CM calls for stringent action against wild life crimes
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: “The forest officials need to deal wildlife crimes like hunting
and poaching with strong arms”, asserted Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu while presiding over the 20th meeting of State Board for Wildlife here at
PCCF office conference hall today.
Assuring all possible support, Khandu appealed the forest officials to take stringent
action against those involved in the wildlife crimes irrespective of their status.
The chief minister expressed serious concern over exploitation of forest through
illegal timber operation, forest fire etc. resulting to increasing pressure on wildlife.
He observed that the abundant flora and fauna of the state which substantially supplements
in controlling global warming will be in stake if proper plans and policies are not
put in place. “The onus of preserving the wild life and forest need to be shouldered
by every individual of the state” he advocated.
Revealing Union Minister of State for Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh’s concern
over poor performance of Namdapha Tiger Project resulting in low population of Tigers,
Khandu emphatically called for improving the condition to bring back the glory of
Namdapha Tiger Reserve. He viewed that the relocation and resettlement of Lissu community
residing in the project area is urgently required and the fund allocated for the
purpose need to be made use of.
While welcoming the positive gesture of centre for clearing the much required road
from Miao to Vijayanagar, the chief minister expected the park management to play
a proactive role in exerting all out effort in completing the project in a time bound
Khandu also opined for inclusion of PRI members, GBs and village community in the
centrally sponsored schemes for management and development of sanctuaries, National
Parks and Tiger reserves for effective and judicious implementation.
He also called for expeditious distribution of ex-gratia to those who have been victim
of wild animals attack. Besides, he stressed for restoring critical migration corridors
for wild Elephants to allow free movement to avoid man-elephant conflict.
Khandu urged the forest and tourism officers to come up with innovative ideas to
Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh, Parliamentary Secretary Environment and Forest Kumar
Waii, PCCF, Senior Forest Officers, Researchers and Members Wildlife reserves were
present in the meeting. (PRO to CM)
Hunting of wild life banned in Papum Pare
YUPIA Jan 5: DC Papum Pare in an order has prohibited any kind of killing of wild
lives in the district.
The order was necessitated as unmindful killing has adversely affected the wild life.
Panchayat members and gaon buras have been asked to immediately report any such indiscriminate
killing of wild lives of their respective areas to the concerned Administrative Officers
or Forest authorities.
Deputy Commissioner Bidol Tayeng has further directed all the administrative officers
to ensure effective enforcement of the order in their respective jurisdiction. (DIPRO)
Expedite proceedings against rape and murder cases: APSCW
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) has called
upon the Capital district administration to expedite proceedings against rape and
murder cases in Capital.
APSCW, which met deputy commissioner, Itanagar Capital Complex today to discuss the
rising crime scenario with specific reference to women and children, requested the
authorities to give a second look on the case of Late Ratan Shanti so that any foul
play is ruled out.
The rape and murder cases under enquiry were also discussed in the meeting which
was attended by APSCW member secretary Tadar Yadir, vice chairperson Mepung Tadar.
An intensive discussion on Boli issue which has plagued many women and families due
to involvement of huge money in it, was also discussed.
Senior Congress leader assaulted by ppa supporters
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: In an unprecedented incident, West Kameng District Congress General
Secretary Dorjee Leto was brutally assaulted in Dirang on Jan 2 in broad day light
by the supporters of local MLA Phurpa Tsering, supposedly as a spillover of the
recently concluded elections to the Legislative Assembly.
Speaking to ATNS here today at the RK Mission hospital, where he has been admitted
for treatment, Leto said that a group led by Nima Dorjee came out from of nowhere
and warned him not to carry out the tender work with the ITBP, where he had gone
to attend a tender meeting. “Even before the verbal abuse got over, his brother and
he started physically assaulting me while the rest of the accomplices watched. I
don’t know what happened afterwards as I found myself at the ITBP Hospital few hours
later, unable to move and with severe bleeding in my ears and nose”.
Nima Dorjee is an Anchal Samity Member of Sangti Village.
They damaged his car and licensed SBBL 12 bore gun that was kept inside the vehicle
which was parked around 400 metre from the place of assault. Leto also alleged that
when he was taken to Dirang Hospital, the same group tried to stop the doctors from
giving him medical attention.
“ It is surprising that an attempt was made on the life of a dedicated worker of
the Congress party by workers of another political party claiming that they had
the blessings of the Congress Chief Minister”, an attendant of Leto said.
Even as investigations continue, a formal FIR is yet to be registered regarding the
incident, apparently awaiting the return of injured Leto to the jurisdiction of the
Follow up meet on GST
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: A meeting to follow up “The First Discussion Paper on Goods and
Service Tax in India” which was released by The Empowered Committee of State Finance
Ministers on 10th November, 2009 was held yesterday. The interactive meeting which
was called by Excise and Taxation Commissioner Amit Singla was attended by Officers
of the department and representatives of ACCI and other Trade Bodies.
The proposed GST is likely to be operational from 1st April, 2010. The Commissioner
said that GST is not simply VAT plus Service tax, but a major improvement over the
previous system of VAT and disjointed service tax.
Tapas Dutta, Superintendent (T & E) and Kingman Komut, Inspector (T & E) T Jongkey,
Joint Commissioner (T & E) and Ando Pangkam, Deputy Commissioner (Legal) highlighted
the salient features of GST.
GST is designed to eliminate the cascading effect of taxes, i.e. Tax on tax, thereby
triggering a fall in cost of goods and services.
All major Central and State Taxes will get subsumed into GST which will reduce the
multiplicity of taxes, and thus bring down the compliance cost.
With GST, the burden of CST will also be phased out.
Uniformity of taxation system as much as practicable across the country.
Use of IT in a major way, thereby making the Tax system prompt and transparent.
Simplification of the procedures of the Inter-State trade.
The business fraternity hoped that GST would be better than the present system of
VAT and urged that it be implemented with online system from the very beginning.
They also assured all possible cooperation in formulating and implementing the GST
and hoped that more such interactive sessions and workshops are organized from time
Lala Techi, President, ACCI, Tarak Nachung, General Secretary, ACCI, B.K.Ghosh Dastidar,
Chairman, Inter-State Trade Cell, Likha Taji, President, APCDA, P.S.Sarma, General
Secretary, APCDA, Rajesh Rinwa, Joint Secretary, ACCI, Chandan Kuna, FM, IOCL (AOD)
represented the business community.
AWWA steps forward to cause of girl child education
WAKRO, Jan 5: President, Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) of the DAH division
Dolly Sachar presented financial assistance to support girls’ education to the Bursar,
Apna Vidya Bhavan, Wakro.
Speaking to the students, parents and the General public, Dolly Sachar called upon
the young learners to obey wise counsel of teachers and elders during the formative
period of their life to shine in life.
The President AWWA appreciated the efforts of ASSET and the Apna Vidya Bhavan and
called upon the Apnes and the Girls of KGBV wakro to pursue learning with dedication
and make Arunachal proud by their achievements.
She also individually met the Apna Staffs and public delegation led by Silotmai Dellang,
President, Wakro Women’s Welfare Committee. Brig. Manjeet Mehta, SM, Commander 82
Mountain Brigade, briefed the AWWA chief about the service activities of ASSET and
lauded the selfless service rendered by the Bursar, Apna Vidya Bhavan and the staffs.
The Commander also assured to seek support of other agencies so that the welfare
programs by ASSET reaches more people.
Aid of Rupees Twenty Three Thousand was extended by Jija Madhavan Hari Singh, IPS,
the Director General of Police, Karnataka.
It was a big moral boost to the ASSET effort of promoting Girls’ education when the
AWWA chief of the DAH division made a personal contribution of Rupees Five Thousand.
Additional Sessions Judge, Namsai Oying Apum and O.S. Chandran, Assistant Commissioner,
Special Bureau also made cash contributions to reinforce the effort.
The Chairman ASSET in his address said that It was a great inspiration to receive
continuous support from Jija Madhavan Hari Singh, in promoting girls’ education in
remote Arunachal. He also expressed that the involvement and support of leaders like
Sachar will motivate more leaders to follow suit. He further assured the AWWA that
the ASSET will ensure that the benefits of the goodwill and support of the AWWA and
the Army will trickle down touching many lives and will keep all selfless workers
inspired to serve the society with dedication. He also thanked Brig Mehta for organizing
and mobilizing continued lasting support.
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Si Donyi festival would be celebrated across the state on Wednesday.
The Governor Gen J J Singh in his message prayed for promotion of peace, communal
harmony, a good harvest and good health for all.
Si Donyi, which showcases the rich cultural heritage of Tagins, plays a significant
role in defining the true nature of customs, traditions and culture of the tribe.
The beliefs behind the festival are rooted deep in the indigenous religious and cultural
ethos of the Tagin tribe. It is an expression of the reverence and respect of today’s
generations towards the wisdom of their founding fathers, he said in his message.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in his greetings to the people of the state expressed
the hope that festival will spread the message of love, peace and communal harmony
among all tribes of the state.
It is my firm belief that the festival will strengthen the emotional integration,
goodwill and mutual understanding amongst the citizens and bring happiness and tranquillity
in the society.
He further expressed that hope that festival will help in preserving, promoting and
rejuvenating our rich cultural heritage.
He urged upon the learned elders to pass on the folk proverbs, folklores, folk songs
and folk dances to the younger generation so that we can preserve and showcase our
distinct socio-cultural identity.
A review of Moopin Poopwr
At the first glance Moopin Poopwr Poonu nwwtom and mvmmvn gogrv of the Galos of Arunachal
Pradesh by Dr Tejum Padu looks like any other researchers compilation because of
its dull cover and predictable Motifs of Moopin. However, as one turn the pages,
the book is engrossing and is a must buy for those interested in the rich oral tradition.
The book has compilation of fifteen Moopin ritual chantings and 26 folk songs popularly
known as Poonu and ten other traditional songs. It also has a compilation of rituals
and guidelines on wedding ceremonies. The bonus is the glossary, which is of immense
help to non-native speakers and those native speakers who are not fluent in the language.
The book is perhaps the first comprehensive compilation of rich oral literature on
Mopin of Galos.
Dr Padu, currently Joint Director in Department of Higher and Techinical Education
and also the first Arunachalee Lecturer in English has done a commendable job of
compiling the rich oral traditions of the Galos. This comes at a critical juncture
when the language is being abandoned by many in favour of English and Hindi. The
book is an encouraging effort and would go down as one of the few well-researched
One wishes that photographs were of better quality and little more effort was put
on the introduction of the author cover page.
But on the whole, the book is a must buy not only for the native speakers of the
language but also for academic researchers and others interested in Galos.
Priced at Rs 500 and published by Farsight Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi,
the book would be formally launched on Jan 6 at Banquet Hall and is the first book
written in Galo Script after the publication of Galo Grammar.
Yomso appointed as NYC GS
ITANAGAR, Jan 05: Mongol Yomso has been appointed as All India National General Secretary,
Nationalist Youth Congress.
He has been entrusted as the in-charge of North Eastern States in the 4th National
Convention of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) held at New Delhi recently. Earlier,
he had been in the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress as General Secretary and served
the state in various capacities. However, he resigned from APYC before the last assembly
Meanwhile, Yomso thanked NCP leadership for assigning him the post of General Secretary
and assured to streamline the North Eastern Nationalist Youth Congress Coordination
ITANAGAR, Jan 05: All Nyishi Youth Association Capital Complex Unit (ANYACCU) has
appealed the Papum Pare SP and Capital Complex DC to intervene and direct the authorities
concerned to expedite the investigation in the Ratan Santi death case.
Claiming her death as murder, the ANYACCU further said that waiting for post mortem
report for further investigation is not appreciable.
Saga of struggle continues
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: People of Dokum colony Naharlagun are still trying to come out of
the trauma from devastating fire which engulfed the area on Jan 2.
With everything lost in fire, the residents mostly comprising of migrant workers
are fighting all odds to re-start life from scratch. The cold winter condition is
adding to their woes, as majority of them who lost their belongings in fire are not
able to afford new blankets. Some of them have taken shelter in relative’s house
while others have put up tents nearby their damaged houses.
“Some of our friends are living with their relatives at the moment. But they too
are facing problems as houses are quite small and it becomes too congested to live,”
told Enteyiesh Ali , a victim.
The authorities have visited the fire site to assess the damages.
Most of the fire victims are tenants living in rented accommodation owned by local
Arunachalee’s and they have been asked to submit their list of lost assets to their
respective house owners.
“We were given a form to fill up by officials. We duly filled and had passed it to
our house owners,” informed one victim.
A minor confusion is prevailing as whether they will be given compensation for the
lost possession. “My family lost all belongings which include important documents
like my children’s school certificates, ration card, inner line permit, etc. There’s
talk going on that authorities will return only whatever documents we lost and we
won’t be paid compensation for assets lost,” told one migrant worker who didn’t wished
to be name.
Apart from struggling to rebuild their homes, lack of blankets, foods are immediate
Local MLA Techi Kaso provided initial relief materials like blankets, rice and salt.
But more need to be done.
“We are thankful to him and everyone for helping us. But poor people like us with
large family need more helping hand and we are hoping that our state government will
take care of victim as we are also citizen of this state,” said one victim.
A big fat smile
The other day, a man walked into the office of this daily with a big infectious smile
and a fat envelope. At a time, when people have forgotten to smile and laugh, the
smile almost called for a celebration.
With smile intact, he hands over the envelope to yours truly. Inside was a smiling
photograph of a politician with a long press release. As mental note was being made
where to place it, the gentle man handed over another fat envelope.
A little tired and irritated at the prospect of another long press release with no
substance whatsoever, yours truly opened the envelope. Dear reader, you guessed it
right. The fat envelope contained no press release or photographs.
“chai pani ke liye..aap log inta kaam karta he hamare liye” he said.
Well, predictably a long lecture on bribery and promotion of corruption followed.
The gentle man fortunately had the decency to walk out with the half-torn fat envelope.
He still had the smile on.
The incident was a shocking reminder on what happens in the name of chai-pani.
Bribery, nepotism, corruption are so deep rooted in our society that most of the
time we don’t even realise it. It is just accepted as a way of life. And it is so
effortless executed that there is no place to complain. At every level there is
“cut” ready. No one actually has to do anything drastic to get that cut. It’s all
earmarked. They say poorer are those who donates it unwittingly.
I don’t have any concrete evidence to support my claim and pray that no one actually
hauls me to the jail and court to substantiate the claims.
Let me share an interesting episode that happened at the Legislative assembly some
years back. An angry member declared, “When we make schemes, some percentage of the
fund should be earmarked to pay as bribes in Delhi and elsewhere. We all end up paying
from fund meant for particular scheme resulting in sub standard work”.
I am not sure whether his words were expunged.
Hope the New Year will usher in something productive for all of us and our beautiful
state. Yours truly just wish some infectious smile for everyone. Hopefully without
having to pay for the smile!
Lohit targets cent percent achievement under IPPI
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Lohit district has decided to cover almost all the children under
IPPI programme scheduled on Jan 10 and Feb 7 next. The district covered 88.68%
of children in the last phase of IPPI.
Presiding over the District Core Committee meeting on IPPI held today, Lohit Deputy
Commissioner-Cum- Chairman District Health Society Kaling Tayeng stressed on the
need to setup transit Polio booth to immunize the all babies on the immunizing period.
He also appealed the Medical Officers of the district to liaise with RKS, public
leaders, NGO’s and other government departments to achieve the immunization goal.
“Effort should be made to achieve higher percentage, the DC said, adding door to
door immunizing can help to reach to our target.
Earlier, Dr. N. Geiyi DRCHO-Cum- CEO District Health Society enlightened the committee
members with data of last year IPPI and achievement.
Disclosing the action plan for successful IPPI programme, Geiyi said four transit
polio booth would be set-up in Lohit district which can be increased.
Giving details, he further said Parashuram Kund Mela premises will be in special
zone to cover the floating populace. He requested all the Medical Officers to render
their best of service for marching towards a polio free district. All doctors from
PHC, CSC and District hospital Tezu took part in the meeting. DIPRO
Karatekas bring laurels
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Arunachalee Karatekas have once again proved their mettle in martial
arts to win one gold and as many silver and two bronze medals in the 23rd National
Junior Karate Do Championship held at Erode, Chennai from Dec 27 to 30 last.
The karatekas, who brought laurels to the state are John Bagang, Juna Dada, Likha
Lej and Dongro Dodum.
While Bagang struck gold in Kata event in the age group of 16-17 years Likha bagged
the silver in Boys Kumite (12-13 years). Juna and Dodum picked a bronze medal apiece
in Girls Kata (12-13 years) and Boys Kumite (14-15 years.
S Nanu was the coach of the participating team while M Tasa and Y Niki were the asst.
coach and team manager respectively.
Meanwhile, Arun-achal Karate Association (AKA), while lauding the team’s performance,
appealed to the state government to provide sufficient fund so that the association
could provide better facilities to the karatakes to improve their performance.
Road Safety Week observed in East Siang
PASIGHAT, Jan 5: Along with the rest of the state, East Siang district is observing
the Road Safety Week -2010 with various programmes to generate awareness among the
masses and enhance road safety measures.
Considering the increasing numbers of vehicles every year as well as increased number
of road accidents which take many precious lives, state police have taken a number
of educational measures to prevent such accidents this year.
Workshops on safe driving, maintenance for the vehicles have already been organized
and some extra important measures are being taken up by the district police authority
to prevent road accidents, police sources added.
As a part of the road safety week, lectures on traffic rules, essay competition on
road safety, street shows and painting competition among school going children are
being organized, informed SSP D.C. Srivastava.
The Pasighat OC A.K. Pandey Inspector accompanied by in-charge Traffic Cell T. Radeng
(SI) and OC (Crime) K. P. Sharma (SI) visited five schools this morning and gave
their valuable tips and suggestions on road safety to the students. DIPRO
Know your army Mela
BOMDILA, Jan 5: To enhance the civil and military interface and in order to create
awareness regarding the Indian Army, a Civil Military interaction titled ‘Know Your
Army’ is being organized at Buddha Stadium Bomdila on Jan 8 by the Ball of Fire Division.
The theme of the Mela is to educate the local youth about the various options for
enrolment into the Army including Arunachal Scouts and to highlight the role of the
Ball of Fire Division in this remote and rugged area of the state.
A colourful mosaic of cultural programme comprising of dances and songs would be
presented by the school children and the army. The highlight of the event would be
the Motor Cycle display by the Shweth Ashwa team, who through a display of sheer
skill and deft precision is likely to enthrall the spectators. Two such melas earlier
was a huge success in the district. Stalls would also be laid out to showcase the
might and rich traditions of the Indian Army.
A separate stall on ‘Enrolment into Indian Army’ would be put up to educate the young
on avenues for enrolment into the Army. A medical camp will also be conducted to
provide free medical checkups and medicines. To add spice to the celebration, food
stalls to provide an outlay of varied cuisines from across the country would also
be established. Besides the district authorities and top military brass, the GOC
5-Mtn division would be gracing the occasion. (DIPRO)
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: The 2nd and last phase of Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA)
membership drive will begin from January 6 next.
SCL’s training for unemployed youths
PASIGHAT, Jan 5: Altogether twenty six unemployed youths have been selected through
interviews finally and are under-going 3-6 months training courses being organized
by the Surya Company Ltd.(SCL) at New Delhi, informed AVP (Arunachal Vikash Parisad)
East Siang Unit President, Onyok Pertin. He further informed that all the trainees
after completion of their courses would be absorbed in the company in different trades
according to their quality and ability.
The Central Gangging DPYK (Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang) Pasighat selected the final candidates
for the purpose and AVP coordinated with the authorities of SCL in this regard, sources
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: The Pira Baptist church under Tirbin circle, West Siang District
would celebrate its Silver Jubilee from Jan 15- 17.
The main theme of the celebration will be “walk by faith not by sight”. Churches
of Baptist Council North East India General Secretary Rev. Dr. A.K. Lama will be
the main speaker. The traditional cultural completion, Games & sports, Bible quiz,
releasing of souvenir and other talent show will mark the celebrations.
RGU pre-Nyokum committee
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: RGU pre-Nyokum Yullo celebration committee RGU have been formed
with Nabam Naka Hina and Bengia Tada as Chairman and Secretary .The festival will
be celebrated on February 24.
Conference cum felicitations
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: XII-Pakke Kessang Intellectual Forum is organizing its 3rd annual
conference cum felicitation programme at Hotel Nemko, Naharlagun on January 7.
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Donyi Colony Youth is organizing a social service at government
primary school Donyi Colony, Postal Colony, RWD colony and government ME school D
Sector, Itanagar on January 9.
It appealed the UD department and people of the area for cooperation for smooth
conduct of the social service.
5th Raso Yangda Sports Meet begins
Seppa, Jan 5: The 5th Raso Yangda and Nyaga Rangmo Sports Meet organized by East
Kameng Middle Zone Students’ Union (EKM-ZSU) began at General ground here today.
The meet which was formally inaugurated by local MLA Tapuk Taku as chief guest and
deputy commissioner Pige Ligu as guest of honor, includes games like football in
memory of Raso Yangda, who was the founder president of the Union and volleyball
in memory of Nyaga Rangmo.
In his inaugural speech, the MLA suggested the union to organize the programme in
a wide level in consultation with the district administration and other well wishers
for its grand success. He appealed to the participants to maintain discipline and
spirit of the game in order to give a grand finishing to the meet.
While appealing the participants to avoid indulging in other unwanted activities
in order to keep energy and the stamina intact, Taku emphatically pointed out that
most of the players fail to take the game in a professional way thus ending their
career in district or state level.
Pige Ligu observed the participation of the girls in the meet as an encouragement
to the women section. He also said that as the time and thinking of the people have
been changed, we too need to change ourselves in order to go at par with the rest
of the world. While assuring to extend all kinds of cooperation from the district
administration and from his own side for the promotion of the memorial in future,
Ligu concluded that he would write to the Govt. for the inclusion of the memorial
in the state calendar year.
Legislator Tani Loffa while urging the participants for the good display of the game
echoed Ligu and called for the recognition of the memorial in the state calendar.
Earlier a two minutes silence was observed as a mark of respect to the departed and
to pray for their eternal peace. DIPRO
State Credit Seminar
ITANAGAR: NABARD Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office, Itanagar will host the State
Credit Seminar for 2010-11 on January 12 at Banquet Hall. The seminar will identify
the sectoral potentials under Farm and Non-Farm sector which can be brought under
institutional finance. It will also address the issues of financial inclusion and
credit outreach in Arunachal Pradesh.
Representatives of various development agencies of the Government, Bankers and NGOs
will attend the seminar.
Commissioner Finance, Government of Arunachal Pradesh V.K. Dev will inaugurate the
Kena to head APSCST
ITANAGAR: Parliamentary secretary, IT and S&T, Jomde Kena has been appointed as chairperson
of Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science and Technology with effect from today,
informed deputy director, IT in a release.
Declare 6th Feb as local holiday
ITANAGAR: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has appealed to the state Govt to issue
notification declaring 6th February as local holiday on the occasion of Boori-Boot
With this arrangement, the local holiday on January 19 should stand dispensed, the
letter further said.
A social ordinance has been issued and it was decided to celebrate the Boori-Boot
Yullo from 4th to 7th February, 6th February being the date of ritual sacrifice,
NES in a letter to commissioner/secretary, general administration said and also
appealed for rectification of the name of the festival as Boori-Boot Yullo instead