Hundreds throng Mechukha as Adventure @ Mechukha begins
MECHUKHA, Nov 07: The 2nd edition of Adventure @ Mechukha got off to a colourful
start today with hundreds of adventurous enthusiasts thronged the mystic Mechukha
in West Siang district.
The Festival was formally declared open with Micro-Lite Aircraft flying over the
festival ground with the festival flag which sent rapturous roars among the audience.
Kicking off the event, PHED Minister Takam Pario hailed the scenic beauty of Mechukha
valley. “It is a matter to be proud of to have a place like Mechukha in the state,
which bears immense tourism potential” he added. The beauty of Mechukha is not only
for the people here, but equally for the rest of state and nation, the minister added.
Emphasizing on tourism promotion, Pario said that tourism and horticulture would
boost the state economy. He urged the unemployed youths to be skilled and take benefits
of such events. He informed that state govt is initiating every possible step to
make the people of Arunachal economically self-dependable.
Expressing gratitude to the state government particularly the Tourism Department,
Festival Chairman P D Sona said that tourism at Mechukha will not only benefit
the people of Mechukha rather it will benefit the entire state and the nation. Sona
who is also the local MLA further said that Adventure @ Mechukha will be organized
Highlighting the objectives of Adventure @ Mechukha, Tourism Secretary Dr. Joram
Beda said, “Adventure @ Mechukha is to promote adventure tourism in the state, besides
intending to create a unique brand for Mechukha as an ultimate adventure destination.
The tourism secretary added that tourism can create sustainable development in the
state and also become a major contributor to the state economy. Mount Everesters
Tapi Mara, Tame Bagang and Nima Lama were felicitated during the event. The three
Everesters along with fourteen trekkers trekked through snow capped mountains which
divides Upper Subansiri and West Siang at Mechukha.
The Adventure @ Mechukha festival, which had already put the state into the World
Tourism map and became the centre of tourists (both domestic and international) attraction,
is being organized by the Tourism Department and sponsored by Ministry of Tourism
of Govt of India. The event is being managed by the Centre for Cultural Research
and Documentation (CCRD) Naharlagun.
Archery, trap shooting, mountain biking, rappelling, trekking, river crossing, rafting,
kyaking and Laser Show were the most attractive events. The traditional model houses
of five communities; Ramo, Memba, Tagin, Pai-Libo and Bokar with local cuisines served
at every traditional house also added more colour to the festival.
The colourful cultural programme displayed by the five communities and traditional
war dance of Ramo community also mesmerized the audience.
The adventurous participants were accommodated in home stays and the tents erected
by Arunachal Adventure Association (AAA). More than fifty tents were erected at Yornyi
Village, one kilometre away from the event site.
Earlier today, Parliamentary Secretary Power Phurpha Tsering inaugurated the Lhallung
Mini Hydel Station (2X250)KW at Lhallung village 15 kms off in presence of PHED Minister
Takam Pario, PPA MLAs Nikh Kamin, Pani Taram, MLA Khonsa Wanglin Sawin, Political
Secretary to CM Bamang Tago and Scretary Power Kaling Tayeng and others. While inaugurating
the MHS, Purpa Tsering on behalf of the state Chief Minister announced an amount
of Rs 1 crore for construction of link road from Lhallung Village to the Power Station.
Byaling urges APCS officers to deliver transparent administration
ITANAGAR, Nov 07: Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service officers are the backbone of the
state administration and supposed to be strong, dedicated and sincere to deliver
a clean and transparent administration to the people, said Home Minister Tanga Byaling
while addressing the inaugural session of the 13th General Conference of the Arunachal
Pradesh Civil Service Officers Association (APCSOA) at Banquet hall here today.
“It is one of the most sought after services of the state and the risks and responsibility
manning the post is equally high, the minister said while exhorting officers to be
prepared mentally and physically to take charge of any job assigned to them anywhere
in the state.
Making a comparison of the dedicated service of the officers of the union territory
days with the present day officers, he said most of the present day officers seek
soft postings. “The road communication and other facilities like infrastructure,
health and education have improved manifold but our young officers still look for
postings in the district headquarters and its nearby areas. The high image of the
service left by those dedicated officers should not be allowed to fade away,” he
Saying that the scope of a civil service officer is very vast ranging from executive
to supervisory and monitoring in nature, he said an individual is identified and
recognized not only by holding a particular post but by his actions. “Once you are
appointed to a post you are to apply your administrative skills in all fields and
not only follow the laid down norms and rules,” he suggested.
While responding to a memorandum, Byaling assured to take up the demand for the implementation
of Bagra Committee report with the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary.
State Chief Secretary, Ramesh Negi, was concerned over absence of administrative
officers in their posting places and sought fortnightly report from all the DCs and
ADCs on the matter. For the people living in the remote areas the administrative
officers are next to God, to whom they bring their problems and grievances for solution.
Get to the core of their problems and find solution for them, he advised the officers.
The Chief Secretary announced annual book allowances of Rs.2000 so that the officers
in the remote areas are updated with changed technology and law and judiciary besides
keeping their reading habits and mental alertness.
He felt that some of the officers require refresher training on law and judiciary
and as also in administration and development issues. He asked the Commissioner Personnel
to work out a plan to send them for refresher training outside the state where there
is good faculty and facilities.
He informed that the state government has already written for sanctioning of more
IAS posts in view of creation of new districts to accommodate the officers of APCS
cadre. On infrastructure of the officers, he said for the last two years it has been
the priority of the state government to create infrastructures in the districts and
sub-divisions by constructing mini secretariats for DCs and ADCs and residential
quarters for them. In the state capital also 50 flats of T-IV and Type-V is being
constructed to accommodate senior officers, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Commissioner Personnel, K R Meena said, the APCS officers
besides being the primary arm of the government are also the faces of the government
for the poor people in the remote areas.
Earlier, officers use to volunteer to go to remote areas but today our young officers
prefer a soft posting which is a wrong trend and will certainly hamper the development
as a whole, Meena said adding this would also demoralize other enthusiastic officers
and negatively affect the reputation and image created by the senior officers. He
requested officers to maintain the reputation. He further informed that the process
for streamlining transfer-posting is under process and advised the officers not to
put pressure on government for transfer and posting.
The APCSOA submitted a four-point memorandum including implementation of Bagra Committee
report, providing vehicle to the officers on soft loan, review of notification on
sharing of CD block for APCS cadre officers and officers of RD Department and release
of corpus fund for APCSOA welfare fund.
Earlier, APCSOA President Tarin Dakpe assured the government that APCS officers are
committed to working relentlessly for welfare of the State.
Presentations on “IT & E-Governance”, “Disaster Management”, “Growth of Civil Administration
in Arunachal Pradesh” were presented by S. De Sarkar, Director IT, Y.W.Ringu, Director
Disaster Management and Jalash Pertin, ADC Sagalee, respectively. DIPR
Strengthen research & development activities in agriculture and allied sectors: Governor
ITANAGAR, Nov 07: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma
inaugurated the National Conference on emerging technology trends in Agriculture
Engineering at North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, Nirjuli
In his inaugural address, the Governor said that the agriculture sector is one of
the vital aspects of a dynamic and increasingly globalised world economy. It is the
backbone of economic system of any given country. In addition to providing food and
raw material, agriculture also provides employment opportunities to a large percentage
of population. It is the main source of national income for most of the developing
countries. A stable agricultural sector ensures a nation of food security.
He called upon the agricultural scientists and engineers to explore ways and means
to make Indian agriculture a sustainable, profitable and competitive enterprise through
engineering interventions of farm mechanization, natural resource management, value
addition and energy management in production and post-harvest operations. By incorporating
automation, precision and smart technologies to new and existing farming equipments,
we can optimize efficiency, sustainability and reliability of our produce and enhance
The Governor exhorted the participants to initiate and conceptualize innovative ideas,
while underscoring that the wisdom of the conference should move to the field and
be beneficial to the farmers. He stressed on food processing, requirement of developing
entrepreneurship base in the region and strengthen research and development activities
in the field of agriculture and allied subjects. It should be integrating technology
with the local needs.
Citing local challenges like water scarcity in winter months, the Governor urged
upon the scientific community to take the challenge and come up with a workable solution
to the problem of the State Capital, which can then be applied to the rest of the
State and region. He also asked them to find scientific technique for wastage management,
which can be use in agricultural fields.
Stating the challenges provide opportunities, the Governor asked the scientists and
engineers to find simple and workable solutions, fulfilling local needs while keeping
the environment intact.
On the occasion, the President of NERIST Society exhorted the students, faculty and
officials of NERIST to live up to the pledge made and make NERIST really ‘Swachh’.
I want to see NERIST not just pride of the State but of the country.
The Governor also released the souvenir of the conference.
The theme lecture of the conference was delivered by Prof. Gajendra Singh, Adjunct
Professor, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, who is specialized
in Farm Power and Mechanization. Prof. Singh spoke on Challenges and Opportunities
for Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers. He dwelt in length on the population growth,
climate change, pressure on the land, rapid urbanization, transformation of food
systems and workforce development for food system transformation.
In his opening address, the Director NERIST Prof P.K. Das highlighted on the institute’s
achievements and its future projects.
Organised by the Department of Agricultural Engineering, NERIST, participants from
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology
Bhubaneswar, CAET, Dapoli, Anand Agricultural University, Godhra, Vignan University,
Andhra Pradesh, G B Pant Univ. of Agri. & Tech. Pantnagar, ANGRAU, IARI, New Delhi,
National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Agriculture University,
Akola, College of Agricultural Engineering, University of Agricultural Sciences,
Raichur, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Tezpur University, Assam University,
Silchar, CAEPHT (CAU), Sikkim, Central Agricultural University, Shillong, CAU, Imphal,
Nagaland University Dimapur, Tea Research Association, Jorhat and NERIST, Nirjuli
are participating in the three-day conference along with representative from State
Governments of North East States and business houses.
The conference aims to provide a suitable interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary
platform for researchers, practitioners, and academicians to present and discuss
the most recent innovations, trends, concerns, and challenges encountered to integrate
agriculture and engineering under climate change scenarios and to suggest solutions
for India in general and North East India in particular.(PRO to Governor)
Proper planning & coordination essential for success of schemes: ZPC
Ziro, Nov 07: “Proper planning and coordination amongst the executing departments
and the PRI members is essential for an overall sustainable development in the district,”
said Hage Kobin, ZPC, Lower Subansiri district while addressing a meeting of District
Planning Committee members at conference hall, Hapoli. The PRI members should be
educated in all the schemes and proposals put for further approval by all departments
as a need based and grassroot level planning necessitates the involvement of the
PRI members, he added. This DPC meeting scheduled in the month of May, was inordinately
delayed due to the simultaneous elections, he however expressed hope that the information
provided by the departments would enable for a speedy follow up and implementation.
He exhorted all the members to cooperate and work in unison for the area development.
Talking tough on the absenteeism of HoDs in the meeting, he directed the DPDO to
issue show-cause notice to the absent HoDs.
DPDO R K Borthakur requested the members to make the discussion meaningful and fruitful.
The PRI members present in the meeting strongly felt that the schemes and the proposals
forwarded from the districts should be routed through the District Planning Committee
(DPC). All the three blocks of the district Ziro I, Ziro II and Raga should prepare
their individual schemes and proposals and submit the same to the DPC where the feasibility
and the public reach of the schemes would be debated and then selected. They also
wished that the MLA and the MPs be made part of the DPC, so that people oriented
schemes can be selected for the district.
It was unanimously decided in the meeting that the schemes and proposals of the blocks
should be prepared by the end of April every year and presented in the DPC meeting
which will be scheduled in the month of May. MLAs and MPs will also be invited to
participate in this highest body of planning in the district.
The department of Power, Agriculture, Horticulture, Fishery, Education, DRDA, Health
and Family welfare, ICDS, Industry, Textile and Handloom, DVO, DACO and UD presented
the report on various ongoing and proposed schemes of their departments. DIPRO
Vipassana mediation hall dedicated to public
Relics of Lord Buddha donated to Golden Pagoda
CHONGKHAM, Nov 07: Poi Lu Kyong Kammathan (Vipassana Meditation Centre) was formally
inaugurated by Venerable Sukhaminda (Sao Sukham) Chau-Mun of Shan State Myanmar during
the dedication programme of the Centre at Noi –Cheynam, Tengapani, Namsai on November
On the occasion, Janake Edirisinghe and his wife from Sri Lanka donated a Thad Toh
(sacred holy relics of Lord Buddha) to Kongmu Kham (Golden Pagoda), Noi-Cheynam,
Buddhist flag was also hoisted by Venerable Gunawanta Mahathero Chau-Mun (monk) of
Ledo (Assam) in presence of Sao Sukham of Myanmar amidst scholars and Buddhist devotees
from Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, USA and India.
Later on the day, a religious procession with Tun pethesa/yaa fra (celestial sacred
tree) along with Thad Toh brought from Sri Lanka was carried out in and around Golden
Pagoda at Noi-Cheynam, Tengapani.
Meanwhile, speaking to this reporter, the Donor of Vipassanna Meditation Hall and
organizer of the event cum Parliamentary Secretary for Environment & Forest, Chow
Tewa Mein and his wife Nang Vijeyta Mein appealed all to avail the opportunities
offered in the Vipassana hall.
The Vipassanna Meditation Hall will hold base wise meditation course and the registration
for first 10 days Vipassana course has already started. The first course will be
taught by Venerable Sukhaminda (Sao Sukham) Chau-Mun of Shan State Myanmar. The last
two day religious events also included dedication of Kyong (Buddhist Temple) and
Kongmu (Pagoda) at Hoiseng Village under Chongkham Circle.
During the two days religious programme, mass prayer, Kathina Chivara Dana, illumination
of kyong kammathan, releasing of fung-fai, display of fireworks were organized besides
presentation of cultural programmes by school students, cultural team from Thailand
and the Tai Khampti Pung were performed.
The event was also attended by Minister Agriculture and Horticulture Chowna Mein,
MLA Namsai Chow Zignu Namchoom, organizer and donor MLA Chongkham Chow Tewa Mein
and host of other dignitaries.
Similar religious functions were also held at Piyong village and Manfaiseng village
of Namsai district. (with inputs from Chow Bilaseng Namchoom)
National cancer awareness day observed at ASH
Cervical, breast and oral cancer screening prog launched
ITANAGAR, Nov 07: The National Cancer Awareness Day was observed in a befitting manner
at the Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun today.
The occasion was marked by the launching of Cervical, Breast and Oral Cancer Screening
programme which is underway at ASH and also release of booklet on Prevention and
Early Detection of Common Cancers of Arunachal Pradesh.
In her address, Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Mallo called for mass awareness
of people on cancer prevention and its early detection through various publicity
tools. Early detection and early treatment of cancer will help in possible curing
and overcoming the dreaded disease, she said adding that Union Ministry of Health
& Family Welfare has accorded top priority in combating the dreaded disease.
Lauding the initiative of organizing Cancer Screening Programme at ASH, Mallo appealed
all, particularly women to avail the opportunity to overcome the disease and to promote
Earlier, the Secretary released a booklet “Common Cancers in Arunachal Pradesh-Its
early detection and prevention, published by the State Cancer Society, ASH, and State
NCD Cell, APNHM.
Director Family Welfare, Dr Gyati Tatu, expressing concern over the rising cases
of cancer in the state in spite of having good modalities of treatment, said that
in Arunachal Pradesh, traditional food habits like having smoked preserved fish and
meat and alcohol consumption are one of the most common causes of stomach cancer,
and peptic ulcer. He advocated for avoiding and minimal use of smoked items and adopting
a healthy lifestyle and food habits to reduce cancer disease in the state. To cite,
he referred to the Apatani delicacy of Pike Pila, which uses ingredients of filtered
ash of plants and smoked preserved pork meat, which are both harmful and causes of
stomach cancer, if taken regularly. He also raised concern on the growing numbers
of Hepatitis infected persons in Arunachal, which is another cause of liver cancer.
He laid stress on creating awareness besides early treatment to reduce the cancer
The Director also advocated for providing support through proper counseling to the
cancer patient during treatment in the line of AIDS/HIV counseling.
Speaking on the cancer scenario in Arunachal through a Power-point presentation,
State Nodal officer, Cancer Control Programme, Dr. M. Basar informed that as per
statistics stomach and liver cancers are most prevalent among males, while cervical
uterine cancer afflicts females adding that it is preventable by vaccination. He
also stressed on early reporting and self-examination to prevent and treat stomach,
and breast cancer respectively. In a year, approximately 1000 persons are afflicted
by cancer in the state, he informed.
In his address, CMO, Dr. R D Khrime said with rising cancer cases in the country,
11 lakh cases are reported nationwide every year. Stressing on awareness, he said
early detection is a must as most of the cancer cases are due to late reporting.
Stomach, oral, cervical and breast cancer are the common cancers in Arunachal.
Dr. Kenyi Ete, DMS, ASH, opined that most of the diseases including cancer are preventable
by adopting a healthy lifestyle and healthy food habits. The function was organized
by ASH, State NCD Cell and State Cancer Society of AP. DIPR
Job mela and VTPs
The Job Mela in Arunachal Pradesh is the brainchild of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
which was launched in a grand way at Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar on 30th August
2013. Out of the 33 Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) from various parts of India,
22 VTPs had been selected by the State Govt. and accordingly each selected VTP had
entered an agreement with State Govt. to provide training to selected candidates
as per guidelines on various trades.
As much as 14012 youths had registered themselves in the Job Mela but finally 9012
youths had been selected for undergoing training in Skill Development under various
VTPs. The first batch of trainees were flagged off from the Chief Minister’s residence
on 4th Oct, 2013 by Oscar Fernandes, the then Union Minister.
The first phase training on Skill Development had begun in October 2013 with 22 batches
comprising of 914 youths under various VTPs. Accordingly, the 12 batches had completed
their three months training period in January 2014, 3 batches completed their 4 months
training in Feb, 2014 and 7 batches completed their 6 months training in April, 2014.The
following chart indicates the status and its outcome.
The first phase itself shows very encouraging results where 914 youths had undergone
for skill development training in various trades and out of them 13 youths left their
training on one or other reasons, the status position of 279 trainees are yet not
available with the concerned department, 632 youths had successfully completed their
training and all of them had been offered with job but 420 trainees only accepted
the job offer who are now working in different parts of the country, 212 trainees
did not accept the job offer due to personal or other reasons. It is also learnt
that some them are self-employed.
It is the highlight of the first phase training that begun in the month of October,
2013. It is also learnt that several batches have came up after October 2013 for
undergoing training under various VTPs.
At the initial stage, many people may not know properly about the job mela and role
of VTPs, but slowly and gradually, they will come to know its importance and future
for several youths of this State. Hence Chief Minister Nabam Tuki deserves appreciation
for his endeavour to create job opportunities for youths. (The Writer is a Senior
Transforming Indians To Transform India
ITANAGAR, Nov 07: A programme under “Transforming Indians to Transform India”, a
movement initiated by Chinmaya Mission, Chennai was held at VKV Nirjuli yesterday.
Explaining the motto of the movement, eminent speaker and Director of Yuva Kendra,
Chinmaya Mission, Swami Mitranandaji said that a nation’s true transformation depends
entirely on its people. He said if the countrymen transform to become physically
fit, emotionally strong, intellectually refined, culturally rooted, actively patriotic
and spiritually uplifted, India will be revitalized. He appealed to all to train
oneself with a positive approach to fulfill the purpose of life to get ‘Moksha’.
He answered a volley of queries during the interaction session to the satisfaction
of around 110 audiences.
While judging the relevance of the topic, former Director of Technical and Higher
Education Joram Begi said that the wrong perception about the people from North East
by the so called mainland people needs to be changed. He said that the people from
the region, including Arunachal Pradesh are often termed as Chinese, Japanese or
Nepali etc. which is very unfortunate.
He also highlighted about the work and activities of Vivekananda Kendra. He said
that while Swami Vivekananda spread the message and work of Thakur Ramakrishna Paramansha,
Mananiya Eknathji Ranade implemented the work and message of Swami Vivekananda and
he identified Arunachal Pradesh an experimenting ground in the field of education.
Among others Director of Higher and Technical Education, Tejum Padu also spoke on
Pema for early completion of Tawang heliport
ITANAGAR, Nov 07: Minister for UD, Tourism, Art & Culture etc. Pema Khandu today
visited the Ugyen Sangpo Heliport at Tawang to assess the progress of the ongoing
works of the helipad. The DGCA team that visited the heliport in July 2014 raised
concern over the heliport’s compliance with DGCA guidelines after the MI-172 crash
on April 19, 2011.
The issues were raised on safety guidelines such as preparing obstacle chart, installation
of wind speed and direction detection apparatus, firefighting and emergency action
plan at heliport, correction of undulating surface through re-carpeting etc.
The Minister met the Tawang Deputy Commissioner at his office where the minister
was updated on actions taken by the District Administration and the State Civil Aviation
Department to meet the shortcomings pointed out by the DGCA team.
The Deputy Commissioner apprised the Minister that almost all the observation has
been met excepting works like re-carpeting or surfacing of the helipad. The Minister
and DC along with the ADC Tawang inspected all the renovation works along with the
officers of the PWD and Civil Aviation Department at Tawang, who were present at
On inspection of the ongoing works, Pema expected to start the helicopter services
from Ugyen Sangpo Heliport soon. Citing the safety issues and also the difficulties
being faced by the passengers in availing helicopter service from temporary helipad
at Lumla, Pema directed the Deputy Commissioner to complete the remaining works at
the earliest and to request the Civil Aviation Department for operating the heliport
service on temporary basis till re-carpeting is done.
The operation of helicopter service at Ugyen Sangpo Heliport at Tawang was suspended
after an instruction issued to make the heliport compliant with DGCA safety guidelines.
Governor for more Scouts and Guides activities in state
ITANAGAR, Nov 07: On the occasion of the Bharat Scouts and Guides foundation day,
which is observed as ‘Flag Day’, a flag sticker of the scouting movement was presented
to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhawan,
The Governor conveyed his good wishes to all the Scouts and Guides of the State and
Nation on the special occasion. He said that the Bharat Scouts and Guides movement
has been doing a good work in instilling self-confidence and sense of inquisitiveness
in the young students. It also promotes team spirit and patriotism amongst them.
The Scouts and Guides movement’s activities blend with environment, therefore it
helps in preservation of the flora and fauna. He pointed that values and ideals inculcated
in young ages remains with the person for lifelong. The chief patron of the Scouting
movement in the State expressed his hope that more and more children will be drawn
to the movement.
The Governor advised the Scouts and Guides movement officials for more Scouts and
Guides activities, with special focus on cleanliness drive in the line of Swatchh
Bharat Abhiyan. He emphasized that they should ensure to create a better environment
for the future generations.
Earlier, B P Gupta, State Scout Organiser briefed the Governor on the occasion and
activities of Bharat Scouts and Guides in the State.
State Guide Organiser, C Lowang, Assistant State Training Commissioner, P Kalita
and P. Pakam along with number of Scouts and Guides were present on the occasion.
(PRO to Governor)
AKA announces state team for NE Sports Competition
ITANAGAR, Nov 7: Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) has announced a 17-member
state Karate team, including three officials, for the National Level North East Sports
Competition to be held here from December 10 to 13.
The state will participate in both Kumite and Kata events in various weight categories,
according to AKA release.
AKA Technical Director S D Sharma and Prakash Limbu are the Coach and Assistant Coach
of the team while Yarda Niki is the Manager.
The Team: (Male): Likha Lej, Sinne Mikhu, Doni Yangfo, Anurod Sahani, Likha Rajen,
Sadan Yun, Yesenso Yun, Matyup Tamblung.
Female: Goda Asha, Rei Yadi, Gyamar Mach, Menam Taksing, Sumpi Chege, Johny Mangkhiya.
2nd Rebi Ado Memorial Football Tournament
SFS College enters final
Aalo, Nov 7: In the first semi- final match of the 2nd Rebi Ado Memorial Football
Tournament, SFS College Yeggo beat ARTU Tadin Sports Club by a margin of 2-1 in a
closely fought match played today. The second semi-final will be played tomorrow
between Jummi Combats Bene and Kabu SC. The closing ceremony and final of the tournament
scheduled on 10th November will be kicked off by Union Minister of State for Home
Affairs Kiren Rijiju. The Winner and Runners up, Best Player and best Goalkeeper
will bag Rs.1,00,000, 50,000, 5000 and 5000 respectively.
Meanwhile, a meeting was held at Aalo General Football Ground under the initiative
of Gego Doji, Secretary DSA to discuss issues like elaborate arrangements for the
final event and finalization of annual calendar of events of the District Sports
Association, Aalo. DIPRO
VKV Roing wins District level National Children's Science Congress
ROING, Nov 07: Sumrath Nath and group of VKV Roing were declared the winner of the
District level National Children's Science Congress 2014 held at the Vivekananda
Kendriya Vidyalaya auditorium here today. The second place was shared by Millo Dacha
and group of VKV Roing, and Ansu Pandey and group of VKV Roing, and the third place
was won by Rahul Kumar and group of KV Roing.
The seminar was organised by the DDSE office Roing under the district coordinator
APO Sonam Tayeng. A total number of eleven teams from different schools of the district
had participated in the competition.
The focal theme of the seminar was ‘understanding weather and climate’ which had
six sub-topics namely, ‘weather around you’, ‘impact of human activity on weather
and climate’, ‘weather, climate and ecosystem’, ‘weather, climate, society and culture’,
‘weather, climate and agriculture’, and ‘weather, climate and health’.
Addressing the students, Principal DIET Bhashan Singh encouraged them to show more
participation in such seminars.
"Winning or losing doesn't matter, what matters most is your participation", he said.
Awareness campaign on CM’s Universal Health Insurance scheme
PASIGHAT, Nov 07: An awareness campaign on Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Universal
Health Insurance Scheme (APCMUHS) was held at the Pasighat general hospital conference
hall to sensitize the doctors and staffs of the hospital.
Addressing the participants, Jt. Director of Health Service (T&R), Dr. Kabang Lego
informed that the New India Assurance Co. Ltd is carrying out the enrolment process
and a committee is closely monitoring for proper implementation of the scheme, headed
by the DC as Chairman and DMO as Nodal Officer and representatives of insurance company
as members. He further disclosed that every registered family in the district can
avail cashless hospitalization (upto Rs. 2 Lacs per annum) through a smart card in
any of the empanelled hospitals located in Arunachal Pradesh, Guwahati, Dibrugarh,
Jorhat, Tezpur, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai & Vellore.
The scheme also assures to provide allowance of Rs 100 per day (upto a maximum of
seven days) during hospitalization of head person of the insured family, added Dr.
Medical Superintendent, Dr. YR Darang through power-point presentation briefed the
procedures of getting the family smart cards and the scheme’s salient features. In
addition to cashless treatment, one way transportation charges from residence to
the hospital will be given to the patient within Arunachal Pradesh as per the rate/fare
fixed by the ‘Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service’ and in case of outside Arunachal,
APSTs are eligible for railway’s sleeper class, she added. In case of death of head
of family unnaturally like in electrocution, fire or road accidents etc, the victim
family members will get Rs. 50,000 (deducted from the insured amount) as compensation
under the scheme, apprised Dr. Darang. DIPRO
Walk to stay fit and healthy organized
ITANAGAR, Nov 07: National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited (NHPCL), Itanagar
in association with a local daily organized a “Walk to Stay Fit and Healthy” today.
The walk started from Indira Gandhi Park here to Zero Point Tinali and back. Around
120 students, public and NHPC officials participated in the walk.
Taking part in the walk, Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki emphasised
on the issue of ‘Say no to drugs and plastics’.
Kamki along with All Arunachal Students’ Union President Kamta Lapung jointly handed
over the Ambulance donated by NHPC to Medical Superintendent of Arunachal State General
During the programme at IG park, Kamki distributed scholarship amounting to Rs. 2.30
lacs to Sports Authority of India, Special Area Game Centre, Naharlagun, Smart Class
Pen-drive to Holy Cross School, Itanagar and Kendriya Vidyalaya-I, Naharlagun and
Computers to Women’s Development Centre, Guwahati (Sister Organization of Holy Cross
School, Itanagar) under Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development
Scheme of NHPC Limited.
Two wheel chairs and four hearing aids were also distributed to inmates of Mother’s
Home, Lekhi Village. One wheel chair was also given to Igul Sitek (Spastic paralytic).
M. Razaque Rahman from Art of Living, Itanagar briefed the youth about the benefits
of walking and tips for leading a healthy and quality life.
RKS review meeting held
CHANGLANG, Nov 07: The District Health Society Changlang conducted the review meeting
of Rogi Kalyan Samiti to discuss various issues relating the Health Centres and prioritization
of activities in the district under National Health Mission here at the DC’s conference
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav asked the in-charge
Medical officer to dispose the duties sincerely and try to resolve the issues at
their own level or at the district level. She said that the district administration
will extend every possible help for delivering better health facilities to people
of the district.
Dr Tope Yomcha, DRCHO, Changlang presented various issues relating to the different
health centers in the district and proposed actions through power point presentation.
Regarding RMNCH+A, he asked all MOs in-charge to give emphasis on ‘Continuum of Care’
to provide quality health care services at all stages of life. He asked them to prepare
Facility Wise Action Plan and submit the same immediately. He requested the Medical
Superintendent, District Hospital & MO i/c of CHCs & PHCs to make the counseling
on ANC, ANAEMIA, PNC, FP etc mandatory for MO & GNM/ANM discharging such services.
Stating that at least two Health Facility Centers must be developed as showcase Health
Facility Center in the district especially at the Delivery Points with all the protocols
immediately he suggested starting the same in CHC Bordumsa, PHC Kharsang and Jongjihavi
Sub-centre of Khimyang Circle. He asked them to comply with LR Protocols with proper
LR Tray, Privacy, BWM and RW at all the Health Facility Center. He also urged the
DMO, MS and MOs to supervise for proper maintenance of logbook of each NAS and supervisory
vehicles and asset register against all the health centers.
DMO, Changlang Dr S Chai Pul urged all the MOs to submit quarterly drug stock report
within the stipulated time. She insisted them to submit Infant Mortality Rate and
MMR report regularly.
Dr Chai also discussed important issues on Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance
The members RKS discussed various activities under National Health Mission and finalized
the priority lists of activities under RCH Flexi pool, NHM Flexi pool and Immunization
for the year 2014-15. DIPRO
Skill development prog for jobless youths
ITANAGAR, Nov 07: Supplementing the ongoing skill of youth undertaken by the state
government, a month-long entrepreneurship-cum-skill development programme on fancy
cloth bag making organised by the National Youth Project (NYP) began here today.
Fifteen youths are taking part in the training, organised by Union Ministry of MSME’s
Itanagar-based branch development institute in collaboration with NYP.
In his inaugural address, MSME’s G. Poddar lauded the NYP for skilling the youth
to make them employable or self-employed.
He gave details of MSME scheme and assistance it offers to make them entrepreneurs.
The MSME always chooses credible NGOs like NYP having direct connect with the youth
as a platform to work of the youth. He also took a class of the trainees.
NYP president, H. P. Biswas explained how the training would be beneficial as fancy
bags are in fashion now and has a ready market. “The training would give you confidence
to become entrepreneurs,” he added.
ITANAGAR, Nov 07: West Siang unit Jering Matkir Society in a representation to Capital
Complex SP has urged him to expedite the case of their member late Neil Jerang, who
was killed in an alleged bike accident that took place near RK Mission Hospital on
Oct 4th last.
In this regard, an FIR ITA PS Case No- 280/14, US-279/304 (IPC) has been registered
in Itanagar Police Station but the investigation process is very slow and the victim
is yet to get justice despite meeting with Home Minister on the very day, claimed
the society. “After detail enquiry of the incident, it has been observed that it
was a well planned murder case. So we appeal the concern authorities to investigate
the case as a planned murder case, not just a road accident case and book the culprits
under appropriate sections of law”, they said.
APITITU seeks advertisement of vacant Mandal posts
ITANAGAR, Nov 07: The Arunachal Pradesh ITI Technical Union (APITIU) has sought early
advertisement for the vacant 11 posts of Mandal in the department of Land Management.
In its letter addressed to the director, it claimed that on August 9 2014, out of
the 17 vacant posts, only six were filled while 11 are still lying vacant.
Papum Pare District Level Governor Quiz Competition held
ITANAGAR, Nov 7: Amarjeet Singh and Deepjyoti Sapkota of VKV Nirjuli secured first
position in the Papum Pare district level Governor Quiz Competition conducted at
URC Building, Naharlagun today. The competition was organized by DDSE Yupia.
Komar Pulom and Yapi Haning of Govt Higher Secondary School, Ganga were adjudged
for the second position while Tadar Gunkap and Chera Bhai of Govt Hr Secondary School,
Doimukh secured the third position.
Speaking on the occasion, DDSE Yupia TT Tara called on the students to inculcate
hard work in them to compete in the state level quiz competition.
Former students donate dustbins
From a Correspondent
ZIRO, Nov 07: The 1989-90 batches of Class XI and XII students of Govt. HS School
Ziro (GHSSZ), who passed out 25 years ago, donated few dustbins to the school.
“After a gap of 25 years, we the alumni of the school have decided to contribute
something which may help the school in maintaining cleanliness and beauty,” said
the chairman of the batch Hage Tasser.
In those days, students were sincere, hardworking and law abiding. Nobody dared to
go against the will of the school authority for which the school earned good reputation
in CBSE results of class ten and twelve. The school also produced highest numbers
of bureaucrats, technocrats etc, he said and appealed to student community to follow
the footprints of students of those days, he said.
This school has given many of its students, including our batches success and establishment
but in return we could not give anything to the school. That is why we have donated
few dustbins, said its secretary Kalung Lentho.
Moved by gesture of the former students, Hibu Tama, Principal of the school on behalf
of the teaching fraternity and students of the school has thanked them and said they
will use the dustbins properly.
Later, during an interaction, the former students assured to the school authority
to cooperate in bringing back the past glory of the school.
It may be mentioned here that, the school has passed a crucial phase for the last
many years, nobody had paid any attention until the recent incident of murder inside
the school campus.
Heaving learnt the condition of the school, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has visited
the school and took stock of the ground reality and committed to provide boundary
wall etc. Thereafter SMILE Ziro has repainted the school gate recently.
----Readers Forum ----
Don’t malign department and selected candidates
We the selected candidates of the recently conducted recruitment examination for
Full Time/Part Time Teachers, Warden and Accountant under SSA in West Siang District
would like to lay the following few lines in your esteemed daily.
1. The DDSE-cum- District Project Officer, West Siang District had advertised various
numbers of posts under SSA vide advertisement No. WS/SSA/RS-04/APPT/2013-14 dated
2. Department of Education conducted the competitive examinations with the help of
District Administration as per the advertisement: -
i) Written Examination on 15/10/2014.
ii) Result of Written Examinations declared on 22/10/2014.
iii) Interview/Viva-Voce : 25-26/10/2014.
iv) Final Result : 27/10/2014.
3. We (selected candidates) would like to state that as per our experience, written
examination has been one of the best examinations so far held in the state and the
best in our district. The quality of question paper, atmosphere and standard of Viva-Voce
by the Interview Board, prompt declaration of both written and final result has been
of the highest standard. We feel that such standards are rare and may such trend
continue in the years to come. Department of education and district administration
has done tremendous job in conducting such high standard recruitment examination
without any hiccups. We, not only as the successful candidates, but as an educated
citizen, appreciate the ranks and file of the department specially, Pige Ligu, DC-cum-Chairman
District SSA, Tomi Doke, DDSE-cum- District Project Officer, Bamin Loyi, Coordinator
(SSA), all BEOs and the Superintendent of Police for their commendable job. Their
works have been unmatched and have lived up to the reputation of the standards of
healthy competitiveness in West Siang District.
Any complaint from any quarters must be coming out of frustration and to malign the
image of education department. We know, we have not resorted to any unfair means
in the entire examination process. We know that only deserving candidates have come
out successfully. In a limited post recruitment examination, not every candidate
can be accommodated, and may be some deserving but unlucky few has been missed out.
But it does not mean that they should point fingers at other people. Not getting
selected in the examination and protesting thereafter is unfair, illogic, misleading
and detrimental to the public interest.
Assumptions and presumptions have no place in our society and especially not at all
in the Education Department. Such persons rather should be sued for defaming Education
Department and tried under disruption of public order. Those people who are trying
to malign the department or selected candidates, and above all trying to jeopardize
our future, are anti-social and should be dealt with firm hand. We have waited to
get employed for such a long period, so' much so that even a day’s delay is becoming
unbearable. We have put all our energy in preparing for this examination.
Group of selected
A candidate's cry for transparency
This is in response to the letter that appeared in your esteemed daily today under
the title “Clarification” by DDSE Aalo.
I am among the failed candidates who appeared the interview for the post of warden,
which had 20 vacancies. Through your esteemed daily I wish to highlight my grievances
and to make it coherent I will make it point-wise.
1. Firstly, this is not an allegation. I have applied for the examination documents
through RTI and am awaiting response from the education department. I only intent
to highlight what to my understanding is gross misappropriation.
2. Secondly, the word “Looser” used by DDSE, Aalo, is derogatory, unjust and dishonourable.
For a person holding such an esteemed post especially in the education department
it is important that one learns to select the right words. We should not associate
failure to such words.
3. Thirdly, after the written examination I was ranked 3rd among the candidates in
the merit list. In the final list after the interview, a candidate ranked 43rd initially
was among the list. DDSE Aalo has cited our inability to speak English as one of
the reasons for rejection. Here, I wish to highlight that the written examination
was also a test of our knowledge on the same subjects. Interviews are meant to test
one’s personality but I will not be contesting this.
4. The written examination was of 3 hours and carried 100 marks, whereas to our utter
disappointed the viva-voce which was conducted for only 5-10 minutes for each candidate
carried 250 marks. The total mark of the viva-voce was also not disclosed beforehand
and we only found out about it through the article in your esteemed daily titled
“Clarification” by DDSE, Aalo. This is unfair. No examination conducted by State
or Central authorities has such a selection structure with so much weightage on viva-voce.
Such high weightage to viva-voce is highly vulnerable to manipulation, although I
reiterate, I make no allegations in this article.
5. Moreover, in the advertisement it was clearly stated that preference would be
given to a female localite for girl residential Schools. In my case I was the only
local female candidate from Kamba region in the merit list prepared after the written
examination. Kamba region has 2 schools one of which is a girl only school and the
other one is a co-ed school with a separate girl’s hostel. If by preference they
meant otherwise then I understand.
If candidates have made allegations against the department it has been so because
of reasons similar to the ones stated above. We are disappointed with the result
but more so with the attitude of the higher ups who have total disregard for us –
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.
---- Editorial ----
Start work from grass root
It is pleasant to know that team of officials from Tourism Department representing
Arunachal Pradesh, is attending the 35th World Tourism Market (WTM) being held at
London. The main objective of participating in the WTM is to promote the rich tourism
potential of the state. WTM is a leading global event for the travel industry being
participated by more than 180 countries worldwide. It provides a unique opportunity
for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate and explore opportunity
in tourism sector. The participation of Arunachal tourism in such international
event will naturally help to sell our state as a popular tourist destination. Despite
being blessed with enchanting natural beauty and vibrant culture, Arunachal has not
been able to attract enough tourists.
In compare states like Sikkim, Nagaland and Assam has gone way ahead of us in terms
of attracting the visitors. It is widely believed that due to the failure of Arunachal
government to properly market the tourist destinations of state, we are still lagging
behind. Apart from it, the government has also miserably failed to set up proper
infrastructure to support the tourism industry. Thousands of government money is
being pumped in for the construction of tourist lodges in various parts of the state,
but nothing has improved at ground level. Contractors in cohesion with politicians
and govt. officials have misused the fund and result is that majority of tourist
lodges have not been properly constructed. If these concerns are not addressed,
Arunachal will never be able to become a major tourist destination.