June  07



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




State BJP leaders leave for Goa

ITANAGAR, Jun 06: State BJP President Tai Tagak accompanied by state BJP Yuva Morcha president Dug Saha left here for Goa to attend the party’s crucial national executive body meeting there on June 8.

Former Lok Sabha member and national general secretary Tapir Gao and national executive member Kiren Rijiju are also attending the meeting.


DC advocates for simple process for opening bank accounts

AALO, Jun 06: West Siang Deputy Commissioner has requested branch managers of various banks providing service in the district to make the process for opening bank accounts and other loan related issues easier for easy transferring of money   to the beneficiaries of various centrally sponsored schemes.

Addressing the BMs in a consultative meeting in his office chamber here today, the DC also urged them to select only economically viable schemes and project under PMEGP, SGSY etc. He also suggested them to display the Citizen Charter in their respective bank branch. DIPRO


AAPCA, FONECO delegation meets Director of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs

ITANAGAR, Jun 06: A delegation of All Arunachal Pradesh Consumer Association (AAPCA) and representative of Federation of North Eastern Consumer Organization (FONECO) yesterday met the Director of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs in his office chamber and discussed on the 2nd North Eastern Regional Consumer Convention, 2013 to be held here on July 27.

They also discussed in details the various problems faced by the consumers of Arunachal Pradesh and stressed the need for creating awareness among people regarding consumers’ rights.

Director of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs G Dirchi assured the AAPCA and FONECO to extend all possible help in organizing the forthcoming conference.


Conduct DPC on priority basis: AAPWU

ITANAGAR, Jun 6: In the second reminder letter to the chief engineer (Western Zone/Eastern Zone) PHE department, All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) has reiterated its request to direct all the superintending engineers to conduct the DPC meeting within this month.

Claiming that the department has not conducted DPC meeting till date in spite of repeated requests, the  Union  said that all the W/C cadre employees should be regularized and  casual employees be promoted to W/C category as per their  eligibility through the DPC.

The union further warned of going ahead with democratic movement such as Dharna outside the office of Chief Engineer (PHED) WZ/WZ if the demand is not fulfilled.


EKSWCO pleads compensation to return

ITANAGAR, Jun 6:   The East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) in its representation to the Papum Pare deputy commissioner yesterday pleaded for return of compensation to owners of CH 3800 to 7300 which organization said falls under East Kameng District.  EKSWCO also appealed to the deputy commissioner to transfer the amount to its counterpart to avoid further complication.   Earlier it is said compensation was paid to Papumpare district for V-Geka area. Meanwhile organization claimed that DC had assured to look into the matter and said that it would not make any payment till the matter amicably resolved.


NHPC distributes orange saplings among villagers

ITANAGAR, Jun 6: National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Ltd. distributed 2000 orange saplings among the villagers of Sazo, Poito, Dugumba and Khumba under Lumla Sub-division of Tawang district to mark the World Environment Day Celebration in Tawang.

The saplings were distributed day before yesterday in presence of Lumla ZPM Lobsang Yonten and Tawang GB Association President Kota Lama,

The welfare programme was initiated by AK Agarwal, General Manager, NHPC,Tawang.

A vocational training on spoken English, art and painting for the youth of Tawang was also organized by the 190 Mtn brigade Indian Army in association with NHPC Ltd, at Jaswant hall, Tawang Military Garrison.

The vocational training concluded with a debate competition for junior and senior groups on May 27.

The event was co-sponsored by NHPC Tawang.

Books, stationery/training materials were distributed to 150 participants under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) scheme.


NCC advance leadership camp begins

ITANAGAR, Jun 6: The IVth NCC Advance Leadership Camp conducted by NCC Group Headquarters, Tezpur has begun at DNGC, Itanagar here yesterday. Cadets from various NCC Directorates like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar & Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and North Eastern Region are attending the camp.

The opening ceremony was conducted in traditional way by lighting of lamp by Shankar Dash, IGP (East), Arunachal Pradesh. Addressing the cadets, Dash exhorted them to be effective leaders in the profession of their choices.

Col M Rath, Camp Commandant while highlighting on the camp said the aim of this camp is to inculcate leadership qualities and motivate and guide the cadets to join Armed Forces.

The advance camp is being coordinated by Col SA Patil, Commanding Officer, 1 Arunachal Pradesh Battalion NCC, Naharlagun. The week-long camp will conclude on June 15.



Arunachal reach final of NE U-19 T20 Cricket Tourney

ITANAGAR, Jun 06: Arunchal Pradesh reached the final of North East u-19 T20 Cricket Tournament- 2013 defeating Sikkim in the semifinal by six wickets at Dimapur, Nagaland today.

Yesterday, Arunachal beat host Nagaland by 13 runs, informed Arunchal Cricket Association. Kabak Geda is the coach and manager of Arunachal team.

The tournament is being organized by Nagaland Cricket Association.



Apel Modi elected as Upper Siang ZPC

YINGKIONG, Jun 06: Mariyang ZPM Apel Modi has been elected as the Zilla Parishad Chairperson of Upper Siang District.

The oath taking Ceremony of newly elected ZPMs as well as election of Chairperson ZPC was conducted by the member secretary cum ADC i/c T Pertin, SDO (S) in DC’s Conference Hall here. Besides the newly elected ZPMs the programme was attended by all political party leaders of the district.

Meanwhile, Api Kombo from Yinkgiong, Yari Tali from Tuting, Yanggo Tayeng from Mariyang, Ani Boko  from Geku, Kosang Paron from Katan, Yasam Nangkar from Jengging and Monge Melo from Likor-Singa Anchal Samity were elected as Anchal Chairpersons from their respective constituencies.

Attending the meeting, Deputy Commissioner L Borang called for proper coordination among elected representatives and Govt. Departments for all round development of the district. DIPRO



Deployment of forest personnel in election duty irks AAPFGWA  

ITANAGAR, Jun 6: While endorsing the All India Forest Officers Federation, Zonal Headquarter, Pasighat’s voice against the deployment of forest officials of Pasighat forest division in recently concluded Panchayati Raj and Municipal election-2013, All Arunachal Pradesh Forest Guards’ Welfare Association (AAPFGWA) has also strongly condemned the forest department as well as state government for deployment of forest officer in polling duty without maintaining the protocol.

The association sought immediate clarification from the department as well as government that, if any untoward incident happen to forest personnel while performing such election duty what would be the compensation/benefits fixed for them. Are they getting same compensation or benefits like that of a police personnel and central paramilitary forces?

Stating that the matter was not only serious but also sarcastic in nature without any proper guidelines for safety and security of personnel, it called upon the concern authorities to look into the matter on priority.  (from Sanjay Mosing)



The designation of Political Secretary to Chief Minister Bamang Tago was wrongly mentioned as Political Advisor to Chief Minister. The inadvertent mistake is regretted.





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


News Impact


Centre in principle approves 4-lane road from Banderdewa to Itanagar

NEW DELHI, Jun 06: To the constant persuasion of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for enhancing connectivity to the state capital, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), has in principle approved 4 laning of the road from Itanagar to Banderdewa and 2 laning of the road from Itanagar to Jote.

The development came when Secretary MoRTH, Vijay Chibber called on Tuki to discuss issues pertaining to the Trans Arunachal Highway and other highways under the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North East (SARDP-NE) here today. Chibber sought proposals for both the important capital roads from the State Government.

The Union Secretary appealed the State Government to speed up works on these ongoing projects and the CM assured full co-operation for resolving the technical issues related to the same.  

Later in the day, the Chief Minister called on Union Home Secretary R.K Singh to discuss several issues related to the internal security of the state.

The Chief Minister reiterated the demands put forth by him in the CM’s Conference on Internal Security held yesterday. He requested enhancement and timely disposal of funds for modernization of police forces (MPF) programme being undertaken in the state to strengthen the security framework.

Tuki appealed for a Helicopter for security surveillance and disaster mitigation in the state and also sought 4 additional battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Homeguards for enhancing the law and order machinery in the state.

They also discussed the present scenario pertaining to the posting of IAS/IPS officers to the state.

Chief Secretary Hare Krishna Paliwal was also present in the meetings.



Governor visits Changlang, takes stock of dev. projects

Itanagar, Jun 06: On his maiden district visit after assuming the office. Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today visited Changlang, Jairampur and Nampong.  First Lady of the State  Jyotsna Sharma and Secretary to Governor  Ankur Garg accompanied the Governor.

Interacting with the district officials, Public and Panchayat leaders and Gaon Buras, the Governor advised them to realise their responsibilities and commit themselves as dedicated members of Team Arunachal to take the State to new heights of progress and glory. He emphasised on development, road communication, education and restoration of peace and tranquillity in the district. The Governor who also saw the ongoing double Lanning of Changlang- Margherita Road stressed on timely completion of the projects.

The Governor asked the government officials to take extra care in implementation of infrastructure projects.

Stating that peace is a prerequisite for development, the Governor advised the officials and security forces to be proactive in instilling a sense of security amongst the people. He said that efforts should be made to bring back the misguided youth into the mainstream. He asked the Gaon Burahs and Panchayat leaders to guide the youth towards sports and other physical activities in which they have huge potential.

The Governor urged upon the people to stand up unitedly against militancy. He said that it is collective responsibility of all citizens and in this effort of theirs and the State Government, he is with the people. Strong measures will be taken when necessary but such situation should not be allowed to arise.

Referring to Namdapha Park, the scenic beauty of Vijoynagar, historic Stilwell road and Second World War’s war memorial and many other important tourist places, the Governor said that the district has the potential to be one of the biggest tourist attractions of Arunachal Pradesh. He advised all stakeholders to protect and preserve the prized flora and fauna.

The Governor, who was very impressed by the cultural troupes emphasised on preservation of the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the communities.

The Governor congratulated the government officials, public and Panchayat leaders for successful conduct of the recently concluded Panchayati Raj election. He advised the Panchayat leaders to work with dedication and contribute towards the welfare of the society and the State as a whole.

It may be recalled that the Governor has been a part of the Sino-India Working Group and several other inter-ministerial delegations working for Arunachal Pradesh and Northeast region.

Earlier on their arrival at Changlang, the first couple was received by Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary  Thinghaap Taiju, Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav and SP B.K. Singh. Warm traditional reception by cultural troupes and Gaon Burahs was accorded to the visiting dignitaries.

After arriving at Jairampur, the Governor, accompanied by Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development Minister Setong Sena and Geology & Mining, Art & Culture and Food & Civil Supplies Minister Kamlung Mossang visited Pangsau Pass and inspected the ongoing road constructions under Trans Arunachal Highway and Ledo-Jairampur-Nampong-Pangsau Pass road project.

The Governor had brief interaction with several Myanmarese delegates at the Border Post. The delegation requested the Governor for his consent for allowing rice and construction materials to pass across the border through Pangsau Pass.

Before returning to State Capital, the Governor and the First lady visited the World War-II cemetery at Jairampur and laid wreath at the war memorial.

Before departing, the Governor also urged the youth and students of the district to adopt the  poem by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore -- Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high --as their prayer.  

The Governor is scheduled to visit Khonsa, the district headquarter of Tirap District on Saturday, the 8th July 2013. PRO to Governor



Let’s go back to basics

Taba Ajum

The brutual killing of young boy Bomjen Gapak recently in Itanagar has once again ignited heated debate over safety and security of the citizens in the state capital. The loss of young soul has traumatized every section of society and there is deepening anger over failure of capital police to nab the culprit. The citizens trust police and think that they are here to ensure safety of common masses. When they fail, naturally police have to take all the blame for deteriorating law and order situation in the capital.

Numerous organizations has come out and condemned the incident. Such condemnations are becoming more of routine exercise and it does not go beyond a ‘condemnation press statement’. Also blame game between various political leaders over incident is intensifying and debate is getting nasty with passing days. Majority of people are busy criticizing about all the bad things ailing our society. Not many seem interested to retrospect and try to figure out where we are getting it wrong. As per the police version late Bomjen became alleged victim of group clash among youths. It means his murderers’ must be young soul like the death one. By now the parent’s of the murderers’ of Bomjen must be aware of the heinous crime committed by their children. Instead of protecting and shielding their criminal son, they should hand over him to the police. There is a famous English saying which goes like this, “charity begins at home.” It’s time to retrospect and let charity be begun at every Arunachalee home. In our state there are people who preach their kids like this- “we belong to this tribe, this district, this clan, this circle and that we should not be scared to use dao or gun during clash.” If parents talk like this, children will definitely take it seriously as parents are considered to be the first teacher of any children. Every day at home children are being told not to fear law and that anything can be manipulated in our state. Every clan promotes those people who have criminal records and glorifies them infront of the children. Once in my office group of boys came and started arguing with one of my staff over a press release. The leader of boy yelled saying “I belong to this district and this clan. I can do anything. Tum log janta hoga hum log kitna kharab aadmi hai.” The boy was hardly 19 year old but already knew that being from a certain clan and tribe gives him the privilege to get violent without the fear of law. I was sad to hear him saying all those stuff. Perhaps he has been given wrong education by his parents and poor boy was only following what his parents taught him. It’s the time parents of Arunachal take active role in giving proper moral education to their children. The young kids need to be taught that humanity is above tribe, clan and region. Often I hear parents telling their children, “Don’t make friendship with the people of this and that tribe as they are bad people.” The hatred is being seeded at home and that’s the reason there is widening gap. A social revolution should start from home and parents need to take active role. Let’s not be dependent on any union, association or for that matter government to spread this revolution. In a small state like ours where everybody knows each other, if wish, we can truly spread this message of brotherhood.

Ever since social media like Facebook and Twitter became popular, often in various forum and group I read young people expressing concern over rampant corruption and other issues concerning the state.  These youths write in plenty in various readers forum column of newspaper and shows rare courage to take on against corrupt system. It gives lot of hope seeing how they are aware about prevailing situation. Most of us thought Panchayat and Municipal election 2013 will change course of direction in the state and we will witness young generation exercising their franchise wisely. Instead, money ruled the roost in the recently concluded election. The citizens who seem worried about corruption forgot everything at the time of election and votes were virtually purchased. With due respect to some honest voters, majority sold themselves and everything is back to square one. It’s time we introspect and ask ourselves whether we show honesty only in various social networking site and readers forum columns of newspaper?



Anshu, Nima return to rousing welcome

BOMDILA, Jun 06: After conquering world’s highest mountain peak Mt Everest last month, Everesters Anshu Jamsenpa and Nima Lama returned to rousing welcome in their home town today.

Besides their relatives and well wishers, the everester duo was received by West Kameng Deputy Commissioner AK Singh and public leaders at Indoor Multi Sports Complex here today morning.

Anshu is the first mother in the world to summit Mt. Everest twice in 10 days in May 2011 last at the age of 32. She also has the distinction of being the first Indian woman mountaineer to summit Mt. Everest thrice after her recent conquest last month.

Nima, the first time Everester also from the district accompanied Anshu for the conquest of the highest peak and succeeded in hoisting the national flag at the summit on May 17.

Congratulating the duo, Singh termed them as youth icons and as a guiding force and source of inspiration. Revealing that the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) at Dirang in the district would be operational soon, he hoped that the institute would be a center of excellence and facilitate the young budding sports persons to excel and attain their cherished goals.

He also called upon all the stakeholders to extend their support and co-operation in making the district a model tourist destination.

Earlier, in her narration of the ordeal and quest, Anshu said that her endeavor is to motivate the youngsters to take up challenging tasks and to be adventurous and also to promote tourism; which is a potential but little explored asset of the state.

She hoped of visiting the schools in the district and the Government College Bomdila to interact with the youths in order to inspire and guide them and share her rich experiences.

Thanking the promoters and the sponsors, Nima Lama dealt at length on his vivid experience in his successful attempt to summit the top at the very first go and hoped to go on such conquests as an when opportunity arises.

The President Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association (AMASA) Tsering Wange also attended the function.

President DCC (I) West Kameng, Tsewang Norbu hoped that the youngsters would take inspiration from the two and create a niche for themselves in any chosen field of activity. DIPRO



District disaster management plan reviewed

YUPIA, Jun 06: Outlining the importance of disaster preparedness, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu called upon the officers to be very cautious during the monsoon as most of the natural calamities occur in monsoon season only.

Though we can not prevent occurrence of natural calamity we can reduce its impact to a great extent with timely and appropriate intervention, the DC said in a meeting held to review the District Disaster Management Plan in his Conference Hall here today.

The Deputy Commissioner stressed the need for creating mass awareness among people regarding disaster preparedness. He emphasized on identifying disaster prone areas, making surface communication through, stocking sufficient medicines and setting up of control room to effectively deal with any kind of disaster during monsoon.

While responding to the problems of various line department pertaining to emergency fund, he assured to take up the matters with the Govt.

Superintendent of Police Nabam Gungte, also shared his view about the need of proper coordination and understanding among health, administration and police in time of any emergency.

Earlier, Preetha Menon, DRRO Papum Pare, briefed the meeting about the aims and objectives of the meeting and she  appealed all the line department   to extend their cooperation in preparation of a better Disaster Management Plan for the district.

She also inform that the department will organize awareness campaign in various schools and others localities to create more awareness on natural disaster management.

All the officers of line department attended the meeting and expressed their views and ideas about the district disaster management plan. DIPRO



Training on e-governance held at Roing

ROING, Jun 06: One day training on “SSDG & State Portal Project” (State e-Governance Service Delivery Gateway & State Portal Project) was held in the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner here today.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Wanot Tikhak, while inaugurating the programme by clicking of mouse of the computer exhorted the participants to take full benefit of the training. He said that time has come for every officers and officials of Govt. departments to equip themselves with the basic knowledge on computer in order to make optimum use of the information technology in service delivery system.

District Informatics Officer Yagru Linggi District Informatics Associate and W Namshoom highlighted the basic objective of the program which aims to impart technical knowledge to the Govt. officers and officials of various departments regarding State e-Governance Service Delivery Gateway and State Portal Project.

Amitava Muchopadhyay and Gourav Chakraborty, Software Engineers from Kolkata imparted basic training on registering names in the state govt. portal, filling up the e-forms and delivering e-service through the portal and the role of the departments. They informed that for the initial stage, four departments, namely Agriculture, Social Welfare, Land Management and Labour and Employment have been taken up by the Govt under the scheme. They further informed that the State Govt. Portal, www.arunachal.gov.in will be operational very soon for e-governance.

Around 16 Govt officers and officials from the departments of Agriculture, Social Welfare, Land Management and Labour and Employment attended the day long training.

The programme was organized by the Department of Information Technology, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Multinationals Company, Hewlette Packard, Kolkata and supported by the National Informatics Centre, Roing. DIPRO



Graziers Welcome Camp organized

ITANAGAR, Jun 06: At the onset of grazing season in Tawang district, Indian Army troops of Tawang Garrison organized a ‘Graziers’ Welcome Camp’ in Zimithang and Chuje grazing ground in Tawang district on June 3 last.

The aim of the camp was to extend a warm welcome to the graziers, who would be shortly moving to the grazing grounds located in the higher reaches along with their live stock.         

Graziers’ Welcome Camp is an annual event conducted to collate data, conduct medical check up of graziers and their live stock as well as provide necessary assistance and guidelines to graziers.   

The 140 graziers that attended the meet had the opportunity of meaningfully interacting with the station commander of Tawang Garrison, Brig JS Rajpurohit and also with Tawang Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Deb on issues concerning them and were assured of maximum assistance.

Vetinary department officials educated the graziers on various artificial insemination facilities and various subsidy schemes available on construction of houses and purchase of livestocks by graziers. Brig JS Rajpurotit, commander Tawang Garrison assured the graziers of all possible assistance.

To make graziers self sufficient cultivators, agriculture department distributed hybrid seeds to the graziers. Civil administration of the Tawang District attended the function in full strength to support the cause of graziers or Brokpas as called in Monpa.

The graziers were distributed blankets and shoes as a token of concern.

There are over 2600 graziers (Brokpas) in Tawang, who own approx 6000 yaks. They move up to higher reaches of Greater Himalayas in areas of Zimithang, Takshang Gompa and Klemta for grazing their cattle. Chhurbi being the main economic source of the Brokpas needs the attention of the civil administration. Their sustenance and livelihood depend on yaks alone. “Assistance   from civil administration and Army will only help grow the dwindling population of yaks,” said Nawang, a brokpa from Seru village of Tawang.



SABB Annual Meet gets underway

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN,Jun 06: The 24th Annual Student Meet of Student Association of Bamin-Bilat (SABB) got under way at Bamin village Community Hall today.

The week-long programme started with flag hoisting followed by lighting of lamp and reception of the invited guest.

Addressing the inaugural function as chief guest, former East Siang District Students’ Union General Secretary Deniel Jamoh exhorted the student community to work for the overall development of the society. He advised them to give priority study to become human assets of the society and nation.

Jamoh, a law graduate and native of Yagrug village under East Siang district, urged the young student to shoulder major responsibility for creation of human resource in the society.

Stressing the need of unity and integrity among students, former president of the student union Sunil Siram suggested the junior students to respect their elders. He also advised the senior students to guide the juniors to the right path.

Speaking on the occasion, Bamin village Gaon Burah, Tayom Padung suggested the student to work united on the developmental issues while another senior citizen of the village Tanyong Dupak urged them to keep a regular vigil on the functioning and infrastructure of the educational institutions in the area.

Various literary and sport competitions among the students of different categories will be organized during the meet, informed Secretary of SABB, Tatem Taloh.

The cultural competition on June 13 will be opened by local MLA Tangor Tapak in presence of other invited guest. It will come to end on June 15.

The union has presently over 400 members including university students. Bureaucrats and educationist like Deputy Commissioner Rajiv Takuk, EAC Starlee Jamoh, former Ruksin HSS principal Takom Taloh all grown from Bamin Bilat village. The students union last year invited Art & Culture Minister Kamlung Mosang to the village and pleaded him to attend the local problems.



First lady distributes agricultural machinery to farmers

CHANGLANG, Jun 06: Agricultural machinery and implements were distributed to selected farmers of Changlang district under Chief Minister’s Agriculture Farm Mechanization Program at Agriculture Colony here today.

First lady of the state Jyotsna Sharma distributed the items, which included tractors, power tillers, rice haulers and water pumps, to the selected beneficiaries and farmers for the year 2013.

A total of seven tractors, 30 Power Tillers, 60 Rice Hauler and 50 sets of water pump will be distributed under the program before August 15 next.

Addressing the farmers on the occasion, the first lady encouraged them to work hard and remain always active for self reliant.

Stressing on girl child’s education, she appealed to the parents and guardians to send their wards to school regularly. She spoke on vast tourism potential of Arunachal Pradesh, which if harnessed properly can potentially improve the economy of the state.

Arunachal Pradesh Governor Nirbhay Sharma accompanied by his family members paid his maiden visit to Changlang after assuming office recently.

District Agriculture Officer AD Panggam highlighted various activities conducted under National Food Security Scheme, like training for farmers to boost rural economy and distribution of seeds and implements to the farmers. DIPRO



World Environment day celebrated with focus on reducing food waste

ITANAGAR, Jun 06: World Environment Day was celebrated by GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development (GBPIHED), North East unit along with staff and students of Don Bosco School, KVIC/APSS at Midpu with focus on reducing food waste.

Dr. PK Samal, Scientist in-charge of the institute explained the significance of world environment day celebration and this year’s theme, “Think, Eat Save.”

Speaking on green technologies, he opined that green technologies minimize environmental impact of food production with a reduced cost, save money and help food production process to become more efficient.

MS Lodhi, Scientist apprised the participants on the challenges in ensuring food security to the continuously growing population.  

Later, the students and other participants were imparted  demonstration on the low-cost, simple and green technologies,  like  trellises,  biobriquetting, biocomposting, vermicomposting, polyfilm technology, legume intercropping, zero energy cool chamber,  modified jhum, haandi technology, etc.  

The other activity included plantation of Toko plants by the faculty and staff of GBPIHED.

Vishal N Rai, Principal, KVIC, Dr. SC Arya, Scientist and teachers of Don Bosco School Samson Chiru and Sangeeta Ghosh also spoke on the occasion.

The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of College of Horticulture and Forestry, Pasighat celebrated World Environment Day at College campus yesterday.

Dr. OP Chturvedi, Former Professor and Head of Dept. of Horticulture, CSA University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur, in his keynote address said that if food is wasted, it means that all the resources and inputs used in the production of all the food are also lost. Giving example, he said that it takes about 1,000 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk and about 16,000 litres goes into a cow’s food to make a hamburger. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions from the cows themselves, and throughout the food supply chain, all end up in vain when we waste food, said Dr. Chturvedi.

Dr. AK Pandey, Dean, CHF, Pasighat elaborated the causes and harmful effect of food waste and stressed to contribute in anti-food waste campaign.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. KS Tomar, NSS Programme Officer highlighted the importance of world environment day and urged the students to take a small initiative to reduce food waste in their hostels.

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, Dr TS Mehra, Dr. RC Shakywar, Dr. Arun Kumar and Dr. EVida were also present during the function.


Illegal immigration

Illegal immigration in Assam and other North Eastern states is not only an issue which can drastically change the demography, it has every potential to bring the ethnic and indigenous people of this region into verge of extinction.

And the funniest part is that the issue is dearer to many political parties in the region as it helps them to garner support of common masses in crucial times or the time of elections. And the most embarrassing part of the illegal immigration issue is that it has taken the shape of corruption, which, more or less, runs in the vein of human beings.

Many scholars and experts have suggested ways and means to stop illegal immigrants, particularly from neighbouring countries in North Eastern state. But in practice very little has been done without results.

Former Governor of Assam Lt Gen. (Retd) S K Sinha is right when he says “Vote bank politics resulted in deterioration of the situation in Assam and there is every possibility of worsening of the situation if the problem of infiltration of foreigners is not dealt with.”  Mr Sinha vociferously had raised voice against infiltration of foreigners in Assam and also submitted a report to then President of India on immigration with suggestions for dealing with the problems.  But his suggestions were put in cold storage.  

After hue and cry, Assam Government had published a white paper on immigration issue last year. It was revealed that only 2,442 illegal migrants had been detected and deported since the signing of the historic Assam Accord in 1985. As usual the Assam Chief Minister vowed to take strict measures to get rid of illegal migrants.

Since Assam is regarded as big brother by other North Easter state, the politicians and think-tank of Assam must come with a decisive point to save indigenous population from the invisible aggression of illegal migrants. Though the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants first penetrate into Assam, they spread their tentacles in other parts of the  NE states silently and slowly.

There is no denying the fact that the illegal Bangladeshi had already captured Tripura and silent invasion by them is going on in other NE states including Arunachal Pradesh.   

With the arrival of railway project and implementation of numerable dams, large number of illegal Bangladeshis will make their way to Arunachal as labour force.

And the most unfortunate part is that we the indigenous people of North East including Arunachalees are now running from pillar to post to accumulate all the relevant documents like birth certificate, PRC, death certificates, voter I-Card etc only to prove in our own land that we are not illegal immigrants.

Blaming the system and Govt machineries only for influx of Bangladeshis will serve no purpose. We the local people (including politicians and bureaucrats) will have to prepare our mind to accept the fact that by embracing the illegal migrants as labour force we are actually forcing  the next generation to be ruled by these ‘labour force’ within next few decades.

Illegal migrants issue is a social issue rather than  political in nature. There is an urgent need to chalk out long-term strategy which, in one hand,  will help us to be self-sufficient in every sphere of life and  on the other hand, show the illegal immigrants the way out.

Many questions but no answers

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to express few words regarding the article “Ignorance is the last excuse for getting cheap publicity” by political secretary to CM Mr. Bamang Tago. In this regard I think Mr. Bamang Tago did not fully understood actual meaning and concept of article “Is Arunachal Pradesh a failed state” by former MP Kiren Rijiju. I don’t think Mr. Bamang Tago’s article is befitting reply.

According to me Arunachal is not a failed state but Govt has failed us. As per Mr. Tago Arunachal is having perfect Governance. As a concern citizen of Arunachal I want to ask few question to him (1) Why 1000 crore PDS scam case is still unsolved. As we know recently Rs. 85 crore payment has been made to few PDS contractor from state fund who are already involved in PDS scam (2) Why inter - state (Arunachal, Assam) boundary are not solved. (3) Why Green Field Airport location has not been finalized yet after so many years. (4) Why Arunachal based Apex Bank is still not fully revived. (5) Why Minister, MLA and high profile officer have big 2, 3 private residence and costly luxurious cars. What are salary of Ministers and MLAs? Why Govt, lands are being encroached and private houses being constructed? Why murders, dacoit, rape and extortion is prevailing in the state capital complex. There are problems everywhere and it does look bad.


Kaling Lego




Discrepancy in distribution of stipend money

Dear Editor,

This is for the Education Department, Office of the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education and other concerned authorities, whoever is responsible for the dealing of students’ scholarship studying outside the state.

I, personally, am glad to know that the scholarship for the students studying outside of the state has been disbursed, not to forget, after some melodramas. I have no idea about the students studying in other states of our great nation but the students studying in Meghalaya have received their stipend. Pursuing my higher education in North-East's one of the most reputed and prestigious University, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), I have come across a huge negligence. In the university, where I am now, we Arunachalees are around 60 in number and the list of the scholarship entitled to get stipend is only 40. We are depressed and want to know that how it happened? Why have we been left-out? Where is the money for 20 of us? Frankly, did you people fuelled your cars with that? Our names have been omitted knowingly or what? Thousands of questions are to be clarified by the concerned authorities of the respected department. Couple of weeks ago I was told by the employee who is managing all these, in the University that the list along with the cash has been received but he can't issue it because it came along with some other students who are not students of the university. So he had to send it back to Itanagar for clearance and rectify the error. Was that a mistake or is it a tactic to gulp in students' money?

This is a humblest request from all of us whose name is not in the list to the particular department and authorities to please not to play any kind of foul-play with the student’s scholarship. Our Government gives us less stipend in comparison to other states of North-East. The students of other states gets double than us morally that is not what trouble us much but whatever we are suppose to get is also not being delivered to us, that troubles the most. Please check every form as clean as you can and don't neglect even a single student. At the best we can at least manage a month with it without bothering our poor parents. We students need your encouraging actions. Please take up some genuine steps to check what kind of error you might have committed or whether the mistake is on our side or not.


Elijah Taying

NEHU, Shillong


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