March 09

Rally for development

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Disappointed over lack of development in all spheres under Pumao circle ever since its establishment, the Pumao Circle Students' Union in collaboration with Longding District Students' Union (LDSU) conducted a rally for development at Longding on March 6 last. The rally was participated by the PRI leaders, students, womenfolk, chiefs, GBs and people from all walks of life.


I was not abducted: Nyodu

ITANAGAR, Mar 08: Chief Executive Officer cum SE of Rural Research Development Agency under RWD Doli Nyodu today said that he was not abducted by any organization or individual rather he went with some disgruntle bidders of a project to resolve the differences. He further clarified that without knowing the factual aspect of the matter his family had informed the police.

In a press statement he said that incident occurred due to misunderstanding arose out of ongoing phase X batch-II tender of PMSGY road being undertaken within the state. Nyodu abduction report came after his family lodged an FIR claiming that he was forcefully taken away by unidentified persons in his own car on Thursday evening.


Precautionary measures adopted for free and fair elections

ZIRO,  Mar 08: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner  Krishna Mohan Uppu while taking precautionary measures to avert occurrence of disturbance to the public peace and in the interest of conducting free and fair Parliamentary Elections'2014,  prohibits carrying of all types of firearms and ammunition, all kinds of daggers(daos)and all other lethal weapons including bows and arrows at the surrounding places of venue of political party meetings and at public places till April 30 in entire Lower Subansiri district.

Orders were also issued to deposit firearms in the nearest police stations within 15th March, failing to which may lead to cancellation of license as per Arms Act. DIPRO


Commonwealth Day

ITANAGAR, Mar 08: The Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Secretariat will celebrate Commonwealth day on March 10 next at Nokmey Namati Hall. A discussion on the topic 'Is Direct Democracy Practicable?' with special reference to India will be held on the occasion.


Extend cooperation to administration: CYO

ITANAGAR, Mar 08:  Claiming that stray animals have been one of the major causes of road accidents, the Capital Youth Organization (CYO) has appealed to the Capital Complex dwellers to extend cooperation to the Capital administration in its drive against stray animal.

Meanwhile, CYO has decided to carry out a month-long white washing drive to erase all the unwanted and illegal wall writings/advertisements in the road side and important office buildings from Chimpu to Itanagar from tomorrow onwards to give a facelift to the capital city, according to a CYO release.


Bandh observed

ITANAGAR, Mar 08: Reiterating its demand for granting ST status to Deori and Mishing tribes of the state, The All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association observed 24 hours bandh call at Lekang in Lohit district on March 6 last. The association further warned of continuing with the movement till the demands are met.


Programme on Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan held

ITANAGAR, Mar 08: Continuing its policy to make rural people aware of the hygienic practices and water sources preservation, PHE&WS Division Seppa conducted a school rally at Lada, one of the longest and remotest circle head quarters of East Kameng district.

Altogether 150 students including teaching staffs shouted slogans like 'one house one toilet', 'open defecation shame shame!', 'healthy surrounding healthy living' and 'green Lada clean Lada'.

Later, Field Testing Kits (FTK) for water quality testing training was organized for the PRI leaders and VWSC members. About 70 people from eight GPC participated in it.

Addressing the gathering, District Consultant Water and Sanitation PHE & WS Division Seppa Koro Liyak while sharing information on Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan programme called upon people to practice proper sanitation.

Speaking on the occasion as resource person, i/c Headmaster of Govt. Middle School Lada Dongbu Miji talking on the evils of open air defecation which is the main cause for transmission of diseases advised people to practice safe disposal of human excreta.

Chapi Riang District Consultant HRD PHE&WS Division Seppa encouraged the participants to drink boiled water and to keep their surrounding clean to minimize water borne diseases.


PPA for CBI inquiry into Greenfield Airport episode

ITANAGAR, Mar 08: Lambasting the Congress leadership in power for 'abrupt shifting of the Greenfield airport site from Banderdewa/Karsingsa to Halongi for their selfish gain,' People's Party of Arunachal (PPA)'s Chief Ministerial Candidate Laeta Umbrey has demanded for a CBI enquiry into the whole episode to reveal all the 'blacksheeps' involved in the mess

 "Had the project site not been shifted for getting huge land compensation deal, the all important multi-crore projects would have started by now," Umbrey said.

Supporting the voices of the Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum (BCIF), Umbrey urged the Govt. not to make mockery of the development projects and allow the public of Banderdewa circle to have the last laugh.

Taking dig at Congress Party, Umbrey stated that administration and governance today is done by Supreme Count and High Courts and not by the elected Government.

"When the High Court has directed the Govt. to maintain status quo on the issue of Greenfield airport, the Chief Minister of the State has no moral and legal authority to push the subject further," Umbrey asserted.


Five PLA ultras nabbed

ITANAGAR, Mar 08: Five PLA ultras have been apprehended and huge quantities of arms and ammunition recovered from their possession by security forces from Longding on March five.

The Assam Rifles stationed at Longding  in a joint operation with state police from Pongchau Police Station apprehended the PLA cadres from Pongchau area, who have been identified as Pongsiba Dingam, Jackson Kuki, Diwang Chawang, Monglemba Meitei  and Ngongo Meitei-- all from Manipur, informed Deputy Superintendent of Police JK Lego.

Two AK M-22, two AM-T81, one 3G81 LMG along with 631 rounds bullets, 13 magazines, one magazine box and cash Rs. 22,000 were recovered from their possession, Lego informed.

All of them were remanded to police custody. Earlier, they were sent to JMFC, Longding after joint interrogation.

A case (No. - 03/2014) has been registered against the ultras at Pongchau Police Station U/S 15 UA(P) Act R/W Sec. 21 Arms Act on receiving an FIR from one Dilip Singh of first Assam Rifles, Longding.


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Arunachal celebrates Intl Women's Day

ITANAGAR, Mar 8: Along with the rest of the world, Arunachal Pradesh has celebrated International Women's Day with pomp and gaiety today.

The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women celebrated the day at Banquet hall here in collaboration with Department of Women and Child Development and APWWS on the theme 'Equality for women is progress for all'.

Addressing the gathering, Padmashree Mamang Dai, Member of A P State Public  Service Commission, while speaking on the status of women in context of Indian mythology, said that women is worshipped, revered, and has a high esteem, however at the same time women go through various complex issues which need to be addressed in the right perspective. It's a challenging time for a woman and a mother to deal with young generations which is going through a transitional period and have easy access to social media.

She called upon all womenfolk to understand and be sensitive towards them and also guide them. More laws don't mean less crime, she said. It is important to look into the root cause of the crime as such incidents happen due to ignorance and unhealthy family environment. So it is necessary to enlighten people on such issues and include women in policy making process, especially in higher education sector.

She further urged upon the women of the state to re-establish our tribal credentials and create a pan -Arunachal identity.

Chairperson APSCW cum President APWWS Gumri Ringu, in her keynote address, while dwelling upon the history of celebration of IWD,  said that, in spite of framing of various women friendly laws, the factual position of women at the national and global level is still of great concern. Awakening of collective consciousness is the need of the day, change of heart and attitude is what is needed to achieve gender equality.

She further said that, gender equality does not mean fight against men, but fight against negative attitude that are ingrained in the society.

The resource person of the day, Advocate Nikita Danggen, while speaking on the theme said that, progress of women is progress of a society. Empowerment should begin at home and equality can be achieved through education, equal participation in policy making process, governance, economic etc. She also appealed all to stand up for equality and justice of women.

Director W&CD R T Riba, said that women play a very important role in a society and is one of the determinants of social development as well as architect of and contributor to building the society, the state and the nation.

Cultural program by Hiri Moro society, Doimukh Mahila party and a skit on 'Domestic Violence and gender Inequity was presented by HCCD group.

Members of State Commission, former members of APSCW, officers and officials from W&CD Deptt., police officers, various govt. officers, executive members of APWWS, NNA, NES, Students, Aganwadi workers and housewives attended the program.

Celebrating the day at Yingkiong in Upper Siang district at a function organized by APWWS district unit, ZPC Apel Modi advised the WWS members to educate/mobilize rural women about the empowerment of women with reference to Panchayati Raj etc. and to carry forward their responsibilities to family, area and society in constructive and peaceful ways.

DMO Dr Kaling Dai advised the participants on various health matters concerning women and children.

Various colourful cultural presentations by various tribes and sub-tribes of Adi community living in Upper Siang District were also presented on the occasion.

Celebrating the day with a difference, two stalls of 'Chai pe charcha with Namo' was organized by State Mahila Morcha Bharatiya Janata Party at Aakashdeep, Ganga Market here today.

BJP state unit president Tai Tagak and former Lok Sabha MP Kiren Rijiju and candidates for 01 West Arunachal Parliamentary Constituency addressed the gathering on the occasion.

The Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) observed the day at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium with the theme 'Mahila Suraksha Diwas' and topic 'safety of women status: A way forward'.

Addressing a mammoth gathering of women folk, All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) general secretary Jarjum Ete talked about safety of women, child labour and girl trafficking. She urged upon all to help one another in need.

Delivering keynote address, APMCC vice president Tadar Yadir pointed out that even when the Anti-rape bill has been passed in parliament, cases of rape and sexual harassments are still on the rise.

Itanagar Municipal Council, Chief Councilor, Higio Aruni said that government should create special reservation for women in jobs, politics and that equal status should be encouraged.

She further advocated for including martial arts in physical education classes.

OC, Women Police Station, Chukhu Nanu Bui, resource person, gave tips on how to combat cases of sexual violence/assaults. She said, "Such cases should be reported to the police immediately."

Advocate Taba Roji called for improving self confidence in women.

In another occasion, the Community Food & Nutrition Extension Unit (CFNEU), Itanagar in collaboration with the Itanagar Urban ICDS, Itanagar also celebrated the day at the premise of Itanagar Urban ICDS.

Speaking on the occasion, CDPO, Itanagar Tana Gumin while dwelling on the history of women's day celebration said that the day opened up opportunities for a large number of women organizations around the world acting on the economic and social rights of their fraternity.

Further recognizing women's contribution towards every field in nation building, he emphasized on the need to create mass awareness on the issues of women trafficking, child marriage besides health, dowry and its detrimental effect in the society.

In Lower Subansiri district, a peaceful procession was taken out in Hapoli township on the occasion of International Women's Day where in hundreds of woman of all ages participated with placards.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Krishna Mohan Uppu requested all mothers to give emphasis on providing good education to their children. He also expressed his admiration at the young and dynamic lady circle officers and exhorted the woman folk to follow by the examples.

Some prominent women of the district also spoke on the occasion. On the occasion special programs and games and sports were organized. Women from Mother's Society, Home Society, Hari Women Group, Bulla Women group presented cultural items. The program was organized by the APWWS Ziro Unit.

At Siyum: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) celebrated International Women's Day and SHG day with participation of  all the women and self help groups under IDEA.

Speaking on the occasion Fr. Johnson Puthur SAC, director of Catholic Mission, Siyum explained the need of empowering and respecting the women in the society. He added that the members of Self Help Groups should work sincerely and unified manner to achieve the goals.

Sr. Teena Therese SD, In charge of Divine Mercy Health Centre, Siyum exhorted the gathering to avoid the social evil, unrest in the society and appealed to the gathering to educate their children for a better, prosperous tomorrow.

Among others, Fr. Sijo Chacko, Principal of St. Vincent Pallotti School Siyum, Sr. Sheelet SD Headmistress were present  on the occasion.  Cultural programmes and sports activities were organized  to mark the occasion.

At Yachuli: International Women's Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm under the banner of Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society (APWWS) unit Yachuli in collaboration with World Vision India Yazali.   A procession was organized from Don Bosco School to Yachuli town with a play cards and banners by women's, children and students of Don Bosco.  

While speaking on the occasion, Joram Namu (Rijuju) Asstt professor DN College Itanagar urged the women to know their rights and to play important role in the process of development. She also called upon the women folk to fight against social evils like dowry system, child marriage and many other socials evil  which still exists  in our country. "Education to a girl child is more important to eradicate social evils in our society "said Namu.

Jaya Jawl Singh, Deputy Director ICDS Ziro and Joram Eliu ACP also spoke during the occasion. Dempu Pheiga program Manager, Panchayats leaders, Gauburas and senior citizen of Yachuli also attended  the program. Exhibition stalls by the women SHG members on weaving, handicraft, agriculture/horticulture, local ornaments etc.  and cultural programmes were other  attraction of the celebration.

In Lower Dibang  Valley District,  on the occasion of International Women's Day today, the district administration has given a different but valuable message to the citizens of Lower Dibang Valley through its youth icon, Tine Mena, the first Women Everester of the North East. The message was announced through the public address system in and around the Roing Bazaar area regarding the ethics of voting at par with the ECI guidelines and for free, fair and peaceful conduct of election in the district.

Meanwhile, the Expenditure Monitoring Cell has been formed in the district with Sandeep Kumar Singh, AC cum SDM as its Nodal Officers. Various teams under the cell viz. Video Surveillane Team, Video Viewing Team, Accounting Team, Media Certification & Monitoring Team, Static Surveillance Teams, etc. were formed and given training today. DIPRO




AAPSU demands President's Rule in state

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 08: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) today denounced the dissolution of Assembly with its strongest term and demanded immediate imposition of the President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh till the new legislative Assembly is constituted.

AAPSU said that complete breakdown of law and order in the state, economic blockade and boundary issue, dissolution of Assembly, financial crisis and mismanagement of the state exchequer are the reasons for demanding President's rule.

Addressing the media persons at Press Club today AAPSU President Kamta Lapung questioned the logic behind the state government's statement in which it stated that dissolution of Assembly is to minimize the election cost which roughly estimated Rs 70 crore. The state government is already under financial crisis and crore of public money has been mismanaged,  Lapung  added. Condemning the 'infighting between Congress leaders' which according to him put the entire state in current situation, Lapung said "Congress has 55 MLAs in the state Assembly and they should run the government smoothly. They cannot run away from the responsibility."  

"If the current government is unable to run the state, there is no need of care taker government; rather the state should be immediately brought under President rule," the apex student union said.

AAPSU also strongly opposed the chief secretary's statement, in which CS said that chief minister and council of ministers will continue to function, saying that it would encourage council of ministers to misuse the government machinery and power to score individual political mileage in run up to the election.

Citing the various law and order incidents such as reported RWD CEO Doli Nyodu abduction case, attack on professionals, fake LTS bill payment, and Tarraso incident, AAPSU General Secretary Biru Nasi stated that Arunachal government has failed to protect its own indigenous people. Nasi added that elected representatives have run away from the responsibility and abandoned the state out of greed and left its own people at mercy of hooligans.  He also termed the dissolution of Assembly as mockery of democracy saying that it would deprive thousands of students to enjoy their adult franchise as exam will be on in most of the colleges and universities.

 AAPSU Chief Advisor and former president Takam Tatung  criticized the Governor for accepting the cabinet recommendation for dissolution of Assembly. AAPSU Convenor Tadar Kakum asserted that AAPSU will fight continue to protect the lives and properties of the Indigenous people of the state. Finance Secretary Suraj Tayem in his address termed the cabinet decision to dissolve the state Assembly as biased decision ever made by the legislators in the history of the state.

Earlier AAPSU has submitted its representation to the Governor demanding deployment of adequate security forces at Capital complex, and other vulnerable areas like boundary to maintain law and order problem.  It also sought white paper on financial status of the state government claiming that there has been serious case of financial mismanagement and crisis which forced cabinet to call for simultaneous election of the state assembly along with Lok Sabha. AAPSU said that it expects reddressal of their demands from the Governor within 12th March saying that failing to do so would invite series of unprecedented agitations.



Simultaneous polls an intelligent move: SUMA

ITANAGAR, Mar 08: The Students Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) has welcomed the initiative of the State Government to recommend simultaneous polls for both Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh.

"We believe this is a historic and one of the most intelligent moves of the state government in the recent times," SUMA said in a release.

"Election process involves huge expenditure and conduction of the Assembly polls along with the Parliamentary elections will minimize the expenditure to a large extent," the release said.

Also, the burden on government officials on election duty will be lessened. If the Assembly polls were to be conducted after six months, the whole machinery will again have to be geared up, which will be tiresome exercise, the release said.

SUMA expressed gratitude to the Governor for accepting the recommendation for dissolution of the state legislative assembly by the Cabinet, which has cleared the deck for simultaneous polls. "There are so many issues like that of inter-state boundary row with Assam, law and order, financial crisis, infrastructure development, etc which need to be addressed immediately. Only a fresh and stable government with the people's mandate will only be able to deal with these urgent issues," it said.

SUMA appealed to all civil societies, political parties, student organizations and citizens to welcome the move and get prepared for the polls. It further said that opposition to the initiative for simultaneous polls, if any, from any quarter, will be with only political and selfish interests.

"SUMA will oppose any move by any organization that opposes the simultaneous poll initiative," the release added.



Poll personnel urged to ensure zero error during election process

CHANGLANG, Mar 08: In order to make the district prepared in all respects and to avoid any lacunae and untoward incidence during the ensuing Lok Sabha election Changlang Deputy Commissioner-cum-DEO, Chanchal Yadav called upon an emergency meeting amongst all the Administrative Officers, Security Personnel, members of Flying Squad, Static Surveillance Team, Video Surveillance Team, Video Viewing Team, MCMC, EMT and Accounting Team.  

Addressing the meeting, Yadav reiterated the important responsibilities of the all the members engaged in different duties and insisted them to have clear concept of the duties assigned to them to avoid future confusion. She exhorted officers, official and police personnel engaged in election duty to ensure zero error during the election process. Briefing upon all the standard operating plan of District during the ensuing Lok Sabha Election Yadav categorically asked the ADCs to make proper plan to send polling team well in advance under whose jurisdiction some polling stations are inaccessible.

Superintendent of Police Vijay Kumar briefed on Security Arrangement Plan in the district and responsibilities of those assigned with very important duties.

Tax and Excise, Superintendent Monica Medam Lowang also spoke in the meeting.

Earlier on March 07, DC Chanchal Yadav convened a meeting with the members of all National and State Political Parties yesterday. While giving the Schedules of the forth coming Lok Sabha election she urged all the members to go through the Model code of conduct and strictly follow the guidelines of the Election Commission of India during election process.

While informing the house that the motto of election this time is ethical voting, she requested the members present to educate the fellow citizens to refrain from giving and taking bribe and in case of have knowledge of such incidence inform the Complaint Monitoring Cell of the district at 03808-222293 and 03808222221which is a toll free numbers and functional for 24X7 hours. She requested all the party members not to make electoral offences by giving negative remarks on any caste, community or hatred words during the rallies. Superintendent of Police, Vijay Kumar and Superintendent, Tax & Excise Minica Medam Lowang also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO



Villages adopt social regulatory measures

AALO Mar 08: Various resolutions on reformations and restructuring of social life within Doke area jurisdiction was adopted in a meeting held at Raji Doke village recently.

The house unanimously imposed many social restrictions like banning on rearing of goat in the area to protect the leaves and bark of agriculture and horticulture plants and trees and every household have been appealed to sell or dispose off their domesticated goats within 2 months from the date of passing the resolution.

The house also passed a resolution to confine rearing of stray domestic pigs. It also said that no new forest, agricultural plants, Bamboo farm, Toku Patta garden will be planted within the village except plantation programme of pine trees for beautification of the village.

No outsiders are allowed to use any spot for picnic or other immoral activities throwing bottles, plastic materials within Doke area jurisdiction up to Sinem river side without prior permission from Group Secretary, ASM and GBs.  Illegal collection of woods, bamboo, tek/toko leaves, ékkam, bamboo shoots, sand, boulder etc. has also been banned at Doke area jurisdiction and violation by any individual will be imposed fine at the first instance. Any damage or demolition of public property like Keba Dere, Anganwadi centre, Community School, Teacher quarter, school building, church, Gangi intentionally by any individual will be imposed fine depending on the gravity of loss or damage caused.

The meet also stressed on individual household latrine, dispose off dead animals in epidemic by respective household owner, maintenance of ecological balance by banning traditional system of hunting. A fine will be imposed against the violators depending on the nature of violation. Cigarette, Tobacco, Tiranga and other alcoholic items which contain drugs is also prohibited within village area. Any retailer found selling such drug items to young boys and girls shall be imposed fine.  The meeting was attended by Toyi Doke, Group Secretary, Otem Jamoh, EAC Tirbin, Anchal Samity members, Gram Panchayat members, GBs and all households of six Doke villages, Sodo, Tedu, Ragi, Rumdo, Yapak, Dedu Lipu, and Moba Doke of Tirbin area. DIPRO



DEO calls for strict adherence to election guidelines

KHONSA, Mar 08: A meeting of all the Sector Magistrate, Nodal Officer, HODs and all the representatives of various political parties of Tirap and Longding districts was held in the DC's conference Hall today. Issue regarding conduct of election in peaceful and fair manner was discussed during the meeting.

All the nodal officers and magistrates appointed for flying squads were briefed about their duties by Kamlesh Joshi, DEO Tirap and Longding district. DEO directed all to perform their assigned duties as per the ECI guidelines. He further called for Video coverage of all polling stations in order to ascertain free and fair election in the trouble torn district.

Ajit Kumar Singla, Superintendent of Police, Tirap and Longding districts briefed the gathering about the MCC and requested all the magistrate to perform the duties as per MCC guidelines. At noon meeting with all the representatives of the various political parties of Tirap and Longding distirct was also held.

Kamlesh Joshi briefed the representative of various political parties to abide by the MCC guidelines and requested for extending their hand for a peaceful conduct of election. DIPRO



BJP alleges Govt. of hatching conspiracy to sabotage election process

ITANAGAR, Mar 08: The Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged that conspiracy is being hatched by the ruling Congress Government in the state to sabotage the election process by dissolving the State Assembly 'un-constitutionally and against the interest of the people before expiry of terms.'

Addressing a party meeting here today to take stock of the political scenario after the development, State BJP President Tai Tagak alleged that the state Assembly has been dissolved despite serious law and order situation only to gain political mileage.

"The State Government instead of taking care of the people's safety and security has made a mid-night exercise to dissolve the State Assembly even keeping the party legislators in dark," Tagak said.

Tagak disclosed that the Central Election and Legal Cell of the party will file petition to the Election Commission of India protesting the State Government's un-constitutional and undemocratic recommendation for dissolution of the State Assembly.

The meeting was attended by former ministers R K Khrimey, Naresh Glow, Nyato Regia, Tapen Siga, former BJP MLA Tamiyo Taga, former MLA Ngurang Pinch and Nani Rebia.



Unying-Aran festival celebrated with traditional fervor

ITANAGAR, Mar 08: The Adi community residing within the Capital Complex celebrated its Unying-Aran Gí:dí, the first festival of the Adi new year with great enthusiasm and traditional fervor at Naharlagun yesterday.

The day-long festival witnesses various cultural presentations by cultural troupes. Later, the main dance of Aran festival "Yakjong" dance was also performed in the festival ground where all walks of life participated.

On the occasion, Nyishi Elite Society's Papum Pare unit vice-chairman R K Taj extended Aran greetings to all people and exhorted them to celebrate all the festivals cutting across the community lines together to foster communal harmony and peaceful coexistence among all.

He further said that "We need to celebrate such festival irrespective of different community, caste, class etc. to foster communal harmony and peaceful coexistence. Celebrating such festival will also harness cultural exchange too", he said.

Taking note on wanton killing of wildlife during this festival, Taj, who is also a scientist at State Forest Research Institute discouraged rampant hunting and instead, asked them to adopt traditional way of hunting.

"We should use traditional way of hunting which is being inherited from our forefathers". He also said that many unwanted incidents (accident) occurred during the time of fishing and hunting due to rampant use of modern arms and weapons in such activities.

Unying-Aran Celebration Committee (UACC) adviser Jombo Ratan informed that the festival is celebrated to bid farewell to prosperous, vibrant, youthful past (winter season in which minimum suffering and bountiful of harvest crops exist) and welcoming of New Year indicates by sound of birds like Pipur, Pakkom, Todí-Kurkur and others.

"It is strongly believed that those who celebrate with full faith and believe to this festival, the 'Kojum-Koje' will bless them  for prosperity. So, the Unying/Donggin Sobos (mithuns) are being sacrificed during Unying-Aran", he said while reading the festival mythology.

He further said that Aran festival being the first and one of the biggest festivals of Adi community should be celebrated in a grand way. Whenever we talk about our festival it is the Aran festival where everyone can participate i,e from children to old people.

Participating the celebration, social worker Dakmo Jini asked the people to protect the 'Mother Earth' through this festival. He also advised the seniors to show the younger generation the foot prints of culture and tradition so that they can follow them thoroughly.

While wishing the people on the occasion, Adi Bane Kebang president Kangir Jamoh has expressed serious concern on deletion of the Aran festival from the holiday list by the state government.

He also informed that the Kebang has appraised the state government on the matter and they have taken the matter into special consideration for its inclusion.

Former information commissioner and senior citizen Bani Danggen said that the festival of Adis such as Unying-Aran, Podi-Barbi and Donggin are same kind of festival. He also exhorted for celebration of such festival together.

UACC president Dr Rajen Kombo and secretary Tamin Pabin and Dr Annong Borang also spoke about Aran festival.

Later in the evening, the children, men and women with Yakjong dress visited every house of the community to bless for well-being of the family.



Illegal boulder mining continues in East Siang


PASIGHAT, Mar 08: With mining of boulder, sand and sand gravels being the profitable industry for the contractors as well as the individual owners (Area Malik) in Siang valley, exploitation of mineral resources are underway in the region overlooking laid down norms.  One such example is boulder mining from the river beds.

It may be recalled that the Supreme Court has banned any kind of mining of minor minerals, including sand, without environmental clearance from the Union ministry for environment and forests, while National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued a restraint order on August 5, 2013, against all sand mining activity being carried out across the country without environmental clearance.

Despite the recent ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) across the country on mining of sand from river beds,  boulder mining  trade is flourishing in different parts of East Siang district, especially in Mebo and Ruksin Sub-division, albeit illegally.

Indiscriminate extraction of boulders and sand from the river beds at the bridge points is gradually affecting the river flows and this may pose great threat to the people living at downstream and cause an ecological catastrophe in the region.

Locals said that the matter was already brought to the notice of the East Siang district authority, but to no avail.

The local people with the environmentalists are seriously concerned over unscientific quarrying rampant in the river bed for the last several years which has resulted in change of course by the river. The authority concerned has no control over the dangerous practices.

It is alleged that that majority of persons carrying out mining activity of removing minerals from the riverbed have no licence to extract and also they have not obtained "clearance" from the ministry of environment and forests or the state environment impact assessment authority."

"The Siang river is changing its course towards its left side which may affect a large portion of rural areas. It may also severely affect the bio-diversity of Dying Ering wildlife sanctuary," said the people of Mebo- Sub-division.

While visiting the bridge Point of Siku River, a left tributary of the mighty Siang, this correspondent saw rude and unscientific extraction of boulders, gravels and sandy materials from the riverbed. The boulders collected from the river bed is supplied to the crusher units set up near in the area.

Siang River flowing down from China is a major tributary of mighty Brahmaputra in Assam. Due to rampant boulder excavation from river beds, huge volumes of sediments from the geologically fragile Arunachal hills are carried to downstream, causing frequent change of river courses in Assam.

Environmentalists have observed that removal of minerals from riverbeds has been posing a serious threat to the flow of rivers, survival of forests upon river banks and more seriously, to the environment on river banks.



Arunachal could become country’s football powerhouse

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 08: Arunachal Pradesh could become the country’s football powerhouse in the next few years if everything goes as planned as the coaches from famous Reading Football Club (RFC), who along with advisor Tomo Nomuk arrived here three days ago, started their six-month-long coaching cum talent hunt at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy  (SLSA) playground, Chimpu near here today.

Coaches Keith Greene and Jamie Carr, having coaching experience of 18 and six years respectively, will train the sub-junior under 14 years players. At Chimpu, 42 players from Papum Pare and Capital Complex are attending the month-long training which was kicked off by Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Vice Chairman Likha Tara today afternoon.

Tara said this is a promise fulfilled by the state government, especially Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, to engage experienced football coach to train local youths.

Similar training camps of one month’s duration each will also be organized at Aalo/Nari for players of West Siang, East Siang and Upper Siang districts from May 15, at Roing for Lower Dibang Valley, Tirap, Longding, Changlang, Anjaw, Dibang Valley and Lohit from April 10. It will be held for West Kameng, East Kameng and Tawang at Bomdila/Rupa from June 20 and  Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri at Ziro from July 25.

This is the first time Reading FC is training any players in India, Nomuk said.

The coaching camps are being organized jointly by SSA and Arunachal Pradesh Football Association.

Earlier, the coach duo stressed on hard work and maintaining strict discipline by players. They also briefed the young footballers about the basic requirements, such physical fitness, concentration, cooperation, confidence and maintaining healthy and balanced diet etc. to become a good player.

RFC, an English Premier League (EPL) football club, entered into a MoU with the Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) on September 30 last to give a new thrust to soccer in the state.

The MoU was signed by Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, representing APFA as its president, and Nomuk on behalf of the premier club, in the presence of the Chief Minister.

RFC advisor Nomuk, Arunachal Pradesh Football Association president G. Doke, Sports and Youth Affairs Department Assistant Director Tadar Apa, officials of SSA and SYA department were present during the inaugural function.



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