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BJP leader seeks investigation into alleged corruption in RWD

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vijay Sonam has demanded a high level inquiry into the alleged corruption in awarding road contract works under PMGSY and illegal appointments in the Rural Works Department (RWD).
In a complaint letter to the Chief Minister, Sonam alleged that corruption has been rampant in RWD, involving senior officials.
He alleged that contractors, who pay gratification, are awarded the project work keeping aside all laid down norms, even if the credentials of the firm do not meet the criteria.
“The PMGSY project of Siga to Dayam (Stage-1) is a living example. The complainant from Daporijo, Upper Subansiri district has already submitted a complaint letter to the Chief Secretary with all documentary proof of forgery; but action in this regard is still awaited,” he said.
Sonam said that the direction given by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India for an inquiry into the implementation of PMGSY projects in East Kameng district should be taken seriously.
He also alleged appointment of around 40 JEs by the Department on back date in violation of the decision of the state government.
“Though the State Cabinet has decided to recruit Group ‘A’ & ‘B’ officers through the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission, it is learnt that the Department of RWD has already appointed around 40 JEs,” Sonam said.
He demanded early constitution of a high level inquiry committee to unearth the truth and also to reveal what exactly is going on in the department.
For a free and fair Inquiry, Sonam said, T K Tagin, SE (Coordination), RWD; D Nyodu, CEO, ARRDA (RWD) and Bida Tadang, Section Officer, RWD should be suspended till completion of the inquiry for their alleged involvement in such malpractices.

 

 

Mother cries for justice

Molestation accused evades arrest due to laxity of police & health depts

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The mother of an 11 year old girl, who was allegedly molested by Joint Commissioner of Tax and Excise, Tani Jongkey, has alleged higher authorities of trying to save the officer.
In a letter to Chief Minister Pema Khandu, she has appealed to the Chief Minister to intervene so that justice prevails.
“The culprit is a government official holding a responsible post. If he continues with his post, he may try to influence the investigation of the case using his power and position”, she said, adding that such a person does not deserve to hold a responsible position in any government department for long.
“No doubt, the case is under subjudice and the law will take its own course of action, but there is one area which needs your immediate intervention. The culprit should be suspended immediately from his post by the government. But till date, the file for his suspension is not moving any further and instead it is simply gathering dust in the department’s almirah. The concerned authorities at the higher level are not cooperating in the case,” she wrote in the letter.
Jongkey was reportedly evading arrest for a long time and had been applying for anticipatory bail. When his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the court, he got himself admitted in Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Naharlagun on health grounds. He is still admitted in the hospital, because of which, the police have not been able to arrest him.
Talking to this daily, SP Capital Dr A Koan informed that police have placed an appeal before the Court of the CJM on Jongkey’s prolonged stay in the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Naharlagun and appealed to the court to constitute a medical board and ascertain the truth behind his illness.
When contacted, officials from the hospital said that they do not have much idea about any patient accused of such a crime undergoing treatment in the hospital, adding that if such a patient is in fact admitted in the hospital, the concerned doctor treating the patient would have a better idea on his condition.
A doctor, who is treating the alleged accused, informed that Jongkey was admitted in the hospital for hypertension, diabetes, and is also undergoing psychiatric treatment. The doctor also appealed for early constitution of a medical board to examine Jongkey’s case.
Seeking justice for her 11 year old child, the distraught mother said, “God forbid, if such an incident happens to any of the family members of the concerned authority, what will be their stand on such an issue? Is it because I am poor and the accused is a rich and a high ranked government official that the authority is shielding him?”
Further, she said that since the occurrence of the incident, her child is traumatized and keeps herself locked in the bedroom most of the times and refuses to communicate with people.
“Today, this has happened to my family, but where is the guarantee that this will not happen to some other family. After a lot of struggle and much thought on the repercussions it is going to bring, I have decided to fight for justice, and it was not an easy decision. I am a bonafide citizen of India, and my child and I have the right to get justice for the crime meted out to her”, she said.

 

After Himachal and Uttarakhand, Arunachal adopts national policy for Tibetans

DHARAMSHALA, Aug 21: In a noble gesture for the Tibetans living in exile in India, Arunachal Pradesh has also adopted the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy Act.
Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand had already done the same in 2015 after the Government of India formalized this act in 2014.
In a letter written to Lobsang Sangay, the President of Central Tibetan administration (CTA), which is the global headquarters for the 1,50,000 Tibetans living across 40 countries of the world, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu has confirmed the move.
“I am happy to inform you that in the cabinet meeting convened by me on August 12 this year, I, along with my colleagues decided to adopt and extend the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014 in the state of Arunachal Pradesh,” said Pema in his letter.
He has further mentioned that Arunachal Pradesh has the fourth largest number of Tibetans in India. It has four Tibetan settlements – Tezu, Miao, Tuting and Tenzingang, he said.
“Therefore, in order to provide better opportunities to Tibetan youths residing in Arunachal Pradesh, my cabinet resolved to implement the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014 as framed by the Government of India,” he added.
Sangay has expressed thanks for considering the Tibetan residents in exile. “I thank my dear friend Pema Khandu, who is an ardent follower of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and lifelong friend of the Tibetan people. The state of Arunachal Pradesh shares an unshakeable and historic bond with the Tibetan people. This gesture will further strengthen this bond of friendship and affinity between the two,” said Sangay.
Since the official announcement of the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy Act by the Government of India in 2014, several states, including Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttarakhand have also formulated the policy as requested by Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration.
Based on the Rehabilitation Policy Act, in the presence of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Mundgod and recently in Hunsur, both in the Indian state of Karnataka and two of the largest Tibetan settlements have officially signed land lease agreements ensuring the sustenance of the Tibetan settlements.
Rehabilitation policy deals with matters concerning land lease, and extending central and state benefits. The guideline states that Tibetans may be allowed to undertake any economic activity and to that extent, relevant papers/ trade license/ permit may be issued to them and also permit to take jobs in any field for which they are professionally qualified. (Source: Times of India)

 

 

Union Minister Vardhan on two-day visit to state

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Aug 21: Union Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan called for taking a pledge to work for the nation and humanity, to bring back the past glory of India.
Dr Vardhan, who is on a two-day visit to Itanagar, was addressing the programme on Naya Bharat Manthan, Sankalp Se Siddhi at Ban- quet Hall here this evening.
“To commemorate 75 years of the Quit India Movement, the Narendra Modi Government led the nation to a pledge to create a ‘New India’ that is strong, prosperous and all-encompassing; an India that will make our freedom fighters proud”, he said.
Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make New India, Dr Vardhan said, ever since Narendra Bhai became Prime Minister of India, he has become a symbol of aspiration of young Indians and urged people of Arunachal Pradesh to resolve to do something for India.
He also informed that Prime Minister Modi is serious about development of Northeast region.
Minister Urban Development and Town Planning, Nabam Rebia in his address stated that every citizen needs to resolve to carry forward the Prime Minister’s vision of a ‘New India’. Rebia hoped that under the NDA Government, Arunachal Pradesh would witness a sea of development.

 

 

One arrested with 16.30 grams of opium

Reporter
PASIGHAT, Aug 21: On a complaint received by the Women Against Social Evils (WASE), the Pasighat unit police arrested one Tomeng Tayeng on Sunday afternoon with 16.30 grams of opium from Jarku.
According to WASE activists, there were more people, including a teacher at the house of the arrested, who fled from the scene.
Refuting WASE’s claim, the alleged accused claimed that he was consuming the opium alone at the time of the raid. However, he confessed that he has been consuming opium for the past 40 years.
“I have tried quitting the addiction earlier, but it is very difficult. I am 67 years now and I cannot lie, I will use opium again even if I get out of jail”, claimed Tayeng.
When contacted, Pasighat Police Station OC In-charge, T Bukar confirmed the arrest and said that a case has been registered against the alleged accused at the Pasighat Police Station under the NDPS Act.

 

 

Activists allege violation of RTI Act by WRD engineers

Correspondent
PASIGHAT, Aug 19: RTI activists have levelled allegations against the Executive Engineer (EE) cum Public Information Officer (PIO) of Water Resource Department (WRD), Pasighat division of violating the Right to Information Act, 2005, which is chargeable under relevant clause of the act.
RTI activists Shoney Pertin and Omuk Aje have alleged that the Executive Engineer cum PIO of WRD, Pasighat division office is wilfully denying official information to the petitioners/appellants and thereby violating the RTI Act, 2005.
Pertin and Aje in a press statement said that they submitted an RTI petition on May 22, 2017 and sought information about the RCC Minor Irrigation Project (MIP) implemented by the RWD at Motum village in East Siang district.
The tender amount of the construction of RCC MIP at Motum was Rs 1, 87,20,000.
The duo claimed that the PIO had not responded to their RTI petition, which compelled them to appeal before the FAA, which is the East Siang Deputy Commissioner, on June 21, 2017.
Pursuing their appeal on June 22, the DC had instructed the Executive Engineer cum PIO to furnish information to the petitioners within 15 days. Following this, the PIO had furnished some information, but the petitioners termed them ‘incomplete’.
The petitioners then moved the Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC) for justice. The APIC in turn served a notice to the PIO (WRD) Pasighat division for a hearing on August 7 last, wherein an Assistant Engineer of the department on behalf of the PIO appeared.
According to the petitioners, the Assistant Engineer (WRD) assured before the APIC that he/they would furnish all required information to the petitioners regarding MIP at Mebo within 10 days. However, the petitioners alleged that they are yet to receive any communication from the WRD’s end.
When contacted, WRD Pasighat division Executive Engineer, Tamo Jamoh informed that he had issued some documents meant for the petitioners after the APIC’s intervention.
“I signed some documents for the petitioners a few days ago, which may not have reach them. We do not pass any information or document to petitioner hand to hand”, he added.

 

 

Speaker makes surprise visit

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: Speaker of Arunachal Legislative Assembly, T N Thongdok recently made a surprise visit to Government Middle School and Government Secondary School, Shergaon.
During the visit, the Speaker found some teachers absent from duty and asked the headmaster to issue advisory and warnings to the absentee teachers.
Thongdok advised the teachers and students to be punctual towards their duties, and also advised the students to study hard and be passionate about their aims and endeavours in life. He also spoke about the mantra of zero tolerance towards corruption and irregularities adopted by the state government.

 

 

DC disappointed

TEZU, Aug 21: District Health Society Chairman, Karma Leki DC reviewed the immunization coverage of the district under Mission Indradhanush and expressed disappointment over the coverage percentage of merely 56.5.
Chairing a meeting of the District Task Force on Immunization on Monday, Leki, who is also the Deputy Commissioner, felt the necessity to come out with a solution for all the problems which have led to under performance by the district.
The DC instructed the DRCHO to conduct awareness programmes in the villages and suggested that concerned PRI members and gaon burahs of the area be included in the awareness programmes for more credibility.
He also asked medical officers to be sincere in their work and find solution for better performance and coverage.
Proper training of ASHAs was one of the key areas where the DC emphasized on. He said that there should be drastic improvement in the figures in the next District Task Force meeting.
DRCHO Dr S Nayil presented status of submission of Routine Immunization Micro Plan, vaccines and logistics stocks, etc. He informed the members that Intensified Mission Indradhanush, which aims to achieve full Immunization by 2018, will be launched in October this year.
District Medical officer, Dr S Chai Pul, DRCHO Dr S Nayil, Deputy Director School Education, Deputy Director ICDS, DIPRO, CO (Dev), MOs in-charge of Medo, Sunpura, and Wakro were present in the meeting. (DIPRO)

 

 

MLA, DC visit General Hospital, Khonsa

KHONSA, Aug 21: Khonsa East MLA Wanglam Sawin, along with Tirap Deputy Commissioner P N Thungon on Monday inspected General Hospital, Khonsa to take stock of the functioning of the hospital.
Both Sawin and Thungon interacted with the DMO, doctors and nurses and also checked the attendance register of medical staff, diet in the kitchen and medicine stock ledger. The blood bank of the hospital, which is nearing its completion, was also inspected.
Addressing the ANMs, Anganwadi and ASHAs workers at a workshop on Intensified Mission Indradhanush, the MLA suggested them to discharge duties sincerely at their respective places of posting. Sawin also urged the DMO to ensure that all the medical officers, para-medical workers and nursing staff stay at their respective places of posting.
Deputy Commissioner Thungon, urged the medical officers, ANMs, Anganwadi and ASHA workers to work with missionary zeal, adding that the district must achieve 100 percent vaccination coverage.
The DC suggested the DMO to keep medical surrounding neat and clean and also to dismantle all unauthorized OBT buildings from the general hospital complex.
DMO Dr N Lowang appealed to the local MLA for timely funding for procurement of medicines.
Later, Sawin and Thungon made a sudden visit of the Government Higher Secondary School, Khonsa and inspected all the classrooms and the science laboratory. They also interacted with the teachers and students.
The Deputy Commissioner instructed the teachers to strictly monitor daily attendance of students and said that students should not be allowed to appear in examinations if they have not completed 75 percent school attendance.
He urged the teaching staff of the school to be more cautious and motivate the students to focus on their studies and to avoid bad habits, like consumption of alcohol and tobacco.
MLA Sawin assured the school authority to extend all possible help and assistance in the improvement of school management. (DIPRO)

 

 

DC calls for complete coverage of Aadhaar

YINGKIONG, Aug 21: Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner Duly Kamduk has directed the DSO (Statistics) to complete enrolment and generation of Aadhaar card by the end of September this year.
There should be 100 percent coverage of population based on 2011 census data, he added.
Further, the DC asked the DSO (Statistics) to carry out surprise checks and pass on clear instructions to the operators carrying out the task of Aadhaar enrolment at various outposts, to expedite the process and compete it by the end of September, enabling the uploading of beneficiaries list in the MIS.
Necessary requisition of government staff to assist the operators can be done wherever shortage of manpower is felt, the DC added.
DSO (Statistics) M D Naksang informed that 77 percent coverage of Aadhaar card enrolment has been achieved till August 14 last. He said that poor internet connectivity places hurdles in the way of early coverage of Aadhaar card enrolment. (DIPRO)

 

 

Bharat Scouts & Guides organize awareness campaign

Correspondent
ROING, Aug 21: The District Association Bharat Scouts/Guides, Lower Dibang Valley, organised a celebration of Vanma-hotsava cum awareness campaign on preservation of environment here on Friday last.
DDSE Ego Doye said that the purpose of the programme was to educate people about the causes of environmental pollution and how to protect the environment. He appreciated the scouts and guides for their work towards the society and nation through such awareness programmes.
“The motto of Scout/Guide is ‘Be prepared’, hence, always remain ready to help others in any situation”, he further added.
Programme coordinator, DTO Somit Mena informed that a total of 70 saplings were planted at different locations around the township area during the campaign, with an objective to bring awareness amongst the youth and the citizens of the town regarding the importance of tree plantation.
Executive Director NHPC DMP Gobinda Vaidya asked everyone to change their outlook and behave responsible towards the environment. The programme was sponsored by the NHPC DMP, and was conducted under the guidance and supervision of DDSE Roing.

 

 

ABCC provides relief items to Laptap landslide victims

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The Arunachal Baptist Church Council (ABCC), in collaboration with the Council of Baptist Churches of North East India distributed relief materials among the surviving members of the seven families of Laptap landslide victims.
The ABCC team headed by its President Norbu Lama and General Secretary Rev (Dr) Changha Chippo provided blankets, rice and utensils among the family members of the victims.
The ABCC team expressed its solidarity with the bereaved family members and consoled them. All present on the occasion prayed for peace, happiness and prosperity of the village.

 

 

AAPWU LDV unit donates

ROING, Aug 21: In a show of solidarity, Lower Dibang Valley district unit of the All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) contributed an amount of Rs 10, 000 from the workers welfare relief fund for victims of Jamupani suspension bridge collapse incident.
The amount was handed over to D Gogoi, a staff of the DC’s office to be deposited into the relief fund sponsored by the District Administration.
The district unit AAPWU President Ita Mimi, along with his team members donated the amount in presence of DLEO Rokom Tayeng. (DIPRO)

 

 

Medical camp organized

AALO, Aug 21: A medical camp was organized by Rama Krishna Mission, School at Doji-Jelly village on Saturday. Medical assistance was provided to 55 patients. A film regarding tobacco control was also screened as part of the medical awareness progra-mme. (DIPRO)

 

 

NSCN (IM) cadres, drug peddler nabbed

KHONSA, Aug 21: The Khonsa Battalion of the Assam Rifles (AR) apprehended two hardcore NSCN (IM) cadres on Sunday.
Nali Nyamtey and Rangmo Thakte, the Self Styled Privates of the outfit were apprehended during an operation in Bera Village.
The cadres were reportedly trying to carryout extortion activities in the village.
A 7.65 mm pistol, five live ammunitions, extortion money amounting to Rs 25,000 and other incriminating evidences were seized from their possessions.
Meanwhile, Bordumsa unit police arrested a drug peddler with 50 gram of drugs, suspected to be brown sugar from Borduria.
Acting on tip off about presence of a drug peddler at Goju village under Borduria circle, a team of police from Bordumsa Police Station, led by OC SI T Tayeng and SI R K Yein rushed to the village and arrested one Yohun Saikia of No.1 Dibong village, Margherita, Assam.
In connection with the drug recovery, a case under NDPS Act has been registered and investigation is on.

 

 

Students felicitated

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: As a part of its community development programme, the Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operator Association (APTOA) felicitated six meritorious students of Government 7th Mile Primary School, Pasighat on Monday.
The Association, during its recent meeting, decided to felicitate the toppers of all the classes (from KG to class V) of the school with some cash and stationery items from this year onwards.
The APTOA under its community social responsibility service had adopted the school in the outskirts of Pasighat town at 7th Mile during its annual conference in June, 2016.
APTOA President John Panye distributed the token amount to the toppers and also distributed stationeries to all the 95 students and water filter for the teaching staff.
He exhorted the students to study hard and be disciplined to achieve success in life, and appealed to the teachers to render their services with full dedication to improve the state’s literacy rate.
The awardees were Yashuda Ghale, Sanjay Ghale, Ganesh Chetry, Chandra Thapa, Sagar Tamang and Paratima Karki.

 

 

Abotani Cup Football Championship

KKFC pip Deed, easy win for BTFC

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The Kargu Kardi FC (KKFC) pipped Deed Circle 1-0 in the Abotani Cup (U-17) Football Championship on Monday
Kozam Beyong, who scored the winning goal, was adjudged man of the match.
Bamang Taji FC (BTFC) beat Huto English School 5-0 in the second match.
Koj Omo of BTFC was chosen for man of the match award.

 

 

NES awards achievers

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) Academic Excellence Award – 2017 and Professional Achievers Award-2017 ceremony was held at Nyikum Nyia Hall, Nyirubjolli on August 18.
Byabang Amin (93%), Yowa Uma (89.8%) and Tarh Aniya (86.8%) were awarded NES Academic Excellence Award for their brilliant results in Class XII (Science). The award for Commerce Stream was bagged by Biri Nana (68.6%). Under Humanities stream, Dodum Natung (94.6%), Balo Jarema (94%) and Menung Phassang (88.8%) were awarded.
NEET 2017 qualifiers Techi Takam (rank 252), Tar Tayam (261), Michael Kino (426) were awarded the Professional Achievers Award.
The JEE (Advanced) qualifiers for admission into IITs Tai Gangmu (106) and Gollo Taga (119) were also awarded.
In the professional achievers category, Dr Nabam Tata was felicitated for being conferred the Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) by Guwahati University, Assam in April 2017.
In his address, NES President Bengia Tolum urged the community members to contribute meaningfully towards the community in their respective fields of expertise for the benefit of the community.
NES Academic Award recipient of 2010, Mike Mikza Kina, who has cracked APPSC Engineering Examination very recently and was inducted as AE (PWD), has sponsored a month’s salary for this programme, he informed.
Dr Nabam Tata encouraged the young academic achievers not to be complacent and strive to upgrade their performance in the coming years.
The NES also organized a ceremonious reception of contributors for construction of NES Secretariat on Saturday, where NES General Secretary Heri Maring informed that the head office of the NES was a long felt need of the community.
The foundation stone of the NES head office was laid by its President Bengia Tolum on the occasion of the decadal Nyishi Day celebration at Nyokum Lapang, Itanagar on April 19 this year.
Techi Ratu and Takam Pario have contributed Rs 3 crore each for construction of the head office, while a plot of land, measuring 22000 sqm at Jollang Road, Itanagar has been donated by Nabam Tuki and his family after NES approached him.
NES President appealed to the members of the community to contribute towards the construction of the NES Secretariat.
The President also re-launched the website of the Nyishi Elite Society-www.nyishielitesociety.org that went defunct due to technical fault, on the occasion.

 

 

SUFC, GYFC register wins in final league matches

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: Solung United and Gidii Yameng registered big wins over their respective opponents, Dadi Bote and Donggin Yameng in their last league matches of the Itanagar Solung Festival Football Tournament 2017 played at DNGC ground on Monday.
Solung United trounced Dadi Bote 4-1, while Gidii Yameng defeated Donggin Yameng 5-2.
On Tuesday, Siang United will take on Solung United in the first quarterfinal and Solung United Veteran will meet Gabang FC in the second quarter finals.

 

 

Dept of Agri holds district level training

KOLORIANG, Aug 21: The district level training programme under ATMA and Sankalp Se Siddhi Tak 2017-2022 pledge ceremony was convened last Saturday by the Department of Agriculture, Kurung Kumey district.
Around 50 farmers were provided information on organic farming, package, practices of cereal crop and IPM by ADOs and ATMA field functionaries, who acted as resource persons.
In his inaugural speech, Kurung Kumey DDA, Dani Yubbe administered the pledge of “Sankalp Se Siddhi Tak, Determination to Attainment New India Movement (2017-2022)” to all participants.
Attending ZPMs also stressed on timely supply of inputs, field level trail or demonstration, and appealed to the farmers to be proactive in availing various development schemes.
ADO (HQ) J Ette spoke on organic farming, its importance and organic mission of the state, while ADO (PP) B Soping ADO covered the topic of integrated pest management. BTMs Pani Yani and Dr LBhat also gave information regarding various activities. The farmers interacted with the resource persons and cleared their doubts on the subject.

 

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Editorial 

 

Expectation from BRO

The decision of the government of India to delegate more administrative and financial powers to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for the speedy completion of the road projects has come in right time. Over the last few years BRO has acquired reputation for being tardy while taking up the projects. Such poor has been their performance that even Comptroller and Auditor General also took strong objection to the long delays by the BRO in constructing 61 strategically important roads, with a total length of 3,409km, under the India-China Border Roads (ICBRs) project. The decision to give additional powers to BRO comes at a time when India is locked in bitter standoff with China at Doklam in Sikkim.
BRO is taking up several strategic road projects along the Indo-China border including in Arunachal Pradesh. Once known for its sincere and honest work today BRO is struggling to complete its road projects. Most of the machineries used by it are outdated and often breaks down which push backs the project. It is also facing the allegation of corrupt practice leading to compromise with quality of work. There is huge expectation from a dedicated organization like BRO which are mostly lead by military officials. Its time BRO put in sincere effort and win back the trust of the people living along the international boundary by constructing world class roads. Hopefully delegation of additional administrative and financial power will give it more strength to execute the project at much faster rate.

 

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Readers’ Forum

 

An open letter to CM

Dear Editor,
I would like to ask the Chief minister of our state on the need for creation of department for ‘Indigenious faith and Culture’ when there is department for ‘Art and Culture’.
As we all know that India is a secular country and so all the religion is same and there should be equal preference to every religion.
I honour and respect the Indigenious faith and Culture but will not it be injustice towards other religions of the state?
It is an appeal to the Chief Minister to rethink and do justice for common welfare of all religions in the state.
Yours,
Common citizen

 

 

Killer road to be precise

Dear Editor,
As we know ‘Roadway’ is the only and most important mean of communication in our state, now let’s know about our capital roads especially the stretch between Nirjuli and Doimukh. I have turned adult from a child but roads are still the same, as it was decades before. When these roads are going to look like actual town or city roads?
We can witness lots of adventure here, because travelling from Nirjuli to Doimukh is nothing more than an adventure trip. You feel like you are on camel ride specially while riding 3 and 2 wheelers such as auto, scooty and bike. I also ride a bike and when I am on this stretch of road feels like I am riding the bike on the river which angers me and at the same time amuses me. And yes it changes its appearance as the season changes; the pothole becomes bigger during the end of monsoon and road becomes dusty in winter. The rain god makes it worse and you don’t even have any idea about how deep the potholes might be? It may also be very dangerous for expecting mothers.
Therefore, I earnestly urge to the concerned authorities to fix this menace or to come and experience a camel ride on water. It is a disastrous killer road to be precise.
Yours,
Yab Tassar

 

 

Let passenger safety be priority

Dear Editor,
Apropos your editorial, “Railway accident on rise” (August 21, 2017), Indian Railways must review their policy of going ahead with a costly bullet train project while neglecting such basics as track renewal and coach modernisation. Must Railways bite off more than they can chew? What’s the use of making an attractive icing if the ingredients in the cake get rotten? Indian Railways should give top priority to passengers’ safety and follow the proposals of the Anil Kakodar board on war footing.
Yours,
Sujit De, Kolkata

State News

Govt gives more powers to BRO for roads along China border

NEW DELHI, Aug 20: Concerned over inordinate delays in the construction of strategic roads along the India-China border, the defence ministry has delegated more administrative and financial powers to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for the speedy completion of the projects.
The decision to give additional powers to BRO came months after the Comptroller and Auditor General also took strong objection to the long delays by the BRO in constructing 61 strategically important roads, with a total length of 3,409km, under the India-China Border Roads (ICBRs) project.
The defence ministry said in a statement on Sunday that it intended to bring transformational changes in the BRO to improve the pace of execution of work and to achieve the desired outcome according to the requirements of the Army.
Besides conferring additional administrative powers to the BRO, the government has enhanced the delegation of financial powers of up to Rs 100 crore to the BRO Director General for procurement of both indigenous and imported construction machinery and equipment, the ministry said.
Earlier, the DG had powers of only up to Rs 7.5 crore for procurement of indigenous equipment and Rs 3 crore for procurement of imported equipment.
The Defence Ministry has also approved policy guidelines to allow the BRO to engage big construction companies for taking up road projects on a turnkey basis.
The Ministry of Defence has decided to delegate administrative and financial powers to the BRO right up to the level of chief engineer and Task Force Commander, so as to avoid delays on account of references between the chief engineer and Director General of BRO and also between the Director General and the ministry, the statement said.
The decision to accord more powers to the BRO comes amid a face-off between the Armies of India and China at Dokalam in the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction.
Official sources said the Indian Army was unhappy over delays in the implementation of the India-China Border Roads and had requested the Defence Ministry to speed up the project, originally scheduled for completion in 2012.
The ministry said a chief engineer in BRO can now accord administrative approval for contracts of up to Rs 50 crore, the additional director general (ADG) can approve projects worth up to Rs 75 crore and the director general (DG) can take decisions on projects worth up to Rs 100 crore.
These projects can be implemented through departmental and contractual modes of execution.
Under earlier provisions, a chief engineer in the BRO could give administrative approval of works only up to Rs 10 crore, that too only for departmental work, whereas the ADG had powers to accord administrative approval only up to Rs 20 crore.
For contractual works, all administrative approvals were given by the DG, who had powers only up to Rs 50 crore.
With the intent to speed up the tendering process, the Defence Ministry has now enhanced the powers of the chief engineer for acceptance of bids with cost of contract up to Rs 100 crore and that of ADG for cost of contract up to Rs 300 crore. With this delegation, the entire tendering process including acceptance of bids would be completed at the level of the chief engineer/ADG for a majority of the contracts, the ministry said in the statement.
Earlier, a chief engineer had the power to accept the execution of contracts only up to Rs 10 crore, the ADG had powers of up to Rs 20 crore and all tenders beyond the limit had to be sent to the DG.
For carrying out a detailed project report (DPR), the ministry now has enhanced the powers of the chief engineer to accord administrative approval for outsourcing of consultancy services for up to Rs 2 crore and up to Rs 5 crore to the ADG.
In case of an emergent need for construction equipment, the DG has been given full powers for hiring up to three years and for chief engineers (project), powers have been enhanced from Rs 50 lakh to Rs 5 crore and the period of hiring has been enhanced from 6 months to one year, the ministry said.
Earlier, all cases of revision of norms of equipment had to be referred to the defence ministry. In a departure from the earlier policy, full powers in this regard have now been delegated to the DG.
The Ministry of Defence in consultation with the armed forces would identify the roads to be entrusted to the BRO and fix priorities by approving the Long Term Roll-On Works Plan and Annual Works Programme for the BRO. Thereafter, powers related to the execution of works have been delegated to be exercised by different levels within the BRO, it said.
To ensure accountability, software is being developed for an online monitoring of progress of works.
“It is expected that with the delegation of powers by the Ministry of Defence to the BRO, the pace of road construction in border areas would improve and the BRO would be able to complete ongoing/new projects in a compressed timelines, the ministry said. PTI

 

City police fails its own deadlines in Migrik Lomi & Ojing Taying murder cases

[ Amar Sangno ]
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The Capital Police is repeatedly failing its own deadline to crack the Migrik Lomi murder case. The young woman was found murdered under mysterious circumstances on July 31 at her rented apartment in Lekhi village, Naharlagun.
Twenty days have passed in the said murder case but there is no new development and police is refusing to divulge any information saying it would hamper ongoing investigation. Late Migrik Lomi was a student of Rajiv Gandhi University.
“So far we have not heard anything new. Police has only given us assurances stating that very soon culprit would be nabbed,” rued a relative of late Migrik.
“We have faith in police team, however, by seeing the pace of investigation, our hope is diminishing,” he added.
Incidentally, when the news of gruesome murder of late Lomi was circulating on social media, Home Minister Kumar Waii along with SP Capital Complex Dr A Koan and SDPO Techi Henyir was addressing the media from his chamber in Civil Secretariat Itanagar, reassuring the citizens for an effective policing and maintaining law and order.
The Home department was already wadding through pool of criticism for its inability to crack late Ojing Taying death case, who succumbed to head injuries after he was allegedly assaulted by unidentified assailants near Niti Vihar tri-junction on June 10 night.
The two murder mystery remains chink in the armour of Capital Police as their efficiency in investigating the crime incident is under strict watch. Also the two murder incidents have become a litmus test for the Capital Complex SP Dr. A Kaon to prove his efficiency, as the home department made lofty assurances to keep security in order.
The police department is repeatedly failing on its own deadlines and has failed to come up with significant lead so far in both the case. On being inquired by this daily, SP Dr A Kaon informed that DNA samples are being sent for analyzing on late Migrik death case. However, SP refused to divulge detail information on the progress of murder case, saying it would hamper the investigation process.
There was speculation that some influential people could be involved in the two murder case thereby slowing down the investigation but SP Capital Complex has denied any such knowledge.
After making little hue and cry demanding justice for two deceased persons, even the big organisations of respective communities are keeping mum and deceased family are still awaiting for justice.
“If Capital Police fails to solve these two gruesome murder cases, people will no longer have faith in police department,” said another relative asking the police to expedite the investigation to nab the culprit.

 

Falling bridges

Monday Musing

[ Tongam Rina ]
At the rate concrete and wooden bridges are falling, the government should be extremely worried and inspired to make it better.
By now, heads should have rolled but yours truly is not sure if the state and central agencies are bothered and has learnt any lesson from bridge collapses in Tawang, East Kameng, West Siang, Upper Subansiri and under-construction BRO bridge over Diffo Nallah on Roing-Tezu road.
The recent one in Lower Dibang Valley should make the department as well as the Govt take note.
And to start with, the
govt has to fix responsibilities. The norm so far has been to hand out compensation to those killed and hurt by bridge collapses while engineers and contractors who have built these bridges continue to get their salaries uninterrupted. Technically, these irresponsible contractors and govern-ment engin-eers should not be on the pay roll of the government at all. For each dead, these people should be tried for manslaughter.
Agreed Tawang, Seppa and Desalin are far away places for the policy makers and engineers to bother but the bridge over Pachin river connecting Naharlagun and Itanagar is nearer to them and it’s just a matter of time and another heavy monsoon before it falls. As of now, department has just put a signage with a warning that more than 20 MT is not allowed. Is that enough?
It is time, the engineers and contractors stop loo-king at these bridges as mo-ney machines and source of income.
And for that to happen, government must act tough against its officers. These officers and contractors can’t get away for free while playing with our lives.
The bridges are old and outdated and most of all, it is not maintained. After a bridge is commissioned, it has to be regularly repaired. Fund crunch should not be an excuse nor should greed and corruption.
Take responsibility to avoid tragedy.
There are not many bridges and if the govt is keen, lives can be saved and disasters avoided.
These days, we rarely build bridges using traditional knowledge so even the villagers are not educated on its longevity or know the quality of materials used. Atleast the govt. agencies know the number of bridges and the quality so perhaps the first thing is to make the villagers partners in upkeep of the public property.

 

GOM submits reports on Lower Siang issue

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The Group of Ministers(GOM) headed by Food & Civil Supplies Minister Kamlung Mossang with PHE & WS Minister Bamang Felix and Minister Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Dr. Mohesh Chai as members constituted by the State Government to study the Lower Siang issue has submitted its report to the government on July 25.
The same was also submitted to the Chief Secretary by the Member Secretary of the GOM.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu while understanding the gravity of the issue has directed to place the report in the next cabinet meeting for an appropriate decision.
He stated that Government will make sincere effort to bring this matter to a closure soon while respecting the sentiments of all stakeholders. However, administrative convenience and ease of governance must be objectively assessed in the larger interest for operationalisation of the proposed district in particular and the state as a whole.

 

Banks stare at union strike on Tuesday

NEW DELHI, Aug 20: Services at public sector banks may take a hit on Tuesday as all unions under the aegis of UFBU have threatened to go on strike against the government’s proposed consolidation move besides raising a host of other demands.
Most banks have already informed their customers that functioning of branches and offices will be impacted if the strike takes off.
Operations at private lenders like ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank are expected to be normal except delay in cheque clearances.
The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) is an umbrella body of nine unions, including All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC), All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW).
“As the conciliation meeting before the Chief Labour Commissioner failed, unions are left with no other option but to go on strike.
There was no assurance from the government and the management of banks,” AIBOC General Secretary D T Franco said.
All attempts to hammer out solutions to the demands raised by the unions bore no fruit and hence, UFBU decided to proceed with the proposed strike on August 22, he said.
Other demands include no write-off policy for non- performing assets (NPAs) of corporate loans, declaring wilful default of loans as criminal offence and implementation of recommendations of Parliamentary Committee on recovery of NPAs, AIBEA General Secretary C H Venkatchalam said.
He also suggested that banks should not pass on the burden of corporate NPAs on bank customers by hiking charges.
Venkatchalam said the government should abolish the Banks Board Bureau and ensure stringent measures to recover bad loans and accountability of top executives.
UFBU, which claims membership of nearly 10 lakh across banks, also requested the government for cost reimbursement of demonetisation to banks.
As many as 21 public sector banks control 75 per cent of the total business. PTI

 

AUPO donates Rs.1 lakh to Sumsing village fire victims

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The Adiland Upright Peoples’ Organisation (AUPO) reached out to help the fire victims of Sumsing village on Sunday and provided Rs. 1 Lakh to them.
AUPO Chairman Vijay Taram handed over the amount to ASM Orik Paron and Gaon Bura Secretary Onyong Paron of Sumsing village.
Taram interacted with the villagers and gave advice on reducing the risk of house fire and various fire safety measures. He advised the villagers to take utmost care while handling fire and construct houses keeping a minimum gap of 10 mt. between two houses. He also suggested them to use tin roof instead of toko patta and cane leaves.
AUPO President Jacob Paron advised the villagers to stop opium cultivation and take up cash crops like ginger and large cardamom cultivation.
AUPO had provided Rs 44,000 to Kerang village fire victims and 20,000 to recent flood affected people of Lakhimpur, Assam. It also provided Rs 50,000 Namsai flood affected people in 2016.

 

Science & technology key to development, says Bamang Mangha

KIMIN, Aug 20: The development of any community, society, state and country depends on proper implementation of science and technology, said Bamang Mangha Chairman of Science & Technology department.
Mangha said this on Sunday while addressing the valedictory function of two days awareness cum communication programme on science and technology at Kimin. He said a team of professors along with officials of his department have successfully completed the awareness programmes in various district of state.
He also appealed everyone especially to parents and students to plant one tree a week and organize social service on every Saturday to keep environment healthy.
More than 500 students from VKV, KV, Government Higher Secondary School and scholars of science & technology took part in the two days awareness programme. Various literary, painting and writing competitions was organized. Power point presentation and documentary show on science related subjects were also part of the programme.

 

Grant of bail to accused driver opposed

[ Karda Natam ]
DAPORIJO, Aug 20: Tamu Tadu Welfare Society (TTWS) has opposed the granting of bail to the driver and early release of the vehicle that met with an accident on August 6 killing one Raju Doyom on the spot.
The society stated that the family members of the deceased were still in a state of shock and a tense situation was prevailing after his death. Under such circumstances, the accused should not be granted bail until the situation calm down, the TTWS appealed to the Superintendent of Police.
Raju died after he was hit by a dumper truck while riding a Scooty at Gandhi Market on August 6. Later, the driver was arrested and dumper seized by police.

 

CMFCS beneficial to poor cancer patients

[ Sangge Droma ]
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Amidst various state Govt flagship programs under the initiative of Chief Minister Pema Khandu, the ‘Chief Minister’s Free Chemotherapy Scheme (CMFCS) for cancer patients is turning into beneficial scheme for the cancer patients especially for underprivileged denizens who cannot afford the health care outside the state.
As per the record of Tertiary Cancer Center (TCC) in Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS), within third week of the launching of CMFCS,
at least 72 people have registered themselves to avail the benefits of free chemotherapy so far. Besides, 39 people have also registered for Radiation therapy and 18 people are undergoing routine therapy every day.
‘It is a wonderful blessing for us. Thanks to Chief Minister Pema Khandu for such a noble initiative, otherwise it would have been impossible for us to travel outside and avail such costly medicines” said a 65-year-old Licha Temi who was in TCC day care center.
Another patient Tasso Morchi in his 30’s appreciated the state government for launching such beneficial scheme, however he requested the authority to provide all medicine as there are some medicines which are still not available in the center.
Nodal Officer of TCC, Dr Sam Tsering said with launching of CMFCS many patients who cannot afford expensive treatment could get free chemo in its own state hospital. “CMFCS has brought immeasurable relief to the people, who sometime sell off their property for treatment” Dr Tsering said. “Now any APST person can avail free chemotherapy up to Rs 10 lakhs in a year that too in the premises of TRIMS, they all need to do is to provide identification proof, ST certificate and two passport photo” he added.
Nodal officer further informed that all the cancer treatment facilities like Radiation, Surgery and Chemo are now available in the TCC, Naharlagun and patients need not to go outside the state for treatment.
Recently the state government has inked MoU with Tata Memorial Cancer Institute for branded and quality medicines of worth up to Rs 3 crores. Medicine worth ninety lakhs has already been purchased and made available in the TCC, he added.
However, Dr. Tsering disclosed due to limited beds in the daycare center, the patients have to wait outside the center for their chemo and other treatments. “The government is mooting over to upgrade TCC into Regional Cancer Treatment Center and till the finalization of the proposed master plan, the government should consider to add another floor so that problem of congestion and other technical system could be solved” he added.

 

Traffic advisory

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The Deputy Commissioner Itanagar Capital Complex incharge, Talom Dupak in an order has diverted plying of heavy vehicle through Banderdewa/Karsingsa to Gumto road due to blockade at sinking zone. The DC in charge has requested denizens to cooperate with the District Administration till the road is restored. (DIPRO)

 

Ex-CM visits Goverdhan-based ashram

Mathura, Aug 20: Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Gegong Apang today claimed that farmers in his state were provided maximum relief during his government in the event of natural calamities.
“When I was the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, besides cash, the farmers were provided free ration, salt and other facilities, in case crops were hit by natural calamity,” he told reporters at a Goverdhan-based ashram.
If the farmer progresses, the state will also develop, Apang said.
He said that he was aware of the problems a farmer faces, since he himself is a farmer.
The former chief minister also narrated, the work done by his organisations Donyi Polo Mission, in the field of education since 1977.
“I don’t want any financial assistance from state or Centre for running societies, since government officers and politicians are not in the wavelength,” he said. PTI

 

PM, Shah to meet CMs of BJP-ruled states today

NEW DELHI, Aug 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will meet chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of all party ruled states tomorrow to take stock of development and social welfare work being done.
Besides 13 chief ministers and six deputy chief ministers, a few cabinet ministers are also likely to attend the meeting, according to sources in the party.
This will be Modi’s third meeting with the chief ministers after the BJP swept to power in 2014, but the first such exercise since it formed a government in Bihar by joining hands with the JD(U).
The discussions in the meeting are expected to revolve around implementation of the Centre’s flagship schemes in the states and development works being done there, they said.
The meeting is being organised just days after Shah unfolded the blue print for 2019 elections, which may also feature in the discussions.
Shah had asked party leaders to focus on about 120 winnable seats which party lost in 2014 elections and is aiming for more than 350 in the next general elections.
The chief ministers are likely to give presentations of schemes and models undertaken by their respective governments at the meet. PTI

 

MLA asks officials to discharge duty without fear or favour

KAMBA, Aug 20: Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs, Nyamar Karbak asked the departmental heads and officials to discharge duty without any fear or favour and said that disciplinary action will be initiated against non-performing officials.
Addressing the Head of Departments and officials in a coordination meeting here on Sunday to review development activities, the local MLA asked Yomcha and Kamba ADCs and Liromoba EAC to initiate disciplinary against those officers and officials, whoever is found to be negligent in their duty and inform any dereliction of duty by any official to the higher authority for necessary taking action.
He asked all the government employees to stay in their respective places of postings for public convenience.
Stating that there should not be any compromise on quality of work, Karbak asked the officials to monitor all the sanctioned schemes properly and work sincerely for all round development of the area.
Karbak instructed all departmental heads of his constituency to adopt one village and organize awareness camps on education, health, cleanliness and various welfare schemes of government to rural populace so that needy people can get benefit of it.
Later, the MLA assured to take up all the matters and grievances placed before him by the officials with the government.
Earlier, the HoDs highlighted the various problems and challenges faced by them in implementation of various projects sanctioned under SADA, RIDF, NEC, RE, PMGSY etc.
ADC Yomcha Rujum Raksap said that there was an urgent need of doctors at CHC Yomcha, vehicles for Yomcha Police Station Yomcha and ADC office.
ADC Kamba Swetika Sachan apprised the local MLA about the need of immediate repairing of the boys’ hostel of GHSS Kamba, construction of new toilet for the school and hostel, electrical re-wiring of the school, new water connection for both boys and girls’ hostels, non availability of textbooks and immediate posting of a doctor in CHC Kamba.
She also apprised the MLA about the need of construction of type-IV quarter for EAC and CO Kamba. The ADC also urged the MLA to take up matter with competent authority for providing vehicles for EAC and CO posted in Kamba ADC headquarters and new vehicle for Kamba Police Station.
CO Darak Sarah E Borang informed that almost all the schools of the circle were lying in dilapidated condition, which needs urgent renovation/maintenance. The CO also urged the MLA for immediate establishment of a police out post to maintain law and order.
EAC Liromoba Ejum Angu informed about lack of government quarters in Liromoba circle causing great accommodation problem to the employees. He also appealed to the MLA to improve the telephone and electricity supply in the area.
The CDPO Kamba-Darak apprised the MLA about the need of office chamber and said that Government has not yet provided basic requirements since creation of the CDPO Section.
The HoDs of PWD, RWD, PHED and Power also placed their grievances before the MLA.

 

Milkyway, BKM School wins in Abotani Cup

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Milkyway FC beat Yawn FC 3-1 in Abotani Cup (U-17) Football Championship on Sunday.
Tadam Nguki of Milkyway was declared man of the match.
In another match, Sagalee FC was beaten by BKM School by solitary goal scored by Yukar Danial.
The man of the match award went to Lishi Dok, the goalkeeper of BMS.
Former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki witnessed the matches and gave away the man of the match awards to both winners.

 

Match results 9 Warriors Trophy

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Kipa Kasung football team held All Nyobia Sangram Youth Association to a 4-4 draw in 9 Warriors 13th Independence Day Running football Trophy Tournament, 2017 at KV No. 2 playground here on Sunday.
In total, five matches were played on Sunday.
Results of other matches:
Longotia Yaar FC beat Govt. Secondary School Chimpu 3-2, Chimpu Ward No. 1 beat Sakey Boys Sport Club 3-2, Dassang Brothers FC beat Sanglo Putung Young Generation FC 2-1, Yangda Brothers FC beat Itanagar SC 3-2.
On Monday, Ratan Colony will take on Remons FC before Police Colony FC play against Itanagar FC.

 

Birth anniversary of former PM Rajiv Gandhi celebrated

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) celebrated the 73rd birth anniversary of former Prime Minister and a recipient of Bharat Ratna, Rajiv Gandhi as Sadbhavana Diwas at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, APCC President, Takam Sanjoy dwelt at length on the contributions of Rajiv Gandhi as a dynamic and visionary Prime Minister in nation building. Stating that Gandhi had led the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Sanjoy said the Congress will continue to follow the principle of non-violence.
Describing Rajiv Gandhi as a symbol of national unity and integrity, he urged the party workers and the people of the state to remember the contributions of Rajiv Gandhi and Congress party. It was Rajiv Gandhi who gave the full fledge statehood, he said. Sanjoy also urged the party workers including youths to maintain discipline and loyalty to face the challenges before the party.
In her address, All India Mahila Congress general secretary, Jarjum Ete termed Rajiv Gandhi as worldwide acclaimed statesman and a true leader of the mass. She called upon the youths to follow the path of harmony shown by Rajiv Gandhi.
Former Chief Minister and present MLA Nabam Tuki while recalling his close association with Rajiv Gandhi, spoke on the contributions of Rajiv Gandhi to the nation and particularly to Arunachal Pradesh. He exhorted the party workers to take responsibility of nation building and remain united.
APCC spokesperson Mina Toko also spoke on the occasion.
APYC in collaboration with Arunachal Voluntary Blood Donors Association (Arunachal unit of Vivekananda Yuva Shakti) also organized a blood donation camp to mark the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Senior party leaders and all rank and file of the Congress party attended the celebration and paid floral tribute to the portrait of Rajiv Gandhi.
Earlier, Sanjoy administered pledge to the party leaders and workers to uphold the spirit of oneness and harmony among all the people of the country.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal celebrated the birthday of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as Sadbhavna Diwas at Congress Bhawan, Naharlagun. The Seval Pradesh office bearers along with City and District Congress Seva Dals paid rich tribute to Rajiv on his 73rd birth anniversary.They recalled the contributions of the former Prime Minister, particularly in Information Technology sector, and described him as one of the great leaders the country has ever produced.

 

Ex-Servicemen Rally at North Lakhimpur

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: An Ex-Servicemen’s rally was conducted at North Lakhimpur, Assam on Sunday organised by Spearhead Gunners under the aegis of Spearhead Division with an aim to address the various grievances of Ex-Servicemen, Veer Naris and War Widows.
The General Officer Commanding of Spearhead Division assured all support to the Ex-Servicemen, Veer Naris and War Widows, who came from North Lakhimpur, Assam,Itanagar and Pasighat.
Representatives from Ex-Servicemen pension cell, medical and health, re-employment, recruitment agencies and SBI were available to address the grievances of the Ex-Servicemen.
The Ex-Servicemen, Veer Naris and War Widows were felicitated on the occasion by the organizer.
Doctors of military hospitals, civil medical staff conducted free medical checkup of the Ex-Servicemen, Veer Naris and War Widows.

 

Arunachal celebrates World Honey Bee Day

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Arunachal Pradesh Bee & Honey Mission (ABHM) under the Aegis of Department of Agriculture celebrated the World Honey Day along with the rest of the world on August 19.
Previously known as Honey Bee Awareness Day, the World Honey Bee Day is celebrated on every third Saturday of August.
The concept of the World Honey Bee day is to bring together beekeepers, bee associations, as well as other interested groups to connect with the communities to advance beekeeping, and encourage bee associations, individuals, and other groups to get involved in bee rearing activities.
Speaking on the occasion, Mission Director (ABHM) T D Neeckom highlighted the activities of the ABHM since its inception and also elaborated the conceptualization of mission by Late Setong Sena, then Minister Agriculture.
The CEO of KVIB elaborated importance of bee and its contribution to crop production.
Bee keepers of the state, especially the farmers from ABHM focus district East Siang, Papum Pare and Changlang participated under the banner of District Bee Keepers Federation.
A small interactive session was also held between the bee keepers and subject maters specialists.
Anong Lego, Director Agriculture, DGM NABARD, Officials from Sericulture Department, KVK Karsingsa and Directorate of Agriculture attended the celebration.
The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Lower Subansiri district on Saturday celebrated the World Honey Bee Day at Lempia village with the objective of creating awareness among farmers about role and benefit of honey bee.
Subject matter specialists Yowa Nunu, Dr. S.K Chaturvedi, Hage Munth and Hage Manty imparted knowledge to the participants. They held interaction with farmer and discussed the problems affecting them. Altogether 61 farmers participated in the programme. The Panchayat leaders of village also joined the celebration.

 

Fingerlings released

PASIGHAT, Aug 20: An awareness programme on technology and conservation of Fish Biodiversity & River Ranching was organized on Saturday at Remi River near Mirem and Miglung villages under Bilat circle.
Total of 25000 numbers of fingerlings were released in the river by 37th Pasighat West MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture and Fisheries Tatung Jamoh in the presence of DFDO Obuk Mize, PRI leaders, GBs and public.
While speaking on the occasion, Jamoh appealed all the participants to stop indiscriminate method of fishing like poisoning and electrocution so as to prevent further decline of indigenous fish species in the natural water bodies. He narrated the participants about the importance of fisheries from the economic point of view. Jamoh further added that fish farming will become a major source of livelihood for the rural populace in future.
DFDO, Pasighat Obuk Mize highlighted the ill effects of indiscriminate fishing and urged the village council, PRI members, GBs, Senior citizens and participants to refrain from such irresponsible fishing. More than 250 participants including PRI members, GBs, progressive fish farmers and senior citizen of Mirem village attended the awareness programme.

 

Dr. Tadang Minu first woman from state to be awarded PhD in Physical Education

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The Visva Bharati Santiniketan, West Bengal awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physical Education to Dr. Tadang Minu.
She is the first women and second from Arunachal Pradesh after Dr. Anil Mili to receive the PhD degree in the field of Physical Education.
She is the daughter of Tadang Takia and late Tadang Yajit of interior Bogu village under Tali Circle of Kra Daadi district.
She went to Govt. Primary School Ganga and Govt. Hr, Sec. School Itanager and did her graduation from Dera Natung Govt. Collage Itanager and Masters Degree from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar Punjab.
She also studied at Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Eastern Center Kolkata and served in Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, one of best institutes in Asia in the field of Physical Education, for 5 Years.
She started her career as boxer and represented the state in many national level competitions.
She also had a chance to fights against World Champion M.C Mary Kom. Presently, she is working at Rajiv Gandhi University as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education.

 

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Editorial 

 

Railway accident on rise

Every time there is a train accident, the question of ‘safety’ in Indian railways is expected to arise. The recent train accident in Uttar Pradesh near Muzaffarnagar have again set off a debate on the issue of railway safety in our country. The conspiracy theory of derailment by terrorist leading to accident is overshadowing the failures of Indian railways. In the last three year several major rail accidents have killed hundreds of people across India. The Times of India reported that 50% of train accidents in most recent years have been because of derailments, of which 29% were brought about by track defects. Against this background, it’s far-fetched for a government to publicise the introduction of Bullet and Maglev trains without tending to the ‘essentials’, for example, security and safety issues, first.
Indian Railways currently utilise ICF (Integral Coach Factory) coaches for all of their trains barring a few exceptions. ICF coaches have a long history of squashing into each other, when crashes occur. The Indian railways need crucial measures, for example, ensuring independent and regular audits of railway safety and the changing of all the old ICF coaches to modern LHB (Link Holfmann Busch) coaches (which are currently used in the Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto rakes) – as proposed by the Anil Kakodkar board in 2012. Out of the 106 proposals suggested by board, the railway ministry had acknowledged 69 recommendations and 19 others partially. Be that as it may, work has begun on just 22 of these proposals in the most recent five years. The board of trustees was constituted in 2012 and the suggestions were to be implemented in five years. This exposes the lack of intent on the part of the government to improve the rail safety. Also so far no concrete action has been taken against any officials for the negligence. Everyone will forget about accident after some days and then everything will be back to square one.

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Readers’ Forum

 

Rationalization of teachers

Dear Editor,
It has been rightly pointed out that recent rationalization of teachers was influenced by nepotism. In fact it was just eyewash. Govt. tried to show that she is very serious about education scenario of the state. But only few schools were targeted for rationalization. In rest of school/areas transfer was made randomly. Whereas government had stated earlier that transfer will be on the basis of length of service of teachers in the school.
As for example here, I would like to inform all the readers that only around 38-40 SSA teachers were transferred in entire Lower Subansiri district. No regular teacher has been transferred yet. Most of these transferred teachers are those who were in the school for last 5-6 years only. Whereas those teachers who are in the particular school since their first appointment and for last 10-12 years have not been affected by rationalization. In middle and secondary schools of Ziro-I block, there are many SSA and regular teacher who are in particular school for last one decade or more. Atleast, they should have been transferred within a block level for a change.
Like Ziro- I block, same is the story of other areas of the state.
Now public/parents are talking that actually government was never interested /serious in improving the condition of education sector of the state . Government was just seeking some excuse in the name of rationalization of teachers to target their opponent.
As government is not serous in rationalization of teachers , we appeal to student union like APPSU, Apatani Student Union (ASU) etc to raise issue with competent and concerned authority.
Yours,
Taga Apa,
Hapoli

 

What’s happening?

Dear Editor,
Everybody knows that in Arunachal Pradesh crime seems to be increasing day by day. I want to ask all the cops of Arunachal Pradesh what’s going on. What’s happening? Many girls are too scared to walk alone on roadside. I am also one of them.
Because of fear of crime, we don’t feel safe at all especially, increasing crimes on girls.
Please provide freedom and security to all girls because every girl must have freedom to live unafraid.
So I request the concerned police authority to wake up from their long slumber and pull their socks up. Please increase night patrolling not only for heinous crimes but also common nuisance of gang of guys in every nook and corner having their good time.
Yours,
A citizen

 

Human resources has turned into liability

Dear Editor,
This refers to Dhurjati Mukherjee’s article, “Rising unemployment” (Features, August 9, 2017). The employment to population ratio is a clear indicator of what is the general outcome of much hyped disinvestment policy that has become both UPA and NDA governments’ talisman since 1991. While employment to population ratio was 58.6 per cent in 1994, it has, alarmingly, come down to 52.2 per cent in 2013. This lopsided liberalization policy has turned India’s huge human resources into a liability.
Yours,
Sujit De, Kolkata

 

Creation of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Affairs

Dear Editor,
Recent cabinet approval for creation of a Department of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Affairs has been well received by people of all communities and faiths. It will go a long way in preservation, promotion and protection of rich cultural heritages of the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.
Pema Khandu led cabinet deserves applauses and special gratitude from the autochthons of the state whose indigenous beliefs, faiths, practices, customes and tastes and attitudes and outlooks latent in them since the primeval times are at the brink of disappearance.
However, the government need some serious thoughts over the functional structure and recruitment processes of the department and its cadres from the beginning itself or else the ideals underlying the noble objective of creating such organizational setups would be defeated owing policy defects. It should be marked by ability, long term vision and purpose keeping in mind the technical nature of the department and a state of as diverse as ours symbolized by plurality of its culture and vast heterogeneous tribal communities.
Culture, to be precise could be understood as a sense of ultimate values possessed by a particular society as expressed in its collective institutions, by its individual members in their dispositions, feelings, altitudes and manners as well as in significant forms which they give to material objects.
It shouldn’t be confused with just songs, dramas and theatrical performance which a particular department of the state and the commoners sought to assume and understand. Material culture component consists of man made objects and physical substances which has been changed and used by man while non-material culture consists of the words people use or the language they speak, the beliefs they hold, values and virtues they cherish, habits they follow, rituals and practices they do and ceremonies they observe.
Religion and its beliefs, practices and faith in its wider sense is the very soul of culture and religion as the inner realisation of the highest truth and spiritual consciousness can never be opposed to culture. Again culture is learnt, its social, is shared, continuous and cumulative, consistent and integrated, dynamic and adaptive.
Significantly, culture is the treasury of knowledge as it provides all which is essential for physical, social and intellectual existence of man. And Language, which is considered as wheel of culture helps not only the transmission of knowledge from generation to generation but also its preservation, accumulation and diffusion.
All the indigenous faiths, beliefs, practices and goals found among the primitive religion and cultures of Arunachal tribes are conventional or customary in nature. They could play an important role in the development agenda of the state.
It would be, therefore more befitting and farsightedness if the mandate of this new department emphasizes on inclusive and long term policy and planning frameworks of preservation and conservation of all forms of art & culture through research, seminars, conference, symposium, workshops, festivals, discourses, exhibitions, production of dance, drama, music and performing arts and promotion of cultural and monumental heritage, arts letters, antiquities, artifacts and other creative endeavours.
And preferably only highly qualified and really deserving candidates with master’s degree in Anthropology, Sociology, Linguistics and Tribal Studies may be considered for absorption to the positions and cadres against sanctioned posts for the new department.
Yours,
Bengia Kabnang

State News

RKM doctors successfully remove 50 tumours

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: In a rare surgery, 50 tumours were successfully removed from a woman’s uterus at Rama Krishna Mission Hospital in Itanagar on August 15 by a surgery team led by senior Gynaecologist, Dr Posting Bayang.
In her 30s, the patient from Arunachal was reportedly suffering from heavy and painful menstrual bleeding for several years, leading to anaemia. She also has had multiple blood transfusions. Reportedly, she had consulted various medical institutes and doctors, including NEIGRIHMS in Shillong and was advised to undergo hysterectomy, a medical procedure to remove all or part of the uterus.
It was informed that on investigation she was found with multiple tumours in the uterus known as myomas and the decision for surgery was crucial and risky at the same time since the patient is young. The team successfully conducted a three-hour myomectomy surgery to preserve her fertility. The patient was later discharged from the hospital.

 

 

IPPBs for rural Arunachal by end of year

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: The Indian Postal Department is all set to launch the India Postal Payment Bank (IPPB) by the end of this year to cater to the rural populace of Arunachal Pradesh in line with regular banks.
Informing this during a release of special postcards at the Itanagar Head Post Office on Saturday, Regional Director of Postal Services, Som Kamei said that the Government of India envisions to open 650 branches of IPPBs across the country, with 47 branches in North East India and nine branches in Arunachal Pradesh.
The IPPB headquarter is expected to be launched in Itanagar by September-October and in the entire state by the end of the year.
A technology driven project under the Government of India to bring rural areas closer to the Digital India initiative, these IPPBs would initially provide almost all banking facilities, barring credit cards and loans for the time being.
Postman services would also be utilised to provide doorstep banking facilities to the rural masses.
Currently, post offices work under the Ministry of Finance as an agency, but these IPPBs would be under the Postal Department and be manned by professional bankers.
Earlier, releasing the 21 postcards under ‘Enchanting Arunachal Pradesh’, the DPS said that it was an endeavour of the Postal Department to highlight the tourism aspects of Arunachal Pradesh and would also serve as a souvenir for visiting tourists. The postcards are priced at Rs 5 a piece, while the set of 21 postcards would come at a price of Rs 105.

 

 

Pema calls on President

NEW DELHI, Aug 19: Chief Minister Pema Khandu, accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and State BJP President Tapir Gao called on President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday and congratulated him on being elected the President of India.
In his interaction with the delegation, the President expressed concern over the flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh. He conveyed deep sense of condolence and prayed for the lives lost in the landslide at Laptap village. The President also assured to visit Arunachal within this year on a suitable event as assured earlier in his last visit to the state on July.
Stating that he would rise above party politics and that his effort will be to take every state in the country towards prosperity, the President advised the leaders from Northeast to work in unison in promoting the region under the Prime Minister’s ‘Act East Policy’. (CMO)

 

 

‘Irregular power supply affects Smart Classes’

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: TGT, Mohendro Mitkong informed that irregular power supply is the main hurdle in the way of conducting regular Smart Classes in the school.
Speaking during a parent-teacher association meeting at Government Secondary School Kiyit on Friday, he highlighted the advantages of Smart Class teaching using K-YAN projector cum computers, adding that it creates interest among the students with latest updated teaching aids and knowledge.
He said that GSS Kiyit conducts smart class on regular basis, but rued about the irregular power supply.
Further, Headmaster, Abong Lego said that, ‘good coordination between teachers and parents is vital for improving academic performance of the students’.
The Headmaster also explained about the importance of Aadhaar cards and bank accounts.
Parents from villages like Kiyit, Ngopok, Borguli, Seram and Namsing also gave feedbacks and suggestions during the meeting.

 

 

DC issues action against illegal hawkers

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: The Capital Administration has issued an order to take necessary action against illegal hawkers in the Capital Complex.
The Deputy Commissioner noted that various illegal hawkers selling balloons and other knick knacks are roaming within the Capital Complex and creating nuisance for residents and commuters on the highway.
He directed circle officers Moyir Kato and Dr Heera Panggeng to take necessary action against such illegal hawkers as per various provisions of law, including deportation from the Capital Complex.
The Superintendent of Police has also been directed to provide police personnel as and when required for such evictions and deportations.

 

 

Crackdown on kutcha latrines and pigsty

PASIGHAT, Aug 19: The East Siang District Administration has started crackdown on illegal construction of pigsty, kutcha latrines and broiler poultry houses within Pasighat township area to maintain a clean and hygienic atmosphere.
Stating that construction of such pigsty, kutcha latrines and poultry houses create a dirty and unhygienic atmosphere in Pasighat Township, the District Administration in an order asked the public as well as government employees to remove such constructions from their respective residential areas, government quarters and private residential houses.
Such constructions are mainly observed in areas from Pane Korong source to Siang confluence, at various government residential quarters, private residential houses and commercial establishments, the administration said, adding that violators of the order will be booked and action will be taken against them as per law.
Meanwhile, East Siang Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak has issued another order putting a temporary halt on conduct of firing practice at Ranaghat firing range near Dangoria Baba Mandir from August 19 to September 7 in view of the ensuing Solung Festival.

 

 

Arunachal receives e-governance award for e-ILP

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: The Indian Express Group has conferred the e-governance award on Arunachal Pradesh for the “e-Inner Line Permit (ILP)” project implemented by the Department of IT & Communication under the ‘Outstanding Technology Project for Connecting the Unconnected’ category.
Receiving the award on behalf of the state government on Saturday during the Express Technology Sabha at Goa, IT&C Commissioner Special Secretary, Prince Dhawan said that this is a huge motivation for the IT Department. The e-ILP will truly boost the tourism scenario and open up the economy of the state to newer and exciting possibilities, he added.
The Technology Sabha Editor’s Choice Awards/Recognitions for Excellence in e-Governance are presented to the most innovative and effective projects that have demonstrated excellent usage of technology for creating maximum impact with respect to demonstrating e-governance.
Under the e-ILP project, the web portal www.arunachalilp.com provides visitors to apply and obtain the mandatory inner line permit online from anywhere in the country.

 

 

Students attend legal awareness camp

YINGKIONG, Aug 19: A day-long legal awareness camp was organised by the Upper Siang District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) for the students of Government Girls Residential School on Saturday to sensitize them regarding schemes available under legal aid services and various provisions of law.
Addressing the participants, Secretary DLSA, Mary Kamsi briefed about the programme and schemes available under legal aid services and urged them to avail its benefits.
Resource persons Dubom Tekseng and Dipi Tasing spoke on topics like, Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act, 2005; Concept of Sec 125 CrPC; Arunachal Pradesh Victim Compensation Scheme, 2011; Access to Justice for all under Legal Service Authority Act, 1987;POCSO Act and Juvenile Justice Board.
Meanwhile, the Arunachal Women Helpline (WHL) conducted a door to door awareness campaign at Model Village, Naharlagun the same day to generate awareness regarding violence against women and government sponsored women empowerment schemes.
During the campaign, the WHL team distributed pamphlets and explained to the public about the function and objective of the helpline.

 

 

Disbursement of TAH compensation for L/ Subansiri soon: DC

ZIRO, Aug 19: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner, Kemo Lollen has assured that re-assessment of Trans-Arunachal Highway undertaken by three different committees of Ziro,Yachuli and Raga shall be stopped henceforth and disbursements of compensation will begin at the earliest.
The DC was addressing a meeting held in his office chamber on Thursday last with the representative of the All Lower Subansiri Trans-Arunachal Highway Land Affected People’s Forum (ALSTAHLAPF) regarding early disbursement of compensation to the affected people.
Apprising the members regarding pros and cons of the land acquisition system and causes for delay in according sanction by the MoRTH, the DC further said that a block-wise list of affected people will be furnished for wide publication before disbursement of compensation.
Earlier, the affected people’s representative had appealed to the DC to forgo the re-assessment undertaken by three different committees of Ziro, Yachuli and Raga saying that it is causing undue delay in the compensation process. They also submitted a representation regarding early disbursement of compensation without any delay, giving August 23 as deadline.
The ALSTAHLAPF has further appealed to all NGOs and individuals of the district and state not to dilute the issues relating to Trans-Arunachal Highway in Lower Subansiri district as the affected peoples’ forum is looking for early construction of highway. It asked the authorities not to entertain appeals or letters from any organization or individual regarding the highway in Lower Subansiri district.

 

 

Indo-China Doklam standoff
Flights Of Fantasy

[ M Panging ]

The Doklam standoff between India, Bhutan and China started on June 16, 2017 and the face off continues after 67 days. The Doklam plateau is located at the tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China near the Sikkim border. Doklam is a disputed area between Bhutan and China. India’s intervention is due to the 1949 Indo-Bhutan friendship treaty. The 1949 treaty has recently been superseded by the Indo-Bhutan Friendship Treaty of 2007. The issue has been on the boil with allegations and counter allegations from both sides.
India shares 4000 km border with China. For decades there have been many border disputes along this border. The major disputes are in Kashmir, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. There are smaller issues in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. In Kashmir, 38000 square km of Indian claimed territory in Aksai Chin is already under Chinese control. China and Pakistan are building strategically significant China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which links Xinjiang province of China and Gwadar port in Pakistan. A major portion of the road passes through northern Kashmir and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. In the eastern sector, China has been claiming majority of Arunachal Pradesh as its territory calling it Southern Tibet, and now the Doklam standoff in the Sikkim-Bhutan-China tri-junction. Readers may recall that Sikkim was a separate kingdom and joined India only in1975 after a request by the Sikkim Government and a referendum.
China cannot be compared with Pakistan. China is a major world power with a very robust economy and a very large, motivated military. Though China also has many disputes with other nations like Vietnam, Philippines, Japan, Taiwan etc, China has a robust indigenous military industry and manufactures majority of its aircraft, ships, submarines, tanks, weapons and ammunition. India imports majority of its aircraft, ships, submarines, tanks, weapons, ammunition and is dependent on other nations for weapons and ammunition.
India and China has already fought one war in 1962. Many rivers of Arunachal Pradesh and India originate in China. Strategists and policy makers should understand that China is a different kettle of fish. It is rhetoric based on hubris when the Indian Army chief announced recently that the Indian Army can handle a two and half front war. Even the mainstream India media is playing a jingoistic role adding salt to the fire.
The rhetorical statements by senior officials and politicians need to be moderated. The dispute needs to be resolved by diplomatic methods. Any war will put back both India and China by at least 20 years. Historically, there is a tendency to look down at the Chinese. Even in 1962, India followed a Forward Policy leading to disastrous consequences. It seems the present leadership is again adopting a Forward Policy without adequate soul searching about own capabilities. As a nation, we cannot base our policies depending on claims of support by other nations. History shows that most supporting nations will not commit their forces in case of an actual conflict. It is imperative to have the capability and strength to fight and win our own battles.
In the Arthashastra, our great strategist Chanakya stated the Mandala concept in 300 BC, that two neighbours can never be friends. He also gave many ways of resolving conflicts. Our leadership also needs to adopt and follow some Chanakya Niti. Unlike places like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, Arunachal Pradesh is a border state and would be the battleground state. Some veteran Arunachalese who have experienced the scary and bad times of 1962 are still alive. The national leadership needs to understand that Arunachal may be the battleground, but the bigger weapons will fall some place deeper. Belonging to a border state, Arunachalese need to be more circumspect and pragmatic. War occurs when diplomacy fails. Time for some genuine Indi-Chini, Bhai-Bhai! (The writer is a retired Group Captain of the Indian Air Force)

 

 

Government extends GST return filing date to Aug 25

NEW DELHI, Aug 19: The government on Saturday extended till August 25 the last date for filing returns and payment of taxes under the GST regime after the GSTN portal faced technical issues because of a huge rush.
Earlier, the cut-off for filing maiden GST returns for July was scheduled to end on Sunday, August 20, which explained the heavy traffic at ‘www.gst.gov.in’.
But the portal suffered technical glitches as it was unable to take the load. The government has now extended the deadline by 5 days.
In a statement, the finance ministry said: “The GST Implementation Committee, consisting of state and central government officers, has taken a decision to extend the last date for payment of GST for July 2017 to August 25, 2017.”
It said certain flood-hit states as well as Jammu and Kashmir had sought an extension.
For taxpayers who have to claim credit for past taxes paid by filing form TRANS 1, the last date for returns will be August 28.
“In order not to face any last moment technological difficulty in submission of returns, all taxpayers are requested to kindly file their return well before 25th / 28th of August 2017 and not wait for the last date,” the ministry said.
Since today morning, traders across the country experienced difficulties in filing returns and uploading GSTR 3B on the GST Network portal — the company mandated to build the IT backbone for the new indirect tax regime.
GST Network took to twitter, saying, “The GST portal is experiencing some issues. Kindly try after some time.”
The filing of maiden GST returns for July commenced on August 5.
As the trouble surfaced, the website of ‘gst.gov.in’ ran a scroll: “We are experiencing slowness and are working to improve the response. Please bear with us.”
Under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, which was implemented from July 1, businesses are expected to file monthly tax returns.
While 72 lakh assessees of the old indirect tax regime have migrated to the GST Network portal, nearly 50 lakh have completed the migration process.

 

 

Enhanced pay scale for army doctors

NEW DELHI, Aug 19: Enhanced pay scales for medical officers and specialists in the Army have been approved by the government.
“Govt approves enhanced pay scales for OIC (Officer In- charge Polyclinics), medical officers and dental officers to Rs 75,000 and all specialists to Rs 87,000 for the first year and Rs 1 lakh for the second in ECHS (Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme) polyclinics wef (with effect from) from August 17.
“ECHS is looking forward to quality doctors and dedicated care of veterans and their depen-dants,” Additional Directorate General of Public Information, Indian Army, tweeted yesterday. (PTI)

 

 

Gidii Yameng, Chimpu BN Ane register easy wins

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Gidii Yameng and Chimpu BN Ane on Saturday registered easy wins over their opponents Sisang Angong and Chandranagar Ane respectively in the Itanagar Solung Festival Football Tournament.
Tason Saroh scored four goals and Taga Karpuk one in Gidii Yameng’s 5-2 victory over Siasang Angong at DNGC playground.
Bakin Tamut and Oge Megu were the scorers for Sisang Angong, and Tason was adjudged player of the match for his excellent four goals.
Chimpu BN Ane also trounced Chandranagar Ane 5-0.
Solung United FC Veteran beat Banggo United FC 2-0. Kaling Tatin and Tahang Tatin scored one goal each for the winning team. Taniber Jerang was adjudged player of the match.

 

 

Adi Mising orgs provide relief to flood-hit Assam

Correspondent
RUKSIN, Aug 19: A joint team of the Adi Mising Baane Kebang (AMBK), ABK (WomenWing) and Takam Mising Poring Kebang (TMPK), led by AMBK secretary Okom Yosung on Saturday visited flood hit areas of Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts and distributed relief items among the affected people.
The team met flood affected villagers in Gogamukh Phulbari and Rotua of Dhemaji and Pohumara areas of Lakhimpur areas and distributed over 20 quintals of rice, besides cloths, buckets and cash.
Earlier, the joint team rushed to Laika-Dhodia area in Upper Assam and helped the flood hit tribal families with cash and kind.
The AMBK (Assam-Arunachal Joint Committee) sources informed that their joint efforts of relief distribution would reach to flood affected families of Majuli next week.

 

 

APRB organizes financial literacy camp

Correspondent
RUKSIN, Aug 19: The Ruksin branch of Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank (APRB), with support of NABARD organized a daylong financial literacy cum credit recovery camp at Ruksin office on Saturday.
APRB Branch Manager Mita Dev elaborated the procedure of opening bank accounts under Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana and the importance of linking of Aadhaar number with bank accounts for Direct Beneficiary Transfer (DBT) system.
She advised the account holders not to assign or authorize other persons in financial transaction.
Informing that huge amounts of money granted under credit schemes have been lying un-recovered, the banker appealed to the leaders and GBs to help the institution in recovering the credit amounts.
Ruksin Anchal Chairperson Aruni Jamoh, Ngorlung GP Chairperson Monuj Taying and other PRI leaders raised queries on management of APRB and its ongoing financial schemes, which were cleared by the branch manager.
The bank branch earlier conducted such financial literacy camp at Bilat- Bamin village in Ruksin sub-division in May this year.
The camp was attended by Panchayat leaders and gaon buarhs and public leaders of Ruksin area, besides officials of Ruksin Block Development Office.

 

 

Science awareness cum communication prog

KIMIN, Aug 19: Kimin SDO J Padung inaugurated a two-day science awareness cum communication programme at Government Higher Secondary School auditorium on Saturday.
In his inaugural address, Padung said science and technology have made life easier for communication, but advantages and disadvantages of the technology depend on its utilisation. He lauded the Science and Technology Department for organizing a first of its kind event in a grand way.
He also called upon the faculty members, students and parents to preserve the environment, apart from maintaining good health and sound mind.
The two days programme includes poster making, drawing, painting and essay competition on science and technology.

 

 

Suspension order revoked

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: The Director of Postal Service, Arunachal Pradesh Division has revoked the suspension order of P P Sharma, then Post Master of Chowkham SO with effect from August 16, 2017, with recommendation of the review committee and approval of the competent authority, according to an official order issued by Director Postal Service, Arunachal Pradesh Division.

 

 

KVKs celebrate World Honey Bee Day

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: World Honey Bee Day was celebrated by various Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), highlighting the importance of bees in crop production.
KVK, Tawang celebrated the day at Kitpi village, involving the farmers.
All the KVK staff along with the ADO of Kitpi circle visited the village and encouraged farmers to take up apiculture as a source of income generation.
KVK, Changlang celebrated the World Bee Day in its office premises at Jairampur.
The Subject Matter Specialist from the kendra demonstrated methods of bee keeping and taught how a farmer’s economy can be enhanced through it.
Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce and bees are important pollinators, the farmers were taught.
The programme was followed up by a farmer- scientist interaction.
World Honey Bee Day was also celebrated by Tirap KVK with various programmes.

 

 

KVK training, New India Manthan

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Anjaw conducted a training programme of Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav (MGMG) on poultry farming for livelihood improvement in the rural community at Supliang village on August 17 and 18.
The subject matter specialist in Animal Science of the KVK imparted knowledge to farmers on poultry housing, feeding, vaccination and rearing management, including bio-security measures.
He informed the farmers about five major diseases in poultry, namely IBD, ranikhet, CRD, fowl cholera and fowl pox, which can be prevented through regular and routine vaccination and supplementing nutrient deficiencies.
In total, 28 birds were vaccinated against ranikhet disease using lasota and R2B strain vaccines, depending upon the age of the birds.
The training was attended by rural youths, farmers, farmwomen and goan burahs.
KVK, Upper Subansiri observed and organised New India Manthan- Sankalp Se Siddhi in Rijo conference hall on Saturday, where local MLA Dikto Yekar appealed to the farmers to take up technological farming practices with great interest.
Upper Subansiri DC, A K Singh advised for better cooperation between farmers and officials to work together, and assured to ensure proper implementation of the schemes released under the New India Manthan.
SMS Agriculture Extension, Topi Riba gave a presentation on ‘Doubling Farmers income’. She critically examined and explained the possibilities of doubling farmers’ income through various possible scientific interventions, knowledge and farming practices.
The programme was attended by Agriculture and allied HoDs, PRI members and 74 farmers from various villages of the district.

 

 

Mass social service

NAHARLAGUN, Aug 19: A mass social service was organised in D-Sector area (Ward No-22), Naharlagun on Saturday.
Participating in the social service, local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary, Techi Kaso appealed to all to take part in cleanliness drives. “It is the responsibility of everyone to make their surroundings clean”, he said.
IMC Councillor Tarh Pacho, students, tempo/auto drivers and local residents took part in the cleanliness drive.

 

 

Match result 9 Warriors Football Tournament 2017

Toko Prem and Om Pachi win in 9 warriors
ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Toko Prem FC trounced Borum United FC 5-0 in a one-sided match in the 9 Warriors Football Tournament 2017 at the KV-2 playground here on Saturday.
Regio Tapu and Niktar Bhai scored three and two goals respectively in TPFC’s win against Borum United.
In other match, Om Pachi FC beat Degio Welfare Society FC 2-1. Tagio Raju and Sanjay Yangpo scored for the winning team. The only goal for the losing team was netted by Kento Loya.
There will be five matches held on Sunday,which include Longotia yaar FC vs Government Secondary School Chimpu;Saket Boys vs Chimpu Ward No. 1 FC;Yangda Brothers FC vs Itanagar SC;Dassang Brothers FC vs Sanglo Putung Young Generation FC and Kipa Kasung FC vs All Nyobia Sangram Youth Association FC.

 

 

Volunteers paint daily market area

ROING, Aug 19: The volunteers of I-clean Roing, joined by ADC Chestha Yadav painted the Roing daily market to beautify the area on Saturday. The day was also marked by donation of 30 T-shirts to the volunteers by AAPSU Convener Togeh Meopla.

 

 

ASC and TUFC win in Abotani Cup

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Arunachal SC (ASC) and Todo United FC (TUF) won their respective matches in the U-17 Abotani Cup 2017 played on August 19.
Arunachal SC beat Huto English School with 3-1 goals, where Kipa Talo scored all the three goals. Later, he was adjudged man of the match.
Taba Tager scored the consolation goal for Huto English School team.
Todo United beat Next FC 3-0 in the second match.
Tailyang Cosy,Ratan Osen and Tami Nani were the scores. Ratan Osen was declared man of the match for his performance.

 

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10 arrested for hospital vandalism

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Aug 18: At least 10 people have been arrested for allegedly vandalising the office of the Medical Superintendent of Aalo hospital on Friday.
Reportedly, a group of angry miscreants barged into Medical Superintendent in-charge, Dr Linnya Lollen’s chamber around 4 PM on Friday, accusing that the hospital did not allow the ambulance to carry the dead body of a deceased boy, who reportedly died in a tragic road mishap between Kabu Village and Aalo on August 15.
The Aalo Superintendent of Police informed The Arunachal Times that 10 persons involved in the act of vandalism have been arrested and are under police remand. However, the SP did not disclose the identity of the arrested people.
When contacted, Dr Lollen stated that the miscreants were relatives of the deceased boy who were accusing him (Dr Lollen) of denying ambulance to transport the dead body.
“They barged into my office and hurled abusive words and started vandalising my office”, Dr Lollen said. He clarified that a dead body cannot be transported in an ambulance as per the laid down norms because there is high chance of infecting patients who are still alive.
“For dead bodies, a hearse vehicle/mortuary can only be used”, he added.
According to Dr Lollen, the deceased boy had already succumbed to his injuries before the ambulance arrived. The ambulance denied taking the body only after they learnt that the boy was already dead.
Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association-Arunachal branch and the Arunachal Pradesh Doctors’ Association strongly condemned the act of vandalism in the office of the medical superintendent. The fraternity further demanded strict action against the persons involved in the incident.
The organisations also urged the government to enact Arunachal Pradesh Protection of Medical Service Persons and Medical Service Institutions, (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss of Property) Act, 2017, so that such incidents are prevented in the future.
Further, the organisations appealed to the government to provide mortuary vans and other facilities to transport dead bodies in the government hospitals and to provide security to medical staff.

State’s first solar powered hospital in Kra Daadi

PALIN, Aug 18: With the installation of a 50 KWp SPV solar power plant, the 50-bed hospital of Jorung in Palin circle under Kra Daadi district has become the first hospital in the state to be completely run by solar power energy.
The solar plant project with 160 solar panels, 120 Exide batteries, one inverter and an input-output panel board was tested and commissioned recently.
The Rs 1.2 crore solar power project was executed by the APEDA, Kra Daadi district, and M/s North East Agency Pvt Ltd, Guwahati carried out the project work.
The solar plant produces enough power to run the hospital and nearby quarters. After the installation of the solar plant, the electricity bill of the hospital has greatly reduced, and the savings on electricity bill can be used to buy modern equipment for the hospital. (DIPRO)

Will continue to engage with China for Dokalam solution: India

NEW DELHI, Aug 18: India today said it will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Dokalam standoff, asserting that peace and tranquility on the border is an important pre-requisite for smooth bilateral relationship.
“We will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said replying to a volley of questions on the issue.
He said peace and tranquility in the border areas is an important pre-requisite for smooth development of bilateral relationship.
Asked about incident between Chinese troops and Indian border guards in Ladakh on August 15, the MEA spokesperson said, “Such incidents are not in the interest of either side.”
He said two border personnel meetings (BPMs) had taken place between Indian border guards and Chinese troops recently.
He said one BPM had taken place at Chushul on August 16 and another one at Nathu La a week before.
When asked whether China had shared hydrological data with India as floods have severely hit Assam and Bihar, Kumar said no such data was received from Beijing on Brahmaputra this year.
India and China have an existing mechanism under which both countries share hydrological data.
Kumar said non-sharing of hydrological data by China cannot be linked to the current standoff as there can be technical reasons for it. (PTI)

 

Pema meets Vice President Naidu

NEW DELHI, Aug 18: Chief Minister Pema Khandu appreciated Vice President Venkaiah Naidu for fulfilling the wishes of the people of the state to get the Film and TV Institute in Arunachal functional and for providing a dedicated Doordarshan channel- Arun Prabha, which will showcase the rich culture of the Northeast to the rest of the country.
Meeting the Vice President on Friday, Pema congratulated Naidu on becoming the 13th Vice President of India and appreciated his guidance during his tenure as Union Minister in helping Pasighat achieve the status of Smart City and for considering the state government’s request to get Itanagar under the Smart City Mission.
Naidu on his part advised Pema to work with dedication for the people and to set examples for other leaders to follow. He also expressed his keen interest to visit Arunachal during the launch of DD Channel – Arun Prabha.
Pema was accompanied by State BJP President Tapir Gao, Union MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, WRD Minister Kamlung Mossang, Art & Culture Minister Dr Mohesh Chai and Planning Parliamentary Secretary Zingnu Namchoom.

Official team finds shortfalls in hospital facilities

YUPIA, Aug 18: A high level official team led by Dr Bamin Tada, Director, Regional Resource Centre (RRC), Northeast, Guwahati, visited Doimukh and Kimin CHCs on Thursday and found several shortfalls in the facilities.
The team assessed the facilities available in the labour room, OT, EPI, laboratory, pharmacy, OPD, IPD and implementation of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, and opined that the facilities must be improved to deliver effective health care services to the needy people.
Interacting with the Medical Officer in-charge and staff, Dr Tada and his colleagues assured to extend technical support for improvement of the functioning of the health centres.
Other members of the team included Dr Pumani Kalita, Consultant, CP, Dr Surajit Choudhary, Consultant PH, Diganto Sarma, Consultant, CP, Debojit Bora, State Facilitator, Papum Pare DMO, Dr Tasso Kampu, DrJomnya Ado, DRCHO and Dr Tania Raju, DANO.

Ngandam urges NCC to shoulder responsibility

ITANAGAR, Aug 18: Education & Library Minister Honchun Ngandam on Friday called upon the NCC cadets to shoulder the responsibility of nation building with determination and dedication.
Addressing at the valedictory function of the 10 days Thal Sena combined training camp of NCC here at Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic, the Minister, while lauding the role of the NCC said, the NCC being a source of discipline, the cadets should work for country’s unity and integrity and development with sincerity and dedication while maintaining discipline. He also asked them to excel in extracurricular activities.
Lieutenant Colonel N K Bisnoi informed that 80 girl cadets will be going for an advance training camp beginning from August 20 at Jorhat. From Arunachal Pradesh, three cadets, namely Binita Dorjee and Mihin Ronya from RGGP and Kenyir Ette from DNGC have been selected for Thal Sena training camp at Jorhat. They will also participate in national level Thal Sena training and competition to be held at New Delhi from September 1.
Cadets from Shillong, Jorhat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Dibrughar, Silchar, Imphal, Nagaland, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh attended the training.

DC emphasizes on enrolment of young voters

NAMSAI, Aug 18: Namsai Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer, R K Sharma on Friday attended several awareness camps which were organized under Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme.
Attending the camps at Government Polytechnic College, Namsai, Government Higher Secondary School, Lathao and Mahabodhi Lord Buddha College, Ningroo, the DC emphasized on enrolment of young voters,especially in the age group of 18 to 19 years.
He said that due to lack of systematic electors’ education, the elector population ratio in the district is behind the national level data and directed the EROs, AEROs and BLOs of the district to organize awareness camps in all polling stations on important days to sensitize the eligible electors to join the electoral process.
He also requested the teachers to encourage the students for timely enrolment in the electoral roll.
EAC/ERO Jayanti Pertin, EAC/AERO Ribi Karlo and SVEEP nodal officer B Biswas accompanied the DC during the awareness campaign.

RBI to issue new fluorescent blue Rs 50 notes

MUMBAI, Aug 18: The Reserve Bank of India will soon introduce new fluorescent blue Rs 50 banknotes bearing the motif of ‘Hampi with Chariot’ that depicts India’s cultural heritage.
RBI said it will shortly issue these Rs 50 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (new) series.
“The new denomination has motif of Hampi with Chariot on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage. The base colour of the note is fluorescent blue,” RBI said in a release.
Among others, the new notes will have designs and geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour schemes, both at the obverse and reverse, it added.
On the obverse/front side, the note will have portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre, denominational value in Devanagari script, micro letters RBI, India — both in English and Devanagari — as well as the numeral “50”.
The Ashoka pillar emblem will be on the right side of the obverse and an electrotype watermark and the number panel with numerals in ascending order on the top left side and bottom right side.
The new note having dimension of 66 mm X 135 mm will bear the year of printing on the reverse side, a Swachh Bharat logo with slogan, language panel and the motif of ‘Hampi with Chariot’.
“All the banknotes in the denomination of Rs 50 issued by the Reserve Bank in the earlier series will continue to be legal tender,” RBI added. (PTI)

 

Two students drown in Ziro

ZIRO, Aug 18: Two young students, identified as Punyo Karang and Tilling Kojing, both class XII students drowned at Kley River in Ziro.
Reportedly, they had gone to the river to take a bath when they drowned in the turbulent river. Their dead bodies have been retrieved and last rite performed on Thursday, informed Apatani Youth Association President, Taku Chatung. He has further appealed to the authority for ex-gratia for the next of kin of the young students.

Awareness prog on CM’s flagship schemes

ROING, Aug 18: A two-day long awareness programme on the Chief Minister’s Krishi Rinn Yojana, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Bunker Yojana and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Swavala-mban Yojana, besides CM’s flagship schemes was organized by the district administration, in collaboration with AMYA, a local NGO and NABARD, which concluded at the Anchal Samity Hall on Friday.
Around 300 people including farmers and weavers, entrepreneurs and educated unemployed youths attended the programme. On the first day, Deputy Director, NABARD gave a presentation on Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme and Centrally Sponsored schemes under National Livestock Mission 2017-18.
Addressing the programme, Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner, Deepak Shinde instructed all the bankers and officers to assist the prospective beneficiaries of the various schemes in availing benefits under the scheme.
Roing ADC, Chesta Yadav briefed about the procedures of applying for the schemes,while DPO, Marto Dirchi informed that the beneficiaries could avail loan up to Rs 3 lakh under Krishi Rinn Yojana, Rs 2 lakh under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Bunker Yojana and Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 crore under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Swavalamban Yojana. (DIPRO)

Karbak calls for cooperation for all round development

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ITANAGAR, Aug 18: Parliamentary Secretary for Sports & Youth Affairs, Nyamar Karbak has called upon the people of his constituency to cooperate with the state government, particularly concerned departments engaged in various schemes, for all round development.
Karbak, who is also the local MLA of the area, was addressing the public during an inauguration programme of a welcome gate at Darak circle.
Funded under SIDF 2016-17, the project was executed through RWD, Aalo Division with an amount of Rs 20 lakh.
Karbak appreciated the executing agency and contractors for timely completion of the project while maintaining the quality of work. He said that the newly inaugurated gate will add more beauty to the circle headquarters and urged the public to maintain the same.
After the inauguration, the Parliamentary Secretary, along with PRI leaders and officials visited the proposed site for construction of badminton court, which is also sanctioned under SIDF 2016-17.
Karbak also visited the steel bridge that connects Darak administrative circle with Kamba and district headquarters Aalo, which is lying under dilapidated condition and already declared unfit for vehicular movement by the administration.
The MLA assured to take up the matter at state government level for construction of a new RCC Bridge at the earliest.

Society asks administration to redress pubic grievances

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DAPORIJO, Aug 18: Expressing resentment over the lack of development activities, the All Taliha Town Welfare Society (ATTWS) in a meeting held at Taliha general ground has appealed to the administration to redress public grievances at the earliest.
Addressing the gathering, Society chairman Tapik Konia said that the people of the township have been facing various problems, including scarcity of drinking water, irregular power supply, shortage of medicine in the community health centre and poor BSNL service, in addition to lack of maintenance of government quarters, irregular service rendered by government staff and lack of subject teachers in the schools.
The Society also demanded immediate posting of ANM and GNM staff with lab technicians in the community health centre.
In his address, MLA cum Horticulture Parliamentary Secretary, Punji Mara assured to look into the pubic grievances and do his best for development of the area.
Participating in the meeting, Deputy Commissioner, A K Singh assured to mitigate the problems faced by the people with utmost priority. He also asked the government employees to render their duty with sincerity and dedication. Severe action will be taken against the government employees who are reluctant to perform their duties in their posting places, he said.
Meanwhile, general secretary of the Society, Gandhi Dupit assured to donate land for infrastructure development of the township.

Abotani Cup U-17 state-level football championship-2017

KBFC and BTFC emerge winners on day 4
NAHARLAGUN, Aug 18: Khyoda Brothers Football Club (KBFC) defeated Deed Circle Football Club (DCFC) by 5-0 in the first match of the day being played at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Friday.
KBFC’s Byabyang Niagio scored two goals,while Byabyang Charu, Rai Cheke and Biki Muna scored a goal each. Byabyang Negio was declared man of the match.
In the second match played between Bamang Taji Football Club (BTFC) and IG Park Football Club, BTFC won the match by a margin of 3-0.
BTFC’s Techi Bida netted the ball twice,while Rei Danial scored one goal. Techi Bida was declared man of the match.

 

9 Warriors Running Football Trophy

Rumik FC, Govt School Chimpu win
ITANAGAR, Aug 17: Rumik Mui Brothers FC registered 2-1 win over ESS United FC in the 9 warriors 13th Independence Day Running Trophy Football Tournament at the KV No. 2 playground here on Friday.
Rumik Tapa and Rumik Katan scored one goal each for the winning team. Only consolation from the losing team was scored by Koj Tarung.
In another match, Government SecondarySchool, Chimpu registered a win over Itanagar FC 4-2. Karling Biyu, Biri patung, Sangha Sony and Tai Tapo scored one goal each for the winning team. Charu Lalum and Tasso Chatung scored for Itanagar FC.
On Saturday, Degio Welfare Society FC will take on OM Pachi FC, while Borum United FC will take on Toko Prem FC.

 

DASH-Lohit mobile app launched

TEZU, Aug 18: Joining as the new Deputy Commissioner of Lohit district, Karma Leki and outgoing Deputy Commissioner Danish Ashraf launched the District’s Assessment of School and Health (DASH)-Lohit mobile application on Friday.
DASH-Lohit will assist in day to day monitoring and information management. The system utilizes cellular network to link remote schools and health care centres in Lohit district, and comprises of individual applications for schools and health care centres. The project software was developed under the initiative of Ashraf by NIC Tezu and management consultant.
Later, in an interactive meeting, Leki sought cooperation from the officials and hoped to work as a team for development of the district.Outgoing Deputy Commissioner Ashraf also welcomed Leki and hoped that Lohit district under the new Deputy Commissioner would touch new heights of development. (DIPRO)

 

Photo exhibition garners attention

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MIAO, Aug 18: A photograph exhibition held recently in Miao by the Miao Explorersgarnered much attention at the general ground on August 15.
A duo of two freelance photographers,Minom Pertin and Roshan Updahyaya of Miao, the Miao Explorers showcased about 200 photographs on the ethnic culture, scenic beautyand wildlife of the district, besides giving a glimpse into hornbills of Namdapha National Park.
Pertin, who is an engineer posted at Miao, said that the exhibition was an attempt to showcase the beauty of the town and its periphery to the world. The photographs have been collected over a period of five to six years, he informed.

‘Provide medicines to health centres in Kra Daadi’

PALIN, Aug 18: Claiming that the medicines supplied from the medical authority during an All Tali Area Students Union (ATASU) conducted three-day long health awareness campaign were expired, the students’ union urged the authority to supply new batch of medicines to the district medical and various public health centres of Kra Daadi at the earliest.
The students’ union had earlier conducted the campaign at general ground, which concluded on August 14 last. During the campaign, the students’ union distributed medicines and solar lamps to the patients.

 

Org demands cancelation of transfer

ITANAGAR, Aug 18: In a representation to the state Chief Secretary, the Longding unit of the Arunachal Youth Organization on Friday appealed to her to cancel the transfer of incumbent Longding Deputy Commissioner, Himanshu Gupta.
It has stated that the newly created district needs an efficient IAS officer to ensure better administration, and therefore sought cancellation of the transfer order against Gupta.

 

Bharat Jodo Abhiyan at Palin

PALIN, Aug 18: The Kra-Daadi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) organized the Bharat Jodo Abhiyan at Nyokum Community Hall, Palin on August 12 last.
During the programme, the executive members of Kra Daadi unit BJYM paid homage to martyr late Lance Naik Pate Tasuk of 17th Guard Rashtriya Rifle Indian Army, who bravely fought against terrorists in Kupwara district of Jammu & Kashmir.
State BJYM President Taring Teri also felicitated the retired military and paramilitary personnel of the district on the occasion.

Assam Rifles extend humanitarian aid

CHANAGLANG, Aug 18: The Changlang Battalion of the Assam Rifles with the help of its recovery vehicle towed a school bus which had skidded off the road and overturned on Thursday morning.
The recovery vehicle towed it away from the edge of a cliff onto the main road.
The Assam Rifles had sprung into rescue efforts after the school bus with six students on board skidded off the road and overturned while plying along their daily route. The students and the driver escaped unhurt, barring minor injuries.
Meanwhile, the locals, police force and the school authorities have lauded the prompt initiative of the Assam Rifles.

Swachh Bharat campaign

YINGKIONG, Aug 18: A Swachh Bharat awareness campaign was organized by the Geku Unit of Seva Bharati at Katan on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Upper Siang Seva Bharati, Secretary Gebuk Burang appealed to the people to adopt Swachh Bharat mission and not let it remain a mere slogan.
Later, a plantation drive was also organized wherein 41 saplings were planted.
ZPM Oken Aje, Anchal Chairperson Kosang Paron, Vidya Niketan Katan Principal J P Singh also participated in the programme. (DIPRO)

 

Industrial motivation campaign and ESDP prog at Deed

DEED, Aug 18: An industrial motivation campaign and entrepreneurship-cum-skill development programme was organized by the Itanagar Br Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institutes (MSME-DI) at Deed in Lower Subansiri district on August16 last.
The objective of the programme was to identify and motivate traditional and non-traditional entrepreneurs having potential for setting up MSMEs and to help them become self-employed.
As part of the campaign, a six week ESDP programme on garment manufacturing is presently underway, exclusively for weaker sections of the society, wherein 30 candidates are taking part.
Programme Coordinator and Br MSME-DI, Itanagar Assistant Director, Christopher Minj informed about entrepreneurship-cum-skill development programme and role of Br MSME-DI, while Chairman of Himalayan Tribal Welfare Society, Debia Teji informed the potentials of garment manufacturing industries in Deed.

 

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Editorial 

Europe again under attack

Terrorist attack has once again hit Europe. This time Barcelona, one of the most prominent city of world famous more for its Barcelona football club has come under the attack of terrorists. Once considered to be relatively safe, the terror attacks in Spain shows how European cities are emerging as easy targets of Islamist terrorists who want to inflict maximum damage. 13 people were killed and 100 injured on Thursday in a terror attack after a van rammed into a crowd of pedestrians on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas tourist area. The Islamic state group known as ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to US monitor SITE Intelligence Group, the extremist group’s propaganda outlet AMAQ claimed that the executors of the attack were soldiers of the Islamic State. In recent year European cities like London, Paris, and Brussels have come under attack of Islamic terrorists. In most case the attacker has used van or truck to kill innocent people. This presents a startling challenge to the security agencies of Europe. Also the divide between western world and Islamic world will further deepen due to these kinds of terrorist attacks. The right wing religious group will use terror incident to promote islamophobia and create atmosphere of hatred. Already its effect is being felt across Europe. As per the report in international media, the attacks against recently arrived migrants, many of them refugees coming from predominantly Muslim countries have increased in Germany. ISIS will use these kinds of incidents to brainwash the young souls and inspire them to act against West. There is urgent need for talks so that gap between West and Islamic world is considerably reduced. Unless these two civilizations learn to live together peace will continue to elude world.

 

When tax neutrality meets India’s Cindrella

Dear Editor,
On the first of July,2017 the Nation moved a step closer to implementing the world’s most complex unified indirect tax system to replace the world’s most complex and fragmented system of indirect taxation. Goods and Services Tax (GST) -touted as the biggest tax reform seen by independent India aims to bind 29 states into a $2 trillion pan-India common market with 1.3 billion consumers.
GST as it has presented itself pretends to be a messiah of Tax Neutrality across the country. It is one indirect tax for the whole nation, which will make India (including the North Eastern regions) one unified common market. GST is a consumption based tax. This establishes a directly proportional relationship between consumption and revenue collection in a state. The incidence of double taxation will be removed and there will be no cascading effect of multiple levies. Jitendra Singh, Union MoS for DoNER says, “GST will offer these (referring to NE states) an opportunity to realize fiscal growth in tandem with the more developed states of India and thus make up for their own shortcomings.” Now, what remains to be seen is whether the minister’s words ooze unrealistic optimism for a utopian future or lead to a well constructed and calculated plan for holistic development of the region. GST is going to affect each and every one of us and so the pertinent question arise whether this is going to affect us for good or worse. GST has received mixed reactions from all over the nation including our desi Cindrella. A boon or a farcical entanglement?
GST will lead to lower logistical overheads. Being tax neutral, it will eliminate time consuming border tax procedures and toll check posts and encourage supply of goods across inter-state borders, thereby cutting down multiple tax rates imposed by central and state governments. The state will even start getting State GST on import of all goods and services which were earlier outside the ambit of state taxation. This would further act as a catalyst in the implementation of Act East policy. So, we won’t be seeing dual price labels (one for NE states, another for Rest of India) for the same consumer product. Goodbye unjust duality.
However, India has made its “simplified” tax reform a bit complicated. There will now be four different rates for indirect taxes on goods and services: 5%, 12%, 18% and 28% plus a 0% rate for items like food grains, cereal, and fresh milk, and a luxury tax (43% and more) on expensive cars and other high-end consumer items. These rates are the highest in the world. In India, nearly 60% of all goods fall under the 18% or 28% bracket of GST. An additional surcharge will apply to some high-tax products—and the rate of that surcharge could be anywhere from three percent (on personal jets) to 12% (on sodas), 17%, 21%, 61%, 72%, 142%, 160%, 204% or 290% (on pipe tobacco). Complicating matters further, there are significant omissions. VAT and state excise duty on alcoholic liquor for human consumption and VAT on petroleum crude, petrol, diesel, aviation turbine fuel and natural gas, stamp duty on transfer of immovable property, electricity duty, road and passenger tax, toll tax, property tax (real estate) will not be subsumed under the “unified” umbrella of GST. (Hypocrisy, eh?)The most notable are alcohol and real estate- two notorious sources of black money. Taking into consideration the current government’s relentless efforts towards curbing it, exclusion of the aforesaid entities seems submissive to the demands of certain groups of tax profiteers. For a reform meant to introduce a single, simple and low tax rate to India, this bewildering maze is quite hilarious. This spaghetti tangle of taxes is an invitation to corruption, bribery and incentivizes lobbyists to move from one tax rate to another as in many instances a single good/service is taxed at different rates. The government’s idea of One India, One Tax is just a contemporary of their idea of Akkhand Bharat. None seem to exist in reality.
The exemption threshold for GST is 20 lacs in general but in NE states it is 10lacs. As a result, more number of business enterprises would be incorporated within the GST net. The NE state governments fear that if the threshold exemption limit is kept high, large majority of the taxpayers will be below the threshold limit amounting to very little tax collection. But, will it really provide reasonable incentives for new businesses to take shape in the region? Soaking in the hypocrisy,a business having 12lacs turn-over will be exempted in Delhi but taxed in Manipur. This isn’t what the NE region needs at this very hour. Special Economic Advantages and not disadvantages are undeniably the need of the region.
Yours,
Ayan Borkotoky,
Samipya Mahanta,
University of Delhi

Deadline for in-service untrained teachers

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: The Education Department has set a deadline against in-service untrained teachers of elementary level to acquire minimum requisite professional qualification by 1st April, 2019, failing which, their services would be discontinued.
In a press statement, Education Secretary Bidol Tayeng informed that Union Minister of Human Resource, Prakash Javadekar informed in a video conference on Wednesday that procedure of dismissal shall be initiated against teachers who failed to meet up with the requisite professional qualification.
The direction has come in the backdrop of recent Parliament passing amendment to the section 23(2) of the RTE Act considering that 11 lakh untrained teachers have not acquired the requisite minimum professional qualification as required under the RTE Act 2009.
The untrained teachers shall train through open and distance learning programme of the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).
The Education Secretary informed that registration of the unqualified untrained teachers on NIOS has already started and would continue till September 15, 2017. The Education Department has written to all deputy commissioners and DDSEs in the state to give wide publicity for acquiring the requisite minimum professional qualification.
He also informed that there are 429 untrained teachers in government schools in Arunachal Pradesh and another 4000 untrained teachers in government aided and private schools.
Tayeng also disclosed that first term course will start from October 3, 2017 and conclude on 18 June, 2018. The second term will start on 25 June, 2018 and conclude on 31st March, 2019. The nodal officer has been appointed to oversee and monitor the progress, he added.

 

Police arrest drug peddlers, customers

CHANGLANG/ROING, Aug 17: Bordumsa Police arrested one Khememtang Singpho, alias Tangmai Singpho and five people suspected to be his customers.
Based on a tip off,a police team led by SI R K Yein searched the residence of Khememtang Singpho at Wagun-I village on August 14 and found Chow Chungta Intong (41), Zin Mura (32), Chowkham Ong Chowpu (29), Lapha Singpho (42)and Lakhum Singpho (32) taking drugs in the house.
According to a release, the police seized several items from the possession of the house owner, including suspected brown sugar and cash.
In another case, a police team from Changlang Police Station arrested a female drug peddler identified as Anim Zongsam Sharma on August 16 while the police was conducting surprise raids in houses of suspected opium peddlers.
The team seized opium; several bottles of IMFL and paraphernelia used for consumption and preparation of opium.
The raid was conducted under the supervision of Changlang Police Station OC TTangha and SI KTechi.
Further, Namdang Gate Cadet, Loget Tatin arrested one Timhang Halang on the evening of August 16 and found opium from the possession of the alleged accused.
Regular criminal cases have been registered against the arrested and investigations are underway.
At Roing, six people were arrested and drugs seized during a surprise raid conducted by district administration and police in the township area on Thursday.
A team led by DSP, Opir Paron, CO Town Magistrate, Sanjay Taram and Roing Police Station SI, Mogol Koyu arrested six persons from a rented house located at APST Colony and recovered drugs.
On getting input from those arrested, the team further conducted a raid at Mayu-II and nabbed two drug peddlers and apprehended a drug user from their house.
A case No.21/2017 U/S 22(b)/27(a) NDPS Act.1985 has been register in this regard.
CO and Town Magistarte, Sanjay Taram informed that the checking was held with the aim to contain rampant use of drugs and prevent law and order problem in the township.

 

Police cracks Techi Khoda murder case

BOMDILA, Aug 17: The West Kameng district unit police have made a breakthrough by arresting the accused involved in the murder of student, Techi Khoda.
In a press release, Superintendent of Police, PN Khrimey informed that the police arrested the accused on Sunday last. However, the police have not revealed the identity of the accused and also did not disclose the cause of the murder.
When this daily contacted SP Khrimey for more information, he did not respond to the calls. However, in the release, the SP made an appeal to all sections of people to maintain peace and tranquillity.
Late Khoda was found dead under mysterious circumstances near Durga Mandir in between Sessa and Bhalukpong on August 6 last. His family had filed a missing report at Bhalukpong Police Station on August 5.

 

School bus overturns

CHANGLANG, Aug 17: A private school bus carrying eight students overturned after hitting an electric pole near Higher Secondary School, Changlang this morning.
The students received minor injuries in the incident and were rushed to the district hospital for first aid. ‘The incident occurred around 8.30 AM when the bus of Holy Rosary School was taking the students enroute the Higher Secondary School where it hit an electric pole and slowly overturned’, informed Changlang Police OC Titkam, adding that the police is currently investigating the matter.

 

Free LPG gas connections provided under PMUY

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Aug 17: Free LPG gas connections were provided to 10 beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna (PMUY) by Donyi Polo Gas agency on Thursday in a programme held here at Donyi Polo BEd College.
PWD & UD Parliamentary Secretary, Techi Kaso handed over gas connection certificates to the beneficiaries, all of whom were selected based on the socio-economic caste census of 2011.
Speaking on the occasion, Kaso asked field officers to strictly verify the beneficiary list while implementing this scheme. “Proper monitoring should be done so that benefit under PMUY reaches to the needy ones,” he said.
Also highlighting on the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Kaso called on all to join hands to ensure that these two initiatives succeed.
Representing the Food and Civil Supply Department, Sub-Divisional Food and Civil Supply Officer Itanagar, Yumlam Achung informed that all the beneficiaries under PMUY come from BPL category and have been selected after following the laid down norms.
LPG Field Officer, Syed MM Hussain from Indian Oil Corporation Limited in his address informed that only the poor and needy will get benefits under this scheme.
“We have robust mechanism and chances of those hailing from rich family getting gas connections under PMUY are not possible”, said Hussain, adding that “Due to launching of this scheme women today in rural areas do not have to walk miles to collect firewood and also helps to save the environment.”
He also took questions from the audiences and clarified their doubts.
Manager of Donyi Polo Gas Agency, Ganesh Pegu dwelt on how they are working to implement the PMUY and asked beneficiaries to contact them for any clarification.
ABK President Kangir Jamoh and leaders of BJP Mahila Morcha were also present on the occasion.

 

Conduct proper ILP checks: students

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: Expressing concern over the recent huge influx of illegal migrants in the Capital Complex, the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has in a representation to the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner on Thursday appealed to him to direct the authorities to conduct proper checking of Inner Line Permit (ILP) at Hollongi, Gumto and Banderdewa Check gates besides, Naharlagun Railway station.
It also claimed that the unchecked entry of illegal migrants could also result in increase in crimes like robbery and kidnapping in the Capital Complex and appealed to the DC to direct authorities to ensure proper ILP checking at all the check gates and railway station.
The Students’ United Movement of All Arunachal (SUMAA) has on Thursday also submitted a memorandum to the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner, demanding early action to deport illegal migrants from the Capital Complex.
Stating that the lackadaisical attitude of the railway station authority and the police personnel deployed in the entry check gate of Banderdewa, Hollongi and Gumto has resulted in the large influx of illegal migrants, the association appealed to the district administration to ensure strict checking of ILP and immediately deport the illegal migrants within a week.

 

Truck falls into gorge

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: A truck of PP Transport, which was on its way from Guwahti to Naharlagun fell into the deep gorge near the Shiv Mandir between Itanagar and Naharlagun road at around 4 AM on Thursday.
Itanagar unit police source informed that the truck bearing registration No-AS 01 EC 5191, loaded with goods (furniture, paints, JCB oil and fridge) was heading towards Naharlagun. The accident took place when the driver lost control while negotiating the steep turn. However, the driver escaped with minor injury and is reportedly out of danger.

New district tourist police unit constituted at Tawang

TAWANG, Aug 17: A district tourist police unit was constituted with a helpdesk at Dungyurmani, Old Market on Thursday.
The special unit would work towards providing assistance and guidance to the tourists visiting Tawang and ensure their safety and security. The unit will take legal action on complaints of tourists and will provide assistance with the documentation and reporting formalities, while specially briefed personnel with good communication skills and good local knowledge would be manning the helpdesk.
The Deputy Superintendant of Police, Tawang has been designated as the District Nodal Tourist Police Officer.
The programme was attended by police officers and personnel, along with the District Tourism Officer and Tourism Information Officer.(DIPRO)

 

Schools in Changlang and Namsai face textbook shortage

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: A team of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) which recently visited schools in Changlang and Namsai districts informed the authorities that schools there face shortage of textbooks and teaching-learning aids.
The students’ union in a release said that it had earlier informed the district administration about the lack of benches and desks in the schools.
Further, the AAPSU team led by Assistant General Secretary (Protocol), Thomas Jerang, along with other members also donated desks and benches to two schools, namely Government Primary school, Dhonekhona-II and Government Secondary School, Jaipur in Namsai district.

 

Children’s health camp organized to mark Don Bosco’s birthday

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: The Don Bosco Alumni (DBA), Itanagar unit along with members of the Salesian fraternity and Childline Itanagar, in collaboration with 138 Bn CRPF organized a health camp for underprivileged children to commemorate the 202nd birth anniversary of Don Bosco here at Don Bosco Youth Centre, Vivek Vihar on Wednesday.
Over 300 children from all sections of society, especially the underprivileged children turned up for the camp, which was inaugurated by Second in-Command, 138 Bn CRPF, Anil Kumar.
In his address, Kumar called upon the children to take care of their health while maintaining cleanliness and discipline. He also assured to do whatever possible from his side to make his men contribute to safety, security and the growth and development of Arunachal Pradesh.
Speaking at the inaugural function, DBA President Jathi Pulu highlighted the love that Don Bosco had for children and young people. Jathi called upon the DBYC, Childline staff and the Don Bosco fraternity to continue in the path of Don Bosco.
Earlier, DBA Vice President, Kimey Aya, appreciated the 138 Bn CRPF for constantly supporting DBYC in all its humanitarian activities.
Later in the evening, DBA alumni felicitated Robin Hibu for receiving the President’s Special Medal; Taba Yall Nabam for being selected for State Gold Medal for special contribution as an artist and Mrs India winner Dr Mudang Meena.
DBYC children also presented cultural programmes to mark the occasion.

 

Teachers oppose frequent intervention of orgs in schools

DAPORIJO, Aug 17: The Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA), Upper Subansiri district unit has strongly opposed the frequent intervention and visits of NGOs and pressure groups in the schools during class hours in the name of development.
In a meeting last Sunday, the ATA district unit opposed such visits saying that it adversely affects the school administration and classes from running smoothly. The district teaching fraternity unit urged the authority concerned to discourage such practices of pressure groups and NGOs.
Further, dwelling on roles of teachers, the unit asked its members to be sincere and dedicated in their duty to impart quality education to students. It also asked the teaching fraternity in the district to ensure that syllabus be completed before end of academic session.
The ATA unit also raised concern over the scarcity of textbooks in government schools and said that it affects students.
Meanwhile, the ATA said that it supported the demands of the APETA regarding the promotion of assistant teacher to junior teacher to both elementary and secondary levels separately as per their merits and qualification from 1992 to 2008 batch.

 

Committee reiterates demands

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: The Lekhi Panchayat Inter State Bus Terminal Transport Welfare Committee (LPISBTTWS) has reiterated its demand for first preference for recruitment to land donors and local citizens of Lekhi village in group C and D posts.
In a four-point memorandum to the APST General Manager, the committee said that land donors for the ISBT and locals should also be given first preference in business activities and civil construction works within the ISBT.
It further said that the committee should be given yearly or monthly lease agreement for supervision of vehicle parking within the ISBT area.

 

CM visits world’s largest film city

HYDERABAD, Aug 17: Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday visited the Ramoji Film City, the world’s largest integrated film studio complex and interacted with Ramoji Rao, head of the Ramoji Group, which owns the Ramoji Film City.
In his brief interaction, the Chief Minister informed Ramoji about the film institute that has opened up in Arunachal.
Ramoji informed the Chief Minister that he is interested to work for the Northeastern states and expressed his interest to work for local dialects. (CMO)

 

Power dept meets to take stock of activities

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: Power Minister Tamiyo Taga held a meeting of the Power Department to take stock of the developmental activities being undertaken in the state through various funding.
During the meeting, SE (Transmission), H RBado gave a presentation on the comprehensive scheme being undertaken by the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, which involves construction of transmission lines of 33KV, 132KV and above capacity transmission lines with associated sub-stations.
It was informed that land for some sub-stations are yet to be finalised, with an overall progress of only 25 percent. He said that the progress of the work has been very slow and it is not possible to complete the projects as 30 months out of the targeted 48 months,according to the MoA, has already passed.
Highlighting clauses of the MoA, the official suggested some rectifications in the clauses in the interest of work in the long run. He also informed that the department lacks adequate and trained manpower to handle the existing and the high voltage systems that will be coming up under this scheme.
He also advocated for establishment of test and diagnostic lab/equipment to maintain the system for ensuring uninterrupted power supply.
CEZ Chief Engineer, T Mara highlighted the need for an Electrical Inspector to ensure quality and specifications of the equipment.
Commissioner Power, Ashish Kundra stressed on meaningful dialogue with the Government of India during the scheduled visit of the Secretary (Power) and other high level officials towards the end of August to make a tripartite agreement involving the state government in the MoA to have legality on the state’s part after taking over the projects on its completion.
SE and DDUGJY Nodal Officer, G Lingi gave a presentation on DDUGJY schemes, under which all un-electrified villages are targeted to be electrified by December. The projects are being undertaken through the Power Department for on-grid projects and APEDA through PDCL.
Representatives from the PDCL presented the details of projects being undertaken through off grid means in which stand-alone solar roof tops are to be provided. As per the execution plan, all the materials will reach at the respective main warehouses and sites by September.
Naharlagun SE, Rubu Tago gave a presentation on Integrated Power Development Scheme to strengthen sub-transmission and distribution systems and metering. The project has been awarded to the successful bidder recently after rejecting pleas of the aggrieved party by the High Court.

 

Relief materials distributed to Tadin fire victims

AALO, Aug 17: About 234 blankets, along with various utensils were distributed to the 37 fire-affected families of Tadin village by Ramakrishna Mission, Aalo.The Mission had also distributed stationery items to the 19 students on August 13 last. (DIPRO)

 

Proposed IAF airmen recruitment rally

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: Wing Commander Aditya Udai Singh of the 11 Airmen Selection Centre, Indian Air Force has informed that the tentative date for the proposed Air Force Airmen recruitment rally to be held in Itanagar is fixed on November 4 and 5 next.
He said this during a meeting held on Thursday in the chamber of the Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar Capital Complex, Prince Dhawan to discuss regarding the proposed Air Force Airmen recruitment rally. The rally would be held to select candidates for Airmen Group ‘X’ (Technical) and Group ‘Y’ (Non-Technical) jobs for the youths of the state.
The Wing Commander sought cooperation of the district administration for organising the rally, to which the DC assured to extend all possible help to the IAF. The DC also assured that maximum publicity would be provided by the district administration so that the message would reach to every individual of the state. He further appealed to the state’s youths especially, those unemployed to avail the opportunity to join the Indian Air Force.

Ensure timely submission of reports to avoid lapse: DC

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: Convening a coordination meeting among the district heads of departments, newly appointed Deputy Commissioner of Tirap, P N Thungon asked the departments to ensure timely submission of audit reports and utilization certificates to avoid lapse of various schemes under the CM and PM flagship programmes and central sponsored schemes.
The DC asked officers to be punctual and work round the clock and asked all the executing agencies to abide by the government guidelines while implementing the schemes and projects to ensure quality of the work.
He further directed the branch manager of SBI, Khonsa to complete Aadhaar seeding with bank accounts in stipulated time as linking Aadhaar with bank accounts is essential for implementation of government flagship programmes under various link departments, such as agriculture, horticulture and education under the DBT scheme of the government to curb pilferage in the benefits being facilitated to the common people.

 

Sidisow inaugurates emporium

BHALUKPONG, Aug 17: Parliamentary Secretary PHE & WS and Thrizino MLA Kumsi Sidisow on Thursday inaugurated the traditional emporium of the Aka (Hrusso) community.
Addressing the gathering, Sidisow said that setting up of the emporium is a good initiative of the Aka (Hrusso) Elite Society (AES),and hoped that it would help the younger generation learn about the rich culture and tradition of the tribe.
The emporium, located opposite the police check gate at Lepang Futtu, a scared and holy place of the community, will be run by the NGO, Mother Jagriti Self Help Group, under the aegis of the AES.
Various cultural ornaments, traditional attires and items of the the Aka (Hrusso) community have been put on display in the emporium.

 

Co-ordination meeting held

YINGKIONG, Aug 17: A co-ordination meeting was convened by Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner, Duly Kamduk with HoDs at the DC’s conference Hall on Thursday to discuss issues regarding implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes, Vision Document 2022, Aadhaar card and biometric installation.
Kamduk enquired about the status of performance of Centrally Sponsored Schemes and timely uploading of MIS.
‘Review meeting of the performances shall be taken from time to time with implementing agencies of CSS’, he added, and asked the HoDs to install biometric system in their respective offices within the next few months. He also enquired about the Aadhaar card generated in Upper Siang district, to which DSO (Statistics) informed to have completed 67 percent coverage. He further directed the HoDs to submit Vision Document 2022 within a week.
DPO S Babung in his address briefed on the guidelines of vision document 2022 and urged the HODs to submit immediately. (DIPRO)

DGFC, SUFC register wins

ITANAGAR, Aug 17: Dooying Goolong FC defeated Donggin Yameng FC 3-2 in the league match played as part of the ongoing Itanagar Solung Festival Football Tournament 2017 at DNGC ground on Thursday.
Toko Lego, Omin Panggeng and Kasu Tayeng scored one goal each for the winning team, while Talong Padu and Tanyi Bodung netted one goal each for Donggin Yameng FC.
In the second match, Siang United FC thrashed Doggin Aoo FC 3-1. Obang Yaying, Mithi Saroh and Nong Pangging scored one goal each for the winning team. Lone goal for Doggin Aoo FC was netted by Tajong Nokar.
Earlier on Wednesday, Sisang Angong FC beat Golgi Bote FC 3-1 in a thrilling match. In the second match played between Gabang FC and Solung United FC, the latter thrashed the former by 3-1.

 

Forum sets fresh deadline for compensation, threatens bandh

ZIRO, Aug 17: Expressing dismay over the failure of the Lower Subansiri district administration to complete land acquisition process and disbursement of compensation for Potin to Bopi Highway-affected people as per the assessment made in the year 2014-15 under Right of Way (RoW) within August 12, the All Lower Subansiri Trans-Arunachal Highway Land Affected Peoples Forum (ALSTAHLAPF) has urged the administration to complete the process within August 23 to avoid any agitation.
Earlier, the Forum had submitted a representation to the DC on August 1 in this regard, but the authority failed to respond, said a release.
The Forum also threatened to launch phase wise Lower Subansiri district bandh with first phase 12-hour district bandh on August 24 in case of failure of the administration to pay heed to its demand within the given time. This would be followed by 24-hour second phase and 36-hour third phase of Lower Subansiri district bandh on August 28 and 31 respectively, the Forum said.

District level workshop on DEDS

ROING, Aug 17: A district level sensitization workshop on Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS) was organised by NABARD in the Anchal Samiti Hall in Roing on August 17 to create awareness on DEDS and other government sponsored schemes among the farming fraternity.
Roing ADC Cheshta Yadav urged all participants to come forward and avail benefits of the DED schemes and other government sponsored schemes. She also requested all the bankers to simplify the loan process for hassle-free credit delivery to farmers.
NABARAD DDM, Nitya Mili gave a presentation on DEDS and other government sponsored schemes being implemented through the NABARD. He also highlighted the eligibility criteria and the procedures involved to apply for these schemes.
Besides stakeholder department officials, the workshop was also attended by branch managers of SBI, HDFC, Bank of India, Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank and Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd, and members of various SHGs and farmer clubs.

 

College football ground inaugurated

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KAMBA, Aug 17: Parliamentary Secretary for Sports and Youth Affairs, Nyamar Karbak on Thursday inaugurated the Turf Football Ground and changing room at Donyi Polo Government College, Kamki in West Siang district.
Funded under the UGC at the cost of Rs 50 lakh, the project was implemented through PWD Yomcha Division. The football ground will cater to the needs of national standard games and sports events.
Speaking on the occasion, Karbak, who is also the local MLA, called upon the students to maintain the newly inaugurated ground properly and make use of the same to keep fit.
“Instead of wasting precious time in unproductive activities you should engage in games and sports to keep yourself fit and stress free,” suggested Karbak.
Later, an exhibition match between ADC-XI and HPS-XI was played wherein ADC-XI defeated HPS-XI.

‘Bharat Jodo Abhiyaan 2017’ observed

PASIGHAT, Aug 17: East Siang unit of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) observed ‘Bharat Jodo Abhiyaan 2017’ at the BJP office on Thursday under the leadership of BJYM district unit President, Mongol Taga. The programme was attended by BJP General Secretary East Siang Unit Aku Borang and party workers.

Meeting, workshop on GST

YUPIA/PASIGHAT, Aug 17: Papum Pare Deputy Commisisoner, Tai Kaye has requested all the concerned officers to put in greater efforts for proper implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Addressing concerned officers in a review meeting on GST implementation here on Thursday, the DC asked the Tax and Excise Superintendant to furnish daily reports on functioning of GST. He also stressed that non-performing DDOs would be put to task for defying government instructions.
During the meeting, present status of GST implementation in the district, particularly regarding establishment of GST facilitation centre at the DC’s office in Yupia; organization of sensitization meetings with all outpost administrative officers and DDOs and formation of core committee group to monitor and supervise the GST implementation in the district were discussed.
Further, all output administrative officers were asked to furnish list of shopkeepers and contractors and their annual income by August 22.
At Pasighat, a GST awareness workshop was inaugurated on Thursday by East Siang Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak, who laid stress on expediting the GST registration in the district.
The DC said that one tax regime for the entire country will usher in transparency including simplifying tax payment with all processes done online.
The workshop was conducted in two sessions – one for the HoDs, DDOs of government and semi-government agencies and contractors on TDS related GST provisions, and another session for the general GST registered dealers and to impart the information regarding the various activities to be done during this transition period from VAT to GST.
Resource person and Chartered Accountant, Vinay Jain gave a presentation on the various provisions of the GST for the government agencies as well as registered dealers. Jain also highlighted the procedures for registration of DDOs under GST, filing of returns, and deposit of TDS.
Earlier, Superintendent of Tax & Excise, Kingman Komut stressed on the importance of the role of the DDOs of all government and semi-government departments in the collection of TDS on GST.
In response to complaints that prices have risen after GST, he said that there is an anti-profiteering clause in the GST Act, which provides for penalizing businesses which do not pass on the benefits of GST by charging higher prices. Any such undue increase in prices should be reported to the Superintendent of Tax for further action.
The workshop was organized by the Superintendent of Tax & Excise, Pasighat.

 

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