November 21

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 trail court.

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 work.

“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 centers.

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 also conducted.

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 friendly.

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 related issues.

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 people’s expectation.

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 Change.

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 their service.

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 affairs.


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 today.

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 selection rally.

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 selected trades.

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 positive approach.

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 system.

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 encroachment issue.


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 project.

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 concession agreement.

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 December, 2015.

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 public meetings.  

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 Kaso.

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.


News Impact


Four inmates escape from Jully Jail,

nine wardens arrested

Staff Reporter

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 jail.

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, SP disclosed.  

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

Staff Reporter

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 establishments.

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 for centuries.

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 odds.

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 Tibet.

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 peak.

“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 from Arunachal.”

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 reasoned.



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 Pradesh.

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 release.

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 function.

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 adolescents.

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.

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Attract more foreign investment

The less than expected economic growth is giving uneasy time to the people of India. When BJP government came to power there was hope that pace of economic growth will pick up. But things have not happened as per the promise and many are starting to get worried about the situation.  Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan today expressed concerns over the drop in public and private investments that is hampering country's economic growth. But he held out hope that strong foreign capital flows will help rectify this weakness.

Also it is reported that RBI has cut its growth forecast for the current fiscal year to 7.4 percent from 7.6 percent previously, well below the government’s target of 8 to 8.5 percent. The observation of RBI Governor should be taken seriously. If we go by his assessment, it seems like weak capital investment is the key factor behind India's struggle to realize its growth potential.  Therefore government of India will have to initiate more reforms to fast-track the economic growth. The need of the hour is to attract more foreign investment and it can be achieved by easing process of doing business. Also India should take advantage of the fall in global crude oil prices.   India imports over 70 per cent of its crude requirement and, thus, falling crude oil prices would ease current account deficit and also significantly reduce the fuel subsidy burden. The expenditure on crude oil accounts for 30 per cent of India's import bill. The slowdown in global economies has impacted the demand side, which has resulted in a sharp drop in crude oil prices. But India is net importer of crude oil. So any drop in crude price is beneficial for the domestic economy as our import bill goes down and the subsidy burden drops significantly.




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What’s in clothing?

Dear Editor,

Ever since the ancient times, mankind have  strived to define themselves and their society by making their own distinct and unique marks of identifications including languages, scripts, religions, customs, traditions, myths, etc. One of the defining elements among these is the clothing/attire that they wore. This phenomenon is equally true about India and Arunachal Pradesh where each of communities have their own distinct colours, patterns and designs that make their clothing distinctly beautiful and of which each of the community are proud of. However, it should also be remembered that this very phenomenon has also created extreme ethnocentrism and has divided the world and India into regions, caste, community, religions, class, etc.

The reaction of some of the community based leaders over the alleged ‘misuse’ of the Nyishi Community’s clothing and attire by Arunachal Justice Forum (AJF) who during its Dharna at New Delhi, clad themselves with the Nyishi Community’s clothing and attires, has stirred a new debate that the members of the society has to participate for ensuring a better tomorrow.  

 Firstly, no individual or leader of a community has proprietary rights and monopoly over what belongs to the community including the attire and clothing of the community. However, what seem to have irked the Nyishi Community in the instant case is the alleged intention and motive behind wearing of the Nyishi community’s clothing and attire by the members of the AJF during an alleged political agitation. While the name of AJF itself suggest that it’s a pan-Arunachal based organisation, the members of the AJF, during its dharna at New Delhi, by predominantly wearing Nyishi clothing gave a wrong impression that the AJF is a Nyishi community based organisation. Further, the Nyishi community greatly reveres the head-gear and is today worn, at least in cities, only on special occasions and gifted to special people including a non-Nyishi person. The criticism could have been considered unreasonable had the members of the AJF wore attires belonging to various Arunachalee communities or had they not taken off the attires and clothing after the dharna preferring western clothing like jeans, pants and shirts.

A healthy social debate on the traditional clothing and attires and their importance has to be regenerated in Arunachal to save, preserve and promote its distinct and beautiful heritage of clothing and attires. While avoiding ethnocentrism, diversity has to be respected.


Nang Mil




Introduce advance voting system

Dear Editor,

Most people in remote areas have unquestionable faith in their local political leaders and parties and gather in vast numbers in their political rallies and meetings throughout the year.

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to appeal to the Election Commission of India to introduce a formal rule that any political party or a politician or parliamentarian or a member of the legislative assembly or a municipal councilor addressing a political meeting or rally anytime and anywhere within the boundary of the nation should include a mandatory 10% of their total presentation (lecture) time in making local communities aware of relevant local socio-cultural and socio-economic issues. This would serve as one more level of reaching and educating the remote, rural communities on a people to people contact basis and to my mind would have stronger impact on the awareness of the local populations being educated by their own local leaders.

Each part of the country has its own unique issues and thus the local relevant issues important for the local population will be highlighted by their local political leaders and parties.  Such active participation of politician and political parties of the nation in mass education and awareness campaign would have stronger dividends in reaching higher number of rural community members within a shorter time. Just like social messaging on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter; positive social awareness drives packaged with election campaigns can reach the rural communities more effectively and efficiently and as an additional support to educate and cater to the poor citizens of this vast nation.

Through your esteemed daily, I would also  like to appeal to the Election Commission of India to introduce the system of advance voting in India. The system of advance voting is well established in well practiced in almost all the major western democracies across the continents of the Americas, Europe and Oceania. This is a system in which interested voters who will not be able to cast their vote on the designated Election Day due to personal or official reasons get the privilege of voting earlier at designated centers on specified dates and time slots under the direct supervision of the corresponding election commission. This approach has been introduced just like the postal ballot option to include as many citizens as possible to exercise their democratic rights in electing a government and increase the percentage of people taking part in the election process of the nation be it a local, regional or national election platform. India being vast and thickly populated nation with complex local, regional and national issues; the Election Commission of India has so far done commendable job in successfully running fair election system in the nation. The introduction of the option of Advance Voting will further strengthen the pillars of democracy of the largest democracy of the world.


Saikat Kumar Basu

Lethbridge AB Canada



Laudable spirit of Chennai

Dear Editor,

As educational institutes in Tamil Nadu remain closed for rains, one wonders whether kindergarten children will sing “Rain, rain, go away” at home or be busy playing games with their parents’ smart phones.

Though Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu have been flooded, the city has not come to a standstill because of few spirited people.

It is because of their dedicated efforts that others can live peacefully. Rain or shine the entire medical fraternity works, be it doctors who bring new lives into this world, affectionate nurses who instil hope, or ambulance drivers or pharmacists who keep their shops open. But for the garbage cleaning staff the city would stink. Braving the weather transport staff/drivers deliver our fruits and vegetables.

Thank your milkman when you sip your coffee, your water can delivery boy, housemaid whose home may be inundated & the newspaper boy who is up at 3AM to deliver the newspaper.


Karthik T.S.


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