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March  - 27


Sr. Journalist passes away

State Press fraternity mourns

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Senior journalist and former UNI bureau in-charge Abani Kumar Bhattacharyya died after prolonged illness at his Nalbari residence today. He was 63 and is survived by his wife and two sons. Bhattacharya, known as Bhattada in his friends circle, was known for his soft-spoken nature with all the sections of the people. He was one of the founder members of Itanagar Press Club (Now Arunachal Press Club (APC).

In a condolence message, APC President Jarpum Gamlin said, "though we worked in separate time period but it is his contributions that has brought us this far." Mourning his demise, Gamlin said, "We the members of APC and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists today deeply mourn his untimely demise. And May his soul rest in peace."  On behalf of press fraternity Gamlin  also conveyed deep sense of condolence to bereaved family members.

Bhattacharyya had served in various capacities at United News of India (UNI) in a career spanning four decades though he joined Guwhati office as an operator in 1968. After joining UNI at Guwahati bureau, he went on to work for the agency at Itanagar, Siliguri, Lucknow, Imphal and Guwahati again. One of the pioneers, he came to this land-locked state in 1981 to work for the agency, whose office was located at Naharlagun then. Bhattacharyya was suffering from kidney-related ailments for several years and had been under constant medication. Due to his deteriorating health condition, he was transferred from Imphal to Guwahati office and served the centre as bureau chief till his retirement.


MMS scandal: APSCW constitutes

enquiry committee

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) has constituted its own enquiry committee to investigate into the MMS scandal that depicts a minor boy and a girl being forced to commit sexual act in a police station, particularly in context of the atrocity meted out to the girl, informed the Commission in a release.

While condemning the atrocity, the Commission further said that it has sent written request  to the DGP for immediate departmental enquiry and called upon the authorities for ensuring protection of the victims and their families.

Re-arrest the accused: The APSCW, meanwhile, urged the Kurung Kumey district administration for immediate re-arrest of the accused in a rape case (Sgm/PS-12/11 u/s 376 IPC) who escaped from police custody. The Commission also urged the district administration to institute an inquiry to ascertain the reasons that led to escaping of the offender from police custody who allegedly raped an ailing minor girl on March 5, 2011.

Job issue of police widow: The APSCW said that it had received a representation of the women widow under the banner of All Arunachal Pradesh Widows Union, who raised their demand for cancellation of the recently conducted interview for appointment of women police under compassionate ground.

Responding to the plea from the Union for appointment of all job aspirants on compassionate ground, the Commission has taken up the matter with appointing authority for being informed whether the Govt can be approached for consideration of their appointment, it said.


Earth Hour observed at Raj Bhavan

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Governor Gen JJ Singh and State First Lady Anupama Singh along with Raj Bhavan officials observed ‘Earth Hour’ to its true spirit at Raj Bhavan here.

Other than few security lamps in the periphery of the compound, lights were switched off from 8.30 pm for an hour.

The first couple, who always have been advocating for minimum use of energy and proper use of other natural resources, impressed upon Raj Bhavan officials and others towards promotion and practice of conservation of energy to reduce impact on the environment and on the planet.

Earth Hour, which is considered as a biggest annual participatory event organized by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It is held annually on the last Saturday of March. The idea was conceptualized by a leading Australian daily wherein millions people from business establishments and residents stood in support for the cause. PRO to Raj Bhawan


Kahfa  Bengia clears his stand

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: While being apologetic over the use of the word `mafia', Kahfa Bengia, chairman of Save Arunachal Forum (SAF) stood his ground saying  that ‘the merciless deforestation of our forest resources during the  former chief minister Gegong Apang’s regime in the form of unaccounted issue of timber permits which eventually led to the blanket ban on timber operation in the state by an order of the Supreme Court causing irreparable damage and loss to the state exchequer still remains an existing truth in the political history of Arunachal Pradesh.”

In a release he also added that sudden ban on timber operation aggravated the unemployment problem in Arunachal particularly in Tirap and Changlang districts, the fall out of which are the growing underground outfits in these districts.

Further Kahfa said that Dorjee Khandu's regime must also equally share the blame of misgovernance and mismanagement for the reckless mortgaging of almost all the river basins of the state to the private power developers without the prior and informed consent of the traditional landowners and without the approval of state cabinet. Dorjee Khandu has not even spared the underground resources of the state like coal and oil in Tirap and Changlang Districts, he said. He urged young generation of the state to find for themselves the modus operandi of the naked plunder of our state resources by the political elites of the present regime in connivance with outside corporate bodies. The concept of sustainable development has been completely overlooked and the future generation of the state is in serious jeopardy, added Save Arunachal Forum Chairman.


Farmers-scientists interaction programme

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: A Farmer-Scientists Interaction Programme under the Extension Reform Programme under ATMA and training on Apiculture under RKVY (Stream-I) was conducted at Dao, Aalo, West Siang District on 25th March. A. Kirankumar Singh, SMS (Agronomy), KVK West Siang, Basar and Goutom Bhagawati, Technical Officer (Agromet & Entomologist), ICAR, A.P. Centre  were the resource persons   where in 75 farmers from all blocks of West Siang, 8 ADOs  and  12 AFAs participated in the training

Inaugurating the programme as chief guest Karbom Riram, DAO Aalo highlighted the important aspects of the training programme while Jumdo Jini, ADO briefed the gathering about the objectives of the training.

In the technical session A. Kirankumar Singh, SMS (Agronomy) KVK West Siang, Basar spoke on the topics “System of Rice Intensification (SRI) for Higher Production and Productivity in West Siang” and different aspects on “Soil and Water Management Strategies for Sustainable Production of Field Crops”

Goutom Bhagawati delivered  his lecture on “Insect Pest Management in Agricultural and Horticultural Crops in West Siang” and “Importance of Apiculture as a Commercial Venture”. Resource persons also responded to  various questions raised by the farmers, ADOs and AFAs during the programme. The resource persons also stressed the farmers to focus on cultivation and management of the crops in organic way.


Women Commission lauds gender budget

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) chairperson Komoli Mossang lauded the State Govt for presenting maiden Gender Budget 2010-11 and 2011-12 covering 12 important departments during the just concluded Budget session of the State Assembly.

Terming the gender budget proposal “historic”, Mossang stated that the advocacy for gender budgeting made by the first and second body of APSCW in its annual administrative reports for the period from 2005-06  and 2006-07 as well as annul administrative report for the year 2007-08 and 2008-09 have been honoured by the State govt. She called upon the Govt for appointment of a State level gender adviser at par with the status of a Cabinet Minister. Mossang advocated that from the initial stage, regulation of the gender budgeting should be prioritized in consultation with the Commission.


ANSU seeks amicable solution to indoor stadium impasse

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Reacting to the raging controversy over construction of indoor stadium at Sagalee, All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) called for urgent solution to the issue. ANSU General Secretary Arjun Panye in a press release said infrastructure development is welcomed but not at the cost of students welfare.

 “We welcome construction of indoor stadium inside Sagalee government higher secondary complex but with condition that stadium is meant only for student communities,” said ANSU GS Arjun Panye. He further added, “When auditorium was constructed inside the premises of Doimukh government secondary school years ago, it was promised that it will be only for student communities. But now hardly students get chance to use that auditorium. We don’t want similar thing to happen at Sagalee.”

 ANSU sought amicable solution to the problem at the earliest so that interest of students is not harmed. “Authorities need to listen to the grievances put forward by APPDSU. There should not be any communication gap between student body and authorities.”


Please remove the infamous video clip’

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Various organizations today appealed to all to remove the infamous video clip of the Daporijo police station from storage, which spread like wildfire throughout the world through internet and other mediums.

Describing as shameful the crime committed by uniformed police personnel, which stunned people of this peace-loving state, the women’s wing of All Nyishi Students’ Union demanded exemplary punishment for the accused so that such incidents do not recur. It  said that the Home Minister should take care of all such type of big and serious issues.

While reminding the police of their duties, the women’s wing of ANSU said that the purpose of the police is to maintain safety, security, peace and order in society but not to create panic among people or harass them.

Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association (UAEA), All Upper Subansiri District Students’ Union (AUSDSU)  raised question over sincerity, faithfulness and responsibility of the state police.

“....After this incident no one will believe in state police, UAEA opined without elaborating.

Both the unions appealed to all to remove/delete the video record from their mobiles, PCs etc.

Meanwhile, AUSDSU gave two day’s (48 hrs) ultimatum to the authority to re-arrest the main accused ASI Boham Bo by revoking the bail granted to him. Failing to apprehend the culprit within the given time would compel the union to go for democratic movement, AUSDSU threatened.  


Exhibition on handloom products

DC stress on self-employment venture

BOMDILA, Mar 26: Strive for self employment opportunities and create employment opportunities for others  too as white collared jobs are few and hard to come by, said Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi  while addressing the weavers and others after inaugurating the 5-day long District Level Exhibition of Handloom products on the sidelines of Losar festival at District Industries Centre, Bomdila, here this morning.

Underscoring the need for the right knowledge, skill and capacity building, DC Tashi urged the stakeholders to  explore new and innovative idea. Going in for the same venture or trade will do no good and technically it would lead to stagnation, he said. The weavers need to regularly get in touch with the concerned officers and the department and to keep themselves updated on the various schemes and welfare measures meant for them, he added. Visiting all the stalls, DC interacted with the weavers and  artisans in order to know their problems and other ground realities.

Earlier, ADTH Dorjee Phuntso in his address, highlighted on the various welfare schemes and policies for the weavers under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. Impressing upon the weavers the need for maintaining quality and reasonable pricing of the products, he said that these are quite imperative if the products are to be marketed outside.

In all, 09 stalls of handloom products from Itanagar, Doimukh and the district were put up for sale and exhibition. Sponsored by the Development Commissioner for Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles, GOI, this exhibition aims at providing the local weavers, NGOs and entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase their products and provide the much needed platform for marketing their products. DIPRO


Relief sought for cyclone affected families

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Cyclonic storm, which lashed parts of the state recently, destroyed 11 more houses at Hill Top Colony, ESS sector totaling the number of houses damaged  in the cyclone up to 21, informed Hill Top Colony Welfare Committee.

It said that rooftops of almost all the 21 houses were blown away, household items, including utensils damaged, in the cyclonic storm which created havoc for at least 17 hours. The colony welfare committee appealed to the State government to provide immediate relief to the affected families for their quick rehabilitation.


Mismanagement of Society alleged

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: One of the members of Board of Directors, Lohit Co-operative General Store Ltd (LCGS), Lohit District Nuney Tayang in a letter to the Chief Secretary alleged mis-management of the Society by its Managing Director and requested the  higher authority to investigate in to the matter to unearth the truth and take necessary action against wrong doer.  

Equipped with RTI papers, Tayang in its  letter to the CS alleged that audit report Vide No COOP (A) 115/96/part –II, 2008-2009 has exposed huge misappropriation done by DRCS-Cum-Managing Director, LCGS.  162.68 quintals of BPL rice  had been converted to APL rice and sold out on APL rate which deeply affected the beneficiaries of the same, the letter said. It further said that 22.35 quintals of AAY rice was converted to BPL rice and sold out on BPL rate and 134.16 quintals of Mid Day Meal was sold out at FPS counter which was meant for students free of cost, the letter claimed.

He further alleged that DRCS-Cum-Managing Director, LCGS has also re-appointed the retired Manager of the LCGS Ltd in the same post without complying the norms and rules of the Society. Re-appointment of retired manager has deprived the local unemployed educated youth to compete for the post of manager, the letter said.

The letter further said that the Managing Director of the Society has not convened any general body meeting and conference of the Society since 2005 and instead “kept it defunct and is misusing all powers by himself’.  The MD of LCGS has been taking decisions alone in arbitrarily manner which is detrimental for the society as well to the interest of public at large, the letter said.


ESDP on Woolen Garment Manufacturing

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programme (ESDP) on Woolen Garment Manufacturing concluded here today.  Besides the two Master Trainers Pura Gyati Uma from Ziro and Subu Anga from Itanagar, resource persons and experts from various organizations like KVIC, KVIB, DIC, NYP impart training on various aspects of entrepreneurship development.  

Addressing the valedictory function at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Itanagar Branch Office,  Prakash Kumar Behra, Deputy Director, KVIC, Itanagar encouraged the trainees to  take the benefit under the Prime Ministers Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) in order to start their own venture.

Hari P Biswas, President, National Youth Project (NYP), Itanagar too urged the trainees to sincerely set up units in woolen garment and assured all possible help in this regard. Santanu M Deka, Assistant Faculty Member, IIE announced that IIE in association with organizations like National Youth Project, Department of Industries, Oju Welfare Society, Action Aid Society Arunachal, Arun Kutir Udyog is organizing 25 ESDPs across Arunachal Pradesh, especially in the districts of Papum Pare, Tawang, West Kameng, Lower Subansiri and West Siang on various subjects like bakery and confectionery, motor and transformer repairing, beauty care, development of carpets, steel fabrication, hospitality, household wiring, fruit processing, artificial jewelry making etc  in order to promote self employment in the state.


AAHSU demands release of NEC stipend

ITANAGAR, Mar 26:  The All Arunachal Homeopa-pathic Students  Union (AAHSU) has  appealed the  authorities for releasing the North East Council (NEC)  stipend for the students.

The Union claimed that NEC has already sanctioned an stipend amount of Rs 50 lakh to the directorate of higher and technical education in February last  but the fund remains unutilized and sent back for re-approval.

The union also appealed to the AAPSU  to look into the matter for the welfare of students community.


News Impact

OWA lauds MP

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Oju Welfare Association (OWA)  appreciates Member of Parliament Takam Sanjay for his help and efforts in getting State Resource Center under Ministry of Human Resource Development scheme. SRC is supposed to provide academic and technical resource support to literacy programmes, publication activities, innovative Project research study and evaluation.  OWA expects the same kind of cooperation and guidance from MP in future also.


Selection ‘welcomed’

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: A press release received here claimed that the federal units of All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) from all five Nyishi-dominated districts today held a meeting at the Doimukh residence of ANYA’s Papum Pare district unit president wherein they “welcomed” the recent selection of interim president of ANYA, Achung Yumlam, and his team, besides pledging their “full support to the interim team in any moment in the course of ANYA issue for the betterment of Nyishi community in common and Nyishi youth in particular”.


Social Service

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: C-Sector Welfare Committee, Naharlagun conducted social service in the C Sector recently. During the social service they temporary repaired approach road of the C- Sector.

The committee appealed to the authority concerned to provide fund for construction of drain and dustbin and also appealed to the residents of the sector to keep the sector neat and clean.


DASU writes to HM

ITANAGAR, Mar 26:  The Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU) has appealed to the state home minister to visit Lower Dibang Valley to trace out the truth behind the present standoff between two warring communities.

Giving details of the incident, starting from the arrest of three Adis belonging from Meka village to the proclamation of the 144 Cr PC in the district, DASU in its memoradum addressed to the HM said that imposition of the 144 CrPC was illegal and unjustified and partial decision as it was in the midst of the Unying-Aran festival.

 The Union further said that its economic blockade was not against any community but the district administration. Pointing out the violent incident of March 17, it said, if the union is not allowed to meet the DC for negotiation on the scheduled date and time, how peace can be arrived. It further said that even though the union lifted the economic blockade for the interest of the people of the district, shops belonging to the Adis in Roing town were warned with consequences for which shops remain closed till today.

The DASU also demanded arrest of AIMSU president and his executives holding them responsible for mayhem on March 17. The union also demanded arrest of Davil Pulu and Vijay Linggi who resorted to gun firing on that day and also demanded arrest of IMCLS general secretary for his alleged involvement in destruction, ransacking in the night of March 17.


Bam qualifies for M. Phil (Pomology)

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Tobom Bam of Bam village, West Siang district has been awarded first Indian M. Phil in Pomology on his thesis “ Studies on distribution, Production, utility area coverage and income generation of some fruit plants in Basar Sub Division West Siang Arunachal Pradesh” from the Global Open University, Nagaland/ New Delhi. Tobom Bam is also the first North East Indian Post graduate with specialization in Floriculture and Landscaping in the faculty of Horticulture from Bhidan Chandra Khrishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal in 1999-2001.


Audio CD released

ITANAGAR,  Mar 26:  Legendary singer of Arunachal Pradesh  has released the “Rilum Yaajom”, a new audio CD on Mopin  in presence of large number of state singers in a simple and impressive function at Naharlagun today.  Jomnya Siram, Nyogam Nyorak and Dabi Lollen are the singers who lend their voice in the cassette.


ANSU conducts 2nd phase of tobacco drive

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: The All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) in collaboration with Additional District Magistrate (ADM) T Potom conducted its 2nd phase of tobacco drive today in the periphery of Govt. Sec. School Polo Colony, Govt. M.E. School D- Sector and KV-2 C-Sector, Govt. Hr. Sec. School Kangkar Nallah in  Naharlagun.  During the drive 24 shops were checked and  tobacco items were  seized and burnt down at Police Station Naharlagun. Union also urged all the shopkeepers of the Capital Complex not to sale any tobacco products in and around the 200 radius of schools.  The union further said it would conduct the surprise checking against tobacco in schools area in future also.



ITANAGAR, Mar 26: J T Tagam and Arun Yangfo have been elected as president and general secretary of Arunachal Students Union of Delhi (ASUD).



ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Abha Kamdak and Nguri Takio have been selected as President and General Secretary of newly formed All Kurung Kumey Group D Staff Welfare Association.


Malini Mela

ITANAGAR:  The five-day annual Malini Mela will be held from April 10-14 at Likabali, West Siang District. This was decided by Malini Mela Organising Committee in a meeting held recently.


TAYO cries for development

ITANAGAR: Tali Area Youth Organisation highlighting the grievances of the area said that the people are facing various problems including lack of proper road connectivity, medical facilities, lack of government staff quarters, shortage of police force and irregularity of government staff.

It appealed to the state government to take up immediate steps and send a team to visit Tali and Pipsorang Circle to look in the developmental issues of the two areas.


BSNL assures improved service

ITANAGAR: Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha, East Kameng Unit informed that BSNL General Manager has assured to look into the mobile network problems in East Kameng district at the earliest.   The assurance came when the  DBJYM president  called on the BSNL GM and appealed him to improve mobile network service in the district today.

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