ITANAGAR, May 26: Tsering Palmo, a young Arunachalee girl has scaled Mount Lhotse,
the fourth highest peak in the world on May 25. She scaled the 8516 mtr peak at 0630
hrs as a member of the Snow lion Expedition Team. The Peak best known for its proximity
to Mount Everest is located in the border between Nepal and Tibet.
Palmo hails from Tashigong in Tuting, Upper Siang. She is the daughter of Chime Khampa.
Teachers pen-down strike from June 1
ITANAGAR, May 26: Arunachal Teachers’ Association, central executive committee in
a meeting held today has decided to launch an indefinite state-wide pen-down strike
with participation of all categories of teachers from June 1 till the fulfillment
of long pending one point demand of teacher fraternity.
The decision was taken in view of failure of state government and the education department
to rectify the pay anomalies of assistant teachers, physical education teachers,
Lab assistants, junior librarians and craft teachers.
DA to project Itanagar as a tourist destination
ITANAGAR, Mar 26: The newly posted Itanagar Capital Complex, Naharlagun Deputy Commissioner
Sanjay Goel conducted a meeting with Executive Engineers, PWD, Power and Highway
to discuss ways to improve the landscape of the capital complex in order to project
Itanagar as a tourist destination.
During the meeting a proposal was worked out for improving condition of roads particularly
the road stretches from Vivek Vihar to Zero Point, Itanagar and Naharlagun main highway
market area, besides leveling of slabs on both sides of the road, yellow line painting
in the centre, with Cat’s eye and white painting on both sides of road, beautification
of main cross-roads by erecting statue and fountains and installation of high-mast
on the sides of the road at proper distance for adequate illumination.
The DC, in a release said that proposal would be submitted to competent authorities
for approval so that work can be started soon as per the availability of funds.
Earlier, Goel inspected roads, drainages, footpaths and sanitation system including
garbage disposal management in the capital complex.
PPA, Gamlin mourn Ratan Tama’s demise
ITANAGAR, May 26: People's Party of Arunachal deeply mourned the untimely demise
of former Rajya Sabha member Ratan Tama. With his demise the people of Arunachal
Pradesh have lost one of its pioneering social and political leaders, the Party said
while adding that Arunachal will always remember his contributions.
Former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin has deeply mourned the demise of erstwhile Rajya
Sabha MP Ratan Tama.
“Having had the good fortune to interact very closely with the departed leader, the
tragedy also becomes very personal. In the demise of Ratan Tama, the State has lost
a pioneering leader of stature whose presence always symbolized strength and unity.
He, and his generation of leaders, have given shape to what we have as a State today
and we must always cherish his contributions in Arunachal’s history”, Gamlin said.
In this hour of grief my deeply felt condolences are with the bereaved family. I
pray to the Almighty to give them the strength to bear the irreparable loss, the
former Chief Minister added in his report.
All Nyishi Students Union Upper Subansiri unit has also mourned the death of the
It termed the death of Late Ratan Tama as loss to the state.
NCP calls for cultural exchanges
ITANAGAR, May 26: State NCP Vice President, Karto Kaye has emphasized the need for
more cultural exchanges between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to strengthen the age
old relationship between the two neighboring states.
Speaking on the occasion of Bohagi Bidai celebration at Silapathar Assam recently,
Kaye called for bolstering mutual understanding and co-operation between the people
of the two neighbouring states.
While extending his heartfelt greetings to the huge gathering, the NCP leader called
for preservation and promotion of one's own cultural and traditional identity.
Different communities of Assam presented various colourful cultural programmes to
mark the occasion. Senior leaders of Nari Koyu Assembly constituency including Gamdo
Bomjen and Baluk Sora also attended the programme.
CoSAAP seeks early release of DA
ITANAGAR, May 26: Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP)
met Development Commissioner Finance recently and submitted a memorandum for early
release of 7% Dearness Allowances which is due from January 1.
The delegation led by its president NL Togu and Secretary General Patey Marik also
apprised the commissioner regarding other grievances like housing, transport and
children’s education allowances and appealed to the Commissioner to look into the
DA declares bandh as illegal
ITANAGAR May 26: The standoff between the state government and bandh callers continues
as the district administration today declared bandh on 28 May illegal saying that
it disrupts public peace and tranquility.
In a meeting convened by deputy commissioner capital complex, which was attended
by superintendent of police and various officers in charge of police stations, the
district administration stated that 144 CrPC will be clamped during the bandh hour
to maintain law and order.
Further DA appealed to all citizens to keep their business open during the bandh
to discourage the bandh culture.
Meanwhile in a joint statement Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization,
All Nyishi Youth Council and All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum reiterated to go ahead
with the 12 hours bandh.
It further rejected the government statement that organizations were politically
ABSU supports Pasighat bandh
ITANAGAR, May 26: All Bogong Students Union (ABSU) has extended whole-hearted support
to 12 hour Pasighat bandh called by Pasighat People’s Welfare Committee on May 28
in protest against poor and erratic power supply.
ITANAGAR, May 26: A group of college students under the banner of Collegians’ Forum
of 21st Koloriang Constituency organized an educational tour to Darjeeling and Sikkim
During their tour, the students visited many historical places and acquainted themselves
with the culture and traditions of different communities.
Uphold state’s peace tag: Tuki
TIRBIN, May 26: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has urged the people of Arunachal Pradesh
to uphold the peace tag the State has been carrying with it since it attained statehood.
Tuki was making his opinion clear in a public meeting followed by inauguration of
a tourist lodge at Tirbin, West Siang district on Friday.
“Our state has been known maintaining peace and tranquility and we must preserve
it at any cost”, he requested to the huge gathering present in the meeting. He added:
“If we are united and honest in our approach and thoughts, we can easily overcome
the negative elements that is trying to divide us and create disharmony for their
own personal benefit”.
The Chief Minister, who took the back-breaking journey to reach Tirbin by road also
said government alone would fail to meet up such challenges. He urged the public
to be a willing participant in restoration of peace and communal harmony, a pre-requisite
for any development to take place, in the state. Elaborating on various initiatives
of the State government such as soon to be launched Skill Development Council, Employment
Generation Council, Tuki expressed hope that the unemployed mass, especially the
youth would be properly assisted through it for self-sustenance.
He assured complete administrative reform by giving thrust on e-Governance and said
it will not only inform the public about govt’s various welfare activities at finger
tips but will ensure total transparency.
While appreciating people of Basar constituency for taking up agriculture and horticulture
activities seriously, he was hopeful that the Trans-Arunachal Highway will augment
the farmers in extensively market their products in other parts of the state.
Responding to 6-points public memorandum, Tuki has assured to sympathetically look
into the demands which included construction of township road, development of tea
estate, construction of bridges over Rimi and Sibi rivers and renovation of school
Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, speaking on the occasion, said that the proposed creation
of Lower Siang district is on cards but indecisiveness on the district headquarter
remained the hurdle. He suggested tripartite consensus between the state chief minister
and both the Likabali and Basar MLAs to solve the impasse.
Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi urged the CM to pay special attention to Basar area which
produced many prominent leaders like that of Tomo Riba and Todak Basar.
Parliamentary Secretary for Hydropower, Gojen Gadi while saying that his constituency
is distributed in vast area with a very thick population, he requested the Chief
Minister and both the visiting MPs to pay special attention.
Parliamentary Secretary for Home Gadam Ete, Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena, host of senior
officers and public leaders, HoDs attended the programme.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Urban Department’s Shopping Complex at
Basar and suggested preference of unemployed youths and women while allocating the
shops. (Media Cell, CM Secretariat)
FGA organises training on Water Quality Testing
Pasighat, May 26: Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) in collaboration with Public
Health Engineering and Water Supply department (PHE & WS), Pasighat division organized
training on Water Quality Testing Field Test Kit for Gram Panchayat members in East
Siang district on May 25 at ADC, Conference hall, Mebo. Selected members from the
listed Gram Panchayats from the surrounding villages participated in the programme
with full enthusiasm.
Er. PK. Biswas, ASW and Tung Tabing, Consultant (PHE & WS) Pasighat division also
participated in the training programme and encouraged the participants to catch up
the training methods so that they can perform the testing procedure in their respective
villages to effectively monitor the drinking water quality and its sources in the
Er. B. Khemyang, AE (PHE), Mebo, in his speech advised the trainees to develop the
skill and technique on monitoring the drinking water sources. He thanked the FGA
for organizing an important training programme for the village people to monitor
water in order to prevent waterborne diseases at their door step. He briefed the
participants that about 70-80% of diseases are caused due to use of unsafe drinking
water from the contaminated sources.
Resource person Ojing Megu, Laboratory Technician, PHE & WS dept, Pasighat, gave
demonstrative training on how to use and measure the chemical reagents while handling
the Water Testing Field Test Kit to the participants. He was equally supported by
Mone Gurung, Jumsor Ete and Takhe Meena to train the participants on field test kits.
As many as 78 people attended the training programme.
Mone Gurung, Project Coordinator, FGA, facilitated the training sessions describing
the responsibilities of Panchayat members for effective monitoring of water quality
to the participants. He encouraged the participants to take the maximum opportunities
of the training programme. After demonstrative training, field practical is more
important and effective, he added.
Earlier, Anyak Mize, Project Coordinator (PPP), FGA explained organization’s objectives
and the programmes. She advised the participants to take the maximum benefits from
the training. If we are free from illnesses then yearly we can save some amount of
money which can be utilized in other work through which we can uplift our living
standard, she said.
FGA mainly focuses on building the capacity of the local people using the human energy
for community development. It also works on healthcare, income generation, women
empowerment and conservation fields.
Church built in burial ground dismantled
PASIGHAT, May 26: A church has been destroyed, which was allegedly constructed at
a Community Burial Ground at Pasighat GTC colony.
According to report, local people had set an ultimatum of 15 days to the encroachers
to free the land.
The local people of the area lodged a written complaint with the East Siang Deputy
Commissioner urging early action against the encroachers. Accordingly, the district
administration dealt with the case and conducted hearing regarding the land dispute
on April 19 last.
District administration sources informed that the disputed portion falls under government
notified land and the encroachers, during the hearing could not produce any document
in support of their claim/occupation. The authority therefore issued notice to the
encroachers under section- 4 of Arunachal Pradesh Public Premises (Eviction of unauthorized
occupants) Act, 2003 and subsequently passed eviction order to make the burial ground/area
free from encroachment.
The people have claimed that the authority assured to pass demolition order against
the illegal construction in the burial ground, but no action was taken from the authority’s
end even after passage of one month from the date of issuance of eviction order.
Located at right bank of Sibo Korong (River), the Golung is the only common burial
place for the villagers of JN College campus, GTC colony, Tebo village, Raneghat
and adjoining areas and it had been in use for performing last rites of the dead,
Police and administrative officials today rushed to the spot (Golung) to defuse the
Meanwhile, Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) strongly condemned the demolition of the
church at GTC area Pasighat and demanded authority to bring the culprits to book
and initiate strong action against them.
In a secular and democratic country like ours in which the freedom to practice one’s
own religion is enshrined in the Constitution such actions should not be condoned.
“Such anti-social activities do not augur well for communal harmony in our state,”
ACF’s representation submitted to Parliamentary Secretary Home, said. ACF sought
his intervention into the matter before any escalation of the situation.
ACF said that an FIR was lodged with local police station against the culprits but
police have not been cooperative and have not taken any action so far. The district
administration should intervene the matter and help to reconstruct the church, it
Adi Baptist Union vehemently condemned the incident and described it as a well planned
“Let us not show our disrespect to places of worship like church, mosque, mandir,”
ABU said in a release.
Organisations reject offer of experts study, says no dam on Siang
ITANAGAR, May 26: Several organizations have asked the Chief Minister to scrap the
2700 MW Lower Siang Hydro-Electric Project proposal putting a moratorium and review
of all the Hydro Electric Projects in Siang basin.
During a meeting on Thursday with the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Adi Students’ Union,
Siang Peoples Forum, Forum for Siang Dialogue, Nyiko Bachao Forum, Dam Affected People
of Sirit-Siyom Banggo, Mebo Area Bachao Committee, Siang Bachao Federation and Yamne-Duyon
Banggo Students Union, submitted a joint memorandum reiterating their demand of no
dams on Siang river.
They rejected the Chief Minister’s offer of constituting a Technical Experts Committee
to study the effects from LSHEP. While assuring the organizations that no public
hearing would be conducted till the proposed study is completed, the Chief Minister
sought their cooperation for the study.
The civil society groups, sticking to their demand of no dams on Siang said that
there would be no compromise on their stand.
The Siang River is our lifeline and addressing these issues is essential to ensure
the long-term social and environmental security of Aruiiachal Pradesh, said the organizations
in their memorandum.Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi, Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, Parliamentary
Secretary for Home Gadam Ete, MLA Ralom Borang, Chief Secretary in-charge Yeshi Tsering,
Power Secretary and officials from the Hydro Power Department were present during
The organizations, meanwhile, called for retaining Talem Tapok as DC,East Siang
as it termed his transfer as a ploy to sabotage the anti big project movement. The
organisations further said that there is apprehension among the activities that there
are ploys to eliminate some of the leaders of the movement.
Villagers lodge complaint against Army
ITANAGAR, May 26: The villagers of Kibitho and Wallong circle of Anjaw district sought
the intervention of Secretary Defence in freeing their agricultural land from illegal
occupation of Sikh Regiment, 82 Mountain division Lohitpur.
In its representation to the Secretary Defence, the Meyor Welfare Association, on
behalf of the villagers, said that the Sikh Regiment deployed at Lohitpur have illegally
occupied agricultural land of both the villages for construction of Bunker at Barakhundun
without maintaining the due process of land Acquisition Act.
The Army had neither taken any permission from the district administration nor the
owners of the land before acquisition of the land, the representation said.
An injunction was also passed by the district administration prohibiting the Army
from constructing Bunker at Barakhundun following a complaint lodged by the villagers.
But Army did not comply with it, the representation said.
The association had also submitted a representation to the Commandant of the Regiment
registering its strong protest against illegal occupation of land and defying administration
injunction. “By doing so, the Army has not only violated the human rights but also
snatched villagers’ livelihood,” the representation said and appealed to the defence
secretary to pass necessary directive to the Sikh Regiment deployed at Lohitpur to
stop such unwanted and arbitrary construction in agricultural land without following
the requisite legal formalities.
Meet on climate change
GANGTOK, May 26: Parliamentarians and legislators from Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh,
Uttarakhand and Meghalaya and experts from different organizations deliberated on
‘Climate Change and the need for Legislation’ theme today here at Gangtok.
The meet of lawmakers and experts discussed on various issues on climate change and
its related issues and made suggestions on how the eleven Himalayan States of India
can collectively work in addressing these challenges.
Reports on issues arising due to climate change in their respective states were also
shared during the deliberations held as a side event of the ‘2nd Sustainable Mountain
Development Summit’ of Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI).
The two-day summit concluded today and is organized by Ecotourism & Conservation
Society of Sikkim (ECOSS) and co-organized by Central Himalayan Environment Association
(CHEA). The legislators meet on Climate Change was chaired by Sikkim Legislative
Assembly Speaker KT Gyaltsen.
CHEA chairman Dr RS Tolia, ICIMOD director general David Molden, ex-forester ML Arrawatia
from Sikkim and Meghalaya MP Thomas Sangma gave presentation on Climate Change generated
issues. The other participants were Arunachal Pradesh MP Ninong Ering, Uttarakhand
MP Pradeep Tamta, Sikkim Human Resource Development minister NK Pradhan, Gangtok
MLA Dorjee Namgyal, GIZ representative Subroto Roy, Sushil Ramola from Uttarkhand,
Fantry Jaswal from Arunachal Pradesh, Dhrupad Choudhary from ICIMOD, former Mizoram
legislator JV Hluna, Uttarakhand legislator Prof Jeet Ram, consultant Sundar Subramaniyam
and Amardeep Singh Bhatia.
Sanjay Wadvani, British Deputy High Commissioner, Eastern India gave his talk over
the phone to the participants.
The Lok Sabha member from Sikkim, PD Rai, who is also the summit convener, expressed
his deep satisfaction on the deliberations held on the theme and its related issues
during the meet.
“The idea of this side event was to share thoughts on the National Action Plan on
Climate Change and to discuss various issues specific to the mountain States. It
was also to see whether there is a need to have legislation in the future to address
climate change and its related issues”, he told reporters.
In his closing remarks, Speaker KT Gyaltsen expressed that the theme ‘Climate Change
and the need for Legislation’ was very essential to discuss in such platform of legislators
Environment conservation and sustainable development should go side by side and so
there is a need to sensitize the people on relation between these two subjects, said
Gyaltsen. He added that when traditional and indigenous knowledge moulds with modern
technology, sustainable development happens.
The Speaker stressed that until the people are sensitized, enforcement of laws would
not be effective. Environment protection should be a people’s movement, he said.
KVK training cum demonstration on climate change resilient agri. tech
ITANAGAR, May 26: A two days training, demonstration and input distribution programme
on climate change resilient agricultural technologies for livelihood improvement
of the farmers of Changlang district was conducted at Jairampur, Changlang on May
Inaugurating the programme, Agri-Horti Minister Setong Sena encouraged the young
entrepreneurs engaged in farming activities. He suggested for adoption of scientific
technologies for commercial cultivation of rice, maize, banana, orange, mushroom
and rearing of backyard poultry.
Chairing the programme, Dr. R. Bhagawati, Joint Director, ICAR, A.P. Centre, Basar
highlighted the vagaries of climate change in farming sector and possible mitigation
strategies. He delivered a presentation on “Issues and strategies for agricultural
development in Changlang district and briefly described the plant protection measures
for the common diseases of important crops grown in the district. Dr. Bhagawati also
assured to provide necessary technology backstopping from ICAR for overall development
of agriculture in the district.
Dr. V.K. Choudhary, Scientist, Agronomy gave presentation on “improved cultivation
practices of Rice, Maize and Soybean.” He also briefly described SRI and Jalkund
Technology. Dr. Pranabjyoti Sarma, SMS, Horticulture and Coordinator of the Programme
delivered presentation on “Commercial cultivation of Orange, Banana and Okra”.
He also highlighted the importance of low cost polyhouse technology for cultivation
of high value crops under adverse weather condition while Anup Chandra, Scientist,
Entomology gave presentation on “Integrated pest management of Rice, Maize, Soybean,
Orange, Banana ad Okra” and Dr M. Kanwat, SMS Agril. Extension delivered presentation
on “Formation of SHG, Farmers’ Club and awareness on KCC.
Raghuveer Singh, Scientist, Plant Pathology gave presentation on “Integrated disease
management of Rice, Maize, Soybean, Orange, Banana ad Okra”. He also gave a hand
on demonstration on mushroom production technology. Dr. Doni Jini, Scientist, Animal
Science highlighted the “Backyard poultry farming with Vanaraja”. Altogether, 276
farmers from different villages and Self Help Groups, officers from line departments,
public leaders of Changlang district attended the programe.
The farmers were distributed 6 quintals Ranjit variety of Rice; 15 quintals DMH 849
variety of Maize; 6 quintals JS 335 variety of Soybean; 1.8 quintals Arka Anamika
variety of Okra, 500 saplings of tissue cultured banana cultivar Grand Naine; 4000
nucellar seedlings of Khasi Mandarin; 50 kg Oyester Mushroom spawn; 1000 day old
chicks of Vanaraja poultry bird and feeds and medicines. Moreover, they were also
distributed 3 rolls of 200 micron UV stabilized polyfilm; 3 rolls of Shadenet and
5 rolls of Sailpaulin for construction of protected structures and Jalkund. Shri
G. Hazarika, SDO, Nampong proposed the vote of thanks. All the staff of KVK, Changlang
was actively involved for grand success the programme.
The programme was organized under NICRA (Research) Project by ICAR, Arunachal Pradesh
Centre, Basar with the cooperation of District Administration of Jairampur and Nampong
‘Operation’ against B'deshi immigrants soon
PASIGHAT, May 26: All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU), a federal unit
of AAPSU is all set to revive its movement against the illegal immigrants in the
state, particularly in East Siang district.
The union, in a press release, said that the union is tightening belt to launch the
third phase of “Operation Clean Drive” to drive out the illegal immigrants from the
district as regular inflow of immigrants is posing serious threat to the socio-economic
development of the local people.
Reiterating their phase-wise movement launched against the ‘Bangladeshi immigrants’
in 2009, the union made it clear that their objective of such operation was not against
the sentiment of any individuals, organizations or religious group, but to ensure
peace, safety and security of the local people. The union earlier fixed to start
their operation from March 9 last, but due to some unavoidable reasons it was rescheduled
from first week of the next month.
Stating that ‘Inner Line Regulation, 1873’ has not been effectively enforced in the
state, the student leaders alleged that the government machinery has failed to check
illegal entrance of the Bangladeshi and other foreign nationals into Arunachal territory.
The AEDSU already submitted representation to the district administration and appealed
all sections of local people to put their efforts together to carry out their operation