March 01


News Impact

Rail link to state Capital:  No  proper strategy in place for ILP

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Are we ready to welcome railway in the state capital ? This thought is lingering in the minds of every Arunachalee ever since Indian railway started the work to connect Arunachal with rest of the country through Harmuti-Naharlagun rail line. The 20-km Harmuti-Naharlagun rail link to Arunachal Pradesh was sanctioned way back in 1996-97 at an initial estimated cost of Rs 156 crore, which was revised to Rs 317.33 crore later. The initial plan was to extend the line by another 13km, right till Itanagar, but the state government in 2009 decided to terminate the rail link at Naharlagun.

There are divided opinions regarding the rail connectivity to state capital. One section vehemently opposes the rail project stating that it will lead to large scale migration of mainland people into Arunachal.

“Itanagar will become another Dimapur. Infiltration and influx of outsider without ILP will lead to increase in crime rate,” shared a concern citizen in social networking site while participating in a debate about railway in Arunachal. Another citizen echoing his concern said, “To connect railway to Naharlagun or any place in capital complex is of no use. But places like Sarli/Limeking/Anini /Tawang needs railway connectivity for the benefits of our army and locals. If our Govt really targets for development in the state, let these place be connected with road and railway.”  

The fear of large scale migration from mainland India into state is one big concern for the Arunachalees. “Look at Dimapur. The whole topography of area changed after introduction of railway and today; Naga has become minority in the city. ILP should be implemented at any cost in the railway project as Arunachal is the only indigenous land left in the corner of this country,” said a young citizen.

Another section who is voicing support for project believes that once capital is connected with railway, the state will witness massive development in the coming years. “I don't see any reason to fear from coming of railways. Railway will bring self employment opportunity like vendor, goods transportation, taxi operator etc. Above all the essential commodities and other necessary goods would be cheaply available in capital complex once railway starts service,” said a citizen supporting railway in the state.

Meanwhile North East Frontier Railway is targeting June month to start test runs in the Naharlagun-Hamruty rail line. A K Sharma executive engineer, North East Frontier Railway, the executing agency for the project while talking to this daily informed that by June, 2013 they are hoping to roll engine into the track and start test run.

“The entire works is almost finished. Now we are only facing some technical problem in regards to construction of bridges over Dikrong and Bogoli River. But these issues will be sorted out soon,” said EE Sharma.  On being asked about how railways are going to implement ILP system, he said it is upto state government to decide and they have no say in this regard.

When contacted, officials of state home department inform that they are yet to frame any policy about how to implement ILP system in railway. “The higher authorities, especially policymakers seem to least care about this issue. Honestly, we are yet to hear regarding any kind of policy being adopted in regards to railway. In fact only through media we are hearing that railway is coming soon to state and all,” told an official of home department on condition of anonymity.

With just few months left for railway to start Naharlagun-Harmuti rail line, it is shocking to know that government is yet to develop any mechanism to implement ILP system. If the state govt fails to implement ILP system in railway, Arunachalee people should brace up themselves to become minority in their own land. It will be interesting to see how civil societies of state react to this serious issue in the days to come.



Budget 2013: Rs 2,030 crore  for development of North East region

Tuki hails Union Budget

NEW DELHI, Feb 28: The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region was today given an allocation of Rs 2,030 crore in the Union Budget, which is an increase of Rs 101 crore as against last year's outlay of Rs 1,929 crore.

The fund, an increase of around 5 per cent, has been given to the DoNER Ministry to implement various developmental schemes in the eight states of the region.

Though the Ministry was allocated Rs 1929 crore in 2012-13, it could only spend Rs 1,750 crore which has been reflected in the revised estimate for the year.

Of the total outlay for 2013-14, Finance Minister P Chidambaram made an allocation of Rs 713 crore to the North Eastern Council, the regional planning body, to carry out various schemes.

A separate allocation of Rs 948 crore has been made under grants from Central Pool of Resources for the region.

In the 2013-14 Budget, Chidambaram earmarked Rs 60 crore as special package for developmental projects in Bodoland Territorial Council in lower Assam.

A fund of Rs 45 crore has also been set aside for North Eastern States Road Investment Programme, while an amount of Rs 60 crore has been earmarked as loan to North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd which was set up to support infrastructure projects in the region. PTI

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has welcomed the Union Finance Minister’s Budget announcement of providing financial assistance from Multilateral Development Banks like the World Bank to build roads in the North Eastern Region and connecting it with Myanmar.

The Chief Minister observed that enhancing connectivity of the region with South East Asian countries in accordance with the Look East Policy of the Government of India would help boost border trade avenues for Arunachal Pradesh. He said this will help in paving the way for increase in export avenues to the optimum thereby generating revenue resources.

While terming the Budget as a balanced one in view of the present fiscal scenario, he said that the Budget has adequately addressed the concerns of the common man.

Tuki specially lauded the twin initiatives of setting up of the first all women PSU Bank in the country which will help in promoting financial inclusion of women in the country by facilitating the participation of individuals as well as institutions like SHGs, Co-operatives etc. He also welcomed the decision to earmark Rs 1000 crore for a special fund named “Nirbhaya Fund” for the welfare of women in the country.

He pointed out that for the first time any government has provisioned such a considerable amount to achieve the greater objective of Women Empowerment in the country.

“This establishes the UPA Governments’ commitment in ensuring equal opportunity and Gender Equality,” Tuki asserted. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister congratulated Mukul Sangma for the thumping victory of INC in the Meghalaya Assembly polls, results of which were declared this evening.

Congress emerged as the single largest party with 29 seats out of the total 60 bringing it back to power for a consecutive term.

Tuki, who had campaigned for the Congress in Meghalaya, expressed immense satisfaction over the results and termed it as a victory to be savored.

“This is the result of the collective efforts put in by all Congress workers and leaders. This is also the result of the good work put in by the Congress Government in Meghalaya in the preceding tenure and reposition of people’s faith on the party,” he said.




Centre sanctions addl. fund under IAY

NEW DELHI, Feb 28: Union Ministry of Rural Development has sanctioned an additional amount of Rs 7.7 Crores under Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY) scheme for Kurung Kurmey district that shares an international boundary with China.

This was informed by Union RD Minister Jairam Ramesh to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki during the course of a meeting here today.

This new sanction for 1764 additional houses is way above the normal allocation for the district, which is presently only 588 houses.

Ramesh also informed the Chief Minister that the Union Cabinet has recently cleared a proposal to allow connectivity under PMGSY to 126 clusters of habitations of below 250 population in 10 international border districts of Arunachal Pradesh with a financial outlay of Rs. 1200 Crores. The Chief Minister was also informed that the Ministry of RD has sanctioned PMGSY proposals for Arunachal Pradesh amounting to Rs.847.45 Crore for 94 road works and 28 long-span bridges covering 1148.96 kms. The Ministry further released the second installment of Rs. 33 crores under MNREGA Scheme for the state.

The Chief Minister offered his gratitude to the Union Minister for giving special consideration to the state.

Tuki and Ramesh discussed in detail the various schemes under IAY, PMGSY, etc in the state.

It may be mentioned here that the IAY scheme for Puroiks has been extended to Kurung Kurmey and Papum Pare districts in addition to East Kameng, which was announced by the Union Minister during his recent visit to Bameng in East Kameng.

The target homes under IAY in the state are 8339 for which the first installment has been released.

Chief Minister Tuki has been continuously appealing for flexibility and special consideration for all Central Government Schemes in the state in view of the special challenges faced by the state in implementing these. The special allotments from the Ministry of RD have been done based on these concerns and appeals from the Chief Minister.

Ramesh reiterated his commitment to give special attention to the schemes of Arunachal Pradesh to a visibly happy Chief Minister.



Deadbody recovered from Sigin colony


DAPORIJO, Feb 28: Recovery of a body of a male person of age about 22 years from Sigin colony has once again sent a shock wave among the residents, who have not yet recovered from the recent devastating fire mishap.

Being informed, police recovered the body from a drain in Sigin Colony today. There were multiple cut injuries on the body. The deceased is identified as Vijay Ramsing of Taliha area. He was presently studying in BA.II year in Don Bosco College, Itanagar.

Police also recovered a cell phone and few amount from the deceased and kept them in their custody for investigation purpose. Later, the body was sent to hospital for post mortem.

Police registered a murder case against unknown person and swung into investigation to nab the culprit involved in the murder. Police detained two men on suspicion and started interrogating them.

Meanwhile, various organizations, including Bagang Abu Youth Welfare Society, Loksabha Youth Congress, Western Parliament and people from all sections of the society in Daporijo have vehemently condemned the brutal murder.

Loksabha Youth Congress, Western Parliament President Dikto Yekar while expressing grief and sorrow over the killing of the student, appealed to the youths of the district to come forward and fight against anti social element and cooperate with administration in maintaining law and order. He also appealed to the district administration to bring the culprit(s) to book and award them exemplary punishment as per law.

BAYWS informed quoting sources that a group of miscreants reportedly called “Sycho Gang” was active in the township and looting people during night hours, especially non-trible people. The Society demanded the Govt. to take necessary action to check this kind of anti social activities and ensure safety and security of the denizens of the township.



Motorcycle lifters gang busted

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: In yet another major breakthrough the city Police under the supervision of the SP City Itanagar have busted a gang of motorcycle lifters and arrested five accused and recovered five stolen motorcycles from their possession.

The accused are Dalang Tanio (28) of village Parsi-Parlo, Kurung Kumey presently residing at Upper Dobam Village Karsingsa, Tamuk Tai (22) of village Tamuk, Sangram, Kurung Kumey presently residing at Museum Colony Itanagar, Sangha Tajuk (19) of village Mangio, Sangram, Kurung Kumey presently residing at Rakap Colony, Naharlagun, Sangio Takio, village Sangio, Sangram, Kurung Kumey presently residing at Jully Road, Naharlagun, Tagio Tata, 45, of village Hapuk, Tali, Kurung Kumey presently residing at Gohpur Tinali Itanagar, Naharlagun Police informed in a release.

The motorcycle lifters’ gang was busted after Tamuk Tai was caught red handed with a stolen bike yesterday.

During interrogation, he revealed the activity of the motorcycle theft gang which led to arrest of the co accused, who were found to be operating as an organized team.

Accused Dalang Tanio reportedly employed accused Sangha Tajuk and others for lifting motorcycles to be delivered to him @ Rs 15000 per motorcycle and in turn he disposed them off to the buyers @ Rs 25000- Rs 30000 per motorcycle. He also used to arrange forged RC books and other related documents required for the disposal of the stolen motorcycles through another agent accused Tagio Tata, who is expert in preparing any kind of forged documents @ of Rs 2500.

During the search at the computer shop of accused Tagio Tata, numerous forged documents such as ST Certificates, PRC, School Leaving Certificates, Marksheets, Trading licenses, gun licenses, Identity Cards, Voter I cards, Birth Certificates, RC Books, Driving Licences etc. along with the seals of the Deputy Commissioners of various Districts of Arunachal Pradesh, including Capital Itanagar, EACs, Registrar of Death and Births, LRSO, DTO etc were seized from his shop.

The police team comprised of the SDPO Naharlagun Jummar Basar, SI Techi Nega, SI AK Pandey, Head Constable I Ngomdir, Ct Thomas Drai, Ct N Talo and Ct T Gangkak. The SP City lauded the team and assured to suitably reward them.




Bob Marley Festival

The Bob Marley Festival to be held on 2nd March at  Dree ground, Papu Nallah will have performance  from some of the major bands of North East region. For the interest of the music lovers of state, here are the band profiles of some of the bands which are going to perform on the day.

Roots Reggae Band

One of the most popular Reggae band and is based at Shillong. Once in a year, group of musician friends from Shillong and the NE region get together to perform the music of the inspirational reggae legend, Bob Marley, at the annual tribute concerts which is usually held in Shillong either on the 6th of Feb or the 11th of May.  This group of musicians go by the name “Roots Reggae Band”.

The founder and music director of the “Roots Reggae Band” is Keith Wallang, who through his event firm, Springboard Surprises, has been instrumental in popularising the music and message of Bob Marley through the annual Marley tribute concerts organized in Shillong for the past many years.

For the Marley fest in Itanagar this 2nd March, the “Roots Reggae Band” will comprise of some veterans of the NE music scene as well as Youngsters, giving a fresh vibe to the music being played.  On vocals will be the beautiful and talented sisters ‘Elaine Wallang’ & ‘Andrea Tariang’ who have both sung with the “Roots Reggae Band” band and joining them is the exciting new kid on the Shillong music scene “Gino Thangkiew”. On guitars we have Berklee alumni ‘Amarnath Hazarika’ and up and coming blues player ‘Shepherd Naijiar’. The rhythm section features well known drummer ‘Sam Shullai’ & Bass player 'Jeff Laloo' previously of the Delhi band October and on keyboards is the young 'Pritam Boro' who is based out of Guwahati. Besides these mentioned musicians a couple of special friends of the “Roots Reggae Band” will be joining us in the celebration hereby adding a little more positive energy to this special occasion.

Daniel and the soul rebels

Daniel and the soul rebels with their band leader Daniel Boko, a veteran Arunachalee rock musician, have performed at various stages across the country. From winning runners up at the Northeast music festival in New Delhi to Bob Marley festivals in various parts of northeast India from Dimapur to Shillong, the band has come a long way performing music ranging from reggae, pop, rock, and Bob Marley covers.

Jengging vibe

Jengging vibe is a collection of musicians who like to experiment with all contemporary style of music rather than relegating itself to one particular genre. They play an eclectic mix of funk, fusion, pop rock, reggae, and jazz. The band has performed in Roots festival, held in Itanagar sharing stage with various international artists. They also played at the ziro festival last year. With amazing talents on offer, the Bob Marley festival is going to be one exciting music fest which you cannot dare to miss out.



Tuki calls for speedy environment clearance for hydro projects

NEW DELHI, Feb 28: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has strongly appealed for speedy Environment and Forest Clearances to take forward the Hydro Power Projects in the state.

Attending the 5th Meeting of the Task Force on Hydro Power Development here yesterday, he explained in detail the problems faced by developers due to the delay in Environment and Forest Clearances by Government of India.

Reiterating the state government’s priority to harness the Hydro Power potential in the State for the benefit of the country, Tuki elaborated on a consensual approach towards resolving pending issues related to land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement in addition to the clearances. He also stressed on proper basin studies with special reference to Siang and Subansiri and mooted steps to follow the recommendations of Inter – Ministerial BK Chaturvedi Committee regarding the sharing of Hydrological Data by CWC and Brahmaputra Board with Developers, Single Window Clearances, etc.

The Chief Minister also explained the historical context of the hydro power scenario in the North Eastern Region where he called for a collective approach to sort out inter-state disputes with an open mind in the greater interest of the region.

Union Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, who chaired the meeting, assured the Chief Minister that the Ministry of Power will co-ordinate with the Ministry of Environment and Forests for speedy disposal of the clearances on a case to case basis.

Union Minister of Rural Development, Jairam Ramesh also stressed on proper basin studies for Siang.

Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia highlighted the need to harness the Hydro Power potential of Arunachal Pradesh for the benefit of the entire nation.

The meeting was attended by Tanga Byaling, Minister of Power & RWD and Chief Secretary H.K Paliwal among others from Arunachal Pradesh.

Chief Minister of Uttarkhand Vijay Bahuguna, Secretary Power, P Uma Shankar and Member, Planning Commission, B.K Chaturvedi were among those who attended the meeting.



Meder Nello foundation day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The 9th Meder Nello Foundation Day of Apatani was celebrated at Dree ground with traditional gaiety and religious fervor today. Clad in traditional attires, the believers of “Danyi Piilo” irrespective of caste, creed and religious affiliations and Nyibus participated it with great enthusiasm.

Addressing the huge gathering on the auspicious occasion, Padi Richo, Parliamentary Secretary, Land Management and UD & Housing, called upon the indigenous faith believers to preserve and promote their traditional practices, art & culture, folk tale & folklores.

Expressing grave concern over present growing inclination of youth towards the glamour of other religion putting their  own age-old mooring at peril,  Richo said time has now come to maintain our distinct identity by preserving the traditional values. He also stressed on documentation of oral verse of the Nyibus in literature form for future generation.

Taba Hare, former President, IFCSAP and president of Nyishi Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society urged all the Danyi Piilo believers especially Apatanis, Nyishis, Tagins, Adis, Galos, Intayanee, Rangfrahis and other Hindu and Danyi Piilo believers to work together cohesively in preserving the age-old indigenous faith & beliefs of Donyi-Poloism.

Earlier in his address Bamin Hinda, Chairman Meder Nello Council of Apatani while highlighting the concept of the mega celebration called upon one and all for maintaining peace and communal harmony. He also stressed on the need  to promote  and preserve age-old practices, indigenous faith and belief by the Danyi Piilo believers. He also urged upon all section of the society for respecting one’s own belief, faith and culture. He especially  requested the Nyibu’s for giving proper education to next generation and appealed the Chief Guest who is also the in-charge of Land Management for allotting a small plot of land within Naharlagun jurisdiction for the purpose of constructing its permanent Meder Nello for believers of Danyi Piilo of Naharlagun which was agreed in principal.

Gyati Rana, Member Secretary, MNC read out the concept of Meder Nello movement and its philosophy wherein he asserted that the indigenous faith system is the most ancient, and universal which grew spontaneously along with the creation of  the universe.

Prizes were also distributed by Richo and Hare to all the participants, Nyibu’s and Cultural Troupes and Band Party. This was followed by vote of thanks from Vice President , MNC Dusu Shra.

Apart from universal prayer for peace and harmony, offering of rice powder to Danyi Piilo to the altar (Danyi Yugyang), colourful traditional dances presented by believers of Danyii Piilo of Banderdewa, Nirjuli, Naharlagun and Itanagar Meder Nellos and folk tales and folk lore by the Nyibus  and band display by the  students of VKV Schools Nirjuli and Chimpu were the major highlight of the day long celebration.

A host of prominent personalities like Nabam Atum, Tony Koyu, both former Presidents IFCSAP, Jumnya Siram, Dy. Director, Art & Culture cum Advisor IFCSAP, Ligu Tacho, Chairman, Public Service Commission, Arunachal Pradesh, Gichik Taaza, Secretary, IFCSAP,  Montu Mossang, Secretary, Arunachal Vikash Parishad, Emin Rumi, Secretary Kargu Gamgi and  Lod Kojee, Chief Advisor, MNC and Senior officers of Apatani attended the  celebration.



State BJP chief recalls contribution of Siang Valley in state development

ITANAGAR, Feb. 27:  The immense contribution of Siang Valley towards the growth and development of Arunachal Pradesh remains unforgettable, said Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Tai Tagak.

Addressing his first party rally at Kamba in West Siang district yesterday, Tagak said that first generation leaders like Late Dr. Daying Ering, Todak Basar, Tomo Riba were born in Siang Valley and they remain source of inspiration for younger generation. Siang Valley has also produced many educationists, technocrats, bureaucrats, social and cultural reformers, philanthropists and leaders etc. many of whom are rendering their services to the motherland.

The BJP State President also informed that the first MLA on BJP ticket was elected from Liromoba Assembly seat way back in 1984. Acknowledging the democratic sensitivity, sacrifices and voluntary support of the people towards BJP, Tagak appealed to the people to renew their support to the saffron party for a change.

On the occasion the state BJP President has accepted the joining of five Anchal Samity Members (ASMs) where BJP NE States Organizational-in-Charge P Chandrasekhar Rao was also present.

Rao, while welcoming the courageous move of the ASMs of the ‘party in power’ to join BJP and their faith and willingness to serve people under BJP, called upon the public to lend their full support to the main opposition party in the country and only alternate to the Congress Party.

State BJP Treasurer, Bai Gadi, who contested from 27 Liromoba in the 2009 Assembly election on BJP ticket and former vice president, Zilla Parisahd, Doyom Likar also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier on February 25, Tagak reviewed the party organization in West Siang district. He also held a brain storming discussion with the BJP district unit and visited the district BJP office in Aalo on the same evening. The meeting was was attended by district unit office bearers and about 100 delegates from various Mandals of the district.

West Siang District BJP unit President Kamdok Loya informed of various activities of the district unit and he also formally felicitated Tagak for being appointed as Satet BJP president.

On way to attend the party rally in Kamba on February 26, the state BJP President offered floral tribute to Rutom Kamgo at his memorial at Opo village and saluted the brave son of the soil, who was one of his close colleagues and worked together with him in various social and cultural fields for many years.

Rutom died in Dhemaji of Assam in 2011 in a tragic road accident. The State BJP President also visited the family members and relatives and interacted with them and recalled the contributions and sacrifices of Rutom in the national services.

The State President was accompanied by Dug Saha and Hinium Tachu, president and vice president of State BJYM.



1st N E India Mt. Everest Expedition team felicitated at Bomdila

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The first NE India Mt. Everest Expedition 2013 team members were felicitated in a function organized by Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association (AMASA). It was followed by ‘Serkem’ puja at Thubchog Gatseling Gompa Bomdila for the successful completion of the expedition.

The expedition team comprising 16 climbers-- seven from Manipur, two each from Mizoram, Arunachal Pardesh, Assam and Sikkim and one from Meghalaya is being led by Dr L Surjit Singh. The expedition team also includes mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa, who scaled Mt Everest twice in ten days.

RT Khunjuju Parliamentary Secretary HPD presented mementoes and khadas to all the mountaineers. He praised them for their guts in attempting to climb the world’s highest peak Mt Everest. He also advised the team leader to take utmost care and ensure safety of all the climbers. Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi hosted breakfast in honor of team members.

Tsering Wange, President AMASA extended a hearty welcome to all the selected mountaineers who will undergo a rigorous physical conditioning and high altitude meditation training from March 1 to 10 at Tawang.

It may be recalled that Arunachal Pradesh was selected from the five shortlisted states of Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Himachal and J&K for this high altitude training programme.

Six trainers from Sports Wing, Brahma Kumaris Mt Abu coordinated by BK Ramswarup Mall, BK Jagbir Singh and Dr B Tanreja will start imparting training from tomorrow. Their team had earlier trained several renowned sports personalities, including Indian contingent for Beijing Olympics.

Department of Tourism Govt of Arunachal Pradesh has extended support in organising the team's body conditioning cum meditation training programme in the state.

Arunachal Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, the patron of the expedition, has also conveyed his best wishes to the expedition team.

The first leg of the expedition was flagged off  by Governor of Manipur Gurbachan Jagat on February 25at Imphal. The final leg of the expedtion will be flagged off by President Pranab Mukherjee from Rastrapati Bhavan New Delhi on March 20.



PMEGP review meeting held at Daporijo

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Arunachal Pradesh Khadi & Village Industries Board (KVIB) Vice Chairman Bado Singhi has been on a tour across the State holding review meetings in the districts for effective and faster implementation of the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), a flagship programme of the Ministry of MSME, GOI.

While reviewing the implementation of  PMEGP in Upper Subansiri district in a meeting with Deputy Commissioner T Taggu  and SBI local branch officials and others, Bado emphasized on the need of effective and faster implementation of the scheme in a balanced way in whole state of Arunachal Pradesh.  He requested the DC, who is also the Chairman of the District Level Task Force Committee on implementation of PMEGP, for making it compulsory for the beneficiaries for erection and display of Sign Board prominently in their industrial premises to increase the visibilities of the units set up under the scheme. Bado also requested the Bank officials to see that numbers of installments in releasing the financial assistances / loan are less as far as practicable and gaps in release of subsequent installments are also not lingered inappreciably as this consumes valuable time in grounding of projects. This may also hamper to the enthusiasm of the entrepreneurs, he observed.

While appreciating the suggestions of the Vice Chairman, the deputy commissioner requested for enhancement of targets for the district in the next financial year. The SBI representatives however narrated some of their difficulties in financing units. Bado, in pursuance to the guidelines of the Govt, of India and the RBI on the subject, however, clarified how it is mandatory on the part of all nationalized banks to extend credit support to this programme.

The Vice Chairman is also likely to hold meeting at Ziro on March 02 with the DC and other concerned officials there.

Here, it is to mention that the targets under the PMEGP for year 2012-13 are to set up 253 new units creating 2014 additional employments for which the Ministry has earmarked a fund of Rs. 581.48 Lac to meet up the margin money (backend subsidy) requirement which is jointly implemented by the KVIC, Department of Industries, GoAP and the KVIB in the state.



4th foundation day of AGBWA observed

GBs are the eyes and ears to District Administration

ZIRO, Feb 28: ‘Senior Gaon Burahs (GBs) should guide newly inducted GBs of the village for proper discharging of duties and lead them to right direction’, said Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Taru Talo today while attending 4th foundation day of Apatani Gaon Burah Welfare Association (AGBWA), Ziro at the office premises of GB near district judicial court.

Talo stressed upon proper functioning system and use of the powers of the GBs as they can even arrest the culprit in their respective village and hand them over to police and as lawyer, he can also settle cases of petty nature before it is brought to the police station or judiciary for legal action.

Observing that GBs are the eyes and ears of the district administration, he said that the DC of the district alone cannot do everything without the help of GBs who are the part and partial of administration.

While responding to the two point’s verbal memorandum put before him, Talo assured to prepare a scheme in consultation with the officers who earlier prepared one and submitted to the Guahati High Court for construction of GB’s Multipurpose Hall in every Zilla segments of Ziro-I block. However, he said that neither the High Court nor the district administration could accord sanction for all seven Zilla segments at one go which can be done in phase manner.

Responding to other point, the DC assured to extend a room meant for the kitchen in the existing GB office building during current financial if possible or definitely in next year.

While observing the contrast version of the GB and the application they present to office, Talo asked GBs to get their applications re-read or confirmed from third person before putting a signature or thumb impression to avert any future complicacy because the writer may not fully convergent in the subject.

Lower Subansiri superintendent of police PN Khirme compared that the GB institution is as old as British era which is much older than State police who came into existence only in 1972.

Observing that in some parts of the State the politics has already penetrated into the institution of GB and interfered in the appointment by favouring the person who supports him in election, he said that such appointment affect the institution badly where the deserving persons are rejected. To keep up earlier pride of GB institution, he cautioned GBs to keep away from politics and remain neutral in panchayat election which is approaching very near. If any body found involved in politics, the DC has the right to terminate them from the post, he added.

Observing further that land case is very common in Ziro which originated mostly from village level, he suggested GBs to settle the cases in village level because they know the matter better than the police.

Attending as special invitee, Nani Sambyo, DSO (Statistic) suggested GBs to wear red coat while attending any meeting for their identity. He assured to donate one table for their office.

Hari ZPM, Hage Yasung in her speech suggested GBs to take up cases without any favoritism so as to keep the image and pride of the GB institution.

Earlier, Hage Riku, president AGBWA in his speech informed that local MLA-cum-Parliamentary Secretary, Padi Richo has been donating Rs. 50,000/- annually since last year for use in funeral function and other miscellaneous expenditure. He also already donated Rs. 50,000/- for the current year and other office infrastructure like almirah, table, chair etc.

Asst. Secretary, Women Wing, Koj Ochey in her speech while appreciating the district administration and police department for removal of tinted black film from the cars, she appealed the DC and SP to control the speeding bikers which poises treat to the commuters as well as riders.

Hage Siira, GB and its Secretary Takhe Pullo gave the welcome address and vote of thanks respectively.

Among others, EAC T.T. Raju, CO Marina Siram and all the gaon borahs and gaon burish of Ziro-I block attended the 4th foundation day of AGBWA. (from Yachang Tacho)



MLA lays foundation stone for cirle headquarters

KHONSA, Feb 28: MLA of Khonsa East Kamthok Lowang laid the foundation stone for Bari-Basiap circle headquarters at New Katang village, about 25 km from here amidst a mammoth gathering today. The circle will cover 14 villages.

Speaking on the occasion, the MLA described the occasion as momentous adding that district administration, HoDs and the public of Changlang-Khonsa road belt villages contributed in no small measures in the establishment of the circle headquarters which had been a long-felt demand of the people of the area. He asked the people to extend their fullest co-operation to the district administration for all round development of the area and urged them to improve the work culture. Lowang told the villagers that proper demarcation of the allotted land for the CO headquarters must be made before constructing any structures and said that they must strictly adhere to the written agreement signed between them and the district administration regarding the establishment of the CO headquarters.

He lamented that the development of education was moving at a snail’s pace in the entire Tutsa area due to which there were no government officers from the community. He asked the villagers to utilize the funds judiciously adding that the government departments should be allowed to execute the major works as the quality of work carried out by the local contractors had been found wanting and below sub-standard.

Participating in the deliberation, Tirap Deputy Commissioner Dr Sachin Shinde described the day as historic as the long-felt need of the people had been fulfilled thanks to untiring effort of the MLA. He said that the establishment of the Bari-Basiap CO headquarters would increase the responsibility of the villagers. The DC told the people not to run after contract works but engage themselves in other gainful self-employment activities. Tirap SP, Vikramjit Singh said that the establishment of the CO headquarters would go a long way in mitigating the pressing problems of the people and in accelerating the pace of development in the area. He emphatically asked the people to change their mindset and accord top priority to education as no society could make any headway without proper education of the people.

While replying to a memorandum, the SP said that the Ministry of Home Affairs had already approved for establishment of a Police station at Katang for which land had also been acquired.

Wangnya Pongte, ex-minister who is considered to be the father of Tutsa tribe came all the way from Changlang and addressed the gathering. He asked the people to maintain unity.

In his welcome address ZPM of Khela-Lamsa, Wangjat Kuma urged the HoDs to contribute their mite to make the CO headquarters functional at the earliest and appreciated the local MLA for his singular effort. All the chiefs, GBs and Panchayat leaders who spoke on the occasion lauded the developmental initiatives of the MLA and reposed their unflinching faith in his leadership. Cultural programmes and community feast marked the function. DIPRO



Nyokum celebrated at Toru

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Nyokum Yullo was celebrated at Toru circle on February 26 with great enthusiasm.

Attending festival as chief guest, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Director Bida Gida suggested the youths of the Nyishi community to protect and promote age old culture and traditions. He said that “Nyokum Yullo is the festival of Nyishi community but whole people of Arunachal Pradesh enjoy it as their own festival which signifies the unity in diversity.

In her welcome address, Nabam Aka, ZPM chairperson and Chairman of Toru Circle Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee (TCNYCC) said that the main objective of Nyokum Yullo celebration at Toru circle was to make our people aware about the rich cultural heritage of the community as well as showcase it to the outside world. Meanwhile, she urged every one to avoid wearing costly ornaments during the Nyokum celebration since it is the festival for all irrespective of rich and poor.

Earlier, she read out the Nyokum mythology.

Various cultural and games and sport competitions were organized as part of the celebration.

Volleyball men’s title was won by Laptap Panchayat while the Mepsoro Panchayat won the women’s title.

Fourteen men and 11 women teams participated in the competition.

Taba Ama was adjudged as Miss Nyokum Yullo while Teri Mecha and Tana Mama became first runner up and second runners up respectively.

Tana Nigam was adjudged as Mr Nyokum Yullo 2013. Tana Sera and and Nabam Taga bagged the first runners up and second runners up prizes.

The prizes for Mr and Miss Nyokum were sponsored by Nabam Yani.

Kambo Pago, Horticulture development Officer, Nich Teli, JE, WRD, AE PWD, Tana Nido, ASM Toru Pnachayat, Gollo Tukia, ASM Ompuli Panchayat, Taba Mem, ASM Kheel Panchayat, Nabam Tagam, social worker, general public and students were present on the occasion.

 Nyokum, the major agriculture based festival of Nyishi community was also celebrated at Sapthagiri area, Bangalore.

Clad in traditional attires, the Nyishis girls and boys and others irrespective of caste, creed and religious joined the celebration with great enthusiasm.

Apart from rituals, excluding mithun sacrifice at the Nyokum altar, mega dance – Rikam Pada were displayed by the boys and girls.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, caretaker of Acharya Institutions and of North East Students RK Gowda advised the students to study hard and to concentrate on their studies to fulfill the their parent’s expectation of success.



DADC sponsored bandh passes off peacefully


ROING, Feb 28: The 12 hour dawn to dusk bandh along the NH37 Roing-Shantipur highway by the Downstream Anti-Dam Committee (DADC) passed off peacefully today with no reports of any untoward incidence.

The first phase of the bandh was called by the committee to protest against the declared public hearing to be held for Dibang Multipurpose Project on March 11 in Roing and March 13 in New Anaya.

All vehicles plying towards Roing district headquarters was grounded for the day with no vehicular movements on the highway.

The DADC committee led by Kamin Pertin, President, DADC and Martin Lego, Secretary, DADC, has expressed its total opposition to the two public hearings.  

The bandh was called in protest of the failure of the state government to commit to their demands as promised by late Dorjee Khandu, former Chief Minister.

In a representation submitted earlier to the Roing Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar on Monday, the committee said that the former chief minister in a meeting held on August 28, 2008 with anti dam groups of Dibang districts had promised to depute an assessment team for study of the downstream impacts.

The committee has called for total boycott of the public hearing, and said it will continue their phase wise protest till the demands are met.



Tawang needs media attention

Debananda Medak

“Oh! This is Tawang, my God, so beautiful. It really where paradise is, so splendid, simply a virgin canvas of the snow”. This is how every tourist once entering Tawang exclaimed.

Someone starts rolling on the snow, sometime tries to fly around the blue canopy of the sky and few transform into statue of wonder and says “now I can touch my feelings, it is Tawang, the museum of magic in Arunachal”.  

Literary, this western-most corner of Arunachal Pradesh right on the international borders with China and Bhutan is described as “The Beautiful Land of Monpas”, “The Hidden Paradise”, and “The Land of Dawn Lit Mountains” and a praise for Tawang never goes to an end.

It is truly witnessed; this land evokes images of awesome mountain views, remote hamlets, and sleepy villages, magical Gompas, rugged hills, snow clad peaks, roaring waterfalls, tranquil lakes and what not.

We are always blindly swollen with pride to this tourist hot spot of the state. But praising and creating many adjectives is just the one side. But the other side of Tawang is truly suffering today  as it is encountering many unavoidable problems. From authority to the periphery people, nobody has a collective and progressive consideration to this darker side.

During an interaction with the District Tourism Officer (DTO), Tawang on 21st of this month, the pitiable scenario of tourist flow to Tawang came to light. “Tourist Arrival Report for the Year -2011” shows the  number of total domestic tourists - 16084 and foreign tourists - 277 which were half the figure of the previous year. Further, “Tourist Arrival Report for the Year’2012” shows the number of domestic tourist as 12,686 and foreign tourists a total of 271 which is gradually decreasing.

The reason behind the decreasing of tourist flow is quite reserved. The ‘Tourist Lodge’ run by the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh includes poorly 12 staffs – a DTO, one driver, two cookmen, four chaukidar, and rest are clerical staffs. The gentle justification of the DTO was as such “We have no Tourist Information Officer (TIO) and Tourist Guide (TG) so far.  Information, management and all sorts of hospitality in the Lodge with a capacity of 30 rooms is solely run by me. There are 15 registered Tour Operator (TO) under this Dept., but the pitiable gossip is that only two are occasionally functioning”. Where temperature goes up to the minimum of -12 degree C, authority could not repair the greasers, and consistent load shading of electricity was another nightmare. While there is no light, the cookman gently visits the rooms and offer one solar lantern for a separately partitioned two bedded room. Alas! The authority is so poor.

There are other problems which resulted in decreasing tourist flow in Tawang. Let us notice the observation made by Tenzin Zambe, the Circle Officer (CO), GA/Prot., Tawang on 23rd of Feb. “There are certain reasons for lessening the numbers of tourist flow presently. These may be due to very poor communication facilities. Earlier, helicopter service was made available to receive maximum  number of tourists. Now  the copter service is not available for  last few years. For a better road transport facilities, we had written to the  Defense Secretary, Govt. of India and they assured to look into the grievances by the end of 2013. For reintroduction of helicopter service, we had a discussion with the Parliamentary Secretary, Civil Aviation and as a result there were a tender although very lately”.

Despite scenic beauty, these are the unavoidable situations that comes on the way of  development, particularly tourism  in Tawang. Tourism could always be the high income generating industry of the Monpas with less investment.

Tawang, a  strategically  important district near China border needs constant attention of the media. We need a strong presence of the state media in Tawang but unfortuantely no news papers  of the state reach Tawang.

Taran Das, a bookstall owner at Nehru Market, Tawang said, “if we will subscribe newspapers, it takes 4 to 5 days to reach Tawang. During summer, it takes more days. People habitually avoid reading news papers”.

Should we consider Tawang a remotest corner of the state or from the nation from all developmental perspective? Let us live together with Tawang sharing all innovations, knowledge and wisdom of the world communicating with a better road and providing a new tourist attraction to explore the paradise. (The writer is a Mass Comm student at Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills)

Cash reward stands

The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006





Sensitisation prog on SHP held

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: A one day sensitisation programme on school health programme (SHP) was organised by District Health Society, Yupia at Itanagar today. The Programme was chaired by DMO Papum Pare Dr. S. Ronya and co-ordinated by DRCHO Papum Pare Dr. Kipa Tuglik as resource person.

The main objective of the programme was to create awareness among the nodal teachers under School Health Programme of various Schools of Papum Pare district.

During the programme, Tuglik disclosed that the SHP aims for early detection, diagnosis, treatment and care of students with the help of nodal teachers. He also added that SHP will help to develop healthy attitude and behaviour among the students by giving them proper counseling through ARSH clinic. The SHP will help in preventing communicable diseases at school, increased learning capabilities and reduce school drop out rate by establishing residential training centre-education.

The Nodal Teachers were also sensitized for providing weekly Iron & Folic Acid tablets once in every week and De-worming (Albendazol) tablets once in 6 months for students from class-6 to class-12 in all the govt/govt aided schools. These tablets will be supplied by DMO /State Health Society.

The programme was a huge success and many Nodal Teachers from nook and corner of govt schools of Papum Pare participated in large number.


Nyokum celebrated at Mengio

ITANAGAR, Feb 28:  The people of  Mengio  celebrated the Nyokum with traditional fervor and gaiety at general ground Mengio (Sakiang) on February 24.

Speaking on the occasion as the Chief Guest, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki emphasized on the need to harness the youth energy and channelize it in the right direction. The youths with their vision, strength and sincerity can pave the way for betterment of the society, he said while  exhorting them to stick to their roots and work tirelessly for  promotion of rich culture and traditions.

He also announced Rs l crore for construction of Nyokum ground, Nyokum rostrum and repairing of Community hall Sakiang by next financial year under SPA, according to NYCC, Mengio.

Mengio NYCC chairman Gyamar Tana narrated mythology of Nyokum Yullo. He also gave a detailed descriptions of rituals and practices during the festival. A mega dance was presented as part of the celebration in which more than two hundred dancers girls in traditional attires participated lead by Taba Ache and Nabam Ani.


PMO team reviews PM package

ITANAGAR,  Feb 28: TKA Nair, Advisor to Prime Minister, who is on a two-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh arrived  here this afternoon along with Joint Secretary PMO Shatrughana Singh, Section Officer PMO Avinash Sinha and Senior Consultant Finance Commission Vikram Srivastava.

Immediately after arrival, the PMO team, accompanied by State Chief Secretary Dr. H K Paliwal, Commissioner Ganesh Koyu and Secretary to Governor and Secretary Planning Ankur Garg visited the under construction State secretariat buildings. The team also visited the under construction four-lane Itanagar – Hollongi road.

Later Nair convened a meeting and reviewed the progress of works under Prime Minister’s special economic package to Arunachal Pradesh. Tomorrow  the team is expected to make aerial survey of other projects including Yupia-Potin trans-Arunachal highway and Poma water project.


AdiSU reacts


RUKSIN, Feb 28: Reacting to the press statement of Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) and its stand regarding creation of Lower Siang district including Nari-Koyu area, Adi Students Union (AdiSU) said that the RBWS has made the opinions without knowing the facts of “Adi Land”.

“We are not concerned with creation of Lower Siang district but we are anxious about our land, and that is why we are opposing inclusion of our land in the new district, AdiSU Information & Publicity Secretary, Kaling Eko said.

“…Such decision without taking the Adi people into confidence is unethical. We strongly condemn the imprudent comment passed by the RBWS and others regarding the issue”, Eko said in an counter statement.


CCTWA office inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Local MLA cum Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Marketing Board chairman Techi Kaso today inaugurated the office of the Capital Complex Tempo Welfare Association in presence of CCTWA president Takhung Bagang, capital traffic cell inspector K. Pait and Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resource Development Agency vice chairman, Yora Tagung among others.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Kaso advised the tempo operators to respect the  passengers and treat them well for their own benefit. He also advised the Tempo owners  to check the  credentials and  skill of drivers before handing over the vehicle in order to avoid frequent road accident.  Driver should not mix drinking  with driving as it may lead to wrong direction and accident.  The MLA  also assured Rs. 2 lacs for office development activities from his MLA LAD fund and to construct common toilet and bathroom for the association.

In his address Yora Tagung also urged the tempo drivers to maintain cordial relations with passenger. At the same time he assured every possible to help the society.

Inspector Traffic Cell Capital Complex  K  Pait also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the traffic rule and regulations.

Earlier, CCTWA president Takhung Bagang  submitted a memorandum to  Kaso.


Tagak flays Govt for not providing security to party leader

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: State BJP President Tai Tagak has alleged total security lapses during BJP NE States  Organisational In-charge P Chandrasekhar Rao’s three days visit to West Saing District.

The State BJP president, who officially joined Rao at Kamba alleged that the West Siang administration and District police, did not provide any security to the BJP NE States Organisational in-charge despite written communication.

The party alleged that the BJP headquarters in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh had spent all day of February 27 in anxiety after Assam Police Escort lost contact with the party leader and it sent message to Arunachal Police to know the whereabouts of Rao, the party said in a release.

Leader like Roa, who gets ‘Y’ category security coverage in the neighboring states, makes no sense in Arunachal, the party rued and questioned the Chief Secretary and the DGP, APP that as to why such indifference treatment is meted out to the opposition in the matter of security?


Mibang felicitated

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The Adi community of the Rajiv Gandhi University, including post graduate students and research scholars, faculty members, officers and their families felicitated Prof. Tamo Mibang, on his appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, in a simple but glittering function at RGUTA office building yesterday organised by the AdiSU-RGU unit.

Citing his academic journey from a village boy to the present, Prof. Mibang, in his speech, opined that, “Journey is more interesting than the destination, where you need to negotiate lots of hills, rivers and rivulets to reach the goal.

He stressed for seeing every issue from the broader perspective although the world as a society is shrinking. One should focus on one’s area of interest and specialisation and return something to the expecting society, he said.

“Today as a learned group, one should strive for meeting the aspirations of the society in the fast changing and moving world. Mastering the art of time management was his advice to the gathering.

Earlier, Ayem Lego, President AdiSU-RGU delivered the welcome address.

Among others, better half of the VC and Deputy Director of Elementary Education Rongili Mibang, RGUTA vice-president Dr. Tasi Kaye, RGU Deputy Registrar (Academic) Dr. David Pertin, AE (Civil) BK Shah, Assistant Professors Ani Taggu and David Gao, Sr. Dental Surgeon CHC Doimukh Dr. Yaki Darang, research scholars, B.Ed. trainees, and PG students of the University witnessed the felicitation.





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India’s reptiles threatened with extinction

In a recent study the Zoological Society of London and the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) species survival commission found that upto 19 per cent of the world's crocodiles, turtles, snakes, lizards, and other reptiles are threatened with extinction. Many species from India are under threat as well just as one in five of the world's 10,000 species of reptiles. Overall, the study estimated that 30 per cent of freshwater reptiles are close to extinction.

In India the Indian crocodile, the King cobra, the South Andaman krait, four types of turtles and the Sikkimese Bent-toed Gecko have been found to be endangered. Another disturbing syndrome in India is that there is no information on the conservation status of one in three reptiles.

This was the largest study of its kind on the condition of the world's reptiles. One thousand five hundred species were studied and 112 species were from India, of which 12.2 per cent are threatened with extinction. Additionally there is not sufficient data for 27 per cent of our reptiles to make an informed decision on their status.

The study, printed in the journal of Biological Conservation, is the first of its kind summarising the global conservation status of reptiles. More than 200 world renowned experts assessed the extinction risk of 1,500 randomly selected reptiles from across the globe.

Yitor village still waiting for development

Dear Editor,

Through your esteem would like to share few things regarding rural village. Yitor village is one of the most underdeveloped villages of Arunachal Pradesh. The fundamental reason behind the backwardness is the continuous negligence by our tall promising elected leaders. My mind is still very fresh about the unforgettable memory of all the suffering that we bore in order to educate ourselves due to absence of a learning temple. We had to walk at least ten km a day to attend our class in a nearby village despite hilly and sloppy terrain. It is sad to learn that our younger generation is compelled to face all the hardship that we coped. Even a primary school is not established yet. Not every parent can afford expensive modern private school, though they know the essence, importance and value of education for their children in these cut throat competition era. It is disheartening and demoralizing to sense that the future of our children on whom we will be depending tomorrow is bleak and dark.

The problem of education is seconded by the lack of road connectivity. There is no proper route which connects Yitor with other human occupied places. It has become cut off village. Without road network, it is also very difficult for any other developmental activities to take place appropriately. In actuality, land of Yitor is nature’s gift in the sense that huge economic resources can be generated from its forests, rivers, etc. The fertility of the soil has ample capacity to provide immense income oriented economic activities. These produces can’t reach the market due to lack of transportation facilities. Hence our economic advancement is harshly weakened. As a matter of fact, during medical emergencies lots of problems crops up due to lack of transportation. In addition, educated youths of our village can’t find a place for themselves in departmental jobs. Because it’s a well known fact that entry into government job requires enormous financial support or very strong political background. And practically, we lack in both.  There are still many untold, some unheard, few denied and neglected essential development stories. Lots of things were expected from our Panchayat leaders that they would listen to our words. But it is very unfortunate that our elected Panchayat leaders did not fulfilled any expectations and some of them even improperly utilized powers and functions vested to them by the constitution. Not even a visit or tour was conducted. So, it is firmly requested to all our panchayat leaders to play proactive role and fight for the society. As Yitor village falls under the 25th Raga S/T Assembly Constituency, I feel free to say that it is binding public duty of our local Legislator-cum-Parliamentary Secretary for Food & Civil Supplies and Health & Family Welfare, Nido Pavitra to apply a practical and constructive solution to improve our fading developmental state. It is his social responsibility to push forward all the backward, underdeveloped areas of his political jurisdiction as well. Expectation and hope is as high as sky this time also that our agony, misery would be sorted. The basic measure that our MLA could formulate is by connecting Yitor village in this ongoing Jigi-Mite road project. That might be immediately followed by a provision for creation of a primary school at Yitor under this financial year for better future of people of Yitor village in particular and state as a whole. It is also expected that announcement made by  Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh that one member of every family shall get employment in government sector will be honestly, genuinely utilized by our his good office.


Tall Yitor, Itanagar