January 06


Take extra care to lessen suffering of poor post note ban: Prez

New Delhi, Jan 5: Extra care must be taken to alleviate sufferings of the poor triggered by economic slowdown which has become unavoidable post demonetisation, President Pranab Mukherjee said today.

Demonetisation, while immobilising black money and fighting corruption, may lead to "temporary slowdown" of the economy, the President said addressing the Governors and Lt Governors through video-conferencing from Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

"We all will have to be extra careful to alleviate the suffering of the poor which might become unavoidable for the expected progress in the long term," Mukherjee said.

He said that while he appreciates the thrust on transition from entitlement approach to an entrepreneurial one for poverty alleviation, he is not too sure that the "poor can wait that long".

"They need to get succour here and now so that they can also participate actively in the national march toward a future devoid of hunger, unemployment and exploitation," the President said. .

Mukherjee said the recent package announced by the Prime Minister will provide some relief.

There will be elections in as many as seven states this year and the dates for elections in five of them have already been announced, the President said.

"The conduct of free and fair elections has made our democracy one of the most vibrant in the world. Elections reflect the attitudes, values and beliefs of the people towards their political environment," he said.

Cautioning about competitive populism, electoral rhetoric and vote bank politics during elections, Mukherjee said noisy debates can "deepen the fault-lines in the society".

"Goodwill must prevail between different communities. At times, harmony may be put to test by vested interests. Communal tensions may rear their ugly head. Rule of law must form the sole basis of dealing with any such challenging situation," the President said.

He said the Governors and Lt Governors command respect and attention of the people of their state and they can play a role in easing tensions in the society.

"Through your interaction and wise counsel, you can play an important role in easing the tensions in the society," he said in his address.

He said, "In a pluralistic democracy like ours, tolerance, respect for contrary views and patience are a must which have to be preserved.

"India's strength lies in her diversity. The multiplicity in culture, faith and language is what makes India special.

There will always be divergent strands in public discourse. We may argue. We may disagree. But we cannot deny the prevalence of multiplicity of opinion," Mukherjee said.

The President asked Governors and Lt Governors to inculcate among the citizens of their states this fundamental ethos of the civilisation. .

Mukherjee said the year gone was a year of mixed fortunes.

"It began on a very promising note with the economy performing well, overcoming the weak global economic trends.

GDP growth of 7.2 percent in the first half of 2016-17 -- same as that of last year-- is a pointer to the fact that our economic recovery has been on solid grounds," he said.

In 2014 and 2015, below normal rains had caused rural distress but a good monsoon in 2016 is expected to improve agricultural production and increase rural employment and incomes, Mukherjee said.

"Though our exports have been affected by weak global demand, we have a stable external sector. Reviving exports will remain a challenge but we can overcome it by improving the competitiveness of the domestic industry," he said.

The President asked the Governors and Lt Governors to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution as they had taken an oath when they assumed this exalted office.

"This pious document protects the liberty of the people and promotes the well-being of the citizens. It decrees inclusiveness, tolerance, self-restraint, and protection of women, senior citizens and weaker sections as essential ingredients of our polity. Our institutions of democracy must operate on these vital features," he said.

Mukherjee said strong credible institutions lead to good governance ensuring a healthy functioning of the democracy.

The President also asked them to work with the academic leaders to effect holistic changes for quality up-gradation in the institutions of higher learning.

He also asked them to promote art and culture in their respective states.

"As I have said elsewhere, art and culture are our link with the past. They provide the foundation for our current thought and by extension, the platform for our future action.

They also provide a stable base to life and make it possible for us to have a joyous existence.

"With art and culture, we can experience life in its fullest and most meaningful form. They add to the overall happiness and well-being of the society," he said. (PTI)




Railway connectivity in the state figure in the proposal placed to Union Finance Minister

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein who is also the Finance Minister attended pre-budget meeting chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at New Delhi on Wednesday last. Mein placed proposals of the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh before the Union Finance Minister to be incorporated in the Union Budget 2017-18. The meeting was also attended by Union Minister of State for Finance, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, and Finance Ministers from various states and Senior Officers from GoI.

Deputy Chief Minister placed the state government proposal for railway connectivity along the foothills of the state to facilitate smooth movement of people and transportation of goods. Deputy CM also placed proposal of 430 kms long double lane east-west highway along the foothills at a total cost of Rs 5244.00 Crs which has already been submitted to the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways by the state govt. He informed the Union Finance Minister that the state government has prepared a blueprint for construction of a 1841 km long frontier highway which would run parallel to Trans Arunachal Highway and would ensure robust connectivity for the remote habitations along the Chinese and Myanmar border. He requested the Finance Minister to place the proposal on priority in Union budget 2017-18 which has an estimated cost of nearly Rs.50,645 crores.

Mein also highlighted the vision of the state govt to transform Arunachal Pradesh in to a leading destination for tourism, spirituality and wellness. He sought financial help of the centre for massive investment push, development of  world class infrastructure  and global branding campaign to showcase the beauty of this part of India to rest of the world.

Saying that the state is richly endowed with medicinal plants, rare Orchids, Kiwi, large Cardamom, Apple, Quinoa, Orange apart from Tea, Rubber, Coffee etc which can compete with the best agri-horti produce anywhere in the world, he sought the strong support from the Govt of India to transform Arunachal Pradesh in to a fully organic state through strong investment push in the entire agricultural value chain including cold chain and storage facilities, agri-marketing, agro processing and exports.

Citing absence of adequate infrastructure as serious impediments of digital connectivity in the state, Mein proposed for sanctioning V-SAT connectivity in 100 locations of Circle Headquarters in the state. The Minister also sought a Special Package for Industrial incentives for Arunachal Pradesh, which will help catalyze flow of private investment in the state. "The Special Package is required to provide incentives to private entrepreneurs to invest in the state", Mein said. He also sought Central Assistance for creating Greenfield Industrial Estates (IEs) and Industrial Growth Centers (IGCs) with common facilities and infrastructure.

He sought to increase the Central Assistance to Rs 40 Crore per centre with at least one Growth Centre in each district of the state.

He asked for setting up a Directorate of Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) in Arunachal Pradesh, which could serve the entire north eastern region and allow small businesses and local entrepreneurs adequate handholding support.

Incorporating 100% financial assistance for setting up a Food Park, Enterprise Resource Center and a world class skill development institute and residential sports facilities in the state also figured in his proposals to the union minister.



Si Donyi celebration begins in Daporijo

TCS disappointed with CM for skipping festival

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Jan 5: Celebration of Si Donyi Festival of Tagin community began at Daporijo amid great enthusiasm. The festival is celebrated every year by Tagin community for well- being of mankind.

On the third day of the festival, Secretary General of Tagin Cultural Society (TCS) Lardik Kare enlightened the people about the importance and significance of Si-Donyi celebration. He said that the festival is not confined to Tagin tribe only but it is celebrated for wellbeing and prosperity of humankind.

He also highlighted various welfare activities undertaken by TCS like language development programme, wildlife protection, prorgramme for communal harmony etc.

Meanwhile, TCS expressed disappointment with Chief Minister Pema Khandu for skipping the festival due to reported "preoccupation."

"The CM has skipped the festival despite invitation due to preoccupation. But, his presence in a public rally in the outskirt of Daporijo town on the same day is an insult to the entire Tagin community," said the TCS Secretary General.

He also informed that so far, three CMs of Arunachal Pradesh have refused to attend Si-Donyi Festival in the last three years, which came as shock to the entire community.

He, however, maintained that presence of any high profile dignitaries in festival is not very important. But, skipping it at the last moment incurs heavy losses to the festival celebration committee, he said.

Apart from local people tourists from abroad and members from various other communities thronged the festival venue and witnessed the colorful celebration. Food stalls are also one of the main attractions of the festival. There were more than 100 food stalls for different food items especially to promote the local cuisines.




CM launches slew of development projects for Dumporijo

BARIRIJO, Jan 5: Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday inaugurated and launched a number of developmental projects to improve road connectivity and provide effective administration in remote Dumporijo constituency.

On his way to Baririjo from Maro helipad, Pema launched the 21.51 km Maro-Baririjo PWD road to Riko village constructed under PGMSY scheme. The construction of the road commenced in 2013 at the cost of Rs 14 crore. He also launched the PMGSY road (36 km) from Sie bridge point to Lebri village.

Before proceeding for a public meeting at Baririjo, the Chief Minister inaugurated the sub-divisional office building at Hakte-Ripa, which was constructed under SPA in 2014-15.

The Chief Minister announced to fund various other road projects in the constituency of worth Rs 7.25 crore in the current financial year with assurance to fund more in the next financial year for the proposed schemes as submitted by Dumporijo MLA.

Other projects such as 11kv LT lines for Hakte-Ripa SDO headquarters, construction of IB and a helipad at Sigi-Gusar were also assured.

Regretting the recent political disturbance, Pema said that he had tried his level best to take along all the legislators. For equal development of all constituencies, he said, the state government had even sanctioned Rs 10 crore for each constituency.

The Chief Minister assured the people that the government is now stable and with stability achieved, the state can now smoothly move ahead towards development and could soon expect a financial package from the Centre. Pema said, during his last visit to New Delhi he met Union Finance Minister and worked out on the proposals from the state for financial assistance.

Dumporijo MLA Pakgna Bage in his representation proposed a hydro power project in Sie-basin to be executed by NEEPCO Ltd. He also sought help of the state government for shifting of Govt. Degree College, Daporijo to its permanent site in Jeram.

State BJP president Tapir Gao in his speech said the BJP is committed to state's development with the mantra of 'Sabka saath, sabka vikaas" taking along people from all religious and community background. Health Minister also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, Dumporijo MLA Pakgna Bage and Daporijo MLA Dikto Yekar along with several public leaders and local government officials welcomed the Chief Minister on his arrival at Maro helipad in the morning.

The CM was also accompanied by Health Minister Jomde Kena, BJP National Secretary Ramesh Kadaganchi and former AAPSU leader Gumjum Haider in his visit to Baririjo.




PPA ridicules Govt decision to convert CM bungalow into Guest House

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Irked with the state Cabinet decision to convert Chief Minister's Bungalow as State Guest House, People' Party of Arunachal (PPA) on Thursday strongly opposed the move. Lashing out at Pema Khandu government, PPA President Kahfa Bengia termed the decision as whimsical.  In a statement Bengia said, "Such a decision cannot be taken whimsically without taking the people of the state into confidence".  

"Before taking such a major decision, Chief Minister Pema Khandu must make 60 pages (Mere Vichar) written documents left behind by late Kalikho Pul public," he rued. He further questioned why state Chief Minister Bungalow should be declared as State Guest House purely out of superstitious fear.  PPA further threatened to launch series of agitation in the state followed by Delhi Chalo agitation.




AAPSU serves 30 days ultimatum to GoAP

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has expressed its unhappiness over the non responsive attitude of the state government on its charter of demands and resolved to serve another reminder to the state government for its redressal at the earliest. Union has served 30 days ultimatum to the state government to fulfil its demand.

In an executive body meeting at its NEFA Club office, AAPSU opposed the move by the state government for one time relaxation to recruit Science and Mathematics teachers at the ratio of 50:50. Stating that decision of the government will pose threat to the existing ratio of 80:20 in recruitment, AAPSU was of the opinion that any decision that can have long-term implication should not be taken in haste.

"AAPSU will constitute a fact finding committee to gather firsthand knowledge about the total number of qualified candidates from indigenous students in the said subjects and then apprise the government about its stand later on," the AAPSU release said. AAPSU also called for immediate appointment of regular DDSEs, Principal, Vice Principal and Headmaster and doing away with the stop gap arrangement.

The apex students' body of the state also said that the union was shocked to learn about zero placement of fund for textbook procurement.

"It is disheartening to learn that Rs 25 crore is the total budget needed for textbook procurement for the entire state but not a single Rupee has been released so far which is not a healthy sign. The state leadership that talk about revamping the education sector should seriously ponder upon this,", AAPSU said and demanded the state government to release fund for textbook procurement and appoint regular DDSEs, Principal, Vice Principal and Headmaster within 30 days, failing which the union said, it will be compelled to take its own course of action.

AAPSU's charter of demands placed before the Chief Minister on December 13, included regular disbursement of SSA/RMSA teachers' salary, full-fledged  state university (Arunachal University) Pasighat, establishment of CBSE regional sub branch office at Itanagar, timely disbursement of stipend and scholarship for student, compulsory introduction of various disciplines/subjects (viz: anthropology, sociology science subject etc) in those Govt. Colleges in the state which are affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University, establishment of separate Government Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) college in the state, streamlining of non-uniformity institution of fee for pursuing B.Ed. course under RGU and its affiliated colleges, implementation of Rashtriya Uchchtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) to enhance infrastructure development and ensure overall quality education of state institution, revamping of the dilapidated schools and colleges, strict implementation of Right to Education Act 2009, introduction of wearing traditional dress once in a week in all secondary/higher secondary schools, providing of all high tech equipments and quality medicinal facilities in Government hospital, improving of transport and communication route in the state, fight the pending refugee issue and other illegal immigration, early solution of Arunachal and Assam boundary issues, revocation of Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, formation of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) examination calendar annually.

Meanwhile, AAPSU has welcomed the decision to rename RGU to AU, which was one of its long-pending demands and other cabinet decision on health sector; but said that there was no substantial decision on education.




Si Donyi greetings

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Arunachal Pradesh Governor, V Shanmuganathan has greeted the people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Si Donyi, the most important festival of the Tagin community. The Governor, in his message said that Si Donyi, which showcases the rich cultural heritage of Tagins, plays a significant role in defining the true nature of customs, traditions and culture of the tribe. The beliefs behind the festival are rooted deep in the indigenous religious and cultural ethos of the Tagin community.

'On this joyous occasion, I offer my prayers to Almighty Si Donyi to invoke his blessings for promoting peace, communal harmony, a good harvest and good health for all of us', the Governor added.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu has also greeted the people on the festive occasion. In his message, Khandu said "Ours is a distinct state with several tribes and communities residing side by side for ages and maintaining their own unique indigenous culture and traditions. This cultural mosaic has to be maintained, preserved and propagated at all costs while keeping intact our unity in diversity''.

Khandu also prayed Almighty Si Donyi to bless the state with peace, communal harmony, prosperity, happiness and good health for all. (PRO to Governor/ CMO)




Teaching faculty cries for salary

ITANAGAR, Jan 5:   Claiming that teachers working under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan(RMSA) are working without payment since past five months, Arunachal Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers' Association on Thursday appealed the Education Minister to ensure immediate release of pending salary.

In a letter to the Education Minister, the association informed that based on assurance given by Chief Minister Pema Khandu in October 2016 last, all pending salary of SSA teachers were released, however, the salaries of teachers working under RMSA are yet to be released. The association stated that Chief Minister Khandu had announced Rs.53 crore for teachers' salary in October 2016, however RMSA teachers are yet to be paid.  

RMSA teachers also drew the Minister's attention towards disparity in the salary for teacher working under RMSA.




Mock drill on earthquake preparedness

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: 'E'-Coy 12th Bn NDRF Itanagar conducted a day-long awareness programme on disaster management and mock drill on earthquake preparedness at PWD CD A office here on Thursday. It was aimed at checking the level of preparedness of the staff of the host office and to sensitize the villagers.

Prior to the drill, training was imparted to all the participants of the office staff. After the drill, a post exercise analysis was carried out by the observers of the mock exercise wherein (ASW), Capital Division A PWD Itanagar, Kago Sonia and other officers of PWD department were present. The observers urged all stakeholders to co-operate with each other and be ready with resources to be able to discharge their duties efficiently. (DIPRO)




Poi-Leng festival commences at Namsai

[ Indrajit Tingwa ]

NAMSAI, Jan 5: The first ever combined Poi-Leng (catafalque) festival commenced here at the Mahabodhi Lord Buddha College (MLBC) premises amidst large gathering of Buddhist monks and devotees from various corners of North East India.

The Poi-Leng this time was organised for two venerable monks, Ven. Gyanatisa Mahathera and Ven. U Nanda Mahathera who attained Parinibbana on November 8 and 29 last year respectively, at the MLBC Buddha Vihar. Their mortal remains were embalmed using wax and tobacco for preservation before being kept in the coffin. Later, it was kept in a makeshift stilt hut called the Kyong-Niban till commencement of the festival.

On Thursday afternoon, the mortal remains of both the monks were brought out from the Kyong-Niban and installed on the chariot (catafalque). Next, a mass prayer was held before the chariot. Later the monks and devotees pulled the chariot alternately from either side. This is the first time in the history of Poi-Leng festival celebration that a single chariot was used for the last rites of two monks. The festival will continue till January 7 when in the evening hours the mortal remains will be put to flames.

Ven. U Nanda Mahathera expired at the age of 69 years and originally belonged to Balipathar in Karbi Anglong district of Assam. He was first ordained at the age of 20 years and the next 49 years (Ran Retreats) of his life was spent in monkhood. He spent 44 years in Bodh Gaya before returning to Kaliyani in Assam. He was on a visit to MLBC when he breathed his last.

Ven. Gyanatisa Mahathera originally belonged to Pahukutia village, Titabar, Assam. He entered monastic life in spiritual pursuit. He was ordained in 1988 at Emphum village now in Namsai district and remained a monk for 28 Varshavarsh (Rain Retreats). He was 87 years old.

The public leaders as well as the organising committee headed by Ven. Panyaloka Mahathera and Chowja Maio as the President and General Secretary have made sure for the success of the festival. Many devotees are arriving from far and wide to pay their last venerations to the departed monks.

The first day of the fest concluded with illumination and cultural night. The festival ground spread on a vast plot of land is dotted with food stalls and outlets selling different kind of wares and toys. The bustling in the market area has been witnessed for the whole day.




JFA expresses shock over Bihar scribe's murder

GUWAHATI, Jan 5: Journalists' Forum Assam (JFA) expressed shock at the murder of a Bihar based journalist and the mysterious death of a Jharkhand based scribe within 24 hours.

The Assam based media rights body reiterated its old demand for a national action plan to safeguard the media persons and ensure justice to the victims.

Local media reports confirm that a working journalist Brajesh Kumar Singh, 28 was shot dead at Salakhni village under Samastipur district of north Bihar on January 3 evening by some unidentified goons.

Brajesh, who received serious injuries on his head, died on the spot.

Earlier, on January 2, another young  journalist of Hazaribag in Jharkhand  Hari Prakash, 31 was found dead at a field near Kud village. Hari, also a law graduate, used to work for a Hindi daily and he was untraced for three days.

According to his father Jitan Mahato, Hari was missing since 30 December and he never returned home.

Mahato, in a FIR to the police, claimed that his son was abducted and murdered by Hari's known friends.

"It is very surprising that Bihar has slowly turned into a killing ground for journalists. The state has lost three scribes to assailants in the last nine months. Last year Bihar lost two journalists namely Rajdeo Ranjan (13 May) and Dharmendra Kumar Singh (12 November) to perpetrators," said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam  Barua.

The JFA also urged Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to come clean with adequate plans for security and justice to the families of journo victims. It also requested the government to adequately compensate the families of murdered scribes.




Police officer's house gutted


RUKSIN, Jan 5: The house of one Dapi Tapok was gutted and all household properties, including important documents, precious beads, were burnt to ashes in a devastating fire at Niglok village under Ruksin police station last midnight.

An electric short circuit is suspected to have caused the fire. According to eye witness, the fire broke out at around 12.30 pm and engulfed the SPT building and adjoining semi SPT kitchen, wood store and burnt down all properties before fire tender could arrive from Pasighat, which is about 44 km from Niglok.

The family members of Tapok were asleep when the fire broke out.

House owner Tapok, who is the Second Officer of APPBn Border Out Post (BOP) at Debing was not at home at the time of incident.

The victims claims that properties worth over Rs. 15 lakhs were lost in the fire. However, the actual properties lost or damaged could be ascertained only after assessment.

Meanwhile, police from Ruksin PS and Ruksin Additional Deputy Commissioner, T Pada have inspected the spot and took stock of the situation.

The local MLA also visited the spot and assured of proper relief and rehabilitation as per norms.

The village Kebang of Niglok has donated some amounts to the victim family as immediate relief. Niglok Anchal Somiti Member Tojo Eshi has appealed to all sections of people to extend a helping hand to the fire victims.




East Siang DC inaugurates Cleft Lip-Palate & Pediatric surgical camp

PASIGHAT, Jan 5: East Siang Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak on Thursday inaugurated a two-day "Cleft Lip-Palate & Pediatric Surgical Camp" under RBSK at General Hospital, Pasighat.

Initiated by District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr. M Perme, the camp is organized for the first time in East Siang by the District Health Society in collaboration with NIBA Smile train project, Naharlagun.

According to DMO Dr. M Perme ten children were identified by RBSK team under NHM during health checkup.

 "Cleft-lip and palate disorder is caused by a number of factors such as genetic pre-disposition, environmental exposure or medications. Children born with defect can face serious airway, feeding, speech and hearing problems, as well as social and psychological challenges and these need corrective surgery," noted Deputy Commissioner Tatak. He appreciated the Director Health Service Dr. M Jini and his associates for their hard work and managerial supports.

Later, Tatak along with JDHS Dr. Kabang Lego, Medical Superintendent Dr. YR Darang, DMO Dr. M Perme, DRCHO Dr. T Gao and SMOs visited the centurion hospital to take stock of the availability of blood, medicines and other paraphernalia in the hospital.

Tatak visited specialists block, OPDs, emergency ward, pay cabins, laboratories, Blood-Bank, SCNU, OT, minor OT, surgical wards, 10 bedded AYUSH hospital, de-addiction unit, school of nursing etc and also inspected progress of the 50-bed under construction MES building.

Tatak gave emphasis on maintaining cleanliness in and around the hospital. The DC also took stock of the availability of medicines and other facilities and interacted with the patients, doctors and attendants, enquired about the facilities being provided at the hospital. He asked the JDHS Dr. Lego and MS Dr. Darang for providing best possible medicare facilities to the patients. He was informed by the JDHS that adequate number of doctors and paramedics are on duty to attend to the patients round-the-clock and sufficient stock of blood, drugs and other requisite paraphernalia is available to mitigate difficult situation in the hospital. DIPRO




SHE begins

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: A Special Handloom Expo (SHE), 2017 sponsored by Development Commissioner Handloom, Ministry of Textile, Govt. of India and organized by Arunachal Pradesh Handloom Handicrafts Development Society (APHHDS), Department of Textile & Handicrafts, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh began here on Thursday.

During its inaugural session, Parliamentary Secretary (Textile & Handicrafts), Karya Bagang called upon all women weavers to work hard to produce quality Handloom products. She also informed the gathering that Corpus Fund of Rs. 1 Crore has been approved and sanctioned by state government.




Villages under Changlang and Namsai selected for 'OIL Jeevika' project

ITANAGAR, Jan 5:  A total of five villages of Changlang and Namsai districts have been selected for the 'OIL Jeevika' project being implemented by the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and Oil India Limited, Duliajan recently, to initiate livelihood promotion and cluster development in the region.

Earlier, during the launch of the programme on Dec 20 last, amidst the presence of various stakeholders' including representatives of district administration, agriculture and various other departments and village headman, Head of Centre for Industrial Extension, Dr. Sriparna B. Baruah spoke in detail about the project envisaged in two broad areas i.e, honey processing and mustard processing.

GM-CSR(HoD), Oil India Limited, Duliajan, Dilip Kumar Das explained in detail about OIL Jeevika project while, Director IIE, Manoj Kumar Das spoke about various initiatives taken up by IIE in North Eastern region.

The villages selected for the project includes; Innao, Innao Pathar, Piyong, Kumchaika and Innao Chengmai, which are also sub-divided into 9 villages. These are Innao Singphou, InnaoKhamti, InnaoAhom, InnaoPathar, InnaoChengmai, Kumchaikha, Kumchaikha Khamiam, Piyong-1 and Piyong-2. The projects aims at generating sustainable livelihood opportunities through capacity building, marketing and financial linkages and handholding support.




Awareness camp on tea plantation

AALO, Jan 5: In an effort to generate awareness on tea cultivation an awareness camp was organized by the Director of Siro Rijo Tea Garden, Yayum Gangkak at Siro Rijo Tea Garden here recently. The camp is being organized to motivate marginal tea growers to start tea plantation in various parts of the district.

The Siro Rijo Tea Garden is one of the most sought after destination in the district. Visitors and tourists from various parts are given free access to the garden to enjoy its beauty with comfortable lodging, food and transportation to drive along the garden up to Yomka Putu, the hill top of the garden. (DIPRO)




Review meeting held for Parashuram Kund Mela

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Taking cognizance of the upcoming Parashuram Kund Mela on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Lohit Danish Ashraf convened a review meeting at Parashuram Kund on Thursday to take stock of the developmental works done by various departments.

The DC inspected the bathing points, police control room and other existing infrastructures. Ashraf instructed the representatives of all the departments for speedy repair of dilapidated structures. He specially instructed the PHED department to complete the pending works in time. Later, he visited the holy spot along with the SDO Tezu, EAC Wakro, EAC incharge Lekang, DSP Lohit and CO Tezu.

Ashraf said that thousands of devotees come each year to take the holy dip and it becomes imperative to provide provisions for fooding and lodging to conduct the Mela in a smooth manner. He also instructed the administrators posted at Dirak and Sunpura check gates to make arrangements for easy submission and retrieval of temporary inner line permits. He reckoned that if these measures were implemented properly it would not only generate a good amount of revenue for the government but also boost tourism in Lohit district.

Further, he discussed in detail about improvising wayside amenities and constructing toilets for visitors during the Mela. EAC Wakro, Dakto Riba was instructed to ensure smooth conduct of the Mela and prevent any law and order problems.




Training on ‘integrated farming approach for livelihood and nutritional security’

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: A total of 25 progressive farmers participated in a three-day long capacity building training programme on 'Integrated Farming Approach for Livelihood and Nutritional Security' for fish farmers of East Siang district from Jan 3 to 5.

Organized jointly by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) East Siang and College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agriculture University Pasighat, it was sponsored by NFDB. It was aimed at acquainting the progressive farmers about Integrated Farming System (IFS) models prevalent in the state and develop Master trainers for promoting economically viable and environmentally sustainable technology for livelihood and nutritional security which encompasses rational utilization of available resources of the farm.

Speaking during its inauguration, Dean, College of Horticulture and Forestry, CAU, Pasighat Dr A K Pandey appraised the farmers about the role of fishery sector in achieving nutritional and livelihood security. He also highlighted importance of balance diet and integrated farming for reducing malnutrition, enhancing food security and income generation.

Associate Professor College of Horticulture and Forestry, CAU, Pasighat, Dr Pranab Sharma and Subject Matter Specialist Fisheries KVK East Siang S M Hussain also shared their views and experiences on IFS prevalent in the state.

During the programme, emphasis was given on different aspects of integrated farming viz. aquaculture, off season vegetable production, different integrated models and farm mechanization.




Doctors come forward for

Wakka fire victims

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Indian Medical Association (IMA) Arunachal state branch, recently organized donation drive for Wakka fire victims. Relief materials such as new blankets, old clothes, salt, school bags, shoes, mosquito nets etc were sent by road on Thursday.

The association has expressed shock and grief over the fire accident and condoled the death of the elderly woman in the incident. It further prayed for the eternal peace of departed soul.




Skill development training for urban local poor

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: A skill development training programme for urban local poor people residing in Itanagar and Naharlagun was launched at NULM training center on Wednesday last. Organized under the banner of Arunachal State Urban Livelihoods Mission (ArSULM), it was organized by training Provider - SynchroServe Global Solutions Pvt. Ltd. along with training partner Tajuk Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Addressing the participants, State Mission Manager, SULM, Sameer Nitik informed that the training is specially for the local urban poor to enable them to set up self-employment ventures and for salaried jobs. Stating that it intends to fill the gap between the demand and availability of local skills by providing skill training programs as required by the market, he advised the trainees to make best use of the training programme.




DC reviews progress of works

ROING, Jan 5: A monthly co-ordination meeting was convened under the chairmanship of Lower Dibang Valley DC, Deepak Shinde here on Thursday, to review progress of works made under various line departments. The meeting was attended by newly joined ADC, Cheshpa Yadav, SP, Sanjay Kr Sain and all HoDs in the district.

In the meeting, DC Deepak Shinde instructed all the HoDs to ensure proper execution and monitoring of the developmental activities undertaken in the district and sought the status reports on it. He also said that all ongoing projects like office building and Govt. quarters should be given priority and be completed on stipulated time. He also directed EE Electrical to collect the Govt. departments' defaulters list and instruct them to clear all pending electrical bills.

Concerning reports of disturbances from some individuals in construction works of office buildings within the Govt. allotted areas, he directed the concern department to lodge FIR against such illegal activities. He also directed DDSE to submit report on teacher absenteeism. The DC also urged for proper dumping of garbage and to find out ways and mechanism for dumping of bio-Medical wastages. (DIPRO)




Association reiterates demands

ITANAGAR, Jan 5:  Reiterating its demand, the All Arunachal Pradesh Contractual Employees' Association (AAPCEA) urged the state government to implement 'Equal Pay for Equal Work' policy arguing that contractual workers are being deprived in many ways.

The association stated that government has been repeatedly pleaded by them for regularization of contractual employees batch-wise who are working in various departments.  The association also reiterated for recalling of all coordinators of SSA and sought fresh recruitment.




APCRCC organizes relief camp

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council (APCRCC) organized a relief camp for the fire victims at Wakka village in Longding district on January 4 and provided relief items to them.

The team was led by Evan. T Rakhow, Vice President (APCRCC) and Dipty Bengia Tadar, President Women wing (APCRCC).

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Avoid violence

The West Bengal politics is taking an ugly turn. For decades violence has marred the intense political rivalry between TMC and Left Parties. Even as people thought that political violence is finally over, again it is cropping up. The headquarters of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Kolkata was attacked on Tuesday shortly after the arrest of TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay. Stones were pelted at the office headquarters, after which the protesters were chased out and the area was cordoned off by the police. Union Minister and BJP MP Babul Supriyo alleged that his house too was attacked by TMC workers.

BJP has accused the Trinamool Congress of doing negative politics and resorting to violence when its leaders are caught in corruption cases. It said TMC government in West Bengal keeps silent on corruption cases of party leaders and workers and if Centre proceeds against them as per law then it makes hue and cry.  On their part TMC has denied any involvement in the violence and instead alleged that BJP is carrying out vendetta politics against the party. Both the parties should avoid violence at any cost. It does not help anyone and only vitiates the atmosphere. The centre should also avoid using state machineries like CBI to target the political opponents. There is need for both TMC and BJP to calm down their respective cadres. Political battle should be fought politically and not violently.







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Treat everyone equally

Dear Editor,

Public places and institutions shouldn't not be named after the individuals especially that of politicians. Influential class or commoner, all have ultimately same contribution and value as citizen of the country. It is not justified for certain class to put their personalized names into public assets as a way of commemoration, and it rather sounds pompous, ludicrous, insane and absurd.

A VIP or influential class takes amass biggest share from common resources as salary, perks, etc for doing public work and he doesn't do a charity to get special recognition for the public institutions to be named after them.

On the other hand, commoner like farming class also do yeoman contribution to the society by feeding the people out of their hard work. So, the ultimate societal contribution is equal.

Public institutions should be named after name of the particular place. Stop naming public institutions after name of individuals because it's unjustified and ludicrous.


Tagam Mibang






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