Govt opposes shifting of MoRTH regional office to Assam

NEW DELHI, Jan 22: Disappointed by the move of the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) to shift its Regional Office (RO) from Itanagar to Tezpur in Assam, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has requested Union Minister of MoRTH Nitin Gadkari to review this decision on priority.

In a letter to Gadkari, Tuki mentioned that this unilateral decision of the Ministry to move out the RO to Tezpur is contrary to the long-term interests of the success of important ongoing road projects in the state, especially those under the ambitious Trans Arunachal Highway Package.

"This move has come at a time when the Prime Minister has time and again reiterated the commitment of the NDA Government towards overall development of the North Eastern Region with added emphasis on improving connectivity," rued Tuki in his letter to the union minister.

"It is imperative that a project like the Trans Arunachal Highways - notwithstanding its scale and importance - must be effectively monitored regularly by a nodal arm of the MoRTH. The RO at Itanagar was operating with this mandate and taking care of the several issues related to the same in coordination with the implementing agencies of the State Government," Tuki said, adding that the shifting of the RO to Tezpur can potentially jeopardize the interests of the Trans Arunachal Highways project and also other important road projects in the state.



‘Krishi Karman Award’ to Arunachal for fourth consecutive year

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: Arunachal Pradesh has been selected for Krishi Karman Commendation Award-2014-15 for consecutive fourth year in total food grain production under category-III states (less than one million tons).

The award comprises citation and cash award of Rs. 1 crore which will be presented in a function to be held shortly, informed Hage Khoda, Commissioner, (Agri & Horti) Govt.of Arunachal Pradesh.

The state has produced 4.09 lakh MT of food grains in total during 2014-15, which include rice, coarse cereals and pulses. The state had produced 3.73 lakh MT of total food grain in the previous year (2012-13).

Rice production during 2014-15 has been increased from 20.90 quintals per hectare to 22.40 quintals per hectare while the production of Pulses has been increased from 11.10 quintals per hectare during 2012-13 to 12.6 quintals per hectare during 2014-15.

The steady growth of production in agriculture and allied sector has been possible through implementation of various central and state sponsored schemes besides Chief Minister's Agri-Mechanization Programme and National Food security Mission (NFSM).

The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India in an official communiqué has congratulated the State Agriculture Department for the achievement which was possible due to state government's constant support, including technical, to the farmers.



Fudged PMGSY road works, contends villagers

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ROING, Jan 22: Expressing dissatisfaction over the quality of the ongoing PMGSY road work from Hunli-Anini GREF road to Abrango village, the concerned villagers have requested the Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner to direct the executing company to construct necessary structures.

The villagers of New Elope, Apanli and Abrango, under the banner of Village Development Committee of Abrango submitted the complaint to the DC during his recent visit.

The villagers called for directing the executing company to construct brace walls and retaining walls alongside the school compound, which is at an extreme risk of landslide due to the ongoing project, and at other strategic points of the village that are prone to landslides due to earth cutting at the earliest.

According to the villagers, the materials used for construction of the brace wall and retaining wall are of inferior quality and not as per the laid norms of CPWD. The letter also stated that the gradient of the road at Zero Point Km is not up to the mark as the excess slope of the road may cause inconvenience and hardship to motorists in future, especially during the monsoons.

Further, the villagers are also aggrieved on the payments not made against the completed work as per the contract/agreement signed between the villagers and the executing company M/s GYT Co.

According to the villagers, they had been alloted sub-contracts under M/s GYT Co., however, no payment has been made to the villagers yet by the company even after procuring fifty percent of payments by the company from the government.



Arunachal nominated as one of the best performing states in power sector

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: Arunachal Pradesh has been nominated as one of the best performing states for its contribution to the Power Sector for the 3rd Annual Economic Times Power Focus Summit 2016 scheduled to be held on February 23 next at New Delhi.

In a communiqué to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Rajeev Mishra - Project Head of the Economic Times Power Summit 2016 informed that the State Government will be felicitated by Union Minister of Power Piyush Goyal on the occasion in recognition of the initiatives the State Government has taken to enhance the power potential of the State.

'Given the fact that the Government is now seeking at generating Green Energy by 2030, we would like to felicitate the State of Arunachal Pradesh who among the other states has all the potential to stand among the top state contributors. We are pleased to announce that this year again your Great state has been nominated by the  Minister of Power,' stated the communiqué.

The Summit this year will witness the participation of 100 + senior visionaries, policy makers and industry leaders to discuss solutions that will help Power Sector chart future course of actions to meet the burgeoning power demand. This summit will also witness a high level panel discussion on the theme 'Celebrating Excellence in Power Sector' calling upon the Ministers, Bureaucrats and stakeholders from the Power industry on a common platform.

It may be mentioned that Arunachal Pradesh was also felicitated in the 2nd Annual Economic Times Power Summit 2015 held in New Delhi last year.




KRF draws huge crowd on second day

SEPPA, Jan 22: Braving the  cold weather, a large number of crowd  thronged the Kameng River Festival (KRF) ground here on the second day of the festival to witness the cultural programme and other events.  

The day started off with river beach volleyball and river beach football competitions, the finals of which will be played on the final day of the festival. From the beginning of the festival, para-gliding and river rafting continued to be crowd puller.

During the  cultural programme in the evening local women mesmerized the audience with their dances to Bollywood tune much to the delight of the energetic audience, while artist like Guru ken Riba and  his party with their spontaneous rap, kept the audience up in their toe. Cultural items were also presented by various tribes residing in the district.

The festival is being organised by EKSWCO, District administration and State Tourism deparment which was declared opened by Sikkim Tourism Parliamentary Secretary D N Sherpa yesterday.



Workshop on acting &  filmmaking begins

ITANAGAR, Jan 22:  The 20-day workshop on acting (theatre and film), cinematography and direction was inaugurated by Bollywood actor Md Zeeshan Ayyub at IT Conference Hall, IG Park here today. The workshop is being organized by Gonyabin Cine Production in association with department of Art and Culture.

First of its kind in the state, the workshop is engaging the expertise of professional filmmakers and artist from mainstream cinema as resource persons which includes  Ayyub,  Bollywood actor Vikram Kochhar, actor Vivek Ram Kanuijiya, international theatre artist and director Riken Ngomle, Telugu film director Srikanth Tuppala, and director Partha Borgohain.

Gonyabin Cine Production proprietor Bindiya Ete Nalo informed that their main objective for organizing the workshop is to produce trained local artists which can be bank on for making films in the state.

While technicians can be hired from outside, artists from other states cannot be engaged for films having local characters. Therefore, having trained artists from the state is of utmost importance, added Nalo.

She also informed that after completion of the workshop, participants will be engaged in two short films and one play which will provide ample scope to see how much the participants have learned and how much they have retained.

Sharing his expectation with the workshop, Telegu film director Tuppala said that after the workshop participants should be confident enough to try film making by themselves, no matter the output is good or bad. Stating that the workshop will be an excellent platform to introduce the participants to various forms, styles and process of filmmaking, Tuppala informed that they will cover all aspects of filmmaking like story, production design, post production etc.

"Every form of art has its own kind of tools and styles which needs to be learned", said Tuppala. A person may be creative enough to make a film but training can further add to that for better output, he added while speaking on the significance of such workshop.

Regarding the challenges of the workshop, Tuppala said that their main challenge will be making the participants capable enough to convert their ideas into films and to make film making their, if not passion, then hobby at least.

When asked on which aspect of film making should state like Arunachal Pradesh focus, which is new in this field, Tuppala opined that focus should be on encouraging the film makers and promotion of the art.

Adding that the state government and the concern department can play a crucial role in this regard, he opined that they should get in touch with states holding events related to films and encourage local film makers and artists to take part in the same.

Among others,  senior journalist Tara Chatung, Karpu Chisi (Editor) Look East Spark, Magazine, Tai Togung (Director of "O"Km) local film were present on the occasion.



Taloh inspects fire ravaged DEM Hr. Sec School

PASIGHAT, Jan 22: Education Minister Tapang Taloh accompanied by East Siang Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla, AAPSU president Kamta Lapung and host of local leaders and officers today inspected the fire-ravaged DEM Hr. Secondary School, Pasighat to boost the morale of the teachers and students of the school.

Addressing the school community in an iteractive meeting, Taloh expressed his immense sadness over devastation of the school in the fire saying that a school building can not be built overnight.

He suspected that miscreants might have set the school on fire and strongly condemned the act.

Taloh said, "Education is the backbone of any society and also tool for poverty alleviation. Destruction of the school has hurt the sentiment of our peace loving citizens. The government will not spare the miscreants at any cost."

"No one can demoralize the spirit and courage of our dedicated teachers and students and my ministry is committed to take forward education revitalizing their morale," he said and, directed the local administration for thorough investigation so that culprits are booked and exemplary punishment is given immediately.

Taking privilege on the occasion, the education minister said "Teaching is a lifelong commitment and teachers are creators of the society. They should take pride in teaching and impart quality education to students through their sincerity and dedication.  

Posting in the Pasighat township is a matter of comfort and privilege while many teachers are working in hard places for years together. In many remote villages, our children are waiting for their teachers.  Teachers posted at Pasighat should try to impress their authorities with their quality services, he said.  Responding to Deputy Chief Councilor Kalind Darang's appeal, the minister informed that teachers in all schools will be made available soon after new recruitment process. The minister also informed that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed concern over repeated fire accidents occurred in Pasighat. He immediately approved Rs two crores for rebuilding of DEM Hr. Sec School and further assured to release some suitable amount shortly.

The minister also threw lights on achievements of the education department in particular. The CM has always shown special care and given priorities for overall development of Pasighat, he added. In his deliberation, the minister informed the gathering that the present government is enjoying absolute majority in the assembly. Fight for constitutional right is going on but truth always wins. There is no chance of change of leadership or formation of alternative government for the state, added the minister.

DC Isha Khosla informed the minister a magisterial inquiry has already been ordered to ascertain the main cause of the accident.

It is our testing time and we must defeat all odds to provide uninterrupted education to our children, said the DC adding that PHED has been instructed to provide outlet below the every overhead tanks of the township to provide easy access of water supply to the fire fighters, during disastrous situation.

AAPSU President Kamta Lapung donated Rs. 50,000 for welfare of the school and assured to continue to extend support to the student community.

Among others, DSE Lendo, ZPC Kaling Dai, Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk, Dy. Chief Councilor Kaling Darang, Principal AP Rukbo and VP Aroti Padung also spoke and shared their view on the occasion. DIPRO




Arunachal to participate in Kolkata Book Fair

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The Department of Research, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh is ready to participate in the 40th Kolkata International Book Fair, 2016 scheduled to begin on January 27.

The Department will put on display as many as 180 publications during the book fair depicting the cultural heritage of the indigenous tribes and publications of Directorate of Information and Public Relation highlighting the developmental activities of the Government will be on display.

The Department of Research is also pride publishers of five books of Dr. Varrier Elwin. The state's display stall hosted by the Directorate of Research will be at Hall No. 3, stall No. 7. The theme of Arunachal Pavilion this year will be -"Folkdances of Arunachal Pradesh: Enchanting Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Arunachal Pradesh".

Kolkata International Book Fair occupies third position after Frankfurt Book Fair and London Book Fair in terms of accumulation of Books.

As per man counting machine, the 39th Kolkata International Book Fair 2015 was foot stepped by as many as 19 lakh visitors in twelve days.



Operation Smile-II launched in LDV


ROING, Jan 22: Operation Smile-II cum Operation Muskaan to trace missing children, rescue and rehabilitate them has been launched by the Police Department in collaboration with Dibang Adi Women's Association (DAWA) and Enjalu Menda Women's Empowerment Forum (EMWEF), at Mayu Secondary School under Lower Dibang Valley.

The awareness programme on police and community linkages coordination for better child protection will go on till the end of January and will cover every part of the district by conducting programmes at Mayu, Koronu, Abali, Jia, Bolung and Parbuk villages.

Addressing students and their parents and guardians, DSP Roing, Habung Hailyang spoke on the aims and objectives of the programme. SP Roing, T. Ringu informed about the role and duty of each person in the society as a parent, a neighbour, a teacher, a principal, as panchayat member etc., in combating any kind of abuse against children. He informed that more activities under this programme will be regulated and each panchayat member will soon be alloted roles in assisting the police department by keeping a record and statistics of the population falling under their jurisdiction to have a better and exact account of the number of children, and to curb any trafficking.

Advocate Rukmini Linggi spoke on the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act that was formulated in order to effectively address sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children.

DD ICDS, Savitri Khamti urged the people to approach her office in case of any kind of problems regarding children and women, and mainly those who face domestic violence.

According to the department, all police officers of the district will be trained on the actions that have to be taken by the police on receipt of a missing child and applicability of provisions of the POCSO Act, Juvenile Justice Act, Protection of Child Right Act, and other relevant laws, advisories issued by the MHA etc. At the same time, a team of police personnel will also be detained to keep watch at bus stands, work places, religious places, hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, game parlours and any other crowded places, to find any missing or abandoned children in the district.



MoU for generation of remote sensing and GIS based data

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The department of Environment and Forests entered into a MoU with North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC), Shillong for generation of remote sensing and GIS based data.

The MoU was signed in a meeting of the consultative committee on e-working plan held in the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Environment & Principal Secretary (Environment & Forests) to review the progress on e-working plan, working plan and CAMPA

The generation of remote sensing and GIS based data will be for density class, vegetation type and growing stock of all the 24 territorial forest divisions and 3 wildlife divisions i.e. Namdapha National Park, Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary and Dibang Biosphere Reserve. The NESAC will also generate Digital Elevation Model and layering of all above mentioned data which in turn will facilitate the preparation of working plan of all divisions.

Scientist, NESAC, Shillong, Dr. K.K Sharma formally handed over the draft report on remote sensing and GIS based inputs for the preparation of e-working plan of Along Forest Division.

All the DFOs, Conservator of Forests and Chief Conservator of Forests, Arunachal Pradesh participated in the consultative committee meeting in which the progress of e-working plan and methodology for the same was presented and interacted by NESAC, Scientist, K.K Sharma.

While reviewing progress on e-working plan, the DFOs of all the divisions who have not submitted the pre-inventory sample data were directed to submit the same to NESAC by June 30. The uploading of assets created under Compensatory Afforestation (CAMPA) on e-Green Watch portal of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change was also examined and all the DFOs have been asked to come to the GIS cell of PCCF office to get the details uploaded, if there is any problem.

Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Working plan & Conservation) and Nodal Officer State CAMPA, Dr. Bipin Behari made a presentation asking all the DFOs, CFs, CCFs to complete the writing of working plan and other associated activities in time bound manner and also submit the progress report of CAMPA activities along with utilization certificate for successful continuation of CAMPA activities with the uninterrupted availability of fund from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. The officers were also asked to submit Annual Plan of Operations (APO) of CAMPA for 2016-17 with justification at the earliest.

Speaking in the meeting, PCCF and Principal Secretary (Env. & Forests), Dr. Sashi Kumar emphasized on the importance of working plan and exhorted all DFOs and CCFs of territorial divisions to take keen interest in completing targets within prescribed time limit. He further stressed for preparation of Working Plan, uploading of assets created under CAMPA on e-Green Watch Portal on urgent basis, as required to invite continuous flow of CAMPA fund for the conservation and development of forests. He also advised the field officers particularly DFOs and territorial Chief Conservator of Forests to carry out regular field inspection and also observe all codal formalities while doing any development work in respect of their divisions.  



Governor & CM greet on National Patriotism Day

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have extended warm greetings to the people of the State on the occasion of National Patriotism Day, which commemorates the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

The Governor expressed hope that the celebration will strengthen the sense of patriotism amongst all. Remembering Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the Governor said that Netaji has been a great symbol of patriotism, who infused the spirit of unity amongst all Indians, who encouraged all to rise above religious, factional and regional barriers and prepare themselves to fight for and to sacrifice self for the common cause of India's freedom from the shackles of British imperialism and fight for their rights. He wished that the youths would continue to be inspired by Netaji's leadership, ideals and sacrifice in the service of the Nation.

On this special occasion, I join my brothers and sisters of Arunachal Pradesh in paying our glowing tribute to the Netaji and all other freedom fighters of our Country. May their spirit of sacrifices and commitment, reinforce the bond of brotherhood and nationalism among the people of this frontier State and inspire us to continue as the sentinels of freedom, in this easternmost State of India, the Governor wished.

Paying rich tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, on whose birthday the day is observed as the National Day of Patriotism, Tuki said that Netaji's greatest achievement was the deep sense of national unity that he was able to kindle in his countrymen and the profound love and loyalty, he was able to inspire in his army.

The CM also remembered and paid rich tribute to all the great freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for a free India we live in today. He expressed his salute to the valiant arm forces for their sheer patriotism in guarding our borders and paid respect to those who laid their lives in the line of their duties while guarding our motherland.  



DC warns officials against non-performance

ZIRO, Jan 22:  The Lower Subansiri DC Kanki Darang has warned that non-performing BEOs and coordinators will be replaced with competent and performing officials. He said this while addressing the Block Education Officers and Intervention Coordinators of the various programs running under SSA and RMSA, during a two-day review meeting of the Department of Education which concluded here today.

It was organized in order to take stock of the implementation of various schemes in the district by the department of Education as well as to consider new proposals for the coming AWP&B 2016-17.

The DC further exhorted the Block Education Officers of Raga, Ziro and Ziro-II block to perform their duties with dedication as they have been given the additional charges of Block Resource Coordinators (BRC) of the SSA programe.

UDISE coordinator, Chiging Tangu and Planning Coordinator, Gulab Longku in their joint presentation highlighted the statistical analysis of the Unified District Information System of Education (UDISE) as per the data capture format submitted by the schools of the district.

Further, Coordinator for Inclusive Education, Chera Tajam highlighted the need for developing a mechanism whereby the departments of Health and Child Welfare and Social Justice could be involved in the process of identifying children with learning disabilities to help them procure disability certificates which will enable them to avail the various facilities offered by the state and central government.  (DIPRO)




DC for proper checking of medicines supplied to school under RBSK

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: Lohit Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak today held a meeting to review infant mortality rate (IMR) and implementation of various schemes, such as Miday Day Meal, RBSK, RKSK etc and immunization of children under Mission Indracanush-II and IPPI (Ph-1) in the district.

The Deputy Commissioner stressed the need of checking expiry dates of tablets and other medicines that are supplied to schools under RBSK. He also suggested for proper checking of procured drugs at district level before dispatching them to various health centres/facilities.

He said that the reaction of polio vaccine after its administration as reported in some areas may be due to usage of expired drugs.

The DC asked the health authorities, including ASHAs and Anganwadi Workers at village level to keep proper records of births and deaths of infants. Tatak said that the name of best performing ASHA would be recommended to the state government. He also assured incentives to all health workers to motivate them to work harder.

Meanwhile, the DC lamented the poor network connectivity of BSNL and other private service providers.

Wakro, PHC officials requested for up gradation to CHC and accordingly the DC and DMO has assured to take up the matter with the higher authority.

Earlier, DMO, Lohit Dr. S.Chai Pul gave a PowerPoint presentation on Infant Mortality Rate (IMR).

DRCHO Dr. S Nayil highlighted the performance of IPPI-(Ph-1) and Mission Indradhanush Phase II (round 1 to 4) in the district.



DC calls meeting of sector incharges for 'Clean Arunachal Fortnight' campaign

TAWANG, Jan 22: Tawang DC Duly Kamduk has asked the sector-in-charges of the 25 existing sectors constituted for carrying out social service in the township during second Saturdays to mobilize the residents of their respective areas to take part in the 'Clean Arunachal Fortnight' campaign.

The DC was addressing a meeting held in his office chambers today for the ensuing 'Clean Arunachal Fortnight' campaign slated to begin from Feb 1 next as a curtain raiser to the  30th Statehood Day celebrations.

While informing that three best performing sectors would be awarded during the Statehood Day celebration, the DC further advised that school children be made aware about the importance of cleanliness for a clean and healthy environment during morning assemblies. He further asked the HoDs to direct the officers serving outside the headquarters to also take part in the campaign.

Later in the day, the DC also chaired a district level meeting regarding the conduct of National Deworming Day. In the meeting, the DMO apprised that mass deworming of children aged 1-19 years would be done on Feb 10 next in the schools and anganwadi centres while, the mop up round would be conducted on Feb 15 next.

Cautioning about the possibility of those not enrolled in schools/anganwadi centres being left out, he further advised to chalk out a suitable strategy to avoid the same.

He also informed that Mission Indradhanush (phase-2), a plan to strengthen the Routine Immunization has been completed for Tawang district. (DIPRO)



6 lakh mosquito nets distributed by DHS

NAHARLAGUN, Jan 22: Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) are being distributed free of cost to the needy people in high-risk areas of the state from January to February this year by the Department of Health Services to prevent malaria.

Sponsored by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, around six lakh LLINs are being distributed as part of the multi-pronged strategy and methodology adopted by the department to prevent malaria.

LLIN is one of the newer and effective interventions to prevent human-mosquito contact by acting as a barrier besides killing the mosquitoes coming into contact with the net. However, though chemicals are used in the process, it is safe and especially recommended for children and pregnant women. (DIPRO)



R-Day security

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The Capital Police have banned carrying of lethal weapon, food packet, water bottle, cigarette, match box, tobacco items, pencil, lady's purse, hand bag etc inside IG Park during the Republic Day celebration.

Further, traffic will be blocked during the movement of Governor at Mithun Gate, D-Sector Forest Gate and intersecting roads from Raj Bhawan to IG Park, Itanagar.



No wrong doing, says school owner

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: Ram Tagi, accused of subjecting young school children to watch pornographic movies and indulge in questionable physical act has denied any wrong doing. The allegations are unfounded and I had not shown any porn films to children nor subjected them to mental or physical harassment, Tagi, who runs a private school, said in a statement today.

He further alleged that he and one of his teachers were assaulted by a parent of one of his students.

The administration has since shut down his school.


GoAP directed not to pay land compensation

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: Itanagar permanent bench of Gauhati High Court has directed Arunachal government to not pay any compensation for the land acquired at Hollongi for the proposed Greenfield airport till January 27 next when the next hearing has been fixed. The direction comes as a breather for the president of Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum Tadar Takio who has filed a PIL against the state government claiming that the land acquired at Hollongi for the proposed Greenfield airport comes under the reserve forest area and that the state government is proposing to pay land compensation to 500 individuals for it.



Students demand departmental inquiry

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: Alleging irregularity in distribution of rice and other PDS items to ration card holders, the All Namsai District Students' Union (ANDSU) has demanded a departmental inquiry into it.

The students' union alleged that rice is being distributed to family card holders much less than what was allotted to them. As per allotment a family card holder should get 35 kg of rice in a month whereas the beneficiaries are getting only 15-20 kg, the students' union claimed. ANDSU also claimed that the card holders are not getting kerosene and sugar also, it claimed.

"When enquired, the Department of Food and Civil Supplies and the Cooperative Society concerned are blaming each other for it," ANDSU said in a release.



RGU students education excursion conducted

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: The Students Education Excursion 2015-16 of Rajiv Gandhi University was held from Jan 2 to Jan 22.

A total of 32 students from different departments of RGU and from RGU Students Union escorted by Dr. Sambhu Prasad (Assistant Professor) Department of Physical Education travelled to Guwahati, Howrah, Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty and Chennai.

The main purpose of the excursion was to explore different places while knowing the culture, custom, tradition and education system of different places across India. This will help the students to develop maturity and understanding about different states, stated a release.



Be disciplined to excel in life: DSE

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: DSE BL Lendo urged students to develop determination, self confidence, dedication and discipline to succeed in life while addressing over 200 students of 5 VKVs from various districts of the state after inaugurating a three-day residential camp 'Utsarg Samaroh' at VKV here today.

During the camp, resource person Swami Swatmananda of Chinmaya Mission from Mumbai and subject experts from various VKVs will guide the students in self transformation through different life skills and give academic tips.

VKVAPT Education Officer, PM Unnikrishnan also spoke on the occasion.  



IPPI: 93.01 pc immunization coverage in Tirap

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: A total of 5341 children below five years were administered pulse polio drops during the first phase of Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization drive in Tirap district.

Besides the 121 polio booths set up for the purpose of administering polio vaccines, two days house to house immunization drive was also carried out to ensure maximum coverage. The percentage of coverage was 93.01.

The second round of IPPI campaign is scheduled on February 21.

Dr. N. Lowang, DMO, Khonsa appealed to the parents and guardians to cooperate with the vaccination team and get their left out children immunized against pulse polio. DIPRO



State level training on oil palm held at Pasighat


PASIGHAT, Jan 22: A two days state level training on oil palm production technology was held at College of Horticulture and Forestry (CHF), Pasighat on January 21 and 22.

The training organized by Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research under ICAR in collaboration of CHF Pasighat, National Mission on Oilseeds & Oil palm, Ministry of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare mainly dealt on scientific cultivation of oil palm.

Scientists from Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research Dr. M V Prasad, Dr. K Suresh and Dr. P Naveen Kumar besides Assistant Professor of CHF, Pasighat Dr. Barun Singh attended the training as resource persons.

Around 35 agriculture officers including staff of oil palm processing units, officials from Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) and CHF staffs attended the training.



Free Operation Camp by Arun Jyoti

ITANAGAR, Jan 22: A Free Surgery cum Endoscopy camp was organised by the Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti, Arunachal Pradesh at Central Hospital, Coal India Ltd., Margherita, Assam from Jan 18 to Jan 22.

A total of 72 patients were screened and out of them 42 were operated successfully, while 36 endoscopies were done by the Gastroenterologist. The other specialists examined patients and free medicines were distributed accordingly.

The camp was conducted by a team of doctors from USA and India. Four surgeons, two anesthetists, one gastroenterologist, one pediatrician and two medicine specialists from Remote Area Medical Corp., Knoxville, USA participated voluntarily for the humanitarian cause, stated a release.

Most of the patients were from Changlang and Tirap districts of Arunachal Pradesh and from remote and rural areas of Tinsukia district, who cannot afford to go for quality medical services.



DDMC meet on FDR cases

YUPIA, Jan 22: A district executive committee on Disaster Management meeting of Papum Pare district was held today at the DC's Conference Hall, Yupia.

The committee under the chairmanship of DC cum chairman District Disaster Management Committee, Tai Kaye minutely reviewed and discussed all FDR cases received from various sub-division and circles and forwarded to higher authority for further course of action.

Veterinary cases pertaining to Mithun from Kimin Sub-Division and Agriculture cases from Balijan Sub-Division were also been recommended and forwarded, stated a release.

Earlier, DDMO Preetha Menon briefed the members on the number of cases to be taken up for recommendation. DIPRO


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Need of hour is long term solution

After a gap of few months, the issue of non-payment of salaries to teacher working under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA) keeps on surfacing in the local media. The Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (AASSATA) today claimed that SSA teachers have not been paid salaries since October last year. AASSATA has threatened to launch democratic movement if their pending salary is not released at the earliest. This is really appalling to hear considering the fact that in September last year itself state government took the decision to release state matching share under SSA.

At that time Arunachal government had released Rs 28.93 crore as the state's share against various centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) under health and education sector. This includes Rs 2363.80 lakh under SSA, Rs 343.21 lakh under RMSA, Rs. 124.00 lakh under NRHM, Rs 42.75 lakh under RUSA and Rs 19.10 lakh under AYUSH. This should have taken care of the salary issue. State government is well aware of the problems being faced by the SSA teachers. The non-release of salary on time is great injustice to the teaching community. In many schools especially in the interior areas, it is SSA teachers who are running the schools. If the teachers are not paid on time, they will definitely get demoralized. This will affect their teaching ability and harm the future of young students. State government should find a lasting solution to this issue.  Whenever AASSATA threatens of agitation, government somehow finds a short term solution and after that forgets about it. They should avoid this tactic and get serious about solving the salary issue which has been bogging SSA teachers for years.






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Deluge of casteism

Dear Editor,

The “educated” Indians who gloat over Hyderabad’s “modernity” by citing its luxury shopping malls, multiplexes and IT Sector; the “nationalist” Indians who zealously beat the trumpet of India’s “elitism” by advertising the “conquer” of Mars orbit should hang their “proud” heads in shame by witnessing the tragic suicide of the innocent Rohith Vemula — another victim of the philistine caste system grandly flourishing in this “great” country since centuries! After all casteism is one of the “greatest” “glorious tradition” of India! We should never forsake our roots and legacy! 

Apart from the amending the definition of “progress” which gets wrongly equated with launch of satellites, clicking of selfies or construction of high-end apartment complex for the super-rich; the society should also try to appreciate the real significance of education.  Mere earning of degree does not necessarily make a person educated. And one can also become truly educated without completing school education, attending college or pursuing higher education. There exist innumerable  “educated” persons in the society who are racist, casteist, communal and intolerant to the utmost, get engaged in “honour” killings, regard the fairer sex as “inferior” to the menfolk or superstitious. The think-tank of all terrorist organizations consist of “educated” persons possessing respectable degrees from prestigious institutions.

In all reputed engineering, medical and management institutions of the country (that includes IITs, IIMs, AIIMS); along with the “best” brains who are the “future” of this country, even professors and readers taunt the poor students who belong to certain castes or tribes and go all-out to humiliate them and indirectly leading them to take the extreme step of committing suicide. In this pathetic context, what better can be expected from the students who get “guided” by their teachers!

Thus the tragic end of Vemula, though highly unfortunate,  arrives hardly as a surprise. Less said about the philistine mentality of ragging among the “jewels” of the student community the better!  On the other hand many “uneducated” and illiterate are learned enough to regard the whole human race as one by rising over narrow boundaries of race religion caste or colour, reside at the furthest distance from communalism or pledge to donate their bodies after death for medical cause. That person is truly educated who value human rights, remain humble and courteous, know the difference between right and wrong and also practically practice it in daily life. This is the very reason why many degree-holders used to seek advice of a certain degree-less Ramakrishna Paramahansa or follow the philosophical path of another certificate-less Rabindranath Tagore.

Mere earning of university degree;career-based education hardly serves the moral fabric of the society or enlightens one’s mindset and viewpoint because it can often be earned by merely memorizing the answers of the questions as suggested by the professor or tutor and “inspires” the students to become successful professionals so as to make loads of money by hook or by crook. None other than the casteism professed by the “highly educated” teachers and “bright” students itself is proof enough that just bagging of university degree is neither the path of enlightenment nor the be-all and end-all of life.

 And last but not the least. The zealous cry of “My India is Great”(that too in the “national language” —  the status of which is recognized neither by the Constitution nor the judiciary!) will not automatically transform the country to a “Mahaan” nation. The “patriotic” Indians, who constantly utter the shrill rhetoric of India’s “liberal” credentials and “glory” and accuse the Australians of being “racist” following any assault on a person in Sydney/Melbourne who co-incidentally happens to be an Indian,  should at first look inwards and engage in a bit of introspection.

With the deluge of casteism, communalism and regionalism plaguing throughout the length and breadth of this “modern” country; Indians undoubtedly nurture one of the largest racist societies in the world. It is high time all the culprits, who dare to practice casteism directly/indirectly through words or deeds, should be awarded exemplary punishment so that others do not dare to indulge in it. The Who’s Who of the country’s  education sphere should necessarily provide stress to value-based learning  in schools immediately so that education attains its real significance ie the enlightenment of the dark Indian mindset and the ultimate truth of equality of humanity gets permanently embedded in the psyche of the students who form the future of the nation.


Kajal Chatterjee,




Animal rights and the hypocrites

Dear Editor,

Continuous abuse of animals in religious and cultural festivals has been a topic seriously debated in the media in recent days. The discussion got warmer as Jallikattu of Tamilnadu has been stopped by the Apex Court citing sadistic human enjoyment involved in it. Up to some extend it is true and we need to check the impact of such practices in a changing world. In fact animals should also enjoy equal living rights on the planet as that of human beings. Therefore, the topic discussed in the Readers’ Forum (January 19) on “Continuous animal abuse for cultural and religious practices” needs to be stretched further.

Since from time immemorial, animals have been a part of the civilization of the humankind. There has been no dispute with regard to this. Man had used animals in his farming works. He discovered how to plough and variety of animals became instrumental in it. As the days of civilization changed with changing times, animals were partners in his warfare. They became active in wars and the depictions of such wars are plenty in epics. Thousands of them were brutally killed in the Warfield. The human races have always dominated animals and (mis)used them for their socioeconomic welfare. Therefore, the animal kingdom has always been associated with man’s social life. India has always been a country which considered animals with great respect and also worshipped them. The pictures of gods and goddesses leave behind this great message of greater coexistence with animals. Animals such as elephant, snake, bull, cow, eagle, rat etc can be seen in those pictures. Even temples dedicated to rats, bulls, snakes and spiders can be seen in India.

It seems the writer is totally unaware of the devotional aspects of festivals like Jallikattu. It is not only a fun filled thrilling game but it also has certain devotional element in it. The bull involved in the game is devotedly worshipped, well fed and decorated before it is brought to the field. It is just a sporting event in which no brutality is involved.

It seems the writer is totally unaware of the use of animals in temple festivals and rituals in South India. I suggest him to visit any South Indian temple where animals are used and see if any brutality is done on them. Elephants are used to carry the symbol of the presiding deity of the temple all over the area in a devoted manner and the animal is also worshipped with great reverence. But outcries against brutality on animals have never been heard anywhere when animals are butchered to decorate the dining tables. Again, we become seasonal hypocrites and shed crocodile tears. But who will help those animals from reaching the dining tables in the form of chopped and fried delicacies.  Vegetarianism is a topic often seriously discussed about, but millions of animals and birds are killed every day to satisfy the human tongue. It is a fact that we have temples and there are religious practices in which animals are still sacrificed. But we should stop preaching holistic social living while the governments allocate licenses for new butcher shops.

Engaging animals in South Indian temples especially in Kerala is not at all superstitious. The world famous Trissur Pooram in Kerala, where a large number of elephants are decorated and brought for a procession is always seen with great adoration. The famous Guruvayoor Krishna Temple feeds more than seventy elephants in its campus. The elephants are very well taken care of by the temple management with great socio-religious importance. Millions of animals are killed during different religious festivals across the country by the followers of different religions. But animal sacrifice in temples has totally been banned in South Indian states, especially in Kerala. We need to discuss about animal rights but why we shy away from the realities. Brutality in the name of taste, festivals or religion all must be stopped. But it cannot be one-sided.



VKV Sher



Feed the tigers on time

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the article ‘Tourism value estimated for biological park’ published in your news daily.

I’m very glad to know that over 70000 tourists visited the Biological Park, Itanagar during 2014-15 and about 24 lakhs earned as revenue. But my question is that, were the 70000 tourists satisfied after visiting the Biological Park? May be the answer is no.

Two weeks back, I’ve visited the zoo with two of my friends, one from Gujarat and other from Andhra Pradesh.

There we saw the tigers and they were very thin.

After watching the tiger, one of my friends asked me whether the tigers were fed. And I asked the same question to one of the guards.  But his answer was hard to agree with.

So, my request is to the concern authorities are that please look into this matter seriously and feed the animals nicely and timely so that they are healthy.


Tana P Tagru