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Agitators block movement of Arunachalee vehicles in Simen Chapori

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Hundreds of vehicles bearing Arunachal Registration number plates are stranded at Simen Chapori Bridge and Dipa Village by Nepalis of the area today in retaliation after a death of Nepali youth in Pasighat few days back. However it was reported late evening that the stranded people have been allowed to move.

The alleged killers are reported to be under police custody in Pasighat.

Amongst other, Parliamentary secretary for Fisheries JK Panggeng, Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri District Sadhana Deori and Er. Annong Perme were there.

The agitators reportedly manhandled some of the Arunachalee people on the spot. Though Police force from Assam was called in, they could not execute any action against the agitated mob.

Later, a few Arunachal Police team also arrived at the spot. However, the situation remained volatile till the filling of this news.

AAPSU President Takam Tatung has called on the government to hold talks with its Assam Counterpart so that such situations do not occur again. He said that Arunachaless are being repeatedly harassed by people of the neighbouring state. He further said that such repeated actions from Assam would lead to further escalations and would have far reaching repercussions. He further said that Assam should keep in mind that a large number of people from Assam are working in the state.

Tobom Dai, the AAPSU spokesperson who is among those stranded has said that instead of resorting to such violence, people should let law take its own course. He said that unnecessary harassment of Arunachalees would not solve the problem. Dai further said that he was in touch with student Unions of Assam to solve the embargo.


Skin grafting carried out successfully on 2 injured students

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Skin grafting of the two school children of February 10, Palin inferno who are undergoing treatment at Heema Hospital, Itanagar have been done successfully by the teams of doctors lead by S Nath at Heeema Hospital.

The two girl student, Byabang Yayum (LKG) and Biri Yakum (KG-II ) were admitted at Heema Hospital on February 11. With the timely treatment and care given by the staff of the hospital, the two children are recovering fast and out of risk.

We have witnessed many condolences and condemnation in local Medias, regarding February 10 Palin incident but unfortunately it seems that it has remained only in papers, as it has been observed that only a countable leaders and unions have offered help to those children admitted at Heema hospital, Itanagar, General hospital, Naharlagun and RK Mission, Hospital, Itanagar.

One of the parents appreciated the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for providing immediate relief and also thanked all the well wishers.

They informed that “till today they had received a sum of Rs 10,000 as immediate relief”

The parents expressed that; if the relief fund be disbursed to them immediately, particularly to those who are undergoing treatment would solve many a problem.

Meanwhile, congratulating the doctors of the hospital on successfully carrying out the grafting, CMD, Heema Hospital Byabang Rana informed that joining of senior ENT surgeon Dr Kesang W Thongdok in the hospital has strengthen the hospital and the working spirits of its staff.

He appreciated Trinamool Congress Supremo Mamata Banerjee for her noble deeds and her emissary Trinamool Congress MP of West Bengal Dr. Kakoli Ghos Dastidar who visited the injured school children at the hospital recently and also appreciated them for their assurance to bear all the medical expenses of Yayum and Yakum.


Expedite utilisation of funds under NRHM: Byaling

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Health & Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling has stressed the need to provide adequate funds for the health sector and called upon health administrators to expedite utilization of funds received from the Centre to facilitate further receipt of financial resources to this resource-deficient state.

He was addressing a meeting of the Deputy Commissioners, District Medical Officers and District RCH officers convened by him at DHS Seminar Hall to review the financial performance of districts under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) today.

Byaling informed that he had submitted additional schemes to Govt. of India for various health projects.  He advised the health officials to include all admissible schemes under NRHM in their action plans, highlight all genuine issues to Govt. of India in right earnest and ensure that all the sanctioned schemes are implemented well in time.

"Since health is a sensitive subject, adequate allocation of fund in the state budget is needed", he commented and underlined the need to prepare district-specific schemes and projects under NRHM.

While admitting that due to large amount of unspent balances lying with the districts further release of funds from the Centre could not be possible, he expressed serious concern over pending utilization of civil works and RKS funds sanctioned under NRHM.

The Minister also announced that an exhaustive health policy document is being prepared in which one chapter on NRHM would be incorporated. He further stressed the need for setting up an engineering cell in the Department of Health & FW to expedite execution of civil works sanctioned under various programmes of the department.

While extending his wholehearted support for the welfare and progress of the department, he appealed to the health officials and managers to work with dedication in tandem with the policies of the Govt. The Parliamentary Secretary (Health & FW), Nido Pavitra in his address, advocated a new integrated approach for implementation of NRHM and other vertical programmes and called for active involvement of DCs, DMOs and DRCHOs in the planning, implementation and monitoring process.

Pointing out that various critical health indicators have been stagnant in the North East over the last few years, he emphasized the need to formulate people-oriented and need-based action plans through bottom-up planning. He asked the health officials and managers to ensure early submission of DPRs for upgradation of District Hospitals, CHCs and PHCs as per Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS).

Earlier, in his power-point presentation, the Mission Director (NRHM), Talem Tapok, gave a synoptic view of the fund utilization status of the districts, status of civil works funds and Centre-State share of NRHM outlay for the current financial year 2009-10 followed by district-wise presentation by the DMOs/ DRCHOs. The meeting also briefly reviewed the State Programme Implementation Plan (SPIP) for NRHM prepared by the Mission Directorate for the next financial year 2010-1 1, according to an official release.


B’desh keen on business transaction with NE

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Ahmed Tariq Karim, Ambassador of Bangladesh, called on Union Minister of Mines & Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) B K Handique, on Friday.  

Karim expressed that Bangladesh and North East India are Siamese twins and have common concerns and development aspirations.

The Ambassador of Bangladesh has expressed the desire that Handique may lead the Chief Ministers of N.E. Region as a delegation in order to discuss various mutual business opportunities along with industry representatives to Bangladesh.  

Bangladesh is keen to re-establish all the connectivity’s that were forced to be discontinued after partition in 1947.  He also stressed people to people contacts by signing MOUs between North Eastern Universities and Bangladesh Universities in order to pursue educational and cultural exchange between both the countries.

Handique appreciated the proposals of the Ambassador of Bangladesh.  He also informed him that till 1965, there was a functional waterway in river Brahmaputra in upper Assam through Bangladesh for transportation of Tea.  It can be re-examined, he added.


Conman arrested

ITANAGAR, Feb 22:  Kaushik Bhagowati, the conman who was arrested by the City Police last week had a good time cheating the people of the state.  Among his numerous victims is Rode Bui, a politician.

Kaushik who managed to pass off as an IPS officer working as an Additional Director with CBI literally looted Rs Ten lacs from Bui on the pretext that he would have the elections dates postponed. Bui whose nomination papers to contest the Legislative Assembly was rejected had approached the High Court. While he was at the middle of it, entered Bhagowati at the scene with a promise to get the dates of election extended. Bui’s relatives without checking the credentials of the fraudster paid him Rs Ten lacs in two installments.

When the extension did not take place, the relatives asked the money back from him. After repeated requests, Bhagwati agreed to pay back and even handed over two cheques to the aggrieved. But the cheques bounced.

Left with no alterative, Bui filed an FIR at the Itanagar Police Station which managed to arrest him.

Bui has further appealed the state govt to endorse the case to crime Branch as he feels that there is larger group operating in the region.

Meanwhile Bui Youth Welfare Society has congratulated Itanagar Police for arrest of Bhagowati. It further called for stringent criminal and legal action against him so that such cases are not repeated in future.


UAEA, RGUSU condemns assault on media person

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers Association has demanded legal action against the culprit involved in the assault of Reporter of this daily Taba Ajum. On Feb 20 Ajum was assaulted by Security Officer of Town Magistrate Talo Potom while he was taking pictures of a dharna at IG Park which was organized by the Association demanding fair recruitment and end to corruption.    

Association has further called on citizens to support its cause against corruption and illegal recruitments.

Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union has also condemned the assault. It said that people of the state should learn to respect media persons. It said that repeated assault on media persons are a deterrent to peaceful working atmosphere.


Substations to be charged on Feb 24

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The distribution sub-stations of Chiputa, Dokum, Kimin model village and Khud with associated HTOH and LTOH lines covered under package A/02 of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) scheme shall be charged on Feb 24 at 10.30am. Soon on charging, the lines shall remain live. The Executive Engineer (E), Naharlagun Electrical Division Nirjuli called on the citizens to keep away from  the live line or the DTS for safety of life and property.


RGU students adopt path of peaceful agitation to raise grievances

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: ‘Dharna’ seems to be new found weapon for people of this state to fight for their rights. Just days after unemployed engineer youths won heart of many citizens with their vociferous demonstrations against alleged corruption plaguing various departments, now students of Rajiv Gandhi University have taken up cudgel against university authority by staging dharna for their failure to look into the 11-point memorandum submitted to Vice Chancellor on 22nd, January.

Under the banner of Rajiv Gandhi University Student’s Union (RGUSU) students boycotted classes and converged near administrative block holding placards, banners and shouting slogan against university authorities. This is the first phase of their proposed four phase agitation.  These students were all at lost to understand why despite being sole university of state they are not being provided basic facilities. “Though ours is only university of state, we struggle for basic facilities like lack of bus, deficient infrastructures etc,” told one student. He further added, “We had submitted 11 point memorandum to Vice chancellor highlighting the problems faced by students but there has been no action and we are deeply hurt as we look up to him to convey our grievances to higher ups.”

Student leaders of All Arunachal Pradesh Student Union (AAPSU) and All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) joined Rajiv Gandhi University students in their agitation and expressed solidarity with them. RGUSU has vowed to continue their peaceful agitation till any substantial step is taken regarding their 11 point memorandum.


Export potential survey report and training on export marketing procedures

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The Department of Trade and Commerce, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Kolkata is conducting a Consultative Workshop on Export Potential Survey Report and MDP Training on Export Marketing Procedures and Documentation on Feb 23-24 at the Conference Hall of Tourism Directorate office, Itanagar.

Minister, Finance, Trade & Commerce Setong Sena and Parliamentary Secretary, Trade & Commerce Thangwang Wangham, would be the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour. All together 50 participants have been selected for the training programme on Export Marketing Procedures & Documentation. The faculty from IIFT, Kolkata would import the training. The contents of the training will cover: opportunities for the exporters: The case of Arunachal Pradesh, Export Policy of Govt. of India: Incentives for Exporters, Getting started with export business: Formalities to be observed, Export Finance & Payment Procedure and Action Plan for Export.


Training on improved Mithun husbandry

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Papum-Pare in collaboration with IGNOU, Regional center, Agartala under its Natural Resource Conservation programme is organizing four-day training programme on Improved Mithun husbandry at Nirjuli from today.

The programme is being attended by 40 mithun rearers of Papum-Pare district. Dr. Taba Heli, Programme Coordinator, KVK presented the status paper of Mithun in Arunachal Pradesh. Dr. Pranjal Borah, the Course Coordinator briefed about the programmes and highlighted the need of conservation and value addition of mithun.

The training programme was formally inaugurated by Deputy Chief Wildlife Warden C. Loma.  It is the high time to think for conserving our forest, the homeland for Mithun and the source of natural resources including water, he said.

The programme was also attended by Regional Director, IGNOU (Naharlagun), Dr. S. J. Neethirajan, who stated the economic parameters of mithun. The Director of Research (Veterinary) Dr. Apurba Chakrabarty from AAU, Guwahati briefed the health coverage aspects of mithun and stresses the need of improved mithun husbandry for its survival and economic benefit. Dr. B.B. Sarkar, the Senior Consultant of IGNOU discussed about the package of practices of different fodder plants to mitigate the feed/fodder crisis in the region.

The programme was also attended by scientist from IGNOU, KVK and officials of Directorate of AH & Veterinary. During the group discussion all the resource persons and participants emphasised that a strategy must be developed during the four day programme to conserve the holistic animal “Mithun”, accordin to an official release.


Take action against encroachment

ITANAGAR, Feb. 22: Representatives of All Papum Poma Students Union (APPSU) visited Government Higher Secondary School, Balijan on 22nd February and found that parts of school land has been encroached upon by some individuals. Meanwhile union has urged Deputy Commissioner of Papum Pare district and Extra Assistant Commissioner of Balijan to take immediate action against alleged encroachers.



ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Delhi Mopin Celebration Committee 2010 is going to celebrate Pre-Mopin on 13th March in Arunachal House, New Delhi. Meanwhile a panel constituting of Tali Gongo as President,Orin Lego as Vice-President and Toge Rina as General Secretary has been selected for the Celebration of Mopin in Delhi.


YMCA’s annual regional women assembly concludes

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: North East Region Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) conducted its 3-day 3rd annual regional women assembly at YMCA centre, Itanagar.

Altogether, 350 Women delegates from north east state participated at the programme.The programme was attended by MP Takam Sanjay and MLA Techi Kaso as chief guest and guest of honour.

James Tailor, Doreen Goldsmith and Jarjum Ete attended the three-day programme as resource persons.


Orientation training prog on court procedure

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: A week-long Orientation Training Programme on “Court Procedure-II” commenced at ATI, Naharlagun  from today.

As many as 24 APCS officers in the rank of CO/EAC/SDO attended the Training Programme which is being conducted by ATI, under the 100% Course Fee sponsorship of DoPT, GoI, New Delhi under its specific state category Plan Training Assistance 2009-10.

Nandini Paliwal, IAS, Spl.Secretary (P&AR/ TRG) & RCS graced the brief inauguration function as Chief Guest in the presence of the officers of ATI & guest resource persons.

While address the participants as the chief guest, Nandili Paliwal,  hoped that the training course will be of much great benefit to the officers. The Chief Guest pointed out that, Arunachal Pradesh as an exceptional state, the function of judiciary  and executive move together for socio- administrative constraints. Therefore APCS officers become more significant  and responsible as they have to discharge the duel work of executive  and judiciary.  She called for more efficiency  and  knowledge.

Arunachal Pradesh have seen rapid transformation in the development of social, economical, political fabric of the state and  the functions of judiciary in the state have also gradually changing from the earlier system of Kabangs etc. to the present day inclination towards the Law & Judiciary system for settlement of major complex disputes,  off course still maintaining the traditional system too at village level for minor social disputes etc. As such, it is the need of hour that officers holding judicial powers  and functions should posses sound knowledge in law & judicial and equally perfect in legal procedures etc. so that the decision taken by them as 1st  class & IInd class Magistrates  are always up-hold by Superior Courts. She further urged them to give more time on judicial works so that the people do not suffer due to in ordinate delay in disposal of judicial cases. The Chief Guest finally requested all the participating officers to work with dedication, sincerity & selfless manner for the over all justice & welfare of the citizen of the State.

Earlier, Director (Training) Pema Tshetan, in his welcome address pointed out that this week-long orientation training programme on “Court Procedure” is aimed at providing the participants the scope to understand various functions under Court Procedures & to acquaint themselves  with the latest knowledge on important court decisions/ judgments besides the recent time Acts & Rules promulgated by the State Legislatures as well as Central Govt.

Prescilla Tayeng, Asstt. Director & Course Coordinator highlighted the detail course design developed for the week-long Training programme.

The panel of Guest Resource Persons consist of  G. Ete, Additional District  and Sessions Judge, (Fast Track Court), Yupia, Rajiv Takuk, APCS (AG), Director Border Affairs, A.K Singh, Prosecuting Officer, PHQ, Itanagar, Dr. Techi Rekhi, Forensic Specialist, GH, Naharlagun, Sunil Mow, Sr. Advocate, B. Habung, Sr. Advocate, Hari Taji, Advocate, Zakir Hussain, Advocate  and R.B Yadav, Advocate of GHC, Itanagar Permanent Bench, Naharlagun. T. Lodo, Dy. Director (Trg.) apprised about the detail facilities being arranged by the Institute for the participants  and sought their full cooperation for the success of the training programme.  


Total sanitation walk marks statehood day

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The 24th Statehood day’s celebration of Arunachal Pradesh at Khonsa on Feb 20 was marked by a total Sanitation Walk by the student which was jointly organized by district administration, PHED and Education department. The students took out a procession with banners and placards appealing to the people to be a part of the total sanitation campaign and make the district open defecation free by 2010. It is needless to say that TSC is yet to achieve real success thanks to stagnant mindset of the people and effort must be made by all to change the general mindset of the rural people to accept the modern concept of sanitation in their own interest and in the interest of the whole state.  However, TSC has been a great success in lower belt Nocte areas of Tirap district thanks to the initiative taken by some Good Samaritan organizations, asking people to make toilet with pith and keep the pigs in confinement without letting them loose.

The main function of the day was held at Nehru Stadium wherein DC, W.Lowang unfurled the national flag. In his speech Lowang while greeting the people, highlighted the achievements of the state government in the district as well as in the state. Games and sports were conducted to mark the day.     

AALO: Statehood Day was celebrated at Aalo and other Sub-divisional, Circle headquarters of West Siang. Addressing as a Chief Guest of the Statehood day celebration at General Ground, Aalo, DC Amjad Tak appealed the people of all walks of life to be hard working, dedicated and extend co-operation so that the visionary policies and programmes of the State Govt. under the leadership of Dorjee Khandu comes true. People should allow and voluntarily accept the big projects to come up whether it is Hydro-Power Projects, Industries and other infrastructural development so that Arunachal is at par with the rest of the world, he added.

He gave a clarion call for better health care and services and further emphasized that hunting of wild life in the entire West Siang District is stopped. He further said that Residential and Commercial area would be separate at Aalo and formation of Land Advisory Board to settle the pending cases.

Earlier on the day, PHED organized Sanitation Walk flagged-off by the Deputy Commissioner.

DC further gave away the commendation Certificate on village Sanitation to Chairperson ASM Moge Doji and ZPM Jomkir Naso.

DAPORIJO: The Statehood Day was celebrated with full patriotism and enthusiasm in the whole of the Upper Subansiri district, with a grand celebration at Daporijo at the Rijo ground. MLA Tapen Siga as Chief Guest, DC H K Shalla, SP Apur Bitin, Heads of Departments, PRI members and the public attended the ceremony.

After unfurling the National Flag, Tapen Siga outlining our transition from NEFA to Arunachal Pradesh, said that as our state had limited resources, infrastructure and so a lot of progress was still to be made. For development to happen peace was essential, Siga said.

A ‘Sanitation Walk’ to create awareness and to generate a need driven demand was led by the MLA and DC through the township. All the HoDs, the administration and PRI members took part in the walk. It was a part of the Total Sanitation Campaign organized by the District Water and Sanitation Committee and the PHED.

KOLORIANG: The 24th Statehood Day was celebrated at general ground here with pomp and show on Feb 20 last.

MLA and Parliamentary secretary food and civil supplies Lokam Tassar unfurled the national tri-colour and appealed all section of the people to work hard for communal harmony, peace and progress.

Highlighting the  importance of the statehood day, Tassar informed that two to three mega projects would be carried out soon in Kurung Kumey district to cater to the local needs and generate employment avenues. While cautioning the illegal retail petrol sellers of the district, he called for precautionary measures to avoid fire hazard and human catastrophe. He also called upon the PR leaders and general public to cooperate with the  officers and officials serving the Kurmey Kumey district so that they could carry out their duties with fullest capacity. DIPROs

All  Baririjo Area Students’ Union (ABASU) also celebrated the statehood day with a day-long programme including awareness on sanitation, cultural and essay writing competitions and sports and games. ZPM Pogem Gongo, Dr Takam Bagbe were the chief guest and guest of honour of the function.  Among others, GBs, panchayat leaders and students took part in it.


Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India Meets at Guwahati

Itanagar, Feb 22: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) will hold its Plenary Assembly at Don Bosco Institute Guwahati from 24th Feb to March 4.

The meeting will be attended by three Cardinals, 20 Archbishops and 140 Bishops from all over India. The CBCI meets once every two years to give direction to the various activities of the Catholic Church in the country. As the Catholic Church is one of the largest NGO active in the educational, health and social development sectors of the country every one watches with keen interest the decisions of the CBCI.

This year the CBCI is focusing its attention on the plight of Youth all over the country. The CBCI would be exploring ways to help the Youth who find themselves in conflict situations.

In a press release the Bishop of Itanagar, Dr. John Thomas who will be attending the Conference, appealed for prayers from all people of good will so that the Conference may bring tangible results for the beleaguered Youth of the country.


Shiitake find its way in Arunachal Pradesh

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: In an effort to bring in and introduce new concept amongst the farmers for high value horticulture produce as well as conservation of forest the NEFSED-Arunachal (NE Foundation for Cultural & Socio Economic Development) conducted a training programme on Shiitake Mushroom at Rupa village, West Kameng on Feb 18.

More  than 50 farmers of Rupa, Shergaon, Jeegaon and Tenzingaon villages benefited by the programme conducted by NEFSED a premier NGO of North East with its branch office at Itanagar under the Technology Mission of Department of Horticulture, Arunachal Pradesh.

Shiitake Mushroom is highly valued agricultural commodities throughout the world for its flavor, nutritional and medicinal values. It is very rich in protein, minerals and vitamins, contains anti-tumor, cholesterol lowering and virus inhibiting effects.

It is absolutely safe for Diabetic and Heart patients and at present considered as one of the best delicacies by the higher strata of the society. The present market price is Rs.1000/- per KG for dried mushroom. The demand for Shiitake Mushroom is very high in local as well as international market. It is very easy to cultivate and can be grown by one and all in the backyard.

In view of its economic importance and conducive climatic condition as well as Oak, Wild Chestnut etc trees required for healthy growth of this variety of Mushroom in the West Kameng district, the NAFSED-Arunachal made an arrangement with the Shiitake experts of Nagaland and Dr Mao of  Zeological Survey of India for imparting a training for the farmers of the area.

The SDO, Rupa, Thungon cautioned the farmers of excessive use of chemicals and inorganic manure in fields and adopt new high yield cash crops and preserve the ecology. Amongst others who attended the programme were D K Thongdok, Ex-Minister, Horticulture Officers, Gaon Burhas, Panchayat members and govt officials. Tsering Thongdok, president and Milan Bohora, Secretary of  the NEFSED-Itanagar assured the farmers of technical as well as marketing support in future, according to an official release.


Pre Nyokum

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Dera Natung Govt College Community would celebrate the Pre Nyokum on Feb 24 according to the Chairman of the DNGC Nyokum Celebration Joram Muthu. Papum Pare Zila Parishad Chairperson Nabum Aka and Executive Engineer-III, Itanagar Tage Taki would be the chief guest and guest of honour.


Nyokum Yullo

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Parliamentary secretary Tourism Gojen Gadi and All Nyishi Elite Society (NES) president Bengia Tolum have consented to grace the Nyokum Yullo celebration as chief guest and special guest on Feb 26 at Raga.


Tawang prepares for board exams

TAWANG, Feb 22:  DC Tawang, Gamli Padu held a meeting with DDSE, all Principal and Head Masters of Tawang along with the officers of SBI and Post Office Tawang to discuss the smooth conduct of ensuing AISS/AISSC examination at Tawang District

The discussion included deployment of Magistrate, sufficient police personnel, Power and water supply during the examination and also other matters like timely delivery of question papers from SBI Tawang and submission of answer sheets to the Post Master Tawang.


Mopin festival

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Mopin festival celebration committee, Yego Banggo has decided to celebrate the Mopin festival at Gensi in a befitting manner.

Traditional folk dance, Popir, Mega dance and cultural completion, traditional games and sports, exhibition and food bazaar will be the main attraction of the day.

Meanwhile, Tumpta Mara has been selected as the general secretary of the celebration committee.


NERIST wins the best exhibition stall award

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) Exhibition Stall has won the Best Exhibition Stall award during 24th Statehood day celebration and Festival of Arunachal – 2010, held at Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar during February 20-22.

‘Grow Green and help to grow green for environment to combat with global warming and climate change’  was the the theme of NERIST Exhibition Stall which was  showcased through various people oriented programme like Water Quality Testing just before drinking, Vermicompose and its effective utilization for both indoor and outdoor plant fertilizer, Bio-diesel for economic development in rural areas promoting green revolution, Anti Alcohol Drive to save the human life from health hazards leading early death, Remote sensing and its utilization in remote local areas and Solar water pumping system etc.

Apart from above, NERIST Exhibition Stall make incredible NERIST by showcasing   Institute activities starting from academic structure, departments, state wise reservation of seats, the facilities available as on date and the historical details of the institute within the stall to the presentation of cultural programme.

Thousands of people including  high ranking dignitaries visited the NERIST Exhibition  Stall and applauded with the theme of the Stall. The NERIST Exhibition Stall, ranking first out of all the 55 stalls was coordinated by P. D. Kashyap of Electrical Engineering Department and Debabrata Maji of Mechanical Engineering Department under overall guidance and dynamic leadership of Dr. Joram Begi, Director, NERIST and Higher Education Government of Arunachal Pradesh.


Work for the poor & needy people: Tassar

KOLORIANG, Feb 22: MLA and Parliamentary secretary for food and civil supplies Lokam Tassar has called upon the workers of the Arunachal Vikash Parishad (AVP) to devote themselves for improvement of health and socio-economic condition of the poor and needy people, especially in interior places.

Tassar was addressing the gathering on the culmination ceremony of the Seemanta Darshan Yatra at Koloriang on Feb 19 last. The yatra was organized by the AVP.

Tassar also called upon the AVP workers to spread the message of communal harmony and national integrity besides promoting and preserving the own rich cultural heritage.

AVP Papum Pare district president Tagu Tana Tara describing the objectives of the  yatra.

DIPRO Michi Kani in his address stressed on unity and appreciated the good works rendered by the AVP.

Earlier, AVP office secretary D K Dubey also narrated the objectives of the yatra. DIPRO


Kundun Sange Yeshi Archery Competition

TAWANG, Feb 22: The 2nd Kundun Sange Yeshi Archery Competition being held on the auspicious occasion of Losar festival begun  on Feb 21 at the premises of Khinmey Gonpa Tawang.

Archery competition is one of the most popular games played by people of Monpa tribe especially during the period of Losar festival in the month of February. The Bow and arrows are made of Bamboo and target is made of a small wooden post measuring about 10/20 cms and is kept about 100 metres away. This game can be played individually or as a team. The game is played in each and every villages of Tawang District.

Since last year onwards, the archery Competition has been organized centrally as Kundun Sange Yeshi Archery Tournament by the organizing committee at Khinmey gonpa. This year altogether 18 teams from various villages are participating for the coveted championship trophy.

Tawang DC Gamli Padu and Brigadier, 190 Mtn. Brigade C P Mohanty attended the inaugural function as chief guest and as guest of honour.

Padu while speaking on the occasion appreciated the organizing committee for preserving the age old custom of Archery. He said that such events should be held at district and state level so that our archers are given the necessary exposer and can compete at the national levels.

Brigadier C.P. Mohanty also spoke on the occasion. He also appreciated organization of such events and assured all kind of assistance from Army. (DIPRO)


U.S. consul general to attend Nyokum

Kolkata: U.S. Consul General in Kolkata Beth A. Payne will attend the Nyokum Festival during her first visit to Arunachal Pradesh from February 24-27.  

Besides participating in festival programs, Consul General Payne plans to meet the Governor, the Chief Minister, and other senior state officials.

Ms. Payne's visit will highlight the U.S. Consulate's interest in Arunachal Pradesh's rich culture and tradition and its support for development and other activities in the state.  The visit will also identify possibilities for future engagement.


Patil, Sonia mourns death of children

ITANAGAR: The President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil and AICC President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in separate condolence letters addressed to the state chief minister have expressed their profound sorrow over the worst ever  fire accident of Palin where 14 school children lost their lives and many sustained severe burn injuries.

The letters which were received through post requested the chief minister to convey their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and further wished for speedy recovery of those injured. (PRO TO CM)  


National Workshop on Bamboo

ITANAGAR: A three-day national workshop on Rattan (Cane) would be held starting Feb 24 at Banquet Hall, Itanagar which would be inaugurated by the Governor. The workshop is being organized by the United Nation’s Industrial Development Organisa-tion, Regional Office, New Delhi and Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre, Guwahati in collaboration with State Forest Research and Institute and Arunachal Forest Corporation Limited.

Choices to make


Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I wish to propose to all those who are concerned with the Health Planning and Policy of our state that the BHRC Course akin to MBBS course is more lucrative for our state set up where 90% of the areas are rural area and whether such course can be taken up in place of MBBS Course in the proposed Medical College in the State Capital.  

It appeared on P-4; Telegraph 7th February 2010 regarding unveiling of graduation course on Rural Medicine akin to MBBS course. The 3 ½ years course and skill accounts only 60% of MBBS graduates are best suited for rural areas and our state in particular. The course is been endorsed by Medical Council of India after change of nomenclature of course to Bachelor of Rural Health Care (BHRC) from earlier Bachelor of Rural Medicine and Surgery and the course is proposed to start by August 2011. After completion of the BHRC Course (including 6 months internship), only one-year licence for practice will be granted that will be renewed every year for five years on condition that they remain in the rural area of their states. After 5 years, an individual state may decide whether it wants to retain their services in rural areas.

I feel that such course could be productive for our state and for those involved with the Health Planning and Policy to contemplate on.


Dr. Mika Umpo

Naharlagun (on email)




Assault on Engineer

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my grief and anguish over the manhandling of an Engineer who has rendered 34 years of dedicated services towards the development of the Arunachal Pradesh.  

Er. R. Choudhary  has rendered his valuable services at various capacity and has recently been posted at Roing as an Executive Engineer. Some hooligans entered his official residence on the night of 13th February  and manhandled him badly without any provocation or cause.

This incidence has shattered the faith and confidence of entire community  in general and engineers in particular. One must understand that, it is because of the dedication and commitment of engineers like Mr. Chaudhary and other belonging to the fraternity that has pulled the Arunachal Pradesh from oblivion only few decades back to a prospering and thriving state  with its  immense  potentials to reckon with.

However, I do acknowledge the fact that there may be clash of interests  and disagreements among the parties involved while executing the developmental works, but there are valid means and ways to lodge the complaints if any. Unfortunately, it has been observed in the recent times that, in Arunachal Pradesh some people are resorting to unethical practices and are trying to hold the entire system to ransom.

Engineers have become an easy and soft target for these hooligans and at some times are bound to act according to their whims and fancies. It’s high time that Govt and people should act fast to check this menace and inculcate the work culture and professionalism among the masses.

Peace and sense of personal security is must for an officer to perform to best of his/her capabilities.

Once again I strongly condemn the ghastly and deplorable incidence and render my all out sympathy and solidarity to Mr. Chaudhary. The government should also look into the matter seriously and the culprits must be punished severely so that it act as deterrent to others in future.


Kanggong Taku






UAEA has shown the way to the Arunachalees


Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to appreciate the Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers Association for making their voices heard through peaceful dharnas. As the police and capital administration didn’t allow them, they have sent a positive message to the people about rising corruption and illegal appointments. Other organisations and Unions should take cue from them that there are right and decent ways of protesting the government’s wrong policies without harassing the common public. Unemployment today has become one of the major problems of the Arunachalee society. The state government has to create more jobs by taking a strong approach. What happened to the MoU's signed between the state government and the various power developers?? The govt. should ensure that these companies provide 70% jobs be it technical or non-technical to the local people. Also, it has lately come to notice that various JE's and other officers serving in other dept. like PWD,PHED,RD have been absorbed in the planning dept. for posts like AUPO. This type of attitude by the govt wont do any good to the people. It should have instead of creating new jobs and recruited new graduates through APPSC. There are many instances like this which go unnoticed. Also the state govt. should have minimum retiring age for govt. employees so that new graduates can be given a chance.

It’s not only the govt. to blame. We should blame ourselves too. Why only government jobs? Why are people not willing to work outside the state or in various PSU's or private companies?

I would like to condemn the harassment of journalist Taba Ajum of The Arunachal Times by the police personnel on Statehood day. Media is the fourth pillar of democracy. The govt. should ensure that this kind of incident should not happen again.



(on email)




Select the deserving candidates as teachers


Dear Editor,

We  would like to request the concerned authority to maintain transparency until final stage of the present J/T and A/T (A) recruitment process especially viva-voice test for final selection is completed.

In the recent past education department had appointed large number of teachers on officiating basis violating recruitment rules. This is one of the causes that led to the deterioration of the present educational scenario in our state.

But this time, we, on behalf of unemployed youths of the state earnestly request concerned authority to spare left-over posts for the genuine candidates who have sincerely qualified in written tests of both J/T and A/T (A) and for which viva-voce test is scheduled to be held w.e.f. 27.02.10 to 05.03.10. Please select deserving candidates as teacher.

As we all know that qualitative and quantitative teacher is the determining factor for progress and development of educational system in the society. Hence, we should not compromise on education and more so on quality education. As elementary education has already become fundamental rights, we must strive by all means to give a holistic education in our state.

We want no political involvement and no money game this time. We sincerely expect transparency until final stage of recruitment process is over. Let best people serve the state for better future.


Licha Yamem

Nate Darang

Lapuk Lalu

A Sector, Itanagar.






Dear Editor,


On Feb 9 last at around 11 am I responded politely to a call came from a number which I realized later that it was a call from the best service provider the BSNL.

Neither I requested for any subscription nor did I press any button as it was murmuring ridiculously. To my utter surprise, after a few second one message came thanking me for subscription for ‘Sayaris’ . The message also read ‘send unsub sayaris to 53030 if you do not want, charge Rs 2 per sms’. I had to unsubscribe it immediately as I did not want any ‘sayari’ from BSNL.

Does receiving a call mean subscription, then why the authorities made unsolicited call? Making unsolicited call is a breach of personal liberty and also an offence.

Moreover, the BSNL has been charging the highest call rate as compare to any other mobile service provider. I request the BSNL authorities not to adopt various tactics and do not make unsolicited call to exploit the innocent public.


Marpe Lollen



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