Society for capital punishment
for rape accused
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Claiming that a 17-year-old school going girl was brutally raped
by a personnel belonging to 4th IRBN on the night of November 18 last at Naharlagun,
The Aka-Miji Capital Complex Welfare Society (AMCCWS) has written to the Capital
DC for fair trial of the case and to award capital punishment to the accused.
It has called for conducting high level magisterial enquiry into the case and that
the investigation and the trial has to be completed within one month through special
It has also demanded compensation for the victim.
Org extends support to DA for early completion of work
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The Hollongi Nvygam Youth Association (HNYA) has extended support
to the order of district magistrate capital complex prohibiting vehicular movements
in between Chimpu and Hollongi. The prohibition order bans plying of vehicle starting
today till 20th December to facilitate the fast-tracking of ongoing four lane highway
“We request construction agency to complete the earth cutting works within the stipulated
time and to ensure that technical specification is duly followed while constructing
the four lane road,” the association stated in a release. Further they added, “We
also appeal the executing agency not to dump the soil into stream as this may create
flood type situation during summer season which is likely to cause damage to the
downstream inhabitants of the Hollongi. However we will be extending full support
to TK Engineering Construction Limited, the executing agency for their endeavor in
providing proper road connectivity to locality and other area of our state.”
Celebration of Universal Children's Week
ROING, Nov 20: A week long programme on Universal Children's Week Celebration was
conducted by the CDPO Roing ICDS project at Cheta-II, Jia-II and Bolung-I Anganwadi
A free medical check-up camp followed by distribution of medicine, and distribution
of sweet and fruits was also organised. Talks on Child Rights, health care, sanitation,
nutrition, disability among children, Child Labour and child protection, etc. was
CDPO Jikom Doye explained the importance of providing care to children upto the age
of 6 years. He also stressed upon the community participation for better functioning
of an Anganwadi centre. While appreciating the dedication and hard work of Anganwadi
workers, Doye urged the Anganwadi workers to make the environment of AWCs more child
The medical check-up was conducted by Dr.F.Rahman, MO Roing and Dr.D.Singh, MO Parbuk.
The programme was also attended by ASM Cheta, ASM-Bolung-I, and GPM-Bolung, and a
huge number of mostly pregnant and nursing mothers, among other villagers.
Various indoor activities like rhymes and drawing competitions, and outdoor activities
like running race, and various other games were also conducted during the programme.
At Chai Pathshala’, Tea growers urged to go organic
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The first ever ‘Chai Pathshala’ in the state, a training programme
on scientific tea cultivation organized for the tea growers, concluded here today.
Organized by the Department of Trade and Commerce in collaboration with Tea Research
Association, Arunachal Advisory Centre, Itanagar and Regional Office of Tea Board
of India, Itanagar at Officer’s Hostel here, the training covered various tea cultivation
Director, Trade & Commerce Tokong Pertin, who presided over the valedictory function,
exhorted the participants to take up the tea cultivation vigorously in order to make
the Chief Minister’s Mission Mode Project on Plantation Crops a success. He encouraged
the tea growers to go for organic tea. Pertin who distributed participation certificates
to all tea growers, who attended the programme, said that the ‘Chai Pathshala’ is
aimed at imparting technical knowledge and methods of tea cultivation through training
to the tea growers.
Senior journalist Taro Chatung highlighted about the history of tea cultivation in
India and its impact in the world economy.
Altogether, 24 tea farmers from various districts attended the training.
Parl Secy exhorts forest officers to live up to people’s expectation
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Forest Kumsi Sidisow
exhorted the officers and officials of his department to carry out various programmes
and policies of the government with accountability and responsibility and live upto
Addressing the DFOs at a meeting at Banquet Hall here today, Sidisow made it clear
that everyone, right from Principal Secretary to peon and watchmen, including him
must be dutiful and deliver at their level best.
He opined that the Department of Environment and Forest in the state should be suffixed
the ‘Climate Change’ in line with Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate
The Parliamentary Secretary assured his all cooperation to the officers in carrying
forward the departmental activities in a best possible way.
Gadi lauds role of private schools
[ Tojo Bam ]
BASAR: Nov 20: Minister PWD Gojen Gadi lauded the role of private schools in imparting
quality education to match up with government schools. He said this after inaugurating
the Gohen Bam English Academy (GBEA), a private school in Basar today.
Gadi also requested the teaching community of the entire circle to be dedicated in
Attending the programme, Basar ZPM Jonya Basar assured to work for betterment of
educational environment of Basar. He also announced to construct toilets for the
school. Basar also called for giving equal emphasis on co-curricular activities to
improve overall development of the students.
Retired Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, 49th ITBP Basar, T. Sanjeet, HoDs of Basar, Gaon
Burahs, PRI members, public and parents also attended the programme.
Forum seeks early appointment of CIC
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Drawing Chief Minister’s attention towards vacancy of the post
of the Chief Information Commissioner following the completion of term by YD Thongchi
recently, Arunachal RTI Activists Forum today apprised the CM to appoint CIC.
ARTIAF in its representation claimed that many RTI related cases are pending with
RTI court. Forum further suggested the Chief Minister to appoint the CIC from serving
information commissioners who have legal background.
It expressed apprehension that retired bureaucrats and technocrats will not deliver
justice to RTI seekers as they will have leniency towards the officers at helm of
Job-Mela at Yingkiong
YINGKIONG, Nov 20: The Job Mela cum Trainees Awareness Selection Rally under skill
development programme was conducted at Multipurpose Community Hall, at Yingkiong
Around 81 applicants got their names registered in the DDI office. Registered applicants
comprising boys and girls, drop out students participated in the training awareness
Speaking on the occasion, Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner, Remo Kamki advised the
unemployed youths to complete the training course.
ZPM Yingkiong, Bading Teng asked all the Mela participants to get ready to join their
Meanwhile, Job Mela cum selection of trainees for undergoing skill development was
organised by the department of Skill Development today at Gumin Kiin, Aalo.
West Siang, Zilla Parishad Chairperson, Yaman Bagra, speaking on the occasion asked
the youths to take benefits out of the skill development programme and job-mela with
West Siang DC cum Chairman DLJMC, Pige Ligu requested the Vocational Training Providers
(VTP) to impart quality training to the youths and give 100% placement to all trainees.
Further, he requested the VTPs for introduction of foreign language course so that
the youths can be engaged globally.
A total of ten VTPs from across the country took part and 460 trainees enrolled for
registration in the Job-mela. DIPROs
Annual sports meet conducted
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The annual sports meet of Government Higher Secondary School, Sangram
was held recently.
Speaking on the occasion, Zilla Chairperson Kurung Kumey district Sangha Tagik urged
the students not to use mobile phones in school saying that it diverts one’s mind.
He further called on the students to give top priority to studies.
AAPSU representative Giogi Paju urged the student community to stop early marriage
Student leader Bamang Taniang Kiogi appealed the people of Sangram to refrain from
encroaching the school boundary and urged the concern authority to solve the schoolland
RD engineers write to CM
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: In a representation to the Chief Minister recently, All Arunachal
Pradesh Rural Development Department Engineer’s Welfare Association (APRDDEWA) and
engineers of DRDAs have appealed him to direct the authorities concern to absorb
the post of APO (RE), TA(RE) and TA (IWDP) into the RD department in the larger interest
of the 139 engineers currently serving under the RD department and DRDA.
Stating that the engineering posts in DRDA were created under the aegis of RD programs
and hence all the engineers of DRDA are directly RD department engineers/staff, the
Association further suggested absorbing the EO (RE) of RD department as APO (RE)
or TA (RE) in DRDA as per availability of vacant post.
As per GoI the MoRD department has its own independent ministry and mode of funding
for various RD schemes which is implemented by the concern state’s RD department
through DRDA at district level and BDOs at block level with the involvement of elected
PRI bodies. Hence any move to divide or merge the posts of DRDA engineers will badly
hamper the functioning of the RD department, it added.
Union reiterates demand
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The All Pakke-Kessang Pijeriang Dissing-Passo Seijosa Students’
Union (APPDSSU) has reiterated its demand for construction of Sede to Pakro 31-km
national highway on the existing BRO road under Nechipu to Hoj Trans-Arunachal Highway
Alleging negligence in the road construction work, the Union in a letter to the Chief
Engineer, PWD (highway) Western zone, said that road executing agency Sushee IVRCL
Arunachal Highways has completely failed to take up the road construction work
as per the concession agreement and project highway alignment plan for construction
of Sede-Pakro road covering 31 km road stretch.
The PWD (highway) and the road executing agency are playing double standard with
some vested interest persons with a plan to construct only 15-km long short cut road
from Sede to Veo, the Union alleged adding that construction of short cut road will
deprive many villagers from the benefit of national highway and it is against the
Earlier on Nov 5 last, the Union also wrote a letter to regional officer, ministry
of road transport and highway demanding for construction of the road according to
the concession agreement (CA).
BJP leader passes away
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The president of Mahila Morcha, Bharatiya Janata Party, Anjaw Unit
Jyotilu Manyu passed away on Wednesday at Dibrugarh.
Informing this, BJP Anjaw unit stated that her contribution towards the people of
Anjaw will always be remembered.
ACS appeals for deferring APTET
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has sought the intervention of Education
Minister to defer the APTET (Arunachal Pradesh Teachers Eligibility Test) beyond
The APTET scheduled on December 20 coincided with MA, M Sc and B.Ed semester examinations
to be immediately followed by NET which will over burden the candidates appearing
in those examinations, including from outside the state, said ACS in a memorandum
to the Education Minister.
Further, the teachers engaged in National Population Registration (NPR) from November
15 to December 15 will not get sufficient time to prepare themselves for the examination,
ACS reasoned and appealed to the Education Minister to postpone the EPTET to a convenient
time after December.
Smart City on Wheels
PASIGHAT, Nov 20: As part of Citizen Consultation for the Smart City campaign for
Pasighat, a special initiative called “Smart City on Wheels” was started by Pasighat
Municipal Council to cover those area not formally notified as part of Township but
practically part of it.
Informing this, Municipal Executive Officer, Pasighat, Deepak Shinde added that initiative
was to create awareness in these areas, as they were not covered in the ward wise
A specially designed Truck decorated with IEC material on Smart City Pasighat visited
these areas as part of citizen consultation.
NES condole deaths of two mothers
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The executive members of Nyishi Elite Society (NES) today assembled
at Papu Nallah, Naharlagun and mourned the deaths of Tao Yami and Techi Meka on November
17 and 18 respectively.
Yami was the mother of former NES general secretary Taw Tebin and Meka was the mother
of local MLA Techi Kaso.
While condoling the deaths of the two mothers, NES General Secretary Tarh Tabin observed
that Meka was fortunate enough to be a near centurion to see her own generations
and his son Kaso flourishing economically as a successful businessman, politician
and social activist.
“Similarly, an octogenarian Yami has seen his son Taw Tebin as a top ranked social
activist and bureaucrat occupying the position of Director, Social Justice & Tribal
Affairs (SJETA) of the State Government, the NES General Secretary said.
Later, the team joined the funeral services at Borum and laid wreath and paid floral
tributes to late Meka. They also interacted with the grieving family members.
The Kristi Kendra, Itanagar also mourned the death of the mother of local MLA Techi
Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association and Block Congress Committee, Itanagar also
deeply mourned the death of Techi Meka.
ABK West Siang provides relief to Reying fire victims, demands early submission of
loss assessment report
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Extending helping hands to the fire victims of Reying village under
Siang district, the West Siang district Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) in collaboration with
People’s Action for Development (PAD) distributed relief materials to all the fire
victims on Thursday.
While interacting with them, the presidents of ABK district unit and PAD suggested
people to revive the ‘Lankang’ system immediately as per resolution adopted in the
just concluded ABK conference at Mechukha. They also suggested villagers to maintain
safe distance when they re-construct their houses.
Alleging that the West Siang district administration has not provided adequate immediate
reliefs to the victims, the ABK district unit president urged the district administration
to submit its assessment report immediately to the Disaster Management Department
for providing relief package for rehabilitation of the fire victims.
Irani to address NIT convocation
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smriti Zubin Irani
will deliver the convocation address at the 2nd convocation of the National Institute
of Technology-Arunachal Pradesh on Nov 27 at Yupia.
Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki are likely
to be present in the Convocation.
The NIT is currently running seven 4-years B.Tech programmes and seven 2-years PG
programmes in M.Tech & MS besides several PhD programmes.
Two students will be awarded PhD degrees, 23 PG students and 80 UG students will
get their degrees.
Four inmates escape from Jully Jail,
nine wardens arrested
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: In a major security lapse, four hardcore criminals escaped from
the District Jail, Jully in wee hours on Thursday after cutting off the window grill
with the help of a hacksaw blade.
SP Jail Michi Paku said that those who escaped from the jail includes Dora Sanjay
alias Dora Tadu, Monuj Phukan and Raju Pegu who were involved in the KP Chako kidnapping
and murder case as well as known bank robber Hiba Tajuk.
The district jail authority further informed that four inmates were kept in same
cell of the prison.
After cutting off the window grill, the inmates managed to slip out, scaling the
high Prison wall.
This is the second time that prisoners have managed to escape from Jully district
Police source informed that manhunt is on to nab the four hardcore criminals.
Taking serious note of negligence of duty by the jail wardens, the Jail authority
has suspended 10 of them including chief and head warden, SP stated.
It is said that out of ten, nine wardens were arrested by the police on charge of
negligence and assisting the criminals to escape from the jail.
In August this year, SP District Jail had issued an order to wardens to ensure search
of the ward premise as well check the doors and window grill every two hours, with
the change of guard and in rotation by the duty officer and guard commander.
He further pointed out that inmates have occasionally made attempts to scale the
wall and dug hole under the wall. A case is also registered with Itanagar Police
Station case no.281/U/S 222/223/43 IPC against the wardens. The departmental enquiry
would be soon initiated against the wardens, who were on duty when inmates escaped,
With this escape, the security lapse of prison is exposed.
Now, the main question is who helped the prisoners by smuggling in hacksaw blade
inside the cell. Reportedly, there is no CCTV available in any cell.
The wardens also complained that most of the prison cells, both women and men are
ill-equipped in terms of security. And window of the cell from where these inmates
escaped is made of 8 mm iron rod which can be easily hack-sawed within minutes.
BJP corners CM yet again on PDS
payment, seeks resignation
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Leader of Opposition in Legislative Assembly Tamiyo Taga today
demanded immediate resignation of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki following allegation
of clearance/payment of PDS carriage bills amounting to more than Rs 35 Crores.
The latest allegation has surfaced after Maya Dolo, Proprietor of M/S Maya Dolo Enterprises,
alleged that one Likha Maj who was empowered by her firm to perform and carry out
contract works raised PDS carriage bill of Rs. 35,05,93,650 (Rupees Thirty Five Crores
Five Lakhs Ninety Three Thousand Six Hundred Fifty) of which around Rs.10,51,78,095
was to be given to the firm. Maj allegedly did not make the payments to her as the
60% of the total amounts were allegedly used to pay the political and bureaucratic
Addressing the press conference at Press Club here, along with Ziro MLA Hage Taki,
Jan Andolan Committee (JAC) Chairman Tame Phassang, the BJP leader of opposition
termed it as blatant financial embezzlement by Chief Minister.
Claiming that surreptitious payment to PDS carriage bill and illegal transaction
is not only misuse of power by the chief minister but also blatant violation of the
court as the matter is sub-judice, Taga further demanded thorough investigation into
entire episode to unearth the truth.
“This government does not have the slightest fear of judiciary and the state has
been plunged into anarchy” Taga rued while accusing Tuki of favouring his coteries.
Meanwhile, in a separate Press Conference United Organisation of Arunachal Pradesh
(UOAP) demanded CBI enquiry into fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 35.50 crore.
Briefing the media persons UOAP Chairman Toko Obi claimed that entire state machinery
is involved in fund embezzlement as it also violated the Court. In its letter addressed
to the Governor, Obi urged the Raj Bhawan to recommend for CBI enquiry over the issue.
It further threatened to launch rigorous democratic movement if the demand is not
met. Likha Maj, Power of Attorney Holder of M/S Maya Dolo Enterprises was supposed
to clear the air through a press conference; however, he repeatedly cancelled the
press conference without citing any reason.
When contacted OSD to Chief Minister strongly refuted the allegation stating that
neither he had received nor withdrawn from such cheque as mentioned. OSD termed the
allegations motivated by malicious intent to damage the reputation of Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, UCO bank chief manager had also nullified the allegation, stating clearly
that "no such cheque has been paid by its branch".
UCO staff were miffed that the bank's name was being "unnecessarily dragged into
the controversy” the chief manager said.
BJP moves impeachment motion against Speaker
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Mounting severe attack on Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly
Speaker Nabam Rebia, Leader of the Opposition Tamiyo Taga disclosed that 11 BJP legislators
including two Independent MLAs Tsering Tashi and Paknga Bage have sought an impeachment
motion against Rebia which has already been submitted to Secretary, Legislative Assembly.
Taga appealed to other legislators to support the impeachment motion against Rebia.
Taga said that no Speaker has ever lowered the dignity of institution like Rebia.
Speaker is caught in fresh controversy following a claim by a woman that he ditched
her after promising to marry her.
The Speaker was in news recently for his controversial “acceptance” of resignation
letters of two MLAs. On the acceptance of the resignations of Gabriel D Wangsu and
Wanglam Swain, which the MLAs claim were arbitrary and forced, leader of opposition
went on to say Speaker’s job is not to fix matches for the government but be neutral.
Governor cautions against Chinese goods
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has cautioned the people
against use of cheap and poor quality Chinese goods in the North Eastern Region and
elsewhere in the country.
Rajkhowa was speaking after inaugurating the Seminar; ‘India’s Foreign Policy with
special context to China and Tibet’, organised by Bharat Tibet Sahyog Manch (BTSM)
today at Rupa, West Kameng. The seminar is part of ‘Tawang Tirth Yatra’ organised
by the BTSM.
The Governor said that the indigenous micro, small and medium enterprises are being
adversely impacted by the dumping of Chinese goods. He opined that it will create
imbalance in the economy and destroy the small and cottage industries of the Region,
if the entry of the various items legally as well as illegally is not stopped.
Reiterating the country’s solidarity towards the Tibet cause, the Governor said that
it is natural that people of India have to think and act for the welfare of its neighbours,
the Tibetans in particular, with whom, friendly and brotherly ties have been there
Lauding the endeavour of Bharat Tibet Sahyog Manch for promoting patriotism and tourism
as well, the Governor paid tributes to the martyrs of 1962 Indo-China war and appreciated
the local people of Arunachal Pradesh who helped the brave soldiers in numerous ways.
He also commended the soldiers guarding the frontiers, facing many challenges and
In his address, the keynote Speaker of the Seminar and the Patron of Bharat Tibet
Sahyog Manch, Indres Kumar highlighted on the Tibet issue and said that the Manch
stands for the Tibetan cause. It also stands for liberation of Kailash Mansarovar,
one of the most holy places for Indians since ancient times. He said that through
the ‘Tawang Tirth Yatra’ the Manch want to send the message across the border that
India is a peace loving country, cultured and honourable.
The BTSM Patron informed that it is a pilgrimage for its members to come to Arunachal
Pradesh and reach upto Bumla Pass, coming from all over India and the Bharat Tibet
Sahyog Manch is with the people of the State. This Manch aims to create a connecting
bridge between the people of the Region with other parts of the country, he added.
Former Member of Parliament and former Minister, RK Khrimey, who is the State President,
Bharat Tibet Sahyog Manch said that the Manch stands for Tibet’s Independence. He
reasoned that if Tibet attains independence, India will be more secured, as India
had never faced any border problem or any kind of threat or apprehension from independent
A large number of people, including community leaders, Village Council Presidents,
Gaon Burahs, youth, students and members of Tawang Tirth Yatra attended the programme.
Later the Governor flagged off the ‘Tawang Tirth Yatra 2015’ from Rupa. More than
125 Yatris from all over of India, including Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra,
Assam and Manipur in the age-group of 18 to 85 years are participating in the Yatra.
Earlier in the day, the Governor and First Lady of the State, Rita Rajkhowa were
received by West Kameng District Deputy Commissioner A.K. Singh, SP, Dr. A Kaon and
Brig. Tannudeep Kumar, Station Commander and Deputy General Officer Commanding, 5
MTN Div, Tenga at Rupa helipad. PRO to Governor
Victim recalls ordeal of Sootea horror; appeal for remedies
[ Appu Gapak ]
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: “We were treated like animals,” recalls Jarken Gadi, one of the
victims of yesterday’s violence at Sootea, Assam that was triggered by the death
of a local school girl who was hit by an Arunachal registered vehicle.
Gadi, had been among the many innocent victims, who was travelling with his sick
sister, brother-in-law and their three-year-old daughter. They were on their way
to Shillong for his sick sister’s operation which was scheduled for today. They had
no idea that misfortune would strike them hard.
By the time they reached Sootea at around 9:30 am, the violence was already at its
“We were stuck. We couldn’t go ahead, neither could we move back,” he shared.
Sharing his horror, he continues, “We stopped at a hotel named Boghi where the owner
hid us inside the bathroom when he saw people approaching the hotel looking for people
When the unconvinced mob forced their way inside the hotel, the owner made them run
into the jungle behind the hotel.
It was then that they had to scale a 8 to 9 feet wall.
“My niece had to escape a terrible fall while we were trying to help her cross the
wall. It could have been fatal for her. Even my sister and brother in law fell down
trying to cross,” he says.
The group then made their way towards the jungle where they came across a house owned
by one Saikia, a retired teacher.
“He helped us a lot by not letting the mob enter his house,” he said.
Even the police team was not spared by the mob when they reached the house, whom
they had contacted through police control room.
“The SI was attacked in his arm with a sickle,” Gadi recalls. Even the police team
was not enough for them.
Only when the CRP force reached the house, they could heave a sigh of relief. They
were taken to the police station.
“When we reached the police station, we saw many people like us taking shelter. All
of them injured. Even girls were not spared,” he said.
They were later escorted on their way back to Arunachal till Biswanath Chariali.
Saying that no one should face such situation again in the coming days, he fervently
appealed that the state government should chalk out remedies to control such situations
in coordination with its Assam counterpart.
“This ghastly situation was created by a single Arunachalee, but all of us had to
face the consequence. People have to understand that we cannot always bear the brunt
of other’s misdeeds. We could have been dead. We were attacked for no reason,” he
PDS transporters call for early release of pending bills
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The All Arunachal Pradesh PDS Transporters Welfare Association
(AAPPDSTWA) have called for early release of pending PDS bills of contractors of
various districts claiming that the bills have not been paid. It has written to the
governor in this regard.
As per the guidelines, the state Govt should make payment to transporters first after
which Govt of India is supposed to reimburse through Food Corporation of India(FCI)
within three months to the state Govt.
But Govt of India has not reimbursed the payment made by the state Govt on the directives
of various courts since 2005, it said in its representation to the governor. The
payments so made through directives of Courts have benefited few Decree holder/contractors
only, it said.
95 percent of genuine contractors have been deprived of their right to get payment.
The interest on loan taken from the various banks for investment in PDS transportation
business has increased manifold which has compounded the problems of PDS contractors
across the state. Thus, PDS transporters are left bankrupt, the letter further read.
Committee on development of Agri, Allied sectors meet
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The master plan development committee for preparation of Integrated
Development of Agriculture and Allied Sectors in the state today reviewed current
progress made in the master plan preparation under the chairmanship of Sonam Chombay,
Secretary Planning, who is also the chairman of the committee.
The mid-term report presentation was made by Water and Power Consultancy Service
Ltd. or WAPCOS (A GoI undertaking), the consultant appointed for the purpose under
TEDF scheme of NEDFi.
Egam Basar, member secretary of the committee and head of State Horticulture Research
and Development Institute, informed that integrated master plan is one of the ambitious
project taken up by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh with the help of NEDFi and
the committee is hopeful of a very useful and practical outcome in the form of a
master plan document for ushering much needed development in Agriculture and allied
sectors in the state. The members of the committee drawn from all sister departments
like Agriculture, Horticulture, Fishery, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Water Resource
along with Trade and Commerce, made critical observations on the Mid-Term report
and put forwarded the suggestions from the sectoral perspectives.
The process of the master plan preparation for Agriculture and Allied Sectors had
started from the year 2012 under the patronage of the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and
the then Planning Minister Chowna Mein. It was observed that unless an integrated
master plan for land based departments is drawn up, the real development in agriculture
and allied sectors would not be achieved and the huge potential for economic development
of the state through these sectors would not be taped. Thus, it was decided to take
up the task systematically and prepare a master plan through an India based internationally
reputed consultants in agriculture sector.
The master plan document is expected to be completed by April, 2016 and is expected
to address the critical issues relating to alternate livelihood option for Opium
and Shifting cultivations, self employment in the State, besides providing the developmental
guidelines and policy suggestions to the State Government, synchronizing with the
State’s Vision 2030 for agriculture and allied sectors development.
200 Yaks vaccinated, treated
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Around 200 Yaks were vaccinated against Food & Mouth Disease (FMD)
and blood samples collected for screening various infectious diseases.
Besides vaccination, Yaks were also treated for different ailments like conjunctivitis,
injuries, diarrhea, wart, general weakness etc. Data pertaining to various morphological
traits were also collected along with milk samples for phenotypic characterization
of Yaks of Arunachal Pradesh.
The scientists of ICAR-National Research Centre on Yak, Dirang made the Yak rearers
aware about the multidimensional scientific interventions like package of practices
for calf management, deworming schedule, benefits of vaccination, care and management
of pregnant Yaks, breeding strategies etc. to adopt in Yak rearing for better profit.
They were also given information regarding the technologies developed by the institute
like complete feed block, application of artificial insemination, area specific mineral
mixture, highland pasture management etc.
To motivate the Yak rearers, ICAR-NRC on Yak purchased Yak wools from them and requested
them to supply the Yak wools to the institute in the future too.
On the concluding day, the Yak rearers were distributed common salt along with basic
veterinary medicines and mineral mixtures for the welfare of the Yaks.
Dr. PJ Das, Dr. Sourabh Deori, Dr. Juwar Doley, Dr. SS Hanah and Dr. M Hussain along
with other supporting staff of the institute actively participated in the camp.
The three-day programme was conducted from November 18 at Misopsa grazing ground,
Mandala in West Kameng district of Aruanchal Pradesh for livelihood improvement of
pastoral community through multidimensional intervention.
Students against Dhemaji festival in Kangku
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The Galo Students’ Union (GSU) and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’
Union (AAPSU) condemning the organisations from Assam for conducting functions within
Arunachal Pradesh territory has requested the West Siang Deputy Commissioner not
to allow the proposed Dhemaji Festival within the territory of West Siang.
According to the release by the student unions, the locals of Dhemaji district of
Assam are going to celebrate Dhemaji Festival 2016 in the foothills of West Siang
District, which lies in Kangku circle. The celebration of the festival has been confirmed
by one Muhi Borgohain, Organising Secretary of the festival in a press statement
as well as in a letter to Circle Officer, Kangku on Oct 1, 2015, where the organisers
have clearly mentioned the venue as foothills of Arunachal Pradesh.
The student unions in a joint representation to the West Siang DC demanded that the
proposed Dhemaji Festival or any other programmes by the Assam Govt. or organisations
from Assam should not be allowed to be held within the territorial jurisdiction of
West Siang District at any cost. The union also called for posting of additional
Police personnel and permanent posting of Forest guards along the foothills of West
Siang at Kangku area and regular joint patrolling by Police & Forest personnel’s
along the Arunachal-Assam boundary.
Later the AAPSU and GSU members took up the issue with West Siang SP Mari Riba.
The entire public, panchayat leaders etc. of Likabali sub-division have also expressed
their strong resentment against celebration of the Dhemaji Festival in Arunachal
Further, the unions stated that the Arunachal-Assam boundary dispute is still pending
in the Supreme Court and that the apex court has directed both the state governments
to maintain status quo.
Accordingly, the reported move of the Organising Committee of the Dhemaji Festival
is not only tantamount to violation of the Supreme Court directive but also is a
direct threat to the peace and security of the indigenous Arunachalees residing in
these areas, added the release.
VKVians make clean sweep of awards in State Level Children’s Science Congress
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The projects of Lishant Tasar of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (VKV),
Nirjuli was adjudged the best in the State Level Children’s Science Congress held
at Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre, IG Park, here with two days programme on November
19 and 20.
Tatop Taten of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Oyan, East Siang and Shoubhick Bhattacherjee
of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Roing stood second and third respectively.
Other top 10 finishers were Toyir Bam (4th), VKV, Vivek-Vihar, Itanagar, Naum Tajom
(5th), VKV, Jirdin, West Siang, Liza Riba (6th), VKV, Oyan, East Siang, Chera Yakap
(7th), VKV, NEEPCO, Yazali, Lower Subansiri, Chinmoy Dutta (8th), Chow Nanda Memorial
School, Chongkham, Namsai, Gedum Lego (9th), VKV, Yingkiong, Upper Siang, Bengia
Yasso, VKV, NEEPCO, Yazali.
All the top ten projects/finishers will represent the state in the 23rd National
Children’s Science Congress 2015 to be held at Chandigarh University, Mohali, Punjab
during December 27 to 31. A total of 50 participants were registered for presenting
their projects of which 44 participants from 18 districts except Dibang Valley presented
their projects. The projects were evaluated by a panel of experts drawn from NERIST,
Rajiv Gandhi University and State Remote Sensing Application Centre.
Moreover, the second group member of the best two projects (1st and 2nd) adjudged
at the state level NCSC 2015 will get an opportunity to present their projects at
the India Science Congress 2016 going to be held at the University of Mysore, Mysore,
Karnataka during January 3 to 7, 2016.
The winning child scientists were awarded prizes, mementos and certificates. All
the participants, including the guides, escort teachers, were also given participation
certificates at the valedictory function held today.
The state level 23rd National Children’s Science Congress 2015 with the Focal theme
“Understanding Weather and Climate” was inaugurated by Dr. Debajit Mahanta, Joint
Director, A. P. State Council for Science & Technology and State Coordinator, NCSC.
It was organised by Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology, Department
of Science & Technology, GoAP and supported and catalysed by National Council for
Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science & Technology, Govt.
of India, New Delhi.
Aboh for speedy operations of mining companies
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Minister Geology and Mining, Tirong Aboh has directed the companies
to immediately start mining operations and establish the mineral based industries
in the state.
Aboh was speaking at the Geology & Mining departmental coordination and review meeting
of AMDOs and Prospecting Companies in Arunachal Pradesh held today at a City hotel.
The meeting aimed for exploration of mineral resources in the State, stated an official
Chairing the meeting, Aboh said the starting of mining operations would boost the
economy of the state as well as facilitate generation of direct and indirect employment.
He also advised for unannounced visits and checking of all operations to be conducted
by a team of senior officials.
The Minister also warned of cancellation of licence and initiation of necessary stringent
action as per the provision of the relevant rules for erring activities.
In his key note address, Secretary (G&M), Dr. B.M Mishra stressed on the importance
of minerals in the State and advised the Companies to give whole hearted support
in exploring the minerals as well as to be a partner in the development of the State.
PL Holders including the local entrepreneurs presented their respective companies’
up-to-date working systems. Appreciating the works being taken up by the holders,
the Secretary suggested keeping in touch with the concerned District Administrations
and AMDOs for better coordination.
It was decided that a high power committee already constituted under the Chairmanship
of the Chief Secretary will meet once in every three months to review the works performed
and progress made by the Companies. PL Holders were also directed to enhance speed
and get the works done within the six months. The performances of the Companies which
were not up-to the level of expectation were given time line to accomplish it.
Director Tassar Talar suggested the Companies to setup their offices at Itanagar
or at the site of work for easy liaison.
In a separate meeting with AMDOs, it was also decided to empower the AMDOs with seizure
power to seize the illegally transported mineral resources without paying Govt royalty.
AMDOs in their presentations reflected the royalties being collected from their respective
jurisdictions. Ten AMDOs were awarded a laptop each as an incentive for their all
round best performance during 2014-15.
Kena assures initiative to
strengthen cooperative sector
NAHARLAGUN, Nov 20: Cooperation Minister Jomde Kena said that he would initiate necessary
and timely step to streamline the Cooperative movement in the State.
Kena, who attended the concluding day function of the weeklong 62nd All India Cooperative
Week celebration at Naharlagun today, assured to initiate necessary steps for further
strengthening the cooperative sector for which he sought cooperation from the departmental
officers and cooperators.
Secretary (Cooperation) Nani Mali advised the participants to take up various self
employment activities through cooperatives.
Earlier, in the day, a workshop on the topic “Financial Inclusion & Cooperatives”
was conducted by Apex Bank.
Rinchin Tashi, APCS, RCS, termed the Cooperative Bank as effective way to extend
financial assistance to the people at grassroots level since the cooperatives are
people centric institutions.
Demonstration on Mobile Banking system, which is likely to be introduced in Apex
Bank shortly, was also conducted.
Officers both from districts and headquarters, Managing Director, Apex Bank, Managing
Director, MARKFED, Chairman, APSCU and Officers/Officials from APSCU, Apex Bank,
APCCF Ltd. were present on the occasion.
More than 200 participants from Cooperatives, SHGs of Papum Pare district attended
The main theme of this year’s celebration was “Make in India Through Cooperatives”
with several sub-themes. DIPR
Career guidance seminar held
Private schools will play a vital role:DC
ZIRO, Nov 20: A one-day career guidance seminar was organised by the All Arunachal
Private Schools’ Association (AAPSA) in collaboration with Private Schools’ Association
of Ziro at Hill Queen Education Institute.
Addressing the function, Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner, Kanki Darang reminded
the schools principals present that the future of the state lies in the hands of
the private schools as vast majority of children are in private institutions.
“People have great faith in private institutions and you should put in hard work
to maintain high standards of excellence,” said Darang. He also called upon AAPSA
and all its units to ensure that the private schools run well and provide quality
education to students.
The DC lamented that certain private institutions give good marks to very poorly
performing students just to keep up the numbers.
AAPSA Lower Subansiri unit, chief advisor, Bengia Tolum exhorted the participants
of the seminar to choose the right stream of education depending on their aptitude.
“Your aim should be supported by your ability,” said Tolum.
Speaking in the seminar, Lower Subansiri, DDSE, Yumlam Tana called upon all private
schools not to focus on profit but on service and excellence. He also requested AAPSA
and other units of it to take special care to discourage use of double-decker beds
in hostels and to maintain all safety and security norms laid down by the Education
department. Tana also advised the students present to have multiple aims in life
so that if one particular aim doesn’t work, one would be able to choose the next
and go ahead in life.
AAPSA, Vice President, Rubu Tadii and Director, DBYC, Itanagar, Fr. Cyriac also spoke
in the occasion.
About 150 Higher Secondary students from various schools of Ziro valley participated
in the seminar.
Anti-drugs campaign by AAMYA
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ROING, Nov 20: AAMYA, a local NGO, conducted its seventh anti-drugs campaign yesterday
at Government Middle School, Roing.
The ill and harmful effects of using drugs, tobacco, alcohol etc. to an individual,
family and society as a whole were elaborately explained during the campaign by AAMYA
secretary RK Paul Chawang.
He also dwelt in length on adolescence and behavioral problems, substance abuse,
challenges, peer influence and the role of parents and teachers in dealing with the
He said that drug use creates multiple negative impacts, particularly in relation
to health and education risking the life of the users/addicts.
He stressed on the role of parents and teachers in preventing children from using
drugs by talking to them about ill effects and future consequences of drugs use.
Participants in the campaign were the students and teachers of the school and staff
of AMYAA. Sports items, books for library, maps, water filter and dustbins were handed
to the school In-charge JN Mishra by Chawang.
AMYAA has so far conducted 7 such awareness campaigns out of the 10 assigned under
Dambuk, Roing and Hunli Circles sponsored by Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) and supported
by the District Administration.