January 11


News Impact

Awareness campaign on forest fire

KHONSA, Jan 10: The DFO, Deomali Forest Division explained the public, students and teachers of Residential Girls School, Borduria and staff of Deomali Forest Division about forest fires and its ill effects and control measures in details in an awareness camp today.

He requested the students of the school and the public as well to act as an ambassador to disseminate the message of forest fires to their parents and common masses and to control forest fires in order to safeguard the vegetation and environment.

Wanglin Lowangdong, Speaker, released the posters on forest fires. He dealt at length regarding conservation of forest and wild life by the local population. He also spoke regarding the evils of forest fires and its subsequent detrimental effects on ecology and environment. He appealed to public leaders, students and everybody present to assist the department of Environment and Forests to control forest fires.

To mark the occasion, a trekking expedition in the Borduria VRF was conducted wherein the site for creation of Arboretum was finalized. DIPRO

Teacher’s death mourned

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) East Kameng District Unit today deeply mourned  the death of assistant teacher Sanjay Taniang who passed away on Thursday. Late Taniang was serving as assistant teacher at government primary school Niti Darlong of Seijosa circle under East Kameng. He joined in service on 14th April 1987. Association fondly remembers late Taniang as sincere and dedicated teacher.

A dwelling house gutted

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: A dwelling house of one Hiba Tajuk was reportedly gutted down in fire accident at Lower Putung village here on 7th January.  The house owner was not present when the accident occurred and  the fire devoured all house-hold properties, the release added.

Stage ready for celebration of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Vivekananda Kendra Arunachal Prant is gearing up to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Many programmes have been finalized requiring participation of the youth, women, students, villagers etc. The celebrations are scheduled to start on 12th January 2013 and conclude on 12th January 2014.  

Kendra is going to organize an awareness shobha yatra passing through various parts of Itanagar on 12th January 2013 to mark the beginning of celebration at Itanagar as well as in the state. The procession which will be flagged off from three locations viz., i) Nyokum Lapang Ground, ii) Mowb-II, and iii) R K Mission at 7.30 A M. All these groups will then proceed and culminate at Indira Gandhi Park wherein  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will address the participants.

International award for E Doye

ITANAGAR, Jan 10:  Ego Doye, principal of government secondary school Ganga brought laurels to the state after he was awarded with International Status Award for Intellectual Development on the occasion of International Summit at Holiday Inn Bangkok, Thailand on 4th January last.  The award was given to Doye in recognition to his individual contribution for the international integration.  The award was given away by deputy prime minister of Thailand Kon Davransi. Other recipients of the award were Prof. L Fimate, Director of RIIMS Imphal and Paul Montek Singh Narula, Chief Executive Officer, Cintex Company Limited Bangkok.

NIT to host regional Science Congress

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: The three days North Eastern Regional Science Congress will be held National Institute of Technology (NIT) from tomorrow.

Reputed scientists and engineers from various parts of the country are expected to participate and present research papers. The Congress will cover mostly all disciplines of science, like Chemical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Information and Communication Science and Technology, Material Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Medical Science, Biology, Physical Sciences and Technical Education etc.

Bar association seeks an alternative forum

ITANAGAR, Jan 10:  Claiming that additional and session court Bomdila of three districts - East, West Kameng and Tawang is not functioning due to non-appointment of regular additional and sessions judge Bomdila, Additional District & Sessions Court Bomdila Bar Association today demanded for an alternative forum to enable public to seek legal remedy  till the appointment of regular judge. It said that due to non- functioning of the said court, the three districts left without court and people are facing problem to readdress their grievances.

State Govt & NEDFi sign MoU

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: A memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for third party monitoring of SPA projects for the year 2010-11 was signed between the state government and NEDFi at the Raj Bhawan office today. Ankur Garg, Secretary Planning on behalf of the State government while SK Baruah, GM & Company Secretary inked the MoU for NEDFi, according to a planning department release.

Riba and Mallo visit Talley Valley

ZIRO, Jan 10:  Director Art and Culture Mamta Riba and Secretary IPR Indira Mallo Jain visited the Talley Valley which was recently shortlisted among various sites from India for UNESCO World Heritage site by Archaeological Survey of India.

Expressing her joy over Talley Valley being shortlisted for UNESCO world heritage site, the Secretary IPR, congratulated the people of Lower Subansiri district and exhorted the concern authorities to ensure that endangered species are protected from local hunters. More new species are waiting to be discovered in this rich treasure of biodiversity, she added.

The Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the famous attractions of Ziro that houses a diverse range of flora and fauna. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 337 sqkm. and is surrounded by silver fir trees, ferns, orchids, bamboo and rhododendron.  

This sanctuary offers abode to several endangered species like clouded leopards. Situated towards the northwest of Ziro, Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is known as a biodiversity zone.

DFO, Lower Subansiri district, Col. Koj Tari, Retd Wing commander Gyati Kago, Dr. Tage Kano of Future Generations, film personalities and other officials of the district administration were also part of the team. DIPRO

DC urges staff to prepare for Panchayat polls

ITANAGAR, Jan 10:  In a meeting held at Yupia on Wednesday, Papum Pare deputy commissioner Pige Ligu has instructed EROs and AEROs to be in readiness  ensuing Panchayati Raj election scheduled to be held in the month of April and May. DC also urged all the heads of the department to give the name of officers and staffs at earliest for advance preparedness of the election. ADC Tarin Dakpe also instructed EROs and AEROs to publish the error free panchayati Raj Electoral Roll as per the schedule of the state election commission. The meeting was also attended, among others,  by Zilla Chairperson Nabam Aka.

‘Allocate venue for  agitation’

ITANAGAR, Jan 10:  All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization today demanded the district administration for allocation of particular venue for agitation and dharna. Organization’s demand came after district administration imposed ban on democratic movements such as agitation and dharna in sensitive and VIP locations.

It said that district administration should allocate proper venue, where people could protest while expressing their grievances to the authority.

APST bus service demanded

ITANAGAR, Jan 10:  Claiming that since 2008-09, APST has withdrawn its bus service from Itanagar to Pakke-Kessang in East Kameng district, All Pakke-Kessang Pijeriang Dissing Passo Seijosa Students Union today sought bus service to be resumed for Pakke-Kessang. It said that common people are unable to afford the exorbitant fare charges of Tata sumo.




179 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.

CM lays foundation of CO office at Yagrung, assures road dev.

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Jan 10: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has assured to grant adequate fund for development of road communication at Yagrung area and construction of bridges along Pasighat-Ledum-Tene road. Tuki gave this assurance after laying the foundation stone of the newly declared circle office headquarters at Yagrung. He also announced Rs one crore for construction of office building and staff quarters.

Addressing the local villagers at Yagrung Secondary school campus, Tuki urged the people to look after the office and other assets as their own property. He said the people of five villages would be benefited from the office as all circle level officials work could be get done from the office.

He also opened the extension building of Yagrung Secondary school constructed with SPA fund.

Responding a memorandum submitted by the PRI members led by Bosing Banggo ZPM Namuk Taloh, the chief minister assured of granting fund for construction of rural link road in the area besides protection of erosion posed by the hilly streams in the area.

The Yagrng area has historical importance as warrior like Matmur Jamoh, those who fought against the British in Anglo-Adi war, was born in the village. Being settled during pre-independent time, the village has shifted its location four times so far in the wake of natural calamities.

Establishment of a circle office was a long-pending public demand of the local people. The state government, following public demand finally declared to establish an independent circle office headquarters at Yagrung by vide notification No- DAD-62/2010 dated March 19,2012.

The CM, who arrived at Pasighat today at about 3.00 pm also opened the school building at Yagrung Secondary School constructed with Special Plan Assistance (SPA). He also laid the foundation stone of East Siang District Congress Committee (DCC) office building at Pasighat town in the evening.

The CM will lay foundation stone of State University at JNC hilltop and inaugurate an Amusement Park (Chat Puja) cum Recreational Park at Pane Korong tomorrow. He will also address a public rally at Pasighat bazaar at noon and leave Pasighat in the afternoon.

The chief minister was accompanied by Union Minister Ninong Ering, Lok Sbha MP Takam Sanjay, state’s Education Minister Bosiram Siram and hosts of MLAs and parliamentary secretaries besides public leaders and government officials.



8th NE business summit

Taloh puts emphasis on border trade

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Representing Arunachal Pradesh in the 8th North East Business Summit in New Delhi, Industry Minister Tapang Taloh requested delegates from Myanmar to give more emphasis to re-construct the Stilwell Road at Myanmar side which will attract investment not only in Arunachal Pradesh but also in their country.

Participating in the Infrastructure Development for International Border Trade Facilitation session of the summit, Taloh highlighted the state’s long international boundary with neighboring countries, such as Bhutan in the West (160km), China in the North (1080Km) and Myanmar in the East (540Kms) which provide Arunachal Pradesh a great potential for border trade. Amongst all the border trade points with these neighboring countries, Pangsau Pass (Nampong) in Changlang district under Indo-Myanmar sector is the most feasible trade point, he said. The 1726 km Stilwell Road starts from Ledo in Assam to Kunming in China.

The Road passes through Jairampur and Nampong in Arunachal Pradesh covering 31 km and 30 km in Assam. The 61 km road in India side has already been converted into NH-153 and the bordering works is almost completed excepting 11.5 km from Nampong to Pangsau Pass (in Patkai Mountain Range, border pillar no.173). He told that Nampong Land Custom Station (LCS) had been renovated and requires Government of India’s intervention to reopen.

The International Banking Forum also agreed with the suggestion and decided to workout the feasibility for establishing Banking institute in the Myanmar.

In Investor Meet Session with Minister of DoNER and North Eastern Region Industry Minister and senior officials focused on new investment, review of ongoing industrial projects, views of NEIIPP schemes, status of disbursal of incentives and subsidies declared under NEIIPP and the respective State Govt. polices etc.

Answering to a question, Taloh said Arunachal Pradesh is a peace loving state which will obviously enhance the inflow of domestic and international tourists in Arunachal Pradesh.

Participating in the “One To One” Meet, BB Dutta, Extension Officer, briefed the prospective investors about the objectives and incentives provision under State Industrial Policy of Arunachal Pradesh besides incentives under NEIIPP like 90% Transport Subsidy, 30% Central Capital Investment subsidy etc. Many investors took keen interest to visit Arunachal Pradesh.

The Infrastructure Development for International Border Trade Facilitation session was witnessed by dignitaries from Myanmar, Nepal, Ministers from Tripura, Mizoram, dignitaries of Banking sectors and official from Indian Chamber of Commerce.

While participating in the group discussion on “Horizons of Heaven-Opportunities in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector”, Repo Ronya, Director of Industries strongly pleaded for Air connectivity in Lilabari Airport of North Lakhimpur District of Assam with Guwahati and elsewhere in order to increase inflow of tourist and the prospective investors to the Arunachal Pradesh in one hand and on the other to facilitate the people of two districts of Assam and eight districts of Arunachal Pradesh. He explained that due to non-availability of air connectivity with the State capital, Itanagar it takes eight hours for the people to catch flight from Guwahati Airport.

The Second Day session started with Education, Information Technology and Skills Development and discussion was focused on Empowering people through E-Governance, Strengthening of connectivity framework through I.T, conducive atmosphere for higher education and scopes of employment in NE Region, issues of rarity of specialized vocational education institutes and a gap in demand and supply chain and livelihood, employment generation and entrepreneurship through Skill Development.

Panelists attended were Rajdeep Sahrawat, senior General Manager & Head of International Business (Public Sector),TCS, Ranjan Chaudhary, Principal Programme Development, NSDC, Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma, Managing Director, NIELIT and others.

In a special session on Action Agenda for Future for exploring the advantages of Horticulture, Food Processing and Plantation Sectors in North East, the panelists from different forums, including S Bhattacharjee, MD, NERAMAC shown the role of NERAMAC in promoting horticulture and food processing sector in North East.

G Boriah explained the Tea Board’s role in strategizing the sustainable growth of Tea sector in the North East. He appreciated Arunachal Pradesh for encouraging tea plantation sector. Apart from that he also stated that Tea Board offices will be established very shortly in every

The two-day Summit organized by Indian Chamber of Commerce concluded with keynote address by Sam Pitroda, Advisor to PM on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations, Planning Commission.

In his address, Pitroda said that “North east is an important part of the country, which deserves more importance. The NE states should focus on three initiatives for improvement – Infrastructure, Information System & Innovation. The NE states have human capacity and potential. They should take more responsibility and initiative, demand more and do more.  Government is there to help”,

“The North East States have tremendous tourism potential. We are now focusing on IT and an IT Park is being set up in Imphal. A Timber Park has been set up to facilitate furniture manufacturing. Apart from offering subsidies in various sectors, Government is also introducing inter-state transport subsidy for the food sector”, said Govindas Konthoujam, Minister, Industries & Commerce, Government of Manipur.

“North-East India is virtually sitting at the cusp of a high trajectory growth path, by virtue of its strategic location, natural resource base, high literacy rate and English speaking population. As pointed out by the twelfth five year plan, connectivity is crucial for ensuring the future growth and development of the NER, and its ensuing integration with the neigbouring Southeast Asian, East Asian and South Asian nations”, said Rajiv Mundhra, President, Indian Chamber Of Commerce.

Dr Rajeev Singh, Director General, Indian Chamber of Commerce said that the “North East India offers huge opportunities in sectors of strategic importance like energy and infrastructure; oil, natural gas and hydrocarbons; agro, food processing and horticulture; floriculture; IT and ITeS and Tourism.

Necessary infrastructure development, greater promulgation of e-governance, reinstatement of affordable rail, road, air and inland waterway connectivity between the North-Eastern states and the rest of India, and the Southeast, South and East Asian countries can unlock the true economic potential of the region, he said. Better tourism development initiatives and greater stakeholder participation in the growth process are key imperative for the region. Time-bound implementation of projects, conducive centre-state relations, political stability, monitoring of fund–flows and necessary marketing and branding can truly transform this goldmine of a region into a vibrant hub for business, tourism and trade. ICC is keen to partner the government in all its initiatives at tapping the NER’s locational advantage as a backdrop to its development. We hope that as India and the ASEAN look forward to a speedy implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity, the North-Eastern states will successfully capture the growing synergies of improved trade and investment linkages and will emerge as an international trade hub for the Asian Union”, Dr Singh added.

Also present at the session were U Thar Aye, Chief Minister of Sagaing Region of Myanmar, Dr Hun Kim, Country Director - India, Asian Development Bank, Rajiv Mundhra, President Indian Chamber of Commerce.


Capital Police accords top priority to Tongam shooting case: SP

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: The Capital Police has accorded the highest importance to the investigation into Tongam Rina shooting case, said SP Capital Surender Kumar in a release today.

Reacting to a press statement of Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) in which they had expressed concern over slow pace of investigation into Tongam Rina shooting case, the SP clarified that “a letter has been received from CBI wherein it has been stated that after due consultations and considerations, CBI had requested that this case may not be endorsed to it for investigation and the said agency has conveyed its regret to the State Govt. in this regard.’’

Informing that the Capital Police is carrying out the investigation into this case on day to day basis, the release further said “six police teams have been constituted each headed by SI rank officer to investigate into different angles of the case. These teams have been working into the case investigation from day one and they are working very hard to work out and to arrest the culprits involved in this case.”

“In the recent past, we have approached to the victim and we have discussed the case investigation with her. Even during AAPSU election, three teams were regularly working into investigation of the said case and are directly monitored by SP himself. Further, it has been conveyed to the concerned that the victim or the victim’s family may depute someone trustworthy to sit into the meeting of the Police teams held on regular basis to monitor the case investigation,” the release added.

The release further said that even SP Capital is in regular touch with all concerned and has given his mobile no. to all so that no communication gap happen between the victim, the press fraternity and the police.

The SP capital further clarified that as per record and available information, there is no prima-facie involvement of any powerful people in this case and the Police teams so constituted for investigation into this case has never complained about any interference from anyone. “There is no fact on record or otherwise which can be suppressed in this case and it is to be assured to the press fraternity that whoever be the culprit in this case shall be brought behind the bar as and when identified as culprit in this case,” the release said.

While appreciating the efforts and co-operation of the State press fraternity in this case, the Capital police also sought the same cooperation in future. “We have to recognize that investigation of a sensitive and complicated case like this requires some time in order to reach at certain conclusion. All angles of the case investigation have to be thoroughly looked into in a professional manner and whenever reports are obtained from some department or other it takes time,” the release added.


Apex Bank signs MoU with NHFDC for economic empowerment of PWDs

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: The Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd has signed an MoU with the National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India on January 10 paving the way to finance developmental schemes of the Corporation by the Apex Bank in the state. A workshop was also organized by the Apex Bank in collaboration with the NHFDC at Conference of Agriculture Department, Naharlagun to sensitize  the apex bank officials and  persons with disabilities (PWDs) on various promotional schemes of the Corporation.

The NHFDC officials Mr Mishra, Company Secretary and A. Kumar, Chief Manager,  gave an impressive power point presentation of loan and other promotional schemes.

R.D. Thongon, Jt RCS gave an elaborate background how the department of cooperation takes initiative  for implementation of the scheme in the state. He has advised the beneficiaries to avail the schemes and use the loan amount judiciously.

Earlier, Tsering Thongdok, MD, Apex Bank said the Apex Bank being a state’s own bank has taken the responsibility to implement the scheme. He requested the beneficiaries to be regular in repayment of loan so that the scheme can provide regular economic support to the persons with disabilities.

The program was attended by targeted beneficiaries, bank officials, NGO, Researchers and University students. The members All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Association lauded the apex bank for implementing the schemes and assured to cooperate in loan recovery.


Largest tree of Arunachal Pradesh located

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J J Singh presented cash awards to the persons who have located the largest trees in the State. The awards were distributed during the inaugural function of Children Park at Raj Bhawan complex today.

The largest tree of Arunachal Pradesh under multi-trucked tree complex, Indian Rubber (Ficus elastic) has been located at Kalek Village, under Pangin Forest Range of Yingkiong Forest Division, which has a circumference of 59.8 meters. Second largest tree under the category Banyan (Ficus benghalensis) was located at Kankar Nallah, Nirjuli, under Banderdewa Forest Range of Banderdewa Forest Division, which has a circumference of 22 meters. Proponents Takom Tamuk of Kalek Village received the cash award of Rs. 15,000 and Rai Yayer of Kankar Nallah, Nirjuli, received the cash award of Rs. 5,000.

The largest tree of Arunachal Pradesh under single boled category, a Hollock (Terminalia myriocorpa) has been located at Charu Village, under Taliha Forest Range of Daporijo Forest Division, which has girth of 15.89 meters. The cash award of Rs. 15,000 was awarded to Tatum Charu. The second largest tree under this category, another Hollock (Terminalia myriocorpa) has been located at Pugging Village, under Yingkiong Forest Range of Yingkiong Forest Division, which has a girth of 17 meters. Proponent Yoppak Sitek received the cash award of Rs. 5000 for his effort.

The brainchild of the Governor the aim of the initiative in locating the largest tree was to add another feather to the tourism potential of the State. The Governor, while giving away the awards expressed his hope that these trees will be huge attraction for tourists and even for local people. It will also work as deterrent to those who practice Jhum cultivation and help in preservation of our pristine environment.

Thirty Seven proposals were received from all over the State, which was put to scrutiny through a duly constituted technical committee. Trees were short listed based on the reported girth/circumference of the bole or boles in case of multi-trunked tree complexes. Short listed trees were got physically verified through the forest officials and the species were also got confirmed through Scientists of the Systematic Botany Division of State Forest Research Institute, wherever necessary. The health of the trees and the species were also considered for relative positioning of the trees. PRO to Raj Bhawan


TMC calls for solution to teachers’ problem

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Expressing serious concern over students’ academic career due to the on-going pen down strike by SSA teachers demanding regularization of their jobs, the State unit of Trinmool Congress has urged the state government to find a tangible solution to the demands without further delay.

“Govt can not be a mute spectator in serious issues like this where interests of students are involved,” party general secretary Techi Necha said in a release. He urged the government to take the matter seriously and find solution in the greater interest of the teachers and the students.

“The prolonged strike by the SSA teachers has adversely affected academic studies of students of government schools across the state. It is Constitutional duty of the Government to find a tangible solution to the demands of the teachers, whether it is genuine or not, Necha said.


Children Park at Raj Bhawan complex opens

Children are the future of state: Governor

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) JJ Singh inaugurated a Children Park at Raj Bhawan Complex, Itanagar  today. First Lady of the State Anupama Singh, Chairman Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Development and Marketing Board Techi Kaso, Chief Secretary Dr. H.K. Paliwal, PCCF & Principal Secretary Environment & Forests D.V. Negi, Development Commissioner Ramesh Negi, Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg and host of guests and invitees along with children from different schools of the Capital Complex and Raj Bhawan Complex were present on the occasion.

The park was envisaged by the Governor and First lady as part of beautification of Raj Bhawan complex and has been constructed by Department of Environment and Forests.

The first couple also unveiled a lively looking model of Tyrannosaurs Rex, which is being installed in the park by Department of Science and Technology. The model is made up of Glass fibre resistant to heat and rain and has been procured from Science City Kolkata a unit of National Council of Science & Museum under Ministry of Culture, Govt of India.

Adding festivity to the inaugural function, the students of Vivekananda Kendra Vidhyalaya, Chimpu and Kidzee, Niti Vihar presented cultural items. Musical Chair and ‘Tug of War’ competitions were organized. A plantation programme was also conducted on the occasion. A painting competition was also conducted on the eve of the inaugural function.  

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor expressed his hope that the park will be immensely benefit to the children of the Capital complex. He advised them to avail optimum benefit out of it and at the same time take care of the park.

The Governor said that children are the future of the State. If they work hard and keep physically fit, the future of Arunachal Pradesh will be better. Exhorting them to contribute towards the State and Nation, the Governor advised them to be obedient to their teachers and parents.   

The First Lady of the State also advised the children to take part in outdoor physical activities and utilize the park properly. She also appreciated the creative and aesthetic potential of the children who took part in the painting completion.

The park, measuring an area of 1282.50 Sq has a Cresent slide, a Wide slide, a double arc swing, a Marry go around, a Brinjal, a Victoria Bench, a Stadium Bench and a Multiactivity play system.

It has a boundary wall of height from 1.0 m with 1.5 m with decorative grills. Earth filling of 2,551.50 Cu.m has been done to provide a gentle gradient to the park. It has internal walking path made of interlock bricks measuring 135.0 m long inside the park. Bermuda hybrid grass has been planted along with planting of golden hedge and ornamental shrub (gold christ ) and cycus plants along the boundary wall. To make it more attractive to children, painting of cartoon characters on the inner boundary wall of the park has been done measuring total of 1,470.15 Sq.ft.

The Department of Public Works, Public Health Engineering, Power and Raj Bhawan, along with Department of Environment and Forests contributed in successful conduct of the inaugural function.

Book on floral assets launched

The Governor along with the First lady of the State launched a book on flora of Raj Bhawan, titled ‘Raj Bhawan-Arunachal Pradesh: A green destination’ on the occasion. Another brainchild of the Governor, aims to highlight the importance of conservation and preservation of floral asserts of the State, it provides details of the trees including photographs, their scientific names, brief description and utility, medicinal and other values, number and location of such species in Raj Bhawan and the adjoining complex. B.S. Sajwan, PCCF, Dr. P. Subramanyam, CCF & Director, State Forest Research Institute, Chimpu and Dr.L.R. Bhuyan, Systematic Botanist, SFRI, Chimpu contributed in documentation.  PRO to Governor


Govt. keen to develop school infrastructures: Tuki

AALO, Jan 10: Most of the Govt. schools in the state are functioning with the infrastructures of the early sixties and Govt. is committed to develop the infrastructures in all Government-run schools with concrete buildings in the years to come, said Chief Minister Nabum Tuki during his whirlwind visit to West Siang yesterday.

Attending the Annual day of the Siyom Army Public School, he lauded the Indian Army for coming up for the cause of civilian to start school that impart quality education for the state in general and the district in particular and expressed his gratitude to Major General RPS Bhaduria, GOC 56 Infantry Likabali and Brigadier Ajay Verma for their initiative to shape up a model school.

He also laid the foundation stone of 20-bed wards at District Hospital Aalo.

During his visit to Govt. Higher Secondary School Aalo, the Chief Minister assured to place the demands like construction of Rostrum, teachers quarters, classroom buildings in next SPB on topmost priority and declared amid applause to get the Golden Jubilee Hall sanctioned during this current financial year.

“What we need today is a congenial society where we all can thrive and live peacefully and encouraged the students to inculcate discipline, duty and devotion to excel in different parameters of life to be good members of the society,” the CM opined.

In a football match played in the school ground between DC XI and CM XI, the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

The Chief Minister is accompanied by Member of Parliament Takam Sanjay, Transport Minister Jarkar Gamlin, Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena, Parliamentary Secretaries Gojen Gadi, Gadam Ete and PD Sona, MLA Tako Dabii and host of senior leaders and officers of state Govt.

‘Future of state depends on quality education’

Inaugurating the newly constructed SFS School at Tato, West Siang the Chief Minister called on the citizens not to compromise on quality education  which is the only way to progress and development. He thanked the Bishop of Itanagar, Dr. John Thomas and the Catholic missionaries for taking interest in establishing quality schools in remote places like Tato.

Takam Sanjoy, Member of Parliament exhorted the people to cooperate with the school authorities to ensure the smooth functioning of the school.

Bishop of Itanagar, Dr. Thomas said that the construction of the school at Tato was part of the policy of the Catholic Church to establish a string of good schools in the remote border areas of the state.

PD Sona, the local MLA also attended the function and promised a dozen computers for the school. Many political and civil dignitaries attended the function.


Advocacy on HIV, Tourism awareness organized

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Arunachal Pradesh AIDS Control Society in association with Department of Tourism organized a one-day advocacy on HIV/AIDS and Tourism awareness program for hoteliers, taxi and tour operators of Arunachal Pradesh here today.

The advocacy meeting with themes ‘Talk AIDS Stop AIDS’ and ‘Nature’s Creation Your Destination-Arunachal’ was organized to sensitize the targetted groups on the issue of HIV/AIDS and Tourism potential in the state.

In his brief speech, Tourism Director A K Singh said that since the State Govt. has declared tourism as an Industry, the main objective of the Tourism Department is to market the Tourism potential of Arunachal Pradesh to the other part of the world. While expressing concern that very few people of the state have realized its potential and developed a sense of professionalism in the tourism sector, he hoped that things would get better in future.

Dr. Riken Rina, Jt. Director (B/S) APSACS, while attending the programme as resource person said that promotion of tourism is very important to boost state’s economy and also to generate self employment. At the same time it has the potentiality to increase sexual activity for which awareness on disease like, HIVAIDS is very important.

While quoting the example of Thailand which is known for Sex Tourism but having very low incidence of HIV, he said that sexual activity is biological necessity which always does not lead to HIV but ignorance can.

Dr. Rina also provided through PowerPoint presentation the details on HIV scenario at global, national and state level. He also made the participants aware about STI syndromes and treatment.

Tashor Pali, Dy. Director (IEC) APSACS in his welcome address said that the joint endeavour of both APSACS and Tourism Department having same target can help achieve desired result to sensitize in their concern areas. It is very important to keep the state safe and clean in order to attract more tourists from other part of the country and it can be done by creating awareness among the stake holders on issues like HIV/AIDS, he added.

Bengia Manna Sonam, Asstt. Director, Tourism, while attending the programme as one of the Resource Persons highlighted the importance of tourism in the context of economic, social, culture and environment. She also dwelt in length various tourism potentiality of Arunachal Pradesh. While highlighting Campaign Clean India initiative, which has been launched in Arunachal Pradesh in a big way, she called on the participants to take a pledge to keep their surrounding clean and not to use plastic/ polythene bags/containers.

Yomjum Yomgam, Tourist Operator, in his address urged the participants to extend their cooperation in ensuring security and safety of tourist visiting the state. He also exhorted the participants to create awareness on HIV/AIDS so that people remain safe from the disease.


Panggeng discourages opium  cultivation

YINGKIONG, Jan 10: Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary J K Panggeng cautioned the villagers against opium cultivation and drugs addiction in a development cum public meeting at Jeying camp yesterday.

Addressing the villagers, Panggeng educated the villagers about ill effects of drugs addiction and discouraged cultivation of opium. He advised them to take up cultivation of cash crops like, Tea, Cardamom, Rubber.

Discussing on present education scenario, the parliamentary secretary urged the teachers to discharge duty sincerely. He took strong exception to the reported irregularities of SSA teachers.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by Ageng Tayeng, ASM Sili village, Paggeng said that tender work for construction of Byasang Bridge over Yamne River linking Sili and Jeru, Pongging and Katan has already been completed and construction works will be started soon. Regarding Bailey bridge over Yamne linking Silli and Jeru, Panggeng said he would take up the matter with the state government for fund allotment.

Panggeng informed the people that the state government headed by CM Nabum Tuki has been encouraging tea and rubber cultivation. He assured to look into other demands on the basis of genuineness.

The eight-point memorandum demanded construction of a Musup at Sili, barrack for teaching staffs at Jeying, hostel for students at Middle School, Jeying, maintenance of link road from IB to Pasighat-Damro road, boundary wall for Primary Health Centre, Quarter for JE(PHE), technical and financial support of the state government for tea cultivation in the area. The Parliamentary Secretary sought cooperation of public for all round development of the area.

Deputy Commissioner Liyon Borang briefed the over all scenario of development in various sectors and appealed one and all not to disturb the on-going construction work on the State-Highway and some hydro power projects, two major life-line of the people of the area. The DC cautioned the absentee SSA teachers and opium cultivators of serious action against them.

In the meeting the, the DHO, DAO and ARCS also spoke and advised the people for Tea, Cardamom and rubber cultivation to raise the economic condition of the people.

Among others, SDO, Mariyang, CO, Katan and T Phukhan representing M/s Vinayak Tea Trading Company Pvt. Ltd., Gaon Buras, PR members, youth, teachers and villagers of Pongging, Jeru, Silli, Padu and Katan villages were present.

On the same day, a training-cum-exposure visit of farmers was conducted by the department of Horticulture Upper Siang District, Yingkiong and around 60 numbers of farmers participated the one day training. DIPRO


RSS propagating the ideals of Swamiji: Kannan

NAHARLAGUN, Jan 10: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its affiliated organizations are working tirelessly to propagate the ideals of Swami Vivekananada to help it regain its historic glory, said RSS all India joint general secretary K C Kannan.

Addressing a gathering of state intelligentsia at Hotel Tosum here today, Kannan said spreading the human philosophy of the great monk to embrace the humanity without any distinction would be the greatest tribute to him on his 150th birth anniversary.

Swamiji was a great patriot who had turned the destiny of the world, Bharat in particularly by awakening the youth to shoulder the responsibility of steering the humanity on the right path.

The RSS is committed to take foreword the unfinished task of the Swamiji during the celebrations and has been working in this direction for the last 87 years.

Underscoring the importance of indigenous faith and culture, he said such faith are the oldest and mother of all cultures, which should be promoted and popularized among the younger generations for their protection for the posterity.

Kannan on his maiden week-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh has already addressed similar huge gatherings at Pasighat and Aalo. He will address a three-day residential camp at Seppa from January 11.

Adi Baane Kebang chief patron and Itanagar Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang president Annong Perme, in his address, said the religious conflicts would end in the society if the meaning of religion or dharma - assimilation not distinction - as defined by Swamiji is understood.

Among others, State Swami Vivekanada Sardh Shati Samoroh Samiti president Nabam Atum, former IFCSAP presidents Tonyi Koyu & Taba Hare,  North East Shraddha Jagaran pramukh of Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram Ramesh Babu,  RSS prant karyavah Nido Sakter and vibhag karyavah Dr Techi Upen Tara, among others, were, present on the occasion, according to a RSS release.


District Task Force meeting for IPPI held

Ziro, Jan 10: Carrying out India’s mission of a polio free nation by 2015, the District Task Force for Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization held its coordination meeting at the office chamber of the DC-cum-Chairman, DTF, IPPI Taru Talo today.

Addressing the members, Talo assured full cooperation from the district administration for the program, and exhorted the members to voluntarily support the cause.

DFWO Dr. K Basar dealt in details the district plan for IPPI. With 6865 target group and 488 manpower needed to carry out the first phase of immunization on January 20, Dr Basar requested the member departments to cooperate and make the program a success. He also informed that this year the migratory laborers and their residing areas have been targeted as high risk areas and emphasized on intensifying immunization in those areas.

DMO H Tam also informed the members that house to house immunization will also be carried out after January 20. The members present also decided to have a panel discussion at AIR for widespread publicity of the campaign.

EAC (TPT), DIPRO, DDSE, DD(ICDS) DTO(T) Station Director AIR and media person attended the meeting. DIPRO

Half of world's food never reaches human stomach

A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has found that as much as 50 per cent of all food produced around the world never reaches a human stomach due to issues as varied as inadequate infrastructure and storage facilities.

The report 'Global Food Waste Not Want Not'  found that between 30 per cent and 50 per cent or 1.2-2 billion tonnes of food produced around the world each year never reaches a human stomach, and about 550 billion m3 of water is wasted globally in growing crops that never reach the consumer.

By 2075 the UN predicts that the world's population is set to reach around 9.5 billion, which could mean an extra three billion mouths to feed. A key issue to dealing with this population growth is how to produce more food in a world with resources under competing pressures - particularly given the added stresses caused by global warming and the increasing popularity of eating meat - which requires around 10 times the land resources of food like rice or potatoes.

As water, land and energy resources come under increasing pressure from competing human demands, engineers have a crucial role to play in preventing food loss and waste by developing more efficient ways of growing, transporting and storing foods. But in order for this to happen Governments, development agencies and organisation like the UN must work together to help change people's mindsets on waste and discourage wasteful practices by farmers, food producers, supermarkets and consumers.


Police will be held responsible for failure in Rina shooting case

Dear Editor,

This is in response to news item published today in regards to Tongam shooting case. It is surprising to note that some police officers privately informed the press persons about the involvement of some powerful persons which are making the investigation difficult. One can assume easily those persons must be in power (government), otherwise they would not have been able to interfere in the investigation. But again who can be more powerful than the governor and the chief minister? If the investigators are finding it difficult, why don't they report it to the media directly or to the CM as he is holding the portfolio of home minister? As the saying goes "hatoo mein chudiya pehenni chahiye" is apt for the police department. Whatever the reasons, if the investigators keep mum, they will be held responsible for public uprising which is likely in the future. And to the organizations in the name of community, youths, student union etc, they should analyze again that Tongam shooting case is not simply an attack on the media, it involves massive corruption, misuse of power, politics, threat to law and order, unethical and immorality of our society. They should come forward and lend help to the press fraternity. Lastly hope that our CM will take right steps before its citizens and before the eyes of God.



Chandmari, Guwahati




Confusion after confusion

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I'd like to share my little confusion regarding the recent "Advertisement for recruitment of District Project Managers" published recently in the website of State Govt. by Department of Information Technology, GoAP. First of all I'd like to ask, why wasn't this published on official website of Department of IT i.e; www.apdit.in? And above that, now most of the departments and district administrations even institutions and small firms of Arunachal are having and maintaining their own website, then why the highest department in the field of IT in our state doesn't have their own website? What happened to their previous one?

Now, It says that the Advertisement is for recruitment of District Project Manager, and it also says that "The overall objective of hiring a DPM is to work closely and support Deputy Commissioner as well as District e-Governance Society (DeGS) of respective district for local level co-ordination and ensuring delivery of e-District services to ensure that the project is rolled out within stipulated timelines. District Project Manager would coordinate with various stakeholders at District/Block levels, State level officials, System Integrators (SI), State Program Management Unit (SPMU), National Program Management Unit (NPMU) and other project stakeholders."

But the amazing and most surprising thing lies in the ELIGIBILITY Criteria which is "BCA/B.Sc-IT/B.E/B.Tech/MCA or must be a graduate (any discipline) with 1 year Computer Diploma." So, question is that can a person who is not graduate in IT/CS know anything about MANAGING this post? Do they have EQUIVALENT knowledge of inside-out of Computer Hardware/Software with IT/CS Graduates? Are BCA/BSc IT or any graduates equivalent to BE/B.Tech-(IT/CS)/MCA graduates? Also according to this advertisement "ANY BE/B.Tech GRADUATE is eligible". What can be more disheartening for IT/CS Graduates after reading this advertisement?

Also, the method of form submission is very confusing. It's written that the applications will be only accepted online. And surprisingly there's no place for online-filling. Also they have given an Application Format with Undertaking and a space for signature. So, how are they expecting us to send the application online?

Of all the Departments or people, this was most unexpected of the State's Highest Department in the INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY field. They themselves being the State's premier in IT, how can they commit such kinds of mistakes? Also, according to me and most of the people, this was the first ever advertisement published by the Department of IT in all these years. Thanking You,


N L Richo,

NERIST, Nirjuli




Don’t taste our patience

Dear Editor,

While going through the newspaper this morning, I thoroughly read the news item “Tongam shooting case: Press fraternity express concern over slow pace of investigation, demand update.” It is quite shocking to know that police officers in privately is expressing their inability to crack case due to involvement of powerful people. My sympathy goes out to press fraternities of state who are still fighting for their colleague, though rest of state had forgot her case. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with parliamentary secretary for home Gadam Ete on numerous occasions had promised to deliver justice. What happened to their promises? Are these politicians trying to fool people of Arunachal with their fake promises?

A lot was expected from present SP Capital Surender Kumar, a young IPS officer when he joined. But as days are passing on, he too is failing to show any sincerity in regards to Tongam Rina case. I appeal to the capital police to reveal the name of those powerful people who are involved in Rina. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Capital police has lot to answer. The people of Arunachal are waiting but please don’t taste our patience.


T Tahin, Naharlagun


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