March 30

Poor BSNL Mobile service annoys customers

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: The BSNL mobile and internet users are facing a harrowing time due to the poor service. In Capital complex, the mobile service has broken down in the last few days giving tough time to the citizens. The poor service has frustrated the mobile as well as internet users of Capital complex.

When contacted, the BSNL authorities clarified that service is being affected due to ongoing work for upgradation of the existing system. “We are upgrading the system to meet new challenges. It will take few more days to complete and hopefully after that there will not be any major problem,” said a senior BSNL official.


Allegation baseless, concocted: Taloh

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Education Minister Tapang Taloh today termed all allegations levied against him as baseless, concocted and without an iota of truth.

When asked by this daily about the allegations levied by All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) while releasing a CD purported to be the version of accused Dubi Ete (Lollen), who took his name as well as the name of chief minister and prime minister at equal breadth, Taloh said that those who are indulging in corruption would ultimately face the music sooner or later.

“I am personally hurt by such development when I have been endeavouring in rationalising the transfer and posting of teachers, the worst problem confronting the education department for decades.

When the efforts have started yielding results, such accusation has served as a damper”, he rued.

When asked about the commission, Taloh said that, “Everyone knows that tender is awarded through strict laid-down official procedure where the successful bidder cannot be predicted. Just accusing the department of awarding works on the basis of commission is baseless and completely fabricated.”

“If anyone misuses my name to befool someone why should I be blamed or accused of corruption,” he asked and added: “Let the law take its own course for the truth to surface”.  


ITFT college authorities clarifies

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Reacting to the recent news about an Arunachalee student of ITFT College, Chandigarh being attacked by locals without provocation, the college authorities today termed the report as misleading. As per the version of college authorities, they had provided all the support to the victim student.

“On 23rd March around 9.30 PM victim Tanyang Tari, a student of BCA was going back to his rented accommodation at Naya Gaon after meeting his friend. Two unknown persons, asked for his mobile to call someone. When Tanyang refused to give, one of the boys snatched his mobile and ran away. Tanyang got hold of the second boy and also hit him but somehow the drunken boy managed to escape from the grip of Tanyang. In this tussle Tanyang suffered minor injuries (scratches) not serious as mentioned in the report. He was extended support from college as well as Naya Gaon authorities. An FIR was lodged at Mohali Police Station for mobile snatching,” the ITFT college authorities told this daily. Further they appealed everyone not to sensationalize such incidents as it has potential to provoke the sentiments as well as emotions of public.


Govt. urged to compensate Genung, who preferred sports over CBSE exam

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) has appealed to the State Government to compensate State’s leading archer Genung Tekseng suitably, who preferred sport over her class 12 CBSE Examination.

Genung, who won a silver and bronze medal in the recently held Asia Cup Archery championship in Bangkok, Thailand, preferred to represent the country in the event and sacrificed her board examination in the nation as well as state’s interest.

Earlier, Tekseng was given warm welcome by AOA and the officers and officials of Department of Sports and Youth Affairs at RG Stadium, Naharlagun on her return in the state capital from Bangkok.

Director of Sports and Youth Affairs, DK Dinglow, Archery Coach, Ekashini Devi, Arunachal Weightlifting Association General Secretary, Daniel Teli, Arunachal Olympic Association Asst. Secretary, Kipa Ajay, officials of Arunachal Archery Association, students of Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy, Arunachal Adventure Sports, relatives and well wishers were present on the occasion.


NES condoles former Union Minister’s death

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has deeply mourned the death of former Union Minster of Tribal Affairs, Paty Ripple Kyndiah at a city hospital in Shillong on March 26 after a brief illness.

A team of NES led by its General Secretary Tarh Tabin, on behalf of the Nyishi community laid wreaths and paid respects to the departed leader at his residence at Honeywood, Upper New Colony, Laitumkhrah, Shillong on Sunday.

The NES team while interacting with WK Kyndiah, son of the departed leader, and other family members recalled the contribution of late Kyndiah in replacing the derogatory nomenclature Dafla to Nyishi by facilitating passing of the Constitution Amendment Bill in both houses of the Parliament in 2008.

Kyndiah also attended the first Nyishi Day celebration in April, 2008 at Indira Gandhi Park, informed NES.

“Besides an able and seasoned politician and a social activist, he was a prolific writer with more than five books to his credit, NES said in a release.

“With his death we have lost a political icon of North East region who have contributed a lot to the nation in general and the region in particular.”

“May almighty rest his soul in eternal peace and give enough courage and strength to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss,” the team prayed.


Rijiju flags off bus services & ambulance

Tawang, Mar 29: Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, Minister UD, Tourism, Art & Culture, Pema Khandu, former Meghalaya finance minister Conrad Sangma, and Jang ADC, Dr. Dilip Kumar Chutiya flagged off two buses and ambulances at Jang outdoor stadium on Saturday.

While one bus will ply from Mukto to Tawang, the other will ply from Jang to Tawang. The bus service will significantly decrease the financial strain on the passengers as it charges Rs 50 and Rs 55 from Mukto to Tawang and Jang to Tawang respectively while earlier they had to fork out Rs 150 to cover the same destination in private transportation.

The ambulances will be stationed each at Jang Community health centre and Mukto Sub-centre.


AAPSU urges public to remain united

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) President Kamta Lapung has reiterated the union’s commitment to fight for the cause of indigenous people of the state.

Kamta, who alongwith Galo Students’ Union President Damik Gameh, attended the Malini Mela at Likabali yesterday, appealed to the people of the state to remain united, especially at the of time crisis and fight for their rights.

Speaking on the boundary issue, he said that AAPSU will neither spare an inch of Arunachalee land nor will it try to encroach upon other’s land. He also stated that the apex students’ body will never tolerate any type of atrocities on innocent Arunachalee people living along the inter-state boundary.

GSU President Damik Gameh appealed to the Assam Govt. not to create unnecessary hurdles for people living in the foothill areas. He also appealed to the youths to minimize the use of alcohol as far as they can during festive occasions like the Mela.


Training of ICT for college teachers held

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: A  two days workshop cum training on the topic “ICT in classroom” was organized by Dera Natung Govt College (DNGC) here as part of competency building initiative funded by UGC-NERO under XII-plan general development assistance.

As many as 52 Associate and Assistant Professors attended the workshop which imparted hands-on training on handling different electronic teaching tools in classroom teaching.

Principal DNGC, Tomar Ete, distributed certificates to the participants in the closing function.


VKAJ conduct free eye screening camp

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ) in association with Lion KK Saharia Eye Hospital, a premier eye hospital of Dibrugarh, Assam, organized a free eye screening camp at Deomali Community Health Centre of Tirap district on March 27.

Dr. J Das, eye specialist, and his team screened eyes of 127 patients out of which 17 were detected with cataract. The patients, who were detected with cataract will be operated free of cost on April 7. The other patients were advised for spectacles, and free medicines were distributed amongst them.

The camp was inaugurated by Deomali SDO, B Puroik in presence of more than a gathering of around 200 persons of Deomali town.


ABK appeals for financial assistance to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) has appealed to the Director of Relief and Rehabilitation to extend financial assistance and provide relief materials like food, clothes, utensils etc. to the victims of recent fire mishap at Tumbin village under Kaying circle of West Siang district.

The fire on Friday gutted 12 houses rendering many families homeless. No household properties of the affected families could be saved from the fire.


ABSU visits Lt. Bunu Rawat’s family

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: A team of All Bogong Students’ Union led by its president Mingkeng Yomso visited the family members of Lt. Bunu Rawat in Pasighat yesterday and consoled the grieving family and shared grief with them.

While expressing deep concern over the mysterious death of the 23-year-old girl, ABSU demanded the authority concerned to conduct a thorough inquiry into the case to unravel the mystery behind her death.

ABSU also assured its support and help, if needed, in this case.


Health cum yoga camp

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu in collaboration with ‘Bharat Swabhiman’ organized a health and yoga camps in the college auditorium today.  

A large group of NCC cadets, students, faculty members and non-teaching staff of the college availed the benefits of the programmes.

Two Yoga experts Ramanand Sharma and Mirtunjay Sah demonstrated various yoga techniques.

The programme was organized by the NCC unit of the college under the initiative of Principal, Dr. Tasi Taloh.


Damin deprived of rice: ZPMs says

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Reacting to the statement given by a group of Anchal Samity Members in which it said that PDS items are being supplied to each regulated Fair Price Shops in entire Sarli and Parsi-Parlo since new carriage contractors were assigned the task, Zilla Parishad Members led by District Zilla Chairperson Sangha Tagik claimed that no single grain of rice reached Damin circle headquarter.  The ZPMs claimed that the few rice bags which were meant for Damin were sold at Parsi-Parlo and Loruk Hugu. He also alleged that the contractor used to supply less than 20 percent of PDS items to Parsi Parlo and Sarli Circles. The ZPMs have further urged the Director Food and Civil Supplies to return the HTS bills to Deputy Commissioner for further verification and clearance from the affected 27 ASM segments. It also requested for floating fresh tender for head load carriage from Parsi Parlo to Damin.


Arrest of accused in commission fixation case demanded

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Extending its support to the All Papum Pare District Students’ Union inn demanding the resignation of the Education Minister over the alleged 10 percent commission fixation in Education Department, All Papum Poma Students Union today demanded the police authority for immediate arrest of the remaining accused. It further made fervent appeal to all to support the district students’ union. Meanwhile, Arunachal Anti-Corruption Sena (AACS) also demanded the resignation of Education Minister for his alleged role in the case. AACS has also extended its support to the All Papum Pare District Students’s Union.


News Impact

Advanced airfield in Tawang may not be feasible

Tawang, Mar 29: An advanced airfield for military and commercial use in strategically important Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh may not be feasible due to topographic constraints and weather, a preliminary evaluation of a proposal by the government has shown.

Government had identified a place called Sogyatse in Tawang district to develop an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) in the region which is only connected with the rest of the country through a treacherous road network.

A preliminary analysis of the project shows that the area proposed for the ALG may not be conducive because of the high altitude and topographic conditions, official sources said.

"...I am yet to get a complete technical report on the project. However other than Tawang, work on other landing grounds in Arunachal Pradesh Mechuka, Ziro Passighat, Tuting, Vijaynagar, Walong and Aalo is on in full swing. I think the maximum number of advanced landing grounds in the country are being built in Arunachal," Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told PTI when asked about the report.

Tawang which borders Tibet is strategically important for India as China's People's Liberation Army had reached Tezpur in 1962 through this route.

Poor connectivity is a major problem as it takes nearly 16 hours to reach Guwahati after 600 kilometres of arduous route. Journey from Tawang, which is 448 kms away from state capital Itanagar, takes 10 hours and it takes the same time to reach Tezpur in Assam which is the closest railway station.

"If ALG in Tawang could materialise for military and civil purposes, we can give a boost to the economy here by promoting tourism in the area. This area has immense potential in tourism but people don't come here because of the long and tiring journey they have to undertake," Arunachal Pradesh Tourism Minister Pema Khandu said.

Considering the strategic importance of Arunachal Pradesh which shares a 1,100-km border with China, Centre has sanctioned Rs 720 crore package to develop ALGs in the region.

When asked about strengthening border, Rijiju said, "We are increasing our outposts on all borders because it really helps to secure border areas and heighten vigilance. However, this should not be seen in a manner that we are challenging the other country. Not in that way. But to strengthen our own position. So, to safeguard our borders, we are increasing the (number of) border posts". Rijiju was on a two-day visit to meet ITBP personnel guarding border outposts in the Tawang district but his helicopter could not fly to higher reaches due to bad weather.

On incursions, Rijiju said it is an issue on both sides because of misconception about the whole border matter.

When asked about ongoing border talks with China, he said, "It is a very sensitive matter and authorised representative is Ajit Doval, the NSA. Passing comments from our side will not be proper.

"Prime Minister is going to China in May. So since we all want relations with China to grow and early settlement of border issues and I being MP from Arunachal and Minister, if I say something now it may vitiate border talks. I can say that we are hoping for early solution." PTI



Rijiju displeased at dismal educational & health scenario, says AIIMS like institute soon

28th annual conference of North East Orthopaedic Surgeons

Tawang, Mar 29: Expressing disappointment over the dismal educational and health scenario in Arunachal Pradesh, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Rijjiju emphasized on the need of quality education and health facilities in the state. He was speaking at the 28th annual conference of North East Regional Orthopaedic Surgeons Association (NEROSA) at Kalawangpo convention hall on 27 March last. A team of 60 doctors from across the north-east region are attending the mega conference.

Rijiju informed that the central government is working on to establish an AIIMS like institute in the state.  He formally declared the conference open amidst thunderous applause of the doctors and the general public.

Organized by Arunachal Orthopaedics Society, the inaugural function of the three day conference started off after the ceremonial inauguration by lighting of lamps.

Addressing the conference, Minister UD, Tourism, Art & Culture, Pema Khandu, lauded the untiring service of the doctors and thanked them for conducting annual conference in Tawang. Further, he urged the team of doctors to visit the tourist spots of the district.

Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi, DoKAA Chairman Jambey Wangdi and  former finance minister, Meghalaya Conrad Sangma were among those who attended the inaugural function.



Remote Changlang village becomes safe haven of Coal & Boulder mafias

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NAMTOK, Mar 29: The least heard Namtok in Changlang has turned out to be the safest haven for coal and boulder mafias.

The coal and boulder reserves in abundance in the area are being mindlessly extracted and transported out to Assam via Margherita, which is 8 kilometres from Namtok. Dozens of heavy trucks filled with boulders and coals ply daily to neighbouring Assam while poor villagers under compulsion watch in fear and agony. The continuous flow of heavy trucks is making Namtok-Margherita road deplorable and risky.

Presently, four numbers of stone crusher units are illegally operating in Kuthung and Longpha villages under Namtok area, out of which two units are located just few meters from the government primary school. The uninterrupted noises caused by the stone crusher units are not only affecting the smooth conduct of the school, but children are unable to cope up with the polluted dusty atmosphere.

The Changlang district administration banned the extraction of coal but despite the executive ban the illegal business of coal extraction and supply continue unabated.

Due to the dust pollution every household has a member, old and young falling prey to tuberculosis, cancer, sinusitis, asthma and other dreaded diseases.

It is suspected that five villagers of Kuthung, Kongsa and Longpha villages under Namtok have already died of Tuberculosis and Cancer in recent months.  

At least 12 villagers are presently fighting for their lives due to tuberculosis. Due to lack of medical facilities, the fate of villagers rest in the hands of unseen god.

With a population of nearly 2000 consisting of local Tangsa and Tutsa tribes, tea garden workers, Namtok, is a significant constituent of Changlang (North) Legislative Assembly Constituency and the most neglected administrative circle of Changlang district. At par with rest of the country, the villagers of Namtok area too are agriculturists and are solely dependent on the outcome of their agricultural produces. But owing to sheer ignorance, the villagers have given their wet rice cultivation fields to contractors of Assam on lease and the fields are being dug 8 to 10 meters deep to extract boulders by using heavy machineries like JCB excavators. The ignorant villagers are paid meager amount by the contractors from Assam. Due to the mindless digging, the villagers are losing their WRC fields, their only permanent source of livelihood. Since the ground water level has gone down drastically due to unabated digging, the villagers are undergoing drinking water shortages. Dirak River that flows between Tirap and Changlang districts acts as a natural boundary. But due to tedious digging and extraction of boulders the river are drying up and possibilities of eroding the village land cannot be ruled out.  

Meanwhile, in a letter shot to Deputy Commissioner, Changlang, the villagers headed by GB Kuthung, Waman Tangha, Social worker/Public leader, Ringkam Longko , village elders Kamthan Tailu, Kamnan Longko and Thungnan Longko have called to initiate steps to ban the extraction of boulder and coals from Namtok circle and shift the stone crushers to other place immediately.



State to host national badminton championship

NEW DELHI, Mar 29: Arunachal Pradesh will host the Sub Junior national badminton championship from November 1 to 8 next in Itanagar. This decision was taken at the Annual General Body meeting (AGM) of the Council of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) in Delhi today.

The decision is the outcome of the meeting between Chief Minister Nabam Tuki with Dr. Akelash Das Gupta, President of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) at Siriport International badminton stadium on Saturday.

Tuki had expressed the state’s willingness to host the sub junior national badminton event at Itanagar during the meeting.

The Chief Minister briefed the potentiality of the state to produce more shuttlers who can bring name and fame for the country and the state. He cited the example of Laa Talar, who hails from the state and is ranked 9th in the world and 1st in the country in the international arena U- 19 boy’s single category.

At the Annual General Body meeting, Arunachal Pradesh was represented by Bamang Tago, Honorary Secretary and Tadar Appa, Vice President of the Arunachal Badminton Association (ASBA).

Meanwhile, ASBA said that organizing a national level event in the state would boost the morale of badminton enthusiasts and have a tremendous impact on development of the sport.



Sense Animation can become a powerful tool to promote folklores of Arunachal

NAHARLAGUN, Mar 29: Sense Animation can become a powerful tool to highlight and promote the rich folklore prevalent among the various tribes in Arunachal Pradesh, said Professor Prakash Moorthy of Satyajit Ray Institute of Film and Television (SRIFT), Kolkata. He was speaking in the valedictory function of the three-day workshop on Sense Animation organized at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun, from March 27.

Animation as a medium of entertainment and communication is comparatively nascent in the country but has the potential to become a great a medium to preserve and promote the traditional heritage of the people, said the resource person from SRIFT.

Prof. Moorthy expressed satisfaction over the performance of the 28 participants from various institutes and associations and their enthusiasm and keen involvement in the short workshop. With the coming of the Film and Television Institute in the state, people here would get better opportunities to expose themselves to the vast opportunities that animation and other courses on film and television provides, he opined. He, however, cautioned that there is no short cut to success and to acquire adequate knowledge and skill on animation, rigorous training and exposure is a must. He assured to extend all possible help in this field to the interested students of the state.

Prof. Moorthy, who has produced over 90 animation films so far, said that basic knowledge of drawing is essential for a student who can then take help of modern software technology to accomplish his learning.

He said that the short course aimed at giving a basic introduction on animation to the people as it can help broaden their ideas and inspire them to take up animation courses.

Divided into five groups, the participants were assigned with various lessons including animation film appreciation, theoretical courses and drawing and illustration.

Participants from various institutes appreciated the endeavour of SRFTI, Kolkata and IPR Department in organising the event successfully and appealed Prof. Moorthy to conduct similar programmes with longer duration in future.

Taro Chatung, president, Arunachal Film Federation, said that though short, the workshop greatly helped in throwing light on animation which was hitherto unknown by him. Animation, according to him, will be of immense value to the filmmakers of the state as it is a cost-efficient medium of producing films.

Similarly, other representatives of various groups of participants appreciated the joint effort of IPR Department and SRFTI, Kolkata, in extending ideas on animation to the students and budding film-makers of the state.

Director of Information and Public Relations, CM Longphong expressed thankfulness to all the trainees for their keen enthusiasm and support in conducting the workshop successfully. He also acknowledged the constant inspiration and support of SRFTI and Prof Moorthy for their special care and help to the people of the state in matters related to film and television. DIPR



IBF continues to draw big crowds

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: The second day of the Itanagar Book Fair witnessed a dedicated stream of visitors and many hardcore book lovers thronged the book stalls at IG Park in spite of the scorching sun and the World Cup Final match.

Many of the publishers said they were doing a brisk business and hoped the sell would gain further momentum in the coming days. Publishers like Rajkamal Prakashan Pvt. Ltd, Nayyar’s Book Co., P.K Education, Student’s Home, Nivedita Book Distributor, New Central Book Agency, and National Library were some of the most popular stalls. In addition the fair has stalls selling knick knacks and kid stuffs.

Bilatee Pertin, Commissioner Land Management and Trade & Commerce who was present consecutively for the second day was found browsing and enjoying the company of books.

Speaking to the media persons, Pertin suggested the youngsters to read books on environmental and forest related issues citing that such topic mattered to everyone.

“I enjoy reading law related books and often marvel at the versatility of law in the Indian context. Society is a dynamic entity and hence, law for the land should change accordingly to meet the needs of the people”, he shared on being asked what kind of books he preferred.

Meanwhile, the media coordinator for the event, Une Pertin informed that they would be conducting a drawing competition for the students of Gyan Mission Orphanage on March 30 at 2:30 pm based on the theme- books. The organizers of the book fair further informed that due to unavoidable circumstances five stalls in the fair are vacant and anybody willing to participate can contact the media cell.

To add intellectual flavour to the ongoing Itanagar book fair, the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) will hold the multi-lingual  poets’ meet at the venue at 4 pm on April 3 next.

Sahitya Academy awardee Y D Thongchi said that the APLS, has been serving as a platform to give exposure to state’s budding writers and creative artists besides sending them to various national events to represent the state.

APLS general secretary Tokong Pertin lauded the National Book Trust for holding the annual book fair, which will encourage the reading habit among the youths and help them incline towards the present knowledge era.

Hundreds of school and college students encouraged by the APLS have been taking part in its monthly sittings with their self-composed poems or written short stories.



St Claret organizes Commencement Ceremony in style

ZIRO, Mar 29: On Saturday, Saint Claret College, Ziro held a glittering Commencement Ceremony for the graduating Class of 2015, “Launching them to life,” presided by Dr. Joram Begi, former Director, Department of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, and witnessed by a host of guests, parents, and other Claretines.

The ceremony began with a solemn procession by the Class of 2015, clad in academic cap and sash and accompanied by the officials of the ceremony vested in academic regalia. The Principal administered the Commencement Pledge to the Class, and on whose request, Dr. Begi declared them worthy of graduation and commencement.

In his address, Dr. Begi reminded the students that character development was as important as intellectual and academic formation and invited them to walk into public life with respect and appreciation for differences and tolerance towards all.

Labeling the event as no less solemn than a varsity convocation, Dr. Begi commended the Management for organizing such memorable moments for students and setting benchmarks for other institutions to follow. He specially congratulated SCCZ for being the first private college to have completed the formalities for NAAC accreditation. Duni Elapra was the Valedictorian for the Class of 2015.

The event also witnessed a slew of honours, awards, and scholarships. The College feted its 14 rank holders of the yester year with mementos and honour certificates and solemnly inducted them into the SCCZ Hall of Fame. Five of them also received cash awards and certificates that had been issued by the District Administration for being the rank holders from the Lower Subansiri District. The College also gave away the Single Step Foundation Scholarship for 49 of its female students who have excelled in academics.

Nani Sambyo, District Statistical Officer, distributed these cash awards worth Rs.1,10,000. The SSF Scholarship has been an annual feature at SCCZ since 2010, thanks to an MoU with the Single Step Foundation, USA. The occasion also witnessed Father Tomy Merit Award for toppers in I B. A., instituted by Fr. Tomy Mathew, the first Manager of the College. The awards were won by Hage Okang and Tallo Mary. There were also fourteen other SCCZ Merit Awards for the toppers under each discipline.  

Ukil Ch. Doimary, Office Superintendent who had been serving SCCZ since 2004, bagged the first ever “Senior Claretine Award” instituted for recognizing staff for their meritorious service.

The College honoured Dr. Joram Begi, for his long and meritorious service to the field of higher education. Felicitating him with a shawl and a memento, Dr. (Fr.) Paulson Veliyannoor, Principal, called him a ‘lion’ in the field of higher education, under whose watch, the educational scenario of the State was revolutionized and thanked him for his encouragement and support to SCCZ.



Farm produce in Arunchal village rots due to lack of markets

Itanagar, Mar 29: Farmers of Dado, a tiny hamlet in Arunachal Pradesh famous for its organic farm produce, are struggling to make ends meet as they claim a major chunk of agricultural goods has been rotting due to lack of government support and market linkages.

"A portion of our produce is supplied to Itanagar and local markets but a major chunk is left for want of buyers," says village headman Dado Taro.

The local markets are not enough to sell organic products which are being cultivated without any government support and technical knowhow, he added.

Perched atop a hillock overlooking the mighty Kurung river, Dado village in newly-created Kra Daadi district has a population of hardly 400, majority of whom are farmers.

These farmers depend on the sale of their agricultural goods - vegetables, fruits and spices - to earn their living.

They cultivate oranges, large cardamoms, papayas and tomatoes besides coffee to a small extent.

Taro said the monthly income of each family in the village is only around Rs 5,000-6,000.

"If the state government introduces some income generating schemes in agriculture and horticulture sector for the village, the economic condition of the people will improve and the people can earn to about Rs three to four lakh annually through agriculture activities," he said.

45-year-old Dado Rajendra, who cultivates large cardamoms, oranges, pineapples and papayas in his 10 hectares of farm land, blamed the government for not extending logistics to farmers.

"Time and again we have been asking the agriculture and horticulture departments to provide us technical knowledge besides medicine and fencing materials but in vain," he said, adding there were only six government employees in the village.

Each farmer in the village produces on an average 10 quintals of oranges and other agricultural produce annually.

"We sell our produce at the district headquarters and a small portion is sent to the state capital through middleman who buy them at meagre rates," Rajendra said.

Water scarcity is another problem that the farmers of the village face. "We have appealed to the department concerned to provide us with water supply but nothing has been done in this regard," Dado Tahar, another villager, said.

Sanjoy, who has been cultivating large cardamoms, oranges and king chillies, said the state government should provide infrastructure like fencing besides seeds, fertilisers and technical inputs to the farmers.

"Considering the district's agro-climatic condition, tea plantation can be a money spinner for the farmers. If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime," he said.

Assuring farmers of facilitating with support like market chain links and other logistics, state's PHED Minister Takam Pario, who represents the district, said the scenario will change in the next five years.

"The state government in the last five years has taken vigorous initiatives to popularise agri and horti sectors in the district," he added.

Former Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, who hails from the district, said with the state government attaching priority on agricultural and horticulture sectors, the situation is expected to improve not only for the village but for the entire district. PTI



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---- Readers Forum ----


Stop blaming

Dear Editor,

One feels sad that actress Anushka Sharma was targeted by twitterati over Virat Kholi’s poor show in world cup semi-final, which India lost to a better team Australia on that particular day. Just few weeks back people were all praise for Anushka’s stellar performance in the Hindi movie NH10 and now she had to face the ire and criticism of people just because of her presence in the stadium. But let us remember no one ever built a statue for a critic. It is a well-known fact that wives and girlfriends of star footballers accompany them during many international football matches. The teams take victory and defeat in the right spirit but don’t blame their wives or girlfriends. Winning and losing is part of life. It is said “one should learn to lose but not to be a loser.”

One can fail many times & get discouraged, but you are not a failure until you begin to blame somebody else and stop trying. So let us stop blaming and start aiming for next world cup.


T.S. Karthik




Sino-lndia border issue

Dear Editor,

I congratulate Dr. Jumyir Basar who co-ordinated a seminar held on 25th and 26th March 2015 at Rajiv Gandhi University Rono Hills on Sino-lndia Border issue.

The seminar was held just ahead of the meeting between the National Security Adviser of this great Nation and the Chinese counterpart in New Delhi. This was a welcomed seminar, and advises and suggestions given by the learned people on this seminar may bear fruits at arriving to a logical solution in settling the border issue of the two great countries.

Lt General (Retd) R J Mukherjee says that the Chinese claims a large chunk of territory of Arunachal Pradesh, about 9000 square kilometres, most of which lies in the north of the River Brahmaputra and Lohit.

He also said that the Chinese claim is backed by historical evidences, so it is believed that the main aim of the seminar is to advise the Government at identifying the actual dispute, the sensitiveness, historical realities, folklores related to the actual boundaries. It is a welcomed initiative and I congratulate Lt General (Retd) R J Mukherjee for this initiative.

He is rightly talking of identifying actual dispute, sensitiveness, folklores and historical realities. Yes every area and its tribes have their own cultures, languages, tradition, customs and history. These are the items, we could supply to the negotiating team as a feedback, if the state Government wish to do so. For the real and correct information for these matters, elected leaders and some knowledgeable persons from border area could have been invited to this seminar because these people are the better people to know all these. Persons staying in Delhi or Itanagar may or may not know these things.

Because it may so happen that the negotiating teams may discuss sector by sector, area by area, tribe by tribe looking into historical evidences, cultural, traditional customary, folklores and language affinity. I greatly am pained to say that our state Government is inactive on this front. The policy of our government seems to be let it be so i.e “let it go as it goes; I don't know” type of policy.

The settlement of an international boundary is the job of the Central Government, but it passes through Arunachal Pradesh. Ultimately, we, Arunachalees will be the loser or gainers.

So we the people of Arunachal should be alerted to this point and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh should act upon this front promptly. The history that Chinese are talking about must be Tibetan history because present Arunachal has never been border to main land China but Tibet. Government of Arunachal should think of the following:

1. Form a committee:- To trace out history of our dealings with ancient Tibetan Government.

To find out Similarity or dissimilarity of cultures, traditions, customs, folklores and language.

To find any evidences that may help our cause.

If acted properly and used diligently, these documents may help our cause and also may stand against Chinese claims.

2. Demand a Representative in the negotiating team. It seems that Arunachalees have gone into a deep slumber dreaming their own benefit only and may wake up when our own brothers and sisters fall on the other side of give and take line.


Bani Danggen

Ex-Information Commissioner





News without research

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to the story you published on 25th March on the murder of Late Dilip Thatal, a lecturer at Don Bosco College.

The editor of Arunachal Times should have published news based on research and investigation. Your news was completely one sided as you carried just the police version instead of further investigating the matter on your own. The dead body bore severe injuries but according to your news, there were no injuries.

We condemned your careless news as well as the statement of OC PS Duimukh.

We have seen severe multiple injuries all over the body. The statement of the OC and no progress in investigation including mobile CDR study reveals lack of concern by the police.

We urge the PHQ to hand over the case to SIT.

Doimukh area is an educational hub but simultaneously a murder prone cum dumping zone.

Take step to get back the glory of beautiful Doimukh.


Man limbu




Just filling spaces

Dear Editor,

Instead of filling the news page with useless items like two houses gutted or irrelevant international news items why not encourage writers to give constructive opinions about our state, against corruption, the percentage system in every nook and corners of our state, why certain section of departmental officers are stinking rich without their known sources of income even though their pay is very less and why quality of work executed is so compromised in our state.


Takke Dulom






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Awareness campaign is the ultimate solution

Every year during the dry winter season Arunachal witness large number of fire incidents. Unfortunately people losses massive amount of properties and in some cases lives too. Especially the maximum numbers of fire incidents are reported from the rural areas. One of the main reasons for such high accidents would be the use of bamboo for the construction of houses in rural villages. Also most of houses are located nearby making it extremely vulnerable to the fire accident.

As the number of fire incident continues to rises, the demand for setting up of fire station is pouring in from various parts of the state. While their demand may be genuine but it is virtually impossible for the fund starved state government like ours to set up so many fire stations. Therefore government will have to look for other practical solution. There is a saying in English which goes like this “prevention is better than cure.” Therefore government of Arunachal will have to involve citizen and carry out awareness campaign in large scale. People should be educated about how to remain safe from fire and what are the preventive measures they should take. Along with the awareness campaign, government should provide fire fighting tools to the villagers. Fire service department also need to be revamped. The lack of manpower and modern equipment badly hampers the functioning of the department.