ITANAGAR, Dec 27: The week-long training for Judokas of Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy
(SLSA) conducted by a Japanese coach concluded at SLSA indoor stadium, Chimpu, near
Hedeke Yamaguchi, the Japanese coach along with Yum Pangu, coach SLSA and Dari Lokam,
senior Judo player of the state, imparted latest techniques to the budding Judokas
The Japanese coach from Tokyo, highly appreciated the talents of Arunachalee players
and declared that they will win medals at international level, if properly groomed
from now onwards.
Renovation of school under Op Samaritan
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: On completion of renovation of Government Secondary School Manmao
in Changlang district by 4th Manipur Battalion, the Assam Rifles under MCA projects
(Op Samaritan), the school building was handed over to the school authorities on
December 26 during a simple function.
The project included provision of wire mesh fencing around the school compound, renovation
of the girls hostel, school building and toilet block at the boys hostel.
The ceremony was attended by Capt C R Chaudhary, OC Manmao Company, Wathai Mossang
Circle Office Manmao, Remnok Ronrang, Gaon Burha, S C Ojha Headmaster, teachers,
students and villagers.
Meanwhile giving a boost to the Military Civic Action Programme, 4th (Manipur) Battalion,
the Assam Rifles handed over five Solar Street Lights to the villagers of Railung
village of Changlang district on Dec 24 in a function held at village Railung.
The scheme carried out under MCA project (Op Samaritan) will largely contribute
in mitigating hardship faced by the people of this remote village and also towards
boosting the relations between security forces and the civilians.
Yeshi win title of Dirang Idol
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: Yeshi Dorjee won the title of the Dirang Idol Talent Khoj 2011
while Nima Dorjee and Pema Lazom stood first runners up and second runners up respectively.
Yeshe walked away with winner’s prize of Rs. 30,000 while Nima and Pema were awarded
cash prizes of Rs.15,000 and Rs.10,000 respectively along with other prizes. Yeshe
will also get a chance to sing in the upcoming Monpa music album.
The grand finale of the event organized by Culture Preservation Society (CPS), Dirang
was held in presence of thousands of music lovers on December 24.
Twenty-four out of 45 contestants made it to the final.
Earlier, Dirang MLA Phurpa Tsering inaugurated the singing talent hunt on November
on 24, who also sponsored and supported it for exposing the hidden talents of local
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: All Kombo students’ Association (AKSA) and All Kombo Youth Association
(AKYA) reiterated its demands on revocation of suspension orders of Aalo, GHSS vice
principal Jomdo Lona and immediate arrest of people who physically assaulted him.
It threatened to intensify its agitation till demands are fulfilled.
The associations have rejected the 12 hrs Aalo bandh on Dec 29 by GSU and WSDSU.
Terming the bandh call as unconstitutional and unjustified, bothe associations demanded
various organizations to justify the reasoning behind the proposed bandh.
They further expressed the resentment at the statement given by Basar Ao Welfare
Society demands link road
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Parliamentary Secretaries Gadam Ete
and Kumar Waii, local MLA Techi Kaso and DGP while responding to a memorandum submitted
by Upper Vivek Vihar Colony Welfare Society today assured to provide assistance for
construction of link road from DG resident road to Upper Vivek Vihar Colony.
Meanwhile, the society appealed them for early construction of the road.
Personality development camp
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: Under arise, awake competition, a one day camp personality development
camp was organized at Green Mount School by Vivekananda Kendra, Arun Jyoti Itanagar
59 students from four schools of the capital participated in the programme. The camp
was conducted for the students to develop personality and enlighten their youth power.
Awareness campaign held
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: All Raga Area Students Union conducted a two days awareness campaign
cum screening programme of Hepatitis B on 23rd December last at Kampurijo under Raga
ACA announces U-16 team probable
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: Arunachal Cricket Association (ACA) has announced its under 16
team probables for the upcoming BCCI Associate and Affiliated Members Tournament-2011-12.
The team will play a trial match against its U-22 team on December 29, according
to an ACA release.
Org. demands IRBn Hqs at border areas
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union (AAPBSU) today demanded
the government to establish police training centre cum headquarter of 4th IRBn at
Radhaso village under Tarasso circle in Papum Pare district to minimize border skirmishes
and encroachment and more importantly instill sense of security among the people
settling along the border.
The union also demanded to shift police check gate of Likabali under West Siang district,
which is set up 5 km inside Arunachal side, to the border. It claimed that Panchayat
leaders had already informed the matter to authority concerned. It also demanded
to establish check posts at Dekhalmukh, Nomora and Dissing Passo areas of East Kameng
Lengri Niki-Sii Donyi Polo celebrated
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Nibu (Priest) Welfare Association
celebrated Lengri Niki-Sii Donyi Polo Yillo festival with religious fervor here on
Monday. Altogether 27 cultural troupes from 16 districts took part in the festival.
Bal Kala Sangam
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: To inculcate the spiritual and patriotic spirit among the children,
Sanskar Bharati is organizing a mega event “Bal Kala Sangam” from December 29 to
31 next in Guwahati. The objective of the event is to promote the cultural heritage
of this region on the national mainstream and to groom the talent of the children
as they are the flag-bearers of tomorrow.
Sanskar Bharati under its special project called “Sanskar Bharati Poorvottar Vision
2020”, is conducting this mega event especially for the children of North Eastern
Talking about the objective of the programme, Secretary Sanskar Bharati Arunachal
Chapter Sukdev Biswas said that main attraction of the Bal Kala Sangam includes,
making of 1100 metre long painting by the children of the North Eastern region besides
various folk dances, theater presentation, traditional music, painting and other
Papum Pare covers 96.99% under MCUC
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: District Health Society, Papum Pare District, Yupia has successfully
completed Measles Catch-Up Campaign 2011 on Dec 22 which had commenced on Nov 28.
Total children vaccinated against Measles was 37,379 with a coverage of 96.99% which
could be achieved with great difficulty owing to huge target population especially
in urban area of capital complex, large geographical area with migratory group and
NYWA declares 24 hours Capital bandh
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: Reacting against the government’s alleged failure to find logical
solution to Pradeep Thakur/ToI issue, Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) has
declared 24 hours Capital bandh on December 30 next. On 12 December last, it had
called a 12 hours bandh.
It maintained that NYWA is neither against any particular community nor any person
and organizations while adding that it is fighting for justice of the community.
Govt employee killed at road mishap
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: One person was killed when a Maruti 800 car collided with a truck
at Naharlagun around 5:30 on Sunday morning.
The deceased was later identified as Tashi Thungon, a government employee at Deputy
Director of School Education Tawang.
According to police, Tashi was coming from Nirjuli and collided with a parked truck.
The driver of the truck has been arrested and case is under investigation, Police
Forum against public hearing
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: In a letter to the Member Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution
Control Board, Dam Affected People’s Forum of Yapik (DAPFOY) opposed the proposed
public hearing of Naying Power Projects which was notified in local dailies of December
It said that the general public of the area is not aware of the meeting as they have
not intimated beforehand. It said that on 8th September an awareness campaign was
organized at Yapik by the district administration but, nobody had spoken about any
such public hearing.
It further said that the power developer is yet to announce the corporate social
responsibility (CSR) schemes. Despite repeated pleas in the form of petition by the
citizens, people are yet to witness a single development initiative by the power
developer for the dam affected people, it said.
It called for deferring the public hearing till March.
Improve infrastructure and road
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: ESS Sector Welfare Committee appealed to the authority concerned
to improve the sector government middle school saying that the school has been facing
untold problems since its establishment. The committee also complained about the
bad road condition leading to the school.
It further invited the government officials to the school to take stock of the current
ULFA refutes Army claim
Guwahati, Dec 27: The anti-talk faction of ULFA today claimed that the three men
shot dead in an encounter in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh were not its cadres
but 'innocent' Assamese youths.
ULFA (Paresh Baruah) publicity secretary 'lieutenant' Arunudoy Dohutia in an e-mail
to the media here said "After killing the three youths on the main road as they were
travelling in a motor-cycle, the security forces to hide their crime displayed the
bodies of the slained three with arms falsely claiming them to be ULFA cadres."
The e-mail said security forces put arms and ULFA pads, seized earlier from other
insurgents and claimed the slain youths as ULFA militants.
Sources maintained that three ULFA cadres were killed in an encounter with personnel
of 26 Maratha Light Infantry regiment near Noadehing Bridge at Namsai in Assam-Arunachal
boundary and one 9 mm pistol, a .22 pistol, a Chinese grenade along with ULFA pads
were found in their possession. PTI
Arunachal adopts Public Private Partnership Policy 2011
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: The newly formed Nabam Tuki Government has paved way for massive
private investments in various viable sectors of the State with the Cabinet today
unanimously adopting the State PPP Policy 2011. This path-breaking initiative will
open up the gates for development of various infrastructure sectors, both physical
and social, in the State through much-needed infusion of resources and managerial
capability of the private sector, in tandem with the overall vision of the State
The Planning Commission of India has assessed that the investment requirements in
the infrastructure sector for the 12th Five Year Plan would be almost Rs. 41 lakh
crore, of which, atleast 50% would be through the private sector. As per Ministry
of Finance, Govt. of India estimates, there are at present, about 758 major PPP projects
in the country under implementation, with a combined project cost of almost Rs. 4
lakh crore. Arunachal Pradesh, like the rest of the north-east India however, has
been a late starter in the field and except some limited experiments in the health
sector in the State (management of PHCs/CHCs), practically no PPP projects have been
implemented in the State. With the adoption of the policy now, things are set to
A PPP cell was set-up in the Planning Department last year and the cell had been
working on drafting the policy. Inputs were taken from various Departments and approval
of Law and Finance Departments was taken before putting up the policy to the cabinet
for approval. A detailed presentation was given to the State Cabinet today by the
Secretary Planning Ankur Garg and Director PPP Sonam Chombay.
The policy envisages leveraging Central and State Govt. funds to support private
investment, setting up of a transparent mechanism to create level playing field for
all participants, prepare shelf of projects under PPP and implement them through
transparent selection process, create a robust redressal mechanism and provide viability
gap funding for essential projects. In addition, an Arunachal Pradesh Infrastructure
Development Fund will be set up which will be used to assist capacity building and
training, provide direct financial support to projects and take up technical and
financial pre-feasibility and feasibility studies. As Institutional arrangement,
a High Level Clearance Authority (HLCA) and an Empowered Committee on Infrastructure
(ECI) under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary respectively
will be set-up. The HLCA and ECI will be the nodal agencies for all activities related
to selection, prioritization, facilitation, monitoring and approval of all PPP projects
above Rs. 100 crore and up to Rs. 100 crore respectively.
The Planning Department will be the nodal Department for implementing the policy
through the Directorate of PPP. The PPP cell would assist different Govt. Departments
in identifying, conceptualizing and creating shelves of projects and also assist
them in preparing DPRs and tendering process. It would coordinate with other funding
agencies like Govt. of India, Planning Commission etc. for obtaining approvals under
‘Viability Gap Funding’ and act as nodal agency for capacity building for PPP in
the State. The ultimate objective would be to create PPP cells in all the Line Departments
of the Govt.
During the meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, that went all through the
morning hours, the Cabinet also endorsed to implement various other important decisions
that came up for discussion today. The prominent ones include endorsement to create
a Forest Protection Force to stop illegal timber and forest produce operations, especially
along the boundary, another battalion of Arunachal Pradesh Armed Police of at least
1004 posts in various categories and introduction of Arunachal Pradesh Gambling (Protection)
Bill 2011 to stop illegal gambling across the state. On the Home ground, the Cabinet
approved facilitation of creation of one post of Add SP (Traffic) and five Dy SPs
(Traffic) to streamline the traffic system in the state capital as well as in important
district headquarters. Revival of Home Guards and creation of posts in various categories
to strengthen the security scenario has also been endorsed by the Cabinet amongst
Important Sectors identified for PPP Projects in the State
1) Roads and Bridges
2) Airports and Helipads
3) Industrial Parks and Theme Parks like IT Park, Biotechnology Park etc.
4) Water Supply – Treatment and Distribution
5) Power generation , transmission and distribution
6) Solid Waste Management and Drainage
10) Urban Infrastructure
11) Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry and allied sectors
What is PPP?
Public Private Partnership means an arrangement between a government/statutory entity/government
owned entity on one side and a private sector entity on the other, for the provision
of public assets and/or public services, through investments being made and/or management
being undertaken by the private sector entity, for a specified period of time, where
there is well defined allocation of risk between the private sector and the public
entity and the private entity receives performance linked payments that conform (or
are benchmarked) to specified and pre-determined performance standards, measurable
by the public entity or its representative.
The lacking pet health care
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: I am Usung. Vet knew me by regd. no 267. I always stood by my
master all the times, slept by his side on my small bed and he shielded me from all
He taught me tricks and tactics and we had all the good times. But my journey to
the other world began due to lack of life saving advises to my master. My dream
to become a faithful companion and guard my master against danger was shattered when
I was given the last anti rabbi’s vaccination at government veterinary dispensary,
Itanagar on December 24.
I took my first, second and third vaccines on November 09 and 24 and December 09.
I remained healthy as ever. But the last vaccination of December 24 was strong that
I could not bear it. Just before I took my vaccination, I vomited at the dispensary
but the vet staff anyways gave me the vaccine. When I reached home, I turned pale
and unconscious within few minutes. My master again took me to the same veterinary
to enquire about my serious health condition and the vet gave me a life saving drug
with a hope that I might improve. My master also felt relieved and then took me back
home. I tried my best to overcome the pain but finally I succumbed to my pain at
12.30 am on December 25.
It was the first and last time that I hurt my master and saw him crying. I’ve never
made my master cry as I always make them laugh with my playful activities during
my four month’s short stay with them. When I also realized the end, I dropped a tear
and yelp for one last time as I lay in my master’s lap.
This writer doesn’t want to blame anyone for the tragedy as it was not intentional.
But experts should give proper advice to the owners and take precautionary measures
for safety of pets before and after the vaccination. The writer also feels that proper
health check up should be done before giving any strong drugs or medicine to pets.
Though some sections of the society neglect pets and treat them as mere animals,
however, some section of the society regards their pets as their family members.
Further, it is worthy to mention here that, alike various hospitals of the state,
veterinary dispensaries are also running short of medicines.
Take the example of government veterinary dispensary, Itanagar. The pet owners who
visit the dispensary are forced to buy medicines and syringe from private pharmacies.
What is department of veterinary of our state is doing? At least some necessary life
saving medicines should be made available atleast in vet dispensaries of district
headquarters of the state including Itanagar and Naharlagun.
Running of government vet dispensaries with just human resources and maintenance
of records in office register will not serve the purpose of the department and the
society unless and until medicines are made available in dispensaries.
No respite as blockade continues to choke supply to Siang districts
PASIGHAT, Dec 27: The ongoing blockade by the anti-dam activists at Lakhimpur has
chocked the supply of fuel and essential commodities to the three Siang districts
and NHPC workers in Gerukamukh.
The state government meanwhile continues to maintain silence even as citizens continue
Lives of the common people in the three Siang districts- West Siang, East Siang
and Upper Siang is out of gear for the last one week as the supply of fuel and other
essential items has come to a complete halt.
Moreover, the 48- hour Lakhimpur and Dhemaji district bandh which started on Monday
by the protestors has added to the woes of the people in the region.
Situation has become worse after the security forces on Sunday midnight forcefully
evicted the protestors at Lakhimpur and opened fire at the protestors to disperse
After alleged police-high-handedness at the protestors’, the protestors imposed indefinite
blockade since Monday.
The bandh was marked with a number of violent incidents besides damages to lot of
vehicles, some belonging to Arunachal by the bandh supporters.
The organisations sponsoring the agitation have demanded immediate scrapping of the
Subansiri Lower Hydel Power Project and other mega-dam projects proposed in Arunachal
Pradesh. The Lakhimpur district administration, in order to control deteriorated
law and order situation has clamped Section- 144 of the Cr PC prohibiting assembly
of more than five people in public places.
Meanwhile, police fired in the air and burst teargas shells for the second day today
to evict protesters demonstrating against the construction of Subansiri Lower hydro-electric
project, even as authorities held talks with Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS)
leader Akhil Gogoi to resolve the standoff.
Police acted on protesters who blocked NH-52 on the border of Lakhimpur-Dhemaji districts
in Assam which links Arunachal Pradesh and pelted stones at security forces. In a
bid to resolve the confrontation between the administration and protesters, Lakhimpur
district deputy commissioner Anwaruddin Choudhury held a meeting with Gogoi.
For withdrawing the 11-day blockade, Gogoi gave three conditions -- the government
hold talks with the protesters, the arrested protesters be released and those injured
in the lathicharge be given medical care and the protesters be allowed to re-establish
their camps damaged yesterday.
The deputy commissioner agreed to the first two conditions but declined to accept
the last demand.
Continuing their blockade since December 16, thousands of protesters demonstrating
against construction of the 2000 MW Subansiri Lower Hydro-electric Project re-assembled
here this morning to continue with their indefinite road blockade on the highway.
The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) which is constructing the Subansiri
Lower Project, has also said it is ready to hold discussions with the protesters
for ending the imbroglio. (with input from PTI)
Orgs questions non availability of food items
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: While expressing their anguish over non availability of foodgrains
in all FCI base depots, All Arunachal Pradesh FPS Dealers’ Welfare Association (AAFPSDWA)
and All Papum Pare District FPS Dealers’ Welfare Association (APPDFPSDWA) wanted
to know the steps taken by the department, district administration as well as state
government to arrest the present situation.
The organization raised the issue at the co-ordination meeting held at Naharlagun
today with officers and officials of Food and Civil Supplies (FCS) department of
Papum Pare district.
DFCSO Papum Pare Amit Bengia, who presided over the meeting, informed that the higher
authorities of the department and Govt. are doing their best to ensure timely transportation
of foodgrains to various FPS locations from FCI base depots. The handling and transportation
contractors (HTC) of FCI have resumed their carriage work for transportation of foodgrains
from railway sidings FSD, Naogaong / Amoni in Assam to all the FCI base depots inside
Arunachal Pradesh in-spite of Assam bandh given by the various organizations, he
The officers and officials of the department of FCS interacted with FPS dealers,
kerosine oil retailers and carriage contractors to discuss the various issues pertaining
to the effective implementation TPDS in Papum Pare district.
The DFCSO appealed to all stake holders to cooperate in making Papum Pare a model
for PDS in the state. He informed that preliminary work for computerization of PDS
such as area mapping of FPS and digitization of existing ration card database have
already been initiated to make PDS more consumer friendly.
The problems of ghost ration cards and arbitrary allocation of PDS items would a
be matter of past and all FPS dealers as well as consumers will get proportionate
allocation of PDS items through automation system under Tirap model e-PDS project,
“The consumers can directly contact the DF&CSO if they have any grievances. The support
and co-operation of the consumers will go a long way in improving the efficiency
of the department in the district. Your support is sine qua non to make PDS effective
in the district. Please help us to do away with the bogus ration cards for equitable
distribution of PDS items. Be a responsible consumer” the DFCSO added.
Meanwhile, after clarification from the DFCSO the FPS Dealers’ Welfare Associations
agreed to temporarily suspend the ultimatum served to the state Govt. on December
DDSE expresses ‘surprise’ at Bassarnallo school report
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: While clarifying the news carried by this daily regarding poor
condition of Bassarnallo Govt Middle School, Department of Education, Papum Pare
District, Yupia expressed surprise over the report.
DDSE TT Tara informed that school has 8 teachers including 5 (AT) and 3 (JT) instead
of 5 as reported in this daily while as per PTR norms only 5 teachers should have
Regarding the infrastructure of school, DDSE stated that except boy’s hostel, the
school has got good facilities. The school has new 35 bedded girl’s hostel. The
education department has been providing some funds every year for the development
of infrastructure to Middle School. Some of the major funding included three classroom
provided during the year 2006-07 under SSA, one additional classroom provided during
the year 2007-08 under SSA, one unit of Cluster Resource Center Building and one
additional classroom provided during 2008-09 under SSA, one additional classroom
provided during the year 2009-10 under SSA, one unit Headmaster-cum-Store Room provided
during 2010-11 under RTE by SSA, one unit teacher quarter constructed by RWD from
SPA during the year 2010-11.
It said that dilapidated boys hostel was constructed during 2001-02 under non-lapsable
fund, which was supposed to be constructed as RCC building but it was constructed
as Akkara Walling, which has become dilapidated condition in a short period.
It further said that the authority has been regularly visiting all schools of the
district to know the ground reality of the schools.
Editor’s note: We stand by the news item “Education department need a new year resolution”
published on Dec 23 which had reference on Bassarnallo School. As reflected in the
article most of the infrastructure is in a dilapidated condition.
SPF objects land acquisition notice violating Supreme Court order
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: In a first of its kind of complaints and objection to land acquisitions
being done in the state for hydropower projects, the Siang Peoples Forum (SPF) today
has raised the violation of Supreme Court order by the state government.
The Siang People Forum has raised objection against the preliminary notification
issued under section 4 (1) of Land Acquisition Act, 1894 by Commissioner Land Management,
by a public notice No LM-149 /2011 and No LM-149/2011/2965 dated Nov 26 2011 which
was published in local newspapers on December 17 and 21, 2011 respectively for land
acquisition of Simang HEP Stage I and Simang HEP Stage II.
The SPF stated that land acquisition prior to Environment and Forest Clearance is
in violation of orders of Supreme Court and is illegal. The SPF has called for passing
immediate orders directing the stoppage on all land acquisition proceedings currently
being undertaken for the Simang HEP Stage - I project and Simang HEP Stage - II project.
The Supreme Court in the case of Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board vs
C Kenchappa (2006) 6 SCC 371 of May 12, 2006 had ruled that before acquiring of lands
for development, the consequence and adverse impact of development on the environment
must be comprehended and the lands be acquired for development that do not gravely
impair the ecology and environment. The Apex Court judgement had the implications
that no acquisition of land can take place unless the environmental and ecological
impacts are comprehended, acquisition can only be in situation that do not gravely
impair the ecology and environment and that the direction will apply in all future
cases i.e. after 12-5-2006.
The consequence and adverse impact of development on the environment can be comprehended
only through the following two legal processes of Environment Impact Assessment process
under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 of MoEF. The said EIA notification provides
for preparation of EIA report, Public Consultation including Public hearing and appraisal
of the project by the Expert Appraisal Committee of the MoEF and the final decision
by the MoEF or the State Level Expert Appraisal Committee. The Forest Clearance process
under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 requires prior approval of the Central
Government before any forest land is used for non forest purpose.
ATA repudiate APCSOA’s demand
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) CEC repudiated the demand
of Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers’ Association (APCSOA) for assigning the
post of Director of Elementary Education (DEE) to IAS/APCS Officer.
ATA said that any move by the government for such appointment from IAS/APCS to DEE
and DSE shall not be accepted as it would discourage the morale of senior education
officer and teachers of the state. Meanwhile, ATA, CEC submitted a three point memorandum
to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki yesterday demanding restoration of 50% promotional avenue
of AT (A) to JT which has been reduced to 25% in 2009.
It further appealed to the government to immediately rectify the existing pay anomalies
of the AT (A) and other categories of teachers and sanction fund for construction
of Shikshak Bhawan within capital complex.
Responding to the three-point demands, Tuki is reported to have assured to sanction
fund for construction of Shikshak Bhawan in this financial year and other demands
systematically and sought cooperation from ATA for over all development of secondary
and elementary education department.
Orgs say no to extension of air field
ZIRO, Dec.27: A joint sitting of various organizations of Ziro valley held on Dec.
24 last at Govt. Middle School, Dutta seeking public opinion and to discuss the vexed
issue regarding land acquisition for the proposed Advance Landing Ground by the Eastern
Air Command, Shillong has rejected the proposal. Apatani Culture Literacy Society,
Apatani Youth Association, Apatani Students Union, Ziro Church Council, Danyi Piillo
Society, Apatani Priest Association, Hechii Elite Society, Diibo Welfare Association,
Ziro Baazar Committee, Nenchalyang Baazar Committee, Apatani Women Welfare Society,
Meder Nello(Paph), Nature Care & Disaster Management Society, Paph & Nehabo village
committee, Dutta Peoples Forum Capital Complex, religious leaders from Christian
community and Panchayat leaders attended the sitting which was convened by the All
Dutta Development Welfare Association, Ziro.
Koj Tarang, president ADDWA while highlighting the Dutta peoples stand regarding
further acquisition of the land for the proposed ALG informed that people of Dutta
in its mass resolution on October 15 last adopted that not a single inch shall be
spared any more for ALG and shall protect the existing land gifted by ancestors
at all cost.
Tarang equipped with all the relevant documents sought through RTI informed that
fresh proposal for acquisition of land at Ziro ALG limiting to 260 acres of land
was sought by the Group Captain, Eastern Air Command, Shillong but government of
Arunachal Pradesh agreed to hand over land with dimension of 300x700 meters required
for extension of runway and survey of proposed piece of land will be done by DC,
Ziro and NOC will be issued for the land once survey report is submitted by DC, Ziro.
Further, he informed that as per DC’s prohibitory order under section 133 Cr.PC vide
LRZ-79/98 dated Ziro, 13th Dec 2011, no constructions and plantations can be done
in and around Dutta village, Paph, Nehabo and Nenchalayng villages. Already major
portion land of Dutta has been converted into the airfield and Dree ground thus reducing
the Dutta into smallest village in the Apatani Plateau and another acquisition of
land for the proposed ALG cannot be afforded by the people of Dutta at any cost.
Hinyo Tai, president Paph Nehabo Village Welfare Committee while questioning government’s
integrity towards development informed that government is befooling people of Dutta
village in particular and Apatani community as whole. Justifying his stand, Tai informed
that major portion of present airfield was once cultivated land with paddy fields,
bamboo groves, and agriculture and horticulture gardens which was means of livelihood
for the villagers of Dutta. In the name of development government acquired these
lands without any compensation and now for the decades present airfield is used as
playgrounds by the kids and grazing hub for the cattle and only little portion of
the field is used for ferrying VVIPs by the chopper.
Supporting Dutta peoples movement against proposed land acquisition for ALG, Kalung
Bida, and vice president Apatani Cultural & Literary Society opined that any further
extension of airfield should be opposed by all and local MLA should intervene in
this matter immediately.
Representative from Nature Care & Disaster Management Society informed that Ziro
Valley is on process to be declared as World Heritage Centre and any further acquisition
of land for the airfield will tremendous impact to the environment and will affect
natural beauty of the plateau for which Ziro is famous for. He further informed that
due to land acquisition there will be tremendous deforestation due to migration from
the effected villages into forests and bamboo groves.
Religious leaders from Priest Association, Danyii-Piilo Society, Meder Nello and
Christian Community while justifying their objection informed that there are many
important religious places and altars like Nencha Dulyang-Muru Paii, Papii Myole
Agyang, Harnya Agyang, Grace Baptist Church, Revival Church and Nepali Baptist Church
and most importantly there is common burial ground which cannot be shifted or altered
as per the tradition. These leaders strongly denounced any such developments which
will hurt sentiments of their followers and cautioned the government that any such
move might bring unrest amongst the different religious believers of the plateau.
All the other speakers from AYA, ASU, ZCC, DPS, HES, DWA, ZBC, NBC, Apatani Women
Society and Panchayat leaders like Nani Tani also voiced against proposed ALG and
demanded that present airfield should be shifted to any other locations far way from
densely populated areas as present airfield is in the heart of the valley surrounded
by thickly populated villages like Bamin Michi, Mudang Tage, Dutta, Paph, Nehabo,
Nenchalyang, Hija, Old Ziro Market, Tajang, Reru, Hari and Hong.
Later, a Consultative Committee was formed who would submit a joint representation
to DC, Ziro and local MLA very soon and will spearhead the movement regarding ALG
PPA MLAs does Ayaram gayaram as it joins Congress!
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: So typical to Arunachal politics, the four MLAs of People’s Party
of Arunachal (PPA) today merged into the Congress party in the state. With this ayaram-gayaram
politics, the Congress has 46 legislators in the state legislature which has 60 members.
The four MLAs are Phurpa Tsering (4-Dirang ST), Kumsi Sidisow (6-Thrizino-Buragaon
ST), Takam Pario (18-Palin ST) and Markio Tado (20-Tali ST).
State Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong in a decision as per the provision
of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India and the Members of Arunachal Pradesh
Legislative Assembly (Disqualification on Ground Defection) Rules, 1987, this evening
made it official that the four PPA MLAs who by themselves constitute the entire legislature
Party in the State Assembly have merged with the Indian National Congress Legislature
Party and have become its members.
1-day career counselling cum guidance programme
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: The Arunachal Adventure Sports and Tourism Club (AASTC) in association
with Nyishi Elite Society today organized a one day career counselling cum guidance
programme for the students of Nyishi community of Class X and Class XII. The programme
was held at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirjuli. a large number of students, some along with
their relatives, turned up to attend the programme.
The programme was organized by ‘‘Arunachal Adventure Sports and Tourism Club” as
a social responsibility towards the community. The main objective of the counselling
was to impart the students about various disciplines which they can choose as career.
Experts from different disciplines such as tourism & hotel management, social work,
mass-communication, journalism, law, commerce, agriculture, veterinary, medical,
engineering, etc spoke in details during the day-long programme. They also took various
questions from students regarding various career options.
The resources persons of the programme included Dr Taba Khanna (ophthalmologist),
Pritam Taffo (senior advocate cum president Bar Council of Gauhati High Court Itanagar
permanent bench Naharlagun), Tarh Eha(advocate) and Taba Ajum (journalist).
While appreciating everyone for making this event successful, organizers of counselling
programme Chukhu Mama and Bengia Tada informed that soon they are planning to organize
counselling at other districts including in eastern Arunachal.
“The main aim behind organizing such counselling programme is to educate students
and parents that beside engineering and medical courses there are many more which
one can choose for career option. It is time Arunachalee parents move beyond engineering
and medical courses,” told Chukhu Mama.
Six Karatekas qualify for National Games
ITANAGAR, Dec 27: Six karate players from Arunachal Pradesh have qualified for the
35th National Games to be held in Kerala next near.
The six players, namely P. Nobin Jamoh, Tam Tapak (ITBP), Yomken Noshi (APP), Rei
Yadi, Chunnu Sangno (APP) and Sumpi Chege were selected for the national event on
the basis of their performance in the National Karate Championship held at Tal Kotara
Indoor Stadium, New Delhi recently.
While Jamoh, Tapak, Noshi and Chunnu secured their berth for the national Games by
coming third (bronze medal) in the championship Yadi and Chege were selected on the
basis of their performance.
The team was led by S Deben Sharma and Charu Tatung (coach) and Tai Hipik (Team Manager)
Meanwhile, Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) felicitated the qualified players
in a simple function organized at Naharlagun today. In his brief speech, AKA president
Sensei Likha Tara advised the players to undergo regular and rigorous training to
keep themselves physically fit for the ensuing event. While giving some vital tips
to the players for winning a bout, Tara insisted on sticking to a particular tricks
beside applying presence of mind. Tara, who is a Black Belt 5 Dan and international
referee, said that “I don’t see any reason why the Arunachal can’t win Gold in National
Games”. He appreciated the efforts of coaches S. Deben Sharma and Charu Tatung in
grooming young talents.
AKA also provided cash incentives to all the qualified players.
Attending the function, Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary General G Doke said
that qualifying in National Games was not an easy task since they have to face the
best players of the country and fight the toughest bout to get selected. Congratulating
the karatekas for being selected for the prestigious event, Doke, on behalf of AOA,
gave few incentives to the players as a token of encouragement. He said that regular
training for the qualified players would be arranged soon.
AKA general secretary L Marik thanked Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs for
facilitating AKA and the players in taking part in the championship.
Interference will only dilute the issue
I really appreciate the idea of T Bagang and want to clarify that I am not against
any particular person or organization. Actually I was looking for a practical solution
to stop formation of many more association/organization in the name of the Nyishi,
as society divides itself right from the division of family. What I personally feel
is T Bagang is taking all matter optimistically by virtue of living in Delhi without
knowing the ground realities. He has practically no idea of the grievances faced
by common mass during the bandh call. Dear friend we have gone through all possible
The 12th December bandh call coincided with university exams. All student community
faced the real hardship as right from the morning we were confused whether the exam
will held or not.
Another instance is the unfortunate incident that took place on 11 October bandh
I personally feel that if matter was handled by parent body of the Nyishi community
i.e NES/ANSU single handedly and every individual did not throw their blank idea,
the incident could have been avoided.
So, I request T Bagang, that being an intellectual and learned person of the community
to please pass positive idea to our brethrens, rather than encouraging formation
of many more organizations as it will divide the community.
What I feel is that despite many clans today we are united because of the common
platform like NES/ANSU.
Whatever be the organization/association their core objective is to conserve and
promote the community. And NES/ANSU is an open platform and every Nyishi has equal
right to become members. So, I appeal all learned members to capitalize their noble
ideas through NES/ANSU as they have peoples mandate and make them stronger as they
are the real parent body of the Nyishi community.
Last but not least I never said that TOI and DC issues are over rather I wish for
a concrete solution. But what I appeal is let the issue be handled by NES/ANSU to
bring logical solution as soon as possible. Interference will only dilute the issue
and will create more confusion. I appeal all my Nyishi brothers to think twice before
declaring bandh, as ours is economically backward state and capital belongs to all
Revoke suspension and absolve him from charges
The Bogum Ao Foundation has taken a serious note on the unnecessary harassment meted
to Jomdo Lona in lieu of his sincere and dedicated service rendered as the Vice Principal
of Government Higher Secondary School Aalo. It is understood that he was imprisoned
for no fault of him. Besides, he has been placed under suspension because of false
implication in the suicide case of Late Tamar Yorpen, a student of the school. All
this could have happened to him due to pressure exerted by some vested interested
persons without any valid reasons. Some organizations have been leveling serious
allegations against Jomdo Lona and ultimately tried to wrongly implicate him in the
suicide case of Tamar Yorpen without any proof. The allegations seems to be unfounded
and baseless. Suicide case was an unfortunate incident and we also feel sorry that
we have lost a young boy.
Since many years Bogum Ao Foundation know Lona very closely as a very dedicated,
hard working and a respectable gentleman who cannot commit such kind of inhuman atrocity
to any person. Therefore, the members of Bogum Ao Foundation have examined the entire
available official documents/orders and also crossed verified from Lona and other
faculties to ascertain the truth. Besides, after reading his clarifications published
in the news papers, it is now crystal clear that he has been made as scapegoat and
victimized without his fault. We register our strong protest against wrong implication
of Lona that has caused a heavy dent on his hard earned reputation. Now, it has also
been proved that the suicide note was not actually written by the deceased but by
someone else with malafide intention that too after burial of the deceased just to
entangle Lona in the suicide case.
Therefore, we the members of Bogum Ao Foundation do hereby appeal all concerned persons
and organizations not to communalize and pressurize the Government and refrain from
exaggerating that issue as it may mislead the public and cause social disharmony.
We appeal the competent authority to revoke his suspension order and absolve him
from various charges that are baseless.
Karpak Sora Bogum
There is something in a name
In the google map of West Siang district names of many places have been mis-spelt.
The name of Kombo has been wrongly spelt as Kombong, the name of Kamba has been mis-spelt
as Kambang, Jini as Jining, Sago as Sagong , Darka as Darkang and Dari as Daring.
No body knows for sure how many names are wrongly printed by the Google. Concern
authority should ask the Google to rectify the mistakes. The district headquarter
of West Siang District, Along was also changed to Aalo more than a decade ago as
per local name. But maps continue to show Aalo as Along. Names of places have historical
connections in one way or other. So, we cannot just shrug off saying ‘what’s there
in a name’. Name matters.
Dedo Ete, Itanagar
Schools and Arunachal
Thank you for giving a light on the neglected issue the Education System and the
conditions of the Government school in Arunachal Pradesh.
Now if the condition of the Government Schools which are hardly 20 km away from the
state capital in Arunachal Pradesh are in such shape just guess what will be the
condition of the so called Government School in the remote and neglected part of
But very shameful The Arunachal Times don't have the caliber to publish the issue
regarding the School system in Changlang district.
Spread the scheme to rural areas too
I would like to highlight the problems being faced by the poor labourers from the
far flung areas in availing the Labour Welfare Scheme by the Arunachal Pradesh Building
and other Construction Workers Welfare Board.
Labour Welfare Scheme was implemented in 2007, with various benefits for Labours
under the Late Chief Minister Drojee Khandu.
Though the registration and awareness has already started but registration of workers
has confined only to the headquarters of districts.
Through this letter I appeal to the Chief Minister to direct the Arunachal Pradesh
Building & other construction workers welfare Board to spread the awareness cum registration
in interior areas as well which so per has been deprived of benefits.
The Labours from interior districts are not even aware of this scheme. Though it
was implemented few years back with much hope for the welfare of the labours, they
are yet to receive the benefits.
Underpaid and hardworking these labourers, spend their entire life doing manual labour
in odd hours, harsh climate and in most accidental prone sites. Yet they are never
treated with dignity. At least they deserve to enjoy the benefits solely meant for
them without any obstacle or hindrance.
Therefore, it is my earnest request to start the registration process in entire districts
impartially so that the labourers can get their benefits.
Damin Tanya, Damin Circle
The Indigenous or Alternative Medicine means any form of medicine that is outside
the main stream of Western Medicine as practiced by the majority of doctors today.
Alternative Medicine exists in all cultures to some degrees and terms such as traditional
medicine, indigenous or folk medicine etc. and are dated back hundred or even thousand
of years depending on the country and culture concerned. The popular and recognised
forms of alternative medicine are Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Unani, Siddha etc. Besides
these, Naturopathy, Yoga, Acupuncture, Herbalism, Osteopathy, Acupressure of systems
of medicine are also efficacious at equal degrees as compared to the above mentioned
systems. These systems of medicine consider the health of a person as the well-being
of one's physical, mental, social and spiritual planes where as the modern medicine
treats the body as a machine i.e. main emphasis is laid upon the physical aspects
of life, to simplify the practices avoiding the intake of the potent, hard and poisonous
drugs and undergoing the surgical interferences. Every system of alternative medicine
has its own unique philosophy and inexpensive methods of treatment obtaining the
permanent cure of diseases with less or no side effects. The various alternative
systems of medicine have not been able to get their due share and attention in the
health programmes and funding by our governments on account of overriding importance
given to Allopathy.
Our efforts and interest should be non-palliative treatment, made to recognize, promote
and rehabilitate the alternative medicine in order to establish global standardizations
as well as in our state and central health programmes. I appeal our governments to
create the posts for the practitioners of such systems.
Gigen Lama, Aalo
Partiality in disbursement of salary
SSA teachers would like to know from the SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar why there is
partiality in disbursement of monthly salary of SSA teachers.
We have come to know that SSA teachers of East Siang district got the monthly salary
of two months whereas other districts got only of one month in the month of December
though we perform the same duty.
Besides, we would like to know why the authorities are not releasing the enhanced
salary and arrear of 7 months of SSA teachers.
I would like to share my emotions with the public and concerned authorities that
we the MPWs under the NVBDCP programme of health are suffering from salaria for the
last 4-5 months due to no salary. MPWs save others from malaria but who will save
us from salaria? If the health workers suffer from salaria then how can we save
the others who is suffering from malaria. And it’s too hard to run the family in
meager salary of 6000.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) sixty-six journalists were killed worldwide
in 2011, many of them covering Arab revolutions, gang crime in Mexico or political
turmoil in Pakistan.
For the second year running Pakistan has emerged as the most dangerous country for
news coverage with ten journalists killed.
With pro-democracy demonstrations prompting violent reprisals from Arab governments,
the number of reporters killed in the Middle East doubled to 20 this year.
A similar number were killed in Latin America, where criminal violence was rife.
Some 1,044 journalists were arrested this year - nearly double the 2010 figure -
due largely to the Arab Spring, as well as street protests in countries including
Greece, Belarus, Uganda, Chile and the US.
China, Iran and Eritrea remained the biggest prisons for the media, it said.
The worst year of the past decade for journalists was 2007, when the war in Iraq
pushed the global toll up to 87.
According to a report released by the UN and the Organisation of American States
says that over 70 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000 making it the
fifth most dangerous place for journalists. Violence by drug mafias is the primary
cause behind the murders, says the report.
The need of the hour is to implement plans to protect journalists’ world over as
they carry out their duties. The call of duty is such that, journalists often endanger
their own lives but if proper policies are in place, most deaths could be averted.
And in most instances, the journalists have been targeted and killed, including some
state sponsored. It’s too heavy a price to pay for reporting the truth.