December 23

9th Youth National Weightlifting Championship

Arunachal lifter bags 3 bronze

ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Gungte Yangfo won three bronze medals in the 9th Youth National Weightlifting Championship at Guwahati today.

Yangfo, representing Arunachal Pradesh, lifted a total of 167 Kg (snatch 74 Kg + Clean and Jerk 93 Kg).

He is the son of Kijek Yangfo and Yadak Yangfo of Karsingsa.

Earlier in the morning session today, Tang Devi settled for fourth position after she lifting 38 kg in snatch and 50 Kg in clean and jerk in her final attempt.

Langfu Roman (85 kg), Kojum Taba (77kg), Sorum Hitlar Tagru (69kg), Sambo Lapung (69kg), Lalu Taku (62kg) will be in action at Junior Championship commencing from December 26.


PPA demands independent Home Minister

ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The City unit of People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has demanded the Chief Minister to immediately appoint an independent Home Minister failing which the party has threatened to launch democratic movement.

Holding the state government responsible for the prevailing law and order situation, PPA City unit president Yangbiu Takik alleged that crime was on the rise which was reason for their demand for an independent Home Minister. The party also demanded immediate removal of Gadam Ete, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) from his post. The PPA city unit president said that the incident of broad daylight ATM robbery took place after the chief minister’s meeting with top officials of the Government on law and order and other problems. The party also cited the example of physical assault on a lady teacher of a Govt. College by her own student recently.


5 NSCN (K) ultras held

ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Security forces arrested five hardcore NSCN (K) militants, including its self-styled revenue secretary from Lohit district, and recovered arms and documents from their possession.

A joint team of Lohit and Changlang district police including personnel of the Assam Regiment arrested them during an operation on Friday from Lohit district, official sources said. Police seized one 9 mm pistol, two magazines, 29 live rounds, pen drives, mobile sets and incriminating documents including 264 extortion notes and seal of the organisation. The arrested cadres include self-styled revenue secretary of Lohit district Hongloan Lowakhao along with four of his accomplices, Biswanath Pait, Chow Pintina Choupoo, Chow Sultana Munglang and Faki Wangsa.

Alerted by extortion notices served by the outfit, Diyun police laid a trap and arrested Pait, an NSCN (K) linkman, before the Lohit police and Assam Regiment personnel joined to conduct a joint operation in Namsai in Lohit district and Diyun in Changlang district areas which resulted in the arrest and recovery.

Tirap and Changlang districts (including Longding) have been witnessing turf wars by both NSCN (IM) and (K) factions for the last few years for area dominance but the undergrounds have not been successful in their bids, sources claimed. PTI


Nyishi Affirmation Day

ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The Nyishi Affirmation Day was celebrated at Ligu village to commemorate the Nyishi unification by Upper Subansiri district unit of Nyishi Elite Society (NES) on December 19.

Highlighting the background of the Nyishi Affirmation Day in 1998 at Ligu, NES’ Upper Subansiri unit chairman Jumni Ligu said that all the Niyisis, who were known by different names in different districts, have affirmed themselves as one Nyishi on that day. He appealed to the people to remember the Nyishi Affirmation Day as a day of unity of the Nyishi society.

The executive body members of ANYA, ANSU,-USU, public and around 500 students were present on the occasion.


AR organizes medical camp

ITANAGAR, Dec 22: A total of 448 patients were treated in a medical camp conducted by Assam Rifles under its Civic Action Programme at Noglo village of Tirap district yesterday.

Patients from remote and far-flung villages, including Laju, Sanliam, Kollam, Barab, Longlem, Pongkong, Sinnu, Chinghan, Horu Chinghan, Lonyan and Kothung attended the camp and took full advantage of it. The patients were provided medicines free of cost.

A team of four doctors from Civil Hospital Khonsa, Primary Health Centre, Laju with paramedical staff of the Army and Assam Rifles under the guidance and supervision of Medical Officers of Assam Rifles Battalion and Headquarter 117 Infantry Brigade conducted the camp.

Earlier, the camp was inaugurated by a Gaon Bura of Noglo village. The Raja and Gaon Bura of Noglo village lauded the noble gesture of the Assam Rifle and expressed their gratitude for organizing the Medical Camp at their doorstep.

On the occasion, a stall on health and hygiene awareness was also set up to educate the villagers on the same.


HDFC Bank felicitates karatekas

ITANAGAR, Dec 22:  Pasighat branch of HDFC Bank felicitated few promising karatekas of East Siang district Karate-Do Association (ESDKA) for their excellent performance and contribution in the field of sports.

The bank felicitated Sensei Ajay Chetri, general secretary cum technical director of ESDKA. He was adjudged ‘sportsperson of the year’ by HDFC Bank, Pasighat Branch for his outstanding contribution for promotion of Karate in East Siang.

The bank also felicitated 13 karatekas for their outstanding performance in the 4th State Level Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Championship-2013 held at Pasighat recently.

Staff of the HDFC Bank, including branch manager Sandeep Deb, deputy manager Devajit Phukan, and members/office bearers from ESDKA were present on the occasion.


Candle making training

GOLOSO, Dec 22: Twenty five trainees benefited from a weeklong entrepreneurship programme (EDP) on candle-making organized by the state unit of the National Youth Project (NYP) here in East Kameng district recently. NYP Seijosa unit coordinator Bijoy Lakshmi Sinha and district coordinator Sanjay Sinha were the resource persons. The NYP also organized an ‘awareness development programme’ which benefited 30 people.


Forum seeks DEO’s intervention

ITANAGAR, Dec 22:  Claiming that some groups/ party with vested interest are putting pressure on Assistant Electoral Registration Officer (AERO) of Damin, Parsi-Parlo and Sarli Circles to send proposal for change of venue for hearing of claims and objections of the summary revision of electoral rolls for Damin, Sarli and Parsi Parlo circles at Koloriang in place of their respective administrative headquarters, the 21-Koloriang (ST) Assembly Constituency Native People’ Forum today said that such step will not only cause inconvenience to many of the genuine electors of the far flung areas but also create serious law and order problem.

While urging the district election officer (DEO) to not allow centralization of the hearing at district headquarters, the Forum urged for conduction of the hearing at their respective circle HQs. only.


Laparoscopic sterilization camp

TEZU, Dec 22: Parliamentary Secretary (PHE & WR) Karikho Kri inaugurated a two days laparoscopic sterilization camp at District Hospital here yesterday in presence of Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Takuk, DMO, DRCHO, Medical Officers and other staff of medical department.

Speaking on the occasion, Kri advocated for conducting such camp on regular interval.

Deputy Commissioner, in his brief speech said any type of family planning should be a routine work for health department. The DC assured to extend every possible help from his end. He requested the doctors and nurses to maintain quality service.

District Medical Officer Dr. K Basar informed that the camp is organised to meet the urgent need of family planning in the area.

DRCHO Dr. Nani Rika highlighted the performance of family planning in the district in last three years.

More than 50 women underwent laparoscopy on the first day. DIPRO


News Impact

China sets up camp in Chepzi in Ladakh

NEW DELHI, Dec 22: Around 20 Chinese soldiers last week entered Indian territory near the LAC and pitched their tents in Chepzi area in Ladakh, sources said today.

Around 20-22 Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers had last week pitched around 8-10 tents in the west of Chepzi in Ladakh area, the sources said.

However, the Army headquarters insisted there was no such incident in that area.

It was not immediately known whether the Chinese troops still remained in the Indian territory or have left.

The Army had held a flag meeting with the Chinese side yesterday.

Chepzi is close to Chumar area, which has been witness to a large number of incursions by the Chinese side in the last one year.

In April, Chinese troops had entered 19 km inside Indian territory in the Daulat Beg Oldi sector and left the place only after long negotiations and a series of flag meetings between the two sides.

The reports about the Chinese camp in the area have come soon after PLA troops apprehended five Indian nationals in the Chumar area and took them to their camp across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in an apparent bid to stake their claim on the area.

After the two countries signed the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) in Beijing, they have agreed to resolve their issues under the mechanisms provided by the new pact aiming to prevent flare-ups between their troops.

Defence Minister A K Antony had recently warned that the new border pact does not guarantee that nothing will happen in these areas in future.

Chumar has been one of the most active areas on the LAC in terms of transgressions by the Chinese troops.

Located 300 km from Leh, it has always been an area of discomfort for the Chinese troops as this is the only place along the Sino-Indian border where they do not have any direct access to the LAC. PTI



Centre urged to deploy army at China border

ITANAGAR, Dec 22: Arunachal Pradesh Vikash Parishad (AVP) has urged the Centre for deployment of army throughout the Indo-China border replacing Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force.

A 13-member delegation of tribal leaders from Arunachal Pradesh under the banner of AVP called on Vice President Hamid Ansari, various central leaders, including AK Anthony, Defense Minister, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, leaders of opposition in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha respectively, and apprised them of the threat posed by China in the frontiers of Arunachal Pradesh.

The delegation informed the central leaderships that Chinese troops had intruded into Arunachal Pradesh in August this year and camped for at least five days in Chaklagam area, about 20 km within Indian territory.  AVP submitted a 14-point memorandum to the defense minister, which demanded, among others, deployment of Army in border places, construction of motor able roads and other infrastructure in border areas, to increase the number of surveillance and patrolling posts all along the China occupied Tibet, to organize welfare activities like medical, awareness camps and similar activities by the defense forces for border area villagers, to improve and strengthen the ITBP and BSF in all respects, for raising Arunachal Scouts Regiment at par with the Ladakh Scouts for better co-ordination with the local people, effective patrolling and surveillance and to cope up with the situation as per local needs, to use Border Area Development Funds (BADF) more effectively, constitution of Border Village Security Committees in the border areas for active involvement of the local people, to check drug trafficking from Myanmar to Lohit and Anjaw districts, to improve the activities of SSB, NCC and Home guard type organisations in the area, to increase the Union Defense Budget to meet the challenges, to solve the contentious stapled visa issue etc.

All the concern authorities and the leaders expressed their solidarity with the sentiments of the people of Arunachal Pradesh and assured to do all the needful to check the intrusion and to keep the entire region peaceful, an AVP release said.

The entire nation is equally concerned about the growing intrusion of China, Vice President Hameed Ansari, said.He assured that the Govt of India will do all the needful to consolidate and strengthen our position in the north east frontier.

AK Anthony termed the patriotism of Arunachalis as “superb”, the release added.

The delegation was led by AVP president Pratik Potom, vice president Techi Gubin and general secretary Tarh Takia.



CAG report and Arunachal: PPA against institutional corruption

ITANAGAR, Dec 22: “The Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India for the year ended March 2012 has identified various instances of misuse of funds in various government departments in the State,” says People Party of Arunachal (PPA).

According to the Report, the party claimed, the concern Secretaries/Principal Secretaries to the State Government did not respond to the Accountant General’s request to furnish replies within six weeks which was followed by reminders and demi-official letter sent to the Chief Secretary of the State Government on the issues raised in the Audit paragraphs, performance reviews etc. for 31 Audit paragraphs.

The PPA headed by Nikh Kamin as president vowed to pursue the matter in larger public interest and to maintain fiscal discipline in the state.

“Since there are many instances of willful subversion of rules and procedures by various government departments leading to misuse of public money, the PPA has decided to raise one issue at a time in a phased manner,” PPA said in a release.

“The report and the state government’s response to it display how the money meant for development are misused and how the state government acts as a passive collaborator to such malpractices by its officials. Some of the department of the state government that has been identified by the CAG Report in very poor light are: Sports & Youth Affairs; SWWC&D; RWD; Rural Development Department; Land Management; Secretariat General Services Department(admission of  fraudulent Medical Claims due to failure in exercising due diligence), Taxation department,” the release said.

“Departmental Heads of the State Government seldom furnish replies to the Audit findings. Senior officials fail to enforce accountability and protect the interest of the state government. The silence of the respective departments/ State Government to the letter of the CAG is indicative of the fact that the heads of offices and heads of the departments failed to initiate action to rectify the defects, omissions and irregularities pointed out by the Auditor General in the Inspection Report. The State Government is yet to do anything on the CAG recommendation, which says that the government should initiate suitable steps to install an effective procedure for prompt and appropriate response to audit observations as well as taking action against officials/ officers who fail to send replies to the Inspection Reports/ paragraphs as per the prescribed time-schedules. Those officials who have failed to take action to recover loss/ outstanding demands in a time-bound manner, says the CAG recommendation, the state government is supposed to initiate action against them also.”

The party has taken decision to leave no stone unturned to bring those found guilty of financial mis-appropriation to book.



Aspirations without vision

Raju Mimi

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: Indigenous People worldwide continue to face serious discrimination in terms of their basic rights. While there has been intervention at local, national and international level to create space for them, these have not worked out well.

The North East India, which is home to over 160 indigenous communities who are classified as Scheduled Tribes as per the Indian Constitution faces such apathy.

While convenient view is that Centre is responsible for the economic backwardness of the region and that the neglect by the Centre is monumental, some experts believe New Delhi has been sensitive to the tribal nature of the region.

The later view bears out from that fact that the Centre has adopted policy for less interference towards local customs and traditions of tribals in the North East and their traditional institutions of local governance and their right to natural resources ensured within the framework of sixth schedule or Article 371.

Now consider these concerns aired with regard to alienation of tribal land and their right to customary laws and traditional governing institutions.

“Despite 60 years of popular government in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, there is lack of comprehensive land policy in the state.” said Jarjum Ete, a woman activist from Arunachal Pradesh. She said this while speaking to media during the International Conference on ‘Addressing Poverty and Vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalayas’ organized by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) held on December 1-4, 2013 at Kathmandu, Nepal.

The necessity for such land policy in the state she feels is because Arunachal is now opening to outside investors for its huge hydro power resource and land being central to the identity of Indigenous People.

Ete, who was one of the discussant for the panel ‘Inclusive Social Development: the Challenges for Including the Excluded – Indigenous Communities and Marginalized Groups,’ said that though the government recognizes community ownership of land, much of it has been handed over to power companies without consent of the people.

This dichotomy is because the traditional village councils which is the decision making body at the grassroots has been made redundant. Though 73rd Constitutional amendment act talks of PRI and local leadership, there has been no devolution of powers in the state. Also expressing her views during the discussion was Achungmei Kamei, an Imphal based journalist. She said, “We belong to the land, but we don’t have ownership of the land.”

She added, “The new wave of development model in the form of privatization is threatening to undermine the constitutional and legal protection accorded to Indigenous People in terms of their rights to ancestral property, languages, cultures, and forms of governance.”

Phrang Roy, former IAS officer from Khasi community and keynote speaker for the panel said that what the indigenous communities in North East should look for now is wise leadership within the community so that Indigenous oligarchs do not appear and take advantage.

“These indigenous oligarchs are section of the leadership from rich, affluent and highly educated families who become willing partners with powers in New Delhi to exploit the resources. The influential political parties or the powerful group in the centre uses them for their own selfish purposes,” said Roy.

Adding further, Sanath Chakraborty, a freelance journalist based in Shillong said that Indigenous People in North East have to find solutions to their problems within themselves and not look outside.

Such view may seem to hold ground as with modern education, aspirations have also grown among Indigenous People leading to commercialization and diversification of their land.

According to Ete, such aspiration for prosperity is major cause for landlessness among many tribes in the mountain states of India. “With low density of population in hilly states, even the poorest has access to land. But with investors coming in these lands have been captured by the elites.”

Another expert commented that these aspirations to modernize is letting loose tribal people to be out of sync with their traditional attachments to nature and other resources. This is a period of crisis bereft of a vision that could call for a balance between the traditional systems with the aspirations for change.



Panchayat leaders crying for financial power and fund


PASIGHAT, Dec 22: Reiterating their demand for devolution of financial power to the Panchayat Raj Institution (PRIs), Zilla Parishad Member (ZPMs) of East Siang district led by their chairman Kaling Dai urged the state government to take early step to fulfill their demands and to release fund for implementation of various panchayat schemes.

The ZPMs lamented that the state’s Chief Minister, during ‘Vikash Rally’ held in Itanagar had assured the PRI members of giving financial power, but he has not yet initiated any action even after repeated approach made by the state level Panchayat Raj Coordination Committee.

“The state government already issued notification on DRDA and functioning of PRI assigning 29 subjects, but it is still depriving us from financial power consequently we are incapable to levy local tax and revenue from the departments for enriching state exchequer”, they exclaimed.

Expressing displeasure over non devolution of financial power, the PRI leaders said that as per guidelines of centrally/state sponsored schemes, PRI members are to participate and monitor the execution of scheme works. No payment should be made by the executing agency without recommendation of the ZPM of the concern block. However, development schemes in the state are being regulated by legislators without involving PRI members and thereby violating the legitimate rules.

The ZPMs, during second coordination meeting held at Pasighat recently took a serious note on the financial power issue. The meeting later adopted resolution to demand the state government to provide vehicle to the ZPCs, early release of fund for construction of ZPM cottage at Pasighat town besides development of burial ground in the villages and grazing land in each ZPC. The Rural Work Department has been entrusted to prepare the project and estimates of the schemes.

While opposing “globalization” of tender of development schemes, the ZPMs urged the authority to make the tender such as road construction, procurement or supply of materials district level.

Demanding the authority to put priority to the local farms or contractors, the leaders further urged the authority to ensure that all tenders/quotations should be intimated to the ZPMs concerned for smooth monitoring of the works.

Sille-Oyan ZPM Tajing Taki, who has been entrusted to monitor the schemes in Agriculture, PWD and Rural Work department, said that many construction works in the district are lying incomplete and this was due to allotment of contract to outsides, who execute the construction works as their will under active interference of powerful politicians. Taki feels that, without devolution of financial power to PRI members, proper utilization of fund and fair implementation of the rural development schemes cannot be expected.



Training on Adolescence Education Prog

ITANAGAR, Dec 22: The Adolescence Education Cell of State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Itanagar conducted a four-day training programme for teacher educators of B.Ed Colleges and DIETs on Adolescence Education here from December 17-20 to acquaint the teacher educators with the various content areas of Adolescence Education, improve their understanding  of the critical needs and problems of the adolescence period and to develop necessary skills among them so as to enable them to follow life skill based transactional methodology during transaction of the contents, according to an official release.

The adolescent boys and girls in the age group of 10-19 years at present constitute more than 22 percent of the total population of our country and have all the potentialities to develop themselves to the best possible human resources for our society. However, in the process of growing up, these adolescents do not always understand the rapid physical, physiological, mental and emotional changes taking place in them, particularly when they become aware of their sexuality. The increasing incidence of sex abuse, teenage pregnancy, domestic violence and substance abuse among them and the  growing danger of HIV & AIDS has added an element of urgency for the solution of these various adolescent related problems in our society. Adolescence Education therefore, has been widely acknowledged as a critical curricular concern in schools, the release said.

Its content areas in recent years, to some extent have also been integrated into the NCERT curriculum and textbooks in various subject areas. Not only there is a need to provide these adolescent students with adequate and authentic knowledge in these areas, there is also an imperative need to develop necessary life skills among them so as to enable them to face these problems by themselves, the release said.

Participants from five B.Ed colleges and seven DIETs of the state attended the training programme which was co-ordinated by GC Baral, co-ordinator, Adolescence Education Cell of the SCERT, under the guidance of Gania Leij, Principal, SCERT, Itanagar.

Prof. J Sahoo, Dept. of Education, RGU, BP Sinha, State Resource Person, Pedagogy Cell, SSA Rajya Mission, T Pali, Deputy Director IEC, APSACS, KK Pandey, State Co-ordinator, RMSA  and VR Sharma, SS, SCERT were the resource persons in the training programme.

The training was conducted under the guidance and resource support of the National Population Education Project (NPEP), NCERT, New Delhi.

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