ITANAGAR, Sept 12: Now, writing any article in a daily submerges the thoughts of
every individual and working journalist under the realm of imbroglio, whether it
will have or imply good or bad effect?
Nobody wants to be attacked under any circumstances but the fact is that if you are
a journalist in Arunachal, you are the easiest prey. For, here the Press fraternity
is just like a tethered goat that anyone could attack and disdain openly and no action
will be taken against those odious people. Who will take responsibility for safety
of media persons?
The recent attack on Associate Editor of Arunachal Times Tongam Rina on July 15 has
shocked the media fraternity, the entire people of Arunachal and it is creating tides
of thoughts in every mindset. Every journalist working in Arunachal is under surveillance
by those chaps or the wrongdoers who have been encouraged with a norm that if anything
or whosoever goes against them and their will, will get shot !!
Since time immemorial, the attacks on the media persons has been noticed time and
again. Working in this field has become a curse with enormous responsibility. With
a meagre pay and excessive working hours one cannot still have the security of life,
especially in Arunachal.
It has been 59 days, the attackers of Tongam Rina are still at large. Tongam, the
Associate editor of Arunachal Times is one of the journalists who has been working
dedicatedly for this daily, who also withstood all the problems. Still no one could
find any clue why she was attacked?
Who could imagine and expect that while going to your own office you are being watched
by imbecile slayers who are going to attack you.
One should always remember and inculcate a sense that the media people are only the
mediators, their work is just to inform and aware the common public. But some lunatics
think that they do things and forecast it intentionally, most of the time the press
persons are targeted without any valid reason and are abused and harassed. Threatening,
intimidation, slang words against media persons are some of the common things that
prevail here and every journalist has to hear and bear it.
To eradicate these trends, all the citizens of Arunachal should come together and
safeguard the media people and should respect them, if they want the media to present
the truth. For, the press are harbinger, mediator of the society and furthermore
the mirror that reflects everything to the common mass. If this kind of perpetual
intimidation go unchecked, then one day no media will dare to showcase the truth.
The implicated is still absconding from the hands of the laws, when the press fraternity
of Arunachal is still looking forward to the state government with a hope that they
will take some strong measures and actions for safeguarding the press. But till now
no result and legitimate action are noticed from state government. The Arunachal
media houses and journalists are treated by the state government in a step motherly
fashion. It can be said that many a times numerous journalists are severely attacked
and tortured by the miscreants, but no prompt action against them and their masterminds
are taken from government side, which at the end of the day shows how the media is
being neglected in Arunachal.
The journalists, which have knowledge in writing the factual information and showcasing
them, are always appreciated but side by side criticized by the people to whom it
implies immense impact of scorn. Without media influence in Arunachal, every individual
will grope in darkness. Media is the only source which helps propagating opinions,
news, views, unfolding corruptions, which helps everyone to update oneself. Due to
numerous attacks on the media fraternity, for sure, one day there will be no media
houses that will apprise the people of Arunachal and at that time the need and the
value of media will be known well.
Centre approves natural calamity funds for Arunachal
New Delhi, Sept 12: A high powered committee on calamities, headed by Agriculture
Minister Sharad Pawar, today decided to release financial assistance of Rs 681.57
crore to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Haryana to cover losses incurred due to natural
calamities like floods and frost last year.
Briefing media about the decision taken in the meeting today, Pawar told, "The Committee
has approved financial assistance to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Haryana due to
floods and other calamities last year."
The financial assistance of Rs 536.57 crore and Rs 114 crore each has been approved
for Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, respectively, due to floods last year, he said.
The minister said Rs 31 crore aid has been approved to Haryana due to mustard crop
loss following frost last year.
For states facing drought this year, the committee has decided to extend the Central
support for organising cattle camps, that provide subsidised fodder to livestock,
from 15 days to 90 days for the time being, Pawar said. Monsoon deficiency has come
down to 8 per cent so far. Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan have declared
drought in more than 390 taluks.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Finance Minister P Chidambaram were among other
members present in the meeting.
Union Minister refutes illegal coal mining at Namchik–Namphuk
ITANAGAR, Sept 12: V Narayanswami, Union Minister of State in the PMO, today refuted
the allegations of violation of guidelines in extraction of coal from Namchik-Namphuk
Coal Block in Arunachal Pradesh and claimed that the reports are based on misinformation.
Addressing a press briefing here this morning, Narayanswami, in presence of Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki and AICC in-charge of the state Col Dhaniram Shandil, informed
that the Namchik-Namphuk Coalfield was allocated to the Arunachal Pradesh Mineral
Development and Trading Corporation Ltd. on October 28, 2003 by the Ministry of Coal,
Govt. of India.
The total area of Namchik-Namphuk Coal Block is 133.65 hectares and mining lease
is held by Arunachal Pradesh Mineral Development and Trading Corporation Ltd. for
a term of 20 years.
All kinds of statutory clearance like Mining Plan, Environment Clearance and Diversion
of forest land for Open Cast Mining were obtained from the central Government in
the due course of time. Out of 133.65 hectares of Namchik-Namphuk coal block area,
the operation of open cast mining was undertaken only in 39.02 hectares since April
2007 to February 2012.
Total extraction of coal since April 2007 to February 2012 in 39.02 hectares was
10,000,00 Metric tonne. The mining operation is presently suspended with effect from
May 10, 2012. Therefore, the allegation of extraction of coal exceeding the prescribed
quantity is completely baseless.
The Arunachal Pradesh Mineral Development and Trading Corporation Ltd. accrued profit
of Rs.985.73 lakhs in last five years through the open cast coal mining from the
Namchik-Namphuk Coal Block.
The Corporation paid a total amount of Rs. 2291.52 Lakhs to the State Government
and the Central Government in the form of royalty, Cess, CST, VAT, Stowing Charges,
Energy Cess etc. during last five years.
The Corporation also paid Rs 299.77 lakhs under CAMPA to the Govt of India which
will be subsequently utilized for compensatory afforestation by the State Department
of Environment & Forests. An additional Rs 14 lakhs has been paid to the State Pollution
Control Board as Consent Fee while Rs 304 lakhs was paid to the Income Tax Department,
Govt of India as Provisional Income Tax.
The extraction of coal in Namchik-Namphuk Coal Block was awarded to the National
Mining Ltd. in a very transparent manner in the year 2007 through open tender.
There was no violation of Coal Mines (Nationalization) Act-1973 while extraction
and marketing of coal in the said coal block as the Namchik-Namphuk Coal Block was
allotted to the State Government for commercial use and accordingly marketing of
coal was done by the Corporation on the basis of grade of coal duly certified by
the North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat. Accordingly the royalty
on coal was also realized from the buyers. As such, there was no loss to the state
exchequer as alleged by one of the major Opposition political parties.
As regards to allegation of insurgent groups involved in illegal mining in Namchik-Namphuk
coal block is concerned, the state government strongly denies it as the inquiry conducted
by the district administration Changlang revealed that no insurgent group is involved
in illegal mining in the area. The district administration and police have already
been instructed to take effective steps to stop the rat hole mining carried by local
residents of that area. Few criminal cases have also been registered and investigations
are on in the matter.
Orgs condemn assault on press staff, demands arrest of culprits
ITANAGAR Sept 12: Indian Journalist Union (IJU) is shocked to know that two employees
of The Arunachal Times have been attacked in front of the newspaper's office. Earlier
on July 15 Tongam Rina the Associate Editor of the daily was shot at at the same
spot. IJU has demanded the government to investigate the repeated attacks on the
journalists/staff of this daily and to book the culprits as some of them were captured
on CCTV of Arunachal Times office.
The AITC unit (TMC) of Arunachal Pradesh strongly condemned physical assault on two
staff of “The Arunachal Times” by the miscreants while they were entering into the
office in the wee hours on Tuesday.
While expressing serious concern over repeated attack on press personnel in the state,
the Party demanded the state government to provide foolproof security to Press and
media houses instead of false promises and bogus assurance. The party also urged
the Capital complex police to play pro- active roles to contain such criminal activities
and give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of such act.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Against Corruption (AAC), an NGO strongly condemned the repeated
attack on staff of the media house, particularly Arunachal Times. The attack itself
reflects the larger conspiracy by powerful group or hobbyist to silence the most
vocal and potent voice of the state, the AAC said while adding that ‘it is an unrelenting
trail of intimidation to change the method of journalism that the Arunachal Times
adopted for well-being of the state and its people.”
Expressing concern over the slow pace of investigation into the attack on Tongam
Rina case, the organization said it fails to understand the reason behind the withdrawal
of police protection.
Alleging lackluster attitude of the government and state police force towards public
safety and security, AAC urged the Govt to act swiftly to arrest all perpetrators
of these unacceptable activities.
Incessant rain throws life out of gear
RUKSIN, Sept 12: Incessant rain over the last 24 hours has paralyzed life in Siang
belt, especially Ruksin, Nari-Koyu, Pasighat and Mebo areas in East Siang and parts
of Upper and adjoining Jonai and Dhemaji of Assam. Heavy showers has caused water
clogging in several places, snapped communication along MMJ road linking Ruksin and
After a dry spell for a week, the heavy rain which came last evening turned torrential
and crippled the lives of the entire region for the day. Clogging of water in Pasighat
and Ruksin township due to torrential rain caused problems for the pedestrians.
Overflowing river and steam water inundates the link roads, paddy fields and human
habitation areas, creating a disastrous situation. Surging water of the hilly streams
was seen flowing over MMJ road at several locations damaging the road between Niglok
and Mirem villages. It may be recalled that torrential rain during first week of
July badly damaged horticultural gardens, fish ponds and water pipelines besides
a large area of crop fields at Mirem village under Bilat circle in the district.
The historical Latu Irrigation channel also created havoc in low lying areas of Mirem
village along Pasighat-Koyu PWD road.
Heavy rainfall also resulted in water logging at several places at Ruksin town and
nearby Ngorlung villages, causing innumerable problem to the residents. Surging water
of Ngorlung, Silley and Oyan rivers eroded a large portion of paddy field and bamboo
plantation on its bank at Birem-Silbor area, Linka and Oyan-Jelom portions.
The region has witnessed sufficient rainfall during this summer. Meteorology department
predicted heavy rainfall during the season as Southwest Monsoon was changing its
course towards the region. As such, Nature’s furry left a trail of devastation at
Mirem-Mikong, Ruksin, Rani, Pasighat and Mebo areas of the district. The ongoing
construction of Trans-Arunachal Highway between Pasighat and Pangin is also hit by
the torrential rain this year, causing immense trouble in transportation of essential
Torrential rain also totally damaged many WRC field of Yemsing village under Pangin
circle of East Siang district.
According to Yemsing village ASM Khabang Tapok, the major affected areas are Mitying,
Ralung, Hiri, Hibi, Degong, Deleng, Yemsing, Higo-orik, Laklam, Teang and Belong.
VKVians steal the show on their day
Aalo, Sept 12: The Vivekananda Kendriya Vidyalaya Jirdin, West Siang observed the
Universal Brotherhood Day in a befitting manner on September 11 to commemorate the
famous Chicago Address of Swami Vivekananda in 1893.
Gracing the occasion, West Siang Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete said that the Chicago
Address of Swamiji brought India in the fore among comity of nations in promoting
word peace and universal brotherhood. His great ideals of man making and nation
building hold relevance today, he said and appreciated the role of the institution
to give all round developments to the girls students of the district. He gave away
the prizes on various competitions. The Principal of the school spelt out in details
about the activities and achievements of the school and appealed the district administration
to keep them also in touch with the calendar of events in the district for their
The wide variety of cultural programme on the theme of national unity and integrity,
promotion of culture and social values were not only captivating but gave us deep
insight into the root of indigenous and Indian culture. It may be mentioned that
the school is the livewire of all National Day celebrations in district with its
band, parade, PT and Lazim displays to steal every shows.
YINGKIONG: The teachers, school children and parents and all well wishers of VKV
school, Yingkiong observed 11th September as Universal Brotherhood Day in its school
premises in a very colourful and befitting manner.
Gracing the auspicious occasion, Tapik Pertin, EAC recalled the great and everlasting
contribution of great reformer Swami Vivekananda, particularly in social, religious,
philosophical and educational sectors. Pertin said, Swami Vivekananda’s speech during
the international Religious conference at Chicago starting the address as “ Dear
Brothers and Sisters” remained an indelible ink in the hearts of the people of the
world and this greatly impressed upon the minds and hearts of the Americans in particular
and the western world in general.
Pertin was appreciative of over all performance of VKV and R.K. Mission schools.
He called upon VKV authority here to put an extra effort to make it a model school
for the benefit of the local people.
Pertin distributed prizes to winners in different curriculum.
Earlier, the Principal of the school readout the annual school report and spoke about
the importance of the day in brief. DIPROs
Universal Brotherhood Day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Sept 12: The teachings of Swami Vivekananda should be source of inspiration
for the people of India to raise India into superpower and the inspiration of great
personalities of India should be imbibed by the youths of present generation, said
Parliamentary Secretary (Planning & Development) Nabam Rebia while attending the
Universal Brotherhood Day at VKV Sher yesterday.
The youths of the country must uphold the Indian value of Philosophy and Culture.
Rebia appreciated VKV students for their good academic performance in the state and
added that the institutions like Don Bosco schools and VKVs are having best trained
teachers in building of character and imparting quality education.
While advising the students to concentrate in their education, he expressed his disappointment
and dissolution that present youths have lot of degrees and diplomas and but some
of them are not able to deliver as per their academic achievements.
Talking on developmental points, Rebia informed that vast potentials of natural resources
of the state, if tapped, can greatly contribute in the national economy. At the same
time, vast human resources can also be better used by involving them in the development
of the state.
He also advised VKV trust to take-up upgradation of VKV Sher to Higher Secondary
from the next academic session and assured to help whatever is entrusted to him.
He assured to extend possible help to VKV schools and announced Rs.10 lacs for completion
of VKV Sher play ground and also assured to take up with BSNL authority for installation
of BSNL tower at Sher area.
ZPM, Borum Taro Modi, Bagang Yayu ZPM Kimin, Nabam Sukia ZPM Jote, former ZPM Bamang
Mangha, Er. T.K.Tara, Executive Engineer (Power) Itanagar, Dasher Teshi, Deputy Director,
IPR and Heri Maring, Deputy Director (Printing), parents, teaching staff and children
were present on the occasion. DIPR
Vigyan Mela concludes
ITANAGAR, Sept 12: The three days State Level Science Festival titled ‘Prantiya Vigyan
Mela’ organized by Arunachal Shiksha Vikash Samiti concluded at State Bharat Scouts
and Guides Complex, Polo Colony, Naharlagun on September 10.
The Science Festival aimed at developing scientific temperament among students and
create a platform for them to enhance their interest and creativity in science.
Science exhibition, seminar, quiz, experimentation and science aptitude tests were
held during the three day programme. Altogether 175 students from across the state
participated, who were divided into three categories of sub-junior, Junior and senior
groups. The winners were awarded mementoes, merit and participation certificates.
Tai Tagak, Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh NGO’s Coordination Committee attended the
valedictory function and distributed the prizes to the students.
Earlier, State General Secretary, ASVS Nabam Ruja highlighted the aim and objectives
of the Science Fest.
Ex-servicemen rally to be held at Tawang on 11th October 2012
TAWANG, Sept 12: A meeting was held today in the office chamber of the DC Tawang
regarding the Ex-Servicemen Rally to be held at Tawang in the month of October.
Speaking on the occasion, Tawang Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen, who also is Chairman
Zilla Sainik Board (ZSB), informed that the State Managing Committee for Administration
of Armed Forces Flag Day Fund for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Ex-servicemen
had approved in its meeting held on May 22, 2012 at Raj Bhawan under the chairmanship
of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh to organize the Ex-Servicemen Rally at Tawang.
He further informed that the rally is being organized at Tawang on October 11 to
commemorate the 50 years of the sacrifice of Indian soldiers in the 1962 Chinese
aggression. He expressed his happiness over the State Managing Committee for Ex-servicemen
for its approval to hold the Rally at Tawang and called upon the civil society to
come forward to respect the Ex-servicemen and integrate them in the inclusive growth
of the society.
Col. Robert Pereira informing the importance of the rally mentioned that the fund
constraint for the rally is a major hurdle in the organization of the rally and urged
for better coordination and cooperation between the Civil-Army Administration in
the district to make the rally a successful one.
Officers from the Indian Army, Tawang DDMO (cum Member Secy ZSB) and i/c DIPRO Tawang
attended the meeting. DIPRO
State Govt clarifies on airport site yet again
ITANAGAR, Sept 12: The State Government has taken serious note of the continuing
agitation against the ‘shifting of Greenfield Airport from Karsingsa to Hollongi’
despite issuing clarification as well as holding parleys with the agitating organization.
Describing the 24 hours capital bandh imposed by the agitating organization on Tuesday
as totally uncalled for, the state government today made it clear that it has neither
any role in the shifting of the said airport nor has it any say in its construction.
“Since the beginning (March 2006) the State Government has been in favour of establishing
the airport at Karsingsa/Banderdewa area. However, in the intervening period of official
procedures the Public Investment Board (PIB) in March 2009 raised some observations
due to higher cost on earth work and suggested for exploring an alternate site. It
even suggested using the Lilabari airport instead of constructing a new one in Arunachal
Pradesh,” a state govt press statement said.
It further clarified that “The Ministry of Defence issued a NOC on June 12, 2007
for construction of the Greenfield airport at Karsingsa. However, the NOC had several
preconditions incorporated in it that are mandatory for operationalizing the airport.
In the later stages, it was found by the Technical Committee and the concerned departments
that it would be difficult to abide by the preconditions in case the airport was
established at Karsingsa site.
Meanwhile, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) recommended Hollongi as the new site
but the state government responded by writing to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry
on July 20 and July 28 and again on December 14, 2011 that it has decided to have
the airport at Karsingsa. The reasons cited by the state government for choice of
Karsingsa/Banderdewa site are -- Land requisition in Hollongi would be a cumbersome
process as half the area belongs to private individuals, Resettlement of about 400
Chakma and Hajong people residing in Hollongi area would be difficult, Hollongi site
also falls in the disputed inter-state boundary of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, which
may take time to be resolved, about half the area of the Hollongi site falls under
Drupang Reserve Forest and as such clearance from the concerned ministry would take
The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation then formed an Inter-Ministerial Committee,
which visited both the sites on May 24, 2012 to make comparative studies from operational
and financial aspects”.
The press statement informed that on July 9, 2012 a meeting was convened by the Principal
Secretary to the Prime Minister at South Block, New Delhi, which was attended by
the Secretary, Ministry of Union Civil Aviation, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary
and Development Commissioner.
In the meeting at South Block, the State Government officials reiterated the stand
of the State Government to have the airport established at Karsingsa/Banderdewa site
on the grounds cited above.
However, the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister submitted that the Technical Committee
does not recommend the site at Banderdewa as it is surrounded by hilly terrains and
obstacles. In addition there is limited scope for future expansion, poor safety environment
and has a high cost implication, it said.
A detailed comparison between the two sites was also made by the Technical Committee.
The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) received a representation from the so called Banderdewa
Circle Intellectual Forum on 24 August 2012 demanding revocation of the proposal
for shifting of Greenfield Airport from Karsingsa to Hollongi within seven days.
Whereas it is to be seen that the State Government hasn’t taken any such decision
on its own.
“Surprisingly, the Forum called a 12 hr Capital bandh before the expiry of seven
days. However, Chief Minister’s Office had arranged a meeting on September 2 last
at Chief Minister’s conference Hall at 3 pm which was supposed to be attended by
the Chief Minister, MP Lok Sabha, Arunachal West with members of the Forum. Unfortunately,
representatives of the Forum did not respond to the invitation for reasons best known
On behalf of the Chief Minister, the CMO again arranged a dialogue on September 5,
2012 at 2 pm at the Chief Minister’s Conference Hall. It was attended by officials
of Civil Aviation, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and the Papum Pare District Administration
besides 16 members from the Forum.
In the meeting the officials explained in detail the circumstances that led to the
shifting of the airfield from Karsingsa to Hollongi. It was also explained that the
State Government has no role in the decision to shift the airfield from the proposed
site. Instead till the last moment it had tried its level best to retain the airfield
at Karsingsa/Banderdewa site.
Further, it has to be understood that the airport, once established, will not be
only for Banderdewa or Hollongi but for all. This would be a State asset. The final
point should always be that wherever it may be, Arunachal Pradesh needs an airport.
The location of the airport is not important, its establishment is”.
Therefore, the government sincerely appealed to the agitating organization as well
as the common citizens to understand the implications of the ongoing agitation. The
finer details of the whole process need to be understood with open minds.
“We cannot let petty and political differences come in the way of attaining an asset
of prime importance that would benefit generations,” the releases added.
Cash reward stands
ITANAGAR, Sept 12: 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.
Skill development training for in-service teachers
ITANAGAR, Sept 12: The 10 days refreshers training for building capacity and enhancing
skills of in-service teachers (SSA) of Chongkham and Wakro block organized by Padagogical
Cell of District Level Management Committee SSA, Lohit district began yesterday
Addressing the inaugural function of the training programme at Chowkham, Lohit DDSE
K Rina stressed on sincerity and dedication by teachers while discharging their duties.
Teachers are the torch-bearer of the society, he said and appealed to the teaching
community to live up to the society’s expectation.
Dr.B.K.Nath, Principal, IGG College, Tezu, shared his 35 years of experience in the
teaching profession and the contribution of teachers.
G.Megu, Principal, Government Higher Secondary School, Chowkham also addressed the
teachers and advised them to work sincerely for development of the society.
Earlier, VS Tiwari, District Pedagogy and Training Coordinator, Lohit explained the
objective of the training programme.
Driver’s death mourned
ITANAGAR, Sept 12: The staff and officers of the Station Superintendent, the state
transport service Itanagar today deeply mourned at the demise of its staff E.B Thapa,
driver(H), who died on Monday. In a condolence message to bereaved family the department
stated that death of Thapa was not only lost to family but also to the entire department.
Waste management training for SHG members
ITANAGAR, Sept 12: A two-days training on Zero Waste Management for members of the
self help groups in Ziro valley was concluded today. Twenty six women from seven
villages participated in the training which was organized by Ngunu Ziro.
The main objectives of the training were to make the women understand the concept
of zero waste management and to motivate the women to actively participate in the
program to keep Ziro clean, initiated by the District Administration and the Urban
Development department, Ziro. The women were taught about the importance of source
segregation and reuse of various wastes at household level. This training is especially
important as plastic is completely banned at Ziro and Self Help Groups can play significant
roles in substitution of plastic bags for the shoppers, said Hibu Tatu, Chairman
of Ngunu Ziro.
The training was imparted by Punyo Chada and Roto Chobin, who are among the few
resource persons on Zero Waste Management trained by Trivandrum-based institute,
It may be may mentioned that Ngunu Ziro introduced the concept of Zero Waste Management
at Ziro. The concept is now implemented by the District Administration and the Urban
Development department. As a part of this project, the use of plastic bags is successfully
banned at Ziro. However, not much public awareness has been generated about importance
of source segregation using three coloured bins. This training is the first such
exercises in the district.
DA bans sale of khaini, gutkha, pan masala
TEZU, Sept 12: The Deputy Commissioner cum District Magistrate, Lohit, in an Executive
Order, has prohibited sale or distribution of chewing Tobacco, Khaini, Zarda, Pan
Masala, Gutkha etc at shops in Lohit district with immediate effect.
The order directed the concern authorities to carry out unannounced checking in shops
in every month.
Violation of the Order by any businessman, trader, hawker would invite actions as
per law, including cancellation of Trade License(s), the order read. DIPRO
‘FMD kills 6 mithuns’
ITANAGAR, Sept 12: At least six mithuns died of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) while
many have fallen sick at Pungrung and Layang villages under Sangram Area of Kurung
Kumey in the last two-three days, claimed Rural Development and Heritage Society
The sick animals are being treated locally with local medicines due to non-availability
of veterinary experts and medicines, the Society informed. It urged the district
authority and public representatives to send a team of veterinary experts to contain
the disease immediately which reportedly broke out a couple of weeks ago.
East & West Siang facing major power cuts
PASIGHAT, Sept 12: The department of power, Pasighat informed that due to a line
fault in between Aalo and Jini, power supply of 33 KV line has been disrupted causing
power cuts in East and West Siang districts.
However, the teams from Aalo and Pangin area putting in all out efforts to detect
and rectify the fault so that power supply can be restored in these two districts.
The department official informed that a team sent from Pasighat to extend help could
not reach the spot due to blockade in Pasighat-Pangin road following heavy and incessant
rain since yesterday.DIPRO
Four feared dead in road mishap
ITANAGAR, Sept 12: At least four persons of a family feared dead in a tragic road
accident on Kimin-Ziro road this afternoon.
According to Kimin police sources, the accident occurred when a Maruti car (Regn
No AR-O1D-9978) fell into 20-ft deep gorge at 22 km on Kimin Ziro road on its way
to Lichi village around 2.30 pm. Police sources further informed that rescue operation
has been badly affected as the crane could nor reach the accident site due to road
blockade at 5 km and 18km location of the road. However, the ill-fated car is under
vigil and rescue operation will be carried out early morning tomorrow, (Thursday),
sources said. The passengers of the car has been identified as Tame Takar, his wife
Tame Yallo, daughter Tame Denyi and son Tame Teli of Lichi basti.
ITBP quarter-guard building inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Sept 12: A newly constructed Quarter-guard building of Indo-Tibetan Border
Police was inaugurated at Khating Hill Itanagar by Inspector General (North East)
FTR, R.K Saini on Sunday. Saini expressed his happiness over the completion of building
within the stipulated time. The occasion was also attended by Dr. K.C Sen DIG CH
(Itanagar), Angad Prasad Yadava, Commandant Staff and Deonath Ray Second-in-Command.
59 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Re-activate ATM booth, install three more
The SBI Daporijo branch is regarded as one of the best branches in banking service
in the entire North East. This is also one of the busies branches with its heavy
workload. But the facilities which the Branch provides to customers or say public
is nil. The single ATM in the bank premise remains functionless and unserviceable
since its installation despite 80% to 90% bank customers are having ATM cards.
The bank remains crowded throughout the month like that of Hawrah Railway Station
or Mumbai Metro Rail. On the other hand, there is no proper infrastructure or amenities
for bank customers, even for filling up of a voucher. The bank ignores the feeling
and sentiment of the general public and concentrates only on its profit.
Therefore, as a senior and indigenous citizen of the district, I would like to suggest
the bank authority to re-activate the existing ATM at earliest and install three
more ATMs; one each at Gandhi Market, New Market and near District Hospital for the
benefit of the public.
What goes wrong ?
Repeated attacks on media persons is a great cause of concern. Whereas Tongam Rina
shooting case is yet to be solved by the police and is still afresh in our minds,
Arunachal again witnessed the merciless attacks on two employees of the same daily
where Rina used to work. These repeated attacks put a big question marks on the capability
and effectiveness of capital police. I wonder what went wrong? Why media persons
are being attacked time and again? Why no action on the part of police? One reason
is for sure - inaction on the parts of Police in previous attacks and shooting cases
are working as great motivational force for the perpetrators of law commit such crimes.
We should not take such criminals for granted. Today they are attacking media house/media
persons, tomorrow it may be you and your house. So please Wake up Capital Police!
Its now time for you to act and set an example!!!
Despite considerable successes over the last four decades, the World Heritage Convention
cannot afford to rest on its laurels, according to IUCN, (International Union for
Conservation of Nature) the World Heritage advisory body on nature. For the decade
to come, IUCN is calling for increased resources to protect World Heritage sites
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IUCN says the Convention must remain an effective mechanism for conserving places
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step, none of the four sites that IUCN recommended for inclusion on the Danger list
at this year’s World Heritage meeting were accepted by the UNESCO Committee that
governs the Convention. Inscription on the Danger list is not a black mark for countries,
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losing the wildlife and landscapes for which they first gained global recognition.
Nearly 8% of the 217 natural World Heritage Sites are on the World Heritage Danger
List, while 25% are affected by serious conservation issues and the status of many
other sites is not known. Over 60% of West and Central African sites are on the Danger
list, and one in four of these iconic areas are threatened by planned mining, oil
and gas projects. This includes Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic
of the Congo, home of the world’s last mountain gorillas.
The IUCN was instrumental in creating the World Heritage Convention in 1972 and has
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Natural heritage sites are recognized as among the world’s most precious environments.
There are 217 of them in total, protecting more than 250 million hectares of land
and sea in over 90 countries.