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RGP to get new lecturers soon

REILA declared open

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: State Council of Technical Education has started certain incentives for the high-quality students, the gold medal will be given to the top ranking students by Arunachal Pradesh governor on February 17 next, informed Higher and Technical Education, Director Joram Begi on the inaugural day of the Recreation, Information, Entertainment and Literary Activities (REILA) at Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic, Itanagar today.

The guest of honour of the function Begi further underscoring the importance of technical education in the state and the nation said that earlier the polytechnic has been under a society but it has been taken over by the government recently.

Adding that, a large number of guest lecturers were appointed in this institution but that has been done finding no other alternative. During this transitory period student, teachers and employees suffer a lot. However it is being shorted out and for the first time the faculty of the Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic has been recruited by Public Service Commission recently and the department has already carried out recruitment and the selection process for most of the departments. The newly recruited lecturers will join the institution shortly, he added.


Parliamentary Secretary for Social Welfare and Women and Child Development Newlai Tigkhatra, the chief guest of the event appreciated the institution for organizing various skill developments training other workshops.

He advised the students to actively participate in the co-curricular activities of the institution besides their daily academic works.

Principal T Madhusudhan highlighted the achievement of the institution and urged the student’s community to devote in their study to bring name and fame for the institution and the state.

He further highlighting the facilities offers in the institution said this institution is one of the best institutions in the entire north east, the facilities that are being offered here is far better than any other government institution in the out side also.

The institution was started in 2002 with an intake capacity of 50 students. But at present around 400 students are pursuing their academic activities in eight different branches and expressed hope that the institution would produce more qualified citizens in near future.

He thanked the KVIC for supporting some events in the REILA celebration.

On the occasion, Rohini, Chandrayaan, Insat and Aryabartta house displayed cultural items and March past.


CM gives stress on road connectivity to Lada circle

ITANAGAR, Feb10: A development package for Lada area is being evolved soon in consultation with local MLA and district administration, announced Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu while addressing the general pubic, GBs and PRIs at Lada circle today.

He informed that Lada Circle Hq. will be connected by road communication under PMGSY on priority with the road construction from Bameng to Lada. The CM asked the RWD to expedite work on survey & investigation for speedy preparation of DPR to facilitate early sanction from Govt. of India.

Responding to a memorandum from the local MLA Kumar Waii, Chief Minister said that creation for a separate CD block for Khenewa will be considered in the next Cabinet Meeting; the request for introducing weekly helicopter service will also be considered by the Govt. He sought the Cooperation of the public, PRIs and public leaders for the development of  Lada Circle.

Khandu also said that Govt. is giving priority to the education sector while adding that various measures have been taken up by the Govt. to ensure quality education and encourage enrollment in schools. The Chief Minister further appealed the people to protect the rich wildlife of the area. He also laid Foundation stone for construction of Tourist Lodge at Lada Headquarter.

Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Kumar Waii, speaking on the occasion urged for ushering in development of the inaccessible remote administrative outpost particularly in road connectivity. He urged for addressing the needs of the Bameng, Khenewa and Lada Administrative outposts viz. providing drinking Water Supply at Bameng town, infrastructural development,  Lada- Bameng construction of wire suspension bridge (WRSB) over Kameng River and ensuring power supply with proposals of Mini Hydels at Wurri stream at Marjingla under Khenewa Circle for 100 KW and Mini Hydel at Waping Stream under Lada circle for 200 KW.

The CM was accompanied by MLAs Tapuk Taku, Kumsi Sidisow, Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, Development Commissioner V. K. Dev, Secretary Planning, Ankur Garg, Special Secretary Finance, Amit Singla and CEO, ARRDA K.C. Dhimole.

East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu and SP and District Head of Departments were also present on the occasion. PRO TO CM


AAPSU for collective efforts in Tirap & Changlang

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) lauded the security personnel involved in nabbing the suspected perpetrator of late Wangcha Rajkumar assassination. It as a major breakthrough in paving the way for delivery of justice to the bereaved family of late Rajkumar and common public of the state, who are eager to know, what really transpired behind the killing of their beloved leader, said AAPSU in a release.

The union felt that though much times have been allowed to be  lapsed in making any headway in the Ex-MP killing, nevertheless recent developments have amply demonstrated that anti national activities in the trouble torn twin district of Tirap and Changlang can be contained if the elected representatives, the government machineries, common public and the security personnel work together in tandem with all seriousness.

“The apex students’ body of the state has always voiced its concern and stood for the immediate arrest of the non state actors those who have committed the heinous crime and pinned high hope on CBI (the premier investigation agency of the country) that no further delay will be caused and the truth will be unearthed with all its urgency,’ the release said.

The union said that it has nothing new to add to its earlier objection when the Naga Peoples Front tried to field candidate in the last assembly election in the state but once again reiterated its previous stand that “politics of discord & disharmony” on the line of region or ethnic origin will have no place, whatsoever, how smart the player may think of himself and request the Election commission of India to carefully gauge the development and analytically read the intention of NPF.

There is no denying the situations in these two districts are really complex and strange with many parallel organizations making the shots and the greatest tragedy will be when they have the direct political legitimacy, the release added.


People’s involvement must to conserve wildlife

Madhurjya Doley

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Before dying down the controversies regarding the reported killing of a Royal Bengal tiger in a remote village of Arunachal Pradesh, another bizarre incident of devouring of such a big cat in Jorhat district of Assam has raised eyebrows among wildlife conservationists and lovers.

However, the latter incident could not generate much media attraction as the former one could.

Significantly, mobile service provider Aircel under the aegis of WWF published an advertisement in this daily with a message "Save Tiger’’ after the reported killing. According to WWF only 1411 tigers left in wild till date throughout the country.

The incident forced government to send a high level enquiry team to investigate the matter. "There was no basis for the report of a tiger being killed by villagers in Arunachal Pradesh's West Siang district last month", a news agency reported on Feb. 8 quoting the police sources.

"The incident has been blown out of the proportion to divert the attention of the problems of the mainland," DCF Pekyom Ringu told this reporter. North East has always been their target and whenever they get a chance, they accuse us. This case was also not exception to that, he quipped.

Not only in Arunachal Pradesh but in various parts of the country many rare and endangered species are being killed by poachers and many have already started their reverse counting to bid farewell to this ‘beautiful’ earth. Vulture is, of course, one of them.

Recently, a news was reported in this daily regarding rampant killing of musk deer by poachers and for their preservation. The report said that musk deer in their natural habitation in Upper Siang district has fallen prey to poachers and mass huntings. The NGO had fervently appealed to both the state and central governments to take immediate step for preservation of the endangered species from being extinct. But, what follow up action or initiative has been taken by the governments in this regard is not known.

Recently, this reporter has seen selling of trapped rodents in large quantity in open market near Ganga. Killing of rodents may not be a serious offence but it also clearly reflects the cruelty to animal.

While emphasizing on the need of organizing awareness campaign on the need to protect wildlife, Ringu said that unless and until people are made aware of the importance of protecting wildlife it is near impossible on the part of the Govt to succeed in its endeavour.

Lamenting the shortage of manpower in state forest department, Ringu informed that, presently, there are approximately 1200 employees right from top to bottom level which is insufficient.

It has become our habit to throw blame on government on every occasion. As Govt alone cannot help preserve and protect the wildlife, we, as a sane citizen must rise to the occasion and create awareness among masses on the need to protect and preserve wildlife.

Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and Galo Welfare Society (GWS) have done great job in this direction by encouraging community members to use replica of hornbill beak for their traditional headgear and fixing the number of Mithuns to be sacrificed on various occasions. This would go a long way in protecting our state bird and animal. Rest of our learned communities should follow the example set by both the NGOs.


Official team takes stock of drainage problem

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: MLA Techi Kaso, DC, Capital Padmini Singla, Rotu Techi, Executive Engineer, PWD, Naharlagun Division and Talo Potom, ADM cum Estate Officer, today foot marched to various sectors of Naharlagun township to assess the problem of encroachment on drains and  road side.

During the inspection, sector committees were apprised clearly that administration has decided to clear all the drains of Naharlagun and  people encroached upon drain were asked to remove it on their own cost within given time else it shall be removed by administration, according to an official release.

 Some of the sector committees like of Dokum colony themselves came forward to render all assistance to administration in this noble venture as they have witnessed the heavy damage caused to their colony in recent fire accident  and  inability of fire brigade to reach right location due to roadside encroachments, the release said.

Kaso appealed to the city dwellers to  fully cooperate in this cleanliness drive so that entire town can be saved from flood like situation during rainy days. “It is our city  and  every citizen should shoulder this responsibility to make it better & beautiful place”.    

PWD, Naharlagun division has taken the mammoth task of clearing the drains before ensuing monsoon season.  However, they are facing practical difficulties on ground while performing their entrusted work  as in most of the sectors like G-Extension, Polo Colony, Dokum Colony, E-Sector, Police Colony, people have encroached upon existing drains of PWD either by  shifting the drains & or  by blocking the drains completely by filling it  and constructing permanent structure, leaving no way for drain water to flow, the release added.


APLS to encourage budding talents

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: To encourage the flair for writing, the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) has finalized a short story and poem competition for the college students of the state.

The entries, duly signed by the principal of the respective colleges, should reach the cultural affairs commissioner’s office near the state museum here by March 30 next.

The entries will be screened by a panel of juries and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners in each category will be given a cash award of Rs 1,000, Rs 750 and Rs 500 respectively.

This is one of the activities the APLS has decided on to encourage budding talents and give them exposure, APLS president YD Thongchi said.


Training cum exposure visit

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: A training cum exposure visit sponsored by NABARD under Capacity Building for Adoption of Technology (CAT) on “Scientific Dairy Farming: A Step Towards Livelihood Improvement” will be conducted from Feb 15 to 17 at ICAR Basar.  All together 25 progressive farmers from different district of Arunachal Pradesh will be trained for care and management of dairy animals, fodder production technology, processing and value addition of milk, bankable dairy project preparation etc. by various experts both from ICAR and State Veterinary Department.

The training programme is scheduled in such a way that maximum practical exposure will be given to the farmers, said an official release.


An appeal for new life

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Kameng and Tawang Districts Development Society (K&TDDS)  has appealed the Chief Minister, MLAs, particularly MLAs of West Kameng, East Kameng and Tawang districts, well-wishers and people in general  to extend financial support to give a new life to one Usha Rimo who has been undergoing cancer treatment at General Hospital, Naharlagun.

The cost of treatment is around 6 lakh which is  needed urgently. The poor parents of Rimo, belongs to Seppa, East Kameng, have no other way but to appeal for financial help, the Society said and appealed all to contribute to save the life of a poor student.


Ex-MP’s death mourned

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Mishmi Students Union (MSU) mourned the death of Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum, Ex- M.P.  

The Vice President of  MSU Ritemso Manyu on behalf of the union prayed for the eternal bliss of the departed soul and termed late Gohain as an ardent social worker, political leader and cultural reviver of the indigenous culture of Khamtis.

He not only raised the status of tribal people in the cultural and social map of our country but also contributed a lot for upliftment of his own Khamti society. His death is a great loss to Arunachal Pradesh in particular and India in general.

Meanwhile, Cultural and Literary Society of Mishmi (CALSOM) has appreciated the Mishmi graduate student team for organizing six-day awareness tour in the field of education, arts and culture, games and sports and opium addiction in Anjaw and Lohit districts recently.


PDS scenario reviewed in state level meet

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Lokam Tassar, Parliamentary secretary (F & CS)  has stressed the need of revamping Public Distribution System (PDS). He was addressing a state level review meeting of PDS held at SIRD conference hall on Feb 9 last.

Present system of drawal and distribution of wheat and levy sugar through state nominee be discontinued with immediate effect and the district nominee be entrusted the task of drawal and distribution of wheat and levy sugar for transparency and accountability, he suggested. He also expressed his desire to establish small atta chakki mills in all location where FCI depots exist.

While explaining the problems of poor allocation of food grains by Govt of India, Tassar urged all district food and civil supplies officers to gear up strict monitoring and vigilance activities.

He suggested that all administrative out post officers like CO, EAC be instructed to stop issue of special permit of rice for preparation of country liquor and added that requirement of rice for floating population like BRTF, ITBP, CRPF, IRBn, labours of new mega projects, mission schools etc may be worked out separately for claiming separate allocation from the Centre.

Expressing concern over the mushrooming of new Fair Price Shops when there is deficit of food grains allocation made by the Centre, he suggested immediate stoppage of issue of fresh FPS license till improvement of food grains allocation.

Tassar, however, informed that allocation and distribution of kerosene oil is being streamlined and also asked all DF and CSOs to strictly monitor the distribution of kerosene oil in their respective district.

F & CS Commissioner Y D Thongchi expressing concern over the large number of court cases, informed that delay in payment of Hill Transport subsidy by Govt of India resulted in accumulation of large number of court cases. He urged upon the district food and civil supplies officers to examine all contract documents properly before executing any carriage agreement with transporters to avoid future complicacy.

The district F and CS officers participated in the meeting and suggested various measures for improvement of PDS operation in their respective district.

Earlier, the director of Food and Civil Supplies B Siram in his welcome address explained the present PDS scenario of the state and narrated the problems and challenges confronting the department, according to an official release.


Hunting banned

AALO: Hunting of wild animals and birds in Upper Siang district has been banned and  carrying of airguns in the public places also prohibited by the district administration.

As a part of drive to implement the ban, Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner Pawan Kumar Sain has seized 10 SBBLS and 4 airguns from Tuting area and 3 airguns from Mariyang sub-division from those who were found violating the ban.

The DC appealed all to co-operate in implementing the ban order so that wildlife and ecological balance is maintained for the posterity of the future generation. DIPRO


Protest against price rise

ITANAGAR: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh constituted a State Level Steering Committee for Nationwide Price Rise Protests Abhiyan with General Secretary, Dominic Tadar as Chairman, along with three MLA and 21 senior leaders as members.

The first phase of the Protest Abhiyan will be launched at Itanagar on February 12, with road rallies.

BJP appealed one and all to cooperate the protest to check the ever increasing prices of all the commodities in the state and the nation.


Free Coaching for UPSC & APCS Mains

Itanagar: Centre for Career Counseling & Pre Examination Training, Dera Natung Government College Itanagar is going to conduct Free Coaching for UPSC & APCS Mains 2010 from 15th of February. The Aspirants interested to join the coaching must submit their names to Dr. M. Q. Khan, coordinator latest by 14th of February. For details they may contact 9436879564/2212983.


Training prog on NREGA

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: A series of block level training programme on NREGA has been conducted at Hunli-Desali, Roing and Dambuk blocks in Lower Dibang Valley on Feb 3, 4 and 5 respectively.

The main objective of the programme was to highlight the guidelines of the NREGA. All the block officers, staff, GPMs and village elders participated in the said programme, informed Handicapped, Orphan, Widows and Old-Age Society in a release today.


‘Establish polytechnic at Yachuli’

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: All Yachuli Students’ Union (AYSU) today appealed the authorities concerned to establish the proposed Polytechnic at Yachuli.

As per the Govt decision one of the polytechnics was proposed   to be set up at Yachuli  under Lower Subansiri district, union  claimed adding the people of Yachuli Assembly constituency will be blessed with establishment of the  technical institute for higher learning for their children. The people are also eager to donate land and other logistic requirement for the institution, the union said.


Expedite  construction works: AEKSU

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Expressing dissatisfaction over slow progress of the construction work of Hari Bridge over Kameng river, All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) has urged the executing agencies/contractors to expedite work.

The life of the present bridge has expired and it might collapse any time, said AEKSU, and urged to complete it by the end of winter or before summer.


WSDSU burns Chinese goods

ITANAGAR, Feb 10:  West Siang District Students’ (WSDSU) under the banner of AAPSU  burnt down all seized Chinese goods at Aalo in protest against the Chinese claim over Arunachal.

While supporting AAPSU movement to boycott Chinese goods, WSDSU sought cooperation from all section of the society and appealed the traders and shopkeepers to dispose off Chinese products within the district.


Nyokum Yullo

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee 2010 Nirjuli has decided to organize volleyball competition for both men and women as part of the ensuing Nyokum celebration. Winners and runners up would be awarded cash prizes.

Nyokum would also be celebrated with traditional gaiety at Gyamar on February 25. Nyapin MLA Bamang Felix and Central Nyader Namlo Chairman RT Tara have consented to be the chief guest and guest of honour of the celebration.


Training for SHGs leaders

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Under SHG Bank Linkage Programme NABARD has sanctioned a one-day awareness training programme for leaders of 58 SHGs to be conducted at Palin on 16 February 2010. The main objectives of the programme are to bring awareness among the SHGs to function as per the norms of SHG Bank Linkage programme and micro finance vision of Government of Arunachal Pradesh. The programme will be conducted by Community Learning and Doing Centre (CLDC) which is having its head quarters at Palin, Kurung Kumey District.

NABARD has also sanctioned a programme to Seva Kendra Arunachal (East) for Promotion and Linkage of 30 Self Help Groups in Miao at Changlang District. The programme will enable the poor people to come together and work in groups for creating sustainable livelihood for them in collaboration with Government Agencies, Banks and the Community, according to a release.

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