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Open letter to Union Trade and Commerce Ministry

Dear Editor,

I on behalf of North East Development Society, Itanagar, would like to lay down few lines  for kind consideration and sympathetic and necessary action  of  the secretary, department of trade and commerce and Industry, Govt of  India.

That sir, some years ago the Government of India was providing 100% subsidy under EDF- NER Scheme to the indigenous entrepreneurs of the NE states for setting up of various industries  and taking up commercial venture in the region. In spite of the liberal approach of the Govt., there is no remarkable achievements by the NE  industrialists and traders due to inter and intra state communication hurdles.

Enormous amount of money were spent by the entrepreneurs on transportation alone to either bring machineries and other necessary goods from outside the  NE state or export the finished products for marketing which are hundreds of miles away from the manufacture units of NE. Since there is no proper land communication within NE state, transportation of local goods from one state to  another becomes virtually impossible.

Some year back the government of India had reduced the industrial subsidy to 70% making it very difficult for the traders of the NE to go for any enterprises. Now adding insult to injury, the central Govt. further reduced subsidy to 30% and as a  result the already crippled economy of the NE  states further worsened.  The industrialists, traders of the North East could neither do anything  to enhance their trading skill nor could they make any contribution to the development of their respective state due to various problems being faced by them.

We, therefore, appeal to the Government of India through your good office to reconsider the incentive factor and enhance the subsidy to 100% enabling the NE entrepreneurs to take up industries and big commercial projects to help improve the economy of north east as a whole.


Tabom Boje

President, NEDWS



There should be equal opportunity

Dear Editor,

The National Rural Health Mission Naharlagun had advertised for a few posts under Arunachal Pradesh State Health Society on contractual basis on Oct 19  and walk in interview  for the same was fixed on 15th Nov.  Among the posts mentioned there were two other posts advertised were -- State community mobiliser(SCM)  and District community mobiliser (DCM). The essential qualification for the post for SCM and DCM were Master of Sociology/Master of Social Work.

But in a corrigendum published in a local daily with partial modification of earlier advertisement on Nov 10, it was said that candidates having Master degree in Anthropology and Political Science/History/Economics and MBA will also be eligible to appear in the interview for the post of SCM and DCM.

Now my point is on what basis only few particular subjects were chosen and subjects like mass communication, public relations, health management, rural development etc. were not included for the interview and why such partial modification in subjects were done in such a short notice -- just four days before interview.  I dont know whether I will get the answers for all my queries but there should be equal opportunity for everyone.


B Ete




Resentment over poor banking service

Dear Editor,

I would like to dig out the some weakness and poor services rendered by the SBI branches of Itanagar, Naharlagun and other branches at various district headquarters of Arunachal Pradesh for public interest.

Before the year 2006 there was lesser number of SBI customers, but after the Govt initiative to deposit employees salary for safety and security reasons to SBI,  the customers of SBI bank branches are growing day by day. Now  due to excess customers SBI  branches  are not able to provide satisfactory services.

However, remedies could be made if the SBI authority wish to provide better services to their customers. I therefore, highly request  the authority of SBI to provide us same facilities as the customers of outside Arunachal Pradesh are getting.

It is known to us and SBI authority that so many facilities are there at other state's SBI branches. But  here in Arunachal Pradesh we are being deprived of these facilities  like separate cash receipt  and cash payment counter for senior citizens, separate counter for pensioners,  counting machine at each and every cash receipt and cash payment counter, computerized token system instead of making queue, separate counter for passbook up to date with passbook up to date machine at each and every cash payment, separate counter for any enquiry, separate counter for treasury challan,  provision for waiting lounge etc. It is seen that in the first week of every month, huge crowd of old men and women are standing in the queue for long time and some time they return home with empty hand because  of expiry of given transaction time. SBI can't provide better services unless the authorities improve and modify their system.

Therefore,  I would like to request the  SBI authorities to kindly provide above mentioned facilities at the earliest to mitigate the sufferings of  its customers.


Gochi Tariam




Promote village tourism

Dear Editor,

This is apropos the news item on celebration of Siang River Festival 2011 at Aalo. I would like to suggest that in addition to all these festivals new area should be explored by the tourism department to augment inflow of tourists such as "village tourism" which is very successful in South India instead of going for projects which are mostly not sustainable in long run. This will help local villagers to earn much needed money and generate handsome revenue for the cashless state. Also one wonders why there is no popular campaign on 'Bed and Breakfast Scheme' which is in existence for quite some time.


Lijum Ete

Aalo, West Siang





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Tuki, Sanjoy appeal for peace and brotherhood

ZIRO, Nov  17: With November 3 Ziro incident, leaving trails of bandh calls and other democratic movement by few NGOs, the state PWD and Urban Development Minister Nabam Tuki and Arunachal West MP Takam Sanjoy today appealed the people of Lower Subansiri to maintain peace  and brotherhood in Ziro Valley.

The duo accompanied by  MLAs Padi Richo, Likha Saaya, T.Norbu  Thongdok and Markio Tado, who visited Police Station, DC’s Offices and other sites here to asses the ground reality of  Ziro after November 3 incident where mob vandalized the Police Station,  Deputy Commissioner’s office, residence of DC and Officer-in-charge of police station and other offices, vehemently condemned the murder of  a school boy Punyo Mobing and attack on the administration, in a meeting at Circuit House with the officers and Panchayat leaders.     

Terming the incident as very unfortunate and great loss for the society, Tuki said it was not a communal incident and  appealed every one in the district and outside not to flare up the issue by  giving it a communal colour. We have been living here together for centuries as brothers and friends peacefully and will live together as ever. Government will not tolerate any person trying to provoke the situation by politicizing it or giving it a communal colour, he warned.

The state government was shocked on learning the incident and is very much concerned about the situation and doing its best to defuse tension in the valley. A one man commission of senior IAS officer has been constituted to enquire into the incident, he informed. The enquiry may take time, but law should be given free hand to punish the culprits. No one should support or shelter the culprits as criminals do not belong to any community, he added.  Sanjoy said, the November 3, incident and that preceded it were both unscrupulous and condemnable. The former was an stray  incident nothing to do with any community and everybody condemns it and the later was an attack on the administration. There is no communal place in both the incidents, he said and added Communalism is a very dangerous term, it brings nothing but destruction, all should refrain from the very word communal.

 Terming the Apatanis as one of the few advanced communities of the state, Sanjoy suggested them to play the elder brother role in the state and create conducive atmosphere for development. Govt. will do its best to calm down the issue, and we  brothers will continue to shake hands and live together peacefully as ever, he stated.

Assuring to take up with government for re-enforcement of Additional force for Ziro, Sanjoy said the administration is handicap without adequate force, but the administration should also  be very vigilant  on criminal and punish them sternly as per law to make them realize.

Lower Subansiri ADC, W. Thikak, presented a report on what actually happened on November 3, last to the visiting dignitaries.DIPRO


Multi-media campaign on HIV-AIDS

Rock concert enthralls Tirap youths

Khonsa, Nov 17: In continuation of the multi-media campaign throughout the state, a rock concert was organized by the Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society  (APSACS) in collaboration with Tirap district administration at Khonsa in Tirap  district on Nov 16. The main objective of the programme is to create awareness on danger of HIV/ AIDS and urgent need to combat it, especially among the youth.

Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, DoTC chairman Y. Matey exhorted the youth to play a pivotal role in creating awareness among the masses regarding the ways and means to combat the spread of HIV/ AIDS adding that only prevention is the sure cure for this dreaded menace as no medicine is available to cure it once infected. Further, he asked the floating population to get routine check up for HIV/ AIDS as it has been identified as potential carriers of this dreaded disease due to exposure to unsafe sex etc.

While participating in the deliberation Tirap DC W. Lowang appreciated the organizers. He  said that this rock concert will go a long way in creating awareness amongst the youth and public in general. The Dy. Director (IEC), APSACS  T. Pali dwelt at length on present scenario of HIV/ AIDS in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. He informed that 2 cases of HIV positive have been detected in Tirap district so far.  Earlier DMO Tirap Dr S. Ronya in his welcome address thanked everyone for the good response to the programme.

Altogether 4 rock bands competed to represent Tirap district at state level in the next round. The Church of Blood band bagged the 1st prize while the Riddles band came 2nd. The sterling rock performance by ‘AlIEN GODS’ band - a star rock multi-media campaigner added colour and variety to the programme.

Thousands of music aficionados thronged the Nehru stadium, the venue of the concert and enjoyed the show. Needless to say that such music concerts are few and far between in insurgency-infested Tirap district and people don’t let such an occasion go without letting their hair down and dance to the beat of the music. The youths in particular were seen relishing the moment. Hopefully, the message on HIV/AIDS has gone to them (youth), whispered an elderly person to this reporter. DIPRO incharge


Apex bank  staff urged to accept professional challenges

ITANAGAR, Nov 17:  The 22nd Annual General Body Meeting of the Arunachal Pradesh State Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd held at ATI, Naharlagun today.

A.B. Shukla, Secretary (Co-operation) in his inaugural address as the chief guest appreciated the achievements made by the Apex Bank by earning a net profit of Rs.892.77 lakhs during 2009-10. He however, stressed on loan recovery drive for survival and strengthening the institution.

He further suggested the bank to go for computerization to compete with other Commercial Banks operating in the state. Earlier, in his welcome address and presentation of Annual Report, Tarin Dakpe, APCS, MD Cum CEO of the Bank, recalled the initiatives taken by the State Govt especially Dorjee Khandu, Chief Minister and his cabinet colleague for the revival of the bank by infusing Rs.200.00 crores. He highlighted the performance and achievements of the bank made during the year 2009-10 and appreciated the Bank employees and the Certificate Officers for making loan recovery of Rs.1836.39 Lakhs only during the year. He sought the cooperation from the shareholders members for development of the Bank as well as cooperative movement in the state.  He further informed the house that the computerization of the Bank with Core Banking Solutions (CBS) is already under process. He also appealed all the employees of the Bank to work hard  with honesty and professional approach and accept the challenges for further development.

Mannoi, DRCS, advised the bank to mitigate all the audit observations of the RCS. He has stressed on recovery of bank loans for its sustenance.

S.N. Chalia, DGM, NABARD,  who was the Guest of Honour, suggested to introduce innovative deposit schemes to enhance deposit and issue small loans to the SHGs and needy farmers.

Later, the house adopted the Bank’s Audited Final Statement of Accounts for the year 2009-10 and Annual Budget for the year of 2010-11. The members also resolved to finance the LAMPS and other member Co-operative Societies for undertaking agricultural and other viable business activities. Further the members directed the bank to go for drastic recovery drive from the defaulters.”


Mechuka remains unexplored

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Mechuka, one of the major tourist destinations in Arunachal Pradesh, is yet to be explored in real sense. Beside Tawang and Ziro, Mechuka has always fascinated every traveler including this journalist.

I was overwhelmed with excitement when I finally got the opportunity to be part of North East Riders Meet (NERM) and to visit enchanting Mechuka (Menchuka) town. Being part of the entourage of riders by the time we arrived at Aalo after traveling through Ziro, Daporijo, I was dead tired. I was having divided mind whether to continue journey upto Mechuka or return back! But the temptation of visiting Mechuka was too much to resist. On 13th November morning, finally along with three friends started journey towards Mechuka. Journey from Aalo to Mechuka passing through treacherous roads was both intriguing and terrifying. Along the journey some breathtaking sights including a waterfall near Hirgo village mesmerizes the visitors.

The breathtaking natural beauty leaves one awe-struck when they reach Mechuka town. Inhabited by wonderful ethnic communities like Menba, Pai-Libo, Ramo, Bokar and Tagin, Mechuka symbolizes the spirit of humanity. When bikers from across country converged at Mechuka on 13th November as part of the North East Riders Meet, the people led by local MLA Pasang Dorjee Sona welcomed them with open arms. Braving extreme cold winter, local residents poured out in large numbers to be part of the two-day Border Area Cultural Festival celebration. Beside natural beauty it was good hospitality which drew applause from visiting riders. “Though journey up to Mechuka has been tiresome and tricky but I am happy to be here. Arunachalee people are truly wonderful and the whole state is amazingly beautiful,” shared a rider from Hyderabad.

In terms of infrastructure development, still lot has to be done before Mechuka becomes major tourist destinations in true sense. The road condition from Tato to Mechuka is in poor shape. BRTF needs to put in more effort to make this stretch of road safer for travelers. However, road condition within Mechuka town is quite impressive and much better than capital complex road. Wish our town planner in Itanagar can learn something from this remote town.

Apart from pitiable road condition, poor electricity supply is the cause of worry for masses. A local resident told, “For last 3 months there is no power supply in Mechuka town. The hydel from which our town draws electricity had broken down and authorities are yet to fix the problem.” He further added, “There is only one chopper service from Itanagar to Mechuka via Aalo which is also very erratic. Chopper service need to be doubled for benefit of locals and tourists too.”

If state government really wants to tap the tourism potentiality of this stunning place, then they need to solve basic infrastructure problem at the earliest.


AAPSU demands compensation

Meanwhile, while expressing deep shock over the death of three policemen near Tato in a bus accident All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) President Takam Tatung has demanded state government to immediately provide adequate compensation to family members of dead policemen and also to those injured. “The family of dead policemen should be provided compensation at the earliest and   state government should offer government job to the wife or any nearest relatives. Also the state government should bear the medical expenses of injured policemen,” stated Tatung. The AAPSU leader also urged the government to shift the injured personnel who are recuperating at Dibrugarh to evacuate them to better hospitals at Delhi or Guwahati.  

We are grateful to them as they performed their task of making sure that bike riders from across country enjoyed hospitality without any trouble at Mechuka,” stated Takam Tatung.

The AAPSU leader has termed the death of policemen as loss to the state of Arunachal. Tatung also expressed sympathy with family member of deceased policemen  “At this moment of sorrow, whole state is behind the family member of dead policemen,” he said.

Further he asked state government to recognize contribution of those people who carried out rescue operation at accident site on 15th November. “Local villagers, bikers and even journalists who were present at accident site and carried out rescue work should be recognized. Without their alertness things could have gone worse,” said AAPSU President.

He also asked human right organizations to take up cause of dead policemen. “When police commits even a minor mistake these human right groups make hue and cry. Till now state government has not announced any compensation for policemen who lost life on duty. Where these right groups have gone hiding?” questioned Takam Tatung.

HM mourns death of police personnel

‘No public be allowedin police bus’

NAHARLAGUN, Nov. 17:  Home Minister Tako Dabi has conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members of police personnel who died in a fatal road accident in between Mechukha and Tato on Nov 15.

While conveying his condolence he prayed to the Almighty God for their eternal peace and also prayed for the speedy recovery of the personnel, who sustained injury in the accident.

Meanwhile, the Home Minister directed all district SPs, COs of AAPBn  and IRBn & SP (T) to ensure that no public is allowed to travel in police buses and to ensure effective driving.  Steps  should be taken to make sure that the drivers take extreme caution while driving different types of vehicles for the greater welfare of the police personnel and the public. The State Govt. is actively considering ex-gratia grant to the deceased and the injured police personnels. DIPR


MP called for united efforts for development

TEZU, Nov 17:  MP Ninong Ering has called upon the public leaders to work together for development.

While addressing a public gathering at Danglat village under Tezu circle  today  he said all leaders have the same motto to  work for the welfare of the people. He urged the leaders irrespective of their political affinity to desist from blame game   and work together.

The MP however, assured the  public to impress upon the authorities to take up flood protection scheme to mitigate the suffering of the villagers who have been facing flood fury  every year. He also approved a sum of Rs 5 lakhs each for Danglat and New Danglat from the MPLAD fund and requested the local MLA, district administration and the local leaders to take up the projects on priority basis.

Earlier yesterday, the MP attended the valedictory function of Indira Gandhi Govt. college Tezu along with the Local MLA cum parliamentary secretary transport Karikho Kri. He announced `10 lakh from MPLAD fund for construction of security wall  of the college and also assured a library building for the college very soon.

The MP was accompanying by Tezu MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary, during his visit to Danglat village today.

 Kri inaugurated three projects at Danglat village. A deep bore lift water supply system constructed by PHED, a school building of Danglat middle school and the much awaited medical sub centre in the village.

Addressing on the occasion Kri assured every possible help to the village. He reiterated combine effort of the public, public leaders and the government agencies which is the quintessence of every development. He extended thanks to the MP for being generous and for his ever helping attitude and assured to work in unison for the development of area and the state.

Lohit Deputy Commissioner R.K.Sharma speaking on the occasion appealed the villagers to give up drugs like opium consumption and opium cultivation. He categorically explained the need to reform the society which has been constricted by the drug menace such as, consumption of opium. He also suggested to take up alternate cash crop productions and assured all help by the government agencies. Further, he appealed the public to cooperate with the government agencies and general administration for maintaining peace and tranquility which other wise constricts the pace of development process.

Lohit SP, ADC, EACs, DMO, ZPM and host of government officers and panchayat leaders attended the function.   DIPRO


Slash tax on spare parts, levy re-entry tax on vehicles, demands MVDAA

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Motor Vehicle Dealers Association of Arunachal Pradesh (MVDAA) urged State Chief Minister for levying re-entry tax against vehicle purchased from out side the state.

Other than VAT being charged @ 12.5%, the State of Arunachal Pradesh, at present, does not have any re-entry tax. Due to absence of re-entry tax the bankers are lobbying the customers to buy vehicles from Assam which has incurred heavy loss of revenues to the state exchequer, a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister yesterday by MVDAA, said. Customers, who buy vehicles from Arunachal Pradesh, have to pay re-entry tax in Assam @ 13.5%, the memorandum said.

It said that all other states, including Assam, completely banned registration of new vehicles purchased from other state unless re-entry tax is paid during registration of that particular state where the vehicle will be plying.

Regarding motor vehicle spar parts, the memorandum said, "the Government of Assam is charging VAT @ 5% whereas in Arunachal Pradesh it is 12.5%". It is pertinent to mention here that not only private parties but also Government agencies are purchasing motor vehicle spare parts from Assam with a variation of 7.5% which has resulted in huge revenue loss to the Government, it said.

It apprised the Chief Minister that revenue generation from this motor vehicle sector could rise if a little effort was put to bring down the present 12.5% VAT charges to 4% like that of Assam where the state Government has fixed VAT against all spare parts of vehicles @ 5%.

The yearly revenue contribution of motor vehicle sector of Arunachal Pradesh to the State exchequer is 20.50 crore (Approx), it informed adding that it could generate not less that 80 to 90 crore annually if the Government adopt a protectionist policy.

It also urged the Chief Minister to issue an order to all the chiefs engineering department to purchase tools and plants for execution of various works from local dealers only which would earn revenue to the state Government as well as benefit the local dealers.


IGNOU B.Ed. workshop concludes

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The 2nd 12 days practical based workshop for B.Ed. students concluded today. The Special Secretary of Finance, Swathi Sharma attended the valedictory function as the Chief Guest.

In her address she called the trainees be the students first rather than teachers, then only they can understand the students innocence, ignorance and short comings with empathy. She asked them to be friendly towards the children.

Further she asked them to encourage the students to ask many questions, think of their children those who are thought by somebody else, somewhere let that inner feeling guide them in their teaching profession. The Chief Guest advised them to be open to understand and ready to adopt new changes.

IGNOU, Itanagar, Regional Director Dr. S. J. Neethirajan  in his address called for change in their teaching pattern and performance while they go to their respective places and be an instrument for the social change and reconstruction. He further urged them to instill moral values and sense of social responsibilities and courage in the hearts of students.

Since teachers are guiding the children’s and today’s children are tomorrow’s citizens, he asked them to lead them in the right path, so that they may not become a burdensome society in the future.

The Course Coordinator Dr. Reena Tok and Academic Counselor Mrs. D. S.S. Lata were also present during the occasion. A total of 90 trainees attended the workshop.


Let’s save the lives of people from malaria

Ajay K. Tripathy

Recent news on malaria is not about how to help save people from this highly preventable disease but it’s all about ‘The Lancet’ article, published online 21st October 2010, telling that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) estimate of malaria deaths in India are very less which was subsequently rejected by the WHO official mainly by challenging the study methodology.

Common people are less interested about the academic discussion whether WHO’s methodology was correct or the use of verbal autopsy by the Million Death Study (MDS) Collaborators was appropriate. Almost everyone in malaria endemic areas of India knows that many die in malaria which are usually not reported as malaria-death.

However, after going through The Lancet article one can find that this cause of death study is quite correct from the epidemiological & statistical point of view. It’s indeed interesting to see that the study had a very large sample size, more than 122000 deaths, and 99% confidence interval. WHO reportedly questioning the use of verbal autopsy in this study does not serve any purpose as under-reporting of malaria deaths is inevitable in the present system of death reporting because until a diagnosis clinically confirms that it’s malaria no doctor can afford to report it as malaria-death. Hence, WHO and the Government of India may strengthen the death reporting system to report the probable or suspected malaria deaths.

On 22nd February 2010 while addressing the review meeting of district & State officials at the Directorate of Health Services; Health Minister of Arunachal Pradesh categorically rejected its own department’s malaria-death statistics which I mentioned in an article published in this newspaper too on 1st March. Looking at the Government of India statistics we find that Arunachal reported 196 malaria deaths in the year 2006, 36 in 2007, 27 in 2008 and 15 in 2009. So, this is the picture & pattern in many States of India too where malaria is endemic. Hence, any study finding malaria deaths are highly underreported in India is like a child after returning from the zoo tells that today I have seen wild animals.

The MDS Collaborators have mentioned that the study was planned in close collaboration with the office of the Registrar General of India (RGI), which is bit ambiguous. So, what is the role of RGI in this study or was it a good tactics? Since WHO has reportedly criticized the study, so, RGI now prefers to remain silent.  

It would be much better for the ethics committee of such study to allocate funds for real malaria-control activities than spending in the name of data collection, validation, analysis, reporting, etc. Moreover, Indian villages should not be overused by the researchers to demonstrate competence on basic epidemiology & biostatistics.

Our people living in villages and hilly-hamlet deserve to live without malaria and other preventable diseases, which is possible by strengthening the primary healthcare system as good sub centers, PHCs and CHCs are more effective in saving people’s lives from malaria.

Hence, there is no need to open a Pandora’s data-box on malaria mortality as India’s death reporting system is almost dead in many States. Moreover, what’s the point in putting the old qualitative-wine in new quantitative-bottle? So, let’s come forward and put all our efforts and resources to save the lives of people from malaria.(Ajay K. Tripathy is a Health Economics & Policy scholar of CMC, Vellore. Issued raised in this article are the professional views of the author, and not necessarily of any institution. Email: ajaytripathyindia @gmail.com)


Workshop on unwritten and endangered languages concludes with a high note

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The three days workshop cum symposium on status of unwritten and endangered languages of Arunachal Pradesh came to an end today with a high note. The dignitaries present in the valedictory function highly appreciated the workshop saying ‘it is the beginning of the new chapter.’

Prof. A. C Bhagabati, former Vice chancellor of the university expressed his satisfaction over the successful conclusion of the  wokshop. He considered it as a step taken towards saving the endangered languages of Arunachal Pradesh.

Prof J. P.Tamuli from Guwahati University presented three-point recommendation to the government to take initiatives towards  preservation of  languages.

Speaking on the event Moji Riba, Managing Director of CCRD, remarked the occasion as a historic event and stressed on various strategies for consolidation of the endangered languages.  

The participants from various tribes and communities like Bugun, Meyor, Tangam,  Miji, Koro and Puroik talked about various problems in the  workshop and suggested certain methods. They advocated for proper documentation of the various tribes and its dialects and introduction of books on their mother tongue. They also spoke on holding  district level workshop so that it can be accessible to the elderly villagers  to take the benefit of their knowledge and human resources  on  languages.

They further pleaded for customary laws to help the people to preserve  and speak on their own native language. Outcome of such workshop should not remain in papers. Efforts should be made to transform the outcome into reality, they said.

Prof. Tamuli  also stressed  on formation of ‘Mother Tongue Speaking Community’  with mass participation  of community members with the support of the higher institute like university.

Prof. T. Mibang,  RGU VC in charge  said that every individual of the community should  shoulder the responsibility in preservation of mother tongues and to make the language alive. They should encourage their people to speak and promote their mother tongue, he said. He further said that development of script system is not the proper solution in preservation of endangered languages, rather he called for popular script  which is easily adaptable to the general mass.

Speaking on the sideline of the workshop, Bogun community representative, Sange Norbu Phiang said participating in such workshop in RGU and meeting the members from different tribes is a new experience. He learned how to preserve our language and will try to disseminate knowledge  gained from such important workshop.

The workshop helped me to interact with community members from different people, said Dopo Degio of the Koro community. He further said ‘we should not neglect our own language’ and assured to  impart knowledge about the need of preservation of the language among the  people.

Bokin Daji, of the Tangam community said, the workshop gave him lots of knowledge. He believes that future is in their hands and future generation should strive hard to preserve our language.

Adang Yachu, of Porohit community said he learned many important things from the workshop. He was very much impressed with the hospitality  rendered by the organizers of the workshop.

Grop Dorjee Mayor of Mayor community expressed that the workshop empower them to preserve their language and culture. He suggested documentation of  all endangered languages for  future generation. He added the process should be open to all educated as well as illiterate masses of the community.

The workshop give me new idea of preserving the local language, said Taluk Miji of the Miji community. He suggested that the local practices should be brought up in a book format for wider circulation which will help in preservation of the language.


DCCC, NCC win in inter club ranking T20 cricket

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Donyi Colony Cricket Club  (DCCC) and Nirjuli Cricket Club (NCC) won their respective group matches played against Jaryir Cricket Club ‘Hime’ and United Capital Cricket Club in the on going U-19 Inter Club ranking T20 Cricket Tournament at Naharlagun Cricket ground today.

Donyi Colony Cricket Club beat Jaryir Cricket Club ‘Hime’ by 59 runs.  Sams Alam of Donyi Colony Cricket Club was declared Man of the Match (MoM). Nirjuli Cricket Club won by 3 wickets against United Capital Cricket Club.  Kamsa Yangfo of Nirjuli Cricket Club was declared Man of the Match.

Today’s match

1. Nirjuli Legends Cricket Club vs United Toru Cricket Club at 8 am

2. Kargu Kardi Cricket Club vs Gichik Abu Cricket Club at 12.30 pm



BJYM stage ‘Save Arunachal rally’

PASIGHAT, Nov 17:  Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) East Siang district unit organized a ‘Save Arunachal Rally’ at Pasighat on Nov 16 in order to bring awareness  among the masses about the need of solution of border disputes, eradication of corruption  from the state.

Addressing the rally BJYM state president Doni Nich called for early solution of India-China border row.  Pointing out the China’s claim over the state, he said Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and ‘we are the sons of mother India’.

PDS scam, inter-state boundary problems and other developmental issues of the state were also raised during the rally.

The Upper Siang district BJP president Tamat Gamoh also spoke on the occasion and highlighted on the inter-state boundary dispute and corruption in the state.

State BJYM vice president and general secretary and many other party leaders including former president of BJP, East Siang district Oyam Dai attended the rally.

The rally started from Pasighat, will cover most of the districts of the state  and will end on Nov 29.


ASHA training prog concludes

By Correspondent

DIRANG, Nov 17: The 5-days Modular Training Programme (Module 6th and 7th) of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA’s) under Dirang circle was concluded successfully here yesterday.

‘43 ASHA’s turned for the programme and it was quite beneficial in improving and enhancing the knowledge of basic health delivery mechanism at the grassroots level’, said Dirang CHC senior medical officer Dr. S.K Singh at the concluding ceremony. Earlier, the 5-days programme from 12 to 16 Nov’2010 was inaugurated by Dirang circle officer L. Bapu amidst host of public leaders and expert resource persons.  


‘BJP will stop big dams in NE at all costs’

Guwahati, Nov 17: Former BJP national president Rajnath Singh today warned the Congress-led governments at New Delhi and Dispur against the construction of big dams in Arunachal Pradesh, which could have a devastating impact on downstream areas in Assam.

Addressing a massive public rally at Gerukamukh, the site of the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydel-electric Power Project, Singh said the BJP will lead a campaign to stop construction of big dams in the region at all costs.

He said the dams pose a threat to the people of the downstream area and no economic development can take place at the cost of welfare of the general people.

The BJP was ready to start a mass movement to stop the dam construction, Singh added.

Other senior BJP leaders, including MPs Bijoya Chakraborty and Ramen Deka, also participated in the rally.

The Opposition parties in the state as well as apolitical organisations have been vehemently opposing big dams in the neighbouring state, maintaining that these dams would spell doom for downstream areas.

Opposing big dams in the highly seismic Northeast zone, Rajnath Singh further said India should have a water treaty with China to retain the water of Brahmaputra river in the region.

"China has a policy of diverting rivers to its southern region. It affects the rivers here. Congress-led UPA should protest this. If UPA government has the good intention to retain the water of Brahmaputra here, then India should go for a water treaty with China," Singh said.  UNI/ Source






School day celebration

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The 23rd School Day Celebration of Balijan Higher secondary school was formally declared open today by Takam Tatung, President AAPSU at the school Ground amidst presence of vast gathering of teaching faculties and public of the area.

Takam Tatung exhorted the student community to devote their time more for studies and reminded the student gathering to respect the teaching fraternity for the untiring effort they are putting in to shape an individual destiny and also urge upon the students to refrain from using mobile phones during school hours and conducting of picnic every now & then in the name of different classes.

The guest of honor  and AAPSU Finance secretary Debia Muj  informed the gathering that the education department is shortly going to release the student stipend after certain formalities are work out which was assured by Education Minister last time when the AAPSU delegation call on him.

Speaking on the occasion principal of the school T.T Tara apprised the visiting student leaders about the difficulties faced by the members of the school community with a special mention to the School fund which has been discontinued and urged upon the student leaders to impressed upon the government to come out with policies which can supplement the absence of school fund.

The occasion was also marked by release of 1st issue of school magazine “NYISHI” by the chief Guest   Takam Tatung. Also present on the occasion was AAPSU Spokesperson Tobom Dai, AGS Marge Riba and APPDSU General Secretary Teli Duli.


Panchayat leaders laud Marde

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Zilla Parishad Member, 9th Segi-Gusar Anchal Block appreciated Rural Development Minister Takar Marde for creation of new CD Block at Segi Gusar Circle, construction of roads from Subansiri Bidge point to CO headquarter Segi-Gusar, Bui village to Bulo village and Bui to Nidak village under various schemes.

Meanwhile, in a panchayat coordination meeting held at Kuporijo, the panchayat leaders of Gusar anchal block appreciated Marde for taking up various developmental activities under Gusar circle.

Further, addressing the gathering, Anchal Samity chairperson Jumli Dugi called for proper coordination among the panchayat leaders for over all development of the area.  He also appealed the PRIs members to follow the guidelines under Panchayati Raj.


Sports Meet concludes

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The first ever Annual Sports Meet of Govt. Middle English School, Niti Vihar was conducted from November 12 to 15 last.

The students were divided into hour houses, namely Red, Yellow, Blue and Green Houses and Red House became champion house of the sports meet while Yellow House was adjudged the disciplined house.

The valedictory function was attended by Papum Pare DDSE TT Tara as chief guest, who encouraged the students to take part in games and sport activities which is also a part of their education. He said that all these games and sports inculcate in students a healthy competitive spirit, leadership qualities, brotherhood sportsmanship as well as discipline.

All the students of the school took part in various compeittions with great enthusiasm encouraged by their parents.

Earlier the Sports Meet was inaugurated by Headmaster of the school Dr. Jumnee Rina.


Farewell to bike riders

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Motor Vehicle Dealers Association of Arunachal hosted farewell function for bike riders at Bucho Motors Pvt. Ltd on Tuesday night on last day of North East Riders Meet. Fashion show was organized with dresses made from waster products like plastic, waster papers etc which was designed by Yaana Ngoba.

PWD Minister Nabam Tuki who was present on the occasion hopes that event like NERM will promote Arunachal as tourism destination in global level. Also speaking on the occasion Arunachal Bullet Club President Nabam Jose thanked everyone for making this riders a grand success.


Sports and cultural meet

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: For the first time Government Middle School Balapu under Sagalee circle had conducted School Sports-cum-Literary and Cultural competition 2010 held from 10th – 14th Nov 2010.

The valedictory function was attended by Tana Ita Tara, ASM Pawar Panchayat and Tana Tullo, ASM Gangte Panchayat as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour. The Chief Guest contributed 30 pcs of CGI sheets, School jersey and PA set (Amplifier) and few amount to the school authority for the smooth functioning of the school. Both chief guest and guest of honour called upon the students to be dedicated, sincere and uphold the sportsman spirit. School headmaster Nabam Atung also spoke on the occasion.


Annual Eucharistic Procession on Nov 21

ITANAGAR Nov 17: Diocese of Itanagar is organising its Annual Eucharistic Procession on November 21.

The procession lead by the Bishop of Itanagar will start from Good Shepherd School premises and culminated near Model village, Naharlagun.

On the occasion, praise and worship, offering, prayer for peace and prosperity of the people of Arunachal Pradesh will also be conducted.

Meanwhile, the organiser appealed all to join the programme and informed that believers from all the districts of the state are expected to participate in the programme.


Entrepreneurship awareness programme

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Hill Mount Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd has conducted a three day entrepreneurship awareness programme and other five awareness campaign under Industrial Commission, Itanagar at Tabarijo ITI centre, Daporijo recently.

On the occasion, HMMCS Ltd Chairman Nilly Serbi Likha highlighted about the various schemes provided under KVIC.

Resource person of the programme, ITI Tabarijo Instructor Rajat Saha and Amiyangshu Dhar appreciated the Scoiety for organizing the awareness camp and advised the staff, PR Leaders, NGOs and SHs to constitute a committee for take proper initiatives of the schemes.


Student body lauds Govt initiative

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU) has lauded the state Govt for recognizing the valuable contribution of Late Lummer Dai in the field of literature and journalism. The institution of “Lummer Dai Memorial Award for excellence in the field of literature and journalism” is sure to boost the morale of the people of the state and student community in particular for working in the interest of the state.

The AESDSU also appealed the Centenary celebration committee to work with dedication and sincerity in order to make the centenary celebration a grand success and also appealed the people to extend all possible cooperation to the Celebration committee.

Meanwhile, pointing out its earlier memorandum submitted  last month, the union appealed the  East Siang district administration to evict encroachment in J.N college lower campus failing which, it threatened to resort to democratic movement.


2nd State Chess C’ship from Dec 4

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The 2nd State Level Chess Championship-2010 will be held at Youth Hostel, A-Sector, Naharlagun from December four to ten next.

The tournament will be participated by chess players, including women, from all the 16 districts in Arunachal Pradesh.

The tournament will be conducted under various age categories which include, Open Men and Women, Veteran (over 50 years), U-20, U-16 and U-12 years.

Prizes will be given to the best and second best players of each category and also to the best unrated and youngest players of the tournament.

The Arunachal team for the national tournament 2010-11 will be selected on the basis of performance of the players from each group.


Boje Ao conference

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Deputy Commissioner Amzad Tak and DDSE Nyage Potom have consented to attend as chief guest and guest of honour in the Boje Ao Foundation Day celebration at Boje Lite Village, West Siang District on November 27.

On the occasion, genealogy book of Boje Ao will also be release.


AARCA  decry ‘favouritism’

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Continuing its tirade  against  alleged irregularities in departments in awarding contract works, All Arunachal Registered Contractors Association (AARCA) in its meeting held today appealed to all the heads of the department not to involve in alleged favoritism, malpractices in awarding contract  works.

The association said it will not tolerate any kind of malpractices and threatened to take legal path if such practices continue.



ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Taba Lomdak of Ango Lomdak village, Puchigeko circle, Upper Subansiri District passed away recently at Ango Lomdak village after prolongs illness.

Lomdak was appointed as Gaon Bura in 1965 and served as Anchal Samity Member from 1974-1984.

Later, he served as HGB of Pate Bango from 1988 till his death.

Meanwhile, Nyishi Welfare Association, Upper Subansiri District condoled the death of Lomdak and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.



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