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OCTOBER 02, 2014

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Durga puja festivities grip Arunachal

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Pix from Suravi Studio

At C-Sector, Shiv Mandir, Itanagar.

 

ITANAGAR, Oct 01: Durga Puja fever gripped the Capital Complex and other parts of Arunachal Pradesh as devotees celebrated Maha Saptami on Wednesday. Since early morning, people have been thronging puja pandals where idols of the goddess and her four children are being worshipped amid much community fanfare.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today extended sincere greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Durga puja.  The BJP hopes that the festival will bring joy in the soul and mind of everyone and help them fight against all evils in the society.

The APCC prayed Maa Durga  to shower  blessings to one and all for good health,  peace and prosperity.

At Aalo, Durga Puja is being celebrated at Aalo Club, Darka village, Old Market, New Market, Shiv Mandir, Gumin Nagar, Kaying and other parts of the district with great pomp and show. Large numbers of devotees are thronging the puja pandals to seek blessing of Goddess Durga.

The Durga Puja Celebration Committee at Aalo Club is agog with hectic activities for celebration of the Puja in grand manner as usual. The Durga puja is being celebrated at Aalo Club since 1954, DIPRO adds.

 

AHiSU celebrates foundation day

From a Correspondent

ZIRO, Oct 01: The All Hija Students’ Union (AHiSU), Ziro has celebrated its 31st foundation day in a colourful manner here at cultural Hall, Hija this evening.

Attending the foundation day, the village’s Zilla Parishad Member (ZPM) Dani Buker said that celebration of such foundation is very important for students where their hidden talents could be exposed through this platform.

Emphasizing on co-curriculum activities, he said that besides study, one should participate in sports, culture and other activities which will blend ones’ life more interesting besides having chances of becoming a star like Mary Kom, Sachin Tendulkar. At the same time, it will help in keeping their mind and physique healthy. With these good habits, they could also keep themselves away from alcohol and drug since desires for bad things comes from idle mind. One should not try on such substances even for once, he insisted.

To the jam packed gathering of students and parents of the village, ZPM disclosed that the long pending demand for setting up of Community Heath Centre in village has finally approved and sanctioned by the government which  will start  functioning  very  soon.

Attending the function, Taro Tallo, Secretary, Hija Artist & Literary Society called on students to extend wholehearted support and cooperation on ‘Clean Ziro Green Ziro’ movement initiated by the Apatani Youth Association to make Ziro Valley an eco friendly place.

AHiSU president Kime Mikhii and Secretary Taku Tanii also spoke on the function.

As a part of the programme, colourful cultural items were presented. Later, the dignitaries distributed the prizes to the winners of culture, sports and literary competition organized earlier.

 

Pagyawa model village inaugurated

SEPPA, Oct 01: Parliamentary Secretary Tax and Excise cum- East Seppa MLA Tapuk Taku inaugurated the newly created Pagyawa Model Village under Seppa circle in the presence of District Zila Prishad chairperson Meyuk Cheda and other host of dignitaries.

Responding to the memorandum submitted by the committee members Tapuk Taku assured the villagers for immediate construction of bridge over Pagia river stream, early implementation of drinking water supply and opening of residential school in the village.

Zila Prishad member Rajo Gyadi and DCC president Bru Sangyu also spoke on the occasion.

The ZPM of 8th Seppa Changku Sangdo and ZPM Bameng, Anchal Chairperson Seppa Tara Singhi, and many others also attended the inaugural function.

The colorful cultural programme and games and sports were organized to mark the occasion. DIPRO

 

Emulate  the ideals of Mahatma

ITANAGAR, Oct 01: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has called upon every citizen of the state to rededicate themselves to the ideals and values of Mahatma Gandhi and follow it in their day to day lives to make Arunachal Pradesh, a happy and peaceful state.

In a message to the people on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the Chief Minister said, the relevance of the Gandhiji’s message of truth, non-violence, communal harmony and tolerance is more important today than ever before for all of us living in a society ridden with factions and intolerance.  Tuki added, I take pride in the fact that Gandhi Jayanti is being celebrated as International Day of non-violence all over the world. This is a tribute by the world community to the Father of our Nation.

 

DHS staff bids farewell to retired health officers

ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The staff of Directorate of Health Services, Naharlagun bade emotional farewell to Dr. JM Boje, Joint Director of Health Services and Dr. Bengia Tobin, Deputy Director of Health Services (DDHS) on their retirement from service in a function at Naharlagun yesterday.

Dr. Boje, who joined service in 1982 at Daporijo, served at Liromoba and Kaying before he was promoted to the post of District Medical Officer (DMO) in 1991. He also served as DDHS and handled the Family Welfare and Supply and Transport branch before being promoted to Jt. DHS.

Dr. Bengia Tobin had joined service in 1985 and served at Balijan, Koloriang and Tezu before being promoted as DMO in 1996 and promoted as DDHS in 2009.

Director of Health Services Dr. K. Nishing, Dr. Moji Jini, Dr. H. Tabyo, Dr. Emi Rumi, Dr. Hage Tam were present on the occasion.

 

DRDA governing body meeting held

SEPPA, Oct 1: The 54th Governing Body meeting of DRDA held at Seppa yesterday. During the meeting, all the BDOs presented the achievements on RD projects of their respective blocks and placed proposals for additional fund.

Principle advisor to CM, Kameng Dolo suggested to implement the RD fund in a proper manner and physical verification should be made by the monitoring teams to expedite the work.

Parliamentary secretary, Tax and Excise Tapuk Taku suggested for timely holding of review meetings between BDOs and ZPMs so that time bound schemes may not be delayed.

DC Sandeep Kumar Singh suggested all the BDOs to execute RD project works timely. He also suggested the BDOs to present ground reality along with photographs in the all RD project works. He directed all the BDOs to open Bank Accounts for all the beneficiaries before October 15 and also directed BDOs to include NBA scheme in their proposals.

Later the house approved the proposal schemes for next financial year 2015-2016.

The meeting was attended by ADC, ZPC Meyuk Cheda, all the ZPMs, BDOs and  HODs. DIPRO

 

ILP violators penalized

ZIRO, Oct 01:  A rigorous ILP checking drive has been initiated by the District Administration in the entire Lower Subansiri District. In Ziro- Hapoli Township 30 ILP defaulters were penalized. These defaulters were found to be laborers whose documents were in the possession of their local guardians.

In Yazali, 33 defaulters were penalized and two were deported due to non possession of any kind of documents approved by the Government. Meanwhile, the officials directed all the local guardians to validate and renew the documents of labourer within a week. DIPRO

 

State level literary competition

ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The first ever state level ‘Mahatma Gandhi Inter-School Literary Competition’ being organized by Education Development Organization Society (EDOS) has got underway on Tuesday, said a release.  Altogether 50 schools from various districts of the state participated in the qualifying round; however, only best 10 were selected for the grand finale slated to be held on October 2.

The qualified schools are : JNV School & Gracious Academy, Seppa, Govt HSS, Doimukh, Arya Academy Itanagar, Woodland Residential School, Ziro, Bluepine Residential English School, Ziro, Govt HSS, Hiza, Govt HSS, Pessang, St.Joseph Mission School and Kayeng, Govt HSS, Kamba.

 

Cry for road connectivity

ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The PRI leader of Poyom-Raksap Anchal Samiti Member has made a fervent appealed to the State Govt for early steps to construct road from remote Darak-Poyom-Benjiline to Boru Raksap village under West Siang district.

In a memorandum to the Chief Ministers, ASM Minba Raksap stated that due to lack of road connectivity the area is lagging in developments from all front. The construction of said road will not only improved connectivity and all-round development, but also bring the region closer to the mainstream. ASM appeal the CM to take up the matter on priority basis in this current financial year under CRF for the greater interest of the people of area.

 

Free eye screening camp held

ITANAGAR, Oct 01:  R K Mission Hospital Itanagar organized a “free eyes screening camp” at Calvary English School Moinhappa Itanagar on September 30th last. Dr. Hage Lyube along with his technical staffs led the team. Hundreds students and patients were screened by the team. Further Dr. Hage Lyube advised the teaching staffs and students to keep the school surrounding clean, a release added.

 

Calls to preserve cultural heritage

ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The Department of Art and Culture, Anjaw organized the district art and culture day to preserve, promote and protect the rich cultural heritage of Mishmi tribes at Hawai on September 29.

Traditional dresses like, Gulkhana, Bangshal, Daal, Lapo, shawl and coat, rare traditional ornaments, local utensil like Khyuk, Changu, Khru, Pati, Dara, cane and bamboo handicrafts, religious items, traditional weapons like bow, cross bow, spear, sword, shield and local made gun (Sinshul) etc were displayed on the occasion.

Inaugurating the day-long programme, APCC’s Human Rights Cell chairman Mayeso Pul expressed concern about the fading of traditional culture and asked the younger generation to preserve their traditional dresses, which they had inherited from their forefathers.

Anjaw Deputy Commissioner Duly Kamduk highly praised the beauty of Mishmi costumes which need more exposure. He appealed to the youths to discourage some evil practices prevailing in Mishmi society like child marriage.

 

Swachch Bharat Abhiyan

YINGKIONG, Oct 1:  Along with the rest part of the country Upper Siang District Administration has taken active initiative for implementation of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan programme in Upper Siang District.

Accordingly social services were conducted at respective offices and institutions and Yingkiong township today.

The District Administration headed by in-charge Deputy Commissioner cum ADC Gepak Poyom supervised the activity in entire township.

Along with district headquarter, the Jengging & Geku, Tuting/Mariyang Sub-Division are also observing Swachch Bharat Abhiyan at the respective location.

At Tezu, as part of “Swachch Bharat Abhiyan”, a mass social service was conducted at all Government office and residences, market-shops and private residential premises here today. All the head of offices and departments, its staff, public, shopkeepers and students participated in the cleanliness drive under the supervision of  Deputy Commissioner.

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was formally launched on September 26 last and a vehicle dedicated to Clean and Safe Tezu was also flagged off by MLA Dr. Mohesh Chai and Tezu Deputy Commissioner Dr. B.M.Mishra earlier on  September 29. The MLA also administered Cleanliness Oath on the day. DIPRO

 

ALSTAHLAPF threatens democratic movement

ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The All Lower Subansiri Trans-Arunachal High Way Land Affected People’s Forum (ALSTAHLAPF) in a representation to chief Minister has demanded immediate release of compensation to the highway land affected people.

The district administration had constituted a team to assess the land and properties affected by TAH at ground level. The team has successfully completed the assessment on August 7 and submitted the same to the government. But, the state government has failed to come out with clear cut policy regarding payment of compensation to the land affected and displaced peoples of the district,” the representation said. It requested the government to bring out a clear cut policy for payment of compensation on the line of Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation & Resettlement made other part of the state like Nechipu to Hoj.

The representation further demanded immediate cancellation of Gram Sabha Resolution of 2012.  ALSTAHLAPF claimed that there was no such any Gram Sabha meeting was held in the areas like Yachuli, Ziro and Raga.

The ALSTAHLAPF gave the state government 10 days to fulfill the two demands failing which the forum will be compelled to launch democratic movement in the form of 12-Hr Lower Subansiri bandh Call on October 13.

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Five persons buried alive at Karsingsa sinking zone

CM announces ex-gratia

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 01: At least five people were reportedly buried alive in an avalanche of mud at Karsingsa Sinking Zone  today. The incident occurred around 10.30 O’clock when a group of people were crossing the block point, police said adding the victims died on the spot.

They  were identified as Tagru Tassa alias Mangsa (24-year-old male), Gichik Aka (18-year-old female) from Kurung Kumey district, Kamgouthang Kipgen (29-year-old male) and Letgoulal Kipgen(16 years) from Manipur and  Ricky Dekam (8-year-old boy) from Upper Subansiri district. Kamgouthang was working as teacher in King Bethlehem School at Karsingsa.  

The city police team led by SDPO Jumar Basar along with Banderdewa PS OC AK Pandey rushed to the spot and retrieved the bodies with help of excavators.  Later bodies were taken to the state hospital Naharlagun for the post mortem, however on the request of the victims’ relatives the bodies were handed over to them after getting magisterial clearance.  

Karsingsa Anchal Samity Member Kipa Taniang squarely blamed the concern authority for the incident alleging that due to sheer negligence of the department, people lost their lives.

Pained over the  unfortunate  incident Chief Minister Nabam Tuki announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 1.5 lakh each to the kith and kins of the deceased as per relief norms.

Terming the incident as most unfortunate, Tuki conveyed his deep sense of condolences to the bereaved family members. He had called a high level meeting which was attended by Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner and Planning Secretary to take stock of the situation.

Meanwhile, Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki while expressing shock over death of five persons in the incident, said that “ As per the report available, the landslide occurred in the existing road in a box cutting near sinking-zone. The new formation cutting in the diversion route is completed and surface development is about to begin. So there is no human error directly or indirectly. The accident is an unfortunate natural disaster due to landslide which can not be predicted.” The DC further informed that a prohibitory order was issued vide order No.DM/ICC/01/2014, dated 2nd July, 2014 prohibiting all traffic movement and closure of the road from Nirjuli to Banderdewa via Karsingsa and all traffic including commuters were directed to take Doimukh-Gumto-Harmuti route.  

The DC once again appealed to all the commuters/ public to avoid Karsingsa road completely until complete restoration of the road communication.

Meanwhile, Banderdewa Bazaar Welfare Committee has held the executing agency and capital administration responsible for the tragic incident that claimed five innocent lives.

“If there were signalmen or traffic police or police personnel to prevent pedestrians from crossing the landslide prone area this tragic incident would have not happened,” BBWC said in a release.

While condemning the alleged negligence on the part of the authority, the Bazaar Committee demanded adequate compensation to the victims’ family members and an enquiry into the incident.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh expressed extreme shock over the unexpected loss of human lives at infamous Karsingsa sinking zone.

Informing that after visiting the sinking zone in August last, BJP president Tai Tagak had urged the  State government for immediate construction of foot-path for the commuters as per the survey carried out by the BRTF earlier and demanded time bound restoration measures of the road, BJP blamed  the Govt  for the  incident that claimed five  lives.

 

 

Start making blood relations by donating blood: CM

ITANAGAR, Oct 01: “We should start making blood relations by donating blood” asserted Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while addressing a jam packed gathering at Banquet hall today. He was speaking on the launch of month-long programme of National Voluntary Blood Donation organized by Arunachal Pradesh AIDS Control Society and Department of Health & family welfare.

“I believe in building blood relations by donating blood, this is what I said after donating blood in Assam in the year 2013 which was widely applauded” said Tuki while sharing his pleasant experience.

He appreciated the Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (YVS) for the yeomen service rendered through donating bloods to the needy and assured that he would certainly donate blood in their next camp. He further exhorted the VYS to conduct extensive campaign on voluntary blood donations in the state so that more and more people join the noble service of saving lives.

Chief Minister also pitched on donating vital human organs like liver, kidney and eyes and hoped that someone in near future would initiate such service to mankind. He revealed that he had already donated his eyes in an eye camp and has registered for the same in Delhi.

Tuki while terming HIV/AIDS as alarming asked the department of health and family welfare to create awareness on the dreaded virus. He opined for inclusion of a subject in the school curriculum on HIV/ AIDS so that young students are educated on the world’s most dreaded virus.

While briefing on CM’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme which covers the entire population of the state, Tuki appealed all to take maximum benefit of the State Government flagship programme. He categorically appealed the concerned departments to carry out extensive publicity on the programme so that more and more people are sensitized about the landmark scheme.

“We have no dearth of resources if it comes to herbal medicines” Tuki emphatically said. He called for a holistic approach to identify these medicines which can even cure the most dreaded diseases. He hinted for an expert team to study on herbal medicines found in Arunachal Pradesh and ways and means to extract it for world use.

He later assured for compulsory blood banks in all district headquarters.

Speaking on the occasion, Health & Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul appreciated the voluntary blood donors and said that no service is greater than saving lives by donating blood.

Applauding Ramesh Jake who is the chairman of Vivekanada Yuva Shakti, an organization which conducts voluntary blood donations and have till date donated 800 units of blood to the needy saving equal numbers of human lives, Pul donated a Motor Cycle as an encouragement to the great human being.

He revealed that the state government has attached topmost priority to health sector and is instituting blood banks along with blood bank technicians for all the district headquarters in phased manner.

The minister emphasized for adopting a systematic approach towards all government programmes and requested the executing agencies to ensure that that the fruits of benefit are being reaped by the genuine beneficiaries. He further extended his gratitude to CM for releasing the pending salaries of APSACs employees.  

Later VYS Chairman Ramesh Jake and advisor and a noted social activist A Taloh gave motivating speeches in the house to a roaring applause. They called for voluntary donation of blood which can save millions of lives in daily basis. They collectively appealed the society to burry differences and build a strong and vibrant Arunachal and bright India.

Major attraction of the programme was felicitation of the blood donors by the chief minister and minister health and family welfare. Among others, APSAC Project Director and Dr. Nabum Budh spoke on the occasion.

 

 

Govt. notification  evokes mixed reactions

Staff Reporter  

ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The government of Arunachal in a gazette notification issued in January this year had fixed minimum educational qualification of graduation/bachelor degree from a recognized university for considering appointment to group-B and group-A posts/services either by direct recruitment or on promotion with immediate effect. Even though some of the departments have implemented it but most have not. The inordinate delay in implementation is causing heart burn to many govt. officials.

It is believed that this decision of government has riled those employees who are on the verge of promotion courtesy seniority in service though they don’t have requisite educational qualification.  The order has sharply divided the govt. employees and it is believed that huge internal lobby is going to revoke the order.  

“Present government headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki took a bold decision by fixing the basic educational qualification. This is a powerful step towards brighter Arunachal. We are hopeful that government will not buckle under pressure from any group/individual and kids and kins of powerful people. They should ensure implementation of Gazette notification at the earliest,” shared one govt. official. He went on to add, “The tag of the “land of Kushi-Kushi" given to Arunachal decades ago should not be applied in today's technologically advanced society. State government should no way consider the demand for withdrawal of order passed by them just few months back. Let "Darwin's theory of Survival of the fittest" be applied and those unable to adapt the changing environment should be routed out.”

 

 

Arunachal Carnival to enthrall Guwahatians

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GUWAHATI, Oct 01:  The stage is all set for final show down of Arunachal Carnival 2014, a festival celebrating oneness among Arunachalis at Guwahati. Jointly organized by Guwahati Arunachal Students’ Union (GASU)  and Northeast Today, the  three-day festival is  starting from  Oct 3.

The objectives of the festival is to bring unity and integrity among the Arunachali students studying in Assam under Pan Arunachal campaign. It  would also showcase rich culture and promote traditional values of distinct ethnic tribes of Arunachal beside creating awareness among students to imbibe sense of responsibility to preserve their culture, this was informed by chief organizer Amit Singh who is also Editor in Chief at Northeast Today.

 The major attraction of the cultural extravagant would be, films festival (screening of films focusing rural Arunachal), food festival containing delicacies of various tribes, photo exhibition of rich culture and tourist hot spots, and fashion show, added Amit.  In each of category, any student can take part to showcase his or her talent, it’s like open to all competition, he further said. During the photo exhibition the photos captured by photographers like Kshitiz, Tenzin, and the youngest photographer Lobsang Nima (13 years old) photography will be showcasing.

Apart from ethnic cultural shows, bands from Arunachal, Assam and others parts of India will also enthrall the Guwahatians during Carnival. Bands like Concept, Rhythm East, Cross fields, Soul of phoenix, Octet Independent Voices etc  and Indian Idol finalist Amit Paul and Sonam Baba Warklung a Delhi based international performer are all set to perform.  Sources said  that the Guwahati Police  are  on their toe in deploying extra-security forces in and around Shradhanjali Kanan, Zoo Road Guwahati, the venue of Arunachal Carnival as the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju is inaugurating the festival.

 

 

BJP conducts social service to mark Swachch Bharat Abhiyan

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ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The rank and file of state BJP, including its president Tai Tagak joined the cleanliness drive under SWACHCH BHARAT ABHIYAN – SWASTHA BHARAT ABHIYAN at Kimin on September 30 organized by the party’s Doimukh Mandal Committee.

The surroundings of Kimin PHC and market areas were cleaned during the day-long social service and garbage collected was disposed.

Senior leaders Vijay Sonam, former Zilla Parishad Chairperson Tana Hali and former APCC Secretary Teli Maj also actively participated in the social service, besides the local people.

Later, the BJP president was apprised about the inconveniences caused to the villagers due to the existence of firing range of 10th BN ITPB in the premises of Durpa-I Village in Kimin, obstacles and restrictions besides insecurity for the village women due to this by the aggrieved villagers of Durpa-I village.

Later, the State BJP president visited the spot and said that the grievance of the villagers has guts and the intervention of the state government is necessary for the well being of the villagers. It was also given known to the state President that Govt. Higher Secondary School, Kimin established in 1961 and most part of Durpa-I village (oldest village in Kimin) fall within the proposed land allotted for this firing range.

According BJP the villagers are ready to provide alternate site at Lora village for the firing range which is also hardly seven Km from Kimin. The State Govt. needs to re-think at least for the safety, security and harmonious living atmosphere for the villagers, the party said in the release.

 

 

Social service by education, PWD depts.

ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The Department of Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh today organized a day-long social service to clean the office premises of four directorates under education department.

The social service was conducted under the banner of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission).

The Secretary (Education) R K Mishra led the social service with ‘cent percent’ participation of all the employees of four directorates.

While lauding the active participation of all the employees especially the women employees, the Secretary (Education) advised to maintain cleanliness in all aspects. Every good thing of the nation has to be started from Arunachal Pradesh being the first state to receive the sun rays at first.

Initially, the cleanliness drive was started in the Education Department six months before the launch of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan with the initiative of the Secretary (Education).

While addressing the gathering Dr. Joram Begi, Director, Higher & Technical Education emphasized importance of cleanliness especially education department and requested for voluntary participation in Swachch Bharat Abhiyan.

The officers and officials of Capital Division-A, PWD, Itanagar today observed the ‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’ by cleaning up the office premises and its surrounding areas. They were also assigned the responsibilities to be implemented during the month long national sanitation campaign.

A similar cleanliness drive was also organized at Dollungmukh PHC under ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyan’ on September 29-30.

 

 

Make Gandhiji’s dream of ‘Clean India’ a reality: Governor

wpb183c6bc.png ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has extended warm greetings to the people of the state on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and expressed hope that the occasion will guide all towards Gandhiji’s path of truth, non-violence and cleanliness.

In his message, the Governor said that Mahatma Gandhi dedicated his life for freedom of our country and strengthening communal harmony. At the same time, he also advocated for cleanliness and good habits. In pursuance of his ideas, Government of India is launching ‘Mission Swachchh Bharat’ on this occasion to create a ‘Clean India’ of Gandhiji’s dreams.

The Governor has appealed to the people of the State for their active participation in the Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan. He urged upon the people to devote at least two-hours every week towards cleanliness.

In his address to the people, the Governor said the Government of India is launching the ‘Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan’ on the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji considered cleanliness next to Godliness and called sanitation more important than political freedom. Even now, it is high time that we become conscious of our responsibilities and put in concerted effort to make our houses, colonies, towns and cities clean, hygienic and sanitized. If we don't do it now, it will never get done.

The Governor said that it is the vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to have a five-year programme to make the country clean. The goal is to achieve a Swachchh Bharat by 2nd October 2019, as a fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. My Government is fully committed to accomplish this mission, he added.

Underscoring the participation of all sections of society, NGOs and Government bodies in the programe, the Governor said that it is vital for this mission to succeed. Involvement of the youth is particularly important. On the occasion, the Governor conveyed his appreciation to the local newspapers, cable television and Radio agencies for highlighting and focusing on the issue of cleanliness from time to time.

 

 

Over 1.50 lakhs beneficiaries enrolled under CM’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme

ITANAGAR, Oct 1: The Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme has been activated vide Government order No. APCMUHIS-01/2014 dated 16th September 2014. Informing this official of the director of health service said possession of biometric embedded smart card is prerequisite to avail the benefit of this scheme.  

The enrolment of beneficiaries was started on 1st of July this year and distribution of smartcard is almost complete in all the districts. Altogether 1, 61, 000 families have been enrolled till date.  The main objective of the scheme is to provide free Medical and Surgical treatment (except Outdoor Patients facility) in Government and private hospitals in cashless manner using the smartcard.

Patients admitted in any empanelled hospitals can avail medical and surgical procedures, the cost of which will be deducted based on package rates agreed upon by the hospitals.  All Government hospitals in the state will be implementing the scheme including some of the private hospitals outside of the state.

District Medical Officers have been designated as Nodal Officers of the respective district for this scheme. Chief Medical Superintendent of Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun and Joint Director Health Services (T&R), Pasighat are also implementing agencies in addition to all DMOs. The details of diseases covered and package rates for AP State Government Hospitals can be viewed in the website www.arunachalhealth.com.  For further query and information, contact the helpline number 18002090201.

 

 

Lt. General flags off joint Indo- Bangladesh WWR expedition

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AALO, Oct 01: The much awaited joint Indo-Bangladesh White Water Rafting Expedition was flagged off amidst cheer and enthusiasm by Lt. General, Bipin Rawat, GOC 3 corps at Thumbin today.

Major General Sunil Kumar Srivastava, GOC 56 Division, Brigadier RS Gurraya, Commander 5 Mountain Brigade, Col G.S Chundawat, Commanding Officer 5 Mountain Brigade Bogdo and host of army officers accompanied the General. The West Siang Deputy Commission Pige Ligu, DFO Nyali Ete, Doi Ado, Ex-Minister, Tuter Nima Superintendent STS Aalo, officers from Kaying circle, GBs, Ponung parties and Scouts and Guides from Kaying H.S.School also witnessed the flag off ceremony.

Addressing the gathering, Lt General Rawat said that India has a similar cultural heritage and age-old bond of friendship with Bangladesh and we are interdependent with each other as we touch routes through Bangladesh to keep our linkage with North eastern states. We cannot rise alone without taking together our neighbor to be on the part of progress working hand in hand. We will look forward for such ventures, be it water, surface communication or air to foster the bond of friendship to surge ahead. We need to strengthen this relation and this historic event is a step towards this direction. He expressed his gratitude to the civil administration for their keen participation to make it a platform of army-civil camaraderie and complimented the Commanding officer 19 Grenadier Bogdo and his team of officers for adding another feather in their caps by dint of their hard works to make the event successful.

Representing the Bangladesh Army, Major Nazmur Sadat expressed his happiness over the hospitality  being accorded to them by the Indian army and civilian. The training imparted to them by the Indian army on rafting will come quite handy for them to take up future expeditions, he said. DIPRO

 

 

Buddhism is the essence and bridge between the Monpas: Pema

From a Correspondent

DIRANG, Oct 01:‘Buddhism is the essence and the bridge between the Monpas of Tawang and West Kameng and we will soon have a common Buddhist festival for the two Districts’, said Minister for Tourism and Urban Development Pema Khandu here today.

Pema was inaugurating and dedicating an annexure building adjacent to Lieyung Gonpa in presence of Parliamentary Secretary (Hydro-Power Development) and Dirang MLA Phurpa Tsering, UD Chief Engineer Taba Tedir, Dirang ADC D. Riba, HoD’s from Bomdila and Dirang, monks and public leaders of Dirang.

Constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1041.05 lakhs by Department of Urban Development, the project named ‘Development of Heritage Area at Dirang’ comprised nine components which include a guest house for visiting dignitaries and monks from outside, a hostel for monks, meditation hall, two protection walls, a compound wall, a 370 metres stretch of approach road, an open parking place and two local pattern RCC Gates.

Appreciating the UD Department and the local contractors for efficiently carrying out the project in time, Pema said: ‘This is a work of charity and I am glad to see such beautiful infrastructure coming up within a limited budget and timely. This should set as an example for other construction agencies and departments to follow suit in not compromising with the quality and timing of work’. He also agreed to sanction another Rs 50 lakhs for a stupa after the next financial year and requested the local legislator to make arrangements for furniture of the annexure gonpa.

Parl Secy (HPD) and local legislator Phurpa Tsering also appreciated the executing agency and the efficient supervision by the monks for timely completion of the project.

Abbot of the monastery lovingly called ‘Khenbu’ in Monpa said that the annexure gonpa was a long felt need of the monastery. ‘It had become difficult to accommodate the growing number of monks and also the visiting Rinpochees from outside the state. I am grateful to the Minister, local MLA and the Department for the project and pray Lord Buddha to shower them immense blessings’, he said.

Former Dirang Zilla Parishad Member Dor Tsering narrated the construction chronology of the gonpa.

Meanwhile, Pema Khandu appealed the Dirangpas and the people of West Kameng in making the ‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’ a grand success in the twin districts of Tawang and West Kameng.

 

 

Road expansion to facilitate frequent movement of Army convoy demanded

Correspondent

DAPORIJO, Oct 01: Upper Subansiri ZPM Chairperson in a release informed that movement of long army convoy in narrow hilly roads in the district has been creating great problem to civilians to ride on the road.

“Frequent movement of army convoy laden with heavy machinery items has not only caused considerable damage to the existing road but also creating problem to the civilian motorists as they have to wait for hours during the movement of such army convoy, the release said.

The ZPM chairperson advocated for double-lane road from Mebi Geko, Upper Subansiri to NH 52 Gogamukh to avoid traffic congestion as well as save time. He appealed to the Ministry of Defence to widen the existing road for the movement of military convoy in Upper Subansiri District.

Citing recent complaint and controversial issue relating to compensation of army land acquisition at Chetam Circle, he appealed to the authority concerned to take the confidence of local public with Panchayat leaders of the area to provide land to army.

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