ITANAGAR, Dec 07: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh
Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam
Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s
will be kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
SYA director visits venue of 7th National Shotokan
Karate C’ship, new training hall
ITANAGAR, Dec 07: Director, Sports and Youth Affairs DK Dinglow accompanied by Assistant
Director Ramesh Linggi today paid visit to the newly built Shotokan Karate Training
Hall at Naharlagun and the temporary indoor stadium constructed for holding the 7th
National Shotokan Karate Championship beginning at Naharlagun on December 13.
Dinglow, while inspecting the training centre, highly appreciated the initiative
taken by Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) president Likha Tara for further development
of Karate in the state. He hoped that the training centre would go a long way in
providing the all required training facilities to the budding karate players of the
Create posts of EE: Association
ITANAGAR, Dec 07: In its representation to the state chief secretary, All Arunachal
Pradesh Unemployed Engineers Association (AAPUEA) on Thursday pleaded for the creation
of posts of executive engineer under Police Housing Corporation, Sports authority
and state transport department.
Claiming that the technical cells of the departments mentioned above have been lying
without executive engineers since its creation, the Association said creation
of posts in technical cells will help minimize the unemployment problem in the state.
ITANAGAR, Dec 07: Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization today condemned
the recent physical assault on an associate editor of this daily by few miscreants.
It further demanded the state government to contain the crimes by deploying sufficient
security personnel in and around the state capital. The Organization also lauded
the state police for arresting all the accused involved in Echo of Arunachal office
attack case. Meanwhile it appealed the organizations not to resort to bandh call,
saying that bandh culture hampered the development. It, however, lauded the state
Govt and capital administration for their tireless efforts for peace and development.
Student’s death mourned
ITANAGAR, Dec 07: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization today deeply mourned the
mysterious death of a young student Nani Tama at Pasighat recently. Expressing shocked
at Tama’s death Organization appealed the authority to nab the culprits involved
in heinous crime immediately.
Advent Christmas celebrated at Yazali
ITANAGAR, Dec 07: Advent Christmas was celebrated at Heli Memorial Academy, Yazali
Hovili Sema, a teacher from Govt Middle School Yazali, explained the significance
of celebrating Advent Christmas, the birth of Lord Jesus Christ.
Games and Sports competition was held among the kids and prizes were distributed
to the winners.
The parents were also present on the occasion.
Committee on Article 187
ITANAGAR, Dec 07: Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker has constituted
a five-member committee on Article 187 with Jomde Kena, Deputy Speaker as its chairman.
The committee shall examine whether the Article 187 of the Constitution, Rule 172
(3) of the Rules of Procedure and conduct of business of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative
Assembly and Doctrine of Separation of Powers clearly embedded in the Constitution
of India are fully operational with respect of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
Other members of the committee are : Dr Tangor Tapak (PAC chairman), Laeta Umbrey
(PUC chairman), Tani Loffa (Chairman, Committee on Estimates) and Bamang Felix (chairman,
committee on subordinate Legislation).
Training cum demonstration on oyster mushroom cultivation
ITANAGAR, Dec 07: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) East Siang organised training cum demonstration
on oyster mushroom cultivation and fish processing at Ngorlung village under East
All together 35 farmers participated in the programme.
Subject Matter Specialist Toge Riba demonstrated the technique for cultivation of
oyster mushroom using paddy straw as substrate. SM Hussain delivered on Kenyain technology
on fish processing and solar drying technology which can be easily adopted by the
farming community. The programme was sponsored by e-kiosh project, College of Horticulture
and forestry, Pasighat.
Training on rice cultivation and pest management
CHANGLANG, Dec 07: The Department of Agriculture, Changlang conducted an intensive
training cum demonstration on rice cultivation including integrated pest management
for farmers at Circuit House Changlang on December 4 last.
Changlang (South) ZPM John Jugli who also attended the training, appreciated DAO
and his subordinate officers for organizing such informative and educative training
for the first time in the district headquarters. He urged the farmers to attend such
program to enhance knowledge. John further appealed to the farmers to take up various
farming activities by adopting modern technology and machineries to boost up the
socio-economic condition. He assured his support and assistance in such event in
District Agriculture Officer AD Panggam highlighted on ‘National Food Security Mission’
(NFSM) and the Agriculture Technology and Management Agency (ATMA) and explained
how the public can avail the benefit and support from these schemes.
On the occasion, under NFSM (Rice) Agri-inputs such as spray machineries, organic
and synthetic insecticides, micronutrients for plant and organic manure etc. were
distributed to the beneficiaries present in the training. An interaction between
the farmers and the department was also organised. DIPRO
Students urged to maintain discipline
ITANAGAR, Dec 07: Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Workers Welfare
Board (APBOCWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam called upon the students to be discipline
and hardworking to achieve their goal in life. He was addressing at closing ceremony
of Sandristi Utsav-2012, an inter-school meet, at Boum Kakir Mission School Midhpu
on Thursday. Encouraging students and children to participate in sports events, he
said that every student should take active part in the extra- curricular activities
in the school to expose their talents. Sonam also appealed the parents to support
their wards in sports activities. Further Sonam also called upon students to fight
against crimes and drugs menace. Later Sonam gave away the prizes to the winners.
Fashion Show on Handicraft Accessories
ITANAGAR Dec 07: Arunachal Pradesh Khadi & Village Industries Board (APKVIB) in
association with the North East Institute of Fashion Technology (NEIFT) Guwahati
organized a Handicraft Accessories fashion Show at a city based hotel today. The
programme sponsored by Development Commissioner (Handicraft) Ministry of Textile,
GoI, New Delhi had a noble objective to showcase the contemporary and traditionally
rich textiles of all the State of North East region to give supports and encouragements
to the artisans.
Gracing the occasion Industries, Textile & Handicraft Minister Tapang Taloh while
appreciating the works of APKVIB & NEIFT said such important programmes would create
a new phase of development in the field of Handicraft sector in the stare where Industries,
textile & Handicraft department is not so popular. He further added, looking around
the nation and worldwide this department is very important which creates employments
and minimize the unemployment of the state.
The programme was attended by Taki Taba, Chairman KVIB, B. Singh Vice Chairman KVIB,
M Pertin, S. Deb, Vikaram Rai Medhi CEO NEIFT etc. DIPR
145 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
CCCC lift Yaja Waii Memorial T20 Cricket C’ship Trophy
SEPPA, Dec 07: The Capital Complex Cricket Club (CCCC) lifted the 3rd Yaja Waii Memorial
20-20 Cricket Championship by defeating Pare Rangers in a nail-biting final at Seppa
General Ground here today.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, attending as chief guest, handed over the trophy beside
a cash prize of Rs 5 lac, biggest amount in entire cricket tournament played in the
north eastern region, that was witnessed a sea of people from the nook and cranny
of the district and other places.
In order to take advantage of fine weather, CCCC captain Yello Sonam elected to bat
after winning the toss. However, CCCC could not execute the opportunities to their
advantage and set a modest target of only 106 before being bundled out by the vicious
attacks from Rangers’ bowlers.
The game looked lopsided initially with the modest target. However, CCCC exhibited
excellent fielding coupled with discipline bowling. Capital Club crashed the hope
of Rangers last wicket Sandeep Kumar when Toko Sama took a beautiful catch in the
long-on from Toko Robin 3rd ball of last over and 6 runs to win.
Sams Alam of Capital was declared man of the match for taking 4 wickets and contributing
16 runs to its team. Beside certificate and trophy Alam was awarded a sum of Rs 10,000.
Meanwhile, Akhilesh Sahani of Capital Club won Hero Honda splendour motor cycle for
winning the man of the series title. He took 13 wickets and scored 265 runs.
Pare Ranger, besides getting the runners-up trophy, also won a cash amount of Rs
2 lac which was handed over to them by Tourism and RWD Minister Pema Khandu.
Tuki reiterates Govt commitment to promote sports activities
SEPPA, Dec 07: The 3rd Yaja Waii Memorial T20 Cricket Championship ended this evening
at Seppa in a colourful note. The fire crackers lit up the sky of Seppa town as massive
crowd turned up to witness closing ceremony. Large contingent of Bollywood artistes,
including Indian idol runner up Amit Paul performed.
Chief patron of the tournament Kumar Waii informed that tournament was started to
provide a platform to the young players of state so that they can hone their skills
and can compete with best players at national level. He also added that organizing
such a mega event at Seppa town, the headquarter of East Kameng, one of the most
backward districts of state will imbibe sense of responsibility to the people of
the region as they will learn many thing from the visiting teams and officials. While
informing that this will be last edition of Lt Yaja Waii Memorial T20 Cricket tournament,
Kumar Waii declared that he will open a hospital at Seppa in the memory of his late
mother and hospital will specially cater to the needs of poor and destitute people.
Tourism and RWD Minister Pema Khandu who was guest of honour for the day while congratulating
people of Seppa for such a wonderful tournament said this tournament matches any
other world class tournament held in other parts of world.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who was on his 5th visit to Seppa town announced Rs 5 crore
for construction of multi-purpose stadium at Seppa General Ground where the tournament
is being held. “The successful organization of such a big cricket tournament shows
that people of Seppa have move ahead of rest of the state. Am sure with construction
of multipurpose stadium more better sports event will be held in the future,” said
Tuki. He assured the players participating that govt will extend support to those
players who excels and bring laurel for the state. Tuki also spoke in detail about
various employment generation scheme launched by his government in order to help
the unemployed youths.
Also present on the occasion were parliamentary secretary for IPR Thanwang Wangham,
Chairman Sport’s authority of Arunachal Tapuk Taku, Chairman Forest Corporation Tani
Loffa, Chairman APEDA Kumsi Sidisow, Chayangtajo MLA Karya Bagang, Deputy Commissioner
and SP East Kameng along with hosts of other dignitaries.
Bridging the gap between Govt and rural people
Lack of road connectivity a major constraint to development: Mein
ITANAGAR, Dec 07: Lungsa, a remote village in Kurung Kumey district that falls under
Nyapin Assembly constituency, today witnessed a unique program.
Titled ‘Outreaching People…’ conceptualized by local MLA Bamang Felix was a successful
attempt to bridge the gap between the rural people and the government, which had
become a necessity owing to a growing sense of alienation and deprivation by the
Taking the government to the grassroots level, Finance, Planning and PWD Minister
Chowna Mein along with Education Minister Bosiram Siram and Political Secretary to
CM Bamang Tago landed in the remote village to a rousing welcome.
Felix along with senior citizens, public leaders and officials of Nyapin Assembly
segment had already reached Lungsa trekking for more than eight hours.
Witnessing a colourful cultural programme by locals, including a mega dance by hundreds
of women in traditional attires, Mein lauded the sincerity of Felix to bring in development
in remote and far-flung areas of his constituency. He called upon the people to take
up horticulture activities as suited in the region for economic sustainability.
Admitting that lack of road connectivity is a major constraint in development of
the area, Mein assured to take up the issue with DoNER ministry on priority. He viewed
that once road connectivity is established and transportation of horticulture produce
becomes easy, the region would develop fast. Besides, he said tourism and agriculture
would also flourish bringing in economic growth.
Siram was also all praise for Felix. In his address he informed that the government
had adopted a pragmatic education policy that makes no compromise with the quality
of education. He said the deputy commissioners, DDSEs and respective circle administrative
officers have been empowered to take action against absenting teachers to maintain
discipline amongst them. He also assured to develop infrastructure of the newly established
Nyapin Government College in phased manner.
On behalf of the people of his constituency, Felix submitted a memorandum to the
visiting ministers drawing attention of the government towards few pressing needs
of the area. These include – prioritization of the road project from Sangram to Phassang
(phase II), an Inspection Bungalow and a multipurpose community hall at Lungsa, special
package for infrastructural development of all schools under Nyapin sub-division
and provision of agriculture and horticulture development package.
Both the leaders assured to take up the demands with the Chief Minister for early
Earlier, DCCI Kurung Kumey President Tarh Legik welcomed the joining of Felix into
the Congress fold. He appreciated the move by the Pradesh Congress Committee and
expressed confidence that it would further strengthen the Congress Party, particularly
in Kurung Kumey.
Senior citizen Tadar Yadir, deputy commissioner Rajeev Takuk, public leader Tame
Phassang and ZPM Tadar Ado also spoke on the occasion.
The day-long function was marked by laying of foundation stones of an indoor stadium
each at Nyapin and Sangram and a VKV school at Nyapin (Gaga).
ASCWS expresses concern over death of young student
Joint delegation to meet district administration
ITANAGAR, Dec 07: A delegation comprising members of Adi Bane Kebang, Apatani Socio-Cultural
Welfare Society (ASCWS) and Apatani Cultural and Literary Society is leaving shortly
for Pasighat to appraise the district administration of urgent necessity to book
the culprit(s) responsible for the mysterious death of Nani Tama, a native of Ziro.
The decision to this effect was taken when the office bearers of Apatani Socio-Cultural
Welfare Society, Itanagar called on the President, Adi Bane Kebang yesterday and
expressed their deep concern over the death of a young student.
The Apatani Socio-Cultural Welfare Society appealed civil society groups to come
together and demand justice for the family of late Tama. “We demand that the culprits
must be arrested immediately. It is surprising that the police remained clueless
about those responsible for his death. The Society understands that a week’s time
is reasonable enough to demand explanation from the district administration for its
delay in finding any clue about an unnatural death,” Apatani Socio-Cultural Welfare
Society said in a release.
The body of Nani Tama was found buried under the sand in the river bed of Siang River,
near Ranaghat, Pasighat.
BEOs urged to tighten belts for successful implementation of MDM scheme
BOMDILA, Dec 07: The District Level Steering cum Monitoring Committee on Implementation
of Mid-Day- Meal scheme held its meeting today morning at district headquarters Bomdila
chaired by the Deputy Commissioner and attended by the members concerned and all
the Block Education Officers.
Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi, who also is the chairman of the said Steering
cum Monitoring Committee, lauded the changes; though minimal, that has been visible
in the last couple of years in the education sector of the district. ‘But we have
a long way to go’ said DC Tashi. The onus of this task lies directly on the shoulders
of the BEOs. More mobility is needed on the part of the Block Education Officers
who are directly responsible for the implementation of the Mid-Day-Meal schemes in
their respective blocks. However fine a work may have been executed, it would not
be recognized until and unless it has been documented. Hence regular and updated
Record keeping of the MDM schemes is of vital importance, he observed. The BEOs also
need to properly brief and interact with the concerned Headmasters and Teacher in-charge
of the schools on record-keeping and health and hygiene aspects of the school children,
Earlier, Monya Riba, Deputy Director (MDM), DTE of Elementary Education, Itanagar,
dwelt on the implementation of Mid-Day-Meal for the year 2012-13. To meet up the
few observations and queries of the central team who had visited the district, the
DD (MDM) called upon the BEOs to enhance their performance and strictly adhere to
the record keeping of the MDM schemes. There is also the need to submit regular and
filled-up QPRs from their end, he said. Grievance Cell need to be set up in the district
headquarter and at Block levels and made functional at the earliest, he added.
On the School health programmes, Riba informed that the state of Arunachal Pradesh
stands lowest at 0.2% in the whole of the country. Therefore, a concerted effort
should be made by the concerned stakeholders to implement the school health programmes.
On the request of the DDSE, he conveyed that, a Computer Operator may be hired to
assist the Block Education Officer in-charge MDM of the district and necessary fund
would be made available.
Taking part in the discussion, DMO in-charge Dr. TD Namsa informed of the non-allocation
of fund for conduct of School health programmes in the district. Whatever health
programmes were conducted in the selected schools were made on adjustments from other
sources and allocations, he said. Earlier, the DDSE M Kadu presented the status report
on the implementation of the Mid-Day-Meal scheme in the district and directed for
strict adherence of the laid down norms by the BEOs.
Instances of delay and supply of adulterated / outdated nutritional items, misuse
of school grants, poor & shabby condition of kitchen sheds, requirement of cooking
utensils and drinking water supply in schools etc were projected by the Block Education
The meeting was convened at the back drop of the visit of the Monitoring Institutions
and 4th Review Mission in the district on November 16 and 17, where a few observations
were made by the visiting team. DIPRO
East Siang gears up to control crimes
PASIGHAT, Dec 07: Taking serious note of the traffic rule violations, menace of drug
abuse, unauthorized sale of liquor and the illegal gathering of anti-social elements
at sensitive places, the District Administration has launched an extensive drive
by adopting zero tolerance policy with help of all the stakeholders.
East Siang Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra has deployed magistrates and police personnel
to enforce the law during the day in general and at night in particular to curb the
The Deputy Commissioner along with SP, OC, in-charge traffic police, Makbul Siram,
Town Magistrate conducted night-long patrolling in the Pasighat Township yesterday.
They checked the vehicular movements and some of them were impounded. The sensitive
areas were extensively scanned and searched.
The district administration with help of police is carrying out night patrolling
and impounded many unregistered vehicles, stopped minors from driving without valid
driving license. Many of them were booked for violation of various provisions of
Motor Vehicle Acts.
The DC asserted that the drive will be continued and will try to make the town crime
free. The Deputy Commissioner appealed to all to cooperate with the District Administration.
He urged all to follow the traffic rules, register their vehicles, discourage minors
from driving, obtain valid license, not to drive after drinking, abstain from anti
social activities etc. DIPRO
Lohit students keen to learn electronics
ITANAGAR, Dec 07: He came, he saw, and he won hearts…” this could, one say of O.S
Chandran, patron of Lohit Youth Libraries, as he concluded a series of lecture-demonstrations
and workshops on “Electronics as a hobby” in Tezu and Wakro form Nov 15 to 27.
A retired Deputy Commissioner in the central Govt. from Chennai, he was visiting
Lohit for the second consecutive year, spending a fortnight of his time and energies,
to do his mite for the youth of Lohit, many of whom consider him a close friend,
despite the large age-gap. The programme was organized by VT-AWIC Youth Library Network,
jointly with ASSET, Wakro, CALSOM, Tezu and the Lohit District Education Department.
“Practical Electronics does not call for complex calculations, formulae and a mastery
of mathematics. It can be learnt even by a villager with some interest” said Chandran,
quoting his own personal example, that he is no engineer. “Today electronics has
entered every aspect of our life, whether it is your mobile, TV, bike or a household
appliance in your home; and hence it would be wise for a youth to have some practical
skill in it. In fact electronics is an ideal occupation for girls and women, both
rural and urban, since it calls for nimble fingers. You not only save your money,
but can earn well too.” “In fact, I started learning it when an electrician cheated
me when my TV went wrong!” he quipped as the Tezu Hr Sec School students burst out
Welcoming Chandran to the Hr. Sec School, Tezu, Yealiang Tamblu, teacher, remembered
his active involvement in the Bamboosa Library activities during his 3 years tenure.
“Youth from Lohit has a new home now in Chennai!’, she said. More than 80 students
from class XI and XII actively participated in the lec-dem in the school.
Inaugurating the 3-day workshop at CALSOM for students of Sec School, Tezu, Bajai
Pul, President, CALSOM exhorted the youth of Lohit to develop practical skills that
can develop self-reliance in their life. Thanking Chandran for coming over all the
way from Chennai at his own expense to serve the youth of Lohit, Pul said “We hope
more grown-ups would emulate his example.” The workshops at Wakro and CALSOM, Tezu
involved the student-groups assembling a Diwali light, after Chandran demonstrated
and explained various items such as resistance, multi-meter, transistor, IC and LED.
“The hand on experience was very rewarding”, said Pradip Kr Jha and Ganesh Mallah
of Tezu Sec School. “We would love to attend more such training” said Ganesh, an
opinion echoed by Solina and Roija of Apna Vidya Bhavan, Wakro and Disemsi of KGBV.
The programmes at the Kendriya Vidyalaya Tezu and the TCM Govt Middle School also
saw enthusiastic response from the students, with lively question-answer sessions.
Giving their impressions, Prama Das, Sandeep Singh and Digvijay Rajkhowa, Class
X students, found the session very useful for highlighting the practical applications
of electronics. At the TCM school, several students were keen to have more practical
sessions during the year. “Do let us know when the next workshop is planned”, said
SK Choudhary, the Headmaster.
With such enthusiastic response from students, Chandran is looking forward to his
next visit, by which time, he hopes to see an Electronics Club in Tezu. “Next year,
we’ll conduct a full workshop with interested students,” he says confidently, “And
they’ll assemble a PC”.
With such committed patrons to guide, would any thing be impossible for the Arunachali
Electoral revision in East Siang gets underway
RUKSIN, Dec 07: Following instruction of State Election Commission, the election
department in East Siang is conducting summery revision of electoral roll in its
all five assembly segments. The total number of electorates in the district as per
draft electoral roll was 58,224 and the figure is reportedly decreased as some names
are reportedly deleted from the roll for failing to produce photographs.
Sources from District Election Office at Pasighat said that the process of special
summery revision of the electoral rolls including receipt and disposal of claims
and objection besides preparation of and Photo Electoral Roll (PER) is on progress.
The number of total electorates in the assembly segments as per draft electoral roll,
2012 was – Pangin -12,255, Nari - 6,842, Pasighat-West (Ruksin) - 12,142, Pasighat-East
- 17,727 and Mebo -9,33. The election office has received a total 1211 claims (604
male and 607 female) for enrollment in the electoral roll which are not yet disposed
off. The final electoral roll will be published in the second week of January, 2013.
Sources informed that the State Election Commission (EC) has strictly instructed
the concerning Election officers for 100% achievement of the election related activities
in this revision. The Commission, after observing the records earlier submitted by
the district became aware of the facts that the percentage of achievement in some
assembly segments varied from 98.77 to 99. So, the EC on November 1 last strictly
instructed the East Siang Deputy Commissioner to assure 100% achievement in the preparation
of Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) and Photo Electoral Roll(PER).
Meanwhile, observer deputed by Election Commission has visited electoral revision
process in all five assembly segments and verified the records of claims and objection
and deletion etc.
Maro gets water supply project
ITANAGAR, Dec 07: Water Supply Project at Maro (Rite) village under NRDWP was inaugurated
by Secretary PHE & WS Tomi Ete on December 4 in presence of Sentum Yomcha, SE PHEC
Bene and A N Singh, Director, CCDU.
The Secretary appreciated the efforts of the field engineers and the villagers for
their involvement in successful completion of the project. He also highlighted that
as per directives from Govt. of India the distribution network has to be handed over
to the VWSC and advised them to chalk out strategies for proper maintenance of pipe
Maro-Korarijo ASM Tami Bage on behalf of all the villagers expressed thankfulness
to the department as a whole for successful implementation of the project as their
village was facing untold miseries for want of drinking water.
Yomcha and Singh advised villagers on sanitary practices for healthy life.
The inaugural function was attended by N Konia, EE PHED Daporijo with all AEs and
JEs, PRI members of the area and the villagers.
The Secretary along with SE, Director, EE and other officers and staff visited Nirmal
Gram-Lable IV (Dagam Village) of Taliha Circle in Upper Subansiri district the next
day. He interacted with the people of the village on various aspects of sanitation
and appreciated the efforts of the villagers in bringing a change in their life through
sanitary practices. He lauded the GPC Tapa Dagam for his selfless dedication. HGB
Raksu Dagam on behalf of the villagers thanked the visiting officers for their advices
and support through TSC now NBA (Nirmal Bharat Abhiyaan).
A Block level workshop on Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation cum Training on
FTK (Field Testing Kit) was organised by M. Tatu, AE PHESD Dumporijo on December
at Baririjo. The workshop was attended by PRI members of Baririjo circle along with
teaching staff of Baririjo ME School, ASHA and Anganwadi Workers and common people.
In all 5 FTKs were handed over to GPCs of 5 GPs, according to an official release.
Chief Minister’s visit to Donyi Polo School for Hearing Impaired reminds me of my
own visit to that School. During my stay in Capital, every month I visited the school
to meet my sister. I had nothing much to give, so I would just take a packet of sweets
and give it to one of the brothers and he would distribute to all. The smile they
gave was so beautiful.
That day I went by auto, as usual. Stopping close to gate I saw some children playing
outside the hostel. I was quite far, and I saw one of those children say something
and he ran inside, and when I reached the hostel, there was my sister, ready to greet
me. She held my hands and led me upstairs. She brought me to a room and signaled
me to sit, and then a group of sisters there greets me. And then they played music,
then they danced to the tune. But it was only me, among them, who could hear the
song, but couldn’t dance. I am still way far behind Big B, while they danced to the
music with a great perfection. I clapped after their performance and wanted to say
much more, but alas, I couldn’t communicate it. They taught me alphabet with hand
signals, I learnt some and that’s how I knew some of their names. I thanked and they
smiled back. Since I shifted from the capital I couldn’t pay them a visit.
This vacation I paid a visit to this sister, who was at her home. She did not recognize
me, and so asked her mom- my aunty, who I was. She told her I was the one who would
pay her a visit in her School. Then she sat next to me and asked if I wanted to have
food. I said I had it a moment ago. Then she went off to make tea for me, a while
later one of aunties arrived. She recognized her. She made a sign with her hands
asking her how her child was. A child of nine or ten years, who does that, we are
only good by names, they are but good and pure by heart.
Commercial vehicles are not ATMs
Traffic Police of the City conducts mobile court four times a week and on Sunday
it is mandatory.
No doubt they are doing a commendable job but on the other hand it is a nuisance
for the vehicle owners who have valid documents.
Besides, mobile courts without the presence of responsible Officers are common practice
which is a bit awkward. If anything happen, who will be responsible?
These squads target commercial vehicles only. Traffic constables on duty do not excuse
even the petty offences.
To avoid any arguments, drivers dish out Rs. 100/-. All the matters solved with Rs.
50/- or Rs.100/-but without challan! These practices are common feature on NH52.
Apart from above, I am confused who is an appropriate authority to conduct mobile
court? Is it MVI, Traffic Police or Civil Police? Because when MVI is with magistrate
during mobile court, they check all vehicles irrespective of private or public whereas
the Traffic constables are very particulars about the commercial vehicle only. And
their timing is early morning.
On Sundays police personnel on duty of the Banderdewa and Kimin check gates demand
Sunday fees from commercial vehicles. Are Commercial Vehicles ATMs? If such responsible
personnel become parasite, there is bound to be problem for Commercial Vehicles owners
many of who struggle to pay their EMIs.
I request the concern authorities to at least conduct it once a month instead of
three or four times.
Commercial Vehicle Owner, Itanagar
Need for open and equal participation
This is in reference to the job notification published in your esteemed daily on
7th Dec 2012. The job notification of vacant 51 posts for S.I, where 28 seats are
flatly reserved for the Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts is a sign of total
favouratism. There have been some instances too when huge numbers of seats have been
reserved for them while rest of the districts are left to compete for a least number
of posts. Sometimes we are left with a feeling that we are enlisted in general category.
The reason behind is none, but the same old excuse of insurgency. Now, is this the
ultimate preventive measure to dissuade youths of these districts from joining insurgency
groups? If it is so than despite such reservations and privileges why there are still
problems and resounding woes? Instead, why don't the State govt. resolve the problems
and let the whole state participate equally?
Therefore, with few questions to be answered by the concerned authorities, I would
like to appeal for an open and common platform for whole of the State as prevention
is always better than cure.
Dular Dujom, RGU
UN calls for farmer-centric approach
‘The State of Food and Agriculture 2012,’ the annual flagship report of the UN Food
and Agriculture Organization (FAO), says that the world’s more than one billion farmers
must be central to any agricultural investment strategy, given that they are the
biggest investors in this sector.
New data compiled for the report show that farmers in low- and middle-income countries
invest more than $170 billion a year in their farms – about $150 per farmer.
This is three times as much as all other sources of investment combined, four times
more than contributions by the public sector, and more than 50 times more than official
development assistance to these countries, FAO noted. The report states that investing
in agriculture is clearly paying off. Over the last 20 years, for example, the countries
with the highest rates of on-farm investment have made the most progress in halving
hunger, to meet the first of the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development
Recent evidence shows signs of improvement, but eradicating hunger in these and other
regions, and achieving this sustainably, will require substantial increases in the
level of farm investment in agriculture and dramatic improvements in both the level
and quality of government investment in the sector, the report observed.
The report recommends focusing on a number of areas to foster smallholder investment,
including helping smallholders mobilize their own savings and gain improved access