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.
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
It thanked W. Lowangdong, Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh, for voluntarily contributing
Rs 50,000 for the purpose.
36-hr capital bandh ends with
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
We should respect our National Anthem
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.
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