taba. Heli, Programme Coordinator expressed gratitude to NABARD, Itanagar, Agriculture Departments (ATMA programme) and Fishery Department for sponsoring the programme.

Earlier, the programme was inaugurated by Minister of Agriculture, Horticulture & Animal Husbandry  Minister Setong Sena who emphasized the need for streamlining the agriculture sector.


Follow RR, demands UAEA

ITANAGAR, Dec 17:   In a representation to the Chief Minister today, the  Unemployed Arunachal Engineers’ Association (U.A.E.A) urged the government to strictly adhere to the Supreme Court prescribed recruitment rules (RR)  and vacancies should be notified in recruitment notification.

The representation demanded for creating engineer posts in various departments, namely Tourism, Education, Transport, Industry &Textile and Information & Technology Departments so that unemployed engineers could get absorbed.  Opposing deputation system and illegal promotion against direct recruitment quota, the union demanded the CM to stop such practice immediately in the greater interest of the unemployed engineers.

It also alleged illegal appointments of JEs on contractual basis against the posts that were fallen vacant after deputation of employees. While demanding to stop further extension of service period of those appointed on contract basis, the union called for floating advertisement against those posts for open interview.


Student dies; principal arrested  

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Aryan Zongluju, a class one standard student  of Pine Dale Public School of Bomdila in West Kameng district, died on December 15 last. The child complained of feeling unwell before he died, police said.

A case has been registered against the school authority with Bomdila police station by the relatives of the late student.

Meanwhile, the Principal of the school has been arrested by police following the complaint lodged by the relatives, Bomdila police said.

Meanwhile, All West Kameng Students’ Union (AWKSU) in a representation to district administration, demanded the authority to seal the school, cancel its registration and also demanded immediate arrest of the school proprietor and hostel warden.

Expressing its solidarity to AWKSU’s demand, All Hrusso (Aka) Students’ Union condemned the incident and said that school authority should be held responsible for the student’s death.


Pre-Christmas celebrated

ITANAGAR, Dec 17:  The Divine Word Touch Ministries (DWTM) celebrated pre-Christmas in a colorful manner at Loby today which was attended by believers from various churches.

DWTM, Director Jumi Dora and CRC Loby panchali, Pastor Nabum Manga attended the function as speakers.


AAPGDLU, Lohit unit conducts Awareness camp

ITANAGAR, Dec 17:    The All Arunachal Pradesh Government Department Labour Union (AAPGDLU) Lohit istrict unit in collaboration with Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), Tezu conducted a one day awareness camp for the construction labourers of the PGCIL and other unorganized daily wage labours at Khoraliang village,Tezu recently.

During the camp, the organizers highlighted the various benefits provided under labour welfare schemes of the company and the Arunachal Pradesh Construction Workers Welfare Board for the labourers.

Meanwhile, the senior engineer of PGCIL assured the AAPGDLU team headed by Kejen Tayang to extend all possible help for the welfare of labourers.

The meeting was attended by the Er. Dimbeswar Pegu and Er. Tamo Tasung.


‘Conduct police recruitment rally’

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Tirap Changlang Lohit Students’ Union appealed to the State Government to conduct the proposed police recruitment rally for Tirap and Changlang district at the earliest.

While expressing concern over the rising crime and militant activities in Tai-Kamti Singpho belt of Lohit district the union appealed to the government to look into the matter seriously. It also demanded a proper enquiry into the JNV Mahadevpur incident.


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Tuki salutes VKV family

Inter-VKV Science Exhibition

ITANAGAR, Dec 17:  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today expressed gratitude to the family of Vivekananda Kendra for molding and shaping the future of Arunachal Pradesh without expecting any materialistic comfort and profit.

“The excellent academic results year after year exemplify the dedication, devotion and sincerity of its teachers and officials. I salute them for molding and shaping the future of Arunachal Pradesh and India in the best possible way through the noble profession of teaching,” Tuki said while inaugurating the three-day Mahabhaskara Shastra Vigyan Pradarshani or the Inter-VKV Science Exhibition here at the premises of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Chimpu this morning.  

Vivekananda Kendra, a non-profit organization, formed with inspiration from the patriotic saint of mother India, Swami Vivekananda, has held aloft the vision of ‘Man-Making and Nation-Building’ in imparting education, Tuki asserted and hailed its volunteers for their relentless service with dedication despite numerous hardships.

About 315 students are participating in the exhibition from 52 VKVs, including those from Assam and Nagaland.

Tuki advised the young scientists that while severe brainstorming and spirit of competition would take center-stage in these three days, they should make most of the time and foster long lasting friendships and bring the neighbor states closer together.

Hailing the 34 VKVs in the state, he called upon the teachers and officials of the organization to continue with their good work, as he felt that the job was still half-done. Assuring the support of his Government in all possible ways and means, he said his doors are open for the Kendra family.

“Please feel free to step in with not only your problems but also suggestions so that I can contribute my bit as Chief Minister as well as a senior citizen of the state,” Tuki offered.  “Here I would like to remind my young friends of the historic decision of the Government of India to implement the Right To Education Act on August 29, 2009. You and your younger brothers and sisters are lucky to have this Act in your time. Our generation hasn’t been so lucky,” he said and urged the students to avail the benefits of the Act to secure their future.

While expressing concern over the quality of education imparted in schools of the state, he also raised the issue of lack of safety measures in schools and institutions. Citing unfortunate tragedies in the form of fire mishaps, traffic accidents, etc he appealed authorities of all schools across the state to give special attention to safety measures.

“I stress on this particularly in this season of picnics and parties. If our young friends are safe, our future is safe,” the Chief Minister pointed.

Likewise, he also emphasized on creating awareness amongst the students on road safety measures, first-aid knowledge, disaster preparedness, drug addiction and HIV/AIDS. He suggested regular health checks, camps and mock-drills and other activities to train and prepare the young people to meet any eventuality.

Later, the Chief Minister made a round of the exhibition put up by the students as well as few government departments.

Also present on the occasion were MLA Tapuk Taku, Dr Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Director of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering Pune, Nivedita Raghunath Bhide, All India Vice President of the Kendra, Dr Joram Begi, Prant Pramukh, Radha Didi, Pramukh and Dr Tejum Padu, Trustee VKVAPT.


Anybody found misusing Govt fund won’t be spared’

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: Parliamentary Secretary Planning and Development Nabam Rebia today categorically said that anybody found misusing Govt fund will not be spared. Rebia was addressing a development meeting at Lichi village organised by Panchayat leaders and grassroots level party workers of Lichi-Cher Panchayat.

Citing the examples of Sukh Ram and A Raja, the two former telecom ministers who are languishing in Tihar Jail for their alleged involvement in the multi crore Telecom scams, Rebia  cautioned the fellow politicians, top bureaucrats, contractors of the state to take a lesson from them.

While stressing on quality work, Rebia called for proper and judicious utilization of limited Government fund Rebia, also local MLA, announced that construction of Kimin - Gumto Road and a bridge over Ranganadi river connecting Upper Jumi village would be his top priority agenda. Hr assured the gathering that works and tender process would start very soon for the above works.

He also dwelt in length the importance of forest and wildlife in our lives and rued that despite complete ban order people of all categories, right from govt officers to GBs are still indulging in illegal hunting and fishing activities. He directed the DC to issue a fresh ban order in the district in this regard and take sternest action against the offenders. He exhorted the panchayat leaders and GBs to take proactive role in this regard.

Responding to a  memorandum submitted by Nabam Nido, ASM on behalf of Lichi Cher Panchayat for creation of girls residential school at Lichi, construction of community hall at Lichi, anti erosion structures at Lichi, Upper Sher and Lower Sher, construction of mini stadium at general ground Hawa Camp, Rebia assured to look into the demands in the next financial year and instructed the concern works Department to work out the details and place the same in AOP 2012.

He also announced to provide Rs.5 lakh for the construction of Porter track from Uchi to Bumchi-Bumte village and another Rs.5 lakh for the renovation of football ground at VKV Lower Sher.

On their part the villagers apprised the visiting dignitaries especially the district administration about problems faced by downstream people due to 100 % diversion of Ranganadi river water to Pare river and informed them that the 2nd phase of rigorous agitation would be launched soon against NEEPCO, if it does not release 50% dam water to downstream to restore the ecological balance lost due to diversion of water. They urged their MLA to discuss the matter with Chief Minister for immediate solutions.

Papum Pare deputy commissioner Pige Ligu, who was also present in the meeting , after hearing the plight of RHEP downstream affected people, expressed shock at the alleged apathy shown by NEEPCO Ltd towards the affected people and assured them that he would take up the matter with head of the project within a week. He also suggested the HoDs of agri, horti and animal husbandary sectors to reach out to the farmers of Lichi Cher panchayat considering the suitability of climate for the above activities in the area as well as hardworking nature of the native people.

Later, the MLA along with his team of officers visited water treatment plant site at Kimin and inspected the under construction EAC’s office building funded under SPA, multipurporse complex, internal roads of Kimin township, 33KV sub-station and other ongoing schemes in and around Kimin township. The team also visited Durpa-Lora PM5GY road and expressed satisfaction at the rapid progress of the road at worksite.

The team also took stock of the situation in Assam- Arunachal border area of Kimin.

Rebia was accompanied by Nabam Gungte, SP Papum Pare, EEs of  PHED, WRD, Power, PWD, DSO (supply) DVO,DFO of Papum Pare,  Kabak Takam, ZPM, Bamang Yayu, ZPM Kimin, Hayeng Mangfi , Spokesperson PCC(I)  and Nabam Rana, president DCC(I)  Papum Pare among others.


Tai-Khampti Singpho Museum awaits caretaker

Pisi Zauing

CHONGKHAM, Dec 17: The only Tai-Khampti Singpho Museum-cum-Research Centre located in the premise of Arunachal Pali Vidyapith; Chongkham in Lohit district merely houses few antiques, relics and artifacts of the region. Though it was constructed and inaugurated with much assurances and promises, it has no requisite staff to look after.

The solitary caretaker is the Secretary of Arunachal Pali Vidyapith. When enquired, the Secretary informed that Curators are hired from time to time for the upkeep of the historical materials on display. He however informed that proposal for appointment of a permanent Curator/Caretaker has been sent to the Government and is awaiting acknowledgement.

The elites of Khampti-Singpho societies have urged the elected leaders of Lohit district to exercise concern for the only Museum-cum-Research Centre and appoint needed man-power for the cause.


Join hands in development process: Thongdok

BOMDILA, Dec 17: Principal Advisor to Chief Minister cum Parliamentary Secretary (PWD) TN Thongdok, who is currently on a whirlwind tour of his constituency, called upon the people of  Domkho- Morshing  area to come forward and join hands in the process of development irrespective of political affiliations.

It is my bonded responsibility to keep alive the visions of the Chief Minister and work for the overall development of the state and my constituency, said Thongdok. Proper planning, commitment and studious work need to be the mantra of the day, he observed.

State government under the leadership of Nabam Tuki is people oriented and would strive for the welfare of the people and development of the society, asserted Thongdok.

Calling on the head of departments and other departmental officers, Thongdok stressed on the need for reaching out to the people and to accord utmost importance for development at the grassroots level as the 70% of the people live in rural areas.

Replying to the customary memorandum usually submitted to the honourables’ on such occasion, Thongdok assured to fulfill most of the demands and proposals within this financial year and to take up the rest in the next financial year on priority basis. Earlier in the morning, Thongdok made a thorough inspection of the various additional classrooms being constructed at Domkho, Morshing and Sanglem under Multi Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP) being constructed for Rs 6 lakh per unit. True to his reputation and in order to send out the message loud and clear, Thongdok was seen using hammer and boulders to ascertain the amount and quality of building materials being used for the construction of the various classrooms in the three villages he visited. He also inspected the RCC foot bridge constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 5 lakh for which the Parliamentary Secretary was all praise for. “This is what I want from my departmental officers and the contractors,” he said. If committed for the welfare and development of one’s area, such examples need to be set, he added.

Earlier, he visited the local Gonpa for which an amount of Rs 10 lakh is being assisted by the state government.

Interactive meetings of the district HODs with public at regular intervals would go a long way in the development of the area, said Thongdok chairing the meeting. Officers reaching out to the people sends the right message and proves to be more effective, he added.

Replying to the various demands placed for the development of the constituency, Thongdok prioritizing the necessities, assured placement of fund within this financial year and to take up the rest in the next financial year.

On the vexed boundary issue with Assam, he said that talks are on with the Assam govt but the need of the hour is to maintain cordial relationship with the neighbors on the other side.

Among others, Project Director DRDA, EE (PWD) Kalaktang, DAO, DHO, DDSE, ADTH, EE (PHED), EE (WRD), PRI members and Sonam Tsering; a promising youth leader of the district spoke on the occasion.

Earlier in the morning yesterday, T.N Thongdok visited the new under construction ADC office and residential buildings which is being constructed at an estimated cost of 3.40 crores. He urged PWD and the concerned contractors to expedite the work which had been held up for few months as result of the political turmoil.

Later, he visited the site for the proposed Steel Girder Bridge to be constructed for Rs 1.93 crore which would connect Chingi on the other side of the valley. The WRD was asked to construct a flood protection wall to control the soil erosion and flash flood which might affect the abutment of the bridge. An amount of Rs 15 lakh was sanctioned for the purpose.

Later, he visited the flood control works at the Kalaktang nallah, the Govt Primary School Nargomri and the Govt Higher Secondary school Kalaktang, where he inspected the newly constructed Boys hostel constructed under SPA for Rs 1.09 crore. DIPRO


Consultative meet resolves to regulate indiscriminate slaughtering of Mithun

ITANAGAR, Dec 17: In a bid to conserve Mithun (bos frontalis), the consultative meeting convened by Nyishi Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society (NIFCS) at Nyokum auditorium, Doimukh today adopted several resolutions to conserve the all important animal of this tribal state.

Among others, the meeting decided to regulate the indiscriminate slaughtering of the animal during socio-cultural functions, declare community conservation reserve at village level to protect their habitat and extensive breeding programme in both in-situ & ex-situ condition. However, sacrifice of the animal in religious function would be exempted from such regulation. Further, a resolution regarding uniform price regime in all Nyishi belt was also adopted.

The meeting further resolved to prepare some  possible measures/roadmap such as sustainable utilization to conserve the animal.

Attending the meeting, former NIFCS president Chuku Loma emphasized on conservation of mithun through habitat protection and declaration of Community Conservation Reserve.

Dr. Taba Heli, Sebbe (Mithun) Scientist from Directorate of Veterinary, presented an overall statistical scenario of the animal in Arunachal Himalaya. He informed that Sebbe would soon be rated under endangered category. According to Dr. Heli, the three main reasons responsible for dwindling population of the animal were attack by wild beast, indiscriminate slaughtering during socio-religious ceremony and epidemic. He suggested for community awareness campaign at grassroots level and protection of Sebbe habitat by declaring Sebbe sanctuary.  

Nabam Epo, president of All Arunachal Head Gao Bura Association emphasized on protection of the animal by regulating the indiscriminate slaughtering, current exorbitant price regime, controlling epidemic in the animal and protecting it from predators such as tiger, leopard and wolf etc.  He suggested for strict legal mechanism at panchayat level. Legal mechanism in the form of community customary law in the community should be codified and legalized at state legislative assembly so that effective conservation and sustainable utilization is ensured in future at community level, he said.

Dr. Tana Showren, Director Research Council, Central Nyedar Namlo and Dy. Registrar of RGU, Dasher Tessi, the Dy. Director of IPR also gave valuable suggestions regarding mithun conservation.

NIFCS president Taba Hare, who presided over the meeting, urged all Nyishi organizations including NES, ANSU, CNN and relevant government department to take up the issues of mithun conservation and establishment of heritage museum at government level.

Dr. Hui Tag, secretary general and Dr. Nabam Nakha Hina, vice president, NIFCS threw glimpse of the two crucial topics of mithun conservation and establishments of the Nyishi Arts and Cultural Heritage Museum before the participants through powerpoint presentation

The meeting further resolved that the Nyishi Arts and Cultural Heritage Museum would be established at CNN Hq. Rono, Doimukh which would showcase the traditional antics and relics, arts and craft of Nyishis of yester-years. The heritage museum would also act as resource centre for education and research works not only for the Nyishis but also for the visitors from abroad, the resolution said.

The meeting was attended among others by representative of NIFCS, ANSU, NES, Capital Complex Priest Association, president of All Arunachal Gao Bura Association, executive body members of Central Nyedar Namlo, Sebbe (Bos frontalis) expert and representative of Directorate of State Veterinary Department, Nirjuli, DFO Sericulture division, SFRI, Itanagar, representative from Directorate of IPR, academicians and think tank from Rajiv Gandhi University.


Ruksin Sr. Sec. School in dire need of teachers, infrastructure

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Dec 17: Ruksin Senior Secondary School formerly known as Govt Secondary School, a premier institution of learning located at Assam-Arunachal border here, is in a pathetic condition due to authority’s apathy. Established in 1966, the premier institution of secondary education has been running without proper infrastructure and other requirements for the last four decades. Now the school is in dire need of teachers, science laboratory and other equipments to impart quality education.

The school was upgraded to higher secondary level with Arts and Science streams in June, 2009. The dignitaries present on the occasion, including the elected representative and departmental officials had promised to provide the necessary infrastructure. But the school is still running without having basic infrastructure and other facilities. Not a single teacher against science stream has been appointed so far.

The principal of the school, Obing Yomso informed that due to shortage of senior teacher in the senior sections, the junior teachers have been engaged for conducting senior secondary classes in Arts stream. Two teachers have been appointed for Arts stream under attachment. No student is enrolled in Science stream for the last three sessions for want of teachers, the principal said.

Yomso  said that he had requested the local leaders to take up problems of the school with the Education Minister in stead of blaming the authority’s failure. He said that the state government cannot be blamed for teachers’ appointment as the recruitment process was facing a bureaucratic roadblock and was hanging in Gauhati High Court.

Education Minister Bosiram Siram during his recent visit to the school (after re-induction as education minister in Nabam Tuki-led government) was pleaded for early solution of the long-standing problems, including appointment of senior teachers, sanction for Science Laboratory and hostel building for students’ both boys and girls besides providing other facilities, but in vain.

Located at the state border here, Ruksin Sr Secondary School has a strategic importance. Besides Arunachal, a large number of students from Jonai of Assam also come to this school every year for pursuing education. But the sorry state of the school is creating problems not only to the students in pursuing their academic studies but also teachers in imparting quality eduction.

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