Khandu apprises Sonia of developmental activities, submits projects
NEW DELHI July 17: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has pleaded New
Delhi for sanction of 8 major projects for addressing the infrastructural bottleneck
of the state.
The chief minister called on UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her 10 Janpath residence
today and submitted the proposal.
The proposal includes 132 KV Trans-Arunachal Grid, Drinking Water facility in Border
blocks, Porter Tracks & Foot Suspension Bridges/Log bridges in border areas, ‘Connecting
22 unconnected Administrative Centers along the International Border’, Myanmar Border
Fencing, strengthening of Police Infrastructure, expediting construction of Greenfield
Airport and fund for clearing pending HTS bills for strengthening the Public Distribution
System (PDS) in the state.
Gandhi assured Khandu that she would expeditiously take up the proposals with appropriate
ministry and impress upon the Government to address the same. She lauded the pace
of developmental activities undertaken in the state under the leadership of Khandu
and advised him to upkeep the momentum.
Khandu informed Gandhi that all centrally sponsored schemes including the flagship
programmes of Government of India are being judiciously implemented in the state.
“Third party monitoring, uploading of works execution in the government websites
are some of the examples that Arunachal Government is ensuring that no stone is left
unturned in order to give a facelift to the state in the developmental front”, Khandu
briefed the UPA chairperson without mincing a word.
Khandu dwelt in length the achievements made by Congress led Government in the state.
The people of Arunachal Pradesh have given my Govt., the mandate of transforming
their hopes and visions into reality and my team will leave no stone unturned in
the realization of this noble goal. I am happy to share with you that my Govt. is
already in the process of creating necessary policy frame-work environment and also
fine-tuning the administrative processes towards an ultimate aim of realizing its
stated objective – People First” Khandu assertively said. The Chief Minister assured
Delhi that the fund meant for developmental activities would be utilized judiciously
ensuring complete transparency under his personal supervision.
Among others, Union Minister of State for Planning V Narayansamy, AICC Political
Secretary Ahmed Patel, former Union Minister Oscar Fernandez and State PWD & UD Minister
Nabam Tuki were also present in the meeting. PRO to CM
Young Green Champions prepare for Queen’s Baton Relay
Itanagar, July 17: An orientation session on the project “‘Creating Young Green Champions
for a responsible Citizen’s Force to link with the Commonwealth Games’ was organized
today by Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) in Itanagar for the schools participating
in the project to coincide with the Queen’s Baton Relay in the city on July 22 and
23, 2010. Representatives of the teachers and the students attended the session in
the FGA office.
Eight schools including Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (Nirjuli), Kingcup Public School,
(Itanagar), JNK Public School (Itanagar), Arunudaya Higher Secondary School (Itanagar),
Government Middle School (Niti Vihar, Itanagar), Green Mount Public School (Itanagar),
Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (Chimpu) and Government Middle School (P Sector) are
participating in the program. The students will prepare posters on low carbon practices
and take out rallies on the routes of the Queens Baton Relay in Naharlagun and Itanagar.
In addition, they will plant trees in the schools and other public places in order
to create awareness on low carbon lifestyle among the communities.
The XIX Commonwealth Games are scheduled to be held in New Delhi from 3-14 October
2010. As the host of the Commonwealth Games (CWG), the Govt. of Delhi has committed
itself to hosting “Green Games” by inducing behavioral change towards low carbon
practices. Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Global Environment Facility (GEF)/United
Nations Development Program (UNDP) Small Grants Program (SGP) partners join the Delhi
Government in taking this endeavour forward. FGA is coordinating the project in Arunachal
The project, by involving the students and teachers, aims to create awareness on
low carbon practices in the cities along the Queen’s Baton Relay Route all over India.
It will also prepare students from schools across states in India to act as young
environment ambassadors with a special focus on the low carbon practices and sensitizing
public at large at places about sustainable lifestyle practices in cities along the
route of the Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay (QBR). The participating teachers,
students and the institutions will get certificates in creating the Young Green Champions
AdiSU question Govt policy
ITANAGAR, July 17: Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) spearheading the Quit Siang Movement
against mega dams’ construction in the Siang belt said that the government is trying
to suppress the union, its members and the well wishers through local MLAs.
Criticizing the movement of the government, the union further alleged that the local
MLAs are personally asking the ignorant public of the Adi belt not to attend awareness
programme organized by the union regarding construction of Dam.
However, the union despite such pressure from the local MLAs has decided to accelerate
the Quit Siang Movement and will start series of awareness campaign related to Tato-II
hydro electric project, West Siang District, it informed. Meanwhile, AdiSU in a memorandum
to Member Secretary, State Pollution Control Board Arunachal Pradesh demanded the
authority to scrap the proposed public hearing for Tato-II HE Project scheduled on
August 12 next.
The union questioning the authority said that, without proper and sufficient details
about the EIA reports, how can the public hearing be conducted.
As per the EAC rules 2006 maximum copies needs to be made available for the public
prior to public hearing and the same EIA report has to be published in local dialects/language
but the authority failed to do so and only 10 copies of environmental impact assessment
(EIA) report of the project is made available in the office of APSPCB, Itanagar,
The union also appealed to the individuals and groups employed by any of the dam
proponents to restrain from making loose comments on the union and its activities.
The AdiSU is against the wrong hydro power policy of the state government, not against
any particular power proponents, release added.
Minister, MLA express happiness at coronation of Tai Khampti chief
ITANAGAR, July 17: Public Heath and Water Supply Minister Chowna Mein expressed
extreme pleasure over the Coronation of Chou Pha Chou Meohow Namchoom as the Tai
Khampti chief yesterday.
In a message to revered Namchoom, Mein said ‘a huge vacuum created after demise
of former Khampti chief Late Revered Choukhamoon Gohain, is now filled with your
selection as Khampti chief’.
Recalling the contributions of new Khampti Chief, the Minister said ‘with your
sprawling knowledge and personal oceanic experience, the entire community, including
womenfolk and youths who are the most vulnerable stock of the community will be
benefited immensely and will avail new ideas and idealism to prove themselves the
most meaningful and productive citizens of the society’.
Namsai MLA Nang Sati Mein in a similar message also expressed happiness over the
coronation. The MLA believed that the vast experience and knowledge of Chou Meohou
Namchoom will certainly lead the Khampti society to a new era of peace, prosperity
and development and he will also able to lead the society for preservation of rich
traditional and cultural heritage of the Khamptis.
1730 mosquito nets and 563 curtains impregnated at Namsai
ITANAGAR, July 17: Recently, lots of Malaria cases were detected in Namsai area.
To curtail further spread of Malaria, a daylong social service to impregnate mosquito
net and curtain by Keo-trin was jointly conducted by Malaria branch of Health department
and Water Resources Department of Namsai at Namsai town. The social service was
organised by Dr. A.C Gohain, M.O in-charge Namsai PHC and Er. Gonong Pertin, AE WRD
The staff of WRD and Malaria branch Namsai was divied into 7 groups. Each group consisted
of 5 to 6 members.
During the day long social service from 6 AM to 1 PM, in spite of intermittent rain
shower, 7 groups managed to impregnate 1730 mosquito nets and 563 curtains. They
used 26 litre of Keo-trin. Dr. A.C Gohain, MO in-charge Namsai PHE praised the WRD
department staffs for their missionary Zeal and asked for more help for controlling
malaria as the Malaria branch does not have sufficient manpower. He further says
that this was the highest single day impregnation of mosquito net and curtain in
RGUSU to meet MHRD minister
ITANAGAR, July 17: The four-member delegation of Rajiv Gandhi University Students
Union (RGUSU), which left here today for New Delhi, will discuss various developmental
issues relating to Rajiv Gandhi University with the Human Resource Development Minister,
the Director of Central University, UGC Chairman and other officers of RGU at New
During their meeting with the Ministry, the delegation will urge for creation of
more departments, namely Physics, Chemistry, Sociology and Law disciplines, enhancement
of development grants to the university for rapid infrastructure development and
sanctioning special aid for the immediate construction of Students’ Sports Complex
(Indoor Games) within the university campus.
The delegates will also brief the MHRD and other high profile authorities in New
Delhi about their democratic movement against the VC and its 13 points memorandum
submitted to him (VC) earlier.
Meanwhile, the RGUSU has extended support to the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’
Union (AAPSU)’s demands for immediate cancellation of five posts of Aviation officers
and six posts of Charge-Men, which were appointed by the concerned authority without
maintaining the laid guidelines.
Why castigate the most convenient language?
In recent times, the emotive question of language is resurfacing in Arunachal. The
immediate concern-as is being debated in the local media especially in your daily-is
the ‘threat’ to the native language(s) from the ‘mainstream’ Hindi. Columnists and
intelligentsia, both within the state and from ‘outside’, dwell at length on various
aspects related to it. Some are in the nature of SOS call to save the native tongue;
others reflect a sense of nostalgia for those days when Assamese was the dominant
lingua in the region. There was no Bengali; no Hindi; the way Assamese was, then.
Given the sheer diversity of language in the state, it’s too obvious that a particular
‘dominant’ language emerge as a mode of communication. The sad story is: we do not
debate which one to ‘adopt’, and to which extent. There only seems to be a long tirade
against Hindi. In the process we miss out much on the critical issues, which I think,
can be started by asking the question: why do we ‘Aruncahalis’ love Hindi? Or to
put it more correctly, why is Hindi so popular here that it comes naturally to any
children in urban areas cutting across ethnic boundaries? After all, did not we renounce
Assamese as the medium of instruction in favour of English much to the chagrin of
our neighbour across the Inner Line decades ago? Right from the kindergarten we read,
write and cram English, only to grow up speak Hindi in our own ingenious version,
a ‘second language’ subject in our schools. We are, in writing, English, Hindi by
tongue, and now, ‘native’ by temperament. All non-Hindi speaking ‘outsiders’ end
up speaking Hindi in Arunachal. It’s almost like you go to Somalia and come back
learning Japanese from people there! What an irony, one might exclaim. But the fact
is, Hindi, in Arunachal today, perfectly fits the growing cosmopolitan space; it
is the emerging mode of communication in secular establishments (offices, banks,
shops, transport, public gatherings etc). I came across this phenomenon especially
in Aalo (headquarters of West Siang district), where people from same language group
converse in Hindi just to appear ‘formal’. To many, it seems, speaking in Hindi-
more ‘fluent’ the better- gives one a sense of confidence and achievement. You may
disagree, but that’s the fact. Add the widely spread business community, people from
‘outside’ in public establishments (who themselves belong to varied linguistic group),
the military and para-military personnel, and the huge popularity of cable/satellite
TV; you have the perfect recipe for Hindi to emerge as a dominant language.
Most of the growing middle class in the state is hooked to the TV soap operas partly
because the native (cultural) forms of entertainment are largely limited to traditional
festivals only, it does not cater to our middle class taste. This same class of people
are a role model-local diaspora, if I may- to the rural folks. Consequently, the
cable TV ‘invasion’ is making inroads into faraway villages; Hindi takes a role of
what sociologist M N Srinivasan calls ‘Sanskritization’ in our own local context.
Inability in speaking Hindi is seen as ‘rustic’; and the trend is towards being ‘modern’.
Forget about illiterate migrant labourers (who form the bulk of ‘casual’ work force
in government departments and in the fast growing construction sector), even a large
majority of educated ones take unkindly to people speaking to them in English. The
reason could be three fold: one, most are themselves uncomfortable conversing in
English (this commentator included, lest you call me David Cameroon’s cousin); two,
there is a general perception that English is to be spoken only when a certain official
or personal exigency demands so. In the latter case, our Macualian pedigree takes
a solemn reincarnation when we are either drunk or too angry; and three, there may
be an underlying perception that English is the language of ‘masters’. Conversely,
the growing popularity of Hindi also reflects the transfer of the language to the
natives in more subtle form, without a tint of ‘imposition’.
Various community organisations, of late, are bringing out ‘dictionaries’ of local
languages; attempts are on to teach the same as ‘third language’ in government schools
in respective areas to ‘protect’ and ‘preserve’ the native dialects. This is an encouraging
step. But it falls short of the gargantuan challenge. Also, such efforts target the
rural students which in any case learn the native tongue. Not every child joins the
school in their locality. Almost all the salaried and affluent class send their children
to private schools and those run by reputed NGOs, where the above mentioned ‘third’
language scheme does not exist. It is from this middle class that much of the debate
is emerging because of their varied experience: being mocked outside the state for
speaking an ‘alien’ language (this comes especially from brethrens of ‘ethnic’ North-East),
the sense of urgency to relate to one’s ‘pristine’ past after having had a taste
of ‘confusing’ forces of modernisation, the inspiration drawn from similar movements
in other parts of the country and the world, etc. This brings another dimension to
the problem. Contrary to the much publicised slogan of “Loss of Culture Loss of Identity”
by some NGOs running schools across the state, they actively discourage use of any
local language among the students. This has two serious implications: one, the student(s)
lose the natural privilege of having to speak in one’s native tongue. Two, students
from other areas/ districts are denied any opportunity to learn the local language
of the place where they spend their critical years- the formative period. Send your
child to, for example, VKV Roing, and after he/she graduates from the school ask
him/her what ‘water’ is called in Mishmi or in Idu, you won’t have an answer. So
much to the ‘preservation’ of our ‘unique’culture! After so much of enthusiastic
investment in ‘preserving’ and promoting ‘the’ ‘unique’ culture of each of the tribes,
an assessment of the cultural policy of such patronising organisations in the state
is due. Advocating ‘Unity in Diversity’ is good not only in Indian context, but for
the world over; actively inventing and emphasizing traits and cultural forms to create
constituencies of ‘unique’ cultures is another, especially so when there are avenues
enough to identify and bridge commonalities. Inter alia, it defeats Article 44 of
There are many pitfalls along the way. And we need not be too pessimistic about it.
In our process of negotiation with ‘development’ and modernity, there will be obvious
sacrifice we will have to make, especially so when we want the best of both the world.
It does not look nice to blame a particular language just because most are adopting
it. After all isn’t Hindi the only (emerging) common cultural denominator in the
state today? No? Did you say “corruption also”? May be you are right, but that is
beside the point. Given the way we are bent on (or taught to) promoting a ‘unique’
culture that is only ‘ours’, it’s too good that we are adopting the National language
as our own. And our love for having adopted a particular language should not die
just because ‘mainstream’ people laugh at our accent. Else, we can start by promoting
and teaching local language in Government as well as Private/NGOs/’Missionary’ run
schools in respective areas.
To wind up, here is a joke doing round in social circles in Itanagar: some ‘Arunachali’
village folk were touring Delhi as part of a government-sponsored programme. They
visited a cloth vendor, started bargaining the price in our own version of Hindi.
The salesman was somewhat surprised to hear similar sounding words coming from a
group of ‘chinkees’, he paused for a moment, and said, “Bhai sahib, aapka aur humara
bhasa milta-julta hai (sic)!” (The contributor is an Assistant Professor, Dept of
ITANAGAR, July 17: The Capital Youth Welfare Organisation (CYWO) in collaboration
with the department of urban development has conducted a social service from the
Legi Complex area to P-sector (near Raj Bhawan) today. Town magistrate Talo Putum
and DC Nandini Paliwal attended the social service and assured cooperation in such
noble cause. The social service was conducted in response to the Govt initiatives
for green and clean capital.
Blood donation camp at PTC
ITANAGAR, July 17: An advocacy programme on HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse and Voluntary
Blood Donation, followed by a Voluntary Blood Donation Camp was organized with the
Staff/trainees of Police Training Centre, Banderdewa yesterday.
Principal, PTC, Banderdewa Chuku Apa exhorted the jawans to protect themselves from
the menace of HIV/AIDS and practice safe sex behavior. He further called upon the
policemen to become regular blood donors to wipe out the scarcity of blood in the
Joint Director (BSD), APSACS Dr Riken Rina, held an interactive session with the
participants on HIV/AIDS & Drug Abuse. He answered many queries on HIV/AIDS- its
mode of transmission and prevention methods, put forth by inquisitive audience.
Voluntary Blood Donation and Donor Motivation was dwelt on by Drug Inspector, APSACS
Ibom Ete. He encouraged the gathering to go for regular blood donation as human blood
is scarce and it can be only procured from another person through voluntary donation.
Finally, the programme concluded with Voluntary Blood Donation Camp at PTC, Primary
Health Centre, where 12 units of blood were collected.
Vice Principal, PTC, Banderdewa JS Yadav, led the donation by being the first volunteer
to donate blood.
Talar and Tanuj gets second spot
ITANAGAR, July 17: Laa Talar of Arunachal Pradesh partnering with Sai Tanuj of Andhra
Pradesh finished runners up in Boys Double U-16 category both in Bangalore and Cochin
legs of All India Junior Badminton Ranking Tournament held recently. Taring Yaniya
of Arunachal and Pinky Karki also finished runners up in Girls Doubles Under 13 year
category at Cochin. Talar, however, lost his Singles Under 16 quarterfinal match
against his doubles partner Sai Tanuj 21-18, 19-21, 21-17 at Bangalore. He made first
round exit at Cochin losing 20-22, 17-21 to No.1 rank Arun George.
Another Arunachalee boy Laa Tukam (U-13) reached 2nd round of the Bangalore tournament
while he made an early exit at Cochin. Laa Yajum (U-13) could not cross the first
round hurdle both at Cochin and Bangalore.
Aalbe aade released
ITANAGAR, July 17: Aalbe aade! (good bye) an audio video album by Gonyabin Cine
Production was released yesterday at Itanagar. Gemo Diyum, ,Rerik Karlo and Bijoy
Nalo are the singers while the lyrics are by Nyabin Ete and Rokom Bado. The album
is directed by Bindiya Ete.
The album was formally released by Parliamentary Secretary Civil Aviation Gadam
While speaking on the occasion Gadam Ete praised the effort by filmmaker to promote
and preserve dying traditional culture and language through its film and music.
Nyabin Ete , SIRD Director, who is also lyricist of the album appreciated the efforts
by young director of Aalbe aade ! and assured to help promote film and music in Arunachal
SE power Rokom Bado, Commissioner Home Tajom Taloh and media personality Taro Chatung
were present during the function.
Udyog Rattan Award
Guwahati, July 17: Rajendra Chamaria, the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of CMCL
(Star Cement) has been conferred with the prestigious “UDYOG RATTAN Award” by Institute
of Economic Studies, New Delhi in a glittering ceremony held on 10th July, 2010 at
the India habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The award was presented by Shekhar
Dutt, Governor of Chhattisgarh, Devanand Konwar, Governor of Bihar and K.P.S. Gill,
Former D.G.P., Punjab.
CMCL was also conferred with the Excellence Award in the same Ceremony.
This award is a presentation of his sincere endeavours and prolonged dedication towards
the success of the Cement Industry in the North-East. Also, this award is a true
recognition of Mr. Chamaria’s success and his relentless efforts in successfully
establishing industry in the most industrially backward areas of the country likeBanderdewa
(Arunachal Pradesh), Badarpur (Assam), Lumshnong (Meghalaya) and Shamgarh (Madhya
Improve infrastructure: NCP
ITANAGAR: NCP called on the state government to give more attention to the infrastructure
development of Capital Region. Nera techi, the media incharge of the party said that
state government should come up with a plan to improve the dilapidated condition
of the city. It decried the bad road conditions of the highways, sectors, lack of
drainage and sanitation and regular power supply in the city.
Show cause notice for NHPC
ITANAGAR: The Lower Dibang Valley district labour and employment cell has directed
the General Manager, Dibang Multipurpose Project, NHPC Ltd to show cause its failure
to furnish information under payment of wages Act 1936 for verification/inspection
within five days from the date of issue of the letter.
Referring to the earlier letter (Dt Roing the 29-06-2010) addressed to the DMP (NHPC
Ltd) GM seeking information within 7 days, R Tayeng, DLEO, inspector under payment
of wages Act 1936, Roing, directed the GM to show cause in person or authorized
representatives and in writing along with relevant documents as asked for, failing
which, the letter said, legal prosecution will be initiated. The information is
required to verify the issue and prevent future disputes, the letter added.
ITANAGAR: All Upper Subansiri District Gram Sabha Coordination Committee meeting
was held at Daporijo recently.
The meeting discussed about the proper implementation of BRGF, MGNREGA and BADP and
appealed to the concerned authority that the selection of the schemes under these
programme should be done through Gram Sabha of the respective village.
Meanwhile, Tare Baki and Tasar Dui have been selected as the President and General
Secretary of the committee.
ARPA supports AAPSU
ITANAGAR, July 17: The newly formed Arunachal Registered Pharmacists Association
(ARPA) extended its support to the AAPSU demand for cancellation of illegal appointments
under civil aviation department.
Denouncing such illegal appointment, the Association also demanded fresh recruitment
to the posts as per norms.
Daporijo, July 17: 138 BN CRPF has organized Inter District Friendship Football Tournament
as a friendship gesture under Civic Action Programme. The Semi Final matches held
on July 17 between Higher Secondary School Dumporijo and District Sports Association
(DSA) Daporijo was won by the DSA team 3-0 and in the next semi final match the Higher
Secondary School Daporijo was defeated by the Young Star Club 4-1.
The Final match will be played between the District Sports Association Daporijo and
Young Star Club on July 18 at 14oo hrs at Rijo Ground, Daporijo.
ITANAGAR, July 17: To mark the 125 anniversary of congress foundation day, Arunachal
Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee, Itanagar has organized a symposium on Kalapani
here today in memory of those freedom fighters, who were exiled and imprisoned at
Kalapani Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The programme was attended by Home Minister Tako Dabi as chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, APMCC President Yari Dulom briefed about Kalapani.
In the symposium, VP APMCC Niani Natung, DMCC President Roing Reenaki Lingi, DMCC
President Aalo Yajum Ete, DMCC President Pasighat Oter Tayeng, DMCC President Lower
Subansiri Toko Yaram, General Secretary APMCC Yame Tok, ZPM Taro Modi, General Secretary
APCC Minkir Lollen, Chairman Public Grievances cell APCC Haryom Bam also spoke on
ITANAGAR, July 17: Attu Dhassang Welfare Society (ADWS) has felicitated CBSE 1009-10
top three toppers of the clan.
While giving away the prize to the top three students as Chief Guest, advisor to
Chief Minister Tame Phassang advised the students to be devoted in their study and
also assured to enhance the prize money of the academic excellence awards of the