DEBAN, Mar 16: The Namdapha Tiger Reserve, one of the few supposedly safe havens
for the greatly endangered tigers, which has become the hub of poachers in recent
times, witnessed a shocking moment when in a very daring incident poachers fired
one shot at the entourage of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF, Wild
Life) on March 12. No one was harmed in the incident which happened at Bulbulia,
an area within the Reserve, which has many hot springs but it has left the officials
shocked and enraged at the same time.
The poachers, suspected to be Yobbins hurled abuses at the team challenging the declaration
of the area as Tiger Reserve. The PCCF (Wildlife and Biodiversity) J L Singh had
come to the Park on a visit to take stock of the wildlife census and poaching activities.
On February 28, another four rounds were fired by suspected Yobbin poachers at a
team consisting of Protection Force of the Tiger Reserve and members of the Aaranyak,
an NGO undertaking the census work trekked at Kodboi area. This time too, the team
had to endure abuses asking the authorities to retract from the Reserve.
The 25-member rescue team led by the Range Officer L Karlo were in for an unpleasant
surprise when they met a team of 15 Chakma refugees who work as porters at Vijaynagar.
Dry meat were recovered from 13 of them. The officials are awaiting forensic report
to determine whether it was wild meat. The forest officials let them off after they
took their photographs and relevant informations as they had to reach the site of
the firing incident.
On March 2, a camera trapping team of the Aaranyak was assaulted and their tents
vandalised at Farm Base by a group of 12 armed people.
The Protection Hut at Farm Base constructed at a cost of Rs 5 lakh was completely
destroyed and had material strewn all over.
So far, Aaranyak has lost eight cameras which have been taken away from various
locations within the park and 24 memory cards stolen from Farm Base camp.
The park has further witnessed timber felling within the Namdapha National Park in
between M’pen Check Gate to Gibbonsland (10th Mile) by the Chakma refugees.
The Park authorities are appalled by the construction of bridges at various points
across the Namdapha and Dehing River in the periphery of the park.
At a time when there is national and international outrage on the killing of tigers,
supported no lesser by a high profile television campaign on all major channels,
it comes as a wake up call for authorities when even a supposedly safe tiger haven
like Namdhapa appears now to be taken over by poachers.
DEBAN: Alarmed at the recent attacks, including firing at the forest officials at
Namdapha National Park, a coordination meeting was held today at Deban Forest Guest
House inside the Park.
Uninitiated by the Field Director of the Tiger Reserve, in attendance were the Forest
Officials, Administration, Police and members of various communities of the area.
The Chief Conservator and Field Director Namdapha National Park S.J Jongsam said
that communities nearby the Park instead of cooperating are indulged in challenging
the forest authorities. While giving a detailed report on the recent activities within
the park, he said that such illegal activties will not be tolerated by the Forest
Terming the activities as disturbing, he warned that stringent action will be initiated.
He suggested that constant confrontation by some members of the Yobbins and the Chakma
communities would not be tolerated anymore as he sought the help of the Yobbin and
Chakma communities in nabbing those involved in poaching and other activities that
hampers the growth of the Park.
He further said that despite request from the department, Yobbins have not taken
up positions as part of the Forest Protection Force.
ADC, Miao Tayum Mara termed the firings and poaching as anti national activities
and challenge to the government and the forest establishments. He further called
on the Yobbin and Chakma leaders to sensitise their communities as the authorities
would initiate tough action against any unlawful activities.
Vice president of the Singpho Development Society and Editor The Miao Times Pisi
Zauing, mincing no words said that there is no coordination between the law enforcing
agencies and forest officials.
Speaking on the recent episodes of poaching and firings, Pisi said that there was
enough evidence for the authorities to act on. He further said that Park needs more
staff and infrastructure.
General Secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress Pinna Kitnal Muklom while
condemning the recent activities called on all to work together to save the Park.
She said that if people stop eating wild meat, poaching would cease eventually. She
called for coordinated effort to stop poaching activities. She further welcomed the
positive stand of the Yobbins and Chakmas and hoped that communities would live up
to the promise of action against poaching.
While urging the people to realize the importance of the park and environment, she
called upon the authorities to initiate strict action against anyone found poaching.
Range Officer, L Karlo who has trekked the nook and corner of the park and made a
detailed presentation of the activities within the Park said that cooperation was
needed from all concerned to stop poaching.
He called on the Yobbins and Chakmas to make efforts to save the Park from going
bad to worse. He informed that many snares have been recovered from the Park which
is a clear sign that encroachment and poaching is massive. The officer further said
that Kodboi has become a corridor for the poachers to transport wild meat. SDPO Hage
Delyang while assuring the help of his department said that forest officials need
to utilize the power entrusted on them.
Assistant Field Director Henmar Nyorak informed that state cabinet has approved creation
of 200 posts for Protection Force.
He said that there are numerous huts built by the poachers within the park and there
is encroachment even in the Core Area of the Park.
ASM Gandhigram Phussa Yobbin said that he has no sympathy for the poachers but asked
the authorities to have more coordination in tackling the problem. He further said
that all illegal activities within the Park would stop with the opening of the Miao-Vijaynagar
Road. While responding to construction of bridges over the rivers within and in the
periphery of the Park, he said that in absence of a road, people were forced to build
He further accused the officials of being responsible for the diminishing forest
resources and said that Yobbins were deprived of developmental which have led to
poaching activities. He further called on the authorities to pursue with the government
for early completion of the MV road.
A Chakma representative while assuring to speak to his community members said that
protection mechanism for the Park need to be evolved. He assured to hand over the
members of community involved in poaching.
General Secretary of the Yobbin Tribe Welfare Committee Liasso Yobbin, called for
tough actions against the poachers and advocated awareness campaigns in the villages
so that people are aware about the wild life. He said that no poachers, irrespective
of the community should be spared. He further said that some leaders were indirectly
encouraging poaching as they buy from them.
Member of State Wildlife Advisory Board Sarai Ong Singpho appealed the state government
to initiate the process of notification of a buffer zone. He advocated the cooperation
of administration and law enforcing agencies to tackle the issue.
Circle Officer Miao S. Roy leveling the poachers as terrorists appealed the community
leaders to hand over the culprits.
Sona on 3 days tour of Scotland
GLASGOW, Mar 16: Pasang D Sona, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism along with tour
promoters from London is currently on a three days tour of remote areas of Scotland
to get first hand knowledge about tourism management.
Sona interacted with hoteliers, tour promoters, taxi operators in Scotland. He also
visited one of the whiskey regions of Scotland where one of the finest Single Malt
Scotch Whiskey like Laphroaig, Bowmore, Ardberg etc. of Islay are produced. “I took
the journey on train from London to Glasgow and then by road to Terbert, a small
sleepy town in Scotland and took a ferry to Islay which is famous for distilleries,”
Praising the picturesque Scotland, Sona said, “we need to learn from them their concern
for environment and hospitality”.
“People are more than willing to help you. The home guest houses and boutique hotels
are big success here which can easily be replicated in Arunachal. Besides tourism,
livestock is also a big source of economy which we also can adopt,” Sona said.
“They have created tourism out of every resources they have. Arunachal is showered
with natures gift. All we need to do is exploit our tourism potentials. There are
lot of enquiries for Arunachal tourism but we do not have much answer. It is high
time we all work towards a economically viable tourism.”
He further added, “What I have noticed here is the quest to explore new destination.
But we need to be ready with atleast basic minimum information on state’s tourism.
For the tourist from West there is lots of enthusiasms for places like Arunachal
which we should tap. If we all act responsibly then Arunachal one day will be the
hottest tourism destination.
NGP Award for LDV GP
DAMBUK, Mar 16: For the first time, Lower Dibang Valley district will receive a ‘Nirmal
Gram Puraskar’ (NGP) award, a government of India initiated incentive scheme under
Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) programme, along with Lohit and Upper Subansiri district.
Fifteen gram panchayats (GP) in Arunachal has been selected for 2011 NGP award: Lohit
– 12 GP, Upper Subansiri – 2 GP and Lower Dibang Valley – 1 GP.
From Lower Dibang Valley, Banggo, a lone Galo inhabited village in the district with
population of 200 will be awarded with the NGP award. The award ceremony will be
held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on March 21. Subhash Pertin, Executive Engineer,
Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) cum Member Secretary, District Water
and Sanitation Committee (WATSAN) and Moba Riba, Anchal Samity Member (ASM), Banggo
village will receive the award from President of India on behalf of Kobli Tasar,
Gram Chairperson, Banggo.
NGP award is given to those "open defecation free" Nirmal Gram Panchayats, Blocks,
and Districts which have become fully sanitized. The incentive provision is for Panchayati
Raj Institutions (PRIs) as well as individuals and organizations that are the driving
force for full sanitation coverage.
Elated at the success of Banggo village to receive the award, Pertin said it is a
pat on their back for tireless effort shown by the department and the villagers in
spreading the message of sanitation and safe drinking water.
The NGP award for Banggo was nominated after successful inspection of the village
sanitary infrastructure by a New Delhi based organization Development and Research
Services Private Limited and the North East Coordinator (TSC) under Department of
Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Rural Development, GOI in December 2011.
According to PHED department, three villages of Banggo, Meka and Kebali were earlier
proposed for NGP award from Lower Dibang Valley district.
An intensive campaign on Information, Education and Communication (IEC) was launched
by the PHE department for the year 2010-11. The department organized a sanitation
walk on Arunachal statehood day followed by literary competition in schools on drinking
water and sanitation.
Under IEC, the department also assisted the district administration in conducting
mobile office at Parbuk and Koronu village. From November 2011 to December 2011,
the department with support from a local NGO Abralow Memorial Multipurpose Society
(AMMS) carried out TSC, IEC and Water quality Monitoring and Surveillance Programme
in Abali, Iduli, Koronu, Dambuk and Bangoo village.
RGU hosts national seminar on ethnic politics, democracy & regional political parties
RONO HILLS, Mar 16: A three-day national seminar on the theme “Ethnic Politics, Democracy
and Regional Political Parties in North-East India” began here today at the Rajiv
Gandhi University (RGU) conference hall. The seminar being organized by the University's
Department of Political Science is sponsored by the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute
of Asian Studies, Kolkata and Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla.
Addressing the inaugural session the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) president
Kamen Ringu appreciated the organizers for conducting a seminar on such an important
area of study for the benefit of the students in political arena. He also shared
his political experiences during the function.
Citing the importance of ethnic politics, particularly in the North East region,
Ringu said that ethnic politics promoted the formation of regional political parties.
“Arunachal Pradesh is a mini-India and we are facing various difficulties here in
political aspects and the Center has failed to fulfill our basic needs, may be due
to difficult geographical terrain,” the PPA president said adding that the Chakma-Hajong
and Chinese claims over Arunachal are among various issues confronting us today.
The presence of Chakma and Hajong in the state is a big threat to the state.
“Though the national parties are working for the development of the state but it
is the regional political parties who will closely understand the state’s problems
being an intrinsic part of their own state.”
Advocating for the preservation of state’s flora and fauna, he said in the name of
development we are destroying our forest resources. “The land is our lifeline. If
we continue destroying our forest, land, rivers- where will our upcoming generations
live?”, he questioned.
In his Chairman’s remarks Professor Pura Tado of the Political Science department
opined that the problems of the North East political parties were common and that
they were lacking to address the needs of the common people. While questioning that
do we really understand the meaning of democracy, he said one should accept democracy
as good political value for transforming the society.
HOD Political Science and also the Seminar Director Dr. Nani Bath stated that each
North-eastern state has its own unique characteristics. In spite of these differences
most of the states and their inhabitants have nurtured a sense of unity against policies
of central government towards this region. He added that each ethnic community seems
to have its own world view and always attempted to be independent from other ethnic
communities and, hence, urged for autonomy within or outside the constitutional framework.
Citing that since the national political parties have failed to represent the needs
and aspirations of the people of the region, he said the regional political parties
have been formed with ethnic consideration. He also added that formation of the All
Party Hill Leaders Conference which was the outcome of ethnic consideration against
the imposition of Assamese language as the official state language is a pointer towards
the trends of ethnicization of politics in India’s North East.
Emphasizing on the state’s regional political party like PPA, Dr Bath asserted that
the regional party was formed to meet the aspiration of the indigenous people of
Arunachal Pradesh and also to preserve the distinctive culture of its varied tribes.
The inaugural session was followed by two academic sessions in which various scholars
deliberated on the themes of Party System in North-East India, Regional Political
Party and Democratic Polity: Experiences and Experimentation in North East India,
Democracy, Ethnicity and Contested Space in the North East of India: A Critique,
Dimensions of Ethnic Politics in North East India etc.
North-east specialists and scholars from across the country are participating in
the seminar to better understand the dynamics of regional politics and chart out
the importance of regional parties in the politics of coalition in mainstream electoral
DRS International School celebrates Annual Day
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: The 5th Annual Day of DRS International School, Itanagar was celebrated
at the premises of AP Science Center, IG Park here this afternoon in a befitting
The tiny-tots of the school presented some scintillating songs and dance numbers
to the huge round of applause of the gathering that included distinguished guests,
parents, teachers and their fellow students.
Addressing the function, Capital Complex DC Onit Panyang called upon the teachers
and parents to pay special attention towards all round personality development of
the toddlers – the future citizens of the country.
In his speech, Tony Koyu, MD, APIDFC also called for parental care of the children
for their all round development.
Dr V N Sharma, State Liaison Officer (NSS) of Directorate of Higher & Technical Education
said that the teachers should teach the students, not the subjects.
Jamuna Bini, assistant professor of RGU, stressed on the need of learning one’s mother
tongue besides English and Hindi.
Earlier, Arvind Sharma, board of director of DRS International School, gave a brief
account on the school, whose sole motto is to achieve the best by imparting quality
education to its kids.
C D Sharma, NCC officer, GHHS Itanagar also spoke on the occasion and gave away the
prizes to the winners of various events conducted earlier to mark the day. Among
others, Sangita Sharma, Jyotish Barpatra and Illora Saikia Barpatra also spoke.
World Consumers Right Day celebrated
AALO, Mar 16: The World Consumers Rights Day was celebrated at Donyi-Polo College
Kamki in a befitting manner yesterday.
Addressing the gathering, Principal Dr. R Karlo said that the awareness campaign
launched by the Department of Legal Metrology is a part of education and consumers
get theoretical and practical knowledge from such programme.
“In this age of globalization and growing market economy, we don’t have much choice
but our choices are governed and determined by the market and it is always important
to know our rights,” he added.
Liromoba EAC Hento Karga gave deliberation on legal aspects on consumers.
Resource persons and Professors T S Gebo, M Mossang and L Linggi dwelt at length
on package commodities, Consumer Protection Act 1986 and Quality Standardization
The AC LM Daro Marbom and Inspector LM J Kambo highlighted the rights and duties
of consumers and disclosed that 49 consumer cases, out of 50, have so far been settled
through Consumer Forum.
The occasion was participated by public leaders, businessmen and collegians.
Practical demonstration on weight and measures and interactive session were also
conducted during the day-long programme. DIPRO
Department of legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, Basar and Global Human Right
Organization (GHRO) jointly celebrated World Consumers’ Rights Day at Bam village
GHRO Chairman cum Central Consumer Protection Council, member Goken Bam highlighted
the silent features of Consumer Protection Act, 1986. He assured that GHRO will
organize consumer awareness programme in educational institutions and villages in
the district in near future.
Department of legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs inspector Lupha Sikhat highlighted
on consumer awareness activities and also distributed pamphlets and card regarding
Later, she demonstrated on weight and measures and also briefed about consumer protection
awareness activities carried out by the department.
Gaon Bura Goken Bam and Mohen Bam, Mahila Mandal President Marchok Bam, Bam Welfare
Society President Nyabom Bam also spoke on the occasion. Panchayat leaders, students
and villagers attended the programme.
ZCCCI organizes farewell function for outgoing students
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: Ziro-II Collegians’ Co-ordination Committee Itanagar (ZCCCI) organized
the Sports Competition cum Farewell function for the 3rd year students of 16-Yachuli
constituency studying in Dera Natung Govt. College on March 14 and 15.
The out-going students advised the juniors to give priority on their study and maintain
discipline, unity and brotherhood among them.
Friendly football, volleyball and cricket matches were organized among the first,
second and third year students at DNGC playground.
The third year students emerged overall champion of the sports competition. They
won the football and cricket matches defeating the 2nd and 1st year students teams
by 7-0 goals and 60 runs respectively.
In Girls volleyball, the first year team beat the 2nd year team.
Workshop on linking budding entrepreneurs held
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: ASSOCHAM Workshop on “Linking Budding Entrepreneurs with Govt.
Schemes and Markets” held at Nirjuli today.
The workshop was organized by ASSOCHAM, Ministry of Food Processing, Government of
India and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) with Krishi Vigyan
Kendra (KVK), Papum Pare.
Addressing the gathering Sr. Director ASSOCHAM Dr. Ombeer Tyagi, said, the agro-climatic
condition in the state makes it suitable for growing almost all kinds of agricultural
and horticultural crops and setting up of food processing industries. He informed
that the Central Govt is promoting the food processing sector in the region to utilize
its vast potential of raw horticultural produces through various agencies like MSME,
NHB, APEDA, NABARD with cooperation of state Govt. Tyagi also highlighted the aim
and objectives of the workshop.
NABARD Deputy General Manager Dr. S N Chalia focused on the need of self help groups
(SHGs) for women. He told that NABARD is giving assistance and incentivizing NGOs
to promote these SHGs. He also focused on the importance of skill development programs
Food Safety FSSAI Deputy Commissioner U K Mitra emphasized on role of farmer in the
‘food chain’. He also informed the entrepreneurs about the new licensing process
for setting up a food processing industry.
Agriculture & Horticulture Commissioner Hage Kojeen, briefed about the state of entrepreneurship
in North Eastern states. He called for diversifying agriculture activities in Arunachal.
Dr. T. Heli, Program Coordinator, KVK Papum Pare also spoke on the occasion.
Resource person from industries department, NERAMAC, FSSAI, MSME also addressed the
The workshop presided over by Dr. Hage Tabin, Director of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary
was attended by 150 entrepreneurs.
Late Blight of Potato- A big threat for the potato growers of Arunachal Pradesh:
Control and Management
Dr Pijush Kanti Biswas and Minonti Pait
The late blight of potato is a most destructive disease of potato. This disease wipe
out almost the entire potato crop within a week.
The late blight is caused by fungus Phytophthera infestans. Different management
strategies can be followed to control late blight disease of potato are enlisted
Healthy Seed: Only disease free seed should be used for potato cultivation and seed
from a field which has been infected by late blight in the previous year should be
Resistant Cultivars: We have to grow varieties of seed potatoes which have moderate
to high degree of resistance to late blight. Kufri Giriraj, Kufri Shailja and Kufri
Himalini (for hills) Kufri Pukhraj, Kufri Anand, Kufri Sutlej, Kufri Badshah, Kufri
Arun, Kufri Jawahar(for plains) are some of the ideal varieties.
Traditional Methods: i) Well drained soils should be selected for potato cultivation,
ii) Irrigation should be stopped immediately when the weather conditions become congenial
for late blight. Only light irrigation can be given later, if required. iii) Haulms
should be removed and destroyed from the field when disease severity reaches more
Chemical Control: A spray schedule of minimum of four fungicide sprays is recommended
to manage late blight. However, number of sprays may be increased or decreased depending
on disease intensity. As a prophylactic measure, spray crop with contact fungicides
like Mancozeb 75% WP(0.2%),Propineb 70% WP(0.2%) or Chlorothalonil(0.2%) as soon
as the weather conditions become congenial for late blight.
Cultivators should not wait or allow late blight to appear and establish in field.
They should use a sticker at the rate of 0.1% for proper sticking and uniform spread
of fungicides on leaf surface. Metalaxyl based (0.25%) or Cymoxanil based (0.3%)
fungicides should be applied immediately when disease is noticed in field apply.
Contact fungicides such as Mancozeb (0.2%), Propineb (0.2%) or Chlorothalonil (0.2%)
should be applied after 8-10 days of second application of fungicides.
A minimum of 400-1000 litres of water would be required to spray one hectare of crop
area. Special attention should be given to lower leaves which need to be covered
1 arrested in statue desecration case
PASIGHAT, Mar 16: Pasighat police on Thursday night arrested one Mida Ering of Diking
village in connection with desecration of statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Daying
Ering while eight others have been detained for interrogation.
Altogether nine youths from different parts of Pasighat area were picked up by police
on suspicion in connection with the case, Pasighat police said. The detainees are
being interrogated by police at Pasighat police station under tight security. But,
none of the detainees has so far admitted their involvement in the vandalism on the
night of March 10. Police refused to disclose the name of the detainees for smooth
conduct of the investigation and is expecting more arrests by tomorrow.
East Siang Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok instructed the police to be impartial
and to carry out free and fair investigation as per relevant act of law. He further
appealed to all to co-operate the police in the investigation.
Kri distributes dustbins
TEZU, Mar. 16: In an attempt to keep Tezu town clean and hygienic Parliamentary Secretary,
PHED Karikho Kri distributed plastic dustbins to various shopkeepers of Tezu township
He appealed one and all to keep their surrounding and township area neat and clean
and also encouraged them to take up such community activities.
Town Magistrate Pal Chaudhury, CO H Kri, UPO R Mihu and other officials were also
De-launching of Bana Bailey Suspension Bridge
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: De-launching of Bailey Suspension Bridge over river Bichom at Bana,
East Kameng-district is in progress.
The de-launching of bridge and tower would be completed by the end of this month
and the new Bailey bridge would be launched from the April 1st-3rd week, informed
Executive Engineer Naharlagun Highway Division cum in-charge of Bana Bridge Er. Khoda
Gyati and leader of de-launching team from GRSE Kolkata.
The executing agencies appealed to the public to go by diversion road till re-launching
of new bridge.
KVK training prog on pig husbandry and vermicomposting
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: A day-long campus training on pig husbandry and vermicomposting
was organized by KVK Upper Siang at Peram village under Geku block today.
A total of 37 participants consisting of farmer, rural youth, farm women, panchayat
members including local leaders were present in the programme.
Inaugurating the training programme Indrajit Barman, SMS (AE) urged the participant
to take any kind of technical assistance related to farming activities from KVK.
Tasso Tabin, SMS (PP) stressed on farming system approach for any kind of agricultural
In the technical session, Dr. Jaideep Kr. Singh, SMS (Animal Sc.) delivered a lecture
on pig husbandry and integrated farming system.
K. Tayeng, SMS (SS) held a thorough discussion with the trainees on vermicomposting
during the interaction session and answered and clarified various types of questions
and doubts raised by the participants on the key theme.
Water supply in capital disrupted
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: Drinking water supply to RKM Hospital, DN College, Polytechnic
College, Vivek Vihar and various other sectors of the Capital has been affected due
to damage caused to the main supply line from Lappu Nallah source by illegal tree
felling yesterday night. However, efforts are on to restore water supply at the
earliest. The PHED, Itanagar division appealed to the consumers to bear with the
inconvenience caused to them.
Catholic Church Silver Jubilee
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: The three days silver jubilee celebration of the establishment
of Catholic Church in Itanagar began at Nyokum Lapang ground here today. The opening
ceremony was graced by Rt. Rev. Dr John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar. The believer
of five parishes of the Capital, Banderdewa, Doimukh, Naharlagun, Itanagar and Nyokum
Lapang, is participating in the programme.
A large number of people turned up to witness the opening ceremony. Three days programme
includes cultural competitions among five parishes. The Celebration committee headed
by Nabam Pekhi made all arrangement for smooth conduct of the celebration.
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: 5th Annual cum Parents day of Jubilee English School, Lekhi was
On the occasion, RGU Prof. Dr T Lhungdim briefed about the role and responsibility
of parents in educating child. Rev. S Hangsing inaugurated Digi Class.
Hatkhonei Kipgen Memorial Award for Best Student was presented to Tadar Apa, Class
– IV and Student of the Year award was given to Kipa Jini, class-III.
Both the awardees got the scholarship for the academic session 2012-13.
Principal of the institute Gary Seiboi Kipgen highlighted on importance of co-operation
between the school authorities and the parents in cultivating quality education.
Besides these, the students presented cultural items on the day. Parents, guardians
and well wishers attended the programme.
ITANAGAR, Mar16: All Capital Complex Unemployed Youth Association (ACCUYA) extended
its support to the demand of Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) for suspension of
ongoing Convention Hall construction work at IG Park here.
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: Sanitary kits were distributed to 150 beneficiaries during one-day
adolescent, reproductive and sexual health (ARSH) programme organized by Changlang
District Health Society under NRHM scheme at Khimiyong circle recently. DMO cum
DRCHO Dr P Dutta along with other medical staff attended the function.
Despite assurance from Education Minister on January 30, the SSA teachers are still
deprived of all their dues. There is no information regarding release of pending
salaries and six months’ arrear of the SSA teachers till date. It was informed during
Jan 30 that state Govt had released its matching share and now waiting for remaining
share of the Central Govt and all dues of the teachers would be released soon. But
we could not understand why it is tool late.
We the teachers are facing lot of problem due to non-release of our dues, but we
are truthful to our duties. We appeal the state Govt be true to your words and release
the remaining salary as well as arrears of the SSA teachers at the earliest.
VP, AASSATA, Kurung Kumey Unit
Feedback is far from reality
This is in response to the letter “BRO and Roads (March 10, 2012).
We always welcome the feedback of informed road users to our working and take every
single suggestion in our stride with a sole aim of improving our quality of work.
But it is disheartening to note that the published feedback is far from reality
about the quality of works of BRO under the jurisdiction of 756 BRTF.
I am frequenting the area of work regularly and am well aware of the problem of the
damages caused to the road just after renovation has been done. The facts are that
the potholes developed due to leaking water pipeline underneath the road. Our Officer
Commanding at Yazali has taken all the steps to apprise the local, district administration,
concerned departments and the local leaders of the impending problem. But, sadly,
no action has been taken by anyone till date and the image of BRO is being tarnished
for no fault of theirs.
Let me also assure road users of Hapoli and Ziro that corruption of any kind shall
not be allowed in our works and I am personally very proactive on this issue. I would
be glad if road users and denizens can provide me some concrete evidence of corrupt
practices by anyone from BRO.
J K Dwivedi, SE (C)
756 BRTF (GREF)
Water supply not sufficient
This is in reference to the letter "Preserve every drop of water", (March 14).
Water supply to every sector and houses in our capital is not sufficient. We are
also responsible for it but the concerned departments are not taking any necessary
steps. There is water leakage from pipelines in every colony and one can see water
in the roads from the pipelines. A water leakage from a pipe in the I G Park has
been there for last five to six months but no repair has been done. There are more
leakages everywhere in the Capital but what can we do?
Every drop of water for a man in a desert is important, we are lucky that we are
in our capital. So, we must not waste water, without which we cannot live. So I request
the authorities to look into the matter for smooth supply of water and repairing
of the leakages so that city dwellers do not face scarcity of water.
Lee Kino July, Itanagar.
Impose blanket ban
It is better to be late than never. The state Govt. has opened their eyes and initiated
important steps to control forest fire in the hilltops of the Capital region.
It is not wrong to blame the Govt. agencies like forest department, wildlife and
general administration, for, their duty is to protect the environment, flora and
fauna and create awareness among the masses. It’s been more than one decade that
the indigenous people of the capital area have been complaining about growing number
of migrant population and their settlement in Capital region and frequent forest
fire along the Durpang Reserve Forest and Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary area.
Regrettably, the concern departments are found to be neglectful towards their responsibility.
It is their binding duty to protect these areas which come under the Forest Conservation
Act 1980 and Assam Forest Regulation Act and Wild Life Protection Act, 1972. Lackadaisical
attitude of these guarding agencies are the main cause of degradation of the natural
flora and fauna of the area. Besides, the district administration must also realize
their ‘Ban’ order in practical field as simply serving notices and circular through
news papers will not serve the purpose. If such trend of devastation and negligence
continues, the existence of life in the twin city would be difficult in near future.
Time is not too far when these areas turn into a barren region.
Finally, creation of a Task Force is welcome step but without stringent guiding principles,
the Task Force will not able to serve the purpose. Thus, I would like to suggest
the Govt. take proper measures and make the agencies vibrant.
Focus must be given on extensive environment awareness campaign among the masses.
Funds received through CAMPA and other centrally sponsored schemes for aforestation
should be judiciously utilized in capital region. Imposition of blanket ban on needless
jhuming and new settlement in hilltops of Ganga Lake, Darya Hill, Senki Park, Ganga
etc is need of the hour.
Moreover, to conserve and protect the wildlife and its natural vegetation our state
is in dire need of autonomous wildlife/ forest regulation apart from existing Acts.
Thus, I appeal the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to think for formulation and enactment
of stringent forest/wildlife Act in the state.
Thanks to Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS) for organizing a rally
at Maio-Kharsang on March 15.
I think it takes a lot of courage to organize a rally covering more than 26 kilometer
tirelessly for the betterment of the society. Unless out of a burning desire to see
some changes in the society this kind of rally would be rare to turn out. I wish
all women would have such passionate heart to see better future for a better society
with a better generation. I agree with Mahatma Gandhiji’s ideology that says “If
a woman is educated, the whole house is educated.” Hope lot of changes will soon
be seen in our district.
APWWS, you are sincerely appreciated for initiating a movement for the peace in
our land. My fellow students, you are encouraged to give helping hand for this cause
to placate the situation for a prosperous future.
Ati B Yobin,
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UNICEF & corporate sector
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is identified as a major trend in India as
the country has a huge potential when it comes to partnering with the corporate organizations
for social welfare. Corporate engagement refers to strategic interactions with corporate
sector that can be financial or non-financial.
Chief of Resource Mobilisation, UNICEF, Clement Chauvet informed that the future
engagements of UNICEF will focus on mobilizing resources other than financial.
UNICEF engages the corporates through grants specifics programmes, licensing products
and marketing based partnerships. But now, the organisation will impress more on
It can be done through leveraging core products/ services from corporates, technical
collaborations for designing and implementing child focused CSR projects and advocacy
with the Government of India.
UNICEF doesn’t take funds from the UN. It forms partnerships with the government
and other organisations to run its programmes and this is how it has been working
in India for the past 60 years.