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2009

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Indian Army joins in Chinese National Day celebration at Bumla

Bumla, Oct 1: Braving biting cold, Indian Army today celebrated the Chinese National Day at Bumla, 21,000 ft above sea level, near Tawang of Arunachal Pradesh in a confidence-building measure.

Brigadier of the Tawang Brigade C P Mohanty was warmly received by his counterpart Brigadier Yang Zi Jing on the occasion in Chinese territory.

Notwithstanding these acrimonious debates, each year both the Armies meet on their national days. Chinese Army comes to India on August 15, while Indian Army goes to Chinese side on October 1.

Although such meets take place in Nathula in Sikkim also but the Bumla meet bears the greatest significance because it falls under the contentious territory as per China's claim.

In fact these meetings added great significance following the Cabinet Committee of Security Affairs decision to move more troops to Chinese border specially in Arunachal side.

These interactions between the Indian and Chinese Armies started initially with flag meetings and later transformed into Border Personnel Meetings since May 1999.

The Indian delegation was welcomed with wine and Chinese foods, besides an array of Chinese cultural shows.

Brigadier Mohanty in his short speech hailed the meeting, expecting more such measures while his Chinese counterpart Brigadier Jing through a translator opined exactly the same thing.

Bumla is one of the major contentious areas between the two nations and the 1962 war with China started when the Chinese Army entered India from here.

China still believes that the entire area, including the district capital of Tawang, is its rightful claim, which, however, India has never agreed.

Bumla is a point on the India-China border, about 35 km from Tawang.

Around 240 Chinese Army personnel along with their families came from the nearby Lee camp of China and pitched tents near the border for the festivities.

India has some infrastructure right on the border, while China has their infrastructure about 20 km behind the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

For the last three years, boundary discussions have been stuck on Tawang, which China is claiming as its own. China has maintained that Tawang should be given to the Tibetans in China. A position that has found no favour with the Tibetan government in exile. In the next month Tibetan spiritual leader in exile Dalai Lama would visit Tawang amidst growing protest from China as they think this visit is politically motivated.

Since then it has become a regular event here. UNI

 

Pasighat face acute shortage of LPG

H.K. Roy

ITANAGAR, Oct 1: M/S Sanggo Enterprise, the lone LPG dealer in the district facing tremendous crisis due to shortages in supply from Kimin Plant. Even the talks between the IOC authority and the local dealer, Pasighat failed to produce a breakthrough.

The officials of M/S Sanggo Gas Agency said that out of ten thousand consumers, about 150 consumers’ turns up daily to book of refilling of LGP. The dealer has so far refused all applications for new connections. The agency was getting supply of one truck load of 300 LPG cylinders every alternate day. Trouble started from July onwards when IOC decreased its supply.

The District Supply Officer Gautom Mibang in a statement said that several messages have been sent from his office on behalf of the Deputy Commissioner to streamline the supply as consumers are hard pressed. He expressed the hope that Kimin plant is responding and his department is also trying best to meet up the LPG crisis within a week.

 

Activists’ rescue endangered bird in Mayudia

Bishnu Rana

ROING, Sept 30: Tragopen blythi, rare bird species placed under schedule-1 category was rescued from Mayudia point by wild life activists. A team including wild life officials led by wildlife activist and the member of the state wild life advisory board Ipra Makola administered treatment to the bird.

The exotic species is found in North East India, Tibet and Yunan Province of China.

Dr. Abhijit Bhowal of Wild Life Trust of India is treating the bird. He said that the bird has injuries in the right leg and need to be kept under constant observation. The bird has meanwhile been kept at Mayudia Point itself as weather conditions in Roing are unfavorable. Once it is fully recovered, the bird would be released to its natural habitat.

 

APCC expel 17 rebels

ITANAGAR, Oct 1: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has expelled seventeen of its members for a period of six years for anti party activities. All the seventeen candidates are standing for the assembly elections. They are Kumsi Sidisow, Tapuk Taku, Techi Kaso, T C Teli, Ngurang Pinch, Takam Tagar (Pario), Nyato Rigia, Yomto Jini, Karma Jerang, Tayu Jerang, Raising Perme, Kneyir Ringu, Kaling Moyong, Laeta Umbrey, Chow Pingthikha Namchoom, Nang Sati Mein and Wangnia Pongte.

 

8 women to try luck in Arunachal Assembly elections

Itanagar, Oct 1 : Altogether eight women from various political parties will try their electoral luck in the October 13 Arunachal Pradesh Assembly elections.

This would be the first time in the electoral politics of the state where a large number of women are contesting.

The ruling Congress has fielded Yari Dulom and Pomaya Mithi from Daporijo and Roing Assembly constituencies respectively. While  Dulom is a former minister,  Mithi (wife of former chief minister and present Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi), is a first-timer.

While  Dulom is facing a multi-cornered contest in her constituency,  Mithi is locking horns with sitting MLA Laeta Umbrey in a straight fight.

Dulom will face sitting MLA Daklo Nidak (Trinamool), besides Maji Marging (NCP), Tapen Siga (BJP) and Takir Kurdu of Janata Dal United.

Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress has fielded highest number of women candidates in this election. The party is putting four first timers - Karya Bagang (Chayangtajo), Yai Mara (Likabali), Dakter Basar (Basar) and Duter Padu - from Along West constituency.

Bagang is in a straight contest with sitting Congress MLA and former deputy chief minister Kameng Dolo, while Mara is going to face a four-cornered contest with Gumke Riba (NCP), Jomde Kena (Congress) and Kardu Taipodia from Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA).

However, Dakter Basar is in a triangular contest with Gojen Gadi (Congress) and Yomkar Riba (NCP). The Along West constituency from where Duter Padu is contesting would witness a straight fight between Padu and Gadam Ete of the Congress.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is also putting two women candidates - Kenyir Ringu and Jitbo Aboh from Nari-Koyu and Khonsa West Assembly constituencies respectively. Both the candidates are first-timers.

While Kenyir Ringu would go for a straight fight with sitting Congress minister Tako Dabi,  Aboh would face a four-cornered contest comprising sitting Congress MLA Thajam Aboh (now contesting from Trinamool), Yumsem Matey (Congress) and Langwang Sumpa of BJP. UNI

 

With D day nearing, districts gear up poll preparations

BOMDILA, Oct 1: A review meeting on the poll preparedness was held in the office of the DEO cum RO Swati Sharma here today attended by all the AROs/Administrative Officers and the Observers Satya Srinivas and Kadu Patil. Vital aspects in connection with the successful conduct of poll day like identification of sensitive, hypersensitive and critical polling stations, review on Assembly Constituency wise communication plan, Security measures etc were taken up for threadbare discussion. Issues pertaining to postal ballot papers, violation of MCC, mushrooming up of unauthorized party offices, poor and pathetic BSNL service in the district and on formation of peace committees to be headed by the senior most Administrative Officers in all the Assembly constituencies of the district were also deliberated upon.

ROING: The team headed by District Administration is leaving no stone unturned to make the Assembly Election in 42-Dambuk and 43-Roing (ST) Assembly successful. The district has seen hectic schedules and conduct of innumerable briefing, training and meeting programmes in the district headquarter since the day ECI announced Assembly Election. The DEO wants her team to be very meticulous and doesn’t want to give rooms for any kind of lacuna.

DEO, YW Ringu has once again appealed to the contesting candidates and political parties not to violates the MCC and to cooperate with the instructions and guidelines laid down by the ECI for smooth and peaceful conduct of Assembly Election in the district in a Consultative Committee Meeting held with the contesting candidates, representatives of political parties and the election agents here in DEO’s Office today.

Meanwhile, in order to facilitate the voters of the district, a Helpline 03803/222777 was opened in the DEO’s Office, Roing.

Aalo: It is not only the task of the District Administration to implement the provisions of the Peoples Representation Act but all the political parties are equally responsible for its implementation and abide by the Model code of Conduct, said Subhasish Panda, IAS, Election Observer in a meeting with the Contesting Candidates, Election Agents and main functionaries of political parties in DCs Conference Hall today. He asked the political parties to show expenditure Register along with vouchers to the designated officer on Oct 2, 6 and 10.

The District Election Officer Amjad Tak, IAS appealed one and all to maintain peace and tranquility for smooth conduct of the Election. He asked the Election Agents of all political parties to attend the trainings and at time of Commissioning of EVM on Oct 6. He wanted the political parties to ensure that their Polling Agent thoroughly understand the polling system and send Polling Agent one hour before start of the poll.

SP Tusar Taba appealed one and all to co-operate with the law enforcing agencies.

Changlang: A meeting-cum-training amongst the micro observer for ensuing Assembly Election ‘2009 was held here at Changlang today. The training was attended by ten numbers of micro observers selected among the officers and officials in central government service and central government undertaking organization.

Election observer, 49-Bsa-Diyun Assembly Constituency, Shyam Sundar Bansal, IAS was also present during the course of the training.

The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, Changlang Dr S B Deepak Kumar while speaking on the duties and responsibilities of micro observer at length instructed that in case of any kind of eventuality they should immediately communicate it to the higher authority.

SDO (Election), Changlang M C Roy, demonstrated the Electronic Voting Machine its operating system and safety measures before the trainees.

KHONSA: The Elections Observer, A. K. Awasthi convened a meeting at Khonsa on Sept 29 in which contesting candidates and Election Agents attended. While briefing the participants, Awasthi said that all the candidates must follow the Election Commission’s guidelines in letter and spirit and told them to update all their relevant papers. He further asked the candidates to ensure that their polling agents were well–trained and well–versed with the process of poll for smooth and incident–free polling.

While participating in the deliberation the DEO lamented that during the last Parliamentary Elections many candidates and their agents did not attend the important and critical events of election process and asked the participants to attend any election–related meetings without fail as it would be beneficial to them. He warned that the District Administration would follow a zero – tolerance approach on use of excessive liquor and intimidation tactics of political parties during the poll process. He further said that Election Observer and the DEO were always available to address their problems.

The 3 Election Observers appointed by the ECI to oversee Poll preparations in sensitive Tirap District have already swung into action. A.K. Awasthi visited Lazu, a remote Circle Headquarters bordering Myanmar about 40 KM from here on Sept 30 and inspected the polling stations there. He also met the CO and other Poll Officials and advised them to conduct the polls smoothly. He also visited Kanubari today and personally inspected the poll arrangements there.

The other Observers A.K. Singh and Neeraj Kumar are also inspecting the polling booths and meeting the Poll Officials to ensure flawless polls. The Public had been told to contact the Election Observers if they have any problems or complaints on election matter.

Daporijo, October 1: As the Assembly Elections are nearing, the campaigning process is going on in full swing and getting more intense by the day in the district. 15 candidates in the fray from 5 assembly constituencies of Nacho, Taliha, Daporijo, Dumporijo and Raga. (DIPROs)

 

Wild Life week begins with a workshop

ITANAGAR, Oct 1: Celebration of Wild life Week began at State Forest Research Institute, (SFRI) Itanagar today with a workshop on Evolving Suitable Strategies for Community Based Wildlife Conservation.

This workshop was organized by Magnanimous Endeavours Group (MEG), SFRI and Chief Wildlife Warden and the workshop was conducted at Dr. Verrier Elwin Memorial Hall at SFRI.

A.B. Shukla, Secretary (Law & Personnel) touched upon the importance of wildlife in Indian epics and religious texts. He stated that Indian Psyche has always respected wild animals and quoted the saying of Mahatma Gandhi that “A Country’s progress can be determined on the basis of the respect and protection given to its wild animals”.

Dr. Ramana Athreya, Wildlife Expert from IISER, Pune presented an Overview of Wildlife Management and NGO’s Intervention in Ecotourism Development and Conservation with the help of a case study of Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary. Dr.Athreya informed that during the course of his investigations he discovered a new bird which was named after the Bugan community with whom he is working in the Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary.

Marina Panggeng of MEG spoke about wildlife conservation- Ethics, Policies and Strategies and stated that there is need to enforce the laws and policy on wildlife protection through active involvement of local communities. She also stated that there should be complete ban on cruelty to domesticated animals.

Gautam Narayan of Ecosystems India, Guwahati spoke about the success story of Pygmy Hog conservation in Assam. He informed that Pygmy Hog is an indicator species and its population demonstrates good health of the forests. The Ecosystems India has successfully done breeding of this rare animal and released them in the forests of Assam.

Yogesh, Field Director, Namdhapa National Park discussed the challenges in Namdhapa National Park while Nadita Hazarika of Ecosystems India, Guwahati spoke on Managing Human-Elephant Conflict in Assam and presented an integrated approach using community based mitigation.

G.N.Sinha, Director, SFRI through a power point presentation spoke on Legal and Policy Framework for wildlife protection in Arunachal Pradesh.

Dr. J.Panyor made a presentation on Zoo Management in Arunachal Pradesh while J.L.Singh, Addl. PCCF stated that people in Arunachal Pradesh should be persuaded to protect wild animals. He hoped that SFRI and MEG and other NGOs will continue to sensitize people in Arunachal Pradesh about the need to protect wildlife in the State. He also wished that successful ecotourism models should be replicated in other Sanctuaries on the lines of Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

Literary competition

ITANAGAR, Oct 01: Directorate of Higher and Technical Education, Itanagar conducted a state level Essay Writing Competition among the college and university students on the topic ‘A threat to National Integration’ on August 31 under the sponsorship of Ministry of Home Affair.

Tilling Habung of DN College, Itanagar, Chajian H Lowang and Nuensen Wangha of Don Bosco College, Itanagar have bagged the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively.

The prizes will be given away by governor of Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion of Republic Day on January 26 next.

 

In support of Tatak

ITANAGAR, Sept 01: Former MLA Talong Taggu and Tarik Talom along with supporters have extended their support to INC Candidate 32 Rumgong Assembly constituency Dibang Tatak.

 

Gandhi Jayanti

ITANAGAR, Oct 1: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh in a message to the people of the State on the 140th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi appealed to all Arunachalees to take pledge on the day to carry forward his message of truth, non-violence, communal harmony and tolerance.

He further exhorted one and all to march forward to realize the dream of Gandhiji of secular, democratic and self-reliant deeply embedded in the minds of every Indian.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee(APCC) will observe the  birth anniversary of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi in a befitting manner at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here on Oct 2 at 7.30 am.

AICC general secretary Arunachal incharge and union minister V Narayanasamy, APCC president Nabam Tuki, CM Dorjee Khandu, AICC secretary Sanjay Bapna along  with all rank and file of the APCC will take part in the programme.

Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board will celebrate the Gandhi Jayanti as International Day of Non-violence, organize a meeting  on the subject “prevention of violence against women”  to mark the occasion.

The Board will also take out  a prabhat pheri at 7 am on Oct 2  throughout the township which will culminate in the board office.

 

Platform speech

ITANAGAR, Oct 01:  All Talo Welfare Organization (ATWO) under the  guidance of Talo Literary and Cultural Society (TLCS) organized the ‘Platform speech” of the contesting candidates of Yachuli assembly constituency at Talo village, Lower Subansiri district on Sept 30 last.

All the contesting candidates took part  and spelt out their vision for the development of the area before the gathering of over 3000 people from all walks of life.

The most interesting part of the programme was the open questionnaire consisting of more than 16 questions seeking the views of the candidates and  

 their development policy including education, health sectors, global warming besides influence of money and power in the elections.

There has been a call to elect the leader with own conscience in the true spirit of democracy so that electorates of the constituency get real need based development as per the commitments and promises of the leaders.

 

Arunachal badminton team to leave for Jaipur on Oct 4

ITANAGAR, Oct 01: Four shuttlers --Jokom Ribya, Laa Talar, L Yajum and L Tukum-- will represent Arunachal Pradesh at 23rd Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship 2009 to be held at Jaipur from October eight to 14 next.

Jokom Ribya, who reached final in doubles at All India Junior ranking championship held in Cochin in June 2009 and   semifinalist of Chennai leg of the championship will partner with K. Chandu of Andhra Pradesh in doubles event. Laa Talar, a promising badminton player of the state and former U-10 national champion in 2007 and winner of singles and doubles events (U-13) at Cochin and Chennai leg of national championships in 2008 and 2009 respectively, will pair with M Sai Tanuj of Andhra Pradesh in doubles event. Presently Talar is ranked 10th in doubles and 20th in singles at all India level. While L Yajum  will pair with K Laxmi of Maharashtra  in doubles U-13 event L Tukum’s doubles partner will be a Madhya Pradesh shuttler, according to an ASBA release.

The team will leave here for Jaipur on October 4 next.

 

 

October -  02

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May god help the politicians and voters

Madam,

Apropos an article appeared in your esteemed daily on Oct 1 under the caption - Two Options for Politicians, I as a concerned citizen of the state also want to put my view on the matter.

It has been long 63 years since the British left our country. But the legacy of the British "suppress and rule policy" which is being jealously preserved by our present day politicians is in vogue. The two options as categorized by Mr Linggi are in general term of Indian politics. As far as Arunachal politics is concerned, all the politicians fall under the second category. The politicians of Arunachal believe that as long as the rural people remain poor and illiterate, it would be a child's play to befool them. The elite and privileged lot maintained that problems like poverty, unemployment, lack of infrastructure and road communication, drinking water, electricity should always remain so that they can encash it whenever they desire to.

And the best time is the election. Due to poverty and ignorance, the electorates simply dare not question the elected representatives about their promises made during the elections. They are content with just a bottle of whisky and a sum of hundred rupees which they consider their birth right to have during every elections. Because the voters do know that neither of the candidates will work for the welfare of the society. So something is better than nothing. However, these days we can see a drastic change in the politics of our state in particular. The candidates even do not bother to deliver speech and give promises. This typical political tactic has been replaced by money and muscle politics. Money and muscle power will speak. "You take money and support me or I will not let you support my opponent either”. Forget about development. Development is a natural phenomenon. And if it is so you and I need not to worry about it. It will just happen on its own. So it is needless to say that this attitude of the people is hampering the overall development of our state. And there is no solution to this in near sight. After all every politicians were public and any public can be a politician. We cannot blame the present set of politicians. Tomorrow if you step in you will be no different. May God prevail upon all the politicians and the public as well.

Yours,

A concerned citizen

 

 

 

 

Knowledge gained in Japan

Madam,

I along with 15  participants from 13 Asia – Africa developing countries like Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Kenya, Maldives, Nigeria, Philipines, Saoma, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, and Vietnam under went the 40  days training programme  on Hospital Administration and Health Services Management in Japan, Tokyo from  Aug  18  to Sept 25. Training was sponsored by Government of Japan through JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) and  nominated by respective Central Government on recommendation from State Government.

The said training was fruitful one with hectic scheduled time table started with Inception Reports of respective country and followed by lectures on Japan’s culture, religion, education, judiciary system, industry, government and its programme and policy as a orientation programme course on 1st and 2nd day and then followed by lecturers and discussion on various topics by subject experts like Strategic Management of Health Care system, health sector reform, Commodity and Equipment Management in Japan, Hospital Information Management, Maintenance of Medical Equipments, Patient Safety Management, Information Collection and Hospital Administration, Quality Care and total quality Management, Management of Hospital Financing in Japan, Accreditation of Health Care, Planning and Designing of Hospital Building, Medical Quality Improvement, Decision analysis and economic evaluation apart from case studies both Urban and Rural type of hospitals and its problem solving exercises by participants, visiting both private and public hospitals rural as well as urban hospitals and also visited various center’s like Comprehensive Community Health Centre for elderly people and rehabilitation centers.

It may be mentioned here that life expectancy of Japanese is the longest in the world 88 (F), 85 (M), Infant mortality rate is 2.6 per 1000 live child birth, this is possible because of quality health care services being provided by its Government where as IMR 56, Life expectancy 66 (F), 64 (M) in India.

Presently Japan’s main problem in the health sector is its rapidly ageing populations, how to cope with them not like malaria, encephalitis, diarrhea, dysentery and TB in our country and Govt’s top priority is on Health sector.  Out of 20 billion US Dollar of total Government budget they used to allocate 17 to 18 billion US Dollar only on Health Sector reform and its management and 70% health insurance is covered by Government uniformly to its citizen, merely very little amount of 30% is to be spent by public from out of pocket which is I think very good system.

For maternal and child health care there is special clinics to take care and advice till child is delivered and after delivery until child goes to school, all necessary required health facility are provided even in their own home.

I would like to implement few things that  I learned in Japan in our hospitals if it is feasible  in the near future.

Yours,

Dr.Raina Dukhum

Medical Superintendent

General Hospital

Naharlagun.

 

 

A wake up call

Madam,

With the election in the offing, Black Sheep’s have really have gone to town on their campaign. They may be wealthy or power hunger who affords to spend crore of rupees in their wresting for power. To bank on, they will make   big claims and promises which is just a pompous way of saying ‘untruth’. Colourful posters, hoardings and organizing meeting and rallies all around speaks for itself. These big bullies enter the fray to rob off society already suffered from political bankruptcy. Even they would not hesitate to snatch away our legitimate share of rights. In spite of all political evil tactics and mayhem, an unscrupulous one will predictably get win and vice-versa.

A sorry state of affair is that insecurity, fear, chaos and terror are order of the day. In matter of corruption, nepotism and red-tapism, everybody has some say. The privileged class gets more privileges and downtrodden were reduced to helplessness. Our state has been a black spot for unemployment in recent years. It seems the merit comes next to ministers or officers’ recommendation in recruitment for Govt jobs. One may go the extent of addressing ministers or political  leaders as God these days (as pointed by one of your esteemed readers).

Lest the politicians being accused of any of  immorality or foul play (as usual), it must be remembered that they were chosen by us. In contrast to Sec 21 of IPC, they become Rajas instead of public servants only because of our wrong choice. An implied sense is that the public are enfranchised to mandate every democratic authority in the country. If elected the politicians are good, then bureaucrats can be put on right track as latter are merely a tool of administration under the political head.

Therefore, need of the hour is strong social participation to elect true representatives of the people in ensuing assembly election. The candidate’s abilities should be assessed on the basis of personality and other factors  rather than any illusion with monetary inducement or party affiliation. Let’s vote for better tomorrow. Let’s thrive on to establish an egalitarian society !

Yours,

Gyati Tado (Tadu)

Ziro,  Lower Subansiri district

 

 

 

 

Choose your right leader

Madam,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, we would like to inform the concerned citizens that around 200 youths from various circle or villages like Yomcha, Darak, Liromoba, Kamba, Keak etc in a meeting on Sept 28 at Aalo discussed various political issues.

The youths are of the view that identification of the leadership quality is in the service for the people  and society with dedication and determination.

As  an intellectual group of the backward area of 27th Liromoba Assembly constituency the youths appeal all the public to choose  their right leader in right time for the welfare of the future generation.

Yours,

Taji Tajom, President

Yomjum Yomgam, GS

27th Liromoba Intellectual Youth Forum

West Siang.

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