March  17


News Impact


Namdapha Tiger Reserve under threat

PCCF bears the brunt of poachers’ ire

Tongam Rina

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 department.

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 bridges.

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,” Sona said.

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 in NE

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 democracy.



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 manner.

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 respectively.

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 yesterday.

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 consumer’s right.

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 for women.

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 gathering.

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 bellow-

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 avoided.

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 than 80%.

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 with fungicides.


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 today.

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 present. DIPRO


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 activities.

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.


Parents Day

ITANAGAR, Mar 16: 5th Annual cum Parents day of Jubilee English School, Lekhi was celebrated yesterday.

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.


Demand supported

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.


ARSH programme

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.

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Be true to your words

Dear Editor,

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.


Satam Taniang

VP, AASSATA, Kurung Kumey Unit



Feedback is far from reality

Dear Editor,

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)






Water supply not sufficient

Dear Editor,

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

Dear Editor,

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.


Kara Gambo

Ex-ASM, Chairperson

Borum Panchayat




Dear Editor,

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,

Hosur, TN






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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 non-financial engagements.

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.