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ACSM awareness camp at VKV Jirdin

AALO, Sep 16: The District Health Society (RNTCP) conducted ACSM (advocacy, communication and social mobilization) awareness programme on prevention and control of tuberculosis at VKV, Jirdin on Monday.

District Tuberculosis Officer Dr. Karmar Dirchi explained the causes and remedy of tuberculosis.

Quiz competition amongst the students were organized and prizes to the winners were distributed on the day.

A large number of students and teachers took part in the awareness programme. DIPRO


KVK training for farmers at Byara village

ITANAGAR, Sep 16: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lower Subansiri district organized training on three different topics -- production and use of Azolla, nursery growing and mulching in winter vegetables and Pond preparation for fish farming-- at Byara village yesterday.

The subject matter specialists in Soil Science trained the farmers on production and use of Azolla while the SMS in Horticulture trained the farmers about sowing methods of seed, soil sterilization, nursery bed preparation, care of nursery plants and mulching in vegetables. He also encouraged farmers for application of mulch in vegetables organic or inorganic.

The farmers were also taught about preparation methods of pond for fish farming.

Altogether 57 farmers of the village attended the training.


Assembly session prorogued

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: The Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa in an order issued on August 25 has prorogued the Fifth session of the Sixth Legislative Assembly  at the conclusion of its sitting on July 21 last.


Hindi Diwas celebrated at Ziro

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: The Rashtra Bhasha Vikas Samiti, Ziro was celebrated the Hindi Diwas in a befitting manner at Ziro on Sept 14 last.

The students of various schools who secured highest marks in Hindi subject in class nine examination 2014-15 were honored with certificate and prizes on the occasion.

Earlier, S K Mishra, vice-president of the Samiti described the aim and objectives of the programme which was presided over by Samiti president Tar Takiya, District Food and Civil Supply Officer, Ziro.

Rashtra Bhasha Vikas Samiti Ziro secretary Tage Opo also spoke on the occasion.

Large number of dignitaries including Prakash Singh, Assistant Commandant, ITBP Ziro, Hog Ladar, Principal, Secondary School, Hapoli and Padi Payang, General Secretary, Arunachal Teachers Association and students from various schools of Ziro also attended the programme.

Rashtra Bhasha Vikas Samiti, Ziro was created on 5th September 2015 for the Development of National Language Hindi in Lower Subansiri district especially in Ziro region of the district, according to an official release.


Workshop for introduction of  new vaccine in state

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: State level workshop for introduction of Pentavalent and Inactived Polio Vaccine (IPV)  was organized at state NHM training hall  today. The main objective  of the workshop is to sensitize and prepare DRCHOs and Cold Chain Handlers of the state for introduction of new vaccine in Arunachal Pradesh.

While addressing the participants, Director of health service, (Family Welfare), Dr Hage Tabyo exhorted everyone to work in unison to improve the health status of  the state. "Our motto must be to make every child healthy and free of disease," he emphatically said. Further he added, immunization is one of the most cost effective public health interventions, since it provides direct and effective protection against preventable morbidity and mortality. Onus of effective implementation of the  programme now lies with all the concern DRCHO, he added.

NHM state nodal officer Dr. D Padung urged everyone to clear all their doubt and equip themselves with all the technical knowledge as they will be responsible for successful implementation of the programme. "We should ensure all the children are covered under this programme," Padung said.

Resource person Dr Tana Takum, while briefing on the pentavalent and IPV vaccine, informed about the revised vaccination schedule and dealt with FAQs to clear the doubts on various issues on introduction of Pentavalent and IPV in Arunachal Pradesh.

During technical session Narendra Jangra, Consultant UNICEF, spoke on importance of cold chain space and proper maintenances of cold chain system and vaccine handling.

Dr. T. Taloh, OSD (IMR), Dr D Dutta, DDHS (FW) and Mejjo Bagra, Cold chain officer also spoke on the training, according to an official release.


Creation of proposed Kamle district supported

ITANAGAR, Sept 16:  In a public meeting held on Saturday last, the PRI leaders of 12th Chikom Anchal Samiti under Gepen Circle of Upper Subansiri district have decided to support the proposed creation of Kamle district and preferred to become its integral part.


Early shifting of division offices sought

ITANAGAR, Sept 16:  The 47 Parang Panchayat ASM Ngurang Takap has appealed to the various departments  including PHED, Power and PWD to shift their division offices to Yupia soon to deliver better services to the people.

The ASM has in a release today, claimed that the most of the departments are yet to shift their division offices to the district Hq despite repeated directions by the GoAP.


Memo submitted

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: In a two-point memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister, the Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Contractual Employees Association (APPRCEA) has demanded early fulfillment of its demands which include continuation of services of the 429 contractual employees' and salary enhancement of the department's contractual employees like computer assistant, peon and driver.   


Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association meeting held

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: A meeting of the All India Central Para-Military Forces Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association, State Committee Arunachal Pradesh was held under the chairmanship of the committee's state unit president, Alik Bagang here on Tuesday.

During the meeting, issues like re-employment, compassionate appointment under state and central government Govts for widows and dependents of ex-central armed police personnel, vocational training for retired personnel and next of kin of the deceased personnel, establishment of welfare and rehabilitation office to look after the retired personnel, widows and their dependents etc were discussed. The members of the committee also met DIG ITBP-cum-State Welfare Officer SHQ who assured full support to the committee.


Association seeks NIT

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: The International Human Rights Association (IHRA), East Kameng district unit has written to chief engineer urban and housing urging him to publish NIT against construction of school building for government higher secondary school, Bebo colony, Seppa under MSDP. The association alleged that work is being carried out with publishing NIT.


Action against BDO demanded

ITANAGAR, Sep 16: The Anchal Samity Chairperson of Papu Valley under Pijerang circle in East Kameng district in a letter to East Kameng Deputy Commissioner has demanded immediate action under CCS rule against the Pakke Kessang BDO for his alleged misappropriation of fund under MGNREGA scheme during 2013-15.


AVP's circle level sport competition in East Siang

ITANAGAR, Sep 16: Arunachal Vikas Parishad East (AVP), Siang unit conducted circle level sport competition at various circles namely, Nari, Yagrung, Pangin, Boleng recently.

The meet comprised of various events, such as 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m race, shot put, kho-kho, kabaddi, long jump, for both boys and girls.

Altogether, 456 athletes comprised of students and youths participated in all four circle level competitions of which 160 players were selected for the district level competition.


Keh-meh-ha Badminton Championship begins

ROING, Sep 16: The Central Keh-meh-ha Badminton Championship 2015 organized by Lower Dibang Valley Badminton Association began at Town Club here today.

Handi Molo defeated Dayum Dabi in straight 21-10, 21-11 sets in the opening match in men's single while Tao Dele defeated Danu Linggi 21-8, 21-13 in the same category.

Ambra Mena partnering with Nabben Bhardwaj beat the pair of Vijay Linggi and Beleka Mimi in two straight sets (21-18, 21-15) in the veteran's (40+) category. In men's double, Handi Molo and Preedi Mimi defeated the duo of Lokha Elapra and Ambra Mena 16-21, 21-18, 21-18 sets.

Rajya Sabha Member Mukut Mithi pairing with DCC President Chiliko Meto defeated Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Ravi Dhavan and former ZPM Dature Miuli 16-21, 21-16, 21-18 in the inaugural exhibition match.

The finals of the Championship will be played on Friday.

The Championship is held every year to mark the occasion of Keh-meh-ha, the harvesting festival of the Idu-Mishmis.


Results of Vishwakarma football tourney

ITANAGAR, Sep 16:  Manu FC and Novodaya FC won their respective match against LESS FC and Barapani FC in 9 Warriors 21st Vishwakarma Football Running Tournament at KV No 2 playground, Chimpu near here today.

Manu FC beat LESS FC 1-0 and Novodaya FC beat Barapani FC 2-0

Kipa Kasung FC defeated SRPLFC 3-0 in the third and last match of the day today.

Today's matches

Gyamar FC vs Young Brother Sporting Club (2pm)

Aasthe FC vs Birup Boys FC (3pm)

CCAFC vs Tassar Clan FC (4pm)


News Impact

Rajkhowa conducts aerial survey of flood-hit districts

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: Governor J P Rajkhowa has made an aerial survey of flood affected districts of the state today. He was accompanied by Food and Civil Supplies and Water Resource Development Minister Kamlung Mossang, Parliamentary Secretary WRD, Gum Tayeng and Parliamentary Secretary, Horticulture,  Mutchu Mithi, Secretary Disaster Management T T Gamdik, Chief Engineer Water Resource Development Er. Likar Angu and media persons during his visit.

The governor's aerial survey came after Chief Minister Nabam Tuki made an aerial survey of flood affected areas on Sunday last and announced Rs 5 crore as immediate flood relief.

The governor witnessed the impact of recent devastating flood in Kimin, Likabali, Jipu, low land areas of Koyu, Korang, Takilalung, Pasighat, Mebo, Anpum, Dambuk, Roing, Tezu, Chowkham, Namsai and some places in Changlang district. The representatives appraised the Governor of the ground situation in their respective areas, while the Chief Engineer of Water Resource Development Department briefed on the impact of flood.

While briefing the media persons at Rajbhawan after day-long aerial survey, Rajkhowa instructed the Water Resource Department to assess the damages properly and prepare project reports of the flood-affected areas, so that permanent measures be can initiated.

"Make a proper survey, mere survey on Google map is not enough" Governor retorted while directing the department concerned to identify vulnerable points, such as erosion and overflowed embankments caused by the flood.  He disclosed that damages of agriculture and horticultures, other livestock reports have yet to be submitted by the department.

Without taking anybody's name, the Constitutional head of the state further claimed that nobody has so far informed him regarding relief assistance.  "Till now nobody has informed me whether they need any assistance from me and my side"  he added. However, he assured to extend all sorts of help in providing fund from Centre so that adequate funds are released for restoration of  flood damages.

He also informed that he had written a letter to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki asking about the availability of funds released under NDRF by the Center. He disclosed that in his letter he suggested the chief minister to involve civil society and NGOs in big way to extend help to flood victims.

 Lauding the state government's idea to shift Anpum and Paglam to safer locations, the governor opined that before shifting the villages, the government should ensure that all basic facilities such as schools, health centers,electricity and roads are provided to them .

On relief  assistance,  he said that there is a tendency of misusing funds and urged the media to play vital role so that relief assistance reach to genuine flood victims without pilferage.



Budget allocations for 25 depts

fixed in 2nd phase of SDC meet

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: The extensive exercise of State Development Council (SDC) in framing the roadmap of development this fiscal and approving budgetary provision to all government departments concluded today with its last meeting covering six major working departments.

The departments made presentations before the council with brief description of proposed schemes and projects while informing about the desired target in both physical and financial terms. In the first phase of meetings held in August last 32 departments were covered while in the second phase that concluded today budget allocations were fixed for 25 departments.

Earlier, the State Planning Board met for one-day to complete the exercise while the SDC went minutely into the proposals of the departments that took 10 days, more than 60 hours of extensive discussion for final approval.

At the end of the day, the SDC under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki fixed a whopping Rs 12,500 crore for developmental and welfare activities this financial year covering all the 57 government departments. Tuki expressed satisfaction over the discussions and deliberations and hoped that the mammoth exercise would prove the springboard of development for Arunachal Pradesh.

He, however, reminded that the challenge now remains in implementation of the projects approved by SDC and called upon all the departments to strictly adhere to the guidelines in implementing projects.

"Every single penny approved for developmental projects should reach the beneficiary at the lowest level and no compromise will be made in judicious utilization of the funds," Tuki asserted, while emphasizing on strict monitoring of all projects during implementation.

In a novel initiative the state government has decided to adopt 10 villages across the state this year and develop as a pilot project by equipping these villages with all basic infrastructure and civic amenities including garbage and solid waste management. According to the Chief Minister this would be carried forward by including more villages in a phased manner in coming years. An allotment of Rs 500 lakhs has been earmarked for this first ever project in the state.

Another new initiative of the government approved is the Chief Minister's Mission Mode project for renovation of township roads with an allocation of Rs 500 crores for the next five years. PWD and RWD would jointly prepare a master plan for rural, urban and interstate roads to avoid duplicity and lapses. Also the government's focus would be on upgradation of existing roads based on road driving experience for which Rs 30 crores has been approved.

In a major decision the SDC today approved installation of 10 KWP solar power plants for blood banks in all the district hospitals so that these remain functional all the time. A sum of Rs 450 lakhs has been earmarked for it while Rs 2000 lakhs has been kept for harnessing solar and wind energy in the state. The Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) has been directed to study the feasibility of using solar rechargeable batteries for schools to run computers and other related equipments. Further, in villages with five or less households or there is no grid line, solar and wind energy generation would be taken up. The government also resolved to take up micro hydro schemes (MHS) in areas where there is an existing 20 grid line. Expressing concern over incomplete MHS in various parts of the state, the government has decided to constitute a technical committee under chairmanship of Hydro Power Parliamentary Secretary to verify such projects remaining incomplete despite allotment of funds.

The Power department has been directed to collect the actual data of un-electrified villages in the state irrespective of the 2011 census figures.

Under the Swatch Bharat Mission, the government has kept a target of constructing 90200 individual household latrines (IHHL) in rural areas.

Other important decisions include repair and upgradation of PMGSY roads (Rs 1000 lakhs), construction of new critical roads (Rs 1500 lakhs), construction of 2 lakh litre capacity overhead RCC tank at Naharlagun (Rs 36.51 lakhs) and renovation of government quarters (1500 lakhs).

The concluding session of the SDC today covered departments of Hydro Power, Power, Rural Works, Public Works, PHE & WS and APEDA. (CM's media cell)



Mein visits flood-affected villages

NAMSAI, Sept 16: Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister Chowna Mein today visited various flood affected villages in Namsai district and assessed the loss and damages of public and private properties during recent devastating flood.

He observed that the flood protection measures already taken by WRD department have been able to protect a vast area and habitation from inundation in New Silatoo, Deobeel and Dharampur villages. However, there are extensive damages to these flood protection structures which needs immediate restoration.  While interacting with the affected people the Minister expressed deep concern for repeated occurrence of flood that rendered many families homeless and damage of standing crop beside loss of livestock in huge numbers.

The Minister also appreciated District Administration for taking prompt measure for relief and rehabilitation of flood affected people.  He instructed concerned department to immediately prepare plan and schemes for short term and long term flood control measures. He especially instructed WRD department to prepare schemes for protection of land erosion along the bank of river Nao-dihing so that life and property of people can be saved, according to an official release received from Namsai district administration.

Meanwhile, EE WRD Tezu C J Mannou, who accompanied the minister, in a release informed that he has apprised him (Minister) that some new innovative design like sheet piling or articulated concrete block may be adopted on experimental basis for a short term for flood protection if funded under MLALAD.

The minister was accompanied by Namsai MLA, Chau Zingnu Namchoom, Namsai Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma, District heads of departments, administrative officers, departmental Engineers of WRD, Zilla Praished Chairperson, ZPMs, Anchal Samity Chairperson and public leaders.



Governor blasts PWD for sorry state of Capital road

[ Amar Sangno ]

ITANAGAR, Sept 16:  Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa today lambasted the state Public Works Department (PWD) for poor road quality in twin capital city. The governor was briefing the media persons at Raj Bhawan after the day-long aerial survey of  flood affected districts. Rajkhowa, known for his strict administration, lampooned the department for allegedly failing to restore the capital road.

Citing Gohpur- Poma road, he said, "There are so much bumps and potholes in Gohpur- Zoological park and Ganga Lake road, if somebody goes there he will break his back".  The governor critical observation came at a time when the citizens of the twin-capital city are appalled by poor road condition.  

The Governor also divulged that he shot a letter to Chief Minister and PWD Minister with photographs of potholes and bad road condition so that the government takes swift action for road restoration. Rajkhowa said that though PWD Minister Gojen Gadi went on announcing so much amount for road maintenance, so far the department could able to build only one Bailey bridge that too collapsed within 15 days.

 "Usual pleas of this department is that our geological formation is very weak, so much of landslide and all" Governor said. He suggested that the department must take long term measures with full dedication and commitment to avoid such situation in future.

He also stressed on reformation of power department by developing, generating and distributing power so that better revenue could be generated.  "This day I don't know any state in the country has an electricity department" he said while suggesting that department needs reformation.

The governor also lamented that though Arunachal has so far signed more than hundred MoUs with power developers, few of the projects are being executed.   However, he made it clear that he is not against the dam rather suggested that projects should be selective depending on the feasibility.

"We should go for small project where there is no public opposition and impact of dam is minimal" he said.  

He further underlined that without power and road communication, the development in Arunachal cannot be possible.



NERCORMP-Tirap organizes training

on financial management

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: One day training on 'Financial Management and Monitoring and Evaluation' was organized by NERCORMP-Tirap for the DST and the partner NGOs staff on Monday  last at Khonsa.

D Nath, Director Finance and Adrian Marbaniang, Director, Monitoring and Evaluation from Regional Society, Shillong were the resource persons for the training.  Lily Rose Jajo, Project Manager NERCORMP-Tirap in her address highlighted the objective and importance of the training.

Speaking during the training, Director Finance shared about the financial regulations and the modalities on the implementation of project activities through Natural Resource Management Groups (NaRMG) and Self Help Groups (SHGs). He also mentioned about the importance of keeping proper records and registers in order to track the records and maintain accountability and transparency in financial management by the two Community Institutions (NaRMG and SHG) promoted by the project.

While sharing his views Adrian Marbaniang, Director (Monitoring and Evaluation) also mentioned about the importance of quarterly and annual target and achievement reports for smooth functioning of the project. The two Directors also shared about the observations and findings from their field visit to Old Paniduria, Noksa and Old Tupi villages in Tirap district. They particularly stressed on the maintenance of records regularly. They also opined that the meeting of both NaRMGs and SHGs should not be only about financial matters but they should also discuss issues for the betterment of their villages.

On the same day the 1st board meeting of Tirap Community Resource Management Society was held at DC's conference hall.

In his address Tirap Deputy Commissioner who is also the Chairman of the board told the participants that all the projects proposed by the board had been approved adding that the 1st board meeting of TCRMS was more for familiarization and course correction wherever required. During the meeting the Project Manager of NERCORMP Tirap Lily Rose Jajo  threw light on the journey of NERCORMP in Tirap and Longding which had a humble beginning and elaborated the main thrust and activities of NERCORMP in various states and districts of the Northeast. She said that altogether ten districts are covered under the livelihood mission NERCORMP in different states of the Northeast. The members of the board and representatives of NGOs actively participated in the discussion.  DIPRO



Unity through exchange of culture

First ever Solung festival at Jonai

[ Prafulla Kaman ]

JONAI (Assam), Sept 16: As a part of its ongoing endeavor to foster Adi-Mising unity, the Adi-Mising Baane Kebang (AMBK) today organized Solung celebration at Sirki Naane Lotta (Mising cultural complex) at Jonai with fervour and gaiety.

This was the first ever Solung festival celebrated in Mising populated area in neighbouring Assam, which has received massive response from the community people.

The Sirki Naane Lotta of Jonai on the left bank of Siang river once again became the hub for both Adis and Mishings of the neighbouring states as the community members recounted their past genealogical relationships and how long they have been together, their culture and the language which is most similar to each other. The people of both the communities assembled in a 2-day cultural exchange programme there in April, 2013 and resolved to foster their age-old unity and integrity.

The day-long Solung celebration, which was opened by 'Taku Taabat' by AMBK president cum Councillor of Mising Autonomous Council (MAC), Assam followed by discussion on Solung mythology, cultural evolution of the Adi-Mising communities and traditional dances.

Welcoming the participants, AMBK General Secretary, Okom Yosung reiterated the genetic relations between Adis and Mishings existing from the time immemorial. He said the community members today well aware of the fact that Adi and Mishing belong to a single tribal community, who were politically separated after Arunachal Pradesh was separated from Assam. He feels that the unity and integrity after re-union of the community people should not be diminished under any circumstance.

Yosung, who is also the president of East Siang ABK and Bogong-II ZPM, informed that his Kebang has taken decision to extend such Solung celebration at different Mising dominated areas in Assam in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the Adis of East Siang last year celebrated Ali Aye Ligang, the main festival of Misings, at Pasighat with pomp and gaiety in active participation of the community leaders.

Discussing on Solung mythology and evolution of Adi-Mising civilization, Adi Cultural Literary Society secretary Kaling Borang said that the myths and traditional ethos pertaining to agriculture based festivals like Solung is common among the tribals belonging to Tani group. He laid stress on the conservation of the traditional customs for showing their ethnic identity before the Indian communities. Borang requested for a closer-coordination between the people of both the communities, especially in case of any adverse situation.

Among others, Pasighat DFO (WL) Tasi Mize, ABK leader Mojit Pao, MAC councillor Mula Kt Pegu, Dr GK Lagachu and Raju Medok also spoke in favour of Adi-Mising relationship and laid stress on peaceful coexistence among the community members.

Cultural troupes (Ponung party) from both Adi and Mising communities displayed colourful traditional dances showcasing their myths and traditional practices.



Tribal designs in modern format at London Fashion Week

New Delhi, Sep 16: Designer Yana Ngoba has teamed up with fabric designer, Nabam Aka to bring to life the loin loom - one of the oldest looms in the world, handwoven by weavers in Arunachal Pradesh at the upcoming London Fashion Week.

For Ngoba, the show said to be her first globally heralds a big opportunity and the start of a new journey, which offers a platform to bring fashion from India's North East on an international stage.

"There's a huge following of boho and gypsy trends in the UK and I plan on capitalising on the same. It's a great platform to bring north eastern tribal accessories, fabric and fine artmanship to the UK market and to the world," Ngoba told PTI in an email interview.

Ngoba is part of the London Fashion Week's off-schedule shows 'Fashions Finest' and is set to showcase her collection on September 19 at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

The designer who retails under her label 'Yana in Style' aims to carry forward the legacy passed on by the forefathers in the North East and hopes to bring to the fore heritage handlooms, woven fabrics and handmade jewellery made of bronze, brass, stones and broken bones.

Fusing rich traditions with contemporary elements is what defines Ngoba's distinctive style.

The loin loom, says Ngoba is a heritage fabric whose making has been passed down over generations of weavers. Ngoba with Nabam Aka have worked in the North-East states to uplift traditional weavers and introduce new and safe weaving looms.

The colored fabrics have been dyed using the traditional method of Indigo dyeing and also with other vegetable colors.

"Nabam is a revered designer from Arunachal Pradesh. She has employed a number of weavers in Itanagar. I have always promoted North East artmanship. Nabam and I were working on loin loom in our respective spaces and that's when we decided to collaborate," says Ngoba.

Since their show is being sponsored by Arunachal Pradesh Government, they wanted to present a collection that speaks completely of the fashion in the North East clothes and accessories.

Hen feathers, agate, bamboo, cane, yarn, silver, brass and jute have been used for the accessories.

For Ngoba the aim is to elevate the ethnic accessories and the fabric from loin loom into modern, stylish boho and gypsy international fashion wear.

The designer says markets, both domestic and international look encouraging. "There is a segment of people, both in India and outside India that appreciates handloom and handmade creative accessories and clothes."

Besides since the UK market is quite new for the Indian designer, she says she plans to e-launch their brand by collaborating with famous online brands in London.

The journey as a jewellery designer began for Ngoba at a young age watching her mother make her own jewellery.

"Given where I come from and my background, it wasn't easy at all to venture into the world of fashion. However, I kept on learning and growing stronger with each design I made," says Ngoba.

Fashioning earrings, neck pieces and bracelets, she claims to have held her first fashion show when she was in class XI.

"Since then there has been no looking back. I have done many fashion shows in the North East and was also featured as the mascot designer for North East Fashion Fest wherein I also designed accessories for Soha Ali Khan," says Ngoba.

Ultimately, for the designer the feeling of ideating one's own creations and bringing them to life is something really enjoyable. PTI



Vasundhara NE women entrepreneur

award for Toko Likha Yaram

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: Toko Likha Yaram from Arunachal Pradesh has been selected for the 2nd edition of the "Vasundhara - NE Woman Entrepreneur of the year (2013-14)" Award.  The Award is instituted by the Sreemanta Sankar Mission of Guwahati with the sole objective of identifying the latent talents among the hardworking women entrepreneurs of NE region and recognizing and encouraging them for their endeavor and business achievements.

The other  selected state winners for the "Vasundhara - NE Woman Entrepreneur of the year (2013-14)" award are: Lata Lepcha from Sikkim, T. Jemima Achumi from Nagaland, Moiregthem Muktamani Devi from Manipur, Lalhimpuii Hmar from Mizoram, Sukla Rani Debbarma from Tripura, Queency Thangkhiew from Meghalaya and Kanta Dey from Assam. All of these women selected for the award have displayed rare sense of entrepreneurship and uniqueness in their idea and vision. While T. Jemima Achumi of Nagaland has set up a fully automatic meat processing center with imported machineries from Germany and France, Toko Likha Yaram of Arunachal Pradesh has set up a cold storage at Banderdewa.

The "Vasundhara - NE Woman Entrepreneur of the year (2013-14)" title winner walks away with a cash award of Rs. 25,000 besides the winner's trophy, a citation and a shawl and the eight state winners are being honoured with cash award of Rs. 10,000, a trophy, a citation and a shawl each. The Award will be conferred in a ceremony being held at the Auditorium of Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, Meghalaya on September 19.



Significance of Bamboo for sustainable

development in Arunachal Pradesh

[ R K Taj ]

Bamboo is the fastest growing grass, highly versatile, renewable, strong and low cost eco-friendly natural resource, which has the potential to improve livelihood security in both rural and urban areas. Today bamboo is the substitute of wood-based industries and it has replaced wood timber very effectively.

Bamboos as a plant mitigate climate change, as an efficient carbon sink, highly embodied energy and enhance environmental amelioration. Bamboo has been a means of life for food, fire wood, shelter, medicine, agricultural tools and daily household items. This inherent legacy has become a secondary source of income and livelihood, augmenting the capabilities of the artisans and craftsmen providing economic growth of people of Arunachal Pradesh.

It is recorded that 78 innovative products valued at Rs.17,000 can be made from a single bamboo culm of Dendrocalamus latiflorous. This has showcased the value and potential of bamboo handicraft sector which is socially symbolic and significant. The bamboo mat board, tiles, roofing materials, corrugated sheet, panelling, pulp and paper are emerging with high demand.

 The people of Arunachal Pradesh have inherent legacy with bamboo as source of income and livelihood. There are emerging industrial and large scale applications too in the manufacture of wood substitutes and composite fibre, energy, charcoal and activated carbon. Building and structural components represent vast possibility for enterprise, value addition and income and employment generation.

There are 1250 different bamboo species with total area of 22 million hectares in the world. India with 139 species with 8.96 million hectares of land under bamboo forests, out of which 98 species with 2.31 million hectares in North East India and Arunachal Pradesh having more than 75 species and occupies 50 percent of total bamboo diversity in India with 16,083 sq. km under mixed bamboo forests and 325.74 Sq.km under pure patches. About 5 lakhs population of the state are directly dependent on bamboo out of 13, 82,611 population (2011 census).

India, China and Myanmar have the highest bamboo reserves in the world with 19.8 million hectares of the world bamboo forests. Out of this, India share 45 percent with only 4% of its global market. The government would like to see its bamboo industry concentrated in the North East part of the country and hopes to create 8 million jobs in bamboo based industry lifting 5 million families out of poverty earning 160 billion in revenue. In the backdrop, the then planning Commission of India had launched National Bamboo Mission (NBM) under Ministry of Agriculture  and Cooperation  and National Mission on Bamboo Application (NMBA) under DST (2006-07). The major objectives are to commercialize bamboo at farmers’ level. The focus is on comprehensive development of bamboo resources as a marketable commodity with more emphasis on farm lands. A linkage of bamboo farmers with bamboo artisans will also be made, beside wherever feasible bamboo projects will also be promoted for development of degraded forest land. The NABARD has also already initiated few activities in development of bamboo sector.

Recently, the government had established Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resources & Development Agency as an independent body to look after the growth of bamboo sector in the state. The agency had proposed to set up its office complex at Lekhi village, Naharlagun with an area of four hectares donated by private individuals. For the sustainable and effective use of this donated land, APBRDA proposed to have Bamboo Technology Park with following components (i) World Class Craft Heritage Museum, (ii) Urban Craft Haat, (iii) Hi-Tech bamboo nursery (iv) Bamboo based Traditional Housing, (v) Bamboo Bridge, (vi) Common Facility Centre (CFC), etc. The agency had already constructed small unit Common Facility Centre (CFC) under the support of Ministry of Textile, Govt. of India.

Under the initiatives of the state government, one of the best bamboo-setum in the country has been set up at Van-Vigyan Kendra Chessa, research field station of SFRI. Also world best wood timber substitute bamboo species Chinese Moso (Phyllostachys pubescens) demonstration plot located at Yachuli for training and demonstration purpose,  Poma Bamboo Processing Centre had been established at Poma village, which is 7 KM away from Itanagar by the initiative of Raj Bhawan and handed over to Poma Village Development Society, Pitchola Wood Timber Saw Mill under APFCL will be soon converted to bamboo based industry and will be run on PPP mode. APIL, Namsai, Patkai Bamboo Pvt. Ltd., Arunachal Agro-Product Ltd. Naharlagun, BKL, Kimin, Zignu Bamboo Industry Namsai and Siang Bamboo Pvt. Ltd are managed and run by private individuals. As of now, state is having the highest bamboo based industry in the region. Various community based welfare programmes such as organized bamboo bazaar, bamboo whole-sale market, bamboo treatment plant, retail out let, SSI units, etc. has been initiated under different funding agencies.

Recently, Chempolies, Finland based Bio-Refinery Company for Ethanol production through bamboo has also been communicated to buy entire bamboo production of the state, which is under process for MoU with state government. Also supply of bamboo to Nagaon Paper Mill through railway is also in progress.

The people are highly motivated in bamboo development sector in state and accepted it as one of the best source of income generation. The state government had also planned to promote bamboo market on cooperative system within the village level so that every members of the village can sale their bamboos through organized market.

The world best bamboo species, Chinese Moso (Phyllostachys pubescens) has also been introduced at various pockets of subtropical to temperate region of the state through individual and community participation on trial basis and the experimental results are encouraging and it is expected that Arunachal Pradesh will be the highest bamboo producer state in the country after 10-15 years.

Most of the bamboo based industries in India are still on experimental trial, therefore product quality are inferior as compared to other advanced countries.

Machineries and equipment used in bamboo industry in India are of poor quality.

Quality and innovative products are still lacking so that our products are not in position to compete with the products of other advanced countries.

As per requirement of the factory, raw materials are not available near industrial buffer zones.  Most of the bamboo distribution areas are in accessible hilly terrains and difficult for extraction and transportation. The cultivated and superior quality bamboos are generally procured from local people of that particular areas and cost per bamboo is higher.

The labour wages are generally higher (Rs.150-200) as compared to other parts of the country which blocks the growth of bamboo industry in the state.

In hilly states of North Eastern Region of India transportation bottle neck is the major constraint in growth of bamboo based industries.

Development of bamboo extraction roads in selected bamboo belts, subsidy on transportation of bamboo in hilly areas should be implemented and provide highly subsidized tool kits to rural artesian and craftsman, promote  best quality bamboo species such as Phyllostachys pubescens, Dendrocalamus asper,Phyllostachys manii and Bambusa tulda as per suitability of the Agro-Climatic condition.

Any funding for development of bamboo based industries need to be implemented through state government for proper accountability and special financial package for development of bamboo industry and marketing. (The contributor is a Scientist at SFRI & Member, SDFA. He can be reached at rktaj-_meso@rediffmail.com)


---- Editorial ----


Don't dilute autonomy


The news of the two Indian institutes making it to the top 200 list of the world's best universities has received mixed response. While some believe that it is a matter of proud, others are of the opinion that standard of education is going down in the country. According to the QS World University Rankings 2015, there are 14 Indian institutions in the World University Rankings and half of them are among the global 400.  The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, has taken the top spot among its Indian counterparts, bagging the 147th rank. The only other Indian institute to make it to the top 200 is Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, ranked 179th this year. It has made great progress from last year when it was ranked 235th in the world.

However some of the prominent universities of the country like Delhi and the University of Mumbai have lost ground. Asian countries like Japan (8), China (7) and Hong Kong (5) are much ahead of India, when one compares the number of universities that made to the top 200 university list. The lack of presence of more Indian universities in the top 100 list is matter of deep concern. However Union Government is also not helping the cause. The Union Budget for 2015-16 has reduced funds for higher education to the tune of Rs.3,900 crore in its revised budget estimates for the financial year 2014-15. The government has revised the figure to Rs.13,000 crore, as against Rs.16,900 crore for the plan allocation. The overall education budget of the Modi government is down from Rs.82,771 crore to Rs.69,074 crore. The government has also revised allocation for the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) - which is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS), launched in 2013 that aims at providing strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions - to Rs.397 crore as against Rs.2,200 crore in the original Budget. Besides cuts in the funds which are a critical area of concern, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government's overall approach to education is destructive of autonomy, creativity and diversity. The manner in which the government is intervening in higher education is causing concern among both teachers and students. There are alarming proposals to change the very nature of higher education. The best example is the ongoing FTII imbroglio. If Indian universities are to compete with best of the world, the government will have to change its attitude.  Besides pumping in more funds, the autonomy of universities should not be diluted. A healthy atmosphere should be created for the growth of the universities.




---- Readers Forum ----


MDM and hungry authorities

Dear Editor,

Through you esteemed daily, I would like to ask the Education Minister and authority concerns regarding mid- day meal scheme.

Every year the government of India releases exceeding amount for mid day meal scheme to enhance the education system especially in remote areas like the villages of Arunachal Pradesh. But to my utter dismay, the schools provide very few meals in a month and the condition is same in every village.

So my question is, when centre has no problem in providing mid day meal package, why the schools are having problem in providing meal to students.

It seems as if the authorities are poor and hungry.


Concerned citizen



Donate a day’s salary

Dear Editor,

India in the recent past have seen and experienced numerous natural calamities. Flood in Uttarakhand and Kashmir along with earthquake which shook Nepal and some parts of India is still fresh in our mind. People from all the sections stood united to extend helping hand for rehabilitation of the victims.

Unfortunately, this time the nature's fury has created havoc in Anpum and Loklung villages of Lower Dibang Valley District. As per the report 73 houses have been completely washed away by the devastating flood water. Roads, bridges & culverts have been washed away, people rendered homeless are spending sleepless night, schools are forced to close and many more agony prevails among the people of these two villages.

Even East Siang district is no exception. The low lying villages have been badly affected. The affected villages are Namsing, Gadum and Mer. However, there is no report of damages of the dwellings. But paddy fields have been completely damaged by the debris carried by the flood. The paddy field looks like a course of Non-perennial River. Not even a grass could be seen. Affected people are left with nothing to harvest. One farmer with heavy heart told me that "his children would die of hunger”. In fact, the relief materials provided by the govt. will not ease away their suffering, as it is not sufficient even for a weeks' time.

Therefore, in cognizance of our support extended to Uttarakhand, Kashmir and Nepal, I personally feel that Govt. should issue an order directing its employees to donate at least half days' salary for the flood victims of the above villages on humanitarian ground. And I firmly believe, being intellectuals all would come forward and donate generously to do away some of the sufferings they are going through.


Leleen Regon

Research Officer




Give more weight to technical paper

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of CE, SE APPWD ( Coord, Training & Vigilance) and all the aspirants of the forthcoming J E examination.

As per the exam pattern given by the authority, Civil & Structure Engineering is 100 marks while English and G.K have 100 marks each.

I think that this pattern is unfair hence the more weightage should be given in the technical portion.

To make it more clear let me give  an example. If a student scores 80 marks out of 100 in Civil & Str Engg, 40 marks out of 100 in English and 40 marks out of 100 in GK , the total marks stand at 160 out of  300.

And in  another case, if a student scores 20 marks out of 100 in Civil & Str Engg, 80 marks out of 100 in English, 80 marks out of 100 in G.K, the total score comes to 180 marks out of 300.

Which candidate will the PWD select? One with poor technical knowledge but who scored more in English and GK?

What I would like to suggest that the department deduct the weightage of English and G.K to 50%  each.

It is better to select candidates who have got good technical knowledge with average English and general knowledge.

I hope my fellow aspirants will agree to what I want to say and this step must be taken because maximum of cheating and fraud happens in English and G. K paper.

It is my small suggestion to have a fair examination and reduce a bit of corruption.


A Concerned Candidate



Respect the hard work

Dear Editor,

I fully endorse the concerns voiced by the hardworking aspirants regarding the deplorable malpractices and politicisation that take place in recruitment exams.

So far, I have appeared in at least three JE exams of various departments and the experience has been very disgusting.

Though keeping mobiles  inside the exam hall is strictly prohibited, many candidates do keep it secretly and use it for cheating especially in GK papers where all the questions are objective in nature and its answers can be easily found in the mobile internet. Ironically, the invigilators are not aware of it most of the time.

Consequently, the honest and hardworking candidates are victimized owing to the laxity of the department. After all, in a competitive exam even a half mark difference can decide the fate of a candidate. And because of such rampant malpractices a feeling of helplessness and belief that JE exams can only be cleared by resorting to unfair means has developed among the serious candidates. This is a serious issue not only for the job aspirants but also for the entire engineering fraternity of the state as the credibility and quality of engineers will be determined by how fairly and transparently the recruitment is done.

However, this issue can be easily resolved provided there is an administrative and political will from the concerned department. Steps like installing CCTV camera in every exam room to tackle this problem may not be viable.

So, in this backdrop I would like to put forward two simple suggestions which if implemented earnestly can almost effectively check the menace of malpractices.

First, while taking signature of candidates in the attendance sheet each one should be thoroughly scrutinized for any possession like mobile phones etc so that any one violating the rules can be caught red handed. And the guilty should be straightaway disqualified from the exam.

Secondly, a flying squad should be constituted to make unannounced visits to every exam hall every now and then to ensure that the rules and regulations are implemented in letter and spirit by the invigilators.

Finally, I do hope that the concerned authority of PWD will take cognizance of the above problem and suggestions  and leave no stone unturned to ensure that the forthcoming JE exam scheduled on 10th and 11th october,2015  is held very fairly and strictly so that only hardworking and talented candidates are selected rather than ‘cheaters’.


A frustrated aspirant






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