September  05


Selja assures fund for cultural hall in each district

NEW DELHI, Sept 04: A couple of days after reiterating his commitment to work for preservation and promotion of indigenous culture and traditions of the state during Solung celebrations on September 1, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today called on Kumari Selja, the Union Minister for Culture, who also holds the portfolio of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation ministry, and sought Center’s assistance to fulfill it.

Asserting the need to initiate concrete steps to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of various tribes of the state, Tuki said that the Government has to take the lead in this regard, especially in view of the rapidly changing world scenario.

Responding affirmatively, the Union Minister appreciated the concern expressed by Tuki and assured all cooperation from her Ministry. She accepted in principle to allocate funds for construction of cultural halls in every district headquarters of the state.

When highlighted by Tuki that Arunachal Pradesh is a distinct state with so many tribes, each celebrating their own indigenous festivals round the year, Kumari Selja offered to provide grants to facilitate the celebrations. Once the assurance is fulfilled grants would be provided to the state government for celebration of festivals of each and every tribe of the state.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister reiterated his appeal to the Union Ministry of Culture for bringing the Buddha’s Relic from the National Museum to Arunachal Pradesh in the month of November next when the Buddhists of the state would be celebrating the 2600 years of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Tourism Minister Pema Khandu and Parliamentary Secretaries Padi Richo and Nido Pavitra.



NTPC awaits Arunachal govt nod for Rs 1 lakh cr power project


As per its policy, the state government is believed to have asked NTPC to make an upfront payment of about Rs 400 crore for setting up the project.


New Delhi, Sept 04: State-owned NTPC is awaiting nod from the Arunachal Pradesh government for its proposed Rs 1 lakh crore hydro power project, a top company official said today.

As per its policy, the state government is believed to have asked NTPC to make an upfront payment of about Rs 400 crore for setting up the project.

"We have to sort out various matters. The state government has to sort out a lot of things like land, environment, etc," NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Arup Roy Choudhury told reporters here.

According to sources, the state government is asking NTPC to make an upfront payment of about Rs 4,00,000 per megawatt before starting work on the project.

The company had evinced interest in setting up a 9,750 MW hydel project at Siang in Arunachal Pradesh at an investment of about Rs 1 lakh crore.

The proposed Rs 1 lakh crore investment for the project is to be spread over 10 years or the construction time of the project. Around Rs 10 crore is incurred for producing one megawatt of hydro power.

Former Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had written to the Arunachal Pradesh government for allowing NTPC to execute this project in the State.

As per reports, the efforts to harness the Brahmaputra comes after China communicated its plans to construct hydro-electric projects on Yarlung Tsangpo, the Tibetan name for the Brahmaputra.

The current installed capacity of NTPC is 39,174 MW through 16 coal based, seven gas and seven Joint Venture power stations spread across the country.

With over 16,000 MW capacity under construction, NTPC plans to become 1,28,000 MW company by the year 2032.

The company has set a target of importing 16 million tonne of coal in the current financial year (2012-13).

"We are importing 16 million tonne coal in this fiscal of which 9 million tonne has been done and the remaining would be done during the year," Choudhury added. PTI



AAPSU calls state-wide bandh in support of NESO on Sept 6

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: Joining with the chorus of  North East Students’ Organization (NESO) against the atrocities committed towards the people of the region in various parts of the country All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union(AAPSU) today declared 12 hours state-wide bandh in support of NESO on Sept 6.  

In a release, AAPSU sought support and cooperation from the people across the state. It further instructed its federal units to spearhead and enforce the bandh in their respective jurisdiction. Essential services like milk van, ambulances and paramilitary forces will be  exempted from the purview of bandh, the union said.

NESO has been demanding the Center to act tough against on atrocities meted out to the people of the region and deportation of illegal immigrants.



Police yet to nab Samuel’s killer


RUKSIN, Sept 04: Though 30 days have passed, the police yet to make any breakthrough in the Samuel Koyu murder case.

Late Samuel was a native of Detak village under Nari police station and he was serving as Head Constable (Radiogram) at Sille Police Out Post. He went missing on July 30 and his semi-decomposed body was recovered from jungle near Debing village on August 3 last. The Ruksin police, after registering a case (No- 12/2012, U/S- 302 of IPC) started investigation of the case and subsequently recovered the helmet and the TVS motorcycle used by the victim.

The incident evoked massive public outcry in Ruksin and Nari area as various sections of local people blamed the police for neglecting investigation of the case. They set the police a deadline of 30 days to nab the culprits, which expired yesterday. The victim’s family men, who are in a tizzy condition, are hopefully staring at the future course of action initiated by the local organizations.

On the other hand, Ruksin police reportedly passed message to various police stations in Assam and other NE states informing about the incident and the suspects involved with the murder. Police has picked up as many as 30 persons regarding Samuel murder case and got some primary clues from their statements.

“We are expecting a positive outcome within the next 10 days. The actual cause behind the murder can be ascertained after nabbing the culprits, who are now absconding. By now, we are unable to disclose any development for the sake of the ongoing investigation”, said the Investigating Officer.



CCPDA demands arrest of assaulters

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: The Capital Complex Petroleum Depots Association (CCPDA) has strongly condemned the physical assault on employees of M/s Itanagar Auto Agency Petrol Pump, ‘C’-sector here  on Aug 2 night by group of miscreants. An FIR has been lodged in this regard at Itanagar police station by CCPDA.  

A group of people reportedly came to the said Petrol Pump in Maruti Alto car around 9 PM and had an altercation with the employees. Later they physically assaulted the employees of petrol pump causing serious injurious to some of them.  

Expressing serious concern over the attack on a petrol pump situated in the centre of capital the Association called on capital police to immediate arrest the culprits involved in the assault case and threatened to go for democratic movement if the assaulters are not arrested at the earliest. When contact Itanagar police station officer in charge Make Bui confirmed the incident and said police will take its own course of action as per law.

It is not for the first time that attacks on petrol pump has happened. In the past also many such incidents has taken place.  Such miscreants create bad atmosphere in capital complex and thereby hampers the business opportunities, CCPDA stated in a release.



Forum reiterates its stand, threatens stir

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: Reiterating its resentment over the decision to change Greenfield Airport construction site from Karsingsa to Hollongi, the Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum (BCIF) today declared that it would fight till the state government reconsiders its decision.

BCIF President Yurum Nillo in a press conference held here today while referring to Hollongi as sensitive interstate boundary area blamed state government of playing spoilsport in the issue.  “After all the official procedures were done, its construction should have been now started. Why is it that the site has been changed now to Hollongi which also has the presence of many Chakma and Hajong refugees which makes it all the more dangerous?,” questioned Nillo.

“As it is the fourth time now that the site is being changed, we doubt if it will ever be built,” he lamented.

He further added, “Karsingsa also had been the choice of Airport Authority of India (AAI) way back in the year 2006 when the site was approved and now also as claimed by the state government on August 30. If it is the case, we want to know if AAI is divided.”

BCIF General Secretary Kipa Taniang while informing that the state government had given Rs. One crore to AAI for conducting “Detailed Techno Economic Feasibility Study and preparation of DPR” for the Karsingsa site said, “the state government has invested so much for the site, the whole process will have to be repeated for the site at Hollongi. Who will then refund the investment that has been done so far for the Karsingsa site?”

The Forum further appealed all the CM, Cabinet members, MLAs and all the organization to support the issue. Taniang further  said that the forum will organize phase wise bandh call till the state government reconsiders its  decision.



Stalemate between two communities resolved amicably

Bomdila, Sept 04: The stalemate between Hrusso (Aka) and Nyishi communities in West Kameng district came to a logical conclusion at the historic Bomdila convention held Tuesday at Govt Hr Secondary School Auditorium hall here after 23 days.

A small difference between a few youths of both the communities on August 12 last snowballed into a major crisis in this peaceful town, where a few Hrusso youths allegedly assaulted some Nyishi youths at Buddha Stadium during a football tournament.

Concerned at the oft-repeated ‘atrocities’ on Nyishi denizens living here, the All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) and All Nyishi Youths Association (ANYA) on August 12 last served extraordinary notice asking its community members to leave the district within 45 days.     

In a reconciliation bid among both the communities living peacefully since undivided Kameng district days, a 60-member team steered by Nyishi Elite Society president Bengia Tolum, including members of ANSU, ANYA, All East Kameng Students Union and East Kameng Socio Welfare and Culture Organization (EKSWCO) arrived here yesterday on the invitation of All Hrusso (Aka) Socio-Cultural Society (AHSCS) to hammer out an acceptable and ever lasting solution. The Nyishi Community was represented by the NES, ANSU, ANYA, EKSWCO and AEKSU, while the Hrusso was represented by AHSCS and All Hrusso (Aka) Students’ Union (ARSU) besides West Kameng Indigenous Peoples’ Society (WKIPS), All Sajolang Elite Society and Sherdukpen Youth Welfare Society.

All the members in a joint declaration during the convention chaired by deputy commissioner Rinchin Tashi, unanimously resolved for strengthening the age-old relationship of bonhomie for the generations to come on the principle of ‘Forgive and Forget’ from both the side and to cement the usual emotional attachment of both the close communities.

The Convention while condemning the incident resolved to ensure that Nyishi would stay with dignity in all respect with equal benefits and status as an indigenous people of the state in the district.

“Both the community leaders shall endeavor to instill mutual trust and confidence and ensure peaceful co-existence as before,” the convention resolved.

It further resolved that the isolated instances of personal fight would be taken as personal and not communalized in future and in such case criminals would be treated as criminals and no communal colour would be assigned.

“Both the community leaders will work in this endeavour. The individual fights will be taken as purely personal and no social protection will be accorded,” it resolved.

Other resolutions of the historic convention include, District Administration would deal with the criminals belonging to any community as per the law of the land and there would be no protection from the community leaders.

The convention also jointly urge the District administration for issuance of permanent resident certificates (PRCs), S/T certificates, land allotment etc, as per genuineness  governed by the government rules & guidelines in force and at par with other districts of the state.

Violation of this joint declaration shall invite appropriate legal and social action, the convention resolved and constituted a 22-member Nyishi-Hrusso (Aka) Co-ordination Committee of Bomdila Convention ‘2012 to address the differences, if any with Er Taba Teni, SE, PHED as the Convenor of the Committee for the first six months.    

Meanwhile, the convention resolved to withdraw the quit notice served in the aftermath of the incident.

The DM later while lauding the organizations for resolving the issue amicably without involving the district administration termed the occasion as ‘historic’ saying that it would herald a new chapter of peace and tranquility in the district.

He also urged upon the members of the communities to strictly adhere to the resolutions in letter and spirit.  



SLP turns to be a destination of ‘Gyan Yatra’

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: Almost 2600 school students visited Subansiri Lower Project between August 27and September 4 on excursion tour programme called ‘Gyan Yatra’ arranged by Dhemaji District Administration under the aegis of Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan.

Students of class IX from 69 Govt. provincialised secondary schools of Dhemaji are being taken to different locations with an aim to provide them learning exposure to the intricacies of culture and ecological diversities of the district.  

At the project site, Rakesh, Executive Director and Om Prakash, General Manager explained the students about the construction, operation and benefits of the hydro power project. They told them that hydropower is cheap and environment friendly. Interacting with students they said that Subansiri Lower Project is safe in all aspects. Highlighting the importance of electricity in day-to-day life, they explained that electricity has become not only the basic need of the human life today but it is the backbone of development of a country. The students were shown and explained about different components of the project by NHPC staff, according a NHPC, SLP release.



A three-day painting exhibition of bespoke art deco pieces by the first lady of Arunachal Pradesh held

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: ‘Dual Identity,’ a three-day solo exhibition of bespoke art deco pieces by Anupama Singh, the first lady of Arunachal Pradesh was held at New Delhi from September 1 to 3. The exhibition was a huge success as large numbers of visitors and art enthusiasts visited each day of the display.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his cabinet minister colleagues also visited the solo exhibition. Handicrafts made of wood and brass designed by Singh along with textiles items were on display.

Acclaimed designer of Handicrafts of brass and textiles, Singh is a multi-faceted artist by profession, who always believes that Arunachalee culture and heritage is very rich in art.

It may be recalled that she had inaugurated ‘Eclectic Palette’ a four-day Arts Exhibition, organized by Arunachal Akademi of fine Arts at city based hotel here on August 20, 2010. It was first of its kind, where works of indigenous artists was on display.

The First Lady has been tirelessly working to promote indigenous textiles and handicraft products. Always dressed up with local attires, Singh has been promoting indigenous attires. Another important sector, she is pursuing is ‘Thankha’ painting. She feels that the initiative will not only help in maintain the traditional needs but also help in employment generation.

Anupama was brought up amidst a world of literature and the fine arts as both her parents were literary figures, her mother Prabjot Kaur a famous writer and her father Col Narenderpal Singh,  a well known soldier-writer. As a young child, she travelled to Afghanistan along with her father who was Military Attache there. When her father was again Defence Attache in Paris, she pursued her passion by doing an intensive art course at the Beaux-Arts and Academic Julian. This was supplemented by a course in applied and decorative arts at Ecole Superior at Paris. Since then painting became a passion, particularly of rural India’s strong and silent women, executed in vibrant hues. A series of solo exhibitions followed, the first one being held in Pune when she was just twenty.

The transition from a painter to a designer took place, when during one of her exhibitions at the Lalit Kala Academy in 1992, she was approached by an export house to design for them.

Today, Singh has emerged as a celebrated and mature artist with a distinct style and standing of her own. She has alongside her painting career, diversified into designing artifacts, furniture and tapestry and runs a successful design house of her own creations. Her designed products are exported to USA, French and many other countries. (PRO to Raj Bhavan)



Adopt sustainable tourism projects: DC

PASIGHAT, Sept 04: Adopt long-term sustainable tourism projects, suggested the Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra today. He was chairing a meeting in his office chamber to finalize tourism developmental projects for East Siang District.

Tourism takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the environment and host communities. Make optimal use of environmental resources that constitute a key element in tourism development, maintaining essential ecological processes and helping to conserve natural heritage and biodiversity, stated Mishra.

While going through the proposals of tourism projects presented by A Jamoh, DTO, the DC advised to respect the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities conserving their living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to inter-cultural understanding and tolerance. Sustainable tourism should also maintain a high level of tourist satisfaction and ensure a meaningful experience to the tourists.

SP Pushpendra Kumar also urged to ensure viable, long-term economic operations, providing socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders that are fairly distributed, including stable employment and income-earning opportunities and social services to host communities, and contributing to poverty alleviation.

After threadbare discussion on various proposals, the house finally accepted two proposals to recommend the government for approval for development of river banks of Siang and development of Ramro-Patang

The meeting was attended by SP, DTO (Tourism), DFO (WL), EE (PHED), DD (UD), DRO and tour operators.  DIPRO



Wancho chiefs urged to maintain unity

KHONSA, Sept 04: Parliamentary Secretary, IPR Thangwang Wangham, called upon all the chiefs to maintain unity and perform their duties honestly and sincerely.

Addressing a meeting of all the Wancho chiefs at Longding today, Thangwang Wangham, who is the Chief of Niausa, highlighted the history of the Wanchos and said that the institution of Chiefs had always played a vital role in running the administration of the village. He said that the role of the chiefs was relevant even today.

Many other chiefs also spoke on the occasion.

A memorandum was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, Longding in which it was stated that all the small problems in the villages should be solved by the chiefs themselves and that all the chiefs should be empowered to sign on all the official documents before sending to the administration.

The memorandum further added that all the chiefs should be consulted by the government department while carrying out development work in the villages. It was also stated that Wancho Wangham council should be officially recognized.

It may be added here that the Wanchos have this Chieftainship institution since time immemorial. All the rituals and Custom revolve around the chief. The Chief is the apex body of all decision making in the village.DIPRO



Road link snaps as Log Bridge at Ngorlung washes away


RUKSIN, Sept 04: The Public Work Department (PWD) officials in East Siang have come under public criticism for not maintaining quality of works during partial restoration of communication along  Mirem-Mikong-Jonai road.

It may be recalled that a Bailey bridge over Ngorlung river connecting the areas caved in during last part of June this year snapping road communication for long days. The PWD later partly restored communication along the road by constructing a log-bridge thereon. But, surging water of the river due to heavy rain again washed away the log-bridge on Friday night and pushed the local people out of gear.

There was a blame game between the PWD officials and local police when the bridge collapsed.

The local villagers are infuriated at the lackadaisical attitude of the PWD officials and demanded the district administration for proper inquiry into the matter. They alleged that the department officials have misappropriated huge amount of fund in the name of construction of Log Bridge.

“Our PR leaders earlier sought proper inquiry to trace out those involved with the bridge caving incident, but not fruited .We are demanding the district administration to conduct ground inquiry over the alleged misappropriation of money by the PWD officials”, said some sufferers of Ngorlung village.



AAPSA celebrates Teachers Day

Make Arunachal a hub of quality education: Speaker

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: The 1st ever Teachers Day Celebration of Private Schools was organized by All Arunachal Private Schools Association (AAPSA)  in collaboration with Sahodya  Arunachal Chapter at Royal International School, Papu Nallah yesterday.

Altogether, 500 teachers from various private schools of Capital Complex along with the representatives from various districts attended the celebration.

Addressing the gathering as chief guest, Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong encouraged the teachers and the principals and owners of all the private schools to work harder in order to bring about a quality education and to make Arunachal Pradesh a hub for quality education.

Lowangdong informed that four Bills in the direction of Higher Education has already been introduced and passed in the State Assembly which will enhance the higher education scenario of the state. He added that more such bills would be coming in the next assembly session which will provide ample opportunity to the students to study in Arunachal itself.

Further, acknowledging the services rendered by the teachers and the Private Schools of the state, he said, AAPSA should further enhance it by working together with the mission to educate all.

Rt. Rev. John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar shared his experiences with the teachers and encouraged them to be more dedicated in their profession and also expressed his love for the teaching fraternity.

On the occasion Sahodaya Arunachal and AAPSA congratulates Jayashree Gosh, Principal, Gyan Ganga Vidyapeeth, Itanagar for being selected for the prestigious CBSE Mentor Awards, 2011 by Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi.

Later, Lowangdong and Thomas gave away Teacher of the Year Award and a Certificate to teachers of private schools. The awardees are:  Barnana Thakur, Nirmalendu Sinha, Rajesh Kapoor, Thomaskutty Abraham, Buddha Bir Tamang, TB Sonar, Sandhiya Sunil, Nabajit Sharma, Dogin Rinyo, Ningtinglang, Nilesh Kumar Bhan, R K Ojha, Sangita Srivastava, Nirmala Thakur, Samy Nathans, Biju PJ, Anamika Chakravarthy, B. Singh, Jumken Nada, Gita Singh, Mala Ram, Parma Nand Sinha and Tapi Rani.



Festival and Festivities are Integral part of life: Ete

AALO, Sept 04: Solung, the popular festival of the Adi community, was celebrated in various parts of West Siang District in befitting manners from September one to three.

At Aalo: Parliament Secretary Home, Geology and Mining Gadam Ete said that it always important to galvanize our thought pattern to know and propagate good essence of all the tribal festivals in the state. The festival emits rich values of our culture, belief, practices and tribal way of life through the ages and knows no barriers on caste, creed and religion in the making of a peaceful tribal society to head towards path of development.

Extending his Solung greetings to all the people, he said that the festivals among Abotani belt are all alike and associated with agriculture and general well-being of the society and urged active participation of all communities in such festivities.

West Siang Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete said that festival always gives us a common platform to interact and know each other to foster  unity, oneness and mutual trust among all communities and assured mass participation in the years to come.

The Chief Advisor of the festival Dibang Tatak, Ex MLA said that changes and modernity over a period of time is inevitable but abrupt shift in our costume and practices will erode our values. He urged younger generations to always stay rooted their own culture.

President, CSGCC-2012 Tamuna Messar and General Secretary Advocate Tageng Padoh dwelt at length on the significance and mythological aspects of solung festival.  

At Pangin: The West Siang Zilla Parishad Chairperson Jarsa Gamlin while addressing a huge gathering called for fostering unity and brotherhood through such festivity. One’s own festival has been the guiding and binding force behind all our activities and it is always important to preserve and give wide exposure about the richness of our culture.

Tapun Taki, DACO also attended the festival.

At Police Colony: The festivity ran high with attractive programme at the residence of Advocate Taji Tajom where Solung Giidi Committee, Poung Party from Geku and senior members of Galo Community congregated to share nostalgic moments of festival celebration then and now.

The senior member of the Galo Society, Tumpak Ete stressed on promotion and preservation of tribal culture and appealed younger generation to take keen interest in taking up our rich folklores in written form so that they do not die a natural death with the invasion of modernity and changes. He presented a book on Solung Festival written by him to the Solung Festival Committee.

At Patum: MLA Rumgong Tamio Taga attended the festival and gave his festival greetings to entire community. The three-day-long programme included wide variety of cultural shows, rhythmical Abang Ponung by Geku Ponung Party, mithun sacrifice, and Ponung Dobo etc. DIPRO




Awareness camp on national flagship progs

Aalo,  Sept 04:  An awareness camp on National Flagship programmes was conducted at Forest Colony “Bori Dere”, especially for the Bori tribe residing at Aalo township by Youth Congress Committee, (AICC) 32 Rumgong Constituency.

Speaking on the occasion, Resource Person, Kato Riram, Asstt. Director Industry Aalo, highlighted the importance of PMEGP and its benefit to unemployed youth. Binyom Rime coordinator ICICI lambort Aalo also highlighted the facilities provided by central govt. through Health Insurance and other medical benefits. He asked people to come forward and avail the benefit under RGSSBY.

Speaking on the occasion, Tarut Pari, President AYCC 32 Rumgong appealed the people to come forward and avail the facilities provided by Govt. through various flagship programme. Modam Karbak, Gen. Secretary, DCC West Siang who presided over the meeting appreciated the awareness camp and extended his thanks to officers concerned for their effort to create awareness on National Flagship Schemes in the area. Takit Yaying, ASM Chairperson 15 Payum and Monya Kamduk President 31 Aalo East were also present on the occasion.DIPRO



Bharatiya Vikash Ratan Award 2012 to HP Biswas

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: The Bharatya Vikash Ratan Award was conferred on National Youth Project President  Hari Pado Biswas by All India Business Development Association in recognition to his selfless service to the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

The award was given to 30 recipients at a special function at Constitution Club in New Delhi on September 3 by former governor of Assam and various other states.

The award was given to people who have done for their praise worthy afford to bring a difference in the life of the community.

Those present on the occasion included Dr GVG Krishna Murthy former Election Commissioner of India, Metasebia Tadesse the Minister Councillor of Ethiopia to India, Prof S. S. Bhakri Director United Nations UNESCO Study Division, Anees Durrani secretary AICC, P.C Nailwal Public leader Uttarakhand, Mukesh Somchand Shah industrialist and various other renowned personalities from social and economic sectors.

Speaking on the accession Dr B.N. Singh said that this award will motivate all the awardees to do more work for national development. In his speech he cited many examples by which small work of its kind can be a change makers in the society.

Dr GVG Krishna Murthy elaborated how we are integrated in one forum inspite of diversity in culture, religion, caste, he said he feels proud to be an Indian.

Ethiopian Minister elaborately discussed the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

Prof Bhakri suggested all the social workers to concentrate on the issues related to social and economic change and development of the rural India.

It is to mention here that H.P Biswas running National Youth Project a national level organization which is running over 64 countries and in all the states of India. In Arunachal Pradesh itself Biswas was catalyzed its activities in all the districts having 47 centres where various developmental works are going on for the development of the state.



Parl Secy graces freshers’ social meet

KHONSA, Sept 04: The Parliamentary Secretary for DoTC and SWWCD Yumsen Matey while attending the Freshers’ Social Meet of Govt Hr. Sec. School, here today said that the school had produced a number of public leaders and officers and hoped that it would continue to produce more officers in the near future also.

He told the students that today’s world had become fiercely competitive adding that a mere degree would not stand them in good stead. Matey asked the students and the teachers to maintain cordial relations to create a conducive atmosphere for healthy teaching and learning. While urging the students to maintain discipline at any cost, Matey said that they should accord top priority to their studies while actively participating in other co-curricular activities of the school. He appreciated the dedicated services of the teachers who were working against all odds.

While replying to the grievances put forth by the Principal of the school, Matey assured to initiate tangible steps to address the most pressing problems of the school. He later gave away the prizes to the winners of different events. Denhang Bosai, DIPRO said that the freshers’ meet was an important milestone in the life of the students and the school calendar and asked the senior students to treat the freshers well to make them feel at home in the school. He emphatically said that the learned teachers were ever ready to give what they knew adding that the students should also be equally receptive and be ready to take whatever their teachers imparted to them. The Principal and the school captain also spoke on the occasion.

The students from four different houses presented a colourful cultural programme to mark the occasion. They enthralled the huge gathering  with their sterling performance of lively songs and dances. Public leaders, parents, students and teachers attended the all important function.DIPRO



Free Vocational Training on Skill Development Held

Aalo, Sept 04:  A Free Vocational training on Beauty Culture and Hair Dressing was organized by Topu Ete (Bsr) in collaboration with department of Industry at DIC Aalo yesterday sponsored by the Director General of Employment and Training Ministry of Labour and Employment, New Delhi.

West Siang Deputy Commissioner, Marnya Ete, who also present, said that such awareness camp on skill development will not only benefit the unemployed youths to earn a decent living but also contribute to nation’s economy. Government jobs are hard to come by these days and self employment generation schemes should be taken up by the unemployed youth, Ete said and  appreciated the efforts put in by Topu Ete for doing such social work for the benefit of the state and nation as whole.

Participating in the programme, Doi Ado, Ex. Minister appealed the unemployed youths to extract maximum benefit from such schemes.

Delivering her key note address on the occasion, the Chairman BC.HD Topu Ete (Bsr), who has been authorized by the central government to provide free vocational training on Beauty Culture and Hair Dressing within the state disclosed that she is entrusted to generate awareness to the unemployed youths, drop outs students, child labour and their families and other workers seeking certification of their skills acquired informally.

The Deputy Director of Industry, Aalo Gomar Angu dwelt at length on the topic and other income generating and self employment schemes under department of industry.DIPRO



News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: 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.


Teachers’ Day greetings

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh and Chief Minister  Nabam Tuki have extended warm greetings to all the people of the State, especially the teaching community on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, tomorrow.

In his message to the people on the occasion, the Governor said that Dr. Radhakrishnan, a philosopher and a genius, has always motivated all. He expressed the hope that the occasion will inspire each and everyone to rededicate oneself towards nation building through education and to follow the high moral and ethical values espoused by Dr. Radhakrishnan.

Emphasizing that a teacher affects eternity as he or she continues to influence all throughout the life, the Governor reiterated his call to the teachers to inculcate knowledge values and discipline amongst the student community and also to be their role models.

“This is the day to pay our respects and tributes to the valuable contribution made by teachers to the society by imparting knowledge and enlightening and shaping the career of students,” said Tuki in his message this evening. He advised, “I call upon my student friends to pay reverence and gratitude to their teachers for their selfless effort in shaping their career and enriching the education system in the process.”

On the occasion he also paid rich tributes to former President of India Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the prominent thinker, philosopher and an educator, whose birth anniversary is celebrated as the Teacher’s Day across the nation.

“As Dr Radhakhrishnan believed that ‘teachers should be the best minds in the country’, I believe our teachers will live up to it and re-dedicate themselves in shaping the future of our country on this day,” the Chief Minister added.


Governor calls on the union home minister

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh called on the Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde at New Delhi yesterday and congratulated Shinde, who recently took over the charge as Home Minister.

In the meeting, they discussed on the overall law and order scenario of the State. Other initiatives and projects under the Home Ministry in the State including modernization of the force and recent police recruitment rallies were also discussed. (PRO to Taj Bhavan)


LSC beat 8PMFC in the final

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: Lileng Soccer Club beat 8PM Football Club by 2-0 in the final match of Gaalem Pajing Solung Cup Football tournament held at Boleng yesterday.

While in individual level prize, Lingak Taki adjudged as Best footballer, Micheal Mibang as Best Goalkeeper, Kaling Tatin as highest scorer and Komsing Football Club was adjudged as discipline team of the tournament.

The closing ceremony was attended by Boleng ADC Taho Mize, OC Atan Taki and adviser cum OSD to Minister of Agriculture, Horticulture and Veterinary Nalong Mize.


‘Handling of Cash and Accounts’ training begins

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: A week-long in-service training programme on “Handling of cash and accounts” commenced at Administrative Training Institute Naharlagun yesterday.

Altogether, 29 officials of Arunachal Pradesh Civil Secretariat, Head of Departments are attending the training.

In his brief inaugural function, Training director Pema Tshetan said cash and accounts subjects are two important pillars of Govt financial management and functions. Therefore, the officials and officers handling Govt cash and accounts matters should be highly trained and equipped with the fair knowledge and skill about the correct and meticulous application of relevant financial rules, guidelines and norms, he said.

Deputy director, (Training)  T Lodo and Assistant director (Training) and Course coordinator Prescilla Tayeng also spoke on the occasion.


Minister, orgs mourn  ZPM’s death

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: Power and Rural Development Minister Tanga Byaling today mourned the demise of Gusar Circle Zilla Parishad Member (ZPM) Pakde Uli, who died in a road accident at Chiputa near Doimukh on Sunday. Late Uli was also former Upper Subansiri district Youth Congress president.

Expressing deep shock, Byaling said that Uli’s service to entire district and its people will be remembered.

Meanwhile Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress, All Upper Subansiri Contractors Welfare Association and Tagin Welfare Society Itanagar also condoled the death of Panchayat leader. In their condolence messages to aggrieved family the organizations termed the death as irreparable loss to family and the society.


Initiation Day organized at Don Bosco College

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: The Don Bosco College, Itanagar National Service Scheme (NSS) unit  today organized Initiation Day of its NSS unit with much fanfare.

Speaking on occasion Dr. V.N Sharma called upon the NSS volunteers and students to dedicate their time in service of society alongwith  the study. He also said that youths need to play vital role in the state developmental process.

Fr Nicholas Gaungdiat, Principal of the college stressed on the service of NSS volunteers to needy people in the society. Hundreds of NSS volunteers took formal pledge to offer their service to the society in bringing communal harmony and brotherhood. Various programs including  patriotic songs and dances were presented to mark the occasion.


Social Service conducted at Daporijo

Daporijo, Sept 04: Siyum Circle Students’ Union, in collaboration with the Urban Development department, conducted a mass social service/cleanliness drive in Daporijo town on September one with the aim to prevent spread of diseases by maintaining cleanliness and personal hygienic.

The students cleaned the Medical Line, Transport Office, Way to Circuit house, near DDSE office areas of Daporijo town. The students and public were guided by UD department officers and ZPM Duma Yekar during the cleanliness drive. DIPRO


Meritorious students felicitated

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: Hija Artistes and Literacy Forum of Lower Subansiri has felicitated the meritorious students of class X and XII on its 4th Foundation Day on Monday at Ziro. Taku Rini of class X and Dani Yakang and Pura Yalla of class XII were among the students felicitated by the Forum.


Solung celebrated at Mebo

ITANAGAR, Sept 4: Solung is the most important of all festivals of Adi community and it is the identity of the community said Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee Vice President Lombo Tayeng while addressing the Solung celebration at Mebo organized by All Mebo Students’ Union.

Extending his Solung greetings to the people, Tayeng advised the gathering to preserve own tradition and culture and added that certain modifications need to be included in the Solung celebration to make it more colorful.

AAPSU Convener, Kuku Ringu highlighted the importance of festival and culture and advised the students to documents the folk songs and folklores of the community.


School and hostel discipline needs proper handling: DC

Aalo, Sept 04:  The first School Management Committee Meeting of Govt. H.S. School Aalo, attended by the Principal, HoDs, Public leaders, senior citizens and representatives from teachers from various schools was held under the chairmanship of West Siang Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete recently to take stock of school and hostel discipline and assess various development activities of the school.

Presiding over the function, the DC said that the school has its reputation to produce many a luminaries in the past and the image of the school needs to be kept intact. Growing indiscipline among the students everywhere is a cause of concern and it needs to be addressed in a focused manner by the school authority and all right thinking people. Effort should be made to inculcate discipline, duty and punctuality among students to improve the educational scenario of the district, he said.

The principal of the school Markar Padu briefed on activities of the school. The senior citizen and public leaders who are the school management committee members also spelt out their fruitful suggestions on the occasion. DIPRO






51 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

Organic cotton and the farmers

Two Japan-based companies that promotes environmentally conscious lifestyle through sales of sustainably sourced food and apparel – have pledged to improve the income of Indian farmers, their health, and the environment by scaling up production of organically produced cotton, which is free of synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers and has an approximately 30 per cent higher market price.

The two companies pledged to scale up their Pre-Organic Cotton (POC) programme, which encourages farmers in India to switch from conventional to organic cotton production by guaranteeing to buy the cotton that is organically produced at a price higher than that of conventional cotton.

Such a commitment is critical to the initiative’s success since it typically takes three years for farmers to obtain an organic certification; organic cotton costs more to produce but farmers are forced to sell it at cheaper, conventional cotton prices. During the three-year waiting period, the participating farmers will see a 20 to 30 per cent increase in their income, with a projected additional 12 per cent increase once their farms gain official international organic certification.

Cotton occupies a mere five per cent of all farmland in India, yet it accounts for more than half of the country’s pesticide use, adding a financial burden to farmers and causing serious health concerns including skin and respiratory diseases. The conversion process to organic cotton remains financially unfeasible for most farmers, despite the financial and health benefits.


Stop illegal collection of sand

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed  daily, I on behalf of villagers of Wagun IV, III & II  of Bordumsa, Changlang district would like to draw attention to Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh towards the burning problem faced by the villagers along Assam-Arunachal boundary that some vested interest persons mainly from Jagun (Assam) are trying to collect sand, sand singles from the river bed of Buridihing river without valid permission.

While opposing, they even threaten to our people. During 2010-11 also same problem cropped up for such illegal collection from the jurisdiction of Arunachal Pradesh right from Wagun ferry ghat. During winter, sand, sand-singles are extracted by using JCV etc. As a result,  Arunachal  suffers  revenue loss. It also damages ecological balance, causes  flood, land erosion which directly affects inhabitants of nearby areas.

Therefore, we earnestly urge Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, especially local administration and PR leaders to put their hands together to stop collection of sand, sand-singles from Wagun ferry Ghat of Arunachal’s jurisdiction for the greater interest of all. If necessary police personnel should be deployed for protection.


Indong Gam Singpho



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