November 07

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Nov 05: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


Ering to inaugurate NEYF-2012

ITANAGAR, Nov 06: Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Jitendra Singh has expressed his inability to attend the inaugural function of the 3rd North East Youth Festival (NEYF) 2012 tomorrow due to his some pre- occupations, informed the organizer of the event.

Newly appointed Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering would inaugurate the festival tomorrow at 11.15 am instead of the Union minister.


Water supply disrupted

ITANAGAR, Nov 06 : The  water supply system to Police Colony, DNG College, Polytechnic college and many other sectors in Itanagar has been totally disrupted  due to damages caused to the high density polythene pipeline of 150 mm dia due to ongoing construction of drain by the PWD contractors along NH 52-A, according to  an official release.

Executive engineer, PHE and WS Itanagar division said that the excavation works  for the construction of drain has been carried out without proper intimation to  the PHED. He further said, restoration work  will be possible only when the proper space for utility service is made available and cost of the  damages is born by the executing agency.

The EE requested the executing department and contractor to cooperate with the PHED  for early restoration of water supply system for public convenience.


Fire devours 7 shops at Jengging


RUKSIN, Nov 06: Seven shops were burnt to ashes in a devastating fire at Jengging town in Upper Siang district on Monday mid-night. The fire, which broke out from a small shop, engulfs other shops within no time.

Electric short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the fire. The properties lost in the fire are being assessed by the authority.


Dr Hazarika remembered


RUKSIN, Nov 06: Sri Sri Sankar Guru Kendra, Pasighat on Monday observed the first death anniversary of music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika at Pasighat Namghor.  

The day-long program started with admirers paying homage at the portrait of late Hazarika followed by Nam-prasanga (prayer) and discussion on life and wisdom of the music icon.

The members of the Kendra including Girin Tamuly, Sashin Kalita Abhinash Sarma, Ganesh Neog and others took part in a discussion and recalled the contributions of the music maestro towards the society.

Candles and earthen lamps were lighted in and around the Namghor in the evening to mark the occasion.


Centre accords ex-servicemen status for retired paramilitary men

ITANAGAR,  Nov 06: The Union Cabinet on Thursday last passed a proposal moved by the home ministry to declare retired personnel from Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) as "ex-central police personnel" and extend them several benefits that ex-servicemen from the armed forces get, according to a release issued by All India Central Para-Military Forces Ex-servicemen Welfare Association state committee Arunachal Pradesh.

While welcoming the decision of the  Union Cabinet, the state committee requested the state Govt  to take steps for welfare of the  ex-central police  personnel in Arunachal.


Check LPG price: ASSU

ITANAGAR, Nov 06: All Sagalee Students’ Union (ASSU) in a letter to the Papum Pare district food and civil supply officer urged him to check the soaring price of a subsidized LPG cylinder in Sagalee area.

The union  said that the private LPG distributors should be welcomed in Sagalee  to break monopoly business in LPG distribution. An  exorbitant amount of Rs 1050 is being charged for a refilling a subsidized cylinder, it claimed.

In a separate letter to Yupia division PHE &WS executive engineer  appealed him to solve water crisis problem at Govt Higher Secondary school, Sagalee. Water crisis has hit both the hostellers and teachers residing in quarters inside the school campus, the union said.    


ATA extends support to AASSATA

ITANAGAR, Nov 06:  While endorsing the indefinite strike proposed by All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (AASSATA) from December 3, Arunachal Teachers Association has urged the state Govt to be impartial in regularization of all the remaining 2003 batch SSA teachers.

ATA strongly criticized the higher power committee for its failure to submit its report in connection with the regularization of SSA teachers  even after almost a year.


High-mast lighting system inaugurated at Namsai town

ITANAGAR, Nov 06: The much awaited High-Mast Lighting System of Namsai Town and four at Namsai Old Bazaar, 2nd Mile, Super Market and at Mahadevpur has been inaugurated by MLA Nang Sati Mein in presence of Namsai ADC KK.Joshi.

Beisdes lighting up the entire Namsai Township the High Mast Lighting System would also help minimize antisocial activities at night.

ADC Joshi highlighted the importance of electricity while Executive Engineer (E), Namsai AK Singh appealed public to safeguard those public property, according to an official release.


Move to  create awareness on consumer rights

ITANAGAR, Nov 06:  A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Consumers Association Upper Subansiri district  unit executive body headed by its  president Tade Duchok called on the  Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu on Nov 5 and discussed various matters relating to consumer affairs  and the policy of the Association.

Highlighting various problems being faced by the consumers of Upper Subansiri district, the DC encouraged the team  and asked them carry out consumers awareness campaign under various consumers protection laws. The team also met heads  of various departments  and appreciated their suggestions towards  for brining awareness among the consumers.


Lingri Niki Si Doni Polo festival

ITANAGAR, Nov 06: All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Nibu (Priest) Welfare Association has decided to celebrate the Lingri Niki Si Doni Polo Yulo -2012 at Nibu Nyijik Model village, Jami Jate here from December 23 and 26.

Priest from different tribes of the state will demonstrate the traditional method of prayer in the mega festival which aims at preservation of traditional practice and rituals of all tribes. Various traditional competitions will also be organized to mark the occasion, according to a release.


Union seeks more time  

ITANAGAR, Nov 06: All Pakke-Kessang Pijeriang Dissing-Passo Seijosa Students Union (APPDSSU) has appealed  to the state chief electoral officer to give  more time for filing claim and objection  to electoral enrolment  and roll revision  under Pakke-Kessang assembly constituency up to Nov 30 as a special case. The union claimed that more time required for proper verification of bogus voters in electoral roll.


Farmers training prog

ITANAGAR, Nov 06: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Momong, Lohit conducted  training program on “Integrated Crop Management in mustard” for the farmers of Barbeel village on November 2 last. A total of 30 farmers, including the ASM of the village attended the training. This training was conducted with the financial help from ATMA Lohit District under farm school.


Educaional tour

ITANAGAR, Nov 06: All Mengio Students’ Union conducted educational tour cum awareness campaign programme at Mengio and Silsango circles from October 30 to November 4 last.

During the tour, they organized health and hygiene, quality education, teachers-students coordination and RTE awareness meetings and also conducted quiz, essay and drawing competitions.


Training programme on Rodent Control and IPM in Vegetable Crops held

ITANAGAR, Nov 06: A one-day training programme on “Rodent Control and IPM in Vegetable crops” has been conducted at Sika Bamin Village of East Siang district under the project entitled “Touch Screen Kiosk for Farm Technology Transfer among the Farmers of Arunachal Pradesh” by College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat.

The training was conducted by the Dr. Toge Riba, SMS (Plant Protection) and Dr. M.M. Kumawat, Assistant Professor (Entomology).

The duo scientist briefed about various indigenous as well as the modern scientific techniques of rodent control and Insect pest Management in winter season vegetables.

They also gave detail about the pest management in Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucurbits and Ginger and also visited the growers’ field for the spot study.

The Centre Coordinating Principal Investigator (CCPI) had informed about the benefits of touch screen Kiosk and advised the villagers’ to use the Kiosk machine.






114 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.

Tharoor assures full support to Arunachal’s education sector

ITANAGAR, Nov 06: Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharor has assured Centre’s full support to Arunachal Pradesh for all round development of the education sector. Tharor gave this assurance when Education Minister Bosiram Siram along with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering called on him in New Delhi today and apprised him of the various problems faced by the education department.

While apprising the Union Minister of the education scenario of Arunachal Pradesh, Siram urged Tharor for providing general support to meet and overcome the various challenges of education sector in the state. Citing various problems and obstacles, like communication bottleneck, socio-cultural norms and practices, gender parity, poor attendance by both teachers and students due to lack of infrastructure facility and shortage of funds in making schools of the state RTE compliance, Siram urged the Union Minister for consideration of liberal funding and extension of time for one more year after March 2013 to make the schools RTE compliance. Siram said priority should be given to the release of fund for civil components under RMSA, which is left unattended, adding that the total outlay of budget granted for MMER under RMSA should be increased from current 2 per cent to 6 per cent like SSA RTE program. Siram also urged for increasing the central transportation assistance of transportation cost of food grants from Rs 260 per quintal to atleast Rs.400 per quintal for state like Arunachal Pradesh where traditional headload carrying system is still prevailing due to difficult geographical terrain. He urged the Centre to pursue with FCI authority for provision of stocking adequate food grains for Northeastern region.

Siram sought cent percent central funding for establishment and strengthening SCERT in the state to address the unaddressed issues like textbook preparation, research works and analysis on academic matter, curriculum review, training modules and manuals, in-service teachers training program, academic support and guidance to the working teachers and CCE etc. He also informed that the state has only 11 DIETs against its 17 districts.  Meanwhile, Siram requested the IGNOU authority  for relaxation in marks for teachers for obtaining professional degree in its institute from 45% to 40% as obtaining professional degree before 2015 by those teachers appointed after 2010 is mandatorily. But, 40 per cent of those teachers are having less than 45% marks required by IGNOU.

The Education Minister further requested the Centre to increase the fund sanctioned for construction of Polytechnics in the state from Rs.800 lakh to atleast Rs 1500 lakh, continuation of State JEE and allotment of engineering and medical seat from special pool, strengthening the NIT and protection, promotion and development of endangered languages of Arunachal Pradesh.



Winter vegetable seeds distributed to 250 flood victims of Bijoypur

Bordumsa Nov 06: The local administration has distributed winter vegetable seeds of F1 quality to 250 flood victims of Bijoypur – I and II villages in a function held at Govt. Middle School Bijoypur – I today.

It is worth mentioning that Bijoypur villages of Bordumsa Circle borne the maximum wrath of nature’s fury in form of devastating flash floods during the month of June and September last, where 35 houses were washed away and hundreds hectare of WRC field got washed away with the standing crops and equally same amount of Agri. Fields got inundated/silted with soil/mud etc. As a result many people were rendered homeless.

While presiding over the function, ADC Bordumsa Kento Riba, said that the idea of distribution of winter vegetable seeds was suggested by Deputy Commissioner Changlang Chanchal Yadav during her visit to the flood ravaged site on September 26 at Bijoypur village.

Shantimoy Chakma, Headman Bijoypur – III, Kishore Kumar Chakma and Somiral Chakma also spoke on the occasion. They lauded the role of District Administration and the local administration for extending help to flood victims.

The winter vegetable seeds distribution function was also attended by S. N. Singpho, ZPM, Tongko Singpho, Chairperson, Bordumsa Anchal Samity and A.K.Lalan, HDO, Bordumsa.



Hinda-I FC win first ever Takam Todo Football Trophy

ITANAGAR, Nov 06: Hinda-I FC won the first ever Takam Todo Trophy district level football club championship beating Gora Makik FC by 1-0 goal in final at Palin on November three last.

The all important goal was scored by Gichik Taming in 35 minutes.

Dari Kadung Takam of Gora Makik team was adjudged the Best Player of the championship while Risso Achung of Hinad-I FC was declared best goalkeeper. Giogi Lama of JNV Palin became the highest scorer with 6 goals goal in his kitty.

JNV Palin walked away with Fairplay Team award.

The winning team was awarded cash prize of Rs 50,000 while the Runners up team was given Rs.25,000.

Attending the valedictory function, Lower Subansiri Zilla Parishad Chairperson Likha Tongam advised the youths of Kurung Kumey district to excel at their chosen field of activity or whatever they do through hard work and determination. He said that such tournament provides a good platform to the players to show hidden talents. He contributed few amounts to the fund of organizing committee.

ANSU general secretary Arjun Panye while describing the scopes of a good sportspersons in today’s world, advised the players to take up the sports professionally. He said that one can earn livelihood as well as personal glory from sports.

ANSU Finance Secretary Takam Tayam also spoke on the occasion and thanked all the participating teams for maintaining discipline and sportsman spirit throughout the tournament. He informed that the winner’s prize would be enhanced to Rs. One Lakh from next year and the tournament would be conducted at state level.

Earlier, Takam Talum Dado gave the welcome address.

Present on the occasion were Chuku Takar, ADC Pania, Takam Kanam, BDO Palin, Takam Titus, LRSO, officers, executive members of ANSU, panchyat members, among others.



Leadership training programme for AYCC and booth level office bearers

ITANAGAR, Nov 06: The Indian National Congress (IYC) conducted a Leadership Training program for the elected office bearers of the Assembly Youth Congress Committee and the Booth level office bearers of the Tuting-Yingkiong and Geku-Mariyang constituencies, Upper Siang District at Yingkiong on Oct 24. The Training program was conducted by the master Coaches from J.N.I.L.T, Delhi and  Itanagar respectively and around 180 delegates from the two constituencies participated in the training program.

Earlier, welcoming all the delegates and participants in the program Assembly President Tuting-Yingkiong constituency Apang Jongkey appealed them to maintain discipline and get full benefit from the Training program. Marpin Basar, General Secretary, APYC also spoke on the occasion and appealed the Youth Congress members to actively participate in the programmes being conducted by Youth Congress.

Taker Taloh, General secretary, LYC, also spoke on the occasion and encouraged the Youth Congress members to work for the party.

Youths are the backbone of the party, said DCC president cum Zilla Parishad chairperson Dunggoli Libang.  He asked the Youth Congress to strengthen the party at the grassroots level.

Meanwhile, Tuting-Yingkiong Assembly Constituency Youth Congress  expressed shock over the death of five passenger in a tragic road accident on Nov 4 evening. The members conveyed deep sense of condolence to  bereaved family. The AYC members further condemned  reckless driving.



Development a distant dream for Dambuk villagers

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Nov 06: Eminent citizens, including Gaon Buarhs and PRI members of Dambuk Sub-division in Lower Dibang Valley district have expressed resentment over the indifferent attitude of the successive state governments towards their long standing problems.

The people allege that their leaders are ignoring the problems and issues of public interests thus betraying the people of rural area.

In a written statement, the members of ‘Dambuk People’s Welfare Committee’ (DPWC) led by Head GB Maktel Pertin alleged that the successive governments have miserably failed to address the various problems of their area. Road connectivity to the most important area in the district has not been developed till date, it rued.

Expressing serious concern over undue delay in construction of roads and bridges connecting Dambuk, the DPWC members said that neither the BRO nor the State PWD was sincere in their works. The sub-division remained isolated from rest of the world due to delay in construction of Bridge over Sissar River between Aohali and Dambuk. The state PWD is also found sluggish in their construction work of RCC Bridge over the same river (at its downstream) between Bomjir and Bijari.

The Dambuk sub-division, which falls under Dambuk Assembly Constituency, has a population of about 30,000 where various communities like Adi, Idu-Mishimi, Galo and Mishing are living together in peace and harmony. But, the sub-division has earned the dubious distinction of being the most backward sub-divion of the district due to lack of basic infrastructural facilities.

Talking to this correspondent, Dambuk Block Congress Secretary Tokbom Saring said that people of Dambuk are still living in middle-age lifestyle.

“Electricity and surface communication are still a distant dream for the villagers. Jumbo is the only means to cross the river-points. We have to pay Rs 500 to cross the river to go to either Roing or Pasighat for various purposes,” Saring exclaimed.

Dambuk area is located at about 50 km North-east of Pasighat, while it is 40 km south of Roing. Located on a hilly terrain, the place is enriched with natural flora and fauna. The area is considered as one of the rice bowls in Eastern Arunachal districts. The fertile soils of the hilly land also support growing of cash crops, rubi and khariff vegetables besides oilseeds and different medicinal herbs.



People decry poor BSNL mobile service

BOMDILA, Nov 06:  Large number of disgruntled BSNL customers spearheaded by  Bomdila Town Committee (BTC), All West Kameng Students Union (AWKSU) and West Kameng Indigenous Peoples Society (WKIPS) participated in a demonstration against the BSNL for its poor mobile services in West Kameng District. The protesting members raised slogans against the GM BSNL Arunachal Circle. They asked the BSNL authorities to improve the mobile and other services.

Leading the protesters, BTC Vice Chairman Tsering Wange categorically asked the BSNL authorities not to test the patience of West Kameng District. He said, "The mobile services of BSNL have touched a new low inflicting harassment to the subscribers.”

Khambo Desisow, Asstt General Secretary of AWKSU stated that poor service has become the brand name for BSNL which is a matter of shame for BSNL authorities. He served an ultimatum of 25 days to BSNL to improve its services and threatened to gherao the office of BSNL after November 30, if no improvement is noticed.

The protesters carrying placards and shouting slogans against BSNL’s poor service marched from BSNL office to Telephone Exchange and culminated at the gate of Deputy Commissioner’s office. Office bearers and representatives from BTC, AWKSU and WKIPS later submitted a memorandum which was addressed to the Union telecom Minister to Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi. The DC assured the delegation members that the memorandum would be forwarded to the appropriate authorities at the earliest.



Seminar cum workshop on Laparoscopic surgery held

PASIGHAT, Nov 06: Seminar on Continued Medical Education (CME) was held at the General Hospital Pasighat on Sunday last.

Medical Superintendent Dr. Onik Moyong highlighted the advantages of laparoscopic surgery. He informed that Laparoscopic-surgery has replaced open-surgery for many interventions over the years and has been associated with less minor complications as well as shorter duration of hospital stay when compared to open-surgery. Though there is still a major gap in the implementation of modern surgical methods in other parts of the state, the people of Pasighat would be lucky enough and highly benefited availing the service from now onwards, he added.

Prof. Dr. Monoj Chowdhury, consultant and Laparoscopic Surgeon, GNRC Guwahati also shared his experiences on latest trend on Laparoscopic surgeries on the occasion.

The seminar was participated by all the medical officers of the district.

Later, a workshop on Liapro-Cholecystect was conducted at Assa Nurshing Home, Pasighat on the next day where 11 patients were operated successfully by the experts. DIPRO


News Impact

Cooperatives crucial allies in fight against hunger

Small-scale food producers can gain access to local and global markets with the help of cooperatives, says FAO.  One of the only chances small-scale food producers have to gain competitive access to local and global markets is by banding together in cooperatives, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a meeting of the World Cooperatives Congress in Manchester. He said that Cooperatives follow core values and principles that are critical to doing business in an equitable manner that seeks to empower and benefits its members and the community. In the case of agriculture, the cooperative business model helps small- and medium-scale farmers, fishers and others add value to their production and gain access to markets. Many food producers, through their cooperatives, are now even taking part in policy-making discussions that affect their lives.

The FAO chief said that his Organization was committed to fostering the growth of agricultural cooperatives, including through appointing special ambassadors for cooperatives to spread the word and by developing approaches, guidelines, methodologies and training tools on organizational development and policy support.

He called on his audience to contribute to the global plan of action that will emerge from the International Year of Cooperatives, perhaps by assisting less advanced fellow cooperatives in developing countries.

Pauline Green, President of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), also stressed the importance of increased participation of the people in the decision making process.

"Whether you are in the UK, Brazil, Kenya,Thailand or Nepal, cooperatives help to generate employment, boost national economies and reduce poverty," he told.


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