BSNL launches 3G service in Capital Region
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Notwithstanding criticism for its “not reachable” service, BSNL
today reached another milestone with the launch of Third Generation Mobile phone
services popularly known as 3G services which offers wide range of service including
Mobile TV, video conferencing, video gaming and location based services among others.
The facility, which supports more than 34 TV channels, has a speed that is three
times faster than currently available.
The good news is that existing BSNL prepaid and post-paid customers with 2 G facility
can upgrade to 3 G services without extra fee.
Chief General Manager, North East 2 Telecom Circle, R Sanyal launched 3 G service
at Banquet hall. The first video call was made by Sanyal to P K Gosh Dastidhar of
Press Trust of India in Itanagar. Later on, video calls were made to Dimapur office
He termed the launch another milestone in the history of Mobile phone service in
the state, which was first launched on Feb 2004. He assured that BSNL will bring
all that it latest to the state.
As of now, the 3 G services will be available in Itanagar and Naharlagun while the
plan is on to take it to the rest of the district headquarters soon.
Once the coverage reaches rest of the state, it would be a boon for Tele-medicine
sector as well.
Voice calls will be charged as low as 0.60 paise per minute while video calls have
also been priced economically, starting from Rs 1 under the Rs 250 plan. Under national
roaming video call has been fixed at Rs 2.50 per minute.
The data speed is expected to go up to 2 Mbps or higher.
The first pre-commercial 3G network was launched in Japan in May 2001 while the
first commercial launch of 3G was also in Japan on October 1, 2001, although it was
limited in scope.
However it was in South Korea that 3G services bloomed with telecom players vying
for customers by May 2002.
BSNL has invested Rs 2,700 crore) to roll out 3G services in the country and has
plans to cover all district headquarters and important commercial towns in the phase-1
of its ambitious 3G roll-out plan.
Sanyal informed that several new services including WI-MAX, a high-speed broadband
service for rural areas and WLL would cover the whole state to bridge the digital
Reacting to criticism of BSNL network in Arunachal, Sanyal said, “We have been judged
for our bad work not the good ones”.
Sanyal further informed that for any complaint on services, customers could make
it known by dialling 2290999.
Speaker Lowangdong calls for reshaping of education system in Arunachal
All Arunachal Private Schools’ Association Meet
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: ‘There should be a transparency in recruitment of teachers in the
state, said Aruanchal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong inaugurating
the 2nd general conference of All Arunachal Private Schools’ Association (AAPSA)
here today. Lack of qualified teachers, absenteeism and indulgence of proxy teachers
in the state has hampered quality education. If not checked, the slackness within
the educational structure will have a long lasting effect in the education system
and the state as well, he added.
‘Due to lack of proper initiatives in the Government schools of the state and lack
of trained teachers and parents participation in children’s education, the state
have not been able to impart quality education. He further expressed concern at high
rate of school dropout in the state.
While, terming the school as temple of knowledge, Lowangdong appreciated the academic
performance of private schools like Ramakrishna Mission, Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya,
Don Bosco, Donyi Polo Mission School and other private schools.
However, lamenting over poor performance of tribal students in science and mathematics
subjects, he urged the teachers to do more research work on it to improve the performance
of tribal students.
He further called for vocational education along with usual curriculum and also urged
the teachers and the school authority to impart knowledge on socio obligations of
Lowangdong, urged the AAPSA and the state government to formulate uniform text book
structure and academic calendar of all institution in the state, so that the students
may not face any trouble during the time of admission and shifting of institution.
AAPSA, President Philip PC informed that association was basically formed to bring
all the private institution of the state under one umbrella to sort out better educational
strategies for the state.
The association which was formed in August 2008, has already conducted various in-service
teachers training and special training for English, math and science teachers in
the state capital. It has also organized talent search programme and other activities
to inculcate spirit of competition amongst the students.
He further expressed the hope that with the help of parents, students, teachers and
well-wishers cooperation, AAPSA would initiate better educational avenue for the
Representatives from all the private schools of the state including representatives
from Private School Association, Nagaland and other part attended the conference.
NF Railway starts ambitious Harmuti-Itanagar project
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: The NF Railway should complete the Railway Project from Harmuti
to Itanagar under PM Package within the stipulated time said MLA Nabam Rebia, while
attending the Bhumi Poojan function at proposed site for construction of RCC Railway
bridge over Dikrong river at Doimukh today.
The NF Railway propose to complete the construction of 7 pillars within this winter
period before March 2010.
Appealing the people to extend full cooperation to the Railway project work, Rebia
highlighted that once completed it will change the face of the State Capital as well
as Doimukh area. The coming of Railway will boost the economy and industries around
the State Capital and Doimukh area he added and assured to extend all help from his
end for early completion of the project.
Meanwhile, Panchayat Members and GBs suggested that the proposed Railway bridge over
the Dikrong River should be built in line of Rail cum Vehicles bridge, so that common
people living in Tigdo and Yupia can also use the bridge.
The proposed 270 meters long span with 7 pillars RCC bridge over river Dikrong will
join Doimukh with Tigdo and Yupia. The bridge is the biggest bridge in the proposed
Broad Gauge Railway line connecting the State Capital.
The District Administration, Papum Pare is expediting land acquisition process and
proposed to handover the 10 km length of land to N-F Railwav by end of this month.
The total length of the 1st phase Railway line is about 11.45 km.
The function was attended by D.C Papum Pare Bidol Tayeng, Deputy Chief Engineer,
NF Railway Sanjay Kanujia, Panchayat Leaders, GBs and villagers of Doimukh Circle.
Preparatory meeting on PPWF held
JAIRAMPUR, Nov 21: Finance Minister Setong Sena, Tourism Secretary Bandhana Deori,
ADC M Roy, HoDs and public leaders today held a meeting in Longman village here in
view of the coming Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2010 (PPWF).
Thanking the tourism secretary for showing keen interest in the proposed mega event,
Sena said the basic motive behind organizing the PPWF is to revive the culture that
the younger generations are drifting away from, and to renovate the old ties with
Myanmar, as part of the Centre’s ‘Look East’ policy for the benefit of the region.
Deori underscored the tourism potential of the festival and appreciated the organizers,
as it is the only venture having a success story under the combined efforts of Public
- Private sector.
She informed that cultural troupes from other parts of the North East will participate
in the festival, adding that she will also invite cultural troupes from North India
to give a boost to cultural understanding with other parts of country.
The tourism Secretary along with finance minister later inspected the renovation
work of the WW-II cemetery and construction work of newly coming up tourist lodge.
Though satisfied with the progress and quality of work, they instructed the executing
agencies to complete the projects before the beginning of the festival.
It may be mentioned that a WW-II era gun was unearthed when the festival site was
Labnan still holds onto to past
KHONSA, Nov 21: The Noctes, one of the major tribes in Tirap district have been zealously
guarding their tradition and time-tested culture since time immemorial.
Far from the madding crowd, the Labnan village of Nocte community, situated only
2 km far off the Khonsa township bears all testimonies of old-age tradition and culture
of this community.
Even the bamboo-made houses (locally called Hum) in Labnan village in the lush green
lap of the picturesque hillock have been portraying the rich tradition of Noctes.
The Nocte villagers are ardent believers of traditional rituals and old ethos and
are still practicing it in order to preserve and promote their rich cultural heritage.
Though there is no sign of any Govt initiatives to provide all modern amenities and
bring in development in the village, the hard-working Nocte people are striving hard
to become self-dependent. Their vegetable gardens speak volume of their hard work
which helps them to procure all essential commodities for their livelihood. “Our
villagers are eco-friendly and discourage deforestation and jhuming in the proximity
of the villages to save environment, revealed one of the villagers. The villagers
have been practicing Jhum and wet cultivation for their sustenance around the year.
‘The government initiatives to promote horticulture and agriculture sectors in this
area are negligible despite favorable climatic condition’ regretted one of the villagers.
What is exasperating is that the village which boasts of a good percentage of educated
youths has been lagging far behind due to lack of basic needs. The road which links
the village to the outside world is still in pitiable condition. Educational institutions,
health facilities and water supply are still a distance dream for the villagers.
The parents are aspiring and racing against time for good career of their educated
children without success as the village virtually remains cut off from the rest of
the world due to lack of modern communication facilities. “I have completed Master
degree in Science (Zoology) and my brother is an MA. But we have no other option.
We have been working as part time SSA teachers in the village,” regretted one of
the Labnan villagers.
However, another villager said that the village has better percentage of literacy
and a few members of educated people are also engaged in government jobs in various
First Lady stress on optimum Doordarshan coverage
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Doordarshan programmes must reach out to the people, especially
in the interior places and border areas said Arunachal Pradesh First Lady Anupama
Singh, who was on a visit to the Doordarshan Kendra, Itanagar today.
It is through DD News, we are aware of the real happenings across the country and
the world, Singh added.
The First lady, insisted that entertaining and educative programmes, especially women
health related ones be telecast while adding that Doordarshan take extra steps in
promoting and displaying the unique legacies.
Singh assured to take up with concerned authorities in order to ensure basic and
latest technologies and facilities in the station.
Itanagar Doordarshan Station Director S.N. Singh apprised the First Lady on the operational
aspect of the station and its initiatives. He also threw light on its shortcomings
like shortage of staff, budgetary constrains and obsolete machines.
Station Joint Director (News) DineshKumar further informed that due to shortage of
staff regular newsbulletin is yet to be started.
It may be mentioned here that Doordarshan Kendra, Itanagar was inaugurated by P.A.
Sangma, the then Union Minister for information and broadcasting on 5th February
1996. It has three wings, which includes Engineering, Programme. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)
“World convention on Tibet is not anti Chinese but support for justice and truth”
Sanjay in Core Group of International Parliamentarians’ Network for Tibet
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: The 5th World parliamentarians convention on Tibet in Rome started
with the exclusive meeting of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Gianfranco Fini, President
Italian Chamber of Deputies with one MP representative of 30 Countries. His Holiness
and Gianfranco Fini, President- Italian Chamber of Deputies interacted with the representatives
about the latest situation in Tibet. Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy, represented
India in the close door meeting of two eminent personalities.
At the end of the convention, a core group of Parliamentarians were nominated representing
six Countries under the banner of International Parliamentarians’ Network for
Tibet (IPNT) in order to mobilize world Parliamentarians for further strengthening
the Tibet cause. One of the Members of the Core Group of Parliamentarians is Sanjoy.
The Fifth World Parliamentarians Convention on Tibet, meeting in Rome on the 18th
and 19th of November 2009 vouched to defend the right of the Tibetan people to their
own identity, culture and way of life.
It reaffirmed its strong commitment to the people of Tibet and to the non-violent
path they have chosen, under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama .
It further reaffirmed the critical role played by parliaments and parliamentary bnodies
in raising awareness of the difficult situation in Tibet within governments and international
institutions and formulating policies for the benefit of the Tibetan people.
It sought a resolution for Tibet that guarantees genuine autonomy for the Tibetan
people within the framework of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China
while proclaiming that the message of the World parliamentarians’ Conference on Tibet
is resolutely not anti-Chinese but a statement of support for justice and truth with
a sincere conviction that the Tibetan and Chinese people can find a way to coexist
with mutual respect.
Workshop recommends setting up of State Employment Guarantee Council
Training-cum-workshop on MG-NREGS for DC,ZP & ZP ends
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: The second Training-cum-Workshop on Mahatma Gandhi NREGS for Dy.
Commissioners, Zilla Parishad Chairpersons, and Project Directors of DRDA at SIRD
Conference Hall ended today at SIRD.
The conduction of these workshops assumes significance in view of the need to operationalise
and streamline the process of implementation of MG-NREGS in Arunachal Pradesh.
Dr Kanak Haloi, Associate Professor at NIRD NERC while presenting the roadmap for
implementation under MG-NREGS in the end, highlighted the main recommendations of
the workshop which included need for early conduction of the State Employment Guarantee
Council and streamlining the data entry under NREGA-MIS.
The state government was also urged to provide timely state share to the District
Programme Coordinators to ensure that the constitutional provision of providing work
and corresponding wages on demand to all the rural households is met by Arunachal
The roadmap of implementation shall be subsequently submitted to the State Government
by NIRD NERC, for which it has been entrusted by Ministry of Rural Development.
Speaking on the occasion Indira Mallo Jain IAS, Director NIRD NERC communicated the
concern of Government of India, that a crucial state like Arunachal Pradesh was lagging
behind in the process of implementation of MG-NREGS.
She appreciated the participation of senior level functionaries from various districts
and urged the state government to gear up all preparatory activities for streamlining
the implementation of MG-NREGS. She also requested the State Government to consider
extending all possible cooperation to the districts.
Tape Bagra, IAS Commissioner PR and RD gave the valedictory address as the Chief
Guest. While he appreciated the efforts of NIRD and particularly Director NIRD NERC
in conduction of the workshop he urged the delegates to ensure that the learning
from the training cum workshop is actually implemented in the respective districts.
He also highlighted the fact that unlike previous similar programmes, MG-NREGS is
backed by an Act and hence all constitutional responsibilities need to be fulfilled
seriously. He mentioned that experience has shown that there is a need for redeployment
of the staff and officials in each district to ensure that the rural poor are productively
employed. All the DRDAs were advised to route their correspondence to Ministry of
Rural Development through the Department of Rural Development in all matters including
Emphasising on the need of inter-learning he said that there are certain districts
which have managed to perform better under NREGS and other districts should learn
from them. He advised all the ZPCs to be more vigilant to help the Gram Panchayats
in implementing the programme.
He informed that the State Government was aware of the problems being faced by the
DRDAs and blocks and assured that State Government will be taking up these issues
with the Government of India at New Delhi very soon for their early and suitable
resolution. He also wished conduction of similar programmes in future.
K. Loyi, Deputy Director who coordinated the training-cum-workshop informed that
SIRD shall shortly extend similar training interventions at the district and block
levels soon. Rakesh Srivastava, Assistant Director SIRD also spoke during the concluding
Yingkiong gets SBI ATM
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: ATM counter SBI Yingkiong branch was inaugurated by Pawan Kr. Sain,
Deputy Commissioner Upper Siang today.
Pawan Kr. Sain appreciated the Bank officials and staffs for their co-operation in
bringing in the ATM facility in such a remote area. He informed that from the beginning,
he wanted that the bank should have all the latest facilities so that the public
He had taken up the matter with the concerned bank authorities, and due to their
support and co-operation the people of this area can now avail the ATM facilities.
He wanted that people should be aware of the usefulness of the machine and maintain
Other officers and public leaders also expressed their happiness and were optimistic
that due to the installation of the ATM people will have access to better service
and the bank will function more efficiently.
S.N. Chakraborty,BM,SBI,Yingkiong branch said ATM will function from 6AM to 8 PM
for the time being. If required, it will be made 24 hrs service later on. He informed
that after core banking, ATM, mutual fund, internet banking has already been introduced.
He assured to provide other facilities in future.
Saya and Singh to attend Cadence 2009
ITANAGAR, Nov.21: In continuation of ongoing VIIIth Inter-College Youth Festival,
Cadence 2009, the Fashion Show Competition of the fifteen colleges and host University
would be held on Nov 22 to select Mr. and Miss Cadence 2009.
MLA Likha Saya has consented to attend the function as a Chief Guest.
Reportedly, one special invitee Kh. Pradeep Kumar Singh, the reigning Mr. Manipur
who is also Brand Ambassador of Manipur State AIDS Control Society would be present
on the occasion. Singh is an HIV positive but with his dogged determination and
sheer hard work, he has achieved his goal, and has no qualms about revealing his
identity or talking about his condition.
Panggeng inaugurates membership drive
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Upper Siang District Congress Committee launched its membership
The programme was formally inaugurated at Mariyang by Parliamentary Secretary Fisheries,
Law, Legislative and Justice JK Panggeng.
The District Congress Committee and Block Congress Committee office bearers, PRIs
and public attended the function.
Children’s Science Congress
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science and Technology, Itanagar is
going to organize two days State Level National Children’s Science Congress (NSCS)-2009
on Nov 25-26. During the two day meet, children selected from district level NSCS
2009 will make deliberation and presentation of their respective projects. The two
day event will be held at Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre, Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar.
ACA announces cricket teams
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Cricket Association (ACA) has announced the U-16 and U-19 state
cricket teams for the BCCI organized tournament to be held at Shillong and Chattishgarh.
The team (U-16): Dobom Jillen, Teli Sera, Techi Doria, Teli Takar, Nabam Hina, Gollo
Poul, Gollo Nikai, Techi Neri, Gollo Soul, Bamin Kano, Nabam Gumnya, Tajin Ton, Nangram
Pentum, Pobin Biswash, Rajesh Kumar.
The team (U-19): Teli Otu, Momar Ori, Teli Abho, Biki Tassuk, Berina Kri, Kali Cheda,
Teli Cheyi, Teli Tahin, Tana Radh, Teli Talin, Tana Begi, Kamsa Yangfo, Song Tacho,
Tatum Liya, Sham Alum.
Meanwhile, the U-19 tournament scheduled to begin from December 15 at Chattishgarh
has been rescheduled from December 12, according to an ACA release.
Medical camp at M’pen
ITANAGAR: Altogether 451 patients were benefited from a medical camp organized by
the Seva Kendra Arunachal (East) at M’pen (6th Mile) under Mio circle today.
Medical team from Community Health Centre, Miao consisting 3 doctors and 9 paramedical
staff offered free treatment to the patients suffering from various diseases. More
than 65 children were also benefited from the camp being conducted in collaboration
with the Miao CHC.
According to a Seva Kendra release, the non-availability of health care system in
most of the rural villages in the area is a major cause of concern. The state health
department and voluntary organizations should start health awareness campaign in
the remotest villages to save many more lives and bring in changes in lives of the
poor villagers, the release said.