Foundation stone of Tamen-
Dollungmukh road laid
ITANAGAR Apr 11: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has emphasized for
collective effort for all round development of the state. After laying the foundation
stone of 107 KM Tamen-
Emphasizing the importance of the road, the chief minister said since Dollungmukh situated in the border of Assam, the people were required to use Assam road to reach any part of the state. But after the completion of this road project, the locals of the area could use the internal road to reach the rest part of the state, Khandu added.
Giving light on various developmental activities taken up in the state including
the PM’s mega economic package, Khandu dwelt on maintaining transparency and accountability
while execution of the schemes. He mentioned about the third party monitoring initiated
by the state government which received accolades from Planning Commission. “Arunachal
Pradesh is marching towards becoming a progressive state, and with the support of
commoners by being a member of team Arunachal, the state is definite to attain the
much desired goal of self reliance and self sufficient in the years to come”, Khandu
assertively said. He further credited the honour of best state in the small state’s
category conferred by CNN-
“With huge resources to harness, our state is sure to achieve the position of front
ranking state in all spheres” the chief minister said without mincing a word. He
batted for supporting the hydro-
While responding to the public memorandum submitted by the Local MLA Nido Pavitra
on behalf of the people of his constituency which included Up-
Speaking as guest of honour, PWD Minister Nabam Tuki highlighted the benefit of road connectivity in the backdrop of communication bottleneck in the state. He said proper road connectivity will undoubted incorporate income source for the people in spheres of transportation, tourism, self employment etc. He congratulated the people and urged them to lend their helping hand in execution of the project.
Speaking as special guest MP Takam Sanjoy termed the occasion as historic as the road had been a long felt demand of the people. He appealed the mass to extend all possible cooperation to the executing agency so that the project completes well in time and people could reap the fruits of development.
Earlier, local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Health Nido Pavitra in his welcome address informed the visiting guest on various problems of the area and sought government’s generous gesture to address the same.
Among others, Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo, APEDA Chairman Likha Saaya, Senior Government and NHPC officers were present on the occasion. PRO to CM
at Vistas 2011
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Students of the Rajiv Gandhi University’s Department of Mass Communication
brought glory to the state by winning the awards for Best Film, Best Visual Storytelling
and the Best Team runners-
The team, comprising of Doli Ete, Ditti Mugli, Mingkeng Osik, Rini Tasing, Kombong Darang and Neelam Raja battled it out with top teams from Cotton College (Guwahati), St. Anthony’s College (Shillong), Manipur University (Imphal), Guwahati University and the Assam Institute of Mass Communication & Media Research, which were among the 15 teams that participated in the festival.
The competitions that were held ranged from ad making, logo designing, debate, photography,
quiz, visual storytelling and a short filmmaking contest. The students from RGU bagged
two gold medals-
The RGU film “Red-
The winning visual story telling entry was produced from a series of random pictures that were given to the participants. These images were then put in a sequence to come up with a story based on the images in the photographs.
This annual media festival of the Tezpur University’s Department of Mass Communication
has over these years become a brilliant reflection of the education paradigm of the
department, and has been immensely well-
This 7th edition took off on 8th April with a panel discussion on the theme “Ethical
Challenges for Media in a Globalised World” with a panel that comprised of eminent
personalities like Dr. Sevanti Ninan, Columnist (The Hindu) and Editor (The Hoot),
Prof. Dilip Barua, former Principal (Cotton College), Mayukh Hazarika, Head of Camera
(NDTV Lifestyle), Rajeev Hazarika, North-
The festival concluded with Oasis, a cultural night with participants also being awarded the prizes.
Speaking on their return from the festival this evening, the team members shared how proud they were to be able to represent the University in an event of this stature. “We went with only an intention to let other Universities know about RGU. But coming back with the awards has been a bigger high! We missed the Panorama, but we are grateful to the University authorities for giving us this opportunity to go and show what our state too can do”, said a member of the team.
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Two people died on the spot and another injured in a tragic road accident near Parshuram Kund yesterday.
The road accident occurred on Tinsukia -
Sources informed that the Quick Rescue Team (QRT) of army led by the CO (Offg) of the 26 MLI Lt. Col D.N. Mallick immediately rushed to the spot and conducted rescue operation. The Nurses of the Prayas run Wakro PHC also rushed to deliver medical assistance to the injured. The bodies of the deceased were brought to Tezu later in the evening, sources added.
Prompt action of the army jawans was appreciated by all. It is really inspiring to witness the humanitarian and timely action of the Army with genuine concern and adequate preparedness. The District Administration and the Police also responded and put in all out efforts to reach the people in distress.
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has conferred the Padma Shri
on civil servant-
“I felt deeply honoured, and in the surroundings of ceremonious protocol and recipients from different states in diverse fields all meeting in the backdrop of the scale and grandeur of Rashtrapati Bhawan one could get a sense of the splendour and diversity of our nation,” said Mamang, adding that “the award is a recognition of the potential of Arunachal Pradesh. Everyone has been very supportive and I can only hope that this will create a space for literary and artistic movement in the state and also inspire young people to strive for excellence in their chosen fields.” Other distinguished recipients of Padma awards, to name a few, were Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Oriya laureate Sitakant Mahapatra and IT industry pioneer Azim Premji (Padma Vibhushan), noted actor and producer Shashi Kapoor, Homai Vyarawalla, the first woman photo journalist of India and eminent jurist K Parasaran (Padma Bhushan), and among a list of scholars and achievers in the fields of medicine, science and industry and the performing arts for the Padma Shri were ace shooter Gagan Narang, iconic woman athlete Krishna Poonia, prominent social worker and writer Buangi Sailo of Mizoram, Assamese litterateur Mahim Bora and Bollywood actors Kajol Devgan and Irfan Khan, and internationally renowned singer Usha Uthup.
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: All India Trinamool Congress, (AITC) Arunachal Pradesh has appealed to all the political parties of the state to oppose the NPF move in Arunachal Pradesh.
AITC Arunachal unit president Toko Sheetal in a release especially appealed to the ruling Congress party to lead the protest together with all other political parties in the state.
Expressing serious concern over the move of NPF, Sheetal said the people of Arunachal must awake and stop supporting such communal based political party in this peaceful land of rising Sun. She further said it will only create division of people on communal line but also mislead the mind set of normal people on communal basis which is not totally good for the future of state.
Expressing solidarity with the organizations which are raising their voice against such move, the AITC state unit president further said “we have to think for the peace, harmony, development and secure future of the state.”
GSU deplores NPF
Naga People’s Front (NPF) decision to start their Arunachal unit is fast turning into a highly emotive issue. After AAPSU, ANSU the Galo Students Union (GSU), another prominent student body of state has blasted the evil design of NPF. GSU while endorsing stand of AAPSU, termed NPF as communal political outfit which only cares for the interest of Naga people.
GSU General Secretary Pakmik Taipodia has advised NPF to stay away from Arunachal and let people of this state live peacefully. “Just because our government and political parties are silent, NPF should not take us for granted. Till our last drop of blood we will fight tooth and nail to stop NPF from starting their Arunachal unit,” said Pakmik Taipodia. He went on to add, “Let us make one thing clear to NPF that people of Tirap and Changlang are Arunachalee tribal citizen and they have no right form their Arunachal unit claiming people of these two districts are theirs. We will not accept such move to break Arunachal into pieces.”
GSU also warned people of Arunachal not to join NPF at any cost. “We urge upon the office bearer of NPF Arunachal unit to immediately leave their respective post or face wrath of Arunachalee citizens. For their personal motive, they should sell the soul of Arunachal to outsiders,” stated GSU.
plantation in Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Apr 11: The Pasighat Centenary Celebration Committee 2011 headed by the
Education Minister Bosiram Siram organized a ‘Tree Plantation’ program to mark the
Approximately 500 seedlings distributed by the forest department have been planted in the Pasighat township by the minister, Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang, Advisor to CM Nanom Jamoh, Govt employees, public leaders, senior citizens. The Pasighat people extended cooperation and greeted this noble cause.
While lauding Bittem Darang DFO (T) for cooperation, Siram said “we can translate
our green dream into reality and mobilize our campaign for a pollution-
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Taking cognizance of the fact that the Postal Department failed to deliver a calling letter and admit card to a man in time the Lohit District Redressal Forum castigated the Postal department and directed it to pay an amount of Rs.20,000 and additional amount of Rs.1,000 as litigation charge within one month.
While hearing on a complaint lodged by one Jibendu Shome, Forum in its judgment on April 9 pronounced that by failing to deliver the calling letter and admit card in time to its customer the Postal Department has committed deficiency of service.
Shome had filed a complaint before District Redressal Forum on Nov 10 stating that the Postal Department did not deliver him a calling letter and admit card for a job interview, and as a consequence he missed the opportunity to sit in the exam for a job which he had applied.
It took just two sitting for R.K.Sharma, Deputy Commissioner and President of the District Redressal Forum and member of the District Forum to dispose off the case against the Postal Department.
Jibendu Shome and thousands of public had no clue that their important mails (Pan cards, ATM cards, cheques, academic, official, personal letters, journals, magazine, insurance policy, money order, greeting cards were being stock pilled in a room of a Branch Post Office located in side the premise of Indira Gandhi Government College at Tezu, until the principal of the college Sanjay Khandu let the cat out of the bag on 12 May, which led to subsequent arrest of the erring Branch Postmaster Gopal Bhagat.
By Tashor Pali,
Its sad and hard fact that in our society there still prevails stigma and discrimination with regards to HIV/AIDS. Many a times HIV positive people are stigmatised and discriminated just because they got the infection. There are instances where even a highly qualified people also always link HIV/AIDS with immoral activities and end up with stigmatising HIV more.
There are four routes of HIV transmission namely: through unprotected sexual contact with an HIV infected partner, transfusion of HIV infected blood, sharing of HIV infected needles and syringes and through HIV infected mother to new born baby. There are also instances where people tend to deny their vulnerability to HIV whereas the fact is male or female, minor or adult, rich or poor, white or black, anybody is vulnerable to the infection. The main reasons for such denial and stigmatisation are the ignorance and inadequate information about HIV/AIDS.
'Coming Out' openly as positive itself poses several challenges. Formation of positive network involving the positive people is the only remedy. People Living with HIV (PLHIV) understand the feelings of fellow PLHIV better than any others. Therefore, PLHIV should play a greater role in all the issues such as positive prevention, treatment and care and support, stigma and discrimination.
It is in this direction that Arunachal Network of Positive People (ArNP+) has been formed with the initiative of Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society to work for the betterment of PLHIV in the state by involving them.
9th April 2011 may be marked as a Red Letter Day for the PHLIV of Arunachal Pradesh when a Resource Team from Indian Network of Positive People (INP+) namely L. Ramachandran, Regional Coordinator INP+ Guwahati and Ng Dinesh, President District Network of Positive People Manipur, arrived at Naharlagun to witness the official formation of ArNP+ and also to impart training to members of newly formed ArNP+. Dr. Emi Rumi, Project Director APSACS attended the gathering as the Chief Guest while Dr. Riken Rina, Jt. Director Basic Services APSACS and ART in Charge, General Hospital, Naharlagun attended the meeting as special invitees. With the formation of ArNP+, a new dawn has set on the land of Arunachal Pradesh for the people living with HIV/AIDS.
The basic aims of the formation of ArNP+ is to increasingly involve the PLHIV in the SACS and work together in policy and program making so that an enabling environment may be created for PLHIV to come out open with their status. However it’s just a beginning, there is a long way to go. (The writer is Dy. Director (IEC), APSACS, Naharlagun)
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services (STS) Aalo station
has earned a revenue of Rs 1,49,18,574 (111 per cent) against the target fixed at
Rs 1,34,34,671 for the year 2010-
Highlighting the achievement of the Aalo STS at a revenue achievement function organized at Aalo STS station premises here yesterday, station superintendent T. Nima lauded the team efforts of the STS staff in achieving the revenue target. Credit also goes to the staffs’ families who inspired the STS staff to perform their duty with devotion.
Chief guest of the function, Jarkar Gamlin, MLA cum Chairman of Khadi and Village Industry Board, also appreciated the the APSTS team lead by T. Nima, for achieving more than revenue target for two consecutive years. He advised them to maintain the same spirit and assured to approach the state Govt for new buses as pleaded by SS.
While attending the function as guest of honour, DC Amjad Tak also congratulated praises the SS and staffs and their family for the achievement.
Pintum Loyi, Assistant General Manager (ADM) attended the function as special guest
also spoke on the occasion. Doi Ado, Ex-
A colourful dance items were also presented by the staff-
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: In its effort to provide meaningful support and practical inputs to the youth of the state, the North Eastern Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organization Ltd (NEITCO) conducted a six months residential practical training programme on Hairstyling and Beauty Care at Guwahati from August 2010. 23 unemployed women of Arunachal Pradesh were trained in the programme which was sponsored by North Eastern Council (NEC). Addressing the valedictory function of the programme held at conference hall of Udyog Sadan, Itanagar on April 7, J. Jhumdim, Advisor (Planning), NEC, appreciated the activities of NEITCO. While lauding the entrepreneurship skill of Arunachalee women, he assured of more specialized training programme to them so that they can set up beauty care and manufacturing units in the state.
Arijit Bhattacharjee, CEO of NEITCO highlighted about the programme and appreciated the discipline and punctuality maintained by the trainees during the six months training and exposure tour to Delhi and Kolkata.
Padmshree Mamang Dai in her address called upon the women entrepreneurs of the state to play a pivotal role in developing rural economy of the state by taking up various small scale industries. Women could shoulder responsibility in promoting tourism such as home stay and echo tourism, she further said.
Amongst others who spoke on the occasion were P K Behera, State Director, KVIC, S. Dev, CEO, KVIB, Tsering Thongdok, MD, Arunachal Pradesh Apex Bank and S K Dutta,Jt Director of Industries, Itanagar. Many senior officials of the state Govt also present on the occasion to boost the morale of the trainees.
All the trainees were provided with required Tool Kits of beauty care and training completion certificates in the function.
Malini Mela begins
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The annual ‘Malini Mela’ began at Malinithan with local MLA Jomde
Kena inaugurating the week-
Former advisor to CM Tahum Taipodia attended the inaugural function as guest of honour.
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: While hearing a writ petition filed by Sange Lamte Foundation
(SLF) the Itanagar Bench of Gauhati High Court on April 8 directed the Officer-
The FIR lodged on March 4 at Itanagar PS alleged that Akung and Anung, the son and daughter of Atum Welly, were appointed in Tax and Excise and Art and Culture Department as Inspector and Socio Culture Organizer respectively in total violation of rules, that too on the basis of fraudulently obtained certificate.
SLF, however, informed that another case filed on February 25 last against six Inspectors appointed in Tax and Excise Department has been registered.
Meanwhile, Arunachal RTI Activists Forum (ARTIAF) has demanded removal Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi from APIC Chief Commissioner’s post for allegedly indulging in nepotism and favoritism in appointment.
“The very motto of having a transparent Information Commission was lost with the appointment of YD Thongchi as he has been alleged to have practised nepotism by illegally appointing people known to him,” ARTIAF said in its memorandum to Chief Minister. The Forum also submitted a copy of memorandum to the Governor.
The Forum threatened to launch democratic agitation in case of failure of the Govt to fulfill its demands within 15 days.
It also appealed the Govt to lower the prescribed rate for furnishing copies of the documents under RTI Act from Rs 10 to Rs. 2 per page in the greater interest of common people.
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The opening ceremony of Mini Market at Palin town would be held on April 16. Local MLA Takam Tagar (Pario), Pania ADC Chuku Takar and Palin circle officer Pisa Tarak will attend the opening ceremony as chief guest, guest of honour and special guest respectively.
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The Area -
The task, first of its kind, would be done with help of various CRC units and colony dwellers in the district.
The main aim of the drive is to prevent seasonal water borne diseases due to consumption of unhygienic water.
The church council sought necessary help and cooperation for this noble work from East Kameng deputy district authority.
Dulom mourns death of Paul
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Former minister and Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) president Yari Dulom expressed shock over sudden demise of B M Paul, Treasury Officer, Daporijo on April eight.
“Paul was known to me and my family personally and the people of Upper Subansiri will always remember him for his cool disposition and amiable nature,” Dulom said in a condolence message.
Dulom conveyed her deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul.
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: All Tatung Welfare Society condoled the death of its former Auditor Tatung Chadap at Lower Putung today and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.He left behind a son and daughter.
Tatung was involved in various social activities and contributed a lot towards development of the society, ATWS said in its condolence message.
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: North East Development Welfare Society (NEDWS) president has appointed Junti Wangsa as its Tirap district unit president effective immediately for smooth functioning.
ABCC to conduct rally
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Arunachal Baptist Church Council will take out a peaceful procession
with theme “Clean Society” from 6 am to 8 am at Abu Mission centre Pasighat during
Dr. K Thanzauva, vice president, Asia Pacific Baptist Federation cum president, Baptist Church of Mizoram and Rev. Tar Choya, Translator, Old Testament, Nyishi Baptist Church Council will attend the meeting as speakers.
Candle lit procession against corruption
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: A group of 15 social activists of Tezu took out a candle-
ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labour Union (AAPGDLU) will celebrate the May Day also known as International Labour Day at IG Park here on May one.
Parliamentary Secretaries Lokam Tassar and Gadam Ete will attend the function as chief guest and guest of honour respectively. Dana Tadu has been selected as chairman of the celebration committee.
ITANAGAR: The Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Naharlagun will celebrate the 312th Baisakhi Utsav at Gurudwara Saheb, Naharlagun on April 14.
Besides being a harvest festival, Baisakhi is also celebrated as the Sikh New Year and the founding of the Khalsa Panth.
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APPSC and autonomous colleges
I would like to point out a very serious problem faced by graduates of autonomous
technical colleges vis-
The problem is that the commission accepts educational certificates signed/ issued by university authorities only.
It is evident that the commission accepts certificates issued as per university pattern only. Under this pattern, affiliated colleges have no academic autonomy and the parent university prescribes its courses of study, conducts examination, declares results and issues all certificates.
But there are autonomous colleges/ institutes where instead of university pattern autonomous pattern is followed. Under autonomous pattern, all autonomous colleges are given complete academic autonomy by the parent university as per provision under National Education Policy 1986 and UGC guidelines on autonomous colleges. These colleges are allowed to prescribe their own courses of study, conduct examination, declare result and issue all certificates except approved degree certificate which is given by the university in convocation. Under this system, the autonomous colleges are required to adopt semester system and follow continuous evaluation of students’ performance. Hence, these colleges issue grade cards instead of conventional marksheets. And under this pattern, the Dean (academics) is the authorised signatory on grade cards and provisional degree certificates.
But in spite of the facts stated above, the grade cards and provisional degree certificates issued by the Dean of such colleges are rejected by the commission. The commission has been insisting the students with such certificates to get the same countersigned by university authority/ bring afresh issued by university authority. This creates a very awkward position for a candidate as the candidate can neither approach the college authority nor the university to issue certificate as suggested as the certificates have already been issued by the competent authority as per rule.
Till the other day, being a product of J.N.C. Pasighat, I also had a mindset that an autonomous college issuing certificates of its own is indigestible. But on updating myself on the issue, it is found that the present trend in universities/ educational institutions favour more and more for academic autonomy advocating semester system where there is grade card for achieving academic excellence.
The above issue has given me an impression that there might be some rule/instruction prohibiting the commission to accept certificates issued under autonomous pattern. If there is one, it needs to be made public so that the aggrieved may seek redressal. This is very urgent as the commission is going to conduct a series of recruitment examinations and many candidates with such certificate will apply.
I clarity that my intention is neither to question its wisdom nor its autonomy. But I simply feel that what is being done as per provision of National Education Policy and UGC guidelines should prevail.
Yingkiong, (on email)
Too many issues
I'd like to put down few of my views in-
It's good to see that finally the eyes of our Education dept are open. Everyone including me was really shocked when I saw our state in 2nd last position in literacy rate, just above Bihar.
As I've been pointing out that our Govt. is doing nothing for education sector. Even during the assembly sessions, there was no proper discussions over education. And in the Budget plan also, there were investments on security, infrastructure, tourism etc. but nothing important for education dept.
And now, our education minister is planning to hand over the defunct govt schools to the private missionaries, instead of renovating and reconstructing them. Most of these schools are neglected and in remote villages, where most of the people are poor. Then how do you think they can afford these schools?
Moreover, talking about the Student unions, have you ever seen a student union president, GS or any other member attending their college regularly? Instead they are seen around some Govt. offices or around Market places on their cars, and attending some functions, as if they are some VVIPs. But don't forget, they are just students like us. How do they actually pass their exams? Don't they get expelled for low attendance.
Many thanks to Arunachal Times and wonderful journalists like Taba Ajum, for always
reminding about how helpless and ignorant our Govt' is. Whether it is PDS scam, NSCN
threat, Communal clashes, CHR, Illegal appointments or the recent MMS scandal, our
Govt. is actually acting deaf and waiting for these wave to pass by and some new
topic come up. As pointed out by Taba Ajum, we should feel ashamed of calling ourselves
Also, thanks to our Govt. for launching “Arunachal Pradesh State Wide Area Network”.
But first of all, how do you think we are going to enjoy this facility when most
of the time we spend our days without electricity? Funny, but it’s true. But, I hope
Save Arunachal Pradesh.
N L Richo
NIT Patna (on email)
My heart bleeds
I would like to share my feeling and reaction to the news regarding the illegal appointments published on March 28.
Being an unemployed postgraduate of the state my heart bled! It is still bleeding. Where have I gone wrong?
Why couldn’t I be a the beneficiary of the 2000 jobs that was distributed ? Still struggling even after the dozens of certificates I hold. Where did I go wrong?
Yes it would be a lie if I or any unemployed person will say we did not know of the existence of the backdoor business.
But looking at the news, my heart bleeds and this time not for my helplessness but of thousands of kids whose future is at stake, for a huge loss of revenues that the unqualified low quality human capital is going to cause and the same circle of backwardness, corruption and all ills that everyone is going face for many more years to come!
It pains me deeply, so badly that my heart just dont stop bleeding!
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