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February  - 09


DoNER expedites pending airport projects

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: The Ministry of DoNER has expedited some pending airport projects including the recently sanctioned project for upgradation and operationalization of airport at Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh at a total cost of Rs.79 Crores, according to an official release.

Arrangements about air services in the NER with Alliance Air have been renewed for two more years, -- up to December 2011 and a more lasting and viable solution to the vexing problem of intra regional connectivity is being examined by the Ministry, the release further said while adding that  North Eastern Council (NEC) is sponsoring through Ministry of Civil Aviation a comprehensive study for Air Connectivity of the North East region.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Bijoy Krishna Handique has called for urgent activation of the Instrument Landing System at Lengpui Airport in Aizwal, Mizoram. If implemented soon, this will be the first airport offering regular flights to and from the state of Mizoram, he observed.

At a meeting with officials from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) including Director General Civil Aviation E.K Bharat Bhushan, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Ministry of DoNER and the Government of Mizoram, Handique said “the DoNER ministry remains committed towards strengthening airport Infrastructure for various airports in the region with special focus on airports like Lengpui which falls in a landlocked state like Mizoram. Immediate steps need to be taken to mitigate topographic obstructions at the Lengpui Airport for clearance of the Instrument Landing System, which in turn will increase the frequency of regular flights to and from Mizoram”.  Presently, there are no regular flights to Mizoram due to issues related to bad terrain, Civil Aviation Security concerns and lack of ILS. The move to activate the ILS is expected to offset these constraints.

In the meeting the DGCA, AAI and the Government of Mizoram reached an understanding to complete the Civil Works pertaining to the ILS at Lengpui Airport within March 31, 2011. The DGCA is likely to give clearance for the ILS pursuant to which a team of Pilots will be trained to operate to and from the Airport. The training will commence two days after completion

The Ministry of DoNER has also given its approval for an amount of Rs.50.93 Crores for installation of the ILS Equipment at the Lengpui Airport. The North Eastern Council (NEC) has so far sanctioned a quantum of Rs.19.42 Crores towards the infrastructure development of the Airport, the release added.


Public hearing on 900MW hydro project sans affected villagers

Staff Reporter  

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: In a bizarre incident which shows how much Arunachal government is trying to hurriedly implement hydropower project in state without proper study, a public hearing on 900 megawatt Nyamjangchu hydropower project at Lumla was held today allegedly in absence of affected villagers. None of the affected villagers were given prior intimation about public hearing.

According to a source, last light authorities splashed posters in few villages informing about public hearing. Today during the public hearing only politicians, government officers and representatives of Bhilwara hydropower developer were present.  

When group of students representing Tawang Students Union and Dakpeng Students Union tried to participate in public hearing, but they were allegedly not allowed to do so.  Magistrate was present at the site along with police force to prevent students from participating in the public hearing, sources said.

Meanwhile Tawang Students Union and Dakpeng Students Union have appealed to the apex student body AAPSU to intervene in this regard. “Villagers who will be affected by 900 MW Nyamjangchu hydropower project do not have much idea about merits and demerits of dams. We appeal AAPSU to pressurize authorities to have another public hearing with participation of all the affected villagers,” the unions demanded in a press release.  Students further alleged that magistrate was biased towards them. It is to be noted here that the process for 900 MW Nyamjangchu hydropower project was started in year 2007 when TG Rinpoche was MLA of Lumla.

Meanwhile an official report stated that The  Public Hearing for Nyamjangchu hydropower project was conducted by Arunanchal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board today at Deki Choeling Multipurpose Hall at Lumla ADC headquarter where huge gathering of project affected people from Zemithang, Lumla and Sanglum area of Lumla sub-division assembled.

Public Hearing was presided over by  Gamli Padu, Tawang DC and N. Tam, Member Secretary APSPCB. It was attended by Jambey Tashi MLA, Lumla, HOD’s of Tawang district, Officers of NJC Hydro Power Limited, LNJ Bhilwara Group, Panchayat and Public Leaders of Lumla and Zemithang and the entire project affected families from the villages of Lumla and Zemithang areas, DIPRO reported.

Rishabh Jhunjhunwala, MD LNJ Bhilwara Group assured for all round development of the project area and proper R&R for the project affected people.

In his address Padu stating that since hydro power is a renewable energy source, and is also free of pollution, he emphasized on importance of development of Hydro Power Projects in Arunanchal Pradesh particularly in Lumla.

Further in the course of public hearing, comments, suggestions, views, and queries were invited form the project affected people of the project area. Many PRI members, public leaders, GBs and project affected people spoke at length expressing their apprehensions, demands etc concerning the proposed project.

Jambey Tashi, MLA Lumla in his address appealed the project proponents to give main emphasis on education, health sector, develop and establish maximum numbers of good educational institutions with residential facility and also hospitals with facility of free medicine, good doctors and ambulances as their corporate social responsibility. Further, he also urged the power proponents to honor the religious sentiments of the people of project affected area and establish electric crematoriums at Zemithang, Namtsering and Lumla. Furthermore, he also requested to reserve maximum job opportunities for the locals, project affected people and establish an old age home for the elderly people, an orphanage and also properly survey and increase the numbers of project affected families which are shown as only 47 families in the R&R plan.


NCP demands review of all MoAs on hydro projects

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Expressing serious concern over the signing of numerous Memorandum of Agreements (MoAs) for implementation of hydro projects in Arunachal, the state Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has sought intervention of the  UPA Govt for  review of  all the MOAs, state and national hydropower policies and Rehabilitation and Resettlement policies.

In a memorandum submitted to the Parliamentary Committee on the welfare of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes yesterday, the  NCP  said that the crying need of the hour is  the immediate intervention of the Central Govt for evolving  a mechanism  and consensus decision on immediate review of all MOA's as well as policies on Hydro Power and Rehabilitation and Resettlement.

The memorandum said that the Centre while formulating policies on Hydropower and Rehabilitation and Resettlement failed to recognize the special status of Arunachal. The Inner Regulation Act, 1873 and other Constitutional provisions and customary safeguards have been intentionally or unintentionally overlooked by the Policy makers, it said. All 138 MOAs were hurriedly and secretly signed without the free, prior and informed consent of the people especially the traditional village authorities and Panchayati Raj Institutions, the memorandum alleged while adding that the state government should have allowed healthy democratic principles of debate, discussion and consensus starting from Legislative Assembly to Gram Sabha before adopting and implementing unilateral decision on Hydropower and RR policies.

The memorandum further said that before inking 138 MoA's in a short span of 3 to 4 years, the state Government should have carried out a Cumulative Environmental Impact as well as Comprehensive Bio-diversity Impact Assessment Studies. The present tactics of obtaining NOC by the private companies from various state government departments such as Forest and Environment, Archeology and Research, Mines and Geology, Water Resources, Fishery etc. are not only seen as postmortem exercise and an eye wash but more importantly an infringement on the customary rights of the tribals over their age-old inherited natural and cultural resources.

The issue today in Arunachal is not anti dam or pro dam but the real concerns are the reckless manner in which MOA's were secretly signed in absence of public debate and transparency and numerous other shortfalls in MOA's, it said.

The sensitive and backward border state is already facing the burden of sheltering lakh of Chakmas, Hajongs and Tibetan refugees in various pockets of the state. With implementation of over 168 power projects the huge influx of outside population and consequent distortion and irrelevance of inner line provisions are but a harsh reality, the memorandum said. The huge migrant population mostly labour force with Franchise Rights shall distort the political destiny of the natives, the Party claimed and added that the Corporate giants would decide the fate of a Gram Panchayat member, a Member of Legislative Assembly or a Member of Parliament.


NECF concludes

MIAO, Feb 8:  The Namdapha Eco-Cultural Festival 2011 at Miao was concluded yesterday with vibrant Prince/Princess contest.   Miss Chobi Sena was crowned as Princess Namdapha 2011. Miss Jonna Mijon Muklom and Miss Chimse Sangkey were judged as 1st and 2nd Runner up respectively. In prince contest, - Nongjan Bowa was crowned as Prince, while Addy John Ngwazah and Ricky Gogoi walked away with first and second runner up title respectively. Sub title - Prince Congeniality - Michi Lama.


Death of K Namchoom mourned

ITANAGAR, Feb 8:  Education Minister Bosiram Siram expressed deep shock at the untimely demise of K Namchoom, former director of Higher and Technical Education and School Education.

In a condolence message, the minister said during her tenure as director she had taken lot of initiative to streamline the education department for betterment. Her contribution to the department will be remembered for ever, Siram said.

Late Namchoom was very good administrative, academician and above all a good human being. With her demise the  education department has lost one of its most successful directors. Her contribution for up-liftment of poor and downtrodden of the society will also be remembered, the Minister said in his message.

Siram convened deep sense of condolence to bereaved family and prayed for heavenly abode of departed soul.

Both the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education and School Education deeply mourned the sudden demise of K Namchoom, former director of Higher and Technical Education and School Education. Namchoom passed away yesterday evening at a Dibrugarh nursing home after a brief illness.

Late Namchoom did her MA in Education from Guwahati Univerity and Diploma in Education from United Kingdom. She joined the Directorate of Education, Shillong as Inspectress of schools on Aug 1, 1974. She was promoted to ADPI (WE) on Sept 4, 1977. Thereafter she became the Principal of Govt HS, Along on May 1, 1979. After a short stay at Along as principal, she was appointed as DDPI in the directorate of Public Instruction, Naharlagun in 1980. She was promoted to Jt DPI on April 21, 1986. For a brief period from Nov 1, 1993 she held the charge of Additional Director of Public Instruction. Finally she was  promoted to the post of DPI from March 13, 1996 to March 31, 2008. She was also appointed as director of Higher and Technical Education from Feb 13, 1997 to May, 18, 2001. She retired from the service on March 31, 2008. She was the first women to become state Chief Commissioner of Bharat Scouts and Guides at National level and first receipient of the Rashtrapati Award, Silver Star, the highest awards of Bharat Scouts and Guides in July 2007.

While recalling the contributions of late Namchoom, Higher and Technical Education Director Joram Begi and School Education Director T Taloh said  she was the first lady to be appointed as director in the department of education in state. She contributed immensely for the development of education in her various capacities. Late Namchoom stood as a symbol of women empowerment and inspired the younger generation specially the women in the field of education, they said. They prayed for heavenly abode of the departed soul.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee also condoled the death of K Namchoom.

In a condolence message the party said, late K Namchoom contributed a lot in the field of education in the state. Her dedication and sincere service  towards Arunachal Pradesh will be remembered by the people for ever, the party said. The APCC expressed heartfelt condolence to bereaved family.

The staff of the DDSE office, Yupia lead by DDSE T T Tara also remembered the valuable contribution of late Namchoom.   Her ever smiling and supporting hand for one and all would be always remembered  for ever, Tara said. The staff observed two minute’s silence in respect of the departed soul.

The members of the Theravada Buddhist Society expressed deep shock at the sudden demise of  its member K Namchoom.  Her death is an irreparable loss for the society.

The Society conveyed heartfelt  condolences to bereaved family.


Pasighat police bust gang of robbers

PASIGHAT, Feb 8: The Pasighat police recently busted a gang thieves and stolen items including one Point 22 Rifle Bruno worth 1.5 lakhs, local beads of 3.3 lakhs and 21 Colour TV, Stabilizer, LPG Gas Cylinder, Inverter, Iron etc worth 20 thousands have been recovered from the possession of accused persons, informed SP Alok Kumar.

He informed that soon after the receiving of complaints from three individuals at Pasighat police station, a team of police headed by T.K. Saikia OC, T Padung (SI), A Taki (SI), Ct B Morang, Ct. D Mengu and Ct. O Tabing under the guidance of B.S. Mehra SDPO Pasighat immediately swung into act and successfully nabbed Abhijit Gogoi alias Diganta Gogoi and Kamal Chettry alias Budung Chettry. However, their associate Bharat Taku alias Deniel Panging is still out of reach, the sources added. He expressed hope that the arrest of two accused would pave the way for detection of heinous offenses.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Bosiram Siram and Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang lauded the prompt action of the police team.

The Minister further urged the authority to give exemplary punishments to the miscreants to keep the town peaceful and free from disturbance  and chaos. DIPRO


Authorities failed to harness bamboo potential, claims NCP

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: The State unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alleged that even though there was no deficiency of central funds, the State authorities, including the AP Forest Development Corporation Ltd and State Forest Research Institute (SFRI), have “miserably” failed to harness its bamboo potential.

“At a time when all the State govts have set up Bamboo Mission Office or Bamboo Development Agencies to boost the bamboo sector in their respective states with the Northeastern states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura being the front runners in bamboo developmental activities, but unfortunately in our state, the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Development Corporation Ltd and the SFRI - which were entrusted with the task of bamboo development activities - have miserably failed to harness its bamboo potential till date,” claimed NCP general secretary Daniel Teli here today.

“Till date, not a single successful unit has come up excepting the Poma village-based Bamboo Processing Centre, which was materialized only due to the guidance from the state Governor,” maintained the NCP leader.

He further alleged that the Managing Director of AP Forest Corporation Ltd and former Director of SFRI has made more than a dozen foreign trips. But he has not brought any fruitful inputs in the field of bamboo development. “Moreover, the State govt had to return a sum of Rs 5 crore to the National Bamboo Mission recently since they (the state authorities) could not utilize the money in the bamboo development sector.

“The govt has totally failed to tap the bamboo resources,” Teli, who is also a member of the state level vigilance and monitoring committee, has said.


Sonam appointed as State branch INTUC working president

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Indian National Trade Union Congress National President, Dr G Sanjeeva Reddy has appointed INTUC Arunachal Branch Secretary General Jalley Sonam as State working president along with its Publicity Secretary Changma Tajo and Kenkar Yomcha as Secretary General and General Secretary respectively.

This was disclosed by the newly appointed INTUC working president, Jalley Sonam in a press conference held at All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union office here today.

While making the appointment letters available to the media persons during the conference, he informed that the appointment was confirmed yesterday by the INTUC national president, Dr G Sanjeeva Reddy on recommendation made by the State President Padi Richo in National Capital, Delhi to strengthen the INTUC movement in Arunachal Pradesh.

Extending heartfelt gratitude to the national president and all the members of INTUC for their supports, Sonam assured to work tirelessly for the welfare of Union in particular and State as a whole.

The newly elevated INTUC State branch secretary general, Changma Tajo also extended his gratitude to all the members of AAPWU and other unions affiliated to INTUC for their supports. He also assured to work hard for the smooth functioning of the Union.


Mamang Dai felicitated

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Mamang Dai, an eminent poet, author and journalist, was yesterday felicitated by the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) on being chosen for the prestigious Padmashree Award in recognition of her immense contributions in the field of literature and education.

She is among the 128 recipients for the 2010 Padma awards announced by the President Pratibha Patil on the eve of  Republic Day.

In a glittering function organized at the conference hall of JN State Museum here yesterday noon, Dai was felicitated by another literary luminary, Y D Thongchi, the Sahitya Academy Awardee, who happens to be the president of APLS. The special honour carries a citation and a shawl.

Speaking on the occasion, Thongchi congratulated the versatile writer for bringing the laurels to the State. “It is a proud moment for the people of Arunachal Pradesh in general and specially for the fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society and all the writers of the state that one of our sisters, Mamang Dai have been chosen for conferment of the most prestigious and 4th highest civilian award, Padmashree by the govt of India,” he said.

Praising her sojourn in the field of creative literature, Thongchi said, “Mamang is such a person who can sacrifice her highly lucrative Indian Administrative Service to pick up pen, brush and canvas, so that she can serve the society from the path others dare not tread.”

He also said, “It is people like late Lummer Dai and Mamang Dai, who dared to venture into journalism with other colleagues from outside the state and now many Arunachalees have started stepping into the footsteps of these two pioneers in the domain of the Fourth Estate.

“She is firmly rooted with the soil of her birth place; her poems are revelation of her bonding with the destiny of her place, her people. Whenever she ventures out, her heart always remains with the rivers, mountains, trees, jungles, rituals, legends, mythology, dances, villages, prayer flags of her dear abode, Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal reverberates the core of her heart,” remarked Thongchi.

Sharing her pride moment with the audience, Mamang Dai said the conferment of Padmashra award was the milestone of her career. “It’s not merely an award rather the conferment of a big responsibility on me. I hope, it may bring the momentum for young litterateurs of Arunachal Pradesh who intend to unfold their colourful petals,” said Mamang, who is also the general secretary of APLS.

APPSC chairman Rinchin Dorjee Editor of Echo of Arunachal Nanni Dai, APLS vice president Tony Koyu (MD, APDIFC), APLS chief editor Tage Tada (Director of Research),  R N Koley, Assistant Director of Research (Culture) and Bani Danggen (State Information Commissioner), Dr Pekba Ringu (a senior medical officer) and V Ravindran (Associate Editor of The Dawnlit Post) also spoke on  he occasion.


Road Safety awareness camp

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Road Safety Cell, PHQ, Itanagar under the guidance of SP Traffic Apang Tamut and Inspector KVG Pillai conducted road safety awareness programme at government middle School, Chimpu today.

The team advised the participants to wear helmet while driving two-wheeler and obey traffic rules. Later, through a power point presentation, the team highlighted safety tips on how to cross road, how to walk on road, how to board and travel in vehicles, road signs and also analysed  on road accident statistics of Arunachal Pradesh.

Besides these they also demonstrated Hand signal and distributed pamphlets and other awareness items during the progaramme.

Altogether, 220 students and 19 teaching staff of the school attended the programme.

The principal of the institution lauded the PHQ team and urged them to conduct such awareness camp in the school in near future.


Scrutinization begins for ANSU poll

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Scrutinizing of papers for forthcoming All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) election was held today. Chief election commissioner Takam Tatung and his team carried out scrutinization of candidates’ nomination papers. They also checked various document submitted by participating students.

In a press statement, Takam Tatung, the chief election commissioner for forthcoming ANSU election stated that main aim of carrying out final scrutinization is to make sure that no forged students participate in the election process. “Often people complain that during student union election many outsiders participate by using forged documents.  To control such ill activities we are carrying out final scrutinization of all the documents of those enrolled students,” stated Takam Tatung. Further he added, “This process of scrutinization will go on till 12th of this month. I appeal all the students to bring their class X, XII mark sheet and present college or university registration when they come for final scrutinazation so as to avoid being disqualified to vote’.

Further Tatung stated that they are taking this step to protect the image of students union and also to make sure that genuine students do not face any problem. He sought cooperation of student communities and civil societies in this regard. Tatung also informed that all together 51 candidates are in fray for various post of forthcoming ANSU election.


Free health operation camp at GH Pasighat

PASIGHAT, Feb 8: The six-day long free operation camp began at Pasighat general hospital here yesterday. The camp is being organized jointly by East Siang District Administration, health department, Arun Jyoti (NGO) and Remote Area Medical Corp ((RMPC), Knoxville, USA for the poor and needy patients from Feb 7-12.

Altogether ten NRI physicians, who went overseas decades ago, namely, Dr. Gangadhar Maddiwar, Dr. Qutup Nadaf, Dr. Subhas Puranik, Dr. Gangadhar Sangvai, Dr. Mohini Gehani, Dr. Monoj Kulkarni, Dr. Vinayak Kulkarni, Dr. Harish Pariani, Dr. Mukti Kulkarni and Er. Saurav Majhi Endoscopic Specialist (Kolkata) are participating in the free camp.

The camp was inaugurated by the Health Minister Tanga Byaling in presence of the local MLA and Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Health secretary Kaling Tayeng, DC Onit Panyang, JDHS Dr. Kabang Lego, DMO Dr. T. Taloh and doctors and staffs of G H Pasighat and organizing members of Arun Jyoti.

Both the ministers and other dignitaries including medical fraternity conveyed their thanks to the NRI doctors who have arrived here to offer free surgical services with their own expenses.

While speaking at the felicitation ceremony, the team leader Dr. Gangadhar Maddiwar, MS FRCS Cincinnati, USA expressed their satisfactions over the local arrangements. "Indian health services are witnessing manifold growth in terms of quality and size,” he said. They were really thrilled to be back in their motherland with a mission to serve people. Maddiwar also conveyed his deep sense of gratitude to Stan Brock (Hollywood actor), the founder of Remote Area Medical Corp, Knoxville, USA and informed that the organization is serving a large number of people all over the world providing medical helps like free surgeries and medicines as gifts from the USA to the patients.

Later, Tanga Byaling accompanied by Siram visited the DMO office and inaugurated the newly constructed office building-cum-Store of DRCHO Pasighat. DIPRO.


Three days in-service teacher training programme begins

DAPORIJO, Feb 8: A three days in- service teacher training programme for Daporijo block was inaugurated here today by the Deputy Commissioner Ameya Abhayankar amidst a huge gathering of teachers from the government schools of the area. Altogether 120 teachers from Daporijo Block will benefit from it.

Speaking on the occasion, Abhayankar highlighted the importance of teacher training in day to day school activities. He also stressed on the need to inculcate discipline in the students and advised the teachers to be sincere and dedicated in imparting their duties.

DDSE O. Panor, while addressing the teachers present said that motivation and technique should be adopted by them while teaching students. A person should take up the teaching profession by choice and not by need, he added. Panor explained that an ordinary teacher only reads in the class, a good teacher explains, a very good teacher demonstrates and an excellent teacher inspires the students, and so advised all teachers to strive to be in the latter categories. DIPRO


Claim over INTUC state unit

Provocative remarks will not be tolerated: Sonam

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Claiming that there is no independent INTUC office in Itanagar, Nilly Likha Tabo, who had earlier claimed appointment as the INTUC state unit president said that Padi Richo, ‘who claims to be the state president of INTUC under Sanjeeva Reddy’s leadership’ should voluntarily resign from the post of state president of INTUC on moral grounds.

“My credentials cannot be easily challenged and questioned by any individual”, he said and informed that he is leaving for New Delhi soon to take approval of all the members of the constituted union body of INTUC state unit from the national president, Ambati Krishnamurthy and his team.

Demanding withdrawal of statement that his nomination was fake, Tabo assured of immediate reformation and restructuring of the role of INTUC in the state and in the department of labour under his leadership.

Meanwhile,  reacting to the press statement of Likha Tabo, the newly appointed working president of Indian National Trade Union Congress  Jalley Sonam  has termed it as an unfortunate and unethical and said he (Likha) has no right to demand resignation of state branch INTUC president Sonam further stated that such provocative remarks from self-claimed INTUC president will never be tolerated any more.  He said ”to become INTUC president person have to start from grass root level.” He appealed Tabo not to mislead the people in communal notion.

The meanwhile the newly appointed INTUC working general secretary Changma Tajo asserted that  the All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) is stand by with Dr. G Sanjeeva Reddy as INTUC national president and Padi Richo and Jalley Sonam as branch president and secretary general respectively.


Meeting on tourism sector  

ZIRO, Feb 8:   A meeting of tourism share holders in  Lower Subansiri district was held under the chairmanship of DC Nila Mohanan at her office chamber today. The meeting was attended by hoteliers, home stay operators ,tour operators and personnel from  police department.

After threadbare discussion, the meeting adopted various resolutions for development of tourism in the district stating that the decorum in hospitality service be strictly adhered to and proper codal dress be maintained. The meeting also emphasized on  cordial relations  between the tour operators and hoteliers. The meeting further resolved that updated information  regarding accommodation and facilities for tourist be publicized through website to attract maximum tourists.

Earlier, the chairman District Level Tourism Development Committee delivered  the welcome address and the aim and objective of the meeting was highlighted by District Tourism Officer Tater Mize.

Earlier, addressing the gathering the chairman emphasized  on the need for exploring the potential potential of the district. All participants took active part in the meeting with great enthusiasm. Most of the speakers highlighted the need to maintain cleanliness, organizing summer festival in a large scale and wide publicity about the tourism potentials of the district. The aim and objective of the meeting was highlighted by District Tourism Officer Tater Mize. DIPRO incharge


Raise upper age limit: NESO

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: The North East Students’ Organization (NESO) has urged the State Govt for enhancement of upper age limit for APPSCCE aspirants from 28 to 35 without relaxation and relaxing 5 years for ST to make it 40 years before announcement of next APPSC examination. It also urged the AAPSC Secretary to advertise APPSCCE-2011 in July/August next so that the modified age limit be implemented and let the candidates know whether Civil Services Aptitude Test will be opted in preliminary examination or not.

Claiming that despite the assurance given by the State Chief Minister last year to raise the upper age limit for APPSCCE aspirants,  NESO general secretary Gumjum Haider resented that there was no sign of any initiative which reflects a sense of irresponsibility on the part of the govt towards unemployment problem of the State.

Haider further claimed that due to existing age limit around 111 candidates were debarred from appearing the State’s most prestigious exam last year.

Pointing out the upper age limit of other states like, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Tripura and Assam  where the upper age limit is 35 and above, the NESO general secretary said there is urgent need of modification in the age limit for civil services examination was really being felt in Arunachal Pradesh where the level of literacy, employment and development is very low as compared to other states. He said since the 40/60 recruitment model roster has been modified in year 2000 making it to 80/20, the 28 years upper age limit should also be scrapped as it has become outdated, he added.


DC visits Khenewa to assess development activities

SEPPA, Feb 8: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam visited Khenewa out- post on Feb 7 to assess the actual development taken place in the area so far.

He was accompanied by Superintendent of Police, Kime Aya, PD, DRDA, Keggo Essi, DD, ICDS, Lian Moyee, DPO, Vijay Sonam, and HoDs of all the deptt and PR leaders of the area.

On behalf of people of Khenewa, Matam Pordung, ASM chairperson submitted the four-point memorandums requesting the DC for shifting of Multipurpose Cooperative Society from Margingla to Khenewa town. The memorandum said that the building for Multipurpose Cooperative Society was temporarily shifted to Marjingla due to fire accident at Khenewa, since then it is running at Marjingla causing great hardship to Govt. employees and common masses.

Second point of stated that the eight villages, namely,  Jomo, Johkio, Nampe, Lamnyo, Saro, Saria Sangbi and Pafa comes under Bameng constituency but all this villages have been  included under Chayang Tajo CD block for all ICDS benefits and PRI election. Because of these complicacies the area is some time left out for some important schemes.

Other demands include Wire Rope Suspension bridge at Liyang point over Kameng river and establishment of police outpost at Khenewa.  It stated that no police force was posted since the withdrawal of CRPF from Khenewa some years back. Since then the administration of the area failed in tackling the law and order problems of the township in many occasion.

Responding to the memorandum the DC Tope Bam assured the people to have  discussion with the DFCSO regarding the Multipurpose Cooperative Society for regular supply of food items. Regarding shifting of eight villages, the DC assured to take active initiative of the matter after proper discussion  with the concern MLAs of both the constituencies for the early solution of the problem.

Regarding sanctioning of fund for WRS bridge, Bam assured that he would take initiative in getting the proposal sanctioned. He further said that he  shall discuss with the MLA and Parl. Secy. for forest and environment Kumar Waii to include it in the next BADP scheme.

Regarding the police out post, DC asked the SP, Seppa to look into the matter.

He appealed the govt. employee especially the teachers to do their duty sincerely but warn of  appropriate action against those found indulging in the absenteeism practice.

SP, Kime Aya appealed the people not to create law and order problem and asked the GBs to try to solve the dispute if arise at Khenewa.

Deputy Director, ICDS, Lian Moyee said that she will try to bring the eight villages of Bameng constituency that falls under jurisdiction of  Chayang Tajo CD block to its original CD block Bameng for which  she assured to write it to the ‘Director, Child Development and Family Welfare, Govt. of A.P for needful action. She also informed the people about the various benefits like Indira Gandhi Handicapped Pension scheme meant for complete handicapped persons, Indira Gandhi National Pension for widows. She also informed the people about the various charter of duty of the Anganwadis and asked the people to avail the service properly.

Besides, DMO, Tale Gongo and DPO, Vijay Sonam also shared the word.

The senior citizen of the area also expressed grievances of the   people. DIPRO


Let them choose their leaders

Dear Editor,

I am happy to learn that All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU) Conference¬cum-Election-2011 has been fixed from 17th to 21st Feb.2011 at Seppa town. The student of Nyishi Community will elect their student leader for next three years. However it is regrettable to see that huge amount of money are being spent in the campaigning process of ensuing ANSU election since last three months. The ways in which the students are electing their leaders are not less than the MLA or MP election to run the democratic government. Apart from being student union, "ANSU" is a pressure or interest group of Nyishi Community in particular and state as a whole. It is most powerful student organization of Nyishi Community and this organization must not be pawned by few individual and leaders.

I am being ex-ANSU leader appeal all elders of the society and particularly elders of Upper Subansiri District not to interfere in the election/selection process of student organization. Let the student choose their right leader representing five Nyishis dominated district of the state.

Students are also advised not to choose leader by virtue of family background, relations, areas etc. Look at the history of person whom they want to choose as their leader. If practices of money culture, political backing and regionalism dominate in the election process, the day is not far, the poor but genuine student won't find their names even in the delegate list of the student’s election/selection process. Also I wonder whether student leader will be honestly carry out their work after spending so much of money in election process? Lastly, I extremely support the decision of Takam Tatung, Chief Election Commissioner of All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) to go for final scrutinization cum individual hearing from 8th to 12th February to check credential of those students who are going to participate in forthcoming ANSU election.


Lalik Hangkar

Ex- general secretary, ANSU




Drinking water crisis is man made problem

Dear Editor,

Millions of Indians currently lack access to clean drinking water and the situation is only getting worse. India’s demand for water is growing at an alarming rate. India currently has the world’s second largest population, which is expected to overtake China’s by 2050 when it reaches a staggering 1.6 billion.

India’s water crisis is predominantly a manmade problem. India’s climate is not particularly dry, nor is it lacking in rivers and groundwater. Extremely poor management, unclear laws, corruption and industrial and human waste have caused this water supply crisis and rendered what water is available practically useless due to the huge quantity of pollution. In managing water resources, the Indian government must maintain a balance in competing demands of drinking water between urban and rural, rich and poor, the economy and the environment.

In addition to devastating the agricultural sector of India’s economy, the water crisis will have a big effect on India’s industrial sector, possibly stagnating many industries. India has the power to avoid this dark future if people take action immediately. Start conserving water, begin to harvest rainwater, treat human, agricultural, and industrial waste effectively, and regulate how much water can be drawn out of the ground.


Bajrang Lal Pancharia

Naharlagun, on -email



Restore water supply system

Dear Editor,

We, on behalf of the effected people of the P-sector, Itanagar, would like to draw the kind attention of higher authorities toward the water problem faced by the people.

Few days back a eviction was launched in our sector. It is well understood that it was done for widening the road, but what was the need of breaking the water pipes.

It is sad to know that the eviction process was launched without proper precautions. We hope, the authority will take precautions before launching such process in future.

However, we are very much thankful to the PHE department for taking steps for providing water to the needy ones through vehicle. It is our humble appeal to the higher authority of PHE department that they should put their good effort to repair the water supply pipe at earliest.

Lastly, it is our humble request to the people of the P-sector to maintain discipline while fetching the water to make it easy for one and all.


Neelam Nega,

Neelam Nwma,

Neelam Mama,

P-sector, Itanagar

On e-mail



Yoga for calmness and peace of mind

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily I would like highlight the need for yoga camp being organized by the followers of Baba Ramdev for the youth of Arunachal Pradesh. Today's youth are drifted towards the western cultures and manner that seem to them attractive, smart, cool and funny. Apart from the costumes, music etc the youth are attracted towards the tobacco products and liquor, drugs etc. Anticipating the call and need of the hour, Arunachal Society have stepped forward to bring Baba Ramdev once again to Arunachal Pradesh to organize one-day camp on 16'h February of this month. This effort is done with the aim of inculcating healthy and fruitful habits in the minds of Arunachalee youngsters who have tended to lose the direction towards the right path. This small act on our part can become beacon light for the rest of our lives. Such a camp can also unify the diverse populace of Arunachal Pradesh.

At the end, I would once again request everyone to attend the function whole heartedly and let me assure you that all those who will attend it will leave their seat with a chest full treasure of peace of mind, serenity and calmness.


Reshma S. Raju,

VKV Itanagar



NE represented

Dear Editor,

In his letter titled "Where is NE?" ( 7 February), one Anil Dey seeks an answer from me as to why Rabindranath Tagore didn’t mention Assam or any other NE states in the National Anthem!

Firstly, Tagore composed a song depicting the geographical, natural, historical and cultural aspects of India, the first paragraph of which was later adopted as the 'National Anthem'. We should remember that "Jana Gana Mana ..." is a song or poetry, not a textbook of geography or General Knowledge enumerating the list of Indian provinces.

Secondly, India is represented not only by its different provinces; but by its rivers, hills, mountains and oceans as well. Thus, despite absence of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh in the National Anthem; the Hindi-speaking provinces get represented by Vindhya, Yamuna and Ganga. And Right from Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh or North-East, the entire northern frontier of India gets represented by the term 'Himachal'.

Now, will Dey dare to condemn that over-hyped song "Mere Watan Ke Logon...." where the sacrifices of Sikh, Maratha, Jat and 'Madrasi' soldiers (during the Indo-China war) were respectfully commemorated; but the bravery of Bengali and North-Eastern warriors were completely ignored? Or will Dey remain mum just because the song is composed in India's "Rashtra Bhasa", sung by Lata Mangeshkar and that it evoked tears from the eyes of Jawaharlal Nehru --- all overhyped language/personalities?

And even if Tagore had committed a great "sin" by not mentioning the name of Assam or any other North-Eastern state in the National Anthem; still the gravity of the "offence" is certainly infinitely lesser than the Hindi-chauvinists of the Centre who have declared a particular language as "Rajbhasa" of a multi-lingual democratic country. Is Hindi the "King" of Indian languages or the Hindi-speakers the "King" of India? Why don't Dey, who demands equality in all respects, seeks an explanation from the linguistic imperialists of New Delhi?


Kajal  Chatterjee, Kolkata-114. On e-mail







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News Impact

Awareness prog on handloom

ZIRO, Feb 8: Cluster level awareness programme on "Handloom Mark Scheme" was held at Craft Centre, Ziro today. More than 80 weavers attended the programme.

During the technical session of the programme, Hage Tado, Joint Director, Textile and Handicraft explained the main objective of the programme and importance of fixing labels. Tado emphasized on promoting handloom products in domestic as well as international market. He said the label fixed will give assurance to the consumers about the genuineness of the product to improve international marketing linkages to the handloom weavers of the state.

The methods of fixing label on the end products were properly explained and demonstrated to the weavers. Welcome address was delivered by Kago Rina,Designer,Ziro Handloom Cluster. DIRPO incharge


Awareness campaign on Health

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Saint Claret College, Ziro organized an awareness campaign on health  and  first-aid in the College Auditorium today. The sessions were animated by Rev. Sr. Dr. Sushmita SD.

The campaign was aimed at providing useful knowledge on first-Aid, uses and abuses of drugs and the importance of hygiene. Practical demonstrations with the help of audio visual made the class interesting and enriching. The interactive session was beneficial to the staff and the students of the college.


Artists plead for spl. provision

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: The Arunachal Artists Forum (AAF) and the  Nyishi Art and Culture Welfare Society (NACWS) jointly appealed the state government for special provision for state artists during the statehood day. It demanded for vehicle entry pass and separate gallery for the state artists during such event.

The Artists’ Forum has lamented that since 1972, the artists of state have been denied their due recognition, especially in statehood day. They further said that there is no separate gallery for artist’s particularly seniors in any national and state level event.

Both the organization appealed Khandu-led state government to look into the matter so that the senior and budding artists of the state could be met equal treatment from the authority during the statehood day.

Speaking to media person’s general secretary Arunachal Artist Forum Kipa Robniang informed that the Forum had submitted a representation to chief minister in this regard. We also appealed for honorarium for yesteryear state’s artists, he added.


KK DC inspects development projects

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Kurung Kumey district deputy commissioner Bidol Taying visited Nyapin and Phassang circle from 5th to 7th of this month. During his visit to Nyapin area DC inspected various projects like PMGSY road, micro hydel project, schools, hospitals and other ongoing development works.

He visited villages like Hiba, Yuba, Longth Loth, Panong and Takey under Nyapin circle. Later accompanied by head of departments DC Bidol Tayeng visited Sango, Yamdo, Leya and Lungsa village under remote Phassang circle. It is to be noted that Phassang circle was created in the year 2003 with headquarter at Lungsa village. But till today headquarter is not connected with road.  During the tour DC was accompanied by Peyang ADC Nyapin, Tadar Ado, ZPM, Nyapin, Tadar Lalik chairperson Nyapin Anchal Samity and Kipa Kayin, chairperson of development committee, Nyapin.


Committee’s memo to Parliamentary  panel

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: The RHEP Land Donors Committee (RLDC) in its memorandum submitted to the Parliamentary Committee on welfare of  Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe yesterday also demanded re-through of old Ziro-Kimin Road from 35 km to Dam Top as per resolution signed between  state Govt and NEEPCO on July 25, 2001.


Tassar appeals for cooperation

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Parliamentary secretary Lokam Tassar has called upon the citizens of capital to cooperate with concerned authorities who are carrying out beautification of twin town of Itanagar and Naharlagun. In a press statement today Tassar regretted the fact that many citizens are creating trouble in carrying out beautification work.

“I have even personally intervened in many cases to pacify citizens who were creating trouble for authorities. Most of these citizens have carried out illegal construction in roads and government properties. Now when city authorities are trying to beautify capital by dismantling such illegal construction, citizens are obstructing their work,” stated Tassar. He further added, “Beautification of capital is being done for the citizens only. Also Itanagar and Naharlagun is gateway to Arunachal and it’s our duty to keep capital town beautiful.”

Tassar urged citizens to have patience and help capital complex administration to carry out their work without any hassle. “The more residents obstruct the work, more beautification process will get delayed. So, for the interest of themselves and state, citizen should let authorities carry out beautification work without any hassle,” appealed Tassar.


Adolescence education programme held

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: An adolescence education programme was conducted for students of class at government higher secondary school, Naharlagun yesterday.

Resource person from APSACS and two trained nodal teachers imparted knowledge on life skill development, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and adolescence reproduction and sexual health during the programme.


Pre-Nyokum Yullo celebration

ITANAGAR, Feb 08: PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki would attend as chief guest in the pre-Nyokum Yullo celebration at Mengio (Sakiang) on February 24.


Nonagenarian dies

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: A nonagenarian Toko Yari (Tassar), wife of late Toko Tatam of village Tallo died at her native village under Lower Subansiri district yesterday after a brief illness. She was 95 and is survived by 3 sons and a daughter and many grand children, according to a family source.



ITANAGAR, Feb 8: The officers and staff of directorate of public libraries assembled at the office premises today to mourn the sudden death of Akom Gachi Don, Superintendent of Public Libraries. He breathed his last at General hospital Naharlagun on 7th Feb. The department prayed for peace of the departed soul.


New student body elected

ITANAGAR, Feb 8: Tamar Kodak and Sade Lusi Tamin have been elected as president and general secretary of the All Upper Subansiri District Students Union in its 3rd general election cum conference held from Feb 2 to 5, informed the Chief Election Commissioner of AUSDSU  Talin Lusi Sorum Tamin in a release.


Assembly session

ITANAGAR: Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh has summoned the Fifth Legislative Assembly of the State to meet for its Fifth Session on March 3 and March 18 to 24, except the holidays, according to an official release.


Recognize contribution of women: APWWS

ITANAGAR:  While congratulating renowned poet and author Mamang Dai for being chosen for prestigious Padmashree Award, the Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society decried the state Govt for not recognizing the contributions of women activists in the state.

Women of Arunachal Pradesh are contributing in various fields as social activists, sportspersons, entrepreneurs etc, but little has been done on the part of the Govt to recognize and encourage the women contributors in the society. The Govt should encourage and give due recognition to women and girl child, it said.

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