September 29

Orgs condemn Ziro shop incident

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The Hapoli Computer Commercial Association HCCA, the Green Ziro Society GZS, General Medical Colony Welfare Association GMCWA and Medical Line Self Help Group MLSHG have condemned the unfortunate incident at Hapoli center point DTP shop on September 11 where one of the DTP shops was allegedly destroyed by some miscreants without any valid reason.

The organizations have criticized the Hapoli Bazaar Committee and Chamber of Commerce for their irresponsibility shown in regard with the incident although they were approached by the HCCA for assistance.

Further, the organizations demanded the District Administration for establishment of police beat post at all the sensitive zones in Ziro and Hapoli Township along with compulsory street electrification for public safety as well as 24 hours police patrolling to check the prevailing law and order problem in the plateau.


AKYWA calls bandh

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: While expressing strong resentment over lack of appropriate response from BRTF regarding maintenance of Kimin to Potin road despite repeated pleas, All Kimin Youth Welfare Association (AKYWA) has called for 24 hrs Bandh on October 3.

All Kimin Youth Welfare Association had on July 16 this year served a month’s ultimatum to BRTF authority to maintain the dilapidated road from Kimin to Potin on Kimin –Ziro Road immediately.

AKYWA has further threatened to stage road blockade on October 16, if the authority concerned fail to act or response positively.

AKYWA has also expressed its dissatisfaction over the irregular power supply at Kimin area and questioned the Power Department over the in-ordinate delay in installing the 33 KV line of Yupia to Kimin.

It is pertinent to mention that the said line was sanctioned under NEC in year 2009 but even after four years the Power Department Nirjuli Division has failed to provide the alternative line, the release said.

“It reflects utter lack of professionalism and accountability of the department concerned.”

AKYWA urged the power department to immediately install the alternative line for the convenience of common citizen.


JNC organizes UGC-CPE sponsored guest lecture

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The Department of Commerce, JN College, Pasighat, with active initiative of the Principal T Talom and Head of The Department Dr. Naresh Kumar organized one day UGC-CPE sponsored Guest Lecture series.

Dr. Otem Moyong, Associate Professor, Dept. of Commerce, RGU conducted the first interactive session on the topic “Good Planning and Right Strategy: A Mantra for Success in Career.” With examples and anecdotes he explained the need of early planning for a successful future career.

Prof. Rama Chandra Parida, Head Dept. of Commerce, RGU acted as the resource person in the second technical session on the topic “Effective Management in Competitive Pressure.”

Mainly students of Commerce department, Faculties and other students attended the guest lecture series.

The UGC-CPE Coordinator Dr. DP Panda assured the students that the college authority is determined to bring forward such type of programmes in future for the overall development of the students.

Earlier, Coordinator of the seminar Dr. Sangey Drema said that the very purpose of organizing such programmes was to enhance the competency level of the students.


AdiSU Lohit demands use of Govt buildings

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The  Adi Students Union (AdiSU) Lohit district unit has appealed to the administration to make use of the existing  office buildings  in Jaipur area.

The AdiSu district unit in a letter to the additional deputy commissioner said the people of Jaipur area had donated some plots of land in 1990 for establishment of divisional commissioner (East) HQ.  Accordingly some buildings were constructed for Joint director of Horticulture office, district urban development agency office and ADC office, the union said adding recently two veterinary office buildings were constructed in the area.   Claiming that the constructed buildings remain unused by concerned departments till date, the AdiSU district unit sought status report on the existing buildings and demanded that the buildings be utilized immediately for public interest.    


Liromoba bandh deferred

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Liromoba Circle Welfare Association has deferred its proposed 24-hr Liromoba bandh on September 30 to October 16 in view of the FA-I examination of Liromoba Hr. Sec. School.


SES conference

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The third general conference of the Sajolang Elite Society began at Nafra, West Kameng district on September 26.

The inaugural function was attended by Dorjee Tsering, President Cooperative Lamps West Kameng and Dibru Dususow, General Secretary, All Hrusso Socio Cultural Society a chief guest and the Guest of Honour respectively.  Parliamentary Secretary R T Khunjuju, former Minister Japu Deru, former MLA Rinchin Kharu Rijiju, Bordumsa ADC S Miji, Nafra EAC S Gurung, Secretary (HPD) Miali Sangchoju, Nafra ZPM Nafra, guests from different community based organizations of West Kameng and East Kameng district also attended the conference on the first day.

The society felicitated those who became first among Sajolang community to complete degrees in MBBS, Engineering, Law etc., crack APPSCE/APCS and the achievers in music and film industry and politics, on the occasion.

Earlier, the newly constructed office building of the SES was inaugurated by President of SES Aju Khunjuju in presence of senior leaders, bureaucrats, officers of the district.

Later, addressing the meeting, the president highlighted the various achievements of the Society and activities carried out during his tenure as president from 2010-2013.


NCP state unit opposes inclusion of villages under MAC

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Opposing the inclusion of 12 villages in Likabali Sub-division under Missing Autonomous Council (MAC) by Assam government, The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state unit has urged upon the state government to talk it out with Assam counterpart for the deletion of the villages from the MAC list before the election is conducted to avoid any future complicacies.

In a release, it said that the inclusion has touched the sentiments of the local indigenous people living in the area.

Being law abiding Indian citizens, we have to follow the principal of natural justice and should honour the political agreement between the two states about upholding peace and tranquilities among its citizens. We must adhere to the status quo for the wellbeing of the two states and the people inhabiting the border areas, it added.


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Itanagar Municipal Council, Councillor, ward no. 4, Gora Talang organized a mass social service at Industry Colony, Chandranagar here today.

About 100 Christian Revival Church youth volunteers actively participated in it and asked the area dwellers to dispose off their wastes properly and to keep their surrounding clean.


Inter-district karate competition

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: All Anjaw Karate-Do Association will conduct the Inter District Karate Championship cum Anti Drugs and Opium Campaign at Hawai, Anjaw district from October 15 to 16 to promote karate in interior areas of the district as well as create awareness against the menace of Opium.


Girl child Day Celebrated

Siyum, Sept 28:  International Girl Child Day was celebrated in Catholic Mission, Siyum with great enthusiasm and vigor.

Fr. Johnson Puthur SAC, Parish Priest of St. Vincent Pallotti Parish, Siyum inaugurated the programme. He exhorted the girls to strive for knowledge and truth in order to  become better persons of tomorrow. Tanyam Pakba, Headmaster of Biaching middle school in his message asked the girls find out their talents and work for success.

Sr. Josin SD, Local IDEA coordinator conducted the class for the girls on empowerment. Fr. Sijo Chacko Arakkal SAC, Principal of St. Vincent Pallotti School, Sr. Sheelet SD, Headmistress, Sr. Teena Therese SD, Director of Divine Mercy Health Centre Siyum and many teachers, students, and around 120 people were present from the locality.


ABK advocates visionary plan to solve land issue

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) has appealed to the people’s friendly state Govt to draw up a visionary plan to solve the burning issue of ‘eviction and demolition drive of the unauthorized buildings.’ “The  Government is well aware that demolition of large number of buildings will drive out hundreds of  families, their dependents, and rent-dwellers to the streets which will create huge public hue and cry. Such large scale demolition of private properties will be a big loss to the state also,” the  ABK  secretary general said in a release. The  problem which engulfed the Capital Complex now may  also  spread all the  districts too, the  release said and appealed to the  Govt to resolve the  land allotment issue at the earliest in the interest of both Govt and general public.


AAPCA team to participate in National Challenger B Chess C’ship

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: A seven-member team of All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA) led by arbiter Tapi Sha will participate in the 51st National Challenger (B) Chess Championship 2013 to be held in Bhopal from October 12 to 22.

The selected players from the tournament will be qualified to participate in the National Premier Championship (National-A) to represent India in International level.


ESDP on Computer Accounting with Tally

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Branch MSME Development Institute, Itanagar, is organizing an 11 days entrepreneurship Skill Development Programme (ESDP) on Computer Accounting with Tally from October 1 next.

With minimum qualification of Class X pass, the programme is aimed at educating youths to take up self employment ventures and income generating activities in the state.


Lohit KVK conducts training on nursery management

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lohit-District, Momong, under NRC on Yak (ICAR), conducted a training programme on “Nursery management of Horticultural crops” for the farmers of Chowkham-1 village on September 28.

About 33 farmers including ASM of Chowkham-1 were present in the training programme. Ph. Chandramani Singh, SMS (Horticulture) delivered lecturer on the Nursery management of Horticultural crops.

Finally discussion on different horticultural crops like Oranges, Coconut and Ginger problem faced by the farmers were also done. The Cole crops (2000) seedlings were also distributed to the farmers, who actively participated in the training programme.


NSUI Sagalee conducts volleyball tournament

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The 1st ever Volleyball Tournament being organized by 15th Sagalee NSUI Block Unit to mark the Gandhi Jayanti celebration began yesterday.

Attending its inaugural programme, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Nabam Aka called on the team members to maintain sportsmanship spirit.

NSUI state unit president Kirbe Dulom also spoke on the occasion.


SUMA lodges FIR against NPF

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The Students’ Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) yesterday filed an FIR against Subu Kechi, President of Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF), Lower Subansiri District Unit at Ziro Police station questioning the motive behind the establishment of the Naga political party’s base in Arunachal Pradesh.

While lodging the FIR with the Officer In-Charge, Ziro Police station, a copy of which was also submitted to the Superintendent of Police PN Khirmey, SUMA demanded the SP to immediately arrest the NPF’s Lower Subansiri unit president along with other activists of the political party and start interrogation.

The Union expressed apprehension that establishment of the NPF base in the state against its people’s interest will directly or indirectly invite militant activities in our peaceful state.

The SUMA team was led by its Convenor and accompanied by All Lower Subansiri Students’ Union Convenor and the former president of All Raga Students’ Union.


News Impact

Do not repeat past mistake, CM cautions Apex Bank

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: “You are the stewards of the ship. If something goes wrong not only those travelling as passengers will drown but you will all go down too,” discreetly cautioned Chief Minister Nabam Tuki addressing officers and officials of the Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd here this morning.

Declaring the 25th Annual General Meeting of the only state-run bank open, the Chief Minister lauded the zeal and spirit of the officials who despite facing several ups and downs have succeeded in resurrecting the Bank and taking banking facilities to the rural people.

Hinting at the ‘bad phase’ that the Bank had to pass in recent years, he strictly cautioned that mistakes of the past should not be repeated at any cost.

Expressing full confidence on the team of officials, Tuki earnestly urged for timely recovery of loans from borrowers. He said that because of defaulters the Bank is facing hardships in maintaining check and balance and therefore special focus has to be given in loan recovery process.

“If you only work for the sake of salary, the bank will never progress. You have to go beyond what your official duty demands. This is a competitive sector and you need to compete with other nationalized and private banks to attract customers and investors,” he said.

The Annual General Meeting also coincided with the bank’s completion of 35 years in public service. To commemorate the occasion Tuki launched the Core Banking Solution (CBS) of the bank, which will now provide facilities like NEFT and RTGS to its customers.

Appreciating the initiative, the Chief Minister expressed hope that with CBS available in all its 32 branches across the state, the Apex Bank will provide services at par with other popular banks functioning in the state. He also underscored the importance of the cooperative movement and advised the officials to give due attention to the cooperation sector while managing the banking sector. He said that as the Apex Bank was established way back in 1977 with the sole objective to give a boost to the cooperative movement, the primary objective should not be lost in the humdrum of financial implications.

“While stressing on financial business, we have to also keep in mind that we are here for providing service to the needy and poor. Not all 32 branches of the Apex Bank may be making financial profits but we have to run them so that the rural poor are not deprived of financial assistance and banking facilities,” he said.

The Chief Minister lauded the Apex Bank for taking the responsibility of financing several of his pet projects like the Chief Minister’s Agriculture Mechanization Programme and the Mukhya Matri Paryatan Vikas Yojna.

“The Government is always with you. It is up to you to build up your reputation and bring business to the bank,” he said.

Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin, who was present on the occasion as the Guest of Honour, reiterated his advice to the officials. He said that whatever happens to the bank – good or bad – the responsibility will lie solely on its officials.

He requested the managers and officials to be sincere to their duty and abide strictly by the rules and guidelines in transactions.

Gamlin further hoped that the bank will continue to receive patronage from the State Government so that its past glory is regained and business becomes normal.

Garima Gupta, Secretary (Cooperation) Cum RCS, informed that full efforts will be initiated for reducing of 50% NPAs of the bank and requested CM to allow Apex Bank for dealing Non-Treasury Funds of the State Govt.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the Managing Director of the Apex Bank informed that Bank had joined NABARD Core Banking Solution (CBS) Scheme in March 2012 with projected cost of Rs.704.00 Lakh. NCDC is providing financial assistance of Rs.633.60 Lakh through State Govt by way of Loan of Rs.457.60 lac and subsidy of Rs. 176.00 Lakh.

Dr. Olik Taring, Administrator, Apex Bank, presented the annual activity report of the Bank for the year 2012-2013.

Also present on the occasion were Director ATI, General Manager NABARD and President of the Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Union among other officials and shareholders.



AACWA demands white paper on state financial position, seeks preference for local contractors

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ITANAGAR, Sept 28:  The All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA) today demanded the white paper from the state government on the state financial position.

Addressing the media persons at the Press Club here today, AACWA President Takam Padu said, “Over the last couple of years, it’s been observed that state government is not financially sound and it imposes austerity measures time and again”. Stating that Finance department might gone terribly wrong, Padu added that every citizen has right to know the current  financial position of the state.

Taking a dig at state government for constantly failing to clear the pending bills of many contractors, AACWA president said that it should come out with white paper on its financial position and should let the people know the reasons for withdrawal of payment from treasuries.  

The association also demanded for streamlining of works on SPA and TFC and other centrally sponsored schemes, claiming that advanced work system trend has been followed due to political interference on such works. It appealed to the government to ensure executing agency maintained guidelines and transparency in tendering process.

The contractor association further sought adoption of and relaxation on 1 per cent earnest money deposit (EMD) for the local and indigenous contractors for any categories of work. It also demanded for the introduction of registration of contractors in power department like other civil work departments.

It lamented the deduction of  2 per cent income tax from tribal contractors saying that since Arunachal is a 100 per cent tribal state, constitutionally exempted from paying income tax to the government as per the Income Tax Act 1961. “We are being compelled to pay tax during the clearing of bills,” Padu rued.

It also opposed the direct participation of company and manufacturer in the procurement programe of live saving medicine in health service department. AACWA general secretary Nabam Akin Hina said, ‘In Arunachal every citizen is like contractor, the government should streamline this and categorize the professional contractor.’   

The contractor association has submitted its six points’ charter of demand to the chief minister for early redressal.  It sets one month deadline to fulfill its demands, failing to address the grievances, association threatened to intensify its movement.

Without directly mentioning the government, AACWA vice president Tago Pai Camdir concludes, “Our honest and sincerity should not be looked into as weakness”.



777 Days Incredible Indian Himalayas Campaign launched

Campaign to give  big leap to Arunachal tourism: P D Sona

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The 777 Days Incredible Indian Himalayas campaign was launched by Dr. K. Chiranjeevi, Minister of State for Tourism  Independent Charge Govt of India  yesterday on the eve of World Tourism Day at  Convention Hall, Hotel Ashok, New Delhi. The event started with lighting of lamp, release of Himalayan Map, films to promote Indian Himalayas, Directory of Events and ATOAI book on Safety Regulations by the Union Minister.

Launch of “777” is an ambitious attempt of Ministry of Tourism, GOI, to promote the tourism potential of the Himalayas which spreads in six states viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal and to promote its incredible tourist product internationally. The need was felt because over 70% of the magical Himalayas lies in India and yet the world do not know much about it. Till today India could not sell Himalaya as product to the world. This campaign is going to attract more international tourists to India during the lean summer season and help India grow as 365 days tourist destination.

Team Arunachal was lead by P D Sona, Parliamentary Secretary Tourism, K N Damo Deputy Resident Commissioner, New Delhi and Adong Moyong (DTO) New Delhi. A Power point presentation on Tourism Potentials of Arunachal Pradesh was presented by K N Damo to highlight the niche tourism product of Arunachal and was well admired.

The launch of 777 campaigns was attended by all the Tourism Ministers of Six Himalayan states and the stake holders of the Tourism Industry. It also witnessed foreign travel writers, adventurers and the Brand Ambassador of North Face Dr. Conrad Daniel Anker who shared their experiences of Himalayas. PD Sona said, “This 777 days campaign will really benefit Arunachal in particular as we have long stretch of Himalaya in our State. The kind of product the tourist look for in Himalaya we have it and may be more. This is surely going to give a big leap to the Arunachal tourism. We are very happy and excited about this campaign. I extend my sincere thanks on behalf of people and Govt. of Arunachal to Dr. Chiranjeevi and the entire team for conceiving this idea and working on it with a realistic approach."



North East Live to bridge communication gap: CM


ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The sensitive border state of Arunachal Pradesh inhabited by culturally rich hospitable tribals would be focussed in right perspective globally with the launch of North East Live, the first 24X7 satellite news channel from the state on September 30, said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

After inspecting the preparation of the stage at Indira Gandhi park here this evening for the launch, Tuki said this is first of its type event in the state and would bridge the communication gap by speedily feeding the happenings of this land-locked hilly state, he said with confidence.

Extending his hearty congratulation to the North East Live team, the CM assured all possible cooperation of his government for the channel to grow.

Tuki accompanied with his principal adviser T N Norbu, Chief Secretary H K Paliwal, education commissioner C B Kumar and tourism secretary Sonam Chombey, interacted with CMD Takam Moni and organizing committee members Lika Taji, Kipa Kaha and R N Lalum, expressed his happiness at the preparations. He inquired the minute details of the launching programme which would witness the participation of union ministers, half a dozen MPs, besides the ‘Who’s Who’ of the state and a battery of media persons.

It may be mentioned here that an AIDS awareness campaign, a collaborative programme of APSACS and NACO, is scheduled to be conducted at the same venue on October 3 next.

Itanagar will witness the Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, who is expected to show up at the same venue on October 4, as curtain raiser for India’s second edition of International Tourism Mart (ITM) to be organized by the union tourism ministry at Tawang from October 18 to 20.

It would be for the first time that a national or global level reigning beauty queen would be visiting the state.  



Design interventions can change face of traditional micro-enterprises”

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Design interventions can change the face of traditional micro-enterprises, said Industry, Textiles, Handloom and Handicraft Secretary Dr. SS Ghonkrokta.

Inaugurating an orientation programme on design clinic scheme organized by Branch Office, Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Arunachal Pradesh today, Dr. Ghonkrokta stressed on the need for making small scale industry products more competitive through design diversification and quality improvement. He also stressed on the need of identifying locations and sectors for design intervention in Arunachal Pradesh.

Speaking on the occasion, Santanu M Deka highlighting the skill development efforts of IIE reiterated that skill development on market oriented designs in the micro enterprise sector can help in providing gainful income and employment to the artisans.

The technical session was handled by Shashank Mehta, Senior Faculty from the National Institute of Design (NID).

Mehta shared the experiences of design development of NID across the different MSME clusters in the country. He also informed that under the Design Clinic Scheme, the artisans can avail services from the NID.  

The technical session was chaired by Prof. RM Pant, Dean, Academic, NERIST.

Chairing the session, Prof. Pant expressed that a small change in designing and marketing strategies can bring a big difference to incomes earned by micro enterprises. He also stated that there should be coordinated efforts of all the agencies and departments for a holistic development of the traditional micro enterprise sectors across the state.

Ashok Mondal also from NID was also present in the Orientation Programme.

The technical session was followed by an open discussion wherein various entrepreneurs and artisans raised their queries regarding design interventions for their products.

The programme was attended by representatives from Government Departments, like Textile and Handicrafts, MSME-DI, Department of Industries, Khadi and Village Industries Board, Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic and 22 other non-government organisations and bodies besides entrepreneurs.



Sena interacts with Mizo farmers

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Agri-Horti, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary etc. Minister Setong Sena, who is currently on a three-day tour of Mizoram to have first hand experience on Palm Oil cultivation from September 27 along with Parliamentary Secretary (Agri) Likha Saaya, MLA and Chairman, APSMPB Bamang Felix, visited various Palm Oil Plantations and interacted with the farmers and officials of Mizoram Agriculture department.

The team also visited various on-going projects under Agri- Horti sectors and had interaction with farmers and concerned govt. officials.

The idea of visiting Mizoram was conceived and necessitated from the fact that an expert committee on feasibility study on palm oil cultivation recommended that Arunachal Pradesh has vast suitable areas to be brought under palm oil cultivation and Mizoram being the forerunner in the North East with more than 13,000 hectare area covered under this wonder crop as per official record in the recent past.

It is pertinent to mention here that, that palm oil is a tree borne major Oil Seed plant which yields very high quality edible oil.

India imports Palm Oil worth more than Rs. 40,000 crore annually mainly from Indonesia and Malaysia as there is huge deficit of edible oil in the country.

It is worth mentioning here that, reputed palm oil developers after their field survey have expressed very high hope for a grand success of Palm oil cultivation in Arunachal Pradesh.

If the programme proceeds in its right track, days are not far for Arunachal Pradesh to transform itself into a major Palm Oil producer in the country which is likely to elevate the rural agrarian economy significantly besides its vast scope in rural employment generation.

Sena also said that the sate govt. under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabum Tuki has expressed keen interest to promote this wonder crop under prioritized agenda of integrated development of Agriculture and allied sectors of the state.

Union ministry of Agriculture has prioritized Arunachal as a potential Oil Palm producer and has approved to initiate Oil palm Plantation initially with a target of 20,000 hectare in 5 yrs from 2013-14.

This initiative is in consideration of Agroclimatic suitability of the state and zeal of the National level major Oil Palm developers and processors who are the stake holders with buy-back assurance as is being done in Mizoram besides other states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka etc.



FGA conducts ToT cum exposure tour

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The five days Training of Trainers (ToT) cum exposure tour for Self Help Group-federation of Future Generations Arunachal concluded here yesterday. 15 Self-Help Group participants from Mechuka, Koyu (Rina), Sille-Oyan, Yazali-Yachuli, Palin and Ziro mostly women members enthusiastically participated in the program.

The training mainly focused on the role of effective management of SHG-federation at the grassroots level to run the income generation activities for sustainable livelihood. It also included the micro-credit and finance system.

The participants were taken to Mahila Shakti Kendra (MASK), Balipara, Assam, a center of excellence with an objective to strive towards economic empowerment of the marginalized, in particular of women, aimed at self-reliance and self- sufficiency, by providing opportunities for self employment through micro-credit financing and formation of cluster of SHGs, as a part of orientation visit to see how they work together in the form of Self Help Groups and how they progress and bring change in their lives.

They were also taught about how they can help the whole family make progress, lift a family out of problems through income generation activities, regular savings habits, using capital more appropriately, and to strengthen the unity among the family, groups and in the society that ultimately lead to improve living conditions.

In this regard, success stories and case studies through field visit in the adjoining villages under Balipara were discussed.

The program concluded with a Central Coordination Committee (CCC) meeting of SHGs-federation. The program was organized by Future Generations Arunachal from 24-28 September.

It is pertaining to mention here that an integrated project entitled “Comprehensive Community Development program (CCDP)” is carrying out by Future Generations Arunachal.

The major objective of the CCDP is to build knowledge, skills and values of SHG to develop more aspects to self reliance at village level. The ultimate objective is to set up a Learning Network support system for communities.



IFCSAP refutes allegations

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) has refuted the allegation made by Indian Christian Council state unit of politicizing the minority issue against some organizations which expressed concern on the likely negative impact of the currently implemented minority package on the society. While clarifying its stand, IFCSAP in a release said that, “We are not against the implementation of minority package for minority people but against the division of our own people into two groups (of minority and STs).

“The indigenous faith followers of Arunachal Pradesh and their apex organization are neither politicizing the issue nor against the freedom of religion granted under Article 25 of Indian Constitution. This is evident from the growth of ab-original Christians and  other minority religions in Arunachal Pradesh which was earlier populated 100 percent by tribal, the release said.

IFCSAP appealed to the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to respect and uphold the right to equality enshrined in Article 14 and prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion etc. as granted in Article 15 of Indian Constitution while implementing the minority packages for greater interest of indigenous faith believers.  

IFCSAP also appealed for implementation of the Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act.1978, to ensure growth of indigenous faith system and protect it from enticement, threatening, discrimination, etc. abuse of human right and pushing it into oblivion by the other organised faith system, to give necessary directive to various churches of Arunachal Pradesh for getting registration of their members so as to assess the total converted data for proper enlistment of beneficiaries under minority packages.



Mon-Sergeling & Mon-Rigshung Sergelin Season-2 inaugurated

TAWANG, Sept 28: The grand opening of Mon-Sergeling and Mon-Rigshung Sergeling Season-2 was inaugurated by Parliamentary Secretary RWD Kumar Waii, alongwith Tourism and RWD Minister Pema Khandu at Kalawangpo Hall at Tawang yesterday.

“The entire event has been overwhelming and above my expectation. This show has set a new benchmark for Arunachal,” expressed Waii in his speech at the end of the show.

Under the banner of Film Federation of Monyul (FFM), Pema Khandu the architect of Mon-Sergeling and Mon-Rigshung Sergeling - a mega singing hunt, coined the talent hunt in October 2010 with the intent to revive, preserve and promote indigenous Monpa folk songs which is at the verge of extinction in a world where the younger generation are embracing Western culture in the name of modernization.

‘Platform like these will inspire and instigate craze in our own culture and tradition’, Pema said in his keynote address.

Mon-Sergeling is a general category wherein the participants will have to be well versed with Monpa folk songs apart from modern Monpa songs and Hindi songs. Mon-Rigshung Sergeling is the folk song category only.

The Winner of the prestigious Mon-Sergeling will drive home a brand new Hyundai Eon, a Royal Enfield Bullet for the 1st Runners-up and a Bajaj Pulsar for the 2nd Runners-up. Under the Mon-Rigshung Sergeling category the Winner will pocket a cash prize of Rs. 2,00,000, Rs. 1,00,000 and Rs. 50,000 for the 1st and the 2nd Runners-up respectively.

Chombay Kee, President FFM presented the welcome address to the huge gathering. Intending to encourage participants from West Kameng district Parliamentary Secretary Science and Technology, Phurpa Tsering and MLA (Bhalukpong) cum Chairman APEDA attended the function. PCCF A. K Wahal, DC Tawang, Abhishek Dev and ZPC Jambey Tsering where amongst other dignitaries who attended the show.

After the audition on 10th, 12th and 13th of this month at Lumla, Bomdila and Tawang, 56 candidates were selected out of which 12 are from West Kameng. Following the captivating performance by Thupten (Brokpa), each contestant presented an ephemeral song in one of their favourite tracks to give a glimpse of their flair to the audience. The performance by the Season-1 winner and the 1st Runners-up further elevate the exhilaration.

Both Kumar Waii and Phurpa Tsering in their speeches expressed their appreciation over the high standard of the function.

“After the huge success and overwhelming response received from the general public, the Minister has promised to organise the talent hunt once in every three years despite the entire obstacle”, President FFM said to the reporter.

On the occasion promos of three Monpa feature films – ‘Showey Showey’, ‘Gyum-drey’ and ‘Punsum’ were also televised on a PVR like screen. Punsum….the brothers dare to live, directed by Lham Dorjee and produced by Thutan Nyima was released by Kumar Waii at the mega event organized by FFM.

The mesmerizing event concluded with a vote of thanks by Pema Nawang, Vice-Chairman Vigilance FFM which was barely audible in the mist of cheers echoing in the hall by the hundreds of euphoric audience. (Report by Nima Khenrab)



PSAZ felicitates 32 teachers, 2 class XII toppers

ZIRO, Sept 28: Private School Association of Ziro (PSAZ) in collaboration with All Arunachal Pradesh Private School Association (AAPPSA) has organized the first ever felicitation programme for both teachers and AISSCE toppers of private schools in Ziro Valley here today at Bumers Kids World, Keilya, Old Ziro.

Attending the function as chief guest, local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo has committed to make Indira Gandhi Technological & Medical Sciences University at Ziro functional in full-fledge status whatever the obstacle may came on its way. Whenever one set to do some good jobs for the society, there always come some criticisms.

Citing example of criticism from some section of people at the time of establishing St. Claret College and also the VKV school, he do not rule out possible criticism in taking up the present job.  People who opposed at that time send their children to that institution now, he added.

While referring to problems and hardship being faced at the time he established Padi Lailyang Memorial School in year 1989, he assumed himself as the pioneer of private school at Ziro.

He suggested principals and teachers to supports student, if they are interested in the specific field like sports, art, culture etc. In such a case, to force them to go for higher study would not bring achievement in their life.

The chief guest, on behalf of Pvt. Schools of Ziro appealed to Lower Subansiri District deputy commissioner and DDSE for their support on getting registration of school on priority basic especially for those which are already in function.

Attending the function as guest of honour, Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Marnya Ete suggested principals & teachers of private schools of district to be vigilant in their respective schools so that incident like Likabali does not happen in Ziro. He also emphasized on importance of maintaining health & hygiene in the school.

Lower Subansiri superintendent of police in his speech asked the principals and owners of the private schools to submit list of their employees with personal details for keeping record in police department. He also suggested them to verify identity of staff before engaging them to school.

Attending as special invitee, Lower Subansiri DDSE Yumlam Tana in his speech suggested for giving due emphasize on co-curriculum activities such as organizing of children film festival, literary competition etc jointly by both private schools and government schools for healthy competition.

He also said that the district administration and education department will monitor day to day basic so that incident like Likabali is not happened in this district.

Earlier, in the felicitation, the dignitaries gave away awards to 32 best teachers from 32 private school of Ziro and two class-XII toppers Hormin Likha and Jarmi Nake of frontier school, Ziro.

M B Bista, principal Frontier School, Ziro ready out the diary of PSAZ while Rubu Tadii, Secretary, PSAZ and Padi Grayu, chairman, PSAZ delivered welcome address and vote of thanks respectively.

Arunachal Teacher Association district unit secretary Padi Payang and St. Claret College Principal, Fr. Paulson among other also spoke on the function.

To make the event more interesting, some colourful dances were also presented from various schools.

Later in afternoon, mass meeting of PSAZ was held wherein it was discussed on various issues relating to improvement of private schools, quality of education and security of boarder students especially of girls student who are in full responsibility of school authority.  (From Yachang Tacho)



IMC councillor voices concern over rampant illegal collection of donations

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The Itanagar Municipal Council, Ward No. 6, Councillor, Bogum Jumi Teli today voiced her concern over the rampant illegal collection of donations from traders from in and across Capital Complex.

In a written statement, she said, it is very shocking to learn that in spite of legally elected municipal council in the state capital complex, there is rampant illegal donation being collected from traders by  some vested interest non-governmental organizations which is negating the constitutional elected body of the municipality.

It is also very strange and ridiculous that certain NGOs claiming themselves to be representatives of certain local based market committee say that they have administrative/judicial permission from the capital district administration to collect monthly fees from the traders.

Urging the Capital district administration to clarify whether the market is under market committee or it is under the jurisdiction of ward councilors, Bogum said the issue if not clarified will pose serious disturbance in discharging the constitutional duty of the elected municipal councilors.

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