Cyclonic storm kills 2, renders 100s homeless
DIYUN | Apr 29 | : * CM mourns deaths, grants ex-gratia
Two persons were killed and hundreds left homeless were when a massive cyclonic storm with rain and hailstorms lashed Diyun and adjacent villages of Changlang district around 5 pm on Thursday for about 15-20 minutes.
The deceased were identified as 14-year-old girl Kalasogi Chakma and a 1 1/2-year-old infant from Avoipur village. This took the total death toll caused by monsoon triggered floods to xx.
Umpteenth numbers of houses, especially bamboos and wooden built were completely damaged by the fierce wind and hailstorms. The damages in Avoipur, Dumpani, Jyotipur, Shantipur, Bijoypur & Diyun may run into crores.
Diyun EAC Tagam Mibang informed that the cyclonic storm left a trail of devastation in Diyun circle by uprooting many trees and damaging electric poles snaping communication and power supply.
Many crop land, betel nut trees too have been severely damaged. Major portion of the community hall, circuit house and the market shed here have been damaged. Jairampur ADC Kento Riba, camping here, launched rescue operation immediately.
Just last week, the same villages had faced the wrath of seasonâ€(TM)s first flood in which 80 families were rendered homeless, landless and crops.
Changlang DC, ADC Riba & EAC Mibang today visited the families of the deceased along with Riba. they held a meeting with the GBs and PRI leaders and visited the flood affected Dumpani village.
Meanwhile, local MLA Nikh Kamin meet Chief Minister Kalikho Pul and appraised him of the situation and thanked him for announcing ex-gratia relief for families of the deceased and his prompt action. While condoling the deaths, he has instructed the administrators to help the affected people.
Meanwhile, expressing shock over the demise of the two due to collapse of house caused by hailstorm and tornado, the CM mourned their deaths by natureâ€(TM)s fury and announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 4 lakh each to next of kin of the deceased family as per GoAP relief norms and directed the DC to initiate the process soon.
Meanwhile, the GoAP has sent a report to Union Ministry of Home Affairs on state's prevailing situation, including this incident. (PRO)
CM favours to boost Bhutan-Arunachal ties
ITANAGAR | Apr 29 | : *Complete Lumla-Tashigang road: Guv
"Arunachal and Bhutan share more than just a border but share cultural and religious histories, particularly the communities living in Tawang and West Kameng," Chief Minister Kalikho Pul today stressed on developing historical, cultural and trade links between the two regions by establishing border trade centres.
He reiterated the need to develop close friendship and cooperation between the neighbouring region when Ambassador to Bhutan here Jaideep Sarkar called on the CM here.
Building direct road connectivity from Tawang to Bhutan will provide the shortest link to Guwahati via Darranga land custom station in Nalbari district in Assam. The opening of Tawang-Tashigaon-Darrang road in Bhutan would shorten travel time to Guwahati by almost six hours and bypass Sela Pass, which often gets blocked due to heavy snowfall and landslides in summer, the CM said.
This route would facilitate agri-horticulture export from Lumla sub-division along with the newly created Bongkhar circle HQs to benefit the farmers, he said while advocating study tour between the two regions to learn the hydropower and tourism success stories of Bhutan besides planning and execution process.
Bhutan embassy is ready to host Arunachal delegates on study tour The Ambassador, Sarkar said and consented to convey Bhutan King regarding opening of Tawang-Tashigaon- Bhutan road in response to the CM's request to facilitate border trade.
Sarkar assured to talk to Bhutan tour operators and tourism department to help increase tourist flow and offered to rename existing Bhutan-Nepal tour package to Bhutan-Arunachal. (PRO)
However, Governor JP Rajkhowa urged Sarkar to request Bhutan Govt to complete the Lumla-Tashigang road to facilitate border trade when the latter called on him at Raj Bhawan in Thursday.
This alternate road via Samdrupdzongkar for Tawang would reduce distance to Guwahati by 155-km besides facilitating trade, tourism and economic activities. Indian portion of the road from Lumla upto Warongde of Bhutan is complete and motorable but only 12-km up to Khinye remains incomplete.
There is all weather road from that point, Sarkar said, adding Arunachal Pradesh being the highest kiwi besides producing huge horticultural products, Rajkhowa advised him to explore for joint ventures in food processing and winery to help the state.
Stressing on strengthening age-old ties dating back to the reign of Koch king Nara Narayana through people to people contacts and cultural and academic exchange programmes between the Bhutanese varsities and RGU, NERIST and NIT.
Sarkar briefed the governor on collaborative avenues and urged him to send Arunachal delegates to Bhutan to cement ties and joint ventures to which the governor assured in affirmative.
Guv seeks Craig's support for global funding
ITANAGAR | Apr 29 | : Highlighting state's vast potentials in hydropower, horticulture, minerals, tourism and other allied sectors, Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa told Kolkata-based US Consul General Craig L. Hall that despite huge potential and tremendous scope the state lacks behind for non-sanction of developmental fund from World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency and Asian Development Bank.
All Indian states except Arunachal are availing financial assistances for infrastructure development from them, the governor said and urged him to extend his good offices to support state's funding proposals when he called on him at Raj Bhavanhere on Thursday.
With better US-India ties, Arunachal Pradesh people look forward for stronger ties between the people of the two largest democracies, the governor said and emphasised on investments and joint ventures. He said it is an organic state with huge horticultural production and advocated exploring better market links and US food processing expertise, suggested medical specialties and training in highly skilled job.
He stressed on programmes in higher and technical educations, like student and faculty exchange programmes, US scholarship and stipends for state's tribal students, admission in US varsities and setting up of their campus in Arunachal.
Craig briefed the governor on various educational exchange programme including Fullbright fellowship. Informing only 2% are from NE region while US institutions are interested in students from different cultures and regions, he said that there are greater chances for NE students.
Secretary to governor Dr. Joram Beda in a PowerPoint presentation, highlighted state's various potentials besides the â€~Single window clearanceâ€(TM) policy to facilitate investment. Chief Secretary in-charge Satya Gopal and tourism director Karma Leki were present. (PRO)
3 file papers for Kanubari
ITANAGAR | Apr 29 | : Ruling People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) candidate Gabriel Denwang Wangsu, Jyae Wangsu of Indian National Congress and Wangrang Wangjen (Ind) filed their nomination papers on the last day today for by-elections Kanubari Assembly seat in Tirap district, whose election is due on May 26 next, chief electoral officer informed quoting the returning officer.
Jyae is Chuban circle ZPM. If none withdraws by May 2 next, Kanubari, which was represented by former minister Newlai Tingkhatra since 1999, would see a triangular fight.
Yullo - the pride of Nyishi culture
By Staff Reporter , ITANAGAR | Apr 29 | : Contrary to the belief that Nyokum Yullo is celebrated as a community festival but it is a ritual bestowed upon the privileged ones as desired by their forefathers which the priests decide by examining the chicken levers, said a veteran Nyishi today.
Ha Tatu and his wife Ha Mapchik were celebrating the festival in their Narba Colony behind the MLA cottage here with great traditional fervour and enthusiasm to receive blessings of their forefathers.
His family members, relatives, friends and few seniors of the community including former lawmakers Lokam Tado & Lokam Tassar, Kurung Kumey ZPC Sangha Tagik, Lokam Mangha, among a host of people were, taking part while chief priest Lokam Tekia assisted by Bake Tasa were busy in performing the rituals. Animal sacrifice was as usual while apong did the round to give a thrust to the festivity on the concluding day of the five-day festival.
"By strictly following the traditional rituals evolved by our ancestors, the descendants cannot object to the paths shown by their forefathers," Ha said while another senior pitched in to add: "All that are studded in the alter are not just decorations as they appear but offerings to different deities to appease them by the priests as a linkmen between the humans and the deities who have been invoked.
Very few blessed and lucky ones get chance to perform such rituals as a privilege, he added.
Stunned civil society seeks GoAP support
By Staff Reporter , NAHARLAGUN | Apr 29 | : A group of civil society members after visiting Oju Welfare Association (OWA) here today was aghast to learn the serious atrocities committed on young girls, mostly from Kurung Kumey and Kra Daadi districts, while interacting with a dozen of victims.
Most of them are victims of sexual exploitation, polygamy, child and forced marriage, gang rape etc and were rescued either by the police, NGOs or escaped from their perpetrators to be brought to this lone short state home of the state.
With tears rolling down her cheeks, a young woman, a mother of a child, showed the tall-tell signs on her body caused by her aged husband's physical attack besides assaulting her every morning and evening. "Had he been kind, I would have continued to live with him despite his old age. But daily physical and mental torture were unbearable for which I thought of escaping from this social clamp," she said without mincing any words.
Most of them traumatized, mentally depressed and with fear lit large on their faces spoke only assisted by OWA chairperson Ratan Anya which left the group speechless and dumb but to give a serious thought to find a mechanism to solve this social menace.
The groups included Kurun Kumey ZPC-cum-AAPPP secretary general Sangha Tagik, Chera Welfare Society chairman-cum-RD joint director Chera Sanjiv, Yachuli BDO-cum-Longte Central Committee chairman Lokam Kani, Nyishi Niyem Acham general secretary Nido Savita, National Youth Project vice president Pradeep Kumar, Arunachal Citizens' Right chairman Patey Tayum, social activist Bamang Taniang & Zoon Taki, Naharlagun PS OC SI Phassang Simi, OWA women helpline manager Mina Toko, journalists Bengia Augung & Manoj Singh, among others.
The group during threadbare discussion later expressed shock and surprise at the neglecting attitude of the GoAP and exhorted to provide armed security as many times the OWA faces threats from perpetrators for providing shelter to the victims.
Considering the problem an outcome of traditional practices, ignorance due to illiteracy, far-flung areas far away from the society to draw the attention of right thinking people etc unanimously decided to strengthen networking among various NGOs and involve Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, Arunachal Women Welfare Society and Nyishi Elite Society to intensify awareness campaign not to victimize young girls, the future citizens of the nation.
As pointed out by Anya that over 100 victims were brought to the shortstay home during the last few months by police, Childhelpline and others, the groups appealed to the GoAP to set up short stay home in every district HQs and a centrally located rehabilitation centre with vocational training facilities to give the victims a new lease of life besides extending all possible support to the OWA.
Kumar intervened to draw the attention that NYP has already skilled over 50,000 belonging to BPL, down trodden section and working women in 12 trades who were earning self-sustaining livelihood. About a dozen central Govt departments and agencies offer such schemes to NYP for skill development. Moreover, as working partner of Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Hearing Handicapped, the NYP has already skilled state's 3,600 people with special ability and targeted to skill 80 this year, Kumar added.
Tagik, Kani, Sanjiv and Taniang assured to take up the genuine problems of the victims to find socially accepted solutions to which Anya extended her gratitude.
Natung inspects Eklavaya Vidyalaya
By Staff Reporter , ITANAGAR | Apr 29 | : Seppa West MLA Mama Natung, who was instrumental in resuming work of Eklavaya Vidyalaya at Bana under East Kameng district halted due to RTI and others problems, inspected the site of Thursday and asked accompanying DDSE Kata Rangmo to continue work on war footing.
Natung, accompanied by Thrizino MLA Kumsi Sidisow PWD AE Kapil Natung & Ruchuking ASM Niti Brey, during visit on Thursday as the new academic session could be started in the new building. Moreover, expansion of the classes would be considered to benefit the people of the area, he said.
He directed the officers to intimate urgent requirement to facilitate their availability. The works are on in full swing due to vacation, he told this daily over telephone.
BME camp from May 2
NAHARLAGUN, Apr 30, 2016: Capital DC Sandeep Kumar Singh has urged the GoAP staff to get themselves biometrically enrolled under National Population Register for Aadhaar card generation.
A five-day temporary BME camp for GoAP staff of Capital Complex from May 2 at ATI here and Banderdewa CO office while a separate camp will be organized for Itanagar staff. The NPR forms would be available at the camp. (DIPRO)
Labour unions move CM
ITANAGAR, Apr 30, 2016: Group of labour unions, in a joint memorandum to Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, have apprised him of their long standing problems. The demands included separate schools for their children, hospitals, labour cooperatives in all districts and labour court at state level, labour colonies in capital and districts, regularisation of work charge employees, implementation of MACP arrears, 75% reservation in group C and D for casual labourers, regularisation of ALCs, among others.
Stray animals eliminated
NAHARLAGUN, Apr 30, 2016: As stray animals have been obstruction to traffic movement, public nuisance and causing environment unhygienic, EAC Hento Karga and CO Neelam Teji have launched a drive against stray animals to eliminate them. In all 29 pigs and two goats were evicted during the drive which would continue. (DIPRO)