TAWANG, Dec 05: The National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS)
Dirang has organized a three days training programme on tourism promotion activities
from December 1 last. Altogether 38 unemployed youths from all the CD blocks of Tawang
district attended the training on various tourism related subjects like tourist group
management, mountain and forest guide, trekking tour operator, hospitality services,
promotion of home stay.
During the practical session, the trainees led by Tawang DTO Tsering Dekey conducted
a one-day trekking tour from Tawang to Chaksam on December 1. The team also included
three faculty members of NIMAS. The trekking route covered various villages including
Khinmey, Namet, Bomdir, Kitpi, Shernup. This was followed by one night river site
camping at Zemithang on December 2 with the support of CO Zemithang and Army.
The programme ended with a social service and cleanliness drive as a part of the
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Gorsam Stupa and Zemithang area.
It is worth mentioning here that Tourism Minister Pema Khandu and DC Tawang Abhishek
Dev have been supporting and encouraging tourism promotion activities in the district.
Legislative assembly session
ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The sixth legislative assembly of Arunachal Pradesh will meet for
its third session on January 28, 29 and 30 next year.
BJP questions regional credential of PPA
ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal unit has expressed dismay
over the repeated allegation labeled against the party by the lone regional outfit
PPA. The regional party should have a broader outlook for the interest of state instead
of parochial approach and stop labeling allegation against the national party, the
“PPA’s hidden agenda has been exposed time and again to the people of the State.
It is an eye opener that the PPA was lobbying with the ruling Congress Party before
the last Vidhan Sabha election and during election for the lone Rajya Sabha seat,
it said. Such acts of the PPA have exposed their regional credential and integrity
and they do not have moral right to castigate any stickers on BJP,” the party added.
Candle light march to protest atrocities against women
Dumporijo, Dec 5: A peaceful candle light march was organized at Dumporijo town by
Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society Branch Dumporijo on Dec 2 to protest against
the atrocities against the women after the brutal killing of a woman Late Yagam Marde,
who was found dead on 22 Nov at Aya Marde.
More than 500 women took part in the candle light procession held at Dumporijo town
around 5.30 PM.
Procession started from Dumporijo Petrol Pump via Hr Secondary School Dumporijo which
culminated at general ground.
Later, they observed one minute silence in remembrance of Yagam Marde.
APWWS appealed to the law enforcing authority to expedite the investigation and punish
the culprit under the appropriate section of the law.
NAHARLAGUN, Dec 5: The Apollo Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai has been empanelled
under Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance scheme (APCMUHIS).
The scheme has been launched to benefit the people of Arunachal Pradesh including
the state government employees with the aim to achieve good health for all.
The concerned department field functionaries have already been engaged for enrollment
and to issue smart card. The beneficiaries can avail maximum benefit from the scheme
through the empanelled hospitals. DIPR
Toni Paleng at ‘NEbody Can Sing’ Grand Finale
ITANAGAR, Dec 5: Toni Paleng, son of Taking Paleng of Paksing village, Kaying circle
will represent Arunachal Pradesh in the Grand Finale of Musical Reality Show to be
held at Shillong on Dec 15. An upcoming singer Toni Paleng was declared state winner
after undergoing different level of audition rounds.
It may be mentioned here that All India Radio, Itanagar alongwith other capital AIR
stations of north east region conducted a Musical Reality Show entitled – Nebody
Can Sing. The basic objective of the Musical Reality Show was to promote the un-heard
tunes of the modern North East culture and to promote the un-tapped musical talents
of the region. The competition was made open for any Arunachalee dialect with participants
being in the age group of 16 to 40 years. AIR approved artists were not allowed to
take part in the musical reality show.
The entire audition round of this musical reality show for Arunachal Pradesh was
conducted in All India Radio, Itanagar. Renowned AIR artist Jomnya Siram, Bengia
Tabb and prominent lyricist Nakeng Perme were the judges.
Villagers decide not to give land for Arun Medi city
ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The land owners of Rakap Tigdo Happa under the banner of Rakap Sanglum
Happa Village Welfare Association have decided not to give land for establishment
of Arun Medi City at Rakap Tigdo Happa, opposite Pachin Colony Naharlagun.
In a memorandum submitted to Health and Family Welfare Minister yesterday, the land
owners, while expressing its disagreement regarding establishment of the Arun Medi
City, said “at any cost we will not give land for establishment of any project in
The memorandum further said that land compensation/actual cost of land was not paid
to the land owners by the concerned authority, only the compensation for jungle
clearance and crop damaged was paid to the fanner vide order No.CP/LA-135/86 dated
14/06/1999. The villagers request the higher authorities to search alternate land
instead of Rakap Tigdo Happa for establishment of Arun Medi City.
Confiscate illegal liquor:CYO
ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The Capital Youth Organization (CYO) has requested for raiding shops
selling unauthorized liquor across the Capital Complex.
In its letter to the DC seeking imposition of penalty to such sellers, it claimed
that many shops and restaurants located in sectors and colonies are illegally selling
No donation: AAPFEMTWA
ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The All Arunachal Pradesh Furniture Electronics & Mechanical Traders
Welfare Association (AAPFEMTWA) has banned any type of donations within its jurisdiction.
This was decided in a meeting held at a city hotel here on November 30 last.
Union calls for transfer of overstayed government employees
ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The All Mengio Unemployment Engineers’ Union has called for transfer
of government employees of engineering departments who have been posted at Mengio
and Silsango circles for more than 12 years.
In its representation submitted to the Chief Secretary while referring to the government’s
transfer and posting norms which says that any government incumbent should be transferred
and posted to a new location after completion of three years service in a particular
place, it asked for government employees who have overstayed their tenure to be transferred
Training on coffee cultivation held
ITANAGAR, Dec 5: A day long skill development training on coffee cultivation was
organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Coffee Development Society (APCDS) in collaboration
with the Coffee Board, GoI at Deomali on December 2 last.
Farm in charge TEC, Deomali, K Rathinam discussed in detail the scientific methods
of coffee cultivation. He also made field demonstrations.
Central team monitors scheme implementation
TEZU, Dec 5: The two-member National Level Monitoring team under the Union ministry
of rural development recently arrived at Tezu for regular monitoring of various RD
and other programmes likes MGNREGA, NRLM, lAY, NSAP, IWMP, NRDWP, NBA and SBM (Swachh
Bharat Mission) being implemented by DRDA, PHED, ICDS, etc. during 2012-13 and 2013-14
in Lohit district.
The team headed by Dr. B K Pandey inspected the schemes being implemented in various
Gram Panchayats like Tafragam-III, Pomliang, Changliang under Tezu C D Block on December
3 and 4. The team was accompanied by S N Singh, APO (Monitoring) and DRDA officials
during the visit.
NHM workshop for district officials
ITANAGAR, Dec 5: Two days workshop for District Community Mobilizer and District
Data Assistants, ASHA Resource Centre (ARC) started on Dec 5 at Administrative Training
Institute, Naharlagun, organized by Arunachal Pradesh State Health Society, Naharlagun.
The objective of the meeting is to review the activities going on in the district,
rectify the issues if any and implement new activities.
Mission Director, National Health Mission, P.N. Thungon insisted the districts to
ensure ASHAs are trained in Module 6 & 7. ASHA Grievance/Drop box to be set up in
all the health facilities to address the issues of ASHAs, he said. He insisted the
districts open bank accounts of ASHAs immediately while adding that Electoral cards
be used as identity proof to open accounts for those ASHAs not having any identity
proof in order to open the account.
He further asked the districts to ensure transfer of incentives to ASHAs account
only on the basis of their performance.
Dr. T. Taku, Programme officer (Training), Devajit Bora, State Consultant, RRC, Dagyir
Esse, State Community Mobilizer and attended by Dr. A. Perme, Programme officer (M&E/RBSK/RKSK/HMIS)
and O. Thamphang, Deputy Director (IEC).
HDFC conducts blood donation camp
ITANAGAR, Dec 05: The HDFC Bank Ltd in association with the R K Mission Hospital
has organised a blood donation camp at the bank premises this morning.
Inaugurating the camp R K Mission Hospital Secretary, Swami Vishweshananda emphasized
on the importance of blood donation. Swamiji also appreciated the step taken by
the HDFC branch bank staffs. Blood donation camp in-charge Dinesh Chetry informed
that HDFC Bank organised such blood donation camp across the country every year to
create awareness on importance of the blood donation and to help the needy people
of the society as a part of Corporate Social Responsibilities.
Donors from different corporate sectors, banks and staff of Accountant General Office
Itanagar took active part in the camp. All total 25 units of blood were collected
from the donation camp.
State Karate Championships begins at Palin
ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The 19th Sub-Junior Cadet & Junior cum 20th Senior State Level Karate
Championship began with a record 500 participants including officials, at sleepy
Palin Township in Kurung Kumey district yesterday.
An annual event of Arunachal Karate-Do Association (AKA), the championship is being
participated by 16 teams from nine districts, five clubs, SAI SAG Centre, Naharlagun
and Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA).
Lipin Ete of Kurung Kumey (KK) won the first gold medal of the championship in Kata
event in Sub-Junior Girls category. She won a bronze medal in All India Karate Championship
conducted by Karate Association of India (KAI) in New Delhi earlier this year.
The silver medal in this category went to Tamey Ani of Shotokan Headquarters Club,
Naharlagun while Yamik Lida of Daporijo and Jugomi Bosumotary of East Siang bagged
one bronze medal each.
There were a total of seven medal events held on the first day of the championship
which was declared open by local MLA and PHED Minister Takam Pario.
The gold and silver medals in sub-junior boys Kata were won by Simon Megu of East
Saing and Charu Solomon of Kurung Kumey. Two semifinalists, S Santosh Sarma of SAIG
SAG and Lipang Dakpe of Daporijo were awarded a bronze medal each.
Achem Yun of Anjaw defeated Charu Jugo of Kurung Kumey to win gold medal in Male
(Cadet) Kata event. The bronze medals in this category went to Atung Sono of Seppa,
East Kameng and Nabam Radhe of SLSA. In male (junior) Kata, the gold and silver medals
went to Raja Yangfo of SAI SAG and Bulang David of SLSA. Two semifinalists Ngoncheng
Hodong of SLSA and Balipso Pul of Anjaw were given bronze medals.
In female Cadet Kata, Milino Mamai of SLSA and Tamchi Nancy of Kurung Kumey bagged
the god and silver medals respectively while a bronze medal each was given to Nabam
Nasap of SLSA and Rosemlo Tamblung of Anjaw.
In female junior Kata, Goda Asha of SAI and Juna Dada of SLSA won the gold and silver
medals respectively. The bronzes went to Tadar Mama of SAI and Lily Maying of Upper
Mimi Ramching and Lucky Hangu, both from Upper Subansiri won the gold and silver
medals in Female Senior kata event. Biri Moni and Ligang Anki of Headquarter, Naharlagun
won the bronze medals.
Earlier, PHED Minister Pario while highlighting the vast scopes in sports, encouraged
the budding players to make their career in this sector.
“Sports, if pursued sincerely and seriously, can bring not only personal glory but
also earn livelihood for them,” he said. He called upon parents to not discourage
their child from playing sports if they have talents.
Kurung Kumey Zilla Parishad Chairperson Sangha Taigh also supported the view of Pario.
He said that Arunachalee boys and girls have natural and in-born sports talents in
them. A little hard practice with proper guidance is only needed to make them a good
and successful sportspersons, he opined.
Highlighting about Karate, he cautioned the karatekas not to misuse this art of self-defence.
According to Taigh early marriage has been a demerit of Arunachalee sportspersons.
“Many talented Arunachalee athletes give up playing sports at the age of peak after
getting married at an early age,” he said and discouraged early marriages.
Pania ADC S Lowang was all praise for AKA for holding the championship at Palin township.
She said the event will go a long way in encouraging the athletes towards games and
Karate Association of India vice president Likha Tara, said that Karate is one of
the most popular sports in the world played by majority of the nations. Highlighting
achievements of the sports in the state, Tara informed that Arunachal is currently
ranked number second in national ranking. He also informed that about 80 percent
of the sports quota in government jobs have been grabbed by karate players.
He advised the budding players to aim high and practice hard with dedication and
sincerity to achieve success.
It is worth mentioning here that the organizing committee under the aegis of AKA
has fought an uphill task to hold the event at Palin with limited facilities. The
championship is being conducted at a temporary shed constructed with bamboo, tarpaulin
and CGI sheets with active support from local administration, especially ADC Pania,
Organizing committee chairman Gimi Sinaki, Secretary Charu Tatung and overall in-charge
Dr. Marli Ete.
Results: Day 1 and 2
Girls Sub-Junior Kata: Lipin Ete (Gold), Kurung Kumey, Tame Ani (Sil), Shotokan HQs,
Naharlagun, Yamik Lida (Br), Upper Subansiri, Jugami Bosumotary (Br), East Siang.
Boys Sub-Junior Kata: Simon Megu(Gold) East Siang, Charu Solomon (Sil), Kurung Kumey,
Santosh Sharma (Br),SAI, Naharlagun, Lipang Dakpe (Br) Upper Subansiri.
Male Cadet Kata: Achem Yun (Gold) , Anjaw, Charu Jagu (Sil), Kurung Kumey, Atum Sono
(Br), East Kameng, Nabam Radhe (Br), SLSA.
Male Junior Kata: Raja Yangfo (Gold), SAI, Naharlagun, Bulang David (Sil), SLSA,
Ngongchen Hodong(Br) SLSA, Balipso Pul (Br) Anjaw.
RUKSIN, Dec 5: In a tragic fire mishap that took place at Nari Basti in East Siang
district today, an old-woman was burnt to ashes in her dwelling kaccha house, while
the household assets and other properties were completely gutted in the bright daylight.
According to the villagers, the fire broke out in the house at around 11 o’clock
this morning, when the old woman was alone in the house. The neighbours tried to
douse the fire with tank water in vain. The woman has been identified as Yaluk Gamlin
(55), the old mother of Tape Gamlin, owner of the house. The fire also badly damaged
a nearby SPT building of one Tade Gamlin, an APP constable, and incurred heavy loss
(90 percent) of household property.
Meanwhile, Nari ADC and local police have visited the spot and took stock of the
damages. The administration has not yet declared any relief or compensation in favour
of the victim family.
The Nari Elite Society (NES) and Nari Village Welfare Society (NVWS) have requested
the administration for compensation and rehabilitation for the fire victim. The presidents
Ibbom Bomjen (NES) and Gamdo Bomjen (NVWS) donated an amount of Rs 23 thousands to
the victims as immediate relief.
Galo Welfare Society appealed to the DC East Siang and state government for provision
of immediate relief and assistance to the fire victims.
‘Podi-Barbi’ celebrated with traditional fervor
ITANAGAR, Dec 5: ‘Podi-Barbi,’ one of the major annual agricultural festivals of
the Adi community was celebrated with traditional fervor and gaiety at Solung-Mopin
Ground here today.
The day-long celebration saw various cultural groups of the community performing
traditional and modern colourful cultural programmes to the thunderous applause of
the huge gathering. Speaking on the occasion, Chowna Mein, Minister Agriculture
and Horticulture, advocated for cultural exchange amongst every tribe of the state
so as to understand each other better.
Lauding the Adi community for its cultural diversity, Mein said, “Adi being one of
largest tribes in the state has greater responsibilities to lead the other tribes
towards betterment.” Greeting the people on Podi-Barbi festival, he further emphasized
on importance of language, adding that language binds people together.
He called upon the people to focus more on horticulture and agriculture sectors for
sustainable development and make the state self-reliant.
Parliamentary Secretary for Horticulture Mutchu Mithi exhorted the Adi community
to lead the state in promoting communal harmony. He extolled the rich and diverse
culture of the community, while pointing out that community has many similarities
with other tribes of the state. He appealed the youth to carry forward cultural
and traditional values.
Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resource Gum Tayeng stated that such festival should
be encouraged and supported by the people as it brings each and every individual
under one umbrella to share happiness.
Mechukha MLA Passang Dorjee Sona also spoke on the occasion. While extending his
Podi-Barbi festival wishes to the people of Adi community, Sona also advocated for
preservation of age old culture and traditions.
Meanwhile, Podi-Barbi Celebration Committee Itanagar (PBCCI-2014), president, L D
Komi and general secretary Philip Lego also highlighted the importance of the festival
and assured to celebrate the festival in grand manner in coming days. “This is the
occasion where we have to showcase our traditional costumes and to preserve, protect
and promote the rich cultural mosaic of language, literature and traditions", they
PBCCI-2014 vice president Aakar Koje read out the mythology of the Podi-Barbi festival.
Earlier, the invited dignitaries released the souvenir of the festival named ‘Chirmi
Winners of the festival volleyball tournaments were also given away on the occasion.
Originally, the Podi Barbi has been celebrated by the Adi community of Mechukha sub-division
but since 2013 the festival witnessed uniqueness as it is celebrated by the Adis
across the state.
Crack in PPA widens, Kamin terms his removal unconstitutional
ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The crack within People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) appears to be
widening with its three Legislators including Nikh Kamin stating his removal as party
They said that the move itself violates the article 28 of party constitution. Addressing
the media persons at Press Club here today Nikh Kamin who is also Bordumsa MLA reacted
to the allegations leveled against him as baseless and concocted which hold no ground.
“I never ever promised to give PRC to non-APSTs in my constituency, rather I assured
them to convey their grievances to the government as a local representative” Kamin
“Who am I to decide Chakma and Hajong issue? It is a national issue so the government
will look into their problems”, Kamin stated while clarifying that he did not promise
otherwise. On allegation that under his Presidentship, the PPA legislators had voted
in favor of Congress candidate during Rajya Sabha MP Election, he stated that the
party legislators were only exercising the adult franchise. He denied that they sympathized
with Congress party. He also made it clear that though he attended the Chief Minister
function at Sagalee recently, he went there on the invitation of Health Department
on the launch of Chief Minister’s universal health insurance rather than Chief Minister’s
The party Disciplinary Committee Chairman Pani Taram who is also Koloriang MLA said
that before removal of any sitting president, there are procedures to follow. Pointing
out the constitutional procedures of the party he said that no procedures were followed
before removing Nikh Kamin. Show-cause notice should be given and two-third majority
of executive members is required to remove the sitting president, where in it all
have been violated, he claimed. He also clarified that he never sought any clarification
from Nikh Kamin, which was mentioned as reported in the media. Taram maintained that
Nikh Kamin will remain the party president. He also said that he is going to serve
show-cause notice to the Party Chairman giving him seven days deadline for clarification
on the in-fighting.
Passang D Sona exuded hope that PPA will soon resolve the dispute and will remain
intact as a lone regional party in the state. He out rightly denied that any PPA
legislator is ready to jump into the Congress camp. It is unfortunate that internal
dispute and disagreement is being reflected in the local dailies, Sona said while
denying that there is rift within the party. PPA will work within constitutional
frameworks, he added.
PPA General Secretary Ashan Riddi also clarified that removal of any member should
be according to the People’s Assembly, a screening layer in the party to address
the party related issues.
Make efforts to reach the masses: Ering
ROING, Dec 5: MP Ninong Ering, after going through the Physical & Financial Progress
Reports submitted by various heads of implementing agencies at the District Level
Vigilance & Monitoring Committee Meeting for Rural Development Programmes at Roing
today urged them to make sincere efforts to make the rural development programmes
reach the masses.
Saying that PRI Leaders are equally responsible for implementation of various rural
development programmes, he urged them to cooperate and monitor the works implemented
in their area at their level too. He also suggested the house to send proposals and
avail Central Grant.
Deputy Commissioner cum Member Secretary, DLM&MC, Shiv Kumar, Roing said that the
functioning of Anganwadi Centres are being inspected regularly by the district administration
and some NGOs were also asked to inspect their functioning. He also said that the
members of School Management Committee should see that the toilets in schools under
Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan are constructed with proper water supply connection. He also
urged the Panchayat leaders to inspect the schools in their areas in regular interval.
Zilla Chairpersonm, Sipi Elapra Linggi, stressed on quality implementation of the
rural development programme in proper coordination with the panchayat leaders.
Earlier, Project Director DRDA presented Tage Tado, the financial & physical progress
under MGNREGA, IAY, PMGSY, NRDWP, NBA, NSAP, IWMP and cumulative report on inspection
of Rural Development programmes in the district for the year 2014-15 through power
Heads of Executing Agencies, Napi Modi, EE (Electrical), More Linggi, EE (PHED),
M Chiram, EE (RWD) also highlighted the reports of programmes implemented through
their respective departments.
Anchal Chairpersons of the 6 CD Blocks Monti Linggi, Raja Linggi, Baling Perme, Rajen
Mickrow, Choya Miso and Maman Ratan were present in the meeting. DIPRO
AIDS campaign ‘Zindagi Zindabaad’ reaches Kimin
ITBP jawans urged to guard themselves against HIV
ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The 10th ITBP Battalion in association with Arunachal Pradesh State
AIDS Control Society has conducted an awareness meeting cum voluntary HIV testing
at Kimin today. Hundreds of ITBP personnel attended the programme which was a part
of month-long World AIDS Day campaign ‘Zindagi Zindabaad’ to reach the unreached
pockets of the state.
Speaking on the occasion, APSACS Project Director Dr. Riken Rina urged the ITBP jawans
to stay alert while guarding the nation. They need to guard themselves against certain
diseases like HIV. Since the disease has no vaccine or definite cure, prevention
is the only cure, he added.
While highlighting the “Zindagi Zindabaad” campaign to mark the month-long World
AIDS Day campaign from 1st December to 31st December 2014, he urged everyone to participate
in the campaign which aims at promoting awareness on services like ICTC, Testing
and Condom usage to prevent HIV in the rural and media dark pockets of the state.
Dy. Director (Blood Safety) APSACS, Dr. Nabam Budh, attending the programme as one
the resource persons, stressed on the importance of voluntary blood donation. Urging
everyone to donate blood he said that the human body has 4.5 to 5.5 litres of blood
out of which 300-350 ml only is donated that is about 5-6% of total blood in our
body. A person can donate blood every 90 days (3 months) and the body recovers the
blood very quickly that is Blood plasma volume– within 24 - 48 hours, red blood cells
– within 26 to 30 days and Platelets & White Blood Cells – within minutes to few
hours, he added.
Dy. Director (IEC) APSACS, through a power point presentation, highlighted the four
routes of HIV transmission. He said that HIV survives only in four fluids of human
body, blood, semen, vaginal secretion and breast milk. Stressed on the vulnerability
of jawans to HIV, he said that there are high chance of injury, blood transfusion
and blood to blood contact during accidents due to nature of job of the force. A
large number of the personnel are in the sexually active age group. Duty and long
periods of deployment keep the personnel away from family and since most of the jawans
are in the young age group they have high risk taking behaviour, which made them
vulnerable to HIV, he added.
2nd Commandant of ITBP, 10 BN Kimin, Rajesh Saini, in his address asked the participants
to take advantage of the campaign. While stressing on the importance of awareness,
he asked all the participants to equip themselves with knowledge about HIV as prevention
is the only vaccines against HIV.
Commandant, Dr. Sashi Meyer, the main coordinator of the campaign, highlighted the
importance of such awareness campaign.
As a part of the campaign, Mobile ICTC of APSACS was placed along with IEC exhibitions
on HIV/AIDS in the venue. Visual display of HIV message through audio video was also
carried in the campaign. HIV/AIDS counselling was carried out along with voluntary
testing. Altogether 124 people voluntary got their testing done during the outdoor
campaign, according to an official release.
The Untold Story Of Flt. Lt. Chow Ongpee Maunglang
Chow Mongsengwin Maunglang
Indulging a child and taking me to school in his full Air Force uniform is how I
remember my brother Chow Ongpee Maunglang. I was proud of him being in the Indian
Air Force and wanted to show him off in my school and so had made the demand. Although
he was on a holiday and he did not have to, he had fulfilled my wish. One other occasion
was when he took me to the Air Force Station at Chabua, Assam, all the salutes and
respect shown to him was thing of pride for a young wide eyed boy.
Born to Chow Ketong Maunglang on 23 September 1960 in Namsai, Arunachal Pradesh,
Chow Ongpee Maunglang was a quiet child, spoke very little but was observant and
his retaining power was incredible. He had an air of maturity and independent streak
from an early age. From childhood he showed immense interest in technical know-how
and equipments and loved automobiles and anything with wheels. He learnt to drive
proficiently at a very young age.
Chow Ongpee joined Sainik School, Goalpara in 1973. As a cadet he showed proficiency
in all disciplines. He was an excellent orator and also excelled in sport. Chow Ongpee
went on to become the school captain and also won the ‘all rounder’ trophy of the
year to the standing ovation of his friends and admirers. He got an opportunity to
represent the North East region in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi as a member
of the band team. His leadership qualities were unquestioned.
From school he walked straight into National Defence Academy in 1981. He joined the
Indian Air Force in 1985 and was adjudged best in acrobatics at the Air Force Academy,
Hyderabad. Adventure loving Chow Ongpee once travelled from Hasimara in West Bengal
to Bhuj in Gujarat all alone on a motorcycle on being transferred.
Very few people are qualified to become fighter pilots and Chow Ongpee was one ace
pilot of the fighter Squadron of the Indian Air Force. He was posted to MIG Operational
Fighter training Unit (MOFTU) 11 wing of Indian Air Force, Tezpur, Assam from a MIG-21
T-27 Sqn. From the day of his arrival he applied himself with determination and zest
to promote flying in the unit. Despite his youthful years he displayed a rare maturity
of purpose and design by his personal example to the young and impressionable minds
he interacted with. His cheerful disposition and positive approach to any job entrusted
to him endeared him to one and all.
On the fateful day of 3rd June, 1992 at 1420 hrs two fighter planes were airborne,
staff pilot Chow Ongpee and his trainee were off on Air combat exercise. Flt. Lt
Ongpee was monitoring the trainee aircraft from the rear. He asked the trainee to
“turn right” and was never heard from again. Probably sensing something wrong, he
was forced to carry out the emergency ejection process and sustained severe head
injuries in the air crash near Raha.
Flt. Lt. Chow Ongpee Maunglang was posthumously awarded the Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
on 26th Jan 1993.VM (Gallantry) is awarded in recognition of an act of courage by
the individual. His exceptional courage was also honoured with the dedication of
Ongpee Park at his Alma mater Sainik School, Goalpara.
Flying was not only his profession but was his passion. He just loved it- and for
him this love of his, sky was the limit. It was in flying that he revealed his absolute
adventurous nature, with which he piloted and took command of the complicated mechanism
of an aircraft. He excelled in his profession. In the short span of his career as
a pilot officer, he shone brilliantly. Although it was nipped in the bud, he died
with pride as he died doing what he loved most- flying and exploring the expansive
skies above. (Information and opinions taken from newspaper clippings and tribute
articles published on Chow Ongpee’s death.)
Directorate of fishery rolls out ‘Fish on Wheels’
ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The Parliamentary Secretary for fisheries Karya Bagang today inaugurated
the marketing support initiative “Fish on Wheels” programme at the Directorate of
Fisheries in presence of Huzar Lollen Commissioner (Fisheries) and J. Taba, Director
of Fisheries. The Parliamentary Secretary was impressed with the good harvest from
the fish farm of Raha Takar and suggested that this type of support should be extended
to all the progressive fish farmers of the state.
This would enable the farmers in getting better prices for their farm produces and
will eliminate middlemen from exploiting the fish farmers, Bagang added. She also
suggested for identifying specific days and locations in the twin cities of Itanagar
and Naharlagun to carry out such event and advertise the same for the consumers.
This program aims at providing transport facilities for the fish farmers of Papum
Pare district, especially for the fish growers of Balijan area. As part of the initiative,
the farm products of Raha Takar of Lenka village under Balijan circle were harvested
by the department and transported to Itanagar for marketing of the fishes. Takar
sold his fishes at Rs 180 per kg and the whole consignment of 1.5 quintals were sold
at the Directorate of Fisheries, Ganga Market, Bank Tinali and Zero point with the
department manpower and vehicle.
The launch of such programme fulfilled the promises made to the progressive fish
farmers by the department during the visit of Commissioner (Fisheries) and Director
of Fisheries on October this year to the Balijan area.
J. Taba, Director of Fisheries, assured to continue such support on regular basis
on every Tuesday and Friday during this winter session. The venue and time of fish
sale are tentatively fixed as follows: Itanagar- Tuesday (10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
opposite R.K.M. Hospital and 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Zero point Tinali.)
Naharlagun- Friday (10:30-11:00 a.m. in front of Max Mart, 11:00-11:30 near Capital
Auto Agency and 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at RGU( near auditorium).
Plan afoot to make DEW sanctuary a tourist spot
PASIGHAT, Dec 5: PCCF, Dr. Yogesh turned into an awe-eyed tourist as he visited Daying
Ering Wild-Life Sanctuary yesterday on foot by trekking about 9-10 kms inside the
sanctuary to assess the habitats, food, water bodies, grassland and future management
plans including the infrastructures that are being created to attract more tourists
in the coming days.
He while informing that the government would focus more on eco-tourism said that
DEWLS has vast potential to attract more and more tourists every year due to its
sylvan settings and improved infrastructure.
Wildlife DFO Tashi Mize in presence of Scientist Dr. BB Bhatt, DFO (T) Tabang Jamoh
and executive members of Eco Development Committee (EDC) briefed the visiting PCCF
on infrastructure and amenities that are being created to protect wildlife as well
as to attract more tourists to the sanctuary.
Members of local community apprised Dr. Yogesh that they find footprints very often
of big mammals along the muddier stretch in the sanctuary. According to oral evidence
of the senior members of the local community, in early 1950s many species like Rhino
and wild gaur were found.
They informed that many bird species started migrating into the sanctuary, after
six decades interval due to its favorable environment.
Dr. Yogesh, who is also Chief Wildlife Warden of the state, visited two major locations
namely Jopong Mata in eastern side and Pillomukh in western side.
While holding an informal meeting with the officers, PCCF Yogesh appreciated the
slew of measures being taken up to develop infrastructure in the sanctuary and lauded
the efforts of the frontline forest officers, officials and EDC members for protecting
the sanctuary and conservation initiatives resulting in increase of wildlife population.
Meat products and development of processed meat sector
Sustained livestock production to provide livelihood and ensure food and nutrition
to large population is dependent on efficient utilisation of livestock products.
Processing meat to value added products contribute to sustained demand for meat and
efficient marketing to earn reasonable returns for farmers. There are about 170 processed
meat units, producing a number of meat products mostly as small scale units and licensed
under Meat Food Products Order, 1973.
India produces about 6.27 million tonnes of meat from different animals particularly
buffaloes, sheep and goat are used. The organised development of processed meat sector
is important to realize full benefits from meat animal and contribute for sustained
Also, it is necessary to produce quality value added meat products to meet the requirements
in post WTO period for effectively facing global competition both to check large
scale imports to detriment of domestic sector and to promote exports. Meat is marketed
in the country in various forms and conveniences to suit the consumer’s choice. The
use of meat and eggs on development of convenience products is emphasized due to
better nutrient contents like high quality protein, vitamins, minerals, essential
amino acids, fatty acids and lower calorie content. Today’s consumers are no longer
satisfied with the traditional meat products. Rather they prefer more nutrients and
convenient ready to eat meat products. These convenient items must be economical
and cost-effective and interesting changes of menu besides better in shelf-life quality
and acceptability than traditional products.
Traditionally value can be added by packaging of meat product in appealing material,
these packaging material help to extend the shelf life, then by broker and retailer
by building a wide business and retailing chain. But now increasing demand of meat
products specially more convenient, ready to cook, ready to eat and more nutritious.
So the strong need arise for value addition in other sense of nutritional value and
healthiness like low-fat and low cholesterol considering its cost, which can be minimized
by addition of non-meat ingredients or vegetable source such as soy-protein, cereals,
milk protein and in some products utilization of spent hen meat.
Chicken sticks, chicken patties, burger, kabab, nuggets, roll, chicken samosa, canned
chicken and other snacks type products are popular in local market. But now a day’s
big player of market are launching their products mainly ready to eat and ready to
cook type. In fast food or snacks type meat products burger, patties, puff, sticks
and meat pizza are also available through franchisee chain of multinational companies
like MacDonald’s and Pizza-Hut. In local market Chinese and Kabab centers are playing
major role in value added meat business. Big players like Godrej, Venkey and Tasty-Bite
are having their products like ready-to-eat - Butter chicken, Chicken Kheema, Chicken
Franks, Chicken Steak, Chicken Pickle, Sausage, Chicken Salami, Salami Slices and
in easy-to-cook products - Cutlets, Nuggets, Fingers, Burger Patty, Samosas, Chicken
Burger, and ready-to-cook type Boneless chicken, Chicken Breast, Chicken Legs .
In last decade the processing scenario has changed and there are more companies in
the both segment (Indian and Overseas) than before. Some companies and their brands
also disappeared during this time as they can’t match the market trends and strategies.
The established meat marketing systems are still largely based on early morning slaughter
and sale of meat the same day. Very little initiatives have been taken in the development
of meat product industry. Meat processing sector, particularly value added poultry
segments needs to be vigorously promoted for boosting production by increasing the
domestic consumption of processed products and also for promoting their export. Family
dynamics, rising income, increasing exposure to various mass media, changing food
habits with preference for fast foods and heavily industrialization and urbanization
will greatly enhance the demand for fresh or frozen and nutritionally superior value
added products. Policy makers, meat producer cum processor, food processor, food
technologist etc have to work together to transform this sector into a more dynamic
and vibrant enterprise.
(The contributor is a 3rd year BVSc & AH, College of Veterinary Science, Guwahati)
DBTL leaves people confused
Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) scheme launched in June 2013 has already covered
nearly 300 districts in first phase in the country. Consumers who availed the scheme
received cash subsidy in their respective bank accounts. However, there is utter
confusion among the people after the Union Government decided to make it mandatory
for all LPG consumers with certain modification from 1st January 2015 to get subsidy
While many of us are planning to take our first step on DBTL are confused about how
the Aadhaar-based direct benefits scheme works. Lack of awareness among people on
how to get their names and mobile numbers registered with the banks and gas agencies
are the major reasons for the confusion. People are regularly seeking clarifications
on the Aadhaar linkage with their bank accounts while a large number of LPG consumers
in the state have not enrolled for the same. LPG dealers are also facing lot of queries
from the consumers about the scheme, which ultimately hampers their regular activities.
Now what is DBTL and how does a consumer register? There is a need for clarity on
the issue. To avail this feature, consumers who have already enrolled their names
will have to buy cylinder at non-subsidized market price but the government will
transfer subsidy amounts to their bank accounts at the time of booking cylinder so
that the money is ready before gas reaches their homes. Each household is entitled
to get this benefit once in a month. In fact, DBTL ensures that public money saved
and benefits meant for the genuine domestic customers reaches them directly and not
Earlier, DBTL was restricted “Aadhaar-Card” holders only but now government has comprehensively
reviewed the scheme and after thorough examinations, the difficulties being faced
by consumers substantively modified prior to re-launch on 1st January next in rest
of the parts of the country. Filling for application, details of bank account will
be sufficient to prove one’s identity. One has to provide (i) bank’s name (ii) branch
name, (iii) account number and (iv) IFSC code to the dealers. Everyone can collect
the application-form at the nearest dealer’s outlet or can download it from www.mylpg.in
to submit photocopies of bank’s passbook (nationalized bank only) along with LPG
consumer card within this year to avail the optimum benefits under the scheme. They
will receive SMS in their registered mobiles at every stage of enrollment process.
Consumers joined within 2014 will get a “One Time Permanent Advance” on booking of
refills. Jan-1 to March-end (2015) will treat as “Grace Period” during which cylinders
can be procured at subsidized rate, as consumers are getting it today. As soon as
they link the scheme will get the said subsidy amounts from the next bookings in
their bank accounts. April-1 to June-end called “Parking Period” in which consumers
can purchase refills only at non-subsidized rate. Subsidy amounts credited in subscribers’
bank account will not reflect until they linked with DBTL scheme. After June, the
due subsidy on booked cylinders will lapse and people will not be able to get subsidy
credit in their account.
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Dark side of Assam police
The CBI, which is probing the 2012 ethnic riots in Bodoland Territorial Area District
(BTAD), has named an Assam Police constable as the main culprit for fuelling clashes
in its final report. For many this may be shocking news but for the citizens of Arunachal
this is nothing new. Assam police has acquired the notoriety for harassing people
of neighbouring states who passes through that state. Also the villagers living along
the Arunachal- Assam boundary are constantly harassed and provoked by Assam police.
Though Arunachalee villagers have constantly raised the issue of unprofessional behavior
of Assam police in the past, no one really took it seriously.
This new revelation by CBI has exposed the darker side of Assam police which use
to remain hidden from the mainstream media. It is believed that CBI has sought the
state government's sanction to prosecute Mohibur Islam alias Ratul, the accused,
who is on the run at present. Over 100 people were killed and four lakh rendered
homeless in BTAD areas and adjoining Dhubri district in July, 2012, after riots broke
out between Bengali-speaking Muslims and Bodos. The state government handed over
investigation of the riots to CBI on August 10, 2012. Keeping the above facts in
mind, the Arunachal government should immediately seek CBI investigation into Tarasso
border clash between Assam and Arunachal. One cannot rule out the possibilities of
Assam police provoking the boundary clash at Tarasso which lead to the death of many
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Triumph of human spirit
India has one of the largest population of differently-abled people. Though a lot
has been done by Government & various voluntary organisations for their welfare,
there is a long way to go as lot more has to be done. First and foremost, the society’s
perception and mindset about differently-abled people needs to change. People & organisations
should realise that they are normal human beings and one among us & not discriminate
during employment. The employment and vocational avenues for them should be widened
& they should be given equal opportunity to participate in all activities of life.
Some of the differently-abled people are very talented & have done exceedingly well
in life. This shows their remarkable fighting spirit when it comes to dealing with
their disability and succeeding despite all odds, which is celebration and triumph
of human spirit. The need of the hour is to welcome them to join mainstream of life
with more ramps and wheelchairs & Braille system at public places and public transport.
T. S. Karthik
Make interesting calculations to win their heart
The dwindling economy of Arunachal Pradesh is not a new chapter in the eyes of Finance
Ministry at Delhi. The declining credit rating of the state is compounded by very
few working days due to frequent bandh culture inherited from our neighbouring state.
Even after more than two decades of exhaustive economic policies, we stand nowhere.
To me it’s like, cruel fate has put us to rest. The mist of poverty and being branded
as low economic state is still hovering round the corner. And you really can't foretell
how far we are going to stretch the magic of poverty. Despite the long lasting support
from the centre, we are not able to come to concrete economic policies. No investors
have come up to share their rich dividends. So far we are constantly burdened with
unpleasant task of searching for good economic policies. What we need most of all
is strong and stable economy and taxation policies, so that we can lure investors.
Right to protest is our fundamental right. But if it's against the interest of our
state, the rights should be given red signal then and there. Industrial revolution
in our state is far to believe achievement, and I am sure that's it not going to
happen in another decade or two. So far, interested and probable companies have bitten
the dust and have moved themselves out from the state after signing MOU’s. Reason
being simple, every self styled organisations starts swindling money from them. This
might not be fact but I, am sure there is something fishy that is creating unfavourable
environment. Now that , FM has ascertained to cut down central fund to northeast
states, I think it's time to pull up socks and generate own revenues. The fast changing
moves and sequences of events in parliament cannot be ignored. The new government
at Delhi means real business and this time they mean it. We have to make very interesting
calculations to win their heart, otherwise we are going to have very tough time.
Time has come to make up for the lost time in the remaining days before we come
to a complete halt.
Conduct TET exam
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to appeal to the govt of
Arunachal Pradesh, specially the Department of Elementary Education to conduct Teacher
Eligibility Test (TET) exam soon. The unemployed candidates who are having requisite
qualification such as D.El.Ed or B.Ed are waiting for the conduction of the exam
at the earliest.
Arunachal Pradesh is one of the few states to conduct TET Exam once a year while
most states in the country conduct it twice a year.
The state should make it mandatory to have the exam once a year so that everyone
can take advantage of it.
It is understood that the Education Department has adopted the APTET from CTET exam
but method of conducting the exam is quite different in our state.
Lastly, I appeal to the Education minister to interfere in order to ensure conduction
of TET Exam 2014 as it is almost going to be one year since the last exam was conducted.
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