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One dead, five missing as bridge over Tawangchu snaps

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: One person is reported dead while four women and a three year old child are missing after a Wire Rope Foot Suspension Bridge at Khetnallah over Tawangchu river connecting Gyamdong village collapsed when two wire rope snapped from the anchor bolt while seven persons were crossing over it on Oct 2.

The dead has been identified as Langha Drema, (31).

One person miraculously made it to safety as he hold on to the dangling suspenders and was later saved by the locals, according to sources.

The district administration has identified the missing persons as Tashi Yangchin (21 years), Thutan Yangzom (21 years) , Nima Chongzom (27 years), Dorjee Chozom (23 years) and a three year old Tenzin Phuntso. All the missing people are from Gyamdong village.

The search and rescue operation has been pressed into action. The personnel of Police, SSB, Administration and locals are searching Lumla and beyond to locate the missing persons.

The bridge under the PWD Jang Division was under construction and “not ready for use”, said an official release.

The administration is tight lipped on why a bridge collapsed even before completion and why warnings were not put in place if it was still under construction. According to unconfirmed reports reaching here, the construction of the bridge has been completed but not yet commissioned.

However, officials refuse to divulge any details on the status of the bridge.

The JE (In-charge) of the bridge was taken into custody and a magisterial enquiry is being conducted to probe into the fact, according to official sources. In a report to the Chief Secretary, the Deputy Commissioner has sought ex-gratia for the victims.


Orgs, PR leaders call for postponement of public hearing

3000MW Dibang Multi-purpose project

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: In a representation to the  Member Secretary, the State Pollution Control Board, the Idu Mishmi Cultural Literary Society (IMCLS), the apex body of the Idu Mishmi community, All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU), Keba Kera-ah Yaku Welfare Association (Women welfare association of Idu Mishmis), Chairman, Lower Dibang Valley  Zilla Parishad, Anchal Samiti Chairperson, Roing-Koronu Block has called  for postponement of Public Hearing for 3000MW Dibang Multipurpose Purpose project.

In spite of the fact that the dam proponent is aware of the fact that the Idu Mishmi Cultural Literary Society  (IMCLS) is carrying out public consultation at various levels,  the public hearing has been fixed on the 31th October it said while adding that consultation by the apex body of our community is crucial before the public hearing for environmental clearance.

The organizations unanimously said that the public hearing be postponed by a few months so as to enable the proper completion of consultations at the project affected area and all other villages. The organizations further said that they “aggrieved by the widespread media reports of anti-national Maoist working actively amongst us. We are committed to the progress of our community and hence we neither encourage nor expect outsiders to work amongst us, in the interest of the Idu Mishmi people. As a matter of fact we believe that spreading of such rumours tantamount to attempt at undermining the ongoing public consultations at the grass root levels”.


AICC & Sonia Gandhi responsible for Arunachal crisis: BJP

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: BJP has hit out the All India Congress Committee and its Chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the chaos in Arunachal.

“Since last 4 months, half of the Congress Legislators, 4 Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and MLAs are camping in Delhi to change their leadership. It is a Congress internal matter but the people of Arunachal Pradesh are suffering. All the developmental activities are at standstill and the law and order problems are increasing day by day. The AICC and Sonia Gandhi are solely responsible for the crisis in Arunachal Pradesh” said BJP General Secretary Tapir Gao in a press statement.

“Half of Congress legislators are in five star hotels in Delhi with the nexus of the AICC, Northeast underground groups are also involving, which is a great threat to Arunachal Pradesh and the nation”, it said while adding that with three countries at its borders, Arunachal is a state which has to be governed with a stable government.

“One wonders why the central Congress leaders are keeping quiet and not taking immediate action against their legislators who are not attending their duties since last four months. Perhaps it is a case of connivance with the corrupt Arunachal leaders, he added. The BJP further demanded that the state Assembly be convened urgently and that the state government make a statement on the floor of the house on this issue of complete neglects of governance.

It further called for immediate steps for distribution of medicine and essential goods to all block level and border areas in the state.

While referring to blockade of two National Highways in Manipur for the 65 days running, the BJP has said that the Congress-I government in Manipur and the Congress-I leaders in Centre are not seriously taking about the problems faced by the common people of Manipur.

The law and order problems are deteriorating day by day, and there is a hue and cry for essential commodities in Manipur.


AAPSU question NIT, NERIST appointments

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has expressed displeasure over appointment of Prof CT Bhunia and Prof Dipankar Pal as director of NIT and NERIST respectively. In a release AAPSU stated that both of them are presently associated with private colleges and their selection as director of Arunachal’s prestigious institutes do not stand good.

 While professor CT Bhunia is dean (Academics), Haldi Institute Technology which is affiliated to West Bengal University of technology, Prof Dipankar Pal is former principal of BC Roy private college also affiliated to West Bengal University of Technology.

“Both the director designates of NERIST and NIT are not from institutes like IIT, NIT, Central University or any deemed university. Terming the move as undermining the tribal communities of state, Union said that Ministry of human resource and development is not serious about development of technical education in Arunachal Pradesh and has given step motherly treatment to the people of Arunachal.

AAPSU President Takam Tatung in a release said that, “Most of the NITs across country are headed by professors with established career from prominent institutes like IIT or central universities with engineering faculties or at atleast with NITs. Therefore we want newly established NIT Itanagar to be shaped by an established academician from national institute like IIT, NIT or central university.”

In regards to NERIST, Tatung said, “NERIST in the past has already witnessed so much turbulence because of inapt directors; therefore concern authorities should be very careful while selecting new director.  As NERIST is deemed university, it must be headed by senior professor from a national institutes like IIT, NIT, Central university or at least from a deemed university.”


Union concerned at law and order situation

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union has expressed serious concern over present situation in Arunachal where law and order seems to deteriorating with each passing day.

It said that situation was “due to lack of will power on the part of central leaders including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take decision regarding leadership crisis in Arunachal.

In the process ordinary and poor citizen of state is suffering. The worst affected being education and health sector,” said President AAPSU.

“The Union has always stood for interest of Arunachalee citizens. Issues like Chakma-Hajong refugee problem, NPF issue, NSCN problem and boundary issue has always been very dear to the AAPSU. While we keep fighting for sake of Arunachal, our leaders do not seem to bother about welfare of Arunachalee citizens,” stated Union president Takam Tatung.


NES-ANSU to organize ‘Itanagar Challo’

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: Dissatisfied with the findings of the 2-member inquiry committee, which was constituted by the State Government to procure the source of the news item that was published in Times of India (ToI) and Deccan Chronicle in May creating ruckus among Nyishi community, Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and All Nyishi  Students’ Union (ANSU) have decided to organize “Itanagar Challo” (Mega Nyishi Dignity Rally 2011--Itanagar Angtu) on October 7.

“The report submitted by the two member inquiry committee is too far from the end of an honorable solution. There has been no any progress made in the case; and it is still there where it was in May,” NES president Bengia Tolum told media persons here today.

The inquiry committee report, which was also made available to the media persons, concluded that “ ...the article by Indo Asian News Service (IANS) was the basis of the article published in Times of India and Deccan Chronicle but the defamatory sentence was inserted by either Manuj Anand or the editorial team of the print edition of Deccan Chronicle and Pradeep Thakur or the editorial team of Internet edition of Times of India.”

The protest rally would be participated by Nyishis from entire state as well as from Assam. The participants will gather at Doimukh and Nyirubjolli before proceeding to IG Park, Itanagar where a public meeting would be held, the NES president said. Future strategies on the on-going movement would be decided in that meeting, he added.

The NES president accused the State Govt of adopting time buying tactics and said that a welfare Government which can not live upto people’s expectations and does not work its citizens’ interest has no right to continue. He also threatened to knock the door of the President on the issue, if there is no breakthrough. It is pertinent to mention here that NES and ANSU are mounting pressure on Government to compel the ToI reporter to reveal the source of the news item beside tendering apology before the community people for his unfounded remark. Both NES and ANSU firmly believe that there must be a source of the infamous news item which is yet to be revealed.


Total Sanitation Campaign

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: The PHE and Water Supply Department, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh, in order to give an impetus to the Total Sanitation Campaign, is observing “Swachhata Utsav” from 2nd October to 14th November 2011. The main objectives of observing Swachhata Utsav is to eliminate the practice of open defecation and pigsty toilets, ensuring construction of sanitary household latrines and its regular use, safe disposal of human faeces and maintain food, personal and environmental hygiene. A painting Competition with the theme “Clean Village” was organized to mark the observation of Swachhata Utsav on Sept 30, where 75 students from Govt. Middle School, P- Sector and Arunoday Govt. Hr.Secondary School, Itanagar participated.

Meanwhile at Roing, the District Water and Sanitation Committee, Lower Dibang Valley and PHE & WS Division started Swachhata Utsav Celebration from 2nd October.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chair Cum-Deputy Commissioner, G. Gupta said that the objective of celebration of Swachhata Utsav is to give momentum to Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC).

The Celebration also included procession in which students, teachers, officials, officers, Police personnel, PRI Leaders and public took part.


DIET remains cut off for many months

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: The District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Naharlagun remains cut off for the last four months due to heavy landslide followed by formation cutting of Papu Nallah-Itanagar via Jollang road by construction agency.

The   trainees (PSTE course), staff and teachers for IGNOU programmes (DPE course) have been facing great difficulties due to total damage of DIET approach road.

“The matter was appraised of  and discussed with higher authorities of education department in the meetings of DIETs and DRCs on July 19 at SIE, Itanagar with authentic photographs of the damaged of approach road and the boys’ hostel building of DIET. Inspite of several approaches to higher authorities there was no action or visit to the institution by any higher officials of education department so far,” said DIET principal Gania Leij in a release today.

He further said inspite of several requests to the executing agency for renovation of approach road at least for two and four wheelers, the concerned authorities did not pay  attention to solve the burning problem.

“Needless to say that the whole matter was also intimated to the Capital DC for needful action but no one pay heed to the appeal of DIET authority”, the principal regrets.

However,  the DIET authority hoped that the  concerned authorities  would take all possible steps immediately in order to solve the burning problem at the earliest.


Grow with the times, but remember the past: Lowangdong

Itanagar, Oct 3: Annual Cultural Day and Food Fest of Don Bosco College were organised in the college campus here today.

In his message, chief guest of the function Wanglin Lowangdong, Speaker Legislative Assembly said, “Today’s young generation should be able to grow with the times but remember the past”.

Highlighting the importance of one’s culture he stated, “As we are living in a global village, we need to make our culture known to the world. One should carry forward one’s culture while at the same time respecting that of others.”

He exhorted all the students to be heralds of peace, love and harmony. He promised  Rs. 3 lakhs to the college from his MLA-LAD fund for the improvement of computer facilities in the college.  

Guest of Honour Bamang Felix, MLA said, “One should be proud of one’s culture and identity and also preserve it. Competition is not putting others down but vying with others in sharing one’s talents.” He urged all the young people present to protect their culture and identity.  

Earlier at the function, Fr. Nicholas, Principal of the College said, “Only a person who loves one’s own culture can truly appreciate the culture of others. It requires one to be rooted in one’s culture to be broadminded.”  He also said that Northeast is an athropologial museum. However, the people, in a short time, have made a leap from “the loin cloth to Levis jeans”. This is a big jump, the principal felt, and strongly invited the students to fill this gap through preservation and celebration of the cultural riches of each tribe. The day saw the variety of cultural displays and richness of the culture of Arunachal. The colourful display of cultural attires was seen during the ramp walk for the best dressed boys, girls and couples. Forty participants took part in the ramp walk. The competitions in cultural dance and cultural display were held between the four houses of the college.


KGBV shines at folk dance competition

ROING, Oct 3: The Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBV) emerged winner in the state level folk dance competition held at Itanagar on Friday, organized by the Adolescence Education Cell of the State Institute of Education.

The first position was bagged by KGBV from East Siang district, followed by KGBV Hunli of Lower Dibang Valley district. Ten schools from different parts of the state took part in the competition.

The theme of the dance competition was on population education, which is a part of the national folk dance competition conducted by the New Delhi held through out the country. Its aim is to sensitize and develop appropriate life skills among the students on various population issues.

Elated by the success of KGBV Hunli, the headmaster of the school Jimpo Linggi said it is a reward and recognition of the sincere and dedicated services done by the teachers in tough and remote place like Hunli.

The KGBV Hunli is the lone residential school for girls in the Lower Dibang Valley district and is run by Abralow Memorial Multipurpose Society (AMMS).

“This success will boost the moral and confidence of the teachers and students to perform better and excel in near future,” said Linggi.

The KGBV management of Hunli owed its success to DDSE T Tatak and District Adult Education Officer (DAEO) Abu Saring for giving the school an opportunity to take part in the competition.


BJP Rath Yatra to arrive in Capital on Oct 20

Itanagar: Oct 3: Veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani’s ‘Rath Yatra’ against corruption and price rise has been scheduled for some states, including Arunachal Pradesh. As per new schedule, the Rath Yatra will arrive in the state capital on October 20. The changes were made in a meeting of the national level organizing committee yesterday in New Delhi attended by all the State BJP presidents. Subsequently, the BJP State Executive Meeting which was scheduled to be held here on October 14 -15 has been rescheduled on October 20-21, a BJP release said.

Advani will be accompanied by BJP national vice president and former Union Minister, Bijoya Chakravorty (MP) and BJP-NE States Organizational-in-Charge, P. Chandrasekhar Rao. Party’s young MP and BJP national secretary Varun Gandhi is also expected to accompany him.

The state BJP has constituted 3 state level committees--Organizing Committee headed by B.R Wage and Dominic Tadar, state vice president and general secretary, Mobilization Committee headed by Lichi Legi and Kago Tadi, treasurer and state secretary and Publicity Committee headed by Tai Tagak and Sambu Siongju, state general secretary and convener PR Cell respectively  to oversee the ensuing programmes.


Administration at door steps

Roing, Oct 3: To make it easier for the villagers, the Lower Dibang Valley district administration  set up a Mobile office at Parbuk Village on Sept 28. This was 2nd such convergence programme since Garima Gupta joined as a DC of the district in June 2011.

All together 7 villages namely, Kangkong, Kabang, Katan, Mobang-I & II, Ram Basti and Parbuk were benefited from the Mobile office organized by the District administration.

The villagers informed that for obtaining S/T Certificate, PRC, and Income certificate etc they have to spend more than Rs.300 on fare for coming up to Roing. The villager urged the District Administration to conduct such camps in future, to which DC and SP has given assurance to extend other benefits like Ration cards, Birth certificates etc in the next mobile office.

Replying to a memorandum submitted to the DC, she assured the villagers to look into the matters and give positive responses to them.

SP Roing, while disclosing the security scenario of the district, sought co-operation from the general public and alerted them to be vigil out regarding movements of unknown and suspicious persons.

As a part of Mobile Office, Awareness regarding hygienic was imparted through a detail presentation. The emphasis was on the Total Sanitation Campaign Er. S. Pertin, EE, PHED informed that, PHE & WS Division, Roing has intensified the water revenue derive from 11/8/2011 and requested all consumers to pay their outstanding dues latest by 11/10/2011 and beyond that disconnection of drinking water service line will be started. The departments are also implementing one time regularisation of authorised water connection with production of supporting documents till 11/10/2011. The revenue so collected would used for boosting of development activities of our state, he pointed.

Speaking on the occasion, the Assistant Commandant, CRPF has informed that recruitment rally of local youths in CRPF will be conducted in the district very soon. She also enlightened about the civic action programme to be held in the villages.

Earlier, DC who has been giving priority to education sector since her posting in the district, inspected the Meka Scondary School, Jia Middle School, Bolung Hr. Scondary School and Bolik Middle School.

Under free and compulsory education programme, DC along with SP, DDSE, official and public distributed free uniforms and sports items to the schools.


Awareness programme on food processing

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: Awareness Programme on Food Processing was organized on September 30 at Veterinary Council Hall, Directorate of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Nirjuli. The Programme was organized by Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology Regional Centre (IICPT), Guwahati in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Papum Pare under the sponsorship of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Govt. of India.

Altogether about 50 farmers belonging to different Farmer Clubs from Jote, Holongi, Barum and Karsingsa participated at the programme

Dr. R. Lama, Deputy Director, Directorate of A.H. & Vety., graced the function as chief guest and highlighted the importance of food processing for nutritional and economic security. He requested the participants to take full benefit of the training.

Dr. Heli Taba, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Papum Pare, stressed upon the roles of financial institutions in promoting entrepreneurship development in food processing sector. He emphasized the role of the Farmers Clubs and Self Help Groups for agricultural development in the district and state as a whole.

Dr. K. Suresh Kumar, Senior scientist & Officer in Charge, IICPT, Guwahati highlighted the efforts made by Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Govt. of India and IICPT in popularizing food processing and entrepreneurship development for bring business outlook in rural farm sector.

Resource persons, Chukhu Kapa, Horticulture Development Officer, Balijan, Hemanta Ngangbam, Subject Matter Specialist (Horticulture) and Tadang Meena Dirchi, Subject Matter Specialist (Agronomy) of KVK, Papum Pare highlighted the participants on post harvest management, processing and value addition of fruits and vegetables in the programme respectively.

The farmers expressed their keen interest in various processing techniques of fruits and vegetables which were unknown to them earlier. They requested the organizers to conduct such programme with more practical oriented in future. The farmers were very satisfied and the programme ended with great appreciation from farmer participants.


Silver jubilee cum college week celebration of IGGC begins

Tezu, Oct. 3: The year-long silver jubilee celebration and 22nd college week of Indira Gandhi Government College (IGGC), Tezu which coincided with the 142nd birth anniversary of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi, began with traditional colour and gaiety here yesterday.

Inaugurating the celebrations as chief guest, Dr. Joram Begi, director of higher and technical education, lauded the untiring efforts of the present principal, Dr. B.K.Nath, faculty members and alumni for making the college a model institution. He emphatically described the college as the best college in the state with conducive academic atmosphere, dedicated faculty members and disciplined students. He recalled the contributions of various political leaders like former Education Minister KKrong, former minister Nakul Chai, finance minister Kalikho Pul and MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Karikho Kri for the enrichment of the college.

He also recalled the contributions of former college principals, P.N.Jha, B.K.Kakoty, D.Hazarika for the development of the college.

Responding to the needs and requirements of the college, Dr. Begi assured to look into all the problems on priority basis.

Congratulating the college fraternity on the auspicious occasion, he informed few important proposals of the Government which are in the pipeline viz. opening science stream, construction of library building, opening 2 units of NSS and enhancement of stipend, etc.

Dr. Begi mentioned that there has been considerable progress in the field of higher education in Arunachal Pradesh during the last decade. He was optimistic about the development of higher education in an accelerated pace in the coming days due to increase in the plan size by the state government.

Dr. Begi urged the academic community to develop strong enthusiasm and will power for enriching higher education in the state.

Deputy director of higher education Dr. Tejum Padu, who was the guest of honour, described the college as the most integrated one. He advised the students to devote their full time and energy in study to achieve the desired goal. Streams like humanities have wider career prospects today, he opined.

Principal of the college Dr. Nath extended gratitude to the Government for their taking progressive steps for opening science stream in the college. Dr. Nath drew the attention of the chief guest towards the acute shortage of teaching staff including other infrastructural constraints in the college. He informed that the present teacher-student ratio of the college is 1:70, which is comparatively much higher than other colleges in the state.

The general secretary of the college highlighted certain needs of the college like construction of boundary wall, boys hostel, opening up of PG courses etc.

The college community expressed gratitude to  MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Kri for providing all logistic support for the successful celebration of Silver Jubilee cum College Week Celebration.

Sanjay Bengia, Dy. Director of Technical Education and Dr. V.N. Sharma, State Liaison Officer NSS were present as special guests. DIPRO


Teachers’ death condoled

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: Arunachal Teachers’ Association, Upper Subansiri District Unit and All Arunachal Pradesh Diploma in Elementary Education Association, All Paying Circle Youth Forum (APCYF)condoled the untimely demise of Tapo Riamuk Roomching who died on October 01 following  car accident near Ziro.

He was serving as Assistant Teacher at Meyaba Residential ME School under Nacho Circle and is survived by his wife, four children and two brothers.

The last rite of Roomching was held at Daporijo today which was attended by Minister Tanga Byaling, ATA District Unit members, relatives and public. The members of the association prayed almighty for his eternal peace and to give enough strength to the family members.

The Arunachal Teachers’ Association CEC and Officers and Officials of DDSE Office and SSA District Mission Yupia condoled the untimely demise of Santosh Kumar Singh who died on October 01.

Late Singh joined the education department in 2009 and was serving as JT (SSA) at government Middle School, Gai under Sagalee circle.

He is survived by his wife and a daughter.

All Milli Mabak Hill Docha Welfare Society has condoled the demise of its assistant finance secretary Milli Togo.

The members observed two minute silence and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and to bestow enough strength to the bereaved family member to bear the irreparable loss.


ANSU mourns death of College student

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: All Nyishi Students’ Union has condoled the death of Late Chohan Kino, Editor of DNGC magazine and student of B A III year, Dera Natung Government college Itanager. He died following a road accident when  two motorcycle collided at capital Complex on Oct 2.

The Union appealed to the youth to drive carefully in capital region and obey traffic rule in order to avoid accident.

Accident occurs in capital complex involving youths due to careless driving, it said as it appealed to the youths to use helmets and stop mixing driving and drinking.

The Union urged the deputy commissioner of capital complex to deploy patrolling duty to check rush driving.  

Dera Natug Government College family also deeply mourned the demise of Chohan Kino who died in a motor bike accident near RK Mission, Hospital Itanagar last night.

Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe Students’ Union (APSTSU) condoled the sudden demise of Chohan Kino. The Union said that he  took active part in various students movement of state. The union expressed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.


Union flays HM

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: The Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes’ Union (APITU) today expressed surprise about the media reports on law and order situation in Arunachal Pradesh as revealed by Home Minister Takar Marde on the floor of State Legislative Assembly on Sept 24.

There have been several instances of breach in law and order across the state like kidnapping, murder, rape (in Vijaynagar), shooting and assaults including law and order problems in Aalo, Pasighat, Roing, but the Home Minister failed to mention and attend to, the  Union said.  The union further said that the minister did not mention the overall situation of the State and the steps taken by the Govt to tackle law and order. The minister should voluntarily step down ‘as he failed in all fronts,’ it added.

The Union alleged that only focus was the Pradeep Thakur issue and its subsequent ramifications particularly in context of the agitation launched by the NES and the ANSU as if this was the only issue worth discussing in the Assembly. Instead of trying to put balms on hurt sentiments, his report clearly projects Nyishis as problematic, the Union claimed while adding that “ his report had categorically stated that common Nyishi people were involved in the violence that occurred during the last ANSU bandh in the state capital…. This reflects the present govt’s divisive politics and seclusion of the Nyishi community from the mainstream”.


Federation seeks  Guv intervention

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: All Arunachal Youngster United Federation (AAYUF) has sought the intervention of state Governor and union home minister in order to bring normalcy and communal harmony in the state.

The state has been witnessing chaos and lawlessness followed by bandh and strike due to failure of the state Govt under the leadership of present CM, the Federation said.

Describing the reported kidnapping of a minister as undemocratic and act of barbarism, the Federation also demanded exemplary punishment to the persons involved in the incident. It further claimed that CM bungalow has been used as “dumping ground for beer bar.”


Gandhi Jayanti

CHANGLANG, Oct 3: Gandhi Jayanti was observed at District HQ. Changlang yesterday. It started with prabhat pherry carried out by various schools in and around township.

The main function was held at the DIET Campus, where the statue of Mahatma Gandhi was garlanded. All faith prayers also held for social harmony, understanding of human values and peaceful co-existence among cross section of people.

Arunachal Pradesh Junior Engineer’s Welfare Association (APJEWA) paid floral tribute to the portrait of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti at Niti Vihar on Oct 2.

Former APJEWA president and chief advisor Er Nagesh Kumar Singh narrated the   life story and activities of Mahatma Gandhi, while Er Sankoti Cheda explained in brief about the freedom movement of Mahatma and his fight for universal human rights. The association members including APJEWA general secretary Taw Kero, Vice president Er Techi Tajo were present on the occasion.  


KVK conducts training

Pasighat, Oct 3: One day training on Value Addition of Lime and Lemon was conducted by KVK, East Siang, Pasighat, College of Horticulture and Forestry for the farmers from Bodak Village and Bodgging Ane Self Help Group. The programme was conceptualized seeing the heavy loss of horticultural crops during peak season. Processing is therefore indispensable to facilitate preservation. Taking into consideration the problems faced by the farmers the training was conducted with a view to ensure optimum utilization of raw materials thereby reducing the wastage and also open up additional source of income contributing to the economic independence and confidence of the women folk.  Practical demonstration was given by Th. Eloni Vida, SMS, Home Science on preparation of processed products from lime and lemon.

Toge Riba, SMS, Plant protection briefed the trainees regarding the importance of value addition and how loss can be prevented by simple processing even if it is at household level. The trainees were also taken for field visit in various horticultural farms of the college.


ATA reacts

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: Formation of the Association under the nomenclature “Unemployed Trained Teachers Association” is objectionable, said Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) while reacting to the news items of the All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Trained Teachers Association published in a section of local daily today. It said B Ed holders should refrain from claiming themselves as the teachers before they are being properly recruited to the teacher posts.

While regretting the postponement of interview for senior teachers posts,  the ATA CEC said no one  should blindly blame the officers of the education department as the deferment was made with the initiative of ATA for giving justice to the in-service teaching community of the state and on the basis of HC order.


Orgs supports NES demand

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: All Nyishi Youth Organization (ANYO) has supported the demand of the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) for resignation of Chief Minister for alleged failure of the Govt to deliver the services to the people of the state.

The state machinery has completely broken down since the demise of chief minister late Dorjee Khandu. The peaceful state of Arunachal Pradesh is reeling under lawlessness while development activities came to grinding halt due to failure of the Govt, the Organisation said.

The organization further claimed that the CM failed to win the confidence of the most of the legislators and the CM bungalow has become the den of anti-social activities, including kidnapping and forceful confinement.

“With the Govt dragging the Pradeep Thakur issue for such long period of time, the patience of Nyishi community has ran out and came to a revolting stage,” the organization said.

Meanwhile, Lower Subansiri District Nyishi Students’ Union (LSDNSU) also supported the demand of the NES for CM’s resignation. While extending all kind of support to NES and ANSU’s movement on Pradeep Thakur issue, the union further said the law and order situation in state capital is also deteriorating since taking over the leadership of the state by the present chief minister.


EDP for rural tribal women

Tezu, Oct 3: The Weeklong Rural Entrepreneurship Development Program (REDP) on Soft toy making and Embroidery for Rural tribal women of Tezu concluded today at Changliang village in presence of the Village elders and PRI representatives.

The REDP was jointly organised by Amik Matai Society and Seva Bharati, Arunachal to provide an opportunity for tribal women to gain self employment through these income generating activities. Trainings were imparted in Soft toy making, Glass painting, purse, fabric painting, Tie and Dye handkerchief, flower pot making and colour cloth flowers. The training concluded with the exhibition cum Sale of the products made by the trainees during the weeklong handicraft training.

Nearly 30 rural tribal women benefitted from the training program.

The organising NGOs will be organising the similar training program in large scale on account of huge demand for these type of trainings by rural tribal women of Tezu. The trainees are equipped now to provide additional income to their respective families through these home based activity.


Quiz competition held

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: Jiyo Aur Jine Do organized inter-school quiz competition at Palin on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti yesterday.

Kyoda Meema of Government Middle School, Dui and Tayer Niane of JNV School Old Palin were adjudged as winners of the competition, Tadar Nai and Nangram Mama of JNV School Old Palin grabbed the second prize and Passing Tariu of JNV School Old Palin got the third prize.

Later, State Project Coordinator, Jiyo aur jine do Biri Meema gave away the prize and certificate to all the winners.


Inter School Quiz Competition

DAPORIJO, Oct 3: Roji Nayam and Binju Mara of Blue Mount School, Daporijo won Gold medals in the Inter School Quiz Competition held at Singik Hall, Daporijo on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 last. Roji is in Class V and Binju is in class VII.

Silver and the Bronze medals went to Rijo Primary School, Daporijo and Govt. Hr Secondary School, Dumporijo. The other schools which participated in the competition were Rijo Middle School, Bazaar Middle School, Sacred Heart and Bazaar Primary School.

The event was organized by Sigen Colony Welfare Society.


CRC’s Youth foundation Day

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: The 24th Youth Foundation Day of Christian Revival Church Naharlagun was observed on Oct 2. Songs and dances by tiny-tots and youths, Biblical discourse, prayers, cake-cutting and a community feast marked the day long celebration at the church compound at F-sector where hundreds of youths and elders, including youth leaders from TBC Naharlagun, APCRCC, APCRCWW and ACRYA leaders participated. Gospel singers Roshan Pordung and Isaac Baat enthralled the audience with their numbers. While dwelling on the theme of the foundation day “God have been my hope and confidence since my youth-Psalm 71:5” APCRCC vice-president Dr. David Pertin in his foundation day message stressed on building a strong personal relationship with God and leading a faithful life. He also appealed the gathering to pray fervently for peace and harmony in the state. Missionary of the church Rev. Dr. N. Tasar, Deacon Evan. Tapang Tamut, Service chairman Mitet Paron, Organising Secretary Gibbs Taba, Treasurer Er. Ruth Tapak besides others also spoke on the occasion.


NSUI launch membership drive

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: The National Students Union of  India, Arunachal Unit, has launched its second phase ‘Open Membership Drive’.

It was launched by Taranga Gogoi, National Secretary, NSUI, in presence of State President Kafa Bagang, National delegate Kirbe Dulom, State Office bearers and Districts Presidents. Taranga while elaborating on the multifaceted roles of NSUI appealed to the students of Arunachal to be part of the revolution to transform the students’ community.  He also informed that anyone born before 31st Dec 1984 is eligible and must be a student of a regular college.

Babul Ali has is the Election Co-ordinator for Arunachal Pradesh.


Representation in favour of project

ROING, Oct 3: Deputy Commissioner, Lower Dibang Valley District received a representation today from the Chairman, Angidi Linggi Foundation saying that the 3000MW Dibang Project Promised to bring about sea change for the prosperity of the people of Dibang and Lower Dibang Valley and needs to be welcomed by all, repots DIPRO.

It sought the local Government and Administration to make improvements and amendments for what could not be achieved as far developmental activities of the region in the past are concerned. The chairman of the foundation also appealed every one to proactively participate in the public hearing process of an undeniably beneficial project like the Dibang Multi-Purpose Project stating that the public hearing is a true reflection of the voice of the Project Affected People and opposing the public hearing is like suppressing the genuine voice of the common people. (DIPRO)


Govt urged to solve school problems

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: The School Management Committee of the Govt Primary School, Romi Colony, Upper  P-Sector has appealed the higher authorities of education department to  look into various problems of the school immediately.

Since the establishment of the school in 2006 under SSA scheme, no officer of the education department has visited the school yet nor any development activities took place, the committee said. The school has no proper road link, water supply system, electricity facilities and infrastructure like desk and bench.  The situation turns worst during summer season as the students can not attend school due to landslide near school compound.


GWS mourn death of Ado and Riso

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: Galo Welfare Society (GWS) has mourned the untimely demise of late Bero Ado, retired Director, Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh, and Late Tanya Riso, public leader, Nari-Koyu.

While late Ado leaves behind mourning relatives and friends, sudden passing away of late Riso has created a vacuum in the political map of Nari-Koyu area, it said. While remembering the services of the departed souls to the state and society at large, the GWS offered its sincere sympathies to the bereaved families.


PIO asked to pay compensation

ITANAGAR, Oct 3: The Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC) while hearing the case No APIC 287/2011  has directed the office of the PIO/EE, PWD division, Yazali to pay compensation amounting to Rs 50,000 only under section 19 (8) (b) of RTI Act 2005 for the loss and other detriment suffered by complainant Neelam Topu. The compensation amount should be paid to complainant Topu within a period of three weeks from the date of order, APIC said.


Governor and CM greets citizens

ITANAGAR  3, Oct:  Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh has extended greetings to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra. He also offered his prayers for peace, prosperity and amity in the State.

In his messages, Governor said that the festival of Dussehra signifies the essence of truth and accentuates that good always triumphs over evil. It also illustrates the importance of ethical and moral values and value systems so deeply rooted in our society. On the festive occasion, General Singh appealed all to resolve never to tolerate injustice and strive towards realizing the dream of a progressive State, built on foundations of compassion, justice, equality and truth.

Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin has greeted the fellow citizens on the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja and Nav Ratri.

He hoped that this festive season would bring with it peace, prosperity and goodwill to the people of the state.



ITANAGAR, Oct 3: Takam Pate and Kipa Natung have been selected as Chairman and General Secretary of newly formed Dariya Hill Colony Committee.


News Impact

Allergic to safe driving

Dear Editor,

I would like to invite the attention of the higher authorities towards the reckless and negligent driving inside our capital complex. We know roads here are in its best of worsen phase, beautiful craggy with hazardous pits and holes. Series of breaking points compliments the bad road condition, due to which traffic is chaotic. Driving in such condition is next to impossible. Specially the tracker drivers are quite escort. One can even enjoy their drifting and insane driving risking the lives of passengers sitting inside and others. As a result number of serious accidents took place in recent past.                                                                    

Nevertheless our teenage bike riders without helmet on' performing motorcycle stunts solving jigsaw puzzles. Speed has no limits for them which is harrowing and really upsetting put in the same time.  It’s disturbing because it becomes knife-edge situation for the people driving on the same road. Not only the young boys in their teen's but mature responsible people also take pride of their riding an driving blindly at break-neck speed without caring a fig for  others lives and their own. It seems people here have become allergic to safe driving. Reckless drivers have become menace.

There is neither a strict vigil by the traffic police nor there a thorough and systematic checking of those person who drive without licence.

Driving a vehicle is very easy but driving a vehicle with safety and skills is very difficult. So try and achieve the target of accomplishing the difficult part of it as the easier part doesn't prove we are mature enough.


Kinung, (on email)



The Lisus and Namdapha

Dear Editor,

Apropos to the comments published in your daily from 23rd Sept/2011 onwards, I would like to clarify the position on the comments of Phususa Yobin Liahey Ngwazah, Aphu.A. Yobin , Alvin Yobin and others.

Proposal for creation of park area initiated during 1965, though preliminary notification proposing to constitute Reserved Forest was issued under notification No. A1416/46/23 Dtd. 7/7/48 and existing area of 1807 Sq.Km of National Park declared R.F during 1970 . The area was subsequently declared wildlife sanctuary on 2/10/72 and notified as National Park and Tiger reserve during 1983. The whole area of National Park has also been notified as critical Tiger habitat under Sec-38V of Wildlife Protection( Amendment Act 2006) vide Govt. of A.P order Dtd. 24/12/2007. Hence here comes the obvious reason to persuade for rehabilitation of the Lisu Community, settled unauthorised within the critical Tiger habitat area. The declared critical area has to be freed from any interference as per the guidelines of Tiger Conservation Plan. Moreover provision of section 2(O) & section 42 (b) (d) of the schedule Tribe and other Traditional Forest dweller (Reorganization Forests) Act 2006 also contradict the rights expected by the Lisu people.

In fact 75 families of Lisu community actually encroached the Namdapha National Park before 1985 and 10 families after 1985 as per the verification conducted jointly by Administration & NNP authority of Miao which is an act of clear violation of the provision of wildlife protection Act 1972. In spite of that govt. has come up with two feasible options as compensations for rehabilitation of Lisu Community.

Now, as far as the land, in question, that has been earmarked for rehabilitation of Lisu families staying inside the NNP, it is hard to believe that Elvin Yobin of Bangalore gave misleading facts without confirming the exact ground position. The remark in brief was that the land for which the local tribals & Chakma communities have been fighting is the very land which has been offered to the Lisus in order to save Namdhapa just because govt could not fight with Chakmas anymore. Such type of remarks will only help in escalation of tension, mistrust among the communities still residing with harmony. In fact the earmarked location for proposed rehabilitation is 10/12 Km away from Miao. The location is at 3.2. Kms east from M’Pen check gate well within the reserve forest but out of the boundary of the NNP or the land owned by a tribal person having LPC. So, it is advisable that before passing any remark it should first be confirmed to avoid airing of misleading facts. Facts remain that in the course of discussions in meetings, the Lisu people in their representation submitted to  Parliamentary Secretary (E & S) govt. of A.P sought for alternate land which is secure, protected and free from encroachment. They also demanded for the land to be free from domination of the other tribes and population. Thereafter only initiative for searching for land had been taken up constituting a committee headed by S. Roy, CO(LR). Accordingly the land was earmarked which is inside the reserve forest and fulfil all the stipulated condition sought by the Lisu people .The Singphos & Tangsa Community leaders showing wonderful gesture did agree with the proposal extended by the Administration to rehabilitate the Lisu families in the earmarked location.


Additional Deputy Commissioner

Miao,  (on email)



Hypocrites & hopeless!

Dear Editor,

May I ask who this Arunachal Elite Youth Organization represents? Are they really the elites of Arunachal?

For the fact what does this term 'Elite' really means in the land of the rising sun-- Arunachal Pradesh?

However rich or influential should not question anybody in this state for we all belong to the same side of the coin- whether it is the students' union or the NGOs or the press, we are all same. Hypocrites & hopeless.  Arunachal was never & ever will be a peaceful state. We have always hated the other tribe residing in our area or district.

What is the need of glorifying Arunachal when we all know that out of the 60MLAs, only 0% are not corrupt. And we are all responsible for this mess.  


N Wangham

Longding, (on email)



Declare result

Dear Editor,

The AE (civil) exam was conducted by APPSC on 2nd June. We are still waiting for the result. What happened to the result and why is it taking so long? Should we believe that there is something fishy going on?

We have full faith in the APPSC.

Many of us are unemployed for many years. Please have mercy on us and declare the result immediately. We have waited long enough.


An Aspirant,  (on email)



A dumping ground of a road

Dear Editor,

The road from Ganga to Doordarshan colony is totally in shambles. We have the SP (Capital), Directorate of Fire Service and SP (Security) Offices whose approach road has become a dumping ground. It seems like anyone can come and throw anything here. Not only garbage but also mud is dumped on the road and drainage, making it very stinkingly slippery for vehicles and pedestrians. There is no doubt that the road has been completely abandoned by the authorities. It would not be surprising if any epidemic breaks out or any accident breaks out in the area. The efforts of authorities through respected Talo Potom is commendable but good things from the government are always short-lived. But what about this road? Will God come and rebuild it?


Raja Kime


A scam

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my concern regarding the Bharat Vikash pariyajana, a non-profit organization.

They have made arrangements for ditching people by collecting money for the sake of recruitment and for training purpose. In month of August’2011 this organization gave an advertisement in “The Arunachal Times” Dated 1/08/2011, that they are recruiting district development manager for every district of Arunachal Pradesh. I had applied for the same post and they demanded Rs 250 as a registration fee along with four copies of passport sized photograph, bio-data, self address stamped envelope.   After a month they conducted telephonic interview. Four days later, I received a call from the organization with an information that  I have been selected for the same post and have to deposit Rs. 5250 for training fee in the favour of Ashutosh Kumar singh, A/c No. 20010397925, SBI Bank.

When I heard this I had some doubts.   If it is genuine organization they must have their own Account number in the name of the organization. So I had gathered information about this organization through the internet.  I was shocked at the information given. It is a fraud organization operating from Kolkata and they ditched many innocent people in the name of recruitment at Kolkata, Assam and many other state. To find more information just type Bharat Vikash Pariyojana in Google, you will find lot of information regarding this organisation.

So I would like to inform people regarding this fraud organization through your daily.


Ani Taba

Nirjuly, Arunachal,

(on email)



More than we need

Dear Editor,

I will start with a very practical joke popular among many youths over here.

If we throw a one rupee coin from the sky to Arunachal Pradesh, it is certainly going to hit some President or Gen secy of some unwanted union.

This is serious issue, I expect The Arunachal Times to please enlighten more on this topic and please do not encourage this type of silly, unwanted, self generated unions etc.

I am not telling that all are not worth.

Yes we do need unions but we do not need money slackers, going home to home asking donation in the name of unwanted unions and spending it to themselves.

Youths are getting destroyed because of it. Present generation youths are more interested in this kind of activities rather than focusing on their career.

This a very wrong path taken by present generation.


Nabam Vzay Rikam

Bangalore, (on email)






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Impact of climate change  


United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a report that climate change will make water less available to produce food crops in years to come.

Areas in Asia which depend on the melting of ice and mountain glaciers will also be affected, while areas with a lot of fluvial deltas are threatened by reduced water flow, increased salinity and rising sea levels, said the report entitled “Climate Change, Water and Food Security”.

The report also predicted an acceleration of the hydrologic cycle of the planet because high temperatures will raise the evaporation rate of the soil and sea.

The rain will increase in the tropics and at higher altitudes, but it will decrease in areas that already have dry and semi-dry characters and are located inland on the big continents, the report said.

Because of this, there will be a higher frequency of droughts and flooding, which will lead to an increased use of ground water and limit the water available for agriculture even more.

“The loss of glaciers, which sustain about 40% of the watering at world level, will finally affect the amount of available water on the surface for watering in the main producer basins,” it said.

The increase in temperature will prolong the growing season of crops in warmer regions, but reduce the harvest season elsewhere, adding to a higher rate of evaporation and a decrease in agricultural productivity.

Rural communities and the food security of the urban population are threatened, but the poor people in rural areas are the most vulnerable, and they could be affected in a disproportionate way, the repot further reads.

Climate change and its affects have always been the focus of discussion. But it is appalling that nothing concrete is being done as nations remains divided over how much effort should be put. If such an important issue becomes a bone of contention, it is unlikely that preventive measures would be taken on time.


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