November 08

Uni-fest concludes

ITANGAR, Nov 7: The three-day 16th Unifest programme of RGU ended today with distribution prizes to the representatives of the four houses who came victorious in the field of literary, sports and cultural events.

The four houses were named after four famous and great personalities, namely Mandela, Radhakrishnan, Lenin and Dying Ering.

After an intense competition among the four houses, Lenin House emerged as the overall winner of the XVI UniFest. Radhakrishnan house finished as Runners up while Mandela House was adjudged as the ‘Most Disciplined House’.

Dr Tasi Kaye, Dean Students Welfare expressed happiness over successful organization of the UniFest.  

Dr. J.C Soni, senior most professor, Department of Education, spoke on group work, discipline and skills. He stressed on the importance of socialization among the students of different disciplines which will help build a permanent relationships among them. He concluded with the quote, “Every ounce of moral experience is worth a pound of ethical teaching.”

The senior most professor N.C Roy, dept of economics, in-charge vice chancellor congratulated the students and wished them a successful future.(Reported by Mass Comm students,  RGU).


APCC hits back at BJP

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has reacted strongly to the statement of BJP National Secretary Ram Madhav, who stated that the ruling Congress Government in the state was under intensive care unit (ICU).

In a strongly worded press statement, APCC asked the BJP to get their own house in order first instead of poking nose into other’s affairs.

APCC said that not the state government but the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre was in ICU.

“What the Central Government has done to contain the rising intolerance, hatred and insecurity among the minorities in the country and North Eastern states. Why is every intellectual, scientist, academician, artist, entertainment star returning their national awards? Is it not that the Central Govt. is in ICU now?, the party said.

“How can the BJP install an alternative government with its 11 MLAs when there is a popularly elected government in the state? Does not it indicate that the Congress dissident group is being sponsored and sheltered by the BJP? APCC questioned.

“Ram Madhav must remember that the Congress-led Govt. in the state is a popularly elected Govt. and all developmental activities are going on smoothly under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki,” the party said.

APCC alleged that some Congress MLAs are being kept under duress in Delhi by BJP with an intention to destabilize the democratically elected Congress Government in the state. APCC demanded immediate ‘release’ of those MLAs.

With regards to airport issue, APCC said that the proposed Green Field Airport at Hollongi was one among the massive economic package announced by the former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during his visit to the State in 2008.  

It is the policy decision of the central govt. to construct airport at every State capital in India. The airport must be built whosoever may be the ruler at Centre, the party added.


Hunli for a Drug addiction free society

HUNLI, Nov 7: An awareness programme on ills of opium and drug abuse was conducted by the Lower Dibang Valley District Administration at Hunli today. SDO Hunli, Jally Umpo called upon all conscious citizens to unitedly combat the challenge of drug abuse. While informing that the District Administration is committed to do whatever it takes to save the society from drug addiction, she appreciated the panchayat functionaries and youth for rendering their support.

Art of Living teacher, Dr. Rama Tewari assured all present that the Art of Living will be willing to partner the cause and render whatever assistance is required to help the Hunli subdivision to come out of the problem. ZPM, Hunli-Desali, Mama Miso lauded the Hunli general administration for conducting the much needed awareness campaign. He exhorted all to join hands and appealed the young and old alike to give up opium and drug abuse.

Chairperson of the Hunli-Desali Anchal Samity, Choya Miso and ASM of New Elope, Amuli Umpe also spoke in the programme. ASMs Jona Miso, Joyte Miso, Roto Mega and Beta Mimi along with women panchayat functionaries Elipe Mili, Lumi Mimi, and Emungo Mito also voiced their concerns.

Panchayat leaders, GBs, government officials, students and local people attended the programme in large numbers.


Preserve glory of JNC, says Moyong

PASIGHAT, Nov 7: Hill Top Radiance’15 -- the Jawaharlal Nehru College Day celebrations concluded on Friday evening.

Lauding the students of JNC in the occasion, Pasighat East MLA, Kaling Moyong said that JNC is pride of the state that has vibrant academic voyage, witnessing spectacular achievements like Grade A accreditation from NAAC and UGC recognition as the “College with Potential for Excellence”. Advising students Moyong said that education should not be limited to classroom, and students must be good in study and should excel in all fields’. The college has indeed helped all its students to maintain a balance between excellence and social responsibility. He urged the college fraternity to preserve the hard-earned prestige and add glory to the NAAC accredited A Grade JNC to make it a college with a difference.

The MLA also called upon the JNC family to contribute with religiosity to the making of Pasighat as the dream Smart City of India.

East Siang ZPC Kaling Dai and JNC Principal Tayek Talom also spoke on the occasion. Prizes for all Literary, Cultural and Games & Sports competitions were given out during the function. DIPRO


APYC, Seva Dal demand action

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) and Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) appealed to the party high command to take stern disciplinary against those MLAs who will be found absent during the CLP meeting to be held on November 8.

The State Seva Dal and APYC in a joint press statement said that those MLAs, who are still camping in Delhi, must tender their resignation. The public didn't elect them for staying in Delhi. They better resign and let new leaders take their place, the press statement said.

Alleging that dissident activities are being sponsored by the BJP, the State Seva Dal and the youth wing of the Congress party said that such dissident activities are detrimental to development of the state.


AACWA urges CE&ST staff to

function from Ita office

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: The All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association (AACWA) has called on the staffs of Itanagar Division office of the Assistant Commissioner Central Excise and Service Tax, Govt of India to perform their duty at the division office only.

Expressing strong resentment over the absence of the Assistant Commissioner Central Excise and Service Tax and its staffs at the Itanagar Division office, the AACWA stated that the office was established for working of the contractor matters of Arunachal Pradesh region.

It stated that the staffs of this division office are functioning from Tezpur division office although being posted at Itanagar and they make calls to contractor of Arunachal Pradesh regarding service matters and ask them to come at Tezpur office for pending issues.

Urging the department staffs to immediately come to its division office, the AACWA stated of taking action for the interest of state.

It also appealed the contractors and related institutes to not go to Tezpur office for any discussion with official regarding the service tax matter.


ANYA condemns Governor’s statement

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) strongly condemned Governor of Arunachal Pradesh J P Rajkhowa for writing letter to the Prime Minister for scrapping the proposed Greenfield Airport at Hollongi and up-gradation of Lilabari Airport in Assam.

The Governor must not forget that he is the Constitutional Head of Arunachal Pradesh. It is his first and foremost duty and responsibility to think betterment and development of the state. If he is keen to the development of Assam, he should have been the Governor of Assam not Arunachal Pradesh,” ANYA said in a release.

ANYA also strongly condemned the Leader of Opposition Tamiyo Taga for giving ‘wrong’ suggestion to the Governor. We did not expect such unwanted, anti-Arunachal and anti-development activities from our Leader of Opposition since he is also duty bound to think for the betterment and development of Arunachal Pradesh,” ANYA said.

ANYA said that 50% of the total project cost of the airport is the compensation money and this huge amount of land compensation was due to “bogus” and “unfair” preparation of estimate by the State Government. This has resulted in halt of file processing by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, GOI for Hollongi Airport Project, ANYA claimed.

The total cost of the airport is Rs 1100 crore out of which Rs 500 crore will go for land compensation only.

“If the concern authorities were responsible enough the compensation amount would not have risen so high,” ANYA said, and urged the State Government for re-estimation of compensation amount by appointing an ‘honest’ and efficient officers like Talo Potom, ADM cum CEO in public interest.

Meanwhile, ANYA informed that the proposed 24-hr Capital Complex Bandh from 5 am of November 9 has been deferred and rescheduled from November 13 (5 am) to November 14 (5 am) due to Open Examination, Diwali Festival and some unavoidable circumstances.


Horticulturist applauded

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: Congratulating the horticulturist Debia Sanka for winning the national award for growing large cardamom recently, Spice Board of India (SBI) member Dr Hatobin Mai today said the state’s agri/horticulture potential was duly recognized with the award.

SBI has awarded Sanka of Radhpu village under Lower Subansiri with a trophy and cash award of Rs 25,000 in recognition of high large cardamom productivity during 2014-15.

Encouraging the farmers to take up cash crops, Dr Mai further said the Board is always ready to provide logistic support beside subsidy.


NHPC felicitates SMCs

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Ltd., Subansiri Lower Porject, Gerukamukh felicitated various school management committees of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh for successfully constructing sanitary toilets funded by NHPC in their respective schools.

The programme was organized to mark the 41st Raising Day of the NHPC.

Under this National Mission, NHPC constructed 3129 toilets in more than 2703 schools across 11 districts of Assam and two districts of Arunachal Pradesh benefitting around 2 lakh students.

More than 3000 representatives of SMCs from around 1300 schools of Assam attended the felicitation ceremony.

Appreciation certificates commending the efforts of the school management committees  was presented on behalf of NHPC by Rakesh, Executive Director, SLHEP to all the schools during the program.

Visit to project sites was also arranged for interested participants to have them a first hand experience of the project activities.

Inaugurating the program earlier in the day, Executive Director (SLHEP)  Rakesh lauded the SMCs of all the schools for their overwhelming response in the construction of NHPC-funded toilets in their schools under Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan.


Students conduct social service at GH campus

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: Hundreds of students today conducted a social service with the theme ‘keep your surrounding clean’ at Naharlagun General Hospital campus today. The social service was organized by the All East Kameng Capital Complex Students’ Welfare Association (AEKCCSWA) in collaboration with All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) with an aim to bring awareness on healthy living and healthy environment.   Some medical staff also participated in the social service.

While lauding the voluntary activities of the students, the  General Hospital Superintendent Dr. K. Ete  said  the  clean-up  drive conducted by the students in the  hospital campus is very much appreciable.

 Meanwhile, AAPSU IPR secretary Lota Singhi expressed surprise over the accumulation of garbage in hospital campus.  He stressed on the need of maintaining cleanliness in and around hospital  for healthy environment for the patients.

Informing that MRI and CT scan machines which were procured to install in general hospital have been shifted to R K Mission, AAPSU urged the authority to bring back the machineries to general hospital.  It is injustice to the poor and downtrodden patients  who visit the general hospital for treatment with reasonable price, the AAPSU said.


DBC College week concludes

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: The College Week celebration of Don Bosco College Itanagar, concluded with a glittering function today.

Prof. Tomo Riba, Dept. of Geography, Rajiv Gandhi University, Dean, faculty of Environmental Science, who attended concluding function, said that gain and loss are part and parcel of our life. One should learn to accept them gracefully. He advised the students to build strong moral character and become worthy citizens to serve the society.

Dr. (Fr.) Nicholas, Principal, DBC, was also attended the concluding day function.

Out of the four houses, Phoenix came first with 5573 points, followed by Canopus, Orion and Draco at second, third and fourth position.


DC interacts with VKV students

ROING, Nov 7: Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner, Ravi Dhawan interacted with the Class XI and XII students of VKV Roing today. He advised the students that discipline is the only mantra for success.

The DC also answered the questions raised by the students. During the course of interaction, he recalled his preparation for Civil Service exams and motivated the children to pursue their study sincerely.


Quiz competition marks 5th day

of Itanagar Festival

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: The fifth day of the Itanagar Festival, 2015 witnessed a total 24 children aged between 8-12 from Donyi Polo Vidhya Bhawan, Itanagar, KV-I and Little Rose Academy, Naharlagun battle it out in a quiz competition at IG Park here on Saturday evening.

Apart from the children the spectators were also given a change to participate in the quiz as the questions which were left unanswered were passed on to the crowd which made the event even more interesting.

The events lined up for Super Sunday includes an Extempore Speech Competition while the main event would be a fashion show by Designer Utpal Khanikar from Assam who was successful enough to grab the limelight in the recently held North East Fashion Week 2015.

From Pan-East Trade Expo for the shopaholics to Sumo Fight and Water Ball for adventure sport lovers, the Itanagar Festival, 2015 promises to be a one stop platform for all as people gear ups for the upcoming Diwali festival.

Tassie Chinging from Donyi Polo was adjudged the winner of the competition, Chau Sheambi Enling, KV I and Tage Sanda from Donyi Polo settled for the second place as the duo scored the same points.


News Impact


State Govt has no role in shifting of

airport project: Spokesperson

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: The state Government today said that it has no role in the shifting of the green field airport project from Karsingsa to Hollongi, nor has any say in its construction.  

Reacting to statement of Governor J P Rajkhowa that the earlier site of airport at Karsingsa was abandoned due to vested interests of politicians, Govt spokesperson Bamang Felix said Governor’s statement “is politically inclined and at the behest of BJP.”

"This is to clarify that the state government has no role in the shifting of the green field airport from Karsingsa to Holongi nor has any say in its construction. The statement of Governor J P Rajkhowa that shifting of the said airport has been motivated with ulterior motives is politically inclined and at the behest of BJP," the spokesperson said. Governor's allegation is baseless, he added.  

Giving details about site selection for the Greenfield airport project, the Govt  spokesperson disclosed that since the beginning of March 2006 the State Government has been in favour of establishing the airport at Karsingsa/Banderdewa area. However in the intervening period of official procedures the Public Investment Board (PIB) in March 2009 raised some observations due to higher cost on earth work and suggested for exploring an alternate site. It even suggested using the Lilabari airport instead of constructing one in Arunachal Pradesh.”

Govt spokesperson further informed that the Ministry of Defence had issued a NOC on June 12, 2007 for construction of the Greenfield airport at Karsingsa. However, the NOC had several preconditions that are mandatory for operationalizing the airport. In the later stages, it was found by the Technical Committee and the concerned departments that it would be difficult to abide by the preconditions in case the airport was established at Karsingsa site.

Meanwhile, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) recommended Hollongi as the new site but the state government wrote to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry on July 20, and 28 and again on December 14, 2011 stating that it has decided to have the airport at Karsingsa. State Govt in its letters also cited various reasons for choice of Karsingsa/Banderdewa site as the land requisition in Hollongi would be a cumbersome process as half the area belongs to private individuals. Moreover, resettlement of about 400 Chakma and Hajong people residing in Hollongi area would be difficult and Hollongi site also falls in the disputed inter-state boundary of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, which may take time to be resolved. About half the area of the Hollongi site falls under Durpang Reserve Forest and as such clearance from the concerned ministry would take time, the spokesperson further informed.

It was followed by a visit of an Inter-Ministerial Committee formed by the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation to both the sites on May 24, 2012 to make comparative studies from operational and financial aspects, the spokesperson said.

Making available the copy of the outcome of the meeting convened by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister at South Block, New Delhi on July 9, 2012  on construction of Greenfield airport at Itanagar,  the Govt spokesperson  informed  that the state Government officials reiterated the stand of the Government in the meeting to have the airport at Karsingsa site on the grounds cited above. However, the Principle Secretary to Prime Minister submitted that the Technical Committee did not recommend the site at Banderdewa as it is surrounded by hilly terrains besides various other obstacles like limited scope for future expansion, poor safety environment.

Following the decision taken by the Principal Secretary to the PM in the meeting to construct the airport at Hollongi, which is final and binding on the state government as it concerns the safety measures cited by the national technical authority, Commissioner, Civil Aviation, GoAP wrote a letter to the  Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner with a request to expedite necessary  step for acquisition of the proposed land and resettlement of affected families urgently, the spokesperson added.



MoU inked for Third Party Monitoring of BADP

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: The state planning department has inked MoUs with the NABConS of NABARD and WAPCOS on Nov 6 for field monitoring of BADP projects in the state.  

While representing the Project Planning and Monitoring Division of the Planning Department of state Govt, Planning Secretary, Sonam Chombay signed the MoUs with the representatives of NABConS and WAPCOS.

The third party monitors represented their experiences, observations and recommendations to the state government in a presentation witnessed by Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, Finance Commissioner, Satya Gopal, Secretaries and Chief Engineers of various departments.

The BADP projects for Rs.10 lakhs and above implemented by various govt. agencies in the border blocks of the state for last three  financial years - 2013 -14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 shall be monitored by the third party monitors on behalf of the state.

The third party monitors were directed to carry out the monitoring works of BADP projects before commencement, during progress and after completion of the projects and to submit the monitoring reports within one year from the date of signing of the MoUs.

Among others, Director (PPM) Planning, Mokir Ori and Joint Director (PPM) Planning, P. Mishra were present during the occasion.  

Earlier, the BADP and SPA projects for 2008-2009 were also monitored by the NEDFi, NABConS and WAPCOS, stated a release.



5 dead, 4 injured in road accident

CM announces ex-gratia

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: At least five persons were killed and four others injured when the vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge between Palizi and Ramda in West Kameng district.

The SUV carrying nine passengers was on its way last evening to Seppa, the district headquarters of East Kameng district, from Itanagar, local MLA Tapuk Taku said today.

The accident occurred as the vehicle was negotiating a sharp bend, he said, adding that five persons were killed on the spot.

Taku said that one of the injured has been shifted to Tezpur in a critical condition.

He also informed that he has contacted East Kameng DC SK Singh and the East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organisation chairman and secretary asking them to extend all help to the victims.

Confirming the incident, DGP S Nithyanandam said that a police team had rushed to the spot, which is located 40km from Seppa. The DGP added that the four injured passengers have been admitted to the district hospital at Seppa.  

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed shock over the news of the tragic road accident in East Kameng which claimed five precious lives and left four others critically injured.

While deeply mourning over the deaths in the unfortunate accident, Chief Minister NabamTuki announced ex-gratia according to norms to each to the next of kith and kins of the deceased persons.

The CM has also appealed commuters and commercial vehicle drivers to be extra cautious while driving on the curves of hilly terrains to avoid such kinds of unfortunate incidences. (PTI/CM Media Cell)



RGU conducts field training on wildlife census technique

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: A week-long field training on wildlife census technique along with habitat studies and other aspects of biodiversity assessment and for acquaintance with protected area management for field biologist of the state was conducted at the D Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary (DEWS) recently.

The training was conducted by the Centre with Potential for Excellence in Biodiversity (CPEB), Rajiv Gandhi University in coordination with Forest department under the aegis of University Grant Commission, New Delhi.

Programme Coordinator, Prof. H N Sarma informed DEWS is selected for the programme as it is one of the well managed protected area in the state which is manned by highly conservation enthusiastic staffs. It is a unique Wildlife Sanctuary with both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem including grassland, riparian and forest ecosystem which is of only such kind in the state, he said adding that organizing the programme in the DEWS provides a scope to know and understand the animal diversity along with various habitat types in the state. Sarma said that the programme is part of an effort by CPEB, Rajiv Gandhi University to produce skilled human resources in the field of biodiversity, particularly wildlife biology to study and manage sustainably the rich bio-resources of the state.

During the programme, animal density study and census technique like transect line, point count, time species count (TSC) methods and habitat studies training, knowledge on bird and amphibian diversity, field survey and field identification technique and use of various birding and amphibian survey field equipments was imparted to the participants under the supervision of Dr Daniel Mize and Dr. Motilal Yuvraj at the field.  Hands on training on use of GPS, range finder, spotting scope etc, instruments for the purpose was also imparted to them.

While briefing the participants on management of the D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary, DFO Tasi Mize advised the participating faculty members and students to persuade apex social organization of various community of the state for educating people about sustainable use of bio-resources particularly, wildlife of the state, as people are more responsive to community-based social organization than forest officials.



Upper Subansiri witnessing positive changes

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Nov 7: In recent times, Upper Subansiri district has witnessed some positive changes in environment and cleanliness management with people coming out voluntarily to protect the natural environment and keep their area neat and clean at individual, organizational and government levels.

A series of activities are being initiated to protect wildlife in the district by the people of the district, including officers and student community. Such mass initiatives were rarely seen earlier in the district.

Expressing grave concern over dwindling animal species in local forests, many village committees issued notification banning hunting of wildlife in their respective jurisdiction.

Bui Youth Welfare Society approached the local administration to issue notification completely banning hunting, fishing in their area. The Dumporijo administration, responding positively to the move passed an order strictly prohibiting hunting within its jurisdiction. Any violation of the prohibitory order will invite legal action besides hefty fines.

Hunting with firearms had been rampant during the past years in the area, particularly at night time posing a serious threat to very existence of wildlife.

The society also prohibited any kind of fishing and hunting at Sikkin River and nearby jungle of Bui village under Gusar circle.

The public, students and government officials of Daporijo are also responding positively to the call of the district administration to make the town clean and green through avenue plantation and by organizing cleanliness drive on routine basis.

Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom says endeavor to make the district headquarter clean and green will be continued. The township will wear better look in the next few years, he said.

He also strictly banned selling of wild meat/animals in the district which has resulted in complete withdrawal of wildlife from the markets of Daporijo. Many persons were booked for selling wildlife meat in the market illegally. They are currently undergoing trials.

“Nowadays, different species of birds can be seen in the neighborhood, which were never seen earlier before. He attributed it to community awareness on wildlife,” said a villager of Jeram village.

“Now people from Daporijo have stopped coming to their village for hunting after awareness campaign launched by Deputy Commissioner Dulom with help of PRI leaders Rocky Motu (ZPM), Kursi Kardu (ASM) and senior public.

Earlier, ZPM Motu launched a signature campaign among the villagers wherein more than 100 signatories pledged to protect and preserve wildlife. Many signatories have also pledged not to consume wild meat and protect the animals. The local MLA and many prominent persons have also signed the pledge.



Capital DA carries out eviction drive

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: The Capital Administration today carried out eviction drives to remove all the unauthorized and illegally dumped construction materials, debris, sands, bamboos, firewood and private hoardings etc along the Right of Way (RoW) of the National Highway. The illegal structures, such as ‘Gumtis’ were also dismantled.

The drive was carried out simultaneously in the different locations from Chandranagar to A- Sector Naharlagun by the respective Executive Magistrates with Police and labourers from the department of PWD (Highway). Machineries like, JCB and trucks were also provided by PWD to carry out the drive.

While lauding the magistrates who carried out the drive, Itanagar Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki informed that the drive could also be carried out in other parts in the next phase. The eviction drive was carried out to ease the movement of traffic as well as pedestrians. Such roadside nuisance not only restricts free movement of the commuters and the pedestrians contributing more to the traffic woes but also endanger human life, the DC said.

The Executive Magistrates Jiken Bomjen, M Padung Doke, Tame Yajum, Neelam Teji and Marina Siram had carried out the eviction drive. DIPRO



ICT building inaugurated

KHONSA, Nov 7: The Gauhati High Court, Itanagar Permanent Bench Joint Registrar, PB Dutta inaugurated the Information Communication Technology (ICT) building in the premises of the JMFC Court amidst a huge gathering here today.

In his inaugural address, Dutta said that ICT was sine qua non in all the courts of the country and the benefit of E-Courts was huge in terms of expediting the cases. He, however, said that in order to make the ICT truly functional the internet facility and other logistics must be in place.

While responding to the grievances submitted to him by the JMFC-cum-Civil Judge (Junior Division) and the Tirap-Changlang-Longding Bar Association, the Joint Registrar said that the process of recruitment of staff had already been initiated and assured to take up the important matters raised in the memorandum with the authorities on priority.

JMFC-cum-Civil Judge Damge Niri also threw light on the plethora of problems faced by the Court in Tirap, Changlang and Longding and urged the Joint Registrar to address the pressing issues of the judiciary in the said areas with a degree of seriousness. He said that shortage of staff was the biggest bottleneck in the smooth functioning of the Court. While expressing happiness over the establishment of the ICT at Khonsa, Niri underscored the importance of ICT in the aftermath of introduction of E-Court by the Supreme Court in the country. Stating that the ICT would go a long way in accelerating the pace of Court proceedings and the litigants and advocates would be greatly benefited, Niri further said that the ICT would facilitate hearing and disposal of the many pending cases languishing in different Courts of the country.

Earlier, the President of the Tirap, Changlang and Longding (TCL) Bar Association advocate Jawang Sumpa put forth the grievances of the Bar Association and implored the Joint Registrar to address the problems of Tirap judiciary. He also requested Dutta to impress upon the authorities to establish a new Session Court at Khonsa for the people of TCL saying that the advocates and poor people find it much difficult to go to Tezu to attend Courts.

Secretary of TCL Bar Association advocate Damko Moidam also spoke on the occasion.

The meeting was attended by EAC, DDSE, advocates Gulley Sumnyan and Wangtan Wangsu and other officers.

Dutta, earlier, inspected the Court, Sub-Jail and met the SP and EAC on the same day and discussed on various matters pertaining to the judiciary in TCL. DIPRO



Tea cultivation popular in boundary areas

of East and  West Siang


RUKSIN, Nov 7: Tea leaves which is widely considered a ‘green gold’ has found its mooring in the foothills and plain lands along Assam-Arunachal boundary area of East Siang and West Siang.

The commercial horticulturists settled in boundary villages, bereft of any small scale industry, have now set their eyes on tea based industry. Next to rubber plantation, tea plantation on foothills and plain lands of Ruksin and Nari-Seren in East Siang and Dipa and Likabali areas in West Siang district has taken off signaling economic boon among the rural farmers. The farmers, using the existing feasibility of tea plantation, are growing small tea gardens and enhancing tea productivity in the state.

As many as 50 farmers in Ruksin, Nari-Seren and bordering Jonai (Assam) have grown small tea gardens, while tea plantation activities in Nari-Seren and Dimow-Dipa areas are reportedly under progress.

The tea planters’ of the area have constituted separate unions in the name of “Small Tea Growers Association”. The Siang Tea Industries (P) Ltd is providing technical feedback to small tea growers of the region. It has been conducting periodic training on tea plantation and its maintenance of the tea bushes and encouraging them for enhancing their economy through tea cultivation in scientific way.

The small tea growers of Ruksin and Jonai (Assam) areas also formed a Self Help Group with former Tea Planter Nyodek Yonggam as its chairman, who has published a series of guide books and handed over to the new tea planters. Yonggam, a native of Oyan village in East Siang district has bagged special appreciation from Arunachal Governor for tea plantation and other social welfare activities. He has developed a tea garden inside his farm house covering an area of 10 hectares and having regular production.



Get ready for the 2nd Orange

Festival of Adventure and Music

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: The second edition of ‘Orange Festival of Adventure and Music’ (OFAM) will be held at Dambuk Village of Lower Dibang Valley district from December 15 to 18.

This year the Orange Festival returns in a bigger avatar after the unprecedented success of the first edition last year.

OFAM established itself in its first edition as India’s premier festival dedicated to an unusual variety of adventure sports and contemporary music. This year the festival will witness the first 4x4 off-roading championships besides high adrenaline sports, like river rafting, dirt cycling, trail running, ATV rides in the forest and everyone’s favourite ziplining, bungee jumping, paintballing. To add to the fun, there will be a replica army training set up and jungle obstacle course. Local tribal dances of various tribes and adjoining states will be another main attraction of the festival. Visitors may also opt for angling or bicycle riding around the beautiful and serene valley.

This year’s festival will also see a spectacular array of bands from all over the country. The highlights of the festival will be American singer-songwriter legend Joseph Arthur (USA). India's greatest contemporary rock acts are coming together at the festival.

The lineup so far includes Grammy Nominee Lama Tashi (Arunachal Pradesh), YouTube sensation FAADU (Delhi), Lou Majaw (Shillong), Neel & The Lightbulbs (Kolkata), Guru Rewben (Manipur), Dossers Urge (Meghalaya), Ganesh Talkies (Kolkata), Alisha Batth (Punjab),We the Giants (Nagaland), Your Chin (Mumbai) and many more.

The icing on the cake for this fun filled and adventurous festival will be the campsite within the orange orchard on the banks of the River Sirki flanked by the Himalayas. This is where the visitors can lay under the stars and breathe in the serenity of nature. The campsite will also have a social area complete with a bonfire, bar, and a variety of eats and treats.

The festival was conceptualised in 2014 by Abu Tayeng, Bureaucrat by profession and adventureous at heart. The idea behind the festival was to bring in people from all over the world to explore the wild natural beauty of the place and experience the local way of life and culture in an absolutely untouched destination. It is supported by the local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Gum Tayeng. The festival now enjoys the support of the Department of Tourism, Arunachal Pradesh and has been included in the state calendar of events and also supported by MTV Indies, JK Tyres and Decathlon.

The festival is being produced by Phoenix Rising Event Management. This is the same team behind the world-famous Ziro Festival of Music that has successfully put Arunachal Pradesh on the world map.

An untouched and unexplored serene village, Dambuk is worth a visit and the festival will only be an excuse to discover this beautiful land.

Around 2500 enthusiasts including participants from 10 countries with a discerning taste and interests in adventure, music, food and culture of Arunachal Pradesh are expected during the festival. This number will be supplemented by the local population of over 50000 people.



Consultative meeting on Job Mela held with PRIs

PASIGHAT, Nov 7: The first ever consultative meeting with PRIs to discuss the implementation of the Chief Minister’s skill based training-cum-employment guarantee programme for unemployed youths was held at the DIC conference hall here under the chairmanship of the Deputy Director of Industries, M Jamoh.

Addressing the ZPMs, DDI Jamoh informed that the scheme envisages empowering youths to provide appropriate vocational trainings and job to fill up vacancies in private companies.

As per the scheme, a job mela is scheduled to be held at District Industry Center, Pasighat on Nov 18. Unemployed youths should avail this opportunity and register their names. They should physically attend the Job Mela selection rally on Nov 18 and after selection the necessary expenditure for journey, food and lodging etc for the training period would be borne by the state government. On behalf of the state government the DDI urged individuals to prepare themselves to expand their horizons and step out of their hometowns to avail employment opportunities.

ZPC Kaling Dai and ZPMs Okom Yosung, O Perme, Osi Tatak, Tajing Taki, Namuk Taloh and Takir Kakki in their addresses said it was an innovative scheme and assured career progression for the unemployed youths and after completion of their respective trainings many have been absorbed in private companies and leading good life.

All the PRI leaders assured to spread awareness in the society so that maximum youths could avail the benefits of the scheme. However, expressing their dissatisfaction, the PRI leaders informed that it is reported that the Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) sometime forcibly change trades of the trainees violating the government’s instructions. The concerned authority should ensure that it is not repeated this time and special preventive measures should be taken care for safety and security of girls. DIPRO



Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Rani


PASIGHAT, Nov 7: As a part of the central government’s Clean India Mission, All Rani Students Union (ARSU) of East Siang, with the help of young school children, PRI members, school teachers and local villagers today launched ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ and took a pledge to keep their village and its surrounding clean and green.

Launching the Abhiyan, Ruksin ADC, T. Pada urged the students, gaon burahs and local villagers to continue the cleaning programme and develop greenery for creation of healthy environment in the area.

Welcoming the participants, Sille-Oyan block ZPM, Tajing Taki pleaded the people to take up organic farming and cultivation activities.

Ruksin EAC, Orin Lego, who briefed on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, said the mission was a central government intuitive launched in October last year with an objective to make the country clean and green within five years.

Attending the programme, Pasighat ADC Deepak Shinde urged the villagers to use sanitary toilet and safe water. Referring public mobilization campaign on ‘Smart City’ project at Pasighat, Shinde emphasized on development of green field in the area, which is located in close proximity to Pasighat headquarter.

The students later conducted cleaning programme in and around Rani village Community Hall, National Highway-52 and along the rural roads.



Veteran Football Cup

FC Ziro, Arunachal Unified FC win

YAZALI, Nov 7: Veterans FC Ziro and Arunachal Unified FC registered wins at the inaugural day of the Veterans Football Cup that began here today.

Organized by the Yazali-based event management firm ‘Hangover Group’, the tournament, which entered its second edition this year was born out of a casual conversation between three friends- Baath Vicky, Taba Dol and Toko Soni- two years ago.

Inspired by the Football World Cup, the trio decided to get together and hold a tournament for former football players from Lower Subansiri district. As founding member and assistant engineer (power) Yazali division Soni explained in his address today, the tournament hopes “believes in giving veteran footballers not satisfied with their past achievements a second chance”. He also said that it gives them an opportunity to boost their fitness.

The two matches played today were proof that these players may have quit the game professionally but the zeal lives on.

The first match saw E&K’s take on Veterans FC Ziro in a match that was more or less evenly matched. Players from both teams huffed and puffed in search of the first goal of the tournament but it was Hage Hanya of Ziro who broke the deadlock in the 21st minute.

Coming in from the left side of the field, Hanya broke through the defence and put a goal in with his left leg at an almost zero angle.

Just moments later, Toko Bulbul almost levelled play but his headed attempt went wide and missed the target.

Several opportunities came for both teams to put the ball in the back of the net but the match ended with the men from Ziro walking away victors.

The second match between Arunachal Unified FC and Yazali United FC was a one-sided affair with the visitors running riot 2-0.

The first 15 minutes of the match was keenly contested as players battled for the ball, with a few strong tackles being made. However, as the match progressed the skills and experience of the AUFC players began to show as they dictated play. While the first half failed to produce any goals, in the second half AUFC scored two goals and dominated the rest of the match.

Neelam John gave his team the lead in the 39th minute of the match thanks to exquisite passing that was reminiscent of the ‘Tiki-Taka’ style of playing marked by FC Barcelona.

Things turned for the worst just two minutes later when Taja Bonung doubled the lead from outside the box. A powerful shot from Bonung saw the ball headed for the left corner, the goalkeeper unable to even move.

A total of eight teams are participating in the tournament which Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Kanki Darang called a “one of a kind” event. DDSE Yumlam Tana also lauded the organisers stating that people should play even if they are past their prime to maintain their fitness levels.

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