November 09


News Impact



North East festival at Delhi

‘NE needs talents like Mary Kom, Bhupen to dispel ignorance’

NEW DELHI, Nov 08: The Northeast needs to produce more talents like champion boxer Mary Kom, late musician Bhupen Hazarika and ace footballer Baichung Bhutia to dispel the ignorance of people about the region and command respect, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju  yesterday said.

Addressing the inaugural function of the North East Festival here, the Minister of State for Home Rijiju said ignorance about Northeast is often encountered by many people from the region and so everyone must try to ensure that their work speaks for themselves.

"The fact is India is a highly-populated country and not a highly-literate country. It is something very normal that 70 per cent of the people do not know where the Northeast is. They will know slowly if we produce more Mary Koms, Bhupen Hazarikas or Baichung Bhutias," he said.

"You have to get respect out of your work, your performance, your quality like sports icon Mary Kom who has won honour for the country and in the process got recognition for the region. If today I need to tell people where I come from, it is better that my work speaks," he said.  In the wake of alleged racial attacks on the people from Northeast, Rijiju said the need of the hour for the region is to sort out its own problems.

"If we tell that Northeastern people are being discriminated outside the region, we have the right to protest. But at the same time we have a bounded obligation. Is it not a fact that in Northeast people are also killing each other?

"Is there no inter-community conflict in Northeast? There are so many bandhs, strikes. So, there is no point telling that the bad image of the Northeast is being displayed. There is definitely something going on in the region but at the same time we have a huge potential but it means nothing unless we showcase it," he said.

Talking about the natural resources and cultural diversity of the region, the Minister highlighted the need to shun the self-deception that the Northeastern portray about the regional unity in the Capital.

"We in Delhi talk about unity of Northeastern region, we must send a message back home. We must be disciplined and promote unity of the Northeast. It is time to be bold and not just portray good things and pretend that nothing bad exists," he added.

The festival themed 'Insurgence to Resurgence' aims to attract investment and tourism promotion in the region.  PTI

Our Correspondent adds: The 2nd edition of the North East Festival being organized from Nov 7 to 10 at IGNCA, Janpath, New Delhi is a sincere attempt to showcase and create awareness about India’s North East and to promote investment and tourism. It is being organized by the socio-cultural trust Trend MMS in association with North East Community of Delhi, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, Ministry of DoNER, Govt. of India and IGNCA.

Speaking at the inauguration function, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region General (Retired) V.K. Singh said the Northeast is the most beautiful place in the country and its future depended on how people from the region choose to tackle their problems and resolve it in Delhi.

Earlier, dignitaries including Ministers Dr. V K Singh, Rijiju along with MC Mary Kom, Brand Ambassador of the North East Festival, inaugurated the four-day extravaganza.

In the inaugural session, medal winning athletes from the North East who brought glory for the country in the recent CWG and Asian Games, including Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, L. Devendro Singh, Dipa Karmakar were felicitated under NEC Chairman’s Sports Awards for Excellence in International & National Sports meets.

Adding colour to the proceedings, artistes from various states of North East India along with Sangeet Natak Akademi presented a range of ethnic dances from the region.

During the morning session, a discussion was held on ‘Alienation feeling in the North East & Implementation of Bezbaruah Committee Recommendation’ with the help of North East Community of Delhi.

Around 30 bands will perform during the four days of the festival.



Arunachal a repository of rare medicinal plants: Pul


ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh with over 80 per cent forest cover of its total 83,743 sq km is a repository of more than 500 identified rare and endangered medicinal plants, said, Health & Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul.

Addressing the participants of 6th World Ayurveda Congress at New Delhi today, Pul said that state’s vast natural resources which could benefit the entire humanity could not be tapped because of allocation on national cost norms and guidelines in place of need-based.  

Pul blamed the central policy while lauding its initiative for prioritizing centuries old system of Ayurveda and expansion by setting up of colleges and hospitals.  When 2 billion people globally including 37.02 percent of 120 crore Indians live below the poverty line and cannot afford health care while thousands die daily, WHO data paints a dismal scenario that 65 percent don’t have access to health care and 23 percent have no money that has resulted in high morbidity and mortality in India, Pul said.

When India boasts of best pharmaceutical industries including 74 plants having USFDA approval, second to the  USA, and boasts of producing 20 percent of total world drugs to export drugs worth Rs. 45,000 to 50,000 crore annually, there was no reason why Indians should die for inability to pay for medicines, Pul wondered.

Pul highlighted the newspersons on the astronomical rise in cost of health care service, particularly the cost of one strip of branded medicines, like Voberan Novartis Rs 31.73 against low cost generic medicine like Diclofenac sodium tablet Rs 1.24 and Plavis (Sonafi) Rs 1615.68 against low cost of Clopidogrel tab Rs 8.54. This has been enriching the doctors-traders-manufacturers conglomeration at the cost of poor men, he reasoned.

His proposal to the central government to provide fund for a through survey, setting up of testing laboratory, manufacturing units and conduct research in the state to make use of the medicinal herb resources as well as invitation to the NRI manufacturers and researchers evoked a flood of offers and queries later.

It is high time to realize the gospel truth and popularize Ayurveda system along with propagation of Vipasasan centre for Pranayam and yoga for freeing the entire human system from stress and other chronicle ailments like blood pressure and heart problems. The doctors belonging to a noble profession have to rise above commercialism to serve the humanity, he added.



Rijiju declares ‘Yigi-Koum’ as Aadhaar village

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has declared “Yigi-Koum” as “Aadhaar village under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), informed Galo Peoples’ Federation (GPF). While expressing gratitude to Rijiju for adopting Yigi-Koum as Aadhaar village, GPF advised the villagers to take full advantage of the sponsorship in the form of ‘smart schools’, Aadhaar card, Universal access to basic health facilities, Pucca houses for the homeless, Universal PDS for eligible families, e-governance etc..

GPF also informed that the people of Yigi-Koum were all praise forthe initiatives for the prosperity of Ubu Banggo under West Siang District.



2nd day of Adventure @ Mechukha festival:Cultural extravaganza draws huge crowd

Staff Reporter

MECHUKHA, Nov 08: Various cultural programmes showcasing the culture and tradition of communities like Memba, Adi (Pai-Libo, Ramo, Bokar) and Tagin were the  centre of attraction on the second day of the second edition of Adventure @ Mechukha festival.

Though there was poor number of participant in the scheduled adventure events of the festival, the cultural extravaganza and film screening drew huge crowds particularly the visitors from outside on the second day. Local artists performing both folk and contemporary songs and dances drew in a larger crowd turning the evening into a colourful night.  

However, partakers from both native and outside adventure seekers did not turn up to the expectation on the second day of the mega event.

Categorically, the numbers of entries on various events all throughout the day were power propelled gliders - 2, para gliding-5, air rifle-15, trap shooting-19 and archery-10.  

Trap shooting and archery drew considerable entries, while many abstained from power propelled gliders due to height phobia although they had earlier enrolled for the event.



Gadi exhorts engineers to ensure implementation of projects on time

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: PWD Minister Gojen Gadi today exhorted engineers to become foot soldiers of the department to ensure implementation of projects on time with quality.

Gadi, accompanied with a team of engineers including CE (Highway) Hage Apa and SE T Kamchi inspected the ongoing road construction from Papu Tinali to Yupia, NIT, Kola camp, Doimukh, Gumto, Nirjuli poultry farm colony, helipad road, D sector & Engineering colony in Naharlagun, TT Marg, narrow path of ESS colony, SP office Colony till Circuit House in Itanagar. Respective AEs of the areas apprised the minister of the progress.

M/s T K Engineering Construction Ltd representative assured that the road upto Yupia would be ready within 10 days. NIT director Prof C T Bhunia informed about the preparations for the visit of President of India Pranab Mukharjee scheduled on Nov 23 next to address the convocation of first batch of NIT students.

Local MLA Techi Kaso who also present assured all possible help for smooth execution of work, while Speaker Nabam Rebia rang up Gadi and requested to expedite Gumto road when the inspection was on there.

While inspecting the ongoing concrete cement road at Engineering Colony in D-sector, Gadi asked the contractor to follow the specific guidelines without compromising with the quality.

Naharlagun PWD EE, Taniya Soki explained that this is the first designed concrete road (DCR) in the Capital Complex. The execution is completely mechanised and the same pattern would be followed everywhere, he added.

Gadi directed proper construction of drainage system along the road network for longevity besides widening of road at few places including in colony roads.

Pointing out that the engineers have been directed to work during night to achieve the target, Gadi appealed to the councilors to extend cooperation in their respective area for the work taken on war footing to continue unhindered.

The Minister also inspected the site, materials and equipment of M/s Geopong Enterprise, a local firm.

On completion of the works, the face of Capital Complex would change, SE Kamchi said, adding the department has been encouraging local contractors to get technically updated and become competitive for taking up works in different parts of the state.

The GoAP has directed the department to upgrade the Capital Complex roads including in the colonies including 23.29 km of DCRs and 16.29 km of bituminous paved roads. This would provide a good riding surface for the convenience of the capital dwellers, the SE added.




Ascending a summit at Mechukha

Adventure @ Mechukha

[ Amar Sangno ]

Rib-splitting coldness of Mechukha valley forced us (media team) to get up from our respective tents on the second day of the second edition of Adventure @ Mechukha at an odd early hour today. The tents were provided by Arunachal Adventure Association at Yornyi village, one kilometer off the festival ground. We grabbed our cameras, few water bottles and set out for trekking to the hills of Mechukha.

We were dropped half-way by our bus at banks of Yargep-chu River just few meters away from the festival ground around 6.30 am, when the milky fog was still clinging on the exotic valley making everything out of sight. The 13-member media team including driver Deepak Sahoo was led by team leader Sanjay Mosing, Sub-Editor Echo of Arunachal, who is a local from here.

Even before setting out for the thrilling expedition, crossing the poorly maintained suspension bridge over Yargep-chu River which connects Mechukha town to Menchukha village was a litmus test for Yuvraj Mehta of NE TV Focus as his heart almost wrung out. The dilapidated suspension bridge compounded by rusty rope wire and weak wooden plates was swinging violently during the crossing. Many managed to cross but Yuvraj and his cameraman were stuck in the middle, at least for ten minutes.

We started trekking from Menchukha village around 7am. The town is named after the village.

Menchukha is comprised of three separate words, ‘Men’ meaning medicine, ‘Chu’-Water and ‘Kha’- Snow in Memba dialect. It is believed that the village is located in the medicinal snow water, where sick people can be treated.

The odd thing about us was that we were untrained and poorly equipped, except for few bottles of drinking water and some Khabje (locally made namkeen).

Singing and shouting in order to draw more strength and enthusiasm, we climbed up with noses on our knees and tongues out. We managed to reach at our first stop point which is around 1000 feets above sea level after a half hour climb, many were already out of their breath.

The moment we reached our second stop point, around 1500 feet above sea level at around 8:00 am (probably a take-off point for Para-Gliding enthusiasts), some of the team members stopped looking at their baggage. They could no longer push on their bodies. For some members, it was the final summit, but we still had thousands of foots to climb. At every hundred meter, we took frequent breaks in order to regain our strength and at the same time every small summit was marked by wild jubilation, whistling and cheering.

The stop point at 2000 ft was deceptive enough to create illusions among the members. Every member who managed to crawl up to the deceptive summit, cried out in jubilation as if no man had ever gone farther than him. Subsequently it killed our spirit, the moment we realised it was a ‘false summit’ and that we have to climb another 600 ft to reach Mechukha’s top summit.

We pushed beyond to the limits, part of us were screaming to give it up while part of us were firm and urged us never to drop from the fight. The eldest member Mukul Pathak of DY365 was out of the fight, he tossed his bags to this writer in the middle of the climb.

Why we called it a “deceptive stoppage’ because from there we could see smoke billowing from the festival ground’s kitchen, by that time the organizer would have been probably serving us our breakfast. It made us hungrier. Ah..! We missed our breakfast. The vast enchanting Mechukha valley was apparently beckoning our exhausted team and its meandering Yargep-Chu River was seemingly seducing us.

After the false summit, many collapsed due to exhaustion. Our legs and bodies were no longer supporting us.

For Anu Songtheng of All India Radio Itanagar, the only lady in the trekking team, the trekking itself was daunting, as she envied Tine Mena, the first lady Everester of Arunachal. Debananda S Medak of The Arunachal Pioneer was our Tenzing Norgay. He reached the final summit around 8:31 am, and the team leader Sanjay Mosing failed short to become Edmund Hillary as he was able to reach the top around 8:43 am only, while Tage Tajum of ATV finished third.

To make the memory alive, we had a photo-shoot on the top of ridge. Every member shared the joy and success.

We trekked down the 1.2 kms mountain ridge where the words ‘MENCHUKHA” has been inscribed with bold fonts on the mountain, waving wildly and acknowledging our triumphant trek towards unreciprocated Mechukha town. We reached the Bailey bridge, which connects Mechukha town to Dorjeeling village, where the bus was waiting for us. As we boarded the bus, I looked back again to the vast mountain ridge, a thought passed through my mind, “no matter how tough your destination is, just take one step ahead, destination will be yours!”



Fighter flying, experiences beyond normal life

Flights of fantasy

[ Mohonto Panging ]

Have you experienced Time Contraction, Time Expansion and your life span flashing in split seconds in your eyes…? Have you always seen good dreams…? Do you know that dreams last for three seconds only? Being fully conscious and with your eyes wide open, have you experienced complete Black Out ? Have you travelled faster than your own voice? Fighter Pilots experience all these and much more!!!

The weights of all bodies are due to earth’s gravity and these conditions are termed as 1 ‘g’ condition. Due to the high manoeuvrability of fighter aircraft, pilots and the aircraft are routinely subjected to higher ‘g’ forces due to centripetal-centrifugal forces. To take an example, if one’s normal weight is 60 kg, at 2 ‘g’ the weight is doubled to 120 kg. Similarly at 3 ‘g’ the weight is tripled to 180 kg. Present day fighter aircraft routinely manoeuvre at 5 to 6 ‘g’ and frequently touches 8 to 9 ‘g’. Taking the same example, at 9 ‘g’ the weight would be 540 kg! At 9 ‘g’ even the 10 kg arm would be 90 kg and you would require extra powerful arms to lift your own arm! With the aircraft manoeuvring at higher ‘g’ forces, blood starts travelling downwards towards the lower parts of the body. If 5 to 6 ‘g’ is sustained for prolonged periods, due to lack of blood in the eyes, the peripheral vision starts reducing and the pilot starts seeing everything in a greyish shade. This is termed as Grey Out. If the high ‘g’ is sustained beyond this limit for prolonged periods, due to lack of blood in the eyes, with eyes fully open and being fully conscious, the pilot sees only black. This is termed as Black Out.

Beyond Black Out, if the high ‘g’ is sustained for prolonged periods, due to lack of blood in the brain, the pilot becomes unconscious. The scientific term for this is G-induced Loss of Consciousness or G-LOC. It is under conditions of G-LOC that pilots see their best dreams. Unlike dreams seen while sleeping, the dreams seen during G-LOC are always good dreams...nightmares or bad dreams are never seen. Fighter pilots are trained in high speed centrifuges to practice Anti-‘g’ Manoeuvres and avoid getting into G-LOC. These training sessions are video graphed and retained. During these training sessions many pilots experience Grey Out, Black Out and G-LOC. The videos of pilots experiencing G-LOC at centrifuges and subsequent debriefs have revealed that these dreams lasted for three seconds only! This also implies that most dreams experienced by us while sleeping that appear to be many minutes or hours long are just three seconds long! Are these not instances of Time Expansion?

The experiences explained above are under positive ‘g’ conditions when the weight increases. The opposite occurs under negative ‘g’ conditions. When a pilot experiences negative ‘g’, blood starts flowing upwards towards the head. When a pilot experiences prolonged minus 2 to minus 3 ‘g’, blood is flooded into the eyes and the pilot starts seeing Red. This is termed as Red Out. Human beings tolerance to negative ‘g’ is much less as compared to positive ‘g’ tolerance.

Fighter flying is dangerous by design and attitude...it involves multiple risks associated with high manoeuvrability at extremely high speeds. People consider formula one dangerous. The average speeds of Formula One cars is about 300 km/h. Fighter aircraft take off at this speed! Fighter aircraft routinely fly at triple that speed at 900 km/h and regularly fly at two times the speed of sound at about 2300-2400 km/h! Under such high speed situations pilots occasionally face sudden emergency situations. Loss of an engine in the air, collision with birds in the air, occurrence of fire on parts of the aircraft, sudden loss of controllability of the aircraft, ejection from an aircraft etc may comprise of sudden emergency situations. Many pilots experience shock at the moment of occurrence of such sudden life threatening emergency situations, especially in the initial stages of flying career. It is under these sudden life threatening emergency situations that pilots experience numbness with shock, Time Expansion and Time Contraction. Time passes very slowly. Five minutes is experienced as half an hour. Ten minutes is experienced as one hour. On the contrary, in Time Contraction, the pilot remains in shock as the clock ticks by.

When faced with some sudden life threatening emergency situations wherein death stares at your face, some pilots have experienced their whole life flashing in a split second in front of their eyes. It is like seeing your own life’s major events and major people known to you in cinematic screening mode flashing in front of your eyes in micro seconds.

There are many other extraordinary phenomena experienced during fighter flying. Once you get airborne and the wheels are retracted, one is overwhelmed with the feeling of raw power and seamless freedom (...there are no roads in the air!). The feeling of raw power with total control of a 40 ton muscular beast with 25 tons of engine power and tremendous firepower on your finger tips... what could be more filled with testosterone? It’s difficult to beat the sheer thrill of high speed flying with the earth’s surface zipping past you when flying very close to the surface of the earth. The unique feeling of loneliness and aloofness experienced when flying in a single cockpit fighter aircraft during moonless nights over the desolate desert. Spectacular views of Halo and Corona around the Sun and Moon during unique cloudy days and nights can be witnessed during flying.

When flying at the end of the troposphere at about 17-18 km height, the earth starts appearing round and the sky colour starts turning blackish. At this height, the high speeds are not appreciated as the earth moves past slowly and stronger sun rays hit you due to the rarified atmosphere. With most weather phenomena restricted to the lower troposphere, most fighter pilots are able to penetrate and fly above weather. Once above the weather, beautiful blue skies may be seen, totally removed from the earth covered under a blanket of clouds.

On today’s highly manoeuvrable fighter aircraft one could carry out manoeuvres previously considered impossible. Various aerobatic manoeuvres like Looping manoeuvres, rolling manoeuvres, flying inverted (...you hang on the straps), vertical climbs and dives are routinely practiced. Today advanced manoeuvres like Tail Slides (moving backwards), Yaw Turns (Turning on own axes like a helicopter), Somersault etc are also regularly practiced. Have you seen birds executing these manoeuvres?

Like any other profession, fighter flying has its own advantages and disadvantages. It is not easy to become a good fighter pilot, but it is not too difficult also. Only birds were designed to fly. Human beings are not birds. But today human beings are beating birds at their own game! As explained earlier, there are many ‘out of normal life’ phenomena that can be experienced during fighter flying only. It may not be wrong to summarise and say that ‘Fighter Flying is Different’! Do any of you still want to fly fighter aircraft....?  

(Group Captain Mohonto Panging is a retired Fighter Pilot and has flown over 3300 Hours on various fighter aircraft like Sukhoi-30MKI, Jaguar, Hunter, Mig-29, Sea Harrier etc. He has the distinction of being the only person from North East India to Command a Sukhoi-30 Squadron. He has also been decorated with the Presidential Award - Vayu Sena Medal. )



Core group for Tibetan cause calls on Pema Khandu

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The core group for Tibetan Cause led by its National Convener Dr. N.K. Trikha, called on UD, Tourism, Art & Culture Etc Minister Pema Khandu, Minister at Circuit house Tawang today.  

Dr. Trikha informed Pema that the Group for Tibetan Cause is a worldwide group having its base in 39 countries across the globe. The team of nine members of the group from India hailing from different parts of the country including the Secretary for International Relation of Central Tibetan Administration, Sonam Norbu Dagpo and convener of the North East States RK Khrimey are in Tawang for generating awareness among the local populace of the State about the international issue of Tibet.  

The group, in its discussion with the Minister, expressed its vehement opposition to the Chinese occupation of Tibet and the subsequent threat it has posed to the country, particularly with repeated claim of Arunachal Pradesh as part of its territory by the Chinese. The group further articulated that through mass awareness, a strong opinion needs to be generated among the people on the status of Tibet and the Tibetan cause worldwide.

Pema, while welcoming the group to Tawang, applauded the group not only for the Tibetan cause but also for the security of the country.  

“We in Arunachal Pradesh had traditional trade relations with Tibetans and not with Chinese. We never had any border with China but only with Tibet. We consider the humiliation of 1962 as something that can’t be repeated in this age” said the Pema condemning the repeated Chinese claims of Arunachal Pradesh.  Expressing solidarity and support to the members of the Core group the Minister termed the cause of the group a righteous one in greater interest of secured and peaceful future of the people of Arunachal Pradesh and wished the group success in its endeavour.



Hooligans made to restore vandalized asset

ITANAGAR, Nov 8: Vandalism of public property is cause of concern for the law enforcing agencies of state. Some uncivilized people willfully damage or deface the public properties, some which are of high public utility. One such incident was reported from Yanman village under Khimyang circle of Changlang district, where six villagers ransacked the Anganwadi center of the village. Nevertheless, the persons were arrested on the basis of complaint lodged by PRI members of the village and a case was registered under section 447/427/506 IPC under Khimyang Police station.

On receipt of bail petition, the accused were granted bail on the condition that they will reconstruct the damaged Anganwadi center with equal size and equivalent materials within twenty days from the date of bail, along with other conditions relevant under various sections of law.

The villagers from Yanman, yesterday, informed that the Anganwadi OB Type has been finally reconstructed at the same location and in similar size. The villager suggested that concerned department should lock the building whenever it is not in use. They submitted photographs of the restored Anganwadi center centre to the district administration in support of their completion letter.

This is a kind of lesson for all the vandals prevailing in different sections of the society and a way has been shown by the Changlang District Administration, to solve the problems of vandalism without extra investment. (DIPRO)



Ruksin people cry for basic amenities


RUKSIN, Nov  8: So many elections have gone and leaderships changed, but the perennial problems of Ruksin area under Pasighat-West constituency remained unsolved. The area located at vulnerable inter-state border with Assam is still lagging far behind in terms of development, which is causing a great deal of dissatisfaction amongst the denizens here.

Basic amenities, including rural road connectivity, water supply, improved technologies in agriculture and allied sectors are still eluding the rural areas, while the educated unemployed are crying for income generation avenues.

Renovation of Mirem-Mikong-Jonai (MMJ)) road, development of Industrial Growth Centre at Niglok, construction of drains in Ruksin township, functioning of Gram Panchayat offices, improvement of health care service in Ruksin CHC are some major problems, which the elected leaders have miserably failed to deal with during the last two decades.

Establishment of a full pledged BDO office besides sub-divisional agriculture and horticulture offices, sub-treasury office, fire brigade and many other government offices at Ruksin HQ are long-pending public demand, which have fallen on deaf ears of the authority.

The senior citizens of the area have exclaimed that the successive state governments, despite repeated appeals, have not posted a full-fledged BDO in Ruksin, the most important sub-division in order to monitor the rural development. It is alleged that the local PRI leaders are not taking up the problems with the government and thereby showing an utter irresponsible role. Locals said that most elected PRI members are ignorant about their power and functions and showing an utter irresponsibility towards the burning problems.

Due to lack of a BDO, the rural development activities of the block have been looked after by either the Circle Officer or EAC posted in Ruksin. The district Rural Development department constructed RCC building meant for BDO’s office near Ruksin sub-divisional library two years back, but the building is yet to open. The Extension officer (Rural Engineer) along with four staffs including the field assistants is conducting their official works in the SDO’s office. At present, two families of junior staffs of the department are using the building as their residential quarters.

Officials said that no rural development work was conducted in the block for the last several months as the government has not granted fund against the proposed schemes. Mention may be made here that the state government had a proposal to create 48 posts of BDOs in the state and set up equal number of BDO offices in different districts.



School playground developed on self-help basis

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Fed up with non-responsive attitude of the authorities concerned, the Chimpu Panchayat in collaboration with TK Engg. Consortium Pvt. Ltd. and youths of Chimpu have taken up a herculean task of developing the playground of Chimpu Secondary School on self-help basis.

Six tippers and five earth cutting and moving machineries like JCB/Bulldozer/Forkland have been pressed into service for leveling and filling of the playground since Thursday. It will take another two to three days to complete the work, said Chimpu ASM Bamang Amand.

“We have decided to develop the playground on self-help basis after the authority failed to respond despite our repeated pleas,” said Amand.

If the task was not taken up on self-help basis, it would have cost the authority at least Rs. 30 to 40 lakhs, he claimed.

He also expressed concern over erosion threat to the school land by Chimpu River and informed about shortage of benches and desks, lack of proper toilet facilities and need for renovation of the old school building.

He urged the higher authorities of Education Department to look into the problems of the school, particularly the erosion threat and shortage of desks and benches.

ATA interactive programme held

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA)  in an interactive programme at Polo Colony, Naharlagun, today discussed various issues related to welfare of the teachers, field functionaries of SSA/RTE, adult education such as BEO, BRCC, CRCC, APOs etc.

ATA president Tarh Yaku highlighted the various issues and problems confronting the teaching community and schools.

She emphasized on conduct teachers training program, timely supply of TLM, CCE materials, addressing infrastructural problems of various schools, problems in implementation of RTE and quality in civil works and supplies.

Her deliberation of on the release of pending arrears of ATs and other categories, streamlining of promotional avenues for all categories of teachers and construction of Shikshak Bhawan drew the attention of all present in the programme. She also highlighted the problems of SSA and RMSA teachers and suggested to increase the salary of RMSA teachers and include their salary for vacation period (2 months).

In addition, she appealed for concrete mechanism for regularization of SSA teachers and timely release of their salary. She also suggested enhancing the cash amount of state awardee teachers upto Rs. 50,000. She firmly called upon to discourage the activities of self proclaimed associations within the teaching community.

Under Secretary, Education Likha Teji, Joint Director SCERT Gania Leij, DDSEs of Yupia and Capital Complex, Tana Tagu Tara and Mallo Yam Gollo, SPO, Rajya Mission (SSA) G. Karga, Takar Ragi, Suptt. Estt. attended the programme.

All the officers spoke of supporting the ATA’s views and assured to extend their supports in their activities.

Further, they condemned and disapproved the self proclaimed associations within the teaching community.

Coordinator of all categories of ATA, President and Gen Secy of AASSATA and ARMSATA participated in the programme.


ATSU condemns the recent mass transfer of teachers


DAPORIJO, Nov 08: In a press release, All Tagin Students Union (ATSU) has condemned the recent mass transfer of teachers in the state in which transfer and postings were made mostly within the district.

ATSU claimed that 259 teachers out of the total 567 have been transferred and posted within East Siang district. Likewise, posting and transfer of 22 teachers have been made within Papum Pare district. In contrast, only 25 teachers were posted in Upper Subansiri from other district whereas the requirement of teachers in the district is not less than 200.

Opposing the transfer of three teachers from Upper Subansiri district to other districts, ATSU appealed to the authority concerned to reconsider the transfer order. It further demanded for posting of sufficient teachers in the Upper Subansiri.


AAPGDLU seeks stoppage of eviction drive at labour barrack

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labours’ Union (AAPGDLU) has sought stoppage of eviction drive that is being carried out at the Labour barrack near IG Park here.

In its letter written to the Chief Minister, it claimed that the barrack houses 11 families of labourers who have been serving in the state forest department for the past 20 to 25 years.

Eviction drive for construction of approach road from IG Park to E-sector power house was stopped in 2011 after a memorandum was submitted to the CM, it said.


APCSD condemns  merger rumor

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) vehemently condemned the apprehension of few BJP leaders after a reported rumor that the ruling Congress Government in the state might merge with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that appeared in some sections of local dailies.

Reacting to the news item APCSD Chief Organizer Kipa Kaha decried the rumor and said that it was a political propaganda of the power hungry saffron party to create confusion and misunderstanding among the people of the state.

He said that INC is the oldest political party in the country and the party is still enjoying the support of the people which is evident from the recent Kanubari Bye-election, he claimed.


Free Health Camp

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Altogether 150 patients have benefited from “Free Health Checkup” camp organized by Bharat Sevashram Sangha (BSS) at P-sector, Kali Mandir today.

People from all walks of life, including children, women were treated for different ailments. Medicines were also distributed to the patients free of cost.

The health camp was conducted by SMO Dr. J Tayeng, MOs Dr. J Mahato, Dr. Maga Rija and Dr. Dojum Boje with help of other health staffs.


Khonsa West MLA visits landslide prone zone

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: MLA Tirong Aboh visited landslide prone zone near BRTF headquarter, Tirath Hydel area on 7th November. Amidst a huge gathering, he expressed concern over the landslide in the particular area and urged BRTF (BRO) Commandant I/C. Salil Sajal to monitor the area from time to time.

He also suggested the chiefs, PRIs leaders, ESDA (Elite Society of Dadam Area) to stop boulder collection from the stream or Tirath River as a part of preservation and protection of nature and also to avoid further landslide. It is needless to mention here that the road from Tirath hydel - Laho village is the life line of the entire Dadam area. The MLA further assured all possible help and support from his side to make this important link road an all weather road. He was accompanied by the Chiefs, PRIs leaders, BRTF personnel and members from elite society of Dadam area.


Swachch Bharat Abhiyan

ITANAGAR, Oct 08: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a ‘Swachh Bharat’ is gaining momentum in the state with each passing day.

The Christian Revival Church, Naharlagun organized a mass Social Service in the premises of the Church at “F” & “G” Sector Naharlagun under “Swach Bharat Abhiyan” to promote cleanliness and safe environment at the locality.

The members of CRC Naharlagun actively took part in the social service and repaired road, drainage system and disposed the debris of the sectors.

The residents of ward no 22, D sector Naharlagun also organized a mass social service under the initiative of the ward part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The residents cleaned sector surroundings and choked drains.

Tirap district police conducted a social service involving all of its units and 1st IRBn personnel at District Hospital, Khonsa to mark the Arunachal Pradesh Police Raising Day today.

The hospital surroundings were cleaned, garbage disposed, choked drains cleared during the social service.

All the police officers and personnel and hospital staff took part in the social service.


BJP state unit chief urges party leaders to reach out to  people

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yesterday launched Special Membership Drive in the state by State president Tai Tagak and Leader of Opposition Tamiyo Taga by dialing the toll free number 1800 266 2020 at party head office here. The drive will continue until March 31 next year.

Addressing the party leaders and workers on the occasion, Tagak called upon them to carry out the membership drive on a mission mode for enrollment of members across the State. The President called upon the party cadres to reach out to the people at grassroots level. He exhorted the party leaders and cadres to maintain party tradition and ideology and said that there is no place for indiscipline in the party.

Tamiyo Taga urged the leaders and workers of the party to work sincerely and with dedication to further strengthen the party organization in the state, stating that it can be made possible through membership drive across the State.

State and district party office bearers, party MLAs and leaders and workers attended the programme.


SDHO office inaugurated

Staff Reporter

MECHUKHA, Nov 8: After remaining non-functional for eight years, the Mechukha Sub Divisional Horticulture Office (SDHO) was today inaugurated by Parliamentary Secretary for Horticulture Mutchu Mithi in presence of local MLA Passang D Sona.  

The office building of SDHO, which was constructed in the year 2006, will now be functioning as an independent DDO. With independent status being accorded to the SDHO office monitoring of horticultural activities in the sub- division is expected to be more efficient.

The soil of Mechukha, Monigong and Pidi circles is fertile for horticultural activities like production of kiwi, apple, walnut etc.

Among others, local MLA Pasang D Sona, Secretary Horticulture Sudhir Kumar, Parliamentary Secretary Phosum Khimhun, Geology and Mining, Dikto Yekar, Chairman APEDA and Chairman Bamboo Mission, Chow Z Namchoom and SDHO Mechukha Henrik Basar were present on the occasion.


Arunachal stall at NE festival

ITANAGAR, Nov 8: The Arunachal Pradesh stall at North East Festival Delhi was inaugurated by Adi Baane Kebang Youth Wing, General Secretary Toi Modi at IGNCA New Delhi yesterday.

On the occasion, Modi and ABKYW President Aling Pinggam said that this kind of programme will boost tourism sector in North Eastern region. The initiative taken up by the organizers is a great endeavour; such programme would bring the feelings of brotherhood and oneness among the people of the country, they added.  


BJP alleges misuse of central fund in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Nov 8: BJP today alleged misuse of Rs 3,500 crore central fund by the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh in the last fiscal and said the state government should take corrective measures against corruption.

BJP state chief Tai Tagak in a statement here alleged misuse of central fund to the tune of Rs 3,500 crore in the last fiscal and said a huge chunk of the fund was siphoned off without producing any utilisation certificates.

"The dictatorial attitude of the chief minister should be changed. We need transparent and accountable governance," Tagak said.

The central government would never deny funds for developmental activities but the state government is required to take corrective measures against corruption, he said. PTI


VKV Ziro organizes Vigyan Mela

From a Correspondent

ZIRO, Nov 8: “Without happiness, life is meaningless. So, to enjoy life one should try to create pleasant atmosphere wherever he or she may be”, said Lower Subansiri Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE) Yumlam Tana in his address at the inaugural function of Vigyan Mela organized by the Science Club of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (VKV) Ziro today here at its school premises.

While lauding the presentations of the students, DDSE said that people of Arunachal will no longer lag behind other states in future in the fields of scientific research and suggested the participating students to be more practical in gathering new knowledge.

Emphasizing on co-curriculum activities, Tana committed to provide footballs and a coach if necessary to augment sports activities in the school.  

Talking about Universalisation of Elementary Education (UEE) and Alternative & Innovative Education (AIE), he informed that enrolment of out-of-the school children has already started in the district.

Principal of the school Anand Mohan Mishra, highlighting the aim and objectives of Vigyan Mela said that the Mela is being organized to generate interest on science and broaden knowledge on its day to day use among the students.

Among others Arun Murtem BEO, Gomniya Tatu, headmaster, Govt. Secondary School, Hari and teaching staff of the school were also present.


Karate players bring laurels to Arunachal

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The karate players of Wado-Kai style under Arunachal Wado-Kai Karate-Do Association have brought laurels to the state by their outstanding performance in the 12th International Karate Championship- 2014 which was held at Baroda, Gujarat on November 1 and 2.

The team won 23 medals-16 Golds, 4 Silvers and 3 Bronzes.

Eight medal winners have qualified for Wado Karate Do Cup to be held in Japan next year (2015), informed chief instructor Sensei Yarda Niki.

While expressing his immense pleasure at the outstanding performance of the state team in the championship, Niki informed that two senior players, namely Nanu Sangha and Dari Lokam have been selected to participate in the Wado Karate Do Cup, to be held in Japan next year (2015).

Nanu is presently serving as Inspector at Tax and Excise department.

Niki also informed that eight players have also been selected provisionally for the Japan championship.


2nd Gora Tamer Memorial Football Tournament begins today

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The 2nd Gora Tamer Memorial Football Tournament will begin at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun, tomorrow, according to Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA).

The opening match of the biennial tournament will be played between Subansiri United FC and Football Club Doimukh at 1.30 pm.

Eleven teams are participating in the memorial tournament and they are divided into four groups with winner and runners up of each group qualifying for the quarterfinals. East Kameng FC, Papu United, Emchi Gumto FC are clubbed together in Group “A” while Gora Makik SC, Young Brother FC and Nirjuli United FC are in Group “B”. Group “C” comprises Subansiri United FC, Tagung Neri FC and FC Doimukh. There are only two teams in Group “D” and they are Todo United FC and Senki Soccer FC.

Semifinals will be played on November 18 and 19 and final on November 21, informed APFA.


Arunachal bags medals at AIFS meet

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The 21st All India Forest Sports Meet (AIFSM) 2014 was held at Panaji, Goa from 4th to 8th November. The Arunachal Pradesh team also participated in the meet with 27 contingents.

The medal winners from the state in the championship included Dobin Doke, ACF, Gold medal in Chess (Rapid), D. Doke and Techi Khilli, Silver (Badminton Men Veteran) and Dilip Gurung, Bronze in badminton (Men). Arunachal Pradesh bagged 20th position among 35 participating states and institutes of the country. Dr. Yogesh, PCCF (Wildlife & Biodiversity) was the Chief de Mission and Joram Dopum, Dy. Chief Wildlife Warden, Naharlagun, the team manager.


BCK to hold its maiden championship

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Badminton Club Kimin (BCK) is going to organize its maiden ‘Under 15 and Open Category Circle Level Badminton Championship at Kimin from November 21 to 23 next.

The open category will be held for men’s single, women’s single, men’s and women’s double.


APP team to participate in All India Football Championship

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: An 11 member Arunachal Pradesh Police Football team has left for Kolkata to participate in the 63rd BN Mullick Memorial All India Police Football Championship to be held at Barrackpore, West Bengal from November 10 to 21 next.

The team is being lead by Inspector Yumyom Gamlin as manager, Tasuk Ramching as its coach and Rubu Nabing as the captain.


Kabu Sports Club enters final

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: In the second semi-final match of the 2nd Rebi Ado Memortial Football Tournament, Kabu Sports Club beat Bene Sports Club by 2-1 goals. With this win, KSC has set stage for the title clash with SFS College. Both the teams were goalless till the first half of the match but Bene Sports Club took lead by in the middle of the second half after a penalty was awarded to them.

However, Kabu Sports club equalized in the last minutes of the match through a penalty awarded to them in the normal time of play. In the extra time, Kabu Sports Club displayed great football skills to pump in another goal to seal the fate of Bene Sports Club. (DIPRO)

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