December 04


News Impact

Foot and Mouth disease

ITANAGAR, Nov 3: Informing that Mithun and cattle population in some pockets of Naharlagun area have been affected due to outbreak of foot and mouth disease, the state veterinary hospital authorities, Naharlagun  requested the livestock owners under Naharlagun circle to  contact  or visit the veterinary hospital for vaccination of their livestock.

Sona mourns death of Ori

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Parliamentary Secretary for tourism PD Sona has condoled the death of former MLA Kirge Ori. In his condolence message to the wife of late Ori, Sona termed death of late leader as great loss and remembered him as someone who always led from front.

Anti drug awareness campaign held

ITANAGAR, Dec 03:  With a noble initiative an anti-drug awareness campaign was organized by Taliha Assembly Youth Congress Committee at Taliha in Upper Subansiri on 27th November last.  Committee president Sikop Nayam appealed to shopkeepers and businessmen not to sell narcotic products such as Pan Masala, Gutkha and Tobacco. He also called upon youths to  avoid bad habit like use of  narcotic  products.

Association serves notice to IOC

ITANAGAR, Dec 03:  Claiming that Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC) has failed to fulfill its demands, Emchi Youth Welfare Association today served a notice to oil company threatening to go with its 12 hours office shut down agitation on 6 Dec next. Association demanded for the establishment of fire brigade at nearby village, establishment of primary health centre and reservation of grade C and D job and periodical maintenance of Doimukh and Gumto road.

Teacher’s  death mourned

ITANAGAR, Dec 03: The Bogne Welfare Society deeply mourned the untimely demise of Takong Padung an assistant teacher working under SSA at government middle school Bogne in West Siang district who died on Dec 22 at District Hospital Aalo. Society members observed two minute silence as a mark of respect.

Federation demands better BSNL mobile service

ITANAGAR, Dec 03:  All Sagalee Youth Federation today demanded the BSNL authority for the better mobile service in the area. In a representation to the authority federation also demanded for mobile service at Kheel, Meb and Nimte village saying that tower had already erected years ago. It also sought restoration of Doimukh Kheel Sagalee optical fibre cables. Further it demanded for installation of mobile tower at Mengio and improvement of mobile service at Sagalee town.

State Anganwadi workers participate in Mahapadav

ITANAGAR, Dec 03:  The activists from All Arunahcal Pradesh Anganwadi Workers & Helpers Union led by its working president Techi Agri and general secretary Monika Washi took part in the Mahapadav a mega protest march from Jantar Mantar to Parliament in New Delhi on 26 to 27 November which was spearheaded by Centre of Indian Trade Unions demanding recognition of workers, minimum wages and social security benefits and regularization.  With a slogan no to honorarium or incentives, the workers demanded for minimum wages and social security benefits.

Orientation camp  for teachers

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: Vivekananda Kendra Arunachal Prant conducted an orientation camp ‘Samartha’ for the teachers at Community Hall Miao, Changlang yesterday.

Inaugurating the camp, Miao circle officer S Roy lauded the noble initiation of Vivekananda Kendra and appealed the teachers to take full advantage of the opportunity.

Resource persons Barnali Hazarika and Dr. DD Adhikari from Vivekananda Kendra conducted the sessions.

The programme was attended by Miao AEDO B Singh and assured all possible help from his department to conduct more such camps, especially for SSA teachers of Changlang district.

The participants shared their experience in the concluding session.

Nampong Ngemu, Vibhag Pramukh, Tirap Vibhag, Vivekananda Kendra Arunachal Prant in his concluding speech appealed all the teachers to perform their duties with full dedication to make the society more positive and vibrant.        

Thirty-four teachers from various schools of Miao, Kharsang and Bordumsa attended the orientation camp.

TIPS team meet Ozakho fire victims

ITANAGAR, Dec 03: A team from Tirap Indigenous Peoples Society (TIPS), Khonsa and Kanubari and volunteers of Vivekananda Kendra met the fire victims of Ozakho village of Longding on November one distributed some relief materials, like blankets, buckets and other utensils.

A total of 18 houses were totally gutted down in a devastating fire in the village last month.

Don’t discriminate society on basis of religion:Sonam

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Chairman Jalley Sonam has called upon the people of every section of society not to discriminate on the basis of religion, caste, tribe and language etc.

He was speaking on the inaugural of the first ever retreat-cum-healing crusade of catholic organized by East Kameng Catholic Union at Chayang Tajo from 30th Nov to 2nd Dec'2012 as the chief guest along with guest of honour and L K Yangfo.

World AIDS Day observed

AALO, Dec 03: The World AIDS Day was observed at Old Market Dere for the business community in a befitting manner.  The awareness programme organized by ICTC, District Hospital Aalo gave special focus on creating awareness among the business community on HIV/AIDS through poster, banner, pamphlets and lectures.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Y. Gee Kena asked people to stay away from high risk behaviour and to pass the knowledge of HIV/AIDS to others to prevent the ever invading disease. Since there is still no cure for HIV/AIDS, prevention is the only answer, she said explained in details the different modes of HIV/AIDS transmission. (DIPRO)

The District Hospital, Tezu and District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit, Tezu along with the student communities of Tezu observed the World AIDS Day by conducting an HIV/AIDS awareness rally within Tezu town.

Dr N. Ninu, District Medical Officer, Dr. Saikia Medical Superintendent and Dr. J. Ado Medicine Specialist led the procession. The team of doctors educated the young students about the causes, symptoms and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

Later, in a meeting at Government Tankeshwar Chai Memorial School, Tezu EAC GK Paul Chaudhury asked the students to be careful and cautious in their various activities to prevent HIV/AIDS. He appealed all not to stigmatize and discriminate patients living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The students, medical officers and staff participated in the programme.

Training prog on ‘internet and web page creation’

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: A week-long training course on "Internet & Web Page Creation" commenced at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun from today.  As many as 19 officers of the various line departments including AP Civil Secretariat are attending the Training Programme which is being conducted by ATI under the 100 per cent course fee sponsorship of Deptt of Personnel  and Training , Govt, of India, under its Plan Training Assistance 2012-13.

In his inaugural address Director (Training) Pema Tshetan  reminded the participants that in today’s age of Information Technology, the people are experiencing fast change taking place in the world of digital software, hardware  and the growing dependency on the use of Computer for all round day to day functions.  He called upon the all Govt functionaries   to give top priority in equipping  themselves with full computer working knowledge.

He further informed the participants about the Govt initiatives for promotion of "e-Governance" at all levels of Govt organizations/ offices to provide a transparent  and public friendly window of information which will be easily accessible to everyone.

Earlier, Course Coordinator  T Lodo, Dy. Director (Trg.) highlighted the detail course content of the training  and  requested the participants to take full advantage of the aforesaid computer training which is being conducted with the faculty support of A to Z Computer Education Centre.

Training prog on cultivation technology of exotic vegetable

ITANAGAR, Dec 03: A day-long training programme on cultivation technology of exotic vegetable Lettuce for income generation and vermicomposting were conducted by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lower Subansiri at Hong village on December 1.

The subject matter specialist in horticulture trained the farmers of self help group about scientific cultivation of exotic vegetable Lettuce for income generation.  Another SMS on Agriculture Extension trained the farmers about preparation of vermi-compost for using in the farmer’s field.

Altogether 16 farmers participated in the said program.

Teachers resolve to continue stir

ITANAGAR, Nov 3: A joint meeting of central executive committee of Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) and Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (AASSATA) was held at Naharlagun yesterday regarding the indefinite pen down strike which is being launched the SSA teachers from Dec 3. The strike is being launched by AASSATA against the alleged failure of the high power committee to place its report on the one go regularization of remaining 2003 batch SSA teachers, according to a release.

Blaming the state Govt’s high power committee  for its alleged failure to submit report and ‘complete incapability of the state Govt’ to regularize the  SSA teachers at one go as per  cabinet decision of 7th August, 2009, the association unanimously resolved to adhere to its decision to observe pen down strike and not to withdraw the movement. It said the agitation would continue until the Govt gives positive response to its demands.

FCI clarifies

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: FCI Regional Office Itanagar is doing all out efforts to ensure the availability of food grains as per monthly requirement in all the districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

The FCI regional office would take all positive measures to ensure the availability of food stocks for the people of the state, according to an official release.

Reacting to a news item  regarding alleged diversion of the FCI stock published in this daily recently, the FCI Regional Office clarified that  it  has constituted a Committee to investigate the alleged diversion of food stock that took place at Namsai during the month of September last.  During investigation it was found that out of 81 trucks despatched from Tinsukia Depot during September last, only 39 trucks were received at the Tezu depot while the rest 42 stranded trucks carrying rice were diverted by the Depot In-Charge at Namsai for further issue against the monthly PDS allocation of nearby centres due to road blockade from Parasuram Kund to Tezu, the release said.

The State Government authorities at Tezu and Anjaw have given declarations to the effect that they had received the full allotment of food grains under the PDS for the month of September, the release said. However, the FCI Regional Office is making a thorough investigation to check whether any misappropriation has been happening during the transportation of food grains from outside the State to FCI godowns in Arunachal Pradesh, it added.  


DVeGS constituted

ANINI, Dec 03:  A society with the title “Dibang Valley  e-Governance Society ( DVeGS)  was constituted and held its first ever meeting in Deputy Commissioner’s chamber on November 27.

The society aims to provide faster delivery systems to the citizens, more transparency and accountability, improved efficiency within the Government, improve interface with business and industry, people’s empowerment through information etc. Besides the above, the society will also monitor and implement various e-Governance and ICT projects in the district viz. e-District, Treasury computerization, PDS, Health, Education, UID, SWAN, VAHAN & SARTHI etc.

Chairing the meeting, Deputy Commissioner cum chairman of the society, Tamune Miso urged all present in the meeting to contribute their valuable suggestions in framing the best workable rules and regulation, bye-laws keeping in view the main aim of the society.

Rajendra Prasad, DIO (NIC) cum member secretary gave a detail deliberation on e-Governance. He also dwelt in length on the aims and objectives of the Dibang Valley e-Governance Society (DVeGS).

As the working of DVeGS relates directly to SWAN & CIC projects, Rajendra DIO( NIC) expressed his concerned about non-functioning of State Wide Area Network (SWAN) and Community Information Centre (CIC) projects of the district. The Chairman assured to initiate every possible step in functionalizing SWAN and CIC projects of the District.

It was also discussed to request BSNL authority to launch WIMAX facilities in the district to facilitate all the departments with internet services for faster information and communication services.

Issues related to implementation of VAHAN and SARTHI under RTA in the District were raised and discussed. DIPRO

KKDPRCC unit writes to CM

ITANAGAR, Nov 3: The Kurung Kumey District unit of Panchayati Raj Co-ordination Committee (KKDPRCC) has urged the Chief Minister and Panchayati Raj Minister to extend the 2013 panchayati Raj election as per  the provisions of 73rd Panchayati Raj amendment Act  and until devolution of finance, function and functionaries to the Panchayat bodies.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister, the KKDPRCC unit said that the Union Panchyati Raj Ministry as per 73rd amendment had issued guidelines for devolution of Finance, Functions and Functionaries (3Fs) which are equally applicable in all states of the country. Accordingly, all the states have complete devolution of power to Panchayati Raj Institution except Arunachal Pradesh where all Panchayati Raj mandatory schemes like selection of subsidized beneficiaries, execution of MGNREGA, Anganwadi workers etc. are being handled, controlled and supervised by the state legislature,  the Committee unit claimed and stressed on early devolution of 3Fs to the panchayats in the state.

It further claimed that  “as per the provision, according to 73rd Amendment Act 242 under section 190,” the State Election Commissioner with sufficient reason can extend the election after due amendment.

While pointing out various other loopholes in Panchayati Raj system in the state, the KKDPRCC unit president Taring Bath further said that de-limitation in the state is compulsory since the population has become double in each segment in the state.

The state Govt has to modify and amend many more Acts before conducting the 2013 Panchayat Election, he said.

Speaker advocates for absolute freedom of Press

 Senior journalists honoured

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: The month-long celebration of the 30 years of Arunachal Press Club concluded today with its valedictory function held at Banquet hall here. Four senior journalists of state namely Tongam Rina, V Ravindran, Taro Chatung and Pradeep Kumar Behera were felicitated with citations in recognition of their immense contribution in the field of journalism in the state.

The four journalists had played very vital role in the growth of media in Arunachal Pradesh. While Pradeep Kumar, Tongam Rina and V Ravindran took print media to new height, veteran newsman Taro Chatung revolutionized electronic media with his then popular news show ‘News & Views’ aired on Doordarshan.

The Arunachal Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists felicitated the four of them for inspiring many young budding journalists.

In his inaugural note, APC President Taba Ajum stated that despite state media going through the worst period because of violent attacks on journalists and media houses, APC decided to commemorate 30 years of its existence.

“When the things go wrong, we should not stop celebrating important occasion. If we stop being normal and stop celebrating, the anti-social elements will think that they have managed to scare us. By celebrating existence of 30 years of APC, we have send loud message to everyone that press will not be cowed down by such attacks and will continue to serve the people of this state,” said Ajum.  

Addressing the gathering Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong, while congratulating the press fraternity on the occasion of its three long decades, said, “Press may be the fourth pillar but in my view it is the foremost estate.”

Recalling many incidents that was done to curtail freedom of press, he advocated for absolute freedom of press and said, “A person should filter from the press what he wants and what he should reject.” Further condemning the many violent incidents involving press persons, he however cautioned them to abstain from sensationalizing issues.

“As I understand, media is the main pillar of a society, so more and more people should come forward for its support,” said Parliamentary Secretary Tourism P D Sona while condemning the violent attacks on the media persons. “Without press, no development is possible,” he concluded.

Prizes for the State Level Photography Competition were also given away on the occasion. First prize winner, Pretty Elapra of Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu was given a cash prize of Rs. 8000 with a certificate, second prize winner Tasso Kago was presented a cash prize of Rs. 6000 along with a certificate and the third prize winner Tagong Ketan took away cash prize of Rs. 4000 and a certificate. A total of 10 consolation prize winners were presented with cash prize along with certificate.

As part of the celebration APC had organized photo exhibition at Arunachal Press Club building in collaboration with Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation (CCRD).

Among others, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission member Mamang Dai, Director IPR Lekhi Phuntso and officials of IPR were present on the occasion.

Many prominent citizens of capital complex along with senior journalists turned up in large number during the day.



NCERT agrees to include Tawang Monastery in textbooks

NEW DELHI, Dec 03:  The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has agreed to include Tawang Monastery in NCERT textbooks and also assured to depute one Professor of North East Regional Institute of Education, Shillong as in-charge Arunachal Pradesh for assistance in strengthening of SCERT and other Teacher Training Institute.

The assurance was given to Education Minister Bosiram Siram in the 50th General Council Meeting of NCERT at New Delhi today.

Attending the meeting, Siram highlighted the present education scenario of the state and achievements through multi-pronged strategies, such as prioritization of education in the state for expansion of educational institutions, launching of central flagship programs at full length, enactment of various state legislations on education, exercising option for using NCERT books and conducting TET to bring about significant change for quality improvement at all level in the state.

While informing that the State often faces inordinate delay in supplying of textbooks through agencies before commencement of academic session after exercising a lot of mandatory provisions for fund allotment, Siram proposed for direct procurement of textbooks from NCERT outstation distribution centers to solve the problem.

Siram requested NCERT to ensure participation of key resource persons from Arunachal Pradesh while developing, designing and disseminating any new program on curriculum reform, textbook preparation and training modules. He also advocated for holding NCERT workshops, seminars, meeting etc at state headquarters instead of New Delhi.

“It is better for NCERT to organize its workshops, seminar, meeting preferably at state headquarters instead of New Delhi for greater benefit of states of North East Region as the state representatives usually find it difficult in reaching Delhi due to communication gap and delay in receiving information etc, “ Siram opined.

Siram also sought NCERT’s all support for strengthening of the newly created SCERT and other teachers’ education institutes in the state. He also suggested for introducing  School level Curriculum on Finance and Account Matter.

He said that the knowledge of Finance and Account matter such as share market, stock exchange, price indexing is somewhere missing in the secondary level curriculum which is very important for today’s learners. The basic teaching on all these starts at Higher Secondary level through Commerce stream which need to be taken care at Elementary and Secondary level too to promote financial literacy, he added.

Dr. M M Pallam Raju, Union Minister HRD, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, MoS HRD, Director NCERT and other Central Govt. agencies appreciated the issues raised by Siram and included the issues raised by him with a confirmation that action will be initiated shortly on these issues in the larger interest of the State.


All the accused involved in assault of CO arrested

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: After 20 days of tremendous hard work, the Koloriang Police have arrested all the six assailants in connection with the Circle Officer assault case.

Earlier the Police had registered the case at Sangram Police station vide No. 25/2012 u/s 325/34 IPC. The accused Lokam Teki and Sangkung Tapuk were arrested on November 21, the other two accused  Nangram Luder and Bamang Tariu, were arrested on November 26 and November 29 respectively.

Later Bengia Tapong was arrested from the jungles in the night of December 1 and the last of the assailants Bengia Pepo was arrested this morning from Koloriang.

Appreciating the Police team, DC, Kurung Kumey Rajiv Takuk said in spite of shortage of manpower, vehicle and lack of communication the handful of police team led by K.L Pertin, S.I, who is also the I.O of the case along with Head Constable I.N Gogoi, Ct. Tam Tania, Ct. Gyamar Jaja, Ct. Nikja Jode, Ct. Talak Padung and Ct. Gyamar Nibb have been able to arrest the accused after putting great effort and hard work despite all odds.

He congratulated the police team for the successful operation and assured them of suitable rewards and added that the hard work put in by the Koloriang Police is highly laudable and they alone deserve appreciations and the local people also deserve appreciation for the co-operation extended by them in nabbing the culprits.

Meanwhile, 21- Koloriang People’s Forum has appreciated the restless efforts of Investigation Officer in nabbing the culprits involved in the assault of circle officer. The forum also appreciated Deputy Commissioner R Takuk for his support and cooperation. DIPRO


Tuki talks tough against anti-socials

KALAKTANG, Dec 03: Prayer flags and banners fluttered in windy Kalaktang, a picturesque valley in West Kameng district, bordering Assam in the south and Bhutan in the West. The township, an ADC headquarter on banks of serene Ngorgum river, wore a festive look on Sunday. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for the first time was on a one-day tour to the town. He was accompanied by PCC President and Rajya Sabha Member Mukut Mithi, Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, Tourism and RWD Minister Pema Khandu, and Parliamentary Secretaries R T Khunjuju and Phurpa Tsering.

“Hum uska muh-tod jawab denge,” Tuki announced in an aggressive note sending clear warning bells to anti-social elements and people trying to divide the society and create nuisance for self-profit.

Otherwise a calm and sombre person, Tuki’s hard stance on a public platform took people present by surprise and citizens of Kalaktang roared to a spontaneous applause.

“Officials are to serve the people and provide them safety and security. Do your duty with sincerity without fear and favour. My government is with you. Anti-social elements and people who create nuisance and disturb peace are to be dealt with iron hands,” he said.

Lauding the people of Kalaktang led by their local representative T N Thongdok, the Chief Minister expressed happiness that lot of developmental works have been carried out in last three years without compromising with quality.

“Still we have a lot to do. Till the assembly elections in 2014, I promise many more developmental projects would come up and completed,” he assured.

Responding to a public memorandum, the Chief Minister announced a sanction of Rs 2 crore for construction of a new Community Health Center building as the present one is in a dilapidated condition. Other announcements made by the Chief Minister were Rs 5 crore under RIDF for building the approach road to the new ADC Office coming up, Rs 25 lakhs for renovation of the Town Club and Rs 4.5 crore for commissioning of the defunct Domkhorong Hydro Electricity project under RIDF.

He also assured to take up with concerned authorities starting of Commerce stream in the Kalaktang Govt Higher Secondary School, construction of road from Balemu to Bhairakund, establishment of a sub-treasury office and special assistance for the Craft Center and registered societies run by monks doing charitable works like running orphanages, schools and old-age homes.

To the demands for upgradation of Balemu CO headquarters to EAC, creation of an administrative circle at Morshing and strengthening of police force in Balemu, which is the last administrative post within West Kameng with Assam and Bhutan as immediate neighbours, the Chief Minister sought detailed reports from the Deputy Commissioner to place in the Cabinet and initiate further action.

Earlier in the day, after landing at 9.50 am on way from Lumla in Tawang district, the Chief Minister and his entourage visited the under-construction ADC office building, Domkhorong Hydro Electricity project, the Govt H S School, Craft Center and the Community Health Center. The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stones for an outdoor stadium and the Ngorgum Bridge that would connect Kalaktang with Chngi village besides inaugurating a tourist lodge.

On Monday, the Chief Minister’s entourage travelled by road to Rupa stopping at Tenzingaon, Shergaon, Jigaon and the majestic Chillipam Monastery. At Shergaon Tuki inaugurated the Wagrong bridge over River Doglo on the Shergaon-Doimara road while interacted with the monks at the Chillipam monastery known as Sangngag Chikhor Dargyeling Monastery.

At Rupa he addressed a public meeting assuring to take up the matter of mineral exploration in the region with concerned ministries in the Center before flying to Itanagar on an IAF chopper.


Govt threatens to impose “no work no pay”

ITANAGAR, Dec 03: Taking serious view of the indefinite pen-down/tool down strike launched by All Arunachal SSA Teachers Association (AASSATA) in protest against non-fulfillment of its various demands, including the demand for regularization of 528 A/Ts and 22 J/Ts of 2003 batch in a go, the state Govt has threatened to impose “No work No Pay” clause of MOU, if the strike is not called off immediately.

“The government has taken serious view of the situation and considered the action of AASSATA as a breach of trust and oath enshrined in the MOU for SSA contractual teachers,” the SPD, SSA Rajya Mission  said in a  release adding that it will be compelled to impose the “no work no pay” policy, which will eventually lead to termination of the contractual job.”

The SPD instructed all the District Project Directors/DCs and District Project Officers/ DDSEs to comply with government order No.COM/EDN/I/2012 Dtd.26/11/12 in the interest of welfare of students of the State.

“The position of the state government has been made known to the AASSATA time and again despite which the association has gone ahead with the proposed pen down strike with an aim to sabotage the teaching-learning process in elementary schools,” the release said.

It clarified that the government has already approved for phase-wise regularization of SSA teachers based on vacancy arising in the directorate of school education/elementary education. Through this policy, the government has regularized the services of 222 A/Ts and 79 J/Ts till date. More and more SSA teachers will be regularized in due course of time as it is a continuous process, it said.

The release further informed that the salary of the SSA teachers has been revised twice from Rs.7200 to Rs.10800 for A/T and Rs.8500 to Rs.12750 for J/T w.e.f November 15, 2010 and  from Rs.10800 to 21175 for A/T and Rs.12750 to Rs.26453 w.e.f August 26, 2011.

The present salary of SSA teachers is at par with regular teachers and highest in the country, the release said.

The government has already constituted a Committee to look into the demands for one time regularization of 2003 batch, the release added.

The per annum salary of SSA teachers is above Rs.180 crores against which the 10% state matching share is also a huge burden on the state exchequer. The state government is not able to provide the required amount of state share for SSA project due to which a number of components/interventions are yet to be taken up; even the salary of SSA teachers are pending from Oct’2012 due to delay in receipt of second installment from Centre (GOI). Under such financial conditions, the regularization of so many SSA teachers in one go is very difficult, the release said.

The state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Education Minister Bosiram Siram are trying their best for the welfare of SSA teachers and the effort for more regularization is under active consideration, the release added.


ABC riders flagged off for NERM


KOHIMA(Nagaland), Dec 03: Flagging off the riders of the Arunachal Bullet Club on their trip to the North East Riders Meet at Kohima, Parliamentary Secretary Tourism Pasang Dorjee Sona said that to promote the high tourism potential of the state, we need to think outside the box and take up innovative promotion. "Rides like these are a great way not just to create camaraderie within the region, but can be used effectively as a tourism promotion tool", Pasang said. Encouraging the youth to come forward in this, he shared that the department is considering using young Arunachalee students studying or working in the metros as tourism ambassadors of the State. In addition to this, tourism festivals also need to be organised outside the state where tourist footfalls are higher and would have more visibility, he added.

Lauding the members of the club for their spirit of solidarity and adventure, he said that the ABC can be a very effective partner of the department in promoting Arunachal as a ideal destination. Recalling with satisfaction his deep involvement in the Ride in Paradise as part of the IInd NERM, Sona called upon the members to be good representatives of the State.

Earlier in his address, club Chief Dingwang Wangham outlined the clubs involvement in outreach activities and gave a background to the ride.

18 riders from across the State have reached Dimapur for the 5-day event and will also participate in the Hornbill Festival.


Tirap to run against opium

KHONSA, Dec 03: Come 11th December, 2012, the whole Tirap will run against opium.

The 2nd Half Marathon with the theme ‘Tirap runs against opium’ is being organized by the Tirap district administration to create mass awareness on evil effects of opium. Elaborate arrangements have been made for the mega event. About 1000 participants, including professionals and amateur runners are expected to take part. People are enthusiastically waiting for the D-Day.

The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh will flag off the Half Marathon and the awareness rally. The awareness run will be held in 5 categories, viz professionals and armed forces, open to all men, open to all women, school children boys and school children girls. The professionals, armed forces and open to men will run upto Pollung check gate from Nehru stadium while the other three categories of runners will run upto Borduria village. The whole route will be manned by volunteers to ensure smooth conduct of the Half Marathon.

Attractive prizes have been kept for the winners.

Awareness campaign on opium menace will also be held at Lazu, Longding, Changlang and in Lohit district on December 12, 13, 14 and 15 respectively. The awareness rally will be held simultaneously with the Half Marathon. Skit/Drama on ‘ say no to opium, say yes to life’ and ‘think health and not drugs’ will also be held on December 11.

Participants are welcomed from all quarters. For registration etc the aspiring participants may contact 09436255949 and 09862890095.

There will be a musical extravaganza in the evening of December 11 in which East India Company will enthrall the entertainment-starved audience of insurgency-hit Tirap district. The DC who is the main force and inspiration behind the whole programme has urged all to leave no stone unturned to ensure that the Half Marathon is a success.


Podi-Barbi’-a festival that reverberates from the mountains

Sanjay Mosing

‘Podi-Barbi’ is a harvest festival celebrated by the Ramo, Pai-Libo and Bokar communities of Mechukha Sub-Division on December 5 every year. Basically, the festival is celebrated as a thanksgiving to the Mother Nature for the abundant harvest of crops in current year and also to pray for another bumper harvest and hunting season for the coming year.

During this day, men and women folk clad in traditional attire enjoy the day with fun and merry making. Like other festivals of Tani origin, the sacrifice of domestic animals during the festival is another feature of the celebration and the ritual is performed by local priest called Nyubu.

According to the legends, ‘Podi-Barbi’ refers to a small ‘Cicada’ like migratory insect that makes loud tweetery sound and migrates from far-flung places and arrives at the region at the time of harvesting season. Since, the primitive people did not aware of any calendar by which they could know the exact time of harvesting, used the arrival of these tiny insects as reminder of harvesting season. The festival is celebrated during the harvesting season, when the insects make their appearance in the region.

After completion of rituals men and women folk distribute wine and other delicacies to guests and invitees. Local wine (Opong) made of millet and maize is vogue during this day. Traditional songs known as “Jaying and Bari” is common among the elder people and the youths perform traditional dance on entertainment mode. However, with the advent of modernization, modern songs and dances are also combined solely for entertainment these days.

People of the area are basically dependent on agricultural products like maize, millet and rice along with vegetables, which is still in practiced. Maize has been the staple food for ages as growing rice in the mountainous terrains is almost impossible. But the introduction of Public Distribution System (PDS) has changed the food habits of the people of area in recent years. Now they are totally dependent on PDS and prefer rice to maize as staple food. However, they have not abandoned the practice of growing maize, millet and other vegetable items for themselves and domestic animals.

Culturally and traditionally the people are very rich, but due to lack of proper exposure to outside world most of the people even in the State hardly know about the Ramo, Pai-Libo and Bokar communities of the Mechuka subdivision.


Success story of a physically challenged person

From Yachang Tacho

ZIRO, Dec 03: “Despite having physically fit, if a man says he is unemployed or has nothing to do irritate me the most”, said Michi Omo, a differently able person.

Michi Omo is presently working as an Instructor in Bel-metal and Brass metal manufacturing in Trade Section of Crafts Centre, under the Dy. Director, Textile & Handicrafts, department, Ziro. Because of weak right lower limb due to poliomyoliltion since childhood he could hardly walk even with the help of a supporting stick; but this disability never deter him in his work of manufacturing beautiful antique items of bell-metal and brass metal. Their productions are very popular in tribal areas of Arunachal Pradesh.

“Since most of the original beads or ornaments like Tibetan bells, ceremonial bangle etc. are missing day-by-day, we manufacture such antique items in our work place,” said Omo.

Narrating his life history, Omo said, “my childhood ambition was to become a doctor - but my dream never fulfilled because of poor economic condition of my family. I am the third out of my five brothers,. As I was born handicapped, my parent did not expect I could able to stand on my own”.

In spite of poor family background, I did my matriculation in 1988 and qualified for science stream but my parents refused to support my further study. So, having no alternatives, I went to then DC, Ziro in 1990 and asked for a job but he expressed regret as there was no vacant post available under him. I met M. Pertin, the then Assistant Director, Textile & Handicraft, Ziro at DC’s chamber, who informed me of a training programme that was undergoing at craft centre Ziro. “It was my turning point. On next day, I got enrolled myself as a trainee with a stipend of Rs. 250 a month,” he said.

In due course of time, my works with sincerity, dedication and determination impressed the officers of the department. So, they increased my monthly stipend. After completion of this training, I went to Guwahati for further training.

“On my return from Guwahati, I got a job at Craft Centre Ziro in Textile & Handicraft department on 5th April, 1992 and got promoted to the post of instructor in the year 1996”.

The record of the Centre reveals that he has produced numbers of artifacts and antique including ornamental and household items such as – Tibetan bell, ceremonial bangles, Buddha, Natraj, Deer statues, Arunachal Map, Mithun & Horn bill model etc. which have been appreciated by many VVIPs and general public.

On 15th August, 2007 he was awarded commendation certificate by the State government for his outstanding contribution in preservation of cultural.

Beside, being a bell-metal and brass-metal expert, he is also an artist. As a singer he performed at many places. Even some of his songs were also recorded in AIR Dibughar. He also presented some Christian songs in an album.

In spite of being physically handicapped with weak right leg, he earlier used bicycle for his mobility.

Recognizing his contribution and outstanding performance in field of artist as well as in his profession, the then chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Gegong Apang awarded him an auto rickshaw on 5th July, 1996 on the occasion of Dree festival celebration. He used the said Auto-rickshaw for few years in place of bicycle. Thereafter, he purchased a scooter for his use.  Presently he is using a four wheeler vehicle (Maruti-800) which has been modified as per his convenience. As an expert in mechanic, he converted his vehicle’s hand break into clutch. “I can also participate in car race. I am confident on myself in driving” he said.

According to his belief, the day five has proved lucky day for him. He was born on 5th April, 1972, married on 5th April, 1992 and he got his job on the same day on 5th April, 1992 and he was awarded an Auto Rickshaw by then Chief Minister on 5th July, 1996.

Micho Omo, 40 son of Lt. Michi Tagyung of Michi village, Ziro is now living a happy life with his wife, a son and a daughter.

He is hoping that his children would fulfill his unfulfilled dreams. Currently, he is pursuing BA course from Open University and will sit in the final year examination in the coming session.

“If I can fulfill basic requirements of my family and face the challenges of life, you can too” is my message to the people of Ziro valley in particular and state in general, he said.


Training on PBR for villagers

Raju Mimi

ROING, Dec 03: The task of preparing People's Biodiversity Register (PBR) for collection of information on local biological resources and their medicinal use and other traditional knowledge associated with it was held here today.

About 50 villagers from Lower Dibang Valley including forest and wildlife officials took part in the first day of the three days PBR training held under the project ‘Mainstreaming Conservation and Sustainable use of Medicinal Plant Diversity in 3 Indian States’.

Organized by the Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plant Board (APSMPB) and assisted by Divisional Forest Office (Wildlife), the local villagers were given training with a sample questionnaire for collection of information on local medicinal plants and its traditional uses.

“This is a platform to raise all related issues and to formulate strategies for conservation and sustainable use of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) in the near future,” said Ms Tenzing Dema, project coordinator, APSMPB.

In the course of the next two days training, the participants will be taken for field visit to Koronu and Mayudia to meet people working on herbal medicines and to collect information on medicinal plants. Mayudia, a hot tourist spot in the Mishmi Hills at a distance 52 km from Roing is identified as one of the Medicinal Plants Conservation Area (MPCA) in the locality.

The task of the participants will be to help gather local information for preparation of a Community Knowledge Register (CKR) at local panchayat level.

Earlier, highlighting on the importance of PBR in conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants, resource person Ms Nandini Joseph from Bangalore said, “As basic component of the Biodiversity Management Committee (BMC) at local level stipulated under State Biodiversity Conservation Strategy Action Plans (SBCSAP), PBR is prepared to maintain comprehensive information on availability and knowledge of local biological resources.”

She said PBR can act like a watchdog with all local information on medicinal plants and other biodiversity resources accounted for. “This will protect the material and intellectual property rights on medicinal plants, of the local people.”

The project to conserve and mainstream sustainable use of medicinal plants attaches great importance in the fact that the international market for medicinal plants is today estimated around $60 billion and their exports from India crossing Rs.3,000 crore. It is funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) under United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and Government of India, which is under the aegis of APSMPB, Department of Environment and Forest, government of Arunachal Pradesh.

Arunachal is home to over 500 species of medicinal plants, which has been traditionally used by the local tribal communities. Around 28 species used by Apatani, Monpa, Singpho and Tangsa are listed as medicinal plants. Another 56 medicinal plant species is used by Mishmi, Adi and Nyishi tribe.


Tayu, Subha and Deka represent Arunachal in 4th Mr Eastern India Bodybuilding competition

NAHARLAGUN, Dec 03: Arunachal Pradesh was represented for the first time by Arun Tayu (60 kg), Rohit Subha (75+) and Prosonjit Deka (55 kg) in the 4th Mr Eastern India Bodybuilding Competition which was held at Hazarapar Stadium, Tezpur, Assam on December 1 and 2.

The state’s team was led by Arunachal Body Building Association (ABBA) secretary D Isaac.

West Bengal's Prasenjit Shaw won the title while Assam's Kuldeep Dutta emerged as the runners-up.

The Competition was participated by galaxy of National and International body builders like three-time Mr India  and Mr. World 2007 muscle mania Goutam Kolita, Mr Universe A Boby among others.

Meanwhile, the Eastern India Body Building Association (EIBBA) has appointed Arunachal’s Abraham K Techi as its vice-president with a view to promote bodybuilding in the region. The EIBBA has also offered the ABBA to host the 5th edition of the competition in Itanagar in the month of November 2013.


Official team inspects proposed sites for Polytechnic and VKV

SEPPA, Dec 03: An official team and public leaders headed by local MLA Karya Bagang visited Chayangtajo on November 28 with the purpose to inspect the proposed sites for establishment of Govt. Polytechnic College and Vivekananda Kendriya Vidyalaya (VKV).  

The Govt. of India has accorded sanction for establishment of a Polytechnic College and VKV at Chayangtajo, which is one of the remotest administrative headquarters of Arunachal Pradesh. The Joint Director of Higher and Technical Education has given green signal to the propose site.

The team comprising Joint Director of Higher and Technical Education, State Nodal Officer, NSS, LRSO, Assistant Town Planner, East Kameng, three engineers of Tourism Department along with local administration also finalized the site for construction of Tourist Lodge at Chayangtajo.

A three-member team from Tea Research Centre, Tezpur also visited the area along with the team and collected sample of soil to analyze the future prospect of Tea plantation in the area. The team from the Tea Research Centre made the inspection on the request of the Director of Trade and Commerce and the local MLA.

The physical inspection of the sites was supervised by ADC Chayangtajo. DIPRO

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Pollution and health hazard

Dear Editor,

Pollution causes degradation of environment  and serious health hazard. While smoke pollutes the air, the sewage pollutes the water bodies and land. On the other hand, population explosion, urbanization and industrialization are the biggest cause of pollution. Sewage in big cities greatly pollutes the nearby rivers which results in the spreading of harmful chemicals in river. Such harmful chemicals in river pose serious threat to water, plants and animals.  Polluted water is the main cause of disease like cholera, jaundice and diarrhoea which claim large number of human life every year.

Increased number of  vehicles on capital roads also remain  as significant contributor to air pollution.  Air pollution and  noise pollution shorten the life expectation of the people. Exposure to air pollution can cause headaches  and nausea and other diseases like lung cancer.

Therefore, it is time for the people and concerned authorities to think seriously to  control pollution in various forms.


Simal Ranje

Lor Putung village, Itanagar




Raise voice against anti-social activities

Dear Editor,

I, on behalf of the Arunachal Peoples Welfare Association (APWA), would like to request the home department to solve all the pending criminal cases in the state, arrest the culprits involved and give them exemplary punishment.

In recent times, we observe that anti-social activities like looting, dacoity and killings have been increased in the state which are condemnable.

We also strongly protest against the anti-development activities like  bandh culture and misuse of Govt machineries  and appeal to the common people to raise voice openly against such anti-social activities which badly affected the Govt development programmes.


Patey Tajuk

Secretary General

Arunachal People’s Welfare Association, Itanagar




Fulfill  the assurance

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of  your esteemed daily, I would like to ventilate few grievances of the people of Kerang village.

The  bridge over the mighty Siyom river is the only lifeline and means of communication between Kerang I and Kerang II. This bridge also provides communication to all the adjacent villages situated at the left bank of Siyom river in West Siang district.

When it was constructed some years ago during the tenure of former Chief Minister Gegong Apang,  the steel suspension bridge brought smile to the villagers and entire Yobung banggo. But unfortunately, 2000 flood had eroded away the pillar of the bridge and bridge collapsed. After that no other person or Govt agency took steps to rebuild the bridge despite much hue and cry.

The villagers of these two villages have somehow managed to make a bridge over a long stretch of 185 m span by tying the cable in live tree. Now the tree has gone old and it doesn’t give the required strength to pull up the long bridge.

When the matter was reported to authority, executive engineer fixed a board on the entrance cautioning the passerby. The bridge is now completely lying in dilapidated condition and it may collapse at anytime.

Further, MP Takam Sanjoy and Textile Minister Tapang Taloh had  inspected the bridges and assured to bring the problem before the state Govt. Therefore, we, on behalf of people of Kerang,   extend our sincere thanks to dignitaries for their visit and hope that they will fulfill their assurance very soon.


Tabuk Pabo

GS, Kerang Welfare  Society

India’s carbon emission much less than US, China

India contributed 1.8 tonnes of carbon per person, a new research which published on Sunday says. This is much lower than the per capita emissions of economies like China, the US and EU, all of which figure among the biggest polluters of 2012.

Titled 'Global Carbon Project', researchers from UK's University of East Anglia provided empirical evidence to show that China, United States and European Union contributed 28 per cent, 16 per cent and 11 per cent in the global emissions during the year. The corresponding Indian figure in the meanwhile stood at 7 per cent. This comparison with global economy leaders is significant considering that India witnessed a  7.5 per cent growth during the year.

The data published on Sunday warns that global carbon-di-oxide emissions are likely to touch a record high of 35.6 billion tonnes.

Carbon emissions cause the much demonised green-house effect that results in the earth's atmosphere trapping heat. The past millennium saw phenomenal industrialization that led to an increase in carbon dioxide emissions. Scientists believe that it was this level of emissions that is responsible for much of the climate change the earth's environment has undergone, including and resulting in the melting of polar ice-caps, increasing sea levels and generally bad climate for agriculturists.