May 15

1 arrested in Yazali cash seizure case

ZIRO, May 14 : Likha Maj, a resident of Pachin Colony, Naharlagun has been arrested in connection with Yazali PS case no.07/14 U/S/188/171(E)/171(F) IPC on 12.05.14. This case refers to the cash seizure of Rs 1.84 crores made on April 5 at Yazali, informed the investigation officer of the case Dy. SP John Pada, Ziro. DIPRO


ANSU-APPDSU to launch clean ILP drive

ITANAGAR, May 14: All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) and All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) decided to launch clean drive against illegal immigrants who do not possess inner line permit (ILP) from first June. The decision came following the reported unabated influx of illegal migrants into the state capital after the introduction of railway service without proper ILP mechanism. In an intimation letter addressed to deputy commissioners of both Capital Complex and Papumpare, the unions urged the administration to take immediate action against the non-ILP holders in and around Capital complex. The union further sought adequate deployment of forces during the clean drive so that law and order could be maintained.


Final leg of training for counting officials concludes

AALO, May 14: With the last leg of rigorous training  for counting officials, Nodal Officers, creation of much needed awareness on ECI guidelines to all political parties on method of counting procedures  held at Gumin Kiin yesterday, the West Siang is all well set to take up counting of votes  for Parliamentary and Assembly poll on 16th May.

Addressing the gathering of election related officials, candidates and representatives of all political parties, the West Siang DEO M K Sahoo exhorted all officials to discharge their duties in an effective manner and appealed the all political parties to cooperate with election machinery and security personnel for a peaceful and hassle free election.

Pooja Jain, ADC Basar imparted detail training on legal aspects, do and don’ts, hands on EVM to counting officials through power point presentation. DIPRO


Training of counting personnel at Daporijo

DAPORIJO, May 14: “We have taken a lot of pains till date while conducting the simultaneous Parliamentary and Assembly elections 2014 and so this last stage of counting of votes should be done properly and carefully, strictly following the guidelines laid down by the ECI,” stated DEO Tahang Taggu while addressing the officers and officials during the Counting Training at Rijo Conference Hall here  recently. He advised that all should come well prepared so that no mistakes are made and no scope for complaint, protest and questioning arises during the counting process.

He also informed that a peaceful pre-and post counting day atmosphere was expected in the district as the contesting candidates, election agents and party representatives had given an undertaking in a meeting on 10th May 2014 to maintain peace in the whole area before and after the result declaration on 16th May.

ADC Kanki Darang briefed all present on the detailed arrangements made for the counting day and the process of counting of postal ballot. Resource persons Dr. B Paul, S B Singh, R P S Rawat and R Lomdak trained the officers and staff appointed as counting supervisors, assistants and attendants, strong room personnel, tabulation team, sealing team and postal ballot counting officers and staff present on counting and related matters. DIPRO


Owner urges AR to return seized items

ITANAGAR, May 14: Indian Army deployed in Changlang have allegedly seized valuables from a resident of Sallang Village, Changlang during a raid on March 17 last.

According to delayed information, 4th Assam Rifles personnel under the commandership of Major Vineet raided the house of Cheknya Akham of Sallang village and allegedly took away few hard-earned properties and valuables like traditional waist coats, gold and other items.

“Since no any traditional items or belongings can be seized as per customary laws,” the owner claimed in a letter to the commandant, 4th Assam Rifles, 1mile, Changlang to return the all seized valuables immediately respecting the local laws.


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Buddha Purnima celebrated with pomp and gaiety

Let us imbibe teachings of Lord Buddha for peaceful society: Governor

ITANAGAR, May 14: Buddha preached the truth. One of His great messages was the equality of man. Every man and woman has the same right to attain spirituality and He considered all human beings to be equal, irrespective of their caste or creed. Even the lowest were entitled to the highest attainments; He opened the door of Nirvana to one and all. This was the gist of his philosophy which He taught to the world at large, said Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma, while gracing the Buddha Purnima celebration at Theravada Buddhist Temple, Vivek Vihar here today. “We in Arunachal Pradesh need to imbibe it and live in peace with ourselves and with each other.”

The Governor said that Buddha's sermons and teachings pointed toward the true nature of the universe, what is known within Buddhism as the Dharma. His sermon presents an overview of suffering and the way out of suffering. According to it, suffering is part of life and is caused by desire. There is a way out of suffering is by putting an end to ego-centered desire and follow the noble eightfold path.

The Governor advised the people to practice habits of ethical conduct, thought and meditation that enable one to move along the path.

The Governor said that Arunachal Pradesh is a key destination for religious tourism. It has Parasuram Kund, a place of pilgrimage for Hindus, Tawang monastery and many important pagodas for Buddhists in addition to numerous other religious places like Malinithan in Likabali. We need to build on these to promote peace and tranquility, he pointed.

The Governor opined that the State has been an oasis of peace in the entire North-Eastern region. However, recent developments on the law and order front and intolerance amongst certain sections of the society are a cause of concern. It is a challenge to all and we need to address it. He said that religious leaders need to take lead in promoting goodwill and amity in the State.

The Governor said that the Theravada Buddhist Temple and Itanagar Gompa have become cultural and religious centres in the State Capital reflecting the richness of the cultural heritage of the State in addition to the indigenous faiths and other mainstream religions. He advised the people to maintain the sanctity and serenity in the places of worship, while emphasizing on meditation workshops and other activities which promote health and social well being in its premises.

Earlier, the Governor and the First Lady of the State, Jyotsna Sharma offered prayers at the Theravada Buddhist Temple initiated by Ven. Ratnadeepa, Head Monk.

Large number of members of Buddhist Community of Capital Complex including Secretary Planning Sonam Chombay, Chairman Theravada Society, CM Mongmaw, Director Planning C.L Tungkhang, Director IPR CM Longphong were present on the occasion.



RKMH paediatric ward inaugurated

ITANAGAR, May 14: Swami Bodhasaranandaji Maharaj, Assistant Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Mission, Belur Math today inaugurated a 35 bedded paediatric ward,  a residential staff quarters complex and a medical store at the Ramakrishna Mission Hospital complex here.  

After the inauguration, Bodhasaranandaji distributed fruits to the patients of the hospital. He also distributed new cloth to construction and hospital maintenance workers.

With the addition of these facilities, the hospital has now been upgraded to 257 bedded hospital with the provisions of an in-house medical store,  which will enable patients and their attendants to purchase the necessary medicines without having to go out of the hospital.

The inauguration function was attended by the monastic members, staff of the hospital and general public.



Continue the tradition of making cane & bamboo crafts: SFRI director

ITANAGAR, May 14: State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) Director Hibu Doley exhorted the people of the state to continue the practice of making traditional handicrafts of bamboo and cane, a legacy passed on to them by their forefathers.

“This will not only help preserve the rich culture and tradition of the state but also remove unemployment,” Hibu said during the inaugural session of the two days training on bamboo plantation and post harvest management for field functionaries at SFRI’s Dr Verrier Elwin Memorial Hall, Chimpu here yesterday.  Stating that handicrafts are being replaced by cheap machine-made plastic items these days, Hibu suggested the trainees to make maximum use of bamboo and canes that come from backyards.

Arunachal Pradesh with enough resources has lot of works to do for preservation, perpetuation and promotion of the cultural heritage of its state, he opined.

The Director also asked the trainees to avail maximum benefit from the training and avail the services of SFRI and Cane and Bamboo Training Centre (CBTC), Guwahati, if required.

Briefing the aim and objectives of the training, CBTC Deputy Manager (Housing & Construction) Anjal Goswami informed that the CBTC is working for the promotion and encouragement of craftspersons/ designers for adopting new designs, technologies and innovation of existing design in cane and bamboo sector, especially for North East.

The CBTC also provides services such as training and capacity building, product promotion, marketing and act as consultancy agency, Goswami added.

“Known as ‘Green Gold of Forests,  bamboo is an incredible natural resources, opined SFRI systematic botanist Dr LR Bhuyan while highlighting the richness of bamboo in the state.

Dr. Bhuyan, researcher and bamboo expert said, “Arunachal Pradesh is the highest bamboo bearing state in India and it is the fastest growing plant in the world taking only 3 to 4 years to get matured.”

Describing bamboo as the tallest grass of forest, he revealed that the state has more than 80 species of bamboos out of 1250 found in the entire world. There are 41 species of bamboos in Assam, 150 in the country, he said.

Training Co-coordinator and Nodal Officer RK Taj highlighted the bamboo cultivation, its commercial prospects in North East.

Speaking as resource persons, CBTC’s Deputy Manager (Training) HPK Singh dwelt in length about the treatment and preservation of bamboo while Assistant Manager (Training) Paluk Mandal highlighted on primary processing of bamboo.

The CBTC, Guwahati organized the training programme in collaboration with SFRI, Chimpu.



Workshop on career guidance and counseling

ITANAGAR, May 14: Forty youth from seven villages participated in a one-day workshop on “Career Guidance and Counselling” organized by Itanagar unit of Indo Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) at Chimpu community hall here on May 12.

The workshop aimed at assisting individual’s knowledge and experience towards occupational exploration and career planning as well as enhancing youth understanding on available career choices fit into their capability and interest.  

Resource person MQ Khan, Associate Professor, DN Govt. College highlighted on different career options and their opportunities. He advised the youth to have planning and set a goal before they choose their career in life. He further said that one should be self-evaluated and parents should not impose their dreams on their children besides encouraging the youth to be globally acceptable mentioning there is no lack of jobs but lack lies within self.

While Bernerdetti Pimenta, Vice President, IGSSS interacted with the youths in regards to the problems they face. She also encouraged them by saying that one should live life with a purpose and should believe in oneself.

The programme was also attended by Dharani Payeng, Youth Development Officer of IGSSS.



People sensitized on Save Ziro campaign

ITANAGAR, May 14: A meet on Save Ziro campaign was held at Ziro today to sensitize the people about the campaign.

Delivering the keynote address, Tage Taki, who launched the campaign three months ago, said Ziro is facing a crisis and unless timely action is taken, the beautiful place we see today could be a thing of the past.

He pointed out to the garbage menace which is threatening to slowly poison the place by releasing harmful leachates, he said. Unplanned developmental activities are destroying Ziro and may dry up the place, he pointed out.

Apatanis are known for their judicious management of water both for irrigation and drinking purposes.

This, he cautioned, is already getting disturbed due to unsustainable way of constructions in the vital watershed areas. The third threat he pointed out was commercialization of education and subsequent deterioration of quality. This may produce lots of young people with degrees but without proper education and with no capacity to compete with the people elsewhere in the world.

He called upon the people of Ziro to take concerted efforts to take timely remedial actions irrespective of ideological and political differences.

Tilling Tak, Chairman of Hapoli Market Welfare Committee welcomed the initiative and assured the support of the trading communities in addressing the garbage menace.

Gyati Tamang, Secretary of Hapoli Market Welfare Committee exhorted all the NGOs at Ziro to join hands. Tage Tamang, Chairman of Old Ziro Market Welfare Committee informed about the initiatives of the traders in Old Ziro to keep the market area clean. Narang Dolley, Chairman of Ziro Chamber of Commerce (ZCC) said that it is the local people who have to take interest for the welfare of their own place.

It may be mentioned that Save Ziro Campaign was launched three months back by Tage Taki with a view to create awareness among the people about the need for planned developmental activities in a ecologically fragile place like Ziro.    

A large number of enthusiastic concerned citizens attended the meet.



Training for election and counting agents held

ITANAGAR, May 14: A training was held at Siddhartha Hall here today with regard to the preparation of Counting Day for the contesting candidates, election agents and counting agents. The DC cum RO of 13 Itanagar, Mige Kamki dwelt at length on the security scenario, sitting arrangement, provision of entry- exit, decorum and maintenance of law and order to ensure that the counting day passes of peacefully.

He also asked all to refrain from carrying party identification marks like caps, badge, banners and any form of publicity for identification of party affiliation, shouting of slogans as it may result in breach of law and order.  He also informed that use of cameras and mobile phones is strictly prohibited inside the counting hall and further informed that official photographers and videographers would be detailed for the entire coverage of the day. He also added that entire counting process would be updated through electronic media as well. The RO further informed that counting process would start at sharp 8.00 AM on 16.05.14.

The SP Capital SP Kuruvilla briefed on the security scenario adding that strict checking would be done and requested the election agents and counting agents to bring along their identity card and appealed them to cooperate with the District Administration as well as the Police for peaceful conduct of counting process.

Hento Karga, EAC briefed on the conduct, rules and guidelines regarding the counting procedure of Postal Ballot. A one to one interaction session was also held where the queries and doubts of election and counting agents were cleared by the RO.

Ashim Bhowmick and Kalyan Dutta, both master trainers had briefed on the EVM related counting process.

Shazad Shibli, Central Observer and Ashok Kumar, DC cum DEO Papum Pare also observed the entire training process. DIPRO



AoL family celebrate Sri Sri’s birthday with prayer and meditation

ITANAGAR, MAY 14: Like in many cities across the globe, the Art of Living family in Arunachal Pradesh also celebrated the 58th birthday of world renowned spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Tuesday. The day was marked by prayers and meditations for peace and harmony.

In Itanagar, a unique evening of music, meditation and wisdom was held at the Art of Living Centre where hundreds of followers soaked themselves in devotional songs and meditation. Uniquely composed songs expressing gratitude for the wisdom that Sri Sri is spreading were rendered in local dialects also. Similar events were held in Aalo, Basar, Kimin and other places in Arunachal Pradesh.

Addressing the gathering, Ligu Tacho, chairman of the Art of Living Arunachal Pradesh emphasized the relevance of the Sri Sri’s teachings of universal peace and harmony in Arunachal Pradesh. He called upon the gathering to spread this universal message to all parts of Arunachal Pradesh. “Guruji has inspired millions across the globe to take responsibility of their society, nation and the humanity as a whole. We should take up this mission in a big way in Arunachal Pradesh also,” he said.

While highlighting the need for preserving the indigenous culture of Arunachal Pradesh, he urged the gathering to honour each other’s culture and faith. “We need to adopt good things from everywhere and reform our own traditions by discarding outdated practices,” he added.

Service, charity, prayers and meditation for global peace were the main highlights of events held in several places in India and abroad to mark the day. Sri Sri addressed a huge gathering of people at the Art of Living International Centre, Bangalore urging them to look beyond their own comfort zones and take responsibility of bringing a smile on every face. He emphasized the need to move from tolerance to love, self-centered success to selfless service and from exclusive to being all-inclusive.



Weavers urged to be innovative and hardworking

ZIRO, May 14: Giving a major boost to the cooperative sector, the office of the Arunachal Pradesh State Weavers Cooperative Federation Ltd was inaugurated at Manipolyang and Siring Pakho yesterday by RCS W Lowang.

Addressing the confederation of weavers and officials Lowang lauded the people of Ziro for its exquisite weaving practices and at the same time exhorted them to excel in their field of activities as the competition in the market is very tough. Weaving is a major business in all our neighboring states as well, he said adding only hard-work and innovative idea can bring success. “Govt. will try to provide all technology and guidance as required, you as the artisans give your best,” he thus encouraged the weavers. Learn from the past mistakes of the other cooperative societies and make an assessment of all financial implications before recruiting staffs, he advised.

On the occasion, a showroom titled “Colors of Arunachal” (tribal artisans and handloom showroom of Arunachal weavers federation Ltd) was inaugurated by Khoda Ruja, Director Textile and Handicraft at Siring Pakho. Speaking on the occasion he dealt in detail regarding the problems faced by weavers due to escalated yarn prices, and informed that Govt will be providing 10 per cent subsidy on yarn to registered card holders under the federation. Good clothes will find its place in the competitive market, so work hard and try to produce the best clothes, he advised the weavers. Hardworking and good weavers will always be recognized. He also congratulated ARCS Gyati Kobin for his persistent effort, due to which the federation office has been set up in Ziro.

The function was attended by Gyati Mali, DDI, Hage Yassung, chairperson, AWFED, officials from Nabard and cooperative sector. DIPRO



NFSM beneficiaries provided agri equipments

CHANGLANG, May 14: Under the scheme “National Food Security Mission (Rice), 2013-14,” the department store of every ADO HQ is fully-equipped with paddy cultivation inputs like sprayer machines, biopesticides, micronutrients, hand tools, etc  for the augmentation of paddy production in the district.

Beneficiaries selected under the scheme are getting fully furnished with the required equipments free of cost and right on time. Inspite of various infrastructure challenges, the DAO-A D Panggam made sincere efforts to make NFSM a huge success throughout the district. “High yielding paddy varieties like IR-36, Ranjit and MV1 which are very suitable for local conditions have been provided to the beneficiaries. Moreover, under NFSM-Local Initiative Programme, two water lifting system for irrigation were constructed in Changlang HQ and Jairampur Sub-division,” he said. On May 8, a department coordination meeting was successfully conducted at DAO’s office-Changlang where all the concerned officers were instructed to actively guide all paddy-farmers of the district and anyhow make the Govt scheme a success. He further appealed to all the Kharif paddy-farmers to start sowing before 2nd week of June for best results and also to approach the department for any kind of assistance regarding any kind of govt. schemes.

In addition, under RADP (Sub-scheme of RKVY), many farmers in the district have been provided with piglets, Horti. seedlings, milchcows, poultry etc. with required medicines and feed.



Capital DC reviews law and order

ITANAGAR, May 14: A coordination meeting of magistrates and Police officers was convened yesterday in the office of the Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex Mige Kamki to discuss in details regarding handling of law and order problem before, during and after the counting of votes on May 16.

Chairing the meeting, the DC asked all to render exemplary services with dedication and devotion to maintain peace and law and order in the Capital Complex. Terming Itanagar as the centre of gravity of all activities whereby handling of law and order has been a challenging task, he congratulated all the magistrates and police personnel in making the poll process a success.

Emphasizing on efficient handling of law and order, he asked both the magistrates and the police department to work in unison with each other  and further asked them to coordinate with the councillors/ward members and also with the Market Welfare Associations to which Bokar Basar, CMEO also assured all cooperation from his office and  said that copy containing names and address of all councillors shall be provided to Magistrates and Police personnel for seeking any help and assistance at the time of need.

He also dwelt at length regarding the strategies and security arrangement in all matters related to deployment of magistrates, police, promulgation of order under 144 CrPC security measures, periodical patrolling, vehicle checking, multi- layered security arrangement at counting hall etc.

Superintendent of Police, Capital Complex S P Kuruvilla lauding the magistrates and police for peaceful conduct of polling process further expressed hope that both will continue to work in coordination to ensure that peace and tranquility is maintained at any cost.

Briefing on the security scenario, the SP informed that more than 600 security personnel have already been deployed at various vulnerable locations including Siddhartha Hall, Raj Bhawan, CEO Office, DC Office, SP Office, VIP residential/ Official areas and other vital installation. He also informed that three company of CRPF are already deployed here and proposal for additional requirement has already been put up before the higher authority which is expected to arrive in the Capital in 1-2 days. He specifically asked the DC to provide stickers to only those vehicles which would be allowed inside the Siddhartha Hall premises on the day of counting. Bokar Basar also requested for night patrolling to be intensified to which both the DC and SP assured to intensify both the patrolling and vehicle checking as well.

Hento Karga, EAC while giving the vote of thanks said that the conduct of election in the Capital Complex was the most challenging and added that with the smooth conduct of the polling process on April 9 last battle was half won and now we need to work in cooperation so that we achieve complete success in conducting the historic simultaneous elections. All senior magistrates and police officers attended the meeting. DIPRO



Replacement of sub-standard materials from school building demanded


RUKSIN, May 14: Alleging supply of low quality roofing materials in the newly constructed Secondary School building at Rani, the people of Rani including the members of All Rani Students Union (ARSU), Gaon Burahs and PRI members have demanded the authority for immediate replacement of the sub-standard CGI sheets from the building.

It may be mentioned that the government under RAMSA had sanctioned an amount of Rs 12 lakh for construction of School building (extension) at Govt. Secondary School, Rani in East Siang. The authority following Rastriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (RAMSA) guidelines awarded the sub-structure of the four-room extension building to a local contractor. It is alleged that the authority has supplied sub-standard materials for use in construction of the building.

The local people have sought East Siang Deputy Commissioner’s intervention to conduct a proper inquiry into the alleged irregularities.

It is observed that water leaks into the classrooms through numerous tiny holes of the roof when it rains. The dripping water is also damaging the ceiling of the building. The ceiling of the building is made with laminated jute nets, which is reportedly not mentioned in the housing estimate.

ARSU adviser Olom Mibang, in a written complaint submitted to District Programme Coordinator of RAMSA and East Siang DDSE alleged that the school building has been roofed with inferior quality of CGI sheets. The union threatened the authority concerned of rigorous movement if their demand is not fulfilled within a week.

Sille-Oyan Block ZPM Tazing Taki, who is a member of the School Management and Development Committee, has also objected to the sub-standard roofing of the new building. He alleged that the district RAMSA authority had no concern with the SMDC regarding construction of the school building. He has demanded the authority to issue an order for immediate replacement of the CGI sheets from the building and release additional fund for the same.

Finger has been pointed towards the District Programme Coordinator, DDSE of the district and chairman of the Inspection Committee, who had inspected the housing materials before fixing in the school building at Rani.



Reunification ceremony of Topo clan held

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, May 14: Topo clan under the banner of Topo Welfare Society (TWS) of Upper Subansiri district has reunited with their parent tribe Tagin in a reunification ceremony held at Dumporijo ground on May 10 last.

After declaration of the reunification, TWS President Tayir Bulo described it as historic moment and recalled key founder members of Tagin Si Donyi festival from Topo clan. He said legendary social workers like Popak Bage from Hechi clan and many others from Dumporijo area including Tani Tator and Topo Hechi had contributed immensely for the Tagins and popularization of Si Donyi festival.

However, due to ‘external interference’ and undue political interference, a certain section of the society within the clan were made confused about their own inherited tribes for which they couldn’t declare themselves as Tagin tribe for many years, he said.

Former Dumporijo MLA Takar Marde said that the declaration by TWS is purely a family affairs and politics has nothing to do with the re-unification of Topo clan with Tagin.

Tagin Cultural Society (TCS) President Tabu Paktung highly appreciated the move and welcomed the initiation of TWS, which according to him, will go a long way in maintaining unity and integrity among Tagin tribes and help uplift the society.

TCS Secretary General Lardik Kare expressed dismay over the alleged attempts of some ‘external force’ to mislead and misguide some people of the clan regarding the reunification initiation by TWS. He appealed them not to interfere in family matter which may disturb the prevailing peace and communal harmony.

Declaring themselves as Tagin, representatives from every village of Topo clan have expressed their gratitude to TWS for the reunification move and vowed to work for all round development of the society.

Earlier, TCS and TWS presidents Tabu Paktung and Tayir Bulo unveiled the Topo Declaration Pillar at Dumporijo ground before the executive members of both the organizations and senior citizens.

The declaration ceremony was attended by thousands of intellectuals, bureaucrats, technocrats, political leaders, students and public.



Separate policy for timber consumption at local level required

Tai Dora

Our state is blessed with a huge resource of forest and high quality timber species. There was a time when timber was one of the prime sources of revenue for the state government. High return of timber business gave rise to many crorepaties in places where its operation was active. It is also said that this huge involvement of money invited unwanted attention of anti-social elements from neighboring states and helped spread its tentacles to our once peaceful state. Rampant exploitation of forest took place, with alleged nexus of politicians, contractors, anti-social elements and authorities.

Taking a serious note of the fast disappearing forest cover, the honorable Supreme Court of India imposed a blanket ban on timber operation all over the country in the year 1992. Many people, however, fail to understand the fact that the honorable Supreme Court banned timber operation only in the places where there is no scientific management plan. This management plan is called a working plan/working scheme, prepared by the concerned forest officials of their respective Forest Circle/Divisions level. Forest Divisions without any working plan or working scheme, legally, cannot indulge in any timber operation. This means the consumers will have to buy timbers only from a registered saw mills or timber depot, and any timber operation by public or any individual concerned within the Division without a working plan/working scheme is illegal and liable to be seized/confiscated (including the vehicle used for carrying the illegal timber) by the forest officials when and where detected, including necessary legal action against the accused.

These rules and laws were made for a very novel purpose, to manage forest resource in a scientific and sustainable manner without the threat of over-exploitation of our natural resource. Unfortunately this novel purpose is not being properly achieved by our state. In Arunachal Pradesh, still majority of the Forest Divisions does not have worked out working plans/schemes yet, making logging, timber conversion, and timber transit illegal. The consumers have to obtain the timbers from legal source like registered timber depots and saw mills with valid documents. The bottle neck is that in most of the places there are only few legal sources of timbers, that too most of the times are hundreds of kilometer away. It encourages consumers to buy timbers locally, which means from illegal sources. Since timber is required for almost every purpose from building house to furniture, the demand for it keeps on increasing. And due to low supply (which in turn is due to the ban) and high demand, the price shoots up every passing day. This in turn encourages the local people to get into such timber business.

Many times in forest check gate people carrying timbers purchased locally are encountered and stopped. The most common sentences the forest officials encounter are like:

“Ok I am ready to pay the royalty, issue me a permit”

“It is meant just for building my house”

“The legal depot/saw mills are just too far away, you should not expect me to incur extra money and effort to purchase it from there, do you?”

“I won’t buy it from the illegal sources, but give me a legal alternative source”

“It is for building bridge only, how can you forest officials stop people’s basic need?”

Legal or illegal, people will keep on doing it until and unless a legal source is not provided to the public for their local consumption, and on top of it, timber is just too vital a requirement to simply deny it. So to have a better control over the forest resource and environment, immediate formulation of management plans (working plan/scheme) is required for all the forest Divisions of the state. Besides, it will also generate good revenue for the state government. As far as the local consumption of forest produce is concerned, it will be appreciated by everybody to have a separate policy that will help both the authorities and the local people as long as the forest produce do not cross the district and state boundaries.

Otherwise, without the working plan/working scheme and absence of easily accessible legal source of timber, such illegality will continue as it is right now. Trees will be felled without environmental considerations, and consumers, no matter who he is or what he’s background is, which also includes the forest officials, will be forced to buy it from illegal source.



Rusan Club lift 1st Running AMSU T20 Cricket Cup

ITANAGAR, May 14: Rusan Club promoted by Amik Matai Society won the first ever Running T10 Cricket Tournament organized by All Mishmi Student’s Union (AMSU) defeating Blenders XI of Duraliang by seven runs at Tezu today.

Om Prakash of Rusan Club was declared ‘Man of the Match’ and Sundar Bellai was declared ‘Man of the Series’.

Both the champion and runners up teams were awarded cash prizes besides trophies.

The tournament aimed at creating awareness among the youths about harmful effects opium and drug addiction as well as tap hidden talents, said the organizing committee.

A total of 38 teams from Lohit district and Assam participated in the tournament.

“It is an effort to supplement the efforts of the government to wean away the teens from the clutches of drug addiction, cult of violence and insurgency inflicted by the militant organizations/ naxals in the North East region especially in the state of Arunachal Pradesh,” said the secretary of Amik Matai Society.

Lohit Deputy Commissioner Dr. B M Mishra, who was also present during the final match, appreciated the efforts of AMSU to spread awareness on opium addiction through sports and assured to extend all possible support in the near future.

Former minister Khapriso Krong and AAPSU’s Women Wing president Aman Tayang were also present,



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A great initiative


It is a very good initiative on the part of capital administration to convened meeting in order to chalk out the plan to tackle price rise in capital complex. The skyrocketing prices of commodities in capital have become matter of serious concern. The shopkeepers fixes price as per their own wishes. In some cases they raise the price exorbitantly. The harassed consumers despite puting their best to fight against such wrong practice, left with no choice end up paying the price demanded by shopkeepers.

As per news report DC Capital yesterday held meeting in his chamber in this regard.  DC stressed that the prices of all seasonal commodities as well as fish, meat etc need to be regulated keeping in view the need of the public. He informed that district administration would soon notify and fix the prices of the commodities as well as fish and meat and added that after notification a monitoring committee would be formed to ensure that it is being enforced. This step will be welcomed by every citizens of capital. The monitoring committee should not only cover designated markets, they also need to visit colonies and check whether Kirana shops are indulging in overpricing of commodities. It is often noticed that shops operating from colonies and sectors are the one who indulges in rampant overpricing of products. The capital citizens have high expectation that finally administration will take serious steps to control price rise. Hope this initiative does not remain only as media publicity stunt and we will get chance to see real time action.

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Aalo have to look beyond BSNL

Dear Editor,

The BSNL mobile network service has crossed all the known limits in their service deliverance to their valued customers in West Siang district and particularly at district headquarters ‘Aalo’. The condition is that, if the power fails, the mobile network stands no chance and if even there is slight rainfall, the power goes off, less to talk of its pitiable network with 3G service once in the blue moon. The onset of monsoon brings mayhem for the mobile network.

The chain of problem keeps on frustrating until you end up giving your handset to a solid concrete wall.  If that is the condition of mobile network in and around district’s headquarters then one can not dare to imagine its performance outside Aalo like at Kamba, Kaying , Mechuka and so on. Nevertheless, this article is not a complaint against BSNL because that would be useless as the company has a record of remaining obtuse towards its customer’s cry. However, what is hard to digest and raises eyebrow is that, why Aalo town is left to the mercy of BSNL till today? While other private mobile network service provider companies have made their presence in the adjoining districts. Then what happened at Aalo? For how many more years the brutal monopoly of BSNL shall last here?  The above are some questions to which the ever-patience people of the town who are always taken for granted wants to know the reasons. One friend of mine opined that it would be useless to yell at the deaf ears but I even have doubt whether there is any concern authority in this regard? Though, I became a butt of ridicule among my peers for wasting the valuable space in the Readers Forum crying for what seems near to impossible task, I am full of hopes and hoping against the hopes. Until any private mobile network service provider companies make their debut here, the onslaught of torture unleased by BSNL shall rule the town. Perhaps, the people can only wish for other option than BSNL in dreams.


Passang Pudur







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