November 15

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: 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


Bear cub rescued, released in Zoo

ITANAGAR, Nov 14:  A baby Bear cub was rescued by Jackiey Teli of P-Sector Nirjuli. The rescued animal was handed over to Itanagar Zoo authority for rehabilitation and conservation yesterday, informed, RFO cum Curator of Biological Park Itanagar.


Tagar writes to CM

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: MLA Takam Tagar in a representation to Chief Minister said that farmers of 18-Palin Assembly constituency are facing problems due to huge damaged of agricultural crops by rodent.

He appealed to the Chief Minister to direct the concerned Deputy Commissioner and administrative officers to take stock of the situation and provides immediate relief to farmers of the 18-Palin Assembly constituency.


PHE & WS Secy sets out on foot tocreate awareness on NBA at Taksing

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: PHE & WS Secretary Tomi Ete accompanied by M. Kino, AE PHE Nacho and RC Sharma, JE PHE set out on foot to Taksing, one of the border outpost of Upper Subansiri on November 11. He was expected to reach Taksing today.

The sole aim of his visit was to create awareness on “Nirmal Bharat Abhiyaan”; Sanitation and its aspects.

On his way to Limeking from Daporijo, Ete visited some of the village water supply projects under various stages of execution.

Later, T Dulom, AE PHE, Daporijo and M. Tatu, AE PHE Dumporijo along with other staff, after seeing off the team, organized a block level advocacy cum awareness workshop on sustainable water supply and sanitation and training on water quality testing using FTK (Field Testing Kit) at Govt. Sec School Nacho.


NNCS organizes health camp

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: NN Charitable Society (NNCS) in collaboration with State Health Society of Arunachal organized a two days mega health camp at School ground of Govt. M.E. School of Khemlee village recently.

A total of 497 patients have benefited from the camp and medicines were distributed to the patients free of cost.

Doctors from Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun, including Dr. Taba Khana Eye Specialist and team from CHC Sagalee led by Dr. B. Bam MO, enthusiastically conducted the health camp.

The program was participated by the PRI leaders and village level health worker like ASHA and Anganwadi Worker.


Scientific Management Practices of Mithun production

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Krishi Vigyan Kendra Lohit in collaboration with Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) organized training for farmers on “Scientific Management Practices of Mithun production at Pokhari village of Wakro circle yesterday.

M.Chawlo, DTO cum PD ATMA Lohit motivated the mithun owners not only to rear the animal as sacred animal but also for getting economic benefit from its meat and milk.

Dr. PK Mallick, Program Coordinator KVK, Lohit presented  a power point slide on rearing mithun for both milk and meat and its value added products like dried mithun meat powder (Chuvi), Meat Patties, Lassi and  burfi prepared from  mithun milk, leather items and many more. He also gave detailed about Breeding, Feeding and Management of Mithun in a scientific manner.

Dr. Monalisa Longkieng, SVO, Chonkham provided details about various diseases in Mithun and Cattle like FMD and their preventive measures.

Farmers were also educated on scientific potato cultivation and sample collection for Soil testing.

Ninety-seven Mithun owners of different village like Pokhari, New Pokhari and Mawai including GB S.Mam of Pokhari and organizer Sujan Ama attended the training.


Health camp at Kolam

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: District Health Society Tirap under NRHM conducted a health camp at Kolam, Khonsa coinciding with school building inauguration by MLA Khamtok Lowang on November 9.

A team of doctors and staff led by DMO, Dr K.Perme and DRCHO cum physician Dr. N. Borang treated more than 200 patients. Immunisation and mass de-worming of school children were also done.

Awareness campaigns on maternal, child health and hospital delivery were also carried out for the benefit of mothers and pregnant women. Gift and incentives were also distributed to mothers and pregnant women.


Parents’ Day

YINGKIONG, Nov 14: SFS School celebrated Parents’ Day with colourful items by the students.

Prizes were distributed to the students for the cultural and sports items. The program was followed by the inauguration of the new school building by MLA Alo Libang and blessed by Fr. Mathew Puthumana, the Dean of Aalo Deanary. DIPRO


Demand reiterated

ITANAGAR, Nov 14:  Reiterating its demand to stop the ongoing construction of convention hall at Indira Gandhi Park here, Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clan Youth Organization has submitted a memorandum to Director, Urban Development and Housing for cancellation of the project works. The Organization also demanded the state government to appoint full-fledged home minister for curbing law and order problem in the state.


Sensitization prog on NREGA and formation of federation

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) in collaboration with Holy Trinity Ashram has conducted a day-long training and sensitization programme on NREGA and Federation for the SHG women’s of Banderdewa unit at Ashram premises, Banderdewa on Nov 10. The training programme was supported by Caritas India. Sr. Mercy SABS, Sr. Veronica Rabha SABS and Sanjit Basumatary project coordinator, IDEA attended as resource persons.

During morning session, Sanjit Basumatary, gave lecture on formation of federation and its vision and mission. In the afternoon session the resource person Sr. Mercy SABS trained the participants on NREGA and explained about its rules and regulations and  benefits under NREGA.  The resource person also responded to the queries of participants and cleared their doubt regarding NREGA. All together 35 beneficiaries took part.


Dapo-Ita APST night service bus introduced

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Much to the delight of the people of Daporijo, the APST night bus service from Daporijo to Itanagar via Ziro has been introduced on Wednesday, this was informed by Station Superintendent State Transport Service Daporijo today. Station Superintendent T. Teki in a release informed that introduction of APST  night bus service came into being only after the rigorous persuasion of Parliamentary Secretary Nido Pavitra and All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Upper Subansiri district unit.


Healing crusade gets underway

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: A four day healing crusade being organized by Jesus Touche’s U’ ministry under Christ Eternal Fellowship members began at Siddharth Hall here today. Many believers from various parts of state and neighbouring state are attending the healing crusade.


Social Service

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: A social service was conducted from G extension to upper Damsite road on November 12 and 13 under the banner of Upper Damsite Youth Welfare Association.

The BRTF, PWD, PHE departments and public also participated the social service.


Adequate security forces sought

ITANAGAR, Nov 14:  The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union and Apatani Students’ Union jointly appealed to the state Govt for deputing sufficient security forces for maintaining peace during the 24th AAPSU general conference cum election at Ziro.

Unions also stated that the social activities of Apatani tribe shall not be disturbed and no untoward disturbances shall happen during the conference. Further appealing the general public and students of Lower Subansiri district to cooperate for smooth and successful conduct of the conference cum election, AAPSU and ASU stated that law and order and peace should be maintained.





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

Latest media house attack case: 1 accused apprehended

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: In a major breakthrough, Capital Police nabbed one Tagyo Sonam, age about 33 years, of East Kameng district, one of the prime accused in Echo of Arunachal attack case, from Polo Colony, Naharlagun today.

He was sent to 14 days police remand by the court of JMFC Naharlagun and police started interrogation of the accused, according Capital SP Surender Kumar. Four police teams are conducting intensive raids throughout the Capital Complex to apprehend the other culprits, the SP informed in a release. He was hopeful that the remaining accused would be arrested very soon.

“A letter has been sent to Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner requesting for de-registration of the All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation for the barbaric and inhumane attack on the Associate Editor Tapan Das of Echo of Arunachal and ransacking the said media office,” the release informed.

Further, the Gauhati High Court, Session Court of Capital Complex and Courts of JMFC have been formally requested by Capital Police not to entertain any anticipatory bail petition to/by the accused persons, the release said.

Meanwhile,  All Galo Students Union today strongly condemned the attack on office of Echo of Arunachal and its associate editor Tapan Kr Das by a group of people on 9th November. It is not an attack on  the daily, rather on fourth pillar of the democracy, the union said. Union further appealed to the law enforcing agency to book the culprits at the earliest. It further expressed its resentment over the manhandling incident of Assistant Resident Commissioner, Arunachal Bhawan New Delhi.



CO assaulted at Koloriang, Orgs condemn

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: In a bizarre incident, newly posted Circle Officer of Koloriang namely Gyamar Amte was physically assaulted by few unidentified miscreants on Tuesday. Amte received grievous injuries.  Sources from  Koloriang said that incident occurred around 11 pm  at the Inspection Bungalow when Amte was about to sleep. The attackers escaped from the scene after assaulting Amte. A case has  been registered at Koloriang Police Station, informed DIPRO Koloriang. Amte, a  2012 APCS batch cadre reportedly was brought to Itanagar and currently he is undergoing treatment at RK Mission Hospital.

Meanwhile, attack on Circle Officer drew huge flaks from many quarters. Kurung Kumey District Panchayati Raj Coordination Committee strongly condemned the physical assault on circle officer and demanded for immediate arrest of the attackers.

Expressing deep shock at attack on Amte, Gyamar Welfare Society today sought intervention of Kurung Kumey deputy commissioner for immediate arrest of the culprits. Condemning the attack, the Society said Amte belongs to decent and peace loving family.  

Joining the condemnation Tebw Employees Forum (TEF) said that attack on law enforcing officer is a slap on administration in the state. Forum also said that assault on government employees should be discouraged and condemned by every section of the society.

Kurung Kumey Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) Unit also condemned the attack. In its two-point resolutions submitted to DC today, CoSAAP unit demanded for immediate arrest of culprits and deployment of police in the Koloriang town for safety and security of people. All Sagalee Youth Association and All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Kurung Kumey District Unit also condemned the attack.

Meanwhile, All Mengio-Silsango Employees’ Forum (AMSEF) strongly condemned the brutal attack on Gyamar Amte, without any provocation.  Describing the incident as a big slap on the face of the Kurung Kumey district administration in particular and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh as a whole, the Forum demanded immediate arrest of the assaulters and stringent punishment to them.

While condemning the brutal attack of the circle officer, Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers' Association (APCSOA), said that this is not the first time that such incident has happened in the state. Reiterating its demand for ensuring security of APCS officers posted in remote and far flung places, APCSOA urged the district administration and police to apprehend the culprits and give them punishment as per law. The association members have also prayed for early recovery of CO Amte.



Tigress escapes from Zoo, recaptured

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Giving tough times to Zoo officials and nearby residents, this morning around 7 am a tigress named “Nang” escaped from its enclosure by jumping over the wall measuring around 10(ten) feet from the Biological Park Itanagar immediately after she was removed from her night shelter. While escaping from enclosure she injured an animal attendant and then ran way to the nearby jungle.

The Zoo staff swung into action and started following her. The team led by Range Forest Officer and Veterinary Officer manage to locate the animal near Bhuka Nallah, where she was hiding inside a bush. She got aggressive seeing the team and attacked the team thereby injuring two more animal attendants. Later the injured members were admitted at RKM Hospital for treatment. Putting their own life at risk, the Zoo officials continued to follow the tigress and located the animal inside the deep forest of Zoo where they shot two rounds of tranquilizers but it missed the target.  Range Forest Officer Raya Flago coordinated with other Officers like Dy CWLW, Naharlagun, O.C. Itanagar, Dr. J. Panor, RFOs of Poma and Lobi Range during the entire search operation.  In a joint operation of Police and Forest officials at around 1:10 pm the tigress was tranquilized inside the forest and later brought back to its enclosure safely.

While talking to this daily RFO Flago informed that tigress is safe and back to the normal. The Zoo officials deserve appreciation for their timely action. However, the incident comes as a shock to the animal lovers of capital. In September 26, a tigress name Oni was killed by poachers inside the Zoo complex. The police are yet to make any arrest in this regard. The incident had shamed the state and many questioned the safety of Zoo. This latest incident of tigress escaping from her enclosure raises further question mark over safety of the Itanagar Zoo.



Tuki emphasizes SHGs’ involvement in Coop movement

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki this morning inaugurated the 59th All India Cooperative Week celebration at Polo Park, Naharlagun. The week-long celebration coincides with the International Year of Cooperatives 2012 declared by the United Nations and is being organized by the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union.

Tuki, in his inaugural address, recalled the golden days of the cooperative society during the NEFA days when most of the essential commodities were supplied by the public distribution system (PDS) run by the cooperatives or large size multipurpose cooperative societies.

“Those were the days when essential commodities reached remote and far off places of the state on time and in sufficient quantity,” he said and beckoned the cooperative society to regain its lost glory.

The Chief Minister pointed out that the department of Cooperation and the State Cooperative Union had a major role to play in making the state self-reliant. Reiterating the Government’s commitment to eradicate unemployment, he said self-employment avenues can be created through economically viable ventures only with the help of cooperative societies. “Cooperative societies are essentially for profit making ventures that can create gainful employment. I would therefore suggest that cooperative societies must be formed in every village,” Tuki said.

As Arunachal Pradesh is completely an agrarian society with over 75% people depending on agri-horti sector, Tuki said his government has attached top most priority to the sector to empower the masses.

“Animal husbandry, dairy and poultry sector in Arunachal Pradesh play special role in upliftment of rural economy.  In the background of huge market demand for milk, meat and egg, this sector requires special attention,” he suggested.

Tuki also emphasized the need to involve Self Help Groups, especially women SHGs, in the cooperative movement for better results. Reminding that under the Micro Finance Vision about 3907 women Self Help Groups have been formed he proposed to organize Self Help Group Marketing Melas in all districts.

“In this endeavor too I believe the Cooperative Movement could render its helping hand and thus strengthen rural economy,” he appealed.

Commending the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd for reviving its business, the Chief Minister called upon its officers and employees to be sincere in discharging their duties in service of the people and win their confidence.

“The only state-owned bank has passed through a rough phase. Therefore it should be ‘once bitten, twice shy’,” he cautioned.

The Chief Minister maintained that as the United Nations has declared 2012 as International Year of Cooperative with the theme – Co-operative Enterprises Build a Better World – it is the bonded duty of all, particularly the cooperators, to go for introspection as to how the cooperative movement in the state could become a people’s movement by reviving its lost glory.

The cooperative movement that started in the state from Pasighat in 1957 today has about 600 identified cooperative societies led by the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd., Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Marketing Federation, Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union and the Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Weavers’ Federation. The National Cooperative Union of India leads the movement at the national level.

The inaugural function was also attended by Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin as Guest of Honour, Agriculture & Horticulture Minister Setong Sena and local MLA Techi Kaso as Special Guests among others.

The week-long celebration would have series of programmes like a seminar, Round Panel Discussion, essay and debate competitions, a Credit Day by the Apex Bank, a bicycle race and a cultural extravaganza on the concluding day.

Later, the Chief Minister visited the exhibition-cum-sale stalls. Besides interacting with members of the cooperative societies he also bought several artifacts and local products.

Earlier in the morning, the Chief Minister paid floral tributes to Late Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister and architect of modern India, on occasion of his birth anniversary at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan, Itanagar.



SP writes to IGP on security of media houses

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: The Capital Complex Superintendent of Police Surender Kumar visited five dailies published from the capital, namely, Dawnlit Post, Echo of Arunachal, The Arunachal Times, The Independent Review and Eastern Sentinel on Sunday to review security set up. After details study, the SP has written to Inspector General of Police (West), PHQ, Itanagar about the need to take various steps to improve security measures in media houses.

The measures suggested by SP to ensure proper security includes putting up of revolving gate ensuring entry of one person at a time, putting up of concertina coil at periphery of the media office premises, putting up of barricades at entry gate to restrict easy access of vehicles inside media offices and putting up of alarm bell inside office of the editor.

To strengthen security measures of media premises, SP capital further proposed for deployment of armed guard. Media houses may deploy private security guards, and should provide security cabin for proper positioning of armed guard, putting up of additional sand bags for protection of security guards on duty, he  said.  

A patrolling party headed by SI rank officer has been detailed to patrol around media offices between 3 p.m. to 9 p.m and inspector rank officer shall supervise their patrolling.

Attendance register shall be maintained at reception of media offices and patrolling party shall mark their presence in the register as and when they visit the media office, the SP suggested.

To deal with any kind of emergency situation effectively, the SP Capital suggested few more measures. The exit gate should be cleared, senior police officers may be informed immediately for speedy response and assailants may be contained by any means, he said. The SP capital while submitting the above mentioned measures, pleaded for necessary action in this regard.

The state government often talks about providing security to the media houses and therefore it will be interesting to see how they react to the various measures suggested by SP capital in this regard.



Tourist delight ‘Hot-Water Spring’ given a new look

Gyati Kacho

DIRANG, Nov 14: The famed ‘Hot-Water Spring’ of  Dirang located 4 kms away from Dirang township en-route to Tawang was given a facelift on November 10 last with a social service-cum-cleanliness drive initiated by Dirang General Administration with support from All Dirang Students Union (ADSU) and general public of Dirang.

The spring is considered a ‘special attraction’ in the itinerary of the visiting tourists to twin districts of West Kameng and Tawang. This natural hot-water spring flows from atop the nearby hills and drains into Dirang River all throughout the year. The Sulfuric content of the spring water is said to cure various kinds of skin diseases besides rejuvenating the body and giving an aesthetic feeling to bathers. Buddhist believers from far and near throng the site and camp here to bathe and meditate during holy months. Others willing to enjoy a refreshing hot-water sulfuric bath especially during the chilling winters makes it a point to visit this place.

‘This god-gifted hot water spring is not only a boon to people of Dirang circle but an asset to the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Hence, every effort must be made to protect and preserve this important tourist destination site’, said newly appointed Dirang Additional Deputy Commissioner D. Riba, while calling for keeping the place neat and clean to attract more tourists.

Meanwhile, senior public leader Senge Tsering appealed the state Govt. specially the tourism department to provide more funds to renovate the twin-bathing pools. ‘Although it is learnt previously that the nodal department had placed some fund for the site, we have also learnt that it has been utilized in construction of a guest house for the visiting tourists and in other maintenance works. We have however to renovate the dilapidated bathing pools which are of basic and prime importance’, he explained. Indeed, the bathing pools are in bad and dirty condition with mud and silt spread all over. This is dissuading the tourists to enjoy a refreshing hot-water bath at this famed site. The pools could be properly renovated with separate bathing pools for men and women along with changing rooms to lure more visitors. Also, with proper and decent bathing facilities, some genuine amount could be fixed as entry fee to the visitors which could be used for upkeep of the important site.

Other participating students and public informed that the site was also frequented by late chief minister Dorjee Khandu, who loved coming and bathing here for its aesthetic, rejuvenating and medicinal values.

The day-long social service-cum-cleanliness drive was also participated by several Dirang based Govt. employees and public from all walks of life.  



Byaling inaugurates 33rd Annual Day of DNGC

Itanagar, Nov 14: Minister for Power RD & PR, Tanga Byaling inaugurated the 33rd Annual College Day of Dera Natung Government Degree College, here yesterday in presence of State Planning Board, Chairman Takar Marde, and AAPSU president Takam Tatung

Addressing the students, Byaling advised the students to abstain from indulging in destructive and evil deeds and to concentrate on studies to be successful in life. He cautioned the collegians not to be misused by the petty selfish organizations, which mindlessly keep giving Bandh calls so frequently. He said that those who waste their precious time of college days in bad things and bad company repents later and remain unemployed while those students who study sincerely become good officers. He further assured to look into the problems of the college as raised by the Students Union General Secretary of the college.

In his speech, Marde, called upon the youths and students to imbibe true spirit of unity and harmony as Arunachal is an ideal example of unity in diversity.

Students are backbone of the state and hence they must not do anything that goes against the development of state, he said. As knowledge is power they should strive sincerely to gain knowledge, he added.

Tatung exhorted the collegians to maintain discipline, unity and integrity. He requested both Byaling and Marde to impress upon the government and the authorities concerned to consider transformation of Dera Natung Government College into a model institution and equip it with better infrastructure facilities.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Principal Tomar Ete appreciated the positive gesture of both Byaling and Marde.

The General Secretary of the Students Union, while submitting a memorandum to Byaling and Marde highlighted various problems of the college, including lack of proper infrastructure which has not been strengthened in proportion to the growing number of students. DIPR



Safe drinking training held at Nafra and Bomdila

BOMDILA, Nov 14:  As a part of its month-long campaign to educate and create awareness among villagers of the district on Safe drinking water and water quality monitoring under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) cum Information Education and Communication (IEC), a fourth phase of mass training programme on handling of Field Test Kit (FTK), was held at Nafra and Bomdila which started from 6th and concluded on 11th November.

Addressing the gathering Zilla Parishad Chairperson Logyang Rikhong highlighted about water borne diseases in the district saying that Nafra is a jaundice prone area which is directly a water borne disease. He cautioned the participants that water borne diseases are vital issue which has to be tackled carefully. He  appreciated the PHE Department for such informative and innovative venture and appealed all the participants, who comes from remote villages of the Nafra Circle to avail such opportunity and act as the true leaders of the respective Gram Panchayat.

Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) Nafra S. Gurung stressed on proper sanitation and personnel hygiene. He said safe water in a locality is not enough to prevent sickness in the locality; we should create proper awareness about sanitation and personnel hygiene.

District Consultant (PHED) Bomdila, Lame Rida appealed all the participants to execute the knowledge gained from the training programme and constantly monitor the Drinking Water Quality to prevent water borne diseases.

Further Junior Engineer (JE) Nafra, Pulok Bhatacharjee called upon the entire participant to apply the knowledge obtained during training to bring out a positive impact.

Meanwhile a Team led by District Consultants along with Lab-Assistants and Block Coordinators manually demonstrated regarding FTK and how amateur can monitor the Drinking Water Quality during practical session.



Dedication, discipline and punctuality vital life-skills’

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: In life three things are of utmost importance: Dedicated hard work, discipline and punctuality”, said S. Lingi, SE (Power), Tezu. He was addressing the participants of 4 days workshop on Life skills training for secondary students at Tezu. “With these 3 values, you can overcome any challenge in life, however handicapped you are. And keep away from the addictions of alcohol and drugs, paralyzing development and progress of our society.” He was delivering the valedictory address of the workshop, organized by the VT-AWIC Youth Library Network, jointly with the Lohit Education Dept and ASSET, Wakro.

Lingi was also all praise for the faculty Viswanath and Bhushan from Vivekananda Trust, Mysore, for coming all the way from Mysore, to conduct the workshop for Arunachali youth.  Speaking on the occasion, Rajendra Babu, Asstt. Prof., Indira Gandhi College, Tezu, who had earlier inaugurated the workshop, lauded the Bamboosa Library for organising a unique workshop for the youth of Tezu.

“The sessions have been so irresistible that I attended most of it” he said. Declaring his full support to the library’s reading promotion campaign, Sri. Babu presented the Bamboosa Library a cheque of Rs. 10,000 for strengthening its programs.

Admiring the Bamboosa Library for its varied activities, Vishnu Rana, Editor, Lohit Mirror, hoped that the participants would make full use of the excellent library to develop quality and skills in their life. “No skills mean, no strength to stand up in life”, he pointed out.

K. Rina, DDSE, Lohit has conveyed his hearty appreciation for the successful organization of the workshops in Lohit.

Several participants spoke spiritedly of their impressions of the workshop. Nitusi Yun, a library activist, presented a vivid account of the sessions, demonstrating the efficacy of note-taking. Participants Deep Das,  Dilip Chetri,  Tule Dorjee, and Purabi Nath, described how the workshop has awakened their mind while Pura Amu, Vandana Rajput, Raj Bhowmick and Sachin Yadav shared their happy impressions of the stimulating sessions they attended for the first time.

Rasna Begum, teacher, Govt Middle school SSB Camp narrated how the sessions would benefit her to guide her students. Achailu Tayang, library activist, ably conducted the proceedings.

Highlight of the workshop was a series of puzzles, games and role-plays that brought out important aspects like Thinking, problem-solving, emotional and social skills. In addition were the study-skills very wittily presented by Viswanath, who had a long experience of working with Arunachali adolescents. These were very vital, he said, for students to come out of disastrous habits like rote-learning of lessons, instead of concentrating on the core areas.  Yealiang, Tamblu, carnatic music teacher and Advisor, Bamboosa Library, demonstrated in an enchanting way, how the music and rhythmic skills enhanced the personality of a youth.

Addressing the participants, Bapenlu Kri, UPO Anjaw exhorted the participants to focus on their goals of life and work spiritedly to attain them. S. Marap, Vice Prinicpal, Govt Hr. Sec School, Tezu reminded the students to inculcate these vital skills, highlighted by the CBSE.

The workshop was sponsored by the Surajmal Jalan Charitable Trust, Dibrugarh.


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This is not a sign of civilized society

Dear Editor,

Every morning, as I browse the internet edition of Arunachal Times, a feeling of chilling eerie sink down below my spine, seeing the reminder message of an anti-social elements still at large in society, who made an unsuccessful attempt on the life of Associate Editor of Arunachal Times, Tongam Rina. More than hundred days have already passed.  But the incident that had brought the functioning of all institutions of our society to almost grinding halt and  the incident that invited lavish condemnation from all sectors of society, forcing the government to promise to bring the perpetrators of heinous crime to justice, has failed to see the light at the end of the tunnel yet.

The footprints of the incident are yet to dry, a similar incident of attack on another media house echoes across the state to the dismay of the peace loving people of the society. Any person with an average intelligence can make out that the failure on the part of system to bring the perpetrators of earlier similar incidents has emboldened the anti-social elements to repeat this condemnable act. It can be presumed that  frequency of such act will increase, giving an uncomfortable sense of social impunity for the same, unless responsible citizens of the society act upon to bring them to logical conclusion.

This is not a sign of a civilized society, and of course, not the legacy our founding fathers of democracy and Republic have hoped for. This successful enactment of extra-constitutional act by certain vested interest group shows that we are in a society hosting inefficient systems where our future is not safe, the future of our children are bleak. Every individual of the society, from the highest echelon in the power-ladder to the grass-root level player is responsible for making such a society, by deliberately ignoring the existence of threat that is looming large. People with silver spoon in their mouth, should realize that they too could be in the receiving end of the society ridden with inefficient systems in their days of hardship.

So, it is in the interest of every one of us, irrespective of religion, region, caste, tribe and gender, to build and nurture a society with such systems which can efficiently deliver welfare services that is predictable, valid and reliable. This will act as a perpetual insurance for secured future, not only for us but also for our siblings too. Having fearless, neutral and ethical media house under certain legislative provision is one of the basic requirements for having a progressive society.

Last but not the least, heroism does not mean to do something extra-ordinary, but it means doing something that helps to maintain and increase the smooth and efficient functioning of the systems of our society. That way, every one of us, from the top most political executive to a person living in interior village without road, potable water and electricity can be a hero, by contributing in our small way, helping to make the system of our society more smooth and efficient. That is the panacea for all the ills of our society.


Dr Tana Natung,






Ahi Valley cries for development

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the Chief Minister towards the backwardness of Ahi valley, one of the remote areas located in the Dibang valley district under Anelih Arzoo circle.    The area remains isolated. Virtually, there is no means of communication and there is no transportation facilities. As a result, the area remains underdeveloped in terms of education, communication and good governance.

It is worth mentioning here that surface communication project being undertaken by the PWD to connect entire Ahi valley is going on very slowly for last many decades. Therefore, the project should be handed over the BRTF for early materialization. Moreover,  the authorities should give utmost importance to the education sector  for balanced development.


Omila Migi

RGU, Doimukh

Barrier in internet access

The United Nations agency, UNESCO called on governments to implement policies that facilitate broadband connectivity instead of putting up barriers particularly during political developments.

Knowledge and ideas today flow in volumes and at speed that we could not have imagined years ago, ‘regardless of frontier’ and at low cost, the Assistant Director-General for Communication of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Janis Karklins told participants at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). However, barriers to this flow still exist, and new ones continue to emerge.

UNESCO recognizes that the Internet holds enormous potential for development, providing an unprecedented volume of resources for information and knowledge and opens up new opportunities. The principle of freedom of expression must apply not only to traditional media but also to the Internet and all types of emerging media platforms which will definitely contribute to development, democracy and dialogue, it states.

In an IGF session focusing on online freedom of expression, Karklins said UNESCO has seen cases of Internet service shutdowns during times of political developments in some countries, limiting connection of specific communication platforms, arbitrarily blocking and filtering content, and criminalizing legitimate speech to silence dissent. He observed that unwarranted surveillance and violations of the right to privacy have also been inflicted upon Internet users around the world. Many have faced imprisonment, harassment and cyber-attacks.

The UNESCO official also underlined that States must promote accessible Internet connection and inexpensive equipment, as well as media literacy among their citizens.


Children’s Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Arunachal Pradesh along with rest of the country celebrated Children’s Day today.

Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) contributed 40 bags of ration items to Oju Mission Residential School for the Orphanage and Destitute Children, Naharlagun on the occasion of Children’s Day today.

The APYC team led by its president Tadar Niglar visited the Oju Mission complex, including its vocational training centre and orphan / destitute children during which the team practically came across with some certain problems like fund constraints of the Oju Mission Residential School.

Chairperson of Oju Welfare Association Bini Yanga thanked the APYC and the Rahul (Rahul Gandhi) brigade for the ration contributions. She urged the visiting team to apprise the State Government of the problems of OWA.

The 36 Bn CRPF organized various sport competitions at Lapnan village of Tirap district as part of the Children’s Day celebration where the students of Govt. Primary School and Arun Jyoti School took part.

High jump, long jump and running races were organized.

Distributing prizes to the children and the school staffs, B C Sharma assured that the 36 Bn CRPF will make every possible effort to encourage the children towards games and sports. Besides games and sports, children should also take interest in every creative activities, he said.

VKV Nirjuli organized a ‘Grand Science Exhibition’ on the Children’s Day today where over 600 students participated enthusiastically and more than 250 models exhibited. The exhibition saw the culmination of one month’s intense planning and enthusiastic preparation by the students of Class VI to XI.

This science exhibition was inaugurated by Yeshi Wangmo Ringu, Director of Disaster Management. On her arrival, she was welcomed by the successful test launch of a rocket made by the students of Class IX and X. They were guided by senior science teacher Madan Sarkar.

Ringu, moved from one model to another and enthusiastically saw all the various models. Small kids of Class VI were seen explaining the nitty-gritty of the various models with boisterous and enthusiastic aplomb. Various themes were given like Green Energy, Biotechnology, House hold devices, Fabric technology etc. For the higher classes topics like agriculture, carpentry and house making, health, sports and games and eco friendly technology were given.

Later, Ringu, beemed with happiness as she commended the efforts put in by the children. “Such activities inculcate scientific temperament and scientific curiosity,” she added. Many parents visited the exhibition and appreciated the students for their enthusiastic participation.



Proper road connectivity is necessary for socio-economic developments: Mein

PASIGHAT, Nov 14: Chowna Mein, Minister Finance, Planning & PWD along with MLA Dr. Tangor Tapak, MLA Ralom Borang, Toli Basar CE(E2), Bora Ete CE (Highway), officers and public leaders visited the Mirem-Mikong-Jonai road which is in deplorable condition. The flood damaged bridges Ngorlung, Sille and Penneng were also inspected.

While interacting with the public at Ngorlung, Mein said that there can be no economic development without proper road connectivity. He appreciated people of the area who are rooted to their soil and doing cultivation laboriously. In many fields, the people are doing pioneering works especially in the field of rubber cultivation. The minister informed that the government is taking policies to popularize tea and rubber cultivation.

The minister assured to take up the repair and re-carpeting of MMJ Road on priority. He also assured to place fund for repair of Ngorlung and Sille bridges and instructed the concerned department to start the work.

MLA Dr. Tapak while highlighting the importance of the MMJ Road as it is the only lifeline of the area, appealed for immediate repair and renovation of the road.

Earlier on Nov 10, Mein visited the construction site of Polytechnic College near the Upper Campus of JNC and interacted with the engineers of the executing agency. The accompanying minister (Edn) Bosiram Siram suggested release of  funds in one go and sought funds for construction of approach roads of the polytechnic college. He also asked to provide additional fund for completion of the 200 bedded girl hostel and library building of JNC.

The PWD Minister also visited Pasighat-Ledum-Tene-Koyu Road,  held an interactive meeting with the villagers, local leaders and GBs at Yagrung, assured to provide necessary fund for re-construction/renovation of Tolon and Poklek bridges. Despite his busy schedule, Mein inspected the Pasighat-Pangin Trans Arunachal Highway road construction and also Maryang-Yingkiong Road during his visit to Pasighat. DIPRO

CM gives emphasis on planning at grassroot level

SEPPA, Nov 14: Any work requires proper planning and it should start from village level where poor, orphan people resides and to work for their welfare is the duty of the state Govt., said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki  while addressing a public meeting at Abotani Munch, Seppa on Nov 10.

While emphasizing on the importance of Agriculture and Horticulture as the mainstay, the CM  urged the people to introduce multi-cropping system, commercial farming etc for which the state Govt. will extend monetary support.

Taking surface communication as the priority areas of the state Govt., he said that all the villages shall be connected by PMGRY road and works for the much needed trans Arunachal highway for connecting all the district HQs, has been started. He appealed PRI members, GBs, NGOs and  intellectuals to cooperate and extend support to administration during survey works. He also appealed the people to learn to tolerate, respect and to do something for future while referring tourism as a source of employment generation. He also informed that many hydropower projects are at various stages in East Kameng to comp up soon where local people will be benefitted and get employment. He further said that Govt. is paying special attention on health and education sector with universal Chief Minister insurance scheme and introduction of five private university during the year and Medical and Engineering college agreed in principle.

Responding the Public memorandum submitted by Tapuk Taku, MLA, East Seppa and Tani Loffa, MLA, West Seppa, the Chief Minister announced Rs 5 crore for Sports stadium at Seppa, Rs 2 Crore  for multi-purpose cultural Hall,10 nos. of High Mast Electricity at Seppa town, 10 Crore for Mini Secretariat building at Seppa etc. He assured to take up in the next cabinet meeting for CO, HQ at Pakoti and also assured to take up other points of the memorandum on priority.

Mukut Mithi, Rajya Sabha  MP cum President APCC welcomed the joining of Tapuk Taku and Tani Loffa  along with their supporters from Trinamool to INC during the day. He urged them to maintain close relation with the public and work for them. He said that whatever fund allotted by the central Govt. should be used judiciously.

Takam Sanjay, LS MP said that peace is an instrument for all round development of the society and appealed one and all to have a wisdom to respect the elders and love the youngers. He discouraged bandh culture and violence means as a protest against non-fulfillment of demands. He announced Rs 10 Lakh for renovation of community hall, Govt Hr.School, Seppa and also Rs 10 Lakhs for rostrum at Bana.

Atum welly, Health Minister informed that an amount of Rs 1.12 Crore allotted under SPA for OPD Building at District Hospital Seppa and additional amount of Rs 3 crore would be required for the same. He appealed the people to keep the hospital neat and clean. He also alerted the people about Malaria with dengue prevailed in other parts of the country and stressed  the need of proper sanitations and clean surroundings. He directed DMO not to allow anyone to encroach the premises of district hospital, Seppa and also appealed the organizations or unions not to involve in collection of donation or extortion rather should engage in meaningful activities.

Kumar Waii, Parl. Secretary RWD, Supply and Transport said it is the duty of state Govt. to pay attention not only to the development of East Kameng but also to other backward places of the state and for that, he appealed the public to cooperate with elected leaders for developmental activities.

Among others, Jalley Sonam, Chairman APBOCWB, Bamang Tago, Pol. Advisor to CM, Babyang Nukh Sectary APCC, Karya Bagang, MLA and Tope Bam, DC were present in  the meeting.

Earlier, Nabam Tuki, Chief Minister inaugurated Tari Suspension bridge over Kameng River which connects Bazarline to New Seppa. Earlier on Nov 2, last year he had announced an amount of Rs 1 crore after the bridge collapsed.

Chief Minister also had a meeting with Tani Loffa, Tope Bam, DC, SP, commandant OC 14th BRTF and contractor of New Hari Bridge at circuit house Seppa. Tope Bam briefed about the initiatives taken up for early completion of the bridge and said that old bridge may collapse any time. The CM enquired the BRTF and contractors Tama fabrication about the cause of the delay for completion of the said bridge. The commandant 14th BRTF assured that the new Hari Bridge will be completed by April 2013.

On Nov 11, NabamTuki inaugurated the Pacha small Hydel Project (2x1500 KW) and interacted with the engineer and staffs of the projects.

The fund requirement placed before the dignitaries included for approach road of Rs 25 Lakh, power channel Rs 45 lakh and special tools and tackles (E&M component) of Rs 25 Lakh only. DIPRO.



Arunachal pavilion at IITF opens

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Arunachal Pradesh pavilion in the Indian International Trade Fair 2012 being held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi was inaugurated by Dr. Avinash Kumar Mishra, Chief Resident Commissioner and Principle Adviser to Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh in presence of Tourism Secretary Sonam Chombay and many other dignitaries today.

The Department of Textile & Handicrafts is the Nodal agency representing the state in the Trade Fair along with Department of Tourism and Forest. Fourteen entrepreneurs/artisans from various NGO’s of the state are also participating in this event.

The theme of this year’s IITF 2012 is “Skilling India”. The state representatives are showcasing their various items made by local artisans in weaving, cane and bamboo, carpentry, knitting, wood carvings and metal work etc.

An earth quake proof bamboo house and a huge and intricate cane and bamboo entrance gate by the department of Textile & Handicrafts and various types of Orchids including Lab. Produced plants like Cymbidium Hybrids, Paph, Hybrids, Oncidium Hybrids, etc the Deptt. of Forest are drawing people’s attraction.

The Trade Fair will continue till the November 27.

Present on the occasion were, among others, Jigmi Choden, Additional Resident Commissioner (Arunachal Bhavan), Ranji Thomas, legal Adviser to CM, KN Damo, Deputy Resident Commisioner, Arunachal Bhawan, New Delhi, Peto Ete,  Director Textile &  Handicrafts, Haj Dodung, Pavillion Director.



Preparation going on in full swing’

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Arunachal Taekwondo Association (ATA) president Kipa Kaha accompanied by vice president L. Sokun Singh and Arunachal Weightlifting Association president Abrahim K Techi inspected the ongoing preparation works for the 32nd National Junior Boys & Girls Taekwondo Championship at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Nahrlagun from Novemebr 18-21.

Expressing his full satisfaction over the preparation work, Kaha, also chairman of the organizing committee said that “It is unbelievable that such arrangement can also be prepared in Arunachal Pradesh.”

So far, 29 teams have confirmed their participation by submitting the lists of players and officials. Mats and other electronic equipments would be arriving at Naharlagun tomorrow, informed Singh.

DDK, Sahara Samay, News express, Ajad News and India TV will telecast live coverage of the championship.





SKHA launched in Arunachal

Arunachal marching towards total literacy: Siram

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Arunachal Pradesh is marching towards attaining cent per cent literacy and the day is not far when we could let the whole world to know that not a single Arunachalee child is deprived of education, said Education Minister Bosiram Siram while formally launching the 'Shiksha Ka Haq Abhiyan' (SKHA) campaign in presence of Union Minister of State (Minority Affairs) Ninong Ering, Commissioner (Edn) Gonesh Koyu, DC  in-charge Nidhi Srivastava (ADC), T Taloh and Bodong Yirang Directors of School Education and Elementary Education respectively on the occasion of National Education Day on Sunday morning  at Pasighat in East Siang district.

While sharing the messages of the Prime Minister Dr. Monmohan Singh and Chief Minister Nabum Tuki in the mammoth gathering of HoDs, academicians and students, Siram informed that the Ministry of Human Resource Development (GoI) has intensified the SKHA by introducing another equally important and inevitable task called Volunteers School Visit Program (Siksha Samvad). He advised the children to work hard as good students and maintain discipline and punctuality. “It is our dream to see that our children acquire value based education and grow up as responsible citizens of the country,” he said. Siram further said the government is working hard to fulfill the basic needs of the students in their academic pursuit.

Highlighting the objective of the flagship program he said in order to sensitize the parents, public and other stakeholders, the government is launching the central flagship program in the state today. The government is committed to ensure that RTE Act is properly implemented in the state. The support of the school management committees and PRIs (local authority) would play pivotal role in making this campaign a huge success.



Arunachal’s exhibition stall in WTM receives positive response

ITANAGAR, Nov 14:  The exhibition stall set up by the delegates from Arunachal Pradesh in the recently concluded World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event for the travel industry, at London drew huge  response.

The Arunachal delegation consisted of  Sonam Chombey, Secretary, Tourism; Ankur Garg, Secretary, Planning;  A K Singh, Director, Tourism; Jigmi Choden, Addl. Resident Commissioner, Arunachal Bhawan, Delhi; Bengia Manna Sonam, Asst. Director, Tourism; Tanyup Kopak, District Tourism Officer, Itanagar and Bengia Mrinal, Tour Operator.  The four days WTM  held from November 5 to 8 also marked its 33rd anniversary and it was participated by around 48,000 senior travel industries and government officials.

The Arunachal’s stall  set up in Indian pavilion under the theme ‘Incredible India’ received a positive response from both national and international delegates. Numerous enquiries were received and networking took place with tour operators, travel writers and hoteliers. The visitors also  enquired about infrastructure and investment opportunities in Arunachal, particularly about the number of hotels in the major tourist circuits.  An understanding was arrived at with CGH Earth (Hoteliers) who wish to set up hotels in remote location in the state. The CEO is likely to visit Arunachal in December to work out the modalities.

Discussions were held with Green Rock Ltd a company working with adventure tourism wished to venture into Arunachal Pradesh in adventure tourism and community development projects. The promoters will visit the state to reconnoitre the probable cycling routes during March 2013.

A Romanian television company has proposed to make travel episodes on Arunachal Pradesh.

However, many tour operators expressed difficulties caused by the duration provided by Protected Area Permit (PAP). On being informed about the simplified process and longer duration of stay under the new PAP regime, tour operators such as Mercury Travels, Mahout (UK based) and Le Passage to India have expressed their interest in undertaking operations in the state.

An exclusive and intensive meeting was held with M. Varte, Asst. Director, India Tourism, Frankfurt and an agreement has been reached to effectively promote the tourism potentials of the state.

Earlier, Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) Dr. K. Chiranjeevi inaugurated the Indian pavilion and visited the stalls.  The minister was high impressed with the traditional artifacts and traditional attire  displayed in Arunachal Tourism Counter.



3-day Adivasi Kala Sangam concludes

NIRJULI, Nov 14: Sahitya Academy awardee and  chief information commissioner Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi exhorted the youth of the state to follow Gandhian principle of nonviolence to make the earth a better place to live in.

Addressing the valedictory function of the three-day Adivasi Kala Sangam (Tribal Culture Festival) as the chief guest at Nyokum Niya Hall here on Nov 11, he cited the example of USA President Barak Obama, who during his recent election campaign had repeatedly cited the example of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

“Be a good human being. Peace and prosperity will follow in life,” he advised the delegates assembled from all over the state in the festival, organized by the National Youth Project-AP in collaboration with Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti, headed by the Prime Minister.

The festival aimed at creating a platform for the local denizens of the multi-ethnic state to know each other’s rich cultural mosaic and to foster the spirit of fellow feeling, NYP-AP president Hari Pado Biswas said.

Moreover, a team of 20 members would be selected through competitions conducted during the festival to represent the state in the National Cultural Festival, slated in New Delhi by month end, Biswas added.

 NYP-AP vice president Pradeep Kumar highlighted the importance of culture that cements civilizations breaking the barriers of time and geography.