PPP pick: CM invites NEDFi, Rubber Board
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: As part of the PPP (Private Public Partnership) policy of the State govt, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today invited NEDFi and the Rubber Board to go ahead with their plans to implement and support projects in cooperation with the govt.
On invitation of Planning Minister Chowna Mein, NEDfi and Rubber Board today had a brainstorming discussion with the Chief Minister in presence of the State govt officials at the CMO here.
The objective was to understand the operations of both the public sector agencies and their scopes for activities in the State.
Expressing happiness that NEDFi and Rubber Board have agreed to cooperate with the State govt to develop agriculture and allied sectors in the state, Tuki asserted that his govt is giving top priority to enhance the income generation capacity of the rural masses.
He pointed that agriculture, horticulture and allied sectors were the only viable option with the govt to do so and sought cooperation from NEDFi and Rubber Board.
Assuring that all cooperation from the state govt’s side in facilitating and implementing schemes proposed by NEDFi and Rubber Board, the CM said it will be finalized by concerned state govt departments.
Planning Minister Chowna Mein, in his opening remarks, said that the main focus of the state planning in the ensuing 12th Five Year Plan would be growth-centric, particularly in agri-related sectors.
Expressing concern over rampant migration of people from rural to urban areas in search of livelihoods, he said that it is urgently required to address the situation through facilitating gainful self-employment avenues in rural areas.
Mein felt NEDFi as a diversified financial institution and the Rubber Board as facilitator of rubber cultivation have vast scopes to invest as well as usher in development in the state, which is yet to be self-reliant.
NEDFi led by its CMD B Paul Muttiah and Additional Rubbar Production Commissioner (Guwahati Zone) K G Mohanan gave power-point presentations highlighting their respective field of activities and scopes for working in Arunachal Pradesh especially under the PPP mode. 

Army Symphony Band presents orchestra program
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: As part of celebrating 25 years of Arunachal’s statehood, the Indian Army Symphony Band presented an orchestra programme at Raj Bhavan here today in presence of a distinguished gathering – State Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh, his better half Anupama Singh, State Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, his cabinet colleagues, MPs, defence officers with family members led by 3 Corps GoC Lt Gen Dalbir Singh and 4 Corps GoC Shakti Gurung among others.
Conducted by Subedar Rajendra Kumar Rana and Naik Subedar B B Chettri, the Indian Army Symphony Band mesmerized the audience with ‘Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja’ composed by Major H B Brall, ‘Cornfield Rock’ composed by Jacob D Hann, ‘Blue Berry Hill’ composed by Vincent Rose, ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon by Pradeep, ‘Final Countdown’ by J Rodrigues, ‘Col Bogey’ by Kenneth J Alford, ‘Besame Mucho’ by Consuelo Velazquez, ‘Mac & Mac’ by KJ Alford, Hindi Medly by Subedar Rajender Kumar Rana and Sare Jahan Se Achha composed by A Lobo.
In a lit-up Raj Bhavan compound arranged for the celebration, Sepoy Sukdev Gurung belted a popular English number.
The Indian Army Symphony Band was raised in 1990 at New Delhi with bandsmen taken from all military bands of the Army to retain the true representation of the entire nation in one band. Subsequently, in order to add variety to the music, Indian classical musical instruments like Santoor, Sitar, Jaltarang were also incorporated with the military band.
Lt Col NN Joshi, PRO (DEF), Ministry of Defence, Tezpur informed that in addition to the Symphony, Army personnel of Gajraj Corps Eastern Command are joining the people of Arunachal Pradesh in the Statehood Day celebration in a big way.  A mega show is being planned at Indira Gandhi Park here from Feb 20 to 24 next.
He added that during the event, fly past by SU-30 and ALHs, dare devil motorcycle tricks and cultural activities depicting various region of the country will be showcased. Besides, weapon on display and medical camp will be organised during the event apart from awareness about army for the common people.
The people will be witnessing the performance of a team of brave volunteer motor cycle riders from Army who have brought laurels to the nation.  Worldwide they are known as ‘Tornadoes’ and have found their place in “Guinness Book of World Records” a number of times. (PRO)

Defence Minister’s attention drawn on ‘core’ issues
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: While welcoming the visit of Union Defence Minister AK Anthony to Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion of its Statehood Day silver jubilee celebration, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has expressed optimism that he would address the ‘core’ issues concerning people of the state.
Citing the importance of unfinished central projects like Trans Arunachal Highway and Green field airport at Karsingsa, AAPSU president Takam Tatung said, we hope the Defence Minister will look into this aspect.
These two projects had started keeping in mind the strategic importance of Arunachal and therefore, Defence Ministry need to pay special attention, opined the union.
While urging the Union Minister to take serious view of insurgency problem in eastern Arunachal, AAPSU said, “Tirap and Changlang for long has been facing insurgency problem created by Naga rebel group. The life of citizens of these two districts is going from bad to worse every year. However, govt of India is keeping mum. Now there is report that Lohit district is also under grip of underground group as every month cases of kidnapping and extortion are pouring in.
On the border issue, AAPSU called for vigilance by security forces along international boundary. “Arunachal shares international boundary with China, Myanmar and Bhutan. Despite tall claims by security officials, ground realities show that these borders are not guarded properly. There is urgent need to take care of this problem,” it said.
On “vexed” hydropower issue, the Union demanded review of whole MOUs/MOAs saying “Many locals have come out against hydropower projects in various parts of the state. It somehow shows that things are not being done in proper way. Central and state govts have to make sure that interests of affected citizens are given special care.”
On ‘Chakma-Hajong’ issue, AAPSU said, “We have suffered enough because of Chakma-Hajong problem. The Union govt has to pay back for our sacrifices by not compromising interest of indigenous tribal.”
The Union also wanted to know what happened to projects like 500-bedded medical college at Naharlagun and central jail whose foundation stone was laid down by Union Ministers years ago. AAPSU further sought Defence Minister’s personal intervention in the Assam Rifles recruitment controversy, in which Chakam refugee and Nepali citizen were reportedly recruited for seats meant for Arunachalee STs. 

ITBP Golden Jubilee
celebration: LRP reaches Mebo
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: The Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force is celebrating golden jubilee of its glorious service to the nation. To commemorate 50 years of its existence, a relay Long Range Patrolling (LRP) is being conducted from Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh to Track Junction (Karakoram Pass) in Ladakh.
The flag of Himveer-50 Relay LRP yesterday reached Mebo near Pasighat in East Siang district and was handed over to Narendar Singh, Deputy Commandant of 20th Bn ITBP in presence of RKD Singh, DIG (Tezpur), Angad Prasad Yadava, Commandant (staff) representing the DIG, Itanagar and Anuj Kumar Singh, Commandant, 20th Bn among others.
The LRP moving from Mebo – Pasighat – Pangin – Aalo – Mechukja will reach at Kimin on March 2 next.
During this period, the LRP will also carry out Civic Action Programme (CAP) at Tato and Mechukha. In this regard, the ITBP will organize medical camp, distribution of solar lights, stationery items to school children and hygiene & sanitation items to the villagers. ITBP Band display will also be organized at Aalo, Tato and Mechukha.
Meanwhile, the ITBP under the leadership of Anuj Kumar Singh, Commandant ITBP is drawing out a comprehensive CAP from 24th to 27th Feb to mark its golden jubilee year.
‘Without decentralization of power, existence of PRI is mockery’
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Alleging that the Congress govt in the State was “betraying” the people of Arunachal Pradesh by not decentralizing the power to the Panchayat Raj Institution, the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) said without decentralization of the power, the existence of Panchayat Raj is a “mockery” of the institution itself.
The PPA, in a press statement, said, the reaction of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on its demand for bringing out ‘White Paper’ on State’s hydropower policy is unfortunate for so-called people-first govt.
Claiming that the APCC has misquoted the PPA stand on mega dams, the party said, “We have never questioned the technical parameter and technology sophistication. Rather, we only oppose the multiple mega dams only. The party is demanding that there should be only a few mega dams and minor dams or run-of-the-river projects.”
Citing till now we have not prepared enough numbers of skilled human resources to be employed and manage over 100 dams, the party said, “At this stage, the State need not go for 130 numbers of dams.”
The PPA added, “When they say that hydropower is the only sector from where Arunachal Pradesh can generate revenue to sustain and become a developed State. They are ignorant or don’t have proper idea about how to general revenue from other important sectors like tourism and horticulture etc. The Congress should learn a lesson from Sikkim why they have scrapped two numbers of dams.”

Ziro celebrates spirit of inter-tribe bonhomie
ZIRO, Feb 19: The spirit of inter-tribe bonhomie of the Nyishis and the Apatanis, living in mutual peace and harmony for ages together maintaining fraternal solidarity, marked the grand musical evening as the three-day-long celebration to mark the 25 years of Statehood of Arunachal Pradesh entered the penultimate day at the valley. This cultural extravaganza envisioned by the district administration had a huge attendance as people from all walks of life joined in to listen to their favourite artistes like Hage Komo, Leegang Ania, Joram Tach and the iconic singer of the State, Mibi Nyodu, who was specially invited for the occasion.
During the day, the food festival was a huge hit with the crowd to the festival as tribal delicacies like, the famous ‘pike-piila’ of Ziro Plateau, the ‘konge’ and ‘poroq aki’ of the Galos and ‘momos’ of the Monpas vied with each other and also with the delectable Assamese and South Indian cuisines available in the stalls put up at the venue. A competition was held to identify the best food stall, the result of which would be declared on the closing day.
What set apart the festivities at Ziro from elsewhere in the State was that the international participation of a team of members of the National Assembly of Bhutan, who were on their maiden visit to Arunachal which coincided with the ongoing Statehood Day celebrations. The food festival at Ziro was inaugurated by Dupthob, Member of the National Assembly of Bhutan and Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Poverty Reduction, on Friday. (DIPRO)

Training stresses on commercial cultivation of apple, kiwi
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Under the auspices of National Horticulture Board (NHB), Union Ministry of Agriculture, a 3 days training cum demonstration programme on pruning of apple and kiwi was organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), West Kameng at farmers’ field at Thembang and Dirang circles from Feb 16 to 18.
Altogether, 200 participants including NHB officers, scientists, professors, state department officers, KVK officers, practicing farmers, farm women and rural unemployed youth attended the programme.
The programme aimed to make the farm community, youths and general public aware of the prospects of commercialization of apple and kiwi cultivation in the district. Moreover, it provided an opportunity to the participants to know about the apple and kiwi cultivation scenario in the country.
Attending the inaugural session, Dani Rikang, CO, Thembang appreciated the choice of the location specific subject of training programme in the region and stressed the need and importance of proper infrastructure, trained manpower, good local market, cold storage facilities, etc to accelerate the practice of this profitable trade.
R S Meena, senior Assistant Director, NHB, Gurgaon highlighted the importance of commercial apple and kiwi cultivation and its benefits in terms of employment generation, higher income and foreign exchange earnings. He also released a working manual on training and pruning of temperate fruit, published by NHB, during the inaugural function for an easy understanding of the methodologies demonstrated later on.
In his address, Prof Jagmohan Badyal of CSKHPKV, Palampur (Himachal Pradesh) focused on the immense potential of apple and kiwi industry for generating remunerative self-employment among small and marginal farmers. Dr B K Karkara, a horticulture consultant of Shimla, also dwelt at length on the potentials of apple and kiwi cultivation in the region and said that if the farmers work properly and sincerely, West Kameng can be a land of fruits.
Earlier, KVK programme coordinator Dr N D Singh elaborated on the importance of quality planting materials, training, pruning and disease & pest management in apple and kiwi cultivation for its commercialization and in achieving a good market. S K Singh, Assistant Director, NHB Regional Office, Guwahati also spoke on the occasion.
During the 3-day programme, the resource persons gave demonstration on training & pruning methodology, usage of manure and fertilizer in commercial apple and kiwi cultivation and nursery management. Besides, an interaction session was also held giving the trainees opportunity to make queries on horticulture related issues and problems and the same were responded to by the experts.
Jam Tsering, a progressive farmer of Thembang village, pointed the problems encountered in apple and kiwi cultivation. He said the farmers are facing problems in producing and easy marketing of horticultural crops due to non availability of quality seeds, planting materials, fertilizer crisis and infestation of pest and diseases.

Arunachalee students in Punjab celebrate pre-statehood day
| From a correspondent |
JALANDHAR, Feb 19: The festivity of every Arunachalee has no horizons when its 25th statehood day celebration is in the air. The pre-statehood day was celebrated for the first time here in Punjab by the Arunachal students from various tribes studying at Lovely Professional University Jalandhar with traditional fervour here on Saturday.
Attending the function, anti-corruption crusader Payi Gyadi, who was awarded citizen journalist award 2012 by CNN-IBN recently, called upon the students not to give up the patriotic feeling for own state wherever they may stay in the world.
He further advised students to excel in their own potentiality and refrain from going after forming associations and unions. He also stated that he would continue in his fight against corruption if educated people of state voluntarily support his effort.
The function was also attended by Dr Joram Beda; sub-divisional magistrate of Moga in Punjab, Captain Tero Keyang of Ambala based Indian Army. Both officers exhorted the students to excel in studies and show unrelenting commitment to academics so that individual growth of every citizen leads to a stronger nation tomorrow.  The function was later followed by an interaction programme between Arunachalee students and visiting guests including Dr Beda and Captain Keyang.

Intermediate Reference Lab inaugurated
NAHARLAGUN, Feb 19: People of Arunachal Pradesh can take a sigh of relief now with the inauguration of much-awaited Intermediate Reference Laboratory, State TB Training and Demonstration Centre for Tuberculosis – a State level TB laboratory providing C&DST facilities and drug resistance surveillance (DRS) of multi-drug resistant TB.
Operational research (OR) can be additional work subject to approval of CTD, training of DTCs and DOTs-Plus site staff and monitoring of RNTCP Microscopy Labs (DMCs) in the State everything related to TB so that TB patients will get their treatment at home free of cost instead of going outside for their treatment.
The inauguration programme was organized by the Director of Health Services, NRHM here at C Sector yesterday. Among others, Parliamentary Secretary for Health & Family Welfare, Nido Pavitra, Secretary Health & FW, Kaling Tayeng, Dr K Nishing, DHS, were present at the function. (DIPR)
APCC mourns Block Congress leader’s death
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has mourned the untimely demise of Banom Takuk, an ASM and the president of Tuting-Yingkiong Block Congress Committee, at his Yingkiong residence on Feb 18. He left behind his wife, two sons and three daughters.
He got elected as ASM of Janbo village in the 2008 election on an INC ticket. He was an active, hard-working and energetic leader, who served the party with sincerity and dedication for past many years. He refused to give up anything when it came to the welfare of people and development of the State.
His sudden passing away is not only an irreparable loss to INC party and Upper Siang district but also to the State as a whole. His immense contributions to the society will always be remembered, said the APCC in a condolence message and prayed the Almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul and to bestow enough strength to the bereaved family to bear the loss.
Attack condemned, authority urged to nab culprits soon
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: The All Tali Pipsorang Capital Dweller Welfare Association alleged that two persons namely, Yurna Taja and Gyaniu Talo have sustained grievous injurious when a group of miscreants attacked them at Nirjuli near NERIST complex last morning around 9.45 without any provocation. Strongly condemning the “barbaric” act of the miscreants, the Association, which has lodged an FIR with the local police station, demanded immediate action against the culprits and their punishment as per law. Prior to the incident, the same set of miscreants had raided and destroyed a newly constructed building (built for common use) at Nirjuli on Feb 14, it claimed.
NCP leader mourns
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: State unit NCP vice president Tad Tana has mourned the sudden and untimely demise of Tana Tate, an educated and energetic youth of Pech village (Kheel) under Sagalee, Papum Pare district. He breathed last at Apollo Hospital, Chennai. He is survived by his parents, brothers and sisters, wife and a kid born the same day he died. He was a hope for his family for a bright future for the generations to come, said the NCP leader, in a condolence message, and prayed the Almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul.
24-hr bandh called
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Claiming no response from the State govt’s end regarding its demand in connection with the special civil police recruitment for Tirap and Changlang districts, the All Changlang District Students’ Union has threatened to launch a 24-hour bandh call on Feb 21 if the govt fails to fulfill the same.
KVK program for farmers ends
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: The KVK, Upper Siang conducted a three-day training programme on plant protection, animal science and fisheries at Geku that ended on Feb 17 last.
After inaugurating the programme, Programme Coordinator Dr Indu Singh exhorted the farmers to gain knowledge from the scientists and implement those practically in the field.
In the first day, Tasso Tabin, SMS (PP) delivered lecture on integrated pest management of orange.
On the next day, Dr Jaideep Kumar Singh, SMS (Veterinary) spoke on the topic “Care and Management of Dairy Cow”.
On the last day, Nich Tain, PA (Fisheries) highlighted the “Carp culture technique”.



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