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‘Confine domestic animals’

ROING, June 28: With a view to keep Roing township and nearby villages clean and hygienic, Lower Dibang Valley District Deputy Commissioner Garima Gupta has issued an order directing the owners of domestic animals to either confine their animals or keep them on leash.

Domestic stray animals like cows, pigs and goats not only create unhygienic situation in surrounding areas by leaking stools everywhere but also destroy the standing crops in the field, the order said, and cautioned stern action against defaulters.


Social service

ITANAGAR, June 28: All Tirap Students’ Union (ATSU) is organizing a social service to repair the damaged Hukanjuri –Joypore road on July two.

ATSU appealed to the all section of the society, including district administration to join the mass social service voluntarily.

ATSU said that the only immediate solution to repair the damaged road is mass social service.

It thanked W. Lowangdong, Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh, for voluntarily contributing Rs 50,000 for the purpose.


News Impact

36-hr capital bandh ends with

sporadic violence

ITANAGAR, June 28:  The 36-hour Capital Complex bandh call given by the All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) in protest against alleged failure of the Govt to take proper action against a reporter Pradeep Thakur ended with sporadic incidents of violence including stone-pelting, damage of vehicles today.

Local administration imposed section 144 CrPC during night hours in order to maintain law and order. The order will remain enforced till further order.

Bandh remained peaceful by and large and a good number of police and paramilitary forces were deployed in and around the capital as a precautionary measure to avert any untoward incident. However, the situation turned worse around an hour before the end of the bandh call today evening with group clashes and damage of vehicles, police sources informed.

Police had to fire tear gas shells to disperse the agitating mob, mostly youths. Sources informed that altogether, 11 youths – three in Itanagar and 8 in Naharlagun were arrested during the bandh. 13 others were also detained in Itanagar during the bandh period in order to maintain law and order, police sources said.

Meanwhile, Capital Complex DC in-charge Bokar Basar has said that he will review the prohibitory orders after the situation improved.

Normal life was badly affected in the capital for the second day of the bandh. Business establishments, including markets, shops, educational and financial institutions remained closed. All the vehicular movement remain off the road except the vehicles of police and magistrates on duty. Attendance in Govt offices was also very thin.

Earlier, ANSU had called the 12 hours capital bandh on May 26 for non-compliance of its ultimatum to the Govt demanding arrest of Thakur for his questionable report against Nyishi community in Time of India on May 4 last. The demands of the ANSU included arrest of Pradeep Thakur, revelation of source of his report and unconditional apology. Meanwhile, All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU) appealed to state government to take immediate legal action against reporter Pradeep Thakur for his questionable report in Times of India.

Mentioning the frequent bandh call of ANSU, the Union said Thakur’s statement on media created a lot of problems in Arunachal Pradesh. While supporting the ANSU bandh call, the Union appealed to AAPSU  to tackle the case. We are equal in eyes of everybody, it added.

Thakur’s statement on Times of India is not only an attack on Nyishi communities. This is a policy to create bad relationship among the tribes of the state, the Union said and appealed the state Govt  to take exemplary action against Thakur so that no any press fraternity repeat the same in future.


Tragedy averted in hydro power

project site

ITANAGAR, June 28: A team of engineers and 18 labourers escaped a possible major tragedy when a huge rock along with landslide was about to hit them at the 16 MW Halaipani hydro project works site on June 26 last.

R K Joshi, Superintending Engineer, Department of Hydro Power Development, Namsai in a release today informed that the incident happened  at the right bank of the river when  the workers were about to begin their site work at under construction hydro project. Big rock bed slipped down in the whole reach, filling three-fourth of the river with rocks, trees and debris, he informed.  Few hours before the incident, the team of Engineers and workers was busy aligning, measuring and discussing the drawings of the worksite.

The Hydro Power Project at Halaipani is the biggest under construction project by the state agencies. The target of commissioning of this 16 MW project is March 12.

Er R K Joshi was camping in the project site for last 3-4 days along with Executive Engineer Er S L Chaudhry and Er Gumto Ete  in order to commission the project within stipulated time.

Earlier, on June 25, a battery of officials and 18 labours with excavator, compressor and drilling tools were working whole day in the diversion barrage site to align the barrage structure on the river bed.


Gamlin lauds role of Army

BOMDILA, June 28: Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin today lauded the role of Indian army for their dedicated service for promotion of technical education of the students in Kameng sector.

Speaking at a function held with the theme “Information Technology Drive to the Frontiers” at the Nagpal Auditorium late this evening as the chief guest  Gamlin thanked the Indian Army for rendering their valuable services in the field of education by donating 125 numbers of computer sets to the selected eight local government schools of the Kameng sector. The function was organized by the Ball of Fire Division of the Indian Army.

Underscoring the importance of computer education in this era of Information Technology, Gamlin urged the students and the teachers to make the best use of the assets provided by the Army. Acknowledging the role played by the Indian Army and  expressing his gratitude to the 5-Mtn Div for this noble gesture to bring about I T revolution in this hilly area, Gamlin hoped that such civil-military interface will go miles further and work as the catalyst for the all-round development of the area.

Earlier, Maj Gen AK Ahuja, VSM, reiterating on the importance and advantages of computers in the present era informed that the computers being donated to the various schools have been availed from Infosys and every attempt should be made to make best use of the computers so provided. Appreciating the support and co-operation of the state government, Gen Ahuja hoped that the state government under the able and dynamic leadership of Gamlin would go a long way in fulfilling the dreams of the people.

Kendra Vidyalaya Tawang, GHHS Tawang, Govt. ME School Khirmu, Govt. Secondary school Lhao of Tawang district and Army school Tenga Valley, Govt. Pry School Koila Batti, Govt. ME School Kakaling and Govt. Secondary school Rupa of West Kameng district were issued the computers on the occasion.

Among others, Minister Industries & Fisheries Tako Dabi, Parliamentary Secretary for Sports & Youth Affairs RT Khunjuju, MLA Kumsi Sidisow, Ex-minister DK Thongdok, DC Rinchin Tashi, SP, local public leaders, Brig Gamlin and senior army officers along with Principals and students were present on the occasion. DIPRO


DLVC meet to streamline PDS

Aalo, June 28: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak stressed on rationalizing the issues of ration cards to fair price shops, especially in the township area.

Proportionate distribution of cards can do away with storage problem and damage to essential commodities, Tak said in the 25th District Level Vigilance Committee meeting held yesterday with a view to streamline Public Distribution System in West Siang.

Lifting and delivery of essential commodities by carriage contractors should be verified properly and received by administrative officers and police in all subdivisions and circles, Tak said and suggested that FPS and other dealers should put sign boards in their respective area of operation. He asked for disciplinary action against violators of orders.

The DC also assured to convene a meeting of administrative officers with civil supplies authorities soon to address all core issues.

The District Food and Civil Supply Officer, C.W.Chackap disclosed that a new system has been evolved to distribute and receive challans signed by all ADCs/EACs/COs and Panchayat leaders. With the introduction of forms A&B, delay in receipt of certified challans will no longer cause hurdle to get monthly quota from FCI. Suggesting social auditing in the villages and far flung areas, the DF&CSO said that a meeting with all administrative officers will be fruitful to exchange views to do away all communication gaps. The FPS dealers and members of cooperative societies also attended the meet and gave their valuable suggestions as well as outlined their problems.

Present in the meeting were West Siang SP, Supply Superintendent and Inspectors among others.. DIPRO


JNC to start PG courses

PASIGHAT, June 28: The 3rd General Conference-cum-Election of Arunachal Pradesh Colleges Forum (APCF), begun today at JN College Auditorium, Pasighat amidst the representatives of various student organizations. Speaking on the occasion, as Chief Guest Education Minister Bosiram Siram said that the JN College Pasighat, since its inception (1964) was a catalyst of new ideas, concepts and skills in the field of higher education in the state.

Responding to a three points memorandum submitted by the President APCF Patey Tayum on the occasion, the minister said demand for up-gradation of JNC to a state university is very justified as lone RGU also cannot meet the needs of growing demands of Arunachalee students but it could not be materialized due to certain technical problems and scarcity of funds.

He informed that JNC is all set to start PG courses in two disciplines Geography and History from the next academic session.

He inspected all the developmental projects, additional classroom arrangements and construction work of hostel and expressed satisfaction over the progresses.

Earlier, the Guest of Honour MLA Ralom Borang advised the students to be more attentive in their studies and to attend more and more interactive-cum-consultative programs with scholars to acquire true knowledge to make them competent to get a place in the society. The MLA while discouraging the bandh culture, appealed to all students and various organizations and political parties to refrain from bandh calls which not only hamper growth but destroy the image of the state and also advised the students community to choose right leaders for betterment of the forum.

Amongst other Nanom Jamoh Advisor to CM, Oyin Yomso State Organizing Secretary Seva Dal, ZPM Bosing Namuk Taloh, Principal JNC Tayek Talom, DDSE Tani Talom attended the programme. DIPRO


Workshop on sanitation & drinking

water quality

CHANGLANG, June 28 : A workshop on “Sustainable Sanitation & Management of Drinking Water Quality and Monitoring, Role of PRIs” was held at Changlang yesterday.

Attending the workshop as chief guest, Er. Tomi Ete, Secretary (PHED)-cum- Chairman State Water and Sanitation Management (SWSM) Executive Committee, said that the main focus of the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) and Village Water & Sanitation Campaign (VW&SC) is to provide safe drinking water and proper sanitation to the people living in rural areas. He sought help and cooperation of the PRI  members in implementing the schemes. He emphasized on person to person contact for successful implementation of the schemes.

Ete said that a cluster-wise awareness campaign for rural people would be very beneficial organized. He advised to form village water and sanitation committee in every village consisting of at least six members out of which three members should be women for equal gender representation.

The achievements made on TSC in various districts of Arunachal Pradesh were explained in details by the Secretary through a power point presentation (PPP).

Parliamentary Secretary  T. Taiju advised PRI members to take task of educating and creating awareness among rural people as a challenge since they are the responsible persons for proper implementation of various developmental schemes in villages.  He also advised for organizing such workshop for the teachers, village level workers and other field functionaries to achieve the goal.

Describing water as life and sanitation health, Parliamentary Secretary P. Khimhun appealed to all to develop the sense of health consciousness. He appealed PR leaders to work with dedication in delivering the basic services to the rural needy people.

Khimhun suggested to observe Sunday as personal cleanliness day. He asked the people not to waste public properties. Instead it should be treated as their own property, he opined.

Changlang Deputy Commissioner Opak  Gao, also chairman of district water & sanitation campaign (DWSC) while explaining the aim and objective of the workshop, urged the PRI members to share the knowledge acquired from this unique programme with the village people.

Beside cleanliness people should also be made aware about the environment to make the villages green.

Changlang Zilla chairperson J. Jugli said that awareness programmes on health consciousness should also be organised in block level.  L. Kri, SE, dwelt in length on TSC.

Er. A.N. Singh, Director Communication and Capacity Development Unit (CCDU) explained on mechanism and safe water and sanitation.

Er. J. Angu, EE PHED Changlang-cum-Member Secretary (DW&SC) informed about the progress and achievements on TSC.

Dr. H. Tangjang, Medical Superintendent, District Hospital Changlang gave health tips for healthy living.

Marina Kenglang, ZPM Changlang North and K. Tikhak, ZPM Nampong also spoke on the occasion on TSC. DIPRO


Training on rain water harvesting

BASAR, June 28: A 7-day long training cum exposure visit on “rain water harvesting and its efficient use for agriculture” was started on June 24 at ICAR, Basar. Altogether 50 trainees from different villages of West Sinag district are attending the training programme which is being sponsored by Scaling up of water productivity for in agriculture for livelihood (SWPAL), under Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. R. Bhagawati, Joint Director, ICAR highlighted the importance of this training programme and apprised the rural farmers how the rain water and its conservation is important for livelihood. Further, he elaborated the multiple use of water in agriculture to increase the farm income and livelihood and also briefed about the climate change and its impact on agriculture. Bghagawati also urged upon  the farmers always to be ready for contingency plan to overcome from such extreme conditions. The course coordinators Dr. V.K. Choudhary, Scientist, Agronomy delivered introductory lectures on “importance of rain water and best use of it in different enterprises for improving the economic status of rural people. He also emphasized on soil conservation measures to improve the water retention capacity and aeration of the soil, besides biodynamic action which increases the organic functions of plants.

Resource person A. Kiran Kumar Singh, SMS, Agronomy gave brief description on the types of soil and water conservation measures to increase the farm productivity. He also stressed the importance of soil and water for various agricultural practices and how better we can manage the water in the region for long term use and sustainable growth of the region. Dr. S.P. Singh, SMS, plant protection, besides delivering lecture on mushroom production, detailed the farmers about disease management measures for agricultural and horticultural crops.

On coming days farmers will be visited research farm Gori and KVK demonstration farm Bam and resource persons from different disciplines will be joining to share there valuable knowledge with trainees.


Principals’ conference on

Academic reforms

ITANAGAR, June 28: The Principal’s Conference on the theme “Academic Reforms” for the Principal’s of Colleges affiliated to the North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong was held on the June 24 in the conference hall, Administrative Building, NEHU, permanent campus. The conference was attended by forty-seven College Principals.

The Inaugural Function was chaired by Prof. A.N. Rai the Honourable Vice-Chancellor, NEHU, Shillong.

In his keynote address Prof. A. N. Rai, Vice-Chancellor, NEHU, Shillong who chaired the inaugural function,  said that the purpose of the conference is not to take decisions on the Academic Reforms as this is already done at the National level, but to orient the debate on its implementation, considering the constraints faced by the Colleges. He also highlighted the decline in the standards of the education system due to increase in population and massive expansion of the educational institutions, thereby putting the quality of education which is already under stress into further stress.

In order to stop this backsliding and move forward to regain the quality, there is a need to optimize and utilize to the utmost of whatever resources an educational institution has. He assured that the University being a regulatory body will assist the Colleges in this endeavor.

The first business session on ‘Implementation of Semester System at the Under Graduate level’ was chaired by Prof. Rakesh Mohan Director UGC-Academic Staff College, NEHU. The speaker of the session Prof D. R. Syiemlieh Pro-Vice Chancellor NEHU, Shillong campus informed the principals that the semester system will be advantageous to students as they will be internally assessed and continuously evaluated. From the university side preparation for its implementation has been worked out in a step-wise manner and will be implemented in a phase-wise manner considering the constraints faced by the Colleges.

The second session was chaired by Prof D. R. Syiemlieh and Prof. K. Ismail the Controller of Examination NEHU, spoke on the ‘Examination System’. He presented before the Principals a draft model for the semester system in Under Graduate Programmes and stressed on the importance of the cooperation of teachers in paper setting, evaluation and scrutiny. This was followed by Dr. C. R. Diengdoh, Director College Development Council NEHU, who enlightened the Principals on the new UGC Guidelines on affiliation matters.

At the end of each session the matter was discussed at length inviting suggestions and views from the Principals.


12-hour bandh observed in Tirap

ITANAGAR, June 28: A 12-hr bandh was observed at Tirap District yesterday in protest against the alleged atrocities meted out to the people by Assam Riffles personnel.

The bandh was observed to protest the alleged assault on chief of the Khela village by AR personnel ‘without any reasons’, All Tirap Students’ Union (ATSU) said in a release.

According to ATSU, the village chief was tortured by army personnel after he was summoned to AR Camp recently, without any reason.

Alleging misuse of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) by the AR, ATSU said: The para-military forces have been deployed here to fight insurgency but not to show their tremendous power bestowed upon them under the Act on common people.

The bandh was followed by a general body meeting which was attended by students, Khonsa Womens Welfare Society, chief council, leaders and general public.

Speakers in the meeting also expressed displeasure over alleged unlawful activities by AR personnel, which according to them, would only create fear psychosis in the minds of Tirap people.

Later, a memorandum was submitted to the Tirap DC to take up the matter and ensure people’s safety and security.


Freshwater pearl culture: an emerging enterprise


Deepjyoti Baruah

Subject Matter Specialist (Fisheries)


Pearls have been known to mankind since the beginning of civilization and are esteemed around the globe because of their cool and soft emergence, pastel hue and recognition to diverse disposition as compared to other jewels. Pearl culture is a billion dollar business and one of the world’s largest aquaculture activities in terms of value. Previously Japan, China, Australia and French Polynesia have had exclusive authority on pearl culture techniques. Until recently, opportunities for investing in this specific area have been limited. The hatchery and indoor production of juveniles have created an avenue for taking up this venture even in regions where pearl mussels resources are depleted. India has one of the highest demand for pearls for setting in jewelry and thus is in the process of establishing its own pearl market employing rich and diverse indigenous mussel fauna. The genus Lamellidens (9 species) and Parreysia (35 species) are the popular wealth of pearl producing mussels. Though every mussel has the ability to produce a pearl of some sort, only those possessing a lustrous mother of pearl layer can form a gem quality pearl.

Natural pearls are secreted by the mantle of mussels or oysters in response to irritations caused by external or internal stimuli such as sand grains, mollusks eggs, parasites and other foreign particles. As a defense device, the animal secretes a calcium carbonate material known as nacre to coat the foreign body layer after layer, resulting in a shimmering and iridescent creation of pearl. Cultured pearls are formed essentially by the same process, except that the nucleus (irritant) of desired shape and size is surgically implanted into the body of bivalve mollusk where it is difficult to be expelled. The animal continuously works on it and creates the prized biological gem.   

The indigenous pearl mussel species can be collected from the wild in baskets and are then subjected to pre-operative conditioning for two days in cemented tanks. This conditioning ensures proper relaxation of abductor muscles in preparation of surgery. Surgical implantations are of three types – mantle cavity insertion, mantle tissue and gonadal method. The post-operative care is an important step, where the implanted mussels are placed in nylon bags (1.0 cm mesh, 12 x 14 cm) and stocked @ two mussels per bag and reared in ponds, rivers, reservoirs and lakes. The physico-chemical parameters of the ponds are monitored throughout the culture period. Harvesting is done after 12-14 months of rearing and pearls are taken out from individual live mussels. The gems are value added by bleaching and dyeing in certain regions for better remuneration. The pearls are then sold to jewelers, manufacturers, and pearl dealers. Therefore this venture can be very lucrative if adopted as true vocation for livelihood by the people of Northeast region.


Dam affected people demand resettlement before public hearing

ITANAGAR, June 28: Dam Affected Peoples Forum of Yapik, West Siang District in a letter to Deputy Commissioner, West Siang District demanded immediate fulfillment of agreement entered between DS Construction Ltd and Public of Yapik village.

The forum expressing their doubt on the integrity of the constructing agency (DS Construction Ltd) claimed that, the DS Construction Ltd and Public of Yapik village had signed an agreement six months back, but  the  construction  company could not execute any work agreed by them till today.

Apart from the above demands, the forum further demanded renaming of Naying Hydro Power Project to Yapik Hydro Power Project, initiate re-settlement process of Yapik village before public hearing and execution of work and arrangement of one time payment of compensation instead of installment basis. It threatens to boycott land acquisition work within Yapik area, if their demands  are not fulfilled immediately.

Power crisis

Dear Editor,

It is very interesting to tell you that some area of Daporijo is still celebrating diwali. This time it is not with candles, but with dim lights. In colonies like Lidu. Veterinary, Laruk and Sigin etc. electricity supply is so poor that even electric toy will not run until stabilizer is used. Fan rotates but gives no air. Computer says I will open only at 1 am. Blackout is also common here, not for a day but for weeks. I think Govt. should establish candle factory here.

The people are so upset with all of these that they fear someday they will never see light again.

However, I hope the authorities concerned will look into erratic power supply and maintain proper supply of electricity.






Bring a logical solution to the issue

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my resentment over the progress being made in reporter Pradeep Thakur issue. It has almost been two months since the Thakur made the derogatory remarks in his report against Nyishi people which was followed by an FIR against him by ANSU. But there is no logical solution of the issue yet.

Why police failed to arrest Thakur before his bail petition was granted. If at all he was granted bail, his statement should have been recorded to know the source of his questionable report. It seems that Thakur is backed by high level politicians and high-handed people. Many questions also arise against the Nyishi MLAs also. When they came to forefront to take the issue to higher level by constituting high level committee, we hope to see some progress in the case, but things remain the same, possibly due to failure of our MLAs to pressurize the Govt on the issue. We have no more trust on them and the statement given by Lokam Tassar, the convener incharge of the committee was also not digestible.

ANSU and NES should continue with the issue until and unless the source of derogatory remarks was revealed. I also appeal to the people stand united against Pradeep Thakur. It seems that ANSU and NES will never give up the issue until and unless Pradeep Thakur is re-arrested, bandh culture will continue and the most sufferers will be common people. Therefore, the Govt should re-arrest Thakur and bring the issue to a conclusion. Request is also made not to politicize the issue.


Neelam Tath




We should respect our National Anthem

Dear Editor,

It was unfortunate to notice that our own national anthem is being played as a piece of music in a Capital shopping complex. There is no point to disregard our national anthem, even at the worst circumstance. I think Bollywood and music fraternity have produced enough songs for our music lovers. We as a citizen of our country should learn to respect our anthem and should not play it as a mere piece of music.


Jarkop Doke

West Siang

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