December 15

Female deer fawn rescued

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: A female deer fawn aged around 5-6 months has been rescued by a local elder Taba Taram HGB of Langchung village under Sagalee circle. He told that he spotted the deer fawn in a jungle while searching Mithuns. Later he reported to territorial Range Forest Officer Techi Nobin of Leporiang Range Forest and both the persons brought the deer to Biological Park Itanagar yesterday.

The Zoo officials said that the deer fawn will be reared by the expert animal keepers under their guidance and authorities will be keeping close observations till it matures enough for public exhibition. The Zoo officials appreciated the gesture of Taba Taram.


Land donors ask for special consideration

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: The land donors of Apop, Apop Sango, and Sangring villages in a joint meeting held at Tani Happa on December 10 under the banner of Tani Happa Land Donor Development Committee (New Sagalee) expressed dismay saying that they are being neglected in all fronts by the Govt.

In the meeting attended by GBs, village elders, youth and women of three villages, the speakers opined that the people of three villages had selflessly donated the land free of cost to the government for town extension, but after donating the said land the villagers are being neglected in all fronts. The house unanimously resolved that before implementation of the any developmental schemes,  sanctioning of big projects (like establishment of hospital, school, and  Govt departmental offices), the implementing agency should consult the committee and the land donors should be given special consideration in terms of contract works or Govt employment.  If the Govt fails to provide contract works and job to land donors, it should  either pay compensation to the  land donors or vacate the donated land, the committee said.


APMC checking drive

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: The officers  and officials  of the  Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC), Yupia will conduct checking drive in the markets of  Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa with effect from Dec 16.  Penalty will be imposed on violators of APMC Marketing Regulation Act 1989, according to an official release.


NPF urged to defer bandh

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: The Don Bosco College Students’ Council has urged the Nyishi People’s Forum (NPF) to defer its proposed 12 hours Capital bandh in December 18 next.

In a release, it reasoned, house test for various courses in the college is underway and will be on till December 18 next. And some of our students, who hail from different parts of the state and region, have booked tickets for travelling back to their native places and there will be lots of inconveniences to them because of the bandh.


NNA condemns rape

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: The Nyishi Nyem Acham (NNA) vehemently condemned  the rape of a 7 year-old girl at  Yachuli town by a man on December 11.  The Organisation appealed to the authority concern to award exemplary punishment  to the culprit so that such incidence is not recurred. “Fundamental duties of the state are to safeguard the vulnerable,” the  NNA said while suggesting stringent laws to prevent rape and murders in the tribal states like Arunachal Pradesh.


Awareness campaign held

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: A series of legal Literacy Awareness camps were held at various places viz, Palin, Nyapin, Sangram, Koloriang in Kurung Kumey district from 9th to 13 Dec last.  Advocate Yumlam Kaku and Tai Shiva attended the camps as resource persons. The resource persons dwelt on Lok Adalat, Free Legal Service, Complaints, Domestic violence act and juvenile justice and RTI act etc. The deputy commissioner and his subordinate officers, public leaders, NGO and students attended the camp.


‘Assam assures to maintain status quo’

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: In a sub-divisional level meeting held in the office chamber of SDO (Civil) at Biswanath Chariali, Sonitpur District (Assam) on Dec 12 last,  both the official representatives of  Arunachal and Assam discussed the  recent encroachment inside the reserve forest under Arunachal territory.  The meeting was attended among others  by ADC Balijan, Chukhu Takar, CO Taraso Marchina Boria, RFO Daflaghar Forest Range Balijan A. K. Goshwami, DCIO/SIB/Tezpur B. P. Mukhopaidhyay, SDPO Biswanath Chariali Sunita Sharma, 10/ IB Tezpur Bikash Saikia, DFO Sonitpur (East Division) Aniruddha Dey, Borgang Range Forest Officer Rangan Boruah.

On saying that the Arunachal Pradesh is ready to carry out eviction drive inside the forest, the Assam counterpart emphasized that they are strongly against the encroachment inside the forest which is against the Supreme Court’s directive to maintain the status quo in the said area.

Assam also declared that they will immediately carry out the eviction drive once the instruction from the competent authority is received and they are gearing up the required force for evacuation of huge number of people that have amassed in the said area, according to an official release.


APPDSU halts proposed dharna

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: Responding to the appeal made by NES unit of Papum Pare District and the assurance given by the Chief Secretary, the All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) has decided to halt the proposed Dharna on 16th December. “As CS has assured our union that he will look into the matter and will initiate an appropriate action against the encroacher stating no one will be spear if found wrong. And further he directed Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex Sanjay Goyel who was also present at that time, to initiate appropriate action and ask him to submit the report immediately,” stated APPDSU in a release.

Further APPDSU appeal DC Capital Complex to constitute a committee comprising of Directorate of Research officials, Director Land management, LRSO capital Complex and EAC Itanagar as Chairman of the committee to make ancient monument area Ita-Fort free from encroachers.


Organizations mourns death of Kipa Menia

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: The Arunachal Vikas Parishad expressed deep sorrow over the sad demise of Kipa Menia, mother of Kipa Babu, Deputy Chief Councilor of Itanagar Muncipal Council. She died on 12th December in an accident near her residence at Papu Nallah, Naharlagun. She was very active and laborious despite old age. She was running a small shop near the house.

Kipa Babu is associated with AVP since its inception in AP and has always patronized every plan and programme of the organization, stated AVP in a release. The family of AVP prays almighty to give strength to the bereaved family. The Sanskar Bharati Arunachal Chapter has also condole the untimely demise of Late Kipa Menia


NPF calls on LRSO

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: A team of the Nyishi People’ Forum (NPF) has visited the land  management branch at DC office yesterday and called on the  Land Revenue and Settlement Officer, Capital Complex Takam Titus and sought clarification on the  cost of land allotment application form.  Satisfied with explanation and genuineness of the LRSO’s activity  the Forum has withdrawn its demand regarding the cost of application form. However NPF reiterated its rest of the demands that production of PRCs and land allotment certificates should not be made compulsory while obtaining ST certificate by indigenous tribal people of the state.

The Forum further advocated for the posting of sufficient clerical staff and also urged the authority to process  the all land allotment cases.


AAPWU KK unit for disbursement of labour wages

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: Claiming that the workers of Payu/Kush section, department of hydro power development, Koloriang has not been paid their wages for the past four months, the All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) Kurung Kumey unit has appealed the concern authority for immediate disbursement of the wages.

In a release, it said, though it has been about four months that the workers have not been paid their dues but it is learnt from reliable source that the wages are being withdrawn on timely basis by the concerned authority.

It further warned of launching democratic movement if the wages are not disbursed within this month itself.


Financial literacy programme

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: The Directorate of Small Savings in collaboration with National Savings Institute, GoI organized financial literacy programme at Midpu-II village on December 12 last. A large no. of villagers attended the programme.

The programme was aimed at educating the villagers into developing habit of thrift and keeping them away from fraudulent non-financial bank.

During the programme, the participants were requested to invest in post office small savings schemes.

Deputy Director, small savings, PK Saikia, deputy director and assistant director, National Savings Institute GV Jarapur and KK Pradhan spoke on the occasion.


ALYWA for regulation of sumo fare

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: Drawing the attention of Upper Subansiri district towards the exorbitant sumo fare from Daporijo to Limeking, the All Limeking Youth Welfare Association (ALYWA) has appealed the Upper Subansiri DC to regulate the fare of Daporijo- Limeking bound Sumos.

In its letter to the DC, it wrote, Rs 600 fare for only 150 km becomes very expensive for poor patients who have to frequent to District Hospital, Daporijo for treatment and students who have to travel to Daporijo for their studies.


NSUI coordination meeting held

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: The coordination meeting of newly elected executive members of NSUI state and district units  was held at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today.

Speaking on the occasion, APYC vice president Nyamar Karbak urged the members to maintain party ideology and work as team.

The members observed two minutes silence in respect of late Kipa Menia, mother of Ex MLA and deputy chief councilor, IMC, Kipa Babu who passed away on December 12 last.


Training on WIFS held

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: The District Health Society, East Kameng district has conducted two days training on Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS)   on Dec  11 and 12 at District Hospital Seppa, East Kameng, where total 84 Nodal Teachers have been trained from various background like MOs, teachers, BRCs and Supervisors(ICDS).

Presiding over the programme Dr. D  Pizi  incharge DMO East Kameng highlighted the health policy and programme being sponsored by the state or Central Govt. in the state, particularly for school going boys and girls.  The training was guided by DPMSU of the East Kameng under the supervision of DRCHO and DMO and the resource person was Dr.  Apa Rimo in-charge ARSH Clinic Dist Hospital, Seppa.


Skill development training for girls

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: With a mission to make the unemployed Arunachalee youth productive, the state branch of National Youth Project (NYP) launched a 14-day programme to train 20 young girls to make them professional beauticians.

Inaugurating the programme, senior journalist Pradeep Kumar said that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholders but beauty business could be money spinner if one is trained.

The NYP has been organizing such training throughout the state sponsored by Khadi and   Village Commission under the union ministry of micro, small & medium enterprises to supplement the efforts of the GoI and GoAP in skilling the youth of the state to supplement the national target.

The week-long entrepreneurship awareness programme began today which would be extended by a skill development programme for a month, said NYP president Hari Pado Biswas.

“We want the youth to earn while even studying for their economic independence which would ultimately contribute towards nation building, Biswas said adding that sincerity and perseverance never go unrewarded.


Official team inspect Lok Shiksha Kendra

AALO, Dec 14:  The District inspection team headed by Moli Tato DAEO-cum-Member Secretary ZLSS, SBM, Reyom Ete, APO (AE), Jumge Ori, District Coordinator, ZLSS, SBM, Block Education Officers, Block Coordinators and SBM of concern block inspected the functioning of Lok Shiksha  Kendra under Saakshar Bharat Mission of Aalo East Upper, Aalo East Lower, Pushi Block, Pubu Yombu Block, Ubu Block and Kamba Block from November 25-December 12.

The inspection team visited more than fifty Lok Shiksha Kendra and found that most of the LSK are functioning and running the Saakshar Bharat Programe satisfactorily.

During inspection of LSK, Learners and PRI members demanded the government for regular supply of Teaching Learning Materials, games and sport articles, conduction of Learners Assessment Test at various levels for basic literacy at regular interval of six month period and regular payment of honorarium to Preraks. DIPRO


Workshop on E-learning organized

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: The 7 days workshop on E-Learning was conducted by Tulien Dutta and Talling Lego of Dewsoft Education Academy at Govt. Middle School Abali under Roing. The workshop organized in collaboration with Govt. Middle School, Abali from 27th November to 4th December. On the last day a valedictory function was held at the school campus. Altogether 80 student participate in the workshop.

The ASM of Abali Eli Mili, chairman of School Managing Committee Itang Linggi , Head Master N.C. Kalita, teaching staff, parents and student were present at the function.

Anisha Apum, Chairman of the NGO, Arunachal Woman & Child welfare Society, Dambuk who was invited by the organizing Committee as a special invitee, donated some amount for purchasing of water filter for the children. There was colorful dance performance by the student.


School Rally on water and sanitation

TAWANG, Dec 14: The PHE & WS Sub-Division, Tawang conducted block level School Rally in collaboration with Govt. Middle School, Shyo at Shyo-I & Shyo-II Panchayats segments.

Altogether, 125 participants took part in the Rally.

Earlier, addressing the rally Er. G.Ete Consultant (M&E) highlighted the significance of the School Rally and advised the students to encourage health and hygiene practices in their daily life. The School headmaster appreciated the Department for involving his School for such Social cause and extended his interest in participating for such activities in future also. DIPRO


News Impact

Rao assures adequate fund for development of handloom sector

MoU signed to encourage weavers in state


ITANAGAR,Dec.14: An MoU under the Revival Reform Restructuring (RRR) Package scheme of GoI, Ministry of Textiles  was signed in the presence of Union Minister of Textiles  Dr. K.S. Rao  here today at Banquet hall. The MoU was  signed by Development Commissioner (Handloom), Govt. of India and Secretary (Handloom & Textiles), Govt. of AP and NABARD,  for waiving of outstanding loan to sick handloom units to encourage weavers & cooperative societies to revitalise.

Addressing the officers on the occasion, the Union Minister while underlining the importance of skill development for any state to prosper, said that his ministry is ready to provide fund promptly for development of the handloom sector. The UPA chairperson had also asked him to give special attention to encourage the weavers of the state.

Stressing on up-gradation of looms to compete with mill sector and to be commercially viable, Dr. K.S. Rao said that weaving is a household activity in the state, however traditional loom need to be updated. We must strive to make the handloom sector a major economic activity which will bring substantial economic benefit to the weavers. India which is a major exporter of Textiles is poised to take  the No. 1 position soon doing a business of 2.4 lac crores/ 33 billion dollar as of date through export.

Showing his commitment towards the Sericulture sector, the union minister said that the Commissioner (Sericulture), GoI and Sericulture experts will be visiting the state.

Chief Minister, Nabam Tuki who also attended the meeting said that with signing of MoU weavers cooperative societies in the state will be revitalized. Rural women of the state are also dependant on weaving as an income generating activity, he stressed on loin loom scheme for Self Help Groups & women.

Earlier, Balvinder Kumar, Development Commissioner, GoI said that under the NER Textile Development programme scheme which is an umbrella scheme covering various schemes, Govt. of India has sanctioned 1000 crore for North East  adding that 150 to 200 crores will be allocated for the state. He asked for submission of viable proposals for benefit of the handloom sector. Responding to memorandum on Urban haat in the state on the line of Delhi Haat, he asked state Govt. to find a suitable land

He informed that Rs 3.5 crores have been sanctioned for the state to organize  various exhibitions under Marketing promotion, and also asked to submit schemes proposals on technology up gradation , so that weavers loom can be upgraded. He said that NER Textile Development Programme has been designed keeping in mind the special conditions prevailing in NE and also in view that weaving is a traditionally a household activity and as such norms have been relaxed.

Earlier, minister Textiles & Handicraft & Industries, Tapang Taloh submitted a 13 point memorandum to strengthen the department of handloom & handicraft and harness the handloom potential of the state. They included Rs. 10 crores each for free distribution of yarn to local weavers and tool kits in trades like carpentry, cane & bamboo, black-smithy, strengthening of craft centres with proper building & modern machineries, enhancing fund provision under Catalytic development programme for boosting sericulture activities, Rs. 20 crore for State Specific schemes for expansion of 5000 hectares land under Sericulture in the state, Rs. 10 crore for expansion of cocoon production, Reeling, Spinning & weaving under Sericulture ,establishment of proposed Textile  Park under the 61 sanctioned Textile Parks for the country adding that land has been identified at Kimin, Establishment of Urban Haat, approval of Rs. 10,37,72,500/ under Special Project Proposal for NER & Special Categories States’ Schemes, Informing that Cluster Development scheme is being successfully implemented in the state, he sought additional 70 nos. of additional cluster development schemes, 500 no.s of Group approach  schemes, establishment of weavers service centre, permanent pavilion at pragati maidan at New Delhi and also 17 No. Raw Material Banks, and one Design Bank at State Capital and one in each district.

Besides MLAs R Borang and  T Taku, Chief Secretary HK Paliwali, Secretary Dr. SS Ghonkrokta, Jt. Director ( Handicraft) , GOI , PK Thakur and Secretary (IPR), Dani Sulu were among other present.

Earlier, the Union Minister also inaugurated the Directorate of Textiles & Handicraft office building adjacent Govt. Sales Emporium here in the morning. The four storied building has 24 office rooms with conference hall, proper attached & Common toilets, water reservoir, car parking, driver rest room and executed by RWD Dept, was built with estimated cost of Rs. 279.50 crore under contractor Moi Tama. The Union Minister also visited Govt Sales Emporium. DIPR



College teacher assaulted, APCTA demands harsh punishment

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: At a time when the Govt and intellectuals are advocating for a knowledge society, the knowledge givers in the state are still facing an embarrassing situation.

According to Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers’ Association (APCTA),   Dr. (Mrs.) Aruna Gyati Lod, Asst. Professor of Political Science, Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar was physically assaulted by an examinee named Guruk Jokio today at about 12 noon. The incident happened when she was performing invigilation duty of the End Semester- 2013 of RGU and tried to stop the said examinee from indulging in unfair means, the Association said while  vehemently criticizing the physical assault on  the college teacher.

Taking strong exception to the physical assault on Dr. Aruna, one of its members, the association demands the RGU authority to inflict exemplary punishment and permanently debar the candidature of the examinee from any University examinations.

Claiming that an FIR (Case/no. – WPS/80/13 U/S 333/326 IPC) has already been lodged against him by the Centre Superintendent, End Semester-2013 of RGU, it appeals the Itanagar Police to immediately book the student under appropriate laws of the IPC and the CrPC.

The association strongly feels that such extremity of offensiveness, misconduct and indiscipline on the part of a student towards a teacher cannot be condoned in any human society and must be nipped in the bud. Against this backdrop, it urges both the RGU authority as well as the State Govt. to take immediate actions against the offender else it will resort to various other democratic means of protest.



MMC campaign at Panyor River festival

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: As a part of ongoing Multi Media Campaign (MMC) through sports and music, an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign was conducted during Panyor River Festival at Yazali on 13th December. Speaking on the occasion, Dy. Director (IEC) APSACS, Tashor Pali, explained the four routes of HIV/AIDS transmission to the people. Stressing on this year’s theme of the campaign, ‘Understand AIDS, End Discrimination’, he said that people tend to discriminate people living with HIV which is clear violation of basic human right.

He also urged the youth to remain safe as more than 60 percent of HIV positive people in the state are from the age group of 15 to 39 years.  Like previous year National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) is undertaking a multi - media campaign in the North-eastern region of the country including Arunachal Pradesh for youth between the age group of 15-29 years. The multi-media campaign aims to capitalise on the popularity of local entertainment avenues among youth like music concerts and sports, especially soccer to enhance risk perception and promote safe behaviour and to address issues around stigma and discrimination for people infected and affected with HIV and AIDS. To motivate different population groups to seek services (ICTC, PPTCT, ART, STI and Care & Support services) and highlight the importance of blood safety and increase awareness on the availability of ART and normalization of condoms.



Allegation against Tassar baseless: 21-KACNPF

ITANAGAR, Dec 14:  The allegation leveled against Parliamentary Secretary for Tax and Excise Lokam Tassar regarding his involvement in burning and destroying of the electoral roll revision documents of entire Kurung-Kumey District on December 9 last near Hawa Camp is baseless, said 21-Koloriang Assembly Constituency Native People’s Forum (KACNPF) in a press conference held at Press Club here today.

We condemned such politically motivated allegation and urged the authority to enquire into this matter and immediately release him on or before Monday next from police custody, the Forum said.

They further doubting the integrity of the proceeding said that the government should have used government vehicle for transporting such important documents instead of using or hiring private vehicle. They demanded that actual culprit should be arrested and the official and police personnel on duty on the time of incident should be suspended from their duty.

Regarding inclusion of alleged vogus voters in some pockets of the constituency, the forum alleged that a students’ union leader is indulging in enrollment of vogus voters in the constituency.

They demanded that such union leader should step down from the post on moral ground for indulging in such illegal activities which would hamper the peaceful atmosphere of the constituency.

Briefing the media, Bengia Tagar, Chairman, 21- KACNPF said that due to enrollment of bogus voter in the constituency, differences arises among the people of 21 Koloriang assembly constituency and the burning and destroying of electoral-roll papers of Kurung Kumey District at Hawa Camp may also be the outcome such vogus voter incident.

He urged to all parties to avoid enrollment of bogus voter in the re-hearing which would be held in January next. Bengia Tayu information secretary of the forum said on November 13 local MLA and DC Kurung Kumey was having official discussion at DC Chamber. Four people forcefully entered into DC chamber by breaking door and without permission. They abused DC and local MLA and also tried to physically assault them.  In another incident Office of the CO Sarli was also ransacked and CO was also assaulted. But no arrest was made in this regard despite lodging of FIR.

Chera Siro President BCC said that the electoral revision was held peacefully and successfully in most blocks but there was a sudden increase in voter list of 34-Pani polling station in current revision.

Further, the concerned citizen had also organized a peaceful dharna outside the Kurung Kumey DC’s office at Koloriang demanding immediate removal of the Chakma-Hajong and non-APST claimants from the electoral rolls. And also made a complaint to concerned authority in this regard but no any response and action was received and initiated from the authority.

Regarding arrest of MLA Lokam Tassar, he said that the allegation leveled against the MLA is baseless, It was done only the malign the name of MLA.

Lokam Welfare Society, Spokesperson T Lokam said that allegation leveled against Lokam Tassar is a great concern to the society. He further  concerned over deputing  more than 200 police personnel to arrest Tassar said that Tasar is not a hardcore criminal, he was arrested on the basis of mere allegation. The government instead of deputing such huge force to arrest the MLA should  deploy such huge force to crack the Bank robbery case.



Industry will be face changer of Arunachal Pradesh: Taloh

Gyati Kacho

ITANAGAR,  Dec 14: ‘The hitherto unsung state Industry Department will soon be a face changer of the state’, said Industry, Textiles & Handicrafts Minister Tapang Taloh while addressing the departmental officers at the review meeting held at conference hall of the Directorate of Industries here yesterday.

“The recent Skill Development Programme in particular has helped to bridge the gap between us and the mainstream Indian society. Earlier, people in South India and other states in the plains did not know much about our state. But now with our young boys and girls working in their states and thus becoming de facto brand ambassadors of Arunachal Pradesh, we are now better known besides our youth carving out livelihoods for themselves”, he said, in a lighter vein.

The minister also said that the programme now would be stretched to the District levels to identify and bring out true and deserving candidates living in far-flung and remote areas.

On the yeomen contribution of Industrial Training Institutes in Skill Development of youth in the state, Taloh informed that three new ITI’s at Bana, Geku and Kanubari would soon come up at an approximate cost of Rs 18.66 crores while another ITI exclusively for women would also come up at Sagalee.  

Lamenting the poor state of affairs of the department which is supposed to be the ‘backbone of the economy’ as in other mainstream plain states, Taloh assured to plead for higher budget allocation from the centre to enable the department to carry out its role efficiently and effectively.

Secretary Industries Surendra Ghongkhotro called for more frequent and smoother communication between the District Industries Centres (DICs) and Headquarter to carry out implementation of laid down programmes in letter and spirit. Besides advocating team work and improving work culture, he also asked the officers to prepare the ‘Detailed Project Reports’ timely for release of fund in time.

On ‘Job Mela’, the secretary said that another round of mobilization might be needed to fulfill the ‘batch formation’ of the VTPs as many of the candidates selected in the fair had failed to turn up for the trainings.  The reason attributed is that many of the enrolled candidates were students pursuing their studies and had backed out from the programme after being selected for training. However, as on 10th December, 1967 trainees have already started their trainings in different training locations in India.

Besides discussion on flagship programmes including ‘The Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme’(PMEGP), ‘The National Mission on Food Processing’(NMFP), ‘Skill Development Programme’(SDP), ongoing SPA works and revenue collections so far, the meeting also discussed in threadbare problems of the District officers which included inadequate fund allocation to run office smoothly, shortage of manpower and vehicle, lack of internet connectivity, encroachment problem and non-cooperation by banks in disbursement of subsidies.

Industry Director Tamiyo Tatak and Joint Director Subu Tabin also asked for greater cooperation and coordination between headquarter and field to achieve the stipulated targets in time.



Where Generals love the citizen of state

Kago Gambo

In the parliamentary democratic set up, the Council of Ministers headed by the Prime Minister, have real powers especially since the enactment of 42nd Constitutional Amendment Act in 1976. The Act made an aid and advice given by the Prime Minister as binding on the President; which applies to the state political system too. The former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd.) J. J. Singh did whatever was possible in his capacity as a constitutional (nominal) head of the state. Although Dr. Nani Bath of Rajiv Gandhi University once labeled upon the activities of Gen. J. J. Singh as those of NGO type activities. Gen. Singh had immense influence at the center too because of his personality and influence which was utilized for the benefit of our state. He was most active and almost omnipresent mentally and physically for the welfare of our state. Our people won’t be able to pay back except remembering him with love, regard and gratitude.

Of course, one and only mistake he committed was that he gave un-confirmed news across media about the safe landing of the helicopter carrying Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu; which actually fatally crashed in the Tawang sector bordering Bhutan. I think the former popular Governor was quick in giving this un-confirmed news largely because of his optimistic view and encouraging attitude. After all it is held to be his fault by the entire people of Arunachal Pradesh. Similar mistake should not be repeated by any Governor in future. All said and so, the former Governor was a perfect ambassador sent to our state by the Centre, nay perfect dignified public servant! After all even God is fallible. “To err is human and to forgive divine” as the saying goes.

Our present Governor, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma is found to be doing equally good works for our people. I am very happy to hear his announcement that the State Government will extend full sponsorship to 10 cadets from Arunachal Pradesh in the National Defence Academy while commemorating the Golden Jubilee of the 29th course of NDA, at National Academy, Khadakwasla, near Pune, Maharashtra on 9th December. It is really an innovative idea and wonderful decision. Hopefully he will continue doing good works for our state and its people. Meanwhile, state government should clarify on the details of the sponsorship to be given to 10 candidates from Arunachal Pradesh so that the young, optimistic and full-of-dreams school and college students can prepare well for it and derive the benefits.

I think this initiative by our popular Governor was promptly supported and endorsed by our Chief Minister Nabam Tuki; who has been instrumental in formulating an encouraging sports policy to encourage the sports activities in the state. Our youths would immensely benefit from the sports activities. Not only that, even unemployment and law and order problems in the state might be mitigated. “Healthy body rests in a healthy mind and hungry man is an angry man” a saying goes. Adequate recognition, status, facilities, incentive, encouragement and motivation should be given to our sportspersons. Reservation of 5 per cent of the jobs in certain government departments in favor of the meritorious sportsperson is a step in right direction.

Milkha Singh became a high ranking Army Officer from the lowest rank by winning medals in athletics at various nation and international games. Not only that but also a holiday was declared in the entire country in recognition of his performance. This was rightly done by the then government led by Nehru. In-fact, Milkha Singh-the flying Sikh along with the hockey wizard Dhyan Chand and the cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar truly deserves Bharat Ratna. Lastly but not the least, our state and its people could also be known and appreciated outside by their performance and exposure at national and international levels. Otherwise, we and our state Arunachal usually get stereotype impression and response everywhere in any introduction.  (Writer is an Assistant Professor at DN Govt. College, Itanagar)



Wild beasts spotted in D’ Ering Wildlife Sanctuary


PASIGHAT, Dec 14: The Daying Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary, which is known as hub of rich diversity of wild beasts has been reviving in recent past due to intensified monitoring and patrolling in and around the sanctuary. This Sanctuary, which is a hub of all natural bounties as tributaries of mighty Siang and Sibiya rivers flowing down from the northern hill site providing a model habitat of wildlife to thrive. The forest supports habitat of animals like Cheetal, Hog Deer, Chamber, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Water Buffalos, Leopard, Panther, Langur and Elephants besides various rare and endangered bird species. The sanctuary is reported to be home of an endangered species of vultures.

The recent WWF camera trappings reveal that Hog deer, Chambar, Hare, elephants and many species of herbivorous are thieving freely in the sanctuary. It also trapped movement of some carnivorous animals in the sanctuary during the night hours.

It is observed that domesticated cattle regularly enter the sanctuary from its lower part (Assam side) during the dry season, which sometimes create problem for the herbivorous animals in grazing of grass and spreading FMD.

The authority of D’Ering WLS has prohibited illegal trespassing of human beings inside the sanctuary by enhancing regular patrolling and surveillance. The department officials claimed that the sanctuary has been gradually reviving after hunting and poaching were presumably restricted to some extent since last two years. They have chalked out strategy to protect the wild beasts from hunting. The limited forester staffs are guarding the river routes from all corners during night hours.

The wildlife sanctuary, located in East Siang district, covers an area of 190 sq km. erstwhile Lali Reserve Forest, by government notification vide No. FOR/284/ 76/ 2 dated 23/10/1976 was declared as Lali Wildlife Sanctuary. Later it was renamed as D’Ering Wildlife Sanctuary in October 1986. The sanctuary is surrounded by tributaries of Siang and Sibiya rivers on three sides and covers the alluvial flood prone chars of both the rivers.

Located at about16 km South-East from historical Pasighat town, the sanctuary is considered as a factor in restoring the ecological balance of the region besides providing safety and security to the wild lives of Poba Reserve Forest along the Assam-Arunachal boundary.

The Divisional Forest Officer (WL), Pasighat informed that proposal for erection of wire fencing covering lower (Assam) part of the sanctuary, which is yet to sanction by the department of Environment & Forest. The department officials are optimistic that if the proposal is approved and funds provided, several measures would be implemented to save the sanctuary from unabated human interference besides entry of domesticated cattle in the sanctuary.



Exhibition on consumer products draws huge crowd

PASIGHAT, Dec 13: Two days exhibition cum Consumer awareness Campaign organized at Town Club, Pasighat by the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs, East Siang District on  Dec 12 and 13  drew huge crowd and ended successfully.

“We were longing to disseminate some of the basic knowledge and information on consumer products as well as on services to people of East Siang District to make them wise-buyer and also to guide them in choosing the right products while shopping their day to day requirements,” said K. P. Tago, Asstt. Controller Legal Metrology & CA, Pasighat.

People’s response to exhibition was in fact overwhelming and the hall was crowded from the morning till evening in both the days. People were taken keen interest and learn many tips from the exhibition.

According to Tago, the objectives of the exhibition was to educate common consumers through practical demonstration on various products such as standardized certified products like FPO, ISI, Hallmarks etc, credibility of discount sales offer given during puja or other occasions, simple tests on food adulteration with demonstration, LPG concern to weight, expiry and safety, manipulation in weighment etc.

Manipulation in use of beam scale was rampant in Pasighat market until last few months but after booking cases against some offenders, the irregularities become very less, informed A. Taba, Inspector Legal metrology & CA.  

He further informed that measuring or weighment of commodities otherwise than standard instruments like oil tin as 15 kg volume or milk container as 250 gram is violation of the provisions of Legal Metrology Act, 2009 and appealed traders to discontinue if such instruments are being put in use in any commercial transaction else he warns to book cases against the violators.

O. Minki FAO who visited the exhibition on second day was impressed by the simple tests demonstrated on food adulteration. He said that people were cheated earlier by some hawkers by selling spurious honey and ghee as home product and pure. He also desired that selling of such kind of spurious goods is banned.

Expressing satisfaction on demonstration on hallmarking of gold and silver jewellery, Manju Lata, JT D EDM Govt. H. S. School wants that hallmarking facility is made available in Pasighat so that people could buy quality ornaments. She also feels that LPG cylinder is delivered after proper weighment by the dealer.

After taking some tips on possibilities of coulouring the food items like dal, rice etc, she wants that the concern department encourage selling of unpolished one.

Visiting the Exhibition, S. K. Singh, PET cum Scout Master while expressing his satisfaction said that he was impressed mostly on demonstration of food adulteration as most of the items were new to him. He also expressed his realization how misleading advertisements are being given in print or electronic media like TV, paper, magazine etc and appreciated Legal Metrology department for educating people on such matters. ‘People should not be easily swayed by such advertisement. We need to be careful from today,’ he added.

With the support of both Principal and Vice Principal DEM Govt. H. S. School, Pasighat fifteen students of their school mostly from class XII science were trained one day ahead and engaged them as the demonstrator for two days. J. N. Paul, JT DEM Govt. H. S. School monitored both the student demonstrator as well as visitors.

Earlier on first day, Rajesh Panyang, ADC Pasighat attended the programme while the Exhibition was declared opened by Nidhi Srivastava, Deputy Commissioner, East Siang District.



East Kameng - an adventure hotspot

ITANAGAR, Dec 14:  East Kameng can be promoted and marketed for Adventure & Cultural tourism  since the district has vast untapped resources available with rivers and hills full of fishes, flora & fauna with large percentage of indigenous people still living in the rural village in primitive stage devoid of  modern amenities like power, health, communication health etc. With this belief, the Arunachal Pradesh Society for Education & Development (APSED) and Arunachal Discover Paradise Tours (ADPT) took up up vigorous exercises to map  few trekking routes in the district leading to the rural villages and other places of interests.

Accordingly one team scaled the Tungte Siti, a hot spring water flowing at the upstream of Kameng river.  It was a six days (to & fro 12 days trek) vigorous foot march  from Marjingla of Khenewa circle,  East Kameng District. The team led by APSED president Vijay Sonam started the trekking from Marjingla (50 kms away from Seppa)  on November 26 last and reached Tungte Siti on Dec 2 afternoon.

Tungte Siti is associated with the legends of two brothers. It is an interesting place where various kinds of birds and animals gathered in large numbers to drink the salty water. The main objective of the trekking was to document the birds that were reported to be killed by the villagers in hundreds with a bamboo stick but sadly at the time of the arrival the bird season has gone.

Another team comprising of Club members of Kameng Eco-Adventure Club started their trek from Bameng to Nafra via Lada in a record 3 days. They started their trekking from Bameng (47 kms from Seppa)  on  Nov 29 and reached Nafra on  Dec 1.

After few days, another team will leave for Trekking from Chayang Tajo to Nyapin.

Members of Kameng Eco-Adventure Club is actively participating to document the routes and also they are being trained to act as trekking guide whenever tourists needed for such services.

The meanwhile the APSED decided to submit an official report on their mission to the Seppa deputy commissioner for  developing the trekking routes as major tourist destinations.



Bogum Ao Foundation seek justice for late Bater Koyu

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: The Bogum Ao Foundation has demanded immediate payment of compensation to the family of late APPBN trainee at Police Training Centre, Dergaon, who was assaulted by his co-trainee on November 25 and later succumbed to his injuries and exemplary punishment to the assaulter.

It expressed that despite repeated appeal and memorandum submitted to the state government, there has been no positive response to the brutal assault of APPBN trainee Bater Koyu at Police Training Centre, Dergaon by his co-trainee, who later succumbed to his injuries on November 26.

In a release, it said, the government should not sit with its hand in pocket but try to come forward with some kind of consolation in the form of monetary compensation for the deceased’s family or give appointment to his widow on compassionate ground.

There has been number of instances when the government has given financial compensation and even compassionate appointments, however, in his particular case, government has totally ignored. Such attitude by the state government is humiliating and discriminating, it said urging for appointment of the widow of late Bater Koyu on compassionate ground.

Moreover, no proper investigation has been done and no departmental official have visited the aggrieved family which is highly regrettable.

From the incident, it has been revealed that there is no discipline in PTC, Dergaon, our government should contemplate on this issue too, it suggested.



NCP youth wing visits boundary area at Taraso, holds parley with local people

TARASO, Dec 14: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), state unit youth wing visited Taraso area under Balijan circle of Papum Pare district on December 12 to take stock of the ground reality on inter-state boundary dispute and conducted a day-long discussion with the youth, elders and Tarasso circle ZPM Nabam Ekha on the  issue.

Taraso Circle Youth Association president Chera Tuyo took initiative for fruitful discussion of the visiting team with the local people on the  present situation in the boundary area wherein  the Senior local citizens including the ZPM apprised them of the ground reality relating to the inter-state boundary dispute.

After visiting the inter-state boundary area in Tarasso, Kop Camdir Tai, general secretary, state youth wing informed the local people that various local commissions and Supreme Court appointed judges besides apex organizations of the state have already visited this place and the issue is under consideration of the Supreme Court.  He, however, said that  his party would take up the  issue  with Party High Command at New Delhi urging him to  convince the competent authorities for early solution of the matter. He further informed that the young wing also planed to stage a peaceful rally at Itanagar on Dec 18 demanding speedy delivery of justice to the people living in boundary area by solving the boundary disputes. He stressed on the maintaining status quo  in boundary area and for lasting solution to the issue.

Referring to numerous disputed places in  inter-state boundary area like Durpai, Kangku, Germe, Raate, Pale and Dipa Gumto, Kimin (in P/Pare district) and Dollungmukh (Lower Subansiri), Likabali (West Siang) and Gerukhmukh (L/Subansiri) Kop Camdir Tai  further said, “it is high time to peacefully avoid the recurrence of the 1951 Bordoloi Commission. But the entire youth of the state irrespective of their political affiliation must fight for justice on the boundary dispute.” The  team also appealed the local people of the disputed areas across the state to raise their grievances in a united manner.  

Other members of the  team include  executive members  of the youth wing namely Sanju Tana Tara, assistant general secretary, Teli Camdir Ocha, convener and Tana Rahul Tara, Papum Pare unit president.



Consumer awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Dec 14: A consumer awareness campaign for propagating the message of consumerism was organized by the Papum Pare unit of the Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs at Naharlagun yesterday. A large number of people including Councillors, public leaders, Govt officials, traders and media personnel attended the  programme.

In her address, chief councillor Higio Aruni appreciated the Department for its continued efforts to propagate the ideals of consumerism and urged the people to be alert while making any purchase. Elaborating the role and duties of Councillors, traders and the citizens in general, she urged everyone to be vigilant and to cooperate with the administrative machineries for development of the society.

Expressing her desire to create a hygienic condition in and around capital complex, she appealed everyone to cooperate with the Councillors and the department concerned to abide by the rules and policies of the Government.

Narrating his experiences as a consumer, Nirjuli Councillor Tarh Nachung appreciated the department and advocated for having a control over the prices of goods and commodities being sold in various sectors of capital complex. Citing the examples of non- uniform Maximum Retail prices of unbranded items/commodities being charged by traders, he also requested the trading community to work for introducing a common retail price of available commodities within the capital complex.

Delivering his address as resource person, Supriyo Chakraborty, representing the HQ of the Department elaborated on various aspects of the Department activities, urged the business community to adhere to the laid down norms and regulations. Stressing on the theme “Traders and Consumers: Fostering and Strengthening Trust” he urged the people to get informed and to minimise the gap between traders and consumers in strengthening mutual trust. He also appealed everyone to cooperate with the Govt, and to come forward with their grievance at appropriate forum.

On the occasion, Likha Yach Debia, ILM, Naharlagun and Taba Tabin, ILM Itanagar, demonstrated on various aspects of the law and Dos and Don’ts on the part of consumers, explained in detail about LPG and its expiry, delivery through Dispensing Pump, correct usage of weighing and measuring instruments as also the provisions of Packaged Commodities Rules, Consumer Protection Act, 1986, Legal Metrology Acts and Rules.

Likha Yach Debia, ILM. Naharlagun requested the media persons to come forward and support the the consumer movement in the state.



District level monitoring committee meeting held

KHONSA, Dec 14: The district level monitoring committee meeting of Tirap district was held at DC’s conference hall, Khonsa on 13th December. While welcoming the participants, Tirap DC Kamlesh Kumar Joshi asked the executing agencies to strictly adhere to the guidelines and the specifications in order to maintain the quality of work and urged the officers not to compromise on the quality of work. He told them to complete the assigned work on time. The Deputy Commissioner underscored the importance of the CC road within Khonsa Township and asked the concerned department to ensure that the quality of work was maintained at any cost. Joshi asked the participants to submit the reports well in advance and also told them to submit the photographs shot with GPS. The DC was not satisfied with the snail’s pace of work under some departments and asked them to pull up their socks to ensure timely completion.

The Executive Engineers of PWD, RWD, PHED, WRD, Power and DD, Urban highlighted the progress of work under their departments through a power-point presentation. PRI leaders and others also attended the all important meeting. The DPO Okep Tayeng co-ordinated the meeting efficiently.    DIPRO



Capital Complex Sporting Club lifts 2nd Nyari Welly Memorial (Women) Football Trophy

Dogin Randa

NAHARLAGUN, Dec 14: Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC) emerged as champion of the 2nd Nyari Welly Memorial (Women) Football Tournament defeating Kurung Kumey 3-1 in an entertaining final match played here at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium today

Capital girls started the match with positive approach, but it was the crowd favorites Kurung kumey who took the lead in the 21st minute through Bengia Mercy. The goal was created by Tao Anu with her fine pass. Shocked by the goal CCSC tried hard and got an opportunity to equalize with a free kick which was wasted by Techi Amin. However CCSC got its equalizer through their Skipper Tako Baby with a delightful chip over (KK) keeper Tai Yalum standing bemused before the break.

The second half saw some spirited performance by the CCSC players. They displayed some attacking football and dominated the proceedings. Yalum once again denied the CCSC skipper by thwarting her attempt in the 51st minute. But CCSC were rewarded for their constant pressure in the rival goal and took the lead through Tako Baby once again, five minutes later. The goal came as result of a powerful free kick taken by Techi Amin which was dropped by KK keeper in front of goalmouth, taking the advantage Baby slotted home. Roshni Ramching added the third goal and sealed the faith of the game in favor of CCSC.

Kati Tayeng, Techi Amin and Roshni Ramching all from CCSC were awarded Best Goalkeeper, Highest Scorer and Best Player respectively. The winners of the 2nd Nyari Welly Memorial (Women) Football Tournament pocketed the amount of Rupees Seventy Five Thousand and the runners up team with Rupees Thirty Five Thousand each.

The Final was attended by Higio Aruni, Chief Councilor (IMC) as the Chief Guest and Tadar Apa, Astt. Director Sports & Youth Affaires, as the Guest of honor. Later, they also distributed the prizes to all the winners. Among others, Tarh Nachung, Gungte Tugung, both Standing Committee Member (IMC), Kipa Takum, Councillor (IMC) also attended the final.

Reacting to the result, Jill Gyamar, Dist. Sports Officer, Kurung Kumey, expressed his satisfaction over the performance of the team and promised for better performance next time.  

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