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Take personal interest to enhance education system in Arunachal, Governor appeals Sibal

Union HRD minister assures  high-level team to study education scenario in state

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh  has called on Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal at New Delhi today.

While apprising the HRD minister on the education scenario of the State, the Governor, who is on an official tour to National Capital, urged upon him for his personal interest in upgrading and enhancing primary, secondary and higher education in this frontier state.

For the benefit of every Arunachalee, Gen Singh pointed, ‘we have to augment the complete education system in the state in order to improve the Human Resource capability to meet the challenges posed by the major development projects coming up in the state. Moreover, it will also improve the employability of the denizens for the jobs created by the projects, he added.

Extending an invitation to the HRD minister to visit Arunachal Pradesh, the Governor requested him for sending good quality teachers to conduct educational camps and also impart training to the state teachers.

Impressed by the Governor’s presentation, Sibal assured to send a high level official team to study the existing education scenario in the State and to take appropriate steps after getting the feedback.

The Governor, who will be chairing the annual conference of the Higher and Technical Education of the State very soon is making efforts to ensure that his participation in the conference is meaningful and will give impetus to in improving the education system. PRO to Governor.

Foundation stones under urban infrastructure schemes laid

Tuki assures more UD projects

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki has laid the foundation stone  of  hostel building for working women, destitute children and age old urban dwellers at Daporijo amidst presence of large number of Govt officers, MLAs and general public today.  The estimated cost of the building scheme is Rs  327.46 lakhs.  

The Minister also laid foundation stone for improvement of road network schemes at an estimated cost of Rs 476.52   for  Daporijo division under Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Town(UIDSSMT).

Addressing the people on the occasion of the foundation laying ceremony the UD minister assured sanctioning of remaining projects in phase wise manner. The minister also advised field officers of UD and contractors to ensure proper implementation  of the on-going schemes and timely submission of utilization certificate.

Stressing on cleanliness, the minister called upon the urban dwellers and department concerned to chalk out plan  with involvement of private parties to ensure proper cleaning of the township.

Expressing concern over the rampant burning of jungles for jhum cultivation and  hunting of wild animals, Tuki urged upon the Upper Subansiri district administration   take step through forest department to regularize the excessive jhum cultivation and burning of forest. Earlier, Deputy Commissioner H K Shalla,  also the Chairman-DUDA  requested the UD minister to take initiative for sanctioning the remaining projects.

Lauding the minister for bringing UD schemes  MLA Tapen Siga requested him to take step for immediate sanctioning of project, namely,  “Infrastructure Development of Daporijo town Ph-I.”

Er Ramu Welly Deputy Director (UD) & Housing, Daporijo Division offered vote of thanks.

MLAs and Govt officers including Daporijo MLA Tapen Siga, Taliha MLA Punji Mara, Deputy commissioner HK Shalla, Chief Engineer cum Director, UD & Housing Er Taba Tedir, Chief Engineer(PWD) Central Zone,  Er Kuru Sera, SP, Daporijo Apur Pertin, Deputy Director, Daporijo UD Division Er Ramu Welly accompanied the minister during the foundation laying ceremony, according to an official release.


Attack on VC condemned

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) in its meeting here today univocally condemned the attack on Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor Prof K C Balliappa.

Terming it as most unfortunate and unbecoming, the meeting felt that such acts are contrary to the rational and hospitable ethos of the Arunachalees. Whatever the provocation, the members strongly felt that any grievances should be resolved through dialogues or various democratic methods available, said the APLS in a release today.

“With Arunachal posing for a multi-faceted development and numerous investors showing keen interest to become part of development of this land-locked under developed state, we should realize and shoulder our responsibility collectively to prevent any wrong message going outside the state.”


APLS congratulates noted litterateurs

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) has  congratulated and extended its appreciation to Sahitya Akademi  Award Winner Y D Thongchi, who was conferred Basudev Jallan Memorial Literary Award -2009 by the Assam Sahitya Sabha recently.  The APLS  also lauded noted author Mamag Dai for showcasing the rich cultural heritage and tribal values of Arunachal across the globe.


Teacher molested

ITANAGAR, Jan. 30: In a shocking incident a women teacher of Independence Golden Jubilee Higher Secondary school, Pasighat was molested on the 27th of this month by one S.B Mishra who is senior teacher of the same school. According to report, when victim protested against act of molestation, the accused along with his family members physically assaulted her causing injuries.

When contacted East Siang district superintendent of police (SP), Devesh Srivastava acknowledged that such incident took place. “We have arrested the accused and sent him to police custody. Our investigation is going on and soon we will make formal chargesheet,” informed SP Srivastava. Meanwhile All East Siang District Student’s Union (AESDSU) has strongly condemned this molestation act and demanded stringent action against accused.


CO Hq at Nirjuli demanded

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Nirjuli Market Welfare Association (NMWA), in a memorandum to chief secretary, has demanded creation of a separate circle headquarter for Nirjuli.

While gathering enough supporting conditions in favour of creating a new circle hq. at Nirjuli, the memorandum said: Nirjuli houses many central govt establishments, like NERIST, PSUs like NHPC, NEEPCO, Power Grid etc.  Consideration the distance between Nirjuli and Naharlagun and work-load at Naharlagun circle due to its vastness, which covers entire lower part of the capital city, there should be a separate circle for Nirjuli with hqs, preferably at Nirjuli in the greater interest of the people, the memorandum said.


RGGVY to cover all villages in  Papum Pare

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: All the villages of Papum Pare district will be electrified under the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana, a scheme under Central Govt.

Executive Engineer (E), Naharlagun Electrical Division, Likha Taji today informed that 65 per cent of the villages of the district have already been covered under the scheme and the rest 35 per cent are being covered.

Meanwhile,   the electrical sub-station and associated HT/LT lines created under  RGGVY  under Naharlagun electrical sub-division  covering 5th Mile, 10th Mile, Midpu –II, Nirjuli-I,II,III and Dikrong villages have been charged  yesterday. The Electrical Division in a release appealed the public in general not to touch the live line directly or indirectly for safety of life and property and said that power  department will not be responsible for untoward incident if any after due information.

On the other hand,  42 villages falling under Sagalee sub-divisional administrative area of Papum Pare district have been covered under the RGGVY package A/01, the release said. Four villages under the Banderdewa Administrative circle have also been covered/charged under RGGVY package A/02. The  general people of the villages both in Sagalee sub division and Banderdewa circle are  cautioned not to touch live wire.


Land allotment lauded

ITANAGAR, Jan. 30: The people of East Kameng have appreciated district administration for giving land allotment to around 1000 residents of the district. In a press statement Bado Singhi, Vice Chairman of the state Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB), who is also a resident of  East Kameng  thanked officials for their initiatives. He also appreciated role of WRD minister Atum Welly in this regard.

Further he requested district administration to regularize those plots where residents have been staying for more than three years. “Regularization of these plots could help government to earn more revenues and also benefit local residents,” said Bado Singhi. He added, “People of East Kameng acknowledge the role of WRD minister Atum Welly for his contribution towards helping poor people in getting land rights.”


AAPSU firm on Mithun as State Animal

ITANAGAR, Jan 30:  Refusing to budge from the their stand on giving State Animal status to Mithun (Bos Frontails), the apex students organization of the state, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union today said that it will stick to its previous demand.

Tatung reiterated that the 95% of the people in Arunachal Pradesh recognize Mithun as their state animal.

“Mithun finds special position in the lives of almost every tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. There is mythological, economic, culture and traditional value attached to it. Mithun has its role in every occasion of social life in Tribal society of Arunachal. Infact this is the mainstay of tribal life.”

Tatung also said that there are many mythological aspects associated with communities which consider Mithun as their part of life which can be vouched from the fact that horns are adorned in every village huts.  

“If Hollock Gibbon is declared as the State Animal, it will be a sort of complete dictatorship from the centre to the state. The common public considers Mithun as the State animal and their aspiration will be sabotaged when Gibbon will be declared as state animal, regrets AAPSU president.  

Tatung suggested the state government to take the public consensus to get the true picture on the issue of state Animal. “A public opinion will be the best mechanism to decide on the issue of State Animal”, he added.


Is  violence the only means of getting justice in Arunachal?

By Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: In the last few years Arunachal Pradesh is witnessing drastic change in social structures. The earlier tolerant society of state is being gradually replaced by new generation of youths who are restless to achieve success in life. The penchants for attaining early success in life and frustration at the slow functioning of state machinery have often tested patience of these youths. Aghast at prevailing corruption most of these youths are facing uphill task of motivating themselves for better life ahead.

The spread of education in the state has produced many doctors, engineers, graduates from various fields and they all pin for landing job with state agencies. Most of the Arunachal’s new generation youth are getting educated in metropolitan cities and they come back to their home state with great hope for better future and serving their own state. It is after reaching here that they realize the kind of efforts they need to put in for securing their future. The competition and hardship of finding job often frustrates these youth. Adding to their woes, the ever increasing economic imbalances in society are making life harder for them.

Our state has always prided itself for being home to the most tolerant society. But in the last few decades things have changed for bad and on much occasion act of vandalism are being used as way of fighting for justice which is deeply hurting our society in general. Though nobody support such action, surprisingly some of the educated youth justifies these acts by stating that they do it for justice. “We feel quite guilty to act like that way. But at times too much of corruption lead us to behave like that. Though we all come from educated family but situations make us look like monster,” moaned T. Tagin, an unemployed young graduate.

The aggressive approaches of younger generation in dealing with prevailing problems are worrying every parent who had labored hard to educate their children. “Our society has become so in-tolerant. It is understood that with more education, competition increases but our youth have to learn the art of patience, “commented one worried father. He further added, “The tactics of threatening and muscle flexing are not good for the longer run. It will only create bad image of our state to the rest of world. We have to remember that in the modern world even little incidents can lead to greater repercussion.”

In the changing dynamic of world, our youth also have to gear up themselves to face every kind of competition for better future. In the meanwhile even state government has to pull up their shocks to ensure that dreams of our youth for better future do not gate-crash. In entire north-east region our state is still considered to be one of most peaceful land with good job prospects. Even this reporter while studying in places like Mysore and Delhi has often bragged to the rest of my countrymen that our state boasts of good job prospect and that Arunachal Pradesh is a land of peace, which I guess all youths studying must have done. Now it is duty of our elected representatives and government to make sure that Arunachal truly remains land of peace in real sense.


10 Farmers’ Clubs launched in Namsai

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: NABARD in collaboration with National Youth Project launched Farmers’ Clubs in 10 villages of Namsai sub division in a function held at Namsai ADC conference hall on Jan 28. Around 50 farmers were given inputs on better utilization of credit, adoption of technology and capacity building.

EAC Namsai emphasized on providing credit facilities to farmers by bank. Branch Manager SBI, Chongkham, assured credit facilities for farmers for agricultural activities, while Hari Biswas, President, National Youth Project assured all help to farmers in completing formalities  of availing loan from banks also other social development needs.

SDP organized: A skill development programme sponsored by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and organized by National Youth Project was inaugurated by  Mamta Bhatt, Circle Officer, Pioung Circle which will benefit 25 women weavers of the village Manmao.


13 houses gutted in fire

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: At least 13 houses were gutted in a devastating fire at Dumporijo town of Upper Subansiri District on January 27 midnight.

The house owners lost all their belongings and all study materials of fives students were also completely gutted into ashes, informed  the Galo Welfare Society (GWS) of Upper Subansiri district unit.

The GWS unit has extended financial help  to  victim family and students so as to purchase some needy items and appealed the Govt to provide immediate relief to the fire  victims.

The Society also extended sincere thanks to the Bazar Committee of Dumporijo town  for helping the victim families.


TSC stall bags 1st prize in R-day celebration

ITANAGAR, Jan 30:  The exhibition stall on Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC)  put up by the Public Health Engineering Division Daporijo at Rijo ground  Daporijo on the occasion of  61st Republic Day celebration adjudged 1st among the 14 stalls of the various departments.  The TSC stall awarded with shield and citation, highly appreciated by the visiting VIPs, dignitaries and general public.

Meanwhile, departmental team headed by Er. Niapung Konia, EE cum Member Secretary, DWSC, Upper Subansiri district appealed to the general public to make the TSC Programme a stepping stone in making the district fully sanitized.

As a part of awareness campaign of TSC Programme, Dr. T. Muri, (Ortho), Distt. Hospital highlighted the gathering about various diseases related to water & sanitation. Er. Moli Tatu, AE, imparted technical knowledge on construction of low cost elevated/raised and grounded IHHL while Er. Kapoor Notung, AE, briefly explained the working and construction of water supply projects. The centre of attraction was the model of a local house with attached Low Cost IHHL of raised type, according to a release issued by Er. Gejum Nochi, JE PHE.


Awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Jan. 30: All Upper Subansiri District Students Union (AUDSU) has decided to go for awareness campaign in district for the promotion of education from Feb 2 next. During their tour union could look into the problems faced by student communities of district like shortage of teachers, improper distribution of mid-day meals and stipends, pathetic condition of schools.


Three-month long awareness campaign on H1N1 concludes

NAMPONG, Jan30: The three-month long awareness campaign on influenza A H1N1 (swine flu) was concluded here today.

The campaign was organized by the Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), Govt. of India in close coordination with district administration, health department, medical officers and staff, Anganwadi workers and PRI leaders to create awareness among the people, particularly in rural and remote areas, about the influenza A H1N1 and precautions to be taken for protection from swine flu.

The campaign  which was started from Papum Pare district in November last year   covered West Kameng, Lower Subansiri, Anjaw, West Siang and Changlang districts.

Door to door campaign, public meetings, interactive programmes, film shows, photo exhibitions, drawing, painting, essay writing, sports and quiz competitions to create awareness about H1N1 flu were organised by the DFP units during the months long campaing.

Besides, exhibition on H1N1 was also put up  at Siang River Festival 2010 and recently concluded Pangsau Pass Winter Festival.

In the last phase of campaign the Nampong and Pasighat units organized awareness programme in Changlang district from January 26 to 30. The main function was held at Tangsa Community Hall, Nampong on Jan 29 where Dr. K.Khomrang, MO, In charge, PHC, Nampong explained about A H1N1, symptoms and precautions in detail. Other health issues like Iodine Deficiency Disorder and Malaria were also taken up during the programme, according to an official release.

Photographs of Exhibition on H1N1 organized at Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2010 are also attached.


Know your capability before choosing right career

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan. 30: It was a moment to say goodbye as class 12 students of Green Mount School, Itanagar was given befitting farewell on Saturday. In an impressive program held in the auditorium of school, junior students presented colorful cultural items wooing audience with their performance. Farewell party made students to realize about the tough job of choosing career in the future as soon they will be starting new life after passing out class 12.

During the day speakers like Taba Ajum, Journalist with Arunachal Times, Higio Aruni, Secretary of Green Mount School and Chukhu Mama, guest Lecturer with RGU shared their views with students. They retorted students to keep their options open while choosing their career. “Students should know their strength and choose a particular field where they can excel. There is a life beyond doctor and engineer. Just look out, there are plenty of career options to choose for,” shared Taba Ajum. In her address, Higio Aruni said, “It is important that parents also support their children in choosing a particular career. They should take children to proper career counseling.”


City bus service from Jan 31

ITANAGAR: The much awaited City Bus service in Capital Complex has come into realty with Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services announcing its City service from January 31.

The bus service under JNNURM will ply within Itanagar and Banderdewa between 7 am to 5 pm.

Passenger sheds already constructed along the roadside of NH 52A between Itanagar and Banderdewa by UD department would be the stoppage points, according to STS release.


Adhere to resolution: GWS

ITANAGAR: The executive committee of the Galo Welfare Society (GWS) in a meeting held here today appealed its members to adhere to the resolution adopted during last Galo Baane Keba at Aalo in January 2008.

Pointing out the  resolution 7 of the GWS  during the last Galo Baane Keba,   the Society appealed  that the number of mithuns to be sacrificed in  the rituals should not exceed the permissible limit. Not adhering to the prescribed limit will invite penalty.


Capacity building prog

ITANAGAR: IPC, Voluntary Health Association of India  (VHAI), Arunachal Pradesh and APSACS in collaboration with the Training Division, Arunachal Pradesh Police are organizing a Capacity Building program for the Law Enforcement Officers & Police Personnel on Lifestyle-related Diseases and Tobacco Control Act  at 3rd IRBn Headquarters, Chimpu, Itanagar on 1st February.

Nearly 400 Jawans and 25 Police Officers are  expected to participate in it.

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