DASU demands judicial inquiry on Pertin’s death case
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Dibang Adi Students’ Union (DASU) informed that the decomposed death
body of missing person Nong Pertin of Gamgu village (Meka), Lower Dibang Valley was
found near Bhismaknagar on July 31 last.
Suspecting the incident as a murder case, the union appealed to the District Administration
to initiate stern action against the offender/s and book the culprit/s if any under
appropriate section of law.
It also urged the concerned district authority to set-up judicial inquiry at the
earliest and give justice to victim’s family members.
The union also said that such frequent incident has created a fear psychosis and
insecurity in the district. The district administration needs to establish peace
and healthy atmosphere in the district, it added.
AdiSU Lohit seeks CO office at Jaipur village
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: The Adi Students’ Union, Lohit district unit has appealed for establishment
of a Circle Office at Jaipur village under Namsai-Sub-Division.
In its letter addressed to the chief minister, saying that the area consisting of
16 villages face lots of problem being far away from Namsai ADC office.
The association on December 23 last year had submitted a memorandum to the chief
secretary along with the GBs, ASM and GPC seeking establishment of a Circle Office
at Jaipur village.
Tai Nikio chosen for award
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Executive Engineer, Sangram Division, PWD, Tai Nikio has been chosen
for Bharat Jyoti Award along with a certificate of excellence. The award is being
conferred by India International Friendship Society, New Delhi on September 4 next.
The award is awarded to those specializing in various fields like science and technology,
education, industry, fine arts, politics and social works in lieu of yeoman services
rendered in their respective fields.
ASCWS annual conference
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Annual Conference of Apatani Socio-Cultural Welfare Society (ASCWS),
Itanagar was held at Dree Ground, Papu Nalah, Naharlagun today.
The meeting discussed various issues pertaining Apatani community, particularly for
promotion of social harmony, unity and better understanding among various communities
of the state.
The meeting was chaired by Mihin Kaning and attended by senior officers, public leaders
and other prominent social workers of Apatani community residing in the Capital Complex.
Remons FC beat Mukum Mapa FC 3-2
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Sanglo Putung & Dokoso FC vs BN Complex FC played out a 1-1 draw
in the 9 Warriors 10th Independence Running Football Trophy Tournament at KV No 2
playground near here today.
Sang Koli scored the first goal for BN Complex in 8 minutes which was equalized Sanglo
Putung and Dokoso FC through a goal from Nabam Nama in 68th minutes.
Mukum Mapa FC lost 2-3 to Remons FC in the second match of the day.
Imo Lona gave the first goal for Mukum Mapa via penalty in 12 minutes and Keni Ngucho
doubled the lead in 39th minutes.
However, Remons FC came back strongly in the second half and scored three goals to
Kago Nipa scored the first goal for Remons FC via penalty kick in 71st minutes before
Gyamar Nungna scored the equalizing goal in 75th minutes. Beckham Viskarma scored
winner in 82nd minutes.
A total six matches will be played tomorrow from 8 am to 4:15 pm. The first match
will be held between Chimpu Sporting Club and New Young FC while the last match will
be played between Sartam Brothers FC vs Govt. Sec. School Chimpu.
Global Moth Week and Global Tiger Day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: A week-long awareness cum training program was conducted along with
Global Moth Week and Global Tiger Day celebration at Seijosa and Tippi Wildlife ranges
of Pakke Tiger Reserve. The Global Moth Week was celebrated from July 26 to August
one while Global Tiger Day was celebrated on July 29.
The objective of the training program was to generate awareness among the forest
staff, school teachers and school children about Pakke’s biodiversity and its importance
in maintaining a balanced ecosystem.
The participants were trained by experts from their respective fields like Gerry
Martin on snake identification, snake bites and first-aid of snake bites; Sanjay
Sondhi on identification of moths and butterflies of Pakke Tiger Reserve and their
role in ecosystem. Chandni Chhabra, an environmental educationist, conducted various
interactive games for the participants.
The participants were awarded with certificates and T-shirts by Tana Tapi, Divisional
Forest Officer of Pakke Tiger Reserve.
The programme was conducted in collaboration with NGO’s like The Gerry Martin Project,
Titli Trust, Leaps & Bounds, Ecosystem India and Wildlife Trust of India, informed
Kime Rambia, Range Forest Officer, Wildlife Range Tippi, Pakke Tiger Reserve.
Banggo United trounce Dadi Boté
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Banggo United FC straightforwardly trounced Dadi Boté United Football
Club by 5-0 in the first match of the 2nd day of the 2nd Itanagar Solung Festival
Football Tournament today.
Onik Moyong and Kaling Tayeng of Banggo UFC scored each in 3.35 and 3.39 minutes
and the rest three goals were netted by Kaling Tatin.
In the 2nd match Nombo Tali scored two goals and D Taga also scored one goal for
Golgí Boté FC while Raja Gammeng of ABK FC scored one goal.
Tomorrow, Kiyi Bogyi FC will play against Nulu Nubu FC at 2.30 pm and in the 2nd
match Ramgeng FC will meet Mébobian FC at 4 pm at RGGP College play ground, Itanagar.
AOL provides solar lamps to villagers
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Art of Living (AoL) under its Sri Sri Rural Development Program
distributed solar lamps to 23 households of Tilangkyong village, popularly known
as Tumba in Wakro circle of Lohit district yesterday.
The items were distributed to the selected families by Gotitun Krisikro, the founder
patron of Anu Shiksha Seva Trust (ASSET).
Deepak Sharma, Trustee Sri Sri Rural Development Program informed that the Solar
Lamps by the reputed Schneider Electric is one of the best solar lamps with dimming
options of low, medium and high. The package content includes LED lamp with advanced
technology Lithium Ferro-Phosphate battery that lasts for five years in normal conditions.
This zero maintenance solar lamp is strong and sturdy and ideal for rural use, added
Later, the beneficiaries were demonstrated on maintenance and ways to use the solar
The GB of the village thanked AoL for providing the lamps to the needy villagers.
Power supply is still a distant dream for the Tumba villagers established more than
three decades ago. The village is inaccessible during monsoons due to flash floods
in Procy nullah and the turbulent Kamphai river. Education and health care are not
in a desirable shape due to the remoteness of the village.
Legal awareness camp
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Continuing its efforts to create awareness among students about
their legal rights and duties, the Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority
conducted a one day legal awareness programme for the students of classes 9-12 under
State Plan of Action of 2014-2015 at KV No 2 here today.
Around 250 students and the teaching staff attended the programme.
During the programme, talks on legal aid, availability of various legal services
schemes, AP Victim Compensation Scheme 2011, child trafficking and human rights,
fundamental duties and national integration were delivered by Budi Habung, District
& Session Judge cum Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, Dani Delo,
OSD, Jumgam Jini, Sunil Mow and Deepa Yoka, advocates.
Societies felicitate excellent students
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: The Abu Taling Welfare Society, Biri Welfare Society and Akha Tulu
Welfare Society Capital Complex have felicitated meritorious students belonging to
their societies at three different functions today. The meritorious students felicitated
were from class X and Class XII of arts, commerce and science streams respectively.
The societies further called upon the students to be disciplined and determined in
the study to achieve their dreams.
Drugs abuse awareness programme
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: An awareness programme highlighting the ill effects of use of drugs,
consumption of tobaccos and alcohol was organized for the students of class seven
to eleven at Good Shephered Public School today.
The resource persons were none other than Senior Medical Officer Dr. Jego Ori of
Arunachal State Hospital and All India Mahila Congress General Secretary Jarjum Ete.
Dr. Jego elaborately enlightened the students and teachers with an effective PowerPoint
presentation which indeed opened the eyes and minds of all to the unfortunate and
painful reality that is infesting our society particularly the younger generation
due to the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. He encouraged the students to be free
from the evil habits and become agents of spreading the awareness to their loved
ones and the society at large.
Jarjum Ete took the whole audience into a spell-binding attention by her motivational
talk on the role of students in the present scenario of our society and the future
with special emphasis on the same subject. She further added that education is not
merely about being well versed academically but becoming good moral human beings.
She exhorted the listening to be updated with the changing time and to stand up for
what is right no matter what.
The chairperson of the school Dr. Reena Tok expressed gratitude to the two resource
persons on the behalf of the entire Good Shepherd family for their soul touching
FLCC camp organised at tezu
ITANAGA, Aug 02: State Bank of India, Tezu branch in association with local NGO Amik
Matai Society organized financial literacy and credit counselling camp (FLCC) at
Duraliang village under Tezu block of Lohit District today. About 100 villagers attended
Bimalendo Dhar, Chief Manager of SBI, Tezu branch dwelt in length about the various
banking schemes available in the branch to enhance rural development through credit
and other facilities. He was assisted by N. Kachari, Senior Assistant of the Lead
Bank Office, Tezu.
Bomgalu Drai and Songeolo Ekai, Project Coordinators of Amik Matai Society explained
the villagers about the need for formation of SHGs and farmers club and the role
of banks and Govt. Schemes to uplift their livelihood.
Munimso Bellai, GB of Duraliang appreciated the joint initiative of the Bank and
the NGO and requested them to organise such camps in different villages of Tezu and
Sunpura blocks also to create financial literacy among the people.
Fogging operation conducted at Deomali
KHONSA, Aug 02: District Health Society Tirap conducted fogging operation at Narrottam
Nagar near Deomali town today.
Meanwhile, responding to some public queries, DMO Khonsa Dr K Perme stated that
last year on July 27 a case of Japanese encephalitis was detected from Deomali town
at National Network of Laboratory AMCH Dibrugarh. The exercise was carried out as
a precautionary measure to thwart the Japanese Encephalitis outbreak in the area.
He informed that chemical vector control measures are not a permanent solution; he
suggested that personnel protection measures like use of repellents and mosquito
nets are more effective. The operation will continue tomorrow at Deomali town and
DC inspects Seppa district hospital
SEPPA, Aug 2: Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh inspected all the wards, new
OPD building under constructions and the boundary of the District Hospital, Seppa
Singh while interacting with the Doctors lauded them of the proper management of
the Hospital in spite of all odds like encroachment problems, shortages of medicines
Taking note of the problems raised by DMO, Seppa, he assured for early demarcation
of the Hospital premises and erecting of chain wall, repairing of off-road Ambulances
and also land for mortuary. He asked DMO to submit innovative proposal for improvement
of the Hospital.
In a move to prevent spread of Japanese Encephalitis (JE), he directed that rearing
of piggeries and selling meat within Seppa town be banned henceforth till further
order and also ban on selling of poultry. Massive awareness campaign shall be launched
about the JE in the Dist, he added.
Dr. Nyage Geiyi, DMO while briefing about the problems face by District Hospital
Seppa said that the duration for expiry of medicine should be at least for a year
to do away with the shortages of medicines, DIPRO
Blood donation camp by Vivekananda Yuva Shakti
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: In its continuing efforts to save human lives, the Vivekananda Yuva
Shakti yet again organized a blood donation camp in association with the church members
of Capital Christian Revival Church, Akashdeep, here under the aegis of Blood Transfusion
Service of Arunachal Pradesh States Aids Control Society (APSACS).
63 units of blood were collected where female donors outnumbered the male donors.
The blood collected has been kept at Blood Bank, Arunachal State Hospital for distribution
to needy patients.
A huge number of enthusiastic donors of age between 18-65 years, particularly from
the women, youth group and Church Committee came forward to donate blood.
Reverend Pastor Marshal Leye also donated blood as a gesture to encourage his fellow
church followers to donate blood. This is the first time in the state that an outdoor
blood donation camp was organized at church premises.
The blood donation camp was preceded by a small formal function. A group prayer was
organized by the followers of the church. APSACS Deputy Director (BTS) Dr. N Budh,
Dy.Director spoke briefly about the importance of voluntary blood donation and organization
of such camps.
Ramesh Jeke, Chairman, Vivekananda Yuva Shakti also spoke on the occasion highlighting
the importance of the organization of such camps.
He thanked the Reverend Pastor Marshal Leye, Church Secretary, Biri Saan and Church
Committee of Christian Revival Church for their noble gesture to conduct blood
donation camp and their promise to organize more such camps in the near future.
The medical team was headed by Dr. P. Sona, Medical Officer, ASH, Naharlagun and
officials from BTS Dr. Pakba Ringu, Dy. Director, SBTC and Dony Taying, Consultant(VBD).
The whole programme was coordinated by the members of the Vivekananda Yuva Shakti
with the medical team.
More than 42 lakhs looted from RGU’s Vijaya Bank, cashier shot
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: In a broad day light robbery inside the Rajiv Gandhi University
campus, Rono Hills, the robbers have reportedly looted Rs 42,15,980 from Vijaya Bank
and shot cashier Joydeep Chatterjee today. Injured cashier was immediately shifted
to Arunachal Pradesh State Hospital Naharlagun, informed Doimukh police.
It further informed that three/four suspected masked robbers came on motorcycle and
got inside the bank when bank staffs were busy in normal business around 11:40 am.
They looted the amount and fled from the scene.
Two motorcycle used by robbers were recovered by the police from RGU premise. Both
the bikes were stolen from Yupia day before yesterday, according to police.
Officer in-charge Doimukh PS Padi Payang said that extensive search operation is
on to nab the robbers and all out-lets have been blocked in order to zero down on
the robbers. A case No 33/14 U/S 448/307/326/394/34 IPC r/w section 25 B/27 Arms
Act has been registered with Doimukh police station.
The broad day light robbery at the premier institution has exposed the very serious
security lapses in the premise.
A source informed that security arrangement at the RGU campus is very poor. Even
the security personnel deployed in RGU entry gate are not checking vehicles properly.
Surprisingly no guards are found during night hours at the RGU campus, source added.
Dept of Hydro power scripts its own rules, incur huge losses
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: The Department of Hydro Power Development which was created in
2003 with a view to develop, operate micro, mini and small hydro power projects have
seemed to terribly failed the state, according to CAG report which was made public
Failure of the Department to conduct proper survey and investigation in respect of
13 hydel projects resulted in an unfruitful expenditure of Rs. 44.32 crore.
Shockingly, the viability of projects was established on hydrological data for one
to two months instead of requisite detailed data for a minimum period of three years.
These projects became non/less operative due to less discharge of water after these
projects commissioned indicating faulty planning due to reliance on insufficient
hydrological data. The government explanation was that due to sudden announcement
of Prime Minister’s economic package in 2008-09 for development of micro-mini/small
hydro power projects required hydrological survey of source stream for 12 projects
could not be carried out. In spite of the fact that hydrological survey is one of
the critical aspects for establishing the viability of the hydel project, the department
had not adhered even to its own practice of carrying out hydrological surveys for
full two years.
On the other hand, the works done through work orders, without ensuring economy and
quality of works done, were very high and constituted 32.30 per cent of the total
During the period of 2008-09 and 2012-13, the department carried out civil works
valuing Rs 165.78 cr in respect of 38 projects without following any tendering procedures.
The work was executed by issuing work orders without any technical sanction and calling
for open tenders. The value of works executed without tendering procedures and ensuring
technical approvals was very high and ranged between Rs 0.43 crore for Chu Nallah
MHS project and Rs 15.87 cr for Pagu SHP project.
Meanwhile, even though turnkey contractors had delayed the completion of 32 projects
by 8 to 53 months as of August 2013, the Department did not levy Liquidated Damages
amounting to Rs 17.09 crore.
Delay in completion of Halaipani Small Hydroelectric Project due to frequent changes
in installed capacity rendered the expenditure of Rs. 109.56 crore (Civil Works –
Rs. 74.31 crore and E&M Works – Rs. 35.25 crore) unproductive even after 16 years
from the first Administrative Approval for the project. Moreover, the 111 targeted
villages were also deprived of the intended benefits of this small hydel project.
The order for supply of E&M equipments valued at Rs 8.99 crore was prematurely placed
on the contractor as the civil works at site were not completed. Due to this, the
E&M equipment remained idle for 16 years, after which it became unusable due to deterioration,
rust, wear and tear resulting in loss of Rs 8.99 crore to the Department. Further
the department released interests free Mobilisation Advance (MA) of Rs 52.27 crore
to the contractors in nine projects in contravention to the laid down manuals. In
spite of allowing interest free MA to contractors, the works were not completed within
the scheduled time period and Rs 16.57 cr was yet to be adjusted from the contractors
bills as of August 2013. The non adherence to the CPWD provisions, by allowing interest
free MA to the contractors had resulted in extension of undue benefit to the contractors
in the form of MA amounting to Rs 10.04 cr. The department had also not secured the
MA fully as the bank guarantees were either not taken or had lapsed in respect of
seven cases. The govt in Nov 2013 stated that MA were paid as per terms and conditions
of the agreement and payment of MA has been discontinued in the state.
The end result is that there have not only been huge financial losses and violations
of rules, hydro power capacity of the department has decreased from 82.25 in 2008-9
to 77.81 in 2012-2013.
Pul conducts announced visit, finds expired medicines in Govt dispensary
From A Correspondent
ITANAGAR, Aug 02: Expired medicines are very often supplied by the health department
as was proved right when Health & Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul himself found
Lox2% (Xylocaine, local anaesthesia with expiry date 11.03.2014 and sterile water
for injections IP with expiry date Jun 2013 from Govt Itafort dispensary here during
a surprise visit on Thursday last.
He was aghast to see that there was not a single drop of water while the wash basin
had no water connection in the entire dispensary having 11 doctors, including four
dentists. This was the fourth visit and Pul had found none during his earlier two
visits. On third visit, he found only chowkidar and served the notice. He felt that
the department should not be pressurized to take action against those indulging in
dereliction of duty.
Treating the patients was next to impossible without water for which the patients
buy mineral water from the market for their treatment, the doctors informed.
The department supplies hardly few categories of medicines and cotton but no surgical
hand globes, disposal syringe and live saving drugs.
Patients to get reprieve join hands to purchase local anaesthesia and haemostat 250/500
mg (used for stopping bleeding) from the market which clearly reflects the poor state
of health services in the state.
Doctors use personal BP instrument, widal test regiments kit, haemoglobinometer,
blood sugar testing kit etc, which should have been supplied by the department.
If this is the state of affairs in a dispensary in the heart of state capital, Pul
wondered what would be the status of health centres in far-flung and remote areas.
On being reminded that health was the top priority sector of the state government,
Pul assured all possible endeavours to bring the required change.
However, on learning that the dispensary was functioning under the Arunachal State
Hospital, Naharlagun, he assured to make it independent. However, PH&WS chief engineer
at the request of the minister assured to provide water supply soon.
While interacting with the doctors and nurses and other staffs, Pul assured them
all support, but sought their committed service throughout the state.
Govt committed to rationalize transfer and posting of teachers: Minister
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: In furtherance to the joint coordination meeting held on June 20
last, another coordination meeting of SSA, RMSA, Elementary and School Education
with all the DDSEs of the districts was conducted at Banquet Hall here yesterday.
The meeting was convened by Education Minister Tapang Taloh to know the first hand
information of the functioning of education department at districts including the
status of surplus teachers and shortfall in the respective districts. Parliamentary
secretary, education, Bamang Felix, Education Secretary R K Mishra, Director School
Education, Director Elementary Education, State Project Director (SSA), DDSEs of
17 districts, state and district level functionaries attended the meeting.
Addressing the participants in the meeting, Education Minister Tapang Talo said that
the education department needs good governance by all functionaries especially the
DDSEs of the state. He informed the house that the government is committed to rationalize
the transfer and posting of all categories of teachers through single window transfer
and posting system to be adopted by government after all the schools would be equipped
with the sufficient numbers of teachers.
Admitting that his department is facing multiple challenges, the minister, however,
hoped that with sustained efforts the good results could be achieved. “Success can
only be achieved by making right approach at the right time,” the minister said and
expressed hope that by withdrawing the surplus teachers from the districts the problems
of education would be substantially reduced.
After giving a patient hearing, the Minister also suggested the ways and means to
overcome problems and issues raised by the DDSEs of the districts.
While addressing the meeting the parliamentary secretary (Education) apprised the
house about the zero tolerance policy adopted by the government in the education
sector and called for implementing the policies and programmes of the government
by all the stakeholders of the education department. He also instructed all the DDSEs
to come up to expectation of the public, student and department. He also stressed
the need of streamlining the Mid-Day-Meal scheme in the schools.
Education Secretary in his opening remarks has suggested various measures that need
to be taken at the districts by the District authority to uplift the educational
scenario with use of technology, V-SAT connection in all district office. He further
suggested banning of mobile phones in the schools, constant encouragement to good
performing teachers and students, monitoring of teacher and student attendance, identification
and reporting of unauthorized and unregistered schools.
Further, he opined that appointment of DDSEs should be streamlined to have an effective
and better administration at district level. To overcome and strengthening to the
ailing schools in the district a power point presentation on “AERO” (Adopt, Exchange,
Run and Own) was made by Secretary.
The Secretary, in his suggestion to DDSEs asked them to identify an ailing schools
and introduce AERO on trial basis.
Director School Education shared the various issues of the secondary including RMSA
and higher secondary level with the authority and DDSEs, while, Director Elementary
Education has updated the status of text books. He requested the DDSEs to furnish
the report & returns and quarterly progress report of MDM scheme in time.
State Project Director, SSA made request to the DDSEs to make fully functional to
those Residential Schools which are either defunct or not functioning to its capacity.
He further stressed on timely submission of QPR, QMT, Web Portal, procurement plan
and authentic seniority list of SSA teachers.
The meeting followed by presentations from DDSEs of respective districts and detailed
discussion on physical and financial status of all centrally sponsored schemes i.e.,
SSA, RMSA, MDM, SBM and Teacher Education was made. Besides, the DDSEs highlighted
the issues pertaining to their respective districts including shortage of subject
teachers specifically science and maths, non availability of teacher quarters, delay
in release of teachers salary, inadequate supporting ministerial staff.
The meeting ended with the resolve that every official of education department is
committed to overcome the problem and the state would certainly achieve the desired
goals in the near future, according to an official release.
Financial advisors seek Govt intervention
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: A group of financial advisors who counselled people invest in Genex
Infra Project Limited, now defunct, has called on the Governor, the Chief Secretary
and the DGP to intervene so that people who operated the company are held accountable.
They said that investors are threatening the financial advisors with dire consequences
if money that was invested in the company are not repaid to them at the earliest.
They further informed that only one person has been arrested so far. Tapan Dutta
was arrested in May this year after an FIR was lodged in January at Aalo Police station.
However charge sheet has not been filed.
On Monday, the period of 90 days stipulated for completion of investigation and filing
of charge-sheet will end, a financial advisor informed. If he is let out on bail,
entire investigation will derail, she said.
Some 6000 people across Arunachal Pradesh invested an estimated Rs 16 crore in the
Kolkata based company between 2010-2013 which was being run by Tapan Dutta as CMD,
Gaurav Arora as MD, Ratan Dey as Director, Paritosh Bhattacharya as North East Developer
while the senior promoters were Kekop Tamut of Molom village, West Siang, Angko Modi
of Ngorlung, East Siang, Arun Thapa and Shekar Chetry of Pasighat.
The company managed to dupe people enticing them with promises of returns as high
as 400% for a ten years’ fixed deposit. There were total of 431 financial advisors,
unaware of the scam, working for the company.
PPA bats for cabinet berth to elected leader from Patkai region
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has strongly urged the Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki to accommodate a representative from Patkai region in his ministry considering
the backwardness of the region.
The region despite having a separate department of DOTC is suffering from extreme
backwardness as compared to other districts and regions. The region has been suffering
from chronic law and order problem as well as poor health and youth related issues
like drug addiction and unemployment, party’s Working President Kahfa Bengia said
in a release and strongly urged the Govt to give ministerial berth to a representative
from the region to fulfill his commitment for balanced socio-economic and political
development. Party General Secretary cum Spokesman T Naksang urged the chief minister
as well as the political leadership of Patkai region to build consensus over a leader
who could be given the responsibility of a Cabinet Minister.
“Such a step would not only help strengthen the concept of inclusive growth but more
importantly send a positive signal towards reducing the increasing sense of regional
imbalance and alienation amongst the people of the region from the larger concept
of one Arunachal and one democratic principle of equality and justice,” said Naksang.
Namsai could become next educational hub of state: CM
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: In what can be touted as his first district tour after taking over
as Chief Minister of the state for the 2nd consecutive term, expectations rose high
amongst the people of Namsai sub-division in Lohit district today. Everyone waited
with bated breath to hear Chief Minister Nabam Tuki confirm the administrative approval
for creation of Namsai district, which has already been passed by the State Legislative
Assembly. What everyone missed was the fact that Tuki was in Namsai for altogether
a different reason.
Besides taking stock of the progress of several projects in the sub-division Tuki
today inaugurated the newest college of the state – Venerable Uktara Bethany College
- which is all set to start its first academic session with 60 students as its first
Basically a private college under the aegis of the Congregation of the Sisters of
the Little Flower of Bethany, North East Province, with headquarters at Mangalore
(India), it is being funded by the Bethany Educational Trust and Bethany Charitable
Trust. “I am deeply moved by this novel initiative of the Bethany Congregation. On
behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh in general and Namsai area in particular,
I welcome you to my state and assure you the Government’s support in all your endeavours,”
he said after inaugurating the college in a simple but impressive ceremony.
The college is established at Manmao near Namsai town on a vast plot of land donated
by senior citizen and former MLA Chau Khouk Manpoong.
Tuki lauded charitable organizations including the Bethany Congregation for its latest
venture in shouldering the responsibility of imparting quality education to youths
of the state. He said that with NGOs with noble commitments spreading their wings
of social activities in the state, the burden of government is being shared, for
which the government will always remain grateful. While hailing the missionaries
of church for rendering yeomen services in the field of education he also pointed
that other organizations like the Vivekananda Kendra are equally contributing to
the field and asserted that Government will always back such organizations in their
On the request of local MLA Chow Zingnu Namchoom, Tuki assured cooperation for infrastructural
development of the newest college of the state.
“With one university, two colleges, one polytechnic and a nursing school coming up,
Namsai district can sure become the next educational hub of the state,” Tuki said
hinting at announcement of the newest district of the state soon that erupted a round
of applause from all those present.
Taking the cue he added, “Plans are afoot to announce the new district this Independence
Day and we will inaugurate it sometime in September.”
Those who spoke on the occasion included Agriculture Minister Chowna Mein, Food &
Civil Supply Minister Kamlung Mossang, local MLA Chow Zingnu Namchoom, MLA Honchum
Ngandam, Bishop of Miao Diocese Rev George Pallipparambil, Secretary Bethany Educational
Society Rose Celine, Principal Teresa Martis and others.
Earlier, Tuki visited the under-construction Government Polytechnic at Joipur and
the Mini-Secretariat and the Mahabodhi Lord Buddha College.
BJP flays Cong. Govt. on Statehood Act
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has accused the successive Congress
Governments in the state for failing to move the Centre for Constitutional Amendment
of Arunachal Pradesh Statehood Act, 1986/87 with provision for special protection
for the state.
Arunachal Pradesh attained Statehood along with Mizoram on February 20, 1987 but
the latter was protected by Article 371(G) of the Constitution (53rd amendment) Act,
1986 but Arunachal Pradesh was not given the same provision.
Though the State Assembly had passed an amended resolution to urge the Centre to
amend Article 371(H) of the Constitution to bring it at par with the provisions of
Article 371(A) and 371 (G), the state government had failed to move the Centre to
repeal the Article 371 (H) and put Arunachal Pradesh under special category status
state under Article 371(A) and 371 (G) of the Constitution till date, BJP said in
Special provisions have been made for the states of Nagaland and Mizoram through
Article 371(A) and 371(G) by which no act of Parliament in respect of their religion
or social practices, customary law and practices, administration of civil and criminal
justice involving decisions according to their customary laws, ownership and transfer
of land shall apply to the states unless the legislative assembly of the respective
state by a resolution decides so.
It is unfortunate that the Chief Minister misled the State Assembly that the State
Government had been sincerely and constantly pursuing the Centre to amend the Constitution
and repeal the Art. 371(H) and put Arunachal Pradesh under the ambit of Article 371(A)
and 371(G) since the state attained Statehood in 1987, lamented BJP.
“We should not just make rules, pass Bills and Acts but work on them sincerely. We
must discard those rules and Acts imposed upon the innocent people of the state which
does not suit them,” the party stated.
The party alleged that step motherly treatment was meted out to the people of Arunachal
Pradesh by the Congress Government in the state during the enactment of 55th Constitutional
Amendment granting Statehood to Arunachal Pradesh in 1986/1987. The Statehood Act
was enacted without seeking consensus opinion from the all stockholders or suppressing
them undemocratically. The people of the state would have gotten adequate Constitutional
safeguards for all round development of the State along with resources management
had the then Government carefully considered the wills and aspiration of the people
of the State, the party said.
The party also alleged that the ruling Congress Government in the state did not make
any effort to repeal the Article 371(H) during the last ten years of UPA Government
in the Centre.
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh has been empowered with special responsibility for
law and order through article 371(H).
SHECAP recommends establishment of two engineering, five model degree colleges in
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Rashtriya Ucchatar Sikshya Abhiyan (RUSA), flagship programme of
GoI for higher education, gave momentous recommendations today that would bring a
sea change in higher education.
The State Higher Education Council of Arunachal Pradesh (SHECAP), recently constituted
by the GoAP, consisting of 18 members chaired by Minister Tapang Taloh, vice chairman
Education Parliamentary Secretary Bamang Felix and member-secretary-cum-SPD higher
education director Dr Joram Begi and members representing GoI, education experts
from within and outside the state, held its first meeting today.
The SHECAP, the decision making body, recommended for establishment of two degree
engineering colleges, five more model degree colleges including one for women (as
announced by the chief minister in his Budget speech), upgradation of five existing
colleges, namely JNC, Pasight, DNGC, Itanagar, IHGGC, Tezu, Govt College, Bomdila
and DPGC, Kamki to model degree colleges besides infrastructure development of remaining
existing colleges. It further recommended recruitment of faculty members, equity
development for students of backward class, like SC and ST, quality improvement for
the education system within the 12th plan period.
It may be noted that RUSA will provide Rs 75.68 crore yearly which will include Rs
26 crore each for the establishment of each degree engineering college, Rs 12 crore
each for new model degree college and Rs 4 crore each for upgradation of the existing
colleges to model degree college status. This proposal will be subjected to approval
of Project Approval Board of the RUSA Mission Authority of union HRD ministry.
While the council lauded the chairman and vice chairman for their efforts for speedy
implementation of RUSA, the chairman appreciated the hard work of the department
for the achievement and hoped that RUSA would cater to the rising demand for higher
education in the state through expansion and consolidating.
Expressing his happiness, Dr Begi said that 2014 would go down the history for a
turnaround in higher education, being its golden jubilee year. State’s first degree
college was set up in 1964.
Arunachalees allowed to return from Tinsukia after 3-hour negotiations
ROING, Aug 2: Several Arunachalee passengers and visitors were left stranded today
in Tinsukia, Assam for more than 10 hours as they were prevented from leaving the
town by the protestors protesting the attack on a group of Assamese over a boundary
dispute in Assam-Arunachal border.
A day earlier, a college student was assaulted by a mob at Chapakhowa in retaliation
for the attack. This morning, several passengers leaving for Roing, Tezu and Namsai
couldn't book their sumo and bus fare fearing safety of their lives.
Having left stranded in Tinsukia, they were even denied rooms in hotels. Those occupying
the rooms were forced to vacate by some student activists, a source informed.
With no roof to cover for themselves, all the stranded passengers and visitors took
refuge in a local police station, waiting to be rescued.
Responding to the situation, Tezu MLA Mohesh Chai, informed that the matter was discussed
with the state home ministry and the police department. A request was made to take
up the issue with the Assam counterpart for safety and security of all Arunachalee
people stranded. He also issued helpline numbers for those stranded.
The Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) members met Roing Deputy Commissioner
and Superintendent of Police to discuss on the situation and appealed for ensuring
safety and security of all stranded.
Roing legislator Mutchu Mithi informed that vehicles were being arranged to rescue
the passengers. Seven vehicles were arranged to ferry around 35 passengers stranded
in Tinsukia from different parts of Arunachal from eastern districts, he informed.
Later in the afternoon, as the passengers were preparing to leave for Dirak Gate
in Assam-Arunachal border in Lohit/Namsai district, several protestors blocked the
road preventing them from leaving the town.
Sources revealed that the protestors were shouting anti-Arunachal slogans, and were
demanding arrest of alleged person involved in the attack on Assamese people.
After almost three hours of talks between authorities in Assam and Arunachal through
telephone, the protestors finally let the passengers leave the town under police
security, the source informed.
Annual conference of Planning
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: A four-day long annual conference of the Planning Department which
started on July 29 last ended here yesterday. The Conference was attended by all
the District Planning Officers, their technical staff besides all the officers and
officials in the headquarters.
On the first day of the conference, the performances of the District Planning Units
were reviewed. All the District Planning Officers gave power point presentations
in respect of developmental perspective, ongoing projects, vision etc. in their respective
districts. A training programme on Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and
e-governance was organized on the next two days.
On the last day of the conference, a training programme on operationalization of
MIS software on BADP was also imparted to the participants.
The Conference also dwelt upon various other issues like role of Planning Officers
in the development process in the State and the corrective steps to be taken to ensure
proper implementation including monitoring of various government sponsored schemes.
While appreciating the work being performed by the District Planning Officers under
difficult conditions, the Secretary (Planning) urged upon the officers to work harder
and bring more professionalism. The DPOs were also briefed about the vision of development
of the government and they were asked to align their thoughts and activities accordingly
so that the intended benefits of the government schemes percolates to the grass root
DDJAC serves 7 days ultimatum to GoAP, threatens democratic movement
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: Reiterating its demand for early establishment of Likabali as temporary
headquarter and Sikirima as the permanent headquarter of Lower Siang district, the
District Demand Joint Action Committee (DDJAC) - 28th Likabali and 36th Nari-Koyu
(ST) Assembly Constituency has served seven days ultimatum to the state government,
failing which it has threatened to go ahead with phase-wise democratic movement in
all the Galo inhabited areas beginning from August 13 next with 24 hours bandh.
2nd phase agitation has been choked out as public boycott of Independence Day celebration
on August 15 next, while 3rd phase is 36 hours bandh on August 19 and 20 August next.
Informing this in a press conference held at Press Club this afternoon, Chairman
DDJAC, Sengo Taipodia questioned, “Longding district which was sanctioned at the
same time with Lower Siang is functioning as a fully fledged district for past four
years now. Why Lower Siang is still stuck with no decision on its temporary and permanent
Echoing similar concern, Galo Peoples’ Federation, President, Nyadaar Loya said,
“even the much new Namsai district is being introduced this Independence Day. Why
the state government is meting step motherly treatment to our demand?” “We have been
struggling for so long but our begging have all been neglected. So this time, we
are compelled to take this bold movement. But it is our humble request to the state
government to please fulfill our genuine demand and do not force us to go ahead with
our democratic movement,” Loya appealed.
Meanwhile, the Jigo Yego Students Union (JYSU) and Ramle Banggo Students Union (RBSU)
have decided to support DDJAC in its democratic movement. Earlier, both the student
unions had decided to go ahead with its democratic movement from August 8 but instead
decided to comply with DDJAC and its movement from August 13 next, informed JYSU
president Bomi Bam.
Meeting on prevention and control of vector borne diseases
PASIGHAT, Aug 2: A meeting on prevention and control of vector borne diseases was
convened by the East Siang Deputy Commissioner in her conference hall today which
was attended by the ZPC Kaling Dai, DMO Dr. D Bagra, Medical Officers of all PHCs
and CHCs, HoDs and members of AdiSU.
Briefing on the issue, the Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava informed that she
is personally monitoring the prevention and control measures regularly through periodic
review meetings and consultations. According to her the diseases are greatly affected
by socio-economic determinants and in turn causes of poverty and premature deaths,
affect the development of an area. People’s behavioral change could help prevent
and eliminate vector borne-diseases and the media could help bring about the behavioral
change, she opined. The growing case of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in the neighboring
Jonai (Assam) has created a short of worries and panic in the minds of the people
but DDT spraying and fogging are underway and Rapid Respond Team is ready to combat
any threat and High Priority Laboratory at Pasighat General Hospital is there to
do the needful. Patients suffering from common fever in Jonai area are reporting
to CHC Ruksin to avail medical treatment every day. Till date, out of 12 suspected,
2 cases have been found Japanese Encephalitis positive so far but shortly after detection
it was controlled. One lady teacher of Seren who was staying at North Lakhimpur for
a long, suspected to be a victim of JE is presently under medical treatment at Gauhati
and the second victim of JE has been admitted in Dibrugarh, informed the DC.
While throwing light on JE vaccination, Srivastava stated that no vaccine will be
effective during transmission season as it takes minimum one to two months to develop
immunity to the virus and in outbreak season when the virus is virulent, these vaccines
may not help and appealed the people not to panic much. The DC directed the health
authority to issue advisories on proper maintenance of drainage system, sanitation
and cleanliness around houses to control of vector borne diseases like Malaria, Dengue,
Japanese Encephalitis etc.
ZPC Kaling Dai urged the DC to issue executive order so that piggeries and poultries
could be isolated to contain spread of vector-borne diseases.
Earlier, DMO Bagra advised the participants to be hardworking, sincere and dedicated
and serve the people with missionary zeal. He while elaborating on strategies for
prevention and control which include early detection and prompt treatment, informed
that he is personally visiting the border areas where chances are high and further
assured to continue regular awareness programs to create public awareness on breeding
sites of mosquitoes. He appealed the people to keep open all doors and windows during
fogging operation and to use mosquito net. Dr. Bagra informed that necessary medicines
like ORS+Zinc Sulfate etc to control diarrhoea has been provided to the hospital,
all the health and Anganwadi Centers. The DMO apprised the house that Insurance official
will revisit Pasighat General Hospital on Aug 5&6 and at Riga on Aug-8,9 & 10 next
for photography under CM’s Health Insurance mission.
General Secretary, AdiSU, Obuk Gao demanded frequent fogging and availability of
testing kits and medicines in CHC Ruksin and assured to cooperate the health officials
during awareness programs and their services to the people.
Dr. Kaling Tatin (MD) through power-point presented brought clinical presentation
and informed that Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus is a single-stranded RNA virus
that transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, primarily Culex
species. The virus is maintained in an enzootic cycle between mosquitoes and amplifying
vertebrate hosts, primarily pigs and wading birds and humans are incidental or dead-end
hosts. Transmission is seasonal, usually peaks in summer. JE is a type of viral brain
infection that is spread through mosquito bites, occurs primarily in rural areas
where pigs are intensively raised, particularly in regions with rice production.
In vertebrate hosts, like pigs and wading birds, the JE virus is amplified, although
the virus does not cause illness in pigs. There is no specific treatment for Japanese
encephalitis and treatment is supportive with assistance given for feeding, breathing
or seizure control as required. JE vaccine is approved only for people 17 years of
age and older, added Tatin.
Dr. Tarik Talom, District Surveillance Officer said Malaria morbidity and mortality
are major public health concerns in the district and mostly rural people are often
the worst sufferers. It is a difficult disease to control largely due to the highly
adaptable nature of the vector but the department is tirelessly and effectively working
in the field. Vector management tools such as insecticides, environmental modification,
and bed nets have contributed greatly to successful malaria control efforts historically
under vector management strategies to prevent parasite transmission (from humans
to mosquitoes and mosquitoes to humans) and reduce the mosquito population. But to
achieve sustainable control over malaria, healthcare professionals will need a combination
of new approaches and tools, coordination from all concern and research will play
a critical role in development of those next-generation strategies. DIPRO
Tolum calls for promotion and preservation of Nyishi language
ZIRO, Aug 2: Nyishi Elite Society (NES) President Bengia Tolum urged the members
of Nyishi Teachers Forum (NTF) to give due importance on development of third language
by emphasizing on promotion and preservation of Nyishi language especially for the
Nyishi dominated areas.
While releasing the byelaws of the NTF in a meeting at circuit house here today,
Tolum said that he would teach students for 2-3 days in particular schools, where
the teachers find it difficult to teach. He also suggested NTF to introduce dress
code for the teachers, particularly in Nyishi dominated districts.
While appreciating the constitution of the Forum which aims to work in the interest
of the students as well as the society, he suggested them to modify some of the points
given in the bye-law as and when necessary.
“It is easy to form an organization but very difficult to run it,” said Bar Takum,
SE (Power), who is also president of Nyishi Service Engineering Forum (NSEF). He
suggested the members to take the Forum in right direction for the betterment of
“Unless teachers show their sincerity, there is less chances the student will become
sincere, he said while maintaining that government pays them monthly salary and they
should reciprocate and discharge duties sincerely.
Earlier, NTF general secretary, Likha Togur highlighted the aim and objective of
the NTF with its Hq at Ziro.
Observing that some of the headmasters and principals posted in the schools of Nyishi
dominated district who belong to other communities use to stay at their district
by giving ‘inexperienced’ teacher as the in-charge, Togur said that such kind of
arrangement hampers school administration badly as well as education of the student.
He also observed that textbooks meant for the students do not reach school in time
and beginning of the session which hampers the academic study of the students. He
further informed that govt. had provided computer sets some 3 years back to almost
all the secondary and higher secondary schools for the students to learn computer
education under Computer Aided Learning Programme (CAL) but these computers are neither
installed nor computer teachers posted till date. These computers are becoming obsolete
technologically and getting damaged due to natural wears and tears which is waste
of Govt. money. Taking note of all these problems and also to promote quality education,
the NTF was formed, he said.
Taniya Milli, president, Joram Budh, chairman advisory board and J K Abbo, vice president
Tiger Seven Football Tournament begins at Sagalee
New Sagalee Tani Hapa FC defeat Lt. Nabam Tayum Sporting Club 2-1 in opening match
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: New Sagalee Tani Hapa FC defeated Lt. Nabam Tayum Sporting Club
2-1 in penalty shot out in the opening match of the Tiger Seven Football Tournament
at Sagalee town today.
Nabam Taring and Nabam Pahar scored one goal each for New Sagalee Tani Hapa FC while
the lone goal for Lt. Nabam Tayum Sporting Club was scored by Nabam Hari.
The second match was played between Lebia FC and Tana Hari FC in which the latter
beat the former by 2-0 goal.
Sanjay Biswakarma scored both the goals for the winning team, informed the organizing
Earlier, addressing the opening ceremony, Assembly Youth Congress, Sagalee, President
Nabam Pahi urged the participating teams to play the game in true sportsman spirit.
He appreciated the organizing committee under banner of All Arunachal Anti-Corruption
Sagalee, unit for organizing such tournament in Sagalee for the first time.
Later, he declared the tournament open by kicking off the ball along with Sagalee
ADC Jalash Pertin.
Speaking on the occasion, ADC Pertin suggested the people of Sagalee, especially
the youths and elders to keep their surroundings clean and hygienic. He wished best
of luck to all the teams.
Organizing Committee Chairman cum President All Arunachal Anti Corruption Sena Sagalee
unit Techi Muna highlighted the aims and objective of the tournament. He also informed
the general public about various activities carried out by the Sagalee unit of AACS,
including its initiative to make LPG cylinder available in Sagalee Township, mass
social service at Sagalee town, complaint against non maintenance and poor health
facilities at Community Health Centre, Sagalee etc.
AAPSA holds phonetics training for teachers
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: The All Arunachal Private Schools’ Association (AAPSA) organized
a training programme in phonetics for the teachers of private schools of Itanagar
area under AAPSA at Don Bosco Youth Centre, Vivek Vihar today.
The day-long training enabled the participants to learn phonetic symbols and pronunciation
skills especially getting used to phonetic transcription and the nuances of pronunciation,
diction, accent and intonation.
The training, inaugurated by Fr. CD Mathai, Parish Priest, Catholic Church, Itanagar,
had theoretical and practical sessions on phonetics, voice and accent and other related
language skills. Speaking at the Inaugural Function, Fr. Mathai exhorted the teachers
to be “signs and bearers of knowledge and God’s love for children and young people.”
He added “Teachers are beacons of hope for students and they should equip themselves
with every skill to be leaders in the class room. He also exhorted the teachers
present to be service-minded and not to take teaching as a job, but as a mission.
Earlier, JNK Public School Principal Shijoi Kurian, who is also the Secretary of
AAPSA, called upon the teachers to make best use of the innovative training being
made available to them by AAPSA and opined that as all the teachers present are from
English medium schools, the training is going to be a boon for them.
“As we have a mushrooming of private educational institutions all over Arunachal
Pradesh which could be a positive sign, it is imperative to find devices to assure
quality and AAPSA through such training programmes would like to be on the side of
the Government in its efforts to add quality to the mission of education”, said Shijoi.
This is the second such training organized by AAPSA to improve teacher efficiency,
especially in the field of speaking and correct pronunciation skills.
The training was attended by 57 teachers from various AAPSA schools of Itanagar.
IFCSAP delegation meets Union ministers, submits memo
ITANAGAR, Aug 02: A delegation of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal
Pradesh (IFCSAP) met Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh, Union Minister
of Minority Affairs Dr. Najma Heptulla and Secretary to Home Affairs Anil Gowsami
in New Delhi yesterday and discussed regarding the status of Scheduled Tribal (ST)
and Minority in Arunachal Pradesh, implementation of MsDP scheme and IFCSAP movement
for the protection and preservation of the indigenous faith and culture of the Arunachal
They also submitted memorandum to the union ministers demanding not to give double
benefits to any person or community in Arunachal Pradesh as giving such benefits
will encourage mass conversion to the faiths classified as Minority community which
will adversely affect the preservation and promotion of the indigenous faith, culture
and traditions of the state.
IFCSAP said that “as per 1978 Freedom of Religions Act of Arunachal Pradesh; only
the Deputy Commissioner is authorized to identify the minority population. Hence,
the list of minority blocks and families prepared by a Guwahati based private agency
was illegal and improper.
“The Arunachal Pradesh Government should implement the ‘Arunachal Pradesh Freedom
of Religion Act’ 1978, which has been passed by the state assembly and approved by
President of India, at the earliest so that an authentic list of minorities can be
Steps should also be initiated by the State Government to issue minority certificates
to the converts of Arunachal Pradesh and let the converted persons surrender their
ST certificate at the earliest, demanded IFCSAP.
Claiming that the religion column of various government certificates, application
and other application forms has been deleted in various districts, IFCSAP demanded
reinsertion of the same column and proper verification so that genuine STs get the
Besides the issues, there was special discussion with the Home Minister regarding
the department of Art & Culture and Tourism for the special attention from the centre
The IFCSAP team led by Gichik Taaza, General Secretary was accompanied by Rajya Sabha
member Tarun Vijay.