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    Educationist Dr Tok flies Arunachal flag globally

    By Pradeep Kumar , NAHARLAGUN | Nov 26 | : Educationist Dr Boa Reena Tok senior education associate Prof of Rajiv Gandhi University flies Arunachal Pradesh globally today by presenting a paper on "A study of the learning problems in English subject among the secondary school-students of Papum Pre district" during the 11th international conference on humanities & science-2015 today.

    Educationist Dr Tok flies
Arunachal flag globally

    After presenting the paper at Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen province in Thailand, Dr Tok, wife of youth leader Tok Buttum, told this editor that her tribal society has lot of expectations from the womenfolk. "There is no looking back for me and shall continue to endeavour for women empowerment removing all obstacles on my way".
    Marriage no bar to ambition- A 'kitchen to college' success story, I had projected here as a role model in 15-04-08 edition of this, as from a housewife she became an educationist in her own right with her never-say-die attitude to make me proud for coincidentally being my buari (Daughter-in-law).
    Dr Tok, 37, a mother of two sons, despite managing her house, to her credit has 14 articles published in international journals & nine published in national journals.
    She represented the RGU in many conferences & seminars, including "Problems of teachers trainee in Arunachal Pradesh"- Teacher education in contemporary society on & "Dyscalculia: A brief note for pre-service & in-service teacher trainees" -Teacher education in contemporary society - regional, conducted on 21-22.03.13 by RGU (Edn deptt) in collaboration with NEIES; "Co-modified fashionable education versus thinking curriculum: Ripe time for paradigm shift in true education" - Current trends & issues in education research, - regional, conducted on 08.11.13 by RGU (Edn deptt) in collaboration with NEIES; "A study on population education awareness of BEd students in relation to gender, age and marital status" - national prosperity, educational policies and programmes in India, national, conducted at Simen Chapori College, Assam on 03-04.11.14; "Needs of vocationalisation of education & skill development among the youth of Arunachal Pradesh" - Youth & skill development in NE India, national conducted by ICSSR, NEHU, Shillong on 26-27.03.15; "Thinking , feeling & reasoning in learning" - trends & innovation, national on ICT, conducted by RGU (CSE Deptt), on 16-17.08.15 and "A study on learning problems in history subject among the secondary school students of Papum Pare district - "Teaching learning & innovations in education", national, sponsored by UGC & conducted at Biphuria College, Assam in March 2015.
    A gold medallist in BEd and specialization in educational psychology, educational guidance & counselling, teaching of history & educational technology, Dr Tok joined college on 17.08.07 & the RGU on 07.10.08.


    AAPSU to move UNHRC on Chakma refugee issue

    By Staff Reporter , ITANAGAR| Nov 26 | : "Not an inch of Arunachal land will be spared for the Chakma-Hajong refugees," AAPSU high powered committee chairman on Chakma-Hajong issue Gumjum Haider today told media persons at Arunachal Press Club here today.
    In fact, the recent dismissal of GoAP & AAPSU special review petition by the Supreme Court, has evoked strong opposition from every corner of the state.

    Exhorting the locals of the affected areas to extend support, Haider announced that AAPSU will soon file a curative petition in this regards.
    The major apprehension of the locals, AAPSU in particular is that the refuges once granted settlement rights, would reduce the indigenous population to minority and take away all their opportunities.
    A white paper had quoted their number to whopping 50,000 plus today from a few thousands in 1964-69, thus outnumbering many indigenous tribes.
    Strongly opposing the verdict, Haider said that the locals' consent was not taken before the verdict, against the five Nehruvian principles which clearly stated that "tribal rights in land and forests should be respected".
    The judgement was in "gross violation of the Bengal Frontier Regulation Act of 1873 and passed in haste without understanding the peopleâ€(TM)s sentiments. He lamented that "in spite of our patriotism amidst constant claims by China", the SC & the GoI are acting against the interest of Arunachalees.
    The AAPSU would soon knock the doors of the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) and the United Nations Indigenous People's Forum as well to express its grievances.
    Taking strong cognizance against the lack of response from legislators of Namsai, Miao, Diyun, Bordumsa, Kokila-Hollongi, the affected areas, Haider made a strong appeal to them to "come up and do something to protect the indigenous population".
    These lands belong to the Singpho, Tangsa, Khampti and the Nyishi communities, not to illegal foreigners from Bangladesh, he said.
    While painting a gloomy picture, he said that the locals are already on the verge of annihilation and will soon be marginalised by the foreigners.
    Expressing strong disappointment at the lack of initiatives by the MPs and local MLAs of the area, he categorically asked: Where are Ninnong Ering, Mukut Mithi, Nikh Kamin, Kamlung Mossang, Tewa Mein, Zingnu Namchoom and Nabam Rebia at this juncture when their people need them the most?
    Revealing the extreme lack of concern from MPs Ering and Mithi, Haider said that these leaders did not even bother to inquire about the vexed issue during the AAPSU rally at Delhi. But this overlook by the legislators is perhaps outwitted by the addition of 1,491 illegal Chakma-Hajong refugees in state's electoral rolls which were without even granting them citizenship. He strongly condemned the haste displayed by state's chief electoral office in adding the refugees in the electoral list when the case was being fought in the SC.
    RGU Pol Sc associate professor Dr. Nani Bath said that the "ruling was extremely untenable and did not take into consideration the existing legal provisions to protect the indigenous communities".
    The judgement was in complete violation of the existing inner line permit & the Assam Frontier Regulation of 1945, he lamented to rue the unfair rulings, Bath said that "it was time now for the Centre to intervene".
    He opined that apart from the legal provisions, political pressure and coordination would be the only way out to act on behalf of the indigenous population. Sharing that the GoI & the national media took notice of the NE India only when there was violence, Bath quipped, adding whether demands for sovereignty and self-identity were the only way left to seek attention.
    Would they "respond positively only if the likes of another Naga and Mizo accord were on the platter", he wondered and did not rule out religious camaraderie as the cause of anti-Arunachaee judgements by citing the recent announcements to grant citizenship to Hindu immigrants in Assam as an example.
    Strongly condemning the SC judgement, AAPSU president Kamta Lapung added that the inaction and incompetency of the state advocate general Ranjit Thomas and standing counsel Anil Srivastav were the chief reasons behind Arunachalâ€(TM)s loss in the review petition and demanded their immediate removal.
    He said that the SC being the highest court of justice should be neutral and not pro-refugees. AAPSU vice president Likha Takar announced that they soon will be launching statewide democratic movement. "We will fight till our last breath and will not succumb to these unfair dictations, he said but asked the people not to panic.
    Meanwhile, AAPSU legal advisor Nabam Jolo added that the constant change in leadership and committee members has been a major obstacle in bringing fruitful results. He suggested a dedicated team to work on the issue.


    Everyone responsible for SBM: Guv

    ITANAGAR | Nov 26 |: • 'UB adopted Nocte sanitation concept'

    The success of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) lies on every individual of the society, Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa today said while inaugurating a two-day SBM workshop at Banquet Hall here today.
    "It should be ensured that the nature is not disturbed by the greed of few people," he said and advised the education & RD development to become partners.

    Everyone responsible for SBM: Guv

    He felicitated SBM ambassadors, mountaineers Tapi Mra, Tine Mena & Anshu Jamsenpa, shuttler Laa Talar & martial art expert Nobin Jomoh and expressed his confidence that they would change people's mindset towards cleanliness but called for deterrent rules to prevent water pollution and advocated work culture. Andhra Pradesh Ramakrishna Mission sanitation expert Deep Tripathi and freelance development consultant Digbijoy Bhowmik were also felicitated.
    Stressing on attitudinal change than technology or management issue, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi called for more focus on children & youth, mothers, cooks and maid servants, garbage collectors and market bodies to make the SBM successful in urban areas and involve SHGs, particularly in recycling.
    Pointing out that rich generates more garbage than the poor, Negi advocated simple living using indigenous and local products to generate less garbage which in turn would promote indigenous products and local entrepreneurship.
    Informing that every mountaineer has to maintain certain protocol while in expedition, Mra urged Arunachalees to join the SBM & Mena called for change in mindset while UD commissioner Belatee Pertin informed that the 1st state level high powered committee in its June 17 meeting approved the Nocte concept on state sanitation strategy & distribution of Rs 9.36 crore to urban local bodies, district urban development agencies (DUDAs) & the mission will be in force till 02.11.19.
    In all 2,585 individual toilets, 19 community toilets & solid management projects in 26 towns have been targeted in 2015-16, Pertin said and sought support.
    Senior GoAP officers, IMC & Pasighat councillors led by chief councillors, DUDA, NGO traders' bodies representatives, among other stakeholders, were present. (PRO)


    AVYS lauded as trendsetter

    By Staff Reporter , ITANAGAR | Nov 26 | : * RKMH donates TV & Kena scooty to AVYS

    Civil Aviation, State Transport Minister Jomde Kena today lauded Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (AVYS) for its continued humanitarian service.
    The joining of doctors and religious leaders is proof of the good deeds of AVYS, Kena said while addressing the 7th foundation day of the AVYS at Vivekananda Hall here.

    AVYS lauded as trendsetter

    Announcing to be part of AVYS, Kena gifted a scooty to work effectively and assured all out support of the Arunachal Pradesh Govt. for its efforts, particularly for launch campaigns to bring mass awareness.
    Terming blood donation as the noblest act, Food & Civil Supply Parliamentary Secretary Nyamar Karbak, who funded to publish the souvenir, lauded the AVYS for its path-breaking efforts for the humanity, particularly in this multi-cultural & multi-religious tribal state.
    "I am confident the AVYS would herald the much desired social change," Karbak said and assured his unstinted support.
    Founder Ramesh Jeke, through a PowerPoint presentation, highlighted the journey of the AVYS since its inception on 26.11.08.
    PWD Minister Gojen Gadi, who could not attend because of urgent assignment, but extended financial support, said that "we are proud of the youth engaged in such humanitarian works and always support them to work for the greater welfare of Arunachal."
    "A crying mother in front of a hospital looking for blood to save her daughter about to be operated changed my life to form AVYS," Jeke said, adding that AVYS volunteers have saved 1,500 lives by donating bloods while have so far collected over 7,000 units through donations in educational, religious institutions & festivals.
    "A crying mother in front of a hospital looking for blood to save her daughter about to be operated on 26 changed my life to evolve AVYS. 28 mega donation camps in Capital Complex and Pasighat leading to the collection," said Jeke, who himself has donated blood 32 times.
    AVYS Pasighat unit in-charge 14-time donor 53-year-old Aini Taloh is a living example of service to humanity and the unit has saved 200 lives, Jeke said and thanked APSACS deputy director Dr Nabam Budh, RKMH secretary Swami Vishweshanana Maharaj & others for their wholehearted support aimed at creating the sense of brotherhood, pan-Arunachal identity with positive thinking to serve.
    Pointing out that he who lives for others is a human being, Jeke spelt the names of blood donors and appealed to the gathering to 'Be a donor'. "Jab kisi aur ki khoon se bach jaati hai apno ki jaan, tab samaj aata hai kya hota hai rakatadan," he said to the thunderous applause of the gathering.
    Realising that history is waiting to embrace Arunachal, adviser Pradeep Kumar earlier said that the AVYS has brought the much desired turnaround in the mind set of Arunachalees to take India to its desired destination.
    He sought the blessings and support of the society to encourage the young volunteers to achieve their goal.
    AVYS advisor Tukbom Ligu said that blood donation camps organised so far have saved many valuable lives. The endeavour would continue ahead to serve the people, he reiterated.
    The gathering also observed two minutes silence to pray for the departed soul of former general secretary Lenin Tungi to rest in eternal peace.
    The guests also released the maiden AVYS souvenir 'LIFE' and felicitated 46 personalities including parents on behalf of Federation of Indian Blood Donors Organisation to mark the occasion.
    A wave of happiness spread as anchor Meenam Goi announced that RKMH secretary Swami Vishweshanana Maharaj has decided to donate a TV to AVYS office.
    Health & Family Welfare Parliamentary Secretary Karya Bagang, Maharaj, NHM MD P N Thungon, H&FW joint director Dr M Lego, APSACS PD Dr Riken Rena, Dr Budh, RHMH doctors, among others, were present.


    Aboh lauds CM

    By Staff Reporter , ITANAGAR | Nov 26 | : Appreciating Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for recognizing the commitment of the residents of Tirap, Changlang & Longding districts to become true development partners by embracing peace, Mining & DoTCL Minister Tirong Aboh has lauded the CM for earmarking Rs 50 lakh for celebrating all festivals of those districts at Senki View here.
    "We the elected leaders would toe the GoAP policies to match steps to achieve the goal," Aboh said in a statement.


    NIT convocation today

    YUPIA | Nov 26 | : Union MoRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani will deliver the 2nd convocation address of National Institute of Technology-Arunachal Pradesh here tomorrow.
    NIT board of governors chairperson Janet L Yellen, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Union MoS (Home) Kiren Rijiju would also the NIT fraternity besides award of Tagore, Visvesvaraya, S. N. Bose & J. C. Bose gold medals to highest scorer in humanities, engineering, science subjects & hardware project respectively.


    Tall trees on the right of way

    : The tall trees on the right of way of the NH-52 are being uprooted to begin the four-lanning work. The traffic is diverted at few places while kilometres-long vehicles, bikes & commuters queued for about an hour at Brahmajan on Wednesday afternoon for the carpenters with mechanised saw to cut the huge logs to pieces to clear the highway- AFND

    Tall trees on the right of way


    Jamsenpa state's pride: Guv

    ITANAGAR | Nov 26 | : Only Indian woman mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa to climb Mount Everest thrice in the world, is an asset and pride of Arunachal Pradesh, Governor J P Rajkhowa said after felicitating her at Raj Bhavan today for achieving the unique feat.
    With a credit of nine successful peak summits under her belt, she holds the record of being the only mother in the world to summit the highest peak of the world twice in 10 days. She created another record by scaling three Himalayan peaks in just six days.

    The feat achieved is incredible, the governor said while congratulating her and assuring to look into the proposal submitted by Arunachal Mountaineering &Adventure Sports Association for promotion of mountaineering and adventure sports. (PRO)

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    NSFSA reviewed

    From Our Correspondent , PASIGHAT , Nov 26, 2015: Reviewing the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the district, East Siang DC Isha Khosla today stressed the importance of the Act.
    She urged the councilors & panchayat leaders to inform the beneficiaries under priority household to submit Aadhar Card and bank account numbers for digitization.
    On the PRI leaders request for allocation of SK oil to fair price shops for the consumers get it easily, she assured to examine the feasibility.

    The beneficiaries would be given food grains under NFSA as per the GoAP allocation from next month, she added.

    GBs visit Kaziranga Park

    ITANAGAR , Nov 26, 2015: The Gaon Buras and Buris of fringe villages of D Ering M Wildlife Sanctuary, visited Kaziranga National Park on a two-day exposure trip, organised by DFO (W/L) & coordinated by Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).
    The WTI staff briefed them about the rescue & rehabilitation of wild animals at the WTI rescue centre, (WTI), adding that they had so far rescued more than 5000 species, of which only 60% survived.

    The team experienced the dependency of local community on Kaziranga National Park and preservation values, and had elephant & Gypsy safari.

    Preserve traditional dress: DC

    BOMDILA , Nov 26, 2015: After distributing free yarn to the weavers of Kalaktang, Thrizino and Nafra blocks under the â€~CMâ€(TM)s Grant Loin Loom Schemeâ€(TM) at Craft Centre complex here, DC AK Singh stressed on preservation and propagation of the traditional dresses & costumes, which symbolize their culture, tradition & identity.

    While encouraging formation of self-help groups in every village to streamline and strengthen the weaving activities, avail GoAP schemes & its benefits, he assured to facilitate financial assistance from NABARD, PMEGP etc, especially to the women folk.
    Urging them to be equal development partners, Singh asked the women folk to be self-sufficient and financially independent to become successful in life.
    T&H deputy director Dorjee Phuntso earlier highlighted the scheme & urged the weavers to avail its benefits.
    SP Dr A Koan, ZPC C Lhamu, ZPM M Sangchoju, DDI P Lama, GBs & public leaders, among others, were present. (DIPRO)

    Guv urged to intervene in power crisis

    ITANAGAR , Nov 26, 2015: The Arunachal Anti-Corruption Union (AACU), in a letter, has urged the state governor to intervene to find lasting solution to the intermittent power crisis confronting the people of Tawang.
    Highlighting the sufferings caused by power disruption since months, the AACU claimed that the Shakang Chuu Hydel station at Gongkhar village, built at Rs 100 crore (appr) has been closed without any reason. About Rs 30 lakh earmarked for maintenance was nothing but a misuse of public money.

    Constitution day observed

    ITANAGAR , Nov 26, 2015: The Constitution Day, marking the day of the Constitutionâ€(TM)s adaptation, was observed in various parts of the state today.
    At Tezu: The Lohit district administration conducted a marathon race here by involving seniors (above 14) & juniors (below 14) students (boys & girls). Of the total 90 participants, Arunso Thalai, Yahuna Krisikro, Solanso Eka emerged winners (senior boys) and Anita Limbu, Mary Raito Tikhak winners (senior girls).

    In junior category, Kismat Halai, Chojemso Thadeo, Rojemso Bellai (boys) & Sitilu Tawsik (girls) were winners.
    At Yinkiong: A 3-km mini-marathon was conducted in which Bharot Modi, Omin Tekseng & Gibo Lonchung emerged winners (boys) and Maman Bitin, Odi Kirkom & Mitinam Nangu (girls) respectively.
    At Roing: The GoAP employees, paramilitary forces, students & public joined a rally organized here. (DIPROs)
    In Naharlagun, the Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) today observed the Law Day to commemorate the Constitution Day.
    Senior Advocate Ajin Apang spoke on â€~Rule of law & its concepts including its evolution & crucial roles it playedâ€(TM) which was followed by screening of APSLSAâ€(TM)s maiden documentary on racial discrimination, titled Apne Ajanabi.

    Legal awareness camp, mobile court conducted

    YINGKIONG , Nov 26, 2015: The district legal service authority (LSA) headed by judicial magistrate first class Habung Tangu conducted the first ever mobile court and legal awareness camp at Peki-Modi recently.
    Due to the ill health of a prosecution witness, the court was compelled to move to Peki-Modi. After completing the proceedings, the LSA team conducted a legal awareness camp involving the villagers, including the HGB, GBs & PRI members and sought repetition of such programme. (DIPRO)

    Chalo Loku would herald peace: Jha

    KHONSA , Nov 26, 2015: Chalo Loku, most popular festival of Nocte tribe, was celebrated here with great joy and enthusiasm.
    Appreciating the Nocte Chalo Loku Committee, Tirap DC Ravi Jha, in his address, said that the festival would herald peace, unity, prosperity and development in the region. He also exhorted to preserve the culture & tradition for posterity.

    Chalo Loku would herald peace: Jha

    The support of one and all deserves appreciation for early & successful completion of two critical ongoing projects here - CC road & water supply network. (DIPRO)

    Illegal quarries under the scanner

    ROING, Nov 26, 2015: Four more tractors were seized from different quarry sites by mineral guards in the continued efforts of geology & mining department recently to check illegal quarrying in the district.
    The seized vehicles were detained in police station here and were freed on payment of penalty.
    The department has collected Rs 61,042 as penalty till date. (DIPRO)

    New ADC to governor

    ZIRO , Nov 26, 2015: Lower Subansiri SP Tumme Amo on his transfer as ADC to governor was given a warm send off here today. (DIPRO)