Aug 22


Arunachal good will team meets Maha CM

Maharashtra CM assures hostel land for NE students


ITANAGAR, Aug 21: Strengthening the age-old relations between the people of his state and the North Eastern states, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithiviraj Singh Chavan today announced a number of steps, including chartered planes from Guwahati to Pune and Mumbai for the NE students to return to their educational institutions at concession rates.  After a brainstorming discussion on the exodus of students and working people of NE people with the goodwill team of Arunachal Pradesh led by MP Takam Sanjoy here Tuesday evening, Sanjoy quoted him as announcing concessional charted flights for the students if they do not provoke the situation back home and the respective state governments send written requisition, and that officials will be ready to welcome the students at respective airports to escort them to their institutions with full security.

While suggesting preparing a list of all NE students studying in various cities of Maharashtra, he also assured to allot land near major educational institutions in the state for constructing hostel for the NE students.

In appreciation of the initiative of GoAP, particularly Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for sending the goodwill team, including Arunachal Bhawan DRC KN Damo and Congress leader Likha Maj, the CM assured to allot another plot of land in Mumbai for Arunachal Bhawan to honour Sanjoy’s request. Describing the entire mission as highly satisfactory that helped in establishing a personal rapport between the people of the NE and rest of India, Sanjoy told over telephone today that “If we stand united no force on earth can destabilize India or disturb the unique example of unity in diversity reflected by Indians, particularly the people of NE.”

“The role of the divisive forces across the border have been proved beyond doubt and it is for we Indians to realize as to who does not want us to remain united. A stitch in time saves nine,” he was quoted by a team member as saying without mincing any word.   

At Pune in the morning, Sanjoy addressing over 200 students assembled under the banner of NE Forum urged them to be ambassadors of NE in their institutions and manifest their rich cultural heritage and traditions.  

“Behave like Romans when in Rome. Be cordial with the locals, respect their religions and cultures, observe your dress codes and request your friends to return soon,” he exhorted them and urged them to fly the NE flag high as the region is known for its hospitable people, Damo informed.

He further added that while officials have given full assurance of security in the state, there was wide appreciation for the goodwill mission by the senior citizens and Muslim leaders at both the cities, particularly at the Pune Eid dinner hosted by the Muslim brethren.



Fair Price Shop dealers oppose bifurcation of DFCSO office

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The Papum Pare District Fair Price Shop Dealers’ Welfare Association (PPDFPSDWA) along with PDS wholesale nominee -cum- carriage contractors has vehemently opposed the bifurcation of DFCSO office without sanctioned post. They said that posting of two DFCSOs against a single carriage contractor- cum- wholesale nominee under single PDC will create problem for FPS dealers and carriage contractor. The brunt of such wrong policy will lead to disruption of effective functioning of PDS activities in the district, they said.

Further, they’ve questioned some of the senior officers of the department for allegedly instigating infighting amongst the officers of the same department to serve their vested interest. Such senior officers have misguided the state Govt while making decisions, they opined. They have requested the state Govt. headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to intervene and solve such unwanted problems and disciplinary action should be initiated against such erring senior officers for playing politics in the department.

The Papum Pare district including capital complex is having highest number of SDFCSOs, SIFCS and ministerial staffs. Such surplus officials should be re-distributed to other districts of the state, the two associations added.

It is being reported that department of Food and Civil supplies is bifurcating the function of DF&CSO Papum Pare district after the first ever commendable service carried out by the department in capital complex by arresting the black marketeers of LPG. The two associations failed to understand why the department is making such decision at this juncture when the present DFCSO Amit Bengia along with his team of officers is doing their best in spite of short supply of LPG from Indian Oil Corporation. Many believe that step has been taken under the pressure from black marketeers and petty traders, who are not happy with strict action taken by present incumbent DFCSO Amit Bengia.

The organizations further claimed that they have been requesting the concerned authorities to adopt corrective measures for proper Re-survey and selection of BPL and AAY beneficiaries by involving Panchayat leaders and administrative officers since 2006-07 but the authorities concerned have not taken sufficient steps to address this problem. Thus, non-following of the official procedures has deprived genuine consumers under below poverty Line (BPL) and Anthodaya Anna Yojna (AAY) schemes in Papum Pare district particularly in capital complex since then. However, the newly posted DFCSO Amit Bengia has started re-survey of beneficiaries as per latest socio economic census report, digitization of ration cards, area mapping of FPS and formation of District level, Block level and FPS level vigilance committee as per PDS guidelines have been carried out since he took over the charge of DFCSO Papum Pare in October 2011.

It is to be mentioned here that, DFCSO Amit Bengia along with the then Deputy Commissioner of Tirap Ankur Garg were the first to start computerization of PDS in Tirap District.  The two associations are of the opinion that capital complex should be made as model of PDS computerization in the state. Amit Bengia with his experience in this field is the right person to head the end to end computerization of PDS in state capital in the backdrop of  Supreme Court’s directives, they added.



Missing persons still traceless, district police helpless

Bhalukpong road mishap

Amar Sangno

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The bodies of 10 missing persons, who feared dead in Tawang-Tezpur bound Tata Sumo accident at Upper Bhalukpong in West Kameng  on Sunday morning, are yet to be traced out, informed West Kameng Superintendent of Police T T Lama this evening.  

Lama informed this daily over the phone that the missing persons are still traceless despite all efforts made by the police. “We have been trying our best since last Sunday morning to trace out the vehicle and missing persons but yields no result” rued Lama. The missing persons, it is believed, were drowned with Tata Sumo into the Kameng River near accident site. The district police has been working with army and NDRF (national disaster response force) in search operation since the accident took place.  

However, to make the search operation more worst the NDRF has withdrawn on being skeptic of tracing the vehicles and bodies of missing persons due to growing turbulence of the river water.

“We are helpless now, even NDRF has withdrawn from  search operation due to turbulence of river water” said SP.

Sources in Bhalukpong said that due to heavy and incessant rain in up-stream of the River Kameng , the water level is  increasing fast, and in such a situation the district police personnel are  not well equipped to tackle the turbulence water.

SP further informed that as last alternative attempt, the police are trying to use recovery van so that it could hook up the Tata Sumo which is believed to have fallen into whirlpool area. “If we engage expert divers in such turbulence water it would be high-risk for them too” SP added.  Another difficulty popping up against the police is  that the identity of missing persons are yet not  known,  due to unavailability of passenger list at Tawang  Sumo counter making the police even more difficult to inform their (missing persons) relatives. It is believed that ill-fated Tata Sumo bearing registration number AS12E-1666 was directly hired by the passengers, so passengers list is not available with the sumo counter.



Pema calls for team spirit to promote tourism

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: A coordination meeting of newly selected team of Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association (APTOA), advisors and officials of tourism department was held in the conference hall of Tourism department today. While addressing the participants, Tourism and RWD Minister Pema Khandu called upon the tour operators to play a pivotal role in promoting Arunachal as major tourist destination.  “Tourism department will need the help of the tour operators to make tourism industry prosper in big way. We have to work as team and should not let differences affect the growth of tourism,” said Pema.

Informing that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has assured to increase fund allocation for tourism activities in the next financial year, Pema said  “We are also taking all measures to make sure that funds are being used properly and proper infrastructure is set up.”  

In his address Roing MLA Laeta Umbrey, who is the chief advisor of APTOA, exuded confidences that tourism industry will flourish under the leadership of young minister Pema Khandu and dynamic officer and tourism secretary Sonam Chombay.

Umbrey, who himself runs a register tour operator, however, expressed serious concern over mismanagement of fund. “In the name of tourist infrastructure funds are being mis-managed.  Contractors are not constructing tourist infrastructure properly as per design and planning. This is leading to serious loss of fund,” said Laeta Umbrey. Later an interactive session was held wherein tour operators shared their problems with tourism department officials.

Secretary Tourism Sonam Chombay, Director Tourism AK Singh and John Panye President APTOA, Tsering Wange, Advisor APTOA and tour operators from across the state were present on the occasion.



Fogging drive intensified in Pasighat

PASIGHAT, Aug 21: The health department has intensified fogging drive in Pasighat township and its nearby villages after  detection of Dengue fever.

District Medical Officer Dr. M Perme and ADC SC Debnath, while supervising the Fogging drive in the main market area today, said though anopheles and aedes dengue larvae were detected recently by the department, there is nothing to be panic. They assured that maximum efforts are being made to curb the situation. Adequate preventive measures are being taken up besides spreading awareness massages among citizens of Pasighat township, they said. Meanwhile, terming stagnant water, clogged drains and strewn garbage as the main source of Mosquito breeding, they appealed to the people to clear clogged drains and garbage from their surroundings.

He informed that the health department is fully prepared to control all the vector-borne diseases immediately and has also spread anti-larvae (Fogging) medicine in the water-logged places adding that fogging drive will be continue in and around Pasighat Township and the adjacent villages. DIPRO



Japanese volunteers conduct workshop at DPM School for Hearing Impaired

ITANAGAR, Aug 21:  A group of volunteers from Japan Hiromi San, Ai Chan Okayima, Rayan and Hirosi accomanied by Mone Yonggam, Treasurer,  Donyi Polo Mission visited the School for Hearing and Visually Impaired, Chimpu and conducted a workshop on Steam Baking Cake. 11 number of senior girls and 5 senior hearing Impaired boys participated in cake preparation and they prepared 140 small cakes which were later  distributed to Visually and Hearing Impaired students and all staff.

The team also prepared Takeuma (a Japanese Traditional game/Walking Stick with two bamboo poles with footrests attached to climb on them as on a horse (Uma) for  hearing impaired children and  exhibited how to balance on them.   In many schools Takeuma has been incorporated into school curriculum for the purpose of cultivating the children’s sense of balance in which the Hearing Impaired children always lack due to disorder of organ in the Inner ear.

The team further taught Visually Impaired children to play Table Tennis with sound making Tennis Ball in which blind students showed keen interest.

H. Sharma, Principal of the school extended his thanks and gratitude to the whole team for introducing a new sort of activities which would certainly boost up the students’ morale and self confidence as they actively took part indifferent activities.

It is to mention that both the schools, DPM School for the Hearing impaired (estd. 15th October 1990) and DPM School for the Visually Impaired ( Estd. On 22nd October, 2008) are the only school in the state which have been extending education, training and rehabilitation of Hearing and Visually Impaired children.



A tale of neglected destitute woman

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 21:  It is a matter of great regret that at a time when she needed utmost care for her full recovery within homely environment, she had to spend her days and nights at a Hospital Veranda.

It is a story of a destitute woman, who has been languishing at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun corridor for nearly two years. She was admitted in the hospital reportedly by a group of members from Arunachal Pradesh Women Commission with a request to the Hospital authority to keep her in the hospital stating that she needs some psychiatric consultation. Accordingly, she was admitted under Psychiatric Department and given necessary treatment, the Hospital Superintendent said.

After a month of treatment, the Psychiatrist declared that she does not require anymore medications but said she needs the care of her family members/relatives, if any. The Hospital authority informed that it had written letters to the Women’s Commission as well as the Capital Deputy Commissioner for her rehabilitation. But to no avail.

“It is very unfortunate to note that neither the relatives nor Women’s Commission members have contacted the hospital authority for the last more than one and half years,” the hospital superintendent told this reporters. Her living in the hospital would not be possible anymore as hospital building is being demolished for the construction of 300-bed hospital, he said.

Meanwhile, the Hospital Superintendent, in a letter to the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner to direct the OC of Naharlagun police station to escort her from the hospital to Mother’s Home at Nirjuli as the chairman of the Home has reportedly agreed to adopt the woman after having a discussion with the hospital authority.



Sanitation awareness prog and free medical camp in remote villages benefit many

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The Shalleyi Anchal Welfare Society conducted Sanitation awareness programme at Shalleyi and Pistana from August 14  to 16 followed by two days free Medical Camp at Shalleyi village on August 17 and 18 in collaboration with the Public Health Engineering Department and the Directorate of Health Service, Naharlagun.

A total of 625 patients were benefited from the free treatment-cum-counseling. Department wise cases attended are  Medicine 251, Eye :-99, Orthopedic:- 40, Child:- 110, ENT:- 27, Dental :- 47 and  Gynecology-50.

On-the-spot laboratory tests were done for Malaria, TB and Hepatitis detection. Out of the total 311 samples collected, 16 were found positive for hepatitis infection and 6 Malaria.

Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya,  and Dr. Dani Duri, State Project Director, Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) attended the valedictory function on August 18 along with hosts of District Officers including Taru Tallo, Deputy Commissioner, SP other head of the departments including the Director Geology and Mining Tassar Tallar and OSD to Health Minister Byabang.

A two points memorandum was submitted to the dignitaries by Toko Obi, Chairman Shalleyi Anchal Welfare Society (SAWS) which included demand for infrastructure development of PHC Shalleyi and Shalleyi to Tallo- via-Eribu link road connection.

While responding to the memorandum, local MLA Saaya assured to sanction a sum of Rs. 50 lakh in the next financial year under SPA for the infrastructure development of PHC. Shalleyi and promised all possible help from his side in near future. Highlighting the various developmental activities under taken during the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his government, the local MLA advocated for joint responsibility and committed efforts by all for overall development of the constituency.

Minister Pema Khandu highlighted about the cabinet approval on Arunachal Pradesh Sports  Policy and increase in job reservation for meritorious sports persons in various Govt departments from 5% to 10%. He emphasized on adoption of scientific methods in agriculture / horticulture activities. He appreciated the organizing committee for conducting such type of noble work in the village level for the benefit of the common people. He also urged the  public and the local community to extend all possible help and to ensure a conducive atmosphere for good governance under the present leadership Nabam Tuki. He further committed to take up the proposal for a link road from Shalleyi to Tallo –via- Eribu earnestly to set a bench mark on his maiden visit to the village and a Hawa Ghar along Yazali Mengio road.



State NSUI observes Rajiv Gandhi birth anniversary

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: State unit of National Students’ Union of India has observed the 68th birth anniversary of former prime minister late Rajiv Gandhi at Pasighat in a befitting manner on Monday.


Speaking on the occasion, NSUI State Unit president Kirbe Dolum recalled the contribution of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in nation building.  

A friendly volleyball tournament was organized to mark the occasion. Horticulture College Pasighat A team defeated B team of the same college and won the friendly volleyball match. Altogether seven teams participated in the tournament. The winner team walked away with trophy and cash prizes, a release added.

Meanwhile Papum pare district unit of NSUI also observed the former prime minister late Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary at Gyan Mission Orphan School, Chandranagar here. Speaking on the occasion district unit president Tanu Nima highlighted the contribution of late prime minister towards Arunachal Pradesh in its attaining the statehood.  Further the district NSUI unit donated two bags of rice and a volley net to school children.



VKAJ conducts free medical camps in interior villages

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti  (VKAJ) has organized week-long Free Medical Camps in various interior villages of Upper Subansiri West Siang districts from August 10 to 20.

Dr. Manjula Chaturvedi, a retired Medical Officer from Rajasthan has travelled a very long way to provide free medical check-up and medicines to the indigenous people of these two districts, who are totally deprived of medical facilities and other health services from Govt as well as other sources.

The common mass of Sippi, Kupurijo, Tasi Doni and Tapi from Upper Subansiri and Liromoba, Jirdin, Rumgong and Keak from West Siang district respectively have availed this opportunity to their fullest as they felt very relieved by the sudden arrival of doctor  with medicines at their domiciles.

Suthapa Roy and Romin Rava, District Organizers, VKAJ of Upper Subansiri and West Siang have supervised in their respective Districts in order to make camps fruitful. The indigenous people of these two districts have appreciated and extended their gratitude to VKAJ and Dr. Chaturvedi for taking so much pain to visit such interior places just for the cause of local folks.



Free medical assessment cum aids distribution camp at RGU campus

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: In a noble initiative towards the welfare of child with special needs (CWSN) under Rajya Misson Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) a free  medical assessment cum aids distribution camp was organized by All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society (AAPHWS) in collaboration with  R.K Mission Hospital Itanagar at govt secondary school Rono Hills  in  Rajiv Gandhi University  campus today.

 Altogether four hundred students were turned out for health check up. During the screening ninety nine students were detected with low vision and 10 students were reportedly found orthopedically handicapped and 88 students having ENT problem. The other non-teaching staff of the school and dwellers of the University campus were also benefitted by the camp. The RK Mission medical team was comprised of Dr. Hano Romesh ENT Specialist, Dr. Lenin Ligu, Ortho specialist along with L. Devchand ophthalmic assistant and Tage Tamin vision screener.

Expressing gratitude to the district administration of Paum pare district and  deputy director of school education , organizing secretary Kongo Taku hoped that  administration would extend their helping hand to child with special needs in days to come.



Health awareness programme at Nacho

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The Catholic Mission at Siyum organized Health Awareness cum Preventive Care Programme and a free medical camp at the Catholic Church at Nacho in Upper Subansiri District.  

Around 250 people of the locality benefited from the medical camp and the awareness programme.  

Inaugurating the camp, Rev. Fr. Sijo Chacko, the assistant Parish Priest of Siyum said that good awareness on personal health and hygiene can help people avoid some common diseases and exhorted the gathering to avail proper treatment whenever they fall sick.

The awareness programme started with a power point presentation on preventive measures for malaria, typhoid and other infectious diseases.

Dr. Sr. Susmitha MBBS, DNB of the Divine Mercy Health Centre, Siyum explained to the people that healthy life and surroundings can prevent the occurrences of many diseases and motivated the participants to take care of their personal and family hygiene.  

Free malaria tests were conducted and medicines were distributed to the patients free of cost.

Tacha Garam the local organizer of the camp thanked the Catholic Mission Siyum for this noble gesture of organizing the camp and the awareness programme in this remote area where medical facilities are rare. The camp was assisted by Sr. Josin, the local area coordinator IDEA, and Sr. Alin GNM, of the Divine Mercy Health Centre, Siyum.



Mariyang people  demand restoration of road link

YINGKIONG, Aug 21: The people of Mariyang sub-division have been facing hardship due to disruption in road communication.

Communication between Mariyang and Yingkiong is still cut off for heavy vehicles due to damage of road near Larku bridge over the Yamne river.

Though the block points of the road were restored/cleared for light vehicles on self-help basis under the initiative of district administration and PWD staff, the road is still closed for heavy vehicles carrying essential items.

Since the said road has been already handed over to the State Highway Authority and the private constructing agency, the local PWD has no maintenance fund for the same.

Taking all these points into consideration, the DC communicated the matter to the State Highway Authority, Pasighat division both in verbal and written form to widen the block point. But to no avail. The road remained unrepaired causing lots of hardship to the local people.

The local people have been facing acute shortage of essential items due to disruption in movement of heavy vehicles. The public of the area urged the concern Highway authority, local elected representatives to take note of their demands seriously to relieve them from the ongoing crisis immediately as this road is the life-line of the people of Mariyang sub-division. DIPRO



AAFPA urges organizing committee to conduct TangMemorial Football Tournament as scheduled earlier

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The All Arunachal Football Players’ Association (AAFPA) has urged the Arunachal Pradesh Football Association and the organizing committee members of the XIth Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament not to postpone the tournament and conduct it as scheduled earlier.

AAFPA in an executive committee meeting attended by its district unit representatives from Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey and Papum Pare observed that postponement of the tournament would create lots of problem, including monetary for many participating teams as many of them have already started their training camps. It appealed for preparing a football calendar to avoid such problems.

The meeting also raised many issues relating welfare of football players such as adoption of certain policies for them.

The All Arunachal Football Players’ Association in its earlier meeting held on August 17 discussed about registration of football players. The meeting also asked the district units to work collectively for the welfare of the football players in the state.



SDP on cane and bamboo handicrafts for women

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The 30 days skill development programme and vocational training on Cane and Bamboo handicrafts for 100 woman trainees from Parang circle was inaugurated by Parang circle officer Tana Bapu at Parang Community Hall yesterday.

Addressing the trainees, the circle officer exhorted them to make good use of the training for advanced technology and innovative designing techniques to enhance the quality of their products. He announced to honor the best trainees of the programme with special prize.

In his speech,  Nangbia Amar Dui, Chairman of NN Charitable Society (NNCS), expressed gratitude to the department of Social Welfare for granting three schemes in Sagalee area, namely Condense Course of Education Programme at Langper village, Family Counseling Centre (FCC) at Sagalee township and SDP under Innovative Scheme at Parang Circle.

He suggested the trainers to take personal interest to train the rural women to develop their skill thus enabling them to convert available raw materials into a valued product.

Tana Totu, Extension Officer, Industries, Sagalee block, as a resource person appealed to the rural people to make good use of the raw natural materials available with them. We have available raw materials like cane and bamboo. We can convert them into a source of income by producing various handicraft items from it. He advised the trainees to attend the training sincerely to gain knowledge and enhance skill.

Techi Ragi, NNCS Project Officer, said that since there is a rich tradition of indigenous handicrafts in Arunachal Pradesh and every people in this state has a much or less knowledge on handicraft, it would be easy for them to adopt handicrafts as a source of additional income. Saying that no job is too big or small, he suggested the trainees to aim high and think big to achieve success.

Among others, the  PRI leaders and members of various farmer’s clubs, SHGs and publics of the circle attended the inaugural programme and thanked CSWB/APSSWB and the NNCS for taking up such an important mission in the area.

The Programme is sponsored by Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi and Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board, Naharlagun.



Career counseling for joining in armed forces

KHONSA, Aug 21: A  career  counseling for joining in armed forces was held at government higher secondary school, Khonsa today  under the aegis of Tirap District Career Counseling Cell.

Major M K Sushanta from 1st Assam Rifles thoroughly explained about all aspects of Assam Rifles and Army through a power-point presentation. He said that there was a distinct advantage for joining the Assam Rifles, especially for the people of the Northeast and threw light on the procedures for joining the armed  forces’ services. He also answered the quarries and doubts raised by the students.

Major Abhishek Sandhu, who was one of the resource persons, said that discipline is the backbone of the armed forces. He spoke about the many opportunities offered by the armed forces to employ the aspiring candidates gainfully in different wings of the armed forces both for boys and girls. He hoped that the resource persons had been successful in sowing the seed of motivation among the students.

Capt. Sumeet Singh from 117 Infantry Brigade said that there were ample scopes for Engineering students to join the armed forces and threw light on the role of Engineers in the armed forces.

Earlier, in his address Techu Aran, EAC and member of TDCCC explained about the  main objectives of  organizing the counseling session.

The students of class-XI and XII participated in the programme.

It is worth-mentioning here that the TDCCC was launched by the district administration under the  patronage and initiative of Tirap deputy commissioner Sachin Shinde. DIPRO



Orientation meeting on Tawang district disaster management plan

TAWANG, August 21: District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has conducted one-day orientation meeting on District Disaster Management Plan Tawang 2012-13 at Tawang today.

The District Disaster Management Officer (DDMO) Tsering Ngurup, highlighted about the aims and objectives of the District Disaster Management Plan. He further emphasizing the importance of the plan mentioning that it outlines the pre-disaster activities and post-disaster activities so as to control and sensitize the people for disaster.

He sought cooperation and support from the Committee members for better management and preparedness in case of any natural calamity in the area and also informed that training and sensitization programme will be held at various places in the district soon.

Tawang ADC cum DDMA CEO  Lobsang Phunchu, called for better cooperation amongst the various departments and public to deal with unexpected disaster.

He further advocated for creating awareness among the masses about the types of disaster and the action to be followed in case of these disaster.

On the occasion, a PowerPoint presentation on the role of the members of DDMA and various task forces/committees and various strategies, relief measures and operation procedures to be undertaken in case of any hazard were highlighted. DIPRO



Review meeting on local area dev schemes

TAWANG, Aug 21: A review on various schemes undertaken by the Bhilwara Energy Ltd. for Local area development was also held at DC Chamber Tawang today.

Speaking on the occasion, DC Tawang Kemo Lollen lauded the various proposed local area development schemes particularly for Lumla and surrounding area under the Bhilwara Energy Ltd.

He urged the members present to cooperate with the agency and give top priority on area development.

Parliamentary Secretary Civil Aviation Jambey Tashi urged the officials of the Bhilwara Energy Ltd to implement larger schemes in education and health sectors and added that any proposed schemes should be finalized and fully materialized.

Bhilwara Energy Ltd Tawang General Manager J. Mehta assured timely implementation of the schemes.

Later, meeting on proposed International Conference on Buddhism at Tawang and a tourism review meeting was also held.

Addressing the meeting, Lollen called for development, preservation and promotion of the religious and historical places of the district.

He called for support and propagation from all sections of the people as well as the Government to harness the tourism potential of the district and informed that a seminar cum workshop on tourism will be held shortly. DIPRO



First Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Tournament

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The pair Laa Tukum and Lunku Sih would meet the duo of Sonam Tamang and Biki Lakai in final of U-13 Boys doubles event in the first Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Tournament at Raj Bhawan Court here today.

Laa Tukum and Lunku Sih beat the pair of Megi Riram and Hillang Benoi 21-07, 21-06 while Sonam Tamang and Biki Lakai beat Asif Khan and Samir Khan 21-11, 21-09 in the semifinals.

In Under 13 Girls Singles event, Pill Reniya beat Joram Anu 23-21, 21-13 and Michi Yassa beat Api Paning 17-21, 21-15) (21-15) to enter the final.

The pair of Pinki Karki and Taing Yania beat Dani Dilhang and Kago Yassa 21-1, 21-3) and the duo of Laa Yajum and Biti Lunku beat the pair of Kalung Mamung and Pill Reniya 21-8, 21-13 to enter the final.in U-15 Girls Doubles.

The Results:

U-13 Boys/Single

Laa Tukum Beat Megi Riram (21-5, 21-2);  Biki Lakai Beat Danish Pegu (21-13, 21-12), Sonam Tamang Beat  Abhisek Kumar  (21-5, 21-12), Lunku Sih Beat Moji Riram (21-4, 21-8).

U-15 Boys/Single (Semi-finalist)        

Akshay Raito beat Sonam Tamang (21-4, 21-8), Lunku Sih Beat  Tania Biri (21-10, 21-11), Kalung Takhi beat  Gumjo Lollen (21-7, 21-16), Laa Tukum beat Rahul Thapa (21-12, 21-11)

U-15 Boys/Double(semi-finalist)        

Kalung Takhi & Akshay Raito beat  Teli Hita & Akash Sharma (21-10, 21-4), Amit Kr. Singh & Amit Pradhan beat  Reman Myee & Khurshid Linggi (21-8, 21-8), Sonam Tamang & Nabam Tadar beat  Antony Koyu & Landson Panggeng 21-11, 21-16, Laa Tukum & Lunku Sih got Walk Over.

U-15 Girls/Single (Semi-finalist)        

Pinki Karki beat  Namita Singh (21-1, 21-0), Kalung Mamu Beat Kago Yassa (21-15, 22-20), Taring Yania beat Moromi Mohonto (21-4,21-0), Laa Yajum beat Ajiya Umpey (21-0, 21-1)

Open/Women/Single (Semi-finalist)        

Gita Karki beat  Ter Taki (21-5, 21-2), Taring Yania beat Tania Minu (21-7, 21-10), Laa Yajum beat Binpi Lendo (21-4, 21-3), Pinki Karki beat Tok Yania (21-4, 21-1)

Open/Women/Double (Semi-finalist)        

Laa Yajum & Taniya Minu beat Obing Takhi & Ter Takhi (21-2, 21-2), Taring Yania & Binpi Lendo beat Lina Karki & Boni Yupu (21-5, 21-5), Taw Yania & Likha Moni Mein beat Yamak Pigia & Rejoy Longri (21-1, 21-3), Geeta Kaarki & Pinki Karki (Bye), According To An Organizing Committee Release.


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele. numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.


12th NE Carrom Championship

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: A team of Arunachal Carrom players are participating in the 12th North East Carrom Championship being organized at Nurul Amin Indoor Stadium, Nagaon in Assam from August 22. The state team comprises team manager Yarda Tayo and coach Dikbi Gangkak. The three-day event will end on August 24.


Complaint against poor quality works

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: The Village Volunteer Youth Nyopong (VVYN) Village lodged a complaint with the Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner against poor quality construction work of the boundary wall of Residential School Nyopong by the authority concerned.

Describing that the construction work is below par, VVYN, in its complaint letter to the DC, alleged that the work has been completed without following the laid down norms, guidelines and design. It demanded the Deputy Commissioner to take action against the person(s) responsible for the poor construction work.


CRPF jawans organize Mass tree plantation prog

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: 138 Bn of Central Reserve Police Force based at Senkiview organized a mass plantation programme in its campus today.

Commandant Ram Krishan, CMO Dr. C.M. Ngullie,  Deputy Commandant Ram Janm Yadav, Asstt. Commandant Rukmesh Baronia along with other subordinate officers, jawans and their families planted about 300 saplings of various fruits, flowers and trees with medicinal value in the campus in a planned manner.

All the CRPF officers, SOs and jawans and their families took pledge to plant a sapling each on every important occasion.

“MASS PLANTATION PROGRAMME” gives emphasis to every citizen of India to have due importance to motivate the people in general to plant saplings and to prevent existing forest depletion.

In his speech,  the Commandant explained in details the importance of planting more trees and protection of forest for clean and green environment. He urged all to protect and look-after the planted trees for their healthy growth.


Doctors launch protest against repeated assault

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: Arunachal Pradesh Doctor’s Association (APDA) today launched its democratic protest against repeated assaults on doctors and para medical staff on duty and lack of internal security in hospitals by donning ‘Black Badges’, putting up banners and posters throughout the state.

APDA has been demanding for enhancement of Institutional security at all Health Institutions in the state, establishment of police beat post at all Referral Hospitals (General Hospitals/District Hospitals/Community Health Centres) and that assault on Doctors be made a cognisable and non-bailable offence by enacting separate Security Act at par with other states in the country.  

APDA threatened to launch vigorous democratic movement if the demands were not met and  assault on Doctors on duty continues.

All the Doctors and Medical Staff of District Hospital, Tezu, all the CHCs and PHCs also joined the state wide protest by wearing Black Badges.  The APDA President and the General Secretary of the District unit briefed the staff about its democratic protest.

All CHCs and PHCs also the agitation by wearing Black Badges.


Police recruitment rally at Tezu

ITANAGAR, Aug 21:  The physical test in Police recruitment rally for the posts of Constable in APP Bn/ IRBn has culminated on Monday at Jubilee Ground Tezu. The rally, which is the part of the ongoing recruitment across the state, was started on 17 August last and it was conducted under the supervision of SP Seju P. Kuruvilla, who is also chairman of the recruitment rally.

Out of 697 candidates, 393 were qualified for the written examination, and 304 applicants were disqualified on physical ground, a release said. The Deputy Commissioner of Lohit R.K. Sharma paid visit to the recruitment rally and encouraged the aspirant candidates, DIPRO.


‘Restore road link’

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: Road connectivity between Seppa to Pipu has been completely snapped due to massive landslide triggered by heavy rains, informed All East Kameng Youth Forum.

The forum quoting PW Department head informed that it might take a long time of four to six month to restore the road communication. The Forum feared that long disruption in road communication would adversely affect the all on going development works in the area.

In absence of road, the raw materials required for the works cannot not be transported and the work will be ultimately stopped for a long time, the Forum said and urged the local MLA, District Administrator and concern department to take immediate initiative for restoration of the road at any cost.


Org threatens agitation

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: Claiming that people of 16th Yachuli Assembly constituency are facing problems due to  absenteeism of executive engineer PWD  Yazali division in  Lower Subansiri, All Yachuli Youth Organization in a representation submitted to Minister PWD today demanded posting of regular executive engineer at division office within 7 days. It threatened to launch phase wise agitation in form of bandh calls, if  their demand is not met within given time.

The organization has been demanding for  posting of new executive engineer at the division for last couple of month.


ATA seeks enhanced cash award

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) in a memorandum to Education Minister appealed him to enhance the amount being offered to  selected teachers as cash award. in recognition to their dedicated service.

The existing cash award being offered to dedicated teachers is too meager to serve any purpose, the ATA said and demanded introduction of enhanced cash award from the current financial year.

The Association further appealed the minister to extend financial help for celebration of Teachers’ Day in all schools of the state  in grand manner.


Sadbhavana Diwas

CHANGLANG, Aug 21: Sadbhavana Diwas was celebrated at Changlang district Hq along with rest of the country yesterday by organizing pledge taking ceremony in every office.

Earlier, August 17, the District administration, under the initiative of Changlang deputy commissioner Opak Gao created a long human chain of officers and officials from every department led by Changlang ADC MC Roy from DIET auditorium to Changlang Bazaar. Responding to the appeal of the District Administration, hundreds came out to join the human chain to uphold the spirit of communal harmony.

Later, local MLA Thinghaap Taiju and Gao joined the employees, public and shopkeepers to clean up the market area of Changlang to mark the occasion.  DIPRO


Org threatens agitation

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: Claiming that people of 16th Yachuli Assembly constituency are facing problems due to  absenteeism of executive engineer PWD  Yazali division in  Lower Subansiri, All Yachuli Youth Organization in a representation submitted to Minister PWD today demanded posting of regular executive engineer at division office within 7 days. It threatened to launch phase wise agitation in form of bandh calls, if  their demand is not met within given time.

The organization has been demanding for  posting of new executive engineer at the division for last couple of month.


ITBP conducts tree plantation prog

ITANAGAR, Aug 21: As part of the Environmental awareness campaign “My Earth My duty" launched by “ZEE News” to celebrate the 65th Independence day by pledging to save the environment and planting 65 lakhs tree to mitigate effects of climatic changes in India, the Composite Hospital, ITB Police, Khating Hill organized a tree plantation programme in ITB Police campus, Khating HIll here today.

The Doctors, Para-medical staff of the Composite Hospital, officers and Jawans of ITBP in the programme and planted 200 seedlings.

Dr. K.C.Sen, DIG (Medi.), Composite Hospital, ITBP has explained the importance of planting trees for clean environment. Dr. M.L Rahman, MO also spoke on the occasion.







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

Together we can make a difference

Dear Editor,

Apropos to an article "Is it only the duty of Govt. to keep Capital clean and green ? (August 21 2012), we would like to take this opportunity to appreciate the people who turned up for the cleanliness drive at I.G. Park despite the incessant rain. This was possible with the untiring efforts of the core team which did an excellent job in mobilizing the people despite the limited resources at their disposal. This collaborative efforts and the zeal to continue with the idea to create awareness among our people is indeed encouraging.

We would like to express our gratitude to the U.D. and the P.H.E. Departments for  extending support for successful cleanliness drive.  We had students from Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic Institute, R.G.U., NERIST, Green Mount School, King Cup School, JNV and scores of volunteers from different walks of life irrespective of age, profession or community. Despite being a holiday and a perfect time to enjoy personal life, they chose to be a part of the day and did a commendable job in making I.G. Park a cleaner place. It’s heartening to see their zest and each of us should be motivated to lend a helping hand for a good cause.

The hillside is slowly being encroached, burnt and deforestation continues despite warnings from the authorities. What is left, that makes Itanagar a beautiful city still, is the I.G. Park but yet there is indifference.

The citizens of Capital Complex don’t need an organization or society to take concrete steps in making ours a better place to live in. If each of us chooses to volunteer one day out of the year, it will go a long way in making this happen. There’s probably going to be more events in the near future and if u missed the last event, you may participate  in upcoming events.


Rommel Kuru




Morale booster

Dear Editor,

The visit of Good Will team from Arunachal Pradesh headed by MP Takam Sanjoy along with Likha Mej and others in Bangalore on August 18  indeed worked as morale booster for the NE students who are pursuing higher study in Karnataka. In fact we appreciate their visit to ensure safety and security of NE students when they were completely left in helpless condition.  

We, the members of All Arunachal Students Unions Association of Karnakata  (AASUAK) request our state government to appeal to the other neighbouring N.E state Govts  take up the current problem in  Kokrajhar  and find out solution for peaceful existence.

We will also like to request to the parents whose children left Karnataka not to panic. The parents may contact us for help to the given  phone numbers: (JECKY BOJE PADA   +917795096873).


Jecky Boje Pada,

President, AASUAK



Dilapidated hanging bridge needs Govt attention

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of the state Govt towards the dilapidated condition of the semi-suspension cum hanging bridge over Siyom river of Kerang village under Kaying circle in West Siang district. The bridge, which connects Kerang-I and Kerang –II, is the life-line of the Kerang village, second largest village of the Kaying circle. The people of the area including school going children solely depend on the bridge as they have to cross over it for their daily activities.

Though the authorities put sign boards at both the entrance of the bridge as precautionary measures,  the bridge, being lifeline of the people of Kaying area, needs urgent attention of the  Govt.

Therefore, I would like to request the state Govt, particularly the authorities concerned take necessary steps for early renovation of the bridge.


Tabuk Paboh, GS

Kerang Welfare Society




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MDG Report 2012

Millennium Development Goals Report 2012 presents the yearly assessment of global progress towards the MDGs, highlighting several milestones – three important MDG targets have been met well ahead of the target date of 2015. The report says that meeting the remaining targets, while challenging, remain possible – but only if Governments do not waiver from their commitments made over a decade ago.

Based on a master set of data compiled by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on MDG indicators led by DESA’s Statistics Division, the 2012 report outlines gains in poverty reduction and access to safe drinking water, and an improvement in the lives of slums dwellers in urban areas. The report also highlights important gains towards gender parity in primary education, a decline in levels of child mortality, a downward trend of tuberculosis and global malaria deaths and an expansion of treatment for HIV sufferers.

For the first time since records on poverty began, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen in every developing region, including sub-Saharan Africa. Preliminary estimates indicate that the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 per day fell in 2010 to less than half the 1990 rate and during the same period over two billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources. The share of slum dwellers in urban areas declined from 39 per cent in 2000 to 33 per cent in 2012, improving the lives of at least 100 million people.

A lot has been achieved and significant strides have been made, however some impediments to reaching all the MDGs by 2015 remain. The 2012 report spells out that recent natural disasters and the global financial crisis has slowed progress and that inequality remains. A particular area of concern includes the slow decrease in levels of vulnerable employment, defined as the share of unpaid family workers and own-account workers in total employment.

Lastly, and perhaps most concerning is the fact that hunger remains a global challenge. The most recent FAO estimate of undernourishment set the mark at 850 million living in hunger in the world in the 2006/08 period, 15.5 per cent of the world population. Additionally, progress has also been slow in reducing child under-nutrition, with close to a third of children in Southern Asia deemed underweight in 2010.


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