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Rain ravages Dibang Valley, five dead

ANINI, Mar 30: Five people are reported dead in Dibang Valley district following torrential rain in the last one week. Reports reaching Itanagar says that the deaths occurred as these people, who were unwell, could not be lifted to nearby hospital because of road blockades at several places. Rain triggered landslides at several places cutting the district off from the rest of the country.

Bailey bridge at Amboli is reported damaged while several patches in Endulin, Ryanli, Hundli and Suklanagar along the Anini-Roing road have been washed out.

Reports further added that many people remains stranded in Anini and several other block points.  

Because of road blockade people are facing food crisis as essential commodities are out of the market and even the available items are being sold at high prices. The district heavily relies on Public distribution system for essential commodities.

Because of bad weather, chopper services have been severely hit in the state.

BRO sources informed that men and machines are working on war footing to restore road communications by this week.

Over the last week, torrential rain and storm has hit the state including Capital region. (DIPR)


Efforts to empower Small scale Tea Growers

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: The two day training workshop on formation and empowering SHGs for a sustainable Tea Business for Small Tea Growers began at office of the Tourism Directorate premises today.

The workshop is being conducted by Department of Trade and Commerce in collaboration with Indian Institute of Plantation Management, Bangalore with the aim to push forward and sustain the organic tea movement in the state by providing support to the small tea growers in terms of capacity building.

Addressing the participants on the occasion, as chief guest Commissioner, Trade and Commerce, M. Pertin, highlighting the huge potential of the tea sector particularly organic tea and the investor friendly State Industrial Policy said that providing such required training in terms of skill development and technical know how, including marketing strategies to the small tea growers is the need of the hour for efficient tea garden management , so that farmers can take up tea cultivation as an economically self-sustaining industry in future.

He further, emphasizing on the need for SHG formation to protect the interest of the small tea growers from factors like exploitation by the Middleman and Bought Leaf factory (BLF) said that “ through the efforts of SHGs , our small tea growers would be able to set up their own processing unit, plan market strategies and design a financial and action plan for proper and sustainable growth of their tea garden and in the process determine their own prosperity.”

Director, Trade and Commerce, Tokong Pertin said that the Department is proactively working to promote the organic tea movement in the state adding that with sincere efforts we can put Arunachal Pradesh brand name in the world tea map. The department is also tying up with Rubber Board of India and other such boards to encourage entrepreneurs to take up economically sustainable ventures.

Earlier, the resource person from Indian Institute of Plantation Management (IIPM), Bangalore, and A.N. Vijay Kumar said that though since last 20 years tea plantation has been on in the state but the present scenario is such that Middleman earn the major share of profit and as such the need to empower the Small Tea planters has been felt. The training is an initiative to provide them with support for institutionalization of SHGs, leadership, accounting records and financial planning for effective management of Tea gardens and SHGs. He urged the Tea Growers to take up innovative efforts like creating own brand product.

President, Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers Association (APSTGA) Tadak Gab, said that there is a lot of financial assistance to promote the sector. However, such enterprises can be run successfully only with skills like accounting keeping, which the training is providing. On the occasion, the chief guest, handed over computer set donated by Tea board of India to APSTGA. (DIPR)



Dear Editor,

Tanya Bulo, Member, District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, Daporijo had made a genuine appeal for early completion of District Museum (in this daily on Mar 16) . He had also felt the need to have a museum in the town for enrichment of culture and its promotion among the students and tourists.

In this regard I would like to clarify that the Research Department has been working and pursuing in this direction over the last several years, so that the people who live in the Daporijo Town and different blocks, Circles and hinterland villages get the privilege to enjoy, admire and learn their own heritage. The Community as a civil society is the best custodian of their rich heritage.

The Directorate of Research had allocated fund 1st phase some times in the year 1992 and 2nd   and final phase in 1997. The required funds were made available as per requisition/revised estimate of the constructing agency. We have been corresponding and requesting the Arunachal Pradesh Public Work Department to complete and handover the building. As the building has not been handed over to us, we are unable to initiate further programme and policy to start functioning of District Museum as envisaged and visualized in our dream.


Tage Tada

Director of Research, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh

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TDF conducts orientation prog on STI management

ITANAGAR, Mar 30:  The Tribal Development Foundation (TDF) conducted a one-day orientation programme on STI Management for Preferred Private Provider (PPP) at General Hospital, Pasighat on Mar 29.

The programme was organized for successful implementation of the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO)’s  Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Management Programme in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society.  

The STI Management programe is now undertaken by TDF in East Siang district. All together nine doctors from different parts of East Siang district including all the TDF staffs participated in the programme.

The resource persons of the programme Dr. S. Bhattacharjee and Dr. O.Yomso enlightened the participants with complete information about STIs and RTIs through power-point presentation.

Earlier in his keynote address, John Panyang, Project Coordinator highlighted aims and objectives of the TDF and the training programme as well. Expressing his gratefulness to all the doctors, Panyang requested them to continue their support and cooperation for successful implementation of the STI Programme, according to an official release.


NHPC assures revision of RR package


SHILLONG, Mar 30: NEEPCO Chief Managing Director I P Borah while responding to a demand has assured revision of Relief and Rehabilitation package under Kameng Project while also assuring early execution of  the Project. He was responding to demands from a delegation led by Thrizino-Burgaon MLA Kumsi Sidisow, along with representatives from Dibru Dususow All Hrusso Socio-Cultural Society today when they met him in Shillong, Meghalaya.

Sidisow highlighted various issues being confronted by local populace from the power corporation working in his home constitution, Kimi.  

MLA, in its representation, has urged for shifting of NEEPCO Executive Director Office from Shillong to Kimi, West Kameng, recruitment of grade C and D categories, relief and rehabilitation packages for the project affected local populace, and regularization of APRO.

The CMD is reported to have assured to take up the matter seriously after due consultation with his officers.


Stage set for Mopin celebration

AALO, Mar 30:  Stage is set for celebration of Mopin festival which starts from April 5 all over the state. In Itanagar, the main celebration will be held Solung Mopin Ground from April 5-8.  Finance Minister Setong Sena and MLA Itanagar Techi Kaso will join the celebrations as Chief Guest and Guest of honour on April 5. The cultural competitions will start from April 1 while the reception of the Priest would be done on 3rd.

Meanwhile, Aalo is all set for Mopin festivities. The Central Mopin Celebration Committee (CMCC), Aalo has made all arrangement for celebration of Mopin with renewed vigor and zeal, informed Degam Ete, President of the celebration committee.

Seminars and Essay writing competitions and Mega Fashion Show, indigenous sports, local cuisines are some of the major attraction. Though formal programme will start from April 5, various cultural and sports competitions are scheduled to begin from Mar 31.

Likha Saaya, Chairman APEDA and Tago Basar, Director, Agriculture will be the chief guest and guest of honour respectively.  Union Tribal Affairs secretary G.B. Mukherjee has also consented to attend the festival as Special Guest, reports DIPRO.


DC urges local artisans for quality goods

ZIRO, Mar 30: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Sadhana Deori today called upon the local unemployed youths and Artisans and beneficiaries of Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) to produce quality goods to attract customers.

Deori, who is also chairperson, District Task Force Committee, was addressing the participants at a district level awareness camp on PMEGP here at District Industrial Centre.

Enterprise with properly finished products will only sustain the present competitive market, therefore, every artisans and beneficiaries should give more attention on quality rather on quantity, she Said.

She also called for proper market analysis and chose only that project which is viable for the area so that the project is not rejected by the District Task force Committee or the bank.   

Joint Director, Textile and Handicraft, Hage Tado, highlighted the main objectives of PMEGP, after merging PMGSY and REGP besides dwelling at length  on roles of KVIC, KVIB and DICs. Beneficiaries and more particularly the artisans should be very sincere, hardworking, innovative, farsighted and more importantly customer friendly to be successful in their fields of activities, he opined.

Deputy Director, Industries, Gyati Mali, spoke on Govt. Industries and guidelines and procedure for availing financial assistance and briefed on various implementing agencies under PMEGP.

The APKVIB sponsored function was attended by over 50 unemployed youths from various parts of Lower Subansiri district. DIPRO


Leadership dev. programme

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union in collaboration with Institute of Cooperative Management, Guwahati conducted three-day leadership development programme from March 25-27 last at Lower Subansiri Handloom Cooperative Society, Itanagar.

In the last day of the workshop officers from Textiles and Handicraft department has also delivered lectures on marketing of handloom products.


Commodity prices fixed

ITANAGAR: The Capital administration, in its move to control the soaring prices of essential commodities, today circulated the much anticipated commodity price list to every vendor/shopkeeper of capital complex which would be displayed by them in front of their shops/ stalls.

In case of non-display, customers may ask for the copy of the approved price list from the shopkeepers and vendors, according to an official release.

Further, in case of violation of the approved rate by any shopkeeper/vendor, a customer can lodge complaint against them at the nearest police station or office of the magistrate, the release added.


Govt declares April 14 a holiday

New Delhi: The Central government has declared April 14, the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar as a holiday. All Central government offices, including industrial establishments and banks, across the country will remain closed, according to an official notification.


Longtey festival

ITANAGAR: The Annual Longtey Festival would be celebrated at Chambang Village under Phassang circle of Kurung Kumey district from April 22 to 25.

Tadar Mangku, EE, PHED would attend the festival as chief guest while social worker Ringu Gautum would be the guest of honour.


BJP man resigns

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Tana Tagum Tara, who had withdrawn his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidature from Sagalee constituency in the last assembly election in favour of NPC candidate, has resigned from the primary membership of BJP.