NAHARLAGUN, Aug 28: Challenging the law enforcing authority, unidentified armed miscreants
kidnapped prominent trader K P Chako from his rented residence here around 8.30 pm.
He was fired upon when he refused to accompany the miscreants before he was forced
into a car parked near the building along the helipad road here and whisked away,
according to police sources. On being alerted, a police team rushed to the spot to
find pool of blood at the first floor of the building and launched search operation
while alerting the neighbouring police. Chako, who hails from Kottyam district of
Kerala, has been working as a trader for about last three-decades in the state capital
and presently runs a chain of Best Bakery.
Flood creates havoc in Bordumsa-Diyum
ITANAGAR, Aug 28: While flood situation in various parts of the states is improving
with the receding of water level, Bordumsa and Diyun administrative circles are still
reeling under flood water for the last one week. The area has witnessed average rainfall
of 60.00 mm. Noa-Dehing and Buri-Dehing River have created havoc in the Dumpani,
Shantipur, Bijoypur, Udaipur, Mudoi Dweep and Dumba Mossang Villages.
At Dumpani and Shantipur area, four houses were damaged by flood water and many
villagers have been shifted to safer places. Flood water also either destroyed or
washed away large area of paddy and horticulture fields. The people of that area
are now searching for safer place for shelter.
Meanwhile, a team of officers from WRD (Water Resources Department), Bordumsa Division,
including Er. AK Yadav Executive Engineer, Er. Maga Tasso Assistant Engineer and
N V Alexander Junior Engineer, Diyun visited the flood affected area and provided
Gunny bags. They appealed to the people to shift to safer place and also located
all the 'Vulnerable breaching point' for further restoration work, according to an
MoS Home rules out toppling of Cong Govt.
ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Minister of State for Home and poster boy of Arunachal BJP unit
Kiren Rijiju today ruled out the possibility of Congress government being toppled
in the state by Bharatiya Janata Party.
While talking to media persons this evening, Rijiju said he does not believe in such
kind of politics. "As soon as election gets over and we assume respective role, everyone
concentrates in development of state. Toppling game disrupts the functioning of government
which directly cripples the whole system. We have already witnessed 3 years ago,
how the whole state suffered due to political instability," stated Rijiju.
However, he stated that if MLAs themselves make some decision in this regard, he
can't do much about it and whole thing will depend upon the situation.
Association calls for re-tendering
ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Claiming that various projects sanctioned under Special Plan Allocation
(SPA) under Tali constituency during 2013-14 financial year were not fulfilled the
proper notice inviting tender (NIT) process, the 20 Tali Constituency Youth Association
today urged the Chief Secretary to ensure floating of re-tender on said projects.
In a representation which submitted to CS and also to Secretary Education and Arts
and Culture the association claimed that NIT was not issued or invited for execution
of the projects. The projects were construction of teacher quarter, school building
under Tali and Pipsorang, School building and teacher quarter at KGBV Tali, and Audience
Gallery and Play Ground at government secondary school Tali, the association added.
Water crisis hits Aalo township
AALO, Aug 28: The majority of Aalo township dwellers are experiencing an unprecedented
water scarcity for last half month due to blockade of main pipeline that caters drinking
water needs of the township.
The pipeline is blocked due to accumulation of huge wild banana stems inside the
pipeline, sand and silt deposits in the recent rain.
The PHED department is constantly working under the supervision of Er. Toni Ete,
EE to sort out the problem of water scarcity.
The restoration team dismantled entire pipeline to clear the blockages inside the
At present the water consumers of the township are depending on rain water or other
source coming from Darka village for the last couple of weeks.
The restoration work may take time to ensure full flow of water up to the water tank
at Aalo. DIPRO
Students boycott classes, minister assures posting of teachers
YINGKIONG, Aug 28: Demanding posting of teachers against vacant teacher posts in
Upper Siang District, All Upper Siang District Students Union hold a dharna at Yingkiong
During the agitation, the students of government Hr. Secondary School boycotted their
Meanwhile, responding to the Union's demand, the Education Minister Tapang Taloh
in a telephonic conversation assured to fulfill the demands of the student union.
Deputy Commissioner Dr. Tariq Thomas who visited and monitored the situation also
assured to take up the issue with the concern authority for posting of teachers at
Later, the student union called off the proposed 2nd day class boycott after the
Education Minister's assurance.
Capacity building training for in-service teachers held
CHANGLANG, Aug 28: A four days in-service teacher's training on capacity building
in teaching of mathematics at primary level was conducted by the District Mission
SSA Changlang at DIET Auditorium Changlang from August 25-28 where 39 Primary teachers
from Changlang and Khimiyang Blocks, two Block Resource Persons and three Master
Trainers from Changlang attended.
The Deputy Commissioner, ChanchalYadav along with Additional Deputy Commissioner,
Isha Khosla, visited the workshop and expected optimum feedback in Mathematics at
The DDSE HortumLoyi chalked out similar programs in other Blocks of Changlang District
i.e in Bordumsa, Diyun, Miao and Jairampurw from August 30 to September 17 to bring
uniformity in teaching of Mathematics at Primary Level.
All the teacher participants have expressed their gratitude and expressed that such
type of concept oriented training is beneficial to each and every one.
Further the participants have stated that this training has made them easier to introduce
the concept of Numbers also, to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division,
fraction and measurement at primary level.
Shakshi Monga from Delhi was the Special Resource person of the training.
Monga has developed a module on NCERT books from Class I to V in a Chronological
order along with lesson plan and distributed to all the participants on the occasion.
K Dulom new Upper Subansiri DC
DAPORIJO, Aug 28: Komkar Dulom has taken charge as new Deputy Commissioner of Upper
After assuming the charge, Dulom conveyed a meeting of all heads of department. He
called upon the officers to work with team spirit for the development of the district.
He also sought their cooperation in tackling law and order and Govt land encroachment
problems. DIPRO incharge
Aalo- Likabali road restored
AALO, Aug 28: The road blockades at different points at Aalo- Likabali road have
been cleared by 1448 GREF.
When contacted, the Officer Commanding, 1448 Bridge Construction Company (GREF),
Er. SV Gangapure disclosed that the blocks were so heavy that men and machines had
to be engaged round the clock and landslides continued in the cleared points due
to continuous rain.
However, the route has now been cleared for the commuters and all vulnerable points
are being closely being monitored by GREF personnel. He also disclosed that the Bam
to Aalo road has been handed over to PWD department and any repair and restoration
works on the road will be taken by the concerned department. DIPRO
Exhibition on PMEGP product held
KHONSA, Aug 28: First ever PMEGP product exhibition was organized by the District
Industries Centre, Khonsa at its office premise on today.
Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi, while inaugurating the exhibition appreciated
the participants and lauded them to keep participating in such more functions in
future and also to maintain repayment of loan provided by the Govt.
Chawang Lowang, Chairperson, Tirap Zilla Parishad also spoke on the occasion and
distributed Certificates to the participants.
Earlier, P Arangham, DDI and C Rajkumari, ADTH, Khonsa briefed about the marketing
feasibility of some specific local handicraft like wood- carving, Wancho Bead Necklaces,
bag and other decorative items. DIPRO
Anini telecommunication service cut off
ANINI, Aug 28: The telecommunication service of Anini is completely cut off from
rest of the country due to break down of the BSNL telecommunication tower since August
BSNL Mobile service is the only means of communication here, its break down has shattered
District Administration has appealed the BSNL authorities at capital to look into
the matter seriously and restore the telephone service immediately.
Pay electricity bills or face disconnection
ITANAGAR, Aug 28: The Bomdila Electrical division today conducted its first phase
of revenue drive at Bomdila area and realized huge outstanding revenue from the defaulters.
During the revenue drive, nine illegal electricity connections were detected, out
of which one connection was regularized on the spots and rest were disconnected until
regularization of dues. All the remaining consumers of the West Kameng district are
requested to pay the outstanding dues immediately to avoid disconnection. Like wise
the revenue drive will taking place in the other Sub-Divisions under the Bomdila
District level meeting on vital statistics held
SEPPA, Aug 28: The District Level Meeting on vital statistics presided by Deputy
Commissioner, Sandeep Kumar Singh was held in DC's Chamber, Seppa yesterday. The
meeting was attended by DMO, DHO, DVO, DAO, DDSE, DSO (Statistics) & a team from
Arunachal Pradesh Census Shillong.
Chairing the meeting, Singh said that it is the sole responsibility of administrative
officers in their respective jurisdiction to ensure compulsory registration of birth
and death and also said that since Census and population is a continuous process,
such meeting should be held and reviewed at least once in a year.
DSO Statistics informed that there are delay in registration through court paper
and the need to conduct awareness programme for regular registration.
Asst. Director of Arunachal Pradesh Census Shillong Utpal Sharma explained the hierarchical
structures of registration of birth & death and their power & functions. He informed
the target for universal registration in the country to be achieved by 2025. He also
informed that the registration of birth is 208% in East Kameng whereas the death
Later, a joint meeting of administrative officers & police officers was also held
in DC's Chamber, Seppa in which Singh enquired about the action taken on the minutes
of the previous meeting like check post at Bana, M.V Checking & regularization of
parking, status of investigation of the fire incidents of Govt. Hr. Sec. School,
Seppa, Cleanliness drive and verification of license of the meat sellers etc. DIPRO
Booth Level Officers training held
ROING, Aug 28: One Day Training cum Orientation Programme to Booth Level Officers
was conducted at Anchal Samiti Hall, Roing today. The Training cum Orientation Programme
was organized by the District Election Office as a part of pre-revision activities
before the start of next summary revision under the direction of Election Commission
Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer, Shiv Kumar in his briefing to
the BLOs asked them to carry out their job with sincerity. He asked them to properly
verify the service voters at their level too to avoid duplicity and ultimately to
prepare an error free electoral roll.
ADC W Tikhak, while attending the training programme said that "our country being
the largest democracy of the world, ECI guideline is one of the best in the world
for effective democracy". He said that the induction of BLOs and BLAs in the preparation
of electoral roll has made the election process more smooth and error free and further
exhorted the BLOs to implement and cooperate with the ECI guidelines with utmost
CO (Election) Mary Nanom Taloh, while inducting the training to BLOs urged them to
enroll all the genuine and eligible voters with qualifying date as 01.01.2015. Further
exhorting the BLOs, she said that without your contributions, the election process
would be incomplete. She also informed that the training programme for BLOs under
Dambuk and Paglam Circles would be conducted separately at Dambuk ADC Headquarter.
Altogether, 40 BLOs from Roing, Hunli, Desali and Koronu attended the training programme.
DC prohibits Poppy cultivation
YINGKIONG, Aug 28: Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner issued an executive order prohibiting
cultivation of Poppy/Opium in various villages in the district.
The Deputy Commissioner also advised all HGBs/GBs of Upper Siang district to keep
strict vigil on cultivation of Poppy and report any violation to the District authority
through their respective Administrative Officers.
State Badminton players and officials left for Rohtak
ITANAGAR, Aug 28: A eleven-member team of state Badminton players, including Coach
and Manager, has left for Rohtak to represent Arunachal Pradesh in the 28th sub-Junior
national Badminton Championship-2014 under 13 and 15 age categories to be held at
Rohtak, Haryana from September 1-7 next.
The event conducted by Badminton Association of India (BAI) in the country.
While wishing the participants, Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) Secretary
Bamang Tago advised them to maintain discipline in accordance with sportsmanship
spirit and bring laurels for the state. Tago also disclosed that the state has a
high potential in individual games particularly Badminton and added that ASBA is
confident of producing proficient Badminton players in the next five years.
Tasing Tabing Memorial Volleyball Tournament begins
ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Tasing Tabing Memorial Volleyball Tournament began at Boleng recently
under the banner of Boleng Sports Association.
While inaugurating the tournament, Lileng village Gaun Bura Taben Tasing highlighted
the life history of Tasing Tabing, a Jamadhar during British colonialism.
During his life time he closely worked with Partrick Lawrence Starly James, the first
British Deputy Commissioner in Pasighat and with former Union Minister Late Daying
Ering. He toured to almost all the villages of Adi and Galo areas with a missionary
zeal like emancipation of slave bondage cum human trafficking, revenge system, child
marriage and encouragement of WRC cultivation and education.
He lauded the organizing committee and all the 13 participating teams.
The first league match was played between defending champion Jorsing team vrs Parong
VI and Riew A vrs Boleng Town Club, in which Josing and Riew beat their opponent.
The final match of the tournament will be played at Boleng on September 2 next.
ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Along with rest of the country, the Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana
was today launched in Itanagar by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. Union Minister of State
for Home Kiren Rijiju, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi and deputy managing director of
SBI (Corporate and finance) Praveen Gupta was present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Tuki extended gratitude to Prime Minister
Modi on behalf of the people of Arunachal for initiating this scheme. He called upon
all the nationalized banks to be part of this movement in Arunachal. Further he appealed
to State Bank of India to open more branches especially in interior parts of the
Expressing concern over recent spurt of bank robberies, Tuki urged all the banks
operating out from Arunachal to improve the security system.
MoS for Home Rijiju in his addressed lauded PM Modi for this ambitious project and
hope that it will benefit the poor citizens of state.
CS Ramesh Negi and deputy managing director Praveen Gupta also spoke on the occasion.
Apart from opening the new bank accounts, a RuPay debit card would also be issued
with an insurance cover of Rs. One Lac. Going forward the account holder will get
loan facility also. Another Rs 30 thousand will be provided as life insurance cover,
taking total amount to Rs 1 lac 30 thousand. To mark the day few of the beneficiaries
were issued new SBI passbook. Account opening kits were handed over to the beneficiaries
of the scheme at the hand of the dignitaries. Under Corporate Social Responsibility,
State Bank of India donated 05 computers to five schools. The PMJDY scheme aimed
at achieving 100 percent financial inclusion was announced by the Prime Minister
Modi from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15th Aug 2014 during his address to the Nation
on Independence Day.
ZIRO: Lower Subansiri district also launched "Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY)"
with the inauguration of the scheme by deputy commissioner Krishna Mohan Uppu amidst
jam pack gathering at Abotani Hall this afternoon.
The mega launching programme was organized by the State Bank of India (SBI) Ziro
branch. The DC in his speech said that whatever scheme the government launches for
its citizens, the people living in remote areas are always left out and the benefit
meant for them do not reach to them only because they live in inaccessible area.
The other reason for it is that they have no knowledge of the scheme nor do they
know whom to approach. So, he suggested bank officials to start implementing the
schemes right from remote villages.
Terming it as one of the most intensive financial inclusion missions of the country,
he appealed PRI members to cooperate with the bank officials for successful implementation
of the scheme which facilitate opening of bank account to every individual. However,
he cautioned not to misuse the scheme by indulging with the act of duplicity which
may hamper the beneficiaries in future.
A computer set was donated to Govt. Secondary School, Tajang by SBI, Ziro under its
Community Service Banking which was handed over by the deputy commissioner, Ziro
Earlier, Chief Manager Satyabrata Chanda, SBI, Lead Bank, Ziro in his address highlighted
the aim and objective of the PMJDY. He also informed that with the appointment of
Business Correspondent, one can also open the account through him which will give
more convenience especially for the people living in fur flung areas. Diibo ZPM Bamin
Siri and Kalung Reru ZPM Nani Takha also spoke.
ROING: The Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana was launched at Roing, the headquarters
of Lower Dibang Valley district today. The launching programme was organized by
the State Bank of India, Roing Branch at Anchal Samiti Hall amidst the gathering
of panchayat leaders, public and beneficiaries.
Speaking on the occasion, Shiv Kumar, Deputy Commissioner called upon the people
to avail the benefits under the scheme and requested the panchayat leaders to disseminate
the information to the rural masses who have not open Bank Account till date. According
to this scheme, every family must have at least a Bank Account and head of the family
will get a life insurance coverage of Rs One Lakh in case of accident, DC informed.
Zilla Chairperson, Sipi Elapra Linggi also appealed the panchayat leaders to spread
the message to their respective blocks/segments and let the family who have not open
Bank Account to open under this scheme and avail the benefits provided by the Govt.
On the occasion, New Pass Books were distributed to the beneficiaries by the dignitaries
present and live telecast of the address of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi from
New Delhi was also shown.
Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner accompanied by Zilla Parishad chairperson, Rajneesh
Gupta, Superintendent of Police, Kaling Pertin, ZPM Dambuk, R Hussain, Chief Manager,
SBI Roing and Monti Linggi, Anchal Chairperson, Koronu lighted the lamp.
It was informed that 107 beneficiaries had open Bank Account at SBI Roing under the
scheme till today.
KHONSA: The Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana was launched by Tirap DC Kamlesh Joshi
at Khonsa today amidst huge gathering.
Joshi informed that village level join team comprising of SBI & District Administration
would conduct mobile camp in all the blocks of Tirap district very shortly in order
to ensure full implementation of the scheme.
Subhash Dhar Chief Manager SBI, Khonsa highlighted the importance of PM Jan Dhan
Yojana. Atleast 101 SBI passbook were distributed to the beneficiaries of various
villages of Tirap district on the inaugural day by the DC.
The ZPC Tirap Chawang Lowang, ZPMs from Khonsa Block, Khela-Lamsa Block, Deomali
Block, Soha Block, Dadam Block, Gaon Buras, ASMs from various villages were also
present on the occasion. DIPROs
Anini: The dream project of Prime Minister Narendar Modi in bringing every household
access to the banking facilities known as PMJDY was launched by Marpe Riba, CO, Anini
(Hq). He requested the bank staff to extend maximum possible help to the people of
this backward under the scheme. He also appealed the people of the valley to avail
maximum benefit out the scheme.
Rijiju & Tuki make aerial survey of flood-affected districts
Centre to extend all possible help, says Rijiju
ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju who made aerial survey
of flood affected areas of eastern Arunachal along with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki,
assured that as soon state government submits detail estimate of the loss, the central
government will release the fund.
While addressing a hurriedly arranged press conference at Banquet Hall this evening,
Rijiju said he is well aware of the destruction caused by continuous rainfall in
the last three months.
"Now we have to begin the process of rebuilding. First we have to provide immediate
relief to the affected people and then start the work on reconstruction of damaged
infrastructures. During our visit some of the deputy commissioners informed that
it may take another 2 months to get complete report of damage caused due to nature
fury as many interior areas are still unreachable. However sooner we get complete
report, the fund will be released to state disaster relief fund," stated Rijiju.
He also added that he has been briefed about extensive damage of ongoing Trans-AP
Highway due to the massive rainfall. MoS for Home further added that he will pursue
two major road projects during his tenure which will immensely benefit the people
of Arunachal once completed.
"Road project connecting people living along foothill areas and MacMohan line is
the two pet projects for which am going to dedicate lot of time and energy. From
Bairabkhund to Ruksin a road project is being planned which will connect all the
major foothill villages and towns. Similarly another road project will connect people
living nearby China border. Soon am going to conduct meeting at Delhi in this regard,"
stated Rijiju. About the propose visit of PM Modi to Arunachal, Rijiju informed that
he along with BJP legislators had met PM yesterday and invited him. "The date of
visit has not been finalized yet. Earlier Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had also extended
invitation to PM to visit Arunachal. Most probably PM will visit in October month,"
said MoS Home.
Earlier today, Rijiju along with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and officials of Ministry
of Home Affairs and the State Government made an aerial survey of flood affected
areas of East Siang, Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley, Lohit and Namsai districts.
The MoS also took stock of the flood damages in Upper Assam while on way back to
state capital Itanagar. Both Rijiju and Tuki interacted with officials of the East
Siang district administration at Pasighat. Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava submitted
a detailed report on the damages caused by heavy rains in the last three months to
the Union Minister.
The Chief Secretary, Secretary Disaster Management, Deputy Director (Disaster Management,
Govt of India), PS to MoS and other officials accompanied the dignitaries.
Later in the evening, Department of Disaster Management and Highways made power point
presentations on damages incurred in the last couple of months to the MoS Kiren Rijiju
in presence of the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
Tomorrow, Rijiju, accompanied by State Home Minister Tanga Byaling along with officials
will make aerial survey of flood affected areas of Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri,
Papum Pare, East Kameng and West Kameng districts. (with inputs from CM Media Cell)
Minors raped by masked man
ITANAGAR, Aug 28: In yet another crime against the fairer sex, two minor girls were
raped by a man claiming to be NSCN cadre at Naitong village under Kanubari Sub-Division
of Longding district on August 6 last. The girls are cousins and are aged 12 and
14 years respectively.
According to the complaint lodged by the mother of one of the victims at Kanubari
Police Station on August 10 last, the accused, identified as Tahjam Pansang, in his
30's hailing from Chopnu village forcibly raped the girls when they were alone.
The incident happened when the mother was not at home and the girls were sleeping;
the accused who was masked took advantage of the girls being alone at home and raped
The accused had threatened them of dire consequences if they report the matter to
anyone, according to the FIR lodged.
Meanwhile, OC PS Kanubari, W Ramwa has informed that a manhunt has been launched
to nab the accused who is absconding.
Medical examination of the victims has been done which has confirmed sexual assault.
Arunachal signs MoUs with NEDFi
ITANAGAR, Aug 28: The Arunachal Pradesh Govt has signed MoUs with the North East
Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi), Guwahati for field and physical monitoring
of SPA projects for the year 2011-12 and 2012-13 at planning secretary office here
Sonam Chombay, Planning secretary, on behalf of the state Govt and Monaj Kumar Das
Deputy General Manager, NEDFi, representative of NEDFi Guwahati signed the MoUs in
presence of PMU and PPP director Pallab Dey, Joint Director Mokir Ori and Ankur Borak,
Manager and Alen Nabum, BM, Itanagar, NEDFi.
Total SPA projects for field and physical monitoring by the NEDFi is 266 with a total
sanctioned cost of Rs.62635.05lakhs in the Eastern Zone of Arunachal Pradesh covering
nine districts from Longding to Upper Siang.
Earlier, a in a pre-MoUs meeting held at Itanagar yesterday, the Third Party monitors
-- NEDFi and NABCONS were instructed to be strict in their field visits and to submit
the monitoring reports strictly as per the actual findings in the fields. Mokir
Ori Joint Director (PMU&PPP) sought cooperation of all the departments to strengthen
the monitoring activities by third parties and PMU of planning department. The MoUs
for monitoring of 2011-12 and 2012-13 SPA Projects in the Western Zone of the state
could not be signed due to some problems as informed by the NABCONS. Final date for
signing MoU with NABCOS will be finalized later, according to an official release.
Govt. in principle agrees to ANSU demands
ITANAGAR, Aug 28: The state Govt in principle has agreed to the demands of All Nyishi
Students Union (ANSU) with regard to construction of 10 numbers of girls hostel under
Palin Assembly constituency in Kurung Kumey district. All steps will be taken by
the concerned executing agency to fulfill the demands of ANSU. The decision was
taken in a high level meeting held at the office chamber of PWD Minister Gojen Gadi
yesterday. The meeting was attended by Minister Gadi, Gonesh Koyu, Commissioner
(PWD), Kuru Sera, CE, PWD, Central Zone-A, Bora Ete, CE, PWD, Coord., Trg. & Vigilance,
Dani Gambo, SE, PWD, Yachuli Civil Circle, Bamang Tago, Political Secretary to CM,
Taw Tebin, Director, Social Justice, Empowerment & Tribal Affairs, Tai Nikio, EE
PWD, and Byabang Tugu, EE, PWD Sangram (Designate). After going through the eight-point
demands submitted by the ANSU through a memorandum to the PWD Minister yesterday,
all the members present were of the opinion that the demands of ANSU were genuine
and need to be reciprocated by Govt. favourably. "Therefore, it was decided that
the demands of ANSU will be agreed to in principle and all steps will be taken by
the concerned executing agency to complete the demands of ANSU."
As far as serial no. 1 of the charter of demand is concerned, the Govt. will make
an enquiry through vigilance department on the allegation of mis-appropriation of
fund and if any officer found to be involved, necessary disciplinary action will
be initiated against the said officer, according to an official release.
It is worth mentioning that the ANSU has been spearheading a movement against
the alleged misappropriation of the fund meant for the construction of ST girls hostels
of various middle schools of Palin circle. The demands of ANSU include, among others,
immediate suspension of officers involved in the misappropriation of fund sanctioned
for girls hostel projects.
Rally against pathetic road condition and water scarcity in RGU campus
DOIMUKH, Aug 28: Braving the scorching heat more than 700 PG Students and Ph.D scholars
took to the streets of Doimukh in protest against the pathetic road conditions and
water scarcity in the RGU Campus here today. The peaceful rally led by the Rajiv
Gandhi University Students Union started from Doimukh Higher Secondary School and
culminated at the main market.
Speaking on the occasion, Bengia Taza, President, RGUSU informed that the motive
behind organizing such rally was to register protest against non-fulfillment of
their long-pending demands which includes the proper road connectivity and adequate
water supply in the campus. Highlighting the problems he informed that a memorandum
had already been submitted to the authorities but till today nothing has been materialized
in this regard, they also had a meeting with Under Secretary, Planning department.
He also informed that former V/C David Syiemlieh, had pursued the matter with central
Govt which later directed the ministry of DONER to sanction 23 crore scheme for the
development of water project in the university.
But nothing had been done till now due to the tussle between the state govt. and
the RGU Authority regarding the execution of the said project.
He added, being the lone central university within the vicinity of the capital city
it is a matter of great shame to have such a pathetic road condition as lot of visitors
from other states even from aboard are frequently visiting the RGU. Due to bad road
condition commuters have to suffer a lot specially the students who are the most
frequent users of the road.
He also pointed out that the RGU roads needs to get adequate attention as it also
caters to the needs of the public residing at Doimukh and surrounding areas. It also
connects important places like Potin, Sagalee, and Gumto.
The RGUSU president asserted that if the authorities do not respond and give sufficient
feedback they will continue their protest in the form of democratic movement. The
rally also witnessed the participation of large numbers of students from Higher Secondary
School, Doimukh. (Report: Mass. Comm Students)
Arunachal, a paralytic state ?
[ Amar Sangno ]
Once my foreign friend said, “Your people seem to be rich but the state looks poor”.
His ridiculous remark on my state pricked me like a needle and deflated my ‘proud
swelling chest’ over our state’s diverse cultural heritage, lush green valley & exotic
landscape, virgin forest, rich bio-diversity hot spots, tourism potentials (cultural,
eco and adventure tourism) and more importantly the much-touted untapped natural
resources which I have been pompously blabbering on to him. Contortion on his face
was enough to explain that he was unable to swallow my contemptuous words on our
Perhaps development in Arunachal is only a fictitious tale which spins among the
households but does not exist in reality. It often looks magical from the distance
but humdrum when closely seen. In other words our state wears costume of pretentious
The incessant rain across the state over the last one month adds more ingredients
in our sordid tale. The ingredients in terms of distasteful news, as there are reports
of roads and bridges being swept away by the unprecedented flash flood, the passengers
and tourists stranded in the middle of jungle, the houses and building were buried
and inundated along with the people by the flood water and it rendered homeless to
many. It is advisable to the citizens or tourists to avoid travelling in the hilly
districts during monsoon season.
There is also report that many school children have been helplessly watching their
school submerged and praying to the Rain God to stop raining so that water recedes.
Life is tough for the people living at remote areas like Lada (East Kameng), Sarli
(Kurung Kumey), Taksing (Upper Subansiri) and Anelih (Dibang Valley). Pathetically
their cost of living is exorbitant as they have to pay Rs 100/200 for a kg of salt,
thanks to the nature for abundant vegetation on which they rely upon for survival.
Still we are unable to reach out to them since last two decades.
Banderdewa- Itanagar and Chimpu-Hollongi road have been blocked since last couple
of weeks, leaving Itanagar almost in incommunicado state, at least from the surface
as Gumto-Harmuti road is only outlet for the entire state. The authority has failed
to give exact deadline for road restoration.
Apart from the blockade, roads in the state particularly Itanagar has its own harrowing
tale, it wears worst look, with no proper drainage. It seems road has been just left
by the department to fend itself off from nature fury, as no restoration and maintenance
work is seen around. The commuters are often greeted by strewn boulders in middle
of the road after minor rainfall. People driving on the road have to scan around
for better patches; the heaven knows who looks after this road?
Insensitivity on traffic regulation mostly by the citizens and partly by traffic
police and warden make the situation even more chaotic. Normal hour between home
to office or working place has excruciatingly increased. The fifteen-minute drive
Itanagar to Naharlagun road now takes three to four hours especially during rush
hour. Impatient defaulters often ram their car into already jammed road as if they
are on car race; however the traffic police prefer ignorance to the scene.
Needless to say about deteriorating education and the health care system of our state.
There are many schools in remote areas which are yet to get text-books and basic
infrastructures. Teachers often protest to attend the school on pretext of lack of
infrastructures. The health centers, be it primary health or community health center,
are poorly equipped. Medical officers posted at these centers are helpless in any
emergency situation. Literally, Arunachal is a paralytic state.
In spite the cataclysm and odds spread out, the people are silently enduring the
ordeals, seemingly content with the government’s manner of response to the natural
calamities and epidemic. There is no incoherent complaint or vociferous protest over
the pathetic road condition, chaotic traffic, ill-equipped health care system and
shortage of text-books and teachers in the schools. Apparently the citizens are unfazed
by this man- made misfortune and decided not to be budged, no matter how many skies
fallen over them.
Foundation stone for new hostel and smart classrooms laid in NERIST campus
ITANAGAR, August 28: Foundation stone of a new hostel block named after the river
"Siang" and that of a building of 24-classrooms, named "Raman House", after the first
physicist from India to get the Nobel Prize, was laid today by Prof. Dipankar Pal,
Director, NERIST. The Registrar of the Institute Dr. R P Bhattacharjee and the Chief
Engineer, APPWD (West) K Wahge were present on the occasion.
Both the buildings are being made by APPWD as deposit work. It may be noted that
last Saturday the Institute was visited by the Chief Minister who had inaugurated
a new girls' hostel and a new building for continuing education programme.
Emphasizing on the need for peace for prosperity, the Director said that the Institute
is going through a growth phase now after a long time. Everyone needs to work together
to maintain the tempo and all forces of divisionism must be repelled. He added that
hereinafter any hostel that is made shall be named after rivers of Arunachal Pradesh
or North East-Region and the academic buildings shall be named after world famous
academicians and scientists either from India or from abroad.
Consultative meeting for Railway connectivity to Pasighat held
ITANAGAR, Aug 28: A consultative meeting for railway line was held at Solung Ground
here on Wednesday which was organized by Adi Bane Kebang East Siang Unit and involved
by all the stake holders to put forward their respective opinions on the subject.
The meeting which mostly rested on whether to allow railway to enter Pasighat township
drew all short of opinions and suggestions from various stake holders like ATA, CoSAAP,
Bar Association, APDA, APSEA, AdiSU, NGOs, Railway Survey Affected Land Owner's Committee,
Pasighat Area Railway Affected Land Owner's Committee besides senior citizens and
There were several speakers who voiced against connecting of railway at Pasighat
citing various reasons like influx of illegal migrants impacting in demography beside
possible rise of criminal activities. They took reference of the recent case at Naharlagun
where hundreds and thousands of illegal migrants tried to enter the state violating
the ILP system.
On the other hand, there were several others who suggested for the coming of railway
in the township citing reasons like it's possible benefit to the people and the state
in long run even adding the reason of national security for troop moment during any
conflict with the neighboring country.
Tabung Ering, Secy. ABK (HQ) cum member for Surface Communication and Hydro, opined
that Government of India and Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh should make certain modalities
pertaining to adequate compensation to land affected, job reservation, ILP regulation
and shifting of proposed tract/alignment to 1968/74 survey".
He also urged both the MPs, elected leaders of the state assembly to bring Arunachal
into 6th schedule so that tribal community of the state may fully exercise their
ABK East Siang President-cum- ZPM Bogong-II Okom Yosung and General Secy.-cum- ZPM
Rebo-Perging, Tajing Taki opined and suggested that, if the railways are introduced
in the state for national security reason as well, then the railway should also reach
border areas like Tuting-Gelling under Upper Siang District in the international
border. As per present alignment, the railways are to pass through Pasighat-Mebo-Dambuk-Roing,
Tezu-Parsuram Khund and Rupai in Assam, as informed the sources from ABK East Siang.
The final report of the opinions and suggestions will be submitted to ABK HQ for
onward submission to government, added the sources.
Tok Buttum honoured with Marian Rodrigues Award
ITANAGAR, August 28: President of Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA) and
All India Catholic Union (AICU) secretary for the North East India Tok Buttum has
been honoured with Marian Rodrigues Award for his outstanding services to the Catholic
Community and for the contributions to the underprivileged children's education in
India. The award was given away by Rt. Rev. Francis Kalarakal, Arch Bishop of Veropoly,
Chairman of St. John Medical College of Bangalore and Secretary General of CBCI during
the closing ceremony of the three days AICU general body meeting cum-election held
at Kochi, Kerala on August 24 last.
Various issues of North East region like all sector developments, setting up a branch
of AIIMS in Meghalaya, peace and equality to all religion and above all, intolerance
to inequality and injustice were discussed. More than 500 delegates from various
parts and states of India participated in the meeting.
Many important dignitaries like, Rt. Rev. Mathew Arakkal, Chairman CBCI Laity Commission;
Rt. Rev. Vargese Chakkalakkal, Chairman KCBC Laity Commission; Prof KV Thomas, MP
and Chairman PAC; Dr. M Ampareen Lyndoh, Minister Urban Development, Government of
Meghalaya were the speakers in the house.
ZIRO, Aug 28: Ngunu Ziro organized a two days "Butterfly Watching Meet -2014" recently.
The 2 days programme was organized to augment the tourism activities at Ziro on August
23 and 24 last. The purpose of the activities was to promote eco tourism and to aware
the people on preservation and protection of flora and fauna.
The participants gathered at Manipolyang and trek to Pange covering 8 Km on foot.
An impressive PowerPoint presentation on butterfly was given by Monsoon Jyoti Gogoi,
PhD scholar on butterfly. Later a moth counting activities was also organised in
the night at Pange where around 200 species of moth was photograph in a single night.
In the two days the butterfly enthusiast have photograph 47 species of butterfly
braving the inclement weather.
The rare butterflies called yellow owl was also found. Earlier the Bhutan Glory,
a butterfly considered to be extinct from the state was first photograph in Tale
Valley wild life sanctuary.
The participants were from various professional backgrounds like Engineer, Doctor,
Tour Operator, NGO, Officers and Hano Bobby.
An award was also announced amongst the participants in 3 categories. The best photograph
was given to Tater Mize, District Tourism officer, Palash Goswami, NGO from Assam
bagged the award for highest collection of varieties and Hage Habung, local tour
guide bagged for unique collection of butterflies species.
Earlier, Tater Mize, District Tourism Officer, while addressing the participants
lauded the organizing team for taking their keen interest in promoting tourism in
the valley. He said that the district is doing very well in rural tourism especially
in Home stay concept. The district began to receive tourist in Bird Watching and
the butterfly watching meet will add another milestone in the field of tourism. He
opined that the Tourism Department will take the cognizance of the effort of the
NGO and extend the full co-operation to make an annual event to promote tourism.
East Kameng District Health Society meeting held
SEPPA, Aug 28: The meeting of the District Health Society East Kameng District was
held on August 26 under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman District
Health Society Sandeep Kumar Singh.
Dr. N Geiyi DMO in his keynote address informed the house about difficulties of the
department which result in low performance in compare to other district. He however
informed that performance of DHS has improved a lot in compare to previous performance.
District Program Officers including DRCHO, DTO, DVBDCO and DSO presented power point
presentation about their performance during April to July 2014.
Dadi Rimo ZPM Seppa West stressed on stay of health workers at their place of posting,
delivery of essential medicines at the periphery Health Centre and selection of ASHA
from amongst literate citizen.
Deputy Director ICDS suggested for at least one month prior information of immunization
schedule to Anganwadi workers and regular supply of de-worming drugs and IFA at Anganwadi
MO i/c of Peripheral Health Facilities while taking part in the discussion expressed
their difficulties due to shortage of medicines, road communication and accommodation
Participating the discussions Pooja Jain ADC Seppa suggested for proper and timely
supervision and monitoring of all the activities by the health authority, she also
stressed on updating of all the data in various activities which they perform.
Summing up the whole discussion of the meeting the Chairman of meeting Sandeep Kumar
Singh directed all health workers and other stake-holders to work in mission mode
to improve the performance of the District. He directed all the MOs and other staff
to stay at their place of posting and direct DMO to make roster of MOs duty at the
health facilities where there is no MO from September 01. He assured to supply some
medicines from his untied fund for the peripheral Health Facilities. He also stressed
on preparation of health activities mainly IEC/BCC in public Health, Routine Immunization
(RI), RBSK and updating of data. He suggested for time to time training of field
health workers like ASHAs, AWWs, ANMs and other workers.
Responding to quarry from MO PHC about the less release of RKS fund to CHCs, PHCs,
SCs and VHSCs from GOI he directed the responsible persons for timely and complete
submission of vouchers, SOE and UC. He directed DMO to list out the unauthorized
clinics and to stop the Vaccination of JE vaccines by the private pharmacies where
the maintenance of Cold Chain system is very much doubtful.
The meeting was attended by ADC, all the members of the Society (HODs), ZPMs, all
the MO i/c of the DH, CHCs, PHCs, ANMs of SCs and the ASHA Facilitators. DIPRO.
Do they have a special privilege to come late to the office?
Through the medium of your daily, the “one and only” Reader’s Forum and sincerely
prostrating before, as in the first posture of the famous Yoga ashan, Surya namaskar,
I want to place a question to the Chief Secretary of our state Arunachal Pradesh.
Do IAS Officers posted in Arunachal Pradesh, particularly, the Deputy Commissioners
in the Districts, have a special privilege to come late to the office?
I put this question to you in the public domain in the interests of the people of
the state, who are harassed by the unpunctuality and late arrival of the Deputy Commissioners
of the Districts to their respective office.
I request you to advise all the Deputy Commissioners in the districts to be punctual
in their office that too, strictly on time so that the other staffs fall in line
on their own, if the IAS officers posted in Arunachal Pradesh does not really enjoy
an exclusive right/privilege to come late or as per their discretions to office.
Price of development
Through this write up I would like to throw light on how the ‘haves’ of the society
and ‘sahabs’ in the office exploit the ignorant villagers of far flung area in Arunachal
Pradesh in the name of development. They are victimised, they are duped, they are
lured, they are cheated because they believe what so called sahabs ‘says’ and ‘dos’
is the law of land and raising voice about the moves of sahab would block future
favors. Accordingly, these ignorant folks are mute spectators even if their lone
cultivable lands are buried without rehabilitation or compensation.
Rigong village in West Siang must be the best example of above observation. A population
of hardly 156 and households of eight families without school isolated from nearby
villages by Siyom River.
During 2012-13 under NLCPR scheme 15 km road from Pagak Bridge point of Kaying to
Mega in left bank of River Siyom was sanctioned.
For the tiny Rigong that was dreams come true because the projected road was passing
through their villages. No doubt, it was landmark developmental package to the unconnected
Siyom left bank dwellers by their MLA. Alas! All that glitters is not gold.
The time when the machineries of M/s Modern Engineering of Nagaland and PWD Rumgong
Division bulldozed their path through, it knocked off the ignorant folks’ aspiration
of what development is. Desperate earth cutting, uprooting valuable standing logs,
damaging horticulture and agriculture plots, directionless bulldozing in virgin forest
in ‘go as you like’ style shocked them. Yet, the villagers still adhered to their
belief that the development need sacrifices of lands and other properties, as such
they didn’t claim compensation and rehabilitation for whatever the losses incurred,
no petty contract were sought.
But the villagers lost their patience when M/s Modern Engineering and PWD official’s
developmental activities buried the many paddy fields and cut off the water sources
to the fields. By the grace of rich contractors and learned engineers many families
lef their respective paddy field this year without alternatives. And their agriculture
area seems permanently damaged due to damaged irrigation channels. As per villager’s
version series of meetings were held wherein authority assured repair of paddy fields
before this agricultural season but when insisted nobody came up. And the villagers
were barred from contacting their MLA for appraising him their woes. What an idea!
My question to the authority concern is; if this narration of pathetic condition
holds any water then what should be the punishment for erring officials and contractors?
What compensation is liable for victims?
I urge the authority to set up inquiry for the justice of villagers.
Environmental protection and manmade disasters
The ecological balance refers to diverse forms and ecosystems that are interconnected
and interdependent. The more diverse, the more resilient an ecosystem will be. The
ecological balance is of crucial importance, but also quite sensitive to disturbance.
With one life form depending on another, and a third depending on a fourth, the disappearance
of one will always affect the other. The destruction of the rainforest is a major
threat to the delicate balance.
Trees and plants clean air and water and they regulate water levels.
The felling of trees on a massive scale is one of the main causes of environmental
destruction. With every tree that disappears, the cleaning function of the forest
becomes less effective. At some point, it will become hard to find clean water. The
rain forest disappears at an alarming rate – 36 football fields per minute. Where
trees are felled, the root system that absorbs rain water disappears as well.
Subsequently, water simply runs downhill into rivers, washing out top soil. The remaining
soil dries out, crumbles and is blown away by the wind. Sometimes, this top soil
can be farmed for a few years, but it’s a poor and thin layer so it’s quickly exhausted.
Farmers than move on to slash another tract of rainforest.
The felling of trees causes natural disasters. The unchecked running off of water
results in droughts in higher areas and in mud slides and floods in lower areas.
One of the live examples of this, is our Arunachal Pradesh, facing a tremendous disasters
this year like flood and landslides. This is happening because of our fault. Our
own mistakes are making us suffer. Unbalanced ecosystems fully affect the livelihood
of people by direct or indirect means. I have taken my small steps towards its preservation,
so why do you wait. Wake up and lend your hands towards our Mother earth.
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Health sector to witness changes
If news report is to be believed, health sector of state is going to witnesses major
changes in days to come. Health & family welfare department is toeing the ‘zero tolerance’
policy and has been accorded ‘top most priority’ status by State Cabinet headed by
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. Also as per the report, State Cabinet has recently approved
creation of 2492 posts – 96 specialists, 157 doctors, 309 staff nurses, 214 ANMs,
42 pharmacists, 66 lab technicians, 597 rural health workers (RHWs) etc., considering
the genuine necessity to meet basic requirements to deliver the much needed service
to the masses.
The recruitment will be done phase-wise considering the resource constraint of the
state. Health and family welfare minister Kalkho Pul deserves big round of applause
for this initiative. The ailing health sector needs to be revamped to serve the growing
population of Arunachal. Minister also declared that ‘102’ and ‘108’ ambulance services
would also be introduced soon. This will really benefit the poor people. Many areas
of Arunachal do not have proper transportation facilities. Sometimes people die due
to inability to find vehicle at right time to shift the patient to better hospitals.
Introduction of ambulance service will be blessing for those people. Hope, health
department will initiate many more reforms in coming years to revitalize this ailing