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2009

December  -  19

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Legal wrangles delay hearing of high-profile cases

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Gruesome murder of two sisters, rape and subsequent murder of a minor school child and the kidnapping of the son of a high-profile politician had rocked the state in 2008.

Even as the state struggles to come to terms with such mindless acts, the process of taking the perpetrators to task appears to be a formidable exercise.

The main accused in the murder of the two sisters Md Najrul Islam, continues to be at large while his accomplice Md Anarul Islam was granted bail by the High Court based on a paper issued by Assam authorities that he was a juvenile. The local Police maintain he is not. (Itanagar PS case No. 108/2008  State Vs. Mujibur Rahman & Ors U/S 302/457/380/34 IPC)

Pawan Biswakarma alleged to have raped and killed the six-year-old child managed to run away from a Police Lock up in the Capital region. Papu Singh, his accomplice is  also absconding. (Itanagar PS case No. 50/2008 State Vs. Raju Biswakarma & Ors U/S 364/376/302/120B/34 IPC).

Binod Warray, Geremsa Basumatary, and Tungri Basumatary, the three main accused in the kidnapping of Getam Apang, the  son of a former Chief Minister are still absconding while Aniram Basumatary, one of the key players in the kidnapping  managed to get bail. He is since absconding. (Itanagar PS case No. 115/2008 U/S 365/364 (A) IPC).  

 On a brighter note, these criminal cases which have been investigated by the City Police are in the priority of trial in the court of Bidol Tayeng, District and Session judge ,Yupia and actual has also begun.

Though the investigating agency, the Capital complex police  have submitted the charge sheets  in all three cases, trial could not be started immediately as all the main accused were absconding and could not be produced before the court.

While  the trial of the 3 cases have started in the early part of 2009, the actual trial could not progress as all the absconding accused in the three cases have to be declared as proclaimed offender first.

The court has framed charges against all the accused persons in custody or on bail. All have pleaded not guilty before the court and claimed to be tried. Accordingly, after framing of charges, the trial of the accused persons have begun.  

Tayeng said that attempts are being made by the court to fix dates and try the cases regularly.

 

Cm calls for vigil along the border to contain illegal immigration and revenue leakages

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu called for extra vigil in the entry points for containing illegal immigrants and revenue leakages and exhorted the DCs to accelerate revenue collection in the form of royalty, land revenue and VAT in their respective districts. He also opined for strengthening the check gates. “All DCs have to make out a comprehensive plan for land acquisition for Trans-Arunachal Highway and land for setting up of new Army Divisions and Brigades in their districts so that the developmental activities could be accelerated”, the chief minister emphatically said.

He stated this during a high level conference for reviewing the status of PM’s Package held in his office conference hall with all the deputy commissioners and PWD officers here today.

While putting the onus of streamlining of PDS in the district upon the DCs, the chief minister directed them to conduct surprise visits to fair price shops, enquire about sufficient supply of ration to the common masses.

He has stressed for regular district level and block level monitoring of PM Package and all other central as well as state sponsored development schemes for ensuring judicious utilization of development fund.

In order to bring the administration to doorsteps of the people, Khandu suggested the DCs to hold administrative camps in remote villages for a day or two. This will not only benefit the rural mass but will also strengthen the confidence of the common masses upon the district administration, the chief minister claimed.

Besides, requesting for firm stand on boundary issues, the chief minister exhorted for proper implementation and vigilance of NREGA and such other programmes.

Chief Secretary Tabom Bam while being very specific towards development said, the forest clearance should not be an impediment to a destined development of the state. Both PWD and Forest Departments should put combine efforts to clear the projects from the central environment and forest ministry, Bam said.

Er. Bora Ete presented an impressive power point presentation in the house explaining the detail of the status of PMs Trans Arunachal Highway. Altogether 4 projects have been floated for tender till this date, he informed the house.

Principal Secretary to CM Yeshi Tsering, Development Commissioner V K Dev and Planning Secretary Ankur Garg were also present in the meeting. (PRO to CM)

 

Pul outlines priority

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: RWD, Tax, and Excise Minister, K. Pul said that Road Connectivity, Education, Health and Tourism sectors would be his priority. He said this while addressing the people of his constituency at a civic reception at multipurpose Community Hall, Hayuliang on Dec 16.

Dwelling on quality education, he advocated for the establishment of inter village I.V. schools with all amenities rather than having one single teacher school in the remote boarder area.

K. Pul also appealed to PRI members for judicious use of funds in a joint venture by Gram Sabhas turn wise to create a durable and quality asset for the community.  Earlier in his welcome address DC, Anjaw C.S. Jeinow, has outlined various achievements of work made by departments in the district by a dedicated team of officers of the district.

Chairperson ZP Anjaw B. Tega, also spoke in the occasion.

 

In preparation of the UN Committee on Status of Women

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The two days ‘South Asian Women’s consultation on Beijing Plus 15: Weaving Wisdom, Confining Crises, Forging the future,’ in preparation of the 54th UN Committee on Status of Women (CSW) concluded in New Delhi this evening.

Participants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh had very intensive and incisive country presentations: Gains, Gaps and Challenges – sharing’s from their respective countries.

The various burning issues concerning the women of South Asia today under six broad themes of conflict, Health and Education, Economy, Political leadership and participation, violence and human rights and climate change and disaster management were discussed.

The critics of the national performances were based on the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) 1995, and the Millennium development Goals (MDGs). The participants identified the challenges and impediments to the achievement of the BPFA and the MDGs.

The inaugural session on 17 Dec was addressed by Mohini Giri, the former chairperson of the national commission for women (India). She emphasized that the benefits of our struggles must percolate down to the rural women at the bottom and that the voices of women and the civil society must be heard in the United Nations interwoven and integrated into that of our governments.

The consultation as organized by the National Alliance of women and South Asian Women’s Watch and  sponsored by UNIFEM, Regional Office, Delhi.

The participants were updated by Dr Pam Rajput of NAWO on Gender Equality Architecture in the UN system. The resolution has since been passed by the UN Gen Assembly on Sept 2009.   

 

Soochna Bhawan soon under NLCPR

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: ‘Soochna Bhawan’ the proposed office for Department of Information and Public Relations is under active consideration of the DoNER Ministry under Non-Lapsable Central Pool Resource.

Minister DoNER Bijoy Krishna Handique, today informed this to an Arunachal delegation comprising of Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy and Parliamentary Secretary Information and Public Relations Tinghaap Taiju at Shastri Bhawan New Delhi.

Taiju while calling for early sanction of the scheme apprised the minister that at present the Department is running from an SPT building in Naharlagun, constructed way back in 1970s .

Sanjoy also briefed the minister about importance of Information department. He said that department is being equipped with latest technology in terms of dissemination of information, digitalisations and preservation of photo, video and important documents of the government.

 

Marketing woes of farmers

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The ICAR, Basar hosted a training programme for the farmers from Dec15 to 17 on “Post-harvest Processing and Value Addition of Horticultural Fruits and Vegetables” under the sponsorship of NABARD.

The farmers highlighted the problems of getting institutional credit, supply of inputs and access to the market.

The General Manager, NABARD Dr. B.G. Mukhopadhyay assured the participants that he would take up the issues of the farmers with Banks and Government Agencies so that their issues are duly addressed. GM, NABARD had also discussed the issue of Financial Inclusion with the ADC, Basar.

The ADC, Basar has assured all possible cooperation to increase the coverage of SHGs and also to bring more people under Financial Inclusion.

GM had visited all the Bank Branches located at Basar and advised the Branch Managers to extend their coverage through Kisan Credit Cards and Self Help Groups.

Set the priorities

 

Dear Editor,

Tourism department is one of the most important department in terms of revenue generation, but alas' what we are seeing today is meager tourist inflow  in spite of many potentials.

Here my opinion is that, department is having some inefficiency in terms of staff recruitment. If we say ratio of tourism background staff and non-tourism background staff, it is just 3:97.

Moreover, whenever there are interviews for recruitment of staff, there is always some sort of problem like result delayed or not declared and backdoor entry.

Poor mass want to know what really is going on.

So, it is my utmost request to the concerned authority to look into this matter and kindly recruit only tourism & hospitality graduate for best results because we Arunachalee also know " atiti devo bavah"

Yours

K.P  

(on email)

 

 

 

RGU believes in the principle of transparent administration

 

Dear Editor,

This has reference to a letter published in your esteemed daily yesterday in the name of one Jhumi Didi. In this connection, I wish to give the following clarifications:

The administration has been gradually phasing out many unacademic and irregular practices that were being followed in the past. However, we are making slow progress in this direction in view of the fact that old habits die hard. Mere conversion into Central University will not change the system. It needs a change in the mindset of the employees who should work as a team for the betterment of the University.

The administration is aware of the charges made by the writer of the letter. We have already taken necessary steps and as per the Ordinance two students who have secured the highest number of marks in the second semester examinations are included in the excursion team. There is no question of calling for applications in this connection.

In the last few years, the entire office bearers of Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union have been allowed to go with the excursion team consisting of meritorious students. The administration has now made it clear to the Students’ Union that hereafter from the next academic session, only five office bearers of the Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union will be part of the excursion team.

In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that Rajiv Gandhi University firmly believes in the principle of transparent administration. We are always open to correction and suggestions for improvement are most welcome. This letter should make it clear to Jhumi Didi that her fears are not only baseless but unfounded.

Yours,

Registrar

Rajiv Gandhi University

Implement schemes of the department effectively: Tingkhatra

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Parliamentary Secretary Social welfare, Women & Child Development Newlai Tingkhatra called on his officers to work hard to implement the schemes of the department effectively.

He said this at a State Level Meeting of  the Department  which was held today at its Directorate in Naharlagun.

He assured all officers of support and redressal of the grievances and informed the officers that he would take up the matters with the Chief Minister for redressal of the grievances of the department. .

Director of Social Welfare, Women & Child Development R.T. Riba, in her keynote address briefed the activities of the department and highlighted the achievements made so far by the department. In addition, she expected smooth functioning of the department and with cordial cooperation from all the officers of her department for proper and effective implementation of the schemes.

Deputy Director (ICDS) P.E. Angu, shared various problems being faced by the district and project level officers in implementation of the schemes of the department.

She stated that non-availability of department vehicle for all officers and lack of basic infrastructure like office buildings and accommodation facilities for the staff were major impediments in undertaking field visit regularly and performing their day to day services in their respective posting places.

Joint Director (ICDS) T.P. Loyi, expressed the hope that Parliamentary Secretary being the senior legislator will guide the department with his long experience.  She also expected that the Secretary (SW, WCD) who had been in the same department in Goa would guide the department to achieve the targeted goal of the various schemes of the department to the best expectations of the people of the state. The Secretary (SW, WCD) Ajit Shrivastav also assured that the problems being faced by the officers shall be taken care of and suggested all to discharge their duties with full sincerity and honesty.

The All Arunachal Pradesh CDPO Association submitted a memorandum highlighting their grievances.

 

Karuna Trust starts Students Health Volunteers

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Parliament Secretary, Environment and Forest Kumar Waii launched the Students Health Volunteers program of Karuna Trust which is first of its kind in the state at Bameng on December 15 last.

Appreciating the innovation of the Trust for involving Students in health related activities, he urged the public and other Government departments to provide help to the Medical staff to maintain peace and harmony in the society.

He later distributed identity Cards to the Students Health Volunteers of Bameng area selected by the Karuna Trust.

Deputy commissioner Pige Ligu urged the students to continue the spirit of voluntarism and spread health education in the society.

Health Coordinator of Karuna Trust informed that Karuna Trust has already initiated the selection of Students Health Volunteers (SHV) for its nine PHCs in Arunachal Pradesh. After selection, they will be trained in PHCs for 4 days and monthly follow-up program will be carried out in every PHC. They will act as voluntary worker for 2 years and a certificate will be issued from the Head Quarter of Karuna Trust after completion of the period. They will work with local health centres both in Sub centre and PHC level and supervised by the Medical Officer of the PHC.

 

Asian youth Council

ITANAGAR, Dec. 18: President of National Youth Project Arunachal unit Hari Biswas recently came back from Kuala Lumpur, where he attended One Asia Youth Forum and 60th year anniversary of world assembly of youth, which was organized, by Asian youth Council and World Assembly of Youth.

 

Union urge Gammon India to expedite work

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: All Pipu Chayang Tajo Gawe Purrang Sawa Student’s Union (APCGSSU) has urged Gammon India Limited Company, executing agency for improving Seppa to Chayang Tajo road under NEC scheme for early progress of work. Union claimed that Gammon India has not been properly following the guidelines set up for implementing road scheme.

Further they added that quality of materials used are below par and widening of road have not been to any help of the people of upper belt of East Kameng District.

Meanwhile APCGSSU stated that 6th general election cum conference of union will be held from 11th to 14th January, 2010.  Education minister Bosiram Siram and Chayang Tajo MLA Karya Bagang has consented to be part of the conference, informed APCGSSU in a press release issued.

 

India expresses reservation

New Delhi: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh who held talks with Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao have expressed reservation over umbrella paragraph that forms part of a draft being discussed at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen to formulate a plan to address the issue of global warming. Official sources said in Copenhagen that the issue was the centre of discussion between the Singh and Jiabao.

The draft has been prepared on the basis of recommendations of two sub groups which looked into the Bali Action Plan and the Kyoto Protocol.

 

NES interactive tour

ITANAGAR: Nyishi Elite Society is launching an interactive tour programme covering topic on social importance and new Nyishi academic books.

In its 1st phase tour it would cover various pockets of Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri and Kurung Kumey Districts from January 15 to 20 next which will be lead by President NES Bengia Tolum, Secretary NES Chukhu Loma, VC NES Dr. Tachi Taku, VC NES Tarin Dakpe along with other officer NES bearers Katung Waghe, TK Tara, Nabam Tarang, Tame Tabin, Er. AC Don, Bengia Augung, Er. Ratan Tebin, Lomdak Tago, Pritam Taffo and Bengia Jolly.

The 2nd phase of the interactive tour will be carried out at East Kameng and Papum Pare Districts respectively.

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