ToI issue ends as Pradeep Thakur apologizes before Nyishi community
ITANAGAR Feb 18: The infamous ToI issue was brought to a conclusion today with senior
Times of India journalist Pradeep Thakur, who hurt the sentiment of Nyishi community
with a derogatory report published in May 2011, apologizing to the Nyishi community
at Banquet Hall here. Members of Nyishi community including representatives of Nyishi
Elite Society (NES) led by its president Bengia Tolum, All Nyishi Students Union
(ANSU) led by its president Sikka Gapak, Nyishi MLAs, senior citizens of Nyishi community
and MP Takam Sanjoy were present during the meeting which was presided over by Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki.
While addressing the large gathering, Pradeep Thakur expressed deep regret for hurting
the sentiments of Nyishi community with his report. “I am very sorry for hurting
the emotion of Nyishi people. I am very sorry to know that people of Arunachal, particularly
the capital citizens, had faced so much of trouble in the form of bandh calls and
violence because of my report. I never intend to hurt sentiments of Nyishi people.
I apologize for my mistake and hope that Nyishi people will forgive me,” Pradeep
Thakur said. Further he added, “I also come from a small town and I can understand
the pain of Nyishi people. I am deeply apologetic from bottom of my heart. Please
believe me and trust me. I am apologizing with lot of sincerity and let me make one
thing clear I had no malafide intention.”
Asked to reveal the source of information, Thakur said, ethics of journalism do not
allow him to reveal. “It’s a known fact all over the world that journalists are not
supposed to reveal the source of information. Therefore I cannot reveal my source
too. I hope the educated and matured people of Arunachal understand about ethics
of journalism,” said Pradeep Thakur.
During the day an agreement was signed between Nyishi Elite Society, All Nyishi Students
Union and Times of India to end the issue amicably. The content of agreement was
read out to the gathering by MP Takam Sanjoy. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while addressing
the gathering told that with this historic occasion, Pradeep Thakur issue has become
a ‘dead issue’. “I had promised to give justice to Nyishi community by making Pradeep
Thakur apologize to community members in Itanagar. I have delivered my promise. With
this, the Pradeep Thakur issue has ended and it is time to move ahead. The time has
come for us to concentrate in developmental and economic issues confronting the people
of Arunachal,” said Tuki.
NES President Bengia Tolum expressed satisfaction over the apology tendered by Pradeep
Thakur. “Arunachal has witnessed social tension and suffered economic loses because
of Pradeep Thakur issue. But today Pradeep Thakur has apologized to us in front of
Nyishi people here in Itanagar. We accept his apology,” said Tolum. ANSU President
Sikka Gapak also spoke on the occasion.
S E T T L E M E N T
A news article written by Mr. Pradeep Thakur which appeared on the Times of India
web portal has hurt the sentiments of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly
the members of the Nyishi community. The Nyishi Elite Society and All Nyishi Students
Union have initiated proceedings in Arunachal Pradesh against Mr. Pradeep Thakur.
Mr. Pradeep Thakur asserted in the discussion that it was not his intention to
hurt the feelings of people of Arunachal, in particular the Nyishi community, the
newspaper, the Times of India, carried a clarification that there was no intention
to hurt the sentiments of the people of Arunachal Pradesh and regretted the unintentional
offence. Mr Pradeep Thakur also apologized to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and
the Nyishi Community in audio/video form.
Mr. Pradeep Thakur said in the discussion that professional ethics constraint him
not to disclose the source from which he had gathered the information for the news
article that appeared on the web portal. Accordingly, the NES and ANSU have accepted
The editorial team of the newspaper has taken steps and Mr. Pradeep Thakur has also
co-operated and appeared before NES and ANSU representatives and on appearance again
tendered his apology. The NES, ANSU and other student unions of the Nyishi community
have decided to accept the apology so that the matter can be amicably settled. On
acceptance of the apology by NES and ANSU decided to withdraw any/all other legal
proceedings, complaints, FIR etc. which they have filed against Mr. Pradeep Thakur.
The criminal case/FIR filed by the Union also stands fully and finally settled and
compromised and they will take steps to withdraw/dispose of the same unconditionally
and agree to file affidavit and take all necessary steps whatever are required for
the withdrawal of the complaint/FIR and legal proceedings.
On signing of this all dispute between the community and Mr. Pradeep Thakur would
stand amicably settled and they will have no ill will against him and all dispute/differences
which have arisen on the publication of the news are settled once and for all.
Moreover, the ban on all publication & circulation of Times of India group publications,
including Times of India stands lifted.
This settlement is signed by the Presidents of the NES and ANSU on behalf of the
unions as well as community and by Mr. Pradeep Thakur. Witnesses: Subhash Sinha,
President, Delhi Media Association & Bamang Tago, Political Secretary to CM.
Leader looks at difficulties as challenges & not problem: Governor
ITANAGAR Feb 18: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J J Singh today called
upon the youth to inherit the leadership qualities of ‘follow me’, ‘leading from
the front’, ‘leading by examples’ and ‘fight to win’, while delivering a lecture
on ‘Youth Leadership’ in a seminar cum workshop held at Rajiv Gandhi University,
Rono Hills, Doimukh.
Governor Singh said that leadership is both an art and a science. There are some
potential leaders who are born with a silver spoon in their mouths but only those
of them become great leaders who are mould and trained by their parents, teachers,
life’s experiences and their own effort. While most other leaders are born in humbler
backgrounds, but with right genes and proper training, grooming and hard work, they
develop and hone their leadership abilities and seize the opportunities that life
offers. He added that a leader has got to have a ‘winning streak’. The leader has
to have that fire within, which spurs him or her on to greater accomplishment whatever
be the situation.
The Governor said that a dynamic leader should also be an ever evolving or constantly
developing personality. Citing to one of speakers’ way of looking at a subject during
the workshop on ‘policy initiatives for promoting partnership between stakeholders
in agriculture at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on 15th February, 2012, which was
attended by him along with Governors from twenty-five States, large numbers of Union
Ministers and Chief Ministers, Singh said that whenever we talk of food security,
we always concerned about 1.2 billion mouths to feed and overlook 1.2 billion minds,
who can think of solutions. Therefore, a leader is the one who can think and think
differently. He or she has to have originality in his ideas, unorthodox and innovative,
the Governor emphasized.
Sharing his experiences to a jam-packed auditorium of students from various colleges
of capital complex and Rajiv Gandhi University, General Singh said that the leader
is the one who does not give up, who look at the difficulties as a challenges and
not problem. He or she must learn from past setbacks and momentary failure.
Dwelling on the main theme of the seminar cum workshop, the Governor called for introspection
and improvement among the civil servants. He said that a successful civil servant
is the one who strive with professional ethos and carefully guards self against temptations.
He or she should not accept being overruled when correct and have a sensible heart.
A good civil servant must gainfully exploit his natural advantage of understanding
the pulse of the people, he added.
Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, Prof. David R. Syiemlieh, who attended
the programme, expressed hope that the seminar cum workshop will be a useful exercise
and will be beneficial for the participants and students of RGU and its affiliated
Recalling the background of civil services from the British period, Prof. Syiemlieh
said that the services assure a career with promotion, attractive salary and perks,
enables officers to have exposure and serve in many parts of India.
RGU Vice Chancellor, while drawing the attention of the State Government for more
funds for infrastructure, better teaching facilities, large number of courses and
financial support with scholarship to realize the dream of India becoming a knowledge
society called for a synergy running through and among the institutions to bring
what is best for the students.
Speaking on the ‘Lack of internal democracy with youth in context of Arunachal Pradesh’,
Bamang Tago, Political Secretary to Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh urged upon
the youths to learn from past mistakes and have self retrospection. He said that
youth today lack confidence amongst them. He cautioned them against involvement of
huge amount of money in youth organizations.
Presenting his view points on ‘Role of students and youth organization in context
of North East”, Secretary of North East Student Organization (NESO) Gumjum Haider
pointed that students of the State has become the voice of deprived and underprivileged.
“This one-day seminar-cum-workshop is an attempt to provide opportunity to learn
something about the background of civil service examinations like that of UPSC. We
are blessed to have the great and glaring personalities, who are the epitome of success,
as resource persons of the day, who will throw light on the subject with their secret
of success to make all of us realize the reality of civil service examinations,”
said Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe Students’ Union (APSTSU) President Meje Taku.
Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe Students’ Union General Secretary Suraj Tayam
and Assistant secretary Marto Nyodu also spoke on the occasion.
In the technical sessions of the day-long seminar cum workshop on myth and realities
on Union Public Service Commission Examination, power-point presentations were presented
by some of the Civil Service officers from the State. First IPS officer of the State,
DIGP Robin Hibu, gave a presentation on ‘Struggle in civil service-personal testimony
UPSC’, while Director Programme & Implementation, Sonam Chombay IRS talked on ‘Civil
service and overview’. Secretary IPR & Art & Culture Indira Mallo Jain, IAS spoke
on ‘Approach to selection of optional papers in UPSC’.
Pranab Bharatwaj, Alumni of JNU, New Delhi, Mayank Bansal, Director of Smart Foundation,
Guwahati and Prof. MQ Khan of Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar were the other
The seminar cum workshop was organized by Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe Students’
Union, a federal Unit of all India Scheduled Tribe Students’ Action Forum, New Delhi.
12 GPs from Lohit selected for Nirmal Gram Puruskar
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: In a yet another cracking success stories the Lohit District Water
& Sanitation Committee (DWSC) and the PHE & WS Division Namsai has held high the
flag of Arunachal Pradesh in representing the state to the National diaspora.
The emerging success stories of Total sanitation Campaign has borne a new fruit,
this time 12 Gram Panchayats have been finally selected for Coveted Presidential
Award - ‘The Nirmal Gram Puruskar’ (NGP) 2011-12. The successful Gram Panchayats
(GPs) are: Khatalguri, Khowji and Manfaliang under Lekang block, Deeobil-I, Deeobil-II,
Nampong, Nangthow-Shayam & Solungtoo under Namsai Block, Chowkham-II & Mawai under
Chowkham-Wakro Block, New Danglat & Danglat under Tezu-Sunpura Block of Lohit District.
It may be recalled here that till last year 7 number of GPs were awarded with NGP
to Lohit district and 12 GPs this year totaling the score to 19. The award carries
a Citation from the President of India and Cash Award of at least Rs 50,000 depending
on the population.
Apart from the state level function, a national function will be organized at New
Delhi shortly wherein President of India shall honour the select awardees of this
year’s Nirmal Gram Puruskar.
The jubilant selected GPs expressed deep happiness that their hard work has been
aptly recognized. The appreciated all hard works and right strategy adopted by staff
and officials of PHE&WS Division Namsai led by the Executive Engineer Er.Tayum Tok
and also thanked the Deputy Commissioner Lohit and Addl Deputy Commissioner Namsai
R.K. Sharma and T.Miso respectively and their spirited team for their unstinted
Provide better service to achieve revenue targets: Gamlin
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Transport and Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin visited Tirap
and newly created Longding district from February 15 to 16 last.
During the visit, Gamlin inspected the office of the station superintendent, Arunachal
Pradesh State Transport, Khonsa, one of the oldest stations established in 1975 and
held meeting with the officers and staffs and heard their grievances.
While addressing a meeting, Gamlin exhorted the employees to be sincere, dedicated
and hard working and to provide better bus service to the public so as to achieve
the revenue targets fixed by the department.
He informed the staffs that two new buses are earmarked for Khonsa during the year
2011-12, to ease the existing problems of the passengers, out of which one 33 seater
is already pressed into service and the remaining 40 seater is being sent to Khonsa
Station Superintendent, N. Wangsa while highlighting the activities of Khonsa STS
depot, requested for more funds for renovation of the old station building. Gamlin
assured the SS to look into the demand on priority basis depending on the financial
condition. On February 16 last, Gamlin attended the Oriah festival at Wakka, one
of the remotest Circle headquarters of Longding district. Greeting the people on
the occasion, Gamlin requested them to maintain their age old traditional culture
and costume. He also urged them to avail the maximum benefits from the government
Replying to a memorandum submitted by Oriah Festival committee, Gamlin directed the
station superintendent, Khonsa to continue the APST bus services from Khonsa to Wakka
and vice-versa without any break. He also assured to sanction Rs 2 lakh for maintenance
and upkeep of the existing vehicle for smooth running of the service for the benefit
of locals of the circle.
While returning from Wakka, Gamlin inspected the Longding-Kanubari (52 km) road along
with SS Khonsa for introduction of a new bus service.
Intermediate Reference Lab opens
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: People of Arunachal Pradesh can now take a sigh of relief with
the inauguration of much awaited Intermediate Reference Laboratory, State TB training
and Demonstration centre for Tuberculosis, a state level TB laboratory providing
C&DST facilities and drug resistance surveillance (DRS) of multi- drug resistant
Operational research (OR) can be additional work subject to approval of CTD, training
of DTCs and DOTs-Plus site staff and Monitoring of RNTCP Microscopy Labs (DMCs) in
the state everything related to TB so that TB patients get their treatment at home
free of cost instead of going out of the state for their treatment.
The inauguration programme was organized by the Director of Health services NRHM
here at C Sector Naharlagun today. It was attended by Parliamentary Secy. Nido Pavitra,
Secretary Health and Family welfare Kaling Tayeng, Dr. B Tada, Nani Mali MD (NIHM),
Dr K. Nishing DHS, doctors and nurses. DIPR
NABARD credit outlay for Arunachal pegged at Rs 140.75 crore
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: NABARD Arunachal Pradesh Regional office organized the State Credit
Seminar-2012-13 for the state here on February 16. Principal Secretary to CM and
Development Commissioner Finance, Yeshi Tsering inaugurated the seminar and State
Focus Paper -2012-13. Senior officers representing state government line departments,
Banks attended the seminar.
The purpose of the seminar was to discuss the State Credit Plan for 2012-13 and issues
involved in the flow of credit. The total credit outlay for the State is pegged at
Rs.140.75 crore as per aggregation of potential linked plan proposed by NABARD.
In his inaugural address Tsering expressed his concern on the low CD ratio which
is 26.73 as on March 31, 2011 whereas the minimum required level is 60. He advised
the banks to make concerted efforts for increasing the CD ratio in the state.
He delved on the thrust areas of the state Government during the 12th Five Year Plan
areas including Self Help Groups, opening of banks in unbanked blocks, revival
of LAMPs, agriculture and allied activities, horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries,
marketing and food Processing etc.
Appreciating the NABARD for supporting the state government in promotion of Self
Help Groups, Tsering informed that the state government would allocate fund for
SHGs during the 12th Plan for which Arunachal Pradesh State Co-operative Apex Bank
Ltd., has been identified for maintenance of the fund.
He assured support of state Government for creation of basic infrastructure for
opening of banks in unbanked blocks and in its recovery drive.
Regarding LPC, the Commissioner said that the certificates issued by Deputy Commissioners
and other authorized officers are valid and should be acceptable to the banks for
extending credit. He advised the banks, government departments and financial institutions
to take into account the thrust areas of the government while planning and implementing
their developmental schemes and programmes.
NABARD manager K Vaiphei made power point presentation on the various issues for
increasing credit flow in the state and the role to be played Government, banks and
NABARD officer-in-charge S N Chalia, also spoke on the occasion.
Other officials/bankers also expressed their views and suggestions. It was informed
by SLBC convenor that due importance will be given to the suggestions expressed by
the participants and shall be discussed in the forthcoming SLBCs.
Citrus fruit production in Arunachal discouraging
PASIGHAT, Feb 18: Despite enormous potentialities in Citrus fruits production in
the hilly terrain and foothills of Arunachal Pradesh, the state is yet to make any
remarkable achievement in this field.
Low rate production of citrus fruit in North Eastern region is drawing attention
of the agricultural experts, who have suggested a comprehensive policy by the state
governments to boost the horticultural sector.
Sources from Pasighat College of Horticulture and Forestry (CHF) said that citrus
is one of the major fruit crops in Arunachal and various citrus species like Mandarins,
Oranges, Limes, Lemons, Graph-Vines besides many other wild species are being cultivated
by the rural farmers. It suggested the state Govt take appropriate measures in
order to encourage the citrus growers and facilitate proper marketing of citrus
Talking to this correspondent, the dean of CHF, B N Hazarika informed that as many
as 20 species/types of Citrus fruits are found in Arunachal hills. Most of the commercially
cultivated species of citrus fruits are grown in sub tropical region. Though Siang
belt is the main orange cultivation area, however, large scale production of citrus
is found in Changlang, Tirap and Subansiri districts. Apart from temperate zone,
orange grown in other zones in Arunachal are of superior quality, he said.
The CHF, established under Central Agricultural University has undertaken measures
to boost the horticultural activities and to enhance quality of citrus fruits in
the region. It has launched a project to share practical knowledge on citrus cultivation
with growers. Under the project, the experts impart training to the citrus growers
on use of scientific method for quality citrus production.
According to the report, Khasi Manadari species is cultivated in all NE region including
Sikkim, covering about 97,400 hectares area of land and the production is 447,000
tones. However, citrus productivity in North-eastern region is very low in comparison
to average citrus production in national level.
The state’s Horticulture Minister Setong Sena and the concerned Parliamentary Secretary
Honchun Ngandam, in a recent state level meeting, had decided to make a comprehensive
plan for development of horticulture besides creation of a separate “Horticulture
Produce Marketing Board and Research & Development Wing”. But the rural horticulturists
of the state are yet to see any fruitful initiative in this regard.
Concern over occupation of Govt land at Ruksin
RUKSIN, Feb 18: Ruksin Area Youth Front (RAYF) has expressed concern over illegal
occupation of government notified land in Ruksin township and demanded the authority
to vacate the occupied land.
The RAYF president in a press communiqué alleged that a large portion of the government
notified land at Ruksin township are under illegal occupation of some non-bonafide
individuals, who have constructing temporary and permanent structures on the government
The RAYF has submitted a petition to Ruksin SDO, requested the administration to
enquire on the illegal occupation of government land and make it public.
Meanwhile, Ruksin SDO(C) Yemlin Tayeng has denied any illegal occupation of government
land in the town township. He has assured the youth front to take up the matter with
district Land Settlement and Revenue department to ascertain the facts.
The functionaries of RAYF also decried the alleged inaction of the authority towards
erosion posed by the Ruksin Korong, a perennial stream flowing down nearby the SDO’s
residential quarter. The stream has been unabatedly eroding its right bank threatening
the existence of many government buildings and other structures.
West Kameng reviews security scenario
BOMDILA, Feb 18: West Kameng district administration in a meeting held here yesterday
reviewed the security scenario of the district before the end of this financial year.
The meeting participated by Superintendent of Police, magistrates, HODs and DDOs
of the district assumed significance as reports and instances of people armed with
firearms intimidating heads of the department and DDOs had surfaced during last
financial year ending.
Taking serious note of such unruly activities by a few which in turn jeopardizes
the developmental activities of the district, Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi said
that it has tarnished the image of much acclaimed land of peace and tranquility.
A mobile Police unit with a Magistrate has been set up for round the clock patrolling
of government offices and residential colonies. The Police Control room would be
manned round the clock for effective monitoring of law and order.
DC Tashi urged the HODs and the DDOs to report immediately to the law enforcing authorities
if such incidents occur again. He said the safety and security of the people is
of utmost importance and such matters unheard of, in previous years at Bomdila, would
be dealt with iron hand, he said.
At the same time, the DC called upon the district officers of respective department
to maintain transparency in implementation of schemes within the stipulated time.
St.Claret College celebrates annual day
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: St. Claret College, Ziro celebrated its Annual Day of the academic
year, 2011-12 in presence of a delegation of the Parliamentary Committee of the Bhutan
Dupthob, the Chairperson of the Delegation applauded the efforts of the College in
providing wholesome value based education at a very low cost. He also released the
Claretides, 2011-12 the College Magazine.
In a very educative and entertaining show, MLA and Parliamentary Secretary UD and
Housing, Town Planning and Land Management Padi Richo reminisced the times he was
struck with the idea of beginning a Missionary College in Ziro.
Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Nila Mohanan encouraged the students to learn
from the Bhutanese delegation, who in spite of being very young are shouldering the
responsibilities of the whole country. She said, commitment and dedication are key
ingredients for good political leadership and not necessarily age.
A medley of traditional and modern cultural programmes was topped by a play which
revisited the Greek myth of bringing fire (knowledge) to humans by Prometheus. A
large crowd of public leaders, officers, friends and well wishers watched a two and
half hours of cultural extravaganza.
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The Mishmi community of Anjaw district celebrated Tam-Ladu festival
with traditional fervor and gaiety at Chaglagam, Dalai Valley, Anjaw on Wednesday
Attending the festival, Rajya Sabha Member Mukut Mithi exhorted the younger generation
to follow the path of their elders in preserving culture and language.
Festivals are occasions for all the communities to celebrate irrespective of which
community they belong, he said and urged the people of the Mishmi belt celebrate
their festivals like Reh, Tam-Ladu etc. together.
“Barring little differences in dialects, we all originated from same ancestor and
have to live together under one umbrella,” Mithi added. He also advocated for decentralization
of developmental activities.
Later, Mithi announced Rs 20 lakh for construction of Tamladu ground and community
Lower Dibang Valley ZPC Chiliko Meto asked the people to concentrate on horticulture
sector to boost economy.
He also urged the students to create awareness against the opium addiction which
posed threat to the society.
Duliajan OIL India Limited SE, B Ama also spoke on the occasion.
Attending the festival at Hayuliang, local MLA and economic adviser to CM Kaliko
Pul said festivals foster unity and brotherhood and also provide a platform to showcase
one’s reach culture and tradition. He advised people to celebrate festival with gaiety
in the framed date to save time. He discouraged donation culture during festival.
He advised the students to maintain discipline, devote themselves in their studies
and respect teachers to achieve success in life.
He suggested the people of Hayuliang to take up horticulture and other income generating
activities as the area was suitable for growing various exotic fruits like kiwi for
ADC RK Borthakhur asked for preservation of ones own culture and tradition.
Later, noted singers Amit Paul and Ankita Sharma enthralled the audience with their
melodious songs at Khufa.
Public hearing on Pappu Valley hydro project ends with positive note
SEPPA, Feb 18: A public hearing on Pappu Valley Hydro Electric Project (48 MW) was
conducted by Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board at Palin under Pijerang
circle of East Kameng district on February 16. The hydel project is being executed
by M/s Vensar construction company Ltd. The hearing presided over by the DC Tope
Bam was attended by U V Ramanan, chairman; Mama Natung, Co-partner; J Dharma Rao,
Vice-President, Vensar company Ltd, N. Tam, IFS, member secretary, LRSO, CO and the
project affected families among others.
It is to mention here that the Pappu Valley Hydro Electric Project, 42 Km from Seppa
aims at harnessing Hydro power potential of Pappu river, one of the tributaries
of Kameng river. Implementation of project will improve the social and physical infrastructure
in the project area and its surrounding and generate employment opportunities in
addition to supplying power to the state and country after completion of the project.
Tope Bam called on the project affected people to extend whole-hearted support and
cooperation to the executing agency during various phases of the project implementation
for timely completion of the project. Through this project, Pappu Valley known for
rice-bowl of East Kameng could further move ahead to the path of progress, he added.
Responding the demand for land compensation of the project affected families @ Rs,1000/-
Per Sq.mtr for WRC and Rs 300/- Per Sq.mtr. for Jhum land, he said the district
level land compensation committee will look into the matter and appropriate rate
will be fixed for compensation. Further, he said that the project will have a good
social impact with enhanced social and physical infrastructure, increased employment
The public hearing ended with a positive note with the unanimous resolutions on
the points placed by Sanjaiv Tana, on behalf of affected families which included
that the projects should be taken up in a more speedy manner, relocation of power
house for which the land being donated by Mado village, provision for rehabilitation
and resettlement of Gumtung and Mado village likely to be affected by soil erosion
in future and necessary protection along the downstream basin.
The project proponent gave power-point presentation on project location map, drainage
network and catchment area and land use of the study area. DIPRO
Sub-treasury office inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: It was indeed a day for rejoicing for the general public and the
government employees when local legislator Kumsi Sidisow inaugurated the Sub-Treasury
Office here at Singchung ADC post in the district today. The High Level Standing
Committee of the state government had approved and ordered the establishment of the
independent Sub-Treasury office for transaction of government business.
In the public meeting that followed, MLA Kumsi Sidisow congratulated the local administration
for taking up the matter in right earnest and for facilitating early set up of the
Sub-Treasury office. Urging the officers, the public & PRI leaders to work in tandem
for the development of the area, he exhorted the people to be a partner in the development
of the area irrespective of party and personal affiliations.
Expressing his satisfaction over fulfilment of most of the commitments made mainly
on road connectivity, health, education and power in his constituency within a short
span of about two and half years, Kumsi sought further support, co-operation and
goodwill to continue his public oriented activities.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi terming the asset as another feather in
the cap of the district, assured to make the office functional by providing the required
manpower till creation of posts and subsequent appointment by the state government.
Impressing on the need for better understanding between all sections of the people,
DC Tashi called upon the officers, the public & PRI members to put in their collective
effort for the interest of the common man and for the development of the area.
At the district headquarters Bomdila, a mass sanitation drive was conducted on the
day as part of the Swachchta Diwas. Government offices, residential colonies, public
places and the Bazaar line were given a thorough face lift. The BRTF & SSB unit Bomdila
pitched in with their men and machinery in the Safai Abhiyaan.
JNC celebrates Annual College Day
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The 45th annual college day celebration of Jawaharlal Nehru College
(JNC), Pasighat begins today in impressive manner. Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism
Passang Dorjee Sona, Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) while inaugurating the college
day celebration exhorted the students to concentrate in their mind in study to gain
knowledge and be the guiding light to the society.
He also appealed them to follow luminaries of JNC who are serving the state as well
as the nation in different capacities. Sona said such occasions provide a platform
to show their talents and also learn from each other.
Replying to the problems focused by Zing Darang general secretary, JNCSU, Sona said
that the government is trying to revamp the education system. He admitted the need
of improvements of infrastructure like library, girl hostel, security wall and assured
to bring these in the notice of the government.
Deputy Commissioner East Siang Talem Tapok, urged the students to raise the standard
of discipline and also to put in hard work to be equipped well to face the competitive
world. He advised students to stay away from politics which may create division amongst
them. Rather they should devote their full time in study and for their welfare as
they are the future of the nation, DC added.
Earlier, the college Principal T Talom conveyed his gratitude to PD Sona and DC Tapok
for their motivating speeches and also the invitees, faculties and the students to
make the event successful. Talom said our students brought laurels by bagging Governor’s
Award four times now. Miss Chathe Lammaty, a student of Botany (Hons) has been selected
for merit award 2012 to be conferred on Feb 22 next, he added. DIPRO
Silver Trophy for the Apnes
APNA annual day dedicated to child health care
WAKRO, Feb 18: Apnes were charmed with a beautiful silver trophy gifted by filmmaker
Dipti Bhalla, for Best All Round Student. Dr Patanjali who handed over the trophy
to Apna school management on February 16 lauded the donor for supporting rural Arunachal
Teacher Anura Thamoung speaking about the ‘Niti Bhalla Trophy’ informed that Niti
Bhalla’s (29 July 1955 – 27 April 2010) simple approach towards life reflected her
beauty. Life’s challenges, never diminished her ability to make others forget their
own woes. She touched the lives of almost everyone she met. Niti studied at Loreto
Convent, Lucknow, graduated from LSR, Delhi before entering the travel trade, working
with airlines like Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. As a child she spent much
time in Assam tea gardens, creating a strong bond with the Northeast. Her father
a mechanical engineer in the railways, also served as the General Manager of the
Northeast Frontier Railways headquartered in Guwahati. She last visited the region
in 2005. Towards the end of 2009 she was diagnosed with lung cancer, which brutally
cut short her life. She is survived by her daughter Manavi. The Niti Bhalla Trophy
is instituted in her memory by her younger sister, Dipti Bhalla Verma, who is the
author of the Northeast Trilogy.
A school health programme was also organized jointly by the DMO, Tezu and ASSET.
Wakro EAC Tuli Gangkak inaugurated a Eye Care camp which was conducted by Dr A Wailong,
Eye Specialist from the district hospital, Tezu.
Dr Wailong screened 148 cases detecting 25 cases of refractive error. 19 cases were
corrected and the specialist referred 6 cases to Assam Medical College Hospital,
Dibrugarh. Amit Bhoumik and Devendra Yadav of Tezu contributed immensely by rendering
personal support to the Eye Camp. Gangkak appreciated the yeoman service and called
upon all to support such initiatives of social uplift. The EAC later gave away the
annual prizes to the students.
VKAJ organizes free surgery camp
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ), Arunachal Pradesh conducted
a free surgical camp in collaboration with Remote Area Medical (RAM) Corp., Knoxville,
USA at Central Hospital of Coal India Ltd., Margherita, Assam from February 12 to
A total 34 patients were operated upon successfully for various ailments by a team
of six NRI doctors during the camp.
59 endoscopy tests were also conducted free of cost and medicines provided to the
patients. Mitra Medical Services LLP provided endoscopy machines with experts. Further,
124 patients have had their health checked, and medicines were provided to them free
of cost. Medicines were supplied by Govt. of Gujarat and Geo-Enpro Petroleum Company,
Kharsang oil fields.
The camp also benefited patients from many remote areas of Tirap, Changlang and Lower
Dibang Valley districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
The camp was inaugurated Chief General Manager of Coal India Ltd P.K.Borah. CIL under
its Corporate Social Responsibility fully cooperated with Vivekananda Kendra with
its manpower and all sort of logistic support.
NITS in North East States: Symbols of Development & Productivity in Knowledge Society
Professor Chandan Tilak Bhunia
India is the only country in world that is near developed or developing country in
economics front without having developed education system. The result is based on
reliable facts and figures of united nation organization. Indian rank is very poor
on human development index in the world. It ranked 141 out of 173 countries in the
overall education index in the year 2000. In Human Development Index in 2001 India
ranked 127 out of 175 countries with China and Vietnam respectively at 104th and
109th position. India belongs to "Information Poor" group in the world. Only three
India universities have got place in first 500 universities in the world whereas
there are more than 15 such Chinese universities. Improved human resources generation
is accepted over the whole of world as one of the sound strategies for competitive
advantages in the age of globalization. Need of the hour is to give highest priority
to improve human resources vis a vis education sectors. In coming age of knowledge
economy, knowledge will be main source of power to which human resources will play
the key role. India can not and should not ignore this basic rule of developing India
in changed scenario.
The quantitative axis of improving human resource generation in India has an acute
problem associated with population growth whose effect is the increase in gross enrolment
ratio. This ratio expressed as a percentage of the population in only tertiary education
in India had jumped from 4.9% in 1970 to 6.5% in 1995. Again it does not mean that
generation of human resources is significant in India. In 1990, the total number
of scientist and engineers per million population was 2807, 1665, 158, 3317 and 109
respectively in the Developed countries, the Europe, the Developing countries, USA
and India. This reflects the poor position of India. India needs to generate improved
human resources by opening more and more colleges and universities. Analysis of the
technical education will be relevant as in recent past private investment to increase
man power generation in technical education has been increased manifold in India.
India ranks below even most developing countries in terms of enrolment per 100,000
inhabitants. Out of several other parameters behind such a poor position, one was
the non-availability of higher education institutes. With private participation,
the opportunities of higher studies increases, and this may increase the enrolment
figure comparable to other developing countries. Adam Smith said, " it is not from
the benevolence of the butcher .. or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from
their regard to their own interest." Here lie all theories of investment by private
sectors. Profit or in gentle word return on investment as often told in the education
sectors, is the ultimate motive. The profit motive has natural attraction for quality
As a consequence of ever-increasing marketization of higher education, the basic
disciplines like physics, chemistry, mathematics, languages, philosophy, history
and geography etc are not offered in the private institutes and universities. The
private investment still is oriented to courses of market demand. This will create
an imbalance in the higher education system. In India most of the private engineering
colleges offer courses in Computer, Electronics and Information Technology; and hardly
mother engineering like mechanical, electrical, civil etc. The imbalance so created
will have adverse effect in future both in terms of availability of engineers at
proportional level and in related expertise & development. A report of UNESCO in
2000 said, " ...the private (for profit) sector has problems establishing quality
programs that address anything other than short-term market driven needs." The high
tuition fees of higher education in private sectors will encourage only affordable
societies to opt for. The meritorious poor students will not benefit from higher
education opportunities offered by the private institutes. Is it creating a further
gap between haves and haves not in higher education? Generating scope for higher
education for affordable students at the costs of non-affordable but meritorious
students is bound to cast poor figure on quality on outputs and cause poor productivity.
Today our country needs a national "transformation process that is revolutionary
in result, but evolutionary in execution" for improved human resource generation
both in quality and quantity. In such a scenario, the establishment of the National
Institute of Technology at Arunachal Pradesh, and for that purpose in all North East
states is a meaningful and prospective decision.
Swami Vivekananda said: "Our duty is to encourage everyone in his struggle to live
up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near
as possible to the Truth."
Being the first regular Director of NIT, AP it is my duty therefore to lead the institute
to achieving its defined and obvious basic aim to produce global futuristic engineers
who will be future builders of our nation. NIT, AP does not like to be a follower
BUT A LEADER in the field of world scholarship, the objective that I like to meet.
I am sure & pray that all concerned will co operate, guide and direct me appropriately
to this destination. Martin Luther said: "Everything that is done in the world is
done by hope.
(The writer is the Director, National Institute of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh,
e-mail: [email protected])
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: A NCC camp was conducted from February 8 to 17 at 18 Assam Rifles
camp situated at Jairampur. Around 260 NCC cadets took part in the camp. They underwent
training in PT, Drill, Map Reading and Navigation. The 18th Assam Rifles conducted
Weapon and Equipment display on 14th of this month. Special lecture was conducted
by Unit Doctor Capt Sridevi Thapa, RMO regarding body mass index, nutrition, HIV/AIDS,
drug abuse, tropical climate diseases and its prevention and cure.
Besides the NCC cadets were given opportunity to trek to Pangsau Pass. A cultural
programme was presented by 26 Assam Independent Company NCC cadets. Colonel B S
Saini in his opening address mentioned about all the activities conducted in coordination
with 18 Assam Rifles. A total of 260 cadets were presented. The Colonel R S Chauhan,
Commandant and his wife attended the opening programme.
Army jawans to take part in Statehood day celebration
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Army personnel of Gajraj Corps Eastern Command would join the
people of Arunachal Pradesh in celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Statehood at Indira
A mega show is being planned at Indira Gandhi Park from February 20 to 24. The special
features of the show are fly past and maneuver stunts of the SU-30 and Advanced Light
Helicopters, motorcycle stunt by Army’s Dare Devil team, weapon display, cultural
activities and medical camp.
The locals people will get an opportunity to witness the symphony band display by
Tri Service Band and bands from Grenadiers Regimental Centre, 58 Gorkha Training
Centre and 13 Grenadiers.
The mega event will be attended by Defence Minister AK Antony, Lt Gen Bikram Singh,
GOC-in-Chief Eastern Command and Lt General Shakti Gurung, GOC Gajraj Corps, besides
other important civil and Army dignitaries.
Seppa traders to stage dharna
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: All the business community and general public of Seppa unanimously
decided to stage dharna before the DC and SP offices on February 22 in favour of
the demands which include arrest of the culprits who had damaged the EKCCI office
recently. The decision was taken in a general meeting organized jointly by BWCS
& EKCC&I at Abotani Manch Main Bazar line, Seppa today.
The meeting further resolved that all the shops of Seppa town will remain closed
for indefinite period if the District Administration fails to meet the demands within
Apprehend culprits, ANYA demands
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The East Kameng unit of All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has
demanded the district administration and police to nab the culprits involved the
vandalization of office of East Kameng Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently.
While criticizing the ‘weak’ police department for failing to apprehend the culprits,
ANYA demanded exemplary punishment to the miscreants involved in the incident.
APCF conducts health & educational awareness campaign
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Various educational and health related issues, including HIV/AIDS
have been discussed in details during the first ever social, educational tour programme
and awareness campaign of Arunachal Pradesh Colleges’ Forum (APCF) at Indira Gandhi
College, Tezu yesterday.
The students were made aware of the causes and various modes of spreading HIV/AIDS
and their preventive measures by APCF president Techi Raman. He said that no case
of HIV/AIDS has been reported so far from Indira Gandhi College, Tezu.
Senior medical officer Dr. Sophia Shullai, who was also present, expressed concern
over growing HIV/AIDS cases in Lohit. He advised the students to get themselves tested
for the HIV regularly.
Meanwhile, APCF demanded the authority concerned to introduce science stream at IGG
College in the greater interest of the people of the district. It also urged for
providing sufficient faculties, classrooms in the college and erecting boundary walls
around boys and girls hostels of the college.
Tadar Eachu memorial football tournament
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The final match of the Tadar Eachu Memorial Football Tournament
will be played between Arunachal Pradesh football team and the defending champion
Manipur at NERIST Ground, Nirjuli on February 20, informed NERIST Arunachal Pradesh
Students Association (NAPSA), the organizer, in a release today.
The tournament began on February 4 and football teams from North East and another
team representing rest of India took part in it.
Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism, Pasang Dorjee Sona and North-East Students’ Association
secretary general Gumjum Haider and 10th ITBP commandant Rajesh Tomar will witness
the final match.
Fight against corruption
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: All Upper Subansiri District RTI Activists Forum has appealed to
all section of the society to fight against corruption and administrative malpractices
Inspired with the achievement of RTI activist Payi Gyadi who received the Idea CNN-IBN
Citizen Journalist Award -2012 recently, the Forum said his efforts to root out corruption
from the state will surely inspire all, particularly youth, to raise voice against
PMGSY road inaugurated From Our Correspondent
SEREN, Feb 18: A 3.5 km PMGSY road from NH 52 to Seren village in East Siang district
was inaugurated today by political adviser to CM, Tako Dabii.
The road built by the RWD would provide connectivity to 500 villagers and expedite
their development, Dabii said in his address, adding the GoAP aims at all-round development
of the state.
Pointing out that the people were more materialistic and self-centric, he stressed
the need for setting up of Lokayukta on the line of Gujarat so as to ensure accountability
of one and all. “Lokayukta is the need of the hour,” he added.
DDSE’ efforts lauded
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: East Kameng district unit of Arunachal Teachers’ Association today
said that recently conducted jury awards to sixteen teachers by personal initiative
of deputy director of school education (DDSE) Kata Rangmo would open the eyes of
irregular teachers in the district to work sincerely for the enlightenment of education.
District ATA unit said that the little endeavor of DDSE would set an example to encourage
the teachers to work selflessly. It further appealed to the teaching community of
the district to join hands together to bring up the education sector of district.
Skill dev. prog. concludes
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The 42 days basic training on tailoring (skill development programme)
organized by M/s Diri Traditional Dress cum Tailoring Centre under sponsorship of
NABARD concluded here today.
Attending concluding day programme, S Dev, EPO, KVIB made the trainees aware about
various loan and training facilities under various schemes for self-help groups for
setting up rural industry.
Tapa Mosu, APO, DRDA, suggested the trainees to reap the full benefit of such training
programme to develop their skill in their chosen field.
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: All Tali Pipsorang Capital Dweller Welfare Association (ATPCDWA)
alleged that two persons have suffered grievous injurious when a group of miscreants
attacked them at Nirjuli near NERIST complex today morning at around 9.45 am.
The injured Yurna Taja and Gyaniu Talo have been admitted at RKM Hospital for treatment,
the association said.
When contacted, police confirmed the incident.
Prior to this incident, the miscreants had raided and destroyed the common house
constructed for the people of Tali and Pipsorang at Nirjuli twice on February 14
and 17, the association claimed.
The association said, an FIR was lodged with Nirjuli police against the miscreants
While condemning the barbaric act of those miscreants, ATPCDWA demanded the authority
to take immediate action against the culprits and punish them as per law.
No formal Losar celebration
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society (IBCS) has decided not to
go for formal Losar celebration this year to mourn the demise of late Chief Minister
Dorjee Khandu. Society also expressed sympathy with people of Tibet who are struggling
against Chinese repressive regime.
Further IBCS has appreciated prompt response of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, 3 MPs
and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu in regards to Tawang fire incident in which one
minor lost his life.
Apang mourns death of Banom Takuk
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Former Chief Minister Gegong Apang has expressed deep shock at
the demise of late Banom Takuk, ASM, Jambo and Tuting-Yingkiong BCC president, who
passed away this morning.
Late Takuk was a patriot, artist and a dynamic leader of Upper Siang district. He
possessed an amiable disposition with an endearing personality and was loved by all
section of the society, said the former CM in a condolence message.
His untimely demise has caused irreparable loss not only to the entire members of
his family but also to the people of Upper Siang district and the state as a whole,
Apang said adding the void created by his death will be very difficult to fill up.
His valuable service and contribution to the Society shall always be remembered,
the message said.
On behalf of his entire family and his own behalf, Apang conveyed deepest sympathy
and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of late Takuk and prayed to Almighty
Donyi-Polo to give them enough mental strength to bear the irreparable loss and for
eternal peace of the departed soul.