February 05


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Feb 04: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


Over 200 avail GNRC experts’ service

PASIGHAT, Feb 04: Over 200 patients availed the opportunity of free health check up by experts from Guwahati Neurological Centre (GNRC), Assam in a medical camp organized by General Hospital, Pasighat here today.

Thorough health checkups of the patients were conducted by GNRC expert duo Dr. Prosenjit Deka, Neurologist and Dr. Bikash Rai Das, Consultant Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeon and recommendations for the required treatments and medicines were provided to them free of cost.

The camp was formally inaugurated by the Joint Director of Health Services (T&R), Pasighat Dr. Kabang Lego in presence of the visiting and host doctors. Dr. Lego praised the GNRC doctor duo for attending the medical camp to provide an opportunity to the poor people get their health checked up by them at their door steps. “Though the state government has done remarkably good in the health sector, there are still lots to be done,” he opined.

A seminar on continuing medical education (CME) was also organized on the day which was attended by the local doctors.

Addressing the doctors, the GNRC expert duo said,“Continuing medical education is not a new concept and is essential for the health practitioners to update their knowledge and skills through case discussions and interactions”. Such seminar would help the practitioners to maintain competence and they would be able to implement the new developments in their respective fields, stated the GNRC doctors in their speeches.

Meanwhile the Medical Superintendent Dr. Onik Moyong informed that there will be another CME on ophthalmology on February 16-17 next in the hospital premise.

Dr. Swapan K Samanta and Debashish Bhattacharjee President and Vice-President respectively of All India Ophthalmologic Society will take part in the CME. DIPRO.


Foundation Training Programe for officers begins

ITANAGAR, Feb 04: A month long 2nd foundation training programme for APCS (EG) officers of 2007-09 batch got underway at Administrative Training Institute Naharlagun today. Altogether 30 officers are participating in the programme.

Attending the inaugural function chief secretary H.K Paliwal, emphasized the role of state civil service officers in the state administration. He added that civil service officers are the most important functionaries of the government because of being important link between the public and higher level of administration. Commissioner Training Tape Bagra in his address dwelt on the responsibilities and role of the civil service officers.

Director ATI Pema Tshetan and Assistant Director P Tayeng also spoke on the occasion. The training would end on 1st March 2013. Meanwhile another training programme on Pension rules & retirement benefits is also got underway.


Postpone the interview: AAPUEA

ITANAGAR, Feb 04:  All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Engineers Association (AAPUEA) appealed to the state public service commission chairman to postpone the recent advertised two assistant engineer civil posts claiming that many departments are yet to send requisition letter. It also claimed that public service commission cannot conduct interview two times in a year.


Implementation of central schemes monitored

GEKU, Feb 04: J. K. Panggeng, Parliamentary Secretary, Education, along with circle level Monitoring Chairman Adong Pertin, EAC and others has monitored the on-going road construction work between Komkar and Geku village via Ligong WRC on 1st and 2nd February last. Road is being constructed under SPA fund and yet to finish for entire cutting. The team has also inspected water treatment plant implemented by the PHED under NRWDP at Komkar village and expressed satisfaction. The team also visited the take off point for the proposed new road between Geku and Mariyang via Lakru and the road between Geku and Katan under PMGSY phase- I. The Mariyang- Geku MLA has urged upon the PWD and RWD authorities to gear up for timely completion of the road projects. DIPRO


Farmers meeting at East Kameng

Seppa, Feb 04: A meeting of farmers of Seppa, East Kameng district was held on 31st January at the residence of Kame Bagang, a progressive farmer.  

While elaborating  the aims and objectives of the meeting, Kame Bagang observed that an association of farmers, East Kameng District is required to be formed for the benefit and betterment of small & marginal farmers.

Farmers should be very practical and each and every farmer should work hard for self sufficiency,  said Hari Bagang. Robo Brey and other present in the meeting also expressed their views regarding modernization of cultivation in a big way. The members present in the meeting unanimously resolved to form a farmers’ association with ‘acting portfolio’ till its final registration.’


Power & water scenario irks BJP

ITANAGAR, Feb 04: Expressing serious concern over the precarious and pathetic power and water supply situation in state capital, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh demanded white paper as well as public explanations from both the Power Minister and PHED Minister.

“The power scenario which was said to have been improved following the commissioning of NEEPCO Yazali and funding of several mega water supply projects funded years back for the state capital township does not see any changes from the UT days,” the BJP said.

The BJP wanted to know as to why the state government should remain silent spectator on these important issues concerning the people, particularly school going children and daily office goers.  


Allegation baseless, fabricated:BDO

ITANAGAR,  Feb 04: The BDO of Damin CD block has termed the allegations leveled against him as baseless, fabricated and politically motivated.  He was reacting to the news item published in this daily on 30th January under the caption "DAPF threatens stir". The DAPF had alleged that Damin BDO was involved in fund embezzlement under BADP project, MGNREGA and Hariyali scheme.

While clarifying the allegation the BDO said “since my joining as BDO in Damin CD Block of Kurung Kumey District, all the schemes are being implemented as per norm and guidelines circulated time to time from State/Central Government.” The schemes are also properly monitored by third party monitoring in every year and have no any objection. Such schemes are being implemented with proper guidance and involvement of Panchayat leaders, the  BDO further clarified.





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

Chalk-out work calendar for NE region: Tuki

GUWAHATI, Feb 04: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today reiterated his suggestion for chalking out a proper work-calendar based on the distinct climatic conditions of the North East region to plan, propose and implement infrastructural projects in the region to derive visible and fruitful results in a particular financial year.

The suggestion – a personal mantra of the Chief Minister – came up during the review meeting for Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North East (SARDP-NE) and National Highway Development Programme (NHDP) held here today by C P Joshi, Union Minister for Road, Transport & Highways at the Assam Administrative Staff College. The review meeting was attended by PWD Ministers of North East states, officials from Govt of India and State Governments and other stakeholders like the Border Road Organization (BRO) and other private and public sector executing agencies. Besides the Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh was also represented by PWD Minister Chowna Mein, Principal Secretary for PWD Yeshi Tsering and Chief Engineer (Highways) Bora Ete.

However, Arunachal Pradesh was the only state represented by the Chief Minister himself from amongst the eight North Eastern states.

“Our region has a distinct climatic pattern different from mainland India. Almost half the year is rainy season and therefore not feasible to execute works such as road projects. We get only few dry months before the financial year-end. Therefore, we should have a planned work-calendar and adhere to it for visible development in an year,” he said.

The Chief Minister suggested that initial formalities from preparation of DPRs, estimates, etc to getting approval of concerned Union Ministry, obtaining of clearances, sanctions and release of funds should be completed within the rainy months so that the actual work on the ground can be executed during the few dry months. He asserted that only then actual progress of the work can be ascertained.

Tuki also cited the delay created in finalization and sanction of projects in the offices at various levels both at the Center and the State that result in cost overruns and delay of projects. To overcome the hurdle he suggested sensitization of bureaucrats as well as technocrats at all levels and imbibing in them sincerity and work culture.

Calling attention of the Union Minister in particular and the Ministry of Road, Transport & Highways in general, Tuki informed the State Government’s decision to propose a bypass road and develop the 4-Lane highway from Chimpu to Banderdewa. He sought approval of the proposal so that the growing traffic congestion of the state capital city is eased by a fair margin.

The Chief Minister specifically urged for support to the state government’s proposal for a East-West Highway from Ruksin to Bhairabkund passing through Bhalukpong, Seijosa, Dighalmukh, Balijan, Naharlagun, Kimin, Dollungmukh, Likabali, Dipa, Nari and Ruksin providing connectivity to six districts of the state viz. West Kameng, East Kameng, Lower Subansiri, Papumpare, West Siang and East Siang. The proposal was moved way back in 1990.

“This road after covering all our foothill areas shall ultimately connect with the National Highway 52 at Ruksin. This proposal did not get any headway despite being an important project. I would earnestly request you to kindly consider this road on priority,” he said.

Tuki also called attention of the MoRTH towards the recently declared National Highway (NH-315 A) from Hukanjuri to Khonsa (35 Km) for which the State Government has already given the NoC.

“I request your kind intervention to expedite the matter and entrust the responsibility to the State PWD for execution of this project under SARDP-NE,” he appealed Joshi.

On the existing Bhalukpong-Tawang road that passes through the Sela Pass at a height of 13,700 ft the State Government has impressed upon the NHPC to construct a tunnel to reduce the distance of 287 km by around 60 km and provide a smooth ride on an all-weather road to Tawang. Tuki endorsed on national interest to consider the construction of a tunnel from Senge in West Kameng connecting Jang in Tawang.

The Chief Minister also asserted the importance of erstwhile Stillwell Road in the context of India’s Look East Policy. He said the road portion within Myanmar and beyond needs to be developed for establishing trade and commerce relation with South East Asian Countries so that the Look East Policy actually takes off in a meaningful way.

The other two road projects highlighted and sought consideration by the Chief Minister were the Passang-Nyapin road of about 25 km with two bridges and the Tawang-Lumla-Bleting-Tashigang-Guwahati road via Bhutan, passing through much lesser height than the present Tawang-Bhalukpong-Tezpur-Guwahati road.

The journey from Guwahati to Tawang will be a matter of few hours once the Bhutan government completes the 20 km stretch from Tashigang in Bhutan to Bleting in Tawang district, Tuki informed. The 48-km Bleting-Lumla has been already made motorable by BRO.

The Chief Minister requested the Union Minister to take up the matter with appropriate authority




RGU celebrates 30th Foundation Day

RONO HILLS, Feb 04: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has celebrated its 30th Foundation Day in a befitting manner at the university auditorium today. It was on this very day in Feb 4, 1984 the university foundation stone was laid by former Prime Minister of India Lt. Indira Gandhi.  

Attending the function legendry naturalist of North-East India and also the Deputy Commissioner of Lakhimpur district of Assam Dr. Anwaruddin Choudhury gave a lecture on “Wildlife Resources of North-East India with special reference to Arunachal Pradesh”.

Dr. Choudhury said that Arunachal Pradesh has the largest mammalian diversity in India with second largest birds diversity after Assam along with high reptilian variety.

While giving an exclusive power point presentation on the topic referring to the state Dr. Choudhury emphasized on few major recommendation to create more protected areas to cover as much habited as possible for long term conservation and massive conservation education and awareness drive for generating better appreciation among the local communities.

“For visible economic benefits out of conservation, regulated ecotourism should be developed in a big way and we need to protect wildlife for our own economy” he said.

Strengthening of anti-poaching measures, eviction of encroachers, control of Jhum cultivation and pollution control were few other suggestion made by him. To encourage the students of the university the chief guest suggested for conducting dedicated research on life science as the state is existed with two bio diversity hotspots.

Commemorating a painstaking journey of last 30 years since the inception of the lone university in the state, Vice Chancellor (In Charge) Prof. K C Kapoor highlighted a university profile through a power point presentation.

Recollecting the microbial beginning of the university with 3 Departments mainly Education, Pol. Science and History Prof. Kapoor informed that 18 faculties ran these departments with only 49 students. Today RGU is equipped with 18 departments, 2 institutes, 116 teachers and 1340 students, he informed.

Prof. Richob Taba, Registrar and Prof. D N Das, Dean, Life Science also spoke on the occasion. (Contributed by RGU Mass Com student Debananda Medak)



NNA seminar on women and girl child ends

ITANAGAR, Feb 04: Nyishi Nyem Acham (NNA) conducted three days Symposium cum Seminar on the "Codification of Nyishi Marriage Laws, Property Rights of Women and Girl Child" from 31st Jan to 2nd February at Nyikum Nyia Hall, Nirubjoli, amidst huge gathering.

Fifteen papers were presented in the three days Symposium cum Seminar. The papers were presented by  former Home Minister Neelam Taram, Dr Bombei Tayeng Toko, Dr Nabam Naka Hina, Dr. Pallabi Hui, Dr Hui Tagh, Dr N.T.Rikham, Dr Joram Yallam Nabam, Taw Azu, Bengia Tada, Geeda Murtem, Tame Yam Natung, Bamang Rima Lengbia, Raidhilu Chai Techi,  T.T.Tara, Rosey Taba and Rev. Halli Likha Ama. All of these highlighted the marriage system of Nyishis practised in 5 Nyishi inhabited districts. Nyishi Nyem Acham presented a paper on Identified Issues and Concern amongst Nyishi women and Girl child. The issues and concerns were polygamy, child/early marriages, absence of laws concerning property rights of women, girl child and widows and poor infrastructure in Govt. schools and non availability of teachers. The programme was inaugurated by capital MLA, Techi Kaso, who encouraged and appreciated NNA, for taking towards gender justices in the society. Tadar Yadir on the occasion, stressed on the importance of codification of customary practices as there is no written records so far and she also suggested for registration of marriage for security of women.

Padmashree Binny Yanga also spoke on the occasion and encouraged NNA for these noble steps.

Political Secretary to Chief Minister Bamang Tago, who is also a human rights activist in his valedictory speech, applauded the NNA for this noble initiative for women rights. He said that bad practices in the society should be done away through this kind of awareness program starting from the grass roots. He appreciated the perfect composition of participants of the seminar which comprised  of Academicians, Social Activists, NGOs, Women  Organization from the five district, executive members of  NES,ANSU, ANYA and most importantly PIs, GBs from all district. He appreciated Tadar Yadir, Dipti Bengia Tadar and Gumri Ringu, who have been role models and have been fighting for the cause of women since their student days.

Radhilu Chai Techi, Vice Chairperson of SCW, said that women should discourage child marriage as it indirectly encourages polygamy which is in total violation of our Fundamental Rights. She also called for initiation of strong movement in the lines of Mizoram, which has established customary Laws of Marriage.  The members present on the occasion also observed two minutes silence and prayed for heavenly abode of Late Jikom Riba, a retired IAS officer who passed away on February 1 last.



Stay united for development: Ering

PASIGHAT, Feb 04: People should stay united and extend their fullest cooperation to the Government for all round development of the state, said Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering.

Addressing the people during his recent visit to Tarak village, Ering said the villagers should be proud of their origin and develop self confidence. With self retrospection and amendment, one can march forward in the path of development, setting example for others, he said.

Replying to the memorandum submitted by the villagers, the Union Minister assured to provide Rs. 10 lakh for construction of a community hall. If required, more funds will be provided for it in days to come, he assured. He also sanctioned Rs three lakh for construction of a Gangging in the village.

MLA Alo Libang, who accompanied the Minister during his visit, said that we are living in a secular society where all believers of religions live in harmony. However, we should take pride that we are following a religion which believes in the Creator, who is the supreme. He appealed people not to mix culture with religion. He assured all cooperation for development of the area.

The Industries Minister Tapang Taloh informed the various steps taken up by state the government to develop the area. Fund for extension of road and construction of some houses has been approved by the government, he informed. The beneficiaries should relocate themselves and set up a model village. This will help check the congestion of the village, Taloh suggested. He also informed that the state government has sanctioned Rs 10 lakh for construction of the Dere. He appealed the executing agencies and contractors to complete the works in time maintaining quality works.

Participation in developmental process will make people more responsible, he said, and invited all to be a part of the development initiatives. He assured to take up the matter of teachers’ quarters with the authority concerned.

Earlier, Ering, Taloh and Libang inaugurated the Tarak village Donyi Polo Gangging.

Later, Ering witnessed the 1st Dr. Daying Ering Memorial Open Football Tournament at Kamba.

West Siang Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete, Col. GD Pandey of 6th Bihar Regiment and Ijum Karbak also attended football tournament. DIPRO



Sexual assault on minor girl alleged’

Angry mob gherao Pasighat PS


PASIGHAT, Feb 04: An angry mob, including members of women’s wing of Adi Bane Kebang (ABK), Pasighat Women’s Welfare Association and others today gheraoed Pasighat Police station in protest against alleged inaction of police in arresting the culprits involved in sexual assault of a minor school girl at Jarku (Muriline) village near here.

The women protestors alleged that police is not taking the case seriously which has caused a great deal of dissatisfaction among the mothers. Further, the police is all set to grant bail to the prime accused in the case, who was arrested in a non-bailable offense, they claimed.

According to report, a 13-year-old girl of Jarku village near Pasighat bazaar went missing from Pasighat on January 26 last. She was reportedly confined by a woman, (accused), who is also a mother of two children, in her residence for three days and inflicted sexual assault ‘forcefully’ on the girl during her confinement. The girl was later rescued from the house on January 29.  The victim’s mother lodged a complaint with Pasighat police and demanded legal action against the accused for confining and using her daughter in illegal sexual activity.

The complainant also mentioned involvement of some persons in the sexual harassment of the girl, who allegedly stayed for three nights in the house with the girl.

The protestors said that the police did not arrest the culprits involved in the incident even after it has recorded statements of the complainant and victim as well. Though the police is well aware of the incident, it is not willing to arrest the offenders, they alleged.

But, Pasighat police denied any loophole in the investigation process informing that it has registered a case under section 343 IPC (Pasighat PS case No- 830/2013) after receipt of an FIR regarding the incident and arrested the accused woman.

“We arrested the accused on charge of wrongful confinement, (bailable offense) after receipt of an FIR from the victim’s mother that her young daughter had been kept in confinement by the accused inside her residence,” IO said.

“Neither the complainant nor the victim complained of any sexual harassment during their statements,” the investigating officer added.

“However, the report of medical examination of the victim is awaited,” said the officer-in-charge of Pasighat PS Dilip Yosung.



ALSU lauds capital administration

ITANAGAR, Feb 04: The Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has patted the back of Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goel (IAS) for his efforts to bring sanctity in the state capital. In a release ALSU President Tadar Tarish  called upon every law abiding citizen of capital to come forward and extend support to DC Goel and his team who are working overtime to make capital an ideal place to live.

“He is having visions to develop capital complex. Under his control, the controversial AAPSU election was conducted peacefully in Itanagar, which Ziro District Administration could not because of law and order problem. I would call upon the citizens of the capital complex to strengthen the hands of the DC in his efforts to make the capital worth living. Such types of young officers are the need of the hour,” stated Tarish.  He further added, “ALSU will certainly support such honest officers when there is the need. However I would like to call upon the deputy commissioner to ensure the availability of the basic needs like regular electricity and water supply in every parts of capital. He also needs work towards controlling the prices of essential commodities. I appeal the deputy commissioner to ensure that at least necessary facilities are made available regularly to all citizens in all sectors of the capital complex.”

“With such honest men in chair”, ALSU appeals the state Government to let IAS officer like DC Goel to complete the tenure of Deputy Commissioner in capital complex.

“Every likeminded citizen of the state knows that political leader of Arunachal Pradesh target those officers who does not work for the interest of politicians and result comes with transfer of such sincere officer even before the completion of the tenure,” the ALSU said. The Union  calls upon the citizen of capital complex especially the young generation Arunachalee to support such type of honest officer and he should be allowed to complete his term in office without any disturbance. We also request Chief Secretary of our state to bring more IAS officers like DC Sanjay Goel for the greater interest of the state as a whole,” stated ALSU.



Tai Tagak new state BJP president

ITANAGAR, Feb 04: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Rajnath Singh has appointed Tai Tagak as the new State BJP president for Arunachal Pradesh for the term 2013- 2015 with immediate effect.

Prior to this assignment, Tagak held the posts of state BJP General Secretary, Party Spokesman, State Returning Officer (SRO) of the party organizational elections 2006. He was instrumental in forcing the state government for bringing laws for recognition and official status for the leaders of Opposition in the state Assembly, moved Office of Profit matters which happened for the first time in the history of State Politics.  It may be mentioned here that prior to his joining in politics, Tagak was a renowned social worker and cultural activist associated with various welfare and national service organizations. He also represented the state at various forums at national and international from time to time.

Tagak joined BJP as a primary member during the term 1997-2000 and subsequently became active member since 2003-06.

Tagak contested in the state Vidhan Sabha elections 2004 from 19-Nyapin (ST) Assembly Constituency on BJP ticket and lost to the then Congress Candidate Tatar Kipa.



Rksm School Celebrates Annual Day

KHONSA, Feb 04: The famous Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Girls’ School (RKSM) here celebrated its annual day on February one with various programmes.

Addressing the students on the occasion as the chief guest Yumsen Matey, Parliamentary Secretary, DoTCL and SWWCD said that even a villager could be educated in his own field but to be literate truly was different. He asked the students to be well-equipped to face the harsh realities of life by taking maximum benefit out of the facilities being provided by the school adding that education was essential even if one wanted to join politics.

Matey described the RKSMS as a temple of learning wherein the students learn not only academic courses but also other co-curricular activities which would prove beneficial for them in future. He asked the parents and the public leaders to support the school authorities in whatever ways they could and appreciated the Matajis and the teachers for their dedicated services. He sanctioned funds for a Science laboratory.

Tirap Deputy Commissioner Dr Sachin Shinde, who was also present on the occasion asked the students to set goal and dream big. He said that there is no substitute for hard work and narrated about his experience in boarding school. He appreciated the teachers and staff for shaping the career of the students properly. He sanctioned Rs 90,000 for purchasing furniture.

Earlier, the Secretary Mataji while giving the annual reports highlighted the achievements of the school in various fields. She also threw light on some of the pressing problems of the school and appealed to the government agencies and public to extend their co-operation to the school management.

The students presented attractive cultural programmes which enthralled the huge gathering.

Earlier, Matey and Shinde distributed prizes to the winners of different events. DIPRO



AAPSU to fight for NERIST, RGU’s causes

ITANAGAR, Feb 04: Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) led by its president Kamta Lapung today met Students Union of Nerist (SUN) and campus authority and discussed various problems, particularly land encroachment and security management of the institute.

On being informed by the SUN general secretary that 240 hectares (approx) of land of the institute campus has been allegedly encroached by the outsiders creating major problem in the development of institution, AAPSU president Kamta Lapung assured to extend all kind of help in resolving the problems and disturbances of NERIST.

Describing land encroachment as one of major problems in development activities in the state, the president said that AAPSU will never tolerate any such activities which pose threat and hindrance to development of institute of higher education like NERIST, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) and National Institute of Technology (NIT).

AAPSU appealed District Administration to extend fullest support to carry out eviction drive around NERIST campus. He said that the date and time for a joint inspection by AAPSU, SUN and district administration of the encroached land will be disclosed soon.

SUN has criticized the illegal occupants for entering into the institute campus thus disturbing its academic atmosphere. SUN urged all to refrain from politicizing the issue.

Director of the NERIST appealed all the people across the state particularly AAPSU to protect NERIST which is an identity of Arunachal and NE region as a whole.

“It is an institution where we do expect to produce quality human resources for better changes,” the director said. He also informed the visiting AAPSU about irregular power supply which has disturbed the smooth functioning and academic process in the campus. He thanked AAPSU for coming to the institute to take stock of various problems at the ground.

Later, the AAPSU team attended 30th Foundation Day of RGU where they interacted with officials of RGU. The team met VC incharge and Registrar RGU. During their short interaction, the authority of RGU disclosed several grievances to AAPSU team such as acute crisis of drinking water, shortage of vehicles (Bus) and approach roads within the campus for effective administration.

Meanwhile, the VC incharge informed about the University’s initiative to get maximum reservation for admission of ST student of Arunachal Pradesh in RGU.

AAPSU urged State Government to look into the various problems of RGU and solve them immediately for the betterment of the students.



CM calls for development friendly atmosphere

YUPIA, Feb 04: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has called for creating a development friendly atmosphere in order to complete all developmental activities within stipulated time.

Addressing a huge gathering of HoDs, public leaders, GBs and general public in development meeting at Ramghat under Tarasso circle, Tuki urged them to extend cooperation to the various executing agencies, instead of creating hurdles, for successful completion/implementation of all developmental projects in time.

Speaking on the Govt ambitious policy to encourage the farmers of the state, he informed that his Govt is ensuring to provide farm mechanization tools and implements on subsidy basis to the farmers through Chief Minister Agricultural Policy so that they can use modern technology in farming activity. This policy would immensely benefit the farmers, he said, and suggested them to take full advantage of the policy.

Acknowledging that poor road connectivity and marketing facility remained a stumbling block in the development of agri-horti sectors, Tuki assured for development of inter village road connectivity. Tuki said his Govt is proposing a highway project to connect all remote foothill areas of all the districts in the state. Expressing concern over ever growing unemployment problem, Tuki exhorted the educated unemployed youths to come forward and take the benefits of Govt.’s ambitious skill developments programme to develop their skills so that they can engage themselves in any skill based job in Govt, private or any public sector undertakings.

The chief minister announced Rs.1crore for construction of Community Hall and Rs. 2 crore for construction of inter village road connectivity.

Parliamentary Secretary Nabam Rebia, who accompanied the Chief Minister, among others, said that although Tarasso is considered as one of the granaries of Papum Pare district the farmers here can not market their produce properly but due to poor road condition and lack of marketing facilities.

ADC Tarin Dakpe, Congress Youth Leader Nyamar Kabak, officers, public leaders, GBs and general public attended the meeting. DIPRO



Capacity building prog for development functionaries

ITANAGAR, Feb 04: The 6 days training programme for building capacity of development functionaries on sustainable livelihood approaches in NER (Arunachal Pradesh)  concluded at College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat on February two sponsored by the National Institute of Rural Development, North Eastern Regional Centre, Guwahati.

The training aimed at developing capability of Extension workers of the region and emphasis was given on agriculture, horticulture and allied disciplines to make it as an option for livelihood.

Addressing the valedictory function, Dr AK Pandey, Dean, College of Horticulture & Forestry, CAU Pasighat spoke in details on livelihood options and opportunities in rural India particularly North East Region. He also explained how the agriculture and horticulture sectors can provide sustainable livelihood to the farmers in the region by increasing the productivity as well as the quality of the various crops.

In his welcome address to the trainee participants, Course Coordinator Dr. Bhanu Prakash Mishra gave highlights of the six days training programme.

Resource persons from NIRD-NERC Guwahati, CHF Pasighat covered various topics on the theme. A special lecture was also delivered by Prof. Dipankar Pal, Director, NERIST.

Altogether 30 participants attended the training programme from various institutes such as GTC Pasighat, VTI, Pasighat, ATMA office Pasighat, DHO office Pasighat and Project Fellows and FCLA’s from CHF, Pasighat.



Capacity building programme on disaster management

ITANAGAR, Feb 04: The two days Capacity training programme on disaster  management was organized by the  department of disaster management, Namsai at  Community  Hall Mahadevpur, Lekang circle on January 30 -31. The programme was attended by GBs, PRIs and public leaders, NCC, Scouts & Guides, students, Govt staff and general public.

Addressing on the programme  SDDMO Namsai, Emily Tingkhatra stressed the role of every individual at the time of adversity and told that since the area is flood prone and everyone should be always  on their toes to respond in event  of any disaster. She also told about  Four R’S - Readiness, Response, Reaction and Recovery to deal with any disaster.

Addressring the programme the EAC Mahadevpur stressed the  co-ordination of various departments in dealing with any eventuality. The medical officer Lod Tayeng, gave his ideas on Basic First Aids. He substantiated his ideas and points with Power point Presentations.

Another resource person AE, PHED spoke about cleanliness and safe drinking water. He added that disasters cannot be totally prevented but its effects can be minimized to a certain extent.

The firefighters gave a demonstration on a simple life saving equipment with easily available materials. They also told causes of common fire accidents and ways to prevent them.

The scouts and Guides also exhibited their skill and performed mock drill on how to save people’s life and property at the time of disaster.

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LOSAR festival

Tashi Wangmu

BomdiLa, Feb 04:  ‘Lo-sar’, meaning ‘New year’ is the most important festival of Monpas.  It generally falls in between the second week of February to first week of March. It is marked with lots of gaiety and festivity, which lasts the greater part of the first lunar month.

Preparation for this festival starts from the middle part of the 12th lunar month. It basically consists of managing sufficient meat, butter, cheese, flour, edible oil, chhang, fruits, sweets etc. Sufficient firewood’s are also collected well in advance to be used during the festival to encounter the extreme cold winter. New and colourful clothes are bought to be worn during the festival. A whole day is spent on making a special kind of cake of fried loaves called ‘Bongbu  nelap’ and  ‘khab-zsey’ of various shape, size, designs  and colour.

On the twenty ninth day of twelfth lunar month, dwelling houses and its surroundings are thoroughly swept, white washed, painted and roof of the houses are replaced with new planks. The curtains of door and windows are replaced with new ones to have a new and fresh look in the New Year. Keeping aside a little bit of refuse to be disposed of in the evening; the rest is disposed of in the daytime. A special gruel called ‘Guthug’  (twenty ninth day gruel) is prepared for dinner. Different substances like peppercorn (yier), a pinch of salt, a chilly, a piece of coal. A small quantity of cotton, a piece of cheese, a dab of butter etc. each are placed inside small dumplings. These dumplings are added to the gruel. Each member of the family is given one such dumpling when the gruel is served. Each of these substances has their own interpretation, though not to be taken seriously as it is sort of making fun of each other in the family in the eve of pre-Losar.  For example, the one who gets the dumpling containing chilly is said to be short tempered and quarrelsome, cotton indicates soft and kind hearted and one who gets salt is said to be lazy.

From the last bowl of the gruel, every member contributes a little quantity of gruel, which is collected in a container. When all the members have finished eating, an effigy of malignant spirit is made with dough. Each member of the family is given a small piece of dough which is pressed inside the palm of the right hand and then is rubbed all over the body as a gesture to remove all kinds of sickness, obstacles and misfortunes. The effigy of the evil spirit along with the gruel collected in a container and the refuse gathered in the day, the dough with the impression of the palm, a piece of rag etc, are then thrown onto a cross-roads, or a tri-junction path, which according to the popular belief, is frequented by harmful spirit. A little firework is also done there. This symbolizes casting away of evils of the previous year and ushering in a new year full of happiness and prosperity.

On the thirtieth day of the twelfth lunar month, decoration of house is done. Coloured - paper and flowers are hung from the ceiling; walls are adorned with drawings in flour or lime, depicting auspicious signs. Drawing of the sun and the moon, it is believed , will gather good fortune and knowledge while drawings of swastikas will keep away ghost and  other evils spirits and bring prosperity.

Biscuits loaves, fresh and dry fruits, liquors, tea-bricks, sweets, chhemar, dadhar etc., are arranged finely on tables in the chapel, kitchen as well as in other rooms. These all form a good and auspicious omen (Ten-drel) for the year just beginning.

Early morning of the first day of Losar, one or two members of the family first go to draw first, fresh and pure water of the new year to be received at the first crow of the cocks in the early morning from the water point like stream or water tap.  Water points are thoroughly decorated. Incense and chhang are offered at the source or near the tap; a scarf (khada) is tied around the water point or tap; prayers are recited and greet each other for the New Year among the people coming for drawing the water. The Water so drawn on that early morning is believed to be specially purifying and sanctifying as it has been cleansed by the starlight of the night before. So there is a competition to draw first, the first water of the New Year. For this competition, people in the best of their attire assemble at the water point from the mid-night itself. Then donning themselves with their best dress and jewellery, all the family members go to the family chapel with the first water so fetched, where they lit lamps, offer water in seven bowls in front of the idol of Lord Buddha and other Gods and Goddesses and recite prayers for a prosperous and natural calamity – free year. The housewife or any lady of the house then serves hot chhang, porridge, khab-zsey, sweet rice, tea etc. The first day of the Losar is dedicated to the Lamas (Gurus), Second day to the kings or elder and parents and third day is dedicated to the peasants or masses. On the first day, people do not go to other’s houses. People belonging to the same family spend rest of the day enjoying drinks, good and delicious foods and playing games. Many people living in Tawang Township, however, go to the Tawang monastery to offer Khadas, incense, butter lamps and money etc. Many go with gifts to have first audience and blessings of the year of the Abbot.

From the second day onwards, people visit each other’s houses greeting each other a happy new year (Losar Tashi delek). Guests are entertained with unusually sumptuous meals. Between the meals, the elders amuse themselves with games of dice, Mahjong etc., and kids play various traditional games like- thipi, blai, mlathan and other games. Youngsters organize archery competition. Prayer flags are raised both vertically and horizontally on the third day. While raising flags, a ritual of appeasement is offered in honour of their deities and local protector deity. Holding flour in their right hands and shouting ‘Lha so lo, kiki so so lha  gyal lo’ ( May the God be victorious) they throw the flour towards the sky. Community drinks of various age groups and song and dance competition are conducted among the youngsters. Yak and Ache- Lhamo dances are performed in villages during the Losar festival. These dances are organized and sponsored by the people in group-wise of different age group. The contributions or donations collected during the performances are utilized for constructions of Manis, Chhorten, repairing and maintenance of bridges, roads etc.

Losar ends with positive note to see again next year with as healthy as the tiger, as fatty as the pig, as strong and stable like rocks, longevity of life like river, luck and fortune flourish like wild fire, name and fame shines as the sun and moon.

Sex determination and its impact in society

The foremost reason for gender-based sex selection that leads to female foeticide in Delhi remains an entrenched belief that sons continue the family name.

This is a finding of a household survey on sex determination undertaken by the Delhi-based Centre for Social Research (CSR) recently. CSR undertook the survey as part of its campaign against female foeticide. According to the survey, the fear and burden of dowry, parting with a share in property and maintaining female chastity were also cited as significant reasons for a male child preference by the Delhi households covered by the survey.

The social audit has further revealed that community members in Delhi’s posh localities believed that sex selection is practiced by economically backward strata of the society. According to these Delhi residents, the ‘educated class’ does not subscribe to the ideology of preference of the male child. Yet, the survey points out that there were a large number of selective abortions of the female feotus in these very areas.

The audit revealed that respondents were also not aware of the laws governing pre-conception and pre-natal diagnostic techniques or the PCPNDT Act, nor of its implementation.

Despite sex-selective abortions being illegal in India, the practice ceases to stop due to various social and cultural reasons.

Serious consequences of this practice have led to increased sexual violence against women, endangering their social and economic independence and increased cases of child abuse and incest.

According to the recent UNICEF report, there is a dramatic decline in the sex-ratio ironically in the richest states of India with the country having lost over one crore girls since 2007. One stark and obvious result of female foeticide is the low proportion of women in some of North India’s states. Fewer numbers of women are available for marriages, particularly in the north-Indian state of Haryana, where over 4,50,000 girls have been trafficked from Jharkhand for marriage CSR cites from a UNFPA report brought out in 2007.


Forestry Students being deprived

Dear Editor,

Through your esteem daily, I would like to bring to notice of the authorities concerned about the plight of the Forestry graduates of Arunachal Pradesh. I am a Forestry post graduate from NERIST. Though I have somehow managed to make it through a job in Forest dept., I, on behalf of all the Forestry graduates, would like to put forward the common frustration and problems faced by all of us.

Being a Forestry student, I had expected at least some kind of preference in jobs of Forest Dept. for us, if not a full reservation. But later I realized that my four years of specialization in Forest related topics have nothing to do when it comes to getting job in Forest Dept. Whether it is for Range Forest Officer (RFO) or Assistant Conservator of Forest; we have to compete with all the candidates from any science background, both technical and non-technical. However, candidates from few departments like Botany, Zoology and Veterinary also do deserve to be absorbed in Forest Dept. owing to the fact that their specialization is also related to the workings of the department. I wonder, will candidates from engineering and other background have a better understanding about forest than us? And the irony is that, candidates who belong from other backgrounds usually quit the job once they make it through another job from their parent background, leaving the job of Forest Dept. vacant once again to be advertised a few years later. The point is that candidates from other background really don’t see these jobs as their career, but just a part time job till they make it to their own parent department. Do you really believe engineers to continue as RFO for a life time?? They will quit the job as soon as they clear the jobs of JEs and AEs. Just a simple example is RFOs from Agriculture stream have already quit the job after they cleared recently concluded Agriculture Development Officer Exam.

I am not against any individual from different background, but why the forestry and related candidates be made an escape goat, that too for non-serious candidates? We are serious and deserving candidates for jobs in Forest department as we are least expected to quit and join any other jobs in future, and being specialized in Forest related issues, have better understanding of Forest than any other candidates. If engineering job is reserved for Engineers, ADO for agriculture students, medical jobs to Doctors, then why not forest jobs for Forestry students? Isn't it funny how they can compete for our jobs but we can’t do the same when it comes to their departments?? Government can’t provide jobs to the already existing unemployed forestry graduates, but instead, opening up new forestry colleges in the state. Now someone might ask “if you are a deserving candidate, then why don’t you clear the exam?” The answer is that we are competing with all the science students that too with their respective subjects. Make forestry or forest related subjects a compulsory subject for all in Forest Dept.’s job’s exam and you will see the magic.

And if it’s only Forestry candidates in these jobs, even training period could be reduced to a maximum of 6 months or so, as in training centre too we are thought nothing but the same forestry subjects once again. It surely will reduce government’s expenditure and time that is spent on training new recruits. I don’t know about the future, but keeping the present situation of Forestry graduates of our state in mind, I feel a great sense of duty to discourage young students to take up Forestry as your subject for higher studies.

Everything said and done, I know that I am wasting time in requesting for a change. But still, my last request to the authorities is that either

• Have (at least some) reservation for forestry students in Forest Dept.,

• Or make Forestry (and or related subjects) a compulsory for all in recruitment exams of Forest Dept.

• Or simply Ban Forestry Degree.


Tai Dora

BSB colony