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August  - 10


Steps being taken to bring

personnel on right path: Khandu

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today admitted that something was terribly wrong with the state police force. He was however quick to add that steps are being taken to ensure that personnel are on the right path and discharge their duties as expected by the citzens. His response came after unprecedented public outbursts following police highhandedness which resulted in deaths of two citizens in as many months.  The latest case came from Longding, where reportedly local residents clashed with police injuring at least 5 persons including two constables.

In a meet the press prog today at his office, a candid Chief Minister said that benefaction by political leaders on police personnel was one of the greatest hindrances in maintaining strict discipline in the force. He said interferences in transfer and postings of police personnel besides undue favors had psychological effects on the personnel, encouraging them to misbehave at times.

Without mincing any words, the Chief Minister said that state police was creating law and order problem in the state.

Chief Minister said that he would soon hold a meeting with senior Police officers to discuss the issues confronting the men and women in uniform while adding that in March, the state government would place a bill on workings of the Police department including transfer and postings. He further promised to take action against erring Police officials and officers.

The Chief Minister further said he would take a decision on sending the IRBn, out of the state only after a thorough discussion with his cabinet colleagues and MLAs irrespective of party affiliations.  The IRBn, which is subject to the centre, has been in news for all the wrong reason in the state for taking law into their hands. The Khandu government has so far resisted from sending these boys out of the state as such forces are usually deputed to high conflict areas.

The Chief Minister further informed that state government allocated Rs 4 cr for the police dept to modernize itself.

Road Infrastructure: There is some good news for the citizens of capital region. The Chief Minister informed that Rs 43 Cr has been earmarked for maintenance of road in Capital Complex. He said that after the monsoon the repair work will start.

Talking on wide varieties of issues confronting the state, he said that state was on the right track of development. He said that thrust is being given on development of the rural areas of the state with horticulture, agriculture being given the priority.  

Urban Posting: The Chief Minister further took a dig on those officials who prefer urban postings. He said that employees during the time of recruitment agree to go anywhere in the state but once they get their appointment letters, they are reluctant to serve in interior areas.

Airport: The Chief Minister further said that centre is reconsidering its decision on establishment of an airport in Tawang. The centre has shown its reluctance to build the airport in Tawang, in an effort not to upset the Chinese. Though the centre has not clarified why it is reluctant to come up with an airport, observers feel that centre does not want to antagonize the people across the border.

Mithuns: Meanwhile the Chief Minister said that conservation efforts of Mithun, Yak and Sheep should be stepped up. He appealed the people of the state to refrain from sacrificing mithun during elections and marriage. Khandu said that his government is committed to conservation and would take up awareness generation programme.

Hydro project: Despite opposition from sections of society on hydro power projects in the state, the Chief Minister reiterated that only power projects can bail out the state from the present penury. He appealed the people of the state to look at the ground realities instead of being influenced by any forces. Reiterating that Arunachal is the only state to have its own Relief and Rehabilitation policy, he said all local concerns are being taken care of. He informed that the earlier earmarked land compensation rate has been reviewed and now the respective deputy commissioners have been empowered to fix it according to the latest value.

Khandu also negated the apprehension of downstream people in Assam. He asserted that the fear of foods in Assam is completely unfounded.

“Dams would control floods instead of causing it,” he said while adding that science and technology has advanced so much all spheres would be taken care off.


Scores injured at Diyun, AAPSU declares bandh on I-day

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: At least 30 people were injured today after they were ambushed at Diyun by Chakma refugees as they were returning after attending a claims and objection hearing pertaining to entry of refugees in the Electoral rolls. At least ten people are reported to be seriously injured by glass splinters after the refugees attacked the two busses in which they were travelling.

The EAC, Diyun Dakto Riba when contacted said that hearing had gone off peacefully and the incident happened as the citizens were on their way to Namsai after the completion of the hearing for the day. He said that state government has been informed of the incident and that the Changlang district administration was awaiting a response from the authorities. The hearing is scheduled for three days starting from today.

An unconfirmed report said that two Chakmas were also injured as the citizens retaliated after the busses were ambushed. The EAC when queried on this said that the two Chakmas have been handed over to the families.

Meanwhile, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union taking strong objection to the attack has declared 12 hours state wide bandh in its first phase of protest on Aug 15.

AAPSU which has softened its stand on refugees in recent times in accordance with the prevailing refugee law, angered by today’s incident demanded immediate deportation of the Chakma refugees and  threatened to go on an indefinite protest all over the state until the refugees are deported.

The Union further demanded claims and objections hearing be postponed till the court verdict. The Union has filed a PIL against the enrollment of refugees in the electoral roll. An infuriated AAPSU president Takam Tatung while speaking to this daily questioned why the Election Commission was initiating electoral process when the matter is subjudiced in the High Court.

On the other hand, the Union questioned the silence of the state government on the refugee issue even after the Union had given a memorandum after the MPen attacks. The Union in its memorandum to the state government had called for verification of the refugee card holders.  He said that if the government had verified the refugee status, the problem would not have cropped up today.  It looks like state government is working for the cause of the refugees despite the fact that indigenous people have been repeatedly subjected to attacks in their own land by the Chakma refugees. The state cannot be a mute spectator to such discrimination, he said.  

While referring to killing of ZPM, a circle officer, GB, Forest Officer and other encroachment of land and law and order problem created by the refugees, the AAPSU president said that state have had enough of Chakmas antics and it is time for the state government to act. He further cited an example of the detainment of four students including former AAPSU Vice President (Admn) Kunang Kri in Katan area in Wakro circle by Chakmas a year back.

These are extreme example of violations of human rights of indigenous people by the refugees, Takam said.


Students on dharna

Staff reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Students of Dera Natung Govt College today staged dharna at the premises of director of higher and technical education for non fulfillment of the demands submitted in the month of June. The main demand of union included furnishing and opening of 1st year boys hostel, construction of boundary wall around college campus, maintenance and face lifting of college building.  However, it is the non-opening of first year boy’s hostel which has become the rallying point, with student community facing many hardships.

Nabam Tuna, general secretary, DNGC students union while talking to this reporter informed, “1st year boy’s hostel which was damaged last year since then has been renovated. But till now electrification work is yet to be done and also there is no furniture, because of which boys can’t move in. But today authorities have given us assurance, so we are hopeful.”

Later on Dr. Joram Begi, director higher & technical education, in consultation with state education minister and education commissioner assured agitating students to look into their demand within the period of one week. However authorities laid down certain guidelines for those students seeking hostel admission. First the student must have secure 50 percent marks in immediate lower exam and hostel seats will be strictly allotted as per merit amongst student. The seat allotted will be non-transferable and security deposit of rupees one thousand per student would be charged from first year students. Also all the hostellers will have to strictly adhere to the rules prescribed by college authorities for the boarders.


Nyari Welley Open Women’s Football

Tournament begins

Madhurjya Doley

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The First Nyari Welley Open Women’s Football Tournament began on an impressive note with Papum Pare ZP chairperson Nabam Aka and MLA Karya Bagang kicking off the tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun this afternoon amidst sizeable gathering of soccer lovers. Speaking as chief guest of the inaugural function, MLA Bamang Felix described the day as dawning of a new chapter in women’s sports in the state and applauded Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) for giving them a platform to show their talent. Describing the growing popularity of women’s sports, Felix encouraged them to pursue games and sports seriously rather than taking it for recreational purposes. Thanks to emergence of sportspersons of national and international calibre from North East, Centre is gradually shifting its focus from the mainland to this region to tap sports talents, Bamang said.

"Winning and losing is part and parcel of any game, therefore, winning or losing one or two games make no team better than other," he said, and advised the participating teams to play the sport with true sportsman spirit.

He also recalled first woman legislator Nyari Welley, after whose name the tournament is being played.

Papum Pare ZP chairperson Nabam Aka, who was the guest of honour, heaped praise on APFA for bringing women footballers to local limelight through this tournament. Informing about Centre’s various welfare programmes for women, she exhorted the womenfolk of the state to show their mettle in their chosen fields. The chairperson assured that she will extend all possible helps to the players, if they are selected to represent the state at national level tournaments.

Earlier, APFA general secretary G Doke briefed about the tournament which is being organized in memory of Nyari Welley. He further informed that the tournament could not be organized at state level this year due to paucity of fund. However, it would be a full fledged state level tournament from the next year (2011) onwards and the tournament would be conducted by Arunachal Pradesh Women Football Association.

The opening match was played between CCFC and BN GFC in which the former defeated the latter by 4-0 goals. Nangbin Penu (10 min.), Tabar Rupa (21 min), Dolang Oni (28 min.) and Tako Baby (50 min.) were the scorers.

WRD Minister Atum Welley also attended the inaugural function.


AMSU demands posting of teacher in Lohit & Anjaw

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: All Mishmi Student Union (AMSU) has called for posting of teachers at Lohit and Anjaw district. The demands came after a weeklong Educational Tour of the districts.

The main objective of the programme was to trace out actual fact and problems of various Educational Institutions of the two districts.

The AMSU also appeal to the  Chief Minister, local MLAs, Minister Education, Commissioner and Director (Education), Deputy Commissioner, Lohit and Deputy Director of School Education of Anjaw and Lohit for posting of Principal & Vice-Principal State  Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Hawai, senior teacher for Geography and economics. It further said that there is shortage of classrooms at Govt. Hr.Sec. School, Tezu and said that more than 250 numbers of students are being accommodated in a single section. It further called for posting of senior teachers at the school while adding that Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Jeko needed a Senior teacher for Economics.

During the tour, the AMSU Executive Body headed by Ajan Pul organized Education Awareness campaign, Health & Hygiene, Drug De-addiction programme especially Opium De-addiction in various schools. To encourage the Mishmi student the AMSU has also felicitated the students who have secured top position in the CBSE result of class X & XII.


Parl. Secy visit school

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The Parliamentary secretary Transport Karikho Kri inspected the boys and girls hostels and School premises of Govt. Hr. Sec School Tezu on Aug 7. Later, the Parliamentary Secretary addressed the teachers and students. He heard the problems highlighted by Principal, teachers, school Captain and monitors of the hostel and assured to look into their immediate needs.


Congress celebrates 68th anniversary of Quit India Movement

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The Congress leaders of Arunachal Pradesh today celebrated the August Kranti Diwas to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the Quit India movement at  Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today.

Large number of Congress leaders, including ministers, parliamenary secretaries and APCC office bearers paid homage to  the great freedom fighters of India on the occasion. The programme was organised by the APCC as a part of the  year long celebration of the 125 year of INC.

In his address PHED Minister Chowna Mein recalled the contribution of the INC towards country’s freedom movement. He also called upon the  people to follow the ideals of  great freedom fighters  for prosperous nation.

Home Minister Tako Dabi called upon the Congress workers  to remain united for the interest of the party and nation.

Lamenting that the present generation is degenerating  and loosing human values, he appealed the younger generation not to be guided by monetary benefit only rather concentrate  on character building in order to become  responsible citizens of the country.  He also called upon the  intellectuals and  leaders to guide the people in right direction and  cultivate human values.

APCC secretary A T Kullo, Parliamenary secretary social welfare,  and women and child development Newlai Tingkhatra also spoke on the occasion.

Among others, Parliamentary secretaries  J K Panggeng (Fisheries), Phosum Khimhun (Geology and mining), APCC media department chairman and former minister Thupten Tempa, APCC general secretaries T Tatak and T C Tok attended the function. The members of  City Congress Committee  also  celebrated the Day in unique way. The  members distributed fruits and sweet  and donated food grains to destitutes to mark the occasion.

TAWANG “History normally remains history, we forget to appreciate the contribution made by scores of martyr. The ‘Quit India Movement ‘  is not only a pride for the Congress but also for the entire Nation”, said the newly elected DCC(I) President Pema Khandu who presided over the first meeting of newly elected congress workers. The commemoration of ‘Quit India Movement’ started at Tawang with the garlanding of the freedom fighters and the Gandhi family followed by a short procession at Nehru market, Tawang.

He called on the newly elected party members to work with determination, zest and vigour; in order to develop party mandate at grass root level. He promised to consolidate the organization of the party at the Block and District level.

Pema assured to initiate for a permanent ‘District Congress Bhavan’ which had been a pressing demand of the party workers in Tawang.

The meeting  was attended by Congress party leaders of Tawang District - Shri Nawang Sempa, President (BCCI) Mukto Block; Shri Pema Nawang,  President (BCCI) Tawang Block; Shri Tsering Tash,i President (BCCI) Lumla Block;  President DYC; President DMCC and Phanchayat leaders.

Block Presidents in their speeches glorified the contribution of the freedom fighters and Congress stalwarts.

People of Lower Subansiri district under the aegis of District Administration, joined the Nation in remembering the great heroes of Quit India Movement, for their sacrifices and contributions for the nation by observing it as 'Kranti Diwas' today in a befitting manner.

Besides singing of patriotic songs , various literary competitions including extempore speech, Essay writing, Debating, painting and Drawing among the students were held in various schools of the district.

Students guided by their teachers also took out prabhat pherry in the twin towns of Ziro and Hapoli, Raga and Yachuli towns of the district.


Rashtriya Gaurav Award for O Pertin

PASIGHAT, Aug 9: East Siang District Information and Public Relations Officer (DIPRO) Onyok Pertin has been selected for the prestigious “Rashtriya Gaurav Award 2010” in recognition of his remarkable contributions in the field of information and public relations. The Award comprises certificate of excellence, citation and memento  will be conferred  to Pertin at a glittering function being organized by the ‘IIFS’ (India International Friendship Society) in New Delhi on 19th September next.  The DIPRO has also been invited to take part in a seminar on “Global Participation in India’s Economic Development” same day after the award ceremony.  Master in Political Science, Pertin joined as DIPRO in 1992.  He said such award motivates him to work harder. Pertin extended thanks to well-wishers, press fraternities for their support  in his endeavour to  shine in his choicest field of activities.

Meanwhile, East Siang Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang congratulated Pertin.


NEDFi sponsored debate competition

NERJULI, Aug, 9: North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd. with collaboration with Mechanical Engineering NERIST organized a debate competition with the theme Development of Entrepreneurs in Arunachal Pradesh for the students of Schools to mark its 16th In- Corporate Day here at NERIST today where student of 9 schools participated.

Director of Trade and Commerce Tokong Pertin was the chief guest of the programme. While addressing the students he said as they are the backbone of the state therefore they come up with new ideas and views in increasing the economy of the state.

Pertin further added a good entrepreneur should have some basic characteristics to be a successful business man like he/she be a goal oriented and a risk taker therefore he urged the students to understand the concept properly and be a good entrepreneur so they be the job creator instead of job seeker.

Earlier, Branch Manager NEDFi Kabak Tani spoke about the Role of NEDFi in Arunachal Pradesh and briefed about In- Corporation Day. (DIPR)


Got the letters after the D day crossed the LoC

Dear Editor,

With so many complaints unfolding against the Postal services in India particularly in North-East, I too would like to share my experience with those unfortunate lots who missed the bus due to the postal delay.

Now read the postal curse on the career of a job seeker.  The written test for Clerical posts in SBI was on 26th April’10. I got the call letter on 28th April’10.  The post office stamp of Mumbai on the body of the letter shows the date as 9th April’10 and Itanagar HPO as 26th April’10. Again the written test for PO in Rural Bank was on 1st Aug’10. I got the call letter on 3rd Aug’10.  Here the post office stamp of Mumbai shows the date as 14th July’10 and Itanagar HPO as 27th July’10. The postal dept. must own up the responsibility for the inordinate delay. The concern bank cannot be so foolish as to drop the call letters to the post box on the D-day. Post offices usually, to save their skin, practices stamping of letters only on the date of dispatch from their respective branches and not on the date of receipt by them.  

If this is the case of capital dwellers, think of our districts. In the present day, not more than 8 days would have required to reach a simple letter from Mumbai. When the call letters were crawling for 19 days between Mumbai and Itanagar, the tests, by then, had crossed the LoC.

Therefore, I hereby recommend to all corporate houses to solicit for a hostile bid to take over the medieval-era dept. Talks of disinvestment or total privatization of the sleeping giant surfaced earlier also but had to be shelved due to hullabaloo of the departmental Snails and Left leading trade unionists.  

However, it is hope that someday this Dept. of Snail will increase its pace to be eligible to compete with the running corporate world.


Aggrieved Citizen (on email)



A biased news paper

Dear Editor,

The Arunachal Times, supposed to be a good newspaper has been found to be non cooperative in carrying news items which are challenging, truth revealing, welfare oriented. The documents proving illegal appointments, along with other related papers were submitted to your office. In spite of that your newspaper staff are found to be non committed and unavailable for any further discussion on publication of the real truth backed by genuine documents. Your office found to be without staff and locked with big locks. How do we use freedom of expression using your daily?


Kaling Jerang



A beauty contest with a difference

Dear Editor,

We would like to submit our request to the public and Government of Arunachal Pradesh.

It has been noticed that every time a Beauty Contest is held in our state there has been partiality. The same thing happened to us when we participated at  "princess of Arunachal".

The organizer of this contest distributed the sub titles and prizes to his relatives and friend participants. There were some participants who were smart enough to compete with the winners of the contest but they were not even selected for top eight. Even the choreographer was not behind. When the participants whom she didn't like walked the ramp she was going on taking out some mistake by saying , " Put your hand in your waist and walk fast" in front of the judges . She was clever enough in making our impression bad in-front of the judges. As a choreographer she should have tried to hide our mistake.  One should know how to balance his / her personal and professional life.

The arrangement of the contest was low budget whereas there was enough money from the sponsors. There were hardly any audiences present apart from parents of the participants, some young girls and boys and members from committee side. During the time of contest the volunteers distributed coupons to the audiences to write the name of their favorite contestant but they did not collect it and later on the organizers themselves wrote the contestant’s name and announced it. This was completely unfair.

For the first time we participated in a beauty contest hopping to do something great in our life but it turned out to be the biggest disaster of our life.

So, we would like to urge the Govt. of Arunachal to stop giving chance to such organizers to organize beauty contest in near future. If this system will go on then our state will be left behind. Girls beware of any beauty contest organized by such fake and clever organizers for whom money means a lot.


Taba Mepung, Taba Kashmi, Beenty Tajum & Toko Ripa



Unfair fare

Dear Editor,

In response to the news-report published in your daily, The Arunachal Times "Rising fares", I would like to draw the attention of so called transport unions, associations and consumers regarding the rising fares.

When the price of petrol and diesel rises these unions without hesitation rises the fares, which is somewhat justifiable,  but when the prices drops why they don't lessens the fares. For example, 2 years back the price of petrol and diesel were raised by Rs 3.5 and Rs 1.8 respectively, then the fare of trekker from Ganga to Naharlagun was increased by 5 rupees. But when it dropped, though for a short period, the fares remained the same. Again the rate has been increased.

I would like to ask whether these Unions would lessen the fare if the prices of fuels drop.   


Byabang Ganga (on email)




There is something more than that meets the eyes

Dear Editor,

Apropos the news item “Allegation of Nepotism” published last week and “Clarification Contested” published in your local daily on dated 8th August 2010 as alleged by NCP leader Kaling Jerang, I have to state that all the allegations appears to be frivolous. It is well nigh impossible that illegal appointment of 39 staffs could be made by the Director of school education only to accommodate the candidates of the Deputy Speaker, Tapang Taloh. Now he has taken a “U” turn by stating that only seven employees were illegally appointed at Pangin Boleng in the February 2009 by the Director School Education. The practice of randomly issuing such baseless statements against our state leaders should be avoided by all. I feel rather aggrieved by seeing the spree of the allegations randomly made by Mr.Jerang every time against the Deputy Speaker which damages the image of the 35 Pangin Constituency as a whole. If there is any anomaly committed by the Dy. Speaker, Jerang should take up legal option as a responsible citizen. Simply screaming foul without substance and always threatening to go to Court is childish. But, if such appointment if any is taken up by. Jerang as an issue and if such appointees are affected in any way, Jerang himself shall be the target of those appointees and their relatives and become the ultimate loser. Further, it is wholly unjustified for Jerang to take up the issue for the ground that he himself is a beneficiary of such illegal appointment. His wife who is serving as Teacher is also an illegally appointed.

Jerang has always been telling us that he is going to Court against the Deputy Speaker. However, we never heard of any court case initiated by Jerang against Tapang Taloh. We are rather convinced now that there is a secret nexus in between Taloh and Jerang. Every time Jerang is seen applying RTI in various offices, but with no outcome. It signifies that information from RTI speaks that actions of Dy. Speaker is in consonance with law, so Jerang is not in position to do anything against the Dy.Speaker.

The allegations of Political transfer are also totally baseless. We being the locales of 35 Pangin (ST) Assembly Constituency know very well that all the transferred employees from Pangin-Boleng area have serve there continuously for many years. If the transfer has been politically motivated for furtherance of the interest of Tapang Taloh, Deputy Speaker, why the employees or Sri Kaling Jerang has not taken stay order from Court? Answer is obvious…..

Today no one is fool, attempt to malign the rival’s image are shamelessly resorted to by many publicity mongers. Mud slinging became the favorite game of the loser of Political battles. However, democratic Privilege of constructive criticism extended to opposition parties and its people should not be abused with lowly acts and cheap publications without substance. In another words, this sacred privilege should not be misused as an available tool for misleading the public at large. Public should not be taken for granted. Instead of keeping oneself busy in framing baseless allegation against others, public leaders should keep themselves scrupulously involved in activities benefitting to the public.

Come clean and well prepared in the next election and try to win Tapang Taloh, but avoid false propaganda. If your convictions are true, and if you are made to serve the public, you will surely attain the goal one day. By tarnishing others image without any substantiation, you are disgracing yourself and degrading your image before us all. We are not going to be swayed by imaginary allegations any more without any result.


A well wisher (On email)

From 35 Pangin (ST) Assembly Constituency.



Appoint the wait listed candidates

Dear Editor,

We would like to show the problems which we are facing due to delay in appointment of wait-listed candidates of J/T (S/St and Hindi) and A/T by the Directorate of School Education.

In the hope of getting appointed many of us didn't opted for further studies, private jobs and most of us are staying in expensive rent houses in Itanagar. Moreover it gives us lots of psychological tensions.

As 1:30 is the teacher: student's ratio in the provision of Right to Education (RTE) Act, there should be available vacancies because many schools in our state are running hardly with 2 to 3 teachers in remote areas.

With many hopes, we the wait-listed candidates earnestly request the Directorate of School Education to appoint us immediately instead of keeping us in the dilemma.


Talo Anita,

Nukhni Taba ,

T. Tangjang ,

Biroti Moyong , Doba Ete  





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DC emphasizes on quality implementation of schemes

ITANAGAR, Aug 9:  East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam emphasized on judicious and quality implementation of the Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) at Upper Liyak village in the district.  Bam was addressing the gathering at a one-day training programme on IWMP at Kameng Hall,  Seppa on Aug 7.

The villagers, PR leaders and the Project Implementing Agency (PIA) must collectively put efforts in making the project a success, the DC said and added at the same time work quality and transparency should also be maintained. He further informed that the Central Govt is taking keen interest in launching new schemes under Agriculture, Fisheries and Horticulture sector to boost the rural economy. He called upon the people to take full advantage of such development packages.

The training programme for Upper Liyak was organised by East Kameng DRDA in collaboration with SIRD.

SIRD deputy director BK Sharma explained about the project and insisted on implementation of the schemes as per guidelines in order to maintain quality and transparency.  The training included the topics like institutional arrangements at national, state, district, project and village level, role of PRIs, project management under IWMP. PD,DRDA,Kego Essi highlighted the aim  and  objectives of the training programme.

It is worth mentioning here that the IWMP project covering an area of 4542 hec is sanctioned against Upper Liyak village in East Kameng Union Ministry of Rural Development to be completed within 5 years from this fiscal. DIPRO


SDP for School Drop-outs

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: AMYAA (NGO) organized Skill Development Programme (SDP) at Songking Village under Miao Circle of Changlang District. The SDP is sponsored by NABARD Regional Office, Itanagar. Out of 25 targeted villages, the AMYAA organization has completed SDP for School Drop-outs in 19 Villages and a total of 570 School Drop-out Youth from different rural villages attended the SDP. The impact of the programme has brought new vigor and vitality into the lives of these unemployed rural youth, who are now ready to undergo skill based training of one trade or the other, said a release from the NGO.

The general public in the villages and the immediate beneficiaries of SDP are in eager wait for genuine and committed development practitioners and agencies to show them the way towards possible development. Evaluating the feedbacks received from the beneficiaries of the SDP, the villages are now realizing the necessity and importance of more awareness programmes and trainings to know their rights and better equip themselves to face the multi-dimensional challenges of backwardness caused by poverty.


Orientation-cum-capacity building programme far ECCE workers

Ziro, Aug 9: The ten days Orientation-cum-capacity building programme far Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) workers and Volunteers working in Sarva shiksha Abhiyan programme, was inaugurated today at Govt. Middle School, here, by Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Sadhana Deori.

The programme organized by SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar was attended by over 120 volunteers from four districts of Papumpare, Kurungkumey, Upper Subansiri and Lower Subansiri .

Addressing the trainees, the DC said, the workshop is a very vital step being taken up by the government in providing quality education to the children and asked the volunteers to take full advantage of it. With top priority being given to education sector by govt. and the introduction of right to education , the education scenario has changed , teachers particularly primary level teachers need to learn and adopt the new policies and strategies of the govt. far over all development of child and realization of the immediate national goal of universalizatian of elementary education. Teaching should not be centered at teaching the students haw to read the text books and write but they should be made to learn the social values, identify things and create a mental awareness as well, she said.

Citing instances of segregations in taking admission of some technical colleges of students securing law marks from those who score higher marks, she said, our main aim should be to make the Students a capable citizen and not just to make them score high marks in their exams which is of no use in actual life.

In a bid to streamline the education scenario of the district she assured to transfer out some teachers from District Headquarters to interior schools of the district. The district Headquarter schools are crowded with teachers and on the other hand there are schools in the interiors running with few teachers , which if continued will hamper the educational scenario of the district, she said.

Lower Subansiri zilla Parishad Chairperson, Likha Tongam, sharing his early childhood days, said, during those days, children were made to start with the text books without going through the pre primary and preparatory stages where alphabets and other skills are taught through play and learn manner. It was a wrong system and as a result of this many things are still wanting in today's graduates, this should not be repeated for the younger generations, he suggested.

District Medical Officer, Dr.S. Kakoty, terming the period of 0¬6 years child as the most intricate period of a child, said that care should be started from the very day of conception of a child in its mother's womb as uncared womb could gave birth to child with ill health.

Introductory games, significance of ECCE, National Policy on Education 1986 and RTE, physical and Motor development, Cognitive development, language development, fine arts, socio-emotional development, evaluation tips on children will be main issues.


MLA flags off ambulance

KHONSA, Aug 9: MLA and DoTC chairman Yumsen Matey flagged off an ambulance for Lazu PHC amidst a huge gathering today. On the same day Tirap DC W.Lowang flagged off another ambulance for Dadam PHC. Both the ambulances have been procured from DoTC funds.

Later while interacting with the DMO, DRCHO and staff, Matey asked them to maintain the ambulances properly and hoped that those ambulances would mitigate the problem of the poor people in Lazu and Dadam areas. He added that ambulance was a long felt need of the two PHCs. He appealed to the Doctors to work with missionary zeal and assured of all help and cooperation from his end.

DMO Dr. S.Ronya and DRCHO Dr. K.Perme expressed concern over the acute shortage of Doctors in District Hospital, Khonsa and in the CHCs and requested the MLA to impress upon the government to post more Doctors in the interest of the people. Matey also inspected the NRHM building and other infrastructure in the hospital.

The flag off ceremony was also attended among others by District Youth Congress President Khunngam Sumnyan and his team and other public leaders.


Foundation stone CRC Namsai laid

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Much to the delight of revival Christian believers of Namsai a Christian revival church’s (CRC) foundation stone was ceremonially laid with religious fervor under the banner of Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival church council (APCRCC) by its senior leader Rev. Dr. Nyakdo Tasar in the presence of APCRCC vice-president David Pertin and General Secretary Evan. Tai Ete.

The ceremony was witnessed by number of missionaries, Govt. officers, APCRCC Sub-council leaders and believers from and around Namsai Township. Rev. Tasar while speaking on the occasion was optimistic that the churches will play a proactive role in bringing hope, joy and unity among the fellow human beings.


DUDA meet

Tawang, Aug 9: A meeting of the District Urban Development Agency was conducted in the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner. Chaired by Gamli Padu, the DC-cum-Chairman, DUDA. The main idea of the meeting was to discuss on the various facets and factors concerned with the District Development Plan which could enable Tawang avail the benefits of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Town, and Integrated Housing Slum Development Programme.

The purpose of the meeting was to finalize the Development Plan of the Tawang Township at District level, which mainly included the status of present position of town and the expected position in next 25 yrs. Further this will also indicate existing boundary of Urban Towns/Municipal areas at present and boundary of future extension in next 20-25 yrs. This will also indicate some important points like preparation of DPRs for Urban Towns already submitted and to be submitted, growth rate of Township, land use of Township and proposal for different sectors of township, which will be required for preparation of master plan in next course of action.

Government of Arunachal Pradesh has engaged M/s Research Planning and Development Board of India, Itanagar as consultant for the preparation of the Development Plan of Tawang Township.

Tawang MLA, Tsewang Dondhup was present in the meeting as member of the coordination committee, the Project Director, DRDA, District Planning Officer, EAC, Land Management, Executive Engineers, PWD, PHED, IFCD, Electrical, Urban Programme Officer, Inspector Sangey Norbu P, Panchayat members and bazaar secretaries were present in the meeting.

The DC and MLA both asked the planners to give their expert views and proposals for the betterment of town as well as urban plans regarding the development of drainage and sewerage systems, by-pass, etc.



ITANAGAR, Aug 9: NABARD Arunachal RO in its efforts to expand  outreach of the rural farmers and  SHGs  launched  its website  www.nabarditanagar.org  which will provide information on the various activities of the RO. The website was formally launched by     Dr. K.G. Karmarkar, MD, NABARD Mumbai today through Video Conferencing.

The objective of launching the website is to provide access to information on the various developmental activities of NABARD in the State and to get feedback from SHGs, Farmers, NGOs and other agencies through Internet and e-mails.

The website was designed by Ravi Sharma,  an MBA student from Rajiv Gandhi University,  Arunachal Pradesh, who is  doing internship in the RO under NABARD  Summer Placement Scheme.



ARPA meet

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Arunachal Registered Pharmacist Association (ARPA) conducted its 4th convention here today.

During the convention,  the members discussed about the immediate implementation of revised pay structure of Pharmacist, time bound promotion of pharmacist as per notification in the pharmacy council of India, reviving of the lone defunct Ayush Drug Testing Lab as per central government directives.

The meeting further passed a resolution that the Directorate of Health Service should recruit pharmacist post through advertisement and open written examination.

Drug Inspector of Directorate of Health Service and member of Pharmacy Council of India Nebia Tapin attended the programme as chief guest.


Bandh called off

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: All Raga Area Students Union (ARASU) has  called off its proposed 12-hour Raga area bandh on Aug 15. However, the union  said that their demands be fulfilled before Aug 11.  Earlier, the union submitted  a seven-day ultimatum demanding early solution of the problems being faced by the schools of Raga area.  

Appreciating the Education Minister for early response to its ultimatum, the  union hoped that the initiative being taken by education  department will  improve the education scenario of the state.


ASSU to construct girls’ hostel

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: All Sagalee Students’ Union (ASSU) in collaboration with PRI leaders of Leporiang circle has decided to construct a 10 bedded OBT girls hostel at government middle school Longte-Tapu on August 17.


Essay writing competition

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Akil Bhartiya Vidharti Parisad (AVBP) has conducted essay writing competition for the students of secondary and higher secondary schools at Ziro yesterday.

Altogether, 154 students from different schools took part in the competition.



ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The PR leaders, family members and relatives have condoled the death of Dha Blayu who breathed his last due to prolonged illness at Seppa on Aug 2. Dha was elected ASM of Likwa Gyadi GPC twice and was an active social worker of the area.  He was 50 during his death and is survived by two wives and two years old daughter.

This is an irreparable loss not only for family members but for society as a whole, said youths and PR members. The members yesterday prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul of Late Blayu.

The officers and other staff of Directorate of Health Services, Naharlagun expressed deep sense of sorrow at the premature demise Aboni Biswas, who died on August 7 last.

He was serving as a driver in the department since 1993.

The officers and staff of the department observed two minute silence at its office premises today and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.


Anti tobacco campaign

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: All Upper Siang Students’ Union has decided to launch anti tobacco campaign in the district from August 11.



ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Godak Ruvi, Dado Apa and Gochi Tariam have been elected as President, Vice President and General Secretary of Birup Colony Welfare Committee.


APWWS show

ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS), Sagalee Branch is organising a charity show on Aug 14 on the eve of Independence Day at Sagalee Community Hall.

PWD and UD Minister, Nabam Tuki would be the Chief Guest and while ZPM Abraham Kaya Techi, would be the Guest of Honour.


Prohibitory Orders

Daporijo: The District Magistrate, Upper Subansiri district, in exercise of powers conferred under section 144 Cr. P.C. has ordered a ban on carrying of dao/ knife or any other lethal weapons in the Govt. offices and during the period from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. within the Daporijo Township until further order.

The order has come about due to frequently reported incidents of people using dao indiscriminately under the influence of alcohol to injure others. This has made it expedient for the DA to ban carrying of dao in the township.

In an another order the DA, on receiving complaints from the public, has directed the owners of pigs to confine their pigs in pigsty or else stray pigs will be eliminated from the roads by shoot at sight operation from Aug 12. (DIPRO)


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