ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Few days after Arunachalee students were severely thrashed at Bangalore
by locals, new report of attack against Arunachalee students have emerged from Chennai,
where two students reportedly received serious injuries after they were attacked
by locals. According to the report, the incident took place yesterday inside the
campus of Vinayaka Mission University, Chennai.
While talking to this daily over phone from Chennai, one of the students informed
that Arunachalee students were beaten up without any provocation.
“Around evening time two Arunachalee students had come to the university ground to
play football. After parking bike, when they were about to enter university football
ground, four locals who were not even students of the university started abusing
them. First they asked silly question like why are you riding bike in high speed
and then they afterwards asked Arunachalee boys to get cigarette and beer for them,”
told a student. He further added, “Our boys could not bear the insult and this led
to verbal argument. Later more number of locals arrived and they brutally attacked
our students with sharp weapons. We immediately sought help from two nearby police
stations. But they did not help us citing that complaint has to come from university
authorities. Even private security guards posted at university did not come to our
rescue.” Just before filing of this report, one of the injured students was reported
to have been shifted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after his condition got deteriorated.
As per the report, he received severe head injuries because of the attack by lethal
This is the fourth major case of attack against Arunachalee students being reported
from Southern India. Usually South India is considered to be safer place to pursue
higher study as compared to rest of India. Also majority of technical colleges are
based in South India. Last year students were beaten up at an engineering college
in Gulbarga and Polytechnic college in Chennai. Similarly few days ago Arunachal
students were assaulted at Bhuvan Polytechnic College, Bangalore. In most cases it
has been noticed that students were severely attacked by locals on minor issues.
There is growing feeling that such incident can no longer be treated as isolated
case and it needs to be seriously addressed.
“Whenever an Indian is attacked at Australia mainland politicians and media make
huge outcry. They term it as racist attack. Here we are treated like second class
citizen in our country and often get attacked but mainland media never reports it,”
shared a student studying at Delhi.
There is urgent need to take up such cases seriously for the safety of the students.
Committee formed on students assault case
CM expresses concern
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed serious concern over the
reported incident of violence in Bhuvan Polytechnic, Yelahanka, Bangalore on March
1, wherein several Arunachalee students have been reported as injured.
On directions of the Chief Minister the state government has constituted a four-member
Committee to assess the situation prevailing in the Polytechnic after the incident.
The Committee would be headed by the Joint Director of Higher and Technical Education
and consist of the Deputy Secretary (Home), a representative each of parents and
the Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe Students’ Union (APSTSU) as members. The Committee
would leave for Bangalore and submit a report on return to the state government within
On the other hand, the Chief Secretary also has written to his Karnataka counterpart
and sought steps to ensure the safety and security of the students.
Meanwhile, Higher and Technical Education Director Dr Joram Begi has personally taken
up the matter with his counterpart of the Karnataka Government. In a letter sent
to the Director Technical Education, Karnataka, he too requested intervention of
the authorities to ensure safety and security of more than 50 students studying in
Dr Begi also had a personal talk with the Principal of the Polytechnic over telephone
and took stock of the situation. Reportedly the Principal has assured safety of the
Arunachalee students and said that the Management is keeping a constant vigil to
avoid any scaling up of the tension.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe Students’ Union (APSTSU) has appealed
to the parents in particular and people in general to maintain calm as both the
Govt and students’ representatives are working closely to find out the truth behind
the assault case and bring a solution to the problems.
All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association condemned the recent assault on
Arunachalee students in Karnataka and appealed to the state government to take up
the matter with Karnataka government for amicable solution.
Rebuild the image of Dept: F&CS minister
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Food and Civil Supply Minister Kamlung Mosang today called upon
the field functionaries to make an honest effort to re-build the image of the department
through mutual coordination and cooperation.
The minister was addressing the district food and supply officers at a conference
held here today. “In order to accomplish our cherished goal, I seek your cooperation
and support”, the minister exhorted.
Mosang further informed that an action plan for computerization of TPDS in Arunachal
Pradesh has been submitted to the Central Govt and efforts are on for implementation
of e-PDS pilot project in all districts of the state which will go a long way towards
actual streamlining of the PDS.
Addressing the gathering Parliamentary secretary, food and civil supply, Nido Pavitra
said proposals are being made to seek enhancement of monthly quota of PDS items
like rice, wheat, levy sugar and SK Oil to meet the growing demands of the people.
Few districts are over staffed while most of the other districts do not have sufficient
staff to monitor the day to day PDS activities thereby defeating the very purpose
of creating the posts and also sullying the image of the department, Pavitra said
and appealed the department to work sincerely and to re-structure the transfer and
posting system in the interest of the people and state.
Sadhana Deori, Director of the department, highlighted the poor flow of food grains
into the state with no improvement to mitigate the food crisis prevailing in the
state and demanded that the backlog of approx.1,55,000 quintal foodgrain be lifted
immediately within March 2012 by the FCI authorities who have also been asked to
explain the poor performance which has severely affected the image of the department
before the general consumers. She also questioned on the delay in release of pending
HTS bills submitted to the FCI in September 2011. All the DFCSOs have been asked
to digitize the existing ration cards to clean up the bogus /ghost ration cards in
order to expedite the end to end of computerization of TPDS according to the latest
directives of the Supreme Court of India. The other issues discussed were decentralization
SK oil allocation and its distribution through valid retail licence holders only.
Among others, officers from DGM office, FCI attended the conference.
Siang water flow normal: Siram
BJP sets up study group on Siang river
PASIGHAT, Mar 5: Education Minister Bosiram Siram along with officers and public
leaders today maid a personal visit to the Siang river to ascertain the fact regarding
the water level of Siang river at Raneghat and Komlighat. He also inspected the
GD stations of WRD and CWC at Komlighat.
While briefing the media persons, the minister said the water level in Siang river
is normal and there is no reason to panic. “As per records maintained by WRD which
monitors the water level, there is slight increase in the water level of Siang river
this year. During the lean period of January and February water level generally goes
down due to scanty rain fall, which is normal phenomena. Being local inhabitant,
he observed the same for the last many years. Therefore people should ignore such
rumours which are baseless and not supported by facts.” He strongly appealed one
and all, specially the media fraternity to bring this controversy to an end for once
Replying to a quarry regarding implementation of RTE, the education minister informed
that it is being implemented sincerely in the state. Textbooks and tools have been
distributed free of cost. Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation is continuously
being carried out. DIPRO
A New Delhi report adds, BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Monday appointed a study
group, with party general secretary Tapir Gao as the convenor, to look into issues
concerning alleged drying up of Siang river (Brahmaputra in Assam) at Pasighat town
in Arunachal Pradesh, reportedly due to diversion of damming of the waters by China
The party said in a statement that Gadkari has formed the study group for looking
into issues concerning "The drying up of Siang river at Pasighat". The convenor of
this study group will be Tapir Gao, general secretary of BJP. Other members of this
group are Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Anil Dave (both MPs); Manvendra Singh, ex- MP, Tamiyo
Taga, Leader of BJP Legislature Party in Arunachal Pradesh, Tongor Tapak, MLA and
BJP state President and Sriram Vedire.
Last week, former BJP president Rajnath Singh had written a letter to Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh raising concerns over the alleged damming of Brahmaputra waters by
China. He had demanded an international water-sharing treaty be signed by India with
AAPSU opposes formation of NSF unit
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has reacted strongly
to the formation of Naga Students Federation (NSF) unit in Arunachal Pradesh. Recently
Naga Students Federation of Changlang district was formed with selection of its office
bearer on February 18.
In a release, AAPSU President Takam Tatung said Tirap and Changlang are inhabited
by Arunachalee tribals and therefore AAPSU strongly opposes formation of NSF unit.
“We have deep respect for Naga Students Federation (NSF) and the way they are fighting
for the cause of Naga people in Nagaland. But they have no right to interfere in
affairs of our state, specially knowing well that people of Arunachal is emotionally
bonded with people of Tirap and Changlang. We strongly object such move of NSF,”
stated Tatung. Further he added, “We appeal to the student community of Changlang
not to be involved with this so-called Naga Students Federation of Changlang district.
We also appeal to the politicians not to encourage such student groups whose very
existence is against the interest of Arunachal.”
AAPSU further appealed to the Naga Peoples Front to stop their activity in Tirap
and Changlang. “For the interest of Arunachal, particularly the people of Tirap and
Changlang, AAPSU urged NPF not to carry out their activities within Arunachal territory.
They are Nagaland -based party fighting for the cause of Naga people and therefore
should limit their activity to Nagaland. We don’t need them in Arunachal,” AAPSU
The Union also called upon the state government to move resolution in state assembly
seeking removal of word Naga from schedule tribe certificate of some tribes of Tirap
and Changlang. The historical blunder need to be corrected at the earliest, AAPSU
Mithi inaugurates girls’ hostel at Hunli
ROING, Mar 5: Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Mukut Mithi today inaugurated a 30-bed
newly constructed girl’s hostel of the government middle school, Hunli.
The construction of the girl’s hostel was funded by MPLAD (Member of Parliament Local
Area Development Fund) and executed under District Rural Development Agency (DRDA).
The fund for the construction of the hostel estimated at Rs 10 lakhs was sanctioned
by Mithi during his last visit to Hunli in December 2010 for inauguration of school
building of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Hunli.
As promised during that visit for a new boys hostel, he directed the Public Works
Department of Hunli Sub-division to prepare an estimate for a 40-bed hostel that
will include kitchen and toilet. In addition, he sanctioned funds for kitchen and
dining hall for the newly constructed girl’s hostel, for which the construction is
likely to be completed before the start of the new academic session.
Mithi also urged the district education authority to improve the student intake in
the school so that it can be upgraded to secondary status in the future.
The furniture for the school will be provided by NHPC Ltd, informed Rakesh Tacho,
i/c Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO), Hunli-Desali. He also informed that NHPC Ltd will
be providing an ambulance for Hunli Primary Health Centre. Later, Mithi took an
inspection of the old hostel/classrooms and also went for inspection of the site
of the proposed new boy’s hostel. During the informal session at Hunli Circuit House
in the afternoon, he met KGBV school teachers and approved for construction of water
tank for the school. Mithi also met local villagers and activists of local self help
The function was attended by Rao Dele, Anchal Chairperson, Hunli-Desali, Longe Miso,
Anchal Samity Member, Hunli, Mama Miso, ASM, Desali, T Tatak, DDSE Roing, Rani Mibang,
Circle Officer, Hunli and S Chaudhury, AE PWD, Hunli.
CM to take part in ‘year of India’ celebration in Canada
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: The Indian High Commission is celebrating the ‘Year of India’ in
Canada 2011 and as a part of the year-long celebration a multi-product brand expo
is being organized at Ottawa, Canada on March 13 and 14. This year, the North-East
India has been selected as the focus area and the Ministry of DoNER is partnering
with various North-eastern States to promote the investment potential in the region.
The Expo, apart from highlighting the investment opportunities in the seven sates,
will also see participation from various Government agencies, PSUs and private companies
in fields as diverse as tea, jute, rubber, plastics, metals, tourism, energy, etc.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has been invited as the guest of honour for the inaugural
event at Ottawa on March 13. The Ministry of External Affairs has approved a four
member State delegation, consisting of the Planning Minister, Tourism Minister, Secretary
Planning and Director PPP to accompany the CM to the prestigious event. The delegation
will also hold meetings with the trade and business chamber of Canada at Toronto
to highlight and promote various business opportunities in the State. Tourism, hydro-power,
forestry, medicinal plants and horticulture have been identified as the focus areas
by the State Govt. for highlighting at the expo. A comprehensive compilation of various
investment opportunities in the State ‘Venture Arunachal’ will also be released on
the occasion. With the recent adoption of the PPP Policy 2011 by the State, it is
expected that deliberations during the event would substantially help in promoting
the State as an exciting and viable investment destination, attracting the much needed
capital required for infrastructure and socio-economic development.
1st phase training programme on NSSK ends
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: The 1st phase of 2 days training on Navjaat Shishu Suraksha Karyakram
(NSSK, Basic Newborn Care and Resuscitation) for medical practitioners and Nurses
ended today at the Conference Hall of the Directorate of Health Services, Naharlagun.
The training was held in four batches for 101 participants from various parts of
the state including 53 medical practitioners and 48 Nurses.
Addressing the valedictory function of the fourth batch of training programme today,
Dr. Moji Jini, Registrar-cum-Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council (APMC)
appreciated the untiring efforts of the trainers including Dr. Hibu Tagyung (Paediatrician),
Dr. Toko Bombei Tayeng (Gynae-cologist), Dr. Koj Jarbo (Anaesthesiologist) of Arunachal
State Hospital, Naharlagun to disseminate knowledge to their fellow medical professionals
and nurses with a sole motive to decrease under 5 neonatal mortality. He said a new
chapter of learning process began in the state with large number of medical practitioners
and nurses participating in such important programme. In the trainings, Dr. Hibu
Tagyung, Master Trainer of NSSK, Arunachal Pradesh cited that the reasons for high
neonatal mortality rate are : Birth asphyxia, Infections, Hypothermia, Low birth
weight, congenital defects etc.
He requested all the participants to keep in mind that high neonatal deaths can be
reduced by resuscitation of asphyxiated newborns, prevention of infections and hypothermia,
exclusive breast feeding and immediate surgical interventions of required.
Lohit library readers’ meet ends
‘Books mould life towards perfection’
WAKRO, Mar 5: “Book provides comfort, solace and knowledge without seeking anything
in return. And this knowledge is the greatest gift one can receive,” said K S Saini,
Suptd. Engineer, (WRD), Namsai while addressing the valedictory function of the Lohit
Library Readers Meet organized jointly by the VT-AWIC Youth Library Network and ASSET
Wakro here today. The Function was large number of people including Lohit Youth Library
activists, school students and teachers.
“The wisdom that one can get from reading stands by you and helps you to choose tools
to mould yourself towards a perfect human being”, he elaborated.
Nearly 40 reader-activists from Tezu, Wakro and Chongkham libraries presented a series
of exciting skit, poetry enacting, story-telling, book-reviews and book reading before
the gathering. The skit that kept the audience roaring and giggling was ‘Menace of
Opium’ in Mishmi language by Bialu Kambrai and team (APNE Library, Wakro), with Bialu
presenting a sterling show as the opium addict. Kr. Ashish Singh (Bamboosa Library,
Tezu) displayed his creativity with an imaginative skit “Jungle Detective”, with
an equally matching poem-presentation, “A topsy-turvy World” led by the Bamboosa’s
ace-performer Arpita Dwivedy and a skit “Rupanzel” by Kr. Deep Das and team.
Amilu Minin and team’s (Apna Vidya Bhavan) skit “A mother’s teaching” and recitation
of Mary Ann Hoberman’s immortal “You Read to me, I’ll read to you” by Alikmai and
team (APNE Library), “Watch out these four!” by Sumjo Lama and team (AVB) and book
reviews by Amapsi Minin and Animai Chikro (APNE Library) also won hearty appreciation
from the audience.
A special attraction of the programme was a story-telling demonstration by well-known
Montessori teacher-educator from Art of Living Foundation, Rupa Ma and a hilarious
introduction of the RL Stevenson ever-green classic, “Treasure Island” by the Coordinator,
Lohit Youth Libraries Network.
WRD minister inaugurates Don Bosco School at Otongkhua
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: WRD Minister N Tingkhatra inaugurated a Don Bosco school at Otongkhua
about 30 KM from Khonsa today amidst a huge gathering.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister conveyed his gratitude to the Don Bosco fraternity
for opening the school in remote area and expressed hope that it would go a long
way in spreading quality education in the area.
Highlighting the various developmental activities of the area and the importance
of education, he urged the Don Bosco authorities to upgrade the present school in
the near future to enable the students to acquire more knowledge.
Meanwhile, he advised the villagers to engage in tea and rubber plantation and not
to waste their time in hunting and fishing activities.
Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong also lauded the Don Bosco organization and Salesian Fathers
for spreading quality education all the world over including in remote places of
Tirap district. He hoped that the humble beginnings at Otongkhua would grow from
strength to strength. He, however, lamented that the guests from Germany could not
participate in the function due to RAP problem. He reiterated that the genuine demand
for opening of tourist circuit for Tirap would continue adding that if the tourist
circuit is in place, it would generate ample employment opportunities for the youth
besides it would go a long way in show-casing the rich and varied culture, handicraft
and cuisine of the district.
While lauding the self-less services rendered by the Salesian Fathers and Sisters
in the field of education, Lowangdong urged them to establish technical institutions
in Tirap to cater to the ever growing demands of the students.
He also advised the villagers to conserve environment and shun fishing and hunting
which are doing irreparable damage to the wildlife and water bodies.
Rev. Father Provincial of Dimapur described the opening of the school at Otongkhua
as a miracle adding that it was due to the generosity of KNISTER School in Germany
and UNESCO that the Don Bosco School has taken shape at Otongkhua which was away
from civilization for reasons more than one. He appriecated the local people, contractors
and the well-wishers for completing the building on time and starting the classes.
Earlier, Fr. Joseph threw light on how the school came up and expressed gratitude
to Tingkhatra, Lowangdong and DC W. Lowang for their cooperation and support.
Tirap ZPC Rongnai Maham, ADC Kanubari N. Wangjen, Salsian Fathers and Sisters, Panchayat
leaders, HoDs and public attended the programme.
Green Dirang drive during Losar festival
DIRANG, Mar 5: A massive seedling plantation drive involving all Govt. officials
and public was carried out at Lopon Stadium here today coinciding with the ongoing
Losar festival celebration under initiative of Dirang additional deputy commissioner
Habung Donyi in presence of local MLA Phurpa Tsering.
Speaking on the occasion, ADC Dirang announced that the plantation program would
be continued in phased manner at all important office premises and public places
in the coming days to make Dirang greenery rich with financial and moral support
from the local MLA.
Besides planting seedlings at Lopon Stadium, another 1000 seedlings were distributed
free of cost to public. An amount of rupees three lacs had been sanctioned by local
MLA from his LADP for the purpose.
Taking part in the drive, local legislator Phurpa Tsering said that trees are similar
to children who should not only be planted but also nourished and looked after for
their healthy growth and long life. ‘I feel two children are sufficient for a family
but there should be no limit for planting trees which also symbolizes growth and
life’, he said in lighter vein.
‘Plantation of seedlings at strategic locations and important public places will
not only improve beautification of Dirang Township but it will also bring in more
scenic beauty and improve ecological balance’, said the ADC.
Acknowledging gratefulness to West Kameng Divisional Forest Officer Dr. Surabhi Rai,
(IFS), Dirang Range Forest officer Sange Tsering said that the plantation drive within
Dirang range had been successful with large and enthusiastic participation by Govt.
officials and public at large.
Training camp on white water rafting
ANINI, Mar 5: A two days “training camp on white water rafting” was organized at
Dri river near the picturesque Dambuen village in Dibang Valley district on March
3 and 4. The programme was sponsored by the district administration and supported
by Donyi Hanggo Adventures and Abor Country Travels & Expeditions. Altogether 20
students attended the training which had theoretical and practical sessions. A large
number of villagers and officials also witnessed the training camp.
The training, a brain child of Deputy Commissioner Abu Tayeng, aimed at creating
awareness among the young children on preservation of nature and potentials of adventure
tourism in the district
Resource person Nino Dai from the Donyi Hanggo Adventures dwelt in length about the
importance of adventure tourism with its immense potentials to general employment
opportunities. Dai also spoke on the topic “Leave No Trace (LTC)” and stressed on
the need of preservation of environment.
Earlier, DC, inaugurating the training camp urged upon all the trainees to derive
maximum benefits from the camp. The DC further expressed gratitude to all those govt
officials and organizations who extended their support for grand success of the camp.
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: All Arunachal Abo-Tani Clans Students Union (AAATCSU) has called
12-hr capital bandh on March 12 after expiry of its 15-day ultimatum to the government
to respond to the demands of the union, which included establishment of Sainik School,
Govt. Medical College, adoption and implementation of Tani Lipi as the script of
In its meeting yesterday, the union further demanded the govt to make the defunct
Govt Degree College, Nyapin functional, to improve and enlarge medical equipments
and infrastructure of every district hospital in the state, to construct the 300-bed
State Hospital, Naharlagun without any delay, to submit proposal to the Centre for
establishment of Medical College and start official procedures regarding establishment
of Sainik School in Arunachal Pradesh.
AR provides solar street lights for remote villages
JAIRAMPUR, Mar 5: The 18 Assam Rifles provided Solar street-light system at Gandhigram
and Kona villages under Vijaynagar cirlce, one of the remotest areas in the Changlang
district yesterday. The non-conventional energy devises are gaining popularity
due to lack of electricity supply in the area.
“The villagers of other nearby villages are also approaching Assam Rifles for the
similar facilities in their villages and we are considering to fulfill their demands
in near future,” said Commandant Col R.S. Chuohan of 18 Assam Rifles.
ITBP Relay LRP Baton tours Upper Subansiri
DAPORIJO, Mar 5: Commemorating it’s the Golden Jubilee year, Indo Tibetan Border
Police organized a Golden Jubilee Relay Long Range Patrol (LRP) Send off Ceremony
at the 10th Bn ITBP Camp, Daporijo today. The Relay LRP consisting of 10th ITBP Bn
Assistant Commandant Ashok Singh Negi, 2 SOS and 12 OPS will conduct the LRP from
Daporijo to Nacho- Limeking and further to Taksing and back to Ziro.
Different activities like distribution of TV/ DTH, stationary items, awareness programme
on ITBP recruitment and lectures on various medical related diseases are being organized
during the celebration.
Attending the send off ceremony ADC Gejum Ete praised the dedicated service of the
ITBP in maintaining peace and harmony in the border areas. He also stressed on the
need of support and cooperation from local people to ITBP so that it can perform
their duty successfully.
Assistant Commandant Ashok Singh Negi also spoke on the occasion.
L Kri awarded
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Er. Lupalum Kri, SE in PHE & WS department, who is also a progressive
orange (citrus) farmer has been awarded for his dedication in promoting orange cultivation
in Wakro Circle, Lohit district.
The award was presented during “National Level Dialogue on Citrus Improvement, Production
and Utilization” held at National Research Centre for Citrus (NRCC), Nagpur on February
27. It was jointly organized by Indian Society of Citriculture and NRCC Nagpur
and sponsored by National Horticulture Board ( NHB) and Indian Council of Agricultural
Research (ICAR). Er. L. Kri has been working dedicatedly for promoting orange garden
apart from his departmental assignment in Wakro circle.
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: A six-day stress management and life-skill workshop will begin at
the Art of Living Centre here from March 6. The centrepiece of the workshop will
be the Sudarshan Kriya, an innovative breathing technique designed by His Holiness
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. In addition to Sudharsan Kriya, the workshop will include meditation,
yoga, pranayama that result in higher concentration, energy, joy and peace of mind.
ANYA units demand arrest
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: All Nyishi Youth Association, Papum Pare district and Lower Subansiri
district units appealed to the concerned authority to arrest Oshan Borang, the alleged
main accused in Rs 2.5 crore forgery cases in DACO (District Art and Culture Office).
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union (AKKDSU) today appealed
to the district administration to immediately suspend both the accused from their
services who were arrested for their alleged involvement in recent Rs 2.5 crore
forgery case in Kurung Kumey district. Union also demanded for the immediate seizure
of trading license of said firm which accused had used to defraud the amount and
immediate arrest of prime accused in forgery case.
AdiSU serves ultimatum
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Adi Students Union in an ultimatum to Upper Siang deputy commissioner
demanded imposition of appropriate section of laws against three police personnel
who had allegedly assaulted one Koley Burang in investigation office room, Yingkiong
Appropriate section of law should be imposed against the alleged police personnel
considering the nature of offence they have committed, the union said.
Expressing displeasure over the action taken against the personnel, the union urged
the DC to address its grievances within four days. It threatened to launch 12 hours
Upper Siang bandh on March 9 if their demands are not fulfilled.
It further demanded Rs five lakhs compensation to Burang for better medical treatment
and also demanded registration of FIR lodged against one Geyam Libang.
Training on book keeping
ITANAGAR, Mar 05: A short term course on book keeping for cooperative and self help
group members of far flung districts of Arunachal Pradesh was organized under central
sector scheme today at Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Training Centre here.
Stop illegal quarrying at Siang left bank
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Expressing displeasure over the district administration’s alleged
failure to take up action against illegal quarrying within left bank of river Siang,
Eastern Adi Students’ Union said that rampant quarrying has endangered the livestock,
ecology, forest and environment of the area.
The union appealed to the Deputy Commission to stop illegal quarrying at left bank
of river Siang within March 15. It threatened to launch indefinite bandh call within
EASU jurisdiction if their demand is not fulfilled.
SSA unit condemns attack, submit memo to DC
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: At least four teachers were attacked by a dao-wielding man at
Govt M.E School Gautampur in Diyun circle of Changlang during school hours on February
28, said All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhijan Teacher’s Association (AASSATA)
Changlang district unit in a release. The SSA unit alleged that one Rajesh Chakma
has attacked in-charge headmaster of the school, C C Namchom, junior teachers Mingnung
Techi, Nongthong Tangha and also assaulted a lady assistant teacher Nilop Bo in presence
of school management committee and village education committee members besides vandalizing
While condemning the barbaric attack on teachers, the SSA unit in a memorandum requested
the DC to transfer all the attacked teachers to safer place and not to post teachers
in the school immediately before ensuring life security of the teachers. It further
said that the miscreant should not be released on bail and the proposal for up-gradation
of the school should not be entertained.
CM calls on Governor
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki called on the Governor
General (Retd) J.J. Singh at Raj Bhavan, here today. They discussed the overall
development of the state and security related issues.
Dwelling in length on the projects under Prime Minister’s economic package, the Governor
who has been closely monitoring the progress discussed on the bottlenecks and emphasized
for timely implementation. Health, education, road communication and infrastructure
in interior areas came up in the meeting.
The Governor also congratulated the Chief Minister and his team for the successful
celebration of the Statehood Day and expressed his hope that they will maintain the
spirit in future too. Defence Minister has also expressed his happiness to see the
development in the state.
The Chief Minister who made whirlwind tour of the state in the past one month briefed
the Governor on the progress of development projects in the state. Lok Sabha Member
of Parliament Takam Sanjay accompanied the Chief Minister in the meeting. PRO to
State level seminar
TEZU, Mar 5: Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu is organizing a one day state
level seminar on “Rethinking Higher Education” at the college auditorium on March
7 as part of its Silver Jubilee celebrations. The seminar would cover up emerging
issues of higher education including challenges of quality, equity, access and competitiveness
in North East India. Parliamentary secretary (PHED & WS), Karikho Kri would grace
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Rajiv Gandhi University has declared the results of English I &
III semester examinations held in December 2011. The results are subject to modification
or correction in the Result Sheets and Mark Sheets, if any error is detected subsequently.
The result may be seen in the University website www.rgu.ac.in
GWS demands probe
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: The Galo Welfare Society (GWS) has expressed grave concern over
the recent fire accident at Nirjuli in which a mother and her two minor sons were
charred to death. The GWS demanded thorough investigation into the case to unearth
the truth behind the matter and to deliver justice to the affected family.
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress president Tadar Niglar and his
team deeply mourned the death of Nabam Maga, mother of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
Nabam Maga passed away after prolonged illness at Guwahati on February 29.
APYC conveyed deepest sympathies to Chief Minister and prayed to Almighty to give
the Chief Minister and his family courage, strength and support during this difficult
Awareness prog on cooperatives
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: The Arunachal Pradesh state Cooperative Union, Naharlagun conducted
member education programme on cooperatives at Tezu yesterday.
Altogether, 50 members from BoDs and Cooperative Societies attended the programme.
Further, another awareness programme on cooperative was also conducted at Wakro today
in which 60 participants attended.
Malnutrition & child health
Policy brief Zero child hunger: breaking the cycle of malnutrition have showed that
increased household income and better diets improve children’s nutritional status.
The evidence shows that nutrition-focused agricultural interventions are short term
and cannot address the root causes of malnutrition like chronic poverty and maternal
health. While such interventions may increase income from one source, they can also
result in reduced income from other sources which may mean no change in overall buying
Agricultural interventions to tackle malnutrition are not reaching the poorest and
those most at risk to chronic hunger such as orphans and other vulnerable children.
Many development agencies believe that fortifying foods with vitamins and minerals
is a cost- and time-effective way to tackle malnutrition, but more studies showing
positive impact are needed for justifying further investment in such programmes.
Six million children die of hunger every year. Over 40% of children under five in
countries such as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nepal and Niger are stunted. Children
that do survive are more likely to have heart disease, diabetes and renal damage.
Let the people know
The news items under the headline “Ruksin PRI unhappy ………and “PRI leader refute …….”
respectively that appeared on February 20 and 27 editions drew my attention.
In this connection, I would like to clarify that my speech delivered at the public
meeting at Community Hall, Ngorlung on School Inauguration Day have been taken out
Two Primary Schools upgraded from EGS under SSA Scheme, at Ngorlung and Ralung village
were inaugurated by MLA, Dr. T. Tapak and DDSE, T. Talom on the day which was followed
by a public meeting in the Community Hall.
Being ZPM of Ruksin Anchal Block, I appealed to the MLA to bring more visible development
in the area in the days ahead by judiciously using the MLA LADs and any other funds
given by the State and the Central Govt.
The news reporter should have covered the whole event of the day including the speech
of the MLA.
It is seen that the reporter has gathered views of some PRI leaders and linked it
in the said news item which gave the impression that the PRI leaders of Ruksin Block
are engaged in finding fault in the MLA’s role. But I, personally, had no such malafide
intensions and we do not organize such meetings against the MLA.
Interestingly, some PRI leaders with vested interest, in reply to the aforesaid news
item, had mentioned my name without any thought in their press statements that appeared
on February 27 edition under the heading “PRI leaders refute allegation”.
This kind of blame game played by those PRI leaders has created a situation which
has compelled me to highlight implementation of some schemes like Rural Housing,
Rural Electrification etc. in our area.
The truth is that the recent selection of 150 beneficiaries under Ruksin – Bilat
IRP Block in the on going Rural Housing Scheme under SPA have been done even without
constituting a board wherein the ZPM is one of the members in the board.
It is learnt that under the said Rural Housing Scheme the beneficiaries have been
selected by some political ‘chamchas’ of MLA Dr. T. Tapak, where the PRI leaders
were not involved.
Hence, the selection was unfair, and poorest of the poor people were deprived. This
is a total violation of guidelines and rules of the schemes, and this is one of the
instances going on at Ruksin area in implementation of Rural Development Scheme.
I feel pity that those PRI leaders are not aware of the powers and responsibilities
which they are supposed to exercise.
So, I sincerely request them not to release useless press release in near future.
As a matter of fact, we cannot conceal the truth and let the people know the reality.
Roman script is an option
The recent news about an organisation demanding for the institutionalization of the
so called 'Tani Lipi' as the third language of the state, and the government committing
to do so makes for some interesting observations.
First of all, it seems to exhibit an utter lack of understanding of the language
and culture of the state by both parties. What is the Tani Lipi 'language'? Which
community speaks it? What is overlooked is that Tani Lipi is not a language but a
script which was created out of the thin air just a few years back as a script for
the Tani languages. So, how do you purport to make a 'script' into the third 'language'
of the state?
Secondly, the so called Tani Lipi script, with due respect to its inventor, is one
man's imagination and creative output. Scripts (Roman, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Chinese
etc) have taken thousands of years to attain their present shape, influenced by social,
cultural, historical and linguistic changes and developments. For Tani Lipi to be
actually 'Tani' it would have to have all of the above. But does it?
Thirdly, why at all go for an unfamiliar, unwieldy, impractical, invented script
when we can choose one already in use by slightly modifying it for our requirements.
Why let a ridiculous sense of tribalism waste our time and resource and harm our
native languages in the long run? The Khasis and Mizos use modified Roman scripts:
their languages are studied from the primary to the university level, newspapers
are in their own language, their literature is vibrant. And meanwhile we have this
argument in A.P.
Fourthly, this whole rigmarole once again brings into stark relief how little thinking
process goes into the demands of our organisations and the promises of our political
Time to start thinking Arunachal.
Allegations against doctor baseless
Apropos the news under heading “Fresh allegation of Govt land...” published in your
daily on March 3 issue, I on behalf of Nabam Welfare Society (NWS), strongly condemn
the baseless allegation leveled against Dr. Jadav Nabam, Endoscopic and Laparoscopic
Surgeon, by the so called Integrated Youths Guild to Save Arunachal Capital (IYGSAC).
We have conducted thorough inquiry into the matter in entire capital complex on the
basis of the press release issued by the so called IYGSAC to find out the existence
of the organization as well as locate its office bearers. We have also informed it
to the members of Yangfo and Kipa clans residing in capital complex about the president
and general secretary of this fictitious organization to ascertain that whether such
persons really exist in their clans. But none of the clan members knows about the
presence of such president and general secretary as mentioned in the press release
Hence, it is crystal clear from this that the press release was issued with a malafide
intention to tarnish the image of the sincere and dutiful upcoming young doctor and
create communal disharmony among some certain clans residing in capital.
If any such president (of IYGSAC) exists, I on behalf of NWS cordially invite him
to clarify the statement with their signature jotted down in the complaint letter.
Land encroachment is a problem not only in capital complex but in entire state. Instead
of singling out any individual, a responsible organization should raise voice against
all who have encroached government land.
Dr. Jadav Nabam has been performing his duty with utmost sincerity and dedication
which can be learned from his performance records available in Arunachal State Hospital,
With regards to private practice, examining and treating the ailing patient coming
to doctor’s residence is not a sin. If a doctor does private practice neglecting
his duty then it is absolutely wrong and stringent action should be taken against
such doctor. But if a doctor examine and treat a patient in their extra time after
the duty hours what is wrong with it? Why do not you tell the sick people or the
mass to stop going to private clinics. We just can not comment on it. There is competent
authority to look after them. Who knows, the fictitious president of IYGSAC might
be the frequent visitors of private hospital or doctor’s chamber.
Chairman, NWS, Itanagar
CM Talent Award Scheme 2011
This clarification is issued with reference to a few letters from readers that have
appeared in some newspapers over the delay in disbursal of cash award and laptops
to meritorious topper students under the CM Talent Award Scheme 2011.
While accepting the delay, it is submitted that it was purely due to non-submission
of full lists of topper students from the Districts. As a bulk order for laptops
was to be placed, it could not be done unless the exact numbers were known. As an
instance, the list of students from Kurung Kumey District has not been received till
date. This was the first year of the launch of the scheme and hence it took some
time for the first-time issues to be sorted out. Even now, only about 50% of the
applications received from the Districts are in order and complete in all respects
and the remaining are being returned to the respective Deputy Commissioners for correcting
The State Govt. remains fully committed to the cause of identifying and promoting
talent amongst the meritorious students, who are our biggest asset. It is the commitment
of the Planning Department that the cash award, in respect of complete applications
would be released through the concerned Deputy Commissioners within March 2012 and
the laptops would be awarded within the month of April 2012.
Apropos the news item published on March 3 issue of your daily leveling unfounded
allegations against Dr. Nabam Jadav by the so called Integrated Youths Guild to Save
Arunachal Capital (IYGSAC), I would like to clarify that I had never written any
letter against Dr. Nabam. Further, I am not associated with the so called IYGSAC.
I am astonished and shocked to learn that my name has been unnecessarily used in
the allegation against Dr. Nabam by some obsessive persons with an evil intention
to harm the dignity of the reputed surgeon of the state. By doing so, the so called
organization has not only defamed my name in the society but also entire Yangfo community.
I also object to your esteemed daily for entertaining the press release in your daily
without having proper address and contact numbers of the complainants.
Polo Colony, Naharlagun.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.