ITANAGAR, Sept 02: The week-long adventure camp organized for differently abled children
at Chimpu proved the fact that “Disability does not mean inability”.
There was a little apprehension in the beginning of the camp whether the physically
challenged children could attend the camp successfully as adventure sports always
involve a high degree of risk. But the 47 differently abled children from Donyi Polo
Mission School of Hearing and Visually Impaired have proved in the camp that they
are equally efficient and can compete with those physically fit.
The newly appointed Chairman of Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Tapok Taku was
highly appreciative of the initiative of the Popu Heritage Foundation, the organizer
of the camp.
“This is a small but very good step. I am satisfied with it,” Tapok said of the camp
on the concluding day function here today.
Informing the participants about state government’s lucrative prizes/incentives and
job opportunities for talented sports persons, Tapok encouraged the children to believe
in themselves and strive to excel in their chosen career. He assured all possible
help from his side for all round development of children with different abilities.
The Chairman, meanwhile, cautioned the youths of the state against drugs abuse.
Expressing serious concern over increasing numbers of drugs users, especially among
youths, Tapok advised them to abstain from taking drugs and other contraband. Drugs
addiction can financially destroy a family and also the very fabric of society, he
said while explaining the harmful effects of drugs abuse.
“I was very anxious about the camp as I did not have any prior experience about such
kind of training programme involving children with different abilities. And that
is why I constantly monitored the whole training,” said Director of Sports and Youth
Affairs DK Dinglow, in his brief speech. Expressing happiness over successful conduct
of the training, Dinglow assured to conduct more such camps for the physically challenged
children in future too. Adventure Cell In-charge of the Directorate of Sports and
Youth Affairs, Dr. K.Romeo Meetei was also all praise for the participants.
“Excellent. They have performed exceptionally well. Being physically challenged or
disabled does not necessarily mean that they are unable to do what a normal person
can, said Dr. Romeo.
Highlighting the activities carried out during the week-long training, which aimed
at providing basic training on adventure sports, Dr. Romeo said that Adventure Sports
stimulate balanced growth and development of body and mind, help develop self confidence,
spirit of camaraderies, sense of responsibility. It also provides an opportunity
to study and know more about flora and fauna besides creating environmental awareness,
Eversters Tapi Mra and Tine Mena, also the chairperson of Popu Heritage Foundation,
the principal of Donyi Polo Mission School of Hearing and Visually Impaired H Sharma
and his staff attended the valedictory function among others.
The camp was organized by Popu Heritage Foundation, Dibang Valley in association
with the Adventure Cell of Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs and Indian Mountaineering
Specialized Instructors Nima Lama, Tokhelmayum Bobo Singh, Atuko Mito, Pappi Misso,
Porest Mena, Yonjum Yonggam, Bibu Sharma and Tarak Dogar imparted basic training
to the participants on Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Jummering, Tyroline Traverse, Suspension
Traverse, Rope Knoting, Tent Pitching, Self defense technique like Judo, Karate and
other Physical training under the supervision of Dr. Romeo.
This camp was the first of its kind to be organized in the state for the physically
challenged children. Since the differently abled children have also the basic needs
and desires as other child, it is hoped that this camp would go a long way in inspiring
and motivating them to actively take part and enjoy the sports.
West Kameng and Tawang districts bandh end peacefully
BOMDILA/TAWANG, Sept 02: A 12-hour dawn-to-dusk West Kameng and Tawang District bandh
sponsored by All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) peacefully
ended this afternoon. The bandh was called to protest against Border Road Organization
(BRO)’s poor road condition between Bhalukpong to Tawang.
There were no vehicle movement, streets wore deserted look and all the market shops
remained closed throughout West Kameng district. No untoward incident was reported
except a minor case in Dirang where an official misbehaved with electronic media
persons covering the Rally/ Bandh, the federation’s West Kameng district unit said.
In Tawang large contingent of police, ITBP and SSB personnel accompanied by Magistrates
forced open the shops. Owing to the already tense situation in Tawang, the AAPPTF
members did not confront with the District Administration but kept all the vehicles
off the road throughout the District except vehicles of magistrates and police personals
on duty, it said.
It may be recalled that protest/dharna outside BRO’s office in Jang turned violent
yesterday when the peaceful protesters were confronted by ITBP, SSB and Police personnel.
In retaliation, the protesters vandalized the Officers Mess of 90 RCC (GREF) along
with two light vehicles (Gypsy) and six tippers (Tata), the Federation said. Meanwhile,
AAPPTF Secretary General Dobing Sonam said that “AAPPTF would take further course
of action and state wide bandh if the demands made to BRO authority is not met within
the time frame. The main demands put forward to the BRO authority by the AAPPTF members
were for broadening, systematic and corrective road alignment in all accident prone
areas along Bhalukpong to Tawang road without any further delay.
‘Tawang situation normal’
TAWANG, Sept 02: Keeping in view the incident of vandalism at Jang yesterday, Tawang
District administration has imposed ban on any type of bandh in the district.
It is worth mentioning here that the All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation
(AAPPTF) has called a bandh today to protest the bad road condition from Bhalukpong
The Tawang DC Kemo Lollen, walked up to the public and shopkeepers asking them to
carry on their normal activities.
“The govt. is aware of the bad condition of the road and the DA has been putting
all the efforts for its improvement. But violence and bandh are in no way solution
for that problem,” said Lollen while interacting the public and he urged them not
to support any kind of bandhs.
Further highlighting the ill effect of bandhs, he advised the organizations not to
call for any kind of bandh. He further mentioned that the situation in the district
is under control and normal.
Almost all the shops in the town as well as in the other parts of the district remained
open and people carried on with their normal life. In order to prevent any type of
violence and incidents, the DC has deployed magistrate and adequate forces in the
town and the other parts of the district. DIPRO incharge
Miao-Namchick road upgradation work begins
MIAO, Sept 02: The much significant Miao-Namchick Road upgradation works has finally
Amidst sharp criticism, the task of upgrading the 27 km long Miao-Namchick road has
just begun with at least four heavy machineries arriving at the site to start the
much awaited work. The road is the lifeline of Miao Administrative HQs and gateway
to world acclaimed Namdapha National Park.
The tender for upgradation of the 18 crore worth Miao-Namchick road under Non-Lapsable
Central Pool Resources scheme was floated in March-April last but owing to slow process
of files the work had delayed. The executing agency concerned gets 30 months period
to accomplish the project. The commuters had to face the brunt of the deterioration
for more than a decade that has largely impinged on development works in the sub-division.
“We are now happy to see arrival of JCBs”, said Joint Secretary of Singpho Development
Society, Manthat Tingwa.
The local MLA and Minister for Geology & Mining, Food & Civil Supplies Kamlung Mossang
had also positively responded to the concerns raised by all sections of society by
publicly announcing on the eve of Independence Day that the construction works will
Encouragingly, soon after his announcement the heavy machineries gradually started
crawling. If the trend continues, there is every possibility of picturesque Miao
Sub-Division getting their dream road within 30 months. If efforts are doubled, the
dream road can come up before 2014 Assembly elections. (Report by Pisi Zauing)
APTOA demands adequate fund for tourism sectors
ITANAGAR, Sept 02: Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association (APTOA) has appealed
to the Chief Minister to allocate adequate fund to the department of Tourism in the
state. The tourism sector is generating huge employment and revenues to the state
exchequer, it said and demanded that DTOs and TIOs be strengthened with sufficient
manpower and infrastructure to tap tourism potentials of different tourist circuits.
Submitting a charter of ‘important points’ to the CM for development of tourism sector
and wellbeing of the tour operators, the Association said the contribution of tour
operators should be recognized and the successful tour operators/ agencies be awarded.
It further pleaded for reconstitution of State Level Monitoring Committee (SLMC)/
Arunachal Pradesh Tourism Advisory Council with induction of two APTAO members.
It further said that RC, DRCS, ARCS, EAC/CO should be empowered to issue ILP for
domestic tourists. However, APTAOA said that DRC/RC and ARC offices should not be
allowed to issue PAP/RAP and it should be rotated through local tour operators for
Other important point mentioned in the memorandum are – enhancement of APTAO corpus
fund from Rs 10 lakh to 1 crore, financial assistance/ subsidy schemes for tour
operators from Govt and financial institutions, organization of tourism festival,
sponsorship to APTOA members for FAM tours to various parts of the country and abroad,
opening of tourist circuits in Tirap, Changlang and Londging districts for foreign
tourists, immediate establishment of green airport in the state and last but not
the least, necessary steps for safe movement of foreign tourists during bandh and
Regional level workshop on “Eco-restoration of jhum land”
ZIRO, Sept 02: A two days regional level workshop on ‘Traveling to Successful Rehabilitation/Eco-Restoration
of Jhum Land’ was inaugurated by Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Taru Talo at
Abotani Hall, Hapoli on Aug 27.
Sponsored by National Afforestation and Eco-Development Board (NAEB) whose Regional
office is at Shillong, the workshop was organized by Divisional Forest Officer, Hapoli
In his address DC Taru Talo expressed his happiness for organizing workshop in his
district that too for the first time in Arunachal Pradesh instead of choosing other
places of North East.
Suggesting the participants of other North Eastern states to gather knowledge about
policies and programme being adopted by the people of Ziro in particular and state
as a whole towards conservation of forest and others field like agriculture and allied
sectors, he asked them to share the experience as well as technological know-how
for bringing balance development in NE states.
“Since responsibilities to protect and preserve flora and fauna lies with the society,
we should not push the burden only to forest department alone and work together to
save the earth”, he said. Suggesting participants to derive maximum benefits from
the workshop, he assured to extend necessary help in case of any shortfall or problems
faced by them.
Participating the programme, G.N. Roy, CCF Western Circle, Banderdewa cum Chairman
Forest Development Agency in his speech discouraged practice of Jhum cultivation
and said “If we measure the loss and profit of Jhum cultivation, loss would be much
Considering practice of multiple crop cultivation in an innovative ways including
paddy cum fish culture in a limited plot of land by people of Ziro area, the place
was chosen as venue for holding the workshop so that outsider participants could
learn lesson from Apatanis in regards to conservation of forests and agricultural
practice in unique ways. Besides, the objective of the workshop is to use minimum
land to bring maximum output so as to preserve the land for future generation, he
Hibu Tadi, DFO cum Nodal officer, Regional Level Workshop NAEB highlighted aim and
objectives of the workshop.
All the chairpersons and executive members of VFMCs under Hapoli Forest Division
were invited to attend the workshop, according to an official.
Solung celebrated with religious fervor
PASIGHAT, Sept 02: The Solung festival was celebrated with traditional gaiety, religious
fervour and fun fare at the Boleng general ground.
The people from all works of life participated enthusiastically showing the sense
of unity and integrity on the auspicious occasion.
The Member of Parliament (LS) Ninong Ering and prominent leader Tabin Taki took part
in the festivities.
While appreciating Talem Pabin and Ojing Tasing President and Secretary of Boleng
CSFCC’12 for organizing the age-old indigenous festival in a befitting manner, Ering
asserted that despite the onslaught of globalization and modernity Adis are competent
enough to preserve and promote their rich cultural heritage.
He said it is like a mirror of the society through which one’s own identity is reflected.
He humbly appealed all to celebrate the occasion in true spirit, preserving and promoting
the rich cultural heritage of Adis.
“It gives chances to enjoy few days with traditional sports & games despite busy
schedules of our life”, Ering added. The MP sanctioned twenty lakhs for extension
of Rostrum and handed over one lakh fifty thousand cash to the organizer for developmental
activities of the area.
Taking privilege the MP sought public cooperation for proper implementation of the
central sponsored schemes and projects rightly for betterment of the state. He further
appealed all to extend whole hearted supports to establish hydropower projects to
strengthen the economic growths of the state.
While pointing out some burning issues of the nation, Ering criticized the opposition’s
claim on the policy of coal blocks allocation and advised the people not be misguided
saying that the CAG’s observation was based on a selective reading of the opinions
given by the Department of Legal Affairs.
Other highlights of the day were “Taku Taabat” (a ritual to begin) and the ceremonial
flag hoisting by the Ering followed by chanting of hymns by the Solung Miri.
On the way to Pasighat, the MP also joined the Solung celebration held at Pangin
and greeted the people. He interacted the local officers, leaders and people to take
stock of developmental activities and handed over fifty thousand in cash. DIPRO
High level team visits Changlang-Tirap-Lohit for development of palm
MIAO Sept 2: A high level team comprising of state government officers, Scientist
from College of Horticulture & Forestry, Pasighat and representative from Shivasais
Oil Palm Pvt Ltd, Eluru, West Godavari accompanied by District Agriculture Officer,
Changlang A D Pangam visited Miao today.
The team members includes Kedar Nath (Shivasais), Dr. Barun Singh, Asstt Professor;
T. D Necomb, DAO (Development) and N. Nyori, ADO (Extension Reforms), both from Directorate
The high level team visited these low land areas specifically to study the techno-economic
feasibility for oil palm cultivation on commercial purpose.
Under diversification of agriculture, the state government is mooting to take up
oil palm cultivation on PPP mode by involving Shivasais Oil Palm Pvt Ltd, a company
involved in successful development of oil palm in the state of Chhattisgarh. The
private firm is understood to have accumulated rich experiences in nursery management,
execution of factory and marketing.
It is to be noted that the Palm Oil Project was first experimented in Deomali, Tirap
in mid 80s by Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Ltd. The plantation spread over
nearly one acre of land at Deomali which still stands undeterred after APFCL abandoned
unceremoniously. It is testimony to the fact that the climate here is favourable
for palm plants. The team members, most of whom visited these districts for the first
time, were happy to see their dream getting through. They observed that the climate
here is best suited for oil palm cultivation that would go a long way in improving
the economic development of the region. “At the earliest possible we will submit
our report”, Kedar Nath said.
Arunachal Pradesh is basically an agriculture based state and tribals that form the
state’s population traditionally love to dwell amidst greeneries. But in recent decade
materialism had taken its toll and natural habitats are brutally transformed without
a second thought into money spinning tea gardens where even venomous creatures cannot
survive. The unavailability and towering cost of labourers has also contributed to
their never ending headaches. But gradually the tea growers have realized the fact
that they are contributors to degrading ecology. That is perhaps the reason why tea
growers are shifting their interest and attention to other source of cultivation.
Once the project gets approval the progressive farmers would grab the opportunity
as the family members of palm like beetel nut; cocoanut, toko etc has proved its
worth and benefits in these districts, the team members said.
Earlier, Arunachal government launched other projects like Jatropha for bio-diesel
and Stevie, a medicinal plant that works as anti-sugar but these projects disappeared
without a trace after dumping huge amount of public money.
The people of these districts are hopeful that Agriculture sector in the state will
set a new peak with Setong Sena as its minister. Palm Oil production was taken as
a revolution in South India and today it adds large chunk of revenues in southern
state’s exchequer. With seriousness if it is taken up and rightly on PPP mode, there
is no reason why Arunachal cannot make it. (Pisi Zauing)
Wakro youths cherish dreams of a clean, green & healthy world
‘PR leaders must take lead to make Wakro a model town: EE Tok
WAKRO, Sept 2: It was indeed an unusual sight for any Arunachal town: Here was more
than 200 youths spreading out in a riot of colours, their dreams to see a clean,
green & disease-free Wakro – it was their wish on the joyous occasion of the Onam
& Solung festivals, which highlight the beauty of nature. And within 2 hours, there
arose, before the thrilled visitors, more than 30 floral and rangoli displays, giving
out the message “ A clean Wakro is a happy Wakro” and “I dream of a green and garbage-free
Wakro town: can you help me see it in my life?”
The occasion was the 4th Onam-Solung Creative & Eco-Rangoli contest organized by
the VT-AWIC Youth Library network and ASSET, jointly with the PHE Dept, Lohit, which
has launched an all-out campaign to make Wakro a clean model town. The special attraction
this year, was a large Wakro Eco-mapping display in the town bazaar, by the APNE
Library reader-activists drawn from all the town schools. The display, put up under
the guidance of Rejum Potom and Nogen Rangmang, teachers of Govt. Sec School, Wakro,
drew a large crowd of admiring adults, shop-keepers and villagers.
In his message of Onam and Solung greetings to the people of Wakro, T. Tok, Ex Enggr,
PHE Namsai, appealed to the public leaders and citizens to take lead to make Wakro
a town with total sanitation facilities and garbage disposal systems. “This war on
dirt and garbage has to go on all through the year till Wakro emerges a clean, green
and healthy town” he said. He also hoped that the enthusiasm of the students will
be channelized by the leaders and the teachers to a vibrant movement, setting as
an example for entire state.
Lauding the enthusiasm of the participants, Pritty Nayil, one of the judges, said
the contest was increasingly bringing out the creative urge of the students of Wakro
and their concern for nature. This was reflected in the best entry, by Mumne Darang
& team (Apna Vidya Bhavan) for their imaginative and unconventional display of the
need of a toilet for every home and hand-washing, as the basic parameters of public
hygiene. The second prize was shared by the teams of Ritenlu Kri & Animai Chikro
(both from KGBV Wakro), while the 3rd prize went to Kr. Bomgo Nyodu’s team (AVB).
Nirmaya Rai & team (GSS, Wakro) won a consolation prize.
In the Junior group, the Apna Vidya Bhavan teams swept all the 3 prizes: Kr. Amanso
Thalai (Ist), Kr. Sobeo Tayang and Kr. Basong Krong [2nd] and Kr. Ronikso Kri [3rd].
The consolation prize went to Kr. Peter Tayeng & team ( GSS, Wakro).
Management of Mithun by Galos of Arunachal
Nyalleescopy By Nyali Ete
Mithun is no longer a wild animal, nor is it completely domesticated. So to say,
it is a very decent and faithful wild animal. It requires a specific natural habitat
consisting of sufficiently densely wooded forests, gentle slopes, water-sources and
away from human settlement. It flourishes and thrives well in areas that afford to
it abundant fodder and cool and wet environmental conditions. The animal prefers
to stay in its original, local habitat as long as the area can sustain the population.
That is to say, the animal is not normally migratory in nature, but sometimes some
Mithuns migrate to distant forest areas. Through the ages, the animal has occupied
a central position in the socio-cultural life of the indigenous communities of Arunachal
Pradesh. The people have been engaged in Mithun rearing activities since long back.
Mithun is considered as an asset. However, the Mithun rearing is a very tough task.
It’s a tedious and complicated affair. So, not all people can engage themselves in
this job, apart from their livelihood activities. Generally, the village leaders,
clan heads and rich people used to afford to own and rear Mithun by virtue of their
being capable of meeting the required man-force and other resources. Mithun owning
and possessing has added to the prestige and status of the individual concerned in
the society or community. As such, high degree of importance is attached to Mithun
The urge for possessing one’s own Mithun seeped into the blood of people belonging
to every walk of life with the passage of time. The Galos of Arunachal Pradesh inhabiting
on the western tracts of the giant, turbulent and mighty river- the ‘Siang’- wooded
with the tropical and sub-tropical forests were very fond of Mithun related activities.
The fact that the animal requires special natural habitat and the rearing and the
process of domestication would demand proper care and attention relatively perennially
led to evolution and development of a new community-sponsored, community-based and
welfare-oriented arrangement designed and devised incorporating various mechanisms
for sustainable utilization of the resources at the disposal of the village with
particular attention to Mithun rearing. This arrangement is called “the Lura”. With
this arrangement into practice, the community has taken upon itself the responsibilities
of management and look-after of the Mithuns. Following is the characteristics or
salient features of the Lura: Lura is a forest area that is earmarked by the community
within the community forest.
* Lura is a temporary captivity in which the Mithun population of the concerned village
is confined for a certain fixed length of time during a particular season of the
* Lura is a management system for Mithun rearing.
* Lura is sustainable resource utilization with a tinge of conservation of natural
Lura is a community forest.
Lura refers to ‘a forest area within a village community forest especially earmarked
by the community with the main objective of harbouring mithun population of the village
together, irrespective of individual ownership’. It’s not markedly different from
rest of the forests in its vegetation type, canopy type and species composition,
yet it’s a separate entity in that the practice of shifting cultivation is regulated
by the community. Besides, such an area is so chosen wherein majority of the mithun
population of the village is found. In addition, such areas are identified and chosen
for the lura which afford the best of the natural conditions required by mithuns.
In nutshell, lura is the forest that has been identified, preferred and chosen by
the community as the best area with its natural conditions for mithun rearing in
its natural habitat.
As the animal is concerned as an asset, its management and conservation are given
high degree of concern, attention and importance by the individuals in particular
and the community as a whole. Once the area is earmarked, the community prevails
upon the activities of the individuals of the village in the lura. The area is kept
relatively free from human disturbances and interferences.
Lura is a Temporary Captivity.
Lura is basically a community-sponsored, forest-based and mithun-oriented temporary
captivity within a community forest. The community-identified and -earmarked forest
is extensively fenced all through the boundary and finally closing the area from
rest of the forests. The fencing activities are started as soon as winter season
ends and it takes near- about 1-2 months to completely fence the area, but with entry
points or gates at many locations. Every household of the village must contribute
its share in terms of labour, manpower and finance all through the fencing operation.
However, individuals without mithun are entitled to some relaxations in number of
days for fencing and monetary contribution. The fencing materials used are bamboos,
small poles of less economical species, etc. After the completion of the fencing
of the area, the mithun population of the village, irrespective of individual ownership,
is put or kept in it for certain length of time during a particular season of a year,
particularly, for 4-5 months during Mar-July. The mithun-owners must bring their
animals into the area as soon as possible, wherever they may be.
This captivity is synchronized with the cultivation season of the slash and burn
practice of the land use system prevalent in the area. This serves as an effective
measure to control and curb the incidence of damage of crops by the mithuns. Though
every household or family puts fencing along his portion of the boundary of the cultivated
area, sometimes, the mithuns, not being put in the captivity and straying in the
forest, try to intrude into the cultivated area and, on being successful in their
attempts, damage the crops and ruin the labour, hard-work and smile of the people.
This is the reason that the captivity is synchronized with the shifting cultivation
and it is made mandatory for the mithun-owners to put their animals into the captivity
Lura is a management system for Mithun rearing
Lura is an arrangement evolved and developed by the Galos of Arunachal Pradesh in
order to devise a mechanism to domesticate the mithun and also maintain a good proportion
of mithun population in its natural habitat. Lura has served not only as captivity
to restrict and regulate the activities of mithun, but also as breeding place where
mating has been facilitated by human efforts. Further, periodic visits by a group
of 2-5 persons of the village, as mandated by the community, to the area in order
to check the condition of the fencing, predation of mithun by predators like wild
dogs, leopards and tigers, outbreak of any disease in the area, and to provide proper
care and medicines in case of any disease infection to mithuns, and so on help monitoring
of the lura effectively and easily, which, in turn, has ensured further steps toward
domestication of the mithun.
Lura is sustainable resource utilization with a tinge of conservation of natural
The maintenance of the forest of the area in its natural condition in order to provide
the mithuns their natural habitat has actually led to conservation and preservation
of the micro-environment of the area. Regulation on shifting cultivation, hunting
activities except for predators, and extraction of timber, except for the needs of
agricultural implements, fire-woods, construction of house, etc. from the lura has
made the area a relatively resource-richer, a kind of resource pool compared to the
surrounding forest. The lura as such is not confined to a particular location perennially,
and it is changed after certain time interval such as 2-4 years. In the process of
selection of site and subsequent change of the site, the extent and size of the area
is not changed abruptly; its position is continuously oriented, moved and aligned
toward new areas having congenial and favorable conditions for the mithuns through
the entire tracts of the community forest. That is to say, boundaries on the side
of direction of change are gradually merged into new area and the boundaries on the
rearward side are, simultaneously relinquished. The area ceded on the rearward side
is most of the times, more or less, equivalent in extent to the new land incorporated
into the lura. The reason that the portion of area left-out from the previously held
lura land was under some sort of community protection and restriction against extraction
of resources, particularly, timber harvest and shifting cultivation continuously
for 5-6 years, before being curved out as a natural consequence of positional orientation
of the lura to move into other area, has actually enriched its resource potentialities
over the years.
Evidently, such area serves as a resource-pool. It is now without any such restriction
anymore and the activities such as hunting, minor forest produce collection, etc.
are allowed. The land owner(s) of that left-out portion can now harvest the timber
and also do shifting cultivation. On the other hand, new area included in the lura
area will come under the purview of the lura regulation and restriction. In the long
run, the lura gradually covers the entire community forests belonging to that particular
village, by merging its boundaries into new locations and leaving or retreating from
the other. In short, lura is a mobile captivity cum rearing place for mithun which
simultaneously takes care of the forest resources of the village. It is a nice arrangement
that facilities sustainable utilization of the resources at the disposal of the village
with the spirit of the collective responsibility.
Cash reward stands
ITANAGAR, Sep 02: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh
Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam
Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s
will be kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele.
numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.
Yoga Module for Teachers at Innao
ITANAGAR, Sept 02: Vivekananda Kendra Arunachal Prant organized a two days workshop
for teachers at Govt.Higher Secondary School, Innao of Changlang District on 1st
and 2nd September. The workshop –SAMARTH- a yoga module is developed by Vivekananda
Kendra, Kanyakumari. 31 teachers from various Government and private schools of
Innao and Diyun participated in this workshop at.
The workshop was inaugurated by T.N.N. Innao, ASM Chairperson, Diyun Circle and
conducted by a team of trained resource persons from Vivekananda Kendra.
Yogic micro-exercises, creative games and interactive sessions with power point presentation
were the main attraction of the workshop. The main thrust of the workshop was to
bring about an attitudinal change which will help them to render their services in
a more productive and effective way contributing to the work of man making and nation
Bandh calls are not solution: Association
ITANAGAR, Sept 02: Opposing the bandh which was called by the Banderdewa Circle Intellectual
Forum on August 31 in protest against the decision to shift the greenfield airport
site to Hollongi from Karsingsa as baseless, All Papum Pare District Youth Association
(APPDYA) said the bandh calls are not solution for developmental activities. It only
hampers the daily wage earners and traders of the state, it said.
The state Govt has no role in selection of site for Greenfield airport, the Union
said while adding “we should welcome the big projects like green field and other
developmental activities in the state.”
Arunachal delegation attends IPACHA meet
SHILLONG Sept 2: The 4th General Body Meeting of Indian People’s Alliance for Combating
HIV & AIDS (IPACHA) was held recently at the Pastoral Training Centre (PTC), Shillong,
IPACHA is a value-based civil society having alliance with 41 member organizations
from 18 States of India out of which 22 member organizations from 13 states participated
in the two days deliberations.
R. K. Paul Chawang, Secretary Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA) Roing, Tamchi
Niania, Chairman of Rural Development & Heritage Society (RDHS) and Joram Mepung,
Secretary Mecha Welfare Society and its member Poonam Joram of NGOs represented Arunachal
Pradesh in the AGB Meeting.
During the general meeting the member organizations in length and breadth discussed
about the ways to combat HIV AIDS and vowed to educate masses on the threats posed
by the disease.
ZIRO, Sept 02: Ziro II Anti-corruption Youth Forum gave another 10 days to administration
for the arrest of the second accused in the murder of a girl student Rallo Rinyi.
This decision was taken after the assurance from the deputy commissioner and the
SP on August 30 to arrest the accused at the earliest.
The Forum said it will call a bandh on September 17 next if the accused is not arrested
The Forum also appealed to the Assam-based labourers, especially those from North
Lakhimpur district, who are working here to cooperate with the police in arresting
Council demands exemplary punishment to accused
NAMSAI, Sept 02: While lauding the administration, police personnel, security forces
and others for their efforts in arresting those involved in the kidnap and murder
of Pangkhao GB Chow Mikhita Namchoom, the Tai-Khampti Singpho Council (TKSC) appealed
to the government to ensure that the accused are not given bail under any circumstances.
The Council demanded exemplary punishment to the accused and expressed deep sense
of condolence to the bereaved family.
The Council also urged the government to take necessary measures to restore law
and order in Lohit district. It said that the district has been witnessing incidents
of kidnapping, killing, extortion and other forms of crime occurring unabated for
the last many years.
The council further said that the people of this area have been falling victims
to crimes while many pending and unsolved cases are yet to see the light of day.
ANSU to conduct educational tour
ITANAGAR, Sept 02: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) is going to organize Educational
tour programme in East Kameng district from Sept 15 to 25. Four team of ANSU members
will cover remote area of entire East Kameng district during the tour programme.
As a part of the tour programme, ANSU decided to organize mega free medical camp
at Seppa town on Sept 21 and 22. This would be followed by mass awareness cum public
meeting at Seijosa town on Sept 24. Health minister Atum Welly is expected to attend
ANSU will also conduct an awareness campaign cum carrier counseling programme in
collaboration with Arunachal Law Academy (ALA) at Govt Hr. Sec. School Itanagar,
Kankar Nalla and Doimukh on September 4. Topics of the awareness campaign cum carrier
counseling programme include “Violation of traffic rules in the state of Arunachal
Pradesh’, ‘Drug Addiction among youth a cause of concern’, ‘Early marriage and its
impact on society,’ ‘Carrier options after class X and XII and setting of goal in
life’ and ‘Women Empowerment and its Relevance.’ Resource persons from ALA, NGOs,
intellectuals and Govt officials will deliver lecture on various topics.
49 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Think twice before calling a bandh
Bandh calls in Arunachal are slowly emerging as daily event, a part and parcel
of our growing society. The excessive use of this public weapon has severely turned
down its value and effect on the innocent public’s mind. On the other hand, the success
of a bandh call, totally depends on its aim and objective.
Living in a state which is already overburdened with unions and organizations, we
are now used to endure the hardships caused by half a dozen bandh calls every month.
I feel if we are to express our dissatisfaction against the government, for the well
being of the public, it is necessary that we aim for minimum public distress while
drawing maximum government attention towards grievances.
The recent bandh call on the 31st August has been proved to be a very discomforting
for us as all of us know it very well that the much awaited and very important festival
of the Adi society “the Solung” is celebrated all around the state with full enthusiasm
on September 1.
Firstly bandh call on August 31 was very hastily and unconventionally publicized,
which led to a confusing situation in the capital complex, and I, being a member
of one of the prominent societies of the capital complex, was quite shocked and
disheartened at the date of the bandh call. The preparations for the celebration
of our festival were severely hampered by the bandh call and all the scheduled programmes
were torn up.
Festivals in Arunachal are our identity and our lifeline, it is only time when we
sort out our differences, promote our culture and celebrate together with family
and friends. Such incidents really hurt the emotions and sentiments of the common
I also should not forget to mention that the Rajiv Gandhi University student’s general
fresher meet also had disastrously clashed with this bandh call, hence severely affecting
the success of the event.
The bandh call had been poorly publicized, making it too late for the organizers
to reschedule the programme. It is not that my views are against any particular bandh
calling organization or society, what I am trying to convey is that, a bandh call
should be decided keeping in mind all the side effects, and sentiments of all sects
of the society. It should be notified and publicized extensively days prior to the
bandh, so that the people who have scheduled programmes on the day can sort out an
alternative way out. Earning more public support should be the aim of the bandh callers.
I do positively hope that the bandh callers will surely give a thought about it next
time to gain huge public support on their grievances.
Tembo Lego (RGU)
... But the real sponsors of terrorism get off scot-free
The butcher of Mumbai has rightly been sentenced to death.
But when will the rabid, and often elite think-tank, be vanquished from the face
of the earth who religiously exploit the acute poverty in the society and brainwash
the Kasabs to create mayhem? It is indeed unfortunate that only those who are used
as mere instruments get punished, but the real sponsors of terrorism get off scot-free.
Countries affected by terrorism should certainly enforce strict laws and defence
mechanism to protect its borders, but the greater challenge lies in rooting out
poverty and hunger from the society. Else no power in the world can prevent birth
of more poverty-stricken hungry uneducated unemployed Kasabs, to be lapped up by
the terrorist organisations to further their vested interests.
However, there lies no doubt to the fact that the sponsors of Gujarat pogrom, who
are all full-fledged Indians, are infinite times greater culprit than the Kasabs.
The sin of poverty and illiteracy compel the victims of fate like Kasabs to join
terrorist outfits who wage war against alien nations with full knowledge that they
would get killed or hanged to death, if nabbed. But the conspirators in Gujarat belonged
to "educated" political well-established section of the society, enjoying all milk
and honey of life. These bunch of communal cowards, by disguising themselves in mob,
had looted-raped-killed thousands of their own fellow-citizens just because the latter
happened to practice a different faith! And after completing the mayhem, these "civilized"
"nationalist" brigade continued to lead their smooth lives as politicians businessmen
traders and servicemen, as if nothing has happened! By posing a direct assault on
the very basis of India only i.e. secularism and communal harmony, the cold-blooded
criminals of Gujarat have attacked the country from within which is much more fatal.
The entry of alien Kasabs can be controlled to a great extent by sealing international
borders and strengthening the defence mechanism, but who will rein in the Gujarat-terrorists
who bleed the country from within?
Exemplary punishment to Maya Kodnanis and Babu Bajrangis was certainly the need
of the hour and the judiciary deserves immense kudos for ensuring it. But it is also
high time the authorities learn to appreciate the fact that mere earning of degrees
from colleges and universities do not educate an individual. Stress should be accorded
in enlightening the mindset regarding brotherhood of human beings and equality of
all Indians on the country's soil. Else, the poison of Gujarat will raise its deadly
fangs in near future in perhaps another part of the country.
Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata
Sri Lanka on track to eliminate Malaria
According to a research, Sri Lanka has succeeded in reducing malaria cases by 99.9
percent since 1999 and is on track to eliminate the disease entirely by 2014.
Typically, countries with conflict experience a weakening of their malaria control
programs and an increased risk of outbreaks and epidemics, the researchers said.
Chief among its keys to success was the program’s ability to be flexible and adapt
to changing conditions, the study found. For instance, to protect hard-to-reach,
displaced populations, public health workers deployed mobile clinics equipped with
malaria diagnostics and antimalarial drugs, whenever it was safe to do so. Likewise,
when it was impossible to routinely spray insecticides in homes in conflict zones,
the malaria program distributed long-lasting insecticide-treated nets, engaging non-governmental
partner organizations familiar with the areas to help with distribution.
The program was able to sustain key prevention and surveillance activities in conflict
areas through support from partner organizations and support from the Global Fund
to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.