ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J J Singh and Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki today greeted the people of the State on the festive occasion of Nyokum
In his message, the Governor said that Nyokum, like all other tribal festivals of
Arunachal Pradesh, provides an opportunity to the members of the Nyishi community
to demonstrate the diversity of Arunachalee culture”. The celebration helps in developing
better understanding and appreciation of different cultures and communities. The
vastness of our cultural diversity and pluralism is its singular hallmark and the
foundation of its unity and integrity. The community torchbearers and youth have
to recognize and internalize the positive values of our cultural pluralism, the message
While conveying his best wishes for successful celebration of the festival, the Governor
called upon every member of the different tribes to contribute in the conservation
of rich cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh and its traditions.
Tuki, in his message, expressed the hope that the festival would foster peace and
bonhomie amongst the various tribes of the state.
“Nyokum is our festival. On this occasion let us extend best wishes and convey our
love and respect to all communities of the state as well as outside,” the Chief Minister
Tuki urged all communities, irrespective of all man-made barricades, to join the
festivities and send the message of peace and brotherhood.
“Our festivals should become the source of inspiration for peace and development,
which is the vision of my government,” he added. RONO HILLS: Nyishi fraternity of
Rajiv Gandhi University Rono Hills celebrated Pre-Nyokum yesterday with traditional
gaiety. More than 500 people participated in the programe including chairman Central
Nyokum Committee Nabam Rebia, general secretary Kholie Tath, Vice Chancellor Dr David
Legendary singer Bengia Hemento and Tana Tati enthralled the gathering with their
In his speech, Organising Secretary Bamang Taniang Kioge appealed to the educated
and upcoming youth of the Nyishi community to work together sincerely to preserve
and promote the rich culture and tradition.
Rajiv Gandhi University Nyokum Yullo celebration committee chairman Dr Hui Tag said
that it is the duty and social responsibilities to preserve culture and traditions
in the form of celebration and practices at home.
Traditional dances were presented by students from Dera Natung Government College,
Itanager, Don Bosco College, Government Secondary School, Polo Colony and RGU campus
Secondary School and RGU PG students.
Traditional Sport and volleyball competitions were also conducted as part of the
BASAR: The students of Tomi Polytechnic College, Basar celebrated 6th Pre Nyokum
at College playground with traditional pomp and gaiety yesterday.
Attending the socio-agriculture festival, Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction
Workers Welfare Board Chairman Jalley Sonam extended his Nyokum festival greetings
to the Nyishi community on the occasion.
He called upon the Nyishi community to work collectively to preserve Nyokum Yullo
while adding that through hard work and discipline, we can contribute to the growth
and prosperity of the state.
He advised the students particularly the students of Nyishi community to maintain
peace and peaceful co-existence among various tribes studying in the College.
He called upon the students to give up aggressive attitude and show their love and
hospitality to their student colleagues, locality, and staff of the institute and
also called upon one and all to participate in festival of every community enthusiastically
since festivals reflect one’s own culture and tradition and also strengthen the feelings
He further advised them to use the hard earned money of their parents judiciously
and devoted in their study.
While highlighting the importance of Agriculture and Horticulture, he said that we
should not run after the limited government job. We should engage ourselves in Agri-Horti
activities for sustenance and must propagate positive attitude to achieve a positive
image of the community and the state.
Chairman of the institution, Tomi Migo Basar while briefing the importance of preserving
own tradition and culture said that we must not mix up the culture and tradition
with the religion. The celebration and preservation of one’s own festival, tradition
and culture is must as it’s a community’s identity and we ought to protect and preserve
it irrespective of our religious beliefs.
He also exhorted the student to study hard besides opting co-curricular activities
in the institute.
Further, briefing the social activities of his students, he advised them to maintain
the same spirit and extend their cooperation and support to the needy people.
Later, Sonam distributed prizes to the winners of various Nyokum literary, cultural,
games and sports events on the occasion.
Tomi Polytechnic college Nyokum celebration, chairman Jile Techi Tara, secretary
Anil Tallang also spoke on the occasion.
Tara read out Nyokum mythology. Both Tara and Anil also urged their brethren studying
in the college to devote time in their studies.
Cultural display by students and community feast were the other highlights of the
Officers, All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union executive members of West Siang District
Unit including AAPWU Basar unit, PRIs, GBs also attended the festival.
Tezu: The Nyokum Yullo festival was celebrated at Botanical Garden ground today at
Tezu with religious fervour and traditional gaiety by the Nyishis residing in Lohit
and Anjaw districts. People in good numbers attended and participated in the festival.
Pill Takur, chairman of the Nyokum Yullo celebration committee, Tezu highlighted
the mythology of Nyokum Yullo.
G.K Paul Choudhury, EAC, Tezu, who attended the programme, extended his congratulations
on the occasion as it is the most auspicious occasion where one’s culture and tradition
are displayed. He advised the younger generation to preserve one’s own tradition
W.Khimhun, ADC, Tezu addressing the gathering, appreciated the objective of the
celebration which is being done for well-being of mankind and good harvesting. He
urged everyone irrespective of the tribe, class or community they belong to, to participate
in such festivals as they foster unity among people.
The day-long celebration included display of traditional folk dance, Rikam Pada
of Nyishi and folk dance of other tribes, community feast and merry making.
China objects to AK Antony’s Arunachal visit
NEW DELHI / Itanagar, Feb 25: The Chinese foreign ministry has objected to the recent
visit of Defence Minister AK Antony to Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims to
be its own, reports Times of India.
The ministry spokesman Hong Lei said today evening that India should refrain from
taking any action that could complicate the border issue.
The official Xinhua news agency said Hong was reacting to reports of “Indian officials
participating in activities organized by the so-called 'Arunachal Pradesh' region.
Hong asked India to work with China in maintaining peace and stability in border
areas. China advocates seeking a fair and rational solution through equal and friendly
negotiations, the spokesman said.
China had opposed the earlier visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Arunachal
Put simply, Beijing does not want the central government to become more popular with
the people of Arunachal Pradesh as it would make it difficult for China to press
its claims over the region in future.
Antony pledged to guarantee the ‘safety’ of the strategically important region, Xinhua
noted while referring to Antony's participation in the silver jubilee celebration
of Arunachal's statehood.
The Defence Minister said: “It was a top priority for the Centre to make the country's
frontier in Arunachal Pradesh secure and non-porous.”
He also underlined the need for speeding up development of border areas and land,
air connectivity to the hilly state characterized by rugged and thickly forested
terrain that makes the task difficult for security personnel.
Antony further said that India is taking care of strengthening the capabilities to
protect national interest from any kind of challenges. “The importance of a secure,
non-porous international border must continue to be the topmost priority. It is our
collective duty to ensure that our border areas are as developed as any other part
of the country,” added Antony.
Arunachal Pradesh shares over 1,680 km of international boundary with three countries
of which 1,080 km is with China.
A year-long wait
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The Directorate of School Education vide advertisement no. ED.2/126/Advertise/2011
on 21st February, 2011 invited the citizens of India to fill the grade ‘C’ ministerial
and non-ministerial and grade ‘D’ posts which included 19 posts for Lab. Assistant,
three upper divisional clerk, 24 lower divisional clerk, 28 peon/ chowkidar and seven
Three days after the advertisement was published, the Director of School Education
came with a corrigendum on 24th Feb. 2011 as per the government notification No.
AR-85/2009 dated 4th June 2010 with a correction that for Grade ‘D’ posts, requisite
qualification would be matriculation for APST and Non-APST candidates instead of
Class VI for APST and Class VII for Non-APST.
It also re-corrected pay band of the posts. Interestingly, the Director went on to
modify the advertisement by exercising the power of government notification No. AR-175/2010/11
dated 27/01/2011, on 28th March 2011 saying that 25% of the total advertised posts
for Peon/Chowkidar and Lab. Attendant is reserved for in-service contingency staff
who have put in a minimum 20 years in the department having requisite qualification
of Class X passed. Moreover, it was notified that eligible candidates for the posts
have to appear written test followed by viva voice instead of walk in-interview.
All of sudden the department once again did a U-turn from its earlier decision
with a circular dated 24th August 2011, in which it changed the place of interview
from Directorate of School Education office to Deputy Director of School Education
of respective districts. It also said the Directorate will have no responsibility
for the conduct of interview and further added, “This is issued with the approval
of the government”.
Director of School Education T. Taloh informed this correspondent that due to technical
mismanagement it is taking longer than usual time and department is working round
the clock to conduct the interview as early as possible.
However, according to official source, the fixation of date and place was rescheduled
due to cabinet intervention and bureaucratic hassle over the distribution of posts
to the respective districts. Source also says that interview is supposed to be held
somewhere at the end of February 2012, however no call letter has been received by
applicants so far.
One is bound to ask why it takes more than year to conduct the interviews. Why did
not the department gave wide publicity to the modifications made in advertisement.
Thousands of applicants have been waiting eagerly for their respective call letters.
The department has to put things in public domain so that there is no confusion what
Six houses gutted at Gobuk
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Six houses were gutted and eight partially damaged in a fire accident
at Gobuk village, 22 km away from Yingkiong, Upper Siang district yesterday.
The cause of the fire, which broke out at 12 noon, is not yet known.
Local MLA Alo Libang and Deputy Commissioner Liyon Borang along with a few officers
and public leaders rushed to the spot and handed over immediate relief to the fire
victims in the form of both cash and kind.
The MLA assured to provide CGI sheets while the DC assured to extend all possible
help for their quick rehabilitation. He also asked the district relief committee
to submit the report after assessing the properties lost and damaged in the fire
accident to the Govt. at earliest for necessary action.
The Agriculture department and Horticulture department offered six thousand in cash
and few numbers of blankets to the victims respectively as immediate relief to the
victims. The duo appreciated the prompt action of the fire brigade and neighbouring
villagers in dousing the devastating fire, reports DIPRO.
Fire devours house, vehicle
Meanwhile, a dwelling house of one Takar Dudda was gutted in a devastating fire at
Bosso colony, Seppa yesterday night.
According to Arunachal Teachers’ Association East Kameng district unit, the fire
which broke out at 11.30 pm also completely damaged a car. However, there was a no
report of any casualty and the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
The East Kameng ATA unit appealed to the entire teaching community of the district
to extend all possible help to fire victim Dudda, who is also executive member of
the ATA unit.
Know Your Legendary Artistes
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: As part of Know Your Legendary Artistes, today we present the only
Arunachalee to be ever nominated for Grammy Award Geshe Ngawang Tashi Bapu, popularly
known as Lama Tashi and another prominent singer Sokhep Kri of Lohit district.
Born on 22nd February 1968 at Thembang village, West Kameng district, Lama Tashi
stormed into the world of music with his Buddhist chants performance.
Lama Tashi began the formal Buddhist philosophical studies in 1983. The field of
study were - “The Major Texts,” namely, Pramana, Prajna-Paramitta, Madhyamika, Vinaya
and Abhi-Dharma-Kosha. Besides these, Lama Tashi also perfected the Monastic Sacred
Dance and the Sacred Chants, popularly known as “Tibetan Buddhist Multi-phonic Voice”,
a multi-phonic singing technique being used in sacred prayer. Sixteen years later,
his extra ordinary talent led him to rise as Principal Chant Master of Drepung Loseling
Monastery. On completion of Buddhist philosophical studies, he was awarded the Geshe
Degree in 2004.
Due to his rare talent, he was chosen as one of the monks to travel the world on
the ‘Sacred Music and Sacred Dance/Mystical Arts of Tibet Tour.’ He travelled throughout
United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore, Malaysia and many other countries
giving teachings on Buddhist/Himalayan Culture and Philosophy and performing Chants,
Ritual Arts and Sacred Dance on the tour. While on “The Mystical Arts of Tibet” tour
Lama Tashi performed for H. H. the Dalai Lama in Curitiba, Brazil, alongside renowned
Brazilian artist Gilberto Gil. Later the same year he led Multi-phonic chant before
H. H. the Dalai Lama at the “World Festival of Music” at the Hollywood Bowl in Pasadena,
California and at the Central Park, New York City, before over 80,000 audience. Lama
Tashi is regarded as one of the great multi-phonic chanters currently active and
has performed with many well-known musicians. He appeared twice at New York City’s
Carnegie Hall in 1997 and 1998, performing with many notables, including Philip Glass,
Natalie Merchant, Micheal Stipe of R. E. M., Patti Smith, Ben Harper, Billy Corgan
of Smashing Pumpkin and Sheryl Crow. In 1998, he performed with Philip Glass at the
premier showing of the Award winning film “Kundun” at Lincoln Center in Ney York
City. However, his biggest moment came in 2005 when he got nominated for Grammy Aaward
for his chanting album “Tibetan Master Chants” in the “Best Traditional World Music’”
category. Through this achievement he created a history of being first Buddhist
monk and only Arunachalee to have Grammy Nomination in solo performance. At present
he is Principal of the Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies (CIHCS), Dahung,
Sokhep Kri is one of the renowned singers of Mishmi community. Born on 10th May
1973 at Tezu, Kri has sung more than 60 songs. He completed master in history but
music remained his first love. He dubbed many Mishmi songs for All India Radio,
Dibrugarh from 1992 to 97. He also contributed song for AIR Itanagar, Tezu and DDK,
Itanagar in Mishmi dialect. His most popular music album includes Kosa Bul and Ritmai
Marai. At present he is working as State Editor ( Gazetters) with government of Arunachal.
Arunachal Festival 2012 -- a festival for the elites
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: As Arunachal festival concluded last night at IG Park, majority
of Arunachalees are wondering whether it was a festival for only the elite section
of the society. During the entire festival, VIP culture was on display all over.
Defence minister AK Anthony who attended the opening day was surrounded by politicians
and their ‘chamchas’ during his brief cameo appearance. Though hundreds of ordinary
citizens turned at park to listen to him, he did have even a single second to talk
The silver medallists and meritorious students who were invited to park for felicitations
were not provided seat and were forced to stand for quite a long time. Adding insult
to the injury they were made to wait till chief guest left the venue and had to accept
the medal in front of an empty park. The organizing committee seemed more concerned
about VVIPs than those heroes who brought laurel for the state.
The food stalls were supposedly set up to expose our tribal’s food to the rest of
the world. However the skyrocketing price of items at food stall was too much for
the comfort of even visiting tourist.
“Instead of Arunachal Festival, it should better be termed Loot Festival” quipped
a visiting journalist from Delhi.
A mineral water bottle which usually costs Rs 15 in market was being sold at Rs 40
a bottle. However the most interesting aspect of festival was as night falls, the
prices of item also soared. The consumers had to pay Rs. 80 for a bottle of mineral
water after midnight which was sold at Rs 40 per bottle at 9 pm.The basic idea behind
celebration of Arunachal Festival is to expose our rich tradition and culture to
the outside world. But this festival was going the opposite direction and instead
seems like promoting western and Bollywood music.
On the concluding night of festival, Mukul Sangma, the chief minister of Meghalaya
attended the festival. Large number of B-listed Bollywood celebrities like Tanushree
Dutta, Yana Gupta, Meiyang Chang along with forgotten playback singer Kumar Sanu
entertained the people. Apart from them, couple of more small time artistes from
Mumbai also performed. Large number of crowd including locals and many tourists jam-packed
the IG Park. To the utter disbelief and disappointment of everyone present, there
was not a single performance by any local artistes. Many tourists specially attended
the last night of festival, hoping to get glimpse of Arunachalee tradition and culture.
For that matter, Meghalaya CM might have also been disappointed for not getting chance
to have a closure look at Arunachalee culture.
Even on the last night of festival VIPs hogged the limelight. The frequent movement
of VIPs along with their large entourage of bodyguards and ‘chamchas’ in and around
the main stage, distracted many poor citizens who with great difficulties managed
to get inside venue to have glimpse of their favourite Bollywood stars. The security
personnel present at the venue were at their worst behaviour. Just to make sure that
VIPs are safe and happy, they roughed up many ordinary citizens without any reason.
“My children wanted to eat something and therefore we went to food stall. After a
while when we were about to go back, security forces stopped us. They told us that
route of entry has been changed. The crowd was huge and my three children were getting
pushed from all over. I begged them to let me enter as my children started crying
but they did not,” told a woman visitor.
In fact an official from Arunachal Pradesh Police made an irresponsible comment to
her, “Knowing that today there will be large crowd, you should not have brought your
children here.” The police officials seem to have forgotten that the festival was
held not only for VIPs and their family. Well, if state government want to have Arunachal
Festival for only VIPs and elite section of society, then Banquet Hall situated just
adjacent to the Chief Minister’s bungalow is the best venue. As per the idea of promoting
Arunachal Festival on the line of famous Hornbill Festival of Nagaland, still we
have miles to go. But it is never wrong to dream and yes let us keep dreaming that
someday ‘Arunachal Festival’ will get limelight like that of Hornbill Festival. Dream
Civilian shares golden moment with friends of the hill people
Aalo, Feb, 25: To commemorate 50 years of its dedicated service to the Nation, the
20th Bn ITBP Aalo organized a glittering function at Nanak Cultural Complex on February
Participating in the programme, Parliamentary secretary, Home, Geology and Mining,
Gadam Ete said that it is a proud moment for every Indian. 50 years of dedicated
service of the ITBP in manning the border, maintaining internal security, fighting
against insurgencies and launching Civic Action Programme in inhospitable terrains
of the country is a unique feat, he said.
Expressing his happiness to be a part of the Himveer family, he urged the ITBP jawans
to keep intact its reputation of being a force to be reckoned with and continue to
curve a niche for itself in the security arena in tune with civilian population.
Since, ITBP is keeping in touch with the civilians in the remotest and difficult
locations, he appealed them to give focus on core issues like education and health
for the poor and deprived sections.
Saluting the force on behalf of people of West Siang in particular and state in general,
he assured to tie up with the Govt. for any kind of help needed by the force. The
Parliamentary Secretary also gave away various prizes to the participants of cultural
Earlier, the Commandant ITBP, Anuj Kumar Singh who maintains a close rapport with
civilian population, elaborately highlighted the role and responsibilities of the
force. He disclosed that the Himveer-50 Relay LRP will move from Aalo today to Menchuka
via Tato and the snow leopard has been chosen as mascot for the golden jubilee year
of ITBP, not only to signify the valour of the force operating in the tough gorges
and snow clad mountain peaks ranging from 9000 to 18,700ft but also for creating
awareness on conservation of this rare species.
The cultural programme on the theme “Unity in Diversity’ with a rich blend of traditional
and modernity presented by school children of Darka Secondary school, Kendriya Vidyalaya,
ITBP school and children from Aalo township area were simply captivating and spell-binder
in the truest sense of the term. The short documentary film on ITBP from 1962-2012
presented on the occasion threw a better light on the multifarious role and responsibilities
rendered by the force in the last 50 years of glorious service to the Nation. (DIPRO)
Christian brethren join traffic awareness campaign
NAHARLAGUN, Feb 25: With PHQ (traffic cell) continuing its campaign to bring mass
awareness on traffic rules to check avoidable injuries and causalities to the commuters,
Christian believers led by their leaders pitched in to join the mission today, realizing
the disastrous impacts of accidents on the society.
The almighty god never intends to take anybody’s precious life until and unless the
person violates the established and nature’s laws to invite punishment, said Christian
Revival Church missionary Rev Dr N Tassar to the gathering in the church premises.
“How do you blame the god for your mistakes?,” he went on explaining the wishes of
the god and the destiny with which the human being are born, punctuated by praise
for the Lord (Halle Luya). He quoted the Bible that clearly conveys Lord Jesus’s
kindness for every living being, saying realize and rise to the occasion and lead
a live to please the Lord, who would in turn take care of your all agonies and sorrows.
Citing examples of sensible local people causing accidents and demanding fines, Arunachal
Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board chairman Jalley Sonam
called upon one and all, particularly the Nyishi community to shoulder a greater
responsibility in ending the attitude to disrespect the laws so as to send a louder
message to the rest of India that Arunchalees are law abiding citizens of this proud
A single death is a great loss to the state having very low population, Sonam said,
and urged the parents to not spoil their children in the name of love and facilitating
accidents as most of the youths resort to stunts on their bikes on the NH.
After explaining the consequences of accidents through a PowerPoint presentation
that included grotesque pictures of past accident victims, which particularly left
a lasting impact on the gathering, especially left the mothers weeping, DIGP (Traffic)
Robin Hibu exhorted everyone to join the mission to make Capital Complex accident-free.
Such camping among believers other religions would be part of the campaign, Hibu
Arunachal State Hospital CMO Dr Moji Jini was equally impressive for his heart-touching
deliberations that cautioned everyone as to actions needed immediately after any
accident, beside pre and post-accident care.
Pastor Hillang Taya administered the oath to obey the traffic laws to the gathering,
who vowed to spread the message, among their near and dears and teach their children
the basic of traffic rules.
Raising anti-dam voice in New Delhi
New Delhi, Feb 25: While anti-big dam protesters have assembled in eastern Assam
for a mammoth public rally at Thekeraguri, serious concern is expressed in the national
capital in an intense discussion. Addressing the rally at North Lakhimpur on February
23, organized by various anti-dam groups, eminent environmentalist and Narmada Bachao
Andolan leader Medha Patkar reiterated her stand that the people living in the catchment
areas own a river and hence their interest must not be sacrificed to please the corporate
players while going for larger hydro-electricity projects in India.
Meanwhile, attending a dialogue in memory of pioneer environmental journalist and
activist of international repute, Anil Agarwal, and various speakers put forward
their fears that the hydro-electricity projects in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam would
leave a devastating impact on the northeastern part of India and also in Bangladesh.
Organized by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) at India Habitat Centre,
New Delhi, the two-day event on February 24-25 started with a keynote address by
Sunita Narain, editor of Down To Earth, a CSE publication, where over 150 environment
activists and journalists across the country have participated. "The dialogue is
expected to being various issue and concerns on green clearances with all the stakeholders
including the government, industry and civil societies and go ahead with it,” added
Narain, who also functions as Director General to CSE.
Making his points in front of the gathering, Akhil Gogoi of Krishak Mukti Sangram
Samity insisted that the Central government has maintained the tendency to exploit
the resource of northeast India without accountabilities. “New Delhi is expecting
over 65000 MW from our region, but the government has not taken the people into confidence.
The process of public hearing for environment clearances becomes so much undemocratic.
So one can find the environment impact assessment looks like a project report of
the concerned company,” said Akhil.
The young activist from Assam concluded saying that there should be an independent
consortium of both regional and national experts, set-up to conduct environment impact
assessment studies. Before conducting studies, the experts should also have a mandate
from the local communities. Under no circumstances should such studies be funded
by project proponents. Advance downstream impact assessment and public consultation
in the entire Brahmaputra floodplains in Assam should be mandatory for upstream dams,
Earlier addressing the gathering, Partha J Das of Aaranyak (Guwahati) highlighted
the overview of the government policy for Green Clearance to various hydro-electricity
projects in northeast India. He revealed in his presentation that already 147 MoUs
(out of 168 planned large HEPs in the region) had been signed with the Arunachal
government (till July 2011).
“At least 55 projects have obtained scoping clearance and 12 projects (LSHEP for
2000 MW at Subansiri, Ranganadi-I for 405 MW at Ranganadi, Kameng for 600 MW at Kameng,
Siyom /Middle Siang for 1000 MW at Siyom, Demwe Lowe for 1750MW at Lohit, Tawang-I
for 750 MW at Tawang, Tawang-II for 750 MW at Tawang, Pare for 110 MW at Pare/Dikrong,
Tato-II for 700 MW at Siang, Khuitam Lewuitkare for 66 MW at Gang/Bishom/Kameng,
Gongri for 90 MW at Kameng) have received the final Environment Clearance in the
bio-diversity hotspot region,” Das pointed out.
He however argued that the environment impact assessment process, based on which
the clearances are given, are inferior and misleading.
Moreover, the cumulative environment impact assessment is not done in-spite of the
fact that the basins of each major river would have multiple projects. Similarly,
the adequate study on downstream impacts is ignored jeopardizing ecosystems, lives
and livelihoods, he added.
Moderated by Himanshu Thakkar of South Asia Network on Dams, River & People, the
session was also addressed by Chandra Bhushan of CSE and Bimal Bhai from Matu Jan
Sangathan where Pema Lepcha of Affected Citizens of Teesta from Sikkim, Vijay Taram
of Forum for Siang Dialogue from Arunachal Pradesh, Arwat Challam of Samrakshan
Trust from Meghalaya and Neeraj Vagholikar of Kalpavriksh interacted and highlighted
about the environmental and social concerns on the huge hydro-electricity projects
in northeast India.
Speaking to this writer, Neeraj Vagholikar argued that several large hydropower projects
in the Northeast were granted green clearances without prior downstream impact assessment
by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) in New Delhi. “This serious lacuna
in environmental decision-making is one of the root causes of the ongoing conflict
in Assam. However, no lessons seem to have been learnt by the MoEF through the Lower
Subansiri experience,” said Vagholikar adding that the authority had recently granted
wildlife clearance to the 1750 MW Demwe Lower project and again asked for post-clearance
“In light of this short-sighted decision-making, this dialogue on green clearances
in New Delhi is important. Both academics and activists from the Northeast have highlighted
the serious social and environmental concerns in current green clearances being granted
to large hydropower projects in the region,” he warped up.
Mentionable that the CSE carried out a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the
clearances granted in the last five years - and the findings are nothing less than
startling. In the last five years, the country has seen more clearances than those
planned for even during the 11th and 12th Five Year Plans, asserted Chandra Bhushan.
He also rubbished that a viewpoint is currently voiced in some forums in India that
environmental and forest clearances are hampering economic development by delaying
various projects in the country.
Two arrested in forgery case
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Koloriang police has arrested two people in connection with a forgery
case. The arrests were made after Kurung Kumey unit of All Nyishi Youth Association
(ANYA) lodged an FIR with police regarding a forgery case amounting to Rs.2.50 crore,
according to ANYA district unit release.
The arrest led to revelation of the main culprit behind the scam. The person, according
to them, is the Kurung Kumey district art and culture officer, Oshon Borang who is
presently absconding, the release said.
While demanding immediate arrest of the officer, ANYA also urged the deputy commissioner
not to transfer him until the case is settled and the amount is recovered.
Visitors lauds NERIST exhibition stall
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Thousands of people visited the NERIST exhibition stall set up
in the just concluded five-day Festival of Arunachal at I G Park here.
The stall with the theme ‘Technology for Tomorrow’s North Eastern States’ showcased
various development orientated programmes and devices like water quality testing,
low cost vermi-composting technology for organic farming and its effective utilization,
bio-diesel for economic development in rural areas. Apart from this, valuable publications
of NERIST were also displayed and almost all the visitors including high-ranking
dignitaries applauded the exhibition stall.
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Three candidates for Aalo East IYC assembly segment alleged unfair
means and casting of bogus votes in IYC election held at Likabali polling booth yesterday.
Demanding immediate re-election in the segment, IYC candidates Gebom Doji, J Lollen
and Kento Ngomdir in a complaint letter to election PRO claimed that three lady voters
did not participate in the election process but their votes were cast by some unknown
persons at the polling booth.
ITANAGAR: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Momong, Lohit conducted a three days training programme
on “Vermicomposing as an Enterprise” for the rural youths of Kumari Khampti village
from February 23. The NABARD sponsored training was attended by total of 30 rural
In recent time, it has been well recognized that vermicomposting is an environmentally
safe, economically viable and technically adaptable method of converting organic
waste into useful manure. The economic viability of the technology is well witnessed
from the large scale commercialization of this technology in many countries of the
world including India. Increase in the living standard of people, growing awareness
about the ill effects from large scale use of chemicals in the agricultural sector
and growing demand for organically produced commodity clearly shows the market potentiality
for improved quality organic manures not only for field crops but also for crops
with high economic value like tea in the international as well as domestic market.
So, production of vermicompost can be taken as enterprise for livelihood, said a
release from KVK.
PTC, Khyoda Dungne win men’s and women’s title
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Police Training Centre (PTC), Banderdewa and Khyoda Dungne lifted
the Men and Women’s title in the volleyball competitions organised as part of the
Nyokum Yullo celebration at Nyokum Lapang ground here today.
While PTC defeated Takam Tatung Team by 3-1 sets Khyoda Dungne beat Tarh Dungne
by same margin (3-1) to lift the coveted trophies.
Mr. Neetu of PTC was declared best player while Ha Welfare Society under the captaincy
of Ha Yani was adjudged the best disciplined team.
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Deputy Director Art and Culture and singer Jomnya Siram while appreciating
the gesture of the Chief Minister, who felicitated 20 local singers and performers
last evening, said that such act will go a long way in encouraging the talents in
the state. The artistes were felicitated as part of the celebration to commemorate
the Silver Jubilee celebration of Arunachal statehood.
Restart of hydel project demanded
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Claiming that the Patta hydel project, Papu Valley under Pijirang
circle has been lying defunct since last two years, All Papu Valley Youth Welfare
Association (APVYWA) has demanded the civil power department, Wessang, East Kameng
district to restart the generation of power from the hydel project immediately.
The youth association further demanded the BSNL authority to improve the poor mobile
network coverage at Lumdang by properly maintaining the mobile tower and rectifying
defects, if any.
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: United Nyishi Organization (UNO), in a release, informed that the
proposed 12-hr Lower Subansiri bandh on February 27 in support of its demand for
transfering the executive engineer, PWD Yazali division has been suspended temporarily
till April following assurance from local MLA Likha Saaya to address the organization’s
Doordarshan DG and ADG in city
ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Director General Door-darshan Tripurari Saran and Additional Director
General B M Bakshi are on a two days visit to Itanagar beginning today. The DG will
be attending the Nyokum festival of the Nyishi community at Doimukh tomorrow. The
DG has been declared a state guest by the Arunachal Pradesh government during his
US trade missions to NE soon: Burleigh
Guwahati, Feb 25: United States Ambassador Peter Burleigh today said trade missions
from his country will visit the north eastern region soon to explore possibility
of investment in key sectors.
"Trade missions of US to India's major cities are going on and we are in the process
of expanding it to other areas including the north east," he told reporters here.
"We are learning about increasing business opportunities in the N E region and American
companies have shown interest for investments," the envoy, who is on a visit to Assam
and Arunachal Pradesh, said.
Climate change and renewal of energy were being focussed on by the USA, Burleigh
said his country was, however, open to collaboration in almost all major areas of
interest. "We are open to exploring virtually any area for investment."
USA was currently participating in a conservation programme at Kaziranga National
Park in Assam, he said and expressed satisfaction at the 'amazing' pace of development
activities taking place in the state and its congenial atmosphere for investment.
India taken off polio endemic list by WHO
New Delhi, Feb 25: India, which has been polio-free for over a year now, was today
taken off the list of polio endemic countries by the World Health Organisation.
This announcement was made by Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad at the polio summit
2012 here in the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Azad said he has received a letter this morning stating that the "WHO has taken India's
name off the list of polio endemic countries in view of the remarkable progress that
we have made during the past one year."
There were only four countries in the WHO endemic list, including Pakistan, Nigeria
After being removed from the list, India will have to remain polio free for the next
two years to achieve the polio-free status with concerted efforts and an emergency
preparedness and response plan, WHO representative in India Natela Menabde said.