December 09

2nd APTET held successfully

ITANAGAR, Dec 8:  In accordance with the provision of Section 23(1) of RTE Act 2009, the NCTE has laid down the minimum qualification for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in Class-I to VIII; as such he/she should pass TET conducted by the State Government with guidelines.  

Accordingly, the second State level Teacher Eligibility Test was conducted today in which 1424 candidates registered for appearing in the said test at two different centers -- D.N.C College Itanagar and Kingcup Public School.

The Director APTET and Director, Elementary Education Itanagar Bodong Yirang along with Magistrate, observer, Centre Superintendent, officers/officials and police personnel were engaged to accomplish the time bound task of conducting Second APTET 2013 as per schedule date and time.

The examination was successfully conducted in two shifts morning and evening.

It is worth mentioning that first TET was conducted successfully in the state on October 28th last year and 64 TET qualified candidates were posted in SSA-RTE against district vacancy.


AUEA office inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Dec 08: The office of Arunachal Unemployed Engineers' Association (AUEA) was inaugurated here today by the managing director of Hydro Power Development Corporation, Arunachal Pradesh Limited (HPDCAPL) Toko Onuj as chief guest.

Addressing the gathering of large number of AUEA members during the inaugural function, the chief guest advised the members to strive hard and use their technical innovations to get themselves employed and to work for upliftment of the society.

He further asked them to be disciplined in approaching any issue.


Social service by differently abled persons

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The member of All Arunachal Pradesh Deaf and Dumb Welfare Society conducted a social service to mark the International Day for Differently Abled on December 6. Around 25 members of the Society under the guidance of R K Mission Swamiji P Maharaj and Society’s adviser Achu Bagang cleaned the  staff and nursing school campus of R K MH and also cleaned the drain. The Society also assured to donate blood voluntarily to needy patients when required.  


News Impact

4-0 drubbing for Cong in assembly polls; AAP stuns Delhi

Sonia urges Congress 'introspection' after assembly election debacle


NEW DELHI, Dec 8: Just ahead of Lok Sabha polls, BJP today handed a severe 4-0 drubbing to Congress in the assembly elections by scoring landslide victories in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, holding on to power in Chhattisgarh and close to forming a government in Delhi.

The election results also saw a fledgling Aam Aadmi Party stunning major parties in Delhi where its chief Arvind Kejriwal emerged the giant killer defeating three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit by a huge margin. While its performance helped in the rout of Congress, it halted BJP's march towards a majority.

Propelled by the aggressive campaign of its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, BJP wrested power from Congress in Rajasthan by scoring a three-fourth majority and retained power in Madhya Pradesh where it increased its tally to reach two-third majority.

It was a hat-trick for BJP in Madhya Pradesh where Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan led the party to a spectacular tally of 165 seats in the 230-member assembly.

The Congress suffered a huge defeat with its tally coming down to 58 from 71 seats. BSP got four seats and independents three.

In Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje spearheaded the saffron surge, ousting the Congress which registered its worst-ever performance. BJP got 162 seats, its highest ever tally, in the 200-member assembly, leaving Congress with only 21. In the outgoing assembly, BJP had 78 and Congress 96 seats.

National People's Party got four, BSP three and National Unionist Zamindara Party two. Independents won seven.

Meanwhile, stunned by the drubbing in assembly polls, top leadership of the Congress on Sunday pledged "deep introspection" with a view to "transform" the party to rectify its mistakes ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Stating that the party was "very very disappointed" with the results, its president Sonia Gandhi, however, suggested that this outcome would have no bearing on the Lok Sabha polls since "general elections are quite different".

"We will introspect seriously and we will take all necessary actions to rectify our mistakes or our way of functioning," she told reporters at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi soon after it became clear that the Congress had done badly in the current round of assembly polls.

Asked whether the Congress party would name its prime ministerial candidate against BJP's Narendra Modi, Gandhi said "people need not worry as, at an opportune time, the name of the prime ministerial candidate" will be announced.

Initially, she appeared reluctant to give an answer when asked whether Rahul Gandhi would be named as the prime ministerial candidate. "We will make a statement. The party has to decide. The party will decide at the opportune time," she said.

Appearing before the media along with his mother, party vice president Rahul Gandhi said Congress has to transform itself to stand up. "We have to move to a new paradigm and give serious space to the common masses," he said. He said through the elections, "people have given us a message, which we have heard."

Asked whether these results would have a bearing on the next Lok Sabha polls, Sonia Gandhi said: "General elections are quite different. People in state elections do focus on personality at the state level, at leaders who are likely to lead them." However, in national elections "people look at the person who is likely to guide them and govern them at the national level. The issues will be slightly different because at the state level, the issues are localized. At the national level, there are national issues," said the Congress chief.

"It goes without saying that we are very very disappointed at the results but we accept the verdict of the people with all humility. We congratulate our opponents for winning the elections," she said.

"We have to look into the way we took or did not take our message to the people and also we have to look at the way our own party is equipped or not so equipped in running an election," said Sonia Gandhi. Briefly analyzing the causes of the drubbing, she said, "Of course, there will be a number of reasons for these defeats. I know many were complaining, people were unhappy. Otherwise, they would not have given such a result." Listing some of the reasons, she said, "Perhaps, price rise was also an issue. It was affecting people."

Asked about the spectacular performance of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi said both the major parties, Congress and BJP, had thought about politics in a traditional way. "I think, we need to consider thinking in terms of empowering the people which I have been saying within the party. I'm going to make this a central issue," said the Congress vice president. PTI




Opposition foresee 'wave of change' in Arunachal too

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The election results of four states have given massive lift to the opposition parties of  Arunachal Pradesh. With Congress party being voted out from Rajasthan, Delhi and BJP retaining power in Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh the opposition believes that soon change will sweep Arunachal too. The Bharatiya Janata Party and regional player People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) while reacting to election results expressed hope that Congress will be voted out from Arunachal in days to come.

Former Member of Parliament Kiren Rijiju who is also BJP National Executive member in his remark stated that the election result of four states reflects that there is new wave of mood for change which is gripping every Indian. "The deep rooted corruption and mis-governance of ruling Congress party has been strongly rebuked by the people of India. Under the leadership of Narendra Modi the new India will emerge and country will witness massive development in the years to come," stated former MP. He also expressed hope that people of Arunachal will take cue from fellow citizen and vote out ruling Congress from Arunachal in the next election.  BJP National General Secretary Tapir Gao in his statement said there is definite anti-Congress wave throughout the country for its mammoth corruption and ill-designed policies. He expressed confident that these feats achieved in 4 states shall be repeated in the NE states sooner than later.

PPA General Secretary Dr Ashan Riddi claims the election result of four states will surely shake the ruling Congress party of Arunachal. "The Congress leaders of state must be deeply worried after seeing the result. We wish to see similar change in our state. We call upon the people of Arunachal to vote out Congress from Arunachal. They have ruled state for 30 years but failed to bring in development," said Dr Riddi.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party and its Itanagar district unit today organized victory celebration at the party office.  Lauding the  role of  party national president Rajnath Singh, Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi and other leaders for the spectacular victory in the assembly elections of the state of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi, the BJP  Arunachal Pradesh in  an office bearers' meeting at the party HQ , Itanagar this evening, expressed happiness and   stated that "it is encouraged by the result which created a positive wave in favour of the party in the state” and hopes it will be a huge advantage to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The party cadres present on the occasion vowed to wrest back west parliamentary constituency from ruling Congress in the coming general election.



Workshop on integrated river basin management


ITANAGAR, Dec 8: In view of the growing flood and erosion disasters impacted by climate change in the interstate rivers of Assam and Arunachal, experts from the region are of view that a collaborative initiative between the two states is essential to study the water induced hazards from the basin management perspectives.

To promote such idea and to forge scientific cooperation between the two states, a consultation workshop on Integrated river basin management for mitigation of flood and erosion disasters: Perspectives in the context of climate change' is being organised by Aaranyak in collaboration with the Arunachal Citizens' Rights  here on December 09, 2013. The workshop supported by India Water Partnership (New Delhi) and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu aims to create a platform for dialogue on cooperation for river management with special emphasis on mitigation of flood and erosion disasters between the Government agencies, civil society and community organizations of the Assam and Arunachal.

Experts from IIT Guwahati, national level NGOs, representatives from local civil societies, activists and media professionals are expected to take part in the day long brainstorming session.

The workshop will discuss on issues and problems of inter-state river basin management leading to identification of areas for cooperation in integrated river basin management.



Talented kids, new entrants add more flavour to  54th APLS literary  session

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The 54th monthly literary sitting of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society started with condolence and observing one minute silence to pay tribute to great soul Nelson Mandela and to Indian literary stalwarts Rajendra Yadav and Omprakash Yadav.

The chairman of today's literary session, Y DThongchi, the president of APLS and Jumuna Bini, AGS briefed on the contributions of Nelson Mandela and two literary personalities who breathed their last recently.

Before starting the literary discourse, Thongchi, on behalf of members present, greeted Dr Tage Tada, vice president APLS and Director of Research who was awarded PhD by Rajiv Gandhi University for his thesis titled "Archaeological Remains of Arunachal Pradesh, from Pre history to 16th century".

Literary business was started with three English Poems "Resurrection" by Lopa Rebi Kojum, "Wake up Bharat" by Temod Raji and "Swamiji-An Immortal soul" by Takpi Game.

Next presentation was a beautiful Hindi Poem entitled "Dard" composed on occasion of Disabled Day to depict the agony of disabled Children by Millyrani Paul, the maiden participant of literary session. Ranjit Sinha, another new comer depicted his poetic talent through presenting a Bengali Poem-"Nistabdatar Aahban"- full of emotional upsurge. Two kids Aryamaan Das Borah presented a story "The Volcanoes" while Baji Ringu recited self composed poem-"The Egg".

Dr Takop Zirdo contributed three self composed Gallo Poems along with English translation 'Menji Hissvyakago Kaado', 'Mexxw Agom Go Mentola' and 'Puuyum Toorela'-full of superb poetic expression. Mukul Pathak recited two self composed Assamese Poems-'Kojolar Kotha' and 'Tubki'. Ramendra Nath Koley presented two mini stories-'Atmaj' and 'Utsaber Allo' a realistic reflection of Adi social life and their traditions while Dr Pekba Ringu presented his story -" A Recurring NEFA story" an excellent literary creation.

The session got an extra flavour with the presentation of two songs, Galo and Assamese language in melodious tune by Roman Bora. The most interesting occasion of the day was recitation of two rhymes with extraordinary gesture & posture by a five year KG II student Rini Diyum ever youngest participant in APLS session.

Further it was decided in the session that the foundation day of APLS would be celebrated on 18th Dec next.



APHPM & PB sign mou on kiwi wine

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Under the constant effort and guidance of Horticulture Minister Setong Sena, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Arunachal Pradesh Horticultural Produce Marketing and Processing Board (APHPM & PB) and Hill Crest Foods and Beverages, Pvt. Ltd. Pune, Maharashtra, in presence of Hage Kojeen, Commissioner Horticulture, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh here on Dec 6.

Speaking on the occasion Tage Tatung, Managing Director, APHPM &PB  said that the unmarketable sizes of Kiwi fruits from Arunachal Pradesh will be sent to Rhythm winery of Hill Crest Foods  and Beverages Pvt. Ltd. Pune for manufacturing of kiwi Wine, initially on a pilot project to produce 5000 liters of kiwi wine. If the project is successful, Kiwi Wine manufacturing unit will be set up in Arunachal Pradesh for which huge quantity of Kiwi fruits will be required. So, more area is to be brought under kiwi cultivation to feed the unit and to meet the market demand. Akalpit Arvind Prabhune, Managing Director, Hill Crest Foods and Beverages, Pvt. Ltd. said, at present the company is manufacturing various  fruit wine including Strawberry and Pineapple wine, after launch of Kiwi Wine, we will take up manufacturing of Peach, Pineapple, Strawberry and other fruits wine in Arunachal Pradesh if sufficient quantity of fruits are available to feed the unit.

Later,  Akalpit call on honorable parliamentary Secretary Horticulture, Honchun Ngandam and Chairman, APHPM &PB, Kipa Niya in their office, discussed detail on Kiwi Wine project. He said the wine and the liquor are different items, Arunachal Pradesh should have its own wine policy to encourage such entrepreneurs. Further, he informed that they will provide technical know-how and help in setting up of wine manufacturing units in Arunachal Pradesh in near future.



Taraso tense over boundary issue

ITANAGAR, Dec 08: Tension is prevailing at Taraso after hundreds of people from Assam were found camping inside the Rajgar Ali under Balijan in Papum Pare district.

Taraso Circle Youth Association in a release informed that, about 200-300 people with lethal weapons like daos, bows and arrows from Assam have been camping inside the Rajgar Ali to occupy Arunachal land since the visit of Local Boundary Commission recently.

While demanding the state government to intervene the matter and drive out them at the earliest, the association warned that the government will solely be responsible for any confrontation that may arise out of the prevailing situation.

Meanwhile, the Taraso CO and Balijan OC along with 30 police personnel and members of the Association visited the forest area near Rajgar Ali yesterday and asked the encroachers to vacate the land and maintain status quo along the disputed inter-state boundary. But, they flatly refused to do so saying that they had been waiting for long and can not wait any more. They suggested Arunachal to surrender its land instead, the release alleged.

According the Association, the number of the people has been increasing with every passing day and they are camping on rotation basis.



Vanishing Tuskers of Arunachal Pradesh

Nimina Namchoom

As a kid visiting my grandparents place during the school vacations, one scene I remember seeing repeatedly is of a procession of elephants being led into the house compound by mahouts and with it starting a hustle and bustle of activity. We children were warned to keep away and made to watch from the kitchen window while the elephants were given their bath with hot water boiled with wild fern and being fed a special diet of banana stem wrapped with cooked husked rice and salt, while my grandfather sat supervising the task. What we watched with fascination was a common sight and a routine occurrence in villages years ago, where every other household owned an elephant. But they are just distant memories now. The majestic elephants that roamed around in the jungles started vanishing with the encroachment of their territory by us and even the domesticated elephants that I remember seeing are slowly vanishing.

Once widespread in India and the pride and joy of the ruling monarchs, the Asian elephants are now restricted to the certain areas in the north-eastern, central, north-western and southern parts of our country. In North Eastern India, the elephant range extends from the eastern border of Nepal in northern West Bengal through western Assam along the Himalaya foothills as far as the Mishmi Hills. From here it extends into eastern Arunachal Pradesh, the plains of upper Assam, and the foothills of Nagaland.

Elephants live in grassland, tropical evergreen forest, semi-evergreen forest, moist deciduous forest, dry deciduous forested and dry thorn forest, in addition to cultivated and secondary forests and scrublands. Elephants need to consume large quantities of food every day because of their large bodies and energy requirements and so need a large area to browse and graze on a variety of plants. Elephants may spend up to 14-19 hrs a day feeding, during which they may consume up to 150 kg of wet weight.

Elephants were part and parcel of daily life in the earlier days before development in the form of roads and modern machinery came to the place. The elephant's ability to work under instruction makes them particularly useful for carrying heavy objects. They were used for transportation in the thick jungles, used in the timber trade for moving heavy loads and even agriculture. In the heyday of the Timber trade elephants were the most prized possession because of their ability to penetrate the dense jungles without any need for roads, and to pull heavy loads to accessible camp sites.

The Khampti people have a history of being expert elephant capturers. The older generation has memories and stories of capturing elephants. The common method was of organising 'Mela shikar', in which people would go to the jungles in search of elephants to capture. On sighting elephants, desired elephants of the right age to be trained would be marked, given chase by people riding on domesticated elephants, cornered and captured. One other method was of herding the elephants towards a pre constructed enclosure and then young ones being selected for training and use.

The domesticated elephants were taken good care of with a mahout assigned for each elephant, special diet given alongside their foraging for food and their other needs met with. A part and parcel of village life in the days gone by was for the owner/ mahout to go 'in search' of the elephants which were left 'to roam' in the forest, albeit tied up, when they were not in use. They would be brought to the village, taken care of and then taken back to the forest to spend their leisure time.

But with the ban of the timber trade by the Supreme Court, the necessity of the elephant's might has lessened and so the number of people willing to keep domesticated elephants has lessened too. Most families, who could afford to keep elephants kept them. But with the waning of their use, their upkeep has become expensive and so they are sold and modern machinery that does similar work is preferred. Now a days the number of elephant sightings, domesticated and wild, has lessened to a great extent. One reason for it is their vanishing habitat due to human encroachment of their territories. To fulfil the needs of the growing population we have cleared forests for settlement and for agricultural activities. And so the problem of human elephant conflict with regards to territory arose.

An instance of this conflict in my memory is of the warnings of possible wild elephant sighting/attack in the boarding school that I attended. The school was located in the hills and in the isolation of the jungles, about 10 kilometres away from the nearest village. I remember the excitement and fear that we felt at night and the disappointment of nothing happening except for a slight disturbance to the wild banana plants at the perimeter of the school fence. In hindsight now I feel that they were not the outsiders/ encroachers of our territory, but we of theirs. Another instance of the conflict/ human cruelty that I remember is of an incident where a 'mad' elephant was shot dead. We had heard of the elephant being shot dead and went to see the carcass. But on reaching the spot we saw that the trunk was missing and people were hacking away the legs with axes. This indignity to the mighty creature was a shocking sight for us and a proof of the theory of 'survival of the fittest', we with our lethal guns on one side and the mighty creature with its bulk on the other. This constant reminder that there was a conflict of territory between the humans and elephants was a proof of their close existence with us. But such instances are getting fewer and far between, because of their decreasing numbers.

In a country where the army of an emperor comprised of thousands of elephants in the past, now the number has diminished to about 28000 wild elephants in the whole country. The Asian elephant, now an endangered species needs to be conserved and their numbers increased. Elephants roam around over a large area and so conserving their habitat would mean conserving a large species of flora and fauna. Elephants are regarded as an umbrella species because their conservation will also protect a large number of other species occupying the same area.



AICU to continue its dedicated service for laities

ITANAGAR, Dec 8:  "You are all chosen People of God to lead the people in your own area and in your own capacity," said Eugene Gonsalves, President All India Catholic Union (AICU) in an inaugural function of AICU Working Committee Meeting at Bishop House Itanagar today.

Highlighting about the role of the Catholic Union of India, he said, that it does the duty of safeguarding the laities as a watch dog. It has the support of 17 crore people all over India and the Catholic Bishops Conference of India has recognized its role. The AICU is 93 years old and it continues to voice for the people.

Expressing his happiness at the open hearted nature and warm welcome of the people in this corner of the country, he assured that this is the beginning of such activities, for the infant APCA (Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association). He appreciated and thanked the initiatives taken by Arunachal Unit President Tok Buttum and Secretary Taw Tebin. He also assured to sponsor for the laities of this localities who would like to study for Priesthood and nuns.

Rev. Dr. John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar saluted the Heroes of the pioneers of the Catholic faith in Arunachal. As he called them by their names,  Boa Tamo former MLA, Fr CC Jose, L Wanglat former Minister, late Tadar Taniang former minister, Late Bro Prembai, and so many others, every member of the house stood up in salutations and clapped for them. "We are standing here today; it is because of all of you and because of the unending prayers offered by every priest and nuns".

Former Minister Mr. L Wanglat, spoke about the traditions of Noctes to hunt for head of their enemies. But now due to the teachings of the Church, that tradition has to be left out. Quoting Holy Father Pope Francis, he said, "Catholic Church is my tradition". He also urged every member to make it their own religious traditions at the same time embrace every religion, every people as a family brother and sisters.

One of the pioneer priest Fr. CC Jose who is now a Vicar General of Miao Diocese said, "let us help and support all our inter-religious and inter-faith fellow men in their endeavor to reach and find happiness and peace in God."  

In the concluding program, the children and youth of Holy Cross School, Good Shepherd School, Don Bosco College along with the parishioners of Doimukh, Naharlagun, Cathedral Church and St Mary's presented beautiful cultural items on theme of "I have a dream for a better Arunachal, a dream of love, of peace, and harmony for future Arunachal, and with it the entire world".

Earlier, Tok Buttum President APCA welcomed them, and highlighted to them about the land of the rising sun and its multicultural and multi lingual inhabitants. He also expressed his gratitude to Bishop Rev. Jhon Thomas for accommodations and Cooperation.



'Spread the message of love and peace'

CHANGLANG, Dec 8: The 5th joint carol cum advent Christmas 2013 Changlang was celebrated today at DIET Campus by various denominations of Christian community under the theme "Jesus Christ the mediator."

Speaking on the occasion Agriculture, Horticulture,  Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development Minister Setong Sena greeted the Christian community on the Happy and Auspicious occasion. He said that we should pray and extend love to one another with open heart and mind to make a congenial working society and also spread the message of love, peace and prosperity specially for Changlang, Tirap and Longding districts,  particularly for youths of these districts  so that they remain in the right track.

Phosum Khimhun, Parliamentary Secretary Trade and Commerce, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Diary Development  said that message of love and reconciliation should start from the family. He also asked Christian brothers and sisters to work for the welfare of the society, state and nation. He appealed to maintain integrity with respect to all religions for peace, progress and prosperity.

Thinghaap Taiju, Parliamentary Secretary, WRD stressed on the  need of maintaining peace  and appreciated the organizing committee for such a mega event to promote peace and tranquility in the region.

The speaker on the occasion, Rev. Dilip Singh, Director, Divine Harvest and Healing Ministry DHHM, Dimapur, narrated from the BIBLE on birth of Jesus Christ. He said it is a blessed opportunity to celebrate the joint carol and Advent of pre-Christmas celebration. Further he said that Jesus is the symbol of true love; he ultimately sacrificed himself on the cross for Humanity. Nothing in this world exists itself all good things comes from God only, the creator of the universe. Today we are passing through crucial period of corruption and communal tension and many more. Therefore we should pray to God to bestow his blessing to love one another and to maintain peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.

On the occasion, Chanchal Yadav, Deputy Commissioner Changlang and Vijay Kumar,  SP Changlang have greeted and extended best wishes for forthcoming Christmas celebration. The Changlang ZP Chairperson, Marina Kenglang also attended the celebration.

Other highlights of the celebration were praise and worship by brother Ajit Singh and brother R. Siama, and convocation prayer by T. Rongmei, Pastor 4th Assam Riffles, special number by worship team, benediction prayer by Rev. V. Rosailova of Presbyterian Church, invocation by pastor Laktong Baptist Church and the programme came to an end with benediction prayer by Father Shoby Simon, Catholic Church Changlang. DIPRO



Seminar advocates for inclusive education

ITANAGAR, Dec 8:  A seminar on "Swami Vivekananda's vision on Education in 21st century" by  Arunachal  Shiksha  Vikas Samiti was held on Saturday as a part of the year-long celebration s of 150th Birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda at the Chandni Hotel, Naharlagun. The Seminar aims at bringing awareness on the education system on the basis of physical, mental as well as Spiritual dimension. It was inaugurated by Shantanu Raghunnath Shende, former Secretary of Vidhya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan who also happened to be the first teacher of RK Mission School, Along when it started in 1964.

Advocate Pritom Taffo,  a Social worker  and the state Secretary of the Swami Vivekananda Sardh Shati Samaroh in his key note address opined  that  goodness in  a man  is a perfection within to be brought out. He also said that in this contemporary Society parents are not spending time enough with their children. He emphasized on women's education and on the respect that one should have for his own culture and on the good character to be provided.

Speaking on the topic 'development of all round personality' Dr. Kesang Wangdi said that there should be education on mental, physical as well as spiritual dimension.

On the topic "On character "Dr. Ashok Kr. Pandey said that the reason of man's decline in character is the disintegration of Joint family in the contemporary society.

S R Shende in his concluding address said the sum total of the educational thoughts and vision of Swami Vivekananda is providing the pupil the  platform to develop and manifest 'from within' which has been universally acknowledged and widely adopted by several educational movements. Throwing light on the teachings of Swami Vivekananda on universal brotherhood, Shende recalled that this thought alone attracted him to come and serve in Arunachal Pradesh on the early 1960 when the then NEFA was in the headlines for the Chinese aggression and its aftermaths.

Shende stated that the more we accept and adopt Swamiji's educational thoughts, the faster the nation will develop from within and the better our people in live in the country in peace.

Earlier, Nabum Ruja, Secretary, Arunachal Shiksha Vikas Samiti presented a brief report of the educational activities of the Samiti. Tadar Kama, Vice President of ASVS chaired and moderated the Seminar.



Environmental awareness campaign

TAWANG, Dec 8: The Environmental Protection Society (EPS) today carried out an awareness campaign at Lhou village, Tawang on "Forest and wildlife" under the banner of CAMPA, department of Forest and Environment,  Arunachal Pradesh. Hundreds of Villagers turned up for the campaign despite being a Sunday.  The crowd were addressed by various guests namely Toriq Thomas, ADC Tawang, PP Vahule, DFO Tawang, Pema Norbu Thungdok, DSP Tawang and Rinchin Norbu, Secretary of Vivekananda Yuva Morcha Arunachal.

The programme began with a short video clip presentation on awareness and this was followed by the speech of Jambey Dondu, President EPS. He emphasized on the importance of preservation of forest and also briefed the crowd about global warming, water and soil pollution.

PP Vahule, DFO Tawang  talked about the importance of the substitutes for  trees for the purpose of using them as a firewood. He talked about the possibility of using Pine Briquette as a very favourable substitute to fire wood. Toriq Thomas ADC Tawang emphasized that we all should try to implement the things that was  talked about in  practical.

Pema Norbu Thungdok, DSP Tawang  talked about the importance of wildlife and forest at large, he talked about how everything his related to each other  and how an imbalance in the chain could cause an adverse harm to the whole environment.

Rinchin Norbu, Secretary of Vivekananda Yuva Morcha  talked about the adverse effects of using  plastics and how it harms the environment  therefore requested the people to minimize the use of plastics and thereby saving the environment. He also talked about the importance of wildlife and how everything is interrelated to each other.

Students of  VKV, Kitpi performed a very informative Skit and also made everyone present in the house to take an oath  that " from now on we will save our forest and plant more trees thereby also helping in saving the wildlife and save our Mother Earth."



Change your life with Sudarshan Kriya

ITANAGAR,  Dec 8: The Art of Living has announced a new batch of its workshop that teaches Sudarshan Kriya from December 10. The six-day course will be held at the Art of Living Centre in H Sector here from 5.30 pm.

Sudarshan Kriya is a simple yet powerful breathing technique. The rhythmic breathing technique designed by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar harnesses specific natural rhythms of the breath, harmonizing the body, mind and emotions. "It cleanses different layers of our existence of stress and past experiences, restoring our charm and presence. It eliminates stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression, leaving the mind calm, focused and the body energized, completely relaxed," explains Rajaque Rahman, an Itanagar-based faculty of the Art of Living.

Sudarshan Kriya practitioners have reported better immunity, increased stamina and sustained high-energy levels. "Daily dose of Sudarshan Kriya can considerably reduce visit to the doctor, keeping you healthy and happy lifelong," he adds.

Apart from the practical techniques, the workshop will also include modules on Listening Skills, Time Management, Delivering Optimal Performance, Team Building, Interpersonal Skills and Adaptability Skills.

The reported benefits of the workshop include better physical health, freedom from diseases such as diabetes, high BP, heart problems, asthma, headache, etc, improved sleep, freedom from depression and anxiety, control over anger and other negative emotions and better personal relationships.



State Level Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Championship-2013 begins at Pasighat


PASIGHAT, Dec 08: The 4th State Level Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate-Do championship-2013 began at General Ground here today.

Addressing the inaugural function of the 2-day championship, Principal of Pasighat Do:ying Gumin College Dr. Igul Padung suggested the young karatekas to inculcate in them good moral values, habits and become worthy citizen. Applauding the bold initiative taken by the organizers, Padung urged the sportspersons to foster unity, brotherhood and understanding through games and sports.

In his speech, Bosing- (I) ZPM Namuk Taloh opined that Karate was very effective and useful for self defense. He encouraged the women and girls to learn the self defence techniques of karate to ward of trouble. He suggested the young karatekas to not misuse the art.

ASKA president Dr. Marli Ete highlighted the achievements of their association in the last decade. He said that the ASKA players have been consistently performing well in various national and international level championships. He stressed on maintaining strict discipline by sportspersons to achieving success.

Arunachal Karate Do Association general secretary Langkung Marik, who also is the chief technical director of ASKA, informed about job reservation for meritorious sportspersons in various state govt. departments and advised the players to avail the opportunity by excelling in their chosen field of sport.

ASKA vice president of cum youth Congress leader Dikto Yekar, District Sport Officer Nada Apa and office bearers of ASKA were present on the occasion.

Earlier, in his welcome address, East Siang Karete-Do Association president Vijoy Mize briefed about martial art (Karate) its importance.

Over 170 players from Anjaw, Lohit, Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri, PTC (Bandardewa), clubs from Itanagar, Chimpu, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and host district East Siang are participating in the championship.



Badminton tourney organized by ZBA concluded  

ZIRO, Dec 08: First "Kalyan Kumar Sonowal Memorial District Level Badminton Tournament-2013" organized by Ziro Badminton Association (ZBA) was successfully concluded here at Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Hapoli this evening.

Attending the valedictory function as chief guest, district Zilla Chairperson Hage Kobing has expressed his satisfaction of conducting the tournament which ended very successfully and also expressed his desire to join the organizing committee next year. He thanked organizing committee for inviting him to valedictory function to share the fruit of success.

Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Marnya Ete who is also the chief patron of the tournament in his speech said that objective of organizing tournament is to tape the budding  talents of youth and also to send the winners of the tournament to the state level tournament.

Earlier, Onya Gyati was felicitated by the ZBA for having outstanding record in the field of badminton. She has brought laurels for the state many a time.

A 'Souvenir' published by ZBA was also released during the function.

Dr. Tage Kano and Tutul Goswami, the organizing secretary and Asst. secretary respectively and Amal Sonowal wife of Lt. Kalyan Kumar Sonowal also spoke in the function.

By winning in four categories of the events, Kalung Takhi became hero of the tournament.

Kalung Takhi and Toko Tano bagged the first and second in U-17 Boys single. In U-17 Boys Double, Kalung Takhi  and Toko Tano won the match while Dangu Joseph and Tagru Tarek was the runner-up

Onya Gyati and Toko Nano secured first and second position in women's open singles. In Women's Open Double, Moom Dai & Toko Aman was the winner while Kago Yassa & Dani Dilhyang was the runner-up.

In Veteran Men's Single, Er. Toko Ottu and Toko Techi were the winner and runner-up respectively. In Veteran Men's Double, Er. Toko Ottu & Likha Tugu won the match while Toko Sunil & P B Singh bags the runner-up title.

In Men's Open Double final, Toko Sunil & Kalung Takhi defeated Dr. Tani Raju & Michi Buker while in Men's Open Single, Kalung Takhi and Nending Ommo stood as the winner and runner-up respectively.

Tommar Angu and Mudo Ado were the observers of the tournament from Arunachal State Badminton Association.

Er. Kuru Siira, CE, PWD, Er. Hage Obing, organizing chairman, Er. Tapi Tai, EE, Ziro (Elect), Dani Yubbe, DAO, Bullo Tama, DHO, Tilling Sambyo, ZPM among others also attended the valedictory function.



2nd Nyari Welly Memorial State Level Women Football Tournament

Kurung Kumey defeats Papum Pare 2-1

ITANAGAR, Dec 08: In the second day of the 2nd Nyari Welly Memorial State level Women Football Tournament 2013 Kurung Kumey (KK) district defeated Papum Pare (PP) by 2-1. Ha Rupa of KK opened the score in the 14th minutes of the game. She made no mistake in taking the penalty awarded to them for handling in the D box by PP player.

In second half PP started positively and equalized within three minute after the breather. Techi Jurmin scored the goal for PP in 38th minutes. Both the team went for a winner and Taw Anu of KK taking a defensive mistake shot home the all-important winning goal in the 50th minutes of the play. Game ended 2-1 in favour of Kurung Kamey.

The second match played between East Kameng Vs East Siang ended in a draw. Both team needing a win to keep their hope alive to stay in the tournament went all out for winner and created many scoring chances but they failed to score. East Kameng need a draw or not to conceive more than seven goals against Capital Complex to make it to semis. While East Siang fate defend upon the match between CCSC and EK, they will hope and pray that CCSC score more than seven goals against East  Kameng to put them into semis.

Today’s match

1) Papum Pare Vs Lower Subansiri  12.45 PM

2) Capital Complex SC   Vs East Kameng 2.30 PM


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Difference between photo and real development

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki yesterday laid the foundation stone for construction of rental housing of 576 units under Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) at Dokoso near state zoo, Itanagar initiating the first such project in the state to be implemented by urban development and town planning department. The chief minister also laid the foundation stone for construction of flats for senior government officers (Type-IV and V) and G+ 5 model phases-I in Capital Complex. Everyday reports of laying of foundation stone for numerous projects pour in from different parts of state.

However the big question, what happens after the laying of foundation stone? Does the same dignitaries whether chief minister, minister or anyone bothers to revisit the project site where they lay down the foundation stone? Many of these projects get shelved in between and never see the day. The fund meant for the project gets misused and no one bothers. In some instance it has been observed that even after laying of foundation stone, the project never took off. The foundation stone for green field airport at Karsingsa was laid down by former home minister Shivraj Patel years ago but work did not started. Instead since then green field airport has been shifted from Karsingsa to Hollongi. Just laying of foundation stone of projects is not sign of progress; the real development will be when these projects are completed on time under watchful eyes of concern authorities.

---- Readers Forum ----


Let us know about medal winners

Dear Editor,

As the 64th Republic Day (2014) is approaching, the state Govt must be busy for preparing long list for awarding of medals and commendation certificates to some dedicated and sincere govt employees of different field. The State Govt, used to publish the name of XYZ in newspapers without mentioning his or her extraordinary service rendered to the society. Due to this the common public don't care and forget the award recipient so easily because they do not know how and why Mr. XYZ has been given Gold or Silver Medals. It is not a matter of joke to choose only 20 to 25 employees for this particular award out of thousands of employees. As such many people including govt, employees and common man do not know the system and rules for nomination and selection of candidates and its procedures for this award. Obviously the following questions arises in the mind of the people.

1.      What are the minimum criteria for this award?

2.     Who has the authority to nominate the candidate and how he or she collect the list and from whom? How much time it take in the process?

3.      Is there any hard and fast rules in the process of nomination?

4.      Who are the committee or member to recommend the candidate?

5.      Who constitute the member of jury for final selection?

6.      Who are the right persons to be the member of final jury?

7.     Is there any special privileges and facility for award recipient besides reorganization with Medals?

So far it has been observed that this state award which Govt. annually gives to individual for his / her extraordinary service during Republic Day and Independence Day is only confined to few departments namely police, education, engineering & GA if I am not wrong. Previous records reveals that the some dedicates employees of important department like Agri - Horti, Social Welfare, Land, Fisheries & Forests, etc have been overlooked by the agency of the award department every year. So, question is that how these dedicated and sincere employees can be proposed for nomination in future? Even many educated people have no idea about the system and procedure of nomination and selection of candidate for this award whereas all citizens are suppose to know how and why the Gold and Silver Medals is being given to the few unanimously selected citizens during the “DAY OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE.”

Therefore, it would be highly appreciable if the authority concern make aware of rules and procedure for this award in detail to the public, so that, people can understand the value and meaning of this prestigious award and also award recipient can be given a due respect as they deserves.


Lukgum Romin

Wildlife Colony, Miao (Changlang)



Management student being neglected

Dear Editor,

This is with reference to advertisement No.PSC-R/22/2010 and NO.PSC-R/23/2013, dated:-27th and 28th November, 2013 published in your esteemed daily. I on behalf of all the management students’ would like to share some serious views and ask some relevant questions to the APPSC (Arunachal Pradesh public service commission ) chairman/authorities, Planning Minister, Parliamentary Secretary Planning and Secretary Planning regarding the recruitment and selection process for the post of Research Officer (Non-ministerial) and Research Assistant in the pay band of Rs.15,600-39,100/- and Rs.9,300-34,800/- under the department of Planning, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.

It has also been mentioned that the candidates applying for the post of Research Officer must have completed their post-graduate from recognized university in one of the following subjects i.e,

1. Economics

2. Commerce

3. Statistics

4. Mathematics and

5. Geography.

By considering the above mentioned degrees in concern subjects for the selection in both the posts of Research Officer and Research Assistant, why management degree holder’s splendid candidates are not eligible for the concern mentioned post???

Where management as a subject itself deals with all the subjects required for the above mention posts except geography. More interestingly and paradoxically commerce and management both are directly proportional to each other.

So, on what ground management candidates/aspirants are not made eligible for both the posts?

On the other hand management strictly incorporates with the study of Economics, Finance, Statistics and Mathematics, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development, Information Technology and psychology etc which is most essential and fundamental requirement for each and every department whether private sector or Government sector to meet organizational/departmental set targets as well as the missions and the visions effectively and efficiently.

Even then management candidates are always being abysmally retrenched for applying from various posts not only from the mentioned department but also from many other departments where management could have easily be made applicable.

These kind of conspiracy abashes the aspirants and make more perplex and ablaze the candidates. Therefore I exhort and earnestly request the APPSC authorities, Planning Minister, Parliamentary secretary, Secretary Planning and apex students body AAPSU to give thorough look into the said matter with keen interest without any abeyance/impediment and find out the best remedy for the real matter within a short period of time without delay keeping in mind the future of the aspirants.


Raja Taye

Department of Management,

Rajiv Gandhi University,

Rono Hills, Doimukh







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