November 08

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Nov 07: 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


AAPSU seeks additional forces for conference

ITANAGAR, Nov 07: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union(AAPSU) has written to chief secretary requesting for additional police force to be deployed at Ziro for forthcoming AAPSU conference cum election to be held from November 19 to 22.

Specially seeking deployment of CRPF and ITBP, AAPSU called for strict checking to be done in various entry points to Ziro from both Upper and Lower Subansiri districts. It is expected that large number of students will participate in the conference and in view of it law-order breakdown cannot be ruled out, union stated while justifying their demand for additional police force.


Trace out missing SP: ANYA

ITANAGAR, Nov 07: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has expressed serious concern over how Superintendent of police MS Chauhan staged his own missing drama. In a letter to Chief Minister, ANYA called for proper investigation into the matter as Chauhan was dealing with very sensitive PDS scam.

“If authorities manage to crack his missing case, it will strength believe of people and will also lift the image of state which has been battered by the incident,” ANYA stated. Meanwhile ANYA appealed CM to take serious note of the spread of dengue fever in Arunachal Pradesh. Association called for proper awareness campaign be carried out in this regard.   


Painting competition for children

ITANAGAR, Nov 07: The Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board, Naharlagun today organized an “On the Spot Painting Competition for the Children” of Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme at Naharlagun.

This event was organized as a part of the year-long Diamond Jubilee Celebrations to commemorate the achievements of Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi which has entered into its 60th year of establishment.

Children beneficiaries from twenty nine RGN Crèche Centres of Itanagar Capital Complex participated in the Competition. Byabang Ripa, Tana Khampu, Nyabi Haji Kulo and Hake Una were awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd and consolation prizes respectively.


Basic course for commissioners

ITANAGAR, Nov 07: A week-long basic course for commissioners was conducted at the State Training Centre, Bharat Scouts and Guides, Polo Colony, Naharlagun from Nov 1 to 6.  The  prog-ramme was organized for the heads of the institutions to provide the fundamentals of scouting  and guiding activities. R S Shekhawat, retired state commissioner, Scout, Rajasthan imparted the training to the 24 participants.


Animals treated for FMD

ITANAGAR, Nov 07: A large number of animals were either treated or vaccinated against foot and mouth disease (FMD) by a team of Scientists from ICAR, Basar under the supervision of Dr. Doni Jini, Dr.B.Yongam and Dr.T.Borah at Padi village of Daring circle under West Siang district recently.

The team conducted door to door treatment of sick animals in and around Padi village with the help of village leaders. Atleast 33 animals, including mithun, pig and cattle were treated and few of them were vaccinated against FMD. Information regarding preventive measures for various common diseases in animals and poultry were also provided to the villagers by the team of experts.

The team of Scientists from ICAR, Basar had rushed to the village following massive outbreak of FMD in mithun and other domestic animals.


AADSU appeals for early restoration of roads

ITANAGAR, Nov 07: All Anjaw District Students  Union (AADSU) has appealed to the state Govt, particularly the  department concerned to expedite the  road restoration works in all circles of Anjaw district.  Anjaw district is cut off from rest of the world for last six months due to landslide caused by unprecedented rain.  The common people  are facing untold miseries as the prices of essential commodities are soaring up following the road blockade, the union said.  The worst sufferers are the patients who are not able to move out the district for further treatment, it added.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the Union met the Commander, 48 BRTF Demwe  and discussed the problems faced by the  people due to highway blockade at Mompani and Chaglagam.  The Union claimed that the commander assured them to restore the road communication within 15 days.


48 hours bandh temporarily suspended

ITANAGAR, Nov 07: The Youth Association of Ross Panchayat (YARP) and Dakte Hoj Youth Welfare Association (DHPYWA) have temporary suspended the proposed 48 hours bandh call supposed to start from 10th of this month. The decision was taken following the decision of the NEEPCO authority to discuss about the appointments of land affected people of the Pare Hydro Electric Project (PHEP) in B, C & D category jobs in a meeting to be held at Shillong on 16th of this month. The Parents body namely, Pare Project Land Affected Welfare Committee (PPLAWC) will also attend the meeting at Shillong, according to a release issued jointly by the organizations.

NEEPCO had  convened several meetings earlier  but failed to provide jobs to the  project affected youths, the organizations said  and threatened to launch 48hr bandh call from 26th of this month if NEEPCO authority fails to come out with concrete decision to provide job to local youths in the proposed meeting, the organizations.


Court reacts

ITANAGAR, Nov 07:  The court ensures result oriented case management by expediting harassment free trial and timely disposal of civil and criminal cases, said a release issued from  the office of the additional district and session judge, Eastern Zone, Pasighat.

Reacting to a news item published in this daily under the heading “Advocate urged to give up professional misconduct” on Oct 30 wherein the addl district and Session court, Pasighat has been alleged of irregularities and illegal conduct,  the release said that  ‘such publication does not hold any credibility’.

“If at all any irregularities and illegal conduct are committed, the office of the additional Dist and Session Judge, Pasighat is open for verification from day one of functioning by the competent authority,” the release said.

It suggested the East and Upper Siang Bar Association not to mislead the pubic at large but cooperate with the court and give true benefit to the litigants.


GGL group editor tenders apology

ITANAGAR, Nov 07: While responding to a letter issued by the Tagin Welfare Society (TWS), Itanagar,  editor of GGL Group publication Nyamo Doji today tendered apology to Tagin community for derogatory words used in the  general knowledge book -2011. “I promise that the said wrong information which might heart the sentiment of Tagin Community will be corrected in the next publication and I withdraw all the books which carry such wrong information from the market,” Doji said in a release.   

The TWS in its letter to the editor, GGL group of company demanded apology within 15 days for using derogatory words on Tagin in the GK book -2011. In the GK book it was reportedly said that “ the Tagin are not expert and skilled in the art of weaving and in the past, they import their long coats of wool from Tibet.” The derogatory words ‘not expert and skilled in the art of weaving’ are very much hurting the Tagin community, the TWS said. It further said demanding withdrawal of book  from the market and libraries.


B.s.g Foundation Day Celebrated

DAPORIJO, Nov 7: The Bharat Scouts and Guides in Upper Subansiri District today celebrated  its foundation day at Bazar Middle School. About 200  Scouts and Guides from Daporijo  Higher Secondary school, Ligu Secondary school and from Bazar, Liruk, Rijo, Sikarijo, APP Bn and town  middle schools and  JNV Megdong participated in the day long programme. Later a peace procession was organized which was flagged off by Timpu  Maying, Headmaster of Rijo middle school.  While addressing the gathering both Maying and P Kalita, DTO (Scout) lauded the role of scouts and guides. The Senior Scouts and Guides, Scout masters and Guide Captains also actively participated in the programme.


NBCC distributes rice and salt

ITANAGAR, Nov 07: Nyishi Baptist Church Council in collaboration with NEICORD Shillong distributed 3250 tons of Rice and 1200 tons of salt to 3250 famine affected families of Tali, Pipsorang, Chambang, Kamporijo and Gangte circles from October 31 to November 4. The team also conducted free medical camp at Yangte. More than 100 patients were benefited from the medical camp.


NHPC day celebrated

ROING, Nov 7:  The staff of the Dibang Multipurpose Project, Roing has celebrated the NHPC Day 2012  today at Project site, Roing.

Speaking on the occasion DMP General Manager, V. K. Rattan highlighted the achievement of NHPC including the present status of Baira Siul, Loktak & Salal Projects. He also exhorted the employees to put in all efforts to bring NHPC up with flying colours in the years to come.  The GM also distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions. Cultural items presented by Project employees, students and local cultural groups were major attraction of the celebration.






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

If I can do it, you can too: Mary Kom

State Govt honors ‘Magnificent Mary’ with cash award  

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ITANAGAR, Nov 07: Being poor does not mean that you are incapable of doing anything, said boxing icon from North East MC Mary Kom.

"My poor economic background has never been a hurdle for me to go ahead with my ambition. It never deterred me from pursuing boxing,” Mary Kom, the five time world champion and Olympic bronze medalist, told this reporter in a brief interview in the sideline of the North East Youth Festival here today.

Sending a message to the sportspersons of Arunachal Pradesh, Mary Kom, also known as ‘Magnificent Mary’ in the boxing fraternity said, “If I can do it you can do it too.” The boxing icon from North East, who reached pinnacle of glory through her strong willpower and determination, said, “Stubborn willpower and strong determination can conquer many obstacles”.

While reiterating her willingness to groom boxers from the North East states at her Boxing Academy in Manipur, Mary Kom said that whoever is interested in boxing can join her academy.

"You have energy and talent to excel in the field of sports. Work hard and success will follow," she said.

Meanwhile, Mary Kom partially blamed some kinds of physical fatigue and stress for her semifinal defeat to Nicola Adams in London Olympics as she said had put lots of energy in the previous bout. She also did not rule out some psychological effects as she had lost to Nicola in their last meeting.

On being asked as to why she had said would be happy to see her child preferring sports (shooting) other than boxing, Mary Kom said, “As a mother I do not want to see them get punched in the face by their opponents. However, it is up to them. If they wish to take up boxing I will not interfere with them in their choice,” she added.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh government presented a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to May Kom on the occasion as a token of appreciation for her Olympic feat.




NE people feel proud to be Indian: Ering

ITANAGAR, Nov 07: The Third North East Youth Festival 2012 with theme “Youth for Unity” got off to a colorful start at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy Complex, Chimpu, near here today morning.

Attending the inaugural function, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering said that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of the country and the people of this remote northeastern states feel proud be an Indian. The misconception about the people of North East by the people of mainland India should be eliminated and they be treated equally without any racial discrimination, he said.

It is pertaining to mention here that the festival is conceptualized by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs to foster national integrity and know each other better through exchange of culture besides promoting rich cultural heritage of various tribes and people of North East states.

Citing example of youth icon of North East MC Mary Kom, who being a mother of twins, has succeeded to win a medal in London Olympics, Ering exhorted the youths of the region to draw inspiration from her.

Earlier, Ering handed over the State Government’s cheque of Rs.10 lakh to Mary Kom as a token of appreciation for wining a medal in London Olympics.

Nita Chowdhury, Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs, GOI, Nehru Yuv Kendra Sangathan Director CS Pran, MLA and senior Congress leader Tako Dabi also attended the inaugural function, among others. Indian Idol fame Amit Paul and ZEE Sa Re-Ga-Ma-Pa fame Debojit Saha enthralled the audience with their melodious numbers in the evening program. Culture display by troupes from various districts and tribes of Arunachal Pradesh were the other attractions of the eventful evening.

Some of the major events to be organized during the festival are competitions in folk dance, folk music, one act play and instrumental guitar besides adventure sports like sports climbing and hiking.

Over 1500 participants from 24 states, including 638 NSS volunteers are participating in the festival organized by the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs under the sponsorship of Union Ministry of Youth Affairs.




4  trucks, 2 dumpers used for illegal extraction of minerals seized

ITANAGAR, Nov 07: Taking serious note of alleged illegal extraction of minor minerals from various river beds in Papum Pare district, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu along with the Joint Director Dr Dilip Kr Chutia and Asstt Mineral Development Officer Tassar Talo of the Geology and Mining department and police conducted a surprise checking in different river bed quarries near Diomukh area today.  The team apprehended around 20 labours all from outside the state and seized four trucks and two dumpers which were engaged in such illegal extraction of minor minerals and its transportation. The team further observed that indiscriminate  and unlawful extraction of minor minerals were going on for quite some time.  It was very surprising to note that during the surprise checking, no person involved in extraction of minor minerals could produce any valid mining permit for extraction of minor minerals. Besides, the stone crusher units at Doimukh area for supplying stone chips to the railway project could not produce any valid document to operate their crusher units.

A first information report was also formally lodged to that effect in the Doimukh Police Station for next course of action to prevent the unlawful extraction of minor minerals and pilferage of revenue thereon, according to an official release.



Life-skills workshops thrill Wakro students

WAKRO,  Nov 07: “If I could have attended such workshops in my childhood, my life would have been entirely different” said, Prof Parthasarathy Roy, teacher of Japanese at Shantiniketan, as he addressed the valedictory session of the 4 days’ workshop on Lifeskills for secondary students at Wakro. “I would love to attend these workshops again, for I have learnt many new ideas in just one session”, he said, complimenting the faculty for their innovative presentation of ideas for youth.

The workshop for students, the first of its kind in Lohit, is being organized by the VT-AWIC Youth Library Network, jointly with ASSET, Wakro and the Lohit Dist Education Dept. The programme, in line with the CBSE’s new objectives, is aimed to bring out the hidden personal traits of the secondary students and sensitize them to develop a focussed life, which is much more than just scoring marks in exams. The faculty is P. Viswanath and K. Bhushan from the Vivekananda Trust, Mysore, who have been conducting several such workshops in JNVs in N. India as well as schools in South India.

Speaking on the occasion, Gophailum Kri, Secretary, ASSET advised the students to develop a new personality after this workshop, by giving up the 2 worst addictions of a youth:  TV watching and mobile phone. Dr. S. Nayil, patron of APNE Library, Wakro, also reminded the participants that to be successful, enhancing learning should be a life-long effort, with such novel workshops.

The impact of the workshop was visible, as several participants narrated how the problem-solving techniques can help them to tackle issues in life. Speaking movingly, Andeoso Minin, a class 9 student of Govt Sec School, Wakro narrated how he struggled to overcome his timidity, to come forward to share his thoughts. “I am now determined not to come under self-destructing habits like drinking, smoking and drugs.” Priya Ngi, class 7, KGBV Wakro said she discovered the importance of silence in sharpening our mind. Participants found the workshop delightful.

Earlier, the workshop was inaugurated by Seema Bhatt, biodiversity and eco-tourism consultant, New Delhi, who appealed to the participants to cultivate a love for their beautiful environment. “Start learning from Mother Nature, you would continue to get a lot from her”.  P. Viswanath, chief resource person, outlined, how the CBSE has discovered that to emerge as a happy, successful citizen, students need to develop abilities related to Life, such as thinking, social, inter-personal and emotional skills, much more than what can be got from  text-books. The meeting was attended by several teachers and parents of Wakro.



Dept clarifies the ‘facts’ on VAT

ITANAGAR, Nov 07: The office of the Chief Engineer, PWD Eastern Zone said that the news item under the caption “Undue financial benefit extended to the contractors…..” published in this daily on  Oct 15  is found to be not correct.

Informing that Executive Engineer, PWD Yingkiong division  has  given a clarification  on the matter,  Sr Finance and Account officer on behalf of CE, EZ, PWD in a release said  “The fact is that the division had entered in work contract with 18 nos of contractors for works worth Rs 5.98 crore between December 2007 to April 2008. Out of these 18 contractors, 2 contracts were for supplied item and other 16 contracts were for  works executed. As per agreement   these two supply contract  was amounting to Rs 5,90,03,575.00 including 4 per cent VAT. However, due to confusion in deduction of VAT, the amount was neither remitted to tax department nor paid to contractor.  As per agreement, VAT amount of these two supply bills was Rs 20.23 lakhs,  out of which 1.88 lakh has been remitted vide challan No 4417 Dtd 15/01/2009 and balance  VAT amounting to Rs 18.49 lakh  could be remitted to the Superintendent of Tax  during  finalization of bills. Regarding remaining 16 agreement there was no cause for deduction of VAT, as the VAT was just introduced in Arunachal Pradesh and there was much confusion in deduction of VAT. Total agreement amount of these 16 contract work was Rs 1,07,39,290.00. Hence, the involvement of VAT is only four percent that is Rs 4.30 lakh. Therefore, the calculation VAT is not found to be correct. As all these contractors are engaged in other works under this division, these amount will be recovered from them at the time of payment of bills.”

Referring to the news item “Mode of hiring bulldozer questioned” (Oct 19), the Sr Finance and Account officer quoting the reply of the executive engineer, PWD Boleng division said that the  extra expenditure or excess payment shown is “not found in order.” “Whatever rated finalized/approved by the authority was taken into consideration and accordingly works were executed. Therefore, extra expenditure/excess payment against the referred works does not arise,” it said.



CWC Chairperson & members visit ‘Childline’

ITANAGAR, Nov 07: The CWC Chairperson and members from sixteen districts of Arunachal Pradesh visited the Childline services at Don Bosco Youth Centre here.  The visiting team interacted with the staff of Childline and gave valuable information and advice on how to work effectively for the welfare of children in distress.

Dr. Bhomik, Asst. Director, National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development and Tokmem Pertin Loyi, Joint Director, Women and Child Development and Mepung Tadar Bage spoke on the role of Childline and how allied departments can help in reaching out more effectively to children.

It is worth mentioning that, Childline Itanagar is the first of its kind in Arunachal and caters to children in distress.  It is a National 24-hour, free, emergency phone in and outreach service for children in need of aid and assistance.

Initiated in 1996 as a pilot project in Mumbai, Childline is a project run by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India in collaboration with the State Government, NGOs, Academic Institutions, UNICEF and the Corporate Sector. It has been set up to provide assistance to children in distress particularly missing children, runaway and abused children, child in need of medical assistance, child laborers, street children, substance abuser children etc. It also offers shelter and rehabilitation and other long term services.

The service spans 31 states and union territories, 230 cities and districts, with 475 partner organizations directly involved in service delivery and also logs in 2 million calls a year. Childline is a civil-society-government partnership under the aegis of the ministry of women and Child Development (MWCD), Government of India. Childline India Foundation (CIF) is the organization for the CHILDLINE 1098 service in India.  The Childline 1098 service has been recognized as a critical child protection mechanism in the country. It receives special mention in the Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) Act, 2000.



U-DISE DCF training cum workshop

TEZU, Nov 07: One day U-DISE Training Programme cum Workshop on Data Captured Formats for the year 2012-13 was imparted on each Blocks at Tezu, Namsai, Mahadevpur, Chongkham and Wakro with effect from October 30 to November 3 last.

U-DISE DCF has been developed by MHRD, New Delhi as per the need of implementation of RTE Act to record all type of information required for Annual Work Plan and Budget for the year 2013-14 which will be based on the collected data. All the heads of schools attended the programme.

The programme was organized by District DISE Cell, Tezu under the guidance K. Rina, DDSE, Tezu.

K. Rina, District Programme Co-ordinator, RMSA, and Pill Thakur assisting the programme explained in detail the importance of U-DISE and showed the instructions of filling up an error free DCF for Annual Work Plan of the District.

In connection with filling up DCF, for its collection and error free data, District DISE Coordinator, S.C. Tiwari with the help of R.P. Sati imparted training to the Principals, Headmasters, teachers and EVS of every school (government as well as private), EGS. The effective preparation of DCF is obligatory for District Annual Work Plan and Budget 2012-13 of SSA and RMSA.

The Extra Assistant Commissioner, Lekang and Chongkham along with all the BRCCs & CRCCs also attended the Training Programme.


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The woes of MGNREGA staff

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I want to express the woes of  MGNREGA staff in Upper Subansiri District. The Scheme was launched in the district on June, 2006 through proper advertisement and more than 104 candidates had been appointed in different fields under the scheme. Many of the staff had already left their service under the MGNREGA and  only 58 personnel are working on this scheme under DRDA, Daporijo  with fixed amount of honorarium.

Regarding the pay enhancement of unskilled labourer under MGNREGA, I would like to mention here that at the initial stage, it was only Rs. 55 Per day, later it was enhanced gradually (Rs. 65, Rs. 85, Rs.ll8, Rs. 124 per day). Now  the  workers under the scheme are  drawing Rs. 150 Per day. But there is no any enhancement for staff honorarium nor there any move for regularization of staff after 6-7 years of service. Moreover,  the staff are engaged in different field like Booth Level Officer (BLO), Enumerator, Census operators and also in election duty without paying any extra honorarium.

It is almost impossible to educate the children and run the family with such meager amount under the scheme. Sometimes,  this meager honorarium is not provided on time.

We have already completed six years of service duration under MGNREGA scheme under DRDA, Upper Subanslri District. But the department  has not cleared our pending honararioum for 17 months. We have submitted representation to Chief Minister, Member of Parliament, Central leaders  on several occasions, but no any positive result till date.

Therefore, I on behalf of the all staff of MGNREGA would like to request the concern authority to clear our outstanding dues with enhanced rate and make some efforts to regularize our service.  


Tagio Dugi


Upper Subansiri

Global warming and challenges

The world is headed for 6°C of warming by the end of the century if governments do not increase the ambition of their emissions reduction targets, according to a new report. An assessment of existing pledges by the consultancy PwC found that cuts need to be much deeper.

The new reality is a much more challenging future in terms of planning, financing and predictability. Even doubling our current annual rates of decarbonisation globally every year to 2050, would still lead to 6°C, making governments’ ambitions to limit warming to 2°C appear highly unrealistic,” said Jonathan Grant, director, sustainability and climate change, PwC.

Predictions of a world with 6°C of warming are universally dire, with the polar ice caps fully melted, mass migration and starvation. A period of warming of 6°C around 250 million years ago led to the extinction of 95% of the Earth’s living species at that time according to research from Bristol University.

PwC report adds to a number of studies by UNEP and the IEA energy watchdog warning that efforts to reduce emissions must be ramped-up.