ITANAGAR, May 17: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed shock and grief over the
death of five persons in a fire mishap at Ngopok village in Mebo circle near Pasighat
on Tuesday night.
The deceased have been identified as Okiling Megu, Olik Yirang, Karneil Gamango,
Biju Das and Darbin Gurung. Atting Yirang, the owner of the ill-fated house, is reportedly
recuperating at Pasighat Hospital with burn injuries.
As an immediate relief measure, Tuki today announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 1.50
lakh each for the deceased. Sufficient relief amount will also be released to the
injured after receiving the exact expenditure required or incurred for the treatment.
In a statement, the Chief Minister reiterated his concern over the repeated occurrence
of fire mishaps across the state and appealed the people to adopt preventive measures
and remain vigilant in fire-prone dwellings.
BJP district unit demands inquiry
ITANAGAR, May 17: Bharatiya Janata Party, Lower Subansiri district unit has urged
the chief secretary to enquire into alleged violation of norms while implementing
the 7 km road project from Ring road to Reru village via Mide in Ziro-I, Lower Subansiri
Alleging complete violation of standard norms and prescribed guidelines in implementing
the road under central road fund (CRF), the Lower Subansiri district BJP in its
complaint letter to Chief Secretary said that the authorities did not invite necessary
open tender for the road work. Moreover, the implementation of the road project
without considering the necessity of road alignment would have adverse affects
in future, the BJP unit said.
The BJP unit sought the intervention of CS for proper enquiry into the alleged lapses
and violation of the prescribed guidelines in awarding works. The party unit also
demanded fresh tender for this CRF road project.
Itanagar, May 17: With the start of the Holy Buddhist Month “Sakadawa” from May
21 next, the Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society (IBCS) is organizing recitation
of the entire volumes of the holy teachings of Lord Buddha called “Bum” for the benefit
of all the human beings and specially for world peace.
The recitation ritual will start May 21, corresponding to 1st day of the 4th Lunar
month and conclude on June 5 next, corresponding to the 15th day or Purnima.
Contractors seeks enquiry
ITANAGAR, May 17: All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association (AARCA), in a
letter has urged the state chief minister to initiate enquiry into the alleged irregularity
in awarding contract works under SPA scheme during 2011-12 at Deomali Electrical
AARCA, in its letter to the CM alleged that the works under SPA scheme of shifting
of the existing 11 KV line from Borduria village to Laho Kocha and extension of LT
line under Borduria-Bogapani assembly constituency and restoration works of 11 kv
feeder from Khonsa to Tirathju and other electrical installation works in Borduria-Bogapani
area in Tirap district were awarded to M/s RB Agarwalla, Khonsa without following
The details of the notice inviting tender (NIT) were neither published in daily newspapers
nor highlighted in websites by the tendering authority, it alleged.
Informing that a complaint was lodged with Secretary Planning in February 2012 for
refusing to issue tender documents to contractors other than one Deepak Agarwalla,
son of RB Agarwalla, the proprietor of M/s RB Agarwalla, Khonsa by then executive
engineer (elect) allegedly at the direction of an elected leader AARCA urged the
CM to penalize the guilty party so that no deserving agency is deprived from such
contract works in future.
Efforts to keep Ziro clean
Ziro, May 16: A meeting to keep Ziro area neat and clean was organised by the Hapoli
Bazaar Committee at Hapoli Bazar on May 16. District administration, public and entrepreneurs
took part in the meeting.
T Murtem, EAC Ziro urged all to extend cooperation to make Ziro a clean town. The
beauty of the nature is gradually being polluted because of the negligence of inhabitants,
However, it is not too late to revive the beauty of the area, he said and requested
all the denizens of Lower Subansiri to extend their full cooperation.
Discouraging use of plastic carry bags, he appealed the business community to use
biodegradable papers as an alternative to polythene carry bags.
P.N Khrime, Supdt. of Police of Lower Subansiri spoke on decreasing crime trend in
the district. He, however, said that it can be minimized if the full cooperation
is extended to the police department. He also appealed to all the business community
to stand up against illegal activities.
Earlier, Tilling Tat, Chairman Hapoli Bazar Committee demonstrated ways to dump garbage
and segregation of waste.
Members of Hapoli Bazaar Committee, officers, public leaders, representatives from
various NGOs also spoke on the occasion on the town planning. Many of them spoke
on the importance of the cleanliness to attract the tourists, systematic parking
of vehicles, regular patrolling, and precaution to avoid fire accidents.
Orgs condemn vandalism
ITANAGAR, May 17: Condemning the vandalism of Northeastern homeopathic medical
college & hospital by its students on Wednesday to protest against the college authority,
All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum, All Arunachal Pradesh Democratic Youth Association
and All Kurung Kumey District Youth Forum in a joint statement today urged the law
enforcement agency to punish the defaulters according to established law.
ITANAGAR, May 17: All Upper Subansiri District Students Union (AUSDSU) in a release
today said that the UD department and contractor concerned have agreed to maintain
quality of work in road renovation in New Market area, Daporijo. The union appealed
the general public of Upper Subansiri to cooperate with the implementing agencies.
ASVS teachers’ orientation training
ITANAGAR, May 17: The 10 days teachers’ orientation camp for the new recruited and
in-service teachers serving under Arunachal Shikha Vikas Samiti (ASVS) began at
Bharat Scouts & Guides, State Training Centre, Naharlagun today.
Addressing the inaugural session of the training programme, deputy director of secondary
education Ebi Lego called upon the trainee teachers to adopt modern method of teaching
in the fast changing educational scenario.
Delivering the key-note address eminent educationist and social worker Sunil Kulkarni
explained the purpose of organizing such orientation camps for the teachers. He described
the pivotal role of the teachers in shaping the destiny of the nation and also explained
the nation-wide educational service provided by the Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya
Arunachal Shiksha Vikas Samiti vice president Tadar Kama also called upon the trainee
teachers to take full advantage of the orientation camp.
Earlier, ASVS general secretary Nabam Ruja explained the various educational services
of the Samiti. Resource persons from various institute of higher learning including
RGU, D N G College, SRC, RG Polytechnic, Vivekananda Kendra, R K Mission, would deliver
lecturers on various aspects of teaching and learning.
Diseases in livestock
ITANAGAR, May 17: Claiming prevalence of various diseases in livestock in and around
Chayang Tajo, CD block, the BWSCC, Itanagar appealed to the East Kameng district
veterinary officer (DVO) to send veterinary experts and veterinary field assistant
along with required medicines to prevent spread of diseases.
BWSCC in a release informed that disease in Mithuns, cows, pigs and goats has spread
in the area since last few months incurring heavy losses to the villagers.
Army recruitment rally
ITANAGAR, May 17: A nine days Army recruitment rally for eligible candidates in soldier
GD, technical, clerks/SKT and nursing assistant categories will be held at Pasighat,
East Siang district. The rally will start on May 19 and come to an end on May 27,
according to a release issued by Army Recruiting office, Jorhat.
The candidates from West Siang, East Siang, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, Papumpare,
Upper Siang, Kurung Kumey, Tirap, Changlang, Lohit, Anjaw, Lower Dibang Valley, Tawang,
East Kameng, West Kameng, Longding and Dibang Valley districts of the state may report
directly at General Ground Paisghat from May 19 to 23. Recruitment test for the
candidates of Technical/ Nursing Assistant/ Clerks categories soldiers, NCC certificate
holders and sportsmen who have represented at state or National level (from all states
of North East) and sons of serving/retired (only from Arunachal Pradesh) will be
held on May 19. The release further said that written test for eligible candidates
will be conducted on May 27. For more details, candidates may contact ARO Jorhat
Committee seeks eviction drive
ITANAGAR, May 17: Parsi-Parlo Area Development Committee today urged district administration
to carry out eviction drive in and around Parsi-Parlo school. It said that numbers
of illegal occupants are taking shelter in the school compound making the hostellers
difficult to study and creating unhealthy atmosphere. It also appealed to district
students unions and other organizations to look into the matter.
Transport dept. exceeds target
ITANAGAR, May 17: State Transport Services, Itanagar for the second time has earned
revenue above the target fixed by the government. It has earned Rs 39257267 against
a revenue target of Rs 37272456 during 2011-12.
Meanwhile, Station Superintendent, Itanagar said that there were few incidents of
law and order problem in recent past, which was an attempt to disturb the working
of the station adding that non-existence of proper parking places for JnNURM City
Services in the state capital is also a major problem.
However, despite these circumstances, the department has successfully achieved the
Governor, Speaker brief foreign diplomats about Arunachal’s potentials
Interaction at RGU
Itanagar, May 17: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retired) J J Singh briefed
about the enormous potentials of Arunachal Pradesh in various sectors to eight diplomats
from European countries who called on him at Rajbhavan, today.
Highlighting the natural resources of the state the Governor said most of the mountains
and forests of the state with enormous natural resource are still unexplored by
any people. There is huge potential for investment in hydropower, tourism, Agriculture,
Horticulture and Forest based industries. What is required is only to have a local
partner and technology to start with, he said.
With the proper tapping of the huge natural resources in next 10 years with improved
infrastructure and road connectivity, to which the state govt. has given priority,
the state will have the highest per capita income in the country and the entire map
of the state will be changed, he told the ambassadors. He called himself to be very
fortunate to serve in Arunachal Pradesh which according to him is a lifetime opportunity
to know the land and people of the state.
The delegation including Ambassadors Borislav Kirilov Kostov of Bulgaria, Miloslav
Stasek of Czech, Terhi Hakala of Finland, Cord Meier-Klodt of Germany, Dr. Janos
Terenyi of Hungary, Piotr Klodkowski of Poland, Marian Tomasik of Slovak and Joao
Cravinho, Head of European Union showed keen interest in establishing their business
venture in the state. PRO, Raj Bhavan
While addressing the interactive session with Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin
Lowangdong and other legislators at Nokmey Namati Hall, Naharlagun, Joao Cravinho
said that the visit of the delegation particularly aims at promoting mutual understanding
between North East region and EU besides exploring potential sectors like higher
education, research and climate change for mutual cooperation.
Informing that an EU delegation had visited Assam and Meghalaya last year, Cravinho
further said this year EU delegation is on a tour to Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland
to explore the area of cooperation and promote better understanding.
He added that the visit to the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly is to pay homage
to the central institution of democracy of the state and to know about the working
process of the institution under the prevailing political system.
The delegation also listed some other sectors like coal mining, energy sector, science
and technology, environment, waste disposal management, renewable energy, forestry,
agri-horti and industry sectors to explore the possibility of mutual cooperation
Earlier, Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong gave an overview of the constitutional and administrative
development and evolution of the parliamentary democracy in the state since the NEFA
days. He added that democracy is rooted in the state since time immemorial as a tradition
through the functioning of the village councils.
Highlighting the vast potentials sectors of the state, he said horticulture, floriculture,
hydro-power and tourism sectors are some of the priority areas of state Govt for
economic development of the people and progress of the Himalayan state. Emphasizing
on the need of cooperation and exchange of ideas in priority sectors, Lowangdong
also called for collaborative approach in transfer of technology and in tapping
the vast mineral resources including coal and crude oil in the state.
In his address, leader of the Opposition, Laeta Umbrey expressed hope that the visit
will also increase trade and economic links between EU countries and Arunachal Pradesh
through the Indian Union.
Legislators Tapuk Taku, JK Pangeng, PD Sona, Bamang Felix, Alo Libang, Dr. Tangor
Tapak and Phosum Khimhun also interacted with the visiting dignitaries.
Earlier, the EU Ambassadors visited RGU
RGU Vice-Chancellor Prof. David R Syiemlieh informed the visiting members of the
various academic programme and research activities being offered by the university.
Informing about the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the RGU with the
foreign universities, particularly with the Kyoto University, Japan and Semnan University,
Iran, he also informed the visiting dignitaries about the research potentiality in
the field of biodiversity, language and cultural aspects in the state. The RGU is
constructing an international hall of residence to facilitate the interested foreign
research scholars to do research in this part of the country and it is looking forward
to sign MoU on research studies with European Universities, the VC informed.
While sharing wide range of information relating to educational and cultural exchange
potentialities between the European Nations Universities and India, Joao Cravinho
highlighted the research scholarship for Indian students offered by the European
countries under different schemes and selection procedure for NE students for
scholarship.He also highlighted various educational programmes being offered by
the different countries of the European Union.
The leader of EU delegation informed that European Universities would be interested
to do research on economics related areas, biodiversity and languages in the state
in collaboration with the Rajiv Gandhi University.
During the 45 minutes programme, the faculties and students of the university also
interacted with the Ambassadors.
Earlier, a copy of RGU Research Journal was presented to the visiting Ambassadors
to enable them understand the state and the region, an RGU release added.
Probes find serious violation of air safety norms
Panel submits reports on Tawang and Dorjee Khandu chopper mishaps
ITANAGAR, May 17: The reports submitted by the three-member committee of inquiry,
appointed by the Government of India on accidents of two Pawan Hans Helicopters in
Tawang, including the one that killed Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, his security
officer Yeshi Chodak has highlighted serious air safety norms violation and indicted
the air safety regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the civil
aviation ministry and the Arunachal’s Civil Aviation department.
The probe panel, led by Air Marshal (retd) P P Rajkumar, has indicted Pawan Hans
for April 19 Tawang crash that killed 19 people for overlooking flight standards
and safety protocols. It has said that better firefighting infrastructure at the
helipad could have lessened the magnitude of the tragedy, and recommended measures
to be taken by DGCA, the civil aviation ministry and the Arunachal government.
The report states that M-172 passengers died mainly due to inadequate fire services
and non-availability of crash equipment and trained personnel. It further says that
PHHL operated flights for two years to Tawang helipad without ensuring adequate firefighting
facilities and that the Helicopter flouted permissible weight limit by at least 800kg.
According to conversation recorded by the cockpit voice recorder of the Russian-built
Mi-172 chopper, the pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer and flight attendant were unhappy
at being forced to unscheduled stop for the night at Tawang.
Probing the Ecureuil AS 350 B3 crash at Luguthang that killed Late Chief Minister
Dorjee Khandu, the report states that it was as a case of Controlled Flight into
terrain and points serious anomalies by the Pawan Hans Helicopter Services, Air Traffic
Control, Guwahati and aviation authorities at Tawang and pilots themselves.
The helicopter was flying through the clouds and there is great possibility of spatial
disorientation, which could have resulted in loss of situational awareness. The pilots
were not in contact with the ground and were unaware of their ground position and
orientation. The workload of having to fly the helicopter and attempting to make
contact with the ground added additional pressure on the pilots. It appears that
in such a condition, when flying through clouds, with lack of external visual cues,
the helicopter impacted the hill, the report states. The helicopter was neither cleared
for IFR flight nor was it equipped with systems like weather radar or ground proximity
warning systems, which could have given indications of weather or approaching terrain.
The report also points towards poor flight planning by the pilots “as they were in
a hurry” and ATC. Within a span of 14 minutes, the crew tested the fuel, supervised
the refueling, repositioned the helicopter and did the necessary checks at Tawang.
The helicopter started up and attempted to take off by carrying out a pickup with
four passengers on board. Before it was airborne, the domed chopper made three failed
attempts because of overload. First OSD to CM was offloaded, followed by offloading
of luggage. The third time was because the door of the helicopter was not closed
and locked properly. The report stated that the deplaning of a passenger and luggage
indicate that the Load and Trim were not calculated and attempting a take off without
ensuring that the door of the helicopter is closed and locked is an indication of
poor flying discipline. No passenger manifest of the flight was available with the
Aviation Officer Tawang, or any other representative which is a violation of the
laid down procedures.
The ATC at Tawang informed the pilot that the Sela pass was partially clear and Bhutan
valley was clear. As per the PHHL SOP, in case of bad weather, the helicopter was
to route via Bhutan valley. However, the pilots insisted on routeing via the Sela
pass. The violation of SOPs, laid down orders and flying discipline is a contributory
factor to the accident, the report makes it clear.
It further stated that there is a lack of consistency and understanding of operational
aspects particularly to North East and Pondicherry due to non availability of permanent
staff. The operational aspects are all centrally controlled at either Delhi or Mumbai.
The Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd does not have any operations personnel at the Director
/GM level in the hierarchy as depicted in the organization chart to supervise conduct
The report also states that there were no operational personnel at Tawang to brief
the flight crew about the weather condition prevailing enroute or at destination.
In all probability, the pilots did not obtain the weather at destination. There was
no procedure adopted to conduct flight follow-up and the senior pilot who was himself
flying was exercising the operational control of each flight.
All aircraft and helicopters irrespective of the weight category be fitted with CVR
and FDR and IFR instrumentation systems including Weather Radar and aids like the
Ground Proximity Warning Systems, the report says adding that “it needs to be emphasized
to all the VIPs not to exert pressure on the pilots and operators to undertake flights
where safety may be compromised”.
The infrastructure in the hills at regularly used helipads like Tawang must be improved
to include a full-fledged ATC, Met, and Communication facilities, it says while stating
that the responsibility of providing Air Traffic Services at Tawang between IAF,
the State Government and the AAI needs to be clearly identified.
The report further said that the Commissioner of Aviation, Arunachal Pradesh Government
had adviced the Chief Minister against leasing of the single engine AS 350 B3 helicopter
for VIP flights as per the central govt norms and DGCA notification which was overruled
by the Late Chief Minister.
The report further says that the tasking of the AS350 B3 helicopter was done by the
CM and his Secretariat, directly with the pilots and that there was no representative
of the Aviation department involved in the tasking. It also reports strained relationship
between the Aviation Department of Govt of Arunachal Pradesh and Pawan Hans Helicopter
Limited. The matter regarding the safety standards, poor serviceability of Mi-17
helicopters and the behavior of the crew was taken up with CMD, PHHL by the Aviation
Commissioner, GoAP on various occasions. There was no MOU signed between the M/S
Pawan Hans Helicopter Ltd and Government of Arunanchal Pradesh for AS 350 B3 operations.
Opium battered Anjaw looks for alternative source
HAWAI, May 17: Opium growing farmers of Anjaw district have said they are ready to
stop opium cultivation if the government gives them an alternate source of income.
This was the outcome of 12 days extensive awareness campaign conducted against drug
addiction and alcoholism in the district by department of Tax & Excise, Narcotics,
The campaign held in major villages of Walong circle, Hawai circle, Manchal circle
and Hayuliang observed that the villagers were of the opinion that opium needs to
be eradicated from the Mismi Hills, but they also felt the same about liquor shops.
They asked how government can ban opium and legalize the selling of bottled liquors.
“We had to explain them exclusively how opium is more harmful than liquors. First
of all government employees and educated youths must stop taking opium and set an
example to the villagers,” Razzeko Dele, Assistant Professor, IGG College Tezu and
resource person for the campaign told this daily.
The campaign began on May 4 and comprised of staffs of Tax & Excise headed by Superintendent
P Ete and Inspector Eringso Romat. Other resource person included Dr K K Singh, SMO,
Hayuliang, T T Hayee, Horticulture Development Officer, Hawai and Soding Chikro Political
Assistant, Anjaw district.
The resource persons apprised the villagers about the impact of opium on health and
family, socio- cultural impact and narcotics laws. They also informed the villagers
about the alternate earnings through horticulture.
Rayang lifts 3rd Gora Pertin memorial football trophy
ROING, May 17: Defending champion, Rayang lifted the 3rd Gora Pertin Memorial Football
Trophy for a second consecutive year by defeating Parbuk by 2-0 in the exciting final
match played at Rayang Football Ground yesterday.
Naton Noroh, the goalkeeper of Rayang team became the hero of the evening as he saved
two clear goals. Noroh was adjudged as the best Goalkeeper of the tournament while
Notem Tayeng of Rayang became the highest scorer with 5 goals in his credit. Kangkim
Lego of Rayang was adjudged the best player of the tournament. They were awarded
with cash prize of Rs 2000 each along with medals.
The Winning Team was awarded a cash Prize of Rs 20,000 along with the trophy, medals
and certificates. The first Runners Up team Parbuk and second runners up Jia Team
were also awarded a cash prizes along with trophies, certificates and medals.
Yibuk Team was adjudged the best disciplined team.
Speaking in the closing ceremony, local MLA Laeta Umbrey exhorted the young players
to play with true sportsman spirit and win the heart of the people. He also called
upon each and every one to take the anti-drugs campaign seriously by shouldering
the responsibility collectively for making the district free from drugs. He also
called upon the youths to abstain from calling bandh calls and other anti-social
activities that hinder development process.
He also advocated for joint participation from both the community in such tournaments
like Late Gora Pertin and Late Ita Pulu Memorial Football Tournaments in order to
instill a spirit of communal harmony, brotherhood and mutual tolerance among the
He further informed that renovation works of Roing township roads is soon to be started
covering every sector and village.
Simu Umbrey gave away the winning trophy while Kelo Pulu, president IMCLS, Kirpa
Pertin, president ACLS and Mibom Pertin, son of Late Gora Pertin cum president district
ABK gave away other prizes and medals. DIPRO
Rainstorm sweeps Capital, Mebo
PASIGHAT, May 17: Rainstorm lashed the state Capital on Wednesday night snapping
power supply and destroying number of houses and uprooting trees. The storm that
lasted for an hour damaged avenue plantations, electrical poles and fittings of Rajbhavan.
Two avenue trees were completely uprooted and several partially damaged with broken
branches. The electrical poles and fittings were also affected due to falling of
A cyclonic storm also caused damages at Birup colony here last night as rooptops
and plantations were blown away.
Birup Colony Welfare Committee (Raj Nivas) appealed to the relief and rehabilitation
department to grant compensation and provide temporary shelter to the affected families
of the said colony. Atleast 30 families were reportedly affected by the storm.
A cyclonic storm swept across Borguli, Kiyit and Ngopok villages of Mebo circle blowing
away rooftops of many thatched houses, granaries and uprooting trees and electric
poles yesterday evening at around 8 pm.
The storm also caused extensive damage to the staff quarters of medical deptt. and
ME School building of Borguli. However, no casualty has been reported so far. East
Siang deputy commissioner Talem Tapok instructed the district relief and rehabilitation
officer (DRRO) to take stock of the situation, reports DIPRO.
Outraged Arunachal writes to Assam
Bike rally and anti-Arunachal slogans by CPM at Tarasso
ITANAGAR, May 17: Arunachal Pradesh Government has strongly condemned the intrusion
of people from Assam at Tarasso under Papum Pare district and holding a bike-rally
carrying CPM flags and shouting anti-Arunachal slogans on May 16.
The Chief Minister has written letters to his Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi expressing
his displeasure on repeated acts of breach of status quo on part of people from the
neighboring state. He called for immediate and personal intervention of the Assam
Chief Minister to initiate legal action against the intruders for creating tension
along the inter-state boundary and disturbing the age-old harmony being maintained
by people of both the states. He has been specific in mentioning that if any drastic
action is not initiated at this moment the situation may snowball into a major confrontation
that will not augur well for both the states.
He said that legal action is necessary against perpetrators of such acts to prevent
others from repeating such acts in the future.
The Chief Minister has also written to the Union Home Minister P Chidambarm informing
of the incident and calling for intervention of his good office.
The Chief Minister Nabam Tuki this morning held an emergency meeting at his official
chamber which was attended by the MLA Nabam Rebia, Chief Secretary, Home Commissioner,
DGP and IGP. Taking strong exception to the incident the Chief Minister has directed
the state police department to immediately deploy additional security forces at Tarasso
to regain confidence of the fear-stricken villagers and maintain law and order.
Meanwhile, on a complaint lodged by the Papum Pare district administration, the Sonitpur
(Assam) Deputy Commissioner has assured to take stern action against the ‘intruders’.
“While reiterating our trust, respect and love for Assam and beholding the age-old
brotherly relationship amongst the people of the two neighbourly states, Arunachalees
are pained by such repeated acts by certain elements from Assam along the inter-state
boundary. Our people, who are simple villagers, have been again and again harassed
and threatened for no fault of theirs,” said Rebia in a press statement.
In this regard Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had also written to his Assam counterpart
on April 14, 2012. Despite it, a group of people led by one Vivek Das, reportedly
a local CPI (ML) leader from Borgang in Sonitpur district of Assam, held a bike rally
in Tarasso village carrying red flags and shouting anti-Arunachal and derogative
slogans hurting tribal sentiments. ‘This outrageous act has shocked not only the
villagers of Tarasso but each and every citizen of Arunachal Pradesh.’
‘The State Government is committed to stand by its people and ensure safety and security
to their life and property at all costs. We reiterate that any such act disturbing
the status-quo and creating social and communal unrest in future will not be tolerated
by the State Government’ said Rebia who is also the Government Spokesperson.
Meanwhile, All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union (AAPBSU) demanded the state
government to immediately deploy extra police force at Tarasso circle in view of
the prevailing situation for safety and security of local people.
While condemning the anti-Arunachali rally organized allegedly by CPI(ML) at Tarasso
circle yesterday, the union demanded the authority in Assam to book the activists
involved in the rally as per law.
It also urged the Arunachal Pradesh government to initiate peace talk with the Assam
counterpart till the final verdict on boundary is given by the Supreme Court.
AdiSU questions govt’s ‘misleading’ statement
ITANAGAR, May 17: The Adi Students Union (AdiSU) vehemently condemned the press statements
given by the Parliamentary Secretary for Hydropower on the use of police forces during
the conduct of public hearings.
Describing the government statements on deployment of police forces apprehending
breakdown of law and order as misleading, AdiSU in a release said that the recent
assault on three boys by police near Kaying just a day before the conduct of 1000MW
Naying public hearing validates the use of force to terrorize the local people for
a favourable public hearing.
“The government, now in debt with the hydropower companies, is forcing upon the people
to accept the projects. It is the state government’s faulty decision which has created
law and order problems. It is the common people and youths who are opposing the projects
and there are no hired goons and mercenaries to create law and order problem. But
the government has acted as if they are like combating terrorists and has deployed
such large number of forces. It is tantamount to violation of our indigenous and
human rights,” the release said.
Out of the five boys, three were badly beaten up by the policemen for no fault of
their own. The boys were busy repairing their punctured tyre when the police attack
started, the release said.
“If this was not to create a fear psychosis among the locals of Kaying area, then
what could be the reason?” it questioned
An FIR was also filed at the Kaying PS on that very night when the boys were beaten
and thrown out of the police station by the police.
If the state government wants the project to come up, it should organize proper awareness
campaigns on the both advantageous and disadvantageous of the HEPs, the students
Higher education dept. issues advisory
Naharlagun, May 17: Director of Higher Education Dr Joram Begi has cautioned students
seeking higher education to verify credentials of institutions from competent authorities
before getting admission as many fake institutions lure students for financial gains.
In an official communiqué, the Director said, “ Of late, it has been observed that
a number of students are taking admission in various institutions/universities within
the country and abroad for pursuing higher studies in different fields. It has been
learnt that some of these institutions aren’t even recognized by the appropriate
statutory bodies notified for the purpose by the Central or the State Government.”
Such universities/institutions lure the innocent students by issuing misleading
advertisements in the various newspapers. These Universities/Institutions cite recognition
/affiliation of some statutory bodies which may not be always correct. Taking admission
or pursuing studies in such universities /institutions may ruin the life of the students
as the degrees awarded by them aren’t officially recognized. This will also mean
unnecessary wastage of time, money, energy and hope. Many of these institutions may
not provide congenial atmosphere for a good education leading to dissatisfaction
and unwanted incidents bringing bad repute to our students and the State too, the
All the stakeholders, especially the students and their parents, are therefore alerted
not to be misled by such advertisements. They are requested to verify the authenticity
of such universities/institutions before taking admission in them through the official
websites of the various statutory bodies which recognize/affiliate these institutions,
Dr Begi said.
The websites of some of the statutory bodies are given below for reference:-
1. www.ugc.ac.in : For Universities & Colleges
2. www.aicte-india.org : For technical education like Engineering, Architecture,
Town Planning,Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Management, Pharmacy.
3. www.mciindia.org : For Medical Education & www.mohfw.nic.in
4. www.pci.nic.in : For Pharmacy Courses.
5. www.coa.gov.in : For Architecture courses.
6. www.education.nic.in : Ministry of Human resources development
7. www.indiannursingcouncil.org : For Nursing course.
Further, students studying in unrecognized institutions and courses are not eligible
for award of the State Government stipend, Dr Joram Begi informed. DIPR
Training on organic farming
ITANAGAR, May 17: A 3 days training programme on organic cultivation and certification
process for about 500 registered progressive large cardamom growers was organized
by the Department of Horticulture and ECOCERT in association with local based NGO-
Amik Matai Society from May 14 to 16 May at Chipru under Chaglagam block, Anjaw.
The participants were trained in registration and documentation of individual farms,
organic cultivation, principles and practices of organic crop production, training
on GPS system and organic certification process through Trace Net system by Dr. Abhishek
Kumar and Dr. Amit Hatti of ECOCERT, the France based international organic certifying
agency having its presence in more than 120 countries.
District Horticulture Officer S.K. Gogoi informed the progressive large cardamom
growers that steps has already been initiated to register the large cardamom farms
in Anjaw under the banner Anjaw Organic Growers’ Federation with the ECOCERT.
It is pertaining to mention here that Amik Matai Society has been identified by ECOCERT
to act as Service Provider for the organic certification process for the state of
Representative of Amik Matai Society, Babim Boo urged the progressive farmers of
Anjaw, especially Chaglagam block which has huge potential of large cardamom production
to register themselves with the Anjaw Organic Grower’s Federation to achieve community
participation in the organic certification process. He thanked MLA Kalikho Pul for
encouraging the organic certification of Large Cardamom in Anjaw.
In an earlier awareness programme on organic cultivation and certification held in
Hayuliang last year Pul has urged the Horticulture Deptt. to initiate the organic
process for large cardamom immediately in Anjaw so that it becomes an alternate source
of income against huge cultivation of opium for income which is prevalent in Anjaw.
The training program was attended by the Panchayat representatives, Deptt. of agriculture,
NGO representatives and progressive large cardamom growers besides the Horticulture
ZP chairperson Buglelum Tega appreciated the efforts of the Horticulture Deptt. and
urged them to extend their activities in other blocks of Anjaw as agri. and horti.
products in Anjaw are by default an organic in nature.
Nearly 500 progressive large cardamom growers have registered for the organic certification
of their cultivation lands in Chaglagam block, the hub of the large cardamom plantations
VIth Sports Meet cum Miss Papum Pare Contest 2012
APPSU emerges overall champion
ITANAGAR, May 17: All Papum Poma Students’ Union (APPSU) emerged overall Champion
in the VIth Sports Meet cum Miss Papum Pare 2012 contest held at Balijan from May
12 to 15. The award for the ‘Best Discipline House’ went to All Mengio Students’
Miss Techi Nanu, an student of BA 1st year of DNGC, was crowned Miss Papum Pare,
2012. Nanu (19) of Ganga village represented the Capital Students Union (CSU) in
the contest. She took away cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh as winner’s prize.
Miss Mui Tina representing All Kimin Students Union won the first runners up title
along with Miss Beautiful Skin subtitle. She (21) is a B.Sc. (Botany) student of
Cotton College, Guwahati. She was given cash prize of Rs.50,000.
Miss Techi Nime (20) won the 2nd Runners up title along with Miss Personality sub-title.
She is a BA 1st year student of Raid Laban College, Shillong. She represented Capital
Students’ Union (CSU) and hails from Ganga village. She took away cash prize of
The winners of various subtitles were Miss Techi Nime, Miss Taying Yazu, Tana Yaha,
Miss Mui Tina, Miss Techi Yami and Miss Teli Papung. Each of them were awarded cash
prize of Rs.10,000 while consolation prizes were given to other seven contestants.
The show was anchored by RJ Duyu Tabio (of Radio Oo La La).
The judge of the beauty contest were Tumter Riba, Editor of Arunachal News Network
(ANN), Boni Darang, fashion designer and Chum Darang ((Miss AAPSU 2010).
MLA Techi Kaso and Balijan EAC Tai Tagu gave away the champions trophy and awards
to ‘Best Discipline House’ on the valedictory function on Wednesday evening.
The event was organized by All Papum Pare District Students’ Union.
Skilled teachers and institutions
The recent assurance given by the central government on the establishment of more
DIETS and Block Level Teacher Education Institutions (Blteis) will enhance more
skill to both in-service teacher and those who opted for teaching as a profession.
This is the right time and right approach shown by state government as the need of
a skilled teacher in the state is must. The establishment of more DIETS and BLTEIS
will not change the quality of a teacher but this will atleast improve the skills
of a teacher. It is very sad to see that our respected teachers are not able to write
even a simple application.
The recognition of private B.Ed colleges of the state will also benefit both govt.
and educated unemployed youth.
The present state govt. under the leadership of CM Nabum Tuki and Education Minister
Bosiram Siram is doing right job in educational sector. Establishment of university,
colleges, enhancement of SSA teacher salary are the few examples. However it will
be more effective if the state govt conducts early TET Exam in the state and special
priority is given to those successful candidates in the teacher recruitment.
Last but not least, to my respected teacher again “Be master in your profession”,
because the society and nation is shaped by you.
Woes of contractors
As a seasonal Contractor, I would like to draw the attention of the Govt. of Arunachal
Pradesh about the deduction of percentage from the fund allotted for any contractual
work. As of today, the contractors of Tirap district are made to construct or supply
materials at the cost of only 60% of the total cost as 40% is deducted at source
making it impossible for the contractors to achieve the target as per the estimate.
Therefore, I am behalf of all the contractors of Tirap district appeal the Govt.
of Arunachal Pradesh to have a serious look at the matter so as to have all around
development in the district.
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.
Diabetes on the rise
The World Health Statistics 2012 report, which includes data from 194 countries,
states that one in three adults worldwide has raised blood pressure and one in 10
suffers from diabetes. In high-income countries, widespread diagnosis and treatment
with low-cost medication have reduced mean blood pressure across populations, leading
in turn to a reduction in deaths from heart disease. In Africa, however, more than
40 per cent of adults in many countries are estimated to have high blood pressure,
most of them remain undiagnosed, even though many of these cases could be treated
with low-cost medications, which would significantly reduce the risk of death.
An increase in obesity is also highlighted in the report as being a major health
The highest obesity levels are in the Americas, with 26 per cent of adults suffering
from obesity, and the lowest in the South-East Asian region, where only three per
cent of the population is obese. In all parts of the world, women are more likely
to be obese than men, making them more vulnerable to diabetes, cardiovascular disease
and some cancers.
Hope, the health managers would evolve a mechanism to check non-communicable diseases
which currently cause almost two thirds of all deaths worldwide.