December 17


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Dec 16: 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


Pharmaceutical business records 12.5 pc growth

ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Pharmaceutical business in Arunachal Pradesh has recorded annual growth of 12.5% and there is huge scope of phenomenal growth in this sector in near future, according to Arunachal Pradesh Chemist and Druggist Association (APCDA).

The encouraging growth in this sector has definitely attracted local Arunachalee youth to take up this business, the release said.

APCDA stressed the need for further strengthening the Association with proper guidance of All India Organization of Chemist and Druggist (AIOCD) to meet the future demand, which was supported by the newly elected president and general secretary  Pawan Bagang and Neelam Sera.


Medical team sought to prevent outbreak of FMD

ITANAGAR, Dec 16:  Claiming the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Ambam Panchayat under Pistana Circle of Lower Subansiri district,   general secretary of Assembly Youth Congress Committee, Nabam Sonil said that the disease has already claimed  a large number of Mithun and  hundreds of Mithuns are still suffering from the  disease. Sonil  appealed the  director of the Animal husbandry and veterinary to depute a team of veterinary doctor with sufficient medicines to  prevent the outbreak of FMD.


Block level Cong Seval Dal training camp concludes

ITANAGAR, Dec 16:  A week-long block level Congress Seva Dal training at Tezu in Lohit district came to an end today. The training which kick started on Thursday was organized by Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal. Speaking in the valedictory function of training camp, Seva Dal chief organizer Taki Taba urged the  Seva Dal cadres to discharge their duty with sincerity and dedication.

 Among others,  Sunpura ZPM cum APCC secretary Balansi Thalai,  Tezu ZPM Batak Tayeng,  ASM chairperson  Gayalo Sirko  were present in the valedictory function. Altogether 152  trainees took part in the training.


ORI DAY  celebrated

ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The 11th Ori Day was celebrated at Yigi-Kaum village, Aalo in West Siang yesterday.

All Oris from different walks of life congregated in the Ori Linn of Yigi-Kaum village and paid homage to Ato Ori, the father of all Ori clan. On this day, the nomenclature of original surname Ori was adopted from Eshi.

Kento Ori, Ex ASM and senior citizen of Ori hoisted the Ori flag. This time, the flag was flown half half mast and all sports and entertainment activities were cancelled as a mark of respect of late Kirge Ori, ex MLA.

They also observed two minutes silence for eternal peace of departed soul.

A public  meeting was organized wherein all  the Ori unanimously adopted a resolution to rename the present Yigi-Kaum Middile school as Kirge Ori Govt Middle School Yigi Kaum as a mark of respect to the departed leader of the village.


AMWS conference held

ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The two days conference of All Maying Welfare Society (AMWS) was held at Nho-Koro (Talam-Riktak) recently.

Over 1200 members of the society attended the conference.

The newly elected president and general secretary of the Society appealed to the Society members to remain united and cooperate with each other in the greater interest of the society.


Society  resents non-construction of collapsed bridge

ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The All Tator-Tani Area Welfare Society (ATTAWS) has expressed strong resentment over non re-construction of the collapsed Tampin Bridge near Riddi village of the Segi-Gusar circle of Upper Subansiri district.

Alleging negligence by PWD, Dumporijo division to re-construct the bridge that collapsed three years ago, ATTAWS urged the local MLA Takar Marde to direct the PWD to carry out the construction work at the earliest.

Claiming that the bridge was an integral part of the ongoing road project from Subansiri bridge point to Segi CO headquarters, which connects the newly born Segi circle with district headquarters, ATTWS expressed dismay over reported non-inclusion of the bridge in the DPR of the ongoing project.


Dr Mishra receives Delhi Ratna Award

ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Dr Avinash Kumar Mishra, Chief Resident Commissioner, Arunachal Bhawan, New Delhi has been conferred with prestigious Delhi Ratna Award for promotion of National Integration and excellent coordination and valuable service to the people of Arunachal Pradesh in particular and North Eastern Region in NCR Delhi at large by the All India Conference of Intellectuals during its 31st Annual Conference held in India International Centre New Delhi today. A former Governor and Union Minister Bishma Narayan Singh was the Chief Guest and Harishankar Brahma, Election Commissioner of India was the Guest of Honour while Kris Shrikant, Former Captain of Indian Cricket team was the Special Guest on the Dias.

Dr Mishra, 1979 batch IFS officer served in various Districts of Arunachal Pradesh in different capacities is the father of two sons and a daughter.


Thakur Anukul Chandra remembered

ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The 125th birth anniversary of Sri Sri Thakur Anukul Chandra was celebrated in a grand manner at Vidya Sagar Academy, Barapani Bazaar, Naharlagun today.

Attending the day-long programme, Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare Board (APBOCWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam extended advanced New Year greetings to the gathering and exuded hope that the coming year will usher lots of happiness, peace and harmony for the people of state.

Meanwhile, highlighting on the life of Sri Sri Thakur Anukul Chandra, Sonam said, “Sri Thakurji’s deep love and compassion for all human being irrespective of caste, creed, and religion has transformed the lives of many anti-social elements”. Many well-known personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Fazul Haque etc were inspired by Thakurji’s divine touch.

He further appealed the organizing committee to invite the local boys  and girls to show their rich culture and tradition which will helpful in inculcating sense of interest amongst them towards the importance of culture and tradition of our state.


HDOs pledge to work for farmers

ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The State Horticulture Development Officers’ Welfare Association (SHDOWA), in its general conference at Naharlagun yesterday pledged to work for betterment of farmers to boost the state’s economy through horticulture activities.

The conference attended by HDOs from far-flung and remote areas highlighted various grievances and problems faced by them at various level and also the pros and cons of existing Department. They expressed gratitude to the Governor and Chief Minister for showing their keen interest for development of Horticulture sector in the state during the just concluded Expo cum Kisan Mela here. The meeting adopted several resolutions for onward submission to the Horticulture Minister for early action.


Capital bandh postponed

ITANAGAR, Dec 16: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organisation (AAPYO) have decided to postpone its proposed 36 hours Capital bandh scheduled to begin from Dec 17  keeping in view of the  on-going semester examinations of RGU and Arunachal Law Academy. This was informed by the organization in a release today.

Meanwhile, AAPYO appealed to the district administration to release its detained executive members immediately.


Nyishi Day

ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES)  has unanimously selected Yazali as the venue for the  6th Nyishi Day cum General Conference cum Silver Jubilee Celebration from 17th- 22nd April 2013. The house after detailed discussion unanimously approved Yazali in Lower Subansiri District in view of its accessibility, the historical importance as a cultural centre and the birth place of Nyishi unification movement, according to a NES release.

Meanwhile, the NES condoled the untimely demise of Tadar Tarih, Block Development Officer on Thursday. Death of Tarih is a  great loss to the community, it said.




154 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

Women take up cudgel against drug abuse

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Dec 16: In an effort to curb alcohol and drug abuse at Pasighat and other areas in East Siang district, the Adi Bane Kebang (Woman Wing) on Saturday conducted a day-long mass awareness meeting at Pasighat Solung ground. The awareness meeting with theme “Clean East Siang from drugs and alcohol abuse” and “Save precious lives of the young generation” took serious note of the alarming increase in use of alcohol, narcotics and other contraband drugs among the young generation. Easy access to country made foreign liquor and contraband drugs is ruining precious lives of the school children and the authority concerned is keeping mum over the serious issue, the members present in the meeting observed.

While explaining the objective of the meet, Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) woman wing secretary Opak Takuk expressed concern over increasing trend of alcohol and drug abuse, which is posing a serious threat to the society besides causing frequent road accident. According to her, the state government is putting priority on establishment of various institutions but it is not paying any attention on moral building of the students. She said that inaction of the local administration and alleged silence of the elite society have compelled the women to rise against the social menace.

The general secretary of district unit ABK Tajing Taki in her address said that the government is indiscriminately issuing liquor licenses to enrich state coffer. But by doing so, the government is pushing the society to a bleak future. She urged the parents and guardians to guide their children properly.

Taking part in the discussion, eminent women of the district, including Yalem Taga Burang, Benggo Dai Perme, Oyi Gao Darang and others expressed grave concern over mushrooming of illicit liquor shops both in urban and rural areas. The women activists stressed on the need to create mass awareness to make the common people on ill-effect of the alcohol and drugs. They also demanded ban on illegal sale of liquors and narcotics and other tobacco products in shops/ghumtis. The meeting resolved to constitute a joint action committee to impose fine against the violators.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rumi Tasung suggested the mothers to be front runner in curbing the alcohol and drug menace. She laid stress on formation of ‘Parents-Children Bond’ in order to build up moral charrecter among the young students and urged the parents to involve their children in literary and cultural activities.

Briefing on the ways of transmission of killer HIV/AIDS virus and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Dr Lalchand Darung emphasized on preventive measures to get rid of the AIDS. He also discussed on legal implication in case of AIDS patient.

Another resource person, Dr Kabit Ratan explained the impact of alcohol in societies. Dr Ratan urged the parents to guide the young children in a religious way to prevent them from taking drugs and alcohol.

Bogong Banggo president Oyem Dai in his address sharply criticized the police and Excise personnel for failing to check smuggling of the narcotics and other drugs. According to him an unholy nexus between the police and illicit traders’ cannot be ruled out. He sought Para military patrolling round the clock at every vulnerable location to check the illegal activities.

The meeting was attended by traffic police SI Tagom Radeng, who elaborated on the road safety  measures, while senior advocate Toning Pertin told about the penalties under NDPS Act, 1985, for unpermitted possessing and trading of narcotics and other psychotropic substances.



Ziro PCFS conferred NCDC Award

ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The Ziro Poultry Cooperative Farmers Society Ltd. (ZPCFSL) has been conferred the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) biennial Award for Cooperative Excellence-2012 for its excellent performance in the field of poultry farming.

Secretary of the ZPCFSL Bamin Siri had received the Award from  President of India Pranab Mukherjee at a glittering function held at New Delhi on December 8 last.

The award carries cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a memento.

The United Nations declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives to increase public awareness and to promote the growth of the cooperatives and the NCDC is celebrating the International Year of Cooperative -2012 coinciding with its golden jubilee year.

In deed, it is proud moment for ZPCFS, its secretary Bamin Siri, ZPM who toiled very hard to give a boost to poultry farming in Arunachal. In fact the ZPCFS have created a niche at national level and earned good reputation for Arunachal Pradesh.

Meanwhile, visibly happy Bamin Siri, while extending his deep gratitude to the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh, department of Cooperation for selecting the  Society for such award, said “We are really encouraged with this prestigious award and we will put more effort on poultry farming and set example for other farmers and unemployed  to learn from it,” according to an official release.



Spectators get mesmerized as Fraternity Tournament ends in style

ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The high profile Fraternity Tournament played between Joint Director of Health Services( Doctors’ XI) & Jawaharlal Nehru College (Professors’ XI) comes to a mesmerising finish on Dec 15th with Professors’ XI winning the Fraternity Trophy despite some nail biting finish to the games of cricket, volleyball and football. The tournament that had its humble beginning in the year 2003, has of late been the most preferred tournament of Pasighat. The professionals of high stature from both the sides, when clad in colourful semblance of the game, seemed to be the idols for the upcoming generations. It is also interesting to note that since its inception, the fraternity trophy has been won by either side for equal number of times which shows the perfect balance of both the teams in all aspects of the varied games.

Speaking on the concluding ceremony, Dr M Perme, DMO, Pasighat, Dr O. Moyong, Medical Supdt, Gen. Hospital, Pasighat and S.R.Choudhury, Principal (in-charge), JN College, Pasighat applauded the great spirit of the players and unanimously emphasized on the need of such games to bring about a familial bond between the Doctors and the Professors. They also extended their thanks to Dr K.Lego, JDHS, Pasighat and T.Talom, Principal, JNC for their keen encouragements and support towards the success of the Tournament.



Byaling advocates for quality education

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Dec 16: The 3rd general conference of Tagin Culture Society (TCS), the apex body of Tagin community, commenced today with Power and Panchayat Raj Minister Tanga Byaling and local MLA Tapen Siga launching the web site of TCS at Rijo conference hall here.

Speaking on the occasion, Byaling explained the importance of quality education for development of the society. If there is no quality education there will be no progress, he said while explaining that the students and youths—the future of our society—must be imparted value based education to lead our society from the front towards development.

He also encouraged the govt. servants and public, especially teaching staff to live up the expectations of the society by discharging their duty sincerely. He appealed them not to compromise with the quality of education.    

In his address, Siga appealed to all former and present executive body of TCS to keep up the spirit of working for the society. He also urged every individual member of the society to bury their selfish interest rather work for greater interest of the society. He informed that a separate meeting on wearing of Tagin dresses not only occasionally but also in normal time would be held shortly.

He also informed that there should be a one methology regarding celebration of Si Donyi festival everywhere and appealed the public to avoid so called term “ Pre Si Donyi celebration as reportedly celebrated by some student organizations in recent past.  

Taliha MLA Punji Mara explained the importance of society in modern world and urged the people to promote social harmony, which is the most essential part of the civilized society. Tapa Dagium, general secretary TCS explained and informed about various developmental activities carried out by TCS during his tenure through PowerPoint presentation.

Komkar Dulom, President TCS, promised that their executive body  would be formed with only the best and capable persons.

The inaugural programme was attended by public, intellectuals and renowned personality and other dignitaries of Tagin community.



NERIST CSR reviews its activities

ITANAGAR, Dec 16: A meeting on Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) of NERIST was held at the conference hall of NERIST director on December 14 last.

Presiding over the meeting, NERIST director Prof Dipankar Pal informed that NERIST provides basic health facilities to all patients of the locality at its health centre (NHU). The NSS wing of the Institute tries to reach out the different villages on various issues of health care, cleanliness and awareness on health and hygiene, education etc from time to time, he said.  Pal further said that enhancement of technical education and human resource development of Arunachal Pradesh in particular and the Northeastern region in general is the prime objective of the Institute.

Recently a workshop was held on dengue in the Institute for awareness of the people of the locality. It has proposal to have more such awareness on the chicken guinea, cholera, malaria etc.

Director further informed that the ladies club of the Institute has started adult education programme on Saturday and Sunday beside distribution of cloths and other materials to the needy persons in the area through NGOs. The Institute has taken up a project of LPG outlet with help of IOC and awaiting for NOC from  district administration. This will help the local people also beside the Neristian. It is also contemplating to take up the matter of petrol/diesel pump in the campus as per feasibility. At present there are 3 ATM booths and  2 more are expected to start and there is also a plan to have food restaurant in the NERIST campus.  Speaking on the occasion Capital DC Sanjay Goel has appreciated the noble gesture of the Institute and assured to extend help as and when required.

In her address, the Arunachal Times Editor Dr. Audrey Apang enquired about the catchment area of CSR and offered her help and involvement. She mentioned that about 600 women have been trained on primary health care by  Future Generation Arunachal (FGA) and they can assist health endeavour of CSR.

Nirjuli ASM T Bani requested for health care service of NERIST doctors at Nirjuli village at least once in a week.

While appreciating the effort of Institute, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries general secretary T Nachung assured to extend help as and when needed.

City SP Surender Kumar stressed on the need of maintaining food standard and suggested water treatment plant and water shed management for better harvesting.

Prof R M Pant, Dean (Acad), NERIST spoke about the activities of NSS  for spread of education in the locality and health care while  Prof M Muralidhar- Dean(P&D),NERIST spoke about use of jatropha for bio-diesel.

It was also decided in the meeting to hold CSR meeting quarterly to review its activities.  A ten-member advisory committee was also constituted  with  NERIST director Prof. D. Pal at its chairman.

Prof P P Dabral, Dean (Admin) and Dr. R P Bhattacharjee, Registrar,NERIST were also present in the meeting.



Dabii inaugurates Yibom Padung Memorial Community Hall

PASIGHAT, Dec 16: Nari-Koyu MLA Tako Dabii has dedicated the newly constructed Yibom Padung Memorial Community Hall (Dere) to the people of Rotte village of Koyu circle today. The hall has been constructed by the WRD at the cost of Rs 10 lakh under Dabii’s MLALAD fund.

Soon after inauguration, Dabii attended a public meeting and greeted the people for X-Mas and a prosperous new year ahead. Such hall in the area would facilitate the people of the area in conducting various social programs, ceremonies and function, he said. Dabii gave additional Rs 6 Lakh for construction of boundary wall of the hall. ‘I had joined politics with a firm determination and sincere intention to serve the people’ stated the educationist turned politician Dabii in his address. Appealing the people to preserve all the government assets as their own, the senior legislator further asserted that living together in peace and harmony could only bring speedy development in the area. Pointing out his painstaking efforts, the MLA claimed that the people in all fronts are enjoying the benefits of the welfare schemes like roads, schools, PHCs, agriculture, horticulture, water and power supply etc brought by him in the area. Overcoming the barriers of language, caste, creed or religion, we must lay strong foundations for national integration, communal harmony, secularism and technological revolutions in the state strengthening our future generations, stated the senior Congressman on the occasion.

Dabii stressed the need for students to be hard-working, sincere and disciplined to achieve success in this age of cut-throat competion. He said teachers are responsible for shaping futures of millions of youths and therefore they must demonstrate fair and moral actions in classrooms. The facilitators should assure to impart meaningful, constructive and value based education for our children, he added.

Nari ADC, EEs of various departments, the Zilla Parishad Chairperson and host of officers and leaders attended the meeting. DIPRO



Pasighat VTI runs with myriad problems

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Dec 16: Despite severe fund crunch and shortage of necessary equipments, the Veterinary Training Institute (VTI) at Pasighat is going ahead with its mission to reach out the rural people to provide benefits under central-sponsored projects.

Acute shortage of fund for protection and renovation of building of different units in the office complex has become major impediment of the institute to go ahead with its agendas and the state government’s indifferent attitude is pushing the institute to an uncertain future.

The VTI under the state Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary is running with myriad problems, including infrastructure and other requirements, which is causing concern among the department officials and the local people as well.

Set up in 1984, the VTI has been functioning in a pathetic state for the last several years as the state government is not taking any step to provide necessary infrastructure. The main building with auditorium, library sections are in dilapidated condition. The cracked walls of the office building and worn-out roof and ceilings are adding risk for conducting training and other activities therein. Besides the main building the trainees’ hostel has turned into Bhoot Bungalow as it has not been repaired for the last many years.

Lack of proper boundary wall around the VTI complex is causing an unsafe condition on the properties besides encroachment of land allotted for the institute. Illicit trespass by traders, entry of domestic animals like, cattle, pig into the campus and stealing of precious item are common phenomenon in the VTI complex.

Talking to this correspondent, the Deputy Director cum i/c of VTI Mito Nyodu informed that the authority grants limited fund to the institute, which is inadequate to maintain the regular activities, including the operation of vehicles.

Officials informed that the Poultry unit equipped with a hatchery of 15,000 incubating capacity is lying defunct for the last seven years. As such, the cross-breed milch cattle in the dairy unit hit hard by shortage of green grass during winter season as there is no irrigation facilities in the grass cultivation sites inside the VTI complex.

More than 300 trainees including in-service Veterinary field assistant (stockman) and rural farmers were imparted training by the institute during the last five years. The year-long training included skill development training for para-veterinarians, short- term training on artificial insemination in cattle and training on Scientific Rearing of Fowl for the farmers.



APBRDA VC lauds Arunachalee weightlifters

ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resource and Development Agency vice chairman Yura Tagung highly appreciated the outstanding performance of Arunachalee weightlifers in the 8th Sub Junior Boys and Girls and 49th Men and 25th Women Junior National Weightlifting Championship 2012-13 at Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

Attending the Championship as chief guest today, Yura said that the weightlifters have made Arunachal Pradesh proud with their mesmerizing and record breaking performance in the championship for which credit must go to Arunachal Weightlifting Association and its president Abraham K Techi.

“I am feeling very proud of myself that I am invited as the chief guest of such a big event by the organizing committee,” he said and advised the young athletes that it is the right time and proper platform to expose their talents. Yura also expressed his willingness to work for development of games and sports in Arunachal Pradesh.

It is worth mentioning here that Jimjang Deru and Sambu Lapung of Arunachal Pradesh broke two national records in the Championship. Seven athletes from Arunachal Pradesh are participating in the championship.

Young Aspirations: Nostalgia through NERIST & beyond…!

Nyalleescopy By Nyali Ete

Writing is my passion; I love writing. During my final (sixth) year in NERIST (North-eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology) - I entered NERIST through NEE-I (after class-X), I started a weekly pamphlet called “Young Aspirations” for NERIST Arunachalee students. I was the Chief-Editor.

It fills me with immense nostalgia to recollect the sweet memories as well as sweet names of my colleagues. My friends such as Lod Nakku (now Assistant Engineer, Hydro-power), Remar Gab (District Transport Officer, Aalo), Jikum Hiri (Assistant Engineer, Highway, Arunachal), Tao Tana (Junior Telecom Officer, BSNL), Tadu Novin (who subsequently did MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, and now a successful Hotelier), Rakthi Duchok (Assistant Bank Manager, IDBI Bank, Itanagar), Doni Riba (who subsequently did MBA from Financial Management Studies, Delhi University, and now working in Bangalore), Mobia Gambo (now working as Assistant Engineer in Oil India Limited, Duliajan, Assam)  and Jummin Kamki (who also subsequently did MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and now working with a multi-national company) rendered their services as the Editors.

The Young Aspirations provided our budding writers and poets an opportunity to polish and enrich their talents. There was space for everyone: Crosswords, Cartoons, Message-column, Reader’s Corner, etc. It aimed to provide a platform to young Arunachalees to express and share their aspirations freely and openly.

My mind was already impregnated with the idea of a pamphlet during my 3rd year; but it could not see the light of the day until my final year, when I eventually managed to bring out the 1st edition of the Young Aspirations, on 28 February, 2004, barely a week after the victory-celebration/party hosted by my football team for NAPSA members. Eventually, it did, and it took almost 3 long years to do so.  Anyways, better late than never!

The NERIST Arunachal Pradesh Students Association (NAPSA) football team, under my captaincy, had trounced the NERIST Mizo Students Association (NMWZ) team in the final of the Tadar Eachu Memorial Football Tournament, 2004, organized by the NAPSA every year.

For 2nd consecutive time, I led NAPSA team to championship. Even in 2003, my team defeated Manipur team in the final.

The much needed energy, enthusiasm and, most importantly, the inspiration for the pamphlet came from my own crude idea of a collective gathering in NERIST on a specific day; which wouldn’t coincide with any tribe’s festival; preferably, March 25th, and called Arunachal Indigenous Day, wherein every NAPSAlite should necessarily put on indigenous Arunachalee costumes and attires, and all  the possible Arunachalee cuisines and delicacies would be prepared followed by community feast, cultural shows, and the like to bring about collective consciousness of our cultural past and various linkages; yet without any rigid adherence to any superstitious belief or ritual.

I was gradually devoting my time in understanding the essence of our cultural past, religious ethos, customary rites and rituals, festivals and ceremonial practices. Well, the nitty-gritty of the tradition and culture were far from my comprehension and understanding; my level of intellect hadn’t yet widened enough to appreciate the minute details; yet I showed great interest in them. I crudely interpreted many of the things of the past.

Based on my own assumptions, I tried to paint pictures of life of the people in terms of socio-cultural; socio-economic and socio-political conditions prevalent in olden days. Festivals always occupied the prominent position for me, and I considered festivals as the single major unifying force in any society.

In order to garner the support of the NAPSA members, the Young Aspirations was a major instrument in spreading the idea as well as persuading their conscience and Arunachalee nationalism. In the pursuit of the Arunachal Indigenous Day, an Indigenous Day Committee was also formed, though it was in a very nascent stage.  

I quickly worked out the economics of producing a single copy of the Young Aspirations: Rs 2/- for print-out and Re. 1/- for Xerox. The total cost of production for a single copy was coming to be Rs 3/-, whereas it was proposed to be priced at the rate of Rs. 5/-. That way, we were supposed to accrue a profit of two rupees per copy which would be deposited with the Indigenous Day Committee as a contribution towards the festival fund. The members were convinced.

Yes, the initial response to the Young Aspirations was dull; the response of the readers was lukewarm. However, it became very popular gradually and my room was flooded with writes-up, poems, etc. Many NAPSAlites contributed writes-up regularly.

Just before my departure from the Institute after my final year exam in May, 2004, we had already published 9 Editions, and every time, the content, design and also subscription kept improving and increasing. It was really very satisfying. I got to further improve my writing skills.

I pursued my hobby for writing even after that. While doing M. Sc. Forestry (Economics & Management) in Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, I along-with one of my colleagues, named Archie Rastogi, a student of M. Sc. Environmental Science, brought out a fortnightly pamphlet, the “In Black & White” for our Deemed University; the University authority patronized it. From gossips to serious, academic stuffs, the ‘IBW’, in short, was very popular with the students. We tried to sustain it; but owing to pressures of academic schedules, examinations, field-visits, dissertation works, etc. we couldn’t carry it beyond 3 months.

After completion of M. Sc. Forestry, I got a placement as a Project Officer in Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), under National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Anand through campus interview. I was posted with the Spear Head Team (SHT), Bhilwara, Rajasthan.

While learning the basics of Natural Resource Management (NRM), I also got myself acquainted with the sense of community work, people’s participation, rural livelihoods and village institutions. It reinforced and consolidated my deep-seated and long cherished desire of helping people.

 Yes, I always wanted to be a social worker, and I was training myself to be one.

As a matter of fact, my passion, zest & zeal, and of course, a little bit of hands-on experience gained during NERIST while organizing as well as working for various events and festivals like Mopin, etc. came handy in dealing with and fulfilling my works and responsibility in the organization.

As a result of my performance, within 2 months of joining the FES, I was entrusted with the Documentation of the Quarterly Progress Report of the SHT, Bhilwara. It was not only a routine compilation of various reports or mere furnishing of the reports of activities done; it was certainly a great responsibility and reflected the real competence of the person concerned. Therefore, usually someone senior, who had put on at least 5 years of work in the organization, would be entrusted with that work.

My work was appreciated by most of the members; but couple of seniors objected to the manner in which it was drafted. Their contention was that the draft had deviated from the basic tenets of the Organization’s objectives; they complained that the FES was an Implementing agency; not an Advocacy group, and my draft was portraying the FES as an Advocacy group.

Eventually, their concerns were incorporated, and the documentation was completed with minor changes. It was also a learning experience: learning by doing.

After experiencing 8 months of grueling schedule in the FES, I eventually left the Organization. Staying in Pitampura along-with BomgamPadu and UttamBori, I began my preparation for the Indian Forest Service (IFS); that was in February, 2007.

Simultaneously, I sat in an entrance examination for Post Graduate Diploma in English Journalism from IIMC (Indian Institute of Mass Communication), New Delhi, a premier institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, which imparts professional training and offers learning and academic excellence to both novice and stalwarts of Mass media, including Journalism.

Nine months of professional training enriched and facilitated my writing skills. Now, I was a trained journalist. Through Campus placement, I was selected by the UTV group as Assistant Production Manager in the Editorial Desk. From a group of more than 50 contenders, only 6 persons: 4 girls and 2 boys were chosen, and I was one of the only two boys. It pushed my aspirations higher.

The IFS Examination, 2007 final result was announced the same day I joined the UTV, Mumbai office on 8th April, 2008. Thankfully, my name figured in the list. A sheer coincidence or an example of God’s blessings! “Kannoo, my popular nick-name among friends, you have cleared IFS! Congratulations,”Asieleavio John, one of my close friends since college days in NERIST, rang up from Delhi, and brought this beautiful and most melodious news. I couldn’t believe my ears. I repeatedly asked him, “You aren’t kidding. Are you sure, I’m there?”

“Hey, you are there and congratulations again,” he convinced me.

That was it. I immediately rushed to the HR Department of the Company and discussed everything and requested to relieve me. It was such a mess actually! The HR Department didn’t really understand it. I joined in the morning and wanted to leave or resign in the evening itself. One of the senior colleagues, in-charge of the HR, tried to explain. But I insisted my willingness to leave and join the IFS. Finally, she agreed. Then and there, I put my resignation and rushed back to Delhi.

Back in Delhi, for more than a month, while waiting for the IFS Appointment Letter, I joined another media house: ANI (Asian News International), a news agency based in India having collaboration with Reuters, prior to joining IGNFA (Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy), Dehradun.

Well, I’m trying to give the background of my passion, that is, writing at different points in time, my journey into journalism and its application in IGNFA and beyond.

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