ITANAGAR, Feb 26: It actually came as a refreshing breather, particularly when it
came from none other than the Chief Minister himself.
A person, who is invited as the chief guest of a programme or event more than anyone
else, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today urged the people to avoid calling politicians
and leaders as chief guests. Instead, he suggested, inviting intellectuals, experienced
people and those who have achieved something great in life and are inspiration to
“Invite people like a Gaon Bura, who is the most respected person in the area or
some great personality. The trend of inviting politicians and rich people ought to
be changed. Why don’t we begin a new trend with Nyokum and set an example for others,”
he said attending the Nyokum celebrations at Doimukh today.
For record, the Chief Minister wasn’t the chief guest today but played a perfect
host to Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, Doordarshan Director General Tripurari
Sharan and others along with local MLA Nabam Rebia. In chaste Nyishi, Tuki expressed
concern that festivities are becoming more money-centric these days and organizers
invite affluent politicians and rich people as chief guests and guest of honours.
He said the practice was setting up a bad trend for the youngsters, who will go a
step ahead in the wrong direction when they take over from their elders.
Admitting the fact that resource for organizing an event was essential, he, however,
advised a practical and moral method of resource mobilization. Giving an example,
he said resources can be mobilized for Nyokum celebrations centrally under the Central
Nyokum Committee (CNC).
“I am only suggesting a way. It is up to the people to decide. What I am saying is
that we the Nyishis can lead the path for others,” Tuki said.
On part of the government’s role, he announced that his four-month old government
is committed to preserve and propagate the rich traditional culture of each community
of the state. He informed that the government has plans to turn major festivals of
the state into tourism festivals to give a fillip to local celebrations and also
generate employment as well as revenue.
In line with cultural centers in the districts, Tuki proposed to establish an All
Tribe Cultural Center in Doimukh as it fell in the vicinity of the state capital
for which he appealed to the local residents to give the government a plot of land
at least hundred hectares. “This would be a center that would showcase the culture
and traditions of all the tribes of Arunachal. We can have at least one traditional
house of all the major tribes in the center which will become a must-visit site for
domestic and foreign tourists as well as researchers,” he said.
Tuki also offered to establish a degree college at Doimukh as the college at Itanagar
was not able to accommodate the increasing number of students every passing year.
Besides, he assured to place funds for Dikrong river flood control and development
of the Rono Ground in the next financial year.
Earlier in the morning, Tuki inaugurated the 6- room Guest House of Urban Development
at Doimukh which was constructed departmentally at an estimated cost of Rs 2.30 crore.
He also inaugurated the Rono Hall- - a community hall cum badminton stadium before
swaying to the mood of Buya dance.
“Ale Pare” said Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma in Nyishi with a tinge of audible
Garo accent. He went on to add a couple more lines in Nyishi to the loud cheer of
a crowd clad in traditional attires, including his Arunachalee counterpart, at Rono
Ground here today.
Doimukh perhaps has become the first place in the state to have two chief ministers
at one go attending the most important festival of the Nyishis – Nyokum.
A man of words Sangma, chief guest of the occasion, hailed indigenous festivals as
not only an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the communities of the region
but also a medium to re-link with their rich customs and traditional values.
“Our festivals are a reflection of our commitment to preserve our cultural heritage
and traditional values,” he said switching over to English, his forte.
The Meghalaya Chief Minister stressed more on traditional values passed down through
generations and urged the people to imbibe and practice these in their daily life
so that it passes on to the next generation. He felt that with time people are giving
less importance to the traditional values that call for respect to elders, bonhomie
with other communities, peaceful co-existence, moral character, etc.
“Only celebrating our festivals in traditional attires and going through the rituals
routinely without following our traditional values does not have a meaning,” Sangma
Another traditional value he cited and emphasized on was respect to nature with which
the indigenous communities of the region have lived in complete harmony since ages.
He said until and unless people respect and preserve the abundant natural resources
and judiciously utilize it for mutual benefit celebrations like Nyokum would stand
Sangma, who had earlier attended the valedictory function of the silver jubilee celebration
of Arunachal’s Statehood on February 24, said Arunachal and Meghalaya are the only
states in the region to attain statehood without ‘throwing a stone or shedding a
drop of blood’. This, he said, was a message to the world and exemplified the peaceful
co-existence of numerous tribes and their simple nature.
Hailing Arunachal Pradesh as a state with immense potential, he expressed faith that
one day it would emerge as one of the richest states of the country.
“Note down my words. Arunachal has a bright future, especially under a visionary
leader like your present Chief Minister,” he said while bidding adieu with a curt
‘Paya Lincho’! But not before throwing an invitation to all to visit his state and
join its indigenous festivals.
Staff Reporter adds: While addressing the huge gathering on the occasion of Nyokum
Yullo celebration at Nyokum ground, Nirjuli, Urban Development and Town Planning
Minister Rajesh Tacho said that education is a must for today’s youth so that they
can preserve and promote the culture and tradition for posterity.
Both education and peace are equally important to bring the state in the forefront
of development, Tacho said.
Lauding the Nyishi community for jealously guarding their own culture and tradition
since time immemorial, the Minister further said, no community can survive in the
world without tradition and culture.
Drawing a similarity of culture between Idu-Mishmi and Nyishi communities, Tacho
further exhorted the people to respect each other’s religious belief and tradition
and to promote harmony and brotherhood.
Regarding developmental prospects of the state, Tacho said that Arunachal is one
of the biggest state in the country in term of resource and area. The vast potentials
of the state in various field including medicinal plants and hydro power are yet
to be explored, he said.
The minister called upon the community people to use such platform to find out the
loopholes which draw back the society and state in its march towards perfection.
Among others, Working chairman of the CNC, Tapu Gapak, MLA Techi Kaso also spoke
on the occasion.
The main attraction of the festivity was performance of Buya Sonam and Rikam Pada
Sonam by the cultural troupes.
At Palin, “Nyokum-- the agricultural festival of Nyishi Community was celebrated
at the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya campus with much fanfare.
Besides traditional games and sports the main attraction of the celebration was
traditional group dance by girl students.
Participating in the celebration, Lumba GSS head- master Takam Tariam highlighted
the importance and origin of Nyukum Yullo celebration. He also stressed on the need
to preserve age-old culture and tradition for posterity and also encouraged the
students to study hard.
Arunachal needs attention of national media: Doordarshan DG
Doordarshan Director General Tripurari Sharan today committed to redress the problems
being faced by the local Doordarshan Kendra (DDK) of Itanagar including its low coverage
and shortage of manpower.
Addressing the gathering at Nyokum Yullo celebration at Doimukh this morning, the
DG felt that a state like Arunachal with its rich cultural heritage and diversity
needs more attention from the national channel.
“I have been apprised of several problems facing DDK Itanagar. I assure that all
these will be addressed sooner than later,” he declared while accepting that the
station needs to upscale its services.
Sharan informed that the newly appointed CEO of Prasar Bharti was aware of the major
problem of manpower shortage in DDKs of the North East. He said the issue would be
resolved within this year.
“I assure before the Chief Minister today that manpower shortage will be resolved.
And not only that, we will ensure that more local people are recruited so that they
can work here as at times people from the mainland are reluctant to come to the North
East owing to reasons best known to them,” he said. The DG also expressed concern
that most of the Low Power Transmitters (LPT) have gone defunct due to lack of professionals
to man them. Pointing out that LPTs are the only link with the outside world in remote
and border areas, he assured to get all these functional very soon.
Sharan admitted that while in rest of India the set-up of Doordarshan broadcast was
D9, in the North East it still follows a lower set-up. Speaking about the plan to
upgrade to HD technology, a set-up higher than D9, he assured that DDKs in Arunachal
and rest of the North Eastern states would be straightaway upgraded to HD technology
without going through the intermediary stage.
On a request to acquire an Outdoor Broadcasting (OB) Van for live telecast of programmes
and events, he said Doordarshan would bring up the proposal for the North Eastern
states in the 12th Five Year Plan. Meanwhile, he said DSNG vans, which cost less
than OB vans, can be acquired for limited live telecasts.
Getting a first-hand experience of Nyokum celebrations, the DG, accompanied by his
deputy B N Bakshi and a team from New Delhi, expressed desire to send a full-fledged
team to record and cover the festivity in total for archival as well as coverage
The other side of Arunachal Festival
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Indira Gandhi Park, the venue for recently concluded Arunachal
Festival 2012 has borne the maximum brunt of five days over-zealous celebration.
At this moment, the IG Park looks like garbage dumping site with litter and waste
products all around the park. Near the main venue, where food stalls were set up,
it has become almost impossible to walk around because of filthy smell. It’s going
to be two days since the festival ended but garbage has not been cleared yet.
The festival organizing committee seems to think that their duty was over with the
conclusion of the festival. They forgot that IG Park is the only park in the state
capital which caters to the needs of citizens as well the state Govt. As the festival
ended, it is time for introspection for the authorities, particularly the organizer.
According to the sources, majority of the festival committee members comprised of
bureaucrats. The main idea behind celebrating this festival is to sell it to the
global tourists on the line of Hornbill Festival of Nagaland. Therefore, a proper
event and media management should have been done by hiring professionals from the
respective field. The organizing committee also failed to market the festival at
various metropolitan cities through advertisements.
In today’s modern world of information technology, everything revolves around internet.
Even though Arunachal Festival is being celebrated every year since 2002 but till
today there is no single website dedicated to the festival celebration whereas most
of the tourists usually depend on internet for all kind of information.
For greater success in years to come the festival committee should launch website
dedicated exclusively to the Festival of Arunachal. However, the most important
aspect which organizing committee needs to take care of is proper presentation of
tribal culture and tradition.
It is good to invite Bollywood stars to perform but they should not be allowed to
hijack the festival.
DC visits D Ering Sanctuary
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: East Siang Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok yesterday visited the
D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary to take stock of the various problems faced by the staff.
It was DFO Tashi Mize, playing a perfect host, took the DC and his team to all
the three divisional ranges of the sanctuary.
The team started its visit from Borguli Range through Siang river.
On his way to Anchalghat range, Ranger Tamuk briefed the DC and the DFO about various
problems faced by the staff in guarding the sanctuary, specially during monsoon
season due to infrastructural shortage.
On reaching Anchalghat bordering Assam, the visiting guests were taken to the site
of the river bank from where illegal activities are allegedly carried out by the
people of the neighboring state.
Incidentally, a man identified as Monush Doley from neighboring Assam's Kemi village
was caught transporting thatches illegally from the sanctuary. The annoyed staff
set the thatches on fire but the man was let off with stern warning.
While summing up his visit, DC Tapok interacted with all the staff and boosted up
their morale by assuring them to take up their genuine problems with PCCF and State
Govt. He advised them to perform their duties with utmost sincerity and dedication
towards protecting the rich flora and fauna.
Maksam Tayeng of Mebo, a conservationist, while describing the visit as fruitful
one stressed on insuring life of all the staff.
“The sanctuary would regain its past glory if the present efforts of DFO Mize get
PCCF and state govt’s timely help, Tayeng said.
Army Mela draws huge crowd
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: With an attempt to forge stronger bonds between army and the locals,
the Army units of 40 Mountain Brigade in cooperation with Tawang district administration
organised a day-long Army Mela at Jung ground. The celebrations began with a special
prayer by the Lamas, followed by a cultural programme by the locals and the army
The programme included a traditional Monpa dance, Energetic Bhangra, Vigorous Khukri,
Garbhaand Rustic Dogri Dance, which left the audiences spellbound. The Pipe Band
display by the Sikh Regiment was quite captivating. Other special attractions of
the Losar Mela were recruitment awareness stall, adventure stall, medical stall and
veterinary stall put up by ITBP with free medicines and information to the locals.
On the occasion Army provided necessary guidance to young people willing to join
the armed forces. The food and the game stalls enticed the children and adults alike.
The celebrations showed the bonhomie between the civilians and the army personnel.
At the end of the cultural programme, Commander 40 Mountain Brigade assured them
of the Army’s continuous effort in aiding the people.
The event, which was organized under the aegis of Blazing Sword Division was attended
by high ranking army and civil dignitaries and more than 4,000 local people clad
in traditional attires from neighbouring villages of Lhou, Khirmu, Mago, Jhangdha
and Jung attended the mela.
Court directs to remove structure
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: In a Judgment, Chief Estate Officer cum Additional District Magistrate,
Itanagar Capital Complex Naharlagun has directed Ojing Darang, Labour Commissioner
to remove the RCC structure which is within the premises of Govt. Quarter No. 22
T-IV at D sector Naharlagun within three weeks failing which eviction will be carried
out under section 5 of the APPP Act, 2003.
The judgment came after hearing both the parties, the All Arunachal Pradesh Workers
Union, the complainant and Ojing Darang, Labour Commissioner cum Secretary Arunachal
Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare Board, the respondent after
carefully examining all the relevant records submitted by the Labour Department,
Public Work Department and Director of Housing on February 22 last in the court of
Chief Estate Officer cum ADM Itanagar Capital Complex Naharlagun on the basis of
complaint lodged by AAPWU against encroachment of government land and construction
of personal building by dismantling Govt. Quarter at ‘D’ sector Naharlagun. Meanwhile,
AAPWU has temporarily suspended its proposed tools down stir beginning March 1 next
following the court judgment.
However, “ We will be compelled to go ahead with our stir if the Chief Secretary
does not suspend Ojing Darang from Labour Commissioner and Secretary APB&OCWWB and
initiate stern legal actions against him for destroying public property and constitute
high level enquiry committee to unearth the misappropriation of huge amount and misuse
of power and position within March 5,” the release said.
6th general conference of AAPSA held
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: The 6th General Conference and Annual General Body Meeting of All
Arunachal Private Schools’ Association was held here at Royal International School
Papu Nallah. A large number of Principals from various private schools of the State
attended the conference.
The programme included cultural presentations by students of Eleazer English School,
reading of the AAPSA Annual Report, an input session by Pearson Education Services
Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore on e-Class room, and election of the new AAPSA Executive Board
and the formation of Arunachal Chapter of Sahodaya Complex.
Attending the conference, Rt. Rev John Kattrukudiyil DD, Bishop of Itanagar commended
AAPSA for its formation and achievements so far. He opined that AAPSA is a very important
platform for deliberations on improving the educational scenario of the State as
private schools are contributing the lion’s share in education in the State. He
also added, “There are more than thirty thousand students benefiting from Catholic-run
educational institutions alone in the state. And there are another sizable number
benefiting from private schools run by individuals/organizations contributing to
the dissemination of knowledge.” Bishop John exhorted the gathering to unitedly
strive towards imparting quality education and to lay special emphasis on character-formation
Padmashree Mamang Dai, in her speech, reminiscenced her bygone school days and shared
her experiences on the changes that has taken place in the education in Arunachal
Pradesh since then.
Mamang Dai also spoke about her yet-to-be-finished work on the Catholic missionary
martyrs Frs. Nicolas Michel Krick and Augustin Etinne Bourry, a 153 years old mission-unto-death
story from our own Arunachal. The Padmashree awardee also exhorted the gathering
to continue to work for the progress of the State especially in education.
In the Business Session, the members, after extensive discussions and opinions, also
elected new office bearers of AAPSA.
The gathering also witnessed the formation and on-line registration of the Arunachal
Chapter of Sahodaya under CBSE and the telephonic conference with K.K. Choudhury,
the Regional Officer, CBSE, Guwahati with heads of CBSE-affiliated schools present.
In the valedictory function the members expressed their gratitude to the Founder
President, Fr. Philip P.C. and his team who literally brought up the organization
from the scratch to its present status.
In his farewell speech AAPSA president Fr. Philip said, “AAPSA should continue to
benefit the students, the teachers and the parents and that is our focus.” The newly
appointed President Jenny Riba exhorted all to work together as a team irrespective
of accidental differences towards strengthening and establishing AAPSA and forming
its units in all the Districts of the State. “We are committed to our motto: “Mission
to Educated”, Jenny added.
IEC on TSC in Balijan circle ends
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: The five days long village level awareness programme on Information
Education Communication (IEC) on Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) under Balijan circle
came to end with its last awareness programme which was organized at Balijan inspection
bungalow on February 25. The programme was organized by Papum Pare District Water
Sanitation Committee (DWSC) under PHED department in collaboration with N.N. Charitable
Society (NNCS) Langper, Sagalee. The last leg of this series of programme covered
Tubung-I, Tubung-II, Upper Balijan, Lower Balijan, Gai and Garung Karbi villages
under Tobung Balijan Panchayat.
NNCS chairman Nangbia Amar Dui explained the aim and objectives of the programme,
while Balijan PHED JE B Bagra stressed on the need of maintaining cleanliness.
Nabam Menia, GPM Chairperson of Tubung Balijan Panchayat also spoke on the occasion.
She requested her Panchayat leaders to take advantage of this campaign and maintain
hygienic life in order to get red rid of various communicable diseases.
Main resource person Tamchi Niania, Chairman of Rural Development and Heritage Society
(RDHS) Sangram called upon the villagers to construct individual latrine for success
of the Total Sanitation Campaign. A short video film on the theme ‘Aapna Swasth
aapna Haath’ was also screened to educate the villagers on the importance of total
Killer Parvo virus in your Pet dog
Dr.Gyamnya Baki Garam
The Dog (canis lupus familiaris),which is called ‘Ikki’ in most of the Tanyi ethnic
language is the most loved and closest animal among all the domestic animals to the
human being. It is said that the story of Mahabharat starts with dog and ends with
dog. Even our Abotani mythology tells us that the dog was the first domesticated
and most obedient animal to the human being. It was the dog (Dumpu Kipung) who brought
back the seeds of crops from the land of Deri-Tamii to the famine hit Tanyi-land
by carrying the seeds inside his earfolds. So dog is not just an animal, it is a
member of our familly. They are our playmates; they are our guardians and our entertainer.
We have the highest interspecies bonding. But what happens, when our beloved pet
dog stops breathing before our eyes? The situation is nothing less than the tragedy
of losing one of our human members of the family. Some kids and even senior pets
owner stop eating and talking for few days in the event of death of their pets. This
tragedy is being faced by so many pet owner during this season due the suffering
of their pet dog from the attack of deadly virus called Canine parvo virus (CPV).
Within this two week there is drastic rise of the parvo virus infection cases in
the twin capital city, especially in the pet dog, which may increase in days to come
if no proper preventive measure are taken at this time. As the epidemiological study
suggested that the prevalence of this disease gets higher as spring season approaches
so it will be helpful if all the pet dog owners know something about this killer
CPV or Parvo is a viral disease which is caused by a smallest known virus that occur
in all species of animal called Parvo virus, a smallest DA A virus which is resistant
to high temperature and adverse climatic condition. This virus has wide variety of
host like cattle, pig, dog, human, rat, and chicken. The main source of infection
is the feces of the infected dog. The feces of infected dog have a high concentration
of viral particle. The virus is also transmitted through direct contact with the
infected animal, and contaminated clothes, shoes, foods etc. Once the dog get infected
with the virus, the disease starts showing symptom within 7-10 days. Parvo may affect
dogs of all age but most susceptible is the dogs of below one year. The virus has
got high affinity for the lymphocytes and lymphatic system thus causing immune suppresive
effect. The virus infected through ingestion is carried to intestine where it invades
intestinal wall and cause inflammation and damage crypt cell which are normally responsible
for the absorption of Nutrients and thereby leading to haemorrhagic gastroenteritis.
They shows refusal of food, polydipsia, frothy yellow coloured vomitus, and the animal
will pass brownish semisolid faeces with mucus followed by foetid haemorrhagic diarrhoea.
As the result of this ,death occurs due to dehydration leading to peripheral circulatory
failure. Once, any of the above described symptom is observed, the dog should be
immediately rushed to the nearest veterinary hospital or dispensary for prompt treatment.
There is no specific cure against this deadly virus, so treatment consists of providing
care so the body can produce enough antibodies of its own to neutralize the virus.
The supportive care consists of braodspectrum antibiotics to fight off secondary
bacterial infection, fluid therapy to correct the dehydration and control of vomiting
The chance of survival is high if the pup is brought at the initial stage and if
its survived till 3-4 days of treatment than there is good chance o survival and
full recovery will occur within a week.
Every year this deadly virus takes the life of many pet dogs so the proper understanding
about the disease and its preventive and control measure will lower the incident
rate The best way to control the disease is through the proper vaccination against
the virus. The primary vaccination for a pup is done at 6-8 week after birth as 1st
injection and second injection is given at 12th week after the first injection and
for dogs older than 3months,l injection is given and followed by yearly booster dose.
Beside this proper quarantine of incoming animals atleast for 1-2 week, isolation
of sick animals, proper cleaning and disinfection of cages and bowls, routine deworming,
stress reduction etc will help to minimise the spreading of this deadly virus. The
excreta should be properly disposed and the premises should be disinfected. Zoonotic
nature of the canine parvo virus is not yet established, so the pet owners need not
worry in handling your ailing pets rather the ailing dog should be properly handled
to minimise the stress. Donot not try to avoid the ailing dog in fear of getting
infection. Always remember to bring the dog to the nearest Veterinary dispensary
or hospital or call your nearest vets as early as possible. Together, we can only
stop our pets dogs from the attack of this deadly virus. (Dr Garam is a Veterinary
officer, lnterstate livestock check gate, Banderdewa)
Mein visits PMEGP exhibition
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: PWD Minister Chowna Mein and A.K. Singh, Director Tourism today
visited the 3-days district level exhibition under Prime Ministers Employment Generation
Programme organised by National Youth Project, Arunachal Pradesh under the sponsorship
of Khadi and Village Industries Commission State office, Itanagar at the Nyokum Lapang
Varieties of products from PMEGP, RISC units and Khadi institutions are on display.
The exhibition organized coinciding with the Nyokum festival would conclude tomorrow.
KVK SAC meeting held
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of Papum Pare District
Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) was held at Nirjuli on February 24. All the SAC members
including from NABARD, Science and Technology department, DDK and AIR and heads of
the department of the district were present in the meeting which was presided over
by Dr. N D Minto, Joint Director, Planning, animal husbandry and veterinary.
Addressing the meeting, KVK PC Dr. T Heli highlighted the Kendra’s activities on
capacity building. He informed that the KVK was given the mandate on capacity building
of the farmers only without much needed support to conduct the capacity building
programme. Supports in form of seeds, medicines and other services are of paramount
importance for effective implementation of outreach programmes for the farmers,
Further, he informed the members about paucity of fund meant for training in remote
and far flung areas where proper road connectivity is still a distant dream.
At present, the Kendra is implementing two number of rural livelihood improvement
projects, namely, Tribal Development Fund (TDF) project sponsored by NABARD in the
orange production belt and Community Mithun Conservation Project under Sir Ratan
Tata Trust (SRTT) in the district, he further informed.
KVK OSD N Pertin informed that there are 13 KVKs in the state functioning under different
PRI leaders refute allegation
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: The Panchayati Raj Institution (PRl) members of Ruksin have refuted
the allegation of Ruksin block ZPM Tonggeng Panyang that MLA Dr. T Tapak was depriving
the PRI leaders from taking part in development activities.
Reacting sharply to the news item published in this daily recently, they said that
all schemes and funds are properly used in a systematic and transparent manner. They
further said the Special Central Assistance (SPA) Fund was not utilized by the MLA
for the benefit of his kith and kins, but it was distributed among the poor and needy
people by the PRI leaders and village elders on need based basis as per norms. Hence,
the MLA is not responsible for its distribution and selection of beneficiaries; they
claimed and condemned the ZPM for leveling such unfounded allegation against the
While clarifying the allegations on rural housing scheme and electrification under
RGGVY, they termed it as baseless saying that only genuine and deserving persons
have been selected by the PRI leaders and village elders as per norms.
The allegations were made out of frustration for gaining personal benefit, they said
and cautioned him to refrain from making such baseless and unfounded press statement.
Payment without work alleged
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), East Kameng district
unit in a release alleged that payments amounting to lakhs of rupees were made to
various contractors, that too without any work, by rural works department, East Kameng
According to information obtained through RTI, it claimed, Rs. 76,71974 was disbursed
to various contractors against flood damage repairing work of Chayangtajo -Yangfo
rural link road without carrying out any work.
“The road is still in the same condition as it was before the supposed repairing
work started,” NSUI claimed.
It demanded the Chief Engineer, RWD to initiate an inquiry into the matter to correct
the fault failing which NSUI threatened to launch stir beside lodging FIR against
the erring officials and contractors.
Training on disease managementin vegetable crops
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Lohit District Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) has organized a training
programme on “Disease Management in vegetable crops” for the farmers of Pangkhao
Madhumita Sonowal Bora, Subject Matter Specialist (Plant Protection), KVK Lohit district
trained the farmers about various methods of disease management including traditional,
mechanical, chemical in vegetable crops. Practical session on seed treatment and
seedling treatment was also conducted for the benefit of the farmers. Various problems
faced by farmers in various crops were discussed during the training.
Twenty-eight participants including Gaon Burah were present in the training programme
which was conducted under the supervision of Dr. P K Mallick, Programme coordinator
of the KVK. The programme was sponsored by NABARD, Itanagar.
Career counseling prog
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Campus India Educational Consultancy and Admission Guidance Centre
(CIECAGC), Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with NGF College of Engineering and
Technology, Palwal and DJ College of Dental Science, Gahaziabad organized one-day
Educational Carrier Counseling on higher education at Frontier Higher Secondary School
Zero on February 25. Around 200 students, parents and teachers participated in this
Participating in the programme as resource person, NGF College CEO Ashwani Prabhakr
explained in details about the eligibility criterion and admission procedure in various
courses available in the country and abroad. He said that Arunachalee students are
hard working and have the potentials to achieve their goals. Only the thing that
they need is proper guidance.
DJ College admission officer cum senior educational career counselor from New Delhi,
Jitendra Singh spoke on various branches of medical courses and the eligibility and
procedures to get admission.
Among others, Arunachal CIECAGC director Sukhdev Biswas, Frontier Higher secondary
school principal MB Bista also spoke on the occasion.
Training on carpentry
TEZU, Feb 26: A month-long training on Carpentry began at Lohit District Industry
Centre here yesterday. The District Youth Coordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra Pailo
Mihu and Labour and Employment officer Jablong Krong jointly inaugurated the training
programme being organized by the Indian institute of Entrepreneurship (IEP).
Altogether 30 youths are undergoing the training and the main objective of the training
is to provide self-employment opportunities to rural youths. Both Mihu and Krong
appreciated the initiatives taken by IIE to provide job opportunities to rural youths.
IIE faculty member Shantanu Deka also spoke on the occasion.
Art of Living course
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: The Art of Living is organizing a six days stress management and
life-skill workshop at its Centre here from February 28.
The centre-piece of the workshop will be the Sudarshan Kriya, an innovative breathing
technique designed by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
In addition to Sudharsan Kriya, the workshop will include meditation, yoga, pranayama
and relaxation processes that result in higher concentration, energy, joy and peace
of mind. The benefits of the workshop also include better physical health, freedom
from diseases such as diabetes, high BP, heart problems, asthma and headache.
I am totally shaken by the silence of the public over the water shortage in Pasighat.
The public deserves an explanation from the PHED engineers and the local M.L.A for
the delay in resuming the water supply. It should not be at the whims of the said
department to resume the running water supply. They are paid by the Govt of India
for the service and they have to perform the task for which they have been appointed.
If they cannot work efficiently, should they not be asked to relinquish from the
post for which they are paid a handsome salary?
And what is the local M.L.A upto? I am doubtful if he is even aware of the ordeal
that the public, mostly from outside the state is undergoing. The M.P from Pasighat
also should take note of the current issue. Both of them should not forget the promise
which they made during the last election. Chief engineer, PHED should also take note
of the crisis and take the action accordingly. Although water may be supplied in
tankers, can that be enough for washing clothes, cooking, bath and most importantly
toilet purpose? Is water a subsidized commodity that we have to stand in queue? If
the government of Arunachal cannot provide even this basic need, what else can the
Do I need to speak more of our agony or should we stop taking bath, cooking, drinking
water and stay away from morning ablution?
The victim of this utter negligence are the children as the exams are nearing and
they have to lend their hands in collecting water. The Higher authorities should
ensure that petrol used for ferrying the tankers is accounted and fully audited to
prevent the public money from draining away.
A temporary citizen of Pasighat
A lesson to learn from Nagaland
I read in your esteemed paper comparing the recently held Arunachal festival with
Hornbill festival of Nagaland. Such comparison would be akin to comparing heaven
and hell. I was a witness to Hornbill festival last year. The most important theme
of the festival is to showcase the rich culture and tradition of the entire tribe
of Nagas where cultural troop of each tribe perform traditional dance and dramas.
Not only so, but the individual tribe has a respective traditional homes and you
even get to taste their local delicacies served by boys and girls in total traditional
attire. Local artisans and craftsmen also display their product for selling. And
regarding the security, there were no hasssles. Infact they appear to be too cool,
well behaved and tourist friendly. The most surprising part was that CM was very
accessible and simply stole the heart of the visitors away. He was there on his own;
the visitors and the home crowd clicking photos with him without being frisked. And
to my utter surprise, he had no qualms in doing so and urged the people to spread
the news back home that Nagaland is safe. The best part was that there were no political
gimmicks as in our state. Securities were in full vigilance at all the different
venues and were eager to help. Clean toilets, ATM and wifi were assesible in the
venue. Taxis like the autos at home state didn’t hike their prices at night.
Being a local visitor from Arunachal Pradesh in the festival, I really felt proud
that a state in North East could organise such a big event where tourist from all
over India flocked without having to fear any constraints on their democratic rights.
While the locals of Nagaland earn revenue in organising such festival, our state
losses the valuable fund in organising the same by hiring unnecessary entertainers.
If the festival has to be organised at the expense of public money and where our
local have no chance to generate income, it would be better to forget about crganising
such event. Is it not comical when our politicians refuses to pay citing the dearth
of fund as an excuse. The money spent on the festival which is just similar to party
evenings could be better used in paying the salaries of those employee who have not
been receiving their pay ever since they joined the job. May I be excused if I urge
the authorities to use a little of their common sense in utilising the public fund.
Release stipend at the earliest
It is heard that almost every college under Rajiv Gandhi University have got their
stipend long before. But Don Bosco College is yet to receive the stipend. The course
is almost over and the commencement for the study leave is soon to be made. When
all other colleges have received their stipends than why Don Bosco College is left
aside? Is it a kind of partiality from the unkind side of the authorities or shall
we take it as a part of their negligence?
Therefore, it is my earnest appeal to the concern authority to look into the matter
seriously and make an assurance that DBC gets its stipend.
Dular Dujom, DBC
Settle the existing problems
I want to express my own view regarding a news item published in your esteemed daily
where it was reported that state Govt have proposed to set up six model degree colleges
and ten Polytechnics Colleges in the state.
I welcome the proposal by the State Govt to setup more Polytechnics and Degree Colleges
in our state but at the same time one has to keep in mind that some colleges in the
state are running short of lecturers. First of all, the government should settle
such huge problems so that students do not suffer.
Lastly, I want to thank State Govt for introducing PG courses in Geography and History
at JN College. I hope that in the new academic session state Govt would certainly
introduce more PG courses at the college.
Be more receptive and appreciative
If the public has not raised any doubt over the clinical knowledge of AYUSH doctors
so far, then why is this particular youth got so much grievances against us. I agree
that when it comes to allopathic medicines we might not have that in-depth knowledge
as that of our allopathic counterparts but that doesn't mean we are totally incapable
of prescribing their medicines. During our graduation years, we have been taught
pharmacology too as a part of our course and we are well aware of the antibiotic
drugs that are prescribed for common ailments rampant in our place. This I believe
should not be treated as a weakness against us rather the allopathic and the AYUSH
doctors should serve the public hand in hand and no difference should be made out
As far as prescribing allopathic medicines to the needy patients and to our kith
and kin are concerned, I definitely prescribe them AYUSH medicines except in case
of emergency conditions where it becomes mandatory to take the help of allopathic
medicines and also there is the question of availability of AYUSH medicines.
If this village youth wants us to prescribe our own medicines, he should better
appeal to the state Govt to provide adequate AYUSH medicines to the health care system
of the state instead of taking out his frustrations on us.
We don't prescribe allopathic medicines out of our interest but out of the necessity.
Each 'pathy' has got their own field of expertise which is to be respected and not
condemned or criticised. The central Govt has encouraged and is promoting the AYUSH
systems of medicine in every remote place of India as it is cost effective and to
create awareness among the mass about it's benefits.
So the question of "do we really need them?" is best answered by the Govt bodies,
we are simply the executioners. I hope the people of this state would be more receptive
and appreciative of the hard work that we AYUSH doctors put in.
Dr. Mesing Pertin,
Time to contemplate
This has a reference to the Festival of Arunachal which saw the involvement of film
The elders have set 'good' example to the society in general and the children and
young people in particular. It seems there is an acute shortage of eminent personalities
in the field of social work, sports and Arts. Or how do we explain the selection
of some Bollywood girls known for wrong reasons. At a time when our state is struggling
to get over the sexual crimes like the infamous Daporijo MMS case etc, the organisers
thought it necessary to rope in the actors who have done highly indecent movies.
It is matter of contemplation for the authorities, intellectuals and social workers.
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