January  08


SECC completed in Upper Siang

YINGKIONG, Jan 7:  Uploading of Socio-Economic & Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data in the SECC National Server has been completed in Upper Siang district yesterday.

The house to house enumeration work was started on December 7 manually using prescribed schedule forms by the enumerators, supervisors under the guidance of BDOs, UPO in the enumeration blocks of the respective rural and urban blocks in the district.

The process of AHL cataloguing–conversion of scanned copies of households in TIFF format to JPG format was completed by the data entry operators within three days from December 16 at NIC, Yingkiong.

With the completion of field work for some of the blocks, the process of data entry works started at the NIC centrally in full-swing on December 20 and finally completed on January 6.

Upper Siang deputy commissioner  Liyon Borang appreciated all for successful completion of the SECC works. DIPRO


DDSE emphasizes on quality works

ITANAGAR, Jan 7: Papum Pare DDSE T T Tara has visited the schools under Tarasso circle unannounced today. He was accompanied by Balijan BRCC and Tarasso CRCC during his visit.

Expressing concern over absence of some teachers from duty, the visiting team said absentee teachers will be viewed seriously as absenteeism hampers academic career of the students. The team also observed that some of the civil works such as construction of boundary wall, additional classrooms and separate toilets for school girls were not up to the mark. However, the civil work coordinator–cum-J E of DPO office, SSA district Mission was directed to verify the ongoing civil work before releasing final payment to VEC account. The VEC and SMDC members were  also directed to extend their cooperation for smooth and proper construction of civil work to the education department of the district.


Assault condemned

ITANAGAR, Jan 7: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has condemned the physical assault on junior engineer, Lotu Gadi of Department of Hydropower Development, Tawang.

While welcoming the steps taken by local authorities, AAPSU  demanded immediate arrest of the assaulter. The union also asked people of Arunachal to respect professionalism and let professionals do their duty without fear.  Galo Students Union (GSU) has also condemned the attack on Er. Gadi.

In a release, GSU stated that even though an FIR was lodged against the culprit, no arrest has been made so far by police. GSU urged the authorities concerned to bring the culprit to book immediately and award him exemplary punishment.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Jan 7: The members of Legong Banggo Students Union today organized a social service at SDO office, CHC, Bazaar and link road at Ruksin. The programme was attended among others by students of Govt Higher Secondary School Ruksin, Panchayat leaders, police officials and members of Bazaar community.  


LBC silver jubilee

ITANAGAR, Jan 7: Lumpo Baptist Church Youth Fellowship, Adi Baptist Union (ABU) celebrated its silver jubilee on January 4 and 5 at Lumpo.

The function was attended by Executive Secretary ABU Rev Mikim Perme and Rev R Lalthangliana as speakers and the pray and worship was led by ABU Choir.


ANYA opposes TRC to non APST

ITANAGAR, Jan 7: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA), in a letter to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, opposed issuing Temporary Residential Certificate (TRC) and Permanent Residential Certificates (PRC) to non-APST residing in Arunachal Pradesh.

According to ANYA, such kind of facilities to non-APST would threaten the integrity, culture, tradition and over all development of the local people of the state.

ANYA also expressed displeasure over the non-clearance of land allotment document and pending land transfer cases under DC Capital Complex. It appealed to the DC to immediately clear the pending land transfer cases and suggested that the authority should continue the previous guidelines while handling the land transfer cases that are already in process.


India to send 15-member military team to China

New Delhi, Jan 7: In an overnight change of stance, India today decided to go ahead with sending the military delegation to China as scheduled next week but scaled it down from 30 to 15 after visa was denied to a senior IAF officer hailing from Arunachal Pradesh.

Sources said the Staff Officers' delegation will travel to China from January 10 as scheduled as part of defence exchanges programme.

However, instead of 30 members as decided earlier, the delegation will comprise 15 members drawn from all the three Services, they said. The decision marks a change of stance as the government had yesterday put on hold the visit in response to the provocative action by China of denying visa to IAF Group Captain M Panging, who hails from Arunachal and was to be part of the delegation.

The delegation is to visit Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai during the four-day trip.

China, which lays claim over Arunachal Pradesh, has often denied visa to those hailing from the state despite protests by India.

The visit by Indian military delegation is reciprocal to the one undertaken by the Chinese last month and is part of the confidence building measures between the two sides.

Earlier in 2010, China had denied visa to the then Northern Army Commander Lt Gen B S Jaswal as he was serving in Jammu and Kashmir, leading to souring of bilateral relations.

Jaswal was to head a military delegation to China under the defence exchange programme.

The ice was broken when India sent a delegation under a Major General in June last year. After that visit, two more visits took place between the two sides.


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Si-Donyi celebrated at Dumporijo, Taliha

Amar Sangno

Dumporijo, Jan 7: Along with the rest of the state, the Tagin community of Dumporijo, 13 kilometer off  Daporijo celebrated the 38th Si-Donyi festival in traditional fervor and gaiety here yesterday.

Attending the festival, Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Workers Welfare Board Chairman Jalley Sonam called upon the youths to promote and preserve own culture and tradition. Calling upon people to maintain peace and harmony, Sonam said that peace and non-violence are not only keys to developments but also a tool to eradicate corruption.

Emphasizing on self-employment, the Chairman called upon the youths to give priority on agriculture and horticulture activities to generate self-employment and make state self-reliant. Terming Tuki led government as people friendly; he urged the youths to contribute in the developmental process of the state by contributing in distinct fields.

All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union Finance Secretary Debia Muj called upon the community youths to shoulder the responsibility of preservation and documentation of rich culture and tradition. Youths should be involved in festival to inculcate the cultural values among youngsters, he said adding that people should respect and celebrates festival without any differences although they have different religious practices.

Earlier, Sonam and Muj released Tagin video album and Tagin language dictionary. To mark the occasion, various cultural programmes and war dances were displayed in colourful manner. Five senior citizens of the community were presented commendation certificates by Si-Donyi festival organizing committee in recognition of their contributions towards promotion of culture and tradition.  

Former MLA Larbin Nasi and Tapa Dagiam general secretary of Tagin Cultural; Society also spoke on the occasion.

Altogether 25 cultural (Ponung) troupes from various panchayat segments and villages participated in the festival.

The festival was also celebrated with full joy and enthusiasm at Taliha.

Minister for Urban Development, Housing, Town Planning and Fisheries Rajesh Tacho and Parliamentary secretaries Punji Mara and RT Khunjuju attended the festival.


Agri & horti commissioner visits West Siang

Aalo, Jan 7 : The Commissioner Agriculture and Horticulture Hage Kojeen accompanied by AK Purkayas-tha, Director, Agriculture (Marketing) and Kamo Ado Joint Director, Horticulture conducted a two days official tour to West Siang on January 5 and 6 last.

Braving the inclement weather, the Commissioner visited the Govt. seed Farm at Jomlo under department of Agriculture and Horticulture. He also visited one Hi-Tech orange garden at Karbak village under NEC project taken up by Horticulture Department and one farm established by T Gangkak, a progressive farmer at Peri Komdo at Kamba where 4 Ha of Potato, 1.50 Ha Arhar and1 Ha of Mustard (Zero-tillage) have been cultivated on self help basis.

During an interaction with the farm managers and department officials, he stressed on the need to improve the revenue generation to overcome the impression of the Govt. that major portion of allocated govt. fund is utilized for maintenance of farms. He asked the department to motivate more farmers in the years to come so that minimum food requirement of local population can be met up locally within the district and States economy as whole.  K. Riram, District Agriculture Officer, Aalo and K, Doji, District Horticulture Officer, Aalo apprised the visiting dignitaries of all ongoing schemes and NEC funding etc apart from various issues pertaining to the concerned department.

The Commissioner and his team also attended a Workshop on Climate Change, its impact and mitigation strategies and Farmers Fair organized by ICAR, Basar on January 5. DIPRO.


Women football camp

PASIGHAT, Jan 7: A six-day women’s football coaching camp organized by the East Siang District Women Football Association (ESDWFA) began at general ground here today.

Attending the first day of the camp, East Siang  deputy commissioner Talem Tapok said though it has traditionally been played almost entirely by men the state’s women have equal courage and power to play and enjoy football.

He appreciated the ESDWFA president Christopher Tayeng and his deputy Akiri Moyong and secretary Tabiram Moyong for organizing the camp to explore the hidden women football talents of the district.

The coaching camp is being conducted by three coaches namely, Kop Yana, Tako Babi and Babia Mehu under the supervision of Lalrinsanga Ralte, president, Women Football Association of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.

Altogether, 43 woman footballers of East Siang are being trained in the camp for the ensuing inter district football tournament scheduled to be held at Chalang in February next.

Public leader Nanom Jamoh also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


AMYAA imparts mushroom cultivation training to SHG

ITANAGAR, Jan 7: Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA), a Miao based NGO, imparted mushroom cultivation training to Nuhang SHG of New Yanman village under Kharsang circle of Changlang district recently.

As many as 12 women were given systematic training on how to grow Mushroom for commercial purpose.

RK Paul Chawang, Secretary, AMYAA facilitated the training programme.

The members of Nuhang SHG have unanimously decided to grow Mushroom at large scale for better income generation of their group.

Promoted by AMYAA, the NABARD regional office, Itanagar has sanctioned Rural Mart (Market Outlet) at Kharsang Bazar to Nuhang SHG.  This will be the first SHG Rural Mart in Changlang supported by NABARD regional office, Itanagar.

The SHG will run the rural mart with the support of NABARD where all local products including  handicrafts & handloom etc. made by SHGs can be placed for marketing, AMYAA said informed in a release.

This rural mart will encourage the SHGs to go for productions of various locally made items. The SHG will play a key role in marketing the products at local, state and national level through the guidance and timely support of AMYAA (NGO), the release added.


Scientists divulge strategies to lessen impact of climate change

ITANAGAR, Jan 7: A workshop on “Climate Change: Its impact and mitigation strategies” was successfully held at ICAR, Basar  yesterday.

Presiding over the workshop Dr. S.V. Ngachan, Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Meghalaya highlighted some mitigation strategies like conservation tillage, watershed approaches, Jalkund, roof water harvesting and SRI technology to cope up with the climate change.

Dr. R. Bhagawati, Joint Director, ICAR, AP Centre, Basar, who co-chaired the workshop appraised that decline in decadal minimum temperature have marked effect on the yield of rabi crops and incidence of pest & diseases. He also described the impact of erratic rainfall trend in the recent past and mitigation strategies for the crops and livestocks.

Er. M.K. Viswakarma, Director, NER-FMTTI, Biswanath Chariali, Assam gave a presentation on farm mechanization with respect to hill agriculture. He also invited the interested farmers to take free of cost training at his institute.

Egam Basar, Asstt. Director, Horticulture, presented the status of horticulture and some contingency measures to be taken against the adverse effect of climate change for horticultural crops.

Dr. D.J. Rajkhowa, Principal Scientist, Agronomy; Dr. Amit Nath, Sr. Scientist, Horticulture and Dr. K.P. Mahapatra, Sr. Scientist, Agro-forestry of ICAR Complex, Meghalaya addressed the house with their valuable inputs with respect to the vagaries of climate change and its mitigation strategies. A thread-bearing discussion was held among the dignitaries and Programme Coordinators and  SMSs of various KVKs of Arunachal Pradesh regarding contingency plans of different districts.

Simultaneously, a Kisan Mela cum Exhibition-2012 was inaugurated  by Hage Kojeen, Commissioner (Agri. & Horti.), Govt. of AP at Research Farm, Gori today. He  asked the farmers for large scale adoption of the technologies developed by ICAR, AP Centre.

Addressing the gathering, Dr. S.V. Ngachan, assured the farmers for necessary technical backstopping from ICAR.

In the afternoon, a farmers-scientists interaction was held under the chairmanship of Dr. Bhagawati. Scientists, Subject-Matter Specialists, Farm Manager of ICAR responded to  the queries of the farmers from various districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Officers and staff from different line departments and 350 farmers of the state attended the Kisan Mela cum Exhibition.


Chakma refugees ransack Diyun PS; AAPSU expresses concern

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 7: The Diyun town police station of Changlang district was today ransacked by Chakma refugees following a minor bike accident involving tribal Arunachalee citizen and Chakma resident. As per report, a 5-year-old Chakma girl was hit accidentally by a biker near Diyun Govt School at around 11 today morning .

The person, who was riding the bike fled the scene but the pillion rider was caught by Chakma students, who were near the accident site. The students beat him up severely. The Chakma students also damaged the police vehicle and physically assaulted police personnel, when they arrived at the spot to rescue the pillion rider.

Later, while demanding arrest of the bike rider, hundreds of Chakma settlers including students and villagers ransacked Diyun police station.

Talking to this daily, officer in-charge of Diyun police station PK Kalita informed that one IRBn jawan was seriously injured in the entire melee.

“An IRBn jawan JN Saksoso was hit in the head with stone and has received severe injury. He has been referred to hospital at Dibrugarh for further treatment,” the OC said. The 5-year-old girl received minor injury in the accident, the OC added.

People closely associated with Chakma-Hajong refugee issue believe that this situation has been created to portray state administration in poor light.

“Chakmas often create such tense atmosphere to portray themselves as victim and Arunachal people as villain. Significantly, this incident happened just before the January 9 meeting in Itanagar between representatives of Chakma, AAPSU and Arunachal Govt along with central govt team. It is a tactics adopted by the Chakmas to gain sympathy of human right organizations,” told a social activist.

Meanwhile, Diyun EAC Dakto Riba has called upon everyone to maintain calm and not aggravate the situation.

“We have requested for additional police forces to deal with tense situation.  I have personally called senior Chakma leaders and asked them to help normalize the situation. Though tensed, the situation is under control now,”  Riba said.

Meanwhile All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has expressed serious concern over damage of public properties by Chakma refugees.

AAPSU, in a release, stated that after years of acrimonious fight between indigenous Arunachalee citizen and Chakma, everyone involved in conflict were working towards solution after constitution of high power committee under the chairmanship of joint secretary (NE) last year by govt of India. The committee comprising representatives from AAPSU, Chakma, Arunachal and Central Governments was formed to find a solution to the vexed Chakma-Hajong refugee issue.

“We are sad with actions of Chakma people. Everybody is working honestly to find a solution to this issue. Just few days before a crucial high power committee meeting, such violent act on the part of Chakmas has hurt the sentiments of Arunachalee tribal citizen. Chakma leaders need to educate their people about law of the country and not let them take law in their own hands,” stated AAPSU.  The apex student body also asked human right groups and central government to take note of human rights violation committed by Chakma refugees.

“Arunachalee citizens have always been portrayed as villain by human right groups. We appeal to all national and international human right groups not to be biased and open their eye towards human right violation committed by Chakma refugee against indigenous tribals,” AAPSU stated.

The union  further appealed to the state government to arrest all those who attacked police station and destroyed public properties.


RKM, in service of nation

ITANAGAR, Jan 7: Ram Krishna Mission (RKM) which celebrated the 175th birth anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna at its headquarter at Belur and  other parts of the country  recently achieved a milestone in serving the nation and mankind.

It may be mentioned here that a four-year long service programme was already inaugurated by Prime Minister in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

While reviewing the performance of the Mission in the 102nd Annual General Meeting of the Ramakrishna Mission at Belur Math recently, the Mission sources informed that Rs.8.20 crore was spent on the central government aided service projects from October  8, 2010 to  June to 10, 2011.

The achievement in the educational field included introduction of Ph D programme in Vivekananda University in Environmental and Disaster Management and Theoretical Physics at its Belur Main Campus, and a two-year M.Sc. course in Agricultural Biotechnology at its Narendrapur Campus.

On the other hand, Loksiksha Parishad of Narendrapur centre started a child labour school with facilities of midday meal and stipend at Baruipur, South 24 Paraganas. In medical field, the new projects which deserve special mention are pilot project on electronic management of tuberculosis cases in the TB clinic of New Delhi centre; a physiotherapy unit at the dispensary of Kanpur centre; a 20-bed primary health care unit by Ranchi TB Sanatorium centre.

In rural development field, 11 ponds in different villages was created by Limbdi Centre, Gujarat and 23 ponds in Silli Block by Ranchi (Morabadi) centre.

Apart from this, a good number of projects by Lokasiksha Parishad of Narendrapur centre have been started which included project for preservation of Indian traditional Gir cow, a project for training on dairy farming to milk federation members and rural youths, establishment of 10 soil-testing laboratories for rural farmers in Purba Medinipur, Paschim Medinipur and South 24 Parganas districts.

During the year under review, the Ramakrishna Math started a new centre at Naora in West Bengal and a sub-centre of Balaram Mandir centre known as ‘Shyampurkur Bati’ at Kolkata.

The Math and Mission undertook extensive relief and rehabilitation programmes in several parts of the country involving an expenditure of Rs. 3.43 crore, benefiting 1.68 lakh people belonging to 68 thousand families in 1729 villages.

It may be mentioned here that nearly 3.22 lakh students are presently studying in our educational institutions from kindergarten to university level. A sum of Rs. 197.50 crore was spent on educational work, according to a RKM release.


Caught in the cross fire  

Raju Mimi

The first time I read about Maoists in Arunachal Pradesh, was a year ago. It was a movie review on ‘Red Alert’, a Bollywood film based on the Naxalite violence, shot in the extensive jungles of Arunachal Pradesh.

Maoists in Arunachal Pradesh! It was imaginative then. What was not known then was the film depiction of ‘Dreaded Maoists in the jungles of Arunachal’ will be talked about in real.

Recent reports from the sources of Ministry of Home Affairs indicate the presence of Maoists in Arunachal Pradesh. According to MHA, the Maoists are making inroads in Assam and are trying to establish links in Dibang Valley to provoke locals against power projects. There are strong indication that the Maoists are banking on the ongoing anti-dam stir to draw its recruits. As per the confidential report released by MHA, there are confirming reports of arrests of the recruits in Assam-Arunachal border.

In Dibang Valley, where the debate over dams has occupied the centre stage, people are now caught in the cross fire. On one side is the empirical evidence, which shows that impoverishment and social disruption due to large dams are major risks. One the other side is the growing anxiety: ‘If I speak against dams, will I be labeled as Maoists?’ Thus, people are forced to trim down their opinion.   

Though reports on Maoists activities in parts of Arunachal Pradesh is more about raising alarm, the mainstream media have gone haywire to label Arunachal as hotbed of Maoist activities. Some scholars have even said the protest against 3000 MW Dibang Multipurpose Project is result of Maoist activity. Such flawed conclusions are drawn because of lack of enthusiasm to carry out in depth and on site studies.  

By the way, who are Maoists and what are their objectives? Maoists are members of Communist Party of India (Maoist), a Marxist political party which believes that the only way to create a just society in India is by overthrowing the existing state system through armed revolution. Maoist armed struggle is essentially a class struggle that seeks to unite all oppressed and poor in a common pool.

In variance to the Maoist class struggle, the anti-dam movement in Arunachal, particularly of Dibang is based on ethnic aspirations. It speaks about Mishmis of Dibang – rich and poor alike. The Dibang movement is so contained that it has even failed to spread in other Mishmi brethren areas of Lohit and Anjaw.

Also, the Dibang anti-dam movement does not have the scope of going abound or spreading further. If it could, it would have in these five years of protest that started in June 2007. Also there is the belief - no matter how extreme the grievances, there is space within the political system to address those grievances.

But the state will be more willing to use the Maoist card, as it adds to their growing excitement. As Arunachal will be purportedly portrayed as hotbed of left wing extremism, the stage will be set for enacting draconian laws in the state. Such pretext of using the label of anti-state organization is a good way to justify repressive laws and state violence. In these exercises, what is not realized is that the alarm raised is nothing but exposure of bad governance and poor developmental profile.

According to Bharat Verma, former cavalry officer and editor of Indian Defence Review, ‘Maoist menace is nothing but incompetency of civil administration.’ Often the military is burdened with the job to clean the mess created by politicians.


Infrastructure & connectivity hold key to North East development: Montek

NEW DELHI, Jan 7: Private sector to define the future course of North East’s infrastructural development, said Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission.

Addressing the valedictory session of the 7th North East Business Summit organized by Indian Chamber of Commerce here today, Dr. Ahluwaliah underlined the critical importance that Infrastructure and connectivity holds for the future development of the North East.

The North East, he said, shares borders with the nations of East, South and South East Asia, incidentally the nations considered to be the most dynamic and economically active at present.

“Connectivity and infrastructure needs to be developed at a fast pace in the North East, to make gainful use of its advantageous position. While the Government both at the Centre and the States have made tireless efforts towards the same, given the volume of investments required private intervention is strictly called for to achieve the targeted capacity,” said Ahluwaliah.

“Courtesy the efforts while many inroads have been made, innovative PPP models need to be devised to attract greater private sector participation, he noted.

Commenting on the prospects of the Tourism Industry in the North East, Dr. Ahluwalia explained that rather than each state trying to project its own potential, a common consensus between the States aiming at projecting the entire North East’s tourism potential, must be immediately arrived at.

North East as whole can be better marketed than individual states to the domestic and international tourist community, he opined.  

With respect to Hydro Power, he urged for the formation of close working groups between Industry and the respective State Government to analyze the progress of the projects and identify the associated problems for fast track implementation.

Commenting on Skill Development, he opined that while the region boasts of a comparatively higher literacy rate private intervention is necessary to generate the requisite employable skills, a critical requirement for the North East’s industrial development.

Dr Ahluwalia, reiterated that contrary to the popular perception tireless efforts on part of the State Government’s have brought in the much needed peace in the region to give investors the necessary encouragement to enter the North East.

Congratulating ICC for successfully organizing the North East Business Summit for the 7th time in his address as the Summit Chairman, Paban Singh Ghatowar, Union Minister of DONER and Mines, said courtesy the relentless efforts undertaken in projecting the North East’s investment potential, Rs 12,000 crore worth of investments have been realized in the region till date; truly a remarkable achievement. He said the Summit could highlight the critical issues facing the region through the deliberations and discourses conducted over the past two days.  In addition to highlighting the potential sectors of Infrastructure, Agro and Food Processing, Tourism, HydroPower, Bamboo and Horticulture among others, Ghatowar didn’t forget to point out the peace and harmony being restored in the region which should provide the necessary fillip to investor sentiments.

Echoing similar views BM Langong, Meghalaya deputy chief minister, emphasized the State Governments to take up the onus in solving the problems related to insurgencies in the region.

The erudite panelists at the session also included ICC office bearers MK Sharaia and Srivardhan Goenka. Cordially thanking the participants partners  for making the Summit a grand success Saharia mentioned that the Conference could generate interest in project proposals amounting to a whopping Rs 2751.25 crore.

In the earlier sessions important discussions on Border Trade and Agro and Food Processing were undertaken.

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