February 28


News Impact

SBI donates ambulance to RKM

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: The State Bank of India under its Community Service Banking Programme donated an ambulance (Tata Sumo) to Ramakrishna Mission, Aalo in a simple function  in the SBI Regional Business office premises here,  today afternoon.

Debu Maharaj of Rama Krishna Mission, Itanagar, on behalf of Ramkrishna Mission Aalo, received the key of the vehicle from Rajnish Kumar, Chief General Manager (CGM), SBI, North East Circle, Guwahati.

Before handing over the key, CGM Kumar said that the ambulance has been donated under its Community Banking Service programme for providing better mobile medical facilities to poor and needy people of Aalo and remote villages of the district at free of cost. Informing about SBI’s community service, Kumar said that similar type of vehicle was also donated by SBI two days ago in Silchar, Assam. He said that SBI has already donated fans, water purifiers etc. to many schools and taken up aforestation activities like tree plantation in the premises of various educational institutions in the region.

Expressing gratitude to the SBI and CGM in particular for donating the ambulance, Debu Maharaj said that the vehicle will be of great help to us in providing better health care services to poor and downtrodden.

The function was also attended by Ashutosh Guha, Regional Managar, SBI Regional Business office, Itanagar and other staff of the bank.



Bob Marley Festival- a tribute to the legend

Itanagar, Feb 27: “Revolutionary artist” and “Rasta Prophet” are just a few names that people all over the world would recognize Bob Marley with. Marley is regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the world and has the great ability to inspire people in every race and culture. His songs are great way to inspire people to come together.  Generations of Arunachalee youngsters too have grown up listening to the music of reggae legend.

As a tribute to legendary revolutionary and to celebrate his birthday on 2nd March 2013 with the theme “music for peace and brotherhood”, a music festival is being organized. Festival will feature some good musician of the state and paving opportunity for the talent. A day long celebration will feature musical personalities and their performances from neighboring state. Besides, on the sideline painting, calligraphy, face paint and etc are the few activities we would like to introduce. Through this festival, a strong message of peace and brotherhood will spread across the state and among the people attending festival from different races and community.

 Nesta Robert "Bob" Marley, (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. He was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the ska, rock steady and reggae bands The Wailers (1963-1974) and Bob Marley & The Wailers (1974–1981). Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited with helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience.

Marley's music was heavily influenced by the social issues of his homeland, and he is considered to have given voice to the specific political and cultural nexus of Jamaica. His best-known hits include "I Shot the Sheriff", "No Woman, No Cry", "Could You Be Loved", "Stir It Up", "Get Up Stand Up", "Jamming", "Redemption Song", "One Love" and, "Three Little Birds", as well as the posthumous releases "Buffalo Soldier" and "Iron Lion Zion". The compilation album Legend (1984), released three years after his death, is reggae's best-selling album, going ten times Platinum which is also known as one Diamond in the U.S., and selling 25 million copies worldwide.

Bob Marley Festival is initiative of Phoenix Rising, an event management group based in Itanagar headed by Bobby Hano a diehard fan of Bob Marley. Event is supported by The Arunachal Times newspaper and Eclectic Vibes as Media Partner and Eclipse as Associate Partner.  

A documentary film on Ziro Festival of Music held last year will also be screened during the festival. Festival ground will have food court, tarot card reader, photo display of renowned photographers of the state such as Arif Siddique, Jummar Basar, Dewan Gamlin, Luvjoy Choker and etc. This is one festival you cannot afford to miss. On 2nd March all the road of capital will lead to Dree ground where festival will be held.



Amendment on AFSPA only after reviewing ground realities: Govt

New Delhi, Feb 27: The government on Wednesday said any decision on amending the Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act will be taken only after taking into consideration the ground reality where it is in force and no time frame can be given on the issue of changing the controversial legislation.

Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran said the issue of repealing/amending AFSPA has been under consideration of the government and Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee and the Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) have also made certain recommendations on the subject.

"Now the Group of Ministers has to take a final decision on the ARC recommendation. On direction of the GoM, comments of the state governments concerned on the ARC recommendation have been called for.

"On such security-related issued, all factors, including the ground reality are taken into consideration before taking a decision and hence no time limit can be specified," Ramachandran told Rajya Sabha.

Several groups and political parties in Jammu and Kashmir and north eastern region have been demanding either repeal or amendment to AFSPA which has been in force in some of the disturbed regions in the country. PTI


Parliament panel against consideration of mercy pleas in rape cases

New Delhi, Feb 27: Against the backdrop of December 16 Delhi gang-rape, a Parliamentary panel has recommended that mercy petitions should generally not be considered in cases of rape and murder and reasons for any grant of pardon should be made public.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home, while suggesting changes to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012, felt that discretionary power to grant clemency should be used judiciously, particularly in cases when the courts at the higher levels have upheld death sentence.

Though the issue of clemency was not part of its mandate, the panel made suggestions after some members raised the matter, sources said.

The committee, in its report adopted yesterday, felt that application for clemency should generally not be considered in rape and murder cases. The committee also felt that mercy petitions should be disposed of expeditiously.

Under the Constitution, the President's clemency powers can only be exercised under the advice of the government.

Article 72 gives power to the President to grant pardons, and to suspend, remit or commute sentences in certain cases.

"The President shall have the power to grant pardons, reprieves, respites or remissions of punishment or to suspend, remit or commute the sentence of any person convicted of any offence," the Article says.

The recommendation assumes significance as it comes against the backdrop of demands for death penalty for the rapists of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi on December 16, last year. The girl, a paramedical student, was raped and brutally assaulted by six persons in a moving bus, because of which she died 16 days later.

The committee also wanted that the reasons for granting clemency should also be made public as in the case of awarding death sentence by courts which is open for public scrutiny. PTI



Mobile medical camp held

KHONSA, Feb 27: A mobile medical camp was held at Pansumthong village, about 12 Km from here under the aegis of Tirap District Heath Society today.

The camp was conducted by Dr. Nong Borang, DRCHO and his team.

The Nutrition Day was also observed in the village in which about 80 villagers both young and old enthusiastically participated. Dr Borang gave a PowerPoint presentation on health scenario of the state and the district.

The team of doctors screened a number of patients and distributed medicines free of cost. Children were immunized and pregnant and lactating mothers checked and given medicines.

Dr Borang advised the villagers to maintain proper health and hygiene and always take boiled water.

The villagers expressed their happiness and urged Dr Borang to conduct more such camps in future also.

It may be mentioned that the village has no health centre. The patients have to be taken either to Borduria or Khonsa. DIPRO



Bomdila celebrates Nyokum Yullo

BOMDILA, Feb 27: Bomdila having the distinction of celebrating Nyokum for the last two decades or so celebrated Nyokum the day before on a much larger scale with traditional fervor and gaiety at Kameng club, here.

Speaking on the occasion as the Chief Guest, MLA cum Chairman APEDA Kumsi Sidisow impressed on the need to harness the youth energy and channelize it in the right direction. The youths with their vision, strength and sincerity can pave the way for the betterment of the society. But all along the youths need to stick to their roots and work tirelessly for the upkeepment of the rich culture and traditions that we have inherited from our ancestors, he said. It will be for us to carry forward the rich and unique legacy, he added.

Impressed by the scenic beauty of Papu valley in East Kameng during his whirlwind attendance and appearances in various pre-Nyokum celebrations in the district, MLA Kumsi exuded the hope that the Tourism industry will go a long way in changing the face of the state.

The chief Patron of the celebration MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary for HPD RT Khunjuju enthusiastically attended the daylong programme and proved to be the guiding factor of the celebration.

Rikam Pada, Buya, traditional dances some with a touch of modernity, community feast etc were some of the highlights of the daylong celebration.

In the morning, Chairman Celebration Committee Bimal Welly hoisted the Nyokum flag and delivered the welcome address.

Secretary R Tabam, DTO dwelt on the mythology of Nyokum. DIPRO

Attending the Nyokum celebrations at Seppa as chief guest, Arunachal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena greeted the people and wished for prosperity and happiness in everyone’s life. He underlined the significance of celebrating festivals like, Nyokum Yullo, through which amity and brotherhood among the people of different tribes cutting across caste, creed and colour prevails in strengthening social fabric. He also praised the people for maintaining peace and harmony.


CE visits PHED Mega project


RUKSIN, Feb 27:The Chief Engineer of Public Health Engineering and Water Supply Department (PHED), Eastern Zone Lupalum Kri today visited Drinking Water Mega project at Ledum in East Siang district and took stock of its progress.

The much hyped projects worth Rs 17 crore was started in 2007 and its scheduled time of completion was April, 2011. The project came to halt after completion of 90 percent works.

Later, an additional fund amounting to Rs 2.80 crore under Special Plan Allocation (SPA) was released for resumption of the remaining works.

The drinking water project is covering 30 villages under Bilat, Ruksin and Sille-Oyan circles under Ruksin sub-division.

The CE accompanied by superintending engineer Sentum Yomcha and Executive engineer of Pasighat PHED divisional Oyuk Padung also visited different sites under the mega project. Assuring early supply of GI pipes required for distribution of drinking water in the covered villages, the CE instructed department engineers to complete the remaining works of the project within the month of April-May of current year. He also assured to imitate early repairing of DI water pipelines breached by RWD at Bilat portion.

Lupalum, who earlier served as as SE of the department at Miao division in Changlang district promoted to CE of PHED during January this year.



Refresher training for in-service teacher

ROING, Feb 27: Five days block level refresher training for in-service teacher of Roing-Meka under SSA, District Mission block began at Anchal Samiti Hall here today.

Attending the inaugural programme, Roing ADC W Tikhak exhorted the teachers to update on the latest methods of teaching to impart quality education to the student. Saying that teachers are the nation builders, he urged them to live upto society’s expectation by discharging their noble duty with utmost sincerity and dedication. He suggested them to take full benefit of the training.

DIET Roing Principal M Koyu, in his key note address advised the teachers to try to understand the psychology of the student as well as their emotion, mental and physical development for imparting quality education.

He said that attending the refresher course is a must in order to update their knowledge since learning is a continuous process. He asked them to apply in the classroom whatever they have learnt from the training to make this training meaningful.

T Tatak, DDSE cum DPO and Abu Saring, DAEO also spoke on the occasion exhorting the teachers to be attentive and to take full advantage of the training programme.

Siky Mikhu, co-ordinator, Pedagogy, J S Mehra, B N Tiwari and B N Battacharjee, Lecturers DIET and A Prasad, Headmaster, Govt Middle School are the resource persons of the training. DIPRO



LS Youth Cong leaders  organise  awareness meet on fire safety


DAPORIJO, Feb 27: Members of Lok Sabha Youth Congress, Western Parliement visited Sigin colony and organized a fire safety awareness programme.

While expressing grief and sorrow over death of a mother and her two children in the recent fire accident in the Colony, Loksabha Youth Congress, Western Parliament, President Dikto Yekar said that frequent fire incident in Daporijo has become a cause of grave concern not only for the common people but also the state government.

Though many precious lives have lost in fire accidents in Daporijo in the last recent, no one is coming out to investigate the real cause of such fire, he said. He advised the youths to be vigilant on the matter as the rumor of hands of anti-social people behind such fire incident can not be ruled out.

He urged people to be extra cautious while handling fire, fire place, LPG, lighting candle etc and organize fire safety awareness programme in their own by not only depending much on the government authority. He also urged them to follow the traditional fire prevention rules.

They also distributed rice to affected family of the fire mishap in Sigin colony.

Cherum Chera Welfare Society also donated blanket and mosquito nets to all the fire victims and promised to contribute any kind of service for the welfare of the society when needed.



DLMC meeting on CSS, SPA, NLCPR held

LONGDING, Feb 27: The District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) of Longding district was held at Longding yesterday. The progress of various schemes under SPA, NLCPR, DoTCL, ACA, PM’s Package and other Centrally Sponsored Schemes pertaining to Longding District was reviewed in the meeting.

The Chairman of the DLMC briefed about the importance of DLMC meeting. He urged the executing departments to avoid duplicity while taking up new schemes and also maintain quality of the works. He told the Executing department to bring supporting photographs of all the ongoing schemes in the next DLMC meeting to make it more meaningful and transparent. He urged the Administrative Officers to monitor all the projects in their respective jurisdiction and submit the report.

The work departments were asked to hand over the schemes to the user agency as and when the work got completed so that the objective of the project was achieved.

Earlier, DPO cum Member Secretary DLMC, Longding  Okep Tayeng, informed that the government has made it mandatory to conduct the meeting quarterly. He also informed the house that in order to streamline the Monitoring process, government has notified Circle Level Monitoring Committee, Sub Divisional Monitoring Committee and District Level Monitoring Committee. He urged the Executing Departments to show their work through power point in the future meetings.

All Administrative Officers, ZPMs, EE PWD (Longding/ Kanubari, EE WD/WRD/Power/PHED) and DPO i/c Longding attended the meeting. DIPRO



Workshop on NMMI

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: A two days workshop on “National Mission on Micro Irrigation (NMMI)”   began at a city based hotel here today. The workshop is jointly organised by the Department of Horticulture, GoAP and National Committee on Plasticulture Application in Horticulture (NCPAH). Addressing the participants, Egam Basar, Assistant Director of Horticulture (R&D) informed that the objectives of the workshop is  to create awareness on the importance of Micro-irrigation in the pace of ever increasing scarcity of water and judicious utilization of water to enhance the crop productivity in the state. Another objective of the workshop is to hold intense discussion on the existing lacunas in the “Guidelines” of the NMMI so that more realistic guidelines could be suggested for hilly state like Arunachal Pradesh, he added.

Jombo Ratan, Director of Horticulture exhorted the participants to take full advantage of the workshop and also requested the NCPAH representatives to impress upon the Govt. of India so that the  guidelines are modified to suit implementation in Arunachal Pradesh.

While giving power point presentation, Naresh Modi, Senior Project Officer of NCPAH highlighted various provisions under NMMI and exhorted the farmers to avail the schemes. He also said that although there may be bottlenecks in implementation of NMMI in Arunachal Pradesh due to land locked and poor economic conditions of the farmers, the flagship programme of GoI is well thought of programme to increase the yield of crops grown by the farmers through proper scientific system of irrigation. He also invited valuable suggestions from the participants to improve upon the existing guideline to make more adoptable in the states like Arunachal Pradesh.  Rohit Lall, Project Officer of NCPAH made a presentation on the various technical aspects of the Micro-irrigation while many other participating System Manufacturers highlighted various success stories of the projects implemented by their respective companies in other parts of the India.

Earlier, the Joint Director Horticulture, J Rime, while welcoming the participants said that such workshop should be organised from time to time to create awareness among the farmers about Micro-Irrigation which is very essential especially for horticultural crops.

The workshop was attended by farmers, NGOs, district level officers, senior level officers of the department of horticulture, GoAP, besides Govt. of India institutions like NCPAH, New Delhi, PFDC Assam and famous companies  like Jain Irrigation, Premier Irrigation, Netafim,  Florance Flora, Agri-Flast and others.



Two days National Seminar on Hindi literature concludes

PASIGHAT, Feb 27: The scholars, writers, critics and novelists of Hindi literature across the country came together in the JN College auditorium in a two days long National level Hindi seminar (Samagra Chintan) which concluded yesterday.

Sponsored by UGC the seminar was organized by the JNC faculties to pay homage to the noted Hindi writer and critic Dr. Ramvilas Sharma on his hundred birth anniversary.

The Prof. Tamo Mibang, Vice Chancellor (RGU) inaugurated the seminar lighting the ceremonial lamp in presence of Prof. (Retd) Rajmani Sharma, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and Prof. Gopeshwar Singh, Delhi University.

The keynote address was delivered by Prof. (Retd) Kashinath Singh of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi amidst fanfare on the inaugural day.

Prof. Mibang lauded the efforts of the college Principal Tayek Talom and Dr. HN Pandey for propagating the literary activities and expressed hope that rich contributions made by the several speakers would help the audience. Mibang while stressing on tribal language and culture of Arunachal Pradesh said language is considered as the cornerstone of culture and the ultimate expression of belonging as it is through language that culture is shared and transmitted and a unique world view is expressed. For indigenous peoples language holds the past, present and future of the community whether expressed through prayers, myths, spiritual belief, ceremonies, law, poetry, oratory, or through everyday greetings or through unique terms for habits, socio-cultural organization and values of the community. He remembered the immense contributions of the pride sons of Arunachal like Lummer Dai, YD Thongchi, Taker Taki and Oshong Ering etc who have made glorious history in the field of Arunachalee literature and further said our people should get better platform to contribute to the richness of the Indian cultural and biological heritage. He released a hindi souvenir on the occasion.

Earlier, Prof. (Retd) Rajmani Sharma said that the seminar was aimed at promoting literary activities inviting students and teachers from several universities of the country. Terming the seminar as a historic moment for the college, he said Dr. Ramvilas Sharma was a prolific writer of modern Hindi novels, fiction, criticism and journalism who penned hundreds of books which have been translated many languages in the country and abroad.

Retired Prof. Kashinath Singh BHU, Varanasi and Prof. Gopeshwar Singh, Delhi University in their addresses presented brief life history of Dr. Ramvilas Sharma. They said the content in Hindi stories these days was quite different form that penned in the past. Though changes in the literature were a natural process, the present writers must introspect as to why their readership was lesser as compared to the earlier writers. The present writers seemed to be more concerned about the style of writing, he commented.

Principal Talom while delivering his welcome address stated the actual motive of the seminar was to make Hindi as a preferred language of communication across the nation and influence the society. According to him it was the best way of promoting the Hindi language is by inviting people from across the nation.

Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra, Prof. AK Pandey Dean College of Horticulture and Forestry and Smty Vinita Mishra graced the valedictory function on Feb 26 as Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and Special Invitees. They were given warm welcome by the guests, participants and faculties in the valedictory function held today.

DC Mishra while interacting the gathering, highly appreciated the college authority for organizing the seminar and further suggested to conduct more seminar and workshops on other subjects to enrich knowledge. Mishra welcomed the writers, poets and journalists to visit Arunachal Pradesh to know more about state’s beauty, tradition, art and culture and to explore the hidden treasures through their writing. DIPRO

Cash reward stands

The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs 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


ALSU calls off bandh

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: The Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has called off its proposed Capital bandh on February 28. In a hurriedly called press conference today in the DC chamber, Itanagar, ALSU President Tadar Tarish informed that bandh has been deferred only to ensure that visit by economic advisor to prime minister of India is not hampered. He stated that ALSU will meet few days later and will decide future course of action.

The conference was attended among other by Political Secretary to CM Bamang Tago, DC Capital Sanjay Goel, SPDO Itanagar Taru Gusar and members of Arunachal Law Students Union.


Richukrong circle electrified

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: The Kaya 1x10kw MMHP constructed and sanctioned by APEDA was officially made operational on February 23 last.

Meanwhile, Richukrong Circle Officer cum BDO and incharge, Bana EAC Abu Taba lauded the APEDA JE Tayu Taku and contractor Niti Brey for their untiring efforts in completing the project in time and providing electricity to the people of entire Richukrong Circle.


AAPUU demands adequate job opportunities for unemployed

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: All Arunachal Pradesh Uneducated Union (AAPUU) in a meeting held here today unanimously adopted a six-point charter of demands for submission to the state Govt.

The demands included reservation of 30 per cent contractual works in central and state Govts’ public sector undertakings for unemployed educated youths and provision for sufficient fund for welfare of the unemployed and reservation of at least 10 per cent in the IV grade job in all state Govt departments and  to ensure employment opportunities in all sectors of state Govt.  



ITANAGAR, Feb 27: All Capital Complex Market Volunteer Committee has strongly condemned the brutal killing of one Dipankar Bhowal whose body was found on 25th of this month at Hollongi dumping site. While blaming state govt for deteriorating law and order situation in the capital complex, the committee demanded arrest of all culprits and also appointment of full-fledged home minister for the betterment of state.   


Health camp

YINGKIONG, Feb 27: Seventeen women were operated upon and incentives provided to them in a sterilization camp conducted by a team of doctors at Tuting, Upper Siang district today.

Over 100 patients suffering from various ailments were also treated in a mother and child health camp at Migging village yesterday. The doctors’ team included, Dr. Joseph Tekseng, MD (Anaes), Dr. Etuk Jopir, MD (Gynecologist) Dr. Appir Apang, DRCHO. DIPRO


Stop land acquisition: Org

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization in a representation to Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner demanded immediate stoppage of land acquisition at Hollongi site in regard to Green Field Airport issue.

The organization condemned the movement of the government regarding land acquisition for Green Field Airport at Hollongi and threatens to launch agitation against the state government if the government fails to reconsider their decision on land acquisition issues.


DLM committee meeting held

TEZU, Feb 27: The district level monitoring committee (DLMC) of Lohit took stock of various ongoing and completed schemes/projects under SPA, NLCPR, NEC, PM Package etc. in a meeting held under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner RK Sharma in his conference here yesterday.

The DC highlighted the importance of DLMC meeting and the importance of timely completion of the projects to avoid cost overrun and timely submission of reports to government.

The meeting was attended by Namsai ADC KK Joshi and other officers of the executing agencies, ZilaParishad Members besides the officials of the district planning department. DIPRO


AYC provides relief to affected farmers


DAPORIJO, Feb 27: Assembly Youth Congress, Dumporijo provided relief to two villagers of Segi circle of Upper Subansiri district affected by rat menace.

AYC led by its president Tapi Nguki distributed 72 quintal rice to 60 families of Nguki and Uli villages under the guidance of Lok Sabha Youth Congress, Western Parliament President Dikto Yekar.

According to AYC president Nguki, the villagers had been facing food scarcity after their paddy fields and granaries were completely destroyed by rodents this year.

An estimate of foodgrains damaged by rodents in the villages has been sent to the state government for further necessary action, he informed.

Both Nguki and Yekar appealed to the State Govt. to compensate the losses of foodgrains of the farmers.

They also educated the villagers how to tackle rat menace and preserve their foodgrains.


AIMSU demands cancellation of public hearings  on DMP

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: All  Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) has opposed the  proposed public hearings for environmental clearance for DMP (3000MW) to be held at Roing and New Anaya on 11th March and 13th March 2013 respectively.

“We were given the impression that NHPC and the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh would find a permanent solution to the vexing issue of the DMP (3000MW) to address the grievances in consultation with the Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS), the apex body of the Idu Mishmis. Instead they have opted to thrust the Public hearing at us without a care,” the union said.

Alleging that the state Govt has maintained a stoic silence even after receiving several memoranda in this regard, the Union strongly urge  the Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner to cancel both the public hearings immediately failing which “we shall be bound to resort to democratic means of protest.”


Biometric based attendence system launched in Tirap

KHONSA, Feb 27: Biometric attendance system has been installed at DC’s office here today. The system will cover the staff of DC’s office and the nearby offices. Tirap is the first district to do so as per the instruction from the state government.

It may be mentioned here that the Biometric users are monitored by CCTV cameras which were installed in the month of August, 2012.

The district administration has kept some incentives for the most regular employee who is punctual and hardworking in attending the office. All HoDs will recommend one employee from their department and after that an Employee of the Month will be chosen at the end of every month.

The use of the system has been made mandatory for all the office staff, including the HODs. This has been done to ensure that the government officials are regular and punctual in attending office. This will also improve the work culture.  The Biometric system has been painstakingly installed by DIO Ajay Singh. DIPRO







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India’s reptiles threatened with extinction

In a recent study the Zoological Society of London and the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) species survival commission found that upto 19 per cent of the world's crocodiles, turtles, snakes, lizards, and other reptiles are threatened with extinction. Many species from India are under threat as well just as one in five of the world's 10,000 species of reptiles. Overall, the study estimated that 30 per cent of freshwater reptiles are close to extinction.

In India the Indian crocodile, the King cobra, the South Andaman krait, four types of turtles and the Sikkimese Bent-toed Gecko have been found to be endangered. Another disturbing syndrome in India is that there is no information on the conservation status of one in three reptiles.

This was the largest study of its kind on the condition of the world's reptiles. One thousand five hundred species were studied and 112 species were from India, of which 12.2 per cent are threatened with extinction. Additionally there is not sufficient data for 27 per cent of our reptiles to make an informed decision on their status.

The study, printed in the journal of Biological Conservation, is the first of its kind summarising the global conservation status of reptiles. More than 200 world renowned experts assessed the extinction risk of 1,500 randomly selected reptiles from across the globe.

Preserve own culture

Dear Editor,

In a news item of 26th instant titled “Ensure proper ritual code and conduct"  the Nyishi Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society (NIFCS) urged CNC members to ensure ritual code and conduct during main Nyokum celebrations as ritual is the basic and fundamental part of Nyokum.

I too, do vehemently support and endorse the views put forward by the president NIFCS. Yes, that's true, "Culture and Faith, both are inclusive and can't be separated from each other". They are in fact two sides of the same coin. Is it possible to practice a particular culture and have faith in another unrelated religion at the same time. For example if Mr. X follows an alien culture and claim to be a believer of Donyi-Poloism, Rangfraism, Buddhism, Nani Intayaism etc. will any one trust.? At least, I will be the last person to do so.

Since a couple of years it is reported that some people have been attempting solemnizing local indigenous festivals Viz Nyokum, Mopin etc killing Mithuns without maintaining proper ritual. Yes, my dear, I said ‘killing’ not 'sacrifice'. Because in absence of proper rituals mithuns or any animals can't be sacrificed. They can only be killed.

At one point of time, “Loss of culture is loss of identity" used to be the slogan. Well, many seem to have understood the gravity reading between the lines. It is a good indication. Such friends ought to come one more step closer and add “Loss of faith is loss of culture..."

I salute my brothers who are doing their best to practice, preserve, promote their original, indigenous, eternal, culture and faiths, handed over to them since innumerable generations, and I appeal them to keep it up.

We are tribal, having our own ways of life and uniqueness. This uniqueness is our speciality, beauty and identity. People from other corners do visit our land to know and enjoy our uniqueness and not to see us imitating them or even some times misrepresenting their ways.

One thing I wish to emphasize finally is that let us be little more cautious and see to it that others don’t succeed in hijacking our culture in the garb of this or that pretexts and misrepresent our culture in distorted forms.

Jai Hind Jai Arunachal.


Nido Sakter




Request for early completion of Yupia-Papu Nallah road

Dear Editor,

With due respect, I on behalf of Borum Panchayat Youth Welfare Association (BPYWA) would like to inform  the managing director of SRK Construction Company that the Papu Nallah-Yupia stretch of road which has been blocked for completion of the same on war footing manner had not been completed yet. The construction of temporary sub-way through the helipad road by the youths of Borum Panchayat was accepted by the public and the officers of the Yupia HQ. only to complete Papu Nallah-Yupia road speedily. Beside this, we the BPYWA are regularly maintaining this sub-way by social service on monthly basis.

But, it is seen that the department concern and your company are not giving due attention for early completion of the said road. As the traffic is totally away from this road, the work should be carried out on war footing manner. The carpeting work being carried out on this road is very poor and not up to standard specification of road, few layers of the road had also been neglected by the construction agency, SRK being the standard construction company is not maintaining proper guidelines in this project. Due to poor knowledge about the road construction of the general public, the company is fooling us, whereas the youths and general public had cooperated to the SRK company for early completion of road and peaceful working environment which has been underestimated by the company.

Therefore, we the BPYWA would like to place our grievances to concern authority.

While seeing the attitude of said company, the Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh or any other states should stop awarding any project to SRK Company. In addition to this, the work progress is also very slow and if this trend continues it will take another 3-4 years for completion of the said stretch of road which was schedule for completion within 2012. On the other hand the rainy season is approaching very nearer. The sub-way used till date will not stand during rainy season. As such, completion of the said stretch of the road before the onset of the monsoon is urgently required. The general public of the area and the officers and officials of district headquarter Yupia are surely going to face the tough situation if this road is not completed on time.

Therefore, I highly request you to kindly take necessary action for completion of Yupia- Papu Nallah stretch of road before the onset of the monsoon so that the road could be made operational for the greater interest of general public of the area and the officers and officials of district HQ Yupia.


Taba Thomas

President, BPYWA



Extend the date of submission of papers

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to the three NITs published by executive engineer, Gensi PWD division in your esteemed daily on February 26 wherein the 28th February was mentioned as the last date of submission of tender papers. In this regard I, being a local inhabitant of Gensi circle would like to  inform the Chief Engineer, PWD Central Zone that it is impossible to manage papers like draft EMD and other necessary documents within  12 hours  for submission along with tender papers.

Therefore, I being a register contractor and on behalf of the public of Gensi-Likabali would like to request   the CE, PWD Central Zone to extend the date of submission of tender and  re-advertise  the same.


Tari Hai,

2nd class contractor PWD