February  16

PPA opposes mega dams, demands white paper on hydro projects

ITANAGAR, Feb 15: The People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has opposed construction of large number of mega dams in Arunachal Pradesh. The party demanded the State Government bring out ‘White Paper’ on Hydro-Power and dams.

“The people have right and ought to know the Government policy on hydro-power, dams and provisions and term of reference there in MoU/MoA(s),” the party said in a release today.

The PPA said that if the Government is serious about the future of the state, it should scrap the MoU/MoA(s) and switch over to the more sustainable; ecological and culture friendly projects. “Development can’t be term as development unless it’s for the development of the host population,” it added.

The party further said that the MoU/MoAs  have been signed for  construction of more than 100 dams with the different Govt undertakings, unexperienced private power developers and corporations under the Congress government without prior information to the people to be affected.  The party observed at this moment the state does not require large numbers of dam which would displace many indigenous communities.

“What we require is only minor dams or run off the river projects which would have less human displacement and ecological hazardous or few number of dam. Our pristine ecology and rich bio diversity are also our resources and we need to preserve it for our posterity too,” the party said.


Ali-Aye Ligang celebrated with gaiety

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 15: Ali- Aaye Lcgang, the main festival of Mishings was celebrated by the people of Mishing community residing in Capital Complex with traditional gaiety today.

Ali- Aye-Ligang, the agricultural festival is celebrated on the first Wednesday of Fagun month (between January and February) every year. The literal meaning of Ali- Aye-Ligang stands for first sowing of roots and fruits in which ‘Ali’ stands for seeds, ‘Aye’ for fruits and ‘Ligang’ for sowing.

The celebration began with hoisting of festival flag followed by traditional dance. The revelers including young boys and girls with their traditional best attires danced to the tune of "Oi nitom" and drum beats (Dumdum-lupi).  Pasighat DIPRO adds: Ali-Aye Ligang was also celebrated by Mishings of Sille-Oyan at Babu Oiram Bori Dirbi Lotta (Oiram Bori memorial cultural complex), Oyan with traditional gaiety and fervor today. Before the celebration, the Mishings paid homage to late Oiram Bori, a selfless social worker who was instrumental in promoting Mishing art  and culture.

Addressing the festival revelers, Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok admitted that the community people are yet to have better education. Tapok appealed to all section of people to preserve and promote their own culture  and tradition. The DC wished the Mishing community good health, bumper harvest and prosperity. He also released ‘Member Mijing’, a book on late Oiram Bori and gave away prizes to the achievers on the occasion.

Earlier, ZPM Okom Yosung hoped that such festival would bring unity and integrity among all sections of people.

Miladoi Pait Medok, a follower of Oiram Bori, who represented the cultural troupe in the Republic Day celebration in 1971 in Delhi was felicitated on the occasion.

People from all walks of life with traditional attire thronged the festival ground, performed the rituals and presented the traditional dance and dramas.

Among others, President Dr. Robin Bori (Rtd. Jt. DHS), General Secretary Mojit Pao, Chief Advisor Dr. D Pait, Chief Patron A Perme (CO) and representatives of ABK both central and district were present and spoke on the occasion.


Public hearing on proposed Lower Siang district faces stiff opposition

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Feb 15: The process of  creating Lower Siang district has been facing stiff oppositions as various organizations under Nari-Koyu and Likabali constituencies have launched protest movement in support of the their demand  for exclusion of Basar from the new district.

The members of District Demand Joint Action Committee (DDJAC), Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) and Ramle Banggo Students’ Union (RBSU) today blocked vehicular movement on the road at Lumpong village near Assam Police Battalion camp and stopped entry of the High Power Committee (HPC) members and administrative officials to Nari headquarter to conduct hearing. The protestors have also placed their demands before the HPC at the spot.

The allied organizations have been opposing inclusion of Basar in the proposed Lower Siang district and demanding Likabali as it’s headquarter.

It stated that it would boycott Public Hearing fixed by HPC at Likabali tomorrow. Members of DDJAC along with PRI members and leaders of all political parties of Likabali and Nari Koyu (ST) Assembly constituencies recently met the state’s Chief Minister, Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Parliamentary Secretary (Home) and demanded them to redress their grievances that they are facing in creation of Lower Siang district.

The delegation team also demanded the government for deletion or correction of the terms of reference No. (i) of Notification No.DAD-22/2009 issued on June-30, 2011 and gave an ultimatum to act on it before February 12. It warned the government to launch vigorous movement  in favour of its demand.

On the other hand, the Adi Bane Kebang and Ramle Banggo Adi People’s Forum (RBAPF) are rigid on their demand to exclude the Adi villages under Nari-Koyu constituency in the proposed Lower Siang district. Reiterating their demand, the RBAPF today handed over the HPC a memorandum at the blockade place.

High-Power Committee visits Nari

Pasight DIPRO adds: A High-Power Committee (HPC) headed by Chairman HK Paliwal (Principal Secy. GoAP), SBK Singh (IGP), Ankur Garg (Secy. Planning), Indra Malo Jain (Secy. Political etc), P Subhra-Manyam (CCF), CL Tungkhang (Director, State Plan) along with Talem Tapok (DC), Pushpendra Kumar (SP) and host of public leaders, NGOs and officers visited Nari today.

However, the people of the area who are demanding deletion of ‘Reference-1 of Govt. Notification’ and establishment of district headquarter of the proposed Lower Siang District at Siki Rima,prevented the visiting team to hold the public hearing. They called for a 24hrs bandh and blocked the road leading to the public hearing venue by felling trees and burning tyres.

Dr. HK Paliwal and his team appealed and tried to persuade the agitating public to let the public hearing be held so that the grievances and ground realities can be heard which the agitators refused.

Meanwhile, the HGBs and the public of five Adi dominated villages, namely Depi, Depi-Moli, Detak, Korang and Sido submitted a memorandum to the committee to exclude these villages from the proposed district, because of linguistic, cultural and traditional homogeneity and easy administration etc.


Know Your Legendary Artistes

ITANAGAR, Feb 15: As part of the series to pay tribute to legendary artistes of Arunachal, today we will let you know about two more artistes acted together in “Meri Dharam Meri Maa” the first Hindi film of Arunachal.

They are popularly known as Takar and Talo of Meri Dharam Meri Maa film. Yes, we are talking about Nabam Tata alias Takar and Tadu Tayung alias Talo. Tata won the hearts of many female fans by portraying role of Talo, the hero of  Meri Dharam Meri Maa film. Tayung the villain of same movie also won many hearts with his acting.

 Born on 7th October 1958 at Kamcho Taram village under Yachuli Circle, Lower Subansiri district Tata completed his graduation from Govt. College, Itanagar under Punjab University in the year 1984. Tata had associated himself in the activities of preserving, encouraging and exposing the traditional culture and music of the State in general and for Nvishi Community in particular. He produced a short feature film titled `A NYISHI MARRIAGE 'through which he has exposed the hidden myth of the Nyishi customary marriage. Besides these, he had written a number of articles on mythological thoughts such as `BADAL DALO'. He also wrote lyrics for Komchi Lela, maiden audio album of Nyishi community. His most famous and popular number include ‘JIWT ANE GE NYETAM NAM HF50L NGULE HOPUQ PEKIN LA’. In the year 2001 he had made another breakthrough for Nyishi community by systematically documenting and introducing the new method of prayer system through Donyi Polo Nyedar Namlo, which has set a history in the annals of Nyishi ritual practices.

Tadu Tayung was born on 1st January 1961 at Mudang Tage village of Ziro under Lower Subansiri district. He won accolades for his role of Talo, the villain of popular movie Meri Dharam Meri Maa. He won HAMARE award 2012 for his contribution to Arunachalee society. At present he is working as chief engineer PWD.


Training prog on common guidelines and IWMP DIPR preparation begins

ITANAGAR, Feb 15: A training on sensitization of senior officers on Common Guidelines and preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPR) of Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) for middle/junior level officers  of the line departments began at the Conference Hall of the RWD office here today.

The training was sponsored by National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA), Planning Commission, Govt. of India and organized by Soil Conservation Society of India (SCSI), Delhi in collaboration with state Rural Works Department.

Resource persons from SCSI, New Delhi, NIRD, Guwahati and SCSI’s Meghalaya Chapter are imparting training to the participating officers from RWD and other lined departments.

Addressing the inaugural session, additional PCCF Rabindra Kumar spoke about the relevance of the training programme in the present day context where soil erosion and global warming cause concern. Kumar also called for concerted efforts by line departments including forest for preparation of effective DPR on IWMP.

Earlier, RWD Chief Engineer T Welly stressed on the need of such training and called upon the participants to take full advantage of the training programme.

New Delhi SCSI president Suraj Bhan in his speech highlighted the role of the Society in soil conservation throughout the country, while Dr K Haloi of NIRD Guwahati explained about the activities of the institute towards enhancement of rural economy.

Former director of State Land Use Board, Dr P C Srivastava assured to extend all kind of cooperation in preparation of IWMP project report, while SLUB director R S Sharma and co-ordinator of the programme explained about the objective of the training.

Resource persons, K. C. Momin of SCSI, Shillong and Dr Sarkar of  SCSI, New Delhi and Dr S C Patra, director, NERIWALM, Tezpur also spoke on the occasion.

Among others, senior and junior soil conservation officers from various districts and officers from line departments were present in the inaugural session.

 The three days training programme for senior officers of line departments on common guideline will end on February 17. This would be followed by five days “Training on preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPR) on Watershed Development for Middle / Junior Level Officers from February 21. The training programme will  conclude on February 25.


Capital gears up for statehood day celebration

ITANAGAR, Feb. 15: Hectic preparations are going on for celebration of Statehood Day throughout  Arunachal Pradesh in a grand manner on February 20.

At Itanagar, the celebration will be organized in a grand manner befitting the completion of 25 years of statehood. To commemorate this momentous occasion, a 5-day festival entitled Festival of Arunachal is being organized during February 20-24. A host of VVIPs, dignitaries, media, tourists, artistes, sportspersons, Army, Air Force and other organizations are taking part in the celebrations.

In order to give the Itanagar Capital Complex a festive look during the festival, the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh has decided to conduct a social service on February 18 in the entire Capital Complex in which the Govt. servants and public should participate. The Capital administration has requested all the heads of department and NGOs and  capital based para military forces to conduct social service in their respective areas.

Meanwhile,  in view of  the ensuing Statehood day celebration and  the Festival of Arunachal, Capital DC, under section 144A Cr.PC, has prohibited carrying of any kind of lethal weapon, explosives or any other items dangerous to safety and security of life  and property in and around the Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar with immediate effect. The prohibitory order will remain enforced until further orders.


Saaya calls for optimum use of agri land

ITANAGAR, Feb 15: Parliamentary secretary, Agriculture, Likha Saaya  has exhorted the agriculture officers  to   concentrate on optimum  utilization of land resources of the state for the welfare of farmers community.  

While inaugurating the two-days conference of Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Officers Association at Naharlagun today, Saaya said agriculture officers should strive hard for optimum use of agricultural land  with modern technology as the  farmers are  is still regarded as backbone of rural economy of the country. Agriculture officers and Agri Technocrats from all districts of the state are participating in the conference.

Earlier, ATI assistant director Pate Marik addressed the open session of the conference.  Pointing out the implementation of the 6th Pay Commission for well-being of the Govt employees,  he called upon the officers to reciprocate as responsible and dedicated public servant. “We should have a sense of commitment to our duty” he said and assured all kind cooperation to the association in future.

A.K. Purakayastha, Director, agriculture marketing, in his key note address informed that the motto of Association should be “Farmers first”. He advocated the philosophy of motivation at all levels and appealed to all officers to work with dedication so as to achieve inclusive growth in the Farm sector under the XII Five Year Plan. ADOs R Dochuk and Idar Nyori also spoke on the occasion.


International seminar on “Resources, Tribes and State” concludes

ITANAGAR, Feb 15: The three-day international seminar on “Resources, Tribes and State” organized by the Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies (AITS), Rajiv Gandhi University at RGU premises concluded today.

Addressing the valedictory function of the seminar, Professor SN Chaudhury of Barkatullah University, Bhopal asserted that tribal population is on the verge of extinction from the society due to maximum exploitation of the natural resources by the human beings.

In today’s society, it is difficult to define the local culture of the tribal community owing to globalization.  Tradition and culture keep on changing its shape due to globalization in the name of development, the scholar observed.  He said the rural people are also migrating in urban area due imbalance in development process. Such defective method of development is exploiting the tribal society, he added.

Prof Chaudhury further said state resources are being exploited due lack of awareness among the tribal people. Tribal land is being utilized in the name of implementation of development projects without taking care of the resources and future of tribal people, he added. He called upon the students to ponder upon these issues and work for the development of the tribal community.

Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor Prof. David R Syiemlieh said the three-day session has provided a platform to visualize a general idea about the tribal societies across the world.

In India, we are more sensitive towards tribes. They always try to maintain their own culture and traditions and paid highest concern for its preservation, that’s why the anthropologists of the state have a bigger role to play, he added.

 One of the participants while sharing his experience said their notion before coming to the state of Arunachal Pradesh was quite different and seminar was a complete eye-opener for all of us as the place is very beautiful as well as the people were very kind and cooperative.

“I feel that the seminar provided new approaches and prospects for the students who are engaged in various developmental activities”, shared  another participant who came  from Pune University.

M C Behra, Seminar Director disclosed that though difficulties were there to arrange everything but the  seminar was conducted  successfully with cooperation of all.

The seminar was sponsored by Rajiv Gandhi University, ICSSR, New Delhi, NERC, Shillong and ASI, Kolkata.


Impediments for separate functional judiciary in context of Arunachal Pradesh

Dani Belo

Article 50 of the Constitution of India obligates the state to take steps to separate the judiciary from the executive in the public service of the state. The Article is based on the bedrock of the principle of independence of the judiciary which has been held to be one of the basic tenets and a fundamental requirement of our constitution. This has resulted in the fact that the concept of an independent judiciary has been elevated to the level of the basic structure of the constitution.

However, the said concept of having a separate judicial structure for the inhabitants of the state has not being given its due constitutional recognition, which could be possibly due to various factors such as its remote location, isolation from the mainstream system of judicial governance and the due importance attached to the tribal system of community justice practiced from time immemorial, however, as the time progressed, there has been a marked development in the process to achieve the said constitutional objectives.

In this tribal state of ours, the administration of civil and criminal justice is being regulated by the Assam Frontier (Administration of Justice) Regulation, 1945(1 of 1945), the regulation provides both procedural and substantive regulatory mechanism of civil and criminal matters and disposal thereof.

In the earlier period in the absence of the judiciary, the executive authorities namely the Deputy Commissioner, Additional Deputy commissioners, the Asst commissioners and the village authorities had exercised the powers analogous to the pots as defined in the code of criminal procedure.

It is worth mentioning that a assembly committee was constituted under the chairmanship of L Wanglat in 1981 to study the judicial system in the state and the committee finally submitted its report on 22nd Septemeber, 1984 with its one of the recommendations that the state govt should take immediate steps to have a limited separation of judiciary from the executive.

The state since in its inception from the days of the frontier tracts and under the administration of the British period has withstood the test and the requirements of the time. The Assam Frontier Regulation which is a pioneer law in the field of administration of justice in this state had a commendable contribution to the growth of civil and criminal jurisprudence in this state since its enactment. The same is admitted by the fact that even though the enactment of it was done in 1945, till date, it has been amended only in 2005,even though it has been felt that the same needs to be comprehensively and extensively amended for today’s requirement.

It is also pertinent to mention that the state government in its wisdom had in 2007 by a cabinet decision conferred judicial powers to the civil service officers by virtue of the post held by them and it could be said that de facto we have a complete separation of judiciary with the executive officers on the helm of affairs.

Coupled with the fact that the state Govt is required under the Article 50 of the constitution of India, to take steps to separate judiciary from the executive, the monitoring which at present is done by the  Supreme Court in Civil Appeal no. of 2002 in the matter of State of Meghalaya vs Subhasis Chakraborty & Ors and for which the State of AP has been made a respondents’ in the said case, the law dept is in the process of moving the Govt for creation of more number of judicial post and the infrastructures for judiciary both under the state plan and the central govt assistance. However there is a long way to go before full separation of judiciary from the executive is materialized.

It is however relevant to pout out that even though the state of Arunachal Pradesh has been studiously trying to achieve the goals for a full and complete separation of judiciary as mandated under the Article 50 of the Indian constitution, there appears certain logistics, legal and financial impediments in achieving the same, for which an attempt is being made to discuss the same below:

* Outdated legislative framework in the way of Assam Frontier Regulation.

* Remoteness of the areas coupled with backwardness.

* Lack of Financial resources of the state.

* Lack of adequate case pendency for trial and disposal.

* Lack of Human resources.

1.Outdated legislative framework in the way of Assam Frontier Regulation: The Assam Frontier Regulation which is a pioneer law in the field of administration of justice in this state as discussed above still regulate the system of administration of justice. It is seen that the 1945 regulation provides that on a bare perusal of the above provisions, the Act in section 15,36 provides that both civil and criminal justice are to be administered by the DC/ADC/EAC/CO and the village authorities only, there is no legal or legislative coverage to the establishment of two new district courts and the earlier fast tract courts as functioning in the state. It is also relevant to mention here that then Govt policy and the regulation had barred the application of the Code of Criminal Procedure, Civil procedure code and the provisions of the evidence act in the dispensation of justice as the courts and magistrates would decide the case as per their wisdom thereby giving a go by to the established procedure of both civil and criminal justice and thus inhabiting the growth and developments in the field of judicial jurisprudence in the state. However recently, the Govt has decided to adopt the civil and criminal procedures in totality in the state judicial administration.

2. Lack of Financial resources of the state. The Hon’ble Supreme Court in All India Judges Association vs the Union of India in its order dated 7-2-2006 & 21-11-2006 had directed the state of Arunachal Pradesh to take steps to separate the judiciary from the executive. Accordingly steps were initiated to comply with the same by deciding to create post of judiciary at the level of Sessions only by the cabinet in its sitting on 11.5.2005 as a huge financial liability to the tune of 103 crores would be required for complete separation till the magistrate level including the infrastructures and which the Govt could not avail.

Accordingly a request was made to the central Govt to provide the said amount as a part of special assistance; however, the same has been turned down. The decision of 2005 was again reviewed in 2006 by the cabinet and it was decided that the separation would be in phase wise and at the first time only two courts of sessions would be established.

In another case of SLP pending in the Supreme Court in the case of State of Meghalaya vs Subhasis Chakraborty, the Supreme Court is actively supervising the judicial separation in the state and as a result more judicial courts are in the offing which are in the active consideration of the state.

3. Lack of adequate case pendency for trial and disposal. The role played by the village authority in administration of justice as mandated by the regulation is a unique proposition in the Indian judicial system as it recognizes the concept of delivery of justice at ones doorstep at cheap and faster rate in compared to the general position in other parts of India and the same is widely appreciated by one and all including the by the ld judges of the high court.

4.Lack of Human resources. One of the matters of concern for opting for a complete separation of judiciary at this juncture would be a major lack of human resources in obtaining the best and intelligent talents in the bar and the bench as the state has a very limited numbers of practicing and qualified advocates who could don the offices of the judges/magistrates or in the form of pleaders or counsels in the courts in the state. With the establishment of a local law college at Naharlagun, the problem would be addressed to a limited extent and so unless there is availability of adequate human resources, the whole concept is going to fail, which the state can afford.

5.Remoteness of the areas coupled with backwardness. In view of the location and its topography, our state is really at a disadvantageous position for the proper functioning of the courts at present. It takes weeks or sometimes months for the courts notices, summons to reach to the destined persons or the authority as the road connectivity and postal means are not reliable. Even the best of technology would sometimes fail as the areas are still to have a proper technology support and the lack of electricity. So there arises a greater need for development to move at a greater pace.

As discussed above, unless urgent steps to remove the above bottlenecks, the constitutional requirement of having a separate judicial functional autonomy would be a distant dream for each one of us and there lies a great burden to the Govt of the day to address the issues.

(The writer is a Under Secretary, Law and Judicial, Itanagar)


Awareness campaign on disaster management

DAPORIJO, Feb 15: A two days  awareness campaign on Disaster Management cum mock drill program on fire accidents was held at Rijo Ground, Daporijo on February 13 and 14. The programme was organized especially for the fire prone colonies of the Daporijo under the initiative of DRRO, Department of Relief and Rehabilitation, Daporijo.

The DC A Abhyankar cautioning the public about fire accidents stressed on the need for every colony to prepare Colony road maps and form quick Response teams  to help the  administration  at the time of needs.

Daporijo DRRO Lobsang explaining the aims and objective of the program said that only the District Administration and concerned departments cannot do anything until and unless there is full public cooperation.  Seeking maximum public participation, he also said that the public are the first responders and also victims in any kind of disaster, so participation in this kind of Awareness Campaign Cum Mock drill will greatly benefit them.

The public should know how to prepare road maps, form response teams and how to communicate/inform the Fire station about fire accidents. He informed that only awareness of the maximum number of people and creation of disaster alarm system within colonies and pre-disaster preparedness will minimize man- made and natural disasters.

Physical exercises and mock drills on portable fire fighting extinguisher operation, handling of LPG cylinder leakage, traffic obstacle and wrong communication, search and rescue, hose drill, locally improvised stretcher and improvised life saving jacket, knots and lines were demonstrated to the public. DIPRO

Students celebrate pre-Lossar

ITANAGAR, Feb 15: Buddhist Students’ Committee of Dera Natung Govt College, Itanagar and Don-Bosco College, Jully has celebrated the first ever pre-Lossar festival in a grand and befitting manner at Sidharta hall here today.

Gracing the occasion, Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam exhorted the students to be sincere and disciplined towards their studies.

“Hard work is the only key to success in life” said Jalley adding that if we work sincerely  and systematically no power in this earth can stop us from achieving any feat.

He called upon the students not to waste their time and resources in useless things and rather do some purposeful activities for themselves and their families.  He also suggested them not to run after Govt job only for there were limited opportunities in Govt sector and  suggested them to be self-employed in future.

Further, while appreciating the organizing committee, he suggested them to organize the Losar festival in open field like other tribes of the state involving every individual so as to showcase their age-old rich culture besides spreading love and harmony. He assured to extend every possible help from his side in organizing the festival.

The day-long programme was marked by various colourful cultural representations by the college students.


AAPBSU condemned Govt statement

ITANAGAR, Feb 15:  The All Pradesh Border students' Union (AAPBSU) has strongly condemned the statement of the state Govt that the activities of union are politically motivated.  It has denied the allegation and termed it as baseless. They said instead of fulfilling the 10 point charter of demands put forward by union, state govt is trying to lower the image of AAPBSU.

Beside the AAPBSU has come down heavily on the comment made by convenor of Inter-state Boundary Area Peace Committee (ISBAPC). ISBAPC has never ever raised any voice regarding the problems of boundary area for the benefit local citizens. They are not aware about problems of the border area and without knowing the fact about issues they are making statement in media. AAPBSU also expressed concern over the way state government is threatening them to book under NSA for using word border.  “We have never given any statement hurting the sentiments of state and central government.  We are proud Indian and we are only working towards creating awareness about problems faced by people living in border areas. On what basis, govt plans to book us under NSA. This is a tactic to curtail our right to protest,” stated AAPBSU.

The union has unanimously decided to proceed with 10 points charter of demands which was placed before the state govt and if it is not fulfilled, union threatened to launch the 2nd phase agitation in coming days.

Meanwhile,  AAPBSU expressed resentment over the arrest of its president. Demanding immediate release of their leader, the union  wanted to know the reason behind his arrest  The Union further claimed that most of the persons, who were arrested in connection with recent bandh call, are juvenile. The union  claimed the authorities  had violated the human rights by not keeping the young persons  in juvenile home as per juvenile justice act.

Meanwhile, All West Siang Border Student Union has demanded govt. of Arunachal Pradesh for the immediate release of AAPBSU President Kipa Robniang, who was arrested today by capital police.  


SDP on cane and bamboo

PALIN,  Feb 15: A six-week long Skill Development Program (SDP)  on Cane and Bamboo industry for Hinda-I, Middle Hinda, Radang and Solo villages came to end on February 12 at Palin.  The SDP was organized by the Community Learning and Doing Center (CLDC), Palin and sponsored by the NABARD Itanagar.

Addressing the valedictory function, Tassar Otum, Development Officer, handloom and Handicraft department,  Koloriang, appreciated the organizer for conducting such an innovative program for the local people in the far-flung area for generating awareness and skill on locally available resources like Cane and Bamboo for self-employment. He said, this kind of activities will definitely boost the rural people’s income.

Dohu Apa, a  Cane and Bamboo entrepreneur from Palin suggested the trainees to become a self employed by starting their unit on cane and bamboo.  He further said if the trainees are not in a position to setting up a unit at their own cost at this moment , they can be employed in his workshop  temporarily for  skill development.

Earlier, CLDC President  Byabang Rocket highlighted the program and shared a few encouraging words with the trainees to become self-employed. The trainee participants were also given a course certificate.


Training prog on IWMP

SEPPA, Feb 15: A one-day district level training programme on Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP)  was organized by DRDA in collaboration with SIRD  at Kameng Hall here today.

SIRD deputy director VK Sharma imparted training on IWMP to the administrative officers and officers and officials of executing agencies and members of the village level watershed management committee. Sharma, while informing about the IWMP project in East Kameng which are at different stages, appealed to the  participants in the training to work together as a team for the timely completion of the projects. He said “we have to ensure balanced development and growth with the gifted natural resources.”

DC incharge Tage Tado, ADC appealed to the stake holders to make good use of the knowledge gained from the training for the development of their respective area. “Learning makes one to be efficient in discharging duties for better delivery of public services”, he added.

DRDA PD Kego Jilen called on proper co-ordination among the stake holders and to do away with complaints and counter complaints at the time of implementation of the projects. DIPRO


Oriah greetings

ITANAGAR, Feb 15: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J.J. Singh has extended his warm greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the festive occasion of Oriah.

In his festival message, the Governor said that the festival of Oriah is renowned for the pulsating war dances and display of vibrant cultural heritage of Wancho community. He expressed his hope that the festival which heralds the dawn of the new season will continue to facilitate the promotion and safeguarding of the rich cultural heritage of our Wancho brethren. On this auspicious occasion, I join my Wancho brothers and sisters to offer our prayer to Almighty ‘Rang’ to bless each one of us with his choicest blessings, good health and a bumper harvest, General Singh added in his message.


Annual conference of H &T education

ITANAGAR, Feb 15: Like yesteryears, the Directorate of Higher & Technical Education is organizing its Annual Conference of Higher & Technical Education at the Banquet Hall here on February 22 and 23. Arunachal Pradesh Governor  Gen (Retd) J J Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have consented to grace the inaugural function.

With the active participation of academicians and stakeholders in the conference,  it has now become an authoritative and analytical source for making policy recommendations on higher and technical education in the state. As usual the conference also features Outstanding College Teachers' Award, Felicitation of former Education Administrators and College / University Teachers, Governor's Award to University Toppers, Gold Medal to Polytechnic Toppers, NSS Awards, Release of Books etc. on the inaugural session. DIPR


Construction of burial ground opposed

ITANAGAR, Feb 15: All Hong Development Committee, All Hong Welfare Association, All Siiro Village Management Committee and All Hong Employees’ Welfare Association, Ziro, opposed the construction/development of Burial ground and Garbage Disposal ground in the land of Hong village.

The organizations resented that in spite of repeated representations against the project earlier, tenders are being invited for construction of approach road of burial ground.

The organizations appealed to the Deputy Commissioner and the Deputy Director, Ziro Division, Urban Development Department not to develop any burial ground  cum Solid Garbage  disposal  ground within the land of Hong village. It threatened to launch democratic movement  in case of failure of the authorities to pay its  grievances.


Foundation  stone for Donyi Colony laid

ITANAGAR, Feb 15:  The foundation stone laying ceremony of Donyi Colony road was held yesterday. Capital MLA Techi Kaso and former Tali MLA Takam Sorang attended the function. While addressing the residents of the colony, Kaso urged people to be patient and maintain quality while executing work. Former MLA Sorang called on everyone present to work with discipline and unity to achieve developmental milestone.

Later Donyi Colony Welfare Committee submitted a memorandum to MLA Kaso seeking his attention. MLA assured to look into the demands.    


APATCYO reiterates demands

ITANAGAR, Feb 15:  Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Orgnization Papum Pare Unit has called on state government to immediately arrest all the miscreants involved in burning down of APSTS busses on February 4. Further organization also urged state Govt to provide compensation to the two injured victims. They have expressed concern over the unresponsive attitude of government towards their demand.


Tamla-Du celebrated at Itanagar

ITANAGAR, Feb 15: The members of Mishmi community residing in Capital Complex  today celebrated the Tamla-Du festival here with pomp and gaiety.

Sodyong Kri, Chairman of the celebration Committee while addressing the gathering have narrated the background about the festival. The main attraction of the occasion was Tanggong dance in which all the participants converged to form bee queue thudding all around the corridor.


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Aging population need solid support

One in four people in Asia will be 60 or older by the year 2050, rising from one in 10 in 2010, according to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Over 65 per cent of Asia’s elderly population will be women.

The over-60 population will rise from 165 million to 439 million in China and from 93 million to 323 million in India from 2010 to 2050, according to government projections reported to the UN.

India’s overall population is expected to exceed China’s in the same period.

One of the sharpest increases in the region will be in Bangladesh, where the elderly will almost quadruple from 6.6 percent of the population in 2010 to 22.5 percent in 2050.

The biggest challenges facing this population are social insecurity and health problem.

Beyond physical frailty, the number of dementia patients in the Asia-Pacific region will rise from 14 million in 2005 to 24 million in 2020 and become as high as 65 million by 2050.

Loneliness, disorientation, a sense of abandonment and lack of self-worth are the causes of depression and poor mental health among the elderly people.

A key to ensuring the elderly receive the care they need is to ensure they have a solid support network - one that is slowly shrinking.


Emotional happiness

Dear Editor,

Apropos news article published on February 13 in your daily regarding announcement of financial assistance to the fire victim of the bereaved family of Late Khow, a 10 years old boy of Kharteng village and Lama Phurpa Tashi and others in Tawang Monastery by MPs Mukut Mithi, Takam Sanjay, and Ninong Ering, for rebuilding the damaged structures, the Abbot and Senior Lamas of Tawang Monastery expressed their sincere gratitude to the MPs for showing their generosity in the hour of difficult time.

The relief announced by the Members of Parliament of Arunachal Pradesh gave emotional happiness to the Monks of Tawang Monastery and general public of Tawang district. The love, compassion in humanity shown by our great leaders of Arunachal Pradesh is an example in itself.

I, on behalf of District Administration and General Public of Tawang too express whole-hearted thanks to the Members of Parliament.


L Phunchu, ADC

I/c Deputy Commissioner,




Liberalism is nothing but a state of mind

Dear Editor,

Dr. Neelam Nega is of the opinion that differences in culture, tradition and language act as divisive elements in the society and give birth to disharmony ( "The other side", 13 February).

But Switzerland, despite being home of four main languages, namely, French, German, Italian and Romansch, remain one of the most peaceful nations of the world. In contrast, the Telugu-speakers in Andhra Pradesh, are presently engaged in bitter rivalries among themselves by dividing on the lines of Telengana, Rayalseema and coastal belt!

 Actually, liberalism is nothing but a state of mind. The societies which are truly educated (mere earning of university degrees is not the parameter of being educated) are enlightened enough to appreciate the diversities within the human race so as to make the society a real colourful one. Instead of trying to ensure "unity" by killing diversities, the society should learn to respect the distinct identities of all and award exemplary punishment to those who try to fracture harmony by exploiting race, religion, caste and language.


Kajal Chatterjee,  Kolkata




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