ITANAGAR, Jul 28: In a bizarre incident, one person has lost his life when he was
trying to extract lead from a discarded bomb at Mandaling village, near Tawang today.
According to OC PS Tawang S Monpa, the incident occurred at about 8:45 today when
the person identified as Dorjee Tsering, a scrap dealer, was trying to extract lead
from a discarded bomb using a hammer and exploded it.
The discarded bomb, suspected to be a misfired bomb from the firing range of Indian
Army, was found from the nearby jungle where the scrap dealers often go to collect
discarded ammunitions for lead extraction, informed the OC.
Governor, CM extend Eid greetings
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and
Chief Ministe Nabam Tuki have conveyed their warm greetings to the people of Arunachal
Pradesh on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr, which marks the culmination of the holy month
In his festival message, the Governor expressed hope that festivity will usher-in
harmony and amity in the society and promote goodwill amongst all citizens.
“May this festival reinforce our faith in compassion and forbearance,” the Governor
While extending warm greetings to the people, especially followers of Islam, Tuki
expressed hope that the three-day joyous celebration after the strict observing of
fast and worship during the month of Ramadan will foster brotherhood and unity amongst
followers of every religion. “It is a time to give in charity to those in need, and
celebrate with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and joy.
I hope the intensity of the celebration would continue beyond the three days for
peace and development of our state,” he said in his message.
Likha Tara elected as KAI vice president
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Arunachal Karate Do Association President Likha Tara has been elected
as Vice President of Karate Association of India (KAI) in New Delhi today.
Tara has been elevated to vice-president after he worked as joint secretary since
Tara, Black Belt 5th Dan, has been working tirelessly for development of Karate in
Arunachal Pradesh since last 30 years. His elevation to the post is a recognition
to his dedicated services for promotion of the sport in Arunachal Pradesh in particular
and the country as a whole, Arunachal Karate Association General Secretary L Marik
told this daily. Congratulating Tara on behalf of the karate family of the state,
the AKA general secretary expressed hope that karatekas from the state would get
adequate representation in the national and international level.
Arunachal Pradesh Olympic Association also congratulated Tara on his election as
GSU seeks compensation for fire victims
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Galo Students’ Union (GSU), in a representation, has appealed to
the West Siang Deputy Commissioner to provide compensation to the victims of fire
incidents at Puak Ghat, Aalo and Libu Bene village under Kamba circle.
Five houses were devastated in a fire accident at Libu Bene village yesterday while
one dwelling house was reduced to ashes in another fire accident at Puak Ghat on
July 26. GSU also urged that Deputy Commissioner to take up the matter of establishment
of fire station at Kamba with the authorities concerned at the earliest.
Unidentified body found
PASIGHAT, Jul 28: The Pasighat police team led by N Nama (SI) has recovered a decomposed
body of an unidentified non–APST (male), aged about 35–40 years, in between Ramro
Pa:tang and forest reserve area near 4–mile.
The man of medium built, dark complex was wearing a maroon colour shirt and brown
with black strips half pant, informed OC Nikom Riba.
The body is currently in the mortuary of General Hospital, Pasighat, where it would
be kept for identification by relatives or friends for 72 hours. A case has been
registered in Pasighat Police station in this regard and investigation is on, OC
Riba added. DIPRO
Health dept. to kick-start fogging operation in Capital Complex today
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The health department today decided to start fogging operation
with malathione insecticide in and around the Capital Complex starting from July
29 to contain the outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis.
According to health department, so far, 13 cases of Japanese Encephalitis, including
one death case have been reported across the state.
The fogging operation will be held at various sectors and colonies of Naharlagun,
Nirjuli and Itanagar, including C-Sector, Barapani, D-Sector, Pachin Colony, G-Sector,
G-Extension, Lower and Upper Police Colony, Konkno Nallah of Naharlagun, market
areas of both Nirjuli and Naharlagun, NERIST campus, Bage Tinali, VKV, Nirjuli, Chandan
Nagar and Chimpu areas of Itanagar. The health department has sought cooperation
The department informed that vaccines available in private dispensaries give 96 per
cent protection after a months’ time and the role of vaccine during the time of outbreak
of the disease is limited. It also stated that free JE vaccines have been provided
to Lohit and Changlang districts following reports JE outbreak last year.
The state health department has urged the National Health Mission to provide JE vaccines
free of cost to those districts where such cases has been reported, including Papum
Pare, Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri, West Kameng, East Kameng, East Siang and
Lower Dibang Valley.
Seva Bharati provide free coaching to students
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Seva Bharati conducted free coaching classes for students of class
IX and X in Science and Mathematics at Koloriang.
Altogether, 48 students attended the coaching classes. Courses on personality development
were also conducted.
District Secretary (SB) Chello Tayeng coordinated the classes.
Principal of Koloriang GHSS Goigi Kaffa lauded the Seva Bharati for conducting the
classes for the benefit of students from remote Kurung Kumey district.
HIV/AIDS awareness prog
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Indo Global Social Service Society (IGSSS), Itanagar unit organized
a HIV/AIDS awareness programme at Govt. Secondary School, Pachin Colony, Naharlagun
APSACS Asst. Director Karjo Basar explained about the various routes of HIV transmission
and its preventive measures. He shared stories of some HIV positive patients, who
have successfully treated.
The Resource Person emphasized on the role of youths in creating awareness among
people about HIV/AIDS to prevent further spread of the virus.
Youths and elders from the colony attended the programme.
AAPYO demands cabinet expansion
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) has called
for expansion of the ministry.
In its letter to the chief minister, AAPYO said that the number of Cabinet ministers
needs to be increased to 12 from the current 10 for all round development, speedy
decision making, transparency and good governance.
Skill development course under SJSRY gets underway
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: A week-long skill development course in Beauty Parlour under Swarna
Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yozana (SJSRY) for providing skill training for self employment
promotion amongst the urban poor began at Longding Craft Centre on July 25.
While inaugurating the training course, Longding UPO cum additional Member Secretary,
DUDA L. Hosai explained the importance of skill development training in today’s recession
“We cannot depend fully on limited government jobs. Self-employment is the only solution
to lead a decent life,” he said and advised the trainees not to miss a single training
session and take full advantage of the programme.
The training is being conducted by Gorgeous Beauty Parlour Training Institute, Aalo.
AMSU demands for withholding salaries of absentee teachers
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Claiming that many teachers posted in various schools in Mengio
and Silsango circles have been found absent from their duties during its recent visit
to those schools, the All Mengio Students’ Union (AMSU) has demanded the authority
for withholding the salaries of those absentee teachers.
While informing the Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner about the Union’s findings during
its visit to those school during July 22 to 24, AMSU claimed that many schools of
the area have not yet started their syllabus.
Ex-MLA joins BJP
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Former Tali MLA Takam Sorang has joined BJP in presence of National
General Secretary Tapir Gao in New Delhi today expressing his loyalty to party leaderships
both at centre and state, claimed a state BJP rele4ase.
Sorang has expressed full faith and allegiance to the able leadership of party’s
national President Amit Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and State president Tai
Tagak, according to a party release.
While welcoming Sorang into party fold, Tagak hoped his joining would definitely
strengthen the party organization in the state.
Takam Sorang was elected twice as MLA from Tali constituency in 1999 and 2004 and
had held various important assignments including Chairman, PAC, State Assembly, Chairman,
AP State Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd. etc.
Dari-Chambang road snapped by landslide
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Remote Chambang circle of Kurung Kumey district is cut off from
rest of the state since last one moth following landslide triggered by heavy rains
and flash flood, informed Zilla Parishad Member Charu Nera today.
The Dari to Chambang road considered as lifeline for the people of the area remained
cut off for the last one month causing total disruption in transpiration of essential
items, the ZPM said.
While criticizing the alleged lackadaisical attitude of the district authority, the
ZPM requested the department concerned for early restoration of the road communication.
Panchayat leaders distributes relief materials
AALO Jul 28: The Panchayat leaders of Kamba under the Chairmanship of Jhummar
Tali, Anchal Chairperson hurriedly convened a meeting to work out relief issues on
recent fire accident at Libu Bene village under Kamba administrative circle.
The team distributed Rs.5000 each to the five fire victims and Rs. 5000 to supervisor
of the Relief Camp to meet up the immediate needs.
The BJP Mandal President, 27th liromoba Assembly Constituency, Bajum Bogo along with
workers also visited the accident site along with the panchayat leaders to distribute
They appealed the Govt, senior citizen of the area and well wishers to contribute
voluntarily for the cause of fire victims. DIPRO
Assembly passes budget -2014-15
Special economic zones in foothills area on the cards
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The Arunachal Pradesh Assembly has passed the Rs 140.02 crore deficit
budget for 2014-15 by voice vote after a marathon debate today.
While responding to the quarries raised during budget discussion Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki disclosed that he had done proper homework before the preparation of the
budget and the budget was prepared after due consultation with the state’s line
Informing that the state Govt is proposing to set up special economic zones (SEZs)
in foothills areas of the state, particularly to enhance the economic activity of
the people living in boundary area, the Chief Minister further disclosed that the
Central Government in principle has approved the East-West Corridor to boost economic
activities along the foothills areas. The survey and investigation for the ambitious
project would be carried out this fiscal, he added.
Asserting that priority would be attached on all need-based schemes, Tuki informed
the House that a comprehensive policy would be framed to implement all the schemes
in the state and assured all the members to incorporate their suggestions in the
Stating that special thrust was given on border area development in the budget, the
chief minister informed that it was aimed to check migration of people from international
borders to urban areas and simultaneously develop those areas.
He said, the budget 2014-15 also prioritized three sectors namely hydropower, horticulture
and tourism. Tuki said that the state government has been trying to overcome all
impediments while executing hydro projects in the state.
"The state government is incurring a loss of 5 crore per day from the Lower Subansiri
Project at Gerukamukh, work on which was suspended since December, 2011 after protests
from anti-dam protagonists in neighbouring Assam," he said and exuded hope that within
the next five years, the state would get 300 to 500 mw power from various projects
under execution in the state, to tide over the crisis.
On budget preparation he said "It was tentative budget because the Planning Commission
is yet to finalize the plan allocation for the state.” He added that the hike in
the budget in comparison to last year was due to inclusion of all Centrally sponsored
schemes (CSS) in the state’s exchequer as per directive of the Centre.
"Out of 130 CSS, the Centre has reduced the number to 60 this year after eliminating
or merging small schemes. Funds against all the Central schemes will be distributed
to the respective departments from the state exchequer where it will be perked initially,"
he said and added that the fund against PMGSY and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) have
already been released to the respective departments.
While urging all the members to take collective responsibility for proper monitoring
of the Central schemes and other developmental projects, the chief minister also
advised the departments for time-bound submission of utilization certificates against
all central schemes so that more fund could be obtained from the Centre. The Arunachal
Pradesh Appropriation (No 2) Bill 2014 presented in the House during the day was
also approved in the Assembly.
Participating in the dudget discussion, Agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry
minister Minister Chowna Mein highlighted the initiatives being taken to boost the
agri and allied sector besides clarifying to doubts and quires raised by the members.
Admitting that there is urgent need to streamline the home department, the Home
and Power minister Tanga Byaling sought cooperation of all the elected representatives
for speedy and remarkable development in the state.
The budget has covered all the departments and top most priority has been given
in health and education department, said Health Minister Kalikho Pul. He informed
the house about the nursing schools under construction at Daporijo and Tawang,
ANM school at Namsai.
PWD Minister Gojen Gadi, Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, Education Minister Tapang
Taloh also spoke on the occasion and informed the house about the initiatives
being taken by respective department. They also agreed to incorporate the suggestions
raised by the members and cleared doubts.
Earlier, Tamiyo Taga, Opposition members criticized the budget proposals saying
that the budget is totally silent on hydro-power policy decision. There is no
any indication about harnessing the medicinal herbal/plants in the state, he said.
Reiterating the BJP’s demand for white paper on state financial position, Taga further
raised question on austerity measures of the state Govt as well as appointment of
more number of parliamentary secretaries after Constitution restricted the number
of ministers. Questioning over financial management of the state Govt, Taga further
asked as to why the Govt staff are not allowed to withdraw fund from GPF.
The budget did not cover many important areas, the BJP leader said while demanding
establishment of protected police colony, steps to enhance revenue of the state and
take appropriate policy for flood control.
“Intention looks good, but mere intention does not serve the purpose,” said PPA Legislature
Party leader P D Sona while participating in the budget discussion. Terming the
budget as old wine in new bottle, Sona called upon the Govt to take up the hydro-power
issue seriously. Sona also advocated for internet connection in all the district
headquarters to improve the administrative system of the govt.
Terming the budget remarkable and people-friendly, Rajesh Tacho pleaded the Govt
to allot the MLALAD fund in two installments, instead of four installments.
While appreciating the Budget, Jomde Kena called for effective mechanism for speedy
execution of the 2000 MW Subansiri Lower project to enrich the state coffer as international
experts have negated all fear on downstream impact and set up a committee to check
Participating in the debate Dikto Yekar gave emphasis on small and micro hydel, while
Mama Natung lauded initiatives for the youth, farmers and women SHGs. Natung, however,
shought establishment of one RM Mission School, a cold storage in East Kameng considering
huge horticulture production in the district.
Japu Deru stressed on agri-horticulture cultivation to boost the rural economy, Nikh
Kamin advocated a policy for de-reservation of reserve forest, steps to earn more
revenue and immediate solution to inter-state boundary row.
Pangka Bage called for adequate budget provision to expand cooperative sector including
The other members who participated in budget discussion included Dr Mahesh Chai,
Tage Taki, Mutchu Mithi, Tapuk Taku, Wangki Lowang, Honchun Ngandam and Wanglin Lowangdong.
(with inputs from PTI)
Efforts on to maintain peace & state-quo all along inter-state boundary: Byaling
Question hourin Assembly
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Home Minister Tanga Byaling said there is a long standing inter-state
boundary disputes between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, most disputed places being
Taraso, Kimin, Likabali, Kampu, and Balukpong.
Byaling was replying to a question raised by legislator Japu Deru on boundary dispute
between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh during question hour on 3rd day of the 6th legislative
assembly session here today.
The Home Minister informed that a number of meetings have taken place between the
government of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to maintain peace and state-quo all along
the inter-border. The government of Assam filed a suit before Supreme Court in connection
with the inter-state boundary dispute in 1989. The Supreme Court appointed a local
commission in 2006 to hear both the governments and make appropriate recommendations
to it. Both the governments have made their submissions before the local commission.
The Minister said that the state government appeared before the Local Commission
appointed by Supreme court 19 times between 27.11.2006 to 16.1.2012 with all reverent
documents in support of its contention. On completion of hearing, the local commission
will submit its recommendation to the Supreme Court of India for final order. The
matter is therefore sub-judice in Supreme Court of India, he added.
Education Minister Tapang Taloh, while agreeing with the education system needing
immediate improvement and the fact that many government schools are running without
adequate teachers and Headmasters, informed the members of the assembly that steps
are being taken for improvement of education scenario in the state. Taloh was responding
to a question raised by Nampong MLA, Laisam Simai on improvement of education system
and steps taken to improve the education system and posting of sufficient teachers
The minister said that to deliberate on the burning issues of education department,
a joint coordination meeting was held and issues were thrashed out in details. As
a result, a High Level Committee is being constituted to suggest measures. Even one
time relaxation in the appointment of Science and Mathematics teachers is being contemplated.
While replying to opposition leader, Tamyio Taga on creation of special Doctors especially
Neurologist and ENT, Minister of Health and Family Welfare Kalikho Pul explained
that Neurology is a super-specialty and doctors from our state is not available and
outsiders don’t come, as it is the same case for the single cardiologist post which
is vacant for many years. The post has been advertized several times, he informed.
For the ENT specialist and other specialties, the Minister said that the government
has approved for creation of 65 specialist post for selection and appointment through
the APPSC. DIPR
Pul kicks off diarrhoea control campaign
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Health and Family Welfare Minister Khaliko Pul has today kick-started
an extensive campaign on diarrhoea disease control under National Health Mission
in presence of its Mission Director PN Thongon in a small but impressive function
at RK Mission Hospital here.
The campaign under the title, ‘Inauguration of Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight”,
would be continued until August 8 next, primarily focusing on to create an awareness
among the people across the state on how to prevent the infants from diarrhoea by
giving ORS and Zinc tablets.
Inaugurating the campaign, the minister called upon the people particularly parents
to take precautions and preventive measures by practicing safe drinking water, proper
sanitation, appropriate breast feeding and nutrition. Terming the 11 percent mortality
of diarrhoea across India as an alarming sign, Pul suggested the people to remain
hygienic by using soaps to avoid bacterial infections.
Educating the people on health sensitization, the minister said, “Visiting the hospital
does not mean for accident and serious patient only, rather people should have health
consciousness by getting regular health check-up”. He further encouraged the mothers
for hospital delivery and avail better medical facilities provided by the government.
Further, homebirth is less safe than hospital birth. The statistic record says,
diarrhoea is the fifth deadliest killer disease across the globe and infants are
highly vulnerable to this killer disease.
Threat of JE looms large in East Siang
RUKSIN, Jul 28: With the monsoon setting in, major parts of East Siang district bordering
to Jonai sub-division of Assam have become vulnerable to outbreak of Malaria and
Japanese encephalitis (JE). The areas along Assam-Arunachal border here are highly
vulnerable to vector borne diseases, where many people die of malaria and encephalitis
caused by mosquito bites.
JE, which commonly known as the ‘brain fever’ is an arthropod-borne viral disease
transmitted by infective bites of female Culex mosquitoes. The parts of East Siang
including Ruksin, Nari, Seren besides Dipa, Dimou and Likabali areas of West Siang
witnessed malaria and JE during the past years.
Official records in the last five years revealed that occurrence of viral fevers
including JE cases in the area reach a peak level during the month of July every
year. The medical officers of Ruksin observed two recent cases of Acute Encephalitic
Syndrome (AES), which were referred to Assam Medical College Hospital, Dibrugarh
for diagnosis and better treatment.
The hospitals of Jonai has also registered five death of suspected JE with several
dozens affected patients. The Assam Health department has launched “mass vaccination”
against deadly disease to prevent further mortality. It is said that the deadly infection
might easily be transmitted to bordering areas of Arunchal Pradesh, but the District
Health Department has done nothing to prevent the outbreak of this deadly disease
and even no alert has been sounded against the fetal disease by the authority so
On the other hand, malaria cases including cerebral infestation has been rampant
in the boundary area but the health department is yet to complete second phase of
DDT operation in the vulnerable areas. No “fogging operation” is conducted yet by
the health authority.
This year right from January to mid of July, Ruksin Community Health Centre has detected
61 malaria cases out of which 24 are Pv (Vivex) and 37 are reported as Pf (Falciferum).
Besides this, the private Nursing Homes also reported several pernicious malaria
JE is quite common in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts of Assam and adjoining Arunachal
villages because the tribal people of both the state are engaged in pig farming which
is believed to be the one of the main reasons for the spread of the disease. The
pigs are the vector of the deadly virus, the causal organism of JE, which is transmitted
to human body by mosquito (Culex) bite.
APSCW takes up 118 cases since 2011
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) which
had its first body constituted in 2005 has indeed traversed a long journey not only
in terms of the years it has been in place, but by taking up a large number of cases
related to women and children that prior to 2005, were always either swept under
the carpet or tolerated for want of any platform of redressal.
The third Commission comprising of Chairperson Gumri Ringu, Vice Chairperson Radhilu
Chai, Dharmawati Mangmaw, Binny Yanga, Yapi Kulo, Meyo Taku and Yabin Zirdo itself
has taken up 118 cases till July 17 this year.
Most of the cases are related to child, forced marriage, polygamy and domestic violence.
The maximum cases related to child and forced marriages have been recorded from Kurung
Kumey and East Kameng.
Chairperson Ringu said that even though there have been massive intervention to stop
child and forced marriages, the cases have not dropped to a desirable level.
The record number of cases have been disposed off, is despite the fact that there
is so little money and even lesser staff. The seven member commission have just
three regular employees and a member secretary Yame Higio. Rest of the employees
are on a contract.
Since the first batch took office in 2005, the budgetary allocation has stayed at
a paltry Rs 50 Lacs. The amount includes honorarium of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson
and five members, staffers of the Commission, apart from funds for awareness programme
on issues related to women. The commission has also organised various workshops on
legal awareness on domestic violence and other issues related to women and children
and on government provisions for women all over the state.
The term of the third commission which took charge on Sept 2011 is ending this year.
The Commission meanwhile thanked the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for setting up Police
station for women in Itanagar, one of its proposals.
Rehabilitation policy for drug addicts soon
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Arunachal Pradesh government will soon frame a rehabilitation policy
for drug addicts in the state.
State Home minister Tanga Byaling today said this while responding to a question
raised in the Assembly by PPA member Wanglam Sawin during Question Hour.
Byaling said five drug peddlers from Myanmar along with 191 local residents were
arrested by the police from across the state in the past three years, a total of
140 cases have been registered in various police stations of the state and 4.4 kg
of heroin and brown sugar were seized from various drug addicts and peddlers between
2012 to June 2014.
848.99 kg of ganja was also seized during the period from Changlang, Tirap, Lohit,
Upper Subansiri, Papum Pare, East Saing, Lower Subansiri and West Kameng districts,
the minister said adding, the police have destroyed poppy cultivation on 2,803.25
acres in various districts.
Asserting that the state government would soon frame a rehabilitation policy for
drug addicts in the state, Byaling said appropriate efforts would be made to provide
alternative sources of income to opium cultivators.
Suggesting a policy through coordination among departments like health, social welfare,
home and excise to curb the drug menace, he urged all stakeholders to join hands
in creating awareness among the people to check the menace.
"Government alone cannot stop drug peddling in the state unless NGOs, panchayats
and leaders join hands to create awareness among people on the ill effects of drug
abuse," Byaling added. PTI
NHPC workers opposes closure and shifting of Regional Office to Guwahati
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: NHPC casual/contract labours, Regional Office, C-Sector, Itanagar
in a letter to Chief Minister appealed him to intervene in the matter of closure
of Regional Office, NHPC’s Regional Office, Itanagar and conversion it into a liaison
The NHPC workers of the Regional Office Itanagar oppose the closure of Regional Office
and shifting of executive Director to Guwahati.
The employees said that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh has awarded four Mega
Projects Dibang Multipurpose Project (3000MW), Tawang - I (600 MW), Tawang-ll (800
MW) and Subansiri Lower HE Project (2000MW) to NHPC which are under various stages
of clearances/under construction with total installed capacity of 6400 MW and two
more projects are in Pipelines namely Upper Siang Stage-ll and Upper Siang Stage-ll
with 9750 MW both of which are in joint venture with NEEPCO.
It is not understood as to why NHPC has to close its Regional office and convert
it into Liaison office when they have four Mega Projects and two more projects at
Upper Siang stage-1, II in their hand.
The controlling of Projects in Arunachal must be done from within Arunachal Pradesh
for which establishment of Regional office is very important and the Administrative
Head Regional Office is Executive Director which cannot be shifted anyhow.
With the joining of Ronel Kumar as new ED, RO, Itanagar, NHPC Ltd , a very cordial
relations with students bodies, local people and Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh has been
established and atmosphere in Arunachal Pradesh is very conducive for power developers
There are about 52 contingency labours employed in RO, Itanagar but with the closure
office the contingency workers would suffer a lot and apart from this the provision
of contracts works, like R&M of Offices, guest houses, field hostels for officers
and supervisors would also be closed.
Further, there are 92 regular employees from Arunachal Pradesh in NHPC office Itanagar,
they will be posted at fur flung area of the country in case of closure of Regional
The employees appealed to the Chief Minister to intervene and direct the NHPC authorities
to revert their decision to close Regional Office at Itanagar and also cancelled
the transfer order of Executive Director, RO, Itanagar to Guwahati. The closure of
Regional Office and shifting of Executive Director hurts the sentiments of the People
and this shifting of office from one state to another state would also spread wrong
message to NHPC and other power developers regarding the state of affairs of the
GSU seeks establishment of AIIMS at Basar
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The Galo Students’ Union (GSU) has sought establishment of All
India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Basar.
A team of GSU today held a meeting with minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijiju at his North Block Office, New Delhi. The GSU team led by its president Damik
Gameh and General Secretary Binya Ronya was accompanied by Gumjum Haider, former
secretary general of North East Students’ Organization (NESO), West Siang District
Students’ Union President Karyom Loyi, GSU adviser Pakmig Taipodia and Chairman Changs
Trust Tago Duchok.
GSU submitted a memorandum to the minister for setting up either AIIMS/IIT or IIM
GSU also apprised Rijiju about boundary problem at Likabali and Nari Koyu which is
main concern for the indigenous people of the Foot Hills area.
Rijiju while welcoming and appreciating the proposal, firmly assured to take up the
matter with appropriate authorities. He also told that he has a vision to develop
Basar as the place is one of the most feasible areas for establishment of institutions
like AIIMS, IIT, IIM etc. He also said that every part of Arunachal must be developed
for greater interest of one and all. Rijiju told that he has initiated for the double
lane road from Basar to Likabali which was not done earlier but only talked about
it. He told that the work would be starting soon.
The GSU team also submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister in this regard.
In its memorandum submitted to the chief minister, while reiterating the announcement
made by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to establish AIIMS in every state, it requested
for establishment of the same at Basar.
Basar being tri-junction for the districts like Upper Subansiri, East Siang and Upper
Siang has vast area with favorable climatic condition and ideal place for institutions
Basar located in 27” 59.701’ N Latitude and 94" 42.227’E Longitude with altitude
of 725 meters and minimum temperature of 7.3 and maximum of 27.4 degree Celsius has
300 acres of land earmarked for establishment of Agro-Forestry College which has
been shifted to Pasighat during the Chief Ministership of Gegong Apang is still available,
its memorandum read.
Capital and its periphery of our State is flooded with several institutions like
NERIST, NIT, RGU, Polytechnic College, Homeopathy College etc. and Health Institutions
like Arunachal State Hospital which is being promoted to 500 bedded Medical College
and Ramakrishna Mission Hospital and many other private hospitals like Hormin, Niba,
BTM, Tago Memorial etc. Therefore decentralization of developmental projects is important
for State like Arunachal Pradesh keeping in view the development of every part of
the state, the letter further read.
APPDSU demands termination of lease agreement
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) has demanded the
Tourism Department to terminate its lease agreement with the lessee of the tourist
facilities at Ganga Lake for his alleged failure to maintain the facilities as per
“A lease agreement was made on November 10, 2003 between the current lessee and Tourism
Department, GoAP to run the tourist facilities at Ganga Lake like Cafeteria, Hawa
Ghar, Jetty, swimming pool, Log Hut, tourists’ park, boating complex, tourist lodge
etc. on rental basis. Again, an agreement for extension of the lease was made on
November 11, 2009. But the lessee has failed to follow the agreement and take proper
care of the assets thus breaching the terms and conditions of the agreement,” claimed
APPDSU in its memorandum to Secretary, Tourism.
APPDSU also alleged that the lessee has failed to provide proper sanitation facilities
to the visitors. “There are toilets and bathrooms but without water supply facility
and electricity. Further, not even a single log hut was electrified,” the memorandum
claimed. It alleged that the swimming pool has also been ill-maintained making it
unsuitable for swimming purposes.
As per the agreement, there should be boating facilities for the visitors but the
lessee did not provide proper boating facilities, it added.
Further, the scenic beautify of Gekar Sinyi (Ganga Lake) is being destroyed by the
lessee by destroying the natural vegetation, the memorandum alleged.
The union appealed to the authority to give preference to land donor of Gekar Sinyi
(Ganga Lake) having requisite educational qualification to run the tourist facilities
as per the guidelines to lease these tourism infrastructure under PPP mode.
10th Independence Running Football Trophy begins
ARRA FC beat Bondhu FC 1-0 in opening match
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The 9 Warriors 10th Independence Running Football Trophy organized
by All Gohpur Youth Association (Ward No. 2) began at KV No 2 playground here yesterday.
Chief Councilor of Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) Higio Aruni attended the opening
ceremony and encouraged the youths towards games and sports. Speaking on the importance
of games and sports in today’s world, she suggested the participating teams to maintain
IMC Councillor and Empowered Standing Committee member Gangte Togung, Councilors
Biri Tugdo, Gora Talang, Jumi Teli Bogum and Tatung Tania also attended the opening
The inaugural match was played between Bondhu FC and ARRA FC in which the latter
defeated the former by solitary goal scored by Kipa Prem via penalty kick in 12 minute.
Two matches were held today.
The first match played between Chimpu Sporting Club and Tarh Lugu FC ended in 2-2
Bamang Lucky and Tarh Soping scored a goal each for Tarh Lugu FC while the scorer
for Chimpu FC was Sonu Tsering.
The second between United Boys SC and Zoo FC also ended in a 1-1 draw.
Talu Bagang scored for Zoo FC in 22 minute which was equalized by Taw Akash of United
FC in 38 minute, according to an organizing committee release.
Anti-drugs campaign held at Mebo and Oyan
PASIGHAT, Jul 28: With a mission to build healthy, drug-free society, SSA Rajya Mission,
Itanagar in collaboration with DDSE cum District Project Officer conducted two days
massive campaigns on anti-drug abuses and anti social behaviour in Mebo and Oyan
DDSE T Talom said the main objective of the campaign was to wean the students away
from the use of drugs and banned tobacco products etc.
He highlighted on preventive measures and cautioned the students community to abstain
themselves from the harmful long term impacts of drug abuses and antisocial practices.
The students should avail optimum benefits in schools being provided by the government
and keep themselves busy with co-curricular activities for personality development
by refraining from the clutches of dreaded diseases of drug abuses.
Earlier, the State Project Officer G Karga emphasized on proper implementation of
RTE Act, 2009 particularly the norms and standards pertinent to the school working
system like availability of learning equipments, reading library books, play materials,
games and sports equipments, mid day meal, timely issue of new textbooks, uniforms,
maintenance fund, stipends, medical grants etc. He further said the ‘Mission’ is
committed to promote all-round development of children making a healthy, educationally
sound and drags-free and progressive society with the help and guidance of the teachers
in particular and parents and PRIs as a whole.
Program coordinator N Siram administered pledges amongst the large gathering of the
students at both the places, Mebo and Oyan. Neelam presenting pictorial evidences
and cautioned the students about the harmful effects of drug abuses, opium and alcohol
Taking part as state resource person, B. P Sinha briefed about the importance maintaining
discipline in the schools. Medical officers Dr. K. Yirang and Dr. O. Borang held
open house discussions on case history, causes symptoms, preventions and treatment
related to various drugs, alcohols, tobacco made substances etc. DIPRO
Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight launched
CHANGLANG, Jul 28: The District Health Society, Changlang launched Intensified Diarrhoea
Control Fortnight here at the District Hospital Changlang, today amidst Heads of
Offices, ASHAs and students of Vivekananda Kendra Vidhyalaya, Changlang.
Speaking on the occasion, the Zilla Parishad Chairperson, Changlang Marina Kenglang
shared her past experiences where, out of ignorance, many children in different villages
of the district died of dehydration in Diarrhoea and urged upon the ASHAs to play
the important role of generating mass awareness involving women.
She was confident that the women folk can play pivotal role in controlling Diarrhoea.
She showed her concern over the Children and assured for every possible co-operation.
DMO, Dr S Chai Pul informed that the Govt of India has intensified Diarrhoea control
programme due to high mortality rate in India.
She further informed that Children below 5 Years age of the entire district will
be compulsorily provided with ORS packets whereas those suffering from Diarrhoea
will be given Zinc Sulphate tablets in addition to ORS. She appealed key departments
like PHED, Education and ICDS, Changlang for their co-operation in implementing the
programme successfully and informed that ORS corner will be established in every
Doctor’s chamber for compulsory distribution of ORS to the children below 5 years
DRCHO, Dr T Yomcha informed that the Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF)
will be organized from today to August 8 next with the ultimate aims of Zero child
deaths due to childhood diarrhoea.
This activities mainly include-intensification of advocacy activities, awareness
generation activities, diarrhoea management services provision, establishing ORS-Zinc
demonstration sites, ORS distribution by ASHA through home visits, detection of undernourished
children and their treatment, promotion of Infant and Young child feeding activities
through home visits by ASHA and establishing IYCF corners, added Dr Yomcha.
Dr Yomcha appealed the DDSE, Changlang to established ORS and Zinc corners in all
the Schools where demonstration of ORS preparation would be undertaken for prevention
of dehydration in diarrhoea. Drinking water & sanitation department will be involved
with the health department during the fortnight by using IEC material available in
the department as the subject closely associated with Diarrhoea, he added.
Dr Yomcha also requested to establish ORS & Zinc corners at all Anganwadi centers
from July 28 to August 2 where demonstration of ORS preparation is taken up by AWW
in convergence with ASHA. While giving the tips to prepare the ORS at home he asked
ASHAs to distribute homemade ORS in case they exhaust the packets.
The DRCHO also demonstrated proper way to wash the hands especially after defecation
and asked ASHAs to demonstrate the same in their respective areas.
DDSE, H Loyi Changlang and Medical Superintendent Dr(Mrs) M Khimhun also spoke on
Earlier, students of Vivekananda Vidhyalay, Changlang conducted a rally displaying
play cards written with “Diarrhoea mein ORS aur Zinc ki zodi, bachche ki dekhbal
puri”, etc for mass awareness amongst the general populace. DIPRO
APSCW, APWWS welcomes proposal to setup women police stations in every district Hqs
ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) and Arunachal
Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS) have welcomed the state government’s proposal
to set up women police station in all the district headquarters and allocation of
Rs Ten crore for the same. The Chief Minister had announced the setting up the station
this in his budget presentation on July 26.
The Commission and the Society in a joint statement said that establishment of police
stations will go a long way in facilitating women to seek support as well as tackle
crime against in women in the state.
On the government’s proposal for setting up women’s degree college and allocation
of Rs 1.5 cr as fund, the Commission and Society said that the government’s step
will help many girls to pursue higher education. It further said that provision
of financial support for NGO managing education institutions is a step in the right
direction for the state as many nongovernmental organisations are sharing the burden
of the government.
The organisations further welcomed the decision to provide ambulance in the identified
border areas for the benefit of the sick, injured and pregnant women.
It further said that allocation of Rs One Cr to Self Help Groups for marketing their
products under various self employment generation schemes to enable women to sell
their horticulture and agri products beside handloom and handicraft items will encourage
women to be financially independent.
Finally union government seems to have taken note of the danger posed by growing
drug addiction among youths of Arunachal Pradesh. As per the report, various security
agencies have alerted government of India about increasing and alarming trend of
opium addiction amongst the tribal border population of Arunachal Pradesh which stands
to threaten "national security" in this area, already prone to insurgency and incursion
attempts from neighbouring countries.
Narcotics enforcement and intelligence agencies keeping a tab on the activities
of illegal drugs in the eastern border areas of the country have recently shared
a detailed report in this regard with the Union Home Ministry underlining the fact
that the menace may put under threat "the very existence" of the tribal population
of the state. A report by the Central Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) states that
"large tracts of land in Arunachal are now being cultivated commercially by the rich
and influential people for extraction of opium gum and trafficking of the same."
It cautioned that if the worrying trend is not checked promptly, the situation may
take a serious turn not only affecting national security but also having an adverse
impact on the health and existence of the various tribes inhabiting the remote and
inaccessible areas of Arunachal Pradesh. Both central and state government should
take this report seriously and initiate steps to save lives of youths. Opium de-addiction
centres of Arunachal which remain defunct have to be re-activated. Many more steps
have to be taken based on the intelligence report so that future generation of Arunachal
----Readers Forum ----
We can no longer wait
Apropos “Good initiatives yet some clarity needed” by K. Padu in the Readers’ Forum,
I tender my agreement with the write-up. It is encouraging that the PWD Minister
took a laudable step to curb the menace of unpopular business of getting the higher
posts in the government services.
In the 2nd Para of the letter, it is highlighted that the Minister has taken an initiative
to discontinue promotion/appointment of Junior Engineers/ Assistant Engineer/Executive
Engineers to higher post on functional or officiating basis, clearing ways of promotion
for the senior most officers/officials as per seniority that will be subsequently
regularised through DPC.
Such steps are not only commendable but also bolster the moral of all engineering
fraternity, especially to those who bore the brunt of the system. The Minister deserves
grand salutes from all those are concerned.
Discontinuing promotion/appointment of engineers to higher post on functional or
officiating basis will not only help clear backlog in the services but also dissolve
discernment amongst the eligible claimant of regular promotions. And, the hopefuls
can expect the silver lining in the land. We no longer wait for a better day ahead.
Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
Help us move forward
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to share the problems faced by the Government
Middle School, Nikja Village under Koloriang which was established in 23rd August
1980 as primary School, and later got upgraded to Middle School on 10th August 1995.
The school being one of the most reputed Govt. Middle schools of Kurung Kumey district
for imparting quality education is crying for urgent attention from the concern State
and District Education Department, local MLA and Panchayat leaders for quality infra-structures.
The School building which caters the education needs of approximately 500 students
every year is still compelled to rely on five classrooms, which is insufficient considering
the strength of student, beside the boundary demarcation of the school compound is
still unfinished creating lots of hassle for the School authority when unprecedented
conflicts arise with the locals, regarding the boundary issue.
It may be noted that; till date the authority concerned has never cared to build
a single teacher quarter, and the teaching faculties is being compelled to opt for
a rented house, miles away in the koloriang town; making their daily ‘to and fro’
walk for the duty a tiresome one, beside pocketing out half of their hard earned
salary as rent fee.
The shortage of teaching faculties too is a big hurdle; an uneasy situation for the
limited numbers of teachers to reach out to the vast numbers of students, creating
lots of hurdles for the teaching faculties, to impart quality education to the students.
Hence, I earnestly appeal the concern authority to look into our grievances and narrow
the problems at the earliest.
Govt Middle School, Nikja.
Open letter to Health Minister
I appreciate the proposal for creating 65 specialist posts during the recent budget
session. But first please go through the actual number of specialists available in
our state. It is not 70.
First of all let me tell you that every year, 7 specialists pass out from Regional
institute of Medical sciences (RIMS) Imphal and this deputation for post graduate
medical studies have been in existence since last 20 years.
Therefore, the actual numbers of available specialists are around 140, but due to
existing recruitment rules those specialists are just languishing as general duty
medical officers. Therefore, instead of digging into the already bankrupt state coffer
please amend the recruitment rule of doctors first, so that already existing specialists
working as GDMO can be promoted to specialist and their qualification can be utilised
for the greater interest of the state.
Worth a museum piece
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation
to former chief Secretary of AP Dr. HK Paliwal for series of news article published
on 23, 24, and 25th issues.
Presumably, he is concerned about economic crisis of Arunachal Pradesh much more
than anybody else and tried to dig out economically sustainable solution for the
people of Arunachal Pradesh for the gene-rations to come.
Undoubtedly, the highest potential is taping Hydro Power potential in Arunachal
Some districts like East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and others are demonstrating
against construction of Mega Dams citing that Arunachal falls under seismic zone
V, on safety and security of life and property of downstream etc. The other time
same people demonstrate against government for lack of electricity supply in the
district. Now, it has come to light through the article of Dr. HK. Paliwal that the
Dams are constructed in seismic regions like America and Japan where earthquake takes
place frequently, thus why not in Arunachal?
Therefore, I request all politicians, organizations, intellectuals and some neighboring
states to allow construction of mega Dams for the benefit of the country including
Arunachal Pradesh. However, the Dam should be designed for safety and security of
public, adequate compensation in form of job, financial, re-habitation must be provided
to local people affected by the Dam.
I also request the government of Arunachal Pradesh to keep article of Dr. HK Paliwal
in the museum as memorandum and review from time to time.
Stop unfair trade practice
On 23rd July 2014, I found a shop at Nirjuli that was selling juice even after expiry
date of the product.
In that shop there were various kinds of juice stacked in the front. And among them,
I found a bottle of juice which was marked Blue. When I asked the shopkeeper, he
said it was an energy drink. My brother offered to try the drink since he never had
it before. To me it looked like a bottle of mineral water though it looked a bit
different with a picture of orange.
I handed the juice to my brother and the moment he had a drop, he announced that
it had a foul smell. As I checked the manufacturing date, which already expired,
I asked the shopkeeper for another bottle. He gave me another bottle from the refrigerator.
When I checked the bottle, I was shocked to notice that expiry date was long over.
Such unfair trade practice is not excusable. I think there are many shops in capital
complex that are intentionally selling expired food products because many people
cannot read. The shopkeepers don’t care about the health issues. This was the third
time, I encountered the same problem of shop-keepers keeping and selling products
even after expiry date.
On 9th June 2014, I bought a bread from a well known bakery where the same incident
happened. The bread was being sold even after there was a clear instruction that
product is best used within three days. The management should check such practices.
Consumers don’t have the patience to check the dates. But manu-facturers should be
more careful so that consumers do not suffer from any ill effects after consuming
food or drink.
I appeal to the concerned authorities to please make the shop keepers aware of selling
food that is not fit for consumption. The outcome of selling such items could be
Papu- Nalah, Naharlugan
Through you esteemed daily, I may request the Arunachal Pradesh State Coop. Apex
bank Ltd. to publish the result of interviews conducted for various posts. If APSCAB’s,
stand is legitimate there is no good reason why the result should not be published.
I am one of those who appeared in the interview and like many others I too am eagerly
waiting for the results.
I hope that the result will be out soon.
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