March  11


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Academic colours drape Rono Hills

Pem Norbu Thungdok, Dongam Ete and Ajum Bagang get the Chancellor’s Gold Medal

RGU Convocation honours achievers

Amar Sangno

ITANAGAR, Mar 10:  The 11th Convocation of the Rajiv Gandhi University was held at Doimukh today in a glittering manner where a sea of students and faculty members from various disciplines filled the Rono ground clad in the ceremonial convocation gowns.

Addressing  the largest ever convocation gathering, Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J.J. Singh, who is also the chief Rector of the central university said that the convocation is an important event in the lives of students, it is from here that students launch into their working lives.

Lauding the students for their achievements in various disciplines, Governor hoped that the students would greatly contribute to the rapid socio-economic development of the State and the Nation.

Highlighting the achievements of the University since its establishment, the Chief Rector said that though the university is small, it has put in place teaching and research programmes in several key disciplines.  Further he said that the benefits of the education imparted here has percolated down to the students and scholars of the University, many of whom are doing exceedingly well in life in their chosen fields of work.  

Dwelling on the role and responsibility of the teachers, Singh said teachers need to be innovative and dynamic with a commitment to the noble profession. The future of the society and the world would depend on the way we shape the students, he added.

In his address, the Chancellor of the University Prof Mrinal Miri dwelling on the importance of the education said that education targets the human beings as a whole and aims with varying degrees of success or failure to seek the enlargement of its unity and prevention of its fragmentation.

He further stressed that pursuit of educational practices requires the exercises of virtues such as honesty, courage, justice and an open-eyed respect for the other. He also dwelled at length on autonomy and accountability of higher educational institutions.

He went on to add that higher education aims at introducing the student to diverse traditions of thought and human creativity develop through a deep engagement with the world of human as well as the world of the non-human nature.

"The core accountability of any University is that of a moral accountability", he emphasised.

 Vice Chancellor Prof David R. Syiemlieh said that university urgently requires infrastructural developments. The VC informed that several research interests have drawn international and national attention and scholars from abroad and around India are frequent visitors to RGU. He further hoped that university would be able to put in place the infrastructure and the facilities with faculty to attract students and research in a combined effort of a University in pursuit of excellence.  

RGU Registrar Dr. Tomo Riba also spoke on the occasion.

The Chancellor conferred Doctorate of Philosophy to Khamgembam Arundas Singh (Economics), Sikhamoni Borgohain, (Economics) Jagannath Upadhaya (Pol. Science) Rajiv Miso (History), Jommi Loyi (History), Tage Habung (History), Jumyir Basar (AITS), Wangrao Taidong(AITS), Olik Taring (AITS) and Radhe Yampi(AITS).  Jonali Boruah (Hindi) and Monjumoni Saikia (Hindi) and Naendra Prasad Mohapatra (English) were conferred Doctorate of Philosophy in Languages, while Jahnabee Lakhar Boruah, Pranab Saikia and Bige Yomgam were conferred for Education. In environmental sciences, Kirto Loyi, David Pertin, Bomchak Riba, Rajib Chowhai, Jawan Singh Rawat and Jumri Riba were conferred the Doctorate as Bhaskar Saikia (Botany), Purnima Gogoi(Botany), Oyi Dai(Botany), Debajit Mahanta(Botany), Krishna Chowlu(Botany), Pranjiv Goswami (Zoology), Boni Amin Laskar (Zoology), Anju Jaishi (Zoology), Moushumi Das (Zoology), Kenjum Bagra (Zoology) and Sasanka Jyoti Khound (Zoology) were conferred for Life Science and Information Technology. Khirod Kumar Phukan (Commerce) was also conferred the Doctorate of Philosophy on the occassion.

The Convocation saw various degrees being awarded for the years 2009-11 to the candidates.

The Governor presented the Chancellor’s Gold Medal to Pem Norbu Thungdok (M.Sc in Zoology) for the year 2009, to Dongam Ete (MA in Geography) for 2010 and Ajum Bagang (M.Sc. in Botany) for 2011.

Chancellor presented the Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal to Ravi Sharma (BCA) for the year 2009, Miss Sunaina Agarwal (BCA) for year 2010 and Chow Chantiya Chowhai (BCA) for the year 2011. Toppers of the University in the Post Graduate and Under Graduate courses for the year 2009, 2010 and 2011 were also presented with Gold medal and citations.(with inputs from PRO to Governor)


Restore confidence of the people: GWS

Candle Light Vigil in Solidarity with Tamar Yoka

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: The Galo Welfare Society (GWS) and the Galo Students Union (GSU) held a Candle Light Vigil in Solidarity with Tamar Yoka, who lost his wife and two young sons on the fateful night of 3rd March at Nirjuli.

Besides the GWS and GWS district units, and GSU and its units at the Rajiv Gandhi University, Dera Natung Govt College, NERIST, Don Bosco, Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic, Upper Subansiri dist unit, West Siang dist unit, Kargu Kardi Students union, representatives from the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union, North East Students Organisation, All Nyishi Youth Association, All Adi Students Union,  West Siang Nyibo (Xibo) Welfare Association, Arunachal Bar Association, Tator Tanyi Welfare Society, the Indian Council of Child Welfare – Arunachal Chapter, National Alliance of Women – Arunachal Chapter and friends and well-wishers from various communities joined.

GWS also issued a Public Statement  in view of an unfortunate pattern of  suspected cases of arson where members of the Galo community have been victimized apart from those who suffered arson and vandalism during the recent unrest witnessed in the capital complex in the later half of 2011. While expecting the state government and district administration and  police to do their duty, the GWS President, Jarjum Gamlin Ete, also exhorted  the participants at the Vigil and the state’s citizenry at large to impart intelligence and crucial information to the investigating agencies in this particular case and all other  criminal cases as without a vigilant and proactive public, no agency can do much on its own.

The Vigil group walked from the ground zero till the Police outpost at Nirjuli and petitioned to the OC, Naharlagun  to step up on the investigations. It was told that the case would be handed over to the Special Investigating Team on the next day, 11th March 2012.

The GWS and GSU representatives are of the opinion that the State Government must ensure that justice is given to the victim in this case and thereby restore the confidence of the community in the government.



Customary laws to conserve Hornbills

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: In its efforts to conserve the endangered Hornbills in Seijosa area, Ghora Aabhe Society (GAS) has prohibited felling of trees, bamboos and jhum cultivation within the radius of 150 mt to 350 mt from the nesting sites of the bird under customary laws with effective immediately. Violators would be imposed fines upto Rs One lakh, according to a GAS release.

Four rare species including Great Hornbill, Rufus Hornbill, Wreathe Hornbill and Oriental Hornbill are found in Seijosa.

Taking serious note on poaching, hunting, illegal fishing and timber operations in Seijosa area, the society further decided to impose hefty fines on those involved in such illegal activities.

Killing of a Hornbill would invite penalties upto Rs. 50,000  while a fine of Rs.Two lakh would be imposed on killing of a Tiger, the release said. Informers of such illegal activities would be rewarded 50% of the imposed fine, the release added.

These customary laws were adopted by the GAS, a forum of GBs of Seijosa on March one.

While seeking help and cooperation from all in protecting the state bird, GAS said that 10 persons from 9 villages of Seijosa area have got employment in Hornbill Adoption Project, the first of its kind in India.

Presently, GAS along with Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore, DFO office, Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary (Tiger Reserve) and local people are jointly working for protection of it.



Centre assures to release SSA fund, exhorts state to release share

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Union Secretary (School Education & Literacy) Anshu Vaish assured to release certain amount of Central fund for SSA as soon as possible. She informed that the Center has not been able to release fund for Arunachal in the current year due to late receipt of State share and exhorted the state government to release its state share before October every year in order to get full Central fund.

She was speaking at the review meeting of the Education Department at Itanagar which was chaired by Education Minister Bosiram Siram. All the DDSEs from the districts and state functionaries of various educational flagship programs attended the meeting.

She informed that the Center has been always considerate towards NE States and that the Center has a soft corner for Arunachal Pradesh.

The visiting official further expressed her happiness at the progress of SSA & RMSA in the state and interaction with the district officers who are working at the grass-root level to implement the flagship programs in spite of various bottlenecks and asked them to work with commitment and dedication. Siram in his inaugural address stressed on the need for providing quality education as per RTE Act mandate. While highlighting the achievements of the state government in carrying forward the flagship programs during the recent years, he also sought the Center’s help in addressing some problems nagging the quality aspects like training of untrained teachers, provision of accommodation for teachers in remote areas, maintenance cost of students in residential schools, shortage of Mathematics and Science teachers among other issues.  

Commissioner Education Gonesh Koyu highlighted the commitment of the state government for educational development of the state in spite of various hardships including logistic difficulties and requested the Center for liberal funding for Arunachal Pradesh.

Later in the afternoon, the Central Team visited DIET Naharlagun and many schools in and around the capital complex including JNV Doimukh. They had a chance to interact with students and teachers and gave valuable inputs to teachers of DIET and schools for quality improvement.

Vaish was accompanied by Anita Kaul, Additional Secretary, (SE&L), MHRD, during the three day visit which started on March 8.

The Central team had come to review the status of implementation of flagship programs especially SSA & Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).

During the course of their tour, they visited East Siang, Papum Pare and Lower Subansiri districts and inspected around a dozen educational institutes such as KGBVs, Girls Residential Schools, DIETs , Higher Secondary Schools and ongoing construction sites of RMSA buildings and teachers quarters.

On March 8, the team visited Pasighat, and inspected KGBV schools at Yagrung and Pasighat. They expressed satisfaction at the quality of education being imparted in these KGBVs. The team accompanied by Commissioner Education, Arunachal Gonesh Koyu and SPD SSA P.N.Thungon, visited Napit & Taki- lalung U/Pry schools and Mirku Secondary school.

The team also visited Ziro plateau today accompanied by the state’s Commissioner Education to see the quality of construction works under RMSA.

They interacted with the district level functionaries including the District Project Director (DC Ziro) & District Project Officer (DDSE Ziro). They inspected ongoing construction works of additional classrooms provided under RMSA at GHSS Hija and Hapoli.



BJP to take up Siang River issue in Parliament

Study team arriving today

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Mar 10: Former MP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national secretary, Tapir Gao today said that his party would be taking up the Siang River issue seriously and raise it in the Parliament after a detailed study on the matter.

Gao, who has come to his native village at Ruksin in East Siang district, today informed The Arunachal Times that a central team of his party is arriving at Pasighat tomorrow for the study of the River. The team would collect all hydrological datas on Siang River including annual rainfall in the region and runoff temperature records for comparative analysis.

Gao said “We are taking up the issue seriously. The downfallen water level of Siang is a phenomenon never experienced in the last half-decade. The report produced by the Water Resource Department and clarification made by China counterpart is not solution to this problem”.

It is worth mentioning that BJP national president Nitin Gadkari on March 5 last appointed the study team, with party general secretary Tapir Gao as the convenor. According to the national leaders, the unusual degradation of water level is due to diversion of damming of the waters by China at its upstream.  Further, one of the BJP leaders had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh raising concerns over the alleged damming of Brahmaputra water by China. He had demanded that international water-sharing treaty be signed by India with China.

It may be recalled that former Arunachal Government spokesman Tako Dabii had said earlier that the Siang River is drying up and had expressed the apprehension of a disastrous situation. He urged the Indian Government, its agencies including Central Water Commission and Brahmaputra Board immediately  to conduct an in-depth study to find the crux of the water problem.

Meanwhile, referring to the records of Central Water Commission (CWC) that has already collected and analysed the hydrological datas of the major rivers, the Central Government has clarified that the reports of Siang basin drying up was nothing but a rumor . It had further added that there was no reason to be panicked over the issue.



Indigenous faith believers from Arunachal participate in world conference

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: A 41-member delegation of Indigenous faith believers from Arunachal Pradesh participated in the 4th International conference of World Council of Elders of the Ancient Tradition and Culture which  concluded on March  7  at Haridwar.  

The team included three members from the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh and around 35  members including priest Totok Paron from Donyi-Polo Yelam Kebang, Pasighat.

International Centre for Cultural Studies Inc. USA, International Centre for Cultural Studies, Nagpur, India and Dev Sanskriti Vishva Vidyalaya, Haridwar  jointly organized the four-day international event which was participated  by indigenous faith practitioners from 38 countries.

The Donyi-Polo Yelam Kebang team presented colourful traditional dance and displayed the traditional ritual, hymns, chanting and prayer songs of the Donyi-Poloism.

IFCSAP information and publicity secretary Gyati Rana presented a paper through power point presentation on “The Role of Donyi-Poloism in nourishing the balance of the Universe,” during the academic session on March 5.  

Many ethnic tribes of the world were astounded to know the philosophical concept of Donyi-Poloism.  They admitted that the similarities between Donyi-Poloism and their own age-old faith, their tradition and culture and also acknowledged Donyi-Poloism as one of the universal and most ancient faiths of this world.

The four-day long conference included hectic plenary and academic sessions, display of indigenous rituals and presentation of colourful traditional cultural programme by various ethnic community of the world.



Women’s Day celebrated in trouble-torn Tirap and Yachuli

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: The Women’s Day was celebrated at Khonsa under the aegis of District Mahila Congress Committee on March 10 in which women groups from all walks of life enthusiastically participated.

The Women’s Day programme was deferred to March 10 on account of Holi on March 8 to ensure more participation.

Speaking on the occasion, Principal  of  RK Sarada Mission School Pr. Vedatmaprana asked the women to be caring mothers and sisters adding that today the role and responsibility of women had increased. She said that education of the girl child was of paramount importance to make her a perfect mother and a perfect woman to face the harsh realities of life.

The Mataji appreciated the initiative of the District Congress Committee and said that only observing Women’s Day once in a year would not help but the women leaders should lead the women groups properly by guiding them in proper manner.

Chanyok Rajkumari, ADTH said that the girl child needs special care, especially in a backward district like Tirap. She asked the women to take up jobs wherever possible so that they become economically independent.

Participating in the deliberation, Sontung Lowang Bangsia, President of District Congress Committee threw light on the history and background of the women’s movement and said that only when women are conscious of their rights and responsibilities, any society can make progress in any field. She thanked all the women groups for their active participation and requested them to be active and alert always to take the society forward.

Games and sports, cultural programmes, sale and display of local products by the women from nearby villages marked the day-long celebration. It is needless to say that in a disturbed law and order situation, it is the women and the children who suffer the most. It is, therefore, important to create awareness among the women on role and responsibilities of women and the occasion like Women’s Day provides the platform to the women to share their problems.  

At Yachuli, the day was celebrated by felicitating women achievers.

Women are capable of excelling in all fields and are instrumental for social changes, said Lower Subansiri District, Deputy Commissioner Nila Mohanan while addressing the International Women’s Day celebration on March 8 at Yachuli, organized by women fraternity of 16 Yachuli Constituency.

Briefing about the achievements of women in various field, she advised the younger generation to learn from the achievers and earn name and fame for the society and the state as a whole.

Zilla Parishad Chairperson Likha Tongum also advised the women to be very active in social, political and government matters and not to misuse the time and power entrusted to them.

On the occasion, Block Mahila Congress Committee, Yachuli felicitated Dr. Bengia Mala, Likha Yach Debia, Bengia Yakar and Debia Yakap,  women achievers of Ziro-II.

The BMCC also conducted essay writing competition on the topic “Save the Girl Child” in which Tilling Usha and Kime Yama of JNV Yachuli and Joram Yosum of Jhon Bosco School Yachuli won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd  prizes respectively.

Meanwhile, the women fraternity expressed their gratitude to Parliamentary secretary, Agriculture Likha Saaya, ZPM Chairperson Likha Tongum for their support and cooperation for successful conduct of the Women’s Day at Yachuli.



Commodity futures for farmers and Panchayat members

Capacity Building Programme

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: NABARD Consultancy Services (NABCONS) Pvt. Ltd, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Bank for Agriculture and  Rural Development (NABARD) organized one day Capacity Building Programme on Commodity Futures for farmers  and Panchayat members  at Midpu, Doimukh on March 10.

The programme was sponsored by Forward Markets Commission, Government of India which was attended by about 35 farmers, panchayat members, gaon Burahs, and officials from NABCONS and NABARD Arunachal Pradesh RO.  

The objective of the programme was to create awareness among the farmers about commodity exchanges and how the farmers can benefit from them.  

SN Chalia, DGM, NABCONS in his address explained the concept of commodity markets taking examples of states like Punjab, UP and Haryana.  He said that, though the farmers of Arunachal may not participate in commodity Futures Market at present,   awareness would help them in giving proper direction their farming activities.  Resource persons in the programme were Amar Nangbia Dui, Chairman NN Charitable Society, Upendra Bagh, K.Vaiphei, Dana Tayum, AGM, Manager and Dev. Asst NABARD respectively.  

Amar narrated how his NGO collaborated with NABARD in conducting various developmental programmes in the State and advised the participants to take advantages from the programme of NABCONS. Dana Tayum, from NABARD advised the participants for proper selection of their activities based on their skills and taste and pursue the same with dedication.

Tana Akin, a progressive and successful farmer from the village spoke on the potential activities in the area viz., Cabbage, Cauliflower, Tomato, Peas, Banana, Pineapple, Poultry, Fisheries, Piggery, Dairy and Mithun Rearing and bamboo plantation.

He urged the farmers to works hard and become self sufficient. Tana Sita, Gram Panchayat Chairperson and Tana Teshi, ASM Lekha Panchayat requested NABCONS for more such programmes during 2012-13.



Apple production--decreasing trend in Tawang

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Apple is one of the most important temperate fruit crops of the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. However, in most of the orchards, the growth curve has come to almost a linear stage leaving meager net returns to the growers, even after high investment of money.

Low Production and Productivity: The factors responsible for low production and productivity are: 1. Non adoption of improved varieties like Lal Ambri, Sunhari, Firdous, Shireen and Akbar. 2. Monoculture. 3. High variability of plant material. 4. Poor quality of fruits. 5. Low density plantation. 6. Lack of timely inputs viz., fertilizers, fungicides, insecticides and growth regulators, 7. Poor application of organic manures,8.Improper training and pruning, 9. High pest and disease incidence, 10. Poor post harvest handling and storage. 11. Alternate bearing and 12.Lastly, ignorance of farmers regarding timely cultural and management practices.

 Rejuvination of Old orchards is a very serious aspect of apple cultivation in Tawang district as almost all the orchards are very old. Such orchards do not produce annual extension growth because of in adequate fertilization and pruning practices. These orchards need rejuvenation so that farmers can get moderate income instead of heavy loss.

Lack of pollination and pollinizers are also a biggest problem of apple cultivation in Tawang district.For effective pollination 33 percent of pollinizing varieties are needed to obtain adequate fruit set.  It is observed that, farmers have played even less than 10 percent plants as pollinizer,which is very low. There is a need to understand by farmers regarding role pollinizer of apple cultivation. The main varieties which are playing vital role as a pollinizer of apple cultivation viz.Golden Delicious, Red Gold, Granny Smith, Tydeman’s Early, Worcestor etc. Therefore, farmers must use beehives and pollinising varieties in their orchards.

Pre-harvest fruit drop is one of the serious problems faced by the farmers.Pre-harvest drop is occurred due to unpollinated or unfertilized blossoms, low moisture content during fruit development and reduction in the hormonal content in the seed in latter stage of fruit development. Promotion of pollinizing varieties and spraying of NAA 20ppm three weeks before harvest in severe cases will reduce preharvest fruit drop.

(The contributors are Dr.Pijush Kanti Biswas who previously worked as  SMS-Horticulture in KVK Tawang, Minonti Pait and Chandra Kumar Singh.

Governor visits Tippi

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Arunachal Pradesh Governor J J Singh visited the Tippi Forest Guest House, near Bhalukpong in West Kameng district on March 9. The guest house was selected for renovation under Tourism Initiative of the state Government.

Accompanied by Chief Conservator of Forest Gopinath Roy and district and forest officials, the Governor trekked to the site and inspected the area. He advised the forest officials not to disturb flora and take utmost care to preserve the treasured wildlife. The governor also called for time bound completion of the project, while Khellong Divisional Forest Officer Neelam Nedo briefed the Governor on the project. Seventeen Forest Guest houses are being proposed under the NEC scheme.

Earlier, the Governor visited Tippi Orchid Research Center. Interacting with the officials and scientists, the Governor urged them propagate the new techniques in orchid farming and help the people in their financial empowerment through it. He emphasized that the technologies should not confined to the laboratories only.

Taking example of Poma Bamboo Project, the Governor suggested that the officials of the Center must go to Panchayat leaders and villagers and motivate them to take up orchid cultivation. The Governor announced to give some saplings of orchids, which he brought from Singapore. Chuku Loma, DFO (Silviculture) apprised the Governor on effort of the centre. The Tipi orchidarium was set up in 1972.

Later, while interacting with Border Road Organization officials, the Governor asked them to take up Balipara – Nechephu road on priority. Let the people know the quality of road BRO is constructing, he stressed. The Governor also met the district officers and advised them to work with dedication and sincerity.


Exorbitant fee alleged

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) East Kameng Unit  urged the district administration to implement Govt notified rates for obtaining various documents, such as ST certificates, licences/permit etc. in East Kameng district.

Alleging very high and exorbitant rates for obtaining such documents, the youth wing of Bharatiya Janata Party said that the district administration is allegedly charging extra amount of Rs. 45 in addition to actual government rate of Rs.10 for obtaining ST certificate.


Release salary by end of month’

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Describing the hardship faced due to non-disbursement of monthly salary on time, the All Arunachal Pradesh Public Health Engineer and Water Supply Department Workers Union has appealed to the Parliamentary Secretary, PHED, to ensure release of salary/dues by the month end.


Meeting takes up LPG cylinder scarcity

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: All East Kameng Border Students’ Union (AEKBSU) and M/s Kameng Gas Agency, Seppa jointly held a meeting at Seppa recently regarding scarcity of LPG cylinder in the district.

AEKBSU informed that during the meeting shortage of LPG cylinder carriage vehicle and limited supply of LPG cylinder by Indian Oil Corporation were discussed.

Meanwhile, M/s Kameng agency assured to look into the problem within March. However, AEKBSU threatened to initiate movement against the agency, if the agency fails to address the LPG cylinder scarcity in the district within March.


Appeal for open bidding process

ITANAGAR, Mar 10:  Claiming that no tender was floated against the sanctioned projects of financial year 2011-12 under special plan assistance (SPA) funds in various departments, All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association Upper Subansiri district unit today demanded the authority to float tender to ensure transparency and competitive bidding for maintaining quality works.

 In a representation to the Deputy Director Urban Development and Housing Daporijo recently, association claimed that despite clear direction given by the central and the state government, many departments are violating the norms by awarding the works without open bidding.

It further appealed to the departments to strictly adhere to SPA’s guidelines and execute the bidding process to ensure transparency.  


Training on improving agri production

BASAR, Mar 10: Altogether 50 trainees from different villages of West Siang district are participating in the ongoing week-long training cum exposure visit on “Improving agriculture production through efficient water management” being  organized at ICAR Basar from March 6.   The training was sponsored by Scaling up of Water Productivity in Agriculture for Livelihood (SWPAL) under Union Ministry of Agriculture.

Addressing the participants, the course coordinator Dr. V KChoudhary, Scientist (Agronomy) apprised the rural farmers of how the rain water and its conservation are important for improving crop productivity. Further, he elaborated the multiple use of water in agriculture to increase the farm income and livelihood. He also briefed on the climate change and its impact on agriculture.

A Kiran Kumar Singh, SMS, Agronomy gave brief description on system of rice intensification and the types of soil and water conservation measures to increase the farm productivity. Dr. SPSingh, SMS, plant protection, besides delivering lecture on mushroom production, detailed the farmers about disease management measures for agricultural and horticultural crops.

Dr. Doni Jini, Scientist Veterinary Extension, briefed about how water can be supplied to pig for higher productivity.

Other resource persons Dr. MS Barua, SMS (Animal Science),Devendra Singh, Farm Manager also spoke on the occasion. Farmers will also be taken to field visit at research farm, Gori and KVK demonstration farm, Bam  in days to come.


Life without power

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Imagine life without power in today’s world. But the people of Mechukha, including VIPs, there are coping life without power for the last several months.

The entire Mechukha is reeling under darkness due to acute shortage of power since last several months. The  students, who are appearing CBSE examination, are the worst sufferer of this problem, said All Memba Students’ Union (AMSU).

Mechukha, being a sub-divisional headquarters, needs uninterrupted power supply. But it is not getting the required electricity due to shortage of water in river to run the nearby mini hydel project to its capacity, said AMSU quoting official sources. It urged the authority concerned to do the needful to resume normal power supply in Mechukha at the earliest.

While describing the problem faced by the students of Govt Hr Sec. School, Mechukha due to insufficient teaching staff, AMSU appealed to the education department to post teachers, specially in Political Science and English subjects, immediately. The students union claimed that the school has been running without these two subject teachers since 2009.


House gutted

ITANAGAR, Mar 10:  A dwelling house was completely gutted in a fire accident which broke out around 3 pm at Leporiang on March 8. Though there was no report of any human casualty, the household properties were completely destroyed in the fire.  Electrical short circuit might be the cause of fire; however, the actual cause of fire accident is yet to be ascertained, according to an official release.

Meanwhile, Circle Officer Hage Tarung visited the spot and gave  Rs 5000 as immediate relief to the fire victim.  The CO also constituted a board to assess fire damages.


Free eye camp at Tuting

ITANAGAR, Mar 10:  Braving the heavy shower, more than 200 patients turned up in  the three days free eye camp  organized jointly by Society for Health Education and Rural Upliftment (SHERU) and  Upper Siang District Health Society at Tuting recently.  

A team of eye specialists from State Hospital, Naharlagun, East Siang and Upper Siang  district hospitals headed  by senior eye specialist Dr. Kaling Darang, State Hospital, Naharlagun  performed 14 cataract surgeries during the camp.

Medicated mosquito nets were also distributed to the villagers of  Ngaming, Zido, Kopu and Bona.

MP Ninong Ering  and MLA Alo Libang attended the inaugural function, while   State programme officer, NPCB, directorate of health service, Dr K K Deb participated in the valedictory function held on March 5.

SHERU president Dr. Kombo Rajen lauded  Libang  and staff of Tuting CHC managed by Karuna Trust (NGO)  for  their  support for the grand success of the  camp.


Mushroom cultivation training

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: A one day training programme on oyster mushroom cultivation for Self Help Group (SHG)  was conducted by the department of Agriculture, Papum Pare district  at Nakar village on March 7. Over 30 SHG members from the village attended the training programme which was sponsored by Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Project Director, Papum Pare. The agriculture development officer, the convener of ATMA Mengio Block, coordinated the training.


‘Bandh peaceful’

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: All Yachuli Youth Organization (AYYO) claimed that the 12-hr Yachuli constituency bandh passed off peacefully. It further informed that the proposed  24-hr bandh from March 13 has been temporarily suspended in view of the ensuing CBSE examinations beginning from March 13. It, however, threatened to carry on its democratic movement until its demand is  met.


AITC raps govt on water scarcity

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: All India Trinamol Congress (AITC) Arunachal Pradesh unit has appealed the state govt and the Department of Public Health Engineering to adopt long-term policy with holistic approach to contain the alarmingly drinking water  crisis in capital complex in particular and state in general.

 It said that due to the lackadaisical attitude towards the welfare of its citizens by the state government and its concerned department, citizens are facing problems in accessing the basic amenity.

The party said that the planners of the state government are not putting in serious efforts to contain the drinking water problems of the capital complex.

Despite commissioning of the mega water treatment plants in capital complex with huge financial involvement, yet the capital dwellers are facing acute shortage of drinking water at various sectors and colonies, it said.

The state Government of  Arunachal Pradesh, especially  the Dept of the Public Health Engineering is failing  in its duty to deliver drinking water to the citizens of the capital complex, whereas, it is basic and top agenda of  every government of the country, the party said.


Sub-health centre dismantled:BJP

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Papum Pare unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in a release alleged that some unknown persons have dismantled the building of Hollongi sub-health centre and illegally occupied the government land. The BJP unit demanded an immediate investigation into the matter and punishment for  the culprits.

The BJP unit while informing about a building scheme of Tax and Excise department at Hollongi, suggested the authority concerned of the department to build it in its existing land at Hollongi.

Meanwhile, the party blamed the state government for delay in construction of the four-lane road work from Hollongi to Chimpu.

According to BJP, the executing company SRK is claiming Rs.2 lakh a day as compensation from the state government for non-execution of road work. It said that the road work could not be started in two years by the executing agency due to non-payment of compensation to the four-lane project affected people. The party demanded the state government to take up the compensation matter with the authority of central government without any further delay so that road work could be started soon.



Anshu Vaish, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development and Anita Kaul, Additional Secretary of the same department was wrongly mentioned as the officials of Arunachal Pradesh Government in a news item published on March 10 issue of this daily. Mistake is regretted.

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