Job reservation under sports quota increased from 5% to 10%
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki yesterday announced that reservation
of jobs under sports quota, especially in the state police department, would be increased
from present 5% to 10 %. This would be affected from the very next police recruitment
drive, he assured.
Inaugurating the 10th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament here at
Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Naharlagun yesterday, the Chief Minister asserted that sports
in the modern era have attained the status of an industry, which no state can neglect
if it has to carve a niche for itself in a competitive world.
With a focus to tap immense available sporting talents in the state, the Chief Minister
promised to formulate a state Sports Policy soon and give a fillip to activities
aiming to reap a rich harvest in the long run.
The government has sanctioned Rs 20 crore under SPA for development of sports infrastructure
across the state. Further, to encourage raw and natural talents hidden in rural and
interior villages to come overboard, Tuki Government has sanctioned Rs 2 crores to
hold sporting activities at the panchayat levels all over the state.
A sportsman himself, the Chief Minister emphasized on searching talents from rural
He informed that his government would soon pass an order to all the deputy commissioners
to utilize at least 10% of the untied funds available with them in sports activities
in their respective districts.
Expressing concern over lack of good returns and social security of sportspersons,
Tuki assured that the Government would work out to keep 10% - five percent more than
the existing - reservation of jobs under sports quota especially in the state police
department. Responding to a one-point memorandum submitted by the Arunachal Pradesh
Football Association (APFA), Tuki announced to enhance the grant provided to it for
organizing the tournament from Rs 8 lakhs to Rs 12 lakhs from the next season.
The Chief Minister also paid rich tributes to Late Tadar Tang, a multifaceted personality,
in whose memory the most coveted state level football tournament is held every year.
MP and APFA president Takam Sanjoy has advised the participating players to maintain
strict discipline during the tournament.
“The players participating in this tournament (TTMSLFT) will have to watch and control
their frustration as any act of indiscipline will not be tolerated by the organizers
henceforth,” Sanjoy said.
This has come in the wake of sour experiences in the past wherein players lost their
cool and crossed the limits of fair-play and discipline bringing a blot to the prestigious
tournament of the state.
Making the announcement in a matter-of-fact tone, Sanjoy said that the step was
necessitated to bring discipline amongst players as well as fans and maintain decorum
in the tournament.
Sanjoy said that a contingent of 50-plus officials and volunteers would keep a close
watch on the teams both on and off the field and report immediately any breach of
discipline and code-of-conduct.
“If any player of any team is found to break the code-of-conduct, engage in brawls,
challenge the referees or damage any public property, the punishment would be severe
and the whole team would be penalized,” he said.
According to the new APFA strictures, any act of indiscipline would lead to ban upto
two years on the team and it would not be allowed to participate in the tournament
for the said term.
“And in case of indiscipline or violence on part of the spectators, the same ban
would be enforced on the team responsible for it,” Sanjoy added.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) informed that Rajya Sabha
Member Mukut Mithi has assured to provide fund under his MPLAD fund as demanded by
APFA for development of football in Arunachal Pradesh.
Also present in the inaugural ceremony that was dotted with cultural programmes and
a judo-display by students of Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy were Rajya Sabha MP Mukut
Mithi, Cabinet Minister Tanga Byaling, Parliamentary Secretary and President Arunachal
Olympic Association, Padi Richo, wife of late Tadar Tang, Tader Yedir, MLAs Tani
Loffa and Tapuk Taku, APFA Secretary G Doke and others.
Union takes up encroachment cases
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) has sought government’s
intervention to stop encroachment of government land by private individuals.
A delegation led by its secretary general Changma Tajo met Parliamentary Secretary,
Land Management, and Urban Development & Housing, Padi Richo to apprise him of the
rampant encroachment of government land. During the meeting Richo is reported to
have assured them that matter will be taken very seriously and appropriate actions
would be initiated immediately against such erring officials who not only encroaches
government land and properties but also misuses ones power and positions. The delegation
also requested him to constitute high level committee to find out total area of land
and properties encroached by such officials in and around capital complex.
AAPWU also urged district administration to initiate stern actions against such
officials as an example for others. The Union further said that there has been encroachment
of Govt. land by the Labour Commissioner at D Sector, Naharlagun.
It alleged that Labour Commissioner has illegally encroached the Govt. land and quarters
allotted to him by the government of Arunachal Pradesh.
It gave the government two weeks to look into the matter as it threatened to launch
Governor stresses on people’s participation in PPP mode
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh has stressed on
participation of the people in the Government programmes through Public Private Partnership
He said this during a meeting with progressive farmer Taloko Darang from Pangin in
East Siang district who accompanied the Industry, Textile, Handloom and Handicrafts
Minister Tapang Taloh. Darang has planted 14,000 orange trees in his orchard which
is located at the confluence of Siang and Siyom Rivers. He has also set up a cold
storage. The minister and Governor Singh discussed on small scale cottage industries,
capacity building of the farmers through trainings and exposure tours. They also
discussed on augmentation of agro-horti potentials of the State and problem of marketing
of the produces.
Singh said that central part of the State; like Wakkro, Pangin and others has huge
orange production and has bright scope for orange processing units. He suggested
that the people, especially farmers, should take up small projects in food processing
sector. They should form cooperative societies and start small scale industries,
while the big projects take it own time.
Stating that good produce will have its value, the Governor feels that fruit produce
of the State can have its markets in Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.
Participating in the discussion, Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg highlighted on
initiatives of the State Government in food processing sector. He informed that food
processing units are going to be set up at different places where they are required
Master plan in pipeline to boost agri and allied sectors
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Keeping an eye on the XIIth five year plan, state Planning and
Agriculture Ministers held a thread-bare discussion on the strategies and approach
for farm sector growth with the officers of agriculture and allied departments at
Banquet Hall today.
Both the ministers put emphasis on agriculture and allied activities to enhance the
rural economy. A committee of officers from all the concerned departments has also
been proposed to be constituted with the Director (PPP) as the Chairman cum coordinator
for preparation of the Master Plan
Participating in a high-level meeting Agriculture Minister Setong Sena called for
prioritization of sustainable and income generating activities for the farmers. He
also advocated for taking up agro-climatic zone specific activities and integrated
Planning and Finance Minister Chowna Mein also advised the officers to prioritize
agriculture and allied sector under the XII Five Year Plan which should bring visible
upliftment to the rural economy.
Highlighting the need of ensuring food security, Mein also requested the officers
to draft a Master Plan for submission to the Planning Commission of India for inclusive
growth of farm sector.
Marketing of surplus produce should be accorded due importance so that toiling farmers
may get remunerative returns of their investment, said planning secretary while emphasizing
on programmes which would yield quantifiable result.
Participating in the meeting, PPP director stressed the need for identifying some
viable projects to be taken up under PPP mode.
Tuki showers funds on Palin
Kera Dadi district proposed
PALIN, Jan 23: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today announced a series of financial packages
for Palin Assembly constituency.
Addressing a huge gathering during his two days maiden visit to Palin, the Chief
Minister announced up-gradation of present Palin police outpost to B-class police
station and present circle headquarter Palin to Extra Assistant Commissioner’s.
He sanctioned Rs 50 lakh and Rs 1 crore for construction of Police station and EAC
office building respectively. The package also included Rs 3 crore for construction
of Circuit house at Palin, Rs 2 crore for infrastructure development of Pania ADC
headquarter, Rs 1 crore for Tea plantation and Rs 3 crore for beautification of Palin
town. While assuring to sanction Rs 15 crore for drinking water supply scheme under
NLCPR and Rs 5 crore for construction of sports stadium at Palin, Tuki announced
creation of a separate CD block for Yangte, Gangte, establishment of Model College
and construction of road from Yangte to Chello village via Korayer under CRF.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by the local MLA Takam Pario for creation of
new district - Kera Dadi, with its headquarter at Jamin by bifurcating present Kurung
Kumey district, Chief Minister assured to discuss it with appropriate authority
and place it in the cabinet for approval. However, he advised to depute experts for
survey of the proposed district headquarters for formulation of better master plan.
Tuki also sanctioned Rs 10 lakh for survey and investigation and requested MP Takam
Sanjoy and MLA Takam Pario to sanction Rs 10 lakh each from their MPLADF and MLALADF.
The Chief Minister also sanctioned Rs 2 crore for immediate development of the ADC
headquarter at Tali (Pathuk)
Tuki, sought cooperation of people, MLAs and panchayat leaders for peace and development.
Informing that his Govt is striving hard for rapid development of state, Tuki said
“Where there is peace, there is development.”
He advised the Panchayat leader to cooperate with the MLAs so that developmental
schemes at village level are fully implemented.
Power (electrical) and Rural Development Minister Tanga Byaling, while addressing
the gathering discouraged formation of countless organizations and bandh culture.
Takam Sanjoy called upon the local public to donate land free of cost for establishment
of proposed district headquarter at Jamin. He suggested that priority should be
given to the people of Tali and Pipsorang during land allotment in the proposed new
MLAs Takam Pario and Markio Tado also spoke on the occasion. Among others MLAs Tapuk
Taku, Tani Loffa and social worker Tadar Yadir were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister visited Don Bosco school Palin and interacted with the public
yesterday. Tuki has left Palin today for Koloriang to attend the Kurung Kumey Youth
Additional District and Session Judge in East Siang
PASIGHAT, Jan 23: Additional District and Session Judge, Chief Magistrate cum Civil
Judge Senior and junior division will start function shortly in East Siang District
and proposal for establishment of CO headquarters at Yagrung is likely to be approved,
informed the Education Minister Bosiram Siram while addressing the students at 13th
General Conference cum Election of All Bogong Students Union at Rengging today.
The minister also informed that proposal for upgrading the JN College to a State
University is underway and for easy access to good education facilities, private
institutions will be encouraged.
He further said that the government has initiated programme to reward the toppers
of class X and XII of the districts with a laptop and Rs 10,000 cash award to each
to encourage educational achievements. Meanwhile, advising the students, he said
that rampant collection of funds should be checked. He further said that student
leaders should be able to lead the younger ones in the right path and also cooperate
with the government in development and uplift of the society. Consumption of alcohol,
drug, opium, smoking etc should be vehemently discouraged and awareness campaign
against these including HIV/AIDS should be conducted, he added.
Meanwhile, responding to a memorandum submitted by the union, he assured to take
up with the concerned authority for establishment of Sirpo Micro Hydel and major
irrigation project in the area. He also informed that Rs 5 lakh were sanctioned for
community fencing of Rengging village and sought cooperation from all sections for
development of the area.
Later, he released the union’s souvenir called ‘AUNG’.
DC Talem Tapok also said that student leaders should set good example and show the
right path to the younger. They should cooperate with the administration and take
up relevant issues based on development, education and students. They should have
proper aim and goal in life and create their own entity, stated Tapok.
Tapok also appealed to the parents to guide their children to the right path.
PRI leaders, prominent citizens and senior student leaders also spoke on the occasion.
A difficult and desperate time
In last few years, Jairampur, a small picturesque border town of Changlang district
drew global curiosity by discovering the famous WW-II cemetery on its backyard, hosting
the first ever Butterfly India Meet of the North East and organizing the illustrious
Pangsau Pass Winter Festival. Currently, this picture perfect abode is traversing
through a difficult and desperate time.
The New Year 2012 embarked with a dark and devastating note. Few days back, on January
5 last, an unknown face, forcefully quit his life, leaving behind a toddler and a
helpless wife. With that sad demise, in last 9 months, in all, 11 people (8 male
and 3 female) in their mid 20s to mid 30s succumbed to the pressure of life and another
5, thankfully, survived. The dreadful episode that commenced on a torrid mid May
2011 afternoon is yet to culminate. For a small place like Jairampur, the ratio is
fearsome, every month a person commits suicide. Perhaps, it might be the highest
in the state.
16th Miles, situated some 4 Km away from Jairampur township has transformed into
a ‘suicide-trove’. This small dwelling populated by 150 or 200 Nepali migrants, leads
the tally with 7 suicidal death followed by Jairampur township with 3 death and 5
All the suicides were committed by hanging except the 2 females, who died by self
immolation and consuming Thydine, a pesticide used in tea garden. The three men who
consumed phenyl (disinfectant) were fortunate enough to be rescued by the alert neighbors
and other two were extricated while they were trying to tighten the knot. The various
reasons behind the premature deaths and attempted suicides highlighted by the police
are domestic violence, failed relationship, intoxication (alcohol and drug abuse)
Apparently, depression is the root of all the tragic demises. The circumstances also
reflect that people are preferring ‘suicide’ as the ultimate and easiest escape route.
Today, it has shaped up into a ‘serious psychological threat’ for the region and
in absence of medical assistance or proper institution to heal the psychological
ailments, the chaos of cataclysmic proportion in near future is becoming more realistic.
In some way or other, it has to be accepted that the situation is inching towards
‘pandemic’ zone and the authorities have to pioneer a healing course instead of opening
up the ‘treasury of excuses’. They have to rope in the experts and launch the process
of psychological sanitization to ‘rescue’ the troubled souls before their stupidity
extends more trauma and affect more families. The whole process will be a grueling
task but is not it worth a try, if it saves a life and prevents the pilling of more
With that tightened knot, some inches above the ground, a trembling and troubled
soul, a nameless face among the crowds, bids adieu from the travail of life, another
anonymous fellow capitulate on the halfway of life’s odyssey. Like always, we choose
to be silent. What if that nameless face was someone we knew and that anonymous fellow
was someone close to heart? (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Arunachal Haat on the lines of Delhi Hut put forward
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: An innovative idea of setting up of an Arunachal Haat on the line
of Delhi Hut was mooted today to give a new thrust to the high potential trade and
commerce sector of Arunachal Pradesh. The idea was suggested by ACCI president Lala
Techi at a meeting chaired by Trade and Commerce Parliamentary Secretary Phosum Khimhun
and attended by representatives of T and C department officers and representatives
Khimhun lauded Lala’s proposal dittoed by trade & commerce director Tokong Pertin.
The proposed Haat would be a multi-storied complex to offer windows for state’s unique
and rich textiles, textures and handicrafts, stalls for ethnic cuisines, area for
holding fairs besides provision to accommodate the directorate of trade and commerce
and related national boards, like Tea Board of India, Species Board of India and
National Horticulture Board etc.
Expressing at the poor state of T&CD, expected to strengthen the backbone of Arunachal’s
economy, Lala pleaded with the Parliamentary secretary to move the state Govt not
only to get the project cleared and fund sanctioned so that T and CD served the purpose
for which it has been created. Moreover, more funds should be allocated for expanding
its activities, including involvement of ACCI to take part in national and international
tours proposed by central government and bodies.
Conveying his dismay at the non-availability of any local dishes in Arunachal stall
of Delhi Hut while Naga stall justified its name, Lala reasoned that Arunachal Haat
would be the maiden project in state capital for the locals and outside visitors
to enjoy Arunchalee dishes, buy local products and enjoy, which in turn would promote
tourism and local economy.
When Pertin informed that the idea could not materialize for want of fund to prepare
a detailed project report (DPR), Khimhun while admitting the fund paucity and lack
of activities assured to take up the matter with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
He said that the CM had urged him to give a new direction to the sector as Arunachal
with hardly any industry and lack of forward-backward market linkages could not explore
and exploit its vast natural resources to benefit the state and its people. “I am
sure that the chief minister would extend all possible supports to achieve the goal,”
he exuded confidence.
He directed the officials to constitute a four-member committee headed by Pertin
to prepare a concept paper on Arunachal Haat and identify its land, envision larger
role of ACCI in close coordination with the T and CD to provide the much required
fillip to T&C. Lala and Nachung would be its members while T and C deputy director
S Modi (Who was present) would be member secretary.
Red Rockfest on HIV/AIDS to be launched from Ziro
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: After the successful first edition of Redribbon Multi Media Campaign
(MMC) on HIV/AIDS through musical concerts in the state in the year 2010-11, the
second edition of Redribbon MMC which has been rechristened as Red Rockfest, would
be launched from Ziro, Lower Subansiri District on January 27.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will kick start the Rockfest. Parliamentary Secretaries
Nido Pavitra and Padi Richo would also attend the programe.
Red Rockfest, a multimedia campaign on HIV/AIDS through music is an endevour on part
of the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), Govt. of India, through State AIDS
Control Societies in the Northeastern region of the country to generate mass awareness
on HIV/AIDS among the youth between the age group of 15-29 years. The multi-media
campaign aims to capitalise on the popularity of local entertainment avenues among
youth like music concerts.
In Arunachal Pradesh, the programme ‘Red Rockfest’ multimedia campaign would be conducted
in the 13 districts of the state including State Capital from January 27, 2012 to
February 22, 2012. Popular Rockbands of the state, Alien Gods and the winner of the
first edition Redribbon MMC contest, Symmetry Clan, would perform as guest bands
in the district venues and at Itanagar during Grand Finale.
The Red Rockfest this year in Arunachal Pradesh with the theme ‘Youths are the Solution
not the Problem’ aims at mobilizing youth’s energy in creating awareness on HIV/AIDS
among the youths. HIV/AIDS affect the youth group age between 15-29 years the most.
Globally, youth constitute more than 40 percent of the total HIV cases.
In Arunachal Pradesh also youths between 15-29 years constitute more than 40 percent
of total HIV cases. Physical, psychological, and social attributes of adolescence
make young people particularly vulnerable to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
Therefore awareness about HIV/AID at early is very crucial, said Tashor Pali, Deputy
Director (IEC), APSACS.
The Red Rockfest multimedia campaign would cash on music to create awareness about
HIV/AIDS among the youth. Rock concerts is a popular avenue for the youths and the
awareness created though such popular avenues in a entertaining way can really leave
a lasting impression on the young minds, said.
10th Tadar Tang Memorial Football
Capital Complex, East Siang earn full points
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Capital Complex Football Association defeated Police Training Centre
(PTC, APP), Banderdewa 2-0 in a keenly contested league level match of the 10th Tadar
Tang Memorial Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.
Though both the team started aggressively neither team could score in the first half.
After a barren first half, Tage Tashi found the net 61 minute into the match before
Taso Bapu sealed the match in favour of Capital Complex by scoring the second goal
in the 68th minute.
In another match of the day, East Siang beat West Kameng by a margin of 3-1 goals
to earn full points.
East Siang shot into lead 21 minutes into the match through goal from Matani Padung.
East Siang was leading 1-0 in the first half.
Miding Tasung and Rokam Tasing scored in 52nd and 56th minutes to take the match
away from West Kameng. However, the margin of goal was reduced to 1-3, when Tamo
Bida found the net few minutes before the final hooter.
In the inaugural match yesterday, Kurung Kumey pipped Papum Pare 2-1 in a highly
Both the team started off cautiously waiting for chance in a packed stadium. However,
it was Kurung Kumey team that took the lead in 21st minute through a fine header
from Tamchi Tasang. Hari Tacho added another goal in added time of the first half
Stung by two first half goal, Papum Pare put up a brave fight against Kurung Kumey
in the second half as a result of which team’s dependable striker Loie Kena found
the net in 44 minute to reduce the deficit to 1-2.
The match could have gone either way had Papum Pare not spoiled the chance of the
spot kick they got in the second half. The team members and supporters in both sides
of the stadium suddenly erupted in wild jubilation presuming that Papum Pare had
found the equalizer through the penalty kick. But the jubilant crowd was silenced
by the match referee’s decision to reject the goal.
The second match played yesterday between defending champion Lower Subansiri and
Lower Dibang Valley ended in a goalless draw.
Both Lower Subansiri and Lower Dibang Valley will lock horn with each other in their
second encounter tomorrow while East Kameng would play against Papum Pare in the
PTA students win 4 medals
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Four students of Pitapol Taekwondo Academy (PTA), under Yazali
circle, Lower Subansiri won a medal each in the 19th State Level Taekwondo Championship
2012 held at Mechukha from January 19 to 21.
While Gollo Yani bagged a gold in Sub Junior Girls category Ms Nebia Aju, Mst. Nabam
Katu and Mst. Nabam Tagu bagged a bronze medal each in Sub Junior Girls and Boys
Connecting the unconnected
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The thickly populated Paya village located on the right bank of
Yomgo river with 85 households and with nearly 1500 population, situated just 8 km
away from the district headquarter has been facing communication isolation right
from the British days and even now it is connected by a steel deck hanging bridge
that do not augur well for the prospect of the people to hasten development in this
era of technology. But the bitter adversaries faced by the people through the ages
will soon fade away by the year 2014 after laying of the foundation stone of a motor
able bridge. Parliamentary Secretary Gadam Ete amid cheer and fanfare on 22 Jan last
laid the foundation stone. The project is funded by DONER under non-lapsable central
resources to the tune of Rs 968.53 lakh with central share of Rs 871.68 lakh and
state share of Rs 96.85lakh will be executed by the PWD, Aalo Division and targeted
to be completed before 2014.
Speaking on the occasion, Ete said that the wheel of development always depends on
a proper communication system. He appealed to the villagers to cooperate with the
executing agency, and the workers so that the works go on with steady pace.
Responding to memorandum pertaining to drainage and black topping of road from BRTF
road to the village, he assured to take care of these issues in due course of time.
Speaking on the occasion, SIRD director Nyabin Ete and the project director, DRDA
Dege Ete termed the occasion as momentous as the motorable road will not only facilitate
the village but serve the cause of entire Pobdi Bango in the long run. He appealed
to the people of the area to build mutual trust and conducive atmosphere whereby
all thrive and prosper.
President, Paktu Pobdi Bango Karge Ete, ASM Kartum Ete, HGB Tojo Ete and others also
spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)
Attractive cultural progs mark RKSM School annual day
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The annual function day of Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Girls’ School
at Khonsa, one of the premier schools in Arunachal Pradesh, was held on January 21
with various programmes.
Speaking on the occasion, Sajay Thakur, Officiating Commander,117 Infantry Brigade,
New Khonsa, lauded the brilliant performance of the school in all spheres. He said
that discipline is the bedrock of success in life and appreciated the ‘Matajis’ and
the staff of the school for inculcating a strict sense of discipline among the students
that has helped in achieving greater height of excellence in academics and other
Tirap Deputy Commissioner who is also the chairman of the School Managing Committee
in his speech while describing the RKSM school as one of the best, said that it has
been bringing brilliant academic result and has produced a number of officers. He
asked the students to work hard to maintain the high standard it has set for itself.
The Commandant, 19 Assam Rifles said that it was a matter of pride to have such a
wonderful school in a remote place like Khonsa and exhorted the students to set goals
for themselves and prepare themselves adequately to face the many challenges of life
in future. While participating in the function, Commandant of 36 CRPF said that it
was encouraging to see girls being educated in such a healthy environment under the
guidance of trained and dedicated teachers and appreciated the tireless efforts of
the teachers and the staff.
Earlier, secretary Mataji of the school in her annual reports highlighted the achievements
of the students in academic and other fields including achievements at national level
competitions. She thanked Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong, Parliamentary Secretaries Honchun
Ngandam, Wangki Lowang and Yumsen Matey for providing funds to create infrastructure
for the school.
Later, the chief guest gave away the prizes for different events to the students.
The students enthralled the huge gathering with an attractive cultural programme
that received applause from all. The function was attended by local MLA, Kamthok
Lowang, Tirap SP, parents from all over the state and officers and public. (DIPRO)
Craig’s visit a morale booster for CMC
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Prof. Jonathan Craig, Co-Chair of the Cochrane Collaboration Steering
Group visited the South Asian Cochrane Network & Centre (SAsianCC) at Christian Medical
College (CMC), Vellore on January 20 and 21.
While interacting with the research community Prof. Craig appreciated the quality
of scientific activities that are being carried out by the SAsianCC under the leadership
of Prof. Prathap Tharyan, Associate Director of the CMC.
Participating in national workshop organized by the SAsianCC on January 20, Craig
described the utility of systematic review and meta-analysis. He mentioned about
the Cochrane Collaboration’s standards on conducting and maintaining systematic reviews
as well as the stages involved in it. He also emphasized on the role of systematic
reviews in formulating policy, guidelines and long term plansin health sector.
Next day, he delivered a talk in CMC’s weekly Quality Circle on the topic “Listeners’
guide to conference presentations - sorting fact from fiction.” He demonstrated
a ten-point checklist by which one may detect the vested interest people in scientific
conferences, as preserving the interest of common man is more important for the scientific
This was followed by one-day workshop -- “Understanding Cochrane systematic reviews
on Diagnostic Test accuracy.” The main faculty of the workshop, Prof Craig presented
the concepts of systematic review on diagnostic test accuracy, its methodology and
the complexities involved in the same. He too explained the quality assessment criteria
for diagnostic test accuracy review.
It is worth mentioning here that Prof Craig, Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane
Renal Group, is also a recipient of the TJ Neill award for outstanding contribution
to science in nephrology in Australia and New Zealand as well as the International
Distinguished Medal of the National Kidney Foundation of the United States. He also
holds a Chair in Clinical Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University
of Sydney, Australia.
Seminar on promotion of reading habits
Books are store-house of knowledge: Taku
SEPPA, Jan 23: Books are the store-house of knowledge and one should read books as
a confidence building measure to live a decent and successful life, said legislator
Tapuk Taku while attending a seminar on ‘Promotion of Reading Habits’ at Govt. Middle
School Type-II, Seppa yesterday.
Around 120 students from various schools took part in the seminar which was organized
by District Library in collaboration with education department. Literary events like
Quiz, essay, drawing, storytelling, extempore speech, debate competitions were main
components of the seminar. The resource persons of the day were R Pathak, co-coordinator,
Jose Joseph, teacher, Holy Family, GS Mishra, CRCC Bana and KPYadav, a teacher.
Showering praises on library department, Seppa for conducting the seminar Tapuk Taku
appealed to the students to improve reading habits. Today’s youth is tomorrow’s leaders,
he said while adding that students should read books to gain knowledge to shoulder
the responsibility as leaders in near future. He also suggested library officers
to conduct such seminars and book fairs from time to time and also make available
every latest book.
While explaining the importance and objectives of the seminar, DLIO Dokia Tajum said
more than 30,000 books are available at Seppa library including encyclopedia, magazines
besides daily newspapers.
DDSE Kata Rangmo gave away the prizes to the toppers of the literary competitions.
The toppers of the competitions would avail free membership of the library. DIPRO
DOIMUKH, Jan 23: A nine-member police team led by OC, Doimukh SI Lijum Bagra busted
a gang of inter-state vehicle lifters on Sunday night with arrest of three from Charajuli
village under Boginadi police station of North Lakhimpur district in Assam. The
police team recovered a stolen Bolero bearing number AR-01E-0541. The stolen vehicle
recently belongs to NEEPCO deputy manager Tana Rekhi Tara. A case (No 3/12) has been
registered under section 379 IPC and the lifters, namely Mohammad Esarrudin (20)
and Mohammad Pokar Ali of Birju village and Mohammad Ranjan Ali (23) of Gohpur, arrested,
according to Papum Pare SP Nabam Gungte. These three had just returned after clinching
a deal at Nagaland with another gang of lifters.
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Public hearing on Trans Arunachal Highway was conducted by the
District Administration at Leporiang on January 20. The Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent
of Police, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sagalee, Superintendent of Engineer, Highway,
Executive Engineer High way along with hosts of PR leaders and the affected people
participated in the meeting. The Deputy Commissioner urged the people to cooperate
with the concerned authority for smooth execution of the highway project. Circle
Officer, Leporiang Hage Tarung, exhorted the people of the area to rise above petty
interest so the local people may enjoy larger developmental results. The local leaders
also expressed keen interest and were ready to extend all possible local support
to this dream project.
SDO office run by head assistant!
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: If you believe Eastern Adi Students Union (EASU), the Mariyang
Sub-Divisional Office (SDO) in Upper Siang district is being run by a head assistant.
There is no circle officer, block development officer and sub-divisional officer
in the SDO office. Only a head assistant, namely, Barin Perme is running the show,
said EASU team which visited Mariyang recently.
Questioning the role of the state Govt and concerned legislator over the non-functioning
of the SDO office, the union further said, authorities should take responsibility
for non-functioning of Mopom circle under Mariyang. In term of road condition, Mariyang
is most neglected circle in the district, the union said while adding that telecommunication
facilities is not up to the satisfaction of local people.
It appealed to the PWD, Mariyang to implement SPA schemes for town development properly
and said that more tender should be invited in order to facilitate participation
of adequate number of agencies for construction of long distance Ranaghat-Yingkiong
highway within a short period of time.
GBs seek Minister’s help
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The GBs of N’Hkumsang area comprising of Pisi; Khamuk; Lewang;
Phup; Khagam Singpho and Khagam Mossang villages have sought the intervention of
Minister Kamlung Mossang to overcome the shortfall afflicting the villagers due to
complete destruction of their crops by seasonal insects and unfavourable weather
They alleged the department of agriculture of not providing any help to overcome
the problem. Earlier on November 26, citizens had submitted a memorandum briefing
the minister about the destruction and shortage of food grains.
Finding no response nearly two months after submitting the memorandum , the GBs
have reminded Minister of Food & Civil Supply Kamlung Mossang to provide compensation
for the heavy losses incurred and increase the PDS quota of rice for the farmers
of these villages.
The GBs have also urged for opening of a counter at Lewang to ensure regular issuance
of kerosene oil as it is practically difficult on the part of the consumers of these
far flung villages to collect it from Miao town. They also reminded the Minister
of the urgent need to maintain the dilapidated PWD road between Manabum-Pisi while
urging him to expedite the process of getting sanction for construction of a motorable
suspension bridge over Noa-Dehing River to connect Miao-Pisi.
CoSAAP reiterates demand
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP)
urged the state government to implement the 6th Pay Commission recommendation with
immediate grant of TA/DA rates and adhoc bonus, as assured by Khandu led government.
CoSAAP during its meeting yesterday, also resolved to submit a representation to
the government reminding it of earlier demands.
Department needs to imbibe work culture: Taloh
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Textile and Handicrafts, Industries Minister Tapang Taloh exhorted
the officers and officials of his department to develop work culture to regain its
Addressing the departmental review meeting here today, Taloh said that he had been
taking up various issues of the department for its revival with the Chief Minister
and Planning Department.
Textile and Handicrafts Secretary Bandhana Deori urged the district officers to put
up energy to achieve revenue generation target. She suggested the officers to go
for only need based schemes.
Director Textiles and Handicraft Khoda Raju highlighted the developmental activities
being carried out by the department.
Foundation stone of Mugli Pagyor village
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Mugli Pagyor village with 23 households and 300 people has declared
itself as a separate village after its foundation stone was laid by Home, Mines and
Mineral and Geology Parliamentary Secretary Gadam Ete amidst fanfare on January
21 last. Mugli Pagyor which has existed right from the pre Independence days is the
ancestral name of the place where the village is currently located.
Speaking on the occasion, Ete said that citizens should chart out a reliable path
for faster progress and development targeting the economic needs of the people. While
suggesting agriculture, horticulture, fishery as an alternative source of income,
he regretted that vast cultivable and fertile lands have not been used.
Meanwhile, he appealed the elders of the community to take the lead role in accommodating
the interests of all members of the community and asked teachers to give dedicated
services to the students.
Responding to a memorandum pertaining to community hall, CC steps, road and augmentation
of drinking water supply, he worded optimistic in the days to come.
Speaking on the occasion, the West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak said that
expansion is a continuous process and it has to take place over a period of time
to meet the needs of expanding population. The village notification takes time and
process and appointment of another Gaon Burah for the village will be taken due care
after all formalities are over, he said. Earlier, the Joint Director Planning, Mokir
Ori read out the village declaration engraved on the Foundation Stone. (DIPRO)
Papum Pare DWSC achieves a milestone
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Papum Pare District Water and Sanitation Committee (DWSC) achieved
a milestone by launching Information Education and Communication (IEC) component
of Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) in the district. With the launching of IEC at
Upper Tarasso ME School under Tarasso circle today the DWSC brought all the administrative
headquarters of the district under IEC.
Speaking on the occasion, Papum Pare Zilla Chairperson Nabam Aka highlighted the
need of successful implementation of TSC, particularly the Individual household latrine
(IHHL) scheme and appealed to the people to maintain a hygienic life for disease
free society. She said the beneficiaries should extend cooperation with the implementing
agency in order to achieve the goal under the campaign. She encouraged the beneficiaries
to come forward with even personal contribution in case of shortfall of departmental
funding in pursuit of a hygienic life. Aka further called for preservation and protection
of environment and forests.
Papum Pare DDSE Tana Tagu said that people should take up the activities under the
campaign as social service with a collective vision for a hygienic community, not
as a source of contract work to be received from implementing agency.
PHED EE cum member secretary, TSC Er. JT Badal told the gathering that TSC was a
nation-wide programme and pleaded them to make Tarasso circle a completely open defecation
Earlier, Aka inaugurated the recently upgraded Tarasso middle school.
Zonal student unions appeal AEKSU
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The coordination meeting of various zonal students unions, such
as All Bameng Khenewa and Lada Students Union (ABKLSU) and East Kameng Middle Zone
Students Union (EKMZSU) expressed concern over the ongoing crisis within All East
Kameng Students Union (AEKSU) and appealed to AEKSU members to resolve the crisis
amicably to ensure peaceful conduct of the ensuing conference.
It stated that the zonal students union would not attend the ensuing conference
if the crisis within executive members of AEKSU is not resolved at earliest.
Allegation baseless: UAEA
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers Association (UAEA) has refuted
the allegation leveled against it that the January 10 capital bandh was politically
motivated and backed by some political parties. The allegations leveled against the
association were false, baseless and concocted, an UAEA release said.
While urging the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission to come out clean, UAEA
questioned the outcome of three member high power committee constituted to unearth
the truth behind the whole episode.
Safety demonstration by fire personnel
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The personnel of Naharlagun Fire Station conducted a fire awareness
cum demonstration programme at Govt Secondary School, Nirjuli on January 21.
While demonstrating the technique of fire fighting, resource person R R Dey, Naharlagun
fire station office, described how fire acts as both foe and friend of mankind.
He said, fire generally breaks out due to negligence of people.
The team of resource persons also demonstrated different fire fighting equipments
before the students. Among others, teachers, students and Govt officials keenly participated
in the fire awareness programme.
ESDPs on internet
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Two Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programmes (ESDPs) on
‘MS Office and Internet’, and ‘Web Page Designing’ for the unemployed educated youths
were inaugurated by Geto Ori, Assistant director, Industries department in the IIE
branch office premises today.
Informing that Union Government has given emphasis on large scale skill development
in various sectors under the 12th five year plan, Ori said the training on MS Office
and Internet is necessary for the youth of Arunachal Pradesh to enhance their skill
for employment opportunities or self-employment venture. He also assured the participants
of help and guidance in every aspect from Department of Industries. Since all such
trainings are hands-on trainings, every aspect of it should be carefully learnt by
Santanu M Deka, assistant faculty member, IIE Branch Office, Itanagar introducing
the ESDPs said that these trainings which are sponsored by the union ministry of
MSME aim at building capacity of the educated youth for employment or self-employment.
Missing woman found
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: A married woman, who reportedly went missing from Pasighat on December
13, 2011, has been found on January 19 last, according to family source.
She was ‘rescued’ by her husband after a random search from the house of a person,
who is a permanent resident of Mimang village of Dhemaji district, Assam, the source
“She was suspected to have been kidnapped by the person,” the source claimed.
A first information report (FIR) was lodged with Itanagar police regarding the missing
woman on December 22, 2011, the source added.
Meanwhile, the family members and All Pip-Sorang Circle Youth Welfare Association
have demanded police to arrest the culprit and award him exemplary punishment.
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Protesting against the state government’s alleged failure to fulfill
its demands, All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) and Arunachal Pradesh Democratic
Youth Association (APDYA) jointly called 12 hours capital bandh on January 30.
Both AAPYF and APDYA have been demanding the government for construction of separate
National Highway for three districts, namely East, West and Upper Siang and immediate
amicable solution to all boundary disputes between Assam and Arunachal.
The Forum further demanded for immediate road connectivity to all circle headquarters
and villages under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna scheme.
MLA welcomes govt gesture
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: MLA Tani Loffa has welcomed the sanctioning Rs 3 crore 30 lakhs
for construction of a new suspension bridge at Bana in East Kameng district.
The existing bridge has outlived its stipulated life-span and was declared dangerous
for traffic. In fact the district administration had banned plying of heavy vehicles
over it, which indirectly has affected transportation of essential commodities and
other goods to the district headquarters Seppa and upper reaches of the district.
The suspension bridge at Bana is the only lifeline to the district.
He hailed the Government for making an alternate arrangement with the BRTF for transportation
of vehicles over the river till completion of the new suspension bridge. A temporary
bridge at Bana, constructed by the BRTF, went operational a couple of days ago bringing
a sigh of relief to the people of the district, he informed.
Teachers seek RTE funds, quarters
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: ATA Upper Siang District Unit submitted an eight points memorandum
to Director of Elementary Education (DEE) at Yingkiong which included early release
of RTE Fund for procurement of stationery items in the state.
The teachers further sought more teachers for the district, release of stipends for
elementary hostelers’ students for Upper Siang District and quarter facilities for
the teachers and early release of salaries of the teachers.
They further apprised the DEE of shortage of ministerial staff and quarters for them.
The teachers further suggested that transfer and posting of SSA teachers may be stopped
at the earliest.
Office automation training at NIC
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The 2 weeks office automation training conducted by district administration
in collaboration with Dibang Valley district unit of NIC concluded yesterday.
EAC cum Course Coordinator of the training Bopai Poroik exhorted the trainees to
utilize computer skills acquired during the training efficiently by practicing hard
adding that in today’s world computer knowledge is of paramount importance.
Course director cum DIO Anini Rajendra Prasad thanked Deputy Commissioner Abu Tayeng
and EAC, Bopai Poroik for attaching importance to computer skills and for their support
in arrangement for successful conduct of the course. He also expressed his gratitude
to DC for playing major role in encouraging the ministerial staff to use computer
in their official work and supporting NIC in ICT related work.
The trainees said that such type of training should be organized once in a year and
duration of the training should be more than two weeks. (DIPRO)
Mass cleanliness drive
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: To keep the Ziro/Hapoli Township neat and clean, Lower Subansiri
district administration organized a mass social service in both the townships today.
All government offices and market areas were covered during the social service. The
cleanliness drive was organized as part of the ensuing 62nd Republic Day celebration.