NEW DELHI, Dec 16 – Even as the agitation against mega dams in Assam gathers momentum, the Centre is currently examining the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of seven private hydropower projects proposed to be set up in Arunachal Pradesh.
Of the seven projects, three are over 1000 MW capacity, including the 1000 MW Siyom, 1140 MW Demwe Upper and 1000 MW Naying hydropower project.
Currently, DPRs of 10 hydropower projects with an
aggregate installed capacity of 5135 MW are in various stages of examination in the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the Central Water Commission (CWC), the Geological Survey of India and the Ministry of Water Resources, Minister of State for Power KC Venugopal said.
Of the 10 projects, three are in Himachal Pradesh. The other four projects under consideration include 225 MW Londa, 144 MW Gongri, 90 MW Pemashelphu and 500 MW Hirong hydropower projects.
Source: Assam Tribune
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Arunachal Pradesh is all set to host the 7th National Youth (Boys & Girls), 48th Men and Women Junior National Weightlifting Championship at Nirjuli near here from November 22 to 30 next.
Besides host Arunachal Pradesh over 500 athletes from eight teams from as many states viz: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Manipur, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Kerala have already arrived in Itanagar to participate in the Championship. West Bengal and another team from Andhra Pradesh were on the way and are expected to arrive by mid-night today, according to Arunachal Weightlifting Association vice president L Sokun Singh. “The teams are arriving in batch wise and over 1000 athletes, including officials, are expected to reach here in different batches in the next two days to take part in different categories of the event, Singh said.
Arunachal Pradesh is fielding a 15 strong team which includes Youth Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship Silver medalists Takio Yana and Soram Hitler Tagru. However, national champion Yukar Sibi is not taking part due to injury.
The Arunachal team members are (Youth Girls) Takio Yana, Yanu Kipa, H. Jinapani Devi, Memphoi Angom and K H Rina Devi; (Youth Boys) Kipa Caku, Jimjang Dero, Lalu Taku, Youmin Ruyi, Soram Hitler Tagru, Sambu Lapung, Kojum Taba; (Jr. Girls)–Menu Tajo; (Jr. Boys)–Vivek Nabba, Shubham Verma. Soram Hitler Tagru and Sambu Lapung are also participating in Jr Boys category.
The inaugural ceremony to be held at 4 pm tomorrow would be followed by cultural programmes and fashion show. According to Indian Weightlifting Federation Joint Secretary Abraham K Techi all preparations for the Championship is completed and the organizing committee is fully prepared for the big event.
IWF Secretary General Sahadev Yadav has also expressed satisfaction over the arrangement.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) president Padi Richo today inspected the venue along with Secretary General G. Doke and office bearers of various sports bodies in the state.
While expressing his satisfaction over the initiative of Arunachal Weightlifting Association (AWA), Richo said that this Championship would definitely be a morale booster for sportspersons of the state. He urged the state government to take initiative in organizing such events in future for development of the sport sector. While suggesting the youths to take up sports seriously, Richo said, games and sports, if pursued seriously, could earn livelihood as well as glory for them.
The AOA president informed that the much hyped Sports Policy of the state would be submitted to the Government within two weeks for approval. The Review Committee headed by Sports and Youth Affairs Director DK Dinglow was busy in giving a final shape to it, he said.
Richo urged the State Government to absorb the outstanding sportspersons of the state in Government jobs not below the rank of an officer. He also requested those Govt departments, who have not yet implemented the 5 per cent reservation policy, to implement it immediately. He also advocated for construction of atleast a stadium in every district headquarters to groom latent sports talents.
Meanwhile, Richo urged the authority for proper use of fund under Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) and completion of the on-going sports competitions under PYKKA within November so that selected sportspersons could participate in the national level competitions scheduled to be held in December.
Source: Arunachal Times
BHUBANESWAR, Nov 20 – Claiming that China was trying to set up bases from Arunachal Pradesh to Kashmir, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi today sought a statement from the UPA government on the country’s preparedness in the north and North-East, reports PTI.
Stating that BJP would raise the China issue in the Winter Session of Parliament commencing Tuesday, Joshi said the UPA government must come out with a statement about its preparedness in the north and north-east.
Claiming that China had “surrounded India from all sides”, he said they had been “trying to set up bases from Arunachal Pradesh to Kashmir”.
“China has been trying to have its presence in the Bay of Bengal through countries like Myanmar. If they come to the Bay of Bengal, all existing and upcoming ports in Odisha will be in danger,” Joshi told reporters here.
“While thousands of square miles in Siachen area remained under China’s occupation, Chinese soldiers are frequenting Leh and Ladak areas. Indian Army have recently said that Chinese military were present in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK),” he said.
“With the help of Pakistan”, Joshi said, “China was also trying to set up a port in the Arabian Sea and now attempting to have its presence in the Bay of Bengal”.
Source: Assam Tribune
Rono Hills, Nov 19: The four-day IXth Inter-College Youth Festival which saw participation by eighteen colleges from different part of the states including RGU concluded at Rono Hills this evening. Rajiv Gandhi University emerged as the Champions in the four day event.
Various cultural, literary, sports and games events witnessed the talents of the participants, who came from far flung areas to represent their respective colleges. “We are lucky as we got a chance for being the part of such a festival which provided us with an opportunity to learn many things besides our regular academic curriculum,” one of the participants said.
The main attraction of the festival was the “Fashion Show” held on the third night. Altogether 32 candidates from various participating colleges competed for Mr and Miss Cadence, Karngam Loyi of North East Homeopathic Medical College and Holem Khangham of Indira Gandhi Govt. College were crowned as Miss and Mr Cadence.
Valedictory function witnessed giving away of prizes of different events held during the festival which was attended by members of the university and invitees.
Source: Arunachal Times
ITANGAR/BANGALORE, Nov 18 – As an airfield in the border state of Arunachal Pradesh was reactivated today, IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne said beefing up infrastructure in the North-East is not to “counter” the Chinese, reports PTI.
Browne also said the Vijaynagar airfield, located at the country’s easternmost tip at the tri-junction of India, China and Myanmar, is too short to operate fighter aircraft.
The Air Chief said in addition to AN-32 cargo planes, which will be in operation now, there will be C130 transport flights in due course from the airfield.
The airfield is “too small for fighter aircraft,” Browne told reporters in Bangalore.
It was reactivated today in the presence of Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (retd) JJ Singh.
Asked whether the infrastructure plans in the North-East were to “counter” the Chinese, Browne said: “It’s not to counter anybody. All that we are doing is to provide tremendous amount of accessibility to the North-East region”.
He pointed out that the region had not developed because of inability to transport people and provide access to certain hinterland areas. The increased accessibility would lead to all-round development of the North-East, he said.
“And while we (IAF) are there, we will also support the Army”, he added.
The use of Vijaynagar airfield was discontinued in 2009 for carrying out repairs there.
The airfield is used for air maintenance and will help in mobilising troops and equipment at a faster pace as and when required.
This is the first Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) in the North-East to be upgraded in what is seen as India’s efforts to match Chinese military infrastructure development activities.
ALGs in Pasighat, Mechuka, Walong, Tuting and Ziro as well as several helipads in Arunachal are also being upgraded.
IAF has so far activated its ALGs in Ladakh including Nyoma, Daulat Beg Oldi and Fukche and is planning to convert Nyoma in to a full-fledged air base.
ITANAGAR, Nov 16 – Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today expanded his 15-day old Ministry by inducting 11 Ministers including four new faces.
Governor J J Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly-inducted Ministers at a simple ceremony held in the Durbar Hall of the Raj Bhavan here.
The four new faces are Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh, Kamlung Mosang, Rajesh Tacho and Jarkar Gamlin, brother of Jarbom Gamlin whom Tuki replaced.
Six others – Setong Sena, Atum Welly, Tanga Byaling, Bosiram Siram, Chowna Mein and Pema Khandu – who were in the Ministry of Gamlin were also inducted.
The 11th minister was Newlai Ting Khatra who had served as Minister in Gegong Apang, Mukut Mithi and Dorjee Khandu Ministries.
Stating that the new portfolios would be distributed in a day or two, Tuki told the media persons that Ministers would work in team spirit, visit villages along with MLAs to bring a visible difference in the process of development.
AICC general secretary Dhoniram Sandil who arrived here from Delhi to attend the function, said despite “little setback”, the Congress Government would prove its worth soon.
Tuki took oath on November 1 after months long dissident activities led by him against Gamlin. – PTI
Source: Assam Tribune
ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Along with rest of the world, 543rd Prakash Utsav of Shri Guru Nanak Devji would be organized at Gurudwara, Naharlagun on November 10.
The programme will start in the morning with ‘Bhog of Sadharan Path’ followed by ‘Kirtan and ‘Katha’.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) J.J. Singh has conveyed warm greetings and good wishes to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti.
In his message, the Governor has expressed his hope that the occasion will help all to imbibe Guruji’s divine ideals of humanity, equality and brotherhood. General Singh also wished that the joyous occasion will inspire all to be better individuals and guide everyone on the path of social harmony and unity.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in his message said that “Guru Nanak Devji warned against hypocrisy and falsehood saying that these are pervasive in humanity and that religious actions can also be in vain. On this divine day let us all shun these vices and revive our lives with honesty and dignity”. “I convey my best wishes to my Sikh brethrens and hope that the occasion will pave way for one more platform to foster brotherhood, peace and harmony in Arunachal Pradesh”, the Chief Minister added.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee also extended its greetings to the Sikh community on the auspicious occasion.
APCC hoped that the sacred occasion will bring peace, tranquility and communal harmony in the world.
Source: Arunachal Times
ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Neetin Rina, a third year B.E. (Civil) student studying at Aurangabad, Maharashtra passed away yesterday at Apollo Hospital, Delhi. He was in coma for three days. He along with his friend, Late Thungam Chadap had meet with an accident on Nov 4 at Aurangabad. He was also a 3rd year B.E. (Civil) student in an Engineering College at Aurangabad.
Hailing from Lipu village of Likabali, Neetin was born on 6th September 1989 and did his schooling from VKV Karsang and Kendra Vidyalaya, Itanagar.
Karko-Ao Welfare Association and Rina Welfare Society has expressed deep shock at the sudden demise of Neetin. The organizations in separate releases shared the pain of the family and friends and termed the death as a loss for the society.
North East Students Union of Aurangabad, Maharashtra (N.E.S.U.A.) has condoled the death of the youngsters. Late Thungam Chadap, a native of Tali in Kurung Kumey was the official Sports Representative of the Union
He was a loving, kind, helpful, a true friend and a good sportsmen and he will always stay in our hearts and will be remembered, said the association in a release.
All Tatung Welfare Society has thanked the N.E.S.U.A, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, MP Takam Sanjay, MLA Markio Tado and Principal of PES College Aurangabad for their help rendered to the family during the difficult times following the death of Late Chadap.
Source: Arunachal Times
ITANAGAR, Nov 9: A two day exhibition – cum – Consumer Awareness campaign organised by the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs was inaugurated by Kemo Lollen, Deputy Commissioner, Tawang District at Zomkhang Hall, Tawang on today.
Appreciating the department for organizing campaign for the benefit of people of Tawang , Lollen in his inaugural speech urged people to be careful while purchasing edible items. Since Tawang district forum has already been constituted for the consumers of the district, one can approach in case of any grievances. He appealed the Department to conduct similar campaign in all the schools and rural areas involving Panchayat members.
Taba Tabin, Inspector LM (HQ.) said that the campaign is first of its kind in Tawang district and asked people to derive maximum benefit from the exhibition-cum –awareness campaign and put them into practice in day to day transaction.
K. P. Tago, Asstant Controller LM (HQ) while highlighting the objectives of the campaign said that people of North East states including Arunachal Pradesh are lagging far behind compared to other states so far level of awareness as consumer is concerned because of which the department is taking up initiative to educate people pertaining to their rights and redressal as incorporated under the consumer protection Act. He also urged consumers not to depend only on the product advertisement given in TV rather they should use their knowledge while choosing products.
Commencement of the programme, a one minute silence was observed as mark of respect to Late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika who died on 5th November.
The exhibition was held in the form of demonstration covering various consumer interests.
More than 2500 persons including students, teachers, NGOs and public visited the campaign on the first day.
The demonstration/exhibition was given by 5 Officers of the department with the help of 16 senior students of GHS School, Tawang.
Source: Arunachal Times
ITANAGAR, Nov 9: The State Planning Department has made it mandatory for third party monitors to include geo-tagged photos in their monitoring reports for SPA and other infrastructure development projects in the State. This would basically mean that the latitude and longitude of the project site where each project photograph is taken, alongwith the time and date of taking the photograph would be stamped automatically on the photograph. The project location would also be indicated on satellite maps in the monitoring reports.
Hand-held digital cameras with in-built GPS technology are being used for this purpose. NEDFi, the third party monitors for several districts of the State have already submitted reports with geo-tagged photos of projects in their monitoring reports for SPA 2009-10.
Dwelling on its advantages, State Planning Secretary Ankur Garg mentioned that this move would help in checking duplication in the implementation of projects to a large extent. For each project site, two photographs would be taken – one before execution and one after execution of works. As the latitude and longitude data would be taken automatically from the satellite, the details of location cannot be fudged and one can have pictorial evidence of a project being implemented at a place. Earlier, it was possible that photos of different sites were shown before and after project implementation. But use of GPS technology would do away with this problem, he added.
Further, the Planning Department had received reports that some of the third party monitors were not actually visiting the spot before submitting reports. The time stamping of photos will help tackle this problem as well.
Arunachal Pradesh has become one of the first States in the country to introduce this initiative in project monitoring. It may be recalled that the introduction of third party monitoring, again one of the first in the country had brought rich dividends to the State in the form of much improved quality of implementation of projects.
Source: Arunachal Times