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Indigenous communities protest against Lower Siang power project

Ojing Tayeng

PASIGHAT, Mar 10: The protest against the Lower Siang Dam gained momentum today with staging of a massive Peaceful Dharna by representatives of NGOs, Students bodies and up-stream affected villages in front of Deputy Commissioner Office, East Siang District .

The 1600 MW Lower Siang project was awarded to Jaiprakash Power Ventures Limited (JPVL), a subsidiary of Jaypee Group by the Arunachal Pradesh government.

The company is expected to commence work in 2011 after it got the techno economic clearance (TEC) from Central Electricity Authority and was expected to get environmental clearance by this year.

However, with hundreds of people coming out in protest and more on the cards, it is yet to be seen whether the company would be able to carry out its work as planned.

Indigenous people of the up-stream areas, led by former All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) General Secretary Ojing Tasing, All Adi Students Union (AdiSU), East Siang District Students’ Union, Pangin Boleng Students’ Union and one representative each from affected villages of Yegsi, Komsing, Kebang, Pangin, Pangi, Renging, Sisen and Parong took out the dharna to voice their protest against the construction of power project. A reliable source informed that the downstream affected people would also take up massive steps against the construction of the project.

Tasing said that the MoU was signed between the state government and the company earlier without public consultations while the government is silent on exact figure on the influx of workers. He said that project would be a great threat to the ethnicity of the tribal people of the locality.

He further said that not a single public hearing was conducted by the concerned authority, before commencement of the survey works in the area. Instead, the company is forcefully taking up the work without public consultation and hearing, he alleged.

The construction of Dam over Siang River will be a great threat to the historically famous site Kekar Monying where the Anglo-Abor war took place in 1912. Moreover, the state is under seismic zone V and already witnessed major earth quakes in 1887 and 1950. People should be conscious about the past and strongly fight against the construction here, he added.

General Secretary of the movement, Oyar Gao of Komsing village said that if the project comes up it will not only affect Siang belt but Demaji, Lakhimpur and Dibrugarh areas in  Assam too.

Olik Komut, Ajay Darang, a concerned citizen Kaling Jamoh also expressed their views against the construction and urged the people to fight for their rights.


RGUSU assures peace

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: The members of Rajiv Gandhi Students’ Union (RGUSU) led by president Tayuk Sonam today assured a high level team headed by Education Minister Bosiram Siram and Water Resources Minister Atum Welly to shun violence and create academic atmosphere during a threadbare meeting at Rono Hills campus.

The high level team including local MLA and parliamentary secretary Nabam Rebia, Papum Pare DC Bidol Tayeng and SP PN Khrimey was sent to the campus by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu to take stock of the situation and hold discussion with the students and the RGU faculties and officials.

The team inspected the damaged vehicles and exhorted the students to shun the path of violence to make RGU a role model in the country.

Such incidents will send a wrong signal to the younger generations and the students of the lone central university have a greater social responsibility to shoulder, Siram he told the students.

Describing all the RGUSU demands genuine, Siram said except few, like renaming of the university requiring constitutional amendment, the others were within the purview of the VC, which would be redressed. Siram insisted on improving the teacher-taught relations in letter and spirit.

He said the students should devote their time in studies with their examinations knocking at the doors instead of wasting time on bandh call, which were completely unproductive and self-destructive as witnessed during the last 48-hour agitation.

The VC, who had to rush to New Delhi on Sunday last to attend the plan meeting of the UGC, and returned here today immediately met the high level team at education minister’s residence with other officials to apprise them of the entire issue.

Representatives of RGUSU and university authorities are expected to meet the Chief Minster on Thursday.


Khandu calls for fencing Indo-Myanmar border

Lt Gen V K Singh visits Arunachal

ITANAGAR Mar 10: Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has advocated for fencing the Indo-Myanmar border in order to check the insurgents using States territory for their movement through the infamous golden triangle.

The Chief Minister said this while meeting the Lt. General V K Singh, GOC in chief, Eastern Command, the designated Chief of the Indian Army who is on a tour of Arunachal Pradesh.

Singh however said that the situation in Tirap and Changlang of the state have improved a lot in the recent times.

During a meeting with the Chief Minister various issues pertaining to security, Arunachal Scouts, civic actions programmes were also discussed. The chief minister congratulated Lt. General Singh on being designated as the next chief of the Army staff and exposed faith that he will expedite the process of rising of Arunachal Scouts.

He also advocated engaging local cooperative societies to supply vegetables and horticulture produces from the State farmers to Army units deployed in the state to boost the local economy.

Khandu while insisting the Army to make good use of civic funds provided for development of border area, opined to include the village people and Panchayat members for its success.

Army should also make use of the defense fund for repair and maintenance of strategic porter tracks, foot suspension bridges and log bridges in the border area which is equally used both by the army as well as the local people, since State Government is facing resource crunch. The helipads and other infrastructure built by the Army should also be allowed to be used by the civilians.

Lt General Singh on assuring to take up the request of the chief minister on priority said that Army had been doing various local area development programmes in the border areas. We have been encouraging locals to take up horticulture, agriculture and dairy farm units so that the produce could be effectively marketed to huge army establishment located in the State itself, the general informed. He also disclosed that the Defence Research Laboratory (DRL) have been asked to come up with befitting technologies in the field of agriculture, horticulture & livestock rearing so that the people of border State like Arunachal Pradesh could be benefited at large with presence of Army.

The meeting was also attended by Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, Development Commissioner V K Dev and Home Commissioner T Taloh.

Lt Gen VK Singh also called on Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan here today. His wife Bharati Singh, and Lt Gen Gyan Bhushan, GOC 4 Corps, Tezpur accompanied the Chief designate.

Gen Singh, the Former Chief of the Indian Army congratulated Lt Gen VK Singh on being designated as the 24th Chief of Army Staff and extended his best wishes for a successful tenure.

Sharing his experiences as the Governor in the last two years, Gen Singh said, army has done good humanitarian service in Arunachal Pradesh. It is the State, where we have best of cooperation and coordination of Army and Civil administration. Referring Arunachal Scouts and stressing on more Sadbhavana programmes of the Army in the State, the Governor urged upon designated Chief to be more proactive and take leading role in giving impetus to infrastructure development in this frontier region.

While dwelling in length on strategic importance of Arunachal Pradesh, Gen Singh pointed that their visit sends a clear message on the priorities laid by the country.

Lt Gen Singh informed that realizing the importance of the two Corps stationed in Northeast region more have been given from what have been projected. (DIPR)


APEX Bank general body meeting held

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Arunachal Pradesh State Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd Apex Bank, dubbed the sick bank has recovered some Rs 15.16 crore outstanding loans till February last while soft loan of Rs 200 crore given by the government was repaid with interest. This was informed by Managing Director Tarin Dakpe at the 21st Annual General Body Meeting of the bank today.

He also informed that at present the bank has a share capital of Rs 192 crore, total deposits of Rs 53.58 crore, and outstanding loan of Rs 111.76 crore loans, total borrowings of Rs.158.91 crore. The bank has started lending operations and sanctioned loan to the tune of Rs 2.99 crore to 348 people. Further, the Bank has started Bancassurance business in collaboration with Metlife Insurance Company. The OTS-2009 scheme is continued upto April 30.

None of the member-based cooperative sector banks suffered during the global meltdown unlike the commercial banks, said NABARD general manager Dr BG Mukhopadhaya. He said the problems of the bank in not insurmountable and could be tackled by repositioning it with specific strategy.

The bank should take a cue from the people-centric 2010-11 Union Budget and the bankers should change their attitude to meet the mandate in reaching out to people in far-flung areas, he said.

He announced to sponsor training of the officers of the bank as well those of the Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank and assist in evolving customer-oriented products.  

Offering SWOT (strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) as mantra to take the bank forward, bank administrator Padmini Singla, in her keynote address, said “we should learn from the past mistakes and introspect on how to face the challenges poised by the commercial banks making inroads into the state.  

The demand for a branch in remote Nacho indicated regaining of the people’s faith in the bank which should be encashed to march forward with a strong footing, she said.

Pointing out that steps have been introduced for introducing core banking solution to improve efficiency, she urged the state government to place the non-treasury funds to improve the bank’s deposit base

Cooperation secretary AB Shukla stressing on self audit advised the bank to regain the faith of the people.

Citing the success story of Bangladesh’s Gramin Bank which had won Md Yunus a Nobel prize, Registrar of Cooperative Societies Nandini Paliwal said the micro finance was the bedrock of that bank, which is similar to Apex Bank.

The State Cooperative Act is likely to be amended during the next assembly session to help avail the benefit of the Vaidyanathan Committee, she said.


Siram calls for preservation of vibrant Arunachalee culture

Aalo, Mar 10: Taking part at the  Pre-Mopin festival celebration on March 8 at Donyi Polo Kamki College Education Minister Bosiram Siram has called for keeping alive the vibrant culture and identity of various tribes of the state.

He further advocated for participation of younger generations to keep alive the tradition of Mopin while adding that rich oral and folk tradition is passed on to the younger generations.

The Education Minister assured to look into demands of the college community.

He appreciated the land donors for allowing establishment of a College to fulfill the intellectual requirements of the area and the infrastructural development would be taken care of the by the State Govt.

Earlier, Minister Education Bosiram Siram and the West Siang DC Amjad Tak, attended the Pre-Mopin festival celebration at the SFS College, Aalo as a Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour respectively. (DIPRO)


Khandu asks for proper implementation of Employment Act

ITANAGAR Mar 10: Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has called for proper of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) to ensure employment of poorer section of the society. He said this while addressing the Deputy Commissioners and Project Directors (DRDA) conference on implementation and status of MGNREGA here at Banquet Hall today.

Khandu appealed the DCs and PDs to ensure timely submission of utilization certificates and labour budget to the Ministry of Rural Development for early release of Central Share. He assured the department that state government shall release the state matching share in the early part of the financial year so that the scheme does not fall due to want of the state share and also for early allocation of fund from the centre.

We need to join hands and put on collective efforts to ensure that the central programmes such as MGNREGA reaches the right people for whom it has been enacted, Khandu said. He called for making the state an exemplar in implementation of various Rural Development programmes and shoved upon the responsibility to the DCs and PDs to bring about socio-economic changes in the rural areas. He also directed the DCs and PDs to put up viable proposal to Government of India in the stipulated time frame so that it could be actively considered.

The chief minister further emphasized for effective management of information through internet service. He asked the DCs and PDs to ensure that all the information pertaining to the programme be uploaded in the website for making it public. This will not only help us maintain the transparency but also would be beneficial to the people at large, Khandu said.

Speaking on the occasion Rural Development Minister Takar Marde termed the MGNREGA as the instrument to sail out the poor rural populace by providing 100 days employment. He stressed for effective implementation of the Act for the larger interest of the people of the state and urged the delegates to expedite submission of labour budget, timely submission of Utilization Certificates and uploading of information in the website.

Earlier, Commissioner RD Tape Bagra urged upon the DCs and PDs to make good use of the conference for effective implementation of MGNREGA.

Director RD J Angu also spoke on the occasion. Among others Chief Secretary Tabom Bam and Special Secretary Finance Amit Singla were present in the meeting.


State NCP team to highlights local issues

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Two-day national conclave of the Nationalist Congress Party will be held in Karla, Maharashtra from March 13 next. Party president Sharad Pawar and other senior leaders will address the party leaders. The conclave is particularly being organized for the party ministers, MPs, MLAs and Pradesh presidents of the states. Meanwhile, a delegation of Arunachal Pradesh NCP led by its president Ngurang Pinch decided to leave for Karla on March 12 to attend the conclave. The delegates include MLAs Ralom Borang, NCP legislature party leader Techi Kaso,  Bamang Felix, Alo Libang and Jomin Tayeng.

The delegation is expected to meet Pawar and Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel at the sidelines of the conclave and discuss important issues including prioritization on schemes submitted to union ministries headed by NCP ministers, enhancement of rice quota, construction of green field airport at Karsingsa, sanctioning of more FCI  godowns  in interior areas of the state, among others.


AASA bring hope to rural communities

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: At a time when general public and donors across the globe are questioning credibility of many NGOs because of alleged misappropriation of funds uncovered in recent years, it is so refreshing to see few grass root level NGOs striving hard to help those people who really need aid and assistance.

Action Aid Society Arunachal (AASA), a Naharlagun based NGO, under the guidance of its leader Teetu Yoka, along with her team of dedicated and sincere volunteers has been able to bring changes in the lifestyle of many villages located around capital complex.

Borum, Sood, Nyorch, Komchi and Tarajuli villages located just few hours drive from capital complex are testimony to AASA’s relentless pursuit towards rural uplift.

These villagers were given training on entrepreneurship, capacity building, income generation. Among all, it is success story of Borum village which is really inspirational. Various farmers club and self help group (SHG) have been formed with assistance provided by AASA. Henyer farmers club, Mangjang farmers club and Golo SHG of Borum village have become shining example for rural entrepreneurship. Henyer farmers club has been able to produce organic manures using kitchen wastes, cow dung, piggery, poultry waste.

With low investment assistance by NABARD and scientific technology provided Regional Resource Laboratory (RRL), Henyer farmers club has been able to earn around rupees twenty two thousand in last 10 months.

Mushroom farming promoted by AASA had already won rave reviews of many experts and public in the past.

Inspiration behind these successful stories is Teetu Yoka, the selfless president of AASA and a woman of humble nature. While talking to this reporter she told that it was quite tough in the beginning to convince these villagers to understand the importance of rural entrepreneurship. “Initially they were reluctant but slowly I was able to convince them of our ideas and today I can’t wait for a single day to be with these villagers,” Teetu shares. She further informs that AASA’s effort had desired effect in discouraging villagers from taking up Jhum cultivation. “Around 40 percent villagers, where we had intervened have told us their wish to leave Jhum cultivation practice. I think now they understand the fact that rural entrepreneurship gives them better return than Jhum cultivation,” added Teetu. By using wastes and natural resources these villagers have been able to produce organic manures which are quite heartening and now are selling them in market. And it is their enthusiasm for entrepreneurship which if tapped properly can go long way in reducing poverty in rural areas.  Here Teetu believed that government departments and banks should come out in help of these farmers. “Organic manure is environmentally viable than chemical fertilizers. Government agencies should encourage such kind of eco-friendly entrepreneurship and help poor villagers for income generation,” concluded Teetu.


APPC, BJP delighted with women bill

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: The rank and file of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today expressed satisfaction at the approval of the Women Bill in Rajya Sabha in Parliament.

The bill passed in the Rajya Sabha has unveiled the vision and dream of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi towards women’s empowerment, the APCC  said and hoped that  the Bill will be passed in Lok Sabha too. Congratulating UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and MPs on the historic occasion, the party said that it was a gift to women of India on International Woman Day.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh congratulated the women fraternity for the passage of Women’s Reservation Bill.  The historic passing of bill opened a new chapter in the history of the country, the party said.  


More steps for safer roads

Madhurjya Doley

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Although there was no casualty, the recent mini bus accident near infamous “sinking zone”, has left many a questions wide open about the safety of passengers. Police said, the accident occurred due to mechanical failure. But responsibility does not end in giving statements only.

It is observed that many public buses plying between Itanagar and Banderdewa are not road worthy. These worn out vehicles are plying in this route since many years posing a great threat to human lives.

The eligibility and efficiency of drivers and conductors operating those buses are also doubtful as many accidents have been caused due to human error as well.  

Itanagar Traffic Cell, which is on an undeclared mission to bring about a change in the traffic scenario of the state capital, must look into these matters seriously. All the unfit vehicles must be banned, driving and conductors licenses be checked thoroughly.

Another cause of accidents may be attributed to speed. Dhoom-2 type bike riding by some school and college going teenagers are not only posing great threat to their own lives but for other people also.

It is surprising that in a land of numerous laws there is no such law that can curb this type of lawlessness. The authorities must act tough on such matters and punitive action should be taken against those unruly motorbike riders.

Itanagar Traffic police cell in-charge Kime Kommo had recently told this reporter that majority of the rule breakers were school and college going children. They hesitate to put the helmet although they carry it with them, he says.

The authority may also identify all the busy and crowded areas within capital complex and fix the speed limit of vehicles in those zones. This would go a long way in maintaining vehicular traffic smoothly.

Despite tireless efforts of traffic police, we read in the local dailies about motor vehicular accidents on regular basis in capital complex. In many occasion human lives are lost or serious injuries inflicted.

It is fact that on-the-spot fine on violators alone can not help police put the things in right place unless and until people are made aware of their responsibilities and knowledge on traffic rules proper. For this, awareness campaign on the key issue must be organized on regular basis involving people of all sections of the society instead of organizing traffic week once in a year.


IGNOU convocation

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: 21st convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University will be held on March 15 at the Conference Hall, Regional Centre, Naharlagun. Education Minister Bosiram Siram who would be the Chief Guest will deliver the convocation address. The convocation will be simultaneously held through teleconferencing via satellite at the Regional Centre of the University.


Protest rally against price rise

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh launched its second phase of Nationwide  protest against price rise in West Siang district on Mar 8 last.

A mass rally was taken out in Aalo township in protest against price hike and demanding roll back of prices. Later the procession culminated at Nehru Chowk.

Addressing the  gathering, BJP Legislature party leader Tamiyo Taga (MLA) said that people of Arunachal Pradesh are worst affected by the price hikes in diesel and petrol. It is high time for people of Arunachal Pradesh  go for sustainable and productive economic ventures to harness the resources  for self sufficiency, he said.

The UPA government should not think that the recent electoral success is mandate for allowing price rise. The Govt. will face the wrath of the people if it fails to take immediate steps and curb the price rise, he said.

Others speakers include Tapak Nguso Lendo, Chairman, District level Programme Organizing Committee and other senior leaders, Panchayati Raj members and senior citizens. They expressed concern over the escalated market prices on foods and various essential commodities.


ARASU boast of its women wing VP

ITANAGAR, Mar 10:  Raga Area Students’ Union (ARASU) lauded Higi Yumum for her selection as one of the members  of the karate team representing Arunachal Pradesh at All India Karate Do Federation Championship to be held in Chennai from March 26 to 28.   The union hoped, Yumum, also a vice president of the ARASU women wing would bring laurels to the state.


Red Cross emblem and need to check its unauthorised use

GR Biswakarma, DPM

Red Cross emblem in a car means a doctor, the one on display by the shops-shops selling medicines, vehicles with red cross emblem is an ambulance is still true till today for the public at large. Still, public at large, most of the medical and dental professionals, military, paramilitary and police personnel are not aware of the origin, purpose and proper use about the red cross emblem. We often see the red cross emblem used as a decorative symbol on signs, in advertising or to indicate first aid stations. This may not seem like a problem, but it is wrong. Misuse of the emblem of the symbol being against the law.


“Would it not be possible, in time of peace and quiet, to form relief societies for the purpose of having care given to the wounded in wartime by zealous, devoted, and thoroughly qualified volunteers?” - This is the question Henry Dunant, the Swiss founder of the Red Cross, asked after he witnessed suffering on an Italian battlefield in 1859. The International Movement of the Red Cross was born on this battlefield, witnessed the aftermath of a grim battle that left 40,000 dead and wounded. There were few military or local medical services to tend to them. Horrified by what he saw, Dunant organized local villagers to care for the casualties. He ensured that victims from both sides of the conflict received water, food, and rudimentary medical attention. The impact of this experience changed Dunant's life. Several years later, in 1864, Dunant and four other Swiss citizens organized an international conference -- the First Geneva Convention. An important result of this original conference, was the adoption of one internationally recognized symbol -- the red cross on a white background -- to mark the volunteer medical personnel and facilities of all countries to protect them from attack in times of armed conflict. Today, the Red Cross emblem continues as an internationally recognized symbol of protection and neutrality. In peacetime, the emblem identifies people, programs and objects connected with the humanitarian activities of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The Red Cross Emblem and the use:

The Red Cross -- five, red, equal-sized squares forming a cross, resting on a white background, is one of the most recognized emblems in the world. It is also, however, one of the most poorly understood. What does it really mean? The Red Cross emblem is an important symbol of humanitarian protection for victims of conflict and the aid workers that assist them. The Red Cross is a powerful symbol of neutrality, impartiality, humanity and hope. The emblem is a visible sign of protection for certain people and objects in times of war. It says 'don't shoot' in every language.

Under the Geneva Conventions, the red cross or red crescent emblem may be used for two purposes. The first is as a visible sign of the protection conferred by International Humanitarian Law on persons and objects such as humanitarian workers and medical staff from national societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC).  This is the protective use of the emblem.  The second use of the emblem indicates that persons or objects are linked to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. This use is called the indicative use of the emblem.

Misuse of the emblem:

All over the world, including our country, the Red Cross emblem is misused. It is used by medical professionals, hospitals, health centres, clinics, chemists, X-ray centres, blood banks and anything allied to medical services. Many do not know whether they can use it and what it stands for and many do know it but does not care. Unfortunately, many people mistakenly assume that the Red Cross is in the “public domain” and can be used by anyone. Strictly speaking, if one uses the emblem, the implication is that one subscribes to the principles underlying the establishment of the Red Cross Society.   Thus the entity using this emblem apparently enjoys the authorisation of the Red Cross National Society and offers free medical assistance. But the sanctity of the emblem is being marred with the users exploiting it as a prestige symbol.

Use of the emblem by those who are not authorized by the law, Improper use of the emblem by those who are authorized to use it, Imitation of the Red Cross emblem by using a symbol similar to it, Perfidious use of the emblem to betray the confidence of the adversary in a military action are the acts which are considered as misuse of the emblem. Even the member/staff/doctor of the Red Cross Movement cannot use the Red Cross emblem on their personal vehicle/buildings or other such belongings. But, they can wear a small size Red Cross badge.

Who are the authorized users?

The armed forces medical services, their personnel, units, installations and means of transport, ICRC(International Committee of the Red Cross), IFRC(International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies), National Red Cross Societies, First Aid Centers that offer totally free medical assistance & are authorized by the National Red Cross/Red Crescent Society.

Indian Law regulating the use of the emblem:

Misuse of the emblem is prohibited under the 4 Geneva Conventions of 1949, under the Indian Law (Geneva Conventions Act, 1962), the abuse of the emblem is a punishable offence. The punishment is a fine of Rs.500, besides the provision for forfeiture of the goods or vehicles on which the emblem has been used without authorization. However, under the Govt. of India’s Geneva Conventions Act, the Central Government has the responsibility to prosecute for the abuse of the emblem. So far, the Government has not seriously looked into the implementation of this law. The fact remains that the Geneva Conventions Act, is a law of the land and should be respected at all times.

The Indian government banned the use of the sign by establishments other than the Red Cross Society in 1960. The director general of health has also instructed to stop using the sign, but its misuse continues. Doctors are supposed to use the multi-coloured “Aesculpaian staff” symbol, drug manufacturers and pharmacists a green cross, while hospitals a bold white “H” with blue background.


According to the Red Cross Society, misuse of the emblem will diminish its protective value and thus destroy the delicate mechanism established by International Humanitarian Law to ensure much needed humanitarian assistance to the victims of war. It also diminishes the intrinsic value and the fundamental principles of the Red Cross Movement and thus seriously hurt one of the most successful humanitarian movements of the world.

The emblem of the Red Cross is doubtless eye catching and useful in drawing attention to the location of a nearby medical centre or hospital, recognizes the vehicle as ambulance or a vehicle of medical department, clinics, health centres, but it is an offence to use it..  Even if the Red Cross were to be placed on a coloured background other than white, say blue or green, one runs the risk of a conviction of an offence under the Geneva Conventions Act 1957.

So, any one not authorized  should not use the emblem of the Red Cross (or any other protected emblems and designations) or anything resembling it (them) in any livery, signage, brochures, or advising material, vehicles, hospitals, clinics etc.  in the absence of appropriate approval. Overall, the deep rooted misconception the problem has to be tackled in a long drawn out process of education of the public through media, seminars, workshops and conferences etc.


Namsai water supply project ready

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Minister PHE Chowna Mein visited the 3MLD Namsai W/S project on March 7 which is nearing completion. The project was sanctioned in 2005 -06 NLCPR.

Er.Tayum Tok Executive Engineer said that the department has test run the project and in a few days time it will be made fully operational and the citizen of Namsai will be provided with potable drinking water.

The Minister has appreciated the quality of work and hoped that  it would benefit and improve the overall health of the consumers.  Minister further added that gravity fed water supply schemes should be taken up wherever possible to avoid high O & M cost of lift Water Supply.


BJP MM celebrates Women Day with enthusiasm

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: The Bharatiya Janata Party Mahila Morcha state unit celebrated the 100th anniversary of International Women Day here at State BJP headquarters on March 8 last. The Mahila Morcha also launched a signature campaign in protest against the price rise.

Highlighting the role of women in the society and their contributions to nations’ growth, Tame Yam Natung, President, State BJP Mahila Morcha , recalled the commitment of the BJP-led NDA to recognise women in the country.

Highlighting the plight of the women in the society she said  women empowerment does not lies in reservations alone and that participation of women in decision making be given priority.

State BJP Vice President Padmeswari Jamoh  who presided over the function recalled the initiatives  taken by the BJP for empowerment of women.

Wangman Lowangcha, State BJP Vice President, Sambu Siongju, District BJP President West Kameng besides Women Panchayat leaders, GBs and SHG leaders spoke on the occasion.


Prog on Handmade Paper and Fibre Industries

Tawang, Mar 10: An Awareness Programme on Handmade Paper and Fibre Industries was organized by the District Industry Centre, Tawang.

Chief Finance Officer, Ministry of Textiles M Sengupta updated the beneficiaries about the utility of jutes in different sectors, and procedure of setting up of Small Scale Industries.

The Deputy Director of Industries, Tawang, A. Bhattacharjee said that main purpose of conducting the programme was to mould and motivate the rural educated unemployed youth for taking up an eventual entrepreneurship skills in handmade paper and fibre industry (HMPFI).

He further added that it was an initiative of the department to encourage youths to take up self employment under the Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme.

Sponsored by the KVIC, Itanagar, 40 persons participated in the awareness programme including some NGOs. (DIPR)


Mayi Liine unveiled

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: The Mayi Liine installed in Nyorak village under West Siang district to commemorate the declaration of Mayi group of Galo’s of Arunachal Pradesh, recognized with their surname as either “Nyorak” or “Bame” or “Tasar” as Mayi was unveiled by state Power and Tourism Minister Jarbom Gamlin on March six last amidst huge gathering coinciding with the 3rd general conference of Mayi Ao Welfare Society (MAWS).

Tumke Bagra, secretary Power, who was the guest of honour released a book on the genealogy of Mayi clan on the occasion.

Meanwhile, the  power minister has responded to the single-point demand submitted in the form of memorandum for early electrification of Nyorak and adjoining Pushi-Nyorak villages. The conference concluded with passing of a resolution for protection and preservation of the sanctity of the Mayi Liine, according to MAWS release.


Yangte circle gets 5 Farmer’  Clubs

ITANAGAR,  Mar 10:  NABARD sponsored 5 Farmers’ Club were inaugurated at Yangte circle of Kurung Kumey district on March 4.

Altogether 165 Clubs members, Govt officials, gaon burahs, panchayat leaders and general public participated in the inaugural function.

The NABARD will sponsor Awareness camp  and  orientation training programme,  besides other activities  to enhance the skill of farmers, according to a National Youth Project release.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: The Upper Balijan Socio Economic Development Committee would organise a mass social service at Bassarnallo on March 12 and 13.  

An initiative of its president Ngurang Changriang, Parliamentary secretary - Industries cum local MLA Nabam Ribia, Department of Water Resources (WRD), the mass social service is being organized  to protect the soil erosion in the adjoining villages, agricultural land, Govt. middle school, Basernello and circle HQ Sangdupota from the Papum river.


Committee on Palin to submit report

ITANAGAR: The high powered committee headed by Education Minister Bosiram Siram  to investigate the Palin fire tragedy would submit its final report to the Chief Minister on Friday.

On Feb ten, 14 small children were killed when their hostel caught fire. The Private hostel had accommodated students of an Institution run by the  Don Bosco.


UAEA cries foul

ITANAGAR: The Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association (UAEA) today demanded that all heads of various working departments implement the  CM’s order issued on Feb 23 last to streamline the recruitment process and stop illegal appointments.

The union which came to the limelight for launching a series of agitation demanding transparency  in recruitment process and employment avenues for unemployed youths of the state  alleged in spite of CM’s order the UD department is encouraging illegal appointments by giving extension to  six AUOPs and thus depriving the candidates in waiting list.

The UAEA also urged the telephone companies to recruit ever increasing unemployed engineers as EEE, CSE, IT EC in their respective office.


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