April  28

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





Teachers’ training camp held by AVP

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: Be a true teacher in words and actions, said Dr. Ninnu, DMO, Tezu at the valedictory function of Teachers Training camp of Arunachal Vikas Parishad.

While addressing the gathering of local public and  67 teachers at Amik Matai Vidya Mandir, Tezu on April 22,, she opined that the job teaching is more prestigious and important than many other professions as the teachers have a great responsibility of moulding a child’s future. She urged the teachers to put more efforts towards this noble cause and live up to society’s expectation.

This five days training started from April 17 was held or the teachers of the Balwadi, primary and middle schools of AVP.

Sixty-seven teachers from 29 schools attended the training,

BL Chauhan and Kedarji Yadav both from Rajasthan and some local resource persons guided the trainees.

Besides teaching methods some lessons on moral values, action songs, games, yoga, patriotic and jungle book stories for children were also the part of the training.


Training on brinjal nursery

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lower Dibang Valley District organized training on Brinjal Nursery for farmers at the KVK farm, Balek village yesterday.

The Subject Matter Specialist (Horticulture) demonstrated the methods of nursery preparation in Brinjal and line sowing to the farmers.

A total 16 farmers actively participated in the multi-activity programme.


Forest officials conduct checking drive

PASIGHAT, Apr 27: Pasighat Forest Division, in an effort to keep the forest resources protected from poachers, plunderers conducted a 10 days combing operation in Koyu-Korang beat, Ruksin-Bilat, Mebo, Nari and Pasighat forest ranges in the district.

The department, during its operation, has seized huge quantities of illegal logs, mechanized carpentry units with band saw etc., which were running illegally in various places. The teams also visited various building construction sites of govt. agencies and instructed builders to obtain valid Transit-Pass from the wood based industries of notified Industrial Estate and produce it to the authorities concerned immediately, informed DFO Bittem Darang.

“Illegal felling of trees or deforestation results in severe ecological imbalance, such as massive loss of vegetation, soil erosion and land desertification, said Darang.

The team interacted with GBs and public and asked them to keep constant vigil on unwanted and illegal activities within forest. DIPRO


276 pet animals vaccinated

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: Altogether 276 pet animals (dogs and cats) were administered anti rabies vaccines (NOVIVAC-R) free of cost and another 134 animals treated on the World Veterinary Day celebration by Arunchal Pradesh Veterinary Association at Veterinary Hospital, Naharlagun today.

Declaring the day-long celebration open, Joint Director, AHV Dr. ND Minto appreciated the veterinarians for rendering yeomen services in their field of work in spite of impediments which has directly benefited the farmers’ economic status. He urged all the veterinarians to discharge their duty with dedication for the welfare of the farmers.

President of Arunachal Pradesh Veterinary Association Dr. K. Basar informed that World Veterinary Day was scheduled to be celebrated in large way at Seppa. But it was cancelled due to ensuing Panchayat election, the same was arranged in a small way at Veterinary Hospital, Naharalagun. He asked the authority concerned of the department to strengthen the lone veterinary hospital in Naharlagun with sufficient infrastructure and staff.

Earlier, the day-long celebration started with free treatment of livestock and administration of anti rabies vaccine in companion animals.






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


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8th annual conference of AONEI

Experts focus on latest advancement in cancer treatment

Lency Pangin

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: The 8th Annual Conference of Association of Oncologist of North-East India (AONEI) began here today. The Conference was attended by cancer specialist of North-East region as well as doctors of some eminent hospitals from across the country.

Addressing the participants in the inaugural session, Dr. Mari Basar MS, Senior Surgical Specialist, State Cancer Control programme, said: “This year Arunachal Pradesh is going to see the long awaited dream of establishing tertiary cancer centre in Arunachal State Hospital Naharlagun, come true, which will bring great relief to our public and those of neighboring states.” He also added “We need to update our knowledge and improve our skills keeping with changing paradigm of management of various cancers and fast changing technological advancements.” Dr. Kuddush Ahmed, Secretary, AONEI said “ This congress will attempt to bring to focus at least a few of the latest advances to a state of better management, in a multi-disciplinary management setting, which is one of the main aims of the association.”

Dr. P.K. Choudhary, President, AONEI, in his address said “Though newer treatment techniques are being developed at a rapid pace, we appear to be still losing our battle with cancer. That is why more importance must be given to prevention, and for this, awareness regarding the contributing factors for the cause of cancer, e.g. personal habits like tobacco and alcohol use, environmental factors like pollution, must be stressed upon.”

Later a souvenir was released by Swami Vishwananda, Secretary, R.K. Mission to mark the occasion and he declared conference open.

With the inaugural sessions coming to end Dr. Tsering, MD, Radiation Oncology, Organizing Secretary AONEICON, believe that cancer treatment needs multi-specialty approach and a team work. “Even though we are lagging behind in cancer patient management, but nevertheless we are striving forward and trying our best to help our cancer patients,” said Dr Tsering. Later in the day discussion were held among the panel of senior doctors and researches regarding various ways to fight cancer.



PPA blames Cong for poll violence, demands probe

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: The violence erupted on the day of scrutiny of nomination papers for ensuing panchayat elections at Koloriang is a direct outcome of INC’s double standard and lack of clear cut working guidelines, claims People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA).

The INC is a high command centric party, where the views and opinions of party leaders from smaller states are not taken into consideration. This type of working system of the party has not only damaged the democratic values and transparency in all fronts but also encouraged corruption and violence in Arunachal Pradesh in particular and the country as a whole, PPA in a release alleged.    

“The Congress party has issued more than one ticket in many single GPM, ASM and ZPM constituencies thus creating confusion among their own workers. This has exposed their regular internal factionalism,” the party claimed.

“This has been a long practice of the party and the common people should understand this immature culture of the Congress”.

It further alleged that Congress party is creating factionalism in our society for their personal gain and selfish interest.

The PPA demanded for constitution of an Independent Enquiry Committee headed by a retired judge to ascertain the persons responsible for incident, where a precise life has been lost. The responsibility of the violence should be fixed to those ticket issuing authorities of the Congress. The Congress Party and the Government should own responsibility for the death of young person and compensate to the bereaved family accordingly, PPA demanded.



DMEO urges officers to work for free and fair PR elections

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu has asked all the presiding and polling officers to work sincerely for smooth, free and fair conduct of panchayat and municipal election.

Addressing the officers in the first phase training for the Presiding and Polling Officers at Siddhartha Hall here today, Ligu, who took the charge of DMEO during the training period of Sanjay Goel, asked the officers to work without fear and discharge their duties in a free and fair manner. He also informed that a resource person would be deployed at the office and in case of any confusion pertaining to election matter, he could be contacted. It is worth mentioning here that Sanjoy has left for Mussoorie for mid-term career training programme.

Ligu appealed all to restrain from indulging in any kind of violence and those found involved would be dealt strictly as per law.

A C Baruah, MERO/ AMRO appealed to the presiding/ polling officers to work sincerely as the actual responsibility lies on them. He suggested them to be very cautious from the time of training to the end of polling duties are over as a small mistake can invite great problem.

Informing that as 90% of the area has been declared as hyper sensitive, he asked all to be alert, cautious and well prepared.  He further said that the success of the election is expected with the cooperation of these officers as they are the one who will be practically conducting the election. He suggested them to be well acquainted with the guidelines of election process. Since the training has been organized to impart knowledge of election procedures and materials with the master trainers, who are the experts in operating EVM, he urged all to get the best out of the training.

SC Debnath, Deputy Secretary Education, who is on requisition for election duty from State Election Commission, briefed all on the general rules and regulations for the smooth conduct of elections.

Seven master trainers imparted training and practically demonstrating the functioning of EVM.

ADC cum MRO Bokar Basar and other officers with all the presiding and polling officers attended the training. DIPR



Parties asked to abide by election code of conduct

ZIRO, Apr 27: A meeting of all the departments along with administration and leaders of various political parties was convened by new Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete to ensure free and fair conduct of the ensuing Panchayat election in Lower Subansiri district in his conference hall here yesterday.

All administrative officers, returning officers, HoDs and political parties were asked to strictly follow the Model Code of Conduct as issued by the State Election Commission. The Model Code of Conduct was read out for all by the DC.  

It was also stressed that all the Government servants, who will be appointed on duty should inevitably carry out their duty.

In the sidelines of the meeting, various developmental works and its status were also discussed, including revenue generation and employment generation.

The Deputy Commissioner also informed about various initiatives tobe taken by him such as checking of check gates, inspection of educational institutions, making administration more effective through various initiatives, computerization of arm licenses etc. Pasighat DIPRO adds: District Election Officer RK Mishra, DEO held a consultative meeting with all the political party leaders and administrative officers in his conference hall today.

Addressing the meeting, Mishra appealed for strict adherence to model code of conduct (MCC) and sought full cooperation from all quarters. He said that election is the biggest festival of our democracy and we must participate in it peacefully and enjoy and conduct it in a fair and fearless manner.

He read out the dos and don’ts and various provisions and restrictions under election model code of conduct and appropriate action will be taken against the violators.

SP Pushpendra Kumar informed about its preparedness to tackle any eventuality during election besides giving full protection to the citizens.

The meeting was also attended by the election observer Bandana Deori, Municipal Returning Officer Nilima Kumar, EAC Oli Perme, EAC Starlie Jamoh, Natek Nonang (CO) and Rani Mibang (CO).

Meanwhile, the first phase training for Presiding and Polling officers for the ensuing Panchayat election was conducted in the DC’s conference hall today. Altogether 68 Presiding and 161 Polling officers took part in the training program.

The training is being imparted by master trainers GP Pandey and KS Bist under active supervision of the District Panchayat Development Officer Nilima Kumar (ADC).

In her inaugural speech, the DPDO asked the trainees to avail optimum benefits of the training and clear their doubts so that the ensuing election is conducted absolutely error-free. She further advised to perform their assigned duties with sincerity, dedication, fairly and fearlessly. The second phase training will be held on May 3, added Kumar.



APCSOA mourns death of Tatum

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers’ Association (APCSOA) has expressed shock over the sudden and untimely demise of Modang Tatum after a brief illness at Naharlagun yesterday.

Tatum was a sincere, dedicated and kind hearted person and served the State in different capacity during his service tenure of 19 years 8 months.

Modang, son of Late Tamo Hong of Hong village in Lower Subansiri district, was born in 1970 and joined the APCS (Senior Grade) in 1993 and posted at Seppa in East Kameng and Tezu in Lohit as EAC. He went on deputation to DRDA as Project Director and posted under Tezu DRDA in 2006.  He was promoted last year to APCS (Admin Grade). He was presently posted as Additional DC, Boleng, under East Siang district.

He left behind his wife, a daughter and a son.

The Association prayed to almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul. APCSOA also conveyed its deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family members and prayed to almighty to give them strength and courage to bear the irreparable loss.



It’s a ‘revenue revolution’ for some departments

Amar Sangno

For many people the ensuing Panchayati Raj election across the state and Municipal election at Itanagar, may be a tedious and soporific period, as it incurs lots of money besides the usual electioneering which involves noise and nuisances.

However, it’s a heyday for the departments like Public Health Engineering (PHED) and the Power (E) in our state where most of the common public are accustomed to evade tax and revenue.

This election spawned “revenue revolution” for these departments, thanks to the Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act 1997 Section 57 under which criteria for disqualification is being laid for candidates. It clearly says “If arrears of any kind are due by him to the Gram Panchayat, Anchal Samiti/Zilla Parishad and Government: Provided that the disqualification specified in clauses (d) and (e) shall not apply to an ex-officio member.”

In fact, generating revenues through these basic needs (water and electricity) has always been a tough job for the departments. Needless to say our people’s attitude towards electricity and water bills, as many don’t care, no matter their bill touches dizzying heights of whopping  ten to twenty thousand, sometimes lakhs, driving department into insolvent state and  sometime forcing it to go on de-connection drive spree.  

The random statistic records says, both departments were able to collect lakhs of rupees in terms of pending bills from the contesting candidates as the candidates have to produce “no due certificates” from the respective departments before filing of nomination paper.

It said departments had never experienced such obedient tax payers ever before and there was rush-hours for couple of weeks before the filing nomination papers. “I saw hundreds of people on queue at cash counter of Power departments obediently waiting for their turn to pay the due bill” said a clerk amusingly.

Observers feel that if  the common people always maintain such decent attitude towards water and electricity bills in our state, both departments  would find no problem in providing power and water supply  without any interruption.



DC for welfare and safety measure in Govt. offices

AALO, Apr 27: West Siang Deputy Commissioner M K Sahoo has asked all offices of the district to display Citizen’s Charter in English and Hindi languages in front of their respective office providing information to general public as well as to make the service delivery system more transparent and accountable, reports DIPRO.

Similarly a board displaying the details of the PIO with respect to Right to Information Act, 2005 should also be placed in a conspicuous place of the office premises, the DC said while requesting all HoDs to make a routine procedure of sending each and every information to DIO, NIC on every Friday for updating the official website of the district for information of general public. Circulars in this regard have already been issued to all Government offices.

All government offices must be provided with fire extinguishers as a precautionary measure and sensitize the office staff about its use. First Aid Box should also be installed in govt. offices in consultation with District Medical Officer. The DC has also asked all offices to maintain cleanliness and asked to dispose off unserviceable items that are found scattered in the office premises. Special attention must be given to toilet blocks, gallery, visitors’ rooms and other space in their respective offices, the DC said. The DC has obtained compliance reports from all offices within a week time. DIPRO



India does not want to accentuate situation: PM on Chinese incursion

NEW DELHI, Apr 27:  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said India does not want to "accentuate" the situation in the wake of the recent Chinese incursion in Ladakh and is working on a plan to resolve it.

"We do have a plan. We do not want to accentuate the situation. We do believe that it is possible to resolve this problem. It is a localised problem. I think the talks are going on," he said when asked if the government had any plans to resolve the issue.

The Prime Minister was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the defence investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

On April 15, a platoon-strength contingent of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) had come inside the Indian territory in Burthe in the DBO sector and established a tented post there.

The government had on Saturday told a parliamentary committee that Chinese troops have pitched tents 19 kms deep inside the Indian territory in Ladakh region. The Army has given its inputs to the government and the national security adviser-headed China study group, which is handling the present situation in Ladakh. The Army has also given various options to the government on the issue including the aggressive use of military to handle the present situation.

All the options suggested to the China study group are being looked at carefully and other stakeholders in the situation have also given their inputs.

The Army had rushed its troops from the 5 Ladakh Scouts battalion to the DBO area and they are camping there. The force is also considering the option of dispatching additional troops if the need arises. PTI