NEW DELHI, Mar 19: Justifying the maxim – Good deeds never go unrewarded – President
Pranab Mukherjee yesterday conferred National Tourism Award-2011-12 in recognition
of excellence and salutation of the nation to institutions and individuals, including
Arunachal Pradesh tourism department for taking the ‘Incredible India’ to newer heights.
Secretary Tourism Sonam Chombay and director A K Singh received the national honours
- Best State: Clean India campaign and Special Prize for innovative use of Information
Technology for promotion of tourism - for the GoAP from the President in presence
of Union Tourism Minister (Independent change) K Chiranjeevi.
Mukharjee called for promoting tourism while strictly adhering to cleanliness to
ensure a Swatch Bharat. He said tourism could earn huge revenue while generating
direct and indirect jobs supplementing the GoI efforts in tackling growing unemployment
It may be recalled that the department of tourism had taken the Campaign Clean Arunachal
to all the districts to sensitise and educate all stakeholders including the youth,
NGOs, Villagers, hoteliers and tour operators about the importance of cleanliness
and its impact on health, not only of the tourists but also the locals. An attractive
jingle sung by two popular bands of India was used to involve the youth in this campaign.
Five categories of awards are on-going endeavours of the Ministry of Tourism to diversify
the tourism products of the country by developing and promoting new niche segments,
so as to attract different categories of tourists with diverse interests and to promote
India as a year-round destination, Chiranjeevi said while congratulating the awardees.
Andhra Pradesh bagged the Best State/UT Comprehensive Development of Tourism award,
Andhra’s Warangal city won the Best Heritage City Award - Amritsar Heritage Walk
and Delhi Heritage Walk was declared the joint winners of the Best Heritage Walk
It may be recalled that after Arunachal Pradesh was adjudged as the 4th Best Region
by Lonely Planet, BBC’s globally circulated magazine in 2012, the state was voted
the ‘Favourite Upcoming Destination’ by Outlook Traveller readers, an outcome of
a survey conducted in 2012 by IPSOS poll of readers through the magazine and its
website in January last.
The survey was an authoritative benchmark of consumer preferences in travel and tourism
across 18 categories including hotels, airlines, and holiday destinations.
Arunachal’s unique culture, cuisines, art and handicrafts had turned the cynosure
of all eyes, particularly among 100 international delegates from three SAARC and
10 ASEAN countries at India’s first three-day International Tourism Mart at Guwahati
in January last.
Chiranjeevi, in his inaugural address, had said, “NE is being promoted as one of
the most leading 365-day tourism destinations of India. The ITM if succeeds would
be a regular feature.”
Union tourism secretary Parvez Dewan had all praises for Arunachal while expressing
the hope that the ITM might increase the foreign tourists to the NE region by 20%.
India received 66 lakh foreign tourists, including NE’s share of 59,000, during 2011,
Govt will ensure equal share of dev. in all constituencies: FM
Budget -2013-14 approved
Itanagar, Mar 19: Arunachal Pradesh Finance Minister Chowna Mein today assured giving
due attention to all constituencies of the state equally and said the state government
would provide additional allocation to each constituency on need-based priority if
necessary, for overall development of the state.
Responding to suggestions and pleas put forward by various members during budget
discussion, Mein said that all proposals announced in last year budget were going
effectively, while many new innovative schemes were incorporated in the 2013-14 budget
with major stress on girl education and agri-horti sector.
"A silent revolution is going-on in agri-horticulture sector of the state with
a sense of competition among the farmers," he said.
Thrust on various other sectors were given in the budget which would contribute to
economic development of the state. Mein said.
Along with agriculture and horticulture, rubber and tea should go in parallel as
the development mantra for the state, he added.
Referring to the education sector, Mein said the state government attached priority
on the education sector and is working out modalities to get cent per cent achievement
in implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, a central flagship programme introduced
in the state during 2003.
"The state government this year has released an amount of 68.42 crore as state's
matching share for providing salary to the teachers under SSA," he informed while
highlighting the speedy growth of the education sector in the state.
Pointing at the hydro power potentials of the state, the minister said once all the
projects were commissioned, the state would witness a sea change in the developmental
Mein also advocated for a change in the planning process in tune with the changing
Taking part in the discussion, Education Minister Bosiram Siram highlighted various
problems faced by the department in providing salary to SSA teachers.
Agriculture, Horticulture and Dairy Development Minister Setong Sena while appreciating
Mein said that the budget was designed to cater to the needs of the farming community.
BJP MLA Tamiyo Taga alleged that there was no serious effort by the government to
generate revenue, while Congress member J K Panggeng suggested putting a check on
revenue pilferage by sensitizing all departments.
Trinamool Congress member Laeta Umbrey while insisting to generate state's own resources
suggested the government to facilitate private sector for creating jobs in the state.
Among others former Finance Minister Kalikho Pul, P D Sona, Bamang Felix and Tani
Loffa also participated in the budget discussion.
The House later adopted the 2013-14 Budget which was placed in the assembly on March
16 last, by voice votes.
The assembly also approved the supplementary demands for grants for 2012-13 and demands
for grants for 2013-14 and passed the Arunachal Pradesh Appropriation (No 1) Bill
2013 (Supplementary Demands) and Arunachal Pradesh Appropriation (No2) Bill 2013
(Budget Estimates) which was placed in the assembly by Mein today, by voice votes.
Arunachal submits project proposals for central fund
Itanagar, Mar 19: After Chinas objection to the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded
flood control project in Arunachal Pradesh, the state government has submitted proposals
to the Centre to provide fund from its internal resources, Water Resources Development
Minister Newlai Tingkhatra informed the assembly today.
Responding to a supplementary from Trinamool Congress member Laeta Umbrey during
Question Hour, Tingkhatra said that as the ADB loan did not materialise, a change
in the project was unavoidable to incorporate additional areas where the facility
was needed more and infrastructure.
He gave a list of projects and estimates of expenditure in different river basins
of the state.
The state government and the Centre engaged the ADB to explore investment opportunities
on integrated flood & riverbank erosion management (IFREM) in Arunachal during 2006,
After completing its survey and technical investigation during 2009, the ADB had
wrapped up its findings and submitted a final report.
Though the final report was submitted to the Centre during 2010 but because of international
implications funding the ADB funding did not materialise, the minister said adding,
fresh proposals were submitted incorporating other areas and infrastructure.
While highlighting the precarious condition of Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district,
the worst-hit area during the last flood by Sibo-Korong river, he demanded adequate
fund as estimated by ADB to the tune of Rs 49.19 crore and subsequently revised to
Rs 64 crore. PTI
Arunachal losing revenue due to tax pilferage
Itanagar, Mar 19: Arunachal Pradesh was losing a huge chunk of money as revenue
due to tax pilferage by under-declaration of goods by transporters in 17 Border Facilitation
Counters (BFCs) in various districts of the state, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today
While responding to a question raised by BJP MLA Tangor Tapak, Tuki, who also holds
the Tax and Excise portfolio said that due to non-installation of electronic weighing
bridges and CCTV cameras, revenue leakages were taking place in all the BFCs.
Tax pilferage has always been a serious issue which cannot be detected without any
means and machines to monitor or ascertain the actual weight of the goods. To check
such leakage of revenue, the department has created an enforcement wing, to visit
the BFCs from time to time, Tuki said.
The chief minister said that the department has also installed electronic weighing
bridges at BFCs at Kimin, Dirak, Hukanjuri and Kharsang and CCTV cameras along with
dedicated broadband connectivity had been sanctioned for the BFCs at Gumto, Ruksin,
Dirak, Hukanjuri, Kharsang, Kimin, Hollongi, Banderdewa and Bhalukpong during 2011-12
in the projects under Special Plan Assistance (SPA) of 2010-11 with a total estimated
amount of Rs 171.1 lakh.
The proposal for installation of electronic weighing bridges at BFCs at Ruskin, Likabali,
Sunpura and Namchik has already been approved in the projects under SPA of 2011-12
with a total estimated amount of Rs 118.80 lakh which is to be implemented during
2012-13, the chief minister said.
He said that an approximate amount of Rs 28 lakh would be required for installation
of CCTV cameras in the BFCs at Sunpura, Santipur, Namchik, Keroi, Kanubari, Deomali
Lohit Youth Libraries team participates in Intl. Conference on English Language Teacher
Educators at Hyderabad
HYDERABAD, Mar 19: ‘English Language education in the country can no more ignore
India’s rich cultural and linguistic diversity and traditions. And these need to
be woven into the ELT policies in the country if we have to give our young generation
a strong mooring in English language, to prepare them for the challenges of the 21st
century. Our varied mother-languages and bi-lingual and multilingual abilities are
not obstacles, but will only strengthen the English language learning skills of our
students.’ This, in brief, was the unanimous message voiced by language experts
from both within India and abroad, at the just concluded the 3rd International Conference
on English Language Teacher Education in a Diverse Environment at Hyderabad on March
In what is called the largest English language conference in the world, about 1200
delegates, including renowned scholars from several countries across Asia, Europe,
America and Africa came together to discuss, review and share experiences, to reinforce
the English language teaching practices, that can empower millions of youth struggling
to master the language. It would establish and build a network of English language
teacher educators providing a forum for professional development.
To bring honour and credit to Arunachal Pradesh was a 3-member team from the Lohit
Youth Libraries, discussing and voicing the great concerns regarding the challenges
of English education in Arunachal schools, and exploring possible models and ideas
that could bring in rays of hope to all stake-holders -- our teachers, students,
parents and policy-makers.
The Conference, organized jointly by the British Council, EFLU, English Language
Teachers Association of India (ELTAI) and supported by OUP, CUP, Trinity College
of London and others was inaugurated by Rob Lynes, Minister of Cultural Affairs,
British Council, India. He said the challenge before us is to ensure that English
is not a barrier but a social tool for inclusive education to reach the most differently
abled and marginalized groups. Sunaina Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the English & Foreign
Languages University (EFLU, the erstwhile CIEFL), quoting Mark Twain, said the challenge
before us is ‘how we would like our youth to be led by English language learning
two decades ahead.’
The valedictory address was delivered by Paul Sellers, Director, British Council,
South India, who complimented the large network of teacher-groups from SSA Maharashtra,
Kerala, Bihar, Assam as well as from Greece, Middle East, Pakistan & Africa, for
working with British Council to improve English language standards in their respective
areas. He reiterated the message that we need to accept Diversity in language learning.
In a speech Prof Paul Gunashekar, Dean ELE, EFLU, appealed to the participants, especially
young scholars, to strive to practise the ideas learnt from the conference and come
back again to share their experiences with others. “Come and slog a year or two studying
in EFLU” he exhorted young students, an appeal that could be surely relevant for
Arunachal’s post-graduate students.
Main keynote speakers included Prof. B. Kumaravadivelu, San Jose State University,
USA, Dr. Penny Ur, UK, Gary Anderson, Cambridge University Press, Edrian Holliday,
Christ Church University, UK, Manique Gunesekera, University of Kelaniya, Lanka and
Prof Amritavalli, EFLU. Of special appeal to university and college educators of
all subjects alike was Gunesekera’s very interesting talk on ‘English skills for
Employability in the 21st century’. Equally absorbing was the panel discussion “language
for development” attended by reputed scholars and chaired by Philip Powell-Davies,
which stressed the vital importance of local languages in strengthening English education
among the masses. The panel unanimously pointed out that unless the linguistic skills
of the young children in their mother-languages are strengthened in the early schooling,
a strong foundation in English education cannot be brought out. In addition there
were several parallel group discussions and presentations on various issues and experiments
related to language teaching and education.
The Lohit Youth Libraries (LYL), represented by Rejum Potom, teacher, Wakro, P. Sreedevi,
library activist and the Coordinator, Lohit Youth Libraries, received warm responses
from many scholars and participants. Talking to the Coordinator, Dr. Debanjan Chakravarti,
Head, English Partnerships, British Council, East India, heartily applauded the reading
promotion activties of the youth Libraries and assured to extend the support of British
Council to strengthen the reading movement. Prof Amol Padwad, veteran leader of ELTAI,
and Nivedita Bedadur of Azim Premji Foundation, offered their full support to any
initiative to strengthen teacher education programmes in Arunachal.
As the Conference concluded, one hopes that our leaders too would respond to the
great challenges before Arunachali youth in mastering English for their future needs.
This is the minimal assurance that can be given to the common citizen of the state
that his child would not be marginalized in the world in the coming decades.
The Lohit Library team expressed their sincere gratitude to Finance Minister Chowna
Mein and MLA Tezu Karikho Kri for their patronage and support.
Depletion in forest cover causes concern
RUKSIN, Mar 19: The growing strain on forest wealth including timber, boulder and
hunting of wild animals, has posed a grave threat to the Gutin Reserve Forest (RF).
Frequent out-breaking of forest fire is posing serious threat to the wildlife and
greenery in the RF and its adjoining areas.
Territorial forest has sustained a severe blow with the growing requirement of timber
in construction-related activities, but with little heed being paid to the protective
and aesthetic aspects of forest, productive aspects of forests is being exploited
to the detriment of ecological balance.
Report has revealed that Gutin RF under Pasighat territorial forest division is facing
brunt of forest fire and excessive felling of trees for timber by the villagers and
jhum cultivation by villagers of nearby villages, which is posing serious threat
to its existence. In the recent past, forest fire destroyed green cover at Debing
portion of the RF, collapsed terrestrial ecosystem in a vast area. The forest fire
spread due to villagers setting fire for jhum cultivation engulfed thousands hectare
rubber plantation near Gutin RF.
It is worth mentioning that a section of local villagers are claiming private land
ownership (Morang) in Debing portion of Gutin RF and even selling some parts of forest
land to other individuals. The forest department, despite observing free encroachment
of land in Gutin RF, has yet taken any rigid steps against the encroachers.
In a similar manner, the Poba RF at Ruksin town outskirt has come under tremendous
pressure following alleged cavalier attitude of the authorities concerned towards
its protection. Taking advantage of the loophole of the forest officials, smugglers
are reportedly having a field day in this RFs. The alleged nexus of some forest range
officer with the illicit traders have made the task easier for the smugglers to carry
out the illegal activities during the night hours.
“Smugglers allegedly in league with some unscrupulous Forest officials are involved
in this destructive mission,” said some conscious citizens here adding that all the
felled logs are either supplied to other places or chopped in local saw mills illegally
operating under the very nose of the forest range offices.
Poba, which was declared a reserve forest by a gazette notification in 1924 and 1934
(with extension of 988 hectares) boasts of many species of valuable trees, rare and
endangered animals and ornamental plants, besides medicinal herbs. Larger area of
the RF falls in Dhemaji forest division of Assam as the NH-52 is passing amidst it.
Simen river is not ‘boundary’ for Adis and Galos
RUKSIN, Mar 19: The Simen river (popularly known as Ego Korong), which demarcates
Nari-Seren (Ramle Banggo) and Dipa (Jigo Banggo) area is not the boundary of ancestral
land between Adis and Galos as claimed by the leaders of Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) and
other organizations. The leaders’ view is either due to lack of their historical
knowledge or for political gain. This statement was made by a Nari-Seren Anchal Block
ZPM Kenyom Dabii. Dabii in a written statement said that demand for creation of Lower
Siang district has been made with a view of socio-economic development of the area
near the vulnerable state boundary and to maintain peaceful coexistence with the
people of neighbouring Assam.
Referring historical records, Dabii stated that late Bochi Doye, a member of Doye
clan resided at Seren village near present Sime River way back in 1848. Later his
descendent Tasak Doye and Tasen Doye and several other Galo citizens served the society
as Gam (Gaon Burah) under the Political Officer of then Abor Hill district at Pasighat
in pre-independent period. It proves that the Galos have been dwelling in Ramle Banggo
area since time immemorial maintaining peaceful coexistence with Adis, Mishings and
Dabii recalled that territorial boundary was made in the past on individual or social
base. So, the concept of demarcation of boundaries between Adis and Galos is wrong
According to ZPM Dabii, the former Deputy Commissioners of East Siang and West Siang
district submitted their feasibility reports in their best intellectual calibers
considering deliverance of effective administration to rule the people particularly
the Nari-Koyu and Likabali bordering to Assam.
LAMPS’s Hardware Shopping Centre inaugurated
From Yachang Tacho
ZIRO, Mar 19: Much to the relief of people of Lower Subansiri district, the Hardware
Shopping Centre, an extended part of Subansiri Large Sized Multipurpose Co-operative
Society Ltd. (LAMPS), Old Ziro has been formally inaugurated by Lower Subansiri deputy
commissioner, Taru Talo in present of R D Thongun, Jt. RCS, Naharlagun on March 17.
The Subansiri LAMPS, Ziro which once flourished as a cooperative Society until nineties
was lying defunct. After formation of a new Board of Director last year with Koj
Tara as the chairman, has persuaded Govt. from pillar to post to revive the decade
long defunct LAMPS. The new BoD, as reported, held series of meetings to bring back
the past glory of LAMPS. Finally, with the help of State Co-operative Apex Bank and
department of Cooperation, GoAP, the Shopping Centre of it has been revived. Now,
the LAMPS has to deal both hardware and PDS items.
In the inaugural function, the BoD to LAMPS has submitted separate memorandums to
Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner, RCS Naharlagun and to MD Apex Bank seeking their
further support for taking up many more activities of the LAMPS.
The DFCSO, DRCS, bank officials, other dignitaries and shareholders of the LAMPS
were attended the function.
In a separate communiqué, Koj Tara, chairman to BoD has conveyed his gratitude to
all his team members, district administration, DRCS officers and officials and senior
citizens for extending moral and physical support towards successful reviving of
the decade long defunct LAMPS. The LAMPS will never look back and will go ahead for
the benefit of people of Lower Subansiri District, he added.
Cabinet clears revised Food Security Bill
NEW DELHI, Mar 19: The government on Tuesday approved the revised Food Security Bill
to provide for uniform 5 kg of foodgrains per month per person at a highly subsidised
price of Rs 1-3 per kg to two-thirds of the country's population.
However, about 2.43 crore poorest of the poor families covered under the Antyodaya
Anna Yojana (AAY) scheme under PDS would get legal entitlement to 35 kg of foodgrain
per family per month.
"Revised Food Bill has been cleared. We will try to bring the amendments to the Food
Bill in Parliament before Friday," food minister K V Thomas told reporters here after
the Cabinet meeting.
The extra burden on the food subsidy would be about Rs 20,000 crore from the current
level, while foodgrains requirement is expected to be 61.23 million tonnes, he added.
"Uniform prices of Rs 3, 2 and 1 per kg for rice, wheat and coarse grains, respectively,
will be applicable to all eligible beneficiaries. The prices would be revised after
three years from the implementation of the Act," he said.
In the original Bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha in December 2011, beneficiaries
were divided into priority and general households. Priority households were entitled
to 7 kg of rice, wheat and coarse grains per person per month at Rs 3, Rs 2 and Re
1 per kg respectively. At least 3 kg for 'general' households at 50 per cent of support
The amendments to the Bill have been done in line with the Parliamentary Standing
Committee report that suggested doing away with dividing beneficiaries into two categories.
The panel had advocated uniform monthly entitlement of 5 kg grain per person at uniform
price. Earlier, sources had said that more than 55 amendments have been proposed
to the Bill.
Under the current public distribution system (PDS), BPL and AAY families get 35kg
of foodgrains per month, while the allocations for APL families range between 15kg
Currently, rice is supplied to AAY families at Rs 3/kg, BPL families at Rs 5.65/kg
and APL families at Rs 8.30/kg. Wheat is sold at Rs 2/kg to AAY families, while BPL
gets wheat at Rs 4.15/kg and APL at Rs 6.10/kg. PTI
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
Unidentified body found
ITANAGAR, Mar 19: An unidentified male body was found from Niti Vihar area this morning.
According to the capital police sources, the nearby resident discovered the body
and immediately informed the police. Post mortem was done at Arunachal State Hospital,
Naharlagun and body, aged below 25 years, has been kept at RKM hospital morgue.
Police further informed that the body was beyond recognition and is believed to be
of non-APST’s. However, his clothes were intact. The Itanagar police requested the
citizens, who are wanting more information about the death person, to contact them.
ITANAGAR, Mar 19: The Department of Education, Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh,
is organizing a two days National Seminar on “Teacher Education in Contemporary Society”
on 21st and 22nd March.
Many resource persons from various parts of the country will deliberate to assure
and ensure the quality of Teacher Education. Dr. Raj Bharadwaj, (Retired) from American
Institute of Indian Studies, New Delhi will deliver Key Note address in the seminar
to be presided over by Professor K. C. Kapoor, the Vice Chancellor in-charge.
Roing EO centre looted
ROING, Mar 19: The District Emergency Operation Centre, (DEOC) Roing was robbed off
by unidentified miscreants on March 17 night, informed A Perme, DDMO. The thieves
had entered the Centre by breaking the main door lock of the office probably taking
advantage of the stormy night. The Office Laptop, a portable iron and concrete cutting
saw machine provided by the Directorate of Disaster Management was taken away by
the thieves/burglars, he informed.
A case has been registered at Roing Police Station under IPC 1860 Section 457/380
the next day and investigation launched. DIPRO
Awareness camp under National Mission on Food Processing
DAPORIJO, Mar 19: The Upper Subansiri District Industrial Centre (DIC) has conducted
a one-day awareness camp under the National Mission on Food Processing at DIC conference
hall, Daporijo today. More than 44 beneficiaries from various circles participated
in the camp.
Addressing the participants, Daporijo DDI Tuli Basar highlighted the details guidelines
of National Mission on Food Processing. HDO Rumro Sorum spoke about various scope
of establishing food processing units like Juice making and pickle making units with
available local row materials. Daporijo SVO Dr. D. Murtem delivered lectures on preservation
of meats, other food processing related to the milk, etc, while Yompe Ado, ADO, Hq
imparted knowledge on preservation of Maize, Millet, wheat and other agricultural
G. Ete, ADC, Daporijo gave emphasis on creating a true entrepreneurial atmosphere
in the district in particular and the state as a whole. He also enlightened the participants
about the Govt subsidy schemes for aspiring entrepreneurs. At the end of the camp,
Ete distributed certificates to all the participants.
Earlier on March 15, the DIC Daporijo also conducted an entrepreneurship development
programmes (EDPs) under Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme.
Addressing the inaugural session of the programme, DDI Tuli Basar highlighted the
importance of training under EDP. Altogether 32 entrepreneurs have participated in
it and the resource persons were Minte Siga, Assistant Controller Legal Metrology
and Consumer Affairs, Jumni Ligu, Labour and Employment Officer, H. Pegu, Branch
Manager, SBI, Daporijo.
Re-demarcate buffer zone: APPDSSU
ITANAGAR, Mar 19: The drawing of demarcation line in densely forest area is always
been remain tough task for the forest department, as All Pakke-Kessang Pijerang Dissing-Passo
Seijosa Students Union(APPDSSU) today claimed that forest department has drawn demarcation
line for buffer zone under Pakke-Kessang administrative jurisdiction without public
consent. In its representation to the principal chief conservator of forest, union
lodged strong protest by terming the inclusion of many villages under buffer zone
as gross violation. It demanded the authority to re-demarcate the buffer zone area
which it said be excluded Suchung, Dissing Passo and some parts of Seijosa. Union
also demanded for public hearing on declaration of buffer zone while adding that
department should take public conscience.
EDP for women
YINGKIONG Mar 19: A five-day entrepreneurship development programme (EDP) for women
under gender budget being organized by the District Industries Centre, Upper Siang
got under way. Altogether 25 trainees attended the training programe which would
be ended on 23 March. Attending the inaugural function Dunggoli Libang,Chairperson
Zila Parishad Member suggested the trainees to avail the benefit of the training
programe. He further added that people of area should choose cottage industries and
village industries for their livelihood. Dy. Director of Industries Marme Kato Loya
highlighted the aims and objectives of the training programe. She also emphasized
woman be the role model as entrepreneur. Among others present in the meeting were
Tuting ZPM Mukut, Longchung, Mekem Nopi, President Women Welfare Society Yingkiong
and Oma Pertin Secretary Women Welfare Society (DIPRO).
Citrus rejuvenation prog
PASIGHAT, Mar 19: Citrus is considered as the major fruit crop in East Siang district.
But the citrus farmers are now going through a severe financial losses due to serious
problem of “Citrus decline” in the district.
Keeping in view the seriousness of the problem in the district, East Siang Krishi
Vigyan Kendra, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agriculture University,
Pasighat organized a training cum demonstration programme on Citrus Rejuvenation
at Renging village.
Toge Riba, SMS Plant Protection, demonstrated the techniques for rejuvenation of
old and declined Citrus orchard i.e. pruning of old and unproductive branches, removal
of mosses and Loranthus, trunk painting with Bordeaux mixture and basin method of
During demonstration and discussion session Riba also explained the farmers that
quick decline in citrus is also attributed by nutrient, pest and diseases and also
poor management of orchard by the farmers. He also elaborately explained about common
insect pests, diseases and orchard management practices for the citrus. The programme
was organized at the orchard of Tamak Tamuk, Gaon Bura Renging village. Altogether
35 farmers participated in the programme. The programme was sponsored by Agriculture
Technology Management Agency (ATMA) East Siang.
MMJ road reopens after restoration of bailey bridge
RUKSIN, Mar 19: The public work department recently restructured Bailey bridge over
Ngorlung river along Mirem-Mikong-Jonai (MMJ) road. With the restoration of bailey
bridge the road remains open for vehicular movement.
The bridge was caved in on the night of June 23 last year due to plying of overloaded
truck. It was remained un-repaired for several months causing immense problem for
the villagers as it is the vital life-line for Ngorlung, Niglok, Mikong and Mirem
villages under Ruksin circle.
The president of Legong Banggo Students Union Johny Modi and other student community
members have expressed their gratitude to PWD officials for their team spirit and
efforts put in carrying out renovation works. They also appreciated local MLA Tangor
Tapak for his initiatives for reconstruction of the Bailey bridge. An amount of Rs
45 lakh was estimated against reconstruction of the bridge.
Formation of numerous new organizations concerns AAPSU
ITANAGAR, Mar 19: The Central executives body meeting of the AAPSU held here yesterday
with its president Kamta Lapung on the chair adopted resolution against collection
of donation by unknown persons in the name of AAPSU. Such person will face stern
action from the union. It is a major threat against the integrity of AAPSU and it
also defame the image of state apex students’ organization and their contribution
of last many decades, AAPSU stated.
Further expressing concern over formation of numerous organizations using the words
‘Arunachal’ and ‘Students’, AAPSU said they are being formed purely for individual
interest or to mislead the society. This type of organizations has neither proper
vision nor they have mandate from students’ community. Their sole objective is for
individual development, AAPSU said adding there is no place for forming such organization
since the student’s community has mandated AAPSU as apex body for last half century.
“All the students’ organization in the state is federal body of AAPSU and they are
abiding the AAPSU constitution. But now-a-days it is observed that everyday a new
organization is formed and declares bandh call which indicates that they are doing
it for their individual benefits. Such activity carries no meaningful contribution
for society and also curtails public peace and tranquility in the state particularly
in state capital,” AAPSU said.
AAPSU urged all the well-wishers, intellectuals, businessmen, politician and bureaucrats
to stay away from such cheap organizations and said that union will never co-operate
their movement too.
248 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Save land for the future
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to express the views in connection
with the Govt land encroachment which took place at Pakke Kessang circle. As per
the present trend, the Govt land encroachers are mostly people from intellectual/bureaucratic
background. Being a student's activist some time we protest demanding for eviction
of the illegal land encroacher but it goes in vain due to weakness and inefficiency
of our system. Thus my point is that if the intellectuals occupy the Govt land then
how we would protect/check further encroachment of the common people. We are demanding
for creation of Pakke Kessang district and in the future we will need land for future
infrastructure development. Therefore land encroachment should not be allowed in
Please do proper investigation
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I, as one of the applicant who took part
in the lottery draw for the selection of beneficiaries under “Mukhya Mantri Paryatan
Vikash Yojana” which was conducted on 14th March 2013 at DC Office Daporijo, really
appreciate the Chairman, members and Member Secretary for holding the selection in
fair and transparent manners in presence of the candidates. But on behalf of all
the unlucky candidates of category under Diploma in Travel Tourism and Hotel Management,
I would like to inform and request DC Daporijo and all the board members of draw
that some of selected beneficiary of this scheme are the employee of Govt or Semi
Government Organisation. The most important question is how they could get unemployment
certificate and how they managed to participate in the draw. It is already mentioned
in the eligibility criteria that applicant must not be employed under any Govt or
Semi Govt organization.
So, I on behalf of deserving candidates would like to request the concern authority
to take strict action against those beneficiaries who are already employed and immediately
cancel their selection by proper investigation.
Chimpu facing water problem
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw kind attention to
the deep slumber Public Health Engineering Department ,that people of Chimpu area
are facing acute shortage of water since last 1 year due to damage caused by construction
of 4 lane NH52 road from Chimpu to Hollongi.
The residents of Chimpu area are compelled to use contaminated water from nearby
streams/rivers. There are every chances of being infected with water borne like diseases
like Hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, acute gastroenteritis and many more diseases.
The water coming from dumping zone is very dangerous to health of both human and
animal’s consumption. It carries not only disease agents but also carry carcinogenic/toxic
materials. Most of the villagers are migrants and living below poverty line (BPL)
and can’t afford to dig tube well. The concern department should ensure water connection
before monsoon season arrives.
Dr Sorang Taben
Village Chimpu III.
Genuine demand should be heard
The demand made by various Adi unions to exclude Adi villages from the proposed Lower
Siang District is genuine and it will be a wise decision by the government if they
understand the sentiments of the people of these areas. The social factor should
not be ignored in making political decisions. The forceful inclusion of these villages
may severely disturb the peace and harmony in these areas. Further, the vast region
and areas located between Basar and Likabali are more backward and remote than the
said villages of East Siang district.
Hence, I appeal the government to consider the establishment of Lower Siang district
headquarter either at Basar or at any other suitable place between Basar and Likabali
such as Daring, Rilu, Garu, Gensi or Siji.
Chauvinism of government
Before I start, I would like to say that I hold highest respect for our Governor,
and I really do not doubt his credibility and efficiency. With all due respect,
I doubt the growth report on agri-horticulture sector presented by him on the first
day of assembly. I think it is mostly based on paper works, not on real terms. Because,
if there’s a growth in this sector then how come the prices of foods, vegetables,
meats and fruits in the market is sky-rocketing. It clearly implies that these items
were brought from outside the states. If we see practically, our agri-horticulture
economy is totally dependent on the other states, especially Assam. Forget about
the other economic sectors which lie in negative radar. Our agro-economy is totally
at the mercy of Assam. If someday Assamese fix the price of Potato at Rs. 500 per
kg, we have to accept it. Because I don’t think eating bundle of notes will ease
our hunger. We are not a self-sufficient economy. And I think, suppose by some reason,
if food supplies have been cut-off for a year only to our state, majority of our
population will starve. Marasmus and Kwashiorkor would prevail in the state! Hats
off to the farmers of West Kameng and East Siang for boosting our agro-horti economy
to some extent, which also needs due channelization. Many vocational or workshops
on agri-horticulture sectors are proclaimed to be executed by administration. But
they are mere formality to execute the scheme, to put it into paperwork. I wonder
how people can learn the things just in 2-3 months with just theories without any
practical assignments and experimentation on field. Really want to train a people
for self employment; administration needs to train him for 1-2 years with complete
Iappreciate Government’s decision that govt. will implement Agriculture Mechanization
Programme, open Agriculture Shopping mall, will intensify cash cropping, double cropping
and cold storage facilities. Hopefully, these programmes will be implemented with
My other concern is that why govt. is not making any strategy regarding ILPs as railways
are going to come to state soon. Many cases of issuing PRC/ST to Non-APST are also
being reported from across the state. I think its most important issue. Outsider
especially Bangladeshi immigrants are real threat to our state. Issuing them ST/PRC
is like hitting own leg with axe. ST/PRC/ILP is our IMMUNITY against them, if in
future they try to prevail upon us it will help to check them. If we are selling
them ST/PRC then we are selling them our immunity. I totally disdain those people
who are engaged in this business, they are cheap and a person without self respect.
They are traitor of state. And may be the traitor of the country. Because, if in
future our state gets infected by them then trust me! We will be left with no other
option then to waiting for state to collapse. I am not against outsider other than
these Illegal immigrants, as we are growing state we need the help and support of
intellectual from outside to build our state, I welcome them. But no ST/PRC to non
APST. I appreciate TATO and DUGE for highlighting the issue in greater detail. It
shows short-sightedness of Govt. by not taking any action-plan on it.
My last concern is that whether administration goes through the “Readers Forum” column
or we are just wasting the ink of our pen. I request the press to give maximum coverage
to the issues which are really serious and authentic. God bless Aruncahal not from
outsider but from loopholes of …………………
Pappu Baza ,
Result of the meeting with CM
The All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) after having round table discussion
with the hon’ble CM, State of Arunachal Pradesh on 14thMarch 2013 on its charter
of demands and in the larger interest of the students appearing examination on the
said date had to defer the 12 hrs capital bandh on 15th March 2012. The hon’ble CM
opined that the creation of new district out of Papum Pare District is inevitable
in the long run at the same informed the union that in this winter State Assembly
Session the proposed creation of new district will be not put up this time in the
Assembly Session. Further, CM assured that he shall discuss more with the union in
details in this subject in the 1st week of April 2013.
The All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) congratulates all the District
Students Unions (DSUs) & Branch Students Unions (BSUs) of the DSUs who have earlier
participated in the movement against the order & notification issued by the Commissioner,
Land Management, dated 30th April 2012 & 24thMay 2012 to regularize the Govt. land
under occupation of private individuals, State and Central Govt. establishment. The
fact of the story is when the union had a round table discussion on 14th March 2013
the CM has supplied a copy of the order passed No.LF-102/2010/9345 date 16thOct.
2012 where it was clearly mentioned that the cabinet has not taken decision to regularize
all the private unauthorized occupants of Govt. land in various districts. The district
administration needs to examine the private individual occupants of govt. land on
case to case basis and if such occupants are found free from all encroachments/disturbance
from the Govt. premises, such case be recommended to Govt. for regularization/allotment
and realize land revenues as per the Govt. guidelines for land premium and annual
Further, the CM has agreed that the cabinet decision was wrongly interpreted in the
notification issued by the Commissioner Land Management, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.
The union doubts that in gap between 5 months -notification issued by Commissioner,
Land Management on 24th May 2012 and the Corrigendum issued by the Secretary (Land
Management), Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh file No. LF-102/2010/9345 date 16th October
2012 there might have been chance of issuance of land allotment from the DC office
by some individuals manipulating or taking advantage of the earlier notification
issued by the Commissioner, Land management, which the respective DSUs and concern
activists pursuing the illegal encroachment issues on Public Premises should check
in their respective Deputy Commissioner Office. The Union urges the state print media
for the publication of the said Corrigendum to pass information to the general public
of the state & to all concerns.
The Union had demanded for membership in the JHPC, since Papum Pare District is also
one of the affected districts. The CM has suggested the union to discuss with the
AAPSU in this regard. The union urged all the affected DSUs and to all concerns to
check & balance the submission of reports by the JHPC to the state govt. as the reports
should not go in favour of issuing PRCs to the Non-APSTs settling in the state. Regarding
the union’s demand for proper demarcation of jurisdiction between the Deputy Commissioner,
Capital Complex, Itanagar and the Deputy Commissioner, Yupia Papum Pare District,
the CM assured to discuss with the union in this regard in the 1st week of April
2013 to sort out the administrative inconvenience faced by the people residing in
the capital complex as well by the indigenous people of the Papum Pare district residing
in the capital complex jurisdiction.
The union reminded the CM that the sole purpose of creation of the Deputy Commissioner,
Capital Complex, Itanagar was to maintain Law and Order and protocol issues to make
the capital a crime free zone and for administrative convenience but today it has
been diverted from its sole objective. But there is overlapping distribution of administrative
powers and non-distribution of proper jurisdiction between the Deputy Commissioner,
Capital Complex, Itanagar & the Deputy Commissioner, Yupia, Papum Pare district is
rather creating lots of inconvenience to the capital dwellers.
On last point demand of the union for one LRSO in the Papum Pare District the CM
has suggested not to interfere in the revenue collection matter of the government.
The Union has inform the CM that because of the absence of the specific jurisdiction
between the LRSO, Capital Complex Itanagar & LRSO, Yupia, Papum Pare District applicants
applying for land allotment & PRCs are facing lots of harassment which he assured
to discuss later in the 1stweek of April 2013. Further, the CM has asked the All
Papum Pare District Students’ Union to bring any other matter of the district for
discussion in 1stweek of April 2013.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged participants of the United Nations
Final Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to conclude work by 28 March on a
comprehensive instrument that would establish standards for international trade in
conventional weapons. “You are not here to initiate new negotiations. You are here
to strengthen and conclude the work that has been done in earnest since the beginning
of the ATT process in 2006,” Ban told representatives from 193 Member States in his
opening remarks to the conference in New York. Now is the time for the focus and
political will to negotiate the final details and arrive at a consensus outcome during
the nine-day conference, Ban said. “That is the clear message of the General Assembly
when it decided that this is the Final United Nations Conference on the ATT.”
The last negotiations on the ATT ended in July of last year without agreement. Disappointed,
Ban described it as a “setback” but also noted that States had reached considerable
common ground that can be built on.
Armed violence, he noted, kills more than half a million people each year, including
66,000 women and girls.
In addition, between 2000 and 2010, almost 800 humanitarian workers were killed in
armed attacks and another 689 injured, according to the UN Office for Disarmament
“We owe this landmark UN treaty to those who have fallen victim to armed conflict
and violence, to all the children deprived of a better future, and to all those risking
their lives to build peace and make this a better world,” Ban said.
Some 2,000 representatives of Governments, international and regional organizations
and civil society have gathered at UN Headquarters to take part in the negotiations
and related events.
According to the conference’s website, the proposed treaty will not interfere with
the domestic arms trade and the way a country regulates civilian possession; ban,
or prohibit the export of, any type of weapons; impair States’ legitimate right to
self-defence; or lower arms regulation standards in countries where these are already
at a high level.