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