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Referring to the new Library premises ‘Ranganatha Retreat’, S. Mundayoor, Coordinator, VT-AWIC Youth Library Network said it is a tribute to two great champions of Library movement in India – Swami Ranganathananda ji, who rose from a village boy & hostel-cook to an international scholar through spirited reading and who set up excellent libraries for poor youth in all the Sri Ramakrishna Ashramas he lived. The second is, Prof. S. R. Ranganathan, the father of Library Science in India, who won India International glory in Library science. The generous patronage received from Gen J.J. Singh, H.E. the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, and the state leaders, has been very inspiring to the library volunteers. He read out the Benedictory Message from Anupama Singh, First Lady of the state, assuring continued support to the Youth Library Movement to reach out to the youth of remote villages.

The Chairman, ASSET, Wakro thanked the DC Kaling Tayeng for continuing the spirited support to the Youth Library Movement initiated by his predecessor Prashant Lokhande. He also remembered gratefully the wholehearted support received from the DDSEs of Lohit and Anjaw, the CO Wakro K Nyodu, and EAC I/c T.Gangkak, Chairperson Chongkham Anchal Samiti Rupa Namchoom, as also parents and several library enthusiasts and patrons from all over the country.

The APNE Library located near the Wakro Circuit House will now be open daily 7 days a week in the afternoons from 3.30 to 6 pm.


Stop Chakma’s encroachment: ALSU, AMSU

ITANAGAR, May 11: All Lohit Students’ Union (ALSU) and All Mishmi Students Union (AMSU) in a letter to the district administration have demanded that Chakma Refugees be pushed back to their Camp within seven days. It also called for security measures for the local indigenous people of Kathan Village under Wakro Circle of Lohit.

Chakma Refugees were allotted temporary Concentration Camp in some parts of Lohit District by the Government with proper cadastral map but has encroached into other areas threatening the indigenous people of Kathan, it said.

The Deputy Administration and State Government were repeatedly informed in 2009 to look into the matter by providing security measures to the local people of Kathan Village and to push back the Chakma Refugees to their respective concentration Camp by drawing the boundary line which did not materialize, it said while calling on the authorities to take action within stipulated time.


Tacho appeals for maximum copter service

ITANAGAR, May 11: Parliamentary secretary, agriculture, Rajesh Tacho has appealed the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu to press for helicopter  service at least thrice in a week to airlift the large number of stranded people in Anini after nature’s fury.

Reiterating that the only life line of the people – Anini-Roing road in Dibang Valley district remains cut off for the last one month due to flood triggered by torrential rain, Tacho said Jackson helicopter should press into service to Anini till restoration of Anini-Roing road to airlift the huge number of stranded people which becomes the major problem of the district.


Siram assures private school over summer vacation

Itanagar, May 11: The Private Schools of Ziro valley and other cold places that has been in a flux for the past months due to the uncertainty over the uniform summer vacation proposed by the education department can now breathe easy, thanks to the timely intervention of Education Minister Bosiram Siram.  

While interacting informally with a delegation of All Arunachal Private Schools Association led by its President, in his office here today the Minister has promised to look into the summer holidays issue which affects schools in Ziro, Tawang and Mechuka and has requested the intervention of Commissioner Education to “examine and consider the case as requested” by AAPSA and the Private Schools Association Ziro.  He said, “we are trying to improve the educational scenario of the State and the private and government schools should collaborate with our efforts.  We should be able to help each other and make our educational machinery work well.”

In response to the memorandum submitted by AAPSA, Bosiram said that he understands the genuineness of the problem. AAPSA has expressed satisfaction over the positive gesture and hopes that the proactive attitude of the Minister will definitely bring rich dividends to the State.

On the other hand AAPSA has also proposed to the Minister the possibilities of holding Teachers motivational training programmes jointly for the private and government schools in addition to Talent Search programmes for students of both the schools.


Govt orders inspection of BADP schemes

ITANAGAR,  May 11: State Govt has directed the director of geology and mining, who is also in charge of Third Party Monitoring Committee to inspect the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) projects/schemes under Pirsorang block in Kurung Kumey district and submit a detailed report to the Planning department for necessary action. Welcoming the Govt order, former Tali MLA Takam Sorang urged the Monitoring Committee to include one civil engineer and electrical engineer in their team to find out technical facts of the projects. Sorang hoped that the Committee will investigate into the matter in details as per BADP guidelines and ‘unveil the substandard works and corruption in project implementation.’   


AIPU justifies Ramesh’s statement on Chinese expertise

ITANAGAR, May 11: Justifying the statement of Union Minister of State for Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh on Chinese expertise to implement its hydrological projects in Arunachal Pradesh, Arunachal Indigenous People’s Union (AIPU)   today termed it a matured step. It extended support to India’s policy to bring Chinese expertise to implement its hydrological projects in Arunachal.

The union said that India is one of the fastest growing countries in terms of technologies and the country needs foreign technical assistance to emulate its own technological potentials.  It is a welcome step that India now turns into “Look East Policy” in order to extend cooperation and relationship among eastern countries, the union said.

The union said inviting advance technology expertise group into own country is not an anti-national act. Neither the people of the state have objection against the Govt of India’s proposal to launch fruitful programs nor do they support Chinese’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh,” the AIPU observed.


A platform for filmmakers of Arunachal


Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, May 11: People of Arunachal was formally introduced to the world of cinema with screening of Meri Maa Meri Dharam, first movie to be shoot entirely in the state in the year 1975. Directed by legendary Assamese film maker Bhupen Hazarika and produced by then union territory government of Arunachal Pradesh, Meri Maa Meri Dharam captured the imagination of youths across the state.

Many local youths had acted in this movie with Nabam Tata and Dr. Bengia Mala in male and female lead role.

Senior journalist Taro Chatung is credited for being the first Arunachalee to direct a movie named ‘Donyi’ made in the year 1986.Since then movies have become part and parcel of the Arunachalee society.

With coming of satellite television, Hindi and English movies have found large followers among the people of this state. But not much has happened in the Arunachal film circuit except few movies churned out by some individuals. Like any other industry, Film too as an industry could not make mark in Arunachal till date.

In recent year’s young filmmakers of state like Moji Riba, D.K Thungon made mark in various forums. Their endeavor to curve a niche in film world is inspiring many more to follow.  

Now the things look brighter with the launch of website www.arunachalfilms.com  which will bring the film makers of the state under one roof to give shape of the movie industry. Promoted by Taro Chatung, website will give detail history of Arunachal’s film industry.

The website was formally launched on Tuesday in a small ceremony held at Hotel Donyi-Polo Ashoka, which was attended by Home Minister Tako Dabi as chief guest, IPR director Leki Phuntso as guest of honor and mountaineer Tapi Mara as special guest.

“We will encourage film makers from every parts of the state to be part of our movement. This website aims to preserve and promote Arunachalee film industry,” informed Taro Chatung.

In his address, Tako Dabi termed launching of this website as historic day and hoped the venture will encourage many more youths to take up film making as a career.


Committee demand fund for Yangte-Tali road

ITANAGAR, May 11: The representatives of Yangte-Tali Road Development Committee and Tali Constituency Intellectuals Youth Forum along with PWD engineer undertook a week-long tour to the site of the Yangte-Tali road project under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF)- IX recently.  After visiting the site, the Committee claimed that few kilometer of the road is yet to be realigned and fund was ‘mismanaged’. It appealed the state Govt to release required fund for early completion of the rural road.


TTMFC champs lauded

ITANAGAR, May 11: Lower Subansiri District Olympic Association (DOA) has lauded the district football team for lifting the XIth Tadar Memorial Football Trophy.

DOA also appreciated Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Sadhana Deori, MLAs Padi Richo, Nido Pavitra and Likha Saaya for extending all supports to the victorious team.


Union appeals for bus service

ITANAGAR, May 11: Tirbin Area student’s Union claimed that state transport bus service between Itanagar and Tirbin has been erratic since May 3. The Union claimed that as result of irregular bus service general public are facing uphill task. Further they sought intervention of government in this regard.


Recitation of Dharmapada

ITANAGAR: Recitation of 1 lakh verses of Dharmapada  (A holy text called- Boom) will start from May 13 for the harmonious and peaceful co-existence of human civilization, informed  Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society (IBCS)  in a release today. The recitation programme  will culminate on the day of Buddha Purnima at the Gonpa, Siddhartha Vihar, Itanagar.


Two arrested over assault on driver

ITANAGAR: The District Administration and Police of Upper Subansiri has arrested two juveniles responding to an FIR lodged at the Police Station, Daporijo regarding an incident that reportedly occurred on May 1 at Muri village in which the driver of a truck loaded with LPG was beaten up without any reason.

As informed by the EAC (Judicial) S. Potom, the perpetrators of the crime were arrested on May 10 and remanded to custody for 7 days. (DIPRO)



ITANAGAR, May 11: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation has condoled the death of Late Taba Tattang, who died on May 8 at his Naharlagun residence. Federation prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.



ITANAGAR, May 11: Ngelang Songthing has been appointed as Tirap District BJP President. The new central executive committee of Nyishi Youth Association (NYO) has been reconstituted with Tai Tadap as president, Arjun Londa as vice president and former president Tame Takar as general secretary besides nine others.

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), state unit, has appointed Akut Miyu and Dora Bage as BYJM Upper Siang and Upper Subansiri district presidents respectively.


Union decides

ITANAGAR, May 11: The 12th Pakke-Kessang Collegian & University Welfare Committee in its executive meeting today discussed the implementation of anti-erosion work at Seijosa under WRD, tourist lodge at Pejeriang, Rillow and Pakke-Kessang, Palin to Gungtung Road under RWD and allocation of SPA phase-I-II-2009-10.

After threadbare discussion,  the meeting  resolved that the departments concerned  should implement the projects through NIT as per CPWD norms. It also urged the  3rd party monitoring committee  to keep strict vigil on project implementation for proper infrastructure development of the area.



ITANAGAR, May 11: Majik Talit, son of Late Majik Takam of Tali, topped in ‘Silviculture’ subject during the final examination of 23rd batch of foresters’ training 2009-10 held at Arunachal Pradesh Forest Training Institute, Roing. He was awarded with a silver medal by chief conservator of forest, Eastern Arunachal circle, on the day of convocation.

Meanwhile, Tara-Ku Welfare Society has congratulated Talit for the achievement.

Spare a thought for the children in cold places


Dear Editor,

I would like to let the school authority know that Ziro is situated above 5000 ft. above MSL which gets too cold during the months of December and January and the hottest month being July and August when temperature remain to maximum 27° to 28°celsius. During the winter months particularly in the month of December and January when temperature goes down to 0° Celsius it becomes really a torturing cold to the young children due to which the school authority may not be able to give motherly warmth to the children and have to send back the children to their respective parents so that the chill cold of winter may not trouble them. And so during the summer being quite conducive in such places for the children for their studies and other co-curricular activities etc. in the school and moreover the authority can also give attention for their overall growth.

Therefore it seems that forcing the private school authority to introduce summer vacation and no to winter vacation is quite illogic. I being one of the parents of school children of such cold place would like to suggest to change the idea for introduction of new academic calendar and hoped that good sense prevail to the concern authority.

There are lot of things for the school authority to do for general well being of the young students such as forcing the school authority to create facilities for games and sports, compulsory playground in all the school campus, inspection and supervision of private schools in regards to their system of education, school fee, tuition fee and other fees overseeing whether these are genuine. They also need to oversee the health and hygienic condition of the school with small dispensary / First Aid system etc. Rules of the school authority framed either by the Central Govt. or the State Govt. in concern nodal department is conceived keeping in view the general well being of the children. In a very hot arid climatic zone like Delhi and many parts of Rajasthan etc. the timing of the classes are being changed according to the climatic condition. In view of the resistance capacity of the children to either extreme hot or cold climate, certain changes in school vacation are also being modified according to the climatic condition.

We understand that the private school authority should always keep pace with the growing competition of the school including Govt. schools and in no way their examination be disturbed by one whimsical decision. Everything of the school rules and regulation should be made for the well being of the student. Therefore, the school authority of Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh should ponder over this, and children should not be forced to remain in their school during the winter months particularly during the months of December and January when the temperature goes down to 0° Celsius in cold places of Arunachal Pradesh like Tawang, Bomdila, Anini, Mechuka, Ziro.


Tage Tada (on email)

Planinng process should start from village: Siram

PASIGHAT, May 11: The planning process for development should come from the bottom to top level in the present set up of governance, Education Minister Bosiram Siram said while addressing the PR leaders during the inaugural function of a workshop on "planning process and consultancy for Panchayati Raj leaders at Officer’s Club here yesterday.

The two-day workshop was organized by Abo Chegum Multipurpose Welfare Society, Baririjo.

Recalling Mahatma Gandhi’s thought, who was of the view that development of nation should sprout from the village first, Siram in his address said in the present system of governance the planning process must come from grassroot level to see real development.

The Govt cannot act alone but people’s active participation in the development process through NGO’s, and their hard work and sincerity can work wonder, said the education minister, who had a ten years  experience in Panchayat level.

Bida Gadi, director panchayat explained in details about plans and programme of Panchayati Raj System and other technical intervention in dealing with Panchayati Raj programmes and implementation of various schemes.

NESO general secretary Gumjum Haider in his welcome address as the chairperson stressed on the need of capacity building and enhancement of  technical knowledge of the people. He said, an enlightened mind with a vision can only bring about peace, prosperity and progress in the society.  

Resource person Narang Tari and DC incharge Nilima Kumar also spoke on the occasion.

More than two hundred panchayat leaders including Zilla Parishad chairperson Yai Dabi, ZPMs, Anchal Samity chairpersons, and Govt officers participated in the workshop.

Earlier in the day, the minister distributed relief in cash to the victims of the fire accident which occurred outskirts of the Pasighat main bazaar area few months back.

Siram also inaugurated a newly established KIDZEE school same day at Darang Building in the main bazaar area which is first of its kind in the Pasighat town. DIPRO/Source


Horticulture to generate huge income for common masses: Ngandam

ITANAGAR, May 11: Horticulture is going to be one of the major sources of income for Arunachal Pradesh, said Horticulture Minister Honchun Ngandam while addressing  the villagers at Tekang village, 15 km away from Pasighat during his three-day visit to East Siang  and West Siang districts from May 8 to 10.

Horticulture department is going to establish its own marketing board to cater the marketing problem faced by the farmers to sell their horticulture produces within the state as well as to the neighbouring states, the Minister further informed.

The minister was accompanied by  Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Horticulture Director Jambo Ratan, Dy. Director (Hort) Tage Tatung and other government officials.

Earlier, the farmers of Tekang village informed that Tekang village is one of the horticulture villages of East Siang district. The village is  famous for orange production. They submitted memorandum to horticulture minister for posting one Horticulture Field Assistant, Store room for storing harvested oranges, construction of link road between main road and 500 hectare compact area orange orchards and more help from the government boost horticulture in the area. Honchun Ngandam,  also visited the Horticulture and Forest College Pasighat and discussed in length with Dr. V.K. Mishra, Dean of the institute regarding enhancement of seats for Arunachal students in the college. He also requested Dr. Mishra for mutual helps between college and horticulture department to develop Arunachal Pradesh into horticulture state.

Ngandam also visited the construction site of fruit processing (orange and pine apple juice extraction) unit which is being set up under Technology Mission MM-IV at Pangin, East Siang district. He met the entrepreneur of the fruit processing unit Taloka Darang and advised the farmers to encourage and cooperate Darang for betterment of the farmers.     

On his maiden visit to West Siang District Ngandam also visited Jomlo and Bagra village.

While interacting with the farmers he assured farmers’ demands for posting one HDO especially for Bagra area.

He further said that other demands and issues like provision cold storage, refrigerated van, subsidy from govt. for procurement of truck for marketing horticulture crops will be taken care of.

State Govt is very much positive about developing horticulture in  the state, Ngandam informed the villagers and assured the gathering that he will pursue all the problems of the farmers  with CM for redressal.  He affirmed that horticulture will change the life to common man in near future to come, according to an official release.


Strengthen party in grass root level: Sena


ROING, May 11: Finance Minister Setong Sena has called upon the Congress workers to strengthen the party in grass root level in Lower Dibang Valley district. Sena was interacting with the District Congress Committee (DCC) members and Panchayat leaders during his recent two-day visit to Roing.

Pointing out the outcome of last Assembly election, Sena said “this is not the end. Every member should work hard with renewed zeal to strengthen the party in the district”.

Chiliko Meto Zilla Chairperson LDV, DCCI president Golo Saring and Congress member Irem Linggi   also spoke on the occasion and  raised various problems being faced by the Congress workers.  They also appealed the minister to look into the grievances of the party members of the district.


Be achievers through reading: Tayeng

Itanagar, May 11: “Aim high and be ambitious. Take to wide reading to be achievers in life”, exhorted DC Lohit Kaling Tayeng as he consecrated the new premises ‘Ranganatha Retreat’ of the APNE Library, Wakro on Sunday.

He was addressing a large group of young library readers, volunteers, teachers, Govt. officials and public elders gathered at the venue, in spite of pouring rains. “Selective reading and wise utilization of one’s time is very important for this, by curbing excessive and purposeless watching of TV serials. VT-AWIC Youth Libraries provide you an excellent opportunity to attain all round personal development”, he said sharing his reading experiences both as a village-school boy and as an IITan.

He lauded the young library readers of APNE library and the Bamboosa Library, Tezu, for their enthusiasm, self-confidence and public speaking skills, well manifested in all their activities, esp the spirited Reading campaign conducted in the remote schools of Lohit district during the year. “Keep it up! You will rise high in life.” The DC also paid warm compliments to the ASSET, Wakro for promoting all round educational excellence in Wakro circle and encouraging the students from the Apna Vidya Bhavan and the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Wakro to develop wide-reading habits. Balijan Krisikro, Chair-person, Wakro Anchal Samiti, complimented the efforts of the VT- AWIC Youth Libraries for the educational development of Wakro and offered to extend the full support of the Anchal Samiti to the cause of the Youth Library movement.

Earlier, the APNE & Bamboosa Library readers gave an enchanting presentation of skits, poem recitation and story-telling before the guests. Kr. Sam Krisikro spoke how APNE Library exposed him to a wider world of reading, while young Km. Kesilu Tayang gave an inspiring account of her reading campaign experiences and participation in the International Conference on Children’s Libraries in Delhi.


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