Breakfast with butterflies
Miao ready to host Butterfly India Meet 2010
MIAO, July 11: The Butterfly India Meet 2010 venue, originally planned at Deban has
been shifted to Miao.
The decision was taken after a team consisting of 18 Assam Rifles Col Sandip Choudhory,
SEACOW general secretary Phupla Singpho, NSEWC vice president James Jugli, NSEWC
programme coordinator and state silver medalist Arif Siddiqui had to return back
without reaching the main spot on Saturday following bad road conditions.
The national level 5 day event is jointly organized by Namchik Valley Society for
Eco-Tourism & Wildlife Conservation (NSEWC) Jairampur in collaboration with Society
for Echo Awareness & Conservation of Wildlife (SEACOW) Miao at Miao from July 19
to July 22 next.
Confirming about the change of venue, SEACOW president Sethai Sena informed that
the torrential rains has triggered heavy landslides and washed away road and bridges
within the territory of Namdapha National park (NNP), which has compelled the organizers
to change the venue from Deban, situated at the heart of NNP to Miao, which is on
the outskirt of the park.
As it was inaccessible by motor vehicles, we decided to abandon the previous venue
and shifted it to Miao for the successful conclusion of the event, informed Phupla
Except for the change in venue, there are no other major changes, the programme will
start as per the schedule and the delegates will be lodged at SEACOWS IB at Miao,
Singpho added. Butterfly India Meet is an annual programme organized in different
destination every year and India’s revered environmentalists and lepidopterists participate
in this meet regularly.
In 2006, NSEWC has hosted the meet in Jairampur which has brought laurel to the state
as well as in the map of Lepidopterist worldwide.
A butterfly conservation area at Lalpool (7 Km from Jairampur) was also inaugurated
during that time which is one of its kinds in entire India. This year, NSEWC has
been able to bag the honor to host the event in Arunachal Pradesh for second time
that too in Miao, at the vicinity of famous Namdapha National Park which is considered
as one of the best spot for butterflies across the globe.
We are ready to welcome the guest, all the preparations has been completed and the
delegates from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kerala, Kolkatta, Hyederabad will start
coming from July 18, said joyous NSEWC vice president James Jugli.
Besides it, the Asian Wildlife Foundation, Hyderabad is sending nine delegates, famous
wildlife and nature photographer of India Suman Sinha who hails from Orissa will
also participate along with wildlife photographer, naturalist and tour operator Satyendra
Tiwari from Madhya Pradesh who is attending the event to comprehend the potential
of nature tourism in the state.
Divulging about the attraction of the programme, NSEWC programme coordinator informed
that every evening during the meet, there will be programme of moth sighting; it
is believed that thousands of unlisted moths are fluttering across this rain forest
since ages, informed progarmmes coordinator Arif Siddiqui.
At the end of the meet, all the sighted checklist of rare or new butterflies, dragonflies,
damselflies, and moths will be handed over to the Field Director, Tiger Project Namdapha
which will help us to comprehend about the various species available in the park,
On July 22, a programme with the theme, ‘Breakfast with Butterflies’ will edify the
students, Panchayat leaders, public leaders, HoDs about the significance of conservation
of forest and wildlife.
We hope that this programme will add another feather in the state’s nature tourism
as well as help the world to know more about our state, he said
Governor and Chief Minister discuss state issues, reviews PM’s package
ITANAGAR, July 11: The Governor General J.J Singh has discussed various vital issues
relating to the development of the state with the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu when
the latter called on him at Raj Bhawan here this evening.
The meeting dwelt on many issues ranging from law and order in the state, rising
and class composition of Arunachal Scouts, development of tourism sector and promotion
of rural development programmes, besides review of the projects under implementation
as part of the PM’s package.
The Governor informed that during his meeting with the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan
Singh at New Delhi on June 15 last, he had impressed upon the Prime Minister for
release of funds for completion of Itanagar Water Supply Project and Greenfield Airport
project at Itanagar both under PM’s package, the progress of which are being held
up due to non release of fund from the Centre. While disclosing that the Prime Minister
had assured to look positively into the issues, General Singh told that he has pleaded
for 100% grant from the Central government for the Greenfield Airport project for
which the Ministry of Civil Aviation is insisting on the state government funding
to the extent of 10% of the total project cost which would be difficult to bear for
a state like Arunachal Pradesh at present.
While discussing the law and order issues in the state, it was felt that induction
of additional battalions of Assam Rifles along the Myanmar Border in Tirap and Changlang
districts could take place once additional Battalions of Assam Rifle were raised.
Regarding raising of Arunachal Scouts, General Singh expressed that recruitment of
the battalion should be on the pattern of Ladakh Scouts and all the operational posts
should be reserved for Arunachali youth, adding that the recruitment rallies for
Arunachal Scouts should be held within the state of Arunachal Pradesh only. The Governor
further felt that at least three more battalions should be sanctioned by the Government
of India in a phased manner over a period of three years.
Speaking on the tourism sector, Gen Singh called for setting up of state government
tourism counters at Kolkata, New Delhi and Gauhati Airports. The meeting also discussed
on Adventure Tourism Project at Jote-Poma Village, a model project of international
standard for the entire state, promotion of tourism at Ganga Lake and implementation
of the PPP projects in each district for promotion of tourism sector in the state.
Discussing on rural development projects, the Governor said that fund for one more
project in the line of Poma Bamboo Processing centre has been allocated in the current
financial year for cane processing and requested the Chief Minister to allocate funds
for extension of road from Bamboo Processing centre to Poma village school for smooth
mobility of the people and visitors as well.
Besides other issues, the duo also discussed sustainable economic generation activities
for economic empowerment of the people including promotion of organic farming, bee-keeping
and horticulture activities in the state and innovative means of developing power
through forest waste such as dry leaves and grass. (DIPR)
SIC Arunachal Pradesh’s impressive records
ITANAGAR, July 11: Arunachal Pradesh, winner of the Best Information Commission Award,
strictly enforced people’s right to information leading to highest public satisfaction
in the country.
It is the first commission to have issued bailable arrest warrant against an officer
who did not comply with its orders. It also imposed penalty in every case of RTI
violation – these practices ensured more than 90% compliance to their orders – maximum
in the country.
The commission was declared the winner because it did not close a case until a citizen
reported compliance. This led to a public satisfaction of more than 80%. This means
that if 100 people approached Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission, more than
80 of them finally got the information they were seeking. This is almost three times
the national average of 26%.
In 45 cases that it disposed, penalties were imposed on 25 officers in 2006-07. In
the calendar year 2008, they imposed penalties in 18% cases.
These were the finding of a study conducted by Delhi based Public Cause Research
Foundation, which conducts the RTI Awards every year. In the year 2009, the commission
became the only commission to issue bail-able arrest warrants against an officer
who did not comply with commission’s orders. During 2008, the commission issued 43
orders, out of which 40 orders were passed in favor of disclosures. On an average,
it takes four months time between filing an appeal and getting information after
all the hearings in this state.
Felicitation to meritorious students at Palin
PALIN, July 11: The All Palin Welfare Association (PEWA) organized felicitation programme
at Palin for enhancing academic proficiency among students. Meritorious students
from the Palin area who performed excellently in class X and XII (CBSE) and joint
entrance examination were felicitated.
Takam Kanu of VKV Banderdewa secured the highest percentage with 9.4 CGPA in class
X followed by Toku Epak of VKV Sher, Toku Bani of VKV Seijosa and Takam Nikum of
Don Bosco July with all of them securing 9.2 CGPA. In class XII, Donik Peter of
JNV Yachuli and Biri Yama of Govt Hr Secondary School, Itanagar came first and second
with 82% and 67% respectively. Gimi Tato, topper of AP Joint Entrance Examination
(PCB) was also felicitated.
Byabang Liniu, Khyoda Dui, Dari Sanju, Tassar Jina and Techi Anjila were awarded
for being topper from Govt Hr Secondary School Palin in class X and XII (both science
Techi Azad, ZPM Palin, special guest of the function advised the student’s community
to make a mark academically citing cut throat competition in the world.
Nyishi Elite Society Secretary Vijay Sonam, guest of honour, speaking on the occasion
congratulated all the awardees and their parents for their excellent performance.
He said that excellent result is the outcome decades of public awareness in the area.
He advised the awardees not to limit themselves with this award alone but assume
it as a stepping stone for their bright future. He also advised the students to discard
bad habits for their secure future and to make their parents proud with their achievements
while also appreciating PEWA for undertaking the good cause. He suggested PEWA to
take up other problems prevalent in the region.
Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner Bidol Tayeng, outlined the importance of educational
upliftment in the district. He called upon the students to work harder to make a
mark for themselves. Advising the students to remain away from bad habits so that
their future is not ruined, Tayeng suggested them to set a goal in life and work
diligently to achieve it.
APLS sitting held
ITANAGAR, July 11: The 14th literary sitting of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society
(APLS) was held at the premises of Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum here today.
Presided over by Jamuna Bini, Assistant Professor of RGU’s Hindi Department, the
APLS’ routine session, which is held every second Sunday, witnessed the litterateurs
exchanging their views on the field and reading out their self-composed literary
While Taro Sindik, an assistant professor of Hindi, recited self-composed poems –
‘Besharam’ and ‘Pasina’, R N Koley, Assistant Director of Research, read out the
thriller ‘Naba Diganta’ – a short story which seeks to make the civil society aware
of impacts of the drugs addiction that afflicts the society irrespective of people’s
affiliation to any caste, creed or religion.
Among others, Dr Joram Yalam Nabam, Assistant Professor of DNGC, and Dr S K Ghosh,
assistant curator of JN State Museum were also present on the session.
ANSU calls for govt action to improve attendance in interior areas
ITANAGAR, July 11: Taking serious exception of the irregularity and non-performance
of teachers and the Govt. Officers posted in the interior places, the All Nyishi
Students Union demands the state Govt. to pass an executive order empowering the
district administration to take stern action against them.
In a press statement today, ANSU president Niglar Veo said: “It has been observed
that the Govt. officers posted in the interior out posts are discharging their duty
from the district Head Quarters or in the place of their convenience on account of
which the public do not get their due service from the Govt. functionaries and have
to walk hundreds of miles even for a single signature. The irregularity of officers
is also one of serious factor for the wanton and rampant migration from rural areas
to the towns and as a result, the law and order problem in the towns is deteriorating
day by day”. The Union, while observing the performance of certain district administrations,
expresses its sincere appreciation to Bidol Tayeng, the Deputy Commissioner of Kurung
Kumey district for putting all his effort to streamline the working of the Govt.
officers and the teachers posted in their respective places and as result, most of
the officers have withdrawn from the district head quarter and working at the out-post
areas. The Union urged the elected leaders, panchayat members, local officers and
all other sections to join hand with such a commendable officer to realize the need
of the common people of such a backward district.
Speaking about officials of East Kameng district, he said that Seppa, the district
head quarter has become the transit camp for all official works of the out-post areas.
The commoners have to walk by foot for more than 100 kilo meters only for a simple
work and sometimes, the officer remains absent even in the district head quarter.
The Union urged the district administration to take a serious administrative action
against such absentees and to lift or ban the transit camp system in the head quarter.
While appreciating the introduction of the RTE in the state with the constitutional
enactment as a part of visionary educational policy of the Union Govt. of India,
the Union expressed resentment over the failure in abiding by the provision of the
enactment by certain Govt. schools in the state capital. The Union urged the education
department to investigate into the matter and punish the authority of the concerned
schools. Further, the Union, as a reminder to the earlier Memorandum, demanded the
Ministry of Education department to streamline the posting-transfer system of the
teachers and to immediately implement the state education policy Bill 2010 in letter
Khandu advocates for cent percent locals for Arunachal Scout
ITANAGAR July 11: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has extended his
sincere gratitude to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi,
Defence Minister A K Antony, Minister of State for Defence Palam Raju, Principal
Secretary to Prime Minister T K A Nair, Army Chief Gen. V K Singh and Additional
Defence Secretary Sekhar Agarwal for their assurance to rise three additional battalions
of Arunachal Scouts which totals to 4 battalions now.
The assurance came when the high level team led by the CM called on the Defence Minister
at New Delhi recently.
“The meetings with various Union Ministers, top Army officers and Bureaucrats was
very fruitful as after three years the demand for raising of Arunachal Scouts have
been addressed”, a seemingly happy and satisfied Khandu said who landed here in
the state capital yesterday evening from New Delhi.
Khandu advocated for recruitment of local youths for the Arunachal Scout including
the 1st Battalion of Arunachal Scout, unlike Ladakh Scouts and Kumaun Scouts where
a considerable number of recruits are drawn from outside the states. He further disclosed
that he had already indicated the ministry that there’s no dearth of fit youths in
the state for immediate rising of four such battalions. “The establishment of Arunachal
Scouts would serve the security interest of the country and the state better if suitable
candidates are selected exclusively from amongst youths of Arunachal tribes”, Khandu
said and had written to the PM and Defence minister in this line. On justifying his
stand, the chief minister said that the local youths would be physically more suited
to high altitudes hilly terrains and more resourceful as guides and interpreters
to facilitate the Army, besides providing the youths, employment and chance to participate
in the cause of security of the nation.
The Union Defence ministry has agreed in principle to all the request made by the
state, Khandu informed. (PRO TO CM)
Too many lies
In fact, too many lies have been told by the Chakma refugees, in order to gain sympathy
of international communities and National Human Rights Commission. Time after time,
all their deceitful plots against the tribal state has triumphed because of the fact,
none of us; the indigenous community ever endeavored to dig the truths or countered
their canard allegations.
But then, for how long a battle can be fought, with the weapons of lies and by shrouding
the truth. Someday, the truth has to amble towards the lights and I believe it’s
time for the world to comprehend about the prevailing prevarications, which the Chakma
refugees have fabricated by distorting the facts. And this is one of those truths
that will not only expose the baleful approach of the Chakma refugees but also shock
and shiver the thought process of every Arunachalee.
On 19 January 2006, while on a routine patrolling at Diyun Reserve Forest (DRF),
Range Officer JN Chetia along with his staff and police personnel apprehended a group
of Chakma refugees’ who were involved in felling trees and constructing huts inside
DRF. As it was a clear violation of Forest Act, all the 22 individuals involved were
arrested and produced before the court. On account of their statement, the court
released 13 persons out of 22 and the remaining 9; the main culprits were remanded
for further investigation. But on January 21, they too were released on bail.
This was the actual occurrence of that day, but Prabhat Chakma, a resident of Diyun
circle, twisted the whole event in his writ petition, filed before the Guahati High
Court (GHC). Besides forceful eviction, he accused the forest and police department
officers of harassing the women sorority, torturing the arrested peoples, destructing
the temporary huts and kidnapping of his 10 years old son, Gyaneswar Chakma. Though
baseless, it was a grim allegation, an allegation that is known by all and the truth
by none, here is the truth.
The official record clearly delineates Prabhat Chakma’s statement as false and fabricated.
Firstly, all the arrested people were adults, there was no minor in the group and
were released within a couple of days. Secondly, they were arrested on the spot while
felling trees at the DRF so there is no question of harassing the women group or
carrying out illegal eviction drive. Finally, there was no report of forceful arrest
because the culprits capitulated themselves and accepted their crime, thwarting the
theory of torture.
Furthermore, the protagonist of the episode, Gyaneswar Chakma, alleged of being tortured
and kidnapped by the civil police was recovered, a year later from the residence
of Relief and Rehabilitation (Rtd) Director SP Talukdar, Mizoram House No 41, Chandan
Nagar, Beltola, Guwahati, Assam. Interestingly, the movement of the kid in the entire
episode divulges about the existing nexus of Chakma refugees.
Immediately after filling of writ petition at GHC, the kid was shifted to Itanagar
from Diyun, where he was kept for about four months, and then he was taken to Kokilla
in Papum-Pare district to work under Thomas Chakma. He was transferred to Guwahati
by Deboranjan Chakma after 7-8 months, to work at the residence of R&R Rtd Director
SP Talukdar and again 3 months later he was taken away by Montu Chakma of Diyun to
New Delhi to work for Talukdar’s daughter Anjelika Chakma, an advocate at Noida.
He spent 3 months there and returned to Guwahati on the third week of October 2007.
Fortunately, the police team apprehended him on 25 October 2007 from Talukdar’s residence
The entire episode was stage managed, and a successful attempt to divert the focus
from the original issue. It signified about the vile intention of Chakma refugees’
to create sympathy waves for their community in national and international arena
by maligning the tribal state and its diligent officers. Meanwhile, the pessimistic
response from the state government and inability to protect has discouraged the officers
to perform their obligations properly and due to this reason the Chakma refugees
has been able to spread out from their allotted blocks by defying the norms and conflicting
with the local communities.
Moreover, it seems Arunahcal has become a dumping ground of refugees, and the state’s
softer corner for them has elevated the timidity of locals becoming a minority in
their own land. This is not only a lone case but there are uncountable cases that
reveals about the strong Chakma lobby monitored by handful of Chakma refugees residing
in Delhi and the state government’s inefficiency to deal with this decades old problem
by bowing down to their demands, time after time. (The writer can be reached at [email protected])
Illuminate villages under RGGVY scheme: KNYA
ITANAGAR, July 11: Many villages under Sangram circle of Kurung Kumey district are
yet to be covered under RGGVY scheme for power supply due to negligence in duty by
officers and officials of power department in implementing the scheme properly, alleged
Nyobia Youth Association (KNYA).
Six villages under Sangram circle, namely Gida, Byasi, Langriak/Longro, Cheki Dara,
Rowa and Hiba -I are yet be covered under the scheme till date and kerosene lamps
are still the only way to illuminate their houses, the association said.
"It is very unfortunate and disappointing for the people of those villages that in
spite of repeated pleas by the association no initiative has been taken by the government
to supply electricity," the association rued.
The association appealed to the government for extension of power supply to those
villages under the centrally sponsored scheme immediately.
West Kameng district student’s sports meet
ITANAGAR, July 11: All West Kameng Students’ Union has decided to organize inter
school sports meet at Bomdila from July 21.
Altogether, 250 delegates from all the secondary and higher secondary schools of
the West Kameng district are expected to take part in the meet.
Sonam visits Arunachal Orphans’ School
ITANAGAR, July 11: Arunachal Pradesh Buildings and Other Construction Workers Welfare
Board Chairman Jalley Sonam visited Arunachal Orphans’ School, Polo Colony Naharlagun
The school is run by Arunachal Orphan’ Welfare Association (AOWA).
He advised the teaching staff to be dedicated in their duty and also advised the
students to maintain disciplined.
He further suggested the association for launching of Mission Interior to study the
problems of destitute or orphan children in the interior places of the state.
Later, he made some monetary donations to the children of the school and assured
to extend all possible help to the association and appealed to the people to encourage
AOWA President Achu Bagang appreciated Sonam, Lechi Legi, Likha Tungon, Changma Tajo
and public for their cooperation in cash and kind to the association.
Transporters comes out in support of Police
ITANAGAR: Opposing the recent demand for termination of Naharlagun OC and other
police officer raised by some organizations, All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport
Federation (AAPPTF) has said that law should be allowed to take its own course.
The demand for termination/ resignation during law and order problem should be done
away with as a sign of respect to law, the Federation said and called upon the
civil society to appreciate the police for controlling crimes.
Lauding the capital police, the Federation said the police personnel have proved
their mettle and solved many serious cases including recent busting of a gang of
Society calls forcompulsory girl education
ITANAGAR: Ringtey Denney Society (RDS), a Kurung Kumey based NGO has appealed the
Deputy Commissioner to give priority on compulsory girl education in the district.
Appreciating the initiatives being taken by DC Bodol Tayeng to streamline the administrative
system in the district, particularly in education department, the Society also requested
the citizens the cooperate with the district administration for all round development.
CoSSAP to go on two days casual leave
Roing: The Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP), Dibang
Valley district unit has resolved to go on two days mass casual leave on July 14
to 15 to put pressure on government for bringing a solution to food crisis in
calamity hit district immediately.
Reminding the Govt of its ultimatum served earlier on June 29 to make available
essential commodities and pressurize the BRO for the early restoration work in the
calamity hit district, the Federation regretted that till today nothing tangible
has come up.
“Though per household is receiving 10 kg of rice in a month, regrettably this meager
rice allotment is not going to sustain our lives. We have resolved to take leave
to press for our demand”, said CoSSAP district unit secretary Aito Miwu.