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CM urges NHPC to expedite tunnel project

ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Arunachal Pradesh Govt and NHPC conducted a joint survey to identify proper site for the proposed tunnel connecting West Kameng with Tawang today at Senge and Baisakhi area of West Kameng district.

It may be mentioned here that NHPC had agreed upon to build the tunnel measuring approximately 9 KMs that will connect Senge (West Kameng) with Jang (Tawang), while signing MoA for Tawang Chhu stage I and II Project at the behest of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu during his tenure as the power minister of the state. The tunnel when completed will shorten the distance between Senge and Jang by 40 KMs and the travel time by two hours.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu while leading the survey team emphasized for ensuring early completion of the project in the larger interest of the civilians as well the defence personnel. “Tourist inflow in the region is very high and the difficulties being faced by them to cross Sela pass (14000 ft above the sea level) due to heavy rainfall in the summer and snowfall in the winter will be done with once the tunnel is opened for vehicular traffic, Khandu asserted. During both these extreme seasons the people of Tawang have been facing untold miseries and the Army had been bearing the brunt equally, he added.  Khandu requested the NHPC CMD S K Garg who had accompanied him on the tour to expedite the whole process as the people of the area have been looking ahead for the tunnel since long.  

MLAs Phurpa Tsering, Kumsi Sidisow, Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, Member (H) CEA  Gurdayal Singh, joint Secretary Ministry of Power Govt. of India Sudhir Kumar, Development Commissioner V K Dev, Principal Secretary Power H K Paliwal, DC West Kameng Swati Sharma and officers of NHPC had accompanied the CM on the tour. PRO to CM

Attack on VC condemned, accused remanded to police custody

ITANAGAR, Jan. 28: Expressing deep shock at the  attack on Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor Prof KC Belliappa, Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy has condemned in strong terms describing it as an act of cowardice.

No civic society would permit such act that too against the head of a central university, Sanjoy said in a statement.

He demanded a thorough inquiry and prompt action against the guilty to send a louder message that such act would never be tolerated.

The act of goondaism inside a higher institution of learning should be dealt with firmly lest the image of the state and its people get denigrated by such act, the statement added.

Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers’ Association (APCTA) has also condemned physical attack on Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University. Further APCTA has asked authorities to constitute a fact finding committee to enquire into the circumstance leading to assaults.

While condemning the attack on RGU VC in strongest terms, Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) demanded thorough investigation in to the incident.  

Meanwhile, all five accused arrested in VC attack case was today produced in the court of judicial magistrate first class, Doimukh. The court has sent all accused to seven days police remand. A bail petition for release of five accused were moved in the court of DC/session court Yupia. The bail petition of all the accused has been rejected.


Holy Child Academy student walks away with top prize

Itanagar, Jan 28: Mst. Byabang Dokur, a class VIII student of Holy Child Academy, Nirjuli has won first prize in district level Easy writing competition on the topic "RTI Act and good governance in Arunachal Pradesh" conducted by Director of School Education.

He was awarded cash prize of Rs 1000 along with a merit certificate by Governor JJ Singh on 61st Republic Day celebration at IG Park.

While lauding master Byabang for winning the award, the principal of the school encouraged all other students of his school to create awareness about RTI Act among the common masses.


Bring reform in teaching techniques: Siram

PASIGHAT, Jan 28: The Education Minister Bosiram Siram inaugurated a town middle school at Telam 65-km away from Pasighat under Nari-Koyu circle, separating primary and middle section from the Govt. higher secondary school on Jan 28 amidst a huge gathering of officers, panchayat leaders, teachers and students.

Addressing the public at Bakin Pertin Memorial Auditorium, Siram  called for reform in existing teaching techniques  with inspiring teaching methodology. He also gave emphasis on vocational education.

Stressing the need of  true and excellent teachers Siram termed the teachers as luckiest persons as they get their services recognized from the society. Live in deed not in years, he said while advocating for character and moral education.

The minister also appraised other developments of education sectors and also announced that due to his active initiative the Centre has approved for establishing a new NIIT (National Institute of Information Technology) in the state and 10 nos. of Model colleges in educationally backward areas which would be funded in ratio of 50-50 by centre and UGC.

The minister after visiting all the schools of 36 Nari-Koyu appreciated the infrastructure development works.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by the panchayat leaders of the area the minister assured to look into the demands on priority basis. DIPRO


Education only means to achieve the goal of dynamic society: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) president Takam Tatung today called upon the youths and student community of the state to take education seriously.

Addressing the mammoth gathering on the occasion of the VIIIth edition of “Nyishi Youth Convention being organized by the All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) at Daporijo, Tatung said  in order to achieve the goal of dynamic society, the youths and students need to be well informed.

Stressing the need of a rational outlook and follow the ethos of communal harmony, especially in a multi-tribe state like Arunachal Pradesh, the AAPSU president said these can be attained  only through education.

Tatung also informed the gathering mostly students representative from different Nyishi areas that the apex students body of the state is striving hard to impress upon the state government to immediately bring out the “educational bill” for over all development of the education sector.

Talking on the issues that are confronting the state he called on the state government to immediately review its decision to grant ‘Hoolock Gibbon’ the status of state animal and instead he strongly advocated  for ‘Mithun’ generally considered a prized possession of majority of the tribal populace to be given the honor. Touching on the subject of poor road connectivity he emphasized for immediate completion of Hoj-Potin road which can act as a life line for half of the state population  in case of emergency. He also urged for immediate all weather road connectivity to strategically located areas of Upper Subansiri like Taksing and reminded the state government of the apex students’ body’s earlier submitted charter of demand, according to an AAPSU release.


In-service teachers training prog gets underway

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: In its continued mission to impart capacity building and quality education to teachers of Lohit district, a 10 days In –Service Training programme under SSA organized by District Level MGT Committee ( SSA) got under way at BRC Hall Tezu on Jan 27. Altogether 130 AT and JT teachers will be participating in the programme.

Tezu SDO S..K. Deori participating in the inaugural function as chief guest lauded the contributions of teachers during elections, census etc in far flung areas besides teaching and learning. He called upon teachers to dedicate more on quality education stating that” if a student absents himself it is an individual loss   but if a teachers absents himself he is absenting  hundreds of students .” Presiding over the training programme, Tezu EAC H.N. Dubey stressed on renewed effort to imbibe spirit of teaching and learning atmosphere for a fruitful direction. This goal cannot be achieved without proper training to all teachers, he added.

Dr. N. Gopakrishnan, Guest   lecturer and Senior Scientist Govt. of India who has the distinction of more than 5000 national and international lectures spell-bound the teachers. The other senior lecturers from IGG College, experience teachers from Govt. H.S.S. Tezu, DTO and ADEOS are working as Resource persons.

Earlier, Tezu DDSE cum Member Secretary SSA, Kento Rina and V.S. Tiwari ADEO Cum District Pedagogy and Training Co-coordinator ( SSA)  highlighted the aims and objectives of training programme and disclosed that the programme will cover 1000 teachers  from far flung areas of Tezu Circle to Dirak gate during the year. The ADEOs and other teachers also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


‘XIth Plan recognizes the importance of empowering girl children’

WAKRO, Jan 28:  Dr. Syeda Hameed, Member, Planning Commission today disclosed that the Eleventh Plan recognizes the importance of empowering girl children.  She disclosed this in a message to the “Meeta Meet” organized by the Anu Shiksha Seva Trust (ASSET).

As India aims towards double digit growth in the coming years, our goal is to ensure that no group is marginalized and left behind, she said in her message, adding  at the very beginning, the Plan singles out adolescent girls and children under 3, as groups which require special attention.

Congratulating the ASSET for their contribution to the society by way of organizing the Meeta Meet, dedicated to promote girl’s education, she said that the tremendous response for this effort by Ms. Meeta Bardali, the Lohit Brigade and the 2nd Mountain Division of the Indian Army besides many others will go a long way in ushering a culture of change and enabling the girl child to attain her rightful place in society.

She assured ASSET saying “the girl child who will be benefited from this programme will do us all proud.”  The program was unique in itself being entirely conducted by girls of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV), and the Apna Vidya Bhavan, Wakro.

Sharing her experiences, Diumlu Apa of KGBV, Wakro impressed the packed gathering saying that she learnt to cultivate genuine respect for elders and express love for younger members of the school.

Sanamlu Chokwa of KGBV said that she liked the curriculum of her school which included Mishmi weaving and knitting under the pre-vocational training program, capacity building, Fitness program along with academic pursuits. The Apnes Sanianso, Sam, Navinso, Amonlu and Manisha also spoke on the occassion. Special feature of the Meet was presentation of selected pieces from the poetry of Maulana Altaf Hussian Hali (1837-1914) who stood for human values which all are longing to engender among the new generation. The Apnes read out the messages of the saint from a calendar presented to them by the Planning Commission Member.

Speaking on behalf of parents Kenbom Nyodu called upon the people to ensure welfare of girls with a determined approach to send girls to schools regularly. He appealed all the people to recognize social efforts of setups like ASSET and support such works with their active involvement.

Among others Achulu former Anchal Samity Member,  Sonja Rangmang spoke on the occasion. Students of the KGBV and Apna Vidya Bhavan presented traditional dances and cultural programs.

Miss Seema Arandhara, Principal Apna Vidya Bhavan informed the delegates that 25 girls were provided free education in the AVB and 4 boys were also provided free ships which included five Non-APST beneficiaries.


Eye camp at Aalo

AALO, Jan 28: Kangki Darang, ADC today inaugurated a eye camp at Aalo.

In his inaugural address, Darang called upon the doctors and staffs of District Hospital Aalo  extend cooperation and support to the  team of doctors led by Dr. Yater Ringu Darang, Eye Specialist during the camp from Jan 28 to 30.

DMO Dr. T.Tamut informed that lot more students were found to have eye problems as per survey conducted in West Siang District.

Dr. Kangkeng Jopir, Dist. Malaria Officer explained the cases of blindness and added that cataract can be avoided.


Action plan on ‘Clean Capital Drive’ chalked out

NAHARLAGUN, Jan 28: ‘Clean Capital Drive’ is being conducted from Jan 27 to Feb 9 next in all sectors of Naharlagun Township.

Organized by the state Public Works Department, the urgent need of cleanliness drive in various sectors at Naharlagun was felt in view of the worsening unhygienic conditions of the capital. An action plan on ‘Clean Capital Drive’ was also chalked out in a meeting in the office of Executive Engineer, Naharlagun division on Jan 22 for effective implementation of the programme.

Activities like removal of wayside construction materials within Right of Way (ROW) of private individuals with two day prior notice, clearing and cleaning of side drains and disposal of wastes, removal of banners/ posters/ advertisements on NH52A and sector roads obstructing safe sight distance of traffic, besides leveling of road side berm and filling of inadequate shoulders followed by rolling are part of the cleanliness drive.

It would be worth mentioning here that notice to this effect had been given to one and all to facilitate the activities by voluntarily removing all way side construction materials and obstructions which are causing interruption in traffic, blockage of drainage system and in general causing public nuisances thereby affecting the unhygienic surroundings, safety and security of road traffic and pedestrians by Jan 26 last.

The department sought cooperation from one and all from every section of the society for successful conduct of the departmental drive.

As a follow up of this, State First Lady while leading a social service cum cleanliness drive at Naharlagun on last Saturday stressed on cleanliness with an appeal ‘Let us continue to keep it clean and green’.

Further, to dedicate the year 2010 for making ‘clean & green’ Arunachal , the state Chief Secretary Tabom Bam in an official order has also directed all heads of departments to involve all their officers and staff to clean their offices. The order, which was issued on January 25, urged the HoDs to clean 200 meter periphery of their respective offices on every last Saturday of the month to motivate and make general public aware by becoming a role model themselves in creating ‘clean and green’ Itanagar. The major cleanliness drive shall be done in entire capital complex starting from January 30 to 31 next involving all officers, businessmen, NGOs and school children. DIPR

News desk adds: Meanwhile, in order to maintain cleanliness in Itanagar Capital Complex, city administration started ‘Adopt your road’ programme for all the shopkeepers of the township.  In an order issued under the programme, Capital DC asked the shopkeepers to keep 10 meter of the front of their shop free of garbage, litter, polythene bags etc, and to keep dustbins and spit pots in their shops for disposal of waste materials. Violators of the order will be imposed penalty up to the cancellation of trading license.


Workshop on skill development of local artisans

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Workshop on ‘Skill Development of Local Artisan and Devising Strategies for Conservation’ was held at State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) on 28 January. The theme of the workshop was on identification of locations rich in artisans using forests resources and devising strategies for conservation of resources and enhancement of their livelihood.

J.L. Singh, PCCF and Principal Secretary (Environment & Forests) inaugurated the workshop.  In his inaugural address PCCF informed the participants about the need for skill development of local artisans and also emphasized the necessity to conserve natural resources.

G.N. Sinha, Director, SFRI  and Managing Director, A.P. Forest Corporation Ltd. while welcoming the guests informed the audience that the main bottleneck for poor skill development is lack of viable schemes in the state which aims at skill development. He exhorted the audience to develop their skill and compete with the fast changing market economy.

Dr. S. Deb of National Afforestation and Eco Development Board, Shillong under the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India delivered the keynote address and explained the rationale of the workshop. He informed the audience that Arunachal Pradesh has a very large workforce in unorganized sector and they have a potential to transform rural economy, if properly skilled.

G.N. Sinha, through a PowerPoint presentation discussed the forestry related laws and their role in promoting local entrepreneurship in Arunachal Pradesh. He also spoke on the linkages of various environmental policies and laws with sustainable development.

T. Gapak discussed non-timber forest products and livelihood options for people in Arunachal Pradesh thorough a PowerPoint presentation and described importance and significance of various flora for multifarious application.

L.K. Pait, Additional PCCF spoke on the importance of understanding environmental laws and uses of various bio-resources for livelihood support and economic development. Subu Tabin, Joint Director (Industries) discussed the problems and prospect of the industries department in development of forests based resources.

S. Modi, Deputy Director, Trade and Commerce spoke on the present status and commerce activities in forest based products and their future prospect in Arunachal Pradesh. Dr. S. Deb of NAEDB Regional Centre discussed the role of the National Afforestation and Eco-Development Board. Kabak Tani, Manager, NEDFi spoke on their role in promoting forest based industries and banking.

Chairpersons of Jollang Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Lower Subansiri Handloom Cooperative Society, Kaidorna Weaving Centre and Poma Village Development Society discussed the problems of NGOs and Self Help Groups in developing forest based industrial enterprises. The participants would be taken to VVK Chessa and Poma village for first hand experience in the art of raising forestry resources and their application for development of entrepreneurship.

Large number of Panchayat leaders, forest officers and other senior officer of the state Govt attended the workshop. Dr. A.N. Rao of State Forest Research Institute thanked the participants to the three days workshop which began on 28th January 2010 and will conclude on 30th January.


Army Trekking Expedition to Shingang flagged off at Tuting

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The Battalion of the Mahar Regiment garrisoned at Tuting launched an Adventure Trekking expedition from Tuting to Shingang on the occasion of the 61st Republic Day.

D Gara, Circle Officer, Tuting flagged off the team in a grand ceremony at the Republic Day function and wished them luck for the success of the expedition. The expedition is expected to return on 10th Feb.

The team comprising of twelve Infantry men led by Lieutenant Thangging Baite, a young officer belonging to the North East will visit over ten villages to spread the message of bonhomie and national integration. They will also visit places of religious significance along the route.

This is the first ever expedition undertaken by the Army under the aegis of Dah Division in the Yang Sang Chu Valley. This route was also known as the ‘Pilgrimage Route’, through which devout Buddhists used to travel to the Emra Valley through the Abroka La pass. The expedition is an earnest endeavor by the Army to foster National Integration and spread goodwill among the people of the region and also to bring the populace closer to the army. The expedition also commemorates the “Silver jubilee” of the Mahar Battalion, which completes 25 years in the service of the nation on 11 Feb.  


R-Day celebrated at Aalo

AALO, Jan 28: The 61st Republic Day was celebrated at Aalo in a befitting manner with the rest of the country at General Ground, Aalo on Jan 26.

The chief guest on the occasion, Kangki Darang, ADC highlighted many initiatives and commitment of the State Govt. during the recent years which included massive infrastructure projects initiated under PMs Package, Arunachal Trans-Highway, streamlined PDS, health care facilities, agriculture and Horticulture Programmes and so on.

There were 25 Parade Contingent took part during the day and also colourful folk dances.

Darang also gave away the prizes to the exhibition stall in which Agriculture Deptt. stood first and Textile and Handicraft deptt.  adjudged second.

Jarkar Gamlin, MLA given away the Prizes of Parade contingents in which NCC girls, Govt. Secondary School, Aalo stood first and junior boys of Ramakrishna Mission School, Aalo adjudged second. DIPRO

At Kakoi circle headquarters, circle officer Tasso Gambo unfurled the national tri-colour. Gambo called upon the GBs to maintain peace and tranquility in the village and assist the police and administration as their primary duties. He also called upon the Govt officers to perform their duties with devotion and sincerity. Meritorious students of the Govt ME School, Kakoi were awarded on the occasion.


NABARD sanctions rural haat to Jote Panchayat

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in its efforts  to support marketing of farm and non-farm products of the rural farmers and artisans, sanctioned a Rural Haat project to Jote Panchayat for construction of Rural Marketing Outlet in Jote village, under Balijan block in Papum Pare district. The  district administration has issued

Provisional Land Possession Certificate measuring 1200 sq. mtrs in the name of Jote Panchayat for this purpose.  The proposed rural haat will serve 8 villages in the area having approximate population of 2300 for marketing of horticultural, agricultural, Handloom and Handicraft products.

Jote Panchayat, which is the Project holder under the scheme, will start construction of the marketing outlet having permanent roofing with toilet, drinking water and parking facilities within three months from the date of sanction.

For implementation and monitoring of the project, the Panchayat will constitute Rural Haat Management Committee (RHMC) drawn from officials of District Administration, Panchayat, Banks, NABARD, NGOs, traders and vendors with 50% of its members drawn from women. The Committee will meet at least once in a quarter to guide the project and its full implementation.

The Rural Haat would help to increase the access to market of the rural people for increasing their income level in the area. It is also expected to further the cause of women empowerment as 50% of the RHMC members would be drawn from women, according to an official release.


ITBP cycling expedition to promote environment awareness

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: An eight-member team of  Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Force, set out on a bicycle expedition to State Capital Itanagar from Aalo, West Siang on January 26 to create awareness among the public of the need to conserve environment for a greener earth.

Flagged off by MLA Jarkar Gamlin  in presence of officers and officials of 20th ITBP at DSF ground Aalo, the expedition would  cover a distance of 530 km in 8 days.  

The team led by Assistant Commandant Anil Kumar Chauhan will cover various places, including Bam, Daporijo, Roma and Ziro.

The team would spread the message of environment conservation, create awareness about HIV/AIDS, proper sanitation, health & hygiene and the benefits of practising Yoga.

The expedition members would halt in a few places to interact with the GBs of various villages to instill a sense of harmony and brotherhood among the uniformed men and common people and organize health camps.

The expedition will culminate at Itanagar on February 2.


Akhanda Hari Naam Kirtan

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: A 5-day long Akhanda Hari Naam Kirtan will be organized at Ganga market, Itanagar from January 30 next. The first day of the programme will begin with Subha Adhibash. This would be followed by Mahanaam Jagya from  Jan 31 to Feb 2. Maha Prasad will be distributed on Feb 3.


Boori Boot Yullo

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Atum Welley, WRD  Minister and Techi Kaso, legislator have consented to attend as chief guest and guest honour for Boori-Boot Yullo being celebrated at  Nyikum Niya groung from Feb 4 to 7.


Annual Bible class

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: 15th Annual Bible Class cum Conference of Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Women Wing Area-IV will be held at Regi (Basar)  with a four-day programme from  April 8 to 11  next.

The women delegate will be assemble from throughout the members of Revival churches of East and West Siang district. The main resourceful speakers will be the Christian Graduate Prayer Fellowship Itanagar President  Yumri Taipodia and Field Secretary Jumto Riba.


4 houses gutted in fire at Dumporijo

ITANAGAR: At least four houses were gutted in a devastating fire in Dumporijo, Upper Subansiri district at around 12.15 noon today.

Though the fire service personnel reached from Daporijo, the fire devoured the houses completely before its arrival from a distance of 30 km.

Most of the dwelling houses in  Dumporijo semi-town area  are Kachcha houses. Fire easily breaks out in such houses resulting in fire incident almost every year. Unfortunately there is no fire service at Dumporijo.

The Indigenous Mission has requested the concerned authority to set up fire station in Dumporijo to  prevent fire accidents.


‘Check animal disease in Mengio area’

ITANAGAR: All Mengio Student’s Union (AMSU) has appealed to authority of Veterinary and Animal husbandry, Papum Pare district to prevent deadly disease affecting Mithun in Mengio area. Union claimed that in the recent days eight Mithun died in the area due to mysterious disease.  


NABARD sanctions rural road project in Kurung Kumey

ITANAGAR: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)’s Project Sanctioning Committee in its 108th  meeting has  sanctioned a loan of Rs. 3111.12 lakh under RIDF XV to Government of Arunachal Pradesh for implementation of a Rural Road Project i.e., Road from Koloriang Bridge Point to Damin via Parsi-Parlo (Part-II of Phase-I) in Kurung Kumey District. The sanctioned amount is 90% the Total Financial Outlay (TFO) of Rs. 3456.80 lakh. The project envisages providing all weather connectivity to 83 villages of Damin and Parsi-Parlo Administrative Centers and 20 Marketing Centers of the area, according to an official release.

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