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Be open to new ideas: Governor

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: I will be very happy, if each one of you learn one dance step, a song and a recipe of indigenous food of the State and also teach one each of it to the family members who will be hosting you, said Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh, while gracing the inaugural function of the 10-day Interstate Youth Exchange and Home Stay programme, here in the afternoon today.

Be open to new ideas and new friends. Try to learn new subjects and new people. You will be happy to know and to have a first hand experience of the richness of age-old cultural assets of this region, he added.

Exhorting  the youth, who have come from different parts of the country and northeast to learn about the basic nuances of Arunachalee Society, he said, Arunachal Pradesh is a mini India. It is not only rich in biodiversity but also rich in ethnic and cultural diversity. The diversity in culture and tradition of our State is reflected the cultural mosaic of these different tribes.

Urging them to be force multiplier and change the mindset regarding about the people of the region, Gen Singh pointed it is due to the wrong notion about our tribal brethren among the people in metropolitan cities that some of our people face harassment and misunderstandings.

The youth, Governor said, have a role to play in addressing social issues, including eliminating evil social customs, contributing to India's economic development, participating in its political life, protecting the environment, preserving India's good age old traditions and

living up to the high standards of India's ideals and values. For meeting the future with confidence and fulfilling the dream of modern

India, the youth would have to inculcate in themselves a sense of discipline, a spirit of tolerance, a quest for knowledge, a positive mind and respect for fellow human beings. And there is no shortcut to hard work and success, he added. Gen Singh called upon the participants to build a society that all would always be proud of and rise to the expectation of elders and countrymen. With the strength of our rich cultural heritage, ethical and spiritual values embedded in our traditions and unconquerable spirit and creativity let us build a new, strong, prosperous, disciplined and efficient India, he appealed.

Governor, while appreciating the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu and the State NSS Cell of the Directorate of Higher & Technical Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh for conducting this programme said, the Interstate Youth Exchange and Home Stay programme will go a long way in inspiring the energetic and spirited youths in nation building and in spreading the message of unity and oneness among all Indians.

Swami Viswatmananda, Secretary Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar in his address said biggest problem today is the emotional integration. To instill the oneness amongst the people, the people of the northeast region should go outside the region, serve there and show your mettle. As I am well acquainted with the people here for last three decades, they have the ability and capability. And this kind of exchange programme will help in the process, Swami pointed.

Secretary RM Hospital, who attended as guest of honour added, money spend in these kind of programme will give back its dividend as every paisa is used for ground work towards nation integration.

State Education Commissioner Hage Khoda in his presidential address said, the State is proud to host the event, which is of national importance and expressed his hope that it will help in erasing the alienation feelings amongst the people of the region. Along with the objective of the programme, Khoda urged upon the participants to have brainstorming sessions on global warming, deforestation, drug abuse and HIV AIDS.

In his introductory remarks, Dr. Radhakrishnan Nair, Faculty Head, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu gave the brief background of the RGNIYD and its objectives. He informed that in the last three years in order to promote peace, social harmony and national unity and enable youths to know each other, 600 volunteers of NE region were facilitate to tour the other parts of the country through the Youth Exchange and Home Stay programme every year. This year, he added, we got 100 volunteers from other states to visit the NE region. As a national agency for youth development, RGNIYD is covering every district of entire North East region under its programme.

In his welcome address, Director Technical and Higher Education Dr. Joram Begi, termed the event a historical and said it will have far reaching effect in the youth towards national unity. Dr. V.N. Sharma, State Liaision Officer, National Service Scheme (NSS) also spoke on the occasion.

The inaugural function which started with invocation by NSS volunteers followed by lighting of inaugural lamp by the dignitaries was attended by State first lady Anupama Singh, Joint Director, Higher and

Technical Education Dr. T.Padu, NSS in-charge Regional Centre Guwahati Deepak Kumar and DN College Principal Tomar Ete amongst other. NSS volunteers from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh along with their programme officers are taking part.

The ten-day programme includes orientation class and local field visit in and around capital city, home stay at Sagalee, Ziro and Aalo. PRO to Governor Interstate Youth exchange and Home Stay programme inaugurated by Governor Singh at Vivekananda Hall Itanagar on 10/11/2009.


Guest lecturers running the show at RGP

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Nov.10:  Everyday we are made to believe that students are the future of country and when these very students face oodles of problem in their process of learning, then for sure future does not look bright. Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic, one of the premier technical institutes of state is being virtually run through makeshift order and students are at receiving end. For last few years guest lecturers are mushrooming and no regular lecturers have been hired. In fact in some department like Civil there is not even head of the department and classes are being conducted by guest lecturers only.

With students facing lot of trouble they have came out demanding that they be provided better faculties. This reporter visited the campus of Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic and interacted with students. Most of them shared all of their problems but were quite reluctant to openly talk about it in media. One of students who didn’t wished to be name told this reporter, “Despite honest efforts by our college authority there is no denying that we are facing some serious problems. There is issue of guest lecturers, then non-functioning of college bus and many more.” He further adds, “As guest lecturers come to class in certain time, we don’t get chance to interact with them and that directly hampers our education.” Despite being the leading educational institute, college are not able to provide bus service to the students. Many of the students coming from far flung areas like Doimuhk and Banderdewa are facing lot of hardship as they have no bus service to avail. To add to their woes there are also cases of rain leakages in the classroom and lack of clean sanitation. While students are not so happy with way institute is functioning but authorities claimed that they have done everything under their capacity to run the institute without creating any trouble for students.

T.Madhusudan, principal of Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic said, “The not availability of regular lecturers is bit complicated matter. This institute was taken out by state government in year 2007 and since then we are working hard to select regular lecturers for which advertisement have been published. These are technical related department, so obviously it takes some time.”

He told that till now he has not received any negative feedback from the students about the credibility of guest lecturers. “See, we have no option but to select some specialized teachers for some particular subjects. These guest lecturers have always sincerely carried out their work,” told Madhusudan. As per as lack of bus facility is concern he cited non availability of fund for it. “We don’t get fund for running bus service. In the past we have been running bus service by collecting fund from students. But there also some problems aroused because of which we have to stopped that service,” informed principal Madhusudan.


DRDA employees meet RD minister, place grievances

ITANAGAR, Nov 10:  Reiterating its demand for releasing salary of the DRDA employees in the state,  the state unit of All India DRDA Staff Welfare Association (AIDRDASWA) has demanded the Rural Development Minister to act promptly to release the committed 10 percent of state share liabilities against the DRDA salary fund.

The Association, in a memorandum to rural development minister, alleged that the state Govt does not take much interest in releasing its matching share against the DRDA's salary fund for which the employees have not received their salary for the last five to 11 months.

While expressing resentment over the non committal attitude of the department concerned in absorbing DRDA borne employees in the government,

the memorandum urged the minister for absorption of those employees at the earliest.

The huge communication gap, lack of coordination among the administrative units within the department with other departments like finance, planning etc. has resulted in delay in getting released of state share, improper implementation of schemes at field level, it alleged.

The minister concerned assured the representatives of the DRDA to take up the issue with appropriate level and stressed the need of team work with vision to achieve the goal of the rural development programme, the association said.


Tirap bids adieu to Garg

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ankur Garg who has been transferred to Itanagar has left behind a trail of unparalleled progress in Tirap district in terms of infrastructure development and administrative reforms. The coveted tag of IAS topper-2003 has followed him to his work place here and had implemented a number of innovative and people- friendly schemes that had endeared him to the people.

The feelings of appreciation, admiration and satisfaction among the officers and officials during Garg’s tenure as DC were poured out by them at the farewell meeting held at NBF hall on Nov 9  when they spoke glowingly about the out-going DC’s amiable nature and his no- nonsense attitude while discharging his duties. Almost every speaker at the meeting had something to say that was new and fulfilling about Garg’s contribution to the backward Tirap district.

ADC Lowang who presided over the meeting was full of praise for him (Garg) and said that he had created many assets for the district and that the people would always remain indebted to him.  The CO, Wakka said that a remote place like Wakka has today good communication network like phone, fax etc thanks to the initiative of the  out-going DC. He added with a tinge of humour that Garg was always willing to give and enlighten the officers and officials on all subjects through his exceptional acumen and caliber but the officers and staff were not so sharp and knowledgeable to grasp whatever Garg told them. All the speakers praised Garg for the unprecedented changes brought about by him in all sectors in Tirap.

Kanubari ADC, Das who could not attend the function, faxed a farewell message in which he thanked Garg for guiding the officers efficiently and conveyed the feelings of the people for him and hoped that the out going DC would continue to work with the same spirit where ever he goes.

D.Bosai, DIPRO added that the twin events of 1st Tirap Half Marathon and Zubeen Garg Star Nite at Khonsa on 12th August’2009 were the crowing  glory in Ankur Garg’s brief but eventful tenure as DC, Tirap. In hindsight, it is indeed worth-mentioning here that the out-going DC Garg has set a very high standard, especially in execution of developmental activities. Every one in the villages, offices and streets are asking “Why he is going so soon?” They are so impressed by the kind of works Garg has done that they want his services for some more years. However, having bade an emotional adieu to their out-going DC, Garg, all the people are telling in unison, ‘may his tribe multiply.’  DIPRO   


25 AR jawans nab drug peddlers

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: 25 ASSAM RIFLES troops of the DAH DIVISION in a well planned operation apprehended drug peddlers from Changlang district and handed them over to the Changlang police.

The troops of 25 Assam Rifles had established a cheek post along the route coming from Myanmar to check illegal movement of illegal Myanmarese migrants.  On being challenged by the group of four persons coming from Myanmar side on Nov 8 last, the AR personnel arrested one of them while three others  escaped in the jungle.  Approximately 500 gms of Opium was found in the possession of the arrested person.

On interrogation, the individual revealed  that  they were crossing  the border  illegally from Myanmar into the Indian territory to sell the contraband. The arrested was identified as Kemo Hasik, 27, of Namjong district, Myanmar. The AR is planning similar operation in future to supplement the effort of the civil societies who are fighting against widespread drug abuse in Changlang.

Meanwhile, the 25 Assam Rifles has launched an ‘ex-servicemen  contact  programme  on Nov 10 as a part of its silver Jubilee celebration.  The ‘Ex-Servicemen Contact Programme’ is being organized as a special gesture to all of its ex-servicemen of the North East  who were with the battalion in its glorious days as well as were part of the family since its raising.  

The 25 Assam Rifles was raised on 15th of December 1985 at Jairampur in erstwhile Tirap district. The Battalion will be completing ‘25 glorious years’ on  Dec  15  this year.


Inculcate positive frame of mind, Umbrey to student

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: Student should inculcate positive frame of mind and assimilate all good things in life through sacrifice and struggle to cope up with the fast changing world, said Roing MLA Laeta Umbrey  while taking part in the 20th Collage Week of Indira Gandhi Government Collage, Tezu  today. Tezu has been the center of learning due to its proximity and location and catering education need s of Lohit, Anjaw, Lower & Upper Dibang Valley and Changlang districts.

Giving best wishes to the Collegian and teaching fraternity on behalf of people of Roing & Tezu , he said ‘Collegian are one of the privilege section of the society and have a role to play in social reconstruction works besides facing the struggles of present era as representative of the feeder district of the college. The MLA announced 3 lacs from his MLALADS fund for the development of the college. Annual merit scholarship award were also distributed to meritorious students.

Welcoming the gathering the collage Principal S Khandu dwelt at length on the achievements, growth and make of the college and termed the Tezu MLA Karikho Kri and Shri Kalikho Pul then Finance Minister as moving force behind the development of the collage. The Collage play the central role in moulding the character of students by inculcating self discipline and etiquette which lead to carrying and compassion . The College Student Union Secretary S Mam also spoke on the occasion. Tezu DIPRO


VKV students top in the DLNCC

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: District Level National Children Congress was conducted at Government higher secondary school Polo Colony yesterday.

Altogether, 50 students from various school of the district took part in the programme.

Amongst them VKV Itanagar led by Jumi Ete, VKV Nirjuli led by Rigam Riba, VKV Balijan led by Charu Aangha  won 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize respectively.

Earlier, the programme was inaugurated by DDSE M Rina and the winners will represent the district in the State Level Children Science Congress 2009.


Cancer awareness day observed

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: The Govt Hr Secondary School, Seppa in East Kameng district has organized various programmes to create awareness on the cancer on the eve of the  National Cancer Awareness’ Day on Nov 7 last.

The NCC Boys & Girls(JD) took our a rally from school campus to type –I Colony , Seppa to make the people, particularly the youths aware of the anti-canceric substances through slogan & banners.

As a part of the awareness programme a football match was also organized by the NCC boys & girls(JD) to promote a sense  of discipline in order to lead a healthy life.

While addressing the students, school principal Taping Boko expressed his deep concern over the use of nicotine substances like pan masala, gutka, tiranga and tobacco by the younth which cause cancer.   Exhorting the students to  keep away from all bad habits  and  create awareness among the people on cancer.

NCC officer of the institution also highlighted about the menace of cancer and suggested the NCC boys and girls  and the students as a whole to avoid such nicotine substances.  DIPRO


Weekly talk series

RONO HILLS: Dr. Sucheta Sen Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor, AITS will deliver a talk in the Weekly Talk Series on the topic “Myths and Meanings of High Social Status of Women” on 11 November at 3.00 p.m. in the Auditorium.


DNGC College week

ITANAGAR: MP Takam Sanjoy and MLA Nabam Rebia have consented to attend the inaugural function of the XXXth  Dera Natung Government College Week Celebration as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour  on November 13.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Bosiram Siram and MLA Techi Kaso have consented to attend the valedictory function as chief Guest and Guest of Honour on November 16 respectively.


Torgya festivel postponed

BOMDILA: The annual grand 10 days Torgya festival of Gontse Gaden Rabgye Ling, Upper Gonpa Bomdila, which was scheduled to begin from 14th November has been postponed to 19th November on account of the visit of His Holiness, the XIVth Dalai Lama to West Kameng district from Nov 12 to 14.


SSA teachers expect

ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (AASSATA) expressed hope that the new government headed by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu would fulfill the long pending demand of the association for regularization of SSA teachers in the state in near future.


SAI selection

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: Sports Authority of India is organizing selection trail for SAI SAG Centre, Naharlagun in four discipline -- Karate, Taekwondo, Weightlifting and Boxing at RG Stadium, Naharlagun on November 29 and 30.


New association

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: Chimpu-I, Jollang, Daath, Rich and Hoka village local contractor association has been formed with Teli Tapu and Kara Guma as President and General Secretary.


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It is a diplomatic war


Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to share few words with  the people of the state in particular and country as a whole regarding Chinese claim over Arunachal Pradesh.

It is being observed that Chinese claim over Arunachal Pradesh has become one of the burning issues which was even debated in the parliament many a times.  His Holiness Dalai Lama is visiting our state as a spiritual leader which further heightened the tension of Chinese Govt. as reflected by the media.  According to my observation Chinese claim over the territory of Arunachal Pradesh is nothing but  tactics and strategies to dominate the Indian supremacy in Asian politics at the global level.  It wants to show their military strength and economic power in the international arena by dominating Indian influence over Asian as well as in world forum.

On many occasions I had made it clear that we are now not living in the age of 1962. At the same time international situation and environment can't make it favourable for Chinese Govt. to attack India once again like 1962. Whatever the Chinese Govt. is claiming, it is just a diplomatic war which is very common in international politics.  And in regard to His Holiness Dalai Lama, Chinese Govt. always wants to reduce his influence who  they considered as a political and spiritual leader. They also felt that Dalai Lama indirectly encourage Tibetan peoples for their self determination which China does not like. Therefore, in all international forums it opposes his spiritual meeting, conference, visit and so on.

My suggestion in this regard is that the Indo-border boundary issue or Chinese claim over Arunachal can’t be solved by the AAPSU and any other organization through agitation, rather, both the state and Central Govts should pursue it more boldly in a diplomatic way in the international forum by opposing Chinese claim. It can not be solved only by state Govt and its people; it requires joint effort by both the state and central Govts.

It is regrettable that the Central Govt takes more interest only when Chinese claim our state and when issue becomes normalize, the attitude of the Central Govt changes dramatically. Now our state is in national  and international news because of Chinese claim and visit of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama, not because of its underdevelopment. It is time for Central Govt  to give more focus on this strategically important state and take more development activities on priority basis.

These issues are complex in nature need full length of debate in state assembly and in Parliament. We elect our representatives both in Assembly and Parliament to decide our fate. Therefore state Govt and Central Govt. should take full responsibility over these issues.  Both state and Centre Govts should have courage to speak it out in the international forum to solve the issue.


Nabam Raja

M A (Pol . Sc.) B.Ed.



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