As we complete almost twenty years of the Look East Policy, it is an opportune moment
to reflect and introspect on the progress that we have achieved vis-à-vis our stated
objectives and take stock of the benefits that have flown to the country in this
while, he added. Including strategic co-operation in the Look East Policy will have
to be a very tight rope-walk. The unambiguous message to the rest of the word before
attempting any such integration is that this cooperation is for strengthening our
internal security and for jointly fighting terrorist groups which operate across
the borders and is not aimed against any third country, Gen Singh added.
In our efforts towards improving connectivity, road connectivity should get the highest
priority. The proposals for Asian Highway Link Road and connecting the rail networks
of India and Myanmar at Dibrugarh railhead have to be taken up on highest priority.
Now we need to focus on developing the historic Stilwell road which connected Ledo
in Assam with Myitkina in Myanmar, and linked up with Yunnan province of China. Through
this road, which lies partly in Arunachal Pradesh, we are just 650 km away from the
Yunnan Border east of Bhamo in Kachin State. This 1600 km road will also offer a
considerable distance advantage over the existing Mandalay highway. It will also
bring in associated benefits like revival of formal border trade from the Pangsau
Pass in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh. As timber (mainly teak) will be
the major item of import through this Border Post, it will not only help revive many
of the wood-based industries in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh which had to be shut
down following the Apex Court’s restrictions on timber operations in 1996, the Governor
said in his speech. Myanmar, which shares a border of 1640 km with us, and a sea
board of 1930 km in the Bay of Bengal, will continue to be the lynch-pin for the
success of our Look East Policy, because of its strategic location. It would also
be critical to address the challenges of border management especially with regard
to cross-border migration, terrorism, drugs, arms supply and other forms of non-conventional
security hazards whose threat level may increase with more open and increased movements
across the Border.
Myanmar is also important for us from security point of view. Peace is a pre-requisite
for development and my previous suggestions of demand driven and land-connectivity
based approach can not take off on ground unless we establish peace in the disturbed
North-East of India. Look East can come in handy here as well. Many of the insurgent
groups operating on the Indian take illegal shelter in Myanmar whenever our forces
pursue them. This includes some of the terrorist groups operating in Arunachal Pradesh
as well. While, we have had significant success in jointly working with Bhutan and
Bangladesh in turning the heat on such groups, we need to do the same with Myanmar
as well, he added.
Bangladesh minister for Industries Dilip Barua, Secretary (ER), Ministry of External
Affairs, Government of India, Parbati Sen Vyas and President of Indian Chamber of
Commerce Vishambhar Saran attended the Summit along with host of dignitaries from
several south east countries.
Ambassadors of Laos, Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar addressed the special plenary
session while Governor of West Bengal MK Narayanan graced the valedictory session.
(PRO to CM)
NESO demands comprehensive policy for NE
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: The North-East Students’ Organisation (NESO) has threatened to
launch a peaceful but intense agitation unless the Centre comes out with a comprehensive
policy to solve the burning issues that the region is confronting with.
The charter of resolutions that the NESO adopted in its last general council meeting
on Friday includes demand for the formation of a Special Education Council for the
North East, a comprehensive policy to tackle the burning problem of illegal influx,
update of the National Register of Citizens, scrapping of draconian laws like the
Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), declaration of the NE as a special economic
and employment zone, besides declaring a separate time zone for the region.
“We aggrievedly feel that since Independence, the North East has suffered nothing
but political injustice and economic exploitation, and we demand that the region
be given a special constitutional status with rights over land and natural resources,”
said NESO secretary general Gumjum Haider in a release today.
While appreciating the Prime Minister for his written assurance for the security
of the students of the North East studying in Delhi and NCR, Haider castigated the
central Govt for its alleged failure to safeguard the interest of the student community
of the region. He said there is an urgent need for an overhaul of the system.
Demanding introduction of need based courses in all universities of North East, Haider
said every year around Rs 400 crore (unofficial survey) goes out of the region in
the name of students pursuing higher studies outside the region due to non-availability
of new and need based courses.
The NESO also decided to organise an NE MPs’ meet soon to put pressure on the Prime
Minister and other top Central leaders over its demands and take to the streets
of the national capital after the Parliament session as a mark of protest against
non-fulfillment of their demands.
While calling for a special impetus to the demand for a special time zone for the
NE, Haider asserted, “If the Union Government wants regional imbalance to go, it
must grant us a separate time zone, which will not only help us to prosper on the
economic front but also improve the people’s standard of living, besides boosting
education and sports.”
“Be united to reach the goal”
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Calling upon the BSNL Employees Association to stand united for
the cause of its own members, All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) president
Jalley Sonam said unless we are united we would be weakened and not be able to reach
Speaking as the chief guest of the 4th District Conference of BSNLEU of Arunachal
Pradesh, Sonam sought the cooperation of BSNLEU in fighting for the cause of workers
in the state. He informed that few years back a Coordination Committee was formed
to bridge the gap between Central and State Govt employees but it went defunct due
to some certain reasons. However, efforts are on to revive it, he informed. He also
promised to support BSNLEUs genuine demands.
Highlighting Labour Welfare Boards objectives he informed that the board is constituted
to give maximum benefits to construction workers.
Lamenting the non-payment of 1% of cess towards APB&OCWWB by BSNL despite of repeated
intimations, Sonam urged the BSNL authorities to pay the cess at the earliest which
is used for the welfare of workers.
Earlier AK Das, Distt. Secy. BSNLEU in his speech highlighted various problems being
faced by its members and also informed few achievements made by the union in last
few years like settlement of pension cases, supply of uniforms to eligible staffs,
appointment on compassionate ground etc.
Present on the occasion were M.B. Sing Circle Secy. NE-II Dimapur, P.K. Baisya Genereal
Secy. State Bank Union, Arunachal Pradesh, Khogen Singh, BSNL Executive Association,
Y.N Upadhya, President, BSNLEU Arunachal Pradesh and Assistant General Manager BSNL,
Arunachal crush Assam team in T20
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Suhel Hussain’s all round performance helped Arunachal Cricket
Team crush Khelmati Cricket Club of Lakhimpur by 33 runs in the All Assam Open Twenty20
Cricket Tournament today.
Arunachal Cricket team, which won the toss and chose to bat first, set a challenging
target of 130 runs before the Assam team. Suhel scored 51 runs while Kamsa Yangfo
(wc) contributed a valuable 39 runs.
In reply, Khelmati Cricket Club could manage only 96 runs losing all the wickets
in 18.5 overs. While Song Tacho removed three KCC wickets Toko Robin and Suhel struck
two wickets each.
Arunachal team will play its second match against Tezpur Cricket Club on April two.
The tournament is organized by Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad.
Census Training for L/Subansiri and Kurung Kumey held
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: The district level training on House listing, Housing Census and
National Population Register for two districts of Kurung Kumey and Lower Subansiri
was jointly held in the DC’s conference hall at Ziro on March 26 last.
Underlining the importance of census, the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner-cum-
Principal Census officer, Sadhana Deori asked the participants to take the training
with utmost sincerity and seriousness so as to ensure an error-free census. She also
asked the charge officers, supervisors and enumerators not to stray out of the framework
of census enumeration to avoid legal complications in future.
Census is a gigantic national programme involving every resident of India and any
one drawn for it will be on a very important national duty. All the data collected
are compiled at the national level and used to ensure that all the regions of
the country get enough fund from Government of India under various social sectors.
It is also important for delimitation of assembly constituencies, she added.
Deputy Director, Census Operations, Shillong, Bharati Chanda, in her key note address
on various aspects of census operations said census though a very low key affair
is very vast and important subject. Since, there is no provision for re-census even
if there is wrong enumeration, she stressed that every care should be taken to make
the census error-free. Besides, accountability will be fixed on the enumerators if
any wrong enumeration is detected, that is why extra care should be taken, she added.
The training was attended by over 70 administrative officers and other government
employees designated as charge officers, supervisors and enumerators and para-military
personnel of Kurung Kumey and Lower Subansiri districts for the coming house listing
and housing census and National Population register from April 15 to May 31 next.
Archeologists uncover Megalithic sites in West Kameng
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: A team of Archaeologist of the Directorate of Research has discovered
four Megalithic sites for the first time in the state in Shergaon and Rupa area of
West Kameng. A team of three archeologists Tage Tada, J. C. Dutta, N. Deori made
this discovery earlier this year.
They stated that discovery of the megalithic site area has opened a new era in the
field of Archaeological research leading a new prospect for pre historic research
and tourism sector.
The Megaliths of Shergaon and Rupa are just discovered which is yet to be scientifically
excavated to come to a conclusion.
The Megaliths of Rupa seems to be a Dolmen. Generally Megaliths are commemorative
by nature but whether it is a commemorative or epitaph on burial would be known only
after archaeological scientific excavation is carried out, the archeologists said.
The researchers said that the tribes of that are have no tradition of megalithic
burial nor do they have any memory of such megalithic practice by ancestors. But
the local inhabitants of Shergaon and Rupa has own mythological belief and practices
with the megalith of their respective area. They offer ritual on the megalith during
their traditional Chik-Chaba ceremony.
The megalithic sites come under the menhir variety of megaliths. A menhir is a large
upright standing stone and may be found single as monoliths, or as part of a group
of similar stones. Their size can vary considerably; but their shape is generally
uneven and squared, often tapering towards the top. There are two megalithic sites
prevalent in the vicinity of Shergaon.
One site is located southwestern direction of the Shergaon Township which is about
1 km from the Shergaon- Tanzingaon road where two small streams meet. There is one
large monolithic store slab which is about 5 feet that is slightly inclined towards
ground. Along the large monolith, two other small upright stone has been found. All
the stone slabs are made from lime stone block which are locally available.
Saakhsar Bharat Mission Training
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh State Literacy Mission Authority in collaboration with
State Resource Centre, Tripura is organizing District Resource Person’s Training
on Saakhsar Bharat Mission 2012 from March 29 to April one at Bharat Scouts and Guides
centre, Polo Colony Naharlagun.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram has consented to attend the inaugural function of
the training as chief guest.
MP to attend Kamba Mopin
ITANAGAR: Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy and Advisor to Power Department Er. T. Mara
will grace the Kamba General Mopin 2010 as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
President of Jay Pee group of Companies will be the special guest.
IMWA welcomes ban
ITANAGAR: Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) thanked the state government
for imposing ban on the selling of lottery, housie in the state.
It further terming the forceful selling of these items in market area as encouragement
to corruption, appealed the state government not to issue permits to any organization
in near future.
UAEA places demands
ITANAGAR: Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association (UAEA) appealed the government
to accept the proposed creation of 57 AEs and 183 JEs posts immediately in Trans
Arunachal Highway Department and urged the concerned department to recruit them through
It further demanded recruitment in JE and AE posts lying vacant in tourism department
and appealed for immediate declaration of Hydro Power Department’s JE (civil) results.
The association also appealed the private power developers in the state to submit
their required posts in UAEA Office for further action.
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Joram Gumsi and Teshi Sony have been appointed as the Nationalist
Students’ Congress (NSC)’s state and Papum Pare district unit presidents respectively.
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: The general people of the Tarasso circle submitted a three-point
memorandum to the Home Minister during his visit to the Dullung-Ramghat to take stock
of the situation caused by the illegal encroachment by people from neighbouring state,
informed Taraso ZPM Nabam Eka in a release today. The people hoped the Govt will
take step for amicable solution to the numerous problems being faced by the people
in boundary area in Tarasso circle, the ZPM said and appreciated the Home Minister
and his team for visiting the boundary area.
Fines for offenders
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: An amount of Rs. 17600 has been realized as fines from 88 two wheeler
riders for not using helmet during a special check conducted jointly by transport
and police department at Ziro Township and its adjoining areas yesterday.
ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Village Education Committee, Donyi-Dokum Colony, Itanagar appealed
to the government to immediately sanction relief fund to the victims of Donyi-Dokum
colony, whose houses have been damaged by storm yesterday.