September 10

ANYA supports ANSU bandh

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: Criticizing the state government for failing to apprehend the culprits involved in the Bomjen Gapak murder case, All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has decided to extend support to the September 12 bandh called by All Nyishi Student Union (ANSU).


Jiyo or Jinedo beat SLSA 3-0

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: Jiyo or Jinedo beat Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) 3-0 in the 19th Vishwakarma Football Running Trophy Football Tournament at KV No 2 playground here today.

K Janu and Page Tashi netted a goal each for the winning team. The third goal was an own goal.

Earlier, Abu Nigla FC and Techi Boys FC played out a goalless draw.

Today’s matches:

1.Tempo Union FC vs Gladiator FC 2:30 pm

2. Chimpu Sporting Club vs MD FC 4:00 pm


Giogi Taya Memorial Football Tournament

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: Tolum Tok will be up against Todo United FC in the first match of the 2nd State Level Giogi Taya Taya Memorial Football Tournament at 1 pm. The second match will be held between Papa 11 and Hidung United   at 3 pm.


MKWSCC clarifies

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: While referring to the news item published in this daily on Sept 1 under the headline “No road construction without adequate….’, the Miiro-Khoda Welfare Society Capital Complex (MKWSCC) today clarified that the advisory board and the executive body of the  MKWSCC did not authorize  its general secretary  to lodge any complaint.

The MKWSCC in its letter to the Chief Engineer, Central Zone PWD, GoAP requested him to treat the complaint as his individual view and not of the general secretary of  the MKWSCC ‘because no such complaint was lodged  by this organisation  till today.’


DC inspected schools

TAWANG, Sept 09: The Deputy Commissioner Tawang, Abhishek Dev, DDSE A.ayeng, DAEO Hridar Phuntsok and Block Education Officers today visited Government Secondary School Seru and also inspected newly upgraded KGBV, Kangteng.

The team led by Deputy Commissioner interacted with the students and the SMC members and Political leaders and also inspected the school campus.

In the course of interaction both the Deputy Commissioner and DDSE has stressed upon the  need for qualitative education and quality work. DIPRO


Wildlife awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: Kunkapu Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd. Thrizino (KMPCS) organized a public awareness campaign about the need to conserve forest and protect wildlife at Palizi, West Kameng recently.

Miza Sagro, Chairman, KMPCS highlighted the importance of wild life protection and to save trees for future generations.

The panchayat leaders and villagers also delivered speech on the main subject.

The meeting was well attended by GBs, Panchayat leaders, students and local villagers of Palizi, Ramdagania, Subu and Karangani village.  


Self-defense training for women ends

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: The three-week-long self-defense training for women and child conducted by Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) at CS Ponglu Indoor Hall, IG Park Itanagar concluded yesterday.

Attending the concluding day function, AKA general secretary and Technical Director (ASKA) Sensei L Marik advised all the trainees to continue practice in their home and stay fit.

A total of 80 housewives, working mothers and young students availed the free self defense training.


Tezu gets a new DC

Tezu, Sept 09: Rajiv Takuk has joined as the new Deputy Commissioner of Lohit district at DC Office Tezu today.

An interactive meeting was called upon by the new DC with all the Branch Officers and Administrative Officers in his Office Chamber.

He directed all the Officers to work dedicatedly and said that we should not wait for result in order to bring out the best in themselves. We should keep on working to bring out the essence of a responsible officer, he added.

He took stock of all the developmental activities undergoing in the district.

He also inspected all the offices under DC establishment including the Jan Suvidha, CIC etc. DIPRO


Conference for district and block level administrators

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: A two-day state level conference for district and block level administrators in school education of Arunachal Pradesh is being conducted at Banquet Hall here from Sept 18 next by National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi in collaboration with State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT), Itanagar.

All the DDSEs and atleast five BEOs from each district of the state will be attending the two days programme.


361 aspirants face Common Entrance Exam

AALO Sept 09: Altogether 361 young and enthusiastic aspirants out of 3700 candidates could only sit for the Common Entrance Examination (CEE) for the Mega Army Recruitment Rally held at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Aalo on September 8 last.

The selected candidates to face the CEE were briefed in detail on reception, biometric identification of candidates, checking of admit cards, dos& donts, how to answer etc. One individual was caught at the biometric identification booth by army team for trying to impersonate and gain entry in the exam hall, who was later handed over to the local police at the site.

The result will be declared within a month and made available to all the Deputy Commissioners of the district. The Branch Recruiting centre Jorhat extended their gratitude to 19 Grenadiers (Bogdo), all rank and files of army, civil administration, police, local population and all candidates for their coordinated effort to make the mega event a successful one. DIPRO


ATMA training for farmers

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: Agricultural Technology Management Agency, Tawang conducted training for farmers under farm school activities at Berghar village in Kitpi block recently.

KB Kayastha, ADO -cum-Training incharge of the programme dwelt at length about adoption of double cropping for enhancing farm income.

Circle level field functionaries of agriculture and horticulture departments trained the farmers on organic farming, pest and disease management in vegetables, package of practices of kiwi cultivation etc.

Speaking on the occasion, Anchal Chairperson of Kitpi Anchal Samiti Leki Phuntso exhorted the farmers to take advantage of such training programmes in adopting scientific cultivation practices.

Later in the interaction session, the farmers got their doubts cleared from the trainers.

In total 22 farmers and farm women from different villages attended the training.


YARP’s bid to unite teachers and parents

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: The Youth Association of Rose Panchayat (YARP) conducted a games and sports and cultural programme at Govt. Primary School, Sopo, from Sept 3 to 5 to commemorate the celebration of Teacher’s day.

Aimed at uniting teachers with the parents of the students, the programme was attended by Deputy General Manager, RHEP, NEEPCO Ltd Doimukh, ASM 14th Rose Panchayat Techi Rakap and Engineer Incharage of TKE Consortium Pvt Ltd, Ashokji.


Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated

NIRJULI, Sept 09: The hymns rent the air with devotees worshipping Lord Ganesh, also called Ganapati, the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

Organized by members of Arunachal-Utkala Sanskrutika Parishad (AUSP) at the Shiv temple within the NERIST campus here today, among others NERIST director Prof Deepankar Pal and his wife also paid obeisance tot the elephant god.

Known as Ganapathi, Vinaayaka or Vighneswara, Lord Ganesh is the god who helps us overcome obstacles in life. He is the elephant faced god who is worshipped as the very first deity before beginning any ceremony, ritual or vow, a boon conferred upon him by Lord Shiva, according to the Puranas.


Children’s talent show

DAPORIJO, Sept 09: The second children talent show to expose the hidden inherent talents of small children was conducted at VKV Kuporijo on September 7.

The students performed various activities like poem recitation, action song, multiplication reciting, group dances, story telling, assembly speech, mime and dramas.

Speaking on the occasion Dumporijo Additional Deputy Commissioner Tabin Siga appreciated the school authority for organizing the programme to mould the children for better future. Acknowledging the contribution of the VKVs to education sector in Arunachal Pradesh, the ADC advised the parents to have a good rapport with the teachers so that any problem faced by the students can be rectified. The entire programme was managed by the primary children and guided by Yashobant Sahoo , an English teacher of the school.


GSU lodges formal complaint with dist. Admin

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: Galo Students’ Union (GSU), in a release, said that it had lodged a formal complaint with the district administration for thorough inquiry into the alleged collection of a certain amount (3.5 pc) from the total compensation amount/relief to the land owners affected by BRTF road project from Aalo to Mechukha by some organizations.

Being inquired into the allegation after receiving verbal complaint from the affected people, GSU, however, said that the Kamba ADC had vehemently denied the allegation..


Army sets up dental care center at Tawang

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: Continuing its noble endeavor to help the local population, army’s 190 Mountain Brigade posted at Tawang, has taken yet another major initiative to help Manjushree Vidyapeeth, an orphanage centre run by Padmashree Lama Thupten Phuntsok, by activating a dental centre.

Jyoti kalakoti, wife of an army officer posted at Tawang Brigade and a dentist by profession has volunteered to run the dental centre.

Since its beginning on August 16, 2013 all the students of the Manjushree Vidyapeeth have been provided dental care treatment.  This unique effort of Tawang Brigade has brought smiles on the faces of the children and has been lauded by the denizens of the peaceful district.


News Impact

CM assures to establish IRBn Hq at Balijan

YUPIA, Sept 09: Chief  Minister Nabam Tuki today  assured  to fulfill the demand of local legislator and public for establishment of  IRBn  Hq at Balijan to tackle the frequent outbreak of law and order  in Balijan area. The CM gave this assurance while addressing a huge gathering after the inauguration of recently upgraded additional deputy commissioner’s office at Balijan today.  

He assured that very soon IRBn or  other paramilitary  base will be definitely established at Balijan to tackle  the law and order problem.  He also directed the DC Papum Pare to take up the land acquisition process for this purpose.

Addressing a huge gathering of officers, panchayat members, Gaon Buras, public leaders and general public at General ground, the CM  said that with the opening of ADC headquarters at Balijan, the people residing in border areas will be immensely benefited and now they don’t have to travel up to district headquarter Yupia for their normal official works as they can avail every facility at their door step.

“It will help in tackling the law and order problems in the area also,” he added.

The Chief Minister  further informed that his Govt is taking up the proposal  for construction of national highway to connect all foothills areas of the state for proper augmentation of development in all foothill areas.

Speaking on the importance of allied activities like agri and horti, he said Balijan,Tarasso and its adjoining areas have lots of suitable and fertile cultivable land. The CM advised  the local people to take the benefits of Chief Minister’s agriculture mechanization programme.

He also spoke  about the recently held job mela at Itanagar and said that it was huge success. “Such initiative by the Govt  will  encourage the unemployed youths to employ themselves in commercially viable activities,” the CM added.  

He also informed the gathering  about the  launching of National Food Security Ordinance in the state and called upon the people to enroll themselves to avail the facilities under the scheme.

Highlighted the  steps being taken in education sector, he informed that many more premier and important educational  institutes are going to  come up in Papum Pare.

Earlier, Nabam Tuki laid the foundation stone of Balijan to Tarasso road and expressed that with the construction of road the distance between the Balijan to Tarasso will be shortened and  it will benefit dwellers of both Balijan and Tarasso areas. He also commissioned a Water Treatment Plant at Balijan which will serve the purpose of supplying safe drinking water to Balijan township.

In his address Parliamentary secretary and local legislator Nabam Rebia appealed the Chief Minister to confer full independent charge to ADC so that he can serve people in better way. He also apprised the CM about the pending proposal on  road connectivity projects which needs to be sanctioned by the Govt.

Besides  demand for   IRBn battalion Hq at Balijan, Rebia also appealed the CM for upgradation of Balijan PHC with better medicare and recognition of Community Development blocks of Balijan and Kimin by GoI.

Among others DC Pige Ligu, Tarasso, Balijan ZPM also spoke on the occasion. The ZPM also submitted the memorandum of their demands.  Chief Engineer PHE Toko Jyoti, Director Health service  Dr K Nishing, SP Papum Pare Nabam Gungte, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Nabam Aka and other dignitaries attended the function. DIPRO



IFCSAP demands white paper on minority scheme in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: The Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) has urged the state Govt to come out with white paper on current Minority Scheme being implementing in Arunachal Pradesh under Indira Awaz Yojna (IAY). Both state and Central Govts  should explicitly  reveal its logic and basis as to how the seven districts of Arunachal Pradesh have been identified as Minority concentrated districts and who are the beneficiaries at grassroots level in those  identified seven districts,  the IFCSAP said.

Adopting a nine-point resolutions on the first day of its two-days  Annual General Meeting cum State Level Workshop held on Sept 7 and 8 at Bharat Scout  and Guide Centre, Polo Colony, Naharlagun, the Society in a resolution said “as Arunachal Pradesh is a 100 per cent tribal state and all are categorized as Scheduled Tribes (ST) under the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950, and as all Indigenous Arunachal’s people are currently holding ST certificate and already availing the protection and benefits of the government under the provision  and guidelines of National Commission for ST enshrined in the Indian Constitution, there should not be double standard communal role from the government agent in the name of Minority Package (scheme)….”.  Terming  it as irresponsible initiatives of both State and Central Govts without consulting and involving the Indigenous Religious and Cultural organization and  University and Research Institutes of the state, the IFSCAP said it would divide the innocent indigenous people in the line of religious affiliation in near future.

IFCSAP urged upon both the central and state Government not to launch such controversial multiplicity of scheme (Minority package) in such “hour of chaos and confusion.’ Launching of multiplicity of scheme without allowing the people to come up with their own genius would prove destructive as other advanced religious group would take advantage of such minority scheme which would rather prove to be suppressive for the indigenous community in long run and may uproot cultural identity of the Indigenous APST, said the Society in its resolution. Demanding withdrawal of ST certificate from the individual who are given minority status and being provided facilities under minority scheme in the state, the  IFSCAP in another resolution said “ state Govt shall insert religious column in the format of Arunachal Pradesh Schedule Tribe Certificate currently issued by the Deputy Commissioners of the districts.

“There is no such religious column  to be filled up by the candidate in present format which is highly ambiguous as per as religious affiliation of the individual is concerned and is misleading for innocent tribal and gross violation of Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 1978,”  the IFSCAP  said.

The house further adopted resolutions demanding implementation of Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act (1978) for the promotion, preservation and protection of Indigenous Faith and Culture of the state and said that  suspected Indian and Foreign Missionaries shall not be given ILP/PAP by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India to enter Arunachal Pradesh.

Demanding  implementation of 10 per cent concession in capitation fee in Indigenous missionaries run schools such as VKV, RKM, Sarada Mission, Donyi Polo Mission School etc. to the APST children whose parents are dedicated workers of  indigenous faith organization recognized by (IFCSAP) from next academic session 2014, the house further resolved that Principal/Head Master shall compulsorily ensure that National Days should be celebrated in every school/college of Arunachal Pradesh with recommended norms.

Earlier, in his inaugural address, Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University Tamo Mibang appreciated the IFCSAP for conducting such workshop at this juncture when the indigenous faith system of Arunachal Pradesh is being pushed by modernity and influence of other faith system. He hoped that through this workshop people will find a way to secure our faith system.

Chairman of Karmik & Adyadhmik Department, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Rev. T.G.Rimpoche dealt in length on the Buddhist philosophy, while  Deputy Chief Councillor of Itanagar Municipal Corporation  Kipa Babu  emphasized on preservation of  indigenous faith system. He assured to extend every possible help toward noble venture of IFCSAP to secure the healthy growth of indigenous faith, culture and tradition.  

The house also conducted debate on the status of Schedule Tribes and Minority issues in the context of Arunachal Pradesh and unanimously resolved to oppose the current minority policy scheme of the Govt. in tooth and nail.

Attending the valedictory function on Sept 8,  MP Takam Sanjoy appreciated the initiative of IFCSAP in preservation of indigenous faith and culture as noble venture, has assured the house that all possible help would be extended from his side and his government to IFCSAP for its proper growth and development. He has also appealed the state government for early allotment of land to IFCSAP. The IFCSAP further informed that Sanjoy has assured to bail out the controversial minority package being launched in the state after seeking clarification on double benefit mechanism through ST and Minority status from legal experts. Further, he announced to donate a Bolero Vehicle for the IFCSAP workers to encourage the dedicated works to safeguard the age-old faith and cultural heritage of the tribal communities of Arunachal Pradesh.

Indira Mallo Jain, Secretary, Art & Culture, and Ramesh Babu, Incharge sprtiual awakening, North East Janjati Protection Forum  also spoke on the occasion.

IFCSAP team has felicitated memento to all former Presidents and General Secretary of IFCSAP which include Taba Hare, Tony Koyu, Tai Nyori, Nabam Atum and former General Secretary Bengia Augung.

The programme chaired by Sahitaya Academy Awardee Y. D Tongchi, President of IFCSAP was  attended among others by executive body members of IFCSAP including Gichik Taaza, General Secretary and his colleagues, President and Secretary of Ganging, Kargu Gamgii, Nyedar Namlo, Medar Nello, Nani Intaya, Amikmatai and Rangfra cult have attended the programme. Almost 119 participants (IFCSAP core workers) from 16 districts of Arunachal Pradesh have attended.



AAPSU urges Govt. to honour decision

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: The All Arunchal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) today called upon the state government to honour its own decision regarding land regularisation, notified vide No. LM-102/201 signed by land management commissioner.

The order said that, “Regularisation of plots occupied by private individuals, State and Central Govt establishment in a time bound manner in all district including Capital Complex after proper survey and verification as per existing Acts and Rule and realisation of land premium and lease rent from the date of occupation. “All Govt. land remaining unused under the occupation of Central Govt agencies, Corporation, Central Para Military Forces and State Govt Department located in various places in the districts and outside the State be reverted back to the State Government which shall be taken over by the Land Management Department.”

Pointing out that encroachments were basically for unplanned growth of the twin capital city, want of effective land law and rules and in many cases ignorance, AAPSU president Kamta Lapung, in a statement today, said that this decision should be implemented by the GoAP.

Therefore, instead of creating panic among the masses, particularly the affected people, immediate step should be taken to find out an acceptable solution.

In case of planned development in any particular sector or colony that would be welcomed provided the occupants of private buildings are compensated as per rule, the statement added.

All dilapidated government quarters in Meghalaya have been auctioned to public in a transparent manner. The GoAP could follow the same principle and accommodate its employees in Juli complex where about 4,000 flats were built by the NBCC. This would help earn revenue while facilitate easy administration besides supply of water and electricity to the employees.

With the Capital Complex over congested, the GoAP could consider its extension by setting up a planned city like Chandigarh.



Irregularity in WRD tendering; probe demanded


PASIGHAT, Sept 09: Gross irregularities and violation of guidelines has been alleged in tender process conducted by Pasighat Water Resource Division (WRD) for construction of a two-storied RCC building at Yagrung village in East Siang district.

It may be recalled that the WRD, Pasighat division, by Press Tender Notice No-PWRD/TDR-5/ 2013-14 dated July 30,2013 (Published on this daily in August 11 edition) invited tender for “Construction of PHC Medical building cum residential quarter at Yagrung (Pasighat) funded under Special Plan Allocation (SPA) for the year 2012-13. The estimated cost of the building is Rs. 87.91 lakh and period of completion was six months.

It is learnt that the bidding process of the tender was postponed due to absence of the executive engineer of the department and the Water Resource Division office later called short tender notice for the same scheme and conducted the bidding process at its Pasighat office today.

But, interestingly, the construction works against the scheme is almost complete (see picture) before conducting the bid tender. According to a public leader of Yagrung, Denniel Jamoh the late tender conducted by WRD carries no meaning as 90 percent of the (construction) work of the two-storied PHC building cum residential quarter at the specific location already has been completed. He alleged that the department engineers have constructed the building keeping the local people in dark and thereby violated the guidelines of SPA implementation.

Jamoh, who is also a local student’ union leader mulls active political interference behind the illegal process.

Terming the bid tender as “meaningless” and “ridiculous”, he demanded the higher ups of Water Resource authority to initiate high level inquiry into the alleged irregularity and misuse of the public money. He also demanded the authority to stop the construction works until and unless the alleged activities are probed.

Alleging unfair conduct of the “Tender Opening Committee” of Pasighat WRD and gross violation of SPA guidelines, the local people have cautioned the WRD engineers to go to court against their illegal conducts.

The engineers of Pasighat WR division were not available for comment nor to pass any official input.



Administration clarifies

DAMBUK, Sept 09: The Additional Deputy Commissioner Dambuk today clarified that Lower Dibang Valley District administration and the ADC office Dambuk  have been monitoring the flood situation from day one while taking all necessary action and managed to position the foodgrain at Paglam at a very short notice in spite of the difficult  topography and the inaccessible situation.

Reacting to a news item regarding flood at Paglam published in this daily on Sept 9, the  Dambuk ADC  giving a details of flood situation and measures taken to mitigate the sufferings of flood affected people, said due to incessant rain for the last few days the river water of Dotung and neighbouring stream had started rising and entered the low-lying areas of Paglam circle. The village of Paglam A and B were the worst affected where the flood water had entered into almost all the houses of the village and the govt. Quarters in the midnight of 5th September and early hours of 6th September.  However with the weather improving, the flood water has started receding gradually after some hours. Due to the above rain and flooding of rivers, on 6th  September all surface communication between Paglam circle and ADC Hq Dambuk and  district headquarter  Roing has been cut off. Even boats were not operating at Amarpurghat connecting Paglam to Roing via Assam and road communication between Dambuk and Paglam has been snapped at various location and the Sisiri river could not be crossed even with elephant. However the situation was constantly monitored via cell phone and W/T by the DC Roing and ADC Dambuk with the panchayat leaders and GBS, specially with ASM Banggo, and ASM Paglam. They were directed to activate the village level disaster management committee for relief and other emergency management till arrival of officers from Dambuk.

On 6th morning an emergency meeting with the panchayat members and the available local heads of department was convened at ADC’s office Dambuk by the ADC to take stock of the situation and decided to depute the Circle Officer Dambuk with a medical and a veterinary team on 7th  September early morning and accordingly an elephant was requisitioned  for positioning at Sisiri river point for crossing of the team.

With the improvement of the weather the team could manage to cross the river through a country boat on 7th morning and reached Paglam after some transhipment with foot march and motorcycle. When the press correspondent was visiting the location, the officers deputed from Dambuk are already stationed at Paglam with available stock of medicines managing the situations. The local people may have expressed their anguish over the absence of some of the officers posted at Paglam circle but it does not mean that the administration was not working and the Govt was not concerned. Meanwhile on  Sept 6 the DC Roing had directed the F&CS  department Roing to arrange for transportation of foodgrain to Paglam from Roing via Sadiya ghat.

Therefore 80 quintal of rice was loaded on 7th morning from Roing and sent to Dola ghat and was again transhipped to Tara Tamak ghat through country boat .

On Sept 8 the ADC Dambuk along with official of agriculture and F&CS deptt. reached Paglam and visited the affected villages and the agricultural field. After interaction with the GBs, panchayat leaders and the villagers the 80 qtl PDS rice was handed over to the relief committee for distribution to the villagers of Paglam as immediate relief from the government.

While appreciating the  reporting by the correspondent on the flood situation of the area, the  ADC said certain facts also need to be ascertained before coming into conclusion especially from the administration regarding the arrangement and other measures being initiated. It would be wrong to blame the state govt. and the administration when the govt. machineries are already pressed into action to mitigate the suffering of the people. Given the above situation and the difficult location of the place and after taking necessary measures including deputing of magistrate, medical and veterinary team etc,  it is very  inappropriate and unfair to blame the govt. and the administration for negligence and to expect the relief to reach the place at a very short notice as carried in the newspaper.

However no loss of life and property to a large extent has occurred except damaging of standing paddy crops and some granaries which are being assessed by the Agriculture department. The medical and veterinary  department  has been directed to take necessary measures to tackle any outbreak of diseases. The villagers and the panchayat leaders of the locality have expressed their gratitude to the govt. and the administration for providing them food grains as relief at a short notice,  the ADC said in its release.



Tibetan Brimstone butterfly  sighted at Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: A butterfly subspecies, the Tibetan Brimstone, which has been sighted at Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh, is an addition to the butterfly fauna for India.

Sanjay Sondhi, Titli Trust and Purnendu Roy have reported in the Journal of Threatened Taxa, an international peer-reviewed journal, that they have recorded the Tibetan Brimstone Gonepteryxamintha-thibetana from Arunachal Pradesh, Millo Tasser, Divisional Forest Officer, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary said in a release.

The authors recorded three individuals in the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in April 2012. This butterfly species had also been seen, but not reported, by Purnendu Roy in Anini in Upper Dibang Valley District in July 1987. The records from Eaglenest and Anini are the first reported sightings of this butterfly since Frank Ludlow, a British naturalist, collected it in 1938.

This butterfly has an interesting history. Ludlow collected this butterfly at Lalung, Pachakshiri in 1938. In 1968, Yuri Nekrutenko, a Russian lepidopterist, who passed away in 2010, based on Ludlow’s butterfly collection, described this butterfly to be a new subspecies, which he named Gonepteryxaminthathibetana.  However, the location at which the butterfly was collected by Ludlow was thought to be in Tibet. Pachakshiri, where the butterfly was collected, is today known as Mechukaand is a region located on the upper tributaries of the Siyom River, West Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh, India.

This finding follows the discovery of the butterfly-the Ludlow’s Bhutan Glory Bhutanitisludlowi from Eaglenest WLS and Dirang in West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh in 2012. This species, Bhutan’s National butterfly, was known only from one location in Bhutan before its discovery from Eaglenest and Dirang.

It is hoped that these new discoveries will give a further boost to nature tourism at Eaglenest and Arunachal Pradesh and that the local communities continue to protect their forests and bio-diversity.

These new discoveries also highlight the unique, unexplored bio-diversity of Arunachal Pradesh and the urgent need to protect the forests, which are homes for these beautiful creatures, the release said.



International Literacy Day celebrated

PASIGHAT, Sep 8: The International Literacy Day was celebrated yesterday at Mebo Doying Kumdang Hall.

On the occasion an awareness program on disaster and adult literacy for PRIs’ was organized jointly by the Disaster Management Department, Adult Education and State Resource Center. Ceremonial flag was unfurled by the East Siang District, Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava in presence of and local MLA Ralom Borang, other officers and public leaders.

Addressing the gathering, Srivastava said that in a bid to make the nation a literate country, government has started several programs relating to literacy and education before and after independence. “Saakshar Bharat” is one of the most successful flagship programs, which was launched on the occasion of the International Literacy Day in 2009 in New Delhi by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. The program aims to strengthen adult education among women and other disadvantaged segments of the society by extending educational options to those who have missed the opportunity to pursue formal education due to some or other reasons, and now feel a need to learn for education of any type such as basic literacy skills, basic education, vocational education etc. Stating that a educated mother is the destiny maker of house the DC said education is the key to self-reliance to make society wise. It is therefore our prime responsibility to renew our efforts to promote literacy and demonstrate our commitment to providing education for all, making the state fully literate.

Srivastava urged the school authorities to guide their students on disaster management in schools besides routine activities. She also said the PRIs should always be in forefront to educate their natives so that the genuine victims can avail the optimum benefits during pre and post disastrous situations with the help of DDMO. She assured to sanction some amount from untied fund to procure V-Sat for all the secondary and higher secondary schools of Mebo soon.

She also administered the pledge “Hum Parenge aur Hum Parayange”.

 “One book, one pen, one teacher and one student can make a change”. These were the words that came to my mind when I first heard about the bravest Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai who has been advocating for the right of girls to receive education with a unique message, stated the MLA Ralom Borang in his deliberation.

Borang said we now know the status of our state, the statistics and facts about literacy. We know how far we are to attain the 100% literacy rate. Although government is leaving no stone unturned to educate the masses and classes, yet it needs support from every section of the society, especially from the educated masses. Now PRI members have to be more vigilant and guide the people in their respective areas to success the government sponsored literacy mission in the state for which I have been pleading for years in the state assembly, Borang added. He said PRIs should closely monitor the teaching-learning practices at their level and report the administration for betterment. The Saakshar Bharat strives to create a literate environment that bolsters and sustains a literate society thereby providing ample opportunities for the continuous improvement in the level of adult literacy.

The first lady graduate of the state Bormoti Yirang Dai while sharing her lifetime experiences Dai said “Let children live their lives as children”. Literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment for the future generation. The students should involve in domestic activities but they must go to school regularly to make themselves educated. During last two decades the state has achieved lot of developments in education sector and now it is very easy for every one to get education in comparison to early days. Education should bring out the creative talents in the learners, which can be possible only by an extensive reading habit, and not just mastering basic literacy. Students must be disciplined, sincere and dedicated in studies, she advised.

ZPC Kaling Dai sought cooperation from the society. He appealed to the PRI functionaries to voluntarily support in this mission of eradicating illiteracy in the state by contributing their skills and knowledge and sparing a few hours of their time to educate their next door neighbors who have missed the bus of educating themselves in their childhood.

Among others, In-charge Director SRC P Deori and DAEO J Yirang also spoke on importance of adult education and DDMO G Tsomu gave disaster management tips. They underscored the significance of literacy for healthy societies on the occasion. DIPRO



Bid to cover wastelands under tea cultivation


RUKSIN, Sept 09: With view to expand the tea cultivation area in Siang valley, the Small Tea Grower’s Association of Siang Basin (STGASB) has decided to grow tea on wastelands.

The members of the association recently assembled in a meeting at Ngorlung village near here and discussed on expansion of tea plantation area covering the wasteland of Siang basin.

The meeting chaired by former Arunachal MP and retired Chief Commissioner of Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC), Nyodek Yonggam adopted five important resolutions, which included exploration of village wastelands to convert it into tea cultivation site, engage the local unemployed youths by forming SHGs, conduct a series of “awareness programme” in the rural areas to make them aware about the economic aspects of tea cultivation.

It also resolved to approach the local financial banks, NABARD for financial assistance and to move Tea Board of India seeking technical guidance.

The tea planters’ meeting later constituted the first SHG.

More than 40 local tea growers attended the meeting, who have pledged to achieve a green revolution in the area by scientific tea cultivation and to enhance their household economy.



Website dedicated to teachers

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: In my more-than-a-decade-long journalism career, I have come to know the significant role of teacher in Arunachal Pradesh. In remote places of this state, the teachers who are attending the schools finish their work for the day with closing the school doors. In many occasion, teachers are found to be only the link between the modern world and village life of tribal society.

Along with their class room teaching, they are the communicators, learning facilitators, counselor and guiding spirit in the school community of this tribal society. There were many teachers who gave their entire service period in remote places and there are so many teachers still serving in hard posting places where no civic amenities are available. But lastly they leave the State silently on their retirement with bag and baggage without proper recognition for their selfless yeoman services.

Such situation made me to think about them; finally I have conceived and developed this website www. ArunachalTeachers.Com where their selfless services, dedication, achievements and their other relevant matters will be highlighted across the World.

And this site has been launched on the auspicious occasion of Teachers Day (Sept 5) in presence of C. B. Kumar, Commissioner Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Hage D. Appa, film actor and  others dignitaries here at Itanagar.

Kumar appreciated the concept and assured to extend possible support from his department to this cause.  (Contributed by Taro Chatung, Senior Journalist.)



Vigilance and monitoring committee meeting

ITANAGAR, Sept 09: The District Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee (DLVMC) meeting of Upper Subansiri district was held under the chairmanship of Daniel Teli, member of state level vigilance and monitoring committee, RD at Rijo Hall, Daporijo on September four.

Addressing the meeting, Teli asked the executing agencies to keep proper record of the progress of the work to ensure timely completion of the project/schemes. He urged the Project Director, DRDA and Deputy Commissioner, who is also Member Secretary of the committee to look into the complaints of alleged irregularities received in respect of the implementation of the programmes, including complaints of wrong selection of beneficiaries, mis-appropriation / diversion of funds.

Teli directed the head of departments to immensely engage the PRIs in all RD related programs for speedy development of the area.

The PR leaders should become bridge between executing agencies and rural populace instead of wasting time by giving misleading information. PR leaders must negotiate land owners during the period of construction of PMGSY roads, Teli said.

Gyati Tagi, i/c DC cum CEO of Zilla Panchayat, directed the executing agencies to improve their work culture. He further urged upon the PR members to cooperate and help the departments in all developmental works.

Explaining the meaning vigilance and monitoring, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Susil Nalo has suggested the committee to exercise preventive vigilance to ensure that irregularities, diversion and misappropriation of funds are avoided and the selection of beneficiaries is done strictly in accordance with the guidelines of the programmes.

The schemes such as IWMP, MGNREGA, IAY, PMGSY, SGSY, NSAP, RGGVY etc. were discussed.

The primary objective of the meeting is to effectively monitor the implementation of the schemes and programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development and also to ensure that the funds are used for the purpose for which they are meant, said Sode Potom, PD DRDA.

The DMO, BDOs, Executive Engineers of PHE, RWD, POWER and PWD presented physical and financial achievements and status of various Rural Development programs.

The APOs of DRDA, DLVMC members and Chairpersons of Anchal Samity of all the Blok Panchayat attended the meeting.



No dearth of natural singing talent in Arunachal’


DAPORIJO, Sept 09:  The third round of the Upper Subansiri Melody Hunt, a singing talent hunt, was inaugurated by Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board chairman Jalley Sonam.

Speaking on the occasion, Sonam encouraged the budding singers to practice hard and continue singing to become a good singer. Sonam said that there was no dearth of natural singing talent in our state. But, unfortunately, they do not continue their singing for long and once they stop singing they never return to this profession. He exhorted those singers, who have got quality singing voice to come forward and make career in singing.

Duma Yekar advised the participating singers to make proper and good use of the god-gifted voice, become good singer and make career out of singing.

52 singers from various corners of Upper Subansiri participated in the third round of the singing talent hunt.

Organized by Arunachal Artist Forum district unit in collaboration with Daporijo Cultural Society began on August 24.



International Literacy Week spreads thrill of reading across Tezu

Readers Mela concludes joyfully at Dimwe


ITANAGAR, Sept 09: “You have ably demonstrated the benefits of interactive learning and how learning can be a joyful experience even to village school students” was the warm compliment extended by Col. P.K. Tripathi, Commander, 48 BRTF, to the reader-activists of Bamboosa Library, Tezu, as he addressed a large gathering of over 200 at Dimwe, consisting of students, library reader-activists, teachers, parents and BRTF officials and staff at the BFRT auditorium. He was addressing them at the concluding session of the 2 days’ ‘Readers’ Mela’ organized by the 48 BRTF jointly with the Bamboosa Library Tezu, as a part of the International Literacy Week celebrations in Tezu.

He also heartily complemented the students and teachers of the Govt. Middle School, Dimwe & the little readers of the Tiny Tots Library, Dimwe for their spirited participation in the Mela. Presenting mementos to the Bamboosa Library, he declared the commitment of the BRTF to promote reading habits of the local people, by re-locating the Tiny Tots Library to a central premises, easily accessible to young and old alike.

Welcoming the audience and the young participants, Dr Mohit Mohan, SMO, BRTF elaborated upon the significance of the Literacy Day celebrations and stressed on the vital place of Functional Literacy in building a strong India. “The reading training workshop by the Bamboosa Library activists has been a treat to all”, he said.

Introducing the programme, Manisha Halai, a library-activist, spoke how they felt elated in sharing their reading skills with rural and less privileged children and youth.  The audience watched in thrill, as over 80 students trained under the guidance of the Bamboosa Library team presented poem-recitations, story-reading, story-telling, mono-acting and skits. The programme concluded with a befitting pledge to spread reading by Avani, Akshata Manisha, Bialu & Anjangmai, by presenting 3 touching poems ‘You read to me, I’ll read to you’, by Mary Ann Hoberman.

Reader-activists Abhinav Dwivedi introduced the programme and Ashish Mishra proposed a vote of thanks.

The Literacy Week commenced at the Govt. Sec school, Tezu, where around 150 students attended a lec-dem on ‘Some inspiring Books for Youth’ by the Coordinator, Lohit Youth Libraries. It was inaugurated by Sri. N. Rina, Dy Director, RMSA, Lohit. At the Denning College of Teacher Education, Tezu, around 100 teacher-trainees and faculty participated in the lec-dem, “Remembering A few books, some authors” . It was chaired by Principal Dr. Ms. S Kakoti.

This was followed by Book-reading and training sessions during the week by CALSOM Library & the Police Welfare Library, along with book quiz and vocabulary games. This was coordinated by Ms. Yealiang Tamblu, Library volunteer. The workshop at the Danglat Middle School was organized by the VKV Tafrogam Alumni Education Soceity (ViTAES), jointly with the Bamboosa Library. ‘Our young trainees have responded wonderfully to skit enacting’ said the teachers happily.

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Rape survivors need proper counseling

Dear Editor

The culprit of the Likabali rape incident is behind bars. But we are still in disbelief and are not able to accept that such a heinous crime can be committed. We knew that corruption, murders, thieves existed in our state but we somehow did not believe that we will ever hear about such an incident taking place. The attention given by the media, people of the state and police on this case is much appreciated and hopefully justice will prevail soon.

My concern as a citizen is to bring a little attention towards the girl children who suffered this inhuman act. First of all I would request everyone to stop referring them as rape victims but as rape survivors. That is more respectful & correct way to address them. While I address this issue, I am not aware if anything for the children is being done or not. I read that people from all over Arunachal Pradesh have flocked to Likabali to extend their support and express their anger, that the children are accommodated in various schools, which is a progressive step for their future. At the same, is there anything being done to provide counseling to these children? These children have gone through something very traumatic and it will remain in their mind for long. As reported, some of the children were below 5 years old. They may not even know what happened with them. What if the realization hits them after certain age?  Over the years, I have met and spoken to many women & men, friends, colleagues who were abused as a child and they realized it after they reached a certain age. As a child, it did not register in their minds that they were abused. If only they got the right platform, support at that age, they would have been in a better state of mind or could have avoided being abused on multiple occasions. There are plenty of health professionals in Arunachal Pradesh but there is a lack of professional counselors, who are trained to help people in such situations. Psychologists believe that counseling helps to ventilate their feelings. Counseling is not as easy as we think. It is a huge step. One needs lot of hard work and determination to be able to sit in a session and work on getting a clearer mind but it is healthy, positive and helpful. I am not saying that counseling will help these children erase this incident from their minds completely but it may help them to have a clearer mind and a stronger attitude to overcome this. In Arunachal, people are still not aware of the need to have proper counseling & guidance when it comes to these situations. One may be an excellent parent/guardian and may share a strong bonding with their children,  however at times a child may not able to express their issues & challenges that they face comfortably. For a healthy mind and to face challenging circumstances, there is nothing wrong in seeking professional guidance occasionally.

If the government & NGOs involved are already working on this, than hats off to them. In case, they have not, I would like to request Chief Minister, Nabam Tuki & Health Minister Atum Welly to kindly look into the matter. Since there is a lack of such trained professionals in our state, we can surely seek help by looking outside. If these children can be helped through this, why not we take every initiative to help children. There are various organizations where they have trained counselors who have dedicated their lives to help people who have faced such situation. Much is needed to be done for them & counseling is one yet an important aspect. In the meantime as a concerned citizen, thankful to various people who are involved in helping those children.


Jemsi Dodum

New Delhi



Give them only one chance to correct themselves

Dear Editor,

It cannot be ruled out that there is high probability of making mistake in the present system of filling APPSC application forms i.e. in writing/OMR. Had it been online system or scrutiny done while receiving the filled forms, candidates wouldn’t have been rejected in such a huge number. The fact that as many as 3000 candidates are in rejected list itself reflects the high chance of mistake/error in the existing system of filling form. The instructions given for filling up the forms are good but it would be unwise to claim them to be absolute or error free, anyone may easily misconceive an instruction and make mistake. APPSC officials must realize that this is a systematic drawback like in many other systems and not a fault of anyone, and as such, they must yield to give one last chance to rejected candidates. A suitable sum may be imposed as penalty but directly disallowing 3000 candidates from appearing in the exam is uncalled for.

Minor mistakes may always occur in any official documentation involving manual efforts, so scopes for correction/reconciliation are always kept, then, why exception in this case?

I am not saying that chance must be given every time candidate commits a mistake, but there is no harm to give them only one chance to correct themselves.  After all everybody deserves a second chance. "To err is human". Penalty must be imposed for mistakes done but its severity must equate the degree of mistake committed. At the same time, rejected candidates must accept the negligence on their part and should not put the blame on the officials alone.

But from no angle, as it seems to me, it is right to directly disqualify the candidate from even appearing the said exam. As every common thinker will say, it is too harsh a punishment, it is unjustified and discouraging. All these aspirants are requesting for is an opportunity to sit in the competitive exam, they are not asking for the appointment letter. They didn't furnished any false particulars or malicious information in their application forms, all they did is a minor human error which cannot be considered as valid reason for debarring from any exam.

Moreover, the list of rejected candidates was published in the last moment when exam date is so near and it is hard to imagine the hard work and efforts those serious candidates must have made in the preparation for exam. APPSC exam is one of the most competitive and toughest exams of the state. And it is sad to know that all their efforts will go in vain and dreams be shattered no matter how well they are prepared. Failure even before they get a chance to fail is unimaginably disheartening.

So, through this esteemed column, I humbly request APPSC to reconsider its decision and not to be so harsh on rejected candidates. A strong and tough decision will be most welcomed if it is taken to change the corrupt system but not against students who genuinely study to build their careers, rather students need encouragement and sympathy.

Now, even after repeated requests and after due consideration of above points, if APPSC is adamant on its decision, it will bring no appreciable outcome, rather will show the stubborn attitude of the commission.


Radhe Kani

RWD Colony,




Respect land donor’s sentiment

Dear Editor,

The suggestion given by AAPSU, President for issuing of land possession certificate to the land encroacher of state capital complex during meeting with capital complex land affected people's forum (CCAPF), the news about it which was published in today’s edition of your daily will further encourage illegalities in the state and particularly in twin state capital. The attention of MR. President is drawn as here under:-

In the 70s native people of Itanagar decided to donate land free of cost for establishment of state capital only for public purposes. The idea was to give land for the pan-Arunachal capital to be set up by the state Government with proper planning and development of trade and commercial centre, proper health and education institution and setting up of asset like civil secretariat, assembly etc.

The land was used for state interest to ensure socio-economic development and not for the breeding ground of illegality which is not good example for citizen of the state.

It is known fact that in our state land, mountains, rivers, lakes, streams, and river are community assets of certain clan and tribe. No other clan and community are allowed to transgress in another clan and tribe’s right on the particular land and forest. Hence, the twin capital complex Itanagar belongs to the land donators. We cannot allow any illegal activity in our holy land. All Arunachalee pray almighty god to do away all sins of illegality from capital complex.

It’s very strange to see that land donated by the local people of Itanagar for establishment of capital complex at the cost of state interest is misused in nexus among politician, student leader and bureaucrat. The land illegally encroached are being sold in crore of the rupees, without making any payment of the land fee and premium to the state govt. If state govt, fails to deter such massive encroachment of govt, land by demolishing of public property, better land should be immediately restored back to the respective land owner of state capital.


Boken Kino


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Knowledge can help combat poverty

United Nations senior officials highlighted the role of literacy in achieving a more sustainable future, stressing that knowledge can help combat poverty and improve people's livelihoods.

"In our knowledge-based era, literacy is a foundation for a more just, inclusive and sustainable world," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

There are more than 773 million young people and adults around the world who cannot read. Worldwide, at least 250 million children of primary school age cannot read, write or count. Two thirds of them are women.

Ban underlined the importance of investing in education, noting this is an investment in human dignity, development and peace.

The latest data from the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics shows that most of the world's illiterate adults live in South and West Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Illiteracy also remains a persistent problem in developed countries, with UNESCO data showing that one in five young people in Europe had poor literacy skills in 2009, and some 160 million adults in countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and development (OECD) are functionally illiterate, which means that they do not have the skills needed to function in today's environments such as the ability to fill out forms, follow instructions, read a map, or help with their children with homework.