ITANAGAR, Apr 21: An IEC (Information, Education and Communication) programme under
total sanitation campaign (TSC) was organized by District Water Sanitation Committee,
Papum Pare in collaboration with NN Charitable Society (NNCS) at Sagalee town on
Attending programme as resource person Dr. T. Nyodu, CHC Sagalee spoke about sanitation,
water resources and water quality control etc. He stressed the need of testing the
quality of water properly before using it. He said the main reason of water pollution
is the habit of open defecating on river banks due to non availability of household
or community latrine. He called for good hygienic practices in household.
Nabam Yali while speaking on the occasion said, “Letting latrine pipes to the river
source is the main source of water pollution. We must change this practice, she said.
Since the objective of the TSC is to bring a change in the behaviour of rural mass,
cooperation of public is a must to achieve the goal of TSC, she said. She suggested
the villagers to construct toilets of their own with resources available with them
without depending upon govt assistance.
Nangbia Amar Dui, Chairman NN Charitable Society (NNCS) opined for changing the mentality
of the people first to achieve the goal of TSC. He urged the villagers to attend
the campaign which is a great source of knowledge and information regarding total
sanitation. He urged them to disseminate the knowledge on the widest possible level
to make campaign a success.
The New Bokoriang Panchayat ASM Tadar Ami Techi also spoke on the occasion.
The meeting was also attended by T. Doro, JE PHED Sagalee, Nabam Tam, PI Sagalee
and APWWS Sagalee branch president Nabam Yali and chief advisor Teli Yamar, among
Resource persons for the campaign were drawn from various departments.
HRRF for proper identification of outsiders
ZIRO, Apr 21: The Haopolyang Resident Rights Forum (HRRF) in its executive body meeting
held here today expressed concern over the influx of population from outside the
state in Haopolyang (Hapoli) and Old Ziro.
It appealed to the residents of Haopolyang (Hapoli) township to verify the identity
of their tenants so that any anti-social elements do not make it’s way to the twin
township to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere.
Without having proper means to verify antecedents of such population there is every
possibility of presence of anti-social and anti-national elements in the district
Hq, the Forum said.
Citing the instances of criminal activities reportedly committed by the outsiders
in the township, the Forum said that the local people should evolve a mechanism to
check such unlawful activities which will also help the law enforcing authority to
maintain law and order.
The house also decided to rename Hapoli with its original name Haopolyang after eliciting
pubic opinion in their regard.
Org seeks action
Seppa, Apr 21: A co-ordination meeting held under the banner of East Kameng Social
Welfare and Cultural Organisation (EKSWCO) discussed about the prevailing law and
order situation in the district and urged the police to intensify night patrolling
at Seppa Township.
The meeting chaired by Dr.K.Lapung and attended by members from EKSWCO,A EKSU, NES
district unit, WWO, Bazar Welfare, Kara Dadi Club, ATA and various NGOs also resolved
to demand the authority to book the violators of laws and orders under appropriate
sections of the law without entertaining any interference from any quarter.
Livestock awareness prog
ITANAGAR, April 21: The veterinary doctors of Arunachal Pradesh decided to organize
a series of programme at Ziro in Lower Subansiri district to mark the World Veterinary
Day which falls on April 28. The proramme will start with the four days livestock
awareness programme to be held at Hari village. This would be followed by a seminar
on the theme “Role of veterinary in public health and environment” and drawing competition
for school children.
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister Setong Sena would attend the programme on
April 28. The minister is also expected to inaugurate the new office building of
the district AH & veterinary officers at Ziro besides attending a public meeting,
said a release.
APDA welcomes Govt decision
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The Arunachal Pradesh Doctors’ Association (APDA) welcomed the
state government’s decision to give priority to health sector and for ensuring the
welfare of the department by taking corrective measures.
APDA claimed that Health Parliamentary Secretary Nido Povitra while responding a
memorandum submitted by it, had informed APDA representative regarding the decision
of the government to appoint DMOs and DDHS through DPC as per the existing APHS Cadre
Rule and the Department has been directed to take up the matter accordingly.
APDA also appealed to the Parliamentary Secretary (Health) to make DMO/DDHS post
as promotional post and to release ‘Extra-Ordinary Gazette’ notification endorsing
LOU demands action against offenders
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Land Owners Union (LOU) - LSHEP lodged an FIR against those, who
have allegedly led a mob to indulge in extensive damage to private properties, including
personal vehicles and vehicles owned by JAPL, while they were returning from Jeying
after the postponment of public hearing for 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydel project.
The miscreants, who reached Jeying camp in separate vehicles on the night of April
16 allegedly, threatened the officials and public of dire consequences if they conduct
the public hearing, the release alleged.
They also burned down two buildings of JAPL near Bodak and reportedly robbed all
the explosive items of the company, the release said adding that at least 10 vehicles
were totally damaged and many injured during the incident.
Meanwhile, LOU demanded the authority to book the offenders under National Security
Act (NSA) for indulging in “anti-national activities and damaging public and private
properties in the name of protest against dam”.
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Public Accounts Committee Chairman has constituted a sub-committee
to examine the augmentation of water supply and sanitation at Seppa townsihp, East
Kameng district. The committee members are MLAs Tapuk Taku, Kumsi Sidisow and Bamang
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The Federation of All India Petroleum Traders (FAIPT), has deferred
the proposed protest bandh on 23rd April following assurance by the Minister in charge
Jaipal Reddy on matters relating to its demands. Capital Complex Petroleum Depots
Association (CCPDA) also deferred the protest bandh of all petrol pumps in the Capital
Complex till further notice.
State General Hospital gets dedicated ophthalmology ward and OT
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: Arunachal State hospital Naharlagun, has now got a dedicated ward
and operation theatre for the ophthalmology (eye) department.
Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Family Welfare and Food and Civil Supplies
Nido Pavitra inaugurated the ward and the OT at a glittering function held here today.
Addressing the function, Parliamentary Secretary stressed on the importance of the
ophthalmology department and expressed the hope that newly dedicated ward would give
service for the needy people.
Dwelling on the cataract and other eyes related diseases, Pavitra disclosed that
there are 190 million visually impaired people across the world with half of them
living in India.
He also revealed that effort is on from government to bring improvement in health
Director Health Service Dr. K Nishing emphasized on the perfection of eye surgeons.
He said that days are not too far when eye surgeries will be done by machines instead
of doctors doing it manually.
Chief Medical Superintendent Dr. Moji Jini opined that dedicated OT and ward would
enable the ophthalmologists to carry out their job in a better way. Saying that ophthalmology
department is one constantly changing department in terms of technologies, he suggested
that the department to constantly update themselves on new technologies to give effective
Later, Dr Jini submitted a five points representations to parliamentary secretary
for early readdress, that include reposition of land allotted to Health Department
at Paching Colony Naharlagun, a new building for a radiotherapy for cancer treatment,
construction of concrete boundary wall around the hospital and multi storied building
for medical staffs and construction of nursing training centre.
He also sought the government attention towards the North East Homeopathic Medical
College saying that parents of students wrote a letter to the health department asking
the government to take it over.
Dr R. Doye informed that there during 2011-12, there were 8832 OPD cases while 238
patients required indoor care. 362 major surgeries were carried out.
He further disclosed that so far 25 people have pledged to their donate eyes.
Cloudburst causes havoc at Dirang
DIRANG, Apr 21: A massive cloudburst struck Dirang and destroyed large-scale properties
including dwelling houses, agricultural and horticultural lands.
The nature’s fury is reported to have destroyed atleast 10 dwelling houses and many
agricultural and horticultural lands amounting to crores of rupees.
“The mishap occurred yesterday at around 3 pm and hard-hit Jyotinagar and Kalachakra
areas in particular. Heavy rainfall coupled with hell-stone was responsible for causing
large-scale destruction to properties and landholdings of the local people”, informed
senior public leader Sange Tsering, who is also the elder brother of local legislator.
Tsering also mobilized efforts in providing succor to affected victims by providing
medicines, blankets and other essential commodities as interim relief.
The idyllic town which is situated 40 kms away from Bomdila, the headquarters of
West Kameng District, Dirang is in-famed for similar mishaps that struck the sleepy
town and caused large-scale destruction to properties and agony to local people in
2005, 2007 and 2009. ‘Perhaps ecological imbalance due to rapid declining forest
coverage on account of jhum cultivation and global warming could be some of the factors
responsible for the frequent mishaps’, said the affected victims.
Court says no to payment of compensation, affected families call for intervention
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: The Itanagar Bench of Guwahati High court has passed an interim
order for immediate stopping of payments of compensation amounts to affected villagers
by the Trans-Arunachal Highway Project at Dirang circle after affected citizens went
to the court stating that there were anomalies in disbursement of payments and improper
valuation of the properties. The Court ruled no disbursement of the compensation
amount shall be made either the Deputy Commissioner, Bomdila, or by the Additional
Deputy Commissioner, Dirang.
While giving a four week’s notice period, the court stated that ‘this Court is of
the view that the grievances of the writ petitioners should have been looked into
by the Deputy Commissioner, Bomdila, at the first instance, instead of passing the
buck to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Dirang, who happens to be the Chairman
of Compensation Board, from whom no proper justification could be forthcoming as
he being the Chairman of the Compensation Board in question, would not have passed
any orders considering the anomalies that are supposed to have occurred in the whole
Sixteen petitioners who have now organized themselves as Trans -Arunachal Highway
affected Families Forum of Dirang circle dragged the govt and its functionaries at
the district and the Land Management and the BRO to the court after a series of anomalies
In order to assess the loss and the compensation due, West Kameng District Administration
had constituted a Compensation Board under the chairmanship of the Additional Deputy
Commissioner, Dirang, with six others as members.
They alleged that the Compensation Board along with few handpicked villagers made
surveys but did not visit the properties and horticulture and agriculture of the
petitioners and without obtaining their consent on the valuation of properties, prepared
assessment reports and submitted it to the Border Roads Organization of the affected
Details of the compensations were sought through an application under the Right to
Information Act where the petitioners realized the gross irregularities in assessing
They allege that they were denied the actual value of their properties through fraud,
deceit and corrupt practices by the Compensation Board.
According to documents, two different valuation reports for same properties were
prepared, one showing lesser value and while the other showed much higher value according
to the political affiliation of the people who were set to lose their land. In some
cases, OBT building has been valued more than the SPT and semi RCC. In another cases,
barren land and barley crop field was assessed as horticulture land having “imaginary
The petitioners had earlier submitted a memorandum on 2.4.2012 to Deputy Commissioner,
West Kameng and the Chief Secretary seeking re-survey and to nullify the valuation
reports prepared by the Compensation Board.
They petitioners alleged that paying no heed to the complaints and representations
of the villagers, the district authorities initiated the process of disbursing the
compensation amount to the hand-picked beneficiaries whose properties have been overvalued
in the assessment reports.
The affected families appealed to the state government to immediately look into
the matter so that there is no gross mismanagement. They have also sought setting
up of a Board of Inquiry to enquire into the whole episode and also initiate action
against those responsible for irregularities in valuation of compensation amounts.
They added that those guilty must be punished. They further said all the officials
of the board including ADC, Dirang be put under suspension.
AAPSU slams CM statement, demands full time HM
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has strongly condemned
the press statement by the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki against the press fraternity
of the state in the backdrop of vandalism at Arunchal Times office couple of days
The union termed his statement “unprecedented and regretful” coming from the Chief
It is unbecoming of a State Chief Minister and below his stature to encourage violence
by suggesting that the employees of The Arunachal Times should have caught hold of
at least one of the hoodlums who attacked the office of the daily. The students said
that when it was fully acknowledged by everyone that the attack was preplanned, the
statement was uncalled for.
The Union further said that the Chief Minister and his cronies who are at the helm
of affairs cannot run away from the stark reality that the law & order problem has
taken a nose dive under the present congress regime.
“It is the duty of the government to come up with ‘out of the box’ ideas to contain
the deteriorating law & order problem instead of indirectly coercing the press fraternity
to fall in line. The development will sure have a dampening effect on the morale
of various journalists working in the state”, the statement further said.
The Chief Minister should know by virtue of holding his post the people of state
has high expectation from him and in the process praises and brick bats will come;
moreover it is only through their sheer hard work & determination, the fourth estate
in the state under trying circumstances is percolating the news to grass roots thus
playing a helping hand in the nation building.
The union demanded Chief Minister to relieve himself from the home portfolio and
appoint a full time minister to over look the department.
It further called upon the parliamentary secretary home Gadam Ete to put in his papers
if he cannot shoulder his share of responsibility.
‘Launch book pools for villages’, Dr Kri appeals to educated Arunachalees
Anjaw gets a new youth Library at Yatong
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: “Educated Arunachalees can do a lot for improving reading habits
in villages. Lets start collecting story books lying unused with our neighbours and
friends,” said Dr (Mrs.) Adisi Kri, radio-oncologist, State Hospital, Naharlagun
as she inaugurated the Hutung Library at Yatong, a remote village beyond Hayuliang,
in the presence of a large gathering.
“The Pangung Welfare Society (PAWSO), and its dedicated members, deserve hearty congratulations
for launching this youth library, as a part of their bold efforts to promote and
empower education among the rural people of Anjaw,” she said while recalling her
years of struggle during her early schooling days at Yatong and Hayuliang, then a
secondary school. She also lauded the Lohit Youth Library Movement for its spirited
efforts to spread the joy of reading among rural govt. school students.
Welcoming the reader-activists from APNE Library, Wakro and Bamboosa Library, Tezu
for coming all the way to introduce reading promotion activities at Yatong, Ankhyangso
Kri, Gen Secretary, PAWSO said that the people of Yatong and nearby areas are eagerly
looking forward to Hutung Library, the latest addition to Lohit Youth Library Network,
bringing in a revival in the educational and reading environment of their children.
Explaining the commitment of PAWSO for introducing innovative programmes for the
welfare of the rural people of Yatong and nearby areas, Desamso Kri, President PAWSO
expressed happiness that the educated members of Yatong society, like Dr (Mrs) Kri,
are trying to set a model for the whole state by contributing their time resources
and energy for their less-privileged people back home.
Expressing his great joy in bringing the benefits of the youth library movement to
Yatong, Sokhep Kri, Chief Editor, PAWSO and also Itanagar Convener of the Lohit Youth
Library Movement, said it was a historic moment for the people of Yatong and reminded
the villagers and the youth to make the best of the library. He also thanked AWIC,
New Delhi, Vivekananda Trust (Mysore) and the many patrons who have been contributing
to strengthen the youth library movement in the region.
Referring to the Philadelphia Public Library which began with Benjamin Franklin and
four friends pooling their small personal book-collections, the Coordinator, VT-AWIC
Youth Library Network hoped that Hutung Library will be a torch-bearer in the entire
state. Presenting Hutung Library a biography of George Washington Carver, a great
agricultural scientist, who overcame the severest challenges when the black were
slaves deprived of education in USA, he said Carver’s life shall always be a model
for Arunachali youths.
The audience applauded spiritedly as the guests Dr. Kalita, Medical Officer, Yatong,
and Bapenlu Kri, UPO Anjaw declared their contributions to the Hutung Library, in
response to the Chief Guest’s appeal for voluntary support.
The main highlights of the function was a series of skits and poetry recitations
by the Lohit Youth Library reader-activists, led by Odilu Pul, which kept the audience
Later they conducted a brief workshop of training in recitation and story telling
for the local children. In appreciation of their contribution to the Hutung Library,
the reader-activists received the DDSE Anjaw’s cash awards, presented on his behalf
by the President PAWSO.
The tiny tots of Taim Kri Memorial School Yatong, a PAWSO initiative, topped the
event with their delightful songs and dances, regaling the large audience gathered
for the meeting, in spite of pouring rains and a chilly weather.
Encroachment in community burial ground irks residents
PASIGHAT, Apr 21: The residents of JN College campus, GTC colony, Tebo village, Raneghat
and adjoining areas here have expressed deep concern over illegal and forceful encroachment
of the Community Burial Ground (Golung) near GTC colony.
Alleging construction of a ‘Kuccha’ house within the encroached land by the encroachers,
the local people have lodged a written complaint with the East Siang Deputy Commissioner
on April 3 and demanded immediate recovery of the encroached land and eviction of
the illegal constructions. It also demanded the authority to bring the encroachers
to book and punish as per law.
The burial ground or the Golung falls within government notified land and the locals
have earmarked it for performing last rites of the dead.
The place located at right bank of Sibo Korong (River) has been used by the local
villagers irrespective of religion, cast and creed, since 1950.
The locals have alleged that on the night of February 20 last the some unscrupulous
people destroyed the bamboo fencing around the burial ground by bulldozing the cemeteries.
They also dug out remains of many burried people from the ground thus hurting and
undermining the sentiments of the local people.
Sources from the district administration informed that it has dealt with the case
and conducted hearing on April 19 last. Sources said that the disputed portion falls
under government notified land and the encroachers could not produce any documentary
evidence in support of their claim.
“The administration had issued notice to the encroachers under section- 4 of Arunachal
Pradesh Public Premises (Eviction of unauthorized occupants) Act, 2003. Eviction
order has been issued to make the area free from encroachment as the encroachers
failed to produce any land document in support of their claim”, said Additional Deputy
Commissioner of Pasighat, who has been entrusted to deal with the case.
Demolition order may be issued by the authority if the alleged encroachers fail to
obey the eviction order within the scheduled period of 15 days, said the source.
‘Firaal- a global publication released
ITANAGAR, Apr 21: “Firaal” -- a bilingual socio-cultural-literary magazine of a facebook
group, namely, Bishnupriya Manipuri Discussion Forum (BMDF) entered Arunachal with
a message of love, peace and integrity.
What is more amazing is the fact that the idea of such a global publication was conceived
by a social networking group over internet in an attempt to reinvigorate the intrinsic
human values, particularly among the youth. Here, Firaal stands for peace and valor
that represents the inner characteristics of the people of the Bishnupriya Manipuri
Releasing the 1st edition of the Magazine at a simple but impressive function held
here today, senior citizen of the community, Haridas Sinha was all praises for the
facebook group for their noble venture. It would indeed help the new generation to
introspect and give a new direction to the society while maintaining social values
including culture and tradition, he said.
In his address, Aken Sinha said that parents have to perform a greater role in moulding
the character of the children.
The members present in the function also appreciated two young ladies of Arunachal,
namely, Ruma Nguri and Kobyum Zirdo, who got in touch through social networking site
facebook and carried out a cleanliness drive with the help of NGOs at Naharlagun
on April 7.
Among others, Dr Bikramjit Sinha, Ranjit Sinha and Sudhir Sinha also spoke on the
occasion. The Magazine had already been released at Guwahati and Silchar in Assam.
PPWC ultimatum over power problem
PASIGHAT, Apr 21: Angry at the authority’s failure to improve the erratic and unscheduled
power cut in Pasighat Township despite repeated pleas, the aggrieved consumers gave
authority 15 days to improve the power scenario failing which they threatened to
launch rigorous agitation against the power department.
The frustrated consumers, including the members of Pasighat Public Welfare Committee
(PPWC), while submitting a reminder to the secretary of power department and the
Chief Secretary, demanded to take immediate step to solve the power crisis within
The PPWC in its meeting held on April 15 at Pasighat unanimously had resolved to
serve an ultimatum to the authority if the power scenario is not improved. The meeting
further resolved to demand the authority to upgrade the 2 MW Rina Mini Hydel Station
besides developing a new hydel station at Sirpo Korong near Rengging village to meet
the present power crisis.
They also demanded immediate restoration of all units of Yembung mini/micro hydel
projects, up-gradation of present hydro power subdivision to a division and early
completion of 132 KV HT line, the construction works of which was started four years
PPWC had earlier moved the parliamentary secretary, Hydropower Development (HD) Gojen
Gadi and department’s top officials at Itanagar last year solve the chronic power
problem. But the authority has miserably failed to redress the people’s grievances
despite their assurance.
Mental development prerequisite for other development: Ete
AALO, Apr 21: Our society cannot thrive and prosper unless we are mentally developed
for a congenial society to reap the fruits of development, said Gadam Ete, Parliamentary
Secretary Home, Geology and Mining while attending the Felicitation Function organized
for Joke Angu on his induction to IAS at Angu village yesterday.
The disruptive forces taking law and order in their own hand as means of protest
and show their pent up anger do not augur well for the prospect of the state. The
trans-Arunachal highway and hydro power projects are being carried out in different
parts of the state, he said and appealed everyone to let it go smoothly by sorting
out their grievances with the Govt. agencies. He said that the induction of Joke
Angu should come as eye opener for the younger generation to emulate his feat.
He also disclosed amid applause that irrigation, road connectivity and bridge over
the river near the school have already been sanctioned.
WRD Chief Engineer, Er. Likar Angu said that Angu Govt. Middle School has the distinction
of producing many a luminaries of the village and the felicitation function has been
organized at the school so that the succeeding generation continues to draw inspiration.
Joke Angu, Director Rural Development, who has recently been inducted to IAS urged
the student community to strive hard for academic excellence as they have better
facility to do better these days.
Moge Doji also spoke and presented his meaningful and melodious number.
West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak, HODs, representatives from Itanagar, Basar,
Pusi Bango clans witnessed the function.
The school located away from the village in the midst of green bushes is conducive
for teaching and learning. DIPRO