March 09


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IWD celebrated with calls to stop violence against women

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Arunachal Pradesh today celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) with calls to stop violence against women and ensuring that they are given rightful place in the society.

Addressing a meeting organized on the occasion of IWD at Sidhartha Hall here today, Nyishi Nyem Acham (NNA) General Secretary Likha Kiran Kabak, urged every one to stop violence against women which is a crime. “Nothing can be achieved from violence,” she said and exhorted all to stand united to end violence against the weaker section of the society.

Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Bamang Tago said that International Women’s Day does not mean only for women but is equally important for men also. He informed the gathering that the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has taken up several steps to ensure safety and security of women and girl child. Tago informed that government will raise a special women police force of 200 personnel soon and also open all-women Police Station in the Capital Complex region within a month or two.  

Sunil Mow, member of the Human Rights Law Network, Arunachal Pradesh Unit, talked about the significance of the Day. He stressed the need for educating women about various laws protecting and empowering women.

Jinine Laishramcha from North East Peoples’ Alliance stressed on women empowerment and their rightful place in the society.

Earlier, a procession was taken out from RK Mission Hospital premises at around 09:50 am and culminated at Siddharta Hall.

About 250 participants, including young women, mothers, human rights /social activists, students from Dera Natung College, Don Bosco College, residents from Jote and Poma, Itanagar and Popunallah took part in the procession by holding placards, banners and shouting slogan to end violence against women and to create awareness on the theme amongst the citizens and the significance of International Women’s Day.

In another function organized by Women Studies and Research Centre, Rajiv Gandhi University, Sahitya Academy Awardee and Chief Information Commissioner YD Thongchi stated that “women give strength to men.”  Citing examples of all the brave women, he went on to explain how education had been instrumental in bringing about change in the mindset of the women for fighting for their equal rights and social causes. He also shared a few of his observations on the status of women in Arunachal Pradesh and explained why girl child is an asset to our society.

He also spoke about his novel “ Sonam” on which the famous award winning movie with same name was made.

Prof. A Mitra explained the role of education in “gender employment” and “gender role.” Although the gender gap of Arunachal which is better than the overall national gender gap, he expressed concern over the decreasing trend of gender gap of the state in the last two decades.

Earlier, Dr. Elizabeth Hangsing, Director, WS & RC, RGU, spoke about the importance of the day.

Besides photo exhibition on theme “Women in our World” by Women's Wing, RGUSU award winning movie “Sonam” was screened on the occasion.

RGU Registrar Dr. Racob Taba, Arunachal Civil Society Chairman Pate Tayum, Child & Women Welfare Association, RGU and students of RGU attended the celebration.

The programme was jointly sponsored by RGU and Arunachal Civil Society, Itanagar.

At Khonsa, the International Women’s Day was observed with various programmes.

Addressing the large gathering on the occasion, Women’s Welfare Association (WWA) Chairperson Sontung Lowang Bangsia appealed to the women folk to accord top priority to girls’ education adding that lack of proper education among the women was the main cause of women’s sufferings and backwardness. She said that the time had come for the women to come out of the kitchen and compete against the men in tackling the everyday problems. She said “We cannot be dependent on men for everything.”

The Chairperson asked the gathering to draw inspiration from the women achievers in different fields.

A number of other women leaders also spoke on the occasion and asked the women to maintain unity in their fight against injustice in the society.

Games and sports, cultural programmes and discussions on women’s issues marked the day-long celebration.

Women from different walks of life joined in the celebration. The programme was organized under the aegis of Women’s Welfare Association, Khonsa.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh State Mahila Morcha today observed IWD at State party headquarters, here with resolution to end atrocities and violence against women by creating awareness and ensure quality education to girl child.

Retired Director of Social welfare, Women and Child Development and one of the noted women social workers of the state Dishi Mihu Mallo attended as resource person.

Speaking on the topic “Atrocities on women and their role” Dishi Mihu Mallo expressed strong concern over increased violence against the womenfolk despite ‘decrease’ in social evil practices like child and forced marriages. She stressed the need of girls’ education to bring a change in the society. She also spoke on the practices polygamy.

Dr. Nuwang Norden Wahge, another resource person spoke on the Violence against Women in the contemporary world and local scenario and advocated the need of proper nurturing, upbringing and providing quality education to our girl children and giving them equal opportunities of learning science and arts to face with the challenges before their day-to-day life.

State BJP president Tai Tagak urged people to realize the truth “educating a woman means educating a nation.”  He called upon Mahila Morcha leadership to identify at least 10 senior and sincere women workers for undergoing intensive leadership training in Mumbai. He assured party’s all possible cooperation and support towards their endeavour for growth of women leadership through BJP Mahila Morcha.

Chairing the meeting State BJP Mahila Morcha President, Padmeswari Jamoh said that the role and responsibilities of womenfolk in every sphere of human life have become inevitable. She hoped that educated women of the state would come forward to give services to the people and the nation through BJP.

Earlier State General Secxretary, Mahila MorchaYaying Bengia highlighted about the programme and other activities of the state Mahila Morcha.

State BJP vice president Tayek Goi, National Council Member, Wongman Lowancha, State General Secretary BR Wahge, State Mahila Prabhari Kabak Yabii, Women Entrepreneur and SHG leaderBiri Yallik, Chairperson, GP, Tasso Modi, senior leader Talla Joram attended the programme.   

Women Welfare Association of Bhalukpong Circle also celebrated International Women’s Day today.

Attending function, Jalley Sonam, Chairman, Building & Other Construction Welfare Board stressed on the importance of Girl’s education and the role of women in the society.

Soni Degio, Vice-Chairman Medicinal Plant Board was also present. The meeting was attended by more than 500 women of Bhalukpong area.

Gejay Jebisow, ZPM, Bhalukpong Anchal Block chaired the meeting.

Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) supported by Caritas India in collaboration with ICDS Banderdewa celebrated the women’s day today.

The celebration began with a rally from Circle Office, Banderdewa to the entrance gate and back to Nyokum Ground.

The celebration was attended by Taro Modi, Itanagar ZPM and Nabum Jumbum, Doimukh APW Education member.

In her address Taro Modi said that we need to educate our girl child and we all should encourage our mothers to educate them. If we want equal rights then we should know to understand it to fight for our rights. Without education it is meaningless therefore do encourage girl child to educate them. She also added that we should take care of our children rather than leaving totally to our maid servants. If we don’t check our children in time we will be losing all our possession in our future to avoid those parents has an important role to play.

She also affirmed that women will be empowered only when they are strong from within and determined to face the challenges come in their life, thus the family and the society will be developed. Women in Arunachal are coming up in every sphere of life especially in the field of academic, professional, political, sports etc.

Nabam Jumbum Advisor Doimukh Women Welfare Society (ADWWS) said; 70% of women are the main sources of livelihood in the field of activities in India especially in north east. In her address she emphasized the need to see not only the education, but also mental, physical, social and moral well being of children.

Fr.Tom Karthik, the Parish Priest of Itanagar emphasized the role of women in the family and the society. Women Coordinator of Itanagar Dioceses Celine CSSE also delivered speech emphasizing the rights of girl child.

About 250 members took active participation in the programme.

Donyi-Polo Government College, Kamki celebrated International Women’s day in the college today.

Hanna Nyomdir, Coordinator, Women’s Cell, DPGC Kamki delivered the welcome speech to the house.

All the faculty members with 500 students attended the programme.

Principal of the college delivered a brief speech on “Galo Tradition and Women”.

Asst. Prof. in Education, Tage Ampa and Dr. Gomo Karbak of Political Science talked on the topic of “Gender and Violence” and “Panchayati Raj and Women Empowerment in Arunachal Pradesh” respectively.

Asst. Prof. in EconomicsRanjita Mannow Tage spoke on the topic “Gender and Education.”

An essay competition on the topic ‘Role of Youth in Promoting Gender Equity’ was also conducted.

International women’s day was also celebrated in a befitting manner at Tomi Polytechic –Basar.

A procession was taken out in the main thoroughfare of Basar town shouting slogans against sexual harassment, child labour and female infanticide etc.

Later in a meeting at the college campus, V. ArulKumar, Vice-Principal cum NSS Programme Officer stressed the need for preventing female infanticide, sexual harassment and female child labour.

Besides, he highlighted the schemes of state and central governments for the upliftment of women and the role of women in building healthy nation.

Meanwhile, the Community Food and Nutrition Extension Unit (CFNEU) Itanagar under the ministry of women and child development, Govt of India in collaboration with the Itanagar urban ICDS celebrated the International Women’s Day at ICDS office premises  here today.

Speaking on the occasion, the child development project officer S C Tok, while pointing out the recent gang rape case at Delhi said that now-a-days women are not safe in the country. He, however, observed that in comparison to other states of the country, the north eastern region, especially Arunachal Pradesh is almost free from such type of women assault cases. At the same time, he expressed concern over the some recent incidents of women assault cases in the state and  called for drastic steps to curb such type of incident.

Itanagar ICDS project supervisor N Thongan and B Bordoloi, demonstration officer, CFNEU, Itanagar unit also  spoke on the occasion.



School education director physically assaulted, two arrested

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Director of School Education Tapang Taloh was allegedly manhandled and assaulted by two youths in his office chamber here today, city police said.

After being informed about the incident, City Police under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (SP) Surender Kumar swung into action and managed to arrest the two culprits, namely Meje Taku and Yurum Tamin, the Capital SP informed in a release.

A case has been registered in Itanagar Police Station under section 448/353/332/34 IPC and investigation launched.

Meanwhile, all officers and officials of the Directorate of School Education and SSA Rajya Mission here have vehemently condemned the physical assault on the Director and demanded the administration/police to bring the culprits to book immediately and award them exemplary punishment. They also demanded to provide foolproof security arrangement in the Directorate of School Education and SSA Rajya Mission here during office hours.

The meeting further decided to close down the office of the Directorate of School Education, Itanagar, SSA Rajya Mission, SCERT and DDSEs offices across the state until their demands are met.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) has strongly condemned the physical assault on Taloh, who is also vice president of AOA.

“This is a cowardly and criminal act which deserves condemnation,” said AOA in a release.

While condemning the physical attack on the Director of School Education, Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) urged the authority concerned to punish the culprits as per law with no outside intervention of any kind.

Reacting strongly to the reports of physical assault on Taloh, Adi Students Union Itanagar (AdiSUI) appealed to the Home Department to initiate immediate action against the persons involved in the incident.

While condemning the incident, AdiSUI demanded the state government to provide adequate security to every department for smooth functioning of offices.

“Barring Ministers and high ranking officials, no director or joint director is secured in their respective offices,” AdiSUI claimed.



Centre approves border Haat at Pangsau Pass

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: The Government of India has approved opening up of a Border Haat at Pangsau Pass along the Indo-Myanmar border in Changlang district.

The Chief Minister had last year written a letter to the Prime Minister requesting for opening up border trade on few specific points along the International border that Arunachal Pradesh shares with neighboring countries.

In response, the Union Ministry of External Affairs has informed the Chief Minister that under the MoU on establishment of Border Haats along the Indo-Myanmar border, which was signed during the visit of Prime Minister in May 2012, the Union Government has approved opening of a Border Haat at Pangsau Pass.

The modalities for operationalization of the Border Haat have been finalized at technical level discussions that were held in October 2012 in Myanmar, informed Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai.

Once established the Border Haat would be the first of its kind along the border with Myanmar and its operationalization is expected to provide impetus to development activities for the people living close to the border areas.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has expressed gratitude to the Government of India for heeding to the request of the State Government. He expressed hope that the initiative would bolster economic activities and offer gainful employment to locals of the border areas.



Army distributes books to school children

TUTING, Mar 8: The Indian Army has its units deployed at various locations in Arunachal Pradesh.  Many of these  remote locations remain cut off from the rest of the nation due to communication bottleneck. Over the years, the Army has undertaken a number of developmental projects for the benefit of the local population under ‘Operation SAMARITAN’. This year too, the Tuting Battalion of the Indian Army has undertaken three major Operation SAMARITAN projects in Tuting sub division of Upper Siang district.

One of the projects was materialized  today with  distribution of Books and Stationery to the students of Primary School Bishing located near Tuting.  

A set of text books for all subjects, Note Books & other stationery items were handed over to the students by the Commanding Officer of Tuting Battalion on behalf of the Indian Army.  School Principals, Teachers & other Civil Administration Officials of Tuting were also present on the occasion.  The students also put up a cultural show. Two other Operation SAMARITAN projects  -- Construction of a Foot Suspension Bridge over Bulling Asi river and construction of a Toilet Block for Primary School at Kopu village is also under way.  As per the project Officer, both these projects are near completion  and will be handed over to the civil Administration in this month.



NHPC donates medical appliance to district hospital

Raju Mimi

ROING, Mar 8: Continuing with its efforts to work for the welfare of local public, the NHPC Ltd under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) donated a Dental Engine (Chair) for the District Hospital, in a simple ceremony held here today.

The appliance for the dentist's office will serve as a source of mechanical or pneumatic power for one or more hand pieces. It includes a small faucet and a spit-sink, which the patient can use for rinsing, as well as one or more suction hoses, and a compressed air/irrigation water nozzle for blowing or washing debris clear of the work area in the patient's mouth.

The device was handed over to Dr Mite Linggi, Dental Surgeon by VK Rattan, General Manager, 3000MW Dibang Multipurpose Project General Manager. The handing over ceremony was attended Dr Alok Yirang, District Medical Officer (DMO), Dr SJ Mitapo, Medical Superintendent and Dr M Hannah, Senior Medical Officer, NHPC Ltd.

The simple ceremony was graced by chief guest Wangnot Tikhak, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC). In his speech he appreciated the efforts of NHPC’s service towards the local public.

Dr Yirang also appreciated NHPC for it contribution and reminded their earlier service of donating ambulance to Hunli, Anini and Dambuk hospitals.

Expressing the desire to continue working for public, Rattan promised to deliver one Mortuary Van, and a waiting shed for the district hospital. He appealed people’s support for Dibang Project and said the company is always committed for the welfare of the people.

Earlier on Wednesday, NHPC Ltd handed over a Urine Auto Analyser for urine tests along with kits and accessories for use in the District Hospital, Anini. The device was handed over to Dr Muchu Mihu, Medical Officer, Anini and Ms. Junali Linggi, Lab.Tech, Anini in presence of AIMSU representatives.

Meanwhile, Downstream Anti Dam Committee (DADC) has called off its indefinite bandh in the district. The committee had declared bandh calling for cancellation of proposed public hearing at Roing and New Anaya to be held at March 11 and 13.



Massive fire at Bhalukpong market claims many shops


BHALUKPONG,  Mar 8:  A huge inferno at heart of Bhalukpong town under West Kameng District burnt down four shops and destroyed as many while dismantling the shops to control the raging fire at around 2.20 p.m here today.

The army, para-military forces and local people with help of water tankers from Army and BRO fought the fire for more than an hour before it could be brought under control.

The shops ragged down included cloth, wine and other grocery item shops. The total loss of the mishap is expected to be in crores of rupees and cause of the fire yet remains to be unearthed.

Meanwhile, while actively participating at the relief operation, local youth leader Jeevan Yame informed this correspondent who was passing by that a similar huge fire had occurred at the same location four years back that changed the demography of present Bhalukpong market. “I would like to reiterate here that we urgently need a fire brigade at Bhalukpong to meet such contingent situation. It was fortunate that the tragedy occurred during the day time otherwise casualty including human and material loss would have been different had it happened during night time”, he explained.

The West Kameng deputy commissioner, superintendent of police and Bhalukpong extra assistant commissioner supervised and monitored the relief operation.



Seppa team visit Ruksin rubber cultivation site


RUKSIN, Mar 8: Large scale rubber cultivation in hilly terrains and foothills of East Siang and West Siang has attracted commercial horticulturists of the country and abroad.

Rubber and tea plantation have found their mooring at foothills of Ruksin in East Siang bordering Dhemaji district of Assam.

Observing the rapid progress of rubber cultivation in the region, the authority is reportedly planning to set up a regional office in the belt.

Meanwhile, a team of commercial horticulturist from Seppa in East Kameng today visited the rubber cultivation sites in Ruksin subdivision. The team led by West-Seppa Anchal chairperson Nikam Talang also visited the commercial nurseries set by RBI at Ngorlung and later interacted with the local rubber planters.

The team of farmers had exchanged practical knowledge on maintenance of rubber garden and nurseries from the progressive farmers.

Talang has reportedly started rubber plantation in hilly areas of Seppa and seeking technical and financial assistance from the board. Being motivated with the development of rubber garden in Siang belt, Talang has pledged to mobilize the farmers of his area to boost their household economy through rubber cultivation.

During the last month too, teams from Australia and Japan visited the rubber plantation sites of greater Ruksin area and took stock of the progressive activities.

It may be recalled that the Rubber Board India (RBI), considering the rich potential of rubber cultivation in the hilly terrains of the state and its consequent economic gains involved, has been implementing massive plantation project in Siang belt.

Rubber plantation is under rapid progress in hilly terrains of East Saing, West Siang and Upper Sing districts and Dibang Valley district signaling economic boon for the farmers.

An average 65 tones rubber worth Rs 1.23 crores has been produced from the area every year, which is supplied to a Guwahati based marketing agency, informed the rubber field officer here.



NYP conducts EAP at Seijosa

ITANAGAR, Mar 08: National Youth Project- AP, an accredited training institute of Department of Capacity Building of Khadi& Village Industries Commission under Ministry of MSME, Govt of India organized one day Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme (EAP) at Seijosa on March 6 and selected 20 unemployed youths for 7 days Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP).

Tayek Pado, Additional Deputy Commissioner Seijosa, JP Pathak, Assist Director I/C and Rishi Seth of Branch MSME, Govt of India attended the programme.

Earlier on March five, Branch MSME- Development Institute Itanagar in association with National Youth Project - AP launched Industrial Motivation Campaign at Bomdila.

JP Pathak, Assist Director I/C Branch MSME, Rishi Seth officer Development Institute MSME, Dorjee Phuntso ADTH Bomdila, Deputy Director Industries Bomdila and HP Biswas, President NYP-AP spoke and motivated the emerging micro industrialists for taking up profit making ventures for over all development of the state and country in general.

Later in the day a separate programme of NABCONS was organised on Forward Market Commission at Bomdila. Discussion on various aspects of future and contract marketing was held. Participating farmers and artisans got their doubts on trade and commodity marketingcleared by the resource persons.



Improve educational scenario: SUMA

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Students Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA)  has appealed the Education Minister to improve the education scenario of Dibang Valley, Changlang, Longding and Tirap districts with utmost priority.

During its week long tour to the schools  in eastern part of the state, the SUMA  observed that ‘pathetic educational scenario needs to be given utmost priority’.

The Union said the GHSS Anini has been facing acute shortage of Senior Teacher in Hindi, Economics and English and in Changlang, the Rangfra Govt. College has been facing infrastructure  problems and shortage of  administrative staff.

In Tirap district, the Wangcha Rajkumar Govt College, Deomali needs improved infrastructure  including additional class rooms, construction of  buildings for library, laboratory, staff quarters. The college also urgently need teachers in various departments, it said. It further demanded  reopening of defunct boys hostel of GHSS Deomali.

Similarly, in Longding district also Govt. Primary school Chatting needs attention of the education department for infrastructure development.  Steps should be taken for upgradation of the school, it said.

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





EDP for women ends

PASIGHAT, Mar 8: The week-long Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) for women on Food Processing and Preservation concluded at DIC Centre Pasighat today. Altogether 40 prospective woman entrepreneurs   participated in the  programme which was conducted by the  resource persons from various institutions.


Forum  extends support

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: All Arunachal Pradesh RTI Activists Youth Forum (AAPRTIAYF) extended its support to the demand of the Bharatiya Janata Party RTI Cell co-convenor cum BJP East Kameng district unit president Loku Sono for disciplinary action against East Kameng DRDA project director/PIO for allegedly harassing the information seekers under RTI Act.

In a complaint lodged with the DC, the BJP leader had said that the PD had collected fees from the information seekers under RTI Act and deposited it in a SBI account in the name of DRDA instead of depositing it under the head of account “0070 other administrative service”. The  Forum further requested the DC to direct the DRDA authorities to transfer the RTI fees collected so far to RTI account.


Social service

ITANGAR, Mar 8: All Menga Village Welfare Society under Taliha circle of Upper Subansiri district organized a mass social service from Menga Bayar line BRTF road to surrounding of Shiv Mandir Menga on  March 7 on the eve of Maha Shivraatri on March 10. More than 150 villagers along with staff and students of Govt. Middle School, Menga took part in the social service.


Cooperate with administration: Orgs

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Tagin Welfare Society (TWS), Itanagar expressed deep shock over the murder of one Vijay Ramsing by some miscreants at Sigin colony, Daporijo recently. The Society deeply mourned the death of Ramsing and observed two minutes silence for peace of the departed soul.

While demanding exemplary punishment to the culprits, the  Society, however, appealed all section of the people to maintain peace and harmony and cooperate with the district administration and  law enforcing authority  to complete the investigation in fair manner.  The Society also urged the district administration to improve law and order situation in the district in order to gain public confidence.  

 All Upper Subansiri District Contractors’ Welfare Association, Daporijo also expressed deep shock over the murder of college student Ramsing and appealed the district administration to give  the culprits exemplary punishment.

The Association, however, appealed the general people to extend cooperation with the district administration and to maintain peace and harmony.


Philatelic exhibition

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: The Itanagar unit of India Post under the postal department is going to organize a “District Level Philatelic Exhibition, 2013” at A P Science Centre, I G Park on March 21 and 22.


Eight ULFA ultras surrender in Assam

Tinsukia, Mar 8: Eight hardcore ULFA insurgents and three link men surrendered before the police at Tinsukia in Assam today.

The militants along with the linkmen laid down arms before Tinsukia district Deputy Commissioner S S Meenakshi Sunderam, district superintendent of police P P Singh and DIG upper Assam Satyen Gogoi.

They deposited four AK-81 assault rifles with four magazines, one G-2 self-loading rifle (SLR) with three magazines, two 7.65 pistols, seven Chinese grenades, half kg TNT explosives and two mobiles.PTI


SSA teachers demand release of monthly salary

ITANGAR, Mar 8: All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (AASSATA) has appealed the education department to release pending salary of the teachers without delay.

In a letter addressed to the education minister, the AASSATA stated that SSA teachers are facing lot of problems  during this exam time due to non-disbursement of their salary for the last five months.

The SSA teachers are discharging their duties with full dedication, commitment, sincerity and punctually in almost in rural schools. Despite hard work and dedication,   salaries of the  teachers are being delayed, the association resented.

“Of course the Govt has enhanced our salaries but that is not enough  as the salaries are not timely being disbursed,” Association said. It is worth mentioning here that the  SSA teachers are not enjoying the  other service benefits like that of regular teachers. They completely depend of monthly salary.


NSCN-IM and ULCA cadres arrested

KHONSA, Mar 8: In a major breakthrough 1 Assam Rifles along with Tirap Police and CRPF apprehended three NSCN (IM) cadres and one ULCA cadre from Dadam village, Khonsa during the operation conducted on Mar 6 and 7. The operation was a major success as Self Styled Sergeant Major Khunphoa Sumnyan, Khonsa town Commander NSCN (IM) was arrested alongwith two more NSCN (IM) cadres. A cadre of United Liberation Council of Arunachal (ULCA) was also apprehended. Three pistols with ammunitions, explosives, detonators and extortion money was also recovered. This apprehension is likely to prevent further extortion and reduce the threat of various factions in Tirap district, according to an AR release


Unying-Aaran celebrated

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: The Unying-Aaran festival of the Adi community was celebrated with pomp at Naharlagun on March 7.  The festival marks the advent of new year.

Speaking on the occasion, Anong Perme, Chief Engineer (Power) called upon the Adi community to preserve its rich culture and tradition.

In his address Labour Commissioner Ojing Darung called upon the Adi community to remain united in celebrating festivals like Unying-Aaran, Solung etc as usual.

The Unying-Aaran mythology was read-out by Jombo Ratan, Director (Horticulture). The function was  attended, among others, by Mamta Riba, Director, (Art & Culture), Jomnya Siram, Deputy Director, (Art & Culture), Tami Talom, Under Secretary, Leki  Phuntso, Director (IPR) and Alo Libang, ML A. Both Phuntso and Libang wished Adi community members a happy Unying-Aaran on the occasion.

Community feast and cultural programmes were also organized on the occasion.





236 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 


India needs micro-level climate information

The workshop on climate-resilient development, organized in February last discussed integrating climate change into development programmes in semi-arid regions like Bundelkhand in central India.

Participants pointed to how lack of micro-level climate change information at the state and district level was affecting planning and implementation of climate resilient development in Bundelkhand.

India launched a National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) in 2008, but translating the policy into ground-level action depends to a large extent on states that are developing individual climate action plans.

NAPCC comprises eight national missions covering solar energy, enhanced energy efficiency, sustainable habitat, water, the Himalayan eco-system, sustainable agriculture and strategic knowledge which are at various stages of implementation in the different states.

India needs models that can predict, with reasonable certainty, long-term climatic conditions that will prevail over a state over a specific time period, said a scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune.

However, some efforts are underway. The India Meteorological Department has started issuing sub-district level forecasts for 41 villages in Maharashtra. A Pune-based non-profit, Watershed Development Trust, gleans data from automated weather stations installed in these villages that goes into making three-day predictions 24 hours in advance.


A clarification to remove confusion

Dear Editor,

I would like to clarify the confusion arising out of Class - X CBSE students for the session March, 2013, regarding schemes 1 or 2 option offered by CBSE, and Non- receive of admits cards and other details for on going class -X CBSE examination that led to the confusion and frustration by the students/parents/ guardians of the school which is as follows:-

Under Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)/ Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) Education Policy 2010, the CBSE Board candidates have to appear/ or complete 12 Times examination to obtain CBSE Class -X Pass Certificate within 2 (two) years starting from Class -IX. After getting Registration Card and details from CBSE, in order to obtain the said CBSE Class - X Pass Certificate by every and each CBSE candidates have to complete above mentioned exam within 2 (two) years as follows:-

a)   Class -IX 40% marks examination in Formative Assessments (FA) I to IV  and 60% Marks exam in Summative Assessment I & II in total 100% marks.

b)   In Class -X 40% marks examination in Formative Assessments (FA) I to IV and 60% Marks exam in Summative Assessment I & II in total 100% marks.

The CBSE Candidates of Class -X March' 2013, has already completed 11 Assessment/ Examinations, i.e. 80% marks in 8 (eight) formative assessment, 90% marks in summative assessment in total 170% marks, i.e already submitted to CBSE through Online by the concern Heads of all CBSE affiliated Schools of the country.

Now remaining last term end or summative -II examination March’ 2013 for 30% marks, the CBSE has given 2 (two) options i.e. schemes I & II, the students who opted for scheme I examination 2013, has to complete it within 16th March to 31st March 2013, and CBSE authorized to all the concern Heads of CBSE affiliated institutions only for remaining 30% marks examination to be conducted at CBSE affiliated schools only, which all materials are provided by the CBSE Board. And issuing of admit cards to each individual by CBSE through online with countersigned by concern school principals/ headmasters only and all Exam Related Evaluation activities shall be done by all concern heads of CBSE affiliated schools only and submitted it to the CBSE through online within specific time.

On the other hand students opted for scheme - ll CBSE exam 2013 have to complete, within 2nd March to 15th March’ 2013 which is going on at all the CBSE allotted centres only. For this the CBSE issued the Admit Card manually by speed post instead of online.

In this regard, since the CBSE has given both the 2 (two) schemes equal status vide Circular / Notification No. ACAD-11/2013 on 4th Feb. 2013 to all the Heads of the CBSE affiliated institutions of the country which is mentioned in Para 5th of the circular /notification for both the schemes I & II of the Class “X CBSE SA -II 30% marks exam 2013. The board has already issued uniform certificates to all the students appeared in Class-X in March '2012 examination irrespective of the fact whether they were assessed by the board or by the school summative assessment -II and same shall continue in class -X CBSE exam in March 2013.

In this CBSE, Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) Rule, 2010, the question/confusion of issuing Admits Cards on difference of schemes I & II does not have serious mater. Every continuous evaluation process is on through CBSE website by affiliated CBSE authorized Heads of all the Institutions which CBSE restricted to disclose publicly. In this process nothing can do other than CBSE guidelines by all the Heads of the Institutions. But in case of technical defect or failure, the Directorate of School Education can extend help to the concern head of school through CBSE.

Therefore, I would like to request all the parents / guardians particularly CBSE candidates sitting examination or preparing for March 2013  not to be confused or create rumors or discourage the candidates who are appearing his/her examination from 18th March for Schemes I & II offered by CBSE Board through online. More so, any student can undergo for any professional degree or higher studies as usual without any problems or confusion in future after obtaining CBSE certificate from CBSE.


Teli Hakap

HM, Govt Secondary School, Rajiv Gandhi University campus, Rono Hills, Doimukh.

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