ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma
has extended festival greetings to people of Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion of
Chalo Loku. The Governor expressed hope that the socio-agricultural festival will
continue to showcase the cultural richness of the State.
On this joyous occasion, I join my Nocte brethren in offering prayer to Almighty
Rang for his choicest blessings for good health, happiness and wellbeing of all,
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki also extended his warm greetings to the people of Arunachal
Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Chalo Loku festival. All festivals are harbingers
for the wellbeing and prosperity of the humanity and the Noctes also celebrate the
festival with the same goal, Tuki said and hoped the festivity would foster better
understanding and spirit to work for the greater welfare of the people.
One dead, several injured in road accident
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: One person was killed and six others sustained critical injuries
in a major road accident at Bhalukpong-Charduar road in Assam today.
Seriously injured Menyo Phassang (27) died on the way to Guwahati Medical College
Menyo, wife of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (Capital Complex) unit president Taley
Phassang, was coming from Seppa along with 10 other passengers when their vehicle
Tata Sumo (AR-02-0630) collided with a speeding truck at 1:30 pm. The exact cause
of the accident is yet to be ascertained but the police investigation is on.
Eco-tourism festival on the anvil
BHALUKPONG, Nov 24: West Kameng Nature and Native Wildlife Protection Society will
be organizing the 'Kameng Eco-Tourism cum River Festival - 2014' at Bhalukpong in
West Kameng district from December 15-21.
The weeklong extravaganza will offer rafting on Kameng river, angling, parasailing,
jumaring, rappelling, horse riding, elephant riding, and several other activities
including cultural presentations, rock concert, and 'Bollywood Nite'.
The event's patron, PHE&WS parliamentary secretary Kumsi Sidisow said, "The festival
will strive to promote brotherhood and communal harmony in the region inhabited by
Nyishi, Aka, Miji, Monpa, Sherdukpen, Bugun, and other tribes."
The festival will also help to promote tourism in this picturesque part of the state.
Soft-Skills Development Programme
ITANAGAR, Nov. 24: Career Guidance & Counselling Cell of Rang-Frah Government College
organised a one day soft-skills development programme for the students to make them
aware about the importance of Emotional Intelligence Quotient and other essential
employment skills today.
Resource person of the event Dr. K Rajendra Babu, Associate Professor in Commerce,
IG Government College, Tezu, gave a series of lectures and imparted training on various
soft-skills including communication skills, team management skills, stress management
Dr. Kangki Megu, the Principal of the college said that translation of soft-skills
training into practice would in fact serve the objective of the programme more than
simply knowing about them.
Nending Butung, Assistant Professor cum Coordinator of the Guidance Cell assured
of organizing more such programmes in future.
Awareness on ornamental fish farming
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: A day-long awareness programme to promote ornamental fish production
through EMPEDA schemes was held at the PWD, Inspection Bungalow, Balijan yesterday.
Around 30 local fish farmers attended the programme many of whom showed their keen
interest towards ornamental fish farming and breeding.
The workshop was divided into three sessions.
Ram Kumar, Junior Research Fellow, Fish and Aquatic Ecology Laboratory of Rajiv Gandhi
University gave an overview of the prospects of ornamental fish industry in Arunachal
Pradesh in the first session.
In the second session, Dr. Arijit Ganguly, Research Associate, Fish and Aquatic Ecology
Laboratory of RGU highlighted various challenges in ornamental fish farming and their
V.V. Raju, Assistant Director, MPEDA explained vividly about the different schemes
offered by MPEDA to promote ornamental fish farming and production.
S.K. Jawal, FO, Yupia hoped many more fish farmers will come out with their projects
in near future for ornamental fish farming.
District BJP unit for shifting of IRBn training centre
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Papum Pare District Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with Balijan
unit of the party in a memorandum has appealed to the Home Minister for shifting
or establishment of an IRBn training centre at Hollongi in between Kukurjan Nallah
and forest Nallah for which the local people are reportedly ready to donate land.
“Most of the criminals and extremist of nearby Assam take shelter in the nearby hilly
forest areas from Dipu River upto Kukurjan River areas and presence of IRBn personnel
after the establishment of the training centre would help check such criminal activities,”
said the memorandum.
The party also urged the Home Minister to hold a talk with Assam Home Minister to
transfer the Sonitpur, Assam Superintendent of Police (SP), for alleged anti-Arunachalee
activities at the earliest.
Review meeting on sanitation & Swachch Bharat Abhiyan
SEPPA, Nov 24: A review meeting on implementation of action plans and progress of
sanitation within Seppa town and also to adopt strategic measures for Swachh Bharat
Abhiyan in East District was held at Seppa recently.
DUDA Dy. Director Takar Tachang said that the main motto of the meeting was to eradicate
existing sanitation problems into hygienic free Seppa town and appealed the dwellers
of Seppa town to stay hygienic and healthy. While informing about the intensive colony
field surrey carried out by the department, he said that extensive open throwing
of domestic wastes on the road sides, lack of awareness among the dwellers, high
concentration of huts and livestock, migration of people from rural to urban, water
leakage from pipeline, construction of Gumtis over drains etc are the major issue
which need to be addressed.
He appealed to various committees of the colonies of Seppa township to conduct mass
awareness campaign on the issue.
Meanwhile, he informed that DUDA shall start collecting service charges from business
communities and private residential buildings.
DDSE Kata Rangmo urged the people to properly dispose empty plastic cold drink bottles
as these plastic bottles are found in abundance everywhere within the district which
creates sanitary problem.
Meanwhile, in the meeting the house resolved that private dustbin be used in place
of public and common dustbin domestic wastes to be disposed off when DUDA truck
come in for collecting garbage, dustbins to be made mandatory at shops, besides
giving awareness to school children and people of the district. DIPRO
Cooperate with administration: AGSU
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: All Galo Students’ Union (AGSU) welcoming the eviction drive conducted
by West Siang District Administration for early execution of two lane CC Pavement,
has appealed to all concern citizens to cooperate with district administration as
a conscious citizen during the eviction drive.
“Since the condition of roads in Aalo township is lying in deplorable condition since
long the public should cooperate with the district administration for good linking
roads,” AGSU said in a release. It also appealed to various social organizations
to continue to extend their supports to the initiatives of the DA.
While urging the department concerned to utilize the fund judiciously, AGSU requested
it to monitor the implementation of the projects for timely completion. It further
requested the contractors concerned to maintain quality of works and the general
public to be more vigilant to ensure quality.
Meantime, AGSU expressed dismay over delay in declaration of Lower Siang District
even after the passing of the District Reorganizations Bill for creation of the district.
“The State government should not make the creation of Lower Siang a political issue,”
the AGSU release said, and sought the status report of the same at earliest failing
which “We will have no other options but to resort to democratic movement for fulfillment
of our demand,” the release added.
Meeting to discuss labour issues held
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary,
Labour and Employment Department today to discuss various issues pertaining to the
welfare of workers and various demands placed before the Government by All Arunachal
Pradesh Worker Union (AAPWU) and the All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU).
The meeting was attended by the representatives of Finance Department, Power Department,
Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Registrar of Co-operative Societies
and the Department of Labour along with representatives of various trade unions.
The demands placed by the various trade unions included enhancement of ceiling limit
of statutory benefits extended by the Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction
Worker’s Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB), regularization of ALCs worker, timely payment
of wages, revision of wages order of the Finance Department, implementation of maternity
benefits and other provisions of law as given in statutes by the government departments,
reservation of posts, formation of labour co-operative and federation etc. were examined
in detail and a decision was arrived at by the house to recommend necessary remedial
measures within the provision of law and to forward the same onward to the government
for further necessary consideration.
Speaking on the occasion, Principal Secretary, Labour and Employment, Satya Gopal
stressed on the pro-active role to be played by all concerned departments for the
welfare of the workers and labour force of the state.
In this connection, he assured that all help would be extended for the proper implementation
of labour laws by the department of Labour.
Awareness campaign held
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: All Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture & Horticulture Dealership Registered
Tribal Contractor Association (AAPAHDRTCA) conducted an awareness programme at Tanio
village under Kakoi circle of Papum Pare recently. A large number of villagers participated
Speaking on the occasion, association chairman, Kumar Tajo suggested the farmers
to cultivate different kind of crops in large scale to be self-sustained. He also
pointed out the importance of agri-horti crop cultivation. Tajo further advised the
farmers to adopt modern techniques in cultivation for extensive production. Earlier,
association general secretary, Gyamar Nigla highlighted the objectives of the programme.
Drawing competition to create awareness on wildlife conservation
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: A drawing competition was conducted jointly by Arunachal Pradesh
Art and Culture Eco Tourism Society and North East Welfare Society, New Delhi at
Kameng Valley School, Rupa, West Kameng Arunachal Pradesh yesterday under their joint
venture Project called “Protect Wildlife” aiming to conserve and create public awareness
on Wild life. Around 80 school children from different age groups participated in
the painting competition.
Addressing the children, Chairperson of the Society Kesang Lhamu Khrimey made them
aware about the importance to protect and conserve wildlife. Prizes were distributed
to the winners of the competition.
GSU conducts out-reach prog
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The Galo Students’ Union (GSU) organized the 1st ever science out
reach programme at Govt, Hr, Sec, School Liromoba.
Speaking on the occasion, Tanya Ronya, Director of State Council for Science and
Technology highlighted the importance of science in this modern era. A former student
of the school, Ronya advised the students to develop scientific temper, maintain
discipline and study hard to achieve success in ones life.
Dr. Bhim Prasad Sharma, Associate Professor (Mathematical Sciences) of Tezpur Central
university, Dr D. Mahanta, Joint Director of State Council for Science and Technology,
Vivek Kumar, Curator Science Centre Itanagar, Gem Peri Education Assistant, Science
Centre Itanagar were present as a resource persons, who highlighted the various important
subjects on science and its effects.
The Tara Mandal show, Astronomy, 3D show, Environment and Bio-Diversity were the
various subjects which won the hearts of the public and students. Some magic of sciences
and fun with science were also demonstrated.
The programme was organized by Galo Students’ Union in collaboration with the Dept,
of State Council for Science and Technology.
PRI leaders of Yachuli oppose ‘Heritage Village’ shift
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The panchayat leaders of Yachuli Anchal Samiti Block has opposed
the shifting of Heritage Village claiming that it is being shifted from Yazali under
Lower Subansiri district to Hoj in Papum Pare district.
A meeting held on November 22 last at Yachuli also decided to continue its protest
till the shift is cancelled.
It was further decided that land for the Heritage village will be provided at Yachuli,
Pistana and Yazali areas.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Yingkiong
YINGKIONG, Nov 24: The staffs of the office of the Deputy Commissioner Upper Siang
District, Yingkiong conducted Swachch Bharat Abhiyan in the office premises and the
surrounding areas on Saturday last.
Shrubs, bushes, garbage along the either roadside right from Political garage to
the DC's office complex were cleaned under the supervision of the Deputy Commissioner
Dr. Tariq Thomas.
AAPUU demands for implementation of Govt notification
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Union (AAPUU) demanded the state
government for early implementation of the notification published in the Gazette
of Arunachal Pradesh on February 14, 2014 to fix the minimum educational qualification
of graduation or bachelor degree from a recognized university for considering appointment
to Group “B” and Group “A” posts either by direct recruitment or on promotion with
Expressing resentment over non-implementation of the same, AAPUU in a memorandum
to the Chief Minister appealed him to direct all the departments to implement the
above decision in letter and spirit with immediate effect failing which the Union
will be compelled to take democratic means of protest to fulfill the demand.
The Union also demanded implementation of other decisions, like to discontinue the
practice of relaxation of minimum educational qualification prescribed for a post
with immediate effect or carry-out amendments in the relevant services Rules /Recruitment
PASIGHAT, Nov 24: The Donyi Polo Vidya Niketan School Pasighat has organized Matri
Sammelan at the school premises here yesterday to create awareness among women about
their role in the family as well as in the society for preservation and promotion
of indigenous faith and culture.
Exhibition stalls displaying various handicraft items, bouquet designing, rangoli,
drawing and painting, cutlery items, preparation of salad and musical concert etc.
were the main highlights of the day long programme wherein the students and women
Community Pay and Use Toilet
TEZU, Nov 24: Much to the relief of commuters in Tezu town, two Community Pay and
Use Toilet have been opened in Tezu market near Cooperative Society Complex, Tezu
On the occasion, MLA Dr. Mohesh Chai handed over the keys of the community toilets
to the Bazar President in presence of Deputy Commissioner Dr. BM Mishra and others.
The Community Pay and Use Toilet were constructed under the NLCPR-Non Lapsable Central
Pool of Resource (10 per cent lump sum scheme for North East States including Sikkim
The maintenance of the first six months of the Community Toilets will be looked after
by DUDA, Tezu. Thereafter, the Bazaar Committee will run the daily maintenance.
Meanwhile, MLA has appealed to the District Administration, civil societies, NGOs,
and general public to contribute their share in making the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
a grand success in Lohit District. DIPRO
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
ITANAGR, Nov.24: A mass social service was organized as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
at Tezu township area by Bapu Welfare Society of Tafragam unit of Lohit district.
At least 50 youths, including members of Bapu Welfare Society and others actively
participated in the cleanliness drive and cleaned Tezu Bazaar areas, including main
market, Gandhi Chowk, daily market, Mandir Market etc. circuit house road and other
The Urban Development department provided their truck to dispose the collected garbage.
China defends damming Brahmaputra river in Tibet
Mega dam in Tibet begins operation
Beijing, Nov 24: Defending its plans to build a series of hydropower projects over
Brahmaputra river in Tibet, China today said it has taken "full account" of concerns
of downstream countries as well as the "bigger picture" of good relationship with
India while constructing the dams.
"On the exploration and utilization of trans-boundary rivers, China has been adopting
a responsible attitude and we ensure that exploration goes hand in hand with the
protection," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hu Chunying told media here, responding
to questions on yesterday's commissioning of the first phase of the largest hydropower
station at Zangmu in Tibet.
The first generating unit of the 9.6 billion yuan (USD 1.5 billion) Zangmu Hydropower
Station, which is positioned over 3,300 metres above sea level on the "roof of the
world", went into operation yesterday with five other generating units due for completion
next year. "We have taken full account of the concerns of the downstream areas,"
she said, referring to apprehensions of India and Bangladesh which are the downstream
countries of the Brahmaputra river. China has three more such projects in the pipeline.
"The hydropower stations China built will not affect the flood prevention and ecological
system of the downstream areas. We have been in close communication and cooperation
with them," Hua said.
"The communication is sound. We bare in mind the bigger picture of China-India good
relationship and we have been providing hydrological data and emergency management
to the Indian side and has played important role in flood prevention and disaster
relief in the downstream areas," she said.
Citing the joint statement issued during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping
to India in September, she said, the "Indian side thanked China for the provision
of hydroilogical data and the assistance in emergency handling."
"The facts have shown that our assistance in this areas are effective and channels
are smooth," she said.
Referring to India-China agreement on the Trans-border Rivers signed in 2013 during
the visit of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Hua said since it was signed, the
two sides are in communication on this issue.
"We are willing to use this mechanism to enhance our cooperation with India in Trans-boundary
Rivers," she said.
Under that agreement, Chinese side agreed to provide more flood data of Brahmaputra
river from May to October instead of June to October in the previous river water
agreements in 2008 and 2010.
India has been expressing concerns over China's plans to construct more dams which
New Delhi fears could restrict the flows of the Himalayan river, a lifeline to some
of the country's remote, farm-dependent Northeastern states.
China for its part says its dams are run-of-the-river projects not designed to hold
Planning department goes high-tech
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Taking a foot ahead towards his commitment of providing the people
of Arunachal Pradesh, transparent, responsive and accountable Governance, Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki launched Business Process Re-engineering Study and Implementation Support
software for the state planning department in an impressive function at State Banquet
The software which includes Scheme Management System (SMS) ensuring all projects
to be online, interactive in nature and first project of the state to be hosted in
Cloud Computing, shall certainly benefit the government especially the planning department
in formulating plan and policies for the development of Arunachal Pradesh.
Congratulating the department of Planning, especially the secretary planning for
conceptualizing the idea, Tuki viewed that every department in the state should emulate
the system. “As we are a welfare government, it is imperative on our part to give
our people a responsive and error free system which shall ensure transparency and
accountability in all kinds of developmental activities” he emphatically said.
The Chief Minister also hoped that the system would lessen the requirement of additional
manpower while it would provide all necessary information sought by the general public.
He also believed that with timely maintenance of data, issues like cost overrun,
project implementation bottleneck and delay in release of central fund would be checked
and controlled to a great extent. Besides, the monitoring mechanism would be strengthened
and transparency ensured.
While categorically requesting the department of planning to upload the data of previous
years too, the Chief Minister opined that by doing so, people would come to know
about the transitional phase of the state through various developmental activities
undertaken by the government. Giving a brief mention on priority sectors like health
and education and other activities undertaken by the state government, CM said Arunachal
is becoming a pioneer in introducing many people oriented programmes which is being
emulated by other states including Government of India.
Sharing his recent visit to California USA to Google headquarters, CM informed that
he had requested the Google to introduce Google Global Education System for the state
to which a team is expected to arrive in the state soon.
Chief Minister who was accompanied by Minister Home and Power Elect., Tanga Byaling,
Minister Education Tapang Taloh, Minister PHE Takam Pario, Principal Advisor to CM
Kameng Dolo, Parliamentary Secretary trade and commerce, Phosum Khimhun along with
host of high ranking bureaucrats and officers released a training manual besides
distributing certificates to the trainees.
Secretary Planning Sonam Chombay said, from manual to automation of planning and
monitoring process would be a watershed in the state.
Principal Consultant, M/s Pricewaterhouse Coopers P Ltd, Anupam Banerjee through
a power point presentation briefed the house on SMS application.
Principal Secretary, Home, tours Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts
KHONSA, Nov 24: Dharmendra Sharma, Principal Secretary, Home, Vigilance, Power and
Political, GoAP, visited Tirap district recently to assess law and order and security
issues and other infrastructural deficiencies in the district.
He held meetings with the DC, SP and the border guarding forces and visited the sites
where new police stations are going to be instituted.
Sharma inspected the ongoing works at the temporary police stations and suggested
speedy completion of the sites where police stations are to be upgraded. In Tirap,
the police stations to be upgraded are PS Khonsa and Deomali and new police stations
are to be constructed at Katang, Dadam and Soha.
During his visit to Dadam on Nov 22, Sharma inspected the temporary police station
building and police land near office of Circle Officer, Dadam. He was accompanied
by local MLA Tirong Aboh, Deputy Commissioner Tirap Kamlesh Joshi, Addl. SP S Singpho,
Engineers from RWD, ZPM, Chief of Dadam village and public. Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh
Joshi apprised him about land and other pertinent issues. He insisted on proper and
early completion of the temporary police station building.
Sharma also visited the Sub-jail, Khonsa and expressed concern about various issues
of the sub-jail and asked the DC Tirap to submit necessary proposals to the govt.
He also visited Police Station, Khonsa and Deomali and advised the officers and personnel
to be meticulous in maintenance and record of arms and ammunitions.
During the inspection of police land at Deomali, he was accompanied by SDO Bopai
Puroik and other officers.
The Principal Secretary (Home) also visited HQ of 1st IRBN, Namsangmukh and was accompanied
by Reli Loyi, Commandant, 1st IRBN who apprised him about the impending land issue.
Prior to visit of Tirap district, Principal Secy (Home) had visited Kanubari, Ranglua,
Longding, Wakka and Tissa of Longding district on Nov 21 and 22.
Taxus baccata: a concern for sustainable conservation and value addition
Many of the Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (MAP) species are lost due to unscientific
method of collection from the wild and marketing of the same involving different
agents with varying price rates. This has led to over exploitation and loss of gene
pool bank of the species. Putting a stop by means of seizure by the concerned authority
doesn’t seem to bring any positive result but instead demoralise the farmers and
villagers whose earning source is hand to mouth resulting in secrecy from their side.
Encouragement for cultivation is the need of the hour to conserve the gene bank of
It has been a decade that an extensive plantation of MAP by an individual or a community
is actually seen in the state of Arunachal Pradesh except for tea cultivation. We
talk of MAP rich state of ours but who actually is conserving the same by means of
cultivation in large scale but some handful of individuals who are concerned for
its sustainable conservation are doing yet again with meagre funds from some specified
schemes of the government.
I happened to visit a plantation site of Taxus baccata in the beautiful town of Mechuka
which is situated in West Siang, 180 kilometres northwest of Aalo and is only 29
kilometres away from Indo-Tibet border. M/S Pronaali Agro-Tech Pvt. Ltd. a Tezpur,
Assam based private agency working along with Dabur Pharma Ltd has been growing this
endangered species since 2009 in an area of 94 hectare with a total population of
7.50 lakhs plants beautifully growing in the valley. By mid November-December, about
1.20 lakhs plants planted during the year 2009 will be harvested covering an area
of 10-12 hectres with a yield expectation of 6 to 9 M.T during season.
The idea of growing these huge tree like tea cultivation by maintaining the apical
dominance and giving it a more bush kind (vegetative growth) as it is done in tea
cultivation which would be easy for harvesting of leaves is an laudable innovative
Taxus baccata is a conifer originally known as yew, though with other related trees
becoming known, it may now be known as English yew, or European yew, locally called
as Tae Sheng (Monpa), Tam Shin (Nyishi) belonging to family Taxaceae.
It is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree with thin bark, scaly brown, coming
off in small flakes aligned with the stem. The leaves are flat, dark green arranged
spirally on the stem. The leaves are poisonous. The seed cones are modified which
develops into a soft, bright red berryaril with long wide and open at the end. The
arils mature 6 to 9 months after pollination and are poisonous. Taxus baccata can
reach 400 to 600 years of age.
The tree is usually found in moist temperate Himalaya, associated with broad leaved
tree species. It grows at an altitude between 1600-2700m at West Kameng, Tawang,
Lohit, West and Upper Siang, Dibang Valley districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
The plant is used as a treatment for breast and ovarian cancer. Taxus from the Himalaya
has been found more important in the recent test because even their needles are used
for taxol extraction.
The state government can take new initiatives to find a solution to conserve the
species by in-situ and ex-situ mode and also by other funding mechanism to cultivate
extensively involving prospective farmers and agencies and to tie up a proper market
linkage of the same. Policies regulating safety and efficacy need to be evolved based
on recognition of the uniqueness of tribal and folk medicines, and this should be
linked to intellectual property rights to ensure that community benefit from the
use of their technology.
And also a regulatory system is urgently needed to restrain indiscriminate, illegal
wild harvest and to evolve an appropriate regulated system or strategy with proper
marketing centers along with proper marketing strategy thereby reducing middlemen
ship policy and strategy.
M/S Pronaali Agro-Tech Pvt. Ltd. has done an laudable job, an eye opener for the
people of the state and government to take such initiatives which would not only
bring revenue generation for the state or employment generation but lend a helping
hand for a healthy life by manufacturing a life saving drug for the people of the
earth. (The writer is Research Officer at State Medical Plant Board. He can be reached
at [email protected])
Pheasant holocaust: a catastrophe to wildlife population
Pheasants are large bodied, ground dwelling and most colourful birds of the world.
Taxonomically, Pheasant represent family Phasianidae (subfamily phasianinae) of the
order Galliformes. Pheasants are divided into pheasants of the mountain and pheasants
of the plains. The pheasants of the mountains are high altitude ecosystem bird found
at heights ranging from 1000 to 5000 msl and pheasants of the plains usually occur
below 300 msl.
Altogether, there are 51 species of pheasants in the world. Out of this, 50 species
are of Asian origin except one Congo Peafowl endemic to Republic of Congo. Out of
17 species of pheasants found in India, 11 species (80%) are found in Arunachal Pradesh.
Thus, Arunachal Pradesh is the richest Indian state in term of Pheasant diversity.
The state is home of Mrs Hume Pheasant, Grey peacock Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant, Tibetan
eared Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Blyth’s Tragopan, Temminck Tragopan,
Himalayan Monal, Scalater’s Monal and Red Jungle fowl. These pheasants descend down
to lower elevations to avoid the freezing temperature and scarcity of food at higher
altitude of the mountain during winter and late autumn. Many around 50 percent of
the descending Pheasant perish at the wintering site due to human poaching. Since
Pheasants are ground dwelling–feeding birds and descending down to areas within human
access it becomes an easy prey to human poaching during winter. Local tribal people
lay traps at the migratory routes of the descending Pheasant and killing large numbers
every winter. Rampant poaching of Pheasants occurs every winter in East Kameng, Subansiri
and Siang Belt, worst in Lower, Upper Subansiri and Upper Siang.
Earlier people used traditional traps and weapons, so killing was not as great as
it is now. After people started using modern traps and weapons, killings have escalated
manifold, it is carnage now in every winter. Further, due to commercialisation, the
killing is becoming more rampant now. Pheasant is sold at Rs 1500 to Rs 3000 a piece.
Though selling is done door to door usually at night but sometimes sellers even sell
it in the daily market in remote areas. Pheasants are coveted by local tribal people
for their brightly coloured plumage to decorate their traditional headgear, while
it ensures an ample amount of meat to celebrate feast during festivals due it’s large
Grey peacock Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant, Red jungle Fowl, Satyr Tragopan and Blyth’s
Tragopan are the worst affected among the Pheasants in the state. If the trend continues
like as it is now, these Pheasant will also locally extinct from the state. It will
meet the same fate like that of Pheasants of the Plains, Indian Peafowl and Green
Peafowl. Earlier these two Pheasant were abundant in the state but due to poaching,
the population has diminished from the state. Scientist community has declared them
to be locally extinct from the state. Now, the turn of local extinction is for Grey
peacock Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant, Red jungle Fowl, Satyr tragopan and Blyth’s Tragopan
as these birds move down well into human accessible area. Wondering which will be
the first to be extinct from the state, the chances of Red Jungle Fowl are less as
it prefers mostly the plain areas, then the Kalij Pheasant as it migrates farthest
into the plains up to 200 msl and then Tragopan.
Will it be a thing of pride that due to our poaching, these birds would be extinct
from the state? Though IUCN categorised Satyr Tragopan and Blyth’s Tragopan as threatened
birds and are listed as Scheduled I birds of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, but local
tribal people are killing them relentlessly.
Winter is crawling in, again there will be massacre of the Pheasants, and many will
perish during winter and will never see their native place again. It really pains,
so to create this is to create awareness to the world about the Pheasant holocaust
in the state and to educate the state Government, NGO’s, custodian of local tribal
society on the cruelty inflicted to Pheasant.
Shall we leave the Pheasant at their own fates to fight their unending battle? Through
this article it is an ardent appeal to the State Government to Red Alert the forest
department for strict vigilance in the high intensity poaching areas, punish the
poachers as per section 51 of Wildlife Act, 1972. Planning for a powerful awareness
education programme to educate the people on ecological value of Pheasants is earnest
as possibilities of local extinction due to our unrealistic actions are imminent.
Appeal is also to all NGO’s, Gaon Burahs and local people to come forward to save
the Pheasants from carnage this winter and in future.
Job Mela cum Skill Development Rally held
ROING, Nov 24: Job Mela cum Skill Development Rally for the unemployed youths was
organized today at Multipurpose Cultural Hall, Roing in which 12 Vocational Training
Providers (VTPs) from various parts of the country participated.
While inaugurating the Job Mela, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Mukut Mithi,
called upon the youths to avail the benefits provided by the state government. He
said that it is an opportunity for the school drop outs and the youths who could
not completed study due to some or other reason to go for vocational training in
selected trades imparted by various VTPs and get themselves employed. He further
exhorted the youths to change the mental set up and be ready to work outside the
state too as there is limited job providers within the state. He lauded the District
Administration and the Department of Industries for organizing the Job Mela in the
district and also requested the VTPs to set up training centres in the state too
so that the maximum number of people from the state could also avail the benefits.
Deputy Director of Industries K Sharma, while highlighting the objectives of the
Job Mela informed that the main motto is to impart vocational training to the youths
and to make them skilled in one or other trade so that they can get themselves employed
in some public or private sector or self employed.
DDI Roing, A Mene informed that more 400 youths participated in the job mela wherein
they were given counselling on the modules available with the VTPs and the period
of courses and job avenues thereafter.
The Job Mela was organised by the District Industrial Centre, Roing for training
and placement by different VTPs for both boys and girls within the state or outside
the state. The trades in which skill straining will be imparted include fashion design,
banking & accounting, business & commerce, counselling skill, courier & logistics,
information & communication technology, insurance, garment making, travel & tourism,
hospitality, beauty care &hair dressing, retail, soft skill, security guard, medical
& nursing, electrical and electronics.
Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar, ZPC Sipi Elapra Linggi, ZPMs Kaling Pertin and Miti
Libang Tayeng and HoDs attended the inaugural programme. DIPRO
Senior Cong leader Murli Deora passes away
Tuki condoles Deora’s death
MUMBAI/ITANAGAR, 24: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Murli Deora
passed away at Mumbai this morning after prolonged illness.
He was 77 and is survived by his wife and two sons, including former MP Milind Deora.
Murli bhai as he was known died at around 3.25 a.m. He had been unwell and admitted
to a hospital. He had come home two days back, family sources said.
Deora, who held several important portfolios during his decades-long career, first
contested the civic elections in Mumbai in 1975. An economics graduate, Deora was
Mayor of Mumbai from 1977 to 1978 and was later elected to the Lok Sabha four times
from Mumbai South, a seat later held by his son, Milind, who is also a former MP
and ex Union minister. Currently, he was serving his third term as a Rajya Sabha
He held the portfolio of Petroleum and Natural Gas during the UPA-1 regime. The Congress
veteran had also served as the Mumbai Congress President for 22 years.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed profound sorrow
over the unfortunate demise of Murli Deora.
In a condolence letter to Milind Deora, son of late Murli Deora, CM wrote “It pains
my heart to write to you at this moment of extreme grief. I humbly endure to share
with you the saddest times of your life though I know that it would be hard to do
so and ease the pain you and your family are going through. In his death we have
lost a veteran Congress leader, who served the country in different capacities.”
At this moment of grief, me, my family and people of Arunachal Pradesh extend our
solidarity with you and share the pain inflicted on you and your family by this irreparable
loss, the message read.
2 days Multi Drug Regiment training for paramedic
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: ICTC division, APSACS is conducting two days PPTCT Multi- Drug
Regiment Training for Paramedics which began at Naharlagun today.
During the inaugural session, Dr. A Borang, Dy. Director (ICTC) highlighted the outline
and technical aspect of the training.
Any pregnant women with confirmed HIV positive by 3 tests will start Multi-drug ART
medicine for life long without considering the WHO Clinical stages and CD4 counts.
Giving the prevailing HIV scenario in India, he informed that there are 20.9 lacs
people living with HIV, 14, 000 children are getting HIV infection every year, while
10,000 children are dying of AIDS. WHO had set a timelines of zero infection to children
by 2015, he informed adding that India is participating in Lifelong Multi Drugs Regiment
to HIV positive Pregnant Women, which reduces the chances of HIV transmission from
pregnant woman to baby by 2 percent.
Master Trainer, Dr. Tomar Basar MD and Dr. Mope Riba, MD of Arunachal State Hospital
also spoke on the occasion.
Dr. Riken Rina, Project Director, APSACS who chaired the inaugural function, put
emphasis on the importance of PPTCT Multi-drugs project in Arunachal. He also advised
paramedic staff to be since, dedicated in their service.
CS inaugurates first ever Air Show at Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Nov 24: Organized by the Eastern Air Command (EAC), the first ever Air
Show of the state was inaugurated today by the State’s Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi
by releasing balloons in the presence of Air Vice Marshal HJ Walia, AOC Adv HQ, Air
Cdr Mohan Rao AOC from Air Force Station, Chabua, DC Nidhi Srivastava, SP Devendar
Arya, 5th IRBn Comdt. Vijayanta Arya, MLAs Kento Rina and Kaling Moyong.
In his message to the society, Negi informed that it was organized with an aim to
create awareness among the general public about the role of the Air Force and motivate
the youth to consider IAF as a career option. Representations from the state were
growing and more youngsters would participate in the recruitment rally, he hoped.
IAF personnel brighten up the sky at Pasighat exhibiting their bravery and skills
and more than three thousand people enjoy the show here at the general ground on
Monday. School children and collegians were also present, whose minds are in formative
stage can always be inspired by such display and tomorrow can opt for serving the
nation as IAF personnel.
The IAF demonstration began with a “Powered Para Motor Gliding” display by Wing Commander
Ramakant. The tunes of No-17 Air Force Band from EAC mesmerized the crowd throughout
the entire event, displaying utmost pride, camaraderie and harmony of Air Warriors.
The sky over Pasighat was overcasted with colorful parachutes and “Akash Ganga Team”
gave a breathtaking display of skydiving to the applause of the entire audience.
The team of 13 brave divers led by Wing Commander Jaikrishnan and Squadron Leader
AK Yadav jumped daringly from 4000 ft height from MI-17 helicopter in different saluting
formations. The Special Force “Garud” demonstrated slithering operations from hovering
MI-17 helicopters. Garud is a special unit of Commando Force of IAF, was formed in
2004 to defend all Air Force Bases and undertake peace keeping operations across
the nation. The team force has a cutting adage over anti-hijack, counter insurgency,
special weapon training and advanced diving skills. Advanced synchronized rifile
drill movements in eight different formation were presented by IAF warriors and Aerobatics
display carried out by Sarang team under leadership of Wing Commander AS Abhyankar,
VSM was the most exciting moment which kept the spectators present spell bound. The
team formulated and executed four helicopter display profiles and demonstrated various
formations for people to look at close range. Soon after the fest, the two days scheduled
IAF recruitment process was started. DIPRO
Arunachalee boxers win five bronze medals in 60th National School Games
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The U-14 and -17 boxers of Arunachal Amateur Boxing Association
(AABA) have won 5 bronze medals in the 60th National School Games in Boxing U-14
and U-17 years category which was held at Anandpur Sahib, Punjab recently.
The medal winning pugilists are Rinchin Wangdi Mosobi (U-14. 30-32 Kg), Sangey Lhaden
Sports Academy (SLSA), Ringu Tara. (U-14,40-42 Kg) SAI SAG, Naharlagun, Nabam Dodum
(U-14, 42-44Kg), Ganga Boxing Club, Aguk Juja, U-17,.48-50Kg), SAI SAG, Naharlagun,
Honrang Kongkang, ( U-17. 57-60 Kg), SAI Naharlagun.
Meanwhile, AABA has alleged nepotism and favoritism in the conduct of the event by
As per the federation rule, AABA said that the minimum time for a bout is 1 minute
30 second for under 14 years category and 2 minutes for under-17 years depending
upon their weights; but this rule was allegedly not maintained in the competition
and only 1 minute per bout was allowed for all the weight categories, AABA alleged.
The AABA appeals to all the boxing various other sports associations throughout the
country not to indulge in such kind of illegal activity in the greater interest of
promotion and development of sports in the country. Otherwise, it may defame the
name of associations and give wrong message to the people.
Meanwhile, the Director of Sports and Youth Affairs DK Dinglow has expressed happiness
over the performance of the boxing team and hoped the upcoming pugilists will perform
better in future.
Training prog on ‘Coldwater fish culture’
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Tirap organised a 5 days training programme
on ‘Coldwater fish culture’ for the fish farmers of the district at district headquarter
Khonsa from November 20 to 24.
A total number of 30 fish farmers from 17 different villages of Tirap, namely Old
Tupi, Kapu, Bera, Chongtheng, Kolagaon, Lapnan, Kuthong, Kaimai, Old Changuak, Longo,
Khela, Senua, Lamsa, Hukan, Kolagaon, Kapu and Pullung participated in the training.
The training programme was sponsored by National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad.
Inaugurating the training, Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi urged the fish
farmers of the district to learn about the scientific fish farming practices through
the programme and apply them in their pond condition for better fish production.
Joshi also released a training manual on ‘Scientific fish culture technologies for
Tirap district prepared by the Subject Matter Specialist of KVK, Tirap on the occasion.
The World Fisheries Day was celebrated along with the trainees on the November 21.
A special practical session on different management measures of scientific fish culture
was organized at Govt Fish farm Khonsa to mark the day.
The training programme included both theory and practical sessions on different aspects
of Coldwater fish culture like site selection, suitable species selection, good quality
fish seed, supplementary feeding of fishes, fish health management etc. The practicals
were held at Govt Fish farm, Khonsa.
Special screening of documentaries on scientific fish farming was also arranged for
the trainees during the programme. An interactive session between the fish farmers
and the resource persons was held after each lecture.
---- Editorial ----
Local interest should be not compromised
The recent decision of the ministry of home affairs, government of India to delegate
power to the Deputy Resident Commissioners (DRC), Kolkata and Guwahati to issue Protected
Area Permit (PAP) directly to foreign tourists without sponsorship of registered
tourist operator has been strongly resented by local tour operators of state. While
supporting the proposed policies for relaxation of Protected Area Permit (PAP) and
creating of new tourist circuits, the Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association
(APTOA) has expressed reservation over this move of centre.
The association claimed that if RCs and DRCs start issuing PAPs without involving
local registered tour operators, the tour operators from rest of the country will
exploit and monopolize the system for their own commercial benefits as seen in Goa
and other North East States of India like Nagaland and Manipur. The concern raised
by APTOA is genuine and should be seriously looked upon by the authorities concern.
Despite all odds, the local tour operators have considerably managed to market Arunachal
as a tourist destination. It is important to take their confidence while formulating
tourism policies for Arunachal as they have grass-root experience. The present form
of issuing PAP to genuine tourists visiting Arunachal Pradesh through local registered
tour operators is smooth, hassle free and therefore should be continued.
----Readers Forum ----
Time to curb political corruption
Corruption in our state is extremely common and widespread; we constantly encounter
it in every office of the government. Fund misappropriation, embezzlement, nepotism,
red-tapism, delaying of salaries, APPSC blunder and many more. It is beyond the scope
of this paper to describe them in detail.
Most ridiculous one is recent land allotment policy where one can apply for regularization
of their unauthorized government land occupation directly in violation of Arunachal
Pradesh Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized occupations) act, 2003.
Seriously, what on earth they are thinking? Government is using everything at their
disposal to loot development funds and for the record I am not being subjective here.
There is collusion and nexus between anti-social elements, criminals and politician
in power. This is a clear sign of juvenile kleptocracy.
Salary of employee under NRHM has been held up for four consecutive months again
depriving them of their livelihood. Mentally harassed and socially embarrassed; still
and all, conducting their duty sincerely and treating their patients with smile and
cheer. They dedicate their lives to the service of patients, relieves the suffering
and pain of mankind. Once they lose motivation it will not go down well with the
government’s efforts to ensure quality health system in the state.
Prosperous government officials may and possibly have other means of getting money
but for them only means of getting money is their salary. What does government propose
should they do otherwise to get money?
This frequent news of corruption in newspapers and insensitive attitude of government
is enraging the public and day by day they are becoming vengeful towards the government.
We have seen the origin of many terrorist and anti-government groups. The apathy
of government is what drives the youngsters to adopt and follow such activity.
A motivated and vibrant civil society is a backbone in campaign against corruption.
Public should be aroused against the corrupt so that the people in the authority
do not become law into themselves and abuse their power for their personal gain.
It is time to get serious about curving political corruption. This is the only way
to have responsive government and clean leadership.
A visit justified ?
Through your esteemed and dynamic newspaper, I would like to draw the attention and
seek personal views and opinion of all the people of Arunachel whether the recent
visit of our Chief Minister along with Padi Richo, State Congress President to Google
Headquarters, California, USA was genuine and reasonable trip?
Our Chief Minister is seeking to impart global standard Education to the students
of Arunachal Pradesh, whereas, he has forgotten that there are many Govt Primary,
Middle, Secondary and Higher Secondary schools, where the posted teachers are absent.
There are many Govt schools which are defunct and in pitiable conditions.
If our Chief Minister could visit California asking for clear cut Arunachal boundary
map, then I ask him whether he and his Cabinet Minister have ever visited Arunachal
- China border.
If he has vast concern for Arunachal Prasesh, then why has his government failed
to run the state smoothly and in a healthy way?
The salaries, pension and GPF are not being streamlined.
Why his govt has failed to implement infrastructure development activities? There
are many important roads which are beyond mobilization including the road to Chief
Minister’s own home town.
Many projects are still pending and exceeding the completion time period. The bills
of the contractor are still pending. Why this Govt is unable to clear out the salaries
of the entire SSA teachers and some of the Govt employees?
Instead of expending huge money for his California Trip, that money could have been
given to the SSA teachers as salaries.
There are still unemployed graduates wandering here and there and some are motivated
to take up the wrong streams due to unemployment.
There are many central schemes that are yet to reach the grassroots level but still
Govt is unaware. The state still lag behind in transportation. Instead of visiting
foreign country, he must look into the internal problems of Arunachal Pradesh.
Why is the chief Secretary not taking account of all the developmental activities
of the various department/institution? Is administration a poppet in the hands of
the state govt?
Hence it is my humble request and appeal to all the true Arunachalee people that
lets raise our voice and put pressure upon them to do their duties sincerely.
Vice president, BJP
12th P/Kessang Assembly Constituency
Give them time to take up cause of the students
The article about APPSU office bearers meeting Union Education minister and chief
engineer, Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, at New Delhi, requesting for
development of colleges and universities and Trans highway is praiseworthy.
This job could have been done by our state Education Minister and PWD Minister. Education,
Roads and Health services are the life lines for the survival and development of
today's modern society.
Since our state is dependent on centre, Education, PWD and Health ministers of Arunachal
should proactively approach and seek their help to develop our state's education,
health services and roads. They should relieve student community and unions from
doing the duties of these ministries, so that student community and unions can take
up lot of other local, social reformative issues of AP.
Through this esteemed paper, I would like to request the office bearers of student
unions to take up the issues which are of prime and imminent importance for the student
community of AP.
Since there is almost no industry in AP and very few private firms, 98 percent of
the students of AP, look for job provided by GoAP through Arunachal Pradesh Public
Service Commission, a constitutional body whose prime responsibility is to conduct
exams and recruit people for almost all jobs of GoAP.
The student community and people of AP have lost all their trust on the APPSC on
account of their numerous questionable dealings in the past which have been made
If the hopes of thousands of educated youths of AP have to be kept alive, the APPSC
have to be completely reformed. Therefore, it would be more befitting and appreciable
if students take up the APPSC issue, which directly decides the fates of student
community of AP.
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