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Siang belt sets sights on rubber industry

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Nov 28: Considering the rich potential of rubber cultivation in the hilly terrains of Arunachal and foothills of bordering Assam and consequent economic gains involved, the Rubber Board India (RBI) has implemented plantation projectd in the area.

Rubber plantation is in progress in hilly terrains of East Saing, West Siang and Upper Sing districts and foot hill areas.

The RBI Jorhat Regional Office under the Union Ministry of Industry and Commerce launched a rubber plantation project in the state and achieved its first milestone by developing  hundreds of hectares of plantation in Siang belt.

A field station under the RBI, Jorhat office has been set up at Ruksin subdivision in East Siang district for supervision of the plantation activities in the region including Dhemaji district of Assam.

Bhaskar Ghose, the Field Officer of Ruksin field station informed that out of the targeted 672 hectares plantation including three Siang districts almost 550 hectares, mostly in East Siang have been brought under cultivation and plantation.

An average 65 tones rubber worth Rs 1.23 crores (Rs 190 per kg) has been produced from the region which is supplied to a Guwahati based marketing agency”, Ghose informed.

Ghose further informed that rubber plantation is extended up to Lower Dibang Valley district this year with a plantation in 2 hectares area. About 50 hectares would be covered with plantation within the current financial year.

The BRI plans to establish four commercial nurseries in Ruksin area.

Official sources informed that the feat has been achieved by involving 600 farmers and 5 societies covering the two districts-- East Siang and West Siang. Plantation in Upper Siang district is yet to start.

Inspired by the success story of rubber cultivation in the hilly terrains of the region, the rubber growers of the area have demanded setting up a RBI regional office in East Siang for monitoring and commercialization of the rubber products.


Rescued Hoolock gibbon make Mehao wildlife sanctuary home

“Dibang Valley is one of the last habitat”

Raju Mimi

ROING, Nov 28: One adult male and a sub-adult female of eastern Hoolock gibbon (Hoolock leuconedys) were rescued yesterday from Dello forest of Koronu circle in Lower Dibang Valley district by the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and the state forest department.

The  apes were later today released in the forests of Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary near Eze River. A designated tree was identified by the forest department for the purpose from where the caged animals were released amidst expression of joy, happiness and clapping by the rescue team.

“It took us whole day to catch the two gibbons stranded in the forests of Dello,” Wildlife biologist Tamo Dada said, who assisted the WTI team. “The female gibbon is 10-11 months old and we could not trace the mother. We looked even for the carcass.”

The rescue team estimates that around 25 families of Hoolock Gibbon are stranded in these vast depleting forests. Once living in a contiguous forest area, the habitats of the gibbons are getting fragmented due to rapid conversion of forest areas to agricultural lands.

“Gibbons are social animals and are strongly territorial,” he said. “This is the reason why they get themselves stranded in middle of human settlements. They defend their boundaries with vigorous visual and vocal displays”

“Dibang Valley is one of the last habitat of this highly endangered species of eastern Hoolock Gibbon,” Tamo said. “It is because of the local taboos attached in the killing of ape, the species is available in large numbers here. I believe the ancestors of the Mishmis were true conservationists.”

The eastern hoolock gibbon is a primate from the Hylobatidae (gibbon) family. The species is found in extreme eastern corner of Assam and Lower Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh, Myanmar east of the Chindwin River, and in south west Yunnan of China.  

The gibbon rehabilitation project carried out in the district is funded by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and is led by Dr Abhijit Bhawal, veterinarian of the IFAW-WTI Mobile Veterinary Service (MVS) of Upper Assam.


Single Window clearance: Police

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Top brass of state police has suggested for Single Window clearance of files of police proposals by holding fortnight meeting.

They suggested that meeting involving Finance and Home department and the IGP of the Police Department Should sit across the table and all the queries/ clarification to be sorted out on the spot. This innovative single window clearance strategy will reduce the redtapism in clearance of Police files which takes months to clear single file.

These suggestions were given to Parliamentary Secretary for Home Gadam Ete who visited the police headquarters today for an appraisal interaction with the top brass of the Police Headquarter.

DGP of Arunachal Pradesh Kanwaljit Deol appraised the bottleneck of Police modernization and resources crunch. Lack of personnel, UG activities and other emerging challenges faced by the Police Department came up for discussion.

SBK Singh, IGP appraised the Parliamentary Secretary of MR Bill, manning the unsanctioned Police outposts, WT Stations among others.

Parliamentary Secretary promised that he will take up the matter with the Chief Minister and that he would leave no stone unturned to implement the suggestions.


Promote indigenous languages: Governor

MATRIX 11 concludes

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) J.J. Singh called upon the members of North East Writers’ Forum to promote writers to write in indigenous languages of the region, which he believes, in turn will help in growth, promotion and preservation of these languages.

The Governor also called for promotion of new and emerging writers and provides a forum for the expression of their talent.

Stating that meetings of the writers always provide opportunity to exchange views and create opportunities for cooperation, he expressed gratitude to NEWF for organizing the conclave in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Governor, who attended the valedictory function of two-day conclave at Banquet Hall, Itanagar today asked them to conduct workshops in creative writing for young girls and women and create an enabling environment for women to write, tell and publish their stories.

Calling Arunachal Pradesh a cultural mosaic, the Governor stressed on preservation of its traditions and culture.  Nothing should be done, which will uproot the age old tradition and rich cultural heritage.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University Prof David R. Syiemlieh urged upon the writers to help the smaller communities to have own written script, stating that written script is an identity. Exhorting the writers to continue writing, Prof Syiemlieh said that book is a wonderful companion.  In his address, North East Writers’ Forum President Arup Dutta, who has many novels including two about Arunachal Pradesh to his credit called for a link language in the State. Comparing Arunachal Pradesh with Indonesia and stating that language is a very powerful unifying force; Dutta said for more united psyche, we need a common language.

Earlier, presenting the resume of the conclave, Convener Mamang Dai said, writing is not such a lonely business as people imagine. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)


Students out in road demanding action

Tamar Yorpen suicide case

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Reacting strongly against the state govt’s alleged lackadaisical attitude towards school boy Tamar Yorpen suicide, students of entire Mechukha Sub-Division headed by All Libo Bokar Ramo Students’ Union (ALBRSU) took out a protest rallies simultaneously in Tato, Pidi, Monigong and Mechukha here today.

During the protest rallies students holding placards, banners and posters shouted slogans demanding  immediate termination of Jomdo Lona from his service besides adequate compensation for the aggrieved family members of late Tamar.

The schoolboy had allegedly committed suicide on Oct 24 last after few of his friends were expelled from the school allegedly by a committee led by Vice Principal Jomdo Lona. Yorpen  was involved in an altercation with a junior student, following which his class mates revolted against the teachers.

After the suicide of Yorpen, the vice principal was arrested but subsequently released.  

Meanwhile, reiterating its earlier demand All Libo Bokar Ramo Students’ Union (ALBRSU) today called for suspension and termination of the vice principal of government higher secondary school Aalo within 20 days, for his  alleged role leading to suicide of  Yorpen.  The Union also demanded the authority concerned to grant ex-gratia of Rs twenty lakhs to bereaved family. It also sought for absorption of a family member in government job.

Union said that if demands are not met, they  would intensify agitation against the government.

Meanwhile Libo Ramo Bokar Welfare Society (LRBWS) also demanded stern action against vice principal alleging that the vice principal had inflicted mental trauma to the student leading to his suicide. The society lamented that despite repeated appeals made by various organizations no action has been taken against the vice principal yet. Expressing its solidarity to ALBRSU and LRBWS, All Tribes Youth Federation of Arunachal called for the termination of the vice principal from job and stern action against him.


3 days training prog on bio-technology

PASIGHAT, Nov  28: A 3 days training programme on “Basic Laboratory Procedures in Biotechnology” started at  College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat today.

Its being organized by Department of Basic Science and Humanities under Institutional Biotechnology Hub, with an objective to create biotechnological awareness, popularizing its knowhow among the Senior Secondary and graduation level students on application of modern biotechnological tools.

The training programme is sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology.

Professor M. Premjit Singh, Director of Extension Education, Central Agricultural University, Imphal in his inaugural address discussed about inception of biotechnology in India and how the tools can be used in increasing the productivity as well as quality in production of various crops and their varieties.  Dean, CHF, emphasized that biotechnology could be a miracle in the pace of development of Agriculture through genetically modified crops.

Course Director Amit Kumar Singh spoke on the programme details as well as the mandates of establishing Biotech Hubs in NE Region.

Course Coordinator Siddhartha Singh, emphasized about the application of biotechnological tools in pharmaceuticals for developing vaccines to prevent the various diseases, and Genetically Modified crops to improve the quality of products suitable for international trade.


Arunachal ends NWC campaign on impressive note

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Arunachal Pradesh completed the National Weightlifting Championship campaign on impressive note by winning 20 medals, including 6 Gold, 7 Silver and as many Bronze.

The medal winners were, Takio Yana (3 Gold), Taba Kojum (3 Gold), Soram Hitler Tagru (3 Sil. 1 Br.), Sambu Lapang (1 Sil, 2 Br.) Menu Tajo (3 Br), Jimjang Deru (3 Sil.), Kipa Shaku (1 Br.).

However, Taba Kojum could not won medal in Junior Men’s category, the competition for which was held today.

Neeraj Sharma of Delhi, who was delcared best lifter in Youth Boys category, bagged 3 Gold one each in snatch, clean and jerk and total lift in Junior Men’s  77 kg weight category here today. He lifted a total of 290 kg (132+158).

Vikas Thakur of Punjab won 3 Silver with a total lift of 287 kg (131 +156 kg). The Bronze medal in this category went to Prasad Mohanty of Orissa. He lifted a total of 244 kg( 109+135).

Orissa was leading the medal table in Junior Men’s category on the end of day 2  with 6 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze medals followed by Delhi in second place with 3 Gold  and Puducherry in third place with 2 Gold and 3 Silver medals .

In Junior Women category, Manipur was in first place with 3 Gold, 6 Silver and as many Bronze medals  followed by Andhra Pradesh in second place with 3 Gold and equal numbers of Silver and Bronze and Uttar Pradesh in third place with 3 Gold medals. The results:

Junior (Men) 69 kg:

1. M. Akash Jangam (Puducherry) – 3 medals by lifting 110 kg (Silver) in Snatch, 136 kg (Gold) in Clean & Jerk and 246 kg (Gold) in Total. 2. Prince (Punjab) - 3 medals by lifting 110 kg (Gold) in Snatch, 135 kg (Bronze) in Clean & Jerk and 245 kg (Silver) in Total. 3. S.K. Valiahmed (Goa) - 2 medals by lifting 107 kg (Bronze) in Snatch and 242 kg (Bronze) in Total. 4. K.J. Sai Krishna (Andhra Pradesh) – 1 Silver medal by lifting 135 kg in Clean & Jerk.

Junior (Men) 77 kg:-

1. Neeraj Sharma (Delhi) – 3 Gold medals by lifting 132 kg in Snatch, 158 kg in Clean & Jerk and 290 kg in Total.

2. Vikas Thakur (Punjab) - 3 Silver medals by lifting 131 kg in Snatch, 156 kg in Clean & Jerk and 287 kg in Total.

3. Prasad Mohanty (Orissa) –3 Bronze medals by lifting 109 kg in Snatch, 135 kg in Clean & Jerk and 244 kg in Total.

Junior (Women) 58 kg:

1. N. Sumanbala Devi (Manipur) – 3 medals by lifting 70 kg (Silver) in Snatch, 97 kg (Gold) in Clean & Jerk and 167 kg (Gold) in Total. 2. Y. Chaoba Devi (Manipur) – 3 medals by lifting 71 kg (Gold) in Snatch, 93 kg (Silver) in Clean & Jerk and 164 kg (Silver) in Total. 3. S. Triveni (Andhra Pradesh) – 2 Bronze medals by lifting 92 kg in Clean & Jerk and 155 kg in Total. 4. K. Shireesha (Andhra Pradesh) – 1 Bronze medal by lifting 66 kg in Snatch.


Road communication to Parsi Parlo opens

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: The inaccessible Parsi-Parlo circle  bordering China in remote Kurung Kumey district which was in isolation for centuries due to communication bottleneck has achieved a milestone with road reaching there on Friday.

The long-cherished dream of motorable road came true at last when six Government vehicles carrying deputy commissioner Rajiv Takuk accompanied by a hosts of officers and officials reached Renchi village, a kilometer from Parsi Parlo on November 25 making the day historic for the people of the area. Villagers including children and old rejoiced the moment with tear, laughter and utter disbelief.

The road from district HQ Koloriang to Parsi-Parlo traverses several treacherous areas, such as Takhe Hogu, popularly called Mobile Point, Pai Hogu, Langbang, Renchi Poriang and Boa villages, and culminates on the bank of Kumey River after covering a distance of approximately 54 km.

The road was constructed by the Sangram PWD division under the RIDF.

The road will serve as a lifeline to the people of Parsi-Parlo and adjoining areas once it is completed.

“The construction of the said road is progressing very fast due to the personal initiation of the local MLA and the team of officials from PWD Sangram,” ZPM Sangha Tagik said and urged the State Government to allocate necessary fund for early completion of the road.


Mein suggests one Head for PWD

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: PWD Minister Chowna Mein has suggested one Head of the department to coordinate with the government. The department, at the moment, is headed by six Chief Engineers.

In an interactive meeting with all the Chief Engineers and Superintendent Engineers at Banquet Hall here yesterday, Mein expressed the desire to have one head for better and easy coordination of the department with the government and suggested creation of a post of the Engineer-in-Chief encompassing all the six Chief Engineers.

The PWD Minister called on the engineers to strengthen the organizational set-up of the department based on the work-load of various zones by re-deploying existing manpower and obtaining sanctions for additional posts if required. He also asserted on team work and appealed his officers to build a team spirit and work for development of the state with sincerity and dedication.

PWD Parliamentary Secretary T N Thongdok, who was also present in the interactive meeting, emphasized the importance of quality control of various projects under implementations by the department. He strongly urged for maintaining quality and suggested the officers to explore the possibility of revising the Suspense Account and RCT & P to expedite timely completion of projects.

PWD Commissioner Hage Khoda recalled the past glory of the PWD and advised the senior engineers to maintain quality in works and showcase team work to earn goodwill and respect from the people.  In the interactive session, all the Chief Engineers presented the status of their respective zones and highlighted the problems faced by them.

Mein, Thongdok and Khoda assured to look into the various issues highlighted on priority.


Promote social responsibility through films: Anupama Singh

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: First Lady of the State Anupama Singh has called upon the filmmakers and film producers of Arunachal Pradesh to work on films related to discrimination against the girl child, domestic violence and addiction to tobacco, drugs and alcohol and other issues, all of which needs to be eradicated from our society. Films can promote social responsibility, civic sense and healthy habits and more a more modern outlook, she added while attending the premiere show of a Hindi motion picture, titled ‘Ant Ek Raste Anek’ as chief guest at National Cinema Hall, Naharlagun in the evening.

Pointing at the immense popularity of films amongst the people, First Lady said that it has become a very potent medium for conveying a message and important factor in influencing social norms. Films revolve within the context of a social scenario and have a stake in the stability, prosperity and progress of society. Therefore, all involved in the film industry should consider themselves as social leaders and as stakeholders in the welfare of people. Striking a balance between entertainment and social relevance is essential.

First Lady said that today, when our cultural heritage is being eroded due to onslaught of westernization, there is need for all of us to preserve the fundamental components of socio-cultural fabric and the rich cultural heritage of our people. She hoped that a social oriented film such as ‘Ant Ek Raste Anek’ will beneficial for all.

While pointing that this film is that it is in Hindi, she expressed her hope that as the popularity of the film grows, it will go a long way in promotion of our National language in the State.

Speaking on the occasion, Agriculture Minister Setong Sena, who attended the programme as Guest of Honour said that cinema can help in canalizing creative potential of our youth.

Citing that it is an effective mode of influence the people, he called for films and television programmes in indigenous language.

Producer of the film and former Minister T.C. Teli and actor of the movie Bamang Pammi also spoke on the occasion.

Secretary IPR and Art & culture, Indra Mallo Jain, former ministers Lichi Legi and Talo Mugli along with large numbers of film lovers attended the show. (PRO, Rajbhavan)


Chinzigoma: A book on folktales of Idu Mishmis released

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: A book on folktales of Idu Mishmis of Arunachal Pradesh  “Chinzigoma”,  written by Mishimbu Miri, DF & CSO Anini and published by RIWATCH Roing, was released in a function organized by Bhasha, (a center for Preservation and Enhancement of Regional Languages) at Balgandhava Auditorium Pune on 25 November.

Chinzigoma consists of 26 stories mainly the folktales derived from the chanting of priests and documented as told by the elders of the community. It is a result of Mishimbu’s two years audio-visual documentation of the priestly chanting and folklores as narrated by elders. The book was well received by the scholars gathered.

Three days Bhasha conference was organized by Bachapan, Society for children’s literature and culture, New Delhi  and Basha Foundation in association with Symbiosis International University, Pune.

Co-organisers of the conference were Children’s Literature Association Kerala and RIWATCH Arunachal Pradesh.

During the program, two  papers were submitted in the conference, one by Lisa Lomdak, Lecturer, Department of Tribal Studies, RGU Doimukh and another jointly submitted by Mishimbu Miri and Vijay Swami, Executive Director RIWATCH, according to a release.


Regional Diagnostic Centre for Ruksin CHC soon

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Nov 28: Steps have been initiated to set up a Regional Diagnostic Centre (RDC) in Ruksin Community Health Centre (CHC) under East Siang district.

The in-charge of the CHC Dr N Angu told this correspondent that the RDC will be installed next month and start functioning from January next year.

Angu said “Installation of modern health care equipments in this hospital will benefit citizens. Due to lack of modern health care facilities, the people of the region have to rush to Dibrugarh and Tinsukia”.

Sating the reason for delay in start of the RDC, which was sanctioned in 2006, Dr Angu informed that the CHC building was not compatible for installation of the Ultra- Sonography (USG) and Computerised Tomography (CT)- scanning machine. But it was subsequently reshaped as per suggestion of the concerning experts and now it is suited for installation of the machines, Angu added.

The CHC set up in 2003, is the only government hospital and First Referral Unit (FRU) in the area, which caters to about ten thousand people including Ruksin circle and bordering Jonai of Assam.


Civic action programme at Longding

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: CRPF (36 Bn) stationed at Khonsa under the aegis of IGP (Ops) CRPF, Jorhat, Assam, conducted Civic Action Programme at Agricultural Hall, Longding yesterday.

Water storage tanks and malarial prevention kits were distributed among GBs while water purifiers and sports items were distributed to various schools of Longding area.

BC Sharma, Commandant, CRPF 36 Bn, speaking on the occasion, said that the basic aim of this Civic Action Programme was to reach out to the people of the area so as to forge a better understanding between the civilians and CRPF. He also urged the public to help the security forces in their endeavor to maintain peace and security in the district so that desired goals and developmental works of the Gov’t are achieved.

A month-long  computer training course for school student and youths of Longding areas was also organized in September, he informed.


Corpus fund for rehabilitation of evicted people demanded

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: The Education and Cultural Development Society (ECDS) demanded the State Govt. to provide corpus fund to the deputy commissioner for early rehabilitation of the evicted people of Sango and few other villages under Taraso circle.

The society urged the Government to initiate to file a contempt petition with Supreme Court against Assam Govt for its alleged failure to abide by the standing order of Supreme Court for the inter-state boundary issue.

It also appealed to the apex student body of the state to initiate legal action against the erring official from Assam at Supreme Court by filing case against them under appropriate sections of the law, including  the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (recognition of forest right ) Act, 2006.

It further appealed to the parental departments in state like Director of Social Welfare and Child Developments to organize awareness campaign at district, circle and village level to educate the masses about the Act which protects the tribal rights.


AWKSU to shut office

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: All West Kameng Students’ Union (AWKSU) has decided to close down the DDSE’s office on December 2 next during working hours to show its anger over authority’s failure to cancel  the appointment of a Peon, who was allegedly appointed without following the recruitment rules.

The students union said that in spite of giving assurance to solve the issue within a month the authority has not taken any initiative in this regard as demanded by the Union.


CO visits remote village

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Kangku circle officer Maryom Karlo accompanied by Likabali CDPO recently visited remote Richi-Rite village under West Siang district to take stock of the various problems faced by the villagers.

The CO while interacting with the villagers heard their grievances and assured them to apprise the authority of their problems for early redressal.

The villagers appreciated the CO for taking pain to visit the village without having proper road communication.


Work for dev of STS

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: All Arunachal Pradesh Transport Employees’ Welfare Association (APSTEWA) hoped that the newly appointed Transport and Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin would work with dedication for the development of his department in particular and the state as a whole.


VoA-2 elimination round

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Toko Ania was eliminated after end of the 5th round of BSNL Voice of Arunachal-2, a singing talent hunt, on November 26 last at Naharlagun.

Ania was eliminated on the basis of public voting through SMS.

Neelam Akam was still leading the group of  seven contestants for three consecutive weeks.


Measles catch up campaign at Bordumsa

Bordumsa, Nov 28: Kento Riba, ADC Bordumsa inaugurated the Measles Catch up Campaign today in the premises of Community Health Centre Bordumsa.

Dr. T.  Rina, MO i/c CHC, Dr. M. Borang, MO, Dr. A.N. Singpho, SMO and Dr. S.K. Singh, MO (H), were among those who attended the function.

Riba briefed them about the importance of the campaign and asked them to give their best efforts to ensure cent percent coverage of the targeted children of age between 0.9 yrs to 10 yrs during two long week campaign.

There are a total of 40 vaccination centres with a target of covering 5000 children during two weeks long Measles Catch up programme at Bordumsa.

A team of 4 doctors, 11 para medicos, 40 ASHA workers, 40 Nodal Officers of the designated centres besides G.Bs and PRI Members of the respective centres are deployed to launch Measles Catch up Campaign in order to ensure cent percent coverage to the targeted children, informed by ADC Bordumsa.


Book released

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: The genealogy book titled Topo Lode Clan of Dumporijo circle was released on Nov 20 by Deputy Commissioner of Upper Subansiri A. Abhayankar at Dumporijo town.

The DC, who attended the programme as chief guest said the book would go a long way in preserving the oral records in written form, which will enable future generations to know their past history.

Local MLA Takar Marde, who also attended the programme, said the book will bring  oneness among the people of area. The programme was organized by Topo Welfare Society.


Local Capacities for Peace

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: World Vision India, Subansiri Area Development Program is organizing a three days intensive training on Local Capacities for Peace from Nov 29 at Naharlagun. The training would encourage the participants for peaceful co- existence and social harmony in the community. Twenty-five participants including key community leaders from the Ziro 2 Block is expected to attend the prog.


School Week

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: The Govt. Sec. School RGU campus celebrated its 13th School Week in a befitting manner here today. Parliamentary secretary of Planning and Development Nabam Rebia and Papum Pare Deputy Director of School Education TT Tara attended the programme.

Speaking at the function, Rebia emphasized on quality education, selfless service and hard work by teachers in shaping the future students.


Water transport in Arunachal in pipeline

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Water transport in major navigable rivers, including Lohit, Dibang, Siang, Subansiri and Kameng in the foothills of Arunachal Pradesh is in the pipeline, Director of Transport cum Secretary (STA) Tai Kayet, who along with Special Secretary Transport Sonam Chombey attended the Indian Water Transport Authority meeting at Guwahati on November 25 last, said.

The meeting was also attended by IWT, NEC, DoNER authorities and commissioners, secretaries and directors of North East states.


Programme on Kitchen Gardening

ITANAGAR: A one day training programme on Vegetable Cultivation was organized for Farm Women at Balek village on Nov 28 by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lower Dibang Valley District.

19 farm women actively participated in the practical oriented multi activities programme and expressed their opinions that such farmers benefitting doorstep programmes should be organized timely to update recent emerging advances in agriculture.

Vijay Krishna Pandey, SMS (Horticulture) participating as resource person   provided information  on  necessity of establishment of Kitchen Garden as well as conducted method demonstration on preparation of raised bed and line sowing of the improved variety seeds of  vegetables   in the backyard garden.

Dr. T.J .Ramesha, Programme Coordinator, called upon farm women to actively participate in the training programmes, gain suitable scientific knowledge for optimum utilization of farm resources to obtain sustainable production and economic returns.


Sports meet conclude

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: The 8th Sports Cultural cum Literary Meet of All Mengio Students Union (AMSU) concluded successfully on Sunday. Government secondary school Sakiang won overall championship trophy of the meet, while government girl’s residential school Pan bagged the disciplined trophy.


Indira Gandhi national award

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: V Arul Kumar, the vice-principal of Tomi Polytechnic College, Basar has become one of the ten recipients of best programme officer of Indira Gandhi national award for year 2010-11. He received the award from sports and youth affairs minister Ajay Maken at New Delhi.

He is the lone recipient of award from North east region. The award carries cash prize, trophy and silver medal.


Animal Health Camp

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tirap in collaboration with Veterinary Dispensary, Deomali organized a day long ‘Animal Health Camp’ at Sipini village under Namsang CD Block of Tirap today.

The main objective of the camp was vaccination of cattle and goat against FMD, pig against swine fever and chicken against Ranikhet disease, castration and treatment of diseased livestock and poultry. Altogether, 165 domestic animals were vaccinated and 15 castrated during the camp. Besides providing diagnostic service and treatment of domestic livestock and poultry, free veterinary medicines and anthelmentics were also distributed among the needy villagers.


Association demands

ITANAGAR, Nov 28:  All Arunachal Pradesh Diploma Holders in Elementary Education Association has decided to step up against appointments of AT/JT without following laid down rules in education department especially in SSA project.

It further requested the MLAs of Arunachal Pradesh and the department of Education not to recommend untrained candidates for appointment of AT/JT.


Students demand

ITANAGAR, Nov 28:  In a representation to the Minister Education, All Palin Chambang Yangte Gante and Tarak-Landi Students’ Union (APCYGTSU) said that several schools of area under Kurung Kumey district are plagued with common problems of insufficient subject teachers particularly of mathematics and science, teacher quarters, toilets, drinking water and irregular Mid-Day Meal.  It claimed that they had visited many schools of the area to study the conditions of the schools.


Construct bridge: ANYA

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Expressing concern over the dilapidated condition of Bana Bridge which was build way in 1992, All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) today appealed the state government to construct the bridge within a short span of time.

Following the prohibitory notice issued by district administration while taking due consideration of ailing bridge, the district headquarter Seppa has to face soaring price rise, it added.


Field day

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lohit, has successfully celebrated Field day on post monsoon culture of carps on Nov 23 at Nanam Khyamyang -1 village.  

42 participants including GB, ASM, SHG members and other farmers of nearby villages attended the programme. Post monsoon culture of carps has been popularized in Lohit district due to proper utilization of unutilized water bodies.

Progressive uplift in socio-economic condition through the technology has been introduced and popularized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lohit.


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India needs to display its maturity

Dear Editor,

China has pressurized India to stop The Dalai Lama from attending a Buddhist meet in Delhi and the Prime Minister has already cancelled his participation. India needs to display its maturity before deciding to skip an august, rare and special event of Global Buddhist Congregation. It is not a routine event like giving The Dalai Lama Peace prize. It is the 2600th years of enlightenment of Buddha, a divine being who was Indian unlike a mythological character.

Skipping that event is equal to disowning Buddha was ever an Indian, that Buddhism ever meant anything to Indian history, disrespecting Indian national ethos of all that the great Ashoka, Maurya, Kanishka and every other monarch who helped propogate Buddhism and helped mould Indian society. Even if you go by the Hindu texts, Buddha is considered one of Vishnu's incarnations. Even in that light, this mindless gesture is disrespecting Hindu sensitivities also.

It is sign of lacking in self esteem, self respect and confused identity. This step clearly sends a wrong message.

If the Dalai Lama were to discuss any political issues at this forum then it would be diplomatic for the President and PM to abstain however Dalai Lama is to  appear in his capacity as a spiritual leader and the absence of the dignitaries only dents India's secular image.

We should not have given in to the Chinese who are increasingly throwing their weight around.

At the same time we must convey China firmly that we are a friendly neighbor. India should not unnecessarily make anti-China statements like any missile tests or weapon purchase are affixed with it-will-take-care-of-China. Is it needed to speak out the military intention or objectives?  We should not indulge in any US led anti-China move which will antagonize China.


Kiren Rijiju

Former MP,  (on email)



Let the people decide

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the letter "Hindi is not a deterrent" by one Maksang Tayeng on Nov 26. The views expressed by me is for schools in Assam and I wished to share it with the Assamese speaking people in Assam and those people who use Assamese as a language of communication at home. Since there are a handful of people living in Itanagar and some towns, this newspaper was the best medium for me.

 Let the people of Arunachal Pradesh decide what they want. I wish to stay away from it. Maksang Tayeng got hyper-active without any reason. I want the Assamese students to think of pursuing studies in world class institutions in Germany, UK, US, China and Japan, not in sub-standard colleges in Delhi after graduation. I would like to see Assamese students in jobs better than call centres and beauty parlours and security guards in Delhi and Bangalore.

And one information for Maksang Tayeng. In the Assamese medium schools, there is compulsory English learning from Class I itself. Even before 1972, both English and Assamese were taught. Students from such schools have reached international stage like respected Yashi Dorje Thongchi and Lumber Dai, whose novels have been translated in European languages from Assamese to English, mathematician Dilip Dutta, who teaches in the university of Rhode Island in USA, Homen Borgohain, Hiren Gohain who have made a mark for the learned section in the world.


Diganta Sonowal

Assam Institute of Technology




Arunachal be left to its own fate

Dear Editor,

I read the Maksang Tayeng’s letter in response to a suggestion to preserve north-east languages from been flooded and washed away by Hindi. First let me make him know one reality. In 1972, Hindi was not opted. Hindi was imposed on the puppet govt set up by Nehru family and central govt officers just as decision of building dams on our rivers.

I would agree to Diganta Sonowal. I don’t know about others but what I see around is alarming. If this is what Hindi policy has done since 1972 and the condition where children read, write, speak Hindi all over, what will be the condition after 50 years! The generation of Yashe Dorje Thongchi and Lumber Dai were higher in intellect and understanding and had a deep knowledge of the culture and heritage.

This generation will talk like Tayeng does since they have been taught by Hindi teachers brought in buses from UP, Bihar. Arunachal be left to its own fate. The people have developed of thinking upside down, you say something for good and they take it otherwise. This is due to not seeing what future has in store.


Ngurang Riyo

Itanagar,  (on email)



A Delhi constructed conflict

Dear Editor,

As you sow, so you reap. The time to time border clashes of Arunachal-Assam is a Delhi constructed conflict. North-east is a tiny dot in world map and nowhere in the world hundreds of tribes are tucked next to each other. In today’s inter-mixing and travelling times, is it possible to be staying in one hill or one valley only in north-east?

Central govt should not have broken this region into so many parts.

But formation of two states has added fuel to the two clashing tribes.

Now the 2 state theory has made a India-Pakistan like situation. British divided India. India divided north-east. There has to be a third part involvement. Or else, how did tribal states like NEFA get a Sanskrit name like ‘Arunachal Pradesh?  Who gave the name ‘Meghalaya’. I am sure the natives did not coin these type of names. 21st century will have more and more exchange of people. In these times, we have this curse of separate states. Formation of one province with autonomous districts was the best way to deal with clashes. Even if we build a Great Wall of China along Arunachal and Assam or Meghalaya and Assam, we all will have to go through each other and cross each other on a daily basis in coming times more and more than earlier days. For a place where more than a hundred tribes and sub-tribes co-exist, boundaries will not help in the long run. Only politicians will get benefit of central funds to buy property for family in Delhi and Bangalore. Common people have nothing to do but will suffer from boundary lines from time to time.


Sanjib Taye

Jawaharlal Nehru College

(on email)



This is not 1962

Dear Editor,

With reference to the news item “AAPSU writes to Chinese envoy, rakes up border, visa issue” (Saturday, Nov 26). It is really surprising to know that the All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has shown such courage. More so because the state has ministers handpicked by Nehru family. In all this India-China clashes, it is the common people losing opportunity. If relation with China improves, students and youths of the state can study and work in the best of cities in China like Beijing, Shanghai and others apart from Delhi and Mumbai in India.

I remember my father telling me tales of the Indo-China war in 1962 when he was posted in Bomdila. He said how the Chinese army used to sort out the Indian army men to attack. However, the Monpas and natives of Arunachal were not attacked and no disturbance was caused to the villagers. Things are misinterpreted by a section of people running the government. A phobia or fear has been created. Central minister Jairam Ramesh is more cool and understanding when it comes to dealing with China.

The Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is very afraid and phobic all the time and gets panicky at the mere mention of China.

On the other hand, Jairam Ramesh has also written a book how good and friendly approach to China can profit India in the long run. Indo-China relation improvement is a big opportunity for India.

This is not 1962, when India had no trading with China. Today China is the largest trading partner of India. More than war and border, we need better relation to create opportunity of work and study for future generation. India can also improve trade relation and the GDP of India will sky-rocket into billions. We all need to co-exist. Conflict is a great loss to the budget of a country.


Ravi Raghavan

New Delhi, (on email)



Killing and Sell of wild meat

Dear Editor,

This refers to a photo clip which appeared in your daily of 27th November, wherein meats of wild animals are sold in the open market. It pained me a lot as to why our people do not understand the importance of wild animals and birds in balancing the eco system.

However, the general public is not to be blamed for this. It is the duty of the government of Arunachal, particularly the department of Forest and Environment. I do not know what the department is doing. To curb such practice, enforcing of law alone will not serve the purpose. The government  and department of wild life should create awareness programmes in the entire state. Regular checking in the market place by the wild life department will also minimize the sale of such meat.


Dr Gekey Ete,

Environment Protection Group of Arunachal [EPGA] Aalo, (on email)





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Women and risk


Women and girls are at extreme risk across 80 countries, reveals a study by Women’s and Girls’ Rights Index Rights (WGRI) as it urged global leaders to achieve gender equality as a crucial part of development.

The results of the study reveal that the rights of women and girls are at extreme risk within 80 countries, including 33 from sub-Saharan Africa, nearly all of the Middle East and North Africa region and many emerging economies.

According to the WGRI index, the 10 countries posing most risk to the rights of women are Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, DR Congo, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Burundi, Haiti and Nigeria.

At the opposite end of the scale, only 5% of countries rank in the low risk category, including: Denmark (188th), Belgium (joint 190th), Sweden (joint 190th), Canada (192nd) and New Zealand (193rd). However, even in these countries, some issues persisted, including honour-related crimes and forced marriage.

The index also shows minor improvements for the protection of women and girls globally. Fewer countries, 144 compared to 156 last year, ranked in the ‘extreme’ and ‘high risk’ categories, representing an 8% annual decrease. Complicity with the abuse of women’s and girls’ rights in fast-growing emerging economies pose particular risks to global companies, as this is where they must do business in order to flourish. These include: Nigeria (10th), Bangladesh (12th), Pakistan (20th), Philippines (24th), China (29th), Egypt (48th), Mexico (51st), Russia (65th), Indonesia (73rd), India (75th) and Turkey (79th), all of which are rated ‘extreme risk. Risks of complicity in violations committed by state security forces or other actors in these countries include sexual violence, discrimination in employment, child labour, trafficking and sexual exploitation.

The report calls for urgent and corrective action. Gender equality is the need of the hour. Apart from intervention by the respective governments, it is necessary to ensure that law of the land is respected and implemented too so that women and girl child do not suffer any longer.