Government insist on compensation while organisations say no to projects
Stalemate over Lower Siang Hydro Project continues
PASIGHAT, May 30: While the debate on 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydro Project continues
and people in the state yet to come to terms at brutal use of force against protesters,
senior citizens of Pasighat and politicians has appealed to the affected villagers
to allow the JP associates to continue the survey works so that their lost properties
could be fully compensated.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram has said that every possible effort and help should
be extended by the state government and local administration to compel the Power
Developer to provide adequate compensation, infrastructure and other facilities to
the affected villagers. He further added that in the whole process affected people
should be involved.
The views were aired at a meeting organized by the Bogong Banggo Kebang (BBK) yesterday.
A high profile delegation comprising Minister Power Jarbom Gamlin, Minister Education
Bosiram Siram, Dy. Speaker Tapang Taloh, BJP MLAs Taniyo Taga and Dr. Tangor Tapak
at a public meeting attended by representatives of East and Upper Siang at Pangin
on 28th May last advised the people to welcome the Hydropower in the Siang valley
for the greater interest of the state.
Gamlin called on the representatives of Adi Students Union and Anti-dam people to
come to the negotiating table. He further said that packages, compensation and other
infrastructural facilities could be ascertained only after the Cadastral Survey works
were completed by the company. The meeting however was disrupted in the beginning
by the AdiSU members.
On the other hand, Adi Baane Kebang, the Apex Body of the Adi community has said
that it is yet to stand on the Hydro Power Projects in the Adi Belt but it shall
not be a silent spectator to the atrocities and suppression meted out to the Adis
by the security forces. The statement came after a meeting on May 29 in which district
Units also took part.
Reacting to May 26 lathi charge and firing at people who were protesting against
the Lower Siang Hydro Project at Pongging in which scores were injured; it said that
the Company as well as the administration should have adopted the policy of persuasion
instead of applying force. Appealing the government to initiate legal action against
the persons who are responsible for the incident it said that such act of atrocities
on innocent and peace loving people without any provocation is totally uncalled for
in the civilized and democratic society and it tantamount to violation of Human Rights.
It further came down heavily on the statements of DIPRO East Siang. Reacting to the
clarification given the by DIPRO, the ABK said that the photographs published in
the dailies depicting the naked woman and injured persons admitted at District Hospital
Pasighat itself is an evident to prove the charges.
The apex body has constituted five members, Dam Impact Assessment Committee to study
details of the Hydro Power projects of Adi Belt which would be submitted within a
period of two months to the ABK for further follow up action.
The North East People’s Alliance (NEPA), a conglomeration of organizations in India’s
North East, has said that Arunachal has signed numerous MOUs in the name of state’s
revenue and ‘development’ without respecting any of the existing environmental or
social norms, human rights standards and the rights of the Indigenous peoples. There
are also-fears of safety, downstream impacts which have not been addressed at all.
It is the responsibility and duty of the leaders of Arunachal Pradesh, a constituent
state on the Northeast, to protect and promote the rights of the people, which have
sustained the biodiversity, culture and economy of the region but is now being threatened
by the constructions of big dams, supported and aided by political leaders at the
behest of their corporate paymasters, the Association added.
Commenting on the Pongging incident, it said that brutal action by the CRPF and other
state forces clearly reflects that that the dams are being forced upon the affected
peoples, it said in a statement. These are legitimate reasons and cannot be brushed
aside or suppressed by using state forces, it added.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Volunteer Youth Association (AVYA) has lambasted the state govt.
for using para-military forces against indigenous people to suppress their voice
and democratic movement against construction of a mega dam. While condemning the
recent incident at Ponging, where forces were used to disperse protesting local indigenous
people, AVYA demanded the State Govt to immediately cancel the MoU signed with Jaypee
Associates on Lower Siang Hydel Project. AVYA also opposed construction of mega dams
in the state without consent and will of indigenous people. (with inputs from DIPRO)
AAPSU winds up fact finding tour on Chakma refugees
“stress on communication to bring a lasting solution”
ITANAGAR,May 30: After visiting Chakma refugee area of Lohit and Changlang district,
members of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union(AAPSU) visited Kokila and Holongi
village situated few hour drive from capital where chunk of Chakmas resides. The
main aim of their visit was to find permanent solution to long pending Chakma-Hajong
refugee issue haunting the state of Arunachal. With this visit AAPSU has wind up
their fact finding tour of all the Chakma habituated area of state. In contrary to
the hostile atmosphere faced by AAPSU team at Lohit and Changlang district, Chakmas
of Kokila and Hollongi village are living peacefully with local indigenous Nyishi
tribe. Most of the Chakmas living in these two villages distances themselves from
criminal acts committed against local tribes at Lohit and Changlang district.
While interacting with the Chakma refugees represented by their senior leader Bodhisatta
Chakma and Bilash Chandra Chakma, AAPSU president Takam Tatung said that we need
to communicate with each other to bring an amicable and permanent solution to this
decades old problem.
He further said that we will approach the state government to provide all the facilities
like school, medicals, police post etc in the government notified settlement blocks
for Chakma’s, if they stop encroaching the reserve forest and local lands and go
back to their designated blocks. He also advised them, as they are the first generation
of migrants, to interact with their counterparts based in Changlang and Lohit districts
to come out and communicate with the AAPSU leadership to minify their grievances
and sort out a permanent solution of peace and harmony.
He also told them to identify the illegal immigrants who are not only creating a
hostile environment but also breaking the laws and giving a bad name to the first
generation Chakmas residing in the state.
The illegal migrants who came lately from Mizoram, Tripura, Assam, and Bangladesh
is not only creating law and order problems but also depriving the genuine refugee
card holders their rights, said AAPSU vice president cum Chakma-Hajong Issue Committee
vice chairperson (CHIC) Nabam Tamar. Therefore, the first generation Chakmas who
were allotted the blocks for settlement by the government should identify the intruders
to protect their rights.
We are looking for a peaceful and permanent solution, urged AAPSU spokesperson cum
CHIC chairperson Tobom Dai. They need to come out from their hideouts to communicate
for a better life for the posterity.
On their part Chakma elder’s informed that they hold no grudges against AAPSU as
made to believe by their leaders at Delhi. Since day one, I have appreciated the
movement started by the AAPSU, informed Chakma senior leader and Block no. 1 headman
Bilash Chandra Chakma. “Obviously when rights of local people are taken away they
will fight back to take it. So, AAPSU is correct in their own way depending rights
of their fellow Arunachalee. We also condemn what’s happening in Changlang and Lohit
district,” says Bilash Chandra Chakma.
He included further that we are also against the new influx of Chakmas whether it’s
in Changlang or Lohit or Papum-Pare district because it is seriously jeopardizing
the life of genuine settlers.
He also said that we can’t tolerate any new influx of Chakmas because it’s impossible
to accommodate in our designated blocks. Moreover, the administration should also
check such illegal influx sternly, he added.
We are altogether 250 families staying in the 10 blocks allotted by the government
in Papum-Pare district, informed Social worker and Block no 6 headman Bodhisatta
Chakma. We are living harmoniously with the local population since our parents arrived
here in 1964.
Assuring to remain within their designated blocks, he said, as we have limited lands
so we will stop the new influx of refugees as far as possible.
Sternly criticizing the nefarious activities carried out by the new generation Chakma
migrants in Changlang and Lohit district, he also appealed them to respect the law
and local sentiments.
Also present on the day was AAPSU assistant general secretary Marge Riba, All Papum-Pare
district student’s union president, Nabam John, All Nyishi student’s union co-convenor
Byabang Jorang, Rajiv Gandhi University Student’s Union general secretary Lingdum
Taha, Kokilla GB Tana Jirjo, Karbi village GB Bidaram Kiling, ASM Ngurang Yazi, GPM
Tago Tali and members of Papum Poma Students Union.
Two days Bos Frontalis Festival kicks off
Parikrama to perform at IG Park
ITANAGAR, May 30: The two day Bos Frontalis Festival took off today in Itanagar.
The festival organized by the Mascot Network Society in collaboration with the Centre
for Cultural Research & Documentation (CCRD) started with an interesting debate competition
among the College and university students on “Sacrifice of Mithuns- a cultural burden?”
The main attraction remains the Parikrama concert slated for Monday evening.
Millo Yasung won the best speaker award while Tasar Sonia was the runner-up. Dera
Natung Govt College was declared as the best team while Don Bosco was the runner-up
team. In the open forum, the winner was Taba Abang and runner-up Gopal Rai. The day
also saw the release of the Bos Frontalis Festival info-book Myths, Mithuns and Memos.
Power Minister Jarbom Gamlin addressing the gathering of students stressed upon the
important role of Mithun on the tradition and culture of a tribal society. He praised
the participants at the debate competition for throwing light on the importance of
a semi-domesticated animal like Mithun and also lauded the organizers for conducting
the Bos Frontalis festival to create awareness on Mithun. Dr Taba Heli while speaking
on the Mithuns said that more need to be done to safeguards the mithuns. He suggested
inclusion of syllabus on mithun in school and college and proper law and guidelines
on its conservation. He further said that Wild Life and Animal Husbandry has to work
in unison to ensure that survival of the semi wild life animals.
The festival director Haku Tatak giving an introduction to the festival said that
festival was being organized to rediscover the cultre and heritage of the state.
Moji Riba chairing the festival spoke about the utility of Mithuns in the tribal
society from both the cultural as well as religious point of view.
In the inter-school T-Shirt graphic design contest on Mithun conservation held here
on the sidelines of the Bos Frontalis festival 2010 today, Andeng Apang of Donyi
Polo Public School, Itanagar, won the first position while the runners-up were tied
in between Mary Makcha and Aman Apang of the same school.
In the open competition, Ngurang Tinku of Delhi Public School, Itanagar was adjudged
as the winner.
Altogether 39 participants from various schools including Royal International, DPVB,
Ramakrishna Public School, King Cup Public School, Delhi Public School, Itanagar
participated in the competition.
Education minister Bosiram Siram is expected to be the chief guest of the tomorrow’s
1st Career Fair at Itanagar begins
ITANAGAR, May 30: Arunachal Pradesh Higher and Technical Education Director Dr Joram
Begi has inaugurated the two-day 1st Career Fair at Hotel Subansiri today.
The fair is being organized by SAPE a leading education fair organiser in South East
Asia and supported by state Higher Education Department. This is a right platform
for students of Arunachal Pradesh, Dr Begi said in his inaugural address. Earlier,
the students used to take admission through consultants and few occasions they have
been cheated by enrolling them in wrong or unrecognised colleges. Stressing the
need of such education fair to bring awareness among the students, Dr. Begi hoped
students will be able to interact directly to the college authorites in future.
This 2-day event will provide aspirants a single gateway to entire gamut of academic
and professional courses available in India & abroad in various conventional and
Large number of students thronged the fair from the morning and they were interested
on travel tourism, Hotel Management, engineering, sports management, aviation. Altogether
30 institutes from Bangalore, Delhi, U.P, Sikkim, Orissa, Punjab, Haryana, Dehradoon,
West Bengal are participating in the fair.
Inspite of its distance from the metro cities, Arunachal has registered a substantial
growth in the field of education over the last few years. With the spread of education,
literacy in these islands has risen appreciably.
Arunchal Pradesh has more than 10,000 students passing out every year from more than
50 higher secondary schools. But the irony is that there are only few colleges to
accommodate these thousands of students. Failing to pursue their dreams, the students
consider moving outside the state to pursue higher education.
Two poachers caught
ITANAGAR, May 30: Two poachers were caught yesterday evening from Daying Ering wildlife
sanctuary by a patrolling squad led by Beat officer Ram Ering. Balison Darang and
Dokol Megu from Namsing were caught around 7.30 PM as they wonder around the sanctuary.
A double barrel gun with five cartridges, one country boat and little amount of opium
were confiscated from the duo.
The DFO Wildlife Tasing Sitang (Eko) said that both men were handed over to police
and booked under relevant sections of Wild Life act and CrPc. The Wildlife sanctuary
covering an area of 190.00 Sq. Km has been witness to poaching mostly carried out
by the local of the nearby area.
Govt abandons Tawang airport plan
ITANAGAR, may 30: Airports Authority of India (AAI) has abandoned its plans to build
a civilian greenfield airport at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh after the Union government
felt it would be too close to the Sino-Indian border, reports Asian Age.
Two years ago, AAI had conducted a detailed feasibility study for the construction
of an airport at Tawang.
“As per the rules, no civilian airport should be built in the area which is less
than 70 km from the Sino-Indian border. Tawang fell in that range. So, the Union
government felt it was not advisable,” a govt source reported to have said.
World No Tobacco Day on May 31
ITANAGAR, May 30: The World No Tobacco Day will be observed at Kingcup Public School,
near I G Park here on May 31. The programme is being jointly organised by Kingcup
Public School and Project Khushi under the Voluntary Health Association of Arunachal
AP State AIDS Control Society project director Dr Emi Rumi and state Deputy Director
(AYUSH) Dr. B.V.S. Murthy will be the chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Lobsang Jampa will deliver a lecture on Effect of Tobacco
on Health. This will be followed by Poster competition among the students of Kingcup
Public School and various other programmes.
This year’s World No Tobacco Day 2010 will give focus on a tobacco–free world for
women. While tobacco use continues to predominate as a critical health concern globally,
the fact that women comprise a sizeable 20 per cent of the world’s 1 billion smokers
is a cause for growing/alarming concern. Women are a major target of opportunity
for the tobacco industry, which needs to recruit new users to replace the nearly
half of current users who will die prematurely from tobacco-related diseases. The
Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) 2009 found that 8.3 % girls (between 13-15 years)
reported consuming some form of tobacco. Recognising the importance of reducing tobacco
use amongst women and acting upon that recognition would save many lives.
The World No Tobacco Day gives due importance to controlling the tobacco epidemic
among women. According to Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, “protecting and
promoting the health of women is crucial to health and development – not only for
the citizens of today but also for those of future generations.”
A vast majority of women in India consume various forms of smokeless tobacco like
gutkha, paan masala with tobacco etc. with prevalence rates varies between 1 % to
as high as 60 % in some of the NE states.
Teachers orientation training programme ends
ITANAGAR, May 30: The 10 days long state level Teachers Orientation Training Programme
concluded at Abotani Vidya Niketan School, Pachin, Naharlagun today.
The chief guest of the concluding function and superintending engineer, PHE& WS Er.
Toko Jyoti while appreciating the yeomen services rendered by the Arunachal Shiksha
Vikas Samiti (ASVS) schools in the state, stressed on the need of igniting positive
spirit and sense of patriotism in the younger generations. Teachers are the role
model in the transformation of society; parents the energy and the students the strength
in it, he said. He assured his possible support and voluntary cooperation in such
Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan (VBABSS) all India general secretary,
S.R. Shinde called upon the local peoples to actively support various institutions
run by the ASVS.
VBABSS all India secretary Avanish Bhatnagar in his address said that the ASVS and
Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan schools are not for just imparting
education, rather it has higher objectives of building the future of this great
nation. “We give emphasis on unity in diversity and national integration’, he said.
Presiding over the meeting, Arunachal Shiksha Vikas Samiti president Prof.Tamo Mibang
has called for dedicated services of the teachers with proper management of time.
A teacher has to enable and motivate a child to learning process. Learning has no
end but it needs proper directions in the course of time, he said. He lauded the
cooperation of the local people in running the ASVS schools in the state. Northeastern
states secretary, Jayakanth Sharma also addressed in the programme.
ENVIRON conducts workshop on waste management
NAHARLAGUN, May 30: Environ, a Guwahati-based NGO conducted a day-long workshop
with waste pickers at P-Sector, Naharlagun.
During the workshop ENVIRON president A.J. Kashyap along with his team members K.J.
Mazumdar, K. Sarma and S. Kalita has demonstrated the different uses of non-biodegradable
and recyclable solid waste to attract waste pickers and to mobilize their day to
day activity in more efficient manner to clean the capital complex.
Environ is organising rag pickers in Guwahati as well as in Itanagar capital complex
to collect the plastic waste in a systematic manner. In the workshop most of the
rag pickers as well as waste picker have explained about ignorance of Govt. about
their poverty which compelled most of the parents to engage their child in waste
picking activities instead of sending them to school. Through the workshop environ
is planning to enhance the earning of parents of waste pickers, so that they will
be able to send their child to school under waste to wealth concept, according to
It may be mentioned here that a pilot project on “Awareness and primary implementation
of Municipal Solid waste management in capital complex” was launched by ENVIRON supported
by NABARD, regional office, Itanagar and the project is being monitored by Capital
Young Arunachalee join UAE company
ITANAGAR, May 30: Wangchu Khrimey has joined Jumbo Electronic LLC in Dubai as an
executive. Jumbo Electronics is the biggest electronic company in UAE. The younger
son of former Minister R K Khrimey, Wangchu managed to crack the tough campus recruitment
while he was still studying in his final semester at Symbiosis Institute of Business
Save indigenous culture: NEDWS
ITANAGAR, May 30: North East Development Welfare Society (NEDWS) has appealed the
people of the state to keep-up own identity, save indigenous culture and promote
Tani Lipi as state script.
The society has already chalked out programmes to preserve and promote indigenous
culture and Tani Lipi and to safeguard the natural beauty of the state, said NEDWS
president Tabom Boje in a release today.
While stressing on preservation of Mithun, Boje appealed the Governor and Chief Minister
to give more emphasis on preservation of Mithun as Arunachal state animal.
ITANAGAR: Nyokum Lapang Youths’ Association will conduct the first ever state level
Tiger Seven Football Tournament at Nyokum Lapang ground, Itanagar from July 10 next.
SEPPA, May 30: The All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU) will celebrate its 32nd
foundation day on June 1 at its office, Nyokum Lapang, Seppa in East Kameng district.
The Foundation day programmes include rich tribute to former Education Minister
Dera Natung who is also the founding president of the AEKSU in 1978-1980, a friendly
volleyball match between AEKSU members and administrative officers. All the senior
students and youths are expected to participate in the programme.
29 children benefitted from computer training
ITANAGAR, May 30: The eight-week long 5th basic computer training workshop for the
youth of Changlang concluded at Changlang yesterday.
Altogether 29 children including 13 boys and 16 girls took benefit from this free
of cost computer workshop organised by the 25 Assam Rifles under the aegis of DAH
Division from April 5 last.
In its commitment towards providing computer literacy for the youth of Changlang
the 25 AR so far imparted computer training to 156 children and the programme is
gradually becoming more popular among the residients of Changlang.
Colonel H B Gramopadhye, SM, Commandant, 25 Assam Rifles gave away the prizes to
the children who performed well on this course. All candidates earned a certificate
each. Commandant HB Gramopadhye has assured that this course will be run periodically
for benefit of maximum youths of the district. The parents of these children expressed
their profound gratitude to 25 Assam Rifles for educating the children in computers.
Citizens argue instead of rushing accident victim to hospital
NIRJULI, May 30: Another incident that divulged the growing carelessness and lack
of concern for fellow human being has come into light near NERIST gate when a pedestrian
hit by an inebriate motorbike rider on Saturday night was left bleeding on the road.
At around 10.30 pm, a 19 years old boy Tapo Mosu of Siyom village, Daporijo area,
was hit by a motorbike. Instead of rushing the victim to the medical, onlookers were
busy arguing. It was timely help from the AAPSU vice president Nabam Tamar (protocol)
who was passing by and took the victim to the nearby Tago Memorial Hospital for treatment,
said a witness. When contacted Tamar informed that he was shocked to see boy bleeding
with no one coming forward to help him. “I was astonished with the behavior of that
biker. Instead of taking the injured boy to hospital, he was arguing with him. Sad
to see our fellow Arunachalee behaving so inhuman,” says Tamar.
Siram to grace 71st birth anniversary celebration of Lummer Dai
ITANAGAR, May 30: The 71st birth anniversary of celebrated author, late Lummer Dai
being organized by the Asam Sahitya Sabha in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh
Literary Society (APLS) will be held on June 1 next with a number of programmes at
Naharlagun and Itanagar.
Starting with flag hoisting by the Sahitya Sabha and APLS, the gathering present
will pay homage to late Lummer Dai by offering floral tributes at his portrait at
Punyasthal in the residential premises of the departed author. It will be followed
by a memorial function and the release of a book of Lummer Dai titled ‘Sat Bhair
Monobal Raijor Topobal Houk’.
While Education Minister Bosiram Siram will grace the memorial function at Naharlagun
as chief guest, the president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Rong Bong Terong will preside
The celebration will end with an open session followed by a literary session at the
JN State Museum. The literary session will be presided over by well-known author,
ITANAGAR, May 30: North East Development Welfare Society, Arunachal Pradesh president
has appointed Langkung Yama as its Women Wing president and Biki Apu as vice president.