Through this column, we would like to request the executive members of ABK to create
a Women Wing section for the better functioning of the society as it is the largest
apex body of the Adi’s. Every society consists of Men and Women, who have equal important
roles to play to complete a society. No doubt the present members of ABK are very
helpful, but as it is said, women can understand another woman better, so, a separate
space for the women is mandatory. There are lots of social problems (esp. women)
that need to be looked at in our society, we, the women suffer as mother-in-laws,
daughter-in-laws, sister-in-laws, sisters, daughters, etc. These cases are the most
complex thing in every society. Some men may understand these issues but no men can
solve these problems. Therefore, even the women of Adi’s should get a platform to
raise our long neglected voice.
J. Nung Yirang and
Select Candidates on merit basis
It is very unfortunate to learn that the APPSC which is a statutory body to have
second thought after duly conducting the state’s highest level of competitive examination.
If the selection of the candidates is to be based on school and graduate level mark
sheet then there is no use of conducting such competitive examination and the commission
should have directly invited the candidates whom so ever have secured highest percentage
in their school level and college level education. In such case the very purpose
of conducting any competitive examination will be defeated. The establish norm of
any competitive examination in the country is to select the candidates on the basis
of written examination only. Where is the law to allow the commission to use school
and college marks card to select any candidate. If the commission cannot uphold the
very spirit of competitive examination it should not take the responsibilities of
conducting any competitive examination and let the individual departments to do their
own job independently. If the facts mentioned in the Readers Forum titled “It is
not fare selection” is true, then commission has down-graded its constitutional status.
Therefore I would earnestly request the commission to select the candidates of 2009-10
APPSC combined examination purely on merit basis of the written examination and in
no way the commission do anything beyond this rule. If the commission is using any
other cards beyond this established rule than it should make all the written papers
available before the public and re-evaluate the marks of the written examination
even after the viva voice examination takes place. Please remember the motto of any
interview is to test real intelligence and the common sense but not the bookish knowledge
of any candidate.
Guardian of APPSC Candidate.
‘Opt boxing as career’
Inspite of my busy schedule as an administrative officer, my love and passion for
boxing drove me to take part in the Vth Senior Men’s North East Zone Boxing Championship
which concluded on November 21 at Rupa, West Kameng.
Although I was not a regularly boxer I fought a good fight with my opponent Jonal
Bora of Duliajan Boxing Club, Assam, who was a well trained pugilist. Bora won the
bout but I became the centre of attraction and audience present during the fight
cheered for me.
In our days, there was no such boxing facilities in our state. But today, facilities
are available. My appeal to Arunachalee youth is to opt boxing as their hobby as
well as career.
The championship gave me the privilege to interact with some of the national and
international pugilists and coaches. I am still nurturing a dream to open a ‘Boxing
Club’ in our state in near future to tap raw boxing talents of the state.
Jiken Bomjen, EAC
West Kameng District, Rupa.
Another Section for readers needed
I am a school girl, still in the process of learning. I read your newspaper quite
often. I am dismayed to find no section in your newspaper in which readers could
display their creativity on a daily basis.
I am an avid reader and I love fiction. Therefore, I would like to request you to
start a section in which you could publish poems, stories and thoughts submitted
by the readers on daily basis. As we can see the lack of interest in the English
language by the students in Arunachal Pradesh, that particular section in your newspaper
could prove as an encouragement to them to start taking an interest in the lingua
franca of the world. Another section should be added for the readers besides Readers
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
“Harnessing power project is a national issue and not just Arunachal versus Assam
“Siang is my single minded focus”
ITANAGAR/DELHI, Nov 23: Union Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh recently
wrote to PM Manmohan Singh voicing his concerns about dams in Arunachal Pradesh and
their possible impacts.
In an exclusive interview the minister who is slated to visit the state soon explains
his position to Tongam Rina on the proposed dams, impacts on downstream in Assam
and India’s strategic interests in the Siang basin.
Sir, what is your take on hundreds of power projects in five river basins and big
ones too that is coming up in Arunachal?
JR: There is undoubtedly huge hydel potential in Arunachal Pradesh. We need hydro
power. We need to develop those hydel resources. Those assessment ranges anywhere
between 30000-50000 megawatts. But the fact is that in various basins -- Subansiri,
Dibang, Lohit, Siang, there is substantial potential. Some ten years ago, govt
of India started Hydel development programme in North East with focus on Arunachal
Pradesh. The state accounts for almost one third of the total potential in India.
So the Govt of India in 2003 started planning for accelerated development of these
Now, there are two sets of concerns. One is that all this power will have to be evacuated
largely, most of it because the demand in the North east is limited so this will
require huge transmission capacities and forest clearances so on so forth.
Secondly, People in Assam have expressed concerns of downstream impacts on some of
these projects, particularly on the Subansiri. You can’t keep the hydel resources
idle. At the same time you cannot indiscriminately and without thoughts to downstream
effects and biodiversity effects develop these hydel resources. So, we have to find
a middle path. I think, so far we have been mesmerized by the huge potential in Arunachal.
MOU after MOU and MOU has been signed. I am told that there are over 130-140 MOUs.
But I think we should be serious. And which are the projects that can go ahead with
adequate safeguards from the downstream point of view and also biodiversity impact
point of view.
Sir, China has officially said that it is going ahead with project in the upper reaches
JR: That is another reason which is why we should be little more businesslike in
our approach to some of these projects. The hydel projects that are of direct relevance
to our negotiations with China is projects on Siang. Now unfortunately we have not
started with Siang. We have started with Subansiri and other projects. It is only
now that we have given the clearance for the Environmental Impact Assessment for
the Lower Siang Project which is about 2700 MW which the private company JP is doing.
But the other projects on Siang are nowhere on the horizon. So, if we are serious
about strengthening…we should strengthen our bargaining position. We should strengthen
our position vis-a-vis China. We should ensure that these projects on the Siang come
up in the quickest. But unfortunate so far only one project has come on to the table.
We gave very quick clearance for that because of the China factor that we need to
develop these projects. But there are other projects. I am told that the total potential
on Siang alone is 15000 MW.
All potentials would be harnessed?
JR: I think NTCP is doing a basin study. They have been entrusted with looking at
all the other projects. But so far only specific project on the Siang which came
to us for environmental clearance and which has got the first stage of Environmental
clearance is the Lower Siang project.
Even on that by the way, there were some opposition from people within Arunachal
Pradesh. There is some organization called Siang People’s Forum that represented
to me. And there was another organization called All Adi Students Union (AdiSU).
They gave me a representation. But I have to take a larger perspective. I have to
keep India’s strategic concerns also in mind, you know. So I hope that once EIA is
done there will be adequate attention paid to biodiversity protection and downstream
Sir, There is fear in the state that not much consent or whatever you call has been
taken from the people.
JR: That is the job of the state government and that’s the job of the political establishment.
I cannot convince all students’ organizations and all NGOs in Arunachal Pradesh from
Delhi. All I can say is, clearly and categorically that benefits of the developing
of the Arunachal’s Hydel resources must flow to the one million people of the Arunachal
Pradesh also. It is not that we just go and develop these resources for the benefit
of the rest of the country. The People must benefit. And not just few contractors
or politicians and their relatives. So I am sympathetic to this point of view that
there should be local employment. There must be minimum displacement. There must
be adequate protection of forest area, biodiversity protection. I am fully in sympathy
with this. I am not at all insensitive to this. And I have told, in my previous capacity
as minister for power and in this capacity I have been to AP twice. I have spoken
to Dorjee Khandu and I have impressed upon him the need for taking everybody along.
I have in fact even spoken to the Prime Minister. I handed over the representations
given by Siang People’s Forum and AdiSU to PM also saying that we must keep people’s
concern in mind.
Sir, How would you see the imminent inter-state conflict between Arunachal and Assam?
JR: It is unfortunate that it is being made out to be a inter-state.
You see also the fact is that in another six months election are coming up in Assam
so there are all sorts of political forces whipping up sentiment, emotion and passion.
There are serious people. Akhil Gogoi is a serious guy and he is not a political
animal. But there are other political organizations, AGP, AASU, NCP. All sorts of
political parties making this a cause.
Sir, even your Congress Chief Minister (Assam) has expressed concern.
JR: Yea. They don’t want to be beaten in the political game by the other political
I think these are human issues. I don’t look upon it as political issue. It’s a human
issue and we cannot only look at it as technical issue also.
But there are larger economic and strategic interests of India. And we cannot ignore
that. I cannot, as Minister of Environment say that no hydel project will come up
in Arunachal Pradesh. That will be a disaster. Which is what some of the NGOs in
Assam are wanting. Many of these projects are run of the river projects. They are
not large storage dam projects. There will be environmental effects. I am not disputing
that. We should get out of the politics of this. It is a national issue and it is
not just Arunachal versus Assam issue.
How much for strategic importance?
JR: No, I cannot give you a number. All I can tell you is that for me the priority
number one is Siang Project.
I am very clear in my mind. Siang is my single minded focus. Other projects we have
to look at their environmental effects. But downstream impact does not mean that
downstream in Lucknow. You must also understand downstream, when people in Assam
say downstream…Bangladesh can also say that look at the downstream impact of Bangladesh.
There are technical parameters for studying these projects. I have spoken to NHPC.
I have impressed upon NHPC that they must be little more sympathetic and sensitive
to people’s concern, particularly in Assam, which they have not been in the past.
I have been to Guwahati. I have listened to all of them. I have listened to many
Arunachal student organizations. There is AdiSu and SPF. I have conveyed their sentiments
to Prime Minister. I could not come to Arunachal in November but I am not a stranger
to Arunachal. I have been to Arunachal when Gegong Apang was the Chief Minister and
when Dorjee Khandu was Chief Minister. And I know the situation.
Audacious attack by NDFB
National Democratic Front of Bodoland’s calculated attacks on citizens this month
did not come
as shock given its past precedents. It is one organisation, which not only threatens
but executes them too.
What was obnoxious was the targeting Hindi speaking section of society in their attempt
not to lose the sympathy of people of Assam and Arunachal. It was a miscalculated
move and no one should get away with something as sinister as this. But what was
more condemnable was total lack of preparedness by Indian Army, Assam and Arunachal.
The organisation had already warned that it would carry out attacks in retaliation
to a killing of one of its cadres Mohan Basumatary in October.
The audacity of NDFB, known to be very close to NSCN (IM) to target an Arunachal
bound bus and cold blooded murder is a message for all of us. It was not only a direct
assault but an announcement that the organisation has a grip in our state too.
As if to mock the Indian Army, the attack of the bus was carried out at a place near
the headquarters of the Army Corps in Tezpur.
It is a known fact that the NDFB has been regrouping along the Assam-Arunachal border
with areas of operation in East and West Kameng and West Siang bordering Assam.
Though the government of Arunachal has been reluctant to admit, NDFB has a free run
in Assam-Arunachal border areas. There are accounts of abductions and extortions
in many places in Arunachal including the Capital region.
After the killing of seven government employees residing in Arunachal by the NDFB,
the knee jerk reaction of the state government was to suspend all night busses, sumos
bound for Assam. There were no takers of the government decision as vehicles continued
to ply in defiance of the order.
It is a different matter that if something goes wrong, the govt can always fall back
on the order and say we told you so. That is the easiest thing to do.
If we go back in history, the faction led by Ranjan Daimary in a loud and clear message
actually had a passing out parade in Bangladesh while another faction was engaged
in ceasefire talks with the Indian government. It was not only a massive embarrassment
for govt of India and intelligence failure but also a clear sign of lack of cohesive
understanding of the core issues by those at the helms of affair.
On the other hand, the liberation movement has not been scripted by the Bodos themselves.
Bodo Liberation Tigers Force that fought for a separate Bodo state within Indian
Union was actually funded by the government of India to counter the growing popularity
of the NDFB, demanding a separate country. We may perhaps never know what actually
transacted but today BLT is a coalition partner in Assam.
Even after Ranjan Daimary’s dramatic arrest, NDFB, which is widely believed to have
carried out 30 Oct 2008 attacks, have continued to carry out atrocious attacks in
Assam. The numbers of cadres have dwindled but it has not stopped doing what it wants.
It is a fact that they have barracks in the forested patches in Arunachal to keep
the abducted. The most recent example was abduction of Indian Forest Services Officer
It is not only the Indian govt that needs to relook at its policies when it comes
to groups like NDFB but also state government of Arunachal that abides by the Indian
constitution to ensure that its lands are not used by someone else to carry out their
AAPSU urges students to avoid reckless driving
NAHARLAGUN, Nov 23: The second day of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union’s
(AAPSU) traffic awareness campaign in collaboration with state police’s traffic cell
commenced at Kankarnallah higher secondary school this morning.
The union sought to take forward its theme, ‘Each one teach one’, during the campaign,
so that the students would further disseminate knowledge about traffic safety and
wearing helmets to their friends and other members of the society.
Urging the students to avoid reckless driving, AAPSU president Takam Tatung advised
them to follow traffic rules for their safety and for the safety of others. He said
it was pathetic that most accidents in the Capital Complex happen to school children
and to youths between 15-29 years of age due to reckless driving and mixing drinking
with driving. Losing a single student’s life to accident is a big loss to the society
and the state, he said.
Campaign chairman, AAPSU vice president Nabam Tadar along with personnel of the APP
traffic cell, used a PowerPoint presentation to inform the students about the accident
prone areas in the capital, and explained the causes of accidents.
The AAPSU team also conducted similar campaigns at Polo Colony higher secondary school
and at KVK No 1.
At the Polo Colony school, the principal informed that though the school was upgraded
in 2008 it is still without proper rooms for the principal, the vice principal and
ministerial staff. He added that there are only 16 classrooms in the school, which
are insufficient for the school’s 1500 students. Further, there are only two toilets
in the school and no separate toilet for girls, he lamented.
Tatung urged the education department and the state government to look into the problem
immediately. He also appealed to the APP traffic cell to deploy traffic police in
the school areas during school hours and at departure time in order to decrease accidents
in these areas.
Measles catch-up campaign in East Siang successful: Panyang
PASIGHAT, Nov 23: The Measles Catch-Up Campaign launched on Nov 8 last in East Siang
was quite successful, claimed the DC-cum-Chairman, DHS (District Health Society)
Onit Panyang. He was addressing the MOs and representatives of UNICEF and WHO in
the final meeting of District Task Force (DTF) convened by the DHS at Pasighat on
Panyang said although routine immunization process meant for child below one year
of age, the government has been launching second dose measles vaccination supported
by UNICEF and WHO for the children between nine months to ten years and East Siang
was selected for the pilot project out of 17 districts in the country as a part of
national immunization strategy.
Measles (Linggun in Adi) is among the world's most contagious diseases and one of
the leading causes of death among children. Children, if not vaccinated are at risk
of severe health complications and the second dose drive would make sure that all
are well protected from this deadly disease, Panyang further added.
The DC lauded DMO Dr. T Taloh, DRCHO Dr. M Perme and respective MOs and their assistants
for conducting the campaign successfully in the district despite many difficulties.
He also showered praises on UNICEF Consultant Dr. K Singh and SMO (WHO) Dr. Tana
Takum for their tireless efforts and serious monitoring. Education and ICDS departments
also played vital role, Panyang said while adding that the citizens of East Siang
deserve appreciation for the moral support to the campaign.
Earlier, DMO Dr. T Taloh emphasizing on the need to administer second dose measles
vaccination and discussed about routine immunization, supplemental immunization campaigns,
surveillance, case management, and program monitoring. DIPRO
ASCW constitutes high level enquiry into Yapi’s death case: APSCW
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Assam State Commission for Women (ASCW) has constituted a high
level enquiry committee to investigate the unnatural death of an Arunachalee girl
in Guwahati, Assam recently. The committee was constituted in response to the request
made by its Arunachal counterpart, the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women
(APSCW). APSCW in a release today said it has been in touch with its Assam counterpart
for facilitating expeditious enquiry into the death of late Likha Yapi under mysterious
Likha Yapi, who was pursuing MCA in Guwahati, was found dead under mysterious condition
at her rental house at Guwahati on November 19 last.
Describing the incident as tragic, APSCW called upon parents and guardians of students,
especially young women and girls, who are studying out side the state to ensure their
safety by providing accommodation for them in familiar and safer places. While expressing
gratitude to its Assam counterpart for initiating investigation process by constituting
the inquiry commission, APSCW requested the Senior Superintendent of Police, Guwahati
City for submitting an inquiry report about the incident.
Orgs demands impartial enquiry
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Taking serious exception to the suspected murder of Late Likha
Yapi, a MCA student at Hatigaon area in Guwahati on Nov 19 last, All Nyishi Students
Union (ANSU) has reiterated the State Govt to take up the matter with Assam counterpart
for impartial and fair inquiry in the incident. It also demanded exemplary punishment
to the culprits involved the gruesome act.
ANSU claimed that deceased was hanged on a ceiling fan after brutally murdered on
flimsy ground by mischievous persons. The union said post-mortem of the deceased
was conducted next day of the incident, however, the reports and forensic test results
Such type of incidents which are happening time and again in North East are condemnable
by every society and communities, ANSU said. Stressing the need of proper initiative
by the Govt and law enforcing authorities and civil societies and parents for safety
and security of the children and others residing outside the state, the union said
it is time for every community and parents of the state to give proper guidance
to their children for pursuing higher education in safe and secured education.
Demanding intervention of both Arunachal and Assam Govts for exemplary punishment
to the culprits involved in the death case, Union threatened to resort to democratic
movement in state and Guwahati for justice.
The Christian Revival Church (CRC) Naharlagun has mourned the untimely death of late
Likha Yapi, who was allegedly murdered at her rented room at Guwahati last week.
The church members while expressing its solidarity to the bereaved family have strongly
condemned the incident and termed it as most unfortunate. CRC members demanded proper
investigation of the case.
Arunachal Indigenous People’s Union (AIPU) has called for constitution of expert
committee to probe into the circumstances leading to the unfortunate death of Late
Likha Yapi at Guwahati recently. The Union also has sought free and fair enquiry
into her death and wanted exemplary punishment to those culprits involve in her ‘murder’.
All Yachuli Students’ Union has demanded the State Government to initiate investigation
on its own to unearth the truth behind mysterious death of Likha Api and guilty should
be awarded punishment as per law. AYSU prayed for her peace in heaven.
Dabi urges local leaders to shoulder responsibility
PASIGHAT, Nov 23: Local leaders must be responsible and aware of all the schemes
and projects of their respective areas and cooperate with the concerned departments/officers
for bringing developments in East Siang district, said Home Minister Tako Dabi while
addressing an interaction-cum consultative meeting with DC, SP, heads of department
and grass level panchayat leaders of the district at Pasighat on Nov 22.
He further said they have been elected by the public with great expectation and it
is the time for them to prove their loyalty and sincerity towards development of
the state. Interactive session was held with an objective to take stock of various
government developmental projects/schemes being implemented in the district.
Quoting that ‘Honesty is the best policy’ Dabi called upon the officers to do their
best so that people could get optimum benefits, especially in rural areas.
The Home Minister stated that there would be no illegal practices and compromise
for developments while suggesting the DC and SP to conduct such type of meeting at
their levels quarterly for close coordination between officers and leaders for developments
in the district in particular and the state as a whole.
Developments starts at the village level and therefore leaders must sincere, knowledgeable
and act like a responsible citizens, establishing good relationship with local people
and officers in their respective areas. They should conduct various awareness campaigns
and free discussions time to time with the people on the need of cleanliness and
sanitation drives, hygiene and plantation for a clean and green Arunachal, Dabi added.
While commenting on the future of the youths of the state, the minister time and
again stressed on education and said that educated youths could easily choose and
run their livelihood at own choice rather than depending on temporary contract, supply
works etc. He further advised them not to involve in politics instead of their precious
studies and to extend whole hearted supports to the local administration in maintaining
peace and tranquilities in the district for all round developments.
The other highlights of the meeting include inter-state border affairs, militancy
control, power developments and law and order situation.
Dabi also welcomed the efforts of the Education Minister Bosiram Siram and his team
members of Centenary Celebration Committee and further appealed one and all to participate
enthusiastically to make the celebration a grand success.
All the departments presented their achievement and future plans of the district,
while the leaders places their demands and suggestions in the meeting. Among others,
the DC Onit Panyang, SP Aloke Kumar, ADC SC Debnath, DCC President T. Padung, ZP
Chairperson Yiai Dabi and party functionaries were present on the day. DIPRO
Seminar on Income Tax (TDS) held
Income Tax office in Itanagar soon
NAHARLAGUN, Nov 23: Commissioner of Tax Deduction at Source (TDS), NER, Guwahati
in collaboration with state finance department organized a seminar on Tax Deduction
at Source (TDS) and Tax Collection at Source (TCS) at Banquet Hall in Itanagar today.
It is the second occasion that such a seminar was organized in order to refresh the
knowledge of the Deductors and Treasury officers as per the latest provision of Income
Tax in general and TDS/TCS in particular. Addressing the participants in the seminar
special secretary, Finance, Swati Sharma made an appeal to the Drawing and Disbursal
Officers (DDOs) and Treasury Officers to comply with the provisions of the I.T
In his key note address D.P Haokip, Commissioner of Income Tax, TDS, NER, Guwahati
delivered at length on the importance of Deduction of Tax at Source (TDS) in the
light of it’s sharing between the state and the central Govt. He reiterated the fact
that the lion share of total revenue collection by way of Income Tax goes to the
concerned state Govt. Haokip also informed that an Income Tax office is going to
be set up in Itanagar soon for the benefit of the Tax payers of Arunachal Pradesh.
Income Tax Officer Guwahati Dulal Ch. Saha speaker in the seminar discussed the
Legal provisions of TDS/TCS and its consequence. Incomtax Tax Officer, Guwahati C.
K. Ganguly made a presentation on e-filing of TDS returns which highlighted the
importance in filling of TDS/TCS statements for streamlining the process.
It may be mentioned here that tax deducted at source (TDS) and tax collected at source
(TCS) aim at collection of revenue at the very sources of income. It is essentially
an indirect method of collecting tax which combines the concepts of “pay as you earn”
and “collect as it is being earned”.
The concept of TDs requires that the person on whom responsibility has been cast,
is to deduct tax at the appropriate rates, from payments of specific nature like
salary, contract value, rent and commission etc, according to an official release.
43 Hepatitis B positive cases detected in Lower Subansiri
30 cataract cases identified
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: An Outreach Eye Screening and Hepatitis B Detection camp was held
at Yachuli, Arunachal Pradesh on Nov 22. The camp was conducted by Ramakrishna Mission
Hospital, Itanagar and District Health Society, Lower Subansiri, Ziro.
It was alarming to find 43 Hepatitis B positive cases out of the 1200 cases screened
during the camp. Majority of the positive cases were found in young group. Dr. Joram
Khope, pathologist, Dist hospital, Ziro, apprised the crowd about various preventive
measures to be taken to avoid spreading of the disease. The Hepatitis B detection
kit was provided free of cost by Bristol-Myers Squibb India Pvt. Ltd
Dr. Lobsang Tsetim, Dr T Sorum and Dr. D Grayu with their team of paramedical staff
screened a total of 447 cataract cases, out of which 30 cataract cases were identified.
In total 105 spectacles were distributed. 55 of spectacles out of the 105 were given
free of cost to school children. This camp will be followed by a surgical camp at
District Hospital, Ziro, where the 30 identified cases of cataract will be operated
free of cost by the Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar.
The programme was also attended by a team of 9 members (comprising of Radio and print
media personnel) from Austria headed by Manuela Krauter and Professor G. Schuhmann
from the “Light for the World”, a charitable organization working for the cause of
eye care. The team was overwhelmed by the response for the outreach camp. ‘Light
for the World’ has been providing continued support to the Ramakrishna Mission Hospital,
Itanagar, in the field of outreach eye care activities for the last 5 years.
The inaugural function of the camp was presided by Lower Subansiri DC Sadhana Deori.
Deori appreciated the work done by the two organizations and also stressed the need
for more such camps to be conducted in order to ensure proper medical coverage to
the people of the state.
Dr. Hage Tam, DMO, in his speech, said that DHS was ready to provide the necessary
support in the field of eye care in his district to the team of Ramakrishna Mission
Hospital, Itanagar for conducting such outreach camps in future.
Swami Yogishwarananada from RKMH, Itanagar, who was the special guest, spoke about
the various activities of RK Mission in Arunachal Pradesh.
The authorities thanked Zila Parishad member Toko Puna and Dr. Tana That, Medical
Officer, Yachuli Primary Health Centre for their cooperation in making the camp
a grand success.
Release salary in the 1st week of every month, AAPWU
ITANAGAR May 23: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union, Secretary General Changma
Tajo briefing about the grievances of worker, appealed all the departments of the
state to release the payments/salaries of the contingency workers, casual workers
and work charge (W/C) workers in the first week of the every month.
He further appreciating the Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers
Welfare Board for conducting various awareness campaigns in almost all the districts
of the state for the benefits of the workers appealed the employers/HoDs to encourage
the workers to register their names in the board, so that the workers of the state
could receive benefits from the board in near future.
Tajo further urged the finance department to immediately expedite the file processes
which are related to the workers of the state.
Tirap DHS conducts training on NBITS & HMIS
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Training on Name Based Information Tracking System (NBITS) and
Health Management Information System (HMIS) is being conducted at IDSP Hall District
Dr K Perme, DRCHO Khonsa and Suresh Giri, DA, are the resource persons. GNM’s, ANM’s,
Health Assistants and MO’s totaling 32 are participating in this 2 days training.
Inaugurating the training Dr S Ronya, DMO Khonsa informed the trainees that NBITS
and HMIS is a new tool launched by Govt. of India to check the irregularities in
child immunization and ANC to pregnant mothers. He also informed the participants
that by doing so the exact data on Maternal and Infant mortality of an area can be
ANM refresher training is also being clubbed with the said training, according to
an official source.
DCCC & ERUCC advance to semis
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Donyi Colony Cricket Club (DCCC) and Eastern Region United Cricket
Club (ERUCC) today joined the semifinals of U-19 Inter Club Ranking T20 Cricket Tournament
scoring easy win over Gichik Abu Cricket Club and Jaryir Cricket Club Hime.
Donyi Colony defeated Gichik Abu by 17 run advancing to a contest against CRY Cricket
Club tomorrow at 12.30 pm, while ERUCC triumphed over Jaryir Cricket Club by 8 wicket
and now will meet Nirjuli Cricket Club in the first semifinal tomorrow at 8 am.
Chasing a target of 45 run set by Gichik Abu Club to win, ERUCC scored the required
run easily in 11th over losing two wicket. Venkat Rao of ERUCC was adjudged the
Man of the Match (MoM).
Earlier in the morning, chasing a target of 84 run set by Donyi Colony team to win,
Gichik Abu team could score only 66 runs in 20 overs which was 18 run short of the
Momar Ori of Donyi Colony Cricket Club was declared MoM.
Performance of banks in East Siang reviewed
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: District Level Consultative Committee (DCC) meeting was held at
Pasighat in East Siang district on Nov 16 after a gap of 3 years to review the performance
of banks in the district for the quarter ended March/June/ September 2010. The meeting
presided over by DC Onit Panyang discussed the important issues including CD Ratio,
Kisan Credit Cards, MSME advances and loans issued under agriculture.
The target for CD ratio is 60 per cent and the achievement so far is 46 per cent.
KCCs were disbursed to 127 farmers against the target of 500 for 2010-11. Target
for MSME is Rs.1.04 crore for the year 2010-11 and the achievement is Rs.7.40 crore,
according to a NABARD release.
S. Mazumder, Manager, NABARD advised the LDM to convene DCC meeting regularly (once
in every quarter) and requested DC to forward the list of good NGOs in the district
to conduct some of the promotional programmes viz Farmers Club Programmes, SHG-Bank
Linkage Programmes, REDP/SDP, TDF, Cluster Dev, etc. Mazumder also advised the LDM
to increase KCCs in order to increase ground level credit flow. Panyang also mentioned
that the DCC meeting should be convened in every quarter, otherwise the very purpose
of Lead Bank Scheme is defeated.
As regards recovery of bank loans, the DC chalked out a three pronged strategy -Appropriate
action from Branch Managers, Joint Recovery Drive and initiations of Bakijai cases.
He also assured to forward the list of good NGOs to NABARD for conducting promotional
programmes in the district, the release added.
JNC celebrates NCC Day
PASIGHAT, Nov 23: The National Cadet Corps (NCC), Jawaharlal Nehru College, here
celebrated the NCC Day on Nov 21 in the college auditorium. As many as seventy cadets
participated. Among others, fifteen faculties and six army personnel of 22(I) Coy
NCC Pasighat witnessed the celebration with the collegians.
The chief guest T. Talom, Principal JNC while addressing gathering spoke on the relevance
of the NCC movement in shaping the students’ character and personality developing.
Talom further encouraged students to join NCC and appreciated for their participations
on Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations in the district for the last three
The Principal of the College lauded the role of Lieutenant Dr. K.K. Mishra, the ANO
of the institution saying that he has revived NCC wing in the college and inspired
the cadets to follow footsteps of the national achievers.
Earlier, Dr. Mishra highlighted the aim and objectives and benefits of the NCC and
the significance of the tri-colour NCC flag through PowerPoint presentation. Other
highlights of the day include two motivating film show on Indian Army and Air Force
‘Success of any institution depends on its academic foundation’
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: The IVth Annual Day of Govt College, Yachuli was celebrated in
a befitting manner on Nov 19.
Addressing the gathering as chief guest on the occasion, Rajiv Gandhi University
Pro-VC Tamo Mibang said education is the foundation of the society and for success
of any institution, its foundation must be strong especially in its academic pursuit
and maintenance of discipline. He said in this age of cut-throat competition, merely
obtaining degrees will not serve the purpose. One has to acquire degrees with quality
which will ensure him or her right place in the society.
Prof Mibang also asked the students to maintain teacher-taught relationship and cautioned
the students that they would not succeed in life without paying respect to their
teachers. The guest of honour, ZPM Toko Puna also spoke on the occasion. He called
upon the students to devote their time in study.
The college principal Dr N T Rikam narrated its woes particularly the infrastructure
problems which still remain an area of concern even after completion of four years
of the college. Dr Rikam called upon all concerned for early completion of the buildings.
The Students’ Union general secretary Tayo Martho in his brief speech requested the
VC to take step for introduction of honours courses and career counseling programmes
in the college.
Earlier, the chief guest and the guest of honour gave away the prizes to the winners
of various events organized to mark the annual day of the college.
The participating students were divided into two houses – named after Sichi and Nyedo
with the latter bagging the winner’s title on the basis of its overall performance.
Another attraction of the event was a fashion show in which Koj Yagar and Chakpu
Bhai were adjudged ‘Miss College’ and ‘Mr College’ respectively.
BJYM organizes Save Arunachal rally in Lower Subansiri
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha Lower Subansiri district unit has
organized a Save Arunachal rally at Hapoli (Ziro) and conducted Sadak Sabha near
DC office in Lower Subansiri district yesterday as part of the Arunachal and Jammu
and Kashmir Bachoa rally being launched nation-wide by the BJYM.
Addressing the rally, state BJYM president Doni Nich pointing out the China’s repeated
claim over Arunachal Pradesh, blamed the central Govt for maintaining double standard
on the issue.
He also spoke about the PDS scam and demanded handing over the PDS case to CBI for
fair enquiry. Further, he criticized the state Govt on present pitiable road condition
and also urged the Govt to improve law and order situation of the state.
State BJYM VP Hinium Tachu also highlighted the state law and order situation and
Lower Subansiri District BJP president Kuru Tai also briefed about the alleged corruption
in the state.
Large number of BJP district functionaries including district BJP unit general secretary
Joram Bath, BJYM state secretary Toko Rajesh participated in the rally. A memorandum
was also submitted to state Governor through DC Ziro.
NHPC agrees to fulfill demands: SULPIC
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Subansiri Lower Power Project Implementation Committee (SULPIC),
in a release claimed that the authority of NHPC Ltd. has agreed to fulfill its various
long pending demands, including establishment of VKV in Dollungmukh, construction
of multipurpose cultural Boori Boot hall at Bomte, Dollungmukh instead of convention
hall, construction of road from Kolaptukar to NH52 and village road from Dollungmukh
bridge (Kolaptukar) to Paro CO Hq and Rajali village. The NHPC authority has assured
to fulfill the demands after holding a threadbare discussion on them in a meeting
held in presence of PWD Minister Nabam Tuki at his official residence which was also
attended by Nido Pavitra, Par. Secy, Coop., H&FW, the Executive Director (SBPS),
NHPC Ltd, panchayat leaders, officers and public of Dollungmukh circle of Lower Subansiri
district, the release claimed.
Regarding regularization of 22 workers from right bank through contractors for R&M
contract, the Committee said that Tuki has assured to make his best efforts to get
this demand included in signed MoA of NHPC since the Corporation has no such policy
to regularize such workers. It was also ‘amicably’ decided in the meeting that advertisement
would be float afresh through Press/Employment for recruitment of 40 indigenous youth
from Arunachal Pradesh in C & D categories as per MoU with additional clause of preference
to project affected persons,” SULPIC said.
The meeting further decided that five ANM and an attendant would be engaged at project
hospital on contract basis from December, 2010.
Meanwhile, Tuki while stressing the need for early completion of the Subansiri Lower
HE project in the interest of the nation as well as Arunachal Pradesh, called upon
SULPIC not to resort to such strike which is detrimental to the progress of the project
work. He also called upon the NHPC authority to look into the various demands of
the project affected people.
Computer training prog for Govt officers begins
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: A two-week-long Training Programme on "Basic Computer Application
Course-III" started at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun from Nov 22.
As many as 22 middle and Jr. level officers of AP Civil Secretariat and Head of Departments
including teachers are participating in the training course which is being conducted
under the 100 per cent course fee sponsorship of DoPT, Govt. of India.
The Director (training) Pema Tshetan in his inaugural address reminded the participants
that the present day being IT age, the computer application is the most important
tool for effective management and functions of modern day office. A such every Govt.
officials and functionaries are duty bound to have fair knowledge and skill on computer
usage for their day to day official works, he added. He further said ATI have accorded
special emphasis on organizing maximum number of computer based training programmes
for all levels of Govt. functionaries keeping in view the policy of the Govt. to
promote e-governance in the state. The Director further exhorted the participants
to inculcate work culture in their work place and carryout their responsibilities
as an able Govt. servants.
Earlier, T.Lodo, Dy. Director, training, requested all to take full benefit of the
programme. While P. Tayeng, Asstt. Director and Course Coordinator submitted a brief
highlight of the course content and told the participants that the two week-long
computer course will help them to develop a practical working knowledge and skill.
A brief inaugural function was conducted where apart from the officers of ATI, the
two guest resource persons from APTEC namely, Sanjay Prasad and SanjeevSharma from
APTECH were guest resource persons in the programme.
APPCS conducts counseling & awareness prog
NAHARLAGUN, Nov. 23: Counseling and awareness programme on Arunachal Pradesh Public
Service Commission examinations (APPSCEs) was conducted on Nov 23 at Government
College Yachuli. Dr. Ligu Tacho, APPSC member attended the programme as resource
person while Yowa Topu, ADC Yachuli chaired the session.
Dr. Tacho covered entire gamut of the examination (rules, procedures, norms, guidelines,
etc) during the awareness programme. He further highlighted the objectives and functioning
of APSC and also clarified the wrong notions or misnomers about its working.
While sharing some of the steps taken by the Commission for strengthening and streamlining
of the system, he revealed that new examination centres are being opened in the districts
as well as in the centrally located sub-divisions of the state for the convenient
and easy access of the candidates. He also informed that some modifications are in
the pipe line which include that in the event of any discrepancy, a candidates can
get rectification of their applications within 15 days from the date of last submission.
This was followed by a lively deliberations and discussions among the participants.
In the interaction session, the students, officers and teachers raised a volley of
questions such as why the optional like English and Hindi are not included in the
present syllabus of APPSCE, whether HP pencil is used during interview for marking
as is generally done is SSA Teachers interview and in what way we can evaluate the
working of the Commission given the wrong notions as mentioned. In his response Dr.
Ligu clarified that the Commission is updating the content as well as syllabus of
examination from time and for any information relating to its working pattern and
functioning (including evaluated answer sheet and marks) one can use the RTI Act.
Earlier, Dr. T N Rikam, Principal of the college shared his experience about the
interview undertaken by the APSCS and exhorted the students particularly the aspirants
not to be misguided by wrong information about back door entry through commission
as there are ample examples of fair and transparent recruitment. There is no short
cut to handwork and one who is intelligent, well equipped and determined cannot be
devoid of success.
Yowa Topu said dream and ambition are must. One needs to prepare and plan to achieve
Besides host of faculty members and students, Toko Puna, ZPM Yachuli, Dr. T R Nabum,
VO Yachuli , officers attended the programme.
Kena announces 3 lakh for eco-park
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Kara Welfare Society organized general conference cum sports tournament
from 10th to 17th November at Baririjo under Upper Subansiri district. Parliamentary
secretary of IT & Science and Technology, Jomde Kena attended the opening day as
chief guest whereas Kajum Rallen, an elder leader of Kara Society was guest of honour.
NESO Secretary General Gumjum Haider and Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative
Union AT Kullo were special guests.
While addressing the gathering, Jomde Kena announced sanctioning of Rs 3 lakh for
construction of Echo-park at Baririjo from his MLALAD fund. While accepting a memorandum
from society for establishment of ADC headquarters at Baririjo, Kena agreed to pursue
the matter with higher ups. Informing that Baririjo is one of the oldest circles
of state, Kara Welfare society stated that locals are ready to donate land free of
cost for establishment of ADC headquarter.
NESO secretary general Gumjum Haider advocated for promotion of games and sports
at the grass root level so that sport talent could be tapped. Kullo stressed on promotion
of SHG through cooperative societies.
Meanwhile, during conference Tabe Haider and Lillem Kena were elected as president
and secretary general of Kara Welfare Society for period from 2010 t0 2015. Gensi
team won the volleyball tournament whereas THLSWA won the football competition.
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Meeting of Nyokum Lapang Welfare Committee (NLWC) was held on 21st
November to discuss various issues. Committee has decided to take necessary steps
for widening of sector and road connecting NH52 (A) with Holy cross school. Committee
has also decided to prepare certain guidelines for proper use of general ground in
consultation with Nyokum Lapang Youth. In another decision, NLWC informed that soon
they will carry out eviction drive against illegal electrification in the area. Committee
has urged all residents to get regular connection in order to avoid eviction.
NSCN (K) cadres nabbed with Kani
CHANGLANG, Nov 23: The jawans of 25 Assam Rifles under Dah Division nabbed an NSCN(K)
cadre from Chinsa village in Changlang district on Nov 20. The arrested person has
been identified as Self Styled Private Choyong Pangmi, 21 years, of Lahon village
During their operation the AR personnel also recovered 5 Kgs of Kani from the cadre.
The AR said, it is an open secret in this region that the NSCN outfits are involved
in peddling drugs from Myanmar into North East India.
Interrogation of the apprehended cadre revealed that the cadre was carrying 5 Kgs
of Kani grown in Myanmar and was taking it to Changlang town for further distribution
to local drug peddlers, AR said. The Assam Rifles reiterated their resolve to ensure
that the UG outfits are not able to undertake any nefarious activities in Changlang.
This is the 10th apprehension of NSCN(K) cadre by Assam Rifles unit in past 10 months.
AIPU demand probe into car burning incident
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Taking strong stand against burning of ALSU general secretary Kipa
Kanam’s car, Arunachal Indigenous People’s Union (AIPU) has urged the government
to form one man enquiry committee to investigate in this incident.
Meanwhile AIPU has urged secretary power to reconsider their reported decision to
offer NEC dairy farm land to Reliance Energy Pvt. Ltd for its use as office of Siyom
Hydro power office. Union claim that dairy farm has been leased to Reliance for period
of 99 years without the consent of landowners and said this is violation of rights
of tribal people.
Nyokum to be celebrated in grand manner in Yazali
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: The Nyishi community under Yachuli assembly constituency would
celebrate the Nyokum Festival 2011 centrally at Yazali in a grand manner. It was
decided in a meeting on November 20 last chaired by MLA Likha Saaya.
To attract tourists and explore virginity of Yazali, mega food stalls would be set
up and various games and sports, cultural competitions including traditional fashion
shows would organized during the week-long celebration, informed Yazali Nyokum Yullo
Festival Committee 2011.
The main attraction of the festival would be Sri & Smti and Mr. & Mrs. Nyokum, 2011
which will carry cash award of Rs One lakh each.
The festival organizing committee sought constructive suggestions from individuals,
NGOs, Societies, Govt, tourism explorers to make the festival a grand success.
The meeting also constituted a festival celebration committee with ZPM Taba Chiji
as chairperson, Zimmy Likha as secretary. MLA cum Chairman APEDA Likha Saaya is the
AVP to conduct social awareness camp
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Arunachal Vikash Parishad (AVP), Kamporijo circle committee has
decided organize first ever social awareness camp for the Dony Polo followers of
Tamen-Boasimla area at Govt Middle School, Tamen under Kamporijo circle of Lower
Subansiri district on November 27 & 28. Kamporijo ZPM Kabak Apo, Indigenous Faith
and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh general secretary Techi Gobin and former
AAPSU speaker Boni Tamen will attend the programme as chief guest, guest of honour
and special guest on November 28.
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: The local MLA Techi Kaso has consented to inaugurate the Arunachal
Pradesh Church Council HQ at Itanagar on Nov 27. This was informed by the general
secretary of the Council in a release today.
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: The aspiring candidates condemned the decision of the ALSU executive
members particularly ALSU conference cum election committee for deferring the proposed
schedule of conference cum election which is supposed to be held from November 26
to 28. The group in a jointly signed release claimed that the decision was taken
without proper consultation with the aspiring candidates.
Restore electricity supply
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Totpu Panchayat Youth Welfare Society briefing about the problems
of students due to failure of transformer, appealed the concerned authority to immediately
restore the power supply at Totpu Panchayat.
Christmas Mission field
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: A three days combine Christmas Daporijo Mission Field will be held
from 23rd to 25th December at Rijo General Ground under CRC Area- V. Evan. Tai Ete
(Secretary APCRCC) will be the speaker.
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Villagers residing back side of Lower NEEPCO Colony in a meeting
held on November 14 last have formed a committee, namely Dunium Village Development
Committee (DVDC) and Yab Nanu and Taba Basu were selected as president and general
‘Alien God’ not to take part in AIDS campaign
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Alien God, the popular band, who has been performing across the
state as part of four month long multi-media campaign launched by Arunachal Pradesh
State Aids Control Society (APSACS) will no longer be part of campaign due to unavoidable
circumstance. In a press statement APSACS informed that lead vocalist of Alien God,
Olik Boko, had developed some health problem and has been referred to Guwahati for
further treatment. However the multi-media campaign will continue and APSACS hoped
that even without presence of star performer, people will continue to participate.