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Murderer arrested, police lauded

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The people of Tani-Tator belt and  panchayat leaders under Dumporijo constituency highly appreciated the police personnel of Dumporijo police station for arresting a murderer accused Tate Dujom from the jungle on August 6 night.

Headed by Dumporijo PS SI Token Dubi  the police team including head constable Gape Game, constables Damchi Essi, Kalhing Panyang, Ligo Gadi, Rusa Baja and N/K Ram Babu Singh arrested Dujom within two days of committing crime, said  Jumli Dugi, Gusar Anchal Samity chairperson and All Sigi Gusar Unemployed Youth Forum president R Dugi in a release today. The arrested person was accused of killing a woman inside jungle on August 4, they said.

Dumporijo police had also busted a bike lifter gang operating in Daporijo-Dumporijo area  and recovered five motor bikes recently, the release said and appealed to the people to cooperate the police.


Improve BSNL service at Longding: Union

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Expressing resentment over the frequent break-down of BSNL tower at Longding, All Niaunu Students Association (ANSA), Tirap has urged the higher authorities to activate and restore the tower within August 30.

Several complaints have been lodged and subsequently the SDOT Deomali inspected the site in 2010. But till date there is no improvement in BSNL service, the union said.  It further said, even the emergency call is not possible in Longding area which is said to be insurgency affected.

Moreover, land line connectivity also remains out of order since December 28, 2010, it claimed and urged the authorities to do the need within this month.


Yazali CHC MO gets official quarter

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Nyishi Elite Society (NES) president Bengia Tolum inaugurated  the medical officer’s residence of the Community Health Centre (CHC),Yazali in presence of head of  Ranganadi Hydro Electric Plant, NEEPCO, other officers, local leaders and women society leaders on August 12 last.

The medical officer’s quarter which was a long felt requirement was constructed under NEEPCO’s Corporate Social Responsibility-community development scheme. NEEPCO had earlier donated one Tata Sumo Ambulance and other hospital equipments for CHC, Yazali. Tolum and women society leaders  extended sincere thanks to NEEPCO for their activities.


Protest against ‘Aarakshan’

Itanagar, Aug 14: The Arunachal Pradesh Schedule Tribe Students; Union (APSTSU) vehemently condemned the contentious Hindi film Aarakshan which is fully loaded with anti-dalit and anti-reservation dialogues.

‘Aarakshan’, which means reservation, severely criticized the caste-based reservation policy and demanded abolition of the system, APSTSU in a release said.

The film hurt the very sentiment of the tribal people by opposing the reservation policy. Since the tribal people are lagging far behind in all development front as compared to other class and community, reservation is the only source of inspiration for them to compete with others’, said APSTSU.

While appreciating the Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab for taking bold step to ban the film for atleast two months, APSTSU urged the State Government to follow suit.


Convert JNC into varsity: Union

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Eastern Adi Student Union welcoming the introduction of Post Graduate course in Geography and History departments in Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat appealed to the Chief Minister and education Minister for up gradation of the JNC, Pasighat into a full fledged University from next session for the welfare of the students.


Cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Aug 14:  Large number of public including officers, public leaders, businessmen conducted a cleanliness drive at Sagalee township on August 13 on the eve of Independence Day. The social service was jointly organized by the local administration and Sagalee Bazar Welfare Committee (SBWC), Sagalee.

Besides drains and road, the participants equipped with dao, spade cleaned up office premises, institutions and general field. In a rare gesture, the vehicle owners also voluntarily spared their vehicles for lifting of garbage. After the cleanliness drive, the Sagalee township wore a fresh look.

Later in the afternoon, a volleyball match has been played between heads of department and SBWC executive members.

 Sagalee ADC Chukhu Talar lauded the people for their participation in social service in large number and hoped for similar response in future too.


BBWC organizes social service

Itanagar, Aug 14: A mass social service was organised to clean the market areas of Banderdewa, circle office, 5/1 area upto forest check gate on NH-52A by Banderdewa Bazaar Welfare Committee on August 13 to mark the Independence Day celebration.

The social service led by  Banderdewa CO Yame Higio, BBWC president AL Loram and general secretary Kipa Hipik was participated by Banderdewa police, business community, local residents.



ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh has appointed  Lenzing Pertin as State Council Member and Convener, state BJP Education Cell. The party also appointed former AAPSU leader Tabin Taki and Tame Tama, former President, erstwhile Itanagar City BJP Committee, as State Council Member and State Convener, BJP-Labour Cell respectively.


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35  Hepatitis ‘B’ cases detected

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ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The city-based Heema Multispecialty Hospital, in collaboration with ZYDUS Multinational Company Limited organized a free Hepatitis ‘B’ screening camp at Heema Hospital today.

As many as 732 persons were screened and around 35 positive cases were detected during the camp.

The coordinator of the camp, Medicine specialist Dr. Rinchin Dorjee Mageji strongly called upon the people to remove the stigma being attached to Hepatitis positive persons and informed that Hepatitis B virus is not spread by casual contact, such as holding hands, hugging, coughing or sneezing.

It mainly spread through infected needles through IV, shared needles during drug abuse, infected unscreened blood products, tattoos needles, sexual contact with infected person and infected mother to infants during pregnancy etc. He advised the people to take Hepatitis B vaccine to prevent hepatitis infection and also suggested the people to avail such free medical camp in near future.

While briefing the importance of today’s free Hepatitis B screening camp. He informed that the detected cases would be provided 50% deduction in HBV DNA test by the company.

Therapy Manager, Rajarshi Purkayastha and team from Zydus, alongwith medical staff of Heema Hospital conducted screening and detection test.

As per the Zydus booklet, the sign and symptoms of hepatitis B usually appear about two to three months after the person is infected. Acute Hepatitis B sign and symptoms may have abdominal pain, dark urine, joint pain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, weakness and fatigue, diarrhea and mild fever. Chronic Hepatitis B sign and symptoms are Headache, itchy skin, light colored feces etc.


APEDA  conducts energy awareness programmes

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: As part of the Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas observance on August 20, the Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) hosted various programmes – drawing, quiz and essay competitions to make the occasion a grand success.

In this regard, drawing competition was organized at the Urja Bhawan here yesterday in which the students (class I to V) from 15 schools of Capital Complex participated.  It was followed by a live quiz contest at the conference hall of Urja Bhawan here today among the students from 12 schools of Capital Complex. Two students (class VI to VIII) from each school took part in the event.

King Cup School, Itanagar, represented by – Nani Rima and Amrin Rasulkhan bagged the top prize. VKV, Vivek Vihar with Jina Jamoh and Pullenium Perme bagged the second prize while KV No 1, Naharlagun team with Shridhti Sonowal and A Roy took the third spot.

The quiz show was conducted by two APEDA officials.

Later today, an essay competition on the topic – “Renewable Energy: Contributions for declining Global Warming” was held at the same venue. 15 students – class IX to XII, from different schools of Capital Complex took part in the competition.

Apart from the first three position holders in each competition, the consolation prize winners and participants will be awarded during the Akshay Urja Diwas observance at the Banquet Hall here on August 20. Besides cash, mementos and certificates will be given away.

Earlier, the quiz competition was formally inaugurated by Director of APEDA, Er Marki Loya.

While addressing the participating students, he called upon them to carry forward the message for more and more use of renewable energy sources for sustainable development of energy sector in the long run.

Meanwhile, the IPO, APEDA, T Muri has urged upon one and all to join the Akshay Utja Diwas observance at Banquet Hall here on Aug 20 to make the occasion a grand success.         

All the participants have also been urged to come and bolster the August 20 observance besides, of course, collecting their prizes on the D-Day.   


President Police Medal for ITBP DIG

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: R K Saini, ITBP DIG, HQ Itanagar has been awarded President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in recognition of his long years of exemplary and unblemished services on the occasion of Independence Day 2011.

Born on 1st August, 1955 at village Hasangarh, Rohtak in Haryana, Saini joined ITBP as Assistant Commandant in June 1980 after his graduation. The officer got a rare opportunity to receive "Colours" presented to ITBP by the then Prime Minister of India Late Rajiv Gandhi on June 20, 1987 for his dedicated service.

The officer during his posting in Kashmir valley from 1995 to 1997 carried out number of successful operations, besides providing security to Jawahar Tunnel, the lifeline of Kashmir valley. He represented India in UN Peace Keeping Mission in Mozambique during 1994 where he worked as Civilian Police Monitor as well as was assigned a sensitive and important assignment as International Electoral Observer in the historical elections in Mozambique. He made exclusive contribution in establishing ITBP Frontier Hqrs at Shillong in 2005 as well as raising of a new Sector Headquarters of the Force at Lucknow in 2008.

For his outstanding performance spanning over 31 years of service to the Nation,  he was awarded DG's Commendation Roll (6 times), Police (Special Duty) Medal with Bar, UN Peace Medal, 50th Independence Anniversary Medal etc. During 2005 he was awarded Police Medal for Meritorious Service.


News-portal launched


ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Cooperative body of media persons has launched a news-portal, ‘www.easternexpressnews.com’ that would offer instant and online news reports of the region with particular emphasis on Arunachal Pradesh. News portal has been designed to cater to the needs of the techno-savvy world having interests in Arunachal Pradesh while keeping in view the interests of the working journalists of the state.

The web portal, which would be available for access on the net from August 15, is headed by a team of working journalists with Appu Gapak as the Online Editor.

“The functioning of the portal is based on cooperative model that will have local media professionals as its beneficiaries,” Gapak informed. The revenue generated from the portal will be utilized to create social securities like group life insurance, group health insurance and to meet other exigencies.

While thanking Sokjar & Gamde Foundation, Gapak informed,“ Seed Capital for development of the site, booking of domain name and for web-hosting has been provided by Sokjar & Gamde Foundation.

On the occasion, Dr Lingam Ete, Director of Sokjar & Gamde Foundation said, "The novel venture has been supported by our foundation to provide social security for journalists and other media professionals, who have been working without any social benefits except for the meagre salaries."


BBK’s dharna continues

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The peaceful Dharna organized by Bogong Banggo Kebang (BBK) entered its second day. Inspite of the silent maintained by the state government on the issue, dream for a beautiful Pasighat still endures for the community. Many luminaries of the society today participated in the dharna, prominent among them were Okeng Tatung (Ex MLA), Talop Darang General secretary COSAAP (East Siang) and several executive members of Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA East Siang Unit). Strongly endorsing the movement spearheaded by BBK for eviction of illegal encroachers in the District headquarter they advocated that any government official involved in illegal land grabbing should be strictly dealt with and list of them should be prepared & submitted to the state government. Many speakers were also of the opinion that the Education Minister Bosiram Siram being the local MLA should tender his resignation on moral ground if he cannot protect the interest of Pasighat and its people. Some were even of the opinion that the local MLA has been sold out to land mafias of the district headquarter.  

Meanwhile in a significant development All Bogong Students Union (ABSU) have demanded the state government listen to the genuine demand of BBK latest by tomorrow evening. Union threatened to launch its second phase of 36 hours Pasighat Bandh from 16th August 2011 if their demand is not accepted. While in another turn of event the panchayat leaders of Bogong Area comprising of 21 Anchal samity members and one zilla parishad member have decided not to participate in the official independence day celebration at General ground Pasighat and instead will be celebrating the national event at Gandhi Chowk where BBK is sitting in a indefinite Dharna.


APLS monthly sitting held

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The monthly literary sitting of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) was held at the conference hall of JN State Museum here today.

The APLS meet – 27th in its series – was chaired by its vice president Tage Tada, the Director of Research.

The session started with the members actively taking part in the customary pedagogic activities. Bompi Riba, associate professor of RGU read out her English poem ‘Trepidation’. While R N Koley recited his self-composed Bengali poem ‘Jal Chhabi’, Jamuna Binny of RGU performed an Urdu shayari, composed by Anu Basar of Basar in West Siang district.

In addition, the members had a threadbare discussion on issues to furthering the APLS and spreading its area of activities across the State to promote the literary atmosphere. Among others, APLS general secretary Tokong Pertin and members Batem Pertin, Dr S K Ghosh and N J Deori also took part in the discussion.


Raksha Bandhan celebrated

ITANAGAR,  Aug 14: The local Rajyoga center of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (PBKIVV) celebrated "Raksha Bandhan", the festival of pure love and universal brotherhood in a befitting manner with 2-day programme in capital complex and elsewhere in the state on August 13 and 14.

On the occasion, a team of Brahma Kumaris led by Brahma Kumari Junu, center in-charge, Itanagar, and Dr. Jayadeba Sahoo, faculty,  Brahma Kumaris and Head, Dept. of Education, Rajiv Gandhi University called on Governor Gen. J. J. Singh at Raj Bhawan today and tied Rakhi on his wrist.

Accepting the sacred thread and sweets from the children and Brahma Kumaris, the Governor extended his fraternal assurance of care and protection. He expressed his hope that the occasion will spread universal love and peace in the world.

“If there is peace, there will be progress. And when there is progress there will be prosperity, the Governor said.

The Governor appealed the people of state to reinforce the spirit of family bonding, maintain communal harmony and strengthen peaceful coexistence.

Governor appreciated the Brahma Kumaris and advised them to continue their good work. He also recalled his close affiliation with Vivekananda Kendra organization on the occasion.

Dr. Jayadev Sahoo apprised the Governor on the activities of the Brahma Kumaris in its endeavour for all round socio-spiritual up-liftment of humanity and to establish world peace.

The team also called on Tako Dabi, Minister of Industries,  Rt. Rev. Dr. John Thomas, Bishop, Itanagar, Ankur Garg, Secretary Planning, Economics & Statistics and other luminaries with message of universal brotherhood and religious harmony, appraised about Brahma Kumaris activities worldwide in general and Arunachal in particular. Brahma Kumari Junu,  Brahma Kumari Tame Meku, BK Yape Riram, BK Lukir Gamlin tied the sacred “Rakhi” on their wrist.

Programmes were also been organized in ITBP and CRPF Camp, Itanagar where ITBP and CRPF officials and Jawans were tied Rakhis by  Brahma Kumari Junu and others.

In the evening, a "Spiritual Get-Together Cum Discussion” was organised in the local centre at Itanagar which was attended by many Luminaries.


BJP condemns police brutalities on BJYM activists

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)  Arunachal Pradesh has condemned the inhuman police brutalities and atrocities meted out to activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM)  who were staging peaceful protest over  soaring prices of essential commodities  and corruption on August 9 last in New Delhi. 76-member state BJYM activists had also participated in the protest.

Two of the Arunachal BJYM activist – BJYM state Vice President, Hinium Tachu and State Secretary, Dug Saha received minor injuries while several activists’ mobile handsets damaged during the lathicharge and  use of water cannons and teargas shells by Delhi police. However, members in BJYM Arunachal team were safe.

Even the handicapped BJYM members were not spared by the police during the lathi-charge, the party said.

The State BJP blamed the dictatorial administration of the UPA government for misusing the police for vested political interests. The party demanded resignation of Home Minister P Chidambaram and said that the latest incident has exposed the partiality of the Congress that deserves severe condemnation from all. Meanwhile, the BJP hailed the  state BJYM team for showing courage and facing the highhandedness of the police.


Tali Govt secondary school to celebrate golden jubilee

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Tali MLA Markio Tado, former MLA Takam Sorang, panchayat leaders, senior citizens, officers and student union leaders of Tali and Pip Sorang circle  in a meeting held at Naharlagun on August 6 unanimously decided to celebrate Golden Jubilee of Govt Secondary School, Tali with three days programme from Nov 25 to 27.

The house also constituted 14-member Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee with Dai Takum, chairman, Ha Tagong, vice chairman and Rumik Tada as member secretary.

Apart from various cultural events, the committee will organize volleyball tournament for both men and women.  The winner and 1st runner up men volleyball team will be awarded with Rs 1 lakh and 50,000 with trophy, while women volleyball winner and runner up team will get Rs 50,000 and 25,000 respectively with trophy.

Various sub committees were also formed for smooth conduct of the celebration. For details participants may contact the celebration committee.


Poma bamboo processing center product outlet opened

ITANAGAR, Aug 14: Adding another feather to the Raj Bhavan initiative of Poma Bamboo Processing Centre, a showroom cum sale counter for its product was opened at Chimpu, here today. Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg inaugurated outlet, christened as ‘Galleries of Cane and Bamboo Handicrafts’ in a simple function, which was attended by Raj Bhavan and Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation ltd. officials, members of Poma Village Development Society and general public. Decorated with native touch and designs, showroom gives a tribal flavour in it look and produce.

Led by Poma Anchal Samiti Member Techi Anna, the Village Development Society members adorned the outlet with handicrafts made by the villagers, which include cane and bamboo trays, fruit baskets, dustbins, kitchen items, indigenous caps, cloth hangers, bamboo mugs and chutney makers and wood cravings. Addition another produce of the indigenous women, it has segment for local textile produce such as gale and local coats. With the opening of the outlet, interested people will get desired local produced items and souvenirs easily.  

We are going to maintain both over counters here and at the Bamboo Processing centre. Earlier, the courter at Poma was a centre for tourist attractions but now we are going on commercial mode. It will go a long way in giving financial power to the rural community especially the local women, Anna said while expressing heartfelt gratitude to the Governor Gen JJ Singh and First Lady Anupama Singh.

It may be recalled, on the advice of the Governor the first meeting for developing the project was held on 27th May 2009, which was attended by the State Planning Secretary cum Secretary to Governor at the State Forest Research Institute (SFRI), Chimpu. This was also attended by officials of Raj Bhavan, Planning, SFRI, Panchayat leaders and Goan Burahs of Poma Village. Taken up in a Mission Mode, under the active initiative of MD SFRI Sh. G.N. Sinha and Nodal Officer, Mr. Gumtum Rime, Divisional Manager, APFCL and Panchayat leader Poma Anchal Samiti member Mrs. Techi Anna, a Village Development Society was formed to take up the project as a group venture. A vacant plot of land was identified and handed over to the society. The department took up the construction of the centre and got the machines procured and installed. Along with other machinery, portable cross cutting machine, knot removing cum slicing machine, polishing machine and sanding machine were put in place. Meanwhile trainings for the villagers on handling of the different types of machines were imparted at CBTC, Guwahati.

The Governor, who has always stressed for empowerment of the rural populace through sustainable income generating projects, constantly monitored all these activities. To carry forward his vision, he paid several visits to Poma Village. He also had a thorough interaction with villagers at a function, a workshop organized by Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Limited, Chimpu on 8th July 2009. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, D.V. Negi, State Forest Research Institute Director G.N. Sinha and other senior forest officials were present during the meeting.

This endeavor of the Governor has given impetus to other development activities in the area and has produced several positive by-products. With the setting up of the Bamboo Processing Unit, the village has now improved power and water supplies and most importantly, has a much improved road communication. Of late the whole village and area have become a tourist area.

The center, which is going to be two years on 18th August, now has many trainers and experts who are guiding the villagers on commercialization of the produce.PRO to Governor




Cheap hydrogen for fuel


Hydrogen is an eco-friendly fuel but obtaining it from water is slow and expensive. Now researchers have used a modified microbial enzyme to speed up hydrogen production while reducing costs.

Storing and transporting energy as hydrogen is seen as vital to future energy systems. Turning electrical energy into chemical energy and then releasing it again on demand is the key to this process. A major problem though is making this reaction fast and cheap enough to be viable.

Hydrogen can be made from water wherever electricity is available, even at home. And with a fuel cell it can be turned back into electricity, with water as the benign by-product.

If the electricity comes from a local renewable source such as a wind farm or array of solar cells, this means clean, independent and portable power that can be stored until needed.

New research in the journal Science takes us a step closer to this vision.

Fuel cells need a catalyst to speed up the chemical reactions that change hydrogen into water and electricity. Some microbes, though, have known for a billion years how to make enzymes that can do the job using cheap and abundant nickel and iron.

These natural enzymes are unfortunately difficult to obtain and do not do so well outside the microbe.

Now researchers have managed to make a synthetic, toughened-up version.

So far, they have looked at just one step in the complex reaction, where two hydrogen atoms taken from water are snapped together to make hydrogen gas.

But their new synthetic enzyme is performing surprisingly well, in fact it's 10 times faster than the natural one, making 100,000 molecules of hydrogen gas every second.