April  12

SEC calls for defect-free electoral rolls, free and fair PR elections

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: With the preparations for ensuing Municipality and Panchayati Raj elections were going on, State Election Commissioner K D Singh today called  upon the officials concerned to put in place “defect-free” electoral rolls for the civic and PR polls slated on May 16 next.

Addressing a meeting of Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police of all  districts at the SIRD conference hall in Itanagar today, the State Election Commissioner (SEC) asked all concerned officials to perform their election duties freely and fearlessly.

“Since election is a zero-tolerance exercise, it’s my ardent appeal to my fellow officers (Deputy Commissioners cum District Election Officers) to see to it that a defect-free electoral roll is in place for the forthcoming  elections to the PRIs and Civic Bodies,” said the SEC. He further said the task of preparing the E-roll is the job of electoral registration  officers (EROs) and under no any circumstances, they should succumb to any threat, or intimidation.”

He further said that in case of false information being furnished by electors to  get one’s name included in E-rolls, it may lead to one-year imprisonment or a fine of Rs 5,000 or both.

“Our officers should perform their election duties freely and fearlessly, and we  have not here to play any partisan role but to act in a transparent manner as there is nothing to hide in the electoral democracy. In election matters, don’t listen to anyone except for rule books (which already  been given for guidance of all the officers, political parties and their candidates) to avoid bogus registration of voters to evade any problem in future,” he said, adding that “deletion and addition (of voters’ name) is an ongoing process and it can be done even after the poll process is over.”

The SEC also made it clear that in case of PR polls, only the indigenous voters can exercise their democratic franchise, and the Municipality election (being held for first time) is just like Assembly and Parliamentary polls where everybody can vote.

While the Director of Panchayati Raj, Bidol Tayeng divulged that seven out of 16 Zilla Parishad seats in the State were reserved for women under the provision of Article 343D of the Constitution that provides for 33 per cent seats reservation for women in Panchayats, the State Election Commissioner said, “We are resolute to ensure atleast 33 per cent reservation in all three-tier of Panchayats.”

Singh also said that State govt has been cooperative and assured of a fool-proof security arrangement for a free, fair and peaceful conduction of both civic and PR polls.



Absconding fraudsters finally in police net

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 11:  After rigorous pursuance, the Itanagar police finally on Monday arrested three of the alleged multi-crore fraudsters namely Uttam Acharjee, general manager, Arju Acharjee director and Ashok Chokraborty chairman of Jeevan Suraksha Group, a Lumding (Assam) based  financial institution (company).  Sources from Itanagar Police informed that accused were arrested on basis of fraud case registered against them at Itanagar police station, case no.264/2012/U/S 420/406/34 IPC. Similar cases were also registered against them in the entire North-East states.

 Acting on a tip off, the police team led by Sub-Inspector I Ete of Itanagar police station went to Guwahati and brought back the accused on “production warrant” after they were arrested by Guwahati CID and BIO of Assam Police in connection to multi-crore fraud case in the entire north-east region.

Police further disclosed that the fraudsters were running a registered company called Jeevan Suraksha Group and lured the innocent people by offering high interest rate of money and booking products basis. The financial company was started way back in the year 2005 in entire north east states and altogether there are 26 branches operating across Arunachal Pradesh alone. Further according to the capital police they managed to dupe to the tune of rupees 20 crore in Arunachal Pradesh alone. Hundreds of innocent people were cheated by the company.

It is said the company had been running smoothly till May 2012, however the trouble began in Assam after thousands of investors were given bounce cheque by the company. The matter went out of proportion by the month of June in Arunachal when people began to doubt the motive of the company. The company had collapsed in December 2012 after thousands of complains poured in various police stations across the North-East states against the company. Another sources informed that company is on the negotiation process to revive the fallen financial institution to pay back the liabilities.



Yazali all set to host NES mega events

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Picturesque Yazali is all set to host the 6th Nyishi Day, Silver Jubilee and 10th Conference of Nyishi Elite Society (NES) with the organizer hammering the last nails for the grand function starting from April 17 to 22.

Massive stage and sheds have been erected to accommodate around 500 delegates besides traditional Nyishi houses to showcase a glimpse of Nyishi culture.

The NES team led by President Bengia Tolum on Wednesday visited the spot and took stock of the situation and suggested last minute correction. Pleased with the working of local committee headed by Toko Jyoti, chief engineer, PHED who are putting their best work, Tolum expressed high-hope that the three-days would be lifetime event. He also advised the people of Yazali to show the true hospitality of area to the sea of people coming from other district/state and abroad during their days of stays in function. Tolum informed that more than four thousand people from different parts of the state would sway to the rikam pada, a soulful song that find its origin in Yazali area.   

Informing more on the preparation, NES assistant general secretary Tarh Tabin informed that separate traditional Nyishi houses, yet with all the modern facilities, have been put up for the chief minister, member of parliament, 14 legislators and senior officer of Nyishi community.

Beside the meaningful programmes, the delegates would also get the opportunity to taste the wide range of rare Nyishi delicacies.



Daporijo leg of basic course on white water river rafting begins

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The second leg of White Water River rafting cum recce expedition organized by Arunachal Adventure Association (AAA) in collaboration with Department of Tourism begins at Daporijo town on 9th of this month. The local youths of Daporijo  are  being given basic training course on white water river rafting. The organizer has set up camp at Sippi on the bank of magnificent Subansiri River near Daporijo town for the same.

The programme was inaugrated by Takar Rava, Circle Officer, Limeking- Taksing circle. The team will carry out an expedition cum Reece on river Subansiri from Daporijo to Gerkhamukh. Informing about the importance of such training, Chukhu Mama, chairman of AAA said that such training would provide the state with certified rafting instructors who could in turn work towards promoting eco adventure tourism in the state and the district. He added that although rafting expeditions were organised frequently along the Subansiri River, no benefit was gained by the people of district as there are no local trained guides, proper camps and equipment etc for such activities. “Because of the absence of such facilities at Upper Subansiri, all the actual benefit is reaped by people from outside,” said Mama. With this in mind he said that the trainees should take full advantage of the training and take a hand in developing the tourism scenario of the district.

District tourism officer Dikchu Raji said that the Subansiri River flowing through the Upper Subansiri district has the potential of becoming a hotbed of eco adventure tourism activities in the state and to make it so, the tourism department was trying its utmost to develop the infrastructure and provide training to the youth. (DIPRO)



Former MLA Donglo dies at 64

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Former Bameng MLA Donglo Sonam has died after prolonged illness and subsequent multiple organs failure at R.K Mission Hospital here this morning.  Late Donglo Sonam was 64 years old.  He is survived by two sons and two daughters.

Son of late Nika Sonam Lapung (father) and late Paki Sonam Lapung (mother),  late Donglo Sonam was born on 15th October, 1949 at Lapung village under Bameng circle in East Kameng.

Since childhood late Donglo had dedicated his life for the service of people. He was elected as Janata Dal MLA in 1978 from 5th Seppa constituency under the union territory and again re-elected as an Independent candidate from Bameng constituency in 1990.

Apart from his political activities, late Donglo was one of the pioneers of the district in bringing socio-economic and cultural development. He was also former Chairman of East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO), a parental organization in the district.

 Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh has expressed shock and deeply grieved on the sudden demise of Donglo Sonam, former member of the State Legislative Assembly.

The Governor conveys his sincere condolence to the bereaved family and prays for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed grief over the demise of Donglo Sonam.

In a message this evening, Tuki remembered Late Sonam as an able Legislator and one of the pioneers of social work in the state.

“Hailing from remote Lapung village in Bameng sub-division, Late Sonam, since his student life, was an active social worker and strived for cultural preservation and development of the Nyishi community in one of the remotest parts of the state – East Kameng district. He will be remembered for his role as a social reformer and one of the pioneers of politics in the early days of our state,” he observed.

Sonam represented 5-Seppa Assembly constituency as a Janata Dal member in 1978 and was elected from 8-Bameng as an Independent candidate in 1990.

The Chief Minister offered prayers for eternal peace of the departed soul and moral strength to the bereaved family members.

“In him we have lost one of the first generation leaders, who contributed in shaping our state to the present form,” Tuki added.

Arunachal Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong today expressed deep shock at the untimely death of Sonam and conveyed his deep sense of condolences to the grief stricken family.

Describing him as a leader with difference and commitment to the cause of the people, the speaker, on behalf of the entire staff of the assembly secretariat, prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

The East Kameng Social Welfare Cultural Organisation EKSWCO deeply mourned the demise of former MLA Sonam and also one of the founder members of the Organisation.  

A well-respected leader, Sonam is also regarded as one of the architect of modern Seppa, the district headquarter of East Kameng district. He was an active social worker and will be remembered as one of the pioneers of politics in the early days of East Kameng.

The EKSWCO prayed to almighty to rest his soul in eternal peace and give strength to the bereaved family members to withstand with the irreparable loss. Lapung Welfare Society also mourned the sudden death of late Dolo Sonam.



Training prog on Climate Resilient Agriculture Technology

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: A training programme on “Climate Resilient Agriculture Technology” was jointly organized by ICAR-RC-NEH Region Arunachal Pradesh Centre, Basar and department of Fisheries, Ziro at RHA Fish Farm, Tarin on April 9 and 10.

Dr. B Bhagawati, Joint Director, ICAR, AP Centre, Basar explained the aims and objectives of the programme and delivered lecture on Climate Resilient Agriculture Technology.  

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Das, Principal Scientist, ICAR Barapani, Shillong delivered lecture on ‘Amur’, an improved strain of common carp species. Dr. Das suggested the fish farmers to replace German and Bangkok strain with improved strain ‘Amur’, an origin from ‘Amur’ river in Russia. The improved strain ‘Amur’ has higher growth rate and late sexual maturity. Dr. Sanjay also demonstrated few visual on common carp breeding techniques and food & feeding habits of common carp species.

A portable hatchery was also installed at Ziro for the benefit of the people of Lower Subansiri district.

The programme was coordinated by Dr. Sanjay, Dr. D Ramajayan, Senior Scientist (Horti), Pani Odyssey, DFDO Ziro, NK Purkayastha, Fishery Officer, M Ranka and M Dollo, AFO.



Ruksin ADO clarifies allegation


RUKSIN, Apr 11: Reacting to a news item recently published in this daily, wherein a couple of beneficiaries alleged some irregularities in allotment of agricultural inputs to the beneficiaries under RKVY scheme, the Agriculture Development Officer (ADO) of Ruksin has clarified that he had not yet received any fund for construction or development of the vegetable gardens.

The ADO, in a written statement said that he issued all inputs meant for beneficiaries that were supplied from District Agriculture Office. The beneficiaries were selected by the concerning Zilla Parishad Members and accordingly 6 rolls of Barbed wire fencing besides the kits of summer and winter vegetable seeds were distributed to the beneficiaries. But, one of the beneficiaries did not collect his vegetable kits from agriculture filed office at Ruksin.

The ADO also stated that he was not informed about any fund provisions for construction/erection fencing and fertilizers management etc against the Permanent Vegetable Gardens. So, there should not be any question regarding my involvement in the alleged irregularities, he stated.

Inquiry has revealed that there is a provision of supplying chemical in the form of fertilizer or pesticide in RKVY scheme, but the agriculture department has not yet supplied it to the beneficiaries.



Engineer takes up daunting task of compiling genealogy of Abo Tani clans of West Siang

AALO, Apr 11: Sentum Yomcha, Superintending Engineer PHE Bene Circle, who has made a long drawn out effort to compile the voluminous genealogy of Bogum, Karka and Lodu generation, is making an attempt to trace out the origin of all the clans of Abo Tani in West Siang district.

It took him nearly five years to gather materials and bring out the book for the entire population of Liromoba constituency at his own expense. The book is becoming very handy for the upcoming generation to delve into their origin. It is also encouraging others to make such value based creative writings on the tribal culture, origin, literature, belief, faith and worship. The field of interest and such creative work by silent, soft spoken and meritorious engineer dates back to his schooling days at R.K. Mission School Aalo, when he used to prepare chart of genealogy of all Abotani group at a tender age of class VIII standard.

Embolden by his initial work, Yomcha is making an attempt to compile genealogy of all Abo Tani clans within West Siang district. The field of work this time is vast and Yomcha is seeking cooperation for feedbacks from all to support his cause.

His effort assumes special significance as a humble beginning is made to compile orally transmitted literature in written form and that too at a time when we are facing a period of transition to keep behind our root that has hold us firmly through the ages to give us a distinct identity. DIPRO



Pongtu celebrated with traditional farvour

No society can survive without a well-defined culture: Parl Secy

KHONSA, Apr 11: The Tutsas of Tirap district celebrated their most popular Pongtu festival with fanfare and traditional fervour here today.

Addressing the revelers, Parliamentary Secretary (Horticulture) Honchun Ngandam passionately appealed to the Tutsas to preserve their culture at any cost saying that the rich culture had been handed down to them by their ancestors. Describing culture as their identity, Ngandam said that no force should be allowed to undermine or destroy the tribal culture adding that no society can survive without a well-defined culture.

He further said that while keeping their traditions alive, the people must accord top priority to education as no society could make any headway without proper education. He asked the people to take keen interest in improving their economic condition by engaging in improved agriculture, horticulture and other income-generating activities.

Ngandam also visited the makeshift Paang [morong] and witnessed the chicken reading ritual conducted by the local priests. The festival was attended by HoDs, Panchayat leaders and public.

Parliamentary Secretary Yumsen Matey while extending his greetings said that festivals were celebrated to show-case one’s culture adding that celebration of festivals help preserve one’s culture. Matey emphatically told the people not to mix culture with religion as they were two different entities. He hoped that Pongtu Kuh would foster love, happiness, peace and unity. Local MLA Kamthok Lowang who is a Tutsa himself read out the mythology associated with Pongtu festival.

Earlier, the President of the festival committee Nokwang Sumnna in his welcome address described the significance of Pongtu festival.

Folk dancers from Lamsa and Kothung villages enthralled the large gathering. Tutsa modern dances were also presented on the occasion.  DIPRO



Pan Arunachal identity is at stake: NCP

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The concept of Pan Arunachal Identity is at stake with mortgaging of entire river basins of the state to so called hundreds of power developers, gifting of the rich coal and lime deposits through the easy route of MoAs and diversion of hundreds of hectares of tribal forest land to military establishment in the name of nation building and security of the frontiers, alleged State NCP President Kahfa Bengia.

With introduction of railway lines to  state’s capital without thinking about the consequences on Nehru-Alwin policy of protective development as reflected in Inner Line Regulation Acts of 1873, the rampant acts of corruption committed mostly by  the neorich tribal elites and the ever widening  gap between the rich and the poor in the hitherto existing egalitarian tribal social order, gross regional and ethnic imbalances in harping the fruits of development coming in the wake of modernization, liberalization and globalization processes are few major impediments to creating a progressive Pan Arunachal Identity, Bengia added while giving a final touch to NCP manifesto for Panchayati Raj, Assembly and Parliamentary Elections.

Party’s State General Secretary Kaling Jerang stated that the Central Govt. and its leadership of all shades have already made Arunachal a dumping ground for refugees and illegal migrants. With implementation of even 50% of the MoAs on hydropower, the tribals of the State will be converted into a microscopic minority and the rich Corporates will decide the MPs, MLAs and even the local level leaders by their sheer money power. The concept of rich tribal culture as Capital and self identity and the white water rafting as part of adventure sport will be a thing of the past with water logged dams everywhere, Jerang added.

The Chairman of the NCP Manifesto Drafting Committee Naksang Tsering opined that time has come to ponder upon as to why Arunachal is rich but not the Arunachalees. Development is not about dams and bridges but it is about people, their health, education and purchasing power and happiness indices, he said. “The commoners under present regime got fed up with daily breaking news of corruption, murder, rape, price rise and so on. The root cause to all evils are lack of strong political will and unjustified use of limited resources by the parochial few at the coast of many, Naksang pointed out. The concept of Pan Arunachal Identity will be meaningful only if the people are in proud possession of their god gifted resources over Jungle, Jaal and Zameen.

“What is needed urgently is a strong regional political force that will envisage strong secular, socialist and democratic road map for the entire tribal of the state, he opined. The lesser known Political Parties, therefore, are not adverse to joining hands with a vibrant regional force that will sound the death knell of the Congress hegemony, Naksang added, while participating in NCP discussion on Pan Arunachal Identity as one of the serious issues facing the state and its people.

TG. Baki, NCP leader from Upper Subansiri opined that with the liberal entry of all sorts of powerful political parties such as INC and BJP and also by powerful mainland regional parties such as Janta Dal, RJD, NCP, TMC etc. have confused the illiterate masses and this in turn helped Congress to continue its political domination at Itanagar.

Baki further appealed that time has come for setting up a Revolutionary Agenda involving the youth and women power for a complete change in the system and in the process the visionary leaders in different Political Platforms must sacrifices their self gains and self egos for creating and all encompassing regional political forum and a Pan Arunachal Identity.

“If Sikkim Democratic Front can flourish as a regional party why Arunachal is one of the richest natural resource base become the role model for the rest of the County, Baki wondered.



National seminar on financial dealings

RONO HILL, Apr 11: “Heightened activities in the stock markets over the last few years have seen a significant rise in the investing population. However, a lot of investors face issues whilst trading in the market. One such important issue is the possibility of unauthorized trading in the account of the investors. Keeping this in mind, the National Stock Exchange (NSE)  have taken initiatives  to create awareness about steps that investors should have to take to prevent unauthorized transactions in their account” said Harsh Bolia from NSE while giving a power point presentation in a regional seminar organized by Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. in collaboration with  department of Commerce, Rajiv Gandhi University today at the University auditorium.

Highlighting the magnitude of investment in capital market Bolia suggested to choose NSE as exchange of one’s choice and to strike off the name of the exchange on which one does not wish to trade.

Prof. Tamo Mibang, Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University opined that the tribal people of North-East India in particular need to learn the process of meaningful saving by carrying a great weight of purposive investment.  Mibang urged all the dignitaries and students to learn the session and develop a saving culture.  

Mark Lal Rohlan, Asst. Manager, SEBI Guwahati Branch, attending as one of the resource persons in the seminar highlighted the significance of investment in the capital market said the price inflation. As the prices rise, lesser number of people can buy them. “Always ensure your returns are above the inflation rates. You should also understand the time value of money”, he said.     

Another resource persons Subhashis Sengupta, Asst. Manager, National Securities and Depository Limited (NSDL) also gave power point presentation  on critical financial investment.

Prof. R C Parida, Head and Coordinator, Career Counseling Cell, RGU  delivered welcome address. Prof. Devi Baruah, Dept of Commerce, RGU also spoke on the occasion. ( Contributed by Debananda S Medak and Kombong Darang, Mass Comm, RGU)



Dr Hahnemann - father of homeopathy remembered

ITANAGAR, Apr 11:The 258th birth anniversary of Dr Christian Friedrich Samuel  Hahnemann, father of homeopathy, was celebrated in the State capital here on Wednesday.

Donyi-Polo Homeopathic Charitable Dispensary also joined Dr Hahnemann’s birthday  celebration at its premises in a befitting manner.

Speaking on the occasion, Joint Director of Health Services, Dr G Tatu hailing the efforts of the Dispensary being run by Donyi-Polo Mission said it has been rendering yeomen service to the people of the State.

He also assured the Mission Dispensary of all possible help from his end to help it run in a rejuvenated way.

While echoing his sentiments, Dr B V S Murthy, Deputy Director (AYUSH), DHS, in his speech, threw light on the alternative form of medicine – homeopathy and said the DPM-run Dispensary has been giving service to the State in its “best possible” way.

DPM secretary S K Singh, in his address, while drawing the attention of the State govt pleaded it to come up with its all possible aid and support to help the Mission Dispensary render its service to the State in a revitalized manner.

In his inaugural speech, Dr Animesh Mukherjee, MO gave a brief on the Mission Dispensary and efficacy of homeopathy.

While acknowledging the assistance of the State govt and Dr G Tatu, Jt DHS, Dr Mukherjee said this dispensary is rendering yeomen service to the State since past three decades.

Cash reward stands


The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs 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 at tele. numbers : 09436040006






Tado inaugurate skill dev training

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: A six months skill development programme on handloom and weaving was inaugurated by the Hage Tado, Jt. Director, Textile, Ziro and Michi Gumbo, DRCS, Ziro on April 8.

OP Mounglang, DDM, NABARD attended in the inaugural function as the resource person.

Earlier, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Mounglang in connection with the Skill Development Programme for six months which was entrusted to Brand Arunachal Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd. (BAMPCS), Ziro for implementing the project.

The implementing agency BAMPCS was also agreed to guide the trainees, post-training and help them to set up their own with the help of banks and govt. departments.

A meeting was held earlier under the chairmanship of OP Mounglang, DDM, NABARD, Lower Subansiri district in connection with the Skill Development Programme (SDP) on Handloom and Weaving for six months which was entrusted to Brand Arunachal Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd. (BAMPCS), Ziro for implementing the project.


Pasighat teen qualifies for Star Plus ‘Dancing Superstar’ contest

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Apr 11: Nikhil Singh, a six year-old boy of Pasighat has been selected for ‘Dancing Superstar’ contest organized by Star Plus TV channel in the last week of this month.

Nikhil, a class 3 standard student of Town Middle School, Pasighat is the youngest son of Bikrom Singh, an employee of Pasighat General Hospital. His mother Milol Singh is an executive of a financial company, Pasighat branch. His 17 year-old sister Chitra Singh is also a dancer, who regularly imparts dance training to Nikhil.

Nikhil got his inspiration from a dance competition held at Duliajan in upper-Assam during November last year to practice this form of art. He is reportedly selected for the contest after he qualified the first and second round audition conducted at Guwahati during February this year. He ensured his participation in Mumbai after he qualified in the third round audition held at Kolkata on March 9 last. He is lone contestant from Arunachal and selected from among a total 5000 participants.

Talking to this correspondent, Nikhil’s mother said that I am confident that Nikhil will perform well and bring glory to the state.

Nikhil along with his mother and the sister has left here for Mumbai today.


Puroik cultural troupe takes part in Border Area Cultural Festival

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: A 15-member Puroik cultural troupe from Arunachal Pradesh participated in the Border Area Cultural Festival at Chirang district in Assam near Assam- Bhutan boundary area on March 30 last.

The troupe was led by Miju Rallen Yachu, chairperson of Puroik Women Welfare Society, Itanagar.

Meanwhile, appreciating Art and Culture director Mamata Riba and deputy director Jomnya Siram for selecting them for the said festival, the Society chairperson said that the maiden opportunity offered to them have been a very fruitful one. The society further thanked Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam for providing fund for their journey expense.


GBs and PIs should not involve in electioneering: NCP

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arunachal Pradesh unit, in a letter to Commissioner, State Election Commission, appealed him to issue order for non-involvement of GBs and PIs in campaigning activities in PRI elections in remote border pockets of West Siang district.

“Involvement of the GB’s and PI’s in Arunachal, especially in remote border areas are beyond permissible limits. The employees unfortunately think themselves as servants and tools to be used by the party in power. This is true especially where there is lack of awareness and the honorarium paid GBs think that their duty is to support and make the candidates of the ruling party victorious,” NCP in its letter to State Election Commissioner said with specific reference to GBs, PIs and teachers of Mechukha subdivision.

NCP, in its letter, further drew attention of the State Election Commission that “continuation of the Mechukha circle officer, who happens to be the younger brother of local MLA and G. Poyom Additional Deputy Commissioner of the same district are likely the affect the outcome of the free and fair PRI elections in the area.


ACSU serves ultimatum to education minister

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The All City Students’ Union (ACSU) has served an ultimatum to the Education Minister to implement Right to Education (RTE) Act effectively in the state.

In a letter addressed to the minister, ACSU expressed disappointment over the poor implementation of RTE Act in the state. What has gone wrong with the Govt, its machineries and public leaders? Where has the enlightened conscience of the leaders gone?, it questioned.

Suggesting for setting up of a non-political electronic media in the state, especially in Itanagar and Naharlagun, it said it would enable the ordinary citizens to express their grievances and views on issues concerning the state.

Also asking the government to make meaningful use of the funds, it warned the unpunctual and irresponsible teachers to be more responsible.

Further urging for the release of funds, it appealed for creating funds for renovation and upgradation of schools and to check the various institutions in the state for equal admission fees.


City administration carriesout another round of eviction

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The capital district administration today carried out eviction drive for removal of illegal encroachments on the footpath/roads by the vegetable vendors, pan shops, sundry vendors, etc. The eviction was carried out in presence of Sanjay Goel, Deputy Commissioner, Talo Potom, ADM-cum-CEO along with help of police and PPPF personnels

During the drive, 10 shops were demolished in front of new building of Directorate of Accounts & Treasuries at Bank Tinali. Another shop and CRPF room at Ganga market was also demolished for creation of parking space and further to add to the city’s beauty. The team further removed the dumped construction materials and debris lying on the right of way at Bank Tinali which was needlessly creating trouble to the commuters. Further hap-hazard system of parking at bank Tinali was also streamlined.


Training for in-service teachers

SEPPA, Apr 11: The 5 days refresher course for in service teachers under SSA began at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Bazarline Seppa on April 8. More about 100 teachers are attending the programme.

The training is being conducted in phase manner in order to cover the seven blocks.

Teachers of Seppa, Pakke-Kessang and Bana block are attending in the first phase of the training and the second phase will start from April 11for the rest.

Addressing the trainees, DDSE Kata Rangmo reiterated of the need to put joint efforts by BRCs, CRCs and Teachers for smooth functioning of the school and also to ensure successful implementation of all important programmes under SSA and other centrally sponsored schemes. He emphasized on the need to exercise comprehensive evaluation in the teaching and learning process for quality education. Spelling out the provisions of the RTE Act, he urged the principals and Headmasters to achieve universal enrolment, retention, quality education and zero drop out in their respective School.

R Pathak, Pedagogy co-ordinator urged the trainees to be attentive and sincere during the course of the training to equip themselves with the innovative teaching techniques and methods.

SD Pandey, Ashutush Kumar, lecturers DIET, OP Ojha, resource person RMSA, and GS Mishra, DRG are the resource person of the refresher training. DIPRO


APPCWA endorses APPSU’s demand

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The All Papum Poma Contractors Welfare Association (APPCWA) has endorsed the demand placed by All Papum Poma Students Union (APPSU) for magisterial enquiry into the incident of a Bailey bridge collapse at Jote on March 30 last and to initiate legal action against the erring officers.

People of the entire Sangdupota Circle under Papum Pare district are facing hardships due to bad road communication as the raining season has already approached, it stated in a release.


Monthly cluster level meeting held at Roing

ROING, Apr 11: Monthly cluster level meeting cum training for teachers organized by SSA District Mission to disseminate latest information and directives of the Ministry of Human Resource Development to the teaching community was held at Anchal Samiti Hall here today.

Roing ADC W Tikhak while attending the inaugural session of the meeting exhorted the teachers to update themselves with latest teaching techniques and discharge their duty with more sincerity and dedication.

Abu Saring, DAEO spoke on Mid-Day Meal Scheme, Academic and Health Check Ups while Obang Tayeng, BEO (Academic) delivered speech on Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) Method, Textbooks and Exam related matters.  

Various doubts were clarified in the interactive session.

Around 100 headmasters and teachers from various schools attended the meeting. DIPRO






270 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 


News Impact


Speed thrills but it kills

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to request the young bike riders to kindly check their speed as well as ear piercing noise while riding their favourite vehicle. It seems as if you people are always in hurry trying to chase something. But you forget that it not only endanger your own life but risk the life of others too. Several times I have come across such bike riders whose style and speed scares us and frightens people on the road .Some people curse them for such act and still there are some good soul who silently pray for their safety. Even then, please think for those children going to school, those parents/relatives going for job, those sick and old people going to hospital. Your thrill & excitement can cost a lot. I hope I am able to convince you all brothers through this column and take steps to control this and remember "SPEED THRILLS BUT IT KILLS.”


Omang Panor

VKV, Itanagar.



Open letter to his Excellency the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh

Dear Editor,

This is an open letter to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh seeking his urgent interruption to save precious life. Governor Sir, under your able administration, the department of health services has issued a death warrant to the poor citizens of Arunachal Pradesh. It is because of the blessing of health services department who has listed the banned medicine items in the medicine procurement lists in respect of Tender No. MSUP-21/2012-13 conducted on 27th March 2013.

That the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Central Government of India, Power conferred by Section 26A of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940) hereby prohibits the manufacture, sale and distribution in public interest of the following items as follows:

1.         Items No. 20 and 21: Tab. Gatifloxacin 200mg and 400mg. The Gazette of India Notification No. GSR No. 218(E) dated. 16/03/2011.

2.       Items No. 57: Susp. Nimesulide 60ml (50mg/5ml). The Gazette of India Notification No. GSR No. 82(E) dated. 10/02/2011.

3.       Items No. 108: Tab. Astimizole 10mg. The Gazette of India Notification No. GSR No. 191(E) dated. 05/03/2003.

And, it is learnt that State Government has approved the death warrant served by the health services department to the poor citizens of Arunachal Pradesh. It is the black day of Arunachal Pradesh in the history of the state for those coming days. Arunachal Civil Society believes that if there is any adverse affect to those medicine consumers, directly or indirectly the health services department has to take full responsibility.

Your Excellency, the Governor of State, the 12 lakhs population of Arunachal Pradesh are seeking right to live under Article 21 of Indian Constitution under your good governance. Your good office may kindly, intervene the matter and saves the life of poor & innocence’s citizens of Arunachal Pradesh.


Patey Tayum,

Chairman (ACS).



Tapi Mra deserves many things   

Dear Editor,

Through your esteem daily, I would like to draw the attention of people of Arunachal Pradesh about the pathetic condition of the legendary everester Tapi Mra who earned name and fame in the field of Adventure sport by conquering Mount Everest.

Tapi Mra, the 1st Everester of Arunachal Pradesh who earned name and fame after conquering Mount Everest with dare devil display crossing all the hurdle. He has a place in Arunachal General Knowledge Book for his feat which is a matter of proud for family, clan, tribe and Arunachal State as a whole as he registered the name of Arunachal State in the Book of Mountaineering History of the World. But the future of this legend seems to be bleak as he is struggling for his own existence. He has remained jobless all these days since he became celebrity and how he is managing to survive has become a very important question to be introspected. As for the degree in his own field what I feel is that Mr. Tapi Mra is having the highest and coveted degree in the field of mountaineering which is a Ph.D. Degree. To set foot on moon or to set foot on Mt. Everest is an act of dare devil which require courage, endurance and suffering to which common people cannot achieve as it needs extraordinary quality. For this extraordinary quality of courage Mr Mra had been felicitated by government and other well- wisher NGOs and Civil Societies. But mere felicitation with empty stomach will not help him to exist in this modern world. Despite all these, “The Legend” is living in a very pathetic, destitute condition which requires immediate attention. Now my question is, does not Mr. Tapi Mra deserve a decent job of his equivalent? With this question I would like to send an SOS message to every citizen of Arunachal Pradesh to help this legendary figure to get his deserving job in case government is initiating one for him with immediate effect so that he may live a respectable life with decent job.


Albert Mra




Geological survey of India office needs attention

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of authority towards existing condition of GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA office, which is situated just merely five hundred meters away from PHQ Itanagar. Whenever I visit there, I almost get anxious by noticing the main entrance gate. The rusted old gate is hanging and can come down anytime. Finally after crossing that hilarious gate I entered into the land of jungles where domesticated animals have made govt quarters and lab buildings their home! At some place, there were even private residence buildings! I wonder whether it would be appropriate to name it 'DOMESTICATED ANIMALS ZOOLIGICAL PARK OF INDIA’ instead of geological survey of India. Therefore I request the concerned authority and state govt. to immediately upgrade the GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA for its official research and developmental works.


Alex Khonjuju

G-Sector, Naharlagun


National Safe Motherhood Day

According to the 2011 census data, the national average of maternal mortality has come down by 17 per cent in India.

National Safe Motherhood day is being observed across the country to create awareness on proper healthcare and maternity facilities to pregnant and lactating women.

According to reports, the Indian government has written to the states to strengthen implementation of Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna maternity benefit scheme. The review of the progress of the IGMSY will be conducted from the 15th to 25th of this month.

Surviving childbirth is a basic right of every woman and a social responsibility. Ensuring institutional delivery, reducing anemia among women by providing Iron-Folic Acid supplements and better pre and postnatal health care are necessary for mothers.

Prevention of child marriages which are indirect causes of maternal deaths is also an important factor. Right to good quality nutrition and health services during and after pregnancy and childbirth and the removal of barriers that contribute to maternal mortality would go a long way towards safe motherhood.

In India, the national average of maternal mortality has come down by 17 per cent according to the 2011 census data and efforts are on to achieve the millennium development goal of reducing maternal mortality rate to 139 per one lakh live births by 2015.

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