ITANAGAR, Dec 11: Itanagar City Police has requested all not to use vehicles in the
area from Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar to Raj Bhawan to avoid traffic congestion
from 9 AM to 12 noon. S.P Capital, Itanagar Dipankar Mishra has given the traffic
advisory in view of the rally by APCC from Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar to Raj Bhawan,
Itanagar, on Dec 12 from 9 AM.
KVK training on fish drying methods
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: Training on fish drying/processing methods using low cost solar
dryer was organized for farm women by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), CHF, CAU, Pasighat
at Ayeng Village, East Siang today.
Subject Matter Specialist (SMS) in fisheries demonstrated the methods of salting
and drying for preservation of fish. Construction of solar dryer was also demonstrated
before the village women. He said that the traditional smoking methods of fish preservation
may be hazardous and cause diseases like cancer. He suggested the farm women to prefer
health friendly and low cost solar drying system for preservation of fish.
Twenty-five farm women and the goan burah of the village attended the training.
Complaint lodged against Namsai DFO
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: An RTI activist from Kaisu village, Mannaw of Namsai district has
lodged a complaint with State Information Commission (SIC) against Divisional Forest
Office (DFO), Namsai for not providing information as sought by him under RTI Act.
In his complaint letter to the SIC, the RTI activist stated that he had applied to
the Public Information Officer of the concern DFO Office one year ago seeking few
information but no information, as sought by him, has been provided yet from the
The RTI activist sought information regarding area falling under Namsai Divisional
Forest Office with detailed description of the reserve from Koseng Village (II-mile)
to Jengthu beside the highway-52, forest plantation in the Lathao range, stone crusher
units operating within the forest division along with their license/clearance order,
site/rivers from which they (stone crusher units) collect the boulders and norms
for collecting boulders, sand and gravels from the river banks.
KVK West Siang conducts
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: A multi-disciplinary training cum technology demonstration was
organised today at Disi Village. Krishi Vigyan Kendra, West Siang, SMS, Plant Protection,
Dr. Kangabam Suraj Singh gave a presentation on "Important insect Pests and Diseases
of winter vegetables and their management". He emphasized on the control of soil
borne pathogens by means of mechanical, cultural and physical practices followed
by botanical practices.
KVK, Programme Assistant, Wangnem Rekhung also spoke in detail on "Importance of
soil health card for soil fertility management and higher production". She also highlighted
the importance of Soil Health Card for improving soil health quality.
A total of 26 farmers and farm women participated in the training.
AAPPP denounces Governor’s decision
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: Taking serious exception to the unwanted and unholy activities
of state Governor J P Rajkhowa, All Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Parishad (AAPPP)
president Sushil Nallo, in a statement, today urged him to refrain from such activities
if he has respect for democracy and the Constitution.
India saw the unconstitutional act of Bihar Governor Buta Singh, who had recommended
the dissolution of the Bihar Assembly in 2005 to be sharply criticized by the Supreme
Court directing that he should discontinue from office. He had sent his resignation
letter to the President on 26.01.06 after then PM asked him to quit.
Regrettably, instead of behaving like the constitutional head of the state, he is
aggravating the present political upheaval while behaving like garbarnor, a term
not found in any dictionary.
No state governor acted on the basis of unfounded allegations in the past the way
the present incumbent is doing without knowing that Arunachal perhaps has India's
highest number of NGOs, which have failed to prove their credentials and the masses
know about it.
The governor would be responsible for any future consequences, cautioned Nallo, adding
that the AAPPP would take up the matter with All India Panchayat Parishad, to which
it is affiliated.
The state is suffering by the present situation, Nallo said and exhorted all party
legislators to come together to resolve it in the greater interest of the state to
allow the GoAP to function effectively. Shamefully, Union UD & Parliamentary Affairs
Minister M Venkaiah Naidu 20.06.14 had said all political appointees should resign
voluntarily. But can he deny that the NDA Govt has not resorted to political appointments
including Rajkhowa and Nagaland Governor Governor P B Acharya, Nallo questioned?
The GoAP aware of the sensitiveness of this strategic state should call Rajkhowa
back him immediately in the greater interest of the state, he added.
Orgs questions NES, ANSU
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: The Arunachal Youth Organization (AYO) has condemned the Nyishi
Elite Society (NES) for terming Governor JP Rajkhowa as anti-Nyishi.
In a release, it said that NES is a community based social organization and should
refrain itself from being politically inclined adding that it should not give communal
The move by the Governor is purely based on current political crisis in the state
and is exercising the power conferred upon him, it defended.
The organization has also opposed the proposed protest rally by NES to be held on
December 14 next.
The Arunachal Students' Federation in a similar release said that the NES headed
by its president Bengia Tolum is provoking communal atmosphere where peaceful atmosphere
amongst the different communities of the state is going to face dangerous situation
in the days to come. It has urged NES to refrain from playing communal politics.
United Organization of Arunachal Pradesh in its release stated that being a Non Governmental
Organization (NGO) the NES doesn't have any jurisdiction to question or challenge
the decision of any constitutional body.
Claiming that most of the executive members of NES were govt employees and they were
bound with the service rules, the organization called upon the Chief Secretary to
immediately initiate disciplinary proceeding against the public servants and put
the guilty under suspension. While terming the declaration of the Governor as Anti-Nyishi
by NES as complete immature, the UOAP cautioned the NES not to try to flare up the
matter by giving it a communal to protect a particular family in the name of entire
The Arunachal Pradesh United Youth Organization (APUYO) has denounced the All Nyishi
Students' Union (ANSU) for asking ouster of Governor JP Rajkhowa.
It asked ANSU to remain neutral in political affairs and instead focus on students'
Meanwhile, the Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) vehemently condemned the decision
of NES for organizing protest rally on Dec 14 saying that NES is misusing the Society's
organization for political purpose. Association also alleged financial mismanagement
by the CM and demanded his resignation.
Committee to review work
ROING, Dec 11: The 11th District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) Meeting was held
at DC Office Chamber today to review the progress of works implemented under various
programmes in the district.
Deputy Commissioner Ravi Dhawan called for inspection of the ongoing projects along
with the Members of the DLMC during this winter. He urged the Heads of the Executing
Agencies to jointly conduct an Orientation Programme for the Public Representatives
by the first week of January next to make them aware of the technical terminology
commonly used by the departments during the execution of their works. He opined
that such knowledge if imparted will help them in better monitoring of the projects
being implemented in their area.
Heads of the Executing Agencies have highlighted the progress of the works. Some
of the major projects completed in the district are Polytechnic College Building
at Simari including Academic Block, 50 seated boys hostel and Residential buildings
which is likely to be taken over by the Principal of Polytechnic College, within
Other major projects like RCC Urban Roads of the Roing Township executed by PWD and
DUDA and the new Indoor Patient Block of the District Hospital are expected to be
completed within March 2016.
Among others ZPMs Mama Miso, Menga Umpo, Titel Pertin and Sipa Miuli participated
in the meeting. DIPRO
Outreach tour to remote Taposo village
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: An outreach tour programme to remote Taposo village under Dissing
Passo, East Kameng district was organized by the ADC Seijosa from Dec 9 to 10.
Scheduled Tribe Certificates, Permanent Residential Certificates and Income Certificates
were issued on the spot to the applicants by the team led by ADC Seijosa, TR Tapu
during the outreach programme.
A health team led by Medical Officer, Dr. Kamku Pordung attended to the sick and
old, and distributed free medicines to the patients. Free medicated mosquito nets
were also distributed to the villagers.
Senior VFA, Haren Hazarika attended to the sick domestic animals in which a Mithun
calf injured by a leopard was also given medicine.
Further, a general meeting was conducted in which discussions regarding poor condition
of the village school, absence of electricity, lack of road communication, illegal
timber smuggling etc were taken up and a follow up action plan was chalked out to
address the problems.
Agency being by CM’s wife: AAPNRCA
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: Claiming that the proprietor of M/S N E Agency, who is executing
various works of NIT Jote under the executing agency Hindustan Prefab Limited Company,
is the wife of the chief minister, The All Arunachal Pradesh Non-Registration Contractors'
Association (AAPNRCA) in its representation submitted to the Governor has demanded
that CBI enquiry be set up at the earliest to unearth the truth.
The works undertaken by M/S N E Agency is construction of director's bungalow, administrative
building and academic building (civil and mechanical), construction of retaining
wall (director bungalow and admin block), road work and miscellaneous work, construction
of temporary steel bridge, construction of RCC U shaped drain cum retaining wall
for hill bottom of administrative building at NIT, Jote, construction of RCC slab
over temporary steel bridge and construction of UG hostel for girls and type-IV (B)
quarter for PEB structure.
ROING, Dec 11: In the continuing efforts to streamline the PDS system in Lower Dibang
Valley, the district administration implemented Rice Day for the second time on Dec
During these two days, 48.25% of the ration card holders under Roing, Parbuk, Koronu,
Hunli and Desali Circles availed the benefits on Rice Day. Out of 12627 Card Holders
in the district, 6092 Card Holders received their entitled rice on these days.
Pen down strike called off
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: Arunachal Pradesh NHM Employees Association (APNHMEA) has called
off the proposed 10 days pen down strike following assurance from the Govt. to release
the pending salary of NHM staff (both technical & non-technical) within a week.
Training on driving skill
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: With the aim of reducing rising motor vehicle accident cases in
Tezu town, the Lohit District Administration under the initiative of Deputy Commissioner
Tamiyo Tatak has decided to impart training on driving skills and defensive driving
every Saturday at office premises of the DTO, Tezu by a team of officers and officials
constituted specially for it.
The team comprising the DTO, MVI, OC (Traffic Cell) of Tezu Police Station and Foreman,
RWD will also organize awareness campaign on road safety and the importance and benefit
of installing high security registration plate (HSRP) in vehicles.
DA’s effort to revamp Bulyang
ZIRO, Dec 11: In order to revamp Bulyang, the age old traditional law institution
of the Apatanis, Deputy Commissioner Kanki Darang convened a meeting with the Bulyang
members, Gaon Buras and representatives of the non government organizations at Ziro
Addressing the gathering, he said that there is need to be a method to amalgamate
Bulyang and the Gaon Burah into one unified stronger institute.
He suggested relaxation in the membership criteria, wherein not just the members
of the Bulyang clan, but the Gaon buras will also be eligible to be members of the
According to the 1945 Assam Frontier Act, Gaon Burahs have been empowered with certain
judiciary powers for the upkeep of law and order of the area. However since membership
of Bulyang is inherited, most of the time Gaon Burahs are not members of the Bulyang,
leading to existence of two parallel law entities in the villages, the DC noticed.
He however called upon the members to brainstorm and work out a middle path.
Members from the Bulyang, Tani Spun Dukun,Apatanis cultural and literary society,
Bar Council, Lower Subansiri and Panchayat members also presented their views and
opinions. They lauded the noble initiative of the Deputy Commissioner and unanimously
felt the need to revamp the age old Bulyang. However, they also felt the need to
consult all stakeholders before adopting a resolution. DIPRO
Play sports to stay physically fit
and healthy: Tacho
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: Playing sports is the best way to stay physically fit, healthy
and mentally sound, said Health & Family Welfare Minister Rajesh Tacho. The Minister
was addressing the opening ceremony of the second Chief Minister's Sub-Veteran and
Veteran state open Badminton Championship at Raj Bhawan Stadium here today.
Lauding Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for his initiatives in encouraging games and sports
in the state, Tacho informed that Arunachal Pradesh has been able to make a mark
in sports sector with many sportspersons in various discipines winning medals at
different national and international level competitions thus making people of the
Later, he declared the tournament open.
Altogether 37 matches were played on the opening day.
Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi and Arunachal State Badminton Association Secretary and
Political Advisor to CM Bamang Tago were also present on the occasion.
Siang Highlanders face
Naharlagun United today
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: Siang Highlanders will be eyeing their maiden Veteran Cup Football
title when they will take on Naharlagun United FC in the final at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium
This is the repeat of last year's semi-final where Siang Highlanders shocked the
defending champion NUFC in a penalty shootout.
NUFC have the chance to avenge the last year's semifinal defeat. The team will also
be eyeing their second champion title. The Veteran Cup was started in 2013 and Naharlagun
United was the champion of the first ever edition. It defeated arch-rival Arunachal
United in the final. Arunachal United became champion of the second edition defeating
Siang Highlanders in the final in 2014.
Behind the curtains
[ Dr. Tage Tada ]
The event of maiden inclusion of Apatani Cultural Landscape and Thembang Dzong village,
Arunachal Pradesh in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites has evoked
widespread sensation and enthusiasm among the tribal people. Thereby, it has been
much talked issue among the stake holders in Arunachal Pradesh. So naturally and
adequately Ziro valley, a land of enigmatic beauty and cultural landscape having
unique feature of – ‘Outstanding Universal Value’, and the Thembang Dzong (Fortified
Village), a vernacular village architectural evidence are now the headlines in print
media after receiving the nomination in tentative list of World Heritage Sites.
It is in fact, a matter of glory and honour for the indigenous people of this state.
So, both the sites may naturally be considered as ‘National Heritage’, as soon as
proposal for considering as world Heritage sites have been forwarded to the UNESCO,
by the Govt. of India. It is also the basic step of achievement towards goal. The
pertinent issue of World Heritage matter has spread alluring consciousness among
the people and stakeholders to further improve and conserve the existing wealth.
The event has generated conducive spirits and psychological involvement among the
people to prevent human vandalism in the name of development in multidimensional
The local people are gradually getting consciousness to preserve their heritage wealth
so persistently sustained by forefathers’ as part of their traditional pride. But
inclusion of both the sites in tentative list from Arunachal Pradesh has not easily
been done. It has been possible after-overcoming a complex and series of hurdles
and crosschecks by the different nodal agencies engaged by the Govt. of India and
UNESCO representative stationed at New Delhi.
Behind the curtain to table the proposal in favour of Ziro valley and Thembang Dzong
as proposed world Heritage sites is an outcome of enduring activities and persistent
efforts of the Research Department of Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh over a decade. In
Arunachal Pradesh, Directorate of Research under the aegis of Department of Cultural
Affairs is nodal agency in World Heritage Matters. It has a long phase or mechanism
to achieve present development which is to be depicted for the sake of documenting
the history to conceptualise this dream venture. It is neither to pretend beating
drum, nor to glorify any person rather to record the factual reality. It has been
possible by dint of adequate patronage of apex policy makers whose names are worthy
to mention; the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, the Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, the
then Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo and the then Secretary Cultural Affairs Indra
Mallo. This has been a humble submission to record the entire gamut of whole world
heritage episodes – chronologically.
In course of partial fulfillment of my training in Archaeology, under the Archaeological
Survey of India (ASI), New Delhi, I was involved in the Archaeological Excavation
of the Harappan (Indus Valley Civilisation) site at ‘DHOLAVIRA’ in the Great Runn
of Kutch in Gujarat, a sentinel village of India, which is only 45km. from Karachi,
Pakistan. During the year 1991-93 I had a chance to participate as one of the main
archaeological excavators under the direct guidance of Padma Bhushan Dr. R S Bisht,
an eminent Archaeologist and expert in Harrapan (Indus Valley Civilisation) Culture,
who was also the Director, Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India.
During the excavation Dr. Bisht used to exhort that Dholavira – the Harrapan cultural
site existed in Indian Territory might be recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO
one day if the site could be excavated fully. I had learnt for the first time about
the criteria to be World Heritage Site. During two years training course, the trainees
were taken to the prominent archaeological sites for practical training like Ajanta,
Ellora, Bhimvetka, Shor temples of South, group of ancient temples Patta Dakal, Hassan,
Haspet, Vijaynagar Hampi, Taj Mahal, Sanchi Stupa etc. These monuments are prominent
World Heritage Sites of India. These were the part of training of conservation and
preservation of Heritage Sites.
After completion of full practical training, I returned to Arunachal Pradesh as well
as in Research Department. Meanwhile, under my initiation Archaeology section was
created in Research Department bifurcating History section.
With bifurcation, a full-fledged Archaeology section was created in the year 1996,
which paved a new arena for widening Archaeological activities in Arunachal Pradesh
hitherto. A number of scientific Archaeological exploration, survey and excavation
had been undertaken to unearth the heritage sites, monuments of pre-historic and
historic periods. As outcome of these activities it has been focused that Arunachal
Pradesh is studded with archaeological sites and monuments.
All these archaeological activities could able to draw the attention and importance
of nodal agency of national archaeological body – Archaeological Survey of India.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) inducted one member from Arunachal Pradesh
in Central Advisory Board of Archaeology (CABA). Fortunately, I was selected as one
of the members of “Central Advisory Board of Archaeology” (CABA) as being only trained
and chartered archeologist from Arunachal Pradesh by then.
Being a CABA member, I frequently attended meetings at New Delhi and gained experiences
listening and participating in the series of discussions on heritage matters including
world heritage affairs in the CABA meeting and other workshops. I attended a number
of workshops on the subject heritage affairs like Archaeological, Museological and
Archival matters. All these sowed the seeds of dream in the core of my mind to submit
proposal for considering the heritage sites of Arunachal Pradesh to the State Govt.
and Govt. of India as well for endorsement to UNESCO to be probable world heritage
site. Ultimately I was able to feel the need for submission a proposal (on file No.
RES(DR)-84/2004) to the Govt. on 16th March 2004. The request was made to send the
proposal and invitation to the UNESCO – members stationed at Delhi for visiting Ziro
to take up for further course of action for recognizing/ identifying World Heritage
Site. Later on an initiative was taken up to collect the address where the proposal
for declaring as a world heritage site and to evaluate the feasibility of Apatani
Valley had to be submitted.
In response of telephonic communication the address for communication was – intimated
through a letter. The letter was endorsed to the nodal department i.e Directorate
of Research to undertake further needful action by apex policy making authority of
the State Government. But the initiatives in those days could not achieve any success
due to some unsurpassable factors. It might be that nodal department could not convince
the local and state level political authority regarding the feasibility and potentiality
on the matter.
Again the dormant dream was alive after receiving a letter addressed to the Chief
Secretary from Jawahar Sarkar, Secretary Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India vide
DD.No.2-21/2009-UNESCO CELL, dated 24th April…. It had been informed through the
letter received on 6th May 2009 that UNESCO was seeking the submission of nomination
of dossiers to the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO for inscribing various heritage
sites on the World Heritage List. The objectives of UNESCO as communicated in the
later as follow “UNESCO has recently commend an activity of a similar kind in the
area of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) which is also called ‘Living Heritage’
means the practices, expressions, knowledge, skills of a people as well as the instruments,
objects, artifacts and cultural spaces associated therewith that communities/ groups/individuals
recognize as part of their Cultural Heritage. Thus ICH can be manifested interalia,
in any of the following domains; oral traditions and expressions including languages,
performing arts, social practices, rituals, festivals, events, knowledge and practices
concerning nature and universe as well as traditional craftsmanship.”
Y.D. Thongchi, the then Secretary cum Commissioner directed in inspiratory note to
the nodal department, i.e the Directorate of Research to forward accomplishing World
Heritage matters sincerely. In connotation of the direction, the departmental activities
were rejuvenated led by myself as Director of Research and a Heritage manager too.
Commissioner Y.D. Thongchi and I attended a number of meetings and workshops on heritage
and World Heritage matters. Prior to that, I participated as maiden participant representing
Arunachal Pradesh in first ever workshop on World Heritage sites held on 15th to
18th June 2008 at Humpi.
The theme of Workshop was – “How to become and Remain a World Heritage Sites” organized
by the UNESCO in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The
workshop contributed a clear vision to deal with the World Heritage matters, particularly
the criteria of World Heritage and mechanism of submission of proposals. Again, I
attended a seminar on ‘World Heritage Sites’ at Bangalore on 20th & 21st June’2008.
These two events of workshop and seminar on World Heritage matters were illuminating
and eye opening for the representatives of those states who were yet to capable to
submit the proposal of World Heritage site.
The core points discussed there as new concepts in world Heritage, Cultural Landscape,
the World Heritage convention; tentative list and nomination process, concept, evolving
definition of cultural heritage, criteria for nomination process, - outstanding universal
value, authenticity and integrity, implementing the WH convention in India, conservation
in India, conservation and management tools and practices, management plans and their
sub plains (studies, survey and strategies), process, collaboration. Importance of
inventorying and documentation, conservation approach of international standard,
terminology, practices, capacity building, linking factors of conservation of cultural
and natural heritage, maintenance of retrospective inventory i.e. Maps, boundaries,
- statement OUV, core and buffer zone and challenges were ventilated to participants.
The matter was briefed to the then commissioner cum Secretary Y.D. Thongchi who as
usual inspired me to undertake sincere initiative from research department aiming
to achieve the goal. Later on the matter was also discussed with Padi Richo MLA Ziro
and Parliamentary Secretary on World Heritage matters who strongly encouraged and
promised to extend all sort of required /cooperation for the interest of Arunachal
Pradesh. He was ready to come forward for any sort of help if any hindrance occurred.
Here, it is to be noted that UNESCO, Paris is the authority to recognize any nature
of World Heritage sites as world Heritage site of a country since 1972, if the site,
monument is having “Outstanding Universal Value” (OUV). Ten criteria were adopted
for incorporating cultural and natural heritage for inscription in UNESCO list as
Criteria for Assessment of OUV for declaration of WHS
(i) Represent a masterpiece of human creative genius.
(ii) Exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of or within a
cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental
arts, town planning or landscape design;
(iii) Bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or
to a – civilization which is living or which has disappeared,
(iv) Be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological
ensemble or landscape which illustrates significant stage(s) in human history;
(v) Be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land use, or sea
use which is representative of a culture (or cultures) or human interaction with
the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible
(vi) Be directly or tangible – associated with events or living traditions, with
ideas or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal
significance. (The committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used
in conjunction with other criteria);
(vii) Contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty
and aesthetic importance;
(viii) Be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth’s history including
the record of life, significant ongoing geological processes in the development of
land forms or significant geomorphic or physiographic features;
(ix) Be outstanding examples- representing significant ongoing ecological and biological
processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and
marine ecosystem and communities of plants and animals;
(x) Contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-site conservation
of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of – outstanding
universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.
In the meantime Indra Malo, IAS took over the charge of secretary cultural affairs
from Y.D. Thongchi, IAS on his superannuation. During that time entire India was
compartmentalized into five zones to deal in WH matters more effectively. Arunachal
Pradesh naturally came under N.E. Zone. On 25th August 2012, a regional workshop
on “World Heritage Revising tentative list of India” organized by ASI, New Delhi
and Department of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of Assam was held at Guwahati. The invitation
letter was received from Ms. Sikha Jain, Member Secretary on World Heritage Matters
under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India seeking preparedness of
properties on tentative list for World Heritage status for those states who already
submitted proposals. Mamta Riba APCS, the then Director of Art and Culture and I
were nominated by the state Government to participate in the workshop held at Guwahati.
I prepared the required power point presentation for the following three sites.
(a) Gorcham Chorten (stupa) of Zemithang, Tawang District.
(b) Thembang Dzong (a fortified Monpa village), West Kameng District.
(c) Ziro (Apatani) valley and Talley Valley, Lower Subansiri District.
In the workshop no site was selected or finalized by the nodal agency of government
of India. All the presented power point proposals by all the North East states were
taken to Delhi to explore the feasibility to include in the tentative list of India.
On 14th October 2013, the Advisory Committee on World Heritage Matter (ACWHM) intimated
us to send write up and filled format for inclusion of following two sites in the
revised tentative list of India viz:
(a) Ziro / Talley valley
(b) Themabng Dzong.
Accordingly, inventory for two sites were submitted within the stipulated time. Before
inclusion in the tentative list of India, Advisory committee on World Heritage Matters
(ACWHM) intended to visit the proposed site – Ziro and Talley valley to have a detailed
and practical verification of the properties and also to see empirically if OUV really
existed there. This matter was taken before the state Government. The then MLA Ziro,
Padi Richo took initiative to invite the team and apprised to CM for all needful
action on the matter. After learning that two sites in Arunachal Pradesh are being
noticed by UNESCO for World Heritage tag the CM enthusiastically approved all the
proposals on the matter. Because of personal initiative of Padi Richo, the then MLA
cum Parliamentary Secretary Land Management and Urban Development and Dani Salu,
Secretary IPR, protocol, the team was invited as State Guest and they accompanied
the team of WHS to Ziro-Apatani valley on 29th January to 2nd February 2014 and interacted
with the stake holder NGOs of Ziro Valley. The event of enlistment in tentative list
of UNESCO WHS is a revolutionary achievement of Government of Arunachal Pradesh in
the anal of this sentinel state which needs to be projected with utmost importance.
They suggested to devise a state level protection and management legislation. The
state Archaeological Ancient Monument and archaeological sites and Remains Act 1990;
is not sufficient which does not cover all the required aspects. Separate Heritage
Act may be necessary to be legislated or the present existing Act may be amended
with inclusion certain required aspects to cover the cultural and landscape site
to meet up the required criteria. They also suggested changing the nomenclature of
Ziro Talley Valley as the Apatani Cultural Landscape Heritage site. Accordingly inventory
was made which was accepted and short listed in the tentative list by the Advisory
Committee on World Heritage Matters (ACWHM), India.
Ramesh Negi, Chief Secretary accompanied by Dani Salu, Secretary Cultural Affairs
and I visited Ziro on 3rd and 4th May’14 to take stock on preparedness and held first
ever Review meeting on WHS. The follow-up action on the meeting was reviewed on 31st
As part of that, awareness meetings were organized at Ziro and Thembang subsequently
involving stakeholders, local administration and PRI members to conserve and augment
the heritage wealth, local consultative committee headed by DC and ADC consisting
of local NGO’s. The local consultative committees (NGO’s) have been extending their
patriotic services to ascertain public participation and also to convince the people
in connection with all round benefits of World Heritage Sites if finally obtained.
The event of inclusions of two sites in tentative list of World Heritage Sites from
Arunachal Pradesh created a positivity among the people in general and stakeholders
in particular. The nodal department, Directorate of Research was involved to undertake
all out efforts to accomplish the remaining tasks and responsibilities collectively.
The work of preparation of Dossiers are undergoing in full swing which are herculean
task. A lot of data and information are to be accumulated for convincingly presentation
in the dossier stating that the property has to sufficient administrative and customary
equipments which would sustain the property for which it is inscribed. Thus, vast
research works have to be done for which working group consisting of the officers
of Research Department have been endeavouring sincerely.
Status reports of preparation of Dossiers have already been submitted to the Director
of World Heritage, ASI New Delhi and Advisory Committee on World Heritage Matters.
Meanwhile a separate Heritage Act was drafted by the Department and submitted for
legislation. Heritage Act Bill – 2015 was passed in the floor of the assembly and
sent to the Governor for necessary assent the bill to transform into Act.
Heritage Act is essential prerequisite for preparation of Dossier as an administrative
instrument for preservation and protection of World Heritage Property and its sustenance.
Dossiers are to be designed technically keeping in view of the Act and local customary
laws. The Department is awaiting to obtain the Heritage Act from the government
as it is yet to be released from the Governor. But time is running forward for submitting
It is to be conveyed that the proposals mooted for inscribing in the tentative list
of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Arunachal Pradesh has been bi-product of enduring
activities, persistent efforts and passionate zeal over a decade by nodal department
i.e. Directorate of Research and collective team work undertaken by the apex policy
making body of the state towards fulfillment of the long cherished dream. The dream
is yet to be finally fulfilled to obtain final institution of World Heritage tag.
For which a constituted working group of Research Department has been endeavoring
with sincere devotion under the captaincy of Secretary Cultural Affairs Dani Salu,
Director of Research Batem Pertin, State consultant of World Heritage Matters to
overcome the remaining hurdles. We are optimistic and spirited to go many more miles
to achieve the goal finally. ( The contributor is the Consultant, World Heritage
Site, Govt. of A.P)
Cabinet contest Governor’s stand
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: Taking serious note of the order for pre-poning the Legislative
Assembly session and seeking resolution for removal of Speaker as first agenda of
the house in the first sitting, the State Cabinet today sought clarification. The
Cabinet further said that opinion of the Advocate General and other legal luminaries
be taken as soon as possible to clarify the matter and Speaker be advised to keep
the matter of pre-poning Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Session from Jan
14 to December 16 under consideration.
The State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki which held its sitting today
took note of the order dated Dec 9 issued by the Governor.
Govt spokesperson Bamang Felix in a statement said that Cabinet has taken serious
note of the said Order and the Message. "This order and message raises important
constitutional issues regarding functioning of the State Legislature and Government
as well as role of the Governor", the statement said adding the cabinet also noted
that since the establishment of State Assembly in Arunachal Pradesh, there has not
been any precedence or occasion that the house has been summoned by the Governor
without the advice of Cabinet.
The cabinet asked whether there is any provision in the Constitution of India, which
empower the Governor to pre-pone Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly's session
or that Governor is empowered under Article 174(1) of the Constitution of India to
pre-pone Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly's session, without consulting the
Chief Minister and Council of Ministers.
It further wanted to know whether the Order dated 09.12.2015 of the Governor is
contrary to the mandate of Rule 3 Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business.
Can the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh issue a Message under article 175(2) of the
Constitution of India fixing 'Resolution for removal of Speaker' as first item of
the business, bypassing the Business Advisory Committee of the State Legislature,"
the Cabinet asked as it sought the opinion of the legal experts to clarify the
APCC alleges Pul of using Assam
based business tycoon to buy MLAs
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) Legal Cell today
lodged complaint against MLA Kalikho Pul in Itanagar Police Station alleging him
of committing serious offense relating to bribery and illegal gratification. Equipped
with alleged communication details of Pul having conversation with Assam based business
tycoon Romeo Neog seeking financial help to buy MLAs to revolt against the present
incumbent CM, APCC legal cell Co-Convenor Tadar Nanang lodged the complaint.
Nanang in his complaint alleged former minister Pul of acquiring funds to secure
his nefarious designs to entice INC MLAs to join BJP to pave the way for him to become
"Pul and his team have been conspiring for defection from the Indian National Congress
with the intention to merge with BJP. Sole motive of the conspiracy is to dethrone
the present CM from his chair through means of creating serious law and order problem
in the state," read the statement of APCC. When contacted capital police acknowledged
that a complaint has been received at Itanagar PS.
Crisis in state is purely political: PPA
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) stated that the present 'crisis'
in the state is purely political in nature and is an attempt to do away with the
leader heading the Government against whom serious charges of corruption are lying
pending in the court.
Taking note of the protest rally announced by Nyishi Elite Society (NES) against
the decision of the Governor to summon assembly session for no confidence motion
against the Speaker of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, PPA president
Kahfa Bengia said, "Communal mobilization of a political issue to shield and protect
a corrupt leader is a great political tragedy for a peaceful state."
"When the issue is political and the battle is in between the elected legislators
then why can't we let them settle the score among themselves within the four walls
of the Assembly hall," said Kahfa, in a release.
The party appealed to one and all to respect and honor the undying sprit of unity
in diversity that keeps all the tribes and communities binding. "We must realize
that the 60-member Assembly of Legislators in the state proportionately represents
the various regions and communities in the state. Every tribe and community has
dreams and aspirations that could be democratically realized through their elected
Legislators. It would be politically suicidal and murderous to impose and dictate
opinions on the rest of the communities by a particular community," he said.
"NES and ANSU being the elite organizations representing one of the largest communities
in the state should sincerely make a soul searching exercise and call off the rally,"
Secretary General of the party Kaling Jerang, stated: "The Chief Minister of the
State doesn't simply represent the community he comes from. The moment a leader becomes
the Chief Minister of the State, he becomes the leader for all. If he performs well,
he will be appreciated and if he is found inefficient and corrupt, he should be removed."
"No body should get emotionally carried away. Let us not ignore the past history
for if you ignore history you are doomed to repeating it," he added.
Do not communalise a political movement,
JAC hits back at NES
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: Bharatiya Janata Party' Jan Andolan Committee (JAC) has called
the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) to stop giving communal colours to a political issue.
JAC statement came after NES alleged the Governor JP Rajkhowa of targeting the Nyishi
community over the issue of proposed impeachment of the Speaker of the Arunachal
Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
JAC Chairman Tame Phassang today strongly condemned the statement made by NES as
he castigated few NES executive members including its President of trying to communalise
the political movement in order to save Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
Phassang termed the NES members as unscrupulous people and warned that any attempt
to communalise the political movement will invite collateral damage particularly
to Nyishi community.
"It is upto any individuals to decide whether they are pro or anti-Tuki but without
using the name of the community" he said while adding that any attempt to communalise
the issue would disrupt the social and communal fabric.
Elucidating the flurries of movement and issues raised by JAC and BJP including the
demand of CM's resignation and financial crisis, he said that it is a political movement
rather than social so it is inappropriate platform for the NES members to jump in.
"If any organisation dislikes Governor calling a special Legislative Assembly session,
they should come out clear and clean without using community's name " Phassang added.
Questioning the leadership of NES President Bengia Tolum, Phassang said that he should
immediately resign from the post alleging him of misusing the power and community's
name by trying to give communal colour to the current political situation. He added
that if any untoward incident happened, NES will be held responsible. Phassang maintained
that Arunachal is mini-India, considering its diverse cultures, and doesn't belong
to any community saying that no community has right to dictate.
Without naming any particular students organisation, JAC Chairman also appealed to
the students organisations to stay away and refrain themselves from involving in
JAC also expressed surprise at the NES statement wherein it claimed that Governor
overlooked the impeachment motion moved against Deputy Speaker.
"How come NES knows there was impeachment motion against Deputy Speaker and who moved
it" JAC questioned.
JAC also refuted the allegation that Raj Bhawan is BJP house, clarifying that Raj
Bhawan is for all.
It also said that NES statement could also affect Assam-Arunachal relationship, saying
that Arunachal-Assam have inextricable bonding since inception.
BJP welcomes Guv’s move
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: The state BJP has termed the preponing of the assembly session
a welcome move by the Raj Bhawan in the interest of the people of the state.
Alleging that the ruling Congress Government/party is trying to communalize the state
politics by indulging in 'dangerous' and unhealthy political practices, State BJP
President Tai Tagak cautioned the people of the state not to fall prey to any such
attempt to make the issue of current political instability to a communal one which
will not be in the best interest of the people of the state.
"We cannot simply overlook the primary responsibility of an elected government in
a democratic set up. The Nabam Tuki led government has blatantly dishonoured the
mandate of the people and pushed the state into a long-time political stalemate which
may pose danger to this frontier state," Tagak said.
The party also said that there was no any wrong in initiating impeachment motion
against any office in a constitutional set up to protect the institution, well being
of the people and security of the state.
The Governor is the custodian of Constitution and he has to act whenever situation
arises, to protect the interests and wellbeing of its citizen, he opined.
Father kills his own son
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: A student of Rumgong Higher Secondary School was reportedly murdered
by his own father.
This case is registered with Rumgong police station under case no. 08/15 US 302/201/34IPC.
According to police, the deceased, Tadam Tabo alias Takeng Tabo was killed by his
father, Tapir Taboh along with two of his accomplishes Tamang Taboh and Talut Taboh
on the night of August 27 last. The body of the deceased was later buried in the
bamboo grove behind the house. The incident came to light only when one Taki Tamut,
the maternal uncle of the murdered boy, enquired about his absence in the month of
SP Pangin D Jini informed this daily that the accused has confessed to killing his
son using rat poison who he claimed was mentally unstable in a violent way.
The accused was arrested from Molom village on November 6 last and is now lodged
at Aalo police station, under Chief Judicial Magistrate, while his accomplishes are
out on bail.
"While the accused had said that he killed his son using rat poison, but there were
head injuries," informed the SP further saying that the materials found from the
body has been sent for forensic examination.
Salari finally gets safe drinking water
SALARI, Dec 11: The people of Salari village erupted in joy as pure and safe drinking
water flowed down their village with inauguration of a Water Treatment Plant by local
legislator and Minister Hydro-Power Development & Veterinary Science Phurpa Tsering
Perched between the tri-junctions of Bomdila, Nafra and Dirang and famed for its
horticultural products specially grapes and oranges, the elixir of life had been
eluding denizens of Salari for more than two decades and it had been receiving untreated
water from the main source at Bomdila which was a constant cause of misery and sickness
Meanwhile, responding to other demands of the people, Phurpa also assured to help
in constructions of a General Ground with VIP gallery, Cultural Hall, an Irrigation
Channel to be constructed by PWD and posting of Mathematics and Science teacher at
the Govt. Secondary School among others.
Pointing out that untreated water was the main cause of water borne diseases, Dirang
ADC D.Riba urged the villagers to treat plant as their common property and help in
its upkeep and maintenance.
PHED&WS Bomdila Division Executive Engineer Likha Tekhi informed that the scheme
was sanctioned in March 2010 for an estimated cost of Rs. 99.65 lakhs. The WTP consists
of Drop-in-Let headwork at intake point followed by primary and sedimentation tanks,
Slow Sand Filtration unit, 26 Nos. of Public Stand Post and 5100 Mtrs. of G.I pipes
of various sizes which would provide safe and clean drinking water to 438 households
besides the Farmer's Training Centre. "Treatment of water has been done at par with
the prescribed procedures from where people can consume from tap or conveyance directly.
All the physical and biological treatments have been done to ensure potable water
supply", informed Er. Tekhi while adding that the designed life of scheme was 15
years, per capita cost of scheme Rs. 22753.00 and present quantity of water supply
per head per day was 107 litres.
Thembang ZPM Jam Tsering, former ZPM Jambey Dorjee and Salari ASM Tsering Dorjee
also spoke on the occasion.
Power Grid Sub-stations in East Siang on pipeline
[ Prafulla Kaman ]
PASIGHAT, Dec 11: With a view to meet the growing power demand and strengthen power
Transmission and Distribution system in the state, the Power Grid Corporation of
the India Limited (PGCIL) is executing works in Ruksin and Pasighat areas of East
State government sources said that 24 more new grid sub-stations along 1917 kms of
grid lines (including parts of Sikkim) are coming up under Comprehensive Scheme for
strengthening of power Transmission & Distribution System and has been taken up under
a new Central Sector Plan Scheme of Ministry of Power (MoP), Govt of India.
The state government already issued order for placing officers for operation and
maintenance of the State Grid Systems and Grid Sub-Stations, which are located at
Daporijo, Aalo, Niglok (Ruksin), Napit (Pasighat), Deomali, Itanagar, Naharlagun,
Bhalukpong and Khuppi. The estimated cost for PGCIL projects in the state is around
Rs. 3,200 crores.
Power department sources said that two Grid Sub-stations have been proposed in East
Siang. Thus, Grid Sub-stations with a capacity of 63 MW (31.5 X 2 units) has been
approved to be set up at Niglok Industrial Growth Centre (IGC), 7 kms from Ruksin
ADC headquarter. It is especially to meet the high power demand in the industrial
centre, wherein setting of small scale and medium industries of different kinds have
Another such Sub-station with 3 MW capacity is to be constructed at Napit village
near Pasighat town.
It may be recalled that that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs under Union
government during September 2014 approved the Comprehensive Scheme for Strengthening
of Transmission & Distribution Systems in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim at an estimated
cost of Rs.4754.42 crore.
Central Electricity Authority (CEA), observing weak intra-state transmission and
distribution systems in the North-Eastern states has developed the Comprehensive
Scheme for strengthening of power Transmission & Distribution System for the region
in consultation with the PGCIL. As per report, only 5 out of 20 Arunachal districts
are connected to transmission network at 132/220 KV. The 33 KV transmission system
is the backbone of power distribution system in the landlocked State as power demand
is scattered over large distances covering its geographical area of 84,000 sq.km.
The project including Sub-stations and grid transmission lines would be implemented
through PGCIL with its consultancy fee of 1.2 percent of the execution cost. After
commissioning, the projects would be owned and maintained by the State government.
AAPSU demands start of airport construction soon
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: All Arunachal Pradesh Student's Union (AAPSU) demanded the State
Government to expedite all works relating to the proposed Greenfield Airport at Hollongi
and ensure that the construction works of the airport is started within two months.
AAPSU also demanded immediate deletion of names of Chakma and Hajong refugees from
the compensation list.
"How can the refugees, who are neither APSTs nor permanent residents of Arunachal
Pradesh, be entitled for land compensation?" AAPSU questioned, and threatened to
launch democratic movement against the State Govt. in case of any failure to remove
the refugees from the compensation list at the earliest.
AAPSU felt that the prolonged delay in starting of the works of the proposed airport
has greatly hampered the development in the state.
Condemning the Governor's alleged anti-Arunachalee activities, AAPSU stated that
the immature comment given by the Governor and the letter written by him to the PMO
with regards to the Greenfield Airport has brought the project works to a complete
"We strongly condemn his anti-development and anti-Arunachalee attitude," the AAPSU
Further, the State govt. should speed up works relating to the airport.
Earlier, an AAPSU team led by its president Kamta Lapung visited the proposed airport
site at Hollongi to take stock of the ground realities. The locals of Hollongi led
by Nera Techi also joined the AAPSU team during the visit.
Meanwhile, AAPSU reiterated its demand to the Centre for immediate recall of the
Governor in the greater interest of the indigenous people of the state.
"The people of the state had lot of expectations from the present Governor when he
took oath of office. They hoped the governor as the constitutional head of the state
would uphold the dignity of the Indian Constitution and always work for the interests
of the Arunachalees. But several instances have clearly reflected his negative mindset
and anti-Arunachalee attitude," the AAPSU release stated.
Further continuance of Rajkhowa as the Governor of the state would be detrimental
to the state in all front, AAPSU added.
The AAPSU today reviewed its demand made for the recall of the Governor on expiry
of two months. The union had also written to President of India in this regard earlier.
AAPSU will hold an emergency sitting at its headquarters NEFA Club Building tomorrow.
NCP joins bandwagon demanding ouster of Governor
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: Joining the bandwagon demanding ouster of Governor JP Rajkhowa,
the State Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today adopted resolution for recall of
"Rajkhowa's presence as Governor in the state is very sensitive," the party stated
in a release, and decided to submit memorandum to the President of India and Prime
Minister very shortly to avoid political turmoil and law and order problems in the
Terming the preponing of the session of the 6th State Legislative Assembly session
by the Governor as very unfortunate, the state NCP unit said that the Governor has
summoned the assembly session without the knowledge of the Council of Ministers and
the Speaker which is a violation of all the Constitutional procedures.
"No doubt, the Governor is the constitutional head of the state but in reality Governor
is the nominal head of the state. Therefore, Rajkhowa should know his constitutional
limitation," the party Spokesperson said.
The party also alleged that Rajkhowa is using the Raj Bhawan as the BJP and RSS headquarters
where conspiracy are being plotted to topple the democratically elected state Govt.
It also took serious note on the Governor's alleged anti-Arunachal activities suggesting
the Prime Minister to stop various important projects and funds for the people of
Arunachal Pradesh on the pretext of unfounded complaints from various politically
"Rajkhowa's interference in the functioning of various department of the state govt.
and his action directly calling secretaries and Commissioners to the Raj Bhawan
and asking them to directly report to him is not only unethical but also deserves
condemnation from all," Nima said.
The State NCP opined that the impeachment motion for removal of the Speaker cannot
be processed now until and unless courts give final verdict regarding disqualification
of the two MLAs. The case is still subjudice in the Guwahati high court, it said.
The State NCP urged the Governor to maintain the sanctity of the governor's office
and at the same time be aware from being misguided by political parties, pressure
groups and other social organizations.
DC directs MOs to submit encroachment reports
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: Taking a stern note on encroachment of land in various health facilities
of Papum Pare district, DC Papum Pare, Tai Kaye has directed the Medical Officer
in-charges to urgently submit land encroachment report to their concern COs/SDOs
and for further submission to the district authority for necessary action.
DC Kaye was chairing the Governing Body Meeting cum 3rd Quarter Review Meeting of
the District Health Society, today at ZPC Conference Hall, Yupia.
Kaye called on all the MO in-charges, DDSE and Dy. Director (ICDS) and other line
departments to work together for successful implementation of all national health
It was also decided in the meeting to officially communicate to Ramakrishna Mission
authority for not giving adequate Zero Dose OPV & BCG to institutional deliveries
and to Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun for non-functional SNCU.
Addressing the meeting, DMO, Yupia, Dr. S Ronya has directed all the Medical Officer
in-charges and all field health workers to report their activities correctly, consistently
DRCHO, Yupia, Dr. J. Ado briefed all the participants about the target and achievement
of the entire blocks of Papum Pare district in a presentation on parameters of all
the National Health Mission Programmes.
DD (ICDS), Yupia, Dani Yami stressed on making Iron Folic Acid Tablets and Deworming
Tablets available in the Aganwadi Centres of Papum Pare district.
20th Sub-Jr. Cadet & Jr. State Level
Karate Championship begins
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: Young and budding karate players from 17 districts and two sports
institutes would be seen performing competitive martial arts-the ancient form of
self defence-during the two-day state level 20th Sub-Junior, Cadet and Junior Karate
Do Championship which began at Indoor Stadium, Yupia today.
The opening ceremony that lasted for around half-an hour before declaring the Championship
open by Parliamentary Secretary Tapuk Taku, saw display of Kata by Commonwealth Silver
medalist Lipin Ette and others that received thunderous applause from the audience
The first gold medal of the championship was won by Tamo Mepo of Sangey Lhaden Sports
Academy in Kata in Boys 8 years to 10 years category. The silver and bronze medals
in this category went to John Bomge Bui of West Siang and Amit Sangdo of East Kameng.
Addressing the karatekas at the opening ceremony, Parliamentary Secretary Tapuk advised
them to abstain from using drugs, alcohol, tobacco and tobacco products which are
very harmful to human body. He advised them to totally avoid and remove such bad
habits and ideas from their minds to become good sportsperson. Tapuk also advised
the budding players to concentrate on their formal education along with sports.
Highlighting the state government's various initiatives for all round development
of the sports sector, he advocated for providing incentives to the meritorious sportspersons
from time to time as a token of encouragement.
He lauded Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) and its dedicated team of officials
for their untiring efforts in promoting karate and making it one of the most popular
sports in the state. He encouraged AKA and karate players to continue to strive for
excellence and bring more laurels to the state.
AKA President Likha Tara highlighted the achievements made by AKA despite various
difficulties since its inception. He was elated to see huge number of players and
officials participating in the championship proving the growing popularity of Karate
among the youngsters. He advised the young and budding players to practice hard and
maintain strict discipline.
He informed that the Chief Minister has assured to construct a Karate stadium, a
long-felt demand of AKA.
AKA General Secretary L Marik, Vice President Dr. Marli Ette also spoke on the occasion.
Nisu Konia is Mr. Arunachal-2015
ITANAGAR, Dec 11: Cop Nisu Konia was crowned Mr Arunachal-2015, Pradip Bora & Prasant
Mitra 1st and 2nd runner up while the 'who's who of state capital' greeted them with
Konia had won Eastern India Body Building Championship at Imphal to earn a gold medal
for unique body display in 70-kg category after being crowned Mr Arunachal in 2nd
edition in 2014.
The exclamation of the gathering of jam-packed Siddhartha Hall here rent the atmosphere
this evening as Indian Railways A Boby Singh, four times Mr World and 11 times Mr
India Champion posed as guest, young damsels including Balo Mala, Paklu Taipodia
& Sima Khatom performed weight category in sports physique besides aerobic display.
The trio emerged winner among 50 prospecting bodybuilders, screened from 150 competitors,
vying for the honour of the event, organized by Arunachal Body Building Association
(ABBA) with Abraham K Techi, L Sokun Singh & Issac Debbarma as president, vice president
Judges Gautam Kalita (Mr World - Muscleman), Nitya Kr Sharma (national), Bhabajyoti
Goswami, Assam Body Building & Fitness Association general secretary, Himanshu Kalita
Good health is individual asset, said Home Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya, also
chief patron of this 3rd edition of the show, before announcing Rs two lakh and one
lakh for the winner and runner up respectively as committed last year. The cash awards
are very high as per national standard, the judges said.
Had the CM not been indisposed, he would have been here, Saaya said and committed
that the next edition with the CM's unstinted support would be of national level.
The judges, sponsors and media partner - Arunachal Front - were felicitated on the
occasion for their support.
Young students jostled with each other to shack hands with Singh while made a beeline
to collect his autograph.
Though ABBA is new but Arunachalees have carved a niche for themselves at regional
and national level with expansion of infrastructure to promote hidden talents, Techi
said in his address, and lauded that the credit for this achievement goes to unstinted
support of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
He urged the GoAP to fund a gymnasium for the prospective bodybuilders to improve
their physiques and compete at all levels.
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A new concept for Arunachal
In an interesting move, the Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) is launching prepaid
parking system for private and commercial vehicles within Capital Complex from December
11 onwards. The IMC claims that this move has been initiated in order to regulate
the parking of all private and commercials vehicles within Municipal areas. This
is first time that any municipal body is launching prepaid parking system in the
state. Even though it might be a new concept for Arunachal but prepaid parking system
is followed in various cities across the world.
The cash strapped IMC will be able to earn much needed revenue from this initiative.
Also the prepaid system will come handy in tackling the issue of finding parking
space. Today it has become very difficult to find parking space in sectors and colonies
of capital complex. Adding to it, the wrong parking along national highway often
causes massive traffic jam. However with the introduction of prepaid system, IMC
will be bound to regulate the parking within their jurisdiction. They will collect
fees and therefore it becomes their duty to ensure that vehicles are parked properly.
Also the revenue generated from it can be used for improving the basic amenities.
As this is a new concept it might take some time for people to understand. People
of capital complex should support this initiative of IMC.
---- Readers Forum ----
Lacking health care system
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight the plight
of the Community Health Centre (CHC), Nacho. The CHC Nacho is one of the five CHCs
of Upper Subansiri District but it neither has sufficient number of manpower nor
infrastructure. The Community Health Centre has been functioning with only 18 to
19 staffs in total including a single doctor who is a homeopathic practitioner.
In almost all the time, these staffs remain absent from the facility. In the CHC
Nacho, there is only one doctor, a health assistant, a pharmacist, two GNMs, an ANM,
a laboratory technician and few D-group staffs. In terms of physical infrastructure,
the CHC Nacho is functioning from a single type-IV type building for years. It has
only four to five small-small rooms. The CHC Nacho is a 20 bedded health centre,
but has only three beds for inpatients. There is no laboratory, no doctor’s room,
no nurse’s duty room, no sufficient staff quarters, and many more deficient, both
in terms of manpower and physical infrastructure.
As per the rules of the Indian Public Health Standard (IPHS), in a Community Health
Centre (CHC), there should be at least one Block Medical Officer or Medical Superintendent,
one Public Health Specialist and a Nurse, General Surgeon, Physician, Obstetrician
and Gynaecologist, Paediatrician, Anaesthetist, Dental Surgeon, one Medical Officer-AYUSH,
two General Duty Medical Officers, ten Staff Nurse, one Pharmacist, one Pharmacist-AYUSH,
two laboratory technicians, a Radiographer, a Dietician, Ophthalmic Assistant, Dental
Assistant, Cold Chain and Vaccine Logistic Assistant, OT technician, Multi Rehabilitation/Community
Based Rehabilitation worker, Counsellor, two Registration Clerk, two Data Entry Operators,
Account Assistant, Administrative Assistant, and seven D-group staffs. In all together,
in a CHC, there should be at least forty six staffs and above. In case, patient load
increases, the number of General Duty Doctors may be increased; additional fund should
be provided for out-sourcing and providing support services as per need. Budget has
to be provided for outsourcing Class IV services including OPD Attendant, Security
and Sanitary workers.
Despite all these conditions of the CHC, the concern authority is showing lackadaisical
attitude towards the health centre. They always fail to feel the peoples’ pulses.
Since its inception, the CHC Nacho does not have the fate of having plural number
of doctors. The authorities always post a single doctor.
In Siyum, Nacho, Limeking & Taksing areas, we have two more PHCs and a dozen of Sub-centres,
but none of them has a doctor or even regular nurse or permanent and quality buildings.
We have more than 25 thousand populations in the areas, but we have no good destiny
of having any quality govt. facilities like, schools, hospitals, roads, telecommunications,
and even of good administration. Our areas are being neglected by the centre and
state governments. In every field, our people are being overlooked or ignored.
For medical services, the people of these areas come to this single CHC at Nacho
as the other two Public Health Centre: one at Limeking and other at Taksing have
no doctors and other medical staffs, and the District Hospital Daporijo is far from
the reach of common and poor people of the areas. Therefore, CHC Nacho is the only
lifeline of the people of these four most backward and border circles. But the concerned
authorities are reluctant to post even a doctor to such a health centre where the
lives of more than 25 thousand population are dependent.
Therefore, through this medium, I would like to request the concerned authority to
please post at least two to three doctors and sufficient nurses to the Community
Health Centre Nacho, if it is not possible to post them at all the sub-centres and
in two PHCs. I would also like to request the authority to kindly clear all the remaining
payment due to the contractors of the new hospital building which is almost finished
and also request the contractors to immediately hand over the building to the department.
If this building is completed and handed over to the department, at least the problem
of hospital building will be minimised to a great extent and people can get benefits
Mamin Nalo Poba
Queen of heart
Kudos to Aruna Anand for vacating the ground floor of their house for some flood
victims of Chennai. While her husband, the five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand
has been battling it out at London Chess Classic, she along with her family members
is championing the cause of the flood refugees staying in Chennai. It appears that
the king of chess has got a queen of heart. While the former is undoubtedly a Bharat
Ratna to all of us in the field of sports, the latter has come out as a luminous
Sujit De, Kolkata
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