ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state unit in its 3rd state level
executive meeting held here today adopted resolution demanding white paper on the
numbers MoUs/MOAs (Memorandum of Understandings/ agreements) signed with the private
power developers. The party said it discouraged wastage of public money in appointing
excess parliamentary secretaries as it breaks all the constitutional norms/provision
of downsizing and the office of profit, said a party release.
Urging the Centre to release peace and green bonus for the state immediately, the
NCP questioned why the states Govt. have no A.O.P (Annual Operating Plan) this financial
year, ‘despite of having realized huge taxes from various departments and other resources.
Urging the state Govt to improve the law and order problems in the state, especially
in Tirap and Changlang districts, the house condemned the attack on RGU Vice Chancellor.
The NCP executive said that Govt. should immediately revoke the suspension order
of some of the officers and cancel the transfer orders which were allegedly done
on political revenge motive.
While resolving to strengthen the party in the state, the meeting decided to conduct
a state level seminar with participation of the educated youths on the subject –
“the Role of political party in the state and the vision plan of NCP for the state.
The meeting presided by NCP state unit president L. Wanglat was participated by NCP
legislator Techi Kaso who suggested various relevant points that were debated among
the Pradesh office bearers.
NCP state unit general secretary Takio Tarak, speaking on the occasion lauded the
role of Techi Kaso in making the city clean. The party have appreciated the efforts
being put in by the capital administration and all the concerned officials and urged
the DC capital to take bold measures for clean and green City, the release said.
BSNL customers pinning high hope from Pilot’s visit
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Whatever reasons the authority may give, BSNL service in Arunachal
Pradesh is worst, a bitter truth, which even the authority, can vouch for.
Local dailies are always flooded with complaints against the BSNL on their faulty
Taking the advantage of Union Minister of State for Communication and Information
Technology, the East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) and
All East Kameng District Students Union, two premier organizations of the East Kameng
district have came up with plethora of complaints.
EKSWCO complained that Seppa, the district headquarter of East Kameng, is facing
communication bottleneck with the only service provider refusing to heed to the grievances
of huge number of BSNL customer.
EKSWCO publicity secretary Dahey Sangno informed that the BSNL telephone exchange
at Seppa is overstuffed with complaints, both verbal and in written, but the authority
is turning deaf ear to them. “Since early morning we have no mobile network here.
This is a sweet coincidence. Usually authority corrects things whenever an honourable
visits Arunachal. But even the visit of Union Minister of State failed to evoke positive
response”, he added.
He also informed that though the BSNL authority has erected towers at Bameng, Seppa
and Bana area of the District about 1 and half years ago but is yet to be commissioned.
On the other hand, the AEKSU president Tukfi Riang rued that despite assurance from
the BSNL General Manager Itanagar to improve the mobile service, the district is
still bereft of proper service. “The service here has gone from bad to worse”, he
During the last part of 2009, AEKSU had proposed to return all the BSNL SIMs as a
mark of protest against faulty service. “We have to cancelled our proposed agitation
at the last hour in the wake of assurance from the general manager who promised to
provide new machines at the Seppa Exchange”, recalled Riang.
Meanwhile, both the organizations, in two separate statements, have expressed high
hope that the visit of the Union Minister of State for Communication and Information
Technology will set the things right before leaving for Delhi.
Death of former MP mourned
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: The First Member of Parliament (LS) of erstwhile NEFA (Arunachal
Pradesh), Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum passed away at 9 am today at his native Guna
He was 90 and survived by two sons and five daughters. His last rites will be performed
on Feb 4, according to family sources.
Late Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum was second son of Late King Chow Kanan Gohain Namshum
and late Nang Uktra Gohain Namshum.
A towering personality of his time, Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum was a man of immense
popularity and well respected among his own people as well as people in Assam and
other neighbouring states. His affable and generous nature endeared him to all who
came in contact with him. His hospitality is legendary and is known far and wide
in the region. It was his belief that whoever came to meet him came with love and
had made the effort to do so and was to be looked after in the same measure.
Meanwhile, prominent personalities, NGOs and Govt officials condoled the death of
the former MP.
“With the demise of Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum we have lost a visionary and dedicated
leader who led not only the Khamti Society but whole earstwhile NEFA,” said PH and
WS Minister Chowna Mein in his condolence message.
Mein said, late Namshum commands respect from all the people irrespective of cast
and creed. His contribution for uplift of poor, farmer and his feeling of dignity
of labour will always be remembered.
His passing way is a huge loss, the Minister said adding, “we shall always cherish
his contribution and we shall take inspiration from the manner in which he worked
tirelessly for all section of the society.
Chowna Mein who was at Golden Pagoda along with foreign delegates observed two minute
silence and prayed Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and conveyed deep
sense of condolence to the bereaved family members. IPR and Finance Minister Setong
Sena, IPR secretary A B Shukla, state IPR director Leki Phuntso, Assam IPR director
D C Deka and the media persons from various print and electronic media from Assam
and Arunachal at the sideline of the media interaction programme here today observed
one-minute silence to pay homage to first Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal Chow Khamoon
Gohain Namshum who passed at his native village Guna Nagar today. While recalling
his contributions, the members conveyed deep sense of condolence to his bereaved
The Galo Welfare Society(GWS) deeply mourned the sudden demise of First Lok Sabha
member of erstwhile NEFA(Arunachal Pradesh) Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum. The GWS
expresses deep shock and anguish at the passing away of Gohain. The late leader was
a visionary and a freedom fighter, who will be remembered for his commitment for
the socio-economic development of the state, the GWS president Jarjum Ete said in
a condolence message.
At this time of grief, the GWS pray to the almighty Donyi-Polo to bestow enough strength
to the family members and may the almighty let his soul rest in peace.
The officers and staff members of the Office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner,
Namsai, assembled in the office premises on Feb 2 and expressed their profound grief
at the sudden and sad demise of first LS MP Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum.
The meeting observed one minute silence in honour of the departed soul and prayed
for his eternal peace. All the officers and staff conveyed heartfelt condolence
to the members of the bereaved family of Late Gohain.
Visiting Media team interact with Bamboo Mission officers
NAHARLAGUN, Feb 2: The Managing Director Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Ltd
cum SFRI Director GN Sinha said that Bamboo, which was earlier, called as poor man’s
timber has become commercially viable resources in the present time and informed
that the Bamboo Processing Centre at Poma, a pilot project on the line of community
development programme, is set up with an aim to create employment avenues to the
locals and opening of scope for sustainable economic development of the area to make
the people economically well off.
Speaking at an interactive programme with a team of visiting Media persons from North
Cachar Hills at Poma Bamboo Processing Centre, 18 Kms away from Itanagar today, Sinha
said that the centre is a joint initiative of Raj Bhawan, Itanagar and the State
Forest Corporation for which the location was identified by Governor, J.J Singh at
Poma village to make it a model village.
Giving a background of the unit, he said that Arunachal Pradesh is making fast progress
to achieve both economic and human development from forest resources specially Bamboo,
adding that this forest resources have to be utilized to achieve sustainable economic
growth in the state. He said that the concept of Bamboo processing was to expose
the uses of bamboo which is increasing manifold in a business mode through involving
the local community. Run by the Poma Development Society headed by ZPM Techi Ana,
the centre is presently imparting skill development training to 30 local people on
various bamboo crafts. Of the total 30 trainees, 10 would be selected as master trainers
to train up people in other parts of the district.
APFCL, DM (M&E) G Rime also highlighted on the Bamboo Processing unit and informed
that presently this mini industry is producing semi finished product and hoped that
it would be capable of producing finished products in the near future.
APFCL, DM, B Banerjee while highlighting the importance of Bamboo and its products
said that the concept is designed for transferring technology to the locals who are
otherwise already expert in the line and polishing their talent through skill development
Speaking on the occasion, Poma Village Development Society, Chairperson Techi Ana
said that this initiative helped the people to understand on proper networking of
bamboo and its products for creating employment avenues, besides improving financial
upliftment of the people.
Earlier, DIPR Assam informed that the Press Party from North Cachar Hills, Assam
is on 5 days visit to the state on a good will mission tour programme and to exchange
ideas and share information with the local people on various developmental programmes
in the state. DIPR
NSURGU support AAPSU
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Nyishi Students’ Union Rajiv Gandhi University (NSURGU) today joined
the AAPSU in its demand for retaining Mithun as the state animal.
Hollock Gibbon as state animal proposed by wildlife officials, neither hold any significance
nor was the ape related to faith and culture of indigenous tribes of Arunachal Pradesh,
said the union. Rather, the ape is a mere endangered animal unknown to many a people
of the state, it added.
Meanwhile, the students union urged the RGU authority to include both Kurung Kumey
and East Kameng Govt. Colleges in its proposed educational tour so that issues related
to infrastructure and other developments of these colleges could be taken up.
Pilot to visit APCC office
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology
Sachin Pilot, who arrived in the state on a two-day visit will pay a visit to Rajiv
Bhawan tomorrow and interact with the APCC leaders, party workers.
During his busy schedule, he will also address the media persons at Banquet Hall
at 12-15 noon.
Scientists collect samples to study mysterious fish disease
YINGKIONG, Feb 2: With initiation from J.K. Panggeng Parliamentary Secretary (Fisheries)
Arunachal Pradesh and direction from Dr. P.C. Mahanta, Director Coldwater Fisheries
Research Institute, Bhimtal Uttarakhand and Tage Moda, Director of Fisheries, state
Govt, a joint field tour has been conducted from Jan 30 to February 01 to assess
the mysterious fish mortalities in rivers of Upper Siang district.
Dr. Sumanta Kumar Mallik, Scientist, Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research
Institute, Bhimtal Uttarakhand, Tagi Yonggam, ADF, Directorate of Fisheries, Itanagar,
Kenbom Chisi, DFDO Yingkiong along with staffs of Fisheries department, Yingkiong
and Panchayat members from Mariyang circle visited the affected areas in Mariyang
and Yingkiong circle to assess the cause of mass fish mortalities. The on-field survey
was done in river Yamne, Yammeng, Siyat in Mariyang and Sipit, Sirin, Sring etc.
in Yingkiong circle and collected fish samples from the rivers. The gross morphological
examination of death and moribund samples was done to study the symptoms of mysterious
It was observed that only one fish species (Schizothorax spp.) was affected.
Tissues in lower jaw of most of the fish samples were in degenerating condition with
presence of mild lesions and gills were found to be damaged and clogged.
Moreover, the gut content analysis of samples revealed fishes with empty stomach.
Above all, fish samples were observed to be healthy.
All types of sample like gills, liver, intestine and kidney etc. besides water and
periphyton from the rivers were taken for laboratory analysis to detect the actual
cause of fish mortality.
Panggeng visits villages
under Katan circle
Earlier on Jan 28, J. K. Panggeng, Parliamentary Secy. (Fisheries, law & justice)
along with officers and Panchayat members visited the villages of Katan Circle on
The team also surveyed the rivers of the area.
The villagers informed that due to natural water falls at Timi and Sirang rivers,
the fishes could not migrate to upper reaches of these rivers, hence, the population
of the fishes are very less in the area. The DFDO informed that constructing fish
ladders in these rivers will enhance the migration of fishes in the upper reaches
of the rivers.
The Parliamentary Secy. Opined that wherever feasible, fish ladders may be constructed
and the area should be developed as tourist spots. He directed the EE(PWD) and DFDO
to prepare estimate for development of fish ladders and tourist sports in the area.
He also inspected the PWD road from Katan to Jeying and the two log bridges over
Yamne river. He appreciated the efforts of the villagers in constructing these temporary
log bridges. He instructed the EE (PWD) to clear all obstructions on road so that
there is smooth road connectivity for Katan to Pasighat. DIPRO
Orientation prog on PR system gets underway
SEPPA, Feb 2: A 12-day ‘Orientation Programm on Panchayat Raj System’ in the state
was began here at Kameng Hall Seppa on Feb 1.
Being organized by the State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) with cooperation
from District Administration, the 12th days programme was attended by East Kameng
Addl Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Mige Kamki as a chief guest. Other dignataries including
V.K. Sharma, Dy. Director and L.K Kabak, Asstt. Director, from SIRD also attended
While welcoming the Panchayat leaders present on the programme Kamki who is also
the Chairman, District Panchayat Development, said that the handbook prepare and
compiled by the SIRD would be of immense help to the PRI leaders as far as their
power and functions are concerned.
He also informed that the same kind of training would be organized in all the administrative
outposts of the district and for that he appealed the PRI leaders to attend the programmes
in their respective areas. At the end he urged the PRI leaders to take advantage
of such training.
District ZPM Chairperson, Sipi Bagang, dwelt on the role of PRI in the development
of the rural areas and said that a resolution should be adopted in the village level
for all the developmental policies after having discuss the matter in detailed for
further submission to the next hierarchical for the betterment of the state and
the area in particular.
He also suggested the PRI leaders to monitor the programme for proper development.
He also strongly advocated for the DPC in the district so that all the fund flow
and the scheme implementation be transparent and the fund allocated should be distributed
through DPC. Likha Kiran Kabak while giving an over view of the Panchayat Raj Institution,
opined that the development in the villages is not as per the expectation. The PRI
has been given much power to monitor all the implemented schemes which would be understand
better through the orientation training.
The matter like Decentralized Development; Partners and their Roles & responsibilities,
the structure and Functioning of the PRI, Sanitation, Health & Hygiene: Issues and
role of Panchayats, Panchayats and empowerment of the Women, Resources of Panchayats
RTI and Social audit and salient feature of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment and
Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act Vis-a –vi roles and responsibilities of different
tiers and their linkages process of resources mobilization etc were briefed at length
by both the faculties of SIRD.
The training was attended by BDOs, PRI leaders from various GPC and rest of programmes
will be organized in a phase wise and area wise manner. DIPRO
Seva Dal state level meeting
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: A state level meeting of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal was
held at Indira Gandhi Congress Bhawan, Nahalagun yesterday.
All the Pradesh Office bearers, Mahila Congress, District Chief Organizer and Chairman
of all Districts and City Chief Organizer attended the meeting which was addressed
by All India Congress Seva Dal, Organizer PA Gurung.
The meeting discussed about the party activities for its strengthening and gear up
at grass root level. It was also decided to hold Zonal level training camp at Tezu
in the month of April next.
It also decided to start a Dandi March programme to mark the 125 years of foundation
day of Indian National Congress (INC), which shall be carried out in all the district
simultaneously throughout the year, said a release.
KKYF felicitates meritorious students
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Kapu-Kabak Youth Foundation (KYF) has felicitated Kabak Rimi, daughter
of Kabak Takum and Kabak Methe and Kabak Jhuma, daughter of Late Kabak Sera and Kabak
Yader for their outstanding performances in Class XII and X CBSE final examinations,
2009. Both the students secured 83% and 82% marks in total respectively. They were
awarded with cash prizes of Rs.5000 along with merit certificates during 20th foundation
day celebration of KKYF at Raga recently.
A volleyball competition in memory of Kabak, Doni, Shah was also organized to mark
the celebration. Gangte Youth Club walked away with winners trophy and cash prize
of Rs10,000 beating Friendship Club, which received runners up prize of Rs.5,000
along with a trophy.
Picnic party conducts cleanliness drive
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Endorsing to the appeal of the State Governor Gen JJ Singh, who
have been advocating for ‘Clean and Green Arunachal’, the officials of the Capital
Electrical Division, after their annual staff picnic carried out cleanliness drive
at the picnic spot on 1st February 2010 reflecting their civic responsibilities towards
Disposal plates, cups, paper boxes were burned on the spot and glass bottles were
taken back and disposed off.
During the outing, repeated appeals were made through public announcement system
not to leave any used bottle or non-bio degradable materials in the spot. We have
ensured that it is cleaner then before, one of the organizers exuded.
Referring to cleanliness drive in the office complexes, one of the staffs pointed,
we always ensured that it is clean, but after directions from the authorities, we
are keeping it cleaner and hygiene and will continue to keep it neat and tidy.
The practice of leave picnic area clean, which was started by few senior citizens
during their outing recently, is being carried forward by the officials of Capital
Electrical Division. Small step but very important effort will definitely ensure
natural beauty of area preserved.
It may be mentioned here that the Governor and State First Lady were aghast, when
they visited the Poma Jote area after the New Year to find the place littered with
garbage left by the picnickers. PRO to Governor
Road safety awareness camp
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Traffic safety awareness campaign was organized at government primary
school C-sector, Itanagar by PHQ, Road Safety Cell today.
On the occasion, safety tips on how to cross road, how to board and travel in vehicles,
significance of road signs, hand signal demonstration were given to the students
besides, distribution of pamphlets and other awareness items.
Altogether 288 students and 21 teaching staff of the school attended the programme.
Meanwhile, Headmaster Igo Riba appreciated the awareness programme organized by Road
Safety Cell, PHQ, Itanagar, which was initiated by DIG (Traffic) Robin Hibu.
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Bobia Circle Registered Contractor Association (BCRCA) has been
formed with Techi Nyajung and Nabam Dola Hina as its President and General Secretary
in a meeting held at Nirjuly.
Dedo-Hojurang Village People Welfare Committee (DHVPWC) has been formed with Nabam
Tahi and Nabam Tarum as its President and General Secretary for a period of three
years in a meeting held recently.
Stop hunting in Khodaso
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: ASM Khodaso in a letter to Additional Deputy Commissioner, Papum
Pare District appealed for banning of hunting at Khodaso village under Pakke Kessang
Circle, West Kameng District immediately.
NYP adopts Wingko village, sensitization workshop for Govt officials under village
development programme held
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: National Youth Project (NYP), a national NGO, has adopted Wingko
Village under Village Development Programme in Piyong Circle of Namsai sub-division
of Lohit district with the support of NABARD.
Sensitization Workshop for Govt Officers was held on 28 January in village Wingko.
Before this workshop, a village level meet was held in first week of January. R.K.Sharma,
ADC, Namsai and District level heads of departments like PWD, WRD, PHED, Power, Horticulture
and Forest Department participated in the workshop. The Village Development Committee
discussed with Govt. officers the immediate priorities of villagers in overall socio
economic developments of the village.
While responding the demands placed by the villagers, the District Medical Officer
assured medical help through ASHA and posting of a female health worker in Primary
Health Centre. She also advised villagers to undertake preventive measures to avoid
disease like malaria
Executive Engineer, PWD state that due to shortage of funds department could not
take up maintenance of road. He assured villagers that during next year sufficient
funds will be asked for in AOP to enable the department to take up maintenance work.
Assistant Engineer, Water Resources Department, informed that shortly a lift irrigation
project under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) will be implemented
which will start canal irrigation in the village. He advised all farmers to undertake
land development works in their fields so that of irrigation facilities can be utilized
Executive Engineer PHED stated that the village is partially covered under drinking
water and their efforts are on to make it fully covered. He also assured proper sanitation
and drainage work in the village
District Forest Officer advised all villagers to form Village Forest Management Committee
to take care of forests, while, Sericulture Training Officer advised all farmers
to undertake bee keeping on a large scale as honey can be easily marketed in locally
and in Guwahati.
Villagers and Govt. Officials were apprised about developments initiatives of NABARD
for the village such as Rural Haat, Rural Mart, SHG and Farmers Clubs. It was explained
that NABARD will coordinate efforts of all stakeholders in overall development of
Wingko village through synergy and convergence.
The SDO, Agriculture, the President, National Youth Project also spoke on the occasion.
R.K.Sharma, ADC Namsai while summing up said that villagers should support Govt.
initiatives with honesty and integrity and avoid misutilization of Govt. assistance.
He advised all villagers to be active for implementation of development works.
The villagers of Winko expressed satisfaction over the interaction with Govt. officials.
They were also happy that institution like NABARD is interested in development of
CAT programme ends.
Meanwile, a 3-day training-cum-exposure visit under Capacity Building for Adoption
of Technology (CAT) concluded on Jan 30 at Krishi Vigyan kendra, Dirang under the
sponsorship of NABARD. 25 farmers participated in the programme and they were given
inputs on cultivation of different varieties mushroom, selection of different varieties
of Oyster mushroom, composting, pest management and preparation of post harvest products.
A visit to demonstration unit was also arranged.
Meanwhile, in order to encourage the local dialect and dissemination of farm technology
to bridge the information gap between research stations and the farmers, NABARD has
sponsored the publication of an audio-cassette in Adi dialect on Vermi-Compost production
in Lower Dibang Valley District with the help of local Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK)
Balek, at Roing.
The CD contains the importance of organic farming through detail techniques of Vermi-Compost
preparation and also production of quality farm produce devoid of pesticides residues.
NABARD will encourage similar initiative in other districts for popularisation of
farm technology in local dialects.
State’s largest natural cave explored
ITANAGAR, Feb 02: The largest natural cave in Arunachal Pradesh has been explored
at Yomcha subdivision of West Siang district by an expedition team of Young Mission
Adventure Club (YMAC) recently.
“It is the largest natural cave found so far in Arunachal Pradesh after the Menga
cave at Daporijo in Upper Subansiri district”, Yomjum Yomgam, secretary-cum-chief
instructor of the adventure club, claimed.
He said that a complete and detailed survey was necessary to ascertain the exact
nature and formation time of the cave which is about 50-60 meter in length.
A lots of accumulation of water, animal bodies, huge stone reassembling to Lord Shiva
were found inside the cave during the three-hour search operation conducted by the
team members. The search operation had to be suspended and restricted to limit due
to lack of proper lighting system. Moreover, there was also risk of suffocation and
snakebite etc. inside the cave, Yomjum said.
“There is a mysterious history behind the cave as told by the elder people of the
area,” Yomjum said without giving details.
The cave is located at northern side of the mountain under Yomcha sub-division and
the cave is locally known as Yuru.
Beside visiting various tourist spots like Benjii Liine (mysterious stone), two km
from Darak circle, Penru (bats house) at Lamdak Potom, 10 km from Darak, Yomgam Rock,
one km from Yomcha, Siru Rijo Tea garden at Gangkak, 8 km from Yomcha, Siker Lake
at Tirbin, the team also surveyed possible spots for adventure tourism and opening
up new trek route in the area.
The 29-member trekking expedition team also conducted Rock Climbing, Jummering and
Rappeling etc., awareness campaign on eco-friendly and rural tourism during the week-long
Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism Gojen Gadi and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, in-charge
Arunachal Pradesh Olom Talom attended a prog-ramme organized to mark the culmination
of the expedition at Tirbin.
Gadi, speaking on the occasion, exhorted the youths of the “land of hidden treasure”
to take initiative for the promotion of adventure tourism and adventure sports.
Earlier, the team was flagged of by deputy director, tourism, S. Nimachow at Itanagar
on January 23 last.