APPSC to appeal, allows 6 rejected candidates to sit for mains
ITANAGAR, June 7: Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission is contemplating to
appeal against the interim order of the High Court against its recent verdict where
it pulled up the Commission for not allowing 27 candidates on flimsy grounds. Secretary
Huzar Lollen said that the Commission is confident of getting a favourable verdict.
Acting on the Court order, however, the Commission has allowed the six candidates
who approached the court to sit in the main exams. However, the fate of 21 others
is not known. The exam starts from June 8.
He further informed that the Commission had rejected candidature of some for the
APPSCCE (Main), 2010 for not fulfilling the conditions stipulated in the advertisement
No. PSC-R/01-09, Dtd 19th August, 2009 and the Application Form for the APPSCCE (Main),
2010 and under Rule 10(e) of the APPSCCE Rules, 2001 making false or incorrect statement
or suppressing material information.
1735 candidates were rejected during the preliminary examination on various grounds.
After vehement pleadings by candidates and their guardians, commission relented to
allow the candidates to take the said examination.
For the mains examination, 27 candidates were also rejected on various grounds. Of
them, six candidates had knocked at the doors of justice after failing to convince
The Commission further taking exception to a portion of the article published in
this daily in which a candidate had described her ordeal with the Commission, has
termed it as a misinterpretation of facts.
He clarified that there is no woman candidate from Aalo in the rejected list of twenty-seven
ATNS adds: The place of domicile of the anguished applicant was inadvertently reflected
as belonging to Aalo, West Siang District, for which we stand corrected. However,
this daily stands by the circumstances cited in the story and will be only too willing
to produce all documents that validate the story, as and when the need arises.
Training on financial rules, procedures and functions of DDOs
ITANAGAR, June 7: With the devolution financial powers government calls upon all
the line departments including district administrations to work with dedication,
devotion and live upto the expectation as well as aspiration of the people, said
ATI (Trg) Pema Tshetan.
Inaugurating the week-long in-service training programme on "financial rules, procedures
and functions of DDOs" at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun today,
Tshetan reminded the officers that the government has been constantly stressing on
effective execution of all centrally sponsored schemes, projects and timely submission
of the utilization certificate so that the inflow of fund is not disturbed due to
want of utilization certificate.
The government has recently reviewed the "Delegation of Financial Powers Rule 1978"
in respect of Arunachal Pradesh through a high level committee and approved major
modification of the Rule after 1978 and revised the quantum of financial powers to
commensurate with the present price index in respect of all authorities under category
"A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ to provide much needed relief as well as to speed up the pace of
development in the state, he informed. Apart from revising the financial powers,
the government also delegated special financial powers upto Rs. 15 lakh in each case
for the level of Commissioners/ Secretaries in respect of ACA, SPA, DP, PABRGF, CSS
etc. and Rs. One lakh and Rs. Two lakh respectively in each case for execution of
"minor works" under the State Plan Budget for Directors/Secretaries, he said. "The
main objective behind these major financial decisions of the government is to facilitate
smooth and effective implementation of various government schemes/projects and minor
works within the time frame," he added.
The Director cautioned the officers that while executing government fund they should
be aware of the fact that all such financial transactions of the government departments
are under close scrutiny of the executive through Public Account Committees as well
as other State and Central Agencies. He urged the officers to be extra careful in
handling government expenses to avoid any financial impropriety or irregularity in
view of strict disciplinary action being considered by the Government for such lapse
in the past.
As many as 26 officers from various head of departments, district administration
holding the charge of drawal and disbursing officers (DDOs), head of officers (HoDs)
besides few APCS officers of CO and EAC levels are attending the training, according
to an ATI release.
TOP- 2010 enchants teachers at Wakro
WAKRO, June 7: “The results of a teacher’s work become visible only after 20 years,
after a generation’s gap, as we can see from numerous historic events and social
movements. Hence you as teachers shall not give up hope and abandon your commitment
and efforts, to build up the citizens of tomorrow”, exhorted Lt. Col. D.N. Mullick,
CO (Offg), 26 Maratha Light Infantry, as he delivered the Valedictory address of
the 3rd Annual Teachers’ Orientation Programme (TOP 2010) for the private schools
of Lohit district by ASSET, Wakro.
20 teachers from 6 schools of Lohit participated in the 4 days’ residential camp.
He also assured the full support of the Lohit Brigade in improving their teaching
skills and educational environment. Pritty Tindya, President, Women’s Welfare Committee
of Wakro urged the teachers to keep themselves updated and motivated through such
The programme was inaugurated on Jun 3rd by Brig. Manjeet Mehta, SM, Commander, 82
Mountain Bridage in a grand function attended by teachers, govt. officials, panchayat
leaders, parents, students and Gaon-burahs. K. Krishna Rao, Principal, DPS Duliajan,
the chief resource person, dealt at length on “Teacher as a leader”, “Team skills
for a teacher” and “Effective classroom management with emphasis on slow-learners”.
His delightful sessions with many witty anecdotes, personal experiences and enchanting
Power Point presentations regaled the teachers, boosting their confidence.
P. A. Varman, an experienced Maths teacher with DPS Duliajan discussed elaborately
the many conceptual difficulties that confused teachers while handling primary and
middle-school maths. His practical tips during group presentations were highly appreciated
by the participants.
Bisakha Sarma, Ph.D scholar in Khamti language and the founder Principal of Apna
Vidya Bhavan, Wakro highlighted the vital need of a loving approach while teaching
primary classes. A love for language-learning comes only when the teacher manifests
a true affection for her students”, she explained, with numerous personal experiences.
Yealiang Tamblu, I/c of Thyagaraja Centre for Music, Tezu, outlining the vital importance
of innovating new rhymes suitable to the Arunachali environment, initiated the camp
with lively rhymes and songs.
S. Mundayoor, Advisor, ASSET, dwelt at length on ‘Teaching Reading”, “Language Games
as a multi-purpose tool”, “Essential features of a Question” and “Micro-teaching
skills”. This was followed by a hilarious and useful session of micro-teaching practice
by the trainees.
Mundayoor also stressed on the vital role of teaching Arunachali mother-tongue in
pre-primary and primary classes.
A highly appreciated event of the camp was a language skit and story-reading demonstration
by Kesilu Tayang and Amilu Minin, two active young volunteers of APNE Library of
the VT-AWIC Library Network.
The Chairman, ASSET interacting in the camp stressed on value-building and character
in teacher as an individual and narrated anecdotes of many great teachers. He thanked
the private school-managements for taking keen interest in ensuring regular teacher-enrichment
in their own set-ups.
Nantu Dev of Arun Jyoti School, Tezu and Ranpal Prasad of Gyan Sarovar Academy, Medo
expressed their keen desire to attend all such future training programmes.
The participants also observed World Environment Day during the camp, by receiving
from the DPS Principal, Laxmi taru seeds contributed by the Art of Living Foundation,
Itanagar for plantation in their respective campuses.
Tea factory project at Jairampur on pipeline
JAIRAMPUR, June 7: During a meeting of the Eastern Tea Growers MPCS Ltd, Changlang
dist which was convened at Jairampur, Finance Minister Setong Sena informed that
Tea factory project at Jairampur is on the pipeline, which would address the marketing
problems of the tea leaves. The Minister further exhorted the members present to
take up Tea plantation in place of Jhum cultivation.
He further informed the members that govt is encouraging small tea growers and as
a result, many tea plantation schemes have been provided to the local people. He
also urged the farmers to start large-scale production of tea while maintaining quality
and further suggested organic tea cultivation.
Izmir Thikhak, former Chairperson Zilla Parishad urged the public to join the cooperative
movement, which would change the economic scenario of the society.
Youth conference highlights issues of states
ITANAGAR, June 7: The three-day conference of All Ruksin Area Students & Youth union
(ARASYU) concluded at Ruksin village amidst colorful display of cultural items by
students of the locality.
The occasion was attended by General Secretary AAPSU Tujum Poyom as Chief Guest and
Spokesperson Tobom Dai AAPSU as the guest of honour.
Ruksin perched at the entry of East Siang District Bordering Assam is more often
in the news for numerous economic blockades imposed by different organization of
the neighboring state whenever interstate boundary dispute crops up.
Dai briefed the gathering about the various issues taken up by the AAPSU leadership
particularly of the Chakma-Hajong refugee of which he is the chairperson. He divulged
that “we are approaching the issue with a positive frame of mind and hopeful of giving
a strong & reliable foundation from where a new argument can be put into the decades
Poyom informed the gathering that the apex students’ body of the state is contemplating
for an extensive tour of the disputed area along with All Assam Students’ Union (AASU)
this year to help both the state governments to hammer out a amicable solution to
the vexed issue. He further said that organizations like ARASYU in such border area
is the need of the hour and called upon its leadership to be the mouth piece of the
local populace. He further exhorted the students to avail the free education on the
anvil and urged the education department to create sufficient post of teachers in
various schools that have been upgraded.
Speaking at the occasion, Ojing Aje, Anchal Chairperson Ruksin Block, while giving
a vivid description of the hardship faced by the area owing to frequent interstate
boundary dispute with Assam requested the AAPSU delegates to look into the memorandum
earlier submitted by the ARASYU for impressing upon the state government to bring
a permanent solution.
He also endorsed the other prominent problems brought up by ARASYU, which includes
enhancement of Police force, renovation of existing school building of Government
Higher Secondary School Ruksin and immediate posting of subject teachers.
Apart from AAPSU, All East Siang District Students’ Union, Upper Siang District Students’
Union & West Siang District students union took part in the programe.
On the occasion, ARASYU felicitated Daniel Darang for securing 92% in the just concluded
APPDSU serves ultimatum
ITANAGAR, June 7: All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) has given 15 days
ultimatum to ADC Sagalee to act on illegal encroachment taking place at Sagalee town.
They warned to take course of action in future if authorities do not act in right
The meeting held on 6th June at Chandni Hotel under the chairmanship of its president
Nabam John was attended by all federal unit of APPDSU including All Sagalee Students
Union, All Papum Poma Students Union and Capital Students Union.
In the meeting, all the federal units endorsed various new initiatives being carried
out by APPDSU. Further it has been decided that APPDSU would take part in the forthcoming
federal assembly meet of AAPSU.
Contemporise Tradition - The Only Way to Preserve our Traditional Heritage and Languages
Last Tuesday, I was in a conference room of the Ministry of Human Resources Development
attending the first meeting of the national round table on protection of indigenous
knowledge and languages. It felt strange to be the only member from the northeast
and frankly it came as a little surprise to see that issues like this also echoed
in the corridors of power.
Over these last years, we in Arunachal have all been witness to the numerous calls
being given to protect our tribal identity. No local festival is complete without
a clarion call being given for preservation and documentation of our ‘tribal culture’.
As each year goes by and as each festival gets over, this appeal takes on the tone
of a war cry as ‘loss of culture’ is seen to be occurring faster and faster.
As our traditional culture changes (which it must) on the face of development, globalisation,
improved communication and the all saturating presence of television, we are at a
point in time today where even the very existence of the ‘traditional’ way of life
and associated cultural values are threatening to fade away and god forbid, even
As we frantically search for ways to tackle these pressures confronting our fragile
societies, the apparent solution that is moved most often to the forefront of the
dialogue on indigenous knowledge systems, is the idea of ‘preservation’ of culture
and indigenous knowledge that these societies have.
Concerns are being expressed also about the decay of the native languages and mother
tongues, as successive generations are discarding them in favour of languages of
opportunity like English and Hindi and in the process, seeing a definite loss of
cultural continuity and social cohesion necessary to maintain a meaningful cultural
identity; as ‘language shift’ happens not over a century or a decade as it normally
does, but in just a few years.
Questions fly all around. Why are the youngsters of today not interested in the rich
tradition and cultural heritage of their ancestors, more so when the elders are lamenting
on the loss of a life lived and of an ethos forgotten? But then, questions are also
asked on why these very youngsters (responding as they are to a call to go into 21st
century) should even be vaguely bothered about some quaint ritual observed by their
forefathers? Questions and counter-questions only add up to make the scenario chaotic.
Our experience at the Centre for Cultural Research & Documentation (CCRD) of having
worked for the last 12 years on documenting, archiving and disseminating this very
rich repository of cultural knowledge and values shows that, now more than ever,
the idea of ‘preservation’ must yield space to a need for promotion- and that too
specifically in the minds of young people. No doubt that the documentation and protection
of indigenous knowledge and languages now threatened is vital, yet it cannot be said
to be a very realistic solution. Preservation of this knowledge can at best be one
of the many models that need to be concurrently taken up.
There are two issues here. First, at the core of the threat to traditional knowledge
and languages, is the fact that the storehouse of this traditional knowledge and
language lies mostly with the older generation, whose numbers are fast dwindling.
The challenge therefore is of how we can shift this vast body of knowledge to the
younger generation. After all, the best way of preservation lies definitely in their
And second, the question about ‘why youngsters are not interested in tradition?’
ceases to be problematic. What instead becomes more important is ‘how can these youngsters
be made to value these rituals, values and wisdom?’ After all, it is these very things
that really reflect and represent perhaps the only connect to the sense of a tribal/
Not surprisingly, the answer lies only in being able to contemporise tradition, and
to make it contextual to the changed lives these young people live today, having
very different motivations and different expectations. The question then becomes-
‘How can these quaint rituals be relevant to their lives?’
To answer this, we have begun to think of traditional knowledge and cultural heritage
more and more as a kind of an elastic band with the starting point here today, to
stretch it as much into the future as we can by motivating young people to think
about it, question it and understand it. One day, it is bound to snap. But if we
are able to trigger interest in the mind of an 8-year-old today – given current life
expectancy figures, we have effectively insured the survival of tradition for at
least the next 58 years! It may not look a very long time, but if that child in turn
is able to stretch the elastic band another 58 years, we see a replicating impact.
It is only when warrior tattoos become acceptable, when native language love songs
become desirable and going to one’s village to visit grandparents become ‘cool’-
that indigenous knowledge and languages will survive. When the lead vocalist of an
international rock band like Parikrama tells the young audience that learning their
mother tongue is important, the message is bound to hit home harder than you or me
shouting from the rooftops of Itanagar.
But how do we do this? Not surprisingly, education appears to hold the key to this
challenge. Not only the pedagogic education as we know it, of culture being taught
in schools through Centre and State Board prescribed text where chapters are included
about festivals and peoples of the nation. But much more so, perhaps through experiential
education where young minds are given opportunities to understand and appreciate
their cultural heritage better. But then, what are the tangible steps that need to
I would like to share here a set of ideas that have emerged as ‘do-able’ actions
that hold out promise. They are by no means a prescription for change, but definitely
are a pointer to what can be done- some already in practice and needing support,
some that perhaps can be initiated.
What can the family do?
• Persuade children to speak in the mother tongue at home, learn love songs in their
• Involve them in family and clan functions, explaining their significance
• Regularly make it a point to take children to meet their grandparents and relatives
in the parental villages
What can the Government do?
• Promote mother tongue learning at the primary level and ensure teaching of mother
tongues in the educational set-up
• Create and enable a body of teachers to teach this
• Undertake documenting, analysing and archiving of indigenous knowledge
• Create participatory models of learning where, through experiencing, watching audio-visuals
materials and sharing, children become more aware of their cultural heritage and
their place in it
• Give spaces of expression where young people can interpret their heritage in the
way they know it and not in the way we want to force them to know it. This can be
done through youth festivals, school events and even holiday activity camps
• Promote and showcase young talent that has been able to do this – in music, in
art, in theatre, in dance and in writing by organising performances and events
• Bring culture to classrooms- by helping teachers themselves understand cultural
heritage better and then using it to expand the purview of classroom teaching into
life learning. This is achievable by holding training workshops for teachers on incorporating
cultural content in the teaching-learning process as value addition to the curricula
• Give impetus for sharing resources, experiences and abilities across geographical
and indigenous regions so that ‘preservation’ and promotion becomes everybody’s concern.
Networking, exposure visits and knowledge sharing hold out promise to achieve this
• Create processes and systems where parents, tribe elders and culture based organisations
are given avenues to contribute – for instance, by creating school committees on
indigenous knowledge and languages with them as partners and also engaging them in
the teaching of mother tongues.
What can Civil Society do?
• Recognise that whenever a language disappears, the community starts to disperse
and the habitat and socio-economic system that once supported a vibrant indigenous
culture disintegrates. We must understand that strategies to save languages and cultures
from threat are –in fact- the same actions that are needed to save biodiversity and
promote cultural and ecological sustainability.
• Encourage communities to know their cultural indigenous knowledge in context of
the world around them and create an appreciation of this- rather than ‘rush’ into
everything modern. A market for this already exists- organically grown food, handicrafts,
biodiversity conservation and traditional medicines. Only efforts need to be made
to ‘re-popularise’ them and make them accept it as a knowledge system at par with
• Strengthen traditional institutions and councils through empowering them to engage
with present day state machineries like the NREGA and the Panchayati Raj
• Create community driven participatory documentation models where the community
themselves become both the documentarian and the repository of the knowledge. This
can be achieved by training them in basic audio-visual documentation techniques.
Local school and college students can also be engaged in the process
This is a long wish list and like any wish-list would take many variables to fall
into place- government support, financial resources, community involvement, youth
engagement and most importantly, political will. But despite all these long lists,
the bottom-line is whether we as a society are ready for playing such a pro-active
role in the protection and promotion of our cultural heritage? Honestly, I am not
convinced we are.
Let me share a recent experience with you. As part of the CCRD’s evolving strategy
to get younger people interested in cultural heritage and mother tongues, we collaborated
with a band of enthusiastic and highly committed youngsters from the Mascot Network
Society to organise the Bos Frontalis Festival 2010 on 30-31 May at Itanagar. Since
we had a time-tested strategy of doing a lot of school programmes where we interact
with students, the thrust for the festival too was on encouraging school and college
students to engage with their cultural heritage, this time, through the mithun as
a metaphor. During the festival we organised an inter college-University debate on
the cultural significance of the sacrifice of mithuns. Alongside, we also had interschool
competitions based on the mithun theme on painting, t-shirt design and a knowledge
trail on the mithun, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. The highlight of the
event was the concert by internationally acclaimed rock band Parikrama, who were
performing in the state for the first time.
The evening of the performance, I was really moved when the lead vocalist of the
band Nitin spoke to the young crowd about the need to speak their mother tongues
and they greeted him with cheers. As each member addressed the crowd in few Arunachali
languages, the response from the crowd took me by surprise.
A few days after the festival, I was alerted to a letter sent to a local newspaper
by a reader who lamented the ‘hip-hopisation’ and ‘westernization’ of the traditionally
revered mithun; incidentally both terms being wrongly applied because the genre being
played was rock music and not hip-hop. Further, because rock music has now transgressed
east-west boundaries as a result of which even a decidedly ‘rock music’ based film
like Rock On also gets on to be a hit, especially with the younger generation.
The reader closed his letter by borrowing a phrase from late Bakin Pertin, a person
I have grown up respecting, and said “in the land of khusi-khusi who cares’.
I was moved by that letter. Not because I agreed with any of his concerns, which
I thought were very ill informed and which by now I am sure the writer personally
would stand corrected if he had only read the local dailies. But his inadvertent
last line moved me more, perhaps even to his surprise, where he asked ‘who really
That is a question that we have been made to wonder about more and more in our almost
quixotic quest to work towards promotion of our tradition and our heritage. We had
sent out 500 invitations for the inaugural event and for the festival. About 23 of
the guests turned up. We had 2 ‘Open for All’ events that we thought would provoke
discussion and interest- the open debate and the t-shirt graphic design contest on
the mithun as a cultural icon. 3 participants turned up for each, respectively.
To extend the argument a little more, as part of our efforts at ‘contemporising tradition’
we have a weekly film screening on issues of culture and identity; 3 regulars turn
up every week (for which we remain indebted to them).
So is there really any purpose in doing these festivals? Is there any hope left as
yet in trying to get our young minds to think a little bit more about their heritage?
I think there is. Much more so when there is (excuse my racism) a presumed non-Arunachali
like Ankur Garg almost singlehandedly helped us raise funds for the festival, when
there is a senior scientist like Dr. Taba Heli sharing his concerns about the fate
of the mithuns to young students, when there is a Jenjum Gadi who designs an entire
collection for the festival without even asking for fees, when there are colleges
who feel it important enough to let their students engage in such events concerning
our state, when there are schools who despite the on-going exams and vacations send
their students to participate in the festival events, when there is a crowd of young
people drenched to their skin and yet standing and listening to their music, when
committed musicians from a senior band like The Craft does a fusion with traditional
singers and when there is a committed group of young people like the Mascot Network
Society, Game Zone United and a much over-worked graphic designer- all with a fire
in their hearts and a dream in their eyes. Like I keep saying, as long as the young
dream- there is hope yet.
My visit to the air-conditioned conference room in faraway New Delhi has not been
(Riba is a Film maker and Executive Director CCRD)
CRPF Friendship Football Tournament
United XI, GS school win
ITANAGAR, Jun 7: United XI Club beat Danglat Youth Club 1-0 while G.S. School outplayed
Lymate Club 3-1 in two matches played on day two of the CRPF Friendship Football
Tournament at Jubilee ground, Tezu today.
After a barren first half, United XI Club scored the winner in the last three minutes.
In the second match played between Lymate Club and G.S. School, both the teams
were tied 1-1 till the breather. However, G.S. School scored two more goals in the
second half to win the match 3-1.
The tournament was formally inaugurated by Lohit Deputy Commissioner R. K Sharma
yesterday amid cheer and applause.
Speaking on the occasion, Sharma said that games & sports are integral part of our
life and it should be taken-up in its true spirit . He also expressed his gratitude
to the CRPF authorities for bringing the Civic Action Program at Tezu by involving
youths of the district.
Dree at Tezu
TEZU, June 7: Lohit & Lower Dibang Valley District came together for an Inter District
Dree Sports Meet 2010 which hosted by DFCC Tezu on June 6.
Tezu team defeated Roing in football and volleyball events.
Aka Kalung led the Roing team.
General Secretary, DFCC, Tezu Hano Taka appreciated the Roing team who had come to
Tezu for participation battling dilapidated road communication and long distance.
Church at Pugli inaugurated
ITANAGAR, June 7: A team from Dipak Nabam Ministries attended a Church inauguration
programme at Pugli in Indo-Bhutan border recently.
The Church was inaugurated by Nabam Tade and dedicated by Rev. Deepak Nabam.
Speaking on the occasion as resource person, Depak briefed about the need for universal
peace, amity and goodwill among the people.
Meanwhile, founder of the Union Church Rev. Sarad Paul appreciated the Indian team.
“The Yak...a king of snow country's nomads”
ITANAGAR: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Tawang is ready to release its documentary
film on animals " The Yak...a king of snow country's nomads".
The film is on yaks and is sponsored by NABARD Itanagar.
The project co-coordinator of the film is Dr. Deepanjali Deori and while the Director
is Lham Dorjee, who had earlier acted in “Changngan…a boy in you”. The film is supported
by National Research Centre on Yaks, Dirang) and united Kee brothers Co.
NAF to promote Nyishi culture
ITANAGAR: Nyishi artistes of the state have constituted a Nyishi Artiste Forum (NAF)
with an interim committee headed by Nabam Tati, as chairman, Bamang Loram, secretary
and Ashok Sunam as convener.
The Forum came into being in a meeting held at Nahalarun on June 6. Senior singers
Bengia Himanta, Tana Taram, Taba Yal Nabam, film director T G Tara, actor Tai Tugung
and many other artistes delivered lecturers on the need of the of proper coordination,
mutual understanding in order to preserve, protect and promotion of songs, music
and films of Nyishis.
The interim committee will conduct the 1st ever general conference of the Forum soon
to formulate its plan and policy.
ITANAGAR, June 7: New Seppa Youth Development Committee conducted a social service
on 25th May cleaning the surrounding area of new Seppa market. Keeping in mind coming
monsoon season, cleanliness drive was conducted to make people of Seppa live healthy.
ITANAGAR, June 7: Chera Taring has been appointed as president of Nationalist Youth
Congress, Papum Pare district.
ITANAGAR, June 7: Arunachal Public Motor Transport Federation (APMTF) has appointed
Joro Doka as its East Kameng district unit president following resignation of present
incumbent Loli Dolo due to health ground. Further, Sishu Dodum has been appointed
general secretary of the unit.