February  5

Illegal border trade along the  

Indo-China border

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Even before McMahon line was drawn, the people of Taksing, Mechuka and Tibet were engaged in traditional cross border trade.  The age-old trade system is still prevailing in the area.

The major illegal trade items that are transported across the border from Arunachal Pradesh are Cater Pillar Fungus (Yartsa Gunbu), skin and body parts of Bear, Musk Deer and other wild species.

The people of Taksing supply endangered animal skins and their body parts to the people of Tibet region of China and in return they gets Yak, Swords, cloths and other materials from them.

The illegal trade in musk glands (or musk pods) to Tibet is flourishing, as the illegal poaching and selling of endangered species is being practiced by the people even today.

Apart from this, the new cross border trade item “caterpillar fungus”  is turning out to be a profitable business for some section of people of Mechuka region.

Despite knowing these illegal border trade and poaching/hunting of endangered species and drastic reduction in their population in the region, the Indian government is yet to sort out any major steps or initiate awareness campaign to stop the practices.

No doubt, the government has pressed armed forces to check such illegal trade practice but in fact, the local people who are engaged by concerned authority for performing some specific tasks are involved themselves in such hunting and trading besides the endorsed task.

It is worth to mention here that, recently after alleged illegal detention and torture of two Indian traders in Yiwu, China had also expressed hope that India will "positively educate" its nationals doing business in China to abide by the Chinese laws and operate legally”.

Such detentions are likely to happen with Arunachalees as well as many of our part-time illegal traders/hunters who, sometimes, exchange commodities based on mutual trust and promises of future deal. These transactions obviously do not have the sanction of the Indian and Chinese governments.

Event in recent past, many such hunters/traders were detained by Chinese Army particularly in Taksing region, but luckily they were released unharmed.

During an interaction with a trader at Taksing, he said that he gave two Musk Deer (Sikung) as advance deal to a Chinese trader two years back but due to some health problems he could not go the border to contact the trader and collect the prices of the dealt items.

During the Dorjee Khandu’s Chief Ministership, the state Govt had planned to open Border Trade with neighboring countries including China, Bhutan and Myanmar by creating proper infrastructure for formal trading.

Recently, the present Chief Minister Nabum Tuki has also proposed opening of border trade centre in Indo-China Sector at Bumla and Kenzamane (Zemithang) at Tawang,  Gelling (Kepangla Pass) at Upper Siang, Kibithoo at Anjaw, Mechuka (Lolla Pass), Monigong (Dumla Pass) in West Siang  and Taksing in Upper Subansiri district. While in Indo-Myanmar sector, it is  Pangsu Pass (Nampong) in Changlang and  Indo-Bhutan Sector : Dongshengmang and Bongkhar and Bleting (Namtsering) in Tawang district.

However, most of these proposed border trade centre will take time to materialize due to lack of proper land route.

What the government needs to do is to press men and materials in service  for speedy construction of roads to facilitate border trade and also ensure country’s security.


Adopt PPP mode in education sector: Prof Chaudhuri

RGU celebrates 29th Foundation day

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Rajiv Gandhi University celebrated its 29th Foundation Day at University Auditorium on February 4.

During his foundation day lecture on “Higher education scenario in India: Reasons to cheer” and “Climate Change and Climate shift: matter of a concern,”  Vice-Chancellor of  Tezpur University, Prof. Mihir K Chaudhuri emphasized on the values of education and importance of infrastructural growth in the university to impart quality education. He said that the government has to adopt public private partnership (PPP) mode in education sector to streamline it

However, Prof. Chaudhuri opined that unless every individual take up responsibility and contribute for the society, development will not happen.

Chaudhuri  further informed that by 2050, the population of the country would consists of 75  per cent the  youths. However, he lamented that many educated and intelligent persons in India has communication, attitude and aptitude problem.  The Planning Commission would focus on these drawbacks in its upcoming  12th Five Year Plan, the VC disclosed.  

He said development in the field of higher education will create lot of job opportunities in many ways. The government is spending 7 to 9 lakh  per student in higher education, especially in technical institution.

He informed how he built Tezpur University within a span of four years, fulfilling all the basic requirements. In the same line Rajiv Gandhi University can also be built. The money that we receive from the Central Govt. is public money and it should be used purposefully, he added.

He also highlighted the aspects of Climate Change and Shift in India especially in NE region. Vice-Chancellor of  Rajiv Gandhi University Prof. David R. Syiemlieh,  who chaired the function, emphasized that everyone should work hard for the betterment of the University. If everybody works hard then automatically University will rise on its own. Thus, he asked for cooperation from every employee of the University.

Prof. Symielieh further said that he would seek more funds in coming financial year. He also informed the gathering that University is organizing Convocation this year after a gap of two years.

He urged all university fraternity to cooperate with him in bringing the university at par with other universities in terms of infrastructure and academic excellence.

Earlier Prof. Chaudhuri and Prof. Symelieh released RGU Research Journal Volume 10, edited by Dr. MC Behera.  RGU Registrar in charge Dr. Tomo Riba and Deputy Registrar Dr. Tana Showren also spoke on the occasion.


Asom Sahitya Sabha pays tribute to Lummer Dai

LEDO (Tinsukia), Feb 4: The 7th Special Annual Session of Asom Sahitya Sabha (ASS) being held at the Ningrula Harmony Ground here in this upper Assam district drew a huge crowd of visitors and literary enthusiasts from various states like Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland and West Bengal, besides the host state.

The third day’s proceedings yesterday started with a tribute-paying ceremony in honour of ‘Sahitya Surjya’ Late Lummer Dai, the renowned novelist from Arunachal Pradesh, followed by a literary seminar and a cultural procession and an intimate talk on literary arena participated by well-known literatures.

Garlanding the portrait of late Dai in presence of the mammoth gathering, Nanni Dai, the widow of ‘Luminous’ Lummer and also the Editor of Echo of Arunachal, expressed her deep sense of gratitude to Asom Sahitya Sabha for honouring her husband in appreciation of his colossal contributions to the Assamese literature.

“I am delighted that the people of Assam and Asom Sahitya Sabha have given such an honour to my husband, Late Lummer Dai,” said an emotive Dai, adding that “I feel my husband’s soul is very much here.”

She, however, lamented that at a time when Assam was decorating the literary icon with several honours including the Sitanath Brahma Choudhury Award by ASS for his epoch-making novel ‘Koinar Mulya’, his native state, Arunachal Pradesh, was yet to recognize his services to the society.

Talking about the age-old socio-cultural relationship between the people of Assam and Arunachal, which was reinforced by Late Dai through his creative writings in Assamese language, she called for further strengthening the bonding.  Stating that the people of Assam were much advanced in the field of literature in comparison to Arunachalees, Dai called upon the Sabha to take a pioneering role to encourage the young Arunachalee boys and girls for promotion of literary activities in her state and entire North East as a whole. She also appealed to her fellow Arunachalees, especially youths to come forward and contribute their best in the literary field.

The Lummer Dai Memorial Lecture was followed by a seminar on ‘Language, literature & culture of small tribes in Assam: Its heritage, tradition and development’ in memory of Lummer Dai.

Inaugurated by Assam Revenue Minister Prithvi Majhi, the seminar was presided over by the Asom Sahitya Sabha president Rong Bong Terang, a Padmashree Awardee and coordinated by Dr Rita Chouwdhury, a Sahitya Academy awardee and renowned writer. The resource persons of the seminar were Manoram Gogoi, Peim Thi Gohain, Shrikumar Dohotia, Dr Ganesh Pegu and Shantinath Gudung.

Local MLA and Minister of Power, Industries and Commerce, Pradyut Bordoloi was also present on the occasion. Earlier, Jadav Sharma, an ASS office bearer and also the headmaster of Balemu School (Kalaktang), gave a brief on life and achievements of Late Lummer Dai.


SSA teachers call off proposed indefinite strike

ITANAGAR, Feb 4:  All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association has called off its indefinite pen down strike after the Chief Minister and Education Minister assured to look into their grievances and initiate necessary step to address it.

The CM assured to release one month enhanced salary within February while the remaining salary and arrears would follow soon when the Centre grants fund. The state government is pursuing with the central authorities for immediate release of the fund, he added.

Regarding regularization policy, he assured to constitute a high level committee to find out the actual position to achieve the one go regularization policy of in-service SSA teachers. The committee shall submit its report within one month.  Meanwhile, AASSATA hoped that the constituted committee would look into the hardship of teaching community and come out with a decision in favor of SSA teachers.

The CEC AASSATA also appealed to all the SSA teachers to rededicate themselves to the service of the state.


Two booked in forgery case

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Dirang police has booked two persons in  forgery and cheating case. A case has been registered against them under section 471/34 IPC at Dirang Police Station for their alleged role in disbursement of the amount paid by Patel Engineering  Ltd through the ADC in Nov 2011 under local area development fund. The money instead was disbursed as compensation to the villagers of Munna Camp.  

However, Sangja Gombu and Lobsang Tsering alias Arjun, both from Munna Camp were booked only after the intervention of the West Kameng SP as the Dirang Police Station had refused to book them.

If allegations are to be believed, officer in charge  of Dirang Police Station B C Sharma took an absurd decision to actually go to the house of  the accused duo and granted them bail instead of arresting or interrogating them!

The two allegedly forged the signature of villagers and withdrew the money on their behalf amounting to Rs 1.60 core. One among the forged signatures is that of a dead man.

RTI documents reveal that the amount was given as the Local Area Development Fund and not as the compensation constituted under the West Kameng Deputy Commissioner.  The duo drafted a letter authorizing themselves to withdraw the money on behalf of the people and distributed it.

Interestingly, the Circle officer in his response to the RTI application said that the money paid to the Munna Camp villagers was in lieu of the “psychological fear” that had gripped the people of Munna camp that their area would be affected by the power project!  It further revealed that from the very beginning, the people of Munn Camp had objected to the construction of Barrage and Tunnel near their village fearing disasters. A technical committee was constituted by the DC Bomdila who reported that no disasters would originate in connection with the construction of barrage or a tunnel. However, they proposed for the construction of protection wall along the river bed towards the village side, which the power developer agreed to. Accordingly the power developers had to pay a sum of Rs. 1.60 crore as local area development fund.

Instead the amount was paid to the people of Munna Camp as per the category of dwelling house in possession. The amount as paid to the villagers was fixed by the village committee on  March 17, 2011.


Para-veterinarians deplore encroachment, destruction of farm

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Expressing grave concern over the encroachment upon the Central Cattle Breeding Farm at Nirjuli and destruction of farm equipments and paddy stores by miscreants on the wee-hours of February 2, the Para-Veterinarian Association of Arunachal Pradesh appealed  to the people to stop encroachment of public properties.

Welcoming the eviction drive being carried out by the Capital Complex additional judicial magistrate and police force, the Association said the law enforcing authority should continue its eviction drive in future too in order to protect  the farm which is a pubic property.

Terming the destruction of paddy straw meant for animals as sin, the Association further said that the cattle breeding farm has provided employment opportunities to more than 50 persons including labourers and destruction of such properties will reduce employment avenues for large number of educated and uneducated youths of the state.

Stating that the veterinary and dairy development department has created ample scope of educated unemployed youths of the state to take up farm activities for self-employment, the Association felt  the department needs more land for farm related activities. The association, however, said the people did a blunder by donating suitable farm land at Nirjuli for establishment of NERIST.


Tirap Police arrests fraudster posing as insurgent

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: With the arrest of one Karuna Morang, Tirap district police have solved the case of a mysterious and threatening sms received by the principal of Wangcha Rajkumar Govt College, Deomali.

The college principal, Dr Milorai Modi had received a threatening sms demanding a large sum of money in September 2011.

Although no written complaint was lodged at Deomali Police Station, on getting input about the occurrence of this offence a case was registered and a suo motu investigation was launched by the police as the victim was too terrorised to take up the matter in written with the police.

Based on available sources as well as technical surveillance, a police team led by Deomali OC PS K Baruah was able to zero in on the accused who had been shifting his base between Itanagar and Deomali.

With his arrest, strong and undeniable evidence has also been recovered. Further investigation is  going on.

This is the second instances of such threatening and extortion  case  taken up by the Tirap district police.

In an earlier case of threatening and extortion of money from BSNL employees posted in Tirap, the police had registered a case suo motu at Longding Police Station as the employees were too frightened to lodge a written complaint with the local police. Instead, they had approached their senior officers in Itanagar from where the police got to know of the facts of the case and acted fast despite significant delay in receiving information.

The team led by OC PS Longding, Inspector T Wangsu was successful in arresting the main accused who was an unemployed youth and had thought of the idea to try and threaten the employees.  These two cases show that more than the problem of insurgency per se, it is the fear of insurgency which is being exploited by many unscrupulous persons to their benefit by threatening and extorting money from unsuspecting residents and employees posted in the district, said a statement from the Police.

The main problem is that people are too scared to approach the police and report the facts in a timely and correct manner so that the culprits can be brought to book, it added.


Byaling reacts to AAPTWA statement

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) while expressing displeasure over statement made by RD and Power (Electric) Minister Tanga Byaling about formation of unions has come out strongly against it. Alleging that the minister made objectionable and derogatory statement against AAPTWA in particular, the association sought apology from the minister in this regard.

Meanwhile,  while reacting to the allegation of AAPTWA, Minister Byaling has termed it unfounded, concocted and baseless.

In a press statement he stated, “Few days ago some youth who claimed themselves as the President and Executive Members of All Arunachal Tribal Welfare Association met me in my official bunglow at Niti Vihar and during the course of discussion, I advised them on the issue of forming numerous unregistered association and its impact in the society causing disturbance in the public life.”

He further added, “I also told them that state of Arunachal Pradesh is 100 per cent tribal inhabited state and the State Assembly out of the 60 Assembly Constituency 59 seats are reserved constituency and indigenous tribal people enjoy the majority and as such, there is no meaning of having a separate Tribal Welfare Association to take care of welfare to the indigenous tribal people. The Government of India is having a separate Tribal Welfare Department/Ministry under a senior IAS officer and all the grievances of tribal populations are being taken care by them.”

Byaling also stated that he had just discussed with them about ill effects of having numerous un-registered Associations and organizations in the society.

“It was just a simple discussion and as an elder citizen of the society I only advised them to work for peaceful co-existence of all sections of society and also to work for overall development of the state. It appears that the press release has been issued hurriedly without giving deep ear to my suggestion. I totally deny the allegation and there is no question of seeking apology,” Byaling concluded.


KVK conducts awareness cum training prog

Pasighat, Feb 4: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) East Siang, College of Horticulture & Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat organized awareness cum training programme on “Scientific Methods of Fish Farming” and “Management in Composite Fish Farming” for the progressive farmers of Sigar and Namsing Village of Easting on February 3 and 4 respectively.

S.M. Hussain, Subject Matter Specialist Fisheries, urged the farmers to take benefit of the camp by obtaining optimum information on composite fish farming and also to take necessary technical help from the Kendra during cropping season and also as and when required.

In all 60 progressive farmers participated in the programme.

The programme was organized with the objective of enlightening the farmers the urgent need and scope of composite fish farming in village.

The programme was sponsored by ATMA, East Siang.


SLSA strives for excellence

Sapna Tayem

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA), named after former Education Secretary late Sangey Lhaden, is the lone school cum sports training institute in the state.

Established in June 2000, the institute offers training to its students in various sports disciplines beside normal schooling education. Presently, it offers training on athletics, boxing, archery, badminton, judo, karate, kho kho/kabaddi and football and presently, there are eight coaches for each discipline. Beside formal education and sports training, the students of the institute are also taken to exposure tours to various places of importance on regular basis to get themselves acquainted with state’s rich flora and fauna, historical monuments etc.

The school has so far achieved a lot in sports during the past one decade. The students are regularly participating in various national and international level events and have so far won many a medals bringing laurels not only to the institute but also the state. Not only in sports, the students are good in academic performance also.

Sport is necessary for every human being to keep oneself healthy and physically fit. The sports academy is striving hard for grooming talents by increasing sports activities.

“Sports can be a good career option in Arunachal Pradesh. The state government has increased the job quota for talented sports persons from 5 pc to 10 pc, especially in state police,” said assistant director, sports and youth affairs Ramesh Lingi.

He said the sports academy needs qualified sports officers and coaches to train the student in a better way and manner, Lingi told. He also advocated for establishing such institute in every district to groom sports talents. Linggi also revealed his vision for the institute to upgrade it to a +2 school in the coming years.

“We really like sports and that is why we joined this institute. We have learn a lot and many are yet to be learnt. Joining the institute was really a different experience than what we thought of”, said a student of the institute.

It is heartening to see many girl students joining the institute, which is a silver lining to state’s sports.

They are taking up all sports disciplines matching with their male counterpart.

Unlike the past, today sport is not played for recreational purpose. Many youngsters in the state now want to take up sport as their career option.

It is hoped that SLSA would able to provide the much needed support to them in fulfilling their dreams come true.


Union reacts

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Job Contract Employee Union (APTJCEU), NEEPCO Ltd today said that instead of coming to negotiation table on its demands, the NEEPCO authorities has threatened it to deal with state machineries.

It is worth mentioning here that the Union has decided to call 48 hours bandh at Kameng and Pare HE project sites on February 6 and 7 in favour of its demand for regularization of contract employees.

Claiming that it has received information from Executive Director (S &S), NEEPCO, Shillong which stated that recruitment process was banned by the union power ministry, the union asked as to why the NEEPCO authorities did not inform the local people regarding ban on recruitment prior to the signing of MoU with state Government. Instead, it assured land affected people to recruit them in C and D category posts during public hearing, the Union further claimed.


House gutted  in fire

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: One house belonging to APPBn, ASI Ekar Angu has been completely gutted down in a fire accident at Kima Pakka today. The fire also gutted down properties worth lakhs of rupees.

Meanwhile, Kime Pakka Development Committee appealed to the concerned authority to immediately provide relief fund to the victims.

The committee lauded the Itanagar police team and the residents of the colony who rushed to the spot and prevented further spread of the fire.


Vocational training

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: A day long third vocational training programme for adolescent girls under RGSAG, SABLA scheme was conducted at Sagalee yesterday.

The training was organized by Child Development Project Officer and staff of Sagalee ICDS project.

Altogether, 120 adolescent girls, Anganwadi workers and helpers from different villages of Sagalee attended the training.

Sagaale Women Welfare Society president Nabam Yali also attended the programme.


Yudik passes away

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Topo Welfare Society, Dumporijo mourned the demise of Tate Yudik, GB cum Banggo secretary of Topo Heche area, Dumporijo circle.

He died at the age of 90 at Yudik village yesterday and is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

Late Yudik served the society in various capacities; he was elected as ASM of Upper Topo Panchayat Segment for three times and was also the Vice President of Anchal Samiti of Dumporijo circle; founder of Galo society of Dumporijo and Baririjo circles.

During British period, he had toured various villages to create awareness on education sector and also advocated for discouragement of child and force marriage.  He also encouraged preservation of indigenous faith in the area. His funeral service will be held on February 5 at Lu-puu village.


Union supports bandh

ITANAGAR, Feb 4:  All Hrusso (Aka) Students’ Union has extended its support to the 48 hours bandh at Kameng and Pare HE project sites called by Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Job Contract Employees’ Union on February 6 and 7. The Union also appealed to the NEEPCO authorities to fulfill the demand for regularization of services of employees working on contract basis under NEEPCO since last seven years.


Union demands Sainik school in state

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: All Arunachal Abo-Tani Clans Students’ Union (AAATCSU) has demanded establishment of Sanik School in Arunachal Pradesh at the earliest.

AAATCSU in its central executive meeting held at Naharlagun yesterday further adopted resolutions demanding establishment of Govt Medical College and introduction of Tani Lippi as third language in the state.

While extending support to the AASSATA’s movement, the union appealed to the state Govt to release enhanced salary of the teachers with six months arrears and regularization of 2003 batch SSA teachers at one go.  


ATA meeting held

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Arunachal Pradesh Teachers’ Association (ATA), West Siang district unit its executive body meeting at Aalo yesterday appealed to the concerned authority for early solution to the pay anomalies and 50 per cent reservation for promotional avenues from AT (A) to JT. It also urged the government to give DDO power to principal of the Government Nehru Memorial Higher Secondary School, Puak Gumin, Aalo and post senior teacher before starting of new academic session.


HGBs oppose inclusion

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: While revealing its decision to boycott the joint general meeting on creation of proposed Lower Siang district at Telam on February 4, the head gaon buras of Depi, Depi Moli and Detak villages  and Ramle Banggo Youths Forum  in a joint press release said that  they will oppose any resolution being taken to include Depi, Depi Moli and Detak villages under the proposed Lower Siang district.


ASUTN extend helping hand

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The Arunachal Students Union of Tamil Nadu (ASUTN) has decided to extend helping hand to those students who are going to take admission in different institutions in Tamil Nadu. The newly elected president of ASUTN Lokam Jambo has appealed to the guardians and parents not to approach brokers and take free service of the Union regarding admission of their students in Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, ASUTN extended support to the Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers Association for its bold step against APPSC. The union called upon the engineering students to stay united and fight against corrupt system.  


‘Education and sports are co-related’  

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The annual sports week of the Don Bosco School Galenja, Bordumsa concluded on February 4.

While addressing the gathering on the occasion, Bordumsa ADC Kento Riba called on the school authorities to conduct more such co-curricular activities for the benefit of students. He said, education and sports are co-related. While learning awakens the mind, sports and games shape up the physique. He further showered praises on the students for their stunning performane during the sports week.

Riba, however, lamented to the fact that education is being confined in the four walls of the classrooms particularly in his sub-division.

“Sports promote healthy attitude of a student and no scientific and moral education is possible without sports activities,” he said.

He promised every possible help to upgrade the school from Class VIII  to Class – IX while saying “I shall try my level best  for up-gradation of the school.”

He expressed his gratitude to the public leaders particularly the HGB of Bordumsa Sikhet Tang Singpho for his unstinted support to the school  for its all round development.

Among others, Len. Col Prayag Subbah of Birsa Coy., Bordumsa Army Camp, Praksh Chand of the CRPF were present on the occasion.


Parents Day of Shri Shri Vidya Mandir

PASIGHAT, Feb 4: The annual prize distribution cum Parents Day of Sri Sri Vidya Mandir here was celebrated in a befitting manner today.

While addressing the gathering East Siang Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok  said education should ensure all round development of the students. They should pursue their goal through discipline and dedication, he added.

He advised parents to guide their children through proper counseling and by setting good example to follow. Parents should cooperate with the school authorities, he further said and hoped that such endeavor would bring improvement in the educational scenario of the state as well as the nation. DIPRO

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