ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Bihar Governor Devanand Konwar has graced the concluding ceremony
of the Festival of Arunachal at I G Park here today.
Addressing the mammoth gathering on the occasion, Konwar said Arunachal Pradesh
has made a remarkable progress during its 26 years of journey after attaining the
statehood. He further said that Arunachal Pradesh is not only a land of Rising Sun,
but also a very important state which acts as sentinel of the country. Konwar,
who hails from neighbouring state of Assam, expressed his profound happiness for
being associated with the festival, reflecting the age-old bonding between Assam
and Arunachal Pradesh.
Appreciating the theme of the festival “Celebrating oneness”, Konwar also showered
praises on the people of the state for maintaining peace and brotherhood.
The chief guest of the valedictory function, Konwar also distributed prizes to winners
of sports competitions.
Governor Gen (retd) J J Singh in his brief address congratulated both the festival
organizing committee and all the participants for successful conclusion of the festival.
In his address, Capital DC Sanjoy Goel hoped that the festival will take place
in bigger way in days to come. He appreciated Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for his
whole-hearted support and cooperation for grand success of the festival.
Earlier at the start of the function, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has presented the
awards to progressive farmers, and the winners of flower show competition under several
categories. Education Minister Bosiram Siram gave away the prizes to the winners
of inter-school cultural and literary competitions.
West Siang district emerged as overall champion in sports event. While the Abor
Foods Collection (stall No 31) bagged the best food stall award, best exhibition
stall award goes to department of legal metrology and consumers affairs.
On the other hand VKV Itanagar won the running trophy in interschool championship
and the VKV Chimpu stood runner up.
A hos of dignitaries including minister, MP Takam Sanjoy and senior officers also
attended the concluding function.
The major attraction of the last day of the festival was the performance of Bollywood
singer Abhijit and Veer-famed actress Zarine Khan.
'Water crisis likely to end by March'
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The nagging problem of water scarcity being faced by the citizens
of the state capital is likely to end soon, precisely by March this year.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who has been particularly monitoring the progress of the
project ‘Augmentation of Water Supply for Itanagar Town (Phase-II)’ executed by the
Department of Public Health Engineering & Water Supply (PHE&WS), this morning took
a bumpy ride to the water source about 9 km ahead of Poma village and 32 km away
At the completed intake plant on Mahi River, a proud contingent of PHE&WS officials
headed by Secretary Tomi Ete, Chief Engineer Toko Jyoti (West Zone) and capital Executive
Engineer Tadar Mangku assured the Chief Minister that remaining works on the Water
Treatment Plant would be completed soon and the project would be ready for commissioning
by March end.
A pleased Chief Minister suggested its commissioning and inauguration in the first
week of April and offered to invite a central leader for the same.
“As Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had laid the foundation stone of the project
as part of PM’s Package on January 31, 2008, it would be befitting if he himself
inaugurates it. However, in case of his busy schedule we will invite someone else
from the Union Government as this is a very important project and a herculean task
successfully completed,” he said.
The department had to build a road from Poma village up to the source point (Mahi
River) cutting through rough terrains and building three bridges to lay 450 mm DI
pipes as well as movement of vehicles to transport men, machines and materials. The
approach road up to a point called Langkey was progressing well and scheduled to
be completed by December 2011. But due to a tremor on November 22, 2011 a huge landslide
completely damaged the formation cutting forcing the department to build a bailey
bridge over Langkey Nallah and burdening it with a cost escalation of nearly Rs 3.5
The almost complete project is at the moment under trial run. Zone-III of Itanagar,
which is roughly the area covering Chimpu, Chandranagar and PHQ area being fed with
water through this project under trial run.
Moving around the intake site, the Chief Minister expressed concern over human interference
now that an approach road was in place in the erstwhile dense and impenetrable forest.
While advising proper arrangement of security fencing around the intake plant, he
also suggested creation of awareness amongst the villagers in the vicinity to protect
forests in the catchment area.
“Our population is bound to grow and this water source will be the only source for
another 20-30 years. If we do not protect the catchment area soon the source would
dry up as has happened to the sources in Daria Hills around Itanagar,” he pointed
He asked Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu to issue a notification to prevent
jhum cultivation, forest fire, hunting or cutting of trees in the catchment area.
The project costing (revised) Rs 11525.32 lakh will churn out 11 million liters of
water per day providing drinking water to 141619 persons till 2023 of the state capital
and is the biggest project so far executed by the department of PHE&WS.
State Level Inter-District Rural Sports PYKKA Competition concludes
West Siang emerge overall champion
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: West Siang emerged overall champion by collecting 64 points in
the 3rd State Level Inter-District Rural Sports Competition under Panchayat Yuva
Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA), which concluded at Chimpu, near here today. Defending
Champion Papum Pare finished second with 49 points and Tirap (37 points) third.
Speaking on the concluding day function, Sports and Youth Affairs Director DK Dinglow
highlighted the aims and objective of PYKKA. He informed that the ambitious project
was launched by Union Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs in 2008 with a view to
tap hidden sports talents in rural areas through a well equipped competition structure
from block level and nurture them. It also aims to promote indigenous as well as
modern sports and provide basic infrastructure (playground) in every panchayat, he
Over 1100 players, including officials from 12 districts participated in this year's
competition, he informed. Dinglow informed that the first state level rural sports
meet under PYKKA in Arunachal Pradesh was held in 2010-11 wherein teams from all
the districts, excepting Tawang, participated.
Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) Chairman Ligu Tacho, who was
also present on the occasion, delivered few words of advice to the young players.
He encouraged them to practice hard and maintain physical fitness to become a good
sportsperson. He asked them to abstain from drinking, smoking and consuming tobacco
and tobacco products, which are very harmful to health.
Describing winning and losing a part and parcel of sports, Tacho said, "Do not get
disheartened, if you lose."
Highlighting the importance of games and sports, the APPSC chairman said that sports
foster friendship, give self-confidence and help develop physical and mental skills.
Later, Tacho along with Secretary Sports Indira Mallo Jain, Arunachal Olympic Association
Secretary General G Doke, Sports and Youth Affairs Assistant Director Ramesh Linggi,
Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy Principal P Lombi distributed medals and certificates
to the winning team and players.
Rubber can change the face of rural Arunachal: RBI
KOTAYAM, Feb 22: “Rubber if cultivated with sincerity and commitment could change
the face of rural Arunachal Pradesh,” said Rubber Board of India chairman Sheela
Thomas when agro gramin untied chairman Likha Maj called on her here Tuesday.
Maj as emissary of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on a 10-day study tour to Kotayam, the
rubber hub of India, had a threadbare discussion with her on measures needed to expand
rubber cultivation in Arunachal.
Thomas said given the suitable agro-climatic condition and vast land available in
Arunachal, rubber could become a money spinner for the local people.
Citing the massive success of community farming initiated by the Board, she said
it facilitates the RBI to own the land and help the community to cultivate the cash
crop under its expert guidance with the support of the state government before handing
over the ownership to the community.
The community learns the expertise during that period which ensures productivity
to make it sustainable and profitable, she reasoned.
Pointing out that the GoAP at the advise of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has
taken an avowed policy to bring speedy agri-horti development of the agrarian society
with a special thrust on rubber and tea cultivation, Maj, in a memorandum, pleaded
with her for an independent RBI office at Itanagar to accelerate the process.
Other demands included setting up an institute to offer diploma or certificate course
in rubber production and marketing, to hike the present subsidy of Rs 35,000 per
hectare to Rs 1,00,000 to intending farmers to yield liquid diamond while serving
as a an alternative to traditional low-producing jhum cultivation.
On his request, she consented to visit the state to study the ground reality, spell
out the magic secret of the trade and have call on the chief minister to discuss
possible tie up with the GoAP.
9 member Arunachalee team on study tour in M’rashtra
MUMBAI, Feb 22: About 9 opinion leaders from Arunachal Pradesh are currently on a
visit to Maharashtra as part of a 15-day study tour organized by the Directorate
of Field Publicity, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Speaking over phone from Maharashtra, Suraj Tayang, one of the participants in the
team from Lohit district expressed having an enriching experience.
Under the leadership of M Sekhar, Conducting Officer, Ministry of I&B, Beham Yun
from Lohit, N Sena, R Tikhak, K Taikam from Changlang, T Puli T Tat from Lower Subansiri,
and T Loda, T Kamsha from West Kameng visited Patoda on Tuesday.
Patoda, a tehsil in Beed subdivision of Maharashtra is recipient of awards like Paryavaran
Vikasratna Puraskar, Nirmal Gram Puraskar, and also recipient of International Standard
Organization award 9001-2008.
The team, which comprised of panchayat leaders, local entrepreneur and activists
started its tour on February 12 and will end by March 1. They were received in Patoda
with ‘Kumkum tilak’ and garlands of flowers.
The opinion leaders expressed having being impressed by pro-active approach, cooperation
of PRI members and villagers in implementing rural development projects. They also
were awestruck by dedication of ICDS officers and workers in the village.
Excited by the visit in Patoda, Tayang said, “We are highly impressed by implementation
of ‘gramvikas’ projects in Patoda. In our state Arunachal, people are not much aware
of such projects like ‘nirmal gram’ development projects.”
Earlier, they visited Ajanta and Ellora caves, Bibi Ka Maqbara and Daulatabad fort.
After their tour of Patoda, they visited Watershed and Land Management Institute,
According to Skehar, “The objective of the tour is to enable the opinion leaders
to learn from the experiences of other states in successful implementation of development
projects and initiate similar efforts towards adoption by the government and local
bodies in Arunachal.”
Sanjoy advocates for religious tolerance
BOMDILA, Feb 22: Losar, an important festival of the followers of Buddhism—Monpa,
Sherdukpen, Tibetan and Bhutanese—living in West Kameng and Tawang reached its zenith
with the participation of Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy who air-dashed to Bomdila
from Itanagar this morning.
Sanjoy paid obeisance to a Buddha statue that was entwined with religious chants
from array of monks at Buddha Park here. He also tried his hand in traditional archery
In his speech, Sanjoy advocated for religious tolerance and emphasized on practice
of secularism as enshrined in the constitution of India in letter and spirit while
emphatically discarding religious infringement. Elaborating on the multi-faceted
manifestation of the festivals like Losar, he said that such festival promote communal
harmony and foster universal peace.
While mentioning the contribution of former chief minister Dorjee Khandu in making
common celebration of Losar festival, he urged the revellers to take it to other
parts of the State especially in Itanagar while assuring to extend all possible help
from his end.
Attributing culture as the lifeline of a tribal society, he urged the crowd to find
ways to keep it alive.
Quoting intelligent sources, the parliamentarian expressed his concern at the steep
rise of activities by the anti-social elements in recent past and called for its
“Bomdila is known for its peace, let it remain so,” he said while urging the administration
to take stringent action against the anti-social elements as a deterrent. He also
urged the non-natives who have settled in Bomdila to take the responsibility of keeping
Bomdila as a peaceful town.
Earlier in his brief speech on Losar festival, Rinchin Tashi DC Bomdila cum president,
Losar festival committee informed that Losar is a derivation of two words ‘Lo’ and
‘Sar’—‘Lo’ means new and ‘Sar’ stands for year; thus it symbolises the dawn of a
Marchang (local drinks) and Khapse (traditional biscuit) flooded the Kameng Hall
amidst traditional dances from various participants from Pedung and Sera village
The celebration was also attended by Bomdila SP Nupur Prasad, Jamiri zilla member
Gijey Jebisow, West Kameng Indigenous Peoples Society Secretary General Passang Dingla,
HoDs beside host of other dignitaries. (from Dodum Yangfo)
Vendor development programme
By Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Scores of young emerging entrepreneurs of the Capital Complex participated
in a state level ‘vendor development programme’ organized by the state branch of
the GoI’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development Institute in association
with the National Youth Project (NYP) at the Science Centre here today.
Attending the programme as the chief guest, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries
president Lala Techi called for proper implementation of departmental projects and
government schemes for entrepreneurs.
“Women are the backbone of the society, and women in Arunachal are lucky as they
have some social liberties in comparison to women in other parts of the country.
Hence young women should try their hands in the field of entrepreneurship which would
help them to be financially independent and achieve something,” he said.
Exhorting entrepreneurs to come up with innovative ideas to increase the popularity
of their products, Lala said, “Modification of products is very necessary with the
Khadi & Village Industries Board CEO Sukumal Dev said “the first step to become a
vendor is to know your product,” adding that the quality of products and the character
of the sales person go hand-in-hand.
“If your products are of good quality and your behaviour with the customers is also
good then you can be a good entrepreneur,” he said.
“If you are producing something and selling it, some may or may not buy your product,
but always remember that everyone is seeing your product,” he added.
Speaking about Consumer Protection Act, Dev said that consumers should try to understand
what they are purchasing. “A consumer has full right to drag any producer of a product
one has purchased to the court if they find anything wrong with the product,” he
said, adding that some producers deliberately produce inferior products to increase
Earlier, highlighting the GoI’s policies, MSME branch assistant director JP Pathak
said MSME was potentially “the key engine of economic growth, job creation and greater
“The GoI’s successive industrial policy statements have emphasized the role that
small enterprises can play an important role in providing employment to millions
of worker. The sector contributes 8 percent of country’s GDP,” he added.
Industries deputy director G Angu and KVIC assistant director AP Chobin also spoke.
Pay roll software training at Tawang
BOMDILA, Feb 22: Adding a feather on Information Technology front in Tawang district,
a week-long training of Pay Roll Software was kicked off today by RD Thungon, EAC,
DC in-charge of the district.
The training started with a PowerPoint presentation to the DDOs’ to get firsthand
knowledge of the software. Twenty DDOs of various departments of Tawang district
headquarters attended the first hour of the training.
PK Thungon, DIO, West Kameng, who is also holding additional charge of DIO Tawang
gave a brief introduction about the Pay Roll Software which is developed by National
Informatics Center, Arunachal Pradesh. He informed that NIC, West Kameng has added
many additional features, viz. Form 16 generation, which not only enables the DDOs
to generate Form 16, but also makes easier to calculate the tax of income tax payers
in the district.
The application software will enable the pay bill to be created within few hours,
“Moreover it is error free,” he added. DIPRO
‘Set up permanent local food stalls in Capital Complex’
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: After inaugurating the food stall counter at Nyikum Niya Complex,
Nirjuli as part of the Nyokum Yullo festival, senior journalist Pradeep Kumar exhorted
the local entrepreneurs to set up permanent stalls to serve delicious local cuisines
to the visitors.
Naga foods are available but not Arunachalees, he quoted many visitors from outsiders
expressing their surprise.
Such food stalls will be a great source for employment generation and steady income
to the owners, he said with conviction.
While inspecting 17 food stalls, including 7 by educated and unemployed youth and
10 local ornament stalls accompanied by celebration committee chairman and local
MLA Techi Kaso and patron Tarh Nachung, he advocated that the locals should be encouraged
to take up trade and commerce as permanent vocation.
Impressed with the traditional dresses, outfits and ornaments, which have undergone
innovation to suit the changing time, Kumar appreciated bopia (Headgear) maker Techi
Bida and his wife Tosum of Deb village, Sagalee and traditional ornament collector
Ounga Lamnio, proprietor of Memin Traditional Collection, Model Village, for the
How the indigenous people survive in far-flung remote area was evident today when
Bengia Yadung from Sarli in Kurung Kumey district bordering China demonstrated tase
(local atta) made of from the trunk of Tase tree and sold for Rs 100 per kg.
Tase, a substitute for flour and serves as one of the staple diets, she said, adding
we may be far away from the hustle bustle of modernity but know how to sustain without
depending on the mainland.
The stalls will continue to serve the visitors during the festival till February
Workshop on Eco-Tourism in Namdapha National Park
MIAO, Feb 22: A two days workshop on “Assessing Feasibility of promoting Eco-Tourism
in Namdapha National Park” for fringe villagers, tour operators, self-help groups
was conducted at Conference Hall of Circuit House, Miao on February 18 and 19. It
was sponsored by Regional Centre National Afforestation & Eco Development Board,
Inaugurating the programme, Minister for Geology and Mining, Food & Civil Supplies,
Art & Culture, Kamlung Mossang highlighted about the importance of natural resource
conservation and how its sustainable utilization can lead to improving the Socio-Economic
status and livelihood of the fringe villagers of Namdapha National Park. He also
spoke on the concept of Eco-Tourism and also expressed his happiness that such type
of workshop is being taking place in Miao Town.
S. J Jongsam, C. C. F and Field Director Namdapha National Park addressing the participants
in the inauguration of the workshop gave a detailed overview presentation about Namdapha
National park and its landscape. He also spoke on the concept of Eco- tourism and
Dr. Dhruba Sharma, Research Officer RCNAEB,N.E.H.U Shillong also gave a power point
presentation on Assessing feasibility of promoting Eco-Tourism in Namdapha National
Resource persons included Dr. S. K Jha NEHU, Shillong, Dr. Pijush Dutta, Land scape
coordinator WWF (Tezpur), Kuldeep and Parimal from NERIST (Nirjuli) and Aporesh
Gupta a senior retired Forest Officer. They provided valuable inputs about Eco tourism
& its concept.
Tajum Yomcha, Research Officer Namdapha National Park, who is also coordinator of
the workshop, gave a Power point presentation on the prospects and constraints of
eco–tourism development in Namdapha National Park.
The programme was attended by District Tourism Officer, Changlang K. Pertin, tour
operators, all senior Govt officials under Miao sub-division and the villagers.
Arun Dristi conducts Botox camp
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Arun Dristi Eye Care and Research Centre, 0 Point Tinali, Itanagar
successfully conducted first ever Botox Injection session in the state.
Dr. Vipul Shandaliya, MD, New Delhi, Master trainer of Botox injection in India successfully
administered Botox to nine patients who were suffering from Chronic migraine, disturbing
lid twitching and hemifacial spasm on Tuesday last. The cases were selected after
screening over 110 patients.
The Botox injection is a botulinum toxin, which after decades of research has been
approved for both therapeutic and cosmetic uses. Over the years, this toxin has proved
to be blessing for people who are living with compromised quality of life due severe
headache, irritating spasm of lid and facial muscles. The medical grade toxin has
wider uses as in cervical dystonia, torticollis, bladder dysfunction etc apart from
above use in medical and ophthalmology. The Center is now equipped to administer
the Botox injection in future so that people suffering from these ailments need not
go out of state for injection.
Rally organized against crimes to mark the statehood day celebration at Seppa
SEPPA, Feb 22: A mass rally was organized at Seppa with participation of MLAs of
the district, senior citizens, Govt. employees, members from the business community,
PRI leaders, EKSWCO, EKCCI, Bazar Welfare Committee and general public on the occasion
of statehood day on February 20.
This was followed by ceremonial unfurling of the National flag by Tapuk Taku MLA-cum-Chairman,
Sports Authority of Arunachal at General ground, Seppa and a public meeting.
Addressing the public meeting, the Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam requested the members
present in the meeting to endorse finally 9-point resolutions adopted in a meeting
in the DC’s Office on 20th January last and subsequently on 4th February 2013 against
the alleged extortions in Seppa Bazarline especially from the non-tribal traders
and also from the officers by the local miscreants.
The DC also readout the resolutions and explained in brief.
Parliamentary secretary Kumar Waii , Tani Loffa, MLA- cum- Chairman, AP Forest Corporation
Ltd, Tapuk Taku, MLA –cum- Chairman, Sports Authority of Arunachal, Hari Natung Ex-Minister
and Lelung Lingfa, President DCC(I) participated in deliberation and strongly
supported the resolutions adopted in earlier meetings to make the district HQ, Seppa
in particular and district in general a crime free for all-round development. The
meeting resolved to fight unitedly against the criminals and authorized the law enforcing
authorities to deal with the criminals strongly and award exemplary punishment as
per law to usher an era of full social security.
The meeting formally endorsed the 9 points resolution and decided to implement it
Phed, Lohit honoured on Statehood Day
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) has been awarded
first prize among various govt departments in Lohit for providing meritorious public
Parliamentary Secretary (PHE & WS) Karikho Kri presented the trophy on the occasion
of Statehood Day Celebrations at Tezu. The trophy was received by KC Das on behalf
of the Department.
The PHED, Lohit has been conducting several innovative campaigns and contests to
involve a large number of the common people to create a clean and green Lohit which
led to 18 gram panchayats open-defecation free and win Nirmal Gram Puraskar from
the Central Govt.
The PHED in Lohit has been constantly campaigning for a clean neighbourhood, urging
and guiding people to set up toilets in every home. This has been achieved during
the last 3 years through a number of innovative campaigns initiated by Executive
Engineer PHED Namsai Tayum Tok, along with his team members. Some of the activities
included ‘Hand-washing Day’ on October 15 every year, Sanitation Walk and Sanitation
Runs, street plays and conduct of training on handling of field test kits where all
village water and sanitation committee members of all panchayats in Lohit District
were trained to use water testing field test kits to test water sample of all drinking
water sources. The department has been actively supporting the APNE Library, Wakro,
for the last 3 years to organize street plays in Mishmi language, hold the Onam-Solung
Creative Rangoli contest for a garbage and plastic waste-free neighbourhood in the
villages. This year the Library activists have been trained to do simple water-testing
techniques using field test kit, thus enabling the students and youth to be agents
of social awareness.
On the Statehood Day this year a Sanitation Walk was organized in Mahadevpur to drive
home the point, ‘A clean Arunachal needs an ever-alert people.
It is such committed and spirited campaigning and innovative initiatives that have
won Tok, the state-level recognition and the Governor’s Commendation Certificate
and the Governor’s Gold Medal consecutively in 2011 and 2012.
Statehood day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The 27th Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh was celebrated in
New Delhi in a befitting manner organized by Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi (ASUD).
Various games and sports competitions, like football, cricket, literary competitions,
traditional dance and dress competition were organized as part of the celebration.
Mr. and Miss. Fresher competition was also organized besides other student oriented
Chief Imam of All India Organization of Imams of Mosques, Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi
and Chairman of Venkateshwara Group of Institutions, Meerut Sudhir, Jarjum Ete, Tomi
Ete, Yura Tagung, AK Mishra, IFS, CRC Arunachal Bhawan, K N Damo, APSCS, DRC, Arunachal
Bhawan attended the celebration among others.
Nang Yasoda Manpoong and Tana Pekhi Tara have been adjudged as Miss Fresher and Mr.
Addressing the students, ASUD President R T T Gue (Thomas), stressed on unity among
students of Arunachal Pradesh outside state, preservation of tradition and culture,
upliftment and development of student community.
Reports of Statehood Day celebration are also received from various parts of the
At Namsai, the national flag was unfurled by ADC Kamlesh Kr Joshi at Nimki ground
amidst huge gathering of public and govt. officials of the subdivision. Flower exhibitions
were held where public, self help groups and NGOs participated.
At Geku, EAC Adong Pertin hoisted the flag amidst huge gathering. The main highlights
of the celebration were exhibition stall, cultural display by various women groups
and football match between EAC team and Public XI.
At Hayuliang, ADC RK Borthakur hoisted the national flag on the occasion at general
The celebration started with a sanitation rally followed by spot drawing competition.
All the govt staff and public attended the function. DIPROs
All Maro, Baririjo Area Students’ Union and Panchayat leaders, gaon burahs, youths
and students jointly celebrated the statehood day at Maro circle headquarter. The
newly posted CO G Doke unfurled the national flag on the occasion. He appealed one
and all to maintain peace and prosperity and also asked the students to give priority
to their study.
At Longding, the statehood day was also celebrated in a befitting manner. Addressing
the gathering on the occasion, ZPM Yabom Lokham urged the people to work together
for peace and progress of the district in particular and the state in general.
Among others, SP Rajesh Kumar, ADC N Wangsu and all heads of the departments and
local leaders took part in the celebration.
‘Séance Dungeon’ becomes Red Ribbon superstar
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Séance Dungeon, a death metal band from Arunachal, emerged winner
in the Red Ribbon superstar contest in a gala competition held at the I G Park here
yesterday evening. The band will now work as brand ambassador of Arunachal Pradesh
State AIDS Control Society. ‘Acrimonious’ and ‘Pantheons’ won the 2nd and 3rd
position respectively. With this, the 3rd edition of the Rockfest, a concert under
Multimedia Campaign against HIV/AIDS came to an end.
Earlier, the campaign with the theme “Live Another Day, journey against AIDS” was
launched by Parliamentary secretary for Health and Family Welfare Nido Pavitra from
Boori Boot Festival ground, Taya Simla village in Lower Subansiri district on February
6. This year the MMC toured eight highly vulnerable districts including Lower Subansiri,
Upper Subansiri, West Siang, East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley.
International Mother Languages Day organized at Wakro
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: As a part of the International Mother Languages Day, the APNE Library
Wakro organized story-telling and creative writing contests for school students of
the Wakro schools yesterday.
Bisonlu Mepong, class VIII, KGBV Wakro and Himatsi Yun, Class VII, Apna Vidya Bhavan,
Wakro shared the top honours in the story-telling contests in Mishmi language.
Diyenlu Minin (AVB) and Dipesi Pul (KGBV) bagged the second and third position. There
were also demonstration of story-telling in other Arunachali languages of Adi, Galo
In the contest of Arunachali Folk-tale writing in English, Solina Kambrai, Amilu
Minin and Keshilu Tayang, all from AVB won the prize for the best stories. In the
contest “An experience in my life” for class IX students, Rita Kri, Sharon Mathews
and Neha Pul, Govt Sec School, Wakro won consolation prizes.
Training programme for ASHAs
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: As many as 21 ASHAs from Dambuk were trained in 6th and 7th module
from February 18 to 22.
They were trained on calculation of expected date of delivery based on last menstrual
period, basic resuscitation of new born baby and cord care etc in the third phase
Dambuk SDO Atul Tayeng, while inaugurating the training suggested the trainees to
be sincere in the service of public and set example for rest of the state.
State BJP new executive body okayed
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The central leadership of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has approved
the appointment of new office bearers for State BJP, Arunachal Pradesh for the year
The new state BJP committee headed by Tai Tagak as president included, Sotai Kri,
Katan Kamboh, Tayek Goi (Vice Presidents), BR Wage, Dominic Tadar (General Secretaries,
OA and Prog). Former Minister Lichi Legi and Wangman Lowangcha have been appointed
as National Council Members for Arunachal West and East respectively.
KVK Upper Subansiri conducts Farmers-Scientist interaction programme at Baririjo
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: A day-long Farmers Scientist interaction programme sponsored by
ATMA was conducted at Baririjo village yesterday.
The farmers were trained on integrated pest management of rice and vermi composting
by subject matter specialists of the KVK.
The techniques of scientific fish farming, soil testing etc. were also extensive
elaborated by the Programme assistant (fisheries) and SMS during the interaction
Altogether 40 participants took part in the programme.
Later, the farmers were taken for a field visit.
Siram inaugurates annexe building of State Library
ITANAGAR Feb 22: Education Minister Bosiram Siram today inaugurated the newly constructed
annexe building of State Library Itanagar in the sideline of an awareness programme
organized by State Central Library.
The extended building will fulfill the needs of the State Central library, said Siram.
He lauded the initiative of department of Public Libraries and funding agency Raja
Ram Mohan Roy Library Foundation, Kolkata to bring changes to infrastructure.
He also highlighted about the importance of library and its role in students’ life.
Earlier, Parliamentary Secretary JK Panggeng, highlighted the importance of education
and urged the students to develop reading habit.
APPSC member Mamang Dai, Director, State Central Public Library J Borang, Deputy
Director, Research, Batem Pertin and others also spoke on the occasion. DIPR
Society felicitates meritorious students
YINGKIONG, Feb 22: The 11th general conference of Boring Olung Welfare Society was
held at Sibum village from February 16 to 18. Besides discussing various welfare
issues of the society, the society facilitated meritorious students who excelled
in Class X and XII CBSE examination 2012. The felicitated meritorious students included
Nikita Taying 96 per cent, Minam Gamoh and Tobom Gamoh 86 per cent each.
One OBT house gutted
BORDUMSA, Feb 22: A devastating fire broke out at Bijoypur III village completely
gutted down an OBT house, kitchen and granary at the wee hours of February 20. The
house belongs to one Suparna Chakma, an Anganwadi worker. However, there was no report
Despite the best efforts of some 200 odd villagers the fire could not be doused and
no house hold items including cash recovered.
ADC Bordumsa, Kento Riba along with Police personnel from Bordumsa rushed to the
spot in order to take stock of the situation. The ADC handed over Rs 2000 in cash
and few relief materials as immediate relief to the fire victim. An enquiry committee
is being constituted to ascertain the cause of the fire and assess the fire damages.
Maha Suryanamaskar prog at Roing
ROING, Feb 22: As a part of the celebration of Sardh Shati Samaroh of Swami Vivekandanda,
a Maha Suryanamaskar Programme was conducted at VKV Roing here recently. Around 515
students and teaching staffs of different schools of Roing took part in this programme.
D B Kumhar, Asst. Commandant of CRPF highlighted the relevance of Suryanamaskar in
the modern era. Lohit Vibhag Pramukh, Bishen Mepo and Yasik Pertin, Prabuddh Bharat
for SVSSS, Roing also poke on the occasion regarding significance of the day.
Youth empowerment training held
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The month-long training on Youth Empowerment through spoken English
and personality development held at Ziro valley school Lempia concluded yesterday.
Altogether 50 students from various schools and colleges from Ziro area attended
the training programme.
State Bank of India, Ziro Branch Chief Manager BC Das attended the closing ceremony
as chief gust and gave away the prizes and certificates to the participants.
Earlier, Apatani Youth Association General Secretary Hage Dollo attended the inaugural
function as chief guest and Philips Olive Raymond, Er Sanjay Loitam, M Marak, Tasso
Gyati were the resource persons of the training programme.
SHG organizes Mela at statehood day celebration
AALO, Feb 22: Mubu Aba Self Help Group (SHG) Panya, a leading self help group in
West Siang district organized a Group Mela with the help of Deputy Director, ICDS
under Micro Finance Vision 2012-13 on the occasion of statehood day celebration on
The SHG displayed handloom and handicraft items, agricultural products and local
artifacts in the Mela.
A healthy baby show was also organized by District Health Society Aalo and sponsored
by NRHM. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Pre-Nyokum was celebrated at Rajiv Gandhi University campus on
February 19 last.
District Fishery Development Officer Pani Taram and Land Revenue and Settlement Officer
Techi Hitler attended the function as chief guest and guest of honour, informed the
RGU Nyokum Yullo celebration committee in a release.
They briefed about the importance of Nyokum festival and urged the gathering to maintain
tradition and culture. They also advised the students of the university to properly
utilize valuable time in their education.
Later, Taram kicked off the volleyball tournament. Apart from these various Buya
dance was also conducted on the occasion.
RCH cum school health check-up camp
YINGKIONG, Feb 22: Upper Siang DRCHO Dr. Appir Apang along with a team of doctors
comprising Dr. G. Litin, Dr. K. Teng, Dr. K. Patuk, Dr. O. Modi with para medical
staff from the District Hospital, Yingkiong conducted a RCH camp-cum- school health
check up at Sumsing and Dalbing village on February 18 and 19 respectively. They
treated 100 patients and checked up 84 school children at Sumsing. The team offered
free medical treatment to 200 patients and 140 school children at Dalbing village
Expressing serious concern over the unhygienic condition of the villages, the team
of doctors advised the gaon burahs and PRI members to follow the hygienic way of
life. Dr. Apang also made te school children aware of different diseases like
TB, HIV, AIDS, Malaria, Typhoid, Hepatitis and sex education on the occasion. Accompanying
the medical team the DIPRO distributed radios to the representatives of the PRI members
and Gaon Buras for dissemination of information to the villagers on the day. DIPRO
Saint Claret celebrates Annual Day
Ziro, Feb 22: Saint Claret College, Ziro celebrated its tenth annual day recently.
Speaking on the occasion, parliamentary secretary for Urban Development, Town Planning
and Land Management Padi Richo praised the college authority for its vision and commitment
towards quality education and urged the students to make use of every opportunity
that they get to excel in their lives.
Addressing the gathering, Taru Talo, the Deputy Commissioner of Lower Subansiri District
exhorted the youngsters to face the challenges of their time fearlessly and have
faith in the Almighty. Fr. Benoy Joseph, the principal presented the annual report
of the college. Rev. Dr. Paulson Veliyannoor, in his welcome address highlighted
the importance of the day being this as the Tin Jubilee celebration.
The cultural extravaganza displayed by the Claretines was a feat to the eyes. Mad
Ads- “maddening Advertisements” was the highlight of the day. Later prizes and scholarships
were distributed to the winners of Resonance 2012- 2013 by Padi Kunya and Rev. Fr.
Xavier Mushahary. Apart from the staff and students of the college a large number
of officers, public leaders, parents and well wishers attended the function.
Parent-teacher meet held
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: A Parent-Teacher Meet was conducted at Govt. Middle School, Emchi
on February 19. The main objective of the program was ‘to assess the quality and
progress of the child and to find out ways and means to improve the academic progress
of a child’’ under the continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE).
More than 200 parents participated and exchanged their views and shared their ideas.
Highlighting the objectives of the program to the gathering CK Yab, Headmaster of
the school emphasized parents to give due importance to the academic career of their
ward and exhorted everyone to extend cooperation in shaping the future of the children.
He also expressed deep sense of gratitude to the parents for their active participation
in such programs.
Addressing the parents, R. Doye, Block Resource Centre Coordinator, Doimukh appreciated
the effort of Headmaster of the school for conducting such important meet. He insisted
the parents to have a close coordination with the teacher and school administration
for academic upliftment of their ward and progress of the school as well. Thus, every
parent must visit school and interact with the teacher to take stock of their children’s
progress which is a legitimate duty of every parent, he said.
Later, a head to head counseling program between the teachers and parents along with
their ward was held.
Renovate Lobi road
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Capital Youth Organization in a representation to Chief Engineer
Western Zone PWD appealed for renovation of Lobi Panchali road via state museum.
It said that the road is in dilapidated condition which needs immediate attention
from concerned authority for its renovation works.
Health camp for PWDs
AALO, Feb 22: In response to the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment and
Tribal Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, the CDPO Aalo has decided to organize
Diagnostic Camp cum Free distribution of Aids & Appliances camp for all categories
of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) with the help of Rehabilitation Professionals,
District Administration and Medical Officers at District Hospital, Aalo on February
A team consisting eight members both technical and non-technical besides two officers
from Naharlagun will take part in the camp. The Persons with Disabilities of all
categories will be diagnosed and provided needful aids and appliances, like wheel
chair, Crutches, Blind Stick and Hearing Aids free cost. DIPRO
Samuhik Surya Namaskar performed
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Samuhik Surya Namaskar in connection with the 150th birth anniversary
of Swami Vivekananda was held at government middle school Tissa recently which was
participated by 300 students from various schools of the district.
On the occasion, BEO Longding cum NAGAR Sanchalak of VK Arun Jyoti Longding Manhang
Loham called upon the youths to dedicate themselves to their education, maintain
discipline and become a good citizen.
Longding district Swami Vivekananda Sharda Shanti Samaroh Samiti convener Sanwang
Wangsa briefed about the year-long celebration of 150 birth anniversary of Swami
He also highlighted about the activities of Vivekananda Kendra and called upon the
youth to participate in such activities.
VK Arun Jyoti member Noklam Rangkham and Ngamwang Wangham also spoke on the occasion.
Society decides to call bandh
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Charto Valley Welfare Society Taliha in a representation to Deputy
Commissioner Upper Subansiri District threatens that the Society would launch 24hrs
bandh call at Taliha area from April 15 to 16.
The society demanded that the teaching staff of Taliha and Payeng circle who are
not attending their place of posting should be immediately directed to attend their
respective posting place.
It also demanded immediate restoration of defunct PWD, RWD and Power Division of
Kodak, Taliha and Veterinary Sub-Centre Taliha, immediate shifting of electric transformer
from Manga to Sub Power Station Taliha and immediate operation of micro Hydel Kojen
The society also urged the BSNL authority to provide BSNL services in the area.
Over 6000 children to be covered under 2nd phase of IPPI
ZIRO, Feb 22: The District Task Force Committee meeting for Intensified Pulse Polio
Immunization (IPPI) held a meeting for second round of pulse polio immunization campaign
today under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Lower Subansiri district.
In the meeting, performance of the first round of IPPI held on January 20 was reviewed.
The Committee targets to immunize 6269 children in the district in the second phase
of the IPPI on February 24.
All the members assured to extend all possible help to make this campaign successful.
Centenarian’s death condoled
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) has deeply mourned the death
of Yomchi Dabi of Tene village under Nari Koyu at aged 119 years on February 17 after
a brief illness.
Born on December 18, 1894, he was one of the oldest living persons in East Siang
district. He left behind two sons, five daughters and many grand children. His oldest
son Chinya Dabi was ex-anchal vice president of Pasighat.
“A priestly person, Dabi was instrumental in creation of Nari Koyu assembly constituency.
His death has cast a pall of gloom in entire Nari-Koyu,” RBWS in a condolence message
”May almighty Donyi Polo rest his soul in eternal peace,” RBWS prayed and conveyed
its heartfelt condolence to the bereft family members to bear the irreparable loss.
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The XIVth General Conference-cum-Election of Apatani Students’
Union (ASU) began at Ziro today.
Attending conference, the All Lower Subansiri Students’ Union ALSSU president suggested
the students to maintain unity among them and discouraged involvement of student
ALSU general secretary suggested the students to maintain communal harmony, peace
and tranquility in the society for all round development.
More than 1000 students were present on the opening day.
222 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Through your esteem daily, it is to inform to general public that on the night of
16th February at around 11 PM one speeding vehicle knock down Kenge Ado, an Assistant
Sub Inspector (APP) who was coming back to his residence after curtsy visit to a
friend who got operated recently. The incident happened near Old Deputy Commissioner
Office, Naharlagun and the driver sped away without caring about the ailing person.
Not even that, the person who was following the vehicle which intentionally hit the
police officer also did not try to help him to get medical treatment. ASI Ado somehow
managed to raise his hand hoping to get help from the passing vehicle but in vain.
After a while Yukar Taw, a true dedicated social worker who was passing through
same road found Ado in pool of blood and immediately rushed him to General Hospital,
Naharlagun without a second thought. This act of Yukar Taw is really a commendable
and praiseworthy act and we don’t have any appropriate word to convey our gratitude
I on behalf of Aado Welfare Society Itanagar, convey our heartfelt thanks from the
bottom our heart to Yukar Taw, for his yeomen service being rendered and saving a
precious life of a Police Officer in general and Ado family in particular. May God
help Yukar Taw and his family in every sphere of life.
Aado Welfare Society (Itanagar)
Betrayal after betrayal
Before our memory fades lets us recollect the news item that appeared in this esteemed
daily on 25.12.2012, which reported “Major Issue faced by the Gurkha and Yobins of
Vijaynagar was solved on spot, by Nabam Tuki, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh
by distributing PRC certificates to few senior citizens and has directed all others
to apply for the same and collect from the office of the circle officer.
On 17.02.2013 While sipping a nice cup of tea in the morning and going through this
esteemed paper to find out what is going on in my state, I was deeply hurt and felt
once again betrayed by the Government, on coming to learned that the government’s
high power committee formed for recommendation of granting PRC to non-APST is still
in the process of discussion. May I ask a question, Was Mr. Tuki’s act of granting
PRC to the few residents was a joke? Or is he fooling the illiterate residence of
We the Yobin people have faced betrayal and nothing else from the Government of Arunachal,
and every time a new government is formed we looked forward that our grievances will
be addressed but nothing happens apart from empty promises, and we are back to square
one with deprivation and discrimination.
The Yobins have a long historical attachment with Arunachal Pradesh since North Eastern
Frontier Agency days and as such one of the aboriginal tribe of the state which fact
is acknowledged by the other brother’s of Changlang district that is Tangsas and
the Singphos. And it is an open fact that we have been demanding for the restoration
of our schedule tribe status for the past 40 years or so therefore non-granting of
PRC is not our major issue, the demand for PRC is the demand of the Gurkhas who were
settled in our land. As such the government’s interest in addressing their issue
is justified because they have become more influential than the Yobins, and why not,
the Democracy is about how much noise a particular group can make. We the Yobins
cannot make noise because we have become minority in our own land and our status
tagged with the refugees.
I have no hard feelings with our Gurkha brothers I am only trying to make my point
across the table is that we are the indigenous tribe of Arunachal Pradesh as such
only Granting PRC to us tagging with other Non APST is not going to help us. We demand
our Schedule Tribe status, if the government feels Gurkhas should be given PRC is
upto them without floating the laws and rules mend for the protection of the tribal
people. Let every right thinking citizen of Arunachal spare a few minutes of their
valuable time and ponder upon this issue, lest 10 years from now we may wonder, What
have we done?.
AdvocateGauhati High Court
Fake and substandard drugs are endangering public health - and their manufacture
and sale rank among the easiest to commit but least detected crimes internationally
- according to a report, which calls for better access to novel technologies to tackle
The situation is exacerbated by problems with drug quality testing in low- and middle-income
countries, where poorly trained chemists and weak infrastructure are common obstacles,
says the US Institute of Medicine report.
The costs associated with developing new detection technologies are also a barrier
to making available robust, sustainable, user-friendly and inexpensive technologies,
The study examined the common TB drugs isoniazid and rifampicin. Sample drugs were
purchased from pharmacies in 19 cities across Africa, as well as Brazil, China, India,
Russia, Thailand and Turkey.
Of more than 700 TB drug samples, nine per cent overall failed basic quality testing.
This included a failure rate of 16 per cent in Africa, ten per cent in India, and
around four per cent in other countries.
The report recommends steps to improve governmental capacity for identifying fake
or substandard products. These include making detection technologies more accessible
in low- and middle-income countries, and ensuring that field technologies and techniques
are cheap, durable and easy to use and maintain.
It also calls for a global agreement on a WHO-drafted international code of practice
- the Model Quality Assurance System - that would include "guidelines on surveillance,
regulation, and law enforcement", to be adopted by all countries.