September  03


Disability does not mean inability’

M Doley

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, he said.

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 Federation.

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 to Tawang.

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 been attended.

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 commence soon.

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 revenue generation.  

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 strikes.




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 Forest Division.

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 higher”.

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 added.

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 of Agriculture.

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 rearing.

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 year.

* Lura is a management system for Mithun rearing.

* Lura is sustainable resource utilization with a tinge of conservation of natural ecosystem.

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 in time.

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 ecosystem

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.


News Impact

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 building.


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, Meghalaya.

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.


Ultimatum extended

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 by then.

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 the culprit.


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 the meeting,.

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

Dear Editor,

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 people.

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

Dear Editor,

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.


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