July 09



The cash reward of  Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006






Arunachalee secures 2nd position in all India level Pre M. Ch. Urology Exam

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: Making the State once again proud for its intellectual calibre,

Dr. Goto Gangkak has secured second position in the Pre M. Ch. Urology Examination 2013 in all India level for admission in Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Jaipur.

Dr. Gangkak is an alumnus of the prestigious Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry. After being credited with the MBBS degree from JIPMER, Dr. Gangkak pursued MS from PGIMER, Chandigarh.


AAPSU, JHPC to inspect refugee affected districts

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: Team from All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) along with the Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) team today left for seven days Changlang, Tirap and Papum Pare district tour to visit the refugee affected areas.

The visit to the three districts has been necessitated by alleged encroachment of land by the refugees settled temporarily in those districts creating law & order and other social problems, according to an AAPSU release.

AAPSU has been demanding the state government to send those refugees back to their respective temporary settlement areas.

The AAPSU team is headed by Likha Takar, vice president (Admn) cum Chairman Refugee issue while the JHPC team includes representatives from the Department of Forest, Land and District Administration.

AAPSU President Kamta Lapung along his team members will join the tour on July 9.


3 houses gutted

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: Three houses belonging to Yura Tarok, Yura Take and Yura Yapo were gutted down in a fire incident at around 6 am today at Richi Village under Jollang Anchal segment.

Informing that materials including costly local ornaments worth Rs 20 lakhs were burnt down in the incident, ASM Jollang Biri Rupa Nabam and GPM Richi Teli Saha have urged upon the state government and the local MLA to provide immediate relief to the victims.

Voicing similar concern, the All Tali Pipsorang Capital Dwellers Welfare Association also appealed the state government and the district administration to provide immediate relief to the fire victims.


WKIPS condemns rape and murder of child

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: West Kameng Indigenous Peoples’ Society (WKIPS) has strongly condemned the barbaric act of rape and murder of three and half-year-old baby at Bhalukpong recently.

The Society appealed to ensure capital punishment to the accused in order to avoid such brutal act in future. The Society further stated that the administration should provide round-the-clock police patrolling in the district as well as circle headquarters to curb such menace.

WKIPS also decided to conduct educational and health awareness tour at all the circle headquarters of the district.

Arunachal Pradesh Welfare Society has also condemned the  rape and murder of the girl child and appealed to the law enforcing authority to give exemplary punishment to rapist for such heinous crimes.


Disburse arrears

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: Claiming that some sections of government employees are yet to receive their increased arrears, the Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) has urged the state government to issue necessary direction to all the departments for disbursement of the arrears immediately.

In a complain letter written to the chief secretary, it stated that delay in the disbursement of the said arrears by some office is not only causing hardships to the many state govt. employees but it is also bringing bad name to the state government and its administration.


ITBP recruitment rally

KHONSA, Jul 08: ITBP Recruitment Rally for Tirap and Changlang districts was successfully conducted at Khonsa from July 3-7.A total of 189 candidates from Tirap have been selected for written test at Changlang to be held on July 12.


'Longding reels under darkness'

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: The entire Longding district barring Kanubari has been reportedly reeling under darkness since last three days bringing daily life of people to a complete halt, informed Longding SP Rajesh Kumar.

Allegedly, none of the AE or JE was available in the office to look into the problem, the SP informed. He said that the power situation did not improve even after the matter was discussed with the EE.


GSU alleges ‘pick and choose’ policy by authority

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: Galo Students’ Union (GSU) has alleged “pick and choose” method by authority while carrying out eviction drive against govt. land encroachers.

It alleged that the authority, in its recent eviction drive at G-Sector, has badly demolished a particular building and left other buildings in the same line untouched.

“Law should be equal for all,” the release said and urged the authority concerned to free all govt. land from illegal encroachment by carrying out eviction drive without any fear and favor.


YARP declares indefinite bandh call at PHEP NEEPCO

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: The Youth Association of Ross Panchayat (YARP) has declared indefinite bandh call at PHEP, NEEPCO from July 10 next.

In a written declaration to the Papum Pare DC, it stated that the bandh call was necessitated after it received no response from the DC despite of the expiry of its ultimatum on June 28 last.


DLMC meeting held on SSA,RMSA & MDM

KHONSA, Jul 8: The 1st sitting of District Level Monitoring Committee on SSA, RMSA and MDM was convened by the department of education under the Chairmanship of Tirap district Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Kr. Joshi at Khonsa today.

While welcoming the participants, DDSE, Khonsa Talom Pabin highlighted the aims and objectives of the National Flagship Programmes  viz- SSA,RMSA and MDM in brief.

The Coordinators of various interventions under SSA,RMSA and MDM presented a power point slide show.

The meeting was attended by the newly elected ZPC and ZPMs from both Tirap and Longding districts.

The Deputy Commissioner in his address asked all the Panchayat leaders to be pro-active in monitoring the Central Schemes and requested the Panchayat leaders that they should not be fault finders only but true mentors. All the ZPMs present assured their full cooperation for the smooth implementation of the schemes. DIPRO


Exposure tour for school children

CHANGLANG, Jul 08:  Sixty-five school children from Changlang district left here today for Nagaland on an educational tour under Intervention ST-SC under SSA.

Flagging off the tour amidst huge gathering, Changlang Additional Deputy Commissioner M C Roy explained the importance of such exposure/educational tour for the school children. He advised them to take full advantage of the opportunity saying that such programs help one develop personality.

The students will visit Dimapur Trade Center, Green Park, Rajbari Palalce, Kachari Ruins, Triple Water Falls, IInd World War Cemetry, Kohima and other places of importance during the five day tour.

The team is led by District Co-ordinator, SSA Khulkam Mossang along with Bishnu Sharma and two escorts.


KWS felicitates CBSE toppers, achievers

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: Kipa Welfare Society (KWS) has felicitated the CBSE Class X and XII toppers and other achievers belonging to Kipa clan in a function at Nikum Nyia Hall Nirjuli on July six.

The meritorious students felicitated on the occasion are, Kipa Tachak, Class X (98%), Kipa Mindh, Class X, Kipa Ajum, Class XII (Sc), Kipa Onu, Class XII (Sc).

Kipa Parang was also felicitated for being third in Sports Authority of India (SAI) Championship in 2012-13.

The Society also felicitated Kipa Kame for his success in APPSCE, two ZPMs, five Municipal Councilors and seven Anchal Samity Members (ASMs) of the clan on the occasion.

The Former Minister Tatar Kipa, Dr. Kipa Tuklik, Kipa Niya, Er Kipa Niama, Chairman KWS, Kipa Kaku, a municipal Councilor also spoke on the occasion and delivered few words of advice to the achievers.


APPDSU writes to SP

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: The All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) has written to SP capital complex informing him about some unscrupulouselements trying to collect donation in the name of VIIth General Conference cum election of the union. APPDSU said those appeal letters for help without sign and signature of its president and general secretary should be treated as bogus and such elements should be booked under various provisions of law.


AVP plants over 600 saplings


DAPORIJO, Jul 08: Members of Arunachal Vikash Parishad (AVP) visited most of the Donyi Polo Namlo centres in Upper Subansiri district and planted trees in all the Namlo premises they visited.

The AVP team led by Teluk Bagbi and Tasa Muri visited Donyi Polo Namlos at Taliha, Rading, Sippi, Dumporijo and Kodak and planted more than 600 seedlings of medicinal and different plant species in the premises of those Namlo premise.

Villagers and members of Namlo committee also participated in the plantation program. The villagers were advised to protect and preserve the trees.

Bagbi explained the importance of planting more and more trees and how they help maintain the eco system. He also explained them about negative effects of global warming and deforestation.


Website launched

ITANAGAR, July 08: The official website of the directorate of Textile & Handicrafts www.arundth.org was launched by Secretary Garima Gupta at her office chamber today.

After the launch, while expressing satisfaction she hoped that the website will help promoting traditional handlooms and handicrafts of the state.

“Besides, handlooms and handicrafts of the state can be showcased internationally through the website,” she added.


Shift office to Pijirang

ITANAGAR, July 08: Claiming that functioning of all the official works i.e., ST /PRC from Seijosa ADC is creating lots of hardships for the people of Pijirang circle, the All Papu Valley Youth Welfare Association (APVYWA) has appealed the East Kameng DC to order for the re-shift of the office to Pijirang.

In a representation submitted to the DC, it said that the works were earlier done in Jan Suvidha Branch at Pijirang on a temporary basis but was recently shifted to Seijosa as ordered by the former DC.


KVK training

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lohit (Momong), conducted a series of training to educate the farmers about scientific cultivation of rice to increase productivity in different villages of Lohit district.

Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) of rice and integrated weed management practices of rice were explained to the farmers by the subject matter specialist during the training conducted under the supervision KVK program coordinator Dr. PK Mallick.

A total of 122 farmers from Namliang, Salungtoo, Padumoni and Juna IV village attended the training.

Discussion on different problems faced by the farmers and their control measures were also held.


AVP mourns doctor’s death

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) family has expressed deep shock and grief over sudden demise of Dr. Wiyak Taisam after a prolonged illness.

She was a senior medical officer at District Hospital Changlang and was suffering from last few years.

Dr. Wiyak joined govt. service in 1987 at Khonsa. She was awarded the ‘Chikitsak Award’ by Global Society for Health and Environment in 2010. She was also a Radio artist.

AVP office bearers and prayed to almighty Rangfraa to rest her departed soul in eternal peace.


Computer Hardware Maintenance Course from Aug 1

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: Sub Regional Employment Officer, Coaching cum Guidance Centre for SC/ST, GoI is organizing 12 months free of cost Computer Hardware Maintenance Course ‘O’ Level at National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Naharlagun from August 1 next.






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


News Impact


Devotees throng Bodh Gaya temple as it reopens to public


Candlelight vigil to protest serial blast

GAYA/ ITANAGAR, Jul 08: A day after the Bodh Gaya temple was rocked by serial explosions, the Buddhists' holiest shrine reopened to the public on Monday with devotees in large number thronging there and monks from 50 countries holding a special prayer for return of peace.

Thousands of people thronged the temple immediately after the gate was opened at 6pm, Arvind Singh, a member of Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC), said.

"The visitors are allowed to enter the temple after thorough search by Bihar police and temple management committee security staff," he said.

Earlier, Buddhist monks from 50 countries held a special prayer inside Bodh Gaya temple for return of peace after 10 explosions that left two injured. The monks from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar and other countries participated in the one-hour prayer Arvind Singh said.

In Arunachal Pradesh, a Socio-Economic Welfare Association (SEWA), Namsai yesterday organized a peaceful candlelight protest rally in association with Arunachal Pradesh Bhikkhu Sangha (ABPS) against the serial blasts at Bodh Gaya.

Eminent personalities of Namsai Sub-Division, Buddhist monks, public leaders, high ranking government officials and general public of entire Namsai sub-division joined the peace rally which was taken out from Namsai Town Club at around 5:30 pm.

The people irrespective of caste, creed and religion strongly condemned the heinous act of terror at Bodh Gaya.

Ven. Sunanda Bhikkhu, Joint Secretary of the ABPS, SEWA General Secretary Chow Tey Manlong also spoke on the occasion condemning the incident in strongest term.

They also resolved to apprise the local administration to observe a bandh on July 10 as a mark of protest the serial blasts.



Lt. Gen. Sahni calls on Governor

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: The General Officer Commanding of 3 Corps Lt. Gen. Arun Kumar Sahni called on Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen. (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhawan here today and discussed on various key issues, including security and road communication.

The Governor, who toured Changlang and Tirap district soon after he was sworn-in as the Governor of the state, advised the Corps Commander to be proactive and ensure law and order in eastern districts of Changlang, Tirap and Longding.

Sharing his experiences in addressing such subversive situations in northeast region, the Governor opined that welfare programmes by the Army for the local people will add significantly towards cultivating harmonized relationship with them. He also suggested for conducting more civic action programs under Operation Good Samaritan to improve army-public relationship.

The Governor asked the Corps Commander to exhort his officers and personnel to have proper coordination with district authorities.

While underscoring the importance of road communication in the State the Governor stressed on expediting the road projects under Border Road Organisation.

He also emphasized on timely implementation and quality assurance of the road projects.

It is pertinent to mention here that in the last fortnight, the Governor has interacted with chief engineers of all the BRO projects working in the State. (PRO to Raj Bhawan)



Throw the book at them

Vipasha Bhardwaj

- Man arrested for allegedly attempting to rape a minor girl (8 year old) in Muzaffarnagar.

- Delhi Police has filed a charge sheet in a city court against two men for brutally raping a five-year-old girl two months ago.

-Six year old allegedly raped murdered in Madhya Pradesh’s Shahdol.

This is only the tip of the iceberg and I have lost count of how many sufferers have wept silent tears. Undoubtedly, India is going through a ‘rape phase’ and the stalwarts of the democratic country still claim to provide justice for the victims and pretend to remain concerned. The recent bestial act of rape and murder of a three-year-old girl in the Bhalukpong region of Arunachal Pradesh has brought back home the ground reality that violence and atrocities against women has changed its course from scurrying teenagers to the minor girl child. And this is not a sudden turn of events that is hitting the headlines these days. Sexual harassment of the minors has been pervasive since the last five or six years with our law-makers still ‘thinking’ and resorting to the “to punish or not to punish is the question” mode. Procrastination in delivering the verdict has always fascinated our Government. The process of trials and case hearings is prolonged to an extent that other equally grave matters crop up leaving a pile of problems tangled.

Not even a year has passed since the legendary Delhi gang rape case and we have yet another, amongst many others, naïve girl child falling prey to a sexually depraved beast. Endless articles and homilies have been read and published on this sore point but the rape records just got higher and profound with no signs of hope, a grave miscarriage of justice indeed! What have we come to? A three-year-old child or let me put it this way, A three year old toddler who had barely entered the kindergarten, who jumped and rode a tricycle and whose speech had hardly developed, has been raped to death! Even Adam and Eve’s consumption of the forbidden apple doesn’t add up to being a sin compared to such a hideous distortion of humanity.

More than one in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence, states a report by the World Health Organization. The incidence of rape has become endemic and there’s no sedative to it. Rape is a sordid reality in India and it has become a routine activity so religiously followed that it evokes no concern or notice. The Bhalukpong minor rape case has confirmed the belief that women (irrespective of their age) are still vulnerable to gruesome attacks in a world which is still sub-merged in antiquated beliefs and which still harbours brute predators who prey on children.

P.S. -We have seen The Stoning of Soraya but when will we ever witness the Stoning of Perverts ??



Mass tree plantation prog.

KHONSA, Jul 08: The 7th of July was one of those days when the Arunachal Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong was not busy in controlling the unruly Members inside the august Assembly but was busy in planting saplings along with hundreds of participants at the site of CO headquarters near Borduria village as a part of Vanmahotsava organized under the aegis of Forest department.

Speaking on the occasion, Lowangdong urged one and all to maintain the existing greeneries by planting more trees adding that human greed was responsible for the Nature’s fury the people face often. He cited the example of the devastation caused in Uttarakhand recently where many precious lives were lost and properties worth crores destroyed in an unprecedented flood. He asked the participants to love Nature and take proper care of Nature adding that man’s too much interference with the Nature is causing irreparable loss and creating environmental hazards everywhere.

DFO, Deomali, V K Jawal in his speech appealed to all not to indulge in wanton destruction of the lush green forests and the rich wildlife in the district. He said that indiscriminate hunting must stop forthwith as many precious animals and birds are vanishing due to over hunting. He asked the participants to plant trees to replenish the depleting forest cover, especially in Deomali and Borduria forest ranges. He assured help and support from his department.  

Principal of Government Higher  Secondary School, Borduria  Manpong Tangjang also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, Riatpong Socia, RFO, Deomali requested the participants to extend full co-operation to the Forest department to make the Forest festival a grand success.

Students from Borduria, Pollung, staff and villagers enthusiastically participated in the day-long programme. Hundreds of saplings were planted on the occasion at the new CO HQ site. The students also presented attractive cultural programme to mark the occasion. DIPRO



AAPSU opposes on-the-spot burying of accident/conflict victims

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) today strongly advocated against burying the mortal remains of any accident or conflict victim on the spot.

AAPSU president Kamta Lapung, who visited Lower Subansiri HQs Ziro that had witnessed the burying of the mortal remains of Kapu Tajam on June 17 at the spot of the incident, said such practice can not be accepted in a civilized society.

In a statement, he pointed out that India has the highest number of road accidents in the world with over 1,30,000 deaths annually and worst road traffic accident rate worldwide, such a practice would make all national highways graves and thus has to be completely done away with.  

The death toll in India rose to 14 per hour in 2009 as opposed to 13 the previous year. The total number of deaths every year due to road accidents had crossed the 135,000 mark in 2010, according to National Crime Records Bureau.

Lapung, who interacted with the DC, SP and representatives of civil societies to take stock of the progress of the case, exhorted the GoAP to grant ex-gratia payment at the earliest to the deceased family and expedite the investigation on a time bound manner.

Appreciating the outcome of the tripartite meeting on June 19 that had unanimously resolved to work for peace, treat the criminal as criminal rising above communal, religious or racial feeling and to allow the law of the land to take its own course, Lapung exhorted the civil society, particularly the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) to facilitate an amicable and acceptable solution by both the aggrieved parties before the issue takes an ugly turn.  



ANYACCU to go ahead with proposed bandh

Defy the bandh call, says administration

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: All Nyishi Youth Association Capital Complex Unit (ANYACCU) has decided to go ahead with the proposed 12-hour dawn to dusk Capital Complex bandh on July 11. The decision was taken by the Association after the talk on their charter of demands with Political Secretary to Chief Minister yesterday failed to yield any positive result.

ANYACCU has been demanding for early shifting of Ganga Market Hunuman Mandir to some suitable place, continuation of the eviction drive in the NH-52A, eviction and stern action against illegal govt. land encroachers in the Capital Complex and shifting of Hume Pipe Factory from the present location near Barapani Government Middle School.

Magistrate on duty, fire brigade, media, ambulance, milk van para-military forces are exempted from purview of bandh call, ANYACCU said in a release.

Meanwhile, the Capital Complex Administration taking serious view of the proposed bandh call, has issued order under Section 144 Cr.PC directing the bandh callers/enforcers to abstain from any act that may affect normal life, liberty and safety or security of common citizens and disrupt public peace and tranquility during the bandh period.

“The frequent bandh call by various organizations disrupts law and order situation and also cause undue hardship and miseries to the common man. It also seriously affects the livelihood of daily wage earners, businessmen etc.”  Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner said in a release.

The Administration has instructed police to take all security measures to ensure the safety of life and property of citizens of this district during the bandh period. It sought cooperation from the Arunachal Pradesh Chamber of commerce, all the Market Welfare Committees, Petrol Depots Association, Banking Community within Capital Complex area to defy the bandh call and carry out their routine business as usual. All the Public transport associations are also requested to ply their vehicles as usual to ensure public convenience.



AAMA submits memo to CM

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: The All Arunachal Mothers’ Association (AAMA) has demanded the state government to direct Capital DC for immediate processing of allotment of Govt. lands in the Capital Complex.

In a memorandum submitted to the chief minister, claiming that though the approved list for allotment of government lands to private individuals was forwarded by the Director, land management on June 8, 2012 to Capital DC for approval, it blamed that the DC, despite of approving the list, is delaying the process in the pretext of implementing Arunachal Pradesh Land Settlement Act 2000 and thereby compelling the applicants to submit number of documents.

AAMA has also urged for initiating step to stop issuing licenses for warehouse, wholesale and retail vent of country liquor in the state.

State government should initiate step and adopt certain criteria for all the existing license holders and issue necessary laid down rules for installing wine shops. Govt. should also minimize allocation of wine shop license in the Capital to minimize crime rate in the area, it said.

The mothers’ association further asked state government to impose severe punishments for drug peddlers.

Consumption of narcotics by young generation in the society can be curbed only by restricting its circulation by imposing severe sentence to those found guilty of selling drugs, it further said.



Orgs resent AAPSU’s directive to hold election in schools at Seppa

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: The coordination meeting was held at Kameng Hall, Deputy Commissioner office Seppa on 6th July last being initiated by Arunachal Teachers Association East Kameng district unit which was attended by East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization, Kradadi Club, zonal students unions, PRI leaders  and various organizations and officials from the district administration and education department. The organizations expressed its displeasure over the directives of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) for holding election in schools at Seppa, saying the election of students union in schools has already been banned by the state government. The organizations resolved to appeal to the AAPSU to reconsider and withdraw its directives for the welfare of the students.

The house also resolved to adopt the state government approved policies for the formation of students union in the school on the merit basis and said that it would derecognize the self-style union in the school. It further requested the district administration and authority concerned to initiate remedial measures to check ‘passing chits’ system during the CBSE examination.  The house appealed to the district organizations and NGOs to address the shortage of subject teachers to concerned authority.




Cultivation of Medicinal Plants in Arunachal

By Debananda S Medak

The need to actively work towards the preservation of medicinal plants goes much beyond emotional, sentimental or cultural reasons. While these are important reasons, the danger of extinction that Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAP) currently face is much more pragmatic and thus the reason to save them must also be so.

Arunachal Pradesh being one of the biodiversity hotspot in the world harbours most of the Rare Endangered and Threatened (RET) and Globally Significant species of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. With the view to conserve these important resources, the state has seen the establishment of several Medicinal Plants Conservation Areas (MPCAs).

MPCAs are resource pools for MAPs which can be compared to animal sanctuaries or national parks which seek to not only protect wildlife but also promote their growth. Similarly, MPCAs are an attempt to try and preserve important medicinal plants from over exploitation.

The MPCAs in the state have been identified and established by the State Medicinal Plant Board (SMPB) under the Department of Environment and Forest working with the joint intervention of the United Nations Development Project (UNDP), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Government of India’s grass roots project, ‘Mainstreaming Conservation and Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants in Arunachal Pradesh’.

There is in fact, an abundance of such areas that have existed for ages and only now are they being identified and their cultivation streamlined. For example, members of the Hibu Clan of Siro Village have traditionally looked after the Hake-Tari MPCA site located in the picturesque Ziro Plateau. Under the guidance of the SMPB, the site has been increased production of MAPs such as Mohania Nepaulensis, Panax Sikkimensis and Paris Polyphylla.

Owning to the fact that much forest land has traditionally been under the control of local communities, MPCAs are demarcated and recognized by the government are looked after by people from the nearby areas living in close proximity. This novel approach not only makes the job of taking care of these areas but also ensures that the potentiality of medicinal plants are harnessed to the optimum levels without threatening their existence, as local communities traditionally tend to have a vast knowledge of the benefits of various MAPs. Also, local community members who have had long standing attachment to these areas can be quite protective about the preservation of their land.

Currently, 109 MPCAs have been established in the country, six of which are in the state alone. Surveyor with the Arunachal Pradesh SMPB, Linyom Nyodu in an interaction said, “for the state to truly realize its potential in harvesting the freelyfound MAPs, the local people need to understand the importance of these plants and realize the economic gains that can be achieved with their active participation”.

In these times of rapid urbanization, it is important that more such areas are recognized and that local communities are engaged in the conservation process.

Terms like Coptis Teeta, Swertia Chirayita and Illicium Griffithi may sound strange and weird to those not familiar with Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) and their usages but these seemingly strange-named plants and herbs have held much significance throughout human history. It goes without saying that in the tribal culture of Arunachal Pradesh, MAPs occupy a very important place, from being used as spices to healing tools.

The varied uses of MAPs has long been understood, recognized and harvested in the ancient and better-recorded practices of Ayurveda, Unani, traditional Tibetan medicine and Chinese herbology. In fact, over 50 percent of modern medicines of today are derived from chemicals first identified in MAPs. Besides their enormous potential in the production antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory drugs, MAPs are also used in the preparation of cosmetics and food preservatives. Illicium in-fact, star anise- a much-favoured Chinese spice.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the combination of unique climatic conditions and topography has helped in the flowering of naturally growing MAPs like the Mishmi teeta which can not be found anywhere else in the planet. It is believed that the bitter plant has the power to cure any ailment. Another locally grown plant the Rubia Cordifolia referred to as Nausankhee and Turku in the Apatani and Nyishi dialects have been in continuous usage as dyeing agent for centuries.

Besides the cultural and medicinal significance of these plants, protection and cultivation of MAPs also has immense potentials to provide an alternative source of livelihood for the people.

In 2009, at Roing town in Lower Dibang Valley district when Basamlu Krisikro’s mother was diagnosed with cancer, she began giving her mother a daily cup of the organic tea made from the Mishmi Teeta. In spite of being advised against it, Krisikro began cultivating the plant in her own backyard. The plant not only helped her arrest her mother’s cancer but also provided with a viable source of income finding buyers from countries as far away as Canada, Australia and Japan. She is today referred to as the “Tea Lady”. The Tea Lady’s success has promoted several others in the area to follow in her path.  

Despite the wide array of benefits, MAPs are unfortunately facing increasing threat of becoming a scarce resource. A survey by the Botanic Gardens Conservation International said, “Many are at risk from over collection and deforestation”. It is estimated that more than four hundred varieties of MAPs are at risk of extinction, which researchers say, could mean that cures for diseases such as cancer and HIV may become “extinct before they are ever found”. Efforts to save these precious plants must be initiated at the earliest with the greatest urgency.  (The writer is a Mass Comm. student, RGU)



Massive erosion by Debing river forces BOP to shift


RUKSIN, Jul 08: Arunachal Pradesh Police Battalion (APPBn) beat outpost here has been shifted to Govt. Middle School, Debing premise due to continuous erosion by Debing River posing great threat to the existence of the beat outpost.

Four policemen, including the in-charge of the BOP along with three other constables were presently residing in a worn-out kachcha house.

Though the authority concerned has been informed of the threat posed by the river on several occasions, no anti-erosion measure has been taken so far to save the BOP.

The Beat Outpost (BOP) set up in 1981 along Assam-Arunachal boundary has been running without basic requirements, like wireless set, protective bunker etc. Above all, there was no electricity and water supply facility in the BOP since its establishment.

It may be recalled here that the policemen in the BOP had shifted their arms and other materials to nearby Debing village last year apprehending impending danger posed by by the river. The policemen said the authority did not take any effective measure to save the BOP from erosion by Debing River.

The head Gaonburah of Debing and PRI members repeatedly moved the East Siang district administration and the local MLA for providing necessary infrastructure and other basic facilities to the BOP, but their move failed to yield any positive result.

The Debing area falls under Pasighat-West constituency and located at a vulnerable state boundary area. The local people are witness to number of inclement situations during the last two decades. Some leading citizens of the area said that the local MLA is not taking step for development of the historically important border area.



ESDP on Mushroom cultivation for educated unemployed youths concludes

Basar, Jul 08: Twenty five days long Entrepreneurship cum Skill Development Programme (ESDP) on Mushroom Cultivation successfully concluded at ICAR, Basar.  Thirty educated unemployed youth availed the training programme on mushroom cultivation.  Master trainer of the programme was Dr. Raghuveer Singh, Scientist (Plant Pathology) from ICAR, Basar. Resource person K. Riram, Ex-ADI, Basar imparted training on various aspects of the entrepreneurship development.

Joint Director ICAR, Basar, Dr. R. Bhagawati, addressing the valedictory function, appealed the participants to make good use of the knowledge and skills acquired during training. He also appealed the participants to share the skill learnt during the training with fellow friends so that mushroom cultivation can be made to percolate down to one and all. He also encouraged the trainees to take the benefit under the Prime Ministers Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) in order to start their own venture.

Course Director of the ESDP programme was Sh. Santanu Mohan Deka, Assistant faculty member, IIE, Guwahati (Assam) and training coordinator, Nyoli Nyodu. It is an initiative of the Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises which aims to build capacity of the educated unemployed youth. Programme successfully organized with the collaboration of ICAR, Basar.



Orientation training on planning and management under Aajeevika

ITANAGAR, Jul 08: A week-long orientation training on planning and management under National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) now renamed as Aajeevika, commenced at SIRD here today.

The training programme is being conducted by National Institute of Rural Development North Eastern Regional Centre (NIRD NERC) in collaboration with SIRD and supported by State Rural Livelihoods Mission (SRLM) Arunachal Pradesh.

Inaugurating the programme, Nyabin Ete Director SIRD highlighted the progression of self-employment programmes from IRDP to SGSY and currently Aajeevika. He also expressed the need for a more supporting from NIRD Hyderabad, being the apex national level institute for training and research to support all SIRDs and particularly weak SIRDs such as SIRD Arunachal Pradesh. He emphasized on the need for Extension Training Centres (ETC) in Arunachal Pradesh, especially because Arunachal Pradesh remains the biggest in terms of area in North East and has maximum communication bottlenecks, whereas, there are no ETCs in Arunachal Pradesh. He also highlighted the supportive role SIRD Arunachal Pradesh has been playing in supporting rural livelihoods in state.

Dr. M.K. Srivastava, the resource person from NIRD NERC gave a  brief outlook on programme features. The programme is being coordinated by Likha Kiran Kabak and Rakesh Srivastava from SIRD Arunachal Pradesh.

The programme is being attended by officials from DRDAs, Block Development Officers, extension officers dealing with erstwhile SGSY, and representatives of voluntary organization dealing with promotion of SHGs are also attending the programme.

The programme shall cover overview of Aajeevika, including various facets of programme features, update on implementation status of the programme, brief on farm based and non-farm livelihoods amongst others. It is also proposed that representatives from financial institutions and other supporting technical institutions such as Krishi Vigyan Kendras would support the training programme.

Further training and capacity building under Aajeevika shall be coordinated by SRLM in reference to its Annual Action Plan upon approval from MoRD, according to an official release.


Global climate & first decade of the century

The report, The Global Climate 2001-2010, A Decade of Extremes, says the first decade of the 21st century was the warmest for both hemispheres and for both land and ocean temperatures since measurements began in 1850. High temperatures were accompanied by a rapid decline in Arctic sea ice, and an accelerating loss of the ice sheets of the world's glaciers.

"Rising concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases are changing our climate, with far reaching implications for our environment and our oceans, which are absorbing both carbon dioxide and heat," said Michel Jarraud, the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which produced the report.

Extreme Floods, droughts and tropical cyclones were all experienced across the world throughout the decade, and more than 370,000 people died as a result of these, representing a 20 per cent increase in casualties from the previous decade.

Floods were the most frequently experienced extreme events over the course of the decade. Eastern Europe, India, Africa, and Australia were particularly affected, as well as Pakistan, where 2,000 people died and 20 million were affected by floods in 2010.

Droughts however, affected more people than any other kind of natural disaster due to their large scale and long-lasting nature. Some of the highest-impact and long-term droughts struck Australia, East Africa, and the Amazon Basin, with negative environmental impacts.

In addition to analyzing global and regional temperatures, it also charted the rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, finding that global concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose by 39 per cent since the start of the industrial era in 1750, nitrous oxide concentrations rose by 20 per cent and methane concentrations more than tripled.

Little is done to encourage tourists

Dear Editor,

This is about report on "The unused tourist lodge at Sally Lake, Roing" by Taba Ajum published in today's paper. Neglect afflicts many such Lodges all over Arunachal. They were built with so much hope and are now rotting. Look at the Tourist Home in Khupa, Anjaw or the multi crore twenty room luxury facility completed several years ago at Dah beyond Walong. The latter has never been used as the Inner Line Policy was changed and no tourists can go there, and the one at Khupa bars its doors even at midnight till one get’s permission from Hayuliyang. Arunachal is such a beautiful land, but little is done to encourage tourists.


Romesh Bhattacharji,

New Friends Colony,

New Delhi



Eyewash interview ???

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to ask North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd. (NEEPCO) and the Manager (HR), whether the Advt. No.: NEEPCO/Rectt. 01/2012 was genuine or just an eye wash.

The written test was on 28th April 2013 for the post of trainee personnel officer (E2) and I received my call letter on 2nd July 2013. Now as usual "postal delay" is the ultimate answer to such kind of problems. But, I can smell the foul tactics of NEEPCO authorities and their malicious intentions because the Itanagar post office received the letter on 22nd June 2013(55 days after the exam date) and moreover there is no stamp/seal of any other post office as such it implies that it took eighty (80) days to reach Itanagar post office from Neepco office, Shillong.

Now the trillion dollar question- who is responsible? It was clearly mentioned in the advertisement that the NEEPCO will not be responsible for any postal delay, so they conveniently use this tactic to favor a few.

If Organizations viz. IBPS, SBI, LIC etc utilize internet to facilitate the recruitment process, then, why can't Neepco? Am not stereotyping and no hurt feelings, but there is a wave in the mindset of officers from mainland India (not all), "that given the chance these STs will go far ahead than us as such use different tactics to eliminate them from the race".

These tactics and differentiation can be seen in the case of NABARD, NIT (called interview at kolkata initially), NERIST, K V Schools(only contractual jobs created) and now the NEEPCO........and ............next.


Nabam Nania,  Itanagar



Let us not equate anti-dam activists with Maoist

Dear Editor,

Few years back the Ministry of Home Affairs reported that Maoists have entered North-East India and have established links with anti-dam activists. This was backed by statements from some politicians also. It is true that Maoist activities are the culmination of Naxalite movement. A humble gathering by left wing groups at Naxalbari on 25th May 1967 had taken the colossal shape of Naxalism which was basically a struggle for the land rights. This movement later on became a symbolic platform for the Tribal’s of Central India to fight for their rights to JAL, JUNGLE and ZAMEEN. Thereafter the extreme left group took the turn by declaring that the only solution to fight the corrupt govt and greedy corporate is to overthrow the Indian State and it's possible only through the barrel of the guns. Thus the Maoists war against the Indian State begun.

We must resist Maoism in any form because that's not the solution but leads to world of darkness. In North East baring Assam, Tripura and Manipur the States are run by Tribal’s who are elected by Tribal only. The question is how sensitive our own leaders are towards own people.

Now we get the news that Arunachal Pradesh has signing one more huge 3,750 MW Siang-II hyproject with NEEPCO. Protests against mega projects are expected due to size of its impact. Now please don't brand anti-dam activists as Maoists again. Is there any river basin still left for MoA? People are tired of hearing Arunachal Pradesh as the power house of India since last three decades. Where is the power so far?

In 1977, NEEPCO first started the survey works for the development of hydro power projects in Arunachal Pradesh but couldn't take off as desired. A push was required then for the projects but got delayed. It was appalling that since 2006 there was extraordinary push for hydro power projects signing bypassing all norms of rules and social sanctity. A mere electoral victory doesn't confer a divine right with the govt to bulldoze all citizen's concern but general mandate or consensus must be obtained for all crucial decisions which have potential effects on social, culture and environment of the society.

On my personal note I'm not anti-dam per se. When I was heading a Parliamentary Sub-Committee on hydro power it was recommended that small projects below 100 MW must be accorded priority and upto 500 MW capacities should be carried out only after thorough assessment of environmental impact as well as taking the confidence of the natives. One percent share from project to be allocated for the local area development was also recommended which is accepted by the govt. These official records are still lying in Parliament including my personal letter to then CM late Dorjee Khandu urging him to expedite the small projects in Arunachal Pradesh. To an extent hydro power is cheap, clean and sustainable but beyond a point it is potentially disastrous.

An ideal situation would have been to concentrate on small projects which are plenty in Arunachal Pradesh and then in long term after due diligence could go ahead with one hydro project in each major river basin. That would have provided space for meeting the concerns of environmentalists and natives and sufficiently taken care of much needed revenues. Because of reckless signing of projects beyond comprehension, the ongoing Subansiri Lower Project also got undue ire from Assam activists for which Arunachal Pradesh has already taken advance money of 225 Crore in interests. The advance loan will have to be cleared from State's exchequer in future. Poor Arunachalees.

By mere branding the anti-dam activists as Maoists will not help rather addressing their concern is advisable. How these projects are identified and MoAs are being signed is to be seen. It's inconceivable to see half a dozen mega projects in each river basin!  We must understand that all those potentials identified by the CEA are general in nature based on possible capacity. It is upto the govt agencies to study and identify few of those potentials on the basis of feasibility for execution. There is underline danger of pushing the people to undesirable path of extremism. Arunachal Pradesh lies at the great tri-junction of sensitive China-Myanmar-India. Any internal disturbance can take the shape of complicated conflict bearing the outside influence. This can seriously undermine our national security. We must abjure violence or extremism at any cost but at the same time govt shouldn't push people forcefully to the wall of survival.

Arunachal Pradesh is standing at crossroads at the moment. A carefully determined course can propelled it into a state of prosperity. It has a robust and energetic young population ready to craft a niche for self as well as for the State. These energy needs to be augmented into not confronted with. A sense of palpable frustration is visible but time hasn't run out yet. A re-calibration of the entire conduct of the govt and its developmental approach is the urgent need of the hour. By merely expressing good intention of the govt is not enough but it must be seem to be genuinely so. We need to avoid embracing the conditions facing States like Jharkhand or Chhattisgarh which are richest States of India with poorest Tribal population. Arunachal Pradesh has huge gifted natural resources with large land and small population. God has given us enough for our need but will never be enough for the greed.


Kiren Rijiju

Former MP



Thank you PWD dept.!!!

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to convey my heartfelt thanks to PWD dept, PWD minister, concern authority n contractors. But why thank? Because yesterday my aunt gave birth to a baby boy because of you all that too without spending single penny. As she was in severe delivery pain we decided to admit her in RKM hospital. Then while taking her to RKM hospital from zoo colony, she gave birth a baby boy on the way. It happened because of our ROLLER COASTER capital road. So, we gave our baby boy name as "POTHOLE". Once again, I thank all the concern and responsible authority, contractor, person, MLA, minister for giving up beautiful baby boy. Only because of you all, today we have new guest in our home"POTHOLE UNGA".


Ritzz Mugli,

Zoo colony,  Itanagar


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