August 25

Donggin team lifts TTM Volleyball Trophy

Staff reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Donggin Team lifted the Tamulang Taloh Memorial Volley Ball Trophy beating defending champion Moying Raseng in the final match at Solung-Mopin ground here today.

Donggin team beat Moying Raseng by 25-21, 14-25, 25-23.

Earlier, in semi-final match, Donggin beat Podi Barbi 25-18, 25-22 and Solung UVC lost 25-18, 17-25, 17-25 to Moying Raseng, informed Itanagar Solung sports secretary Tarok Lomtung.


Lu:né Gí:dí inter village football tournament begins at Ngopok

ITANAGAR, Aug 24:  The Lu:né Gí:dí Inter Village Football Tournament (LGIVFT) of Mebo Sub-Division in East Siang District began at Ngopok Village yesterday.

While attending the inaugural ceremony, Mebo Banggo ZPM Oling Perme urged the players to maintain sportsmanship spirit throughout the tournament.

The organizing committee of LGIVFT headed by Ranpok Perme, Christopher Tayeng and Ready Borang informed that the tournament is organized as a part of Solung festival celebration. The final match will be played on September 2.

In total, 15 teams from various villages under Mebo Sub-Division are participating in the tournament.

The inaugural match was played between Mebo and Ngopok in which the former thrashed the later 8-1.

Arun Tayeng, Minggong Ratan and Gerik Tayeng scored 2 goals each while Lenging Tayeng and Lembom Tayeng scored 1 goal each for the winning team. The lone goal of Ngopok team was scored by Kangge Tayeng.

In today’s first match, Ayeng team beat Kiyit team 1-0 and Borguli pipped Motum 1-0 in penalty shootout in the second match.


Evict unauthorized occupants from UD building: APCF

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Arunachal Pradesh Colleges' Forum (APCF) today urged Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner to evict the unauthorised occupants of UD housing building at Nirjuli saying that the building has been temporarily allotted to higher and technical education for setting up of Government Women College.

In its representation to the DC, APCF said that any delay in evicting unauthorised occupants would hamper classes in the college. The state government has recently announced the Government Women College at Itanagar in view of the overcrowding students at Dera Natung College here.


RGUSU writes to Chief Minister

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Rajiv Gandhi University Student’s Union (RGUSU) has drawn attention of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki towards the deplorable road condition from Bage Tini to Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) and demanded for improving the road at the earliest.

RGUSU in a meeting  yesterday attended by all community based student leaders and representatives from Rajiv Gandhi University Scholars Forum  discussed various issues and problems faced by the students of the university like  scarcity of drinking water in the university campus and urged the Chief Minister to mitigate the problem immediately.

The union in its representation to the Chief Minister further threatened to launch democratic movement in case the the state government fails to address the problem at the earliest.


Minister  opens weaving centre at Nongtham

KHARSANG, Aug 24: Food, Civil Supplies & Geology, Mining and WRD Minister Kamlung Mossang inaugurated a weaving centre-cum-sales emporium at Nongtham in Kharsang circle of Changlang district recently.

The project was initiated by him to be implemented under corporate social responsibility scheme of the Kharsang-based GeoEnpro.

Mossang, in his address, stressed upon revival of age-old traditional weaving and craft skill of the Tangsa community.

With huge demand for traditional Tangsa gaaleys, lungis, coats and bags in the market, he hoped that the weaving centre will serve as a boon to meet the demands while encouraging the weavers to take up their vocation sincerely.

This centre could be one of the important attractions for the tourists visiting Kharsang and Miao areas, he said with confidence.

Kharsang CO N L Naam, senior public leaders, executive members of Tangsa Baptist Mission centre, women leaders and public were present on the occasion.


Quick thinking Dapo Police cracks case


Daporijo, Aug 24: Daporijo police has cracked a burglary case within 12 hrs of incident. This morning around 8 am, a burglary case was registered at Daporijo police station. As per the complaint, an unidentified miscreant entered into the wine shop located at Forest colony and took away Rs 80,000 and large numbers of  liquors during the night time.

Police immediately swung into action and after thorough investigation they succeeded in tracing out the accused at around 4 pm.

A case was registered against the accused under appropriate section of IPC. However at the moment accused is absconding from the clutches of police. Police have recovered many stolen items like electronic goods, Rs 5000 and other items. The absconding accused is believed to be habitual offender and committed crime along with his accomplishes, informed Officer in Charge Gocham Tassa. He assured that fleeing accused will be arrested soon.


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Flood situation worsens; thousands evacuated

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: After mighty Subansiri left a trail of devastation in Upper Subansiri on Friday, flood situation in other parts of the state worsened on Saturday with numerous villages in Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit getting submerged.

Dotung River is flowing above the danger level at Paglam submerging Paglam, Banggo, Anpum-Loglung villages under Dambuk ADC headquarters of Lower Dibang Valley district, told Dambuk ADC Atul Tayeng over telephone.

Over 3000 people were badly affected by the current wave of the flood at Paglam. The affected villagers have been evacuated to safer places along with their domestic animals, Tayeng told. The villagers of Paglam have been reeling under flood for the last 15 days.

The Government Secondary School, Paglam has also been submerged by water forcing the school authority to close down the school temporarily.

Flood situation was also grim at Dambuk ADC headquarters. The Sisar river is dangerously flowing above the danger mark inundating entire paddy fields of the area, he said, adding that 400 mm rainfall has been recorded at Paglam area in the last 48 hours.

There were currently 100 quintals of rice stock for the flood affected people of Paglam and Dambuk out of which 50 bags have already been distributed, he said. He also told that the district administration will press the state government for dropping of food items if the situation does not improve.

Country boats provided by local MLA Gum Tayeng last year have been the only means of transportation for the marooned people, he said.

Meanwhile, an affected villager of Paglam told this daily that 20 quintals of rice provided by Member of Parliament Mukut Mithi were distributed among the four villagers of Paglam, Banggo, Anpum-Loglung. He appealed to the state government, particularly district administration for providing sufficient relief items, especially rice to all the affected villagers.

The local MLA said that she was in constant touch with the district administration who have been monitoring the situation.

In Lohit, swelling Tezu and Sukha nallahs and changing course of Tenning nallah are posing great threat to the Tezu township.

When contacted, Lohit Deputy Commissioner Dr Brij Mohan Mishra told that the district administration is strictly monitoring the situation and using sand bags to keep the nallahs from overflowing. The DC also informed that the road communication via Pashuram Kund has been snapped following landslides triggered by heavy rains. Traffic movement between Tezu and Tinsukia, Assam through Alubari Ghat has also been snapped due to rise in water level.

Our correspondent adds from Daporijo: Road communication to Daporijo remained cut off from rest of the state after an unprecedented flood in Subansiri created havoc on Friday.

Road communication to Daporijo from both sides-- Basar and Ziro--has been disrupted due to landslides at numerous points creating acute shortage of essential items in the markets of Daporijo. Stock of vegetables, fish, meat and other essential items ran out of the market due to total disruption in road communication.

Disruption in road communication is not only affecting the common people but also causing hardship to daily wage earners and vendors.

The suspension bridge over Menga, which connects Debom village under Gusar circle,has been damaged by flood due to heavy rains. The villagers are taking the road via Nasi village to reach Daporijo. Moreover, border villages like Nacho, Limeking, Siyumand Taksing remained cutoff from rest of the world for many days.

Meanwhile, All Tagin Students Union has submitted a representation to the district authority demanding immediate restoration of road communication.

In another representation, All Tagin Youth Organization has appealed to the Deputy Commissioner to release relief fund for all the affected families whose property have been either damaged or lost during the recent flood.

Our Ruksin Correspondent adds: Incessant rains over the last couple of days have thrown life out of gear in East Siang district.

Heavy rains caused water logging in several places, inundated paddy fields and submerged rural roads snapping communication to different places.

Heavy rains have also triggered massive landslide at several locations along Pasighat- Pangin and Pasighat-Mariyang roads snapping road communication. Road communication from Mebo to Aohali is still disrupted while Yingkiong town, the district HQs of Upper Siang remained cut off from rest of the state since last one week. It is said that incessant rain is hampering progress of restoration works.

Overflowing Kadang river between Ayeng and Borguly villages along Mebo-Dhola road has yet again washed away the temporary bamboo bridge. Rain also badly damaged Pasighat-Koyu-Tene PWD road in between Mirem and Pasighat.

Report from Water Resource Division said that Siang River is flowing above the danger mark showing an impending danger to the people living downstream. The tributaries of Siang river, which were receding, again swelled due to incessant rain at the upper reaches creating havoc in Mebo area. The RCC bridge over Siku river along NH-52 is under threat as strong current of the turbulent hilly river is taking a critical turn.

Meanwhile, East Siang district administration has warned the people living in low lying areas of deluge and instructed the officials concerned to strictly monitor the situation.

The authority of the Govt. Primary School, Oyan Camp near Oyan Charali has closed down the school temporarily last week due to overflowing Linka river.



PADC draws attention towards poor condition of Yupia-Potin road

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Potin Area Development Committee (PADC) has expressed deep concern over worsening condition of Yupia-Potin road.

In a press release, PADC Chairman Taba Sanka has appealed to all the MLAs of Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri and Kurung Kumey district to take step for timely completion of project as the said stretch of road is lifeline for the people of these three districts.

"Due to heavy rainfall Yupia-Potin road has been damaged at multiple places. The condition of the road has worsened and citizens are facing serious problem. Adding to it, Kimin-Potin road is also in pathetic condition. All the agencies be it PWD, GREF or Highway seems to be just passing bucks on each other and are not properly maintaining the road," said Sanka.

He went on to add, "I on behalf of the harassed commuters appeal to PWD, GREF and Highway department to properly coordinate among themselves. The lack of coordination is only causing trouble to ordinary citizens."

Further, he appealed to highway department to finalize the land acquisition process of Potin to Daporijo stretch of Trans-Arunachal Highway at the earliest so that work can be started soon.

"It's well known that land acquisition process is in the final stage. District administration has completed all the process but land compensation has not been paid yet. I request administration to complete this process at the earliest, so that work can be started from this winter season."



Arunachal health care system suffers for want of proper research work

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ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Though successive governments in Arunachal Pradesh have been claiming prioritizing of health sector, the situation has not improved much at ground level. Health department is being treated at par with other works departments. Today people look at health department as source of "making quick money". These days medicine and equipment supply to health department have become lucrative business in Arunachal.

Arunachal is blessed with rich natural resources and is home to many medicinal plants. However, the state government has totally failed to tap the available resources. They have virtually neglected the research part which is an important component of health sector. Doctors are not able to crack many medical cases due to the absence of research facilities and lack of support from government. Unfortunately, the government of Arunachal has only concentrated in upgrading hospitals and setting up new health centres without giving much attention to research sector.  

Because of our unique geographical, demographic and ethnic character, the policy framed at international and national level may not be relevant for us. It is not possible to implement all the policies framed at Delhi as it may not suit our state. So, there is need to tailor health policy according to local requirement which need to be evidenced by research.

Arunachal is said to be the 10th biodiversity hotspot in the world with more than 81% (68,019 sq. km) of its total geographical area under forest cover. There are more than 500 species of medicinal plants. There is need to bridge the gap between traditional knowledge and conventional therapeutic system. Such move will kindle interest about herbal research in the state. Many herbs are consumed as vegetables by tribal people, which need to be scientifically studied to find both beneficial and harmful effects. Diseases like Hepatitis -B & C and cancer is very common in our state. Therefore epidemiological research becomes more important.

"Hepatitis B & C has a very high prevalence in some districts of Arunachal Pradesh as reported by doctors working in the interior areas. There is an urgent need to establish the epidemiological and etiological factors to assess the mortality and morbidity of the disease," shared Dr. Nabam Peter (MBBS, MMST), Scientist 'C' cum Nodal Officer (Health Research). Further he added, "As per the Population Based Cancer Registry at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun and General Hospital Pasighat, the prevalence of cancer is very high in Arunachal Pradesh. We need to assess and establish these facts through research."

Malaria and enteric fever are endemic in Arunachal. We should carry out research to establish baseline serological titre for diagnostic purpose. There is need to establish the relevance of Rapid diagnostics kits so widely used in absence of clinical laboratory. Also our tribals have unique food habits and expert believes that it is one of the main causes for some of the dreaded diseases affecting people of Arunachal.

"There is serious need to carry out biomedical research. Effects of our food habits on our health have not been properly studied. We consume many indigenously available plants and animals. We need to establish the harmful or beneficial effects of these food items through research," stated Dr Peter.

He also informed that prevalence of pterygium (eye problem) is high in Apatani population and high prevalence of childhood pulmonary Tuberculosis is being noticed in certain pockets of East Kameng District.

Health department should give more emphasize on research related activities keeping in mind the above facts. They should understand the fact that buying medicines and constructing new hospital building alone will not improve the ailing health sector. In the long term interest, medical research should be prioritized in Arunachal.



Villagers urged to preserve traditional culture

KHONSA, Aug 24: Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Kr. Joshi urged the Thinsa villagers near here to preserve their rich traditional culture.

Participating in the Ronghuan celebration at the village general ground, the Deputy Commissioner said "Arunachal Pradesh is a land of festival and Ronghuan is one of the prominent festivals celebrated by a number of Nocte villages."

Thinsa village is about 20 km from here.

Former Minister T. Aboh who is a resident of Thinsa village, also participated in the festival.

The DC was accompanied by Tirap ZPC Chawang Lowang, EAC T. Aran, DIPRO D.Bosai and a host of other officers and public leaders.

Folk dance in the general ground, house to house dance and performance of traditional rituals in the Morong marked the four-day-long Ronghuan festival. Thinsa an offshoot of Kheti village is nestled on the serene mountain slopes surrounded by verdant hills and lovely mountains. DIPRO



Prof. Kapoor stresses on periodic inspection of schools

PASIGHAT, Aug 24: State nodal Officer (Monitoring) of Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan (RMSA) Prof. KC Kapoor stressed on periodic inspection of schools to ensure proper implementation RMSA in the district. He said this after visiting various schools in East Siang district along with Prof. T Lhaungdim, RGU, Doimukh to assess the management and functioning of the programme.

To ensure effective monitoring, large-scale inputs in terms of physical infrastructure, human resource, academic inputs etc, Prof. KC Kapoor and Prof. T Lhaungdim along with East Siang RMSA Coordinator, T. Jamoh conducted spot verification in 11 schools in and around Pasighat and Ruksin blocks. They also intended to see all the secondary and higher secondary schools in the district but disruption in road communication made it impossible for them to move out from district headquarters.

After the physical verifications and having detailed discussions for the last three days with the concerned school authorities, both the visiting professors expressed their satisfaction over the progresses.

However, the team while visiting the Mirbuk Secondary School observed that sub-standard materials are being used for science laboratory and instructed for immediate corrections.

In other schools, science laboratories and computer rooms are in place but yet to receive computers from RMSA to start activities, they said. The team found availability of drinking water facilities in all schools they visited. Toilets in majority of the schools are found to be old except Gandhi Secondary and DEM Higher Secondary schools.

The Principal of DEM Higher Sec School suggested the visiting team for construction of multi-storey buildings in future utilizing the limited land of the school judiciously. DIPRO



Floods in Assam 'nothing new': DoNER minister

GUWAHATI, Aug 24: Union minister for development of northeastern region (DoNER) Vijay Kumar Singh on Friday said floods in Assam is "nothing new".

"Flood condition is nothing new to Assam. I have been dealing with floods in Assam since 1970 onwards," Singh said at a press conference here.

On his ministry's role in finding a way to handle this perennial problem, Singh said "DoNER has got no role in flood control. It is a job of ministry of water resources. DoNER funds are not enough even to contribute to type of things that the state require.

"I can be initiator. I can be catalyst. I can assist. I can suggest. I can push. But if you are thinking that the DoNER is going to do flood control, I am sorry that is not done. We have to go to the charters," the Union minister said.

He said DoNER's role is to carry forward development work in the field of infrastructure, education, health sector, employment and skills among others.

When pointed out that the flood creates huge challenge and destroys a lot of developmental works, Singh said "It is not being stopped but flood causes a damage to life and property. So lets separate it out. Lets not get just stuck on floods ... Flood is not just development. Flood is only a part of the issue." He said silting of Brahmaputra is a big problem and nobody gave a serious thought on this over the years.

Singh also said he will recommend the water resources ministry to conduct an in-depth study on Brahmaputra considering various aspects. PTI

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An open letter to Education Minister

Dear Editor,

I as an elementary teacher of a Govt School would like to draw your kind attention to the poor quality of NCERT textbooks being used by Govt schools particularly Mathematics book of lower primary classes.

I can’t imagine how children of Lower primary classes will equipp themselves with basic concepts of mathematics by learning the current mathematics text books. If you have any doubt, please have a look at the mathematics books used by children of lower primary classes.

The mathematics books of Class I to V are of very low standard which does not help the teachers and students.

So, it is my sincere request to you to look into the matter seriously and find out a final solution to low quality books and ensure that quality books are provided to the students. We talk of quality education but there are so many things to be taken care of for ensuring quality education, supply of sufficient and quality books, sincerity of teachers, hostel facilities for Upper Primary students, teaching of English and Hindi grammar, moral science.  All are to be fulfilled. Govt spends huge amount on students’ stipend but most students spend those stipends within no time on buying mobile handset.

I think that amount they get as stipend is enough for them to survive a year if they stay in hostel where they could eat and study whole year.


Osek Apum,

Govt. UPS Debing



Anelih is out of reach

Dear Editor,

While most of the district Circles and Blocks of Arunachal Pradesh have been connected with the rest of the world but unfortunately, Anelih Circle under Dibang Valley District of Arunachal Pradesh is yet to be connected.

The road connections to the valley are in such a deplorable condition that the people of the Ahi Valley have to walk for days to reach the nearest village so that they can avail the medical facilities, basic education institutes and ration shops.

Although the land of Anelih circle (Ahi Valley) has enough potentiality for development of Agriculture, Horticulture, Pisciculture, Hydro power, Textile and Handicraft, Forest base industries and Tourism there have been no visits of so called state parliamentarians and cabinet ministers to promote it.

The Ahi Valley on a defence point of perspective also lies in a very precarious position of being compromised by the Chinese as there has been frequent citing of Chinese Military forces (PLA) by the local villagers.

Therefore it’s high time the Chief Minister and the Members of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh have to look into the matter wilfully and carry out infrastructural development in the region. This develop-mental activity will bring close the people of Anelih circle with the mainstream Indian Culture and Tradition.

The people of the valley are so much in pain that many have resolved for democratic means of agitation stating “no road no voting” and “no development no voting” in the coming Assembly and Parliamentary election.


Omila Migi

Anelih Village

Dibang Valley



Better late than never

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to shed some light on the decision to deploy Akash (SAM) Surface to Air missile in the north-east of India especially in Arunachal Pradesh by the defence ministry. This is a good move which was long overdue.

Akash (SAM) Surface to Air Missile is 100% indigenously built by India and has an accurate hitting range of 25 km. This covers the range of almost all the Air fighters, Strategic Bomber and Unmanned aircraft possessed by China currently but the missiles are a total different ball game.

China has one of the world’s best missile systems with both range and technology. The recent demonstration of Satellite destroying missile by China makes our Akash SAM a mere Childs toy in front of it. ICBMs (Inter- continental ballistic Missiles) like DF-5A, DF-31A, DF-31 and DF- 4 can hit anywhere in India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. The recent successfully tested and inducted IRBMs (Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile), MRBMs (Medium Range Ballistic Missile), SRBMs (Short Range Ballistic Missile) and LACMs (Land Attack Cruise Missile) are a source of headache for India too.

The Iron Dome type technology used by Israel for short range defence system is a very good system which India can purchase or develop indigenously to protect from external threats like missiles, artillery shells or small rockets used by China, Pakistan or any other country.


Lishi Roni






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Continue patrolling through-out the year

In a welcome development, the Capital Complex District Administration has intensified patrolling around capital area.  As per the report, DA along with city police has increased late night raid and patrolling within the Capital Complex in order to check the crimes being committed during night hours. The patrolling team has found a couple of small shops selling wine, beer, whiskey without possessing valid licence. Three persons were arrested in connection with this illegal business.

The town magistrate along with police personnel also raided the pools and snooker establishment of the town and directed the licensees to adhere to the permissible time and not to allow consumption of any kind of alcohol in their business premises. Capital district administration deserves big round of applause for taking such bold step. It is witnessed that maximum number of crime incidents in capital complex takes place during night time. By conducting regular patrolling during night hour, DA is sending strong message to the law breakers. However, they should continue such patrolling drive through-out the year so that it becomes effective in true sense. Just conducting night patrolling for few days and then discontinuing will not serve any purpose.