NMFP to boost food processing industries in Arunachal

Gyati Kacho

ITANAGAR, Oct 09:  NMFP or the National Mission on Food Processing should be implemented in ‘mission mode’ and the quantum of wastages of agri-horti produces in the state should be drastically scaled down, said industries commissioner Hage Kojeen while inaugurating the one-day state level workshop on National Mission on Food Processing conducted here today at Udyog Sadan by the department of industries. The programme aimed at sensitizing and accustoming the district officials and other various stake holders about the schemes of the mission.

Emphasizing taking up of processed food activities by entrepreneurs and educated youths of the state, Kojeen said it would go a long way in mitigating the chronic unemployment problem in the state. He also urged the department to gear up and embark on a mission mode while ensuring full but proper utilization of the fund granted by the centre aimed at solving unemployment problem. ‘The scheme will raise the entrepreneurship skills and provide more earning avenues to the farmers’, he added.   

Calling Arunachal as the ‘hub’ of several citrus and temperate fruits, Northeastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Cooperation (NERAMAC) managing director from Guwahati S. Bhattacharjee lamented the huge wastage of agro-horti products in the state and called for its proper tapping to increase more earnings to farmers. He particularly called for ensuring ‘proper packaging facility’ and sensitization of the department officials in implementation of the various related schemes and programmes to augment the process of solving the unemployment problem in the state.

During the day-long technical session, deputy commissioner food safety U.K Mitra dwelled on the various aspects of food safety while NMFP state additional mission director Subu Tabin presented a comprehensive power-point on NMFP and elaborated on (1) setting up of Food Processing Industries/ Technology Up gradation/ Modernization / Expansion   of Existing Units. Grants in Aids in these schemes are 33.33% on plant and machineries and technical civil works subject to maximum of Rs. 75 lakhs for NE region. (2) Cold Chain, Value Addition and Preservation Infrastructure for non-horticulture produce. Grants in Aids in these schemes are 75% on plant and machineries and technical civil works for NE Region and difficult areas subject to a maximum of Rs.10.00 crore. He also highlighted on  proper facilities for human resource development  such as Infrastructure for running Degree/Diploma/Certificate Course,

Entrepreneurship Development Programme and  Food Processing Training Centre.

Earlier, Director Industries cum state Mission Director Repo Ronya welcomed all the participants from the districts and presented the key note address on NMFP. Later, an open house discussion on the various aspects of NMFP and its proper and effective implementation involving officials from every District Industries Centre was also held.



Umbrey visits flood damaged areas

ROING, Oct 09: Local MLA Laeta Umbrey today inspected the Inju Nallah, Koronu circle, Inju village, forest plantation area at Simari river site and Rayang village in Lower Dibang Valley district in order to take stock of the  damages caused by recent torrential rain.

During the inspection, Umbrey directed all concern departments to work out actual damages and provide relief to the affected people at the earliest. He also advocated for proper implementation of Govt projects and schemes.

At Koronu, the MLA directed concern department for early restoration of electricity, water supply and find out solution to water stagnation problem at Circle office compound and adjacent areas during rainy season.

At Rayang village, the MLA along with Govt officers and affected land owners visited land erosion areas and took stock of crop damages. The MLA also assured the team members to approach the higher authority for adequate fund for  flood damaged restoration work.

 The MLA was accompanied by Er. D. Sitek, E.E RWD, K.B Pandey, E.E WRD, M.Borang, E.E PWD,  T.Basar,DAO, D.Dabi, DFDO, M. Angu, DHO, Jitu Mili, A.E Power, M. Linggi, A.E PHED, C.O Koronu and other technical staff of works department.

Diversion of ration sorties aggravates food crisis

Meanwhile, Lower Dibang Valley deputy commissioner Garima Gupta today urged the DDST Mohanbari to liaison with Air Force authority to airlift the ration  items for flood affected people of Hunli, Desali and other places on priority basis. As per the report from district administration,  copter  which landed at Roing has air lifted the ration items of BRTF to Etalin yesterday instead of air lifting  the ration items meant for civilian to Hunli, Desali and Paglam circles of the Lower Dibang Valley district and Anini, Anili and Malini of Dibang Valley district.

Such diversion of sorties and delay in air lifting of ration items further aggravated the food crises in the remote  and inaccessible  area, the DC said.  DIPRO inchage



Roing AYC distributes rice to flood affected villagers in LDV


ROING, Oct 09: The Assembly Youth Congress (AYC) of Roing 43rd constituency today distributed food relief in the flood affected areas of Lower Dibang Valley district delivering assistance to nearly 1,000 people.

The beneficiaries were selected after AYC worked with the affected communities to identify the most vulnerable families that needed help. Heavy rains had lashed the region flooding and affecting the whole eastern districts of Arunachal causing shortages of food grains.

“Delivering of food assistance to flood affected people is being carried out to thrust service motive among party workers to work at the grassroots,” said Pinna Kitnal Muklom, General Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC), who was in Roing to take part in AYC’s food assistance programme.

The food, which mainly consisted of rice amounting to 90 quintals were distributed in 200 households in Balek, Rayang, Cheta, Abali, Old Abali, Arango and Iduli village. AYC estimates that food ration distributed is enough to last one month for each household.

As ongoing support to affected people to shore up their losses, Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Mukut Mithi and District Zilla Chairperson Chiliko Meto had approved AYC’s humanitarian assistance by providing financial support for today’s food distribution programme,  informed Japani Meto, President, AYC, Roing.

According to estimate put up by AYC, Balek received 21 quintals of rice for 41 households including 0.5 quintal for adjacent Simari village. Around noon, the team led by Meto distributed 28 quintals of rice in Abali village, 3 quintals for Old Abali, 13 quintals for Arango and 23 quintals for Iduli village. Later in the afternoon, 2.5 quintals for Cheta and 6 quintals for Rayang, Midland and Agamgite villages were distributed.

 The AYC members also visited the houses of the affected people and surveyed the affected sites.

 “With many hectares of agriculture fields ruined, infrastructure destroyed and road communication disrupted by flood water, full recovery is a long road ahead,” Muklom told this correspondent. “Meanwhile we will put up our best effort to convey to the government for more assistance as immediate relief measures.”



Villagers repair Pasighat Bazar-Muriline road


PASIHAT, Oct 09: Over 500 villagers, including elderly women of Muriline (Jarku) village near Pasighat have rendered all physical hard labour to repair the Bazar-Muriline road on self-help basis.

The Bazar-Muriline road is a busy urban road linking Pasighat market and entire Muriline and Jarku area located on right bank of Siang River. The recent flood in Pane Nalla badly damaged a stretch of about 200 mt of the road causing untold miseries to the villagers. They undertook the task after the authority failed to repair the road despite repeated pleas. The road was restored for communication on Monday, after a week-long hard labour. They put gravels and filled the damaged portion of the road with soil.

The villagers accuse the authority of turning a blind eye towards their problem.

“Bazar-Muliline road, which is the lifeline of about 500 families, falls within the town area. But the urban development authority has not yet taken any step to repair the damaged roads, accused Tagom Darang, the Gaon Burah of Jarku- village.

Criticizing the inactive role of the elected leaders, an elderly woman of Muriline said that the local MLA and MP have landed deaf ear to their problems which is regrettable.

Public leader of Pasighat Kaling Moyong, and the members of Pasighat Unemployed Youth Association, who participated in the road restoration works by providing men and machineries, urged the district administration to do the needful for proper maintenance of the urban roads.



Idu-Mishmi folktales book released by Siram

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: A book titled, “Quickwitted Anno and other Tales” on Idu Mishmi Folktales of Arunachal Pradesh, narrated by Mishimbu Miri and published by RIWATCH was released by Education Minister Bosiram Siram in a brief but befitting function here today.

The book containing 10 selected stories, specially chosen for young readers, edited and brought alive by Vaijayanti Sawant Tonpe, former editor of Children World, with her imaginative Pen has made the book quite reader friendly. The book has 13 illustrations and charming cover page drawn by Indrim Boo, an Arunachalee professional artist working in Delhi.

Appreciating the all out efforts of RIWATCH and congratulating the author, Education Minister said “Books on our traditions, our environment, our neighborhood is the need of the hour. We miss it in our textbooks. We study the other world but remain unaware of our own. Our people know Taj Mahal but do not know about Tawang Monastery”. He insisted, we must bring different aspects of our ethnic life to academic forefront. The State Committee for Research, Education and Training (SCERT) Arunachal has been formed to develop syllabus for schools and the RIWATCH has to play a larger supportive role in this regard, the Minister said.

This book has set a role model in documentation of imagination of a generation of people who lived much before all of us. He also emphasized to bring out a Hindi version of the book for the readers of different strata of the society.

It is the first time, a book of Idu Mishmi folktales is coming out for young readers. RIWATCH has been established to provide an appropriate platform for research scholars to do research on cross cultural studies to bring out fine components of values of our age-old cultural traditions. This book is a humble beginning to document those and promote our culture, tradition and language, said Dr. Joram Begi while introducing the RIWATCH works and the book.

“Folktales are narrated in imagination, fantasy forms but teach us about our heritage, culture and codes of behavior,” said Vijay Swami, Executive Director, RIWATCH in his welcome address.

 The Secretary, Arunachal Literary Society Tokong Pertin emphasized the need of publication of a book of various folktales of different ethnic communities of Arunachal. The supplementary reading will surely help youngsters to enhance comprehending and understanding better ‘our land and our people’, he said.

Dr. V.N. Sharma, SLO and PRO of RIWATCH have offered to translate the book In Hindi.

The programme was attended by G. Padu, Jt Director, H & T Education, Sokep Kri, Gazetteer Arunachal, Gyati Rana, Publicity Secretary (IFCSAP), officers of Education Department and members of RIWATCH Governing Body.



Health awareness cum medical camp at remote Limeking

ITANAGAR, Oct 09:  The Catholic Mission Siyum in collaboration with the Rajput Regiment of Indian Army and the GREF organized a health awareness and free medical camp for the frontier villagers of remote Limeking in the Upper Subansiri district on October 7.   

Around 150 people of the locality benefited from the medical camp and the awareness progamme.

Dr. Sr. Susmitha of Catholic Mission Siyum along with Captain Dr. Shekhawat of GREF, Limeking conducted health check up of the patients and treated them for various ailments.

Dr. Sr. Susmitha highlighted the basic guidelines to health and hygiene, diseases like malaria, hepatitis B and various other infectious diseases through multimedia awareness presentation on.

Captain Angat Rajpal of the Rajput Regiment, Limeking, Major Jojo Jacob, Er. Avinash Tripathi OC, GREF Limeking, Captain Virat GREF, Fr. Siju Jose, Catholic Mission Siyum and various defense personnel and the villagers of Limeking were present on the occasion.

The camp was assisted by Sr. Josin the local coordinator IDEA and Sr. Alin GNM and medical staff from the Army and the GREF.



Arunachalee farmers take part in NE farmers meet at Nagaland

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: Action Aid Society Arunachal (AASA) in collaboration with CIH (Central Institute of Horticulture), Nagaland conducted a week-long farmers training programme in Yupia, Balijan and Doimukh block  in September last. Around four hundred farmers  from villages like Jolling, Sanglopotung, Yirkum, Bholgli, Dhinka, Yadang, Rupung, Lengdung ,Poma, Kamyir, Basar  and Papu Nallah etc were imparted training on  Nursery Management, Post Harvest Management, Integrated  Nutrient Management,  High Density Planting and Canopy Management, Organic farming and certification by resources persons. The training also included practical demonstration and field visit to successful farming site.

Subject matter specialists Md Manzar Hussian, Horticulture, CIH Nagaland and Tadar Meena and Dr Tilling Tayo, subject matter specialists, Agriculture & Animal Science of KVK Papum Pare enlightened the farmers  through their excellent power point presentation and video show  on integrated nutrient management for sustainable  farming. Other resource persons were Nabom Daniel, HDO Doimukh  and Tagom Ronya, HDO Basar Nallah. The farmers were also taken to the integrated farming centre of Arunachal Seva Sangh (an oldest NGO) in the state where they  were given a bird eye view of low cost organic farming, through waste composting ,weeds control, multitier cultivation, rain harvesting and zero energy cool  chambers and multitier cultivation etc.   

 Later,  a group of selected farmer‘s club leaders  of  Jolling, Rupung, Yadang and Lengdung  villages    represented the  Arunachal  in  the “North East Farmer Meet” held at Nagaland  on Oct 3 and 4. The event was organized by CIH Nagaland and facilitated by Dr. Akali  Sema, Director CIH Nagaland. During the NE farmers’ meet, the needs, challenges and opportunity of the farmers were discussed in length.



Memo FC lift J B Memorial Football tourney

Aalo, Oct 09:  Memo Football Club lifted the 3rd JB Football Tournament defeating Kabu Spots Club 3-1 in the final at General Ground here yesterday.

Memo Sports Club was leading 2-0 in the first half. The Kabu team reduced the margin to 1-2 by scoring in the second half through a penalty kick before Memo Sports Club sealed the victory in their favor by scoring team’s third goal.

The winners took away cash prize of Rs. 60, 000 along with the trophy while the runners up team was given Rs. 40,000 with a trophy. Gejum Doji was adjudged the best goalkeeper. Cash prize was also awarded to fair play team. The award, medals and certificates were distributed by West Siang Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman of District Sports Association Marnya Ete and Vice Chairman Epindi Bagra.

The concluding ceremony was organized to coincide with the death anniversary of Jumke Bagra, former DIGP.

Witnessing the final match, former minister Dibang Tatak recalled the contributions of late Bagra as policeman and senior member of the society. Winning a game or two does not make a team better than other. What matters is participation and maintaining sportsman spirit, he said.

The DSA secretary Kenjum Riba spelt out the motive behind conducting the tournament and one minute silence was observed as mark of respect to the departed soul of Jumke Bagra. DIPRO



Affordable power for all households in next five years: PM

NEW DELHI, Oct 09: India plans to provide affordable electricity to all households in the next five years, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today.

"The Government of India aims to provide 24x7 electricity to all households in the country and affordable access to electricity in the next 5 years," he said inaugurating an International Seminar on Energy Access organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and CII here.

Singh also said the government was taking steps to offer cooking gas to all rural households.

At present, around 12 per cent of around 190 million rural households today use LPG to meet their cooking energy needs.

"Giving all the 240 million households in the country an entitlement of six LPG cylinders per year will require only around 25 million tonnes of LPG," Singh said.

"This should be manageable for our country. But, extending distribution network to all villages may take time," he said.

The Prime Minister said the government was working on a mechanism to provide subsidy to targeted individuals so that they can afford to have electricity and LPG.

Singh said that the government is looking to put in place a mechanism where subsidy would be directly transferred to bank accounts of the beneficiary.

He said in one pilot scheme in Mysore district of Karnataka, 27,000 deliveries of subsidised cylinders have been made after successful biometric authentication of any family member present at home.

"In the next phase it is planned to transfer the subsidy amount directly to the bank accounts of bona fide beneficiaries," he said.

Highlighting plans for alternate sources of energy, the Prime Minister said India aimed to light up 20 million rural household by 2022 using solar power.

He said at present renewable power represented about 12 per cent of the total installed generating capacity in India. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, launched under the aegis of India's National Action Plan on Climate Change, aims to install 20 Gigawatt of grid connected solar power by 2022.

"We hope to light up around 20 million rural households with solar home lighting by 2022," he said, adding that the government looked forward to accelerate the overall deployment of renewable energy in India to achieve around 55 Gigawatt of renewable power by the year 2017.

He said both the government and the industry need to engage in international cooperation on a large scale in the area of energy access.

Additionally, Singh said fuel wood plantations could also be set up within a kilometer of all inhabitations to reduce the burden on women who have to walk long distances to collect fire wood for household use.

Making a strong pitch for universalising access to energy, Singh said favoured innovative institutions, national and local enabling mechanisms, and targeted policies, including appropriate subsidies and financing arrangements.

"The necessary technologies to mitigate the problem are fortunately available. These technologies need to be viewed as global public goods," he said.

Singh said Intellectual Property Regimes applied to energy access technologies should balance rewards for innovators with the need to promote the common good of humankind. PTI


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele. numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.


Tuki to inaugurate Chayang Tajo ADC Hqs

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: Much awaited ADC administrative headquarter of Chayang Tajo in East Kameng district is finally going to turn reality as Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will inaugurate the ADC independent headquarter on 16th October next. APCC president and Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi, LS MP Takam Sanjoy and Finance and Planning Minister Chowna Mein will accompany the CM during his visit. Other activities during the hectic visit of CM include laying of the foundation stone of Tajo-Phassang road and establishment of government polytechnic college and water treatment plant at Chayang Tajo.


Training cum interaction prog for farmers

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Lohit, Kheram in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Momong, conducted a district level training for farmers and interaction programme at Kherem today.

ATMA project director M Chowlu discussed the problems and prospects of Rabi crops cultivated in the area while KVK programme coordinator Dr. PK Mallick spoke about dairy management in scientific manner.

Subject matter specialists in Agronomy and Horticulture of the KVK thoroughly discussed about scientific cultivation of mustard and the concept of INM in mustard, types of manures and fertilizers and their proper and judicious utilization.

Discussions were also held on management practices of ginger, turmeric and its related problems. Farmers were also detailed about scientific cultivation of potato for higher production.

Various doubts and queries of the farmers were cleared by the resource persons during the interaction session. Thirty-two farmers attended the programme.


Siram visits NIT site at Jote

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: Education Minister Bosiram Siram today visited the permanent site of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Jote under Sangdupota Circle, Papum Pare district. The minister inspected the ongoing preparation for inauguration of the NIT by Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Oct 12 and also discussed the security arrangement for the visit of Sibal.

Later, Siram visited the ongoing project work at Law College campus at Jote.

A host of dignitaries including Forest Corporation Chairman Tani Loffa,  Education Commissioner Ganesh Koyu, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu, Superintendent of Police Nabam Gungte, Panchayat leaders accompanied Siram during his visit.


Army nabs UPDF cadre

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: Security forces apprehended a UPDF cadre and seized a US made pistol along with live cartridges from his possession in Namsai, Lohit district yesterday.

The 12 Assam Regiment and Lohit Police conducted a joint search operation following a specific information regarding the cadre’s presence in Wagun village under Namsai sub-division on October 8 which led to apprehension of the UPDF cadre Jina Kapat, Army sources said.

Recently, security forces nabbed the self-styled commander of the outfit Sumna Munglang along with six others.


Water pipeline damaged

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: The main water supply line of 300mm dia DI pipe catering drinking water needs to Naharlagun and Nirjuli Townships has been damaged by landslide at Niorchi River on October 4 last.

Executive Engineer PHE and WS Division, Itanagar Tadar Mangku in a release informed that Superintendent Engineer Toko Jyoti is constantly monitoring the restoration work being carried out by a team of PHE staff along with casual workers. However, the restoration work is going on in slow progress due to land slide caused by continuous rain. It may take more 5-7 days, the release said.

Mangku appealed to all the consumers to bear with the difficulties and added that efforts are on to provide drinking water through water tankers.


AITC ridicules loyalty shifting

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: The Arunachal Pradesh unit of All India Trinmool Congress (AITC) has ridiculed the joining of its four legislators in ruling Congress yesterday.

“I am not shocked at the development because switching loyalty to ruling party by legislators in Arunachal Pradesh is not new to political history of the state,” AITC state unit general secretary Techi Necha said in a release.

“In Arunachal, no elected representative wants to sit in opposition bench to raise the issues of poor and common man in the floor of assembly. By dosing so, they make a mockery of the democracy,” he said, adding that these opportunistic politicians play politics without following the party principle and ideologies only to make personal score, he added.


IBC website launched

TAWANG, Oct 09: Rev. T G Rinpoche, Chairman, Department of Karmik and Adhyatmik (Chos-Rig) Affairs today launched the website (www.ibcmonyul.in) for the proposed International Conference on Legacy and Relevance of Buddhism in the 21st century at the conference hall of the deputy commissioner here today. Chairing a meeting held in connection with the proposed conference today, Rinpoche informed the gathering that the IBC which was scheduled to be held in November this year has been postponed, preferably to April 2013 due to visa problem for the participating scholars of foreign countries. Regarding the website, he sought suggestions from experts for further development and making the website user friendly.

He also informed that the Govt of India has approved for visiting the Buddha’s Relics at Mon Tawang during the said IBC.

He advised the gathering to follow the real practices of Buddhism and preserve the age-old culture and tradition.

Maling Gombu, Member Secretary, Coordinator organizing committee IBC gave a power point presentation of the website.

Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen sought full cooperation and support from the members to make the event a successful one.

Secretary Tourism, Govt of AP Sonam Chombey and DCC (I) President Tsering Tashi also spoke on the occasion and offered to render all possible helps and support from their end for the proposed event.

All HoDs, Public Leaders, representatives of various monasteries of the district were present in the meeting. DIPRO


Cultural day cum food fest in Don Bosco College

ITANAGAR, Oct 09:  Don Bosco College, Jollang celebrated its Cultural Day cum Food Fest with the theme Celebrating Diversities – but One Humanity” here yesterday with much fanfare.

Attending the celebration, MLA Yumsem Matey exhorted the students to strictly maintain discipline and study hard to become a responsible citizen.

Fr. R.K. Guangdiat Nicholas, the Principal of the college, exhorted the students to stay rooted to their own culture for identity.

Various colorful cultural items, like folk dance, ramp walk in traditional attires and preparation of various traditional food items by the students were the main highlights of the day long programme.


‘No HC in lieu of airport’

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum (BCIF) and its women’s wing in a joint press statement strongly opposed the proposal for establishment of the High Court at Banderdewa in lieu of Greenfield Airport at Karsignsa but expressed their willingness to donate land for the HC at another place within Banderdewa circle.

“We are not against development initiative by the MLA of Doimukh. But we oppose the construction of the HC in the land which was earlier demarcated for the proposed Airport,” the organization said.

Alleging that one of the women protestors was mercilessly beaten by the Naharlagun SDPO during October 4 capital bandh, the organizations have demanded termination of the SDPO for his alleged illegal act.

They also demanded an apology from OC, Naharlagun for his alleged careless comment against the protestors hurting their sentiment.

While vowing to stick with its original demand for construction of the proposed airfield at Karsingsa, the organizations have threatened to launch vigorous democratic movement if the demands were not met.


NSS unit of DNGC organizes social service

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar has organized a social service at college campus today.

All the NSS volunteers under the guidance of Programme officers Dr. Tumter Lollen and Kumar Tok cleaned the college campus, including the residence of the college Principal by clearing way side weeds, bushes, debris, dirt, etc.

To add to the beauty of the college, a flower garden was set up in front of the NSS office and planted different varieties of flowers and creepers.

The Principal and vice principal of the college appreciated all the volunteers and the NSS Program Officers for the social service and urged them to carry out activities in future too.

Later, NSS activities for the academic session were also chalk out in an interaction program at the college auditorium.


DNGCSU condemns bandh culture

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: Expressing serious concern over the bandh culture, Students’ Union of the Dera Natung Govt College has appealed all concerned to say no to bandh.

Condemning the bandh calls being given by various organizations ‘without any valid reason’, the union said frequent bandh calls in capital complex hamper the academic pursuit of the students in general and collegians in particular. It directly affect the academic career of the students,  life of the general public  and wage earners and above all hampers the development activities of the state, the union added.

Terming the bandh culture, anti-people and anti-development, the union appeals the organization not to call bandh, instead adopt some other constructive means to express their grievances.  The union also demanded the administration to take strict action against  the  ‘meaningless’ bandh callers in the Capital Complex.


‘Arrest all accused in student murder case’

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: All Lower Subansiri District Border Students Union (ALSDBSU) in a letter to the Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner urged him to expedite the investigation process for arresting all accused involved in murder of Class XII student Rallo Reni. After 45 days of the heinous crime, the case is not progressing well and only one accused has been arrested so far, the Union said in a release.

The Union also appealed to the administration for strict implementation of inner line permit system to check illegal entry of outsiders in the district.


Meeting on special photo electoral roll revision

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: A meeting cum awareness campaign on special revision of Photo Electoral Roll for general as well as Panchayat Raj election was held at Community Hall, Sagalee today.

Chairing the meeting, Bamin Nime, EAC in-charge ADC, Sagalee appealed all to extend help and cooperate with the election authority and booth level officers (BLOs) during the on-going special revision of photo electoral roll. Informing that double entry is punishable offence, he asked the BLOs to check double entry in the electoral rolls and also not to enroll the underage.

A large number of people, including representatives of various political parties, Pacnhayat leaders, Goan Buras and general public, attended the meeting.


Bengia Tana Memorial Football Trophy

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: Arunachal Pradesh Students' Welfare Association Varanasi organized Bengia Tana Memorial Football Trophy at Amphitheatre of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi on October 7.

Dilwale (Non-Executive) FC won the match beating Lokpal XI (Executive Members) 2-0 in boy’s category while Diana XI beat Mopi XI 1-0 in girl’s category.

Sorang Tasik and Pojam Gumja Tamin scored a goal each while Henter Karbak scored the only goal in girls match.  Nyali Sora and Tomai Suniya were adjudged the best players in their respective categories.

The matches were organised to pay tribute to Late Bengia Tana, a former student of LL.B 1st year of BHU, informed Babu Lingu, president of the association.


Prevent rate menace: Farmers

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: East Siang District Farmers’ Union has appealed to the state Govt, particularly the agriculture department to prevent rate menace in Upper Siang district, particularly in Pangin Boleng region.

Growing number of rodent  has already  destroyed vast area of paddy field, union said and appealed the Govt to intervene and take preventive measures before it is too late.  It further said that farmers of lower region like Pasighat and Jaam Pani have already lost  khariff crops due to heavy rain.


Awareness campaign on Family Counselng

ITANAGAR, Oct 09: N.N. Charitable Society (NNCS), has launched a week-long awareness campaign at Parang, Khemlee and Langper/Nimte to make people aware of its newly established family counseling centre (FCC) at Sagalee and its main objectives.

The counseling centre run by the society (NNCS) under the sponsorship of Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB) and Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board (APSSWB) provides guidance and counseling to those women who become victims of various social evils, such as child and forced marriage, dowry, alcohol abuse, forced divorce etc. to seek justice.

The society appealed all those who have fallen victim of such domestic violence to seek advise and suggestions from the centre for justice.






86 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 


Revaluation system- A business?

Dear Editor,

Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) is the only higher institution of learning in our state where students dream to have the  post graduate  degrees but the sad part is that it has limited seat and the privilege is given only to the honours student. All dreams are ruthlessly shattered by giving an unexpected and improper result through improper checking of paper by RGU. As a result thousands of students fail in main examination and in due course they pass out through revaluation but unfortunately they do not get admission in honours of their choice. Even  the students of lone Govt college in Itanagar - Dera Natung Govt. College are victims of this system. The consequence is that such students end their education with simple graduation degree as they cannot afford to go for further study outside of the state due to bad financial status. Hence, the question is that "if the only higher institution of state gives such  result then where we the student of middle class society should continue our study and what should we study ?

Most often student fails in the paper which they write well. All this happens because of the system called "REVALUATION". The word Revaluation as we know means "Revalue the quality” but for RGU paper checker it is a kind of business as they get Rs 500 to rechecked every single paper. What I know is that there are intellectual and qualified professor in the university but sometimes I doubt whether the examination papers are  checked by them or it is checked by simple staffs of the authority. The worst part is that Revaluation system put many student in deep frustration and depression which myself has gone through. It might also spoil the career of many students as, I think,   under the system the paper checkers check the paper blindly. I on behalf of student community would like to know what step the concerned authority would take to put the system straight.


Kenya Riba

Senki Park, Itanagar



NH52 (A) - Best amusement park of the world

Dear Editor,

To start with, first of all I would like to thank P.W.D (Highway Division)  for giving citizens of Capital-Complex a  reason to feel annoy by not repairing ever worsening NH 52A road. The bad condition of road makes us feel as if we are wandering in an amusement park. The ride along NH 52A is filled with real fun. Whenever we drive in NH 52A, we feel like we are enjoying ROLLER COASTER. One can experience maximum affect when travelling by sitting in last row of TEMPO.  Whenever it rains, the area near V.V. Giri Gate, Naharlagun gives us firsthand experience of participating in the DIRT RACE and when it is sunny days, then the dust from road gives us an experience of not less than being in desert. We are getting chance to have experience without having travelled to distant places. We must really appreciate concern authority for providing all these facilities under one roof namely NH 52A.

Though, there are numerous facilities available in NH 52A amusement park, the concern authority claim that they are facing serious fund crunch and hence won’t be able to maintain it properly and if circumstances persist they may have to shut down the said amusement park. It would be wrong if citizen don’t do anything to save it from shutting down. Therefore, like minded citizens discussed length and breadth regarding same issue in social media (I,e. Facebook) and unanimously decided to install one more facility i.e. Fishing-cum-paddy Planting coaching institute, in wreckage point near V.V.Giri Gate,Naharlagun, at our own expenses and this facility may help in generating some revenue for P.W.D (Highway Div) for maintenance of NH 52A.

The inaugural date of “Fishing-cum-paddy Planting “coaching institute, near V.V.Giri Gate, will be on 13-10-2012 at 10.00 Hours. Honorable CM, Minister PWD along with engineers from PWD is invited to attend the inaugural function of said event without fail to make event successful and to have the first hand experience of Fishing-cum-paddy Plantation. Apart from above dignitaries, all concern citizens are requested to gather in venue to witness this grand event.


Michi Tabyo




Please declare the result of IRBn/APPBn

Dear Editor,

Many days have passed but Arunachal Pradesh Police is yet to declare results of recently held interview for IRBn and APPbn. All the candidates are anxiously waiting for the results. During interview there were many rumours about seats being bought. But we trust APP and believe that interview was done free and fair. However if there is delay in declaring result, the rumours may again spread and such rumour will only damage the image of Arunachal Pradesh Police. So, I appeal Chief Minister who is also holding additional post of home minister to declare result at the earliest for benefit of all aspiring candidates.


T. Pertin, Itanagar



Improve BSNL service

Dear Editor,

I would like to highlights the difficulties faced by the BSNL mobile subscribers due to poor BSNL network service under Raga in Lower Subansiri district.

I do not know whether the same problem is happening in other places in Arunachal Pradesh. The network remains defunct for many days in Raga area. Sometimes, it works for few hours only. Worst sufferers are the students who are studying outside the state and poor patients who are undergoing treatment in other states of the country.   I strongly condemned the poor and irresponsible service provided by BSNL staff who are looking after the Raga BSNL tower. If this  kind of thing continues at Raga BSNL, the subscribers will have no other option but to approach the Consumers Forum for justice. I also request the  higher authorities of BSNL  to hand over the charges of SDO Daporijo to SDO  Ziro  for maintenance of Raga BSNL network as Raga area is nearest to Ziro SDO. I once again  request the BSNL authorities to look into the grievances of its subscribers.


Sida Banor, ex- ASM

BSNL subscriber



Wrong Information

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to the article published in your daily titled “Open letter to Banderdewa circle intellectual forum and state Govt.” Here I would like to point out that Gumto was not affected by bandh call given by BCIF. Being Anchal Samiti Member of 13th Gumto Panchayat, I completely trash this statement which was made by chairman Education and cultural development Society,Kimin. It is worth mentioning that few people are trying hard to defame my village i,e, Gumto and my public image. Hence request your concern office to kindly verify the ground reality before going to press.  I would also like to inform that Doimukh does not come under Capital Complex and it is not affected by bandh call given by BCIF.

People of Doimukh know if’s and but’s of bandh call given by any organization, therefore do not support unnecessary bandh call which may cause public grievances.


Nabam Vijay

Anchal Samiti Chairperson, Doimukh

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Violence in SA mines

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called for social dialogue and a review of labour market institutions to avoid further violence in the South African mining industry.

As an inquiry begins into the fatal August shooting of dozens of striking miners in South Africa, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has called for high-level social dialogue in order to prevent further violence and unrest.

Such dialogue, said Vic Van Vuuren, head of ILO’s Pretoria Office, needs to extend beyond the workplace, to address the wider issues facing South African society.

Van Vuuren also called for a review of the current labour market institutions and urged government not to respond disproportionately in the face of protests.

On August 16, 34 striking miners were shot dead by police, the worst incident of its kind since the end of apartheid in 1994. In total, more than 40 people died in weeks of unrest in August at the Marikana platinum mine.  Since then, a wave of strikes have hit South Africa’s mining industry. The spread of the unrest has raised concerns about the potential breakdown of the collective bargaining system which has operated for the last 18 years.