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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

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.




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.
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

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.


Kurung Kumey joins ODF movement

KOLORIANG, Aug 17: The PHE & Water Supply Department Kurung Kumey district observed the week long “Freedom from Open Defecation” (Khule mein sauch se aazadi) programme at all the blocks from August 9 to 15.
The programme is a part of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), a national flagship programme, which aims to make the country Open Defecation Free (ODF) before 2nd October, 2019 by providing sanitary toilets to every household.
During the period, extensive Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities and other awareness programmes, like social service involving general public, painting, extempore and essay competitions for school children were organized.
As a part of the programme,a ‘Maha Gram Sabha’ was conducted on Monday last at Sarli administrative headquarter, where resource person and PHE & WS Sangram Division Executive Engineer, Bamang Tadh informed the public about the SBM (G).
To achieve the target, every identified BPL house hold is provided with an Individual House Hold Latrine (IHHL) at a cost of Rs 12,000 per unit. The scheme further triggered a massive response and demand when the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, considering its genuineness approved to support an additional amount of Rs 8,000 on each unit.
Till date, the district has achieved 76 percent of its total target and the remaining target is scheduled to be achieved by October this year, the EE informed.
Philemon Thomas, the Zilla Swachh Bharat Prerak (ZSBP) highlighted the introduction of twin pit toilets as an alternate technology option, besides stressing on need for more IEC programmes.
Sarli Circle Officer in-charge, Yangfu Tarang appreciated the department for launching such an important programme in a remote place like Sarli and offered his support for successful implementation in the ground.
Further, Sarli Anchal Chairperson Pisa Yaja informed that many of the beneficiaries, particularly those who are old do not have the required documents, like Aadhaar card and bank accounts, which may hinder the release of their incentive through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) and requested the department to consider them as special case. (DIPRO)


N Korea-US War Cry

India’s stake in crisis

By Dr. DK Giri
(Prof. of International Politics, JMI)

The war cry between North Korea and the United States has in the past few days become subdued. However, the two sides eventually going to war cannot be completely ruled out, unless of course diplomatic channels open up fast.
As is known, North Korea threatened to bomb Guam, an American territory in the Pacific. And the US al set to retaliate heavily. President Donald Trump, unlike his predecessors in the White House has already blown the bugle for war. Should North Korea lift a finger at the US, Trump vows to respond with “fire and fury” that the world has never seen before. He warned that the US army is ‘locked and loaded’ to take on North-Korea.
China, the mainstay behind North Korea has joined the fray and has urged both Washington and Pyongyang to restrain. North-Korea has heeded Beijing’s advice, as the former’s nuclear-military power is the creation of China. Should there be a war; China has little option other than defending North Korea. Beijing has so much at stake in North Korea. Out of total trade of North Korea, China controls over 90 per cent. North Korea’s military and nuclear arsenal is built entirely by China. It is asserted by the Chinese that their relations with North Korea are as close as the ‘lips and teeth’.
So if China is involved in North Korean and US stand-off, can India be far behind! New Delhi and Beijing seem to stalk each other in the international arena, and currently, have a face-off at Doklam for past two months. Only a couple of days ago, the two sides’ soldiers came to blows in the Ladhak Border.
India’s stake in the Korean peninsula is immense. New Delhi should be wary of North Korea as it has a huge trade relation with South Korea, the primary stakeholder of North Korean nuclearisation and aggression. North Korea has aided Pakistan’s nuclear process and has supported Islamabad’s position on Kashmir. Moreover, North Korea is the closest ally of China. So, dealing with North Korea alongside South Korea, Japan and the US is engaging with China. India, therefore, needs to engage. Recently, the US Admiral Harry Harris urged New Delhi to play its role saying: “India’s voice is a loud voice, and people pay attention to it”.
The war-like situation developed in North Korea when it tested two ICBMs – Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, which can carry nuclear warheads to strike any part of the American territory. Pyongyang embarked on nuclearisation with active material support of Beijing in violation of the restraining agreements, mainly the 1992 Declaration on the De-nuclearisation of Korean peninsula, on reconciliation and non-aggression. Some experts believed that Pyongyang’s nuclear belligerence was meant to secure diplomatic concessions from the US.
Others interpret it as North Korean’s apprehension of going Iraq and Afghanistan way under the US aggression, unless they equip to defend themselves. It is no secret that Washington has been on the side of Seoul doing brisk business and has maintained that Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions are not congenial to Korean peace. The US has been carrying out joint-military drills with South Korea, and 28,500 of its troops — soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are stationed in that country. China has been aiding and abetting North Korea’s militarisation as it is alarmed by THAAD – Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, a joint-mechanism by the US and South Korea. The powerful radar installed in it can see far into China. However, later, the current President Kim Jong-Un went beyond Chinese control. Beijing joined other countries in imposing sanctions against North Korea.
China is in a fix on North Korea. If there were a war, the United States would get instant support of South Korea and Japan and its other allies, and the conflict may spill over to East China and North China. Therefore, although China realises that US “only wants to heighten the sanctions and the military threats against Pyongyang” Xi Jinping’s government has banned Pyongyang’s exports of coal, iron ore, and seafood. But is Beijing willing and able to enforce these sanctions? Will China accommodate the American wish to stop the sale of oil and gas to Pyongyang, to deny Pyongyang’s access to Chinese banks, and stop cross-border movement of consumer goods? It is very unlikely.
As Beijing is caught in a long-standing border dispute with India, its major competitor in Asia, it may not want to escalate the tensions between North Korea and the US. The aggressive, unprecedented posturing by Trump has caught China off-guard. In fact, one theory is that Trump has turned Doklam tide in India’s favour by raising heat over North Korea. On Doklam, the US and the UK are more on the Indian side than on the Chinese. According to Lord Meghnad Desai, Prime Minister Modi and President Trump are in direct contact over this stand-off. When Trump called Modi to greet him on India’s Independence Day, the latter is said to have showered praise over his handling of North Korea.
India has been involved in the Korean peninsula in the past, but has not been effective primarily because it is still not a permanent member of the Security Council. Secondly, as a non-aligned country, India had the support of some Third World countries, but not much clout. Now, it is perceived as an ally of the US, Israel, Japan, and other European countries. So, it commands greater attention.
China has been bullying its neighbours with its nouveau riche status in the world; it has been buying off Indian neighbours by trade, investment and financial support. As Karl Marx had suggested, capitalism leads to imperialism, China is treading dangerously that path. What India needs to do is to engage China along with South Korea, Japan and US on North Korea and make it realise that Beijing cannot throw its weight around, flex its economic muscle and exacerbate conflicts between North and South Korea, India and Pakistan and so on.
Beijing’s policies have created war like situations in several conflict zones which may explode anytime. While it knows how to make money by using cheap labour with an authoritarian, anti-democratic political set-up, it has limited diplomatic skills. It can create conflicts but cannot contain or mitigate these. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that Japan and the US are itching for a limited military conflict in North Korea. The same could be said about China on South-China Sea, Doklam, and other border areas connecting India. North Korea provides an opportunity for India to prove a point to China that is cannot go on bullying others with its economic strength. There are principles, laws, treaties and conventions that govern international relations. —INFA


Incident of bridge collapse on rise

21 school children along with a teacher suffered injury after an hanging bridge collapsed at Jumuni village under Desali Circle of Lower Dibang Valley district on August 15 morning. This is not for the first time that hanging bridge has collapsed in the state. Such incident even leading to death has taken place in Seppa. Earlier in February this a year suspension bridge collapsed in West Siang district and seriously injured seven people. The repeated incident of bridge collapse is matter of deep concern. Proper investigation should be done to find out the cause of the collapse.
In most cases allegation of poor quality work leading to collapse of bridge has been made by the citizens. But no one is held responsible by the authorities. This has to change and strict action should be taken against officials and contractors if they compromise with the quality of work. Innocent people should not be made to suffer because of the greed of govt officers and contractors. Also its time government conducts a survey to check longevity of all the major bridges of Arunachal. Many of the bridges constructed years ago have out lived their utility and need urgent repairing. The best example is Barapani Bridge in Naharlagun whose condition is deteriorating day by day thereby posing serious threat to life of the capital denizens. Likewise there are several such bridges across state which needs immediate attention of authorities. Before it’s too late, government need to intervene and figure out all such bridges and start renovation work at the earliest.


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