Massive operation against opium gets underway
TEZU, Feb 18: The Central Bureau of Narcotics assisted by the district administration,
Police, IRBN , CRPF and labourers are launching a massive dawn to dusk operation
against opium / poppy cultivation at Tezu today .
Huge quantities of flowering poppy plants stretching over tens of hectares at IGG
College, AIR field, Danglat, Mekaliang and Shivaji Nagar are reported to be destroyed
despite stiff resistances by cultivators.
In some areas, minor incidents of violence have been reported after agitated cultivators
especially women pelted stones at the vehicle of ADC Tezu causing few damages.
A police Tata Sumo and few other duty vehicles are also damaged. Few police men and
police women also sustained injuries. The police on duty were compelled to use few
tear gases shells for self protection. The operation was continued amid inclement
It may be mentioned that the villagers / cultivators have been involved in the illegal
opium cultivation in various locations in spite of repeated notice/circular issued
to them through NGO/PRI/GBs since August 2008 by the district administration directing
them to desist from illegal cultivation of opium. DIPRO
Nature’s precious resource crisis hits state capital
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Water crisis hit most of the families, particularly the low income
groups and private residence in the state capital.
Now every one is thinking of the much talk Poma water plant, but a better maintenance
of the exiting pipelines is the need of the day.
It has been observed that some citizens including people of the well off class and
government establishments are getting sufficient water supply, on the other hand
some other citizens are getting only half or one-hour supply in a day. Sometimes
the supply remained off for one or two days despite no pending bills.
The reason behind this demand and supply gap is better known by the water supplier
The increasing population and subsequent rising demand for drinking water and the
shortage of water sources in the intake point may be some of the reasons for this.
However, the mismanagement on the part of PHE department and the consumers are also
account for the shortage of water supply in state Capital.
It is only due to defective water supply system in narrow-lanes in sectors, we often
found breaking of water pipelines in various places in the state capital. Moreover
the leakages in the main pipe-lines in various places add woes to the water consumers.
The sub-pipe lines almost go dry when the precious drinking water overflow through
the leakages, thereby creating huge gap between demand and supply of water.
Unless, the concerned department refurbish or repair the main supply pipe within
the state capital and short out a major step on this regard or issue a proper connectivity
notice to the concerned consumers, it could force people to pay heavily for the precious
resource in future despite available water resources.
When we talk about the larger Arunachal, the drinking water scarcity is not a new
thing to ponder about, but it is as old as the concerned town itself. Though various
attempts have been made to fulfill the demands of drinking water by the government,
still most of the district headquarters and sub divisional head quarters are facing
the same problems as decades back.
The rural people are far better than the town dwellers in term of drinking water
facility as they still depend on spring water and rivulets to meet their demands.
But in towns, water scarcity and polluted rivulets forces the poor people to look
for alternative sources, i.e leakages. Sometimes, people resort to unwanted argument
and involve in brawl in roadside just for a drop of water.
It is worth to mention that, water monitoring and testing programme conducted by
Future Generation Arunachal last year in many villages in rural Arunachal was a good
attempt toward public health.
Such types of water testing should be properly implemented and conducted timely to
distinguish contaminated water.
Hope, the government will look into the drinking water problems seriously and work
out better plan and policies so that the water projects being undertaken in Capital
and others parts of the state can supply sufficient water up to the satisfaction
of the consumers.
Over 110 penalized for violating
traffic rules in January
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: In its continued efforts to put the things in place, alert Itanagar
Traffic Police today fined atleast four persons for not wearing helmet while riding
motorbikes and court cases against three have been initiated for triple riding and
two for being unable to pay penalty for not wearing helmet.
"Over 110 were penalized under various sections of MVI Act for violating traffic
rules, mainly for not wearing helmets, in the last one month. Of them, 50-55 were
students, 30 police personnel (from constable to inspector level), 20-30 government
officials and rest public," informed Kime Kommo, incharge, Itanagar Traffic Police
He also informed that few motorbikes with horns producing noisy and louder sounds
have also been seized.
It has been observed during today’s checking that many motorcycle riders prefer not
to wear helmets although they carry it. They were seen putting helmets on being forced
by the police on duty.
Further, whether the people riding two-wheelers with their traditional headgears
would be spared from such checking or not remained a question as this reporter witnessed
traffic police on duty being confused over the matter.
Kommo, who recently joined the Itanagar Traffic cell, was determined to achieve the
goal of cent percent people wearing helmets while riding motorbikes.
Things are now improved a lot. About 95 per cent people in Capital Complex now wear
helmets while riding bikes, Kommo said, adding that wearing of helmets by the pillion
riders would also be made compulsory soon after they receive the necessary instructions
from the higher authority. While stressing on the need of tightening seat-belts while
driving car, jeep etc. for ones own safety, he fervently appealed to the general
public to strictly follow traffic rules and help the police in maintaining traffic
The Itanagar traffic police has also decided to carry out "Breath Test" for alcohol
among the Trekker drivers, and "whoever is tested positive would be booked under
section 184/85 of MVI Act (dangerous driving)," Kommo added.
UPA satisfied with performance,
assures funds to state Govt
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Union Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs
V Narayanasamy has committed Arunachal Pradesh government to provide funds under
Plan & Non Plan and Special Plan Assistance (SPA) to complete various developmental
projects in the state.
The minister conveyed his assurance to Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu before leaving
for New Delhi this morning. The commitment includes an amount of 300 crore under
Non Plan another amount of 300 crore under Plan to meet up the liabilities of 6th
Pay Commission implementation for the state government employees, and an amount
of 1200 crores under Special Plan Assistance (SPA) would also be provided for undertaking
various developmental activities.
“The UPA government is satisfied with the performance of the state government and
the pace of development under your leadership and is elated over the results of recently
concluded Parliamentary and Assembly polls in the state”, Narayanasamy, also AICC
general secretary commented.
Earlier, the Union Minister along with Khandu inspected various ongoing projects
like construction of Secretariat Building, Assembly Building and was satisfied with
pace of development and judicious utilization of the central fund. He also appreciated
the 3rd party monitoring module adopted by the government. They were accompanied
by AICC secretary Sanjay Bapna. PRO to CM
HPC to submit report, magisterial enquiry on
PALIN, Feb 18: The Higher Power Committee (HPC) constituted by the state Govt with
members Takam Sanjoy, MP, Bamang Felix, MLA Takam Tagar, MLA and Chukhu Takar
ADC has already started the work on Palin fire incident.
The Committee has interacted and discussed face to face with deceased parents who
lost their children during 10th February fire accident at Private Hostel, Palin.
The committee has landed at state capital this evening from Palin and will place
its report to Chairman High Power Committee for onward submission to state government.
Meanwhile the Magisterial enquiry committee constituted by state government, which
is being headed by Bidol Tayeng, Deputy Commissioner, Papum Pare and Principal PTC
Banderdewa Chukhu Appa is already stationed at Palin, enquiry need to be done at
Palin is completed. Interrogation with hostel owner and warden could not take place
as they are under medical treatment and they will be interrogated as early as possible,
told Tayeng. DIPR
Raj Bhavan in nature’s grandeur
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Adored with fifty-odd varieties of roses and blooming colourful
petals of antirrhinum, dianthus, marigold inca, French marigold, poppy, pansy, petunia,
phlox, salvia, gerbera, nasturtium, zinnia and dahlia along with gladiolus, the Raj
Bhavan is at its season’s best.
The lush green lawn with its greens of the golf course, the whole compound is at
nature’s grandeur. Under the initiative of the State First Lady Anupama Singh, two
orchid houses has been set up, which has five varieties of exotic orchids and thirty-one
of indigenous ones.
It also has four new orchids, Vanda Sanderiana, Dendrobium Caesar, Vanda Colorsan
and Mokra Khaw Phaik Suan, which are brought by the Governor Gen JJ Singh from Singapore.
Fortunately, unlike other Raj Bhavans, it is open to public every Sunday. Conceived
by Governor, the people, especially school children have the opportunity to tour
the compound. The tour, which started on the festive occasion of the 23rd Statehood
Day, last year is organized in the line of Mughal Garden of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi.
It is open to public every Sunday from 3 to 5 pm.
Availing the opportunity, excited and elated students along with their teachers,
parents and relatives visits every part of the Bhavan. The orchid center, Hornbill
cottage, the fish pond, Bee keeping, the country chicken farm are very popular among
With visits by research students, progressive farmers and entrepreneurs, the organic
vegetable farm, in fact has become a research institute of sort. Round the year,
free from contamination of synthetic fertilizer and agro chemical, seventy varieties
of vegetables, including trail once are grown in the garden, which measures an area
of 2088 Sqmtrs.
According to Raj Bhavan officials, more then thousand visitors have visited the compound.
Along with school students of the capital city, people from Doimukh, Oyan, Pasighat,
Daporijo and Tawang, and even from neigbouring State of Assam have visited the official
residence of the Governor. At times, more then hundreds turns up at the Helipad Gate,
from where the visitors are ushered in. During summer, of course, few visitors turn
up, they pointed.
To make their visit more interesting, participating games like air rifle shooting,
flower name writing and basket ball were organized by Raj Bhavan officials.
The Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh is located
on a hillock close to a historical monument known as ‘Ita-Fort’ (Eastern Gate). The
area of the compound is approximately 27 acres consisting of lawn and garden as well
as kitchen garden and fruit trees.
The foundation of this Bhawan was laid by Late K.A.A.Raja the then Lt. Governor of
the Union Territory of Arunachal Pradesh on 17th April, 1977. Right from Bhisma Narain
Singh, the first Governor of Arunachal Pradesh to present, the Bhavan has hosted
seventeen governors. PRO to Governor
Workshop on PC-PNDT Act
KHONSA, Feb 18: Two days workshop and meeting on Pre- conception & Prenatal Diagnostic
Technique Act (PC-PNDT Act), Rogi Kalyan Samiti (RKS), Village Health & Sanitation
Committee (VH&SC), Sub-center Management Committee (SCMC) and routine immunization
is being organized at IDSP hall at district Hospital Khonsa from Feb 18 by District
Inaugurating the workshop Dr.S.Ronya, DMO Khonsa requested the outpost doctors to
be sincere in attending the sick people in Health Centers as well as to be punctual
in discharging their assigned programme work.
Dr.K.Perme DRCHO organizer of the workshop called upon the participants to work both
as medical officer as well as programme manager at block level and insisted to make
full utilization of the fund in time so that NRHM fund flow is in time in the district
and in the state as a whole.
Dr.K.Perme sensitized the doctors on issues like VH&SC, SCMC, RKS and FAQ’S of PC-PNDT
ACT to all the stake holders, according to an official release.
Axom Xahitya Xabha pledges unstinted support towards development of Arunachalee literature
Y.D.Thongchi honoured with Basudev Jalan bota
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: It is a fact that due to the loving attention and constant encouragement
of the Assamese teachers of the NEFA days, the birth of Arunachalee literature took
place in the form of late Lummer Dai. The trend continued with the advent of more
talented local writers like Tagang Taki, Y.D.Thongchi, Kengsam Kenglam, Wangsam
Jongsam, Kaling Borang , to name a few.
And today, the tradition is proudly continued by Y.D.Thongchi and Mamang Dai.
Though Arunachal might’ve forgotten, but Assam had and has always a brotherly soft
corner for the people of this state.
And proving this fact to be true, the Axom Xahitya Xabha presented the “ Basudev
Jalan Bota “ for 2010 to Thongchi on February 15 last in the Sahitya Sabha premises
at Guwahati in a grand function. The function was attended by luminary authors of
Assam and people from all walks of life.
The award, given biannually, was presented by Rongbong Terang , president of Axom
Interestingly, Terang himself was the first recipient of this award which was instituted
“ Hence it is a double pleasure for me to present the award to Thongchi “, he said.
He further pledged the Xabha’s unstinted support towards the development of Arunachalee
literature and culture. He also promised to improve the bilateral ties between the
two states by more interactions and visits.
The award consists of a commendation certificate, gamocha (traditional Assamese khada
), shawl, japi (traditional Assamese hat ), trophy, Rs. ten thousand and a collection
“ Though I’m very much honoured, yet my biggest prize is the continual love and affection
of my readers and my critics ,” said Thongchi to a jubilant crowd.
Continuing further on he said, “ I’ve already been honoured enough .There are so
many good writers writing in Assamese who never got their due. It is to them ,” he
justified, “ the awards should be given “.
Incidentally, this is Thongchi’s seventh award including the Sahitya academy prize.
The highlight of the function was Thongchi’s revelation as about to the money he
had received from the prizes and royalties of his books.
“I’ve not spent a single pie from them. It is kept in a bank,” he said, “I’ll donate
it posthumously to the Xabha to institute a prize for these unrecognized writers
& for other social causes “.
He further said mischievously to a laughing crowd, “ The day I die, people’ll come
to know how much an Assamese writer earns by his writing.”
Unlike Arunachal, Thongchi is an icon in Assam. He is very much respected, loved
and adored by the people there. He has a massive fan following.
This was evident after the meeting when the media jostled with each other to take
his interview. People surrounded him just to shake hands. Autograph hunters were
seen to make long beeline to get his autograph.
Indeed, it seems that Assam’s fascination and affection for Thongchi and Arunachal
will never end. And may it remain so…..forever.
Kambang Small Hydro Electric
Project nearing completion
Aalo, Feb 18: Kambang Small Hydro Electric Project over Siru river took long-long
years as informed by Anan Kumar Choudhury, Asstt. Manager (Civil) NHPC .
Throwing light on the on the background of the project, he said that Kambang Small
Hydro Electric Project was handed over to NHPC by the Hydro Power Department as per
MoU signed in February 2001 and formally handed over by March that year. The project
was completed and ready for test in March 2005 but flood deferred the process. Thereafter,
restoration work took another one year and again on May 2007, by pass of 3rd Unit
Since, an amounts of Rs 1476 lakhs has been allotted under PM Package by the State
Govt. for completion of incomplete project, Deputy Commissioner West Siang Amjad
Tak took a serious concerned and had a co-ordination meeting on Feb 11 in DCs Conference
Hall, Aalo with NHPC Engineers, E.E. Hydropower, Civil and E&M Deptt. and District
Planning Officer for early completion of the said project and generation of power
for the needy consumers of the area.
Chief Engineer, NHPC of Kambang Small Hydro Electric Project confirmed that the project
has been completed in all respect and is ready for handing over to the Hydro Power
Development Deptt. after erection, testing and commissioning of all three units;
the full load testing of each unit has been completed successfully in presence of
DHPD Officers last year and the only thing is the installation of Isolation Mode
governor System which shall be completed by the mid of March, 2010. DIPRO
Revised notification to regulate schools
ITANAGAR: The department of school education has issued a revised notification to
regulate the private and NGO managed schools in the state to avoid any untoward incident
To this effect necessary instruction have been issued to all the Deputy Commissioners
and Deputy Directors of the school education at district levels to submit a detail
report on adequate provisions of school infrastructure in their respective district.
ITANAGAR: The Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association (UAEA) has launched an
awareness campaign on their grievances as well as to elicit support for the proposed
peaceful dharna on statehood day.
Meanwhile the UAEA team visited Govt Polytechnic and NERIST today to make aware the
students about the unemployment problems in the state and appealed one and all to
extend support to their movement for the cause of unemployed youths.
Construction of Legislative
Assembly buildings begins
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The construction of Legislative Assembly building has finally begun
today with bhumi and Bastu pujan and with laying of concrete foundation by Assembly
Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong and Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh.
PWD Minister Nabam Tuki, Parliamentary secretary R T Khunjuju, chairman, DoTC Yumsen
Matey, MLA Kamthok Lowang, chief engineer, PWD western zone T H Tayung, Assembly
secretary M Lasa and officers and officials were present on the occasion.
While calling upon the nodal department to render logistic support, the Speaker urged
the construction agency to expedite the work in unison.
Chief Engineer and GM of construction agency have assured of timely completion of
the buildings, according to an official release.
Itanagar, Feb 18: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, General JJ Singh, hereby prorogued
the one day special of fifth Legislative Assembly at the conclusion of its sitting
on 12th (Saturday) December, 2009.
BBWC organizes social service
BANDERDEWA, Feb 18: Banderdewa Bazaar Welfare Committee (BBWC) today organized a
social service and cleaned the market area upto 5/1 along NH52A to mark the statehood
The cleanliness drive was actively participated by the bazaar welfare committee president,
general secretary and members along with general public of the area.
JCB announces its first dealer in state Capital
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: To take its service levels to world class quality and to cater
to the needs of its customers in Arunachal Pradesh, JCB India Ltd. today proudly
announced the opening of its dealer, Ave Maria Earthmovers, covering the entire state
of Arunachal Pradesh.
This dealership facility is equipped to provide JCB customers with one stop solution
for sales, service and JCB genuine parts.
Speaking on the occasion, Arjun Mirdha, EVP – Sales & Marketing, JCB India Ltd.,
said “JCB stands for world class earth moving equipments. Its machines have always
performed to the hilt and given top most satisfaction to its customers. We are sure
that this Ave Maria Earthmovers, will help with JCB coverage and provide world class
service to our valued customers”
JCB India holds a leading position in India in Construction Equipment. Showing its
commitment to the Indian market, JCB India is constantly expanding its outlets across
Awareness campaign on SHGs
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: A publicity cum awareness campaign on Self Helf Groups (SHG’s)
was held at Hayuliang on Feb . Heads of various departments like Agriculture, Horticulture,
Textiles and Handloom, ICDS, Rural Deptt etc took part in the meeting and deliberated
on the availability of various subsidies which could be availed by forming an SHG.
R.K.Borthakur, ADC, Hayuliang gave a brief note on the origin of SHG’s and the prospects
of becoming economically independent through SHG’s by undertaking various schemes.
C.S.Jeinow, Deputy Commissioner, Anjaw highlighted the success stories at the national
level and the economic turnout that has been achieved by various SHG group. He further
exhorted all public present to avail the opportunity and get financial empowerment.
Other person who spoke on the occasion included Ashok Kumar Sharma, Joint Director
Industries L.B.Singh, DAO, Millo Kojin, EAC/BDO, according to a release.
Take step to enhance revenue from lottery draws
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Concerned over meager income from the state lottery, Arunachal
Anti-Corruption Sena, demanded the Minister of Finance and Lottery to appoint distributors/selling
agent afresh in order to earn more revenue.
Arunachal Pradesh is earning revenue of less than Rs six crore annually with less
than Rs.six/per draw from lottery business which is very low in comparision to the
revenue being earned by other North East state, AACA in its letter to Finance Minister
It also demanded submission of financial soundness certificates by such lottery distributors/selling
agents while they make agreement with the government, the letter added.
Selection to AIPGEE
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: CMD Heema Hospital Dr B Rana expressed happiness over the selection
of its former Medical superintendent Dr T Pakam and Medical officer H Gunto in All
India PG Entrance Exam recently.
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) is organizing a social
service at Seppa Town to mark the statehood day on February 20.
It appreciated the District Police team for strengthening the traffic rules in the
Training and orientation Prog for farmers held
6 Farmer’s Clubs inaugurated in Upper Subansiri
DAPORIJO, Feb 18: A training and orientation Programme for farmers was organized
by the Rural Development Society (RDS) at Ningte-Muri Village under Taliha Circle
of Upper Subansiri District.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, ADC G. Ete, appreciated the RDS and NABARD
in taking initiatives in the formation and inauguration of 6 Farmer’s Clubs of Ningte-Muri,
Baki, Timba, Dui, Tilli-Jaring and Takiong- Puri for the benefit of the farmers and
development of the district. Ete, who also presided over the programme, exhorted
the members of the Farmer’s Clubs present to spread the knowledge gained, so that
such programmes could be beneficial and successful in the district.
He informed the public that in this era of unemployment, the agricultural sector
could play a major role in generating self employment for youths and improving economic
conditions of the people. He encouraged the people to adopt kitchen gardening along
with maintaining orange orchards and banana plantations ,as vegetables are essential
part of our diet. Better production with better seeds and new technologies could
make the area self sufficient without relying on neighbouring states for vegetables,
S. Majumdar, Manager NABARD, J. Singh, Branch Manager SBI and T. Gamling Manager
APRB also spoke on the occasion. All of them informed the people about the developmental
and promotional role initiated by the banks in the state.
Representatives of KVK, Agriculture Deptt., Horticulture Deptt., and Fisheries Deptt.
also spoke on the occasion informing the farmers about the programmes in their respective
departments. An Agricultural Crop Calendar for the district was also released and
distributed to the farmers by the Department of Agriculture. DIPRO
Mopin to be celebrated at Seppa
SEPPA, Feb 18: Along with rest of the state, Mopin will also be celebrated at seppa
HQ in a grand manner from April 5 to 7.
The executive body of the Mopin Solung Festival Celebration Committee 2010(MSFCC)
was constituted in a meeting chaired by P. Ligu, DC cum Chief Patron with Er. Kirba
Sora, EE, PHED and Payek Goi as president and general secretary respectively.
The Mopin celebration will be marked by games and sports as well as cultural competition
amongst the members of MSFCC 2010. The beautiful traditional cultural items of Nyishi,
Aka, Miji and Apatani Community will also be presented. Popir team from Itanagar
will be the main attraction during the three day Mopin celebration.
To boost the tourism sector of East Kameng District, the MSFCC has also decided
to provide a package to the Popir team. All the members of the Popir team will have
the opportunity to visit Papu Valley known for its Scenic beauty by enjoying picnic
at the bank of Papu river. Interested Popir team from Itanagar may contact MSFCC
Nyokum Yullo celebrations
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Itanagar, Market Welafre Association President Bamang Taji and
its General Secretary Biri Kame have consented to attend as chief guest and guest
of honour in the inaugural day of the Nyishi Nyokum sports day at Yangte on February
MLA Takam Pario and Yora Tagung would attend the Nyishi Nyokum celebration, Yangte
as chief gueat and guest of honour on February 26.
Government College, Yachuli principal Dr. NT Rikam and NS Ramalingam would attend
the Nyokum Yullo celebration, Yachuli as chief guest and guest of honour.
Finance Minister Setong Sena and DC Capital complex Padmini Singla have consented
to attend the Nyokum Yullo celebration, Nirjuli as chief guest and guest of honour
respectively on February 26.
APEDA Chairman Likha Saaya has consented to attend the Nyokum Yullo celebration Yazali
as chief guest in February 26.
Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Takar Marde and Parliamentary Secretary
for IT, Science and Technology Jomde Kena would attend the Nyikum Yullo celebration
at Nyokum Lapang, Itanagar as chief guest and guest of honour on February 26.
Training on NREGA-MIS
Yingkiong, Feb 18: A two-day functional training on NREGA-MIS at NIC Yingkiong was
inaugurated by Pawan Kr. Sain, DC Upper Siang today.
Speaking on the occasion Pawan Kr. Sain said that though there are topographical
problems in fur flung areas like Upper Siang district, the norms of the programme
has to be fulfilled in toto. Hence, extra efforts have to be put in by the officers
concerned. The sincerity and dedication will help in keeping pace with other developed
states and people will regard and appreciate the efforts. So, the training has to
be taken seriously and ideal for others.
Atul Tayeng PD (DRDA),while welcoming all, urged the trainees to take the training
seriously as NREGA is backed by an act and they will be held responsible for any
slackness on their part. The datas has to be put online as soon as possible.
The faculty members of SIRD explained the aim and objectives of the training. They
appealed to help the district go on line completely
BDOs, CIC operators, EO (RE)s, officers and staffs of DRDA Upper Siang attended the