Arunachal and Brahmaputra Dam figure in Foreign Ministers talk
Bangalore, Oct 27: Close on the heels of the meeting between the prime ministers
of India and China in Thailand, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and his Chinese
counterpart Yang Jiechi met here and both agreed to continue “the process of building
trust and understanding” to resolve all outstanding issues, including the border
“We both see this as a part of the process of building trust and understanding at
the political level,” Krishna told reporters here after his meeting with Yang that
lasted for 90 minutes.
Krishna stressed that he was “satisfied” with the meeting that took place against
the backdrop of mutual recriminations on a host of issues, including the border dispute,
reported Chinese incursions and Beijing’s repeated claims on Arunachal Pradesh.
All these issues were discussed in the meeting, official sources said.
India also raised the issue of a dam being built on the Chinese side of the Brahmaputra
river, that has generated anxieties of water scarcity in India’s Northeast.
The recent Chinese practice of issuing separate visas to residents of the Indian
state of Jammu and Kashmir, that is seen here as an oblique way of questioning India’s
sovereignty over a region that is also claimed by Pakistan, also figured in the discussions.
“We agreed on the importance of further developing high-level exchanges for enhancing
trade and economic cooperation and on defence contacts,” Krishna said.
The two sides also decided to expand their cultural ties and people-to-people contacts.
These will be in focus during the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the establishment
of India-China relations next year.
The two foreign ministers welcomed the positive outcome of the meetings between Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of multilateral
summits in Hua Hin resort in Thailand, and decided to develop their economic, cultural
and defence relations.
Prof Beliappa calls for proactive role of media in the state
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The print media has an important role to play in this modern society,
said Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor K C Belliappa. He was addressing the
inaugural function of the Hindustan Samachar, a multi-lingual news agency in state
Capital today. Welcoming the Hindustan Samachar news agency in the state, Belliappa
said,’ it is only print media which can spread its tentacles in interior places to
highlight the problems and grievances of the masses. The state needs more news agencies
and newspapers not only in English or Hindu but also in regional languages. Print
media in regional languages would help the local people to narrate their problem
in their own languages, he said.
Belliappa hoped that Hindustan Samachar would play its crucial role successfully.
MLA Tani Loffa said that Arunachal has become number one corrupted state only because
there was none to expose the corruption in districts and interior places. Media should
not only be Capital centric; they should try to visit at least district headquarters
to assess what it is like at all fronts, he said.
Documentary film maker and cultural researcher Moji Riba said, ‘time has come for
media to introspect. Are the media performing their role in true sense? Have the
media succeeded in playing its role as fourth pillar of democracy?
Riba was of the view that instead of just giving information and carry the news,
media should try to reach out the mass population and should know whether the development
is taking place in true sense. There should be an information society where the people
and the Government would know each other well, he said and called upon the media
to play a crucial role to create an informed society.
Narrating the brief history of the evolution of print media in Arunachal, Arunachal
Front Editor Pradeep Kumar said that despite all odds, the media, particularly local
media have been playing a crucial role in the development of the state.
Earlier, the mentor of the Hindustan Samachar Srikanth Joshi giving a brief account
of inception of the news agency disclosed that the news service of the Hindustan
Samchar was first launched during 1978 in Itanagar. However, due to various reasons
the news agency could not continue its service.
Established with the initiative of Dada Saheb Apte in 1948, the news agency has 32
branch offices and is providing news services in 14 languages.
Our motto is to serve truthful news with true motive to serve the nation and its
people, Joshi said.
MLAs spell out priorities
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Newly elected Doimukh MLA Nabam Rebia is scheduled to tour his
constituency during November and December to draw up development plans.
Stating that all round development of his constituency would be his priority, Rebia
said that he would strive hard to do justice to all section of the people in equal
manner. The MLA also appealed the people to extend their support in fulfilling the
Likewise, newly elected PPA MLA Takam Tagar (Pario) of Palin constituency said
that the road connectivity to unconnected circle headquarters and villages would
be his top most priority as an MLA.
I am ready to shoulder the responsibility given by the people, Tagar said and pledged
to work for all round development and well being of the people of his constituency.
He hoped that former MLA of his constituency and ruling party of the state would
extend cooperation in his endeavor to bring in development.
Meanwhile, the newly elected young MLA of the Khonsa West constituency Y Matey in
a meeting here yesterday promised before the public leaders, panchayat leaders, village
authorities and students of his constituency to work sincerely and honestly to bring
development in his constituency. For Matey, his priorities are road communication,
drinking, water, health and education sectors.
The MLA also appreciated the Tirap Deputy Commissioner-Cum-district election officer
Ankur Garg for his bold and clean administration.
Dept tell legislators to wait for some time
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Department of Urban Development and Housing informed that Chief
Minister and Department of Urban Development and Housing will decide on the allotment
of bungalows to minister and MLAs.
The government Bungalows lying vacant may not be occupied without proper allotment
order. Unauthorized occupation will be liable for eviction as per law, said UD secretary
Bandhana Deori in a communiqué.
NERIST’s curriculum workshop
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST),
Nirjuli has organized a two day workshop on curriculum for it’s under graduate courses
recently. During the workshop, curriculum structure of B.Sc forestry course, Engineering
and technology departments were discussed at length and suggested to include environmental
science and human resource management along with entrepreneurship for all the branches
in Engineering as compulsory course.
The progamme was inaugurated by Prof. PK Das, Dean, NERIST. Experts from various
universities and institution attended the workshop.
Workshop on district planning and planplus gets under way at SIRD
ITANAGAR, Oct 27: SIRD Arunachal Pradesh commenced the 2 day workshop on District
Planning and PlanPlus under Backward Regions Grant Fund Capability Building initiative
today. The workshop is being attended by the Zilla Parishad Members, Anchal Samiti
Chairpersons, State Level Master Trainers from Upper Subansiri, the District Planning
Officer and officials and staff from District Planning Office, Daporijo. The programme
is being sponsored by Ministry of Panchayati Raj Government of India, and is supported
by NIC Itanagar.
The workshop shall provide all the details about the PlanPlus, its features and also
provide an opportunity to the delegates to receive hands on practice on the PlanPlus.
The officials from NIC Itanagar are supporting SIRD team in the conduction of the
Workshop. Shri K.Kalita, the master resource person from NIRD NERC is also participating
in the workshop as subject expert.
The programme was inaugurated by Bida Gadi, Director Department of Panchayati Raj
at the Conference Hall of SIRD in Itanagar today.
Speaking on the occasion he highlighted the need for district planning. He also circulated
the Planning Guidelines issued by the Department of Panchayati Raj, Government of
Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion. He also urged the delegates of the workshop to
utilise the services of faculties of SIRD and particularly the regional level resource
person, Kalita from NIRD NERC, Guwahati. The delegates were also briefed about various
support initiatives such as the finance commissions, BRGF, and even the recent initiative
by State Government of allocating untied funds directly to the Panchayats. The need
to understand the basics of district planning and to involve the three tiers properly
in a participative manner was highlighted and it was clarified that the PRIs need
to undertake the planning process keeping in mind the guidelines issued by the Department
of Panchayati Raj. The State Government is also actively considering strengthening
the PRIs and accordingly the ADCs have been designated as District Panchayati Raj
Speaking on the occasion Tope Bam, Director SIRD urged the PRIs to ensure holistic
and integrated development through proper planning. There is a need to include the
urban areas such as district and block headquarters also under the development initiatives
and the PRIs need to look into these aspects. Highlighting the facilitative role
of SIRD as the Technical Support Institution, Director SIRD called upon the PRIs
to utilise the services of SIRD.
Kirto Loyi, Deputy Director SIRD and Coordinator of Training Interventions under
BRGF for Arunachal Pradesh gave a brief of the various technical sessions under the
workshop. Clarifying that the conduction of the workshop was based on the recommendations
of the High Powered Committee Meeting under BRGF, it was urged that the data entry
and uploading of the development grants plans under PlanPlus should commence at the
Rakesh Srivastava, Asst Director SIRD and Workshop Co-coordinator highlighted the
critical importance of uploading of the data under PlanPlus, its linkage with future
fund release and informed the delegates on the importance being assigned by Ministry
of Panchayati Raj on the entry and uploading of development plans under PlanPlus.
The initiatives and efforts of the State Government in this regards was also highlighted
Nakap Nalo, Zilla Parishad Chairperson also highlighted the various issues including
the difficulties in the data entry and uploading under PlanPlus.
The workshop is being received well as most of the Zilla Parishad Members and Anchal
Samiti Chairpersons besides nearly all the nominated State Level Master Trainers
under BRGF for Upper Subansiri are attending the 2 day workshop.
The conduction of the workshop assumes significance since Upper Subansiri is the
only district under BRGF and efforts are being made to enable the district to comply
with Ministry of Panchayati Raj norms under BRGF.
This programme shall be shortly followed by the conduction of District Level Master
Trainers programme by SIRD from Nov 3-7 at Daporijo and Nacho simultaneously.
Planet Earth Our Home Explore, Share and Care
TEZU, Oct 27: Budding young scientists from sixteen different schools of Lohit district
participated in the District level Science Congress at BRC hall Tezu today. The topic
was “Planet Earth Our Home Explore, Share and Care”.
The Students delivered informative and attractive speeches on the topic and shared
their constructive and imaginary ideas for the care and betterment of our mother
The VKV Tafragam was the winner while Government Higher Secondary School Tezu and
Kendriya Vidalaya got second and third position respectively.
APCC express anguish at killing
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has expressed anguish over
the killing of 19 year Naga girl in South Delhi area. In a press release issued,
APCC condemned such barbaric act and urged Delhi government to take strong action
against the accused. The release also denounces recent attack on an Arunachali student
who is studying mass communication in Jamia University. APPC further appealed to
the Delhi government to work for safety of North-East students in Delhi, particularly
women who has been repeatedly misbehaved in various parts of city.
Loffa writes to CS
ITANAGAR: Tani Loffa, in a letter to the Chief Secretary called for his intervention
to restore normalcy in his constituency, particularly in Lumdang Village. He said
that after the declaration of election, his opponents has burnt down five houses
and that agriculture fields were damaged. He alleged that all this was being done
at the behest of Hari Natung, former minister. While demanding intervention in saving
the life and property of the victims, he further said that his own life is under
He further said that district administration was informed of the situation but it
is yet to make any arrests.
ITANAGAR: National Youth Project is organizing Sadbhavna Sammelan in collaboration
with Arunachal Sarvodaya Mandal at Vivekenanda Hall on Wednesday. Eminent Gandhians
from across the country will converge on this occasion to interact with the people
of Arunachal Pradesh.
Board hopes for release of pay
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Building and other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board
(APB&OCWWB) expressed hope that under the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and MLA Padi
Richo, the pending pay of APB&OCWWB would be released soon.
BCC recommends names for expulsion
ITANAGAR: Block Congress Committee has written to the Arunachal Pradesh Congress
Committee for expulsion of 73 INC workers including Kenrik Ete Moyon, ASM chairperson,
Bogong for alleged anti party activities during the recently concluded assembly elections.
ITANAGAR: Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium enterprise would organize an entrepreneurship
development program on Computer Software and DTP at Ziro from Nov 5.