Itanagar, Aug 12: Some 160 enthusiastic gamers are taking part at the 5th Edition
of the Donli Riba Gaming Quest (DRGQ), the premier gaming tournament in the State,
being held here from today.
The two day DRGQ 2014 is being played on the PlayStation platform and two parallel
challenges; Pro Evolution Soccer 14 on PS 2 and FIFA 14 on PS 3. The prize money
for the winner has been kept at Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 10,000 for runner-up in PES 14
and Rs. 10,000 for FIFA 14, along with trophies.
Eding Pertin is the youngest participant at mere 8 and half years.
Organized in memory of Late Donli Riba, an avid musician and gamer and the grandson
of Late Chief Minister Tomo Riba, the tournament not only provides a platform to
young people to showcase their talent in a positive pursuit, but also serves as platform
to take up awareness initiatives on tobacco and drug abuse.
At the inaugural session today, there was a presentation titled Tobacco, the Unseen
Plague by Filmmaker Moji Riba. While making the presentation, he shared with the
young participants negative impacts of ghutka and tobacco. He said that ghutka consumption
is growing in the state as it is socially accepted.
Senior Journalist Pradip Kumar urged the young people to realize the importance of
healthy living. He further said that future and what shape the state takes solely
depended on the young people.
Minoti Riba, the chairperson of CCRD was also present during the inaugural session.
The popularity of video games among the youths certainly seems to be growing if one
look at the rising number of participants since the start of the Gaming Quest. The
inaugural year saw the participation of 64 players while this year the number have
swelled to 160.
NTL-B and SUFC reach semi-final in ISFT
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Naharlagun Tumi Lotmo-B beat Rumking Peri Soman Yameng by 3-2 goals
in the first quarter final match of Itanagar Solung Football Tournament today at
RGG Polytechnic College playground.
Saam Taggu, Tojing Binggep and Tomi Taggu scored one each goal for Tumi Lotmo-B.
While Ojing Ngukir of RPSY scored two goals in favour of his team.
In the second quarter final match, Tumi Lotmo-A lost their match to Solung United
FC by 3-1.
General Modi and Taja Bonung scored two goals and one goal respectively for SUFC.
While Yong Darang scored a lone goal for NaharlagunTumi Lotmo-A.
The second day quarter final match will be played between Golgí Boté vrs Kiyi Bogyi
at 2 PM and Banggo UFC vrs Nuyi Yameng FC at 4PM, informed ISF Celebration Committee’s,
Sports assistant Secretary Onyok Boko.
Construction of metallic Doimukh-Harmoti road sought
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: The Harmoty Multipurpose & Essential Services Welfare Committee
has sought immediate construction of metallic road through Doimukh-Harmoti road via
In its memorandum submitted to the DCs of North Lakhimpur, Papum Pare and Capital
Complex, Itanagar, it called the road an orphan although used by both the states
of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
This road has a history behind it and is the first road connecting Arunachal Pradesh
with the rest of the world and had contributed to the development of Itanagar from
its early stage of shifting of Capital of the State of Arunachal Pradesh in early
seventies and also during NEFA and NEFT days. This feeder road carried and served
in transporting construction materials in the formative stage of Capital Complex
and is still continuing to do so at the time of need but the road has remained neglected
till now by both the states.
A portion of this road was constructed during pre- independence era through which
trading was carried out between the states. While this road has all the potential
of becoming a heritage road but on the contrary is absolutely a neglected one and
is treated, as an orphan. No maintenance work of the road is taken up yearly, if
seldom, it is done is only for name’s sake and a patch works undertaken and no proper
maintenance work undertaken in proper perspective in a scientific manner like metallic
road, the memorandum stated.
Scarcity of vegetables
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: There is scarcity of vegetables in the local markets of Capital
region as the vendors are refusing to bring in vegetables from Assam in protest against
Capital Complex District Administration’s decision to regulate the prices.
The DA had come up with price list which the vendors dismissed as illogical devoid
“How can they fix the price for a month when the prices of vegetables change every
day? The whole sale price for potato was Rs 22 today whereas the price fixed by DA
is Rs 25 per kilo” said a vendor.
Looks like there are tough days ahead for the citizens who are solely depended on
the Assam for vegetable items as there are no sign yet that vendors will budge from
their present stand.
Librarians’ Day celebrated at Ruksin
RUKSIN, Aug 12: Like the previous year, Ruksin Sub-divisional Library authority today
celebrated the National Librarians’ Day with colorful programme in presence of school
children, teachers and panchayat leaders.
The programme started with lighting of lamps, which was followed by drawing competitions
on ‘ecological issues’ among school children. Group dance by school students showcasing
various ethos of tribal tradition was another highlight of the day-long celebration.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Takiram Sibo, an Anchal Samity Member of
Ruksin urged the student communities to take library membership for easy access of
the study materials. He also requested the teachers to inculcate reading habits among
the students. Terming that teaching is a ‘noble profession’, Siboh called upon school
teachers to discharge their duty with utmost dedication to mould the students as
Earlier, highlighting the importance of library institutions, the librarian of Ruksin
Sub-divisional library, T Tagi suggested the young students to take benefit of the
library. He said library is an indispensable part of learning for the students, writers
Tagi also recalled various contributed by Dr S.R. Ranganathan, who dedicated his
life for the establishment of libraries in the country. He informed that various
books, magazines and newspapers can be obtained easily from library and reading of
these can help students building up their career. Tagi is also optimistic of further
development of the library in the days to come.
The Ruksin Sub-divisional Library established in 2009 is the only well-equipped library
in the vast area. It is learnt that the authority is putting special attention towards
Ruksin library and supplying the requirements time to time. The library presently
contains about five thousand books with a number of regular published magazines and
newsletters besides the leading daily newspapers.
The principal of National Foundation School, Ruksin, SD Sangma, Library Attendant
T Tapak and other also spoke on the occasion.
AAPBSU condemns eviction drive, demands action
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union (AAPBSU) has vehemently
condemned the Assam forest official for carrying out illegal eviction at Dollungmukh.
Criticizing Assam forest officials for repeatedly violating Supreme Court order to
maintain status qou along inter-state boundary, AAPBSU, in a release, demanded the
Arunachal Pradesh government to take up this matter with central government and solve
the boundary problem with Assam once for all.
“It is illegal on the part of Assam forest officials to carry out eviction inside
Arunachal Pradesh territory,” the release said, and expressed its strong resentment
over they not respecting to the sentiments of the people of Arunachal Pradesh by
carrying out such illegal activities in Arunachal territory.
While appealing to the Assam people to maintain status qou, it urged the apex court
of the country to take serious note of such frequent illegal eviction drive thereby
hurting the sentiment of people of Arunachal Pradesh.
AAPBSU also demanded the state government to deploy Arunachal Pradesh Police battalion
personnel (APPBN) to guard lives and properties of people living in boundary areas
as they frequently face such threat from Assam.
Makum Mupa enter final
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Makum Mupa entered into the final of 9 Warriors 10th Independence
Running Trophy Football Tournament defeating ACVYA 4-2 via penalty shootout in the
first semifinal in a slippery KV No 2 playground near here today.
The match was decided by penalty shootout after both the teams were tied 2-2 in regulation
The second semifinal will be played between VVFC and Jollang FC at 3 pm, according
to organizing committee.
Science seminar for secondary schools held
AALO, Aug 12: The science Seminar on the theme ‘Innovations in Agriculture for Sustainable
Future- Prospects and Challenges” for secondary schools of West Siang District was
held at Govt. NMH Secondary School Aalo yesterday.
Twelve schools from different parts of the district took part in the daylong seminar.
On the occasion, DFO Nyali Ete exhorted the students to take part in such seminar
to develop the scientific temperament which is quite essential today.
Dy. Director APEDA Er. Somar Potom, DHO Henbom Dirchi and ADO Jarny Yomcha attended
the seminar as judges.
Misinam Mize of VKV Jirdin, Pori Taipodia of Govt. HSS Basar and Hrithik Saha of
VKV Basar were adjudged as first, second and third prize winners of the seminar.
Light delights school girls
KHONSA, Aug 12: The Tirap Zilla Pasishad Chairperson (ZPC) Chawang Lowang and Zilla
Parishad Member (ZPM) of Khela-Lamsa Sontung Bangsia Lowang jointly inaugurated
a new electricity line with transformer at Bari-Basap village girls’ school about
28 Km from here yesterday amidst a huge gathering of PRI leaders, HoDs, students,
teachers and public.
There was no light in the girls’ residential school for about 7 years. However, the
ZPM of the block Sontung Bangsia Lowang took the initiative and toiled hard to make
the electrification materialized. There are 100 girl students studying in the residential
school and the school is upto VIII standard.
In her inaugural address Lowang asked the villagers, the teachers and students to
take proper care of the new electrical line and urged the students to study hard
to equip themselves well to face the harsh realities of life. She assured the villagers
and the school management that she would continue to work tirelessly for all round
development of her area. She further implored all the PRI leaders and grass root
level workers to actively participate in all the development activities initiated
in the Khela-Lamsa block. She told to work hard to augment their source of economic
The ZPC Chawang Lowang while speaking on the occasion appreciated the great initiative
of Sontung Bangsia Lowang and said that the Khela-Lamsa block was doing much better
than the other blocks in the district. He also appealed all to maintain the assets
created with the initiative of their ZPM with utmost care.
All the chiefs, GBs PRI leaders of the area who also spoke on the occasion, appreciated
their ZPM Lowang who was leaving no stone unturned to bring about a change in the
lives of the ordinary people.
The DMO Dr. K. Perme and his staff conducted a health camp on the occasion for the
benefit of the villagers. The people were warned about JE and other water-borne diseases
and malaria by the DMO and told them to take precaution. On the same day the PHED
conducted awareness on sanitation. The DFDO Narayan Pradhan in his speech said that
his department was ever ready to help and support the beneficiaries adding that the
fish farmers should also show keen interest to know more about the scientific ways
of fish farming. He urged them to attend the training held from time to time. A number
of HoDs were present during the inaugural function. Many HoDs had to return back
due to the deplorable road condition. DIPRO
APSACS celebrates Youth Day
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Arunachal Pradesh State Aids Control Society (APSACS) celebrated
International Youth Day (IYD) by sensitizing the students about emerging challenges
of HIV/AIDS at KV No 1, Naharlagun today.
Addressing the students on the occasion, APSACS Deputy Director (IEC) Tashor Pali,
said that IYD is an occasion to mobilize youths as agents of change for a better
future. Explaining the emerging challenges of HIV/AIDS, he explained the factors
why youths are more vulnerable to HIV. He said that the youths can play a vital role
in generating public awareness about HIV/AIDS in the society. The modes of HIV transmission
and how it can be prevented were also explained to the participants by Dr. Pali.
An open quiz competition related to HIV/AIDS, general health and general knowledge
was conducted among the participants to mark the occasion. Book on general knowledge
and pens were given to the participants for each correct answer.
Earlier, the participants took pledge that as a youth of the nation they will understand
and do good to the society and self. They will think, before they act and always
reflect them in their actions. They also pledged that they will contemplate the deeds
around them and judge what is best for them in terms of mental, physical, social
and psychological health and well-being.
The year’s theme “Youth and Mental Health” under the slogan ‘Mental Health Matters’
is an effort to address the issue of stigma attached to young people with mental
health conditions so that they can lead full and healthy lives free of isolation
and unnecessary shame, and that they openly seek the services and support they need.
International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12 every year. It is celebrated as
an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues, worldwide
through concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and
local government officials and youth organizations take place around the world, under
various thematic causes, promoting the feeling of oneness.
Ban on selling of kerosene in open market
SEPPA, Aug 12: The District Administration has put blanket ban on selling of SK Oil,
Diesel and Petrol in open market within Seppa Town and entire East Kameng District
Following the order, DC, Sandeep Kumar Singh along with Police made a surprised checking
today at P.I & Type-I colony, Seppa and seized 20 liters of petrol, similar checking
shall be carried out from time to time enabling the card holders to get their quota,
he added. DIPRO
Illegal timber seized, eight smugglers arrested
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Eight timber smugglers were arrested and illegal timber worth Rs.
14,23,400 seized from Mandla Naga GG during a joint operation conducted by Sashastra
Seema Bal (SSB) deployed in Dirang along with Dirang administration and forest officials
Acting on specific tip off, the joint team of SSB personnel along with Dirang Additional
Deputy Commissioner and Range Forest Officer conducted a search operation in the
area from 11 am to 10 pm and seized about 986 cubic feet illegal sawn timber along
with four heavy vehicles used for transportation of the timbers informed a SSB release.
All the apprehended persons, the seized timbers and the vehicles used for transportation
of the sawn timber were handed over to range forest officer, Dirang, the release
A case has been registered at Dirang Range Forest Office Under Section 34 and 49(i)
of Assam Forest Regulation Act, 1891 against the smugglers and further investigation
As revealed by the arrested persons, they were engaged with their trucks for transportation
of the timbers with the help of locals of Barchi area for construction of their house
and gompa, the release informed.
Rain plays havoc, disrupts road link in Siang belt
RUKSIN, Aug 12: Heavy down pour for the last three days has paralyzed the life in
Siang belt, particularly in Ruksin, Nari-Koyu, Pasighat and Mebo area in East Siang
and adjoining parts of Dhemaji district in Assam. Heavy showers caused water clogging
in several places, submerged paddy fields and snapped communication along Mebo-Dhola
road linking Pasighat town and villages under Mebo sub-division.
The rain, which came as a welcome relief after long dry-spell, turned torrential
and crippled the life of the entire region. Rainwater clogged on Mirem-Mikong-Jonai
(MMJ) and Pasighat-Tene-Koyu PWD road besides many parts of Pasighat and Ruksin caused
problems for the motorists and pedestrians.
Overflowing water of Poglek (Pagla) river buried the wooden bridge with silt, caused
communication snap between Yagrung and Pasighat. Thus, the second wave of monsoon
active in the region cause heavy downpour at the hilly region and filled the rivers
and streams to overflow.
Reports from Mebo said that heavy rain in the upper reaches of hill site is causing
constant rise of water level in the rivers and streams. Surging water of Kadang river
today washed away the log bridge and snapped road communication between Mebo and
Ngopok. Heavy downpour also caused massive landslide along NH-52 between Mebo and
Siluk, casing disruption of communication. The Border Road Organization has engaged
its man and machine, but they are facing complexity to clear the landslide block
due to incessant rain.
Moreover, overflowing water of much-hyped Siku river is posing threat to RCC bridge
between Ayeng village and Mebo town on the left bank of mighty Siang river. It is
observed the turbulent Siku river breaches right abutment of the RCC bridge during
monsoon every year and disrupts road communication.
Pasighat DIPRO adds: The Pasighat-Ledum- Tene- Koyu (PLTK) road and Pasighat-Balek
road have been damaged in many places due to incessant and torrential rain, informed
EE (PWD), Pasighat division.
The PLTK road is cut off at Poglek River in between Pasighat and Yagrung village
due to breach of Log Bridge over Poglek river.
The carpeted road from zero point to two Kms between Pasighat and Balek has also
been damaged in many places. The EE also informed that the log bridge over Kadang
river on Mebo- Dhola road has been washed away. The heavy downpour is hindering
the restoration works. However, men and materials are being pushed into service hiring
private machines for immediate restoration of road communication, EE added.
JE vaccination in Arunachal under consideration
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: The Centre has assured to consider the request of the State health
department for vaccination against Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in all the affected
districts followed by routine immunization of children aged 1-15 years as is done
in all endemic areas in the country, informed a health department release.
Responding to growing concern among people over outbreak of JE in an alarming rate
in the state, State Epidemiologist Dr. L Jampa in a release, informed that the state
health department has already made requested to Government of India for approval
of JE vaccination in the affected districts and the Centre has assured to consider
it in the light of JE data provided by the dept. of Health. However, the Immunization
Division, GoI will finalize the districts for JE vaccination only after detailed
analysis of the data provided by the State Govt. as informed by Dr. RK Jaiswal, Nodal
Officer for JE, NVBDCP, GoI, he said.
In regards to free vaccination against JE in Assam and accusation on Arunachal Government
for not making JE vaccine available, Dr. Jampa clarified Assam had reported JE for
the first time in 1985 and since then JE has been endemic there and vaccination started
thereafter. Their experience says that peak time of transmission of JE virus is during
the months of June, July and August and vaccination being best given during winter
season. On the issues of whether or not to give vaccination during the time of disease
outbreak, Dr. Jampa said that “As per the research and the guidelines of the GoI,
vaccination against JE, if given to a person, it takes one to two months time to
develop full immunity against it. So during the outbreak, one can still get infected
by JE virus even after getting vaccinated within one to two months’ time (i.e. before
the full immunity develops, he said.
Agreeing that vaccination provides protective immunity to the person who gets vaccinated,
Jampa informed as per GOI experts vaccination during the period of disease outbreak
will be of no use as it takes atleast 1-2 months to develop immunity amongst the
recipients and the incubation period of JE is 1-2 weeks so it will give false sense
of protection in the community.
On the issue of providing JEV ‘testing kits’ from GoI, Dr. Jampa informed that this
kits which can test 96 blood samples is provided by National Institute of Virology,
Pune, Maharashtra to the states as and when required only. The states receive the
kits within four to five days time by courier after requested for.
The Health Department has been alive to the situation and active in responding to
the situation since the first day the JE case was reported in the state, he said
and appealed to all to maintain calm and cooperate the department in containing further
spread of JE.
He informed that IgM testing kits by ELISA are now available at Arunachal State Hospital
(ASH), Naharlagun, RKM Hospital, Itanagar and General Hospital, Pasighat. Only those
presenting with signs and symptoms of JE/AES would be put to test after being examined
by a doctor. All AES/JE cases should be referred to higher centres for further management,
The department has given focus on control of the vector- mosquito density by carrying
out fogging operations and clearing the stagnant waters in the drainage system and
also restricting movement of pigs. He suggested all to wear full sleeve cloths, use
mosquito nets while sleeping especially at night and mosquito repellents to avoid
mosquito bites as the diseases is transmitted by bites of infected mosquitoes.
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: As many as 53 BPL families taking refuge under Jawaharlal Nehru
National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) houses at Jullang village here have been
served evacuation notice by the District Administration.
According to the Urban Development (UD) department, these 53 families are illegally
occupying the houses for years together.
The housing unit imbroglio came to the fore when UD’s deputy director Gyamar Tachung
complained about the illegal occupancy and following which a hearing was summoned
at Additional District Magistrate Court on Monday.
UD’s representative said besides serving numerous evacuation notices to the illegal
occupants, the department has been apprising them of the right procedures to avail
the benefits but in vain.
On the other hand, public prosecutor Rosy Taba while stating that the 53 families
were BPL beneficiaries and sought the court to give benefit of doubt for the ‘poor
dwellers since they were ignorant about the proper procedure and properly informed’.
“We are from poor background and could not afford to live in rented house. Hearing
about the scheme, we have started living here for the last 2 years. But, this sudden
evacuation notice has made us worry as we do not have anywhere else to go”, shared
Tame Tara, one of the dwellers.
Meanwhile, the court was adjourned till next Monday by ADM Talo Potom with 3 days
of time to both the parties to properly follow the norms of the scheme. Funded by
Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation under JNNURM, the Rs 410.20 lakh
worth 100 housing units were constructed for urban poor and safai karamcharis with
UD department as the nodal agency.
Interestingly, even after so many years of completion the buildings are yet to be
handed over to the state government.
This imbroglio opened a Pandora’s box of questions. Whenever a welfare scheme is
initiated, the government must ensure that the fruits of the scheme are percolated
down to the real beneficiary. Proper dissemination of information, in this regard,
plays vital role in enabling the beneficiaries to know about the schemes initiated
In this particular case, the GoAP is to be partially blamed for it failed to educate
the mass about the housing scheme and its benefits. The government should show some
leniency towards these BPL families. These 53 families might not have proper permission
from the authority but their BPL card speaks a lot about their status.
Cong prepares road map to strengthen party
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Stressing the need for re-organization and revamping all frontal
organizations of Congress Party in the state, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that
unless the frontal organizations involve themselves for consolidation of the party,
neither the ruling Govt. nor the party can fulfill the hopes and aspiration of the
Attending a state level meeting of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) at
Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today to prepare a road map on key issues like consolidation,
unity and strengthening of the party organization in the state, Tuki said that he
has agreed for constitution of a state level coordination committee as desired by
the high command to bridge between party and the Govt. functioning for effective
implementation of all the central and state sponsored flagship programmes in the
state. Tuki informed that the schemes under PM package are being pursued rigorously
with the Prime Minister and other concern ministries. The due share of funding for
the state is constitutionally safeguarded so there should not be any worry even if
the party is not in power in Centre, he affirmed.
Tuki said that his Government will leave no stone unturned for effective implementation
of various flagship and the skill development programmes.
Addressing the party functionaries, APCC President Padi Richo called upon the leaders
to work in tandem with him for fulfillment of the party’s poll promises. Claiming
that there was a communication gap in sensitizing and popularizing various welfare
schemes and projects of then UPA Govt. all over the country, Richo suggested for
launching a rigorous movement right upto grassroots level for sensitization and popularization
of all flagship programmes of UPA tenure, including implementation of Food Security
Act and Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Re-Settlement Act.
Earlier, AICC general Secretary (in-charge Arunachal Pradesh) Luizinho Falerio stressed
on successful implementation of all the flagship programmes launched by UPA I & II
and urged the state government to continue the implementation of all the set projects
under PM Package and ensure their successful implementation.
On revamping party organization, he said the main mantra for success of any party
is unity, discipline and consolidation. He suggested for preparing a road map/ calendar
of the party for revamping the party activities at grassroots level.
The meeting adopted several resolutions for further strengthening the party organizations
and intensify activities.
“All the defeated candidates to be brought under party fold and their services should
be utilized for strengthening the party base in their respective areas,” the meeting
resolved. It has been agreed for constitution of new publicity committee for social
media initiatives and sensitization of flagship programmes.
Guardian Ministers has been appointed for each district to enhance party activities
and to address the grievances of people at their door step. Similarly, to oversee
the grievances of party cadres, Minister In-charge has been assigned and ministers
of concern district would be asked to visit their respective district headquarters
The meeting also decided to appoint new Manifesto Implementation Committee keeping
in view the future strategies of the party.
Other resolutions include, to have a Congress Bhawan in all district Hqs, activation
of all cells under PCC for effective functioning.
Among others, Nyamar Karbak, President APYC and APCSD Chief Organizer Kipa Kaha also
spoke on the occasion.
The meeting was attended by the Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, Congress MLAs,
PCC office bearers, executive members and heads of frontal organization.
Popular Arunachal folk tale ‘Abotani’ in animation soon
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Outside Arunachal Pradesh very few people know about Abotani and
his exploits, but with a London-based trust planning to make an animated movie on
the mythical hero, the folk tales can now soon reach a wider audience.
Adivasi Arts Trust, a London-based organization, works for reviving indigenous arts
and culture through digital media and animation, hopes to release the movie by the
Abotani is the hero of folktales of Tani tribes of the Himalayan state comprising
Apatani, Nyishi, Adi and Tagin tribes.
The story of the film titled 'Abotani' revolves around his attempt to free himself
and his friends Kiipu (a dog) and Duumpoo (a deer) from the clutches of Digo Ane
(Keeper of Land) and his relation with brother Yapom, a spirit. The makers of the
movie have a plan to screen it in schools, festivals and cultural events in Arunachal
Pradesh as well as UK.
The secretary of the trust, Tara Douglas, told PTI in an e-mail interview, "The movie,
which we are planning to release by the end of this year, gives a message of mankind's
interdependence on the natural and supernatural worlds."
The pre-production work for the short film was made in an animation workshop at the
Department of Mass Communication in Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh in 2013 in collaboration
with the Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation, Douglas said.
The animation models were made by British animation model professional Jonathan Marchant
from the designs made in the workshop, she said adding they were also inspired by
the traditional art exhibited in the JN State Museum in Itanagar.
The stop motion animation was done by Indian animators Wangdan Wangpan (Arunachal
Pradesh), Rabindra Kumar Bhagat (Jharkhand) and Kirat Brahma (Assam) who are still
pursuing their studies in the National Institute of Design.
Douglas said two miniature huts made of bamboos in the traditional Galo style were
taken all the way to Delhi from Arunachal to be used on the set.
"The post-production work is getting done at present in Ahmedabad, by Wangdan, Rabindra
and a third animation student Kirat Brahma who is from the Bodo community of Assam,
and he is creating hand painted water-colour backgrounds for the film," she said.
She said that they were at present trying to source original folk music from the
Tani group of tribes to be used in the soundtrack of the film.
"We are planning to dub the film into several local languages of the Tani tribes
as well as in Arunachalee Hindi and English," Douglas said.
Douglas, a graduate in animation from West Surrey College of Art and Design in the
UK, has been working for preservation of tribal folktales in India through animation.
'Abotani' will be screened as part of their Tales of the Tribes — a series of five
animated folktales from indigenous communities in India.
The four other films — Story of the Peacock (Pardhan Gond tribe of Madhya Pradesh),
Man Tiger Spirit (Angami tribe of Nagaland), Tapta (Meitei tribe of Manipur) and
Nye Mayel Kyong (Lepcha tribe of Sikkim) — are in different stages of production.
The series will be of 30-minute duration and each film will be of five to six minutes.
Abotani is considered the primal ancestor of the Tani tribes and the first to introduce
the technique of paddy cultivation.
Douglas said that they would screen the film for the Asian communities in the UK
during the annual cultural event at the Nehru Centre in London and try to broadcast
it in television channels in Scotland as well. PTI
Doimukh FC enter final
NAHARLAGUN, Aug 12: FC Doimukh scraped their place into the final of the fifth Eagle
Trophy after playing a hard fought semi-final against Capital Complex SC which had
to be decided through a penalty shootout.
Having played out a 1-1 draw at the end of play with goals from Dungda Pui and Nabam
Peri, it was all about nerves and which side could keep themselves calm. After goals
by Tatung Tadu and Gyamar Kuku for CCSC and Nguri Alin and Tania Chama for Doimukh
left the scores levelled at 3-3, Doimukh’s N Dari would ensure that he made no mistake
as he slotted the ball in to make it 4-3. The pressure was now on CCSC striker Gakir
As the CCSC number 10 stepped up to take the kick, he shot the ball straight at the
crossbar giving Doimukh the advantage. However, tragedy would follow as the looming
pressure ended up becoming too much for Nabam Gunna who shot the ball wide off target
and into the stadium wall.
Some tense moments later, CCSC’s Taja gave his team some hope after he levelled the
game once again. Takio Agung for Doimukh would once again give his team the advantage,
sending the keeper the wrong way.
In a make or break game, it was CCSC’s Techi Tatra who eventually broke as he put
too much force behind his kick and shot the ball high into the dark gloomy skies,
perhaps a symbol of his team’s day on the football pitch.
Wednesday’s semi-final promises to be a mouth-watering one which will see a repeat
of last year’s final when defending champions ITBP lock horns with Bamang Taji FC
at 2:30 PM.
Sensitization meeting on Clinical Establishments Act and Rule held
AALO, Aug 12: A sensitization meeting on Clinical Establishment Act 2010 and Arunachal
Pradesh Clinical Establishment Rule 2011 was convened by the District Registering
Authority under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu at the conference
Chairing the meet, Ligu opined that the Arunachal Pradesh Clinical Establishment
Act 2010 should not confine it to imposing penalty to offenders only, it should cancel
the licences of clinical establishments, if found unregistered.
The district authority should pay surprise visits to clinical establishments to check
registrations and selling of spurious drugs.
The DC also stressed on maintaining cleanliness, particularly to clean mosquito breeding
ground to check spreading of Japanese Encephalitis.
Yamen Bagra, Zilla Chairperson West Siang Zilla Parishad stressed on more orientation
training to Anganwadi/ASHA of remote areas on method and technique to control Diarrhea
by using medicinal plants which is locally available besides other medicines. She
requested the District Authority to include PRI member in Rogi Kalyan Samiti and
utilize fund allocated for remote areas.
Dr Bomjum Kamki, District Medical officer cum convenor, District Registering Authority
disclosed that all clinical establishments irrespective of CHC/PHC/SC including private
nursing home, diagnostic clinics, genetic centre, and laboratory should be registered
urgently and the quarterly report should be submitted regularly as per prescribed
format. Any unregistered clinical establishments will face legal action.
Dr Kengo Ori, DFWO and Dr. Lina Lollen, Medical Superintendent, District Hospital,
dwelt at length on the objectives behind the meeting. The report on Implementation
of Clinical Establishment Regulation and Registration Act 2011 in West Siang district
of Arunachal Pradesh Was presented by Minu Devi DMEIO Aalo. DIPRO
AVP celebrates Raksha Bandhan with ‘One World One Family’ message
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Arunachal Vikas Parishad celebrated Raksha Bandhan with the theme
“Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (One World, One Family)” throughout the state.
To spread the message of one world one family to every nook and corner of the state,
the AVP activists and workers visited various schools, hospitals, police stations.
They also met army, GREF and ITBP personnel and tied them the holy thread of Rakhi
on the occasion.
The AVP workers highlighted the people about the importance of remaining united and
develop the feelings of oneness among all. They also make the public aware about
the impending danger of illegal immigration from neighbouring countries, Chinese
incursion into Arunachal Pradesh, ill effects of drugs abuse etc.
At a function at Itanagar, State AVP President Pratik Potom appealed to the gathering
to understand the spirit of Raksha Bandhan. It is a celebration not only to strengthen
the bonds between brothers and sisters but an occasion through which we can spread
the message of oneness among the fellow country men and take pledge to work for
protection and progress of each other and our nation, he said.
Dilip Thapa, Manager of Heema Nursing Home also attended the celebration and highlighted
the significance of Raksha Bandhan.
The festival was also celebrated by AVP at Changlang, Khonsa, Roing, Tezu, Namsai,
Daporijo, Aalo, Seppa, Bomdila, Ziro, Raga, Yinkiong, Pasighat, Basar, Likabali and
many other places of the state.
On the occasion, altogether 25,000 Rakhis and 10,000 appeal papers were distributed
by 150 workers of the organization, according to an AVP release.
National Librarians’ Day celebrated in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Along with the rest of the Nation, the National Librarians’ Day
was celebrated throughout Arunachal Pradesh with various programmes.
The Department of Public Libraries today observed the National Librarians’ Day commemorating
the 122nd birth anniversary of ‘Father of Library Science’ Dr S R Ranganathan (1892-1972),
who had spearheaded the library development in India.
To mark the Day, a get-together of budding and mature libraryholics including library
professionals was organized here at State Central Library of the Dept of Public Libraries.
The programme started with the paying of floral tributes to the portrait of Dr Ranganathan
by the dignitaries present on the occasion.
Marking the Day, a quiz competition was organized among the students of six State-run
schools wherein Govt Middle School, Niti Vihar won the first prize followed by Govt
Middle Schools of C-Sector and D-Sector bagging the second and third prizes respectively.
As a token of appreciation, two prominent readers of the library – Ruchika Bhattacharjee,
an eighth standard student of Kingcup Public School, Itanagar (in junior category)
and Juli Riba (in senior category) were also felicitated.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Director of Research Batem Pertin recalled the pioneers
of library movement in Arunachal Pradesh – late (Dr) Verrier Elwin, self-trained
anthropologist, and late J N Choudhury, first librarian of the State.
Talking about the internet-savvy youth of today’s world, he stressed on the pressing
need of leading the young generation in the right direction so as to contribute to
the societal development. He also mentioned that public libraries, besides being
the repository of knowledge & information provider, can serve as the change agent
in educating the citizens in public life.
In his encouraging speech, R N Koley, Assistant Director (Culture) of Research called
upon the young participants to avail optimum benefits of library services towards
expanding their horizon of knowledge and creating a conducive and healthy society.
He also mentioned that some of the Govt departments like department of Public Libraries
and Research were extending the public services without beating their drums.
Addressing the gathering, Director of Public Libraries J Borang wished all the library
professionals as well as library readers on the National Librarians’ Day, and urged
all to follow teachings of Dr Ranganathan, who had developed the analytico-synthetic
classification system (i.e. colon classification) of books.
Admitting the huge task ahead for library professionals to cultivate the reading
habit among the people, he called upon the participants to visit public libraries
at least twice a month to expand their knowledge.
In his brief speech, Deputy Director of Public Libraries T Mize underscored the need
to inculcate reading habit among the young students and encouraged all to avail the
library services to excel in their respective fields.
Earlier, B B Lal, Junior Librarian gave a brief account on the life and contribution
of Dr S R Ranganathan, while District Library & Information Officer (HQ) Lingam Ete
highlighted the importance of celebrating the National Librarians’ Day in remembrance
of the ‘Father of Library Science’. The DL&IO also appealed the students to become
regular library readers so as make the state a knowledge society.
Among others, former deputy director of Public Libraries B K Das and councilor of
Itanagar Municipal Council T Tagru also spoke on the occasion.
CHANGLANG :The National Librarians Day was also celebrated in the District Library
Changlang today amidst a huge gathering of students and teachers.
Speaking on the occasion, Changlang Govt Higher Secondary School Principal S Singpho
deliberated on the importance of library and urged students to develop the reading
Changlang district library and information officer, L Lulin in his key note address
spoke about the importance of the day and life history of Dr S R Ranganathan, the
father of Library Science.
To mark the occasion essay competitions were conducted among the students of Govt
Demonstration Middle school, Changlang. The topic for the CL-VIII was “The importance
of reading habit” and for Class – VI to VII the topic was ‘How to eradicate drugs
The 1st prize winner in each category got Rs. 1000, 2nd prize winner awarded with
Rs. 800 and the prize amount was Rs. 500 for 3rd position holders. The consolation
prizes were also given to other students who participated in the easy competition.
Among others, DDMO Dorjee Khandu, LO L Kenglang and H C Baruah, Astt Curator, Changlang
were present on the occasion.
ZIRO: On the occasion of National Librarians’ Day, District Library and Information
Officer (DLIO) Toko Api today announced to enroll library membership free of cost
till August 20 next. However, it is only for the people of Lower Subansiri district,
While briefing on importance and the role of public library, she appealed the gathering
especially school going children to pass message with their friends about launching
of free membership drive.
Earlier, Jyoti Bose, Junior Librarian in his speech highlighted the biography of
Dr. S. R Ranganathan, the father of library science in India.
Public Hearing on Pemashelpu Hydro project
AALO, Aug 12: An Environmental Public Hearing on 81MW Pemashelpu Hydro Electric Project
was held at Multipurpose Community Hall, Yorni Mechuka, West Siang district yesterday.
The project is being executed by M/s Mechuka Hydro Power Private Limited. Altogether
118 people attended the public hearing.
Chairing the hearing, West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu appreciated the PAFs
(project affected families) for sharing their views, suggestions and grievances.
He said that every word of the speakers are recorded and documented and the grievances
and objections raised by the speakers will be taken due care while conveying it to
Government. He lamented the poor communication between the Company and Project Affected
Speaking on the occasion, Mechuka ADC Ravi Dhawan hoped that the Company would take
care of the doubts raised by the PAFs in the public hearing.
Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board, Member Secretary N Tam elaborated
the provisions of the EIA Notification dated 14th September, 2006 and subsequent
amendments issued by the Ministry of environment & Forests (MoEF), Govt. of India
pertaining to Environmental Clearance for developmental projects and requirements
of Environmental Public Hearing thereof. The Member Secretary, APSPCB explained
that the objectives of the Environmental Public Hearing is to solicit and record
the opinions, views, comments or objections of the people residing at and in the
adjoining areas of project sites likely to be affected by the construction of the
proposed Pemashelpu Hydroelectric Project. He further added that the Environmental
Public Hearing is a part of the Environmental Clearance process and that the proceedings
of the same will be submitted to the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Govt.
of India. The Ministry will examine and scrutinize such views, comments, suggestions
by project affected people while processing the application for Environment Clearance.
PM Nanda, COO, M/s Mechuka Hydro Power Private Limited explained the salient features
of the project with the help of power point presentation.
Vivek Jhaldiyal, Consultant representing M/s R.S Envirolink Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
explained on environmental studies, sources of air pollution & its mitigation measures
environmental management plan, and social economic development etc. The EIA/EMP studies
are prepared by consultants M/s R.S Environing Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon as
per Terms of Reference (TOR) issued by the Ministry of Environment & Forests.
The host of representatives from Project Affected Families from Project Affected
Villages raised question on expected maximum land use, non publishing of notice in
Bhoti language etc.
PM Nanda, COO, M/s Mechuka Hydro Power Private Limited gave detail clarifications
to the queries raised by the people. He further suggested the Project Proponent to
maintain good public relation with the Project Affected Families. DIPRO
Major initiatives for providing drinking water supply to Tezu township
TEZU, Aug 12: MLA Dr. Mohesh Chai dedicated Gravity main for providing water supply
to Tezu township in a simple but impressive function here today. The function was
organized by PHE Sub-Division Tezu under PHE Division, Namsai and attended among
others by Lohit Deputy Commissioner Dr. B M Mishra.
Speaking on the occasion MLA Chai said that dedication of gravity main for providing
water supply was a pre-Independent Gift 2014 to the people of Tezu and is definitely
going to ease drinking water scarcity of Tezu township.
On the occasion Deputy Commissioner advised PHE department to complete all the component
of the project, so that people get the benefit of fully treated drinking water. They
also appreciated the state government and the tremendous effort put in by officer
and staff of PHED against all odds for execution of the project.
While briefing on the project Er. Tayum Tok, Executive Engineer, PHED Namsai assured
to complete the remaining component of the project including Water Treatment Plant
(WTP) lest the remaining installments are released from NLCPR which is pending since
last two years.
It may be mentioned here that Tezu town is one of the oldest town in Arunachal Pradesh
which is the District HQ of Lohit. There has been no major push for Providing Water
Supply centrally. The existing water supply system of the township is provided through
10 Nos. lift water supply source with huge recurring cost, the gravity mains for
providing water supply being commissioned today will give a big boost and much relief
to the denizens of Tezu township.
The Tezu township was rattled by major flood during 2012 and all the sources were
washed out. Even the present source was compelled to shift to 2 km away from earlier
proposed site. With the partial commissioning of this project today, 5 MLD potable
drinking water conventionally treated through completed sedimentation tank is supplied
to consumers of Tezu township through 300 mm dia D.I. pipe mains, according to an
KUFC wins fifth NIP Memorial Running Football Tournament
ROING, Aug 12: Koronu United Football Club (KUFC) lifted the fifth Naba Ita Pulu
Memorial Running Football Tournament here today following 1-0 victory against Government
Secondary School, Koronu (GSSK) in the final.
The match that was played in the pouring rain had the lone goal scored by Ateko Mena
in the second half. Organized by the District Football Federation (DFF), and supported
by district the administration and the district sports office, the tournament saw
22 teams participate in the month long event that was inaugurated on July 19 last.
Parliamentary Secretary for Horticulture Mutchu Mithi gave away the Memorial Cup
to the winning team, and Shiv Kumar, Deputy Commissioner gave away the runner cup.
Along with the cup, the winner team won cash prize of Rs 35,000, medals and certificate,
and the runner with cash prize of Rs 20,000.
Earlier in his speech, the Parliamentary Secretary announced that the annual Naba
Ita Pulu Memorial Running Football Tournament hereafter will be sponsored by the
government of Arunachal Pradesh, along with the Gora Pertin Memorial Football Tournament.
"This was possible with the effort of all concerned - the community leaders, district
administration, district sports office, and all those who love the game with the
aim to fight drug and alcohol abuse," said Mutchu.
The first Naba Ita Pulu Tournament was organized in 2009 under the banner of Dibang
Sports Club (DSC) and All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) in memory of late Ita
Pulu, ex MLA.
The best player of the tournament was awarded to Sete Keche of KUFC by Chiliko Meto,
former Zilla Parishad Chairperson. The title of the discipline team was awarded to
Intaya Public School by Rajneesh Gupta, Superintendent of Police.
Satish Melo of Cheta FC and Toko Lego of JNV Roing were awarded the highest scorer
of the tournament by distinguished public leader Bishen Mepo. Kaling Pertin, ZPM,
Dambuk gave away the prize of best goalkeeper of the tournament to Saha Linggi of
GSSK. Mama Miso, ZPM, Hunli-Desali awarded the emerging player of the tournament
to Etoh Mega of GSSK.
Best referee of the tournament was awarded to Anjite Menjo along with Panku Mega
and Tokhey Miso by Obang Perme, a distinguished public leader.
I would like to request the Department of Education to declare the results of the
ongoing viva-voce interview for the filling up of various posts of ATs and JTs for
different schools of Arunachal Pradesh at earliest, so that there won’t be any doubt
on the minds of the people regarding the selection procedure. Otherwise, we as aspirants
will surely believe that there is political influence going on in the selection procedure
because it would be very easy for the people in power to manipulate the selection
results as there is no written records of a viva-voce interview.
I would like to appeal the Commissioner (Education) and Director (Elementary Education)
to declare the final selection list of TGT and PRT qualified candidates as soon as
possible as it is the peak time of school session and as many schools are running
with less teachers.
As per RTE Act -2009, TET is the most essential qualification to be appointed as
a teacher but we firmly believe that the department will select the best of the best,
although all the TET qualified are the finest and fittest person to be recruited
as teacher. I would like to request and appraise the concern authority that delay
in declaring final result may thwart the hope and expectation of the aspirants. We
do hope that results will be declared soon.
What happened to salaries of SSA teachers Lower Subansiri unit? Why it’s being delayed?
From various sources it’s clear that four months’ salary have been disbursed by state
government to districts in July last and paid to SSA teachers in other districts.
In our case, there is no sign of getting our hard earned 4 months pending salary.
Who is responsible for delay in this matter? So it’s my earnest request to concerned
authorities to pay 4 months pending salary at the earliest.
Aggrieved SSA Teacher
Lower Subansiri unit
No bandh and no out of syllabus questions please
After UPSC exam, state public service commission exam is the toughest exam. Some
old minded leaders and bureaucrats often say that if one wants to become a civil
servant, one must know everything. But this is not a matured and logical thinking.
For such exams commission prescribe syllabus and according to that syllabus aspirants
prepare for the exam. And if question are set out of syllabus, it would be injustice
and cheating to aspirants’ months of preparation.
Almost every year aspirants complaint that many question are set which are out of
syllabus in APPSCCE ( Main) specially in Public Administration paper.
Therefore I hope that new secretary of APPSC would ensure that in upcoming APPSCCE
( main) 2013-14, questions of all papers are within the syllabus .
I also appeal to all the organization and unions not to give bandh call between 13th
Sept to 20th Sept. During the last APPSCCE exam, we faced lots of problem due to
bandh call given by the unions during exam time.
An open letter to the CM
Through the column of your daily, I would like to urge the chief minister of Arunachal
Pradesh to have clear cut policies for the interest of local entre-preneurs of Arunachal
In the papers we have seen that there exists a state industrial policy.
Every day in news paper the good deed for self employed are published but they never
ask those existing local entrepreneurs what they have benefited from state govt.
Many buildings are being constructed but still our local entrepreneurs who are running
steel fabrication units have not got any works, crores of money is being spent for
printing works at govt. department but still today our local printing press never
got govt. order, crores of funds is used for purchasing curtains in state but still
our mothers and sister who are engaged in weaving sectors never got any order from
govt. department for supply of cloths. Crores are being spent for procurement of
furniture but local furniture unit never get order for supply of furniture at govt.
Offices. There are many sectors where local people are engaged yet they do not have
The reasons for deprivation of local entrepreneurs are many but one main reason
is that some of Ministers, MLAs and officers have floated their own firms in the
name of kit and kin and they engage middleman from other metropolitan cities to
But in public platform our Ministers, MLAs and officers suggest youths to come forward
to avail self employment opportunities, whereas when the funds is sanctioned, they
change their stand completely.
I would like to tell the chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh that if he want to see
the upward swing of employment generation than he should adopt clear cut policies
to safeguard local entrepreneurs and stop the direct entry of outsiders and instruct
officers to give priority to local entrepreneurs.
Nabam Akin Hina
Let the young and old go hand in hand
There are utmost genuine considerations why the state government should implement
recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission and enhance retirement age of employees
to 60 years.
First, a pay commission recommendation is not a work of one man casually jotting
down in few minutes but an output of big numbered commission constituted of various
experts and highly experienced people after decade long rigorous exercise.
Secondly, by enhancing retirement age to 60 years from 58 years, the government will
have in their disposal service of experienced employees for additional 2 years for
better wisdom and efficiency in governance. I quote an example here not from problematic
and developing India but from the most advanced country in the world, USA. The average
age of some of the busiest and responsible people in the globe, the members of House
of Representative and Senate, the Indian equivalent of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha
are 58 and 62 years respectively. So, at ripe age of 58 to 62 years people become
law makers in USA to legislate most promising laws for that country to lead, to make
it grow as the most powerful nation in the world.
Thirdly, progress, development of a state should be all inclusive for infants, growing
up children and teenagers, matured and old aged people including youths and not just
youth centric. Since, today’s infant and teens will be tomorrows’ adult youth and
today’s youth will be tomorrows matured and old aged ones deserving dignity and welfare.
Moreover, today’s matured and old aged working government’s servants are only and
only investing their precious time and resources for welfare of youths, infants,
retired ones and the state and nation as whole.
Fourthly, lack of employment generation and opportunities in other sector for youths
besides government employments cannot be a ground for depriving the bonafide entitlements
of matured and old ones. Further, in a state and a family why and how there can discrimination
and segregation between youths and old ones?
In an ever growing population, all the employable population cannot be waiting for
government jobs and sit idle. The state has to develop its vast potential of hydropower,
horticulture, tourism, agriculture, etc to create employment opportunities for all
categories of population. For just 13 Lakhs population we have huge area of 83,743
sq km. Potential for development is huge. If the potential areas are developed in
inclusive, sustainable, accommodating and productive ways, our state will rather
be in shortage of manpower for all categories of employment, I suppose.
In our state, potential for development, employment, etc is the most promising in
comparison to other states. There is no need at all create a wedge of misunderstanding
and disagreement between youths and aged ones. We can go united and create world
of opportunities in this land where people from all age groups can flourish.
Tagam Mibang, Aalo,
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Address the concern before it takes ugly turn
All Dollungmukh Youth Association (DAYA) and All Dollungmukh Area Students Union
(ADASU) claimed that Assam forest officials had illegally conducted eviction drive
inside Arunachal territory in Dollungmukh area by damaging the paddy fields and two
dwelling houses on August 6. The associations further added that Assam officials
planted saplings at paddy field and warned the farmers not to uproot the saplings.
The two associations urged state government to drag the Assam forest officials to
the court for punishment, so that brazen violation of status quo is stopped. Government
of Arunachal and Assam should take note of this latest development. In January this
year boundary clash at Tarasso area took violent turn and resulted in lost of lives.
Arunachalee citizens paid heavy price as Assam based organizations imposed economic
blockade against Arunachal. Economic blockade made life miserable for the citizens
of Arunachal. We are not ready for another Tarasso like incident. Therefore both
Assam and Arunachal government should address Dullungmukh incident seriously before
it takes ugly turn.