November 22

ALSU defers bandh

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) has deferred its proposed 24 hours Capital bandh on November 27 next.

The decision was taken after representations were received from various unions/organizations, including Arunachal Pradesh Colleges’ Forum, Students’ Union of Dera Natung Govt. College (DNGC), Principal of DNGC, Students’ Union of Rajiv Govt. Gandhi Polytechnic College, Rajiv Govt. Gandhi Polytechnic Employees Welfare Association for reconsideration of the bandh call on the proposed date, ALSU informed in a release, adding that a new  date for the bandh will be announced after completion of the semester examinations and house tests.


Christian Book Festival at Seppa

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Christian Book Festival by Chennai based Beautiful Books began at Seppa yesterday.

The book festival at DUDA tourist lodge was inaugurated by Evangelist Jackey Tayung, General Secretary, East Kameng Christian Revival Church Council in presence of Anil Dara, Pastor, Central CRC, Seppa and Ropo Yangpo.

The Book Festival will also be held at Pasighat, Roing, Yingkiyong, Aalo, Daporijo, Ziro and finally at Yazali, according organizer.


Science exhibition rescheduled

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: The district level science exhibition of Papum Pare district has been rescheduled on December 3 on account of the ongoing F3 and Summative-I examinations of government schools.  


GSU urges for up-gradation of Aalo District Hospital

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Galo Students’ Union (GSU) has demanded for immediate up-gradation of the District Hospital, Aalo to General Hospital.

In its representation to the West Siang DC, GSU said that up-gradation of the District Hospital to General Hospital has been a long-felt demand of the Galo Welfare Society (GWS) and the Galo Students' Union (GSU) in particular and the people of West Siang in general.

Other demands included proper functioning of all the four ATMs in Aalo township, immediate renovation of BRTF road from Likaball to Aalo, strict checking of ILP at Likabali check gate and improvement of BSNL mobile network in West Siang district.


AACWA writes to CS

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Arunachal Contractors’ Welfare Association (AACWA) has requested the state government to issue specific direction to all the departments to update schedule rates of all the commodities and materials as per the prevailing market rate.

In its letter to the chief secretary, AACWA suggested that the schedule rate should be revised quarterly and the rate of every machineries and materials should be with effect from 1st April of every succeeding financial year.

“The tender value of above Rs 50 crore should be split and there should be package system so that the local contractors are given fair chance to participate in tendering,” the memorandum said.

Informing of an alleged scandal in procurement of CGI sheets under Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) in the department of RD, AACWA threatened to file PIL if necessary action is not taken against those involved.

“We are also contemplating to forward this case with documents to CBI  (HQ), New Delhi,” the memorandum said.

Further, alleging misuse of funds under project director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), it gave an ultimatum of 20 days to take action against the erring officers.


SUMA alleges irregularity in implementation of MIP

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Alleging gross irregularity in the implementation of Micro Irrigation Project (MIP) in Upper Subansiri, the Students’ Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA) has demanded the RWD Minister to set up a committee to inquire the serious matter.

Armed with documents obtained through RTI, SUMA informed that, MIP projects worth Rs. 7.73 crore was sanctioned during 2009 to 2013 in the district. Though work completion reports have been submitted by concern officers from time to time, in reality, no work has been done, SUMA alleged.

The students’ union informed that the documents gathered through RTI along with the names of engineers under whose tenure the corruption occurred have already been submitted to WRD Minister, Secretary WRD and Chief Engineer, WRD. It demanded action against the corrupt officers within 15 days.


USNCCC demands for early arrest of remaining culprits

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Upper Subansiri Nyishi Collegian Capital Complex (USNCCC) has appealed to the Capital Police to immediately arrest the other culprits involved in the murder of Bomjen Gapak.

While appealing to all the politicians, student unions and senior citizens to not to support the accused, USNCCC urged the authority concerned to not grant bail to the accused.


Social service

BORDUMSA, Oct 21:  A mass social service was conducted by the recently formed Bordumsa Town Bazaar Committee to clean the market areas.

The shopkeepers and members of the Committee actively participated in the social service and cleaned the drains and nallahs, collected waste materials from market areas and disposed them properly.

The bazaar committee has also decided to conduct such social service on regular basis.


Constable alleges misbehavior from SP


PASIGHAT, Nov 21: A constable of 2nd APPBn (arms) serving at Pasighat has lodged a complaint with higher ups of Home Department against the East Siang Superintendent of Police (SP) for his alleged misbehavior.

Complainant Nolesh Koyu, in a press statement alleged that the SP rebuked him in his office chamber on November 19 without any valid reason.

When contacted, SP Puspendra Kumar flatly refuted the allegations leveled against him and said that the matter was concerned to the police department and it should be settled within the department.


State Level Taekwondo Championship

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: The 21st State Level Taekwondo Championship will be held at Pasighat in East Siang district from November 26 to28.

Over 500 players from across the state will participate in the three day event.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will inaugurate the Championship on November 26 as chief guest. Director of School Education Tapang Taloh will be the guest of honour.


CCLAPF opposes DA move

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Claiming that the Land Management Department has written to the Chief Estate Officer cum ADM, Capital Complex for removal of encroachment of Govt. quarters/buildings premises, Capital Complex Land Affected Peoples’ Forum (CCLAPF) has vehemently opposed the move and decided to fight tooth and nail against it.

In an emergency meeting here on November 19, CCLAPF chairman Takam Dari Sojik informed that the state government had constituted a high level committee with Development Commissioner (Finance) as its Chairman to study and resolve the contentious land occupation and allotment issue in the Capital Complex,

But, a letter has been issued by the Land Management Department directing the CEO cum ADM Capital Complex to go ahead with the eviction drive before the due process of submission of the report by the Govt. constituted Committee has taken place, he claimed.

The Forum sought clarification from the Land Management department for creating such ‘confusion’ and ‘chaos’.

APJEWA condemns assault on JE



DAPORIJO, Nov 21: Arunachal Pradesh Junior Engineer Welfare Association (APJEWA) Upper Subansiri Unit has strongly condemned the physical assault on a junior engineer (JE) posted at Nacho subdivision by two persons and demanded immediate arrest of the assaulters.

“Even after more than a month, the culprits, who reportedly have been roaming freely, have not been arrested, APJEWA said, and criticized police for not taking any interest to arrest them.

“The JE was physically assaulted in his official residence on October 13 after he had refused to make false bill as demanded by the culprits”.

An FIR was lodged with Nacho Police station against the culprits.

Meanwhile, the APJEWA-US unit gave the authority a week to arrest the culprits failing which the association threatened to launch democratic movement.


ASYA urges CM

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: All Sagalee Youth Association (ASYA), in a memorandum, has urged the chief minister to give necessary order to the Executive Engineers (EE), Naharlagun Electrical Division, Nirjuli to hand over all men and materials and works of Sagalee Electrical Division jurisdiction to the EE (E) of Sagalee Electrical Division within November 30 failing which the association threatened to launch democratic movement and also file PIL for fulfillment of its demand.  


LSDNSU reiterates demands

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Lower Subansiri District Nyishi Students’ Union (LSDNSU) has reiterated its demand for immediate suspension of the Superintendent of Police (SP) and Board of Members for various alleged irregularities in the recruitment of constables in APPBn and IRBn in 2012,

In a reminder to Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner, the LSDNSU claimed that the selection of candidates for the posts was done illegally under the supervision of the SP and the answer sheets were manipulated with, which is evident from the documents gathered through RTI.

Giving an ultimatum of 20 days for fulfillment of the demand, the union threatened to launch democratic movement in the district as well as the state Capital, if the demand was not met.


DC requested to reopen Hoj-Potin road

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: The All Yachuli Students’ Union (AYSU) has requested the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner to reopen the Hoj-Potin road. The said road was closed down sometime back for the ongoing construction of Trans-Arunachal Highway.

In its representation to the DC, the students’ union said that the people of Kurung Kumey, Kara Dadi, Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri have been facing great problems, especially during emergencies, due to closure of the road. The alternative road through Assam creates lot of inconvenience and there is also a risk for the travelers, it said.


SBI urged to open branch at Kaying

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Rumgong MLA TamioTaga has requested the SBI regional manager, Itanagar to open a new bank branch at Kaying in West Siang district.

Kaying is one of the rapidly growing towns in the state with large civilian population, including businessmen and more than 1000 army jawans, the MLA in its letter to SBI regional manager said and requested him to do the needful for early opening of the bank branch.


Siang Stage-11 Dam Affected People Forum endorses upcoming project

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: The Siang Stage-11 Dam Affected People Forum has endorsed the upcoming project saying that it is time to be self reliant.

The Forum in a release said that the resources that nature has blessed us will have to be brought to proper use. These gifts have to be harnessed keeping in mind the fragile nature of our ecological system.

The environmental impact assessment should be done properly while creating a sustainable economic structure. It is time we create opportunities instead of relying solely on government sector. State government should constitute a district level committee to examine the resolution passed by the PRI/Goan Burah/people organization and prepare the records of the forest right and environmental protection Act 1986 and forward it through the district level committee to the state level committee for final decision, it further suggested.


SDLMC inspects SPA projects in Mebo

PASIGHAT, Nov 21: Headed by Mebo ADC O Dai, a team of sub-divisional level monitoring committee (SDLMC) comprising Mebo ZPM D Perme and Mongo-Bango ZPM K Tayeng, AE (RWD) L Lowang and PRI members today inspected various ongoing projects under SPA 2012-13 being carried out by the RWD in Mebo Subdivision.

Projects namely Metalling and Carpeting of RLRs from PWD road to Mottum (1.80 km), PWD road to Sigar (1.80 km), Mebo-Dhola to Kiyit (22.50 km), PWD road to Gadum village and from NH-52 to Ayeng village (2.50 km) were thoroughly inspected during the daylong visit.

The Mebo ADC, who is also the chairman of the SDLMC expressed his satisfaction over the progresses of the works. DIPRO


Farm school opens

ROING, Nov 21: An Agriculture Farm School under ATMA Roing was opened at Denlo village under Koronu circle of Lower Dibang Valley District yesterday.

A team of officials from the Department of Agriculture led by T. Modi, ADO cum BTT Convenor, Roing-Koronu Block, demonstrated methods of scientific cultivation of winter vegetables, especially on hybrid pea crops on the occasion. The team leader also briefed about importance of Farm School to the villagers.

Kabang Apum, Circle Officer (Hq) in-charge Koronu CO and Monti Linggi, Anchal Chairperson, Koronu lauded the initiative taken by the  department and called for more such outreach and field demonstration programme in future for the benefit of the farmers of the interior villages to educate them about scientific cultivation crops. DIPRO


Arunachal to participate in Junior National Archery Championship

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: A 19-member archery team from Arunachal Pradesh, including three officials, is leaving here tomorrow for Kokrajhar, Assam to participate in the 36th Junior National Archery Championship to be held there from November 23 to 28.

The team:

(Compound, Boys)-- Doi Riba, Tash Kara, Nabam Ranu, Temu Haider, (Indian Round, Boys)--Taba Nikia, Toko Tai, Tao Miso, Gera Mega; (Compound Girls)-- Maselo Mihu, Sorang Yumi, Ganung Teskeng, Netan Drema Khrimey, (Indian Round Girls)-- Mohini Kri, Chasey Lowang, Mithi Yao, Topu Lombi.

Officials: Kh, Ekashini Devi (coach), Dani Chado, (Manager), Ram Nopi (Official).


News Impact

Illegal fishing a threat to indigenous fish population: CM

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: “Stringent steps shall be initiated to curb the menace of illegal fishing which has posed a serious threat to the states’ rich indigenous fish population,” warned Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while addressing the first ever “Meen Mahotsava” organized by the department of fisheries at Indira Gandhi Park here today.

While calling the panchayat leaders and village councils to step in voluntarily to conserve the natural habitat, Tuki said that the open water system which once was rich in fish population has dwindled to an alarming state of extinction. He appealed the department and the PRIs to come forward in checking the illegal practice of poisoning, electrocuting, dynamiting, killing of juvenile fishes by miscreants in the rivers, ponds and lakes. He also advised to introduce “close season” during fish breeding time for even traditional fishing methods besides identifying fish sanctuaries for protecting the precious fishery wealth from being completely extinct.

The Chief Minister further directed to strictly comply with the Arunachal Pradesh Fisheries Act-2006 for ensuring conservation of aquaculture in the state.

“It is also equally important to develop fish based aqua-tourism and aqua parks and organizing fish melas and Mahotsav which will help in bringing awareness among the fish farmers about technology and potential of this sector in changing the socio economic condition of the rural community” Tuki emphatically said.

He called upon the farmers to expose themselves to the emerging opportunities like ornamental fish culture, trout farming, freshwater prawn culture, Cat fish culture, integrated farming in order to build up entrepreneurship in aquaculture development.

The CM believed that the Meen Mahotsav would provide platform to address all short-coming while infusion of experience and expertise would emerge new ideas and innovation techniques which would revolutionize fishery and aquaculture in the state.

Finance, Planning and PWD Minister Chowna Mein stressed for proper planning and policy for scientific development of fish farming in the state. He was of the view that the state having the potential of both cold water and warm water fisheries could emerge as one of the largest producers of river water fish if properly planned and executed. He was speaking as guest of honour on the occasion.

He later called upon the farmers to gather as much knowledge from the visiting scientists and expert and implement in management of their farms for better efficiency for enhancing the fish production.

In his key note address, Fisheries Minister Rajesh Tacho while placing a statistical data on pisciculture said that the state could only harness 30% of the existing resources while vast portion have been left out untapped. He however disclosed that the department has been serious in its plans and have already started initiating steps to enhance fish and fish seed production.

While dwelling on number of projects being undertaken by the department, Tacho informed that regular co-ordination is being maintained with various organizations devoted for research and development of fisheries in the state.

The minister also informed that appropriate steps are being taken to conserve the indigenous fish species by curbing illegal fishing and other anthropogenic activities.

“Although we are very rich in river water resource which has potential of abundant fish production, we still depend on import of fish for consumption from outside the state” Chief Secretary Hari Krishna pointed out in his address.

He called upon the department to initiate step to motivate the farmers and make them know the scientific approach towards development of fish culture for socio-economic development.

The chief secretary disclosed that the state government has set a vision of becoming the largest exporter of fresh water fish by the end of 12th five year plan and urged upon the farmers and the department to gear for meeting up the challenge.

Earlier, Secretary Fisheries Dani Sallu in his welcome address informed the gathering over the concept of the Meen Mahatsav.

Other highlights included release of souvenir by Chief Minister, release of book on ancestral knowledge in Agri-Allied sciences of India written by Dr. Ratan Kumar Saha, Release of leaflets by Agri-Horti Minister Setong Sena, felicitation of former department officers by the CM apart from inauguration of exhibition stalls.

Among others, Parliamentary Secretary P D Sona, MLAs Kamthok Lowang, Ralom Borang, Commissioner Agriculture Hage Kojeen, Commissioner/ Secretary Land Management Bilatee Pertin, Secretary Law C P Mansai were present on the occasion.



All India Cooperative Week celebrated

NAHARLAGUN, Nov 21: The week-long celebration of the 60th All India Cooperative Week with theme “Cooperatives for socio-economic resurgence in changing times” organized by Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union (APSCU) concluded at Naharlagun yesterday.

Attending the programme as resource person, Sudhir Kr. Jain, State Cooperative Education Officer, Madhya Pradesh State Cooperative Union, Bhopal shared his experience during the last 30 years of his service in the field of cooperative training and education activities in all over India. Jain also spoke in favour of the cooperative training and education activities which still could not be streamlined due to insufficient funding etc. and at the same time, he urged the concern officers of the department to initiate action on the matter.

He also interacted with the people of the state and hoped that the state would prosper and grow in the cooperative sector like other ‘developed’ states like Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Attending the closing ceremony, IMC chief councillor Higio Aruni lauded the APSCU for the weeklong celebration and said that such events should be organized to promote and propagate the spirit of cooperation through cooperatives for socio-economic development of the rural areas of the state. Expressing her happiness over the larger attendance of women than men on the occasion, she encouraged the women participants to take up viable economic activities through cooperatives, SHGs etc to shoulder the social and economic responsibility along with their male counterparts.

Considering the noble responsibility of APSCU, she urged the concern authorities of the union to design programme for members of Municipal Corporation and Panchayati Raj to make them aware of the benefits of cooperatives as they are the grassroots level leaders to look after the basic grievances of the people of that level.

RD Thongon, Jt. RCS (D) narrated the history of cooperative movement in Arunachal Pradesh and said that cooperative movement has great potentiality to grow in the state.

Many important recommendations were drawn out by the Panel of Judges in the interest of the cooperative Sector, out of the deliberations from various experts invited as resource person for the series of programmes during the week.

Dr Lijum Noshi, Associate Lecturer, Dept. of Economic, RGU dwelt on “Institutional set up and paradigm thrift : Cooperatives”,  while SR Biswas, Sr. Lecturer, AP Cooperative Training Centre (APCTC), Naharlagun spoke on the topic as resource person.

The BODs and members of Cooperative Societies, SHGs and Economics Students from Rajiv Gandhi University participated in the seminar.

Earlier, Bengia Hemanta, Chairman, APSCU declared the seminar open in the presence of dignitaries and senior officers from Cooperation, APSCU, Apex Bank, AP Cooperative Consumers Federation ltd.(APCCF) etc.

The Jt. Registrars duo from Department of Cooperation, Managing Director, officers from Apex Bank, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, officers from APSCU, Officers from APCCF Ltd and ARCS, Papum Pare attended the function.


Daporijo faces rice shortage

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Nov 21: The people of Daporijo are facing acute shortage of rice due to delay in supply of PDS rice. Non-availability of rice in fair shops as well as open market is compelling people to eat chapatti. Some people are somehow managing rice from Itanagar, Aalo and nearby towns to save their souls.

“There is no rice in stock in my shop since last two months,” said one of the prominent fair price shopkeepers in the town. He also said that he has not received PDS rice for many days.

Taking the opportunity of scarcity of rice, some unscrupulous businessmen are selling rice in higher price to make hefty profit.

The aggrieved public while demanding the authority concerned for early supply of food-grains expressed apprehension that black-marketing by some brokers might have created the artificial shortage in foodgrains as rice is being sold in exorbitant price in some grocery shops. The public here has demanded the authority to check and prevent such malpractices.

Many consumers also alleged that they never get their allocated quota of rice, sugar, kerosene, wheat etc. in full.



Consumer awareness prog held at Lumla

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: The week-long exhibition and consumer awareness campaign organized by the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs, Tawang concluded at Lumla on November 19.

Inaugurating the campaign, Tawang Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Dev emphasized the need for creating awareness among consumers about their rights. He urged the people to be careful while purchasing goods and instructed the Inspector of Legal Metrology, Tawang to carry out daily inspection against unscrupulous traders.

Since Tawang district grievances redressal Forum has already been constituted, the consumers can approach the Forum for redressal of their grievances,if any, he said and appealed to the Department to conduct similar campaign in all the schools and rural areas involving Panchayat members.

Highlighting the objective of the campaign, Debosish Ghosh, Assistant Controller, Bomdila said that the department is taking all initiative to create public awareness on consumers rights.

The exhibition was also held at Jang, Govt. Secondary School and Govt. Higher Secondary School, Lumla in the form of demonstration covering various consumer interests. Both the headmasters and Principal of the schools appreciated the organizing team and its activities and asked the students to be careful while purchasing any goods.

Responding to people’s demand, Taw Tassar, Inspector Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs, Tawang said that he will try to conduct similar awareness campaign at various places, including villages in future.

He, however, encouraged the people to fight against unfair trade practices and lodge complaint if any irregularity is detected. Over 2500 people, including students, teachers and public, attended campaign.



Follow ideals of veteran party leaders’

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: State BJP President Tai Tagak exhorted the party leaders and workers to work sincerely to strengthen party organization at all levels to ensure victory of the party in the ensuing parliamentary elections.

Addressing a two days district and mandal level orientation workshop for the party workers of Arunachal East Parliamentary Constituency at Bordumsa in Changlang district recently, Tagak called upon the party workers and leaders to maintain discipline and follow the ideologies of late Sama Prasad Mookerjee, late Deen Dayal Upadhaya, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani. He said that BJP can only give people a transparent and corruption free government.

Criticizing the Congress-led UPA Government in the Centre for its alleged ‘deep-rooted corruption,” party’s National General Secretary Tapir Gao alleged that funds meant for various developmental activities in Arunachal Pradesh have been either misappropriated and siphoned off by the ruling Congress MLAs and ministers. He blamed the mis-rule by Congress Government both in the Centre and state for the soaring prices of all essential commodities.

He called upon party workers and leaders to work hard and reach out to the people to ensure victory of the party in the next election. He asserted that Congress was destined to be ousted from power in the next election for its ‘mis-governance’ and ‘corruption’.

Earlier, State general secretary Dominic Tadar highlighted the aims and objective of the orientation programme.

National Trainings Cell, Co-Convener Panchanan Raut, National Training Cell Core team Member Kiran Ghai (MLC Bihar and BJP-NEM, State vice president Sotai Kri and Katan Kamboh, General Secretary (Prog), Councillor and State General Secretary Mahila MorchaLishi Yapu, Party Spokesperson Techi Necha, Councillor Bogum Jumi Teli and Gora Lotak and all the BJP district and Mandal presidents and general secretaries,state council members, district media-in-charges and district ,orcha presidents of Arunachal East Parliamentary constituency attended the workshop.



HIV/Aids advocacy prog held

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: One day advocacy and sensitisation programme on HIV/AIDS for the councillors of Pasighat municipality, PRI members, HoDs at was organized at Pasighat today.

Speaking on the occasion, Pasighat Municipality Chief Councillor Denong Tamuk said that HIV/AIDS is a serious issue which needs to be addressed at the earliest. Assuring all possible help from the municipal body to address the problem, he said that a joint efforts can only prevent further spreading of the disease.

District Medical Officer Dr. D Bagra urged all the municipal counsellors, PRI members and HoDs of East Siang to include HIV awareness programme in all their public speeches so that people become aware of HIV.

Deputy Director (Training and Research) General Hospital, Pasighat Dr. N. Ninu urged people not to discriminate against people living with HIV. She stressed on creating conducive environment for the people living with HIV.

APSACS Deputy Director (IEC) Tashor Pali explained how the councillors, PRI members and HoDs can play a crucial role in prevention of HIV/AIDS. Being public leader, they can motivate people to stay away from HIV and also organize awareness campaign involving volunteers.

Earlier, resource person, Dr. O Yomso explained in details the modes of HIV/AIDS transmission and its preventive measures.

Dr. K Lego explained the signs and symptoms of STI and RTI and how it can be prevented and cured.

Dr. LC Darung, explained the main four routes of HIV transmission and also about drug abuse and its consequences.



Protesters rally against local admin


HAWAI, Nov 21: A mass public rally with the name ‘Adhikaar Sammelan’ was held in Walong on November 16-18 last that has accused the local administration of grabbing land of villagers through unfair means.

Organizing committee chairman of Sammelan Soblam Pul in a release has said that the government is using false documents in acquiring land for Trans Arunachal Highway Project (Khupa-Hawai), construction of PMGSY roads and establishment of polytechnic college at Hawai.

According to organizers of the rally, the sammelan is people’s movement to demand their due rights, which is being curtailed because of corruption.

The rally also opposed indiscriminate signing of MoUs between government of Arunachal Pradesh and private companies for construction of large numbers of mega dams in Lohit basin.

Attended by PRI members, Gaon Burahs, student leaders, political activists and general public, the rally expressed fear of large scale displacement due to dams, which is being pushed without consent of local people.

The release from the committee has said that the district is witnessing misuse of public money meant for poverty alleviation schemes. It claims that beneficiaries are being discriminated based upon individual’s political affiliation.

Therefore, the sammelan committee wants to ensure grass root implementation of every poverty elevation schemes to benefit all the needy without political discrimination.



Workshop on entrepreneurship development

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Department of Commerce of Donyi Polo Govt. College, Kamki organized a state level workshop on “Entrepreneurship Development Programme in Rural Arunachal Pradesh” in the college recently.

Inaugurating the programme, Dr. Rejir Karlo, Principal of the college, highlighted the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship. He encouraged the students to pursue entrepreneurship to fulfill their dreams since govt. can not provide job for all.

In the inaugural session, Coordinator of the programme, Ms Shanti Linggi highlighting the programme said that the programme is being organized with an objective to let participants know the potential of self employment in entrepreneurship thereby motivating them for it.

The resource persons Rajen Miwu, Assistant Professor from IGGC-Tezu and Atege Linggi, Assistant Professor from RGU explained the “concept of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship as a career option and “search for business ideas and legal formalities and documentation for starting a new firm” respectively. Each presentation was followed by brain storming interaction and discussion between the resource persons and participants.

Pate Jumshi, Assistant Professor from DPGC, Kamki motivated the participants, especially women participants to pursue entrepreneurships as career.

She gave detailed information about the prospects of women entrepreneurship in Arunachal.

Dr. SK Pradhan, Assistant Professor from DPGC effectively presented and discussed on the topic “State Government Policies for Promoting Rural entrepreneurship.”  

Assistant Professor Tao Abo also gave an inspiring feedback on the programme.

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---- Readers Forum ----


Don’t destroy fertile land

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I want to give a rejoinder to the letter, “Let Siang Valley remain self sufficient in food grain production” written by Vijay Taram which appeared on 13.11.2013 in your paper.

Adis are hard working and by the dint of their hard labour, they are self sufficient in food production. Rations cards have no utility in Adi families. Families who can’t make both ends meet in food, are leveled as lazy and poor. Having the reserved stock in food grain in the granary is a pride proposition for Adi families.

The self sufficient food production area of Arunachal Pradesh is believed to (1) Siang Valley, (2) Lower Dibang Valley and (3) Namsai area of Lohit District.  It is understood that the Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh had signed 3 (three) MOU with power corporation to build three dams over Siang river. Mega dams will submerge all cultivated and cultivable flat land of the whole Siang Valley (from Pasighat to Geling). By ushering of new technology of the information, the illiterate Adis begin to visualize the difficulties that they could possibly face and the experience of starvation of hunger without a land to cultivate after sub merging of their land completely.  

The reason of feuds, enmity, conflict and wars among the village republic in the past was for the possession of this land. The great and brave forefathers of the Adis stood against the imperial army of Great Britain. They defended this fertile valley. They stood against the rifle with swords, spear, bow and arrow. Many of them have sacrificed their life for this valley shedding their blood. Adis are so much attached to their land that they will never give up the anti-Dam movement. Hence for the betterment of everybody, the govt as well as public (land owner) should give a 2nd thought regarding these 3 mega Dams. The land acquisition act of this great country India says that consensus of land owner must be obtained before signing of any MOU and both parties should come to general agreement. They have not followed land acquisition act of 1894 nor the land acquisition, habilitation and resettlement Act 2011. On the contrary they have not consulted any of the land owners and did not obtain any consent thereof. The MOU signed may not have legal sanctity, because it is not done according to the law of the country.

Local MLA says that they don’t know anything about signing of MOU. It means that Govt. had signed the MOU without having consulted local MLAs. For this govt. should bring out a white paper disclosing the consent signature of the MLAs.


Ojing Peyang


Giidum Welfare Society



Don’t fool us

Dear Editor,

I passed out from VKV Kuporijo, Daporijo in the year 2011-12 securing full 10 CGPA marks in the class-X passed batch. As per the initiative of CM talent award every student securing CGPA 10 were suppose to be awarded by cash prize and laptops. But after waiting for those prolonging years we have not found any satisfactory sign of its consequences. However, some of them have received sum of Rs10,000 in their accounts but the face of Laptops is still remaining aside. In the recently conducted Vikash Rally, Laptops were distributed to few students only who has passed out from other concern of the state.

Whereas the Government of other states like Bihar , Uttar Pradesh had always successfully provided sufficient initiatives even after having mass population, but the government of Arunachal Pradesh has proved to unsuccessful in implementing such development scheme punctually and abundantly. It seems that our state Government is not true to its words and promises. After all these consequent failures and delay of Government nothing else but pretending only to gain political interest for the coming election. If it is so, then we too won’t stand back to react politically. The Government should not forget that 30% of the total votes would come from us as from next year onwards we have the right to contest against the false administration of the state authorities. We are compelled to put on our conditions that if the state Government fails to distribute the award (cash prize and Laptop) to all the students who have not received irrespective of the districts starting from my batch then we especially the class-XII student of the state wont caste any vote in favor of any party.

Finally, I personally appeal each and every student presently studying in class-XII, please not to caste vote if our condition is not fulfilled soon. Let us stand together and raise our voice not only for our rights but also for our coming Generation.


Honiya Dakpe




Time for introspection

Dear Editor

A knowledge is of no use until we implement what we have learned. I am a proud Nyishi. Our ancestor taught us about our pride, honour, truth and loyalty. Though we may be largest tribes of Arunachal Pradesh but we don't have any rights to tease anybody. I had been to many places like West Kameng, West Siang, East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley, U/Subansiri etc... One thing I learnt is that we are losing our pride. Fellow brothers and sisters are not happy with us, especially the younger age group. So, in this regard I urge my dear Nyishi brothers and sisters let us regain our pride back. This can be possible only if we behave or respond decently to others especially in and around capital area. We should posses’ positive gratitude toward others. Now we are in 21st century, let us try to cultivate constructive thought rather than negative.


Chukhu Tagar,





The politics of Awards

Dear Editor,

The recent announcement of Bharat Ratna awards to cricket star Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist C.N.R Roa has sparked off public debates raising many questions than answers. Some agree others disagree, while many are unable to form their own judgment on the issue because no one clearly knows who defines what Bharat Ratna is? Who decides who should get it? What are the criteria to measure achievements and how do you pick and choose?  These are million dollar questions that will continue to cloud our mind.

The argument here is not to undermine or dispute the achievements of these two personalities who have both excelled in their own domain.  But it is to critique, whether such highest civilian honor should be conferred to sport personalities. If yes, on what ground? Apart from the short term psychological pleasure they give to sport lovers in the playground one cannot see anything significant beyond the boundary line. As Justice katju, the current Press Council Chairman has rightly pointed out in one of his interview when asked for his comment on Sachin as role model “Tendulkar is a good cricketer no doubt, but how is he socially relevant? Is poverty abolished because of his century? Or has his career raised the standard of living of people of India?” the comment sounds quite harsh but one cannot simply brush off his point. This award has also in a way undermined the Arjuna Award exclusively meant for excellence in the field of sports which Sachin is a recipient.

Awards has often created controversy world over, just as the western world will not hesitate to nominate or confer awards to dissidents from communist or Islamic countries because it suites their agenda. Similarly, the recent announcement of Bharat Ratna award for Sachin Tendulkar and C.N.R Roa has invited criticism from various quarters including political parties. There are reasons to believe that the award was announced in a hasty manner out of political pressure and compulsion to capitalized public mood coinciding with the retirement of Sachin from cricket. Besides this, he is also member of Rajya Sabha nominated by the present government, and the other is scientific advisor to the present Prime Minister, so people have every reason to cast doubt over the selection.

Perhaps it is time to make the process more transparent and trustworthy, otherwise so long as the award is decided behind the corridors of power, controversies will continue to crop up and the highest civilian award will become a mockery. Just as the BJP demanded, why not Atal Bihari Vapayee, the left will insist why not Jyoti Basu, and many of us wonder why Roa and not M.S. Swaminathan? But nobody can ever deny what mother Teresa did for the poor and destitute children of our country, her legacy and good work still continues today.  She was one among the few recipients who truly deserved such award.


Dr. Kh. Kabi,

Associate Professor,

Dept. of Mass Communication

Rajiv Gandhi University




Media should be cautious

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to claims and counter claims by Galo People’s Federation (GPF) and Capital Students Union regarding alleged trespassing of land belonging to one P Potom. First of all such kind of land encroachment or trespassing is not a new phenomenon and is not limited to capital complex only. I hail from West Siang district and have witnessed many land trespassing incidents there. Brothers trespasses each other’s land, one clan snatches another clans land and what not. I also have a friend from Ziro, who told me him that his father’s land was encroached by fellow clan men.  Also it has been claimed by Capital Students Union that that Mr Potom and his family has occupied more land than their actual allotment.  Therefore it is wrong to make such hue and cry over incident. One should be very careful with the words before going to press. However having said this it does not mean that I support such acts. Trespassing is offence and authorities should take action against such person.

All these years, I have only known Galo Welfare Society and Galo Students Union to be true representative of Galo communities. But many new organizations are mushrooming, which are working at the behest of some politician or for their own benefit. I appeal GWS and GSU to check mushrooming of too many organizations using Galo name. GWS and GSU are apex body representing Galo community and we look upto them to lead us to right way.

I also appeal media to be cautious while publishing news related to community or tribe based organizations. Media should not entertain such news which is communal in nature. I do understand that media in Arunachal work under lot of pressure, but, for sake of state they should take strong stand and don’t encourage communal organization. I believe Arunachal Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist will accept my humble suggestion in right spirit.


Nini Ete,

West Siang






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Equip police with latest technology

The capital police has done commendable job by cracking Bomjen Gapak murder case. Along with Tongam Rina shooting incident, the Bomjen murder case has been closely followed by media as well as public. It is quite shocking to learn that he was killed in wee hour during a group clash at Legi complex which is very near to Itanagar police station. If police had been patrolling around the area his life could have been saved.  

However since then capital police have redeemed themselves by solving the case and arresting the main culprit. The murder mystery was solved after footage of the CCTV camera located at Legi complex was analyzed and studied in details with help of scientist of CFSL, Kolkata which provided the description of the car used by the assailants. The same was also corroborated based on call data record analysis of suspected persons. The whole sequence shows that with the help of technology one can crack mysterious of mysterious cases. The government of Arunachal should take note of this achievement and equip our police force with latest technology, if they are really serious about bringing down crime rate in the state. The police force should be properly trained to use scientific method for better investigation of criminal cases.