ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Bai Gadi has been chosen as the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate
for Bye-Elections to the 27-Liromoba (ST) Assembly Constituency. The State Election
Committee (SEC) of the BJP Arunachal Pradesh State Unit had recommended his name
for the Bye-election from among the five names. The five applicants in the race for
the party ticket included former Minister Lijum Ronya, Dr. James Mitum Boje, Jarpum
Gamlin and Kenpe Kamki.
Appeal for rescheduling bandh date
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The Donggin Festival Celebration Committee Itanagar has appealed
to All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) to reschedule the proposed 12 hour capital bandh
on Feb 2nd informing that it coincides with Donggin festival of the Bori community.
“The festival committee highly respect the genuine demands raised by ANSU but the
proposed bandh will hamper our festival celebration. We appeal ANSU to change the
date in the interest of the fellow Arunachalee brethrens,” the committee stated in
Aditya hospital clarifies
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: In a letter to the Chief Regional Manager, New India Assurance
Company Ltd, Guwahati, the general manager of the Aditya Hospital, Dibrugarh, Rajendra
Bhagat clarified that the hospital is offering cashless treatment to all beneficiaries
of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme (APCMUHIS).
“We haven’t turned away any patient as on date and we will continue to provide seamless
unconditional service to the beneficiaries of this noble scheme, the manager added.
Home ministry relaxes PAP
NAHARLAGUN, Jan 23: Home Ministry has issued a Notification on 22nd January, 2015
accepting the request of the State to grant relaxation in Protected Area Regime in
Arunachal Pradesh to facilitate growth of tourism in the State. A new Tourist Circuit
has been approved namely "Margerita - Jairampur - Nampong - Manmao - Pangsau Pass".
Existing Tourism Circuit Margerita - Miao - Namdapa has been extended to Vijaynagar.
To facilitate quick issue of PAP to foreign tourist DRC, Kolkata / Guwahati have
been authorized to issue PAP to foreign tourists without sponsorship of registered
Tourist Operators. Further R.C., New Delhi and DRC Kolkata / Guwahati have been authorized
to issue PAP to single foreign tourist to visit Tawang District, West Kameng District
and Lower Subansiri District. (DIPR)
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The Government of India has announced Padma awards 2015 (Padma
Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri) for the year of 2015.
Former deputy PM LK Advani, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Rajnikant and Yoga
Guru Baba Ramdev are among those who will be honoured with Padma awards 2015 in the
list of 148 recipients.
Theg Tse Rinpoche of Urgeling monastery in Tawang, Chewang Norphel, popularly known
as iceman who built artificial glaciers in Ladakh, Jadav Molai Peyang, environmentalist
from Assam, Neil Herbert Nonkynrih of the famous Shillong Chamber of Choir are other
names on the list.
Padma awards are given out since 1954 on Republic Day in honour of contributions
in wide-ranging pursuits.
Training water and sanitation
YINGKIONG, JAN 23: A workshop on sustainable drinking water and sanitation was organized
at Tuting by the PHED on 22 January last.
Er. Nyong Paloh, A.E. Tuting subdivision spoke on construction of toilets, solid
and liquid waste disposal and sustainable management of drinking water supply. Lab.
Asstt. PHED demonstrated the use of FTKs kits which were distributed among the trainees.
The medical officer Tuting who acted as resource person told about water borne diseases.
Around 50 trainees participated in the workshop. DIPRO
ROING, Jan 23: The Dibang Right Bank Idu Charitable Society (DRBICS) organised a
mass social service under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan at Community Health Center (CHC)
and at the general play ground Dambuk, today. Apart from clearing the garbage and
clogged drains in the CHC campus were also cleared during the abhiyaan.
The Abhiyaan was conducted by the members of DRBICS along with the medical staff,
GBs, PRIs, and senior citizens of the area and other members of the public.
CO Dambuk T. Pertin, while lauding the efforts of the society for conducting the
social service, was also hopeful that such social services are conducted in a regular
basis as a continuous process, in order to make Dambuk town clean and beautiful.
ASSATI team calls on minister
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: A team of newly formed Association of SSA Teachers' of India (ASSATI)
including its convenor Arvind Rana, co-convenor cum AASSATA CEC vice president Chukhu
Epa and general secretary, CEC AASSATA, Yang Yangfo who is also co-convener, met
Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha in new Delhi yesterday.
In a representation submitted to the minister, they alleged violation of mandatory
norms of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and right to education Act (RTE-2009) by various
states by appointing teachers under SSA Rajya Mission posts, which were sanctioned
under the States/UTs Education department with a regular pay scales, allowances and
other service benefits.
Arvind Rana, informed the minister that few states like Arunachal Pradesh, Punjab,
Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya and UTs like Chandigarh and Andaman & Nicobar had violated
the guidelines by appointing teachers under SSA in the regular and sanctioned posts.
It further said that states like Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu,
Nagaland and Manipur have appointed teachers under SSA posts in education department
on regular basis as per mandatory norms of RTE.
The Association urged the minister to direct the state like Arunachal Pradesh and
other erring states to appoint the teachers as per mandatory norms of RTE and on
Court issues interim measures
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The Court of Civil Judge, senior division has directed the opposite
party Arunachal Pradesh Chemist and Druggist Association (APCDA) to refrain from
interfering in the business of the petitioner M/s Mama Bai Enterprise.
In its judgment in Misc (J) case no 06/2015 in title suit no 01/2015 (M/s Mama Bai
Enterprise Vs Arunachal Pradesh Chemist and Druggist Association) pronounced on January
21 last, the Court further ruled that the “resolution of the APCDA banning the marketing
of the propaganda cum distributors (PDC) medicines in Arunachal Pradesh which affect
the business of the petitioners is stayed still next date.” Date for filing of written
objection by the opposite party is fixed on February 16 next.
Earlier, the counsel of the plaintiff M/s Mama Bai Enterprise, submitted to the court
that the APCDA is not the authority for banning of sale and marketing of any drug
and the resolution of the Association banning PDC medicine had caused huge loss of
business of the petitioner. It prayed for ad-interim injunction staying the operation
of the resolution.
Cleanliness drive conducted
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Keeping in mind the Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi's visualization
of three pronged cleanliness - a clean mind, a clean body and clean surroundings
and as a part of the nation-wide Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a group of officers and
officials led by Superintending Engineer Er. Hibu Tama and Soil Conservation Officer
N D Pubiyang conducted a cleanliness drive at RWD circle office, Pasighat today.
The theme of the cleanliness drive was “Plastic free zone”. The family members of
all Govt staffs also actively participated in the cleanliness drive. Later, speaking
on the occasion, SE Hibu Tama elaborated about the importance of cleanliness and
urged all to dispose off garbage particularly the non-degradable in right place.
He also called upon them to inculcate a sense of cleanliness to the children and
visitors too. While lauding the social activists for their enthusiastic participation,
N.D. Pubiyang sought same tempo and spirit in days to come in order make Pasighat
a model town.
Upper Siang gets new DC
YINGKIONG, Jan 23: Remo Kamki, APCS 1992 batch joined as Deputy Commissioner of Upper
Siang District on Jan 23rd relieving Dr. Tariq Thomas IAS who has been posted as
RCS to the State capital. The officers and staffs of the office of the Deputy Commissioner
bade farewell to the outgoing DC and welcomed the new Deputy Commissioner.
The officers and officials acknowledged various contribution of Dr. Thomas as Deputy
Commissioner in every field during his short stint of 11 months at Yingkiong. His
contribution for developments in all spheres, attempts to arrest narcotic addiction,
liquor were highlighted in the meeting. The outgoing DC in return advised all the
employees to extend cooperation with the new incumbent DC. DIPRO
National integration camp
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Five days national integration camp was organized by Nehru Yuva
Kendra Itanagar at Nyikum Niya Hall from 16th to 20th January. The camp was held
under the banner of ministry of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Sports and Youth,
government of India.
Participants from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Assam, West Bengal and
Arunachal participated in the camp. SD Biswas, Secretary Sanshar Bharati and VN Sharma,
SLO, NSS along with Jumyir Basar Loyi (Associate Professor, RGU) along with host
of people attended the event. The main objective of the camp was to create opportunity
for young participants from different parts of the country to live, interact and
Arunachalees win bronze medals in National championship
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Paya Taku and Minam Tekseng of SLSA Chimpu won bronze medal each
in 48 kg and 52 kg category respectively in the 13the Junior National Wushu Championship-2015
held at Rajnandagaon, Chattisgarh from January 15 to 19 last. Arunachal Wushu team
was led by M. Premchandra Singh, Wushu Coach, SLSA.
Meanwhile, Toko Teki, President, All Arunachal Pradesh Wushu Association (AAPWA)
and Tabia Chobin, Principal, SLSA congratulated the medal winners. They also wish
the Wushu players for better performance in the upcoming state and national level
events in future.
District level CM Trophy concludes at Koloriang
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The 2nd edition of CM Trophy on football & Volleyball (Men & Women)
district level tournament concluded at Koloriang general ground yesterday.
21-Koloriang constituency emerged winner in both men’s and women’s football in district
level competitions while 19th Nyapin-Sangram constituency walked away with runner-up
title in both men and women football.
In Volleyball Men, 20-Tali-PipSorang constituency won the title and 21-Koloriang
Constituency stood Runner-Up.
In women’s volleyball, 18-Palin-Chambang constituency emerged winner, while 20-Tali
-Pip-Sorang constituency walked away with runner up.
Best Player: Football (Men) - Byabang Doley, Football (Women) -Ha Yapa. Volleyball
(Men)- Tami Tala and Volley Ball (Women) - Ha Yapa.
2nd edition of CM’s trophy organized in Dibang Valley
ANINI, Jan 23: The 2nd edition of the Chief Minister's trophy was organized in Dibang
Valley district from January 20 to 22 last. Altogether five teams participated in
both men’s and women’s volley and football competitions.
In the football final both men and women team of newly created Dumbin circle won
the match. Mipi Circle bagged the runners up title in men’s football while in women’s
football, Anini HQ remains runner up.
In women’s volleyball Etalin Circle lifted the winner’s cup and Anileh Circle remains
runner up. In men’s volleyball category Mipi circle won the trophy while Dumbin circle
remains runner up.
The inaugural function was attended by Dr Muchu Mihu and Govt officers and public
The Dibang Valley SP participated in the closing ceremony and distributors prizes
to the winners.
Web-based education programme launched
Itanagar, Jan 23: Arunachal Pradesh today became the first state in the country to
launch a web-based educational programme for all schools in collaboration with Google.
Christened as Chief Minister Global Education Programme, the education system would
initially be launched in 50 to 100 schools of over 7,000 schools in the state and
later extended to others in phased manner.
The system is a solution built for teachers and students through Chromebooks to bring
the power of the web into classroom.
The system would provide free productivity tools to simplify and save time with classroom,
Gmail, documents besides providing thousands of teacher-approved apps, books and
videos through laptops and tablets.
"A new era of technology has begun in Arunachal Pradesh through which we can connect
with advanced nations of the world," Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said while formally
launching the programme here in presence of Team Google India representatives and
officials of the education department.
The new system would be beneficial for those students who could not go to schools
so that they could learn from home, said Tuki.
Stating that the new concept would be a flagship programme of the state government,
the Chief Minister exhorted the officials of the education department to work hard
to make the programme successful by setting a target. On November 15 last year, Tuki
visited Google headquarters, Mountain View, California, on an invitation by the company
for the Google Global Education Symposium on Ministers and held talks with the Google
Highlighting various problems associated with the education system in the state,
Tuki sought ideas from Google on how to improve and also impart quality education
to each and every student without any bias.
The Chief Minister stressed on the importance of improving the standard of the teaching
fraternity and asked Google to impart training and know-how to the teachers in the
state and bring them at par with international standard.
Google had agreed to make detailed Arunachal specific report and project, and bring
in solutions keeping in mind the local issues associated with it.
"The system will help expanding educational opportunities by providing every student
in the state with access to a computing device and a web connection," Sumit Gwalani,
Chrome OS product lead (Asia Pacific) said.
Elaborating on the system, he said, through this, educational resources could easily
be published, curated and shared by educators worldwide, so the best content was
available to everyone on multiple devices at the lowest costs.
"Students, teachers, parents and even digital pen pals can work together, communicate
across boundaries and learn from each other through the system," he said.
He said, open technology could transform education and improve learning for everyone
"Google classrooms will give teachers more time to teach and students more time to
learn," he added. PTI
11 dead as cruiser plunges into gorge at Sessa
Govt announces ex-gratia
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: In a tragic road accident, at least 11 people have been killed
and three others critically injured when a Force Cruiser veered off the road near
Sessa in West Kameng yesterday. Police source from Bhalukpong informed this daily
that the accident occurred around 10 PM when the ill fated passenger vehicle carrying
14 was going from Bhalukpong to Nafra in West Kameng plunged into 300 meters deep
The victims are reported to be labourers, all hailing from Hawajan in Assam.
Ten persons were reportedly killed on the spot and one person succumbed to his injury
at PHC Bhalukpong. The three other critically injured persons were shifted to Tezpur
Police further added that so far only three bodies have been retrieved.
On January 20, four persons died on the spot while several others were seriously
injured when the Tata Sumo in which they were travelling skidded off the road and
fell into a deep gorge near Nechiphu on Bhalukpong-Tawang road.
Meanwhile, concerned over repeated vehicle accidents occurring on Bhalukpong-Tawang
road claiming several precious lives, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has directed the
district administration to take up road safety measures to contain the recurrence.
While speaking to DC Bomdila over phone, CM directed him to hold an immediate meeting
with the BRO to put on safety signs in vulnerable spots besides requesting the BRO
to expedite the widening process of the roads especially in low visibility areas
like Sessa and Nechiphu.
While deeply mourning over the death of several people in two back to back accidents,
Chief Minister announced ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakhs each to next of kith and kins
of the deceased.
MOs threaten to go on month long strike
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Arunachal Pradesh Contractual General Duty Medical Officer Association
today served a seven days ultimatum to state government and threatened to launch
30 days ‘Stethoscope down’ strikes on expiry of the given stipulated time. We would
go for indefinite strike if demand is not fulfilled by the government, said APCGDMOA
President Dr Kamta Beyong at a press conference held at Arunachal Press Club Itanagar
Addressing the media, he said that Association is demanding the government for immediate
regularization of 78 working Contractual GDMQ’s under NHM against 157 GDMO post created
by Govt of Arunachal Pradesh.
Beyong informed that some of the senior members of the contractual GDMO’s were already
regularized and presently serving in various places of the state. So, we appeal the
government to continue the process and absorb all the contractual GDMOs against the
post created which are lying vacant under NRHM and DHS.
The organisation further highlighting the grievances of Contractual General Duty
Medical Officer working under NHM and Director of Health Service demanded immediate
withholding of recent advertisement for recruitment of 18 GDMO’s (Allopathy) through
The Association said that if recruitment is done through APPSCE, it would be difficult
for the senior CGDMOs to get their job regularized, as there is no age relaxation
for the MOs working on contractual basis who are serving in interior places without
getting proper salary on time for the many years now. It appealed the government
to frame a proper guide¬lines and recruitment policy in this regard too.
It appealed the government to frame proper guidelines and recruitment policy in this
regard too and also demanded regularization of contractual GDMO's against the recently
created 18 GDMO's (Allopathy) post instead of conducting fresh recruitment process.
State calls for special central sanction for safe drinking water facility
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The state government has called on the centre for special sanction
of Rs.926.07cr for covering 1340 habitations under the critical category of 0-25%
in order to meet the requirement of partial and uncovered rural habitations in the
state in terms of safe drinking water facility. The DPR has already been submitted
to the Ministry.
Minister PHE & WS Takam Pario said this at the National Review/Discussion on National
Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) & Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G) organised
by the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on Jan
This, if considered shall go a long way in helping the state to fulfill the envisaged
target of the centre, said the minister. He stated the need to enhance the unit cost
and to consider GoI and State share at 90:10 for all components.
The Minister accompanied by Chief Engineer, Sanitation Er. T Ketan and Chief Engineer
(D&P) Er. T Basar while conveying the commitment of the state and efforts towards
fulfilling the target of providing safe sanitation and drinking water to all by 2019
as announced by the Prime Minister also highlighted the constraints faced by the
state and called for suitable intervention from the Union Ministry. He appraised
the need to incorporate a weightage on cost disability factor in the fund distribution
criteria adopted to counterbalance the high discrepancy in the material, labour,
transportation costs amongst the states. He also requested impetus for 100% indigenous
ST populated states. In the line of allowing some allocation provision for Desert
Area Development plan, he suggested that a similar provision could be allowed as
cold desert development component for snowed areas in order to take care of extra
difficulty situations in these areas in terms of cost of constructions, high living
cost, extra precautions required in these areas to say protect the pipe works from
bursting during winter etc. He registered his opinion that the incentive being conceived
in the Ministry for bulk pipe water system in the quality affected habitations should
be extended to the non quality affected habitations as well in view of GoI’s strategy
of promoting household level water connectivity in all habitations.
10 days ultimatum against Pre-Paid Metres
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Itanagar Market Welfare Association has given 10 days ultimatum
for withdrawal of the process to install pre-paid electric within Capital Complex.
This ultimatum was issued today when thousands of business community members, colony
and sector residents took out to the street to register their protest.
The rally started from Akashdeep market and culminated at Zero point. The members
of Arunachal Civil Society also participated in the rally.
IMWA General Secretary Biri Basang while assuring all the business community of the
capital complex stated that they will fight tooth and nail against pre-paid metre
system which is against the interest of business community. IMWA President Yumlam
Achung stated that installation of meter system at work places such as fabrication,
furniture store will affect the business. He also added that capital will witness
rise in prices of commodities due to high electricity bill. Chairman Arunachal Civil
Society Patey Tayum also addressed the gathering.
Govt to act tough to contain revenue leakage
ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Arunachal Pradesh government is going to act tough on revenue leakage
from various quarters. Taking a high level review meeting today with the Chief Secretary,
Commissioners and Secretaries of revenue generating departments, Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki reiterated the firm intention of the Government to contain revenue pilferage.
“Despite man and machinery in place, revenue leakage is rampant, which is hampering
the development process of the state,” Tuki observed. He viewed that the existing
monitoring machinery responsible for checking the pilferage need to be strengthened
by creating layers of monitoring wings.
After minutely hearing to the presentations of departments over the revenue collections
till date, a visibly displeased CM exhorted the departments to tighten their belts.
He called for strengthening the entry check gates manned by Tax & Excise, Geology
and Mining, Environment and Forest and Police and ensure that no vehicle loaded with
goods are allowed to pass without proof of tax paid.
Tuki was of the view that collective and sincere efforts are needed from the concerned
departments in checking leakages.
“The forest guards or the police may be authorized to check the documents related
to tax or royalty that come under the departments of Tax and Excise and Geology and
Mining in addition to their normal duties by delegating powers to them. This way,
no extra manpower is required to check the pilferage,” he said.
While periodical transfer of officials and staff posted at the check gates (within
a span of 6 months) was in principally approved, Tuki ordered for increasing the
frequency of surprise checking of the entry-exit gates and other areas of revenue
generation by a mobile squad. He also suggested for delegating powers to the mobile
squad to take on-spot decision of arrest, suspension or any other action against
the persons found involved in the loot of public money.
The Chief Minister appealed people to help the Government in its endeavour by reporting
any act leading to revenue pilferage to the authorities and announced that they will
be suitably rewarded for it.
He further directed constitution of a high level committee headed by Development
Commissioner Finance as Chairman with Secretary Finance as Member Secretary and the
Commissioners and Secretaries of all revenue generating departments and Planning
Secretary as members to chalk out a comprehensive plan to contain the burgeoning
issue. The Committee shall study the reasons behind the leakages, zero down to officers
and officials involved in the pilferage and suggest for stern actions against them.
Major anomalies will be referred to SIC/SIT besides initiating departmental enquiries.
The committee shall engage teams to inspect business points, construction sites,
mineral quarries, check gates and such other points to ensure genuine payment of
government revenue. This team shall also make unannounced checks and provide reports
to the Government on monthly basis.
The Chief Minister also directed to constitute district level committees to ensure
check of revenue leakages in the districts. All treasury officers shall be directed
to keep an account of tax deduction from the works departments against all projects.
MP, MLAs, DC and officers adopt schools in East Siang
PASIGHAT, Jan 23: The “Adopt Schools” programme launched by East Siang Deputy Commissioner,
Nidhi Srivastava received overwhelm response from various quarters which was disclosed
in a coordination meeting at Pasighat today by Srivastava.
During the coordination meeting, Loksabha MP Ninong Ering assured to adopt DEM HS
School Pasighat, Parliamentary Secretary Tatung Jamoh and MLA Kento Rina assured
to adopt Sille and Koyu HS Schools respectively. While MLA Lombo Tayeng and MLA Kaling
Moyong also assured to adopt schools in their respective areas soon.
Apart from the legislators, all the ADCs, EACs and COs of the district have also
assured to adopted schools during the meeting to improve the education system in
Addressing the meeting, Srivastava said that rural and urban welfare schemes/projects
are running in the district but despite these small issues like restoration of electricity,
water supply, maintenance of toilets, approach roads to schools need special attention
which can be taken up by the leaders and officers as mentors with the help of their
colleague officers making all schools students friendly. She appealed the MP and
MLAs to spare some funds under their respective LAD funds to construct additional
classrooms, toilets, etc by adopting one school.
The DC apprised that there will be flexibility and individuals will be free to choose
one school to adopt. “Your valuable suggestions and ideas will give guidance to the
school authorities and unscheduled visits will ensure full attendance of teachers
On the occasion she adopted Gandhi Sec. School and assured to take special care for
betterment of the school and also assures to take classes and if necessary as she
believes that maintaining such activities as facilitators would bring a sense of
satisfaction and security among the students and the teaching fraternity.
She further informed that “Drop Boxes” will be placed in schools where in general
public and officials can drop new or used pencils, pens, erasers, books, exercise-books
etc for poor students.
Srivastava appealed all to extend their best cooperation to the school authorities
including SMCs. Though we adopt the school we should not overtake or supersede them
and hamper their routine works. School fraternities have full right to enjoy academic
freedom in the discharge of professional duties but they should also understand that
healthy criticism has been always a key for improvement as we always learn from our
mistakes and shortcomings, she added. DIPRO
Anshu leads as Bomdila turns up for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
BOMDILA Jan 23: In an unprecedented move, almost the whole populace of Bomdila Township
turned up for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Buddha stadium today.
Addressing the mammoth gathering of people from all walks of life, Brigadier SK Sangwan,
VSM, Dy GOC 5-Mtn Division underscoring the importance of cleanliness exhorted the
people to practice and propagate the same in true sense. He also administered the
Swachh Bharat pledge to all on the occasion and flagged-off the Abhiyan.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner AK Singh in his address reminded the people of the adage
that ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ and hoped that the day’s endeavor by the
people would go a long way in materializing the dream of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in
Everester Anshu Jamsenpa, the brand Ambassador of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan nominated
by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, in her motivational speech
called upon the people to watch and learn and follow the footsteps of Sikkim and
other places in the country and abroad which have become the trend setters and global
leaders. Unless one is motivated one can’t motivate others, she opined.
As the district is a favoured tourist destination, adherence to cleanliness and more
greenery could accentuate the further flow of tourists thereby uplifting the economy
of the people, she added.
Nodal officer for the Abhiyan EAC T Loya at the outset briefed on the motive and
objective behind the national programme and Town Magistrate CO T Mitkong detailed
on the work distribution.
Many enthusiasts in the districts are availing the services of the social networking
sites to create awareness and propagate the cause of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in
order to give it further boost.
The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was jointly organized by the District administration, Bomdila
Town Committee (BTC), All West Kameng Students Union (AWKSU), Indian Army, Border
Roads Organization (BRO) and the West Kameng Indigenous Peoples Society (WKIPS).
Pema complete 3-month long constituency tour
TAWANG, Jan 23: Minister Tourism, UD, Art & Culture Pema Khandu culminated his final
phase of constituency developmental tour that began on Nov 3 2015, here at remote
Bomja village located far west of Indo-Bhutan border.
In his 3-month-long phase-wise developmental tour, the Minister covered length and
breadth of Jang-Mukto constituency.
On Wednesday, the Minister and his entourage visited Bongleng village in the morning
and Kharung village in the afternoon where they were accorded a warm traditional
reception by the villagers.
The following day, Pema visited Bongkhar and Bomja village. As part of the tour programme,
public meetings were held at all these villages in order to hear public grievances
and better understand grassroots problems.
Responding to the public memorandum, Pema assured to provide fund for construction
of Tourist Lodge at Bongkhar in the next financial year. It was necessitated to attract
domestic as well as foreign tourists in order to promote rural tourism in the area.
“I am very happy for the people of Bongkhar, Kharung, Bongleng and Bomja that with
the establishment of the CO office in this remote part, it fulfills their need and
my dream of administration at doorstep”, Pema said after inaugurating the newly constructed
CO office at Bongkhar. Meanwhile, Pema cautioned the villagers not to compromise
with the quality of works while implementing the schemes sanctioned by the government.
The inaugural function was attended by DC Tawang Abhishek Dev, ADC Tawang Dr. Tapasya
Raghav, ADC Jang Dilip Kr. Chutia, PD Tawang Gombu Tsering, COs, HoDs and public
leaders. Pema assured that the posting of a new CO will be considered soon.
The Deputy Commissioner Tawang in this speech divulged that the Government has delegated
powers to COs to issue PRCs and ST certificates.
All along the tour, Pema primarily laid emphasis on quality education, stressed on
adopting horticulture activities and tourism for sustainable source of income generation,
maintaining of proper health and hygiene, preservation of rich old tradition and
culture, and advocated the learning of Bodhi language. Nima Khenrab
Tiger population increases in North East
Guwahati, Jan 23: Tiger population in North Eastern hills and Brahmaputra flood plains
has increased to 201 in 2014 from 148 in 2010, according to the latest status report
Assam registered the highest number of 167 tigers, an increase from 143 in 2010,
while 28 tigers were estimated in Arunachal Pradesh, showing an increase over 14
in 2006, the report said.
The survey was not held in Arunachal Pradesh in 2010.
Besides Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the other areas included in the status report
are Mizoram and north Bengal.
The region includes seven tiger reserves - Manas, Kaziranga and Nameri in Assam,
Pakke and Namdapha in Arunachal Pradesh, Dampa in Mizoram and Buxa in West Bengal.
Kaziranga National Park in Assam has the highest tiger population of 125, while the
minimum numbers of four each were recorded in Namdapha National Park in Arunachal
Pradesh, the report said.
Another report 'Connecting Tiger Populations for long term conservation', released
simultaneously on January 20, said the population of big cats in the area have historical
evolutionary significance as they share the connecting gene pool with south east
Asian tiger population and represent the entry point of tigers into the Indian sub-continent.
The region has two tiger conservation units (TCUs), one comprising Manas Tiger Reserve,
stretching across Bhutan to Arunachal Pradesh in the north east while the other includes
Kaziranga in Assam and stretches upto Meghalaya.
The Kaziranga Tiger reserve along with other protected areas surrounding has a tiger
population of 125 in the region. It is connected to the southern parts of the North
East landscape via Karbi Anglong Hills for which it acts as a major source but has
lost its connectivity to Pakke in the north due to intensive agriculture on the northern
banks of Brahmaputra River.
Kaziranga is contiguous with Orang National Park and connected through island systems
of the Brahmaputra. Nameri too is connected through riverine corridors which is an
important connectivity maintaining gene flow between the plains and the hill populations
of tigers in Arunachal Pradesh, according to the report.
These connectivities between the various national parks and wildlife sanctuaries
form the crucial element for targeting conservation efforts.
Manas Tiger Reserve was camera trapped and tiger density was estimated to be 1.8
tiger per 100 square kilometre but the region has higher potential and with control
of poaching of prey, tiger densities are likely to increase substantially, especially
in its southern parts.
Nameri in Assam is contiguous to Pakke in Arunachal Pradesh and the tiger population
in them is small with about nine together, the report said.
The area, it said, has potential for higher densities and ability to sustain a larger
population of tigers but depletion of prey by poaching and other disturbances have
led to decrease in tiger population. PTI
Japan’s Arunachal stance a ‘tactic’ against China
BEIJING, Jan 23: Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida's remarks that 'Arunachal
Pradesh' was an "Indian territory" is Japan's tactic of taking sides over a disputed
territory, said China's Global Times newspaper.
The article on Friday, based on an interview with senior researcher Geng Xin, also
said that backing India showed that Tokyo's ambition went beyond merely strengthening
its relationship with India.
Following a protest lodged by China, Kishida said he made the remarks taking into
account the facts that "India basically and effectively controls (the region), and
China and India are continuing consultations on the border issue", according to the
"Since tensions between Beijing and Tokyo have risen in recent years, especially
fuelled by the escalation of the Diaoyu Islands issue, Japan has more than once deliberately
stepped into China's territorial disputes with other countries," the article said.
According to the article, this represented Japan's intent of "uniting" the countries
that have territorial disputes with China in order to create a strong impression
that Japan, along with China's other neighbouring countries, is bullied by a rising
This way, Japan could put the blame on China instead of itself in the case of a conflict,
The Global Times article pointed out that this was not the first time that Japan
had cozied up to India.
According to the article, when Shinzo Abe visited India for the first time as prime
minister in 2007, he told the Indian parliament that Tokyo regarded New Delhi as
a good friend, and spoke of the high respect in Japan for Indian jurist Radhabinod
Pal, who was the only one to cast a dissenting vote against convicting Japanese officials
of war crimes during the Tokyo trials.
"Such inappropriate remarks hurt not only the feelings of the Chinese people, but
also the interests of Japan's ally, the US," the article said.
"But India is not going to fall for Japan's tricks easily. As an emerging power,
India has made its political philosophy very clear when it comes to Japan's attitude
toward history. Successive governments in India have all clearly expressed that Japan
should reflect deeply on its wartime past," the article said.
It added: "New Delhi is well aware that it should seek a wise balance in its relations
with China and Japan."
The article pointed out that the existing Sino-Indian bilateral trade volume exceeded
$70 billion, almost three times the economic and trade volume between India and Japan.
"Not only that, China's experience of development is a positive lesson for India,
and India has also showed its interest to learn from it," the article said, adding:
"In this context, wrecking the relationship between China and India would only show
that Japan is a country lacking noble manners, and that it will resort to any means
in order to achieve its goals."
According to the article, China should not be too concerned about Japan's "improper"
actions even though Sino-Japanese relations have hit a historical low at the moment.
Assam police is once again in news for all the wrong reasons. As per the report in
Assam media in a shameful incident one constable and four home guards of Assam Police
under Lakhimpur district have been arrested and sent to jail on Friday for allegedly
molesting a woman in front of her husband at a police check point set up as security
measure against militants on Wednesday night. The woman has also approached the court
with her allegation.
This comes after another Assam police constable was blamed by CBI for igniting the
Bodo-Muslim riots in the year 2012 which lead to the death of the hundreds of innocent
people. Assam police has also attained notoriety for harassing Arunachalee citizens
living along the inter-state boundary. This latest incident has once again exposed
their darker side. The government of Assam should immediately carry out police reform
process, so that cops are sensitized about their duty. They also need to act tough
against the erring police officials. Police are considered to be guardian of law
and if they start breaking law, then how can citizen trust them?
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Prepaid Electricity System: Technology, competence and its acceptance
The very thought of electricity supply going off during an important moment irritates
and scares us. The introduction of prepaid electricity meter system, which could
have been a major technological and energy saving and revenue generating initiative,
has only petrified the people.
It is globally established that prepaid metering system has given the customer the
right to choose their own electricity plan and budget management; eliminate inaccurate
and faulty billing; comfort to pay bills from their home; avoid hassles of visiting
power department personnel to their home for meter reading, etc. For the State,
it has ensured that theft of electricity is eliminated and revenue generation improved.
All this has only improved the effort to save electricity while ensuring that the
customers are ensured of quality for their money.
The effort of the Power Department to introduce this technological innovation could
have been a success had they realized that customers could be sceptical to a new
thing. The customers have the right to be assured that their need could be fulfilled.
Customers should have been trained and educated well to use the new system, assured
of back up plans like availability of top up facilities/vendors. To ease the anxiety
of the customer, Government could have introduced Credit-based plans to ensure that
electricity is not disconnected immediately like giving the option of 10-20 days
grace period plan with little extra charges. Further, the system should have first
been tried in facilities which use more electricity compared to a normal household
like Governmental Institutions, Hotels, small industries and factories, etc.
Has the Government ensured good housekeeping to maintain the technology? Has the
Power Department trained their personnel to operate it? Will the online based recharge
system function without glitches and local vendors be available?
If the Governments ensures to address all technological and logistic challenges,
than the system should be welcomed. Going back to the old system which clearly had
many deficits, when there is a better deal in the offering, will be naïve. Today,
electricity is a matter of right and not of a privilege, but customers has to be
responsible too. The success of this technological innovation will depend on the
competence of the supplier and acceptance of it by the people.
Diagnose the problem in all details with utmost accuracy
There has been much participation from many sections of the society on the pre-paid
electric metering system in AP. Such involvement is a healthy exercise for our society
to evolve. All the involved parties i.e. departments, political parties, student
bodies, societies and common public should have an open mind set and attitude towards
one another in any public issues for common good. Many of the issues brought up by
many individuals and societies are very insightful and worth considering for the
success of this pre-paid electric metering project with a huge investment of Rs 85-90
crore. I am of the view that till date the GoAP and the concerned department has
failed to clearly identify and state the problem for which they are proposing pre-paid
electric metering system as the solution.
Through this esteemed daily, I would request the GoAP to first diagnose the problem
in all details with utmost accuracy. Providing medication without proper and detailed
diagnosis of a problem would either paralyze or kill the patient and never solve
the problem, but only get the service and medicine sold. The GoAP should accordingly
propose many alternative solutions for the problem from which the best solution,
the most people friendly should be accordingly implemented. If electricity stealing
is the problem, then I can with 100% assurance, openly state through this paper that
pre-paid metering system will never detect or stop or reduce electricity stealing.
The pre-paid electric meter is not a smart meter; it cannot detect any electric theft.
Pre-paid meter is exactly like the present electric meter, except for the extra logic
circuit which is built into it to disconnect the supply when a pre-specified number
of units of electricity have been consumed. It does not have the facility and capacity
to detect electricity stealing. Electricity can be stolen by joining the main electricity
supply that comes from the power house to our house with a little piece of wire by
bypassing the pre-paid meter and have 24 by 7 electricity in his/her home and the
pre-paid meter will not even have a clue of the theft. So, pre-paid meter is never
a solution for electricity theft. There are specific technologies which are used
in developed countries, which can precisely detect any unauthorized lines or wires
which have not been installed by the power department. If the GoAP can import such
technologies than every wire which is used for stealing will be easily caught and
electricity theft can be controlled. So I request the GoAP and engineers of power
department to study and purchase such technology to control electricity theft. If
non-payment of electric bill by common people and government departments is the problem,
then I think GoAP should provide enough facilities through which consumers can conveniently
pay their bills like through internet or mobile phone or ATM etc. Since everybody
has a mobile phone, it would be very comfortable to pay electric bill using it. The
GoAP can simply contact a software company and they can easily develop such mobile
application and I can further assure that this solution would be far less than Rs
85 crore. To identify the electricity theft, I would suggest the power department
to calculate the total power generated and delivered and accordingly tally if proportionate
revenue has been generated or not as per the connections provided by the department.
They should also identify the regions which are disproportionately consuming more
power and check the connections. The best would be to buy the technology suggested
earlier. To identify the problem of non-payment of bills by common people, various
government departments, organizations and industries, the power department can come
up with white paper listing the unpaid amount and make it public and take a legal
procedure to force them to pay all their pending bills.
I think the GoAP and the engineers of the power department are implementing this
pre-paid electric metering system just for the sake of implementing a project like
many other previous fruitless projects undertaken by various departments of GoAP
only to make few ministers, bureaucrats and contractors rich. In my view the pre-paid
electric meter project is a similar project. It is not solving any problem and it’s
just a project in name to make the government treasury bleed in order to make few
ministers, bureaucrats and contractors rich and create problems like non-payment
of salaries to the common GoAP employees and make middle class and poor people of
AP live in misery and poverty without electricity for centuries to come.
Delhi University, Delhi
The talent show needs your support
This is in reference to a letter published on 19th Jan regarding Arunachal's Got
Arunachal Pradesh needed many more Toko Teji and therefore the concept of Arunachal's
Got Talent was born.
AGT was launched on 31st Oct 2014 at Arunachal Press Club, Itanagar with its theme
Hunar hi apki pehchan with its dream to provide a common platform to the talented
To dig out the local talent, the AGT committee conducted district auditions Namsai,
Pasighat ,Ziro and Itanagar. Around 604 participants took part and 214 could make
to the Mega audition. 87 could reach the competition round 1.
The participants were moulded and judged by highly talented personalities like Dorjee
Phuntsu Khrime, national award winning actor of Crossing Bridges fame, Gautham Dey,
classical and modern instructor and singer, Prem Thapa, choreographer, director and
lyricist and Toko Teji, 1st runner up India’s Got Talent, Season 2.
The judgements were purely based on the participant’s performance. The judges were
credited with 70% voting and the rest 30% was through public vote. The system of
30% public voting @ Rs 50 per ticket was purposefully accepted against the SMS system
by the committee.
The reason for the above is ugly but true that our state lack the facility for proper
live telecast which would broadcast the live AGT show to every home. If this was
possible then 30% public voting through SMS would have been more preferable.
The committee intend to find hidden talent in our state and provide them national
platforms in shows like India's Got Talent, Dance India Dance but our committee need
moral support and cooperation to conduct the Arunachal's Got Talent show smoothly.
Without your cooperation and support, we will fail to conduct the program next time.
We thank all the viewers for sharing their opinions and advices for the 1st Ever
Arunachal's Got Talent Show and we also expect more suggestions from the viewers
for the grand success of AGT Show.
Lastly the Arunachal's Got Talent show committee apologizes to the viewer/public
if any misapprehension has been caused by us.
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