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
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
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
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.
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Ex- general secretary, ANSU
Drinking water crisis is man made problem
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
Bajrang Lal Pancharia
Naharlagun, on -email
Restore water supply system
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.
Yoga for calmness and peace of mind
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,
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
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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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,”
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.
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.
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.