October 18

Global hand-washing day

PASIGHAT, Oct 17: Joining the rest of the world in a campaign to motivate and mobilize people of Bodak village under Mebo Subdivision to improve hand-washing habits, a workshop was organized by the AE cum nodal officer PHED & WS, Pasighat Division Kaling Taki on Thursday to mark the "Global Hand-washing Day"

Participating at the workshop, Chief Engineer (Sanitation) Er. T Ketan said handwashing is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diseases that claim millions lives in the world. He advised the departmental engineers to conduct more awareness campaign under Swachh Bharat Mission to sensitize the people.

Earlier, in his key note address, Executive Engineer Bimal Welly said that due to unsanitary conditions, thousands of children in India die every day due to diarrheal and pneumonia alone. These are preventable if one have good sanitary habits like washing hands with soap, Welly asserted and further opined that sanitation is not only a health issue but an environmental issue at large and encouraged the people to create awareness about it. DIPRO


CS's intervention sought

ITANAGAR, Oct 17: Claiming that Director Elementary Education has overlooked the norms and recruitment rules by advertising walk-in interview for the post of graduate teachers and primary teachers which has triggered resentment among the people, the Save Arunachal Youth Association in a letter to Chief Secretary appealed for his intervention.


Training on apple and kiwi production held

ITANAGAR, Oct 17: In all, sixty farmers from Sangti, Khaso and Namthung villages under West Kameng district took part in a KVK organized three-day training programme on Advances in improved production technology in apple, training and pruning in kiwi and nursery management and propagation techniques in kiwi, in collaboration with Central Institute of Horticulture, Medziphema, Nagaland, which concluded at the KVK premises today.

Highlighting the potential of growing temperate fruit crops in the area, Dirang ADC Dagbom Riba exhorted the farmers to explore every possible scope to increase productivity through plantation of improved varieties, multiple cropping, intercropping of fruit trees with short duration crops, etc. and strive towards economic development and self-reliance.

Deputy Director, Regional Sheep Breeding Farm, Sangti, Dr. Hano Tama also advised the farmers to adopt integrated farming system instead of traditional mono cropping for sustainable income generation and better livelihood. Horticulture Specialist and training in-charge, Central Institute of Horticulture, Medziphema, Nagaland, Sentiyangla Pongener was also present on the occasion.

KVK Senior Scientist-cum-Head Dr. N D Singh along with the technical officers of the KVK interacted with the farmers through lectures, PowerPoint presentation and demonstrations. Secateurs were also distributed to the farmers as part of the training programme.


AVP's sports meet

ITANAGAR, Oct 17: Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP)' Papum Pare district unit organized its district (Papum Pare) level sports meet at Rono General Ground, Doimukh today.

More than 200 athletes from various circles of Papum Pare took part in different events like, Volleyball, Track and Field events of which 69 participants were selected to represent the district in the forthcoming state level competition scheduled from November 5 to 9.

Tana Hali Tara, social worker of the area who attended the opening ceremony appreciated the efforts of AVP to identify hidden sports talents by organizing such sports meet. He urged young generation to give equal importance to games and sport with their formal education.

He announced cash awards for those athletes from Papum Pare who will win medals in the forthcoming national level competition scheduled to be held in December at Ranchi, Jharkhand.

Papum Pare DDSE Tana Tagu Tara also spoke in the programme and urged participating youths to focus more on healthy things such as regular physical exercise and games and sports activities which helps oneself to stay away from drug addiction and alcoholism. He also informed that there is vast scope of building career through sports in the state.



In the news item with the headline 'Terminate employees: ANYF', the name of the department was wrongly mentioned as agriculture whereas it should have been department of horticulture. The error is regretted.


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Rollback SC verdict, says AAPSU as

it issues fresh warning

NEW DELHI, Oct 17: Protest against the Supreme Court order granting citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees in Arunachal Pradesh continued today with the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) calling for a rollback of the verdict.

Addressing the media at the Press Club of India at the national capital, the committee's chairman Gumjum Haider said for the Chakmas, India is a foreign land but they are fighting Indians with India's help. We may also seek the help of a foreign country if needed, he said adding that "China has always said we do not need visas to enter their country".

He said that the Chakma-Hajong people were settled in the state "illegally without taking permission of the state".

Haider argued that the state is a protected area under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 which requires that Indian citizens not from the state acquire inner line permits to enter Arunachal Pradesh. The SC verdict not only directed that citizenship be granted within three months but also that they be exempted from acquiring ILPs.

Haider said if the Chakma and Hajong people are granted tribal status, they will become the fourth largest group in the state.

The state is home to 26 major tribes and various other sub-tribes but some tribe number in thousands only. The state's entire population according to the Census 2011 is close to 14 lakh.

The former general secretary of the AAPSU, Haider explained briefly the history of the issue and how AAPSU has been fighting for the cause of the state. He warned that this decision can have a great impact on the state economically, socially and politically.

However, he said that the people will treat them well as they are our guests but now they are challenging the owners of the house they are staying in.

One of the primary fears fuelling the agitation is that their permanent settlement will result in major demographic changes.

AAPSU President, Kamta Lapung said that the Indian government had taken land from the state on lease without making any payment but now enough is enough.

Demanding that they be deported from the state, Lapung said that indigenous communities were being treated as second class citizens".

Lapung also added that the state's MPs are incapable of safeguarding the state's interests and should resign if they cannot act and remain silent on the issue.

AAPSU general secretary Biru Nasi said that "the verdict has shocked us all and that we have been backstabbed". Nasi said that the people of Arunachal cannot accommodate them because of their criminal tendencies and cited incidences of rapes and killings committed by the Chakma people in the past. He also said that Chakmas have formed an underground organisation called the Arunachal Pradesh Deprived People's Front, five of whom were arrested by the state police in April.

He also added that the order has been passed without waiting for the Joint High Power Committee formed by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to make its recommendations.

Nasi also informed that in some places the refugee population has overtaken the local indigenous tribes.

Nasi warned that the agitation against the settlement of Chakmas and Hajongs in the state may become violent if the Supreme Court feels we are not Indians.

On September 17, the Apex Court directed the state government to grant citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugees who had been rehabilitated in the state in 1964-69 following their escape from the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh.

The decision has drawn opposition from all quarters of the state and the state government has decided to challenge the order. Leading the protests on the streets however, is the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) which formed a core committee for the issue and organised a rally here yesterday.



PPA criticises MPs for non-participation

at AAPSU protest rally

ITANAGAR, Oct 17: The People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) took strong exception to the absence of senior political leaders of the state, including the three Parliamentarians, during the rally organized by All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) in protest against the Supreme Court (SC) verdict directing the State Government to grant citizenship and settlement rights to the Chakma and Hajong refugees.

Hailing the protest rally as positive beginning in the battle against the refugee issue, PPA in a press release stated that absence of senior state leaders representing national political parties during the rally was very unfortunate and highly disappointing.

"Since this issue can only be solved through sincere political dialogues with the active involvement of the Central Government, the active participation of all the three Parliamentarians representing the state in Delhi is very important. They can't just be silent spectators to this great historical tragedy" the party said.

The party also said that all the members of parliaments from the state should be made members of the Core Committee constituted by AAPSU to spearhead the movement against the refugees.

"We just can't leave this sensitive movement in the hands of the student community alone," the party said.

"Every Arunachalee should feel that this refugee problem is their own problem and everybody must come out openly in support of this cause," the party added.

Meanwhile, the Arunachalee students studying in Madhya Pradesh extended their whole-hearted support to the AAPSU protest rally in Delhi and called upon fellow citizens to rise to the occasion and fight against the unpopular SC judgment, stated Arunachal Students Union of Madhya Pradesh.



ANYA declares 12 hours bandh, questions

NES interference

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 17:  Despite opposition from Nyishi Elite Society, its parental organization, All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) today decided to go ahead with 12 hours Capital Complex bandh on October 19 and vowed to launch series of agitation against Tuki led state government till its demands are met.

Earlier, ANYA had declared 12 hours capital bandh on October 8 last for alleged non-fulfillment of its demands by the state government.

In an explosive press statement at Press Club today, its President Biri Kakum claimed that NES has been blackmailing and threatening them that ANYA will be dissolved and made defunct, if it does not withdraw its democratic movement against Tuki-led state government. Armed with letters written to them by NES president  Bengia Tolum,  Kakum  went on to claim that NES warned them not to raise any issue pertaining to public interest, development or basic rights on behalf of people as it would hamper Nyishi Chief Minister's government and image.

Citing an example, Kakum further informed that its parental organisation also warned them not to take up pre-paid meters issue as it would go against the government.

The startling revelation made by ANYA president reflects that there are divergent views to save Tuki-led government and clash between NES and ANYA is wide open.

Condemning the NES's intervention on every issue it raises with the state government, ANYA stated that NES is just an advisor body of ANYA and do not have authority to dissolve it at their whims and fancies. However, ANYA made it clear that it is always ready to take positive advices and opinion but it is their prerogative to follow the suggestions or not.

"Whenever we persist with our demands/issues, NES politicise the matter" stated ANYA while strongly condemning NES for being protective and lenient towards Tuki led government.  It further alleged that 90% of NES members are bureaucrats, technocrats and government servants who work less for the society but more for their personal benefits such as promotion, transfer-posting and contract works.

On being asked if their movement is politically motivated, ANYA president strongly denied association with any political party.

ANYA's demands includes, immediate scrapping of Pre-Paid meters from Capital Complex, creation of Kamle and Pakke-Kessang districts, repealing of Arunachal Pradesh District Based Entrepreneurs and Professional (Incentive Development and Promotion) Act 2015, establishment of AIIMS at Itanagar, immediate recommendation of Itanagar as Smart City and repealing of Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and construction of 4-lane road from Itanagar to Banderdewa.



ANYA bandh illegal: DM

ITANAGAR, Oct 17: Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner cum District Magistrate Mige Kamki in an order Under Section 144 Cr. P.C. read with Arunachal Pradesh Un-lawful Activities (Prevention Act) 2014 has declared the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA)'s proposed 12-hr Capital bandh as illegal and asked the association to desist itself from enforcing the bandh.

Any damage or destruction of public or private properties during the bandh period will be recovered from the bandh callers, the DM warned. All the traders, businessmen, shopkeepers within the Capital Complex are also directed to keep their business establishments, shops and markets open on the day of the proposed bandh call.  

Failing to comply with the order will lead to suspension of their trading licences, the DM cautioned. The owners of all commercial vehicles are also instructed to ply their vehicles normally during that period failing which they will too face the same action of suspension of their operational permits within Capital Complex from the administration, the order added.



ANYA bandh call politically motivated: NES

ITANAGAR, Oct 17: Condemning the bandh call given by the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) on 19th Oct, the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has termed it politically motivated as it appealed to the citizens of the Capital Complex to defy the bandh call.  

Stating that ANYA has called the bandh at the behest of political masters, NES stated that the person or party behind the scene instigating ANYA will be held fully responsible for any untoward incident if any, during the proposed bandh call. The community should not be blamed for such immature activities, added the NES in a release.

Further NES stated that none of the issue raised by ANYA is related to Nyishi community except the Kamle and Pakke Kessang districts issue.

The district issue has already been taken up with the Govt by NES and district demand committees and is under active consideration of the Govt, it said.

Adding that NES is the parental body as per the bye law and by social recognition but the president and general secretary of the ANYA did not bother to consult NES and ANYA's district units before going to the press declaring bandh call, claimed NES. Therefore, the proposed bandh call is politically motivated and sponsored, it is not in the interest of the community or the state, it added.

NES warned of initiating social action against the incumbent members of ANYA in due course of time.



Tirap administration reaches out to the people

ITANAGAR, Oct 17: Tirap district administration in close coordination with other government departments organised an administrative outreach camp on today at Old Tupi village with an objective to take administration to the doorsteps of the people and enable the villagers to avail all facilities without going to Khonsa thereby wasting their valuable time and money.

The administrative outreach camp was attended by about 700 villagers from 10 villages. The camp which was initiated by Tirap district Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha was a huge success in terms of reaching out to the people.

During the one - day outreach camp the government departments facilitated the villagers to avail STC, PRC, I-Card, Adhar Card, Driving License, free medical check-up with free medicines, medical assessment of handicapped persons, plans and programmes related to education among others.  The SSA distributed blind stick, elbow clutch, hearing aid to the children from 1 to 14 years free of cost. The Agriculture and Horticulture departments provided tools, appliances, seeds and medicines to the farmers free of cost while the DRDA organised awareness on IEC including IAY and MGNREGA in local languages.

The Khonsa and Dadam CD Blocks issued Income Certificates and created awareness on various schemes under the two blocks. Biometric Enrolment of 46 persons was done on the spot for Adhar. Two BME Kits were deployed at the camp itself.

The department of ICDS issued NSCP forms, disability certificates, old age pension certificates and widow welfare forms.

The DD (ICDS) and her staff created awareness on different schemes implemented by the department. The department of civil supplies conducted awareness on national food security while the department of Environment and Forest issued about 900 saplings of ornamental, fruit and medicinal plants.

However, most of the villagers thronged the Jansuvidha counter which issued 272 ST certificates, 197 PRCs during the camp.

The Health department organised a medical camp wherein 270  patients were screened and distributed free medicines. The department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry distributed poultry feeds and medicines to the villagers and created awareness on rearing of animals and birds.

The Chief of Old Tupi, Newang Lowang thanked Deputy Commissioner for the outreach camp describing it as historic for the villagers of Ranglamja and Dadan area. Earlier, the DC, while replying to the memorandum submitted by the villagers, assured to look into the grievances on priority. (DIPRO)



Role play & folk dance competition

GHSS Doimukh, GSS Kapu to represent state

ITANAGAR, Oct 17: The State Level Role Play & Folk Dance competition on Population Education was organised at Bharat Scouts & Guides, State Headquarters Naharlagun on Friday.

Ten teams from different districts of the state participated in the competitions. In the Role Play competition on Adolescence Education, the participants of Govt. Hr. Secondary School,  Doimukh, Papum Pare through their lively and meaningful performance was adjudged as the winner while Govt. H.S. School, Changlang and Govt. Town Secondary School, Khonsa, Tirap District were adjudged as the second and third prize winners respectively.

In the Folk Dance Competition on Population Education, Govt. Sec. School, Kapu, Tirap district, was adjudged as the winner team while KGBV, Palin, Kra Daadi District and KGBV, Pangin, Siang District won the second and third prize respectively.

The first winning teams of both the competitions will be participating in the regional level competitions scheduled to be conducted by the NCERT in the month of December 2015.

Earlier, addressing the participants, Secondary Education Deputy Director, Mallo Yam Gollo appreciated the performance of the young students and urged them to disseminate the message to their classmates and friends in their respective districts. She also expressed her happiness over the fact that more and more girl students are participating in such events and lauded their efforts. Such type of competitions among the students will not only preserve and promote our traditional culture but will also go a long way in disseminating the contents on Population and Adolescence Education to the target groups, she said.

Jt. Director, SCERT, Gania Leij, in his address, stressed upon the need for a disciplined and drug free life of the students to realise their full potential.

He urged upon the school students to take care of the present so that they can have a better future.

Lecturer DIET, Naharlagun B.Lombi and Teacher, Govt. Hr.Sec. School, Arunodaya, Itanagar, Aisna Tang also spoke on the occasion.

The programme was co-ordinated by Vice Principal and the Co-ordinator, Population Education Cell, SCERT, Itanagar, G.C.Baral.



NE people will be safe in Delhi, says Kejriwal

NE Festival in Delhi

NEW DELHI, Oct 17: Calling the northeast "the most beautiful" place in the country, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal yesterday assured the people from the region living in the national capital that they are "safe" and pledged that his government will do all needful to ensure their safety. "All of us are safe and I can assure you that whatever needs to be done from the Delhi government's side, we'll all do," he said at the inauguration of the third edition of the Northeast festival being held at IGNCA here.

Highlighting the instances of discrimination that people from the North East face in the capital, Kejriwal emphasised that it is possible to change the outlook of those people who harbour such an attitude.

"Some incidents have happened which are unfortunate and shouldn't have happened. Some wrong people did them, we have to change the point of view of those people. We all have to work together to change their outlook. I'm very confident that we can change their point of view. When we can change the politics of this country, we can definitely change the outlook of a few people," he said.

He also assured that the event will be promoted at a larger scale in the coming years. "This festival is ours, I feel this should be promoted a little more. Next year just inform me 10-15 days in advance, we are going to promote it all over Delhi. The whole of Delhi should come here, eat northeastern delicacies. We're going to make the people familiar with the northeastern culture and with their music. And I'm sure together we'll march forward," he said.

This year's edition of North-East Festival is focused on promoting and boosting tourism in the region.

Around 60 tribal artisans and textile entrepreneurs will showcase some of the best handloom and handicrafts from the region, that comprises eight states known for their pristine natural beauty.

The carnival on day one started with some scintillating performances by some of the biggest music bands of the northeast, including Midmen, Straight Outs and Dreamscaped.

Designers Siami Ralte (Mizoram), Ranjima Barooah (Assam), Atu and Irantee (Nagaland and Assam), Arita Kashyap (Assam), and Nabam Aka (Arunachal Pradesh) showcased some of their best creations at a fashion show. The attraction of the evening was a performance by rock legend Lou Majaw, who is completing 50 years of his musical journey this year, reports PTI.

Speaking about this year's edition, Organizer in Chief of the Festival Shyamkanu Mahanta said, "The Festival is an attempt to bridge the gap between the North East and rest of India by showcasing best of North East has to offer.

The North East Festival has become a brand which is synonymous with the unification of the various stakeholders of North East under one dynamic platform.

The festival is organized by the reputed socio-cultural trust, Trend MMS, in association with IGNCA and North East Today.



Issue of changing the nomenclature

of Rajiv Gandhi University

[ Bikash Bage ]

I am not in favour of the process which involves changing of nomenclatures; it may be of identity, ethnicity, and name of a person or for that matter changing the name of a Social Institution called the Formal Academic institution - a "University"

Before we go to the details of my propositions, let's try to understand the issue of change of names.

People change their names for a variety of reasons such as divorce, marriage or an unpleasant-sounding given name. Before changing your name, think carefully about the effect your name change might have on your professional reputation and personal relationships. Once your name is changed, you will no longer be able to use your old name in government and legal documents and will permanently be known by your new name.

If you have a well-established career and change your name, you may struggle to be recognized for your achievements, particularly if you have a substantial presence on the Internet or in publications. If, however, you are just beginning your career and don't like your name, now may be the time to change it. Some studies indicate that people with strange or very ethnic-sounding names may have more difficulty getting job interviews.

Marriage and divorce are among the most common reasons people change their names, and with good reason. Sharing the same name as your spouse may help you feel more like a unit. However, changing your name to a different last name from your children may cause them some stress. Some women find themselves feeling resentful they give up their names in marriage but their spouses did not.

Men are, in increasing numbers, opting to change their last names to their wives' last names when they get married. This is often a statement about the importance of egalitarianism and problematic nature of gender roles, but may cause strong criticism from friends and colleagues. Other people opt to change their names to reflect a new religious or ethnic identity. This can help people form unity and solidarity with a new community, but can also create some confusion around your identity.

Some names are a recipe for teasing and bullying, and many people opt to change these names when they enter adulthood. Other people may change their names to convey a message. For example, a woman might change her name to "Peace Love." These name changes carry the same benefits and drawbacks of other name changes and you should consider whether the new identity is worth the potential loss of a good reputation that went with the old identity. Some people, however, change their names after a major life change and these people may welcome the opportunity to abandon their old identities.

There are some legal considerations to take into account when changing your name. You may have difficulty accessing bank records under your old name so make sure you take your name change paperwork with you to the bank and other financial institutions and change your name with these companies. A name change will not get you out of a contract, but may require you to provide documentation of the name change if you ever need to enforce the terms of the contract. Name changes also do not get you out of legal trouble or help you evade prosecution. A name change does not give you a new identity or clean record and attempting a name change to avoid prosecution may because you further legal trouble.

The very first step of changing the name from AU to RGU was a blunder which was carried out by some unmindful past leaders including the politicians, the social workers of the area, the student bodies, and not leaving aside the boot lickers of the then government at the centre.

My contention is; let's not further commit a blunder one more time by changing the name of our premier and the lone Central University.

What are the justifications in initiating the step of changing the name? Are these bases sufficient enough to cater to the needs of the very step of constant and repeated process of changing the name of our University?

We are into the 30th year of our University ship and we are recognised World-wide as RGU.  In fact, these are the premier period when the University has achieved the status of a Central University as well as excellence.

We stand at 158th Rank out of 524 Universities in India, as per the 2014-15 National Assessment & Accreditation Committee (NAAC) Report which is a matter of much Pride for each and every Arunachalee.

Now if our Great minds have thought or so to have realised the essence of changing back the name to AU, if at all the time is inevitable for changing the nomenclature of our university, kindly initiate to change the name to ethnic flavour which belongs to us.

If at all the notion of the name makes us feel left out when our university is called RGU, remember Arunachal is not an indigenous and ethnic word either.

It is also to be taken into consideration that RGU nomenclature was taken up leaving aside AU, a name given by the union government in remembrance of Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of the country, when Rajiv Gandhi was in power. Later it was changed to RGU because of  so called emotional links of Arunachal with the Gandhi family but for that matter what Rajiv Gandhi as young leader did in his short span of political statesmanship in India is laudable. Let's not forget Rajiv Gandhi made our country realise the pulse of the concepts like Globalisation and Liberalisation, developing India into IT hub- The establishment of Super computer etc....

Otherwise if the blunder is to be committed once again or if at all we have realised to go on with the time and space of the society, we can go for changing the name to say... Atal Bihari Vajpayee University. Please note the irony here.  (The author is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh)



Meet denounces encroachment,

two volunteers to give up land

ITANAGAR, Oct 17: The people of Pakke Kessang in a public meeting held under the chairmanship of All Pakke-Kessang Pijerang Dissing-Passo Seijosa Students' Union (APPDSSU) president vehemently condemned the act of encroachment of school land and resolved to protect and maintain the naturally demarcated boundary of Govt. Sec. School, Pakke Kessang.

The school lands will be protected from any kind of encroachment at any cost and nobody would be allowed to encroach an inch of the school land, the meeting resolved.

The meeting also defined the naturally demarcated boundary of the school and entrusted APPDSSU to prepare a map.

Circle Officer in-charge Ram Bagang representing the local administration said that there will be uniform and impartial eviction drive as soon as he receives order from the higher authority. He sought cooperation of the public in order to restore the encroached school lands.

ANSU general secretary Nyanya Gollo, who was also present in the meeting, urged people of Pakke Kessang to protect the land meant for the school. He urged all the encroachers to surrender school lands they are occupying voluntarily and at the earliest.

He assured to extend all possible assistance for the welfare of the school as and when situation demands.  

Responding to the call of the meeting, two persons, who were holding plots of school land each, have voluntarily surrendered their occupied land before the meeting.

Earlier, Headmaster in-charge Rup Techi informed the gathering of the various problems and issues pertaining to the school, particularly land encroachment which is taking place due to absence of school boundary wall. The meeting was attended by all the executive members of All East Kameng Students Union, APPDSSU, Pakke Valley Youth Welfare Association, PRI members, Gaon Burahs, general public of Pakke Kessang, teachers and students of the school.