May 27


News Impact


Tsering Palmo scales Mount Lhotse

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 leader.

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 matter.


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 motivated.


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.


Educational tour

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 recently.

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 hostels.

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 coming days.

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, since 1950.

Police and administrative officials today rushed to the spot (Golung) to defuse the situation.

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 added.

Adi Baptist Union vehemently condemned the incident and described it as a well planned act.

“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 meeting.

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 and experts.

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 24.

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 Sub-divisions.



Operation’ against B'deshi immigrants soon

Prafulla Kaman

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 successfully.

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