June 21

High Court on summer vacation

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: The Itanagar Permanent Bench of the Gauhati High Court will be remain closed on account on Summer Vacation including Dree Festival from 29th to 10 July 2015. During the vacation, the officers and staffs of the registry will attend the office as per roster arrangement, said a release.  


Continue to be torchbearers: Rajesh Tacho

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: “Galos have been the torchbearers in education sector in the state”, said health and family welfare minister Rajesh Tacho as he urged them to continue to lead the state in the field of education.

He was speaking at the annual felicitation function of academic toppers and brilliant achievers amongst the Galos, organised by Galo Welfare Society (GWS) here today.

Tacho advised the students to strive hard for excellence in academics as well as in life.

Secretary Education, Marnya Ete, who attended the award function advised students to concentrate in their studies and urged the parents to continue to support their wards.  

President GWS Dr Emi Rumi, secretary general Mokir Ori also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, chief patron GWS, and also MLA, Tumke Bagra advised the students to follow their dreams.

On the occasion, as many as 60 persons including students, professionals and achievers among the Galos were felicitated.


Bridge connecting Pongging washed away

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: Pongging, one of the remote villages under Upper Siang is cut off from the rest of the world due to sliding away of the connecting bridge due to incessant rain for the last few days. The only Foot Suspension Bridge (FSB) over Yamne River, the lifeline of the village was broken away by the mudslide causing great inconvenience to the villagers.

Local MLA Olom Panyang visited the spot and held a meeting with the villagers for early construction of a new FSB in a safer location and directed the concern authority to prepare the DPR as soon as possible. He also advised the villagers to stay alert to face any natural disaster.


Students’ demand power supply

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Jun 20: All Giba Circle Students Union has registered a complaint to authority regarding lack of supply of electricity in the villages.

In the complaint they have informed that electricity have been totally cut off since 8-9 months due to which public including govt staffs are facing problem. Yet there is no response from the power department, the students alleged.

Students are worse sufferer in the village due to the lack of electricity in the village, they added.

AGCSU appealed to the higher authority to immediately restore electricity in the area.


ABKLSU reiterates its demands

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: All Bameng Khenewa and Lada Students Union (ABKLSU) today reiterated it’s demands to Deputy Commissioner for immediate shifting of administrative officers and other departmental staffs at their respective posting places. ABKLSU demand for shifting to administrative officers to their posting places came after many of the officers reportedly remain absent causing administrative inconvenience. The union further demanded the district administration to empower Bameng ADC with full-fledged independent charge saying that Bameng circle was established in 1952. Informing that the people of Bameng are facing shortage of drinking water supply and electricity, ABKLSU sought for uninterrupted water and power supply at the ADC headquarter. It also demanded for immediate restoration of Richukrong-Sekong road to make convenient for people of Lada circle.  It further demanded for proper BSNL service and subject teachers posting at Bameng, Khenewa and Lada.


We stand on our demands: Orgs

ITANAGAR, June 20: While referring to the news item under the caption “PAWYA withdraws all the allegations against Sports Department” published in a section of local daily on June 17 last, Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association (PAYWA) and All Galo Students’ Union (AGSU) today  said that both the organizations stand on their demands and firmly decided to stand on the joint press conference held in May last. “There is no question of withdrawal of our issues,” said   the organizations.

Reli Loyi, claiming to be president of PAYWA and AGSU president Jorik Bagra in a joint press release claimed that Lige Lollen is a former PAYWA president and therefore the withdrawal letter written by the former president does not carry any meaning.

The  release further said that they are fighting for the corrupt system of government in implementing the construction of Outdoor Stadium projects at Aalo which is sanctioned under SPA 2013-14, and will continue to fight unless the system is corrected by the concerned department.

Both the organizations in its meeting held yesterday appealed the state Govt to expedite the said projects.


Hostel buildings to be renovated on self-help basis

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: All Pakke Kessang Pijeriang Dissing Passo Seijosa Students’ Union (APPDSSU) along with All East Kameng Students Union convened a meeting involving the Seijosa ADC, School Management Committee, PRI members, general public and teaching staff at Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Seijosa to discuss regarding a decision to close down the dilapidated hostels of the school.

The meeting following rigorous persuasion and stiff opposition from both the students unions decided to revoke the earlier decision and agreed to renovate the hostel buildings on self-help basis, the release said.

Earlier this month, the School Management Committee (SMC), PRI members and staff of the school had reportedly decided to dose down the hostels due to its pathetic condition and alleged indiscipline by few students.

It is reported that the hostel buildings have become unfit for living due to worn out condition.

Further, APPDSSU appealed to the authority concerned to provide compensation to all flood affected people of the Seijosa area and also to take immediate steps to repair the Govt. M.E. School, RWD Colony, Seijosa, which was damaged by flash flood couple of days ago.


Improve health care system

ZIRO, Jun 20: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner cum District Health Society (DHS) chairman Kanki Darang has called upon the health staffs to improve the health  care system in the  district.

Addressing the review meeting of the DHS here yesterday, Darang said although the Lower Subansiri district is the oldest one with good communication facilities, the district is placed amongst the lowest districts in health indicators. He felt the need to improve the health indicator in the district.

He directed all the health facilitators including MOs to effectively supervise the health centres and furnish monthly reports.

While appealing to all the staff to do justice to their duties, he strongly asked the health staff to refrain from absenteeism and to seek proper leave from the concerned authority.

The  chairman also stressed on regular meeting with the Medical Superintendent, incharges of various health centres and DPOs of vertical programmes like Malaria/non-communicable diseases for the success of the programme implementation.

DMO Dr M. Riba and Dr. Derin Likar, DFWO, also spoke on the occasion.

NHM programme officers presented reports on various health programmes during the meeting. This was followed by an interaction session wherein steps and measures to improve the health delivery system was discussed elaborately. DIPRO


RCH cum awareness camp at Yigi Kaum village

AALO, Jun 20: A team of doctors headed by Dr. Kengo Ori DFWO, Aalo conducted one day Reproductive Child Health Camp cum health awareness camp at Yigi Kaum, a Sansad Aadarsh Village.

Over 110 patients, including two ANCs were screened for various ailments. Students of Upper Primary School, Yigi Kaum Primary School and Children of Anganwadi centre were immunized for vaccine preventable diseases during the day.

Blood samples were also collected randomly from the patients for malaria and other vector borne disease by the staff of DVBDCO.

Besides counseling for family planning, oral and emergency contraceptive pills were distributed among the women.

West Siang DC Pige Ligu, who attended the camp, advised the villagers to become role model for others to follow by maintaining themselves high degree of health, hygiene and sanitation practices as dwellers of an Aadarsh Gaon (model village). DIPRO


Training on vermi-composting by KVK

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: The methods of vermi-composting and how its helps maintain soil fertility were explained in details by subject matter specialists (SNSs) of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), West Siang at a training programme organised for the farmers at Kadi village yesterday.

SMS in Plant Breeding delivered a lecture on how to produce truthful labeled seed and how to use high yielding varieties to get higher yield.

HDPE vermi-bed and earthworms (Eudrilus eugeniaeI) were also distributed to the farmers.

The KVK also conducted an awareness meeting with the villagers of Pagi village yesterday for execution of Technology Demonstration Component of Climate Resilient Agricultural technologies under NICRA Project covering Regi, Pagi and Disi villages.

During the meeting, the team members highlighted about the project and formalities to be followed as per the guidelines with thorough interaction with the participants.

Later, the KVK team comprising Dr R. Bhagawati, Joint Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Arunachal Pradesh Centre, Basar A. Kirankumar Singh, i/c Programme Coordinator and Scientists visited paddy and maize fields of two farmers of the village and advised remedial measures for rice blast. The team also observed nutrient deficiency in maize and encouraged the farmers for adopting the new technologies developed by the ICAR.


Seva Dal training ends

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: Altogether 150 newly enrolled City Congress Seva Dal cadres were trained during the two days training programme organised by State Seva Dal at Naharlagun.

Addressing the cadres on their completion of training, Seva Dal Chief Organizer Kipa Kaha exhorted them to be loyal to the party and do their duty with devotion and dedication.

All the trainees were provided with training completion certificates in the concluding day function today.  

Earlier, the Seva Dal cadres also took out a road march around Naharlagun Township shouting slogans of Indian National Congress and expressing their solidarity with the State Government.

The training came to an end with formal declaration of APCC President Padi Richo to this effect.

Yesterday, the training was formally inaugurated by Parliamentary Secretary Jomde Kena.

Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso, who also attended the inaugural function, condemned the BJP’s Jan Dan Andolan terming the yesterday’s Bandh Call as undemocratic and an obstacle to development.

MLA Nyamar Karbak also spoke on the occasion.


In service training conducted

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: An in-service Teacher’s training programme was conducted at various educational blocks of Kurung Kumey district from June 6 last.

During the training period, the DDSE, District Project Coordinator and district Pedagogy Coordinator visited various training centers and advised the teachers to improve their skills through Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) program or ‘In-service Teacher’s Training Program’ which is a program for updating the teacher’s learning attitude.


Malaria awareness prog at Kokila

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: District Vector Borne Disease Control Progamme Officer (DVBDCPO), Yupia organised malaria awareness programme at Kokila Health Sub-Centre under Balijan CHC yesterday as part of the on-going anti-malaria month observation.

DVBDCPO Tatung Tayang highlighted the aim and objective about anti malaria month campaign and appealed to the public to cooperate with Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) team. Informing the villagers that IRS is a proven and highly effective malaria control measures, he appealed them to allow the IRS team spray coverage of at least 50 per cent of their dwelling houses. He suggested the villagers to keep their surrounding clean and remove stagnant water to prevent mosquito breeding. Long lasting insecticide nets (LLINs) were distributed among the villagers.


TEF’s role lauded

ITANAGAR,  Jun 20: Former Sagalee MLA Taba Hania has lauded the activities of Tebw Employees Forum (TEF) and assured to extend all possible help to the Forum in near future.

Addressing the felicitation programme of the meritorious students and other achievers of Tebw community today at Naharlagun, Hania  also congratulated the meritorious students and  highlighted the importance of such  felicitation programme.

 Speaking on the occasion, Taba Niglo, public leader cum PCCI Secretary, lauded the  pioneering role of the Tebw society.  Appreciating  the activities of the  TEF,  Niglo, however, regretted that the society is still lagging behind  in many fields. Both Hania and Niglo also contributed to the TEF fund.

In his address TEF president D T Taba while congratulating the meritorious students and achievers, highlighted  the role and activities of the Forum.

TEF vice president Dr. Taba Khanna also spoke on the occasion. Among others, Taba Hare, a senior citizen of the society and Councillor Taba Takia also attended the programme.

The  felicitation programme was organized by the Tebw Employees Forum (TEF).


News Impact

Stage set for International Yoga Day celebrations

Governor appeals people to participate in Yoga Day for a healthier lifestyle

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: The stage is set for International Yoga Day celebrations tomorrow as India leads 191 countries to mark the day. The day will be observed in over 251 cities in 191 countries across the world and the Indian missions and diplomatic posts have made arrangements for the celebrations and other related events.

Governor of Arunachal Pradesh J P Rajkhowa called upon the people of the state to be part of the International Yoga movement initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  

The Governor, who will be participating in the International Yoga Day celebration in IG Park in the State Capital Itanagar said that today, when stress and health related problems are increasing, Yoga is the only ray of hope for facing the enormous challenges. Appealing to the people to participate and start healthier lifestyle, the Governor said that Yoga is truly an invaluable gift of the ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body and promotes harmony amongst the people, and man and nature. It encourages more holistic approach to health and happiness. We need to incorporate Yoga as part of our daily life, he added.

The Governor further said that it is a matter of great pride that the United Nations organisation by an unanimous resolution supported by 177 countries in agreement with the views and appeal of the Prime Minister of India, declared 21st June as the International Yoga Day.

The First Lady of the State Rita Rajkhowa will be participating in the celebration alongwith officials and people of Raj Bhawan complex.

At New Delhi, over 35,000 participants expected to perform various yoga 'asanas' at a mega event on Rajpath. Government will set up 2,000 huge digital 'cinema screens' across Rajpath for people to witness the live streaming of the performance of yoga asanas on Sunday. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the gathering, diplomats from 152 foreign missions have been invited to take part in the event which will start at 7 am to 7.35 am.

Given the expected large participation at one place, the Ministry of AYUSH which is coordinating the event, will aim at registering the event into the Guinness World Records for the "largest yoga demonstration or class at a single venue".

All the states have been requested to celebrate IYD simultaneously and to organise similar events at district and panchayat headquarters.

Apart from the government, several organisations will also hold similar yoga events as per their capacity including Ramdev who will hold 1,100 programmes and has targeted reaching one lakh villages, while Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has claimed to reach five crore people. (With inputs from PTI)



Demoralised Police personnel awaits justice

[ Amar Sangno ]

ITANAGAR, June 20: It has been more than a month and half that the aggrieved Arunachal Pradesh Police personnel are to find any justice and solace from the Assam Police investigation for the attack on them on May 1 at Joypur under Dibrugarh district.

Assam police is still clueless and has allegedly initiated no action on the Arunachal Police attack case by a mob on May 1 last. No arrests have been made by Assam police for the case registered with Joypur PS case no 39/2015 U/S 294/341/325/392/34/IPC on May 2nd, 2015.

On being enquired, Jaipur Police Station OC Pradip Kumar Borah confirmed that neither the accused have been arrested nor the 9MM service pistol of SI Saroh has been recovered.

Miffed with authorities of both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, maimed and demoralised SI Saroh had himself written a complaint letter to SP Dibrugarh for the alleged lackadaisical attitude of OC Joypur Pradip Kumar Borah towards the case. He also complained that the OC is unnecessarily harassing him by repeatedly summoning for interrogation whereas the accused whereabouts is yet to be located.

SI Saroh has also expressed displeasure with the authorities of Khonsa police for not persuading the matter so that the miscreants get punished under appropriate sections of law and the police personnel on duty are not demoralised.

When contacted, Khonsa SP informed that he is taking up the matter with the Assam counterparts, such as DIG Assam and SP Dibrugarh. He exuded hope that the Assam counterparts will expedite the case and take stern action against the miscreants.

Till the Assam police counterpart take any action, SI Saroh and his team who were mercilessly beaten by the mob from Assam will have to wait for justice. Along with the team, SI Benji Saroh‘s spirit has shaken with the Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) uniform.

SI Saroh is currently undergoing treatment for broken canine teeth, nasal bone fractured and partially broken ear drum at a private clinic in Dibrugarh after being discharged from Assam Medical College. His 9MM service pistol along with the ammunition was also reportedly snatched by the mob.

In the FIR copy, Saroh stated that when he and his team were coming back from Lengakat in Assam on its way to Khonsa, three bikes blocked them near the government higher secondary school gate at Joypur. Despite repeated honking for passage, the youths did not give way. When SI Saroh and Constable Baharali got down, the two bikes fled from the scene and however the youths of the third bike remained back and started to abuse them which led to a scuffle between Baharali and the drunken youth. When Saroh intervened to calm them down, the youth started shouting for help and a mob gathered and started assaulting them. The inebriated youths had allegedly instigated the villagers/mob that the Arunachal Police was beating him unnecessarily. Saroh and Constable Bangyang ran for their lives after the mob brutally assaulted them with bamboo sticks and iron rods.

The incident happened on the evening of May 1, around 8.45 pm, when SI Saroh accompanied by ASI Y. Yongam, Constables L. Bangyang and PrakashBaharali of Arunachal Pradesh Police were coming from Lengakat Police Station after verification of a Vodafone subscriber name for a case at of Deomali PS. Allegedly three Assam police personnel were present at the Joypur Police Station situated around 100 mtrs from the spot where the Arunachal Police team was being attacked by the mob.



Negi advocates rain water harvesting

State Food Security Mission meet

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: Ramesh Negi, Chief Secretary urged the stake holders to advocate technology intervention with special emphasis on Rain water harvesting to ensure sustainable development with due attention to soil health and ecology and advised to utilize services of the ATMA functionaries optimally.

He was addressing the State Food Security Mission Executive Committee (SFSMEC) meeting on 18 June to take stock of the status of implementation of “National Food security Mission(NFSM)” and approval of the Work Plan for 2015-16.

He advised to identify the low rainfall and Jhum (Shifting cultivation) areas of the state and accord emphasis on raising coarse cereals and leguminous crops productivity in a sustainable manner.

He stressed the need for close coordination of Agriculture and WRD for enhancement of crop production in suitable areas and to take up Rice based double cropping with Rabi Pulses in the Rice fallow areas.  

Hage Khoda, Commissioner (Agriculture) briefed about the background of NFSM which was launched in the state from 2012-13. Initially, NFSM-Rice was launched in 2012-13 and later, on persistent persuasion of the state Govt. NFSM-Pulses, coarse cereals were also launched from 2014-15.

A K Purkayastha, State Consultant (NFSM) & Advisor (Agriculture Department) said that state is expected to enhance  additional food grains production by about 1.6 lakh MT by the end of XII Plan(2016-17). He also stated that the productivity of Rice has been in an increasing trend and per hectare yield of Rice has reached 2240 Kg in 2014-15 as compared to 2060 Kg during 2011-12 and is authenticated by the fact that Arunachal Pradesh has bagged national level “Krishi Karman Commendation Award” consecutively for three years as recognition for rising trend of Food grain production and productivity consistently.

It was graphically shown that since launching of NFSM and Chief Minister’s Agri-Mechanization programme, Power availability in Agriculture has increased from 0.23 Kw/ha(2007) to 0.40 Kw/ha as a result of providing large number of subsidised Tractors, Power Tillers, Paddy Dehusking Machines and Water Pump sets contributing higher productivity.

Secretary (WRD), CE (WRD), Director (Agriculture), Mission Director (NFSM), Representative of Central Agricultural University (CAU), Pasighat and senior officers of Agriculture Dept also attended the meeting. (DIPR)



UOAP calls for CBI inquiry on financial mismanagement

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: The United Organisation of Arunachal Pradesh (UOAP) has served seven days ultimatum to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh to institute an inquiry agency such as CBI to probe the alleged financial mismanagement by Tuki led government Failing to do so would invite unprecedented democratic movement, it threatened. UOAP a conglomeration of many associations strongly condemned the state government for its financial mismanagement leading to financial crisis in the state.  In a press conference held at Arunachal Press Club here today, UOAP stated that the state is reeling under a huge financial deficit as a result of the financial mismanagement by the present government.

Delving further into the allegations of financial mismanagement by the incumbent government under Tuki, the chairman of UOAP, Toko Obi said that it is completely unethical for the present government to continue in the office as they have cheated on the electorates who voted them to power. He also stressed that the government has failed to pay the stipend of the students studying in and outside the state, the salaries, TA/DA of the government employees besides the contractor bills. He also alleged gross misappropriation of GPF. The chairman further vowed to be the voice of the people through the union and maintained that their efforts would not stop until they bring a logical end to the mess created by the incumbent government.

The organisations called for the resignation of state chief minister, Nabam Tuki and also appraised the Governor to impose Presidents Rule, which should be further followed by CBI inquiry into the whole gamut of misused funds.



CINEpolis 3D-State’s first 3D video parlour opens

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: Movie goers in Itanagar can now have the best movie experience with the opening of ‘Cinepolis 3D’, the state’s first 3D video parlour at Claret Tower here today.

The 34 seater video parlour has ultra HD screen with 5.2 Channel Dolby Digital and surround sound.

The man behind the innovative movie-going experience Nending Lahzeey says that the theatre intends to provide platform for regional movies which would encourage local talents.

He informed that the film ‘Itanagar 0 km’ will be screened from July 11 next. Parliamentary Secretary for Education and government spokesperson, Bamang Felix expressing happiness called on the proprietor of the theatre to come up with a bigger one for which he said he would extend his support.

“We need to come up with more of these so that our people are at par with new technologies. This is not business, this is about providing facility,” he said.



Story of a progressive farmer

[ Gawang Sumpa ]

Although Tirap district has been affected by insurgency, opium /drugs abuses etc for decades, there is a positive side too. Progressive farmer Bewang Lowang has set an example for others yet again by taking up commercial onion cultivation at his farm at Bera village. Earlier, Bewang Lowang was honoured with national award by then Union Agriculture & Food Minister Sharad Power for teak plantation and alternative mixed farming replacing old traditional system of Jhum cultivation.

The success story of Lowang, a retired CRPF Nk Subedar, is like a silver-lining amidst the dark clouds hovering over Tirap district and his achievement will  surely inspire other farmers to achieve similar milestone.  Lowang is also the chief of Bera village.

Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi while congratulating Lowang said that his achievement would inspire the other farming community of Tirap district. He said that the farming community of Tirap and Longding districts should try to come out of the cocoon of self-made miseries and look at the world which is full of avenues, opportunities and possibilities.

Joshi further said that the farmers of Tirap district will have to avoid bad habits like opium and alcohol addictions and channelise their energy towards agriculture and allied sectors. The DC had also congratulated agriculture department led by ADO Naiphu Wangsu for his innovative idea to introduce commercial onion cultivation in Tirap district for the first time.



Free eye screening camp by VKAJ

78 eye patients screened for cataract

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ) in association with Lion KK Saharia Eye Hospital, Dibrugarh, Assam organised a free eye screening and dental camp at Kanubari Community Health Centre, Longding Thursday as part of Eknath Ranade’s birth centenary celebration.

A total of 78 patients were screened for cataract out of which 8 were recommended for surgery. The identified patients will undergo cataract surgery free of cost at KK Saharia Eye Hospital, Dibrugarh. The other patients were advised for spectacles. Medicines were also distributed to the eye patients free of cost.

Over 100 patients were also examined for various dental diseases by Dr. Amit Singh, BDS. He gave some important tips to the students about oral hygiene and proper brushing techniques.

The camp was inaugurated by Kanubari ADC SS Choudhury.



Yoga is much more than just postures

[ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ]

As the first International Day of Yoga nears, there is an air of yoga everywhere. From UN Headquarters to Time Square to India Gate, people will come out in large numbers to celebrate the timelessness and vastness of yoga.

From being an ancient spiritual pursuit for those seeking enlightenment, yoga has been absorbed into mainstream lifestyle by people from all cultures and backgrounds across the globe. The world is lapping up yoga and other ancient wisdom as a vital part of lateral thinking in various spheres of life.

The rising interest and popularity abroad yoga, pranayama and meditation confirm that paranoia about Indian spirituality is gradually giving way to a sense of appreciation and acceptance. Yoga became popular in the West as a solution to lose weight or as a physical exercise and people also found relief from many ills such as stress, anxiety, professional burnout, addictions and insomnia.  

In additions to its remedial properties, yoga is also a path to realize and harness one's deepest potential. It has a profound impact on multiple levels of our existence. While stretches and postures make the body supple, pranayama and meditation take the mind deep within. An unknown dimension opens up within our being that enriches the experience of life in many ways.

There are several benefits of yoga - it enhances health, improves memory and concentration, sharpens the intellect, de-stresses the system and increases energy levels. It also unveils an intuitive ability within us which is much needed for creative pursuits and in overcoming obstacles like the writers' block.

According to Maharishi Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the oldest known text on the subject, yoga is freedom from all the distortions of the mind. If we observe the mind, we will realise that it is always engaged in one of five things: Seeking proof or answers, Forming conclusions, Imagining or fantasizing, Remembering past events or memories and Dreaming.

Yoga or union with the Higher Self happens when the mind is not engaged in any of the above.

Yoga is a lifestyle and should not be mistaken for only asanas (postures). A disease-free body, quiver-free breath, stress-free mind, inhibition-free intellect, obsession-free memory, ego that includes all, and soul which is free from sorrow are the signs of a perfect yogi. Equanimity of the being is yoga.

Today yoga has become synonymous with relaxation, health, happiness, and a creative mind. The world is embracing it as a skill to enhance the quality of life.



Groom sports talents: IWF tells Arunachal Weightlifting Association

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: Vice President of Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Bhabajyoti Goswami stressed on identifying and grooming hidden sports talents in Arunachal Pradesh.

Addressing the Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) of the Arunachal Weightlifting Association (AWA) at Naharlagun today, Goswami said the youths of the state have in-born talent, who can compete with best of the best in the world, if they are properly guided and their talents honed.

“I have been observing the performance of weightlifters of the state since couple of years and the current crop of lifters from the state have enormous potential to win medals at Olympics in future,” Goswami, also a Category-I international referee, opined.

“There was a time when Arunachal Pradesh was represented by lifters from outside the state in various national and regional competitions. Today, Arunachal has been able to produce so many promising lifters within the last couple of years, which is praiseworthy indeed,” he said.

Ten weightlifters from Arunachal Pradesh are pursuing education and coaching at Army Sports Institute, Pune and two in Imphal, Manipur. Of them, five, namely Jimjang Deru (56kg), Kojum Taba (77kg), Lalu Taku (62kg), Soram Hitlar Tagru (69kg) and Sambu Lapung (69kg) are currently attending national coaching camp at NIS, Patiala for various international events during 2015.

The IWF Vice President did not hesitate to say that the lifters from the state are the best among Indian teams. He was also all praise for AWA and the state government for providing necessary support and facilities to the lifters in terms of equipments.

“Even in Guwahati, Assam we do not have such facilities,” he said.

Abraham K Techi, who has been retained as President of AWA for another term, credited whatever achievement made so far to dedicated AWA team, its coaches/trainers and the support extended by the state government led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

AKA President Likha Tara highlighted the vital role of coaches in honing talents of players. He advised the coaches and trainers to take their job as challenge and produce at least one or two players, who can represent the state or country at national and international level competitions.

Arunachal Wushu Association President Toko Teki, Information Commissioner M Linggi, AKA general secretary L Marik also spoke on the occasion, among others.

Earlier, AWA general secretary Daniel Teli, who was also retained in his post, presented the annual reports.

The meeting was also attended by Sports and Youth Affair Joint Director Ramesh Linggi, Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary General, Geshi Doke, AWA district level office bearers, coaches and former lifters.


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