August 23


Online system failure forces SBI  branch to close monetary transaction

YINGKIONG, Aug 22: All kinds of monetary transactions in the lone State Bank of India (SBI) branch here has been closed since August 17 due to online system failure for which the customers are suffering a lot.

According to the Branch Manager of the bank, a technical expert is reaching Yingkiong soon to restore the system. DIPRO


‘FMD claims 30 mithuns’

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The ASM of 01-Rubdi Panchayat in a release claimed that atleast 30 Mithun died due to foot and mouth disease (FMD) and 25 have gone missing during the last one month.

While informing this, the ASM has urged the authority concerned to depute a team of veterinary experts along with sufficient medicines to the affected area to control spread of the disease.


Relief distributed to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: An APCC team comprising ex-ministers and APCC vice president Tatar Kipa, spokesperson Vishal P Nabam and Councilor (Ward no. 14), Itanagar Municipal Council Kipa Tarish distributed relief materials to the fire victims of Nyapin town yesterday.

On the same day, the APCC spokesperson inaugurated the office of the Block Congress Committee, 19-Nyapin Block in a simple function in presence of office bearers, party workers, leaders and panchayat members.


Taliha bandh

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The Gharto Valley Welfare Society, Taliha has proposed a 48 hours bandh in Taliha/Payeng circle from October 25.

The society has been demanding, among others, for posting teachers in all 19 defunct Govt. Primary Schools, 6 Govt Middle Schools, Govt. Secondary School Taliha and Govt. Higher Secondary School Kodak, immediate revival of defunct PWD/RWD and Power Sub-Division of Kodak/Taliha and Veterinary Sub Centre of Taliha, staying all Govt. staff in their respective places of posting, especially in Taliha and Paying circles, immediate shifting of electric transformer from Menga to Taliha Sub-Power station, smooth BSNL service, making mini micro hydel Kojen Nallah Taliha operational and hand it over to Govt agency (Civil power), regular APST bus service from Daporijo to Kodak, immediate posting of headmaster at Govt Secondary School, Taliha and posting of English, Hindi, Geography, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry teachers (ST/JT) at Govt. Secondary School, Kodak, BSNL WLL connection, setting up of BSNL mobile tower at Kodak and Kebasomara, regular supply of PDS items, immediate setting up of cooperative credit society and posting of one more doctor in CHC Taliha.


AVP expresses concern over Chinese intrusion

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Expressing serious concern over Chinese forces recent incursion into Chaklagam area of Anjaw district in Arunachal Pradesh, Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) has demanded the central government to register its protest against the incursion with its Chinese counterpart and take all precautionary measures to safeguard the life and property of the people of this eastern most state of the country.


Panchayat leaders write to CM

ITANAGAR, Aug 22:  Some of the Panchayat leaders of ruling Congress party from 58th Kanubari ST Assembly constituency have written to chief minister alleging that local MLA of the area has diverted funds meant for development for his own benefit.  

The centrally sponsored scheme of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojna (RGGVY), which was meant for free electrifications to BPL household of the area has been diverted for construction of labour camp of private tea garden of the local MLA, they alleged.

They also alleged that special package for people of Tirap, Changlang and Longding District under DoTCL scheme; allocated for the year 2012-13 has been misused by the Kanubari MLA.

They appealed for appropriate action against their local MLA.


AVP celebrates Raksha Bandhan

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) celebrated Raksha Bandhan throughout the state with great enthusiasm.

The workers of AVP visited army and GREF camps, medical premises at various places of the state and tied the “Rakhis”, as a sign of brotherhood and integrity.

On the occasion, they took pledge to safeguard the motherland and promote peace and harmony in the society.

At Itanagar, AVP celebrated the programme at Donyi Polo Mission School for Hearing and Visually Impaired. On the occasion, AVP appealed to the people to protect the nature. They planted atleast 10 trees in the school premises.

Similar programmes were also held at Bomdila, Seppa, Ruksin, Deomali, Khonsa, Alo, Ziro, Raga, Yinkiong, Roing, Teju, Daporijo and other places.


Pest management training

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Around 80 farmers of Kurung Kumey district were imparted Integrated Pest Management (IPM) training in rice and orange crops at Sangram and Palin under Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Koloriang recently.

DAO cum PD, ATMA, MD Prasad, SDO, Sangram M Tato encouraged the participants to make good use of the training programme.

SDAO Pania K Tiri, ADOs Tana Laji and K Siram, and BTM Mimar Basar were the resource persons.


Sagalee bandh deferred for a week

ITANAGR, Aug 22: The All Sagalee Students’ Union (ASSU) has deferred its proposed 24 hours Sagalee bandh on August 23 for a week.

The decision was taken after the Papum Pare SP, DSP, EAC and CO Sagalee in a meeting assured the union of arresting the culprits involved in the death of Techi Juna, who succumbed to his injuries after a brutal attack on July 10 last, within a week.


Hunting and fishing banned in Bassarnallo-1

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The 26 Bassarnallo-1 Panchayat segment has banned fishing using chemicals/ explosive, hunting and unauthorized picnicking within its jurisdiction and violators would be penalized as per law.

Those who want to buy domestic animals, such as mithun, goats etc. must take permission from the Panchayat leaders or the GB, it added.


DC makes unannounced inspection of Govt. depts.

ZIRO, Aug 22: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner made a unannounced visit to various departments of the district today.  

He interacted with the staff and asked them to maintain work culture and attend office regularly. He instructed the departments to install biometric attendance system in their offices.  He also asked for informing any case of forceful donation by any organizations, unions etc. to police since such activities has been declared illegal by the state government. DIPRO


AAPMTWU office inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Aug 22:  The office of Changlang Unit of All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Workers Union( AAPMTWU) was inaugurated on August 19.

Speaking on the occasion, AAPMTWU president Binbom Essi highlighted the need of an office for smooth functioning of the union.

Tusham Longri, ZPM Jairampur and Khiljung Taikam, ASM attended the function as chief guest and guest of honour.


Youths urged to avail the opportunity of ‘Job Mela’

ITANAGAR, Aug 22:  Lauding the state government for organizing the Job Mela-cum interview beginning tomorrow at IG Park here, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) today called upon the youths to take full benefit of the opportunity.

In a release, the state NSUI unit appealed to the school dropouts and unemployed youths to come forward and participate in the counseling to avail job opportunity. It also urged the youths not to encourage bandh culture saying that bandhs hamper development and hit the daily bread earner hard.


Interaction prog. for employees

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: A large number of employees working in Palin circle participated in an interaction programme at Palin on August 14 organized by Palin Employee’s Welfare Association (PEWA).

During the interaction programme, PEWA highlighted the deplorable condition of road, poor power and water supply.

It submitted a memorandum to Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy and local MLA Takam Pario demanding for improvement of the CHC, township road, water and power supply at Palin town by installing more transformers.

PEWA also felicitated the toppers of Class-X and XII of Palin area and Govt Hr Sec School, Palin in particular, the next day.

Those meritorious students felicitated  on the occasion were Khyoda Mamu, Toku Eya, Heri Akum and Techi Akey for securing 10 CGPA, Techi Tasino (7CGPA) and Tassar Onia (6.2 CGPA) of class X and  Techi Bhai (87.60 %), Talar Mallo (69.80 %), Byabang Tanga (66.40 %) and Takam Konia (60.50 %)  of Class XII.


Rev. Dr. Taggu receives FFI award

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Rev. Dr. Takeng Taggu has been conferred with Bharat Excellence, Best Personality of India and NE Golden Personality awards by Friendship Forum of India (FFI) in recognition of his outstanding and extra-ordinary achievements in his chosen fields of activity and services rendered to promote greater friendship and cooperation in the society.

Former Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr. GVG Krishanamurty presented the award to Rev. Dr. Taggu during a seminar on economic growth and national unity at India International Centre, New Delhi on August 18.

Dr. Taggu is presently serving as pastor of Siang Prayer Centre at Pasighat. He left the regular government police job in 1985.

Born in 1957 at remote Yogong village in West Siang, he has also the distinction of being the first revivalist from the state to be ordained with the title of Reverend in 1991.


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: A mass social service was organized at Govt Hr Sec School, Kimin by the Nehru Yuva Kendra on the occasion of the 69th birth anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on August 20.

About 100 saplings were planted in and around the school campus in which Mangbiak Youth Sports Club, Kimin also participated.


APSD convention

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Arunachal Pradesh Seva Dal (APSD) organized a day-long convention at Indira Gandhi Bhawan, Naharlagun today. The meeting was attended by chief organizers and chairmen of all the 17 districts and Mahila organizers. Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, Takar Marde was also present on the convention.

All the participants shared their views and advocated for further strengthening the Seva Dal organizations and party activities at grassroots level.



ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The 13th Pate Panchayat leaders have mourned the untimely demise of Tob Yedi (Nilla) on August 17.

Tob Yedi (Nilla), 40, was SSB Head Constable (GD) at 33Bn Hanrach camp, Rangia, Kamrup, Assam. He left behind his wife, a son and two daughters.

While conveying heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, they prayed to almighty Donyi-Polo for eternal peace of the departed soul.



ITANAGAR, Aug 22:  All Kato Welfare Society Aalo has deeply mourned the untimely demise of Geli Kato, who died following a heart attack on August 11 at Dibrugar, Assam.

Geli served the society in various capacities, the society said and conveyed its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.  




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Political transfer and posting should be stopped

Dear Editor,

Some transfer posting are done with political motive by manipulating the system by few narrow minded people of our society for their vested interest. In fact they are throwing out their frustration and limitation to the weaker section. The reality is that these people themselves expose their insecurity.

And it has regularly been observed that after every Panchayat and MLA election, the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh gets busy in preparing transfer posting order, instead of doing their regular duties, with the education department being top list. The department that has been deemed responsible to nourish the society from bad to good, ignorance to understanding, dark to light, the torch the society by means of spreading the society, is being mislead by the polity of some high profile politician.

Thus, I, on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh would like to appeal the Govt. A.P, please stop entertaining the transfer and posting of teaching staffs, just because of some phone calls and recommended note sheets. Only after verifying the facts they should take step. Because it is hampering the learning process of the students and directly has ill effect on our society.


Rahubow Romin


Maro Govt Secondary School facing multiple problems

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would to draw the attention towards education scenario of Govt. Secondary school Maro, under Maro circle of Upper subansiri district. The said school is oldest in the district and today it faces multiple problems.  The school running is with insufficient subject teacher and other staffs. Infact such is the situation that Assistant teacher (A/T) are compelled to engage in covering the syllabus of class higher secondary classes. Most of teachers have been transferred out from Maro secondary school and concern authority did not replace the vacant subject teacher. Besides in absence of computer teacher, the computer set is lying as decoration piece in the school.

The infrastructure of school is deteriorating day by day and we wonder where the fund for maintenance released by govt goes? We here appeal concern authority of district administration DDSE, local MLA and Director of school education to pay kind attention to the problem at the earliest please.


Namen Yigam


Maro youth club


Proud to be associated with Arunachal

Dear Editor,

It is always a moment of happiness and excitement when I go through the online version of Arunachal Times daily. I am an ex student of Govt Higher Secondary School Tezu and had resided in Tezu town for more than 14 years. I am really proud of having been associated with such a beautiful state for long years. I am very happy to see Arunachal Pradesh is developing in all spheres and wish to see her among the best state of India. Best Wishes.


Amit Kr Deb





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The fight for statehood continues

The decision of central government to grant statehood to Telengana has given fresh hope to supporters of Gorkhaland and Bodoland in the North East region. These two places have witnessed movement for statehood from last many years. The picturesque Darjeeling region located in North Bengal was rocked for most of the 1980s by strikes and protests by the indigenous Gorkha community, who were demanding the area be turned into a separate state within the Indian union.

The movement ebbed in the late 1980s, when Darjeeling was granted some autonomy within its present state of West Bengal. But in recent week the Himalayan region has been shut down once again. Businesses and elite boarding schools are closed, transport suspended, and tourists have been sent away as Gorkha political leaders lead by enforce an indefinite strike in a ‘do or die’ push for statehood. Similarly the Bodo tribe of Assam has also intensified their demand for separate Bodoland state to be curve out from present Assam. The Bodoland movement has been bloody and it has lead to the loss of thousands of life. With both group not willing to relent from their demand, it will be interesting to see how respective state govt of Assam and West Bengal along with central government handle such emotive demands in the days to come.





News Impact

CBI makes fresh arrest in Wangcha Rajkumar murder case

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: A joint team of Jorhat Police and special crime branch of the CBI have arrested a NSCN-IM rebel in connection with killing of former MP Wangcha Rajkumar.

Hormi Muivah, the self-styled ‘brigadier’of the NSCN-IM faction, was arrested along with two others from Jorhat district of Assam last night by a CBI team which had been tipped off by central security agencies, Assam Police sources said.

Hormi hails from Manipur and presently was in charge of Changlang district. His two other accomplishes were identified as Bibon Agam and Salak Walling.

The trio was travelling in a car when they were arrested from the heart of the Jorhat town, Assam police source said. Police also recovered one 6 mm pistol, 55 live cartridges and cash from their possession.

The accused, who is said to be close to the faction’s ‘general secretary’ Thuingaleng Muviah, was wanted for the murder of Wangcha Rajkumar, who was shot dead on December 23, 2007.

A CBI team, camping in Jorhat since August 20, sought the help of local police to arrest the militant leader.

The CBI had been tipped off by intelligence agencies that the Hormi would be travelling to Jorhat.

A trap was laid with the help of police and the vehicle carrying him was intercepted, the CBI said.

Hormi was produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Jorhat, who sent him to five days of transit remand of CBI.

The investigations carried out by the CBI indicated that NSCN-IM cadres had allegedly assassinated Rajkumar and Hormi was the main conspirator in the murder.

He was allegedly evading arrest since CBI took up the case for investigation from Deomali PS in Tirap district, RP Aggarwal, joint director, CBI (NE region) informed in a release.

The Kolkata branch of CBI is investigating the killing of the former MP Rajkumar.


People’s Biodiversity Register to protect IPR on biological resources

Itanagar, Aug 22: Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plant Board (APSMPB) organized a “One-Day Orientation Program for Local Consultants and Community Members for Documentation of Peoples Biodiversity Register” under UNDP-GEF funded Medicinal Plant Project at its Conference Hall here.

Nandini Dholapet, Program Officer of Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), Bangalore attending as resource person of the orientation program explained the Biological Diversity Act in full and highlighted the importance of conservation and documentation of biological resources of the state for sustainable benefit among the community.

In his speech as one of the resource persons, Linyom Nyodu, Field Surveyor, APSMPB opined that the documentation of these species would help in transforming the traditional knowledge to the next generation.

Nyodu also showed the importance of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and sought to pertain it upon all the value of these species by reason of conservation, protection and documentation in the coming days.  

Representing Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation (CCRD), Orin Lego, Program Coordinator also gave a presentation on the theme, “Concept and Importance of Bio cultural Protocol for the community”.

Representatives of RIWATCH, a local NGO from Roing headed by its Executive Director Vijay Swami participated in the program. Local Management Group (LMG) from Lower Dibang Valley and Chairperson of Laa Biodiversity Management Committee (BMC), Daporijo and representatives from Siiro BMC participated in the orientation. Tenzing Dema, Project Coordinator, APSMPB also spoke on the occasion.


Road safety tips imparted to school children

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The Road Safety Cell of Police Headquarters here today conducted an awareness camp to educate the school going children about road safety and traffic rules at government middle school ‘D’ sector here today.

The children were taught about the rules on the road and road safety tips such as how to cross road, how to walk on road and board on vehicles during the camp. The camp also gave emphasis on various road signs and important signals.

The awareness programe was conducted by ASI AU Ansari under the guidance of M Riba, SP traffic cell and attended by hundreds of students.


Appin Technology Lab training students to reduce cyber security gap

ITANAGAR/NEW DELHI, Aug 22:  India is an information security powerhouse, but a closer examination reveals a stark reality. The country’s official information security workforce consists of merely 556 specialists positioned at various levels in the government, and this fact is supported by Union MoS (Telecommunications) Milind Deora, who accepted that cyber security attacks rose to 22,060 in 2012 from 23 in 2004.

The deficiency in cyber security manpower can be measured by the overwhelming difference when compared to other countries - China has 1.25 lakh experts, the US 91,080 and Russia 7,300. There is an immediate need for 5,00,000 information security professionals in India to combat the sophisticated threat that the country is facing, as laid out by National Cyber Security Policy, 2013.

Though cyber attacks on information technology infrastructure of government organisations rose marginally, Deora said in the Lok Sabha that cyber attacks, malware infection and targeted denial of service, are being increasingly reported by private users and government departments.

The mid-2000 marked the transition of computer/IT age to information-age with the advent of facebook and Google’s IPO, with that came requirements for manpower to counter the cyber security threats.

Around the same time, Appin Technology Lab started training students to gear up for these new-age careers in the information-age.

Its flagship course was a 6-month diploma program in information security that enabled students to be ‘appin certified security expert’. It came up with centres in Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Punjab, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Assam, Odisha, Tripura and West Bengal to fulfill the country’s immediate need for cyber security professionals.

ATL spokesperson Neha said: "Teaching computer-age or industrial-age courses in colleges will not help students get job in the information-age. Our vocational programs are geared towards preparing the facebook denizens for careers that will shape our society in coming decade."

While ‘Cyber security and information security’ (CS&IS) is all set to be introduced as a subject in higher and secondary education in the country, the GoI plans to hire around 5,000 information security experts who would impart training to create a larger dependable force of cyber experts across the country, top government sources said.

The recent spate of cyber attacks on Indian installations is another cause for extreme concern. Interestingly, cyber warfare is fast emerging as the fifth domain of warfare and India’s preparedness to deal with it is wanting. With a view to plug the gaping hole, quite a few private players have emerged and are providing training to aspiring students and turning them into talented information security professionals from across India and ATL is one such training ground.

Apart from imparting new-age information security tools, ATL also delivers hands-on technical workshops. Powered by expert consultants from the industry, who pool their intellect & resources to formulate a comprehensive security study material, this new-age entity provides great opportunity for students who are looking to fashion a career in the InfoSec domain.

Aimed towards the development of human resource in the area of information security at various levels, ATL, among other offerings, provides expertise in the field of Cloud computing, Internet reputation management, embedded robotics, mobile application development, human resource management, secured programming in microsoft .net and java.

Primary job opportunities that are available for students on completion of the courses, range from entry to mid-level positions not only in Information and communication technology industry, but also in automotive, ITES, banking, insurance, oil and gas, consulting, FMCG, manufacturing, construction and power sector.


NHPC provides musical instruments to Vidyashree School under CSR

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: NHPC Limited provided some musical instruments like drums, syntheses, guitar, kongo, dholok, tabla ,octopad etc. to Vidyashree School, Tawang under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) scheme to promote art and culture among school children.

The music room equipped with those instruments in the school was inaugurated by Tawang Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Dev yesterday in presence of the General Manager, NHPC, Divisional Forest Officer, Tawang Brig. Ashok Singh and members of Women Welfare Association.

Vidhyashree School was founded at Chujje GG, Tawang in 2006 with the aim to reach out to the children of poverty stricken daily wage earners, stone breakers and GREF casual labourers. These musical instruments will be useful for entertainment of children and also to harness young talents, NHPC said in a release.

NHPC has already involved in CSR activities for the development of community in and around of Tawang area.


New fish species discovered in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: A new fish species, namely genus Garra has been discovered by an amateur naturalist Lakpa Tamang, a former staff member of GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED), North East unit in Upper Siang district from a tributary of Siang River about 3 km from Bomdo village en route to Tuting recently.

According to Dr. PP Dhyani, GBPIHED, this fish species was the first to be discovered under the genus from Upper Siang district, and is new to science.  The species was recently published in a reputed Germany based international journal “Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters”, he said.

Tamang has described the species taxonomically and designated the name as Garra magnidiscus (in Latin ‘magnus’ means large and ‘discus’ means disc).

The fish has been deposited in the Zoological Survey of India, Itanagar.


Secretary-VI defeat Minam VC

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Secretary-VI defeated Minam VC 25-10, 25 13 in a league level match in the 2nd Tamulang Taloh Memorial Volleyball Running Trophy at Solung Mopin Ground here today.

Earlier, both Dongin and Gangging had a walk over against President VI, which failed to appear on time, informed Sports Secretary, SFCCI-2013 Kadum Apang.

Kochang Lino of Secretary VI was named player of the day.

Today’s match:

1. Ngargo vs Secretary-VI (2.30pm)

2. Moying vs Dongin  (3pm)

3. Minam vs ABK-VI (3.30 pm).


East Siang ABK (Women Wing) organizes awareness campaign

PASIGHAT, Aug 22: In a bid to create awareness amongst the youths, especially the students, against use of drugs, alcohol, gutka, tobacco and other tobacco products, the Adi Baane Kebang (Women Wing) conducted an awareness camp at IGJ Hr. Secondary School auditorium here today.

While addressing the gathering, East Siang DC Nidhi Srivastava said that life is a race and those who complete with sincerity and dedication will come out as winners. Though it is a tough path, the results are more satisfying and fruitful. Alcohols and drugs suppress the reasoning capacity. It gives momentary happiness but may lead to devastating and horrifying life, she said.

The DC cautioned that the District Administration will deal appropriately with those who do not heed the valuable advices of the elders.

Bormoti Dai, the first lady graduate of the state, while appealing to all to be worthy citizens, advised not to use alcohol and drugs. Rather they should imbibe good moral character and take part in various developmental activities of the society. She also appealed to all to inculcate the qualities of self respect, tolerance, compassion etc in them and make the society a better place to live in. As hard work is the key to success, no one should shy away from their responsibilities and duties.

Dr. Rumi Tasung while expressing concern of the parents said that drug abuse and alcoholism are the enemies within. They do not differentiate rich or poor, sex, caste, creed or religion. He explained in details about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol in human body and the resultant diseases they cause. She appealed to all to help create a tobacco-free and healthy society and help fight the menace. DIPRO


Training on integrated fish farming under BADP

DAPORIJO, Aug 22: A three days training and demonstration programme on Integrated Fish Farming (Fish-cum-Pig-cum- duck farming) under BADP for unemployed youth of Siyum, Nacho, Limeking and Taksing circles began at DFDO’s office here yesterday.

Inaugurating the programme, District Planning Officer Same Timba informed the trainees about the aim and objective of the training which aims to build capacity of the unemployed youth on self-employment activities. Timba advised the trainees to learn, implement and disseminate the knowledge gained in the training.

DFDO Riamuk stated that trainees would be trained and shown the integrated fish farming method, where along with keeping fishes, the farmers could keep other livestock and maintain vegetable garden which would go a long way in their economic development.

Training will be given on construction, maintenance and management of fish ponds, importance of fish cum pig cum duck culture, fish cum banana farming, use of different types of gear and tackles and other topics by resource persons Dr. T Nalo, VO, Taliha, Dr. T Nilling, VO, Daporijo, Dr. P Haging, VO, Nacho, DJ Borah, PA, KVK and departmental staff. DIPRO


3rd business meeting of PMC held

PASIGHAT, Aug 22: The third business meeting of Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC) was held at the DC’s Conference Hall here today. Various issues related to development of the Pasighat township were discussed in the meeting attended by all the councilors and HoDs.

Chairing the meeting, Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk reiterated the  civic bodies responsibilities in making their township a prosperous and healthy place to live and work in.

He informed that a City Development Plan has been prepared by the Urban Development department for balanced and sustainable development of the township.

“I look forward to build a stronger relationships with officers and work together to address problems being faced by the citizens. The District Administration is the nerve centre of the Municipality and all other departments should extend their supports and cooperation,” he said.

East Siang DC Nidhi Srivastava, who is also the executive officer of PMC, while reminding the PMC of their prime responsibilities stated that there are few fundamental objectives that the municipality must strive for in order to improve the city life.

Srivastava suggested that PMC must ‘master plan’ for Pasighat to provide the communities with democratic and accountable governance. She stressed on PPP for faster infrastructural development.

“The councilor should unanimously decide which services are most urgently needed and where to allocate limited resources. Each councilor must ensure that the decisions it takes aim to meet the needs of the local community, and benefit the local area.”

“Municipal councils should ensure that local residents have a say in the decisions they take. Our good planning can enhance the economic potential of the area,” added Srivastava while sharing her views in the meeting. DIPRO


Allegation against MLA condemned

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: The Congress party leaders and senior members of Tezu constituency have vehemently condemned Tezu-Sunpura Youth Association (TSYA) for leveling false allegation of land grabbing against their MLA.

Terming the allegation as false, baseless and an attempt to tarnish the image of the MLA, they appealed to the conscientious public of the constituency to make a diligent inquiry into the matter before succumbing to such cheap political stunts.

Further clarifying on the issue, they said that, “the land under Dag No.268 was officially allotted to JNV to establish residential school. However, due to changes in Govt. policy, the school was shifted to Mahadevpur. When the JNV was shifted, the land under question was given to various educational institutions to run school and colleges on temporary basis. When the aforesaid educational institutions were given permanent site, they vacated the land at Dag No. 268 and thereafter the land was lying unused for several years. The district administration later allotted major portion of the land to Agriculture Marketting Committee, District Education Institute (Lohit Valley School), Civil Aviation and to 11 individuals. Thus approximately 40 percent of the land has already been allotted to various Govt and private individuals. The remaining portion of the land under Dag No 268 is under the occupation of 39 local people for several decades. As such, the allegation leveled against the local MLA by TSYA is totally unfounded, baseless and misleading.”


Skill development training begins

ROING, Aug 22:  A seven days skill development training on food processing and pickle making under BADP 2012-13 began at Multi-Cultural Hall here today.

Inaugurating the training, deputy commissioner Shiv Kumar said that every possible effort is being made by the district administration to make the benefits of scheme reached to the targeted people. While exhorting the trainees to fully learn the techniques of food processing, he urged them to pass the practical examination that will be conducted after completion of the training and the passed candidates will be provided with necessary instruments. He also opined that efforts are on to make Self-Help Groups functional. Further, the district administration is planning to open an SHG market in a suitable location in the district headquarters, where the SHGs can sale their products.

Mama Miso, ZPM Hunli-Desali Block while attending the inaugural function lauded the district administration for conducting such skill development training for the benefit of the people.

Dr TJ Ramesha, Programme Coordinator, KVK highlighting aims and objectives of the programme said that the surplus local fruit products, like pineapple, pears, orange, etc. are being wasted and disposed off. These fruits can be processed and made into delicious squash, juice, candy, jam etc. thereby giving valuable returns to the farmers. He further informed that the trainees would be trained about the process and methods of preparing squash, juice, jams and candy from pineapple and pears.

M Dirchi, DPO and Dr Dipankar Hazarika also spoke on the occasion.  

Soya Miso, Anchal Chairperson and PRI Leaders from Hunli-Desali Block also attended the programme.

Nanang Tamut, SMS as resource person will impart the training to more than 20 progressive farmers.

The Training Programme is organized by the district administration in collaboration with the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Balek, Lower Dibang Valley district. DIPRO


District level monitoring of CSS, SPA, NLCPR  held at Longding

KHONSA, Aug 22: The 2nd district level monitoring committee (DLMC) meeting of Longding held in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner, Longding yesterday discussed on the progress of various schemes under SPA, NLCPR, DoTCL, ACA, PM’s Package and other centrally sponsored schemes pertaining to Longding district.

The Chairman of the DLMC Repo Ronya, while briefing about the importance of the DLMC meeting, urged the executing departments to avoid duplicity while taking up new schemes and also maintain quality of the works. He urged the PRI members of the project areas to raise any complaint vis- a- vis the project implementing department in the meeting. He told the executing departments to bring supporting photographs of all the ongoing schemes in the next DLMC meeting to make it more meaningful and transparent.

He urged the administrative officers to monitor all the projects in their respective jurisdiction and submit the report. He also urged the work departments to update on the projects undertaken to the user departments. The work departments were asked to hand over the schemes to the user agency as and when the work got completed so that the objective of the project was achieved.

The executing agencies were also asked to coordinate and discuss with each other before taking up any new schemes to avoid duplicity of schemes.

Earlier, the DPO cum Member Secretary DLMC, Longding  Okep Tayeng, told the members that the government had made it mandatory to conduct the meeting quarterly. He also informed that in order to streamline the monitoring process, government has notified circle level monitoring committee, sub-divisional monitoring committee and district level monitoring committee. He urged the executing departments to show their work through PowerPoint in the future meetings.     

All administrative officers, panchayat leaders including Zilla Chairperson, Superintendent of Police, various departmental engineers and DPO (i/c) Longding attended the meeting. DIPRO



APCC credits CM for the launch of NFSO in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has lauded the state as well as the Central Government for launching the National Food Security Ordinance-2013.

APCC in a release said that Congress led UPA government headed by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi must be credited for launching the National Food Security Ordianance-2013-- the largest welfare scheme in the world to benefit almost 2/3rd of the 120 crore population of India, including Arunachal Pradesh.

“Credit for implementing the NFSO in Arunachal goes to none other than CLP leader and chief minister Nabam Tuki,” it said.

“Tuki has not only launched the scheme by handing over 35 kg of free rice and priority ration cards to 11 beneficiaries belonging to BPL category on August 20 coinciding with the birthday of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi but he was sincere enough to exhort all the deputy commissioners through video-conferencing few hours later directing them to ensure that the scheme benefits all the targeted people living in the far-flung and inaccessible areas of the state,” it added.


12 PKACA reiterates irregularity in compensation

ITANAGAR, Aug 22: Reiterating its allegation of irregularity in the disbursement of land compensation of Trans-Arunachal Highway from Nechipu to Potin road, especially in Pakke Kessang constituency, the 12th Pakke Kessang Anti-corruption Association (12 PKACA) has urged for reconstitution of committee for re-survey of properties and re-assessment of actual land affected areas.

Alleging East Kameng LRSO and SK of not assessing the properties of land affected people for the portion of road which falls under Pakke Kessang as per the guidelines and nepotism by sanctioning huge amount for their kith and kins, the association in a memorandum submitted to the chief minister claimed that huge amount of money has been sanctioned against people, who in actual do not have much moveable and immovable properties. In some cases, people without having a single plot of land have been sanctioned huge amount depriving the genuine and deserving ones.

It further demanded for suspension of the LRSO and SK till verification and justification of the actual facts.


Coordination meeting held

SEPPA, Aug 22: The coordination meeting held among HoDs and PRI members at Kameng Hall here yesterday discussed various issues of development, central/state sponsored schemes, including recently launched national food security ordinance and ‘Job Mela’ at IG Park Itanagar on August 30, 31, Army recruitment rally in Aalo in September etc.

Attending the meeting, ADC cum DPDO Taper Pada called upon the HoDs and PRI members for wide publicity of NFSO-2013, the ‘Job Mela’ at IG Park etc. He also directed the HoDs to take up strong initiative for revenue collection in the district.

Deputy Director in-charge ICDS, while highlighting the activities of Women Welfare & Child Development Department, rued the lack of vehicle for CDP.

Rajo Gadi, ZPM stressed on cordial relationship and understanding between officers and PRI members and said that rural schemes should be prepared in consultation with PRI members for development.

Lama Bagang, ZPM urged the veterinary and fishery departments to make their departments at Chayangtajo functional for the welfare of rural people.

The EE, PHED, DDSE, PD DRDA and DMO explained about various National Flagship Programmes being implemented by their respective department and sought cooperation and support from all for successful implementation.

HoDs of other departments also highlighted in details about the activities of their departments.

The meeting was presided over by Zilla Parishad Chairperson Meyuk Cheda, DIPRO

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