April 01

Hunters arrested in Namdapha Tiger Reserve
ITANAGAR, Mar 31:Two hunters were apprehended at Namdapha Tiger Reserve by the staff of Namdapha on March 30 from M’Pen River while they were trying to skin a killed sub-adult female Sambar (Rusa unicolor).
Intensifying the summer patrolling, a team led by Assistant Field Director H.Nyorak, Range Forest Officer H.Tungkhang and two field staff managed to apprehend two hunters on the spot  while others managed to flee from the scene on seeing the patrolling team.
The carcass of the dead sambar was seized but the hunters managed to flee with its head, which was severed. The two hunters arrested were handed over to the Miao Police for further investigation.
Sambar (Rusa unicolor) is a scheduled -III animal and its conservation status is vulnerable.
It is worth mentioning here that Anti-poaching activities during summers are a big challenge for the Tiger Reserve manager, as the area is prone to the natural calamity. Because of flood and landslides, it becomes a daunting task for the park managers to keep a constant vigil of anti-poaching activities as foot march is the only option inside the Forest Reserve, informed Research Officer (Scientist-B), Tajum Yomcha..

APSPCB directs Satyam Group to install Online Monitoring System
ITANAGAR, Mar 31: APSPCB has directed the M/s Satyam Group of Industries to install Online Monitoring System.  
State Pollution Control Board Chairman, Techi Tagi Tara said this during an official visit to Banderdewa Industrial Area which harbours M/s Satyam Group of Industries and M/s SMS Smelters & M/s Shree Salasar Industries at Lekhi village, Naharlagun along with the Scientists and Engineers of the Board on Thursday.
He further, asked the industry authorities for proper use of bag filters with heat exchanger to control gase fumes and dust emissions from the units. Greenbelt development in the industry premises was recommended by him.
The industry authorities assured to install the same within the month of April 2016, failing which the State Pollution Control Board would initiate legal action against the industries.
The chairman inspected the industries in order to check the operation and functioning of pollution control devices that are installed in the industries and other pollution mitigation measures taken by the industry authorities.

Siang organic campaign reaches Yingkiong
PASIGHAT, Mar 31: Siang Organic Campaign, a joint initiative of ‘Siang Tea Industries Limited’ and ‘Siang Peoples Forum’ has reached Yingkiong in Upper Siang district.
Siang Tea Resource Person for organic farming, Kaling Moyong, who has already conducted a series of training on organic farming in East Siang, Siang and Upper Siang districts, recently conducted such training at Gobuk village under Yingkiong circle.
Moyong explained to the farmers on various health hazards caused by chemical fertilizers and pesticides, discouraged use of herbicides in round up management of tea gardens.
Among others, Siang Peoples Forum president, Oyar Gao and Assistant Manager of Shanti Van Tea Estate (Linka), Kinung Pabo also attended as resource persons in the training programme.
While urging the rural people to opt organic methods in their vegetable and fruit cultivations, Moyong taught farmers the methods of organic preparations including herbal pesticides and organic manures from green herbs and bio wastes. The villagers also pleaded them to take step against use of chemical fertilizer and pesticides in Siang valley.
Among others, Gobuk village head gaon burah, Abuk Miyu and senior villager Ayan Kirkom also spoke on the occasion.

Philippos Matthai wins Festival of Speed
Dirang, Mar 31: The third edition of the JK Tyre Arunachal Festival of Speed was a closely contested affair, with drivers battling it out over the course of three separate events – Auto Cross, Hill Climb and Rally Sprint. It was ultimately Philippos Matthai who took home the overall victory, after a tough fight with Rahul Kanthraj and Sanjay Takle.
In fact all three drivers were winners in each of the categories. Matthai won the Auto Cross event, in front of the cheering crowds at Lopon Stadium. While Kanthraj won the 5km Hill Climb and Takle won the 6km Rally Sprint.
It was the Hill Climb that proved to be a close battle, and one worth watching. Kanthraj was in his element as he made his way up the Rungja Apple and Kiwi Farm, while Matthai, having registered DNFs in the Hill Climb in the previous two editions of the event, finally managed to finish, that too in second place.
During the Rally Sprint, Sanjay Takle made quick work of the river crossings in the Sangti Valley, beating Matthai by 10 seconds. Kanthraj finished third in the event.
Their performances meant that Philippos Matthai was able to take the overall win, with Kanthraj second and Takle third.
In the 1600cc category, Karna Kadur proved to be the man to watch out for. The reigning IRC 1600 champion won his class ahead of Dean Mascarenhas and Druva Chandrashekar.
Nine-time Raid de Himalaya winner Suresh Rana won the SUV class, taking the win in all three events, while Lima Jamir from Nagaland finished second, ahead of Naku.
The quad class of the event was won by Chibor, from Meghalaya, while second place went to Bitu, followed home in third by Kevin Salo. The ladies class win went to Bethadsha Bareh after she won the Hill Climb and Rally Sprint events.
2000 cc
1. Philippos Matthai – New Delhi
2. Rahul Kanthraj – Bangalore
3. Sanjay Takle – Pune
1. Karna Kadur – Bangalore
2. Dean Mascarenhas – Mangalore
3. Druva Chandrashekar – Bangalore
1 Suresh Rana – Manali
2 Lima Jamir – Nagaland
3 Naku – Arunachal Pradesh
1 Chibor – Meghalaya
2 Bitu – Arunachal Pradesh
3 Kevin Salo – Nagaland
North East Class
1. Lima Jamir – Nagaland
2. Naku – Arunachal Pradesh
3 Sajad – Guwahati
Fastest driver: Philippos Matthai – New Delhi
Ladies class: Bethadsha Bareh
(Source Overdrive)

4th national seminar on Hindi literature concludes
PASIGHAT, Mar 31: The 4th National Seminar on Hindi literature organised by the Department of Hindi, Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNC), Pasighat concluded on Thursday.
The seminar was sponsored by the ‘Kendriya Hindi Sansathan’, Agra.
Earlier, Prof. Kailash Narayan Tiwari of Delhi University, in his keynote address presented a brief speech on Bhaktikal. He said behavioral changes in society and content in Hindi stories these days was quite different from those penned in the past. Though changes in literature was a natural process, the present writers must introspect, he added.
Speaking during the inaugural occasion, East Siang DC, Isha Khosla appreciated the Department of Hindi for organizing such type of seminar in JNC. She expressed hope that rich contributions of the scholarss would help the participants. Khosla while pointing out that the seminar was aimed at promoting Hindi literature as it is a widely spoken language has suggested the college authority to conduct more seminars inviting students and teachers from different universities in near future too to attract the young generation to take more interest in the national language.
Dean of College of Horticulture, Pasighat and noted writer/poet, Prof. AK Pandey spoke at length on ‘Hindi literature and Bhaktikal’ and role and responsibility of litterateurs in social building.
The regional director of Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, (GoI) Guwahati, Prof. Hemraj Meena informed that the institution has produced nine thousand scholars so far and they are in the field in eighty five countries in the world to promote Hindi literature.
Principal JNC Dr. Tayek Talom, and Vice Principal Dr. SD Choudhury suggested to conduct more seminars and workshops on other subjects to enrich general knowledge. According to them, it was the best way of promoting the Hindi language and spiritual development by inviting people from across the nation. Both of  welcomed writers, poets and journalists to visit Arunachal Pradesh to know more about the state’s beauty, tradition, art and culture and to explore the hidden treasures through their writings.
Prof. VK Mishra (Tripura University), Prof. M Pandey (NEHU), Prof. Harish Kr. Sharma (RGU) and Dr. Oken Lego (RGU) were among those who took part at the seminar. DIPRO

Govt to release salaries and student’s stipend regularly
ITANAGAR, Mar 31: Committed to his words, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Kalikho Pul has given order for the regular monthly drawal of salaries, wages and student’s stipend w.e.f. April 1st.
All the departments of the state has been directed to release Salary, Wages of Casual Labours, Contingency staffs including those paid on Master Roll basis, Student’s Stipend, Pension & other Retirement Benefits including salaries of Contractual Employees under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, National Health Mission and other Centrally Sponsored Schemes on regular monthly basis from the month of April 2016.
Fund allocated as per the Budget Estimate 2016-17 has been communicated to all the departments and the directions were given to all the Treasury Officers and Sub-Treasury Officers to entertain all such bills submitted by respective departments. (PRO, CMO)

EC bans exit polls
New Delhi, Mar 31:  The Election Commission today banned exit polls between April 4 and May 16 when Assembly elections are held in five states.
Citing provisions of electoral laws, EC said, "Exit polls cannot be conducted and publicised by means of print and electronic media or dissemination in any other manner starting from April 4 at 7 AM to May 16 at 6.30 PM."
The election timings for Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry are between 7 AM and 6 PM. The timings for West Bengal and Assam would be a little different depending on the topography of the constituency and the security situation.
The Commission also said that display of "any election matter" including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey in "any electronic media" is "prohibited during the period 48 hours,  including the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in each of the phases in connection with the elections."
Using powers under the Representation of People Act, 1951, EC bans exit polls from the time the poll begins till half-an-hour after the polling ends.
The poll panel had proposed that there should be a prohibition on publication and broadcast of the results of opinion polls starting from the date of notification of elections till the completion of the last phase of polls to Lok Sabha and state Assemblies.
The proposal is pending with the government.
Existing law allows EC to ban opinion polls 48 hours prior to voting. PTI

AACWA to not allow works in advance
ITANAGAR, Mar 31: The All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA) urged all executing agencies under various government departments not to allow the contractors to start works in advance without maintaining codal formalities.
In a release, AACWA stated that many individuals are initiating projects or schemes for individual places where as many bills of genuine contractors are yet to be cleared.
AACWA also requested the state government to immediately revoke the authorization system for issuing payment to contractors as due to which many officers were unable to release contractor’s payment.

Association reiterates demand
ITANAGAR, Mar 31: Reiterating its claim that the road construction work from NH-229 to Gumte village has been going on without any supervision by an engineer and without proper tools and equipment as per the DPR, the Gumte Youth Welfare Association (GYWA) has demanded for stopping the bill clearance of the work till the agency secures all the equipments and manpower.
In its complaint letter to the East Kameng DC, it insisted for inspecting the site before making any payment on the project.
The association has also claimed that most of the amount is being invested on earth cutting which is not necessary and also claimed that the approved 15 numbers of culverts will not be sufficient as it would affect the water supply of the paddy fields.

AIMSU seeks IGGC upgradation
ROING, Mar 30: A team of the All Idu Mishmi Students’ Union (AIMSU) led by its General Secretary, Eha Mili had called on Chief Minister Kalikho Pul on Mar 29 last and discussed various issues including upgradation of IGG College, Tezu.
The Union also called for increase in the intake capacity of all the streams available in the college to accommodate growing number of students. It has also appealed to revoke allocation of college catchment area of Lower Dibang Valley to JNC Pasighat in East Siang and to change it back to IGG College Tezu in Lohit district for the convenience of students.
‘Lohit district is better accessible because of its distance and favourable road condition from our district as compared to East Siang district, which remains cut off from our district during monsoons which is the time  when admissions commence causing much hardship for the students’, explained Mili and hoped that the CM addresses the issues at the earliest.
The also discussed regarding illegal appointments in various departments, early release of pending students’ stipend, maintenance of Simare and Eze(Deopani) Hydel, timely supply of medicine at district hospital of both Anini and Roing and early completion of power transmission line work between Along and Pasighat.

Cultural Nite marks Golden Jubilee Mopin
AALO, Mar 31: The Cultural Nite of Mopin celebration witnessed modern group dance competition as part of the Golden Jubilee Mopin celebration at Aalo on Wednesday.  
Former minister Eken Riba and Jt. Director Art & Culture, Jomnya Siram attended the celebration at Gumin Kiin where retired Registrar RGU Dr. Tai Nyori and 25 others who were instrumental in the first Mopin celebration in 1966 at community level were felicitated.
The gathering observed a minutes’ silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul of late Pemin Tassar and other members of 1966 Mopin who are no more alive. DIPRO

District Committee meet on AIDS
TEZU, Mar 31: Addressing the  District AIDS Prevention & Control Committee meeting at Tezu on Thursday Lohit Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak asked the DAPCU to approach the Arunachal Pradesh State Aids Control Society to install CD4 Machine at Government Hospital Tezu, so that it will cover all the nearby districts in the eastern part of the state.
The DC also directed to form District Level Network of positive people within the next month and advised the DAPCU to include all the HoDs of various departments, MOs incharge of CHCs and PHCs of Lohit in the next DAPCU meeting.
Lohit District Medical Officer, Dr S.Chai Pul requested all the HoDs to co-operate with DAPCU regarding social benefit schemes to PLHIV.
DPO DAPCU A. Taloh highlighted the present scenario of HIV/AIDS in Lohit district. He stressed on formation of DLN of positive people in Lohit district so that they could avail various social benefit schemes and lead a normal life.
DD ICDS Geyum Amo Perying sought a list of positive people so that they could avail various schemes.
DF&CSO M.K.Chakroborty said that people living with HIV could avail BPL and AAY cards.
Station Superintendent, State Transport Bojum Lusi Sorum informed that PLHIVs could avail transportation concession two times a year. DIPRO

Special Neonatal Care Unit inaugurated in District Hospital
DAPORIJO, Mar 31: A Special Neonatal Care Unit was inaugurated on Thursday  at the District Hospital, Daporijo by the Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom.
The SNCU has numerous facilities with specialized doctors and trained nurses.
Pediatrician Dr. Nayam explained that of the 6 million babies born in the country, about 2 million require special neonatal care. Basic level I care is provided to all babies born in hospitals and about 20% require additional special care which will be provided by the SNCU, he added.
Dr. Nayam also highlighted the Problem of lack of uninterrupted power supply,which is essential to keep all the machinery running to maintain constant body temperature to prevent hypothermia, continuous oxygen supply etc for the patients of the unit and the problem of shortage of trained manpower. He said that obstacles are there but all efforts are on to solve them so that the SNCU starts functioning smoothly.
DC Komkar Dulom appreciated the efforts of the DMO and the medical department in starting such specialised care facility in the district even with limited resources and called it a big achievement. He stated that it is a notable achievement as it is one of only 5 Government hospitals in the state to have this facility. He also said that another push was required for the sanctioned nursing school to begin in the District Hospital, which will solve the manpower shortage problem of the hospital.
DMO Dr N. Geyi, speaking on the occasion said that it was a long felt need of the district which has finally been fulfilled and would go a long way in helping the neonatal patients. He also stressed that it is the teamwork of all doctors and medical staff which has seen to the smooth functioning of the District Hospital and provision of health care in the district.
Medical Superintendent, Dr. P. Kadu, DRCHO Dr. G. Hangkar, doctors and medical staffs were present at the event. DIPRO

Inter Collegiate Games & Sports meet concludes
PASIGHAT, Mar 31: The three-day Inter Collegiate Games and Sports meet conducted at Pasighat College of Horticulture and Forestry (CHF) concluded on Wednesday evening.
Earlier, attending the closing ceremony in the CHF premise, Vice Chancellor Central Agricultural University, Imphal, M Premjit Singh suggested the young sportspersons to maintain discipline in work to achieve success.
Dean of CHF, Pasighat AK Pandey said games and sports are not only key to physical and mental development of the growing students, but it also to boost morale and have better understanding among the players.
Among others, Director of Instruction, S S Nagra, Deputy Director of Instruction, K P Chaudhury and faculty staffs of the host institution spoke on the occasion.
The sports event was organised by Central Agricultural University, Imphal, comprising of 15, wherein a total 222 students from six constituent colleges participated. The host team emerged at the top of the meet.

LLIN distributed, awareness programme on vector borne diseases
DAPORIJO, Mar 31: A Programme for distribution of long lasting insecticidal treated bed net( LLIN) cum awareness on vector borne diseases was held today at the Sacred Heart School, Daporijo for Sigin Colony and nearby areas.
Present during the occasion were DC Komkar Dulom, DMO Dr. N. Geyi, DRCHO Dr. G. Hankar and residents of Sigin colony.
Dr. Nirin (DVDCPO) created awareness on the different types of mosquitoes which cause diseases like Malaria, dengue, JE, kala azar, Zika etc and informed that according to available records, Sigin Colony has the highest incidence of malaria in the district followed by Polo Colony and then Forest Colony. He also explained in detail how to identify different types of mosquitos, their feeding habits, breeding places and precaution to be taken to be safe.
Dr. Nirin explained the correct way and places (inside the house) of spraying DDT and advised that people should allow the trained people to do their job of spraying. He also cautioned all to use the mosquito nets being provided properly for the purpose of control of vector borne diseases.
DC Komkar Dulom advised all to stay clean and keep the surroundings clean to avoid vector borne diseases and its spread. He said that the Government is trying hard to to control such diseases through provision of LLIN and conducting awareness programmes, but the people too had to take precautionary measures by keeping their areas, drains and surroundings clean.
Insecticidal treated bed nets were distributed to the people of Sigin Colony and nearby areas.





Illogical ban

The issue of cow slaughter which ruling BJP has made huge subject of political discourse since coming to power at centre is returning to haunt them. BJP imposed ban on sale of cattle for slaughter in many states including Maharashtra and Haryana where it won the state election. With major parts of country especially Maharashtra facing severe drought, the famers are having torrid time.  In Maharashtra ban on cattle slaughter is threatening to push millions of farmers into penury, deepening distress in the countryside and fanning resentment against ruling establishment.

Slaughter of cows, considered sacred in Hinduism, has historically been banned in most states but was rarely enforced in India, the world's largest exporter of beef.

But over the past year, states ruled by BJP, such as Maharashtra, have broadened the ban to include other types of cattle, like bulls and bullocks, and Hindu outfits have stepped up attacks on traders to enforce the prohibition.

The stricter rules come as Modi and the BJP lay greater stress on Hinduism instead of governance. The impact of the beef ban has been significant. Prices of cattle have fallen across the country, India's meat exports fell 13% in the April-December period and rival beef supplier Brazil is gaining from India's loss. It has also left millions of farmers, already reeling from bad harvests due to back-to-back droughts and unseasonal rains, struggling to sell animals they can no longer feed or water. Owing to this precarious situation thousands of cattle's are dying due to starvation. There is growing anger against government for imposing this ban. BJP should understand that problems of poor will not be solved by banning cow slaughter. Infact this is making life more miserable for the poor farmers. The ban on cow slaughter should be lifted for the greater interest of the poor people of India.








Readers’ Forum




Flag of humanity

Dear Editor,

Those who promptly use their hankies for covering their faces at the time of coughing, sneezing and spitting are the greatest style-icons. This is a style-statement that bears the testimony of caring attitude. These style-icons broadcast a clear message that they not only take great care of themselves but also equally particular about others’ health. They shield their mouths and noses for their own protection whenever necessary. But when they promptly use their hankies to protect others from themselves, they become our role models. We can help stop spreading many diseases if this style becomes a popular fashion. This style makes the magic of turning a mere small piece of cloth into a flag of humanity.


Sujit De, Kolkata




Fictitious medical and humanitarian grounds

Dear Editor,

Government service personnel across the nation have successfully worked under various service conditions in remote localities and even under harsh conditions for decades. Unless someone has any specific medical restriction, every individual, man and woman should serve at any designated place as directed by the specific departments and no special consideration should be allowed.

Unfortunately, several influential candidates through their connections and political networks take advantage and bypass the system on so called fictitious medical and/or humanitarian grounds. The foremost role and motto of a government servant is to serve the people and the nation and not just to do a job for his/her own personal benefits, preferences and comforts. Serving in remote locations and difficult posts are important part of job experience and could not be sidelined as it is a reason of discomfort for a handful few. Those not interested in such services are more than welcome to take voluntary retirement and look for alternative employment; however, once in the service they cannot be allowed to have their sweet way and will for their personal benefits and interests. There are 1000 capable candidates available for each vacancy released by the government anywhere within this nation. If such sympathetic grounds are opened for one set of privileged candidates with connections in high offices are allowed to get away with prize postings, it will serve as a bad precedence and others will also ask for the same breaking the rigors of service discipline. Furthermore, more sympathetic grounds if allowed will only open a Pandora’s Box and promote indiscipline, nepotism and corruption in the long run.

I can understand an individual asking for some relaxations from a respective department on specific grounds that has credibility but making this an easy way for some across the nation will have negative consequences. This is highly condemnable and should be protested in strongest words.


Saikat Kumar Basu



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