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    Vote on account as GoI fund flow awaited: CM

    By Staff Reporter , NAHARLAGUN | Mar 05 | : Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today presented vote on account for four months for 2015-16 amounting to Rs 371.22 crore under plan and Rs 1,415.08 crore under non-plan and supplementary demands for grants for 2014-15 in the state Assembly hinting at major changes in funding pattern of the GoI for next fiscal.
    The sharing pattern of various centrally sponsored schemes may undergo a change with the states sharing a higher fiscal responsibility for implementation, he said.

    The CM during the question hours earlier disclosed that the 14th FC (2015-20) recommendation has been tabled in the Parliament and its fund would subsequently flow for which full budget was not presented.
    "We all unitedly made all out efforts to project the genuine problems of the state which convinced the FFC. This facilitated higher allocation of funds for the state," he disclosed.
    It may be recalled that Arunachal as per new criteria for the devolution methods of 14th FC would be getting Rs 7,231 crore for 2015-20, a jump of more than four times, according to a GoI release.

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    Bandh NGOs' tool for extortions: HM

    By Staff Reporter , NAHARLAGUN | Mar 05 | : Home Minister Tanga Byaling today admitted the unbelievable growth of countless organisations at every level and in every part of the state which have been resorting to extortions even in the name of bandh calls.
    Responding to a supplementary from Pani Taram during question hours, Byaling informed the state Assembly that the police department has been taking steps to contain the menace but fails to initiate action many a times for want of written complaints.

    Bandh NGOs' tool 
for extortions: HM

    "No one has any right to curtail the democratic rights of the people in the name of bandh or any form of agitation, the HM said, adding any issue could be discussed and settled through discussion across the table. Protest could be reflected through dharna without hampering anything, he said.
    Taram earlier wondered as to how could the All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students‚Ä(TM) Union (AAPBSU) represent the students when it has given a bandh call during CBSE examinations and wanted to know steps taken to check rampant extortions in the name of students‚Ä(TM) unions.
    The HM said that such organisations make list of impossible demands many of which cannot be met and submit to the government accompanied with bandh call threats. However, bandh is illegal while many organisations are not registered or few have different groups, like All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation which complicate the issue further, Byaling reasoned.
    While appreciating the GoAP for enacting Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 2014 when Japu Deru pointed out that such laws should not remain decorative, the HM informed that cases have been registered under the Act. This prompted Speaker Nabam Rebia to rule: Law is taking its own course of action.
    SPA: Responding to a question from Olom Panyang, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki as Planning Minister informed that the details reply on total funds received from GoI during 2011-15 under the SPA though lengthy but have been submitted.
    But Dr Mahesh Chai wondered that why replies were still being collected in the IT age of 21st century, the CM said that the details have to be collected from the fields along with financial achievement which is a time consuming process and assured to make the information available.
    TFC fund: Responding to a supplementary from Deru that why less fund was received under 13th Finance Commission (2011-15), the CM said that it was not less as it would be known after receipt by the end of this month and hopefully full amount would be received.
    Tea: Responding to a supplementary from Tumke Bagra, the CM disclosed that tea cultivation under mission mode programme has been initiated with trade and commerce as the nodal department. The rural people have started availing benefit and it would be given further momentum, he said.
    Water schemes: Public Health & Water Supply Minister Takam Pario informed the Assembly today that the GoI has clearly indicated that there no fund for this year. Responding to supplementary from Japu Deru and Tage Taki on fund allocation for rural drinking water supply schemes, he informed that against a target of Rs 125 crore, the Cetre had released only Rs 50 crore during 2012-14 March.
    The speaker appointed Kameng Dolo, Tumke Bagra, Lombo Tayeng and Wanki Lowang as panel of chairmen, other business were transacted before he adjourned the house for the day.

    Assembly quotes:
    Unions panki tarah badhta rahta hai…countless: HM Tanga Byaling
    Kanun decoration keliye banaya nehi jata: Japu Deru
    Law is taking its own course of action: Speaker Nabam Rebia
    Sadna mein pehla ba retna lamba question puchna suru kiya hai: CM Nabam Tuki

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    NEFTU to begin academic session from April 2015

    By Staff Reporter , ITANAGAR | Mar 05 | : The North East Frontier Technical University (NEFTU) at Aalo in West Siang district is all set to lead kindly light of education in remote Arunachal Pradesh as a solace to the Arunachalees who face numerous difficulties in pursuing higher technical education in absence of technical institutions.

    NEFTU to begin academic 
session from April 2015

    The prime objective of the NEFTU will be to offer higher technical education at the door steps of the intending Arunachalees who go to various parts of the country, particularly southern states for the same by paying exorbitantly higher fees and spending equally large amount for their hostel fees or fooding and lodging," Dileep K Nair, appointed first NEFTU Chancellor by the state governor, told this daily in an exclusive interview Wednesday.
    "This being the first technical varsity in the state under 2f of the UGC Act 1956, sponsored by Automobile Society of India, New Delhi will give 30% girls free education. Admission for all engineering branches for the maiden academic session will begin after April 15 next as all infrastructures including laboratories will be ready by then," Nair informed.
    The varsity will target the entire Siang belt immediately for students as hostel facilities could be made available only after about two years, said 37-year-old Nair, a bachelors of Social Law, who is counted among India‚Ä(TM)s most distinguished skills development catalysts and educationists.
    "There is no technical institution in the state to offer higher studies after diploma. The North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), a deemed varsity, offers 10% reservation to Arunachalees, while the National Institute of Technology (NIT) has no specific reservation," reasoned Nair, whose mantra is to assess capacity and potential of people and to equip them with knowledge and skills to become self-dependent.
    All NITs offer seats to the domiciles of respective state to face a national test conducted by the IIT to avail 50% national reservation, according to its admission procedure.
    Nair, who called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today to apprise him of the present status of the varsity and the academic schedule, said he was assured of possible support by the CM.
    With the GoAP attaching top priority and zero tolerance policy to education sector, the state Cabinet on March 3, 2014 had approved setting up of two private varsities - NEFUT and Arunoday University at Itanagar under Softkey Education Society, Mumbai under the PPP mode to meet the rising aspirations of the Arunachalees.
    Nair had set up his first educational institute - Institute of Information Technology and Management - for imparting IT skills at Pune in 2006 besides his involvement in developing many educational institutions in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Kerala. He launched the Star scheme of National Skills Development Council with GoI help in 2014.

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    Press reinstates blanket ban

    ITANAGAR | Mar 05 | : Apropos the continued misdemeanours and irresponsible behaviour by persons claiming to be members/affiliates of the All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) against members of the state press, the Arunachal Press Club, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and Arunachal Electronic Media Association has taken a unanimous decision to reinstate the blanket ban on the said federation.

    Despite repeated meetings and assurances that the current factionalism within the said federation will not lead to any attacks on the press, recently some members claiming to represent the federal units of the federation barged into three media houses and attempted to intimidate press persons.
    It has therefore, been decided that it is in the best interest of all concerned that no press release/advertisement/circulars relating to AAPPTF and its affiliates will be entertained by media houses affiliated with the Arunachal Press Club. The decision is effective immediately and is binding until notified otherwise.

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    Capital bandh ends peacefully

    ITANAGAR | Mar 05 |: The 24-hour bandh called by All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students‚Ä(TM) Union (AAPBSU) demanding creation of third AAP Battalion and adequate staffs to make the border affairs department functional ended peacefully at dawn today.
    City Police, which had made elaborate police arrangement that facilitated smooth conduct of CBSE exams, registered three cases against AAPBSU members and arrested one Gaya Flago of Chayangtajo, East Kameng, SP Seju P Kuruvilla said in a release.

    The cases were registered with Itanagar PS (No 60/2015 u/s 336/188/34 IPC R/W sec 3 PDDPP Act), Naharlagun PS (No 35/2015 u/s 188/506 IPC R/W sec-3 PDDPP Act and Banderdewa PS (No 05/2015 u/s 188/353/506/34 IPC R/W sec-3 PDPP Act and further investigation launched.
    Private two-, three- and four-wheelers plied without any hindrance, APST bus services with police escort were regular while Itanagar market was open where as Naharlagun market was partially open, the release added.

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    Breaking free: Bandh gives filmmakers chance to shoot

    By Pradeep Kumar , NAHARLAGUN | Mar 05 | : While the central government gave its nod for setting up of the National Film and Television Institute in Arunachal Pradesh and the young filmmakers encouraged by the GoAP have already been rolling their cameras to carve a niche for themselves, the 24-hour capital bandh which concluded peacefully today gave them an opportunity to shoot few sequences of an upcoming Hindi feature film.

    Breaking free: 
Bandh gives filmmakers chance to shoot

    Bandh culture after a pause for sometimes is revived again as the state is yet to break itself free from the menace. And the film by Itanagar-based Space Miracle Studio, directed by Alisa Welly aims at highlighting some of the burning issues and ills of the Arunachalee society, one of the coordinating staff told this editor.
    The crew members along with actors shot a bandh scene with the bandh enforcers confronting a daily wage earning cobbler in front of Takar Complex here. Hundreds of passers-by assembled to watch few youth who frowned at the unconvincing poor cobbler before they threw his wherewithal he uses to earn his daily bread and butter as thunderous claps of the crowd rent the air.
    Many a times bandh calls are given by NGOs, including floated by single man that affects state‚Ä(TM)s development process and growth. If data are to be believed, "Arunachal Pradesh incurs a loss of Rs 1,142 crore annually following bandhs sponsored by various organizations, besides neighbouring Assam.
    "A bandh call for one day culminates to a loss of Rs 10 crore to the state,‚Ä(TM)‚Ä(TM) Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) Economics associate professor Lijum Nochi, had startled everyone by his revelation during an interactive meeting at Itanagar on Nov 27, 2007, which reverts the development process.
    Nochi was point blank - the state had to bear a loss of Rs 121.89 crore annually for a bandh call per month as it affects the transporters once they enter the Siliguri corridor.
    "Transporters face at least two to three bandh calls before reaching Arunachal", he said, adding any individual in the state had to pay an amount of Rs 6,000 extra per annum due to bandh call in the region. This amount when taken together for the entire state, it mops up to whopping sum of Rs 720 crore annually by the consumers.
    He said the state‚Ä(TM)s plan and non-plan expenditure, constituting the GoAP capital expenditure was around Rs 985.52 crore and Rs 24.81 crore respectively.
    "Taking up the argument of 30% hike of transportation cost due to bandh calls, the GoAP pays more than Rs 300 crore annually in addition to the original cost", he said and added that the state was losing an amount of Rs 1,142 crore annually for nothing.
    Arunachal is poised for a massive development not for Nehruvian love as it appears, but to tilt GoI drive to spruce up economy for taking the GDP growth to 8.5% in India‚Ä(TM)s favour. After the dreamland-financial capital Mumbai, planned as a Tiananmen Square, submerged under water twice and industrial-capital Calcutta got ruined by bandh culture; the NE, especially Arunachal with massive manpower, unused land and huge natural resources including hydropower, minerals and petroleum is the only panacea to jack up the GDP.
    When the 14th Finance Commission through its new tax devolution method has recommended unbelievable Rs 7,231 crore to enrich the found-poor state‚Ä(TM)s coffer during the next five years, it is high time for the civil society to rise up to the occasion to tighten its belt to welcome the intending investors and be willing partners of nation building.

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    CM's mission mode prog holds key to PM's organic tea mantra: APSTGA

    ITANAGAR | Mar 05 |: The Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers Association (APSTGA), in its governing body meeting here on Tuesday last, lauded the initiative of CM‚Ä(TM)s mission mode programme on tea cultivation which could translate Prime Minister Narendra Modi‚Ä(TM)s organic tea vision into a reality.

    CM's mission mode prog holds key to
PM's organic tea mantra: APSTGA

    The meeting, chaired by its president Tadak Gab, decided to work out modalities with the help of department concerned for organic tea cultivation and welcomed the CM‚Ä(TM)s mission mode initiative as tea cultivation is feasible keeping the suitable climatic and available land resources in view. Tea sector could generate huge self-employment and offer sustainable income with the funds allocated for 2013-2014.
    Women & Child Development Minister Wangling Lowangdong, in his keynote address, appreciated the efforts of society, which he felt, should be supported by the state and central governments. The state has huge potential but unscientific plantations were hampering growths which would improve by organized methods for higher and quality yield. Tea could be the second highest revenue earner next to only hydropower if taken up seriously with a proper policy, he predicted. He assured to serve as bridge to remove all bottlenecks.
    Most of the district representatives expressed their anguish and dismay over the implementation of CM‚Ä(TM)s mission mode programme. Many beneficiaries alleged that the scheme implemented through a nodal agency without any experience on tea plantation; ignorant about sapling quality, handling, transportation, storing of saplings; wrong selection of tea growers, wrong identification of sapling suitable for the state, supply of less quantity and tender process for procurement. Thus, the house decided to approach the GoAP to change its procurement policy.
    Vice president Boa Tamo also spoke, according to an APSTGA release.

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    Fire devours 14 houses at Tadin

    AALO | Mar 05 |: Fourteen dwelling houses including two granaries, a church, six rice mills, one motor cycle, two SBBL guns and huge properties were lost in a devastating fire mishap that broke out during day time at Tadin village on March 3 last.
    A team of officers headed by in-charge DCTamikTalom visited the village to take stock of the situation and provided immediate relief of Rs. 4000each to the affected families along with 12 bags of rice and one bag of salt.

    Fire devours 14 houses at Tadin

    While consoling the people, he appealed to them not to accuse each other on the cause of the fire but cooperate with the district administration to assess the losses for which a committee will be sent soon. (DIPRO)
    Meanwhile, a joint team of Galo Students' Union (GSU) led by its general secretary Binya Ronya and spokesperson Marli Kamki and West Siang District Students Union(WSDSU) led by its general secretary Jumrik Bagra visited Tadiin village under Kombo circle in West Siang district and distributed relief materials to the victims of March 3 fire accident.
    Referring to huge losses in the 14 houses including local ornaments worth lakhs of rupees, both the unions have appealed to the chief minister for grant of relief under the under CM's Relief fund at the earliest. They also urged the district administration to immediately provide rice mills and CGI sheets to the victims and solve the shortage of potable drinking water confronting the victims.

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    Guwahati Charter of Action on child rights' protection adopted

    ITANAGAR | Mar 05 | : The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Right (ASCPCR) in collaboration with UNICEF adopted Guwahati Charter of Action on protection of child rights for submission to GoI through the National Commission for Protection of Child Right (NCPCR) while observing the Child Protection Day at Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium in Guwahati on Wednesday.

    Taking part in the occasion, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) chairperson Mitali Tingkhatra and member Oter Ering Tayeng and Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (APSCPCR) representing Arunachal Pradesh and along with the other states also pledged to always work for the protection of children against all form of abuse, ensure their rights.
    Gauhati High Court Chief Justice K Shreedhar Rao in his inaugural address as the Chief Guest appreciated the Commission for its work towards the children while UNICEF India country office Dy director David Machlolin reiterated the global body‚Ä(TM)s commitment towards assisting the Commissions in their endeavors.
    The discussion focused on strengthening the adoption process followed by addressing the child marriage, protecting child from labour and trafficking and finally the Right to Education Act, 2009, according to an APSCW release.

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    Hailstorm lashes Ruksin

    Pic | Arunima Khuttiya, : Hailstorm lashes Ruksin

    Hailstorm lashes Ruksin

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    AIR's phone-in-prog

    ITANAGAR , Mar 05, 2015: The AIR here will broadcast its live phone-in-programme ‚Ä" Hello doctor - on its Arun FM (103.1 MHZ) channel in which district tuberculosis officer of T. B. Cell, Dr. P. D. Thongchi will reply to the listener's queries over telephone: 0360-2292239 on ‚Ä~TB and its treatment during 8 to 8.30 pm on March 7 next.

    Women sensitized on legal provisions

    ITANAGAR, Mar 05, 2015: Continuing its programmes to create awareness and sensitize the younger generation about constitutional and special initiatives for women, the Indo Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) conducted an event at Donnyi Colony here on Tuesday.
    RGU research scholar Bengia Seema, as resource person, spoke about ‚Ä~Equality before law for women, legal provisions under Article 14 ensuring equal opportunity like that of men, including right to an adequate means of livelihood, free legal aid etc.

    Women sensitized on legal provisions

    Expressing concern over the growing rate of domestic violence against women in the state, she discussed the Domestic Violence against women Act, 2005 which provide protection to the wife or female live-in partner from domestic violence at the hands of the husband or male live-in partner or his relatives.
    Besides highlighting about the National Commission of Women and its role, she spoke about reservation for women in local self-government, national action plan for the girl child (1991-2000), national policy for the empowerment of Women, 2001 and crime against women.
    A 7-page hand-out enlisting constitutional provisions as safeguard for women were given to 34 participants.
    Donnyi Colony Youth Club IPR secretary Yura Taja also spoke.

    RCH camp conducted

    SEPPA, Mar 05, 2015: East Kameng District Health Society conducted a reproductive child health (RCH) camp by a team of doctors including DRCHO Dr K. Lapung, pediatrician Dr T J Tara, DSO Dr K Gyadi, Dr K Sophing and other para-medical staffs.

    Dr Lapung explained about NRHM and its services in rural areas and urged the participants to avail the benefits followed by deliberations on institutional delivery & family planning, importance of early and exclusive breast feeding & immunization, preventive measure of swine flu and non-communicable diseases by others. ASM Papi Londa and GPM Krishna Londa also spoke.
    Of the total 164 patients registered, 92 were given general OPD services, 4 ANC checkups, 56 screened for non-communicable diseases, checkups for NCD including blood pressure, blood sugar testing while 12 children immunized against 7 VPDs.
    Body weighing machine were also distributed to the ASHAs of the area. (DIPRO)

    National Safety Day celebrated

    BHALUKPONG, Mar 05, 2015: The National Safety Day was celebrated at M/s Platinum Alloys Pvt. Ltd at Tippi industrial estate in West Kameng district here on Wednesday in a befitting manner.
    Dy labour Commissioner Dr S P Bhardwaj, factories & boilers Dy chief inspector Er Takhe Tamo and its PRO Barun Khaduju spoke about the relevance of the day and interacted with factory staff and workers on various aspects of the safety, health and protection.

    The day is celebrated annually in the state by the factories & boilers wing of industries department in industrial establishments to bring awareness among the factory workers about safety, health and protection of environment and to observe rules and regulations and procedure for achieving the objectives, according to an official release.

    Workshop on SHG-bank linkage prog held

    ITANAGAR , Mar 05, 2015: A state level workshops on ‚Ä~SHG-bank linkage programme‚Ä(TM) and ‚Ä~Producers' organization‚Ä(TM) for NGOs of Arunachal Pradesh was conducted by NABARD regional office here today.
    NABARD GM H S Singh and DGM Dinesh Raina, led the discussion on various issues affecting slow progress in SHG/JLG bank linkage programme in the state. Representatives of 15 NGOs taking part highlighted practical problems in credit linkage.

    The NGOs were encouraged to promote product-based SHGs keeping in view the higher success rate of such SHGs in the state.
    It was agreed that graduating the groups to POs/ federations and promoting JLGs could be taken up in a planned manner to scale up such activities in the state. The use of digital pen technology was mooted for collecting field level information on activities of the groups.
    NABARD manager Anupam Pattanayak, APMs Kamal Roy and Nitya Mili also attended while NGOs representatives included Manghi Welfare Society, NYP, NNCS, Rural Development Society, Rural Development & Heritage Society, Seva Kendra, Women Development Centre, Young Mission Adventure Club, SPARD, Brand Arunachal Multipurpose Co-operative Society, NEDWS, R K Mossang Memorial Society and Mecha Welfare Society attended the workshop, according to a NABARD release.

    Kapu declared open defecation free GP

    KHONSA, Mar 05, 2015: Kapu was declared open defecation free (ODF) gram Panchayat during a day-long programe jointly organised by Village Water Sanitation Committee (VWSC), and PH&WS division in the village today.
    Stressing that ‚Ä~water is life and sanitation is health‚Ä(TM), Kapu village chief Ngamwang Lowang, in his presidential address, advised the participants to give important and attention to such kind of training for the welfare of community and lauded the department for its motivating programme.

    PH&WS consultant Lampang Wangsa explained the concept and component of sanitation and stressed on safe handling of drinking water, disposal of solid-liquid waste, personal hygiene and village sanitation.
    Briefing on relationship between health, water & sanitation, teacher Datnya Aphi, as resource person, said that the individual health and hygiene is largely dependent on adequate availability of drinking water and proper sanitation. More than 50 kinds of disease and 80% of sickness are due to lack of potable water supply and good sanitation facilities for the disposal of human waste. Indiscriminate open air defecation is the cause for transmission of diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid and warm infections. Sanitary disposal of human excreta prevents the transmission of these diseases which can be done through construction sanitary latrine, she said, to justify the direct relationship between water, sanitation and health.
    PH&WS consultant Doi Tarak congratulated the people of the GP for their achievement. He informed that the declaration of ODF village is a part of Swachh Bharat Mission under its sub-component of Individual Household Latrine (IHHL). He disclosed that a GP is declared ODF when it achieves 100% coverage in IHHL and Kapu GP has 94 households having 100% access to sanitary toilets. Accordingly, he declared Kapu as ODF GP.
    He further added that the declaration is being made to bring awareness among the mass towards importance of water and sanitation in life. He informed that the aim of ODF GP is to safeguard the health, dignity, privacy and security of women, children, aged and all people in the village and that no should defecate in the open and even child faces be disposed off in the toilet alone. He encouraged the gathering to gear up for Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NGP), adding that the assets created under drinking water supply through NRDWP have been handed over to the Kapu GP which should shoulder the responsibility of its operation and maintenance.
    Showing pictures of low cost solid liquid waste management (SLWM) taken up in Kapu, PH&WS lab technician Nonglin Ngowa demonstrated training on how to use and measure the chemical reagents while handling the field test kit (FTK) for water quality testing.
    The PH&WS team was headed by EE Binken Nomuk, which was also addressed by PHESD block coordinator Napong Kangnong, ASM Musen Sumnyan and Kapu GPM Honye Nokbi.

    Drive dismantles several illegal structures

    ZIRO, Mar 05, 2015: An unprecedented eviction drive by the Lower Subansiri district administration witnessed several illegal structures stretching across the entire length of Ziro-Hapoli township being dismantled Wednesday.

    Illegal walls, pillars and other structures of both business establishments and residences falling under the right of way were taken down by the administration. Today's exercise was in continuation of the administration's efforts to speed up improvement of roads in the district HQs. The eviction was conducted from Pai gate to the higher secondary school tri-junction. Barring a few stray incidents the people were co-operative during the exercise.
    Police personnel carrying out the eviction were led by circle officer Bengia Yakar, DLRSO Bharat Lingu, AE PWD Tage Lucy and SI Wangsa. (DIPRO)

    Farmers' training conducted

    SILSANGO, Mar 05, 2015: A day-long farmer training-cum- demonstration on cultivation of large cardamom and king chilly was conducted here Sarchgai village under Silsango circle of Papum Pare district.
    The resource persons included Yupia HDO Nabam Daniel, Sagalee SDAO Maze Piel, Mengio CRC Chukhu Paje conducted training attended by more than 100 farmers from Bada and Payee panchayats.

    Piel highlighted various schemes for the farmers under taken by agriculture department while Daniel spoke about the practice and management of large size cardamom.
    The training prograrnme was sponsored by Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Papum Pare and coordinated by Mengio ADO-cum-BTT convener Tare Kahi.

    Holi greetings

    ITANAGAR, Mar 05, 2015: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have extended festival greetings and good wishes to people of the state on the joyous occasion of Holi.
    "Let the festival of myriad colours strengthen faith in the cherished traditional values and promote oneness, harmony and the good of all," the governor said in his message.

    "Let the colours of holy fill our lives with colours of happiness, prosperity and harmony," the CM said in his message. (PRO, CMMC)

    Arunachal promotes Arunachal Spring Festival in Assam

    GUWAHATI, Mar 05, 2015: Arunachal government officials led by tourism secretary led Dr Joram Beda had an interaction with the tour operators of Assam at Paryatan Bhawan here on Wednesday to promote the Arunachal Spring Festival, likely to be held in Pasighat this month.

    Informing about the new initiatives taken to issue inner line permit without any hassle from Paryatan Bhawan here and other places, Dr Beda appealed to the tour operators for support to make the festival a success. Tourism director Karma Leki and Guwahati-bsed tourism officer Leena Perme also attended the interaction session along with Tour Operators Association of Assam president and secretary which covered various areas, according to an official release.

    Papu river feasible for boating: Promoter

    From Staff Reporter , SEPPA | Mar 05 |, Mar 05, 2015: In what could be termed as boost to the majestic Papu Valley of East Kameng district, that Northeastern Overseas Pvt Ltd, a city-based adventurous private company in its report has given a green signal for any kind of boating in the meandering Papu River.

    Papu river feasible for boating: Promoter

    The recommendation came after Tourism Parliamentary Secretary Mama Natung deputed an expert team comprising of three members including company‚Ä(TM)s MD, namely Roberto Miyu, ITO Jaimer Jairam and local youth Hassang Tok recently conducted a preliminary survey to assess the feasibility. The team successfully tested a trail run with inflatable motor mounted boat between Seba and Sede village stretches which is about 10 km.
    The introduction of motor boating at the river would be first of its kind in the state, as none of the rivers so far has introduced motor boating while it add a feather in the cap of the Valley, located 35 km off Seppa town and known for huge tourism potential besides being the ‚Ä~rice bowl‚Ä(TM) of the district.
    The report said that the Seba-Sede stretch is viable for any kind of river boating, but lacks approach road to the starting point and the debris should be removed for smooth sailing.
    Expressing his happiness at the development, Natung, also the local MLA, said that the introduction of motor boating in the river will not only boost tourism sector but generate revenue too. "Besides promoting entrepreneurship, it will turn the valley into adventurous tourist hot spot to push up state‚Ä(TM)s tourist inflow," Natung added.
    Pointing out that the water way communication would be beneficial to the adjacent villages, he advocated that the tourism department, which has given green signal to introduce motor boating, has to develop infrastructures to realise the dream project.

  • Sports

    Asian Karate Cup in Malaysia Nobin to represent India

    ITANAGAR | Mar 05 | , Mar 05, 2015: First Commonwealth Karate medalist from North East P Nobin Jomoh will represent India at 6th Asian Karate Cup to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from March six to eight. He will join the Indian contingent in Kolkata before leaving for Malaysia, according to Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) sources.
    Meanwhile, Nobin, a sub inspector at Naharlagun PS, expressed his sincere gratitude to the higher ups of the state police department for extending support for him to represent India.

    A Black Belt, 4th Dan from Japan, who has so far won many medals in various national and international events, thanked public leader Kamku Lamnio for his generous sponsorship, and made special reference of lawmaker Tapuk Taku, AKA president Likha Tara, technical director S. Deben Sarma for their continuous support and guidance.

    APP team lift T20 cricket trophy

    ZIRO | Mar 05 | , Mar 05, 2015: Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) team lifted the first ever T20 cricket trophy organized under the banner of "World Heritage Site, Apatani Cultural & Landscape" at Dree ground here Wednesday.
    The APP team trounced the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) team in final match to bag the honouring leaving the runner up trophy for the ITBP.
    The man of the series was awarded to P. Pumo while J. Kamal adjudged the man of the match. Both are of APP team.

    APP team lift T20 cricket trophy

    Apatani Youth Association (AYA) in collaboration with the district administration organized the tournament to sensitize and create awareness among the masses of Ziro Valley on the proposed World Heritage Site (WHS) of Apatani Cultural & Landscape besides to develop comradeship among civilian and the administration through sports activities.
    ADC R K Borthakur, addressing the valedictory function, lauded AYA for organizing the event to send a louder message on WHS declaration along with publicity for ‚Ä~Clean Ziro Green Ziro‚Ä(TM).
    Tanii Supu√Ī Duku√Ī secretary Tapi Tai clarified the misconception that declaration of WHS would turn the Valley into a Zoo. This would yield immense benefits including preservation of live giver environment.
    AYA president Taku Chatung announced that a mass cleanliness drive will be conducted at Kiiley River, the lone source of water in Ziro Valley for both drinking and agriculture use but completely polluted with garbage. He appealed to the locals to protect the river. He also informed about an AAY‚Ä(TM)s pilot project to set up a library at Hija village this year on self-help basis to promote education.
    The APP and 54 Bn ITBP posted here have conveyed their willingness to join the river cleaning drive, Chatung disclosed.
    To encourage the tournament, SP Tumme Amo and 54Bn ITBP commandant Sukhwinder Singh, among others, witnessed the final match.

  • Culture

    Arunachal rural economy & education scenario

    Mar 05, 2015: By Tani Jongkey
    Jhuming, rearing of mithun, piggery, chicken etc was the principal economy of the land-locked Arunachal Pradesh for a long period before the advent of modernity.

    About four decades ago or so, the need of money was not felt much as the basic needs were minimal - salt, yarn for making loin clothes mostly met through barter system. People depended on forest and agricultural products. Education was a distant dream as the parents wanted their children to help them in field and hunting. People lived very simple life far away from the hustle bustle of modernity.
    Those who possessed mithuns and pigs were counted as well to do family. But after the attainment of Union Territory in 1972 and statehood in 1987, people gradually realized the importance of education and thus started sending their children to schools although they had hardly money for the government was providing everything free. With majority of the people depending on agri-horti activities and poultry had no permanent source of income. Few lucky and influential people availing contract and supply works to earn handsome income could afford to send their children to good schools and colleges while majority dependent on government schools and colleges where education was measurable forget about quality education.
    The total expenditure of my entire student life from class-I to graduation was not more than one lakh, contrary to present days when the average annual expenditure per children may not be less than 30,000. Rich parents afford to spend Rs 5 lakh or more per children annually, beyond the dream of poor.
    With mostly dilapidated school buildings and unfair posting of teachers, without teachers and many schools and colleges overcrowded paint a dismal picture of state‚Ä(TM)s education scenario, which could be attributed to mainly political interference in transfer and posting. The schools and colleges exist for name sake without serving the basic service. Many educational institutions where drug and alcohol abuse are common phenomenon spoil the students instead of churning out good human beings.
    Lack of quality education and proper guidance of teachers and parents could be blamed for the immoral activities and rising crime graph in the state including murder, rape, molestation, threatening, kidnapping, extortion and addictions. This has created uncertainty in the society with peace becoming a mirage in the once known as ‚Ä~Island of peace‚Ä(TM).
    The state government during 1975 to 1985 had initiated steps by extending financial and materials support in agriculture, horticulture, fisheries sectors to boost the rural economy. Many VLWs, fishery demonstrators, UFA and horticulture field assistants were posted in villages to guide the beneficiaries and monitor the activities. Many took up orange and pineapple gardening, fish ponds, wet rice cultivation to minimise jhum cultivation. But slowly this initiative disappeared with the field staff limiting themselves to drawing their salaries without any work and the farmers were left to fend for themselves without any outlet for marketing their produce. Those intelligent switched over to cultivation in a big way where water source as available which contributed to checking the traditional jhum practice.
    Taking a cue from the commercial production of ginger in Dibang Valley district, many villagers in Siang belt followed suit. But with no buyers or forward market linkage gingers started rotting either in the field or left along the road side without any initiative by the government to find a way out. This ultimately discouraged the farmers.
    These are some of the factors serving as drag in boosting the agri-horti sector. Though the state government has taken up rubber and tea cultivation in a mission mode, but the need of the hour is to either set up cold storage in identified areas, create forward and backward linkage for the peasants to get remunerative price for their products to sustain their activities. This would automatically lift the rural economy and end the craze for either only white colour jobs or get contract works only to earn a decent livelihood. Even the government could contemplate introducing minimum support price for selected crops in tune with the mainland to justify the ‚Ä~Jai Jawan Jai Kisan (Hail the Soldiers, Hail the Farmers)‚Ä(TM) slogan given by former Prime Minister Lal Bhadur Shastri in 1965. (The author is tax & excise joint commissioner)

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