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February  - 23


2-day XI higher and technical education conference begins   

Inculcate a sense of commitment: Governor

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh inaugurated the XI Higher and Technical Education conference at Banquet Hall, here today.

In his inaugural address Governor termed the conference a forum for introspection, assessing performances, for discussing and analyzing the problems encountered by the sphere of Higher & Technical Education in the State and above all to find effective ways and remedies in order to address those problems more effectively and efficiently.   

Quoting Edward Everett, who said ‘Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing Army.’ Governor called for  inculcating spirit of competition among the students and also among the teaching faculties. This will definitely help them to excel not only in their objectives but also in their lives, he opined.

Reposing faith on the directors and principals, Gen Singh said, we have to continue our ‘Guru Sisshya Parampara’ and make our students to think themselves in original ways and with ingenuity.  

Given the opportunity and correct environment, our children have all the talent and potential. The best example today we have is, our own Mamang Dai, an eminent poet, author and journalist, who has been given the prestigious Padmashree Award in recognition of her immense contributions in the field of literature and education. She has shown the world that our children are second to none. She has become a role model for all Arunachalees, Gen Singh said.

Expressing sad on the dilapidated conditions of educational institutions, he called for inculcating sense of commitment and belonging in our institutions by all of us. We have to instill ‘Apnapan’ in all. I will be very happy, if you have a special session on it.  Expressing his hope that each one of the participants will continue to give their best for the State, Governor said State Government is fully committed in its endeavour to develop Arunachal Pradesh socially and economically. Testimony of our effort has been reflected in being selected for the prestigious IBN 7 Diamond State Award as the best State in the small States category by CNN-IBN. This honour is a result of the hard work and dedicated efforts put in by all the people of Arunachal Pradesh for ensuring the all-round development of the State, he added.

Congratulating the awardees Governor called upon them to lead with exemplary achievements and be a successful person. When your path is righteous, when cause is just, success will always be yours, he added.

Gen Singh, who released a book on the occasion,  said that Raj Bhavan has decided to sponsor some research projects such as trade opportunities with Myanmar and other countries with opening of Stillwell Road through Pangsau Pass.

Vice Chancellor Rajiv Gandhi University Tomo Mibang stressed E learning culture, while throwing light on the importance of the higher Education. Emphasizing on good teacher-student ratio, he also called for motivating the students towards creativity and innovativeness. We need to address teacher-student ratio, good library and infrastructure for quality education he added.

North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology Director P.K. Das dwelled on the effort of the central government in rapid growth in Higher Education. He also called for academic reviews. Das commented on semester systems, while pointing at shortage of faculty members.  

Earlier, in his welcome address, Higher and Technical Education Director Dr. Joram Begi, while appraising the house on the huge expansion in Higher and Technical Education in the last one year, credited it to dynamic leadership of Education minister. He also expressed gratitude to the Governor for regularly attending the higher and Technical education conferences since joining the State and called him as inspiring People’s Governor.

Shading light on the background of education in the State since independence, Dr. Begi informed that at the time of independence, there were two schools with enrolment of 35 students but today we have three thousand educational institutes with more then four lakh students. According to 1961 census, literacy rate of the State was 7.23 but today it is 54.34%., he added. Director Higher and Technical Education advocating for introducing of semester system at undergraduate level also called for educational technology such as use of internet. He also pointed at the acute shortage of faculty members at Higher Education level. Dr. Begi said, while the teacher student ratio at school level is 1:23 compare to 1:40 at national level, it is 1:41 in the State against one teacher to 20 to 30 students in the national level.

The Director said, problem of the higher education will be solved to large extend if strong foundation is laid in the school level.

Dr. T.Padu, Joint Director, Higher and Technical Education also spoke on the occasion.

Governor felicitated Dr. T. Nyori, former Registrar, Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh for his contribution as the pioneer of Higher Education and also presented College Teacher’s awards to Dr. R.B. Tripathy, Associate Professor of Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar and Dr. Soumen Dhar Choudhury, Associate Professor.  University toppers at Undergraduate level Ms. Sabita Mishra of Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat, Rituparna Deka and Tsering Chota of Dera Natung Government College received the Governor’s Award for University Toppers from the Governor on the occasion, while Miss Barnali Poddar and Himujal Kumar Roy of Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic, Itanagar and Lagun Sonam of Tomi Polytechnic, Basar received the Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Technical Education Gold medal as toppers of Polytechnics from him.

St. Claret College, Ziro received the best National SS Unit Award, while V. Arul Kumar of Tomi Polytechnic received the best NSS programme officer.  Tage Ranka of St. Claret College, Ziro and Miss Techi Yopu of Government Higher Secondary School, Naharlagun received the best NSS volunteer awards. State Education Minister Bosiram Siram gave away the NSS awards. He also felicitated Gomar Basar, recipient of India Gandhi National Award for youth in the inaugural function.

As part of the function Governor released a book titled ‘Aquaculture’ by Keshav Kumar Jha, Head of Zoology Department, Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat, while Education Minister released a book titled, ‘Socio- Economic Transformation of Arunachal Pradesh’ by Ram Krishna Mandal, Economics lecturer in Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar. A two minute silence was observed on the occasion to pay respect to departed souls of Late Prof. JB Ganguli and Late K Namchoom, who died recently.

The two-day conference includes two technical sessions and National Assessment and Accreditation Council workshop on best practice in higher education. NAAC Resource person Dr. M.R. Kurup will share experiences of different colleges and universities on best practices in NAAC workshop.

Among others, Principals of the colleges, awardees, invitees and officials were present on the occasion. PRO to Governor


Siram calls for innovative ideas

In his address, State Education Minister Bosiram Siram said that Higher and Technical Education conference facilitate us to have a meaningful dialectic to come out with useful suggestions for accelerating the pace of higher education in the State. He added, conferences of higher education have been very successful in the past and most of recommendations and suggestions emerging in this conference have been sincerely pursued for their effective implementation.

Urging the Rajiv Gandhi University to play a role model, Siram said universities and colleges are the breeding grounds of innovative ideas, new research outputs and brilliant intellectual resources. He called for coordinated effort of all stakeholders at all levels in making education a vibrant sector in the state, State Education minister pointed, our education at school level needs more refinements for a sound foundation based on which higher education can grow. PRO to Governor


CM seeks people’s cooperationfor speedy development

YAZALI, Feb 22: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dojee Khandu today gave a clarion call to the people to be willing partners of development with the speedy development of state getting recognition with today’s conferment of the CNN-IBN and IBN7’s Diamond Award as the best in the ‘small state’ category.

Speaking as the chief guest of the inaugural function of the five-day Nyokum Yullow celebration of the Nyishis here, Khandu lauded the contributions of the largest tribe of the state and hoped the same tempo would continue to take and make Arunachal a front ranking state in the country.

He exhorted the tribesmen to protect and promote their age-old rich traditions and culture, their identity which had promoted country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to frame specific laws for their development without any imposition.

“Modernization is welcome but not at the cost of our identity”, he said while indicating at the wave of modernization and materialism sweeping the present generation.

Expressing concern at the loss of lush green forest by the traditional jhoom practices, he advocated switching over to wet cultivation to save the forest. He also urged to save Mithun whose dwindling population has been facing a threat.

Responding to a memorandum of the local people, the chief minister assured to grant Rs 2 crore in the next fiscal for infrastructure development of the ADC headquarters.

“Loss of culture is loss of identity,” said Power (Electrical) Minister Jarbam Gamlin and called upon the Nyishis to protect and rejuvenate their cultural mosaic lest the posterity blame them.

Gamlin, who was the guest of honour, said the tribes of Arunachal celebrate festivals in different names with the same objective of greater welfare of the humanity.

Appreciating the chief minister for the accelerated development the state witnessed during the last three years under his able leadership, local MLA Likha Saaya, in his address, said that the state has come to the take off stage and would see a better tomorrow in the next few years. Young and old in their best traditional attires presented colourful cultural programme to mark the occasion.

 Among others MLAs Jambey Tashi, Passang D Sona, Padi Richo, Bamang Felix, host of high ranking dignitaries were present on the occasion. PRO to CM


Festival of Arunachal concludes

Local MLA impressed with enthusiastic participation

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The three-day Festival of Arunachal celebrated to commemorate the Silver Jubilee celebration  with cultural evenings and various competitive events , textiles and handicrafts exhibitions , Food Village, departmental / NGO stalls and participated enthusiastically by children, youth and the genral public has today concluded. The local MLA  Techi Kaso while addressing at the valediction function here this evening expressed his delight with the enthusiastic participation of all in the celebrations adding that he was particularly impressed with the competitive spirit shown by the school children and others in the various events. Kaso called upon them to keep up the spirit of healthy competition in the future to succeed in all spheres of life. The Local MLA also expressed his thanks to the cultural troupes for adding color to the Festival.  He gave away the prizes to the winners of different competitions held during the three day  festival.

The Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex, Dr. SB Deepak Kumar , ADC, Bokar Basar, Deputy Commandment IRBN, ADM, Talo Potom were also present on the occasion.

The Open House Category Quiz competition , ‘Pachees Sawal Pachees Hazar’ with Rupjyoti Pater, Consulting Editor of Sentinel of Arunachal as the witty quiz master held on the second day also drew immense response.

The Best Exhibition Stall has been awarded to Department of IT & Science, Poma Bamboo Project, Best Food Stall for Sapu Bangnya stall, Ferns & Petal flower show 1st Prize- Tulip Nursery, “Sabse acchi Kiski Sabji” first prize awarded to Tana Khoda.

Students of  from various schools, including Vivekananda Public School, Itanagar, Purvanchal Foundation School, Itanagar, JNV Doimukh, Donyi-Polo Mission School including the Donyi-Polo Preparatory School,  K.V. NERIST, VKV, Itanagar, Gyan Ganga Vidyapeeth , Gurdian Angel School, Nrityangan Dance Academy , Govt. School Doimukh  participated in the various events.

The Itanagar Book Festival will remain open till February 27, while the Zonal Level PMEGP Handicrafts and Textiles Exhibition will remain open till March 1 next. The date for Food Village has also been tentatively extended, a source informed. DIPR


AAPSU demands enquiry into violence during ANSU election

ITANAGAR, Feb 22:  Recent ANSU election held at Seppa town witnessed violence incident as clashes broke out between students and police resulting in injuries from both side. The entire voting process passed off without any incident. But during the counting of votes on 20th evening suddenly all hell broke down when miscreants started pelting stone and firewood into auditorium of Seppa Government Higher Secondary school where votes were being counted.

Even paramilitary forces (CRPF) deployed there received injuries.  Seeing situation going out of control, CRPF resorted to lathi-charge resulting in injury to many innocent students. More than 150 vehicles were damaged in the clash.

Meanwhile AAPSU President Takam Tatung, who was the chief election commissioner for ANSU election held at Seppa expressed deep regret over the incident.  “The entire election process was going on very smoothly. In fact students of all the Nyishi dominated districts were very patient and always cooperative with us. But evil design of some anti-social elements lead to this violent incident,” said Tatung. He also questioned the security preparedness of administration.  “On 14th of this month AAPSU had written to Chief Secretary to arrange additional forces for ANSU election. But when we inquired, district administration told us that no additional forces were deployed. Because of the shortage of security forces this violent incident took place,” stated Takam Tatung. He has sought an inquiry into this incident.  “Chief Secretary should form a fact finding committee to probe this incident. The entire election process was going smoothly, only when counting was about to over that this violence broke out. Government should find out the persons responsible for such ugly incident,” said Tatung. He also demanded that district administration should compensate all the vehicle owners whose cars were damaged during the violence on 21st evening. “In the students’ union election always there will be some slight misunderstanding which results in minor clashes. But this incident shocked everyone and many innocent people were beaten up and their vehicle damaged. This happened because of the failure of district administration and they should compensate every vehicle owners,” stated Takam Tatung. Meanwhile it has been informed that new ANSU team will take over the charge from 1st of March.


ANSU election -- an eye opener for Nyishi community

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: In Arunachal student bodies like AAPSU and several other community and district based students unions have always earned lot of respect from people of this state.  In absence of any major opposition political parties, people of this state always pinned hope on these student bodies to fight against corrupt system. It is this aura about student union which forced this journalist to visit Seppa town to witness election for All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU).

Beautiful Seppa town situated along the bank of Kameng River was the venue for ANSU election.  I along with few more media friends reached there on February 17th evening. Moment we reached Seppa, there was huge traffic jam all over the town. I was thinking Seppa visit could spare me from ever increasing traffic of capital. But to our utter shock more than two thousand vehicles poured in carrying various students from all the Nyishi inhabited districts. My local host who is a well respected circle officer of East Kameng district told me, “I have never seen so much of vehicle in Seppa. Even during MP or MLA election, Seppa town never witnessed vehicle movement of this magnitude.”  

My second observation was that ANSU elections are usually being held for providing a platform to the Nyishi students of different districts to interact with each other. But here every candidate had set up their own camp and supporters were confined to their respective camp. Surprisingly, there was no interaction between various students and a general feeling emerged was that the motive behind organizing such election has been killed. What is the need of organizing such confluence of Nyishi students, when there is no interaction and exchange of ideas among themselves?

Akin to the assembly election, money ruled this ANSU election too. Just a day before voting money was flowing in Seppa town as smoothly as Kameng River. It was sad to see school and college students running behind money so desperately. If a school or college student starts taking money to vote in a student body election, then what will be the condition of Arunachal in years to come? Youths are considered to be the future of this state and if same youths grow corrupt mentality from now, then even almighty wont be able to save Arunachal Pradesh. Though it was supposed to be student body election but people from every walk of life were deeply involved in the election process.

Student unions are always considered to be the first stage to groom future leaders. But if there is so much involvement of money from grass root level, then for sure future of the state will not look bright.  It’s hard to blame any individual but this election should be an eye opener for senior figures of Nyishi community. There is an urgent need for introspection among the community. Nyishi Elite Society (NES), the highest forum of Nyishi community should intervene and try to find a way out. The election of student union should confide to student communities only. It is high time Nyshi community go for a soul searching.


Preparation for XXVth NE Games  in West Kameng

BOMDILA, Feb 22: With hardly less than two months left for the XXVth North-east games to be held in Arunachal Pradesh, a co-ordination meeting was held today at Bomdila,in West Kameng district.

The XXVth North-east games to be conducted in the district would comprise of  11 disciplines viz- Archery, Athletics, Football, Weight lifting, Taekwondo, Boxing, Karate, Wushu, Judo , Badminton and Table Tennis. Of these, 7 disciplines would be conducted at Dirang; an independent ADC post in the district having almost all the infrastructures required for the mega event & two each at Rupa and Bomdila. The six day long mega event would commence from 15th of April and a total of 1684 athletes including the team and technical officials are expected to participate in this 25th edition from all over the eight north-east states. Participation from the 5-Mtn division and other armed forces in due course of time is also expected.

Chairing the meeting, Parliamentary Secretary for Sports & Youths affairs, Wangki Lowang exuded confidence in the district administration and the officers of the district and hoped that the mega event would be conducted successfully with the active co-operation from the local legislators of the district. It’s a matter of honor and great pride  to conduct the North-east games for the third time in the state but we should be focused on the major thrust  areas like that of the requisite infrastructures, accommodation facilities, transportation, entertainment programmes ,cleanliness aspect etc well in advance, he said.

Reiterating on the need of judicious use of the fund allotted, Lowang advocated for scam free conduct of the games and to project a clean and clear image of the district and the state. As very little has been allocated at the moment for conduct of the mega event, he suggested for roping in potential sponsors from the hydro power developers operating in the district.

Parliamentary Secretary for HPD R.T Khunjuju, MLA Phurpa Tsering  and MLA Kumsi Sidisow while welcoming the mega event to be hosted by the district, assured every possible help for its successful conduct. Underscoring the need for adequate funding in order to meet up the minimum required expenses of the games, MLA Phurpa called for equitable distribution of fund against each discipline in order to maintain financial discipline. He also opined that, the state government could also be approached for financial assistance.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi, assured successful conduct of the games but cautioned against financial mismanagement. The fund so received from the Sports Authority of India ( SAI ), from the state government or say from the sponsors should be used optimally and every penny should be properly accounted for, he added. Later in the open house discussion, DC Tashi suggested for decentralizing the composition of certain committees which were rather fully centralized. This would facilitate for the easy and effective conduct of the games, he said. Further, formations of local sub-committees are required where the different events are to be held, he added.

Concluding the deliberations, Director Sports & Youths affairs D.K Dinglow urged the works departments to ensure timely completion of the various infrastructures and other maintenance works. DIPRO


Buyer-seller meet at  Festival of Arunachal

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The first ever zonal level Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) exhibition, sponsored by KVIC and organized by APKVIB, today held a Buyer-Seller meet here at Indira Gandhi Park with Dr. Mokhupadiya , General Manager, NABARD as the chief guest. Dr R M Pant, Professor & Head of Centre for Management Studies, NERIST, B.C Bharah, Assistant Manager, SIDBI, Itanagar, K Vaiphei, Manager, NABARD and Haj Dodung, DDTH, as Resource Persons.

Tarh Nachung, a successful entrepreneur, was also invited to motivate the upcoming entrepreneur by sharing his experience as a local entrepreneur.

“It will be wrong to say that I am a successful entrepreneur, I am still learning,” said Nachung, who started off with TNT network and now is the entrepreneur of TNT food products under the brand name Shilpa.

“I was endorsed and advised by SBI, Naharlagun to refer to KVIC/KVIB. If not for them I would not be whatever I am today,” said Nachung.

Regarding the meet he added that in exhibitions one should not only think of selling their product and earning rather one should compare their products and try to upgrade by learning from others.

DDTH Haj Dodung added that an entrepreneur should know and think what the general public demands are and produce without compromising on quality of the product for a successful business. He observed that there is abundance of artists in the state who can produce variety of products.

“All that is needed is our support and assistance,” Dodung added.

The meet was focused on the ‘Mantras’ of being a successful entrepreneur.

B.C Bharah said, “We are all buyers and sellers both.” He went on to explain the loan process given to a new entrepreneur by the SIDBI.

Exhibitions are a medium to do business, the seller has to be patient and friendly and never force customers to purchase, said K Vaiphei.

Dr. R.M Pant was of the view that entrepreneurship is not an individual benefit but an initiative for development of the society.

Addressing upcoming entrepreneurs, he said, “Don’t be dependent on others and implement new ideas. You are the master of your destiny; you can create your destiny.”

Dr Pant also gave a brief description of how to add value to a product and the principles of marketing. He said Arunachal is a state suitable for entrepreneurs with the perfect environment and the state would not develop until there is development in entrepreneurship.

“The path of entrepreneurship is littered with failures but the entrepreneur is the one who takes risk and nothing is impossible for him,” Dr Pant added.

Dr. Mukhopadhya, NABARD General Manager, spoke about the need to build connections with other agencies and institutions as there is a lack in marketing strategy. He also said that the products in the state are of global standard but are not getting tied up properly.

Dr Mukhopadhya added that every product in the state can be a brand and it is not far off when the brand Arunachal will be selling all over the world.  

“Sky is the limit for an entrepreneur,” quoted Sukamal Deb, state KVIB CEO and man behind the exhibition. He urged the participants to put the knowledge gained at the meet into reality and said that entrepreneurship is a magic of Gandhiji which can make the society reliable and sustainable.

KVIB is conducting a round table on technical up gradation, EDP and skill development from 11:30 am on February 24 next at the same venue with eminent resource persons. On February 26 a quality control, packaging, design and development seminar will be conducted with Prof. A Das, HOD (Design), IIT Guwahati, State Director KVIC and Ratna Bhuyan, Assistant Faculty, IIE as resource persons.


Changlang district credit plan reviewed

ITANGAR, Feb 22: Changlang District Consultative Committee meeting reviewed the performances of various Govt. sponsored schemes at Miao on Feb 15.

ADC  T. Mara chaired the meeting which was attended by officials from RBI, NABARD, and SBI besides other Govt officials.

It was observed in the meeting that as against a target of 60 per cent, CD ratio in the district was 23.54%. However, the district has surpassed targets under priority sector lending, agriculture lending and the lending for weaker section.

Achievement under priority sector lending was 47.99% against a target of 40%, achievement under agriculture lending was 23.15 % against a target of 18% and achievement under weaker section was 35.11% against a target of 10%. Achievement under Annual Credit Plan 2010-11 as on Dec 31, 2010 was 235.68 lakh against a target of 444 lakh which was 53% of ACP.  Performance under Govt. sponsored programmes was not satisfactory as only 17 proposals against 35 proposals under PMEGP was sanctioned as on 31.12.2010.

The AGM, SBI, Dibrugarh advised that not a single application under PMEGP should be retained by banks since last date for receipt of loan application was 16th February. He also advised that banks should take a pivotal role in promotion of SHGs. Further, against a target of 200 nos. of KCCs, only 69 KCCs have been issued so far. Under SHGs, against a target of 11 SHGs, the performance so far is nil.

S. Sarkar, AGM, RBI advised the banks to achieve 100% ACP as on 31 March 2011. He also advised that the philosophy of financial inclusion should be propagated vigorously to achieve more financial inclusion. The banks have indicated that they are in the process of engaging Business Correspondents in the village having population more than 2000 and have opened 2411 no frill account in the district.

S. Mazumder, Manager, NABARD requested ADC to explore the formation of SHGs in the district by adopting the micro finance vision of the State. Besides, NGOs/ banks may act as a SHPI for promotion of SHGs. The anks should cover all the eligible farmers under KCC and form more numbers of farmers clubs for access to credit, technology and market, he said. The LDM and Branch Managers were hopeful of achieving the targets under various parameters by 31 March 2011.


Medical assessment camps at Mengio and Tawang

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: SSA District Mission, Papum Pare District conducted medical assessment camp for children with special needs (CWSN) under inclusive education for special children at Mengio on February 18 last.

All together, 66 differently abled children were indentified during the camp.

The medical assessment was carried out by Mengio PHC team lead by Dr. T Lhungdim and attended by ADEO/BRCC, Mengio Gollo Tachang, Anchal Chairperson, VIII Mengio Anchal Srgment Tarak Yaki Gollo and others.

Medical Assessment Camp for Children with Special Need was also conducted in different blocks of Tawang district from Feb 10 to 21 by SSA, Zilla Mission Tawang with a team of doctors and other Medical staff from the District Hospital, Tawang and  other resource persons including Sangey Wangchu, IED Co-ordinator, SSA Tawang and Dhondup, DISE Co-ordinator, SSA Tawang. More then 385 students attended the Assessment Camp. The CDPO Tawang Dondup Pema also attended the Camp at Tawang and Kitpi Block.


ASSET all set to celebrate 2011 as International Year of Forests

WAKRO, Feb 22: It was an inspiring moment for the children of Wakro who are all set to celebrate the 2011 as International Year of Forests, when filmmaker and journalist Kunal Verma agreed to promote and cheer the movement by deciding to fly low on the Wakro sky. Verma and his team flying in the Cheetah helicopter waved hands and cheered, much to the delight of the children, encouraging them for the noble effort. The Children of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya and the Apna Vidya Bhavan reciprocated to the gesture of the leader by greeting the airborne motivator in “KGBVW” and “AVB” formations on the ground.

The year long celebrations led by Satyanarayanan,  Advisor ASSET is supported initially by the Bursar Apna Vidya Bhavan. The Bursar AVB has contributed 60 saplings of Laxmi Taru (Simarouba glauca DC) and 110 saplings of Tamarind (Imli) grown in her nursery. Lakshmi Taru, (common names Simarouba oil tree, paradise tree or aceituno) is an important tree species growing in the forests of Central America. It was first introduced by the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources in the Research Station at Amravati, Maharashtra in 1960s. This was brought to the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore in 1986 and systematic Research and Development Activities started from 1993 onwards. Imli which is well known for its ability to retain ground water is extensively found and planted in dry areas of south India, in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand etc.

Kirti Rawat, teacher Apna Vidya Bhavan earlier on the Statehood Day celebration at Wakro CO office, appealed to all the HODs of Wakro to receive the saplings and participate in celebrating the Int year of forests by planting and taking care of the growth of the saplings in and around Wakro. ASSET will further explore the possibility of assistance from the Environment & Forests Department of the state.  K. Nyodu, CO Wakro appreciated the noble effort by Satyanarayanan. The International Year of Forests 2011 is declared by the United Nations to convey the theme, “Forests for the people celebrating the central role of people in sustainable management, conservation and development of our world's forests.”


Erratic power  supply cripple normal life at Pasighat

PASIGHAT:  The disruption in power supply for the last six days has irked the people of Pasighat town.   The  Govt  and business establishments including the  institutions   have severely been affected by the  prolonged power cut since Feb 17.

Sources said that much to the disappointment of the general people, the department concerned failed to supply power during the centenary celebration and Baba Ramdev’s visit to Pasighat.

The students are studying in candle light for their exams, businessmen closing transaction early evening due to non-supply of power.   There is no assurance till date for early restoration of power supply in the township, sources said.


Arunachal at National Games

Lifter adds one more medal to Arunachal kitty

Medal tally up to  8

ITANAGAR, Feb. 22: Upcoming weightlifter Yukar Sibi added one more medal to Arunachal kitty by winning a bronze in the 34th National Games at JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur today. With one more bronze today Arunachal's overall medal tally has gone up to  8.

Sibi lifted a total of 151 kg (Snatch 108+ Clean and Jerk 143) in 62 kg weight category.

“Some ‘irregularities’ by technical committee and misjudges cost Sibi dearly in his  performance. Otherwise, he could have  won even the yellow metal, L Sokun Singh, Chef De Mission of Arunachal contingent, said.

Meanwhile, Sibi said that he is now onwards prepared to compete at senior level.

The bronze medal won here is  Sibi’s first ever medal at senior level competition.

Women lifter Menu Tajo (48 kg) from Arunachal Pradesh lifted 58 kg in snatch and 78 kg in clean and jerk to finish fifth with a total lift of 136 kg. She was the youngest among the lifters in her category as well as the entire Games.

Singh informed that many sportspersons and administrators present during the competition were highly impressed by Menu’s performance and described her as tomorrow’s star.

Menu, meanwhile, said that she was not satisfied with her performance and promised to win a medal for the state in the next National Games to be held in 2012 in Kerala.

Meanwhile, boxers Min Bahadur Thapa and Jajhar Singh of Arunachal Pradesh lost their quarterfinal bouts today.

Thapa lost  to Debanshu of Uttar Pradesh 1-4 while Jajhar was thrashed by Arun Kumar of Haryana by 2-16 points.

Boxers Monita Devi, Prakash Dorjee and Tilak  Budhathoki, who entered semifinals yesterday,  will fight for berth in the finals tomorrow. The trio have already assured Arunachal of atleast three bronze medals as there is no bronze medal play off in boxing, both semifinals losers are awarded a bronze.

Meanwhile, the 4-member Archery team lost in quarterfinal in Indian round. Arunachal will compete in single and ‘Three’ in Recurve round tomorrow.


Latest Medal Tally

State         Gold    Sil.     Br.    Total

Services     50      37      27    114

Manipur      37      23      25      85

M’rashtra    34     38      38     110

Delhi           24     17      23       64

Kerala         23     22      23       68

MP              21     23      34       78

Punjab        17     28      36       81

UP              16     14      17       47

Haryana      15     20      24       59

Karnataka   14    18       15       47

Tripura        5      1         0           6

Assam        4      9         13       26

Meghalaya  1      3         2           6

Sikkim        1      2         1           4

Ar. Pradesh 0        1            7              8

Mizoram     0      0         3           3

Nagaland    0       0        2           2



Jairampur B thrash Nampong by 69 run

Jairampur, Feb 22: Jairampur B team thrashed  Nampong by 69 run in a thrilling semifinal match  in Changlang District Night Cricket Tournament 2011 here yesterday.

Siman Ronrang, who scored brilliant 36 runs and grabbed 3 wickets, was declared Man of the Match.


IT course at DOEACC Centre begins

ITANGAAR, Feb 22: S. De. Sarkar, Director-cum-Member Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology has inaugurated DOEACC "A" level IT Course in a simple function at DOEACC Society Centre at Naharlagun today.

Olom Tolam, Sub-regional Employment officer, Coaching-cum-Guidance Centre for SC/ST under union  ministry of Labour & Employment and media persons were also present on the occasion. Gurjit Singh, Scientist-E, OSD of the Centre, R.K. Bigensana Singh, Scientist-C, other officials and the newly admitted students attended the function.

Olom Tolam, who was special invitee, has informed that Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India will sponsor 40 candidates through Sub-regional Employment office, Coaching-cum-Guidance Centre for SC/ST, near Employment Exchange office, Naharlagun for undergoing DOEACC “O” level IT Training at DOEACC Society, Itanagar Centre in July, 2011 Academic Session.


Statehood day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb. 22: The 25th Statehood Day was celebrated in a befitting manner here at Yupia at General Ground on Feb 20.

The Chief Guest on the occasion Nabam Aka, Papum Pare Zilla Parishad chairperson unfurled the tricolor in presence of the Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu, Superintending of Police Nabum  Gungte, head of offices, public and ITBP Jawans.

In her address, she called upon the people to rededicate their service towards peace, progress and prosperity of the state.

Highlighting on the major developmental projects like Railways and Trans-Highway  coming up in the district, she appealed the people to extend full cooperation to executing agencies and district administration in successful completion of the infrastructure projects.  Guard of Honour by ITBP Jawans   and National Anthem by School Children were part of the celebrations.

The Arunachal Pradesh Statehood Day was also celebrated at Khimiyang in Changlang with unfurling of national tri-colour  by Jumkar Karbi, CO-incharge EAC Khimiyang amidst huge gathering .

In his brief speech he urged upon the people to work hard for peace, progress and prosperity. Statehood day was also celebrated at circle Hq Kharsang in befitting manner. J.Jugli, Chairperson Zilla Parishad  was the chief guest on the occasion. In her address, she highlighted  the development works and urged everyone to work hard for speedy development of the state. DIPROs


Health awareness programme

ITANGAR, Feb 22: Jarkum and Yania Charitable Society under NRHM, Naharlagun also organized a health awareness programme at Jumi, Kimin circle on February 19.

On the occasion, resource person from Nani Sala Foundation Chairman Nani Kojin highlighted on importance of regular vaccination of children before and after birth.

J&YCS, Secretary Hake Tako highlighted the activities carried out by the society and their future plan and called for mass participation of women in such programme. ASHAs and village women including NGOs and village health workers of the society also spoke on the occasion.


Ramdev lays foundation of  multipurpose Ashram

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Swami Baba Ramdev has laid the foundation stone for construction of multipurpose Hindu Seva Ashram under Lingalaya Seva Ashram at 6 mile in between Naharlagun and Itanagar on February 16 last.

Responding to a request made by the chairman of All Arunachal Hindus Faith and Culture Development Organization (AAHFCDO) KP Dolo, Ramdevji has assured to collaborate the Ashram by providing some Yoga teachers after completion of the multipurpose Ashram.

Earlier, Dolo urged Ramdevji for close collaboration of Patanjaly Yag Peeth and Ashram in the coming days like, establishment of Patanjaly Yag Peeth & Yoga Institution under the Ashram to give better services to Yoga lovers in the state. Dolo also sought cooperation and help from all sections of the society for promotion of age-old Indian faith and culture throughout the state.


News Impact

2nd round of IPPI Programme on February 27

ITANGAR, Feb 22:  The 2nd round of NID – Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) Programme in the state will be carried out on February 27 by the department of health & family welfare  and will cover all the districts including air-fed remote areas like Pipsorang, Damin, Tali, Parsiparlo in Kurungkumey district, Taksing in Upper Subansiri district, Monigong in West Siang district, Vijaynagar in Changlang district.  Airlifting of vaccinators and vaccines have already been planned out to reach these remote places for complete coverage of the IPPI Programme in the state. DIPR


Nyokum at Toru

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Nyokum Yullo will be celebrated at Toru circle of Papum Pare district on February 26. PWD Minister Nabam Tuki has consented to be the chief guest of the function while Tana Tatung will be the main priest of the celebration.


Differences sorted out

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: All the Congress ASMs of Palin assembly constituency, presidents of Kurung Kumey DCC and Palin BCC along with their office bearers have sorted out the differences amongst the ASMs and their chairpersons.

The meeting, after having a threadbare discussion, came into conclusion that the allegation leveled against the Palin ASM chairperson was nothing but a misunderstanding, All Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) said in a release. Further, majority have resolved that the present chairperson will continue in her post till the next tenure.


Timely payment demanded

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Expressing resentment over irregular payment of labourers’ wages All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) of Kurung Kumey unit has demanded the chief engineer (CE), PWD, central zone for early release of fund for making payment.

Describing that labourers salary should be made in the first week of every month in interior places like Sarli, Huri, Pipsorang, Parsi Parlo and Taliha as per Government’s certain norms and provision, the union demanded the CE for making payment to poor labourers timely as per Govt direction in the first week of every month.


CNC’s appeal to branch Nyokum committees

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Central Nyokum Committee (CNC) has appealed to all to celebrate Nyokum Festival on February 26 as per guidelines. However, pre-Nyokum in and out side the state and educational institutions can be celebrated from February 24. Further, ritual sacrifice of mithun should be minimum as far as possible and cultural display be also of own tribe during the celebration, CNC said in a release.

Meanwhile, CNC urged all branch celebration committee to submit report of celebration along with photographs and videographs to CNC for documentation and preservation. It also directed celebration committees of various places or individual not to burden the chief guest and other dignitaries with memorandum and other demands during the celebration.


No contract work to Govt employees: AARCA

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: All Arunachal Pradesh Registered Contractor Association (AARCA), in a release, demanded that no Govt employees serving within the state should be allowed to work as contractor.

Govt had issued an order in 2008 prohibiting such employees from working as contractor, it said, adding that the NIT Constitutional Act should be maintained properly. It further threatened to go for legal recourse against the violators.



ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The Nyishi faculty members and students of the Dera Natung Govt College decided to celebrate the pre-Nyokum at College ground on Feb 24. Itanagar EAC C R Kampa and Benjamin Panggam, CO, HQ have consented to attend the celebration as chief guest and guest of honour.


Sun to stage dharna

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: North Eastern Regional Institute of Science Technology (NERIST) Students’ Union (SUN) has decided to stage a dharna in front of its Director’s building on February 23 for non-fulfilling of their demands by the authority.


Literary discourse at Book Festival

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The ethnic culture of North-East is basically oral consisting of music, folklore, riddle, puzzle, artefact, totters, rituals and behaviour which has enriched the North Eastern literatures since time immemorial, observed Dr Ashes Gupta from Tripura Central University, Agartala in a discussion organized by National Book Trust, India today in the Itanagar Book Festival auditorium.

While emphasizing on the necessity of understanding the plurality in the North-East itself, Dr. Gupta also stressed on a post-modern approach towards analyzing the mainstream and the marginals. He gave a detailed account of the Kokbork literature of Tripura in the context of North-Eastern literatures. Y. D. Thongchi, eminent author presided over the meeting and spoke about “Folk as an essential element in the writings from North-East”.


Literary meet

ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) in association with the National Book Trust (NBT) will organize a literary meet by prominent and upcoming literary talents of the state at IG Park here at 4 pm on Wednesday as part of the ongoing Festival of Arunachal. Padmashree awardee and APLS general secretary Mamang Dai will chair the session.


State NCP delegation calls on Pawar

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: A delegation of NCP  Arunachal Pradesh unit led by Aath Tacho Kabak National Secretary NCP and Ngurang Pinch, President State NCP unit has called on party National president Sharad Pawar, who is also Union Minister  for Agriculture  and  Food Processing  at New Delhi on  Feb 21. They highlighted the present scenario of Arunachal Pradesh.  The party further informed the much awaited visit of the NCP supremo to Arunachal Pradesh has finally been confirmed  after the current budget session of the Parliament.

Meanwhile, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar has appointed Aath Tacho Kabak  to the  post of National Secretary. Prior to this appointment, Kabak was holding the post of National Vice-Chairman, Nationalist Kissan Congress since 2009 and elected as President of State NCP unit Arunachal Pradesh for two terms consecutively. The NCP state unit  hoped that Kabak’s appointment in the national level will boost up the moral of the party workers in the state. The party also appreciated the party high command for recognizing  the  dedicated service of  Kabak since inception of the NCP in Arunachal Pradesh.



Dear Editor,

This letter is to appreciate the article on Arunachal Pradesh police department ( Feb 19). It is stimulating and inspiring to know that our police department have taken such a step to maintain transparency. It is not only fueling the light of hope in many of us but also building back the trust and faith in our bureaucratic recruitment system. Also giving out contact numbers where one can directly address problems,  I believe, is  a major endeavor for maintaining transparency. I sincerely hope that other departments also follow such initiatives for transparency and accountability.


Zilpha Modi



Good road link essential for development

Dear Editor,

Through your daily I would like to realize the people about the importance of roads. Roads are the vital lifelines of the economy making possible trade and commerce. Roads are most preferred modes of transportation and considered as one of the cost effective modes of transportation. Roads are easily accessible to each individual. Roads facilitate movement of both men and materials anywhere within a country. It helps in socio-economic development as well as brings national integration. It provides linkages to other modes of transportation like railways, airways, and shipping, etc. An efficient and well-established network of roads is desired for promoting trade and commerce in any country and also fulfills the needs of a sound transportation system for sustained economic development. Road transport is contributing 3.69% to GDP where as all transportation modes are contributing a total of 5.5% to GDP of our country.

Good roads are essential for the development of a country,  good roads help people to travel easily to places where they can work and to develop their lands and industries. In Malaysia, for example, the improvement of roads has made it easy for skilled workers from the towns to work in remote villages. The people of the villages, on the other hand, have been able to learn much from the towns. As a result, there has been a lot of improvement in this country in all spheres of activity.

Finally, in times of war, good roads help armies to move about without difficulty. Sometimes, a country is defeated because its army is not able to reach a place in good time due to bad roads. Even the police may not be able to reach a place where there is some trouble if the roads are bad.

For all these reasons, it is always necessary for a country to have good roads.


Bajrang Lal Pancharia



A ray of hope

Dear Editor,

It is frustrating to overview the corruption prevailing in our state. People are becoming so ignorant about their duties, they are simply enthusiast with making money by hook or crook. It is frustrating again to see the duty being performed by the politician and high officials of our state.

I am confused, why these politicians and high-ranking officials do interfere in recruitment process, whether these politicians don’t even know that by doing such mal-practices they are gaining only few votes but on the other  hand, they are  losing or alienating large amount of votes by showing corrupt images. They shouldn’t forget that they are at that position because of we the general public and  the public know everything. Similarly high ranking officials are also losing their respect by  involving in mal-practices.

They should understand how miserable the life for  being  unemployed and  how hard to get money to apply and appear in various job interview.. Many of aspiring unemployed come from other districts to Itanagar just to appear in recruitment process by spending their hard earned money,  but such recruitment  process  holds no good for the poor unemployed youth due to corruption.

In the given situation, it is very pleasure to see the steps initiated by DIG Robin Hibu to check the corruption during recruitment process of police personnel. Other departments should take inspiration from our first IPS officer Robin Hibu and show some fairness in selection process.  


Koj Tamu

On e-mail


Celebrating the Statehood

Dear Editor,

Arunachal Pradesh Varanasi Student Welfare Association of Varavasi, U.P, particullarly from B.H.U joined the rest of Arunachalees in celebrating the Arunachal Statehood Day with great pump.  Coinciding the celebration, a farewell meeting for the outgoing Arunachalee Sudents was also organised.  The students   presented many cultural items including traditional dance and traditional fashion show on the occasion.

I being the Association president while recalling the contribution made by our past leaders like Tomo Riba and  Bakin Pertin, asked the student friends to follow  the footstep of our great leaders instead of adopting present system which based on nepotism, favouritism and corruptoin.


Ejum Riram

B.D Hostel Banaras Hindu University Varanasi U.P



We need salary

Dear Editor,

In the recent past, government issued an order for enhancement of SSA teachers’ salary, but till date we are yet to get our monthly salary.

When we enquired about salary for the month of January, we were  told  about paucity of  fund indicating that there will be no salary in the month of February.

It is known to all, including the state Govt that  SSA teachers are rendering dedicated service despite meagre salary.

 Therefore we would like to request all the principals and headmasters to put pressure on Govt, for, no one can work  with empty stomach. At the same time,  we request the authorities to release our salary at the earliest.


P.K Tachang, A/T, Hapoli

N.Ope, A/T, Ziro, Lower Subansiri district.


Laudable move

Dear Editor,

The articles published in your daily “Denizens of Dibang Valley extends best wishes to Mena” (Feb 20)  and  “Police takes steps for transparency in recruitment process” (Feb 19) deserved appreciation. Arunachal today needs such dynamic officers like Abu Tayeng, DC Anini and super cop Robin Hibu.


Micah, Itanagar.


It is a dangerous game

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to Suraj Saraf's article "Look Good, Go Places"(19 February).

It is extremely unfortunate that we are living in such a society and age where people are urged to "look good", instead of "be good"! Actually, if we are encouraged to "be good", it would not benefit the  ever-burgeoning beauty and cosmetic industry a bit. Thus it is being constantly beamed that only a fair skin, groomed hair and glowing face would help individuals to succeed in life!

By indulging in such crude form of brain-washing the public; the vested interests are not only practicing apartheid based on physical features, they are also playing a very dangerous game of imparting an inferiority complex to those who are not physically attractive or can't afford the highly-expensive facials, manicure etc. because of poverty.

It is high time the social scientists, teachers and the opinion-makers of the society call the bluff of the cosmetic industry and raise awareness that one's beauty lies in his/her brains, intellect, thought-process, work, honesty, dignity and only sky is the limit for those who possess these traits.


Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata-114






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