“Govt financially stable”
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: The government of Arunachal which was running on overdraft till
recently has managed to bring in financial stability. While informing this, a senior
government official claimed that cash balance in the state exchequer as on 1st October
is Rs 1338.16 crore and there is nothing to worry about the financial health.
He further added that various steps are being taken to further improve the situation.
“The situation was quite bad but we took various steps to stop the misuse of fund.
State debt of Rs 3300 crore was since the creation of Arunachal Pradesh. Over the
years, various debts kept on accumulating and no one tried to rein in the finance
mismanagement,” he said.
“Arunachal missed great chance to bring in financial stability when Rs 1500 crore
was received as upfront money from Hydro power projects” he said while adding that
the present government has managed to control the situation as of now.
Scrap all mega dams: SPF
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: Siang People’s Forum (SPF) has made it clear that it would not compromise
with its demand to scrap all kinds of mega dams in Siang River at any cost.
In a memorandum submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Forest, it sought that
the environmental clearances should not be recklessly given against the wishes of
the local populace.
We are not against sustainable and environment friendly development, but we are against
big dams which are monuments of corrupt nexus between the state authority, contractor,
corporate and vested interests. Such mega projects will only deepen the resentment
and suspicion of the poorest section of the affected area, which they even don’t
count as people. The mega dam issue over Siang River is pending in the Gauhati High
Court, the memo added.
National sanitation rally at Jengging
YINGKIONG, Oct 5: Flagging off the National Sanitation Campaign rally conducted under
Swachh Bharat Mission with a mission “Clean India 2019” at Jengging on Monday last,
the Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki said that only with participation of every citizen,
the dream of Clean India can be achieved.
Holding banners, posters and placards on “Clean India 2019” around 1000 students
with their teachers from schools of Jengging Township took part in the rally which
started from the Royal Siang Academy School.
The DC, CO Nikita Panggam, DIPRO O Pertin, AE Er. Benya Gara and other PHE officers,
officials participated at the rally.
The other highlights of the day long programme included cleaning of CHC Hospital
and Government Hr. Secondary School. (DIPRO)
Refresher course for VLCC trainees held
Greater Noida, Oct 5: The 146 trainees of VLCC, from Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and
Nagaland underwent a one-day refresher training at the Greater Noida campus today.
The training aimed at developing life-coping-skills for NE youth was inaugurated
by Shiprika Acharya, Head of Institute of VLCC, Greater Noida.
The training which consisted of Setting Goals, Habit Formation and Facing Challenges
of Urban Living was enthusiastically welcomed by the trainees through proactive participation.
Through a group discussion, the trainees were led to understand the challenges that
they would face in any metropolitan city which has avenues that are good as well
as not positive and were advised not to take the route of earning easy money which
doesn’t last, but aim at hard work and establishing themselves in life. The trainees
were specially cautioned to take care of personal safety and not to venture in unfamiliar
terrains. A considerable amount of time was spent in discussion and interaction on
the very relevant topic of “Habit Formation and Addictive Habits” in which the participants
came up with a host of queries.
The students who are at various stages of training will be placed in companies such
as Alpha Beauty and Saloon, Heaven on Earth, Runa’s Beauty Saloon, Kaya’s Skill Clinic
and VLCC chain of Beauty and Wellness Centres, to name a few, stated a VLCC release.
Union calls for rigorous
punishment to child trafficker
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: The Koloriang Damin Parsi-Parlo & Sarli Students’ Union (KDPSSU)
has sought stern and rigorous punishment to the accused involved in the child trafficking
at Tarla village under Damin circle of Kurung Kumey district. The union wrote to
the DC in this regard.
Accused Lokam Tagi was arrested for selling his own daughter at a cost of Rs 30000.
Such crimes increase in the society as the accused are not punished accordingly and
are granted bail easily; it said requesting that the culprit/s shouldn’t be granted
DLSC meeting on power Transmission Line held
PASIGHAT, Oct 5: The District Level Steering Committee meeting for land acquisition
for Comprehensive Scheme for Strengthening Transmission and Distribution (T&D) System
was held under the chairmanship of East Siang Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla.
Taking stock of the status of the scheme, DC Isha Khosla instructed the officers
of Power department to carry out work with proper planning to avoid future complicacies.
The DC also instructed the forest department to help in getting forest clearance
wherever necessary. She assured full administrative support and cooperation.
Executive Engineer (E) Nido Taka informed that two sub-stations of 132/33 KV are
proposed under East Siang, one at Niglok and another at Napit. The location at Niglok
has been technically approved and the power department has applied to the Industry
department for formal allotment of the earmarked area which falls under the Industrial
Estate and the matter is under consideration, added the EE. He further informed that
an area at Myone Patek (Napit area) has been identified and the sketch map with required
documents will be submitted to the concerned authority for consideration. Necessary
instructions have been passed by the sub-division officers to initiate land acquisition
for the 33/11 KV sub-station and to submit them with required documents, the EE(E)
further added. DIPRO
APCC training on flagship programmes
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: A day-long orientation training programme on national and state
flagship programmes for all the presidents of District Congress Committee, Block
Congress Committee and City Congress Committee was held at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here
today. The training was organised by Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC).
Attending the training, CLP leader and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki exhorted the party
workers to work hard and to monitor all the flagship programmes being implemented
in the respective districts and blocks.
APCC president Padi Richo while speaking at the programme called upon the members
to be active and participate in social service programmes also. He advised the workers
to remain united and to clarify all misleading messages appearing in social media.
All the DCC, BCC and CCC presidents have endorsed the APCC President and CLP leader
to take stern action against those legislators and senior leaders who are indulging
in anti-party activities. The training programme was also attended by Congress MLAs.
All DCC, BCC and CCC presidents attended and heads of the frontal wings of the party
were also present in the training. The details of the flagships programmes under
UPA-I and UPA-II and CM flagship programmes in the State were elaborated by the resource
Write Aalo instead of ‘Along’
ITNAGAR, Oct 5: United Students’ Federation of Aalo (USFA) urged the West Siang Deputy
Commissioner to implement the government order renaming ‘Along’ as ‘Aalo’ in letter
USFA observed that even after issuance of the notification by the District Administration
some government establishments have failed to comply with the order and still using
the word ‘Along’ in official correspondences. It urged the DC to issue fresh notification
to all Govt. and non Government establishments, including business establishments,
instructing them to strictly follow the order and implement the same within two months.
Meanwhile, the Students’ Federation in a meeting today strongly condemned the reported
raping of an 18-year-old girl on the night of September 23 and demanded speedy trial
against the alleged accused. The USFA also appealed to all the civil societies to
maintain peace and tranquility for peaceful co-existence. USFA also urged district
administration to provide security to family members of the alleged accused and victim
to avoid any kind of repercussion from either side.
Earlier, the meeting decided to conduct educational cum health awareness camps in
various villages of Aalo area from the October 25.
GNM passes away
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: GNM Nilima Bangsia, who was posted at Hayuliang CHC in Anjaw district
passed way in a hospital at Dibrugarh, Assam on Sept 26 last. She is survived by
2 sons and 2 daughters.
Born in 1962, Bangsia did her Nurse’s training at HTRC Pasighat and later appointed
as ANM in the department of Health Services in 1983.
The Arunachal Pradesh Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery Cadre Welfare Association (AAPANMCWA)
has deeply mourned the demise of Bangsia. The Association conveyed heartfelt condolences
to the bereaved family and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
Filming on Abotani and Mopin commence
AALO, Oct 5: The Golden Jubilee Central Mopin Celebration Committee has started the
filming on the life story of Abo Tani and origin of Mopin at Pidi Rime village in
West Siang district.
The filming at Pidi Rime was on Takar Taji’s ritual sacrifice and its deep impact
on Galo society till today, stated a release. The second day of shooting at Nikte
will focus on Tani’s activities in the river side and his traditional methods of
Secretary GJCMCC, Henrik Basar, Degam Ete, President CMPCS and Director of the film,
Mijum Lona who were present during the film shooting said that it is a long drawn
effort towards documentation, preservation and promotion of our age old culture for
posterity as there is absence of written literature about our culture.
A Gauhati based film studio headed by Utpal Kakoti along with eight crew members
are taking up the task of shooting in various pockets of the district. Mogi Ori is
starring as Abo Tani while Higam Loyi Ango as Digi Tami, the wife of Abo Tani. DIPRO
DM to hear public complaints
ROING, Oct 5: Lower Dibang Valley District Magistrate, Ravi Dhawan informed that
he will hear cases of public complaints under Section 133 IPC in his office on 2nd
and 4th Saturday of every month. He said this while addressing various HoDs during
a coordination meeting held in his office here today.
The DC asked the Roing DSP to increase the number of CCTV cameras at the Shantipur
check gate and to strengthen the police force at Hunli Police Station which is manned
by only four constables at present.
He also directed all the HoDs and government employees to clear their pending water
supply bill latest by Oct 31 next, otherwise, the same will be officially deducted
from their salary of the following month. He further instructed all the HoDs not
to release the government employees who have been given transfer orders till their
water supply and electricity bills are cleared. The DC said that the step has been
taken to check further accumulation of pending bills in PHED and Electrical departments.
Informing that special teams will be formed for destroying poppy cultivation in the
district, the DC further asked the HoDs to be prepared for the same.
The DC also reviewed the progress of works made under various line departments in
Meanwhile, Deputy Director (ICDS), Savitri Kampti informed that the Juvenile Justice
Board has become functional in the district. (DIPRO)
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: Executive magistrate of Itanagar Capital Complex Joken Bomjen has
ordered that no shops, bars, restaurants etc should remain open beyond 8pm. This
executive order comes after the magistrate was informed by the councillor of ward
No. 8 Itanagar Municipal Council that some shops, bars, restaurants at Niti Vihar
are kept open till late which may cause law and order problem.
He further directed the OC PS Itanagar to carry out patrolling and check such late
night activities as per the order.
Contractual RNTCP staff cry for salary
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: The contractual employees under Revised National Tuberculosis Control
Program (RNTCP) are facing financial hardship as they have not got their salaries
for the past three months.
Describing the hardship faced by the contractual staff due to non-payment of salary,
the All Arunachal Pradesh Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP)
Employee Association said that the employees are totally depending on their monthly
salaries and non-payment of salaries causes untold miseries to them and their families.
Moreover, their TA/DA and other POL items have not also been paid to them since February,
2014, the association said and urged the concern authorities to release their salary
and TA/DA within two weeks failing which the association threatened to launch pen
Students urged to work hard
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: Nabam Nagung , Superintendent Tax and Excise, has exhorted the students
of Jote Panchayat to work hard for success in life. He said that the students should
utilize their knowledge gained from academic career in practical field. Nagung was
addressing the gathering at the felicitation function organized by Jote Panchayat
Collegian Forum (JPCF) at Jote eco-tourist resort on Oct 3 last.
Speaking on the occasion, state program officer, NPCD, Dr. Taba Khana suggested the
parents and guardians to maintain friendly relations with their children saying that
parents and children can become good friend and this friendly relationship will lead
to bright future for children.
Presiding over the function, JPCF chairman Teli Taning requested the panchayat leaders,
GBs and senior public to extend their support in future also. Taning said such felicitation
programme is necessary to motivate the school drop out children of the area to continue
More than 30 graduates (degree holders in various fields) including first MBBS degree
holder from Jote Panchayat Dr. Taba Khana, first Advocate Taba Tadhe and first female
graduate from Jote and IV Upper Balijan area Teli Rima were felicitated during the
programme. JPCF also lauded Doimukh MLA cum Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia for extending
moral support to the noble work of the organization.
Donate for flood victims, appeals ABK
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) appealed to all to donate generously to provide
relief and rehabilitation to the flood victims of Anpum and Loklung villages of Lower
Dibang Valiev district.
ABK recently conducted an awareness programme at Kaying to find ways to help the
flood affected villagers and constituted a 14-member disaster relief/management committee.
The programme was organized jointly by ABK’s West Siang district unit, State Youth
Wing, West Siang District Women Wing and AdiSU West Siang District Unit.
Hatchery unit starts producing chicks
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: The mini hatchery unit of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), West Siang
established in collaboration with ICAR AP Centre, Basar, started producing chicks.
The Unit with a capacity of producing 2700 chicks per batch along with poultry unit
of Vanaraja and Kamrupa birds, produced its first batch of Vanaraja chicks on October
four. The baby chicks are being reared in the poultry unit of the KVK farm at Bame.
Terming it a major success in the history of ICAR centre, its joint director Dr.
R. Bhagawati hoped the unit will meet the growing demands of baby chicks of the farming
community and revolutionize the commercial poultry farming in the district.
Speaker accepts “resignation” of two Cong MLAs, Sawin, Wangsu allege coercion
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: The political drama has heightened in Arunachal with Legislative
Assembly Secretariat issuing a notification dated 1st October 2015 that two Congress
MLAs have resigned from the membership of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
The MLAs whose resignations were accepted are Wanglam Sawin, MLA 55- Khonsa East
and Gabriel Denwang Wangsu, MLA 58-Kanubari.
The Speaker accepted their resignation under provision of sub-rule 2 of Rule 200
of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative
Consequent upon the resignation of two MLAs, the seats of 55-Khonsa East and 58-Kanubari
assembly constituencies have fallen vacant, read the notification.
With this, the strength of Congress party has been reduced from 47 to 45.
However, Wangsu and Sawin in separate letters to the Speaker withdrew the resignation
letters stating that they were forced into it by the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and
that letter be treated as “invalid, null and void until and unless submitted in person”.
Some of the content of the letter is reproduced below.
“Following an invitation for a dinner party on 16th September 2015, the prevailing
political issue was discussed by a group of around 17 MLAs with the Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki at his official residence. Soon after an ‘irrevocable’ resignation letter
signed by each of the MLAs were collected and handed over to the Chief Minister.
The letter announcing resignation from the membership of the Legislative Assembly
contained that in case of any betrayal and failure to support any person other than
the present CLP leader and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki the letter would be submitted
to the Speaker to get it approved and thus lose our membership of the Legislative
Assembly. Remarkably, we were directed not to mention date on the letter, which were
mere photocopies of one single letter, excepting our signature”.
Wangsu and Sawin, states that “all these were done against our consent or free will
and above all against the democratic spirit. Such resignation would be a sheer betrayal
of the mandate and faith of the people whom we represent, and thus would be a mockery
The copies of withdrawal letters have been sent to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
and Chief Election Commissioner of India.
In a joint statement, Wangsu and Sawin said that “It would be a breach of trust and
disloyalty to the people who had given us the mandate to represent them by resigning
from the Assembly only to appease or show our support to an individual.
Meanwhile, APCC chief Padi Richo Party has said that resignations won’t affect Congress
in the state.
BJP open to formation of govt
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: BJP is very open to the idea of dissident Congress leaders joining
force to form the government in Arunachal, said a senior BJP leader in the state,
who did not wished to be named. Top brass in Delhi has given green signal to such
a move, he said.
“Forming of BJP government in the state will ensure better implementation of the
central schemes. We will ensure that funds are not misused,” said the BJP leader.
According to the sources, sections of dissident Congress MLAs are exploring possibility
of joining BJP and making all out efforts to have 2/3rd majorirty that is needed
to defect from the Congress Party.
BJP has 11 members in the 60 member Legislative Assembly.
Thousands protest against SC verdict on refugees
[ Pisi Zuing ]
NAMSAI, Oct 5: In what can be termed as ultimate display of resentment and anger
against Supreme Court verdict of Sept 17, thousands of ordinary citizens and at least
16 organizations led by All Tai Khampti Singpho Students Union and Tai Khampti Singpho
Council under the banner of Joint Action Committee on Chakma-Hajong came together
in a protest rally at Namsai today.
Namsai district has a sizeable number of Chakma refugees, settled near Chongkham.
The rally commenced from the Poi Pee Mau Ground and culminated at Deputy Commissioner’s
office. Altogether 7000 plus people comprising of students, women and public from
various corners of the district were part of the rally.
At the DC's office N.M.Das, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Namsai received the public
memorandum on behalf of the Governor, Chief Minister and Chief Secretary of Arunachal
Pradesh submitted by JACCHIN.
Through the memorandum, the indigenous people authorised the Government of Arunachal
Pradesh to file a review petition in the Supreme Court and seek curative recourse.
It highlighted the alarming growth in the Chakma population in the district, who,
if granted citizenship enmasse would jeopardize the demography and pose a serious
threat to the existence of indigenous people.
It has also reminded the indulgence of Chakmas in unlawful activities like the formation
of Arunachal Pradesh Deprived People’s Front (APDPF), kidnapping, extortion, mindless
poaching, smuggling of flora and fauna, encroachment on private and public land.
The memorandum sought for immediate halt to illegal influx of Chakmas and Hajongs
from outside Arunachal Pradesh and that the present settlers be confined to their
respective designated blocks and belts.
It has asked for preparing a fresh dossier of the Chakmas and Hajongs by identifying
those who came prior to 1971.
They demanded that those who came after 1971 be immediately detected and deported
and that the White Paper on Chakma Hajong refugees of Arunachal Pradesh be also revised,
updated and put to public domain.
The memorandum further demanded that a separate department be set up by the govt
to look after the Chakma- Hajong issue and depute designated officers in the affected
areas to look after the issue. It also demanded that a political solution acceptable
to all the indigenous tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh be hammered out immediately
in light of the SC’s verdict.
Chow Molaseng Namchoom, President ATKSSU when asked about the future course of
action reiterated the union's commitment to continue the fight till an acceptable
solution is found. He added that the participation of such huge crowd in the rally
was clear reflection of the opposition of the people to the verdict.
The organizations that participated includes Tai Khampti Development Society, All
Namsai District Students Union, All Namsai Area Youth Association, Senior Citizens
Forum, Chongkham Village Council, Singpho Development Society, All Changlang District
Students Union, Mahila Mandal Chongkham, Women Welfare Society Namsai, Socio Economic
Welfare Association, Adi Bane Kebang (Women Wing) Namsai District Unit, Adi Bane
Kebang, Namsai and Lohit District Unit, Galo Welfare Society, Namsai District Unit
and Deori Tribe Welfare Association, Mahadevpur.
End blame games, AAPSU tells Cong and BJP
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) urged both Congress
and BJP in the state to end their blame game and work together as a unit for the
It is a matter of great shame that both the parties got into blame game at a time
when the state is facing threat of annihilation by external force, AAPSU said referring
to the burning Chakma-Hajong issue.
There may be ideological differences between the two parties but they must work together
on bigger issues that involve state’s interest. Otherwise, the people of state will
never forgive them, the release said.
Welcoming the state government’s decision to file petition against the Supreme Court’s
judgment directing to grant citizenship rights of Chakma and Hajong refugees in Arunachal
Pradesh, AAPSU criticized the people’s representatives of those affected districts
of Namsai and Changlang for keeping mum on the issue. The apex students’ body of
the state vowed to continue its fight against the SC judgment through all democratic
and legal means until the apex court reversed its earlier judgment given in favor
of the refugees.
PPA withdraw MLAs disqualification petitions
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: With Congress govt in deep political turmoil because of the growing
infighting within the party alongwith the fading hope of any significant action by
the Speaker of the Arunachal Legislative Assembly against the Disqualification Petitions
submitted to the Office of the Speaker against the five defected PPA MLAs, the People's
Party of Arunachal in its Core Committee Meeting attended by all the senior Executive
Members unanimously decided to withdraw the disqualification petitions submitted
to the Speaker on 10th April' 2015.
The speaker of the Arunachal State Assembly has failed to live up to the high tradition
of his high and august office of discharging important judicial functions of whether
a member has incurred disqualification, it said. The Speaker lacks the much needed
judicial temperament and inordinate delay over the petitions which are lying deliberately
unattended to for the past 9 months reveal complete absence of fairness and objectivity;
betraying a high degree of partisanship and a total lack of understanding of the
true meaning and purpose of the Tenth Schedule, the party added.
The People's Party of Arunachal would like to let know the entire people of the state
the unfortunate and compelling reasons for taking recourse to such a drastic political
decision, it said adding that the manner in which the entire episode of political
defection of five PPA MLAs was given shape to within a very short period could not
have been possible without the active aid and close connivance of the Speaker of
the Arunachal State Assembly, despite the fact that the People's Party of Arunachal
had already communicated in written the possibility of defection of the Legislators
well in advance, said a party statement.
In spite of the periodic reminders, the Speaker having been the kingpin behind this
whole game of defection of PPA Legislators showed no signs of taking any positive
move, it said while adding that PPA is of the firm opinion that this decision of
challenging the partisan attitude of Speaker shall go a long way in reforming the
dirty elements of Arunachal Politics in future.
Rono Hills celebrates 1st Alumni day
Introspect why the state today is torn apart on community lines: Rebia
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: The Alumni Association of Rajiv Gandhi University (AARGU) today
observed its 1st Alumni day at the Rono Hills. Host of activities including foundation
day lecture was held during the day.
Speaker of the Arunachal Legislative Assembly Nabam Rebia who was present on the
occasion appealed to the alumni fraternity to introspect on why the state today is
torn apart on community lines and called upon them to be the torchbearers in promoting
harmony. “Today we are witness to an ever growing divided Arunachal with hundreds
of organisations mushrooming on community and clan lines. This is not good for the
growth of the state. The university fraternity, and in particular the alumni who
are in various positions in society have a duty to prevent this”, he said.
Recounting his long association with university and particularly his experiences
of the time when he was involved in the process of changing of the university into
a central University, he also said that there is a great requirement for human resources
today and our youth need to develop a respect for dignity of labour. The alumni association
needs to play a bigger role in the State’s growth, he said, adding that his support
would remain steadfast.
Member of the Central Advisory Board of Education Dr. Joram Begi, who is also a former
Registrar of the University in his address elaborated on the historical growth of
the university and also expressed that funding in higher education is a matter of
concern, even though it is the most vital tool for building a knowledge based society.
“The alumni of a University have to carry its image and that can be judged by what
impact its alumni are making in the society they live in”, he said.
Earlier, in their addresses Vice-Chancellor i/c Prof NC Roy, AARGU President Likha
Tongum, Vice President (Protocol) Vijay Sonam and General Secretary Nabam Vivek all
advocated for a larger role of the association in the university so that it could
contribute to its best possible. The event saw the felicitation of the 3 students
of the first batch of the university who graduated in 1986 from the department of
History, which included Joint Director of Textiles Haj Dodung, political leader Tanya
Dabi and Deputy Secretary RWD Hage Ruja.
With 6081 alumni who have graduated from the University, the AARGU has launched various
activities and are on a membership drive to include more former students in its work
so that substantial contributions can be made to their alma mater.
Capital set for Sustainable Mountain Development Summit
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: The 4th edition of the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS-IV)
under the aegis of the Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) will be held at Itanagar
with three days programme from Oct 7 to 9. It is being organised by the Sustainable
Development Forum Arunachal Pradesh (SDFA), state chapter of IMI with registered
office at Itanagar.
The SMDS–IV assumes immense relevance and significance for the mountain states as
it is being organised in the aftermath of the massive earthquake in Nepal, which
has once again, brought to attention issues of national policy on disaster and the
vulnerability of the mountain states, said Fantry Mein Jaswal (Retired IRS) who is
also the chair of the SDFA and convener of the Summit.
Disaster Risk Reduction is the central theme for the Itanagar Summit while the other
two are Mountain Agriculture and Forests.
Two side events, the Legislators' meet and the Policy Makers' dialogue are also being
The 4th Himalayan Legislators’ meet will provide a platform for legislators from
mountain states to voice their common issues and concerns, to deliberate and make
an action plan for climate change legislation.
More than 80 state legislators and Members of Parliament are expected to attend the
meet which is drawing greater attention this year in view of COP 21 being held in
Paris at the end of this year.
A Chief Secretaries’ Conclave is also being organized which will bring together the
Chief Secretaries of the 11 mountain states.
Project to conserve Hoolock Gibbon launched
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: Commemorating the fifth day of the Wildlife Celebration a new project
called Conservation of Eastern Hoolock Gibbon in Eastern Assam-Arunachal Pradesh
(CHGAAP) was officially launched today by Dr. Shashi Kumar, PCCF and Principal Secretary
(E&F), Department of Environment and Forest, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in a function
at Seminar Hall, NERIST, Nirjuli today.
The project will be implemented by ENVIRON, a society for conservation and management
of nature and natural resources in North East India in partnership with Department
of Environment & Forest and partner NGO Aitijya (The Heritage) through education,
awareness and community conservation initiatives .
The Department of Zoology, Rajiv Gandhi University and GB Pant Institute of Himalayan
Environment and Development (GBPIHED), NE Unit, Itanagar will provide all technical
supports to the project.
Dr. Kuladip Sarma, Principal Investigator of the Project gave a comprehensive overview
of the project.
Two technical sessions were also conducted to review the present conservation status
of the Eastern Hoolock Gibbon in Arunachal Pradesh- Assam landscape.
Dr. Zahan Ahmed, Veterinarian from Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and Dr. S. Tadap
from Itanagar Biological Park (Itanagar Zoo) presented papers on “Translocation of
gibbons and conservation issues" and “Conservation Breeding and Habitat management
of Gibbon” respectively.
The project will pilot a conservation education module in schools through trained
teachers and among community through the local youth volunteers. It will also foster
and facilitate dialogue between key stakeholders, local community, youth groups,
district administration (local block officials), forest officials and various civil
society organizations towards conservation of Eastern Hoolock Gibbon.
Experts from various civil society organizations along with academicians from RGU
students actively participated in the meeting.
Stakeholders from various walks of life gave their suggestions to strengthen the
project activities. The meeting also discussed about the educational materials to
be produced and formats of different training programmes to be conducted under the
Guru Divas observed remembering Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo
ITANAGAR, Oct 5: The Central Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang (CDPYK) Pasighat, observed its
Donyi Polo Guru Divas day for the first time at Engo Takar Dere at the Central Donyi
Polo Gangging complex at Pasighat, East Siang on Oct 2 in a befitting manner.
The daylong programme started with the devotional song of ANGUN BEDANG and lighting
of lamp by Central Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang, president, Tabi Jerang. People from all
walks of life including Donyi Polo believers from Assam participated in large numbers
and paid floral tributes to the portrait of Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo as the Guru of
The programme included deliberation on Rukbo’s contributions in the field of socio-religion,
socio-cultural, socio-economy and his spiritual teaching on Donyi Poloism by Kaling
Borang Chief Patron, Tajom Tasung Secretary General, Vice Presidents Karko Pait,
Rupir Boli, Tidol Pertin and other dignitaries.
Participating in the programme, Gichik Taaza, Vice President (HQ) of Indigenous Faith
& Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) remembered Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo
as the pioneer of indigenous movement in Arunachal. He was the former chief adviser
Taaza also suggested for observing the Donyi Polo Guru Divas throughout the state
in the years to come and also initiating “Guru Deksina” offering to be started in
the Guru Divas by all the indigenous faith believers at various prayer centres on
Oct 2nd every year.
Late Rukbo was also the president of All NEFA Student Union now known as AAPSU from
1959 to 1966, and during his tenure a memorandum was submitted to the Centre for
demarcation of Assam-NEFA boundary issues, deportation of Chakma-Hajongs and Tibetan
refugees, shifting of NEFA capital from Shillong to a suitable place under NEFA territory,
abolition of Assamese as medium of instruction in NEFA schools and early declaration
of full pledged state from union territory.
Colourful cultural programmes were performed by artists of Karpung-Karduk Folk Music
Academy. Donyi Polo devotional song competition was conducted amongst the members
of nearby Ganggings of Pasighat and prizes were distributed to the winners. The day
long function concluded with KAYUM the devotional concluding song of Angun Bedang.
50 species spotted in Ziro Butterfly Meet
ZIRO, Oct 5: The second edition of the three-day Ziro Butterfly Meet has concluded
today with the return of the participants to Ziro from Pange valley, 15 km from here.
The meet, organized by NgunuZiro, saw participants from Nagaland, Assam and Sikkim
Ziro valley had caught the imagination of the world of the butterfly enthusiasts
with the first live photography of the Kaiser-e-Hind in India during the First Ziro
Butterfly Meet last year.
The participants photographed more than 50 different species of butterflies during
the three-day meet. They included the rare Bhutan Glory, which was also sighted multiple
times by all the participants at different locations. It is significant because October
is considered too late for butterflies at Ziro considering the weather conditions
at this time of the year.
Participating in the meet as the resource person, Monsoon Jyoti Gogoi revealed that
the three most sought after butterflies in the world are the Kaiser-e-Hind, Bhutan
Glory and Brown Gorgon. Ziro, he said, is a unique because all these three valued
species have been documented here.
Nawangla Bhutia, the President of the Butterflies and Moths of Sikkim (BAMOS) expressed
his desire to work more closely with NgunuZiro in order to promote rare butterflies
and conserve habitats in the eastern Himalayas.
Samrat Sengupta, a wildlife biologist, shared some basic tips of photographing butterflies.
Other participants included Palash Goswami, a conservationist and mountaineer, of
Seven Look from Assam and Ngulljolal Khongsai of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).
NgunuZiro is a non-governmental organization based at Ziro working for a sustainable
future of the place as well as the society.
Ziro Butterfly Meet has been started as a part of its initiative to create awareness
among the local people about the rich biodiversity of the place and the need to conserve
them. The event also serves to fulfill its objective of promoting the concept of
responsible tourism in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Some members of NgunuZiro are participating in the North-East Butterfly Meet, scheduled
at Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam later this month. The next edition of the
North-East Butterfly Meet is likely to be held at Ziro next year.
[ Nimina Namchoom ]
Some years ago, coming to the state capital was no hassle as work could be combined
with pleasure and the time could be considered a mini vacation with evenings spent
visiting relatives and friends, doing a bit of shopping and going on drives from
Itanagar to Naharlagun and other nearby places. But nowadays the traffic chaos, the
potholed roads, the long snaking line of cars, haphazard parking etc has completely
changed the atmosphere and sucked dry the pleasure of being in the place. Even small
tasks like vegetable shopping seems a daunting undertaking here taking into account
heavy slow moving traffic and long wait to reach the market areas.
Other than staying away from the roads, the traffic cannot be helped, but it can
be made bearable if all the drivers and pedestrians follow the rules and maintain
basic etiquette. Imagine getting stuck in the traffic for hours, waiting patiently
and following the rules while slowly inching your way at a snail’s pace towards your
destination and suddenly a car zooms past into the oncoming traffic without a thought
for the patiently waiting and creating a bigger jam further along the way, because
there is no space for a third car in a two lane road. The open indifference of the
driver in not noticing the waiting cars causes more trouble for all as the wait becomes
Stuck in the traffic, you sit observing the world around you while you are forced
to sit still waiting and see that a rag picker who is picking plastic bottles along
the way and carrying a huge sack of his pickings is keeping up with you as you have
travelled one kilometer in an hour and later crosses you. The ridiculousness of the
situations makes you want to laugh and cry too as you have worked hard and saved
to afford the luxury of sitting and travelling in an air conditioned car, while a
person walking is travelling faster than you!
One other way of whiling away your time while you are stuck in traffic is to watch
people in two wheelers zooming past without wearing any protective gear and without
any concern for the oncoming traffic. You start thinking how I wish something would
happen so that they learn a lesson… you check your negative thoughts but cannot help
it every time the same happens. The same negative thoughts occur when bikers speed
and overtake, cutting into your lane and almost touching your car. The rider acts
like the king of the roads driving on empty roads swerving this way and that while
car drivers have to act swiftly on seeing a bike suddenly appear from nowhere. A
bit of awareness on the dangers of rash driving, sense of self preservation, knowledge
on traffic rules, common sense on how and where to park and where not to so that
it does not inconvenience others etc will go a long way in making driving in the
roads here bearable, even if it does not solve the traffic problems.
A car owner takes pride in keeping the car clean and shiny but getting it dusty and
grimy with use is inevitable and expected. An unexpected source of getting your car
dirty in the capital city is to come under a pedestrian overbridge and getting spit
on. A big red spit stain on the spic and span wind shied of your car is an eye sore
and can spoil your mood. One other mood spoiler is the bad parking practice prevalent
here. You see cars parked haphazardly along the roadside so that a space that could
be utilized to park multiple cars properly is occupied by just one car, cars double
parked blocking the way for the other car to leave, cars parked on pedestrian ways,
on drains, on both sides of the roads making the roads narrower etc.
Who do we blame for the traffic woes in the capital city of the state? The Rain Gods
for washing away and worsening the condition of the roads, the authorities for not
keeping up with the Rain Gods and maintaining the roads in time, the huge number
of car owners who all want to travel in their own cars, the drivers who do not obey
the traffic rules, the commuters who have to travel to and fro from Itanagar to Naharlagun
and back for their work… Whoever we assign the blame on, we have to appreciate and
salute the traffic police and traffic wardens who can be seen regulating the traffic
breathing in the toxic fumes and dust, standing in the rain or under the scorching
sun diligently doing their duty day after day. (The contributor is DIPRO, Upper
Blood on My Hands: Confessions of Staged Encounters
[ Satyabrata Pal ]
The book exposes the confession by an army officer about staged encounters, exposing
the precarious human rights situation in Jammu & Kashmir and India’s Northeast.
An anonymous army officer splits open the anatomy of staged encounters in India’s
Northeast and Jammu & Kashmir, exposing the culture of killing with impunity. “Blood
on My Hands” also explains, shockingly, how awards and citations are linked to a
body count. Speaking to Kishalay Bhattacharjee, the confessor speaks of the toll
this brutality has taken on him.
An essay by Journalist Bhattacharjee on encounters in West Bengal, Punjab, Manipur,
Assam, Nagaland and Mizoram and a postscript – where bureaucrats and diplomats speak
on record about the hidden policy of extra-judicial killings and how it threatens
India’s democracy – contextualize this searing confession. An explosive document
on institutionalized human rights abuse.
“Then he is shot. I have never seen anyone react before the shooting takes place.
Hands are never tied just in case they injure themselves but they know what it is
and they don’t resist. It is a sort of resignation.”
“This book records the chilling moments of planning and execution of innocents,
in the voices of the people who ordered them, the people who carried them out and
those who witnessed them. In hearing their voices, we can see that this is an undeclared
war, where civil and private spaces have become battlegrounds.”
“In Jammu and Kashmir the battalions facing the international border buy weapons
from Pakistani intelligence agencies. Muslim men from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are
abducted from Jammu, kept in the post for two or three months, and once these weapons
are purchased, they are killed and shown as militants trying to infiltrate with weapons.
The CO gets a thumping report and the unit gets a citation.”
“You know what ‘shopping’ is?
That is when you are desperate, and you are looking for these gangs to supply you
victims. Sometimes they may fail, but you still have to show your kills, so you set
out on your own – and Guwahati is the place to strike the deals. You can’t just pick
someone up from the road and shoot him. It’s like shopping for arms or narcotics
or any other illegal product.
They are available and are in good supply, but the chain is important to know; and
nobody breaks this chain. You only keep adding to it.”
“All the chakras (awards, referring to the different gallantry awards all of which
end with the word ‘chakra’) give you points, and how do you get the chakras? Kill
people. Add up points. Move up the ranks. The only casualty in this is the truth.
The stories they make up – how they ‘put their lives at risk’ and ‘managed to avert
a terror attack’, and killed whomever.”
“They were two militants who were picked up just after their prison term and before
they went home.
So as they stepped out of the central jail, they were abducted.
This is crazy, but it is routine. This is another target group exploited by the suppliers.
They wait for their release and then abduct them. In the villages, everyone would
know they are in jail and would be indifferent to their absence. There was an open
bidding and I won the bid.”
“In this book, perhaps for the first time, some of the perpetrators of this form
of violence have narrated accounts of how they hunted down their prey. Their revelations
of how the system has coerced and supported them in committing atrocities, then concealed
and even rewarded acts of almost unthinkable depravity, are profoundly disturbing,
and compel one to question the essential morality of civil government in India.”
“Name after name, story after story, date after date. The sheer volume and horror
of the stories is numbing. And it is just as difficult to maintain sufficient civic
indignation to question and debate all the preposterous accounts of encounter killings
that are fed to us by a tame media. It is far easier to rationalize that the victims
were in some way culpable, and deserving – at least in some sense – of their fate.
Because the reality of a democratic State whose agents arbitrarily kidnap, torture
and kill for personal benefit or gratification, is simply too horrific.” (Pal is
a former Indian diplomat. He served as India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, and
as a member of the National Human Rights Commission)
---- Editorial ----
Timely intervention by MHA
The killing of a Muslim man few days ago over rumour that he has consumed beef at
Dadri near Noida has divided nation on communal line. Adding fire to the fuel, politicians
are further harming communal bonhomie with some wrong timed statements. At this time
when country need everyone to unite and strongly condemned the killing of man over
suspicion of his food habit, the political parties are busy in blame game. They have
stopped to a very low level.
Everyone was expecting central government to come out and take tough stand on this
issue. Today, even though belated centre has asked all the states to ensure zero
tolerance to any attempt to incite communal tension and exploit religious sentiments.
In an advisory, Home Ministry has asked states to take strictest action as per law
against such elements without any exception. This advisory by MHA has come in right
time. With assembly election in Bihar days away, it is expected that more communal
incident might take place. Hopefully the state governments will take the advisory
issued by MHA seriously and take tough action against the persons involved in communal
activities. Also the political parties should stop dividing people on communal line.
For their short term gain, they are putting future of nation at stake.
---- Readers Forum ----
Sickness do not strike only during OPD hours
How emergency should one be to be an emergency for the doctor on Emergency duty?
What an absurd question? One surely will laugh off. I'll not grumble. But wait till
I take the reader through the situation that compelled me to ask the preposterous
question well, more to myself in fact.
Amidst the fear of Dengue doing the rounds these days, any uneasiness particularly
fever is dreaded least it prove to be the hazardous and life threatening.
So when my youngest son suddenly complaint of serious uneasiness with high fever
in the month of August 2015, I lost no time to take him to the general hospital,
The unreasonable haste to take my son for treatment was due to my mother's dengue
positive result confirmed just few days earlier. As he is staying with his grandmother,
I with a foolish sense of adroitness victoriously jump to the conclusion that the
fever was none other than dengue.
Thus, virtually dragging him shoved into the car absent minded and headed towards
Unfortunately, the time was after 1 PM. Here, I found the outdoor patient's registration
counters unattended. So I went to the section where Dengue related samples are collected.
Attending people here advised me to contact the Emergency Doctor for a prescription
as the registration counters were closed for the day.
As advised, I went to the Emergency Ward where I encountered a nurse on duty. My
request to her to call the Emergency Doctor was met with a curt and heedless remark
that I should have brought the patient during the outdoor patient (OPD) business
hour . Additionally, the medical maven diagnosed at a glance that the patient didn't
fullfill the criteria to be examined by an Emergency Doctor as the patient was on
his feet and didn't appear sick enough. Hospital staffs had the instruction not to
disturb the Emergency Doctor for minor illness; she briefed me and disappeared into
an adjoining room carelessly.
Frustrated I went to the Emergency Doctor myself after sometime. His care and responds
was an antipode to the nurse's behaviour.
I don't harbour any resentment towards the hospital staffs or its administration
but will remark with certitude that there is a serious setback in process of training
the health workers to deal with the patients. They need better public relation. Their
tactless deportment in dealing with the sick seriously needs re-evaluation.
I believe a sympathetic and heartening response will surely beget better results
than medicines and injections. After all nobody wants to be sick and sickness never
strike only during OPD working hours declaring its arrival.
Separate page or section on environmental awareness
It is quite important nowadays to build environmental awareness among the public;
and media outlet such as your newspaper could play an important role in that. Encouraging
people to participate in building environmental awareness is challenging but not
an impossible task.
I would humbly like to request you and the editorial board of your esteemed newspaper
to kindly think upon in developing a separate page or section dedicated exclusively
towards environmental awareness. I propose that you make this section into a participatory
approach or as an interactive platform and invite dedicated professional and amateur
writers, conservationists, ecologists, environmental enthusiasts and dedicated readers
for providing news items, resource materials such as short reports, case studies,
photos and images related to ecology, environment, pollution and conservation issues
from across the nation with a special emphasis to North East India and even from
Section Editor may select and process the most important and interesting note, investigate
and research on some of the grim socio-ecological truths behind the news and stories
shared by public and then publish the best edited contents.
A blog site for posting comments by eco-enthusiasts and interested readers in the
form of a reader's or citizen's forum could also be established.
This will certainly build up a dedicated group of environmental volunteers who could
cater broadly to the society regarding the losses and gains we are making every day
in our national ecological account. Once a specific reader's/citizen's forum is developed,
one could see how powerful that group could become in the not so distant future.
Such dedicated young and old activists could stun professional journalists, seasoned
academics and researchers with their ability to locate or identify our immediate,
hidden environmental issues and problems that no one else may have captured before.
Readers may be able to take or provide the newspaper with exclusive environmental
news items, pictures or image that may surpass a professional news agency in quality;
since the participant/reader could be the first person who may have been able to
reach a particular site or captured an action before any professional news group.
I humbly call this approach as Joint Participatory Journalism (JPJ) and sincerely
believe that it could not only raise the quality of news items for environment; but,
also could cater to as a valuable supplement to professional news items.
I sincerely believe that your esteemed newspaper could certainly become an important
tool for raising the environment awareness not just by providing news to the public;
but, also by connecting the public to the root cause of environmental degradation
and need for conservation.
An image of a butterfly collecting nectar from a flower or a tiger family with cubs
resting under the shade of a tree convey a stronger positive message to the readers
particularly to our younger generations rather than images of useless political violence.
While I do agree that the media should act like a mirror reflecting and capturing
only what is happening in our society everyday; but, at the same time they should
also remain as an open window of hope, opportunities and be balanced in covering
every aspect of our life including environment.
My humble request to the readers of your esteemed newspaper is to kindly join this
proposed initiative; if they are also interested to see a participatory environment
awareness page in the near future.
I sincerely believe that many across India and overseas would be delighted to see
such a page or section coming into circulation at least on the web version.
Like the existing Reader's Forum, it will serve as an excellent bridge of communication
regarding environment and North East India is particularly an important topic due
to its unique ecosystems and rich biodiversity. To the best of my knowledge no other
newspaper and/or magazine have this unique approach for developing environmental
awareness through participatory initiative from the readers and this newspaper could
be the first to embark upon it. Although, easier to write than to execute; there
is no doubt that this will be a monumental step towards environmental consciousness
and participation among the people of this vast nation.
However, I sincerely believe that if the readers come forward to participate, cooperate
and collaborate in the above initiative with the editorial staff this is absolutely
Saikat Kumar Basu
Through your esteemed daily, I on behalf of all contractual supervisory field staff
under Revise National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) would like draw the
kind attention of concern department in connection to remuneration and other reimbursement
Despite relentless services rendered by us, our monthly POL was yet to be reimbursed
since February 2014. Our monthly remuneration is not paid on time. We are facing
the same problem for many years now but we have remained silent unlike other departmental
staff since, we know that if we go for strike even for a single day, it will directly
impact on patients/public health. But, we have to break our silence
and bring our problems to public domain so that public shall know that there is vertical
programme with NRHM known as RNTCP whose employees are always loyal to authority
despite various hardships.
Hence, I would like request the concern authority to look into the matter before
it is too late.
A contractual staff
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