ITANAGAR, Dec 19: Naharlagun United FC played out a 1-1 draw with Kurung Kumey Veteran
FC in the 8th match of the ongoing 2nd State Level Veteran Cup Football Tournament
at Rajiv Stadium Naharlagun today.
Kurung Kumey Veteran took the lead with a thundering shot by Takio Lugu in 24th minutes.
Though NUFC created many chances they failed to score.
Kurung Kumey Veteran was leading NUFC 1-0 at half time.
In the second half, NUFC went all out for the equalizer. It was again NUFC striker
Tage Tath who restored parity in 60th minute with a sole run.
By virtue of this draw NUFC have qualified for semi-final and they will face Siang
Highlander on December 22, according to organizing committee.
E&Ks FC will take on Papa FC in a do or die match tomorrow. Papa FC needs a draw
to qualify for semi-final while E&Ks FC need all three points to book a berth in
the semi-final. The match will kick off at 1.30pm.
ITANAGAR, Dec 19: A Miji dance troupe from Nafra led by Nyayir Riba participated
in the Hemanthostav, an artists' workshop cum demonstration and cultural performance,
held at MGM College, Udupi from December 10 to 14 last.
Casual vacancies filled up
ITANAGAR, Dec 19: The Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker on Friday appointed
Kanubari MLA Gabriel Denwang Wangsu as the member of the Committee on Privilege and
Committee on Subordinate Legislation. Mechukha MLA PD Sona has been appointed as
the chairman of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation. The post remained vacant
after the death of former MLA Jarbom Gamlin.
Pen-down strike called off
ITANAGAR, Dec 19: The proposed second phase of pen-down strike of NHM-PMSAA which
was scheduled from December 30, 2014 to January 12, 2015 has been called-off after
NHM-State Mission Director, P N Thongon give assurance to a delegation of the central
executive body of NHM-PMSAA to release the staff salary on or before 25 of this month
and also to look into other three points charter of demands, according to an NHM-PMSAA
Further, the central executive body of the Association has appealed to all the members
of the Association from Block to State level to perform their duties sincerely, the
RGU scholar wins best poster presentation award
ITANAGAR, Dec 19: Pankaj Bharali, Research Scholar, Department of Botany, Rajiv Gandhi
University has won the award for the best poster presentation in the Tropical Ecology
Congress-2014 held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi during 10-12 December.
He presented a poster on the tropic "Evaluation of Ethnobotany and Nutritional Composition
of a Famine Food, Wallichia oblongifolia, Griff of Arunachal Pradesh, India" and
his poster was declared best among 180 participants from all over the world.
He is now pursuing doctoral degree under the supervision of Prof. Arup Kumar Das,
Department Of Botany, Rajiv Gandhi University.
Other team members participated in TEC-2014 were Budhin Gogoi and Rashmi Dutta from
Department of Zoology, RGU, availing the sponsorship of CPEB-II, Rajiv Gandhi University.
Illicit liquor seized
AALO, Dec 19: In an unannounced raids conducted by Teli Ngomdir, Superintendent of
Tax and Excise along with Excise officials and Town Magistrate at different locations,
98 numbers of illicit liquors were seized from M/s Dolma Restaurant New Market, M/s
Karbak Hotel New market, Old Market, Hiker Gumin Lower, Ete Hiker Gumin Lower, BHQ
Tinali, Pakam-II, Gour Hill, Like Putu, Puning Like Putu and Munu Das at Rigo.
These vendors were reported to be selling alcohol illegally. During search operation,
customers were also found consuming alcohol within the premises of the vendors in
violation of section 34(a) of APGT Act' 1993. DIPRO
Farm school established at Halleng
YINGKIONG, Dec 19: A Farm School for vegetable cultivation was established at Halleng
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Yingkiong ZPM Bading Teng said the agriculture
and horticulture is the main stay of the people. Upper Siang should achieve self-sufficiency
in cereals and vegetable production and it is possible only through proper training
and guidance to farmers, he said.
Two SHGs of Yingkiong Block namely Bomong Women SHG and Bentuk Ane SHG were imparted
training on winter crop vegetable cultivation.
Among others, DAO, Upper Siang District Ote Darin, ADOs M Ete ADO, A Nangkar and
ATMA staffs were present.DIPRO
Raga BJP mandal observes Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan
ITANAGAR, Dec 19: The Bharatiya Janata Party 25th Raga Assembly Mandal observed month
long Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in all the areas of the constituency.
The Abhiyaan was conducted at Raga on December 8th last, Puchi-Geko on December 9
last and culminated yesterday at Dollungmukh with massive participation.
Expert team visits site for proposed film and television institute at Yachuli
ZIRO, Dec 19: Director of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkota Sanjaya
Pattanayak and Associate Professor Pankaj Seal visited the earmarked site for the
setting up of film institute of the state at Yachuli. They were accompanied by Parliamentary
Secretary Likha Saaya, IPR Secretary Dani Sulu, Deputy Commissioner Kanki Darang
and host of officers and public of the district.
The DC while appraising about the site felt that the good weather, communication,
presence of many natural water bodies and prospects of uninterrupted power supply
from the Ranganadi power plant and Tago and Mia mini hydropower plants makes a conducive
environment for setting up the film institute at Yachuli.
The team also inspected Jote, which also has been earmarked as a probable site for
setting the institute. DIPRO
BJP demands white paper on APPSCCE paper leakage issue
ITANAGAR, Dec 19: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh demanded white
paper from the state Govt on the issue of 'infamous leakage of the question papers
of APPSCCE Mains 2013-14' that led to the constitution of one-man enquiry committee
under EAC Hento Karga.
The BJP in a release said that the enquiry report should be made public and the sanctity
of the APPSC should be maintained and the confidence of the authority has to be regained.
"It is unfortunate that the lives of the students are put at peril and their future
has become uncertain because of the questionable and doubtful role of APPSC. The
State Govt. must act swiftly to restore the confidence and faith of the lakhs of
students on the status of APPSC," the party said and demanded full justice to the
DIRANG, Dec 19: Dustbins were donated to the residents of Lish village under Dirang
circle of West Kameng district during a National Youth Project (NYP) conducted sanitation
awareness campaign under its village developmental programme here today.
During the inaugural session, resource persons including NYP president HP Biswas,
Dirang ADC Dagbom Riba, Thembang ZPM Jam Tsering, Thinly ASM Zatso, veterinarian
Nima Tsering, GBs and NYP coordinator Pem Dondup, Tsering Droima, Kesang Tsering
advised the villagers to maintain health and sanitation to make it a model village.
A permanent NYP centre will be established in the village soon to address various
issues of the youths, including creation of employment avenues, entrepreneurship
development activities, promotion of horticultural and agricultural practices, Biswas
He further informed that 35 unemployed youths were selected for a month-long skill
development programme on beautician course to begin tomorrow.
Lauding the initiative of NYP, the ADC further suggested it to address crucial issues,
like sanitation, education besides problems confronting other villages of the district.
Hundreds of villagers along with local youths, members of SHGs, officers and public
leaders later carried out cleanliness drive in the area.
MLA inspects construction of school buildings
SEPPA, Dec 19: The Parliamentary Secretary Tax & Excise cum local MLA Tapuk Taku
along with DC Sandeep Kumar Singh inspected double storied RCC school buildings at
GHSS, Bebo & Bazaar line and also CC road executed by UD and Housing department within
Seppa Town today. The model school building under MSDP has been taken up for the
first time in the district due to active initiation of local MLA Tapuk Taku.
Dy. Director UD & Housing, Er. T Tachang briefed them of the specifications and progress
of the works. He informed that 1.30 km CC road has been completed out of 5 kms road
within Seppa town and the rest under progress on war footing manner.
DC Sandeep Kumar Singh expressed satisfaction over the completed CC road and also
the progress of the under-construction School building works at GHSS, Bebo and directed
the contractors of school building, Bazaar line to expedite the works.
Parliamentary Secretary Tax & Excise Tapuk Taku urged the DC and the Dy. Director,
UD & Housing for regular monitoring of the works under progress with necessary directives
to contractors to expedite the works for timely completion without compromising the
quality of works. DIPRO
ZP members visits fire ravaged Sine village, distributes relief items
PASIGHAT, Dec 19: Extending their solidarity, a team comprising ZPMs Osi Mibang,
Tajing Taki, Oling Perme, Osi Tatak, Kayem Tayeng headed by ZP Chairperson Kaling
Dai visited fire ravaged Sine village and distributed emergency relief materials
like blankets and utensils from their own for survival to the victim families during
their difficult times. The recent fire that broke out in the far-flung village rendered
32 families homeless on Dec-8 last and victims could hardly escape to safer places
leaving behind all their valuables.
After knowing the ground realities, the PRI leaders have appealed the government
to provide adequate relief to rehabilitate the affected people. They termed the incident
as unfortunate and appealed the villagers to be more cautious especially during winter
season. The team also advised the villagers to reconstruct their houses in modern
methods and spread awareness on protective measures to ensure that there is no repeat
of such an incident in future. The villagers should continue traditional "Lamkang
System", they added. On the other hand, the villagers conveyed their gratitude to
the visiting team for their logistic supports and timely generous gesture to the
needy families. DIPRO
APCA to work for promotion of tribal languages
ITANAGAR, Dec 19: The All Arunachal Catholic Association (APCA) under Miao Diocese
has decided to work for promotion and preservation of tribal languages and dialects.
APCA in its meeting held at Miao on Wednesday further resolved to observe APCA Sunday
with social service and organize Catholic Convention for interaction and exchange
of culture and ideas.
Addressing the meeting, Bishop of Mioa Rt. Rev. Dr. PK George., exhorted the APCA
leadership to work with the principle of peaceful co-existence to build a better
society. He also thanked for organizing such types of meeting especially in remotes
area of the state.
Chaired by Muntang Mossang President, APCA Miao Diocese unit, the meeting was also
attended by APCA, (Central) unit president Taw Tebin, and Secretary General Pekhi
The Central APCA team felicitated those priests and nuns who are working tirelessly
in the remotest area on health and education sector under Mioa Diocese.
Public, students' union oppose land marked for Petrol pump
ITANAGAR, Dec 19: The general public and Longding District Student's Union (LDSU)
have strongly opposed the proposed land allotment for setting up of petrol pump/retail
outlet in the heart of the Longding market area and demanded immediate cancellation
of the same.
The land measuring 700 sqmtrs. was bulldozed and leveled under the Dept. of Urban
Management with the purpose for construction of parking zone and urban shopping complex
at Longding town, LDSU in a release stated.
In their statement, the general public also expressed their resentment by claiming
that the proposed land was leveled by destructing number of government and private
buildings, such as Inspection Bungalow (IB), PWD, two IB chowkidar quarters, PWD
godown, Wancho Student's Union office building and number of private residents and
At the time of destruction it was promised that new IB will be built and new land
allotment will be given to the affected private householders and shop owners. But,
till now no such initiatives have been taken up, they claimed.
Also, owing to its explosive nature of oil the site proposed which lies in the middle
of the market is not feasible for petrol depot, they added.
A public signature campaign was held and a letter of public resentment was also submitted
to Longding Deputy Commissioner and Director, Land Management, Govt. of Arunachal
Pradesh to immediately cancel the land proposal, the LDSU release added.
In the news item issued by Aalo DIPRO and published in this daily on December 19
under the caption "Games and Sports are integral part of life", the sentence " ….
Govt has announced Rs. 2 crores for gold medalist, 1 Crore for silver medalist, Rs
50 lakhs for bronze and Rs. 25 lakhs for participants in the international sports"
should be read as read as "….. Govt has announced Rs. 1 Crore, 75 Lakhs and 50 Lakhs
for Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in international sports." The mistake is deeply
In the news item 'Bank robbery attempt foiled at Daporijo' published in this daily
on Dec 13 last, it was wrongly mentioned that Majum Haji is the informer while he
is not. His name has been mentioned inadvertently. DIPRO, Daporijo
As expected 5 PPA legislators join Cong
ITANAGAR, Dec 19: Keeping up with the unhealthy tradition of the constant change
of political colour after the Assembly elections, 5 PPA legislators today joined
the Congress party. The five MLAs are -Nikh Kamin, Pani Taram, Tirong Aboh, Passang
Dorjee Sona and Wanglam Sawin. The event is not a matter of surprise as in the last
few days, the talk of PPA legislators joining Congress had been doing rounds. While
joining Congress, the five legislators stated, "We don't find any concept and scope
for the development of the state and our electorates under a regional party."
"Congress is the platform which would help us to realize our as well as the people’s
dream as all the programmes taken up by the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki aim at greater
welfare of the masses. After thorough discussion with our people in the constituency
and for their pressing demands, we five legislators are joining INC party today,"
they added. Further they expressed complete faith in the Congress party leadership
at state as well as centre. Meanwhile, the Speaker of Arunachal legislative assembly
has passed an order under tenth schedule to the Constitution of India declaring the
newly joined MLAs as members of Indian National Congress Party. Ironically, former
PPA president Nikh Kamin, who is among one of the MLAs to join Congress, use to be
the bitter critic of national parties. In the run up to the Assembly Election, Kamin
as PPA president had launched vitriolic attack on Congress party on several issues.
How things change so quickly in Arunachal politics?
PPA CWC urges Speaker not to entertain any merger proposal
ITANAGAR: People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) CWC Chairman has requested the Arunachal
Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker not to entertain any proposal of PPA legislators
for merger into other party. The Chairman also requested the Speaker to impose the
Anti- Defection Law on him if any legislator of the party is found doing so.
Informing that a letter was addressed to the Speaker on November 11 this year to
prevent and discourage any moves of defection of PPA legislators to any other political
party, PPA CWC Chairman Kamen Ringu in a letter to the Speaker stated that any attempt
of the PPA legislators to join any other party abusing the 'merger' clause in the
10th Schedule of the Constitution without winning the confidence of the original
Political Party should be discouraged out-rightly.
"The constitutional validity of a merger sought by the PPA Legislators need to be
approved by not less than two thirds of the members of the party. Any documents submitted
to you to justify this condition should be treated as fraudulently concocted as I
am of the firm opinion that none of the appointments of new executive members have
my approval,” stated Ringu in his letter to the Speaker.
"The party constitution enshrines that any appointment of executive member in the
party need the consent and final approval of the Chairman. All appointments of new
executive members therefore stand cancelled," it stated.
"Considering the above circumstances, I request you kindly not to entertain any proposal
of PPA Legislators for merger into other party," the letter added.
Man arrested for raping ‘sister’
ITANAGAR, Dec 19: It is confirmed yet again that no matter what womenfolks are still
unsafe and sexual crimes continue unabated in the uncivilised urban jungle. They
are not safe even in their homes. In the latest incident, a person along with his
friend was today arrested for allegedly raping his clan sister at his rented place
in Papu Nalah, Naharlagun.
The accused, identified as Karban Tamut and Opang Paro, his friend, had allegedly
raped the girl, who is 22 years, at their rented place at Papu Nalah, in the wee
hours today. The victim was halting for the night at the accused Karban Tamut's place.
The case is registered at Women Police Station here under section 376 (D) of IPC.
"Both the accused have been arrested and are in police custody now. They will be
produced before the magistrate tomorrow," said the IO of the case SI M Tayeng.
"We want the police to do fair and thorough investigation into the case so that we
can seek justice for the victim who has been deceived by her own beliefs. We want
exemplary punishment for the accused," said the brother-in-law of the victim.
Joint patrolling to be intensified
ITANAGAR, Dec 19: The Capital district administration in a coordination meeting held
here today unanimously decided to conduct frequent joint patrolling by the Police
and Magistrates within the Capital Complex for which standing plying squad team shall
be constituted to meet any situation as and when required.
The coordination meeting of Police and Magistrate under the chairmanship of Capital
DC Mige Kamki further resolved that anyone found selling IMFL without license in
any shop/ gumti shall be prosecuted as per law and shop shall be sealed without further
It was also decided to enforce compulsory verification of taxi drivers, trekker drivers,
auto drivers and necessary action shall be taken against any driver who do not obtain
valid driving license with proper verification from the competent authorities. Anyone
found using any fake driving license shall be prosecuted under appropriate provisions
of law, the meeting resolved. At the same time the violators of ILP shall be prosecuted
as per law.
Earlier, DC Mige Kamki explained the purpose and importance of coordination meeting
between magistrates, police and para-military forces in the Capital Complex. He stated
that in view of the security scenario in the world today, police and magistrates
should be on alert in order to ensure safety and security of all concerned. Speaking
on the occasion, Capital SP Dipankar Mishra expressed concern about traffic violation,
public nuisance and other law and order issues.
ACF reacts to IFCSAP's stand
ITANAGAR, Dec 19: The Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) has reacted to the Indigenous
Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP)'s stand on ST status saying
that it is misleading and mischievous.
The IFCSAP team on December 15 last had said that steps should be initiated by the
state government to issue Minority Certificates to the converts of the state and
let the converted person surrender their Scheduled Tribe certificates at the earliest.
The ACF in a press release said, the official website of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs
Government of India clearly defines what elements go to make up the identity of members
of Scheduled Tribes. According to the website "The criterion followed for specification
of a community, as scheduled tribes are indications of primitive traits, distinctive
culture, geographical isolation, shyness of contact with the community at large,
and backwardness." A particular religious identity is not mentioned either as a qualifying
or disqualifying factor. Again the same website gives directions to officers to issue
Scheduled Tribe certificates. The points to be observed by the officers are : (i)
That the person and his parents actually belong to the community claimed (ii) That
the community is included in the Presidential Order specifying the Scheduled Tribes
in relation to the concerned State (iii) That the person belongs to that State and
to that area within that State in respect of which the community has been scheduled
(iv) He may profess any religion (v) That he should be permanent resident on the
date of notification of the Presidential Order applicable in his case.
The fourth criterion in the above list shows that religion plays no role in the question
of eligibility to Scheduled Tribe status. The entire write up linking religion to
ST status is stemming from ignorance and malice, it lamented.
IFCSAP also made statements regarding minority rights. The only minority right that
the constitution speaks of is in its Article 30 which gives minorities the right
to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice. The constitution
does not give any other privilege. This privilege is applicable both to the religious
and linguistic minorities. The Hindus also can claim this minority right in Jammu
and Kashmir, Mizoram, Nagaland or Meghalaya. The constitution does not envisage distribution
of freebies to the members of any minority community. The much talked about MSDP
is not a constitutional privilege but a time bound project of a particular government
in power and cannot have any impact on the constitutional privileges granted to minorities,
the release further added.
Namdapha Tiger Reserve - A haven for nature enthusiasts and butterfly lovers
Butterflies with their splendid colors and graceful flight patterns have always been
a source of fascination and these beautiful insects are certainly the most famous
and best known among their group. This can be well attributed by the amount of studies
undertaken for these insects. Much information has been generated regarding their
Taxonomy, behavior, migratory pattern, mimicry, specification and evolutionary biology
of these insects over the years, throughout the Indian sub-continent and the world.
Among the insects the Butterflies are placed under a large group called Lepidoptera.
Butterflies play a very important role in nature. They provide ecological values
as well as aesthetic value.
In nature they provide ecological services by helping in pollination and thus helping
in the regeneration of floral species. Regarding their behavior, these majestic insects
do not have constant body temperature and therefore they rely on the external surrounding
temperature to regulate their physiological temperature and therefore they bask in
the sun to increase their body temperature.
These insects also like to mud puddle, in which a large group of same and different
species congregate in mud banks to imbibe salts and water which is very much essential
for producing healthy eggs after mating. Namdapha Tiger Reserve, in Changlang district
of Arunachal Pradesh is a global biodiversity hotspot supporting rich floral and
faunal species diversity.
Nonetheless the Reserve has always been a haven for the nature enthusiasts and butterfly
lovers. The Tiger Reserve supports a vast array of butterfly diversity. As per records
available Namdapha Tiger reserve supports 280 species of butterflies representing
5 families (As per Survey conducted by a team of Butterfly experts consisting of
Nelson Rodrigues.Ujjal Ghose, Arjan Basu Roy, Dr Amol Pathwardhan, Rudra Prasad Howrah
Some of the Known species include the Glassy Blue bottle, Paris peacock, Lace wing,
Red Helen, Lime butterfly, Common Mime, Grass Yellow, Jezebel, Leopard Lace Wing,
Commander and Commodore etc.
However most of the Reserve has been remained unexplored and a long term survey is
required for covering maximum habitats over different seasons to explore the butterfly
wealth and in search of some more of new species.
[The contributor of the story is Research Officer, Namdapha National Park]
Ex-servicemen rally at Likabali
ITANAGAR, Dec 19: Formidable 56 Division has organised an Ex-Servicemen Rally at
Likabali Military Station today which was inaugurated by Yatu Yajo, mother of Late
Naik Tape Yajo, Kirti Chakra (Posthumous), Ajeet Kumar Bordoloi, DC Dhemaji along
with Maj Gen Sunil Srivastava, GOC 56 Infantry Division.
Speaking on the occasion, Maj Gen. Srivastava praised and acknowledged the sacrifices
made by the defence veterans over the years towards nation building. He informed
the veterans about the efforts being made by Indian Army for the betterment of the
ESM and Veer Naris.
During his interaction with the veterans, the GOC also promised them of all possible
assistance for their resettlement, financial upliftment and healthcare.
Ex-Servicemen and Veer Naris from Dhemaji, North Lakimpur, Pasighat, Daporijo and
Along of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam participated in the event in large numbers.
A total of 930 people including 255 ESM, 45 Veer Naris/widows and their dependents
were present on the occasion.
Judeshwani Deuri, mother of Late Sailorman Tasha Deuri, who sacrificed his life during
recent accident of INS Sindhurakshak, also attended the event and interacted with
Consistent efforts of the Division have resulted in establishment of an ECHS Dispensary
at NLP for ESM and Veer Naris and registration of majority of ESM of the region on
the ESM Grievance Portal.
On arrival welcome gifts were distributed to ESM and Veer Naris apart from registering
balance ESM on the ESM Grievances Portal. Quality Medical and Dental checkup provided
much needed medical assistance to the Ex-Servicemen.
The gathering was also addressed by Deputy Commissioners of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and
East Siang to educate them on the initiatives and efforts undertaken to resolve their
day to day problems. To provide them all facilities under roof, numerous stalls like
Canteen, electrical/electronic goods, National Banks, Postal Services, Agricultural
Tools, Insurance Companies etc were organized at the venue.
One of the major highlights of the event was interaction of Ex Servicemen with representatives
from PCDA, Record Office, Army Placement Node, Legal Branch, Recruitment Office,
ECHS and Zila and Rajya Sainik Board which assisted in addressing most of their grievances
EKSWCO pleads for installation of CCTV cameras at strategic locations
SEPPA, Dec 19: The East Kameng Social Welfare & Cultural Organisation (EKSWCO) today
pleaded the Deputy Commissioner to immediately install CCTV cameras at important
strategic locations of the district to check movement of miscreants.
In a representation to the district administration, EKSWCO chairman Khya Safar Pao
pointed out that installation of CCTV cameras were highly necessary at important
locations namely judicial jail (adjacent to CRPF camp), police station, main market
area and important office premises.
Citing the recent incident of jail break where prisoners escaped from the jail, he
said that such incident was not a good sign for the district and immediate installation
of CCTV cameras was necessary.
Stating that many unscrupulous vehicles were running in the district without registration
numbers creating problem in maintenance of traffic, Pao urged the administration
to make mandatory registration of vehicles for maintaining proper records and also
to deploy adequate traffic police personnel to maintain traffic.
Referring to the recent incident of jail break, the organization demanded for early
arrest of the escaped under trial prisoners to keep the image of the law enforcing
agency intact before the public.
The EKSWCO also urged the DC to put a ban on driving practice at General Ground and
at the government higher secondary school ground at Bebo Colony.
"Both the grounds are only for common useful purposes, but it is the complaint of
the public that both the venues are being used for driving practices which is illegal,"
Pao added in the representation.
Community Mithun conservation unit at Patiwa
Concerned over rampant slaughter of Mithun
SEPPA, Dec 19: Agriculture, Horticulture & Animal Husbandry & Diary Development Minister
Chowna Mein made a announcement of community Mithun conservation unit at Patiwa in
between Kakukao and Tasso Mora of East Kameng during the livestock Health Awareness
camp cum Micro chipping in Mithun held at Abotani Manch, Seppa yesterday.
Speaking on the occasion Mein said that the mega event was to bring awareness among
the masses about the necessity of livestock conservation and make use of technological
advancement for healthy livestock. He stressed on the need to adopt quality planting
materials with quality seeds having introduced integrated pest management to improve
productivity in agricultural and horticultural farming. He exhorted the district
administration, PRI members and line departments to put up coordinated efforts for
bringing more and more awareness among the masses. He called on the people to minimize
the slaughter of Mithun as it is immensely related to rural economy. Later, he inaugurated
the micro chipping in Mithun amidst huge gathering and said that Micro chipping is
the easiest way to put a halt on activities of thieves and ownership disputes.
Parliamentary Secretary Tax & Excise Tapuk Taku appealed the people to co-operate
with the veterinary department for success of the community Mithun conservation Mission
in East Kameng district. Terming it as good mission, he said that it has now become
easier to identify Mithun which will work a lot to prevent thefts. He goes on to
say that earlier there were many cases of thefts by changing the colour of Mithun
with painting in absence of such mechanism.
Parliamentary Secretary Tourism Mama Natung urged the people to co- operate and keep
in touch with staffs of agriculture and its allied departments as these departments
will take them along towards prosperity in future. He also explained the importance
of bamboo and Mithun in the life of tribal people.
Dr. Taba Hally while highlighting the importance of Mithun conservation stated of
Mithun as a rural bank in Arunachal Pradesh. He expressed serious concern over rampant
slaughter of Mithun adding that if the same trend continues, we may not be able to
see Mithuns after 10 or 15 years. He also discouraged natural forest destruction,
the habitation areas which provide fodder to Mithun. He informed that the conservation
unit at Patiwa shall be launched under the team leader of deputy director Dr. Techi
Taku. Dr. T Padung, Director & Dr. T Taku Dy. Director also spoke on the occasion.
Among others DC Sandeep Kr. Singh, SP Apang Tamut, ADC Pooja Jain, DVOs and veterinary
officers from across the district attended. DIPRO
PPA for grant of special status for Arunachal under Article 371
ITANAGAR, Dec 19: The People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) interim president Kahfa Bengia
in a release stated that the economic dependence syndrome of the strategically located
state of Arunachal Pradesh can be done away with by the grant of Article 371 to this
tiny state which will give the state the ownership rights of its indigenous resources.
Kahfa said this in a meeting of the party while reacting to Union Finance Minister
Arun Jaitley's statement ahead of the union budget that every North Eastern state
should start generating revenue of their own.
"While mooting such an idea which could have social and economic impact on a state
especially like Arunachal Pradesh, the Modi Government should understood that this
economic dependency on Centre, which the state suffers, can be done away with by
the grant of article 371-A status to this state," Kahfa said.
Arunachal is placed in article 371-H of the Constitution which other than giving
overriding powers on the Governor of the State is silent on its ownership rights
over its indigenous resources virtually making the state economically dependent on
central grants, Kahfa opined.
Kamen Ringu, Chairman, CWC, PPA opined, "The proposal to make a sudden cut on central
grants to the North Eastern States will have a far reaching impact on the development.
The idea should be to insure maximum utilization of central grants for the development
of the region. Instead, these resources have been misappropriated in the name of
party funds, payment of commissions at way levels for the timely sanction of the
The corrupt politicians, technocrats and bureaucrats of the state should instead
be booked before imposing such a drastic economic cut on central grants, Ringu opined.
Teachers should be role model for society: Felix
AALO, Dec 19: Parliamentary Secretary, Education and IPR, Bamang Felix has urged
the teachers to be role model outside the classroom as society needs their wisdom
and knowledge to guide the growing number of youths who are turning out to be detrimental
to our peaceful society. Felix said this during his visit to Donyi Polo Degree College
Kamki, Govt. Higher Secondary School Kamba, Govt. Hr. Sec. School Basar, Nyorak village
from December 17 to 18 last.
Teaching should not be confined to school and colleges, he said adding that teachers
should put their constant endeavour to bring out complete human being who can be
fitted into multiple roles as members of the civil society.
The Parliamentary Secretary also said that teachers should be held in high esteem
as they are taking the responsibility of moulding the children as responsible future
citizens of the country and the society.
It is quite ironical that the state can not produce good local science teachers to
recruit them in different vacant post of Science teachers.
The Parliamentary Secretary disclosed that Rs.50 lakhs has been sanctioned for extension
of classrooms at DPDC Kamki. Other issues in the form of memorandum will also be
taken care of on priority basis from RUSA and other sources.
At Govt. H.S. School Kamba the Felix assured to provide furniture for the newly constructed
Girls hostel to make it functional from the next academic year, repairing of auditorium
ceiling and distributed school bags and geometry boxes to all students of the school.
He also assured ten toilets for girls and boys for Basar Govt. H.S. School.
The Principal of the DPDC, Dr. Rejir Karlo said that the college cannot be rated
as rural colleges along with others as it has enrollment of 2500 students leading
to infrastructures, faculty members and many other shortages. The shifting from annual
exam to Semester system has led to conduct examination on daily basis even on holidays
without time for other activities of the college. Tumto Lollen also gave detail appraisal
of the Govt. H.S. School and Tomi Doke, DDSE who accompanied all throughout the tour
also assured to construct two hostels for boys and two hostel for girls at Nyorak
Work in unison to make Kra Daadi a model district: Pario
ITANAGAR, Dec 19: PHED and Water Resource Minister Takam Pario had convened a maiden
interaction meeting of the newly created Kra Daadi district here on Wednesday which
was attended by Deputy Commissioner Kra Daadi district, officers, ZPMs and senior
leaders of 18 Palin Assembly Constituency.
Addressing the gathering PHED and Water Resource Minister informed that Jamin has
been selected for permanent district headquarter based on availability of land as
per survey and feasibility report submitted by district administration. Terming the
creation of the new district as a new hope for development and administrative convenience
for the people, Pario justified the reason for creation of Kra Daadi district adding
that due to distance factor people of Palin and Tali constituencies face lot of trouble
in communication. He further called upon all concerned including PRI members, to
work in unison by adopting the best means of system to make the district a model
district. He also advised the district administration to adopt proper action plan
with systematic mechanism in the very beginning.
Rs 53,705 crore allocated for development of NE
NEW DELHI, Dec 19: A total of Rs 53,705 crore has been allocated for the North East
in the current fiscal for the development of the region, Minister for Development
of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh said today.
At a meeting with MPs from the region, Singh said the allocated funds includes 10
per cent of gross budgetary allocation for the DoNER and Rs 17,898 crore to be provided
to the states as Special Plan Assistance, Special Central Assistance, Normal Central
Assistance or Additional Central Assistance in addition to money being spent by Railways.
Singh said that in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's special thrust on
development of Northeastern region and his announcement during his recent visit to
the Northeast to promote sports among the youth of the region, a National Sports
University will be set up in Manipur for which government has provided Rs 100 cr.
The National Sports University Bill is planned to be introduced in Parliament along
with the Draft Bill received from Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, he said. In
order to improve the internet and mobile connectivity, the Minister said a comprehensive
telecom development plan for region has been sanctioned at a cost of Rs 5,336.18
crore to provide 2G coverage in identified uncovered areas of the region and another
Rs 100 crore is to be provided for organic farming.
For expanding road infrastructure in the region, Singh informed that a new scheme
called 'North-East Road Development Corporation' has been initiated with an allocation
of Rs 200 crore for the current year. PTI
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Develop proper ILP mechanism before starting train service
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki yesterday announced that train service to the state might
resume from February next year. Tuki while inspecting the Naharlagun railway station
informed that the railway ministry has consented to introduce Rajdhani Express to
link national capital New Delhi from next year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who
is scheduled to visit Arunachal Pradesh for the first time in February after taking
office, is likely to inaugurate the railway service.
The decision to run Rajdhani Express is great news for the people of Arunachal.
This will provide direct link to the national capital. While people of Arunachal
wholeheartedly welcome the decision of resuming train service, but if proper ILP
mechanism is not developed, the decision may soon backfire. Earlier the train service
between Dekargaon (Assam) and Naharlagun was indefinitely suspended from May 9 this
year after student organizations and civil society groups raised alarm over large
scale migration of outsiders into state using train route. Therefore before restarting
the train service, railway authorities along with government of Arunachal must develop
full-proof ILP mechanism, so that no outsiders can dare to use illegal means to enter
state. Until a strong system is put in place, the people of Arunachal will continue
to oppose the train service.
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Truth cannot be killed
I want to respond to the news item published in your esteemed daily of Dec. 13, “IFCSAP
supports Anti Conversion Law” and refute the allegations of the Society pointing
out the truth to them. They have cast aspersions on Christians of Arunachal Pradesh
and described them as gullible men and women who can easily be lured. As an Arunachalee,
I want to inform the IFCSAP that they are mistaken. If we Christians have accepted
the Good News of Jesus Christ, it is because we are convinced that He is truly the
God who became man to redeem us from our sins and He alone can give us life eternal.
We did not change our faith and embrace a new faith for any material benefit or worldly
gain, but for salvation from the oppressive spiritual evils called Sin and only Jesus
is able to do it because He alone atoned for the sins of humankind by dying on the
cross. Who else has done it?
Again the IFCSAP claims that the conversion to other faith, meaning Christian faith,
has damaged the indigenous people. Yes if we call giving up the drinking habit, stopping
the system of taking revenge, inter tribal feuds, quarrels and ‘kata-kati’ for personal
gratification etc. are damage done to the indigenous people, then, of course, Christianity
has done great harm ! As Christians we are proud of it. If you want to keep the indigenous
people backward, uncivilized and deprived of the blessings of God who came to offer
them true liberation from all the oppressive powers of darkness, sin and sickness,
do support the Anti conversion bill. But remember, you can never kill the Truth.
Tani Thomas Tallong
Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to draw the attention of citizens
towards using dipper while driving cars during night hours. It really makes one go
almost blind with the glare of the vehicle approaching from opposite direction. If
not dipper, the headlamps, may sometimes contribute to the loss of many precious
lives. To add to this fact I have my own experience to share which had happened last
night while I was coming down from Itanagar to Nirjuli where I narrowly escaped from
an accident. A speeding car approached infront of me at a blink of an eye with no
realization that other vehicle would be troubled with his careless driving but in
the nick of time I managed to keep control of my vehicle from being collided with.
If such things are realized and practiced by every vehicle users then we would feel
safe in moving out and have a good driving experience. I hope this message would
reach to every people to keep alive the meaning of ‘safe driving’.
Progress towards higher ideals
Dr. Chanwang Mong-chan's letter published in The Arunachal Times on December 17,
2014, is really commendable. I, wholeheartedly appreciate his thoughts. I too believe
that every religion and culture aims to progress towards higher ideals and nobler
deeds. Every culture, every religion needs to be preserved in a beautiful and healthy
way, discarding all obsolete, superstitious and unhealthy beliefs and practices,
so that people from all walks of life, of different cultures and religions, progress
hand in hand, with love, kindness and peace in their hearts.
Rajiv Gandhi University,
District Headquarter Crisis
The controversy over the location of the District Headquarter of the Lower Siang
District is sadly developing into a major political crisis. A person doing a dispassionate
examination of the issue is sure to be baffled by the imbroglio created by claims
and counter claims. For a person from the 'outside', the only wish is for an early
solution to the crisis.
Firstly, the argument that Basar should be made the Headquarter due to earlier political
commitment is a dangerous proposition. It is fallacious to argue that all political
commitments and cabinet decision are deemed correct and it has to be, therefore,
implemented without further examination or re-appraisal. The need to revisit earlier
decision becomes all the more important when there are apparent or alleged deformities
in the decision. In a democracy, no incumbent authority is bound by the previous
Government’s decision if the earlier decisions are found to be at false. Arm-twisting
is a blot on democracy.
A rationale and dispassionate take on such issue is vital for any logical conclusion.
The Government and the people have to examine the rationale behind the decision to
create a new district out of the existing West Siang and East Siang before taking
a decision. It is accepted that one of the main reason for creation of the Lower
Siang District has been the issue of “accessibility to governance”. Therefore, the
important question is will Basar as the Headquarter address the issue of “accessibility
to governance” for all the people who deserve better governance. Is it not administratively
rationale and pragmatic to keep Basar within the West Siang District since it does
not face the issue of “accessibility to governance” in view of its geographical proximity
Over the years, boundary disputes, often violent, along the Nari-Koy-Seren-Likabali
belt have only been increasing in degree and volumes due to absence of effective
administration/governance from the Arunachal side in these areas. In days to come,
stronger and a more visible presence of administration in these boundary areas will
only be benefiting the entire West and Lower Siang Districts and its people.
In the given scenario, the Government certainly is facing its biggest challenge since
May, 2014. What is making the situation convoluted for the Government is the political
passion infused by some politicians into a matter which is more administrative in
nature rather than political. An early and amicable solution to the crisis is in
the interest of the people of the area. The people not only have greater stake but
also bigger responsibility in solving the crisis. Governance in a democracy, after
all, is in the hands of the people.
Enact strong law to protect medical professionals
While referring to your publication “Our heart & their welfare” by Tongam Rina published
in your esteemed daily dated 17/12/2014, I appreciate her gesture and for understanding
the feelings of doctors.
The Indian Medical Association (State Branch) condemns assault on Medical staff on
duty at RK Mission hospital and welcomes the arrest of IRBn personnel and others
Medical profession is a noble profession. However, many dissatisfied patients and
relatives accuse the doctor for negligence these days while some individuals accuse
doctors for personal vendetta and often FIR are filed with the Police. Unfortunately,
even law enforcement agencies consider doctors as soft targets and harass these professionals
just to please the complainant despite the Hon’ble Supreme Court judgment noted in
para 52 of Jacob Mathew’s case that clearly says that “A doctor accused of negligence
should not be arrested in a routine manner simply because a charge has been leveled
against him”. And in August 05, 2005 in a landmark judgment Hon’ble Supreme Court
has ruled that “doctors should not be held criminally responsible unless there is
primefacie evidence before the court in the form of a credible opinion from another
competent doctor preferably a Govt. doctor in the same field of medicine supporting
the charges of rash and negligent act”. There are instances in our state where doctors
were arrested on mere FIR and later booked under section 304-A IPC. They were refused
‘bail’ though 304-A IPC is very much ‘bailable’ (unlike 304 IPC).
Attitude of people towards ‘Health care professionals’ must change. It is high time
that our state Government enact appropriate Security Act against assault on medical
professionals as done in other states like Andhra Pradesh Medicare Service Persons
and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and damage to property)
Act, 2008; Delhi Medicare Service Personnel and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention
of Violence and Damage to Property) Act, 2008 (Act 8 of 2008); Haryana Medicare
Service Persons and Medicate Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage
to Property) Act, 2009; The Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service
Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to
Property) Ordnance, 2009; Orissa Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions
(Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act, 2008; The Rajasthan Medicare
Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage
to Property) Ordinance, 2008. Tamil Nadu Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service
Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to
Property) Act, 2008. Such ‘Security Act’ will prohibit violence against Medicare
service persons, intimidation, obstruction or hindrance to any Medicare service person
in the discharge of duty or damage to any property in medicare service institution.
The Medical professionals in our state thereby will be able to discharge their duty
without fear while tendering service to sick and poor.
Dr. Mika Umpo, Naharlagun
Jt. Secretary, Indian Medical Association (State Branch),
Former President APDA.
Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to highlight the various exam
dates fixed by different departments of the state. Recently we have seen written
exam dates for various jobs fixed by APPSC collide with each other and with that
of central services and university exams. The exam of Research Assistant was rescheduled
on 30 December but again it is colliding with the P.G. IGNOU Exams. Already we, the
youths of this state, are facing grave problems of unemployment and corruption.
So I kindly request the APPSC to fix the date of written exam of Research Assistant,
if possible, on 27, 28 December i.e. on Saturday and Sunday instead of 29, 30 December
and also all other concerned authorities and departments to kindly fix the dates
of job interviews and written exams keeping in view that it doesn't collide with
other exams so that everyone may get equal chance to appear in exams.
M.A. IGNOU, Student
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