May 20


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Provide relief to fire victims

ITANAGAR, May 19:  One Langpu Taha of Pilua village under Pipsorang circle has lost his dwelling house and all house-hold properties in a devastating fire mishap on  May 12, said  20th Tali Assembly Youth Congress Committee (AYCC)  in a release today.

The Committee appealed to the circle officer, Kurung Kumey district administration and  Tali MLA  to   look into the  problems being faced by the fire victims and provide immediate relief to them.


ASM passes away

ITANAGAR, May 19:  Anchal Samity Member (ASM) of Kabu, Aalo, Kigam Loya died on May 16 at her residence at Kabu village.

She left behind her husband, three sons, two daughters and many grand children.

Many relatives and well wishers from the district headquarters and outside queued to pay last respect to late Loya yesterday at Kabu village.

She was a lady with leadership quality and before being elected as ASM she had also held many posts in different fields including president of Aalo Women Marketers Welfare Association.


RGSC coordinators meet

ITANAGAR, May 19: A meeting of the state coordinators of  Rajiv Gandhi Study Circle (RGSC) was held today under the chairmanship of Kipa Kaha, chairman, state management committee cum one of the coordinator of RGSC.

Highlighting the AICC chief Sonia Gandhi’s 5-point agenda to battle and root out corruption, Kaha exhorted the young generation and youth to fight corruptions at various levels.

Saying that there is a communication gap between Rural and Urban India in Bharat Nirman agenda, he urged the students, youth and people from all sections of society to cooperate with government for successful implementation of various welfare schemes, projects under Bharat Nirman.

Informing that the Congress Govt. in the state has started self-employment training programme in state, he urged the unemployed youths of  the state to take benefit of  training programme.

He also highlighted the various steps being initiated by the Nabam Tuki-led government for all-round development of the state.


Cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, May 19: The members of All Arunachal Public Bus Welfare Association (AAPBWA) cleaned the garbage and waste materials on the road between Ganga Akash Deep point to Shiva Mandir today.

During the social service, Traffic S P Apang Tamuk and traffic inspector M Takung lauded the members including bus staff for taking up such noble work.

Meanwhile, AAPBWA appealed to the Capital district administration to shift the small shops and electrical poles from near the bus stoppages to some other safer places for safety of commuters. It further appealed to the traffic cell to deploy two more traffic personnel at Ganga bus stand.


TB advocacy prog at Seram village

ITANAGAR, May 19: Abu NGO today conducted a TB advocacy programme for community leaders at Seram village.

Speaking on the occasion, Khansing Chamroy, coordinator of Abu NGO, stressed on community leaders’ active participation to prevent TB. He advised the patients to complete the duration of treatment saying that many patients do not complete the lengthy regimen. A TB patients has to take medicines for a minimum period of six months to kill the germ.

TB is mainly a disease of the poor. Malnutrition, poor living condition are the main reasons for the spread of the disease, he said.  

The community leaders have collectively decided to work with Abu NGO for complete eradication of  TB from the community. Besides the community leaders, Gaon Bura Rikyon  Kenning,  public leader  Kalom Lego also spoke in the programme.


Plantation drive at Aalo

ITANAGAR, May 19: Plantation of avenue trees within Aalo township area was carried out by the Kebo Gambo Welfare Society led by Dr. Takki Gammi and Ayanam Society lead by Dongam Ori Ngomdir with technical support from the Forests and Environment department on May 16 and 17.

About 500 seedlings of Ashok (Saraca indica), Bokul (Mimusop elengii), Gulmohar (Delonix regia) were planted in the roadside near Higher Secondary School, Medical colony, Industry colony, District court area and Gumin nagar area.

Earlier, the Range staff had conducted survey of the township area to assess the requirement of replanting avenue tree species in various locations.

Range Officer Motum Koyu informed that the drive was a part of action component of awareness campaign under CAMPA scheme and the re-plantation was required for maintenance of ecological balance and town beautification.

Meanwhile, DFO, Aalo Forest Division, Koj Rinya exhorted the NGOs and public for their active cooperation in undertaking the re plantation drive successfully. She also appealed for peaceful implementation of various works under Aalo Forest Division for over all development of the district. She informed that the re plantation has become necessary for gap filling in areas under two categories – firstly in areas where avenue trees exist at sufficient distance and secondly, in areas where public have applied for tree felling with reason that the trees are over aged and are posing threat to life and property.


BJP National Executive meet

ITANAGAR, May 19: Former Lok Sabha MP and BJP National General Secretary Tapir Gao,  State BJP President Dr. Tangor Tapak (MLA), Leader of BJP Legislature Party, State Assembly, Tamiyo Taga (MLA) and State General Secretary in-charge (Organization) Tai Tagak are attending the BJP National executive meeting (National working committee) scheduled to be held in Mumbai on May 24-25.


Namsai ravaged by storm

ITANAGAR, May 19: A strong storm has ravaged Namsai sub-division badly on May 14.

Numbers of trees were uprooted and electric poles were damaged resulting in disruption of power and drinking water supply in Namsai sub-division.

District administration and the concerned department pressed men and materials into service to ensure early restoration of damaged electric poles and wires.

Meanwhile, Dokum Colony Welfare Committee, Itanagar informed that many houses were severely damaged by cyclone on May 16.

It appealed to the authority to access the damaged properties and provide necessary relief material to the cyclone victims of the colony.


ANSU distributes relief materials to Boasimla fire victims

ITANAGAR, May 19: A team of All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) distributed relief materials to the victims of Boasimla fire accident yesterday.

The ANSU team distributed 54 bags of rice, 250 CGI sheets and utensils to the victims so that they can re-start their normal life.

The victims are still facing lots of difficulties in carrying out their agricultural activities without basic needs like food, shelter and cloths, the Union said and appealed to the government to distribute relief materials to the victims. It also appealed to the local MLA to pursue the matter with the state government for the welfare of the victims.

ANSU further appealed government to establish a fire station at Baosimla.

Arunachal seeks EU support for flow of WB, ADB funds

Ambassadors hope for strong ties

ITANAGAR, May 19: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki sought the EU support to facilitate flow of fund from World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) which are already funding all NE states except Arunachal.   

Enlisting the huge potentials of Arunachal Pradesh to the visiting ambassadors from eight European countries here today,  Tuki said that though the state had submitted proposals  for development fund as desired by the Union Govt, WB and ADB but those proposals were rejected due to objection raised by Chinese government. Arunachal with an annual budget of around Rs 3,000 crore has to fully depend on Centre for funding from external agencies, the Chief Minister said.

Highly impressed by the first hand experience of the rich cultural mosaic of Arunachal and its inspiring natural beauty, Poland Ambassador Pitor Klodkowski opined that this will lay a strong foundation between Arunachal Pradesh and 34 nations including 27 European nations.

Subscribing the views of Chief Minister Tuki that the maiden visit of the EU diplomats together as historic and his plea for their support to win over China in not opposing WB and ADB development funds  to the state, Klodkowski said, ‘aapki sanskriti, parampara saab ko acha laga. Jo dekha, jo suna dil bhor gaya. Asha karta hun ki yeh ek majbut sambond bananeka buniad hoga aur us ki taraf hum saab kaushis karengey (All of  us were bowled over by your rich traditions and cultures. Our hearts are filled with whatever we saw and heard. Hopefully, this will lay a strong foundation and we all will try to achieve it) to the applause of all.  Klodkowski dittoed team leader and EU Ambassador Joao Cravinho, who earlier said, “the hospitality is very touching during this trip aimed at identifying potentials to strengthen our ties with India.

“This is a tremendous learning experience that has opened our eyes to tap Arunachal potentials,” he said while lauding the brief PowerPoint presentation on state’s investment potentials by planning secretary Ankur Garg.

The ambassadors, including Borislav Kostov (Bulgaria), Janos Terenyi (Hungary), Terhi Hakala (Finland), Marian Tomasik (Slovakia) and German charge-d-affairs Cord Meier-Klodt interacted with the CM in presence of Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Power (Electrical) Minister Tanga Byaling, Industries Minister Tapang Taloh, Parliamentary secretaries TN Thongdok and Nabam Rebia,  Principal Secretary to CM Yeshi Tsering and special secretary & PPP director Sonam Chombey in the CM’s conference hall here.

Responding to a question from Cravinho, Tuki informed that the proposed 1,554 Trans-Arunachal Highway, Tasigaon-Bhutan road, the historic Stillwell road and ongoing renovation of airports at Pasighat, Tezu and Ziro would improve the communication of the state. “We are seeking direct fixed winged air service from Kolkata to those airports,” he disclosed.

“While bandh culture in Assam is a hurdle to our development, the Friday bandh called by our youth is a democratic method to express grievances. They are our youths and we will convince them,” Tuki said, while conveying his regret for the inconvenience caused.

Staesk informed that Chez has developed a 21-seater fixed aircraft (L410 developed by LelKunovice), which were brought by India in 2010, so also the new MI-17 chopper. He expressed willingness for collaborative projects in developing airports, gold courses, spas, hydropower (as Czech company has commissioned one in Assam) and mining (its company based at Kolkata). Efforts are being made with Mizroam for collaborative projects in various fields, Staesk informed.

Czech would host the India Show during September 10-15 next for 200 Indian companies showcase their potential in energy technology , machine  and tools where  an Arunachal representative would be invited, he disclosed while adding that  he would visit NE region again in October.

Responding to various queries particularly on hurdle to have direct ties with the GoAP, Garg informed that many large and medium size companies are already working in the State and the  Central Govt has a clear-cut policy to have direct tie up with the state with  certain foreign nations.

Responding to a plea of CM for PPP mode  in  priority sectors, Meier-Klodt hinted about collaborative projects in education and energy sectors.

Declaring Arunachal as 4th in the top 10 best regions of the world to travel to in 2012, travel icon Loney Planet in its worldwide opinion said: Little was it known that in addition   to being a dream destination for travellers, Arunachal has also steadily emerged as an investment destination. While the diversity of its culture and ethnicity (with more than 25 major tribes with equally diverse cultures inhibiting it) have made it a much sought after destination for tourists, its equally varied geographically expanse and natural resources have made it an investors’ destinations. With an abundance of river basins criss-crossing (with four major rivers, including world’s 4th fastest flowing river Siang) the State and a veritable treasure house of forest and other resources, the State offers tremendous opportunities to venture capital, Garg said in his presentation.  



AAPSU sticks to its demands, announces 72-hr bandh

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, May 19:  The confrontation between the state government and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) seems to be heading for the worst as the union today announced 72 hours second phase state-wide bandh from June 6 to 8  in favour of its demands.

The demands   of  AAPSU included publication of a white paper on the state’s financial position by the government, improvement in law and order situation, appointment of an independent home minister, early solution to the decades-old boundary row between Arunachal and Assam.

“We do not encourage bandh culture but we are compelled to go with bandh due to non-responsive attitude of the  Govt,”  said AAPSU president Takam Tatung  who was accompanied by  union’s Finance Secretary Debia Muj  during a press meet here today.

Justifying its phase-wise agitation, Tatung accused the government of taking the Union for granted.

Alleging  that the  Parliamentary Secretary of Home Affairs Gadam Ete had engineered the assault on the union members at Aalo during the bandh call, AAPSU  termed the incident as “unlawful”. It condemned the incident and demanded immediate arrest of the persons who assaulted its members.

The Union also demanded a clarification from the Parliamentary Secretary for declaring the bandh call as  illegal.

Regarding Assam-Arunachal boundary dispute, the leader of the apex student body said the state government, if  wishes, can  find out a  permanent solution to  the vexed boundary row taking the opportunity of Congress-ruled governments in Arunachal, Assam and at the Centre.  When attention of the AAPSU leaders was drawn towards Govt reported invitation for dialogue on their demands, Tatung  said it is time for the Govt to act  as the  law and order situation is not improving since the death of former CM late Dorjee Khandu.  It further said  the statistical data of law and order problem is higher than usual. The capital complex is no more a safer place for common people to reside, AAPSU  added.

Tatung also demanded  for  reshuffling of police officers in order to improve law and order situation not only in Capital Complex but also in district headquarters. Pointing out the recent attack on media house, AAPSU leader said only assurance will not serve the purpose.

On a report of non-compliance by All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU), which opposed the bandh call and organized a social service during the bandh day, AAPSU president said that the union viewed the matter seriously.

The Union also claimed that its 24 hours bandh was successful all over the state.

Bandh affects normal life at Aalo

The 24-hr Arunachal Pradesh bandh called by All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) affected normal life at Aalo. The Business establishment, bank and education institution remained closed on the day. However, the  DCs office was functioning normally. No bandh related incidents were reported, reports DIPRO.



Army Recruitment Rally begins

Pasighat, May 19:  East Siang deputy commissioner Talem Tapok flagged off the Army recruitment rally here today.

Candidates from West Siang, East Siang, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subsnsiri, Papum Pare, Upper Siang, Kurung Kume, Tirap, Changlang, Lohit, Anjaw, Lower Dibang Valley, Tawang, East Kameng, West Kameng, Longding and Dibang Valley are taking part in the rally.

The Army will be conducting the rally for recruitment of Soldier (GD), Technical Clerks/SKT and Nursing Assistant categories from May 19 to 27.

The written test for the qualified candidates will be held on May 27 at Pasighat and results are expected within three weeks. DIPRO



State awaiting Local Boundary Commission report: Rebia

ITANAGAR, May 19: Parliamentary Secretary, Planning, Nabam Rebia today visited  Tarasso area and took stock of the present situation in view of the recent bike rally reportedly carried out by some CPI (M) activists from Assam  in violation of status quo on Assam and Arunachal boundary.

While interacting with the GBs and the villagers, Rebia informed them that the state Government is aware of the matter and the Central government is being urged to expedite the process for immediate publication of the Local Boundary Commission report.

Emphasizing on maintaining peace and restraint, the parliamentary secretary informed that a section of IRBn force has already been stationed at Tarasso and  the police outpost is strengthened  with deployment of additional force headed by an officer in-charge. All  weather surface communication link with the state capital would be ensured in the near future and survey  work is being initiated, he added.

DC Pige Ligu informed that Govt officials had several round of meetings with Sonitpur counterpart in the recent past and efforts are on to maintain peace and tranquility along the border. Ligu further said he had lodged a strong protest with DC Tezpur on May 17 against the procession carried out by some unscrupulous elements from  Assam and the  DC Tezpur assured to take action against the culprits. SP Nabam Gungte asked the people to be vigilant and report such incidents in time. He urged the villagers to show restraint and maintain the status quo along the border. Later the team visited the ongoing construction site of CO office and the proposed Police Outpost complex, according to an official release.

CO border affairs Olik Taring and Tarasso ZPM Nabam Eka accompanied them during the visit.



Students demand better educational infrastructure

ITANAGAR, May 19: Around Rs 350 crore is drained out annually from Arunachal Pradesh due to non-availability of institutions of higher education with required infrastructure in the state, said Arunachal Students Union of Tamil Nadu.

If the drained out amount were spent in our own state the education department as well as other departments could have reaped its benefit, the union observed.

While lauding the advisory issued by director of higher and technical education for proper verification of the authenticity of university/ institutions before getting admission,  ASUT president David Lokam Jambo appealed the education department to take proper steps for establishments of more institutes of higher education with requisite infrastructure in the state.

The Union further said that more than 5000 Arunachalee patients with various ailments visit Vellore annually for treatment for which they have to spend huge amount. The union further claimed to have found  CMCH final year students prescribing medicines for Arunachalee patients during a two-week-long survey in Vellore.

The union urged the state Govt to make people know the present status of the proposed Arunachal guest house at Vellore and stressed on immediate construction of it.



European diplomats visit Apatani Plateau

ZIRO, May 19: The eight European Union (EU) ambassadors, who are currently on a state tour, visited the Apatani Plateau on May 18 and 19.

The team visited many villages of Apatani Plateau, including Hong, to see the typical Apatani villages yesterday. The delegates were then taken to paddy field to see the popular paddy-cum-pisciculture where they observed the innovative way of cultivation and interacted with the farmers. Thereafter they were taken to a kiwi plantation of a progressive farmer. Piotr Klodkowski (Poland ambassador) expressed his extreme happiness over the unique and unforgettable experience of Apatani people. He also appealed to all the gathering to preserve all the lovely traditional culture and the customs of Apatani. He said that he would love to visit other part of the district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The programme ended with famous Daminda dance of Apatani community where all the team participated enthusiastically. They also had opportunity to taste varieties of local cuisines hosted by Tasso village ASM Tasso Tana.

The delegates were later taken to St .Claret Christian College, where they had an interaction with Principal Benoy Joseph.

Joas Cravinho, the head of European Union said:  “I was totally amazed at the customs and tradition of the rural life. While visiting  every nook and corner of the Apatani village I was taken aback at the system adopted in their own style in a purely traditional way. It must be preserved and the government should encourage the people to preserve it forever, it’s very lovely”.

The ambassador of Bulgaria Borislav Slasek said: “The nature has bestowed the area with magnificent beauty  and the people here area also very nice and hospitable. The Tourism activities can prosper if the government and the people take responsibility in that direction.

MLA and cum Parliamentary Secy Padi Richo urged the delegates to create avenue for the marketing of  various organic cash crop production in their respective countries. The Apatani people due to their hard labour produce huge quantities of cash crop including various kinds of fruits. However, the production has been in decreasing trend due to lack of proper marketing, he said.

On the next day the delegates were taken to the Govt handloom and handicraft emporium. The team visited the workshop of weaving, carpet making, furniture, cane carving and purchased many handicraft items. They all were amazed at the wonderful design, decoration of the handicraft articles.

The traditional folk dance, folklore and modern dance were presented by the villagers of Hari village in honour of the visitors. DIPRO



Edufest 2012--Eeastern India’s biggest Education Fair comes to Itanagar

ITANAGAR, May 19: Edufest, Eastern India’s biggest Career Fair comes to Itanagar this year with the Fair to be held at Sidhhartha Hall Itanagar on May 25 -26.

Edufest has become a very important forum for students and parents to interact with different institutions offering varied courses from India and abroad right in their hometown. Officials of colleges from Chennai, Mumbai. Bangalore, Pune, New Delhi, Orissa, West Bengal,   would be present to meet students and talk about the various courses that they would offer. Students and parents would be able to find out information about course fee, admission requirements, hostel facilities, placements, starting salaries etc. Students could also take provisional admission into courses where there is no statutory need of a competitive examination.

Edufest over the last 10 years has become a very important forum for students and parents to find out more about their courses and eligibility for students of North Eastern India. Held every year in Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland this would be the first year this exhibition would come to Itanagar providing a unique opportunity for the student community who are thinking of studying outside the region.

Students from the North East go to various parts of India to study. The biggest problem they face is of finding resources to correct information. This exhibition would be an opportunity to meet face to face deans and directors, an opportunity to talk them about their career path. Students can also save a lot of money by not having to travel to different parts of the country to gather this informations.

Edufest was started in the year 2003 and used to be held in Guwahati. Over the last nine years lakhs of students have visited Edufest and have gained immensely. Thousands of students have also taken admission to many of the institutes that have taken part in Edufest over the years.

What is unique about Edufest is that this is the only exhibition where institutes are allowed to participate directly. Therefore students can confidently talk about their future and be confident that they would receive the most genuine information possible

This is also the reason most of the top institutions of India and abroad participate only at Edufest. As the pioneering fair of North East India this exhibition has a lot of prestige associated with it and only selected and well known institutes are allowed to participate.

The exhibition would see many reputed institutions participating at the like JSS Medical College,  Sharda University, Lovely Professional University to name a few.  Students thus have a very exciting exhibition coming up and visitors have prizes like I-pods up for grabs making the trip to venue one worth making.



Successful implementation of NWDPRA project at Subang village

ITANAGAR, May 19: The department of agriculture, Tirap successfully implemented a National Watershed Development Project for Rain Fed Area (NWDPRA) at Subang village under Deomali sub-division of Tirap district.

Different activities such as tea plantation (7 ha), terrace cutting, nursery development, plantation of fruit plants, bamboo plantation, medicinal and aromatic plant cultivation, fish culture  besides  construction of water harvesting structure, trenching, loose boulder structure and erection of fencing were carried out under this project. A total of 400 villagers of Old and New Subang village benefited from these activities.

A seven members monitoring team comprising representative from agriculture and allied departments visited the project site on May 14 and assessed various undergoing  project activities.

The team also interacted with village level water shed management committee members and the local panchayat leaders and  enquired about  various constraints in implementing  the project.

While appreciating successful implementation of the project the team  advised the villagers to take full benefit of the different assets created under NWDPRA through their active support, co-operation and involvement.

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