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Pawan Hans resumes helicopter service in Tawang

Pawan Hans resumes helicopter service in Tawang Experts on Lower Subansirihydro project rule out disaster BJP demands development of border area Agriculture awareness meeting at Sille Stapled visas, boundary dispute kept Arunachal in news in 2013 Efforts to make Dangoria Baba mela a favourate tourist destination State BJP MM team takes part in national level meet Consumer awareness campaign at Raga

TAWANG, Dec 23: Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd (PHHL) resumed its passenger services between Naharlagun, Guwahati and Tawang after a gap of 31 months. The service will operate twice a week (Monday & Friday) between Naharlagun, Guwahati and Tawang. The Deputy Commissioner Tawang Abhishek Dev along with Zilla Parishad Chairperson Jambey Tsering, Commander 190 Mtn Brigade Brig. Ashok Singh, ADC Tawang Dr. Tariq Thomas and a host of other dignitaries received the crew members and the passengers of the inaugural flight at the Ugyen Sanpo Heliport Tawang. Lauding Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and the Parliamentary Secy Civil Aviation Jambey Tashi for recommencing the chopper services, ZPC Tawang Jambey Tsering said, Due to lack of a dedicated passenger helicopter service for last 2 years, the common denizens of the district had been facing lots of hardship. The resumption of chopper service (by the PHHL) has come as a great relief to the people of the district. Deputy Commissioner Tawang Abhishek Dev stated that with the resumption of the helicopter services the inflow of tourists in the district will increase which will give a boost to the local economy. He further added that the services will also come as a relief to the residents of the district suffering from major ailments who earlier had to cover long distance by road to get treatment. A special prayer was also performed at the Heliport today by the monks from the Tawang Monastery for safe and smooth operation of flights. The Pawan Hans helicopter services in the district had remained suspended from May 5, 2011 following two back-to-back crashes of its choppers in that year. In the first accident on April 19, 2011, the MI172 helicopter with 23 persons on board flying on the Guwahati-Tawang sector crashed at Tawang helipad while landing killing 17 persons, while the other occurred at Luguthang near Tawang on April 30, 2011 had claimed the lives of five, including the then Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu. It is to be mentioned here that the state government had resumed the PHHL chopper services in the state in January 2013 which was flagged off by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at Naharlagun helipad. However, the services had been introduced only for eastern sectors in NaharlagunGuwahati and Naharlagun-Mohanbari. DIPRO

Water supply disrupted


ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The water crisis may hit Naharlagun and Nirjuli towns for the next 3 to 4 days due to breaking down of main supply line 300mm dia at Borum Village. This was informed by Public Health Engineer Department, Naharlagun Sub-Division today in a release. Breaking down of supply line was caused by ongoing Trans-Arunachal Highway works, the release said. Informing that water tankers are being engaged to mitigate the crisis, the department appealed the consumers to bear with it.

GWS rededicates Paktu Pillar


ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Galo Welfare Society (GWS) has reconstructed and re-dedicated the desecrated Paktu Pillar to the All Ato Paktu Ao Welfare Society. Certificate of rededication was handed over by GWS president Dr. Emi Rumi to former minister and president of AAPAWS Doi Ado. The senior most Paktu Ao Boken Ete, Hogda Lollen and Hortum Bagra were honoured and felicitated by GWS. All these initiatives of GWS is to further strengthen unity amongst all Galo people, the release said adding that the societys next step was to initiate for arranging memorial services to late Goto Yudik, who lost his life at Aalo during 9th Galo Baane Keba.

NCP rues pathetic condition of Pipu PHC

Experts on Lower Subansirihydro project rule out disaster


ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The group of experts appointed by central government on 2000 MW Subansiri Lower Project in Arunachal Pradesh today played down the fear and apprehension that the dam could lead to a catastrophe. The Expert to Expert meeting held between Expert Group of Assam and Government of India consisting officials from CWC, CSMRS New Delhi, CWPRS Pune and GSI at Guwahati discussed in details about safety of the dam and its downstream impacts/issues. ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Expressing serious concern over the pathetic condition of the Pipu Primary Health Centre in East Kameng district, the state Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has urged the authority concerned of the state government to improve the health centre and its health care delivery system.

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Prof. BP Duarah made a detailed presentation covering important aspects like seismotectonics, earthquake, geological conditions and PGA value adopted for Subansiri Lower Project. Responding to comments of Prof. Duarah, Dr J R Kayal, former Deputy Director General of GSI explained that the possible sources of great earthquakes in Himalaya are of deeper origin/source. Dr. ID Gupta, former Director of CWPRS, Pune explained the response spectrum in the design and safety analysis of dams and said that the dam is safe even for PGA value of 0.5g. S.K. Sibal, Director (Design), CWC with the help of design analysis claimed that even the earlier dam section was safe for PGA of 0.5g based on response spectra. He informed that the modification adopted in the dam design, as proposed by DDRP, shall take care of the weak properties of the foundation material. He further clarified that the dam section proposed earlier are safe as far as their dynamic stability is concerned. The Expert Group was assured that the finalized measures and analysis will be shared in full details for their study. The concern of experts regarding fluctuation of river levels in downstream was jointly analyzed by CWC and expert group members. The Expert Group proposed a regulating structure in the downstream coupled with irrigation benefits for the people living in the downstream. This was appreciated by the Expert team. Since this involves planning, investigation and detailing of the proposal by other organizations like water resources department of Assam, Brahmaputra Board and CWC, the dialogue will be initiated for taking up the proposal at the Government level in this regard.

There are no doctors and nurses in the PHC accepting piles of expired and useless medicines, partys state vice president (in-charge Western Parliament) LK Yangfo said in a release. He also appealed to the local MLA to initiate for immediate maintenance of the hospital building and posting of sufficient doctors, nurses and other staff in the PHC for the welfare of the people of the area.

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ITANAGAR, Dec 23: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) today declared 24 hours Capital bandh on 27th December in protest against what it called failure of the state Govt to fulfill their charter of demands. Earlier ANYA had demanded for creation of Kamla and Pakke-Kessang districts, headquarters at Raga and Lemmi. The association also demanded immediate road connection between Gumto to Kimin via Dingka, Bogli, and Habia and Lora villages and from Tarasso to Balijan via Ramghat. Other demands included detection and deportation of Chakmas and Hajongs from the Nyishi inhabited areas, immediate fast track court trail of rapist and murderer of Bhalukpong and Yazali rape and murder incidents and immediate shifting of hume pipe factory from Barapani to other suitable place. Earlier ANYA served 10 days ultimatum to the state government to readdress their demands on 10 December last.

BJP demands development of border area


ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded the State Government to frame a need-based policy to improve the living condition of people residing along China border. The people living at Gelling under Tuting sub-division of Upper Siang and Malni, the last defence outpost in Dibang Valley district have been facing hardships due to lack proper health care facility, education, surface as well as tele-communications and irregular power supply, the party spokesman Techi Necha said in a release. A BJP team recently visited Gelling and Malni as part of its on-going 'Sarhad ko Pranam Yatra' to review the ground reality of border areas of the state. The party demanded the State Government to immediately post medical officer at Gelling sub-health centre, establish sub-health centre at Malni and install BSNL tower in between Malni and Etalin in Dibang valley district and also at Janbo village in Migging administrative circle headquarter in Upper Siang district.

DWSC conducts essay competition


ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Lower Dibang Valley District Water and Sanitation Committee (DWSC) conducted essay writing competitions on topic My role in promotion of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) among students of all in the district, including secondary, higher secondary, semi-govt and private managed on December 21. Over 4000 students of class VIII to XII participated in the competition which was held in five higher secondary and 11 secondary schools of Lower Subansiri district to facilitate participation of more students. Initially, the district level competition was conducted in one centre in the district headquarters and there was a limited number of student turn up for the competition. The first, second and third position winners will be awarded on the Republic Day celebration. The first, second and third position winners of each school will also be given certificates. The aim of conducting the competition was to involve the students in NBA, who in turn, would become ambassador in promotion of hygiene education and proper sanitary habits among rural people.

Agriculture awareness meeting at Sille

LS bandh on Jan 3 proposed


ITANAGAR, Dec 23: All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association Lower Subansiri District Unit (AACWALSDU) has declared a 12-hour Lower Subansiri District bandh on January 3 next as its agitation against the district administration and NCC Limiteds alleged failure to fulfill its charter of demands. The demands include immediate issuance of DPR & TS for extension of Airfield, Ziro, compensation package under CSR to the affected people, use of quality materials for construction of airfield extension work and clean drive to check Inner Line Permit (ILP) within Lower Subansiri district. Correspondent RUKSIN, Dec 23: To make the rural farmers aware on the various central Govt- sponsored schemes in the filed of agriculture and role of PRIs in its implementation, the District Agriculture department of East Siang conducted an awareness meeting at its Sille-Oyan office today. Addressing the participants, Agriculture Development Officer (ADO) Megha Nath Bori highlighted on various aspects of the agricultural schemes with special reference to National Food Security Mission (NFSM). He said that the central government has taken some special steps to boost the production of food grain in the country by adopting modern scientific techniques. While explaining the methods of System of Rice Intensification (SRI), Soil testing and pest management, the ADO urged the farmers to avoid indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizer/pesticide as these have adverse affect on the ecosystems. He suggested them to select improved and

AKKDSU urges for better infrastructure in schools


ITANAGAR, Dec 23: In its educational tour under Phassang circle in Kurung Kumey district, All Kurung Kumey District Students Union (AKKDSU) visited various schools recently and assessed the difficulties faced by the students. The educational tour was led by its general secretary Phassang Raish along with various executive members. In its report union claimed that most of the schools in the circle were plagued with common problems such as shortage of teachers, poor infrastructure, teacher absenteeism and lack of road connectivity and lack of staff quarters etc. Taking serious note to various problems faced by the students and schools, the union urged the district administration to take

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duly treated seed in their rice cultivation to gain good production. The ADO also urged the farmers to keep contact with the Field Workers for solution to their problems. Earlier, welcoming the participants, senior Field Assistant (Agril) T Talom requested the farmers to collect the seeds and other agriculture inputs (supplied under NFSM) in time. He informed that seeds of improved variety of rice @ 25-30 kg per beneficiary and potato seeds have already been distributed for this year, which has been successfully harvested. The programme was followed by a Farmer-Expert interaction, wherein the farmers have raised their problems faced in the agricultural activities. The day-long awareness meeting was attended by more than 50 rural farmers including the PRI leaders from five villages fall under the block. The participants also distributed Improvised Sprayer Machine and herbicide on the occasion. The schematic provisions of NSFM facilitate demonstration of improved packages and practices of rice and wheat, SRI and improved varieties. The cluster demonstration will be collaboratively conducted by the state department of agriculture, SAU, ICAR institutions and Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) and reputed NGOs. The centrally sponsored schemes under integrated Cereal Development Programme (ICDP) for rice/wheat will be discontinue in the identified district, if the schemes under NFSM becomes fully operational. The NFSM is being implemented by the district level committee led by the deputy commissioner wherein the district agriculture officer (DAO) is member secretary.

action against the absentee teachers. It also demanded to provide required infrastructures in the schools. The union further appealed to all the government officials to remain at the posting places to discharge their duties. During the programme a meeting was also held at Phassang which was attended by students and panchayat leaders.

Social service
ITANAGAR, Dec 23: All Down Polo Colony Youth Welfare Association (ADPCYWA) conducted a social service to keep their colony neat and clean on December 22 last. The Association extended its gratitude to All Nyishi Youth Association for extending support to the social service.

Union voices against bogus voters


ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Opposing the alleged excess enrolment of voters during the summary revision of 19th Nyapin Assembly Constituency, Nyapin Nyobia Sangram Phassang Students Union (NNSPSU) stated it would not tolerate such kind of activities. Reacting at reported inclusion of non-APSTs in electoral rolls, the union made it clear saying persons who attempt to create proxy voter lists would be held responsible for untoward incident near future. It also opposed any move to issue temporary inner line pass (ILP) during the hearing process and requested the authority to halt the ILP till the completion of the hearing. The union further maintained that inclusion of fake voters was the reason which resulted burning down of electoral roll at Hawa Camp recently.

Stapled visas, boundary dispute kept Arunachal in news in 2013


Utpal Boruah Itanagar, Dec 23: Incursion by Chinese troops, stapled visas, refugees, permanent residence certificates and boundary dispute with Assam were some of the issues that grabbed headlines in Arunachal Pradesh in 2013. In a face-off, People Liberation Army (PLA) troops intruded more than 20 km inside the Indian territory in Changlagam area of Arunachals Anjaw district in August and stayed for over two days. The issue evoked widespread reaction in the state with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki condemning it in the floor of the Assembly. The apex students union - All Arunachal Pradesh Students? Union (AAPSU) also staged several protest rallies. Arunachal Pradesh also raised the stapled visa issue with the Centre through Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering during the year. Two young women archers from the state could not participate in the Youth World Archery Championship at Wuxi as they were issued stapled Chinese visas. Immigration officials at Delhis IGI Airport stopped Mihu Maselo and Yumi Sorang from boarding a China Southern Airlines flight to Guangzhou on October 10. There was lot of anguish over the issue and it was raised by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing. But there was not much forward movement on the issue. China also reacted to President Pranab Mukherjees maiden visit to the state on November, saying it hoped India would refrain from actions that complicate the boundary question. During his address to the special session of the state Assembly, Mukherjee termed Arunachal as an integral and important part of the country. The Chakma and Hajong refugee issue also hogged the limelight in the state during the year. The AAPSU along with the state government constituted a joint high power committee which carried out a joint survey in the refugee concentrated areas in Tirap, Changlang and Papum Pare during August. Opposing tooth and nail the state governments decision to grant PRCs to non-Arunachalees, the AAPSU launched a vigorous movement on the issue during the year. The stalemate between Arunachal and Assam over boundary dispute continued during the year. The Supreme Court constituted Local Boundary Commission visited the disputed areas in the inter-state boundary during November to take stock of the ground realities. In a blow to the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress which made its entry into the states electoral politics in 2009 by winning five assembly seats, its state unit with lone MLA Laeta Umbrey merged with Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) on April 10. Earlier in October 2012, four Trinamool legislators joined the Congress in the state. The state unit of the party was also dissolved after the merger.

APBOCWWB meet held

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Eleventh Board meeting of Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare Board was (APBOCWWB) held here today and discussed regarding various welfare schemes and benefits to be provided to the registered workers of the Board. Chairing the meeting, APB&OCWWB chairman Jalley Sonam informed that till today there are around 12,000 registered workers under the Board and still there are thousands to be registered which could not be done mainly due to lack of man power. He regretted about non payment of 1 percent cess by BSNL despite repeated request. Board members present in the meeting have approved for intensive awareness campaigns through multi, print and electronic media to make the people aware of the benefits being provided by the Board. They also approved for immediate implementation of various schemes within January 2014. Board members Saikia Yangda, Asst. Director IT cum OSD to the Board, Diman Bhatacharjee, Asst. Director Employment cum FAO APB&OCWWB, Danyi Pyaro, deputy secretary, Finance, Ginjum Bomjen, deputy secretary, Law, Virendra Singh, HQ CE(O) Arunank, Dr. S.P Bhardwaj, deputy labour commissioner, Rajen Mudang ASW, Hydro Power Dept., Kage Mara, Secy. General AAPGDLU, Yane Nilling Secy. Women Wing AAPDGLU, Tana Yakung Secretary Women Wing AAPWU and Changma Tajo Working President AAPWU shared their views.

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Former MLAs Donglo Sonam and Lobsang Tsering and former ministers Wangnia Pongte, Niani Natung and Indrajit Namchoom died during the year. Congress nominee Gum Tayeng elected unopposed from Dambuk Assembly constituency after her husband and sitting MLA Jomin Tayeng died on May 7. Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma was sworn in as the 15th governor of the state on May 29 last after retirement of Gen (Retd) J J Singh. The year did not seem to be a smooth one for two Congress legislators who had to face the wrath of law. While CBI registered a criminal case against MLA Phurpa Tsering from Dirang in August on charge of anomalies in land acquisition and payment of compensation for the Trans Arunachal Highway project, Parliamentary Secretary for Tax & Excise Lokam Tassar was arrested in December for his alleged involvement in snatching and burning of E-roll documents. The demand for creation of Mon and Patkai Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) also intensified in the state during the year. The law and order situation remained grim during the year with a large number of cases of abduction, murder and dacoity reported. At least 20 cases of atrocities against women were also reported. Natural calamity and epidemic claimed over 100 people while several buildings, roads and bridges were washed away in massive floods that hit the state. In sports, Tame Bagang, a SSB head constable, became the fifth person from the state to scale the Mount Everest in May, while Anshu Jamsenpa and Tina Mena successfully scaled the Bara Shigri Glacier, the second largest in the world in August. The foundation stone was laid for establishment of the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) at Dirang in West Kameng district in October. The state government adopted the new sports policy while Rerading Football Club (RFC) of England inked MoU with the state government for grooming soccer talent in the state. Described as the future power house of India, Arunachal Pradesh with a hydropower potential of over 50,000 MW, witnessed mass protest against power projects in the state. While the 2x30 kw Ashapani micro hydel project was commissioned in remote Anjaw district, the state government scrapped seven power projects with installed capacity of 1,258 MW with the power developers due to non-performance and breach of agreement as per the MoUs. Several anti-dam organisations opposed three proposed mega projects in the Siang belt (East, West and Upper Siang districts) with a total installed capacity of 12, 450 mw, while All Galo Students Union and Siang Bachao Federation opposed the public hearing for environmental clearance of 186 mw Tato-I project at Mechuka. The state government also approved creation of four new districts. Congress shone in the first ever municipal elections held at Itanagar and Pasighat and panchayat elections held in May. PTI

Hanging bridge!!

A dilapidated Dolo hanging bridge that connects Bomte and Paro under Dollungmukh circle. It is the life line of two villages. Photo and news by Binkar Yinyo, State Secretary (Admin) NSUI.

Efforts to make Dangoria Baba mela a favourate tourist destination

H K Roy East Siang district with its natural beauty, rich historical background and the tradition and culture could become a one of the most soughtafter tourist destinations in Arunachal Pradesh. Apart from being revenue spinner the spiritual tourism in East Siang can play a vital role in promoting social harmony and cultural values. Keeping an eye on the spiritual tourism in the district and the ensuring Bura Dangoria Baba Mela, which becomes an annual event, the East Siang district administration has come with a conclusion that it has all potentials to become a hotspot for spiritual tourism and therefore decided to promote this event nationwide to attract tourists from within the country and abroad.

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Accordingly, local administration without any government fund is upgrading the tourist infrastructures to provide adequate facilities to the visitors. Such initiative would not only bring East Siang in national tourism map, it would also boost rural economy and help reduce the unemployment problems to some extent. Reportedly special bus services to mela site, temporary ILPs (valid for 3 days) at entry check-gates are being arranged and publicity campaign have already been undertaken (both within and outside the state) to attract tourists. Famous Dangoria Baba Puja is celebrated on the last Saturday of December every year and thousands of devotees and tourists from different parts of the country throng here to offer puja to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Ganesha and Nandi. A mela is being organized near the temple on the occasion which is a major attraction of the celebration. According to Mandir committee, devotees/visitors are increasing every year and last year about forty thousands visitors across the country thronged to the shrine. East Siang is a land of festivals but we have to think bigger for formulating long term policy to harness the tourism potentials of the district in maximum. We have to emphasize on package tour(s) comprising multiple events like water-rafting, archery, citrus shows, Anglo-Abhor war memorials, museums, monuments, parks, traditional and cultural festivals to draw more tourists. We should keep in mind that for promotion of tourism in right way good road connectivity and tourist infrastructure like good hotels, restaurants, taxies, guides and security and good road connectivity are essential. We must ensure that tourists face no difficulties while visiting the district and they return their home with a desire to visit the district again and again.

State BJP MM team takes part in national level meet

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: A delegation of the Arunachal Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Mahila Morcha led by Morcha president Padmeswari Jamoh took part in Mahila Morcha national executive meeting at Karnal, Haryana on December 21. Speaking on the occasion, Jamoh impressed upon the central leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party and called upon them to pay visit to the State to installs moral boast of the state Unit Party frontal wings before the ensuing Lok Sabha Election- 2014. Jamoh was accompanied by Lishi Yapu Councillor Itanagar Municipal cum General Secretary, Bengia Yaying General Secretary, and Kenjum Pakam National Council. Former BJP National President Nitin Gadkari, National President Mahila Morcha Saroj Pandey, Jagdish Mukhi, Mridula Sinha National Mahila Morcha Incharge & other BJP leaders jointly inaugurated BJP Mahila Morcha national executive meeting.

Consumer awareness campaign at Raga


ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, Ziro organized a day-long consumer awareness campaign at Raga recently. Attending programme, Raga ADC Hage Ruja suggested the consumers to know their rights under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. He requested the nodal department to put efforts to protect the consumers against unfair, deceptive, or fraudulent practices by creating awareness about their rights.

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Raga Anchal Samity chairperson Kina Taper appealed to the consumers to cooperate with the department for redressal of consumers grievances. Debia Tana, Inspector LM&CA, Ziro, highlighted the aims and objective of the campaign. Later, he demonstrated how common consumer can be saved from unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices. He also dwelt at length about the provisions under Consumer Protection Act 1986. He also gave a brief report on consumer cases settled by District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum, Ziro. He appealed every citizen to extend support for protection and promotion of consumer rights and interest. Lower Subansiri district unit president of All Arunachal Pradesh Consumer Association president Koj Tassang appealed to the citizen to fight against unscrupulous business while Raga Bazar Welfare Committee chairman Lungku Bugi requested the traders to comply with trading rules and regulations. Raga ASM Kabak Chibi and GB Kabak Jirjo also spoke on the occasion. Consumer related items like package commodities, weights and measures, LPG cylinder were displayed and consumer education posters, banners, booklets/ pamphlets were displayed for consumer awareness. Panchayat leaders, officers and officials, representatives from Bazar Welfare Committee, traders and public attended the programme.

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