Income tax office at state capital under consideration
Naharlagun, Sept 10: T.M. Das, Commissioner of Income Tax (TDS), NER, Guwahati
informed that Income Tax contributes almost 60 per cent of the taxes of the Government
of India thus making the Income Tax department as one of the most important revenue
In his keynote address at the seminar on Income Tax ( Tax Deduction at Source-TDS)
held at Banquet hall here today Das stated that a major portion of the Income Tax
being collected by the central government from the states comes back in the form
of allocations under different central schemes/grants/subsidies etc for the infrastructural
and other developmental programmes.
Das said setting up of an Income Tax office in the state at Itanagar is under active
consideration. He said that Income Tax department has been a partner in the nation
building process through progressive tax policy, efficient and effective tax administration
and improved voluntary compliance.
During the last financial year, collection of the NER amounted to Rs. 4450.7 crores,
he informed adding that 90 per cent of the development fund for NE states comes
from GoI revenue collected from taxes including IT.
The Development Commissioner (Finance), GoAP, Ramesh Negi taking part in the seminar,
said that “Taxes are the fuel for running the Govt.” He emphasized the need for optimizing
the direct tax collection from Arunachal Pradesh by ensuring the proper and efficient
implementation of TDS in the state, and added that the revenue generated by the
GoI through taxes such as Income Tax is utilized for the various developmental programmes
of the states funded by Central Govt. Negi also stressed on strengthening the TDS
collections by implementation of Income Tax Act 1961 and streamlining the TDS system
on proper e-filing of TDS statements and returns for augmenting revenue collection
under Income tax (TDS). The Development Commissioner also emphasized capacity building
as a vital factor in such efforts.
Special Secretary (Finance), Swati Sharma addressing the participants on the occasion,
stressed on their role in contributing to the development of the country by ensuring
the optimum collections of Income tax (TDS) and further asked for timely and correct
filing of IT returns. She also called for feed back of the participants on various
issues faced by them while implementing the TDS process in the state.
S.Sen, S.Nag and Sumit Purkayastha, Income Tax officers as resource persons spoke
and clarified on the various legal provisions of Income Tax Law with special focus
on e-filing and compliance to TDS provisions.
The seminar on Income Tax ( Tax Deduction at Source-TDS) was jointly organized by
Commissioner of Income Tax (TDS), NE Region, Guwahati and the Department of Finance,
Government of Arunachal Pradesh..
HODs, Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) of government offices, educational and
financial institutions and treasury and sub-treasury officers of the state participated
in the day-long review and awareness programme.
This is the 2nd such seminar held in the state as part of capacity building efforts
to streamline and strengthen the TDS collection in the state. DIPR
Kitpi mini hydel station in depleted condition
Tawang, Sept. 10: Tawang DC Kemo Lollen along with MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary
Art & Culture Tsewang Dhondup paid an unannounced visit to the Kitpi Mini hydro power
station phase I on Saturday last.
The visit gave the DC Tawang an actual picture of the mini hydro power station and
its operating conditions. On inspection the DC Tawang was shocked to find the hydro
power station, inaugurated in 1977, in a very dreadful condition. In spite of an
installed capacity of 1.5 MW, Lollen found that only 360 KW was being generated from
this mini hydro power station.
While enquiring about the technical details of the hydro station, he was informed
that out of the three turbine machines and three alternators, only one turbine, in
deplorable condition and one alternator was functional. The gates of the intake chamber
were also damaged causing cracks in the turbine machine. Numerous leakage were found
on the pen-stock pipe. Lack of regular maintenance of the power channel had affected
the actual power generation from the hydro power station. Directing the authorities
to take strict actions against individuals maneuvering the hydel water for quarrying
of sand from the tanks, he ordered for renovation and proper maintenance of the hydel
at the earliest. Of all, Lollen was shocked to learn that the Kitpi Phase I mini
hydro power station is not even having a proper outgoing panel protection which could
be a hazard to the public life. Disheartened to see the hydel in such a condition,
the DC vowed to take appropriate actions against the defaulters and also for its
renovation and proper maintenance in the very near future.
The DC later visited the ongoing construction works of the office of the CO Kitpi
and the proposed site for the Public Health Centre at Kitpi and expressed his satisfaction
over the progress of works at these sites. DIPRO
APSCW team visits Mothers’ Home, Jully jail
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) said that
the Mothers’ Home, a home dedicated to economically deprived and socially despised
women, at Lekhi Village near Nirjuli needs govt immediate attention for its smooth
Chairperson of the APSCW Gumri Ringu while interacting with the management of the
Home on September 7 assured to pursue with the appropriate authority for providing
financial assistance for the ‘Home’.
The chairperson also advocated for frequent visit of doctors to the Home, security
for the inmates and permanent/long term allotment of building for the Home.
The building where AKWS is presently running the Home belongs to the Urban Development
Department and it is initially allotted for two months only, the chairperson of the
AKWS Tailyang Shanti told the APSCW team. Further, she further disclosed that the
society is running the Home without any financial assistance from Government on self-help
basis with the help of few well wishers.
Earlier, Ringu along with her team distributed fruits to the inmates and enquired
about their well-being.
The Home being managed by Achu Kuru Welfare Society (AKWS), a Ziro based NGO, is
presently providing shelter to 6 mentally challenged and destitute women.
Later, APSCW chairman accompanied by vice chairman Radhilu Chai Techi, Member Secretary
Horki Diyum, and members Dharmawati Mangmow, Yapi Kulo, Yabin Zirdo visited District
Jail, Jully, to take stock of the women prisoners. The team had interactions with
the jail authorities and the inmates too.
The members including the Chairperson and the Member Secretary advised the inmates
to forget the past and start the life afresh with positive perspective.
When enquired about their well being, the inmates expressed their satisfaction over
the way they are being looked after. The profiles of four inmates were noted and
their grievances were also taken note of.
“It was surprising to note that a juvenile inmate, who had been referred to be placed
before the Juvenile Board was still in the jail at her own will,” the APSCW release
said while expressing satisfaction over the ‘conducive’ environment prevailing inside
The APSCW promised them to look into some of the grievances placed before them. The
team distributed fruits and diapers to the women inmates.
The team also visited the Jail Hospital and found it to be well maintained in terms
of hygienic. The Doctor and his staff were complemented and advised to keep it up.
The team appreciated Michi Taku, SP Jail, for keeping the environment inside the
Jail compound hygienic and greenery. Such environment would help prisoners reform,
the team observed.
Govt to enhance handloom activities through SHG: Taloh
RUKSIN, Sep 10: The state government has planned to increase handloom and textile
activities in the state during the 12th five-year plan and the state government has
already placed project worth Rs 60 lakh for various industrial activities and it
will be sanctioned soon, stated Minister for Industry, Textile, Handloom and Handicraft
Tapang Taloh at Silley-Oyan today.
Taloh, who was addressing the inaugural programme of ‘Central Solung Festival Celebration’
at Sille-Oyan today, said his government would increase number of casual labourers
in industry sector. He said the India Tea Board (ITB) has also planned to expand
its network in Arunachal and the state government has proposed to set up its head
quarter in the state.
“We have proposed the headquarter of ITB inside the Industrial Growth Centre (Niglok)
in East Siang and a land/plot measuring 6 acres has been requisitioned for this purpose.
Project has been taken to construct two-lanning road connecting National Highway-52
at Ruksin and Niglok IGC and the chief minister has given necessary approval”, informed
Discussing on the importance of celebrating festivals, Taloh urged the student community
to acquire knowledge on the custom and tradition. According to him, the ritual and
various “Solung Abangs” have relations to the welfare of the people with their agricultural
productivity. Earlier, the secretary of CSFCC Talong Tadeng, in his welcome address
said that festival is the only way to keep the people united, while Sille-Oyan Circle
Officer Ayeng Permen elaborated the mythology and background of Solung festival..
The president of the festival celebration committee, Boken Pao lamented the lack
of a ground for celebrating festival at Sille-Oyan circle. He exclaimed that the
government, despite of repeated appeals made by the people has not yet sanctioned
On the occasion, invited guests including Pasighat-West MLA Tangor Tapak, Assam based
TMPK (Mishing) secretary Johan Doley, Dhemaji district AABSU (Bodo) president Dipankar
Narzary, former Arunachal Rajya Sobaha MP Nyodek Yonggam and others also spoke in
favour of importance of cultural preservation.
The four-day celebration will conclude on September 13 with a prize distribution
and valedictory function.
Health camp cum orientation prog
‘Girls education a must’
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: In a noble initiative to create health awareness among the girl
child a health camp cum orientation programme was organized at Kasturba Gandhi Balika
Vidhyalaya (KGBV), Sagalee in Papum Pare under the personal initiative of State Project
Director SSA Rajya Mission P N Thongon on Saturday.
Hundreds of KGBV students were offered free treatment and health check-up by a team
of doctor including Dr. Tashi Pemo, senior medical officer community health center
Doimukh, Dr. Tailang Pumbo, senior medical officer, Dr Joram Nisha, deputy director
Dental, Dr. K Darrang, senior eye specialist of State Hospital Naharlagun during
the health camp. Students were also distribution free medicines. Speaking on the
occasion Thongon called upon the girl child to take care of their own health. He
advised the students to be cautious about dreaded diseases such as HIV/ AIDS and
Emphasizing on the importance of education, the SPD called upon the parents to give
priority to girl education. “One must first educate the girl child to have a knowledgeable
atmosphere in their family”, he added.
Thongon, however, expressed concern over the early marriage and higher rate of school
drop out among the girl students saying that many girl students are deprived of minimum
educational qualification due to early marriage and school drop out. He urged the
girl students to at least complete their education up to college level for better
Sharing his experiences in teaching profession with KGBV teaching staffs, B. P Sinha,
Resource Teacher Pedagogy Cell of SSA Rajya Mission, urged the teachers to sincerely
discharge their duty.
Gram Chairperson Tai Kano who looks after the KGBV Sagalee, in his speech said that
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Education Minister Bosiram Siram are taking very keen
interest on girls education. Moreover, Centre is implementing various schemes for
development of education sector and welfare of the students, he said and urged the
students avail the golden opportunity to become good citizen of the state and nation.
“We are determined to make Sagalee KGBV as modal school among the 48 KGBVs in entire
state” Kano, who is also chairman of Arunachal Farmer Development Welfare Society,
added. KGBV teaching staff also participated in the programme.
Sona concludes 24 days hectic tour
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) Pasang Dorjee Sona was on whirlwind
tour of his constituency with all the Head of Departments from August 12 to September
5. It took him 24 days to cover one single block (Tato-Mechukha Block) as the area
was very vast and most of them are not approachable by road.
The visit mainly aimed at ensuring to provide safe drinking water to the remote villages
besides education, health and road infrastructures etc.
Sona said," my dream is to provide safe drinking water to all the villages of my
constituency, especially the remote one. We are pumping in more than Rs.10 crore
from different sources to achieve this commitment." Interacting with all the villagers
personally to understand the practical problem faced by them in day to day life,
Sona said," my constituency is very remote and poor. We are devoid of basic necessity.
Still most of the villages do not have electricity, road connectivity, health facility
and educational facility. But I am hopeful that under the leadership of Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki, we will be able to address these problems soon."
Sona distributed blankets to people of Menchukha valley, hospital, poor people from
the Church and monastery which was gifted by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki during his
last visit to Menchukha during the celebration of Losar.
An awareness campaign was also organized to make Mechukha the most sought after tourism
destination. Sona in his entire visit did not fail to appeal the people to be hospitable
and maintain cleanliness and avoid use of plastics. The tour concluded with a one
day "Clean Menchukha" campaign participated by various departments, civil society
and school children organized in collaboration with Onge Welfare Society.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Sona informed that he had requested the
BRO and Army to put in their men and machine in cleaning up the town to which they
assured to extend their help.
Sona said," last time I covered Monigong-Pidi block. This time I have covered Tato-Mechukha
Block. My constituency is very huge and it is really difficult to cover entire constituency
in one go”.
Mega Tawang festival from Oct 26
Tawang, Sept. 10: The 5-day Mega Tawang Festival, 2012 would be held from October
26 to 30 at Tawang. It was disclosed by RWD and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu in a
meeting held today to chalk out detailed programme of the festival.
The upcoming festival is an opportunity to put Tawang on the International tourist
map,” Pema said. Cleanliness and sanitation should be maintained to cater the needs
and demands of the tourists, he said and appealed all to respect and show hospitality
to the visiting tourists. He also dwelt in length on the major aspects regarding
the preparations for the grand festival.
Extending his heartfelt thanks to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Pema said, “The
CM has shown great interest and eagerness for organizing this event and is ready
to extend full support and cooperation from his govt. for this upcoming mega event.”
Tsewang Dhondup, MLA Tawang cum Parliamentary Secy Art and Culture, proposed for
better coordination with tour operators especially with that of the domestic tourists
as the maximum visitors to Tawang are from within the country.
Jambey Tashi, MLA Lumla cum Parliamentary Secretary Civil Aviation advocated for
wide publicity of this event across the nation and abroad to attract maximum number
DC Tawang Kemo Lollen stressed on better management and coordination among the members
so as to make this event a successful one. He also directed the concerned departments
for proper and uninterrupted supply of electricity and water during the event.
President YUVA Arunachal Tsetan Chombay gave detailed information and outline of
the agenda for the mega event. Chombay mentioned that cultural shows, exhibition
and food stalls, adventure sports and showcase of the various tourist & religious
places of the district would be the main attraction of the event.
All the public leaders of the district and HoDs attended the meeting. Suggestions
and discussions on various aspects with regards to the preparations for the festival
was the highlight of the meeting. DIPRO
Agri-Horti sector panacea for rural development: Setong Sena
JAIRAMPUR Sept 10: The Jairampur Sub-Division in Changlang district has vast geographical
area and shares border with Myanmar and neighbouring Tinsukia district of Assam.
Many villages in Manmau, Nampong and Rima-Putok areas are situated in extremely difficult
areas and till mid 90s even basic amenities were remote. Nampong is globally acclaimed
for being the gateway to the historic ‘Lake of no return’ in neighbouring Myanmar.
But with passage of time the sitting Minister and local Nampong MLA Setong Sena took
up surface road communication seriously for upgrading development works and today,
if not all but most villages are connected with the facility.
Now, in his capacity as Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture, Veterinary & Animal
husbandry, Sena is trying his best to develop these sectors in the state, most importantly
in his assembly constituency.
During a face to face with this correspondent recently, Sena re-iterated his commitment
to bring a radical change in social, educational and economic spheres in the lives
of the people of the state. “My state has a fertile land and any type of horticulture
ventures can be successful here”, he said while urging the unemployed youths to avail
every opportunity and facility provided by the state government in agriculture, horticulture
and veterinary sectors. These sectors are village oriented, nature related and success
guaranteed, it is the ultimate ingredient to developing rural economy with due dignity,
he said while assuring fullest support from the government. From PISI ZAUING
Awareness Campaign on free Vocational Training Held
Aalo Sept 10: A vocational trainings on beauty culture and hair dressing sponsored
by Director General of Employment & Training Ministry of Labour and Employment, New
Delhi was held at Basar on September 7 last.
Attending the programme, West Siang Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete encouraged Topu
Basar Ete for taking the programme to various parts of the districts. He urged the
unemployed youths of the state to take maximum benefits from such avenues.
The Deputy Director of Industry, Gomar Angu mentioned that Certificate of Beauty
Culture and Hair Dressing will be awarded by NCVT (National Council of Vocational
Training). He said this is the first of its kind vocational training to be launched
in the state, he said. He also dwelt in brief on PMEGP which aims at generating self
Topu Basar Ete said that besides developing skills of the participants on the key
subject through the training, her sector BC.HD is also aiming to spread the message
of among the unemployed youths to be self employed. She thanked the Deputy Commissioner
for giving her all possible helps to conduct awareness campaign of VTP throughout
the district without which it was not possible for her to conduct such awareness
This training programme was a part of many such vocational training organised in
the district earlier. DIPRO
ADSU highlights students’ problem
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: A delegation of Anjaw District Students’ Union (ADSU) led by
its president Jaisin Tindya and General Secretary Ritemso Manyu today called on Education
Minister Bosiram Siram at his office chamber here and highlighted various problem
faced by the students community of the district in the education front.
The delegation while drawing attention of the education minister after an extensive
Education tour of the Anjaw district from August 21 to 25 last apprised him of shortage
of subjects teacher in whole of the school and strongly demanded for immediate posting
of sufficient subject teacher, most particularly in the science stream.
The issue of absentee teachers drawing salary also came up for discussion and the
student delegation called upon the minister for immediate checking of such mal-practises.
The delegation also highlighted the hardship faced by the students community of the
interior district due to non receipt of stipend timely, which is becoming one of
the major contributing factors for high rate of school drop out.
While taking cognizance of the poor and inadequate school infrastructure of the district,
the AADSU delegation strongly pleaded for immediate overhaul of the whole problem
so that the students of the district equally enjoy the benefit like other students
of the state. Citing an example of poor infrastructure from their education tour,
the AADSU delegation highlighted the problem of Tamblu Primary school in Hawaii Circle,
where students are sitting on torn sacks instead of benches.
On establishing Govt. Polytechnic College, posting of principal in Hayuliang and
Hawaii Higher Secondary , problem of transferring out SSA teacher from District Quota,
the Education Minister gave a patience hearing and assured to look into the matter
within couple of days.
Success story of Bomdila WTP
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: At a time when endemic corrupt system is reaching its dizzy height
with reported irregularities and misappropriation of funds in every central and state
sponsored schemes in the state, the Bomdila water treatment plant (WTP) of Public
Health Engineer Department (PHED) has emerged as an “epitome” of true development,
whose success story has proudly been narrated by every house-hold at misty town of
West Kameng district.
This mega water treatment plant with an estimated cost of Rs. 1709.23 lacs was funded
under non-lapsable central pool of resources (NLCPR) by Ministry of DoNER in March
2005. It was also supported by the state government by sanctioning Rs. 398.50 lacs
as gap funding under special plan assistance during 2010-11. The project was completed
in 2011 last after five rigorous years and inaugurated by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
in November 2011 just after assuming his office.
Bomdila WTP, with 40 kilometer length pipeline at water source, is arguably the toughest
drinking water project ever executed in the state. Three streams perennial water
sources were tapped at Banglajap near Mandla Phudung at an altitude of 11,000 feet.
To bring project into reality, the department had engaged the elephant, yak and pony
into service to drag the 200 mm DI K-7 Pipes whose weight was around 200 kg, but
yielded no result due to rough terrains and deep gorges. In fact it was herculean
task for workers to drag 200 kg DI pipes on rough terrains where elephants and ponies
failed. “ It was virtually impossible for us to drag 200 kg DI pipes upward on rough
terrains “ recalled a worker. However, though it took almost years, the workers achieved
their mission and manually transported 7000 DI pipes (total pipes used in project)
at right place. It is said that at least five workers lost their lives at project
Sharing his experiences of the project works, Superintendent Engineer Rupa PHED Taba
Teni who was then executive engineer at Bomdila said that providing water drinking
supply to Bomdila Township was an uphill task because of absence of suitable perennial
water source in and around the town. However, SE said that without sincerity of executing
agency and contractor the project could never see the light of the day. Taba also
disclosed that the department and contractor had faced innumerable problems such
as inclement weather, adverse climate and inaccessible terrains. There is no human
settlement except (Drokpa) yak herders in the entire stretch of 40 Km pipeline
situated along the ridge of Mandala Phudung, he added. It was for sheer determination
and sincerity of department and contractor that the project came into being which
has now capacity to provide potable water to 12479 souls at Bomdila town.
WTP has features of cascade type aerator for oxidization of water and secondary
sedimentation Tank for settling fine particles. It has also slow sand filtration
for physical and biological treatment and roughing filter for reducing hardness of
water. The PHED department can be proudly proclaimed that there will be least possibility
of water borne diseases.
As Bomdila WTP is epitomized as success story of the department and state government,
now all eyes will be on other drinking water projects being implemented in various
districts across the state. It remains to be seen whether the authorities will get
inspiration from Bomdila WTP and complete the projects with and sincerity and dedication.
Cash reward stands
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh
Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam
Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s
will be kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele.
numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.
Speaker leaves for CPA conference
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong
left for Colombo to attend the 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference
scheduled to be held from September 11-14.
Eye screening and surgery camp at Darka
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: The people of Darka village, Aalo in West Siang district in collaboration
with the Mobile Eye Wing of Ramakrishna Mission Hospital here organized a four days
Eye screening and surgery camp at Darka village from September 5 to 8.
About 300 villagers were screened during the camp by Dr. Lobsang and his team of
technicians and nurses and 29 patients were operated upon for cataract and other
eye related problems. Free medicines were also provided to the patients. Dark goggles
were provided to the operated patients by the RMH.
Exhibition on handloom products
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK), Tezu in coordination with Progressive
Youth Club, Khrisnapur organized an exhibition to motivate villagers for production
of handloom and handicraft items for self-sustenance at Krisnapur village at Lekang
from September 7 to 9.
Participants from various youth clubs, mahila mandal and SHGs put up their exhibition
cum sale stalls exhibiting different items produced by them.
Lekang EAC HN Dubey, who inaugurated the exhibition appreciated the efforts of NYK
and Krishnapur Youth Club for betterment of rural youths.
Cleanliness drive at Tawang
Tawang, Sept 10: A mass cleanliness drive at tourist spots- Nehru Gompa and Urgelling
Gompa, the birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama, was organized by the Tourism Department
Tawang along with the Army personnel of 190 Mtn Bde, the students and teachers of
Kakling Middle School including the residents of the Nehru Market on September 8.
A pledge to implement plastic free environment was also taken on the day to mark
the campaign “Clean India- Arunachal.” DIPRO
GSU for early creation of Lower Siang district
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: Galo Students’ Union (GSU) stressed on the early creation of Lower
Siang District which have been kept pending by the Government for over a long period
Deciding to continue with the resolutions adopted by the former GSU team, the union
in its executive body meeting held at Kamba yesterday decided to press for the early
up-gradation of District Hospital Aalo to General Hospital, construction of Multipurpose
Community Hall at Donyi Polo Government College Kamki. Since its establishment in
1996, the college has been deprived of many infrastructural developments despite
having produced thousands of quality graduates, the meeting observed.
Other resolutions adopted in the meeting are, construction of subsidiary police check
gate at present Assam Arunachal boundary, fulfillment of teachers and check on irregularities
of teachers in schools of Galo inhibited areas, early completion of NEC Road (Pakarijo,
Upper Subansiri district to Gogamukh, Assam) as per the commitment given by the Chief
Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on January 14, 2012.
Practical training of nurses ends
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: The three months long laboratory and nursing practical training
programme for the DMLT and ANM of Arunachal Pradesh Community College and Group institute
concluded here at Composite Hospital, Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force here today.
Addressing the closing ceremony, ITBP DIG (Medical) Dr K C Sen informed the students
about the latest procedures of disease investigations. He appealed to the College
director Damo Dada to keep up the spirit of helping poor and needy students of the
While wishing bright future of the passed out students, Sen also urged them to utilize
the knowledge and skill gained from the training at ITBP hospital.
National Fortnight on Eye Donation concludes
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: The two weeks long observation of National Fortnight on Eye Donation
2012 concluded on Sept 8 with a Free Eye Camp at Community Health Centre, Sagalee
by District Blindness Control Society, Papum Pare and Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun,
where hundreds of patients of Sagalee, Parang and Leporiang circles were benefited
through specialist consultation, free optometry services and free medicines. The
Eye care services were provided by Dr. Taba Khanna, Takhe Laling, Neelam Har and
Likha Yaje with the help of local doctors and staffs of CHC, Sagalee.
During the camp, counseling on eye donation was also conducted by Eye Donation Counselor
of Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun, Techi Mamin, who counseled people to pledge
their eyes for the noble cause.
Earlier, as part of campaign, live phone-in show, panel discussion regarding eye
donation on Doordarshan Kendra, Itanagar and talk show on Radio Oolala, Itanagar
were performed by Eye Specialists and Eye Donation Counselor of Arunachal State Hospital,
Naharlagun to raise the sensitivity level of the community.
IT consultants demand release of salaries
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: All Arunachal Pradesh IT Consultants Association (AAPITCA) in
a letter to the chairman of APMP&PCL has appealed him to release 10 months salary
of IT consultants within a week. Despite the SSA office had released the 1st installment
for payment of salary, IT consultants are not getting their salary, the association
said. The Association further said that 256 IT consultants are deprived of their
salary since April 11.
In a separate letter to the state project director, SSA Rajya Mission, Association
also appealed him to release 2nd installment of salary within one week.
KKSU resents shortage of teachers
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: All Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU), in a memorandum, has urged
the West Siang Deputy Commissioner to direct those teachers who have been absent
from duty to report in their respective school within a week and start teaching.
Claiming that two teachers -- one Senior and another Junior -- who have been recently
transferred to Govt. Hr. Sec. School Tirbin and Govt. Sec. School Darak have not
yet joined their duty causing great problems to the students, the memorandum said
that many schools, including Govt Hr. Sec. School, Liromoba are facing acute shortage
of teachers. It claimed that teachers’ defiance to join school as per transfer order
only indicates the slackness of the authority, it alleged.
Highlighting the infrastructure problems, it said that almost all the schools within
KKSU jurisdiction have fallen short of teachers’ quarters, science laboratory, hostel
for both boys and girls. Further few infrastructure created for hosteling purpose
were lying used in dilapidated condition for want of maintenance and lack of other
facilities, it claimed.
It further urged the DC to provide additional classroom and teachers’ quarters for
the Girls Residential School Pira, Tirbin as the present school building was unable
to accommodate all the students.
New Library Opened at Abali
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: Chinzigoma Library, a unit of AWIC Youth Network affiliated to
RIWATCH was opened at Abali Village on the occasion of Teacher’s Day on September
5. It was formally declared opened by Shyam Parande, Secretary Sewa International,
Delhi in the presence of large number of students, teachers and public leaders.
The library which was started as a part of RIWATCH’s community initiative programme
had a wonderful experience with 861 readers visiting the library within 48 days.
The library remained opened for 3 hours on all the days. The readers included the
school going children, school drop outs and at times village women too.
To encourage the readers the prizes for highest attendance were given to Kum Mousami
Talukdar, Class-V, Kum Shanti Miuli, Class-VII and Madan Miuli, Class-VI. The prize
for youngest regular reader went to Kum. Amili Linggi, Class-KG.
Parande donated a series of 50 books of great personalities to the Library. The pioneer
of the library movement in Arunachal Pradesh Satyanarayanan Mundayoor hoped that
a small library initially started from Dibang Valley itself will become a gigantic
movement covering the entire state.
40th sitting of APLS held
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: The monthly literary sitting of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society
(APLS) – 40th in its series – was held at the conference hall of Jawaharlal Nehru
State Museum here on Sunday with APLS president Y D Thongchi in the chair. Attended
by both young and old litterateurs, the session saw almost all the participants sharing
their literary compositions at the forum.
The day’s proceedings started with the child prodigy Aryamaan reciting a poem titled
‘A Magical Carpet’, while Dwitun Basumatary of RGU read out self-composed poems –
‘The Movie Walk’, ‘Recollection of a Devil’ and ‘Withering Heights’. Another student
from RGU, Saurav Mitra recited his poem ‘Prayer to the Unseen God’, and Habung Dunya
read out her poem ‘I am’.
While Ajanta recounted her short story (in Assamese) ‘Sofa’, Gyati Rana read out
a part from the write-up “Nurturing the Indigenous Culture” a fine flake of Miji-Migum
from the sachet of Popi-Sarmin-2.
Bompi Riba, assistant professor of English, RGU, read out her self-composed short
story ‘Pee-ka-Boos’, while Inumoni Das Borah recited her poem ‘Ahangata’.
Among others, APLS vice president Dr Tage Tada, general secretary Tokong Pertin,
assistant general secretary Dr Pekba Ringu and member Dr S K Ghosh were also present.
Earlier, the APLS appreciated the Police department for apprehending all the accused
persons involved in the murder of its member Jumkar Basar. The 38-year-old, also
known as Annu Basar, who rose to fame for his ‘Sokun-e-Dil’, a collection of shayari,
was found dead near the railway line near Gumto village under Doimukh circle on August
GASA sports week cum freshers’ meet concludes
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: The ever Sports Week cum 46th Freshers’ Meet of Guwahati Arunachal
Students’ Association (GASA) concluded at Guwahati Medical College Auditorium yesterday.
The sports meet witnessed hundreds of Arunachalee students participating in various
games and sports competitions.
While Down Town University team defeated Dorjee Khandu 11 to win the football competition
the volleyball title was won by Dorjee Khandu 11 defeating Tadar Tame 11. Chow 11
beat Dorjee Khandu 11 to win the Tug of War competition while Heri Peter won the
Cock fight defeating Tame Niya.
Women Volleyball title was won by Changlang beating Tawang Sisters.
The couple of Apatani tribe was adjudged the “best couple” while the “Best Traditional
Costume” award went to Sajolang (Miji).
Dama Lonchak was adjudged as Mr. Fresher and Priya Lingi the Ms Fresher.
The concluding day function was attended by Biri Tabing, chairman of Tribal Orientation
Development and Awareness for Youth Foundation and Joohn Dulom, Ph D research scholar
of RGU, according to a GASA release.
AdiSU calls bandh on Sept 19
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: Adi Students Union (AdiSU) has decided to call 12 hours bandh
in Adi inhabited areas on Sept 19 in protest against Govt’s in-action to their charter
In a letter addressed to the deputy commissioners of East Siang, West Siang, Upper
Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit districts, the Union said that indifferent
attitude of the Govt towards its 30 days ultimatum has compelled them to call the
bandh. The demands were placed before the Govt through a memorandum on Dec 22 last
and it was followed by several memorandums but yielded no results, the Union resented.
The demands of the union included revision of all MoUs/MoAs for the hydro projects
in Adi dominated areas, exclusion of Adi dominated villages from the proposed Lower
Siang district, arrest of culprits involved in Haku Tatak assault case, restoration
of defunct Micro hydel projects of Upper and East Siang.
57 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Global food prices increasing
Global food prices soared by 10 percent in July from a month ago, with maize and
soybean reaching all-time peaks due to an unprecedented summer of droughts and high
temperatures in both the United States and Eastern Europe, according to the World
Bank Group’s latest Food Price Watch report.
From June to July, maize and wheat rose by 25 percent each, soybeans by 17 percent,
and only rice went down, by 4 percent. Overall, the World Bank’s Food Price Index,
which tracks the price of internationally traded food commodities, was 6 percent
higher than in July of last year, and 1 percent over the previous peak of February
Overall, food prices between April and July continued the volatile trend observed
during the previous 12 months, which halted the sustained increases between mid-2010
and February 2011. Prices increased in April, came down in May and June, and sharply
increased in July.
Sharp domestic price increases have continued in this quarter, especially in Africa.
Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, experienced the highest price increases in maize,
including 113 percent in some markets in Mozambique. Meanwhile, the Sahel and eastern
Africa regions experienced steep price increases of sorghum: 220 percent in South
Sudan, and 180 percent in Sudan, for instance.
According to Food Price Watch, weather is the critical factor behind the abrupt global
price increases in July. The drought in the U.S. has resulted in vast damages to
the summer crops of maize and soybeans, for which the country is the world’s largest
exporter. Meanwhile, the dry summer in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan
has contributed to projected wheat production losses.
The abrupt food price increases turned favorable price prospects for the year upside
down. World Bank experts do not currently foresee a repeat of 2008; however, negative
factors — such as exporters pursuing panic policies, a severe El Nino, disappointing
Southern hemisphere crops, or strong increases in energy prices — could cause significant
further grain prices hikes such as those experienced four years ago.
Arunachal needs effective legislations to check and control illegal immigrants
The state of Arunachal Pradesh, which was the most peaceful state few years back,
is now slowly being infected by influx of illegal immigrants and evil mongers following
the disturbance in our neighbouring states.
In most of the places in our immediate neighbor Assam illegal immigrants, mostly
belong to Bangladesh, outnumbered the local populace. The local people there have
no say and they are subjugated in many ways. Presence of illegal immigrants in large
number has resulted in anger and anguish among the local populace. The Kokrajhar
incident in Assam was nothing new, all these incidents have been happening due to
the fact that the Govt. did not take corrective measures at the initial stage when
the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and elsewhere had penetrated in Assam.
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh should learn a lesson from such issues and it is high
time for Govt that it enacts some effective Legislations to check and control influx
of immigrants, mostly from Bangladesh.
The politicians, mostly the ruling MLAs and ministers today are taking various means
and method to give shelter to illegal migrants, unmindful of its future consequences,
in order to secure their vote bank. They have been enrolled as voters in most of
constituencies. As the illegal migrants have been given right to settlement, they
would surely place various demands in future. Moreover, the ruling MLAs and Ministers
of past and present are encouraging the outsiders to erect structures as places of
worship even in the midst of market area only for the sake of votes.
The administration should also chalk out proper strategies before completion of
the on-going railway project as there will be immense infiltration which the administration
will not able control the regulation of Railway function just for sake of checking
illegal immigrants. Practically speaking, the administration is still not able to
control the immigrants who are entering Arunachal Pradesh as labours and workers.
We should not compromise with our identity and culture while bringing cheap labour/
workforce for development, prosperity of our state.
Arunachal Righteous Forum (ARF)
Stop child marriage
Child marriage is declared as illegal as per the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act,
2006. But in our state child marriage is still going on or being practiced. We must
avoid such ill practices as we are living in 21st century.
Therefore, I would like to appeal to the state Govt , NGOs and parents come together
to eradicate child marriage and create mass awareness against it. The Govt machineries
should take stern action against those who indulge in such evil practice.
Ex- AR personnel
The UFO is IFO
This is in response to the picture published in your esteemed daily on 10.09.12 under
the caption "UFO (?) caught on camera". I think it was very childish on your part
to publish such a silly thing, that too with a false propaganda. The image is clearly
of a butterfly who was accidentally caught by the photographer and so was out of
focus. I am no expert, but this image in question doesn't need one either. Just
Google search "Orange Tip Butterfly" and one can find almost identical shape and
colour of the "UFO". I am not saying it is "Orange Tip Butterfly", but species more
or like it.
I guess "UFO (Unidentified Flying Object)" is "IFO (Identified Flying Object)" now.
Hope to see more mature contents from your esteemed daily in near future.