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New low in campus violence, Central University VC beaten up

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Signaling a new low in disrespect shown to institutions of learning, the Vice Chancellor of a Central University was beaten up here today at his official residence by a group of local youths.

A group of around 50 youths entered into the official residence of Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University, Prof  K C Belliappa at about 4:20pm to meet the Vice-Chancellor, who had just come back after attending a meeting of the Executive Council of The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. The group forcibly entered into the residence breaking the front door and bed room door. The violent group then dragged the Vice-Chancellor, tore his clothes, manhandled and assaulted him repeatedly as a result of which he sustained injuries on his left eye, head, face, neck and thighs.

“After the assault, they took the VC to the living room and made several abusive remarks and asked him to tender an apology to Dr. Tana Showren, Reader in the Department of History, now acting as the Dy. Registrar of the University. They also asked him to leave the campus within one week failing which they threatened him with dire consequences”, stated a university release.

Regardless of the efforts and pleading of the university security officer Badal Techi who was also present at the science, assaulters dragged the Vice Chancellor to the living room. The group also took away the mobiles of the VC and his wife while leaving the place.

Arunachal Police has taken up the case and after first aid was administered, he was taken for medical care and examination at the General Hospital, Naharlagun.

The director general of police Vimla Mehra speaking to this daily said that the police is making best effort to nab the assaulters.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union president Takam Tatung, who visited the Vice Chancellor K C Belliappa at his official residence in RGU campus, condemned the attack.

“The attack on vice chancellor of the state’s lone university is highly condemnable and should be criticized from every quarter of the society”, Tatung said. As a deterrent against repetition of such despicable crime, the AAPSU president demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits involved in the incident, as per the prevalent law.

“If there was any problem it should have been sorted out peacefully instead of resorting to physical assault”, he added.

The  Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union also expressed serious concern over the incident and demanded punishment to the culprits.


Floriculture could generate employment opportunities in state

Staff Reporter


ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Far away from the maddening crowd nursery of social forestry range, government of Arunachal Pradesh located in ‘C’ Naharlagun is the place where you can gasp fresh air and enjoy every bit of nature. As one step into this nursery smell of flowers and their captivating view can hold the breath of visitors. Numerous varieties of sapling are found in the four green houses located within nursery, with two of them housing indoor and remaining two outdoor plants.  

The credit for maintaining this wonderful nursery goes to B. Taba, Assistant Conservator of Forest, Social Forestry Range, Naharlagun and his dedicated team. He tells that this nursery apart from being home to many alluring and valuable plant saplings will one day emerge as answer to unemployment problems. “In our state we are yet to realize the importance of floriculture as a source of income. I believe if youths sincerely take up this profession, it will go long way in eradicating unemployment in the state,” shared Taba. He also informed that his nursery provide saplings in considerably low cost than normal market rate. “We provide saplings to public in least minimum rate. Also for those people who owned proper land, there is a provision of getting free saplings, “informed Taba.

Such has been the attraction of this nursery that in the recent day many dignitaries have paid visit to get first hand experiences. On Monday, local legislator Techi Kaso spent time at nursery and were blown away by beautiful blooming flowers. He retorted citizen of Itanagar to emulate department of social forestry to make capital complex more beautiful. “Am deeply impressed by the kind of work I saw here today. I appeal to social forestry department to work harder and help to make Itanagar one of the most beautiful capital cities,” said Kaso.



Kena stresses on early completion of S &T demo projects

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Parliamentary Secretary (IT, Sc. & Tech.) cum chairman, S&T Council Jomde Kena advised the local contractors of S&T demo projects to complete it within stipulated time period thereby enabling council to seek more projects from the ministry concerned.

Kena, who attended a review meeting of the Science and Technology demo micro hydel projects at Itanagar today, appealed the MLAs, the panchayat leaders  and public of the area concerned to cooperate with the implementing agencies in the greater interest of the state.  Later, Kena was informed about the difficulties being faced by the contractors and project officers in implementing the projects.

Highlighting the S & T demo projects, Er T  Ronya, CEO (micro hydel), S & T Council clarified that these demo project are not conventional one and shiftable to another place if situation demands.

He further informed that the Kodak Micro Hydel Project with power generating capacity of 200 kw, which was sanctioned during 2007, could not be started due to some local disturbances. The Union Ministry of Science and Technology has taken serious view on the matter and contemplating to shift/withdraw the said demo projects if locals continue to obstruct the project implementation, Ronya added.

Earlier, Kena along with Er T Ronya met the key officials of the union ministry  of Science and Technology at New Delhi on January 15 last. He   requested the ministry to give special package and priority to Arunachal Pradesh as one of the backward states of the country. He also stressed on the fact that the project cost in Arunachal Pradesh is obviously higher because of the remoteness and inaccessibility of the area and the uniform guideline of the Ministry does not match in regards to this state, according to an official statement.

GJ Samanathan, Director TDT and Head and Advisor of Deptt. of Sc. and Tech apprised that there is no dearth of schemes in the ministry but implementation of project by the State Council for Science and Technology was not up to the mark. Samanathan also advised that the State Council for Science and Technology should either be headed by a technologist or scientist, the statement added.

The meeting was also attended by Dr. CP Sehgal, Scientist "G" and Rajni Rawat, junior analyst, Ministry of Science and Technology, GOI.


APPSCC results out

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) has announced the results of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined Competitive (APPSCC) (prelim.) Examination 2009-2010 held on January 10 last.

A total of 615 candidates have crossed the first hurdle and qualified for admission to the main examination likely to be held in May/June, 2010.

The candidates may visit Commission’s website www.appsc.gov.in for detailed information.


SDP on Soft Computing begins

NIRJULI, Jan 25: Joram Begi, Director Higher Education emphasized on use of computer application as apt tools for solving problems.

In a word of advice to the participants of a two weeks long Staff Development Programme(SDP) on ‘Soft Computing in Engineering Applications’ at NERIST, Nirjuli here today, Begi  spoke on the significance and relevance of soft computing in this era of Information Technology. He said that it is an important emerging subject, a non-conventional optimizing tool to handle with the uncertainties in engineering and science and hoped that the SDP would benefit the participants on application of different techniques and tools of soft computing to enhance their efficiency and expertise on the subject and thereby making them more knowledgeable in their line of profession.

Giving a brief on NERIST, Begi informed that NERIST is a unique premier institution in the country offering diplomas, degrees and Ph.D degrees to various categories of engineering right from base module, a very rare aspect of an institution and advocated for its further progress. Expressing his delight on organizing the first academic programme of the year coinciding with the silver jubilee celebration of the institution, he opined for more such programmes at NERIST for skill development of its faculty members to uphold its grade as a premier institution.

The Higher Education Director, who formally inaugurated the programme by lighting the ceremonial lamp, also released a manual on soft computing on the occasion.

P K Das, Dean Academic, NERIST speaking as Guest of Honor said that soft computing is an increasingly recognized, important and emerging topic used by all researchers and engineering academicians which is manifested by the concept of uncertainty realized by the world.  Deliberating on the topic, Das said that soft computing became a formal computer science area of study in the early 1990's which was introduced for handling the uncertainty which otherwise cannot be handled by the probability theory. He further expressed satisfaction on the presence of twelve outside resource persons from various parts of the country out of the total fourteen, adding that, this shows their keen ness and relevance to the subject matter.

S.K Panigrahi, Coordinator of the SDP highlighted on the techniques of soft computing, its uses in teaching and other research and engineering purposes. He informed that it is an advanced level programme, highly popular in all branches of engineering and science in optimizing problems in science and technology which can not be solved through conventional technique. The soft computing techniques exploit the given tolerance of imprecision, partial truth and uncertainty for a particular problem and it is likely to play an especially important role in science and engineering, he said.

Earlier, while welcoming the participants, S Ray, HoD, Department of Mechanical Engineering gave a brief on the subject. He said, ‘we practice soft computing knowingly and unknowingly in dealing with uncertainty in every course of life’ and hoped that the two week long SDP would led to a new kind of hybridization of different components of soft computing.

The programme, which started by observing 2 minute silence to pay respect to the departed soul of Nandimo Ringmo, a 1st yr Electronic Engineering student of NERIST, who was drowned at Dikrong river at Midpu on Saturday last while on picnic, was attended by more that 50 faculty members from all over the country like Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Orrisa, Punjab, besides host Arunachal Pradesh.

Organized by the Mechanical Engineering Department, NERIST and sponsored by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was attended by several eminent academicians from reputed Institutions such as IITs, DRDO, BESU, ISI, BITS, CEY etc who would be delivering lectures on various soft computing techniques and its engineering applications. The programme schedule included introduction to soft computing, NN and Fuzzy, soft computing in immune system, GA and differential evolution, Fuzzy logic controller, soft computing in metal forming, application of GA in civil engineering, Fuzzy logic in applied mathematics etc. DIPR


Will state capital lose its scenic beauty?

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Year after year, Itanagar and its adjoining areas are witnessing drastic geographical change. Once filled with thick bush of trees, today capital complex is slowly going ground zero as scores of hillock are being razed every new day. Today if one looks around, everywhere bulldozers can be seen mercilessly wiping forest cover of capital all in the name of development.

This unrelenting urbanization is already having serious impact on the geographical nature of capital. Razing of hillocks are making soil weak leading to chances of severe landslide during monsoon as witnessed during the year 2008. Itanagar is also one capital city where there are no proper park and garden facilities. Also some of the parks found have either been not maintained properly or are mostly used for political rallies.

The best example can be Polo Park located in Naharlagun which is one of the oldest parks of the capital. Nowadays no respectable citizen would love to visit Polo Park as most of the time it is littered with waste products like plastic bottles, chips packet, etc. Throughout day students can be seen hanging around the Polo park with their gang of friends. The pathetic condition of Polo park even drew the attention of local MLA Techi Kaso. “I would request Kumar Waii, parliamentary secretary of environment and forest to take action for the preservation of Polo Park,” said Kaso.


Foundation stone for 5 star hotel laid

ITANAGAR Jan 25: The investor friendly Industrial Policy 2008 of the state has started luring investors to invest in various viable and profitable projects in the state. While numerous parties have already started investing in the hydro power projects or in Information Technology projects, good news for the state is that investors are interested in putting their money in hotel projects also.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu laid the foundation stone of the first Five Star Hotel of the state here at Sinki Park today. The Hotel is being built by MSC Technologies Ltd. New Delhi and the required land have been provided by Parliamentary Secretary Industries Nabam Rebia.

While terming the day as historic, Khandu emphasized for creating congenial atmosphere in the state to attract more investors. “We need to ensure peace and security to the interested entrepreneurs in order to boost industry and tourism sectors in the state”, Khandu assertively said. Setting up of industries and tourism will not only generate revenue but will also provide ample job opportunities for our unemployed youths, he added.  He appealed all section of the society to lend their helping hand to make Arunachal a leading state in the country.

PWD & UD Minister Nabam Tuki, former Assam MP M K Subbha, Parliamentary Secretaries Nabam Rebia, Rajesh Tacho, Lokam Tassar, Legislator from Assam and various other dignitaries were present on the occasion. PRO to CM


Death condoled

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Tadar Abu Charitable Society (TACS) members have condoled the death of Tadar Yado, wife of Tadar Simi, senior manager, State Co-op. Apex Bank, Naharlagun, who breathed her last at GNRC, Guwahati yesterday after prolonged illness.

She left behind two sons, a daughter and her husband.

She was presently serving at General Hospital Naharlagun as in-charge, staff nurse in gynie department. She did her nursing education at Pasighat Nursing Instt. in 1977-78 and was appointed as ANM in 1979 under state health department.

While expressing deep shock and anguish over her untimely demise, the society said that her death is an irreparable loss not only to her family but also entire Tadar Clan.

The society conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.


Efforts on to bring ‘Muskan’ in more children

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Apart from social initiatives, like cleanliness, awareness campaign and child care, etc. there is another sphere the Muskan Welfare Society (MWS), led by the State First Lady Anupama Singh is silently but spiritedly pursuing, that is acting as facilitator for the treatment of children and women with congenital heart diseases.

Reaching out to the poor and children and economically weak women in far-flung remote areas of State, it has been able to provide new lease of life to at least seven small children and women through renowned

NGO, the Rotary International in collaboration with leading Heart Institute like National Heart Institute, New Delhi and Escort Hospital, New Delhi.

MWS Member Secretary Mamta Riba disclosed that seven children, who include 10 years-old Master Tamos Sinkum, 2 years-old Master Gejom Bagra, 9 years-old Master Marcus Biku, 5 years-old Master Takar Ekke, 11 years-old Hage Yame and 45 years-old Buti Kigar were provided free heart surgery under the Rotary ‘Gift of Life’ programme.

Under this programme of the Rotary International, ‘free heart surgery’ for economically weak children up to the age of 20 years, suffering from congenital heart diseases is being arranged, she added.

Four and half years old Master Tage Lapang, Admitted on 16th January 2010, undergoing treatment at Escort Hospital, New Delhi.

Riba further disclosed, at Naharalgun General Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Moji Jini and his team of medical experts after accessing the cases referred by Muskan Welfare Society provided medical

expertise for forwarding those cases to such institution, who have charitable programme for medical coverage.

The CMO’s team and our respected renowned Heart Surgeons, Dr OP Yadava the CEO and Chief Consultant Cardiac Surgeon of National Heart Institute, Delhi and Dr. Raman Singh have always gone out of their way to help us. We are really thankful to then and also our first lady for showing ways to provide much needed medical care to our children. I hope, we can under the leadership of our President and State First Lady, Madam Singh, the

Muskan Welfare Society will be able to bring ‘Muskan’ in the face of some more children, women and families. PRO to CM


Ensure implementation of schemes within time frame: DC

BOMDILA, Jan 25: West Kameng Deputy Commissioner Swati Sharma today called upon the Govt officers, panchayat leaders and legislators to ensure that all the  developmental schemes be completed within the stipulated time without compromising with the  quality of works. While reviewing the on going schemes under the  DRDA, she particularly asked the BDOs to ensure that all works must be completed within the financial year.

MLAs of the district  T. Norbu, Phurpa Tsering  and Kumsi Sidisow,  all ZPMs, Anchal Chairpersons, PD, DRDA, all BDOs of the district and other official of DRDA and block also present in the meeting.

T. Norbu stated that a calendar of activities should be set first for smooth implementation of all R.D. programmes in time while maintaining quality.

Supply of materials like CGI sheets and cement should be de-centralized, said Phurpa Tsering, while Kumsi Sidisow asked BDOs to conduct training at regular intervals to create awareness to the ASMs /GPMs.

Dagbom Riba, Project Director in nutshell informed the house about the different activities undertaken under all RD programmes like NREGA, SGSY, IAY, SGSY & Hariyali, according to an official release.


Talar loses in quarterfinals

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Budding badminton player Laa Talar of Arunachal Pradesh lost to M Sai Tanuj of Andhra Pradesh in boys U-16 singles quarterfinals at All India Junior Badminton Major Ranking Prize Money Tournament which concluded at Nellore, Andhra Pradesh yesterday.

Harshi Dani of Maharashtra beat Arsian Naguri of Uttar Pradesh to win Boys U-16 title.

Talar pairing with Sai Tanuj also reached semifinals in boys doubles under 16 years category and pre-quarterfinal in boys double under 19 years category.

Sai Prameeth of Andhra Pradesh won the U-19 boys singles title beating H Pranoy of Kerala while P Sindhu of Andhra Pradesh was the winner of U-19 Girls singles title.

Another budding player of Arunachal Pradesh Jokom Rebia also participated in the tournament and he lost in preliminary rounds of both singles and double events.

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