March  21


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Tuki showers projects on Dollungmukh

‘Subansiri Lower Project to benefit both Assam and Arunachal’

DOLLUNGMUKH, Mar 20: Dollungmukh, a nondescript hamlet right on the inter-state boundary with Assam in Lower Subansiri district, would have remained so but for the ambitious and controversial Subansiri Lower Hydro Electric Project of the NHPC. Even as a lull hangs over the project due to continuous agitations by anti-dam protagonists, life received a boost this morning giving the local residents a reason to cheer.

On his maiden visit as Chief Minister to the area, Nabam Tuki laid a series of foundation stones for several projects besides inaugurating a road and a hospital. However, the best gift he gave to the people was announcement of his government’s consent to upgrade the present Circle Administration to a SDO headquarters. Accompanied by Planning, Finance and PWD Minister Chowna Mein, Health  and Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly and Parliamentary Secretary for Land Management and UD Padi Richo, Tuki laid the foundation stones for a Boori-Booth Multi-Purpose cultural hall, a PWD Sub-Division, a RCC bridge over Dollung river at Paro village and a Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (VKV) in presence of Nido Pavitra, the local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for Health  and  Family Welfare and Food  and  Civil Supply. He also inaugurated a Ring Road connecting Kolaptukar with Paro village and a 16-bedded hospital of the NHPC at Kolaptukar.

Addressing a public meeting later in the day, Tuki congratulated the people for having the gift of nature in shape of vast areas of plain land on one hand and forests and the Subansiri river on the other. He, however, regretted that people of Arunachal are yet to learn the art of making use of the available space and land to the optimum.

“We always say ‘ye mera pahad hai, ye mera jungle hai’ but that’s it. We leave our pahads and jungles as it is. We do not make use of these for our benefit,” he pointed and cited countries where every inch of available land is used to the optimum.  Tuki observed that Dollungmukh with its vast area of plain and cultivable land could become a center for cultivation of cash crops like tea and rubber. He appealed the residents to come up with viable proposals and projects in horti-agro fields and assured assistance from his government.

This, he said, needs skill development and therefore revealed his government’s plans to constitute a Skill Development Council as well as an Employment Generation Council for the state, which would work in tandem.

“First we will develop skills in our people then we will offer them self-employment avenues,” he informed while adding that the need for latest technology would be met by establishment of a Regional Centre for Information Technology at Itanagar in  near future.

Coming to the centre of discussion of recent times – the NHPC Project – the Chief Minister expressed concern over the vehement stand of the anti-dam protagonists. Work on the said project has come to a standstill since about three months incurring huge loss of revenue to the nation, especially Arunachal Pradesh and Assam for being direct beneficiaries.

“Think of it. Arunachal can earn revenue of about Rs 240 crore per year from the project. With that much of amount at our disposal think about the developmental projects we can take up on our own!” he said and appealed all to support the project and let it come to its logical conclusion as almost ‘seventy percent’ of the work has been already completed.

Tuki viewed that the project would benefit both Assam and Arunachal. He said the coming up of the project itself has benefited the people, especially of Assam in forms of employment and business, and cautioned that once stopped thousands would go unemployed.

“I don’t get the logic. The same people who readily gave a go-ahead to the project at the beginning about 25 years ago are opposing it when it is at the threshold of completion!” he observed and advised the NHPC authorities to take up the matter with concerned ministries at the Centre as submission of the report by the Technical Expert Committee has to be speeded up.

The public meeting was also attended by leaders of Nyishi Elite Society (NES), All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) and All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) as well as officials of the NHPC project.

Later, the Chief Minister along with his colleagues visited the Subansiri Lower Hydro Electric Project site to take stock of completed works and those yet to be done. According to NHPC officials all the hard-work that comes in construction of such a project has been finished.



We Didn’t Start The Fire

Tongam Rina

Due apologies to Billy Joel for this line from his 1989 release of the same name, but perhaps no other song carries more meaning for residents of capital complex presently. In the last week we have seen the forest fires that burnt on tirelessly as the state administration and fire services watched on helpless, unable to do anything because of the near impossibility of the situation. Numerous reports and enquiries have revealed, as expected, that the fires were caused by human greed and in the following of the traditional practice of jhum (slash and burn cultivation) carried on by communities since “time immemorial” and even to this day when settlements have come up around the periphery of the capital complex, adorning its ridges like an embellishment.

The government, to its credit, has been making the right noises and has set up work groups to look into the causes and remedies to the problem. As a matter of fact, even as yours truly is shaping these lines, reports of govt action are already coming in. Predictably, there is talk of aerial surveys, sensitizing programmes and even the ‘nabbing’ of 8 offenders and booking them under appropriate forest laws. All of us wait with bated breadth and earnest hope that these, and the other actions initiated, do bring fruit at the earliest.

And yet there is a persistent afterthought about two things- about the practice of jhum cultivation itself and about these “offenders” who have been nabbed.

Numerous agriculture scientists and researchers have worked on how jhum is a practice that is best abandoned for purposes of soil and eco-system health. And yet, these same researchers accept that it is almost impossible to abandon the practice given the circumstances. How do you eradicate, only on the strength of laws and punitive action, a practice that has traditionally been taken up by communities- more so when there are no viable opportunities being offered?

This brings us to the issue of the “offenders”- people who have been forced by circumstances to leave the security of their ancestral lands to seek settlement in an already crowded and difficult place like Itanagar. Is it because there are not enough opportunities for growth and livelihoods in the rural areas that we see such a large-scale migration of people to Itanagar? And when they do come here, and find life even more challenging and equally without opportunities, what option do they have left but to take recourse to what they know best- cultivate for a living.

Issues are many. Weaning people away from jhum and sensitizing them about it definitely is foremost. But equally important is for the need to create livelihood opportunities for people where they live- if at all we are to control the migration to a capital already bursting at the seams with the problem not only of forest fires- but fires of many kinds.

There is a strong need to understand why people are leaving their homes and to find a solution to that. There is a need to assess if Arunachal’s much-touted “growth-trajectory” is only about growth in its towns, or equally in the last reachable villages?

A word also about the fire services department that has been attempting bravely to fight these forest fires as well as colony fires. Plagued as it is by almost-obsolete fire fighting technology and equipment and limited manpower, the unplanned town layout with the narrowest of roads and no fire hydrants to speak of makes their difficult job impossible too.   

To come back to the chorus of the song, there is a lesson hidden there too when it says “No we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it”.

Have we really?



Lowangdong, Sena join Wanchos in celebrations

Denhang Bosai

KHONSA, Mar 20: After Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had left having inaugurated the 17th district Longding and having assured of a number of path-breaking projects for the new district on March 19, the celebrations continued till the late night. In fact, the Wanchos who had come in large numbers to participate in the district inauguration programme, were left wide-eyed in disbelief and joy, listening to their Chief Minister doling out funds and projects about which the ordinary Wanchos could only dream earlier.

In the evening on the same day, a musical extravaganza was held as a part of the Longding district inauguration function which drew a mammoth crowd.  Speaking on the occasion Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong while describing the moment as historic, said that he was  having a mixed feelings of elation and sadness adding that his happiness of seeing the Wanchos getting a separate district overshadowed his sadness of seeing them being parted from Tirap district.

Lowangdong said that creation of Longding district would undoubtedly open up avenues for the youths and provide impetus for accelerated development and asked the people of Tirap and Longding to work in united for all round development of the two districts. He further said that he was genuinely happy for the Wanchos who had been demanding a separate district since last many years and wished them well.

Congratulating the Wanchos on getting Longding district, Agriculture, Horticulture and Veterinary Minister Setong Sena said that it was the outcome of a painstaking effort put in by both past and present Wancho elected leaders adding that the elected leaders of Tirap and Changlang also pitched in their unflinching support for creation of  the district.

Sena thanked the former Chief Ministers and present Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for their much-needed blessings in creating  the new district for the Wanchos who were desperately demanding for its creation in a peaceful and democratic way. The Minister said that lots of lobbying and a series of meetings preceded the creation of the new district adding that now it was for the Wanchos to prove to the world that they were worthy of taking the new district to greater height of development and progress. He further said that the Wanchos with an indomitable spirit have great potentials and assured all help and assistance from Agriculture, Horticulture and Veterinary departments.

Performance by Voice of Arunachal finalist Nokngam Lukham and other Wancho popular artistes enthralled the huge audience with their sterling performances.

WRD Minister N. Tingkhatra, Parliamentary Secretaries Honchun Ngamdan and Thangwang Wangham, Longding DC, DIG, Assam Rifles, SP, Tirap and a host of dignitaries attended the musical night.  DIPRO



Drugs menace grips eastern Arunachal

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, March 20: In the last few decades, drug addiction problem has engulfed the entire eastern Arunachal. Districts like Anjaw, Lohit, Changlang, Tirap and Longding and to some extent Dibang Valley are battling serious drug menace. The youths of these districts have badly fallen prey to drug addiction which is affecting the socio-economic factor.  In most of these districts, opium is being produced in large scale which has indirectly encouraged drug addiction.

Chowkham and Wakro circles of Lohit district is emerging as the new hub of opium production. According to report, opium production has gone to such an extent that today almost every household in these two circles owns at least a poppy (opium) garden. With local administration keeping mum over this issue, the residents of the two circles are taking up opium cultivation openly.

“Police and administration know very well about opium production but they are not doing anything. This has encouraged the local citizens. Now the last season of opium harvesting is going on in large scale and as usual administration is not taking any step,” told one local citizen of Wakro. He further added, “Opium cultivation season is from October to March. But administration and narcotic department never carry out any operation during that period. They come for raid only after March when harvesting is completely done.”   

When contacted, an official of Lohit district administration on condition of anonymity said, opium cultivation is a social issue and cannot be solved by just carrying out raid in opium field.

“In the past we had tried to carry out operation against opium cultivation. However, there was strong resistance from local citizens against such move. The public support for opium cultivation is so strong and in absence of strong police force we are unable to carry out strong action against the cultivators,” told an official. He added that situation will not change unless local people are provided with an alternative crop production.

According to the local citizens of Wakro and Chowkham circles, opium cultivation was earlier confined to the hill belts of Lohit and Anjaw districts only. However, with the increasing demand, locals of these two circles too have taken up opium cultivation in large scale. The most interesting aspect is that opium production from the two circles is being consumed at local level. “Of the total production, 50% is sold and remaining 50% is consumed by the cultivators and their family members. By doing so, the local people are destroying the life of each other. Today every family of Wakro and Chowkham circles has one drug addict in them. The situation is quite alarming. If authorities do not take some initiative immediately, the society would loose many a youths to opium addiction,” told a local resident of Chowkham.

The local residents of districts like Anjaw, Lohit, Changlang, Tirap and Longding need to make serious introspection regarding opium addiction. Local citizens must take some initiatives first and then only authorities can help them.



4 children  die of gastroenteritis,

claims SYC

Death report yet to be confirmed, says DMO

ITANAGAR, Mar 20: Four children of age below six years have reportedly died of gastroenteritis/dysentery and many fallen sick with high fever and vomiting at Pidi and Monigong circles of West Siang district for the last several days.

While informing this, Shajee Youth Club (SYC) of Monigong has appealed to the West Siang district medical officer to send a medical team to the affected areas to contain the outbreak of the disease.

When contacted, West Siang DMO Dr. B Kamki told over telephone that the death report has not yet been officially confirmed.

The DMO rued the unavailability of medicines in the district hospital to tackle the situation. A medical team was kept ready to send to the affected area, but it could not be sent due to non-availability of required medicines, Dr. Kamki said.

Director of Health Services Dr. K Nishing, meanwhile, said that he has not yet received any report of either death or outbreak of the disease in the area. “If there is an outbreak of such disease, there should not be shortage in medicine because Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) is mainly administered for gastroenteritis or dysentery, which is made available to all health centres, he said. He also asked the West Siang DMO to send a team to the affected areas immediately.



Review meet on forest fire held

ITANAGAR, Mar 20: As decided on March 12 meeting on forest fire, a review meeting was conducted here in the Chief Minister’s Conference hall today to assess the situation and take stock of the action initiated by various authorities to contain the alarming forest fire that had gripped the state recently.

Ariel survey, sensitization programmes ensuring participation of Panchayat leaders, GBs and village people on forest fire, jhum cultivation, joint training programme for forest as well as police and administration on forest laws figured out as prime sectors where immediate action need to be initiated by the Government.

While placing a detailed report on the activities undertaken, the forest department informed that they have nabbed 8 offenders and have booked them under forest laws. Besides conducting regular patrolling, strict orders have been passed from the PCCF to all the divisional forest officers in the state to have close vigil over such menace. The district administrations of Capital and Papum Pare disclosed over the joint meeting conducted with PR leaders, GBs and village elders with the officers of district administration, police, fire brigades, forest in their respective jurisdiction to control the situation.

Political Secretary to CM Bamang Tago while presiding over the meeting extended his heartfelt gratitude to the officers for their hard work in the case. He expected similar participation in near future also.



Illiteracy retards the growth of dev: DC

PASIGHAT, Mar 20: Illiteracy retards the growth of development, said East Siang Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok while addressing the adult learners in a programme organized by Bharat Vigyan Samity, Arunachal Pradesh State Resource Center and State Literacy Mission Authority here on March 19.

Since Arunachal is one of the lowest literate states, more emphasis must be given to lower the illiteracy rate, the DC said. He hoped that illiteracy rate in the district will come down with introduction of Right To Education (RTE). He instructed the concern department to work with dedication and put its best efforts to achieve the goal of total literacy. He assured all help and cooperation for success of the Literacy Mission.

The DC also released a teachers’ handbook, developed by State Resource Center, Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion.

The DDSE Tani Talom said that there are still lot of illiterate people in the district due to various reasons. However, education scenario is improving after state government adopted policies to eradicate illiteracy. He said that learning institutions have been opened in gram panchayat levels and all have to cooperate to make the mission a success.

Panky Deori, Director, SRC, stressing on the importance of education, said that education is needed to bring about a positive change in the society and that is why the mission has been launched. He sought cooperation from all stakeholders to achieve the goal of the mission. DIPRO



GSU pleads for Lower Siang Hqs at Sikirima & Siji

ITANAGAR, Mar 20: Galo Students Union (GSU) has demanded establishment of the district headquarters of the proposed Lower Siang at Sikirima and Siji area under Likabali circle.

In a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki the union, while reminding him about the meeting he (CM) had with GSU members on December 14, 2011, stated that it has been making sincere efforts to bring consensus among Galo community regarding the proposed Lower Siang district.

As part of its efforts, the GSU members and senior citizens visited Sikirima and Siji, which are located near the Assam-Arunachal boundary.

Pointing out the long-pending Assam-Arunachal boundary dispute which adversely affected development activities in foothill areas of the state, the memorandum said it becomes imperative for the state government to choose the district headquarters at a strategic place near the boundary. It will be a historical mistake on the part of the state government to overlook the strategic aspect of the new district formation, the memorandum added.

“We sincerely hope that Chief Minister will show true leadership by paving the way for permanent solution to the  boundary dispute between the two neighbouring states and secure the future of Arunachal Pradesh. This can be achieved by making headquarter of the proposed Lower Siang in the foothill area like Sikirima and Siji,” GSU said.

Likabali/Siji is the right place for district headquarters both strategically and economic point of view, GSU said while adding that   “Our demand for district Headquarter at Likabali/Siji is based on site visits and comparative analysis.”

While urging the state Govt to empower the people residing along boundary area with much needed administrative back-up  and capacity building, the GSU said that it will be compelled to launch democratic movements to save foothill area in particularly and save Arunachal Pradesh in general, if any other site is selected for the district Headquarter.



Union alleges below par work

ITANAGAR, Mar 20: Claiming that implementation of Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojna (RGGVY) project at various places in Maro and Baririjo circle in Upper Subansiri district was not up to the mark, Upper Subansiri Galo Students Union (UPGSU) today said poor quality work in erecting electric poles under the project has posed serious threat to human life.

In a complaint letter to Power secretary, the Union said project has  not been implemented as per the guidelines. The union claimed that electric poles for newly completed transmission line under RGGVY project were not erected properly, old poles were used in place of new ones and in many places pin insulators are not installed.  

It demanded the authority to erect the poles properly to ensure safety of human life while implementing such projects.  UPGSU further demanded stern action against those erring officials of the department concerned and project executing agency for such below par quality work within a month’s time.



Transport dept gets its website

ITANAGAR, Mar 20: State Transport and Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin today launched the website of the  transport department in a glittering function here.

The website www.arunachaltransport.nic.in has been designed by the NIC in collaboration with the transport department. With the launching of the website the citizens will now able to access various informations, including APST bus schedule, vehicle  registration, driving licenses, besides monthly progress report of the department.

In his address, Gamlin stressed on the need of  regular updating of the website and basic training on website for the DTOs and station superintendent and other officials of the transport department.

It is a small beginning.  The department would march ahead and  become a major revenue earning department in years to come,   said transport secretary Bolung Siram.

Large number of officers and officials from transport department including special transport secretary, Sonam Chombay and NIC officials took part in the launching ceremony.


Dabii inaugurates Dere at Nari village

PASIGHAT, Mar 20: MLA Tako Dabii inaugurated a newly constructed Dere at Nari village today.

Speaking on the occasion, Dabii advised the villagers to keep the dignity of the Dere. He called upon people of the area to maintain peace, brotherhood and communal harmony.  He also sought  people’s cooperation in successfully  implementing the various welfare schemes of the Central and State Govts.

He also took stock of the latest development activities in the area and assured all possible help from his side for  all round development of his constituency. While welcoming positive criticism, Dabii said that he would give priority on education, health and road communication sectors.

Opposing indiscriminate slaughtering of Mithun, Dabii urged the PRI members to conduct awareness campaign to save the all important animal. He also urged the administration to check  rampant selling of Mithun meat in market. Dabii was accompanied by departmental engineers, local officers and public leaders. DIPRO


RGU faculty attending Intl Conference in UK

ITANAGAR, Mar 20: The 13th International Conference on Conservation Science organized by department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom is being attended by Daniel Mize, Zoology Assistant Professor of Rajiv Gandhi University.

Mize is expected to present a paper entitled, ‘Traditional Legacies of Tribal People: A Major Threat to Wildlife Population in Arunachal Pradesh’  in the conference which began today.

The paper will highlight on traditional customs and culture of local tribal people and its impact on the wildlife population and how both traditional practices and wildlife population can be conserved in Arunachal Pradesh, according to a release.

Mize will also interact with high profile conservation scientist around the world to evolve a better strategy on tackling the problem towards welfare of people as well as wildlife in the state. Around 110 conservation scientists from across the globe are attending the two days conference  and  exchange their views and ideas on conservation projects.


SDP on handloom weaving

ITANAGAR, Mar 20: The 44 days skill development programme on handloom  weaving began at Yazali in Lower Subansiri district on March  13.  The programme was organized by Subansiri Research and Social Welfare Society.

Addressing the inaugural session of the programme,  Onuk Pal of Rural Bank Yazali  said  handloom sector can generate huge employment opportunity for  women.  He called upon the participants to gain maximum knowledge from the training programme and assured help to those  who are interested in self-employment venture after the training.   Among others, Gram chairman Chukhu Yaje was also present on the occasion.


Mon students celebrate Chingdang, Lossar and Nechidow  festivals at Guwahati

ITANAGAR, Mar 20: Mon Festival Celebration Committee, Guwahati under the banner of Mon Students' Association Guwahati, celebrated Chingdang, Lossar and Nechidow festivals with great enthusiasm at Arunachal Bhawan, Guwahati on March 18.

Former MP Kiren Rijiju Er. Aju Khunjuju, president, Sajolang (Miji) Elite Society, senior students' leaders from Arunachal Pradesh, including president of Arunachal Pradesh Schedule Tribe Students's Union and Guwahati Arunachal students were present in function.


Ph.D Degree

ITANAGAR, Mar 20: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has awarded Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree to Tage Tada, Director, Department of Research, Govt. of A. P. and Nani Tamang Jose, Assistant Registrar, RGU for their research work on “Archaeological Remains of Arunachal Pradesh (upto 16th Century)” and “A Study of Society, Economy, Polity and Culture of the Sherdukpens of Arunachal Pradesh (upto 1947 A.D.)” respectively.


Forest fire  at  Tawang Nima Khenrab

TAWANG, Mar 20: Forest fire occurred in Teli village, 8 km from district headquarter Tawang at around 11:30 am yesterday.

Human error is reported to be the cause of forest fire. However, there was no casualty except minor injury received by a volunteer while dousing the fire.

However, the local people and army jawans rushed to the spot and prevented the fire from engulfing entire forest and nearby villages within little more than nine hours. It is worth mentioning here that the Army Fire Brigade played a major role in controlling the ragging fire.

What is surprising is that there is no fire station at Tawang, despite the district witnessed several unfortunate fire in recent  past.


Raise upper age limit: ANYC

ITANAGAR, Mar 20:  All Nyishi Youth Council (ANYC) today appealed the chief minister to raise the age limit  for  aspiring candidates of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission Competitive examination up to 38 years.

ANYC said that existing age limit of 21 to 28 years fixed by the APPSC is quite depriving for APST candidates, especially for those who start their education very late. Citing the example of Public Service Commissions of Assam and Tripura where  the age limits are fixed at 21 to 38 years and 21 to 37 years respectively, the  Council lamented that age limit fixed by the APPSC is much lesser as compared to Assam and Tripura. It appealed to the authority concerned to look into the matter seriously.  


Mitigate water crisis: IMWA

ITANAGAR, Mar 20: Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) today urged the public health engineering department (PHED) to  take proper step for adequate and regular supply of drinking water to  the  residents of  Capital region.

Miffed with acute shortage of drinking water at Capital Complex, IMWA said that large a number of people have been facing acute shortage of drinking water for the last couple of days.

The Association wonders why the people  of the Capital region are facing water crisis despite having numerous drinking water sources. It further said the department should come out with a white paper regarding the steps taken for smooth supply of water.


Broom making centre inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Mar 20: A broom making centre under Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) was inaugurated by Director in-charge of state Khadi and Village Industries Commission, A P Chobin at Sangdupota, Upper Balijan circle on March 16.

Speaking on occasion Chobin highlighted the marketing facilities of the khadi and other products under PMEGP units.

Sangdupota SHG president Nurang Yassang requested the KVIC and District Industrial Centre to organize training for the members for proper implementation of the projects. The broom making centre will be run by Sangdupota SHG.

Among others, KVIC  supervisor J C Deka,  Yupia district industrial centre deputy director Mobia Pugang, gaon burahs and general public attended the  inaugural function.


AEKSU conducts mass cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Mar 20: The new executive members of All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU) today conducted a mass cleanliness drive cum awareness campaign on sanitation at Seppa. They conducted the drive from Bazar line to Nyibu Lapang at Type 1  and cleaned the drains, garbage and roadside jungles. District police personnel also joined the cleanliness drive. The union advised the residents to keep their surrounding neat and clean for healthy environment.


Gamlin dedicates late Dr. Moter’s ambulance to Aalo Hospital

AALO, Mar 20: Former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin dedicated the ambulance equipped with life saving facilities used by his wife late Dr. Moter Gamlin to District Hospital Aalo yesterday.

In a function held on the occasion, Gamlin appealed to the medical fraternity to take proper care of the ambulance so that it can benefit the needy people. He also assured to construct a Conference Hall for the District Hospital in memory of late Dr. Moter Gamlin.

West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak expressed his gratitude to Gamlin for donating the ambulance to the district hospital and urged the medical department to use it properly.

DMO Dr. Bomjum Kamki and Dr Linya Lollen, Medical Superintendent also appreciated the noble gesture and assured best use of the ambulance.

Meanwhile, the house observed two minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.  DIPRO


Working days for treasuries

NAHARLAGUN, Mar 20: Deputy Commissioner and Collector, Papum Pare district Pige Ligu has declared March 24, 25 and 31 as working days for both Itanagar and Naharlagun Treasuries and the concerned branches at the State Bank of India for the purpose of Government transactions.


Taliha PS gets new vehicle

DAPORIJO, Mar 20: Parliamentary Secretary (RD) Punji Mara handed over a new Maruti Gypsy to Taliha Police Station recently in presence of CO Kipa Raja and the public.

On the occasion, Mara advised the public to cooperate with the police in maintaining law and order in the area.

OC Taga expressed his gratitude to the authorities for providing the much needed vehicle which will help the police personnel  in maintaining law and order in Taliha and Siyum area. DIPRO


Subject on ‘Arts and culture’ in schools demanded

ITANAGAR, Mar 20: Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) in a letter to Education Minister appealed for introduction of a subject on Arts and Culture of Arunachal Pradesh in every school of the state in order to preserve and promote traditional arts, culture, archaeological heritage sites.

It also urged the minister to constitute a committee involving IFCSAP members and prominent literary figures of the state to work out a suitable syllabus on the subject “Arts and Culture” and demanded creation of Subject Teacher post for the same.

It further appealed to the minister for free distribution of text book to VKV, RK Mission, Abotani Niketan and Donyi Polo Mission Schools and for recognition of Tani-Lipi as third language of the state.


KVK conducts training on scientific cultivation of pulses

TAWANG, Mar 20:  Krishi Vigyan Kendra here organized a training programme “on scientific cultivation of pulses crop” at Changprong village of the district on March 18.

Inaugurating the programme Dr A N Tripathi, Programme Coordianator  KVK, Tawang urged upon the farmers to adopt scientific technologies for growing  pulses.

Chandr Kumar Singh SMS (Agronomy) highlighted on scientific methods for cultivation of Pulses, while  Laxmipriya Borah, SMS (Plant Protection) briefed about the diseases and insect management strategies.

Later, the farmers got their doubts cleared in an interaction session with the resource persons. Altogether, 25 farmers attended the training programme.


Workshop on business register & local bodies account

BOMDILA, Mar 20: A one-day Workshop on Business Register and Local Bodies Account was held at Bomdila today.

Resource persons from NEDFI, AK Bez Borah and Tawsin through power point presentation dealt at length on the requisite guidelines for preparation  and maintenance of Business Register and of the Local Bodies Account, which is mandatory in the state.

Attending the workshop, Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi highlighted the importance of the workshop saying that it would help in improving the much needed registration system and also serve as a statistical tool for preparation of socio-economic surveys.

Directing the District Statistical Officer to expedite the process and to appoint Data Collectors at the earliest, Tashi called upon the line departments to co-operate for successful implementation of the programme.  The workshop was organized by Directorate of Economic  and  Statistics. DIPRO



ITANAGAR, Mar 20: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) while extending its support to the sit-in-Dharna organized by Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) in protest against construction of multipurpose stadium inside Indira Gandhi Park called upon the concern authority to look into the matter seriously without inviting any kind of public outrage. The lone green park in the capital needs to be protected instead of converting it into a concrete park, said AAPSU president Takam Tatung.

The union also called upon the PHE department to immediately solve the water scarcity problem in the twin capital cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun.

“It is very unfortunate that common denizen of the Capital Complex are suffering a lot for want of drinking water for no fault their own,” Tatung said.

He further said the department concerned should take immediate steps to normalize the water supply before the situation is worsened further. Otherwise, union will be compelled to launch democratic movement.

AAPSU also called upon the Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex to start the process of land allotment for the genuine applicants in order to generate revenue.

Environmental Protection Society (EPS) has also opposed the construction of the convention hall inside the IG Park and demanded the Government to shift it another suitable place.

Revised policy to address HIV-related TB

WHO has launched its revised policy on collaborative TB/HIV activities this month. The new policy is based on the latest scientific evidence generated from randomized controlled trials and observational studies in the field of TB and HIV and country experiences implementing the Interim Policy.

The Interim policy provided a highly effective framework for implementing partners and donors to focus their resources. More than 100 countries fully adopted the Interim Policy, measured by HIV testing of at least half of TB patients identified and it is estimated that 910,000 lives have been saved globally.

The increased uptake of the interim policy has resulted in more than 60 per cent of the total number of TB patients estimated to have HIV were diagnosed and registered in HIV care in 2010, compared with less than 15% in 2005.

TB screening among people living with HIV increased 12-fold from 200,000 in 2005 to 2.3 million in 2010. The number of people living with HIV without active TB receiving isoniazid-preventive therapy increased from 26,000 in 2005 to 180, 000 in 2010.

The new policy emphasises the importance of establishing mechanisms for the delivery of integrated TB and HIV services at the same place and time, as well as promoting integration within other health programmes such as maternal and child health, and harm reduction services.

The update is a compilation of existing WHO guidelines for addressing HIV-related TB. It also includes extensive reviews of the evidence on key questions such as the benefits of HIV testing in patients with presumptive or diagnosed TB, and their partners and families.

Implementation of this revised policy will enable to make major advances in efforts to overcome HIV and TB epidemics as set out in the Global Plan to Stop TB and the Global health sector strategy on HIV/AIDS, 2011-2015.

Please return our kuchra paisa!

Dear Editor,

It is becoming difficult for me to stay in my own Itanagar. Why are the sellers so reluctant to return our kuchra Paisa or Rupee? A shopkeeper would say sweet le lo kuchra nahin hai, butcher or vendor would say 10 or 20 rupia ka mila dega, post office would say stamp le lo and so on … What makes it worse that we shy out in the crowd to just argue for Rupee one. I don’t thing it’s a good sign. In my view both side are responsible for letting this grow.  So, a humble request to all please don’t let this further developed. The seller and the buyer should proactively return and take back the change money no matter whatever the amount is.


Concern Citizen,




Do something for Pasighat town

Dear Editor,

This is in response to a letter from Dr. Perme from Melbourne ( March 20). He is absolutely right in his comment about the deteriorating condition of the Pasighat township. Pasighat is always very close to my heart because I first joined in Govt service as a Veterinary Assistant surgeon there in 1976. It was at that time Pasighat was vibrant with good roads, bridges, water supply, electricity, market place, hospital etc, but over the years, the condition deteriorated beyond imagination. I spent another 10 years at Veterinary Training Institute as Instructor till 1999. Now I am retired from service and joined at NIRD as consultant.

Pasighat has given birth to so many intellectuals, doctors and engineers. But it is true that they have absolutely no contribution towards development of such a beautiful old township of Arunachal Pradesh. My humble request to all the senior bureaucrats and technocrats of Arunachal Pradesh - Please revive the old glory of Pasighat. If I can be of any help in capacity building training, I shall gladly do so.


Dr. K. K. Bhattacharjee




Law demands facts to settle any issue

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to news item, “The Namdapha Tiger Reserve under threat” (March 17). I was deeply disturbed after reading the article since the “threat” to the Park has something to do with biodiversity. Any nation’s prior interest in saving biodiversity may mean less if it were for just tourist attraction or other business purposes than to preserve both animal and human life on this earth.

Legal actions must be enforced to prevent to preserve the Nation’s life saving park such as Namdapha. As General Secretary of the Yobin Tribe Welfare Committee Liasso Yobbin has called, “for tough actions against the poachers and advocated awareness campaigns in the villages so that people are aware about the wild life,” culprits must be punished as per the law and awareness campaigns should be done among the nearby villages.

However, one thing that troubled me in this article, apart from the “threat” to the Park, is the name “Yobbins”  which appeared dozens of times in the writing. I don’t say that Yobbins have no hunters at all. Since being deprived from the privileges of aboriginal citizenship of the Nation, up to some extent, we are forced to depend on it. I would really happy if the writer could pin point by name(s) whether the suspected were all “Yobbins”. The Namdapha Tiger Reserve Park is not close only to the “Yobbins and Chakmas” but to the other tribal people also. And as far as my lore is concerned, we cannot ignore the fact that the tribal people enjoy eating meat whether wild or domesticated. The law demands the facts to settle any issue. Thus, repeating a suspicious history as if taking the opportunity to insult other ethnic group intentionally or unintentionally troubles the ones who belong to the group.

I would advocate and love to hear the culprits received just legal punishment; but it’s hard to bear the ‘name of suspicion’ when no legal proof is produced. The illegal activities must be stopped giving no further chance to sprout. The legal activities must be practiced and enforced for the development and betterment of the society and environment.


Ati B Yobin,

Hosur, TN



Provide SPA fund

Dear Editor,

I would like to appeal the state Govt headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to provide SPA fund to the department of Art and Culture for its smooth functioning as well as preservation of indigenous culture and tradition of the state.

Rs 6 crore had been provided to the Art and Culture department during the Dorjee Khandu-led Government (2009-10) and during Jarbom Gamlin Government the department was blessed with the fund of Rs 3.75 crore under TFC (2010-11). But  the Tuki-led Govt  did not release SPA fund to the art and culture department even after announcement of present CM for promotion of the art and culture of the state on various occasion.   Why such step-motherly attitude towards the Art and Culture department?

The Govt appointed a minister and a parliamentary secretary to look after the  welfare activities of the  art and culture department, but  how it is possible  for them to think about welfare activities without sufficient fund.  

I request the state government pay attention to the department for promotion of the traditional heritage and  art and culture  of the state. The legislature must also think for promotion of own indigenous faith and culture.


Gichik Taaza,






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