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March - 09


International Women’s Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Mother comes first, said Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh, while referring to mythologies on the status of women.

They are always respected and regard with highest esteem. They have huge responsibilities towards the society and as a mother, wife, daughter and sister, we have very important role in making the society a better place for every individual, he added. He was interacting with women activists, leaders and achievers on the occasion of International Women’s Day at Raj Bhavan here today. I have great pleasure in extending my greetings and best wishes to the Arunachalees for their continued success on the special occasion.

State First Lady Anupama Singh, who also spoke on the occasion, congratulated women achievers of the year and hoped that they will be role model for every Arunachalee woman. This year, ‘The Day’, she pointed, is even more special, as this is the 100th year of its observation. The Day also reminds us of our responsibilities towards the society, she added

Advocating for equal rights and opportunities for women, Singh said, ideal society can be realized if women have the equal rights and position to their male counterpart. For this, we need to improve the quality of life of our womenfolk. She appealed every concerned citizen and elites of the community for provided equal opportunities to women.

State Home Minister Tako Dabi, State Women Commission Chairperson, Komoli Mossang, DGP Vimla Mehra, woman political leaders, former minister Nani Natung, Yari Dulom, renowned written Mamang Dai, hosts of women achievers and social workers were present on the occasion.


Administration wake up to control price rise

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Concerned over soaring prices of essential commodities, city administration has been contemplating to fix  reasonable price against various essential items being sold in the markets of Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa.

The administration, meanwhile, asked the various market welfare committees of above mentioned areas and  Arunachal Chamber of Commerce to submit the findings and recommendation of the committees formed to assess the existing prices and commodities being sold in those markets by  March 10 for discussion and fixing the rate.

It may be mentioned here that, this newspaper had recently highlighted a brief scenario of the present market prices of few commodities.


RGUSU reacts to VC’s statement

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Reacting sharply to the Vice Chancellor’s clarification on their 13-point charter of demands,  Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union (RGUSU) today said that there was no iota of truth in his (VC’s) statement made during a Press briefing yesterday.

Stating that the University has made no any headway  in term of infrastructural development during  last three years, the RGUSU in a release  said that the present VC had promised  renaming of the university to Arunachal university long back but did not take up it for placing before the respective councils.

The VC himself had  announced to convert this University into a World Class University during 2008 which included the construction of world class multipurpose students activities centre and guest house. But it is unfortunate to see that all his promise remained in dream only, the union claimed.

The RGUSU claimed that just after his joining in 2007, the VC had promised to improve the classroom infrastructure.  But present sad state of affairs of classroom itself speaks of callous and carelessness, it said.

Despite of our repeated demand for the constitution of the University Court, the VC has never taken up any initiation to place the demands before the AC & EC during his three years tenure, the union alleged.

Regarding ‘answer script scandal’ the union said there should be an Inquiry Committee constituted by EC for strict action.


Improve law and order in Doimukh: NCP

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Expressing concern over the deteriorating law and order situation, particularly in Doimukh area of the Capital  Complex, Nationalist Congress Party, Arunachal Pradesh has urged the state Govt to deploy more and more police personnel in Doimukh township to control the law and order problem of Doimukh township in order to provide social security to the masses.

Calling upon the state Govt to accord top most priority on social security of the people, NCP state unit president Ngurang Pinch in a press statement today also appealed the concerned citizens of Doimukh township to cooperate with the local administration so that law and order problem is maintained strictly for the peace, progress and prosperity of the  township.

Pointing out the reported looting off a Doimukh trader at gun point, ransacking of the house of Gania Lazi, DDSE Papum Pare District and destruction of property by miscreants, Pinch said Doimukh has turned into a epicenter of violence as it has been witnessing numbers of cases of looting, robbery, ransacking, stone felting at Police Station and burning of vehicles in the open market.

While condemning all such criminal activities, Pinch said “it is observed that there is a total failure of the Government administration, machineries and absence of coordination may be one of the reasons of law and order problem”.


Capital rivers become dumping ground for waste products

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ITANAGAR, Mar 8: At a time when cities across the world are busy in cleaning the rivers flowing through it, in our state’s capital region nobody including administration, NGOs and public seem to care about status of numerous rivers.

Capital complex has been blessed with some rivers, which, if used properly, can become life-line of the twin town of Itanagar and Naharlagun. Unfortunately most of the rivers passing through capital have become dumping ground for waste products being released by city dwellers, shop keepers, etc. If it is bad, the worst is the use of rivers for washing vehicles, particularly private buses.

 A number of rivers now look more like drain with all kind of waste products being dumped on them. One of them is Lagun River which flows through the centre of Naharlagun town. This river has become heavily polluted with people living nearby disposing all sorts of their household waste products into it. Even many commercial establishments located in the vicinity of this small river are using it as dumping ground for their leftovers and waste products.

Most of the concerned citizens blame capital complex administration for the present sorry plight of this river.

“In recent day’s city administration carried out various cleanliness drive but they overlooked rivers which need urgent attention as every passing day they are becoming alarmingly polluted. If authorities do not act in right time soon a day will come when rivers of capital will turn into drains,” told one resident of Naharlagun.

Another river which needs attention of authorities is Senki River which flows through Itanagar town. This river too has become quite polluted because of relentless discarding of waste materials by residents living along it.

During New Year season this river bears the brunt of picnic goers.

Also at the lower reaches especially in Chandranagar area, all the private buses converge for cleaning which also cause pollution. “In some areas, Senki River is loitered with plastic bottles, beer cans, human excreta, etc. Earlier we used to go there during summer to get respite from hot weather but now because of high pollution there are chances of us being infected with water-borne diseases,” told one resident.

There are other rivers too which need urgent attention of city authorities.

If waste products loitered in these rivers is not cleaned they may block or alter course leading to floods during rainy days. With monsoon season not very far, authorities need to take serious note of waste products being dumped on rivers of capital.

In the last few months capital administration has been singing about beautification of capital region with various cleanliness programmes but it is strange how they did not include river as part of it. Rivers are lifeline of any cities and it is duty of authorities along with citizens to maintain their purity.


Dandi March prog postponed

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: The proposed Dandi March prog  scheduled to be held at Changlang district HQ on March 14, has been postponed to April 8.

The Parliamentary secretary IPR and Printing T Taiju and Phosum Khimhun, parliamentary secretary Geology and Mining in a joint release said, the programme has been postponed due to other local functions of the district.


Counselling programme

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: The Apatani Career Guidance Forum, Itanagar organised a one-day counselling programme for the aspirants of APCS main examination at the conference hall of Hotel Tosum, Naharlagun on 6th March last.

Er. T.H. Tayung, Chairman of the forum advised the young aspirants to become a role model for other upcoming youths by not only cracking the ensuing civil service competitive examination but also becoming a good and responsible citizen.  

A day-long programme was addressed by Millo Tago, IFS, Director, Biological Park, Bangalore, Robin Hibu, IPS, DIGP (West), Dr. Q.M. Khan, Associate Professor from DNG College, Itanagar, Prof. B. Tripaty and Dr. Nani Bath from RGU, Doimukh, as resource persons.

The participants having satisfied with the important tips received from the learned resource persons appreciated the forum and urged the forum to hold such counselling programme from time to time for the benefit of civil service aspirants.  The Forum lauded the cooperation of senior members and well wishers in making the programme a grand success.


Fundamentals of Computer training

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: A two weeks-long Training Programme on “Fundamentals of Computer” commenced in ATI, Naharlagun from today for the ministerial staff of AP Secretariat, Head of Departments from Itanagar, Naharlagun and Nirjuli. As many as 24 officials are attending the training programme which is being conducted under the 100% course fee sponsorship of DoPT, Govt. of India under its "Specific to State Category Plan Training Assistance" for 2009-10.

Speaking on the occasion today, Director Training Pema Tshetan urged the participants to avail maximum benefit from the training. Adding that today is the age of Internet and Computer Technology, the Govt. functionaries should not be let behind and should equip themselves with workable knowledge on computer and its application to enhance performance level in office works as well as in carrying out their personal works. He further added that, ATI has kept a target of training and upgrading the computer literacy of all sections of Govt. functionaries & so far from 2000-01, ATI have trained more than 4950 employees of different levels in Computer application both at ATI as well through its district level "Office Automation Courses" run in different parts of the State.

The Director thanked the authority of Rajiv Gandhi University for providing guest resource person to impart technical & practical training t the trainees during the two weeks¬ long Computer Course.

Earlier, the Course Coordinator & Dy. Director training T.Lodo also appealed all the participants to be punctual and extend their full cooperation with the Institute as well as to the guest resource person for the successful completion of the training programme.

Guest resource person Marpe Sora and Assistant Director Training Prescilla Tayeng also spoke on the occasion.


GWS meet discuss development issues

AALO, Mar 8: West Siang District chapter of Galo Welfare Society (GWS) organized a meeting of senior citizens, Ex- MLA’s, officers and active members of the Society for a general discussion on reorganization  of the district unit, Galo New Year Day celebration on 5th  April coinciding with Mopin and themes for the ensuing  Galo Banv Kvba, at Gumin Kiine hall in the Donyi Polo complex on March 7.

Jarjum Ete, President of GWS along with a team of advisors and auditors attended the same.

In her presidential speech, Ete  highlighted on the recently concluded tours of Kangku circle of West Siang district, Nari-Koyu circle of West Siang district and also invited Galo elites, senior members to join the tour of Dumporijo (Upper Subansiri circle) and Tirbin, Basar Dwpa and Likabali area of West Siang  from Mar 8 to 13.

Various issues pertaining to the community at large and Aalo in particular were discussed with the main stress on education, improvement of health services/ facilities and staring of a monthly magazine to be started on a bilingual basis – English and Galo. Meeting ended with vote of thanks from Kengam Ete, Secretary, GWS W/Siang unit with the hope of large participation in the activities of the Society, according to a GWS release.


Jatan Pulu bags Karmayogi Award

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: The International Association of Lions Clubs, District 322D, awarded a prestigious Karmayogi Award 2009-10 to Jatan Pulu, Asst. Director Research (Retd), Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh on Mar 6 at Guwahati. The award was given by International Director, Lion H.O.B. Lowal at a glittering ceremony held at ITA Guwahati in the presence of District Governor Lion Mandira Chanda.

Karmayogi award is given to the distinguished people for their dedicated and meritorious services to communities. Jatan Pulu is a first Arunachalee to get such a prestigious award. The award comprises of cash Rs. 51,000, a Shawl and a commendation certificate.

Jatan Pulu, a respectable elderly person from Idu Mishmi community has two books to his credit “Idu Phrase Book” and “Digaru Phrase Book” apart from several articles ranging from research to social issues and traditional practices of the people. His has been closely associated with many philanthropic organizations like Vivekananda Kendra, Idu Mishmi Cultural & Literary Society, Arunachal Vikas Parishad and RIWATCH with his abundance of wisdom, sober nature and ever ready helping nature.

He has been already honored by Silver Medal by Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Scroll of Honour by RMP International World Council of Elders, award by Narayan Bhide Memorial Trust Nagpur.  


IWD celebrated at Wakro

WAKRO, Mar 8:  The women in North East  have the potential to lead the society. They should be provided full educational opportunities, said  A.C. Sharma, former foreign secretary of India  in his message on the occasion of International Women's Day celebration in Wakro today.

Expressing her views, Kavit Sharma, former Principal, Hindu college, Delhi said that girls education is the key to national development. Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, she also said that when you educate a man you educate an individual, but when you educate a woman you educate a family.

Sarita Theen, teacher, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV), Wakro gave an outline of the history of Women's Day. Keerthi Rawat, teacher, Apna Vidya Bhavan also spoke on the occassion.

The highlight of the day was a written quizz competition for the women in Wakro circle, focussing on all time women achivers. Rashmi Krisikro, Bursar Apna Vidya Bhavan bagged the first prize. Sailensy Krisikro and Mamoni Gogoi, both teachers of KGBV won the second and the third prize respectively.

The girls of KGBV presented a skit on the life of Bachendri Pal- the first woman to climb Mount Averest. Pritty Tindya, chairperson of Wakro Women's Welfare Commitee (W.W.C) , Silotmai Dellang and other members of W.W.C also attended a meeting in Anugrah.

Anugrah greeted  the women achievers of the state on the occasion.


Tuki  visits Yachuli Govt College

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki  visied the permanent site  of Government College, Yachuli  on his way to Deed on Mar 8.

He was accompanied by local MLA Likha Saaya and a host of officers  and  public leaders.

During the informal interaction while expressing his concern over inordinate delay in the completion of buildings, he also opined that such major infrastructure development of a new college cannot be done under state’s plan alone. Hence, he asked the executive engineer, Yazali Division (PWD) to prepare a comprehensive DPR for funding from DONER or Tribal Affairs ministries. He also assured to allocate some fund for linking road from main road to college campus.

MLA Likha Saaya requested the visiting minster to pay special attention to the overall infrastructure development of this college as it caters to the needs of the people from far  and  wide for pursuing higher education.

Dr. N. T. Rikam, Principal of the college highlighted the urgency of early completion of the basic infrastructures requirement like  class room, administrative building, hostels  etc as the college has to be shifted to its permanent site in the coming academic session.


AAPWU pleads for regularization of group C&D secretariat contingency staff

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: The All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) has appealed the Commissioner, general administration, State Govt  to absorb the contingency group C & D staff of Arunachal Pradesh Secretariat in regular posts.

In a letter to the Commissioner, the AAPWU said such staff has been rendering their services for more than 10 to 20 years sincerely and with devotion although they get only meager amount in the name of salary.

Pointing out that similar regularization of contingency staff has been made in 2003 vide order No. ESH(A)03/96 AT 25/7/03, the union said  that the sympathetic action of the Commissioner will save some devoted contingency staff of the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Secretariat who have otherwise crossed their qualifying age limit of good service.


‘Check road construction’

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: A group of five people of Paanch Ali-Khula Camp Church road Itanagar today appealed the director of Urban Development department to take personal initiative for monitoring the  construction of link road on Paanch Ali-Khula camp church road in Itanagar under the JNNURM scheme.

The group claimed that private lands are encroached and soil damaged while constructing the road, which they said, may cause havoc during summer. They said, the work of soiling, metalling-culvert and drainage system has been executed improperly.



ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Rural Development and Heritage Society will conduct four days workshop-cum-training on pickle making at Lobi colony from March 20 sponsored by SIDBI, Itanagar.


SDT programme on handloom concluded at Namsai and Wakro

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: 35 days NABARD sponsored Skill Development training programme on Handloom at Namsai and Wakro concluded on Mar 3 and 4 respectively.

Altogether 25 women trainees selected from adjoining villages like Enten, Manmow, Pathergaon, Wingko and Namsai benefited from the Namsai programme conducted at the Community Hall, Manmow village.

Master Trainer Nang Chetuwa Longchot from Manmow village imparted training on the latest design on handloom products. Guest faculty from Namsai and Doom Dooma took classes on weekly basis.

A.K. Pasrija, Deputy General Manager, NABARD  while interacting with the trainees assured for supporting better marketing facilities for the artisans. H.P. Biswas, President, National Youth Project assured all the artisans for direct marketing through NYP in the different location in India and abroad.

Gaon Burah, ASM and public leader while appreciating the joint branch of the NYP and NABARD for selection the rural artisans during the concluding function on Mar 3.  The participants were also distributed certificates and best master craft was awarded to one of the artisans of Manmow village.

At Wakro also 25 girls trainees were selected from Wakro township and nearby villages. H.P Biswas, assured all support for the marketing of their product to the other part of the country through National Youth Project. Certificates and Honorium were distributed to the artisans at a simple function at community hall, Wakro.


Orientation awareness campaign for farmers

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: “Manghi Welfare Society” (MWS) Sangram conducted a day-long orientation awareness campaign for farmers at Sangram recently in order to  help the farmers to  reap the maximum benefit from the  agriculture, horticulture and other farming sectors.  The programme was sponsored by the NABARD.

Sangram CO T. Riba, highlighting the scope of agriculture and horticulture called upon the farmers to use the modern method for cultivation for  huge production. The farmers can make the state self-independent in agriculture sector by their labour and skill, he said.

Agriculture Development Officer (A.D.O.), Sangram, Bengia Soping, assured to give proper training to the farmers for better result. In his speech he said that if the farmers take necessary steps in agriculture, they will make enough profit which will in long run help the state to self sufficient. He also assured full cooperation to the farmers.

Kipa Kaman, cashier of Apex Bank enumerated the policy of Apex Bank in farming sector. He said that through domestic loan Bank is providing the loan to the farmers in lowest interest rate for the farming of agriculture and horticulture. He called the farmers to take advantage of Bank plan. Panchayat leaders and self help group also expressed their views and assured the farmers for their help in farming. Besides self help groups, panchayat leaders, farmer club Pagba and farmer club Sangram unit were also participated, according to an official release.


NEEPCO donates computers, conducts medical camp

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Under the C-SR Scheme of the Corporation, the management of RHEP, NEEPCO Ltd., has donated 4 of Desktop Computers to the Govt. Middle School, Hoj for the benefit of the students.

A medical camp was also organised by the NEEPCO medical team at the school campus for the inhabitants of the surrounding villages who availed free medical check up and medicine. The occasion was graced  by Nabam Aka, ZPM (Chairperson), as chief guest along with ASM and Gaon Burhas of Hoj, in presence of  N. K. Mao, HOP, RHEP.

The local leaders and villagers appreciated the welfare measures being implemented by the NEEPCO towards the local people in and around the project areas, according to an official release.


HGB’s death mournedLaudable endeavour

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: All Mengio Students’ Union and All Mengio Market Welfare Association have mourned the untimely death of Nabam Tadap, HGB of Pan panchayat under Mengio circle, who breathed his last on March six after a prolonged illness.

He was around 50 and survived by four wives, two sons and as many daughters.

An active social worker of the area, Tadap was elected ASM twice from Paki Panchayat. While recalling his contributions towards socio-economic development of Mengio area, both the organizations said that his death is an irreparable loss to entire Mengio area in particular.

They conveyed their deep sense of condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.


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