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Technology should not be confined to laboratories: Gen Singh

ITANAGAR, July 2: Apart from hosting state dignitaries, Raj Bhavan has created a unique environment. The official residence of Governor has not only been thrown open for visitors, it boasts of a flower and vegetable gardens apart from many other new environmentally friendly innovations.

The Governor Gen J J Singh and First Lady Anupama Singh have an orchid house too!  under the initiative of the First Lady, two orchid houses has been set up at Raj Bhavan, adorned with five varieties of exotic orchids and thirty-one of indigenous ones.

The Governor added four more!

We should propagate new techniques in orchid farming to empower people financially, said Gen Singh, while introducing four new varieties of orchids in the Raj Bhavan Orchid House. The orchids were brought from Singapore.

Calling upon the forest officials to be proactive in their approach, Gen Singh asked them to impart training to the villagers on orchid and propagation and while adding that technologies should not be confined to the laboratories only.

Instead of traditional jhuming, people of Mizoram are going for cultivation of gerbera and other exotic plants with good returns, Gen Singh said.

Our objective will not be achieved, if people do not avail benefit from it. He asked the officials to distribute seedlings to the farmers.

Team of officials from State Forest Research Institute, Chimpu led by Orchodologist Dr. A.N. Rao along with Research Assistant Ratan Perme and Technical Assistant Kara Serbi Rab is helping the introduction of the exotic varieties. Dr. Rao pointed that the varieties are not available in the country and are of latest assortment.

As desired by the Governor, half of the new orchids, approximately 100 seedlings will be given to Orchid center, Tippi for propagation.

Arunachal's rich and colorful orchids find a place of pride. Out of about a thousand species of orchids in India, over 500 are to be found in Arunachal alone. Hence this state can rightly be called the ‘Orchid Paradise’ of our country. Many of these orchids are rare, endangered and highly ornamental with long-lasting flower qualities. Amongst the orchids as many as 150 species are ornamental and commercially important. Orchids form a dominant group of plants with their attractive and unique blooms. Orchids in Arunachal Pradesh can also be classified into 140 species of terrestrial orchids with 15 saprophytes and about 340 epiphytes found in the different forest types.

The Department of Environment and Forest, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh has established an Orchid Research and Development Station at Tippi in West Kameng district for propagation and conservation of these species. This centre has established a laboratory for orchid seeds and tissue culture for this purpose. In addition Orchidorium at Tippi, two orchid conservation sanctuaries have been established at Sessa and Dirang in West Kameng district. (PRO to Gov)

               Raj Bhavan gets four more varieties of orchid


Uproar in Lok Sabha over fuel price hike

Arunachal BJP calls for roll back

NEW DELHI, July 02: The Budget session of Lok Sabha started on a stormy note on Thursday with non-Congress parties, including UPA allies DMK and Trinamool  Congress, slamming the hike in petrol and diesel prices and demanding a roll back, which was rejected by the government.

The issue was raised in the House as soon as it met, with Samajwadi Party and Left parties leading the attack on the government for raising the price of petrol by Rs four and diesel by Rs two. They were joined by members from BJP, Shiv Sena, RJD, BSP and TDP.

The furore forced two adjournments during the Question Hour. The House was later adjourned for the day when it met after the lunch recess.

Prior to the last adjournment, Petroleum minister Murli Deora rejected the demands for roll back and said the suggestions would be considered "suitably" if there is a fall in the international crude prices.

"In view of the continuous rise in global crude prices, a marginal increase had become unavoidable," he argued and said the petrol price was raised by "only" Rs four against Rs 6.9 as desired and diesel price by "only" Rs two against Rs 4.11 "keeping in mind the interests of 'aam aadmi' (common man)."

He said the retail prices of PDS kerosene and LPG were not increased by the government for which the projected subsidy burden amounted to Rs 30,000 crore.  

An  Itanagar report adds: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh strongly opposed   the price hike  and demanded its immediate roll back.

Describing the hike in fuel prices as anti-people and corporate style of functioning of the Congress, the party called upon the people to give a  befitting reply. The state BJP would join nationwide protest activities being launched by the BJP, the party said.

Congress’s futile promises before the Parliamentary election to give solace to the aam aadmi and fulfill their basic needs has been exposed with the increase of fuel price, the party said in a release.

The fuel price hike would certainly affect the mountainous, backward and long isolated consumer state like Arunachal Pradesh as the road transport remain the lifeline to the state.

The state Govt with its people first policy  should take some measures to lessen the burden of price hike to the people, the party said and called upon the people to fight unitedly  for a  productive and positive change.


PRIs members take stand

ITANAGAR, July 02: All the ZPMs of Papum Pare District conducted a meeting to discuss about the present functioning of Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Raj Co-ordination committee (APPRCC) at Doimukh on June 26.

The house constituted an Interim Committee with ZPM Tana Bado as its Chairman to conduct the general body meeting of all Zilla Chairpersons and Zilla Parishad Members of the state and to discuss about the parallel committees working under APPRCC.


AAPSU writes to APPSC

ITANAGAR, July 02: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) in a memorandum submitted to the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission chairman said that the Commission has to be proactive and conduct the APPSC examination annually in the line of UPSC examination. The union further said with changing times and hundreds of students passing out every year such examination will inculcate the spirit of competition amongst the students and the scope to churn out better administrators will also increase. The union urged the Commission to initiate suitable steps to materialize the genuine demands of the students’ community of the state.


Lower Dibang Valley takes precaution against Swine Flu

ROING, July 02: An Awareness campaign cum meeting on Swine Flu was held in Anchal Samiti Hall here today. The meeting was conducted by the District Hospital, Roing.

Dr A. Yirang, DMO informed that in the state level various precautionary measures have been taken by the state govt. and in this line District Surveillance Committee has been set up in the district to monitor and check any outbreak of the Swine Flu in the district. As no indigenous strain of virus was detected in India the disease can only infected through the outsiders. Therefore, various precautionary measures like check gate should be alerted, tour operator should give the list of visitors to the govt., any foreigner or outsiders should be medically check and quarantine for 8 days before coming into the state as the incubation period of virus is 1-7 days. He further informed that Sample Collection Equipment has also been supplied to the District Hospital and 16 more laboratories for testing and detection will be opened by the Govt of India soon with one at Dibrugarh.

He, however said that there is no need of culling of pigs and pork meat are absolutely safe if properly cooked as the disease spread from man to man and pigs has nothing to do with the disease.

Laeta Umbrey, local legislator in his addressed to the house has asked the District Medical Team to disseminate the information through panchayat leaders to the villagers regarding Swine Flu and its dos and don’ts so that they are well informed about the disease and don’t get panic over unnecessary rumours. Lauding the initiative taken by the department he said that the awareness camp has cleared many doubts on the disease that is spreading fast and we need to remain vigilant and alert to keep our district free from infection. He also announced to provide fund for the purchase of Dust Bins for the District Hospital considering the financial crunch of the department.        

Y W Ringu, Deputy Commissioner of the district has appealed to the people to prepare ourselves for the worse of the situation if arise. Quoting a proverb, “Knowledge is Power” she said that we must be well informed and get acquaintance with knowledge about the disease and be ready to fight any eventualities without panicking as “little knowledge is a dangerous things”, she quoted again. However, she asked the SP Roing to sensitize the check gate and properly monitor entry of any outsider in to the district. She also called upon the denizens of the district to keep one self and the surroundings hygienic and clean which is the best way to avoid infection of any disease.

Dr M.Ch. Gogoi, District Surveillance Officer dealt at length on the mode of spread, signs & symptoms and treatment & control of the disease. He informed that one Isolation Room is kept in ready in the District Hospital if any case is detected as the disease is highly contagious. (DIPRO)


Lohit on high alert

Dambuk once again faces nature’s fury

TEZU, July 2: Due to unprecedented rain in Lohit since last Friday, water level of Lohit and its tributaries is flowing above danger level. Due to heavy discharge of floodwater in Digaru, road communication in between Tezu to Tinsukia and Tezu to Sunpura has been badly affected.

There are reports of landslide in many locations in between Tohangam-Parsuram route.

Electricity supply was also disrupted badly. Authorities fear that if rains continue then the lone Bailey bridge connecting Sunpura and 32 Mile and other nearby villages to Tezu might collapse.

Drinking water sources of Shivajinagar, Drai and Durranala were also affected.

Tankers of PHED, BRTF and ITBP were pressed into service for supply of drinking water at Tezu Township, Danglat village and other adjioning villages.

District Administration is geared up to face any flood like situation. Deputy Commissioner Kaling Tayeng has alerted all the members of District Disaster Management Committee and outpost administration officers to keep strict vigil on flood situation and submit daily reports to the District Disaster Management Cell.  

Search and Rescue Teams have been formed and relief camps were also identified.

He directed all the administrative centres to activate control room.

Emergency control room at District Hospital has also been established with Rapid mobile medical team to respond to any emergencies.

Authorities concerned have also been suggested to keep buffer stock of medicines, food items and essential commodities in all units in the district.

Meanwhile BRTF authorities made necessary arrangement to restore road communication on war footing to keep the route through.

DIPRO adds from Roing: Dambuk has again fallen prey of nature’s fury at the very onset of monsoon. The main irrigated paddy field area “IPROM” and adjoining areas located at 6 km from the Sub-Divisional Headquarter on the way to Pasighat that has fed many generations for the last century has become the victim of torrential rainfall.

Sisiri River, known as Sorrow of Dambuk is in spate. Due to increase in water level, a tributary has made it ways into the agricultural field and inundated the paddy fields, informed Kaling Saring, a progressive farmer of Remi Village whose main family agricultural field was flooded yesterday.

He sadly narrated over the phone that apart from paddy fields, Apna Van and Bamboo plantations measuring about 233 hectares land is affected by flood water. Fearing drowning of man and animals due to rapid increase of water volume, many farmers have shifted their agricultural labours and working bullocks to other safer places.

Another farmer informed that flood water level has risen depositing huge quantities of sands, gravels and boulders on its way eroding and silting many fields on its way. If the rains continue to fall it may cause more severe damage and will engulf many fields affecting the rice productivity of the area greatly. The people fear greatly that the floods if not control would affect many households whose livelihood wholly depends on agriculture.

The affected farmers called for govt intervention to initiate necessary remedial measures at the earliest possible to control the situation and a least to mitigate the grievances. (DIPRO)


Arunachalee makes it team India

ITANAGAR, July 2: Ranphoa Ngowa, a student of NERIST has also been selected to represent India to World largest Jigsaw puzzle.  

Grand Mega Final Event with an aim to create world record is going to be held in Select City Walk Mall, Saket, New Delhi from July 6-8.

Top 10 Players have been selected to represent INDIA to towards final step into the record Books by solving the World Largest online puzzle.

Ranphoa final rank with Display Name LIEUTENANT 13 is sixth out of 1,81,303+ online players. The contest was started from April 15 - June 30 in the site www.stay-sharp.in organized by LIPTON YELLOW LABEL TEA company.  

The challenge includes giant 25,000 piece puzzle that is broken up into 1,000 parts with 25 pieces each.

The giant puzzle boasts of a variety of colour, activity, beauty and drama with little details! The artwork used in creating “Life” came from paintings by Jigsaw genius Royce McClure(Australia) between 1996 & 2000. The whole world will be watching when India takes the final step into the record Books.

An Arunachalee with a unique talent is in Team India which should go a long way to inspire the youngsters of Arunachal to embark on something new!


Director RWD gets Soil Conservation leadership Award

ITANAGAR, July 02: Director RWD (State Land Use Board) Itanagar Dr P C Srivastava has been awarded silver medal for Soil Conservation Society of India’s leadership Award 2009 for at a national conference held at Bengaluru on June 25 last.

Dr Srivastava was awarded for his contribution on land use planning, hill area conservation of natural resources, control shifting cultivation and human resource development.

The conference was organized by Soil Conservation Society of India (SCSI) New Delhi in collaboration with Soil Conservation Society Karnataka Chapter on a topic ‘Challenges and Opportunities of Bio-industrial Watershed Development for prosperity of the farming community (BIOWS-2009) from June 25 to 27.

Dr P C Srivastava is a recipient of 2 gold medals being topper in M.Sc (Adri. Chemistry, 1972) from Allahabad University and has over 28 years of experience in the field of land resource management.

He is also a fellow of Indian society of Agricultural Chemist (1997), Sheila Dhar Institute of Soil Sciences, University of Allahabad.

He was also honored for his outstanding and distinguished contribution in the field of Land Resource management and water Quality Monitoring Programme by Hyderabad Centre for Land Management Practices in collaboration with M S Swaminathan Research Foundation Chennai, Bhoomi Vigyan Vikas Foundation New Delhi and department of Agriculture, government of Andhra Pradesh at a national conference on August 2003.


KK unit AAPWU calls for head counting

ITANAGAR, July 02: Kurung Kumey unit of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union president has requested all block presidents and secretaries of Koloriang, Sangram, Nyapin and Palin to start head counting of labourers in the district from July 4 to 25 next.

The decision was taken after reported information was received that departmental officers are misusing labourers and bogus labourers in the district, the president said.

After head counting the report will be submitted to the state government so that appropriate and necessary action can be taken against corrupt and erring officers.


AAPHWS requests for issue of genuine certificate

ITANAGAR July 02: All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society (AAPHWS) in a letter to the General Hospital Naharlagun Standing Medical board CMO cum chairman informed that there has been a mistake in issue of disable certificate by the Standing Medical Board to one Okan Sitek.

The society said that the board declared him 40% disability by combining the 30% disability in amputation of wrist and 10% disability in low vision.

Due to issue of such certificate a genuine person suffering from blind vision category has been deprived of his reservation rights, the society further claimed.

The society said that the court has directed the standing medical board to re-examine Okan Sitek by a fresh board and issue a disable certificate stating the percentage of disability separately for amputation of wrist and low vision respectively.  

The society hoped that the standing medical board will issue a genuine certificate to protect the reservation rights of real disabled persons.



Farmer Club

ITANAGAR: KVK Papum-Pare under its credit linkage programme with farming community has formed four Farmers’ Club Mani, Abotani, Karsingsa and Borum villages under the sponsorship of NABARD, Itanagar branch.

The Club would be inaugurated on July 3.


Apang thanked

ITANAGAR: Ruksin Area Youth Front, East Siang District thanked MLA, Omak Apang for upgrading the Ruksin Secondary School to Higher Secondary School.

It further appealed the MLA to initiate steps for introduction of science and commerce stream in the school, infrastructural development and small scale industries in the area.

It also thanked ZPM and Anchal Chairperson of 7th Ruksin Block for their tireless effort in upgrading the institution.


Dree festival

ITANAGAR: Minister Land Management & Sports Atum Welly has consented attend the Dree festival as chief guest at Ziro on July 5 next.

The Central Dree Festival Committee Ziro is celebrating the festival for five days starting today. Food festival and cultural competitions are the main attraction of the festival.


AAPMWCEA condemns

ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh Multi-purpose Worker Contractual Employee Association (AAPMWCEA) condemned the rape of ANM nurse at Sangram Sub-Centre.

Yangfo also condemned the physical assault on EMO Chowkham community health centre and Medical officer at General Hospital Naharlagun.

He appealed to the concerned authority to take action against the culprits and punish them as per law.


ALSU clarifies

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) clarified that it is not against any individual or group rather ALSU demands that the state government appoint a chairman for Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board who is eligible and who fulfills the criteria of the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee guidelines.


Sanjoy on LS TV

Itanagar: MP Takam Sanjoy would take part in a programme pertaining to North East on Lok Sabha TV on Friday from 10-11 Am along with MP from the region.







Readers’ Forum




Criterion is more important



In response to letters written by Panchayat leaders and NGOs leveling charges of misusing the ALSU forum, I would like to clarify the matter through yours readers’ forum that I have no any personal enmity with Sunjay Tassar and therefore, I don’t find any reason of tarnishing his image for my personal gains.  

There is enough evidence on his personal misdeeds and ineligibility which has been collected by the law students through RTI. Being a senor citizen of the state, instead of craving for the post so much, it would have been more appreciable, if he relinquishes the post.

I have no doubt on credibility and ability of Mr Sanjay to work, but being already  chairman once, he should not put undue pressure for appointment against a post which requires enough qualification. The voice of panchayat leaders is really uncalled for, as there is no relevance of panchayat regulation with pollution control rules.

Further, when documentary evidence is available against Sanjay Tassar there is no question of misusing premier Law Student Union. Besides, ALSU executive members already resolved ‘to bring justice before the eye of citizens’.


Kipa Kanam







While supporting the movement of ALSU against reappointment of former APSPCB chairman, I, on behalf of the Arunachal Pradesh Human Rights, Juvenile Justice Forum (APHRJJF) would like to point out that PCB chairman should have enough experience relating to environmental pollution and related laws under section (4) of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pullution) Act 1974.

Therefore, I appeal the panchayat members of Palin not to politicize the issue.

Sanjay Tassar is a well-known and capable person. He contributed lot for the state. But when it is matter of appointment of a chairman to a statutory body dealing with environmental pollution, the state Govt can not ignore the criteria.


Talin Rigia






Police lauded



The crime scenario of the capital complex improved remarkably due to sincerity and devotion of the police personnel.  The safety and security of the city dwellers was a serious issue during last two years. The people felt insecure as the criminal activities were order of the day that time. Now the crime scenario has drastically changed due to  strict vigilance by the police.

For an example, I would like to highlight the performance of the police sub-inspector of Itanagar Police Station Tumki Loya. My quarter at P-sector was ransacked on June 18 by the miscreants. But my stolen items were recovered by the police team led by Loya within few days. Not only that, the team nabbed culprits and arrested them within a week.

I really appreciate the Itanagar police team.


Bigam Doke (Lendo)

P-Sector, Itanagar

Arunachal Pradesh.




Who take responsibility of stinking toilet and non working  clock!



The Capital District administration really deserves appreciation for taking up the civic programmes for the convenient of general public in the capital city. One such good thing comes under the programme is the construction of the pay and use latrine at Ganga Market.

But we fail to understand as to why the centre of the Market place was chosen for this purpose. Is it hygienic? Who will responsible for foul smell, if any, due to lack of maintenance? Will  cleanliness be maintained regularly ?

Secondly, the clock tower situated there remains as a tower with useless clock. We met the forest officials and officials of art and culture department, but still we  can not understand which department is responsible for maintenance of the clock and  the tower.

We request the administration to look into the matter seriously.


Teli Gachu

Senki Park, G-Sector

Manoj Singh



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