Eviction at Buka village: NES warns Assam Govt of stiff resistance

ITANAGAR, Oct 16:  The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has termed the Saturday eviction at Buka village near Kimin as an act of invasion and aggression by the Assam Govt and warned them of stiff resistance in future to avert repetition of such incident.

Assam Bn police and forest officials led by FRO Harmuty and OC Dolahat Poilce Station has evicted the Anganwadi centre of Buka Village under Belo-I anchal segment inhabited by Yowa, Likha, Tok, Tana, Nangbia, Gyamar and Chuku clan.

In a press conference today at Arunachal Press Club building, NES president Bengia Tolum said any eviction drive carries certain formalities but the Saturday eviction forego all the official procedures while condemning the ‘dastardly act’. The Assam and Arunachal magistrates were not aware of the eviction drive as they were reportedly not informed about it.

Tolum further said that the Buka village has been the constant victim of Assam’s upmanship since 1970 where it carried out its first eviction by burning down whole villages. Again in 2010, the community primary school was burnt down forcing the villagers to shift the school to a hill which was again demolished by employing domestic elephant in the same year. As a result, the school is defunct despite posting of a teacher. The NES also accused the Assam govt of initiating ‘guerilla warfare’ by carrying out illegal eviction in the village which is more than a kilometer from Rajghar Ali, the traditional Assam-Arunachal boundary.

It requested Assam to put an end to such ‘invasion’ for peaceful co-existence of people along the boundary.

While informing that the armed Assam Police Bn and forest officials comprising about 15 members have obtained thumb impression of Gaon Burah Likha Budh, Tolum wanted to know the purpose behind it and demanded its immediate retrieval.

The NES would be submitting a formal reminder memorandum to the chief minister when he is back from an official tour to East Kameng, pressing for early redress.

On Sunday, NES team led by its president comprising Vijay Sonam, general secretary, Tarh Tabin, AGS, Er.Katung Wahge, secretary, finance, Heri Maring, publicity secretary, Kholie Tath, secretary, Papum Pare, Techi Lombu, assistant secretary, art & culture and Chuku Tania, convenor Papum Pare unit, NES with media teams visited Buka village for spot assessment.

Speaking on the repeated bandhs in the Capital Complex, NES president termed it as a ‘bad culture’ and called people from every quarter to denounce it vehemently for the larger interest of the society.

“There are democratic movements like dharna, hunger strike, legal recourse etc and bandh should be the last resort,” Tolum reasoned and informed that a standing committee has been formed to deal with bandhs in the Capital Complex.

Urging the GoAP for formation of Grievances Redressal Cell headed by a cabinet minister, he opined law and situation especially bandh culture would be dealt effectively with the Cell.

Tolum also urged civil societies to assist the law enforcing authorities in apprehending culprits while stating that criminals are criminals and their cases should be taken in toto irrespective of community, caste and creed.  He also fervently appealed to all to not politicalised and communalized criminal activities by few vested individuals.

NES also urged the GoAP for expedition of intra-district road construction in various parts of the State to avoid daily harassment while journey via Assam road.

NES president was accompanied by Vijay Sonam, general secretary, Tarh Tabin, AGS, Er.Katung Wahge, secretary, finance, Heri Maring, publicity secretary during the press conference.



Sajolangs (Mijis) celebrate Chindang festival at Nafra

Govt committed to uphold indigenous culture and tradition: Tuki

BOMDILA, Oct 16:  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki exhorted the youths and the upcoming generations to take the responsibility of preserving our rich culture and tradition.

“We should not forget our roots and strive to carry forward the rich and unique legacy”, Tuki said while addressing 21st Central Chindang Festival of Sajolangs (Mijis) at Nafra in West Kameng district yesterday.

Expressing his best wishes to the people on the occasion, Tuki asserted that the State Government has sanctioned Rs 36 crore for construction of a Cultural Centre at Itanagar for celebration of all the festivals of the state. This would provide a common platform for all to showcase their distinct culture and tradition besides promoting the cultural tourism of the state, he added.

The state basically being an agricultural one, the government would be facilitating 50% subsidy to farmers for procurement of  agricultural tools and implements in order to promote and encourage multi-cropping in the state and an amount of 4 crores has been earmarked for this purpose, the CM informed.

On the newly launched Chief Minister Health Insurance Scheme, Tuki said that, in order to facilitate the people of the state to meet the medical expenses, the state government has earmarked 300 Lakh and another 300 Lakh for promotion of tourism in the state for procurement of Tourist Cabs for the educated unemployed youths. The state government has also earmarked an amount of Rs 300 lakh under the scheme of Livelihood Schools for the benefit of unemployed youths; which is in the offing, he disclosed. Reiterating the need for proper implementation of the various Flagship Programmes initiated by the Central government, the CM urged the local Legislators and the Deputy Commissioners of the state to ensure proper monitoring and implementation of the schemes. Also, the fund provided for the developmental activities should be judiciously used, he said.

Replying to the memorandum, CM Tuki assured to get approved the creation of the Police Out Post at Nafra during the next Cabinet sitting. He also assured to sanction an amount of 100 Lakh for flood protection works at Nafra.  Regarding the construction of the RCC Bridge over river Bichom, the CM assured to take up the proposal under CRF or RIDF. For construction of the School Auditorium, CM Tuki asked MPs Mithi and Sanjoy to pool 50 lacs from the fund at their disposal.

Earlier, local Legislator cum Parliamentary Secretary for HPD and the chief Patron of the celebration RT Khunjuju delivered the welcome address.

Organizing Secretary Miali Sangchoju briefly dealt on the history & background of the Chindang festival.

Colorful traditional folk dances like Mukho, Mega, Bigheri and the Thaiwai (Sacrificial) dance were performed which was later followed by the Community feast.

The CM was accompanied by MPs Mukut Mithi and Takam Sanjoy and Minister Finance, Planning & PWD Chowna Mein.

Among others, Ex-MP Khiren Rijiju, Ex-Minister Japu Deru, Ex-MLA Rinchin Kharu, DC, SP, HODs of Bomdila and Nafra, Public and Panchayat leaders attended the festival.  DIPRO



ICDS schemes reviewed

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and other schemes related to welfare and protection of women and children like Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY), Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGEEAG) – SABLA, Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment, Juvenile Justice act, etc. of Deptt. of Women & Child Development were reviewed in a meeting held at Banquet Hall here yesterday.

Presiding over the meeting, WCD Minister said that equal importance should be given to all services of ICDS scheme in order to achieve the goal. Informing about launching of a new scheme namely Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) under which all scheme relating to welfare and protection of children shall be implemented henceforth, the  minister said financial proposal submitted by the department to the union Ministry of Women & Child Development  has been approved. Fund will be received soon  for implementation of projects, he said. He also instructed all to submit the monthly, quarterly and annual physical and financial achievement reports on time to directorate for further submission to the union Ministry of Women & Child Development. He exhorted the officers to work with sincerity and devotion for effective implementation of the schemes.

In his key note address Secretary (WCD) K. Kholie categorically stated that ICDS is one of the largest community outreach programmes. Parliamentary Secretary (WCD) Y. Mate suggested all officers to work in team spirit and to implement the schemes of the department with sincerity to achieve the targeted goal and stressed on mass awareness on the various scheme implemented by the department.

The Director (WCD), R.T. Riba informed about the aims and objectives of the ICDS and other schemes. Power Point presentation on salient features, new changes of ICDS and other allied scheme was made by the Joint Director (ICDS), T. P. Loyi, Deputy Director (ICDS), N. Ringu and Programme Officer T.P. Unnikrishnan.

During interaction and discussion, various issues were raised by the CDPOs and Deputy Directors from the districts and the Secretary/Director (WCD) and Joint Director (ICDS), Deputy Director (ICDS) headquarter responded to the queries. The Minister and Parliamentary Secretary (WCD) assured them to extend all help and guidance for solving the problems being faced by them.



Newborn dies in hospital,doctors’ negligence alleged

Magistrate orders enquiry

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: All Tirap District Students Union (ATDSU) today accused the Tirap District Hospital authority of negligence of duty which leads to the death of a newborn child on Oct 14.

Alleging negligence of doctors and hospital authority the ATDSU in a release today said that a pregnant woman was admitted at District Hospital, Khonsa  at around 7:30 PM on Oct  14. Surprisingly, there was no emergency doctor at that particular time. The relatives of patient knocked the doors of all doctors but in vain. At last the woman delivered a child (boy) around 8 pm in inhospitable condition without electricity with the help of nurses. The newborn was having breathing problem and was kept under observation with the help of oxygen, the union said.

The union further claimed that the husband of the patient contacted the doctor on Emergency duty and other doctors for help but of no avail. At around 11:00 PM, the child breathed his last and  the doctor on emergency duty arrived at the dying moment of child, it claimed.

Expressing resentment over ‘negligence of doctor and mismanagement of hospital authority,’ the Union wonders how could a Hospital provide its service without electricity and water supply. Alleging lack of proper medical infrastructure in the hospital, the union said that even for minor ailment, the doctors refer the cases of the poor patients to Dibrugarh  for further treatment.

It further said that the hospital should be handed over to private party for improved facilities and better treatment. Wangngai  Hakun, father of the child has lodged an FIR at Khonsa Police station.

Confirming the report of death of a newborn child, Khonsa PS OC Thomas Pertin, when contacted, informed that a case has been registered in this connection. He further informed that a doctor was arrested  and remanded to four days police custody and investigation is on.

Meanwhile, Tirap district magistrate has ordered the EAC cum executive magistrate to enquire into the matter and submit  report within seven days.



NRHM comes under scanner

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: The functioning of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Arunachal Pradesh has once again come under public scanner. It remains a question under what circumstances the contractual posts of General Duty Medical Officer’s (GDMOs) under NRHM have been extinguished by the state government while regularizing all the contractual posts of 71 GDMO's (31MBBS,13 BDS, 6BAMS, 21BHMS) from NRHM into Arunachal Pradesh Health Services.

On the other hand the vacant posts under the NRHM have not been filled up from 3rd April 2012 to till date despite the fact that the NRHM continues to receive the salary for the above posts. Moreover, RoP has clearly sanctioned 52 number of GDMO's post, 15 BDS, 32 AYUSH for the year 2012- 2013.

As per the RTI documents available with this daily, the report regarding extinguished contractual posts under state NRHM has not been sent to the Central NRHM and no valid reasons were mentioned while extinguishing the posts under NRHM. Keeping the fact in mind that the extinguished order copy has not been sent to the Central NRHM, it can be presumed that the fund for the above contractual post continues to flow against the vacant and unfilled posts since March 2012. As on 30th October there are only 19 GMDOs in state NRHM after regularization of the contractual doctors from NRHM to Arunachal Pradesh state health services on April 3 last. But the state NRHM shows the presence  of 3 specialists, 52 Medical officers Allopathy, 32 Medical officers Ayush and 15BDS in its presentation to National Program Coordination Committee (NPCC) meeting on state PIP of Arunachal Pradesh for 2012-2013 on 22nd May 2012 held at Delhi.

It seems that the state Mission Director NRHM in a letter to Anuradha Gupta, additional secretary and Mission Director (NRHM), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi under File No APRHM- 2011/206, dated 12th June 2012 sent wrong information and data under mainstreaming of AYUSH showing the presence of 32 AYUSH doctors  posted in various PHCs, CHCs and DHs, whereas altogether 27 Ayush doctors were regularized by an Govt order on March-April and not a single post of vacant GMDO has been filled up since then.



First day of 72-hour East Siang bandh passes of peacefully

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: The first day of the 72-hour East Siang district bandh called by the Pasighat Peoples Welfare Committee (PPWC) from today passed off peacefully till filling up of this report.

All the government offices, business establishments remained closed. Apart from this, government and private vehicles were also off the road.

The bandh is being given by the PPWC due to alleged failure on the part of government to improve the power scenario of Pasighat and its adjoining areas.



RG Stadium to be upgraded

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: The lone football stadium of capital complex the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium would be upgraded to meet the national stadium standard to hold national level football tournaments.

It was decided in an emergency meeting convened by Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Chairman Tapuk Taku which was attended by its vice chairman Likha Tara, Sports and Youth Affairs Director cum Member Secretary DK Dinglow, Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary General G Doke and Presidents and General Secretaries of all state level sports bodies.

The work of up-gradation and renovation would be executed by the Engineering Cell of Sports and Youth Affairs Directorate, Dinglow informed, in a release.

It is pertaining mentioned here that chief minister Nabam Tuki has already announced Rs. two crore for the purpose on the concluding day function of the 11th Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament at Naharlagun.

Earlier on October 14, a team of sports officers and officials, including SAA chairman Taku, vice chairman Tara, AOA secretary general Doke, assistant engineer of SYA led by MP Takam Sanjay, who also is president of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association, inspected the stadium to chalk a plan for up-gradation. The MP suggested for immediate start of the work through SAA.

The representatives of various sports associations stressed the need for starting ‘Annual Sports Meet’ under SAA which, according to them, would help improve the performance of the players. They also urged the state government for providing sufficient fund for organizing tournaments/championships etc. to all affiliated/registered sports bodies in the state.



Cub Bulbul Utsav cum rally at Daporijo

Daporijo, Oct 16: The Bharat Scouts and Guides, Upper Subansiri district headquarter organized Cub -Bulbul Utsav cum district rally with three days programme from  Oct 12 to 14 at Govt. Middle School, Rijo located in the heart of the town.

All the Govt. schools from Daporijo township namely APP Bn. Middle School, Airport Primary School, Bazar Middle School, Lida Sec School, Ligu Sec. School, Liruk Middle School,  Rijo Middle School, Sikarijo Middle School, Town Middle School participated in the Cub-Bulbul Utsav cum District rally. All together 24 Cubs, 24 Bulbuls,65 Scouts,67 Guides and 12 Scouters and Guiders attended the  3 days long Utsav.

In his inaugural address, Jumni Ligu, LEO, Daporijo appealed to the Scouts/Guides/Cub and Bulbuls to maintain discipline, peace and harmony for smooth conduct of the event. He also inaugurated the fun-based activities like Feeding Ball, Air Shooting, Roll on Drum, Rolling Hoop etc and appreciated the organizer for such activities through which school children would learn unity and integrity. Ligu also briefed on the duties of Scout/Guides towards well-being of the society.

On 2nd day of the Utsav, march past, colour party, folk song and story telling competitions were organized. The Adventure activities like Rope Climbing, Pole Climbing and Role on Drum, Stilt Walk etc were the main attraction of  the programme.

Folk dance, clay modeling cub greeting and ‘Go as you Like’ competitions were organized on the 3rd day of the festival  with participation of large number of  scouts and guides, cubs and bulbuls.

Attending the programme S C Yadav, SP and Tagio Kodak, in-charge Principal, Govt. Degree College distributed the prizes to the winning teams of Scouts and Guides, Cub and Bulbuls in various events. On the other hand, M L Meen, Asstt.  Commandant, CRPF, Daporijo distributed the awards to the best performers in the event.

While briefing on the life of Lord Baden Powel, the Founder of Scout movement in the world including India, S.C Yadav appealed to the Scouts/Guides to become useful citizens of the country.

P.Kalita, DTO (Scout) lauded the all winners in the competitions. DIPRO





PSAZ Literary meet concludes successfully

ZIRO, Oct 16: “Wherever I go, I take the beauty and peace of Ziro plateau in my heart which is just half a km away from the paradise”, said Likha Saaya, MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, while attending the closing ceremony of 2 days first ever literary competition held amongst the private Schools of Ziro at Frontier School’s Auditorium on Oct 14.

Appreciating the Private School Association Ziro (PSAZ) for organizing the competition, he encouraged it to conduct similar programs in years to come so as to make Ziro valley country’s number one educational hub.

While observing that the private schools in the state are yet to be equipped with required infrastructures, Saaya appealed PSAZ to give due importance on infrastructure for over all development of the school.

Saaya distinguished the difference between failure and success as “doing the things nearly right is failure while doing the thing exactly right is called success”. He suggested the student community to do the exactly right things to achieve the success.

Explaining that ‘luck is kind of preparation to grab the things or to grab the things in right time, he said both success and luck do not come on themselves unless one do hard work. So, he suggested them to study hard.

Emphasizing on importance of study, he said that though co-curriculum activities like dancing, sport etc are part of education yet the study is to be kept on top priority.

Briefing on negative impact of bad habits like use of alcohol, smoking, chewing of tobacco etc, he appealed students, parents of other officials to give up the bad habits.

Later, he assured to cooperate the organizing committee in every respect.

Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner, Taru Talo in his speech appreciated the PSAZ for organizing the first ever literary competition amongst the private Schools of Ziro which would benefit the student community.

While appreciating the private schools of Ziro for sharing the burden of state government, he suggested teaching staff and school managing committees for giving due importance on character building of the children as they are the tomorrow’s citizen.

Earlier, M B Bista, principal, Frontier School while briefing on the importance and objectives of the literary meet said that as many as 32 private schools are running within the Ziro plateau which came under one umbrella by forming the present Association. He also disclosed that more than 5000 students are pursuing their education in these 32 private schools.

Later the Saaya and Talo distributed prizes to the winners of literary competition held on previous day.

The school children representing from member pvt schools of Ziro displayed colourful cultural programme. DDSE (i/c) Yumlam Tana, Pistana CO M. Kakki, DAO Dani Yubbe, District Training Officer, principals, staffs and students of pvt schools of Ziro attended the programme.

Later, the PSAZ has expressed gratitude to local MLA Padi Richo for extending all support for successful organization of the literary meet.


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Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: 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 at tele. numbers : 09436040006


DC inaugurates Mongku Musup at Geku

YINGKIONG, Oct  16: The  Deputy Commissioner  L. Borang yesterday inaugurated a newly constructed Mongku Musup at Geku. The Musup has been constructed under untied fund.

Speaking on the occasion Borang said Musup is the origin and existence of principle of democracy in Adi society. Without Kebang there is no Musup and vice-versa and therefore, Musup is basic to the Adi culture and tradition and without Musup Adi society can't exist, Borang told. Adi's democratic system prevails on the Kebang and Musup system. Unlike some of the social system Adi society has no dynastic ruler-kingship or Raja system and democracy has been deeply rooted in this society since ancient time.

Borang called upon  one an all to preserve art and culture maintain cleanliness and discipline in the Musup. He further advised the Gaon Buras for effective administration of the village. Musup is the symbol of our culture and tradition Borang further added.  Cultural programmes were also organized to mark the day. Among others, the villagers, Gaon Buras, PRI members, Ponung parties, senior citizens of Geku were present on the occasion. DIPRO


PR leaders reiterate its demand

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: The panchayat leaders of Kaying Anchal Samity in its representation to the chief minister reiterated its earlier demand for the establishment of Interdependent Extra Assistant Commissioner headquarter at Kaying-Payum circle saying that people of the areas is facing lot of problems in obtaining basic certificates such as ST/PRC.


AAPBSU condemns Assam forest officials for eviction

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: The All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union (AAPBSU) has strongly condemned the evection drive carried out by Assam forest officials at Buka village of Kimin circle under Papum Pare district in gross violation of status qua order.

Claiming that the eviction was carried out without any prior intimation and valid reason, AAPBSU demanded the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh and Papum Pare SP to book the erring Assam Forest officials under the appropriate section of the law for destruction of Govt property and illegally trespassing in Arunachal territory without any prior permission of the authority concerned of Arunachal Government.

The Union threatened to launch democratic movement in case the state government fails to arrest the offenders.


Woman dies at 110

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: The oldest living woman of Tamchi clan Tamchi Yari died at the age of 110 years on October 14 at her native village Hote under Sangram of Kurung Kumey district, informed Tamchi Welfare Society.

Tamchi Welfare Society (TWS) observed a minute silence as mark of respect to late Yari and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul. TWS conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.


East Siang to join Shahid Shradanjali Yatra


RUKSIN, Oct 16: A group of Bharatiya Janata Yova Morcha (BJYM) members from East Siang led by Mebo block president Arshang Pertin has arrived in Itanagar to “Sahid Shradhanjali Yatra” being organized by Bharatiya Janata Party to pay homage to the martyrs of Indo-China war in 1962.

BJP National President Nitin Gadkari would flag off the yatra on the theme, ‘Jara Yaad Koro Kurbani’, at Guwahati on October 18 which would culminate at Bumla on the Indo-China border on October 21.

Meanwhile, state BJP general secretary and spokesperson Tai Tagak said that “Our aim is not to provoke our neighbour, but to remember those soldiers who laid down their lives for their motherland in the war.

He reiterated that the programme was not a political one, but a national occasion to remember martyrs.


Zonal Bal Mela begins at Nampong

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: The three-day zonal Bal Mela, organized by the National Youth Project (NYP) in association with the Prime Minister-headed Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, began today at Nampong.

Altogether, 100 children, mostly inmates of state home run by Bharatiya Adimjati Sevak Sangh (BASS), are taking part in the festival.

NYP national president Dr S N Subba Rao, inspired the children through his educative and value-based interactions on the youth power and the responsibility of the children.

He further said that India is in our heart which could be made powerful with the thread of love, not hatred.

NYP dance director Narendra Wadgaonkar, NYP-AP president Hari Pada Biswas and vice president Pradeep Kumar are conducting the festival.

Biswas, Kumar and Saikia also addressed the children during the inaugural function.

The event includes talent programme, games and sports, talks and discussions, cultural programme, talent exchange programme, participatory workshop on tribal art and culture, sadbhavana rally, all religion prayers, Bharat ki Santan, the unity song-dance of India.

The event will conclude on October 18 after the launching of CM’s Livelihood Mission School, the pilot project by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, PWD and Finance Minister Chowna Mein, Agri, Horti, Dairy Development & Animal husbandry Minister Setong Sena and Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy.

20 children will be selected during the festival to take part in the national level children festival which will be held in New Delhi in November next.


Traders threaten chakka bandh, demands action

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: Hapoli Bazar Committee, Ziro Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the business community in a meeting held in connection with “attempt to murder of a businessman' yesterday decided to relax their shutter down strike from October 17 to 29 for the ensuing Durga Puja, Id and harvesting of paddy.

However, the meeting threatened to resume movement in form of 48-hr bandh along with chakka bandh, if the demands were not met.

While expressing their dissatisfaction over suspension of only two Constables and police inaction in regards to their ultimatum served on October 12, the HBC, ZCCI and the business community, in a letter to the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner, demanded suspension of the emergency officer(s) and all subordinate officials on duty on October 11 night.


Catholic Church inaugurated at Taliha

TALIHA, Oct 16: The newly built Ane Moraim Catholic Church was blessed and inaugurated at Taliha in the Upper Subansiri District on October 14. A large gathering of believers and the general public were present to witness the blessing and inauguration.  

Rev. Fr. Varghese, Coordinator, Prison Ministries, India, blessed and dedicated the Church to Mother Mary of Lourdes. He highlighted the great role played by the Catholic Church in the North East and especially in the far flung areas of Arunachal Pradesh in the sectors of education, health and social development. Fathers and Sisters, evangelists and pastors from various churches of Upper Subansiri were present.

Tabu Duchok, Pastor, Catholic Church Taliha appreciated the faithful of Taliha for the hard work and dedication put in to construct the church with a very minimum cost. Earlier Tania Maying, the church secretary welcomed the gathering and said that the new church is a light house which will lead the faithful to God. The ceremony started with the Holy Mass, fellowship meal and ended with colorful dance performances from various churches.






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


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Millions forcibly displaced

Over 72 million people, more than one in every hundred of the world’s citizens, are now forcibly displaced, says a new report released by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

According to the 2012 World Disasters Report, growing numbers of people are forced into migration by a range of what it calls “increasingly complex ‘drivers’” including conflict and violence, disasters, political upheaval and even by large-scale development projects. Of these, an estimated 20 million are living in a state of prolonged displacement.

The Report notes that the growing resistance of politicians and their citizens to supporting people who have been forced to flee their homes is perhaps the main impediment to providing better humanitarian and longer-term support to these highly vulnerable populations.

The report says that while there might be no universally agreed definition of vulnerability among humanitarian actors, yet there is a shared agreement about general principles - the ability of individuals, communities or societies to anticipate, cope with and recover from disasters.

The report also contains data of disasters from the previous year which suggest that though there were fewer disasters during 2011, yet the disaster involved huge costs in the sense that the year was the most expensive of the past decade in terms of disaster costs, but it also featured the fewest disasters across the same period.

In all, 336 disaster events cost countries 365.5 billion US dollars. More than half of these costs were registered in Japan where the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami caused 210 billion US dollars in damages.


Siram inaugurates 25th Ego Valley Open Football Tourney

Daring Secondary School upgraded

AALO, Oct 16:  Education Minister Bosiram Siram announced the up-gradation of Daring Secondary School to Higher Secondary school while inaugurating the silver jubilee edition of Ego Valley Open Football Tournament amid cheer and applause yesterday.

The small Daring circle wore festive look with 32 participating teams and large number of people from adjoining circles from Basar sub-division thronging the place to witness the mega event.  

While addressing a huge gathering, Siram recalled his close association with Lt. Tomo Riba and hailed him as a statesman, social reformer and pioneer in shaping the destines of Daring people in particular and state in general.

Late Tomo Riba and freedom fighter Lt. Moji Riba are source of inspiration for younger generation, Siram said and suggested for erection of a statue of late Riba at Ego Tinali. He said that the road from Ego to Old Daring will be blacktopped soon and the said road will be named after late Tomo Riba.

The up gradation of Daring Higher Secondary School will be made functional from this financial year 2012-13 and an auditorium with multi indoor games facilities will soon be provided to the school, Siram said.

A green signal has been given for establishment of a model Degree College at Basar, Siram informed.

He appealed to all participating teams in the tournament to show true sportsmanship spirit throughout the tournament to befit the mega celebration.

The Minister also released the Galo audio album “ Ane Ge Batu Lo” by singer Gemo Diyum and sponsored by Dr Emi Rumi, a souvenir throwing light on historical aspects  of Daring circle and distributed prizes for all literary activities.

He visited the Memorial Ground of Lt. Tomo Riba and offered his floral tributes. The minister also visited various schools of Likabali, and interacted with teachers and students.

Gojen Gadi, Parliamentary Secretary Power, Science and Technology appealed organizing committee to conduct of tournament smoothly and advised participating teams to abide by the rules and regulations of the tournament.

Gonesh Koyu, Commissioner Education appealed to the teachers to show commitment to their duties and inspire the students to inculcate discipline in them for creating a atmosphere that is conducive for teaching and learning.

T. Taloh, Director School Education, Marnya Ete DC, West Saing, PN Thungon, SPD (SSA), Dr. Hatobin Mai, OSD to CM, K. Darang ADC Basar, Moto Nyori, DDSE (Estt), Tomi Doke, Aalo DDSE, DAEO,ADEOs and host of other dignitaries accompanied the minister during his visits. DIPRO



KVK extends tech. support to farmers

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: A two days intensive entrepreneurship development program was organized for the farmers of Dibang Valley district at Cheta and Midland villages today.

The program covered training and demonstration on Azolla production technology and its multi-uses in agriculture and allied sectors.

Besides, the farmers were taken on an exposure visit to the field of a progressive poultry farmer based at Cheta village. He shared his practical experiences and briefed farmers about rearing of improved poultry breeds, like Vanaraja, Giriraja, Khaki Campbell and Turkey under backyard system to improve economic returns as well as sustenance of the groups.

Also, the members of self help group Aroh-ga of Rukmo village shared their innovative activities and motivated other groups to take up value addition in farm produces for income and strengthening the groups.

The program was sponsored by DAO, Anini under, ATMA Program. Technical Staff of KVK, namely Monika Panggam, Yumdum Yongam and T Droker, Computer Programmer and Dr. TJ Ramesha, Program Coordinator participated as resource persons.

A total 30 participant representatives of various SHGs and farm women of two Lower Dibang Valley and Dibang Valley have benefitted from the program.



Dibang Valley DRDA governing body meeting held

ITANAGAR, Oct 16: The 28th Governing Body Meeting of DRDA, Dibang Valley district was held at Anini  on 15th October under the Chairmanship of Empi Meya, Zilla Parishad Chairperson .

Despite communication problems and bad weather condition, the meeting was attended, among others, by  T Miso, Dy. Commissioner-cum-CEO,DRDA, Dibang Valley District, the Project Director, ZPMs, Anchal Chairpersons, other PRI members, all the heads of departments.

All the developments matters were thoroughly discussed in the meeting  and all the Block Development Officers have been advised to pay special attention for completion of MIS under MGNREGA Programme within a month.

T. Bodung, PD, Anini has apprised the importance of MGNREGA and its effect. T. Miso strongly urged all the BDOs to gear up for immediate preparation of MIS under MGNREGA. He also advised the Panchayat Members to cooperate and coordinate the BDOs in preparation of Job Cards under MGNREGA, selection of viable schemes and creation of visible assets under various centrally sponsored schemes. DIPRO



DC expresses concern over miserable JNV school building

YINGKIONG, Oct 16: Upper Siang District Deputy Commissioner Liyon Borang having keen interest in the development of education in the district inspected the premises of the JNV School, Geku today.

He expressed his displeasure over the miserable and dilapidated school building including teacher quarters, boys and girls hostel, academic and administrative blocks.

The DC further said that all the temporary OBT buildings used from the beginning of the school have become dilapidated adding that there is no any security fencing wall in the school premises.

Expressing concerned over the dilapidated school building and delay in construction of new school building, he assured to take up the matter with the appropriate authority including Member of Parliament of Arunachal East Constituency, Education Minister and Parliamentary Secretary, Education, to take up positive action with the JNV regional Office, Shillong and its Headquarter, New Delhi for early completion of the construction of the school building.

Principal of the school S.N.Kambly informed that due to accommodation problems there are only 156 students from class VI-X in the school. If the school infrastructures are completed it would accommodate 500 students.  The Deputy Commissioner was accompanied by EAC, Geku, DIPRO, Yingkiong and senior citizens Akkong Panyang, Omon Panyang and other during the spot inspection.

It is worth mentioning here that an amount of Rs. 16 crores was allotted to a Delhi based constructing agency M/s RITES, a government undertaking for constructing the buildings of the said school with local contractor, M/s Tama Fabrication, Itanagar being sub-contractor.

Accordingly, the M/s Tama Fabrication started the building construction work in 2008. Somehow, they erected the pillars and slabs of six rooms only and thereafter they left the site as till today no person/representative from both the M/s RITES and M/s Tama Fabrication have ever turned up to the construction site for the last four years. DIPRO




SC green signal for resumption of tourism in Tiger reserves

State Govts directed to prepare Tiger conservation plan within six months

New Delhi, Oct 16: With the Centre formally notifying fresh guidelines on tiger conservation, the Supreme Court today cleared the decks for resumption of tourism activities in the areas reserved for the wild cat.

A bench of justices A K Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar gave the green signal for resumption of tourism activities, modifying its July 24 order by which it had earlier halted all tourism related activities in Tiger reserve areas.

While lifting its interim ban on tourism activities in the core tiger reserve areas, the apex court, however, added, "We make it clear that we have not held the guidelines either intra-vires (constitutionally valid) or ultra-vires (unconstitutional)."

Writing the order, Justice Patnaik said the tourism activities in the Tiger reserve areas henceforth would be strictly in accordance with the notification on tiger conservation, issued by the National Tiger Conservation Authority on October 15.

The court also directed the respective state governments to prepare the Tiger conservation plan within six months from today and submit the same to the tiger conservation authority.

The bench said any party aggrieved by the notification will have the liberty to challenge the same before the appropriate authority.

The bench's direction came after Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Indira Jaising informed the court that the notification was formally issued on October 15 for 41 tiger reserves across the country.

The court on October 9 had allowed the Centre to notify within a week its fresh guidelines on tiger conservation.

Earlier on July 24, the court had banned all tourist activities in the core areas of tiger reserves on a PIL filed by conservationist Ajay Dubey. The PIL had demanded removal of commercial tourism activities from core or critical tiger habitats in the tiger reserves.

On August 29, the apex court had extended the interim ban on tourism activities in core tiger reserve areas till September 27.

While extending the ban, the bench had indicated that it was not averse to permitting regulated tourist activities, subject to the Centre evolving suitable revised guidelines to protect the depleting wild cat population.

The Centre, thereafter on September 26, had placed before the court the fresh guidelines, formulated for states following the apex court's interim ban.

In its guidelines, the government has said that for preserving tiger population, no new tourism infrastructure should be created.

The Centre said a maximum of 20 percent of the core/ critical tiger habitat usage (not exceeding the present usage) may be permitted for regulated, low-impact tourist visitation.

The guidelines said permanent tourist facilities located inside core/critical tiger habitats, which are being used for wildlife tourism, should be phased out as per a time frame. Among other measures, the guidelines envisaged keeping visitors at a distance of at least 20 meter from all forms of wildlife and prohibiting them from luring or feeding any wildlife.

Under the guidelines and the rules of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, the states have to notify the list of core and buffer areas of tiger reserves in their respective jurisdictions.

Buffer zones are the areas which lie in the periphery of the core areas also known as critical tiger habitats. Tiger breeding takes place in core areas which are meant to be kept free of any disturbance, including tourism.

The buffer zones constitute the fringe areas of tiger reserves up to a distance of 10 km. The number of tigers in the country are estimated to be over 1,700. PTI

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