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”,
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
ITFT college authorities clarifies
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
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
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
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.
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
"...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
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
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
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
[ Pisi Zauing ]
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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.
Sino-lndia border issue
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
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
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.
News without research
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
Take step to get back the glory of beautiful Doimukh.
Just filling spaces
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.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
---- Editorial ----
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.