AAPSU ‘s Core Committee on refugee
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has constituted a
4-member Core Committee with former AAPSU and North East Students’ Organization (NESO)
secretary Gumjum Haider as Chairman with Prof Nani Bath of Rajiv Gandhi University,
Secretary NESO Pritam Sonam, former AAPSU finance secretary Debia Muj and Chairman,
Refugee Affairs AAPSU (2009-10) Tobom Dai as members.
The core committee members will guide and advise AAPSU as and when required and will
also coordinate the proposed state-wide protest rallies as well as in Delhi.
RBI to issue banknotes with additional security features
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will be issuing Rs. 50, Rs. 500
and Rs. 1000 banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi Series - 2005 with new and additional
security features, like ascending size of numerals in the number panels, bleed lines,
enlarged identification mark.
Further, Rs. 5 coins to commemorate golden jubilee of 1965 Indo-Pak War and Rs. 10
coins to commemorate International Day of Yoga will also be put into circulation.
13th RGU Convocation
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: The 13th Convocation of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) will be held
in the last part of November this year (tentatively during November 23-30), according
to a university release.
Itanagar Councillor kidnap suspect
New Delhi, Oct 6: A councillor from Itanagar Municipality Arunachal Pradesh is one
of the main suspects in abduction of an Assam-based doctor who was allegedly kidnapped
The doctor has since returned home after 12 days but Police says that - based on
leads obtained through technical surveillance - the incident has also brought under
scanner the guest records of Assam Bhavan and Arunachal Bhavan in Delhi, where the
prime suspect in the case is believed to have stayed. PTI
HC Puja vacation
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: The Itanagar Permanent Bench of the Gauhati High Court will remain
closed from October 19 to November 3 on account of Puja vacation, including Durga
Puja and Muharram.
The officers and staff of the Registry will attend the office as per roster arrangement
during the vacation period except second and fourth Saturdays, Sundays and gazette
Limitation will not run during the vacation period, according to a HC notification.
APIC bid farewell to Thongchi
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: The Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission has bid farewell to
Chief Information Commissioner, Y.D.Thongchi in a programme at the APIC office.
Speaking on the occasion, Y.D.Thongchi said that the objective of the State Information
Commission is to ensure transparent working of other departments in the state. Commissioners,
officers and officials of APIC were present during the programme.
Lawmakers incapable, says NCP
as it hails Speaker
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has said that “by tendering
resignations from the Legislative Assembly Gabriel Denwang Wangsu and Wanglam Sawin
have proved that they are incapable of holding the important responsibility of a
lawmaker by succumbing to the pressure, undermining the interest of the common voters,
who had voted them to power”.
State NCP president Gicho Kabak hailed the decision of the Legislative Assembly Speaker
of Arunachal Pradesh to accept the resignations.
Kabak said that both the former legislators had miserably failed to live upto the
people’s aspirations and have betrayed their trust and faith.
2nd Quarter DLVMC meeting held
DAPORIJO, Oct 6: The District Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, Upper Subansiri
held its second quarter meeting today at the Rijo Conference hall. Conducted by the
DRDA Daporijo, the meeting was chaired by DC cum CEO, Komkar Dulom and attended by
PD Sode Potom, PRI members, heads of departments, BDOs and DRDA officers and officials.
Performance reports for the year 2015-2016 upto September 2015 by the DRDA, PHED,
Power department and ICDS were presented in the meeting.
Komkar Dulom reviewed the performance of the CD blocks and requested the poor performers
to gear up their work as funds are released taking into account their performance.
He called upon all to put in quality work so that better output could be achieved.
The PD, DRDA explained the aims and objectives of the meeting to all present and
told the PRI members not to be disheartened and disinterested, but to keep up the
tempo of the ongoing works as performance mattered.
DLVMC member Tapa Dadi spoke on the occasion and appreciated the quality of work
and progress achieved by the PHED and power department in the district. He also advised
all the contractors awarded with projects to complete them on time and not to engage
in delaying tactics as it hampered the quality of work. He also urged the PRI members
to actively engage in monitoring work as they too were the stakeholders and had a
huge hand in ensuring the maintenance of quality work. DIPRO
Rabi vegetable trainings at Basar
BASAR, Oct 6: The progressive farmers and farm women from Gori-I, Gori-II, Gori-III,
Soi villages, Regi, Pagi and Disi villages were trained to grow winter vegetables
in Jhum, WRC fields and kitchen garden in two different programmes organised by ICAR
The training was imparted to increase the productivity of vegetable in Basar area
so that women farmers can earn extra income by selling the surplus vegetables in
New crops and new techniques of growing True Potato Seed (TPS), Spinach, Tomato,
Coriander, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Turnip, Chinese cabbage, Lai Patta, Radish, Pea,
Mustard, Broccoli, Knol-khol for crop diversification were demonstrated during the
training to the farmers and seeds were distributed to all participating farmers.
Inaugurating the trainings, Dr. R. Bhagawati, Joint Director of ICAR-AP Centre, Basar
appealed the growers to take care of growing vegetables for both nutritional security
and income generation for their livelihood improvement as well as to increase the
cropping intensity. A total of 147 farmers benefitted from the trainings launched
through Technology Demonstration Component Under NICRA (KVK) and Tribal Sub Plan
of the ICAR Basar Centre, stated an official release.
Meet resolves for urbanization
of Balijan town
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: A resolution to propose the state government for urbanization of
Balijan Township has been adopted in a public meeting held at the conference of hall
of Balijan ADC today.
The meeting was chaired by ADC Balijan Chukhu Takar and attended by PRI leaders,
GBs, HGBs, intellectuals, senior citizens, govt employees and like-minded public
of the area.
The meeting unanimously supported the move for urbanization of Balijan town and resolved
to put forward a proposal to the State Govt. for notification of the same.
ZPM Balijan Tana Puna Tara, who was also present in the meeting, assured his support
in bringing in all proceedings and procedurals at Govt., level constantly, informed
Balijan ADC in a release.
[T Wangchadong Memorial Football Tournament]
Lapnam FC complete semifinal lineup
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: Lapnam FC completed the semifinal line up at the first Thansen Wangchadong
Memorial Football Tournament after the team defeated Khonsa FC 3-1 in the fourth
quarterfinal at Nehru Stadium, Khonsa today.
Tezo Aran, Thinwang Lowang and Rajesh Tana scored one goal each for the winning team.
Winja Bangsia scored the consolation goal for Khonsa FC.
Khonsa Bazaar FC will play against Deomali FC in the first semifinal tomorrow at
12 pm and Lapnam FC will be up against Khunnu Youth FC in the second semifinal on
October 8, informed the organizing committee.
DC for early settlement of all
major claimants’ issues
SEPPA, Oct 6: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh asked the highway
construction companies and Land Revenue and Settlement Officer (LRSO) of the district
to solve all the major claimants’ issues of Pakke-Kessang by October 28.
Singh said that the construction works of the Trans Arunachal Highway should be carried
out smoothly in the working season setting a specific target. In case of any problems
related to land compensations or other issues it should be directly brought to the
notice of administration and police, he said.
The Deputy Commissioner was holding meeting with all the stakeholders of TAH, including
representative of Sushee Infra Pvt. Ltd. and Vijay Nirman, administrative officers
of line department, at his office chamber today.
He enquired about the plan of formation cutting of TAH in East Kameng and also set
a target of repair and maintenance of Seppa to Bana road by October 25. Singh also
assured to deploy police at specific stretches wherever low and order problem is
likely to arise. He asked the E&M engineers to procure 30 KR Transformer for Micro-
Hydel project at Pakke-Kessang to make it functional.
The road from Seppa to Sede would be completed along with drains and culverts within
the next three months and Seppa to Bana and Sede to Rillo road would be taken up
next year, said Sushee Infra Pvt Ltd. vice president Venkat Rao.
It was also decided in the meeting, among others, to start WT station at Bana, deploy
police at Bana Bridge to prevent movement of heavy vehicles and to issue notification
of Rotte Tara quarry and to maintain of tourist lodge at Bana. DIPRO
Field Day on Rice CAU-R 1 organised
PASIGHAT, Oct 6: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, East Siang, College of Horticulture and Forestry,
Central Agricultural University, Pasighat organised a field day on Paddy variety
CAU-R1 at Gobo village under Ruksin block of East Siang district.
SMS Plant Protection of the KVK, Toge Riba gave first hands on demonstration for
calculation and comparison of rice varieties grown in the district. Amongst the comparison
of cultivated varieties, CAU-R1 scored better. Progressive farmer Kosang Taloh of
Gobo village shared his experience on cultivation of the rice variety CAU-R1.
The CAU-R1 was released from Directorate of Research, Central Agricultural University,
Imphal, Manipur in 2008. The variety is glutinous rice which is preferred by the
people of the district.
The variety was introduced in Arunachal Pradesh by KVK East Siang in 2009 under the
On Farm Trial (OFT) programme for accessing the suitability of the variety in the
district. The variety gave yield at par with local variety Deku and also had better
taste preference. Encouraged with the results of OFT, the programme was extended
to different locations within the district and subsequently to Lower Dibang Valley
and Upper Siang. In 2014 the variety CAU-R1 was cultivated in an area of 120 hectares
in East Siang district under National Food Security Mission programme on Rice and
FLD programme of KVK East Siang. For larger adoption of the variety in the state,
seeds of CAU R-1 were also provided to other districts of the state through KVKs
for accessing the suitability of variety in respective districts.
Farmers trained on farm mechanization
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: In all 40 farmers took part in a day-long training held on farm
mechanisation in hilly regions through application of engineering and technology
in different agricultural operations, at Paya village in Anjaw district on Monday.
During the training, SMS, Soil & Water Conservation Engineering, spoke on the importance
of farm mechanization in hilly regions through use of implements suitable for hilly
regions, right from the seed bed preparation to harvesting and threshing of crops,
using power point presentation. He explained that small holding farmers can opt for
these low cost implements as they result in drudgery reduction, higher productivity,
value addition and reduction in labour requirement in fields. He also explained about
the feasibility of drip irrigation system in undulating terrain and sloppy lands,
whose earlier results showed higher yields especially, in undulating topography with
scarce water resources.
KVK Anjaw farm manager, Prasanta Mahanta was also spoke on the occasion.
Shaaksar Bharat Mission employees cry for regularization
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: Inordinate delay in releasing of honorarium and salary of contractual
teachers is nothing new in Arunachal Pradesh. The latest to bear the brunt is Saakshar
Bharat Mission employees, who are reportedly waiting for their honorarium since July
In a representation to Minister Education, a copy of which was made available to
Secretary Education and Deputy Director School Education, the employees under the
aegis of All Arunachal Pradesh Saakshar Bharat Mission Employee’s Association (AAPSBMEA)
demanded for immediate regularization of SBM employees and enhancement of honorarium.
The association also sought for establishment of Adult Education Center (AEC) at
1653 gram panchayats and immediate supply of teaching learning materials including
computer sets to all the district and block coordinators.
The Govt of India launched SBM in September 2009 with objective to impart functional
literacy to non-literate persons from age group of 15 to 35 years. Subsequently,
Arunachal Pradesh had launched SBM on March 2011.
GSU to press for introducing traditional dress in schools
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: The Galo Students’ Union (GSU) will press for introducing traditional
dress for students at least once in a week in schools of West Siang, Ramle Bango
and Upper Subansiri area. It was decided in a meeting of the union yesterday.
Besides, the meeting chalked out the union’s future plans and programmes for the
welfare of the students. The union gave priority on development of school infrastructure,
proper implementation of Right To Education Act in schools, finding out various problems
faced by the students and schools and collection of information on various sanctioned
developmental schemes and take up the issues with authorities concerned for early
The meeting further decided to start school visit programme in January next year.
Inspection reveals plight of schools
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: Dereliction of duty by teachers, poor and insufficient infrastructure,
including desks and benches and lack of repair and maintenance are some common problems
in the schools of Arunachal Pradesh. This is what the team of PRI leaders of Balijan
and Balijan Circle Youth Association (BCYA) found during their unannounced visit
to five schools of Balijan area on Monday.
The team, including Anchal Samity Chairperson of 5th Lower Balijan Teli Kai and BCYA
president Kuru Joram visited Vivekananda Kendriya Vidhyalaya, Balijan, Govt. Higher
Secondary School, Balijan, Govt. Primary School, Lower Tubung, Govt. Primary School
Garung, and Govt. Primary School, Ghai.
At Govt. Higher Secondary School, Balijan, the team claimed to have found the old
girl hostel in a dilapidated condition without boundary wall/security fencing, water
supply facility and cook. The boarders prepare the meals themselves and collect water
from nearby ring-well for bathing and other purposes.
It was informed to the visiting team by the hostel superintendent that some miscreants
frequently sneak into the hostel without any permission.
While visiting Govt. Primary School, Garung, the team claimed to have found the school
closed at 11 am. Neither teacher nor students were seen in and around the school
at that time. The classroom doors were kept locked as if there was a holiday in the
school, the team further claimed.
When enquired, the school management committee chairperson told the team that it
was a routine affair of the school and the teachers.
“They hardly take classes for an hour and go before noon,” the SMC chairperson said.
At Govt. Primary School, Ghai, the team found not a single desk or bench inside the
While taking serious note of the findings, the BCYA appealed to the education minister,
the local MLA, the DDSE and the ZPM of Lower Balijan to take necessary action against
those responsible for the betterment of the students. The association also demanded
for replacing the male superintendent of the GHSS, Balijan with a female teacher
and issue show cause notice to the Headmaster In-charge of Govt. Primary School,
Garung (Karbi), Balijan.
‘No politics, just development issue’
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: The on-going public movement vis-à-vis construction of Trans-Arunachal
Highway in Longding-Kanubari sector is purely a development issue. The statement
quoting one self-styled head of Wancho People’s Committee in a recent report published
in sections of media is an ill-conceived intention to fan political sentiments for
vested interest, said Congress leader Gabriel D. Wangsu.
“For years the people have been witnessing the bitter experiences of having to bear
the brunt of far-below standard of works of many important projects. Many important
roads and other projects including those on sensitive Indo-Myanmar sector of Longding
district were either left incomplete or official specifications not followed. Hence,
public have genuine reasons to be apprehensive about the past and current projects,
especially with all concomitant issues remaining unresolved, he said.
Further, the dragging of name of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in the issue or for that
matter associating him to one Nabam Tulon is just irresponsible and a cheap attempt
to draw undue mileage, Wangsu said.
No development issue be painted with political color anywhere in Arunachal Pradesh
including in Kanubari, and anybody found doing so would be a risky preposition in
the given circumstances, he added.
Impartial enquiry sought
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: The Arunachal Anti-Corruption Union (AACU) has in a letter to the
state Chief Secretary today appealed to him to order an impartial enquiry into the
alleged pick and choose manner of appointment under Banderdewa Western Forest Circle.
The Union has alleged favouritism over appointment of various candidates for the
post of LDC, UDC, Draughtsman, PI and Forest Guard.
Fishing, hunting banned
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: In a meeting convened by the All Bassar Nallo Youth Association
(ABYA) at Bassar Nallo Middle School which was attended by GBs, PRI members and general
public, it was decided to ban hunting, fishing and selling of natural resources in
the area. The members also informed that violators will also be imposed a fine of
RD conducts MGNREGA convergence meeting
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: A meeting was held today in the conference hall of SIRD to converge
MGNREGA with other line department's programme.
Explaining the objectives of the meeting, Director Rural Development, B. Basar highlighted
that GoI MoRD implemented various CSS schemes like MGNREGA, IAY, NRLM, IWMP apart
from programmes of some other line departments which implemented various CSS programme
having essential labour component.
Basar informed that the outcomes of all these schemes implemented by the different
departments were unable to reach the optimum target due to constraint of fund and
manpower etc. To overcome the back drop, to achieve the target and to bridge the
gap between another department and to create visible permanent and durable asset
in the rural areas, a comprehensive convergence framework roadmap needs to be drawn
in consultation with the line department.
Dy. Director SIRD Dr. Rakesh Srivastava explained in detail the concept of convergence.
Representatives from other departments explained their views on the roadmap to make
convergence to be possible.
GBs not getting honorarium
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: Informing that the GBs of Sagalee administrative circle have not
received their honorarium since 2013, the Arunachal Pradesh Gaon Burah & Gaon Burish
Welfare Association has in a representation to the state Chief Secretary today appealed
to him to look into the issue.
The Association also questioned the new appointments, which it claimed were made
during the last three years. How can the government appoint new GBs when it has not
yet paid honorariums to already serving ones since the past 3 years, it questioned.
SHG members trained on book-keeping
ROING, Oct 6: Members of eight Self Help Groups from Meka block attended a day-long
training on book keeping conducted by AAMYA, a local NGO here on Monday.
Record maintenance being the most important component of SHG functioning, the participants
were imparting training on how to maintain records as per the format of NABARD, said
AMYAA secretary R K Paul Chawang. He further informed that qualifying of grading
is essential to availing bank-credit linkage.
He further informed the members about the available subsidized central government
schemes of NABARD for the financial year 2015-16 in dairy, poultry, rabbits rearing
etc. The participants were also urged to give due importance to correct maintenance
of records as it is mandatory for SHGs grading.
ACS serves ultimatum to PWD minister
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: The Arunachal Anti-Corruption Sena (AACS) has given 10 days ultimatum
for repairing the NH-415 from Banderdewa to Itanagar.
In its ultimatum served to the PWD minister, while saying that the portion of the
road is turning from bad to worse, the organisation threatened to launch democratic
movement if the repair work doesn’t start within the stipulated time.
NBCC conference held
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: The 14th Mission Conference cum Mission 2015 of Nyishi Baptist Church
Council was successfully held at Baptist Church Model village. Attending the programe,
Parliamentary Secretary Urban Development Techi Kaso released the NBCC Mission 2015
Forced resignations of MLAs, murder
of democracy: PPA
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) while decrying the stage managed
resignation of two Congress MLAs has termed it nothing less than murder of democracy
and complete breach of the letter and spirit of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of
Business in the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly. The Party has demanded immediate
intervention of the Governor of the State.
“The party appeals the Governor to see to it that the two Legislators who were made
to resign under duress should be able to get back their constitutional rights so
that the rest of the Legislators feel safe to take any democratic decisions that
are best for the people of their constituencies” said PPA Secretary General Kaling
Forced resignation has brought to the surface, the blatant abuse of the holy status
of ‘neutrality’ which is expected from the Speaker as enshrined in the Indian Constitution,
the party said.
The popularly elected legislators being subjected to such psychological and mental
trauma amounts to criminalization of political system in the state, the party said
while adding that entire episode has brought shame and dishonour to the people of
While condemning the incident as an attack on the very spirit of true democracy,
the party said that this ugly episode should be considered as a dark chapter in the
political history of Arunachal.
It called on the people of the state to engage themselve to stop such practices instantly
without letting it grow further.
Unless a prompt step is initiated to discourage such criminal moves in future, the
episode could lead to constitutional breakdown in the state, the People’s Party of
Four ministers set to lose jobs
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: Four dissident ministers in Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s cabinet
are reported to have lost their jobs, according to a source. The Chief Minister’s
Office, however refused to give any names or confirm the report.
But a highly placed source said that names are being forwarded to Raj Bhavan recommending
their dismissal from the council of ministers.
The four are reported to be current Agriculture Minister Chowna Mein, PRIs and Cooperative
Minister Kumar Waii, Women and Child Development Minister, Wanglin Lowangdong and
Civil Aviation Minister Thangham Wangham.
The Tuki government have been plagued by dissidence since April this year.
Two Congress MLAs Wanglam Sawin and Gabriel D Wangsu have already lost their Legislative
Assembly membership after Speaker Nabam Rebia accepted their resignation.
Sawin and Wangsu, however, maintains that they were forced into it and have written
to the Speaker for withdrawal of the resignation letters.
Minor raped, accused absconding
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: In a yet another dastardly act, a five-year-old girl was allegedly
raped by a middle aged man at Seppa on October 3.
The accused Logo Singhi, about 45+, reportedly picked up the girl while she was playing
outside and took her to his room where he raped her. Victim and accused are neighbours.
As per the FIR which was lodged with Seppa police station on October 4 last, the
minor victim was raped on October 2 as well by the accused.
The accused is a Field Assistant with Agriculture Department, Seppa. The case is
registered with Seppa Police station under case no. 111/15 US 376 (2) (i)/354B/363
IPC read with 4/6 POCSO Act.
The medical test of the victim has been done which confirms that the child was sexually
The accused is absconding.
“We have deputed our local source and covert action is being done. We will arrest
the accused shortly,” the IO added.
Talking to The Arunachal Times, the father of the victim demanded immediate arrest
of the accused.
“He should be punished and suspended from his service as well,” the angry father
Sonowal calls for protection
of biodiversity in Siang region
[ Prafulla Kaman ]
PASIGHAT, Oct 6: Union Minister of State for Sports & Youth Affairs, Sarbananda Sonowal
has urged the people of Pasighat to put in concerted efforts for protection of natural
heritage and biodiversity of Siang region for future generations.
Addressing a public gathering at Siang Guest House here today, Sonowal stressed on
conservation of the water resources of Siang River with the rich biodiversity of
the region. He observed that the people of other states, who earlier had an aversion
to arrive at Arunachal Pradesh and other hilly states, now have tendency to come
to this region to enjoy the natural beauty.
Expressing hope that the century-old Pasighat town would be an “Environmental Smart
City”, Sonowal also appealed the local people to work for promotion of Tourism industry
in the state by harnessing the rich eco-tourism potentials.
The Union Minister said the central government is giving special attention towards
northeastern region and has taken up special efforts for economic development of
the NE states. It has taken steps for promotion of art and culture, sports sectors
besides physical and mental development of the growing youths.
He said that, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a dream to develop the NE region
as an organic hub of the country.
Accordingly, the PM has instructed all Union Ministers to pay frequent visit to NE
states and frame stronger policy for economic growth of the region. He has transformed
the ‘Look East’ policy formulated by UPA government to ‘Act East’ policy in order
to bring an economic revolution”, said Sonowal while adding that the people of the
region should avail the golden opportunity.
Addressing the occasion, Pasighat East MLA, Kaling Moyong requested the Union Minister
to take up development of sports sector in the state.
Nari-Koyu MLA, Kento Rina requested the Union Minister to take step for construction
of proper stadiums for bringing out the hidden talents of the young sportspersons,
while Mariyang-Geku MLA Olom Panyang sought his intervention for implementation of
Border Area Development Projects (BADP) in his constituency.
Former Pasighat West MLA Tangor Tapak also spoke on the occasion and appealed the
union minister for sanctioning a Youth Centre at Pasighat.
Among others, BJP state Vice President Kenyir Ringu, BJP East Siang district president
Daniel Mibang and block level party activists attended the meeting.
Sushma briefs NE Guvs on projects
under Act East policy
New Delhi, Oct 6: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today briefed Governors
of North Eastern states about various cross-border connectivity projects aimed at
linking it to the wider region including Myanmar and Thailand as part India's 'Act
East Policy' (AEP).
The briefing, attended by Governors of Arunachal Pradesh - J P Rajkhowa, Assam and
Nagaland - Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, Manipur and Meghalaya - V Shanmuga-nam,
Mizoram - Nirbhay Sharma and Sikkim - Shrinivas Patil, covered comprehensively all
aspects of India's AEP, with particular focus on how these impacted on the North
"North East is a 'natural partner in India's Act East Policy' being our land bridge
to ASEAN, and the Act East Policy is a means to strengthen the stability, economy
and prospects of our North Eastern region," Swaraj said in her keynote address.
An MEA release said the briefing covered various cross- border connectivity projects
that are under implementation or discussion, which would link the North East to the
wider region including Myanmar, Bangladesh, Thailand and even Cambodia, Lao PDR and
"Issues of border trade and integrating the North East into regional production and
value chains were also discussed, as were steps towards enhancing capacity building
and facilitating greater cultural and people-to-people exchanges," it added.
The briefing was undertaken as follow up to a specific recommendation emanating from
the Conference of Governors chaired by the President Pranab Mukherjee in February.
Developmental activities hit due to
Congress internal fight: BJP
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: The BJP in Arunachal Pradesh today alleged that developmental activities
in the state have come to a grinding halt due to the alleged "in-fighting" between
"Development activities in the state have come to a grinding halt because of internal
bickering in the Congress with the innocent people being the worst sufferers. It
is a sheer betrayal of the mandate and faith reposed by the people on the government,"
BJP Arunachal Pradesh unit president Tai Tagak told reporters here.
"We have predicted earlier that because of holding elections prior to the due date
last year, people will suffer a lot, which has been proved today," he said.
Responding to media queries on rumours that BJP was trying to de-stabilise the Congress
government to install its own, Taga emphatically said that the party had nothing
to do with the internal matters of the Congress and was ready to face mid-term poll
at any point of time if situation demanded.
When asked whether the party would accept the Congress dissident members if fresh
election is announced, he said "door is open for all." He, however, said that so
far nobody had approached the party. PTI
Curtain Raiser to Sustainable Mountain Development Summit – IV, Itanagar
[ Nalong Mize ]
The Sustainable Mountain Development Summit – IV (SMDS) is all set to unfold in Itanagar
from 7-9 October 2015. This is probably the first time, delegates of all the Himalayan
States are gathering on the soil of Arunachal Pradesh to deliberate on issues and
challenges of common concern of the mountain people.
Over the years, with each succeeding Sustainable Mountain Development Summit, the
participation is increasing and slowly the SMDS has emerged has an important common
forum in the Indian Himalayan Region for the mountain states. Along with the increased
participation of the member states, participation of many national and international
organisations and agencies working in the area of mountain development have also
increased. Also support to SMDS from different state governments and central government
agencies is increasing with successive Summit reflecting the importance the government
is attaching to SMDS as forum for the mountain people.
In the SMDS- IV of Itanagar, 235 delegates have registered to participate from all
the 12 members States including Bhutan and Nepal. More than 15 Legislators, more
than 30 senior government officials from different states and 45 thematic experts
in the fields of Disaster Risk Reduction, Mountain Agriculture, Forest, Public Policy
and Climate Change are taking part. The Itanagar Summit is supported by Government
of Arunachal Pradesh, Government of Uttarakhand, Government of Sikkim, Government
of Nagaland, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Centre for
Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), GIZ (German International Cooperation Agency),
SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation ), Tata Trusts, Arghyam, GB Pant
Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED), LEAD India and Global
Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) India among others.
In the three-day Summit, there will be three thematic deliberations on Disaster Risk
Reduction (DRR), Mountain Agriculture and Forest. Besides there will be two side
events - Legislators Meet and Policy Makers Dialogue. The central theme of Disaster
Risk Reduction will explore the need of integrating DRR into relevant sectors, such
as land-use planning, infrastructure development and health and mountain agriculture.
Other important sub-themes include effects of climate change, hazard mapping and
risk assessment viz-a-viz climate change, need for cross border cooperation in all
phases of disaster, practical problems in State Rehabilitation policies, and the
need for a DRR network among mountain states. An important part of the DRR session
is the case studies on recent disasters that has occurred which include the Uttarakhand
floods (2013), Kashmir floods (2014) and the Sikkim earthquakes. Representatives
from JICA project, Appropriate Technologies India, TATA Relief Group and Wadia Institute
will make presentations on forestry projects, livelihood projects and private sector
relief projects in connection with disaster risk reduction.
Participants in the presentations and panel discussions will include representatives
from the Disaster Management Authorities of Himalayan States. This includes Y.W.
Ringu, Director Disaster Management, Arunachal Pradesh and Dr. Piyoosh Rautela, Disaster
Mitigation and Management Centre, Uttarakhand. Other participating organizations
include SAARC, ICIMOD and IIT Roorkee.
The session on Mountain Agriculture will explore the following themes - mountain
livelihoods, value addition and marketing linkages for mountain agriculture, and
sustainable agricultural production. The sessions will highlight challenges faced
by small and marginal farmers in the region, assess the gaps in value chain and post-harvest
addition in the Himalayas, discuss policy options to incentivize youths to pursue
agriculture as a livelihood option and suggest options for product diversification
based on comparative advantages in the Himalayas (such as development of niche products
and organic farming). Climate change related vulnerabilities of agricultural systems
in the Himalayas will be discussed and an actionable approach to improve resilience
of mountain farmers to climate change and disaster risk will be explored. Policy
measures, technologies and approaches for sustainable natural resource management,
capacity building of farmers and improving resilience of traditional agriculture
systems in the Himalayas will be the focus of the Summit. Panel discussions and presentations
will be conducted by experts from agencies and organizations like UNDP, ICAR, Uttarakhand
Gram Vikas Samiti, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment etc.
The Forest Session will explore the important issue of Community Forestry, specifically
how common ground can be found among different regimes of rights and usage to be
able to facilitate community involvement in forest management. Also a part of the
session will be the exploration of how the policies and principles are to be developed
to support forests administration in implementing the new models of sustainable forests
management. Representatives from the agencies and organizations namely, WWF, ICIMOD,
Indian Institute of Forest Management, Forest Corporation Uttarakhand, GB Pant and
India Water Portalwill conduct panel discussions and presentations.
The Policymakers Dialogue will include discussions on the topics - Maximising Fund
Flows and Outcomes in the North-Eastern States, The 14th Finance Commission Award,
The NITI Aayog and the Hill states: Some Implications, and Compensatory Mechanism
for Indian Mountain States: BK Chaturvedi Committee Report (2013.
The Indian Himalayan Legislators Meet is scheduled to have discussion and presentations
on the seminal issue of Global Climate Change and its impact on the Himalayan landscape.
Presentations will be made by representatives from GB Pant Institute of Himalayan
Environment and Development, Indian Environment Law Office and Climate Action Network
Along with the thematic deliberations and side events, there will be horticulture/agriculture
and bamboo exhibition to portray the bio-resource of Arunachal Pradesh. The working
lunches have been position as a food fete of local cuisines to give a glimpse of
the rich culinary tradition of Arunachal Pradesh.
The fourth Himalayan photography Exhibition cum competition has also been organised.
More than 100 photographs will be on display.
The evening programme will showcase the young talents of Arunachal Pradesh besides
showing many folk dance and music of the host States along with display of handicraft
items for the delegates of the Summit, many of whom are coming to Arunachal Pradesh
for the first time. (Mize is a Former Adviser, Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh,
Organising Secretary, Sustainable Mountain Development Summit – IV, Itanagar & Secretary,
Sustainable Development Forum Arunachal Pradesh)
DTF meeting and workshop on
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: A meeting of the West Siang District Task Force regarding launching
of Mission Indradanush-II was held in the office chamber of Deputy Commissioner
under the chairmanship of ADC T Talom at Aalo today.
While exhorting the medical department and key partners to launch the programme in
an effective manner, Talom emphasized on team work at various levels. All administrative
officers, PRIs and GBs in the district were also instructed to give all logistic
support to implement the programme in letter and spirit.
DMO Marbom Basar disclosed that the programme is aimed at full immunization of left
out and dropped out children in district.
DFWO, Dr. K Ori informed that though the programme has been going on for the last
30 years, only 65% of children could be immunized so far, which is below the target
set by the GoI. He, however, added that efforts will be made to cover high risk and
slum areas to contain vulnerability.
DPM Yomto Lollen also disclosed that all pregnant mothers will also be administered
TT injections along with vaccination to the children. (DIPRO)
Yupia: The District Health Society conducted a daylong district level workshop on
Mission Indradhanush phase-II on Oct 5 at Yupia.
DMO cum vice chairman DHS Yupia, Dr. S. Ronya highlighted that the phase-I Mission
Indradhanush was launched last year in some high risk districts of Arunachal Pradesh
and this time the GOI has planned to launch phase-II Mission Indradhanush in ten
moderate districts in the state including Papum Pare. He stressed for engagement
of ASHA for mobilization and other line departments for successful implementation
of the programme.
Dr. Tage Taka stressed for general awareness to the people in immunization and IEC/BC.
Earlier, Dr. J.Ado, DRCHO Yupia briefed the house about the poor immunization status
of the district and the benefits of the Mission Indradhanush Programme as this is
about augmentation of the routine immunization activity in the district.
Expressing optimism of improved immunization coverage after the launching of Mission
Indradhanush in the district, Dr. Ado requested all the MOs to prepare perfect micro
plan in their block/facility centre with a special target to cover the children of
age group between 0 to 2 years under the programme. DIPRO
Week-long training prog on research methodology begins
PASIGHAT, Oct 6: A week-long training programme on research methodology and data
analysis using software package called,SPSS started at the JNC college premises here
yesterday. The UGC-CPE sponsored programme is being organized by the College authority
in collaboration with XIMIT (Xavier Institute of Management and Information Technology),
IBM-SPSS, South Asia, Bengaluru and APCTA, J N College Unit. It aims at enhancing
the potential of the researchers and faculties in bringing out quality publications
and critical data analysis having social implications.
Speaking on the inaugural session, MLA Kaling Moyong emphasized on the need of such
programmes taking into account the significance of technology and technological gadgets
for the proper growth of the personality and the society as well. He urged the house
to make full use of SPSS knowledge to get equipped with the new technologies.
JNC Principle Tayek Talom highlighted the significance of the programme that sharpen
the research acumen and analytic poignancies of the faculties which ultimately add
qualitative quotient to the individual and the institution.
Highlighting the issues, aims and objectives of the workshop, Pranab Jyoti Neog,
President, Xavier Foundation, Guwahati, opined that the institutions of higher learning
and the industries need to go hand in hand for the overall development of the society.
The first day of the programme witnessed two technical sessions wherein Dr. Amitava
Sarkar, Director, IISWBM, Kolkata and former Vice Chancellor of West Bengal University
of Technology, Kolkata; Prof. G. C. Talukdar, former faculty from IIM Kolkata and
ISI (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata) and Bijit Debbarma, Director Academics,
XIMIT, Guwahati were the resource persons.
JNC Vice Principle Dr S D Choudhury and other college faculties and faculties from
Apex Professional University, Dying Ering College of Teacher Education, Siang Royal
Academy and Doying Gumin College, Pasighat attended the programme.
86 youths to undergo training under
CM’s flagship prog
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: In all, 86 youths were selected to undergo skill development training
in Integrated Course in Beauty & Hair Dressing at SBJ Centre for Excellence at Greater
Noida under Chief Minister’s flagship programme on Skill Development and Employment
During a department of Skill Development and Employment Generation organized briefing–cum-send
off programme for the selected youths held at Udyog Sadan here today, its Director
Subu Tabin, along with Deputy Director (Skill Development) K Sarma, Assistant Director
J Riba and representative of SBJ Centre of Excellence briefed the youth about successful
completion of the training and to find a suitable job immediately after the 6 months
The selection of the trainees were done through recent district-level Job Mela-cum-Skill
Development Awareness and selection rally held in every district headquarter throughout
The SBJ Centre at Greater Noida, will impart 6 months training on both theory and
practical including soft skill like spoken English, communication skill, internet
browsing etc. At the end of the training the candidates will undergo an assessment
to be conducted by an empanelled and professional organization. The trade certificate
will be provided to successful candidate by National Council for Vocational Training
(NCVT), New Delhi.
The cost of the training including travelling to and fro, training fees, boarding
and lodging etc. are being borne by state government under Chief Minister’s flagship
Shift jurisdiction and Sessions Court: USDBA
[ Karda Natam ]
DAPORIJO, Oct 6: The Upper Subansiri District Bar Association (USDBA) has called
upon the Home Minister for establishment of District and Sessions Court at Daporijo
and placing Upper Subansiri District under the Western Zone sessions Divisions under
District and Sessions Court, Yupia.
In a memorandum, the District Bar Association stated that at present, the judicial
officer in the district is only vested with the jurisdiction and power of judicial
Magistrate First Class-Cum Civil Judge (Jr) Division whereas, in others districts
like West Siang, it has both Chief Judicial Magistrate First Class and Civil Judge
(Sr) Division power vested with civil jurisdiction without any pecuniary limits.
There are a total of 1163 pending cases. It is cumbersome for the general public
as well as for the advocates of the Upper Subansiri district to travel to Basar.
As such shifting of the Additional District and Sessions Court at Daporijo would
be beneficial for the general public of the district and would ensure proper and
speedy justice deliverance
Further, the memorandum stated that the Upper Subansiri was placed under the Eastern
Sessions Divisions, Tezu vide notification issued by the govt. in 2012. Later the
jurisdiction was placed under the Additional District Judge, Basar, however, it is
still under the territorial jurisdiction of the Eastern Sessions Division, Tezu.
As such for any offence related to prevention of Corruption Act and Narcotics and
Psychotropic Act, the accused and witnesses have to travel to Tezu for justice, which
is causing untold miseries to the poor people of Upper Subansiri District especially
during the summer session when there is no proper road connectivity to Tezu. The
placing of Upper Subansiri District under the Eastern Sessions Divisions is contrary
to the need for speedy justice deliverance, it said while adding jurisdiction be
shifted to Western Sessions Divisions at Yupia for ensuring speedy and effective
justice delivery to the people of Upper Subansiri District.
Science & technology dept to get new life
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: Though the 21st century is considered the century of technology,
the Science & Technology Department in Arunachal Pradesh is yet to make a major mark
in the field.
But things may improve tangibly with the approval of a ‘sufficient budget’ for the
sector during the recent state development council (SDC) meeting.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s has ensured that the new technology does not get into
the way of indigenous knowledge – rather, it perfectly synergizes with the state’s
age-old indigenous knowledge.
As part of the vision, the SDC has approved a budget allocation of Rs 25 lakhs for
the locals of Longding district, for developing the craft of pottery with the aid
of technological intervention.
“The locals of Longding have been known long for indigenous pottery-making. With
technological intervention, indigenous pottery development and its application will
provide safe drinking water to rural households in Longding,” a government official
The GoAP has also earmarked Rs 50 lakhs for providing heating facilities through
geothermal energy technology in the district hospital in Tawang.
“This new technology will give much respite to the patients in the district hospital
as you know Tawang is one of the coldest places in the country,” the official added.
The SDC also approved Rs 30 lakhs ‘for study of biomass as fuel and power generation’
to the NERIST, and Rs 5 lakhs for supporting research and development projects by
post-graduates in identified scientific trust areas, besides extending grants-in-aid
to the State Council for Science & Technology (Rs 57 lakhs), the state remote sensing
application centre (Rs 97 lakhs), and the Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre (Rs 47
---- Editorial ----
The big question is who is right ?
The high drama played out in full media glare over resignation of two Congress MLAs
has come as a big shock to the state. This is for the first time in the history of
Arunachal that such incident has ever been witnessed. Yesterday evening when media
houses of state received notification of assembly secretariat informing that two
MLAs Wanglam Sawin, MLA 55- Khonsa East and Gabriel Denwang Wangsu, MLA 58-Kanubari
have tendered resignation, everyone reacted with surprise and worry. As this happened,
just a day after unconfirmed media report claimed that NSCN (IM) has asked MLAs to
go against present state leadership, the people of Arunachal thought that MLAs resigned
due to pressure from Naga rebel group and were deeply worried over the development.
However, the whole equation changed when two MLAs sent email to all the local media
informing that they were forced to resign and that they are withdrawing their resignation
letter. The claim of two MLAs further deepened the mystery behind resignation drama.
It is quite difficult to say who is right at this juncture? But this latest development
does not augur well for the future of state. If the claim of two MLAs that they were
forced to sign on resignation letter is true, then it is serious violation of fundamental
right. No one has right to impose their decision on any Indian without consent of
his/her will. On the other hand, if the claim of assembly secretariat that they resigned
willingly is true, then it puts serious question mark over the credibility's of two
MLAs. Are they naïve to take such decision without considering the future consequences?
They should have pondered thousand times before putting pen on the resignation letter.
The two MLAs were elected by the people of their respective constituencies to serve
them and not to become puppet of any leader.
---- Readers Forum ----
CCTV and street lights
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I want to share that we need more street
lights in every colony roads and the CCTV in capital complex to keep an eye on robberies
It is good that government has arranged street lights in main places in the capital
complexes but some small colonies have been left out.
Meanwhile, if our main markets or crowded roads have CCTV cameras like in metropolitan
cities, it would be easier to contain crime.
Today the rich peoples install CCTV in their homes for the security purposes.
Crime rates are increasing naturally everywhere in the world according to the growth
of populations but our duty is to stop it from increasing. It is sad to know that
miscreants commit crimes taking advantage of the darkness and escape from the spot
without punishments due to lack of street lights and CCTV.
Hence, the dark places are not safe during night hours. Perhaps, the same crimes
may occur in future and the victims could be anyone.
In addition to this, sometimes victims of accidents are left to fend for themselves
because those responsible flee from the spot because there are no street lights and
CCTV. So it is essential that, in order to avoid such unwanted instances, there are
adequate lighting system and as well as CCTVs.
Beware of Impostors
Through this esteemed daily, I wish to break out the message to the entire citizens
of the state concerning the fake and deceptive calls in the name of Bank managers,
SBI, who have reached our state to victimize the innocent people.
At 1700 hours on Sunday, I received a call from the No. +917250503496 who told me
that he is a Bank Manager, SBI, Mumbai, fake-named Rajiv Verma. He said that my ATM
card’s validity is at the verge of an end and asked me to renew it. I knew he is
an impostor but my curiosity demanded another question, “What should I do to renew
it?” He then asked after my card whether it is master or maestro. After few seconds
of conversation, I got infuriated and at the spur of the moment threw a huge profanity
It was a well attempt for that sadist but I held him out. I heard many victims crying
over spilt milk after losing hard-earned bucks to such fraudsters. This necessitated
me to take down here today. These freaks have exquisitely trained themselves to persuade
others and ransack them afterwards. They make random calls in pursuit of securing
easy money without any hard work and the unfortunate people becomes their prey. The
State Bank of India also clarifies that such phone calls, enquiring ATM cards Number
and its PIN code would not be made by them at any cost. I still remember few years
back, a message popped up on my mobile which reads “You have won $1000000 pound from
yahoo”. When I claimed the prize, it said I have to deposit Rs.30,000 in order to
receive the huge amount. My brother told me it is a scam. When I really went over
the giant search machine “Google”, lot of victims posted their pain out. Lucky me;
got saved. Nevertheless, there are many who went through this ordeal of treachery.
I request the Bank Authorities to spread the message throughout the state via newspaper,
awareness program in order to prevent further mischief. I believe this decoded message
being sent to the people of Arunachal via this daily would be taken whole-heartedly.
Towards climate change mitigation and quality environment
Our neighboring country Bangladesh must be congratulated for being the proud recipient
of the prestigious 2015 Annual Champion of the Earth Award (Policy & Leadership Category)
for their exemplary work and a silent revolution achieved towards climate change
mitigation. Bangladesh has dedicated around 7% of her annual budget towards several
mitigation steps in dealing with the challenges of climate change impacting the highly
populous nation (~160 million approx); while many major economic powers of Asia,
Europe and the Americas have failed to do so. Bangladesh is the first nation from
the subcontinent that has set the standard of environmental conservation and protection
at an appreciably high level. The rich biodiversity of the nation together with her
unique ecosystems will continue to provide inspirations for the adjoining nations
of the subcontinent including India to work sincerely towards protecting their local
ecosystems and improving the quality of the environment; and take appropriate steps
in dealing with the challenges of climate change and global warming. Similarly, a
dedicated South African anti-poaching group also won the prestigious UN award. This
must be applauded for their monumental contribution towards successful wildlife conservation
in South Africa. The nation is plagued with the challenges of highly organized and
militarized poaching and illegal wildlife trading group that operates with alarmingly
professional precision and have been known to even attack and kill members of anti-poaching
teams to safeguard their detrimental interest.
India being a mega biodiversity country is still walking miles behind such illustrious
examples. The current forest cover of the nation has been estimated to be around
21% and is struggling to reach the 25% target forest cover for the nation. Recently
Nagaland has been identified as one of the 25 most biodiverse region of the world.
However, India’s effort towards conservation and protection of biodiversity and wildlife
has not been improving significantly compared to several SAARC neighbors as well
as biodiverse countries from other continents. Challenges of infringement with forested
areas, expansion of farm lands and tea plantations into forest belts, poaching and
illegal trade on wildlife, wildlife body parts as well as several major and minor
forest products are damaging the species richness of the nation. Above all the lack
of education and awareness throughout the nation compounded with exponential human
population and poverty has been pushing humans towards forests for sustenance and
deteriorating local ecosystems and environments. Conservation of global wildlife
needs our active support in terms of positive action, awareness and consciousness
to protect all forms of life on earth with empathy and active enthusiasm. It is also
important to integrate human development along with wildlife conservation to make
the approach sustainable and inclusive of the economically backward rural and tribal
communities that live in close association with the forests.
Unless a nationwide comprehensive plan is established, we have little opportunity
to occupy the central podium of the UN environmental awards in the future like Bangladesh
or South Africa.
Saikat Kumar Basu
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