February  24

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 common people.”

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 counterparts.”

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, he added.

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

Taba Ajum              

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, he said.

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 world.

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 Park

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, PWD.  

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 gap.”



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 events”.

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 immensely. (DIPRO)

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 district.


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.


Inconvenience regretted

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. (DIPR)


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 22.

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.


Bandh oposed

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 into controversy.

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, it added.

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, he added.


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 branch office.


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 well acclaimed.

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)


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Co-operatives  & financial sector

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 conditions.

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

Dear Editor,

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.


Yurum Tamin

Tank Hapa

Papum Pare



Do we really need them?

Dear Editor,

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

Dear Editor,

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.


An aspirant



Common Man then and now

Dear Editor,

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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