May 04

Protest rally against stapled visa

ITANAGAR, May 03:  The Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has decided to organize a mass protest rally here on May 5 in protest against the double standard being maintained by China on the visa issue and the inaction of the Central Govt on the  stapled visa. The rally would start from Akashdeep Market Complex, Ganga  and will culminate at Raj Bhawan with submission of a memorandum to the Governor demanding regular visa to Arunachalees.

ACS in a release said that the rally is being organized against the repeated negligence by the central government due to which budding sportspersons from Arunachal Pradesh are unable to take part in the various international events organized in China.


GSU welcomes SIT probe

ITANAGAR, May 03: Galo Students Union (GSU) welcomed the SIT probe into the mysterious death case of Mathew Baki Dabi.

“We are very much confident on SIT and hoping for a transparent investigation into the death case,” said GSU general secretary Binya Ronya.

GSU requested to every civil society in general and Siine villagers in particular to cooperate with SIT team for unearthing the truth behind death of Dabi.

While reacting to the East Siang SP’s recent reported statement given before a GWS delegation, the GSU said they are waiting for the forensic report to establish truth.


CS visits zoo

ITANAGAR, May 03: Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi yesterday visited the Biological Park (Zoo) here and shared his knowledge on wildlife to the field staff of the zoo.

Accompanied by PCCF, (WL & BD) by Omkar Singh, APCCF (P&D) Dr Yogesh, APCCF (RE) Dr R Kemp and staff from the zoo led by Director Joram Dopum and Curator Raya Flago, the chief secretary visited all the important enclosures where the schedule-I animals are housed. He also interacted with some student visitors and enquired about their experience in the zoo. He also visited the Hoolock gibbon Conservation Breeding Centre, which is first in the country to breed Hoolock gibbon in captivity successfully.

He suggested the authority of the zoo to make zoo brochures available in all important guest houses and hotels for wider publicity of the zoo among tourists.

Later, he visited the construction site of Forest Rest House and Bear Rescue Centre of the zoo and appreciated the quality of work and advised the authority to maintain quality at any cost.


‘Remove pay anomaly’

ITANAGAR, May 03: East Siang District Unit of Radiographer Association has expressed strong resentment over non-receipt of enhanced payment as per 6th Pay Commission.

As per the 6th Central Pay Commission, 2006 of Part “B” the scale pay of Staff Nurse, Radiographer and OT Technician were increased from 5200 – 20200 + G.P – 2400 to 9300 – 34800 + G.P – 4600 with effective from 01.01.2006. However, the Radiographer are not receiving the enhanced payment whereas the Staff Nurse and OT Technicians have been receiving the upgraded pay scale as per the 6th Central Pay Commission, the Association lamented.

The association appealed to the authority concerned to remove the pay anomaly and increase the scale of pay as per the 6th CPC (of Part “B”) at the earliest.


Social service

ITANAGAR, May 03: The Gandhi Market Welfare Association, Daporijo conducted a mass social service to clean the Gandhi market area yesterday.

All the business community, dwellers and executive members of the Gandhi Market Association participated in the social service actively and cleared the blocked drains and repaired the damaged and faulty street lights of the Gandhi market area.

Meantime, executive members of market association are planning to organize more mass social service in the future and also appeal to all the dwellers, traders to keep their surrounding neat and clean.


DC   issues  order fixing time for road maintenance

AALO, May 03: After repeated requests to the BRTF authority to restore and maintain the potholes, dilapidated Likabali-Aalo road failed to evoke response, West Siang DC MK Sahoo has issued an order under Section 133 CrPC to the Project Brahmank chief engineer, directing him to remove all the obstructions by way of maintaining the whole stretch of the road within 30 days. This would mean filling up potholes and cracks, and clearing waterlogged parts on the road.

A similar order has also been issued to the PWD EE here, after he failed to respond to public complaints over the pathetic condition of the town’s road. Despite the EE’s contention that the road has been upgraded 100%, it remains as bad as ever, and vehicles plying on it face unendurable suffering. The EE has been directed to do the needful within 15 days. (DIPRO)


Durga Vahini Shivir for girls ends

ITANAGAR, May 03: Five days Durga Vahini Shivir at Govt. Secondary School, Sompoi (Changlang) successfully concluded yesterday. This shivir (Camp) is a part of training imparted to the young girl all over India annually by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to to instill discipline and patriotism among girls and impart lessons in self-defence, handicrafts, etc.

Resource persons from VHP, RSS, Seva Bharti and AVP, including Virendra, Talem Mize, Tasso Modi, Sinpho Mataji and others involved the students in activities such as morning prayer, meditation, yoga, group discussion, games and satsang during the camp. The students were also taught about the importance of local festivals and indigenous faith and culture. Among others, Yapak Toko from the Nirjuli VHP unit and public leader Prabhawati Deori also attended the camp.


Town cleanliness drive held at Yingkiong

YINGKIONG, May 03: Constant efforts have been made to conduct social service regularly within the Yingkiong Township on cleanliness drive.

All the government officers and staffs headed by the Deputy Commissioner Dr. Tariq Thomas, and SP Tage Habung conducted social service at Yingkiong township today. The volunteers cleaned sewerage and garbage with the supports of U.D department vehicles for lifting the garbage.

To do the work better and more effective the whole township area has been divided into six sectors with six working team.

The Deputy Commissioner Dr. Tariq Thomas appealed the public, local inhabitants also to join hand with the government staffs with a mission to clean and beautify the small hilly town for hygienic living. The DC also urged all the officers and public leaders to create awareness on civic sense among all sections. DIPRO


News Impact

Abducted trader rescued by East Siang police

ITANAGAR, May 03: The East Siang district police rescued a businessman abducted by NDFB (S) militants from his farmhouse inside Daying Ering Wildlife sanctuary after a fierce encounter with the rebel outfit near the Bora Jaldobi village in Assam's Dhemaji district.

Addressing the mediapersons here this afternoon, DGP S Nithianandam  informed that a police team headed by East Siang SP Devendra Arya rescued 65-year-old trader Keshav Pandey from the captivity of the militants after about one hour gun battle last night and arrested four cadres namely Rajiv Narzary, Suresh Basumatary, Bolin Boro and Tengana Narzary while three accused identified as Sombar Basumatary, Manjay Basumatary and Donen Basumatary managed to escape.

Pandey, who owns a cattle farm near Partung area inside the Daying Ering Wildlife sanctuary was kidnapped on April 29 last around 7 PM after a few miscreants entered his farm disconnecting the power supply.

On May 1 last at around 08. 11 pm, a call was received on the cell phone of the victim informing that he is in the custody of militants and safe. Again on next day around 6 am a call was received asking for Rs 50 lakh ransom for the release of Pandey. The caller gave a dead line of 48 hrs to comply with the demand otherwise the victim would be killed, the DGP disclosed.

On specific lead police picked up Bijit Boro and Sothal Mosahari who spilled the beans and informed the police about the hideout where the victim was kept, Nithianandam disclosed adding, the police team cordoned off the area and asked the militants to surrender.

On being challenged by the police team, the militants opened fired forcing the team to retaliate, he added.

Responding to media queries about presence of NDFB cadres in the state, the DGP disclosed that the state police have been alerted to remain vigil after the May 1 massacre of 32 people from minority community at BTAD area in neighbouring Assam by NDFB(S) rebels.

"We are keeping a strict vigil on possible sneaking of NDFB cadres into the state’s territory after the incident in Assam," he quipped.

When asked about the progress on the case of mysterious death of Mathew Dabi, a poll official on duty, the police chief informed that the department was waiting for the forensic report which would clear the cause of the death.

On security preparedness for the counting of votes on May 16 next he disclosed that adequate security arrangement have been made to ensure violence-free counting in the state and to check post poll violence. (with inputs from PTI)



Nido Tania murder case: Court takes cognizance of charge sheet

NEW DELHI, May 03: A Delhi court today took cognizance of the charge sheet filed against seven accused in the Nido Tania murder case and asked the agency to provide copies of the final report to the four adult accused on the next date of hearing.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pritam Singh directed the CBI to supply the copies of the charge sheet and other documents annexed with it to the four adult accused on May 7 in connection with the death of 19-year-old Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania.

The matter against the three juveniles will be sent to the Juvenile Justice Board.

CBI has dropped murder charges on the accused allegedly involved in the death of Tania, son of an Arunachal Pradesh MLA, on the ground that his killing was not premeditated but a result of altercation over breaking of glass counter.

The charge sheet was filed by the CBI yesterday against seven people, including three juveniles, in the case.

CBI has filed the charge sheet for the offences of culpable homicide, illegal confinement under the IPC and the provisions of the SC/ST Atrocities Act against Farman, Pawan, Sunder Singh and Sunny Uppal, currently in judicial custody.

Earlier, the accused were booked for the offence of murder by the Delhi Police but the CBI dropped the murder charge in its charge sheet.

The case was transferred to CBI from Delhi Police for further investigation after the victim's parents had met Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, demanding speedy justice for Tania.

They had alleged police negligence in the case and also demanded action against the guilty personnel.

The accused were apprehended after relatives of Tania, a BA first year student in a private university, alleged that he had an altercation with some shopkeepers at Lajpat Nagar market here on January 29 after they made fun of his hair style.

Following the altercation, the shopkeepers had allegedly thrashed him. He was brought dead to AIIMS the next day.  The death of Tania, son of a Congress MLA, evoked angry reactions from people of the northeast living in the national capital who alleged police had failed to protect him.

Police had booked the four adult accused under Section 302 (murder) of IPC after the postmortem report showed Tania died due to injuries to his head and face caused by a blunt object.

Initially, police had on February 3 arrested three of the accused under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

On February 10, police arrested Sunny and slapped murder charge against all the four accused. Two minors, who also allegedly assaulted Tania, are facing an inquiry before the Juvenile Justice Board here. PTI



BJP demands review of CCTV footage

ITANAGAR, May 03: The State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to issue necessary directive to all the Returning Officers and District Election Officers of Arunachal Pradesh to review footage of CC TV cameras before counting of votes on May 16.

The footage of CCTV cameras right from their installation until the morning hours of May 16 must be reviewed and any breakdown or failure of recordings, if any, should be justified with proper reason of such happenings in writing before the counting of votes across the 60 assembly seats and two parliamentary constituency of Arunachal Pradesh, demanded the State BJP in a release.

Review of the footage must be done mandatorily as per guidelines issued by the ECI in the presence of the respective candidates, election agents and counting agents, the party said.

Alleging violation of Election Commission of India (ECI) guidelines by the CEO, the party demanded the ECI to take prompt action against the CEO and replace him with a ‘neutral’ officer to manage the rest of the election process in a free and fair manner.

The party alleged that the state CEO without the knowledge and approval of the ECI has violated the ECI guidelines by constituting team of officials of state Govt., who are allegedly very close to the present ruling Congress Govt., to inspect all the strong rooms in Arunachal Pradesh without giving any information to contesting candidates both for Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha.

“It has been proved that without informing the contesting candidates and election agents, these officials had already inspected some strong rooms which created an alarm of doubt among the general people,” the party observed.

“It was decided in the all party meeting that CCTV Cameras shall be installed in all the polling stations according to the guidelines of the ECI, but no such cameras were installed. The absence of CCTV in the polling stations led to massive rigging and vote capturing in the state,” the party alleged.  “It is also an established fact that the CEO CB Kumar of Arunachal Pradesh failed to redress any petition lodged with him by the state unit. No further justification was recommended to the ECI for prompt and necessary action. He has also miserably failed in ensuring free and fair electioneering in the state,” the party said and strongly protested against the “callous” and “unbecoming” attitude of the officer.



Training on baseline assessment on core competency of GNMs and ANMs held

ITANAGAR, May 03: The GNMs and ANMs being the core of health sector need to update themselves with professional skills and knowledge to provide quality services to the people, said Dr. Tara Taku, Nodal Officer (ARC & Training), NRHM.

He was addressing a two days training programme to assess the core competency of the health providers through questionnaire and hands on training and train them further in the areas they are lacking behind.  

He informed that these GNMs and ANMs will be the district trainers and will further assess the competency of other GNMs and ANMs in their respective districts. The assessment reports will be submitted to the state, which will provide training based on the areas the GNMs and ANMs are lacking behind.

The resourcepersons for the training were Kejum Karga, Boa Yanya Tao, N. Jamoh and I. Borang from the Nursing Council, Arunachal Pradesh and they were trained in Kolkata by JHPIEGO affiliated to John Hopkins University.  

The training was also attended by Dr. Joydeep Das from RRC-NE for quality monitoring of the training.

N Jamoh and Boa Yanya Tao informed that the GNMs and ANMs will be assessed in five critical components like measurement of BP, Estimation of Hemoglobin, Newborn Resuscitation, Interval IUCD and Partograph which is all necessary for the wellbeing of both mother and child.

The training also aims at developing the competency level of GNMs and ANMs especially from Sub-Centre and PHC and the competency to be assessed through knowledge and skill assessments.

A presentation on concept of skills lab was shown followed by demonstration on measurement of BP, Estimation of Hemoglobin, New Born Resuscitation, Interval IUC D and Partograph.  The training concluded with demonstration on key MNCH (Maternal Neonatal Child Health) skills by trainers which are essentially required for health workers to provide quality services to the society. The training will be conducted on batch wise for the entire districts of the state.



CS visits Ziro, urges Govt staff to work with conviction

ZIRO, May 03: Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi visited Ziro today. While interacting with the HoDs he called for retrospection and said that conviction and compassion towards the work assigned and the right choices of roles and responsibilities is the need of the hour.

On the occasion, all the departments presented their target work plans and also conveyed their grievances to the CS. While lauding the Power department for its commendable revenue recovery drive, he assured to extend the deadline for due repayments till December. The revenue recovery was possible because of the joint effort of the entire department and massive awareness and notices issued both through print and electronic media.

DDSE Yumlam Tana also requested the Chief Secretary to adequately empower DIET centers with manpower and infrastructure to speed up training of teachers.

Negi assured to look into the matter as quality of teachers decide the future of the country. He also impressed upon the need to channelize youth power and advised the industries, and textile departments to adopt a monitoring mechanism to keep track of trainees as well as beneficiaries. Agriculture and horticulture departments should adopt a proper marketing strategy to sell their surplus production. He assured to try to provide subsidy on small trucks/tata mobiles to improve marketing of fruits and vegetables and also to provide employment to youths.

Taking a stern view on forest fires, he informed that the an FIR has to be lodged against the person who started the fire or on the person who occupies the burnt area. He also advocated for good linkage buses to the nearest railway station. This would help passengers travelling by train to different parts of the country.

DRCS  Gyati Kobin requested for introduction of Cooperative ideology as a subject as this would empower youths for self employment generation. He also requested for tax and stamp duty exemption for cooperative societies.

Negi later visited the District hospital and interacted with the doctors and other medical staff. He asked the DMO to coordinate with the Deputy Commissioner and promised to see that the basic needs like X-ray machine will be catered to as soon as possible. He also assured to look into providing the lone blood bank with a solar based inverter of 5-7kv. He also expressed satisfaction at the cleanliness maintained in the hospital. He also visited the district museum.

Earlier, he also visited Ranganadi Hydropower project and interacted with the employees.

Later a meeting was also convened to discuss Ziro being selected as a World Heritage site. Dr. Tage Kano presented an elaborate PowerPoint on the subject. The Chief Secretary advocated for a signature campaign seeking consensus from all the stake holders to promote Ziro as a World Heritage Site. He also suggested for a formation of a drafting committee involving experts from UNESCO as well.

Negi was accompanied by Dani Sulu, Secretary IPR, Research and Art and Culture, Director Research and Deputy Director Art and Culture. DIPRO



Organic farming gets a boost in Lohit

‘Thanal’ training workshops on bio-fertilizers

& bio-pesticides held

ITANAGAR, May 03: Arunachal can revive its traditional and healthy organic farming practices and check the rampant destruction of agri-fields and environment as well as avoid many urban food-borne diseases among the people, said Dileep Kumar, Programme Officer, Pesticide Action Network, India at Namsai. He was addressing training programme by Thanal, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, a reputed national NGO championing organic farming and the Save Rice Campaign in six states across India.

The Thanal team including programme officers Dileep Kumar and Deepak R was in Lohit from April 22 to 27 and conducted training for making bio- fertilizers and bio-pesticides for farmers, officials, NGOs, teachers and students. Thanal had in Oct 2013, held a successful awareness campaign on ‘Save our Indigenous Rice varieties’ in Namsai, Sunpura and Roing.

The three days workshop at Namsai was organized by Khun-Ta-Nau Welfare Society jointly with the Arunachal University of Studies, Namsai.

The workshop turned out to be a great inspiration for the local farmers, according to Dr Namita Lungchang of ATMA, Namsai. The trainees found the session highly useful saying that it could help them produce healthy organic crops, at lesser expenses.  

Rupe Payum speaking on behalf of his farmer friends, declared they would adopt these eco-friendly methods in their farms.

Arunachal University Director Asish Agarwal assured to cooperate in spreading organic farming practices among the people.  

On the third day, the Thanal team went around the villages of Namsai and Lathao circles and held interaction with many farmers.

The workshop at Wakro was sponsored by the Wakro Organic Tea Growers Network and coordinated by Dr. S Nayil, Patron, APNE Library, Wakro. The workshop gave emphasis on preparing local Bio-pesticides for use in the organic tea gardens of Wakro,  instead of highly expensive ready-made bio-preparations from outside. The sessions also aimed at developing some bio-fertilizers and pesticides for the orange gardens of Wakro, affected by low production due to severe infections of the trees.

Teachers and students from Wakro schools also attended the workshop.

“We’re straightaway adopting these preparations”, said Songyalum Mam, an enthusiastic organic tea-grower of Wakro, as he himself took lead in preparing them.

Abhijit, Supervisor of Wakro Organic Tea also expressed his happiness in the utility of the workshop.  

The training sessions on bio-ferilizers covered aspects like the need to change our stress on the myth propagated by large chemical industries that chemicals are an inevitable requirement in modern agriculture like synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators, preservatives etc.

This was followed by practical demonstrations of the preparation of organic fertilizers and growth promoters with local and low-cost resources such as cowdung, cow-urine, garlic, jiggery (gur), egg, and fish waste. The participants in turn prepared items like Panchagavya, Amrithpani, Jeevamritha, E M Solution, Fish amino acid, Egg amino acid, all bio-ferilizers and Beejamritha ( for seed treatment).

The session on the preparation of a Seed bed/Kitchen garden was an attraction, where the fertility is viable for 3yrs and where vegetables can be grown for a 4- member family all year round.  Many farmers were keen to adopt this technique for producing healthy vegetables for their own home use. Mulching, another important method to enhance plant growth was also demonstrated.

The second day’s sessions on bio-pesticides commenced with a discussion on the health and environmental impacts of chemical pest management. The pesticides reach our body during spraying, working in sprayed feeds, containers and sprayers, clothes, and contaminated foods and drinks. The main organs affected by the pesticides are liver, kidney, lungs and reproductive organs.

India has 236 pesticides approved for use, even though 67 of these are banned other countries due to their high toxicity. The faculty also pointed out that after application pesticides like monocrotophos, chlorpyriphos, indophil, tilt, carbendazim in the field, we must wait approximately 10-30 days before harvesting to minimize the degree of toxicity consumption.

This was followed by discussion on eco-friendly insects which help in controlling pests that destroys our crops and cause havoc in the paddy fields.  

The participants in turn prepared bio pesticides and organic pest repellents, under the guidance of the faculty. These preparations are not only low cost, non toxic, very effective, but are easy to prepare and handle. They are also made from locally available resources like five type of leaf extracts, garlic decoction, cow-urine and green chilly.

The workshops clearly brought out to the participants the acute dangers of the widespread use of pesticides and weedicides like ‘Roundup’ which are highly toxic even in less amounts. Unless checked now, these chemicals may soon cause heavy loss to our health and Arunachal’s environment.

The Thanal team also held interactions with organic farming enthusiasts at Tezu.

Later, addressing reader-activists at the Bamboosa Library, Tezu, they advised the students to develop a habit of observing their environment and learn from the various activities happening on the mother earth. Documenting such activities will surely help them in widening their knowledge horizon. It will also help the youth to enhance scientific skills, improve their scientific temperament and thus excel in their areas of academic interest, the faculties said.

The Thanal team also conducted a workshop on April 29 at the Beheating Tea Estate, Dibrugarh, coordinated by Ashok Das, Assistant Manager. Officials from three nearby gardens participated in the workshop.



Scanty rainfall affects tea production in East Siang


RUKSIN, May 03: Tea production in Siang Valley has received a jolt last year due to scanty rain and unfavorable weather. The small tea growers of the region have reportedly lost about 28% of tea production last year.

Since the beginning of this year, adverse weather conditions which lasted for several months badly affected on tea production in north Assam and Arunachal Pradesh mainly due to scanty rainfall or no rain. This long dry spell with no immediate prospect of rain is raising doubts on current and future tea production.

According to data available in Pasighat division of Water Resource Department (WRD), the total rainfall received in the area during January to March was 232.80 mm. The rate of rainfall during the months of April and May last year were 167.30 mm and 286 mm respectively. The area received 1,201.20 (highest rate) rainfalls during July last year.

Informing the fate of the small tea planters in the region, the chairman of 'Small Tea Growers Association of Siang Basin’, Nyodek Yonggam said that adverse weather situation in the region and adjoining upper North bank of Assam Valley for the last several months is deteriorating in April this year. Dry weather is causing poor recovery of tea bushes after pruning, skiffing operations and wilting/debilitation of maintenance foliage and leaf scorching, all of which would adversely affect the April and May crop.

“The small tea planters are suffering a lot due to the dry weather. The farmers have to arrange regular irrigation in tea gardens incurring heavy expenditure, but receiving unsatisfactory rate on the tea leaves. Moreover, government’s so called policy for registration of tea garden is depriving our small tea planters from availing subsidy and other benefits from the Tea Board”, Yonggam exclaimed.

Yonggam, a former Rajya Sabha MP of the state, who earlier served in Tea Company, gained good knowledge of tea cultivation. He also served as Chief Information Commissioner of Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission. He has developed tea garden in a 10- hectare area at Oyan, which yields average 60,000 kg green tea leaves a year.

The association, with its HO at Oyan already formed a 50-member Self Help Group (SHG) including small tea farmers of Siang Basin covering a part of bordering Assam. The main objective of the association is to promote tea cultivation covering the wasteland in the region. Thus, around 272 hectares area was brought under tea cultivation at foothill and plain wasteland along Assam-Arunachal boundary area.



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