January  26


News Impact

Arunachal to have new tourism policy soon

Staff Reporter  

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: The tourism department is soon coming up with new tourism policy for promotion of tourism in Arunachal Pradesh.  This was informed by tourism director A K Singh while addressing a day long workshop on “Campaign Clean Arunachal” organized by the  tourism department at its conference hall here today.

Further he stated that department is trying its best to make Arunachal an favourable tourist destination. Singh called on everyone to help the department in this regard.

The workshop was attended by large number of participants including students of Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic, tour operators, hoteliers, transport operators, officials of tourism department, resource persons from various fields and general public.  

Assistant director tourism, Bengia Mana Sonam hoped that through this workshop people will get education about need to have clean surrounding. She further called on everyone present to start imparting knowledge about importance of cleanliness right from their respective homes.

The tourism department also felicitated those tour operators who contributed highest revenue in the last 5 years and highest contributors for the year 2011 on the occasion. The brand ambassador for campaign ‘Clean India’ Anshu Jemshenpa was also felicitated.  During the technical session three presentations were made by resource persons. The first presentation on the ‘Role of Media in Promotion of Tourism’ was made by Taba Ajum, President of Arunachal Press Club.

Ajum stressed on the need of proper marketing of Arunachal tourism in national and international media. He also expressed concern over illegal appointments in tourism department and impressed upon department to hire professional tourism graduates in the department.

Millo Yasung, a management student from NERIST, made presentation on Tourism Prospects and Potential Issues and Concerns. She mainly dwelt on the need for regular updating of all information related to tourism in internet.

Chukhu Mama, a Lecturer of Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic (RGGP) in his presentation spoke about clean and green Arunachal. While citing example of garbage lying around various markets of the capital complex, he said such dirtiness will bring bad name to the state and thereby harming tourism potential.

Later a panel discussion on promotion of tourism – ‘Issues and remedies- the way ahead’ was held. The panelist included Azing Pertin, Vice-President, Arunachal Press Club, Rakesh Srivastava, AD, SIRD and RK Mishra, Senior lecturer, RGGP.   

 Also spoke on the occasion were Dobing Sonam, general secretary, All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation, John Panye, President, Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operator Association, Dr RM Pant, CMS NERIST and various other tour operators.


Laparoscopic Hysterectomy operations performed at Samaritan Hormin Hospital

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: For the first time in the history of Arunachal Pradesh, Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (Key hole) operations was performed successfully at  Samaritan Hormin Hospital on January 24 by laparoscopic  gynaecologist Dr. Jomson Bagra, who is also trained in infertility and Uro-gynaecology.

Dr. Jomson Bagra has also performed many laparoscopic (Key Hole) operations for ectopic pregnancies and infertility successfully at Samaritan Hormin Hospital Some other advanced laparoscopic operations like removal of kidney stones with laparoscopic DJ stenting has been performed with success, Samaritan Hormin Hospital  Managing Director Dr. Renee Nabam said.

Samaritan Hormin Hospital was inaugurated in a simple function attended by Dr. K. Nishing (DHS) and Dr. D.Raina (MS Arunachal state Hospital) on November 4, 2011.

It was started with a vision to start conventional and advanced laparoscopic (Key Hole) and endoscopic operations at par with national and international standards. The hospital also offered job opportunity to unemployed trained persons like Nurse and Technicians etc. The hospital has altogether 36 staff at present including  one laparoscopic surgeon, one laparoscopic Gynae surgeon, one medicine specialist, two Sonologist and 5 experience registered medical practitioners with  22 beds and 24 hours emergency services.

The hospital is equipped with latest high Definition Laparoscopic system (Stryker-USA) first of its kind in the state for use in advanced laparoscopic (Key hole ) operations. It is also equipped with computerized ECG, Lung function test, color Doppler ultrasound, remote operated table and well equipped labor room.


Binny Yanga conferred Padma Shri

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Binny Yanga,  a prominent social activist of Arunachal Pradesh has been conferred Padma Shri Award  by the President of India in recognition of her exemplary service towards uplift of downtrodden people.

Other recipients of  Padma Shri Award from North East included 86-year-old Nameirakpam Ibemni Devi, a pioneer of Manipur's Khongjom Parba style of singing; photographer Sunil Janah of Assam; writer-educationist Kedar Gurung of Sikkim and Mizo educationist Ralte L Thanmawia.

It is pertinent to mention here that Assam's cultural icon late Bhupen Hazarika was  conferred this year's  Padma Vibushan award, the country's second highest civilian honour.

Yanga is amongst 109 Padma Awardees announced today for this year. Of the 109 Awards, 5 are Padma Vibhushan, 27 Padma Bhushan and 77 Padma Shri. There are 19 ladies among the awardees.  “This is a moment of pride for Arunachal Pradesh, especially for the womenfolk. After Mamang Dai, the conferment of the fourth highest civilian award on Yanga, is a testimony to the contributions made by women of the state,” Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said in a congratulatory message.

Tuki, expressed faith that Yanga, who has been working tremendously for upliftment of the downtrodden, particularly destitute children and women through her Oju Welfare Association, would draw inspiration from the prestigious recognition and continue her good work with renewed mission.

Her nomination for the national award was actively pursuit by the Raj Bhawan, particularly by the  first lady of the state Anupama Singh.


Can Arunachal afford to ban or regulate child labour ?

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Jan 25:  There are certain Acts and policies to redress various grievances of the people. There are also various type of celebration in state and national level to recount the achievement of our country. But these Acts and celebrations create little impact or no impact in ground level.

Likewise, World Day Against Child Labour is observed every year in June 12, but one wonders, why a good numbers of children still continue to works on the streets, roads and homes and even under the organization like  Border Road Organization in various corners of the state. Today everyone will find a child working in road sides and  building construction works.  No doubt, the trend of engaging child as helpers particularly in residence is a common practice in our society.

If it is not checked, such trend would force a section of poor children to live in vicious circle of poverty forever.

Besides this the rising street beggars in various district headquarters and state capital is a bane for the state.

Though maximum numbers of people of Arunachal Pradesh are living below poverty line, there is no any single beggar from any tribal communities.

The government and public should not take it easy. Such growing number of outside beggars and daily wage earners should be properly checked by concerned district authorities.

There are many Act and Regulations to protect the rights of child and eliminate poverty in our country. The rights of a child can be protected well  with proper implementation of certain Acts like Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act and Right to Education Act, besides these, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) would also directly or indirectly benefits the children.  Only God knows whether these Acts are properly implemented in our state or not?

As of today, poverty in tribal society, particularly in remote areas are the main cause of child labour. The parents engage their children as labour due to extreme poverty. The children are forced to work in adverse situation instead of sending them to school for their bright future.

As a layman, I think if the government implements the above three Acts properly,  it can make Arunachal Pradesh as a model state without a single child labour and a beggar.

Hope, the state government would think seriously about the well-being of the children. Mere verbal declaration of policies and implementation of Acts on papers will not serve the purpose.

Further, unless thinly populated state like Arunachal solves the child labour, and unemployment problems, it will be  fruitless on the part of Govt to dream about “a developed Arunachal”.


        As per the record available, “India tops the list with the highest number of child labourer in the world. The 2001 national census of India estimated the total number of child labour at 12.6 million.

However, according to informal labour force statistics, the problem seems to be more severe than reflected. Child labour is estimated to be as large as 60 million in India, as many children are "hidden workers" working in homes or unorganized sectors”.


Traffic awareness prog for auto drivers

By Staff Reporter

NAHARLAGUN, Jan 25:  Be disciplined, behave with passengers politely and mend your ways to win passengers, said motor vehicle inspector Techi Tukap, while addressing a day-long traffic awareness campaign for auto drivers of this township conducted at Tosum Hotel here yesterday.

He called upon the organizers, the All Capital Complex Auto Welfare Association (ACCAWA), to work for the welfare of the auto drivers while providing service honestly to the commuters.

Former Itanagar MLA Kipa Babu, speaking as chief guest, disclosed as to how he worked as an auto driver while pursuing his studies and called upon them to maintain discipline to make the profession respectable.

He said such campaign for all the auto drivers of the Capital Complex would soon be conducted.

Dittoing the guests’ views, Naharlagun Bazaar Welfare Committee (NBWC) general secretary Tok Butung said: “The responsibility of bringing good name to the capital lies on your shoulders and you have a greater role to play.”

He advised them to be vigilant about suspicious passengers, maintain healthy habits for keeping the city clean and advocated uniform dress code for easy identification.

President Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Federation (APMTF) MT Anga exhorted them to avoid drunken driving and always extend help during any accident.

Earlier, ACCAWA, in a memorandum, sought allocation of parking space for autos, renovation of the existing auto stand with a signboard, reducing the existing road tax by 50%, among others.


Tadar Tang Memorial Football

PTC make early exit; West Kameng, East Siang enter knock-out stage

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Police Training Centre (PTC/APP), Banderdewa made a shock early exit from the 10th Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament after going down fighting 1-2 to Upper Subansiri at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Nahar-lagun, today.

Rayu Dagiam of Upper Subansiri scored in 68th and 77th minutes while Rajesh Sonowal of PTC reduced the margin to 1-2 by scoring a goal from penalty kick in injury time.

Senlu Rongrang of PTC was cautioned with a yellow card in the 61st minute.

It was PTC’s second straight defeat in the on going tournament. The Police team had earlier lost 0-2 to Capital Complex in their first match on January 23.

In earlier match of the day, West Kameng put up a improved show to hold East Siang 1-1 in their second encounter with the team.

West Kameng took the early lead by scoring in 4 minutes through goal from Rikom Sidisow which they held until the dying moment of the match. East Siang found the equalizer few seconds before the final hooter through Matuni Padung.

West Kameng lost 1-3 to East Siang in their first match on January 23.

Both East Siang and West Kameng entered the knock out stage by becoming the winner and runners up of the group.

Chewang Dorjee of West Kameng and Tason Tasung of East Siang were cautioned with yellow cards in 23rd and 51st minutes respectively.

Kurung Kumey play East Kameng at 12.30 pm tomorrow.


Arunachal celebrates National Voters’ Day

ITANAGAR, Jan 25:  Along with the rest of the country, Arunachal Pradesh today celebrated the National Voters’ Day across the state in a befitting manner.

The celebration was initiated last year to coincide with the foundation day of the Election Commission of India and also to enhance the participation of the voters, especially the youth, in the democratic process.

At Doimukh, the National Voters Day was celebrated at Rono in a befitting manner.

On the occasion, State Election Commissioner K.D. Singh, highlighted the evolution of Election Commission of India and commemoration of the day as National Voters day.

He said National Voters day is the celebration of political sovereign that is power of the people, on this day of 25th January.

Singh further said that objective of the day is to spread awareness among voters regarding effective participation in the electoral process. Due to lack of awareness or no enrolment vast majority of people did not go for voting.

He advised the gathering their rights in choosing a right person who have guts to lead the people in right direction and also protect the democratic framework of the country.

Meanwhile, congratulating the young voters who have been presented EPIC on the day he said that they have given a big responsibility and should exercise their adult franchise responsively in a free and fair manner and should spread the awareness on universal adult franchise at every door step.

NERIST Director, Dipankar Paul, said voters power are utmost important in democracy and exhorted the people to utilize their rights in a proper direction without any influence from any corner.

Chief Electoral Officer Yeshi Tsering, Deputy Commissioner Papum Pare Pige also spoke on the occasion.

Best Booth Level Officers were awarded commendation certificate/memento for their outstanding works during last elections and Prizes to the winner of essay writing competition were also distributed on the occasion.

Panchayat leaders, GBs and school children participated in the celebration.

At Ziro, the day was celebrated at Hapoli. ERO in-charge Tajing Padung highlited the importance and objective of the NVD and advised the people to be more aware towards rights and duties.

Deputy Commissioner cum DEO Nila Mohanan also advised the young people and women to come forward and take full participation in choosing the right leaders.

On the occasion, besides NVD pledge, felicitation to new voters and best BLOs and prizes to winners of Essay writing competition were distributed.

At Changlang, Deputy Commissioner in-charge GC Deori highlighted the objectives of the NVD and advised the voters to vote freely with fearless in the coming assembly and parliamentary election to choose right person.

DDSE N Yirang advised the young voters and students to fulfill the duties and responsibilities by participating in democratic process and choose right person for peace, progress and to maintain sovereignty of the country.

He also advised them to educate the rural mass regarding importance of voting.

At Tawang, District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen felicitated and distributed EPIC and badges to the newly enrolled electors in a function organized at the conference hall of his office.

Speaking on the occasion, Lollen disclosed that Tawang is one of the districts which have achieved 100 per cent EPIC coverage.

He further informed that special campaign was organized from January 5 to 15 to enrol youth within the age group of 18 and 19 years and  altogether 220 voters were registered for three constituencies during this period.

Rinchin Phuntsok, DDSE and member of District Media Campaign Committee spoke at length about the history and importance of the Right to Adult Franchise in the democracy of India.

On the occasion, prizes were distributed to winners of essay and slogan writing competition and also a pledge was administered by DC cum DEO. The Day was also celebrated in each and every Polling Stations of the district.

At Aalo, DEO  cum DC Amjad Tak  called for more participation of voters on their day of empowerment. Efforts are on to enroll more voters within the age group of nineteen years as desired by the ECI and turn up in the recent years is quite encouraging, he said and urged the BLOs to make all out effort to enroll all eligible voters within the time frame.

EAC Election, T. Messar  also spoke on the occasion.

Distribution of voter I card and felicitation of newly enrolled voters, power point presentation on voting system, distribution of prizes and certificates to the winners of essay competition were main highlights of the Voters day celebration.

At Tezu, addressing the gathering on the occasion of National Voters Day, DEO cum DC R K Sharma called upon the voters not to be influenced by any kind or form of inducements. The new electors were felicitated with badges and logo of Election Commission of India and also provided EPIC on the occasion.

The DEO disclosed that awareness programme in schools and college will be conducted in coming days. Awareness is essential for the youngsters and new electors to vote freely and fairly, so that the right candidate gets elected.

Between last year’s and this year’s NVD celebration a total of 2224 voters could be enrolled, out of which 865 number of voters are under the age group of 18 to 19.  Sharma also gave away prizes to the winners of the essay competition on the same theme.

G K Paul Choudhury, EAC (ERO), Tezu, also spoke on the importance of the right to vote to the new voters.

At Bomdila, braving the frosty and the cold weather, the students of various educational institutions of the district headquarter took out a morning procession carrying banners, placards and shouting slogans on voters’ rights.

Addressing the  large number of gathering including panchayat leaders and gaon burah at DC’s office, DC cum DEO Rinchin Tashi called upon the people for self introspection and to do away with criminalization of politics for a strong and vibrant democracy. It’s not only the duty of the Election Commission or the District Election Office to create awareness. The intellectuals, government functionaries, NGOs, public and panchayat leaders and political parties  should educate the mass and the upcoming generations on their right to vote.

Earlier, the Additional Deputy Commissioner cum Electoral Registration Officer B.Dehingia, dealt at length on the aims and objective of the Day and the importance of such awareness functions.

District Unit BJP President Samboo Siongju and V.N Jha, a Teacher from the Government Higher Secondary School, Bomdila, also spoke on the occasion.

At Khonsa, Khonsa ZPM, Wanglo Gosak highlighted the need of observation of such important day and evolution and development brought in voting process since independence. Gosak further said that NVD was an effort towards creation of awareness among the new and young voters about the need of participation in voting process.

Participating in the deliberation, ADC-cum-ERO, S K Deori said awareness on use of EVM and other election related matters is of paramount importance to make the voters conscious. He also threw light on importance of election photo identity card and asked all who attained 18 years of age and more to enroll their names in electoral rolls. He later administered the pledged to all participants.  Prizes to the winners of essay competition and EPIC to the new voters have been distributed to mark the occasion.

National Voters Day was observed in East Siang district today by administering ‘Voters Pledge’ to the officers and staff by East Siang DC cum DEO, Talem Tapok in his conference hall here.

On the occasion, the DC highlighted the main objective of celebrating the National Voters Day.

The Election Commission’s objective behind National Voters’ Day is to increase enrolment of voters, especially of the newly eligible ones, by using this occasion to make universal adult suffrage a complete reality, and thereby enhance the quality of Indian democracy. The day is also utilized to spread awareness among voters regarding effective participation in the electoral process.

To make the occasion meaningful, an awareness rally was organized under the supervision of  circle officer (Election) A Koyu in which the students of IGJHSS and DEMHSS actively participated.

Beside organizing an essay competition in schools, EPIC to the newly enrolled voters were also distributed to mark the occasion. DIPROs

The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh celebrated the 2nd National Voters Day at its Headquarters here today.  

State BJP General Secretary-in-Charge Organization and Party Spokesman, Tai Tagak in his address called upon the party workers to educate the citizens on the essence and importance of being a registered voter and their responsibility towards democracy. The BJP is not a party just for fighting elections. Being a prominent national party we have larger role  and responsibilities for the services to motherland, he said.

State BJP General Secretary, Dominic Tadar in his address said that importance of the voters can not be ignored as they have the highest role and responsibility in the democracy.

The State BJYM president Doni Nich said the Morcha will reach out to young people of 18 years to educate them about their right as voters of the country.

State BJP Vice President, B.R. Wage, who presided over the function in his address, said “if we are in a democracy – we should know the value and importance of each vote”.

Among others State BJP Vice President, Kabak Yabii, State president, Mahila Morcha,  Kenjum Pakkam, and Katan Kamboh state BJP Secretary also were present on the occasion.


East Siang witness increase in voters’ enrolment


PASIGHAT, Nov 25: East Siang district has recorded mild increase in number of electorate after the end of special summery revision works in the district.

The district has recorded as many as new 183 electorates in the final electoral roll which was published on January 5.  

Sources from district election department revealed that 102 additional voters between the age group of 18 and 19 have been enrolled in the electoral roll and the special summery revision process came to end on January 15.

There are 141 booth level officers (BLO) and 145 designated officers in the district to complete the electoral revision processes including receipt and disposal of claims and objection. It was informed that disposal of claims and objections besides updating of database, preparation of photographs and other voters’ related  activities had already been completed within December last year. Sources informed that there are 58, 782 electorates in the district with its five assembly segments.

The number of total electorate in the assembly segments as per draft electoral roll, 2011 was – Pangin -12,355, Nari - 6,736, West Pasighat (Ruksin) - 12,185, Pasighat-East - 17,498 in and Mebo -9,723 voters. After the publication of final electoral roll, the electorates increased in number by 214 in Pasighat, 97 in Nari-Koyu and 08 in Mebo segment, while it is decreased by 93 in Pangin, 43 in West-Pasighat segment.

Elaborating the reasons behind decreasing number of electorate in two assembly segments, sources said that some electorates enrolled their names in two or more polling booths in different locations, while some others enlisted their  names in two assembly constituencies.

Further, some electorates have failed to furnish their photographs for voters I card in time and as a result their names could not find place in final electoral roll.


Awareness cum training prog on agri & allied sectors

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: A two days awareness cum training programme on Agri and allied activities was organized at Ompuli, Meb and Laptap villages under Sagale circle on January 23 and 24.

Dr. Taba Heli, Programme Coordinator  KVK, Papum Pare and his team of scientists were the resource persons in the programme wherein around 90 farmers took part.

Highlighting the role of farmers clubs and self help groups in enhancement of rural economy, Dr. Heli asked the farmers and SHGs members to adopt scientific farming method and formulate long term vision in order to achieve their goal of economic development.

Dr. Nabam Gama, Farm Manager, KVK Papum Pare explained in details about benefit of scientific poultry farming for sustainable economic improvement, while Dr. Tilling Taya, SMS (A.H.) delivered a lecture on piggery farming along with the pros and cons of rearing local and exotic pig breeds under rural condition. Taya also advised the farmers to adopt fast growing exotic pig breeds like Yorkshire, Hamsphire for better financial return.

Hemanta Ngangbam, SMS (Hort.), KVK-Papum Pare conducted field demonstration on soil and canopy management in orange orchards of these villages. He also suggested the farmers to take up scientific orchard management for better quality yield and longevity of the orchard.


Chief Minister’s XI to lock horns with

Governor’s XI in football friendly today

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: The Chief Minister’s XI and Governor XI  will lock horns with each other in a football friendly at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun tomorrow at 2.30 pm as part of the Republic Day celebration.

While Chief Minister Nabam Tuki would himself captain the CM XI the Governor’s team would be led by Chief Secretary Tabom Bam.

Since his taking over as Chief Minister of the state, Tuki has been persuasively emphasizing on nurturing the sports sector, which, evidently, has immense potential to excel if a proper plan and guidance is provided. Recently, in this direction, he has publicly announced to come up with a proper Sports Policy of the state soon to give a proper and holistic vision for development of sporting activities and shaping the future of the state in this particular field besides encouraging potential youths to become sportspersons of repute.

It may be of worth a note that in a football match held between CM XI and DC XI during the Chief Minister’s recent Kurung Kumey visit, the CM’s team trounced DC XI by two goals to nil. Incidentally, both the goals were scored by Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, a prominent player in CM XI. Probably, he is raring to go again, this time against the Governor’s team!


Measles Catch Up prog reviewed

TEZU, Jan. 25:  The Anjaw District Task Force reviewed the Measles Catch Up programme, maternal and child tracking system in a review meeting held at DC’s conference hall here on January 20.

It also discussed the forthcoming Health Mela and IPPI in the district.

Despite innumerable problems being faced by the vaccination team to cover all the  villagers in sparsely populated  and the hill top area,  the Measles Cath Up programme achieved 94.2 per cent success with vaccination of 3818 children.

The Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman of  District Health Society, CS Jeinow appreciated the achievement of the health workers of Anjaw district. He also applauded the DRCHO, Anjaw and her team for remarkable improvement in the MCTS.  The DC and ADC, Hayuliang assured all possible help and assistance in the forthcoming Health Mela and IPPI. DIPRO


Awareness campaign on coop movement

PASIGHAT, Jan 25: East Siang District Cooperative Union organised a three three days ‘Member Education cum Awareness  Program’ at Pasighat Town Club Pasighat from  January 20. It was inaugurated by the former Registrar of Coop Society Oshong Ering, retired  IAS officer.

Speaking on the occasion Ering said the cooperation department was created decades ago with the objective of strengthening the co-operative movement in the state. Such programmes would help the government agencies, individuals and institutions to understand the importance  and role of coop societies.

Earlier the chairman of the District Cooperative Union, Malo Komut and RN Deb, DRCS said that the department acts as the custodian of cooperative values. It was an exceptional opportunity for the members of the societies to enrich their knowledge and skills, they said.

Representatives from various line departments like agriculture, fishery, veterinary and Vinyak Tea Trading Co. Pvt. Ltd. Ruksin and also the members of Cooperative societies of Ruksin, Mebo, Pasighat, Rani, Boleng  delivered lectures and shared their knowledge, experiences through power point presentation. DIPRO


Field Day for farmers

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Maro, Upper Subansiri district has conducted a Field Day programme at Lida and Kuporijo on January 23   

The programme was undertaken as part of the Front Line Demonstration (FLD) on potato crop under the sponsorship of ATMA Daporijo  at the  fields of two beneficiaries, namely, Yulom Lida and Dusi Lida. It aimed at popularising new farming technologies and potato varieties -- Kufri Giriraj and K. Giridhari procured from Central Potato Research Station, Upper Shillong, Meghalaya.

Speaking on the occasion Dusi Lida, DAO-cum- PD, ATMA, Daporijo asked the farmers to avail maximum benefit from the  field day programme. He also requested them to seek technical advice and suggestions from the KVK regarding their agri and allied problems.

Depin Karbi, Jr. AFA, Dumporijo block as well as some executive member of RDS, Daporijo were also present during the programme.


Farmers training prog on bio-fuel ends

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: The five days  Farmers’ Training Programme on Bio-diesel and its economic benefits organized by the department of mechanical engineering, North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) concluded yesterday.

Addressing the valedictory function, NERIST director Prof. Dipankar Pal  said “It is the high time to switch over our dependency on fossil fuel to bio-fuel and strengthen country’s economy. He further asserted that NERIST was established to produce technically suited manpower for the development of North Eastern part of the country. He said, the mechanical engineering department of the NERIST has tremendous potential to extend cooperation to the rural people of this region as well our own students. He expressed his willingness to extend all possible administrative help to continue such programmes in future.

NABARD manager O P Mounglang highlighted the NABARD activities in this region and expressed his deep satisfaction after getting more capricious feedback from participants about the programme. He asked the coordinators of the programme Debabrata Maji and Biplab Das of mechanical engineering department of NERIST to submit minimum four to five proposal to the NABARD office from the forthcoming financial years in spite of only one proposal in a year for the benefits of our rural people as well as youth of Arunachal Pradesh.

Showering praises on NERIST, he said the institutions can motivate the new generation in right way.

The Chairman, Organising committee and head of the mechanical engineering department Dr. Asis Giri and coordinators of the programme Biplab Das  and  Debabrata Maji also spoke on the occasion. There were 34 participants in the programme.


PPA demands deportation of refugees

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: On the eve of Republic Day, the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) today urged the state Govt to enforce the provision of   Bengal Frontier Regulation Act 1873  and prevent transfer of land to the non-Arunachalees. It said ILP should be strictly enforced to check the infiltration of illegal migrants.

Expressing concern over infiltration of refugees in the tribal state, the party also demanded identification and deportation of foreign nationals and refugees and also demanded deletion of their names from the voters list.

On corruption, the party said, rampant corruption in state Govt offices has divided the tribal society into two groups – have and have nots.

The party also severely criticized the Congress Govt both at Centre and state for its alleged failure to solve the Arunachal-Assam boundary dispute for last many decades. It said that boundary disputes remains unresolved due to lack of coordination between Centre and state and  all the MPs of the state.


Cleanliness drive

ZIRO, Jan 25: On the eve of the Republic Day, the Lower Subansiri District administration organized a mass social service and cleanliness drive in all Govt offices and market area at Ziro-Hapoli on January 23.

A team of Govt officers headed by the DC supervised and participated in the cleanliness drive.

It is worth mentioning here that administration is organising such cleanliness drive every month to bring awareness among the masses about the need to maintain health and hygiene. DIPRO incharge


DDJAC intensifies its demand

ITANAGAR, Jan 25:   The District Demand Joint Action Committee (DDJAC) of 28th Likabali and 36th Nari Koyu Assembly Constituencies in its letter shot to the Chief Secretary and Chairman of High Power Committee on creation of  Lower Siang district today reiterated its demand for  exclusion of  29th Basar Assembly Constituency from the proposed new district.

Opposing the idea of establishing district headquarter at Basar, the  Joint Action Committee Chairman Sengo Taipodia demanded that the headquarter of proposed district should be confined to area under 28th Likabali and 36th Nari Koyu Assembly Constituencies.

He further demanded for the inclusion of Kora Circle in Lower Siang district.  Taipodia further sought authority for early redressal of their grievances.


Taiju calls for peace in boundary area

ITANAGAR, Jan 25:   Parliamentary Secretary, Water Resourcs, Thinghaap Taiju called upon the people living along the Assam-Arunachal border to maintain peace and tranquility while upholding the age-old cordial relations between two neighboring states. He was addressing at a  meeting held at Namtok in Changlang district on Tuesday after inaugurating the Primary Health Centre (PHC) building. Stressing on importance of improved civic sense, he advised people to adopt regular hygienic habit.  

Responding to the representation submitted by public, Taiju assured to sort out fund problems for the improvement of road. On drinking water supply he asked the PHE department to conduct survey for source of water supply to various villages.

Convening the meeting DMO in charge Dr. P Dutta said that poor people of village would be benefitted from PHC. EAC SS Choudhury asked government officials to remain in posting place (DIPRO).


Govt intervention sought

ITANAGAR, Jan 25:   All Arunachal Pradesh Anti-Corruption Activists Association (AAPACAA) today sought the state government’s intervention to defuse the factional fight of Naga rebels at Songking village in Changlang district recently. Association further appealed to the government to resolve the crisis so that peace and stability prevail in the district.  


11th Convocation of RGU

NAHARLAGUN, Jan 25: The 11th Convocation of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) is scheduled to be held at the University campus, Doimukh on March 10, according to University sources.

The convocation would confer degrees for the three academic sessions - 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. The University has also decided to award gold medals and prizes to the meritorious students in various categories for the three sessions. For details information on convocation one may visit University website www.rgu.ac.in DIPR


AMYA’s appeal to Govt

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: All Mengio Youth Association (AMYA) in a letter to chief minister appealed for immediate posting of EAC at Mengio, supply of electricity at upper Mengio circle and sanctioning of fund for completion of Sagalee to Mengio road.

The union said that Mengio circle headquarter was upgraded in 2009 but due to non posting of regular EAC, all the administration is run by Circle Officer till date.

It further lamented that the electrification in various villages under upper Mengio was done ten years back but till today supply of electricity remained a dream of the villagers. Even the electricity department is not paying any attention to renovate the transformers.

It also said that due to non existence of road communication, the people of Mengio are facing numerous difficulties.

The association informed that the road construction from Sagalee to Mengio was started twenty years back but the construction work hardly reached half portion of the road from Sagalee to Mengio.

It appealed to the chief minister to expedite the road construction work by sanctioning additional funds for completion of the said road.

The association also appealed Tuki to look into the unemployment problem of Mengio circle.


Missing SSB jawan still traceless

ITANAGAR, Jan 25:  The whereabouts of one Gyani Raju of Roing village under Sangram circle in Kurung Kumey district, a Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) jawan of 24th Bn, Bathnaha in Bihar who reportedly went missing on 24 May 2011 still remains traceless. According to missing report filed by  Gyani Davos, bother of missing person, Raju CT/GD No. 9688557 was going back to resume duty at Bathur after spending 15 day casual leave. The  missing jawan boarded at a bus bearing Assam registration number AS-12C-2581, which plied between Banderdewa and Siliguri (West Benagl) on 20 May 2011. Further it said after confirming Raju did not reported at duty place, a FIR was lodged against Bus at Banderdewa Police Station but yield no result.

Aggrieved family today made fervent appeal to concerned authority to locate the whereabouts of missing jawan.


Five state’s Karate-kas to represent India

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Bannaso Towsik, Charu Gibin, Dongda Taduk, Tasar Tite and Tagri Raju of Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate-do Association have been selected to represent the country in the International Seiko-Kai Karate-do Championship to be held at Gujarat from January 27-29.


Union requested to defer bandh call

ITANAGAR, Jan25:  Bori community, a Adi sub-tribe residing at Capital Complex today appealed to All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) to defer its proposed bandh on 2nd February saying the community is going to celebrate Donggin festival on same date. The community further said it support AAPSU for the cause of society.  


Tawang losing its democratic roots !

Dear Editor,     

The construction of mega hydro power projects in Tawang district against public interest causes grave concern.

Tawang is located on high risk zone with comparative young mountains as part of its landscape makes it more vulnerable to natural disaster like landslide, earthquake etc.

About 70 per cent of total narrow landscape of Tawang district is covered with steep high mountains and two big river making it unsuitable for cultivation.

Most of inhabitants of Tawang district are illiterate. Taking advantage of their amenable nature, short sighted state Govt., Tawang officials and private power developers have already undertaken construction of multi-purpose power projects with total capacity of 3500MW at the rivers and their tributaries for their own interests. In the region with high risk of earthquake, under-going power projects will certainly annihilate the ecology of Tawang. This will also affect and create ecological havoc to the neighbouring country like Bhutan,  and state of Assam and its millions of population as well.

Therefore, in order to prevent the impending disasters the Society for Development of Culture and Education (SDCE) deputed two eminent Geshe scholars to create awareness with permission from District Administration. Suddenly, they were summoned to DC office on November 22, 2011 and were forced to sign a bond valid up to three year saying that for three years they are restricted to make statements which will disturb peace and harmony of Tawang.

It seems that the basic human rights and particularly, freedom of speech and expression are denied in Tawang. We need to restore the basic democratic principles like justice, liberty, equality, and fraternity in Tawang district in particular. It is not known whether the District Administration has taken the above action on his own wisdom or these actions were being taken at the behest of political leaders. It is only in China where there is censorship in everything.  It will be very sad thing if Tawang goes the Chinese way. When the whole world is moving towards the democratic system, Tawang seems to be moving backwards and losing its democratic roots.

We demand the extensive inclusion of general public in much freer, more transparent and democratic debates or discussions. And people’s views, opinions and grievances should be given their due respect and a fair hearing. We need proper guidance and suggestion to stop the construction of dams in the fragile mountainous region like Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.


Nima Sange,


Society for Development of Culture and Education



Tourism for socio economic development

Dear Editor,

Arunachal may not have heritage building, place, forts, lakes. But there is no reason why Arunachal should not celebrate National Tourism Day. Travel and tourism are said to be one of the fastest growing sector of the global economy and hotel business the second largest foreign exchange earner. Arunachal may not be  lucky to have that potential.  At the moment foreign exchange earning may not be imminent requirement. Arunachal is in the nascent stage. So, first and immediate requirement is the exposure to outside world and show the world  -- ‘we are there, we exist,’ we are very much alive’.

Arunachal is a mini world itself. It is a home to different ethnic group with diverse culture and religion glued together to one entity by sheer unity. On any national festival like Republic Day or Independence Day or whether it is Statehood Day when all the tribes stand together, dance together in the respective colour costume, it is amazing. For Arunachal, every village, every river, every festival is  related to tourist interest. The remoteness of Arunachal itself is a reason for tourist interest.

The aim and interest of tourist vary from tourist to tourist.  For some tourists tourism means pasttime and enjoyment. For some tourists it may be a historical tour- wanting to know what and how may race or tribe live here and where they originate from.  Some may be nature lover and may be interested in scenery and animal, some may have business interest, some may have religious purpose and some may be travelling looking for water sports.

Tourism will not bloom in Arunachal of access to the state is not made easy. Land route, water route and air routes have to be available any time. Official formalities have to be simplified and prompt. Tour operator, travel agents, tourist transport operator have to be recognized. Just like trade license and industrial license issue them Tour Operator license, Travel Agent License, Tourist Transport Operator License and train them. Wherever necessary make available financial help to them.

Tourism can be adventure tourism, rural tourism, educational tourism, sports tourism, historical tourism, business tourism. Tourism generates employment opportunity and economic development. For promotion of tourism seminar, workshop, essay competition, photo competition can be useful.

But, if the present trend of bandh call by many organizations continue it we will be mockery of promotion of tourism and we will be doing injustice to tourism sector and we will be losing chances of employment and socio-economics development and the tourist will remember Arunachal only for wrong reasons.


Dedo Ete

F- Sector, Itanagar.



Woes of DRDA staff

Dear Editor,

The DRDA staff in East Kameng have not been getting salary for more than five months. It is learnt that the DRDA staff have been deprived of their salary for more than nine months in other districts.

It is worth mentioning here that we are sincerity performing our duty though we are deprived of our salary. Now one can easily understand how difficult to perform our duties sans salary.

The non-payment of salary adversely affects the day to day life. It has affected the academic career of our children as they depend on us. We are unable to pay school fee. Many a times school authorities sent notice to us. Even they warn to send back our children for non-payment of dues.

We have approached banks for credit facility several times but bank authorities are reluctant to provide financial assistance simply saying that DRDA is non-performing dept.

The funniest part of our life is that even the shopkeepers do not want to give us grocery items  as they are aware of  the fact that  our salary is kept pending for months. Everywhere we are facing discrimination.

We humbly request the state govt. to look into the matter seriously and solve our problem  at the earliest. If state govt. does not take interest to solve our problem we have no other option, but to launch democratic movement which, actually we do not want.


Maya Pinda, Yasung Rangmo, Medung Pordung

DRDA staff, Seppa




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