August 08

CCSC team emerges happier

Eagle Trophy

NAHARLAGUN,  Aug 7: A festival of goals awaited fans at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here as Capital Complex SC and Gangte Togung SC locked horns in a match where the goalkeepers had to collect the ball from the back of the net eleven times.

In a game that thoroughly tested nerves of both defences, it was the Capital Complex players who broke early and set the tone of the first half. Striker Tadar Kojum gave his team the lead 12 minutes into the game slotting home the ball. Another twelve minutes later, Kojum would once again find the back of the net to double CCSC’s lead. It would be just a minute later that Prahlad Borah would then inflict more pain to Gangte Togung players when he got the third goal.

GTSC were not going down without a fight and they finally got a goal before the break thanks to a Jumdo Padu strike in the 39th minute. Padu appeared rejuvenated with his goal and managed to close the gap even further with his second goal in the opening minute of the second half, making it 3-2.

Bohra, who scored earlier, was not happy with the comeback that GTSC were threatening and sought to get more distance between the teams with a 49th minute strike to make it 4-2. The task looked difficult for GTSC but the players began an unbelievable surmount and clawed their way back into the match with goals from Pagge Tashi and Dare Takar to level the game. However, two goals from Dungda Pui ensured that in this battle of goals, it was the Capital team that emerged the happier of the two teams. In reality though, it was the crowd that was the real winner of today’s match.

In stark contrast to the first match, Bamang Taji FC and FC Doimukh played out a goalless draw in the second match.

Tomorrow’s fixture will see Gora Makik SC take on defending champions ITBP in the first match while Todo Unite FC will take on the CM’s 11.


KBFC & BUFC match draw, RPSY beat Siang Thrashers

ITANAGAR, Aug 7:  The first match of today’s Itanagar Solung Festival Tournament played between Kiyi Bogyi FC and Banggo United ended with a draw.

Onik Moyong and Kaling Tatin scored one each for Banggo UFC while Vijay Taga and B Kochung scored one each for KBUFC.

In the second match, Tate Tadeng and Abraham Pertin scored one goal each for Rumking Peri Soman Yameng team, and on the other hand their opponent Siang Thrashers failed to scored any goal.

August 8 match schedule: ABKFC vrs Nuyi Yameng FC (2.30 PM), Solung UFC vrs Ramgeng FC (4 PM) informed Itanagar Solung Festival Celebration Committee, Sports Secretary Tarok Lomtung and Printom Gammeng.


Ex-servicemen delegation calls on Governor

ITANAGAR,  Aug 7: A delegation of Ex Servicemen (ESM) of Arunachal Pradesh comprising Lt Col Bruce Jilee (Retd), Wg Cdr Gyati Kago (Retd), Maj Tabu Maling (Retd), Capt Mimar Ete (Retd), Hony Capt Lobsang Monpa (Retd) and other ESM called on Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhawan today.

While submitting a memorandum to the Governor, the delegation appealed him to solve the pending grievances of Ex Servicemen which included establishment of Recruiting Office in Arunachal Pradesh, establishment of Sainik Aram Ghars with CSD facilities, provision of regular jobs to next of kins of martyred    ESM, allotment of suitable land to ESM for re-settlement after retirement etc.

In another memorandum, the delegation also appealed the governor  to allow the Ex Servicemen Welfare Association Cell, Arunachal Pradesh (ESMWACAP) to undertake the execution of works for the already approved construction of ‘WAR MEMORIAL’ at Itanagar.


Nafra to get PS soon

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Nafra, a tinsel town near Bomdila in West Kameng is soon to get a much-needed police station with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki assuring in principle for its early establishment.

CM made this assurance when a delegation of PR leaders led by Nafra ZPM Miali Sangchoju called on him at his official bungalow here on Wednesday.

Requesting for priotizing their demands, the PR leaders apprised the CM that the people of the area is yet to see work on the PS despite government’s approval with notification No. HMV(A)-01/2014/463 Dated 16/02/14. Citing growing numbers of criminal activities in the area, Sanchoju also demanded adequate police personnel to tackle the menace.

Mentioning that the Nafra-Buragaon CD Block was bifurcated long time back, the PR leaders demanded full-fledged Block Development Office in Nafra while claiming that without a permanent BDO, the public are facing untold problems.

“Most of the time-bound central schemes like MGNREGA, IAY, IWMP, NRLM etc are carried out by the BDO but to due to non-sanctioning of BDO here, general public are facing difficulties in submission of proposals,” ZPM defended.

Meanwhile, CM, reportedly, also assured to take up this matter at the earliest as well.


Tawang gets paper recycle unit

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: One of the first paper recycle unit has been installed by Environmental Protection Society in Tawang.

The recycle unit was jointly inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Tawang Abhishek Dev and Superintendent of Police IPS Nupur.

The corporate world has a major role to play to promote the use of recycled paper in order to contribute to environmental conservation and sustainable development in a meaningful way, said a statement from EPS.

Meanwhile Jambey Dondu, president EPS appreciated the district administration for supporting the noble cause by sponsoring the paper recycle unit.


Creation of Namsai district notified

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: In pursuance of section 1 (2) of the Arunachal Pradesh (Re-Organization of Districts)   (Amendment) Act, 2013 (No. 2 of 2014), the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh has appointed 15th July, 2014 as the appointed date for coming into force of the said Act in respect of “Namsai district” as provided in section 4 of aforesaid Act, according to a notification. DIPR


Blanket ban on transfer/posting of field officers

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The state government has put a blanket ban on transfer/posting of all field level officers including APCS officers till October 31 next.

The decision has been taken to ensure smooth operation of restoration/ relief works of the rampant incidents of flash floods, landslides, blockage of roads, disruption of communication, and damage of public properties etc caused due to heavy rain in several districts in Arunachal Pradesh.  DIPR


Peaceful rally

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Joining the nation-wide agitation, Rajiv Gandhi University Research Scholars’ Forum is organizing a peaceful dharna cum rally for hike in fellowship for research scholars on August 8 at the university campus.


CVWST writes to BRTF

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The Charto Valley Welfare Society Taliha (CVWST) has requested for maintenance of drainage system, bitumen surfacing and construction of returning wall, braced wall and culverts in Taliha township area.

In its letter to the Chief Engineer, HQ, CE (P) Arunank (BRTF), it also asked for early completion of the half constructed RCC bridge road from Daporijo to Limeking via Taliha.


ASUT urges Govt for Arunachal Bhavan

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Arunachal Students Union of Tamil Nadu (ASUT) has urged the government of Arunachal Pradesh to build an Arunachal Bhavan at Vellore for the welfare of the patients.

In a statement the Union said that patients in Christian Medical College Hospital Vellore are facing lots of problem in terms of accommodation and food spending huge amount as well as paying for the treatment of the patients.

Union said that the state government owns land at Samhadan nagar, 3 km distance from CMCH Vellore, which should be developed soon.


Union demands compensation

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: All Tirap District Students Union has sought immediate compensation for family members of the Lt. Khunwang Kitnya of Lazu Circle of Tirap, who was allegedly murdered on 4th August at Ziro in Lower Subansiri.

The union said that it is extremely shocked and angered by the cold blooded murder of Late Kitnya.


DM prohibits sale of meat

AALO, Aug 7: The District Magistrate West Siang District, Pige Ligu has banned sale of all kinds of meat like pork, chicken, beef, mutton, mithun etc. temporarily in the entire district. The ban order has been necessitated due to outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis disease in the neighboring state of Assam and likely marketing of infected meat by the business community for the consumers of the district.

As the consumers of the district are solely dependent on Assam market for their daily consumption, there is every probability of carrying Encephalitis virus which may take the form of epidemic here. The order banning the sale has been issued today and the Food & Civil Supply department has been given strict directive to closely monitor sale and transportation of all kinds of meat in the district. DIPRO


Mass cleanliness drive organised at Ziro

ZIRO, Aug 7: A mass cleanliness drive was carried out in Ziro by the department of Urban Development and Housing, Ziro in co-ordination with All Ziro-Hapoli Youth Association (AZHYA) yesterday under the aegis of Deputy Commissioner Krishna Kumar Uppu to mark the ensuing Independence day celebration.

Tajom Tatin, AUPO and Michi Chobin, President have physically inspected the day-long social service in all the colonies and appreciated the people of Ziro for their tireless efforts. The joint survey team also appealed the local citizens to carry out at their own effort regularly on every Saturday.

The President (AZHYA) appealed for further co-operation and appealed the citizen for keeping the surroundings neat and clean and also requested for the use of dustbin in every shop.   DIPRO


SFS college opens its NSS unit

AALO, Aug 7: The SFS College Aalo opened its NSS Unit today. The occasion was marked by a massive social service in which more than 350 volunteers took part to clean the college campus under the active guidance of Programme Officer, Reyom Ete.

On the occasion scholarship Award was also given to Minakshi Chetry, rank holders in Sociology department 2014.

Fr. Vipin George, Principal of the college and its Programme Officer expressed their happiness to volunteers for cleaning the college campus.  DIPRO       


District administration & Army meeting held on land acquisition

YUPIA, Aug 7: In pursuance of the Civil-Military Liaison meeting held at Likabali on August 2 last and a follow up action thereon a meeting was held in the office chamber of the Deputy Commissioner Papumpare District today.

Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye, chaired the meeting. Major Anup Grewal, Major Ajay Singh, P Sonowal, SDO (Defence Estates office, Jorhat, Assam) and LM staff of DC office attended the meeting for acquisition of 700 Acres of land at Gumto under Doimukh Circle.

In the meeting various issues related to the proposed land, rates, cost escalation at par with LARA Act and existing rates with Railways, Airport, Trans- Arunachal Highway, NHPC etc were discussed for actual acquisition of the land in the interest of nation.

Finally, it was agreed upon by Civil and Military authority that a letter of consent for actual acquisition of land will be given to the DC, Papum pare District, Yupia by the army authority by fixing a date for joint ground survey. DIPRO


CYO joins hand with DA in eviction drive

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The volunteers of Capital Youth Organization (CYO) have joined hands with the Capital Complex district administration in eviction drive against stray animals in and around Capital Complex. The eviction drive was carried out by the district administration considering several cases of motor vehicle accident in the highway. CYO urged the public to cooperate with district administration for convenience.


Some colonies are vulnerable for transmission of JE viruses in Seppa

SEPPA, Aug 7: East Kameng District Vector Borne Disease Control Officer Dr. Dirang Pizi,  informed that few colonies of Seppa Town are favourable for transmission of JE viruses due to unhygienic settlement as almost all the residents owned a Piggery and Duck hut close to their residence.

Further, there is very slow running water in the drain throughout the season.

In order to verify the potentiality of outbreak of JE, a team was constituted which identified the places for favourable transmission of JE viruses within Town.

Pizi also informed that various measures are being in force which included, shifting of Pigs and dugs from the locality ban on import of Pigs and Poultry from Assam; carrying out awareness programme and fogging operation.

The District Vector Borne Disease Control Society also suggested for assignment of an entomologist to ascertain the presence of vector Culex  tritaeniorhynchus at the earliest and pre-monsoon vaccination. DIPRO


News Impact

Govt and Army officers give priority to security and development

ITANAGAR,  Aug  7: Treating security and development as two sides of the same coin,  the  officers of state Govt and Army officers in a high-level meeting held at Likabali recently proposed concrete and mission oriented measures to be taken to give impetus to road  and tele-communication infrastructures and land acquisition for security related projects. Such measures will not only enhance the defence preparedness of troops in Arunachal Pradesh, but will go a long way towards development of border areas, making available the desired amenities to people in remote border villages, the  meeting observed.

While reviewing the ongoing infrastructure development projects as well as other schemes to enhance security and development of border areas, the meeting held under co-chairmanship of  Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi and GOC, Spear Corps, further enhanced the mutual understanding and co-operation between the Indian Army and Government of Arunachal Pradesh.

Divisional and Brigade Commanders of the Army and Deputy Commissioners of East Siang, West Siang, Upper Siang, Upper Subansiri, Papum Pare, Itanagar Capital Complex and Anini and CCF, Joint Secretary Home and Director of Land Management, were present in the meeting, according to an official release.



Measures taken to contain JE: Pul

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Pointing out that Japanese Encephalitis (JE) cannot be predicted, Health & Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul confirmed death of three persons due to the disease in the state and 17 of the 37 identified confirmed JE. Pul said all preventive measures, like flogging operation and supply of mosquito nets have been initiated and vaccines were given earlier and symptomatic treatment was being given to the patients besides proposal to procure JF vaccines. He appealed to the masses to take preventive measures and the administration to ban export of JE carriers like pigs.

On some pharmacies reportedly were selling JE vaccines amounting to commercialize the dreaded disease, Pul regretted that life saving drugs were also being sold the same way because of nexus between some unscrupulous doctors and pharmacies contrary to the directive of the GoI to prescribe only generic medicines. The drug inspectors will keep a tab on such unethical practice, he said.

“I and the director have written to the DCs and DMOs to remain alert while I am constantly monitoring,” he disclosed.

On being told about death of nine persons in malaria in Longding, Pul said on being alerted by the local MLA a medical team with medicines was dispatched from Pasighat GH to take preventive steps and contain the situation.

Fogging operation in Papum Pare: Meanwhile, the District Vector Borne Disease Control Society organized fogging operation/ Indoor Residual spray in the JE outbreak areas namely Kakoi, Tarajuli, Gumto, Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh and Amba.  The operation team included Tatung Tayang DVBDCPO Papum-Pare, Techi Pekhi Tara DVBD Consultant Papum-Pare, Buru Tada AMO, Nikap Nada MTS and coordination staffs. During the course of fogging activities Tatung Tayang informed the importance of fogging and DDT 50% spray and educated the public regarding all kinds of preventive measures in their dwelling places.



NERCORMP likely to expand its operational area

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has observed that the all-important North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP), which in the third phase is being implemented in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh, can be expanded to other parts of the state provided its exceptional success in the three pilot districts.

Chairing a workshop here today, Tuki suggested that the districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding should avail maximum benefits from the project so that its implementation in the three districts shows the way for others to follow.

The workshop was conducted by the Department of Tirap, Changlang and Longding (DoTCL) to sensitize elected representatives from the three districts on the ways and means of NERCORMP besides introducing them to officials engaged in implementation of the project.

In a detailed power point presentation, DoTCL Secretary Dr Joram Beda explained elaborately the administrative set-up of NERCORMP and the benefits local people can avail from it.

The Chief Minister lauded the project as one of its kind aimed to provide livelihood and basic facilities to the rural mass in interior and border areas. He said that with its implementation every household in the three districts would be benefitted and appealed the elected representatives to cooperate wholeheartedly for success of the project.

During the interactive workshop the elected representatives present raised queries and clarifications, which were responded by the Secretary with suggestions and inputs from the Chief Minister.

The representatives present on the occasion from the three districts were Tesam Pongte (Changlang North), Laisam Simai (Nampong), Nikh Kamin (Bordumsa), Wanglin Sawin (Khonsa East), Honchun Ngandam (Pongchau Wakka), Thangwang Wangham (Longding) and Parliamentary Secretary Phosum Khimhum (Changlang South).

NERCORMP is a project by NEC funded by the Ministry of DoNER, Government of India. The project implementation formally started its operations from July 2014 by setting up a Development Support Team (DST) in the district led by the Project Managers.  NERCORMP III is targeted to cover approximately 588 villages benefitting 29,424 households by establishing Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Natural Resource Management Groups (NaRMGs) in the three districts.

Officials present were DoTCL Director N Lego and Assistant Director Wangton Lowangcha and Project Managers Lily Rose Jajo (Tirap and Longding) and Ruzing Bellai (Changlang).



State Govt to establish ‘Arun Medi City’

Staff  Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 7:  Health & Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul, who had received Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan’s committed support on July 17 last to reform state’s ailing health sector, today expressed his confidence to start the medical college soon.

On being reminded that the upgradation of Naharlagun General Hospital to a multi-specialty hospital along with setting up of medical college approved by GoI in 1999 had collapsed even after payment of land compensation and the foundation stone of the 500-beded college laid by former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani at Pachin village on Nov 14, 2003, Pul regretted that lack of road communication and bridge over the Pachin river delayed the project.

He disclosed that Rs 46, 25, 782 was paid to 67 villagers for acquisition of 200 acres of land at Pachin village. The ambitious project christened ‘Arun Medi City’ would be set up at Pachin to accommodate the proposed medical college, Nursing College for GNMs, Regional Drug Testing Laboratory and Multi-disciplinary Health Research Unit.

“I have spoken to Itanagar MLA & UD Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso besides few villagers who have consented to vacant the land for the important project. With the GoAP attaching top priority with zero tolerance principle to health sector, I appeal to the villagers to cooperate in the greater welfare of the state,” Pul said.

In case the villagers disagree to part with the land, alternate land where ever available will be located within the state to start the project immediately, he said without mincing any words.

Pul further disclosed that the Nursing College for GNMs here and Pasighat would be started from this academic season while the nursing school at Daporijo for which civil works have been complete would begin after upgrading the Daporijo district hospital to a 150-beded hospital under forward linkage programme to meet Nursing Council of India’s guidelines.

Moreover, works was in progress at Tawang, Aalo, and Namsai to set up nursing school for which Rs 2.5 crore each was released while a Nursing College for GNMs proposed at Tezu. There would be provision for male nurses without affecting the female quota, he said. The health minister disclosed that to translate his concept of zonalisation of health services for effective health care delivery services, the GoAP on July 31 last notified to upgrade district hospitals at Bomdila, Ziro, Tezu and Khonsa to zonal general hospitals (ZGHs). Bomdila GH (western zone) would cover Tawang, West Kameng and East Kameng;  Ziro GH (Central zone) Kurung Kumey, Upper and Lower Subansiri; Tezu GH (Eastern zone)   Anjaw, Lohit, Namsai, Lower & Upper Dibang Valley, Khons GH (Southern zone) Changlang, Tirap & Longding; while the existing Pasighat GH would cover Upper, West and East Siang districts. The ASH would cover Papum Pare beside as referral hospital of the state.

Doctors and specialists being recruited now would be posted, equipments for conducting major operations besides medicines provided to the ZGHs to provide solace to needy and poor patients who have been going outside the state for treatment, he informed.

Moreover, drug inspectors would be posted in the ZGHs to check the quality of medicines through test, ensure expired medicines are not supplied to patients from the hospitals and pharmacies and other anomalies to send quarterly report to the directorate.

The primary health centre (PHC) at Bhalukpong, Wakro, Goiliang, Metengliang, Sunpura, Hunli and Raga have been upgraded to community health centre (CHC) under the phase-wise reform programme to get adequate doctors, medical staffs and medicines while sub-health centre would be set up for cluster of villages, he said.

These reforms will help improve state’s poor health indicators – decadal growth 25.92 (national -17.64, Kerala – 4.9, Nagalang-0.5) and depleting infant mortality rate (IMR) 31, 32 and 33 in 2011, 2012 and 2013 against national 42 death (per 1,000 live births) in 2012, Kerala-12, Maharashtra- 25, Assam-55, West Bengal-32, according to UNICEF data while the global IMR was  49.4 (United Nations).



Malaria cases decreasing in East Siang

PASIGHAT, Aug 7: The report prepared by the District Surveillance Officer Dr. Tarik shows clear progress in the fight against malaria as the mortality rates have fallen drastically this year in the district said East Siang DMO Dr. D Bagra.

He informed that the district had detected 2696 fever cases last year, out of which 214 patients were treated for malaria. The district recorded 110 malaria cases out of 2828 total fever cases this year, he added.

Bagra further said that, these improvements have evolved due to increased distribution and use of insecticide-treated bed-nets, preventive treatments and public awareness. All suspected cases are being tested properly and regularly before treatment by the experts to meet the needs of people especially who live far from health centres. The department has made enormous progress in reaching more people in rural areas than ever with life-saving malaria interventions and in reducing malaria by nearly half in the malaria-prone areas.

 The department is carrying out spray/fogging in the district in view of the current epidemic season, Bagra added and extended his gratefulness to the local MLA Kaling Moyong who has managed one modern hand-held ‘Fogging Machine’ for Pasighat from the directorate of Health Service.

Meanwhile, East Siang DC Nidhi Srivastava appreciated the DMO and his associates for their tireless efforts. She said, malaria has long been a major cause of illness and death worldwide. However, that is changing as the global community have been working together to reach millions with life-saving prevention and treatment interventions, which has led to sharp decreases in deaths due to malaria. Srivastava appealed the citizens to keep their surrounding clean by organizing social services. DIPRO



PPA demands permanent site for NHPC regional office

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: While welcoming the proactive role played by State and Central leadership in revoking the “illogical and unilateral decision” of shifting the NHPC Regional Office from Itanagar to Guwahati, the PPA leadership cautioned the NHPC Head Office Faridabad from hurting the sentiments of the people of the host State.

Stating further that NHPC and NTPC being the two largest PSUs under GOI in power sector, the Companies ought to be extra sensitive towards local sentiments and wellbeing.

The party spokesman T Naksang alleged that under UPA-I and UPA-II deliberate anti- people moves were initiated wherein the PFR and DPRs prepared by NHPC alongwith large infrastructure were forcefully snatched and handed over to private players like Reliance, Jaypee and Zindal Power Limited etc. Such unethical and irrational interference in the professional functioning of PSUs led not only in losing the confidence of the people of the project area but also weakened the morale of the companies.  Urging the State Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to earmark a suitable site comparable to that of NEEPCO for establishment of permanent Regional Head Office alongwith staff settlement areas for NHPC, the Party also urged the BJP leadership at Centre to take all necessary steps for early completion of the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Project.



Orgs mourn death of Yam Natung

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Various organizations of the state have deeply mourned the demise of prominent social worker Tame Yam Natung who passed way at R K Mission Hospital here yesterday after prolonged illness.

Late Tame Yam Natung was born on July 19, 1968 in Hiya village under Nyapin administrative circle of Kurung Kumey district. She started her schooling from Hiya Primary school and studied in various Schools like Government Higher Secondary School, Yazali, Government higher Secondary School, Naharlagun, Central School, Naharlagun etc. She did her graduation from Government College Itanagar in the year 1988 and post graduation in History from Dibrugarh University. She married to Dr. Bimal Natung in the year 1992.

While deeply mourning the death of Tame Yam Natung, the Tarh Welfare Society (TWS) in a condolence message said,  Late Tame Yam Natung was active social worker since her schooling days. She was a pioneer and torch bearer for the women folk. She served in various capacities both in govt. Non-govt. and other sectors. She was  also Chairperson, Social Welfare Advisory Board for two Consecutive terms and secretary for Secretary, Arunachal Council for Child Welfare, Education Co-ordinator in State Cooperative Union,  member of  District Juvenile Justice Board Papum Pare district.

The TWS in its condolence meeting observed two minutes silence to pay homage to the departed soul. The society requested the members of Tarh clan, well wishers, relatives, friend to attend the funeral rites tomorrow at 9 AM at the resident of Dr. Bimal Natung, Bage Tinali, Nirjuli positively.

The Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) expressed deep sock over the untimely demise of Tame Yam Natung. Her death is an irreparable loss for the entire tribal community of the Arunachal Pradesh, which will be difficult to fill up, the IFCSAP said in a condolence message.  “She was a great visionary and worked dedicatedly for the promotion and preservation of indigenous faith and culture our society. Her contribution towards the upliftment of women would be remembered forever by the people,” the  Society added.

Expressing deep shock at her death, All Nyishi Students Union said late Yam Natung was known for her kindness, politeness, humane and helpful nature. She had served the society at different capacities and her contribution towards society shall be remembered forever by the people, said ANSU president Byabang Joram.

The members of Sammanoy Gut Cooperative Society Ltd. condoled the untimely demise of a social worker and first lady Inspector in All Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union, Tame Yam Natung. All members and staff of CCRD and ICCW, Mechukha remembered her for her selfless and dedicated approach to work and for her humane touch.

 The entire family of the Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar deeply mourned the death of Tame Yam Natung. Late Yam Natung had a long association with RKM hospital. She was inducted to the Managing Committee of the hospital in 1996 and continued to be a member of the Managing Committee until her breath.

Expressing sadness over the untimely demise of Tame Yam Natung, the PPA said, she will always be remembered for her contribution to the society in various capacities.

Arunachal Vikas Parishad also expressed its deep grief over the demise of Tame Yam Natung, one of the founder members of AVP. She was a lady with an extraordinary will power since her childhood, AVP said in its condolence message.

The Ningee, Natung, Moya & Tacha Welfare Society (NNMTWS) also deeply mourned the demise of Yam Natung, former chairperson of Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board. Terming her death as great loss to the society, NNMTWS Chairman Gogoi Natung said she was torch bearer of the society. It will difficult to fill up the void created after her death.

All Papu Valley Women Welfare Society  and Arunachal Pradesh Chemist and Druggist Association (APCDA) deeply mourned the demise of Yam Natung.



World Breast Feeding Week 2014

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Joining the celebration of World Breast Feeding Week 2014 with the rest of the World, the Community Food & Nutrition Extension Unit(CFNEU), Itanagar Branch had also celebrated the programme at various villages/sector at Itanagar in collaboration with Urban ICDS Project, Itanagar, Papum-Pare on Aug 1 in which various activities were the part of weeklong programme.

Inaugurating one of the programmes at Lobi village, Ngurang Yachey, Municipal councilor of Ward No.07 has appreciated the endeavor of both CFNEU and ICDS Project Itanagar for disseminating such awareness to the grassroots level citizen considering the importance of breastfeeding.

Inaugurating another programme at Nyokom Lapang AWC, Kabak Taka, Municipal Councilor, Ward No. 17 said that though breastfeeding was the natural instinct for mothers most of them fail to continue exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months citing various reasons like household work etc.

In his speech, SC Tok, the Child Development Project Officer, Urban ICDS Project, Itanagar, told the participants to stimulate interest amongst young people of both genders to see the relevance of breastfeeding in today’s changing world.

T Banerjee, Demonstration Officer, CFNEU, Itanagar, told that in today’s fast changing world the relevance of breastfeeding should not be forgotten by mothers as it would help in building a healthy & resourceful nation.

Besides this, on the 7th of August 2014 a Symposium was organized at Ganga in which the Child Development Project Officers of various ICDS Projects of Papum-Pare officials from Health Services, Anganwadi Workers & Helpers and Adolescent Girls have participated.

Mepung Tadar, Chairperson of CWC (Itanagar Capital district) & also the former Vice Chairperson, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women asked the participants to take utmost benefit out of the symposium and understand the emphasis being put forward by the Govt. considering the essentiality of breast feeding.

Dr B. Tayeng, Senior Gynaecologist and Dr SK Srivastava, Principal, Homeopathic Hospital and College, Itanagar were the eminent the resource persons of the technical sessions.



1st Dorjee Khandu memorial badminton championship gets underway

TAWANG, Aug 7: The first district level Dorjee Khandu Memorial Badminton championship got underway at Jang Indoor Stadium here yesterday. Organized by Jang Sports Club (JSC) and sponsored by Tourism and Urban Development Minister Pema Khandu, forty shuttlers from various circles of Tawang district are vying for the top honours in Men’s single and double and Women’s double category.

In the inaugural match Lobsang Yeshi & Dr. Tsering Penjor defeated Rupak Das and Pakam by 21-11, 17-21, 21-23. The finals will be played on the eve of Independence Day.

The colourful inaugural function took off with floral tribute paid to the portrait of former chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh Dorjee Khandu by the Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi, Commandant 46 Brigade Brigadier D.S. Saini, VSM, DC Tawang Abishek Dev  and SP Nupur Prasad.

General Secretary JSC Dr. Rinchin Nima briefed the objective and motive behind the championship and expressed his gratitude to local MLA and state UD, Tourism Minister, Pema Khandu and his family for sponsoring the tourney and providing a vital platform for the shuttlers of the district.

Brigadier D.S. Saini assured all possible support from the army.

Tawang MLA, Tsering Tashi, lauded the efforts of Jang Sports Club for organizing the event. While urging the participants to follow the footprints of Laa Talar, the young badminton icon of Arunachal, he appealed them to make best use of the tournament to show their inherent talents and advocated them to play the game in the true spirit of sportsmanship.

Tashi, who is also the chief patron of JSC, announced that 2 top class badminton coaches have been appointed by him on one year contract basis for Lumla and Tawang headquarters to the thunderous applause of the audience.



Donli Riba Gaming Quest -2014

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Donli Riba Gaming Quest is into its 5th edition. The first DRGQ was organized in 2010 in memory of Donli Riba a promising musician and the grandson of former chief minister Tomo Riba who died prematurely on August 13, 2009.

The tournament is a way to celebrate the positive spirit with which he fought his illness and to promote optimism in youth. It is organized by the friends & family members of the young artist and will be held on 12th & 13th August 2014 at the Conference Hall, Hotel Benjamin, Papunallah.

In its preceding years the event showed a growth both in terms of both response and responsibility. The first year saw 64 unsure participants and a few guarded parents, where as by its 4th edition, the quest witnessed players and their guardians who thronged the venue since the morning. Besides giving chance to young people to showcase their flair for gaming, the tournament tries to promote positive thinking in youth, and carry forward Donli's dream of creating a vibrant space for the developing minds

With the growing interest and number of participants, the organisers recognized that the event has become a just platform to interact with the young minds. Not missing the opportunity, the organisers have started an ‘Anti Tobacco Awareness Campaign’ parallel to the games since 2014.  In its 5th anniversary addition too, the event will witness film screenings and interactive sessions that will create awareness on the dangers of smoking and of chewing guthkha and tobacco and also on substance abuse. Through the annual tournaments, there is a very conscious effort to remove the negative image of gaming and gamers. On one hand, the event aspires to legitimize its image as a sport (as it is internationally recognized) and on the other hand make the gamers aware of their responsibilities too.

DRGQ 2014 will be played on the PlayStation platform and will feature two parallel challenges; Pro Evolution Soccer 14 on PS 2 and FIFA 14 on PS 3. With a prize money of Rs. 30,000 for the winner and Rs. 10,000 for runner-up in PES 14 and Rs. 10,000 for FIFA 14, along with trophies, it has become the ‘tournament with highest stakes’ in the country.

The participation forms for the gaming quest are available at Nokia Priority Dealer, Itanagar, Oasis Gamezone & Taba Brothers Gamezone, Naharlagun. The forms can be submitted by 10thAugust 2014 at Centre For Cultural Research & Documentation, 1st Floor, Takar Complex, Naharlagun.



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B.Ed is only for select few

Dear Editor,

The demand for pursuing B.Ed degree is exploding year after year as it is a must degree needed to be a teacher. Few private colleges are taking advantage of this situation and exploiting the poor people of the state. They are demanding huge sum as course fee which are beyond the reach of poor people. While some of the private colleges keep their course fee at Rs. 70,000/- some keep it at Rs.90,000/- and also it increases yearly beyond imagination.

Earlier, irrespective of background, a meritorious person became a teacher but now days; it is only for the rich one who can afford the huge amount of course fee. Off course B.Ed degree is a professional course but the fees are really very high as compared to other states.

So, my request to the State govt is that if B.Ed is a must degree for teaching profession than at least the State govt should make seats available at Govt. Colleges too. If that is not possible, at least keep some seats in private colleges for meritorious students and provide some subsidy in admission fee so that the poor students can also pursue the same degree.

Presently only R.G.U is providing the B.ed degree at a minimal fee but the number of seats are very less. Out of this, 30% of the seats are for deputed teachers of Govt. Of Arunachal Pradesh who can actually afford the course fee of private colleges too.

Why can’t the government monitor fee structure of private B.Ed colleges?  Why there is a huge difference in the fees of different colleges of the state for the same degree whereas facilities are the same. They provide merely a class room and teachers.

I am not against private colleges but at least they can keep some % of seats for meritorious students without worrying about profits. They should also contribute for the development of the state as well.

I can understand that the setting up of private colleges requires huge capital but it’s not fair to collect the entire sum from the student at a time rather it should make profit gradually.

There should be one regulatory body to monitor  the increasing hike in the course fee of such colleges otherwise in near future the cost for the B.Ed degree would be beyond the imagination of common people and only the rich can pursue the degree and there would be no chance for the poor people to opt for teaching profession.







Community response is the best way to tackle crisis

Dear Editor,

Japanese Encephalitis (JE) has become the buzzword of epidemic proportion just like its spread. Though the issues have been discussed in the Parliament and Health Departments, the crisis seems to have only deepened. Aggravating the situation is the panic spread by mischief mongers.

The indigenously manufactured JE vaccine, though is not very expensive, is not readily available in India. For a 100 billion population, manufacturing of only approximately 20 million doses in a year (2013) is definitely not a good news. The Indian Government needs to assist private manufacturers in increasing the volume of doses manufactured to meet its demand. It’s a manifestation of knowledge deficit about the medical world realities of the disease and its vaccination on behalf of the people/organizations who are demanding free vaccination for JE.  

Firstly, people should be educated about the cause of the disease. It is important that they keep their surroundings clean. Pigs that roam around freely across paddy fields and towns should be checked by the community concerned and Government’s assistance needs to be sought where ever needed. To control the spread of the virus, panchayat and municipality authorities need to maintain cleanliness and ensure effective garbage disposing methods to stop possibilities of breeding of mosquitoes, the chief carrier of the JE virus.

People need to use insect repellent and sleep under permethrin-impregnated mosquito nets. The Health Departments could at least distribute permethrin-impregnated mosquito-nets which is readily available and cheaper than the vaccine.  

Clearly, the north eastern states, including Arunachal are the worst affected in terms of non-availability of the vaccine and proper medical treatment facilities. In times like this, community response is the best way to tackle crisis of such nature. Rather than creating panic, people should come together to check the manic of JE.


Sam Tage

IP University,

New Delhi



Sprinkles on running traffic

Dear editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed paper, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authorities regarding the miserable conditions of roads.

In Daporijo, there are many potholes which cause accidents and tyre bursting. During rainy season, the situation becomes all the more worse.

The water collects in them and sprinkles on the running traffic. In this way vehicles and clothes are spoiled.

Not to speak of this, there have appeared cracks on the other approaching roads as well; thereby a lot of inconvenience is caused to all. Even the main roads are also not well.

I request the authorities to get it repaired before any mishaps occur.


Priyanka Dey



Lack of value education and moral corruption

Dear Editor,

In Arunachal Pradesh, there is lack of value education and spirituality in our people. There is no emphasis on value education in schools as well as in the society.

In this case materialism and individualism have entered into the mind of people and needless desires have also increased. The needless desires change the course of the life of people.

Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi said that “Our earth is everything to satisfy our genuine needs and not for greed”.

Money is needed for self contentment but today people are crazy for more money and power. It is true and fact that in our state rich became richer and poor became poorer. This has resulted into crime, corruption, and criminalization.

Ordinary people are fighting tooth and nail for their basic needs like children’s education, government job, medical treatment, food and clothing but many are enjoying foreign tours, buying high ended vehicle, constructing huge building and also many are engaging in amassing money and property by hook and crook.

Value education and spirituality needs to be emphasized to eradicate the malpractices and corruption.  

Our state might loss its dignity and culture if it does not fight on time as the saying goes “Stitch in time saves nine”.


Kaluk Nomuk





Value and honour your chair

Dear Editor,

"Sir aaj nahi aaiga hoga" has been the ready-made and common reply to the visitors from PAs of many officers posted in Capital Complex in various departments.

No doubt the reply in broken Hindi will surely make those, who have waited for many hours to meet “Sirji”, angry and disappointed. But you have to keep your cool, because there is no other option.

From my personal experience, it is found that many officers do not reach office in time while many remain absent from duties for several days and weeks causing great inconvenience to the general public, who come to office on various purposes. They come to office late and leave office before end of the working hours.  

There has always been allegation that there is a lack of work culture among Arunachalee officers and officials. My experience has substantiated the allegation once again.

Hence, I appeal to those stubborn officers to change attitude, develop work culture, and realize the value and importance of the posts they are adorning. I also appeal to the higher authority concerned to pause for a while and think the matter seriously.

Someone rightly said, “Arunachal Pradesh is a land of Khushi Khishi,” but for how long?


Bengia Nachung


Capital Youth Organization




Provide free vaccination

Dear editor,

We are living in fear because of Japanese encephalitis. We want the govt to help us by providing free vaccine in every govt hospital to tackle this epidemic.

Most of the people cannot afford the vaccine so many parents are giving vaccine to their children alone.

People of Arunachal Pradesh gave the government responsibility to protect us so the government should provide free vaccine. Other states are providing free vaccine then why can’t our state govt provide us as well?


Moge Rina,






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Launch proper campaign

The death toll from Japanese Encephalitis (JE) has risen to three, following two deaths reported from Changlang district recently. While a 14-year-old boy from Upper Subansiri district lost his life to JE on July 24 last, a 17-year-old girl from Longman village and a 37-year-old woman from Laktang village, both in Changlang district, succumbed to the dreaded disease on July 31 last while undergoing treatment in a hospital in Dibrugarh. Health Minister Kalikho Pul yesterday called upon the medical fraternity to rise to the occasion to contain the spread of the disease.

Apart from banning the selling and importing of piggery and poultry items, government has not taken any major steps to contain the spread of JE. Fogging has not been done properly till now. Complaints are being received from various parts of state alleging that fogging is not being done in planned manner by the officials of health department. State government has also failed to make JE vaccination available in government hospital. Citizens are buying medicines from private pharmacy at high rate.  Proper media campaign should be launched to educate people about how to save oneself from this disease.

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