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February  - 22


Arunachal celebrates 25th Statehood Day

Ahluwalia assures all help from Centre Khandu  appeals for Central assistance for infrastructure development    

ITANAGAR, Feb 21: Arunachal Pradesh has celebrated its 25th Statehood Day with great enthusiasm on Feb 20.

Addressing a mammoth gathering at I G Park here, the chief guest of the Statehood Day celebration, the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia has assured the state Govt of all help from the Centre for all round development of the state. Stating that efforts are being initiated to accelerate development in all border areas of the state, Ahluwalia pledges to consider project proposals submitted by the state government for infrastructure development particularly in border areas like porter tracks and log bridges and drinking water facilities besides connectivity to 22 unconnected administrative centres and maintenance and construction of foot suspension bridges.

The Planning Commission will sympathetically consider all the proposals of the State Govt. to meet the developmental needs of the state, he said while adding that it is the responsibility of the Centre and the State Governments to bring development, particularly in border areas in landlocked Himalayan state.  

Regarding construction of Airport, Ahluwalia  also  said that  he would take up  the matter with concerned ministry for speedy construction of Green field airport.

Referring to the initiative of the state Govt to harness the hydro potential,  the Planning Commission deputy  chairman  said that state Govt  will able to generate  Rs 10,000 Crores revenue annually after commissioning of the various Hydro-Projects  in the state. He also stressed the need of utilization of the revenue for all-round development.

Expressing satisfaction with progress in implementation of the  projects under PM Package, he acknowledged the rapid  development of the state since attaining statehood in 1987. The state has now 4600 schools and its literacy rate was recorded at 55 per cent as per  2001 census, he said.

Dr. Ahluwalia also congratulated the people of the State and the State Govt. for being chosen Best State in small category for its accelerated development for the CNN-IBN Award by the CNN-IBN and IBN7, the premier News Channel.

The Chief Guest also declared open the 3-day festival of Arunachal organized to commemorate the 25th Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh.

Earlier, greeting the people on the occasion, the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu reiterated his commitment for the rapid growth of the state. Emphasizing   the need of rapid development  of the state, particularly in boarder areas, the Chief Minister urged upon  the Central Govt and Planning Commission for sanctioning of funds for various  projects proposals  which included project for connecting 22 unconnected Administrative Centers in Border Areas (Rs. 2835crores), project for providing Drinking Water Facilities in Rural Areas (Rs. 377.76 crores), maintenance and construction of Foot Suspension Bridges, Porter Tracks and Log Bridges (Rs. 497.80 crores), Trans-Arunachal Power Grid (Rs. 1,275.00 crores), Fund for carrying PDS commodities to Border Areas through helicopters. (Total cost is about Rs. 100.00 crores) and release of at least 40 per cent SPA funds as untied funds.

He also called for early sanction of fund against Greenfield airport and expedites progress on BRO roads. Reiterating his government’s priority on hydropower, Khandu appealed to the people including political parties to cooperate with the Govt in harnessing hydro potentials of the state for rapid development.

A lot still needs to be done to augment our present International Border Management capacities, the chief minister said while pointing out the strategic local of the state  with almost  1200 km long mountainous and snow-clad border with China.

Chief Minister  also  highlighted  the achievement of the state Govt and it’s priority sectors.   

While referring to the tourism sector of the state, he said the state has registered 5 lakhs tourists in the year 2010 and urged  upon the stakeholders  in tourism sector  to extend warm hospitality  to the tourists and ensure cleanliness and hygiene  in order to attrack more tourist in the state.

PWD & UD Minister Nabam Tuki also spoke on the occasion. Chief Guest of the occasion presented medals and commendation certificates to the State Level Awardees.

Ahluwaila, who had earlier declared the Festival of Arunachal open also inaugurated the exhibition stalls. Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court M. B. Lokur released the 25th Statehood Day souvenir on the occasion. The Chief Justice also  inaugurated the Food Village.

The three day festival includes many cultural competitions, literary activities and musical evenings. Coinciding with the festival is the ten-day Khadi and Village Industries Zonal level exhibition and nine-day Itanagar book festival in the same venue.

At Roing, Lower Dibang Valley district joined the rest of the state in  celebrating the silver jubilee of Arunchal Pradesh Statehood  at General Play Ground amidst gathering of students, teachers, public, officers  and  officials.  On the occasion, Zilla Chairperson Chiliko Meto unfurled the tricolor. Meto said that the state has progressed in various sectors including hydro-power, tourism during last 25 years. He called upon the panchayat leaders to work in coordination with HoDs for all round development of the district and further appealed all the people to cooperate in census enumerations.MLA  Laeta Umbrey, and Meto distributed the prizes to various cultural troupes who have performed during the statehood day celebration.

At Tawang, the celebration started with unfurling of national flag by in charge Deputy Commissioner Lobsang Phunchu, ADC amidst huge gathering. Phunchu gave a brief account on administrative development of the state.  He appealed all to preserve flora and fauna of the district to maintain ecological balance and attract tourist. Emphasis should be given on development of tourism, he said. He stressed on self sufficiency in agricultural field and asked the concerned department to extend all kind of help to the farmers.

The celebration ended with distribution of prizes to the best farmers of three blocks of Tawang district which was sponsored by ATMA and also winners of various games and sports organized on the occasion.

At Anini in Dibang Valley district, DC Abu Tayeng unfurled the national flag. Addressing a mammoth gathering at the celebration ground Abu Tayeng underscored achievements of the state Govt. In an endeavor to provide clean and transparent administration, District website has been launched (www.dibangvalley.nic.in). Jansuvidha will also be launched shortly in order to expedite faster public delivery system, he added On the occasion, Tayeng handed over the ambulance key procured under BADP to Dr.T. Yomcha, DRCHO.  

At Yingkiong, Upper Siang DC  Pawan Kr. Sain unfurled the National flag and took the ceremonial salute from the  contingent of the APP.  Addreesing the huge gathering  Sain  highlighted  the various  development activities taken up by the various departments in the district especially in the field of health, road connectivity,, education, rural electrifications etc. He appealed to all to promote  equality and unity amongst the citizens. Akkong Apang HGB Karko, Kabit Apang EAC and Omiyang Boli, Secy. Women Welfare Society Yingkiong elaborated the evolution of the state. They appealed all to co-operate and dedicate for the development.

At Changlang,  Changlang District DC Opak Gao unfurled the national flag amidst huge gathering. While addressing the gathering Gao reiterated Govt employees to take a vow to discharge their duties and responsibility with outmost honesty and sincerity. He strongly advocated against the drug abuse and alcoholism, specialty among the budding young generation and appealed to rood out this social evils in order live a life  free from drugs and alcoholism and remain fit physically and mentally.

At Daporijo in Upper Subansiri district, the Silver jubilee of the Statehood was celebrated at Rijo  ground in a befitting manger. The function was  attended by MLA Punji Mara, MLA Tapen Siga, DC Ameya Abhayankar, officers, PRI members and the public of the area.  On the occasion, Mara gave a brief account of state’s transition from NEFA to present Arunachal Pradesh. He enjoined the students to pay attention to their studies and advised the public to work in tandem with the Administration and police in maintaining peace and harmony in the area.

At Aalo, the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Arunachal Statehood was  celebrated in a befitting manner. The Silver jubilee was also  celebrated in other administrative subdivisions and circles. The West Siang ADC Kanki Darang appealed all cross-sections of people to come up with renewed commitment  in order to make  Arunachal a  one of the progressive states in the country. The past 25 years have witnessed tremendous progress in every sphere and our efforts should continue to make it more vibrant state in the years to come, he said.

At Pasighat, coinciding the Pasighat Centenary, the people of Pasighat also celebrated Silver Jubilee of Statehood in a colorful and befitting manner at the general parade ground. The Education Minister Bosiram Siram hoisted the flag on the occasion.  Siram in his address lauded the contributions of the bureaucrats, technocrats, politicians and cross section of people towards rapid developments of the state as a whole and East Siang district in particular during the last 25 years of statehood. The minister  highlighted on the various developmental projects taken-up and accomplished in the district during the last one year.

Along with statehood Day, ATMA organized a colorful program of folk dances, where eight SHGs participated and a seminar on ‘Global warming and its impacts on horticulture and agriculture crops’ was also organized by College of Horticulture, Pasighat.  

At Khonsa, the 25th Statehood day of Arunachal was celebrated at Khonsa on with various programmes. Addressing a huge gathering at Nehru Stadium on the occasion, local MLA Kamthok Lowang, while greeting the people, described the evolution of the state from its erstwhile NEFA days and appealed to the people to cooperate with the government for all-round development. He said that the state had made rapid strides on all fronts and a number of ambitions mega projects are in progress. He further said that Tirap was also making a steady progress in all sectors adding that he was in touch with all government agencies to ensure that peace return to the district and that common people were not affected. He earlier, unfurled the national tricolour.

Band display by the students of KGBV, Barap, games and sports cultural programmes and display of traditional sports marked the day-long celebrations. Tewan Kitnya, FTD holder, Malaria control programme was awarded a commendation certificate by the govt. of Arunachal in recognition of his dedicated service.

The 25th Statehood Day was also celebrated in Arunachal Bhawan, New Delhi in a simple  but impressive function.

Dr Avinachal Kumar Mishra, Principal  Resident Commissioner  highlighted development works in Aruanchal during last 25 years.

At Ziro, the silver Jubilee Statehood of Arunachal Pradesh was celebrated with much enthusiasm at Subansiri Stadium. The Chief Guest for the occasion Padi Richo, MLA and Parliamentary Secretary, Labour and Land management unfurled the National flag and highlighted the importance of the celebration.

Colourfull cultural programmes were presented by various groups. It is worth mentioning here that four different stages from original to modified version of Apatani Dance “Daminda”, namely, Rego Daminda, Khalo Daminda, Dree Daminda and Soming Ngarming Daminda were presented by the Hime Ohho Mi Enkisa (HOME) Society.

Exciting traditional games like wrestling was also presented on the occasion.The Celebration concluded with tree plantation programme at Gandhi Middle School,Hapoli. DIPRO

At Jairampur, Arunahal Pradesh Statehood day was celebrated at JRP with great joy and enthusiasm. Zilla parishad member Joyo Longri unfurled the ceremonial flag. She highlighted the various development achieved in different sectors after attaining statehood. She also appealed all citizen particularly the youths of the sub-division to shun the path of violence and take part in the development of the state.

Lohit and Anjaw districts also celebrated the Arunachal Pradesh Statehood day in a very befitting manner. All administrative circles under Anjaw and Lohit District  including Kabitho, Walong, Hawai, Manchal, Hayuliang, Chaglagam, Mataingliang, Goiliang of Anjaw and Lekang, Sunpura, Namsai, Piyung, Lathaw, Wakro, Chongkham of Lohit District celebrated the Statehood day in their respective administrative headquarters.

At Tezu, the Lohit Deputy Commissioner R. K. Sharma graced the occasion and unfurled the national flag at Jubilee ground. To mark the occasion a colourfull and glittering cultural programme in traditional attire performed by students of various schools enthused everyone. An elocution allocation competition on the topic “political and socio-economic development of Arunachal Pradesh since Independence” was organized in which students of various schools of adjoining Tezu participated. Later on Deputy Commissioner, Lohit district gave away the prizes to the successful participants. ATNS/ DIPR/ DIPROs


Governor urgesmisguided youth to shun path of violence

ITANAGAR, Feb 21: As we launch the year-long Statehood Day Silver Jubilee Celebrations, I urge each one of you to renew the pledge that we made to ourselves on this day 25 years ago  that of realizing our vision of a self-reliant, vibrant and developed Arunachal Pradesh. Let us make collective efforts as ‘Team Arunachal’ to live up to our duties, conscious of the golden future that beckons us, while being firmly rooted in our glorious past, appealed Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh while addressing in the 25th Statehood Day celebration of Arunachal Pradesh at Indira Gandhi park here  on Feb 20.  Stating that Arunachal Pradesh has set the highest standards of monitoring by introducing third party monitoring of all the projects being undertaken in the state, Gen Singh reiterated the endeavour of the state Government to ensure maintenance of peace and tranquility in the state, to free the State from social injustice, and inequality and promote education amongst all, especially the girl child. The Government will lay a special focus on harnessing the rich hydro-power potential and mineral resources and also go all-out in developing the tourism, agriculture and horticulture potential of the State, he added.

Governor also thanked Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia for providing unflinching support to us in all our developmental efforts.

Calling for making the state, violence free and bandh free, Governor said, Arunachal Pradesh has been an oasis of peace in the entire North-Eastern region but the recent developments on the law and order front in Tirap District have pained him tremendously.

He appealed to all the misguided youth of Arunachal Pradesh to give up the cult of the gun and join the mainstream.  The State Government will take all steps to ensure their proper rehabilitation, he added. At the same time he said that the Govt. would act firmly in dealing with outlawed organisations involved in active insurgency with iron fist approach. PRO to Governor


Festival of Arunachal: Exhibitors,  booksellers doing brisk business

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 21: The exhibitors and booksellers had a brisk business on the first two day of the Festival of Arunachal organized to mark the silver jubilee of Arunachal’s Statehood at IG Park here.

All the 67 stalls put by various SHGs, NGOs and small scale industries exhibiting cane, wooden and bamboo craft were the largest crowd puller. According to a survey conducted by The Arunachal Times, they alone have sold items like wooden, cane and bamboo crafts, local ornaments, khadi products, locally made daos, silk & woolen items, artificial flower, meet-cutter, knives etc. over worth Rs. 16.87 lakh till 12 noon today. This Zonal level PMEGP exhibition cum sale programme, which was inaugurated by state governor’s wife Anupama Singh yesterday, has been organised by KVIB, Itanagar under the sponsorship of KVIC, Mumbai, Ministry of MSME.

"Response is overwhelming and selling has been excellent so far," an excited exhibitor told The Arunachal Times. Many items were sold out on the first day itself, few have informed.

There were also reports of overwhelming response from readers and book lovers at the Book Festival too. There has been a bee-line of students and children with their parents in front of every book stall.

According to the survey, each stall is selling books worth Rs. 25,000 in average everyday. There are 75 such book stalls in total. Story books for children, books on personality development, health series, Vastu Shastra were in high demands and were selling like hot cakes, a book seller informed. Reputed book publishers, like Diamond Pocket Books, National Book Trust etc. are putting their stalls. The Book Festival organized by National Book Trust, India in collaboration with District Administration Capital Complex and Directorate of Public Library, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh was inaugurated by Governor Gen (Retd) JJ Singh on February 19 last.

On the other hand, business at Food Stalls was not up to the expectation. This reporter witnessed a thin attendance of visitors and food lovers in almost all the food stalls. According to an owner of such food stall, their business have been dampened to a certain extent by the International Expo organised simultaneously at the same ground. The total selling of over 60 food stalls was hardly over Rs. 7 Lakh on the first day.

There was no taker of local dishes and beverages available in menus in many food stalls till noon. However, the food stalls put by E&K group and Nocte Food stall from Deomali and few others were doing a good business. Wotok (Chicken stone fry), Nga Wih (baked fish), Kholam (bamboo rice), Jumin (distilled rice wine) were some of the special items of the Nocte Food stall.

Meanwhile, most of the owners of Food Stalls have requested the organizer to extend the duration of Festival at least for another 2-3 days to recover their investments,  otherwise,  they said, might face heavy loss. It may be mentioned here that most of the owners of food stalls are unemployed youths from various corners of the state. There are almost 60 food stalls in the Festival.

When contacted, the Capital Deputy Commissioner  Dr S B Deepak Kumar  said the response of the visitors to the festival is overwhelming. He said  the exhibition stall on hydro power and other various stalls including the stalls put by Polytechnic and CCRD succeeded to draw huge crowd.  On the first day of the festival, the visitors thronged the festival ground till late evening, he further informed.


Students hold peace rally, decry violence in Tirap

ITANAGAR, Feb 21: Tirap district, hitherto known for peace and tranquility is today gripped by violence perpetrated by various insurgent groups. Insurgency is today the most burning problem of the district but paradoxically it is the least talked and discussed about among the law-enforcing agencies and policy makers. The common people who bear the brunt of the problem are intrigued and baffled by the deafening silence of the leaders of the people for the people by the people! Every one who matters is tight lipped and not a word has been heard from the leaders and the Govt. when people including students, Govt. employees, business community and general public are in panicky state, especially at Khonsa. They are enduring the situation in painful silence.

In view of prevailing situation in Tirap a huge rally was organized on Statehood Day by the students under the aegis of all Tirap Students Union at Khonsa carrying placards and banners. “Enough is enough, we want peace, say no to gun culture, stop violence etc.” rent the air.

Later a peace meeting was held at Circuit House in which students and people from all walks of life attended. All the speakers spoke for restoration of peace in the district.

The house unanimously condemned the recent firing incidents at Khonsa Village and Khonsa Town and appealed the NSCN groups to restrain from such kind of activities.  The meeting also adopted resolution stating that all the representatives of Tirap district should come together to tackle the present crisis of peace and harmony in the district.  Adequate security forces should be deployed in Tirap district to avoid unwanted circumstances, it said.

The meeting further  resolved  that Govt. should initiate programs to help the misguided youths of Tirap and the intelligence wings of security forces should be expended and made more active.

The State Govt. should stop step-motherly treatment to the people of Tirap District, it added.

Stressing the need of cooperation between the public and security forces, the meeting also called upon the civil society to come together against violence  and and also called for awareness meeting among the common people.

The ATSU requested all the representatives, general publics and administrative officers along with other organizations to come forward in maintaining peace  and  tranquility in the Tirap District.

It may be mentioned here that a bloody turf war is going on between NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K) ostensibly to expand their area of dominance for extortion.


State BJYM to launch mass rally against corruption in state

ITANGAR, Feb 21: The state Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) President Doni Nich had participated at the BJYM National Executive Meeting which was held at the Party Head Quarter, New Delhi on Feb 18.  The meeting chaired by the National BJYM President Anurag Thakur discussed many issues including corruption  and the Rastriya Ekta Yatra. The meeting after the marathon discussions  resolved to continue its Rastriya Ekta Yatra in the country and also decided to organize mass rallies and protests all over the country against corruptions in various level. The meeting adopted the resolution put forward by the state BJYM president Doni Nich to fight  against corruption in PDS and Hydro-Power  project implementation in Arunachal Pradesh  through mass rallies in the state.

Meanwhile, the state unit of BJYM decided to start the movement from March 22 from Mandal level onwards which will be participated by the national BJYM leaders. The BJYM also urged   the Hydro-Power developers  in the state   to provide employment opportunities to the local un-employed youths of the state in the various technical and non technical posts, failing which,  it said, will launch agitation.


KVK organizes Coldwater Fish Culture training

ITANAGAR, Feb 21: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Deomali under the sponsorship of National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad has organized a training programme on ‘Cold water Fish Culture’ for the fish farmers of the district from February 17- 21, at KVK campus Deomali.

Thirty farmers from 15 different villages Khasa, K/Noknu, Chingkoi, Upper Chingkoi, Nginu, Ngongthong, Kolagaon, Konnu, Konsa, Jagan, Mintong, New Kothin, Chanu, Bonia and Pongkong attended the training programme.  

During the five day long training, resource persons SMS ( Fisheries) R. Dutta, DFDO L. Lasa, Fisheries Officer, Deomali, P. Pillia, Fisheries Officer D. Bhattacharjya, Programme Assistant (Fisheries), KVK, Upper Subansiri Dipjyoti Bora and other imparted theory and practical training on different aspects of coldwater fish culture like suitable coldwater fish species, composite fish culture for hilly regions, culture aspects of different coldwater fish species, supplementary feeding, cure and prevention of fish disease and induced breeding.

The farmers were also given practical exposure at Fisheries Demonstration Unit, Deomali.

Earlier, in the inaugural day, Tirap District Fisheries Development Officer, L. Lassa urged the fish farmers of the district to utilize the unique aquatic resources available in hilly states like Arunachal Pradesh for Cold Water Fish culture and thereby augment the fish production of the district as well as the state.

KVK, Tirap Programme Coordinator, Dr. Narendra Kumar, also encouraged the farmers to use Coldwater Fish Culture to make Tirap district self sufficient in fish production.


Gamlin inaugurates Bridge

AALO, Feb 21: The tiny Kesi Tali village, the ancestral home of all Tali, Tato, Tajom and Ragyom clans had a rare occasion to cheer together when a rope wire suspension bridge that connects the village with the rest was inaugurated on Feb 19.

Addressing a large gathering after inauguration, Power and Tourism Minister Jarbom Gamlin said that need based developments will be taken up gradually in four circles of his constituency. He appealed people to allow him draw up a perspective plan at his level. Problems are enormous everywhere but core issues that agitate the general masses are being addressed in a focused manner while taking up the developmental activities, he said. The guest of honour on the occasion, Er Sentum Yomcha, SE PHED disclosed that water supply scheme had been carried out in the village. He urged upon  the people   cooperate in implementation of the village sanitation  programme under Total Sanitation Campaign.

The Kamba ADC, Nyiken Lollen urged all Govt functionaries of different departments to make aware of people-centric Govt programme and rely more on traditional system of justice. The GBs and youths from Kesi Tali, Yaki Tato, Gemo Tali also spoke on the occasion.  DIPRO


Centenary celebration concludes

Pasighat  is a educational hub: Governor

ITANAGAR, Feb 21: Pasighat has stood out in every sector and has always been known as Gateway of Arunachal Pradesh. An eventful existence of any place, whose foundation was laid more than century ago by itself is an indelible honour for a young State like Arunachal Pradesh, said State Governor Gen JJ Singh while participating on the concluding day of six-day Pasighat centenary celebration at Pasighat today. Pasighat with the first College of the State, named, after first Prime Minister of our country Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru had been the educational hub of Arunachal Pradesh. Most of our leaders, senior bureaucrats, past and present had their education from this very place. It has always played a pivotal role in the development of the State. “I share my pride in our great pioneers, the men and women who had put the effort in establishing this place with you all”, he said while paying homage to the founders and pioneers of the place with whose efforts Pasighat would not have got such fame or risen to such eminence.

Earlier extending his greetings to the people, Governor congratulated the organizers, the District administration and Tourism department and people of Pasighat for such an elaborate arrangement.

Gen Singh who was very pleased to note that during the six-day celebration, indigenous cultural and games and sports competitions were conducted, in addition to fashion show and entertaining musical evenings said, this showcasing of our uniqueness will go a long way in preservation of our ethnicity.

He was also very pleased to see involvement of young boys and girls and their enthusiastic participation in all the events, especially in cultural competitions. As I always maintain that moving forward with modernization and development should remain our ‘mantra’ but at the same time we must inculcate pride amongst the younger generations in their very own age-old customs and traditions. Make your younger generation learn the importance of the cultural ethos, he emphasized.

In his address local MLA Bosiram Siram, Education minister said, centenary celebration has given a special status to Pasighat in the heart of the people of Arunachal Pradesh which will be remembered for centuries to come. Profusely thanking the Governor for attending the celebration on its concluding day, Siram said under the guidance of Gen Singh, the State of Arunachal Pradesh has made huge progress and people will not forget his immense contributions.

Taking pride in the school children who had presented captivating performances in the cultural presentation, Education Minister appreciated Onit Panyang, East Siang district Deputy Commissioner, Chairman, Pasighat Centenary Celebration Committee and his Secretary Bittam Darang, DFO for the elaborate and wonderful six-day celebration.

Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman, Pasighat Centenary Celebration Committee Onit Panyang, East Siang district Deputy Commissioner said, this celebration depicting and showcasing the 100 years of glorious journey of Pasighat being the first of its kind in the history of Arunachal Pradesh has special significance for more than on reason. For, the establishment of Pasighat in 1911 by the Britishers is inextricably linked with the heroic deeds of the people of undivided Siang, wherein the local people fought bravely their honour, democracy and freedom of the motherland, which indeed is a part and parcel of freedom struggle of India. It is also equally significant for the fact that people of Pasighat have immensely contributed to the all round development of our State as torch bearers in all spheres of life including socio-political, arts, literature and culture, education, public administration and economic development in the formative stage of Arunachal Pradesh, Panyang added.

A colourful cultural programme was presented on the occasion. Taking pride in their cultural heritage and displaying warfare skill, villagers presented Tapu or the War Dance, while winner and runner-up of folk dance competition, troupes from Rani and Namey villages respectively presented rhythmic Ponung dances.

Later the Chief Guest and other dignitaries visited the mock village, where local houses of other tribes of the Sate, like Galo, Mishmi were also constructed. They also visited the food and indigenous handicraft stalls. The photo exhibition by organizing committee, District Information and Public Relations Office and Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation, Naharlagun, which gave glimpses of historical past of Pasighat were the huge crowd pullers.

Pasighat Centennial Celebration with the theme, honouring the past, visioning the future to commemorate the history and culture, to educate, involve and inspire all communities and people and to leave a legacy for future generation was inaugurated by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu on 16th February last.   PRO to Governor


8 Karatekas to represent India at Asian C’ship at Colombo  

ITANAGAR, Feb 21: A 10-member Karate team including  two officials from Arunachal Pradesh will represent India at 4th Asian Nihon Shotokan Karate-Do Championship to be held at Colombo, Sri Lanka from February 25 to 28 next. A two days special coaching for the Colombo bound team is being conducted by former world champion Shihan Pemba Tamang on February 24 and 25.

The team: Debia Yakap, Pacha Nabin Jamoh, Tarh Tapak, Away Dolo, Tagr Saa, Janam Dodum, Dongro Dodum, Ellah Menjo, (Tech. officals: Deben Sharma  Likha Tara.


Arunachal at National Games

3 pugilists enter medal round

Jamshedpur, Feb  21: Arunachal Pradesh assured themselves of three more bronze medals at National Games as boxers Monita Devi, Prakash Dorjee and Tilak  Budhathoki won their respective quarterfinal bouts to enter semifinals  here today.

Women boxer Monita pounded Shabana of Delhi 7-1 while Prakash Darjee defeated Mukesh of Chandigarh 10-5. Tilak thrashed Balu Ganesh of Kerala 7-1  and advanced to the semifinals.

However, Tonibala Chanu lost to Pinky  Jangra of Haryana 0-10 and Arun Limbu to Mishal B. Lakra of Jharkhand 4-10, according to information received here this evening.

Meanwhile, lifers Yukar Sibi and Menu Tajo will begin their medal hunt tomorrow at 4 pm.

Arunachal Pradesh has so far won four bronze in Karate, a Silver and two bronze medals in Lawn Bowl.


Governor releases book authored by Bosiram Siram

ITANAGAR, Feb 21: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh released a book titled, ‘A few words in the light of Arunachal Pradesh Education Act 2010’ written by Education Minister Bosiram Siram at Pasighat today. It is an effort by the Education Minister to reach out to the teachers, students and officials to streamline the Education system in the State. Siram, along with hosts of dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Governor, who will be inaugurating the two-day conference of Higher and Technical Education at Itanagar tomorrow, expressed his hope that the book will provide guidance and much needed impetus in improving the Education scenario in the state.

In the sideline of the book release, which was held during the concluding function of the Pasighat Centenary celebration, Siram said the book is about my personal comments on the new education policy of the State. On my part I would like request everybody concerned to follow the Education Policy with an open mind in letter and spirit. I want to drive home the point to our respected teachers that a living example is much more effective that the ones which are cited from books.

The 168 pages book gives  and  insight of the Arunachal Pradesh Education Bill, 2010, which was enacted in the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly on March 19, 2010. PRO to Governor


Rebia visits remotest Habia village

ITANAGAR, Feb 21: MLA  cum Parliamentary secretary, industries, Nabam Rebia visited Habia, the remotest and unconnected village of Doimukh Assembly Constituency after a 4 hour trek from Pakke Kesang via Tajar Geko on  Feb 18. He was accompanied by Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner  Pige Ligu, EE PWD Tumto Kamsi, CO Sangdupota Likha Teji, DFDO James Nabam, DCC President Nabam Rana, ZPM Upper Balijan Nabam Sukia and other officials during his visit.

Before reaching Habia the team visited Sokio Sinyik, a pristine natural lake  where Rebia released fingerlings brought by the fisheries Deptt, Papum Pare. This was a maiden visit of the MLA and DC Papum Pare to this remote hamlet to assess the practical difficulties faced by the villagers and as an effort towards bringing development to their doorstep.

Later speaking at a function in the evening, the MLA apprised the people of the initiatives taken by him. He informed that scheme for construction of Wire Rope Suspension Bridge over Pomi Nallah and Papum River has already been taken up with the central Government. In the meanwhile he instructed EE PWD to prepare a scheme for immediate construction a suspension bridge over Pomi Nallah as a temporary arrangement till formal sanction from the ministry. He also urged the villagers to refrain from killing wildlife and safeguard the forests. He also said that the proposal for construction of road from Habia to Pakke Kesang shall be looked into in future and informed that construction of road from Bassarnallah to Tapioso has  already being taken up under NLCPR. He further  added that upgradation of school at Habia shall be done on the basis of enrolment and lauded the work of Sharma, school teacher of Habia Primary School.

The Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu also spoke on the occasion and urged the villagers to take care of the flora and fauna of the area and asked them to get the trees registered with the Forest Department. Hina Tok, a youth leader, Nabam Sukia, ZPM and Nabam Rana, DCC President also spoke on the occasion. The team reached Langdung village near Bassarnallah the next day after another 8 hours trek traversing through Dawaso. Rebia inspected the school at Dawaso and assured to look into the infrastructure problem of the School, according to an official release.


First Lady inaugurates zonal level PMEGP exhibition

ITANAGAR, Feb 21: Participating in the Statehood Day celebration festivity, State First Lady, Anupama Singh inaugurated the first ever zonal level Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) exhibition at Indira Gandhi Park here yesterday. State Governor Gen. JJ Singh, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, State Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu were present on the occasion along with hosts of ministers, officials and invitees.

While doing the honour, the First lady, who herself is a renowned designer and who always takes immense interest in promotion of Khadi and Village industries in the state, expressed her hope that the exhibition will have a huge impact and will provide impetus to the effort of the state government in encouraging indigenous handloom and handicraft. Dressed in traditional attires of the Adi Tribe, Singh stressed on ensuring the proper markets for indigenous crafts and textiles in the State and outside.

Arunachal Pradesh KVIB Chief Executive Officer Sukamal Deb informed that 67 stalls have being set up in the exhibition with special emphasis on products of North East region. The special feature includes display and sale of pure Khadi (Silk, Cotton, Woolen) from

North East region, village Industries, cottage and small scale industries products from NER and beyond, business hour buyer and seller meet, seminar on quality control, packaging and design development, technical session on technology and skill development, deliberation on media’s role in promoting Khandi and village industries products and promotional meet of financial institutions, Deb added.

Organized by Arunachal Pradesh Khadi & Village Industries Board, Itanagar, the 10-day exhibition is sponsored by Khadi  and Village Industries Commission, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India.  Large number enthusiast people visited the first ever Zonal level exhibition as soon at it was inaugurated. PRO to Governor


NSS camp  at Ramro Paatang

ITANAGAR, Feb 21: The Doying Gumin College, Pasighat organized a two days NSS camp at Ramro Paatang (lake) on Feb 18 and 19.

Ramro Lake is situated near the National Highway 52A between the places, named, 2 Mile and 5 mile of Pasighat-Ruksin road. The Ramro Korong/River was a small stream flowing along eastern side of NH 52A, watering the rice fields along its both banks.

According to the Principal of the College, the NSS camping is an annual feature of the college since last five years. However, with need of the time the camp has become a part of the academic activities of the college. The first year students are compulsory to attend the program as a part of the field work on environmental studies. Each student has to submit a Field Study report. The same has to be presented in a Seminar organized just after the field work. With about moré than 250 students in the first year, the whole class has been divided into six groups and accordingly six paper presentations are done in the Annual College Environmental Studies Seminar. This year the Seminar would be done on the Feb 23 and 24. The Field work and Seminar presentation are mandatory for a student to qualify to sit in the University Examination.

One of the teacher commented that the lake is found to be totally unexplored as far as its aquatic diversity and water quality analysis are concerned. Ornithological study and study on varieties of fishes would make a good academic report with regard to the beautiful lake.

She further said that the Government Department/Agencies must take necessary steps to tap the potent of the great lake.


Training programme for drawing and disbursement officers begins

ITANAGAR, Feb 21: A week long training cum workshop on powers and functions of drawing and disbursement officers commenced in Administrative training centre, Naharlagun today under the sponsorship of DoPT, government of India.

Altogether, 29 officers from various departments and district administration holding DDO charge are attending the training programme.

The Chief Guest of the inaugural day, Account and Treasuries Director, CM Manmow calls for maintenance of work culture at all levels and suggested that to reduce unemployment in the state and to avoid financial strain persons who have trading licenses already or seek trading licenses should be given identity card and they should be treated as self employed and barred from seeking government job, he added.

He further said that if companies or industries signed MoU with state, they should be saked to give undertaking to create job for at least 100 persons. This kind of measures will certainly provide certain solution on unemployment side in the state.

Earlier, Director Training said that the training for DDOs will directly help the officer to re-orient themselves of their duries and functions as DDOs and find platform to clarify their doubt and resolve their practical problems in matter of financial issues in their respective offices and departments.

Deputy Director Training T Lodo also spoke on the occasion.

The resource persons of the training programme are FAO (ATI) JK Bhattacharjee, FAO (RCS) T Tatung, FPO PK Saikai, Deputy Commissioner Tax and Excise A Pangkam, STO Norbu Lhama.


Orientation Programme for Apex Bank officers

ITANAGAR, Feb 21: A week long orientation programme of branch managers and senior officers of the A.P. State Coop. Apex Bank was inaugurated by  H K Shalla, Secretary cum RCS  at ATI, Naharlagun today.  The programme is sponsored by Regional Training Centre, Bholpur, West Bengal under the Vaidhyanathan Committee Recommendation for Recapitalization Assistance for Short Term Coop. Credit Structure.  The RCS has advised bank employees to maintain strict discipline and improve work culture in professional approach to regain its lost glory.  He has directed them to be sincere in attending the programme and take full advantage of the training organized by financial experts from NABARD.

Earlier, T Thongdok, MD in his key note address highlighted present status of the bank and need of the capacity building of staff.  He has advised them to change their mind set for service to the poor people through promotional schemes.  

B G Mukhopadhya, GM, NABARD has assured assistance for Core Banking Solution (CBS) of the bank and  capacity and training for bank staff.  He has suggested for community service through Farmers Club, SHG, JLG etc. M Soren and S Roy Choudhury, Faculty Members narrated the importance of the programme and stressed on reformation in bank according to the present banking scenario. All together 35 branch managers and officers are attending the programme.


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NABARD supports skill development programme

ITANAGAR, Feb 21: In order to extend its outreach for livelihood promotion, NABARD has sanctioned six Skill Development Programmes (SDPs) in Kurung Kumey District for training in cane and bamboo handicrafts, handloom weaving, basic computer to be implemented by Rural Development and Heritage Society, an NGO based in Arunachal Pradesh.  The Skill Development programmes will be conducted in Koloriang, Sangram, Nyapin Sarli and Palin, which will be conducted in close collaboration with District Administration, Directorate of Industries in the districts besides banks operating in the areas. The average number of trainees per programme has been restricted to 25 for effective participation.


AAPWU office inaugurated

ITANAGAR Feb 21: Office building of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) Papum Pare Dist. Unit was formally inaugurated at Doimukh by ZPM Tana Bado in presence of Secretary General INTUC Pradesh Branch-cum-AAPWU Changma Tajo and AAPWU Women Wing State General Secretary Tana Yakung.

The Chief Guest Tana Bado donated 20 numbers of plastic chairs, 15 bags of cement and other furniture to AAPWU Papum Pare Unit office. Tajo also donated a sum of Rs. 10,000 for procurement of furniture and other stationery items for smooth functioning of the office.

President and general secretary AAPWU Papum Pare district unit, Paul Tad and Nabam Takam also spoke on the occasion.


Free Eye Camp benefits Many at Daporijo

DAPORIJO, Feb 21: The  Upper Subansiri District Blindness Control Society (DBCS) organized a Free Eye camp at the District Hospital, Daporijo from  Feb 16 to 20. The Eye Camp organized under the initiative of the DMO Dr. D. Bagra (Member Secy  of  DBCS) benefitted the aged and the young alike. During the 5 days camp, 47 Cataract operations and 20 minor operations of the eye were successfully done by Dr. K. K. Dev, State Programme Officer (State Blindness Control Programme) cum Eye Specialist, General Hospital, Naharlagun and Dr, Grayu, Eye Specialist, District Hospital, Ziro. DIPRO


Vandalism flayed

ITANAGAR, Feb 21: All Arunachal Youth Association (AAYA) expressed surprise over the broad day light vandalism of government vehicle of Deputy Director UD and Housing Er R D Lewi.

It appealed the authority to investigate the case properly and punish the culprits as per the law and also demanded the authority to provide security to the officer while on duty for his safety.

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