Parikrama electrifying performance captivates youngsters
Bos Frontalis Festival
ITANAGAR, May 31: Braving rain and mud at the IG Park, thousands of youngsters turned
up to witness the electrifying performance of Parikrama, one of India’s most popular
Rock and Roll bands! True to their reputations, the band managed to captivate the
attention of the youngsters who swayed to the music during the hour long performance.
The band members taught a lesson or two as they greeted the spectators in at least
ten languages of the state!
Apart from their original scores “In the middle”, “But it rained”, “Tears of the
wizard”, “Vaporize”, “Rhythm and blues”, the band played cover versions of AC/DC,
Cold Play, Deep Purple and Iron Maiden.
Thanks to Bos Frontalis Festival organized by Mascot Network Society and Centre for
Cultural Research and Documentation, to bring awareness on mithuns and need for its
conservation, the evening indeed was a pleasant blend of the tradition and the modern.
Under the theme in transition by CCRD, a Fashion show showcasing the designs of one
of the most sought after new designers of India and Arunachal’s very own Jenjum Gadi
added colour to the evening. Select models wore the creations by Jenjum named Metamorphosis
tribal theme and sashayed on the ramp with a catchy remix of folk songs of the state.
Education Minister who was the Chief Guest of the evening said that it’s on the youngsters
to carry forward the culture and tradition of the culture of the state and work toward
conservation of the Mithun as it signifies the very core of tribal society.
The Evening also saw the release of new Logo of CCRD.
ePDS launched in Tirap, a giant step towards PDS streamlining
KHONSA, May 31: The ePDS, the first of its kind in whole of northeast and a giant
step towards PDS streamlining was formally launched at Khonsa today by Speaker Wanglin
He also inaugurated the ePDS counter as a part of the launching programme.
Later addressing the HoDs at DCs conference hall, the Speaker appreciated the effort
of DF&CSO Amit Bengia and district administration for evolving the ePDS system and
hoped that it would go a long way in streamlining PDS in the real sense of the term.
He said that Tirap district was faced with a peculiar problem of its own and appealed
to the officers to work with utmost sincerity saying that ‘when the going gets tough,
the tough gets going’.
Lowangdong also hope that Tirap district would come out with more such innovative
ideas in future. Speaker further said that providing food security to the people
was the prime duty of any government adding that the benefits of ePDS must reach
the poorest of the poor. Earlier Tirap DC W. Lowang in his address said that PDS
streamlining is one of the main agendas of the state government adding that efforts
were on at all levels to make PDS effective. DF&CSO threw light on various facets
of ePDS thorough talk and video clippings. He also clarified the queries post by
the participants. The meeting was attended by DOTC Chairman Y. Matey and HoDs.
With not much scope for wet rice cultivation, the people of Tirap practice shifting
cultivation. The meager produce from the Jhumland is hardly sufficient to sustain
their livelihood. So, they are totally dependent on Public Distribution System.
The District Administration is according top priority to food security. In order
to make PDS efficient, consumer-friendly and error-free, the District Administration
and department of Food & Civil Supplies have embarked on an ambitious and innovative
venture called ePDS. This is the first of its kind in the whole of Northeast and
it is envisaged to use the system as a pilot project which will be subsequently replicated
in other districts of the state in the current financial year. The project has evolved
after a painstaking effort for the last 2 years by Amit Bengia, DF&CSO and Mayank
Premi of Beacons Analytics Pvt. Ltd, Delhi. Both of them had carried out demonstrations
on key features and benefits of ePDS at Itanagar and Khonsa during the month of March
2010 to popularize the concept and also to create awareness amongst all stakeholders.
It may be added here that the concept of ePDS was first mooted by former Tirap Deputy
Commissioner, Ankur Garg in 2008. After close interaction with the consumers, village
elders, Panchayat leaders and NGOs it has been decided to put to practical use, this
ePDS. It has been developed with the help of private developers and subject matter
experts from Directorate of Food & Civil Supplies, Naharlagun and Prof. Abrahem Koshy
of IIM, Ahemedabad.
Tirap district though gripped by insurgency problem has been successful in leading
the way in introducing innovative and novel ventures like ePDS that would revolutionize
the functioning of TPDS in the state. This pilot project was initially funded by
BADP, Wakka under the initiative of present Horticulture Minister Honchun Ngandam.
It is worth-mentioning here that the department of Food & Civil Supplies is beset
with a plethora of problems like non payment of HTS bills to transporters for last
5 years by FCI leading to countless numbers of litigations, fluctuation in monthly
allocation of APL rice from GOI, non availability of stocks in most of FSDs (godowns)
of FCI located in Arunachal Pradesh, non establishment of full-fledged FCI Regional
office and 3 more district offices etc.
APTOA to organise Arunachal Travel Congress, CM to be chief guest
ITANAGAR, May 31: Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association (APTOA) will organize
the 8th Arunachal Travel Congress and APTOA Convention in Tawang on Oct 3 and 4.
The theme of this year’s convention is “Sustainable Tourism Development in Arunachal
Pradesh”. The Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu have consented to be the chief guest
of the convention, the Association said in a release today.
The proposed convention will have technical and interactive sessions involving all
tourism stake holders of the state like tour operators, travel agents, transporters
and hoteliers. APTOA also decided to invite major travel trade related organizations
from across the country to take part in the travel Congress.
Meanwhile, APTOA got a major boost with the assurance from CM for an all round tourism
development in the state. This assurance came when an APTOA delegation called on
the CM and submitted a memorandum appraising its activities today. The CM also appreciated
the efforts of APTOA members in promoting eco, adventure and cultural tourism within
and outside the state, the release said.
APTOA said, the Chief Minister also urged the Association to organize the next Buddha
Mahotsav by giving a professional touch to enable larger participation of foreign
tourists and Indian visitors.
Informing that the APTOA in collaboration with Arunachal Tourism will also organize
Arunachal Tourism Expo in New Delhi next winter to showcase the tourism potential
of the state, the Associaiton also appealed the CM to include two senior members
in the recently constituted State Level Monitoring Committee on Tourism to enable
proper tourism input from the travel trade industry.
APTOA Chairman Tsering Wange and President John Panya also appraised the Chief Minister
about the harassment meted out to Arunachal tour operators and transporters in Assam
by Assam Police and Para Military Forces by off loading the tourists and requisitioning
the vehicles at random. The associaton claimed that the chief minister assured to
write to Assam counter part to solve the problem on priority.
Govt urges administration to act tough against fake ultras
ITANAGAR, May 31: The Home Minister Tako Dabi lauded the ample efficiency demonstrated
by police personnel led by the OC, PS, Deomali in nabbing the two self-styled NSCN
(K) cadres at Deomali, Tirap district on May 29. A case has also been registered
against the culprits. He further informed that these self-styled ultras in the name
of NSCN (K) & NSCN (IM) in Tirap district are collecting money even by using the
local shopkeepers and businessmen as conduits and pocketed the money.
Therefore, the Government has directed the district administration to launch massive
hunt to apprehend these fake ultras working in the name of real ultras, in almost
all the places of Tirap district. A few such ultras are also reportedly working in
some localities of Changlang and Lohit districts. So the District Administration
and the civil society should come forward to nab these unwanted and fake nuisance
creators only for the sake of grabbing money operating in different villages in the
districts of Tirap, Changlang and Lohit. The Capital Complex of Itanagar is also
not free from such fake ultras, which generally resort in serving extortion notice
through mobile p hones. However, such fake ultras in the capital complex have been
reduced, but yet to be completely wiped out. DIPR
DM terms bandh unlawful
ITANAGAR, May 31: The Capital Region District Magistrate Padmini Singla has termed
the 24 hours Capital bandh given by All Nyishi Youth Association on June 2-3 as unlawful
and illegal. The Association is calling a bandh in protest against non preparation
of AOP and other issues. She said that strictest preventive action must be ensured
by the Police leaving no scope for agitators to disturb normal activities of the
residents. Home Minister Tako Dabi has viewed seriously the rampant bandh calls,
particularly in Itanagar / Naharlagun. He has cautioned that the government will
not tolerate any further bandh as such act tantamount to encroachment of the fundamental
rights of the citizens. DIPR
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association (APTOA) also requested the
CM to curb the frequent ‘bandhs’ being organized by different organizations and find
an amicable solution to their problems. Bandhs not only hamper the economic development
of the State but also gives negative image of the state to the outside world, it
All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF), in an emergency meeting
attended by the representatives of all federal units today appealed the All Nyishi
Youth Association to withdraw the proposed 24-hr bandh on June 2 and solve the matter
through dialogue with the state Govt.
Affirming that bandh calls are not solution to the problems, the Federation said,
besides the development activities of the Govt, such bandh calls badly affect the
wage earners, state economy and transportation. Instead of involving in petty bandh
calls, the ANYA should involve in welfare activities and lead the state towards
development, the federation opined.
World No Tobacco Day observed
‘Keep away from tobacco products’
ITANAGAR, May 31: World No Tobacco Day was jointly observed by the VHAI Project Khusi,
Kingcup Public School and VHA of Arunachal Pradesh at Itanagar today.
More than four hundred students participated in the day-long program that started
with the power-point presentation on the bad-effect of tobacco on health by Dr. Lobsang
Jampa, State Epidemiologist.
75 students of the school enthusiastically participated in poster competition organized
in this occasion.
The chief guest of the function Dr. Emi Rumi, Project Director, AP State AIDS Control
Society appealed all to get rid of tobacco both in smoking and non-smoking forms.
He opined that students, adolescents, women and youth should not be trapped by the
tobacco-industry to sale its products.
Dr. Rumi also expressed surprise the way the new pictorial health warning on tobacco
products is being deferred by six months period, as the new warning would be highly
useful to help save millions of lives from the silent-killer like tobacco.
Principal of the School A. K. Palit too appealed the students to refrain from chewing
all kinds of tobacco products. He also told that products like Tiranga should also
It’s noteworthy that Project Khusi is working in Itanagar town with 300 victims of
drug with the aim of protecting the Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) from HIV/AIDS. Later
participating in an hour-long discussion in Doordarshan Kendra, Itanagar Dr. S. Tawsik,
Selection Grade Pathologist of the General Hospital, Naharlaun and Ajay K. Tripathy
of VHAI appreciated the efforts of State Government, print & electronic media, student
bodies, NGOs and schools.
Both mentioned that with the collective efforts of all we can save our people from
the menace of tobacco. Tripathy also appealed all to effectively monitor the sale
of tobacco products to minors as well as to check smoking in public places which
Govt. must act tough on Chakma-Hajongs: LAWA
ITANAGAR, May 31: Concerned over vexed Chakma-Hajong refugee issues, Lendo Ao Welfare
Association (LAWA) has demanded the State Govt. to initiate drastic action to flash
out all illegal migrants settling at M-Pen and Kathans of Changlang and Lohit districts.
Citing the problems now Tripura is facing from Chakma-Hajong refugees, LAWA said
that time has come for Govt. to act tough on the issue. Otherwise, a day will come
when those illegal migrants will demand for a separate state within the state, the
association cautioned. Meanwhile, LAWA appealed to the authorities concerned to clean
bamboo bushes near town area, the most suitable place for mosquito breeding, to control
spreading of malaria.
Siram spells out new initiatives under education policies
PASIGHAT, May 31: Highlighting the New Education Policy and Right to Education in
a interactive meeting at Siang Guest house on May 29 last, state Education Minister
Bosiram Siram said that free education including reading and writing materials
would be provided to all and there will be no admission fees upto Class VIII standard.
The meeting was organised by the by the East Siang unit ATA.
Education is the basic need and right of every child, the minister said and urged
the Principals, Vice-Principals, HMs and teachers to be disciplined, sincere and
dedicated while imparting quality education in the state.
Responding to the SSA teachers demands, Siram said all possible and genuine demands
would be considered by the present government. The DC Onit Panyang and DDSE Marken
Kadu expressed their happiness over the new education policy in the state.
the President ATA (East Siang) Tabung Ering appealed for immediate release of necessary
funds for school management and also required funds for Security Fencing of Sikshak
Among others, the District Coordinator SSA Kalom Ering and DAEO J. Yirang were also
present in the meeting. DIPRO
Big Dam: socio-economic development or depression?
ITANAGAR, May 31: The Tug-of-War between the Anti-Dam and Pro-Dam along with state
government for construction of 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydro Electricity Project over
River Siang is not a matter of the economic development of the area but it is an
issue relating to preservation of land and environment.
No doubt, the construction and setting up of Dam will provide ample jobs opportunities
including contract works to the local people.
However, we should remember that only a handful of contractors will be the ultimate
beneficiaries, and we shouldn’t expect economic streamlining or benefit with the
little amount we receive today from the authority in form of compensation against
our land and property which we have inherited from our fore-fathers.
Lower Siang Project Affected Welfare Society in a press statement said that “some
people who do not belong to dam affected families are misleading the people of Ponging
and other villagers for political motives”. The statement smacks of regionalism as
the construction of Dam would affect not only the particular village or area; it
will also equally affect upstream and downstream people in terms of submergence and
Our people should know that any big dams has many impacts on our ecology, environment
and social life. Ponging and its surrounding villages are the immediate affected
areas, but the whole Arunachal Pradesh as well as others states of the country will
face the same environmental impact.
The dams will hold back sediments and debris. The life of organisms including fish
at downstream depends on the constant feeding of river with debris. Debris provides
hiding places for all sizes of animals and surfaces for phytoplankton and microorganisms
to grow. Although debris might come from the river above the dam, it is trapped in
the reservoir and never appears in the downstream. This means it losses both nutrients
and habitat for most animals and fishes.
It also changes the temperature of the river, as the water in reservoirs are warm
at the top and cold at the bottom, if the water is released from the reservoir, it
is usually released from the bottom of the dam. And there is a sudden change of temperature
in the downstream water, many micro invertebrates depend on a regular cycle of the
temperatures throughout the year is affected.
It also stops fish migration, many fish must move upstream and downstream to complete
their lifestyles. Many Dams are built without fish ladders. If enough adult fishs
do manage to climb above a dam, there remains the issue of their young, how will
they get back downstream? Many are killed by predators while they wander in the reservoir
above the Dam. Many are killed in their fall downward through the dam to the river
below. They are not killed by the fall itself, but by the high levels of nitrogen
gas at the base of the Dam. Once the dam is built there will be dramatic consequences
on the nature of the environment both upstream and downstream of the dam. The magnitudes
of these effects are usually directly related to the size of dam.
Besides, soil erosion and other impacts, it will also restrict the flow of river
below the dam, in case the entire flow has been diverted for other uses, there may
no longer be any flow in the original channel below the dam. Just imagine, what will
happen to the mighty Siang, if we welcome the Big Dam today.
In case a dam bursts, what will happen to people living in the downstream? Ayeng,
Mebo, Kiyit, Sigar, Rani, Tode Bamin, Ruksin, Pasighat and others areas are set to
be destructed heavily.
Will the government or the company refurbish their lost land, material and life?
No, the MoU under Article 11, said that “either party the state government and the
company shall not be responsible in any manner for the losses arising out of the
force majeure situation such as earth quake, flood, fire, explosion, epidemic, cyclone,
external invasion, civil commotion, riots, landslide etc, which are beyond the reasonable
control of the effected party. However, the party so affected, upon serving notice
thereof to the other party setting out therein particulars thereof shall be excused
from performance of its obligations to the extend prevented, delayed or interfered
with for the period force majeure condition persist. The party so affected shall
make its best efforts to remove such cause of force majeure as expeditiously as possible
and shall continue performance hereunder with due dispatch when ever such cause (s)
Despite some of the impacts of Big Dams, one wonders why the government campaign
for hydro power projects. Instead of checking inflow of population and minimising
the future problems of the society our leaders seems busy inviting problems. Are
they doing all these to make their constituency wealthy and secured?
One surprising aspects also is the fact that many small hydel power stations hsve
not been renovated to the cater to the needs of the people. Instead they have been
Another peculiar nature of our government is that, while it opposed the construction
of Dam over Tsangpo (Siang) in Tibet by Chinese government, it is pressuring indigenous
people to accept construction of Dam over Siang River.
If right decisions are not made by our people, soon our limited land and resources
will be taken from us.
AAPSU fact-finding team lauded
ITANAGAR, May 31: All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) has appreciated
fact finding team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) for visiting Chakma
settlement area of Kokila and Hollongi village. In a press statement APPDSU president
Nabam John said people of this state has great hope that present AAPSU team will
take this issue to appropriate level in the coming days.
He also appreciated the role of Tobom Dai, spokesperson AAPSU and Chakma refugees
issue committee chairman and Nabam Tamar, Vice-president AAPSU and vice-chairman
Chakma refugees issue committee for working seriously towards finding solution to
long pending Chakma-Hajong issue. John who himself had accompanied AAPSU team during
their visit to Kokila and Hollogi informed that everybody was surprised to find that
tribal people of state has given free hand to Chakma to use their land. He said this
practice should be stopped and asked people to learn from Miao incident, where Chakmas
have taken over the land where initially they worked as labour.
AYSU serves ultimatum
ITANAGAR, May 31: All Yachuli Students Union (AYSU) has expressed unhappiness over
government’s muted response to their one point memorandum submitted way back in month
of February regarding their plea for establishing proposed polytechnic at Yachuli
town. In a press release issued AYSU says despite their repeated appeal state government
is yet to respond.
Further AYSU has given 10 days ultimatum to state government in this regard. If they
fail to respond, union would take its own course of action which includes bandh call
in premises of 16th Yachuli constituency.
Complaint against census
ITANAGAR, May 31: Bharatiya Janata Party, Anjaw District president B Kri appealed
the state governent to ensure fair and transparent census in the district to avert
While complaining about the negligence of officers engaged in the census duty, Kri
alleged that family members of BJP District Yuva President Sothik Kri of Tambruglat
under Hawai circle have not been enrolled in the ongoing Census.
Org calls for just treatment of animals
ITANAGAR, May 31: People for Animals requested the State Government to ban all the
issued licensed guns/rifles used in hunting & killing innocent animals. It called
on the Chief Minister and Minister Environment & Wildlife & Forest to take up some
strong measures against ongoing cruelties against animals and implement their dialogue
into action. It further called on the State Govt. & M/S JP Associate who is implementing
the 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydro Project to take utmost care of Nature, Wildlife, &
Environment while constructing the project.
IPR mourns demise of Late Michi Tajang
NAHARLAGUN, May 31: Michi Tajang, Peon, in the department of Information and Public
Relations died this morning at General Hospital Naharlagun following illness.
The officers and staff of the Directorate of Information and Public Relations assembled
in the office premises and observed two-minute silence to pray for the eternal peace
of the departed soul and to give strength to the bereaved family members to bear
the irreparable loss.
The Director IPR Leki Phuntso expressed grief and shock at the demise of late Tajang.
Born in the year 1961, late Tajang had joined the department in the year 1984.
Career fair draws large number of students
ITANAGAR, May 31: Around two thousand students visited the two-day 1st Career Fair
Most of the Students are found interested in Engineering, Hotel Management, Pharmacy
27 institute from Bangalore, Delhi, U.P, Sikkim, Orissa, Punjab, Haryana, Dehradoon,
West Bengal have participated for the fair organised by the SAPE, leading education
fair organizer and supported by Directorate of Higher & Technical education, Government
House gutted in fire
ITANAGAR, May 31: One house was gutted down in a fire accident at Kheel-II village,
Toru Circle on May 15 last.
The victim of the fire accident Tana Tato Tara informed that despite an FIR has
been lodged at Sagalee Police Station on the same day no any police personnel visited
the spot to investigate the accident till today.
Criticising the officer in-charge of Sagalee Police station for not paying heed
to the FIR, Tara appealed the concerned authority to take nessary step for early
investigation and provide relief and financial assistance to the fire victim.
Monitor distribution of ration items: AAPCA
ITANAGAR, May 31: All Arunachal Pradesh Consumers Association (AAPCA) has appealed
the Food and Civil Supply Minister to initiate steps for effective distribution of
ration items in the state.
In a letter to the minister the Association claimed that the beneficiaries are deprived
of the actual ration quota since 2006 The ration card holders are being distributed
only 15 kg of rice each against the allotted quota of 50 kg, it added.
The association requested the Govt to check the supply of monthly ration items and
monitor the distribution of ration items by the fair price shops to solve the scarecity
of ration commodities.
Tea awareness campaign
ITANAGAR, May 31: A team of executives of the Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers
Association will conduct an awarness campaign among the general farmers in districts
from June 10 and 19 next. The campaign will focus on shifting of jhum cultivation
to organic tea plantation as tea is the only sustainable crop which can enhance economy.
ITANAGAR, May 31: All Mebo Students’ Union and All Mebo Circle Unemployed Youth Forum
appealed the concerned authority to concede the demands of Mebo Area Bachao Committee.
The Mebo area is already facing flood fury and the problem will be increased if
the proposed three dams are built in and around Mebo area, the organisations said.
Women Commission urged to intervene against women atrocities
ITANAGAR, May 31: Apatani Youth Association highlighting the increasing crimes against
the weaker section of the society particularly the women and children in the Ziro
valley appealed the State Women Commission to look into the cases seriously and initiate
necessary steps with concerned authority to pursue for speedy trail, prompt punishment
and not to grant bail to the criminals.
It further citing the cases of Habung Chunya and Dusu Halley said that the early
release of crimals encourage them to commit repeated crimes.
ITANAGAR, May 31:132/33kv, 5MVA, R-phase transformer of Ziro substation, Powergrid
Corporation of India Limited has developed some technical defect leading to interruption
of Power Supply in Lower Subansiri and Kurung Kumey districts, according to an official
release. The rectification/replacement of transformer has been taken up with top
priority and may take some time for restoration of normal power supply, the release
State’s RIDF XVItarget pegged at Rs. 195.00 Crores
ITANAGAR: National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development (NABARD) has earmarked
Rs. 195.00 crores as normative allocation for new projects in Arunachal Pradesh for
the year 2010-11 under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) Tranche XVI.
The current sanctions under ongoing tranches (RIDF XI to XV) to the state are Rs.
496 crores; of which drawable amount during 2010-11 (as per schedule) is Rs. 284
crores. The minimum estimated drawals during 2010-11 are pegged at Rs. 160 crores.
In order to expedite the process and claim the estimated drawals, NABARD has written
to the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to enhance the borrowing limit of the State under
Article 293(3) of the Constitution of India and draw up a suitable strategy for posing
early submission of RIDF proposals so that NABARD can sanction them expeditiously,
according to an official release.
ACDF condemns forceful conversion
ITANAGAR: Changlang District Christian Forum (CDCF) has condemned any kind of foreceful
conversion of any one to any religion. The Forum was reacting to the alleged forceful
conversion to Christianity by activists reportedly having nexus with under ground
elements in Changlang.
Faith is a feeling and embracing the faith and religion is not an immediate act but
a decision which follows a graudal and long process, the Forum asserted. Expressing
displeasure over the report of alleged forceful conversion of Buddhist Tikhaks Community
of Changlang, it termed the allegation baseless and said that Christianity lives
for peace and brotherhood. Such kind of news is embrassing to the peace and harmony
of the local people. However, the Forum extended its solidarity to Tikhak community
of Nampong on this matter.
Itanagar: A doctor of Ramkrishna Mission Hospital Itanagar was assaulted this evening
by escorts of a patient. The incident happened at the emergency ward of RKMH.
In protest against the incident the doctors of the hospital decided not to extend
their services at emergency, pay clinic and OPD.
Blood Donor Day
ITANAGAR: To mark International Blood Donor Day, a month long program shall be launched
at RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar on June 1. The month long campaign shall include
multi media campaign through various media channels, blood donation camps and social
mobilization throughout the state. Parliamentary Secretary Nido Pavitra would launch
This year the theme is “new blood for the world with special focus on youth.
ITANAGAR, May 31: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) state unit president has appointed
Dug Saha as its vice president effective immediately.
ITANAGAR, May 31: All Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Employees Welfare Association
deeply mourned the untimely demise of welder STS, Itanagar, Rubu Tayu, who died on
May 29 in a tragic road accident.
The members of the association prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul
and extended their condolence message to the breaved family members.