August 08

Hello doctor

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Dr Tabu Maling of Ramakrishna Mission Hospital will reply to the listeners’ queries on rabies and its treatment during Arun FM’s (103.1 MHZ) live phone-in program Hello Doctor on August 8.

Listeners may call the doctor from 8 pm to 8.30 pm (tele: 0360-2292239).


Preparations on to celebrate Solung

AALO Aug 7: Preparation is on to celebrate Solung Festival in a grand manner by the Adi community at Aalo.

Committees at various levels have been formed to gear up Solung Ponung, fashion shows and musical nights where renowned singers from the state are expected to participate.

The celebration starts on August 31. DIPRO


Training on mushroom cultivation

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Bapu Eelfare Society organised a day-long training on oyster and milky mushroom cultivation at Tafragam village under Tezu circle.

Resource person of the training Salimso Chepei highlighted on the process of oyster and milky mushroom cultivation and harvesting.

Informing that oyster and mushroom seeds are not available in the markets of Tezu and Tinsukia, he suggested the farmers to contact with KVK, Dimapur (Nagaland) for them.

Altogether 15 women are participating on training.


ZPM refutes allegation

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The ZPM of Gensi Anchal Samiti of West Siang district has refuted the allegation that there is any misappropriation in NHPC R/R and social package in regards to the Lower Subansiri Hydro Power Project as alleged by the villagers of Sibe-Rite and Gengi.

In a representation to the Chief Secretary, he termed the allegation as baseless and politically motivated saying that the PWD department carried out works smoothly as per specification with no compromise with the provision of DPRs.


Committee calls for retention of BDO

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The Kaying Payum Area Development Committee has called for retention of Kaying Payum CD block BDO Misa Gamlin claiming that he was transferred in a wrong manner. The committee has written to the chief secretary in this regard.

It claimed that the misappropriation of the BADP fund by the BDO as alleged has been proved wrong by the enquiry committee under CO Payum.

It further added that the officer has served for only one and half year for the officer at the block whereas it has to be a tenure of three years for an official to be transferred.


Help extended

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The Arunachal Pradesh Chemists and Druggists Association has claimed that All India Organization of Chemists and Druggists North East Zone has assured to look into trade related problems in the state and extend any help in future in its first EC meeting held at Imphal, Manipur on August 2 last.


Traffic awareness campaign conducted

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The education team of Road Safety Cell, PHQ, conducted traffic awareness campaign at Govt Middle School Borum, Yupia today.

SI AU Ansari along with constable Md Sarfuddin made power point presentation on road safety tips. Hand signal demonstration and distribution of pamphlets and other awareness items were also carried out in the programme in which 132 students and 10 teaching staffs of the school participated.


Much awaited ABK Office building construction begins

PASIGHAT, Aug 7: The long pending construction work of Adi Baane Kebang building ‘Doying Gumin Hall’ of Adi community here finally started this week with the dismantling work of the former ‘Latbong Hall’ been done. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had sanctioned Rs. 2 Crores for its construction on April 26 2012.

The ABK office building which will have the seating capacity of 2000 people besides availability of dormitories for both boys and girls, informed Secretary HQ ABK cum Chairman, Construction Committee, Tabung Ering.

The overall fund requirement of the ABK Office building (3 storeys) as per construction is Rs. 11 Crores, out of which Rs. 2 Crores was helped by the state government, he added.


Senior Pastor dies

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The Nyishi Baptist Church Council (NBCC) deeply mourned the demise of Senior Pastor of the Council, Licha Halle who breathed his last at NEIGRIHMS Shillong this morning due to prolonged illness. He was working as Range Pastor of Poma Pastoral Range. He left his wife, four daughters and two sons.

Born on 19th March, 1937 at Dem village in Pistana circle under Lower Subansiri district, Late Halle was appointed as NBCC worker on 1st October 2004 after his retirement from Assam Rifle.

The body of Licha Halle was brought to NBCC compound this afternoon where hundreds of believers joined the condolence meeting and the prayer. His body will be taken to Dem tomorrow for funeral service.




All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Union (AAPUU), Lower Subansiri district unit had labeled the allegation regarding misappropriation and embezzlement of public money under Ziro electrical division which was clarified and refuted by the Executive Engineer (E), Ziro Electrical Division, Department of Power. The allegation was not labeled by the parent body AAPUU. The inadvertent error is regretted.  


News Impact

Assam, Arunachal, Manipur CMs attack centre on NSCN (IM) deal

New Delhi, Aug 7: Trouble seems to be brewing over the Naga accord with Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur today attacking the Centre for not consulting them over it and declaring that they will not cede an inch of their land.

"If a single inch of territorial area of Manipur is taken, we will fight tooth and nail," Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh told reporters targeting the Narendra Modi dispensation.

A 'greater Nagalim' or integration of Naga-inhabited has been the main demand of NSCN-IM, with whom the Centre signed the agreement on August 3 aiming to end the decades-long insurgency in the northeastern state. It is, however, unclear whether the 'greater Nagalim' demand has been accepted.

Details and execution plan within the framework agreement are yet to be released.

Nagaland's neighbours Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are opposed to integration of Naga-inhabited areas.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi accused Modi of "blatantly violating" the spirit of cooperative federalism and parliamentary democracy by not consulting him and his Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur counterparts over such an important matter.

"I doubt whether the Chief Minister of Nagaland has been consulted," he said while Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was of the view that the accord has come as a "surprise" as the Prime Minister "forgot" to contact the Congress chief ministers concerned.

Tuki said that he welcomed the peace process, but this should be done "without compromising territorial integrity" while Gogoi wondered as to why the accord has been kept secret, "if it affects ...states, we will oppose tooth and nail".

Congress chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala targeted the Modi government for "keeping the three elected state governments in complete dark" with no involvement either in the process of negotiations or finalisation of terms of peace agreement.

Addressing a joint press conference at the Congress headquarters along with the three chief ministers and Congress general secretaries V Narainsamy and C P Joshi, he also hit out at Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman accusing her of deliberately misleading the nation on the issue.

Meanwhile, Government on Friday sought to allay fears of neighbouring states of Nagaland by assuring them that they would be consulted before the final agreement with NSCN-IM was signed.

This was conveyed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang who called on him here today. Sources said the Home Minister explained to the Chief Minister that a framework has been laid in the Monday's agreement and the final pact will be signed only after detailed discussions in coming months. PTI



Agonizing wait continues as futile search for missing chopper enters 5th day

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: In what appears to be a replay of 2011 Luguthang chopper crash, bad weather continues to hamper the search and rescue operation to trace the missing Pawan Hans helicopter which went missing on Aug 4 between Khonsa and Longding. The delay in tracing the chopper, entering its fifth day on Saturday has deeply frustrated everyone.  

The search and rescue helicopter of IAF conducted two sorties early in the morning but with no success. Due to bad weather, the helicopter operation could not continue.  Tomorrow C-130 Hercules aircraft is expected to join the operation.

“Seven columns of Army and big search team of Public, Police and Civil Administration have focused in and around Thinsa village which is hilly with thick canopy. Efforts have also been made to obtain satellite imagery with better resolution up to 2 meters which may help in search and rescue operations. The ground team as well as IAF will continue search and rescue operations till the chopper is traced,” stated secretary civil aviation Dr BM Mishra in a release.

Based upon Sukhoi-30 leads search were made on the line between Longding to Tisa, in and around Hanan village, Kaimoi village and Chinkui village near Dadam. All efforts met with no success, the press statement added.

Meanwhile, the Tirap district administration has announced an award of Rs 5 lac to the person who provides right information about the chopper.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju told media in New Delhi that the Centre has put all its resources into search operation. He expressed hope that the location of the chopper will be traced soon.



Tata trust inks MoU with Arunachal on sustainable development

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Tata Trust has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to work towards sustainable development and improvement of the overall quality of life. Tata Trusts’ associate organisation, the North East Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA) will implement this programme, which will benefit 6,000 households located in Papum Pare and Lower Subansiri districts.

NEIDA, in co-ordination with the GoAP, collaborates to reduce poverty for low income rural households in the state.

The MoU signed by Ramesh Negi, Chief Secretary, and Burzis S. Taraporevala, Tata Trusts, is effective for a period of five years. While the total outlay of the programme is Rs. 14 Crores, Tata Trust will contribute grants totalling to Rs. 6 Crores. The remaining funds will be raised from various sources, including the community in the district.

Tata Trust will focus on reducing poverty for low income rural households in the state through enhancing pig rearing management practices, increasing the productivity of rice, maize and orange through adoption of improved cultivation practices and scientific management of orange orchards; and enhancing forest based livelihoods and conservation initiatives, thereby enabling each household to earn an income of Rs. 1.5 lakhs per annum. Other pilot projects that are in the pipeline will focus on education, drinking water and sanitation to improve the overall quality of life of the households in Arunachal Pradesh.

B. S.Taraporevala, Secretary and Chief Accountant, Tata Trust said, “The Trust have invested an amount of Rs. 1.43 Crores in the state till March 2015 in the sectors of agriculture, natural resource management, etc. There is a demand for such development initiatives and the community is keen on contributing and taking ownership of the project for their betterment. ”

Tata Trust will design the implementation strategy and ensure overall governance of the initiative, including financial due diligence. The GoAP will synchronize actions of concerned Government departments and agencies for successful execution of project objectives. GoAP is expected to co-finance the programme through its schemes such as NRLM, MGNREGA and key development projects.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, said, “A State Level Steering Committee (SLSC) would be constituted to review the progress of the programme and provide direction for future course of action. Tata Trusts and SLSC will jointly review the progress and shall meet on an annual basis under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, GoAP. District Level Coordination Committees comprising representatives from the GoAP, Tata Trust and NEIDA, will also be formed to monitor the developments. These committees will be under the chairmanship of the concerned Deputy Commissioner.”



Orgs call for investigation into Teacher’s death

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Following the death of Kali Bulo, an Assistant Teacher of Govt. HSS, Mechuka,  Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) has appealed to the West Siang District administration and Superintendent of Police to personally intervene into the case for speedy investigation to ascertain the cause of death and award exemplary punishment to the perpetrators.

It further called on the administration/law enforcing authority to ensure safety and security of the teaching community across the state.

In recent times we have witnessed series of murders and assault on the teaching community of the state which is a matter of serious concern for us, ATA stated while adding that crime against teaching community not only undermines the morale of the teaching community but it also raises concern over the law and order situation of the state.

Meanwhile, the teaching fraternity along with students and staff of Govt Higher Secondary School, Mechukha has expressed deep shock over the alleged murder of teacher Kali Bulo, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his govt quarter on Wednesday morning.

Late Kali had joined GHSS on January 11 2011 as an Assistant Teacher and had been living alone at a govt allotted quarter at teachers’ colony, Mechukha.

While vehemently condemning the alleged murder of the teacher, the school fraternity stated that the culprits behind such heinous and barbaric act should not be spared at any cost.

It strongly demanded the law enforcing authority of Mechukha to immediately trace out the culprits involved in the alleged murder of teacher and award exemplary punishment as per the law.

“Such crimes bring bad image of Mechukha town in particular and Mechukha sub-division in general and is not excusable,” it added.

Meanwhile, the school fraternity today observed a two minutes silence in the school campus as a mark of respect to the departed soul and conveyed their deep sense of condolences to the bereaved family.

Further, All Tagin Youth Organization and All Tagin Students Union West Siang unit have expressed shock over suspected murder of school teacher Kali Bulo at Mechukha and demanded a prompt investigation into the case to unearth the cause of his mysterious death.

All Tagin Youth Organization (ATYO) claimed that the victim might have been died due to foul play as his body bore several injury marks in head and neck. Besides, his body was found in a quarter which was a locked from outside, the organization said.

While condemning the suspected murder of the teacher, All Tagin Student’s Union West Siang Unit demanded the law enforcing authority to expedite the investigation.

“This kind of incident will put Mechukha, one of the most sought after tourist destination in the state, at back seat, the union said and appealed to all to help police in the investigation of the case.

Meanwhile, MLA Paknga Bage informed that he had called up Mechukha ADC and took stock of the police investigation.

Condemning the alleged crime, the MLA also appealed to all, including public, Panchayat leaders, and students unions of Mechukha to help police and local administration in their investigation.



Linguistic survey and codification of customary law

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The Chief Secretary has approved “in principle” Linguistic Survey of Arunachal Pradesh to identify the actual numbers of linguistic and cultural groups inhabiting  the state and study on Customary Laws of Arunachal Pradesh in order to codify and document the customary  laws with special reference to land holding system, forest laws, succession  laws and Rights of Woman.  

This was stated at a review meeting on preparedness for World Heritage Centre as well as activities of Research Department which was chaired by the Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi on Friday.

Secretary (Cultural Affairs) Dani Salu also took part in the discussion and spoke on the need to up boost research activities.

There was a presentation on archaeological activities and achievements on Malinithan site and Museum by Tao Takar, Deputy Director (History).

Among others Batem Pertin, Director of Research, Dr. Tage Tada, State Consultant, Bultan Dutta, Deputy Director (Archaeology), Jimi Pulu, Dy. Director (Phil), R N Koley, Assistant Director (Culture) and Pura Koji, Asstt. Director (Archaeology) participated in the interactive session.



No compromise in health delivery system: Tacho

ROING, Aug 7: The State Govt is giving top priority to the health sector and there can not be any compromise in the health delivery system, said Health & Family Welfare Minister Rajesh Tacho during his visit to Roing district hospital today. He informed that the sufficient medicines would be supplied to all the districts soon. In order to check supply of duplicate medicines, order has been given from the govt. to constitute a board in every district headed by ADC as its chairman and medical officers as members for physical verification of the medicines supplied, he said.

During his visit, the Health Minister asked the DMO Roing and Medical Superintendent to keep the hospital premises clean and hygienic and to make the medical atmosphere conducive for recovery of patient.

The minister also informed that the Govt is planning to rationalize posting of doctors and nurses in every hospital. He emphatically said that doctors and nurses must stay and work in their place of postings and urged them to work sincerely and dedicatedly for saving the precious life of people saying that nothing is more important than life.

Informing that state govt. has added additional Rs 1 lakh to the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Universal Insurance Scheme recently thereby making a total coverage of Rs 3 Lakhs under the scheme, he asked the DMO to properly supervise APCMUIS. The health minister also disclosed that the govt is contemplating to establish an Ayurvedic College at Tezu and GNM Training Institute at Namsai and Daporijo is going to start soon.

Replying to the grievances highlighted by the DMO and Medical Superintendent of the District Hospital Roing, the Minister assured to post a Radiographer soon in the district. Regarding Civil works and other man power requirements, the Minister assured to look into it and to take up the civil works in AOP & ROP of the department on priority basis.

District Medical Officer, Dr D Wange apprised the visiting dignitaries about the shortage of man powers like General Duty Medical Officers (Allopathy), Specialist Doctors, Radiographer (technician), absence of Blood Bank and need for establishment of a Trauma Centre in the District Hospital. He also informed that the recently upgraded Desali PHC is existing without any man power.

While citing the very poor condition of the present indoor building (SPT) which was constructed 50 years back in the year 1960, Dr L C Deori, DSO cum Medical Superintendent submitted a memorandum to the Health Minister for repairing and renovation of male and female wards. He urged for construction of isolation ward for male and female for infectious patients like TB and security wall around the district hospital. He also requested for posting of Male Attendants and Sanitary Assistants to the DH, Roing.

The Minister was accompanied by Mutchu Mithi, Parliamentary Secretary for Horticulture, Dr Dubom Bagra, OSD to Minister of Health & Family Welfare among others.  DIPRO



APCTA observes cease work, stages sit-in protest

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: Expressing solidarity with the demands of All India Federation of University & College Teachers' Organisation (AIFUCTO) and Federation of Central University Teachers' Association (FEDCUTA), the Arunachal Pradesh College Teacher's (APCTA) today observed cease-work and staged sit-on protest wearing black badges in all the government colleges of the state.

The demands of the teachers' organisations include immediate constitution of VII Pay Review Committee, MHRD approval of UGC decisions on 3rd amendments of UGC Regulations - 2010 and Ph.D. Regulations 2009, roll back on Choice Based Credit System (CBCS)  and  Central Universities (CU) Bill 2013, extension of  dates for RC and OC upto December 2015, UGC Pay Scales for all categories of teachers of the country,  hold on commercialisation of higher education,  rejection of  pension scheme 2004 and consultation with  teachers' organisations  on education policies.

Further, the national level organisations declared that the movement will be intensified in the coming months, if the demands are not fulfilled at the earliest.

Reciprocating to the call of All India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisations (AIFUCTO) for the Nationwide Cease Work and Hunger Strike at Jantar Mantar today, the APCTA, JNC unit under the aegis of APCTA, Itanagar went for a complete cease of work at JN College, Pasighat.

All academic staff and the librarian extended their full support to the AIFUCTO by staging silent and peaceful dharna at the Upper Campus bringing all academic activities to a total halt.

The IGG College, Tezu unit of APCTA also observed one-day pen down strike in the College premises wearing black badges and displaying placards.

All the members pledged their full support to the movement and resolved to fight for their rights.



Greenpeace cautions bidders on 39 coal blocks

NEW DELHI, Aug 7: NGO Greenpeace India today claimed that a significant number of coal blocks which would be up for auction later this month fall in ecologically critical areas due to which they are likely to face delays in securing clearances and "advised" the bidders to stay away from them. It said that the blocks were spread in Arunachal Pradesh Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

The NGO, which has been mired in controversy of late over alleged violations of rules, alleged that by continuing to put forests up for mining, government is being "short-sighted" as it will harm the environment and at the same time mean higher risks for project developers as well.

"Out of the 101 blocks earmarked for auctioned by the coal ministry this year, at least 39 are in ecologically critical areas, covering a total forest area of more than 10,500 hectares.

"These blocks are likely to face significant delays in securing clearances, apart from the likelihood of legal challenges and opposition from affected communities," the NGO which conducted a Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis said in a statement and added that auction of another set of coal blocks is likely to take place between August 11-17.

About 35 blocks are in tiger, leopard or elephant habitat and 20 are within 10 kilometres of a protected area or identified wildlife corridor.

"Potential bidders are advised to stay away from at least these 39 identified blocks and to assess independently the forest, livelihoods and wildlife issues of the blocks they intend to bid on," the NGO said.

"By continuing to put good quality forests up for mining, the government is being short-sighted. This will harm the environment and will also mean higher risks for project developers, investors and shareholders as it will lead to more conflict, legal challenges and community opposition, as we saw in the case of the Mahan coal block in Singrauli," said Nandikesh Sivalingam, a Greenpeace activist.

Noting that the coal scam and the Supreme Court verdict presented a golden opportunity to make amends, he said that a transparent, scientifically rigorous inviolate forest policy was the right thing to do in order to rearrange coal mining in such a way that it had less impact on forests, tribal communities and wildlife.

"At the same time, this would have ensured a greater certainty for investors and project developers but the Environment Ministry has showed it is unable or unwilling to protect some of India's last remaining forests from mining," said Sivalingam. PTI



Eagle Trophy: Capital Complex maintain winning streak

ITANAGAR, Aug 07: Capital Complex SC continued its winning streak with a 5-3 win over Gora Makik FC in the 6th Eagle Trophy Football Championship at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Earlier, Capital Complex defeated Bamang Taji Football Club (BTFC) 3-2 on August four and drew with Todo United in the opening match.

The second match of the day was played between 19th Nyapin FC and Nirjuli United in which the former defeated the latter by 2-1 goal.

Paney Kakum and Tadar Takap scored a goal each for 19th NFC) while Chiboy scored the lone goal for NUFC in 53rd minutes.

Today's matches:

Todo united vs Tarh Ku SC- 1:30 pm

Gangte Togung SC vs APP- 3:30 pm



Badminton tourney at Jairampur

ITANAGAR, Aug 07: The district level badminton tournament organised by Jairampur Badminton Club began at Jairampur today.

In total, players from four clubs, namely Miao, Kharsang, Changlang and host club Jairampur are participating in the tournament.  

Nampong MLA Laisam Simai inaugurated the event today evening amidst a large gathering.

ADC Jairampur along with local leaders and HoDs were also present on the occasion.

Arunachal State Badminton Association Secretary Bamang Tago will attend the final day of the 3 days tournament on August 9.



District level DK Memorial Badminton tourney begins at Jang

ITANAGAR, Aug 07: The 2nd District Level Dorjee Khandu Memorial Badminton Tournament 2015 got underway at Indoor Stadium Jang today.

Altogether 16 doubles team and 8 singles players are in the fray for the coveted Men's Doubles and Singles Cup. This edition of the games is being organized by Jang Sports Club.

Speaking in the inaugural function, Tourism & UD Minister Pema Khandu stressed on the importance of games and sports in one's life. He called on the youths to pursue sports as a career. He also enumerated the individual feats of sports persons from the state in recent years. He asked the players to represent the district in the State Level competitions also.

Chairperson Zila Parishad Jambey Tsering also spoke on the occasion. Among others, DC, HoDs, ADC Jang, Panchayat Leaders and students attended the function. DIPRO



Solung football: Giidi Yameng defeat Banggo United 2-1

ITANAGAR, Aug 07: Giidi Yameng FC defeated Banggo United FC 2-1 in Itanagar Solung Festival Football Tournament played at DNG College playground today morning.

Nong Padung and Tomi Panggeng were the scorers of Giidi Yameng FC. Tom Lomtung netted the lone goal for Banggo United FC.

The second match of the day played between Donyi Polo Ganging FC and Abotani FC ended in 1-1 draw.

Kaling Aje of Abotani FC and Tapang Tatak of Donyi-Polo Ganging FC scored one goal each for their teams.

The match scheduled to be played at 2 pm was suspended due to administrative reason.

Today's Matches:

1.  Nulu Nubu FC vs Donggin Yameng FC

2.  Giidi Lepang FC vs Siang United FC at 2 pm

3.  Pameng patang FC vs Abotani Fc at 4 pm




Door to door Dengue awareness campaign launched in Pasighat

PASIGHAT, Aug 7: East Siang district administration along with Health Department and Pasighat Municipality today launched door to door Dengue awareness campaign by distributing pamphlets and explaining to residents about the causes of the disease and its preventive measures.

PMC Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk, who formally launched the campaign at Daying Ering HS School, informed that 13 teams have been constituted comprising administrative officers, doctors, paramedical forces and PMC staffs, who will visit every house and explain the people about the breeding of Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes that bear dengue virus and their preventive measures.

The team would also inspect all potential mosquito breeding habitats like waters tanks, pots, tin and old plastic containers, tyres, coconut shells and flower vases and destroy the mosquito larva followed by fogging exercise.

Tamuk appealed the people not to throw solid waste and plastic bags into drains that lead to clogging. People need to understand that their home and surroundings might turn into haven for mosquito if not maintained well, said the Chief Councilor.

The awareness campaign has been launched in view of the increasing Dengue cases in the township.

Joint Director (HS) Dr. A Yirang, DMO M Perme, Dr. T Talom, Deputy Chief Councilor Kaling Darang, Principal P Rukbo, teachers and hundreds of students were present on the occasion. DIPRO



World Breastfeeding Week

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: The week-long celebration of World Breast Feeding Week organised by the District ICDS Cell with Urban ICDS Naharlagun Project concluded at Aganwadi Centre Model Village-II, Naharlagun today.

The theme of this year’s celebration was ‘Working Woman and Breast Feeding’.

Dani Yami, Dy. Director, ICDS distributed prizes to winners of various activities like sweet race, rhymes, and drawing competitions among children.

The celebration started at A-Sector Club Naharlagun on August 1.

During the inaugural function, RT Riba, Director Women and Child Development narrated the importance of organizing the world breastfeeding week in the country along with rest of the world. She emphasised that working women must breast feed their babies in work place to improve the health of babies. She also suggested for creating mother friendly workplace and urged all the womenfolk and adolescent to participate in such events to gain more knowledge about importance of breast feeding.  

Resource person Dr B.Tayeng, Gynecologist, ASH Naharlagun explained the advantages and disadvantages of exclusive breast feeding and colostrums.

An awareness programme on importance of breastfeeding was held at CDPO office, Doimukh as part of World Breastfeeding Week organized by CDPO Doimukh ICDS project.

Medical officer of Doimukh CHC Dr. Anita Lego explained the importance of breastfeeding and correct position of breastfeeding.

CDPO of Doimukh ICDS project Tana Chammaro explained in detail about the Infant and young child feeding practices and its importance to prevent malnutrition among children. She also requested the participants to avail the maternity benefit schemes.

Supervisor of Doimukh ICDS, Maya Murtem enlightened the participants about IGMSY scheme.

Around 30 women, most of whom were pregnant, attended the programme.

The breast feeding is the best way to provide infants with nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breast feeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is six month old. Nutritious complementary foods should be added while continuing to breast feed up to two years or beyond. (with DIPRO)



Consultation meeting on SDP estimation

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: A consultation meeting on “Estimation of State Domestic Product (SDP) of Arunachal Pradesh with new base year 2011-12” was organised by the department of Economics & Statistics in the conference hall of the Planning department here today.

Presiding over the meeting Sonam Chombay, Secretary, Economics & Statistics, highlighted the importance of state domestic product as it reflects the economic development of the state over a period of time. He also categorically emphasised on the improvement of state GSDP figures in obtaining higher central share allocation for developmental schemes.

The power-point presentation on sector-wise economic estimation of GVA/NVA and methodological changes proposed in the new series of SDP estimates was given by Dr. S B Biswas, Deputy Director, EC/SDP. The meeting was attended, among others by Sr. Advisor (Finance) and officers of the Directorate of Economics & Statistics, according to an official release.



Lohit prepares Vision 2030

TEZU, Aug, 7: All the heads of departments have presented their respective department’s plan for Vision 2030 along with Five year’s perspective plan in a meeting on Vision 2030 held at the conference hall of Deputy Commissioner here today.

Addressing the meeting Tezu-Sunpura MLA Dr. Mohesh Chai emphasised on quality monitoring of all the ongoing projects.  He hoped that with such proposals and schemes incorporated in the vision documents by the departments, Lohit will become one of the most developed districts in the state. Roads, transport, communication and clean drinking water and uninterrupted power supply are the key elements for development, he said. “If these sectors are developed than other sectors such as tourism, agriculture, economy, education, health etc will automatically develop, he opined.

Emphasizing on flood protection of the district, he said  Tezu is one of the most flood affected areas and  there is an urgent need to take up flood protection schemes to save Tezu town.

The MLA also suggested incorporation of one Smart Classrooms in every Government Schools.

Speaking on the occasion Deputy Commissioner T Tatak asked the departments to ensure that their Vision 2030 and Five Years plan are not superficial. The Vision 2030 should be systematic and practical, he said while advocating for sustainable development in all sectors.

The RWD proposed for all weather road connectivity to all the villages irrespective of its population. The Tourism department presented a Vision Plan to make Lohit as the ultimate tourist destination in Arunachal Pradesh. Likewise all other departments like PWD, HPD, Land Management, Health, ICDS, DUDA, Power, Police, PHE & WS, Horticulture, Agriculture etc presented a comprehensive documents in the house. The documents presented by all the Head of departments envisaged for infrastructural as well as resource development of the area. The Vision 2030 as presented by the HoDs, if implemented will bring development at the doorsteps of every person of the district. The proposal will be submitted to the District Planning Office for onward submission to the higher authorities for further course of actions.

Zila Parishad Chairperson Kyasing Munglang, SP Ved Prakash Surya and all the HoDs and PRI members were present in the meeting. DIPRO



Forum appeals Guv to constitute enquiry committee

ITANAGAR, Aug 7: In a memorandum to the state Governor today, the Arunachal RTI Activist Forum (ARTAF) has today demanded constituting an enquiry committee to enquire into the alleged gross irregularities being conducted by the Department of Land Management into its six-month long survey and settlement training course at Assam and immediate suspension of the officials involved in the irregularity.

Alleging that gross irregularities has been conducted by the Director Land Management, GoAP in collusion with the authorities of the Assam Survey and Settlement Training Centre, Raj Nagar, Dakhingaon, Guwahati, Assam, the Forum claimed that the advertisement for a six-month training course was published on March 28 last, after the dissolution of state assembly and declaration of election code of conduct thus deliberately violating the laid down norms which states that every department has to take prior approval of the concern Chief Electoral Officer before publishing any advertisement.      

Accusing the department of violating its own prescribed eligibility criteria by selecting over 30 non-APST candidates against the 60 seats reserved especially, for the APST candidates without advertisement, the Forum also alleged that the concerned department selected candidates more than the available seats with only 43 APST youths selected against the total 60.

Citing documents procured through RTI, the Forum further claimed that 3 trainees who have allegedly not sat for the final exam of the training were declared as passed by the concerned institute. Interestingly, of the same trio two have already been appointed as chainman and another is kept in the waiting list for UDC, it said adding that the dates of both the viva voce exam held against the said posts and the final exam of the training institute were held on the same day hence, it was impossible for them to remain present on the same day at two different places. It further claimed that no committee was constituted to enquire into the gross irregularities despite the Arunachal Pradesh Survey & Trainees interim Committee submitting a representation to the state Chief Secretary.


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Disruption of parliament is hurting developmental process

The parliament logjam continued today with Rajya Sabha getting adjourned over Lalit Gate issue. Rajya Sabha witnessed heated arguments between opposition Congress and the treasury benches over the continuous stalemate. Congress party is adamant that till the government takes concrete decision on Lalit Modi controversy they will not allow the house to function. In Lokh Sabha opposition parties are boycotting the house to protest the decision of speaker to suspend 25 Congress MPs.

The monsoon session of parliament is almost getting washed out due to continued protest by opposition parties. The biggest victim of disruption of parliament is the delay in passing of GST bill. The passing of GST bill is important for the economy of the country. Industrialists like Adi Godrej have expressed serious concern over it. Finance Minister Arun Jaitely has also expressed regret for delay in roll out of GST. Both BJP and Congress are to be equally blamed for the present mess in parliament. It was BJP which set the trend of disrupting parliament during UPA rule. Unfortunately now Congress is following the same tactics. Both the parties should rise above party affiliation and join hand together to pass the GST bill which will greatly benefit the people of India. Playing politics over every single petty issue is not a healthy sign.




---- Readers Forum ----


The accord that ushered in hope

Dear Editor,

The journey of Nagaland has been rather long and tedious.  The Naga struggle from the 1918, when the Naga Club was formed positing the seeds of Nationalism, to the establishment of Naga NAtional Council(NNC) under the legendary A.Z.Phizo to when Nagaland was born was formidable. But when in the year 1980, the NSCN was formed after having broken the Shillong accord and paving way for the disruption in the stability in the region and near by was when, the NSCN saw a break away with the  two leaders, taking their separate calls.  NSCN(K) and NSCN(I-M). since then the journey has been an upheaval battle. The demand for greater Nagalim saw a series of distortions of Cease fire and various Government initiated talks, all in vain! 

Most Importantly, the demand for Greater Nagalim  was always a Hercules and an almost impossible task, against the provisions of constitution of India. The people of Assam, Arunachal and Nagaland had shown resentment in the past regarding the demands by the NSCN on including their territories.  This needs to be strictly negotiated, and it looks like finally  breathe a sigh of relief.

Concurrently, it is to be reminded to the Modi Govt, and the other agents in the negogiation, issues like this needs to be tackled very cautiously as it bears consequences on the regions dynamics. Not only does it involve a particular faction of the political system, but rather it’s history is often revoked.  Though the journey has been rigorous, the current initiative looks at least pleasing. This accord has certainly ushered in hope; hope for further reconciliation of all the remaining insurgent problems in Nagaland and elsewhere in the region. 


Ngurang Reena

JNU, Delhi


Concern of the Association is on the derailing of system, laid down rules

Dear Editor,

With reference to Dr. Nani Bath’s post in the reader’s forum of The Arunachal Times, dated 6th August 2015, the APCSOA is compelled to respond to the personal disappointment of an intellectual Academician of the state, whom we respect and honour.

The APCSOA never apprised baseless issues before the Govt. and coming to Dani Salu’s appointment, it is a first of its kind in the history of Arunachal Pradesh. The concern of the Association is on the derailing of the system and bypassing of the laid down rules by the state government. The APCSOA has raised the issue of similar appointments of engineers as Secretary to the GoAP. Presently appointments of engineers as the Secretary to GoAP have risen from 1 to more posts in the pretext of ex-cadre post by the GoAP. In our earlier memorandums to the govt, we have also raised the issue of posting of junior IAS officers (who are still on probation) as ADC or DC bypassing IAS probation norms. Recently APCSOA has also objected to the posting of an IRS officer as ADC, Tezu. In other states, such postings and arrangements are made but the state governments concerned never ever bypass the norms and the interest of their State Civil Service cadres, who also come through similar examination, conducted by the respective State Public Service Commissions. In Arunachal Pradesh, it is very unfortunate that APCS is denied such opportunity citing non availability of post, fund etc. On the other hand allied and other services are considered for appointments in our state and the matter of Dani Salu’s absorption is an exceptional example within the aforesaid purview.

Absorptions affect not only the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service cadre but also in the process, the state loses one or more posts in new posts creation in the State Civil Service, which eventually affects the future aspirants of APCS. Deputation of Allied service officers belonging to our state have always been a welcome initiative by the state govt. for the interest of the state but unfortunately Dani Salu has been absorbed permanently in the state in the rank of Secretary, resulting in an additional burden to the state exchequer. Under above aforesaid circumstances, the individual’s name was necessary to be mentioned, being the lone example of absorption in the Secretary level, which is normally manned by AGMUT IAS cadre.

Since the Association has no personal grudge against the person concerned, the error in giving personal details of the officer was not purposeful. The people of Arunachal Pradesh have always supported the APCS cadre officers who render their service across the state including the remotest circles. The people whom the cadre fraternity has served will understand that the APCSOA has nothing personal against Mr. Dani Salu and thus the personal bio data of the officer was never under scrutiny and the resentment was only against the GoAP for his absorption.

In agreement with Professor Nani Bath that “English is a rich language”, we the APCSOA sincerely regret if anybody’s sentiments was hurt due to the wrong usages of any words in our last press release.

And it is to clarify that any decision and statements of APCSOA, Central Unit, is always made after mass consensus of all the APCS officers. Further, the tone and tenor will always be same in voicing our resentment if any procedural lapses in government norms occur in the future also, irrespective of gender, caste, creed and religion. Therefore, we humbly request Dr Nani Bath not to see this issue through the prism of communalism and refrain from such provocative comments which might disturb the communal harmony of our peaceful state. It is very unfortunate on the part of a man of his stature, to give the entire matter a communal colour, as APCS fraternity comprises of officers from all tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. APCSOA is only against the system and calling APCSOA communal is like undermining the sanctity of APCS fraternity and the state as a whole. Meantime taking this opportunity we request the Government to address the long pending Issues pertaining to APCSOA. 


Likha Tejji

General Secretary, APCSOA


Close the park road

Dear Editor,

Each day I go to school and see cars plying up and down the park street as if they think it is their private road. Police were parked on the street at the wrong time of day and for only 10 minutes, plus they had their lights on too so of course you will not drive fast.

We need more stop signs. We need signs that say kids are playing. The speed limit is given 20 km/h but nobody follows that. I moved here because I thought it would be nice if that road is not provided for any other purpose other than people taking a fresh walk. Car might get hit; other cars might get hit from other driving and not paying attention. People walking with their pets almost got hit. My dog almost got hit and they looked at me like I was at fault. Hello! If you weren’t on your phone and driving fast you would have been paying attention. It’s a kind request from student to close the park gate.


Tinku Bhomik





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