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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
AVP office bearers and prayed to almighty Rangfraa to rest her departed soul in eternal
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.
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
New Friends Colony,
Eyewash interview ???
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
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
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.
Thank you PWD dept.!!!
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".