November 25

HC issues notice to Speaker, ex-Cong MLAs on merger
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The Gauhati High Court today issued a notice of motion returnable by January 4 to Arunachal Pradesh Speaker and all 43 former Congress MLAs switching sides on a petition challenging the validity of the merger of Congress MLAs with People's Party of Arunachal (PPA).
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee chief Padi Richo filed the writ petition in the high court Itanagar bench.
"Let notice of motion be issued calling upon the respondents to show cause as to why a Rule should not be issued as prayed for, and/or why such further orders or other orders should not be passed as to this court may deem fit and proper. The notice is made returnable by January 4, 2017," Justice Michael Zothankhuma said.
After hearing the argument of Congress lawyers including K C Mittal, the bench issued notice to Pema Khandu (present chief minister) and other 42 MLAs who claim to have merged with PPA.
"Also issue notice on the interim prayer," the court said.
It issued notice for consideration on the interim relief for stay of the Speaker's order dated September 16 by which all the MLAs have been shown as PPA members and the bulletin dated September 16 issued by the Secretary of the Legislative Assembly notifying them as PPA's members.
The petitioner submitted that there is no merger of state unit of Congress.
He said the election law also does not permit merger of state unit of the national party to state party, as intimated by the EC, to the president of AICC, as per the election symbol (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968.
The petitioner also prayed that the order of the Speaker stated has to be without jurisdiction and illegal.
Khandu, who was the chief minister of Congress, changed his party  and he along with 42 MLAs claimed to have merged with PPA. He was subsequently elected as a leader of PPA Legislative Party.
This was accepted by the Speaker and they were notified as PPA members in "Assembly Bulletin", the petition said. PTI

Lali Modi expedition team flagged off
Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: An expedition team led by Sangkoli Cheda along with Eversters Tapi Mara, Nima Lama as resource persons, Scientist Kara Taj, Dr. Olik Taring, an  officer,  engineer Mara Kocho set out for Lali Modi expedition on Thursday.
The expedition team was flagged off by Dani Sulu, Secretary Sports and Youths Affairs, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, in a small ceremony here at Civil Secretariat.  
The team would start trekking from Dabeowa village under Pipu circle in East Kameng district, will pass through Lasak Cheda Village their first base camp while touching Jote and Wotte Cheda villages on their way up. The team will explore the Lali Modi including exotic medicinal plants, endangered animals.
The team leader Sangkoli Cheda informed  the objective of expedition is to rediscover the migration route of many Nyishi clans, as it believed that many clans in Nyishi community of East Kameng and Papumpare migrated through this route.
After exploring the entire mountain range the team will culminate their expedition at Topo Gollo and Kulung village under Mengio circle in Papum Pare district. The team will also submit reports to the government on their expedition.

Women advised to remain well informed about women-related laws
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) Chairperson, Mitali Tingkhatra has urged women and girls to remain well informed about women-related laws enacted by the Constitution.
She said this during an APSCW, Itanagar conducted 2 day-long legal awareness programme at Longding on Nov 22 and 23 last.
She also highlighted various provisions and implications under POCSO Act 2012 and free legal aid. She also informed about Women Helpline, Child Line and Shelter Home such as Oju Welfare Association, Short Stay Home, Naharlagun for the aggrieved persons.
The awareness programme was conducted at Chanu village under Chubom Circle and at Ranglua village under Kanubari Circle.
While highlighting the powers and functions of the Commission and various provisions under the APSCW Act 2002 APSCW, Vice-Chairperson, Nabam Yabang appealed the gathering to take up horticulture instead of cultivating opium.
APSCW Member Secretary, Yame Higio also stressed the need to stop child labour and informed that the Commission is also in-charge of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Protections of Child Rights. She explained various forms of human trafficking and urged the parents to be aware of it and report such cases with the Police and Magistrate.
APSCW Member, Oter Ering Tayeng spoke about Polygamy, Domestic Violence Act 2005 and Compulsory Marriage Registration and further advised the participants to get their marriage registered at the earliest.
CO, Dubom Apang and Kanubari CHC, MO, Dr. Taigam Wangsu as resource persons spoke on drugs and its ill affect on health.
Chief of Chanu village, Hatwang Wangham, Chubom Block ZPM, Jyai Wangsu, Lawnu Block ZPM, Wangrang Wangjen, Chanu ASM, Jopha Wangsu and Kanubari CO, Wathai Mossang also spoke on the occasion.

BRO Project Udayak, CE inspects projects
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Chief Engineer of Border Roads Organization (P) Udayak, D Bhattacharya, inspected various roads and bridges being developed by the 48 Border Roads Task Force under Commander, Col C Rajashekar in Namsai, Lohit and Anjaw district under BRO Project Udayak.
The important roads namely, Dirak-Rupai-Chowkham, Digaru-Tezu, Lohitpur-Shivajinagar, Tezu-Dimwe-Tohangam, Brahamkund-Arrowa,Tohagam-Hayuliang - Changiwinti-Walong-Namti-Kibithu along the LAC with China and Hayuliang-Metengliang-Changlohagam road were inspected by theChief Engineer.
The Chief Engineer also inaugurated the 45 Mtr long permanent bridge over Salti river on Changwinti-Walong-Namti road and a 45 Mtr long Pmt Bridge Yakunti and 40 Mtr long Logohar Bridge respectively on Namti-Kibithu road constructed by 1444 BCC/48 BRTF (P) Udayak on Nov 18 and 19 respectively.

3rd Inter Collegiate Youth Festival of CAU begins at Pasighat
[ Prafulla Kaman ]
PASIGHAT, Nov 24: The 3rd Inter-Collegiate Youth Festival of Central Agriculture University-2016, being hoisted by the College of Horticulture & Forestry, Pasighat got off to a colourful start here on Thursday.
The three-day event started with a  colourful procession showcasing rich literary and cultural traditions of the region related to agriculture and horticulture activities  by the  students of  the CAU affiliated  colleges from the college ground to the auditorium.
Students from seven constituent colleges of Central Agriculture University (CAU), Imphal, namely, College of Agriculture, Mapipur, College of Fisheries,Tripura, College of Home Sciences- Tura(Meghalaya), College of Post Graduate Studies, Borapani (Meghalaya), College of Animal Husbandry, Mizoram, College of Agricultural Engineering & Post-Harvest Technology, Sikkim and Pasighat College of Horticulture & Forestry (host institute) are taking part in this three-day event.
Attending the inaugural program of the festive event, Vice Canceller of Apex Professional University, Pasighat, Professor A A Dange said that only education is not enough and that students need to be actively engaged in literary and cultural activities too for an all round development.
Stating that every student has some hidden talents, Prof Dange said educational institutions should be in position to identify the talent and develop their positive attitudes, which comes from their personality. He suggested the students to involve in extracurricular activities for personality development and laid stress on moral building of the students.
Director of Public Instruction of CAU and chairman of organizing committee, Professor S S Nagra in his key note address said education without social and cultural learning is incomplete. According to him, inter-college sports not only reflect friendship, but also develop peace and prosperity.
"The primary duty of educational institutions is to be interaction of the society and to channelize every youth for production and creative purposes to make them responsible and disciplinary citizens", said Nagra, while adding that the students are having an excellent opportunity to express their cultural talent through this event. He asked the student to develop social skills and take active part in social transformation.
Principal of Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat, Tayek Talom in his speech appreciated the efforts of Central Agricultural University, Imphal for bringing the mega event at Pasighat for young students of Pasighat to get an opportunity for exposure to such extravaganza. He asked the students to contribute in the field of agriculture and allied sector as human resources.
Dean of Pasighat College of Horticulture & Forestry, Dr AK Pandey and Deputy Director of Public Instruction of CAU, Y Bedajit Singh also spoke on the inaugural function.
The seven teams would compete in 18 fine arts, cultural and literary events as per national youth festival rules. The festive event will come to end on November 26 next.

Doimukh Youth Festival
Work hard to regain the glory of Doimukh: Taram
DOIMUKH, Nov 24: The  Doimukh Youth Festival began at the bank of river Pare here on Thursday evening.
In his address after inaugurating the festival amid huge gathering, Parliamentary Secretary, Home, Pani Taram  has  called for reviving the  past glory of  Doimukh, one of the oldest towns of the state. Doimukh has produced many prominent personalities but the glory of Doimukh is fading gradually due to  some  bad reasons, he said.
Appreciating the  organizer  for organizing the festival with an objective to promote harmony and brotherhood, the parliamentary secretary also  emphasized on the need  to  avoid  bad habits like use of drug. He called upon the youths  to take up responsibility  for creation  of a  good environment for development.
Taram further informed that the ruling Government is taking up steps for establishment of rehabilitation Centre  for drug addicts  in the state and one of the centres  will be established at Doimukh.  
"This festival provides a platform to showcase good hospitality and encourage young generation to promote cultural tradition and  take up extra-curricular activities like games and sports, he said and appealed the youths to work hard for  brining the lost glory of Doimukh and  wellbeing of the state as a whole.
Appreciating the Doimukh MLA for his  efforts   for overall development of the township, he  sought  people's cooperation  for faster development.
Speaking on the occasion, Hydro Power Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh (HPDCAP) Chairman Tungri Effa  also exhorted  the youths to work hard to restore the glory of the Doimukh.
Among others, Chief Patron Nabam Vivek, Organising Chairman Nabam Tado, Organisng Secretary Teri Takar,   Doimukh BDO and CO, panchayat leaders and youths were present on the occasion.
Cultural troupes from different communities under Doimukh circles also presented various cultural programme to mark the inaugural day of the festival.

Pakke: From Darkness into Light
[ Ram Alluri and Nandini Velho ]
Tana Tapi is in a tough spot. He has the enormous task of protecting 862 sq. km of mostly inaccessible, and difficult eastern Himalayan wilderness. His job is made more difficult by the fact that some of the people that log and hunt inside these forests belong to the same community as him, the Nyishi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. This general area bordering Assam is also one of India's deforestation hotspots where logging networks are fuelled by larger market forces and militant networks. It was his arrival as District Forest Officer (DFO) in 2004 that kept Pakke Tiger Reserve from becoming another 'empty tiger forest' of northeast India.
Pakke's past hangs heavy with its dark history. Once a game sanctuary, it played host to gangs of poachers that came from elsewhere and almost obliterated its unique wildlife; tuskers, serow, pangolins, otters, the endangered white-winged wood duck, among others. Loggers had a free hand and hunting tigers was a sign of bravery among the resident communities. The rivers bore signs of dynamite fishing and scores of great hornbills were slaughtered for their meat, feathers and impressive beaks.
The turnaround began in 2004, just two years after Pakke was declared a tiger reserve. It has since become a conservation success story not only for Arunachal Pradesh that has not seen such concrete action in other protected areas, or the north-east where conservation is a difficult task, but for the rest of India. A 12-year saga kick-started by Tana Tapi and his trusted band of anti-poaching staff have made the unimaginable a reality.
It is not a rare sight to see groups of Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) personnel meandering through the reserve's evergreen and semi-evergreen, subtropical forests and floodplains.  Always armed with either rifles or daos (traditional daggers), they patrol vast tracts of difficult terrain, cutting paths through unexplored areas to intercept poachers that might still be operating inside. Nothing escapes the sharp senses of the STPF. A breaking twig, a sudden splash, or even a slight movement in the shadows that trees create, is worth investigating. It could be a person hiding, an elephant about to charge, or it could just be a civet looking for a snack. In a job where many men have fallen to poachers' weapons, there can be no half measures. They must know the landscape they work in better than the poachers. The southern areas have been extensively patrolled and secured by Pakke's anti-poaching teams, which mainly comprise of people from the Nyishi community. But Pakke needs Tana Tapi as there is more to be done. In the north, which has dense vegetation and hilly terrain, people are hostile to the tiger reserve. Tana Tapi would smile sometimes in exasperation that wherever he went became a tiger reserve. Before him, most residents had not known of the existence of the reserve and would hunt and log in the area.
There has been intense opposition to the DFO's management of Pakke in the northern villages. Villagers of Sebba have, in the past, put political pressure against demarcating the boundary of the tiger reserve. In Lumta, Yaro Techi, a remarkable woman who has been known to bring down a full grown male mithun (domesticated gaur) by herself, would have an 'allergic reaction' whenever she heard the DFO's name. She would accuse him of trying to steal her land to make it part of Pakke. In Sochung village, Nana Nabum, a pastor and a black belt in karate, refused to allow Tana Tapi to take a photograph of the village as he heard rumours that the village would fall within the tiger reserve. A string of awareness drives that started in 2007 have brought about some change. Today Yaro is the chowkidaar of the Lumta anti-poaching camp and Nana, who is now part of the STPF, conducts sermons on wildlife conservation. Change is slow, but the change-of-hearts are memorable.
The staff recall a time when political pressure saw Tana Tapi suddenly being transferred out of the reserve. It was the year 2008, and Pakke almost lost its lifeline. Instances of poaching shot up, there were attempts to steal bears meant to be released into the wild, and domestic camp elephants were shot. The forest staff were demoralized and it looked as though all the good work done so far would be undone. Luckily, nine months later, Tana Tapi returned and Pakke slowly got back on its feet again. With affection and respect, the DFO's staff recall how his unpredictable forays into the forest in his gypsy, elephant back, motorbike or bare-feet have kept the staff alert and on their toes.
The number of people employed grew from 25 to 140. These are the same staff for who he personally makes wedding preparations for and presides over the exchange of vows. When his forest guard Karo Tayem was killed by a wild elephant, he has been a pillar of support to his family. On his morning walks he personally goes to inspect a site where he is helping the family build a house of their own. The patrolling roads and paths inside the reserve were up scaled from 13 to 92 km, and where there were only two anti-poaching camps before, today there are 32. Over time, he garnered support from some of the resident Nyishi community and helped facilitate the Ghora Abhe (village father) society, where the Gaon burrahs (village elders) enforce customary laws to protect the buffer area of the tiger reserve. The hornbill nest monitoring program, where ex-hunters have now become protectors of hornbill nests, is recognized widely. Convincing a tribe known for its hunting prowess to be partners in wildlife conservation has not been easy.
Protection in the reserve has come a long way in the last decade. Patrolling is now complemented with camera-trapping, which is now an integral part of Pakke's activities. There is also a best-camera-trap-image contest and one for best patrolling staff, to keep the morale of the staff high. The cameras are sometimes stolen by people or toyed with and crushed by elephants. But images of clouded leopards, marbled cats, and tigers roaming free in one of the last true bastions of biodiversity in the northeast, is a cause for celebration.
Though Pakke has broken free from the darkness of its past, it remains fragile, relying heavily on the tenacity and courage of Tana Tapi and his team of anti-poaching staff, residents and researchers. Only time will tell if Pakke, arguably one of the most exciting tropical jungles in the world, can leave a conservation legacy for the country to embrace and replicate. (Ram Alluri is a documentary film maker and Nandini Velho is closely associated with wildlife conservation in the Northeast. She has had a huge contribution in conserving the Pakke Tiger Reserve)

Tawang to host Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav
ITANAGAR, Nov 24:  North East Zonal Cultural Center (NEZCC) Director, Lipokmar Tzudir has informed that the Union Ministry of Culture has decided to hold the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav at Tawang.
He informed this on Thursday, when he along with officials of the state department of Art & Culture met Chief Minister Pema Khandu at his office and sought his opinion on finalization of the dates for the festival which is the biggest national cultural festival in the country. It was further decided that the festival, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture would be celebrated at Tawang from March 2 to 6 early next year.
The objective of the annual festival is to popularize and showcase the cultural diversity of India be it art, artisans, dance, handicrafts or flavors from across the nation.
The NEZCC Director further informed that over 600 artistes from across the country are expected to participate in the 5-day festival.
'The event will have at least 80-90 craft stalls, pavilions representing each of the seven Zonal Cultural Centre's of India (East, West, North, South, North Central, South Central and North East) besides performances by artistes,' he added.
The Chief Minister, who volunteered to head the local coordination committee, also assured all possible logistical support from the state government and the district administration to the event. He further expressed gratitude to the Union Minister of Culture, Dr Mahesh Sharma for giving Arunachal Pradesh the opportunity to host such a mega event and thanked Union MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, who has been influential from the conceptual level and final selection of Arunachal Pradesh for the festival.
Meanwhile, Tzudir also had detailed discussion with the Chief Minister with regard to establishment of a regional cultural center of the NEZCC at Itanagar. He informed that the state department of Art & Culture owns a plot of land near Jote and has offered it for establishment of the proposed center.
Tzudir urged the Chief Minister to call a meeting of the state level development committee for the project soon and pave way for engaging an experienced architect to prepare a DPR, which would be then submitted to the Ministry of Culture by NEZCC for approval and sanction.
The Chief Minister on his part, assured to fast track the project and lease out the said plot of land to NEZCC that falls adjacent to the upcoming Film and Television Institute to step up further procedures.
Once completed the center would have state-of-the-art facilities like craft stalls, open arena, auditorium, dormitory, guest house, library, canteen, etc.

State level review meeting of NHM
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: A one day State level Review meeting of National Health Mission was held at Banquet Hall here on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, health and family welfare minister Jomde Kena advised all the representatives from districts to strive further to improve scenario of the state.
Meanwhile he assured to look into rational posting of human resources for achieving the health target.   The  Minister also stressed, to ensure the JSY and JSSK provisions, Antenatal checkup, Immunization, adolescent health and community processes.
He called for close coordination among the officers and staffs for better implementation of the programs.
Encouraging all the districts representatives for better performance in Maternal, Child health and Family planning status, Special Secretary (H&FW) Prince Dhawan, IAS, directed them to make concrete action plan with timelines and work on it seriously.
"There should be no compromise with NHM schemes and its activities and implementation," he said and advises the DMOs and DRCHOs to work in close coordination to achieve the target set by NHM and requested the District to come out with solutions to their problems.
He remarked that ASHA workers should be trained for better community mobilization as well as for tracking pregnant mother and infants for ANC and immunization.
Director of Health services, Dr M Jini exhorted the district representatives for improving overall performance not only under NHM but also health of the state.
Mission Director NHM, Nodal officer NHM Dr D Padung and Dr M Lego DFW also spoke on the occasion.
District wise Power Point Presentation was made by representatives from each district identifying the core issues.

Awareness on Disaster Preparedness held at Tawang
TAWANG, Nov 24: An Awareness cum Mock Drill Exercise on Disaster Preparedness was conducted at DCs Office, here on Thursday.
The programme organised by the Department of Disaster Management, Tawang  in collaboration with 4th Bn, ITBP, Dirang saw cooperation  from District Police and Department of Health and Family Welfare. Team led by Inspector ITBP Rajesh Kumar gave demonstration on Search and Rescue Operation, Evacuation and First Aid to Victims / Injured. Pamphlets on Do's and Dont's during Earthquake, Fire Safety Tips and Landslide Tips were also distributed.
Later, DC Tawang Sang Phuntsok, IAS, while highlighting on the manmade disasters urged people to maintain proper procedure to prevent disasters.
He further requested the participants to spread the knowledge gained during the programme amongst their families and peers.
Zilla Parishad Chairperson Jambey Tsering also called for contributing towards environment by planting more trees and requested everyone to refrain from activities that lead to manmade disasters.
The programme was attended by HoDs, Govt. officers and officials, GBs, PRI members and students.
Similar programme would also be held at Secondary School, Seru, Tawang. (DIPRO)

Pongte monitors development works in villages
CHANGLANG, Nov 24: "The main purpose of my visit to the villages is to know the public grievances at the grassroot level and monitor the implementation of developmental works," Changlang North MLA Tesam Pongte said while addressing the people of Jungmaisung-I, Jungmaisung-II, Khuchep-I and Khuchep-II at Khuchep-I village here on Thursday.
Inaugurating the newly upgraded Govt Upper Primary School, Khuchep-I, he advised the students to study hard and try excelling in their chosen field.
Responding to the memorandum submitted by the villagers the MLA assured for early construction of play ground in Khuchep-village and hoped that it will go a long way in promoting games and sports activities in these villages.
He also promised the villagers to take up other issues apprised through the memorandum with appropriate authority to meet up soon.
Earlier, DC Changlang Wajong Khimhun urged School Management Committee and parents of the children to supervise the functioning of school to secure bright future of their children.
He exhorted all the villagers to shun opium consumption saying that it ruins one's entire family for a generation.
Anchal Samiti Chairperson, Khuchep-I also spoke on the occasion.
The MLA was accompanied by all HODs and public leaders from Changlang North Assembly Constituency. (DIPRO)

3rd edition of CM's Sub-Veteran and Veteran State Level Badminton Tournament begins
Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The 3rd edition of the Chief Minister's Sub-Veteran and Veteran (Men & Women) State Level Badminton Tournament got off to a flyer here at the Raj Bhawan Badminton court on Thursday.
Organized by the Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) under the aegis Badminton Association of India (BAI), in all 80 players from 12 different districts are participating in the tournament which has been divided into four different categories according to the participants age.
In the first match played between Yane Kamsar and L Kaki (35+ Women's Singles) the former defeated the latter in straight sets of 21-10, 21-16 while in men's singles (40+) Tai Mama had to fight it hard to get past Namibia Danny. The match ended 21-18, 7-21 and 21-16.
In men's singles (45+) Karmo Riram eased past Aju Khonjuju in straight sets of 21-4, 21-7.
In men's doubles (40+) the pair of Dolong Akum and Tai Mama got the better of Bamang Tago and Tame Phassang. The score of the match when it ended read 21-7, 23-21.
Sports director Tadar Apa and SAA vice chairman Gechi Doke were present in the inaugural ceremony as chief guest and guest of honor respectively.

4th State Level Veteran Cup football
Siang Highlanders beat LABA FC in the  2nd semi-final
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Siang Highlanders defeated LABA FC by 4-1 in the 2nd semi-final of the 4th State Level Veteran Cup football Tournament at RG Stadium, Naharlagun on Thursday.  Franklin Taki scored 3 goals and Kabak Tamar scored one goal for Siang Highlander.  For LABA FC Tadar Taki scores a goal.
Okit Palling of Siang Highlanders was declared  "Hero of the match".

Gaon Burah Odiyang Tayeng passes away
[ Maksam Tayeng ]
PASIGHAT, Nov 24: East Siang district Gaon Burah Association General Secretary, Odiyang Tayeng passed away at General Hospital, Pasighat on Tuesday evening after prolonged illness.
Late Odiyang Tayeng was born in the year 1944 at Sadiya and he did his initial studies from Mebo and then high school from Pasighat after which he opted for B. Pharma and became a pharmacist till his retirement.
Late Tayeng was  also popular among the rural patients for his counseling for good health. Late Tayeng was also a veteran footballer during his youthful days and he represented the state as team member in the 1st Subroto Mukherjee Cup from the then NEFA, informed Er. Mugling Tayeng, EE RWD.
After retirement he was chosen by villagers to lead them as Gaon Burah and later late Tayeng was selected as General Secretary, Gaon Burah Association, East Siang  by the GBs of the district.

Outreach programme organized at SCIR-NEIST
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: A One Day Outreach Program as a precursor to the Second India International of Science Festival was organized at CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat on Nov 22.
Entrepreneurs, NGOs and Students of different educational institutions from in and around Jorhat including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kaziranga University, Luit Valley Academy, Army Public School, Crescent Academy and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya participated in the programme.
The day began with the inauguration of the Exhibition by Dr D Ramaiah, Director, CSIR-NEIST. During the technical session, Dr Uddhab Kumar Bharali gave a brilliant exposition of some of his notable works from his repertoire of 118 inventions. He said, "Innovation cannot come to those who are comfortable, but must be considered as assignment. An Innovation becomes one in the true sense only when it finds an end user."
Also speaking, Vice Chancellor Kaziranga University Dr Sunil Rai while saying that complicated problems can have simple solutions recommended that innovations should be for the masses and environment friendly.
Child scientists Bidisha Gogoi, Dimpi Deori, Debojit Gogoi and Prudom Priyangsa Dutta were felicitated on the occasion.
Secretary of Action Aid Society, Arunachal Pradesh, Teetu Yoka encouraged students to innovate and have their own enterprise instead of looking for jobs.
"You can then even provide employment to others," she said.

NSS unit conducts sanitation drive
BOMDILA Nov 24:  With an aim to promote sanitation facilities, the NSS Unit of Government College, Bomdila conducted a five day-long sanitation drive at Thrizino village under Thrizino circle which concluded here on Wednesday last.
The campaign, led by NSS Programme Officer Assistant Professor, Karma Lhadron Trangpoder and participated by a total of thirty five volunteers, partook in various social activities ranging from door to door awareness campaigns towards sanitation, deforestation and multiple cropping to plantation of two hundred new saplings.
The NSS team also took up cleanliness drive around the market area, hospital compound, Inspection Bungalow, Government Higher Secondary School and the ADC office complex. (DIPRO)

Mass cleanliness drive held
PANGIN, Nov 24: A mass cleanliness drive was organized by the Nugong Banggo Kebang (NBK) at Nugong Bridge point at Meko area here on Wednesday.
During the drive, the volunteers including people from a total of eight villages of Nugong Banggo cleaned the stretch of road from Sanggam to Nugong Bridge site and it surroundings.  
The drive was also attended by Siang ADC, Tamik Talom along with officers and staffs of various departments.
While lauding the initiative of NBK, the ADC called for organizing more such drives in every village in the region to create awareness on cleanliness and hygiene. He further assured all possible support from the administration to the organizers.

Science exhibition organized at VKV
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Moji Bogo, Tagru Amji, Damter Romin, Priyam Sen, Kej Tajit, Taba Teni, Alapan Chakraborty and Mithu Talom bagged the prizes for best models in a science exhibition held at VKV here on Thursday. A total of 123 innovative and creative models were presented by the students of Class III to XI standards which were judged by Curator, State Science Centre, Vivek Kumar and Prof Anuradha Panigrahi, Dept. of Physics, DN College.
Attending the programme, All India Joint General Secretary, Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari, Pravin Dabholkar and Jt. Secretary, Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas Arunachal Pradesh Trust, Rupesh Mathu encouraged and advised the students to continue their inquisitiveness and keep on igniting their minds.
Teachers and Students from Kendriya Vidyalaya -2, Delhi Public School, Vivekananda Central School and VKV Vivek Vihar in the Capital complex also came and interacted with the participants.

Capital Unit BJP seeks blanket ban on DJ nights
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Capital unit Itanagar has appealed to the Chief Secretary and the district administration to put blanket ban on commercial DJ night in Capital complex.  The BJP unit in its letter to Chief Secretary complained that illegal DJ nights are being organized in every Saturday in different places where teenage boys and girls are allegedly consuming alcohol and other  substances like tobacco products. It also alleged that organiser earned lakhs of rupees but no precaution of food security and usage of drugs promoting young generation in wrong path.

Subject teachers sought
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Claiming that Govt Secondary School Parang is facing shortage of subject teachers, the Parang Circle Students Union (PCSU) sought early posting of subject teachers to said school.
In its representation submitted to Chief Secretary, the union informed that despite repeated pleas to DDSE Papumpare for posting of teachers, the authority did not pay any heed. The union further claimed that one junior teacher was transferred to the GSS Parang, however the said teacher is yet to join the in the school. It sought an enquiry into it and demanded for appropriate action for not complying the order.





Let there be debate and discussion

The Rajya Sabha for a brief moment today brought out the best discussion so far parliament had on demonetization issue. Former Prime Minister and one of the architects of modern India Dr Manmohan came down heavily on government over the issue. He termed the scheme to abolish 500 and 1,000-rupee notes as "a monumental management failure." Dr Singh, a reputed economist, opened the debate in the Rajya Sabha on demonetisation on behalf of his party, the Congress.

After former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh's attack, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley offered a scathing retort. Jaitley alleged that black money hoarding increased during Dr Singh's tenure but failed to reply to the mismanagement charges. This was the first such credible debate over burning demonetization issue. Till now both the opposition and treasury benches have been either hurling allegation or indulging in rhetoric over the issue. Though it was a well intended move there is no doubt that demonetisation has hit the poor hard. Daily wage earner and farmers are the worst affected. Government just cannot brush aside these problems. There need to be healthy and serious debate in the parliament and also in other forums about pros and cons of the banning of Rs 500 and 1000 notes. BJP and its supporters should stop declaring those opposing demonitisation move as anti-nationals. In a democracy people has right to have differences of opinion. Debate and discussion on issues will only make society and country better.








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Dear Editor,

This article is in response to the recent advertisement for the post of 1 Block Technology Manager (BTM) and 5 post of Assistant Technology Manager (ATM) by Office of Director agri (Research) - cum- project Director Agricultural Technology Management Agency, Tawang.

Through your esteemed daily I would like to highlight few facts and inconvenience to the Director of Agriculture, Naharlagun, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh which are being faced by the forestry graduates.

The education qualification for the vacant post of BTM and ATM has been prescribed as Graduate/Post Graduate in Agriculture & Allied sector. Even after proper approach to your good office with appropriate document as a proof that forestry is an Agri-allied course and the graduates are eligible to participate in such interview, the Forestry graduates are repeatedly being deprived of such opportunity.

It will be appropriate to mention here that the forestry, as a subject, has been prescribed in Agriculture domain and your good self will be aware that Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) under its research and development programme has given much emphasis to promote the Forestry researches in the country. Presently National Research Centre for Agro-forestry, Jhansi, Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jhodpur, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Barapani is all actively engaged under the umbrella of Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR). Further, Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal has created the Forestry programme under Agriculture domain. And also the governing body of ICAR Society in its 237th meeting held on 29th June 2016 has approved UG degree in Agriculture and allied subjects in which Forestry is also included as a professional Degree Course.

Forestry as a 4 year professional course also comprise of main subjects such as Agro-forestry, Organic farming, Medicinal and aromatic plants, livestock management, Range land management,  Hydrology and watershed management, Basic Horticulture, Ethno botany, Extension education etc.  

The main reason behind the creation of BTM and ATM must be to act as an intermediator between the Govt. and common people through which the advanced research ideas and technology are disseminated to the common people (fringe areas of the state).  Therefore, in a tribal dominated state like Arunachal Pradesh, where people are directly or indirectly dependent on forest and its resources, it will be a great loss for the students as well as for our state by depriving the forestry graduates.

In view of the above mentioned issue, it is clear that the concern department is showing step-motherly treatment to all the forestry students by making them in-eligible for the above mentioned post. Therefore, we request Director of Agriculture to give an equal opportunity to the candidates possessing bachelor degree in Forestry in recent advertisement No. TWGAGRON/DEV (ATMA)-13/2011-12, Dated on November 11, 2016 for the post of BTM & ATM.


Hage Tatu

NERIST, Nirjuli.




The game of psychological warfare

Dear Editor,

Sitting in some corner of India and causally browsing through the internet, I came across articles on how the world's most populated country China not only shares border with the north eastern part of India but also shares material culture with sates like Arunachal Pradesh. This is something which has been known to most of the people in the state for decades now but surprisingly it has become more evident in the past few years.

Having the privilege of being born as a Mishmi girl and strengthening my educational foundation in the schools of Mishmi hills, I was aware of the fact that my tribe's ancestry can be traced back to Tibeto-Burman region. This is something which I and my class fellows learned during our growing days and considered a good piece of information to update oneself with. Like many of the young Arunachalees, I too ventured out of my hometown and soaked myself in the Cultural gullies of New Delhi. However, I would desperately wait for my semesters to end so that I could catch a train to Guwahati and then reach my paradise called home. On one such visit to my hometown, I noticed that the locals of my hometown had caught up with a new trend of sharing videos and images of very 'Mishmi looking' people wearing familiar attires and accessories. Thanks to the invention of Facebook and other social media platforms more and more images were circulated and liked by both young and old.

Now, this is something which makes me sit back and think about "how & why" the sudden outburst of information on similarities between what we wear in Arunachal and in the neighboring country?     Learning   about myriad cultures and discussing about harmonious cross-cultural assimilation is what the world is working towards and Arunachal is a great example of this.      

But one can also not deny the fact that Arunachal is still regarded as a part of Southern Tibet by the neighboring China and it is also represented in their political maps.                                                                                    

So, would it be wrong to think that by flooding the social media /internet with images of long lost cousins (pun intended) inhabiting across the border who are always depicted wearing only traditional costumes which look similar to the ones worn by Mishmis of AP and singing folk songs sounding quite similar, is a psychological warfare tactic adapted to soften Arunachal's approach and views towards China? Just for the record, the Prime Minister of India on his maiden visit to Arunachal in 2015 sang praises about the people's patriotism and how Arunachal is the only state in the country where people greet each other with Jai Hind".

Knowing the fact that there is a strict Internet Censorship in the neighboring country, it is therefore quite logical to assume that whatever comes out into international domain is strategically let out from their country. Well, what is Psychological Warfare? To put it very simple, psychological warfare is a tactics through which someone influences the thinking or behavior of an opponent. So, in this context it would be influencing and hijacking culturally.

Alas! If only similarities in what one wears alone could instill the sense of brethren amongst everyone around the world.  Having said that, let's not perplex ourselves with such actions where we are made to believe that we share some sort of cultural affinities with the neighboring nation.  Cultural affinity would be sense of feeling a bond and naturalness with a given culture of the country or people. I am an Arunachalee and I don't feel closeness to anything that's coming out of their media, be it the dress or music.  May be that's how it should be.

One is forced to think if this could be a means of psychological warfare, where masses are getting influenced and unknowingly falling prey to such tactics.  If this is actually the case then one needs to think about it logically and stop ourselves from getting influenced further.


Rige Shiba.

(Writer is working at National Museum as Assistant Curator, Education since March 2014. She is responsible for overall educational programmes at the museum)


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