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OCTOBER 26, 2014

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Motorable road in every village by 2019: Rijiju

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PAKKE-KESSANG, Oct 25: Proper road communication in the interiors of landlocked Arunachal Pradesh is a major scourge. But it will be a thing of the past soon if the commitment made by Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju, materializes.

Rijiju assured that there would be motorable road in every village of Arunachal before the end of 2019. The MoS while attending the 36th foundation day of the East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organisation (EKSWCO) here on Friday further disclosed that Arunachal Pradesh will be the only state, as of now, to reap this benefit initiated by the Union Home Ministry.   

 "Every village in Arunachal Pradesh, even if it has only two houses, will get motorable road before 2019. This is my commitment to the people of Arunachal. If I fail to fulfill my commitment I do not  think I will be able to face the people," Rijiju exuded confidence.   

The Centre has identified Arunachal Pradesh as a sensitive border state; therefore one-time relaxation was taken into account, sidelining the usual population criterion norm, for this ambitious work, he said, adding that if the usual norm of population criterion continued to be taken into account the border villages in the state would remain unconnected.  

In yet another important announcement, Rijiju divulged that villages along the Sino-Indian border that are bereft of BADP would be given rice free of cost.

To start with, he said, 41 blocks stretching across the border have been identified for the purpose. “The services of central as well as state forces will be utilized to transport the rations,” the MoS informed.

While urging underground elements to come to the fore for negotiation, he said the Centre has mulled a rehabilitation package for them to start their lives afresh.  

"Those who work against the interests of the nation and the society will be dealt with an iron hand," he cautioned in the same breath.

Expressing concern over the mushrooming of unions in Arunachal Pradesh, Rijiju said such unabated rise of unions has mostly been detrimental to the state, and that most such groups are formed “for sole motive of earning bread and butter for themselves,” rather than working for the society.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by EKSWCO chairman Dr Tachi Taku for installation of a paramilitary post on the Assam-Arunachal boundary near Seijosa, Rijiju acknowledged the difficulties being faced by the Arunachalees living near the boundary that witness constant activities of underground elements, and assured all possible help from the Ministry.

Principal advisor to CM and local MLA Kameng Dolo requested for a multipurpose hall here, to which Rijiju said he would talk to the appropriate ministry regarding it for early initiation.     

The EKSCWO also felicitated 'outstanding achievers' of East Kameng district – APPSC member Nipo Nabam, journalists Dodum Yangfo and Amar Sangno, and assistant professor Champa Tanga.

All legislators from East Kameng, Chief Engineer PWD of West Zone Katung Wage, DC Sandeep Kumar Singh among others attended the programme.

 

 

Minister lays foundation stone of GNM School

Correspondent

PASIGHAT, Oct 25: Health and Family Welfare Kalikho Pul today laid the foundation stone of Govt. School of Nursing for GNM courses at Pasighat.

The Nursing Institute for General Nurse Midwifery (GNM) under the State Health and Family Welfare (Training and Research) directorate will offer diploma in GNM. The classes for its 35 first batch students have started from this academic year.

The Minister accompanied by Education Minister Tapang Taloh, and Member of Parliament Ninong Ering and former Education Minister Bosiram Siram also inaugurated the District Priority Laboratory and Dialysis unit of Pasighat General Hospital and inspected various departmental wards including Blood Bank, ICU and Operation Theatre of the hospital. He also visited the District Tuberculosis (TB) hospital, School of Nursing set up inside Pasighat General Hospital and ANM hostel. The Minister also interacted with the trainee ANMs, took stock of the problems faced by them and assured fund for renovation of the hostel.

The Minister participated in ‘Capping Ceremony’ of the newly passed out ANMs at General Hospital auditorium this evening.

Describing nursing as a noble profession, the Health Minister exhorted the nurses to serve the patients with humane touch and take their proper care.

The Minister was holding meeting with the medical officers and nurses till filling of this report. Pasighat-East MLA Kaling Moyong, Nari-Koyu MLA Kento Rina, Mariyang-Geku MLA Olom Panyang besides local elected leaders and health department officials accompanied the minister.

It may be mentioned that the second government-run Nursing Institute has been established at Pasighat after more than a half century from the establishment of the first nursing institute for ANM course in 1963.

According to government sources, four other ANM schools are being set up one each at Tawang, Aalo, Daporijo and Namsai.

 

 

Encourage spices cultivation in Arunachal: CM

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Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Chief Minister Nabm Tuki has suggested the Spices Board of India to come up with a comprehensive proposal to exploit the huge spice production potentials of the state with easy access of farmers to market without involving middlemen.

Addressing the inaugural function of the two days national seminar organized by Spices Board to encourage spices crops cultivation in Arunachal Pradesh here today, Tuki said that spices sector has so far been not exploited to its fullest potential in the state and requested the Board to extend its cooperation to the state with all the schemes and programmes that the Board has initiated or will be initiating in the future.

Tuki said that the state government will undertake spices cultivation and its marketing in a mission mode by covering this sector under the state flagship programme in coordination with the Spice Board.

“Indian spices are very much preferred in the international markets because of its superiority in intrinsic qualities, like flavor, aroma, taste, etc. The demand for spices are growing in international markets because of its multifaceted use in food, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuti-cals, cosmetics, indigenous and ethnic systems of medicines, beverages, etc. “Lakadong Turmeric grown in Meghalaya, Nadia Ginger grown in Arunachal Pradesh, Bhut Jolakia or King chillies grown in the North Eastern States are very much preferred by the spices exporters, processors, Tuki said.

Large cardamom cultivation is gaining momentum in the hilly tracts of Arunachal Pradesh because of agro-climatic conditions in the state that is conducive for growing spices crops, He said.

“As it is a perennial crop and the prices are comparatively remunerative to the growers, there is large scope to expand the area under Large Cardamom in districts, like Anjaw, Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri. But non-availability of quality planting materials, incidence of diseases and lack of technical knowledge on cultivation aspects, particularly on the scientific drying among the farmers were the major concern,” Tuki said.

Poor marketing facilities and glut in production lead to wider price fluctuations seriously affecting the economy of small farmers. There is need to improvise processing and the marketing system to realize the better return to the ginger farmers, he said.

Arunachal Pradesh Horticulture Marketing and Processing Board (APHM & PB) has been asked to boost and streamline the horticulture marketing activity in the state, he informed, and added that a horticulture research and development wing has been established to preserve and promote wild species of local fruits and vegetables.

“There is a paradigm shift towards ‘Go Organic’ worldwide and there is good demand for organic spices, like ginger, turmeric, pepper, cardamom, chilli, etc. There is huge potential for Northeastern states particularly in the organic production of spices for exports. The spices are grown organically by adopting the indigenous and traditional farming practices in NE region.”

“We are encouraging organic farming in Arunachal for which sufficient cold-chain storage capacity will be created for the preservation and marketing of perishable agricultural and horticultural products. This will benefit both farmers and consumers and also will prevent wastage,” Tuki said.

He, however, said that acquiring organic certification is the major challenge, particularly in small growers sector because of the high cost involved in organic certifications,

He also said that his Government was encouraging women Self Help Groups under various self-employment generation schemes to enable them to sell their own horticultural and agricultural products besides handloom and handicraft items.  These self help groups can also take up growing spices as a viable self employment scheme, he said.

The government is also planning to have machinery in place to facilitate marketing through a ‘Buy-Back Policy’ wherein the state government will buy the produce from the farmers and sell them to markets outside.

“We are ready to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Spice Board in this regard,” he said, and asked the Department of Horticulture and Spices Board to work out the modalities after discussing it in detail.

He urged the Spices Board to establish Common Facility Centers and Spice Parks in the state owing to vast land resources as well as suitable climatic conditions.

Further, besides promoting cultivation of contemporary spices, he said, the Board can also study and exploit the potential in our traditional spices, which have medicinal values not known to the outside world. This would immensely benefit our rural farmers, who are experts in identifying and cultivating such traditional spices.

Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Chowna Mein said that spices could be a real boon for the farmers of the state with high demands in the global market.

He advocated for setting up of processing centers in all the districts of the state to help the progressive farmers to boost cultivation.

Stating that Arunachal is the second largest producer of cardamom in the region after Sikkim, Mein said, "There is no known spice which cannot be cultivated in the state.”

Earlier, Spices Board Chairman, Dr. A Jayathilak, said that North East has always been a priority for the Spices Board since the region produces a variety of spices like ginger, turmeric, chillies, large cardamom, tejpat, pepper etc. extensively and the agro-climatic condition of the region was highly congenial for cultivating these spices. Lakadong and Megha Turmeric, Naga and birds eye chillies cultivated in North East are popular due to its intrinsic qualities. Moreover, the spices produced in North East are organic and are closer to nature and most preferred by consumers all over the world, he said.

He informed that the Board opened a zonal office in Itanagar in 2000 which facilitated implementation of few schemes for development of spices sector in the state. The Board extended cultivation of Large Cardamom in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland and till date could cover 2748 hectare of lands in these two states to bring them in Large Cardamom production map of the country, he said.

“Since the price of Large Cardamom is remunerative the Board would like to extend cultivation of the crop in suitable non-traditional areas with a view to increase the productivity and quality of Cardamom,” he said.

He informed that the Board has extended support for organic cultivation of Lakadong and Turmeric in an area of 5763 hectare land and organic Ginger in an area of 6898 hectare of land in Northeastern states by extending financial assistance and extension support. It also took up programmes for cultivation of Naga chillies in identified areas in small scales and all these programmes were supplemented with organic certification, production of organic manures, extensive training programmes on internal control system and quality improvement.

He said that the Board has decided to extend these facilities to the non-traditional areas in Arunachal Pradesh. It has decided to help the farmers in primary processing, like cleansing, drying and grading of spices by establishing centralized primary processing units closer to the area of production to facilitate the traders to procure clean spices. Necessary technical guidance, financial assistance and market promotion support will be provided by the Board as envisaged in 12th plan proposals, he said.

The board will also decided to strengthen the marketing channel by organizing Buyer-Seller meets between the producer groups and the buyers for a better linkage, he said, adding that the efforts of the Board will be done in consultation with the state government and national level agencies, who support development of spices sector.

He informed that Spices Board has prepared comprehensive project for development of spice and submitted it to all the state governments, including Arunachal Pradesh for funding from Mission of Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIHD) under Union Ministry of Agriculture. He requested the state government to evaluate these projects and recommend for funding from MIHD.

He also informed that the Board is going to establish common processing units popularly known as “Spices Park” in a big way to process and market the spices from North East. In this regard, discussions were already held with the state governments and process for identification of suitable land was going on for establishing the parks.

In Arunachal Pradesh, he said, the state government had identified 10 acres of land in and around Ziro in Lower Subansiri district. The Board, however, advised the state government to identify lands closer to main road to reduce the cost of building infrastructure.

He informed that the Board has already strengthen the zonal office in Itanagar by posting additional staff and scientists and also has established an office at Pasighat and in Tinsukia, Assam to help the spices farmers of the state.

He informed that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry was also keen in developing spices industry in North East, to equip them to export spices and spice-products.

He assured Board’s all support to the farmers of the state to growth of spices sector for a better socio-economic development of the people of the state in particular and the North East as whole.

The inaugural function was attended among others by Commissioner /Secretary, Horticulture Dr. Sudhir Kumar, members and officers of Spices Board, Directors and senior officers of horticulture departments of North Eastern states, scientists and progressive farmers from Arunachal and various other states.

 

 

Spices Board chairman calls on Governor

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Dr. A. Jayathilak, Chairman, Spices Board of India, who is also Chairman, Rubber Board of India, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhawan here today. They discussed on various programmes taken up in the State under the Spices and Rubber Boards of India.

The Governor emphasized for more schemes and programmes under Spices Board of India and Rubber Board of India to strengthening the rural economy of the State. He said that it will be a good opening and opportunity for the people, while highlighting the scope for spice cultivation in different parts of the State especially the high altitude region and Rubber in the lower belt.

The Governor said that special endeavour in these sectors will help in arresting Jhum cultivating amongst the rural communities, which in turn will facilitates in maintaining the forest cover. He also said that it will help in providing stable source of livelihood for the rural people.

The Governor suggested for setting up of more offices of the boards in the State and private sector participation in the programmes.

The Governor pointed that as the State is in developmental phase, the Spices Board have to impart better and technical production methods and guide the entrepreneurs and farmers on getting higher and better quality yields through scientific agricultural practices. It should also recommend improved processing practices, foolproof quality management systems, improved grading methods and effective packaging techniques so that the people benefits from their enterprises. He also suggested for same approach by the Rubber Board also.

The Governor asked Dr. Jayathilak to explore ways and means to facilitate its commercial enterprises, especially providing easy access of farmers to market and good price for the produce.   

Shurbir Singh, Secretary to Governor and Dr. H. Mai, OSD to CM, Arunachal Pradesh, who is a member of Spices Board of India were also present in the meeting. PRO to Governor

 

 

Police pursue masked robbers

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: A police team led by Yazali police station OC Inya Ete pursued a group of masked robbers who had blocked the road between Yachuli and Yazali by staking boulders on the night of October 22 last.

Home Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya told this daily that while he was on way to Lower Subansiri district tour from Itanagar, he found the road blocked and a group of masked men waiting on the road side and directed his PSOs to act.

While the PSOs fired 10 rounds in the air forcing the miscreants to flee, Ete arrived at the spot along with a police team to launch search operation.

Saaya said that the group probably had laid an ambush to loot passerby without any idea that he would be coming.

Condemning the act as cowardly in a peace loving state, he directed the police to launch investigation, nab the culprits and award them exemplary punishment. “The present government led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is committed not to tolerate any form of crime and deal with any form of crime and the criminals with an iron hand”, he said with conviction.

 

 

Newly elected Kanubari MLA felicitated

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Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today felicitated Gabriel D Wangsu, who won the October 15 bye-election from Kanubari Assembly constituency by defeating his lone BJP rival Rongnai Maham by 885 votes.

Addressing a function in Rajiv Gandhi Bhwan here, APCC president Padi Richo thanked the people of Kanubari seat for reposing their faith in the party and its leadership.

Reciprocating the gesture, Wangsu joined Richo in thanking them and committed to work for the greater welfare of the state, particularly his constituency.

However, Richo exhorted the party leaders to be people-centric and go to the villages to popularise and ensure that the benefits of UPA-I & II governments and the GoAP flagship programmes reach the beneficiaries.  “The frontal organisations of the party have a pivotal role to bring mass awareness about such ambitious programmes launched to uplift the socio-economic condition of the needy and deprived sections of the society,” he said with conviction.

There is no denying that Congress has the largest presence at the grassroots level throughout the country while Arunachal Pradesh is its safest fort, he said, and gave a clarion call to each Congress member to rise to the occasion as the BJP would fail to fulfill the aspirations of the masses.

Accusing the BJP of spreading rumours, APCSD chief organiser Kipa Kaha appealed to the young brigades to guard the Congress image by neutralising all rumours.  

Among others, All India Mahila Congress general secretary Jarjum Ete, APMC president Kamala Lingi, among other senior leaders including of the frontal organisations were present on the occasion.

 

 

Foundation stone laid for construction of bridge over Panyor river

From a Correspondent

YAZALI, Oct 25: The long felt demand of the people living on the right bank of Panyor river will soon be fulfilled with the foundation stone laid today by Likha Saaya, Parliamentary Secretary for Home, Sports & Youth Affairs here at Yazali for construction of a bridge over river Panyor to connect right bank villages to NH-229.

The right bank of Panyor river which has four anchal segments - Takampassa, Yoizat, Rubdi and Kuchkut are cut off from other parts of the district due to lack of road and bridge connectivity.

Saaya in his speech said that life of people living in right bank of Panyor River will become much easier once the bridge is constructed. He suggested people of Yachuli and Yazali areas to take up agriculture, horticulture and other allied practice to enhance rural economy like the people in Pistana circle who cultivate and produce large quantity of Cardamom. “The LAD fund will be utilized in these sectors for the development of the area”, he said.

Terming the panchayat institute as the backbone of the rural society, he said no development can be brought into the area unless panchayat members cooperate in all the activities. While suggesting the panchayat leaders to work together for development of the area, he, however, cautioned them not to mix the development with politics for greater interest of the common people.

Talking about the RTI, he said that though the Right to Information (RTI) Act has been enacted by the government for the betterment of citizens but sometimes it has been misused by some groups for easy earning which disturb the officers of the implementing agencies. Such activities hamper development process of the area, he said and suggested that panchayat members and GBs have to control such activities.

Saaya further gave importance on maintaining peace in the district for all round development. Disclosing availability of job opportunities and quotas in Govt. agencies for sport person, Saaya encouraged the youth to take up sports.

Talking about importance of the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” he suggested people of the district to maintain cleanliness throughout the year.

Dani Sulu, Secretary, IPR, Sports & Youth Affairs in his speech suggested the public to place their grievances before the leaders for bringing in development of the area.

Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Kanki Darang, Advisor to Youth & Sports, GoAP Likha Maj and EE PWD Yazali also spoke in the function.

Among others, SP Tumme Amo, Er. Dani Gambo SE PWD, district ZPC Hage Kobing, HoDs, Panchayat members, GBs and general public were present in large numbers.

Saaya visits Yazali PS

Saaya has also visited Yazali Police Station and interacted with the police officers this morning.

Highlighted the problems being faced by the Police department in the district, Lower Subansiri Superintendent of Police Tumme Amo disclosed that smooth functioning of the department is greatly hampered due to acute shortage of police officers especially of Sub-Inspector rank and the vehicles. Absent of police reserve line also adds woe to the works of the department as it creates inconvenience in gathering the police personnel especially during an emergency, he said.

Taking Yachuli as one of the strategic locations for the district where a bank was robbed twice this year alone, he requested for setting up of a police station there.

Saaya while appreciating the Lower Subansiri district police personnel especially the SP Ziro for cracking the recent murder and rape case at Ziro, Joram Wine Shop stabbing case etc. he asked them to maintain the same spirit to make the district  crime free.

In response to the problems highlighted by the SP, Saaya disclosed the proposals for setting up of a B-Class police station at Yachuli and an outpost police station at Pistana which will be greatly beneficial for the people once it materialise. Regarding shortage of Sub Inspectors, he informed that government is proposing to recruit more police officers and post them as soon as possible.

On the problem of shortage of vehicles, he assured to take up the matter with the higher authorities.   Regarding establishment of Women Police Station at Ziro, he directed Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner to find an appropriate land for the same. He also disclosed that the proposal for setting up of a juvenile house in the district is in progress.

 

 

Review meeting on law and order held

ZIRO, Oct 25: A review meeting on law and order of Lower Subansiri district was convened by the Deputy Commissioner, Kanki Darang at Ziro yesterday.

Attending the meeting MLA Tage Taki felt that the crime, law and order problems would find no place in the society if citizens develop a sense of responsibility towards the society. We should plan strategies methods to ensure our own safety. He suggested appointments of night watchmen for all sectors and directed sector secretaries to mobilize a minimum donation of Rs 100 from each household to bear the salaries requisite for the watchmen. He assured that government will also support such activities.

He particularly advised the students and youth leaders to channelize their energy for a good cause. Recreational camps, awareness camps and personality development camps should be organized to instill in them a sense of responsibility towards the society, he added.

Replying to various issues raised during the meeting like establishment of police beats, installation of CCTV cameras, illumination of streets, tenancy, recruitment of civil intelligentsia and sensitization on drugs and alcohol problems, SP Shri Tumme Amo informed that two more police beats at the entry point to Hapoli, 2kms from Pi-Gate and another at Pine grove junction would be set up. Further the police beat at the main market would be strengthened and facilitated. Wireless high resolution CCTV cameras would be installed at vital points in and around the Ziro and Hapoli townships, he added. He also informed that the important police numbers have been widely circulated and is being regularly highlighted in local cable TV network.

ZPC Hage Kobing suggested that a deadline should be fixed in form of an executive order for verification of tenancy certificates. He assured to mobilize and sensitize the PRI members regarding the same.

DC K Darang emphasized on establishment of a monitoring and feedback mechanism without which any initiatives would remain stagnated.

The meeting was attended by representatives of NGOs, AYA, Bazaar Committees, Chamber of Commerce, Women welfare organizations, student leaders and police officials.

Later in the evening a coordination meeting of all HoDs with the local MLA, ZPC and the DC was convened at DC office in which MLA Tage Taki directed all the HODs to submit status report of the ongoing projects and the new proposals. Emphasizing on quality education, he directed the DDSE to submit a detail report of teachers and actions taken by the school management committees and insisted on preparations of master plan by SMCs of all the schools in the Ziro plateau. This would facilitate uniform and a need based development of schools, he reasoned.

All the HoDs presented their grievances and the department reports. DC Darang expressed hope that together as a team, they would achieve their targets and bring a sustainable development in the district. DIPRO

 

 

Resonance – the college week of Saint Claret College concludes

ZIRO, Oct 25: In a span of one week, Saint Claret College Ziro conducted three of its signature events, namely, Resonance, the college week, Claretian Universal Mission Day, and Gastronomia, the food 'n' fun fest respectively. These three events, with their unique objectives, complemented the regular curricular thrust of the college, creating a sense of mission, charity, and healthy competitive and cooperative spirit among students.

Though two minor items still remain to be completed under Resonance, the Champions have already been decided: Rocking Red Pandas, with 208 points in their kitty, are beyond the reach of any other team. This year’s Resonance was uniquely enriched by the daily news bulletin, The Resonance Post, by the Department of Mass Communication.

The College week ended with the celebration of the Claretian Universal Mission Day (CUMD), a day set aside close to the Feast of St. Anthony Claret, the patron saint and namesake of the College, to help the stakeholders of SCCZ, especially the staff and the students, to get to know Claretian missionaries and their works in various parts of the world. This year’s focus was on “Hogares Claret” (“Claret Homes”), a project began 27 years ago by Claretians in the drug and mafia ravaged Columbia, to save the lives of the youth who would otherwise be lost in drug abuse, gang life, and prostitution.

Currently there are 54 such Claret Homes through which some 24,000 children have been saved from such social evils and given a bright future.

During the event, Hibu Tama, Principal, Govt. Higher Secondary, Ziro, released the College research Journal, “The InterViews: An Interdisciplinary Journal in Social Sciences., while Habung Tamang, Principal, The Himalayan Heritage Academy, released the College newsletter, The Claret Times.

The culminating event of the CUMD was the “Gastronomia,” a food and fun festival, organized by the various departments in order to raise funds for charity. The Fest showcased the diverse culinary skills of the staff and the students and a rich variety of local and national recipes, which were greatly appreciated and enjoyed by the student community and the many visitors. It was a fitting way to end Resonance and celebrate the Feast of St. Claret.

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NHPC donates traffic signboards under CSR

TAWANG, Oct 25: The NHPC Tawang has donated traffic signboards to Tawang district administration under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) scheme in order to promote awareness towards road safety, traffic rules among the people and visitors of Tawang.

The Chief Engineer (Civil) of Tawang HE Projects (Stage-I & II) Yoginder Kotha handed over 29 numbers of signboards of different types to R. D Thungon, EAC (Judicial), Tawang in presence of Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Dev at a simple function here yesterday.  

 

PHE dept calls for using bibcock to control water loss

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Viewing that most of the residents of Chandranagar area do not use bibcock causing huge loss of water, the PHE and WS Department, Sub-Division, Itanagar has requested all to use bibcock.

In an official release, the Assistant Engineer saying that many illegal water connections have been found in the area, has called for regularizing the water connection so that proper revenue is realized. To minimize water loss, alternate water supply will be arranged for a month in Chandranagar area till the improvement work is completed, the release further added.

 

Deep Utsav organized

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Sanskar Bharati Arunachal Pradesh with support of Donyi Mumsi Foundation Itanagar and Arunachal Vikas Parishad organized Deep Utsav on the occasion of Diwali festival at Shiv Mandir campus here yesterday. The main motto of the programme was to promote the feelings of oneness and national integration among the common people residing at Capital Complex while sharing the happiness of celebration together.

In his address Tony Koyu, President Sanskar Bharati state unit and MD APIDFC, GoAP explained the real meaning of light and importance of the day.

Speaking on the occasion, Sandip Kaviswar, state organising Secretary Arunachal Vikash Parishad highlighted the importance of Deep Utsav.  

Sukhdev Biswas, General Secretary and Soman Shah, Assistant General Secretary Sanskar Bharati also spoke on the occasion.

The main attraction of the programme was presentation of Bhajans by the members of Sanskar Bharati.

 

Painting competition for school children held

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: As a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s  Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a painting competition for school children was organized by Department of Urban Development and Town Planning here at Science Centre, Indira Gandhi Park today.

Coordinated by DDSE Papum Pare, students from various schools of Capital Complex participated in the painting competition.

In the junior group category, Kara Onna of Nirjuli VKV, Dora Ashish of Lobi Govt. Middle School and Tamanna Mundhara of Naharlagun Little Rose School secured first, second and third position respectively. While in senior group category, Naharlagun Little Star School’s Nabum Kikum and Yukum Biyu, and Manish Nath of VKV, Nirjuli were awarded first, second and third prize respectively. Cash prizes and certificates were given to the winners by the department.

In his speech, UD joint director Taring Darang asked the students to maintain cleanliness in and around school, and also at their homes. He also exhorted them to pass on the message of cleanliness to their respective parents as well as to their neighbours to make conducive environment.

 

Workshop on ‘Career option’

PASIGHAT, Oct 25: The UGC sponsored one-day workshop on the theme “Career Option for Graduate Students” was organized by Career Guidance and Counseling Cell, Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat here yesterday.

While inaugurating the workshop, T. Talom, Principal of the College exhorted the participating students of various disciplines to take full advantage of the workshop.

Earlier, Narang Tari, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Career Guidance and Counseling Cell briefed on the objectives of the workshop.

The workshop witnessed three technical sessions on the topics “Options in Higher Education”, “Options in Professional Courses” and “Job Avenues for Graduate Students.”

 

ASM seeks relief for cyclone victims

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: The ASM Tapiaso of Habia Panchayat has sought immediate relief for the cyclone victims claiming that residential houses, hanging bridges and standing crops including agriculture and horticulture gardens of the farmers of Lao, Nyoing, Palap and Tapiaso villages under Tapiaso-Habia Panchayat of Sangdupota circle in Papum Pare district were extensively damaged by a cyclone followed by hailstorm and heavy rain on October 19 last.

A letter was written to the Papum Pare DC in this regard.