Arunachal- State News in Brief, 16th June 2017

AALO- Sona inaugurates Tourist Resort 

The P&PT Tourist Resort constructed in the vicinity of Aalo town on the left bank of yomgo River was inaugurated amid cheer and applause by P.D.Sona Parliamentary Secretary Tourism and Civil Aviation on Thursday. Addressing a Gathering in the Conference Hall, Sona said that ninety percent of the govt sponsored schemes on tourism are left unproductive either due to haphazard constructions, land ownership problem or defective site selections by the contractors and thrust will be given to those people who are really serious about development of tourism in near future. Arunachal is emerging as one of the most preferred tourist destinations and it should be our endeavour to promote it by creating good avenues and show hospitality to outsiders. He exhorted the people to change mindset about the concept of employment and look beyond dependence syndrome on govt. and look out for self sustaining avenues. Responding to memorandum submitted to him pertaining to flood protection, swimming, construction of road connection and spacing and issue of Bar License at Resort,  Sona assured to look into the flood protection works to protect the beautiful asset of the district.

SIANG- Laying of Optical Fibre Cable  discussed 

A coordination meeting was held on 15th June’2017 at Pangin under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Siang District  Rahul Singh to discuss various issues regarding laying of Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) in Siang District. The meeting was attended by admin officers of the concerned areas where cable laying work is being or will be carried out, officers from various concerned works departments like electrical, Highway, PWD, PHE etc including Police Department and representatives from stakeholders like BSNL, Railtel, TK Engineering Consortium etc. The DC while addressing the meeting stated that prime importance is being accorded to laying of OFC in the entire district to ensure success of the Government of India’s initiative of Digital India Mission. Seeking update on the status of work and it’s progress in different locations from various stakeholders, he sought explanation for any delay in commencement of work and unsatisfactory pace of progress in certain areas. He also sought explanation for the deteriorating quality of BSNL service in the district. An update on utility corridor was also sought from TK Engineering.

PASIGHAT- Lower Siang  District

The  Committee of GoM constituted by the State Government, to study and submit report  in connection with fictionalisation of Lower Siang  District, during its two-day visit beginning June 14 , attended Public  Hearings at Kora community Hall.  Speaking on the occasion on Thursday here at Nari during the proceedings for Nari and Seren Circles , Chairman, GoM, and Cabinet Minister, Kamlung Mossang, said that the issues and opinions raised and apprised has been noted. The Chairman also received the quries submitted by the representatives of the villages present on the occasion.  While Member GoM and Cabinet Minister, Bamang Felix also reiterated the objective of the field visits to assess  ground realities and opinions and insights from the residents for the early operationalisation of  Lower Siang District. The Committee of GoM have been given the timeline of 25th June next for onward submission of its report to the GoAP to be placed before the State Cabinet , he further informed.

KALAKTANG- Expired food items  seized

Large quantity of expired food items were seized from the market area during a massive search operation conducted by team of officials, led by Kalaktang Circle Officer, T W Thongdok on Thursday. Thongdok warned the shopkeepers to refrain from keeping expired food items and other commodities in their shops, failing which strict action will be taken against them. He also called upon the consumers to check expiry date before purchasing any consumable items. Later, the seized items, including expired flour, biscuits, pickles and other consumable items were disposed off at a dumping ground. The operation team also included police personnel, teachers and students.

ZIRO-  Handloom Mela

Weaving for us is not just a source of income, but it is that symbolic activity which intertwines our culture and traditions in a piece of fabric and passes it down to generations. Weavers therefore have a delicate responsibility of balancing culture and modernity in a piece of fabric” said Onit Panyang while addressing weavers from Lower and Upper Subansiri district during a seminar conducted  by Arunachal Pradesh Weavers Federation Ltd(AWFED) at DC conference hall, Ziro today. “To make a niche in the competitive world, our weavers will have to design exclusive products using natural fabrics,” he added while suggesting for reviving and drawing out policies and guidelines for encouraging cotton cultivation in the state. Rinchin Tashi, RCS while expressing joy on the revival of cooperative movement in Lower Subansiri district in particular, said that cooperative movement was an effort to create self-sustainable economic activities, which is a necessity now, with unemployment on a rise.  R.D. Thungon, GM, ICDP dealt in length about the genesis of AWFED. AWFED registered in 2013 caters to the weavers of the state. With every tribe having its own unique weaving pattern, when given a suitable platform they can create masterpieces in the handloom industry.  AWFED so far has set up rural marts in Ziro and Daporijo, sponsored by NABARD.

ITANAGAR- Landslide in Yangte -Tali Road 

The week long heavy rainfall triggered landslide and reportedly disrupted Yangte to Tali road on Tuesday. This was informed by Anchal Samiti Member of Homi Dogha Panchayat, Lingdum Yaku. The ASM further informed that due to heavy blockade, the area is cut off from the rest of the state. She also informed that communication disruption may hit common people living there, especially during medical emergency.

RUKSIN- Plantation Drive 

A week-long plantation drive launched by the Ruksin Forest Range office under Pasighat Territorial Forest Division as part of World Environment Day celebrations concluded at Government Secondary School, Ngorlung on Monday last. About 500 saplings of different kinds were planted at office premise of Ruksin Forest Range, roadsides, school campuses and public places. Deputy Forest Ranger of Ruksin, Opang Jamoh informed that his team received a massive response from the local villagers, NGOs, students, public leaders and gaon burahs during the week-long plantation drive. During the programme, forest officials created awareness among people about the importance of plants and wild animals, and urged them to protect the greenery and water bodies of the area to stop environmental degradation.

TEZU- Drug Paddlers Arrested 

Tezu Police has on Wednesday arrested two alleged drug peddlers and recovered 26 grams of brown sugar from them. Acting on a tip-off, a police team from Tezu PS intercepted a red colour motorcycle bearing registration No.AR-11A/4387 at Tebang bridge point near 32 Mile, Danglat. During the checking, police recovered six numbers of small plastic pouches containing pink colour powdery substances, suspected to be brown sugar weighing about 26 grams, from the possession of the rider and pillion rider and seized the contraband in presence of JMFC Tezu. In this regard, a case (No. 38/17) under section 21(b) Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act has been registered at Tezu PS and investigation started. Both the alleged accused have also been arrested and taken into custody. The police team led by Sub-Inspector B Mossang made the arrest under the close supervision of DySP (HQ) J K Lego. The arrestees have been identified as rider Sonam Tamang, 26, and pillion rider Sonu Sahani, 20 – both from Dimwe village, Tezu.