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August  - 03


Man dies after being beaten up by IRBn

ROING, Aug 2: Even as the state is yet to come to terms with Jumchi (Tachi) Nguso death, there is yet another instance where Police seems to have gone wrong.

In a bizarre incident, exemplifying the high handedness of law keepers, an old man was mercilessly beaten by IRBn personnel leading to his death.

The incident took place at around 8pm near the IRBn barrack in bomb godown area of Roing town. The victim has been identified as Miti Mepo (55) and is survived by three sons and one daughter.

A Mepo, eldest son of the victim, informed ATNS that, there were minor scuffle involving IRBn personnel and his father, who stays nearby, curious to know what was going through, peeked in. And when, group of IRBn personnel, all plain clothed started attacking the victim. He was badly beaten causing serious injury all over his body.

 The victim immediately collapsed and his badly bruised body was brought to the district hospital by some police personnel and his relatives at around 9 pm. At 9.15 pm, the victim was soon declared dead.

 Soon after the incident, all the relatives of the deceased gathered at the hospital along several student members of All Idu Mishmi Students Union.

On contacting several senior police officials, they informed that they were still clueless about the incident and what had actually went through, though involvement of IRBn personnel were not ruled out.

AIMSU has immediately halted movement of all vehicles out of the town, suspecting that the culprits might escape. And it has also called for rigorous punitive action against the culprits.

Hearing about the news of the incident, at around 11 pm, the situation turned extremely serious as hundreds of protestors armed with machetes, iron rods gathered outside the IRBn barrack in bomb godown pelting stones.

In retaliation, reportedly the IRBn personnel fired several rounds in the air to disperse people. SP T Karga  along with Magistrate Rakesh Tacho rushed to the spot and took control of the agitating crowd.


37 cadres in Tirap surrender with arms

KHONSA, Aug 2: With its relentless and sustained operations, Units of 25 Sector mainly 19 Assam Rifles of the DAH DIVISION today gave a boost to the process of peace building in Tirap by facilitating surrender of 37 terrorists of various outfits.  

23 from NSCN (K), 07 from NSCN (IM) and 07 from ANLA today surrendered with 21 Pistols, One M - 16 Assault Rifle, One .22 Chinese Rifle, One 9mm Carbine, One Revolver, Seven grenades and 05 SBBL Guns.

With today’s surrender the number has gone upto 102 during the 2009 -2010.

General Officer Commanding DAH Division Major General GS Katoch, presided over the surrender ceremony.

Major General Katoch felicitated the surrendered cadres for the bold and wise decision to join the National mainstream. He added that the return of large number of cadres to the mainstream is an indicator of the fact that efforts of the Security Forces are bearing dividends. The unprecedented success of the today’s ceremony is attributed to the goodwill generated by the Security Forces because of its people friendly approach and commitment to create a secure environment.  Today’s ceremony is a landmark event and clearly depicts the changed perception of the youth and their desire to be part of the society and National Main Stream, said a AR release.

Major General Katoch emphasised the commitment of Security Forces towards rehabilitation of these misguided youth. He added that documentation for grant of monthly stipend and other benefits would commence forthwith. He highlighted the positive role of the rehabilitation centre at Dinjan Military Station, where in the surrendered youth are provided vocational training aimed at providing adequate skills for employment.  

Commander 25 Sector Assam Rifles Brigadier JS Negi mentioned that the entire process of motivating the cadres and sensitising them has been a joint effort of Security Forces with the district Police. He also added that sincere efforts of the SSP and DC, Tirap have taken us further in achieving the common objective of a peaceful Tirap and Changlang.

Commandant 19 Assam Rifles Col Naveen, Vir Chakra, DC Tirap W Lowang, and SSP Tirap Madhup Tewari, the main forces behind the surrender of these youths were also present at the function.


Tingkhatra calls for freast-feeding policy

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: The community Food and Nutrition Extension Unit, in collaboration with the state directorate of Social Welfare, Women and Child Development Department is celebrating the  World Breast Feeding Week with various programmes from Aug one.

As a part of the celebration, a   symposium  on the importance of breast feeding was organized  at directorate premises Naharlagun today. Around 53 ICDS functionaries took part in   it.

The Chief guest of the programme N Tingkhatra, parliamentary secretary, SW, W and CD delivered a lecture on the importance of breast feeding. He also suggested “10 steps – the baby and friendly way’ to popularize breast feeding among   mothers. He also advocated for  a policy to bring awareness on the need of breast feeding with the involvement of  health care units

Breast feeding during first two years is crucial for child’s physical and mental development, he said adding it reduces the risk of child mortality.


Traders questions exorbitant power tariffs, to take action against exhortations

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: During a co-ordination meeting of the market welfare committees of Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli, Banderdewa and Doimukh under the aegis of Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) yesterday, it was decided that a memorandum to the state Government would be submitted in which the trading community would raise the issue of power tariff with the Government on imposition of exorbitant power tariffs by Power Department upon business community.

The other demands include making the Nirjuli burial ground functional, improvement and maintenance of roads at the market areas, proper and regular water and electricity supply to market areas and installation of high mask tower at the capital market and at its adjacent areas.   

During the meeting which was ACCI chaired by Techi Lala, it was further decided to conduct a massive cleanup Social Service at respective market areas on Aug13. The meeting further seriously viewed the forceful “donations” and decided to ban all sorts of donations by all organizations without having prior permission from committees.

All cases of forceful donations and exhortations shall be immediately referred to the police and concerned administration for necessary action. The meeting unanimously passed resolution to expose the names of individuals involving in illegal donation to the press as and when it shall be required.


Army announces porter jobs for Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: The Army announced its plans to raise porter companies for six months from 01 Sep onwards. The Army would employ more than 1200 local youth in the scheme. The Army said that this scheme would give job opportunity to physically fit male candidates in the age group of 18 to 40 years for six months. Apart from the age and medical fitness, there is no other qualification required to join the porter company. The persons employed would draw a monthly salary of Rs 7,864/-  to Rs 8,125/-. Apart from regular porters, the Army is also going to employ trade qualified persons like masons, carpenters, cooks and hair dressers. The enrolment would take place at Tuting (09 & 10 Aug) Yingkiyong (12 Aug), Along (16 & 17 Aug) , Menchuka (19 & 20 Aug),  Likhabali(24 & 25 Aug).

The Army spokesman urged that maximum unemployed youth of the state should avail of this opportunity to earn decent wages for six months.


Regional training prog on finance and accounts at SIRDA

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: SIRD Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration and with support from the country’s apex training institution in the field of Rural Development;  National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) is conducting a 5 day training programme on ‘Finance and Accounts’ for the Accounts Officers from DRDAs, Blocks and Panchayats here at SIRD Training Hall.

Participants from various states of the North Eastern India such as Sikkim, Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya, besides selected participants from Maharashtra are attending the programme. Various Accounts Officers nominated from DRDAs and Blocks in Arunachal Pradesh are also attending the training programme.

Inaugurating the training programme as Chief Guest. Director SIRD Nyabin Ete highlighted on the importance of Accounting Procedures and said that adherence to the various procedures and rules not only facilitates the working but these procedures and rules act as checks and balances, particularly in government institutions which are dealing with ‘public money’. He also highlighted the need for transparent accounting and efficient management of financial records in reference to the RTI requirements by all institutions and departments dealing with ‘public money’. Director SIRD also emphasised on the need for making the best use of the opportunity provided by the regional training programme to learn from the best practices from all participating states. He also emphasised the importance of such training programmes in contributing to the cause of capacity building of concerned officials in enabling sponsoring departments and agencies to submit the utilisation certificates as per the ever changing requirements of various ministries.

Ete also called upon NIRD to consider taking lead in developing content for software development for accounting purposes for Rural Development programmes and related training.

Earlier speaking on the occasion Dr Binay Singh, Director NIRD NERC appreciated the role played by SIRD Arunachal Pradesh in coordinating for the conduction of the regional training programme despite the logistical bottlenecks the institute was facing.

Dr. Singh also advised the participants to make the best use of opportunity to learn from each other. Dr Singh assured the participants from outside the state as well as SIRD Arunachal Pradesh of all the support from the regional centre in the field of capacity building. He also appraised on the various training initiatives of NIRD NERC.  

BN Sarma, Accounts Officer from NIRD NERC and also the Course Director gave a comprehensive course briefing. He highlighted various important aspects that would be covered in the training programme including the proposed field visits, etc.

VK Sharma, Dy. Director SIRD Arunachal Pradesh earlier highlighted that people coming from different parts of the region and nation should take advantage of such an important training programme in order to get better understanding about fundamental principles of accounting procedures in rural development.

Dy. Director SIRD Kirto Loyi, assured the participants of all possible logistical assistance and facilitation from SIRD. He called upon the participating Accounts Officers from Arunachal Pradesh to make the best use of the opportunity by increasing their knowledge and awareness about accounting procedures, etc.

Assistant Director SIRD Rakesh Srivastava, is coordinating the training programme on behalf of SIRD Arunachal Pradesh.


Arunachalees are capable too

Dear Editor,

This is a rejoinder regarding the oft-repeated issue on selection of Science and Maths teacher.  How the authorities can conjure up such a folly.

Are they really oblivious of the teeming unemployed youths? Certainly there can’t be dearth of eligible candidates among the indigenous populace. It reminds me of the days when 20% of the posts were reserved for non-APST candidates. I wonder whether this norm still exists. It may not be construed as a hate campaign. It is true that we can’t think of applying for any Govt job in any other state for obvious reasons like compulsory regional language test among other hurdles. Those few who work outside are employed in private or public sector companies.

In this scenario how such a policy can be contemplated. Or is the authority think tank is of the opinion that local appointees are not sincere enough in discharging duty? These days’ indigenous people are not lacking behind in anything. In motivation and in sincerity alike. After all, the stake holders are our future generation.


A citizen (on email)



Ticketless travels

Dear Editor,

Providing busses under the JNNRUM by the Urban Development under the People First government is appreciable.

But half of the revenue collected goes elsewhere  instead to  the govt exchequer , as I often see at Pasighat and Itanagar that the conductors of these buses hardly give any tickets to  travelers.

The poor passengers do not make any complaint against these conductors as they think that they are getting their benefits by traveling at subsidised rate.

But as concerned citizens we should not keep quite on such activities which affect states development.

So I request the concern authorities to check such development hampering activities for the benefit of state in general.


Kerala Borang, (via email), Pasighat



Wish the rate of development was at par with speed of VIP cars

Dear Editor,

Recent mysterious death of Lt. Nguso is quite shocking and an eye opener for the people of our state about the system. It brings out the true face of some police personnel.

Beware Public! Capital road is only for VVIPs and it is not meant for common people.

Our state is still in such a peace level that even if the CM and other VIPs will walk on the market, I can assure you nothing will happen nor anyone will come for an autograph. On the other hand the vehicles run in such a speed parallel to formula 1 race that world is going to run away from them. I think if the same sharpness and speed is used for state's overall development, the situation of our land would have been quite better.

Unfortunately incident leading to the death of Nguso has been declared by Home Minister as accident and some police personnel reasoned that what more Government can do other than compensating the family with job and money. Now I want to say, what will happen if such kind of atrocities continue against innocent lives and  Govt put same excuse with job and money ?  

I think some police personnel especially IRBn must be declared government terrorist. In recent past also, IRBn personnel have come to limelight for wrong reasons only. For instance, during last assembly election, the tussle between IRBn and CRPF personnel at Seppa led to the death of an innocent live.

One wonders how many of jene tene matriculate IRBn who are inducted by the politicians would be reading this message. The innovator of most of the cases of wrong doing from police department are IRBn personnel. There are many people struggling for their life due to   IRBn atrocities.  It seems,  IRBn personnel are endowed with the skill  of going wild and they have perfected   the art  of innovating atrocities against common public.

During  recent  state-wide AAPSU sponsored bandh I had some discussions with police personnel and I came to know IRBn personnel to be armed men.   Therefore,  they should have been posted at insurgency prone area like Trap and Changlang instead of  state capital.  Let their skill be explored where it should be. It is not that all police personnel have no humane face. The inhuman police personnel should try to learn from inspiring police officers.

Some public  with  selfish motives meaninglessly criticize the bandh calls. They forget that this is the only powerful weapon left in the state to counter the aggravating poisonous thought of politicians. Let the government be reminded that they are for the goodness of people and by the people.

Alas! Those who have never seen university/college gate are busy, appointing A-grade officer. Also, they are selling ILPs as if they want to run the state through revenue earned from ILP. This shows what kind of system we all are confined in.

The July 15 incident was a clear case of murder, violating human rights norms. So, I request the apex students' organization not to be swayed away from fighting till the justice is met for soul of late Nguso and his bereaved family.


A.   Doka






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ACR for democratic & peaceful protest

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Arunachal Citizens Rights (ACR) has appealed to Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) not to go ahead with the road blockades as such steps may adversely affect the citizens of Arunachal and Assam too.

The fire brand Activist Akhil Gogoi who heads KMSS has said that it would launch economic road blockade against big dams in Arunchal.

ACR said that it deeply admires the courage and commitment of Akil Gogoi for leading the people’s movement against the construction of Mega dams. But the proposed economic blockade will not affect those persons who are earning crores from the hydro projects as they use choppers as their mode of transportation but normal citizens, ACR Chairman Bamang tago said.

He called on Gogoi to seek legal and democratic and peaceful way of protest so that rights of common people are not affected.


In rising above, we fall

Raju Mimi

In a call to rise above local interests, the voices of native tribal communities are being unheard.

Clause 30 of the Memorandum of Agreement signed on June 24, 2007 between the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh and NHPC Ltd, assures 100% job preference to people of Arunachal Pradesh in the categories of Class III & IV. Besides, 20 % reservation of post in the executive cadre to be filled up on deputation basis from state govt, it has also kept open certain types of works for local contractors of Arunachal Pradesh.

This agreement might look appealing, but what the two parties have fail to recognize is that, the state of Arunachal Pradesh with twenty six different tribes, with different customs and cultures, cannot be made to look as a single entity, even if it falls under single administrative unit. Each tribe in the state has distinct identity with its own independent aspirations. It will be inappropriate for the power developers to take for granted that issue of benefits and employment opportunity is once for all solved with assurance of 100% job to people of Arunachal origin with this uniform policy to be applicable everywhere.

In fact, there is no one solution and the state of Arunachal Pradesh with its diverse socio-cultural features now presents newer and unique challenges, as govt of India proposes to build 100 large dams in this ethnically, culturally and ecologically sensitive landscape.

So, even if a company offers to reserve 100% job for people of Arunachal Pradesh against a given hydro power projects, it does not precisely address the issue of unemployment and poverty of locale. Each project area in the state has different sets of location and project specific concerns and grievances; even a tribal from within the state can be an ‘outsider’ if he or she is non native of that particular area. Therefore, such generic policy could be resented by the local native tribal groups as they might feel that their concerns are being undermined on the pretext of assuring 100% job guarantee to whole of the state.

Moreover, the MoA does not mention that whether this 100% job preference in Class III and IV categories is valid for employment with NHPC or with any other contractor for the project during the construction period only. The language is too vague to assuage feelings of the locals. Also, 20% reservation of posts in the executive cadre to be filled up on deputation basis from the state govt. does not necessarily mean that a govt. employee originating from that particular project area will get that opportunity; the posts can be filled up by govt. employees from anywhere in the state.

The MoA, thus, clearly does not offer any new job creation on a long term basis – particularly in the context of the project specific communities – some and few casual and contractual jobs notwithstanding.

“Our people don’t have the expertise or the required skills, so even if dam promises benefit, it will only end up marginalizing the local community”, says Takuso Mimi, member of Dam Affected Citizens Committee.

Besides he feels, “Such offer of benefits extending to the whole state without any mechanism to protect the interest of the local vulnerable communities may also result in a conflict situation.” Such opinion is generated, since wherever the hydro projects are proposed, the native tribals are not in a position to be able to participate in however limited business opportunities and benefits offered by the company. In such a scenario, a sense of alienation creeps up among the local tribal groups, as they witness ‘outsiders’ prosper out of their resources. This then leads to large scale resentment against the non native population and may lead to conflicts.

Sometimes, a difference of opinion is generated within the affected tribal communities, as Power Company starts to lure the project affected people with material and financial benefits for their consent.

“They may sponsor local festival, tournaments and support charity works in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility, and these tactics are changed according to the locality and area”, says Mimi. “The power companies may also appoint local officers from the community in their company, someone very close to local politicians to work within and divide opinion.”

The experiences in the Lohit district brings up a picture of how the power developers behave once they get all their mandatory clearances. Before getting clearances, the companies aggressively engages itself doing charity works in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility, trying to appease the local tribal for their ‘yes’ to power project.

“Before the public hearing, we were treated like kings. But once the project got their clearances, company officials have now come to their true color”, said a native tribal of Lohit district.

So the benefits the companies supposedly offer, often on paper, is only to appease the tribals and there is no real effort to work out for a mechanism to safeguard the interests of the native communities.

And there will be no such effort, as one NHPC official in an interview to a national newspaper, frankly admits, “Look, local sentiments can never be compensated, but we have to rise above that and think of the national good.”

It is in this mood to rise above local grievances and to think at state and national level, that, local concerns are considered ‘unimportant’ that requires no attention. So in desperation, hoping their concerns would be heard, the native tribal activists who are resisting dams, start to sound like ‘environmentalists’, speaking in a language that govt understands.

“When we say our Idu Mishmi population is at risk because of large dams, govt doesn’t care, but when we say Mishmi Takin (wild goat species) will face extinction, then the govt sits up and listens”, says Tone Mickrow, Secretary of Idu Indigenous Peoples Council.

Ironically, these local concerns have no political solace, as the native tribal population is already reduced to a political minority in their own land who cannot decide its own fate.

“It seems that the fate of our communities, the future of our offsprings will be decided by these outsider profit seeking dam builders and not by us, our elders, our parents. Unfortunately, we have been relegated to this situation by our own people, whom we trusted and voted to power.” (The writer is Panos South Asia Media Fellow 2009)


3G mobiles services launched in Aalo

AALO, Aug 2: The 3G mobile services was launched at Aalo by Ranjan Sanyal, Chief General Manager, North East-II Telecom Circle on July 31.

Aalo is the first District headquarter where 3g is launched in Arunachal Pradesh. During the launching, CGM highlighted the various features of 3G such as very high quality multimedia features like video call, high speed internet browsing through mobile phone or data cards, mobile TV and Voice over IP(VoIP) services. As an introductory offer on the launch of 3G services in the city, BSNL is offering 30min of free video call talk time to all new 3G customers. The video call charges also have been kept very low at 30 paisa per min, which is even lower than the voice call charges.

BSNL has allowed all existing 2G subscriber in all tariff plan to have incoming and outgoing video call facility at the existing rate. They will continue to operate with their 2G voice and 2G data tariff plan. However, the 2G subscriber need to have 3G enabled handset to get the video call facility.

He also inform the public about the BSNL plan to introduce it’s 4G services i.e. WiMAX in Aalo and Pasighat very soon. The equipments installation works are already in final stage.


Training on multiple cropping

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Deputy Commissioner of East Siang District, Onit Panyang inaugurated a district level training on Multiple Cropping of Paddy crop on Aug1at GTC Auditorium.

Farmers’ conveners from foothill areas of East Siang District attended the training programme.

While congratulating the Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Pasighat for organizing the training he further asked the concerned Department of Agriculture and Allied sectors to conduct farmer’s training regularly instead of depending on Govt. fund only.

As such type of farmers training create a platform for interaction on farmer’s practical experience and dissemination of the theoretical knowledge of the experts which will ultimately boost the production level of the farmers, he said.

The DC pointed out the problems of stray cattle’s which is a menace for carrying out multiple cropping in Arunachal Pradesh and appealed the farming community in particular and society as a whole to rethink about this problem as Govt. will not be able to provide fencing to all Agricultural land.

Project Director of ATMA K Darangwhile explaining the aim and objective of the training told the gathering that main principle of organizing this training is to spread the message of multiple cropping of Paddy. He asked the attending farmers, conveners to disseminate the knowledge to the farmers of their respective village. The Agronomist, DHO, DFDO of the district attended the training as special invitees.


Training on propagation of RTI Act

PASIGHAT, Aug 2: Three day long Sensitization on RTI Act 2005 for SPIOs and SAIPOs is being held under the chairmanship of the DC East Siang Onit Panyang from Aug 2 at Pasighat.

Panyang said the people are the masters and they have all right to know how the government is serving and how their money was being spent. Every citizen has freedom to seek information from any department of the central or state government, Panchayati-Raj institutions and any other organization or institution that is established, constituted, owned, controlled or substantially financed, directly or indirectly by the state or central government.  

Dr. D. P. Panda, Dr. S.C. Nayak and Dr. S.K. Dash all Associate Professors of JN College, Pasighat are the  resource persons. (DIPRO)


Meeting on Seppa development plan

SEPPA, Aug 2: Under the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner, East Kameng, a Stakeholder meeting was held at Kameng Hall Sepp. The meeting organized by Dy. Director UD & Housing Er. K. Bengia was attended by MLAs Tapuk Taku and Tani Lofa all  heads of Department, Panchayat leaders and representative from various colonies of Seppa town.

Dacha Bagang, Urban Planner cum Director, Research planning & Development Board of India (RPDBI) presented scope of the project to be considered under Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Town (UIDSSMT) and Integrated Housing and Slum Development Plan (IHSDP) to be covered under development plan for Seppa Town.

He presented a total requirement of outlay of Project cost Rs. 17.362.5 cr for medium term development plan for Seppa town.

MLA Seppa East Tani Lofa called for proper planning and effective people participation while stressing on improvement in sanitation system for Seppa town.

MLA Seppa West Tapuk Taku, called for cooperation of all concerned for development process. He prioritized traffic and transportation, bridge over River Kameng, slum improvement and Parking space to be considered under UIDSSMT & IHSDP programme.  (DIPRO)


BS&G vocational training ends

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: The 15-days state level vocational training organized by Bharat Scouts and Guides,  concluded at its training centre, Polo colony, Naharlagun today.

Addressing the valedictory function as chief guest yesterday,  local MLA Techi Keso  appreciated the  dedicated service of the  Scouts and Guides.

Altogether 85 members including Scouts and Guides  were imparted vocational training on various trades including arts and handicraft, computer, yoga, first aids and playing of  musical instruments during the  training programme.  Among others Yoga expert  Anand Mahore and his team from Dev Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar, fine arts and handicrafts experts Anjure Rahman and his team from Sivsagar Kalakshetra College (Assam) and band player Samir Bhattacherjee from Roing  were the resource persons of the   training course.

B P Gupta SOC (Scouts) presented a brief report of the training course. Bharat Scouts and Guides state secretary Hage Tatung also spoke on the occasion.


Youth body demands construction of bridge

ITANAGAR, Aug 2:  Stressing the need of uniformity in growth and development in all circles of the district, All Sawa Youth Welfare Association has appealed the PWD department for construction of steel bridge over Para river  in Sawa circle at the earliest.

The Association also urged upon the panchayat leaders and local MLA to intervene  for  early construction of bridge   which was sanctioned under RIFD two years back.  It further said that quality should be maintained in road construction in Sawa area.


Project delivers cars under equity scheme

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Jiyo aur Jine Do, a micro financial empowerment project, Itanagar  has delivered its 3rd and 4th free car under  its equity scheme.

Daporijo veterinary officer Dr P Reba  handed over the cheque of Rs 2,25, 000 each (cash value of each car)  to the  lady duo  Biri Moriam of Pungrung village and Bamang Yagi of Sangram village in Kurung Kumey in a function today  under  the community micro-saving promotion policy and self help groups revolving fund concepts.

The project manager Tam Matum speaking on the occasion  highlighted the concept and strategy of the project.


Expert team sought to prevent animal disease

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Suspected outbreak of foot and mouth disease has claimed large number of Mithun  in Leporiang and its adjacent areas since June last, claimed Leporiang Anchal Samity chairperson Nabam Kakam in a release today.

Mithun are still dying due to disease which first broke out at Pakke-Kessang and later spread to Leporiang, the  chairperson  said while adding added even timely vaccination  could not save the animals from the jaws of death.

The Panchayat leaders requested the Govt to send an expert team doctors to investigate and prevent the disease at the earliest.  Govt was also requested   to compensate the Mithun owners who have lost their Mithuns due to outbreak of disease.


Mega health camp

ITANAGAR, Aug 2:  A team of specialist doctors from General Hospital, Naharlagun in collaboration with the Taba Tat Foundation, a Yazali based organization is going to organize a mega health camp at Govt Hr Secondary School, Yazali in Lower Subansiri district on Aug 7 and 8 next.

The foundation will also organize a women volleyball tournament from Aug 5 to 10 at Yazali and decided to facilitate the Nyishi student toppers of Class X and XII of Yachuli constituency.


Org formed

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: The students belonging to Libo, Bokar and Ramo communities of Mechukha Sub-Division under West Siang district studying in various educational institutions have unanimously resolved to form All Libo Bokar Ramo Students’ Union (ALBRSU) in a meeting held at Naharlagun on August 1 last.

During the meeting students discussed about various problems being faced by the students in the area due to absence of adequate teachers, school buildings and teacher quarters and decided to fight for their rights.

The students also selected Kismat Diru and Sanjay Pullom as acting president and general secretary to lead the formation of the union.


SHG formations

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: National Youth Project of Arunachal Pradesh has facilitated formation of 56 Self Help Group (SHG) under Namsai Sub-Division comprises with 642 women’s which was supported by NABARD Arunachal Pradesh through SHG Bank Linkage Programme.

Ten SHGs from Chongkham circle opened their Savings Account at State Bank of India Chongkham Branch while 36 SHGs opened their savings account at United Bank of India Branch, Namsai and 5 at UBI Mahadevpur. At Apex Bank opened 5 SHGs opened their savings account. The average monthly savings of the each members is Rs. 100/-. The total savings per month by the 56 SHGs are Rs. 64,200/-.

President of National Youth Project, Arunachal Pradesh H.P. Biswas further informed that 100 SHG members will be trained on shop and detergent making in Kerala. The first batch has already been selected who would undergo training in September.


Teachers training

PASIGHAT, Aug 2: A 5 days training Programme for in-service teachers of  East Siang District started on yesterday at DIET, Pasighat. The Programme was inaugurated by East Siang and chaired by Principal, DIET, Pasighat Dr Buk Lego.

Dy Director of School Education Tani Talom in his inaugural speech said that training attended by teachers should be beneficial for the students/ learners and it would happen only when knowledge and skill acquired during training are put into the practice.

He also emphasized on the charter of duties of teachers in the schools and pointed out the irregularities and absenteeism of teachers adversely affects the quality of education in the state and appealed the teachers to be regular and punctual in attending their duties. He also focused that most of the schools are not caring for the beatification of schools by engaging the children which is an essential pre-requisite to develops the aesthetic sense among the learners. He categorically said that   indigenous teachers   are not lagging in knowledge and skill but in dedication and appeals the teachers to pull up themselves at par with teachers from other parts of the country.

In his address, the Principal DIET, Pasighat   informed that the training programme has accommodated latest contents like Right to Education (RTE), Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), Teachers Professionalism and other practical activities so that trainees can involve themselves in activity.  

He also expressed his view that 5 days training programme is not sufficient but urged the teacher trainees to extract maximum benefit from the training and put them into action at their respective schools to bring about quality improvement in classroom teaching-learning.  


No donation

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA) has requested individuals or organizations not to pay donation to  authorized members. The association said it has not authorized its members  to collect donation for organizing tournament.


Forum appeals

ITANAGAR, Aug 2:  Expressing resentment over the delay in declaration of counseling results in various disciplines, Arunachal Pradesh College’s Forum (APCF) has appealed the higher authorities of education department to complete counseling service within a week time.

The forum also advocated for a separate technical director in education department for dealing with technical matters. It also demanded the   authorities  to increase the seat enrolment capacity of various colleges to facilitate the increasing number of students in various disciplines.


NFDB supervision

ITANAGAR, Aug 2: National Fisheries Development Board, (NFDB) Hydrabad Based, Executive Director (Finance and Account) C Muralidharan visited Itanagar recently to supervise the finance and account discipline and managerial practices adopted by the department of fisheries.

He appreciated the department for maintaining the guidelines of NFDB.


Allegation of nepotism

ITANAGAR: In a letter to Chief Secretary, NCP leader Kaling Jerang has alleged that there have been discrepancies in appointment of Group D and C staff in Education Department. Targeting the Director School Education Tapang Taloh for indulging in nepotism, Jerang said that as revealed after an RTI application, at least 39 candidates were appointed violating recruitment norms.  

Jerang further alleged that at the behest of Deputy Speaker, Tapang Taloh, Director Taloh was bending rules to accommodate candidates and indulging in politically motivated transfers at Boleng constituency.

Jerang while demanding appropriate govt action threatened to go to court.


ASA meet

ITANAGAR: The first Executive Council Meeting of Arunachal Science Academy (ASA) was convened yesterday at Rajiv Gandhi University.

The EC members from various educational and research institutes of state including scientists from SFRI has attended the meeting and presented their view points. Arunachal Science Academy

ASA has decided to organize school level science education/interactive workshop, Health Camp and Biodiversity related programme for children.

It has further decided to launch journal in both hard print and electronic form wherein the young researchers of the state would be able to share their work through rapid publication in such online e-journal and their work would be read by global audience.


NHPC net profit

ITANAGAR: NHPC Limited has earned a net profit (after tax) of Rs 537 crore during the first quarter of the current financial year. It registered an increase of 7 per cent over net profit earned during corresponding period of previous financial year.


ANYA tug of war

ITANAGAR: A day after section of All Nyishi Youth Association selected Taring Mama as its president; Tarin Nabam who was sacked from his position termed the move as unconstitutional and undemocratic. While claiming himself to be the president of the Association, Nabam said that ANYA has derecognized selection of Tarin Mama and has sacked him from the position of General Secretary.


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