2011

September -  10

News Highlights

 

Two Arunachalee pugilists reach final

ITANAGAR, Sep 9:  Techi Bida and Karling Natung entered the final of 2nd Sub- Junior National Boxing Championship at Shillong on Friday and assured Arunachal Pradesh of atleast two silver medals in the event.

Bida will fight against pugilist from Services Sports Control Board  while Natung will take on  his opponent from Mizoram in the finals tomorrow, Teli Kahi, coach of the Arunachal team told  ATNS over telephone..

The finals would be telecast live on DD Sports at 2 pm tomorrow.

Earlier, Aguk Juja lost his quarterfinal bout against pugilist from Services Sports Control Board and had to contain with the Bronze.

 

Tacho mourns deaths, announces ex-gratia

ITANAGAR, Sep 9: Parliamentary secretary, RD and Panchayati Raj Rajesh Tacho expressed deep shock at the death of Atombo Molo, former All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) president who died along with Hohai Mepo of Matoli village, Huka Tayu of Yuron village and Rohini Manoh of Akobe village in a landslide in Aathu Epo in Dri Valley near China border recently.

Tacho, who is presently in New Delhi conveyed his deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family members and prayed for eternal peace of departed souls.

The Parliamentary secretary also mourned death of one Suku Mena of Achayee village, who died last week. He announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 25000 each to the relatives of the five deceased persons.

 

Teachers’ Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Sep 9: The students and teachers of Govt Hr. Sec. School, Nampong, Changlang district celebrated Teachers’ Day in a befitting manner marking the birthday of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan.

In his message to the school authority, Power (elect), Forest and Environment Minister Setong Sena, on behalf of the public, acknowledged the achievement of the school which recorded 100% result in AISSE and 85% in AISSCE saying that it was possible only because of the team effort and collective responsibilities of all the staff of the school led by principal Tomi Doke.

Song and dance by students and presentation to the teachers as a token of respect were some of the highlights of the celebration.

 

Students of GSS, RGU campus win district level Governor Quiz competition

ITANAGAR, Sep 9: Kaya Baga and Techi Mania, class IX students of Govt Secondary School, RGU campus won the first position in Papum Pare district level Governor quiz competition conducted at Govt Secondary School Nirjuli today.  They will represent the district in  state level Governor Quiz competition -11. Lindum Kame, Class –X and Hillang Kumey, Class –IX from VKV Sher walked away with second prize. Altogether 16 schools of the  district participated in the competition.

Earlier, in his inaugural address as chief guest,  T Tatan,  Principal, Govt Hr Secondary School, Naharlagun highlighted the importance of participation of students in such competition in  today’s cut-throat competitive world to expose the hidden talent of the students. The  chief guest also distributed prizes to the winners.

 

ARTIAF writes to President of India

ITANAGAR, Sep 9: The Arunachal RTI Activist Forum (ARTIAF) has sought intervention of President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil into the alleged involvement of Health Minister  Atum Welly and Chief Information Commissioner (formerly,  commissioner, art and culture department) Y D Thongchi in illegal appointments.

The Forum in a letter to President of India on August 24 said that even after submission of several  memorandums to chief minister and  Governor, no action has been taken against the duo for  their alleged involvement in illegal appointments.

The letter also   alleged that state Govt committed gross illegality in appointment of Thongchi as Chief Information Commissioner.  The committee constituted for recommendation of CIC was not as per the provision of RTI Act 2005, the Forum said. Moreover, the CIC took oath of office on March 1 before notification of his appointment, it said.

 

Appointment

ITANAAGR, Sep 9: Toko Tapa and Taku Grayu were appointed as president and general secretary of All Lower Subansiri Unemployed Tribes’ Union (ALSUTU).

 

Attack condemned

ITANAGAR, Sep 9: All Papum Poma Students’ Union strongly condemned the attack on advocate Taba Tagum by some miscreants and demanded the law enforcing authority to bring the culprits to book and award them exemplary punishment.

 

Condolence

ITANAGAR, Sep 9: Officers and officials of the Deputy Director, Composite Livestock Farm , Nirjuli  condoled the death of  Lokeswar Borah L.D.C who died on September 8 at New Delhi after prolonged illness.

The meeting observed two minute silence and prayed to almighty for the eternal peace of the departed soul and to give fortitude to the bereaved family members.

 

College Election

Seppa, Sep 9:  The students union election of the Govt. college Seppa was peacefully conducted on Sept 7  with election of Raj Pao as General Secretary.

 

CDCG meeting

ITANAGAR, Sep 9: General Body meeting Cluster Development Coordination Group (CDCG) on Food Processing was held on Sept 7 at Thembang Village, under Dirang Circle.

ZPM  Thembang, Jam Tsering,  attended the program as chief guest of the Program and exhorted all to take maximum benefit of the programe.

CO Thembang Dani Rikang also spoke on the occasion and called on all to work sincerely.

BDO Dirang, Norup Dorjee explained the details of bank loaning system to the SHG in his speech while Dr. ND Singh (P.C) K.V.K spoke on the need to maintain quality produce.

 

Youths visit Pipsorang area

ITANAGAR, Sep 9: All Pip-Sorang Circle Youth Welfare Association (APCYWA) has  visited the Pipsorang area under Tali constituency in order to take stock of the reported outbreak of measles epidemic and to deliver medicines. It further requested the team of doctors to reach Piposorang  along with required medicines soon to contain the epidemic. Meanwhile, the Association lauded Tali MLA Markio Tado  for  his support to the activities being carried by the youths.

 

HM briefs Governor

ITANAGAR: Home Minister Takar Marde called on the Governor Gen JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar today and briefed him on the Law and Order situation in the State.

APSCW new body assumes charges

ITANAGAR: The new body of the 3rd Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women assumed charges  today.  The Women Commission is headed by Gumri Ringu as chairperson and Radhilu Chai as vice chairperson. The members are : Dharmawati Mangmaw, Binny Yanga, Yapi Kulo, Meyu Taku and Yabin Zirdo, according to an official release.

News Impact

Encroachment leads to dismantling

of 50 houses

ITANAGAR, Sep 9: More than 50 dwelling houses are alleged to have been dismantled inside Arunachal territory in Lora-1 village under Kimin circle on Sept 6 and 7 by officials from Assam. The Assam forest officials also took away the CGI sheets, house-hold materials like utensils,  domestic animals like goat and pig, informed Lora villager Tad Philip.  The villagers have been  living  in the village for more than a decade, Philip further informed adding that a woman, named, Tassing  Yape has been detained by the  Assam officials.

The villagers appealed the state  Govt to bring an amicable solution to boundary issue and protect the life and properties of Arunachalee people  in boundary area. They also appealed the local MLA and  apex student bodies to take up the issue for amicable solution.

On the other hand, Tamen-Dollungmukh  ZPM Nido Torh informed  that the officials of Assam Forest department once again encroached  Arunachal  land by digging out approach road which connects NH-52 with Dollungmukh area despite  Supreme Court order to maintain status- quo on Assam and Arunachal Pradesh  boundary area.

Many a times the Assam Forest officials had to tender apology for violating the Supreme Court order for maintaining status quo, the ZPM claimed. It further said that several memorandums were submitted to home minister  for taking up the matter with Assam counterpart for amicable solution of boundary row and  peaceful existence of  people in boundary people.

Meanwhile,   Panchayat leaders, GBs, students organizations, including Dollungmukh Area Youth Association (DAYA), All Dollungmukh Area Students Union (ADASU) in a letter to Home Minister Takar Marde  appealed him to help stop the encroachment at Rajali village by Assam forest officials.

The people of Dollungmukh area have been maintaining status quo as per the Supreme Court order but the Assam forest officials has been disturbing peaceful environment in boundary area by illegal encroachment, the organizations said in a letter signed jointly. Meanwhile, Dollungmukh Area Youth Association in a separate release said that Assam forest  personnel along with Assam Police battalion  have  carried out NEC road project in Arunachal territory.

The organization further claimed that Assam forest officials had encroached about large area of land in boundary area and begun plantation programme. It appealed the  Govt to take immediate action to  protect the life  of common people and their properties in boundary area.

When contacted, Lower Subansiri  SP Pushpendra Kumar  informed that the matter has already been taken up with North Lakhimpur administration to maintain status quo as per Supreme Court order.

 

Attack on advocate - beginning of the Talibanisation of state

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Sep 9: It was on the night of 2nd September that lawyer Taba Tagum was brutally attacked along with his wife, younger brother and his house totally ransacked. Such has been intensity of attack that he is now undergoing further treatment outside the state. He and his family were barbarically attacked by mob consisting of around 70 people just for the fact that he took up the case of one individual.

This whole incident once again exposes how tough it is for the professionals whether it be lawyer, journalist, doctor or any other to work freely in the state of Arunachal. In the past media persons too has been attacked on various occasions by goons for not listening their dictates. This kind of incident forced many youths to leave journalism and take up other job where their live is secure. The threat and intimidation against professionals is increasing with each passing day. Today advocate Tagum has been attacked; tomorrow it may be any one of us. The big question is, if professionals are not allowed to work freely, then how he/she will feed their respective families. It is known fact that lawyer makes living by taking up various cases. If they are not allowed to work freely, then how will they take care of the needs of their family? If goons keep on intimidating professionals, they will never be able to carry out their profession freely. If such goondaism continues, a day may come when most of the professionals will be forced to either take up other job or leave Arunachal. In such scenario the looser will be people of Arunachal.

Coming back to attack case on advocate Tagum the deafening silence by powerful student organization of state and Nyishi Elite Society(NES) the head of Nyishi tribe to which victim belongs is setting a dangerous trend. By maintaining such silence these powerful bodies are indirectly promoting goondaism in the state. The young citizen like us expects these social bodies to guide the state in this hour of crisis. They are the guiding force of society and if they maintain silence on such barbaric act, it will send wrong signal to the young generation Arunachalee.

As advocate Tagum has been referred for further treatment outside state, it may take months for him to recover from the injuries. Even if he recovers from physical injury, it might take years to recover from emotional trauma which he went through during this whole case. Imagine how much pain and agony he might have gone through when he was attacked by mob of around 70 people. How painful it must have been for him to see his wife being beaten up infront of his own eye. How tough it must have been for him to see his own younger brother being brutally attacked with sharp weapon? It is so tough to accept that fellow Arunachalee can be so barbaric and inhuman. Tribal people of Arunachal have always been known for their honesty and bravery. It is because of the fearsome nature of Arunachalee tribal that Britisher’s could never rule us. But group of 70 people attacking one woman and two hapless men, what kind of bravery is that?

Today no citizen is safe in the state capital. It is an ardent appeal to state government that as it has failed to provide security to its citizens, kindly revoke ban on issuing gun license. Please issue gun license to every citizen of Arunachal, so that they can take care of their safety. In fact the recent attack on advocate may be the beginning of the Talibanisation of Arunachal. As I conclude this article, I just hope that tomorrow nobody attacks me for this write up.

 

AAPSU irks over poor education scenario, suggests remedial measures

ITANAGAR, Sep 9: Irritated by the poor scenario in education sector of the state, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has come out with a number of suggestions for the state Govt, particularly education department for improvement of overall education scenario of the state.

Suggesting the department  for judicious distribution of teachers according to Education Bill, AAPSU said, as per the Education Bill, the Chief Administrative Officer must visit the schools  yearly.  Similarly, the Education Secretary must visit the schools of the 16 district twice in a year while director and DDSE  must visit the schools four times and 10  times in a year.

Expressing surprise over the ‘complete failure of education department’ in improving education scenario of secondary and higher secondary schools of the state, AAPSU in a memorandum to  Education Minister Bosiram Siram said data collected by the union has revealed that despite having so many teachers and supporting staff, the education department has failed in all fronts.

The AISSC (class XII) results comprising of Humanities, Science and Commerce in Government School last year showed very poor performance. In total, 10615 students of Government schools of the 16 districts appeared in the examination, out of which only 5521 had passed with the overall pass percentage of 52  only. Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Lower Dibang Valley and Papum Pare were the worst performer with 28.7, 32.6, 44. 2 pass percentage respectively, AASPU said.

The AISSCE Class X result also speaks volume about the poor performance of the students with only 74.68 pass percentage. Giving a details  strength of the teachers in the state AAPSU said,  “Our state is replete with regular teachers including 701 senior teachers, 3912 junior teachers and 4007 assistant teachers in 88 Government Higher Secondary Schools  in all the districts. At the same time, under SSA there are 4284 Assistant Teachers and 1869 junior teachers to man the schools under the SSA Mission.

On top of that the Government School is ably supported by 87 principals, 150 vice-principals/ headmasters and 16 Adult Education Officers besides hundreds of supporting staff.

AAPSU said it has failed to understand the reason behind  Govt failure to improve  education scenario despite endowed with such a huge manpower in education sector.

The Apex Student union observed that the teachers have failed to command respect as it used to do so few decades ago because of  their  insincerity  to the duties. “They prefer to stay in the state Capital and district headquarters rather than performing their duty in their posting place,” the union maintained.

The Union further suggested that District Administration and Circle Administration  must visit  the schools in their  respective locality from time to time.

It demanded strict checking of the attendance of students as well as teachers in the school and strict checking on the use of mobile phone in the school by both the students and teachers.

It said that  the authorities  should conduct quiz, essay, extempore speech and various other competitions for instilling confidence in the students and felicitate meritorious students who excel both in academic  career and  curricular activities.

Above all the union suggested that there must be proper planning in opening a new School. It is noted that the Government have opened schools randomly even where there are only  two to three students which should be discouraged as it is unhealthy for the students as well as for the  education department, the memorandum added.

 

Investors’ meet under North East initiative

Dabi invites investors to explore virgin Arunachal

NAHARLAGUN, Sep 9: Minister for Industries, Fisheries and Textile and Handicraft Tako Dabi has invited the investors from various parts of the country to explore the huge potentialities of virgin Arunachal Pradesh.

He was addressing the prospective investors from various parts of the country and senior officers of various departments of Arunachal Pradesh  Govt at Investors meet organized by Indian Chambers of Commerce(ICC) under North East Initiative, in association with Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) at Banquet hall Itanagar today.

Lauding the initiatives of ICC and the Ministry of DoNER for organizing the meet, Dabi expressed optimism and looked forward for a fruitful and tangible result in the meet. He informed the investors that Arunachal Pradesh is a nascent and virgin state as far as industrial development and exploration is concerned. Its strategic location, the abundant natural resources supplemented by government’s investor friendly industrial policy has made Arunachal an ideal investment destination and hub for exploration. Appealing the investors to invest in power sector of the state, the Minister said, with a conservative estimate of hydropower potential of 55000 MW accounting for one third of the total hydropower potential of India, Arunachal is set to emerge as the Power House of the country. There is huge investment opportunities in small as well as Mega Hydropower development, Thermal power, State Transmission system, Central Transmission system and Captive Power projects etc. We have an investors friendly state power policy, he added.

Arunachal Pradesh with its mega biodiversity which is displayed by luxuriant forests spread over 82% areas of the state and cultural diversity, amply reflects in distinct culture and lifestyle of 26 major tribes and unparallel scenic beauty with the potential of most favoured destination of tourists in the country, still lacks the basic infrastructure to support tourism, he informed. There is huge scopes for investors in setting up of star hotels, budget hotels, construction and management of tourist resorts, wayside amenities, transport services like helicopters, small aircraft, luxury buses, promoting adventure sports like white water sports, rafting, angling etc. he added.

After having identified the agriculture and allied sectors as key areas of economic development of the state, Govt. has promoted mechanization of agriculture by providing subsidy for purchase of machineries and a very high yielding seeds, he informed.

Dabi also highlighted the initiatives of the government through new state Policy, 2008, and the incentives and concessions under the state Industrial policy.

Senior Adviser, ICC, Nakib Ahmed, said, the idea of organizing the meet is to provide a platform for the prospective investors to meet the senior state govt. officers and discuss their proposed projects for smooth implementation on ground.

The ICC also facilitated and coordinated the one to one meetings of investors with the concerned state government officials of Agriculture, Horticulture, Industries, Education, Power Information technology etc. on various issues like land, Power clearance etc.

Commissioner Industries, in his key note address while exhorting the investors to explore the huge potentials, advised the investors to have a love for the people and the state while taking up projects in the state.

The function was also attended by Commissioner Agriculture and Horticulture, Hage Kojin, Principal Secretary to CM Yeshi Tsering, Secretary Sports, D S Pandit, Secretary Tourism and APCCF G N Sinha, Secretary Health, Kaling Tayeng, Director of Industries, Hage Bhat, Director of Trade and Commerce, Tokong Pertin, Chief Engineer (HP) Sang Phutsok and others. DIPR

 

NCP concerned at law and order situation, blames Congress

ITANAGAR, Sep 9: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has expressed deep concern over deteriorating law and order situation in the state and in particular capital complex. In a press statement, Tad Tana Vice President NCP, added that the main reason behind such situation is because of the existing political crisis that our state is facing today due to formation of two political camps within the 42 ruling Congress members.

While MLA’s of one faction is at Delhi since last three to four months for their political benefits, the other faction is busy trying to save their chairs. He also added that, state INC claims that 'Congress ka hath, aam aadmi ke saath' but today's present political situation indicates that' Congress ka haat apne paida ke saath''. Though the Congress states that “aam aadmi ka sipahi” but actually this party is 'aam aadmi ka virodhi’.

The occurrence of the regular bandh call also shows the complete failure of the present INC Government in all aspects by neglecting the problems being faced by the common mass because the common mass including the business community, poor villagers are the worst affected due to Bandh.

He also urged the state Govt. to end this political game for the betterment of the society. Also the state is observing no developmental work in any field because of the political instability giving huge loss to the state exchequer, the party stated.

Further Tad Tana condemned the incident of 2nd September night in which a lawyer Taba Tagum was beaten in a cruel manner by group of 70 unknown miscreants and later kidnapped from his residence situated at A- Sector, Naharlagun.  He also urged the concerned authority to take immediate steps to book the culprit at the earliest and give justice to the victim and his family as he is the sole bread earner of his family. He called upon the civil society to respect judiciary and media and not to intimidate them.

 

Pasighat Bandh passes off peacefully

PASIGHAT, Sep 9: Life came to a halt in the East Siang district head quarter, Pasighat today due to 2nd phase 36 hours BANDH called by the premier student organisation of Pasighat All Bogong Students’ Union. The bandh passed off peacefully, though there was severe disruption in vehicular movements and the general public had tough time reaching their respective places.

All the financial, educational and commercial establishments remained closed for the day and no untoward incident has been reported from any corner. ABSU in a release said that success of the 2nd phase has amply reflected the general feeling of common masses of the historic town regarding the eviction drive and its aftermath development the political transfer of previous East Siang Deputy commissioner Onit Panyang in the midst of Eviction drive.

The transfer of Panyang was an unfortunate incident initiated by the political leaders of the district for their vested interests; they have indirectly supported the land grabbers by transferring out an able administrator like Panyang, it said. The dissatisfied members of the union said that local MLA Bosiram Siram owes an explanations to the public of Pasighat on the transfer of the officer. The union further decided to go for its 3rd phase of Bandh Call soon and demanded clear stand of the local MLA Bosiram Siram on time bound and politics-free eviction issue.

 

NES to take out protest rally, condemns SMS

ITANAGAR, Sep 9: A meeting of the Nyishi community expressed its anguish over the inactive and betrayal of the state Government to honour the resolution of 18.8.2011 pertaining to Pradip Thakur issue and endorsed overwhelmingly, the decision of the NES-ANSU to take out a protest rally on Sept 13.

It was also decided that the protest rally shall be participated by the Nyishis residing in and around the capital region which shall start from Nyirubjolli at 0900 Hrs to culminate at I.G Park, Itanagar at about 1100 Hrs with a public meeting to conclude the rally. Accordingly, the mobilization committee was also constituted to ensure massive participation.

The meeting which was attended by large number of the Nyishis from all walks of life came after the expiry of the ultimatum served to the State Government on Times of India (ToI) issue.

NES further took strong exception to an SMS doing the rounds. “Some fictitious SMS purported to have been issued by the NES is under circulation from Mobile No.9615445009 to create a rift between the Nyishi and Galo Communities and also to malign the image of the President, NES” it said. The NES while disowning the message and condemning the mischievous act of the person(s) who generated the SMS appealed to one and all, especially to the members of the Galo community not to be carried away by such mischief and maintain the age old trust and confidence amongst the Nyishis and the Galos. The FIR to the effect is being lodged at Police Station Itanagar and Naharlagun against the culprit generating such messages with a malafide intention, said a press release issued by the NES.

ANYO supports NES rally

ITANAAGR, Sep 9: All Nyishi Youth Organization (ANYO) has decided to support the proposed mass procession being organized by Nyishi Elite Society on September 13.

 

Citizens block road in Kimin-Potin

Kimin, Sep 9: 48 hrs Kimin–Potin road blockade which started yesterday called by Lichi Cher Ranganadi Project Affected Area Management Committee (LCRPAAMC) in favour of the single point demand for release of adequate water (50%) to the downstream from the RHEP dam, Yazali operated by NEEPCO Ltd entered the second day with active participation of large numbers of affected people.

Citizesn are taking part in the blocakde along the 35 km stretch Kimin-Potin road completely crippling the vehicular movement. Not a single motor vehicle has been allowed to ply by and there is no any untoward incident in the  area. The villagers of Lichi, Hawa Camp, Komasaki, Lower Sher, and Nyokriang have erected tents and dining halls at their respective villages and guarding the road 24x7 hrs and it will continue till 5 am tomorrow morning.

 

Training on measles campaign

ITANAGAR, Sep 9: 2nd batch two days State level training of District trainers on Measles catch up campaign was conducted at Conference Hall, Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun from yesterday by NRHM Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF.

Speaking at the occasion DHS, Government of Arunachal Pradesh emphasised on catching up to achieve 100% measles coverage.

Kaling Tayeng, Secretary (H & FW) spoke at length on the importance of dedication of program officers for this campaign of national importance. He further requested all to attend the training without break and make sure that the same knowledge gained here is further disseminated down to the village level workers. He expressed his disappointment on DMO/DRCHOs who did not turn up for earlier training.

Further, sharing the reports on JE (Japanese Encephalitis) received from West Siang, East Siang and Changlang districts, he advised the DRCHO’s to circulate and share the reports with SMO’s and MO’s.  

The MD (NRHM) requested all to make the campaign a very successful one. Stressing on the importance of collective effort, he requested for involvement of Deputy Commissioner, DMOs and public for successful implementation of the programme. He also asked DRCHO’s to be pro-active at all times. Pointing out that DC being the Chairman of District Health Society, he should have close connectivity with the DMO and DRCHOs so that the massive campaign can be started with vigour.

The training is attended by officers from eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh that include Anjaw, Tirap, Changlang, Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley,Kururng Kumey, Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun, Upper Siang and West Siang and Dr. D. Padung, Nodal officer (NRHM), Dr. N. Angu,MO i/c CHC, Ruksin, Dr. T. Takum SMO WHO-NPSP, Dr. B. Ratan, MO i/c CHC Mebo, Dr. H.S. Sarang, Consultant UNICEF and Dr. S Bhattacharjee. MO, GH Pasighat.

Thereon, the master trainers with the help of slides presented the various objectives, strategies, plans and concepts of Measles catch up campaign and also special planning issues for schools, cold chain & logistics management, injection safety & waste disposal, communication and social mobilization plans, recording and reporting formats, briefing on vaccinators handbook and then open discussion with the participants. As per GoI requirement, the vaccination campaign will cover the age group of 9 months to less than 10 years.

 

West Siang gears up for special summary of electoral roll

Aalo, Sep 9: The entire Election process as per calendar of events specified by Election Commission of India was discussed in a meeting held under the Chairmanship of  Moki Loyi, EAC Election on 8th of September last. All EROs, AEROs and few political parties attended the meet.

Chairing the meet, Loyi stressed on generating maximum awareness and put in all efforts to complete Photo I-Card for all voters in the district. Double entries in the electoral rolls should be done away by conducting hearing and serving notice to individuals. Determination of qualifying age of voters assumes special importance as many problems come up in this matter and class-X certificate or the birth certificate furnished by Registrar of Birth and Death should be the basis of age proof. The awareness on entire election schedule in far flung area should be done through GBs, PR Bodies and NGOs and all political parties be kept in touch without acting on their aids and advices to overcome all future complicacies. Appointment of Block Level Officers and records of hearings on 3 (Three) Sundays i.e. on 9th 16th 23rd of Oct next, should be intimated to DEO for onward submission to CEO Itanagar. All trainings to BLOs are finalized and will start as scheduled in different constituency as soon as the materials reach the district. Commenting on issue raised by the EROs & AEROs on restriction to 2% increase in the yearly electoral roll, he said that such unavoidable increase beyond in few places may be intimated with reason and logic for consideration by Election Commission.

Former Minister Doi Ado, and DCC(I) President Gedo Kato expressed the views on maximum participation by political parties and check bogus and double entries in the electoral rolls in many places. The EROs, AEROs from different circles and subdivisions spelt out their problems and suggestions to facilitate all works in stipulated time.

T. Messar, EAC and Circle Officer & AERO, Vijay Tamuk also spoke.

 

Socio-Economic and Caste Census

CHANGLANG, Sep 9: A joint meeting with DRDA & UD & Housing Department in connection with the Socio-Economic and Caste Census, 2011 was held in the office chamber of the Deputy Commissioner-Cum-Principal SECC Officer, Changlang district on 6th September last, with all the administrative officers, Project Director (DRDA), BDOs and Deputy Director(UD).

DC-Cum-PSECC Officer Opak Gao while welcoming the members, he stated that though proper guideline is not yet available, the responsible officers are to remain ready for the same and ensure active participation and sincere completion of the Census Operation Scheduled in the month of November 2011. He further added that the recently concluded General Census 2011 would aid in available charge registers. Layout Maps etc. to the Enumerators of the respective blocks.

Project Director, DRDA, Changlang-Cum-District SECC Officer Manik Bui, explained the aims and objectives of the meeting. He informed the members present regarding the appointment of BDOs as Block SECC Officers and three Master Trainers for imparting training at various district and block level workshops. He urged all concerned officials for dedicated cooperation towards the national cause. Further he asked the concerned BDOs/BSECCOS to appoint supervisors and enumerators respectively.

The Urban Programme Officer-Cum-Charge SECC Officer, Changlang explained the demarcation of Urban and Rural localities in Changlang district as this would help in the enumeration clearly by the departments of rural and urban development in their respective jurisdictions. Through a self drawn flowchart he explained the step by step process of nomination of officials & conduct of SECC – 2011.

In his speech, the BDO, CD Block Diyun informed the house that his block is very densely populated with 6400 households; it would require a very large number of enumerators to complete the enumeration in time.

BDO, CD Block, Bordumsa asked clarification regarding the enumeration of the unrecognized floating population which works in the Tea Estates seasonally.

The Deputy Commissioner attended to the queries in accordance with the guideline and assured all of cooperation and guidance to complete the task successfully for both Urban and Rural Zone respectively. (DIPRO).

 

Association welcomes assurance

ITANAAGR, Sep 9: All Upper Subansiri Diploma in Elementary Education Association (AUSDEdA), in a release, said that the Education Department has assured not to appoint any untrained persons as ATs and JTs even in SSA and follow the RTE and NCTE norms and guidelines while appointments would be made.

The assurance was given to the association during a meeting with Education Minister, AUSDEdA said. It said that the assurance has enhanced the chances of trained teachers getting absorbed in teaching profession.

The association also met the Education Commissioner, Director of Elementary Education, State Project Director and Deputy Director and held threadbare discussion with the officers about appointment of untrained teachers by the authroity in contrary to RTE norms.

According to a survey report of pedagogy, more than 70% of teachers presently serving in primary schools are untrained and the percentage of untrained teachers in Upper Primary school is over 60%, it said.

Meanwhile, All Arunachal Pradesh Diploma in Elementary Education Association has reshuffled its executive body and appointed Marpy Timba, Lod Tesi and Tachung Dabin as president, vice president and general secretary respectivley.

EDITORIAL Readers Forum

 

Zone of experimentation and exploitation

Dear Editor,

The recent transfer of land by Assam CM Tarun Gogoi is a dark hour in the history of Assam. He survived a heart ailment and people entrusted him with CM position. But this was not enough. Sonia Gandhi has given him the bait of vice-president position of India in the next couple of years. In this mad dose of ambition and greed CM Gogoi has sacrificed the land of Assam. The thing is other way round in West Bengal. Bengal CM Mamata Banerji had only aim to serve the people and interest of Bengal. From central union ministership, her target was Bengal CM position. In the case of Assam CM, it is completely opposite. Our foolish, shameless, greedy minister wants central minister post giving up his home bastion Assam.

Every time we see Tarun Gogoi, we will feel ashamed to have a spineless person as CM of our state.

Also, the chief ministers of north-east states of Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura looked like pet dogs taken out for a stroll by the Indian central government. The condition of the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh is no better. Only because it has no borders with Bangladesh, he was not taken along.

Tarun Gogoi is more than happy to eat the fish bones thrown at him by the ministers of Indian ‘national’ congress.

North-east is the pet zone of India. Everytime an ethnic tribe leader demands separate state, the central govt throws the statehood bone. The politicians and leaders feed on grants and funds from the centre. 4% of taxes collected by central govt from all kinds of taxes from all over India is used to feed the greedy and corrupt leaders of north-east India. With more and more states on tribal lines, the ministers of those proposed states will also have to be paid. That would come to 6%. But the centre is more than happy as if the region remains divided, there is no one to protest as a common voice on a common platform. Hindi has been imposed very successfully in north-east. There is a TV channel for north-east with programmes in Hindi. No leader complain. Govt of India is very happy in heart of hearts because all the infighting among the communities in north-east make such imposition of its decisions very easy. Look at the latest land transfer to bangladesh. All organisations are busy with statehood demand; there is no one to speak for Assam's cause unitedly. So central government can do whatever it likes in this area. It is a zone of experimentation and exploitation. There is no use of state assembly, state ministers and MLAs. They are a waste of our tax money. They don't discuss or debate any issue for the sake of the state, everyone follows the command from Delhi. The state assembly looks like a kennel with hungry dogs.

Yours,

Ritam Konwar,

Dibrugarh, (on email)

 

 

The reason I am out of the Committee

Dear Editor,

I have decided to withdraw from the Committee constituted by the Chief Minister for resolving the issue of news published in web Portals of "The Times of India" hurting the sentiments of the Nyishi Community due to following reasons :¬

That on the personal request of the Chief Minister in helping to solve the Pradeep Thakur issue, I accepted the request because of my social and emotional relations with the Nyishi Community and considering the news item does not bode well for maintaining time tested smooth social fabrics of Arunachal Pradesh.

In the first meeting, ANSU along with senior leaders of the Nyishi Community attended but Nyishi Elite Society could not attend citing the notice of meeting was too short so NES refused to accept the Committee formed in the meeting.

Still the Chief Minister insisted that we must talk to "Times of India" urging them to co-operate in solving the issue. Hence, using the personal goodwill that I carry in the National Media Circle, along with the other Members initiated to discuss with the `Times of India" and Pradeep Thakur in particular. Initially, they refused to negotiate with the State Govt of Arunachal Pradesh stating that the CM personally pleaded the Times of India to apologise which they did for the first time ever by publishing in all the editions of the daily, the case was not withdrawn from the court. Mr Pradeep Thakur and the Times group charged the CM that instead of pursuing ANSU to withdraw the case, had sent State Police team to their office without even showing the copy of the arrest warrant and causing mental trauma to Pradeep Thakur and his family forcing them to obtain anticipatory bail. Finally, after persistent appeal they agreed to co-operate further as a special case.

On 18-8-2011, I was informed that an agreement was reached between the Chief Minister and NES and ANSU that the Committee would pursue Pradeep Thakur to come to Guwahati to have meeting with the Community leaders by 23rd August, 2011. Hence, Takar Marde, Home Minister Neelam Taram, Former Home Minister, Talo Mugli, former Minister and Kamen Ringu, Senior leader sought a meeting with Pradeep Thakur but due to massive movement launched by Anna Hazare on Jan Lokpal issue, we could meet them only on 24th August, 2011. The Committee pleaded them not to compare Arunachal Pradesh with the rest of the country and understand the Tribal sentiments. Finally, they agreed to once again tender unconditional apology by Pradeep Thakur in hand written and as a further step to assuage the sentiments of the Nyishi Community, issued a video recording of the apology of Pradeep Thakur.

Now, on the one hand as is learnt from the Media that the issue is yet to settle and on the other hand The Times of India is upset with me personally saying that despite the matter being in the court they have gone out of way to co-operate having personal faith and regard on me, yet the matter is not over.

I have sincerely put in my best possible efforts to solve the sensitive issue but have failed to yield results so I decided to withdraw from the Committee. Any contribution in individual capacity will be always available in the interest of the Sate.

Yours,

Kiren Rijiju

Former M.P.

 

 

I hope and pray

Dear Editor,

Media is considered to be the sixth pillar but it’s a dismay that media is still sleeping .When I got to know the news about the attack of Sentinel Arunachal CEO Jarpum Gamlin, as it’s not the first time this had happen to media fraternity, I had expected that the media freternity would react to it by calling the ANSU to show cause the reason for their actions but they are busy printing the cause of the bandh. I have watched the news where Pradeep Thakur has asked for an apology and also read in the paper.  Now let the law take its action. Am just a commoner who is observing how my State is shaping up and remembering what I read in my history class the incident of partition of Bengal. I hope and pray I don't witness this in my state.

Yours

Taba Yami

Delhi,  (on email)

 

 

A question

Dear Editor,

I have a question for the furious, energetic concerned youths. When they call for bandh calls repeatedly and that too for more than one day, do they have any idea of the students preparing for their respective board exams or the patients suffering in hospitals who are desperately in need of medicines and get helpless when the medicine shops are closed or the families that are waiting for their sons and relatives who are arriving for their vacations and can’t get through the state border? God help Arunachal.

Yours,

XYZ(on email)

 

 

Accommodate all

Dear Editor,

I would like to forward a request to the state public service commission. Since no particular date has been announced for conducting Agriculture Development officers recruitment exams as yet, i would like to suggest that the exams be scheduled keeping in mind the convenience of those students who are pursuing post graduation courses in agriculture as we have to keep in track with our academic responsibilities as well. End term exams usually being held in December- January, I request the public service commission to fix the dates either before or after the specified months.

Yours,

Hage Chobin

Pantnagar, (on email)

 

 

Improve bus service

Dear Editor,

This is regarding the Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service to Daporijo from Naharlagun. We have to face lots of problem by because of indifferent attitude towards our district headquarter by the State Government.      The students who are studying in Itanagar have to pay huge amount to Private Sumo as the ticket cost Rs.550/= which is very heavy amount for the student those who belong to poor family.

Because of poor transportation it has also created difficulties for the patient who are referred to hospitals in Itanagar.

Sometimes urgent works are not attended to as it became impossible to reach Private sumo which departs early in the morning. The other option to take the State Transport bus but its service is only till Naharlagun, from where Itanagar is more than 10 kms away.

I earnestly request the state government to take up the issue for an immediate solution to ease the problems of the people. Finally, I request all the M.L.A.s, Panchayat leaders and pressure group to be more pro-active and take prompt action in this regard.

Yours,

Metum Soki

RGU

 

 

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Cancer cases increase

 

Every year cancer is hitting 12 million people worldwide showing 20 per cent increase in number of cancer cases due to inactive lifestyles and increasing obesity among the people, reveals a report by World Cancer Research Fund.

Diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes are some of the biggest health challenges facing the world, experts have said. The number of new cancer cases worldwide stands at 12 million a year - up a fifth in under a decade.

This is more than four times the annual number of new HIV infections, and 2.8 million of these cancers are linked to poor diet, a lack of exercise and being overweight.

The number of cancers that could potentially be prevented is expected to rise dramatically over the next decade as more people lead sedentary lifestyles and become obese.

The data was released by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), ahead of the United Nations summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) later this month.

Experts also warned against the involvement of food and drink companies in developing health policy.

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