February 02


News Impact


Scientific advisory committee meeting

ITANAGAR, Feb 01: The 5th Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Tirap was held at Deomali today.

Chairing the meeting, AK Dubey, DHO, Tirap appealed all the line departments for effective coordination and collaboration in programme implementation. He also requested all the field functionaries and farmers for proper implementation and monitoring of govt. schemes. He advised the farmers to go for citrus on sloppy lands with 30 – 40 % slope and banana orchard in plain land.

Detailed discussion was held on proposed OFT, FLD, training programmes and other extension activities. All the members including farmer representatives have actively participated and put forwarded valuable suggestions for inclusion in the Action Plan.

The Annual Report (April’2012 – Jan’ 2013) and proposed Action Plan (April’2013 – March’ 2014) was approved in the meeting. Discussion was also held on the district contingency plan of Tirap.


RGU foundation day

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Dr. Anwaruddin Choudhury, Deputy Commissioner, Lakhimpur district, Assam, who is also a renowned naturalist of the North-East India will deliver a lecture on the topic “Wildlife Resources of North-East India with Special Reference to Arunachal Pradesh” on the occasion of 30th Foundation Day celebration of Rajiv Gandhi University on February 4.

Dr. Choudhury is recognized as one of India’s well-known wildlife experts and conservationists. He has spent more than two and half decades for development of wildlife of North-East India. He has written books on birds of different North-Eastern States including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram. Dr. Choudhury is the author of 20 books and more than 600 articles and scientific papers.


Power crisis

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: The transmission, planning and monitoring zone of the power department has urged its subordinate authorities to undertake regular division-wise load shedding to restrict drawal of electricity from central sector. This order was issued following the short supply of electricity from central sector generating stations due to decrease in ground water level during this dry season in the north eastern region and Ranjagani hydro electric project, according to a  departmental release.

Against the demand of 70/75 MW, only 22/23 MW is being made available during off peak time (8.30 pm to 6 pm next day).

On the other hand Ranganadi power  project runs only in the peak time for 3 to 4 hours  which is not sufficient to supply the required amount  of electricity, the release said.

Meanwhile, the power allocation to heavy industries has been temporarily withdrawn on technical ground till the  power supply improves, the release said.


Two arrested

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Banderdewa Police led by OC PS K Dev arrested alleged accused in BDW PS Case No. 03/13 U/S 457/380 IPC Khoda Babu and recovered local ornaments worth Rs 70,00,000 from his possession.

Banderdewa Police swung into action after registering the case following receipt of a written complaint by one Gyammar Sakap of Banderdewa on January 30 and recovered the entire stolen articles and arrested the culprit, City SP Surender Kumer informed in a release.

Also, drugs peddler Issak Narah wanted in c/w Bdw PS c/no 43/12 u/s 21(c)/22/27 of NDPS Act has been arrested by Banderdewa Police. In this instant case, one Diganta Gogoi was already arrested and a huge quantity of ‘narcotropic’ drugs recovered on November 23, the release added.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Feb 1:  All Mengi Kabak Luba Youth Welfare Association has conducted three days mega social service from 27 to 29 January at Mengi Kabak village in Lower Subansiri district. During the mega social service, association cleared the jungle near historic stone and also performed ritual.


Bar Association seeks Govt intervention

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Additional District and Sessions Court Bomdila Bar Association (ADSCBBA) has sought intervention of the state Govt to solve the present crisis that the people of the state are facing due to non-functioning of the three fast track courts (FTC) in Pasighat, Basar and Bomdila.

Stating that the decision of the Gauhati high court deputy registrar to dispense with the services of  judges of three FTCs has brought fresh and pending cases to a standstill the ADSCBBA in a release today claimed that the HC deputy registrar took the decision ‘without prior knowledge of and consultation with the GoAP, which is the appointing authority of the three FTC judges.’ Govt should take immediate steps for early restart of these three courts in the interest of the state, it added.


Kena visits his constituency

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Deputy Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Jomde Kena has conducted extensive tour to his 28-Likabali Assembly constituency from January 27 to  29 last.

While addressing a public meeting at Ngopi village on January 27 Kena announced an amount of Rs.1 Lac to be sanctioned from his MLALAD Fund to take up drinking water supply scheme in the village.

During his visit to Bomte village on January 29  Kena  also announced Rs.5 Lacs  from his MLALAD fund for construction of Cultural Hall at Bomte village. He further assured the public to look in the development needs of the villagers and take up the  proposals at Govt level.

A good number of TMC leaders of Bomte area also joined INC  and expressed   their strong belief in the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, according to a release received here today.


Youth Convention

ITANAGAR, Feb 01: Five day inter-panchayat youth convention of All Nyapin Sangram Phassang Youth Welfare Association began at Nyapin on Thursday.

The convention with a theme to remember the pioneers of three circle including late Tadar Tang, late Gangte Takio, late Tai Nikam and many others was inaugurated by former minister Tatar Kipa.The Association also observed one minute silence in respect of the great pioneers of the district.


EAC’s death mourned

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Officers and staff of Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex, Itanagar deeply mourned the untimely and sad demise of M. R. Chakravarti, EAC, who died on 30th January at Hyderabad after brief illness. He was a very sincere and dedicated Administrative Officer of the Capital Complex, Itanagar. He is survived by wife and a son. The staff conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for the heavenly abode of departed soul.  


MLA visits Mangnam village

ITANAGAR, Feb 01: Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi visited Mangnam village in the last leg of his four days tour of his constituency today.

Taking note of the grievances of the villagers, Tashi assured the villagers that their problems would be taken up on priority basis. He requested the departmental heads to serve the citizens with sincerity and dedication.

Addressing in a series of developmental meeting at various villages during the tour, Jambey cautioned the villagers against negative influences causing hindrance to the developmental process.  

“Do not be swayed by false propaganda, apply your mind and be the decider of your own destiny,” he said to the villagers.

Describing the ill effects of alcoholism, gambling, illegal hunting, deforestation, illegal extraction of minor minerals and the need to stop forest fires, he appealed all to keep themselves away from social practices.

Expressing happiness that he was able to interact so closely with his people and know their problems at ground level, Jambey said that all of Lumla is like a big family and wished all the members of his Lumla family a prosperous, peaceful and a very happy Losar.


SDP on beauty parlour

ITANAGAR, Feb 01: A three-week-long Skill Development Programme (SDP) on beauty parlour began at National Youth Project state headquarters here today.

In all, 20 women most of whom are university and college student have enrolled their name for the course being conducted by National Youth Project and sponsored by Capacity Building Department of Khadi & Village Industries Commission under ministry of MSME, Govt of India.

Jitu Bagbi, a final year B.Com student of DNGC here, who had undergone such training in 2010, has earning handsomely from her skill and is the master trainer of the course.

Addressing the trainees, NYP-AP president HP Biswas said that the course aims at developing skill of the youths to make them employable and self dependent.

This is the 5th of 19 such training in different categories lined up for this year.


Lowang visits remote villages near Myanmar border

KHONSA, Feb 01: MLA Kamthok Lowang visited remote Nogna and Thungjang villages situated in Myanmar border accompanied by HoDs on January 29.

Speaking to the border villagers, the MLA said that the state government was truly concerned for the people living in remote border areas and that is why the Border Area Development scheme has been conceptualized. He asked the people to work hard and co-operate with the government agencies of the state government. The MLA further asked the parents to educate their children properly.

Dr. Michi Tanyang Laji, MO, Lazu who accompanied the MLA screened some of the patients and distributed medicines. He advised the villagers to maintain proper health and hygiene and take boiled water always.

It may be mentioned here that Myanmar is only a few kilometer away from those two villages. DIPRO


Dirang remembers Lt. Yeshi Choddak


DIRANG, Feb 1:  A ‘Mani Dungkhor’ or a Buddhist mini-prayer hall was consecrated here today in remembrance of late Yeshi Choddak, Deputy Superintendent of Police who gave his life at the service of late former chief minister Dorjee Khandu during the helicopter crash on 30th April, 2011.

Constructed jointly by Dirang local MLA-cum Parliamentary Secretary Science and Technology Phurpa Tsering and Dirang Block Zilla Parishad Member Dor Tsering, the ‘Mani Dungkhor’ is dedicated to Late Yeshi Choddak for making the supreme sacrifice in course of his duty.

‘The Mani is in remembrance of our beloved late friend Choddak and for grant of eternal peace to his soul and to seek his blessings for well-being of all Dirangpas’, the duo informed. Meanwhile, Phurpa also informed that another Mani was being built at Sela-Pass in remembrance of former chief minister Dorjee Khandu which would be completed by April/May this year.


GSU team meets DGP, CS

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Galo Students’ Union (GSU), while reminding the state government about the Union’s various demands in connection with Goto Yudik murder case, has demanded for handing over the Yudik murder case to SIT immediately.

A team of GSU, which met the DGP at his office at PHQ here today, claimed that the case is not yet handed over to SIT officially as told by the DGP. The DGP, however, assured the team that the investigation will be started as and when the case is handed over to them.

The team comprising executive members of the union also met the Chief Secretary at his office where it learnt from the CS that a team has been constituted to enquire into the role of the District Administration and the Local Organizing Committee of the Galo Bane Keba, the release informed.

While welcoming decision, the Union appealed to the investigating teams to unearth the real fact behind the incident and punish the wrong doers as per law.

It also appealed to each and every member of the Galo community to cooperate with the union in its effort to give justice to late Yudik as well as punish those ‘selfish’ individuals, who maligned the image of the community.


Bank staff stage dharna

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: The Joint Council of Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank, Officers and Employees Union staged a day-long dharna at APRB, Head Office, Naharlagun yesterday in protest against non-fulfillment of various demands.

The dharna called by the Regional Rural Banks National Federation, AIRRBEA to register their protest against non-fulfillment of various long-pending demands of RRBs employees by Central Government was observed by all India RRBs unions.

The demands included Pension Parity as RRBs have to follow age old Pension Rules of 1952, formation of one Apex Bank for RRBs (i.e. National Rural Bank of India), regularization /absorption of daily wage workers, recruitments of adequate manpower for financial inclusions and USB (ultra small branch catering to population of 1000 and promotions to fill the vacancies as by 6 years mass retirement is to follow, extension of benefits and allowances at par with the sponsor banks including release of computer increments and representation of officers and workmen in Board of Management of RRBs.

Later in the evening, they submitted a memorandum to the Chairman, APRB, addressed to Finance Minister P Chidambaram demanding early fulfillment of the demands.


Drive against tinted vehicles continues

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Continuing its drive against tinted films on car windows, the Capital District Administration today removed  around 1000 black/tinted films from vehicle in Capital Complex.  At the same time checking  drive against bike riders was also conducted  and an amount of Rs 36,000 was realized as penulty from the defaulters.

Meanwhile,  the capital administration has decided to  conduct drive against illegal use of red lights in vehicle soon.

The residents of capital complex are requested to abide by the guidelines issued by the Courts and State Government to avoid being penalized by the authorities.


Handicraft exhibition at Delhi

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: The first  ever craft  exhibition organized by the  department of  Textile and handicraft, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh,  was inaugurated by Balbinder Kumar, Development Commissioner (Handlooms), Ministry of Textile, Govt of  Iindia , at Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath, New Delhi today.  The Ten days Craft exhibition is being organized under aegis of Central cottage Industries Emporium.

Smt. Alka Arora M.D CCIC, Chief General Manager, P.Ete, Joint Director Textile and Handloom, M. Bagra ARC Arunachal Bhawan were present on the occasion.

The Exhibition is being organized at the initiative of Indra Mallo Jain, secretary Textile and Handicraft. The dept. is exhibiting its eco-friendly products like woolen cloth, Textiles, handcrafts, wood works , Bamboo products , Cane, Organic food like tea, honey etc.






201 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

Three-day Reh festival begins


TEZU, Feb 1: Hundreds of Mishmi people clad in their traditional costume gathered today at Telluliang Rehko ground to celebrate the three-day Reh festival.

Every year Reh is celebrated by Idu Mishmi community across the state. This year the three Mishmi tribes – Kaman, Tawra and Idu are jointly celebrating the festival at Tezu.

The purpose of this joint celebration is to kick start the process of Mishmi unification. The ‘unification’, as initially proposed by Rajesh Tacho, Minister, Urban Development is to integrate and bring the three communities closer as ‘One Mishmi’.

Supporting the endeavor to unite all Mishmis, leading political leaders from the community – Mukut Mithi, Rajya Sabha MP, Kalikho Pul, advisor to CM, Karikho Kri, parliamentary secretary, PHE and Laeta Umbrey, MLA Roing also offered their patronage to the joint celebration.

The basis for the endeavor to unite all Mishmis is to preserve the common lineage. Researched documents of British and Indian scholars including the oral narration maintains that majority of Tawra clans and some few Kaman clans trace their ancestry from Idu.

To keep the spirit of unity among all Mishmis, the festival encouraged the usage of ‘Mishmi’ as primary identity over identifying oneself as Idu, Tawra or Kaman.  

People also exchanged their traditional Kaman/Tawra and Idu coats to encourage closer integration and develop harmony.

Reh, meaning ‘to invite’ is traditionally celebrated by an individual Mishmi for well being and prosperity of their relatives. In Mishmi society, particularly in Idu community, high regards and importance is given to genealogical relations to maintain the harmony and unity within.

The Reh festival celebrated by the community is to preserve this bonding.

During the celebration, relatives contribute offerings in the form of cash or semi domesticated animals like Mithun or pig. In this year's celebration, voluntary contribution called ‘Agite’ was performed to preserve the common lineage between Tawra, Kaman and Idu.

The voluntary contribution (Agite) to the festival in the form semi domesticated animal ‘Mithun’ was made by Nakul Chai, former MLA, Lupalum Kri, Chief Engineer (PHED), Badang Tayang of Tafragam village, Sollai Tayang, DTO, Tezu and Akene Linggi from Roing.

A souvenir titled ‘Mega Reh Souvenir 2013’ was released by guest of honor Ninong Ering, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs. The souvenir features select writings of Mishmi academician, social scientists and students. It covers mythological aspects of Mishmi festivals including contemporary challenges in Mishmi society in the face of modernity and the changing social dynamics emerging out of new global trends.

Tezu, the district headquarters of Lohit district is also regarded as the cultural centre of all the Mishmis. To encourage and preserve the rich culture and traditions of Mishmis, the chief guest for the occasion Nabam Tuki, Chief Minister announced for establishment of a Mishmi Cultural Centre at Tezu.  

An idea mooted by Tezu MLA Kri, it is a concept where the centre will showcase all cultural aspects of Mishmis that will also facilitate research and act as resource centre of knowledge.

The Chief Minister awarded ‘Mashelo Zinu Award’, conferred by Mega Reh Celebration Committee, Tezu to four Mishmi achievers - Jatan Pulu, former President of Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) for structuring IMCLS, Sobeng Tayang, former Minister and MP towards contribution in the field of politics, Buddhi Linggi for art and culture, Tine Mena and Yesenso Yun, for excelling in the field of sports.  

In the cultural event, the cultural troops from Roing, Anini and Telluliang displayed traditional dances in the rhythm of Mishmi folk songs.

Popular folk songs include ‘Jomba’, based on a story of beautiful Mishmi girl who was envied by her step mother. It was followed by song on ‘Kemeha’, which is an agricultural festival to celebrate the rich harvest.

Students from Indira Gandhi Govt College, Tezu presented a popular Mishmi folk song ‘Bri-yi-mi Mirupi Ashe’, enacting the account of a beautiful unmarried Mishmi girl. The girl in the song wishes the message to be spread far and wide that she has reached the age of marriage and has learnt the skill of weaving.

In the closing cultural event, Intaya Public School children displayed a dance in the tune of a Mishmi prayer song titled ‘Hembeya’.

At Roing, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong said that comprehensive constitutional guarantee and safeguard is must for very existence and promotion of our tribes, culture and language.

Attending the 48th Central Reh Celebration here today Lowangdong said that festival is an occasion to celebrate, showcase our culture, traditions and express and share our love and affection with everyone. He appealed all to maintain the beauty and color of our festivals, which is our identity.

Informing that that many major and minor tribes in the world are in danger of vanishing from the earth and three tribes and 10 languages in India are on the verge of extinction,  he appealed every section of the society of the state to come together and raise voice for provision of Constitutional Guarantee to preserve, protect and safeguard our rich culture and traditions as our state does not have any constitutional guarantee to protect and promote the very existence of our tribes unlike some other North Eastern States.

Apart from this it is equally important to protect and promote one’s script, Lowangdong said and expressed happiness to learn that efforts are being made by the Idu Mishmi Community to preserve and promote Idu Mishmi Script at Central Institute of Languages in Mysore. He also released the Reh Souvenir on the occasion.

Adi Baane Kebang President Kangir Jamoh said that Idu Mishmi and Adi communities who share more than 600 km boundary from Singa at Upper Siang district to Lower Dibang Valley have been living together for centuries peacefully like brothers.  He appealed to the young generations to maintain the same for peaceful co-existence. He also appealed to the Idu Mishmi brethren to preserve and promote their rich handlooms and handicrafts for which they are known for ages and found place in the history as one of the most civilized tribes.

Jimmy Mena Tacho while narrating the Reh mythology said that the Reh Festival has been a source of inspiration for all the Idu Mishmis to get together in order to share joy, love and peace and an occasion to pray for peace, progress and prosperity for all mankind.

On the occasion, traditional method of grinding rice by women in olden days, indigenous games and sport, traditional fashion show, Lorry (Enjena) to cool down a crying baby and various other colourful dances were presented. Flower and photo exhibitions, handlooms & handicrafts item display and indigenous delicious cuisines were other attractions of the festival.

Anjite Menjo, ZPM cum Assistant General Secretary and Komji Linggi, General Secretary, Central Reh Celebration Committee also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, the chief guest unfurled the Reh Flag and also garlanded the statue of Late Ita Pulu, the founder of Community Reh Festival.

The celebration was joined by peoples from all walks of life. MLA and President Central Reh Committee Laeta Umbrey, ABK Secretary Todol Pertin, ADC W Tikhak, SP CK Mein, HODs, prominent public leaders and some foreign nationals.

The celebration of the festival will continue in traditional fervour and religious gaiety for the next 3 days. DIPRO



The wait for justice continues

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: 200 days have passed and culprits involved in the July 15, 2012 gun attack on associate editor of this daily Tongam Rina are still at large.  The thing that is disturbing the mind of journalist fraternity of state is constant fear that these 200 days may turn into 2000 days and still attackers may not be arrested.

As the days turn into months, the hope that attackers of Rina will be nabbed by police is distinctly looking impossible.

Ever since the incident took place, the Press fraternity of state under the banner of Arunachal Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists has been patiently cooperating with police department and state government officials. In the beginning, many organizations and politicians tried to give communal and political colour to the incident. The press bodies along with family member of Tongam Rina strongly resisted such move as by virtue of being journalist Rina is above tribe and religion.

The then SP Capital Hibu Tamang kept us promising that the case will be cracked and we believed in him. Parliamentary Secretary for home Gadam Ete on 22nd July, 2012 in a press release sought cooperation from everyone and claimed that dharnas and protests being held by various groups were hampering the investigation process. People along with Press bodies of Arunachal respected his opinion and accordingly they kept themselves away from dharnas and rallies. But what is the result? I guess, even Parliamentary Secretary for home have no answer.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on 21st July 2012 invited Press persons to his office and said that Rina is like his sister and he will ensure that justice be done to her. We trusted his words.

Governor J J Singh on 19th July 2012 met APC and APUWJ delegates and stated that all out efforts are being made to nab the culprit involved in the attack case. We had lot of faith in his words.

The state government told us that they had handed over the case to CBI and that gave us lot of hope. However, since then CBI had refused to take over the case and the case is back to capital police. Now both capital police and state government are evading Tongam shooting case. Despite numerous appeals from time to time, state government did not issue any statement to clear the confusion regarding CBI’s refusal to take over the case.

In the last six months the Press bodies did never see any sincerity from either state government or from capital police to solve the case. In fact many journalists have been told privately by police officials that powerful people are involved in Tongam shooting case and therefore it is tough to investigate.  

If the truth regarding Tongam Rina shooting case is not unearthed, the people of Arunachal will make their own conclusion and perhaps that conclusion will be regarded as truth.

The way state government and capital police are behaving at present it seems they are waiting for the day when everyone will forget Tongam Rina case. Hopefully, such days will never come as people of Arunachal can never forget this dark day (July 15, 2012) in the history of Arunachal media when one of most dynamic journalists of state Tongam Rina was attempted to murder.



35 houses gutted at Pipu in East Kameng

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: As many as 35 dwelling houses were reduced to ashes in a massive fire which broke out at about 2 pm on January 31 last, at Jote Cheda village of Pipu Circle in East Kameng district rendering about 200 people homeless.

A pall of gloom has engulfed the entire village – situated in remote corner of the state and away from immediate help and relief.

The incident occurred while the villagers were away into their fields for work. Upon hearing the news of the fire, the villagers rushed to their village only to find their houses gone and properties worth several lakhs, earned through sweat and time, were destroyed in just minutes.

According to sources, the victims, especially women have been trauma-tised lot, unable to reconcile to the loss. Till the filing of this report, the district administration was yet to provide any relief to the fire victims.

The situation has turned pathetic and worrisome for the children particularly, as families are passing their day and night in chilly winter without proper clothes and food.

“The area is far away and it will take at least a day for us to assess the situation and damage caused by the fire and also to ascertain its cause,” said one of the members of the Gyadom-Cheda Welfare Society, in Itanagar, as shocked over the incident as the victims themselves.

The Society has shot off an SOS to the Chief Minister for necessary help and compensation to the victims, while also informing that the members of the society will dash off to the incident site.

The Society demanded the government to provide immediate relief such as rice, blankets etc and shelter to the victims. It also demanded construction materials like CGI sheets for quick rehabilitation of the fire victims.



Fire mishap claims ten houses, injures one critically at Dirang


DIRANG, Feb 1: A fire mishap devoured ten houses at famed tourist attraction Sangti village burning down two houses completely and eight partially while also injuring one critically in the wee hours here yesterday. The injured has been identified as Rinchin Ere, who suffered severe spinal burnt injuries. He was rushed to neigbouring Assam for further treatment.  

‘The mishap occurred around 11 pm last night after villagers had finished their preparation of ‘khabzees’ or snacks for the upcoming Lossar festival.

Occupants of the buildings could not take out anything from their dwelling houses as they had all fallen asleep and there was also no electricity at that time’, informed Sangti Anchal Samiti Member Nima Dorjee while appealing the state Govt. and District Administration to provide necessary relief materials.

The loss including the burnt ten boulder masonry buildings, cash, local beads, motor vehicles, foodgrains and other edible materials stored for the upcoming festival is estimated to be in crores of rupees.

‘We have received a copy of report of the tragedy and the reported loss submitted by Sangti ASM and are investigating the case’, informed Dirang Police Station officer-in-charge B.C Sharma, while visiting the spot.

Meanwhile, Parliamentary Secretary Science and Technology and local legislator Phurpa Tsering handed over Rs one lakh in cash along with blankets, utensils and essential food items as interim relief material while also pledging support for incurring cost of treatment of the injured villager and rebuilding the houses.

‘The tragedy is unfortunate in this festive season’, he said.

Dirang General Administration led by Additional Deputy Commissioner D. Riba also pooled in with 10 quintals of rice as immediate relief measure and assured to provide other necessary needy relief measures.  



AAPSU holds interactive session with private banks officials

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: All Arunachal Pradesh Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has organized a special interaction programme with all the private banks of the state today aimed at making a friendly and good relationship between banks and customers as well as encouraging the bankers for effective banking which is crucial for bringing good changes in state’s economy and its people.

Representatives from all the private banks attended the meeting and highlighted their various problems and grievances, including loan recovery. They urged people to know more about the banks and various facilities being extended to the people. Many people are still not aware of many policies/schemes of banks, such as mediclaim, youths account, education loan, housing loan etc. and the AAPSU can play an important role in creating awareness among the masses, said one of the officials.

While responding to the queries of AAPSU, Tridip Talukdar, Branch Manager, ICICI has accepted some inconvenience caused to its customers. Though ICICI bank is second largest private bank in the country it could not open more branches in Arunachal Pradesh due to shortages of infrastructure and the land policies. However, it is planning to set up more branch office in the state within a year or two to extend best service to its valued customers, he said.

All the banks have assured to recruit qualified local candidates in their banks in the state in order to bring more understanding and good communication between bankers and local customers which will benefit both the banks and local people.

The Branch Manager of Axis Bank Prabahan Hazarika informed about the bank’s education loan, housing loan, industry loan etc. Meritorious students who crack recognized examinations like IIT, NIT can avail the education loan, he said adding that there are also loan opportunity for unemployed youths which can be availed through KVIC and DIC. He also informed that every bank has almost same policies under the control of Reserve Bank of India. He also informed about complicacy in availing housing loan in the state because of the state’s land policy.

Several banks official disclosed their inconvenience in issuing of bank loan as most of the beneficiaries do not repay loan on time which affects the smooth functioning of the banks.

Meanwhile, all the banks have urged the students’ community and youth to open their Bank Account under special package with zero balance. They only need to submit valid students’ I-card while applying for it, they informed.

NESO, Chief Co-ordinator, Pritam Bhai Sonam, advised all the banks to recruit experienced security personnel like ex-servicemen of arm forces. He was speaking about poor security management in the banks in the state capital which affects public relations.

AAPSU President Kamta Lapung advised all the bankers to be more honest and build good relations with the public and for that one has to be more sincere in their duty. He believed that the private banks have more energy and capacity to bring all round development in the state and society as whole. There should not be any biasness in extending profitable policies to its customers, he opined since every one has equal right to avail such loan facilities. He assured the bankers that AAPSU will extend all kind of help in making awareness about banks and their policies in future.

While briefing importance of AAPSU, he assured to make private banks more branded in the state in return to their efficient and good service to the people of the state. He further advised all the banks to play a good role for all round development of the state.

Happy Toko, Vice President (Pro) urged all the banks to provide all type of help to the student who have qualified in academic and other excellencies in their career.  He also appealed banks authorities to conduct their job interview in Itanagar for convenience of the students or applicants.

At interaction programme, many of AAPSU members shared their experiences during transaction and urged them to improve the facilities. They also informed the bankers about some defunct ATMs causing inconvenience to the customers. The AAPSU urged the banks to execute their works and policies very transparency with effective as it would be benefits for both customers and banks. When sharing public inconvenience in terms of administration and execution of different level of policies Biru Nasi, General Secretary of AAPSU has advised all the private banks to more sincere and honest to their jobs.

Earlier, main organizer of the programme Likha Takar, vice president (adm), explained the aim and objectives of the meeting.



Organic fertilizers ‘Rijum Enrich’ launched

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: With much delight and success, M/s Tarak Achak Enterprise Private Limited has launched its new organic fertilizers Rijum Enrich in presence of its Managing Director, Tarak Achak, Technical Advisor Ranbir Biswash, Former Director, Department of Agriculture A K Purkayastha and Deputy Director Horticulture Narang Tani here at press Club today.

Speaking on the occasion, Ranbir Biswas briefed on the Rijum Enrich, the three new products -- Bio-Pest, Organic manure and Vermi compost  which are fully organic and first of its kind in entire north east. Fertilizer is highly effective for improving soil quality and combination of high-grade organic manure and beneficial microorganism. Above all, there are no any side effect because of absence of the artificial chemical in it, Rijum can be useful for all type of cultivation like Tea, Paddy Vegetables and fruits, added Biswas.

While highlighting the importance of its uses, MD Tarak Achak informed that  Tarak Achak Enterprises Private Limited  is being created for employment generation. It will also help the state run Agriculture and Horticulture department as most of the departments, import fertilizer from other states.

‘The motto of the company is to find a solution for organic farming in very low charge and employment generation amongst the youth of the state,” added  Tarak.

Acknowledging, the work of concern Enterprises, A K Purkayastha  said such endeavor from local entrepreneur will boost the Agriculture and horticulture sector of the state as most of the population in the state are completely dependent on cultivation.

Deputy Director, Horticulture, Narang Tani advised the company to adopt certain farm in  and around state capital where the company can truly demonstrate its product.

Terming the Agriculture and Horticulture as future of the state, he said that state government should give importance to these departments and allocate sufficient fund for its development and expansion.



MLA inaugurates Donyi-Polo Namlo at Dasi

DAPORIJO, Feb 1: A Donyi-Polo Namlo was inaugurated by MLA Tapen Siga at remote Dasi village of Chetam circle of Upper Subansiri distict yesterday.

Addressing the gathering after the inauguration, the MLA stated that whatever religion you belong to, the ultimate purpose of every religion should be peace and prosperity for all mankind.

On worshipping of Donyi- Polo, Siga said that the Sun, the source of life on earth and energy has been practiced since time immemorial and will continue for generations to come.

ADC Gejum Ete explained the need of a place of worship in villages. He also highlighted the movement for protection and preservation of indigenous faith and culture in the state.

Ete stressed the need for developing proper road connectivity in interior areas and appealed to the elected representative to look into the matter for the welfare of the villagers.

Responding to a public memorandum, the MLA announced Rs two lakh for maintenance of the Donyi- Polo Namlo, Rs one lakh for improvement of the playground of Primary School, Dasi. He also promised to construct teachers’ quarter for the school.

PRI members, GBs of the area, public and HoDs of the district attended the function. DIPRO




Project affected people demands release of land compensation

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Lohit Valley Dam Affected Citizens’ Forum has resented the inordinate delay in payment of land compensation falling within Anjaw district acquired for the 1750 MW Demwe Lower HEP project.

“The land compensation amount to the tune of more than Rs 60 crores was disbursed to the land owners of Lohit district on June 21, 2012. Whereas five months have elapsed since section 11 of the Land Acquisition Act 1894 was awarded but the project authorities have failed to pay the land compensation amount of Rs 15 crores only against the community land falling within Anjaw district for the same project,” said the representation submitted to the Chief Minister.

“Unlike other districts where the people harbour anti-dam sentiments, we had welcomed the project with open arms in order to enrich the state’s coffer and for the sake of nation’s development. This fact has been reflected during the public hearings. We had also cooperated in each and every step of the land acquisition process without any hindrances,” the representation claimed.

“Besides, we had parted with our ancestral land for the project since 2008 when the property survey process was initiated. We had virtually lost our land 5 years back on which our ancestors were dependent for their livelihood since centuries”.

The Forum alleged that despite reciprocation, the land affected people are being discriminated and treated in step-motherly manner by the project authorities.

“We had earlier submitted two petitions urging for prompt payment of land compensation, but to no avail. Hence, we will be left with no options but to vehemently oppose the other up-coming projects of the company on Lohit River, it threatened.

The Forum urged the CM to consider its grievances and instruct the project authorities to disburse the land compensation to the hitherto deprived land owners within 15 days in the larger interest of the project considering the matter that the project is a public-private undertaking in which the state government is also a stake holder.

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Family planning & economic development

Increased access to family planning has proven to be a sound economic investment. One third of the growth of Asian economies is attributed to a demographic shift in which the number of income-generating adults became higher than those who depended on them for support. This shift, according to a report was a consequence of family planning and brought increased productivity, leading to economic development in the region.

The report finds that the costs of ignoring the right to family planning include poverty, exclusion, poor health and gender inequality. Failing to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents and young people in Malawi, for example, contributed to high rates of unintended pregnancy and HIV. In the United States, the report showed that teenage motherhood reduces a girl’s chances of obtaining a high school diploma by up to 10 per cent.

Family planning delivers immeasurable rewards to women, families, and communities around the world. By enabling individuals to choose the number and spacing of their children, family planning has allowed women, and their children, to live healthier, longer lives.

The State of World Population 2012 says that governments, civil society, health providers and communities have the responsibility to protect the right to family planning for women across the spectrum, including those who are young or unmarried.

To ensure that every person’s right to family planning is realized, the report also calls on governments and leaders to take or reinforce a rights-based approach to family planning and secure an emphasis on family planning in the global sustainable development agenda that will follow the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.


Don’t be confused

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily let us once again correct the exact pronunciation of the ‘Nyetshidow’ festival of Hrusso (Aka) tribe which is being celebrated shortly.

For all concerned we would like to make it clear that the correct spelling and pronunciation of the festival is ‘Nyetshidow’ and not other else. Some section of the society is confused on use of ‘tshi’. In this regard it is to clarify that the prefix of ‘t’ is like Tsering or tsao (eating rice) in Aka. “Sh” is pronounced like “shoes” in English, Akash, Krish, Trish etc in Hindi. Our language has lots of words with ‘sh’ like sha (Cane), Shi (Lice), Shio (warm) etc. This ‘sh’ prefixing ‘t’ and suffixing ‘i’ becomes ‘tshi’. Now prefixing ‘Nye’ it correctly spells Nyetshi (Village/Country) in Hrusso.

Therefore we should not adopt ‘Nechi’ or Nyethri spelled by non-tribal/non-Hrusso when we have clear spelling to pronounce the name of our prestigious festival.

Secondly, we would like to appeal the present Executive Body of AHSS to dissolve the present body as per Bye-Law and call for fresh general body meeting to form a strong body to preserve and promote our culture which is at the verge of extinction.


Serphow Nimasow

Pub. Secy – AHSS

T T Nimasow,

Jt. Secy., AHSS