Anti-dam activists determined to stop construction of SLHEP
Centre, MNCs join hands to exploit water resources: Patkar
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The 2000MW Subansiri Lower Hydro Electric Project hit a major barrier
today with around 18,000 people taking oath in an anti-dam rally to stop the dam
construction on Subansiri river.
The mammoth rally against dams was organized by Akhil Gogoi of Krishak Mukti Sangram
Samiti (KMSS), Manoj Baruah of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), Johan
Doley of Takam Mising Porin Kebang (TMPK) and other prominent NGOs at Chaulkhowa
in Lakhimpur district, Assam today.
Addressing the anti-dam rally Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar said
that the central government and multi-national companies have joined hands to exploit
the hydro resources of the country. ‘It is not only a fight against NHPC but against
all the big dams coming up in the country’, Patkar said adding, "big dams are usually
taken up to indulge in corruption by the Centre and the big companies, who exploit
the resources for their maximum benefit ignoring the impact of these projects on
She further said that the Subansiri Lower Project is against the interest of the
people and appealed to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to hold discussions with
the people involved in the anti-dam movement and take a decision in the interest
of the people.
All anti-big dam protests have forced the government to reconsider their decisions
and work has been stopped in most dams from Narmada to Mullaperiyar, she claimed.
She observed that if all the 168 proposed dams are constructed in Arunachal Pradesh,
Assam would become a desert. The anti-dam movement would now not be confined to Assam
alone, a similar movements in Arunachal Pradesh would be launched against the proposed
168 dams, she said. Stopping of river flow by constructing big dams will only lead
to destruction, she said adding that despite of the many promises for well being
of the people by the Govt, there has been only destruction, loss to the nature with
the initiative for construction of dams.
Taking a jibe at the failure of the state governments to address the people’s demand,
Patkar said, ‘a state is not only about the political representatives, it is about
keeping the mandate of the common people and working for them’.
Patkar also emphasized on the need for a single cumulative assessment of all the
hydropower projects in North East which would affect the Brahmaputra basin.
Among others, Akhil Gogoi also addressed the rally. The participation by Medha Patkar
in the public rally is viewed as the biggest one ever movement against the LSHEP.
Siang Peoples Forum Chairman Ojing Tasing, advisor Adi Students Union, Tapu Mibang
and others who are protesting the 2700MW Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project also
attended the rally. (with inputs from PTI)
‘Indian youths should be ready to shoulder more responsibility’
US Ambassador Burleigh at RGU
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: US Ambassador to India, Peter A Burleigh, who visited the Rajiv
Gandhi University (RGU) campus today said, that as India evolves into a world leader
there will be many challenges and responsibilities that its youth will have to face.
And in this context, the emergence of higher education as a vital thread of Indo–US
relations becomes significant. “I am struck with the percentage of young people and
students who now make up a large percentage of the country’s population and who will
influence the future of this country.”
It is significant to note that the governments of India and US are evolving cooperation
in this arena- in both directions. “The foundations of this cooperation are growing
both in depth and breadth- it is almost unimaginable how this relationship has grown”.
When seen in the context of the economic sanctions imposed earlier on India, he said
that we have to recognise that both India and the US have overlapping interests and
with the changed global geo-political equations, both countries have moved on and
there is a very significant and palpable change seen in the policies towards each
other, and indeed areas of collaboration are expanding. He said that the two governments
are developing as very ambitious partners, particularly in education. Various student
and faculty exchange programs, scholarships like the Fulbright Scholarships, etc.
are proof of this.
“We are constantly building new initiatives and creating opportunities through programs
like these as well as the International Visitors Leadership Program. I would like
to invite the students as well as the faculty and administrative staff of this University
to avail of these.”
In a sense, the cooperation has deeply intertwined and grown both in perception and
expectations. Education now forms the core of this dynamism with over 100,000 Indians
travelling to the US for higher education, forming the 2nd largest group in the world
to do so.
On the other hand, Americans students are also coming to take up studies in India
and it comprises the 14th most preferred destination in the world.
“In the IT sector, where previously it was mostly BPO work being outsourced to India,
today it has evolved into a mutually beneficial sector where there is a shared initiative
to develop technologies and US researchers are actually working in tandem with Indian
We are in an era where the US government is increasingly reaching out to students
and youth, even through social media like Facebook and Twitter to carry this forward
and to bridge the communication gaps, he said.
In the interactions that followed, Ambassador Burleigh fielded wide range of questions.
On being asked about possibilities of mutual cooperation between institutions in
the US and in India, he said that even within the US we are witnessing the growth
of higher education especially through the Community College initiatives, which throw
up great possibilities of collaboration. But for this modalities will have to be
worked out by the institutions- the US govt would definitely act as a facilitator,
Earlier, in his address, Prof David R. Syiemlieh, Vice Chancellor, RGU while introducing
Ambassador Burleigh dwelt at length on his deep understanding of issues related to
the South Asian region.
The Ambassador was accompanied in his visit, among others, by Consul General of the
Kolkata US Consulate Dean Thompson, Clinton S Tad Brown, Consul of Political and
Economic Affairs and other officials.
Dr. Tomo Riba, Registrar, RGU and Tao Abo, President, RGUSU also spoke on the occasion.
State Capital turning out to be save haven for NSCN cadres
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The arrest of one Loliam Lowang, former NSCN- IM cadre of Tirap
district by Khonsa police personnel from Itanagar has once again brought to limelight
how state capital has become an escape route for underground elements operating from
different parts of Arunachal. As per police source Lowang was arrested from Ganga
market area of Itanagar along with his accomplice Linek, who is believed to be an
NSCN (K) cadre. Both were arrested on 10th of this month when they were about to
visit a relative’s house. According to the source, the duo checked in a city hotel.
While Lowang is a resident of Borduria village Linek is from Lazu area both falling
under Tirap district. A police source while talking to this journalist said, “Lowang,
a former NSCN-IM cadre was extorting money under the guise of Naga National Council
(NNC) member. He was operating in Tirap and Changlang districts. However police got
to know about his activities and movement. Meanwhile, he came to Itanagar and landed
in police dragnet.”
The arrest of two has raised serious question about how state capital is being used
as escape route by criminals and anti-social elements when the heat is on them in
their respective district. It is widely believed that NSCN cadres from Tirap and
Changlang often take sanctuary in capital complex whenever police starts looking
for them at their native places.
“Few months ago during a personal visit to Itanagar, I saw good number of cadre of
various underground groups of Tirap here. I can see that with the help of their relatives
who live here, these cadres are hiding without any trouble. In fact apart from Tirap
and Changlang, state capital has highest presence of NSCN cadres,” informed an officer
of Tirap police.
Capital police has their own limitation in this regard. “It becomes quite difficult
for us to keep an eye on all visitors coming from different parts of the state. Moreover
most of these NSCN cadres stay in their relative’s residence. Many people from interior
areas come to Itanagar for personal work for a short duration and return back. How
can we know that they are underground elements?” questioned an official of Itanagar
police. Further he added, “The district police officials have to regularly intimidate
us about those criminals whom they are looking for. This will help us to have detailed
information about such criminals and by the time they reach capital, we can pass
on the information to district police about their presence.”
There is clear lack of coordination between capital and district police officials,
which has made state capital a safe haven for the hardened criminals.
‘Carnal Sins’ becomes brand ambassador of APSACS
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Carnal Sins, a heavy metal band from the state became brand ambassador
of Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society by winning the Red Rockfest Superstar
contest in a gala competition held at I G Park here yesterday evening. With this,
the 2nd edition of the Rockfest, a concert under Multimedia Campaign against HIV/AIDS
came to an end. The Carnal Sins was awarded cash prize of Rs. 60,000, while Incognito,
Alternative Rock Band and Dream Escape, which stood second and third, were awarded
cash prize of Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 30000 respectively.
Symetry Clan, last year’s winner of MMC, Shades of Retribution, a Folk Metal band
from Assam and Star Performer of MMC Red Rockfest - Alien Gods rocked the audience
of the Capital Complex during the show.
Earlier, the competition was declared open by MP Takam Sanjoy in presence of Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki, MP Muktu Mithi, ministers Atum Welly, Newlai Tingkhatra and
Setong Sena and Parliamentary secretary Phosum Khimun among others.
APSACS Project Director Dr. Emi Rumi in his introductory note on the campaign appealed
to the youth to be aware about HIV to prevent its further spread.
NACO-NERO team leader Rosenara and NACO-NERO regional communication officer P Varu
also attended the programme.
Pre-Nyokum celebrated at DNGC, RGPP
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Dera Natung Govt. College (DNGC) fraternity today celebrated Pre-
Nyokum at the college ground here with much funfare.
Attending the celebration, district fishery development officer Pani Taram advised
the students of the college to study hard to achieve the desired goal in life. He
exhorted them to celebrate festival to preserve their own age-old culture and identity,
He also briefed the significance of Nyokum Yullo celebration.
All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) vice president Toko Tara advised the students
to concentrate only on their studies to achieve success in life since there was no
shortcut to success. He also said that celebration of festival is necessary for preserving
the tradition and culture practiced by our forefathers. He contributed a computer
set to the college.
Students Union of the College general secretary Khoda Mission highlighted about
Nyokum Yullo, the main festival of the Nyishi community.
The agri-based festival is celebrated in the month of February as a beginning of
New Year and to appease the Nyokum god and goddess for protection and bumper harvest,
Colourful Rikam Pada dance by the students of the college was one of the main attractions
of the pre-Nyokum celebration.
Pre-Nyokum Yullo was also celebrated at Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic (RGGP) here
today with much fanfare.
Gracing the occasion, Nyishi Elite Society (NES) president Bengia Tollum advised
the gathering not to mix up the culture and tradition with the religion as Nyokum
is not a religious festival or celebration. Rather it is a community’s identity and
we ought to preserve and protect it irrespective of any religion, he added. He further
stressed on the preservation of age-old tradition and festival in today’s fast changing
Apart from traditional games and sports, the main centre of attraction was presentation
of traditional group dances and Rikam Pada presented by the 1st year and 2nd year
students which mesmerized the crowd. The students of other community joined their
Nyishi brethren in the celebration.
Earlier, Arun Nabam Hina gave a brief introduction on the origin of Nyokum Yullo.
A Seppa report adds: Celebration of Nyokum Yullo festival also began at the district
headquarters of East Kameng today with all faith prayer and chanting by Tamoli Rimo,
Priest at Nyokum Lapang Ground, Seppa.
ZPM cum Chairman of the organizing committee Bru Sinyi unfurled the Nyokum flag followed
by recitation of Nyokum anthem amidst huge gathering.
During a ritual by the priest, it was predicted that the year will pass off peacefully
in the area.
As part of the celebration, folk dances and traditional cultural programmes are being
organized every evening from Feb 22-26.
Renowned Nocte singer dead
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: A pall of gloom descended on all Nocte music lovers when the sad
news of Rettham Kakho, a popular Nocte radio artiste, spread. He died at a hospital
in Dibrugarh after a brief illness on February 22. He was rushed to the hospital
after his health condition suddenly deteriorated in a critical condition.
He was 45 and is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.
Born in Kaimai village, he migrated to present Washathong village in Deomali circle
in 1971 along with his parents. He was serving as a senior UDC in SDO’s office, Deomali.
Kakho was a renowned radio artiste with a number of Nocte popular songs to his credit.
He had also produced and recorded many audio cassettes and CDs which are still very
popular. Some of his most famous Nocte songs are “fokfe turu turu,’ ‘einyong einyong
ngama nang nyong didi ko’ and many others.
Most of his songs portrays the village life wherein mention of jhum field, streams,
flowers, festivals, birds etc are invariably found. “That is why his songs were very
popular with the villagers, especially”.
The Secretary of Society for Promotion of Nocte Indigenous Culture, Denhang Bosai
said that Rettham Kakho’s sudden demise has left a big void in the Nocte music scene
adding, “He may have left us physically but he will live in our hearts for ever through
his immortal songs.” He further said that his death is an irreparable loss for the
Nocte community in particular and Tirap in general. His last rites were performed
at Deomali on February 23 amidst a huge gathering of tearful mourners.
Nocte Students' Union (NSU) expressed deep shock over the untimely demise of legendry
artiste of Nocte community Kakho.
He left behind his wife and three children.
Describing his death as an irreparable loss to Noctes in particula, NSU saif that
his contributions in the field music towards the community would always be remembered,
the union said.
Bias selection, state awardees ‘humiliated’
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: All Arunachal Sports Youth Association (AASYA) has alleged bias
in selection of some of the State Awardees.
Alleging influence of politics rather than merit in selection of the state award
recipients this year, AASYA said that some deserving persons have been deprived of
the honor due to such biased selection.
It also alleged humiliation of state awardees by the organizing committee during
the award giving function in this year’s Statehood Day celebration at Indira Gandhi
The awardees invited for conferring the state awards had to find place in the last
row as the seats allotted for them were pre-occupied by general public, the release
claimed. However, the awardees were later accommodated in the side of the main dais
after complaints were made.
It also alleged that the silver medalists were given their medals in presence of
few onlookers after the departure of the chief guest of the main function.
“It is a great humiliation to a state awardee,” the release said.
Further, each of the silver medalist were presented a blanket each along with their
medals, the release said while suggesting for giving memento etc. to such awardees
instead of such surprise gifts and meagre cash amount etc. as awards.
Administration reaches out to villagers in Giba
Don’t just reap free benefits: Tapen Siga
DAPORIJO, Feb 23: A team of district administration had to trek a distance of about
12 km crossing streams and climbing steep mountain slopes to reach Giba circle under
Upper Subansiri during a visit on Februay 22.
Although the road cutting work for the Menga- Giba road was first done in 1980, portions
of the road are still inaccessible by vehicles. MLA Daporijo Assembly Constituency
Tapen Siga announced an amount of Rs. 5 lakh for immediate maintenance of the road
from Menga to Giba. He also announced Rs 3 lakh for fencing the government school
and leveling the playground at Leya during his stop there.
A Mobile Office and a Medical Camp were organized by the District Administration
to facilitate an easier procurement of ST certificates, PRC, renewal of licenses
etc for the people of this remote circle. During the Mobile Office, 83 ST certificates,
91 PRCs and 66 birth certificates were issued and 9 gun licenses renewed. The Medical
team including Dr. T. Bayor and Dr. Hage Oniya checked and distributed free medicines
to more than 200 patients.
Addressing the people of the area, MLA said that deveopment will take place in their
area only if people actively cooperate with the authorities and do not think of reaping
free benefits from the developmental packages.
He added that it was a positive sign that the yearnings of the people for development
could be seen in their one constant demand for good road connectivity from Menga
to Giba, which would in turn, lead to further developments in the future.
Siga stressed on the importance of education for the development of an area and stressed
on the need of improving school infrastructure for the benefit of the students. He
also appreciated the efforts of the DA in bringing the DC office and a medical camp
to the doostep of the Giba people.
The DC Abhyankar also addressed the people in Tagin stating that the Mobile Office
was conducted for the convenience of the people and that they should take full advantage
of it. He added that one main reason for the visit was also to check the Menga- Giba
road so that connectivity could be achieved in the near future for Giba circle.
The officers from PHED and DRCHO creates awareness on saniation and immunization
respectively during he programme.
B. Sorum in charge EAC and BDO also spoke on the occasion saying that this visit
was appreciated by the people and it made them realize that their problems were understood
by the local MLA and the DA.
The MLA, DC and team also inspected the Menga- Giba road on their return from Giba
on February 23 . (DIPRO)
Know Your Legendary Artistes
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Gyatia Anda, a popular Apatani singer is a resident of Hari village,
Ziro under Lower Subansiri district. An engineering graduate, Anda started singing
with All India Radio since early 80s. All together he has recorded more than 15 songs
in Apatani dialect with AIR, Dibrugarh.
His most famous works include album like Popi-Sarmin Vol-I & II, Ami Noorie, Ranti
Piige, Ajen Aena. At present Anda is working as executive engineer, highway department,
Meanwhile, organizing committee of Arunachal Legendary Artistes Felicitation Function-2012
has called on people of capital to be part of celebration.
“The programme will open to all and there will be no restriction on entry. The young
generation Arunachalee will get rare chance to see great artistes of state performing
live at IG Park. Also Lou Majaw, the popular Shillong based performer will grace
the occasion. We appeal everyone to be present there on 29th Febraury evening at
IG Park,” said Kipa Ajay, organizing secretary of the event.
Clarifying about the selection of artistes, he added, “We want to clarify that this
is not the end of road. Those artistes whom we could not felicitate this time, sure,
we will keep them in mind next time. Already our organizing chairman cum parliamentary
secretary Tourism PD Sona has told that this event will be held after every 3 year
Research dept exposes hidden Arunachal in IKBF
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Arunachal Pradesh Research department for the first time participated
in the 36th International Kolkata Book Fair (KBF) held from January 25 to February
5. It was a huge success for the department as thousands of book lovers, who visited
the exhibition stalls, returned home happier, quenching their inquisitive thirst
on Arunachal Pradesh.
The Book Fair was inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on January
24. Among the 685 exhibition stalls, the book stall put up by Arunachal Pradesh Research
department was the only one from Northeastern states which showcased the cultural
heritage of indigenous tribes with their valued publications on multidimensional
aspects of the state and its people.
A team of departmental officers led by Assistant Director R N Koley and comprising
assistant curator Dr S K Ghosh, document assistant Sanjoy Chanda, played the role
of ambassador of Arunachal Pradesh to the curious visitors of the exhibition stall.
Research director Tage Tada said, “Arunachal Pradesh is mostly overlooked state by
the national media as they hardly focus on Arunachal with exception of some negative
The primary objective for participating in the international book fairs in metropolitan
cities was to make the research books on Arunachal Pradesh available to the masses
and draw the attention of the media for highlighting positive news in national and
regional levels as well as lure the domestic tourists towards the enchanting beauty
and rich culture and heritage of Arunachal, he said. He informed that the research
department had already appointed an authorized book seller at Kolkata as an outlet
in order to make access to research publications.
It is worth mentioning here that initiative was taken by the then Commissioner, Cultural
Affairs, Y D Thongchi for participation in international level book fair.
Parliamentary secretary inspects schemes
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The Parliamentary Secretary for DoTC and SWWCD, Yumsen Matey visited
Bera and Kheti villages on February 21 and 22 respectively and personally inspected
the various developmental schemes implemented in the two villages.
He was accompanied by HoDs and public leaders. At Bera, Matey while speaking to the
villagers asked the parents to take better care of their children’s education adding
that no society could make any headway without proper education. He further urged
upon the villagers to engage themselves gainfully in agriculture and horticulture
activities by adopting cash crop plantation instead of continuing with the unproductive
and destructive shifting cultivation. The chief, GB, Panchayat leaders and public
appreciated Matey for initiating a number of developmental schemes in Bera village
and requested him to sanction more schemes through a public memorandum.
Addressing a huge gathering a Kheti village, the Parliamentary Secretary asked the
local contractors to execute the schemes properly by strictly adhering to the norms
and guidelines adding that to bring schemes was his job but to execute and monitor
the schemes honestly was the responsibility of the people. While appreciating the
villagers of Kheti for their progressive nature and success in the field of education,
Matey asked them to put emphasis on education as only education could bring about
a healthy and wholesome development in any society. The chief Panwang Raja, Panchayat
leaders and village elders who spoke on the occasion, lauded the effort of Matey
for taking up developmental schemes in Kheti village which would benefit the villagers
Nyokum Yullo volleyball final today
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Police Training Centre (PTC) Banderdewa will play against Takam
Tatung team in the final of the Nyokum Yullo Men’s Volleyball final at Nyokum Lapang
here on February 24 at 11 am.
Takam Tatung team reached the final defeating 138 Bn CRPF by 3-2 sets in the first
semifinal today while PTC team beat All Nyishi Youth Council 3-1 in the second semifinal.
In Women’s category, Khyoda Dungne entered final beating Haa Welfare Society in the
first semifinal played today. The second semifinal would be held between Tarh Women
versus Punglu Women’s Team on February 24, according to organizing committee.
Seed Village Prog
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The Central Sponsored Scheme -- Development and Strengthening
of Infra-Structure Facilities for Production and Distribution of Quality Seed ( Seed
Village Prog) 2011-2012-- is under ways in the Lower Subansiri District. On February
22, hundren farmers were provided storage bin.
DAOs Dani Yubbey and Tasso Butung along with field staffs and NGO members were present
on the occasion.
Earlier during January-February, the farmers were imparted training on seed production.
Hybrid Seeds of Paddy, Maize, Soya bean and Black Gram were distributed to the farmers.
The Seed Village Programme is being implemented by Keyi Payor Multi Purpose Co-Operative
Society Ltd, an NGO based at Deed, Ziro-II and Agriculture Department in Lower Subansiri
Flower show at 10TH Bn ITBP
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: 10th Bn ITBP organized a flower show which was attended by families
of Himveers and their children today at the family welfare centre, Kimin. Families
put their best efforts in exposing their talents in the field of making flower bouquets.
The whole atmosphere was filled with colours and fragrances.
Aleya Mahamuda, wife of HC/GD Fazal Haque Mandal received the 1st position.
Speaking on the occasion Rajesh Kumar Tomar, Commandant 10th Bn ITBP praised the
beautiful work of the families and gave away prizes to the winners.
Tomar also heard the grievances of the families and discussed the various welfare
schemes for them. He further said that such type of activities will be organized
frequently to promote the hidden talents of the families of the brave Himveers.
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun authority, in a release informed
that the movement of heavy vehicles, men and materials and demolition of present
structure within the construction site of the 300-bed Arunachal Hospital, Naharlagun
may cause inconvenience to the general public as well as staff of the hospital. The
hospital authority apologized in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
National Bee Board workshop at Dambuk
Naharlagun, Feb23: The Department of Industries, Department of Trade & Commerce,
Department of Textile & Handicrafts and Khadi & Village Industries board, GoAP with
sponsorship from the National Bee Board, Ministry of Agriculture and KVIC, Ministry
of MSME, GOI is organsing a workshop at Dambuk on February 28, stated M. Pertin,
Commissioner Industries cum Member Secretary, KVIB, in a press release on Thursday.
Training on weed management
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Lohit District Krishi Vigyan Kendra has organized a training programme
on “Weed Management practices of rice” for the farmers of Juna- IV Village on Feb
The programme was sponsored by NABARD, Itanagar. A total of 30 participants including
Gaon Burah, village chairperson were present in the training programme conducted
under the supervision of KVK programme coordinator Dr. P K Mallick.
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Yazali Market Welfare Committee (YMWC) has strongly opposed the
proposed Lower Subansiri bandh called by UNO on February 27 demanding transfer of
the Executive Engineer, PWD Yazali division.
The allegation of misutilization of fund, absenteeism etc. levelled against the EE
is not justified, the YMWC said adding that the EE has been unnecessarily dragged
The committee urged UNO to refrain from such bandh calls which hamper people of all
walks of life. Instead, the organization should concentrate in welfare activities,
The Arunachal Pradesh Contractor Welfare Association chairman (vigilance) Tarh Kuyu
also termed the allegation levelled against the EE as baseless and unfounded.
“The EE is very amenable with enough experience of dealing with the public, leaders
and PRI members with cooperative attitude,” the chairman said. “Such ‘innocent’,
sincere and duty bound officer should not be levelled such allegations,” he said.
Further, the proposed Lower Subansiri bandh demanding his transfer is uncalled for,
DC calls for women empowerment
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Neila Mohanan called upon the
women to empower themselves by taking up self-employment ventures in micro, small
and medium enterprise sector.
The DC was addressing the inaugural session of the entrepreneurship and skill development
programme on cosmetology and beauty parlour held at Ziro recently. She urged the
woman participants in the training to equip themselves not only with the required
skills but also to explore the self-employment opportunities available under various
central Govt sponsored schemes.
Earlier, IIE assistant faculty member M Deka briefed the participants about the objectives
of the programme and the initiatives of IEE branch office in creating awareness on
the livelihood opportunities available under the micro, small and medium enterprise
sector in the state. Awareness about self-employment can help the state in mitigating
the unemployment problem to a large extent, he added.
The programme was organized by the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Itanagar
Statehood Day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The 25th Statehood Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm at
Hawai in Anjaw district on February 20.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner C S Jeinow appealed
to the public, particularly youths and students to maintain peace and harmony which
is the pre-requisite for development.
Highlighting the on-going development projects and achievements of the district in
various sectors, Jeinow called upon the unemployed youths to take advantage of the
employment generating schemes of the state and central Govts.
The day-long celebrations included cultural programme, volleyball and badminton
competition and distribution of prizes to the winners.
Earlier, a rally was organized to bring awareness among masses of the need to maintain
health and hygiene.
Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Welfare Association, Varanasi organized inter-tribe festival
cum sports meet to mark the Statehood day celebration.
The two-day event began with the inauguration of sports meet on February 19 by the
union’s president followed by cultural competition on February 20.
Training programme on weaver credit card
ITANAGAR, Feb23: The department of Textile & Handicrafts conducted an awareness training
programme on weaver credit card. More than three hundred interested trainees participated
at the programme.
The Assistant Director of Textile & Handicrafts Gindu Tayeng, in his keynote address
impressed upon the trainees to inculcate new ideas in creating and introducing new
design and modify the traditional local dresses.
Onyok Pertin, DIPRO also suggested and advised the local women trainees on new designs
and modified dresses, so that its exposed to the outside world and people belonging
to other communities are also attracted to buy and use it.
The Branch Manager of SBI, Yingkiong explained about the rules and guidelines for
getting loans and the weavers credit card. (DIPRO)
10th Bn ITBP Jazz band enthralls
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: 10TH Bn ITBP Kimin Jazz Band “Anubhuti”, comprising of Himveers
of tenacious tenth stole the show in the cultural program organized in the auditorium
hall of 10th Bn ITBP Kimin. The cultural evening was inaugrated by Rajesh Kumar
Tomar, Commandant 10th Ban. The programe was also attended by Ravindra Ram, principal
Kendriya Vidyalaya Kimin. The program was a exellent blend of folk dances and songs
performed by ITBP troops and students from KV Kimin and other local schools but the
whole show was stolen by the jazz team “Anubhuti” with its prolific performance on
the song “ma tujhe salam..”.
Health campaigns at Upper Subansiri
Daporijo, Feb 23: ASHA Training cum Malaria Control Awareness Campaigns were conducted
at Daporijo, Dumporijo, Taliha, Paying, Siyum and Nacho circles of Upper Subansiri
district by the DVBDCP officer T. Tayang in collaboration with Volunteer Health Association
of Arunachal Pradesh. The programmes were successfully conducted and medical officers
of the PHCs and CHCs of the circles participated in it.
319 ASHAs participated in the Training cum Awareness Campaign. The ASHAs were taught
Blood Slide Test, RD Kit Test and dose policy of Cloroquine and Paracitamol during
the training. (DIPRO)
ITBPF to celebrate golden jubilee
BOMDILA, Feb 23: The year 2012 heralds in the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Indo-Tibetan
Border Police Force which has been diligently guarding the frontiers in addition
to their peace time civic action programmes and assistance in maintaining law and
order. Their active participation during natural and man-made calamities is also
To commemorate the Golden Jubilee Celebration, the 4th Bn Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Force based at Dirang in the district is conducting the Golden Jubilee relay long
range patrolling from 1st April to 17th within the AOR of the unit. The Golden Jubilee
relay long range patrolling Baton will be handed over to the 4th Bn ITBPF on 1st
April by the 33rd Bn ITBPF at Bameng in East Kameng in presence of DIGs, Commandants
and other officers. The long Range Patrolling (LRP) party would then proceed to Dirang
in West Kameng.
On April 2 at Dirang, a Civic Action Programme would be organized by the 4th Bn ITBPF
which would consist of distribution of booklets, other accessories including a Health
Camp in order to create awareness and strengthen the mutual trust and bonhomie with
the locals. (DIPRO)
The United Nations has designated 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives,
providing a great opportunity to raise the profile of an important organizational
tool for spreading human rights and equality worldwide.
According to new research published by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs
Online publication, the membership in co-operative businesses has grown to 1 billion
people across 96 countries.
In 2008, the world's 300 largest co-ops generated revenues of more than US$1.6 trillion.
In the financial sector, co-op businesses are valuable because they are a major driver
of rural development, providing economic opportunities to the poorest sectors of
many economies. Some 45 per cent of the branches of financial co-ops are located
in rural areas.
The Co-operatives are governed by their members, who typically invest in the co-operative
and have an ownership stake in it, as well as a voice in how the firm is run. Decisions
are often made on a one-member, one-vote basis, so in many societies, co-operatives
provide a much-needed example of democratic governance amid otherwise inequitable
Members of co-ops can use their collective power to fight for their common economic,
social, or cultural interests: for example, members of a worker co-op might set working-hour
limits and wage rates, while members of a financial co-op can access savings, loans,
and other financial services that commercial banks might deny them.
Unlike more conventional businesses, many co-ops do not struggle financially, because
of their emphasis on democratic governance.
An open letter to AAPSU
I being a citizen dwelling in the border of
Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, in particular belonging from Balijan circle would like
to seek clarification from AAPSU, the apex body of student organizations, when and
how did Arunachal Pradesh border student union" came into being? Is this organization
federal unit of AAPSU? If so when was election conducted? If AAPSU recognise it as
its federal unit, I want fresh election to be conducted for mass participation of
border students. What is the jurisdiction of this organization? Is it a student union
constituting those areas bordering China like Kurung Kumey, Tawang or does it refer
to areas falling under Assam -Arunachal boundaries.
If it constitute of areas bordering China, then I don't need any clarification but
if it’s of Assam-Arunachal boundary then I need clarification. I am not seeking clarification
with any malafide intentions or to hurt anyone, rather I am seeking clarification
because we are the original victims of border area and formation of any such union
should be in the focus and knowledge of the mass for better mandate. If this organization
is not the federal unit of AAPSU, I request AAPSU to de-recognise such union as I
feel AAPSU was and is always there to look after the problems of the common people
and we have full faith in AAPSU to place our problems for amicable solutions.
Do we really need them?
The public hasn't raise doubt over the clinical knowledge which the Ayush doctors
have acquired during their five and half years course. But the question is, are their
knowledge at par with the allopathic doctors when it comes to prescribing the allopathic
medicines. They may be doing their very best in disseminating awareness about the
diseases and its prevention in far flung areas, but are they sure that they are prescribing
their own ayush and homeopathy medicines? Although they claim themselves to be a
practitioner in traditional medicines, I doubt if they prescribe the same to their
kith and kin in case they suffer from malaria and fever. Then why should the public
bear the risk of this double standard practitioner. It will be in the best interest
of the public if the govt restricts the individual doctors within their own discipline
of studies by not allowing only the allopathy doctors to write the common medicines.
The best thing to do is let the public like us decide if the Ayush doctors are required
in malaria, typhoid endemic hilly regions. The health department should take note
of it before they send any doctors to such areas.
A village Youth,
To search indolent and cunning candidates
Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission was once known for its integrity and
stewardship. And it is the highest institution in the state established by the Act
of the Parliament. And the very motto of this institution is the “Talent Search”.
It is supposed to earn fame and glory by strict adherence to its motto of searching
the talented, hardworking and deserving candidates for various posts which are under
the ambit of the examinations conducted by the APPSC. But it seems that with the
passage of time the very motto of “Talent Search” has changed and the officials and
board members just want to occupy the cosy chair of the Commission Office so that
their names are in the incumbency board.
What is appalling is the way it conducts various examinations that fall under its
ambit. The blatant mistake committed by it can be apparent from the recently conducted
examination for the appointment of Agriculture Development Officers.
Firstly, the advertisement mentioned that candidates should be graduate in agriculture
science and must apply for the examination only with original transcript or degree
certificate signed either by the Registrar or the Vice-Chancellor of the University
from which the candidate obtained degree without which it will be declared null and
void. But how come those candidates who are going to appear their degrees in the
month of June-July 2012 were allowed to sit in the exam?
Secondly, advertisement clearly mentioned that candidate should be purely agriculture
graduate. Then how the horticulture graduates where allowed to write in the examination?
Didn’t officials and Board Members scrutinize the applications?
Is it because those candidates are the sons and daughters of influential people?
Thirdly, in the admit card, instruction no.2 strictly mentioned that no candidate
should take any objectionable articles like-cheat, mobile phone, books to the examination
hall. But most of the candidates brought mobile phones having internet facilities
and solved the general knowledge paper by surfing internet in front of invigilators.
In lieu of snatching banned items from the candidates, the invigilators were busy
in telling the answers to their favourite candidates. Was it an instruction from
the Commission Office? Again in the agriculture papers many of them brought cheat
and books and solved the questions very easily. What were the invigilators doing?
Is it the changed motto of the APPSC “To search indolent and cunning candidates”
for the appointment to various posts who will embezzle and squander the govt. and
public exchequer after their appointment?
If those candidates are appointed then what the society expect from them? Do they
really deserved to be appointed and fit to serve the society?
The manner in which the APPSC has conducted examination has really cast down the
sincere and industrious students. This sort of insincerity and negligence on the
part of the officials and board members of the APPSC may toll heavy comedown on the
sanctity and existence of this very institution in the days to come and the poor
and hardworking students have no more faith in the institution of the APPSC.
There is an urgent need to save the sanctity of the office of the APPSC at earliest
by the abdication of chairs by the present officials and the board members and to
bring faith and confidence of the hardworking, deserving and talented candidates
so as to bring back the past glory of this institution.
Common Man then and now
Happy Statehood Day Common Man by Denhang Bosai published on your esteemed daily
dated 20th Feb made a good reading. The writer is right when he says that all the
development activities are concentrated in the capital and a little at the dist HQs.
The common man is where he deserves to be-at the same place where he was when Arunachal
Pradesh was a Union Territory.
We intend to be the powerhouse of India but the signing of the 130 or so MOUs was
not intended for the said purpose but to generate funds for the last assembly elections.
This is our Arunachal where I doubt not a single MLA is really concerned for the
real development of their respective constituencies or Arunachal.
All the 60 MLAs from the very beginning have been corrupt and will continue to be
so no matter who ever get elected. The elected members and their near and dear ones
will get richer and the common man will get poorer.
That's the reason why our Arunachal Pradesh doesn't and ever will have an effective
opposition because if they oppose, they'll be deprived of the fund that would've
been used for their personal benefits.
Our state capital can't be even compared to Dibrugarh, a town in upper Assam. This
is because our corrupt leaders have not let that happen.
Friends, this is not a negative thinking from my part but the bitter truth. Let's
just face it. So let's swear and do our part in taking AP to the right direction
by kicking the corrupt out of our system, not just by forming Organisations but by
actually practicing practically not to be corrupts first.
RH Ramwa, Tirap
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